My January 1987 Charts

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me with hairdo

6th January 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as Slade get a post-christmas high entry at 2, a new peak for the track 13 years late in one of it’s many festive appearances until I got so sick of it I can’t bear charting it any more. I’ve not gone mad, oldies only made my charts if they made the UK singles chart, at the time, and Slade sneaked in in the published charts over the Christmas period, so the delay is due to that.

Elkie Brooks gets her first top 10 since Sunshine After The Rain a decade earlier, David Cassidy has a live EP of his biggest 70’s UK singles enter at 17, and by this time I was well into 70’s nostalgia, the lead track turning out to be the under-appreciated (by me) version of How Can I Be Sure, now one of my all-time fave records and better even then Dusty’s version (the roiginal 1972 studio version that is, not this live cover).

Little Richard is back with his first ballad to make my charts, 30 years since his heyday predating me never mind my charts! Siouxsie covers This Wheel’s On Fire nicely, albeit not as classic as the original, for 9 years of hits, Swing Out Sister get a soundalike follow-up, UB40 change lead vocalist for the rat in the iamspamspamami Dead Or Alive keep the string of SAW-pop hits coming 2 years on, The Bangles sneak in with a lesser track, and Lou Reed covers Sam n Dave’s Soul Man, and brings along Sam to boot…

1 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
3 ( 4 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 2 ) CANDY Cameo
5 ( 9 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
6 ( 7 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
7 ( 5 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 15 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
10 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

11 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
12 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
13 ( 10 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 12 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
15 ( 11 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( NEW ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
18 ( 13 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
19 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 18 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 17 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
22 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
23 ( 25 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
24 ( 26 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
25 ( 29 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
26 ( 27 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
27 ( 32 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
28 ( 22 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
29 ( 33 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
30 ( 34 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

31 ( 20 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
32 ( 47 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 23 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
35 ( 40 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
36 ( 28 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
37 ( 24 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
38 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 30 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 50 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 31 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
44 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
45 ( 35 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( NEW ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 39 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
48 ( 55 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
49 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 65 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

51 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 45 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
54 ( 60 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers
55 ( 48 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
58 ( 49 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
59 ( NEW ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
60 ( 61 ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter

61 ( 54 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
62 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
63 ( 63 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 53 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
65 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 58 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
67 ( NEW ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
68 ( 68 ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 62 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive

71 ( 51 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
72 ( NEW ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
73 ( 72 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
74 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

6th Jan
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 ROCK AND ROLL (Live at the BIC) Gary Glitter
2 MY LITTLE LADY The Tremeloes
3 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro

13th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for David Cassidy since 1972 when he had 2 of 3 chart-toppers with The Partridge Family, but my residual affection for his solo singles – none of them topped my chart – is enough for these lesser versions to top my chart in combination by way of compensation in particular for How Can I Be Sure which remains one of my tear-jerking singles in the original version, but which fell short of my top 10 at the time. a-ha keep the top 10’s coming, Paul Simon makes it 2 in a row for the first time in 14 years, and Alison Moyet gets a 4th solo or 7th in total.

A big climb for Siouxsie’s Wheel into the 20, Little Richard goes top 40, and Randy Crawford is the highest new entry 8 years since she had her Streetlife with The Crusaders debut a run of solo follow-ups. In at 44, it’s annoying Jacking sparking off – obviously I quite liked it at first, but it led to dross and this off-spin of House got annoying quickly. Steve Silk Hurley’s minute in the sun. At 53, it’s 5-years since her last hit so it must be Carly Simon: check out the dates: 1972/1977/1982/1987 are all debuts or comebacks regular as clockwork!

In at 58 it’s Drum Theatre who I think supported the Human League who I saw at the Poole Arts Centre (now The Lighthouse, despite not being any such thing) this week, which explains their tracks going back up, and my listing of my fave tracks that night (they were fab, despite me being quite high at the back and having to watch the girls legs only when they sang on a raised platform at the back of the stage) has a lovely co-incidence: Rock & Roll was my top Gary Glitter track the week before for his annual Xmas/New Year gig (it was always hits-packed party-time) and the same song was done good by Phil & co, the Human League being the current regular reliably fab hits-packed party time leading up to christmas most years for the last couple of decades. Happily you can still say you like the Human League.

1 ( 17 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
4 ( 5 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
5 ( 4 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 9 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
7 ( 2 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
8 ( 12 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
9 ( 19 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
10 ( 16 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet

11 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
12 ( 6 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
13 ( 8 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
14 ( 10 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
15 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
16 ( 29 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
17 ( 25 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
18 ( 23 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
19 ( 46 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
20 ( 30 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

21 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
22 ( 11 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
23 ( 26 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
24 ( 44 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
25 ( 14 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 18 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
27 ( 22 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 20 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 40 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
30 ( 59 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

31 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo
34 ( 21 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
35 ( 27 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( NEW ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
37 ( 28 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
38 ( 57 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
39 ( 38 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
40 ( 50 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore

41 ( 34 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
44 ( NEW ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
45 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 48 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
47 ( 36 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
48 ( 67 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
49 ( 31 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
50 ( 37 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush

51 ( 47 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( NEW ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
54 ( 49 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 74 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
58 ( NEW ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 71 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
60 ( 35 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

61 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
62 ( 53 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
63 ( 51 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 70 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
66 ( 62 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
67 ( 75 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
68 ( 58 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
69 ( 72 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
70 ( NEW ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope

71 ( 55 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
72 ( 61 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
73 ( NEW ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
74 ( NEW ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
75 ( 73 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

Human League at Poole Arts Centre
1 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE)
2 THE LEBANON
3 ROCK AND ROLL

20th January 1987

It’s a first week on top for the highest entry, a remix of Hot Chocolate’s 12-year-old goodie which failed to top my charts first-time round, despite being a huge Hot Choc fan, and becomes a belated 5th number one for them. Lots of yet more 70’s new entries from The Doobie Brothers 1979 top tenner, cashing in on Michael McDonald’s recent big hits, in at 9, Freeez’ remixed 1983 top 10 enters lower down, the late Phil Lynott’s 1980 track is back, Barbara Jones reggae cover of Olivia Newton-John’s 1975 top 30 track sneaks in, Age Of Chance sort-of cover Prince ahead of Art Of Noise, and the chart goes ballistic as 1987 arrives with a bang and 18 new entries, and big climbs into the top 10 for Robbie Nevil, Little Richard and an instant new entry for Aretha & George on a fab duet, Aretha’s best track since her glorious Atlantic days, and George’s best track since his previous record.

Dead Or Alive rocket into the 20, Carly Simon into the 30, and new entries galore between 42 and 75, the most notable being the fab debut of Curioisty Killed The Cat bringing jazzpop into teen idol branding, The Style Council returning, the bouncy pop of The Jets, Rosie Vela’s delicious sultry Magic Smile, The Blow Monkeys brilliant It Doesn’t Have To be This Way (note sax very much the thing in 1987), and another Jack-track for Raze, who would return in a year with the fab Break 4 Love. Stevie Wonder makes it 19 years of charting in my charts, and Kool & The Gang a mere 8 years.

1 ( NEW ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
3 ( 6 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
4 ( 17 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
5 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
6 ( 24 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
7 ( 10 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
8 ( 3 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( NEW ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
10 ( NEW ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

11 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
12 ( 16 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
13 ( 4 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 8 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 19 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees
16 ( 18 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
17 ( 65 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
18 ( 20 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
19 ( 23 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
20 ( 13 ) SOMETIMES Erasure

21 ( 9 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 14 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
23 ( 11 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
24 ( 15 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
25 ( 7 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
26 ( 30 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister
27 ( 53 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
28 ( 29 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 12 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
30 ( 33 ) DREAMING Status Quo

31 ( 36 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
32 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
33 ( 38 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
34 ( NEW ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 44 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
36 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
37 ( 40 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
38 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
39 ( 26 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 48 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40

41 ( 31 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( NEW ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
43 ( 21 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
44 ( 70 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
45 ( NEW ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
46 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
47 ( 61 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
48 ( 55 ) BALLERINA GIRL Lionel Richie
49 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
50 ( NEW ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council

51 ( 45 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 73 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
54 ( 74 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
55 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
56 ( 34 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( 39 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
60 ( 69 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles

61 ( NEW ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
63 ( 37 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
64 ( 67 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore
65 ( NEW ) KISS Age Of Chance
66 ( NEW ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela
67 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 54 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
69 ( NEW ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys
70 ( NEW ) PLEASE MISTER PLEASE Barbara Jones

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
73 ( NEW ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
74 ( NEW ) WASTELAND The Mission
75 ( NEW ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze

Playlist oldies
1 SECONDS Human League
2 LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
3 NIGHT IN THE CITY E.L.O.

