My 1995 Charts – August

6th August 1995

So what was happening in my charts in the summer of 95? 2 weeks on top, the Deuce you say! On The Bible I will swear! That leaves a nice top 10 climb for the AIDS lament classic, Waterfalls, almost as sad and beautiful as the Boy George Il Adore. Marc Almond gets a second top 10 solo in a row as he was a bit of an Idol, Soul II Soul have Love Enuff to go top 10 as well, a nice groove, but not one I actually recalled until I Youtubed it. Oops!

Julian Cope Try tries again and is rewarded with a huge leap to 13, 14 years after the mighty Teardrop Explodes Reward debuted, Michael Jackson’s R. Kelly song also rockets to 15, though these days I’m not fussed about You Are Not Alone. Highest new entry? You Oughta Know! Yes, that bitterly angry woman-scorned classic from that classic album Jagged Little Pill, and Alanis Morissette arrives with a bang at 20.

Not far behind, the tender bluegrass cover of Baby Now That I’ve Found, The Foundations 1967 classic, enters at 22 and a debut for Alison Krauss who made me love Country Music again after falling out with it during the country-rock years dominated by Garth Brooks. She’s back in my current charts with 2 covers of a similar style as I type in April 2017, 22 years on.

Michelle Gayle has a big leap, obviously Happy Just To Be With You, at 23, while Suggs’ Beatles cover and Black Grape both go top 40. Blue Monday proves you can never chart enough times as New Order return remixed yet again, The Connells fab 74-75 returns after a week away, and Matt Goss gets a solo new entry, Bros no more.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 4 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
3 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 2 ) IL ADORE Boy George
5 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
7 ( 12 ) WATERFALLS TLC
8 ( 15 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
9 ( 10 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
10 ( 16 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul

11 ( 6 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 8 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 46 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
14 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 57 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
17 ( 9 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
18 ( 17 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
19 ( 20 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( NEW ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

21 ( 13 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
22 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
23 ( 72 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
24 ( 27 ) TONGUE REM
25 ( 21 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
26 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 22 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
28 ( 18 ) FINE TIME Cast
29 ( 31 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 19 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
32 ( 38 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
33 ( 24 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
34 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
35 ( 41 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( 29 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
37 ( NEW ) KEEP WARM Jinny
38 ( 25 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
39 ( 74 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
40 ( 59 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

41 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
42 ( NEW ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
44 ( 40 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
45 ( 49 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
46 ( 48 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 32 ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
48 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
49 ( 36 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
50 ( 35 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka

51 ( 47 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( RE ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
53 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
54 ( 51 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
55 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 68 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
57 ( 39 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
58 ( 42 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
59 ( 43 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
60 ( 69 ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

61 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
62 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 56 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
64 ( 45 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
65 ( NEW ) EVIDENCE Faith No More
66 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
69 ( 64 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
70 ( NEW ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 60 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
73 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
75 ( NEW ) THE KEY Matt Goss

13th August 1995

What the Deuce! 3 weeks on top, holding off a host of mid-90’s classics from the top spot. Hey ho, it’s a great pop record, honest! Madonna just misses adding to her growing batch of chart-toppers and has to be content with equalling Into The Groove at 2. TLC are up to 3 with their brilliant track, Take That grab a 4th top 5, and Alanis Morissette does what she failed to do in the UK & US charts (I think) and go top 5 almost immediately with that vitriolic masterpiece. Julian Cope has another top 10 14 years after his Teardrop Explodes first, and one-hit wonders The Connells shoot up 42 places to 10 with the nostalgic and lovely 74-75. I was juuuust the right age for the nostalgia-fest at the time, a bit like (for example) someone getting all misty-eyed for the music scene of 96-97 back when they were 16 or 17 years old.

In at 19, highest new entry is a fun track, as Blair explains – NOT Tony I must say with relief. Black Grape shoot up to the top 20, The Levellers rocket into the 30, and there’s something moist at 25. Just Youtubing it, as it’s all a little hazy having not heard it for 22 years. Ahhh, likeable grunge. No, not an oxymoron! Morten harket goes solo from a-ha and gets a very good ballad new into the 40, a decade on from Take On Me, while also new The Shamen, and Ali Campbell sounding uncannily like a UB40 reggae cover hit 15 years after they debuted – it’s not as good as The Pioneers original though.

Danielle Brisboix never made it, sadly, as she was good, in at 43, Utah Saints sneak in with one I’ve forgotten, Ohio, and Ash debut with that Girl From Mars.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 6 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
3 ( 7 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 9 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 20 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
6 ( 2 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
7 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 13 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
10 ( 52 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells

11 ( 4 ) IL ADORE Boy George
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
14 ( 23 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
15 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 22 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 10 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
18 ( 8 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
19 ( NEW ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
20 ( 39 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( 68 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
23 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King
24 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
25 ( NEW ) PUSH Moist
26 ( 21 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
27 ( 17 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
28 ( 18 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
29 ( 40 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
32 ( 37 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
34 ( 27 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
35 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( NEW ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 28 ) FINE TIME Cast
38 ( 25 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
39 ( 45 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
40 ( NEW ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell

41 ( 24 ) TONGUE REM
42 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( NEW ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
44 ( NEW ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
45 ( 29 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 70 ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz
48 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
49 ( 74 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
50 ( 33 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

51 ( 31 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( NEW ) LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet
53 ( 48 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
54 ( 75 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
55 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
56 ( 38 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
57 ( 54 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
58 ( 50 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
59 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
60 ( 49 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp

61 ( 44 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
62 ( 36 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
63 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 34 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
66 ( NEW ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 41 ) STARS Dubstar
70 ( 58 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 63 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
73 ( 72 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
74 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( NEW ) OHIO Utah Saints

20th August 1995

A genuine 90’s social-commentary r’n’b classic gives TLC a number one, deservedly, as Michelle Gayle takes a touch of Eastenders into the top 5. Donna Summer is remixed (again) and is back in at 7, keeping up I Feel Love’s regular appearances in the top 10 each decade – but the 1977 original remains the breath-taking groundbreaking and influential classic. Moist push their way into the 10, and Blur at last take a Country House leap into the 20, leap-frogging Oasis, much as they did in the UK singles chart.

Smokie’s 70’s goodie (Living Next Door To Alice) a Chinn-Chapman song and production (originally for New World in 1972, but also for Smokie in 1976), is massacred by a crude comic, but has enough of the original in it to merit (that may not be the right word) an entry at 30. It’s awful. Stick to the charming original. Prince’s band in at 33, Matt Goss into the 40, The Original enters surprisingly low for a good record, Chaka Khan extends her chart run to 21 years, and Rod Stewart to 24 years, but neither of these tracks rings a bell to me, being as I havent heard them for 20 years.

Squeeze are back in the chart with This Summer, one of their very best singles 17 years into their career (and that also applies to 2016, when they topped my chart finally after 37 years of just missing out). Lloyd Cole is still sneaking in some 11 years on, and CJ Lewis’ surprisingly long run of reggae chart entries for a short period of time (on here at least) is running out of steam with diminishing returns.

1 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS TLC
2 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 2 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
4 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 14 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
6 ( 7 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
7 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
8 ( 10 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
9 ( 25 ) PUSH Moist
10 ( 5 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

11 ( 9 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 19 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
14 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
15 ( 6 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
16 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 22 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
18 ( 39 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
19 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
20 ( 13 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) IL ADORE Boy George
23 ( 17 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
24 ( 36 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
25 ( 29 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
26 ( 40 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( 18 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
28 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 20 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
30 ( NEW ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git

31 ( 23 ) SHY GUY Diana King
32 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
34 ( 43 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
35 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
36 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe
37 ( 27 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
38 ( 26 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
39 ( 48 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
40 ( 54 ) THE KEY Matt Goss

41 ( 28 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
42 ( 34 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
43 ( 31 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
44 ( 37 ) FINE TIME Cast
45 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 38 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
47 ( NEW ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( NEW ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
49 ( 33 ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
50 ( NEW ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart

51 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
52 ( 24 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
53 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
54 ( 66 ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
55 ( 60 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
56 ( 53 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
57 ( 44 ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
58 ( NEW ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
59 ( 55 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
60 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Shiva

61 ( 57 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
62 ( NEW ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole
63 ( 59 ) SKY HIGH Newton
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 58 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
66 ( NEW ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 49 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
70 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( NEW ) SON OF A GUN JX
72 ( 74 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
75 ( NEW ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

27th August 1995

One of those chart-toppers I haven’t heard in years from Michelle Gayle, it was a decent popfunk single but in retrospect most of the rest of the top 10 would have been a better choice, hey ho, that’s what I liked best that week, prob the 70’s vibes had me going all nostalgic. Highest new entry is Simply Red’s best single, by far, the superb Fairground, not least thanks to the backbone sample from Goodmen’s Give It Up, while Blur at last make the top 10 with a Blur song that took a while to grow on me – and not one they rate themselves.

In at 18, and Mariah Carey at her peak at this time, courtesy of a Tom Tom Club-sampling Fantasy, it was pretty much all downhill after this, bar the odd return to a bit of quality. Squeeze have a massive climb into the 20 with the gorgeous This Summer 17 years since they first went top 20 with Take Me I’m Yours, probably still their best record, though this one came close. In at 27, and Diana Ross is back with Take Me Higher, one I’d forgotten, but nice to see Ms Ross still charting some 27 years since she first appeared in my charts (the epic Love Child) and 31 years since I first would have charted her (Baby Love was a childhood fave in ’64).

2 When I Think Of You’s side by side at 31 and 32, Janet J’s remix of her fab 1986 track entering, as The Charlatans pop in, and Hootie & The Blowfish are back with their best track at 50. Yes the whole world went Hootie mad (except the UK) in 1995, and they were paid the ultimate belated “compliment” by featuring around a Friends episode (a concert ticket). Co-incidentally the Friends theme tune is also in at 70. These days Hootie is not a band to throw around if you want 90’s street-cred. Happily I’ve never felt the need to have street-cred, and they were OK – if vastly over-rated in the States.

1 ( 5 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
2 ( 7 ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
3 ( 1 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
5 ( 3 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
7 ( NEW ) FAIRGROUND Simply Red
8 ( 14 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
9 ( 10 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
10 ( 13 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair

11 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
12 ( 6 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
14 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
15 ( 18 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
16 ( 9 ) PUSH Moist
17 ( 30 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git
18 ( NEW ) FANTASY Mariah Carey
19 ( 58 ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
20 ( 25 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

21 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
22 ( 20 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
23 ( 15 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
24 ( 11 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
25 ( 34 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
26 ( 26 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HIGHER Diana Ross
28 ( 28 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 17 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
30 ( 36 ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe

31 ( 53 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
32 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX) Janet Jackson
33 ( 21 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
34 ( 22 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 23 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
36 ( 24 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 31 ) SHY GUY Diana King
38 ( RE ) OHIO Utah Saints
39 ( 48 ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
40 ( 75 ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

41 ( 40 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
42 ( 37 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
43 ( 38 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
44 ( NEW ) JUST WHEN YOU’RE THINKING THINGS OVER The Charlatans
45 ( 43 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
46 ( 42 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
47 ( 47 ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( 27 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
49 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY Clock
50 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Hootie & The Blowfish

51 ( 29 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
52 ( 33 ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
53 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
54 ( 35 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 44 ) FINE TIME Cast
56 ( 66 ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
57 ( 41 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
58 ( 39 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
59 ( 56 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
60 ( 62 ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole

61 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
62 ( 61 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
63 ( 59 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 46 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
66 ( 55 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH Shara Nelson
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
70 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU The Rembrandts

71 ( 50 ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart
72 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 73 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 63 ) SKY HIGH Newton
75 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

Because I can, here’s a new feature: the tracks that dropped out of my charts in August 1995 with highest position, weeks on chart and my “sales” attached.

A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket 33 2 29800
TRY ME OUT Corona 35 5 70750
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South 14 4 88500
GIRL FROM MARS Ash 54 2 17800
WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown 44 2 23650
FREEDOM Shiva 60 1 10000
RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka 7 12 314200
HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena 49 3 23500
SON OF A GUN JX 71 1 5800
BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order 42 2 32700
TONGUE REM 24 3 51400
THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz 47 2 18500
MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest 10 9 205600
WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall 19 10 139750
LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet 52 1 11500
SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream 25 8 112350
I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF 10 9 201250
HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown 20 6 100750
YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige 32 4 49400
WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue 18 6 91450
STARS Dubstar 15 6 97550
DREAMER Livin’ Joy 3 14 352900
MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza 5 12 347250
BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant 14 12 236350
DAYS Kirsty MacColl 32 2 30300
SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People 27 9 131700
GRAPEVINE Brownstone 17 4 69000
BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics 8 12 210450
HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 60 2 16200
YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller 37 6 82450
WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock 9 8 178450
EVIDENCE Faith No More 65 1 7000
TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown 4 18 594400
I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners 10 9 223300
I GO WILD The Rolling Stones 30 4 52500
IT’S LULU Boo Radleys 53 2 18350
RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow 36 4 57400
LIVE FOREVER Oasis 20 6 88850
IF I WAS Aswad 54 2 18500
(EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D 17 12 199250
HAPPY MN8 37 4 43250
JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts 70 1 6000
TAKE A BOW Madonna 1 37 1474550

My 1989 Charts – August

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Niagara Falls 1989

6th August 1989

3 weeks for Gloria, a tad OTT I think, Macca should have been at 1 instead. Apart from Macca, though it’s divas and gals hogging the top 5 as Liza with a Z loses her mind up 45 places to 5, courtesy of Chris n Neil – it’s essentially a PSB cover with Liza singing on top. Fab. Alice Cooper snakes his way into the 10 for the first time in 16 years, and it’s Poison. Pure poison. Pure. Lightning Seeds at 8, breaking into the 10 for the first time, and most definitely not the last time.

Martika breaks into the 20, Bros get only a second Top 20 hit, and Cyndi Lauper gets a full 5 years of top 20 hits. Stevie Nicks has a long way to go up to 22, but does it easily, while Transvision Vamp keep the top 40 hits on a landslide. There’s a batch of great new entries though to liven up the charts, headed by Eurythmics getting a 10th anniversary (as The Tourists) Revival at 35 (not the song though, that’s new). Elton John proves he has Healing Hands as the best record he’s done in 6 years shoots in at 36, to UK singles chart indifference. For a year at least, till the gospel marvel of it got a bit more exposure as a double A side number one with Sacrifice.

Neneh Cherry has Kisses On The Wind at 39, The Four Tops shine on at 45 (not the famous song, it’s a new one) for 20 years of chart entries, and Jon Bon Jovi begs us to lay our hands on him. I had the opportunity nearly a decade later but managed to restrain myself. Dolly Parton has just released a great version of the song, appropriately enough. Betty Boo raps Hey DJ to the Beatmasters, and starts a brief run of good pop singles, and makes Betty Boop famous again as copyright makes her change her name, ooh any day now.

Big debut news though is the KLF, not yet in epic mode, but very much in piss-take mode following The Timelords chart-topper, with the fabulous Kylie Said To Jason. You know you’ve created a great parody record when it’s better than the targets (Kylie and Jason’s current singles) on two levels, as parody, or as borrowing the sound of SAW to make the point yet still make a great pop record. Queen, meanwhile, are a bit invisible at 58 compared to the big comeback singalong thumping rock ballad charm of Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time, for a sweet 18 years of solo hits. Mustn’t forget Malcolm McLaren’s quirky Shirt Jumping either at 70. Phew! Busy chart.

In the real world: Fun Coastal walk with Cathy and Chris from work to Dancing Ledge. Pre-holiday prep anxieties, but all booked. Ageist quips flying at work, with lovely Cathy, a whole decade older than me, on the receiving end. I was on the receiving end of an eraser, quite rightly. Banter! Mansfield friends of parents holiday camping in the garden at home, though Pat my age really, and a College friend rang with news of breast cancer treatment which made me feel bad at not getting in touch, as I had no idea. She’s fine now, very very happily.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 5 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
5 ( 50 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 20 ) POISON Alice Cooper
7 ( 8 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
8 ( 12 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
10 ( 6 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 15 ) ON AND ON Aswad
12 ( 7 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
13 ( 10 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
14 ( 25 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
15 ( 26 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 17 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
17 ( 11 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
18 ( 13 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
19 ( 35 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
20 ( 14 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

21 ( 9 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
22 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 31 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 18 ) BATDANCE Prince
26 ( 39 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
27 ( 16 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
28 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
30 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 22 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
32 ( 60 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
33 ( 23 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
34 ( 40 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
35 ( NEW ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( NEW ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 21 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
38 ( 48 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
39 ( NEW ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City

41 ( 36 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
42 ( 43 ) BETTER DAYS Gun
43 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
44 ( 32 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 38 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
47 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
48 ( 34 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
49 ( 29 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
50 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop

51 ( 42 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 55 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
53 ( 27 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
54 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
55 ( 30 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
56 ( NEW ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
57 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
58 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 51 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

61 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 33 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
63 ( 75 ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds
64 ( 58 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
65 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 62 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
68 ( NEW ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
69 ( 68 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S JUMPING IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 74 ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 64 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
75 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan

13th August 1989

An amazingly overlong run at 1 for Gloria keeps Liza at 2. Awwww! Losing My Mind over that one. A quiet week at the top lets Martika, Bobby Brown and Aswad get their 1st, 2nd and third Top 10’s respectively. Elton leaps to 14, something’s Jumpin’ even more – from 70 to 16 it’s Malcolm McLaren’s model-cool dance track. Transvision Vamp and Neneh Cherry both get their 3rd Top 20 hit, meanwhile, as some Classics enter just below, highest at 26 being Black Box, the Italian house classic (with model-fronting Loleatta Holloway Love Sensation-sampling brilliant Ride On Time). Still a classic.

Even better, the Beatles-inspired epic Sowing The Seeds Of Love announces Tears For Fears 7th year of fantastic hits. Pure 1967 retro video and All You Need Is Love styled chorus, and juuuuust amazing. Just to keep up the new singles, Sydney Youngblood debuts at 34 with the fab If Only I Could, a great song, snuggling in just behind Cher and Bon Jovi into the 40. Oh but that’s not all! Madonna’s 3rd single off Like A Prayer is at 39, the sweet and pretty Cherish. Sir Cliff is also back with a Stock-Aitken-Waterman biggie, the otherwise not bad I Just Don’t Have The Heart.

Minor entries for Spandau, Paula Abdul, Art Of Noise, REM, Jody watley, Debbie Gibson and another fairly bland SAW cover (Mick Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie) for Big Fun.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
5 ( 8 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
6 ( 14 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
7 ( 13 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
8 ( 11 ) ON AND ON Aswad
9 ( 6 ) POISON Alice Cooper
10 ( 4 ) 101″ Sheena Easton

11 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros
12 ( 9 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
14 ( 36 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
15 ( 19 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
16 ( 70 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
17 ( 7 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
18 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 32 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
22 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 30 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 17 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
25 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
26 ( NEW ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( NEW ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
28 ( 50 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
29 ( 47 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
30 ( 38 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

31 ( 20 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
32 ( 68 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
33 ( 25 ) BATDANCE Prince
34 ( NEW ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
35 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( 21 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
37 ( 26 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
38 ( 33 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
39 ( NEW ) CHERISH Madonna
40 ( 58 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen

41 ( 29 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
42 ( 41 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
44 ( 23 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
45 ( 45 ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 37 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
47 ( 27 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
48 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
49 ( 40 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

51 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
53 ( NEW ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
54 ( 46 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
55 ( NEW ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
57 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
58 ( 57 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
63 ( 54 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
64 ( 31 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
65 ( 60 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
68 ( 74 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
69 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) YEBO! The Art Of Noise featuring Mahlatini

71 ( NEW ) STAND REM
72 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
75 ( NEW ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson

20th August 1989

A new number one, and it’s Elton’s fabulous Healing Hands. I have to admit I was completely baffled how this one managed to flop big time in the UK in 1989. His 7th number one in my chart, about as many in the USA, and yet to get a UK chart-topper on his own. Bizarre. Poor ol’ Liza was the bridesmaid again at 2. Highest new entry at 4, a 1966 classic from hippie Donovan, Sunshine Superman, probably his best record and pop psychedelia royalty giving him a belated second Top 20 hit 20 years on.

Tears For Fears sow seeds at 5, Black Box ride it to 8, and it’s a Mental new entry at 12 for some Manic MC’s. Crazy. Bon Jovi have their biggest hit in 3 years, and Rocky Horror classic The Time Warp transports in at 19 for Damian. Party classic or what?! Really drives me insa-a-a-a-ane, as Jameela might say. Meanwhile Debbie Gibson inexplicably rockets to 23, as the KLF explicably shoot up to 24. New: Donna Summer’s 3rd SAW hit of the year, Richard Marx debuts with the pleasant Right Here Waiting, The Cure bounce back with Love Song 9 years into the run of great singles, and Janet Jackson’s big comeback single isn’t Missed that much at a lowly 69.

I noted the UK singles charts had some good stuff in, but little classic, in my whinge-book, while my boss was trying to find me a permanent job at work, but it meant having to do horticulture courses. Radio One Roadshow with Simon Mayo at the Bournemouth Pier at lunchtime. Saw the Batman movie, very dark, too much for my tastes really, as it made me depressed. Built a new fish pond, parents not impressed.

1 ( 14 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
4 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
5 ( 27 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
6 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
7 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
8 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 5 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
10 ( 4 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney

11 ( 6 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
12 ( NEW ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 20 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
14 ( 29 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 11 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 8 ) ON AND ON Aswad
17 ( 10 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
18 ( 7 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
19 ( NEW ) THE TIME WARP Damian
20 ( 12 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

21 ( 39 ) CHERISH Madonna
22 ( 9 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 75 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
24 ( 62 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
25 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 50 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
28 ( 32 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 15 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 18 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 28 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 40 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
33 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 13 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
36 ( 53 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
37 ( 21 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
38 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
39 ( 24 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
40 ( 17 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello

41 ( 19 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
42 ( 55 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
43 ( 60 ) SELF Fuzzbox
44 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
45 ( 33 ) BATDANCE Prince
46 ( 25 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
47 ( 30 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
48 ( 38 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
49 ( NEW ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
50 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

51 ( NEW ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
52 ( 67 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
53 ( 36 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 74 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
55 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
56 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
57 ( 44 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
58 ( 41 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG The Cure

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
63 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
64 ( 46 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
65 ( 47 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
68 ( 72 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
69 ( NEW ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 54 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
72 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 63 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) THE BETTER PART OF ME Jaki Graham

27th August 1989

2 weeks for Elton on top, KLF up to 8 for their first Top 10 under that name (and 2nd under various names), while Madonna makes it 3 in a row in the 10. Lisa Stansfield reverses back up to a new peak of 16, and ditto Dion at 20. Queen are slightly less invisible at 26, while Alyson Williams dances up to 34.

One of Liza’s album track covers pops in as a cover from Hazell Dean at 57 – the fab Love Pains, originally an Yvonne Elliman goodie that I never actually got to hear. Partyman for Prince, another Batman song, enters at 60, and Ziggy Marley continues in the tradition of his dad, and pops in at 62 with Look Who’s Dancing.

ON TV pissed myself laughing at Josie Lawrence on Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Enjoyed US sitcom Sledge Hammer.

1 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 5 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
4 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
5 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
8 ( 24 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
9 ( 6 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
10 ( 21 ) CHERISH Madonna

11 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
12 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 11 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
14 ( 19 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
15 ( 23 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
16 ( 34 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
17 ( 9 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
18 ( 13 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 10 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
20 ( 47 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

21 ( 25 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
22 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 26 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
24 ( 27 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
25 ( 17 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
26 ( 32 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
27 ( 20 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
28 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 18 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
30 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros

31 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 16 ) ON AND ON Aswad
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 67 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
35 ( 36 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
36 ( 49 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
37 ( 29 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 51 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
39 ( 30 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 42 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet

41 ( 35 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
42 ( 38 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
43 ( 54 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
44 ( 37 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
45 ( 39 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
46 ( 44 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
47 ( 52 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
48 ( 55 ) ONE The Bee Gees
49 ( 56 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
50 ( 48 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 57 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
52 ( 60 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( 45 ) BATDANCE Prince
54 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 40 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
56 ( 46 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
57 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
58 ( 43 ) SELF Fuzzbox
59 ( 41 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
60 ( NEW ) PARTYMAN Prince

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 64 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) WARNING Adeva
65 ( 62 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 63 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 74 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
72 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 58 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
74 ( NEW ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
75 ( 65 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

My 1979 Charts – July

Bishop Grot College Library. Before the internet we used to live in these buildings stuffed with books, thick papery things with lots of words and photos and diagrams….

 

4th July 1979

Wimbledon coverage pops into my TV chart, which reminds me I used to play tennis a lot at College, School, life, always my preferred game (along with badminton, squash, snooker, pool, darts), though College lunchtimes usually meant a game of pool. College was winding down though, exams over-ish, assignments done-ish, leaving me time for far more important stuff: Top Of The Pops at 2 in TV chart showing the music scene was alive; preparing to work in a hosiery warehouse near Mansfield for the summer for cash to pay for the US trip planned. The previous summer had been the nightmare that was Landers Bakery, now thankfully long-gone. 12 hour shifts 6pm to 6am stuffing rolls in to bags or a production line rush of bread popping out of scorching ovens in skin-scarring tins is still the worst job I’ve ever done. This one was mildly pleasant, moving boxes about, daytime Radio 1 on the factory speakers indelibly printing the songs of July and August 1979 on my mind to the point that I actually got sick of hearing many of the hits around. An old bloke Jim (ie prob my age now) used to give me a lift to work, early morn, and back again. Sorted!

Chart-wise, straight in at 1, it’s Abba with a double-A side (official this time) the awesome Voulez-Vous and the poppy Angel Eyes, both from the fab Voulez-Vous album, stuffed with great potential singles, albeit a bit schizophrenic part-disco/dance part pop/ballad. The passionate, dramatic classic disco Voulez-Vous would have had a longer run, had album tracks been eligible, though Angel Eyes is flattered and probably wouldn’t have topped my chart alone, being as it’s a bit too jollypop. That means just the one week for Tubeway Army on top, and The Beach Boys take Lady Lynda into the top 3 for their highest charting new track since 1969. The Dooleys take their Abba-clone into the Top 20, rocketing up more than any previous singles had done.

New entries: all summer factory song reminders. The reggae-tastic vocal-range-testing Janet Kay’s Silly Games in at 25; Patrick Hernandez’ sublimely eurocheesey Born To Be Alive at 26; Bonnie Tyler’s movie theme disco Married Men at 29; disco-synth After The Fire in at 32 with One Rule For You (red vinyl, my copy!); space-age disco synths plus farty noises for the fab Space Bass (Slick) at 44; The Ruts dramatic new wave/punk Babylon’s Burning at 53; The USA’s answer to New Wave, the first huge record to top the chart there to fit into the category, the rhythm-tastic My Sharona (The Knack) at 70, another American holiday hit it was impossible to avoid on US radio. Which leaves climbers from Thin Lizzy to 30, and Eddy Grant to 22.

1 ( NEW ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 1 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
3 ( 22 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
4 ( 3 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
5 ( 5 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
6 ( 2 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
7 ( 4 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
8 ( 8 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
9 ( 14 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
10 ( 6 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

11 ( 15 ) GO WEST The Village People
12 ( 7 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
13 ( 13 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
14 ( 9 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
15 ( 10 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
16 ( 20 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
17 ( 54 ) WANTED The Dooleys
18 ( 11 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
19 ( 12 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
20 ( 16 ) ROXANNE The Police

21 ( 25 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
22 ( 37 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
23 ( 18 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
24 ( 17 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
25 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
26 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
27 ( 21 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
28 ( 19 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
29 ( NEW ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
30 ( 68 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy

31 ( 26 ) POP MUZIK M
32 ( NEW ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
33 ( 33 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
34 ( 23 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
35 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( 24 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
37 ( 29 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
38 ( 39 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
39 ( 28 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
40 ( 36 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

41 ( 30 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
42 ( 34 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
43 ( 27 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
44 ( NEW ) SPACE BASS Slick
45 ( 38 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
46 ( 44 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
47 ( 43 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
48 ( 58 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
49 ( 31 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
50 ( NEW ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs

51 ( 42 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
52 ( 50 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
53 ( NEW ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
54 ( 41 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
55 ( 32 ) ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN Elvis Costello
56 ( 46 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
57 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
60 ( 49 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees

61 ( 48 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
62 ( 67 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
63 ( 52 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
64 ( 40 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
65 ( 47 ) CAVATINA John Williams
66 ( 60 ) SULTANS OF SWING Dire Straits
67 ( 61 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
68 ( 62 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers
69 ( 63 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
70 ( NEW ) MY SHARONA The Knack

71 ( 51 ) I WANT YOU TO WANT ME Cheap Trick
72 ( NEW ) MAYBE Thom Pace
73 ( 55 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
74 ( 53 ) (EVERYBODY) GET DANCING The Bombers
75 ( 75 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones

TV
1 Soap
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Centennial
4 Ask Aspel
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Rhoda
7 Juke Box Jury
8 Wimbledon Coverage
9 The World About Us
10 The Liver Birds

11th July 1979

2 weeks for Abba on top, Beach Boys at 2, and The old Doors song disco-fied at 3 for Amii Stewart. The Dooleys prove they are Wanted at 5 and Patrick Hernandez really is Borrrrrrn T Be Aliiive as he leaps 7. Reggae into the 20 for Janet kay and Eddy grant, both fab records, while Christian poprock band After The Fire synth it up to 14, and Supertramp have some Breakfast In America at 20 – something I was working on doing too.

Highest new entry, a returning hero, as Dave Edmunds covers Elvis Costello, with Nick Lowe’s assist, and does it even better, Girl’s Talk in at 25 and just marvellous. 10 years on since Sabre Dance, 6 years since last topping my chart, too. Slick and the Sex Pistols (the latter doing another joke cover of Eddie Cochran) join The Ruts and UK Subs in breaking into the 40. 2 of them didn’t deserve to, though. Clue: I like Slick, and Ruts is a late punk classic.

In at 34, a hugely-influential Chic record, Good Times, which was to pop up later in the year with the dance bassline underpinning something called “rap”. Bet that was just a gimmick, eh, everyone was saying so at the time….? In at 36, not looking pop stars, but with a melody and harmony to kill for, The Korgis brilliant If I Had You. Donna Summer’s quick follow-up to Hot Stuff is more in a soul vibe, and Bad Girls duly enters at 39 as it shoots up the American charts to make it a double US whammy. At 45, The Police really Can’t Stand Losing You, and like Roxanne a 1978 flop getting a new wind as Sting becomes number one pop male pin-up, but with an uptempo new wave-reggae vibe that appealed to lads as much as girls, if not more so. Finally, Manfred Mann keeps his run of chart hits going, nearly 11 years strong (officially) and 15 years of popchartfreak appreciation:)

TV times, Soap was still ground-breaking manic comedy and pushing even beloved Star Trek down to 2. The men’s final at Wimbledon was a goodie as Bjorn Borg won a record 4th consecutive title, against Roscoe Tanner. Joanna Lumley is absolutely fabulous as Sapphire to David McCallum’s Steel, old faves both as Purdey (New Avengers) and Ilya Kuryakin (Man From UNCLE). Both are still working on TV of course, Ab Fab/documentaries, and NCIS, soo hooray for them! It was a mysterious rare ITV sci fi show that I liked a lot when the script was right. Jukebox Jury continued to give welcome exposure to new records in a fun setting, and Australia’s Chopper Squad showed what they had at 15. As I vaguely recall, noticeably.

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 3 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 9 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
4 ( 2 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
5 ( 17 ) WANTED The Dooleys
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
7 ( 26 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8 ( 6 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
9 ( 5 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
10 ( 7 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

11 ( 8 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
12 ( 11 ) GO WEST The Village People
13 ( 25 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
14 ( 32 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
15 ( 22 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
16 ( 13 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
17 ( 10 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
18 ( 12 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
19 ( 15 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
20 ( 33 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp

21 ( 14 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
22 ( 29 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
23 ( 16 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
24 ( 30 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
25 ( NEW ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
26 ( 44 ) SPACE BASS Slick
27 ( 20 ) ROXANNE The Police
28 ( 19 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
29 ( 18 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
30 ( 21 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings

31 ( 59 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
32 ( 53 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
33 ( 50 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
34 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Chic
35 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager
36 ( NEW ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
37 ( 24 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
38 ( 27 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
39 ( NEW ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
40 ( 31 ) POP MUZIK M

41 ( 28 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
42 ( 23 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
43 ( 70 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
44 ( 40 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
45 ( NEW ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
46 ( 34 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer
47 ( 42 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
48 ( 48 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
49 ( 46 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
50 ( 47 ) CHIQUITITA Abba

51 ( 38 ) DEEPER THAN THE NIGHT Olivia Newton-John
52 ( 37 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
53 ( 45 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
54 ( 62 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
55 ( 41 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
56 ( 52 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
57 ( 51 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
58 ( 75 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 36 ) THEME FROM THE DEER HUNTER (CAVATINA) The Shadows
62 ( 72 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
63 ( 43 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
64 ( 73 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
65 ( 54 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
66 ( 69 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears
67 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
68 ( 49 ) REUNITED Peaches and Herb
69 ( 60 ) LOVE YOU INSIDE OUT The Bee Gees
70 ( 61 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies

71 ( 63 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
72 ( 39 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
73 ( NEW ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
74 ( 67 ) HOLD THE LINE Toto
75 ( 68 ) WHAT A FOOL BELIEVES The Doobie Brothers

TV
1 Soap (Sun)
2 Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
3 Soap (Fri)
4 Centennial
5 The Odd Couple
6 Sapphire And Steel (Thurs)
7 Lost Horizon (film)
8 Barney Miller
9 Sword Of Justice
10 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)
11 Rhoda
12 Jukebox Jury
13 Top Of The Pops
14 Match Of The Day: Wimbledon Men’s Finals
15 Chopper Squad

18th July 1979

3 weeks at 1 for Abba, joined in the top 10 by After The Fire and Slick, both adding some synth delight into the upper reaches, and also the fab Silly Games. The Police almost make it in their second week, too, at 11, and even overhaul Dave Edmunds and his biggest hit since 1973 at 12. Bonnie Tyler’s moody disco track is at 14, while Thin Lizzy’s run of Top 20 hits is 6 years as the rock’n’rollin Do Anything You Wanna Do hits 20, just behind the leaping Good Times of Chic.

The Knack take My Sharona into the 40, and Sniff ‘n’ The Tears manage what they did in the USA, but not the UK, and place the brilliant Driver’s Seat behind the Top 40 wheel. British they were, too. Highest two new entries, though, are 2 major pop classics, the epic Boomtown Rats “I Don’t Like Mondays” written as a response to a slacker teenage girl murderer’s quote. It’s brilliant, ambitious, sprawling and has just the right amount of bitterness – not that big in the States for some reason, can’t think why…oh, yes, they worship the gun, that’ll be why (plus to be fair it would have hampered a fair trial).

Cliff’s back. Only 3 years since his last critically-well-received batch of songs, and whaddya know, he tops it and kickstarts his pop career for another 5 years run of great singles (courtesy of writer-producer Alan Tarney). We Don’t Talk Anymore pops in at 41, but it’s a pretty good candidate for his best record in a fairly substantial back catalogue. I will have no truck with popular Cliff-bashing opinions, then or now, you don’t last 55 years based on fan-base appeal, you get it by releasing great records, and this one, complete with mature-looking, leather-trouser-clad Cliff, was a biggie, even in the US of A, who only occasionally let him have a big hit.

Others: Judie Tzuke’s gorgeous, haunting Stay With Me Till Dawn breaks in at 56; Siouxsie’s Playground Twist is at 60, but not one of my faves of hers, Let’s Playground Twist Again (like we did last summer) would have been more fun; PIL dirge their way in at 62, The Real Thing Boogie Down at 64 and the Doobie’s grab a minute at 75.

TV chart, Centennial peaks again, such a great series, Trek repeats the classic sci-fi Frederic Brown short story adaptation Arena episode (which I still think would make a great movie with modern CGI and an as-originally-written naked and vulnerable hero battling to save the human race one-on-one against an equally naked and not-so-vulnerable alien fighting for his species). Suggestions for current hot actors to star welcome! The 20th anniversary of the Moon Landing pops in at 4. Mankind’s greatest achievement. A quick comment for all those Moon-landing hoax believers – now that they have a satellite orbiting the moon and photos of every single footprint and piece of equipment left on the Moon, don’t you feel a bit foolish? No? You should, for falling for every money-making conspiracy nut-job preying on gullibility. Scientists aren’t in the business of making things up, cos there’s nothing they hate more than being shown up to be wrong by other scientists. People who write books, on the other hand, spew crap masquerading as fact. Ker-ching!

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) WANTED The Dooleys
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
5 ( 7 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
6 ( 14 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
7 ( 4 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
8 ( 26 ) SPACE BASS Slick
9 ( 13 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
10 ( 6 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 45 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
12 ( 25 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
13 ( 9 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
14 ( 22 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
15 ( 8 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
16 ( 20 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
17 ( 10 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
18 ( 34 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
19 ( 11 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
20 ( 24 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy

21 ( 15 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
22 ( 31 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
23 ( 36 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
24 ( 39 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
25 ( 19 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
26 ( 43 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
27 ( 12 ) GO WEST The Village People
28 ( NEW ) I DON’T LIKE MOIDAYS The Boomtown Rats
29 ( 18 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
30 ( 27 ) ROXANNE The Police

31 ( 16 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
32 ( 17 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
33 ( 23 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
34 ( 21 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
36 ( 32 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
37 ( 30 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
38 ( 29 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
39 ( 28 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
40 ( 66 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

41 ( NEW ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
42 ( 41 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
43 ( 58 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
44 ( 63 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
45 ( 42 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
46 ( 40 ) POP MUZIK M
47 ( 44 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
48 ( 38 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
49 ( 37 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
50 ( 35 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager

51 ( 62 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
52 ( 49 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
53 ( 47 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
54 ( 50 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
55 ( 73 ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
56 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
57 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
58 ( 56 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
59 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees

61 ( 53 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
62 ( NEW ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited
63 ( 52 ) (H.A.P.P.Y.) RADIO Edwin Starr
64 ( NEW ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
65 ( 57 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
66 ( 55 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
67 ( 48 ) HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE Kevin Keegan
68 ( 70 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
69 ( 72 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
70 ( 46 ) HOT STUFF Donna Summer

71 ( 67 ) SHAKE YOUR BODY (DOWN TO THE GROUND) The Jacksons
72 ( 65 ) GUILTY Mike Oldfield
73 ( 71 ) GOODNIGHT TONIGHT Wings
74 ( 64 ) GEORGIE PORGIE Toto
75 ( NEW ) MINUTE BY MINUTE The Doobie Brothers

TV
1 Centennial
1 Star Trek: Arena
3 Soap
4 Project Apollo
5 Sword Of Justice
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Barney Miller
8 Rhoda
9 Hawaii 5-0
10 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)

25th July 1979

A 4th week for Voulez-Vous (and Angel Eyes) on top, Abba ruling still, as they keep the fab Beach Boys at 2 for 3 weeks. The charts enter into the glorious summer of 79, for me, possibly because I heard so much radio while at work, but also cos there were just so many great new records coming out each week!

Patrick Hernandez eurodances into the Top 3, while Girls keep Talking for Dave Edmunds at 4, his fourth Top 4. 4 is the magic number this week! The Police, The Boomtown Rats get another Top 10, while The Korgis sneak in too. So many great records in fact, that many are pushed down or held down in lower chart positions than they deserved. Donna Summer gets the latest in a long run of non-consecutive Top 20 hits, and Cliff is up to 22.

It’s the new entries, though, that herald fabness, with highest new entry from the Pretenders at 27, the marvellous Kid. In at 40, Sparks try to Beat The Clock with lovely Moroder-ness, a timely entry. Sorry! E.L.O. sign in at 51 with a diary of a wimp – I’ll be perfectly honest, I felt they were talking about me in the lyrics, Horace Wimp was me in my own self-image. Regardless, it’s one of their best records, a touching feel-good inspiring pop song. The under-rated Gold, John Stewart’s very minor hit, is at 58, and the Gibson Brothers infectious salsa-pop at 66 is just as welcome, ahead of Telex and their bizarre Kraftwerk-esque version of Rock Around The Clock. Timely! Oh, already done that one…..! If at first you don’t get a laugh, keep on repeating it till you do, is my motto!

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
3 ( 5 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
4 ( 12 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
5 ( 8 ) SPACE BASS Slick
6 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
7 ( 11 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
8 ( 3 ) WANTED The Dooleys
9 ( 28 ) I DON’T LIKE MOIDAYS The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 23 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis

11 ( 7 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
12 ( 9 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
13 ( 18 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
14 ( 10 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
15 ( 16 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
16 ( 24 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
17 ( 26 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
18 ( 14 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
19 ( 13 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
20 ( 22 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols

21 ( 6 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
22 ( 41 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
23 ( 17 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
24 ( 15 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
25 ( 19 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
26 ( 21 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
27 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
28 ( 25 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
29 ( 35 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
30 ( 62 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

31 ( 20 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
32 ( 36 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
33 ( 43 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
34 ( 29 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
35 ( 30 ) ROXANNE The Police
36 ( 56 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
37 ( 33 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
38 ( 60 ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees
39 ( 64 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
40 ( NEW ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

41 ( 27 ) GO WEST The Village People
42 ( 37 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
43 ( 42 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
44 ( 51 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
45 ( 32 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions
46 ( 31 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
47 ( 39 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
48 ( 34 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
49 ( 38 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
50 ( 47 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

51 ( NEW ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
52 ( 52 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
53 ( 54 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
54 ( 46 ) POP MUZIK M
55 ( 44 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
56 ( 45 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
57 ( 53 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
58 ( NEW ) GOLD John Stewart
59 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 58 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
62 ( 49 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
63 ( RE ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
64 ( 48 ) WHO WERE YOU WITH IN THE MOONLIGHT Dollar
65 ( 55 ) DON’T KILL IT CAROL Manfred Mann’s Earthband
66 ( NEW ) OOH WHAT A NIGHT The Gibson brothers
67 ( 61 ) BRIGHT EYES Art Garfunkel
68 ( 65 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
69 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
70 ( 40 ) DRIVER’S SEAT Sniff ‘n’ The Tears

71 ( 68 ) BANANA SPLITS The Dickies
72 ( 69 ) JIMMY JIMMY The Undertones
73 ( 75 ) MINUTE BY MINUTE The Doobie Brothers
74 ( 66 ) ONE WAY TICKET Eruption
75 ( 50 ) HALFWAY HOTEL Voyager

TV
1 Centennial
1 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
1 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Hawaii 5-0
7 Sapphire & Steel (thu)
8 The Liver Birds
9 Sapphire & Steel (Tues)
10 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum