My March 1987 Charts

3rd March 1987

It’s straight in on top for a remix of Children Of The Revolution as 1972 and 60’s nostalgia takes a firm hold on me in the absence of any new mighty classics. I missed Marc Bolan terribly by this time, and the record had under-performed first-time round, so now they get a 6th chart-topper keeping off Jackie Wilson’s 1972 big hit reissue of I Get The Sweetest Feeling as I got nostalgic for the music of my teens and childhood. Throw in The Beatles epic anniversary reissue of a previous chart-topper and that’s 80% of my top 5 oldies. I’ll be honest if Mental as Anything and The Jets were at 2 and 3 I would have been over-rating them, though Christians & a-ha have lost out as 4 and 5 would still have been too low..

Big Audio Dynamite rocket in at 27 as V13 is the highest new song, Cyndi covers Marvin Gaye quite nicely and is in at 35, and The Cult get a 3rd top 40. The Beastie Boys get a big climb into the 40, and the Rainmakers debut at 53 with a great song title (and song). Freddie Mercury goes solo again, as he put his heart on his sleeve with his choice of Platters cover – he really was telling the whole world what he had, but no-one realised. Erasure return quickly, and it’s a hugely welcome return from the fab Labi Siffre, absent since 1972, although Madness had made a big hit of his gorgeous It Must Be Love in 1981, 10 years on. This time it’s a South African political commentary, and powerful with it.

1 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 2 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
4 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
5 ( NEW ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 3 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
9 ( 4 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
10 ( 27 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha

11 ( 7 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
12 ( 5 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
13 ( 9 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
14 ( 26 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 11 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
17 ( 23 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
18 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
19 ( 10 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
20 ( 13 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis

21 ( 12 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
22 ( 14 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
23 ( 32 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
24 ( 29 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
25 ( 16 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
26 ( 17 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
27 ( NEW ) V13 Big Audio Dynamite
28 ( 20 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
29 ( 19 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
30 ( 22 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

31 ( 21 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
32 ( 59 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
33 ( 36 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
34 ( 46 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
35 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 28 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
37 ( 24 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
38 ( NEW ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
39 ( 54 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
40 ( 53 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet

41 ( 39 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
42 ( 25 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
43 ( 50 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 37 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
45 ( 73 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
46 ( 70 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
47 ( 69 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
48 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
49 ( 57 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
50 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George

51 ( 34 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
52 ( 49 ) HUMAN Human League
53 ( NEW ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
54 ( 31 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 30 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
57 ( 41 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 35 ) ROCK THE NIGHT Europe
60 ( 56 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin

61 ( 48 ) CANDY Cameo
62 ( 64 ) GOOD TO GO LOVER Gwen Guthrie
63 ( 52 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
64 ( 72 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson
65 ( 63 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 71 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 38 ) LOVE LIKE A ROCKET Bob Geldof
70 ( 51 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson

71 ( NEW ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
72 ( NEW ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
73 ( NEW ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
74 ( 40 ) SHOPLIFTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CITY LIGHTS David Essex
2 THESE DREAMS Heart
3 OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle

 

 

10th March 1987

It’s yet another oldie on top as they take turns, The Beatles replacing T.Rex with their 1967 classic double A that last topped my charts in 1976. Cyndi lauper joins the oldies vibe rocketing up to 10 with her Marvin Gaye cover, making only 3 of the top 10 actually being released on single in 1987 as new songs. Talking of oldies, Boy George shoots into the 20 with his Ken Boothe cover of his reggae cover of the Bread ballad. The Beastie Boys launch nicely into my top 20. Now I may be wrong, and stand to be corrected (if I spot one one day) but this was their one and only top 20 track I think, for me. Mel & Kim get a respectable leap into the 30, Prince enters at 26 with one of his very greatest tracks, Sign O’ The Times – though the line about the rocketship exploding as if the Challenger disaster was in some way responsible for the world’s ills still bugs me.

Bruce Willis also gets a respect-able top 40 climb, as his TV show theme enters at 38 for Al Jarreau – far and away the best hour-long US TV show of the time (hard to call it drama, except during that turgid 3rd season) – and The Rainmakers Let My People Go Go at 31. Alison Moyet enters at 34 with one she didn’t bother doing when I saw her the other week, a goodie regardless, Iggy Pop shades himself lower down the chart, Nick Kamen jumps on the classic soul cover bandwagon (Four Tops), Berlin get a 3rd hit and a 3rd in the chart simultaneously. That won’t last, mark my words! Frankie taper out watching wildlife, Billy Idol starts a good year for him with a good single 9 years on from Generation X, Tina Turner shoves out another album track single, and Genesis do the same.

1 ( 5 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
2 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
4 ( 3 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
5 ( 1 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
6 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
7 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
8 ( 9 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
9 ( 10 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
10 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper

11 ( 24 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
12 ( 14 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
13 ( 17 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
14 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
16 ( 8 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
17 ( 13 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
18 ( 12 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
19 ( 27 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
20 ( 32 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

21 ( 11 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
22 ( 23 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
23 ( 16 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
24 ( 34 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
25 ( 45 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
26 ( NEW ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
27 ( 47 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
28 ( 38 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
29 ( 20 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
30 ( 33 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama

31 ( 53 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
32 ( 21 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
33 ( 18 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
34 ( NEW ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
35 ( 19 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
36 ( 22 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 39 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
38 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
39 ( 46 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
40 ( 28 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil

41 ( 25 ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
42 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
43 ( 43 ) FREE TO FALL Debbie Harry
44 ( 36 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
45 ( NEW ) SHADES Iggy Pop
46 ( 30 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
47 ( 72 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
48 ( 44 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
49 ( 63 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
50 ( 31 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

51 ( 29 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
52 ( 75 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
53 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 52 ) HUMAN Human League
55 ( 37 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
56 ( 67 ) HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY Freddie Jackson
57 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
58 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
59 ( 48 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
60 ( 64 ) WHEN LOVE COMES CALLING Paul Johnson

61 ( 40 ) HOW MANY LIES Spandau Ballet
62 ( 51 ) THIS WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
63 ( 60 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
64 ( 49 ) STILL THE SAME Slade
65 ( 71 ) I GOT THE FEELING (IT’S OVER) Gregory Abbott
66 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
67 ( 65 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
70 ( NEW ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
72 ( 54 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
73 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
74 ( 41 ) STAY OUT OF MY LIFE Five Star
75 ( NEW ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis

PLAYLISTED TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 I’M INTO SOMETHING GOOD Herman’s Hermits
2 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5
3 HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono

 

 

17th March 1987

It’s another week, another oldie on top – this time Jackie Wilson makes it third time lucky after I get The Sweetest feeling peaked inside my top 10 in 1972 (4 years after it’s US chart-run), then top 30 in 1975, and finally peaking with a spiffy new video (there were no performances or videos for the track at all for either run). Percy Sledge goes back up to a new peak of 2, but it’s not all oldies, there’s a mass influx of new tracks, including many fab ones, the highest of which is a belated entry for La Isla Bonita (I’d already loved it for months but couldn’t chart it till it was released as a single, due to my daft chart rules), in at 4.

Mel & Kim get a second top 10, Prince an umpteenth with a big climb for his brilliant Sign O’ The Times, and The Beastie Boys also bring some life to a previously stagnant oldies-dominated top 10. Herb Alpert is the first of 2 Jam & Lewis entries, as they make the veteran trumpeter go all 80’s dance – not as unlikely as you might think if you bear in mind that he owned the label Janet Jackson was signed to, who also appears on Herb’s album, and new in at 74 with a Jam & Lewis ballad. That’s Herb’s first chart entry in 7 years and a chart run of 19 years almost (he was high in my first chart in 1968 with This Guy’s In Love).

Aretha’s back with a solo, for 2 in the chart, Ruby Turner covers Chicken Shack aka Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac 18 years on for I’d Rather Go Blind, and there’s a Magician popping up at 34 – from Scottish band Secession, a tune that sounds very familiar, the instrumental riff is SO Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s fab movie theme. Gary Moore’s back, still in rock mode (yawn) his much better Blues period coming in the 90’s. John Farnham gets a debut solo biggie, You’re The Voice on the way to being as big as his top 10 1979 Little River Band vocal for Lonesome Loser, which I bought on holiday in California with student friends after working most of the summer to pay for it.

U2 return with a classic..and I’m bizarrely under-whelmed. Think I was expecting another Pride, not a subdued starter. Club Nouveau enter with a danced-up cover of Bill Wither’s brilliant 1972 chart-topper Lean On Me. To be honest it’s not even as good as Mud’s pretty good cover from 1976. The Pretenders return for an 8th year, Lionel Richie for a 13th year (or 6th year solo), Lone Justice pop in with another forgotten goodie, and Wet Wet Wet take bottom rung with a perfect pop record, all tuneful, bouncy and wistful at the same time. Nothing they did was ever as good, as they decided warbling dreary ballads was the way forward (or godawful covers of 60’s songs), though when they showed restraint and a bit more class they could pull it off.

1 ( 2 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 7 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
3 ( 1 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( NEW ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 3 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
6 ( 10 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
7 ( 25 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
8 ( 26 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
9 ( 4 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
10 ( 20 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys

11 ( 6 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
12 ( 13 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
13 ( 8 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
15 ( 27 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 9 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
17 ( 34 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
18 ( 5 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
19 ( 37 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
20 ( 11 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

21 ( 12 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
22 ( 31 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
23 ( 17 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 39 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
26 ( 16 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
27 ( 21 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 15 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
29 ( 18 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
30 ( RE ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

31 ( 22 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
32 ( 19 ) V THIRTEEN Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 23 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
34 ( NEW ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
35 ( 38 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
36 ( 24 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
37 ( 52 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
38 ( 57 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
39 ( 32 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
40 ( 47 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury

41 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
42 ( NEW ) SEVERINA The Mission
43 ( 71 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
44 ( NEW ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
45 ( 69 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
46 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
47 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
48 ( 40 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
49 ( 70 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 73 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner

51 ( 29 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
52 ( 48 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
53 ( 44 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
54 ( 28 ) LOVE REMOVAL MACHINE The Cult
55 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 54 ) HUMAN Human League
57 ( 75 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
58 ( 35 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
59 ( 46 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
60 ( 58 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

61 ( 33 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
62 ( NEW ) WILD FRONTIER Gary Moore
63 ( 30 ) A TRICK OF THE NIGHT Bananarama
64 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
65 ( NEW ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
66 ( 45 ) SHADES Iggy Pop
67 ( 66 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
70 ( 67 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna

71 ( NEW ) MY BABY The Pretenders
72 ( NEW ) SELA Lionel Richie
73 ( NEW ) I FOUND LOVE Lone Justice
74 ( NEW ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 NO FEAR NO HATE NO PAIN Eurythmics
2 HOUND DOG Elvis Presley
3 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound

50’s 60’s 80’s this week. I always did like oldies, even ones older than me laugh.gif

 

 

24th March 2019

It’s 2 weeks on top for Jackie Wilson as he also tops my playlist of the week with his next single and future chart-topper. Oops gave it away! Madonna hits 2, Bruce Willis gets his only top 10 single, Alison Moyet adds to her list of top 10’s about 8 or 9 to date, and obscure band Secession leap up to 9, hoho that’s Magic! Herb Alpert is top 20, Billy Idol shoots his gun straight into the 20 from outside the 40, his 4th or 5th, Club Nouveau do even better, from doing a 69 they make Lean On Me a third-time top 20 song.

Labi Siffre gets his first top 20 in 15 years, hooray! Highest new entry starts a theme of cover versions, this time charity record Let It Be, The Beatles former twice-chart-topper, from Ferry Aid, while Siouxsie does another cover, Iggy Pop this time (The Passenger), and Fine Young cannibals radically rework Buzzcocks, not so much punk as funk. Dead Or Aliove get the highest new song, keeping the run of success going at 47 with Hooked On Love (at least here if not the UK charts). Janet Jackson gets a huge leap into the top 40, not content to wait awhile at all, Peter Gabriel does a funked up Big Time clone follow-up to his classic Sledgehammer, David Grant keeps his 7-year run going on diminishing returns, ditto The Thompson Twins 4-year-run, Jaki Graham’s 2-year-run, and Smokey Robinson has a come-back after being away a few years, to extend his run to 18 years. Most significant debut, though, is Terence Trent D’Arby one of the key egos, I mean key acts, sorry, of 1987. If You Let Me Stay was a goodie and set him up to be an albums success to boot.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
5 ( 8 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
7 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
8 ( 17 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
9 ( 34 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
10 ( 2 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
13 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
14 ( 10 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
15 ( 9 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
16 ( 43 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
17 ( 22 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
18 ( 69 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
19 ( 30 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
20 ( 11 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

21 ( 14 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
22 ( 16 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
23 ( 19 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
24 ( NEW ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
25 ( 18 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
26 ( 37 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
27 ( 12 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
28 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
29 ( 44 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 42 ) SEVERINA The Mission

31 ( 21 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
32 ( 74 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
33 ( 23 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
34 ( 40 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
35 ( 38 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
36 ( 20 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
37 ( 45 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
38 ( 46 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
39 ( 26 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
40 ( 49 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 36 ) RUNNING IN THE FAMILY Level 42
42 ( 65 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
43 ( 64 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
44 ( 39 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
45 ( 35 ) MOONLIGHTING Al Jarreau
46 ( 50 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
47 ( NEW ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( 33 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
49 ( 29 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
50 ( NEW ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 31 ) THE RIGHT THING Simply Red
52 ( 57 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
54 ( 51 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 52 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
57 ( 28 ) SKIN TRADE Duran Duran
58 ( 53 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
59 ( 56 ) HUMAN Human League
60 ( NEW ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

61 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS ON THE SOLES OF HER SHOES Paul Simon
62 ( NEW ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
63 ( 60 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 71 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 72 ) SELA Lionel Richie
67 ( 47 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
70 ( 67 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!

71 ( 48 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
72 ( NEW ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
73 ( 70 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins

Oldies Playlist
1 HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
2 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald
3 WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER Timmy Thomas

 

 

31st March 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for the late Jackie Wilson as Prince threatens to get his first chart-topper at 2 with the awesome Sign ‘O The Times. Billy Idol gets a 5th top 10, and Hot Choc remix their 1978 terrific riff-laden Winner back in at 8, top 10 for the second time. Ferry Aid means one Beatle song in, one out, of the 10 and Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 10, one for each decade.

Rod Stewart brings Sailing back into the 20 for the 3rd time, I have no idea why, Tina Turner goes top 40, and Fleetwood Mac drop the first single to their great comeback album Tango In The Night, Big Love at 28. Boy George’s version of Ken Boothe’s cover of Bread’s Everything I Own plummets, as Ken enters at 29 13 years on. U2 finally go top 40, Peter Gabriel grabs another shot at the Big Time too, and FYC return all Buzzcocky, Siouxsie rides along, and The Pretenders also go top 40 for a very much ’78/’79 theme, along with The Whispers coming back new at 48 with 1980 top 10 And The Beat Goes On.

Future 90’s oldie smash, Crazy, from Patsy Cline enters at 50 20-odd years after she died in a plane crash, following a terrific vintage clip on The Tube I think, and veteran 60’s World Music star charter Hugh Masekela is also back with new material keeping the anti-apartheid theme strong in the chart. That leaves Kool & The Gang sneaking in for a last time (probably) and The Stranglers Shakin’ Life A Leaf, probably for the same reason.

1 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
2 ( 5 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 7 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
4 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
5 ( 4 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
6 ( 8 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
7 ( 16 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
8 ( NEW ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
9 ( 24 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
10 ( 12 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 3 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
13 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
14 ( 18 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
15 ( 19 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
16 ( 17 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
17 ( 9 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 13 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
19 ( NEW ) SAILING Rod Stewart
20 ( 30 ) SEVERINA The Mission

21 ( 10 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
22 ( 15 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
23 ( 26 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
24 ( 32 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
25 ( 46 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
26 ( 14 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
27 ( 29 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
28 ( NEW ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
29 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
30 ( 20 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

31 ( 42 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
32 ( 62 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
33 ( 35 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
34 ( 31 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
35 ( 36 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
36 ( 25 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
37 ( 22 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
38 ( 60 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 64 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
40 ( 50 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

41 ( 28 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
42 ( 43 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
43 ( 33 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
44 ( 38 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Ruby Turner
45 ( 27 ) SONIC BOOM BOY Westworld
46 ( 69 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
47 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
48 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
49 ( 44 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) CRAZY Patsy Cline

51 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Boy George
52 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
53 ( 23 ) PLEASE YOURSELF The Big Supreme
54 ( 39 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
55 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
56 ( 49 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
57 ( 66 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 34 ) THE GREAT PRETENDER Freddie Mercury
59 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
60 ( 56 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna

61 ( 59 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
63 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 37 ) LIKE FLAMES Berlin
65 ( 65 ) TAKE US BACK David Grant
66 ( 48 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD ’87 The Communards
67 ( 54 ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
68 ( 40 ) WATCHING THE WILDLIFE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 72 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

71 ( 75 ) GET THAT LOVE The Thompson Twins
72 ( RE ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
75 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ LIKE A LEAF The Stranglers

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 THING Edwina Biglet & The Miglets
2 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro
3 WEEKEND Alvin Stardust

My December 1986 Charts

2nd December 1986

2 weeks on top for Erasure, as Madonna’s True Blue album delivers the highest new entry at 6 with the fab Open Your Heart. The even-fabber La Isla Bonita is in my playlist as ineligible for my singles-only listings. She also replaces one of her own songs in the top 10 as Nick Kamen drops, and keeps her hot streak of top 10’s going. Bucks Fizz add to their long-list of top 10’s with a warm Christmassy ballad – or at least a cocoa-advert-ey ballad. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones gets another big leap into the 20, and big top 40 leapers include Cameo, Gregory Abbott, Genesis and Cliff & Elton. The late Jackie Wilson is reinvented in plasticine video form and makes fifties biggie Reet Petite about to become the oldest record to top the UK charts – but not mine.

Billy Ocean is big in 1986, so why not remix his first hit from 1976? In at 57, and the Motown-flavoured original still sounds better than most of his 80’s hits these days. Daryl Hall keeps the solo entries coming, also from the Class of ’76 debuts, while George Benson shivers a bit (Winter is here!) and a run of 11 chart years since Supership. Quo can beat that – 1973 they debuted in my charts, and now have 2 in the listings, how greedy! Of course Macca beats the lot of ’em, being as he debuted with The Beatles on top of my first retro charts in 1968 with Hey Jude, and is back with another Press To Play track.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
6 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
7 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
8 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
9 ( 11 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 19 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

11 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
12 ( 9 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
13 ( 18 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
14 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 14 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 13 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
19 ( 40 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
20 ( 16 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
23 ( 51 ) CANDY Cameo
24 ( 15 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
25 ( 20 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
26 ( 34 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
27 ( 22 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
28 ( 29 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
29 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
30 ( 27 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 41 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
33 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
34 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
35 ( 25 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
36 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 53 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( 28 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
40 ( 69 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

41 ( 32 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 24 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
43 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
44 ( 31 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 60 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
46 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
47 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
48 ( 44 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
49 ( 36 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
50 ( 71 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
52 ( 45 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
53 ( 61 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
54 ( 66 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
55 ( 50 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
56 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 59 ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
59 ( 42 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
60 ( NEW ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall

61 ( 37 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
62 ( 47 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
63 ( 67 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) CRY Godley & Creme
66 ( NEW ) SHIVER George Benson
67 ( 72 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) DREAMING Status Quo
70 ( 39 ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It

71 ( 73 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
72 ( 43 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
73 ( 65 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
75 ( 70 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

2nd Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES – all future chart-toppers in my charts in 1992, 1987, 2000’s respectively!

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black

 

9th December 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Erasure as Madonna threatens her 3rd chart-topper in a row at 2, and the chart starts to feel a little festive with The Housemartins leaping up to 13 with the Isleys cover, The Ronettes topping my oldies playlist (had I charted oldies in those days that means it would have been invading my top 75), and Chris De Burgh’s 3rd good single entering at 74, a perennial of course these days that never quite got the chart positions you might think. His other 2 good ones are High On Emotion and Don’t Pay The Ferryman.

Europe go top 5, that’ll please Brexiteers aiming for The Final Countdown, while Communards leap right into the top 10 from 32 with one of their very best tracks, So Cold The Night. Gregory Abbot & Jackie Wilson have good leaps into the 20, that’ll be the 3rd time Jackie has done that with oldies starting with Higher & Higher in 1969, I Get The Sweetest feeling in 1972, both of them going top 30 in 1975 as a double A, and now Reet Petite posthumously triggering the same 2 to come back and hit even higher peaks in 1987!!

Highest new entry is a-ha crying wolf, another winner from Morten & the lads yet to put a foot wrong, at 32, as Rod the Mod enters with In My Life at 35 the touching John Lennon Beatles song. As is always the case with Rod covers, bar Oh No Not My Baby and Ooh La La, it’s not as good as the original. Paul Simon’s good Boy In The Bubble is in at 45, giving him 17 years of chart success, 2 more than Rod, and 7 more than Elkie Brooks who returns with her last very good hit, No More The Fool at 62.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 6 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 13 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
5 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 19 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
8 ( 5 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 32 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 10 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
12 ( 8 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
13 ( 45 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 7 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
15 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
16 ( 36 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
17 ( 12 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
18 ( 23 ) CANDY Cameo
19 ( 11 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
20 ( 21 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

21 ( 26 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
22 ( 29 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
23 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
24 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
25 ( 18 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
26 ( 40 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
27 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
28 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
29 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned

31 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
32 ( NEW ) CRY WOLF a-ha
33 ( 27 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
34 ( 22 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( NEW ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( 30 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
38 ( 31 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
39 ( RE ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
40 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 54 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 35 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
44 ( 53 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
45 ( NEW ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
46 ( 25 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
47 ( 60 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
48 ( 39 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
49 ( 66 ) SHIVER George Benson
50 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 28 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
52 ( 51 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
54 ( 69 ) DREAMING Status Quo
55 ( 34 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 74 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
59 ( 52 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
60 ( 42 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek

61 ( 63 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
62 ( NEW ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
63 ( 71 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 55 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
66 ( 67 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
67 ( 65 ) CRY Godley & Creme
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 48 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
70 ( 47 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood

71 ( 61 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
72 ( 49 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
73 ( 59 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
74 ( NEW ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
75 ( 46 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
2 BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
3 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright

 

16th December 1986

It’s the hat-trick for Madonna, as Open Your Heart gives her 3 chart-toppers in a row, holding The Final Countdown at 2. Cameo get a 3rd top 10, Jackie Wilson ditto, and Genesis a 4th. Daryl Hall makes it solo top40 hits, and Human League does a turnabout and leaps into the 30 after looking perilously like it was heading for the lowest chart position of any track from them (ignoring reissues) since the EP in 1980 debuted and peaked outside the 40. Also Spirit Of ’80 debut acts The Gap Band return, as does chart-topping Dexy’s Midnight Runners now back with a TV theme tune, while 1980 chart-toppers The Pretenders are also back with the lovely Hymn To Her.

Bad Company return for the first time since the mid-70’s, minus vocalist Paul Rodgers, ex-Free lead singer, but some of the band still technically date back to 1970 Free-era, and Mott The Hoople 1972-era. Spitting Image return with a Xmas novelty song. Thankfully, no I don’t remember it either. I can’t imagine it’s worse than their appalling chart-topper. Quo are beside themsleves in the top 40, and Elkie Brooks keeps the 70’s blues rock vibe going just behind them. Meanwhile my oldies chart shows me obviously revisiting December 1971 reel-to-reel tapes, and opting for the rock tracks and ex-Godspell soul singers.

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 4 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
3 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
4 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 18 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 16 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( 23 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
10 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 7 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
12 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
13 ( 15 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
15 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
16 ( 12 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
17 ( 21 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
18 ( 11 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
19 ( 32 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
20 ( 22 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 47 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
22 ( 26 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 19 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
25 ( 17 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
26 ( 25 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
27 ( 72 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
28 ( 42 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
29 ( 45 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
30 ( 20 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 24 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
32 ( 39 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
33 ( 35 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 40 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
36 ( 33 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
37 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
38 ( 36 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
39 ( 54 ) DREAMING Status Quo
40 ( 62 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 38 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 44 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
44 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
45 ( 28 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
46 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
47 ( 49 ) SHIVER George Benson
48 ( 27 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
49 ( 61 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
50 ( 30 ) ANYTHING The Damned

51 ( 58 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
52 ( 31 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
53 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
54 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
55 ( NEW ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
56 ( 43 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 71 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
59 ( 48 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
62 ( 46 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
63 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
64 ( 59 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
65 ( NEW ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
66 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
67 ( 74 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
68 ( 67 ) CRY Godley & Creme
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners

71 ( 55 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
72 ( 60 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
73 ( NEW ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
74 ( 65 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
75 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Paul Young

Playlist oldies
1 FIREBALL Deep Purple
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT Ronnie Dyson

 

 

23rd December 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for recent Xmas classic Last Christmas, making it the 3rd xmas period in a row it had topped my chart – back in the day I was charting those not-so-old xmas faves year after year if they had made the UK charts at all (to qualify). Without that qualification my charts would have looked like the usual UK Xmas charts, chock full of the classic oldies. I did it first though, starting in Christmas 1974 and onwards, and yes the same songs that still chart. Shaky also charts for the second xmas in a row. Ahead of my time! That explains why I tend not to chart the same ones these days – been doing it for 44 years oops!

Eurythmics get another in a long line of top 10 singles, and Housemartins make it 2, as Jennifer Rush gets some recharting action in the UK singles chart, and thus mine too, a year on. Berlin come back with a good follow-up single that didn’t sell well in the real world, annoyingly, in at 28 and The Gap Band go top 30, and that Spitting Image Xmas song inexplicably climbs to 29. I’m guessing the video was amusing, as I still don’t recall it and can’t be bothered to youtube it.

Macca & The Pretenders keep the top 40’s coming, Paul McCartney making it 18 years and counting. Spoiler: he’s still making my charts 50 years on from Hey Jude. The Pointer Sisters return some 14 years on from first hearing of them (Yes We Can Can), Kool & The Gang keep the decade-long run of hits going blissfully unaware that House Music is about to end all that, Gary Moore is back again, ditto The Stranglers coming to a decade of charting, and James Brown makes his comeback last a bit longer. Not Sex Machine, but hey Get On Up…

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
4 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
6 ( 3 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
7 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 9 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
9 ( 17 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

11 ( 2 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
12 ( 20 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 7 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
15 ( 19 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
16 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
17 ( 11 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
18 ( 21 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
19 ( 28 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 18 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

21 ( 16 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 37 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
25 ( 14 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
26 ( 29 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
27 ( 15 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
28 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
29 ( 46 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
30 ( 55 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

31 ( 40 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
32 ( 43 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
33 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 27 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
35 ( 26 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
36 ( 39 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
38 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
39 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 60 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 36 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 71 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
44 ( 25 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
45 ( 31 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
46 ( 42 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 38 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
48 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
49 ( 65 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
50 ( 67 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

51 ( 35 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
52 ( 53 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 58 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
54 ( 44 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
55 ( 32 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
56 ( 61 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( 45 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
60 ( 73 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw

61 ( 56 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
62 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
63 ( 47 ) SHIVER George Benson
64 ( 59 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
66 ( 70 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( NEW ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 68 ) CRY Godley & Creme
70 ( 64 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
73 ( 48 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
74 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP James Brown
75 ( NEW ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

Playlist Oldies
1 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

 

30th December 1986

It’s the final chart of 1986 and Madonna is back up on top for a second week on top. Notably Shaky & Chris De Burgh’s christmas classics scraped into the 40 for me, and A Spaceman Came Travelling has peaked higher this christmas in 2018 in my charts than back in the day, while Merry Christmas Everyone was getting a second bite of christmas chart action in a row. Cameo reach a new career chart peak of 2 with Candy, and Gregoray Abbott gets his only moment in the top 10.

Elkie Brooks goes top 20 for the first time in 3 years, 9 years after her first time, Bad Company for the first time in 11 years with This Love, snuggling up to Is This Love, Alison Moyet’s climbing hit. To which the answer from those who hounded her off twitter in 2018 for asking people to be nice to women and listen and support their needs is a resounding “no”. Paul Simon makes it 2 top 20’s in a row for the first time in about 13 years, Elton & Cliff also add to their extensive run of top 20’s, 1971 and 1968 respectively, with a song no-one remembers but which was quite pleasant.

Iggy Pop gets his first ever top 40, 13 years later than one might have expected, but got there in the end. Highest new entry is Eric Clapton’s cover of his bandmate’s non-hit, Behind The Mask was big in my charts for Greg Philinganes, and Eric’s version was pedestrian to my ears, but fine to anyone who hadn’t heard the superior original. Latin Quarter return with a 3rd song, Barclay James Harvest adapt to the end of Prog Rock by charting in the 80’s after stiffing in the 70’s, Vesta Williams has a decent dance song, Go West don’t cover Cyndi, this song has an extra “u”, Lionel Richie tries a ballerina, presumably dancing on the ceiling, and Sheena pops in with a Christmas record no-one has ever heard, except those that have seen Santa Claus: The Movie. As I’ve not heard it in 32 years I can’t comment whether that is fair or not…until I just played it. So 80’s, so dreary. I liked Sheena. The only reason it charted!

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 3 ) CANDY Cameo
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 5 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
5 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
6 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 9 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 10 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
10 ( 16 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott

11 ( 8 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
12 ( 11 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
13 ( 12 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 15 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 31 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
16 ( 19 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( 24 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
18 ( 13 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 26 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

21 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
23 ( 14 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
24 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
25 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
26 ( 29 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
27 ( 30 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
28 ( 20 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
29 ( 32 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
30 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney

31 ( 18 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
32 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
34 ( 40 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 27 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
36 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 62 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
38 ( 35 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 25 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
40 ( 50 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 38 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
44 ( 51 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
46 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
48 ( 45 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
49 ( 48 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
50 ( 56 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

51 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 44 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
54 ( 47 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
55 ( 65 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 60 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
58 ( 54 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
59 ( 53 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
60 ( 75 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

61 ( NEW ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter
62 ( 55 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
63 ( 67 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 43 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
65 ( 72 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
66 ( 66 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 64 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

71 ( NEW ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
72 ( 70 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
73 ( NEW ) TRUE COLOURS Go West
74 ( NEW ) BALLERINA Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD Sheena Easton

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 LIFE’S TOO SHORT Rescue Company No.1
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 IT’S TOO LATE Carole King

My 1984 Charts – November

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6th November 1984

Duran Duran get their first number one, the fabulous exciting The Wild Boys, a Mad Max video and Simon Le Bon getting dunked, what’s not to love. It had taken almost 4 years to get there, but in the end a great single persuaded me over. Chicago get their biggest hit in 8 years as Hard habit To Break climbs to 4, and Wham! return to Top 10 form with Freedom hitting 5, their 5th Top 10 and George’s 6th. Limahl also does what Kajagoogoo couldn’t, with a decent top 10 movie soundtrack single.

Heaven 17 exclaim “Mine!” at 17, which reminds me of the seagulls in Finding Nemo, and Murray Head rockets Abba upwards with One Night In Bangkok. Oh Chess he does. Oops! Bad pun alert. Highest new entry is album track Let’s Go Crazy from Prince at 26, a fabulous storming rockfunk workout making up for the relatively plodding Purple Rain single. Nik Kershaw gets a 4th hit with his best single, the great military-flavoured The Riddle, and mere weeks before seeing him live in concert where he sang a good album track called Bogart (should have been a single). rather appropriately Actual Bogart (and James Cagney) pop in at 73 with a gangster movie medley of scenes from their films. You Doity Rat!

Jim Diamond’s in at 33 with the UK chart-topper I Should Have Known Better. He really should have, being as he used to be a PhD and topped my charts in 1982 with I Won’t Let You Down. Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay he did. Michael’s sis legs it into the 40 with Centipede, OMD have a middling ballad entry, Tracey Ullman keeps the run of hits Helplessly turning over, and a gem slides in lower down: Eurythmics 1984 movie single the glorious Sex Crime. S S S Sex at 54. Others: Iron Maiden, Cliff, Nick Heyward going funky, and ABC getting Millionaire stomping synth lessons. Talking Heads also Slippery in almost 4 years since biggie Once In A Lifetime.

1 ( 2 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
2 ( 1 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
4 ( 20 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
5 ( 14 ) FREEDOM Wham!
6 ( 6 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
7 ( 5 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
8 ( 8 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
9 ( 3 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
10 ( 13 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

11 ( 7 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
12 ( 16 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
13 ( 17 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
14 ( 25 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 15 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( 10 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
17 ( 34 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
18 ( 9 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
19 ( 68 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
20 ( 21 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet

21 ( 23 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
22 ( 12 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
23 ( 11 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
24 ( 28 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
25 ( 18 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LET’S GO CRAZY Prince
27 ( 19 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
28 ( 39 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
29 ( 53 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
30 ( NEW ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

31 ( 45 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
32 ( 36 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
33 ( NEW ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
34 ( 27 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
35 ( 24 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
36 ( 22 ) WHY Bronski Beat
37 ( 40 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
38 ( 26 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
39 ( 47 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
40 ( 71 ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson

41 ( 30 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
42 ( 33 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
43 ( 32 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
44 ( 54 ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
45 ( 29 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
46 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
47 ( 35 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
48 ( 38 ) CATH The Bluebells
49 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Tracey Ullman
50 ( 42 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 37 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
52 ( 31 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
53 ( 41 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
54 ( NEW ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
55 ( 46 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
56 ( NEW ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
57 ( NEW ) SHOOTING FROM THE HEART Cliff Richard
58 ( 55 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( NEW ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
60 ( 57 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan

61 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
62 ( 48 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
63 ( 51 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
64 ( 56 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
65 ( NEW ) ACES HIGH Iron Maiden
66 ( 59 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
67 ( 49 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
68 ( 64 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( 62 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
72 ( 44 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
73 ( NEW ) THE GANGSTER SINGLE Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney
74 ( 43 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
75 ( NEW ) SLIPPERY PEOPLE Talking Heads


In the real world, I was still having nightmares with late friend Dale turning up while I was at work, in them facially scarred and not alive but interested in my work, meanwhile his mum was distraught. Mind working overtime. At real work, we visited Bulbarrow Hill and Hurn Airport, and by now getting on really well with mate Bob, lots of joking about.

In the news the shock news that Mrs Ghandi had been assassinated, as I put it “one of the few world leaders it’s possible to have any respect for”. I’ve never been much of a fan of politicians, the great ones are few and far between. The nutters never get assassinated, sadly. At home Bob came round to see my record collection and meet my parents – he was due round tonight in 2014 actually (see previous comments about life being circular and linked in so many ways). A first this week: I used a cashpoint for the first time!! Yikes at the novelty of having new technology and cash!

Grandma and grandad arrived by coach in Poole, where parents hosted them at the NAAFI quarters for the weekend. Listening to old music charts, I came to the conclusion that 1972 was my fave musical year, pretty much from Oct 1971 through Oct 1972 – I think it may well still be, even though better years followed. Parents and grandparents round on Sunday for dinner and socialising, I was definitely in a better place emotionally these days.

TV:
1. Star Trek: Space Seed
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. The Addams Family
4. Rising Damp
5. Hill Street Blues
6. Soap
7. Terrahawks
8. Comic Strip Presents: The Bullshitters
9. Tenko
10. MASH
11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
12. The Avengers
13. Dallas
14. Top Of The Pops
15. The Rockford Files
16. Dungeons And Dragons

13th November 1984

2 weeks at 1 for The Wild Boys, as Chaka feels for you at 4, and Eurythmics positively explode from 54 to 7 giving a run of unbroken Top 10’s since Sweet Dreams. Quality! Tim Rice gets his first song in the top 10 for 5 years, and the Abba boys do nicely with Murray Head at 8. His brother Tony could do a good job too, I expect, based on his Buffy TV singing.

OMD get a nice jump into the 40 for an unbroken run of almost 5 years. Quality!! Depeche Mode get the highest new entry at 29 – now I don’t want to start any Blasphemous Rumours but their days of being teenypop synth boyband were looking long ago! Slade are back with another great singalong Christmas and New Year ballad at 38, let’s All Join Hands! Going berserk at 40, it’s Gary Numan determined not to be in any way singalong, New Year or whatever.

