My 1995 Charts – July

2nd July 1995

It’s a surprise chart topper from UB40’s Ali Campbell, in duet with Pamela Starks, doing what UB40 never did – go higher than 2 in my chart, despite many tracks better than this one. That said this is a sweet enough duet and song, mellow reggae lovers rock, well almost – it’s more mellow dance than mellow reggae. Up to 4, The Jayhawks version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time way outdoes the original, and ditto Clock’s version of Tag Team’s Whoomp, up to 9. One I’d forgotten I liked so much! At 10, Deep Forest get another top 10, but not rainforest this time, more Eastern European traditional music with a new age dance shuffle.

A huge leap into the 20 for A.D.A.M. and Amy – no I don’t know they are either, I’ll just google. Ah, still no idea, but it’s a dance cover of the Cranberries Zombie, a song I wasn’t that fond of in it’s original version. Hey ho. A better record is at 18 for Menswear, Daydreamer leaping, as the highest new entry at 23 is a wonderful emotional ballad from Boy George, Il Adore, 13 years since his debut in Culture Club. For anyone thinking there aren’t enough cover versions in my chart already, well you’re in luck, Tippa Irie has done The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive and pops in at 29. It’s not in the same league. Supergrass’ Alright, however is fab, still sounds great and hits the 40, along with Bon Jovi (meh), Haddaway (meh), Wet Wet Wet (meh) and Shaggy doing Mungo Jerry (s’OK), and new entries for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl carrying on the Nirvana torch with a Call, Blondie get remixed as Heart Of Glass returns 16 years after topping my chart, and Ultimate Kaos also enter, Right Here.

Outside the 40, Gary Moore does a blues cover of a song Fleetwood Mac covered, a 50’s Little Willie John blues classic, I Need Your Love So Bad, while at 57 Bjork covers an obscure B side from 1951 by American movie musical star Betty Hutton, and she does it musical stylee, in total contrast to her body of work before and since – and gets a bonafide crossover pop hit still good for a singalong. It’s Oh So Quiet is fun, and the video is great. Which leaves an actual (gasp!) new song from Paul Weller, You Do Something To Me, at 60, a nice love song, and a fair ways away from The Jam circa 1977!

1 ( 3 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
2 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
4 ( 20 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
5 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 4 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
8 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
9 ( 37 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 18 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

11 ( 10 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
13 ( 8 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
14 ( 7 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
15 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 15 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
17 ( 72 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
18 ( 38 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
19 ( 21 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 17 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John

21 ( 9 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
22 ( 11 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
23 ( NEW ) IL ADORE Boy George
24 ( 14 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
25 ( 56 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
26 ( 40 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
27 ( 13 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( 22 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
29 ( NEW ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 44 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi

31 ( 24 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
32 ( 27 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
33 ( NEW ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
34 ( 36 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
35 ( 32 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
36 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
37 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
38 ( 50 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
39 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
40 ( 45 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 31 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
42 ( 41 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
43 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
44 ( 26 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
45 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
46 ( 29 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 70 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
48 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
50 ( 39 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

51 ( 28 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( 42 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
53 ( 34 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
54 ( 35 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
55 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Gary Moore
56 ( 43 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
57 ( NEW ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( 46 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
59 ( 71 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
60 ( NEW ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 52 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
65 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
66 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
69 ( 74 ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
70 ( 64 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

71 ( 48 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
72 ( 57 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
73 ( 55 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
74 ( 49 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Yes, this week I saw Jim Kerr and mates in concert, it was a good gig, though obviously he must have missed out some of my early faves as they don’t feature in this top 6. Normally I’d be listing Up On The Catwalk, Speed Your Love To Me, Promised You A Miracle as well…!

SIMPLE MINDS LIVE AT BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
1. Alive And Kicking
2. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
3. She’s A River
4. Belfast Child
5. Hypnotised
6. Sanctify Yourself

9th July 1995

The Jackson siblings are back on top for a second week, Scream about it! The Jayhawks are having a Bad Time cos they’re so close at 2 when they should have gone to 1. In at 3, Seal’s back with his rose, having hit the top 5 with it in 1994, and now is Batman powered, and Vic & Bob make the top 10 with The Monkees cover.

Supergrass and Shaggy climb into the 20, and Oasis rocket to 20 with the fabulous Live Forever. In at 22, Diana King has her shy guy in mind for a spot of classy reggae and in at 25 Bobby Brown is back humpin’ around, as you do. New at 28 is the lovely Stars from the lovely Dubstar, while Sheryl Crow is back with Run Baby Run – sadly, not the fab Newbeats 60’s single, but happily a decent ballad.

While at 58, Rednex lend a hand to some puppets – not sure who came out of it with credibility damaged, but the kids loved it! Kylie’s posing a question, where is the feeling, to which the answer is err in the previous single. I need to refresh my memory for this one (it’s a heavily remixed dancefloor buzzer )! The Rolling Stones go wild at 70, or at least as wild as they could for someone that had living the high life for 30-odd years, while Del Amitri and MN8 are back with new singles, rollin’ and happy.

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 4 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 1 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 3 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
6 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
7 ( 6 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
8 ( 7 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
9 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 12 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

11 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 8 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
13 ( 10 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 17 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
15 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 25 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
17 ( 18 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
18 ( 13 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
19 ( 39 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
20 ( 54 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21 ( 14 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( NEW ) SHY GUY Diana King
23 ( 20 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
24 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
25 ( NEW ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
26 ( 30 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
27 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( NEW ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie

31 ( 24 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
32 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
33 ( 21 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
34 ( 23 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 40 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
37 ( 26 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
38 ( 31 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
39 ( 47 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
40 ( 33 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters

41 ( 22 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
42 ( 35 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
43 ( 59 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
44 ( 60 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
45 ( 32 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
46 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 41 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
48 ( 48 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
50 ( NEW ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

51 ( 45 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( 44 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
53 ( 34 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
54 ( 36 ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
55 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
56 ( 38 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
57 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( NEW ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
59 ( 43 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
60 ( RE ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 52 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 62 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
65 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
67 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
68 ( 56 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
69 ( 68 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

71 ( 70 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
72 ( 58 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
73 ( NEW ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY MN8
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. HisTory – Michael Jackson
2. There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor
3. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers

16th July 1995

3 weeks for the Jackson siblings on top, as the charts finally come alive, the oodles of covers dropping and bonafide great tracks entering, headed by Madonna and her fab new naughty video for Human Nature. Inventive, and somewhat flatters the track, it’s good, sultry, cool but isn’t Madonna at her very best, but good enough to enter at 7. Supergrass go top 5 with the fab Alright, Diana King takes her shy guy into the 10, and Deuce enter at 10, with their best record. That might not sound like much of a rating, given the manufactured and short-lived background of the group, but it is, in fact, a fantastic pop record.

In at 12 is one of Britpop’s forgotten successes, scousers Cast drop by again with latest single Fine Time, jangly indie melodic guitar pop – I really don’t get why they have been all-but-deleted from pop history, this is pretty good. In at 17 Brownstone also return, with something they heard through the Grapevine – not Marvin Gaye, though, it’s smooth 90‘s r’n’b. At 21, debuting, is Dana Dawson with 3 Is Family, a decent bit of souldancepop. Dana sadly died at 36 from cancer, I have just read on Wikipedia.

Kylie shoots up into the top 30, and The Lightning Seeds return with another in the string of goodies, in fact it’s Perfect at 27, a strings-tastic sweet upbeat song. D:Ream also grab another top 40 notch on their chart belt, MN8 are Happy to go top 40, ditto Paul Weller and Sheryl Crow, and in at 34 it’s the total classic TLC 90’s biggie, Waterfalls. Just an awesome, affecting, sad lament for lost loved ones, made all the more sad these days with Lisa Lopes’ death at 30 in a car accident 7 years later.

Finally, PJ Harvey is in at 55 with one of my fave tracks of hers, C’mon Billy, a spacious production (even with subtle strings) with bite and authenticity. PJ is also guesting with Duncan Stuck On You – OK I lie, it’s not Polly it’s Ant n Dec, future TV darlings – in at 59, as in at 60 it’s Sister Bliss with Oh What A World! – a Wicked Witch Of The West referencing club track from the female part of Faithless, with sassy Colette on vocals, a lady with attitude. Still sounds great, is genuinely amusing, and even I under-rated it chart-wise.

1 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
6 ( 5 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 7 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
9 ( 22 ) SHY GUY Diana King
10 ( NEW ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce

11 ( 6 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
12 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Cast
13 ( 8 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
14 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
15 ( 19 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
16 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( NEW ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
18 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
19 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
20 ( 25 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown

21 ( NEW ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
22 ( 14 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
23 ( 12 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
24 ( 67 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
26 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
27 ( NEW ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
28 ( 17 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
29 ( 43 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 70 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

31 ( 18 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
32 ( 24 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
33 ( 23 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
34 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS TLC
35 ( 40 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
36 ( 20 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 74 ) HAPPY MN8
38 ( 33 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
39 ( 44 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
40 ( 50 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

41 ( 36 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
42 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
43 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
44 ( 31 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
45 ( 30 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 26 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
48 ( 32 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
49 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
50 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork

51 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 42 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
53 ( 34 ) IL ADORE Boy George
54 ( 38 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
55 ( NEW ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey
56 ( 37 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
57 ( 60 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU PJ & Duncan
60 ( NEW ) OH! WHAT A WORLD Sister Bliss featuring Colette

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 41 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
63 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 73 ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
65 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 58 ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
68 ( 39 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( 64 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds

71 ( 49 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
72 ( 71 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
73 ( 62 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
74 ( 45 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Which just leaves The Rolling Stones big climb to 30, fresh from seeing them in concert at Wembley Stadium. Another one those all-day jobs to get their early to see the already-ageing 60’s legends 30 years into their 50-year touring career. Mick, of course, the great frontman, and a timeless back-catalogue to plunder for my enjoyment, notably these:

THE ROLLING STONES AT WEMBLEY

1. Honky Tonk Women
2. Satisfaction
3. Jumping Jack Flash
4. Start Me Up
5. It’s All Over Now
6. Sympathy For The Devil
7. Tumbling Dice
8. Miss You

23rd July 1995

Boy George rockets up 52 places to top spot with floptastic Il Adore, a strings-laden gorgeous and touching ballad about loss and death, specifically AIDS-related friends, which just didn’t suit the dance and Britpop times much, sadly. Anyway, it’s still lovely, one of george’s best and his 5th chart-topper (4 with Culture Club) and his first in 11 years. Deuce meanwhile are still swearing On The Bible, up to 2, and The Lightning Seeds keep those top 10 pop gem singles coming, it’s just Perfect at 6. Here’s a random massive climb: a couple of lads named PJ & Duncan are Stuck On U, as they ditch the chantalong pop for a more soulful sound, which sounds like an improvement to me, though I might suggest taking up TV hosting lads!

Cast are back in the 10, a right ol’ Fine Time, as Dana Dawson tweaks my popstress ditty tastebuds at 10, S’OK but a bit inexplicably high. Dubstar hit the 20, and highest new entry at 17 is Paninaro ’95, a Pet Shop Boys rave-era remix single of a classic 80’s B side of theirs. On the one hand I’m glad it became a single, on the other hand it’s not a patch on the brilliance of the original version, which SO should have been a single in it’s own right back in 1986/7, and which would have been a chart-topper for ages in my charts (had I allowed B sides and album tracks then). I may post the better version next time!

Kylie goes top 20 (hooray!) and TLC just miss out (Boo!), while a couple of remixes of Dusty tracks gets her a re-entry at 23, one of them a Pet Shop Boys song and Pet Shop Boys remix (Daydreaming), and again, not a patch on the original album track version which I allowed Dusty to chart at 2. In at 31 with their final version 1 Gary Barlow-written single, it’s Take That, and Never Forget that you can’t write them off (It certainly seemed like the writing was on the wall in the Robbie-less line-up: the golden rule of boybands is, first out gets the solo career, the band then split.

Marc Almond is back at 34 with a good Gary Glitter/T.Rex-styled stomping pop single, The Idol, for a sweet 14 years of top 40 entries, while lower down it’s Aswad back with a song that isn’t a Midge Ure cover, If I Was sure I’d say so, Corona pop (ha!) in, Method Man and Mary J do a job on Marvin & Tammi’s classic song, Boo Radleys shout It’s Lulu, but it isn’t, it is however, a Beatles cover for Suggs (I’m Only Sleeping) giving him a hit with a Beatles song that had never charted before, and also 16 years of hits. Which leaves a short minor mention (for now) of a gentle understated ballad about ’74 – ’75 from The Connells. It’s good, it’s catchy, and it will be back in the future as a Pan-European smash for an American band who oddly missed out in the USA.

1 ( 53 ) IL ADORE Boy George
2 ( 10 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 5 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
6 ( 27 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
7 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
8 ( 59 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
9 ( 12 ) FINE TIME Cast
10 ( 21 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson

11 ( 25 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
13 ( 26 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
15 ( 42 ) STARS Dubstar
16 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
17 ( NEW ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 24 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
19 ( 9 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( 8 ) YES McAlmont & Butler

21 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS TLC
22 ( 14 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
23 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
24 ( 20 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
25 ( 15 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
26 ( 17 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
27 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
28 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
29 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 11 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

31 ( NEW ) NEVER FORGET Take That
32 ( 18 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
33 ( 74 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( NEW ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
35 ( 31 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( 40 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
37 ( 39 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 32 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
39 ( 19 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
40 ( 30 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

41 ( 38 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
42 ( 37 ) HAPPY MN8
43 ( 23 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
44 ( 41 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
45 ( 22 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
46 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
47 ( 28 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
48 ( 33 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
49 ( 63 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
50 ( 55 ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey

51 ( 54 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
52 ( 49 ) SKY HIGH Newton
53 ( 52 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
54 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Aswad
55 ( 35 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
56 ( 43 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
57 ( 44 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
58 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( 45 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
60 ( NEW ) TRY ME OUT Corona

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 48 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( NEW ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
65 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 57 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

71 ( 56 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
72 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 72 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
74 ( 70 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
75 ( 73 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

30th July 1995

I like a nice bit of cheese now and again, so I proudly announce Deuce top my chart this week in 1995 with a fab OTT slab, all melodramatic and passionately tuneful. By some distance this is their best pop record, and a minor forgotten gem. On The Bible I swear it! Still in cheese mode, soon-to-be Ant & Dec hit a new chart peak of 4 – they are still stuck on u, lucky us! The Lightning Seeds grab another big hit at 3, it’s a bit Perfect. Pet Shop Boys manage 5 with their lesser remix of Paninaro (I just can’t get over it not being the brilliant original, which would easily have topped my chart this week had it been a double A), as Take That’s final (for now) self-penned single Never Forget gives them a 5th or so top 10.

Highest new entry is the annoyingly-non-single fab movie-song cover of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, as hit by big fave Mama Cass in 1968, and as originally done in 1931 (! – that sounds positively historic these days) by Ozzie Nelson, who gave birth to 50’s sitcom Ozzie & Harriet with his real-life family, and future teen idol Ricky Nelson. Ricky’s own sons had a short career as Nelson. Keeping it in the family, just like Cass’ daughter. The Beautiful South by now were 6 years into their career, with new singer Jacqui Abbott joining co-singer Paul Heaton, and who now have-co-starring album success as a duo 21 years on, so not a bad run then!

Marc Almond and TLC go top 20, ditto Dusty n Daryl, and REM stick their Tongue out beautifully and un-typically falsetto-stylee at 27, Cyndi Lauper comes on home at 30, and Kirsty MacColl returns with her Kinks-cover Days at 32 just a few years after charting it first-time round. If at first you don’t succeed, Julian Cope advises Try Try Try Try – works for him, in at 46 a sweet 14 years on from Teardrop Explodes debuting. OK, then, in the media world it was all about who would win the chart battle for UK number one, Blur or Oasis, rivals releasing the same week. Blur won that battle, and they also do here (sort of)…by entering one place than Oasis at 48, and to boot also higher than another UK chart-topper, You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson’s R.Kelly dirge, which featured Elvis Presley’s daughter (keeping the musical family theme going) in the video. She also happened to be his wife for a short time. Yes, most unlikely wedding that could ever have been predicted – at least until Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch.

Others: a cover of Wham!’s I’m Your Man, Bob Seger oldie Hollywood Nights, The Wildhearts are back, so are Black Grape, and best of the bunch Michelle Gayle gets another good pop single with Happy Just To Be With You.

1 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 1 ) IL ADORE Boy George
3 ( 6 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 8 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
5 ( 17 ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
7 ( 14 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 3 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
9 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 31 ) NEVER FORGET Take That

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS TLC
13 ( 5 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
14 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 34 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
16 ( NEW ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
17 ( 10 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
18 ( 9 ) FINE TIME Cast
19 ( 23 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
20 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King

21 ( 12 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
22 ( 20 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
23 ( 18 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
25 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
26 ( 16 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( NEW ) TONGUE REM
28 ( 15 ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 24 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
30 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 25 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
32 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
33 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( 22 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
35 ( 27 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
36 ( 41 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
37 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 63 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
39 ( 26 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
40 ( 28 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

41 ( 60 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
42 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
43 ( 35 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 38 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 32 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
46 ( NEW ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
47 ( 49 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
48 ( NEW ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
49 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
50 ( 39 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 44 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
52 ( 40 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones
53 ( 64 ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
54 ( 36 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
55 ( 52 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 53 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
57 ( NEW ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
58 ( 46 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
59 ( 70 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
60 ( 43 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza

61 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Aswad
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 51 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
64 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
65 ( 42 ) HAPPY MN8
66 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
69 ( NEW ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
70 ( NEW ) JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts

71 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
73 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
75 ( 73 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

 

My July 1990 Charts

2nd July 1995

It’s a surprise chart topper from UB40’s Ali Campbell, in duet with Pamela Starks, doing what UB40 never did – go higher than 2 in my chart, despite many tracks better than this one. That said this is a sweet enough duet and song, mellow reggae lovers rock, well almost – it’s more mellow dance than mellow reggae. Up to 4, The Jayhawks version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time way outdoes the original, and ditto Clock’s version of Tag Team’s Whoomp, up to 9. One I’d forgotten I liked so much! At 10, Deep Forest get another top 10, but not rainforest this time, more Eastern European traditional music with a new age dance shuffle.

A huge leap into the 20 for A.D.A.M. and Amy – no I don’t know they are either, I’ll just google. Ah, still no idea, but it’s a dance cover of the Cranberries Zombie, a song I wasn’t that fond of in it’s original version. Hey ho. A better record is at 18 for Menswear, Daydreamer leaping, as the highest new entry at 23 is a wonderful emotional ballad from Boy George, Il Adore, 13 years since his debut in Culture Club. For anyone thinking there aren’t enough cover versions in my chart already, well you’re in luck, Tippa Irie has done The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive and pops in at 29. It’s not in the same league. Supergrass’ Alright, however is fab, still sounds great and hits the 40, along with Bon Jovi (meh), Haddaway (meh), Wet Wet Wet (meh) and Shaggy doing Mungo Jerry (s’OK), and new entries for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl carrying on the Nirvana torch with a Call, Blondie get remixed as Heart Of Glass returns 16 years after topping my chart, and Ultimate Kaos also enter, Right Here.

Outside the 40, Gary Moore does a blues cover of a song Fleetwood Mac covered, a 50’s Little Willie John blues classic, I Need Your Love So Bad, while at 57 Bjork covers an obscure B side from 1951 by American movie musical star Betty Hutton, and she does it musical stylee, in total contrast to her body of work before and since – and gets a bonafide crossover pop hit still good for a singalong. It’s Oh So Quiet is fun, and the video is great. Which leaves an actual (gasp!) new song from Paul Weller, You Do Something To Me, at 60, a nice love song, and a fair ways away from The Jam circa 1977!

1 ( 3 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
2 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
4 ( 20 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
5 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 4 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
8 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
9 ( 37 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 18 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

11 ( 10 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
13 ( 8 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
14 ( 7 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
15 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 15 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
17 ( 72 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
18 ( 38 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
19 ( 21 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 17 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John

21 ( 9 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
22 ( 11 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
23 ( NEW ) IL ADORE Boy George
24 ( 14 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
25 ( 56 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
26 ( 40 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
27 ( 13 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( 22 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
29 ( NEW ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 44 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi

31 ( 24 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
32 ( 27 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
33 ( NEW ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
34 ( 36 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
35 ( 32 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
36 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
37 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
38 ( 50 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
39 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
40 ( 45 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 31 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
42 ( 41 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
43 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
44 ( 26 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
45 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
46 ( 29 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 70 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
48 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
50 ( 39 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

51 ( 28 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( 42 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
53 ( 34 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
54 ( 35 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
55 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Gary Moore
56 ( 43 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
57 ( NEW ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( 46 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
59 ( 71 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
60 ( NEW ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 52 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
65 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
66 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
69 ( 74 ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
70 ( 64 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

71 ( 48 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
72 ( 57 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
73 ( 55 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
74 ( 49 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Yes, this week I saw Jim Kerr and mates in concert, it was a good gig, though obviously he must have missed out some of my early faves as they don’t feature in this top 6. Normally I’d be listing Up On The Catwalk, Speed Your Love To Me, Promised You A Miracle as well…!

SIMPLE MINDS LIVE AT BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
1. Alive And Kicking
2. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
3. She’s A River
4. Belfast Child
5. Hypnotised
6. Sanctify Yourself

9th July 1995

The Jackson siblings are back on top for a second week, Scream about it! The Jayhawks are having a Bad Time cos they’re so close at 2 when they should have gone to 1. In at 3, Seal’s back with his rose, having hit the top 5 with it in 1994, and now is Batman powered, and Vic & Bob make the top 10 with The Monkees cover.

Supergrass and Shaggy climb into the 20, and Oasis rocket to 20 with the fabulous Live Forever. In at 22, Diana King has her shy guy in mind for a spot of classy reggae and in at 25 Bobby Brown is back humpin’ around, as you do. New at 28 is the lovely Stars from the lovely Dubstar, while Sheryl Crow is back with Run Baby Run – sadly, not the fab Newbeats 60’s single, but happily a decent ballad.

While at 58, Rednex lend a hand to some puppets – not sure who came out of it with credibility damaged, but the kids loved it! Kylie’s posing a question, where is the feeling, to which the answer is err in the previous single. I need to refresh my memory for this one (it’s a heavily remixed dancefloor buzzer )! The Rolling Stones go wild at 70, or at least as wild as they could for someone that had living the high life for 30-odd years, while Del Amitri and MN8 are back with new singles, rollin’ and happy.

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 4 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 1 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 3 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
6 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
7 ( 6 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
8 ( 7 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
9 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 12 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

11 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 8 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
13 ( 10 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 17 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
15 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 25 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
17 ( 18 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
18 ( 13 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
19 ( 39 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
20 ( 54 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21 ( 14 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( NEW ) SHY GUY Diana King
23 ( 20 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
24 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
25 ( NEW ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
26 ( 30 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
27 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( NEW ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie

31 ( 24 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
32 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
33 ( 21 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
34 ( 23 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 40 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
37 ( 26 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
38 ( 31 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
39 ( 47 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
40 ( 33 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters

41 ( 22 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
42 ( 35 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
43 ( 59 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
44 ( 60 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
45 ( 32 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
46 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 41 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
48 ( 48 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
50 ( NEW ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

51 ( 45 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( 44 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
53 ( 34 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
54 ( 36 ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
55 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
56 ( 38 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
57 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( NEW ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
59 ( 43 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
60 ( RE ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 52 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 62 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
65 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
67 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
68 ( 56 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
69 ( 68 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

71 ( 70 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
72 ( 58 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
73 ( NEW ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY MN8
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. HisTory – Michael Jackson
2. There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor
3. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers

16th July 1995

3 weeks for the Jackson siblings on top, as the charts finally come alive, the oodles of covers dropping and bonafide great tracks entering, headed by Madonna and her fab new naughty video for Human Nature. Inventive, and somewhat flatters the track, it’s good, sultry, cool but isn’t Madonna at her very best, but good enough to enter at 7. Supergrass go top 5 with the fab Alright, Diana King takes her shy guy into the 10, and Deuce enter at 10, with their best record. That might not sound like much of a rating, given the manufactured and short-lived background of the group, but it is, in fact, a fantastic pop record.

In at 12 is one of Britpop’s forgotten successes, scousers Cast drop by again with latest single Fine Time, jangly indie melodic guitar pop – I really don’t get why they have been all-but-deleted from pop history, this is pretty good. In at 17 Brownstone also return, with something they heard through the Grapevine – not Marvin Gaye, though, it’s smooth 90‘s r’n’b. At 21, debuting, is Dana Dawson with 3 Is Family, a decent bit of souldancepop. Dana sadly died at 36 from cancer, I have just read on Wikipedia.

Kylie shoots up into the top 30, and The Lightning Seeds return with another in the string of goodies, in fact it’s Perfect at 27, a strings-tastic sweet upbeat song. D:Ream also grab another top 40 notch on their chart belt, MN8 are Happy to go top 40, ditto Paul Weller and Sheryl Crow, and in at 34 it’s the total classic TLC 90’s biggie, Waterfalls. Just an awesome, affecting, sad lament for lost loved ones, made all the more sad these days with Lisa Lopes’ death at 30 in a car accident 7 years later.

Finally, PJ Harvey is in at 55 with one of my fave tracks of hers, C’mon Billy, a spacious production (even with subtle strings) with bite and authenticity. PJ is also guesting with Duncan Stuck On You – OK I lie, it’s not Polly it’s Ant n Dec, future TV darlings – in at 59, as in at 60 it’s Sister Bliss with Oh What A World! – a Wicked Witch Of The West referencing club track from the female part of Faithless, with sassy Colette on vocals, a lady with attitude. Still sounds great, is genuinely amusing, and even I under-rated it chart-wise.

1 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
6 ( 5 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 7 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
9 ( 22 ) SHY GUY Diana King
10 ( NEW ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce

11 ( 6 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
12 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Cast
13 ( 8 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
14 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
15 ( 19 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
16 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( NEW ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
18 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
19 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
20 ( 25 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown

21 ( NEW ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
22 ( 14 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
23 ( 12 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
24 ( 67 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
26 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
27 ( NEW ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
28 ( 17 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
29 ( 43 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 70 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

31 ( 18 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
32 ( 24 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
33 ( 23 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
34 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS TLC
35 ( 40 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
36 ( 20 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 74 ) HAPPY MN8
38 ( 33 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
39 ( 44 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
40 ( 50 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

41 ( 36 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
42 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
43 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
44 ( 31 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
45 ( 30 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 26 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
48 ( 32 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
49 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
50 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork

51 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 42 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
53 ( 34 ) IL ADORE Boy George
54 ( 38 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
55 ( NEW ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey
56 ( 37 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
57 ( 60 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU PJ & Duncan
60 ( NEW ) OH! WHAT A WORLD Sister Bliss featuring Colette

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 41 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
63 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 73 ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
65 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 58 ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
68 ( 39 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( 64 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds

71 ( 49 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
72 ( 71 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
73 ( 62 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
74 ( 45 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Which just leaves The Rolling Stones big climb to 30, fresh from seeing them in concert at Wembley Stadium. Another one those all-day jobs to get their early to see the already-ageing 60’s legends 30 years into their 50-year touring career. Mick, of course, the great frontman, and a timeless back-catalogue to plunder for my enjoyment, notably these:

THE ROLLING STONES AT WEMBLEY

1. Honky Tonk Women
2. Satisfaction
3. Jumping Jack Flash
4. Start Me Up
5. It’s All Over Now
6. Sympathy For The Devil
7. Tumbling Dice
8. Miss You

23rd July 1995

Boy George rockets up 52 places to top spot with floptastic Il Adore, a strings-laden gorgeous and touching ballad about loss and death, specifically AIDS-related friends, which just didn’t suit the dance and Britpop times much, sadly. Anyway, it’s still lovely, one of george’s best and his 5th chart-topper (4 with Culture Club) and his first in 11 years. Deuce meanwhile are still swearing On The Bible, up to 2, and The Lightning Seeds keep those top 10 pop gem singles coming, it’s just Perfect at 6. Here’s a random massive climb: a couple of lads named PJ & Duncan are Stuck On U, as they ditch the chantalong pop for a more soulful sound, which sounds like an improvement to me, though I might suggest taking up TV hosting lads!

Cast are back in the 10, a right ol’ Fine Time, as Dana Dawson tweaks my popstress ditty tastebuds at 10, S’OK but a bit inexplicably high. Dubstar hit the 20, and highest new entry at 17 is Paninaro ’95, a Pet Shop Boys rave-era remix single of a classic 80’s B side of theirs. On the one hand I’m glad it became a single, on the other hand it’s not a patch on the brilliance of the original version, which SO should have been a single in it’s own right back in 1986/7, and which would have been a chart-topper for ages in my charts (had I allowed B sides and album tracks then). I may post the better version next time!

Kylie goes top 20 (hooray!) and TLC just miss out (Boo!), while a couple of remixes of Dusty tracks gets her a re-entry at 23, one of them a Pet Shop Boys song and Pet Shop Boys remix (Daydreaming), and again, not a patch on the original album track version which I allowed Dusty to chart at 2. In at 31 with their final version 1 Gary Barlow-written single, it’s Take That, and Never Forget that you can’t write them off (It certainly seemed like the writing was on the wall in the Robbie-less line-up: the golden rule of boybands is, first out gets the solo career, the band then split.

Marc Almond is back at 34 with a good Gary Glitter/T.Rex-styled stomping pop single, The Idol, for a sweet 14 years of top 40 entries, while lower down it’s Aswad back with a song that isn’t a Midge Ure cover, If I Was sure I’d say so, Corona pop (ha!) in, Method Man and Mary J do a job on Marvin & Tammi’s classic song, Boo Radleys shout It’s Lulu, but it isn’t, it is however, a Beatles cover for Suggs (I’m Only Sleeping) giving him a hit with a Beatles song that had never charted before, and also 16 years of hits. Which leaves a short minor mention (for now) of a gentle understated ballad about ’74 – ’75 from The Connells. It’s good, it’s catchy, and it will be back in the future as a Pan-European smash for an American band who oddly missed out in the USA.

1 ( 53 ) IL ADORE Boy George
2 ( 10 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 5 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
6 ( 27 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
7 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
8 ( 59 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
9 ( 12 ) FINE TIME Cast
10 ( 21 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson

11 ( 25 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
13 ( 26 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
15 ( 42 ) STARS Dubstar
16 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
17 ( NEW ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 24 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
19 ( 9 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( 8 ) YES McAlmont & Butler

21 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS TLC
22 ( 14 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
23 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
24 ( 20 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
25 ( 15 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
26 ( 17 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
27 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
28 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
29 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 11 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

31 ( NEW ) NEVER FORGET Take That
32 ( 18 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
33 ( 74 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( NEW ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
35 ( 31 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( 40 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
37 ( 39 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 32 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
39 ( 19 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
40 ( 30 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

41 ( 38 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
42 ( 37 ) HAPPY MN8
43 ( 23 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
44 ( 41 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
45 ( 22 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
46 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
47 ( 28 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
48 ( 33 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
49 ( 63 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
50 ( 55 ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey

51 ( 54 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
52 ( 49 ) SKY HIGH Newton
53 ( 52 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
54 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Aswad
55 ( 35 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
56 ( 43 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
57 ( 44 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
58 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( 45 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
60 ( NEW ) TRY ME OUT Corona

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 48 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( NEW ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
65 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 57 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

71 ( 56 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
72 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 72 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
74 ( 70 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
75 ( 73 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

30th July 1995

I like a nice bit of cheese now and again, so I proudly announce Deuce top my chart this week in 1995 with a fab OTT slab, all melodramatic and passionately tuneful. By some distance this is their best pop record, and a minor forgotten gem. On The Bible I swear it! Still in cheese mode, soon-to-be Ant & Dec hit a new chart peak of 4 – they are still stuck on u, lucky us! The Lightning Seeds grab another big hit at 3, it’s a bit Perfect. Pet Shop Boys manage 5 with their lesser remix of Paninaro (I just can’t get over it not being the brilliant original, which would easily have topped my chart this week had it been a double A), as Take That’s final (for now) self-penned single Never Forget gives them a 5th or so top 10.

Highest new entry is the annoyingly-non-single fab movie-song cover of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, as hit by big fave Mama Cass in 1968, and as originally done in 1931 (! – that sounds positively historic these days) by Ozzie Nelson, who gave birth to 50’s sitcom Ozzie & Harriet with his real-life family, and future teen idol Ricky Nelson. Ricky’s own sons had a short career as Nelson. Keeping it in the family, just like Cass’ daughter. The Beautiful South by now were 6 years into their career, with new singer Jacqui Abbott joining co-singer Paul Heaton, and who now have-co-starring album success as a duo 21 years on, so not a bad run then!

Marc Almond and TLC go top 20, ditto Dusty n Daryl, and REM stick their Tongue out beautifully and un-typically falsetto-stylee at 27, Cyndi Lauper comes on home at 30, and Kirsty MacColl returns with her Kinks-cover Days at 32 just a few years after charting it first-time round. If at first you don’t succeed, Julian Cope advises Try Try Try Try – works for him, in at 46 a sweet 14 years on from Teardrop Explodes debuting. OK, then, in the media world it was all about who would win the chart battle for UK number one, Blur or Oasis, rivals releasing the same week. Blur won that battle, and they also do here (sort of)…by entering one place than Oasis at 48, and to boot also higher than another UK chart-topper, You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson’s R.Kelly dirge, which featured Elvis Presley’s daughter (keeping the musical family theme going) in the video. She also happened to be his wife for a short time. Yes, most unlikely wedding that could ever have been predicted – at least until Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch.

Others: a cover of Wham!’s I’m Your Man, Bob Seger oldie Hollywood Nights, The Wildhearts are back, so are Black Grape, and best of the bunch Michelle Gayle gets another good pop single with Happy Just To Be With You.

1 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 1 ) IL ADORE Boy George
3 ( 6 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 8 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
5 ( 17 ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
7 ( 14 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 3 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
9 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 31 ) NEVER FORGET Take That

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS TLC
13 ( 5 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
14 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 34 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
16 ( NEW ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
17 ( 10 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
18 ( 9 ) FINE TIME Cast
19 ( 23 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
20 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King

21 ( 12 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
22 ( 20 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
23 ( 18 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
25 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
26 ( 16 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( NEW ) TONGUE REM
28 ( 15 ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 24 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
30 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 25 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
32 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
33 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( 22 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
35 ( 27 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
36 ( 41 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
37 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 63 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
39 ( 26 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
40 ( 28 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

41 ( 60 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
42 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
43 ( 35 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 38 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 32 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
46 ( NEW ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
47 ( 49 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
48 ( NEW ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
49 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
50 ( 39 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 44 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
52 ( 40 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones
53 ( 64 ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
54 ( 36 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
55 ( 52 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 53 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
57 ( NEW ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
58 ( 46 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
59 ( 70 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
60 ( 43 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza

61 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Aswad
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 51 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
64 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
65 ( 42 ) HAPPY MN8
66 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
69 ( NEW ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
70 ( NEW ) JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts

71 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
73 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
75 ( 73 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

My 1994 Charts – July

The Flash getting a good kickin’ from a baddie at UKCAC

3rd July 1994

2nd week on top for Aswad, joined in the top 5 by yet another reggae track, as General Public’s version of The Staple Singers classic hits 5, 2 places lower than the 1972 original. The Pretenders keep up the run of Top 10 hits, Night In My Veins at 8, and The Grid’s Swamp Thing is up to 9.

Leading a mass influx of new entries is Crystal Waters and Ghetto Day, a record I preferred to her bigger hits; The Rolling Stones are back at 25, Love Is Strong enough to give them a sweet 25 years of hits to date; the big news is in at 34, a noisy new Manc band with an arrogant attitude, Shaker Maker from Oasis. The previous band called Oasis featured Mary Hopkin, and I’d pay to hear her sing an Oasis ballad. Just because.

Lots of big movers as well, B52’s up to 19, Janet Jackson to 20, Utah Saints to 30, and Daryl Hall up to 38, and waddya know I saw him 2 weeks ago in concert with mucker John Oates, still going strong. Other newies: Shed 7, Wildhearts, Robert Palmer 16 years into his run of hits, KWS doing what they do best – killing much better records, this time with the assistance of Rose Royce’s Gwen Dickey (Ain’t Nobody – I suggest sticking with Rufus in my 84 and 89 Top 10’s), Blind Melon, Take That (having a minor hit after some biggies), Aerosmith, a great comeback single for Bobby Brown, not yet remixed, and lastly, the 15-year-old, influential and ill-fated Aaliyah with Back And Forth. Best not mention R. Kelly who would be banged up a la Yewtree were he a UK resident. Probably. I wouldn’t want to spread malicious rumours, but he produced her Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number album and apparently married in secret after she lied about her age, in about ooh, 2 or 3 months after this debut. R. Kelly obviously had no idea how old she was, having had her signed to his record label at 12 years old. Well, what business-man needs to see a birth certificate from parents eh when signing up their child? Obviously not this one…..

1 ( 1 ) SHINE Aswad

2 ( 2 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

3 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

4 ( 9 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

5 ( 23 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

6 ( 4 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

7 ( 6 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

8 ( 15 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

9 ( 12 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

11 ( 19 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

12 ( 5 ) TO THE END Blur

13 ( 20 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

14 ( 7 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

15 ( 18 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

16 ( 8 ) HARD Tom Robinson

17 ( NEW ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

18 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

19 ( 43 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

20 ( 45 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE Janet Jackson

21 ( 11 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

22 ( 17 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

23 ( 14 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

24 ( 16 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

25 ( NEW ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

26 ( 13 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

27 ( 22 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

28 ( 25 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

29 ( 35 ) U + ME Cappella

30 ( 47 ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints

31 ( 38 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

32 ( 32 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

33 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz

34 ( NEW ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

35 ( 42 ) WORD UP Gun

36 ( 26 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

37 ( 21 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

38 ( 68 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

39 ( 29 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

40 ( 24 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

41 ( 27 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

42 ( NEW ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

43 ( 31 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

44 ( 37 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

45 ( 34 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

46 ( NEW ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

47 ( NEW ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

48 ( 44 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

49 ( 41 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

50 ( 30 ) NO GOOD (START THE DANCE) The Prodigy

51 ( 28 ) ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS Absolutely Fabulous (Pet Shop Boys)

52 ( 51 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

53 ( 55 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

54 ( 61 ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision

55 ( 36 ) BACK TO LOVE Brand New Heavies

56 ( 75 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

57 ( 39 ) I SWEAR All 4 One

58 ( 73 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

59 ( 58 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

60 ( 40 ) LAY YOUR LOVE ON ME Roachford

61 ( NEW ) GO ON MOVE Reel 2 Real

62 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

63 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

64 ( 46 ) IF YOU GO Jon Secada

65 ( NEW ) CHANGE Blind Melon

66 ( 65 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

67 ( 57 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

68 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

69 ( NEW ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

70 ( NEW ) BACK AND FORTH Aaliyah

71 ( NEW ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown

72 ( NEW ) CAN’T IMAGINE THE WORLD WITHOUT ME Echobelly

73 ( NEW ) THE SUN DOES RISE Jah Wobble featuring Dolores Riorden

74 ( NEW ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

75 ( NEW ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

10th July 1994

The Boomtown Rats return to Number One almost 15 years since they were last there. Tell Me Why? I Don’t Like Mondays! A shame, in a way, as they had already had a shot on top and Nina Simone’s Feelin’ Good hadn’t, so she is denied her second chart-topper. The B52’s get a 4th Top 10 hit 15 years since Rock Lobster clawed it’s way in. I’d known the song since I was, ooh, 4 or 5, and it fit nicely into their style, and they fit nicely into the movie.

Big climb for Bonnie Raitt, You at 12, and highest new entry is a 3rd Top 20 hit for Deep Forest (I bought and liked the album), beating out the classic Michael McDonald-sampling Regulate for Warren G and Nate Dogg, in at 30. Gun’s OK rock version of Cameo is Word Up at 19, and modest climbs for Let Loose and Elton and Oasis, rather surprisingly. Wildhearts, ever under-rated, romp it up into the 40.

Two Cowboys Gonfi-gon it at 54, a bit do-si-do Rednex stylee, and I must say Compliments On Your Kiss to Red Dragon, and yet more reggae in the chart. The 90‘s reggae revival seems to have been forgotten in run-downs of chart-trends, but it was very much a pop force in 93/94. Prince, very much a declining force from here-on, duets with Nona Gaye, Marvin’s daughter, at 66. The classic America, from West Side Story, gets used in The World Cup coverage and sneaks in at 72, but I’d prefer an excuse to rechart the brilliant movie version of the song, a highlight in cinema history, I never tire of watching it. “I Know a boat you can get on, bye bye!”.

1 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

2 ( 4 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

3 ( 1 ) SHINE Aswad

4 ( 2 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

5 ( 9 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

6 ( 8 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

7 ( 6 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

8 ( 5 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

9 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

10 ( 19 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

11 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

12 ( 41 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

13 ( 17 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

14 ( 7 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

15 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

16 ( NEW ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest

17 ( 16 ) HARD Tom Robinson

18 ( 18 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

19 ( 35 ) WORD UP Gun

20 ( 20 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson

21 ( 15 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

22 ( 12 ) TO THE END Blur

23 ( 31 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

24 ( 36 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

25 ( 25 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

26 ( 14 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

27 ( 22 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

28 ( 28 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

29 ( 32 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

30 ( NEW ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

31 ( 24 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

32 ( 21 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

33 ( 34 ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

34 ( RE ) ADORE Joe Roberts

35 ( 58 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

36 ( 38 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

37 ( 62 ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

38 ( 27 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

39 ( 47 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

40 ( 46 ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

41 ( 23 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

42 ( 26 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

43 ( 69 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

44 ( 75 ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

45 ( 29 ) U + ME Cappella

46 ( 65 ) CHANGE Blind Melon

47 ( 40 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

48 ( 74 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

49 ( 44 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

50 ( 37 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

51 ( 45 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

52 ( 56 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

53 ( 52 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

54 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys

55 ( 43 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

56 ( 42 ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

57 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Kym Mazelle and Jocelyn Brown

58 ( NEW ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

59 ( 30 ) I STILL THINK OF YOU Utah Saints

60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 61 ) GO ON MOVE Reel 2 Real

62 ( 49 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

63 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME Yazz

64 ( 54 ) MIDDLEMAN Terrorvision

65 ( 63 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

66 ( NEW ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye

67 ( 66 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

68 ( 53 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

69 ( NEW ) BODY IN MOTION Atlantic Ocean

70 ( 68 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

71 ( 48 ) CARRY ME HOME Gloworm

72 ( NEW ) AMERICA Leonard Bernstein

73 ( 67 ) WHAT MAKES YOU CRY The Proclaimers

74 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE/ I’M COMING OUT Diana Ross

75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Julia Fordham

17th July 1994

One of those rare chart events for me – a record enters at one by a new act: this time China Black’s irresistible Searching, instantly hooks into the brain in a pleasant reggae way. Largely forgotten these days, but I liked the mixed ethnicity (the name said it all), the good songs, and since my days in Singapore I tend to want to support Chinese-related stars, one of western society’s most media-invisible sections – in this case Simon Fung.

The Pretenders get 2 Top 5’s in a row, Deep Forest 3 Top 10’s in a row. Ace Of Base also get their third Top 10 and the Rolling Stones go top 20 25 years after Honky Tonk Women did the same. Love Is Strong is one of their better latter-day singles. Big climbs for Crash Test Dummies (try singing along to Afternoons and Coffeespoons without the assistance of something to force the vocal wayyyyyy down!) and Mariah Carey, who very nearly gets another Top 40 entry buoyed up by recent actual honest-to-goodness great singles. Honest!

New at 37 it’s the Muppets. No, honestly. It’s Animal’s version of Wipeout, most recently a hit for the Fat Boys and Beach Boys, and their first chart hit since 1978 – Don’t Dilly Dally On The Way. I’m serious….! Hey, Wipeout’s a great toon, and the Muppets are great. Alice is back at 39, Maria Muldaur’s 1974 classic is covered by Brand New Heavies at 40, Erasure run in at 47 with a decent pop hit, and in at 52 is a bonafide Trevor Horn-produced classic from Seal, Kiss From A Rose. Not only in a Batman movie, it’s gorgeously moving, and it’s something of an injustice to find it became only a middling chart-hit in 1994 in the UK. Thankfully 1995 was a bit kinder.

1 ( NEW ) SEARCHING China Black

2 ( 2 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone

3 ( 3 ) SHINE Aswad

4 ( 6 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders

5 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

6 ( 13 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters

7 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry

8 ( 16 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest

9 ( 5 ) SWAMP THING The Grid

10 ( 11 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base

11 ( 7 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain

12 ( 10 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)

13 ( 9 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers

14 ( 8 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public

15 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South

16 ( 24 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

17 ( 25 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones

18 ( 19 ) WORD UP Gun

19 ( 12 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt

20 ( 30 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg

21 ( 14 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn

22 ( 23 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John

23 ( 18 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown

24 ( 17 ) HARD Tom Robinson

25 ( 34 ) ADORE Joe Roberts

26 ( 39 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer

27 ( 22 ) TO THE END Blur

28 ( 21 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin

29 ( 52 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies

30 ( 43 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That

31 ( 27 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader

32 ( 20 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson

33 ( 31 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma

34 ( 48 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts

35 ( 54 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys

36 ( 29 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17

37 ( NEW ) WIPEOUT The Muppets featuring Animal

38 ( 26 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette

39 ( RE ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper

40 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 28 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx

42 ( 35 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks

43 ( 32 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses

44 ( 68 ) ANYTIME YOU NEED A FRIEND Mariah Carey

45 ( 38 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis

46 ( 36 ) GLORYLAND Daryl Hall featuring The Sounds Of Blackness

47 ( NEW ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure

48 ( 33 ) SHAKER MAKER Oasis

49 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP MYSELF Julia Fordham

50 ( 49 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys

51 ( 37 ) AIN’T NOBODY KWS featuring Gwen Dickey

52 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

53 ( 53 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

54 ( 50 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders

55 ( 51 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest

56 ( 47 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

57 ( 42 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

58 ( 58 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

59 ( 74 ) WHY DO FOOL FALL IN LOVE/ I’M COMING OUT Diana Ross

60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 41 ) JAILBIRD Primal Scream

62 ( 55 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers

63 ( 45 ) U + ME Cappella

64 ( 62 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees

65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers

66 ( 44 ) SHUT UP AND DANCE Aerosmith

67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex

68 ( 40 ) SUCKER PUNCH The Wildhearts

69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis

70 ( 70 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) CHANGE Blind Melon

72 ( RE ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet

73 ( 56 ) DOLPHIN Shed 7

74 ( NEW ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc

75 ( NEW ) YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME Toni Braxton

24th July 1994

2 weeks for China Black on top, but just look at Bad Boys Inc rocket from 74 to 3 with a record I (and everyone else) can barely remember, a sort of Take That clone if I can vaguely recall. Youtube video to confirm! I haven’t heard it for 20 years. Warren G hits 9, and I’ve Regulatedly heard that one throughout the 20 years. Funny thing, the passage of time….

Seal kisses a rose and enters the 40 at 11. I tried kissing a rose this weekend, and got my legs ripped up by thorns for my troubles – I look like I’ve been whipped severely in The Hunger Games. Talking of The Hunger Games, Lenny Kravitz was last seen being dragged off to be murdered, but here he enters at 51. Deuce! One place higher it’s Ant and Dec in a previous life. From teeny pop rapper actors to Mega-TV-presenters and a future number one with Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble. Who coulda predicted that one! I’m not sure how high it gets in my chart (yet), but it’s no chart-topper..

Elton’s Lion King at last breaks into the 20, and C.J. Lewis’ reggae-cover of yet another 60’s classic (Stevie Wonder) is Uptight to 17. Highest new entry though is Kate Bush and Larry Adler’s version of George Gershwin’s The Man I Love, taken from Adler’s 80th birthday tribute album to the great Gershwin. This a download I need! In at 20, former number one acts The Lightning Seeds and their fab new pop single Lucky You, while veteran Joe Cocker covers Summer In The City at 74. The glorious original by The Lovin’ Spoonful features in my very current chart, 20 years later, due to an advert. I’ve been waiting for an excuse to chart it…..!

Oldies what I was playing a lot in this week were Lovers Of The World Unite, 60’’s harmony fun by David & Jonathan (aka Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway of many a hit song and Blue Mink fame), Like A Prayer, and Part Of The Union by The Strawbs. Varied, at least!

1 ( 1 ) SEARCHING China Black
2 ( 8 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
3 ( 74 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
4 ( 7 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
5 ( 3 ) SHINE Aswad
6 ( 6 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
7 ( 4 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
8 ( 2 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
9 ( 20 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
10 ( 16 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose

11 ( 52 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 26 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
13 ( 5 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 22 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
15 ( 9 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
16 ( 29 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
17 ( 69 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
18 ( NEW ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
19 ( 15 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
20 ( NEW ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds

21 ( 11 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
22 ( 12 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
23 ( 10 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
24 ( 14 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
25 ( 25 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
26 ( 13 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
27 ( 37 ) WIPEOUT The Muppets featuring Animal
28 ( 58 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold
29 ( 30 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
30 ( 18 ) WORD UP Gun

31 ( 17 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
32 ( 23 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
33 ( NEW ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
34 ( 27 ) TO THE END Blur
35 ( 28 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
36 ( RE ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
37 ( 19 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
38 ( 24 ) HARD Tom Robinson
39 ( 47 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure
40 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies

41 ( 21 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
42 ( 33 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
43 ( 31 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
44 ( 32 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson
45 ( 41 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
46 ( 38 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
47 ( NEW ) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Abigail
48 ( NEW ) BLACK BOX EYC
49 ( 39 ) IT’S ME Alice Cooper
50 ( NEW ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan

51 ( NEW ) DEUCE Lenny Kravitz
52 ( 45 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
53 ( 35 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys
54 ( 53 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
55 ( 50 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 34 ) CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE Juliet Roberts
57 ( 42 ) MAYBE LOVE (REMIX) Stevie Nicks
58 ( 36 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
59 ( NEW ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 55 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
62 ( 72 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet
63 ( NEW ) TWYFORD DOWN Galliano
64 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 54 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
66 ( 64 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
67 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
68 ( 62 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
69 ( 43 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Guns ‘n’ Roses
70 ( 56 ) LONG TIME GONE Galliano

71 ( 70 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) FEENIN’ Jodeci
73 ( NEW ) TOWER OF STRENGTH Skin
74 ( NEW ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
75 ( 57 ) INSIDE Stiltskin

31st July 1994

After peaking at 2 and weeks inside the Top 10, it finally gets there! The classic, gorgeous 7 Seconds from Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry, one of the best (and favourite) records of the 90’s. Love it. I love the fact that’s not in English (in part) and is rooted in West Africa. I think I was a bit on a mission to widen music to the world (as were the charts), and just take a look at the variety of genres and world origins of the tracks inside the Top 20: Deep Forest to Bad Boys Inc, George Gershwin to Erasure’s synthpop leaping into the top 10, and the Three Tenors highest new entry at 12 with two Opera tracks from La Traviata and Rigoletto to The Muppets surf comedy and 1977 B Side re-issue, Mah Na Mah Na, finally getting the chart credit it deserved first time round. A bit of rap, a lot of reggae, a class ballad, pop, dance, jazzfunk, blues, and alternative rock. Those were the days when the charts weren’t dominated by just one or two genres….

Talking of jazzfunk Level 42 are high new entries at 17 with the sweet Love In A Peaceful World, while part-time Eagle and hit-maker of 22 years, and even better songwriter, Jackson Browne returns with Everywhere I Go. Even better, Sophie B. Hawkins is back with a change of musical direction, dancepop supreme, the absolutely fantastic sublime marvellous Right Beside You, written after the death of her partner. Love it love it. The sadly recently late Bobby Womack was also back again, at 63, with Forever Love, and Shakespear’s Sister Marcella Detroit is no angel at 75.

1 ( 4 ) SEVEN SECONDS Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry
2 ( 1 ) SEARCHING China Black
3 ( 3 ) TAKE ME AWAY (I’LL FOLLOW YOU) Bad Boys Inc
4 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
5 ( 9 ) REGULATE Warren G featuring Nate Dogg
6 ( 2 ) SAVANNA DANCE Deep Forest
7 ( 10 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Let Loose
8 ( 5 ) SHINE Aswad
9 ( 17 ) EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT (UPTIGHT) C.J. Lewis
10 ( 39 ) RUN TO THE SUN Erasure

11 ( 7 ) NIGHT IN MY VEINS The Pretenders
12 ( NEW ) LIBIAMO/ LA DONNA E MOBILE Carreras Domingo Pavarotti
13 ( 6 ) GHETTO DAY Crystal Waters
14 ( 16 ) AFTERNOONS AND COFFEESPOONS Crash Test Dummies
15 ( 12 ) GIRL U WANT Robert Palmer
16 ( 8 ) FEELIN’ GOOD Nina Simone
17 ( NEW ) LOVE IN A PEACEFUL WORLD Level 42
18 ( 18 ) THE MAN I LOVE Kate Bush and Larry Adler
19 ( 27 ) WIPEOUT/ MAH NA MAH NA The Muppets featuring Animal
20 ( 28 ) COMPLIMENTS ON YOUR KISS Red Dragon featuring Brian and Tony Gold

21 ( 20 ) LUCKY YOU The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 15 ) SWAMP THING The Grid
23 ( 33 ) B GOOD 2 ME Ronni Simon
24 ( 13 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
25 ( 14 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT Elton John
26 ( 59 ) WHAT GOES AROUND Bitty McLean
27 ( 19 ) EVERYBODY’S TALKING The Beautiful South
28 ( 21 ) BABY I LOVE YOUR WAY Big Mountain
29 ( 36 ) LOVESIGN Prince and Nona Gaye
30 ( 48 ) BLACK BOX EYC

31 ( 22 ) MEET THE FLINTSTONES The BC52’s (B52’s)
32 ( NEW ) EVERYWHERE I GO Jackson Browne
33 ( 24 ) I’LL TAKE YOU THERE General Public
34 ( 23 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Ace Of Base
35 ( 35 ) WILLING TO FORGIVE Aretha Franklin
36 ( 50 ) LET’S GET READY TO RHUMBLE PJ & Duncan
37 ( 41 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME (NO NO NO) Dawn Penn
38 ( 25 ) ADORE Joe Roberts
39 ( 40 ) MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS Brand New Heavies
40 ( 34 ) TO THE END Blur

41 ( 32 ) HEY DJ Lighter Shade Of Brown
42 ( 26 ) I WANNA BE YOUR MAN Chaka Demus & Pliers
43 ( 42 ) THE EYES OF TRUTH Enigma
44 ( 31 ) LOVE IS STRONG The Rolling Stones
45 ( 38 ) HARD Tom Robinson
46 ( 74 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Joe Cocker
47 ( 30 ) WORD UP Gun
48 ( 29 ) LOVE AIN’T HERE ANYMORE Take That
49 ( 37 ) YOU Bonnie Raitt
50 ( NEW ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

51 ( 45 ) GET-A-WAY Maxx
52 ( 63 ) TWYFORD DOWN Galliano
53 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY GONFI-GON Two Cowboys
54 ( 47 ) SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT Abigail
55 ( 54 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
56 ( 43 ) PATIENCE OF ANGELS Eddi Reader
57 ( 46 ) CRASH! BOOM! BANG! Roxette
58 ( 51 ) DEUCE Lenny Kravitz
59 ( 55 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/ EAGLE Abba

61 ( 52 ) SWEETS FOR MY SWEET C.J. Lewis
62 ( 44 ) ANYTIME ANYPLACE (CJ’s 7″ Remix) Janet Jackson
63 ( NEW ) FOREVER LOVE Bobby Womack
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’/ EBB TIDE The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 61 ) DEEP FOREST Deep Forest
66 ( 67 ) 20th CENTURY BOY T.Rex
67 ( 58 ) AROUND THE WORLD East 17
68 ( 66 ) HOW TO FALL IN LOVE The Bee Gees
69 ( RE ) YOU MEAN THE WORLD TO ME Toni Braxton
70 ( 62 ) LOVE IS ALL AROUND Wet Wet Wet

71 ( 68 ) LISTEN TO THE MUSIC (REMIX) The Doobie Brothers
72 ( 71 ) HEY JUDE/ REVOLUTION The Beatles
73 ( 65 ) I’LL STAND BY YOU The Pretenders
74 ( RE ) I SWEAR All 4 One
75 ( NEW ) I’M NO ANGEL Marcella Detroit