27th January 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Hot Choc as Aretha gets her highest chart position since 1971, and her highest to date, and George almost makes it his 5th chart-topper. Dead Or Alive grab yet another top 10 single, having not missed at all since Spin Me Round, and Iggy Pop gets his first ever. Siouxsie adds to her long list of top 10’s over 9 years, and Steve Hurley jacks it up to 14, surprising me at how much I liked it when I thought I didn’t rate it. Memory is such a fickle thing!

Lots of big climbs this week from the rush of new entries last week, and before, including UB40 into the 20, Style Council, Curiosity, Phil Lynott, Rosie Vela into the 40, while new entries from China Crisis, Heaven 17, Red Box and Stevie Winwood extends their runs of entries, but more interesting are the debuts from Georgia Satellites, and Timbuk 3, both goodies. I was clearly into a rock frame of mind when it comes to spinning singles in my bedroom, especially the Wishing Well remix which I’d not charted, having missed it when it came out, but which is fab Free at their best.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
2 ( 10 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
3 ( 2 ) THE EP (HOW CAN I BE SURE/ I’M A CLOWN/ COULD IT BE FOREVER) David Cassidy
4 ( 17 ) SOMETHING IN MY HOUSE Dead Or Alive
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
6 ( 4 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
7 ( 6 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
8 ( 9 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
9 ( 12 ) REAL WILD CHILD (WILD ONE) Iggy Pop
10 ( 15 ) WHEELS ON FIRE Siouxsie & The Banshees

11 ( 5 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
12 ( 16 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
13 ( 18 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
14 ( 35 ) JACK YOUR BODY Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley
15 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
16 ( 27 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
17 ( 7 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
19 ( 40 ) RAT IN MI KITCHON UB40
20 ( 26 ) SURRENDER Swing Out Sister

21 ( 21 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
22 ( 11 ) CANDY Cameo
23 ( 33 ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
24 ( 31 ) ALMAZ Randy Crawford
25 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
26 ( 14 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
27 ( 20 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
28 ( 28 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
29 ( 22 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
30 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

31 ( 50 ) IT DIDN’T MATTER The Style Council
32 ( 45 ) DOWN TO EARTH Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 62 ) KING’S CALL Philip Lynott
34 ( 34 ) IOU (REMIX) Freeez
35 ( 47 ) HEARTACHE Pepsi & Shirlie
36 ( 42 ) I LOVE MY RADIO Taffy
37 ( 24 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 44 ) TRAMPOLINE Julian Cope
39 ( 23 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
40 ( 66 ) MAGIC SMILE Rosie Vela

41 ( 25 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
42 ( 38 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
44 ( NEW ) BEST KEPT SECRET China Crisis
45 ( 53 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
46 ( 36 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
47 ( 74 ) WASTELAND The Mission
48 ( 39 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
49 ( 60 ) WALKING DOWN YOUR STREET The Bangles
50 ( 64 ) SOUL MAN Lou Reed and Sam Moore

51 ( 29 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
52 ( 46 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
53 ( 54 ) FACTS AND FIGURES Hugh Cornwell
54 ( 37 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
55 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) KISS Age Of Chance
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 58 ) EL DORADO Drum Theatre
59 ( NEW ) KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF Georgia Satellites
60 ( 69 ) IT SHOULDN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY The Blow Monkeys

61 ( 61 ) CRUSH ON YOU The Jets
62 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Heaven 17
63 ( NEW ) FUTURE’S SO BRIGHT (GOTTA WEAR SHADES) Timbuk 3
64 ( 73 ) STRANGER ON THE SHORE OF LOVE Stevie Wonder
65 ( 43 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
66 ( 51 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 72 ) BEAUTIFUL IMBALANCE Thrashing Doves
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 30 ) DREAMING Status Quo

71 ( 63 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
72 ( 75 ) JACK THE GROOVE Raze
73 ( 68 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HEART OF THE SUN Red Box
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE HIGHLIFE AGAIN Stevie Winwood

Oldies Playlist of that week
1 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
2 SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
3 FIREBALL Deep Purple

My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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Salou, Spain, back to front
31st December 2017

It’s Aretha Franklin’s orchestral oldie on top, almost exactly 44 years since the gorgeous Stevie Wonder song first charted for me, and it’s been a week of oldies xmas invasions, as a refuge from the stress of having a father unexpectedly in hospital from xmas eve (and still there) while caring for a mother who needs help with everything. Lots of TV playlist oldies has created a nostalgic xmas chart invasion, belatedly, some of them having charted dozens of times before, some just a couple or a few times.

The Fizz make it 2 top 10’s with the christmassy Home For My Heart, and also give Rick Wakeman his first ever top 10 singles chart credit – though he was tinkling the ivories in my top 10 way back in the early 70’s on many records. Paloma gets a second top 10 of the year, Streets Of London incredibly makes my top 20 for the first ever time, criminal for such a great song! Joe Goddrad heavily samples a 70’s disco soul flop from Brainstorm, one I didn’t know at the time (or since) so I’ve given them credit, cos it’s great.

Buckingham McVie return for 5th track off the Mac-side-project album, Oh Wonder get a second chart single, Taylor Swift gets her first of the year, and Jose Feliciano’s xmas oldie finally charts – largely because I keep hearing it, having spent the best part of 45 years never having come across the 1970 track at all. Jose Feliciano had a top 10 fab hit with me in my first charting days in late 1968, with the Doors song, Light My Fire – a stylised version covered by Will Young more recently – and then…nothing. Never made my chart again, not even his current Jools Holland stuff. So, a new chart record – albeit with an oldie – for Jose, as his 49-year-drought comes to an end and he finally gets a follow-up.

1 2 1 4 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 1 1 5 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 332300
3 3 1 6 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 740000
4 4 4 6 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 258200
5 5 1 9 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 817000
6 6 5 7 PHASES Alma & French Montana 322400
7 7 2 9 AMEN The Fizz 780000
8 10 8 6 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 157150
9 27 9 3 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 80900
10 12 10 7 GUILTY Paloma Faith 155600

11 9 9 17 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 399500
12 16 12 8 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 151400
13 8 8 7 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 224400
14 25 14 2 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 47750
15 15 3 12 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 492000
16 32 16 2 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 42800
17 17 17 6 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 119950
18 30 18 2 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 40000
19 29 19 2 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 39200
20 40 20 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 37000

21 13 10 7 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171200
22 11 7 7 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 204900
23 18 1 12 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 683750
24 26 24 5 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 79250
25 36 25 2 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 36150
26 14 4 9 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 377400
27 23 1 18 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1044650
28 22 5 6 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 208800
29 75 29 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 23200
30 20 20 4 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 74850

31 19 19 8 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 114850
32 28 17 9 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 169750
33 24 8 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 187700
34 21 8 8 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 259850
35 31 3 14 READY TO GO Hurts 604700
36 39 36 4 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 61800
37 34 4 21 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 464300
38 49 38 6 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 60500
39 65 39 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 24100
40 33 1 14 WAIT UP Hurts 783850

41 41 1 7 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 326600
42 37 1 14 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 898400
43 35 24 8 GO BANG PNAU 127600
44 38 17 9 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 164200
45 43 1 17 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 941150
46 44 10 12 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 254000
47 54 47 3 RUT The Killers 28500
48 45 1 17 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 917950
49 56 49 3 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 27900
50 NEW 50 1 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 12000

51 48 6 20 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 478550
52 46 15 8 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 150150
53 51 18 10 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 180900
54 NEW 54 1 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 11000
55 55 1 26 DREAMS Grace Slick 720700
56 RE 5 14 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 498800
57 70 57 3 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 22400
58 58 19 13 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 179600
59 59 59 3 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 30200
60 42 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350

61 47 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 50 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
63 63 34 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 84500
64 NEW 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 NEW 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
66 66 3 17 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 475250
67 67 1 42 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1024350
68 68 29 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 123350
69 NEW 69 1 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000

71 RE 45 4 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 36200
72 NEW 72 1 LIFETIME Oh Wonder 5600
73 NEW 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

DROP OUTS
52 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
57 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
60 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950
61 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
64 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
69 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
71 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500

24th December 2017

It’s Chris Rea on top, at long last, as he cancels his tour from ill health, but continues to have the most heart-warming annual christmas fave with his 1988 classic. The song made my top 10 then, and hit 4 in 1994, before hitting a new peak of 3 in 2007. All of them in years when the UK singles chart was unwelcoming to the song, to say the least. It finally makes the UK top 20 this week, and in celebration it not only makes my top 10 for the 7th time, it finally hits the top spot 29 years on. No record has charted so many times before topping my chart, nor had so many weeks on the chart before topping my chart.

Craig David gets his first top 10 since 2010, and his 5th in total, including 2 number ones (Hot Stuff in 2007 and Walking Away in 2000). The Partridge Family make my top 20 for the first time in 44 years, with an old album track, and the highest new entry is also an old Sister Sledge (Chic-produced) album track from 1980, one I’ve never heard before until Radio 2 played it for the surviving sisters talking about a new tour. Pretty Baby is much better than any of the singles off the album, and is therefore their best new entry on my chart since Lost In Music in 1979 (ignoring reissues and remixes).

Empire Of The Sun replace themselves in my chart, with a song containing “home” in it, very much the theme of the chart, on top, and new entries from Joe Goddard, a climber for The Fizz, someone ironic considering the charity new entry at 40 – Ralph McTell’s new version of his classic Streets Of London is in aid of the homeless, and it’s rather a good version, helped along by Annie Lennox. That’s Annie’s first chart credit here in 8 years, and Ralph’s first, cough, in 42 years. That’s one hell of an absence! Streets Of London was already a few years old when it charted at Christmas 1974, as was another oldie, Hey There Lonely Girl from Eddie Holman. Eddie hasn’t troubled my chart since, until now – purely because an oldie I was listening to on youtube ended and this track started up next, one from 1966 I’d never heard of. An instant retro fave for me and lovely to see Ralph & Eddie entering together 43 years since they last both hit my top 40.

1 16 1 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 217300
2 2 2 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
3 1 1 5 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 655000
4 4 4 5 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 193200
5 3 1 8 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 757000
6 5 5 6 PHASES Alma & French Montana 267400
7 6 2 8 AMEN The Fizz 730000
8 11 8 6 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 182400
9 9 9 16 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 362500
10 18 10 5 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 109150

11 7 7 6 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 185400
12 20 12 6 GUILTY Paloma Faith 113600
13 10 10 6 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 151450
14 8 4 8 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 358900
15 19 3 11 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 465000
16 29 16 7 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 116400
17 22 17 5 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96950
18 15 1 11 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 664500
19 30 19 7 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 96950
20 23 20 3 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 56850

21 14 8 7 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 242250
22 13 5 5 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 190500
23 17 1 17 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1026250
24 12 8 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 170000
25 NEW 25 1 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 18750
26 26 26 4 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 60250
27 35 27 2 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 35900
28 21 17 8 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 151950
29 NEW 29 1 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOME Joe Goddard 18000

31 28 3 13 READY TO GO Hurts 587200
32 NEW 32 1 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 17800
33 31 1 13 WAIT UP Hurts 766850
34 25 4 20 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 447100
35 24 24 7 GO BANG PNAU 114100
36 NEW 36 1 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 17400
37 32 1 13 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 887400
38 33 17 8 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 150950
39 39 39 3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 44400
40 NEW 40 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 17000

41 34 1 6 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 312600
42 37 37 5 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 77350
43 43 1 16 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 928150
44 44 10 11 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 241250
45 41 1 16 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 905650
46 36 15 7 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 138650
47 40 40 5 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 51600
48 45 6 19 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 466800
49 50 49 5 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 43300
50 27 16 6 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 114400

51 42 18 9 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 169650
52 38 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 47 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
54 75 54 2 RUT The Killers 16000
55 55 1 25 DREAMS Grace Slick 709900
56 74 56 2 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 15800
57 48 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
58 58 19 12 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 169400
59 60 59 2 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 20100
60 46 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950

61 51 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 49 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
63 52 34 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 77300
64 53 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
65 NEW 65 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 7000
66 63 3 16 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 468450
67 67 1 41 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1017750
68 65 29 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 116950
69 59 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
70 70 70 2 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 12000

71 54 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 69 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 62 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500
75 NEW 75 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
61 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
64 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
66 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
68 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
71 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600

17th December 2017

How Can I Be Sure is back on top for a second week for the late David Cassidy, just holding off the strings-laden soul classic Stevie Wonder song as done by Aretha Franklin, finally getting the chart peak it deserved first time round when it was battling Glam Rock classics, Cher, Wings & Barry White. I just turned sweet 16.

Tame Impala get a 3rd top 5, Roy Orbison gets his biggest of the year, and the RPO get 2 in the top 10. Steely Dan return to the top 10 42 years later, and Chris Rea gets a top 20 xmas classic return for the umpteenth time without ever topping my chart. Yes there’s a bit of a dearth of new material as Christmas takes over – though Kim Wilde gets a second christmas song in the chart some 38 years since the last one.

The Fizz enter the chart as the highest new entry, with assist from prog legend Rick Wakeman who was tinkling the ivories for Bowie and others over 45 years ago, and anyone who could have forseen a 2017 link-up with Bucks Fizz would be truly living in a world of alternate universes. It works though!

1 2 1 4 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 570000
2 6 2 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 170000
3 1 1 7 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 697000
4 9 4 4 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 128200
5 5 5 5 PHASES Alma & French Montana 212400
6 3 2 7 AMEN The Fizz 680000
7 7 7 5 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 148400
8 4 4 7 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 329900
9 12 9 15 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 317500
10 18 10 5 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 119450

11 15 10 5 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 134400
12 8 8 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 151000
13 11 5 4 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 171000
14 10 8 6 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 222500
15 13 1 10 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 642500
16 37 16 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 47300
17 14 1 16 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1007000
18 22 18 4 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 67150
19 17 3 10 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 438000
20 28 20 5 GUILTY Paloma Faith 78600

21 19 17 7 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 133650
22 25 22 4 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 73950
23 34 23 2 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 36850
24 35 24 6 GO BANG PNAU 96600
25 21 4 19 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 429500
26 44 26 3 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 41750
27 16 16 5 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 102400
28 20 3 12 READY TO GO Hurts 569300
29 36 29 6 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 91400
30 46 30 6 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 75950

31 23 1 12 WAIT UP Hurts 749150
32 32 1 12 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 870100
33 33 17 7 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 133750
34 24 1 5 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 298600
35 NEW 35 1 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 17500
36 26 15 6 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 125900
37 48 37 4 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 62600
38 31 7 8 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 250000
39 58 39 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 27300
40 59 40 4 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 39100

41 30 1 15 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 892650
42 27 18 8 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 157900
43 42 1 15 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 914650
44 41 10 10 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 228000
45 49 6 18 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 454500
46 29 29 3 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 48950
47 40 40 6 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 64700
48 53 48 6 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 56900
49 39 34 9 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 126550
50 62 50 4 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 31200

51 43 4 11 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 339350
52 38 34 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 70100
53 52 8 13 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 319950
54 50 12 15 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 255350
55 55 1 24 DREAMS Grace Slick 699100
56 63 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 45 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
58 RE 19 11 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 159200
59 47 47 4 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 46150
60 NEW 60 1 F U KRISTMAS Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 10000

61 54 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
62 56 30 10 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 128300
63 61 3 15 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 461650
64 57 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
65 65 29 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 110550
66 71 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
67 67 1 40 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1011150
68 66 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
69 69 14 16 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 246750
70 NEW 70 1 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammar 6000

71 68 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 NEW 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600
73 70 10 18 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 313800
74 NEW 74 1 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUT The Killers 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
60 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400
64 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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My 1985 Charts – May

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7th May 1985

Another week on top for Tears For Fears, so perfect it’s held off the brilliant Ticket To Ride 20th anniversary reissue from The Beatles! Highest new entry is 19, or rather at 4 it’s 19 – Paul Hardcastle’s great Vietnam footage anti-war dance mash-up with dialogue, which came out of nowhere and was an instant sensation, sounding like something new and exciting at the time. Up 60 places, Steve Arrington really shows off those baggy robes and rockets to 5 with the terrific dance track Feel So Real. Also up, to 6, Animotion are getting even more of an obsession. Dead Or Alive also grab another top 10 hit, Lover Come Back To Me.

David Cassidy enters at 30, nestling behind his number one, with the similarly-moody Romance (Let Your Heart Go), while good climbs into the 40 for Toyah, Scritti Politti, Haywoode and Divine, with U2 being all sweeping strings drama as the fab title track to The Unforgettable Fire enters at 39. New Edition are back with Cool It Now, The Power Station cover T.Rex, and Jimmy Nail, actor big on UK TV at the time on TV dramas, has a go at covering Rose Royce’s classic 1978 Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, and it’s not bad despite singing wrong lyrics. It’s Eurovision Song Contest time, and Vikki represents the UK, in at 65. She didn’t win. Propaganda return with a track nearly as good as Dr. Mabuse, Duel, in at 66, ZTT were still cool as labels go. At 70, Go West follow-up a big hit with a single I preferred, Call Me is pretty good. Imagination are also back at 75, Found My Girl, and John Fogerty, he of 1960’s greats Creedence Clearwater Revival returns with Rock And Roll Girls, giving him a sweet 16 years of chart entries since Proud Mary.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
4 ( NEW ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
5 ( 65 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
6 ( 18 ) OBSESSION Animotion
7 ( 5 ) CRY Godley And Creme
8 ( 2 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
9 ( 6 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10 ( 12 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive

11 ( 8 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
12 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
13 ( 13 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
14 ( 14 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 10 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
16 ( 9 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
17 ( 22 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
18 ( 25 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
19 ( 23 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
20 ( 26 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond

21 ( 16 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
22 ( 53 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
23 ( 11 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
24 ( 27 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
25 ( 15 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
26 ( 30 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
27 ( 28 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
28 ( 21 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
29 ( 24 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
30 ( NEW ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy

31 ( 32 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
32 ( 60 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
33 ( 19 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
34 ( 75 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
35 ( 20 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
36 ( 39 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
37 ( 46 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
38 ( 17 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
39 ( NEW ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
40 ( 70 ) ROSES Haywoode

41 ( 44 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
42 ( 33 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
43 ( 61 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
44 ( 29 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
45 ( 57 ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
46 ( 43 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
47 ( 31 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
48 ( 40 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
49 ( 38 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
50 ( 37 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw

51 ( 34 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
52 ( 49 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
53 ( 55 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
54 ( 35 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
55 ( 66 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
56 ( 36 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
57 ( NEW ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
58 ( 45 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
59 ( NEW ) GET IT ON The Power Station
60 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail

61 ( 42 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
62 ( 52 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
63 ( 59 ) LEGS ZZ Top
64 ( 62 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
65 ( NEW ) LOVE IS Vikki
66 ( NEW ) DUEL Propaganda
67 ( 64 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
68 ( 63 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
69 ( 48 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
70 ( NEW ) CALL ME Go West

71 ( 71 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL GIRLS John Fogerty
73 ( NEW ) NO REST New Model Army
74 ( 50 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
75 ( NEW ) FOUND MY GIRL Imagination

TV 4th-10th May
1 The Main Event: film
2 The Poseidon Adventure: film
3 Cheers
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Lou Grant
8 Eurovision Song Contest
9 The Bill Cosby Show
10 Dallas

In My Life, as a Beatle once said, I wrote half a song and some naff lyrics, twiddling on my synth-computer. At work, Bob was hyped up as he neared the end of the surveying road, and his proper job approached. I was still having so many laughs with Bob, not everyone gets my sense of humour, but when they do it’s fab! The closer it got the more depressed about it I became, and quite choked on his last day. Things were just not the same after he finished even if I was getting lined up to take over team leader job. New lad Jason started work for the other team, Heavy Metal fan, affable and pleasant – and 4 years later he, Bob and I all went to New York and the North-East USA, and I went to his wedding in the 90‘s, so it all turned out OK. Yay! On TV top TV show was Cheers, and top non-sit-com was Top Of The Pops.


Eurovision 1985:

Norway won with a lot of sympathy votes for all the nul points, I think, cos I didn’t rate it that high: Let It Swing (Bobbysocks). My faves: 1. West Germany 2. UK 3. Italy (Tyrone Power’s daughter) 4. Luxembourg (UK 60’s star Malcolm Roberts and 1974’s Irene Shears) 5. Norway/Sweden/Switzerland. Pretty close to the results actually, just shuffled a bit round and Israel and Ireland added in instead of Switzerland and Luxembourg.


14th May 1985

Paul Hardcastle bags his first and last chart-topper as the still rather good 19 denies the equally still good Feel So Real the top slot. Poor Steve Arrington! Top 10 spaces are newly occupied by Toyah, 2 years since her last one Rebel Run and her 5th in 4 years; Bronski Beat and Marc Almond covering I Feel Love and making it sound much more dated than the original genius Giorgio Moroder game-changer. Not the finest moment for either act, and Bronski Beat split soon after. Simple Minds also add to their run of top 10’s with the great Don’t You Forget About Me, and Diana Ross reverses direction yet again and hits a new peak of 11.

Bryan Ferry is at 20 with his first solo single since Roxy Music ended for the second and final time (recording-wise), though you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference sound-wise as it was business as usual, Slave To Love being latter-Roxy classy laid-back vibes, though not exactly exciting. Go West have a great leap into the 40, Call Me has a great very 80’s video and some very 80’s movements going on that would bring very odd looks these days!

New entries: Style Council, Walls Came Tumbling Down, one of their better singles at 42; Loose Ends have that Magic Touch – well enough to get a second single entry at 45; Duran Duran do a one-off single for the James Bond theme, View To A Kill, and produce a video and song that’s actually better then the film, one of their best 80’s tracks and typically Bond-ian at 47; a new brother and sister act from the UK start their own brand of UK sweet soul-dance at 50, Five Star, All Fall Down. Popular with the kiddies for a couple of years, and occasionally the odd-single with older folk; Stephen Duffy also gets a quick follow-up at 58, which must have been the icing on the cake for him – at least until he started working with Robbie Williams 2 decades later; Depeche Mode try to shake the disease at 62, and try to shake a career as a singles band into the bargain as they start to morph into a sombre influential albums act; Marvin Gaye has a posthumous single, Strawberry Switchblade pop in with a 3rd single, and Philip Bailey is walking on the Chinese Wall.

1 ( 4 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
2 ( 5 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 6 ) OBSESSION Animotion
5 ( 3 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
6 ( 7 ) CRY Godley And Creme
7 ( 15 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
8 ( 20 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
9 ( 22 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
10 ( 13 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds

11 ( 35 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
12 ( 2 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
13 ( 18 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
14 ( 14 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 19 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
16 ( 30 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
17 ( 17 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
18 ( 12 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
19 ( 9 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
20 ( NEW ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry

21 ( 11 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
22 ( 37 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
23 ( 8 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
24 ( 24 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
25 ( 34 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
26 ( 10 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
27 ( 27 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
28 ( 60 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
29 ( 32 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
30 ( 39 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2

31 ( 26 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
32 ( 16 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
33 ( 43 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
34 ( 70 ) CALL ME Go West
35 ( 21 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
36 ( 23 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
37 ( 29 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
38 ( 41 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
39 ( 31 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
40 ( 40 ) ROSES Haywoode

41 ( 36 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
42 ( NEW ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
43 ( 28 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
44 ( 53 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
45 ( NEW ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
46 ( 25 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
47 ( NEW ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
48 ( 59 ) GET IT ON The Power Station
49 ( 33 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
50 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

51 ( 38 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
52 ( 46 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
53 ( 44 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
54 ( 55 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
55 ( 52 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
56 ( 45 ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
57 ( 57 ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
58 ( NEW ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
59 ( 42 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
60 ( NEW ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode

61 ( 47 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
62 ( NEW ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
63 ( 51 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
64 ( 48 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
65 ( 50 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
66 ( 64 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
67 ( 66 ) DUEL Propaganda
68 ( 54 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
69 ( 63 ) LEGS ZZ Top
70 ( NEW ) WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS Strawberry Switchblade

71 ( 71 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( 58 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
73 ( 65 ) LOVE IS Vikki
74 ( 67 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
75 ( NEW ) SANCTIFIED LADY Marvin Gaye

TV 11th-17th MAY
1 The Young Ones: Bambi
2 Star Trek: Mudd’s Women
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Cheers
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 Dallas
9 The Max Headroom Show
10 Taxi


Got my moped at last. No more buses to work, thankfully! On the news the Bradford football ground fire disaster scenes were horrific, very very upsetting seeing people on fire, mum burst into tears, and I was reminded again of Dale’s tragic death. Coming back from Bulbarrow, via Hurn Airport, at work one day, the van got stuck in traffic due to an airplane crash near Ringwood, 2 police pilots killed. I took mum to Bulbarrow at the weekend to see the carpets of bluebells covering the woodland floor near the top of the hill, the scent was just gorgeous – there aren’t many things that smell better than thousands of bluebells en masse. Heaven! Less heavenly were the squealing pigs at the slaughterhouse the work van passed by, which reminded me of an early childhood upset when we lived in rural Norfolk nearby a slaughterhouse so got to hear them whenever we passed. I swore to turn vegetarian one day. Took me many years, but I did it in the early 90’s, better late than never!


21st May 1985

2 weeks for 19, another one held at 2, this time it’s Animotion and their fab Obsession, which was my obsession for a time. Toyah goes top 5, and Bryan Ferry gets a top 10 with Slave To Love for a nice dozen years of ‘em. Eurythmics, meanwhile, have a mere 2 years, albeit quite a massive run of top 10 singles, though if you include The Tourists (and I do) it’s 6 years-worth. David Cassidy gets a second top 10 in a row with some Romance, which fits nicely in with his 14 years-old I Think I Love You chart-topper with The Partridge Family. Divine pouts in his dress at some cowboys in the video, and grabs a number 10 Hi Energy (as they called it then) dance track with The Four Seasons classic. I bet Frankie Valli didn’t imagine that one coming along….

Belouis Some uses his Imagination and enters the 20, as Go West call me about them doing the same, and let’s not forget U2’s fire burning at 18, and Kim Wilde raging at 19 – it had taken her so long to climb there she must have been livid. The Style Council knock down the walls of the top 40, and Duran Duran are just behind at 27 thanks to James Bond. Highest new entry is an oldie from 1978, A Taste Of Honey are boogie and oogie and oogie-ing back in at 32, I presume in remixed form as was the forthcoming obsession of the late 80’s. Nothing punters enjoyed more than having a 70’s dance classic messed about with, some synthy beeps and renta-rhythm and toots added, and hey presto an excuse for it to sound all fresh and current. For about 5 years, at which point is began to sound horribly dated and opportunistic, and the original version classy.

Other top 40 climbers: Depeche Mode, Mick Jagger, Loose Ends, Five Star, Philip Bailey and The Power Station all bang a gong, getting it on. New entries outside the 40 include, REO Speedwagon having one lonely night with yet another MOR rock ballad at 42, US soap actor, Australian Rick Springfield returning with his UK breakthrough hit, Celebrate Youth. I wish that I had Jessie’s Girl in my charts instead though. At 47, it’s an Elvis Costello oldie getting a single release, Green Shirt, while China Crisis are literally besides themselves to be at 48 and 49, with King In A Catholic Style. At 53 Gary Moore and Phil Lynott get together for the final time outside Thin Lizzy, a few short months before Phil’s unexpected death at a young age. Out In The Fields was a great single. Marillion also return with their best single, Kayleigh, at 57, and also not that long before Fish bailed out of the boat.

At 59, Prince keeps his run of hits going, fresh from his new album Around The World In A Day, full of 60’s psychedelic musical freshness, courtesy of Paisley Park. He, to coin an already used phrase, is also beside himself to be at 58 too with the last 2 tracks off Purple Rain. He was nothing if not prolific and inventive. Dan Hartman is also back again, at 60, it being second nature to him by now, having 7 years of experience. At 62, Kool And The Gang cherish the moment they manage to grab an entry with a bland ballad, a huge hit but not their finest moment, while at 64, having a solo duo moment, Francis Rossi leaves the status quo for a tick, and has a modern romance. At least he’s not IN Modern Romance! At 67, Jermaine Jackson makes it 5 years of Dynamite solo hits, though I want him back with The Jackson 5 myself, but as he married the Motown boss’ daughter I guess he had no option when his brothers left Motown. At 70 it’s Skipworth and Turner. Google here I come! Ah, American dance hit. Watch Me Catch Fire by Big Heat was produced (and had vocals from) Elvis Costello, removed from the BBC playlist due to the Bradford football stadium fire disaster, and it’s not on youtube or itunes, so it will doubtless remain obscure forever more. At 74, old hero Roy Wood marks one of his occasional blink-before-you-miss-it singles chart for-old-times-sake entries, Under Fire. I assume it had no chance of being playlisted for the same reason. Finally, 75, Pennye Ford, Dangerous, another US dance hit.

1 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
2 ( 4 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 2 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
4 ( 9 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
5 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
6 ( 7 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
7 ( 20 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
8 ( 15 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
9 ( 16 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
10 ( 22 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine

11 ( 6 ) CRY Godley And Creme
12 ( 13 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
13 ( 5 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
14 ( 11 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
15 ( 33 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
16 ( 8 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
17 ( 34 ) CALL ME Go West
18 ( 30 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
19 ( 24 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
20 ( 12 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles

21 ( 29 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
22 ( 10 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
23 ( 28 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
24 ( 25 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
25 ( 14 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
26 ( 42 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
27 ( 47 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
28 ( 19 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
29 ( 31 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
30 ( 18 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

31 ( 27 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
32 ( NEW ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
33 ( 45 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
34 ( 48 ) GET IT ON The Power Station
35 ( 50 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
36 ( 40 ) ROSES Haywoode
37 ( 60 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
38 ( 21 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
39 ( 62 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
40 ( 54 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger

41 ( 17 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
42 ( 23 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
43 ( NEW ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
44 ( 37 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
45 ( NEW ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
46 ( 36 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
47 ( NEW ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
48 ( 32 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
49 ( NEW ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
50 ( 43 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

51 ( 26 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
52 ( 58 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
53 ( NEW ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
54 ( 35 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
55 ( 39 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
56 ( 46 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
57 ( NEW ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
58 ( 52 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
59 ( NEW ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
60 ( NEW ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman

61 ( 55 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
62 ( NEW ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
63 ( 49 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
64 ( NEW ) MODERN ROMANCE Rossi & Frost
65 ( 38 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
66 ( 53 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
67 ( NEW ) DYNAMITE Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 66 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
69 ( 41 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
70 ( NEW ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner

71 ( NEW ) WATCH ME CATCH FIRE Big Heat
72 ( 75 ) SANCTIFIED LADY Marvin Gaye
73 ( 71 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
74 ( NEW ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood
75 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Pennye Ford

TV 18th-24th May
1 Star Trek: The Enemy Within
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Cheers
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Young Ones
6 Lou Grant
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Dallas
9 Newhart
10 The Bill Cosby Show


I had my first moped accident less than 2 weeks after getting it, sliding off as I turned on wet roads to the right, and the moped remained sliding to the left. Banged all my right side, went head over heels, tore a hole in my gloves, and was SO thankful I bought a very big helmet which cushioned my head, and that no car was coming the other way. I also felt an idiot afterwards after retrieving the revving bike and having to try and pick up all my money which had scattered everywhere, in between passing cars. My indicator light also smashed, which wasn’t helpful as I had to continue on to work for an achy day.


28th May 1985

3rd week on top for Paul Hardcastle as Toyah gets her biggest single at 3 and Belouis Some and Go West get their first top 10 hits. Scritti Politti have a third top 20 and Gary Moore and Phil Lynott a second, Out In The Fields rocketing up to 14 and beating quite a few Thin Lizzy singles peaks to boot. The Style Council, Jimmy Nail and Duran Duran also hit the 20.

Highest new entry is OMD, So In Love at 26, and one of their most melodic singles, such a great tune and a mystifyingly low UK chart peak, though they were very much on the up in the USA by this point. 5 years on since they had their first number one with Messages and yet to fail to make my charts. Into the 40 go Prince, Rick Springfield, REO Speedwagon and Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy, along with a new entry at 36 for Mai Tai, and a great dance track, History.

Lower down, Propaganda pop back in after a brief exit, 52 with Duel, Gary Numan does a live version of Are ‘Friends’ Electric, Ian Dury is hitting his rhythm stick again at 57, 7 years on, and Bryan Adams gets his 3rd hit with Heaven, a song that came back big-time as a dance cover almost 2 decades later, but the original live ballad version is still good at 66. There’s a brace of classic soul stars around the bottom of the chart, joining Marvin Gaye, as Edwin Starr enters at 68 with It Ain’t Fair for 15 years of chart entries, Bill Withers says Oh Yeah at 74 for 13 years-worth, and Billy Ocean is Suddenly in at 75 for 11 years in total since Scorched Earth debuted (the band was effectively Billy under another name). That leaves at 70 Alien-loving David Bowie’s 13 year-run of chart entries, bar a couple of forgettable singles, generally live versions. I’m not a fan of live versions of old songs for the most part, but quite happy with new ones – hello Bryan Adams again.

1 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
2 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 4 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
4 ( 3 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
5 ( 9 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
6 ( 15 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
7 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
8 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
9 ( 17 ) CALL ME Go West
10 ( 6 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

11 ( 8 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
12 ( 21 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
13 ( 10 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
14 ( 53 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
15 ( 23 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
16 ( 19 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
17 ( 11 ) CRY Godley And Creme
18 ( 26 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
19 ( 13 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
20 ( 27 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran

21 ( 12 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
22 ( 37 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
23 ( 18 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
24 ( 33 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
25 ( 29 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
26 ( NEW ) SO IN LOVE OMD
27 ( 14 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
28 ( 59 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 57 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
30 ( 34 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station

31 ( 16 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
32 ( 32 ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
33 ( 22 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
34 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
35 ( 39 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
36 ( NEW ) HISTORY Mai Tai
37 ( 20 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
38 ( 45 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
39 ( 43 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
40 ( 52 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 70 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
42 ( 31 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
43 ( 30 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
44 ( 25 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
45 ( 24 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
46 ( 44 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
47 ( 35 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
48 ( 49 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
49 ( 38 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
50 ( 60 ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman

51 ( 40 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
52 ( RE ) DUEL Propaganda
53 ( NEW ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan
54 ( 36 ) ROSES Haywoode
55 ( 42 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
56 ( 50 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
57 ( NEW ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury And The Blockheads
58 ( 62 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
59 ( 47 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
60 ( 46 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

61 ( 41 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
62 ( 58 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
63 ( 48 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
64 ( 61 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
65 ( 51 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
66 ( NEW ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
67 ( 64 ) MODERN ROMANCE Rossi & Frost
68 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I NEED Men At Work
70 ( NEW ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie

71 ( 56 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
72 ( 72 ) SANCTIFIED LADY Marvin Gaye
73 ( 68 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
74 ( NEW ) OH YEAH Bill Withers
75 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean

TV 25th-31st May
1 Top Of The Pops
2 Cheers
3 Lou Grant
4 The Bill Cosby Show
5 Bewitched


On friday I drove to Mansfield to stay with my brother, sister in law Sue, hyper toddler niece Vicki who was all over me, and baby Gavin. Mum rang upset over the death of a Marine on camp she knew. On Saturday 25th I drove to pick up Jane and Dave, College friends, and we went to the wedding of Paul and Sheila in Rotherham. A fab day, great to see College friends and Paul’s school mates who I knew quite well, though the high-class reception hall was a bit above my experiences and I put my foot in it a few times with my quips. Hey ho, posh people have no sense of humour! We prettied up the honeymoon car with toilet paper and lipstick, as Paul & Sheila were setting off for Paris in it the next day. Very thoughtful of us, I thought.

My interest in TV shows reaches a new low in 1985, as US genre and sitcom imports decline and UK shows mirror the huge big Soap obsession of the time. I had no interest in Eastenders, Neighbours, Coronation Street and Dynasty, and even the sometimes amusing Dallas was past it’s best. Oldie re-runs had also declined, so that leaves Top Of The Pops as the best show on TV and my TV chart down to a pathetic list of 5, and not long before I gave up on it altogether.

My 1985 Charts – March

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5th March 1985

New number one for David Cassidy (and uncredited George Michael), The last Kiss being his 4th in total and first solo number one since his 3 toppers with The Partridge Family in 1971 and 1972 (it counts because they were all “featuring David Cassidy” credits). George’s doesn’t count, sadly, otherwise it would have been his 3rd. It’s very George Michael ballad-style, it has to be said, but the way it builds to a iamspamspamamisink and all climax is terrific. Prince gets his 4th or 5th or 6th Top 10, depending on how you judge the reissued single of 2 previous top tenners, and the double A delight of Take Me With U and Let’s Go Crazy, both of which are strong enough to have had independent runs in the 10. Then there’s Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You, and new at 75 it’s a Prince song and production for UK sweetheart Sheena Easton, and UK flop because it’s very very naughty lyrically, going on as it does about the spending night inside Sheena’s Sugar Walls. Turns out she IS a Modern Girl after all (and Sugar Walls is fab).

Jagger gets his one and only solo top 10 track, Just Another Night, in which he moves like Jagger in the dance video, and gives him actual 16 years of top 10’s (the rest with The Stones or Bowie). John Lydon is also back in the top 20 under another name, Time Zone, with Afrika Bambaata, and some World Destruction, a sort of rock/hip-hop fusion ahead of it’s time, just ahead of a synth/jazz fusion from Sharpe & Numan. This one was less influential, sadly, as it’s great. At 20 the Smiths How Soon Is Now under-performs again, as it’s brilliance takes time to sink in properly, those riffs, oohhhh just magic.

Highest new entry is Shaky. 31. I feel I should have some exclamation marks attached, as it’s not one anyone recalls, and it’s not from the 50’s or 60’s, but actually it’s not bad at all. Matt Bianco enter with another cool jazz number at 38, and it’s not more than I can bear, and although I may not want to kiss Stephen Duffy, it’s a good pop track at 40. The classic is at 44, though, the GORGEOUS Cry, from Godley & Creme, ex-10CC members and video innovators, on the single where it all came together as they morphed a world of faces into each other in the video showcasing a brilliant affecting synth ballad that was even better than previous topper Under Your Thumb (1981) and most of 10CC’s brilliant output. Alvin Stardust is back again, 12 years in, with Got A Little Heartache at 58, The Bluebells are new at 59 with one I’ve forgotten, David Essex is also 12 years in and singing of Fallen Angels Riding at 65, while British soul shows it’s as good as the US with Loose Ends terrific Hanging On A String at 68. Finally Eddy Grant is back again with Baby Come Back, sadly he never did get the UK number one with his own reggae version of his own band’s UK 1968 number one – that was to be years away, and Pato Banton with UB40 who did that.

1 ( 4 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 6 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
5 ( 16 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
6 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
7 ( 2 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
9 ( 15 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
10 ( 7 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group

11 ( 8 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
12 ( 11 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
13 ( 14 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
14 ( 27 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
15 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
16 ( 9 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
17 ( 13 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
18 ( 18 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 20 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
20 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

21 ( 12 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
22 ( 28 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
23 ( 19 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 23 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
25 ( 37 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
26 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
27 ( 22 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
28 ( 32 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
29 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
30 ( 24 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade

31 ( NEW ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 30 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
33 ( 42 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
34 ( 21 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
35 ( 33 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
36 ( 41 ) LEGS ZZ Top
37 ( 44 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
38 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
39 ( 46 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
40 ( NEW ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 31 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
42 ( 35 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
43 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( NEW ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 59 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
46 ( 56 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
47 ( 40 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
48 ( 62 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
49 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
50 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth

51 ( 39 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
52 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
53 ( 25 ) “20/20” George Benson
54 ( 54 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 71 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
56 ( 47 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
57 ( 45 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
58 ( NEW ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
59 ( NEW ) ALL I AM (IS LOVING YOU) The Bluebells
60 ( 60 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 52 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
62 ( 69 ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
63 ( 57 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
64 ( 66 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
65 ( NEW ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
66 ( 53 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
67 ( 51 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
68 ( NEW ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
69 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
70 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant

71 ( 58 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( NEW ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
73 ( 73 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( NEW ) STARVATION Starvation
75 ( NEW ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton

TV Mar 2nd-8th
1 Airplane: film
2 Cheers
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Calamity Jane: film
7 Bewitched
8 The Addams Family
9 Grange Hill
10 QED


At work, the paranoia of our boss was coming out in all sorts of odd stroppy unreasonable behaviour, all based on insecurity. Psychiatrists would have had a field day with him. I think he was terrified we would apply for the supervisor job which was now vacant and which he was going for. To be fair, I was so pissed off with him, I also DID apply for it just to stir things up for being such a tw*t. Hey ho, I react badly anyone ordering me to do things – I’ll go out of my way if someone asks nicely, but I have no respect for command-statements or anyone making them.

On sunday, the Miner’s strike ended. This meant my brother could have a job again – temporarily until they closed his pit, along with every other single coal mine in the Mansfield area. Essentially, it was a community of scabs and strikers forever more, Thatcher won because the miners were split by Scargill’s confrontational attitude and lack of democracy, and Thatcher’s bold-faced lies and promises not close all pits. That’s exactly what happened, and as a consequence the UK’s unions were pretty much made toothless from here on, the government and the rich manipulating political elite had won, and in the long run (despite periods of prosperity for large parts of the nation, but not all) the seeds were sown for the catastrophic policies which led to the crash of 2008, and the rich who had caused it laughing their tits off at the poor who ended up paying for it (quite literally). Moral: greedy rich people will always take opportunities to line their own pockets even if it’s illegal, immoral and devastating to the well-being of others. This is why, we have checks and balances on them. The ones that Thatcher removed as big banks turned into nation-shafting mega-corporations, and everything came down to short-term profit, not long-term usefulness. Of course, I may be biased….


12th March 1985

2 weeks for David on top, as Shakin’ Stevens gets his 3rd Top 10 record, Breaking Up My Heart not being one of his best-remembered, so judge for yourself on youtube…! Sharpe & Numan hit 8, Gary’s first top 10 since 1980 and his 6th in total, Bill’s 2nd. Matt Bianco get their first, surprisingly, with one of their minor hits, which is More Than I Can Bear, as do ZZ Top, proving they have Legs. I know I’m repeating myself, there, but hey, repeat till you get a laugh is my motto.

After pottering around the lower end, suddenly Madonna leaps to 11 with Material Girl and her 3rd biggest hit to date, while Earth, Wind & Genesis hit 12 – sort of – with Easy Lover. Highest new entry is Nik Kershaw, back with his 4th top 20, a bit of a Wide Boy it seems, but he was on a streak after seeing him in concert a few months previous. New Edition also get a top 20 entry again, 2 years since Candy Girl, while Alison Moyet covers a blues standard, an abrupt change in musical direction that worked for her, That Ole Devil Called Love entering at 26 for a 4th solo hit.

New at 35, Go West debut with the memorable We Close Our Eyes, while Starvation go up to 37 – as it sounds, it’s a charity regage single by members of the Specials, UB40, The Pioneers and Madness. In the case of The Pioneers that’s the first new stuff to chart since 1972. David Essex has less problems charting regularly, as his run of top 40 hits hits 12 years, Fallen Angels Riding at 38, Sheila E hits 40 with a little help from her friend (Prince), and Diana Ross enters at 39 with her Lionel Richie-written Missing You, a tribute to her late former Motown singing partners, Marvin Gaye, Florence Ballard and Paul Williams (of The Supremes, and The Temptations). In a nice bit of timing, Ali Campbell of UB40 does the bulk of the vocals on the Starvation record, and this week (April 2015) enters my chart with his version of the Diana Ross track.

That leaves new tracks from Eric Clapton (13 years on from Layla), The Cars (7 years on from My Best Friend’s Girl), Joan Armatrading (9 years since Love And Affection), and newer acts Paul Young, The fab Kane Gang track Gun Law, REO Speedwagon (former chart-toppers in 1981), Bryan Adams, China Crisis, and Julian Lennon.

1 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( 2 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
5 ( 4 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
6 ( 31 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
7 ( 9 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
8 ( 15 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
9 ( 38 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
10 ( 36 ) LEGS ZZ Top

11 ( 45 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
12 ( 25 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 11 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
15 ( 22 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( 8 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
18 ( 10 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
19 ( 39 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
20 ( 18 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

21 ( 7 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 12 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
23 ( 37 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
24 ( 40 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
25 ( 17 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
26 ( NEW ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
27 ( 14 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
29 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
30 ( 48 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This

31 ( 16 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
32 ( 13 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
33 ( 24 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
34 ( 68 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
35 ( NEW ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 26 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
37 ( 74 ) STARVATION Starvation
38 ( 65 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
39 ( NEW ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
40 ( 54 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

41 ( 27 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
42 ( 30 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
44 ( 21 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
45 ( 32 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
46 ( 46 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
47 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
48 ( NEW ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
49 ( 58 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
50 ( 55 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John

51 ( 20 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
52 ( 72 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
53 ( 35 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
54 ( 75 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
55 ( 28 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
56 ( 34 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
57 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 29 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
59 ( 70 ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant
60 ( 52 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

61 ( 42 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
63 ( 47 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
64 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
66 ( NEW ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
67 ( 63 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
68 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
69 ( 62 ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 56 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid

71 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
72 ( NEW ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
73 ( 69 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
74 ( 61 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
75 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’RE WRONG Julian Lennon

TV March 9th-15th
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Bewitched
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Addams Family
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 The Other Side Of The Tracks
9 Entertainment USA
10 Night Court


At work, my rather depressed and stressed state not helped by our flashing lights on the van not stopping a lady driver having an accident (pulling out of a junction into an oncoming car) by not taking care in the vicinity of our surveying on a bendy country road. Thursday was interview day at Dorchester County Council for a computing job, which was heavily maths based (failed the tough 1 hour algebra exam along with some other candidates). Watched Calamity Jane on TV as consolation! My other consolation was to buy myself a new spanky MSX music computer, the £529 clearing out my savings, but I saw it as a way of trying to get into creating music. Unfortunately I hadn’t reckoned on MSX computers flopping, on having no way of saving any recordings except onto pitiful slow cassette tape (as computer signals, NOT quality audio recordings), and me having no real training or obsession with learning how to play keyboards. Total waste of money, as I was pretty much 20 years too early for bedroom knob twiddling. Hey ho
.

19th March 1985

3 weeks for Dave on top, now equalling his Partridge Family runs at 1, and straight in at 2, it’s a re-issue of the fab 1978 reggae cover of the O’Jays Now That We’ve Found Love, in one swoop out-peaking it’s previous top 10 run. In at 5, though, and an instant 4th top 5 hit, it’s the epic Tears For Fears track, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, for my money a perfect pop song, there is no way it can be improved on (as was shown by the charity remix in 1986). The chords, the melody, the multiple hooks, the guitar, the synths, the vocals, perfect perfect perfect start to finish, I still love, and have never ever stopped loving, every second of it. Overshadowing another classic, though, Godley & Creme get a third top 5 record outside of 10CC, as Cry rockets to 4, and Madonna makes it 3 top 10’s.

in at 31, Frankie are back with the 4th great single in a row, the title track from Welcome To The Pleasure Dome, and it seemed as though their Trevor Horn epics could do no wrong, and the world was theirs. Sadly, they decided Trevor Horn wasn’t essential. Bad choice. Into the 40, The Kane Gang and Sheena Easton are up, not to mention Eric, Paul and The Cars. At 47, it’s a cover of Bruce’s still-charting Dancing In The Dark – done 50’s harmony style by Big Daddy, a band who made a habit of covering modern songs in old music styles, to great effect. It’s a great cover, and nothing like the original in any way! At 60, another great cover, albeit very like the original Detroit Spinners 1972/3 hit, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love had already charted in 1973 and 1977 and David Grant, ex-Linx, and Jaki Graham do a fab smooth 80’s soul version version.

Elsewhere: Billy Bragg, Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick (both a decade on from debuting), a fab Slade song 14 years on, Junior, and The Power Station (Robert Palmer plus Duran) all enter.

1 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( NEW ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
3 ( 4 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
4 ( 43 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
6 ( 6 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
7 ( 10 ) LEGS ZZ Top
8 ( 9 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
9 ( 2 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
10 ( 11 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna

11 ( 17 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
12 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
14 ( 5 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
15 ( 24 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
16 ( 8 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
17 ( 7 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
18 ( 19 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
19 ( 26 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 23 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson

21 ( 34 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 15 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
23 ( 14 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
24 ( 40 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
25 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
26 ( 30 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
27 ( 35 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
28 ( 39 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
29 ( 38 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
30 ( 37 ) STARVATION Starvation

31 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
33 ( 20 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
34 ( 18 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
35 ( 66 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
36 ( 54 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
37 ( 25 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
38 ( 48 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
39 ( 65 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
40 ( 57 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars

41 ( 71 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
42 ( 22 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
43 ( 63 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
44 ( 21 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 50 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
46 ( 33 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
47 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
48 ( 31 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
49 ( 52 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
50 ( 72 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis

51 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
52 ( 41 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
53 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
54 ( 67 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
55 ( 49 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
56 ( 27 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
57 ( 46 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
58 ( 59 ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant
59 ( 28 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
60 ( NEW ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

61 ( 32 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
62 ( 60 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 44 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
64 ( 53 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
65 ( NEW ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
66 ( NEW ) RUN TO ME Dionne Warwicke and Barry Manilow
67 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 68 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
69 ( NEW ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
70 ( 70 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid

71 ( 61 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
72 ( NEW ) EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY The Roaring Boys
73 ( NEW ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
74 ( NEW ) INNER CITY BLUES Working Week
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV 16-22 March
1 The Young Ones
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 Newhart
9 Spitting Image
10 Television

On my MSX computer I was learning basic programming, lending records for copying to Bob, and my brother was down for a break fresh from returning to work at Blidworth pit after the endless strike, and to have a go on my new computer. Getting fed up with the very long bus trip to and from work – 9 miles but it took (and still takes) 90 minutes by bus door to door. I killed a bird driving the work van – it hit the windscreen and I felt awful about it. Most importantly, I got to see my new nephew (born the day after my birthday) Gavin, wide-eyed, tongue sticking out, and very quiet. 18-month-old Vicki had me up and down the stairs all day (kids always take to me cos I give them the attention they want), I predicted she was going to be an extrovert when she grew up. When you’re right you’re right!


26th March 1985

It’s a second brilliant number for Godley & Creme, as Cry does what Under Your Thumb did in 1981, and indeed what Donna did in 1972, Wall Street Shuffle in 1974, I’m Not In Love in 1975 and I’m Mandy Fly Me in 1976 for 10CC. My fave under-rated act of the 70’s. Frankie get a 4th top 5 in a row, and Pat Benatar returns with her 1984 top 20 track Love Is A Battlefield, at last a UK hit as well. David Grant and Jaki Graham get a big climb to 16, and in at 20, it’s a classic debut for Dream Academy and their awesome atmospheric Life In A Northern Town, so good it was to become the basis of a future dance sample hit with those Hail Mama’s. Fab!

At 24, it’s the USA response to Band Aid, a sentimental mish mash of big names created mostly by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. We Are The World was a who’s who of big names (and the one everyone in the UK went “who he?”: Steve Perry. yes him of Journey and the 21st century million-seller anthem Don’t Stop Believin’ that had stiffed a few years before in the UK. Last laugh, eh, Steve? At 32, Brooce is back with Cover Me, staying ahead of the Big Daddy cover of Dancing In The Dark, while Joan Armatrading and Slade add to their list of top 40 hits. Sarah Brightman is in the classical world for Pie Jesu, at 41, and 7 years since topping a Starship Trooper, while Al Green soul great is back 14 years on with Never Met Nobody Like You at 62.

1 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 2 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 31 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 ( 3 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
7 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 11 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 15 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins

11 ( 8 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
12 ( 9 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
13 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
14 ( 6 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
15 ( 7 ) LEGS ZZ Top
16 ( 60 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
17 ( 10 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
19 ( 13 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
20 ( NEW ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

21 ( 20 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 24 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
23 ( 14 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
24 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
25 ( 27 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 40 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
27 ( 29 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
28 ( 39 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
29 ( 16 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 17 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger

31 ( 19 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
32 ( NEW ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 35 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
34 ( 47 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
35 ( 36 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
36 ( 43 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
37 ( 70 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
38 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
39 ( 22 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
40 ( 30 ) STARVATION Starvation

41 ( NEW ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
42 ( 26 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
43 ( 74 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
44 ( 66 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 37 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
46 ( 23 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
47 ( 28 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
48 ( 32 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 34 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
50 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis

51 ( 57 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
52 ( 38 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
53 ( 54 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
54 ( 25 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
55 ( 46 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
56 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 48 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( NEW ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
59 ( NEW ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
60 ( 53 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade

61 ( 52 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
62 ( NEW ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
63 ( 33 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
64 ( 42 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
65 ( 63 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( 55 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
67 ( 67 ) RUN TO ME Dionne Warwicke and Barry Manilow
68 ( NEW ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
69 ( 51 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
70 ( NEW ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned

71 ( 69 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 49 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
73 ( 72 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
75 ( 45 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John

TV 23-29 Mar
1 The Young Ones: Oil
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Pink Panther Strikes Back
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Spitting Image
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 The Addams Family
10 Newhart

Work was a week without boss-git, and it was bliss, just me and Bob able to get more work done and have a pleasant working environment along the country roads, even if Bob was throwing up ill on Tuesday. Had a meal at his parents which was nice of them, and I met his mum for the first time. It was Roy’s last day on friday, so we met up in the Westbourne pub for a goodbye drink. Roy had referred to our absent boss as “our venereal friend” so no love lost there! At home, I got frustrated being unable to save any synth sounds I created on the MSX, on the stupid sh*tty little tape recorder back up. That, I daresay, was the reason MSX computers failed miserably.

My 1985 Charts – February

me with bad hairdo

me with bad hairdo


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5th February 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


12th February 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19th February 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


26th February 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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