At 49, Human League’s sweet ballad Louise enters fairly lowly for them, given they hadn’t failed to top my chart since Love Action just missed over 3 years earlier. Rather sadly I just missed seeing them in concert last week again as I was on holiday (Dec 2014). Also back: Scritti Politti, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions with the rather good Rattlesnakes, The Cars, Dennis De Young ex-Styx singer, Bananarama and Joan Jett covering Gary Glitter’s million-selling banished I Love You Love Me Love. As radio will never play it again, here’s a version you can listen to instead.

1 ( 1 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
2 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
4 ( 8 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) FREEDOM Wham!
7 ( 54 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
8 ( 19 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
9 ( 14 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 10 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

11 ( 6 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
12 ( 13 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
13 ( 7 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
14 ( 9 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
15 ( 17 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
16 ( 11 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
17 ( 15 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
18 ( 20 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
19 ( 12 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
20 ( 24 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox

21 ( 16 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
22 ( 33 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
23 ( 29 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
24 ( 26 ) LET’S GO CRAZY Prince
25 ( 28 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
26 ( 46 ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
27 ( 31 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
28 ( 18 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
29 ( NEW ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
30 ( 30 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

31 ( 39 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
32 ( 59 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
33 ( 23 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
34 ( 25 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
35 ( 21 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
36 ( 61 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
37 ( 22 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
38 ( NEW ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
39 ( 40 ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson
40 ( NEW ) BERSERKER Gary Numan

41 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
42 ( 42 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
43 ( 56 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
44 ( 49 ) HELPLESS Tracey Ullman
45 ( 41 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
46 ( 43 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
47 ( 27 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
48 ( 34 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
49 ( NEW ) LOUISE Human League
50 ( 35 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior

51 ( 38 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
52 ( 36 ) WHY Bronski Beat
53 ( 45 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
54 ( NEW ) THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN The Alarm
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
56 ( 50 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 57 ) SHOOTING FROM THE HEART Cliff Richard
58 ( 65 ) ACES HIGH Iron Maiden
59 ( 48 ) CATH The Bluebells
60 ( NEW ) HYPNOTISE Scritti Politti

61 ( 58 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
62 ( 47 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
63 ( NEW ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
64 ( 37 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
65 ( 44 ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
66 ( 60 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
67 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( NEW ) TAKE IT BACK The Pookah Makes Three
69 ( NEW ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
72 ( 64 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
73 ( NEW ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
74 ( NEW ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
75 ( 71 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz


I had an interview on the Monday of this week, in Exmouth’s Rolle College, a teacher training course where I basically blew it (and knew it) as I’d done nothing to try and get observation experience in schools, and already had the chance of doing teaching at my previous College. Hey ho. Gave a lift back to Broadstone to one of the other candidates, whose parents happened to be teachers. Doh! Back at home, grandad was more chatty than he used to be in the olden days in his birthday week.

I got increasingly unhappy with the erratic speeding driving of my lift to work colleague, resolving to get my own transport. “On bus tomorrow thank God” I mused. At work got wet surveying roads at Anstey which was fun, honestly I enjoyed it! On TV Tenko was gripping drama, the female prisoners group fragmenting.

1. Star Trek: A Taste Of Armageddon
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. MASH
4. Hill Street Blues
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Tenko
7. Rising Damp
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Soap
10. The Addams Family
11. Terrahawks
12. Dallas
13. The Avengers
14. Carry On Up The Jungle: film
15. The Rockford Files


20th November 1984

Eurythmics get a first chart-topper after coming close on pretty much most previous singles, this was sounding very of the moment and fresh with the computer-sampling repeats, though these days it’s not remembered as well as previous Annie n Dave songs. It was enough to keep off the very well-remembered Chaka Khan, rap and sampling I Feel For You from the top spot though.

Highest new entry at 4, giving them 3 in the chart and a third hit following on from two massive number ones, the fantastic Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the christmassy The Power Of Love. I recalled my boss listening to the track and calling it a dirge. I begged to differ quite strongly and rushed out to buy the fold-out sleeve version of the single. I was, of course, entirely correct, witness it’s subsequent numerous chart re-entries and recent cover UK chart-topper from Gabrielle Aplin. “I’ll protect you from the hooded claw” is one of my fave song lyric lines.

Slade shoot up 30 places to 8, giving them a cool 13 years of top 10 hits to date, Depeche Mode get a 6th top 10 with a spot of denial and some dark lyrics, and Nik Kershaw flutes his way up to 11. ABC take a sudden leap into the 20 as the drum-sounds impress, and the Dazz Band want to let it all blow. Well, it didn’t. The late Alvin gets a second top 20 hit of the year, for 11 years of hits, Sister Sledge get a third 1984 hit with a 1979 track, as We Are Family returns at 29. 5 years seems quite a long span of time when one is young, and a quite a short span of time when one is older. Records from 2009 making the chart in 2014 just seem like extended runs of long-running hits rather than actual oldies re-issues, as they were then.

Half A Minute, matt Bianco have a smooth jazz return to the 40, while Dave, inspiration for a great UK TV channel (well, perhaps the inspiration for Dave Lister, I ponder) gives the chart-flopping Boomtown Rats a great return to my top 40. I had faith in Bob Geldof even if no-one else seemed to! The Temptations are also back. Back! Almost 16 years since their debut run of hits, and well over 22 years since they started their American chart career, some of the original line-up pop back with a Motown soul track that’s very 80’s, but with nice 60’s harmonies. This was the line-up I saw in concert a few years later, minus the great Eddie Kendricks’ and David Ruffin’s vocals. Still good though.

Tina Turner becomes an albums artist with a bit of help from Mark Knopfler’s song and title track, a bit Dire Straits-ey, a bit hookers-ey, at 53 and future 1985 hit from the classic Motown songwriters Ashford & Simpson (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and many others), husband and wife, get their own sparkling moment with the fabulous Solid. Solid as a rock, in fact, until Nick’s death a few years back. Steve Wright, DJ of the moment back then, was using American posse comedy format to great effect on radio 1. Sadly, he was also still basing a lot of his humour on camp 60’s cliches such as the pretty piss-poor The Gay Caballeros novelty hit. It was mildly amusing on listening once. Then not.

1 ( 7 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
2 ( 4 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
3 ( 1 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
4 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
6 ( 3 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
7 ( 9 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 38 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
9 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
10 ( 29 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode

11 ( 30 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
12 ( 5 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
13 ( 6 ) FREEDOM Wham!
14 ( 32 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
15 ( 15 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
16 ( 36 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
17 ( 10 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
18 ( 25 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 13 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
20 ( 12 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP

21 ( 11 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
22 ( 16 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
23 ( 23 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
24 ( 14 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
25 ( 22 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
26 ( 49 ) LOUISE Human League
27 ( 18 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
28 ( 40 ) BERSERKER Gary Numan
29 ( NEW ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
30 ( 20 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox

31 ( 17 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
32 ( 43 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
33 ( 27 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 21 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
35 ( NEW ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
36 ( 19 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
37 ( 31 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
38 ( 73 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
39 ( NEW ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
40 ( NEW ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations

41 ( 34 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
42 ( 48 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
43 ( 26 ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
44 ( 28 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
45 ( 33 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
46 ( 63 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
47 ( 42 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
48 ( 35 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
49 ( 54 ) THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN The Alarm
50 ( 41 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young

51 ( 45 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
52 ( 46 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
53 ( NEW ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
54 ( 39 ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson
55 ( 57 ) SHOOTING FROM THE HEART Cliff Richard
56 ( 37 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
57 ( 60 ) HYPNOTISE Scritti Politti
58 ( 56 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( NEW ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
60 ( 47 ) MISSING YOU John Waite

61 ( 44 ) HELPLESS Tracey Ullman
62 ( 61 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 52 ) WHY Bronski Beat
64 ( 69 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
65 ( 50 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
66 ( 53 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 59 ) CATH The Bluebells
69 ( NEW ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( 55 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
72 ( NEW ) WATCHING YOU Shakatak
73 ( 51 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
74 ( 74 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
75 ( 62 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville

At home, by a strange co-incidence I found that my car-share driver was the cousin of the lady who’s place I’d filled in for at the NAAFI while she was ill over the summer. She had just passed away. On the way home from work I saw a moped accident which made me think twice about getting a moped to avoid the stress of being driven to work. Grandma and grandad popped in on their way back to Mansfield, telling me it was about time I got married. Pretty much expected to be married with kids at 19 in Mansfield in those days. They benefitted from me not getting married much later in life so all’s well etc…

My new TV character obsession was Stu Dapples on Terrahawks: “OK, ya, right, man, Miss Kestrel” You had to be there, trust me… I caught the latest “full of vitality” singles chart rundown in picturesque Milton Abbas, while the boss reckoned I’d grow out of it and “laugh when I get older”. Laugh again, old man! No chance of that now, I reckon, as I said to him at the time “I’ve heard all this before 15 years earlier, and it’s not declined with age (yet). More a way of life than a hobby”. He was really generally getting on my nerves by now. Not always. Only when he opened his mouth. So, a retrospective nur nur ne nur nur…

The weekend started with a classic batch of DC Comics, The Teen Titans at this stage a virtual top-selling artform, just brilliant. It ended with news that my car-share young driver’s dad had killed himself, so she was not in any state to go to work, fairly obviously, and her 3rd family death of the year. I also recalled one of the 1st year students from College who was great fun, and often popped round in the 3rd year, Jenny, had died from breast cancer. Life just not fair, barely over 22. The photo I have of her sat on my digs bed is of happier times when the world seemed bright and full of hope – 4 years earlier….

1. Star Trek: This Side Of Paradise
2. Tenko
3. Hill Street Blues
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. MASH
6. Top Of The Pops
7. Dallas
8. Soap
9. The Twilight Zone
10. The Addams Family

27th November 1984

It’s a hat-trick of debut number ones for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, equalling Mary Hopkin and Middle Of The Road. Frankie’s, however, are three bonafide acknowledged classics. Murray Head gets to 3, and Human League keep the top 10 hits run 100% since the girls joined the band for Dare singles.

The Dazz Band get their synthfunk dance into the 10, while Alvin falls just short with his 50’s-harmony great retro single. Highest new entry, just above his movie single, it’s a TV kiddies animated feature theme tune from Paul McCartney: We All Stand Together, supported ably by a chorus of frogs! It sounds unlikely, but it’s great fun unless one has no sense of humour or no child-like enjoyment of life.

Nick Heyward sends a sudden Warning Sign top-20-bound, while Culture Club sing of medals and enter into the 40 at 24 following up 4 chart-toppers in a row with a rather merely OK-ish single. Sheena Easton struts her way back into the 40 as Frankie’s genius producer Trevor Horn, and Buggles-man, hops into a spot of Art Of Noise dance-synth instrumental close-to-the-edit stuff at 46.

The Kane Gang cover The Staples Singers 3 years before Bruce Willis had a hit with Respect Yourself, at 48. Stock Aitken & Waterman arrive proper at 54, though, as Dead Or Alive spin me round, like a record baby, a fantastic hi-energy pop record. At 66, Madonna’s 4th hit is the one that changed everything: Like A Virgin? Don’t mind if I do, as the gag goes. Produced by Nile Rodgers, a man who could do no wrong in those days. I wonder what happened to him? Daft Punk anyone?

Kool And The Gang, The Jacksons, and Shaky all pop back with new singles, while Strawberry Switchblade enter at 73 with a corker of a single, the super-melodic, girl-band sounds of Since Yesterday, and a great image not a million miles away from current various indie popstars. Love it. Finally, ever wondered what happened to the Flying Lizards after their cover of a Beatles cover, Money? Well, in my world they came back with another cover of a Beatles cover, Dizzy Miss Lizzie 5 years later!

1 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
3 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
4 ( 2 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
5 ( 8 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
6 ( 3 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
7 ( 26 ) LOUISE Human League
8 ( 10 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
9 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
10 ( 6 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

11 ( 11 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
12 ( 18 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
13 ( 7 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 14 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
15 ( 9 ) DRIVE The Cars
16 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
17 ( 12 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
18 ( 32 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
19 ( 13 ) FREEDOM Wham!
20 ( 29 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

21 ( 19 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
22 ( 17 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
23 ( 40 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
24 ( NEW ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
25 ( 35 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
26 ( 15 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
27 ( 39 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
28 ( 21 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
29 ( 38 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
30 ( 20 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP

31 ( 22 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
32 ( 25 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
33 ( 24 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
34 ( 27 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
35 ( RE ) STRUT Sheena Easton
36 ( 23 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
37 ( 30 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
38 ( 53 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
39 ( 42 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
40 ( 37 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo

41 ( 33 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 31 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
43 ( 28 ) BERSERKER Gary Numan
44 ( 46 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
45 ( 41 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
46 ( NEW ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
47 ( 34 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
48 ( NEW ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 59 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
50 ( 36 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz

51 ( 51 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
52 ( 47 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
53 ( 52 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
54 ( NEW ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
55 ( 44 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
56 ( 45 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
57 ( NEW ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
58 ( 69 ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
59 ( 74 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
60 ( 58 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood

61 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
62 ( 50 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
63 ( NEW ) BODY The Jacksons
64 ( 64 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
65 ( 62 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( NEW ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 43 ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
69 ( NEW ) DIZZY MISS LIZZIE The Flying Lizards
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( 49 ) THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN The Alarm
72 ( 65 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
73 ( NEW ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
74 ( 66 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
75 ( NEW ) FRESH Kool And The Gang


At work I was hating the long tedious bus journey between the outskirts of Poole and the centre of Bournemouth. 30 years on, there are more houses and no direct service at all for the 8 mile journey, so there’s progress for local authorities paying lip service to get people to abandon their cars. It’s cheaper and quicker and way more pleasant by car, fact, unless you live in London or on a direct bus route. Watched 28-Up on TV which sort of depressed me, watching young happy children grow up into unhappy adults, not least as I could relate, and it was a reminder of the passage of time speeding up.

We got a state of the art new hand-held computer to learn for data input. I took it as a challenge when presented with the “now try and crash that!” quip by the IT bloke. I managed to crash it and freeze the entire box in 2 minutes by trying to terminate something that wasn’t running (when you log the position of a grass verge you had to end it when the grass becomes road and I just decided to end a non-existent verge). I was quite proud of that, as it took some more programming to sort. Programmes have to be written to be idiot-proof, say I. 2nd time I was handed it, I succeeded in crashing it in 20 seconds. I was getting really good at this!

TV chart
1. Star Trek: The Devil In The Dark
2. The Young Ones: Bambi
3. Hill Street Blues
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. MASH
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Addams Family
9. The Avengers
10. The Sullivans
11. Dallas
12. Terrahawks
13. Entertainment USA
14. The Rockford Files

My 1984 Charts – October

Suki the cat

Suki the cat

links to 1984 youtube videos in my other post…

3rd October 1984

Culture Club get their 5th number one, 4th in a row, with the under-rated The War Song, as The Cars get their biggest hit with Drive at 3, and U2 are proud to be at 6, also their biggest to date. The Bluebells make it 2 in a row with Cath in the top 10 too. Bowie takes his Blue Jean to 16, and Barry Gibb breaks into the 30 with one on my current playlist (having finally bought it the other week) – Shine Shine – and ditto Black Uhuru at 36. Stephanie Mills and Glen Frey go top 40, leaving the highest new entry at 37: Paul McCartney’s old-fashioned sweeping ballad taken from his Give My Regards To Broadway film, No More Lonely Nights. The single was fine, the film, err Magical Mystery Tour looks very good in comparison.

ZZ Top get a great new entry at 47, Gimme All Your Loving, complete with girls and car and guitars sexist video, paving the way for a zillion copycat variation videos. In at 60, George is back with Andrew as Wham! get that Freedom at 60, all Motown delight. At 63 it’s the Higsons with a cover of a song originally a hit for the recently late Bob Crewe – him of Four Seasons co-writer fame, Lady Marmalade co-write fame, and as featured heavily in the Jersey Boys musical. Before Andy Williams became the best-known (and best) reissued version of the song it was covered by UK punk-funk band The Higsons. Yes, you guessed it Charlie Higson, later well-known comedian of The Fast Show fame and others, take a bow, you made it in my charts first! At 65, Billy Ocean makes it 10 years of hits, and a major comeback record that catapulted him into the world-star class after only a decade of trying, the terrific Caribbean Queen.

In the real world, I started work this week, my first proper job, 4 years on from getting my degree. It still wasn’t well-paid, but as luck would have it I started the same day as Bob, who quickly became a great mate, for 30 years so far mutual laughs and support through bad times. At one of the low points of my life, Bob was a bright, happy beacon that helped me to feel normal again. The job, well I got to see a lot of Dorset, surveying roads on a hand-held brick (aka state-of-the-art data-input computer that the crappiest mobile phone would put to shame). As we headed into wet cold autumn that wasn’t quite so great being outside much, but it kept me busy. We worked in two teams of three, our team boss being a bit of what I termed “an old dab hand skiver” regaling us of tales of the days he worked for Radio Caroline as a DJ, and was a member of an army hit-squad flown in to Cyprus to take out baddies. Yes, that’s right, a total bullshitter. Spotted it right away, the vagueness and lack of specific details on questioning a bit of a giveaway. The first Survey location: Blandford Forum – or as Douglas Adams preferred a dull radio 4 talk show. After hideous long journeys by bus to Bournemouth from the outskirts of Poole (no change to that in 2014) I decided to get a moped. Happily (sort of) I ended up car sharing next day with Monic, who lived nearby and worked in Dorset house too, and was getting married the next week, all hyper and excited. She drove like that too…

The rest of the week was spent learning the driving rules for a van, warning signs, learning codes for verges (341, yes still remember the bloody things), street signs, lamp-posts, drains and so on. Using measuring wheel, getting wet, learning the art of pissing in woodland and hedges when there are no public loos anywhere (a first for me!). Bob had an argument with Boss-man over the national speed limit: it’s 60, we all know it’s 60mph, but Boss-man insisted it be 50. That was, I realised, fairly typical of the level of knowledge, and he resented us jumped-up smart-arses who learnt the work pretty quickly and had opinions not shared by him. hey ho! Got to have Radio 1 on while travelling and lunchtimes, so that’s me sorted anyway! Bob too, it turned out, he was a big pop music fan. Yay! The big boss from Dorchester, Peter, came out with us Thursday, so I of course drove the van into a bumpy kerb. Tch!

1 ( 4 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 1 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
3 ( 7 ) DRIVE The Cars
4 ( 5 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
5 ( 2 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
6 ( 10 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
7 ( 3 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
8 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
9 ( 14 ) CATH The Bluebells
10 ( 9 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk

11 ( 8 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
12 ( 16 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
13 ( 11 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
14 ( 12 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
15 ( 20 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
16 ( 22 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
17 ( 23 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
18 ( 13 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
19 ( 18 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
20 ( 15 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto

21 ( 19 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
22 ( 28 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
23 ( 27 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
24 ( 21 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
25 ( 17 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
26 ( 25 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
27 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
28 ( 24 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
29 ( 37 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
30 ( 53 ) WHY Bronski Beat

31 ( 40 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
32 ( 75 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
33 ( 34 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
34 ( 26 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
35 ( 50 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
36 ( 39 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
37 ( NEW ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
38 ( 32 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
39 ( 31 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
40 ( 43 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen

41 ( 30 ) HOT WATER Level 42
42 ( 35 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
43 ( 38 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
44 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 41 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
46 ( 48 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
47 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
48 ( 72 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
49 ( 42 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
50 ( 29 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

51 ( 36 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
52 ( 45 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
53 ( 57 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
54 ( 49 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
55 ( 46 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
56 ( 58 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
57 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
58 ( 69 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
59 ( 60 ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!
60 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Wham!

61 ( 56 ) AGADOO Black Lace
62 ( 47 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
63 ( NEW ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Higsons
64 ( 51 ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
65 ( NEW ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
66 ( 62 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 66 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
69 ( 64 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
70 ( 52 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17

71 ( 71 ) SHINE Frida
72 ( 63 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
73 ( NEW ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
74 ( 55 ) YOU HAVE Marc Almond
75 ( NEW ) EAST OF EDEN Big Country

TV
1 Star Trek: Shore Leave
2 Comic Strip Presents: Gino
3 Black Adder
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Martian Chronicles
8 Terrahawks
9 The Rockford Files
10 Pop Quiz

10th October 1984:

2 weeks for Culture Club, U2 up to 4, Ghostbusters goes top 5, and Sade gets a second Top 10 hit cos she’s a Smooth Operator. Macca rockets to 14, UB40, Freddie Mercury, Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey all get more top 20 notches to their substantial belts. Which leaves the new entries, highest being The Stranglers melodic and rather catchy Skin Deep at 23, for a cool 7 and a half years of hits. John Lennon’s eldest boy Julian shows he can not only do a great impression of his dad, but he can make a great pop record to boot, as Too Late For Goodbyes reggaes for it now at 29.

Billy Ocean gets his first Top 40 entry for 6 years, and ZZ Top get their first, as meanwhile Chaka Khan follows up her remixed old hits recharting with a Prince song: I Feel For You was fresh-sounding state of the art dancerappop at the time, and it still sounds great – I think it’s fair to say it was influential mixing dance pop singers with rapping from Melle Mel. It may not have been the first to do it, but it was likely the first massive hit to do it. Yes, you can blame Chaka for the 21st century pop cliche obligatory rap break. Probably. Feargal Sharkey joins the list of solo-charting band frontmen, as he debuts with a bit of how’s your father, err listen, I mean! More follow-ups trot in from Laura Branigan, Spandau, Glitter & Idol. Billy Idol’s current singles (2014) are actually better than Flesh For Fantasy, which was OK at 75.

Back at my new job, pop music chatting to Bob on the way to the rural Blandford area, and Dorchester for a new works van to meet our (better-looking) counterpart team. I got a bit arrogant (to myself) about how quickly I picked up the computer and codes and work, which frankly was a doddle for me. Big-head! Just as well as I heard from NAAFI – didn’t get that job. Bemused at how crap I am at interviews. Got my latest Legion comic, shocked at the death of Karate Kid, and his widow leaving (Princess Projectra) after executing the baddie Nemesis Kid. Great stuff, trust me, very adult nearly 20 years on from debuting all 3 characters.

Friday at Milton Abbas for lunch, I had half a pint of lager and got quite light-headed from it. I didn’t like the taste, neither did Bob who had a cider – Bob enjoys a pint these days, though. I still don’t enjoy it (but have one socially). Had the weekend to myself, sitting for Suki, our cat with the plastic hip joint. Sadly, Leonard Rossiter died, so watched the tribute TV show for him, he was great in Rising Damp. Sad.

1 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 3 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 2 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
4 ( 6 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
5 ( 8 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
6 ( 4 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
7 ( 9 ) CATH The Bluebells
8 ( 7 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
9 ( 5 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
10 ( 12 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade

11 ( 15 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
12 ( 17 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
13 ( 11 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
14 ( 37 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
15 ( 16 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
16 ( 22 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
17 ( 13 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
18 ( 10 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
19 ( 23 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
20 ( 31 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

21 ( 30 ) WHY Bronski Beat
22 ( 14 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
23 ( NEW ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
24 ( 33 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
25 ( 19 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 ( 29 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
27 ( 21 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
28 ( 18 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
29 ( NEW ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
30 ( 40 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen

31 ( 20 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
32 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
33 ( 26 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
34 ( 25 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
35 ( 24 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
36 ( 28 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
37 ( 65 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
38 ( 35 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
39 ( 56 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
40 ( 47 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top

41 ( 36 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
42 ( 34 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
43 ( 27 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
44 ( 38 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
45 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
46 ( 39 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
47 ( 43 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
48 ( 60 ) FREEDOM Wham!
49 ( 45 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
50 ( NEW ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan

51 ( 41 ) HOT WATER Level 42
52 ( 48 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
53 ( 53 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
54 ( 42 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
55 ( 63 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Higsons
56 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
57 ( 57 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
58 ( 49 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
59 ( 46 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
60 ( 75 ) EAST OF EDEN Big Country

61 ( 54 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
62 ( 55 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
63 ( NEW ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
64 ( 61 ) AGADOO Black Lace
65 ( 58 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
66 ( 50 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 68 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
69 ( 51 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
70 ( NEW ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet

71 ( 73 ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
72 ( NEW ) SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT Gary Glitter
73 ( 52 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
74 ( 59 ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!
75 ( NEW ) FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol

TV
1 Star Trek: Galileo 7
2 Black Adder
3 MASH
4 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 3
5 Bewitched
6 Tenko
7 Addams Family
8 Krull: film
9 Rising Damp
10 Top Of The Pops

17th October 1984

3 weeks for George & co, letting U2 climb to 3, and Macca to 4. The Stranglers are Skin Deep at 7, 7 years after first getting a string of top 10 entries, albeit mellower. John Waite gets his first Top 10 since topping with the Baby’s in 1978 (Isn’t It Strange?!), Missing You being a song later covered by Tina Turner, up to 35 with Better Be Good To me this week. Phil & Giorgio at last get together in top 10 Electric Dreams – I never did bother seeing the film, though.

Bronski get a 2nd top 20, Billy Ocean runs up 20 places to 17, and Julian Lennon 11 to 19. New entries, though, galore: Hall & Oates are the highest at 24 with the sublime Out Of Touch, stretching the run of hits to 8 years, big in the USA, minor hit in the UK, still sounding great live when I saw them for the third time a few months ago (2014). Springsteen, frustratingly, I still haven’t seen live (he only does big city tours, of course), but has 9 years of entries with Cover Me at 26, while Style Council Shout To The Top about their entry at 30, a fine single following on from the number one earlier in the year.

Huey Lewis is back again with a jolly pop song at 34, Paul Young covers Ann peebles (I think) as he tears your playhouse down at 37, and does it nicely, while Kim Wild is back, very much not for The Second Time, at 40 and a great pop track. Lionel’s back with a ditty at 53, Elton shoe gazes at 57, Limahl warbles on with the sweet popular movie theme tune, The Never Ending Story at 67, Alison Moyet gets a follow-up solo hit, cos she’s All Cried Out about being only at 75, while Mike Post’s TV theme The A Team is in at 73 a full 9 years after Rockford Files theme tune (still in my TV chart) became a big hit in my charts, and 2 years on since Hill Street Blues Tv theme did the same. He’s a great TV theme tune writer! Lastly, Alvin’s final big hit enters at 66, the 50’s sounding I Won’t Run Away, and I’ll play it in tribute here…

On TV it’s still Star Trek and 60’s and 70’s sitcoms mostly, but also Tenko, a soap with drama, death and survival stories, set in a Japanese prison camp for female war prisoners. Gripping stuff at times.

At work, team leader Phil was standing in for ol’ holidaying storyteller-boss, commuting from Dorchester, and he was a real treat, our age and a real Dorset farmer-boy, good-looking and congenial, and a pleasure to work with for 2 weeks. Phil confirmed my tall-tale-telling boss suspicions. When not at work and occupied, I still drifted towards depression and tenseness, still trying to work out what I wanted to do career-wise, mulling over Post grad teaching courses, but musing “What the hell. I want to be a pop star anyway.” Ha! Pity about the lack of talent! Mum & dad returned from Mansfield and looked after me quite a bit at home.

News drama on the 12th – Tory conference IRA bomb blast. My reaction? “Unfortunately, Thatcher will become a hero”. Bloody terrorists, bad enough they kill people without making bad politicians even more popular. Much worse for us, we got a phone call from Bud and Doreen, our good Singapore family friends, telling us that Dale, boyhood/teen friend a year younger than me had been killed horribly in a car crash along with his girlfriend, aged 25. It was shocking sleeplessness-inducing news, I liked Dale more than a lot, and went through a growing up phase together moving into adolescence. I’m still angry he never got to have a family and a proper life, and still shocked at the manner of his death, burnt alive when his car hit a tree, knocking them both out, and bursting into flames, passers-by unable to get them out. Life can be terrible sometimes. Bud also died a few years ago, ringing us up for an old-time chat shortly before he passed away: I think he must have known.

1 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
4 ( 14 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
5 ( 3 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 5 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 23 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
8 ( 24 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
9 ( 20 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
10 ( 10 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade

11 ( 6 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
12 ( 7 ) CATH The Bluebells
13 ( 21 ) WHY Bronski Beat
14 ( 16 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
15 ( 9 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 8 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
17 ( 37 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
18 ( 29 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
19 ( 13 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
20 ( 17 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael

21 ( 19 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
22 ( 12 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
23 ( 11 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
24 ( NEW ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 ( 15 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
28 ( 18 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
29 ( 22 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
30 ( NEW ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council

31 ( 25 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 56 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
33 ( 48 ) FREEDOM Wham!
34 ( NEW ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
35 ( 53 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
36 ( 26 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
37 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
38 ( 27 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
39 ( 39 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
40 ( NEW ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde

41 ( 28 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
42 ( 31 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
43 ( 35 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
44 ( 34 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
45 ( 40 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
46 ( 71 ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
47 ( 50 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
48 ( 45 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
49 ( 33 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
50 ( 30 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen

51 ( 70 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
52 ( 44 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
53 ( NEW ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
54 ( 49 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
55 ( 63 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
56 ( 42 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
57 ( NEW ) WHO WEARS THESE SHOES Elton John
58 ( 47 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
59 ( 36 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
60 ( 38 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey

61 ( 57 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
62 ( 52 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
63 ( 46 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
64 ( 61 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
65 ( 58 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
66 ( NEW ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
67 ( NEW ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
68 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
69 ( 68 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
70 ( 41 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru

71 ( NEW ) FEEL IT Feelabilia
72 ( 43 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
73 ( NEW ) THE A TEAM Mike Post
74 ( 75 ) FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol
75 ( NEW ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet

TV
1 Star Trek: Arena
2 A Night At The Opera: film
3 MASH
4 The Young Ones
5 Terrahawks
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Tenko
9 Rockford Files
10 Addams Family

24th October 1984

4 weeks for Culture Club at 1, leaving The Cars at 2 for 3 weeks, with Phil and Giorgio hitting 4 – actually the lowest-placed Phil Oakey song since Sound Of The Crowd! It’s still a great live in concert show-stopper. Billy Ocean leaps to 6, his highest-placed record since he was On The Run (as Scorched Earth) in 1974. Julian Lennon gets his very own Top 10 hit months after his late dad, and The Style Council get a 4th Top 10 (or Paul Weller’s 10th or so).

Kim Wilde and Chaka Khan both leap into the 20, with Hall & Oates and Wham! taking a more leisurely-paced trip upwards. Highest new entry at 28, it’s Chicago with a 4th MOR-ballad, since topping the chart in 1976 with If You Leave Me Now. Alison Moyet has a 40-placed cried-out hurdle to 35, Limahl to 39 and Ultravox have a romping single with a great video at 40: Love’s Great Adventure. Meatloaf’s back with the fairly ordinary Modern Girl, at 54, while the utterly brilliant new-career-peak Nile-Rodgers-produced Mad-Max-epic-video of The Wild Boys takes Duran Duran up a step, and has the bonus of seeing Simon Le Bon dunked under water several times. I’m So Excited (say The Pointer Sisters, obviously having seen and heard it, at 65), Eddy Grant, Psychedelic Furs also pop in.

On TV a classic 60’s sci-fi movie – make that the first proper modern sci-fi classic movie, Planet Of The Apes, while new kids animated adventure series Dungeons And Dragons appealed to me. I had the board game, and no-one to play it with. So sad!

In My Life: I went along to the youth club, intending on telling them I was going to pack it in, and somehow got talked into committing more as the numbers of adults fell to 3, and I instead played darts with the kids. I’m such a pushover! Work: Milton Abbas, all thatched delight, Dorchester, guessing road widths before measuring them, space invaders at lunchtime in a pub. At home rang grandma in Liverpool who didn’t sound at all well, which caused me anxiety, and the next morning my pet budgie was in distress, which upset me as I’d seen the signs before. By the time I got home he was dead, the last of my many budgies (I had an aviary and used to breed them, I love animals what can I say!). He’d lived 8 years, was the first budgie born in my small aviary in April 1976, and outlived them all.

The weekend: took mum to see her friend from mansfield, Elsie, in Bournemouth, then drove to Poole on my own for a record fair, bought lots of singles I’d been after, then back to pick up mum. Got shown round Elsie and Keith’s hotel (very nice). Took mum to pick up some furniture and while parking touched the bumper of an old Rover in front, the even older driver jumped out and blew a fuse even though it was going at 2mph and caused no damage to either car. Had to swap insurance details anyway. Posh Git had me fuming inside!

Sunday we went to Chippenham, to see Bud and Doreen where young baby Jamie was now nearly-grown-up brainy James and we got the terrible whole story about Dale and his fiancee, and the events leading up to their death, out on a driving lesson doing 25 mph in a mini, which exploded when they hit a tree for some unknown reason. Dale’s room and fish tank was as he’d left it, quite some time later by now. Gary, the middle brother, also arrived with his wife to see us and we all went through some old Singapore photos and tapes of singing and laughing, I think the memories of happier times was both good and terribly sad. Bud said Dale would have loved being there that day, enjoying the memories. For both families, I think, Singapore was a time of great happiness, which can be a rare thing in life. Bud told me about his Falklands flights (still aircraft crew) and having enlisted again in the RAF now flying all over the world. Eventually we had to leave, wished everything could be made right for them all, I liked and admired them so much. I left thinking Dale dying was the most tragic thing to hit me personally, and I wished I could have been there to change events. I just did. Still having sleepless nights about it all.

As an aside, in my mind 1984 was my year from hell, and now I re-read events for the first time 30 years on from my diaries, it really WAS the year from hell for me. Sometimes in life there are long periods of mostly uneventful muddling along, and sometimes week after week after week there is no such thing as a nice quiet life. My life veers towards the latter quite often, and especially the last 16 or 17 years where many of the years make 1984 seem relatively bearable.

1 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
4 ( 9 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
5 ( 3 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
6 ( 17 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
7 ( 7 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
8 ( 8 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
9 ( 18 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
10 ( 30 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council

11 ( 13 ) WHY Bronski Beat
12 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
13 ( 24 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 ( 40 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
15 ( 47 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
16 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
17 ( 33 ) FREEDOM Wham!
18 ( 10 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
19 ( 14 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
20 ( 11 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD

21 ( 37 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
22 ( 15 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
23 ( 12 ) CATH The Bluebells
24 ( 16 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
25 ( 26 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 20 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
27 ( 19 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
28 ( NEW ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
29 ( 21 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
30 ( 32 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey

31 ( 34 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
32 ( 25 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
33 ( 27 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
34 ( 23 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
35 ( 75 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
36 ( 31 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
37 ( 22 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
38 ( 53 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
39 ( 67 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
40 ( NEW ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox

41 ( 29 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
42 ( 28 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
43 ( 51 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
44 ( 36 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
45 ( 45 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
46 ( 72 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
47 ( 38 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
48 ( 55 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
49 ( 35 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
50 ( 57 ) WHO WEARS THESE SHOES Elton John

51 ( 48 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 42 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
53 ( 41 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
54 ( NEW ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
55 ( 46 ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
56 ( 43 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
57 ( NEW ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
58 ( 39 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
59 ( 60 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
60 ( 71 ) FEEL IT Feelabilia

61 ( 52 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
62 ( 54 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
63 ( 49 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
64 ( 44 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
65 ( NEW ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
66 ( 56 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
67 ( 50 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
68 ( 61 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
69 ( 68 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 69 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) BOYS IN THE STREET Eddy Grant
72 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT The Psychedelic Furs
73 ( 62 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
74 ( 58 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
75 ( NEW ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Page

TV
1 Planet Of The Apes: film
1 Star Trek: Today Is Yesterday
3 MASH
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Addams Family
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Terrahawks
8 Rockford Files
9 Whistle Test
10 Dungeons And Dragons

31st October 1984

After 3 weeks at 2, the sublime, hauntingly beautiful Drive parks at the top, The Cars getting a number one after 6 years of trying. Hot on their heels though, it’s Duran Duran’s Wild Boys punching their way to 2 from 57, their biggest record to date. Chaka Khan gets her third top 10 with a Prince song, and 10 years since her first (both previously with Rufus, so her first official solo top 10 hit). Kim Wilde is also back in the 10, just go for it, Kim! Not The Second Time, it’s her 4th, and first one since 1981.

Limahl is never ending at 13, while highest two new entries are UK flops, from Bucks Fizz (at 16 with Golden Days) and Cyndi Lauper (25 with another album single All Through The Night). Under-appreciated both. ZZ Top get a sudden reversal shooting up to 17, Heaven 17, like the seagulls in Finding Nemo say “Mine” at 34, a new entry, and Alvin really won’t run away as he re-enters at 39.

Quo are back covering Dion’s way better original version of The Wanderer at 47, Sheena Easton gets an early not-yet-released entry for her new raunchy image, as she struts her way to 67, strut, pah, put it out, that’s what you want from women. Apparently! Murray Head had a name in the first cast version of Jesus Christ Superstar, and is the brother of Anthony Head, who did some decent singing in Buffy The Vampire Slayer – the Abba boys obviously took notice as they got him to sing One Night In Bangkok for their new musical Chess. In the absence of Abba (forever, as it turned out) this was a mighty fine substitute, a tad seedy, a bit catchy, and very thumping. Lastly, at 71 it’s a good debut single from Rebbie Jackson, Michael’s oldest sister, then 34, and written by him and with him on backing vocals. Shame it’s obscure these days and wasn’t a UK hit – though it was big in the USA.

At home, mum dad and I still having problems getting over Dale’s death, which put other stuff into perspective, like the rejection letter I got from my old college (to do a postgrad teaching course), though I was getting quite stressed by now with the driving of Monic, still giving me lifts into work and I was sorta happy when the car stalled and forced her to slow down. I had a letter for an interview at Exeter, which made me worry at work asking for the day off after just starting. Doreen rang, Bud, James and her came down on Sunday, and showed them my room which made them think of Dale, as we liked a lot of the same stuff, music, fish tanks & animals, art, photography and so on. We took them to the marine camp and showed them round the NAAFI which they enjoyed I think. Popped to Sandbanks, let James play on my guitar while I listened to the charts rundown upstairs, and they left at 7. We all still wished we could do something to help in some way, but of course there isn’t really.

1 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
2 ( 57 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
3 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
4 ( 3 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
5 ( 6 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
6 ( 9 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
7 ( 4 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
8 ( 15 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
9 ( 7 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
10 ( 14 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde

11 ( 5 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
12 ( 10 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
13 ( 39 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
14 ( 17 ) FREEDOM Wham!
15 ( 13 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( NEW ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
17 ( 45 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
18 ( 12 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
19 ( 8 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
20 ( 28 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

21 ( 35 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
22 ( 11 ) WHY Bronski Beat
23 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 16 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
25 ( NEW ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 18 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
27 ( 31 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
28 ( 40 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
29 ( 20 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
30 ( 22 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

31 ( 19 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
32 ( 26 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
33 ( 27 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
34 ( NEW ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
35 ( 24 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
36 ( 21 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
37 ( 38 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
38 ( 23 ) CATH The Bluebells
39 ( RE ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
40 ( 43 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet

41 ( 25 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 36 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
43 ( 29 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
44 ( 48 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
45 ( 65 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
46 ( 33 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
47 ( NEW ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
48 ( 32 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
49 ( 34 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
50 ( 50 ) WHO WEARS THESE SHOES Elton John

51 ( 41 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
52 ( 37 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
53 ( 75 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Page
54 ( 54 ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
55 ( 51 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( 42 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
57 ( 47 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
58 ( 44 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
59 ( 46 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
60 ( 49 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner

61 ( 52 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
62 ( 53 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
63 ( 56 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
64 ( 62 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
65 ( 61 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
66 ( 72 ) HEARTBEAT The Psychedelic Furs
67 ( NEW ) STRUT Sheena Easton
68 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson
72 ( 59 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
73 ( 68 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
74 ( 63 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
75 ( RE ) ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE The Everly Brothers

TV
1 National Lampoon’s Animal House: film
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
3 MASH
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Addams Family
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Terrahawks
8 The Professionals
9 Tenko
10 Entertainment USA

My 1984 Charts – July

3rd July 1984

One of the longest (hot) summers of my life, as misery continues, years of job applications had become unbearable, just the thought of filling out a job application (no computers to help in those days, all tedious long-hand) still fills me with tedium and I’ll do anything to avoid it. That’s why (with one head-hunted-exception) I haven’t done any for 25 years. Exams, on the other hand, are a piece of piss in comparison and I carried on doing them for another 20 years on and off. Hey ho.

I think the lack of new entries was more of a reflection of my growing apathy and misery than the music scene, and sad songs still saying so much more than angry ones, so Frankie get knocked off after a mere 2 week run in favour of one of The Human League’s least-remembered hits, the sad Life On Your Own, which extended their run of consecutive toppers to 6 over 3 years. Only Abba had that degree of consistency to date.

Bob Marley outdoes his original chart position, at 5, the gorgeous Waiting In Vain, and the Pointer Sisters get a second Top 10 in a row jumping up with another pop gem. Robin Gibb’s synthypop flop gives him a 4th solo Top 10 15 years after his first one, inexplicably (well, explicably, actually, as The Bee Gees were persona non grata after the Saturday Night Fever backlash, which if nothing else proves the public hate mega-success, cos the Gibbs didn’t lose their ability to write great songs for the entirety of their career. They just went in and out of fashion at regular intervals.

Lloyd Cole gets a deserved Top 10 with his Perfect Skin, and The Bluebells fabulous Young At Heart leaps into the 20 along with Scritti’s Absolute, and Tina’s simmering biggie, What’s Love Got To Do With It, co-written by Lyle (of Gallagher And Lyle hitsters) was about to give her a career-biggest solo hit (in the UK charts at least – she’d already hit number one in mine with Ike in 1973). Highest new entry is the brilliant Self Control from the late Laura Branigan. I didn’t love Gloria much, but this record was another thing entirely, powerful and passionate, and full of Coldplay-styled woah-oh’s singalong fabulousness.

Leaving a Billy Joel album-scraper, and Mike Oldfield getting together with Moonlight Shadow vocalist Maggie Reilly again, but this time with credit. To France? Certainly not To the UK Top 40… TV, give or take 2 or 3 shows from 1984, was almost entirely devoted to 60’s and 70’s re-runs, as the extra TV channel (Channel 4) gave lots of opportunities to view popular oldies that hadn’t been around for years, and gave me a half-hour or so of nostalgia-filled relief from depression. I know now I was seriously depressed, but then all I saw was insomnia, and increasing misery and frustration with no idea what was going on in my head or why. Music, TV and Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (by now one of DC comics hottest and biggest-selling properties) kept me going. Mind you DC Comics had just grasped the money-maker and were about to wring it dry by increasing paper quality (and price) by killing off one of my boyhood character favourites, Karate Kid, quite dramatically.

1 ( 3 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 4 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
5 ( 7 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
6 ( 9 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
7 ( 6 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 13 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
9 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
10 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

11 ( 10 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
12 ( 5 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
13 ( 17 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
14 ( 8 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
15 ( 30 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
17 ( 36 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
18 ( 20 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
19 ( 39 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

21 ( 12 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
22 ( 29 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
25 ( 15 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
28 ( 24 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
29 ( 19 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
30 ( 22 ) THE LEBANON Human League

31 ( 18 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
32 ( 35 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
34 ( NEW ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
35 ( 31 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
36 ( 32 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 25 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
39 ( 34 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
40 ( 74 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie

41 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 33 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
43 ( 38 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
44 ( 66 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
45 ( 42 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
46 ( 59 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
47 ( 40 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
48 ( 43 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
49 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams

51 ( 45 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
52 ( 50 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
53 ( 44 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
54 ( 51 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
55 ( 64 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 48 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
59 ( 55 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
60 ( NEW ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel

61 ( 58 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
62 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 53 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
65 ( 54 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
66 ( 65 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
68 ( 60 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
69 ( 67 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
70 ( 52 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 61 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
73 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
74 ( 75 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson
75 ( NEW ) WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT Twisted Sister

TV
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Soap
5 Addams Family
6 Batman
7 Monkees
8 Along Came A Spider: film
9 Professionals
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Twilight Zone
12 Tenko
13 Sullivans
14 Rhoda
15 Upstairs Downstairs

10th July 1984

If you don’t want to read about bad times and misery, just skip to the chart rundown. I would! I think it’s worth self-indulgently putting it in though, as I have absolutely no rose-tinted spectacles about the Eighties, bar the music, films and some TV. For some it was pure hell!

I’ve found my diaries. In one sense it’s hooray (when I do other years) and in another it’s OMG!!!! I’ve not read them ever (cos I was an arrogant jumped-up smart arse and didn’t want to be reminded of how much of a dick I could be to my family), but I started writing up my thoughts and events in 1977 and kept going till about 2003 when it all went too pear-shaped to even try. I’ve just flicked through June/July 1984 which has reminded me that I wasn’t just dealing with unemployment, my family was fragmenting around me – it’s not fair to mention any of it here, but the root causes were the Miners Strike (bruv had no money for a looong time), my unemployment and unhappiness being cut off from my friends, and my parents worrying about my brother and his family, and me, while dealing with a stressful demanding short-staffed long-hours job. Throw in me threatening to leave the new home (I’d forgotten that one!) and look for jobs somewhere else, family bitterness, and hints about my still-obvious “celibacy” as it was phrased. I didn’t go out, I didn’t have friends in Poole, I’d never had any romantic flings, and I was 26. Lot of things to deal with! Poor me, poor everyone, a thoroughly miserable time for us all. People under stress tend to take it out on those closest and things just get worse. We all hated Thatcher, at least, that was for sure, so hey, look on the bright side….!

Anyways, rather than get any more depressing, here’s a few self-indulgent comments from that week starting on the Saturday 7th July:

“Ladies Wimbledon Singles Final – one of the best I’ve seen, I think. Chrissie playing brilliantly, but Martina just SO good, “best ever” they’re saying. If she hadn’t come along Chrissie would have dominated tennis for over 10 years, with over 8 or 9 titles. Martina won.” I was a huge Chris Evert (Lloyd) fan.

“In evening , in garden with mum and dad (day just too hot – a scorcher – garden drier every day)

Tuesday July 10th

Feeling tensed, but waxing lyrical about the repeat of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before, the huge Trek universe that followed it, and actor Gary Lockwood who was also in 2001: A space Odyssey the same day. I’ll deal with Star Trek in my August 1969 run-down though!

Thursday July 12th

It rained, at long last, hooray! The end of helping mum & dad being short-staffed at work (Marines camp NAAFI shop till) which I was very happy about, seeing it as a distraction from looking for proper jobs, and being all stroppy and resentful. Dick – it turned out to be one of the things keeping me sane and angry. One of the marines nicked an apple from the shop (again), being light-fingered seemed to go with the job, being as they were taught how to break into things and all.

Friday July 13th

My sister-in-law arrived from Mansfield with baby Vicki, told me Dianne, my old Colourcare Photo Lab boss had been made redundant. Only slightly older than me, and sometimes a bit officious, but efficient and mostly upbeat, I had nothing against her but noted she should have taken an earlier job offer. It seems as though I was partly to blame by leaving, giving them an excuse to job-shuffle. That was the last I heard of her till she died a young alcoholic-related death years following years of decline after a failed relationship. Colourcare eventually went bust and everybody lost their jobs. It’s worth mentioning, cos something as seemingly innocuous as unemployment can lead to tragedy, and no doubt is right now in 2014.
On a lighter note, I was doing next week’s charts and was having a tough time deciding between Billy Idol and Prince for number one. Wonder who won!

Charts: 2 weeks for Human League on top, Prince gets his 3rd Top 10 hit in a row, Gary Glitter his first for 10 years, and Alison Moyet her first solo one. Seen them all in concert. Mike Oldfield leaps up To France et trente-deux; Thompson Twins are the highest new entry at 34, and The Young One’s neil covers Traffic’s hippie classic Hole In My Shoe for a new entry at 35. Arrow are Hot Hot Hot at 54, a record that became well known without being much of a hit, John Lennon is Stepping Out at 59, and Radio 2 played Mind Games an hour ago, which makes me miss my hero all over again, 34 years dead this year.

1 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 5 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
5 ( 6 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
6 ( 8 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
7 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
8 ( 16 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 13 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
10 ( 18 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

11 ( 7 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 17 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 9 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
14 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 10 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 28 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
18 ( 20 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
19 ( 14 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
20 ( 11 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

21 ( 12 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
22 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 33 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
25 ( 21 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 31 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
28 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
29 ( 34 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
30 ( 25 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

31 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
32 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
33 ( 30 ) THE LEBANON Human League
34 ( NEW ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
35 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
36 ( 29 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
37 ( 44 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
38 ( 35 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
39 ( 40 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
40 ( 36 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran

41 ( 60 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
42 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
43 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
44 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
45 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
46 ( NEW ) LAMENT Ultravox
47 ( 38 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
48 ( 55 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
49 ( NEW ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
50 ( 39 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

51 ( 43 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
52 ( 46 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
53 ( 42 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
54 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
55 ( 52 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 54 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
58 ( 50 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( NEW ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 45 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

61 ( 48 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
62 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 47 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 51 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( 61 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
68 ( NEW ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
69 ( 72 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 74 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

71 ( 59 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
72 ( 58 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
73 ( 64 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
74 ( 65 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
75 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 2001: A Space Odyssey
3 The Addams Family
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 The Monkees
7 Batman
8 Hill Street Blues
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko
11 Wimbledon Ladies Final
12 Taxi
13 WKRP IN Cincinatti
14 Upstairs Downstairs
15 Doctor Who

17th July 1984

A new number one, and it’s Billy Idol and the gorgeous Eyes Without A Face, holding off the brilliant When Doves Cry from the days when Prince had fans. I used to buy his singles and albums (bit of a genius), but his ongoing attacking of his shrinking fanbase over the years and bizarre career moves, means I haven’t bought an album in nearly 20 years, and I’m not likely to.

The Bluebells fab future 90’s UK Number One is at 6, Tina gets a second solo Top 10, Scritti get a second Top 10 with the sweet Absolute, and neil might be letting in water, but it washes him up to 12 ahead of some White Lines, blowing my mind with a classic rap record with a message and a reason to exist, other than “shake your booty b*tch” (that’s the cliche drivel version of rap). Mick Jagger gives the Jacksons a vocal assist, and my is he in a State Of Shock over his duet with Michael only being at 19 (for such a superstar comeback combo) while 20-year-old rivals The Fabs are at 20, the highest new entry being A Hard Day’s Night, a record and film 6-year-old me was very familiar with back in ’64.

Highest “New” new entry though is the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven from the Kane Gang, mellow as much pop was summer of 84. Others: Phil Fearon’s back with pleasant dancepop at 33; Band Of Gold (Dutch cover medley of 70’s sweet soul hits) slips in at 35 mainly due to some old faves being included in it rather than it being any good. Shakatak enter with a jazzdancepopMOR goodie; Divine enters to great disapproval on Top Of The Pops, what with being a big man in a dress who was happy to flaunt it; Dave and Barbara are back again 3 years on from It’s My Party – at least I hadn’t forgotten them, even if the charts had; Blancmange cover Abba with mixed results for me – it’s lower than the still-charting original, and is the first Blancmange record I was a bit disappointed with. Non-Abba fans, however, seemed to like it, despite it having none of the emotionless-but-emotional subtlety of the low-key ballad.

New at 68 an early folk/skiffle revival band in a style The Pogues took the crown for, Boothill Foot Tappers, at 70 John Cougar’s more Mellencamp than feline in his little Pink Houses, and ZZ Top pop in again a year ahead of chart bigness with those fabulous Legs at 74.

So, what tedium in my diary can I share? Stress, video-recorder acting up (catastrophe!), considered helping volunteer at the local Youth Club (more of a shack than a club), then had a to-do with the neighbour banging on the front door while I played my latest records (to try and ease my stress) with the windows open (it was hot) while he was slab banging in his garden (facing my bedroom window). I fumed, ignored him, took the record off, waited, then put Anarchy In The UK on full-blast. He applauded sarcastically when it finished. I’d waited all day, it was early evening, and oh my word the language I used Timothy ranting about the b*stard. I think I was Rik from the Young Ones for a moment. On the plus side, they sold the house a few months later, and happily some good friends ended up buying it years later, knowing full well and not minding my tendency to play loud music for half an hour in the summer window ajar. Hooray!

At the time though, next day, and I quote: “Me, I’m just pissed off being here, and I’m beginning to wish I’d moved to Nottingham instead. I’m going to start looking for jobs elsewhere, I’m just totally disenchanted with suburbia, with unemployment, with having no friends. “What a bummer” to quote neil.”

Just to rub it in, the next day I needed 6 fillings, left my driving licence and cheque cards on the bus after going into Poole to sign on (so had to ring police, banks etc), had a nightmare about my mum being overworked, donated £2 to Save The Children for the awful Ethiopian famine that was going on and upsetting me, I ranted about the “sick sick sick” individual who murdered 20 people (including kids) in Californian McDonalds, the news footage of dead children being shown on TV, and the useless American gun laws. Still, at least none of those sort of things happen these days, eh?

It wasn’t all misery though, I had a decent new haircut, my first ever. Wow!

1 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
2 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
3 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
5 ( 6 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
6 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 9 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
8 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
10 ( 18 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

11 ( 4 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 35 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
14 ( 5 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
15 ( 17 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 10 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
17 ( 7 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
18 ( 24 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 37 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
20 ( NEW ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 28 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 13 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 20 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
25 ( 29 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
26 ( 19 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
27 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
29 ( NEW ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
30 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
32 ( 34 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
34 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
35 ( NEW ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 33 ) THE LEBANON Human League
37 ( 31 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
38 ( 68 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
39 ( 49 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
40 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne

41 ( 30 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
42 ( 32 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
43 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
44 ( 40 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
45 ( 46 ) LAMENT Ultravox
46 ( 41 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
47 ( 38 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
48 ( 54 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
49 ( 36 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
50 ( 27 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson

51 ( 44 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
52 ( 45 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
54 ( 50 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
55 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 55 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
58 ( 47 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
59 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 57 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

61 ( 42 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
62 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
64 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
65 ( 51 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( NEW ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
69 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
70 ( NEW ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 53 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
72 ( 43 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
73 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
74 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
75 ( 67 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen

TV
1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 Comic Strip Presents: War
3 The Addams Family
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Casablanca: film
7 Batman
8 The Monkees
9 Soap
10 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
11 Tenko
12 Doctor Who (liver Birds guest)
13 Taxi
14 Automan
15 Upstairs Downstairs

4th July 1984

Back on top for Two Tribes, for a third week, while there’s a hole in my shoe at 4 and The Mighty Wah! get a second Top 10 hit a year and a half after hitting the top spot. The classic White Lines – so don’t do it! – finally breaks into the 10, and Divine positively rockets up to 20, proving if nothing else that a big bloke in a dress rasping over a manic bpm dance track is something to celebrate.

Shakatak smoothly glide to 22, a good jazzdance track, while Blancmange keep up their Top 40 run with that Abba cover at 29. Once again the highest new entry is a classic oldie – last week Beatles, this week Rolling Stones. It’s actually a chart debut though, as Brown Sugar was too naughty for Singapore radio in 1971 and it had taken 13 years to grow on me from occasional oldie listens. Talking about the most ridiculous haircut of all-time, A Flock Of Seagulls are back with a good track at 47, and Rod is back with a cover of Robert Palmer’s 1982 hit Some Guys Have All The Luck. Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds also keep up the 60’s veterans brigade with new singles.

So, Alien and Trek on top of TV viewing, I was raving about the latest Legion and Titans DC Comics, creatively hitting a peak that was matched commercially with big comic sales. At home, still not happy, a Vicar dropped by for a chat, newly esconced in brand new church, I think, looking for a new flock. I didn’t volunteer. The 15th anniversary of the Moon Landing TV shows casued me to reminisce on how much important stuff (to me) was happening in the Summer of ’69. Bryan Adams even wrote me a song about it! Honest!

By Monday I was getting seriously hypochondriac-al, worrying about symptoms that wouldn’t go away (and which I know now are stress-related), but tried youth club volunteering that evening to get me out, there were nearly as many helpers as kids, few facilities, and promised to come back Sept 3rd (summer break) after helping pack away and playing table football with kids. It didn’t give me an energy boost though, like the Mansfield Folkhouse did when I worked there, sadly.

Other things I tried to try and cheer myself up: Radio Luxembourg chart run-down; video arcade games in Bournemouth; went to cinema to see Supergirl movie (packed with kids on holiday being noisy): “..a good cast, all well OTT, mildly amusing, predictable, escapist fun, really. I’d go to see a sequel…” Hah! As if! Wishful thinking there. My College mate Paul rang and wanted to visit in August, which would have been brilliant for me – but the family announced they were all on holiday that week and would be back in the house then, so no room for Paul (felt awful telling him). None of them worked, though, increasingly depressed as the week went on. Oh dear!

1 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 2 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
4 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
5 ( 7 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
6 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 5 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
10 ( 13 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

11 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 4 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
13 ( 20 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 19 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
17 ( 29 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
18 ( 25 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
19 ( 14 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
20 ( 53 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 43 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
25 ( 18 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 ( 32 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
27 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 17 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
29 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
30 ( 16 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 24 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
32 ( 26 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
33 ( 39 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
34 ( 38 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
35 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 45 ) LAMENT Ultravox
37 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
38 ( 28 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
39 ( NEW ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

41 ( 31 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
42 ( 30 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
43 ( 36 ) THE LEBANON Human League
44 ( 34 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
45 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
46 ( 48 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
47 ( NEW ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
48 ( 41 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
49 ( 44 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
50 ( NEW ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer

51 ( 42 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
52 ( 40 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
53 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
54 ( 47 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
55 ( 70 ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 50 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
58 ( 49 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 57 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
60 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

61 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 46 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
63 ( 52 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 51 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
65 ( 64 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
67 ( 63 ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
68 ( 60 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
69 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
70 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( 68 ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
72 ( NEW ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
73 ( 54 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
75 ( 65 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust

TV
1 Alien: film
1 Star Trek: The Enemy Within
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Soap
7 Tenko
8 Monkees
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Addams Family

31st July 1984

4 weeks for Frankie as they were heading for 9 on top of the UK singles chart, and The Beatles keep those reissued Top 10 hits coming as A Hard Day’s Night hits 6. Shakatak are down in the streets but up in the charts, at 10, and everybody might be laughing at Phil Fearon, but he’s at 12 in the charts that count so he has the last laugh. Windjammer sail up to 22, with a track I’ve utterly forgotten – I’m guessing that’s not a good sign! Hazell Dean gets a second hit, though, with the even better Whatever I Do, and the sound of Stock Aitken Waterman has 2 in the 30 (Divine, t’other one, I think). Better get used to multiple entries in the singles chart, eh lads?

Queen get a third Top 40 hit of 1984, Rod gets a 2nd one, and Dave Edmunds has a welcome (floptastic) Top 40 hit yet again in my charts. I’m so loyal! Arrow finally prove it’s Hot Hot Hot at 40, as a major classic enters at 42. My sis-in-law Sue, then 24, loved George Michael, and Careless Whisper especially, and the new mature pop sound was a big surprise (especially after all the furore over his video expensive haircut obsession), but as we now know a huge hit and the start of a new solo career (eventually). I can’t listen to it these days, not since it was played at Sue’s funeral.

On TV sci-fi miniseries V started, but just as the Lionel Richie record falls dramatically because it reminded me of feeling ill, so this series has the same effect since the scene of the rodent-swallowing. By now I felt like I was on the verge of bursting into tears all the time, something I’d not done for a decade or so. Mum & dad knew something was up, I wasn’t eating properly, but I couldn’t explain it to them. Or to the doctor. So I stayed on camp for a few days with everyone so they could keep an eye on me. I hope this has a happy ending!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 4 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
5 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
6 ( 13 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 10 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
9 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
10 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

11 ( 5 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
13 ( 17 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
14 ( 18 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
15 ( 9 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 12 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
17 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
19 ( 29 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
20 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
22 ( 50 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 19 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
26 ( 16 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
27 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
28 ( 34 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
29 ( 33 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
30 ( 40 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

31 ( 25 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( NEW ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
33 ( 31 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 28 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
35 ( 32 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 26 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
37 ( 60 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
38 ( 74 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 46 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow

41 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
43 ( 36 ) LAMENT Ultravox
44 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
45 ( 37 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
46 ( 47 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( NEW ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
48 ( 38 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
49 ( 43 ) THE LEBANON Human League
50 ( 44 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart

51 ( 66 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
52 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
53 ( 41 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
54 ( NEW ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
55 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
56 ( 72 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
57 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
58 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 48 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
60 ( 70 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 49 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
64 ( 59 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
65 ( NEW ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
66 ( NEW ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
67 ( 65 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 51 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
69 ( 42 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
70 ( 69 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

71 ( 68 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
72 ( 63 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
73 ( NEW ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
74 ( 54 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun

TV
1 Star Trek: Mudd’s Women
2 Cheers
3 Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Hi De Hi
8 V
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko