My July 1986 Charts

1st July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz, their longest runner, as they hold off Wham! at 2, and Boys Don’t Cry going top 5 with non-hit I Wanna Be A Cowboy. Bananarama grab a 5th or so top 10, Madonna strides into the 20, and A View From The Hill are talking about a big climb into the 20. Highest new entry at 18 is 1979 top 5 Boogie Wonderland, back again for Earth Wind & Fire & The Emotions.

Steve Winwood has a large leap into the 30 with his Higher Love, and Stan Ridgway is in Camouflage with his goose-bump-inducing story of a ghostly heroic marine in Viet-Nam new at 28 for the former Wall Of Voodoo man, and his joining Stewart Copeland on Don’t Box Me In. Michael McDonald is back, I keep forgettin’ how many tracks he’s charted, but at least dating back to 1979 with The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes. Katrina gets another sunny wave-y hit, I’d advise her to give Eurovision a try when the hits dry up, Gary Numan extends his chart run to 7 years, and Barry Grey enters 17 years belatedly with his theme to Joe 90, puppet-strings-music-maestro, and not for the last time with a Gerry Anderson theme tune.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 7 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 2 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
4 ( 12 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
5 ( 8 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
6 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
8 ( 3 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 13 ) VENUS Bananarama

11 ( 10 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
12 ( 24 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
13 ( 19 ) ROSES Haywoode
14 ( 16 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
15 ( 18 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
16 ( 5 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
17 ( 34 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 11 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
19 ( NEW ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 28 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski

21 ( 14 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
22 ( 35 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
23 ( 27 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
24 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( 26 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
26 ( 63 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
27 ( 17 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
28 ( NEW ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
29 ( 15 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
30 ( 33 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen

31 ( 20 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
32 ( 46 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
33 ( 21 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
34 ( 23 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
35 ( 39 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
36 ( 31 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
37 ( 43 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
38 ( 25 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
40 ( 42 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge

41 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
42 ( 30 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
43 ( 36 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
44 ( 50 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
45 ( 40 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
46 ( 38 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
47 ( 66 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
48 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
49 ( 54 ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
50 ( 59 ) MY GIRL The Temptations

51 ( 41 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
52 ( RE ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
53 ( 48 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
55 ( 47 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
56 ( NEW ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
57 ( 72 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
58 ( 60 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
59 ( 53 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
60 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Ready For The World

61 ( 45 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
62 ( 61 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
63 ( 44 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
64 ( 55 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
67 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 64 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) SMILE Audrey Hall
70 ( NEW ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves

71 ( 70 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 56 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
74 ( NEW ) JOE 90 THEME (CLUB MIX) The Barry Grey Orchestra
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
2 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Guys & Dolls

 

8th July 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Fizz, as Bananarama join Wham! in challenging for the top spot – but Madonna grabs a 4th top 5 and speeding up behind her is Stevie Winwood’s Higher Love, his first top 5 as his early stuff predates my charts. The Real Roxanne is Bang Zoom! rapping it to the moon at 9, and Haywoode’s Roses are blooming at last at 10.

Highest new entry is the fab veterans Archie Bell & The Drells, an 80’s variation on their fab 60’s/early 70’s Philly soul sounds. Don’t Let Me Get You Down is their first new hit in a decade, and extends their run to 14 years (or, in my retro charts of 1967/68 which I created 50 years late, 19 years). They topped my chart in 1972 with Here I Go Again. Brilliant! It’s Somebody in at 36 for an early look-in for Youth & the KLF man, as the 15-year-old recording, finally released in 1977, is back again for another try at 37 for Suzy & The Red Stripes – aka Linda McCartney, and her own song Seaside Woman, with a little help from her (Wings) friends. technically she co-wrote Live And Let Die (like this song, the reggae bit) so she had form and it was a nice nose-thumb to the music critics. And of course, a huge American chart-topper with hubbie Paul in the brilliant Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 15 years earlier, but tragically not one I got to hear at the time – though it has since topped my charts.

Rod Stewart is back with a celtic-sounding ballad, Nick Heyward is keeping the minor entries dribbling out, Drum Theatre are back with a song I heard them do in concert. They were good live. Records never really matched the in concert experience though. Warning Will Robinson! Yes, Lady In Red enters with a 69 as the torture of wedding dances for the next decade looms from Chris De Burgh. I’ll take the Ferryman track anyday 9 years earlier, or the Spaceman one. Sam Fox makes it a double top, err 75, It’s Immaterial aren’t quite as endearing when they stop driving away from home, and The Blow Monkeys keep it funky, but less jazzy and memorable than Digging Your Scene.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 10 ) VENUS Bananarama
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
5 ( 12 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
6 ( 26 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
7 ( 3 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
8 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
9 ( 32 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
10 ( 13 ) ROSES Haywoode

11 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
14 ( 7 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
15 ( 11 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 17 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
17 ( 22 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
18 ( 14 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 23 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu

21 ( 18 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
22 ( 15 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 25 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
24 ( 28 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
25 ( 37 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
26 ( 16 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
27 ( 21 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
28 ( NEW ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
29 ( 20 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
30 ( 35 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

31 ( 52 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
32 ( 27 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
33 ( 31 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
34 ( 47 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( 44 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
36 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
37 ( NEW ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
38 ( 36 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 29 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
40 ( 34 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra

41 ( 30 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
42 ( 39 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
43 ( 56 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
44 ( 41 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 38 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
46 ( 73 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
47 ( 33 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
48 ( 45 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
49 ( 57 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
50 ( 69 ) SMILE Audrey Hall

51 ( 40 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
52 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
53 ( 24 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( NEW ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
55 ( 43 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
56 ( 53 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
57 ( 42 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 66 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
60 ( 46 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

61 ( 70 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 55 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
63 ( 59 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
64 ( 54 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HOME (IS WHERE THE HEART IS) Drum Theatre
67 ( 64 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
68 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
70 ( NEW ) DO YA DO YA (WANNA PLEASE ME) Samantha Fox

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( NEW ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
73 ( NEW ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( 62 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash
3 ROCK ON T.Rex

 

15th July 1986

It’s a first week on top for Madonna after 2 years of singles coming close – Papa Don’t Preach was a step-up in class right from the get go with the strings intro. This was the track that converted me into a fan, as opposed to an act I liked a lot. Biggest rival is Stevie Winwood at 3 as Higher Love does what it says on the label. Literally. A View From The Hill get the fab No Conversation into the top 10 too.

Linda McCartney gets a solo (ish) top 20 hit as Seaside Woman leaps over the incoming waves – actually Katrina is stalled – leaving a remixed Junior and a re-entered Dhar Braxton to take the highest new-ish spots inside the 40. Brilliant get a 3rd top 20, and the highest actual new track is Paul McCartney’s Press, Macca going dance and booting out his Paperback Writer in the process. Rod Stewart makes it 15 years of top 40’s, Chris De Burgh 4 years, Michael McDonald 7 years, Gary Numan 7 years. And that concludes the Pop Stars Longevity results.

Hollywood Beyond debut, at 40, SOS Band are back again, Van Halen are having big Dreams, Princess is procrastinating, and debuting dubiously asking for a spot of immolation is Willie Colon. His name isn’t pronounced like the body part, that would be silly and childish. No it’s pronounced as in the perfume Cologne. As a product it could well be an untapped market. Billy Bragg is singing an ode to one of the greatest vocalists of all-time, Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops, which is somewhat ironic as Billy’s vocals are on a par with Bob Dylan’s – songs sung better by others. Dollar are back after a gap, with the flop We Walked In Love, a minor gem of a ballad that was under-rated, giving them 8 years of success in my charts – if not actually anywhere else – as a duo, or 11 years including Guys & Dolls tracks. From There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving to We Walked In Love, but David Van Day was already eyeing up Bucks Fizz from below in more ways than one – watch out guys!

1 ( 5 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
3 ( 6 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
4 ( 3 ) VENUS Bananarama
5 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
6 ( 9 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
7 ( 10 ) ROSES Haywoode
8 ( 7 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
9 ( 16 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
10 ( 4 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
13 ( 12 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 17 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
15 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 37 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
17 ( 28 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 36 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
19 ( 14 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
20 ( 13 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics

21 ( 24 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
22 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 31 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
24 ( 20 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
25 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
26 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 21 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
28 ( RE ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
29 ( 54 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
30 ( 35 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

31 ( 23 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
32 ( 69 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
33 ( 50 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
34 ( NEW ) PRESS Paul McCartney
35 ( 27 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
36 ( 32 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
37 ( 43 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 46 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

41 ( 30 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
42 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
43 ( 18 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
44 ( 25 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
45 ( 40 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
46 ( 26 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
47 ( 49 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
48 ( 29 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
49 ( 45 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 39 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( NEW ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
52 ( 42 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
53 ( 33 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
54 ( 72 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
55 ( 48 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
56 ( NEW ) DREAMS Van Halen
57 ( 58 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
58 ( 59 ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
59 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
60 ( 56 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 41 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
63 ( 55 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( NEW ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
65 ( NEW ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
66 ( 63 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
68 ( NEW ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
69 ( 62 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
70 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 67 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
73 ( 73 ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
75 ( NEW ) LEVI STUBB’S TEARS Billy Bragg

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 HOLD TIGHT Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert

 

22nd July 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Madonna as some serious Stan-ning is going on – that’s a Camouflage, though, in the top 10, along with Who Killed Cock Robin – oh no that was my toddler poem that mum used to read to me, I loved that poem, one of my earliest memories. It wasn’t the sparrow with his bow & arrow, though. This one is a ballad though, and I’m surprised to see it made my top 10 as my memory of it was “S’OK”.

Macca is Im-press-ed to be top 20, Hollywood Beyond rocket up to 19, Dollar are up a whopping 50 places for their first top 30 entry in 4 years, and UB40 are the highest new entry at 25, singing their own song this time, as opposed to a cover. Unlike Robert Palmer and his good cover of the Jam & Lewis track for Cherrelle, in at 29 with another video lookalike, I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On he claims – I think he very much did mean to, judging by the video models. Lulu is also back, after 4 years away, and with a cover – of her own Shout. The original version started to sell immediately and for chart purposes both were combined. The 1964 teenage original is WAY better…

Also covering himself, sort of, is Jack Bruce, covering the Cream classic I Feel Free, a 60’s classic. I’ve forgotten this version though! Five Star are bangin’ out the quick hit singles, Kirsty MacColl and Chris Rea are both beach bound, Chaka Khan is still getting her I Feel For You boosted follow-up entries, while It Bites lower in the chart: Calling All The Heroes. Heaven knows we need them these days. Finally, my fave of the new tracks, maybe, is Rockin’ With Rita, under-appreciated at the time, but both amusing, and a cracking unusual non-80’s-sounding combo of acts on the Vindaloo label.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 3 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
3 ( 2 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
4 ( 7 ) ROSES Haywoode
5 ( 6 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
6 ( 4 ) VENUS Bananarama
7 ( 21 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 9 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
9 ( 14 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
10 ( 5 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!

11 ( 8 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
12 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
13 ( 18 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
14 ( 16 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
16 ( 34 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
17 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 13 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 40 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
20 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

21 ( 23 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
22 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
23 ( 29 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
24 ( 74 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
25 ( NEW ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 12 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
28 ( 32 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
29 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
30 ( 19 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

31 ( 20 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
32 ( 33 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
33 ( 51 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 25 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( NEW ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
36 ( 27 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 59 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
39 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
40 ( 35 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham

41 ( 24 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
42 ( 36 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
43 ( 47 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
44 ( 49 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
45 ( 52 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( NEW ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
47 ( 65 ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
48 ( 45 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
49 ( 64 ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
50 ( 30 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 28 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
52 ( 54 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
53 ( 31 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) DREAMS Van Halen
55 ( NEW ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
56 ( 55 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
59 ( 46 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
62 ( 39 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
63 ( NEW ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
64 ( 42 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
65 ( 68 ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 48 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
68 ( 67 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( 43 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
70 ( 41 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

71 ( 53 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
72 ( NEW ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
73 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) ON THE BEACH Chris Rea
75 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)

Playlist Oldies
1 DANIEL Elton John
2 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
3 TONIGHT The Move

 

29th July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as The Real Roxanne peaks at 2 – Bang Zoom, almost at the Moon! Lulu’s Shouts about rocketing almost to the Moon, 22 years late and her highest-charting single since Boom Bang A Bang 17 years earlier. Dollar get a 3rd top 5, and Macca extends his run of top 10’s to 18 years (including The Beatles) or 15 years actual solo. Robert Palmer outdoes Addicted To Love, Chris De Burgh takes a lady in red into the 20, and there’s a deluge of new tracks:

Doctor & The Medics return with their own song, Burn is pretty good at 24. Phil Fearon is back with a cover of the fab 1977 Tony Etoria UK soul minor hit, always under-rated, I Can Prove It – cos I said so! Sandie Shaw is also a 60’s veteran returning with Frederick, a Patti Smith song. Anita Baker debuts with the fab Sweet Love, bringing smooth Jazz into the 86 charts, Bruce Hornsby’s well-remembered The Way It Is is in at 42, Jesus & Mary Chain have Some Candy Talking, sweet fuzzy guitar! An 80’s funk classic is in for Gwen Guthrie, the ever-charting Beach Boys add to the 60’s veterans who were there in my first 1968 chart, Patti Labelle is solo with the lovely Oh People, Sinitta debuts with the trite So Macho (what was I thinking!?), 60’s soul goddess Aretha is also back, 70’s Hall is back with no Oates, Dreamtime, Lionel & Spandau enter with very poor efforts, 60’s Quo are also back, and best of all it’s The Smiths with one of their great singles, Panic.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 5 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
3 ( 35 ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
4 ( 2 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
5 ( 24 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
6 ( 16 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
7 ( 7 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 6 ) VENUS Bananarama
9 ( 3 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
10 ( 19 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

11 ( 4 ) ROSES Haywoode
12 ( 9 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
13 ( 10 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
14 ( 14 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 29 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
16 ( 11 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
17 ( 8 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 28 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
19 ( 13 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
20 ( 23 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart

21 ( 25 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
22 ( 15 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
23 ( 12 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
24 ( NEW ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
25 ( 18 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( NEW ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 32 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
29 ( NEW ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
30 ( 55 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star

31 ( 38 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
32 ( 20 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
33 ( 33 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
35 ( 22 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
36 ( 21 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( NEW ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
39 ( 58 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
40 ( 30 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

41 ( 39 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
42 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
43 ( 31 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
44 ( 36 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
45 ( NEW ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
46 ( 27 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
47 ( 40 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
48 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
49 ( 44 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 52 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial

51 ( 72 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
52 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
53 ( 48 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
54 ( 42 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
55 ( 63 ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
56 ( 45 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
57 ( 56 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
58 ( 75 ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)
59 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO THE RESCUE The Beach Boys
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 46 ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
62 ( NEW ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) SO MACHO Sinitta
64 ( NEW ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
65 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 43 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
68 ( 68 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( NEW ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT FOR OURSELVES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 57 ) HE’S ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
72 ( NEW ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
73 ( 73 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) PANIC The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) RED SKY Status Quo

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 GET ON THE LINE The Archies
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

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My 1980 Charts – January

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January...1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January…1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

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1st January 1980

New Years Day and very little chart movement, 2 new entries, 1 re-entry and not much else, but happily the first new number of the 80’s is a bonafide classic, as Pink Floyd find Another Brick In The Wall presiding over a chart that included David Bowie peaking at 4 again, second-time around with John I’m Only Dancing (the Again version is no great shakes), and The Skids getting their 3rd top 10 with the characteristically catchy punkpop Yankee Dollar.

Macca continues to hang about outside the 10, as Styx, Sheila and Mike Oldfield creep into the 20, or Blue Peter Babe Spacer. Anne Murray re-enters with a bang at 25, Broken-Hearted Me, pleasant of course, cos Anne’s middle name was “nice”. Happily, I like nice, even if not’s cool to admit it. Let’s skip over that Bangor day trip going up, and instead comment on Stevie Wonder managing to get another top 40 song for over 11 years continuously, give or take. Earth Wind and Fire also grab another for 5 years of hits, they just Can’t Let Go. Highest actual new entry benefits from following up a good pop record, as Dr. Hook make it 8 years of hits at 48. Truth to tell the new bland version was not an improvement on the original quirky Medicine Show version, and Better Love Next Time is most definitely not up to the cover version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan a bit lower down for Marianne Faithful. Dennis Locorriere, voice of Hook, has much the same opinion these days and he avoids the singles from 1980 mostly, in concert (resident in England, he’s worth catching for his regular UK tours).

The rest: classic London Calling only up to 50 (I didn’t warm to it right away), Kurtis Blow up to 67 (I just bought it at long last, downloaded and on my current playlist), and new at 71 it’s The Inmates with The Walk. Both this and Dr Hook were on Top Of The Pops, so that may or may not have influenced them entering my chart. The Inmates? A bluesy 50’s styled jaunty romp. I like it. Apart from Floyd, though, the videos this week are MOR, so put your feet up, relax, soak in the lazy vibes and just enjoy…!

1 ( 2 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
2 ( 3 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
4 ( 5 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 10 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
9 ( 8 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids

11 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
13 ( 9 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 20 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
17 ( 29 ) BABE Styx
18 ( 14 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
20 ( 23 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
22 ( 19 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
23 ( 17 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 37 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
25 ( RE ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
26 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
27 ( 18 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
28 ( 25 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
29 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
30 ( 27 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
32 ( 33 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
33 ( 22 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 46 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
36 ( 35 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 40 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( 30 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
39 ( 55 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

41 ( 38 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 31 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
45 ( 41 ) RISE Herb Alpert
46 ( 48 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 45 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
48 ( NEW ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
49 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 62 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

51 ( 36 ) BOMBER Motorhead
52 ( 44 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
53 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
55 ( 47 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
56 ( 57 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 54 ) SAD EYES Robert John
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 63 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
62 ( 56 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
63 ( 51 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 68 ) REET PETITE Darts
65 ( 50 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
66 ( 66 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 75 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
68 ( 71 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( NEW ) THE WALK The Inmates
72 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 61 ) STILL The Commodores
74 ( 74 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( 65 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell

XMAS 1979 AND NEW YEAR 1980 TV CHART
1. The Poseidon Adventure: film
2. Help!: film
3. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 2
4. A Hard Day’s Night: film
5. Solid Gold Top 20
6. Soap
7. Play It Again Sam: film
8. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 1
9. Fawlty Towers
10. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: film
11. The Three Musketeers: film
12. Goldfinger: film
13. Not The least Of The 9 O’clock News
14. Yellow Submarine: film
15. The Beatles At Shea Stadium
16. The Best Of Dean Martin
17. Let It Be; Film
18. Happy Days
19. Doctor Who
20. Parkinson at Christmas


TV charts, well TOTP part 2 beats part 1, and there’s a host of blockbuster movies, and it’s Beatles galore week, sprinkled throughout my expanded chart. The only TV shows that can compete with that are Soap (yes it really was that good), and Fawlty Towers (ditto). Meanwhile, still in Gravesend with family friends Joe and Sandra, I went to see Star Trek at the cinema again, concluding the music score needed a bit more oomph to up the pacing but I was dazzled by having my cast of heroes back and the special effects, still, and it wouldn’t wear off for another decade or so, by which time the film seemed slow and ponderous, if charming at times.

More Board games in Gravesend, then back for New Year in Mansfield, with Mark & Sue, popping in on grandparents, and finally buying Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Did some babysitting for lil cousins Rachel and Lisa. Mostly, though, college work to do. Emphasis on “to do” though as New Years Day Radio 1 had a bonanza 1970’s Top 100 all day long which I just could not (obviously) not listen to and write down. By the time it got to the top 10, the presence of Showaddywaddy as one of the big sellers of the 70’s had me doubting it’s accuracy, and then some. Turns out now, it’s a million seller with downloads after all, but even so, top 10 is not accurate. These things matter to chart-list-freaks…!

So, for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s? How did I celebrate it? Partying? Pub? Nah. Mum wasn’t well so I stayed in with her while Dad Mark and Sue went round to Aunty Eileen’s party, so that meant I got to see the hilarious “Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show” with Cliff, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music as guests. The last record I heard in the 70’s? A Merry Jingle by The Greedies, with my parting words “Well hope 1980’s as good as 1979’s been (on the whole). Doubt it somehow, but keep fingers crossed nothing too bad will happen.” That’s me always glass half-empty! 1979 was a fabulous year for me. 1980 was a year of two halves, the first half fab, the second half a slippery slope downwards – at least that’s how I remember it, let’s see if the diary bears it out (I’ve not looked at these ever before, so this is a real trip down memory lane for me..)!


8th January 1980

Back up on top for a second week, Abba have a dream, and it’s a kiddie-singing sweet one, enough to keep The Pretenders off the top spot. Paul McCartney, well after christmas festivities have faded, finally gets into the top 10 giving him his first actual solo Top 10 hit since 1971 chart-topper Another Day. Of course he worked in the interim as Wings and when he wasn’t having a number one he was at least Top 10 in each of those years. Not to mention The Beatles…

Talking of The Beatles, Billy Preston hit the Top 5 in 1969 with The Fabs credited “with Billy Preston” on Get Back, and charted again in 1974, and again in 1976, with it. On his own he’d grabbed a top 10 slot in 1969 with That’s The Way God Planned It on The Beatles Apple label before branching out on solo funk hit instrumentals and non-instrumentals in the USA from 1972 onwards, which were chart ineligible in my charts (UK only charts in 1972/3) but Outa Space and Will It Go Round In Circles, among others, would otherwise have charted. So it was great to have him back duetting with Syreeta (also returning after a 5 year-gap) on the lovely With You I’m Born Again, a touching, sentimental song given class by the two vocalists.

Chic at last make the top 20, My Feet Keep Dancin’ knocking out another Chic hit, Spacer, while the fourth title track single from the album Spirits Having Flown enters at 23 for The Bee Gees, underperforming chart-wise in the UK and USA by their standards, but then it had been out a year already. One of my favourite Bee Gees records, I love the melody, the vocals and the arrangement, top notch and under-rated.

The Greedies belatedly get their christmas track in at 38, after a New Years Eve performance on TV – that’s Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and the non-singing half of the Sex Pistols – A Merry Jingle combining christmas standards in a medley, and fun. At 47 Madness get a 3rd hit, the terrific My Girl (who’s mad at them apparently), Joe Jackson gets a 2nd hit It’s Different For Girls, a pretty good ballad, at 64, and one of the songs that grew to annoy me greatly from saturation plays, and it’s simple catchiness, I’m In The Mood For Dancing in at 71, The Nolans having dropped a Sisters and added an “s” and going for the wholesome disco pop market. Amusingly, nestling next to Motorhead and Bomber. Well it amuses me, at any rate, Bomber still sounds good (just downloaded it) and as is far away as you can get from The Nolans.

1 ( 3 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 2 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
7 ( 8 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 10 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
9 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney

11 ( 12 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
13 ( NEW ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
14 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 16 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
16 ( 17 ) BABE Styx
17 ( 13 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
18 ( 24 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 21 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
20 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 19 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
24 ( 26 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
25 ( 27 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
26 ( 25 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
27 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
28 ( 39 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
29 ( 32 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
30 ( 28 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

31 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
32 ( 22 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
33 ( 31 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
34 ( 30 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
35 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
36 ( 23 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
37 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( NEW ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
39 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley

41 ( 50 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
42 ( 47 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
43 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
44 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
45 ( 48 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
46 ( 41 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Madness
48 ( 45 ) RISE Herb Alpert
49 ( 38 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
50 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

51 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
53 ( 56 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
54 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
55 ( 54 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
56 ( 35 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 44 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
58 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
62 ( 55 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
63 ( 59 ) SAD EYES Robert John
64 ( NEW ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
65 ( 52 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
66 ( 62 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
67 ( 71 ) THE WALK The Inmates
68 ( 61 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 68 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
72 ( 51 ) BOMBER Motorhead
73 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
74 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
75 ( 64 ) REET PETITE Darts

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

1. Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show
2. Logan’s Run: Crypt
3. Paint Your Wagon: film
4. Soap
5. Murder On The Orient Express: film
6. Mork And Mindy
7. The Recorded Jasper Carrott
8. The Odessa File: film
9. Film ’80
10. Top Of The Pops

11. Fawlty Towers
12. Victor Borge
13. Nationwide
14. Doctor Who
15. The Night They Took Miss Beautiful
16. The Odd Couple
17. Parkinson
18. My Wife Next Door
19. Up A Gum Tree
20. Mork And Mindy

On TV, Kenny Everett’s New Years show rules, but note another great comic on the list – no not Jasper Carrott (though he’s good too), it’s Victor Borge. A Danish classical pianist and conductor taught by a former pupil of Liszt. He gave his first concert in 1926, escaped from the Nazi’s in WW2 after years of telling anti-nazi jokes, and eventually became a big TV star thanks to his great comic timing and amiable accent and manner, sat at his piano. I used to regularly (not literally) piss myself laughing at him, he was great, and already 70 (he died in 2000) as with so many of my comedy heroes, being of retirement age is meaningless. If you got it you got it! The other TV note is for Logan’s Run episode Crypt, at 2, written by Harlan Ellison (Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever writer and sci-fi novelist) which was the best episode by far of the short-lived series. Age is a big thing in Logan’s Run, of course, as you get to exit the world at age 30 one way or another. A bit like Radio One.

Tuesday, January 1st: I started 1980 doing College work, and the first record of the decade? My Simple Heart (Three Degrees)…oh, well! Barry Norman listed Alien and Life Of Brian as 2 of his dozen films of the year. Spot on, there! Turned 22 on Thursday, freezing and icy, and no prezzies to mark my new adult status. Well, a coat from mum & dad. Cousins Rachel & Lisa round saturday morning babysitting, with Sue, and off to see (again!) Star Trek at the cinema. This time some 11 & 12 year old’s decided it was boring and just talked and broke things and made noises, my brother threatened them to no avail, so I said “Do you wanna get chucked out?! Be Quiet!” They got worse, and bruv was in danger of getting physical with the little bleeders so I went for the usher and got them thrown out of the cinema. Ruined the film, of course. I’m mild-mannered, but nobody spoils Star Trek without consequences! Not a film for children, obviously, though.

Back to Lincoln College, Mark saw my college room for the first time, before he and ailing mum and dad left for home, and fab catch up chats with Joe, Sue, Julie and Ian. Julie and I discussed topics: Afghanistan situation (Russian troops), Nostradamus (!), WW2… Pete popped round, they both liked the Trek movie “slow but good” (J) and “brilliant, knocked out” (P). My new coat seemed to go down well with everyone. Pity I don’t remember it now. Never was bothered with fashion! caught up with Jane, Bev and Paul the next day, but Jane thoughtfully brought me an electric fire as my room was freezing – heating not working.



15th January 1980

The Pretenders get to the top, as I seem to be holding the same chart-topper opinions as the UK record-buyer (plus Abba), and Brass In Pocket was a worthy number one, New Wave with a 60’s vibe, Chrissie Hynde fronting a great British band, like Suzi Quatro before her, an American with British success, and based in the UK. It also sounded pretty original. KC meanwhile gets his first top 5 hit since 1975, Syreeta her first top 10 since 1975, and Billy Preston his first new top 10 since 1969. The Bee Gees fly up into the upper layers too, with their 8th consecutive top 10, plus several as songwriters, and all inside 3 years. Bung in another, ooh, 10 or so since appearing in the very first chart in 1968, and things were looking very good for them. Appearances can be very deceptive in the music biz though!

Madness take My Girl to 9, and a second top 10 hit, just ahead of The Beat who copy Smokey Robinson by going top 10, albeit ska-stylee. Highest new entry is a UK non-hit instrumental classic from the early 60’s, the groovy, moody Green Onions, giving Booker T his first hit in 11 years. It was to be an incredible 34 years before he got his 3rd! Or if you like, 45 years between new recordings charting. It’s hard to see that record being beaten! Fleetwood Mac at last start to get moving with the truly wondrous Sara, at 26, and The Clash finally get London Calling into the 40. So does Kurtis Blow, and so do The Nolans. I guess I must have liked it for a while!

New entries between 41 and 75: The Boomtown Rats return with another hit, Someone’s Looking At You, which was a little more sprawling than previous singles, but did the job, while at 53 there’s a new duo, Jon and Vangelis. I say new. What I mean is Vangelis gets a follow-up hit to his 1975 reissued chart entry of a 1972 single from Greek band Aphrodite’s Child, the fabulous Break. In the interim, bandmate Demis Roussos had had a number one with Forever And Ever, so can he do what the late Demis did? All shall be revealed. Jon Anderson, meanwhile, is back after a couple of hits with Yes, including the fab top 10 Wondrous Stories from 1977.

New Musik get their second hit, Living By Numbers being another delicious perfect synth pop confection. Terrific. Talking earlier of Suzi Quatro, her Mama’s Boy joins her in the charts for a sweet 7 years of regular chart entries, but sadly never a number one. This one was pretty decent. Sister Sledge were winding down their initial run of chart action with the OK Got To Love Somebody, unique out of their early tracks in not ever making the charts again in following decades, again and again. It wasn’t bad, but not up to the classics standard.

1 ( 2 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
5 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 13 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
7 ( 6 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 23 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
9 ( 47 ) MY GIRL Madness
10 ( 19 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
12 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
13 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
14 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
15 ( 16 ) BABE Styx
16 ( 8 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 27 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
20 ( 12 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

21 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 24 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
23 ( 11 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
24 ( 17 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
25 ( NEW ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 51 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
28 ( 40 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
29 ( 41 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 22 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
32 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
33 ( 71 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
34 ( 28 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
35 ( 50 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
36 ( 25 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
37 ( 34 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 45 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
39 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 33 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
42 ( 29 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
43 ( 64 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
44 ( 31 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
45 ( 32 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
46 ( 36 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
47 ( 44 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
48 ( 43 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 53 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
50 ( NEW ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats

51 ( 42 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 67 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
54 ( 26 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
55 ( 48 ) RISE Herb Alpert
56 ( 46 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
57 ( NEW ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
58 ( 54 ) CARS Gary Numan
59 ( 55 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
60 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 49 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
63 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 38 ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
65 ( NEW ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
66 ( 62 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
67 ( 63 ) SAD EYES Robert John
68 ( NEW ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
69 ( 57 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
70 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

71 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
72 ( 65 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
73 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
75 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder

Jan 5-11 TV
1. Soap
1. Clapperboard
1. Fawlty Towers
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. MASH
6. The Rockford Files
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Hot Rock: film
9. Logan’s Run
10. My Wife Next Door

11. Film 80
12. Barney Miller
13. Blake’s 7
14. West Side Story: film
15. Parkinson (sat)
16. Doctor Who
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot: film
18. Hollywood
19. Nationwide
20. Parkinson (wed)

On TV: lots of films, many of them rarely ever on TV, if at all for some decades, but 1972’s forgotten The Hot Rock was a heist movie I was fond of under it’s 1972 title, How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons. Bad title change there! It was a fun Robert Redford movie that I saw first time round. Soap heads the US sitcoms, Fawlty Towers the UK, but there’s not that many actual 1979/80 new sitcoms or series in the list, bar MASH, Rockford, Blake’s 7, and Doctor Who.

At College (or Uni as it’s now renamed), I found my lecturer hated Edgar Allen Poe, so fundamentally disagreed with everything I wrote in my assignment, giving me bad marks. He thought Poe was Poo and could not accept any other viewpoint, however well argued. Dick. Lots of happy socialising with the gang in various combinations, in the breaks and evenings, chez moi. Got invited to 2 birthday parties on the same day which gave me (and invited Julie) a dilemma, never one for wanting to hurt people’s feelings, either of us. Doh! On telly, we laughed at Basil The Hamster in Farty Towels, and tried to hold back the tears at West Side Story’s climax. As we played snooker on Thursday I marvelled at my quick-wit banter, at least Jane and Pete appreciated it anyway, which led me to think I was “quite hilarious at times”. Oooo get ‘er! I do love banter though, and people who love banter.

Sue, as practical as always, sorted out the clashing parties dilemma diplomatically – and they didn’t clash anyway, so Julie and I had angst for nothing! It snowed heavily on Monday, it was cold and I was in a foul mood with a lecturer who kept me waiting for 45 minutes, then droned on needlessly about William Golding stuff I already knew, while simultaneously wafting his aroma all over the place. At least that’s how I choose to describe him these many years later, as the “smelly twat” I put in my diary seems a tad unkind. Still, Pete and Julie cheered me up by ambushing me with snowballs later on. On TV the new Blake’s 7 was much improved, with new cast members, and Avon now the star character. Actor Paul Darrow and I shared an intimate moment 25 years later. I say intimate. He said “Hello mate” while he grabbed a ciggie outside the Starfleet Ball in Bournemouth. I always view a star talking me as special….

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22nd January 1980

2 weeks for Brass In Pocket at 1, Chrissie not moving. Styx get their first (and last) Top 10, as Babe blubs it’s way up to 8, and Dollar finally get their Beatles cover into the top 10 – the 60’s fab gear clothes on their Top Of The Pops performance didn’t hurt! Suddenly I was 6 years old again! Jon And Vangelis meanwhile positively rocket up to 12, I Hear You Now, oh yes, as another sublime record hits 14 for Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks gorgeous Sara.

Rupert Holmes also downs his Pina Colada in one and bursts upwards and into the 20 for the first time since 1975. Lower down, The Rats and New Musik go top 40, and there’s very few new entries: The Buggles follow-up Video with Plastic, and it’s pretty good, albeit forgotten these days, we do indeed live in The Plastic Age. Sad Cafe have a strange little follow-up to a plain ballad, the quirky little girl at 52 is quite odd, but endearing after a few plays. Amii Stewart flies her sweet Paradise Bird to 57, and The Regents unusual 7 Teen is in at 68, very downbeat and 60’s inspired, if not actually sounding. Herb Alpert ain’t Rise-ing, but he is Rotating, at 74, another funky sax instrumental (mostly), and still classy.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
5 ( 8 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY GIRL Madness
7 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 ( 15 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 19 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 6 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
12 ( 53 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
13 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 26 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 49 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
16 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 14 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
19 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
20 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s

21 ( 12 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
22 ( 20 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
23 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
24 ( 13 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
25 ( 11 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
26 ( 33 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
27 ( 22 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
28 ( 38 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
29 ( 43 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
30 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

31 ( 32 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 24 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
33 ( 23 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
34 ( 50 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 57 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
36 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
39 ( 52 ) THE WALK The Inmates
40 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
42 ( 28 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
43 ( 47 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 48 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
46 ( 34 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
47 ( 45 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
48 ( 46 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 44 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
50 ( NEW ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

51 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( NEW ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
53 ( 41 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
54 ( 60 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( NEW ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
56 ( 65 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
58 ( 55 ) RISE Herb Alpert
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 68 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro

61 ( 58 ) CARS Gary Numan
62 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 31 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
65 ( 35 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
66 ( 42 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
67 ( 74 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) 7 TEEN The Regents
69 ( 54 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
70 ( 71 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 66 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
72 ( 67 ) SAD EYES Robert John
73 ( 62 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
75 ( NEW ) YOUNG BLOOD U.F.O.

TV JAN 12-18
1. Soap
2. The Goodies
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Logan’s Run
5. The Hallelujah Trail: film
6. Blake’s 7
7. Mork And Mindy
8. Barney Miller
9. Ray Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
10. Top Of The Pops

11. The New Avengers
12. Wildlife On One
13. Doctor Who
14. The Two Ronnies
15. The Odd Couple
16. The High Chapparal
17. My Wife Next Door
18. Film 80
19. Sporting Superstars
20. Most Wanted


On TV, sci-fi writer hero of mine (one of my top 3) Ray Bradbury gets a profile, his writings are poetically nostalgic in a futuristic social-commentary fashion, and I especially adore the short stories, The Martian Chronicles most of all. The Goodies are back with a bang, various sporting superstars compete for entertainment in a variety of events, the fab Western The Hallelujah Trail is on again, and The Two Ronnies must have a good show, as they didn’t generally end up in my list by this time.

At college I breakfasted with Pauline and some more American students on my course, while mates Pete and Ian popped in for a morning cuppa and chat having got the day off teaching practice – their bus didn’t turn up. Result! Snooker with Pete after Art lectures, I won 84 to 39 it says here. It’s not the winning that counts, I honestly care not either way! Though I enjoy winning. It was a great day, Pete chuffed to be off school-work, me chuffed having someone to talk to during the day, yay! I cheered up the glum T.P. returnees later on, then they all beat me at snooker in gratitude. Win some lose some! Talked to Jane for an hour, lately quite rundown, but feeling better now. Hooray!

Went home at the weekend, as my pet budgie (still had a white one in the house) was ill, as were brother Mark & soon-to-be sis-in-law. I bought a fave John Wyndham novel that I read at school in 1972, The Chrysalids. I re-read it not long ago, it’s still pretty good, still relevant in showcasing intolerance of people (genetic-defects some generations following a nuclear holocaust). Mark showed us all his latest toy, movies of all of us on his film recorder, actual old-fashioned film, including one scene of me playing The Police Walking On The Moon in my bedroom – tragically this film is long gone walkabout. Popped in on various relations, and dad, mum and Mark took me back on Sunday to Lincoln via RAF Swinderby (where dad still worked) – I’d bought a cassette tape deck for £15 off someone, which meant I could now tape all of the songs off the radio to tape. Still have them!

29th January 1980

3 weeks on top for The Pretenders as 12 new entries finally kick-start 1980, many of them great. The Bee Gees get yet another runners-up medal with the fab Spirits Having Flown, as Madness get their first Top 3 with the very British charms of My Girl. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Sara also goes top 10, despite not being huge in the UK. It should have been massive! Meanwhile Sheila’s Chic-tastic Spacer’s yo-yoing up and down the charts almost takes her into orbit as it peaks at 13.

The Boomtown rats and New Musik leap into the 20, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Matchbox following up a very minor chart entry with an instant smash – Buzz Buzz A Diddle It! I love it, British rockabilly in the style of classic cowboy novelty song Three Wheels On My Wagon, and it beats out: Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You at 24, exquisite soulfunk mellow disco, and still great; Prince, debuting at 54 with a dance track largely forgotten, I Wanna Be Your Lover. It’s pretty good, and there is a youtube link someone put on 2 months ago, but I won’t bother listing it as it’ll be removed before long, Prince being obsessive about people not listening to his music for free and all, even if you want to check it out to buy (which I do as I never bought it at the time). Minus one sale, then.

The Buggles and Suzi Quatro make the top 40, while 60‘s hippie band Jefferson Airplane suffer a pop metal morphing into Jefferson Starship, and the rock anthem Jane riffs in at 67. 70‘s Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest also do a spot of morphing, adding some 80’s-stylee synths to terrific effect at 73, with Love On The Line. At 34, The Specials get a 3rd hit with future UK chart-topper Too Much Too Young, the lead track on an EP, live version, and one to pogo along to. Kool And The Gang return with the pleasant Too Hot at 55, the theme tune to American TV’s classic Soap sitcom jaunts in at 70, mostly cos I loved the show, it was a total departure for American sitcoms, with a stunningly huge talented cast, controversial themes which had all kinds of self-righteous narrow-minded groups up in arms, and basically took the piss out of TV, and soaps in particular, pretty much all episodes written by one writer Susan “Golden Girls” Harris.

Others: a bit of jazz funk (Azymuth), a bit of country (Kenny Rogers soon-to-be-annoying Coward Of The County, as it hits number one and suffers overdose-fatigue), The Captain and Tennille are back with a gentle ballad 5 years after topping my chart, the sweetly naughty Do That To Me One More Time (I wonder what Toni means?), and The Ramones cover Phil Spector’s Ronettes classic Baby I Love You, produced by the actual warped genius himself, and sounding much weedier and less Wall Of Sound than Dave Edmunds self-produced definitive version which topped my chart in 1973.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 5 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 6 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
5 ( 8 ) BABE Styx
6 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
7 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 4 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
9 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 14 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
12 ( 7 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
13 ( 23 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
14 ( 15 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
15 ( 34 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
18 ( 35 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
19 ( 11 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
20 ( NEW ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

21 ( 68 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
22 ( 18 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
23 ( 28 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
24 ( NEW ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
25 ( 29 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
26 ( 22 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
27 ( 19 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
28 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
29 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
30 ( 50 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

31 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 27 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 32 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
34 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
35 ( 52 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
37 ( 21 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
38 ( 55 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
39 ( 60 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
40 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

41 ( 24 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
44 ( 25 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
45 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
46 ( 44 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 33 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
48 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
49 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 38 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

51 ( 56 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
52 ( 39 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( 67 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
54 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
55 ( NEW ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
56 ( 47 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 30 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
60 ( 74 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert

61 ( 58 ) RISE Herb Alpert
62 ( 61 ) CARS Gary Numan
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 48 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
66 ( 49 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
67 ( NEW ) JANE Jefferson Starship
68 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
69 ( 41 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( NEW ) THEME FROM ‘SOAP” George Aliceson Tipton

71 ( NEW ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
72 ( NEW ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
73 ( NEW ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
74 ( NEW ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

TV JAN 19-26
1. Live And Let Die: film
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Disaster On The Coastliner: TV film
6. The New Avengers
7. Play Misty For Me: film
8. Barney Miller
9. MASH
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Blake’s 7
12. The Rockford Files
13. The Two Ronnies
14. The Goodies
15. Wonder Woman


College: another snowstorm, another awkward bus driver, another day off from Teaching Practice for Pete, Alan and Ian who instead popped to my room for some laughs instead. yay! Helped me avoid William Golding work. I later looked at some schoolbooks from me at 6, stories of what I did, liked and drew at that time: sci-fi, pop music, TV, animals. Not much change there then. Still. Tuesday was English Lit: School For Scandal. Wednesday I socialised in the art-room while I finished my screen-prints – I enjoy art students company. Thursday Pete off ill, so we hung about a lot in between lectures, and the evenings had the usual gang coming and going. Friday was Elaine’s birthday bash from 11pm, a drunken gangster’s moll tried to get me to dance (fancy dress, not real!) and laughs and jokes with Ian and Julie till 1.