My 1980 Charts – August

5th August 1980

Abba stay on top with the classic classy The Winner Takes It All, as Nile Rodgers goes up to 2 with Diana Ross. That’s Upside Down isn’t it? ELO go top 5, and highest new entry is Olivia Newton-John’s fab moody ballad Magic – that’s just greedy, cos Xanadu from both of ‘em is still top 3! Such a shame the film wasn’t as good as the music. The Undertones tunefully marvellous Wednesday Week goes top 10, and Leo Sayer gets a top 20 for the first time in 3 years, Billy Joel his third, and Sheena Easton her first.

Roxy Music hit the top 30, Oh Yeah they do, while duetting Johnny Bristol and Amii Stewart take the old Motown classics into the 40 for a final chart time for Johnny and the last for a while for Amii. Ultravox sleepwalk into a debut top 40 entry, Racey get the last of their 4 or 5, and the Piranhas fun 50’s cover steams jollily up to 36, ooh hark at them! New in, well, 10 years late, Deep Purple’s Black Night overshadows other newer tracks, such as George Benson demanding the Night, his return after a couple of goodies in 1977 and another in 1975. Ray Gomez covers Lovin’ Spoonful’s 60‘s classic Summer In The City to lesser effect, at 50, and Don McLean covers the 50’s doowop classic Since I Don’t Have You a year after Art Garfunkel did the same, both versions sweet enough for me. Sue Wilkinson hustles in at 64, Nick Straker walks in at 69, and everything works for Cheap Trick’s 2nd hit at 72. It’s another old-sounding track, sort of punk surfer, and a spot of Summer Fun for the Barracudas, totally endearing at 73 while The Manhattans are smoothly back with Shining Star, 4 years on from Kiss And Say Goodbye.

1 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 3 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
3 ( 2 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 4 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
6 ( NEW ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
8 ( 5 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
9 ( 10 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
10 ( 18 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones

11 ( 13 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
12 ( 7 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
13 ( 11 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
14 ( 12 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
15 ( 15 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 20 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
17 ( 22 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
18 ( 8 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
19 ( 23 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
20 ( 36 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton

21 ( 35 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
22 ( 16 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
23 ( 17 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
24 ( 25 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
25 ( 24 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
26 ( 14 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
27 ( 28 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
28 ( 21 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
29 ( 29 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
30 ( 63 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music

31 ( 33 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
32 ( 68 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
33 ( 19 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
34 ( 46 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
35 ( 47 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
36 ( 64 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
37 ( 37 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
38 ( 40 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
39 ( 42 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
40 ( 27 ) CRYING Don McLean

41 ( 26 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
42 ( 31 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
43 ( 54 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
44 ( 34 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
45 ( 32 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
46 ( 43 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
47 ( NEW ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
48 ( 30 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
49 ( NEW ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson
50 ( NEW ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez

51 ( 44 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
52 ( 66 ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
53 ( 38 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
54 ( 41 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 51 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
57 ( NEW ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
58 ( 39 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
59 ( 71 ) BURNING CAR John Foxx
60 ( 52 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH

61 ( 62 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 48 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
64 ( NEW ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
65 ( 45 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
66 ( 57 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
67 ( 50 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
68 ( 49 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
69 ( NEW ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band
70 ( 59 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

71 ( 60 ) EASY LIFE The Bodysnatchers
72 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING WORKS Cheap Trick
73 ( NEW ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas
74 ( 69 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
75 ( NEW ) SHINING STAR The Manhattans

TV 26th Jul-2nd Aug

1 Olympics
2 Parkinson
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Soap
5 Rhoda
6 Guyana Tragedy
7 Des O’Connor
8 Taxi
9 Superstar Profile
10 The Banana Splits

12th August 1980
It’s a 3rd week at 1 for the Abba classic, and a Xanadu movie 3,4,5, as The Gibson Brothers get a 4th top 10 in a row, and New Musik make it 3 in a row. Billy Joel still thinks it Rock ‘n’ Roll to him, and grabs his first actual top 10 after 5 years of chart entries with his US chart-topper. Leaping into the 20 50’s oldie Tom Hark is revived by a fishy band, while Lip Up fatty displays Bad Manners in the top 20 for the 2nd time. Roxy, though, make it 8 years of top 20 entries, which is all of their singles to date, and most of Bryan Ferry’s solo singles. Oh Yeah!

George Benson gets his biggest chart peak since 1977, and highest new entry is veteran 60’s Brit pop star Mike Berry, starring then in sitcom Are You Being Served, in at 27 with oldie Sunshine Of Your Smile. He had previously covered a Billy Swan cover of an Elvis classic which had hit my top 10 in 1972 for The Berries (formerly Rockin’ Berries) – Don’t Be Cruel made my top 20 in 1975, and you will never ever hear the Berries cover, as it was a novelty cover featuring an impression of paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile. Not that they knew that then, as it wouldn’t have been that amusing. This song, though, was positively archaic, published in 1913 in the UK of British songwriters, covered by many from 1914 onwards, though not covered by anyone still-well-known until Frank Sinatra did it in 1941, almost 30 years later. So, this version was an amazing 67 years old, which was historical to me at that time, and I rather took to the sweet old-fashioned-ness of it.

At 28, Ray Dorset of Mungo Jerry returns a decade after In The Summertime and many others – well, at least his song returns him, as he donates it to Kelly Marie, Feels Like I’m In Love pure disco cheese, and a bit of fluff fun. Tom Browne funks into the 40, and Sheena Easton gets a 2nd top 40 with previous flop single Modern Girl entering at 35 as 9 to 5 goes up to 19. Modern Girl is better. Sue Wilkinson hustles into the 40, too, and Don McLean gets his 5th – Since I Don’t Have You does what Art Garfunkel’s did the year before. Finally Bowie is back with a bang, a hot new single and video and image, the Steve Strange-featuring New Romantic masterpiece that is Ashes To Ashes at 40.

Other new entries: The Clash at 50 with Bankrobber, all moody and dub reggae, and for me their best single to date – I was very much in the minority though, at the time, to think that. Another oldie song, Just Like Eddie, a tribute 60’s song from Heinz referencing Eddie Cochran, is covered synth-style by the Silicon Teens in a decent version at 63. Jermaine Jackson returns and he’s Burning Hot at 65 – well at least he was quite warm – and Elton is showing off his Sartorial Eloquence at 67, a decent ballad. Roger Daltrey gets his first solo entry in 3 years, and 7 years since his first outside of The Who, a song from a prison drama movie McVicar which he starred in, Free Me at 70. Girlschool debut at 73 with a cover of 60’s rock classic Race With The Devil, The Village People are back for the 4th time at 74, and a new lead singer, also from a movie of the same name: Can’t Stop The Music. I didn’t rate the record much, and the somewhat camp film (to understate the case) was directed by comic actor Nancy Walker, who I was a huge fan of in her roles in Rhoda (see my TV list she appears at 2) and McMillan & Wife. Finally, Late In The Evening, and sneaking in at 75, Paul Simon extends his run to 11 years of many classics with a jazzy mellow upbeat US hit.

1 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 2 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
3 ( 3 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 5 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
5 ( 6 ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
6 ( 15 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
7 ( 4 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
8 ( 11 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
9 ( 8 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
10 ( 19 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel

11 ( 7 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
12 ( 36 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
13 ( 9 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
14 ( 16 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
15 ( 24 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
16 ( 30 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
17 ( 10 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
18 ( 12 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 20 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
20 ( 21 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

21 ( 49 ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson
22 ( 13 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
23 ( 27 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
24 ( 17 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
25 ( 29 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
26 ( 32 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
27 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE Mike Berry
28 ( NEW ) FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE Kelly Marie
29 ( 14 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
30 ( 18 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon

31 ( 43 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
32 ( 28 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
33 ( 26 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
34 ( 34 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
35 ( NEW ) MODERN GIRL Sheena Easton
36 ( 23 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
37 ( 22 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
38 ( 64 ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
39 ( 57 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
40 ( NEW ) ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie

41 ( 35 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
42 ( 33 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
43 ( 40 ) CRYING Don McLean
44 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
45 ( 39 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
46 ( 50 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez
47 ( 47 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
48 ( 31 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
49 ( 46 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
50 ( NEW ) BANKROBBER The Clash

51 ( 38 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
52 ( 73 ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas
53 ( 42 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 44 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 41 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
57 ( 69 ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band
58 ( 51 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
59 ( 45 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
60 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

61 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 48 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
63 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE EDDIE Silicon Teens
64 ( 56 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
65 ( NEW ) BURNING HOT Jermaine Jackson
66 ( 53 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
67 ( NEW ) SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE Elton John
68 ( 60 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
69 ( 37 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
70 ( NEW ) FREE ME Roger Daltrey

71 ( 52 ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
72 ( 72 ) EVERYTHING WORKS Cheap Trick
73 ( NEW ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL Girlschool
74 ( NEW ) CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC The Village People
75 ( NEW ) LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon

MY TV CHART
Aug 3- Aug 9
1 Soap
2 Rhoda
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The New Avengers
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Doctor Who (Tues)
7 The Rockford Files
8 Taxi
9 Doctor Who (Fri)
10 The Kelly Monteith Show
11 Laverne & Shirley
12 Doctor Who (Thurs)
13 Newsnight (Fri)
14 Jupiter
15 Film Greats


On TV American sitcom heaven for me, plus some old episodes of Doctor Who featuring Lallah Ward’s debut. In my life I was getting stressed about getting nowhere in terms of deciding about career decisions, mum was improving in hospital, which was a relief, and granddad & grandma were round helping dad with a new loft-ladder, then we took them back and had tea. At the cinema to see The Black Hole, Disney’s attempt to cash-in on sci-fi blockbuster action. My review: “the good points: Roddy McDowell & the humour of the robot; some of the effects; a theoretically good cast. The bad points: the rest of it!!!” I ranted on for a while about it, but essentially concluded it was garbage. It’s not repeated much on TV these days…

I passed my time with Record Mirror, Smash Hits, and buying a load of cheap-ex-chart singles (as usual) and the new-look much-improved Top Of The Pops, and TV special on planet Jupiter, being as Voyager had amazing photos from the last year which had actually focused attention on the planet-sized Galilean moons, they were far more interesting than Jupiter, not least the tantalising ice-world Europa and it’s potential sub-surface ocean which was mind-bogglingly exciting. I also spent a whopping £19 (huge amount in those days) on a blank video to record Star Trek and The Martian Chronicles (the TV series based on my absolutely adored Ray Bradbury collection of short stories which I first read in 1970), both about to air on TV: that also meant I got to start my selective recording of pop music videos and TV clips from this day on, and re-watch fave TV shows many times. This was pure science-fiction joy!

 

19th August 1980

4 weeks on top for Abba’s classic, with ELO as so often in support at 2, from Xanadu and All Over The World. Shooting up to 3, though it’s Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes, his first top 3 since Sound And Vision in 1977, while Billy Joel hits a new peak of 7, and Tom Hark slips into the top 10. Highest new entry is an absolute stormer from New Zealand band Split-Enz, who featured among the line-up future members of Crowded House, brothers Tim Finn and Neil Finn. Split-Enz were sort of New Wave sounding and rockabilly looking, and were consistently good. I Got You remains their best record, and it’s epic and very under-rated.

Up into the 20 it’s Kelly Marie doing Mungo Jerry, and it feels like I’m in love in the summertime, George Benson demands the night, and Racey wish to be with someone for the rest of their life, a pretty decent song by Racey standards. New at 30, Cliff is back with a good Dreaming pop song that sounded like an old standard Cliff song done new-stylee, but wasn’t, while The Clash are robbin’ banks at 33 a couple of years on from fighting the law and calling London. There’s big climbs for both Roger Daltrey and Elton John into the 40, 7 years on from Giving It All Away for Rog (or 11 years on from Pinball Wizard if you count The Who records), and 9 years on for Elton from Your Song.

A measly 2 other new entries at 44, Hazel O’Connor debuting with the New Wave movie Breaking Glass soundtrack hit Eighth Day, and at 71 it’s Bow Wow Wow, fronted by 13-year-old Annabella Lwin and managed by Malcolm McLaren. Rather naughtily Malcolm nicked Adam & The Ants, minus Adam, and their drumbeat burundi sound, and took the rather young Annabella into the charts with a song pushing the latest teenage music format, the cassette, C-30 C-60 C-90 Go. Happily Adam re-grouped with new musicians and wasn’t far behind….

1 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 4 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
3 ( 40 ) ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie
4 ( 5 ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
5 ( 2 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
6 ( 3 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
7 ( 10 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
8 ( 12 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
9 ( 6 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
10 ( 27 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE Mike Berry

11 ( 8 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
12 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU Split-Enz
13 ( 7 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
14 ( 9 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
15 ( 28 ) FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE Kelly Marie
16 ( 16 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
17 ( 21 ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson
18 ( 15 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
19 ( 41 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
20 ( 20 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

21 ( 35 ) MODERN GIRL Sheena Easton
22 ( 13 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
23 ( 11 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
24 ( 18 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
25 ( 31 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
26 ( 38 ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
27 ( 17 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
28 ( 34 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
29 ( 23 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
30 ( NEW ) DREAMING Cliff Richard

31 ( 24 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
32 ( 14 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
33 ( 50 ) BANKROBBER The Clash
34 ( 22 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
35 ( 32 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
36 ( 25 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
37 ( 39 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
38 ( 19 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
39 ( 70 ) FREE ME Roger Daltrey
40 ( 67 ) SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE Elton John

41 ( 33 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
42 ( 30 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
43 ( 48 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
44 ( NEW ) EIGHTH DAY Hazel O’Connor
45 ( 29 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
46 ( 52 ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas
47 ( 43 ) CRYING Don McLean
48 ( 63 ) JUST LIKE EDDIE Silicon Teens
49 ( 36 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
50 ( 57 ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band

51 ( 42 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
52 ( 26 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
53 ( 46 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez
54 ( 49 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 37 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
57 ( 45 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
58 ( 75 ) LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon
59 ( 74 ) CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC The Village People
60 ( 44 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division

61 ( 60 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 53 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
64 ( 54 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
65 ( 47 ) BLACK NIGHT Deep Purple
66 ( 58 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
67 ( 51 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
68 ( 64 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
69 ( 59 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
70 ( 62 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra

71 ( NEW ) C30 C60 C90 GO Bow Wow Wow
72 ( 56 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
73 ( 73 ) RACE WITH THE DEVIL Girlschool
74 ( 68 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
75 ( 65 ) BURNING HOT Jermaine Jackson

MY Top TV 10th-15th Aug 1980
1 Star Trek: By Any Other Name
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Martian Chronicles
5 Rhoda
6 Laverne & Shirley
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 The Outer Limits
9 The Awakening Land
10 Taxi
11 Carry On Up The Jungle
12 The Phil Silvers Show
13 Superstar Profile
14 CHIPS
15 Summer Holiday

 

26th August 1980

It’s a new number as David Bowie’s groundbreaking video for Ashes To Ashes takes him to the top of my charts for the 3rd time, 5 years since he last topped with Space Oddity. UK chart-topper Kelly Marie sneaks her Ray Dorset way into my top 10, The Clash rob da bank at 12, a new chart peak for them, for me, and Modern Girl outdoes 9 to 5 for Sheena.

Highest new entry is The Jam, and Start, in at 14 and off the back of a chart-topper, Going Underground, a great single following a fab single. Cliff is into the 20 for the umpteenth time in the week he appears on Rosko’s Roundtable to review new singles, and Bow Wow Wow’s cassette-single, a sign of the times, rockets up to 25. In at 32, Gary Numan makes it 5 top 40‘s in a row, as I Die You Die keeps him hot, a great single. In at 40, it’s the decade-old Paranoid: I’d missed the original run, out of the country, so this was like a new old gem and only the second chart hit for Black Sabbath, 2 years on from Neon Knights. Ozzy Osbourne’s biggest days, of course, still lay 25 years into the future. Who woulda thought!

New at 42, it’s Shaky’ second hit, Marie Marie, very singalongaElvis, as the Korgis lovely third hit, If It’s Alright With You Baby, pops in. At 53, The Selecter keep the short run of singles cracking out, this one The Whisper, shhhh don’t tell anyone! Best Friend, another ska hit, also keeps The Beat’s profile going at 59, and a good 4th single for Secret Affair is in at 65, Sound Of Confusion. The Skids run of hits is nearing an end as Circus Games scrapes in at 74, and Peter Gabriel’s song for South African activist Stephen Biko takes up the last new spot.

1 ( 3 ) ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie
2 ( 1 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 ( 4 ) MAGIC Olivia Newton-John
4 ( 2 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
5 ( 8 ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
6 ( 7 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
7 ( 15 ) FEELS LIKE I’M IN LOVE Kelly Marie
8 ( 6 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
9 ( 10 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR SMILE Mike Berry
10 ( 5 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross

11 ( 12 ) I GOT YOU Split-Enz
12 ( 33 ) BANKROBBER The Clash
13 ( 21 ) MODERN GIRL Sheena Easton
14 ( NEW ) START The Jam
15 ( 9 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 16 ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
17 ( 20 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
18 ( 30 ) DREAMING Cliff Richard
19 ( 14 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
20 ( 17 ) GIVE ME THE NIGHT George Benson

21 ( 11 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
22 ( 13 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
23 ( 25 ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
24 ( 28 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
25 ( 71 ) C30 C60 C90 GO Bow Wow Wow
26 ( 26 ) YOU GOTTA BE A HUSTLER Sue Wilkinson
27 ( 50 ) A WALK IN THE PARK Nick Straker Band
28 ( 18 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
29 ( 22 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
30 ( 46 ) SUMMER FUN The Barracudas

31 ( 24 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
32 ( NEW ) I DIE YOU DIE Gary Numan
33 ( 44 ) EIGHTH DAY Hazel O’Connor
34 ( 23 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
35 ( 29 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
36 ( 40 ) SARTORIAL ELOQUENCE Elton John
37 ( 31 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
38 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
39 ( 19 ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
40 ( NEW ) PARANOID Black Sabbath

41 ( 32 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys
42 ( NEW ) MARIE MARIE Shakin’ Stevens
43 ( 41 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
44 ( 37 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Don McLean
45 ( 35 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
46 ( 42 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
47 ( 38 ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
48 ( 47 ) CRYING Don McLean
49 ( 59 ) CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC The Village People
50 ( 39 ) FREE ME Roger Daltrey

51 ( NEW ) IF IT’S ALRIGHT WITH YOU BABY The Korgis
52 ( 27 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
53 ( NEW ) THE WHISPER The Selecter
54 ( 54 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
55 ( 55 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 49 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
57 ( 58 ) LATE IN THE EVENING Paul Simon
58 ( 45 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
59 ( NEW ) BEST FRIEND The Beat
60 ( 51 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 43 ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
64 ( 57 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
65 ( NEW ) SOUND OF CONFUSION Secret Affair
66 ( 48 ) JUST LIKE EDDIE Silicon Teens
67 ( 66 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
68 ( 63 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
69 ( 64 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
70 ( 56 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones

71 ( 60 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
72 ( 53 ) SUMMER IN THE CITY Ray Gomez
73 ( 68 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
74 ( NEW ) CIRCUS GAMES The Skids
75 ( NEW ) BIKO Peter Gabriel

TV 16th-22nd Aug

1 Star Trek: Return To Tomorrow
2 The Martian Chronicles
3 Top Of The Pops
4 Laverne & Shirley
5 The Awakening Land
6 Rhoda
7 Doctor Who (Tues)
8 The New Avengers
9 Taxi
10 Kelly Monteith
11 The Time Of Their Lives
12 The Outer Limits
13 WKRP In Cincinatti
14 Ray Bradbury Profile
15 Doctor Who (Mon)

On TV, The Martian Chronicles and Star Trek kept my sci-fi fixes going, while the writer of the brilliant sci-fi book of connected short stories The Martian Chronicles (or The Silver Locusts as I knew it), the poetic, dark, inventive, wistful and admirable Ray Bradbury gets a TV profile. There’s a great Top Of The Pops episode, and I’m into TV sitcom cheese as Laverne & Shirley get my chuckles.

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My 2016 Charts May-Aug

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London from the Tate Modern
28th August 2016

It’s Dusty for a second week on top keeping off ABC grabbing a second chart-topper of the year, ABC is just pure class, but Dusty is an anthem! That leaves Frances sneaking into the top 10, Richard Ashcroft getting a second top 20 of the year, and Banks having a good move into the 20. Highest new entry at 26 is Dua Lipa, following up number one Hotter Than Hell, (Mwah!), sounds like a hit to me!

At 29 it’s the sultry soul of a very Prince-ish Gallant and Bourbon, while new at 36 it’s BETSY, not unlike Cher vocally, which is a good thing in my book. Big jumps for Florence and Petula Clark outside the 40, and debuts for the critically lauded RAT BOY at 56, not far ahead of another superhero-sounding Rag’n’Bone Man, presumably one turns into a rat, the other does superhero clothes for cash. RAT BOY has gone for a 70’s-funk-styled rap & singing chorus, and it’s fab too. Billy Fury pops in with another childhood oldie I didn’t know I knew till I caught up with again the other week, very Up On The Roof-ish, and one I must have loved as a kid cos it’s very familiar to me yet I don’t recall hearing it much since. Lastly, welcome back Empire Of The Sun after a break, and Frank Ocean’s most-commercial track off his new album, featuring Beyonce. He even samples The actual Beatles on the album, that’s rare! Rare they allow it. The meanie won’t let me download individual tracks though.

1 1 1 25 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 661050
2 5 2 5 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 277800
3 2 2 5 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 354200
4 4 4 2 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 130000
5 9 5 2 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 105000
6 6 6 3 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 128400
7 3 1 17 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 903550
8 7 1 7 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 648000
9 11 1 16 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1007200
10 16 10 4 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 106000

11 12 11 3 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 97000
12 14 12 5 TROUBLE Offaiah 118600
13 22 13 4 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 88750
14 8 3 7 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 356250
15 25 15 2 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 45750
16 19 16 7 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 114950
17 10 1 15 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 717700
18 20 9 6 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 187250
19 33 19 4 GEMINI FEED Banks 59700
20 24 20 4 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 75800

21 17 1 14 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1188050
22 15 15 3 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 68500
23 23 23 5 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 64550
24 13 6 6 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 177800
25 30 25 2 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 36750
26 NEW 26 1 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 18500
27 29 27 4 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 71800
28 28 2 10 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 474800
29 NEW 29 1 BOURBON Gallant 18200
30 32 30 4 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 55900

31 31 31 3 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 53600
32 26 26 5 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 63300
33 18 10 7 HEY Willa 171500
34 21 14 6 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 115350
35 36 35 2 FALL ON ME Kitten 34900
36 NEW 36 1 LOST & FOUND BETSY 17400
37 52 37 2 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 28800
38 48 38 2 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 29500
39 49 39 2 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 29200
40 35 1 16 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1102550

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41 44 41 10 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 112600
42 41 1 11 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 618650
43 34 13 8 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 157450
44 38 38 2 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 30450
45 27 12 7 PORCELAIN Skott 148900
46 50 46 2 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 24750
47 58 47 3 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 24900
48 37 37 6 FINAL SONG MO 74500
49 40 40 5 MOMBASA Stadium X 51050
50 74 50 2 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 17200

51 43 3 15 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 541450
52 39 14 7 WILD WEST Lissie 113500
53 67 53 4 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 27250
54 89 54 2 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 13200
55 55 1 20 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 596500
56 NEW 56 1 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 10600
57 46 6 20 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 552200
58 RE 58 3 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 13200
59 59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
60 60 60 3 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 27000

61 51 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 42 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
63 NEW 63 1 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 7200
64 65 64 4 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 24500
65 66 65 2 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 13800
66 56 32 6 CLOSER Josef Salvat 79800
67 53 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
68 76 1 20 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 938050
69 47 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
70 70 70 2 GHOST Matilda 12000

71 57 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
72 78 72 4 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 16600
73 93 73 2 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 7100
74 64 1 18 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 762400
75 61 32 6 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 73500

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76 54 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
77 84 77 2 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 7800
78 NEW 78 1 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 4400
79 73 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
80 80 1 19 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 463750

81 45 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
84 92 84 2 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 5000
85 NEW 85 1 CONCRETE Tom Odell 3000
86 91 86 2 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 4700
87 87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
88 90 88 2 HOME Henri Pfr 4400
89 NEW 89 1 YOUTH Glass Animals 2200
90 88 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050

91 NEW 91 1 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 1900
92 94 92 2 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 3400
93 NEW 93 1 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 1700
94 95 94 2 WATER FROZEN TWRR 3100
95 96 95 2 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 2900
96 NEW 96 1 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 1400
97 99 97 2 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 2400
98 71 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300
99 100 99 2 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 2100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 1000

DROP OUTS
62 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
72 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
75 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000
77 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
79 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
81 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
85 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
97 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200

21st Aug 2016

It’s Dusty’s 1966 classic finally topping my chart 50 years late. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me topped the UK chart that year, but predated my charts (though she would have certainly topped my fictional chart in 1964, cos I was mad as a hatter for I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself age 6, which topped as an album track eventually). It’s therefore her 7th Number One since she first did it with the Pet Shop Boys in 1987.

Highest new entry is at 4 for FMLYBND, very in the synth pop tradition of a few years back, and fab, while in at 9 it’s Francis & The Lights joining Fitz & The Tantrums in the top 10, with some help from Bon Iver (and in the video Kanye West), and terrific new single, Friends. Fab. GLADES jumps into the 10, Kungs replace themselves in the top 40 with a great new track that seems to have a Lightning Seeds riff in it, and the producer Roberto Rosan of German-based classical-pop act Sweetbox (hit in 1997 with Everything’s Gonna Be Alright and active onwards since then) has a new project SYMPHOBIA who have dabbled with a bit of Tchaikovski also to good hip hop effect, I Do I Do believe.

In a deluge of new acts, I’ve had to expand my chart once again to 100, just when I was hoping to chop it down to 75! Doh! Happily that means room for new singles from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, 14 years on since she murdered the dancefloor on top of my charts, not to mention Spiller, Florence + The Machine, and an oldie from Herb Alpert (a light-hearted instrumental jazz cover of the 1965 hit A Walk In The Black Forest – another track I was big on at the time, as done by German Horst Jankowski). I was only 7 but I loved a good pop tune! Talking of golden oldies, Petula Clark is back at the age of 83 with a good contemporary-sounding ballad 4 years after topping my charts for the second time, and the oldest person to do that with new material (Cut Copy Me). Pet was having hits before I was born, hard as that is to believe, and I intend to see her in concert later this year to enjoy the new and recent stuff and the huge list of golden 60’s singles (I hope). Legend!

1 11 1 24 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 491050
2 2 2 4 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 269200
3 1 1 16 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 853550
4 NEW 4 1 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 65000
5 8 5 4 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 162800
6 27 6 2 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 73400
7 4 1 6 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 600000
8 3 3 6 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 327250
9 NEW 9 1 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 45000
10 5 1 14 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 694700

11 6 1 15 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 962200
12 16 12 2 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 60000
13 13 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 15 14 4 TROUBLE Offaiah 83600
15 18 15 2 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 49000
16 19 16 3 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 64000
17 7 1 13 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1168300
18 10 10 6 HEY Willa 153800
19 20 19 6 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 89950
20 9 9 5 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 165250

21 14 14 5 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 97750
22 25 22 3 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 56750
23 23 23 4 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 45300
24 26 24 3 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 55800
25 NEW 25 1 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 18750
26 29 26 4 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 45500
27 12 12 6 PORCELAIN Skott 135900
28 17 2 9 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 456500
29 30 29 3 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 53400
30 NEW 30 1 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 18000

31 32 31 2 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 35700
32 43 32 3 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 37900
33 36 33 3 GEMINI FEED Banks 38700
34 21 13 7 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 143950
35 28 1 15 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1085550
36 NEW 36 1 FALL ON ME Kitten 17400
37 39 37 5 FINAL SONG MO 62200
38 NEW 38 1 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 17200
39 31 14 6 WILD WEST Lissie 102000
40 51 40 4 MOMBASA Stadium X 38950

41 40 1 10 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 604900
42 22 22 5 TILTED Christine And The Queens 81500
43 24 3 14 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 529700
44 49 44 9 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 98850
45 33 33 6 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 76700
46 37 6 19 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 541800
47 34 3 9 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 326400
48 NEW 48 1 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 12300
49 NEW 49 1 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 12100
50 NEW 50 1 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 12000

51 41 4 14 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 354850
52 NEW 52 1 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 11500
53 35 35 6 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 72250
54 38 38 5 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 47300
55 53 1 19 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 585700
56 56 32 5 CLOSER Josef Salvat 73000
57 47 47 5 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 38200
58 89 58 2 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 12400
59 60 59 4 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 26100
60 65 60 2 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 17000

61 48 32 5 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 68500
62 42 3 14 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 485300
63 45 45 6 PALMS Rationale 60900
64 59 1 17 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 757200
65 67 65 3 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 17400
66 NEW 66 1 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 6800
67 74 67 3 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 16000
68 68 68 17 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 74800
69 69 69 2 HERO Namie Amuro 12400
70 NEW 70 1 GHOST Matilda 6000

71 46 34 6 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 57100
72 55 4 15 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 477500
73 61 30 8 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 91000
74 NEW 74 1 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 5200
75 50 36 5 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 69000

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76 63 1 19 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 931650
77 88 77 3 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 9200
78 83 78 3 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 11000
79 52 20 7 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 95450
80 76 1 18 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 459750
81 54 21 8 HIGH Jesper Jenset 114700
82 57 27 8 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 110050
83 70 10 12 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 224200
84 NEW 84 1 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 3200
85 71 5 17 PARADISE Josef Salvat 386700
86 86 86 2 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 5600
87 62 26 8 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 90650
88 58 14 12 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 207050
89 NEW 89 1 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 2200
90 NEW 90 1 HOME Henri Pfr 2000
91 NEW 91 1 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 1900
92 NEW 92 1 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 1800
93 NEW 93 1 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WATER FROZEN TWRR 1500
96 NEW 96 1 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 1400
97 73 73 5 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 17900
98 90 90 3 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 5200
99 NEW 99 1 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 1100
100 NEW 100 1 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 1000

DROP OUTS
44 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
64 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
66 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
72 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
75 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600
77 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050
81 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
84 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
87 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800

14th August 2016

It’s Dua Lipa with Hotter Than hell finally topping chart after 15 weeks, a very long time for a record to hit my top spot, but it just still sounds so fab, fresh. Should have been a bigger UK chart hit, at least it made the top 10 on sales. Shooting up to 2 is my Buzzjack Song Contest entry, the clappy happy Fitz & The Tantrums, while highest new entry is also from the BJSC, Morgxn, and a fab Years And Years-ish remix of Love With The Lights On, while ditto for new at 18 High Contrast with Clare Maguire gracing my top 20 not for the first time, but this time with a dance stormer.

It’s a big climb for Twenty One Pilots’ Suicide Squad Track (yay Harley!) leapfrogging the other one (I Started A Joke), with big climbs for Vaults and Banks as they both pull a heist of my chart, with Timeflies always there in any heist. Ouch! Further down, with some penguins, it’s octogenarian legend, Beatles widow, and avant-garde Japanese musician and artist Yoko Ono, back again some 35 years since she topped my chart solo with Walking On Thin Ice, the final track she worked on with husband John Lennon the night he was murdered. Together they both first topped my chart as the Plastic Ono Band with the timeless chant Give Peace A Chance in 1969, giving her a span of 47 years of hits – and she was already in her 30’s then!

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

1 3 1 15 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 768550
2 19 2 3 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 154200
3 4 3 5 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 279250
4 1 1 5 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 550000
5 5 1 13 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 652700
6 7 1 14 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 925200
7 2 1 12 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1145300
8 8 8 3 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 102800
9 9 9 4 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 145250
10 14 10 5 HEY Willa 131800

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

fitz

11 12 11 23 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 321050
12 17 12 5 PORCELAIN Skott 117500
13 6 6 5 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 158800
14 20 14 4 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 78000
15 16 15 3 TROUBLE Offaiah 54600
16 NEW 16 1 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 25000
17 11 2 8 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 438200
18 NEW 18 1 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 22000
19 30 19 2 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 39000
20 33 20 5 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 68950

http://youtube.com/v/1N5_YeLbYZU

High contrast

21 15 13 6 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 126350
22 23 22 4 TILTED Christine And The Queens 67750
23 77 23 3 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 26050
24 10 3 13 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 516200
25 26 25 2 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 37250
26 28 26 2 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 36800
27 NEW 27 1 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 18400
28 21 1 14 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1068050
29 70 29 3 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 27000
30 38 30 2 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 35200

http://youtube.com/v/SeKy5XG8RwA

polina

31 13 14 5 WILD WEST Lissie 84900
32 NEW 32 1 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 17800
33 40 33 5 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 63700
34 18 3 8 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313900
35 37 35 5 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 61000
36 82 36 2 GEMINI FEED Banks 21000
37 29 6 18 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 529050
38 48 38 4 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 36300
39 50 39 4 FINAL SONG MO 44900
40 31 1 9 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 590900

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41 25 4 13 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 343100
42 24 3 13 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 477950
43 67 43 2 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 20100
44 22 22 5 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 87850
45 47 45 5 PALMS Rationale 53700
46 34 34 5 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 51300
47 64 47 4 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 27800
48 43 32 4 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 61000
49 49 49 8 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 85600
50 36 36 4 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 64000

51 69 51 3 MOMBASA Stadium X 21950
52 27 20 6 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 91250
53 53 1 18 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 574900
54 45 21 7 HIGH Jesper Jenset 110900
55 55 4 14 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 471900
56 32 32 4 CLOSER Josef Salvat 62400
57 44 27 7 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 106450
58 46 14 11 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 204650
59 59 1 16 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 750100
60 80 60 3 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 16000

61 52 30 7 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 85600
62 42 26 7 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 88050
63 60 1 18 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 926850
64 76 30 10 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 108500
65 NEW 65 1 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 7000
66 39 39 5 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 60700
67 81 67 2 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 10400
68 71 68 16 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 68400
69 NEW 69 1 HERO Namie Amuro 6200
70 61 10 11 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 220800

71 58 5 16 PARADISE Josef Salvat 383700
72 RE 72 5 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 20400
73 75 73 4 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 16600
74 79 74 2 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 9400
75 86 75 4 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 12600

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76 72 1 17 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 455750
77 63 16 12 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 187000
78 65 17 12 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 162900
79 57 7 11 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 316400
80 51 8 14 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 333050

81 41 25 4 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 55050
82 66 54 7 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 41300
83 84 83 2 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 6600
84 68 68 5 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 24000
85 83 46 5 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 37050
86 NEW 86 1 ALL I WANNA DO Martin Jensen 2800
87 88 87 2 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 4800
88 89 88 2 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 4600
89 NEW 89 1 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 2200
90 90 90 2 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 4000

DROP OUTS
35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
54 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
56 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
62 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
73 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
78 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
85 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
87 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050

 

 

7th August 2016

It’s ABC for a second week on top as another great track from The Lexicon Of Love II, Kiss Me Goodbye, rockets up 58 places to 8, giving them a 3rd top 10 of the year. It’s gorgeous and I hope it’s the next single. Meanwhile, their 5th chart entry of the year and also from the album sneaks in at 67, Ten Below Zero. Highest climber is Offaiah, up 71 and causing Trouble at 16.

Highest new entry is Richard Ashcroft, They Don’t Own Me at 26, giving him 2 inside the 30, while at 28 is a cut from the new Suicide Squad movie from ConfidentialMX, a haunting semi-orchestral version of the Bee Gees brilliant I Started A Joke. Probably their most under-rated 60’s song, it’s already topped my chart for The Bee Gees and in a cover from Pet Shop Boys, both this century. Fingers-crossed this version takes it to a wider audience!

Others: Frances gets a 3rd chart entry at 30, the lovely Say It Again, Blossoms enter at 38 with Charlemagne, Bieber sneaks in twice at the lower end guesting for DJ Snake and Major Lazer: he certainly knows which way his dance-producer bread is buttered, though to be honest he could record himself farting into a microphone, set it to a 2016 production and his fans would make it number one. Just saying….. smile.gifThat leaves a newie from golden oldie Dolly Parton, giving her a span of 40 years of charting, and an oldie from Nancy Sinatra, her version of Neil Diamond’s 60’s Holly Holy, probably the best version I’ve heard, even over the previously charted Junior Walker & The All Stars (1973) and UB40 (1998) and Neil’s original. Nancy has an official chart run of 45 years, but it should be 50 years (cos These Boots would have topped my imaginary chart in 1966, being as I was mad on it aged 8).

1 1 1 4 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 485000
2 2 1 11 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1095300
3 4 2 14 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 598550
4 6 4 4 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 194250
5 3 1 12 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 592700
6 7 6 4 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 126800
7 9 1 13 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 870200
8 66 8 2 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 54800
9 10 9 3 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 100250
10 8 3 12 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 497200

http://youtube.com/v/TrJP2vnc37A

ABC

11 5 2 7 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 415200
12 14 12 22 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 284050
13 15 14 4 WILD WEST Lissie 67000
14 16 15 4 HEY Willa 89800
15 13 13 5 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 106600
16 87 16 2 TROUBLE Offaiah 27600
17 17 17 4 PORCELAIN Skott 82500
18 11 3 7 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 296300
19 29 19 2 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 39200
20 30 20 3 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 49000

http://youtube.com/v/_9zLg08v6aI

Offaiah

21 12 1 13 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1049750
22 22 22 4 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 74600
23 24 23 3 TILTED Christine And The Queens 48250
24 18 3 12 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 464200
25 19 4 12 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 329100
26 NEW 26 1 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 18500
27 20 20 5 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 79750
28 NEW 28 1 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 18300
29 21 6 17 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 511750
30 NEW 30 1 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 18000

http://youtube.com/v/gOdeIP-Wxuo

ConfidentialMX

31 23 1 8 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 573900
32 40 32 3 CLOSER Josef Salvat 51800
33 44 33 4 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 48950
34 46 34 4 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 38550
35 35 35 4 RISE Katy Perry 69300
36 36 36 3 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 52000
37 49 37 4 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 43500
38 NEW 38 1 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 17200
39 39 39 4 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 53900
40 55 40 4 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 46000

http://youtube.com/v/WBtVjjLtEY8

Blossoms

***************************

41 25 25 3 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 51250
42 26 26 6 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 80650
43 32 32 3 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 48700
44 27 27 6 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 96050
45 45 21 6 HIGH Jesper Jenset 99900
46 31 14 10 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 194450
47 52 47 4 PALMS Rationale 40700
48 77 48 3 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 19100
49 57 49 7 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 73500
50 60 50 3 FINAL SONG MO 27800

51 28 8 13 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 329050
52 43 30 6 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 78100
53 51 1 17 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 563650
54 62 54 4 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 32400
55 37 4 13 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 461100
56 63 56 6 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 34700
57 38 7 10 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 312200
58 53 5 15 PARADISE Josef Salvat 377900
59 47 1 15 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 740000
60 58 1 17 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 919650

61 48 10 10 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 214800
62 50 50 9 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 62400
63 33 16 11 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 182400
64 74 64 3 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 15300
65 34 17 11 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 158500
66 54 54 6 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 37700
67 NEW 67 1 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 6600
68 68 68 4 INTO YOU Ariana Grande 20800
69 80 69 2 MOMBASA Stadium X 10200
70 86 70 2 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 8800

71 71 71 15 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 62000
72 70 1 16 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 449950
73 41 33 4 BLUSH TP4Y 50850
74 42 25 6 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 92350
75 79 75 3 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 11200

*********************************

76 65 30 9 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 101400
77 89 77 2 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 6800
78 59 32 7 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 72050
79 NEW 79 1 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 4200
80 90 80 2 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 6000

81 NEW 81 1 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 3800
82 NEW 82 1 GEMINI FEED Banks 3600
83 72 46 4 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 34050
84 NEW 84 1 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 3200
85 69 28 8 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 83200
86 88 86 3 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 7600
87 64 3 15 VIVA LOVE ABC 386050
88 NEW 88 1 WHERE WE ARE Ryos featuring Karra 2400
89 NEW 89 1 GIVE LOVE A TRY Aelyn 2200
90 NEW 90 1 COLD WATER Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MO 2000

DROP OUTS
56 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
61 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
67 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
73 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800
76 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
78 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
81 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400

 

31st July 2016

It’s ABC burning Flames of Desire over 34 years since The Look Of Love gave them their only other chart topper. Pure class. Up 25 places to 7 it’s Kwamie Liv, Danish Singer-songwriter with her sultry gorgeous Higher. A real grower. Meanwhile the under-rated American solo singer Max Jury gets his 2nd top 10 with the lovely Love That Grows Old, rocketing to 10 from 44.

Another under-rated act for some years is American singer-songwriter Lissie, she’s had quite a few charts entries with me, and a couple of top 10’s, but is yet to taste real chart success. Lissie, Max and Kwamie all have vocal passion, something that seems out of fashion give or take Adele, at least in the singles charts. Christine And The Queens shoot into the top 40, side by side with another French act, while highest new entry is from Fitz And The Tantrums, HandClap, is a fab slice of indiepop EDM from the L.A. band.

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

1 3 1 3 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 315000
2 2 1 10 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 980300
3 1 1 11 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 532700
4 7 2 13 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 513550
5 4 2 6 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 378200
6 6 6 3 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 129250
7 32 7 3 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 71800
8 5 3 11 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 455200
9 11 1 12 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 820200
10 44 10 2 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 55250

http://youtube.com/v/ERLwV_FSeAI

Max

11 9 3 6 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 274300
12 10 1 12 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1030000
13 15 13 4 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 79600
14 19 14 21 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 249050
15 74 15 3 WILD WEST Lissie 35000
16 29 16 3 HEY Willa 60800
17 24 17 3 PORCELAIN Skott 59500
18 12 3 11 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 445200
19 14 4 11 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 310350
20 23 20 4 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 61350

http://youtube.com/v/PbCaoEsHX0M

Lissie

21 13 6 16 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 493550
22 28 22 3 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 55100
23 21 1 7 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 556000
24 60 24 2 TILTED Christine And The Queens 29000
25 26 25 2 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 37250
26 35 26 5 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 66900
27 27 27 5 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 82800
28 8 8 12 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 317300
29 NEW 29 1 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 18200
30 54 30 2 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 29000

http://youtube.com/v/Y2V6yjjPbX0

Fitz

31 20 14 9 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 181700
32 36 32 2 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 35200
33 16 16 10 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 175200
34 17 17 10 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 151500
35 37 35 3 RISE Katy Perry 51800
36 38 36 2 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 34600
37 18 4 12 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 450300
38 22 7 9 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 301800
39 39 39 3 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 36800
40 40 40 2 CLOSER Josef Salvat 34000

*****************************

41 33 33 3 BLUSH TP4Y 45450
42 25 25 5 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 87150
43 30 30 5 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 66600
44 45 44 3 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 31250
45 31 21 5 HIGH Jesper Jenset 86900
46 70 46 3 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 20950
47 34 1 14 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 729900
48 41 10 9 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 207300
49 49 49 3 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 26200
50 50 50 8 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 55000

51 47 1 16 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 552400
52 59 52 3 PALMS Rationale 28200
53 51 5 14 PARADISE Josef Salvat 367700
54 64 54 5 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 30900
55 55 55 3 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 29000
56 48 48 6 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 44600
57 58 57 6 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 61400
58 53 1 16 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 909650
59 42 32 6 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 67650
60 71 60 2 FINAL SONG MO 15800

61 43 43 2 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 21000
62 65 62 3 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 21400
63 63 63 5 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 24100
64 62 3 14 VIVA LOVE ABC 383450
65 81 30 8 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 96600
66 NEW 66 1 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 6800
67 75 67 3 JUMP START Turin Brakes 14800
68 79 68 3 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 14400
69 52 28 7 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 80200
70 67 1 15 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 444350

71 73 71 14 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 56200
72 46 46 3 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 30650
73 82 73 5 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 16200
74 85 74 2 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 8200
75 78 75 4 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 14800

************************

76 66 33 5 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 60250
77 89 77 2 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 6800
78 56 8 13 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 265050
79 90 79 2 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 6200
80 NEW 80 1 MOMBASA Stadium X 4000

81 69 7 14 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 250050
82 72 1 22 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 748500
83 76 60 5 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 34400
84 RE 36 5 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 47700
85 RE 77 5 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 15400
86 NEW 86 1 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 2800
87 NEW 87 1 TROUBLE Offaiah 2600
88 88 88 2 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 4800
89 NEW 89 1 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 2200
90 NEW 90 1 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 2000

DROP OUTS
57 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
61 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
77 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
80 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800
83 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
86 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000

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24th July 2016

It’s Javiera Mena after 10 weeks charting on top, I’ve been a little bit obsessed with her Otra Era this week, the subtle, insistent, tuneful Chilean vibes are juuuuust gorgeous. I still love Salt Ashes almost as much though, even though it’s at 2, and ABC go up to 3, their 3rd top 3. The exciting No Wyld shoot up to 6, and there’s a few Pet Shop Boys tracks in and back and about, following their storming Royal Opera House concert. Not bad for 30 years in the biz!

Olly Murs has a nice top 20 leap, and Dusty’s classic at long last also makes the 20 50 years on. Highest new entry is a classy French language delight from Vendredi sur Mer at 26, and French act Christine And The Queens at 60, with other returnees being Max Jury, Josef Salvat on a roll – 3 top 40’s in a row – Selena Gomez, and Beverley Knight extending her run to over 20 years with a song that I first charted over 47 years ago in its’ original version: Private Number hit my top 10 for William Bell & Judy Clay in early 1969.

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

javiera

1 20 1 10 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 447700
2 1 1 9 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 865300
3 5 3 2 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 145000
4 2 2 5 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 318200
5 3 3 10 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 407200
6 23 6 2 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 74250
7 4 2 12 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 448550
8 8 8 11 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 299000
9 6 3 5 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 237300
10 9 1 11 BURN Pet Shop Boys 995000

http://youtube.com/v/cAU7zsnH3Go

olly

11 7 1 11 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 775200
12 12 3 10 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 423200
13 13 6 15 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 473800
14 11 4 10 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 289350
15 36 15 3 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 47600
16 16 16 9 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 157500
17 17 17 9 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 133900
18 18 4 11 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 433000
19 29 19 20 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 220050
20 14 14 8 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 163800

http://youtube.com/v/M1n3TcYYJIc

vendredi

21 10 1 6 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 536750
22 15 7 8 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 284600
23 26 23 3 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 41350
24 35 24 2 PORCELAIN Skott 36500
25 25 25 4 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 73400
26 NEW 26 1 LA FEMME A LA BLEUE (CHEZ TOI) Vendredi sur Mer 18500
27 27 27 4 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 64400
28 37 28 2 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 35600
29 34 29 2 HEY Willa 35800
30 30 30 4 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 53100

31 21 21 4 HIGH Jesper Jenset 73900
32 80 32 2 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 21800
33 42 33 2 BLUSH TP4Y 31450
34 24 1 13 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 717400
35 39 35 4 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 48400
36 NEW 36 1 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 17400
37 40 37 2 RISE Katy Perry 34300
38 NEW 38 1 MAKE YOU STAY The Girl And The Dreamcatcher 17200
39 87 39 2 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 19700
40 NEW 40 1 CLOSER Josef Salvat 17000

http://youtube.com/v/SbYV5FZIDqU

dreamcatcher

41 22 10 8 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 195000
42 32 32 5 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 57550
43 NEW 43 1 PAZZO! Pet Shop Boys 13500
44 NEW 44 1 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 13250
45 75 45 2 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 18000
46 48 46 2 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 25050
47 44 1 15 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 540650
48 50 48 5 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 34000
49 90 49 2 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 14100
50 63 50 7 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 43000

51 38 5 13 PARADISE Josef Salvat 356450
52 28 28 6 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 74000
53 45 1 15 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 899450
54 NEW 54 1 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 11000
55 62 55 2 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 18200
56 RE 8 12 INNER SANCTUM/12 INCH MIXES Pet Shop Boys 260650
57 31 10 12 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 239100
58 58 58 5 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 51000
59 67 59 2 PALMS Rationale 16700
60 NEW 60 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 10000

61 51 40 8 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 65400
62 46 3 13 VIVA LOVE ABC 376350
63 70 63 4 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 16900
64 74 64 4 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 19900
65 65 65 2 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 14000
66 33 33 4 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 55450
67 61 1 14 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 438350
68 68 68 20 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 71100
69 54 7 13 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 246250
70 89 70 2 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 8200

71 NEW 71 1 FINAL SONG MO 5800
72 66 1 21 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 744900
73 73 73 13 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 50400
74 86 74 2 WILD WEST Lissie 8000
75 84 75 2 JUMP START Turin Brakes 8200

**************************

76 60 60 4 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 31000
77 71 71 7 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 22000
78 83 78 3 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 9800
79 81 79 2 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 8000
80 57 57 7 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 31800

81 RE 30 7 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 89600
82 82 82 4 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 10800
83 41 9 10 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 203050
84 53 30 7 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 90800
85 NEW 85 1 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 3000
86 RE 1 19 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 879500
87 88 87 2 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 5000
88 NEW 88 1 FANTASY (SOKKO REMIX) Alexa Lusader 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 2200
90 NEW 90 1 PRIVATE NUMBER Beverley Knight featuring Jamie Cullum 2000

DROP OUTS
19 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
43 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
47 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
49 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
52 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
55 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
59 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
64 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
69 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
72 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
76 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
85 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150

17th July 2016

It’s 3 weeks at 1 for the fab Salt Ashes, holding off Grace, Richard Ashcroft and the highest new entry from ABC, the next single from the sophisticated Lexicon Of Love II album, the lovely The Flames Of Desire makes it 2 top 5 in a row for Martin Fry for the first time in 34 years. Pet Shop Boys meantime make it 5 from Super to go top 10, as Twenty Something hits 8 ahead of my Royal Opera House concert live performance. I say “my”, I mean “their”.

In at 23, the fab dramatic No Wyld with Let Me Know, a bit early 2000’s in style, while Katy Perry has an Olympic return, and she is High straight into the 40, some 8 years or so since she kissed a girl and a couple of chart-toppers in between. Yasmin has previously topped my chart in 2011 with Finish Line, this time she’s back with Infinity Ink at 30. At 37, it’s in an advert, and it’s in the trailer for DC/warners new Suicide Squad film, which gives me an excuse to rechart my 1973 number one from The Sweet. Ballroom Blitz is glamtastic fab and I’m 15 years old all over again.

http://youtube.com/v/r8pYpii2Atg

Elsewhere, The Monkees re-do a 60’s duet with the very late Harry Nilsson, using his vocals on his song for them, giving them 3, and Harry his first “new” entry since 1977. One of his songs has topped my chart in recent years though for Order Of Era, one I entered into Buzzjack Song Contest, as I have with Firebeatz, at 26. Fall Out Boy keep ’em coming, a reinvention of Ghostbusters with Missy Elliot, now into her 3rd decade of hits in not much under 20 years. It’s from the movie of course. That Missy comment also applies to Britney Spears who’s back too, 18 years since she was in her school outfit asking to be belted.

1 1 1 8 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 750300
2 2 2 4 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 253200
3 9 3 9 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 347200
4 4 2 11 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 398550
5 NEW 5 1 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 60000
6 3 3 4 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 192300
7 5 1 10 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 738200
8 11 8 10 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 251000
9 8 1 10 BURN Pet Shop Boys 953000
10 7 1 5 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 517000

http://youtube.com/v/96Xz6G8l8Lc

ABC

11 13 4 9 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 260350
12 12 3 9 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 388200
13 6 6 14 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 441800
14 17 14 7 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 143800
15 10 7 7 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 265100
16 21 16 8 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 132500
17 22 17 8 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 110900
18 18 4 10 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 411000
19 27 19 28 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 347550
20 20 6 9 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 277700

http://youtube.com/v/2d4VvEVeau0

Rochelle

21 25 21 3 HIGH Jesper Jenset 56000
22 14 10 7 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 181000
23 NEW 23 1 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 19250
24 16 1 12 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 699800
25 26 25 3 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 54650
26 82 26 2 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 22100
27 38 27 3 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 46000
28 29 28 5 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 62500
29 34 29 19 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 199050
30 48 30 3 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 35100

http://youtube.com/v/kGIgqwv7dxQ

No Wyld

31 19 10 11 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 228700
32 35 32 4 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 43800
33 33 33 3 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 48650
34 NEW 34 1 HEY Willa 17600
35 NEW 35 1 PORCELAIN Skott 17500
36 84 36 2 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 20600
37 NEW 37 1 BALLROOM BLITZ The Sweet 17300
38 23 5 12 PARADISE Josef Salvat 344700
39 54 39 3 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 30900
40 NEW 40 1 RISE Katy Perry 17000

http://youtube.com/v/lFIIMEe2Ht0

Katy Perry

****************************

41 30 9 9 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 199650
42 NEW 42 1 BLUSH TP4Y 13750
43 15 15 21 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 240900
44 43 1 14 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 528150
45 39 1 14 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 888200
46 37 3 12 VIVA LOVE ABC 368950
47 28 28 5 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 61300
48 NEW 48 1 GOOD TIMES The Monkees featuring Harry Nilsson 12300
49 50 49 3 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 28500
50 67 50 4 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 21700

51 44 40 7 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 57900
52 32 14 8 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 132800
53 42 30 6 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 87600
54 47 7 12 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 240050
55 31 22 6 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 102650
56 24 24 13 KISS Prince 192050
57 59 57 6 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 27800
58 58 58 4 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 40800
59 36 36 4 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 44500
60 60 60 3 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 26200

http://youtube.com/v/2AQ44nPrRTM

Fall Out Boy

61 56 1 13 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 431750
62 NEW 62 1 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 7400
63 66 63 6 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 31000
64 40 40 7 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 55800
65 NEW 65 1 THE OCEAN Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin 7000
66 63 1 20 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 739300
67 NEW 67 1 PALMS Rationale 6600
68 69 68 19 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 64700
69 41 26 7 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 94300
70 87 70 3 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 9700

71 74 71 6 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 17400
72 49 8 12 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 267000
73 73 73 12 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 45000
74 75 74 3 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 12800
75 NEW 75 1 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 5000

*******************************

76 51 7 17 VENUS Frankie Avalon 376600
77 77 77 4 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 12400
78 80 78 3 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 9800
79 53 6 10 SAY YAY! Barei 279950
80 NEW 80 1 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 4000

81 NEW 81 1 INTO YOU Ariane Grande 3800
82 88 82 3 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 7200
83 90 83 2 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 5400
84 NEW 84 1 JUMP START Turin Brakes 3200
85 72 39 9 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 79150
86 NEW 86 1 WILD WEST Lissie 2800
87 NEW 87 1 REALITY IN MOTION Tame Impala 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL IN MY HEAD (FLEX) Fifth Harmony featuring Fetty Wap 2400
89 NEW 89 1 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 2200
90 NEW 90 1 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 2000

DROP OUTS
45 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
52 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
55 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
57 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
61 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
64 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
68 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000
71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
76 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
78 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
83 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
85 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
89 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800

 

10th July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes for a second week with the fab Save It, just ahead of Grace leaping to 8 and her second top 5 following You Don’t Own Me. She’s a Hell Of A Girl, but When The Night Comes it’s ELO I turn to, with their highest charting of the year, and extending Jeff Lynne’s top 10 run to just over 44 years.

As I at long last take advantage of only 3 new entries to chop my chart to 90, fingers crossed I can get it back to 75 soon! Olly Murs is back, but that’s nothing compared to The Stone Roses chart return after a gap of 20 odd years, and 27 years since debuting. Inside the 40, going up is Rick Astley grabbing his 2nd top 40 of the year, Alan Walker does the same, while Bob Marley’s Is This Love is back inside the 40 after a gap of 38 years, albeit remix stylee. Bob has now had more remixed and reissued chart entries since he died than hits when he was alive. Rihanna’s Star Trek movie theme does better than any of her latest album tracks in my chart, and returns her to the 40, just as well as it’s unheard of for any of her previous albums not to have at least ONE top 40 track.

1 1 1 7 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 580300
2 18 2 3 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 138200
3 12 3 3 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 137300
4 2 2 10 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 333550
5 4 1 9 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 688200
6 6 6 13 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 409800
7 3 1 4 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 475000
8 5 1 9 BURN Pet Shop Boys 908000
9 9 4 8 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 262200
10 7 7 6 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 238100

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

11 14 11 9 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 203000
12 8 3 8 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 353200
13 13 4 8 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 223350
14 10 10 6 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 161500
15 17 15 20 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 227400
16 15 1 11 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 680800
17 19 17 6 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 114800
18 16 4 9 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 389000
19 11 10 10 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 210800
20 20 6 8 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 257700

http://youtube.com/v/mbf6HbKZSMk

The Monkees

21 25 21 7 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 107500
22 28 22 7 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 87900
23 23 5 11 PARADISE Josef Salvat 327500
24 27 24 12 KISS Prince 181450
25 35 25 2 HIGH Jesper Jenset 36250
26 36 26 2 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 35900
27 34 27 27 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 326550
28 32 28 4 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 48800
29 37 29 4 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 44200
30 21 9 8 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 185650

http://youtube.com/v/ynFTWGub5VA

Sweet Coffee

31 22 22 5 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 91850
32 24 14 7 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 121300
33 44 33 2 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 30950
34 39 34 18 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 180850
35 66 35 3 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 26000
36 54 36 3 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 34400
37 31 3 11 VIVA LOVE ABC 356200
38 57 38 2 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 27600
39 33 1 13 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 875200
40 52 40 6 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 48700

http://youtube.com/v/BXhIT4MpRis

Rihanna

41 26 26 6 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 88100
42 30 30 5 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 76350
43 42 1 13 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 514900
44 40 40 6 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 46150
45 47 45 4 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 36500
46 29 17 7 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 110950
47 41 7 11 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 229050
48 76 48 2 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 17100
49 43 8 11 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 261400
50 78 50 2 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 16400

51 46 7 16 VENUS Frankie Avalon 371800
52 53 52 12 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 106300
53 49 6 9 SAY YAY! Barei 275750
54 86 54 2 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 13800
55 38 38 9 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 78000
56 55 1 12 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 424250
57 60 57 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 39700
58 58 58 3 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 30600
59 83 59 5 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 17400
60 69 60 2 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 16200

61 50 40 7 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 72100
62 45 45 6 HOLD UP Beyonce 51950
63 61 1 19 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 732500
64 62 17 12 ALPHABET STREET Prince 203000
65 67 65 15 VICTIMS Culture Club 86000
66 68 66 5 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 23800
67 93 67 3 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 9700
68 63 1 26 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1453650
69 72 69 18 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 58300
70 70 70 7 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 28000

71 71 71 12 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 34600
72 64 39 8 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 76150
73 73 73 11 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 39600
74 89 74 5 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 11600
75 87 75 2 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 7600

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76 51 22 9 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 144350
77 94 77 3 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 7800
78 56 12 11 UP&UP Coldplay 173400
79 65 65 5 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 25800
80 96 80 2 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 5400

81 81 81 4 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 14400
82 NEW 82 1 INVINCIBLE Firebeatz and DubVision featuring Ruby Prophet 3600
83 59 3 9 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 306450
84 NEW 84 1 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 3200
85 84 1 17 NIRVANA Squeeze 644500
86 90 86 3 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 6800
87 99 87 2 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 3700
88 98 88 2 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 3600
89 95 89 3 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 4800
90 NEW 90 1 BEAUTIFUL THING The Stone Roses 2000

http://youtube.com/v/OKxq85v39Vw

Firebeatz

DROP OUTS
48 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
74 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400
77 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
79 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750
82 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
88 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
91 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
97 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

3rd July 2016

It’s Salt Ashes on top, hopefully a future smash, such a fab dance track, and their second top 20 hit, just ahead of Dua Lipa climbing from 13 to 2. ELO get another top 20, they’ve not been on this form (or rather Jeff Lynne hasn’t been) since 1981! Neil Sedaka takes his Deadpool oldie into the 20 giving him his first oldie in my top 20 since Oh Carol in 1972, and his first since 1975. Meanwhile Grace gets a second top 20 as Hell Of A Girl rockets up 80 places.

Highest entry is Jesper Jenset just pipping Celtic Woman and their celtic goodie, as Kylie grabs another top 40 28 years on from her debut, this time with the second version of This Wheels On Fire to chart (Siouxsie & The Banshees was the last one, the classic cover from Julie Driscoll & co is yet to chart), from the Ab Fab movie.

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

1 5 1 6 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 410300
2 13 2 9 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 268550
3 1 1 3 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 425000
4 3 1 8 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 628200
5 2 1 8 BURN Pet Shop Boys 860000
6 7 6 12 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 354800
7 9 7 5 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 196100
8 8 3 7 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 318200
9 4 4 7 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 217200
10 11 10 5 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 132500

http://youtube.com/v/fEOyePhElr4

11 10 10 9 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 189800
12 37 12 2 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 52300
13 6 4 7 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 181350
14 18 14 8 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 166000
15 15 1 10 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 655800
16 16 4 8 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 367000
17 25 17 19 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 200400
18 98 18 2 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 23200
19 19 19 5 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 91800
20 20 6 7 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 237700

http://youtube.com/v/YYrdW4EFAto

21 12 9 7 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 167650
22 23 22 4 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 73950
23 22 5 10 PARADISE Josef Salvat 308250
24 14 14 6 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 103500
25 30 25 6 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 87750
26 26 26 5 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 74100
27 28 27 11 KISS Prince 162450
28 29 28 6 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 68400
29 17 17 6 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 98200
30 34 30 4 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 62600

31 24 3 10 VIVA LOVE ABC 338900
32 54 32 3 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 30500
33 27 1 12 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 858100
34 35 34 26 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 308150
35 NEW 35 1 HIGH Jesper Jenset 17500
36 NEW 36 1 TIR NA NOG Celtic Woman featuring Oonagh 17400
37 66 37 3 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 26000
38 45 38 8 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 67200
39 44 39 17 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 163250
40 62 40 5 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 32900

http://youtube.com/v/mabaKE-xNUo

41 32 7 10 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 216550
42 41 1 12 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 501400
43 31 8 10 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 249300
44 NEW 44 1 SLEDGEHAMMER Rihanna 13250
45 47 45 5 HOLD UP Beyonce 44550
46 43 7 15 VENUS Frankie Avalon 360050
47 60 47 3 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 23500
48 21 21 11 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 208550
49 33 6 8 SAY YAY! Barei 264500
50 40 40 6 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 64600

51 38 22 8 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 139550
52 57 52 5 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 31700
53 53 53 11 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 94800
54 70 54 2 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 17000
55 49 1 11 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 413650
56 42 12 10 UP&UP Coldplay 169000
57 NEW 57 1 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 10400
58 58 58 2 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 20400
59 46 3 8 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 303050
60 61 60 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 29300

61 48 1 18 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 725300
62 52 17 11 ALPHABET STREET Prince 195900
63 56 1 25 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1447050
64 39 39 7 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 70550
65 65 65 4 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 21600
66 93 66 2 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 8500
67 67 67 14 VICTIMS Culture Club 79000
68 71 68 4 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 17000
69 NEW 69 1 WIEDERSEHEN Pet Shop Boys 6200
70 74 70 6 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 22000

71 73 71 11 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 28800
72 72 72 17 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 52100
73 75 73 10 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 34200
74 51 26 7 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 92050
75 50 50 7 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 40400

*****************

76 NEW 76 1 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 4800
77 64 2 11 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 410700
78 NEW 78 1 NO SOY COMO TU CREES Ana Mena 4400
79 55 15 11 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 177550
80 68 2 15 YES McAlmont & Butler 359750

81 81 81 3 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 10600
82 77 1 11 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 414600
83 95 83 4 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 7300
84 78 1 16 NIRVANA Squeeze 641500
85 85 85 2 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 6000
86 NEW 86 1 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 2800
87 NEW 87 1 MIRACLE ALIGNER The Last Shadow Puppets 2600
88 69 1 20 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1087250
89 89 89 4 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 6400
90 90 90 2 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 4000

91 82 4 11 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 234000
92 83 6 29 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 461050
93 96 93 2 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 3100
94 94 94 2 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 3200
95 99 95 2 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 2600
96 NEW 96 1 MAKE YOUR MOVE Croatia Squad & Lika Morgan 1400
97 86 35 8 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 61300
98 NEW 98 1 LEAVE ME ALONE Santana 1200
99 NEW 99 1 KEEP ON LOVING YOU Cigarettes After Sex 1100
100 100 100 2 TVC15 David Bowie 2000

DROP OUTS
36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
59 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
63 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
76 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
79 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500
84 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
87 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
91 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
97 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400

26th June 2016

It’s fabulous Bread on top for a second week as the country tries to turn the clock back 46 years to join Bread in 1970. That can only turn out well as there is no actual thing as a time machine. Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the top 10, only the 4th time they’ve done that, By The Way, and The Zephyr Song both peaked at 4 in 2002, and, Universally Speaking in 2003 hit 8, so it’s been 13 years waiting! Dua Lipa finally breaks into the 20 cos she’s Hotter Than Hell, while Deadpool on DVD Bluray boosts Neil Sedaka and Juice Newton.

Hot off Glastonbury, 70’s legend and huge fave of mine, Jeff Lynne has the highest ELO entry at 37, When The Night Comes being the 4th off his current album to make my 40. Back in the Vinyl Age, he first charted with The Move and a Brontosaurus, in 1970. The Beach Boys 1966 classic Pet Sounds is specially editioned back into the album charts, and that allows the fab track You Still Believe In Me to chart 50 years on. The boys were number 2 in my first ever chart in 1968, behind The Beatles and ahead of Dusty Springfield. Whaddya know, they all in my chart still with uncharted 60’s classics!

Rick Astley gets his second comeback chart entry, a Squeeze oldie from 1978 joins their current former chart-topper, as Macca enters with another track off Pure McCartney with another Band On The Run track, Let Me Roll It, which leaves only 3 of the tracks off that 1974 classic album yet to chart. Another 1978 oldie is back, in remixed form, for Bob Marley – Is This Love.

http://youtube.com/v/K4R93xnKink

Bread

1 1 1 2 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 340000
2 2 1 7 BURN Pet Shop Boys 800000
3 3 1 7 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 563200
4 6 4 6 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 172100
5 5 5 5 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 240300
6 4 4 6 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 149350
7 8 7 11 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 299800
8 7 3 6 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 270200
9 10 9 4 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 146100
10 13 10 8 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 152800

http://youtube.com/v/Q0oIoR9mLwc

Chili Peppers

11 20 11 4 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 95500
12 9 9 6 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 147900
13 33 13 8 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 153550
14 17 14 5 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 84500
15 15 1 9 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 628800
16 11 4 7 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 342000
17 23 17 5 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 80000
18 18 18 7 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 137000
19 19 19 4 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 70800
20 12 6 6 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 217700

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

lemaitre

21 21 21 10 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 196250
22 16 5 9 PARADISE Josef Salvat 289000
23 29 23 3 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 54450
24 14 3 9 VIVA LOVE ABC 321000
25 31 25 18 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 177400
26 27 26 4 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 55600
27 24 1 11 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 840400
28 30 28 10 KISS Prince 144050
29 45 29 5 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 50100
30 43 30 5 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 69000

31 22 8 9 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 235800
32 32 7 9 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 202550
33 28 6 7 SAY YAY! Barei 252400
34 40 34 3 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 44600
35 37 35 25 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 290550
36 36 36 10 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 164750
37 NEW 37 1 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 17300
38 39 22 7 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 127800
39 47 39 6 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 63450
40 50 40 5 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 52600

http://youtube.com/v/aZfCNLRsNBU

ELO

*******************************

41 41 1 11 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 487650
42 26 12 9 UP&UP Coldplay 158400
43 25 7 14 VENUS Frankie Avalon 347300
44 48 44 16 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 146150
45 54 45 7 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 50000
46 38 3 7 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 292950
47 53 47 4 HOLD UP Beyonce 31550
48 55 1 17 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 717800
49 46 1 10 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 402850
50 69 50 6 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 35400

51 34 26 6 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 86850
52 49 17 10 ALPHABET STREET Prince 188500
53 56 53 10 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 83550
54 93 54 2 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 12700
55 35 15 10 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 173350
56 52 1 24 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1439850
57 71 57 4 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 20200
58 NEW 58 1 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 10200
59 44 3 9 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 375650
60 RE 60 2 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 11000

61 75 61 5 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 19300
62 72 62 4 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 15900
63 51 38 9 EMPTY Garbage 78700
64 61 2 10 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 406100
65 73 65 3 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 14600
66 91 66 2 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 8700
67 70 67 13 VICTIMS Culture Club 72400
68 67 2 14 YES McAlmont & Butler 355750
69 65 1 19 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1084850
70 NEW 70 1 ANGELS ON MY SIDE Rick Astley 6000

71 88 71 3 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 10600
72 77 72 16 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 46500
73 81 73 10 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 23000
74 84 74 5 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 16000
75 80 75 9 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 28800

*****************************

76 57 25 10 WAITING Alice Boman 114450
77 74 1 10 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 411000
78 76 1 15 NIRVANA Squeeze 638300
79 59 8 11 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 258500
80 64 34 8 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 72500

81 85 81 2 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 6800
82 79 4 10 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 232100
83 87 6 28 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 459250
84 66 66 7 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 26200
85 NEW 85 1 GOODBYE GIRL Squeeze 3000
86 63 35 7 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 60000
87 90 87 4 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 7600
88 62 37 9 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 71500
89 100 89 3 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 4200
90 NEW 90 1 LET ME ROLL IT Paul McCartney & Wings 2000

91 68 10 8 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 146500
92 82 9 14 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 224150
93 NEW 93 1 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 1700
94 NEW 94 1 I WANNA KNOW Alesso featuring Nico And Vinz 1600
95 97 95 3 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 3900
96 NEW 96 1 PERFECT STRANGERS Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper 1400
97 99 97 2 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 2400
98 NEW 98 1 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 1200
99 NEW 99 1 LET’S STICK TOGETHER Bryan Ferry 1100
100 NEW 100 1 TVC15 David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
58 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
60 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900
78 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
83 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
89 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
92 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
94 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
98 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700

19th June 2016

 

It’s a classic ballad from 1970 on top, a gorgeous song that peaked at 2 in my charts of the time, and one which topped my chart in a over by Let Loose 20 years ago. Make It With You is being heavily featured in an advert and has duly made the UK sales top 100 – not the streaming chart, the one I actually still care about where old folk like me still buy with actual money and the number ones are way better. I always loved the song so 46 years late it climbs one spot higher to give Bread, and main singer-songwriter girlie heart-throb David Gates his first chart-topper. Bread never made the uk trek to TOTP back in the day so they charted on the song, and I never got see Bread at their peak. Looking back now, he was quite the good-looker wholesome teen appeal on top of the songwriting talent and angelic voice.

Elton John gets his first top 5 with new material since he topped the chart uncredited a decade ago with Scissor Sisters I Dont Feel Like Dancing, this time assisting Bright Light Bright Light. You can see the Elton influence on both pop gems which makes me wonder why his solo albums are so dreary year after year. He’s down with current music trends – he just avoids them on his recordings. He needs a kick up the ass. Meanwhile another old 70s star who also needs a kickstart is back up – I’m supporting Bob Geldofs showdown of the loathesome racist Nigel Farage, drowning him out with the original version of The In Crowd on the River Thames, and as done definitively here from 1974 and Bryan Ferrys version.

1 NEW 1 1 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 170000
2 2 1 6 BURN Pet Shop Boys 685000
3 1 1 6 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 478200
4 46 4 5 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 94350
5 5 5 4 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 180300
6 15 6 5 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 107100
7 3 3 5 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 222200
8 9 8 10 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 249800
9 13 9 5 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 112900
10 10 10 3 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 101100

11 4 4 6 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 317000
12 6 6 5 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 197700
13 18 13 7 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 110800
14 8 3 8 VIVA LOVE ABC 302000
15 11 1 8 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 601800
16 31 5 8 PARADISE Josef Salvat 269500
17 32 17 4 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 55500
18 19 18 6 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 115000
19 27 19 3 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 49800
20 20 20 3 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 58500

21 21 21 9 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 176500
22 12 8 8 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 217900
23 25 23 4 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 57000
24 14 1 10 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 822000
25 7 7 13 VENUS Frankie Avalon 333800
26 16 12 8 UP&UP Coldplay 144650
27 38 27 3 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 37100
28 22 6 6 SAY YAY! Barei 234700
29 39 29 2 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 35200
30 34 30 9 KISS Prince 125750

31 33 31 17 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 158650
32 24 7 8 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 185050
33 44 24 7 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 121550
34 26 26 5 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 75100
35 23 15 9 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 162550
36 36 36 9 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 147350
37 40 37 24 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 273050
38 30 3 6 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 280200
39 28 22 6 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 110600
40 60 40 2 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 27000

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41 41 1 10 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 473650
42 29 29 9 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 155350
43 43 43 4 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 51000
44 37 3 8 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 365550
45 59 45 4 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 31900
46 42 1 9 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 390750
47 56 47 5 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 46350
48 49 48 15 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 132900
49 17 17 9 ALPHABET STREET Prince 177000
50 50 50 4 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 35600

51 51 38 8 EMPTY Garbage 715000
52 52 1 23 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1429250
53 67 53 3 HOLD UP Beyonce 19050
54 65 54 6 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 37000
55 55 1 16 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 705500
56 58 56 9 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 72300
57 45 25 9 WAITING Alice Boman 109650
58 54 54 21 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 156200
59 77 8 10 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 254300
60 62 60 9 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 68900

61 53 2 9 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 399000
62 48 37 8 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 69100
63 35 35 6 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 57200
64 64 34 7 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 68500
65 57 1 18 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1078650
66 72 66 6 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 23000
67 66 2 13 YES McAlmont & Butler 329350
68 61 10 7 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 144600
69 69 69 5 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 23400
70 70 70 12 VICTIMS Culture Club 65800

71 85 71 3 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 9800
72 91 72 3 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 8500
73 89 73 2 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 7600
74 68 1 9 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 406400
75 81 75 4 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 11800

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76 71 1 14 NIRVANA Squeeze 633900
77 80 77 15 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 40900
78 47 47 6 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 46550
79 78 4 9 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 228500
80 83 80 8 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 23800

81 87 81 9 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 17600
82 82 9 13 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 222350
83 63 43 5 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 42900
84 84 84 4 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 10800
85 NEW 85 1 YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE Daryl Hall & John Oates 3000
86 86 86 4 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 8300
87 79 6 27 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 455850
88 88 88 2 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 4800
89 74 74 5 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 18200
90 93 90 3 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 4800

91 NEW 91 1 PARACHUTE The Kaiser Chiefs 1900
92 98 92 2 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 3000
93 NEW 93 1 THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Kylie Minogue 1700
94 92 1 42 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2926900
95 95 95 2 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 3000
96 96 12 14 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 182800
97 99 97 2 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 2400
98 90 1 18 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 876700
99 NEW 99 1 SEPTEMBER Earth, Wind & Fire 1100
100 100 100 2 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 2000

DROP OUTS
73 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
75 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400
76 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
94 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
97 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300

P1070833
12th June 2016

It’s 67-year-old Jean-Michel Jarre electronica legend and 80’s quirky popstress 62-year-old Cyndi Lauper on top with the cool, and soon to be a single, Swipe To The Right, something we all do daily these days. It’s a banging dance choon and the first chart-topper for both acts, Cyndi’s been waiting patiently over 32 years, and Jean-Michel hanging in there 39 years since his classic Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2 when I just started Uni. Meanwhile 50’s popstar Frankie Avalon finally gets his 1959 Venus into my top 10, so that’s the oldest duo to top my chart, the oldest track to hit my top 10 (57 years old), and with The Monkees at 10, the oldest band to hit my top 10 with new material (Micky is 71, Peter 74 and Mike 73), and the last time Mike was in my top 10 solo was the year Jean-Michel Jarre debuted – 1977. Had I been charting in 1967 they would also have the longest span of top 10 hits, 50 years give or take. They also enter the top 40 with their official single,

Talking of 60’s veterans, and bangin’ EDM pensioners, back in at 13 is 73-year-old Paul McCartney’s 1974 album track, Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five as re-imagined by Timo Maas and James Teej, that’s the 5th track off Band On The Run to make my top 20. Paul slips out obscure dance tracks under his pseudonym The Fireman, with producer-partner Youth, of 80’s fab dance-synthpop act Brilliant who never made it, but charted with me several times. Not a lot of people know that. 90’s veteran Richard Ashcroft returns to the top 20 with the fab Hold On, up there with his best material solo and with The Verve. Other 90’s veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers do the same with one of their best tracks, Dark Necessities is a grower.

Top 40 entries for Primal Scream, yet another 90’s veteran act (with Jean-Michel), Protoje gets a 2nd top 40, and OneRepublic extend their run back 8 years or so. Just behind them is someone who’s been absent for 7 years as an act – RedOne debuted with Lady Gaga with chart-topper Just Dance, and now is back with yet more 90’s veterans Enrique Iglesias and Shaggy. They have all topped my chart. Greedy Enrique also enters with his Latin monster Duele El Corazon, featuring Wisin.

http://youtube.com/v/MJmS5cCwUQk

Jean Michel & Cyndi

1 2 1 5 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 393200
2 1 1 5 BURN Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 6 3 4 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 172200
4 5 4 5 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 280000
5 10 5 3 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 120300
6 9 6 4 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 162700
7 13 7 12 VENUS Frankie Avalon 315000
8 3 3 7 VIVA LOVE ABC 273000
9 14 9 9 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 201800
10 39 10 2 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 59100

http://youtube.com/v/XoUiJR2vBrA

Macca

11 4 1 7 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 574800
12 8 8 7 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 198400
13 RE 13 4 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 67900
14 11 1 9 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 803000
15 28 15 4 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 52100
16 12 12 7 UP&UP Coldplay 126050
17 17 17 8 ALPHABET STREET Prince 164800
18 27 18 6 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 78800
19 19 19 5 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 93000
20 26 20 2 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 38500

http://youtube.com/v/YMjgA_EslBY

Richard Ashcroft

21 21 21 8 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 156750
22 7 6 5 SAY YAY! Barei 216500
23 15 15 8 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 144650
24 23 7 7 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 167250
25 35 25 3 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 37750
26 30 26 4 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 57500
27 57 27 2 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 28800
28 22 22 5 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 93500
29 29 29 8 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 141600
30 16 3 5 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 263000

31 18 5 7 PARADISE Josef Salvat 244500
32 49 32 3 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 32500
33 47 33 16 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 140750
34 40 34 8 KISS Prince 107750
35 48 35 5 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 49900
36 36 36 8 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 129950
37 20 3 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 352300
38 95 38 2 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 18700
39 NEW 39 1 DON’T YOU NEED SOMEBODY RedOne featuring Enrique Igelsias, R.City, Serayah & Shaggy 17100
40 45 40 23 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 255750

http://youtube.com/v/6fBZBntjEOA
RedOne

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41 31 1 9 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 459650
42 32 1 8 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 377950
43 50 43 3 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 37500
44 24 24 6 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 103850
45 25 25 8 WAITING Alice Boman 99250
46 52 46 4 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 29350
47 53 47 5 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 42150
48 37 37 7 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 61700
49 51 49 14 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 120500
50 58 50 3 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 23600

51 38 38 7 EMPTY Garbage 59750
52 46 1 22 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1417750
53 41 2 8 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 391500
54 56 54 20 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 145900
55 55 1 15 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 694700
56 59 56 4 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 33750
57 44 1 17 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1071650
58 60 58 8 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 61700
59 68 59 3 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 18900
60 NEW 60 1 DUELE EL CORAZON Enrique Iglesias featuring Wisin 10000

61 33 10 6 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 138200
62 62 62 8 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 58900
63 43 43 4 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 39500
64 34 34 6 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 61400
65 70 65 5 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 26000
66 64 2 12 YES McAlmont & Butler 322750
67 98 67 2 HOLD UP Beyonce 7800
68 66 1 8 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 401200
69 72 69 4 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 17200
70 73 70 11 VICTIMS Culture Club 59800

71 69 1 13 NIRVANA Squeeze 629100
72 80 72 5 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 16200
73 63 12 8 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 145700
74 75 74 4 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 16000
75 77 74 5 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 23400

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76 78 76 8 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 32600
77 67 8 9 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 244200
78 71 4 8 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 224300
79 79 6 26 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 453250
80 81 80 14 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 36300

81 92 81 3 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 6800
82 74 9 12 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 218750
83 85 83 7 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 19800
84 88 84 3 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 7600
85 97 85 2 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 4300
86 96 86 3 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 5500
87 89 87 8 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 13800
88 NEW 88 1 CAPSIZE Frenship featuring Emily Warren 2400
89 NEW 89 1 IN COMMON Alicia Keys 2200
90 83 1 17 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 875500

91 100 91 2 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 2900
92 87 1 41 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2925300
93 99 93 2 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 2800
94 90 3 22 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 635650
95 NEW 95 1 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 1500
96 93 12 13 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 181400
97 NEW 97 1 A/B MACHINES Sleigh Bells 1300
98 NEW 98 1 LOVE IS A LONELY DANCER Antony & Cleopatra 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Dierks Bentley 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOVE, HOPE AND MISERY Jake Bugg 1000

DROP OUTS
42 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
54 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
61 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
65 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
76 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
82 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
84 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
86 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
91 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
94 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600

5th June 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys Burn-ing on top for a second week, and holding off the joint challenge of Jean-Michel Jarre (who they join with at 22 themselves) and Cyndi Lauper. That’s Jean-Michel’s 2nd number 2 39 years since the first, and Cyndi’s first in 32 years of trying. Sigma grab another top 10 with Cry, which also gives Take That another year of top 10’s 23 years since the first, Pray.

Highest new entry at 26 is from an advert, Lemaitre turning up a year late in my chart, though not as late as another advert song, at 99, for The Vogues – Five O’Clock World was an American 60’s hit that flopped in the UK, but one which I regularly used to hear on Florida’s then-60s-oldies radio station on my regular Florida holidays in the 90’s. The advert reminded me I never did manage to find a compilation CD in the States with it on, so it’s in my download basket right now.

Talking of the 60’s, I can’t understate my surprise to see a new album turn up from The Monkees. It’s literally been 30 years since their last one, and that was basically just Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork. The new one has the late Davy Jones on an unreleased 60’s track, but otherwise features Micky, Peter and Mike “Michael” Nesmith – and a host of guest stars writing them songs. Best of the tracks are the ex-XTC Andy Partridge song You Bring The Summer, in at 57, and a Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher joint 60’s psychedelic-sounding song, in at 39 for the fab gear Birth Of An Accidental Hipster. Now, 49 years ago I was a pre-teen, and I was mad on The Monkees records and the TV sitcom-with-music quirky antics. The Beatles were fans, the press loathed them (being dicks) and a generation of musicians were influenced by them anyway, despite the snotty music critics. Cos they were genuinely good! So, 30 years since the first and last time they had a new track in my chart, they are back. The Monkees have topped my chart loads of times with oldies, though, starting in 1974, as their singles chart career just pre-dated my chart starting up in 1968. Phew!

1 1 1 4 BURN Pet Shop Boys 455000
2 8 2 4 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 223200
3 4 3 6 VIVA LOVE ABC 225000
4 2 1 5 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 537800
5 5 5 4 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 215000
6 18 6 3 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 87200
7 6 6 4 SAY YAY! Barei 197000
8 12 8 6 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 163400
9 9 9 3 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 107700
10 28 10 2 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 60300

http://youtube.com/v/vPo1ehHrrQE

salt ashes

11 10 1 8 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 774000
12 14 12 6 UP&UP Coldplay 101050
13 13 13 11 VENUS Frankie Avalon 265000
14 16 14 8 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 156800
15 15 15 7 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 125400
16 7 3 4 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 245000
17 17 17 7 ALPHABET STREET Prince 141800
18 11 5 6 PARADISE Josef Salvat 226600
19 19 19 4 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 72000
20 3 3 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 335000

http://youtube.com/v/JnRPl4uQIUQ

prince

21 21 21 7 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 137000
22 22 22 4 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 75200
23 20 7 6 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 148250
24 26 24 5 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 90600
25 29 25 7 WAITING Alice Boman 86250
26 NEW 26 1 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 18500
27 30 27 5 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 56800
28 71 28 3 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 25100
29 31 29 7 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 123400
30 32 30 3 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 39000

http://youtube.com/v/eS_korRhTDk

Lemaitre

31 25 1 8 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 445650
32 27 1 7 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 364200
33 24 10 5 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 130700
34 35 34 5 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 54300
35 95 35 2 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 19000
36 38 36 7 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 112550
37 49 37 6 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 49400
38 55 38 6 EMPTY Garbage 48000
39 NEW 39 1 BIRTH OF AN ACCIDENTAL HIPSTER The Monkees 17100
40 42 40 7 KISS Prince 90150

http://youtube.com/v/oX_8YLY9OFk

The Monkees
**********************41 23 2 7 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 380250
42 33 33 4 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 33650
43 45 43 3 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 32300
44 39 1 16 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1061250
45 46 45 22 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 238750
46 40 1 21 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1406250
47 48 47 15 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 123050
48 54 48 4 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 32400
49 87 49 2 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 14700
50 50 50 2 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 2400051 51 51 13 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 108400
52 80 52 3 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 16600
53 58 53 4 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 29650
54 37 37 6 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 69350
55 47 1 14 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 683900
56 56 56 19 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 134900
57 NEW 57 1 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 10400
58 96 58 2 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 11600
59 53 53 3 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 23150
60 61 60 7 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 5150061 36 36 4 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 59100
62 62 62 7 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 51500
63 41 12 7 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 140300
64 52 2 11 YES McAlmont & Butler 315950
65 34 8 22 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 460600
66 43 1 7 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 394800
67 44 8 8 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 239600
68 88 68 2 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 8800
69 59 1 12 NIRVANA Squeeze 623300
70 76 70 4 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 1900071 63 4 7 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 219900
72 79 72 3 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 11000
73 73 73 10 VICTIMS Culture Club 53800
74 57 9 11 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 215150
75 81 75 3 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 10800*************************76 68 68 11 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 65600
77 74 74 4 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 18400
78 78 78 7 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 27800
79 75 6 25 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 449050
80 85 80 4 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1060081 82 81 13 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 32300
82 60 19 8 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 106200
83 64 1 16 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 873500
84 77 5 11 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 346950
85 86 85 6 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 16400
86 70 51 8 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 54150
87 83 1 40 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2923500
88 90 88 2 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 4400
89 91 89 7 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 11200
90 84 3 21 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 63405091 66 10 8 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 195800
92 98 92 2 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 3000
93 93 12 12 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 180000
94 65 57 6 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 27600
95 NEW 95 1 LOVE GONE COLD Protoje featuring Sevana 1500
96 97 96 2 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 2700
97 NEW 97 1 SING ME TO SLEEP Alan Walker 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HOLD UP Beyonce 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DON’T LET ME DOWN The Chainsmokers featuring Daya 100067 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
69 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
89 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
92 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
94 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
99 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

29th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with their 3rd chart-topper of 2016. It’s a great dance anthem, and I’m nothing if not loyal. Shame the actual single is up to only 19, with the Jean-Michel Jarre combo up to 22 for the lads. Jean-M J is up to 8 and 54 with 80’s veteran Cyndi and 90’s veterans Primal Scream. ABC get their first (or rather Martin Fry does, as it is only he these days) top 5 since 1987, tha fab Viva Love while their Gary Barlow combo is into the top 30. Gary’s new combo with Sigma leaps into the 20 with his Take That mates, giving the lads 24 years of top 20’s.

Big climbs for Javiera Mena, Coldplay, Laura Tesoro, Kungs vs Cookin (hooray an actual UK hit for a great single in a rubbish chart dominated by the album tracks and singles of tedious superstars to the exclusion of everyone else. Hi to the awful Drake who deserves all of the criticism he gets from fellow rappers, dull Rihanna, the long-overstayed-his-welcome Justin Bieber and a host of other singles which stopped selling ages ago but hang around due to obsessive fans still streaming them. Stop it! It’s not clever, and you should be embarrassed, play something else and give us all a break! PLEASE!).

Highest new entry the excellent Salt Ashes at 28, while OneRepublic return after a break.

1 2 1 3 BURN Pet Shop Boys 285000
2 1 1 4 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 472800
3 5 3 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 315000
4 12 4 5 VIVA LOVE ABC 140000
5 7 5 3 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 155000
6 6 6 3 SAY YAY! Barei 147000
7 3 3 3 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 220000
8 10 8 3 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 108200
9 33 9 2 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 62700
10 4 1 7 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 737000

http://youtube.com/v/cNQH3QeZoL8

frankie avalon

11 8 5 5 PARADISE Josef Salvat 204600
12 16 12 5 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 115400
13 14 13 10 VENUS Frankie Avalon 233000
14 32 14 5 UP&UP Coldplay 66050
15 17 15 6 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 98400
16 31 16 7 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 127800
17 19 17 6 ALPHABET STREET Prince 118800
18 58 18 2 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 32200
19 30 19 3 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 51000
20 9 7 5 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 129000

http://youtube.com/v/BPNTC7uZYrI

coldplay

21 21 21 6 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 117250
22 24 22 3 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 55700
23 15 2 6 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 366250
24 13 10 4 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 113000
25 18 1 7 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 427750
26 27 26 4 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 71600
27 20 1 6 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 346400
28 NEW 28 1 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 18300
29 35 29 6 WAITING Alice Boman 67500
30 40 30 4 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 38400

http://youtube.com/v/2Y6Nne8RvaA

Kungs

31 34 31 6 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 105200
32 84 32 2 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 21000
33 69 33 3 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 19900
34 11 8 21 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 453600
35 63 35 4 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 36700
36 39 36 3 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 51600
37 44 37 5 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 58350
38 38 38 6 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 95150
39 36 1 15 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1048000
40 37 1 20 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1393500

http://youtube.com/v/0KCVmOQ1q6Y

Pet Shop Boys

**************************

41 26 12 6 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 133100
42 48 42 6 KISS Prince 73150
43 22 1 6 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 388000
44 25 8 7 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 233000
45 71 45 2 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 18800
46 46 46 21 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 225750
47 42 1 13 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 673100
48 49 48 14 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 110550
49 55 49 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 32100
50 NEW 50 1 MY MOON Sweet Coffee 12000

51 52 51 12 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 96650
52 45 2 10 YES McAlmont & Butler 308850
53 92 53 2 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 13050
54 64 54 3 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 20100
55 60 55 5 EMPTY Garbage 30800
56 56 56 18 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 124300
57 23 9 10 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 209950
58 66 58 3 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 18400
59 47 1 11 NIRVANA Squeeze 617100
60 29 19 7 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 102600

61 61 61 6 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 41500
62 62 62 6 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 44100
63 43 4 6 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 214100
64 50 1 15 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 870100
65 57 57 5 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 26000
66 28 10 7 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 193900
67 67 67 4 FLY Andy Bell 22400
68 68 68 10 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 60800
69 41 16 5 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 83950
70 51 51 7 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 51350

71 100 71 2 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 6800
72 72 72 5 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 16600
73 73 73 9 VICTIMS Culture Club 48400
74 77 74 3 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 13800
75 75 6 24 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 444850

**************************

76 76 76 3 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 13000
77 53 5 10 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 343750
78 78 78 6 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 23400
79 98 79 2 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 5400
80 99 80 2 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 5100

81 90 81 2 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 5800
82 83 82 12 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 28700
83 80 1 39 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2920900
84 74 3 20 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 632050
85 88 85 3 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 6600
86 86 86 5 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 13400
87 NEW 87 1 WHEREVER I GO OneRepublic 2600
88 NEW 88 1 ALL NIGHT LONG Rochelle 2400
89 94 89 2 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 3800
90 NEW 90 1 SURVIVING Sondra featuring Joe Cleere 2000

91 91 91 6 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 9000
92 93 92 3 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 4500
93 59 12 11 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 178300
94 70 4 15 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 399250
95 NEW 95 1 THE TOUCH KOLAJ 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TU BA MANI Meghan Kabir 1400
97 NEW 97 1 SHOSHALOZA The Flavor 1300
98 RE 98 1 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 1200
99 79 30 8 WILD HORSES Birdy 89900
100 NEW 100 1 NO DEGREE OF SEPARATION Francesca Michielin 1000

DROP OUTS
54 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
65 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
81 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
85 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
87 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
89 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
95 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600

 

 

22nd May 2016

It’s Justin for a second week on top, holding off the highest new entry, the best album track not charted from the Pet Shop Boys Super, Burn, an EDM disco gem, and a much better choice of single (as would number 4) than the official single up to 30. Even Jean-Michel Jarre’s collaboration is at 24, outperforming it. Talking of J-MJ, his Cyndi Lauper track hits the top 10, his first (I think) in 39 years, and Cyndi’s first over 20 years. The top 10 is eurovision dominated, Dami Im at 3, Barei up to 6, and Poli Genova up to 7 swapping with Amir at 9.

In at 33 it’s the cool Otra Era from Javiera Mena, a lovely EDM gem from the Chilean female EDM artist. Keeping the music international Yothu Yindi has a dance mix of his aboriginal-based Treaty up into the 75. Red Hot Chili Peppers go top 40 for the first time in years, extending their run to over 20 years, while there’s a sudden release surprising me, Sigma and Take That, who knew! It’s good though. ABC get a second chart entry, this one from Take That’s Gary Barlow’s project to the Eddie The Eagle Movie, Fly. Living Inside My Heart joins Viva Love at 12, to give ABC a Lexicon Of Love-stylee revival just as I paid a fortune for good seats for their Orchestral tour of the original album and it’s forthcoming sequel. Also from that album, Howard Jones returns for the first time in over 20 years too at 90, Eagle Will Fly Again, while Ricard Ashcroft is back 19 years since his debut number one, first of 3 (2 with The Verve, one solo). Finally, The Tubes get an uncharted oldie some 36 years since their last new one and 39 years since their first chart hit.

http://youtube.com/v/b1nUIN_Vp3c

PSB’s

1 1 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 NEW 2 1 BURN Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 3 3 2 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 170000
4 2 1 6 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 695000
5 5 5 4 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 230000
6 11 6 2 SAY YAY! Barei 92000
7 9 7 2 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 95000
8 6 5 4 PARADISE Josef Salvat 167600
9 7 7 4 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 109000
10 29 10 2 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 60200

http://youtube.com/v/jBmkNzFZUW4

Barei

11 8 8 20 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 436000
12 20 12 4 VIVA LOVE ABC 75000
13 10 10 3 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 94000
14 14 14 9 VENUS Frankie Avalon 201000
15 4 2 5 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 347000
16 24 16 4 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 80400
17 28 17 5 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 71400
18 15 1 6 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 409000
19 23 19 5 ALPHABET STREET Prince 95800
20 17 1 5 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 328000

http://youtube.com/v/o1KWG3yRd2k

Audien

21 21 21 5 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 97500
22 12 1 5 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 374500
23 18 9 9 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 199550
24 38 24 2 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 36200
25 16 8 6 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 219750
26 22 12 5 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 119000
27 34 27 3 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 53100
28 13 10 6 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 187100
29 19 19 6 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 92600
30 50 30 2 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 30000

31 36 23 6 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 102800
32 51 32 4 UP&UP Coldplay 37050
33 NEW 33 1 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 17700
34 35 34 5 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 87300
35 37 35 5 WAITING Alice Boman 49300
36 26 1 14 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1030900
37 33 1 19 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1376500
38 40 38 5 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 77950
39 39 39 2 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 34200
40 88 40 3 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 20400

http://youtube.com/v/NUCZG09ehLM

Javiera

*****************

41 25 16 4 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 77750
42 42 1 12 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 660600
43 27 4 5 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 206900
44 48 44 4 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 41050
45 44 2 9 YES McAlmont & Butler 297350
46 47 46 20 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 213000
47 41 1 10 NIRVANA Squeeze 607000
48 49 48 5 KISS Prince 59400
49 52 49 13 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 98250
50 32 1 14 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 863000

51 54 51 6 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 45350
52 55 52 11 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 84900
53 31 5 9 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 339150
54 30 30 5 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 61850
55 75 55 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 20000
56 56 56 17 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 113700
57 78 57 4 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 19000
58 NEW 58 1 CRY Sigma featuring Take That 10200
59 53 12 10 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 176600
60 74 60 4 EMPTY Garbage 20000

61 64 61 5 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 34000
62 62 62 5 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 36700
63 66 63 3 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 19200
64 90 64 2 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 9100
65 45 3 6 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 205400
66 96 66 2 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 8200
67 72 67 3 FLY Andy Bell 15800
68 68 68 9 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 54400
69 70 69 2 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 12200
70 60 4 14 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 397650

71 NEW 71 1 ANGEL (CLUB MIX) Polyna 5800
72 89 72 4 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 11000
73 73 73 8 VICTIMS Culture Club 43000
74 69 3 19 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 628850
75 81 6 23 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 439850

*************************

76 83 76 2 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 8200
77 80 77 2 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 8600
78 79 78 5 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 19000
79 43 30 7 WILD HORSES Birdy 88800
80 67 1 38 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2917500

81 61 7 13 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 275100
82 46 18 5 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 79350
83 84 83 11 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 25100
84 NEW 84 1 LIVING INSIDE MY HEART ABC 3200
85 57 36 6 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 56500
86 87 86 4 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 10600
87 92 87 3 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 5900
88 98 88 2 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 3600
89 59 44 6 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 47150
90 NEW 90 1 EAGLE WILL FLY AGAIN Howard Jones 2000

91 95 91 5 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 7100
92 NEW 92 1 MIRACLE Julian Perretta 1800
93 100 93 2 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 2700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T TOUCH ME THERE The Tubes 1600
95 99 95 2 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 2600
96 93 93 3 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 4800
97 97 97 2 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 2600
98 NEW 98 1 SOUND OF YOUR HEART Shawn Hook 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Lights Bright Lights featuring Elton John 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 1000

DROP OUTS
58 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
63 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
65 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
71 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
76 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
82 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
85 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
91 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
94 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900

15th May 2016

It’s Justin Timberlake at 1, fresh off Eurovision and sealing the Eurovision invasion of my chart following a great contest, highly entertaining, if it was marred by a rubbish new voting system which robbed the real winners (Australia or Russia, depending on whether you choose the previous system or the public vote). Justin has already had 3 solo toppers, 1 with Madonna, and one with ‘NSync, for a total of 6 in 16 years. Australian Dami Im is in at 3 with the highest new entry Sound Of Silence, an awesome vocal performance at Eurovision, with France’s Amir leaping to 7, Bulgaria’s Poli Genova at 9 and Spain’s Barei at 11. Kygo gets another top 10, as do the Beatles, 49 years late (it was never a single, and I’ve never charted the classic Sgt Pepper track before) and 48 years since they topped my first chart. The act that just keeps on giving half a century on!

ABC go top 20, a run of 35 years, and it’s both a Jean-Michel Jarre and Pet Shop Boys mini-invasion, the PSB’s with their new single at 50, and also with JMJ at 38, one of the best tracks off Jean-Michel’s new album. It’s 39 years since Oxygene Part IV peaked at 2, and he has 3 new entries this week, with Cyndi lauper’s thumping EDM track at 29, and a quirky semi-novelty with Primal Scream lower down. Calvin Harris and Rihanna return with a single that’s an improvement on Rihanna’s recent stuff, at 39.

http://youtube.com/v/2EG_Jtw4OyU

1 32 1 2 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 187800
2 1 1 5 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 630000
3 NEW 3 1 SOUND OF SILENCE Dami Im 85000
4 2 2 4 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 320000
5 6 5 3 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 170000
6 5 5 3 PARADISE Josef Salvat 119600
7 58 7 3 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 64000
8 11 8 19 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 399000
9 NEW 9 1 IF LOVE WAS A CRIME Poli Genova 45000
10 20 10 2 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 62000

http://youtube.com/v/boYQovCybYQ

11 NEW 11 1 SAY YAY! Barei 37000
12 3 1 4 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 355000
13 10 10 5 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 168800
14 14 14 8 VENUS Frankie Avalon 172000
15 9 1 5 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 387000
16 8 8 5 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 201000
17 7 1 4 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 308000
18 15 9 8 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 180300
19 19 19 5 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 74400
20 28 20 3 VIVA LOVE ABC 40000

http://youtube.com/v/yKsNfccUTuk

21 21 21 4 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 77750
22 12 12 4 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 100500
23 23 23 4 ALPHABET STREET Prince 74800
24 29 24 3 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 55400
25 16 16 3 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 63750
26 13 1 13 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 1013500
27 4 4 4 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 193400
28 31 28 4 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 48400
29 NEW 29 1 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 18200
30 37 30 4 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 50850

http://youtube.com/v/m_JNV8_h_vg

31 17 5 8 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 327900
32 22 1 13 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 851000
33 24 1 18 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1359200
34 39 34 2 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 34700
35 35 35 4 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 69700
36 25 23 5 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 84900
37 67 37 4 WAITING Alice Boman 31800
38 NEW 38 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 NEW 39 1 THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna 17100
40 40 40 4 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 60750

***********************

41 26 1 9 NIRVANA Squeeze 594500
42 34 1 11 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 646850
43 30 30 6 WILD HORSES Birdy 84600
44 41 2 8 YES McAlmont & Butler 284350
45 27 3 5 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 198400
46 18 18 4 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 75750
47 47 47 19 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 200250
48 48 48 3 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 27800
49 49 49 4 KISS Prince 47100
50 NEW 50 1 TWENTY-SOMETHING Pet Shop Boys 12000

51 70 51 3 UP&UP Coldplay 19250
52 52 52 12 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 86150
53 42 12 9 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 165500
54 64 54 5 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 33600
55 60 55 10 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 73400
56 56 56 16 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 103100
57 36 36 5 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 53500
58 33 33 12 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 182300
59 44 44 5 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 44950
60 43 4 13 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 391650

61 54 7 12 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 271300
62 62 62 4 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 29300
63 38 38 5 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 49400
64 65 64 4 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 26500
65 46 8 10 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 215150
66 74 66 2 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 12000
67 61 1 37 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2913500
68 69 68 8 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 48000
69 55 3 18 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 623650
70 NEW 70 1 WHAT’S THE PRESSURE Laura Tesoro 6000

71 45 39 3 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 35900
72 82 72 2 FLY Andy Bell 9200
73 73 73 7 VICTIMS Culture Club 37600
74 88 74 3 EMPTY Garbage 10000
75 86 75 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 9200

*****************************

76 50 50 6 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 39500
77 79 77 12 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 32000
78 89 78 3 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 8600
79 80 79 4 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 14600
80 NEW 80 1 YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE Sergey Lazarev 4000

81 81 6 22 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 434850
82 59 59 8 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 43700
83 NEW 83 1 WALK ON WATER Ira Lasco 3400
84 85 84 10 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 21700
85 66 8 10 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 237750
86 94 86 2 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 4400
87 87 87 3 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 7800
88 100 88 2 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 3400
89 90 89 3 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 5400
90 NEW 90 1 AS ONE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Primal Scream 2000

91 71 27 7 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 68500
92 95 92 2 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 3300
93 93 93 2 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 3400
94 97 94 3 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 3900
95 96 95 4 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 5200
96 NEW 96 1 TREATY (DANCE MIX) Yothu Yindi 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LAST OF OUR KIND Rykka 1300
98 NEW 98 1 HAIR Little Mix featuring Sean Paul 1200
99 NEW 99 1 SLOW DOWN Douwe Bob 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MIDNIGHT GOLD Nika Kocharov and Young Georgian Lolitas 1000

DROP OUTS
51 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
53 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
57 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
63 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
68 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
72 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
75 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950
76 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
83 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
98 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100

8th May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys with a spot of revenge on top – back in 1988 Left To My Own Devices knocked off I Wish U Heaven from the top spot (back up to 4 28 years later), and in 1989 Sheena Easton (and Prince’s) 101 knocked off the Pet Shop Boys It’s Alright from the top spot. Now 101 gets knocked off by the Pet Shop Boys Say It To Me, and the Pet Shop Boys hold off Sign O’ The Times at 2 – the second time it has hit 2.

Biggest climber is up 72 places to give Josef Salvat a second top 40 and first top 5, with the fab Paradise. In at 20 Kygo is back for a 6th time, this time with Kodaline Raging in. Joining the 80’s acts, ABC leap from 93 to 28 with Viva Love, as Andy Bell of Erasure becomes the latest “Fly” album veteran to grab a return, at 82. 90’s veterans also join the club, Justin Timberlake at 32 with CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! No need to shout Justin, I noticed it..! 19 years of entries for JT, Red Hot Chili Peppers are also back and dark and now well over 26 years into a chart run, albeit only at 100 so far.

Beyonce is also into her 18th year, and grabs another entry to join her other Lemonade track, Daddy Lessons is the new one. Beyonce samples Andy Williams’ Can’t Get Used To Losing You on her biggest UK singles hit from the album Hold Up, but Andy outdoes her (quite rightly) with his version of the classic song The Impossible Dream – currently featuring in an advert – from the musical Man Of La Mancha. Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine last charted with it over 20 years ago. Another advert song (and movie, thanks to Ryan Reynolds) from obscure early 70’s act Penny And The Quarters hits the top 50, it’s quite lovely, sounds older, and was never released until the 21st century, making unlikely success for the surviving then-teenage non-pop-star band members.

Vaults is also back (with Gorgon City) following her chart-topper, and Billy Ocean returns after a break of over 20 years (barring oldies) with a cover of a Moody Blues 60’s classic album track which was a UK hit for the The Four Tops in a brilliant 1971 version. (A) Simple Game topped my chart that year, Billy’s version isn’t up to that, but good to have him back 42 years since his chart debut – he made my top 10 twice in 1974 with On The Run, under the band-name Scorched Earth, a fantastic track that remains obscure but is as good as anything he has recorded, a terrific vocal performance and a dramatic rock melodrama.

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

1 2 1 4 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 515000
2 3 2 3 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 255000
3 1 1 3 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 320000
4 7 4 3 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 175000
5 77 5 2 PARADISE Josef Salvat 64600
6 6 6 2 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 110000
7 4 1 3 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 285000
8 8 8 4 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 176000
9 5 1 4 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 360000
10 10 10 4 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 136800

11 16 11 18 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 351000
12 17 12 3 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 81000
13 11 1 12 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 995000
14 18 14 7 VENUS Frankie Avalon 143000
15 9 9 7 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 158300
16 20 16 2 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 45000
17 12 5 7 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 310000
18 19 18 3 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 63000
19 24 19 4 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 53400
20 NEW 20 1 RAGING Kygo featuring Kodaline 20000

http://youtube.com/v/ZhzN7-Q00KU

21 21 21 3 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 58000
22 14 1 12 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 833200
23 28 23 3 ALPHABET STREET Prince 55550
24 22 1 17 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1341500
25 23 23 4 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 67500
26 15 1 8 NIRVANA Squeeze 580500
27 13 3 4 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 185400
28 93 28 2 VIVA LOVE ABC 20000
29 29 29 2 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 36400
30 30 30 5 WILD HORSES Birdy 71100

http://youtube.com/v/xLlaq4zGYwg

31 65 31 3 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 30100
32 NEW 32 1 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 17800
33 33 33 11 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 172100
34 26 1 10 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 633100
35 35 35 3 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 52200
36 37 36 4 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 43100
37 46 37 3 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 32850
38 40 38 4 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 42200
39 NEW 39 1 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 17100
40 42 40 3 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 43750

http://youtube.com/v/p5RobDomh5U

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41 38 2 7 YES McAlmont & Butler 271100
42 25 12 8 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 154250
43 31 4 12 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 381650
44 45 44 4 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 34850
45 39 39 2 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 30100
46 27 8 9 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 208150
47 47 47 18 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 187750
48 84 48 2 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 15500
49 49 49 3 KISS Prince 35000
50 52 50 5 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 34700

51 32 4 4 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 114300
52 53 52 11 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 74650
53 34 16 9 REAL LOVE Florrie 131400
54 43 7 11 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 263800
55 51 3 17 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 617450
56 58 56 15 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 92500
57 36 6 10 ONE STRIKE All Saints 313100
58 81 58 2 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 14000
59 59 59 7 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 40100
60 60 60 9 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 62600

61 56 1 36 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2906900
62 62 62 3 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 21900
63 48 5 12 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 308400
64 64 64 4 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 22600
65 67 65 3 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince & The Revolution 19400
66 50 8 9 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 234750
67 68 67 3 WAITING Alice Boman 14500
68 70 68 3 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 18400
69 69 69 7 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 41600
70 95 70 2 UP&UP Coldplay 7500

71 41 27 6 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 66600
72 76 72 4 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 19800
73 73 73 6 VICTIMS Culture Club 32200
74 NEW 74 1 ALL FOUR WALLS Gorgon City featuring Vaults 5200
75 61 5 17 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 419950

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76 66 28 4 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 47100
77 72 72 4 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 20800
78 54 20 13 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 198050
79 79 79 11 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 27400
80 83 80 3 TAKE ME WITH U Prince & The Revolution 10400

81 78 6 21 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 431050
82 NEW 82 1 FLY Andy Bell 3600
83 71 9 13 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 246750
84 82 6 10 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 231650
85 86 85 9 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 18500
86 96 86 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 4200
87 87 87 2 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 5200
88 88 88 2 EMPTY Garbage 4800
89 90 89 2 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 4200
90 98 90 2 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 3200

91 91 91 2 SOUR CANDY Bleached 3800
92 92 92 3 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 5400
93 NEW 93 1 DADDY LESSONS Beyonce 1700
94 NEW 94 1 DON’T WORRY ABOUT ME Frances 1600
95 NEW 95 1 A SIMPLE GAME Billy Ocean 1500
96 97 96 3 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 3700
97 100 97 2 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 2300
98 99 98 2 BIRDLAND Weather Report 2300
99 NEW 99 1 ILYSB LANY 1100
100 NEW 100 1 DARK NECESSITIES Red Hot Chili Peppers 1000

DROP OUTS
44 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
55 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
57 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
63 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
74 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
80 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350
85 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
89 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
94 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800

1st May 2016

It’s the Pet Shop Boys…at 2 for a 3rd week! Prince replaces himself on top, sort of, with his fabulous gift to Sheena Easton, one hundred nights without you babe, just won’t do. Still love it. So it gets a second week on top of my chart after a gap of 27 years. In the week when rumours about the death of Prince surfaced – and given his recent health and chest problems and religious convictions, I suspected that the reference in Sign O’ The Times (up to 3) to a big disease with a skinny name might become a sad reference – he continues to dominate my chart. I Wish U Heaven, Prince.

Highest new entry at 6 is Clare Maguire with Elizabeth Taylor. Not featuring the late great Liz, of course, she didn’t sing much as far as I know, but it’s a great ballad. Clare is just (DJ) Fresh off a hit record (How Love Begins, which went top 10 here) but was sadly uncredited for her vocals, but she’s charted before dating back to 2011 and The Shield And The Sword. Gwen Stefani grabs another quick top 10 with her album track (and hopefully future single) Where Would I Be – skatastic. There’s another faded entering the top 20 – Kallay Saunders Band – as Above And Beyond do what it says on the label, and shoot up into the 40, as do Lady Antebellum, new with a dance guest vocal for Audien.

Fifth Harmony finally get a top 40 hit here, and Paul McCartney’s great track from his best album (1974’s Band On The Run) is about to get a full release remixed drastically by Timo Maas and James Teej, complete with dance buzz around it. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five is fab. There are two Eurovision new entries from 2016 joining the Spanish entry from 2015 (Amir, Joe and Jake, and Edurne respectively), as old faves garbage return, Josef Salvat gets a second entry, and 80’s classic faves ABC return to their polished class soul sound (sadly minus Trevor Horn, who would have really done the business – as can be seen on Inga Humpe’s track higher up). That gives them a sweet 35 years of hits. J-Lo is back after a gap, and there’s a debut for Weather Report, and their 1977 jazz classic Birdland. It wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time, but my College room-mate in 1977 played their album. So, almost 40 years late, but better late than never, though the song did chart in the early 80’s in a vocal version for Manhattan Transfer.

http://youtube.com/v/1BBk78WFJPA

1 4 1 2 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 235000
2 2 2 3 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 345000
3 6 3 2 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 140000
4 1 1 2 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 235000
5 3 1 3 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 315000
6 NEW 6 1 ELIZABETH TAYLOR Clare Maguire 55000
7 5 5 2 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 110000
8 8 8 3 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 128000
9 15 9 6 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 131300
10 12 10 3 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 94800

http://youtube.com/v/CAID_2iKO5Y

11 11 1 11 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 963000
12 13 5 6 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 287000
13 7 3 3 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 167000
14 10 1 11 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 813700
15 9 1 7 NIRVANA Squeeze 562000
16 19 16 17 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 314000
17 17 17 2 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 46000
18 24 18 6 VENUS Frankie Avalon 114000
19 20 19 2 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 41000
20 NEW 20 1 FADED Kallay Saunders Band 20000

http://youtube.com/v/NycIHcifSxI

21 26 21 2 RASPBERRY BERET Prince & The Revolution 38250
22 14 1 16 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1322500
23 35 23 3 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 48750
24 48 24 3 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 32400
25 23 12 7 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 140500
26 16 1 9 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 615500
27 18 8 8 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 195400
28 30 28 2 ALPHABET STREET Prince 36300
29 NEW 29 1 SOMETHING BETTER Audien featuring Lady Antebellum 18200
30 40 30 4 WILD HORSES Birdy 53100

31 22 4 11 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 368150
32 21 4 3 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 102550
33 36 33 10 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 154400
34 25 16 8 REAL LOVE Florrie 120150
35 38 35 2 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 34700
36 29 6 9 ONE STRIKE All Saints 302700
37 75 37 3 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 25700
38 31 2 6 YES McAlmont & Butler 257100
39 NEW 39 1 NINETEEN HUNDRED AND EIGHTY-FIVE/ ORIGINAL VERSION Paul McCartney & Wings v Timo Maas & James Teej 17100
40 80 40 3 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 25000

41 27 27 5 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 60800
42 45 42 2 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 26750
43 41 7 10 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 252800
44 39 10 11 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 206700
45 68 45 3 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 21600
46 86 46 2 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 15550
47 47 47 17 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 175250
48 42 5 11 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 301200
49 55 49 2 KISS Prince 22900
50 34 8 8 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 227950

51 49 3 16 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 606650
52 77 52 4 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 22700
53 61 53 10 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 63150
54 57 20 12 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 193650
55 32 10 9 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 169900
56 50 1 35 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2899400
57 43 5 11 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 265250
58 60 58 14 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 81900
59 67 59 6 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 30000
60 62 60 8 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 52600

61 52 5 16 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 414950
62 64 62 2 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 14500
63 37 37 8 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 71700
64 79 64 3 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 15500
65 74 65 2 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 12200
66 28 28 3 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 42300
67 71 67 2 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 12400
68 95 68 2 WAITING Alice Boman 7900
69 69 69 6 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 35400
70 70 70 2 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 12000

71 44 9 12 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 243350
72 72 72 3 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 16200
73 73 73 5 VICTIMS Culture Club 26800
74 53 25 6 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 76700
75 33 30 4 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 57800
76 76 76 3 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 14200
77 NEW 77 1 PARADISE Josef Salvat 4600
78 78 6 20 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 427250
79 83 79 10 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 23200
80 46 40 4 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 40350

http://youtube.com/v/rQfYmvzBXqU

81 NEW 81 1 J’AI CHERCHE Amir 3800
82 56 6 9 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 228450
83 85 83 2 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 6400
84 NEW 84 1 YOU AND ME Penny & The Quarters 3200
85 91 85 3 AMANECER Edurne 6800
86 88 86 8 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 15500
87 NEW 87 1 A HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL Bryan Ferry 2600
88 NEW 88 1 EMPTY Garbage 2400
89 NEW 89 1 ONE DANCE Drake featuring Wizkid & Kyla 2200
90 NEW 90 1 YOU’RE NOT ALONE Joe and Jake 2000

91 NEW 91 1 SOUR CANDY Bleached 1900
92 92 92 2 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 3600
93 NEW 93 1 VIVA LOVE ABC 1700
94 65 65 7 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 31800
95 NEW 95 1 UP&UP Coldplay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH Basenji 1400
97 100 97 2 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 2300
98 NEW 98 1 6 INCH Beyonce featuring The Weeknd 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BIRDLAND Weather Report 1100
100 NEW 100 1 AIN’T YOUR MAMA Jennifer Lopez 1000

DROP OUTS
51 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
58 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
63 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
66 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
81 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
84 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
87 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
89 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800
93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
96 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300

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My 1980 Charts – July

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1st July 1980

3 weeks on top for OMD, as ELO and ONJ knock on their initialed door at 2. Not to mention PJM at 3. Macca’s 2nd of the year to go top 3, while ELO and Livvie repeat what they did in 1979, and 1978, and ELO did in 1977, 1976, 1973 and 1972 (going top 3). Splodgeness abound into the top 10 (arf!) with two pints of lager, with the Korgis snapping at their heels cos, you know, everybody’s gotta learn sometime, and a second magnificent top 10 for the lads.

Stacey Lattisaw jumps to the top 20 beat from 32, Teena Marie a little behind the groove at 18, and Queen scrape into the top 20 yet again as they continue to fall short of the 10 for 18 months-worth of singles, a far cry from 3 chart-toppers out of 4 in 1974/5. The Sex Pistols and Darts both climb with inferior covers, as Odyssey finally get cracking and Use It Up into the top 30, without wearing it out, and Saxon fly up to 28 in a 747 (feel free to groan at these links) as a bit of pop Nu-Metal agrees with me nicely. We were strangers in the night, but not anything to do with Frank Sinatra’s slightly better song. In at 38, The Blues Band take old song Diddy Wah Diddy into the 40 (not to be confused with Paul Jones Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy, which is a better record, but fresh off Paul Jones’ Knebworth gig wot I saw), and Tavares return after a gap with I Don’t Want You Anymore for a 4th year of hits.

Daryl Hall & John Oates return running from paradise, and their first entry for 3 years, and 4 years on from the gorgeous She’s Gone. The soon-to-be solo Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto debuts as the Yellow Magic Orchestra with a space invaders synth instrumental theme, which was quite catchy, but not one I’ve managed to buy yet, and proving beyond doubt that having a hit record is no guarantee you’ll be able to buy it or stream it decades down the line. New Musik are back with a 4th gem synthpop single, looking for Sanctuary at 53, Carlene Carter covers her dad’s Ring Of Fire at 55, Rupert Holmes extends his run of singles at 66 and The Detroit Spinners do the same at 68 as they cover Sam Cooke’s Cupid, and follow in Johnny Nash’s 1969 shoes in charting it. Janis Ian gets a 3rd chart entry flying too high, as per her previous entry, so much so that she reaches the other side of the sun, and very nice too, though not as memorable as 1975’s heart-breaking At Seventeen.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 9 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
6 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 4 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 23 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
10 ( 5 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH

http://youtube.com/v/7o-9_J_Cc2w

11 ( 6 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 19 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
13 ( 20 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
14 ( 32 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
15 ( 11 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
16 ( 12 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
17 ( 16 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
18 ( 21 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
19 ( 22 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
20 ( 17 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 27 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
23 ( 10 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
24 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 34 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
26 ( 47 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
27 ( 64 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
28 ( 71 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
29 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
30 ( 35 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

http://youtube.com/v/BkKrUz45icE

31 ( 38 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
32 ( 15 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
33 ( 25 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
34 ( 36 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
35 ( 29 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
37 ( 39 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
38 ( NEW ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
39 ( 31 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
40 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares

41 ( 55 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
42 ( 37 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
43 ( 42 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
44 ( 28 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
45 ( 33 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
46 ( 44 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
47 ( 56 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
48 ( NEW ) RUNNING FOR PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
49 ( 40 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
50 ( NEW ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra

http://youtube.com/v/SY-wZTMNQmQ

51 ( 45 ) RAT RACE The Specials
52 ( NEW ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
53 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY New Musik
54 ( 46 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
55 ( NEW ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
56 ( 53 ) CALL ME Blondie
57 ( 51 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
58 ( 73 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
59 ( 49 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
60 ( 66 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer

http://youtube.com/v/aoFOvCZcarU

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 43 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
64 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
65 ( 58 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
66 ( NEW ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes
67 ( 41 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
68 ( NEW ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
69 ( 30 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
70 ( 65 ) ATOMIC Blondie

71 ( 52 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 75 ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott
73 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
74 ( 72 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
75 ( 59 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest

TV 21st – 27th June

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 The Outer Limits
3 Wimbledon (friday)
4 Wimbledon ’79
5 Animal Olympics


In my life, in the last full week of June, I was well into watching Wimbledon on TV, Borg and McEnroe both doing well in the first week of play. It was Pete’s 22nd birthday and 2 of our gang decided Pete needed a douse in the bath to celebrate, and tried to enlist me to do some heavy-mob impressions. No amount of cajoling, threats or persuasion convinced me it was a worthy endeavor (I don’t give in to peer-group pressure) so they had a mighty struggle with Pete, who threw up afterwards, before helping the same two give Julie a thoughtful bath too. Teachers all, you know, bar one…..!

College American Studies outside examiner interview on Tuesday before the goodbye’s to other students started gradually. One of my friends got the awful news she’d failed teaching practice, and hadn’t qualified after 3 years, upset and packing to leave the next day or two. Pete’s family were going back to Germany, and he would be joining them unless he got a summer job. I noted that we’d probably never see him again, if I knew Pete (which I did, being my best mate and all at College). So it was. He eventually married a Japanese girl, and moved to Japan, had a son and then lost touch sometime in the late 80’s. TP-failing, though, turned out not so tragic as she is now a Reverend, married to a Reverend, and living in a Parish in Wales. I didn’t like all this gang-breaking-up one bit, not at all, and predicted the next few months (at least) would be very depressing. I didn’t know the half of it….

I kept myself busy writing a fiction story and printing black & white photos in the College darkroom, as everyone gathered in my room wednesday evening for hysterical laughs watching TV. As we gathered Thursday evening I taped-recorded us all chatting and mucking about – and haven’t been able to listen to it since, with my reel-to-reel player having died, it’s a major loss to me that I didn’t convert it to mp3 years ago while it was just about working. I need to find someone to do it for me so I can hear how embarrassing I was at the time.

Friday, grandma and granddad dropped by with mum and dad, on their way through Lincoln, Paul took a few of us for a pub evening, Ian, Bev, Sue, which ended on a sour note thanks to an unfortunate comment, but otherwise was fun, Saturday was snooker (yet more), more bargain bin singles purchases in town, played Ian at tennis which was great fun, he was always a laugh, sorry I’ve lost touch these days. Then team table tennis after eating before an evening at Alan & Helen’s flat, where we had an Alan-guitar singalong and laughs with most of the gang there. From here to another goodbye party at Jo and Elaine’s, but not that many in attendance, so our smaller gang (Ian, Pete, Julie, Jane) just mucked about till 1-ish, and Charades till 2. It was so not a party, it was hilarious.

8th July 1980

The first chart after my final week of College, and it’s Olivia Newton-John getting a second number one (following You’re The One That I Want) and ELO getting a 9th, leaving them behind only The Beatles and Abba for most chart-toppers, though old mucker Roy Wood also totals 9 in various guises, including one with ELO (10538 Overture). Co-incidentally Macca is at 3, and ELO themselves are also at 4 with another Xanadu single, I’m Alive. I over-rated it as I’d managed to get hold of a cut-price copy of the single and they were coming off the back of 3 chart-toppers in a row.

Joan Armatrading gets Me Myself I into the 10, her 2nd, as Stacy Lattisaw gets a jumping first. Saxon, Odyssey and The Hollies all go top 20, Odyssey’s 2nd, The Hollies 7th or so in a 12-year span. Into the top 40 go Yellow Magic Orchestra’s space invaders, Spider, Voyager, The Detroit Spinners and Bad Manners, not to mention classic Bob Marley. Lower down we find the new entries rushing in with many a classic: Kate Bush is back with the sensational video Russian babe of Babooshka, Joy Division debut with the timeless and influential Love Will Tear Us Apart, even though lead singer was already dead, having committed suicide in May. Both tracks remain brilliant. Almost as good: The Undertones bring Wednesday Week in at 74. a melodic gem and a welcome change of pace from the boys, Kim Carnes huskily covers Smokey Robinson to fabulous effect at 68 ahead of her UK breakthrough a year later with an even greater track, and Change debut with the Chic-ish delight of A Lover’s Holiday at 48.

Others: The Rolling Stones have a decent comeback with Emotional Rescue, still in disco groove mode at 57, Sad Cafe have a 5th entry with the terribly titled Nothing Left Toulouse, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett get a second hit 3 years on from Really Free, with the abrupt-change of direction of DK 50-80, a quirky synthrock track that was ahead of it’s time, The Vapors get another entry (News At Ten) and Bill Nelson comes back without Be Bop Deluxe, 4 years after Ships In The Night hit my top 10, now dreaming in colour.

http://youtube.com/v/-yBiTNLuTeo

1 ( 2 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
3 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
6 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 5 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
8 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 13 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
10 ( 14 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

11 ( 9 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
12 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
13 ( 28 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
14 ( 10 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
15 ( 18 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
16 ( 27 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
17 ( 19 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
18 ( 12 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
19 ( 69 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
20 ( 16 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

21 ( 25 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
22 ( 50 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 31 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
24 ( 26 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
26 ( 15 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
27 ( 34 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
28 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
29 ( 17 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
30 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

31 ( 20 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
32 ( 41 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
33 ( 38 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 52 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
35 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
36 ( 68 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 21 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
38 ( 47 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
39 ( 64 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
40 ( 58 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 48 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
42 ( 22 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
43 ( 23 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
44 ( 43 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
45 ( 39 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 29 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
48 ( NEW ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
49 ( 53 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
50 ( NEW ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush

http://youtube.com/v/6xckBwPdo1c

51 ( 33 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
52 ( 55 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
53 ( 32 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
54 ( 46 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
55 ( NEW ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
56 ( 37 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
58 ( 60 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
59 ( 36 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
60 ( 66 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

http://youtube.com/v/zuuObGsB0No

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 44 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
64 ( 54 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
65 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
66 ( 57 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
67 ( 56 ) CALL ME Blondie
68 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
69 ( NEW ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 45 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie

http://youtube.com/v/W5ADrcHJLFg

71 ( 71 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 73 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson

http://youtube.com/v/FswDoZKFXVc

TV June 28th – 4th July
1 Wimbledon
2 Q9
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork and Mindy
5 Firecreek


On TV the striking BBC staff kept Top Of The Pops off the air for half the summer, which was a bummer, not to mention other TV shows, which, along with a week of partying hard as we all left College, meant I watched hardly any TV, unusually for me in those days. The last single I was playing to death was OMD, and the last single I bought at College was a gatefold sleeve version of Xanadu. I borrowed Julie’s camera flash and went to the Usher Art Gallery and took photos of my work on the wall, allowing myself a bit of sad ego-boosting amongst the crushing comments of the Uni examiners, then tutor Max helped me remove them and the helped shift piano’s and the like. American Studies tutor John Davies praised my writing, suggested further reading to widen my experience and gave me my marks in graph form for each year at College, rising steeply with The Immigrants, and stood up for me in the end results for marks, overall 65% (Grade 1). I always like John Davies and wish I could stayed as enthusiastic for myself as he was on my behalf!

Mum, dad, grandma & granddad dropped by with a new watch for me! I am still wearing it, a dozen batteries later, a scratched clock face, and 35 years on. I do like to take care of stuff! Ian, Sue, Paul Julie & Jane gathered, Alan came by, and off we went in a tie I borrowed from Sue for the goodbye dinner, a lecturer came over to chat to me and made a very unexpected personal comment out of the blue which I’m still not clear on what he saying but I went bright red! That left speeches from the Principal and Union Rep Mark, and then to the bar and union disco for SAVVY, College band of the day, and the final record of the disco was When Will I See You Again. How depressing. Next few days: Tennis, snooker, socialising, some exciting Wimbledon matches (Chris Lloyd beating Navratilova), and conversations on the inhumanity of man amongst all the laughs, and on the last evening we split into two groups, Sue, Bev, Pete, Julie stayed in watching TV, Ian, Jane, Paul, Dave went to a double movie feature: Saturday Night Fever (dull despite the fab music) and Grease (better than first time round) which with it’s final scenes of the ending of High School was sort of saying it all really. We gathered for a chat, and that was it, end of an era, College over, just the goodbye’s and the packing to do. I popped up to Sue’s room, she was as upset as me I think at it all ending, everyone handing in keys, and Pete disappeared in a rush without a proper goodbye. I asked Sue to say goodbye for me, because I kinda knew he wouldn’t be meeting up with the gang after college and that would be the last time I saw him, ever, and which gutted me somewhat. And so it was. Sue was the one that saw me off when Brother and dad came for me and my stuff. “See you in 6 weeks” was my goodbye, it helped knowing we were meeting up but I was fighting back tears the whole way home.

And that was the end of the good times for a decade or so…

 

15th July 1980

2 weeks for Xanadu on top, as I start my 2-years job-search, living and breathing application forms. This had such a negative effect on me that I stay with crappy jobs rather than put in a job application, just to avoid the whole sorry stressful experience. Not a good career move, overall. Music, though, was fab: Macca gets his 2nd number 2 of the year, as Saxon get their first top 10, flying up with 747, Odyssey get a second, using it up and wearing it out, and Teena Marie gets behind the groove and pops up to 9.

Joy Division go up a whopping 50 places to 15 with the classic Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Kate up 33 with a classic babooshka to 17, and classic Marley at 18 with Could You be Loved. That’s a buncha classics! Change have a holiday at 23, and New Musik make it 4 top 40’s in a row as they look for Sanctuary. The Rolling Stones take an Emotional Rescue inside the 40, a funky falsetto groove miles away from their petulant earthy blues chart debut Honky Tonk Women 11 years earlier.

In at 39, Leo Sayer seems to have given up writing his own material, and opts for a great Bobby Vee 60’s oldie, More Than I Can Say, removes the charm and slows it down. Dexy’s make it 3 in a row at 46, There There My Dear! The Whispers cover My Girl, Hot Chocolate enquire about the amount of happiness I’m getting and is it enough, which is polite of them, and to which the answer was and is “No”. A bit of a disappointment for me, though, after No Doubt About It. In at 71, AC/DC get a 3rd entry, with reactivated flop Whole Lotta Rosie, the final Bon Scott vocals hit they had, and a Punk-Metal classic for me. From here on they were more Pomp-Metal. Finally Gene Chandler gets a good soul ballad ebtry at 74, Does She Have A Friend he asks, while Billy Joel is more positive stating (quite rightly) that it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to him at 75, no matter what new name it has. Clever lyrically, tuneful and catchy, as ol’ Billy tended to be when he was in the mood, and 5 years on now from The Piano Man debut.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
5 ( 9 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
6 ( 13 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
7 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 16 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
9 ( 15 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
10 ( 5 ) CRYING Don McLean

11 ( 7 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
12 ( 4 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
14 ( 17 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
15 ( 65 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
16 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
17 ( 50 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
18 ( 40 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 21 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
20 ( 12 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police

http://youtube.com/v/6_5O-nUiZ_0

21 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
22 ( 23 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
23 ( 48 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
24 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 20 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
26 ( 49 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
27 ( 14 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
28 ( 34 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
29 ( 57 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
30 ( 25 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

http://youtube.com/v/Qslqk3IcXK8

31 ( 18 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
32 ( 19 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 38 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
35 ( 36 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 28 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
37 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 26 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
39 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
40 ( 29 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

41 ( 74 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
42 ( 55 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
43 ( 32 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
44 ( 27 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
45 ( 39 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
46 ( NEW ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 41 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
48 ( 44 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
49 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
50 ( 68 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes

http://youtube.com/v/EJm-kG922PI

51 ( 52 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
52 ( 31 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
53 ( 46 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
54 ( 45 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
55 ( 56 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
56 ( 37 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
57 ( 54 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
58 ( 75 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
59 ( 47 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
60 ( 60 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Whispers
64 ( 42 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
65 ( 43 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
66 ( NEW ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
67 ( 51 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
68 ( 73 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
69 ( 69 ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 64 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness

http://youtube.com/v/H2Gwr-VrNFM

71 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
72 ( NEW ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
73 ( 53 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
74 ( NEW ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel

http://youtube.com/v/5eAQa4MOGkE

TV 5th-11th July
1 Wimbledon Final
2 Soap
3 Mork and Mindy
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Happy Days
7 Buona Sera Mrs Campbell: film
8 The Banana Splits
9 Are You Being Served
10 Dallas

In the real world I had the delight of standing in line at the Unemployment Office for 2 and a half hours to “sign on” as we used to say, and granddad came round to do some DIY. Grandma and Grandad were moving into their new council house in Mansfield, from Clipstone, which was the end of an era for me – they had only ever lived in the school caretakers house in Clipstone, and all the immediate family in Mansfield were round to help move in and with painting, wallpapering etc. This was followed by granddad getting the news his sister had cancer and 6 months to live, not a good start to a new house.

We also badgered mum into giving in and getting our first state-of-the-art £299 videorecorder (well, dad did at any rate). Tapes £20 for 2 hours!

Rest of the week painting walls and doors at home, as a prelude to the movie of the year, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: “A treat! I didn’t guess Darth Vader’s secret and the muppet wasn’t so bad” (as expected, that’ll be Yoda then) “MUCH better than I’d anticipated: not the uniformity of plot-ending of Star Wars, and humour less apparent, therefore not as impressive. BUT effects were brilliant as before plus much originality and the characters weren’t two-dimensional this time” I opined, it was more a series of adventures and chase than an actual plot until half-way through, and I got pissed off at having to wait 3 years for the cliff-hangar resolution, that was a long time!

My top 8 sci-fi movies of all time after viewing?

Close Encounters of The Third Kind
Star Trek
Star Wars
Alien
The Empire Strikes Back
Superman
Planet Of The Apes
2001: A Space Odyssey

That order is substantially different these days and Star Trek, Superman have dropped out of my top 100 entirely, 2001 is classic but not a fave.

22nd July 1980

3 weeks for Xanadu on top but with Abba’s brilliant, adult and sophisticated new ballad in at 2, it looks like The Winner Takes It All imminently. It signalled a new maturity after a pop disco phase, and critically as well as commercially Abba were getting appreciated. About time. Saxon at 3 give metal a boost, while at the lower end Whitesnake and Hawkwind join in. Dexy’s Midnight Runners shoot up 39 places to 7, for 3 out of 3 great singles, and are joined in the top 10 by classic Kate and brilliant Bob.

Change, New Musik, Rolling Stones, and The Sex Pistols all go top 20 but it’s The Undertones with a Wednesday Week rush to 19 who stand out with one of their best singles. Greedy ELO meanwhile get yet another Xanadu track All Over The World newly in, and while it’s not startlingly different from previous singles it ticks the pleasure box for me and drops in at 27. Diana Ross is back with a Chic-bang at 31, Upside Down in one fell swoop is her best single in 4 years, and by a long way. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards effectively finished being pop stars with Chic, and moved over to writing and producing for bigger stars. Hey presto 35 years on and Nile Rodgers is quite rightly revered. Diana has a dozen years of chart activity, a chart veteran.

In at 30, another new single from The Beach Boys, Santa Ana Winds, pleasant enough, The Whispers go top 40 with My Girl, as Johnny Bristol enters with My Girl 6 years on since his last entry Hang On In There Baby – and it’s a mash-up with My Guy, and Amii Stewart continuing her cover version career. Both songs were conveniently written by Smokey Robinson, as was More Love nestling beautifully at 48 for Kim Carnes. The Gibson Brothers grab a 4th top 40 with Mariana at 40, keeping those fab latin rhythms going strong.

At 51, it’s a remarkable debut for model legend Grace Jones, who oozes style and attitude throughout her career, starting with a Sly & Robbie-produced cover of Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders song Private Life. Slowed-down, half-spoken half-sung, sexy and throbbing, Chrissie gave it the compliment that Grace made it sound like she imagined it would sound. At 69, debuting with a new lead singer (John Foxx having been and gone) in the shape of Midge Ure, then of Slik and Rich Kids fame, it’s Ultravox and Sleepwalking joining the synthpop party, having been early pioneers of it. That leaves The Mo-Dettes covering the Rolling Stones Paint It Black at 70, as the Stones own Emotional Rescue is somewhat higher at 18.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( NEW ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 ( 6 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
4 ( 5 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
5 ( 2 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
6 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
7 ( 46 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 17 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
9 ( 18 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 4 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

http://youtube.com/v/3ZwWnXuB_eg

11 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 8 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
13 ( 15 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
14 ( 9 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
15 ( 23 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
16 ( 26 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
17 ( 10 ) CRYING Don McLean
18 ( 29 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
19 ( 41 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
20 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols

http://youtube.com/v/9iw_BE_X9sA

21 ( 11 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 16 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
24 ( 19 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
25 ( 13 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
26 ( 39 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
27 ( NEW ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
28 ( 34 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
29 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
30 ( NEW ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/wh3i3vWgPyk

31 ( NEW ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
32 ( 22 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
33 ( 20 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
34 ( 14 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
35 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 25 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
37 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 63 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
39 ( 71 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
40 ( NEW ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers

http://youtube.com/v/4GtyMeEcPPE

41 ( 36 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
42 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
43 ( 27 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
44 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
45 ( 31 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
46 ( 40 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
47 ( 51 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
48 ( 50 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
49 ( 30 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
50 ( 28 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager

http://youtube.com/v/yvLn_qC7QAs

51 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 48 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
53 ( 38 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
54 ( 74 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
55 ( 66 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
56 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
57 ( 75 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
58 ( 47 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
59 ( 68 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
60 ( 53 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners

61 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( 57 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
64 ( 72 ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
65 ( 55 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
66 ( 42 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
67 ( 58 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 43 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
69 ( NEW ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
70 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes

71 ( NEW ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
72 ( 49 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
73 ( NEW ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( NEW ) SHOT DOWN IN THE NIGHT Hawkwind
75 ( 54 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

TV 12th – 18th July
1 Rhoda
2 Soap
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Taxi
5 The Outer Limits
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 Ancient Astronauts
9 Hong Kong Beat
10 Space 1999
11 The Pink Panther
12 Happy Days
13 Superstar Profile: Roger Moore
14 Dallas
15 What’s On Wogan

At home, I got rid of some old clothes, which saddened me actually, as it was my teen life going in the bin. Mum found out she had to go into hospital yet again, which was worrying, though I was more happy to be able to give them half my new UB40 £20 a week, and have a bit left over for some new clothes (brown cords trousers). Did my first job application: the CHAD local newspaper (Artist/Visualiser): my expectations would eventually drift downwards and more realistically. My new chart was done on Friday 18th (but is still dated 22nd July as at that time it was still the week-ending date before the new chart was announced on Tuesdays). I think the day I did my chart varied more from here on, but tended to be after Top Of The Pops broadcasts so it could be up-to-date.

 


29th July 1980

Abba get their 14th consecutive number one, and 15th in total, with the sublime The Winner Takes It All, heartbreak perfection. Only The Beatles could claim to be bigger – depending on whether you include a separate Beatles chart in 1976 as bonafide. I sorta do cos most of their career was pre-my-chart and singles and album tracks would have been just as chart-topper-y as Abba’s, who would have had considerably more chart-toppers had I allowed album tracks such as Eagle, Tiger, If It Wasn’t For The Nights and Hole In Your Soul to chart. Diana Ross meanwhile leaps upside to 3, her highest charting since 1976, and highest-charting new material since 1972. Kate Bush gets a 4th top 5, ELO keep the run of top 10 singles running to 5 years, and Change go top 10 too.

Gibson Brothers go top 20, Beach Boys blow up to 20, and Hall & Oates get a first top 20 entry four years on from the brilliant She’s Gone with Running From Paradise, up 39 places after pottering about a bit. Billy Joel adds another top 40 to his list, but it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to me, as The Gap Band turn sitting in a line on the floor into a rowing fad with Oops Upside Your Head entering at 28. Hot Choc hit the 40, Black Sabbath get a 3rd top 40 hit with Neon Knights, a decade since Paranoid premiered, and Grace Jones makes the 40 with her Private Life. Sheena easton debuts, a reality TV star, wholesome and shrill and Scottish, with a not-Dolly-Parton 9 To 5 song which went on to top the charts in the USA under it’s alternate title (in brackets here). Dolly is more famous these days, and Sheena shocked when she moved to the States and went all raunchy in the mid-80’s, but for now we had to make do with a fairly dated bland pop ditty.

Kim Carnes and Gene Chandler finally make the 40 with 2 minor gems that should have been bigger gems, and Racey return with a less chirpy pop song Rest Of Your Life at 47, it wasn’t bad, while a funk classic aiming for Jamaica is in at 54 for Tom Browne. Not the BBC singles UK Radio Chart rundown DJ Tom Browne, though. Pity! Bodysnatchers are back looking for an Easy Life, Roxy Music quip “Oh Yeah”? as they hit a new laid-back low (for me) at 63, and quirky Piranhas debut with 50’s cover, all cockernee-stylee, Tom Hark. Chirpy and catchy. Jacko gets his 5th single off Off The Wall, and it’s mate and future estranged-mate Macca’s song, Girlfriend, in at 66. Not a finest moment for either party, but pleasant enough. Finally, John Foxx joins his ex-bandmates Ultravox, in a Burning Car at 71.

http://youtube.com/v/92cwKCU8Z5c

1 ( 2 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 31 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
4 ( 8 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
5 ( 7 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
6 ( 27 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
7 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 3 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
9 ( 15 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
10 ( 4 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

http://youtube.com/v/Qqk_6hzbVx4

11 ( 5 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
12 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
13 ( 16 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
14 ( 6 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
15 ( 40 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 18 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
17 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
18 ( 19 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
19 ( 58 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
20 ( 30 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/4CPZa21DFA8

21 ( 12 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
22 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
23 ( 57 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
24 ( 13 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
25 ( 28 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
26 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
27 ( 17 ) CRYING Don McLean
28 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
29 ( 55 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
30 ( 23 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra

31 ( 11 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
32 ( 14 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
33 ( NEW ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
34 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
35 ( 51 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
36 ( NEW ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
37 ( 38 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
38 ( 25 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
39 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
40 ( 54 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler

http://youtube.com/v/2xwL-7fKKUE

41 ( 32 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
42 ( 24 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
43 ( 36 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
44 ( 33 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
45 ( 29 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
46 ( 69 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
47 ( NEW ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
48 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
49 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
50 ( 41 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc

http://youtube.com/v/ukCHU5n8Sbg

51 ( 44 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
52 ( 43 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
53 ( 34 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
54 ( NEW ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
55 ( 52 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 20 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
57 ( 45 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
58 ( 59 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
59 ( 46 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
60 ( NEW ) EASY LIFE The Bodysnatchers

61 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( NEW ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
64 ( NEW ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
65 ( 53 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
66 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 71 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
69 ( 60 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 56 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing

71 ( NEW ) BURNING CAR John Foxx
72 ( 70 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes
73 ( 73 ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( 63 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
75 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis

TV 19th-25th July
1 Fawlty Towers
2 Olympics 1980
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Q9
6 Horizon: The Bermuda Triangle
7 Porridge
8 Moviola: Garbo & Gilbert
9 The Good Life
10 Moviola: Scarlett O’Hara
11 Moviola: Marilyn Monroe
12 Space: 1999
13 What’s On Wogan
14 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
15 Fantasy Island

That leaves TV chat – mostly 70’s sitcoms, as it happens, plus the 1980 Olympics, a batch of Hollywood Golden Age greats on Moviola TV Biog miniseries, and also a bit of Spike Milligan. In my life, dad bought me a jacket in Nottingham, I bought myself some Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (even though I couldnt afford them, I had to have them), and mum’s cousin Pauline was out of hospital OK, though family life was tense and terse as mum waited anxiously to go into hospital herself. Various relations came round to visit during the week until mum went in on Sunday, anxious about her operation. To say the least, and so was I.

In the Olympics Duncan Goodhew won gold in the swimming, Ovett vs Coe, Alan Wells, Daley Thompson, loads of UK athletes doing the biz; Peter Sellers died far too young in shock news, I wrote: “A blow, too young, top of career etc. A damn funny man – it’s never fair. No wonder older people are cynical.” As indeed I am now. ON TV show Fantasy Island guest star was Marcia Wallace, of Bob Newhart Show USA fame, who I’d watched live on The Match Game in LA a year earlier – and I had no-one to tell! No-one had heard of her, or cared. I liked her, and she eventually gained TV immortality as Mrs Krabappel in the Simpsons. So now I can tell someone.

My 1980 Charts – June

The College Library Bishop Grot, Lincoln

The College Library
Bishop Grot, Lincoln


1980 videos here…


3rd June 1980

Don McLean gets his first number one 8 years after he grabbed his first USA and UK number ones, with American Pie and Vincent respectively, both top 10’s here. The Roy Orbison cover left me Crying though, just so great I even preferred it to the Big O’s version, and Roy is virtually impossible to improve on. The Mash-up at 2 is a peak for them – I’ll be honest though, I prefer the TV instrumental version of the theme song. Air Supply rise to 4, Lost In Love and gorgeous melody it is too, as Mystic Merlin magic into the top 10, Manhattan Transfer get their final top 10 4 years on from Tuxedo Junction, from 40’s to dance and various other styles along the way. OMD get their debut top 10, up 29 places with the blissful Messages.

Lipps Inc, ELO, Elton John, Average White Band all join new entry Theme From Midnight Cowboy inside the 20. The John Barry instrumental movie theme from 1969 is only slightly older than the theme from MASH, but MUCH better. One of the most hauntingly pathos-inducing beautiful movie themes of all time. Love it love that harmonica. These are all testament to the power of Noel Edmunds on Radio One, he seemed able to generate enthusiasm for all sorts of oddities. Rocketing into the 40, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway get their biggest hit together since Where Is The Love went top 3 in 1972, and the Korgis get a second gorgeous top 40 track. The Hollies get their first top 40 track in 6 years and a sweet 12 year span of them, and B.A.Robertson makes it 4 in a row.

In at 29, Paul McCartney is back with his 3rd solo record of the year, and it’s a sparse and synthy ballad, the lovely Waterfalls giving Macca some consistency in quality releases missing for at least 4 years. At 38, The Lambrettas get a swift return, d-a-a-ancing, as do The Detroit Spinners, If I’m reading the Body Language right at 45, while none-hit-wonder Robbie Dupree has the fab Steal Away at 47, another one of those American radio hits that really should have charted in the UK – if the UK wasn’t so busy with various hot new music movements. Others: Sister Sledge, Thin Lizzy, Liquid Gold and Genesis all pop in with lesser tracks.

1 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
2 ( 9 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
3 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
4 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
5 ( 10 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
6 ( 6 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITSCH TON AT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 8 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
8 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
9 ( 38 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
10 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer

11 ( 4 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
12 ( 34 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
13 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
14 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 7 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
16 ( 31 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
17 ( 33 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
18 ( 22 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
19 ( 5 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
20 ( NEW ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)

21 ( 52 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 28 ) RAT RACE The Specials
23 ( 15 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
24 ( 17 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
25 ( 12 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
26 ( 16 ) CALL ME Blondie
27 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
28 ( 35 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
29 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
30 ( 30 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( 19 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
32 ( 39 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
33 ( 20 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
34 ( 23 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
35 ( 27 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
36 ( 43 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
37 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
38 ( NEW ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
39 ( 21 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
40 ( 53 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

41 ( 49 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
42 ( 26 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
43 ( 37 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
44 ( 29 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
45 ( NEW ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
46 ( 32 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
48 ( 44 ) ATOMIC Blondie
49 ( 40 ) TOCCATA Sky
50 ( 42 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan

51 ( 36 ) A FOREST The Cure
52 ( 24 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
53 ( 50 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
54 ( 54 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 45 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
56 ( 46 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
59 ( 62 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold

61 ( 47 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
62 ( 58 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
63 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
64 ( 73 ) DREAMS Grace Slick
65 ( NEW ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
66 ( 41 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
67 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
68 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
69 ( 71 ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
70 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

71 ( 59 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
72 ( 51 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
73 ( 55 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
74 ( NEW ) DUCHESS Genesis
75 ( NEW ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge


TV 24th-30th May

1 Little Big Man: film
2 Top Of The Pops
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The Producers: film
5 The Outer Limits
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Mork And Mindy
8 Oliver: film
9 Dallas
10 Taxi


On TV lots of 50’s and 60’s black & white classics, Phil Silvers and The Outer Limits, and movies, like the good (but long-forgotten) Little Big Man, an ambitious dark western vehicle for Dustin Hoffman, on the side of the Native Americans, Mel Brooks classic comedy The Producers, and musical Oliver, songs very much a part of my childhood as we had an EP of 4 of them. A great edition of Top Of The Pops, and top new show is Mork And Mindy, the late Robin Williams astounding as an alien.

Back at College, I finished off 3 screen prints to lots of compliments from some 2nd year girls sharing the art room with me – “Sad! It might be my last screen print for a helluva long time” I commented to myself after finishing the last one. Too right, tragically, it’s been 35 years so far and counting, and I’d still like to do some more.Had dinner with Paul and Jane, and David, the young Audio-Visual department College employee, chatting about holidays. I liked him, regretted not talking more to him over the 3 years. Julie helped me pick the best 3 of the screen prints in the evening. Ian and Paul came round for chats.

Tutor Max helped me decide which works to use for my exhibition, revision for exams, and my prints were quite the hit with everyone (it was based on a Close Encounters scene which appealed to all the soon-to-be teachers). I din’t feel I could sell it as the base photo was Spielberg not me. I loved it too, though. Close Encounters of The Third Kind was an obsession of mine, visually stunning. First exam up: American Studies. Snooker for light relief afterwards. Kid Jensen’s final Top Of The Pops show was brill, I opined, lots of old 70’s fave acts on it just for me. Friday, went to the Usher Art Gallery with Max, and Emma, Anne & Maureen to look at the walls, and back again later with the works ready to display in the rather posh Art Gallery on a hillside overlooking much of Lincoln. Max then got me to weed out some of my work, which rather upset me, and just use one wall for what was left. Less is more, is the theory.

Kid Jensen was also doing his last Rosko’s Roundtable new singles review show, with Elton John and Frankie Valli. Quite the line-up! Arthur C. Clarke, another hero of mine, was interviewed on a Time Out Of Mind TV special Sunday.


10th June 1980

2 weeks for Crying on top as OMD hit 3, and Lipps Inc go top 10 with the infuriatingly catchy Funkytown. Joining them the sublime John Barry movie theme, and Roxy Music’s pleasantly laid-back Over You, their 8th, or Bryan Ferry’s 13th, depending on how you look at it. The highest new entry at 36 is Joan Armatrading, telling us all about Me Myself I almost a decade ahead of De La Soul adding an “and” and a different song to the title. Joan’s first bonafide hit since Love And Affection in 1976, it’s almost got a Pilot feel to it (as in Magic or January), rather appropriately as her next and last hit would be Drop The Pilot in 1983.

Into the 40, Robbie Dupree, Liquid Gold and The Detroit Spinners, as Bernadette Peters exclaims 1950’s stylee Gee Whiz! I miss that lost phrase, and this cover of a 16-years-of-age Carla (daughter of Rufus) Thomas song from 1960 has so much doo-wop charm, I still play it, though the original is just as good, if not better. Bernadette is a big star of musical theatre, one of the biggest award-winning Broadway stars, but I knew her from TV and films, parts in Ray Bradbury’s TV miniseries The Martian Chronicles, The Muppet Show, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie, Steve Martin’s The Jerk, and other quirky roles.

At 46, Siouxsie And The Banshees return with their 5th chart entry, the fabulous Christine, a dark uptempo fave of mine, and their best record to date. At 47 Darts are also back looking for the bullseye with another UK chart hit with the latest in a long run of bands releasing Four Seasons covers – this time Let’s Hang On. It’s not bad, but not as good as Frankie & the lads. Elkie Brooks returns for 3 years of largely minor hits, bar a couple of goodies, with Why Don’t You Say It, rock band Journey debut with Anyway You Want It at 62, as I remain oblivious to their future status as best-selling 80’s track in the UK in the 21st century, the million-selling Don’t Stop Believing, future anthem and obscure minor 80’s hit in the UK.

Pete Townsend is back with another solo entry, and still doesn’t challenge Roger Daltrey’s solo career with Let My Love Open The Door at 65, Bad Manners get a 2nd fun-time ska entry with Lip Up Fatty at 73, and two great dance tracks (or disco if you will), as Odyssey finally get a big follow-up to the fantastic Native New Yorker, Use It Up And Wear It Out entering at 70, and Teena Marie’s very good Behind The Groove drops in at 68. The big news though is Olivia Newton-John’s duet with ELO on the movie theme Xanadu. The movie bombed, despite Gene Kelly co-starring, but the theme was huge, being very frantic-orchestral ELO-sounding, and which very-much suited Livvie’s luvverly tones, a terrific pop record with a fantastic tune.

1 ( 1 ) CRYING Don McLean
2 ( 2 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
3 ( 9 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
4 ( 3 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
5 ( 7 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
6 ( 12 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
7 ( 10 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
8 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
9 ( 20 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
10 ( 5 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 6 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
12 ( 16 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 4 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
14 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
15 ( 17 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
18 ( 28 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
19 ( 13 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
20 ( 18 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

21 ( 15 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
22 ( 22 ) RAT RACE The Specials
23 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
24 ( 30 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
25 ( 38 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
26 ( 32 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
27 ( 24 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
28 ( 29 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
29 ( 23 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
30 ( 47 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree

31 ( 60 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
32 ( 25 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
33 ( 36 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
34 ( 26 ) CALL ME Blondie
35 ( NEW ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
36 ( 34 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
37 ( 19 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
38 ( 45 ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
39 ( NEW ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
40 ( 40 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

41 ( 33 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
42 ( 65 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
43 ( 31 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
44 ( 37 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
45 ( 35 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
46 ( NEW ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
47 ( NEW ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
48 ( 42 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
49 ( 43 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
50 ( 59 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 39 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
52 ( 48 ) ATOMIC Blondie
53 ( NEW ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks
54 ( NEW ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
55 ( 75 ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge
56 ( NEW ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
57 ( 58 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
58 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 53 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
60 ( NEW ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra

61 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
62 ( NEW ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
63 ( 62 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
64 ( 63 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
65 ( NEW ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
66 ( 56 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
67 ( 55 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
68 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
69 ( 50 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
70 ( NEW ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey

71 ( 67 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
72 ( 68 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
73 ( NEW ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
74 ( 70 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest


31st May-6th Jun

1 The Outer Limits
2 Reputations
3 Barney Miller
4 Broken Lance
5 Time Out Of Mind
6 Legend Of The Golden Gun
7 Hawaii 5-0
8 Barney Miller
9 Mork And Mindy
10 The Waltons


At College I was carrying two heavy glass and chip-board mounted large-sized screen-prints of mine to the Usher Art Gallery, a la all those comedy movies of two men carrying a plate of glass across a busy road, only on my own. My arms and hands suffered for my Art. Got my poetry exam question essay back: “Fine”. Pete slagged off my Don McLean obsession in fun, as I played the 45, so I slagged off his Eagles and Bob Seger which he played loudly in the evening to get me back (our rooms were adjacent). Hah! Snooker in the evening with the gang. Tennis, revision, chatting, hot weather, and a TV profile on Robert Kennedy, Reputations.

My final American Studies lecture ever was a combined 3-tutors mock exams results extravaganza. I got an A for geography, and mused I will miss their lectures (and I do). I got told one of my art pieces had fallen off the wall in the Usher Art Gallery overnight and set off the alarms! I rushed down in the heat of the day to find it wasn’t my work at all! I stuck more nails in mine anyway to be sure. Paul popped in with the fab news we were going to Knebworth Festival with Ian too, if he could get the tickets (he did!), yay! Mum & dad popped in on their way to Skeggy, Roundtable had Bev Bevan, DLT, Trevor Horn and Paul Gambaccini, then I left for the Usher open evening, chatting to some mature students, my Close Encounters piece really was the hit all round really. Pity it wasn’t mine in my eyes….


17th June 1980

OMD, as they became known, get their first chart-topper as the fabulous Messages becomes the first EDM chart-topper since Donna Summer’s 1977 I Feel Love, and 8 years since Hot Butter’s Popcorn was the first. From here-on, though, they came thick and fast. John Barry outdoes his previous Top 5 theme tune from The Persuaders, though as writer/producer The Theme From Midnight Cowboy remains just behind another Donna Summer hit, the theme to The Deep, Down Deep Inside which peaked at 2, also in 1977. The highest new entry is also the highest old entry, as The Police, who were sizzling hot, decide to release an album track as a single, Bed’s Too Big Without You, revamped, more uptempo and extremely annoyingly only available by buying 5 Police singles I already had bought. As this was extortion by any other name, I started my policy of not buying any product I had already bought, and which these days applies to “deluxe” editions of albums designed to make you buy it twice. The record industry remains myopic when looking at the bigger picture of artist longevity, preferring always a quick buck. Hey ho, the single could have been a big hit instead of middling, but as the only track I charted it’s in at 7.

Roberta & Donny get a second top 10 single 8 years after the first, and Roberta rather shockingly only her 3rd in total, while The Korgis doggedly get their 2nd top 20, and The ratty Specials their 4th. Siouxsie & Co leap Christine into the 40, and Rod Stewart enters at 40 with a very long statement that didn’t quite catch on as much his previously long-titled double A Side cover in 1977. Hey ho, it’s a 1972 Luther Ingram song, and as usual I don’t go a bundle on his cover versions, though amiable enough. At 44, Queen are playing the game, or as I reflected at the time, safely hedging their bets with a fairly standard single. New at 59, New Zealander Shona Laing gets an entry with obscure decent track Don’t Tell Me, shortly before getting on the road with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, as Elvis Costello continues his run of chart entries (now at 3 years) with one of his most melodic, New Amsterdam being rather unappreciated – I’m guessing a bit more venom was expected, and the gorgeousness of the tune passed most fans by. At 71, Denny Laine gets a solo entry with Japanese Tears – a decade after I first noticed him as a solo act, with the lovely Say You Don’t Mind, later covered as a 1972 classy chart-topper for me in 1972 by Colin Blunstone, another 60’s band veteran. Denny, of course, had hit the top several times with Macca in Wings. At 73, and lastly, UB40 get that follow-up entry, My Way Of Thinking.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
2 ( 1 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 9 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
4 ( 2 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
5 ( 5 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
6 ( 4 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
7 ( NEW ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 6 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
9 ( 14 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
10 ( 7 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer

11 ( 8 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
12 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 10 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
14 ( 15 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
15 ( 18 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
16 ( 11 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
17 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
18 ( 13 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
19 ( 22 ) RAT RACE The Specials
20 ( 16 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

21 ( 28 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
22 ( 25 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
23 ( 17 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
24 ( 24 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
25 ( 46 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
26 ( 30 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
27 ( 21 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
28 ( 35 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
29 ( 31 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
30 ( 19 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

31 ( 20 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
32 ( 33 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 27 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
34 ( 29 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
35 ( 40 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
37 ( 42 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
38 ( 68 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
39 ( 39 ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
40 ( NEW ) IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT) Rod Stewart

41 ( 34 ) CALL ME Blondie
42 ( 54 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
43 ( 32 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
44 ( NEW ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
45 ( 65 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
46 ( 37 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
47 ( 62 ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
48 ( 56 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
49 ( 38 ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
50 ( 36 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin

51 ( 43 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
52 ( 60 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 53 ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks
54 ( 49 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
55 ( 55 ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge
56 ( 52 ) ATOMIC Blondie
57 ( 48 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
58 ( 47 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
59 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
60 ( 41 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

61 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 75 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
64 ( 73 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
65 ( 64 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
66 ( 63 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
67 ( 50 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
68 ( NEW ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
69 ( 51 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
70 ( 44 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

71 ( NEW ) JAPANESE TEARS Denny Laine
72 ( 59 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
73 ( NEW ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
74 ( 74 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
75 ( 72 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba


TV 7th -13th June

1 The Outer Limits
2 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 2
3 The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean: film
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Likely Lads
6 Barney Miller
7 ChiPs
8 At The Mill
9 Tomorrow’s World
10 The Banana Splits


In between revising for exams I watched a film from 1972 I’d gone to see at the cinema with then-mate Andrew, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean, a Paul Newman western Directed by John Huston, and with a dozen movie and TV stars in it. It was OK, but I don’t think I’ve seen it since, sadly, as I’d be curious to see young Victoria Principal, long-gone Roddy McDowell (always great) and a host of others again. Tuesday was exam day, cruelly cut-off mid-flow in the middle of an answer 2 minutes earlier than expected. Pah! I played table tennis with Bev and Pete afterwards as stress relief. Thursday another exam, one of the papers a swine, and got out to find mum and dad waiting with a new T shirt for me, on their way back home from Skeggy. Rest of the day I confidently avoided revising, fed up with it, and sure I already knew what I needed to know. The one area I didn’t prepare for much was the Art examiners, assuming it was just a formal discussion.

My last exam (for a few years at any rate) was on friday, and I found it hard to concentrate, annoyingly. Then in the afternoon was my interview with the external Nottingham University examiners at the Usher Art gallery. I went in smiling friendly-like. “What are you smiling for?” the younger “Art” turd demanded. That was the highlight of the grilling, it pretty much went downhill after that as I got crucified by the 2 examiners as they aggressively attacked all my work which left me stuttering and breathless, unable to defend myself of any of my work. I consoled myself outside with art student Anne who had also had a grilling, then moaned to my tutors about their attitude. My various friends helped to try and cheer me up in the evening. In fairness to them, some of my artwork (which I still have) wasn’t great, but in fairness to me Art “Experts” are conceited arrogant pretentious pricks trying to justify an opinion as if it’s an absolute. I should have got angry about it and ignored everything they said. The reality was I was so devastated by it I gave up totally anything to do with art, creativity, photography, screen printing, drawing for decades, not wanting to have anything to do with people like that and the bullying Art mafia, as I saw them. Pity, as I could do with meeting up with them now, I’m more than capable of saying what I think to anyone I see holding those sorts of attitudes towards other people and sod the consequences. At the weekend mum and dad came to see my artwork at the gallery, as I bumped in to Anne on her way in to officially complain about the external examiners. I should have done that….


24th June 1980

2 weeks at 1 for OMD, as Roberta and Donny hit 3 equalling Where Is The Love in 1972. The Police get a 6th top 5 with the Bed’s Too Big, or 6-pack all in one go, whatever. ELO get 2 big leaps into the top 10 from Xanadu, I’m Alive at 6 and the infinitely better title track at 9. At this stage I was such an ELO fan that they could fart into a spaceship and I would like it – not that I’m Alive is that bad, but it’s their weakest single since, well, the last time they failed to make my top 10 in 1974: Daybreaker, and in retrospect the least-good single they did in their career up to this point. Xanadu was one of their best. Banging up to 7, Christine gives The Banshees their second top 10, and first in 2 years since debut Hong Kong Garden, Paul McCartney makes it two out 2 as he gets his 16th top 10 hit since the Fabs split-up, not to mention as many again and more inside The Beatles. Elton John also takes Little Jeannie into the 10 for a pleasantly sweet 14th top tenner.

Highest new entry at 23 is the funny and punkily odd Two Packets Of Lager, which definitely rang a bell – Time gentleman please! – with anyone waiting in vain to get served in a busy pub before it closed at 11. Yes in those days it was unheard of to stay open late! Splodgenessabounds is one of the great band names, to boot. The Stranglers pose a philosophical question at 26 – to which the answer seems to be “every ruthless twat on the planet” – as Elvis Costello rockets up to New Amsterdam inside the 40, as Darts fly up to 34 and UB40 think about it at 38. young Stacey Lattisaw proves that disco is not only not dead, it’s still pretty good, and Jumps To The Beat new in at 32.

The Beach Boys are Trying To Keep The Summer Alive, with a new album and tour headlining Knebworth – which was any day now for me. In at 39, flattered a bit as a consequence, as The Sex Pistols fizzle out with a reasonable cover of a Monkees B Side (Itself a cover of their main early songwriters Boyce & Hart’s song as recorded by Paul Revere And The Raiders). The Monkees version is pure 60‘s garage rock and spits venom and passion. For all the critical rubbish written about both bands, The Monkees is the perfect punk version and the The Sex Pistols version was merely a kitsch cash-in. So I’m posting the classic version….

Elsewhere, US band Spider pop in with the good New Romance, Odyssey re-enter with the future UK chart-topper Use It Up Wear It Out, still sounds good, let’s be honest, Donna Summer’s more laid-back Sunset People glides in at 66, and 2 nu-metal bands are back, one I don’t rate at all (it is Iron Maiden after all), and the other is pretty damn good (Saxon’s 747). I know metal fans seem to be under the delusion it’s the other way round, but hey Saxon rocks at 71. Phil Lynnot is back solo again for the 3rd time, and he doesn’t even have the decency to wait for Thin Lizzy to drop out of the 40 as his tribute to Elvis Presley pops in at 75, and finally it’s an oddly low new entry for a Bob Marley classic, as he notches up the reggae beats to Could You Be Loved, one of his best records, in at 73. Within months he’d be dead from cancer, refusing early treatment, and all I can wonder is how many great records we’ve lost from his far-too-early death.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 9 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
4 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
5 ( 4 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
6 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
7 ( 25 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
9 ( 52 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 14 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John

11 ( 5 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
12 ( 6 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
13 ( 15 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
14 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
15 ( 3 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
16 ( 13 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
17 ( 22 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
18 ( 10 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 26 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
20 ( 28 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

21 ( 38 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
22 ( 44 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
23 ( NEW ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
24 ( 8 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 11 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
26 ( NEW ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
27 ( 68 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
28 ( 24 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
29 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
30 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies

31 ( 20 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
32 ( NEW ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
33 ( 16 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
34 ( 58 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
35 ( 37 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
36 ( 45 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
37 ( 27 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
38 ( 73 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
39 ( NEW ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
40 ( 42 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia

41 ( 48 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
42 ( 33 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
43 ( 23 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
44 ( 18 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
45 ( 19 ) RAT RACE The Specials
46 ( 34 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
47 ( NEW ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
48 ( 40 ) IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT) Rod Stewart
49 ( 30 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
50 ( 53 ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks

51 ( 43 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
52 ( 29 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
53 ( 41 ) CALL ME Blondie
54 ( 59 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
55 ( NEW ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
56 ( 64 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
57 ( 31 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
58 ( 54 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
59 ( 63 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
60 ( 36 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 47 ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
64 ( RE ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
65 ( 56 ) ATOMIC Blondie
66 ( NEW ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
67 ( 67 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
68 ( 39 ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
69 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON YOUR BODY Ronnie Bond
70 ( 51 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex

71 ( NEW ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
72 ( 65 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
73 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
74 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY Iron Maiden
75 ( NEW ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott


TV 14th-20th June

1 Planet Of The Apes: film
2 Wonder Woman
3 The Outer Limits
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 The Waltons
9 Happy days
10 Knotts Landing


On TV, 60’s classic movie Planet Of The Apes and a Wonder Woman TV movie with alien bodysnatchers (fab cheese!). I psycho-analysed why whenever I see mum and dad (they popped in again) I got depressed – it was talk of the future and my total lack of preparedness for the onrushing end of College life. Tickets for Knebworth arrived, hooray! College Hustings meant voting for student body reps for the next year, so we listened and voted, and a fun evening with friends as Jane prepared a lesson on Islam for the kids, based on her artwork after we’d been to Tunisia.

I met up with tutor Max for an indication of my degree results. I was not surprised to hear it was going to be a division 2 (average) as my best work in Art was graded 2:2 but a lot was rated less than that. As I’d never been what you call a hard-worker I couldn’t really complain. One of our friends borrowed Sue’s bike (unbeknownst to Sue) to go to the Lincolnshire Show, they shall remain nameless but I did say “it’ll get nicked!”, and bumped into her later bursting into tears cos it had been nicked. Confession is good for the soul fortunately, and it was forthcoming to Sue who took the news rather well I thought.

My 1975 Charts – March

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4th March 1975

6th and final week for Helen Reddy’s Angie Baby on top, but who will topple her – Wigan’s Chosen Few play footsie at 2, Shirley says Shame Shame Shame at only going up to 3, and there are 2 big new entries: Gloria Gaynor follows up her big number one with a cover of a Motown classic in at 4, the Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There, and it’s a thumping frantic disco anthem, for me the best version apart from the original. At 5, it’s a long-missing 50’s guitar instrumental legend, Duane Eddy, who gets some help from a chorus of girl Rebelettes to twang along in the 70’s: Play Me Like Your Guitar is great, though not as great as his old classics like Peter Gunn, Rebel Rouser and Because They’re Young. Close thing, though.

Bowie goes top 20 with his funky Young Americans, ditto Supertramp and Moments and Whatnauts, while in at 26 it’s a 60’s Northern Soul-inspired hit for Gary Lewis And The Playboys, My Heart’s Symphony. They had a whole run of big US hits, and were notable for Gary being the son of comedian Jerry Lewis, and being pretty good pop, especially the fab This Diamond Ring, which was never a UK hit (like almost their entire career). The strings on this one add a bit of 60’s pop interest and I still love it, should have been bigger. Meanwhile Hamilton Bohannon smoothly funks his way to 28, the Average White Band do the same at 29, and Sweet return with their first self-written hit Fox On The Run, and it’s pretty good, in at 30! Giving them 4 years of hits, non-stop.

In at 43, it’s Barry Manilow debuting with the OTT Mandy, a cover of the much-better original sitting at 10 for Scott English – Brandy. It just came over as a bland, if mildly pleasant version of a great song, to me at the time. At 44, the Bay City Rollers ditch their songwriters and go it alone – by covering a Four Seasons non-UK-hit, Bye Bye Baby – they do it effectively, and the song wasn’t that well known in the UK, but it was the start of a loooooong list of acts getting much bigger hits than the brilliant Four Seasons originals in the UK – in the USA it was the other way round, for the most part. Which leaves Helen Reddy getting a follow-up entry as she drops off the top, Free And Easy, and Nosmo King and The Javells getting another chart entry (albeit unlikely) at 46. Finally Jim Stafford has a 3rd entry, with Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne – he certainly never was predictable!

1 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
2 ( 3 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
3 ( 4 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
4 ( NEW ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
5 ( NEW ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 2 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
7 ( 6 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
8 ( 7 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
9 ( 8 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
10 ( 9 ) BRANDY Scott English

11 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
12 ( 5 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 24 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
16 ( 10 ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
17 ( 12 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
18 ( 26 ) DREAMER Supertramp
19 ( 23 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
20 ( 18 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

21 ( 20 ) REMEMBER THE DAYS OF THE OLD SCHOOL YARD Linda Lewis
22 ( 36 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
23 ( 17 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
24 ( 16 ) YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY Ohio Express
25 ( 15 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( NEW ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
27 ( 27 ) I’M ON MY WAY Dean Parrish
28 ( 44 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
29 ( 43 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
30 ( NEW ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet

31 ( 19 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
32 ( 33 ) GAMES UP Hello
33 ( 21 ) I’LL TAKE A MELODY The Hues Corporation
34 ( 22 ) I’M HER FOOL Billy Swan
35 ( 25 ) IT MAY BE WINTER OUTSIDE (BUT IN MY HEART IT’S SPRING) Love Unlimited
36 ( 30 ) BOOGIE ON REGGAE WOMAN Stevie Wonder
37 ( 28 ) YOUR KISS IS SWEET Syreeta
38 ( 29 ) GET DANCIN’ Disco Tex and The Sex-o-lettes
39 ( 46 ) DOWN DOWN Status Quo
40 ( 45 ) LOVE IS ALL Roger Glover and Guests (featuring Ronnie Dio)

41 ( 31 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
42 ( 32 ) ROLL ON DOWN THE HIGHWAY Bachman-Turner Overdrive
43 ( NEW ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( NEW ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
45 ( NEW ) FREE AND EASY Helen Reddy
46 ( NEW ) LOVIN’ YOU IS EASY Nosmo King and The Javells
47 ( 40 ) LEGO SKANGA Rupie Edwards
48 ( 41 ) MY LAST NIGHT WITH YOU Arrows
49 ( 42 ) DOCTOR LOVE The Pearls
50 ( NEW ) YOUR BULLDOG DRINKS CHAMPAGNE Jim Stafford


11th March 1975

Gloria Gaynor gets her 2nd chart-topper in a row, Reach Out I’ll Be There getting there in 2 weeks flat, and a new disco queen arrives. Not me, no. It’s all about Gloria’s vocal, the fab percussion, the backing singers and especially the heavy drumbeat on the chorus. Excited me no end at the time, and still does. Shooting up to 2, Supertramp’s best record Dreamer, it still sounds fresh, urgent and original, well beyond the normal single format. Duane Eddy has a veteran top 3 hit when few from the 50’s were still going, bar the odd Cliff and Elvis. Bowie gets his first top 10 since Sorrow, and his 7th to date, while The Rubettes get a 3rd, cos they can do it. The Rollers rocket up to 12, rather unexpectedly, as my early love for the Rollers in 1971-73 was well on the turn to annoyance what with all the screaming pre-teen girls all over the place, and Gary Lewis gets a 9-years-late top 20 hit.

It’s all about the 19 new entries though, as the music scene hits overdrive and my chart has an almost 40% clearout. 19 is a new record, and is headed by an old-fashioned Eurovision-styled boy-girl singalong, and it’s fab – There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving is schmaltzy, overdoses on the backing singers and strings, and has a killer chorus…yes it’s a real guilty pleasure! The group had TV host Bruce Forsyth’s daughter in it, not to mention Thereza Bazar and David Van Day, future hit duo Dollar. Talking of Eurovision, Radio Luxembourg was busy plugging Geraldine’s English-language version (You) of her French-language entry, Toi, and here it is at 28, making it 4 years in a row that Luxembourg had charted. It’s also one place higher than the UK’s entry, the last one under the system where an established act is chosen to sing 6 songs, then the public vote – and this time Cliff’s backing band, and UK instrumental heroes The Shadows join Duane Eddy on the comeback trail and also get a debut rare vocal hit, Let Me Be The One. It’s not bad at all.

At 30, a dance cover of The Beatles’ George Harrison song Something, from The Miracle Workers, gives it 3 hit versions in 6 years, while a Dutch duo cover of the 60’s childhood fave of mine Swinging On A Star (by Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva, itself a 40’s Bing Crosby cover) enters at 41 for the badly-named Spooky And Sue. An actual 60’s song I liked enters at 47 for The McCoys, Hang On Sloopy, while a 40’s styled gorgeous gentle ballad (and tribute to Fred Astaire) enters at 35 for Don McLean, his first hit in 3 years – Wonderful Baby.

At 32 and 33, two big US hits for two big UK-based stars, and two big UK-flops as they moved to the States and got ignored by UK record-buyers. Idiots. ELO’s Can’t Get It Out Of My Head is a touching emotive ballad, and a singles departure for the band that eventually charted 3 years later on an EP in the UK, while Olivia Newton-John was moving out of country into melodic pop ballads, and one of her best: Have You Never Been Mellow, lovely. At 34 a late glam rock entrant from Shabby Tiger (too late for the UK to chart it, but not in Europe), Slow Down is decent enough, and at 36 The Goodies get a thrid hit with a Funky Gibbon. Yes, well, hmmm, it was catchy for a couple of weeks! David Bowie’s guitarist, the legendary Mick Ronson gets a quirky solo entry at 45, Billy Porter, Alice Cooper gets 3 years of chart entries at 48, Department Of Youth. Also 3 years on, Peter Skellern gets a follow-up entry at 50, the laid-back Hold On To Love, and 2 years on ex-teacher Clifford T. Ward keeps the gentle folk ballads coming, gets a 4th entry with the delightful Jigsaw Girl at 49.

Phew! That leaves just the great new ones, from K.C. And The Sunshine Band, and a third hit (and a 6th song) with Get Down Tonight, as the fabulous funky dance grooves get notched a peg or two, even over chart-topper Queen Of Clubs. The basis of more than one future sampled hit, and still brilliant, and in at 37. Then there’s Elton John, with a Band attached, a new sound of Philadelphia, strings, soul, fabulousness, and a song dedicated to gay tennis player Billie-Jean King, Philadelphia Freedom. In at 42, 4 years of chartdom, and Elton had yet to miss the chart since Rocket Man hit 2, and was followed up by 2 number one’s in Crocodile Rock and Bennie And The Jets in 1972 and 1974. Elton, it should be stressed, was the biggest star in the world at this point and could do no wrong, especially in the USA, and was mightily prolific, 2 albums a year, and singles not necessarily on albums, and album tracks that should have been singles but weren’t. Phew!

1 ( 4 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 18 ) DREAMER Supertramp
3 ( 5 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 1 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
5 ( 2 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
6 ( 3 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
7 ( 15 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
8 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
9 ( NEW ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
10 ( 11 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
12 ( 44 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
13 ( 26 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
15 ( 19 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
16 ( 8 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
17 ( 9 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
18 ( 10 ) BRANDY Scott English
19 ( 20 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
20 ( 7 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

21 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
22 ( 29 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
24 ( 22 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
25 ( 31 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
26 ( 12 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
27 ( NEW ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( NEW ) YOU Geraldine
29 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
30 ( NEW ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers

31 ( 32 ) GAMES UP Hello
32 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
34 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
35 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( NEW ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( NEW ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
38 ( 17 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel
39 ( 25 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 23 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( NEW ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( NEW ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
43 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
44 ( 41 ) SHOORAH SHOORAH Betty Wright
45 ( NEW ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( NEW ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
47 ( NEW ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
48 ( NEW ) DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH Alice Cooper
49 ( NEW ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
50 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern


18th March 1975

After the deluge of last week, only 2 new entries and Gloria Gaynor gets 2 weeks reaching out on top. The rest of the chart is busy though, Elton up 40 places to 2 outdoing all his previous singles bar 3, just lovin’ that Philadelphia Freedom. Bowie also does better here than any other chart, hitting 5 with Young Americans – Bowie fans struggled with the new “plastic soul” sound, but not me, loved it. The Sweet get an 11th Top 10 hit, Neil Sedaka stops yo-yo-ing and hits 8 for his annual top 10 hit, now allied with Elton John on his label, and ELO get a 4th top 10.

The 2 Eurovision songs keep pace with each other at 14 and 15, Geraldine still having the edge, while Livvy goes top 20, and Shabby Tiger slow down at 19. New at 44 it’s Polly Brown getting a second solo hit, dialling L for Love, though it’s now 5 years since she debuted with Pickettywich. Finally, at 48, The Hues Corporation have a 4th chart entry with the Love Corporation, diminishing returns but they still sound good.

1 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
2 ( 42 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
3 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
4 ( 2 ) DREAMER Supertramp
5 ( 7 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
6 ( 9 ) THERE’S A WHOLE LOT OF LOVING Guys and Dolls
7 ( 21 ) FOX ON THE RUN Sweet
8 ( 25 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
9 ( 32 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 4 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy

11 ( 5 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
12 ( 6 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company
13 ( 8 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
14 ( 28 ) YOU Geraldine
15 ( 29 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
16 ( 13 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
17 ( 15 ) GIRLS Moments and Whatnauts
18 ( 33 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
19 ( 34 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
20 ( 10 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry

21 ( 11 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
22 ( 19 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon
23 ( 37 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 36 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
25 ( 12 ) BYE BYE BABY The Bay City Rollers
26 ( 22 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
27 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
28 ( 30 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
29 ( 20 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
30 ( 31 ) GAMES UP Hello

31 ( 16 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 17 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 18 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( 23 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
35 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
36 ( 26 ) THE SECRETS THAT YOU KEEP Mud
37 ( 14 ) OUR NATIONAL PASTIME Rupert Holmes
38 ( 46 ) SWEET MUSIC Showaddywaddy
39 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
40 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters

41 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
42 ( 45 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
43 ( 50 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
44 ( NEW ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
45 ( 49 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
46 ( 47 ) HANG ON SLOOPY The McCoys
47 ( 24 ) SNOOKEROO Ringo Starr
48 ( NEW ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
49 ( 43 ) MANDY Barry Manilow
50 ( 38 ) MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) Steve Harley And Cockney Rebel

In Gloucester days, I was seriously buying every vinyl single I could get afford and find, and every old and new DC comic I could find. I scoured all the record shops (and there were plenty in those days) and newsagents that stocked American comics, and had a weekly Saturday bus ride, or walk of a few miles (to have extra money to spend on them) to do the rounds, especially the second-hand bookstore Toby’s which had stocks of recent DC comics printed with their name on the cover – much cheaper for me and I picked up loads I’d missed. Hooray! We also had a family ride, after some snowfall, to see our Singapore family friends the Wainwrights, after not seeing them for a year or so – I have the trip there fixed in my mind to some of the Radio 1 playlist tracks of the time, so I associate them with crisp snow and sunshine, for instance Fox On The Run and Young Americans, and especially Philadelphia Freedom. Odd the things that stick in the mind sometime. It was great seeing them all again.


25th March 1975 part 1 (Eurovision)

It’s a new number one, but dropping from 6 and completely out of the chart it’s Guys & Dolls with one of the shortest ever chart runs for a record that peaked at 6 – 2 weeks, peak, and out! It’s a guilty pleasure, but one that I got over quickly, until a decent amount of time had passed by (years), and then I loved it again. Anyway, new at 1 it’s Elton, yay! His 3rd number one in 4 years, a brilliant Philly soul record by a white British rock star, joining Bowie in crossing some genre boundaries, and also commenting at the time about his domination on USA radio where his singles just would not leave the chart – he wished they would stop playing them and let them leave the chart, even he was getting fed up of it! This, of course, is now how the whole music business works: overkill, monotony, and dominated by a huge few stars. Elton was also presiding over another chart invasion, though, chock full of good new singles, led by the Eurovision winner, Teach-In, at 10. Ding A Dong! Or Dinge Dong, take your pick. It was an immediate hit with me while I babysat, and my clear favourite, though the chart placing just ahead of the UK and Luxembourg might say otherwise. The Shadows did well, and Geraldine, Toi, so there’s a mini-1975 Eurovision section to enjoy. Or ‘enjoy’! The Netherlands deserved to win though, and they had clearly learnt the Abba lesson and gone uptempo pop. So here the three are…


25th March 1975 (part 2)

Back in March 1975, 25th, and K.C. is up to 3 for his 3rd successive top 3 hit, with one of the great instant instrumental funk intros, do a little dance make a little love, get down tonight! The Sweet hit 4, fox-chasing, and Olivia hits 6 with her biggest ever hit in 4 years, so she must have been feeling pretty mellow about that. The second highest new entry is the record that came 2nd in the Radio 1 All-Time Top 100 singles, as compiled in 1974 – Young Girl won it (and charted all over again) but runner-up was Bobby Goldsboro’s 1968 UK number 2, which was reissued in the UK and hit 2 again, having been 2 on the 100. A case of the 2’s if ever I heard it! The sickly-sweet sentimental tragedy song enters at 14 here. It’s both touching and OTT laughable, depending on mood. It fit in with tragic news of the death of a classmate in a motorbike accident, Martin Milliard, who’d been getting interviews with football clubs. His best mate Davvy was a mate at school, and I was shocked and sad all round for Davvy and Milli’s family. The song came up in group classroom conversation, and Davvy took it’s side, so did I.

In at 16, Jim Gilstrap’s lovely gospel soul shuffler Swing Your Daddy, and in at 17 another Wigan band, Wigan’s Ovation with an actual NEW recording and northern soul cover hit, the Invitations’ Skiing In The Snow. Northern Soul was cool in the working class circles. Lulu’s back with another image change at 26, this time soul funk, one style she was to return to most frequently over the years. The record? Take You Mama For A Ride, and 7 years of hits. Missing for 2 years, and it’s a welcome return for Middle Of The Road, with the flop single Hitchin’ A Ride In The Moonlight, which managed to grab a couple of plays on Radio Luxembourg, and nothing in the UK, but it gives them an 8th bubblegum chart entry for me. I haven’t heard it for decades, and it’s not on itunes, boo!

Ralph McTell’s back at 34 with a forgotten, non-itunes, follow-up El Progresso, not that folky, while Hot Chocolate return with new single Blue Night, in the style of Emma at 48. Pretty good, a flop, no airplay, but it had a B Side you may have heard of, a ditty called You Sexy Thing. Come back in 7 months when it gets flipped, and Blue Night is the B Side. 49, Caston And Majors, a Motown act, and a fantastic record in Child Of Love, fab song, should have been a hit. Finally, at 50, it’s another oldie reissue from the late Jim Croce, one which would have charted in 1972 had my charts allowed non-UK-chart records: Bad Bad Leroy Brown. Big US hit.

1 ( 2 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
2 ( 1 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
3 ( 23 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
4 ( 7 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
5 ( 3 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
6 ( 18 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
7 ( 9 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
8 ( 4 ) DREAMER Supertramp
9 ( 5 ) YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie
10 ( NEW ) DING A DONG Teach-In

11 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
12 ( 14 ) YOU Geraldine
13 ( 16 ) MY HEART’S SYMPHONY Gary Lewis And The Playboys
14 ( NEW ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 19 ) SLOW DOWN Shabby Tiger
16 ( NEW ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
17 ( NEW ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
18 ( 10 ) ANGIE BABY Helen Reddy
19 ( 11 ) FOOTSIE Wigan’s Chosen Few
20 ( 12 ) SHAME SHAME SHAME Shirley & Company

21 ( 28 ) SOMETHING The Miracle Workers
22 ( 8 ) THE QUEEN OF 1964 Neil Sedaka
23 ( 27 ) FANCY PANTS Kenny
24 ( 13 ) I CAN DO IT The Rubettes
25 ( 45 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
26 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR MAMA FOR A RIDE Lulu
27 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
28 ( 21 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE ’75 Paper Lace
29 ( RE ) THEN I CHANGE HANDS Mick Robertson
30 ( 22 ) #9 DREAM John Lennon

31 ( 31 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME The Tams
32 ( 32 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE The Isley Brothers
33 ( 33 ) BRANDY Scott English
34 ( NEW ) EL PROGRESSO Ralph McTell
35 ( 43 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
36 ( 24 ) FUNKY GIBBON The Goodies
37 ( 35 ) WONDERFUL BABY Don McLean
38 ( 26 ) PICK UP THE PIECES The Average White Band
39 ( 34 ) SOUTH AFRICAN MAN Hamilton Bohannon
40 ( 29 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox

41 ( 39 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE Gloria Gaynor
42 ( 40 ) PLEASE MR POSTMAN The Carpenters
43 ( 44 ) DIAL ‘L’ FOR LOVE Polly Brown
44 ( 20 ) DON’T BE CRUEL Mike Berry
45 ( 42 ) BILLY PORTER Mick Ronson
46 ( 41 ) SWINGING ON A STAR Spooky And Sue
47 ( 48 ) LOVE CORPORATION The Hues Corporation
48 ( NEW ) BLUE NIGHT Hot Chocolate
49 ( NEW ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
50 ( NEW ) BAD BAD LEROY BROWN Jim Croce

My 1979 Charts – December

Steep Hill Lincoln 1979

Steep Hill Lincoln 1979

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4th December 1979

ELO get their second number one of the year, largely due to Confusion and it’s fantastic melody and synth riff, love it! For the record, that’s 8 number ones spanning 7 years. Gary Numan gets his 3rd top 3 of the year as Complex leaps to 3, and Rose Royce get their 3rd Top 10 in 2 years as Theme From S’Express (well, sort of, hits 6), while Donna and Babs get their biggest hit of the year – enough is enough! The Police rocket 49 places taking giant steps attempting to walk on the moon at 10, that’ll be 4 top 10‘s in a row then!

Lots of upward movements for several fave pop stars, and new at 18 it’s a genuine classic record from Pink Floyd, and that animated video. No-one expected Pink Floyd to do anything remotely commercial, they didn’t do singles, that was the firm rule, so to have this come out at christmas, off The Wall, while Michael Jackson was Off The Wall (see 25) was a major talking point amongst music fans. Not commercial? Not in one sense, but in another sense, brilliantly commercial by virtue of being effing fabulous.

The Skids enter at 35 with 4th hit of 1979, Working For The Yankee Dollar, they claim, somewhat dubiously, as they had no USA success. The Three Degrees follow-up a fantastic disco classic with…err My Simple Heart. Hmmm. Mellow. Ditto Quo, rock classic, hmmm, mellow: Living On An Island, 50 and 53 respectively. Mike Oldfield follows up his guilty disco hit with a guilty Blue Peter TV theme update – we all knew the tune in those days, very jolly. At 69, belatedly entering, the terrific Sing Children Sing, Lesley Duncan’s great 1971 flop single is re-recorded for Children In Need with an all-star backing chorus: Kate Bush, Pete Townsend, Joe Brown, Phil Lynott, and many more. Lesley never made it big, despite critical approval and support from the likes of Elton John, possibly due to her stage fright problems, and sadly passed away in 2010. Finally, at 73, Sheila B. Devotion is back, showing us all B. Devotion is the name of her backing band, not hers, and it’s a Chic record, as in Chic in all but artist name – French-accented vocals as opposed to American, but Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are behind this fab classy dance track with the sci-fi theme. Given Chic were running out of steam at this point, it was jolly decent of them to give this away!

1 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 26 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 5 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
5 ( 3 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
6 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 4 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 9 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
9 ( 11 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
10 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

11 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 7 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
13 ( 24 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 8 ) RISE Herb Alpert
15 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
16 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
17 ( 6 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
18 ( NEW ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
19 ( 20 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
20 ( 29 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness

21 ( 10 ) STILL The Commodores
22 ( 16 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
23 ( 28 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
24 ( 12 ) SAD EYES Robert John
25 ( 67 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
26 ( 21 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
27 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
28 ( 14 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
29 ( 39 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
30 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

31 ( 40 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
32 ( 31 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
33 ( 32 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
34 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
35 ( NEW ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
36 ( 18 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
37 ( 53 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
38 ( 27 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
39 ( 43 ) COME TO ME France Joli
40 ( 17 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter

41 ( 25 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
42 ( 36 ) CARS Gary Numan
43 ( 37 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
44 ( 58 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
45 ( 35 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
46 ( 38 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
47 ( 50 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 19 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
49 ( 45 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
50 ( NEW ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees

51 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
52 ( 46 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
53 ( NEW ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
54 ( 48 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
55 ( 44 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
56 ( 66 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 56 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
60 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful

61 ( 47 ) DREAMING Blondie
62 ( 61 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
63 ( 60 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
64 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
66 ( 68 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
67 ( NEW ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( 42 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
69 ( NEW ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( 41 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler

71 ( 49 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
72 ( 75 ) FLY TOO HIGH Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
74 ( 63 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
75 ( 62 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band

MY TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Journey To Babel
2. Soap
3. Top Of The Pops
4. A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers Film)
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. The New Avengers
7. Parkinson
8. Happy Days
9. Doctor Who
10. Time Express: film

At College still writing my Poe essay, snooker while 2nd year lads practiced on their drum kit (how cool to envious me!), Spike Milligan on Parkinson, really enjoyed John Davis American Studies literature lecture, lots of laughs and thought-provoking. Chatting to 2nd year Art students also working on screen printing enjoyable. A fab video-only Top Of The Pops with the usual gang round for a TV evening. We laughed a lot, always. This was the saturday that Pete Paul and I compared who’s record player was most accurate starting Message In A Bottle at the same time, I knew Pete’s ran too fast (verified), which was funny. The girls thought we were mad. We went to the cinema to see a reissue of The Poseidon Adventure, still one of my top 5 films at that time, then in the evening a 21st birthday disco in the student union function room where a Jane (there were several Jane friends) wrapped her arms round my neck and wouldn’t let me leave till I danced. I agreed only if everyone else sat also danced, this bit of blackmail backfired when everyone else got up and I had to dance for 4 numbers, unable to vary my dance – Judy Murray on Strictly looked positively flowing in comparison to my dance skills then! Pretty sure this Jane fancied me, I was invited to her party even though she was under the incorrect assumption that I was going out with Julie. Maybe she’d noticed her canoodling with Pete… Oops, stress for me next week!


11th December 1979

Third number one for The Police, Walking On The Moon, and Sting is hot with everyone it seems, bleached blonde all 3. Hope that doesn’t make you lose your hair Sting! The Rats get a 3rd consecutive top 5, Diamond Smiles boys! The Gibson Brothers go for their 2nd, Madness their fabulous first, and The Tourists get Dave and Annie in the 10 3 years before Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Oh Yes, Pink Floyd also get in the 10 for the first time!

Abba bizarrely go for an album track from Voulez Vous, the 5th to feature on a single, as the follow-up to brand-new non-album track Gimme Gimme Gimme, though it certainly had wide-appeal – obviously, as it hit 2 in the UK charts behind Pink Floyd. The Skids and The Pretenders zip up into the 20, both for the 3rd time, and a new entry at 22 for a very significant record: Yes it’s Nile Rodgers and Chic again – with a twist! It’s the backing track being rapped over by a new act, The Sugarhill Gang, of Sylvia Robinson’s record label (number 2 in 1973 with Pillow Talk in my charts, loved it). Widely-regarded as a novelty hit, it was actually the sign of Pop Future via message dance rap and gangsta rap all the way through to obligatory rap.

At 24, Paul McCartney has a go at a christmas classic – and gets it with Wonderful Christmastime, though frankly I prefer the frog chorus anyday. Anyways, that’s 8 years of solo hits and 11 with The Beatles and Wings, but not his finest hour. Amusingly Dollar’s version of I want To Hold Your Hand nestles just below at 25, another record I’d rather hear than the annual christmas overplay. M get a follow-up hit, Moonlight And Musak, and it’s very nice, under-appreciated I thought. Spacer and The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan both go 40, both deservedly, while It’s My House enters twice: Diana Ross going for 11 years of hits at 40 with the original version, and a reggae version at 75 from Storm which is quite nice too.

A bit of rockpop at 68 from Rocky Burnette, son of 50’s rocker Johnny Burnette, and the great Tired Of Toeing The Line, while a second Sara enters the charts – Thin Lizzy drop with theirs as Stevie Nicks utterly-effing-fantastic Fleetwood Mac affecting ballad enters at 70. Sara is a track that has grown with time, it reduces me to tears when I see and hear Stevie sing it live (as I have done 3 times, and will be doing again later this year). Just brilliance. At 74, Darts cover Jackie Wilson to minimal effect, Reet Petite at 74, but he’ll be back posthumously himself in 1986 with the only version that counts.

1 ( 10 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 1 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
3 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 13 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
6 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 11 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 20 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
9 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 18 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

11 ( 5 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
12 ( 4 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
13 ( 8 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
14 ( 16 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 7 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
16 ( NEW ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
17 ( 35 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
18 ( 12 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
19 ( 37 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
20 ( 25 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson

21 ( 9 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
22 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
23 ( 14 ) RISE Herb Alpert
24 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
25 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 22 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
27 ( 19 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
28 ( 17 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
29 ( 31 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
30 ( 26 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

31 ( 21 ) STILL The Commodores
32 ( 23 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
33 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
34 ( 32 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
36 ( 73 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
37 ( 39 ) COME TO ME France Joli
38 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
39 ( 24 ) SAD EYES Robert John
40 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross

41 ( 27 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
42 ( 29 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
43 ( 53 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
44 ( 30 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
45 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) CARS Gary Numan
47 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 50 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
49 ( 36 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
50 ( 44 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

51 ( 41 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
52 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
53 ( 28 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
54 ( 69 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
55 ( 46 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
56 ( 52 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
57 ( 40 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
58 ( 49 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
62 ( NEW ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
63 ( 59 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
64 ( 54 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
65 ( 43 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
66 ( 62 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
67 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( NEW ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
69 ( 45 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
70 ( NEW ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 55 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
72 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
73 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
74 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Darts
75 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm

1. Star Trek: The Deadly Years
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
4. MASH
5. Happy Days
6. Fawlty Towers
7. The Odd Couple
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Barney Miller
10. Kelly Monteith
11. Time Express
12. Doctor Who
13. Hawaii 5-0
14. The New Avengers
15. My Wife Next Door

Life? Had College breakfast with 5 Americans, mostly from Trenton, and had to read out a poem wot I wrote in English class. I’m not a fan of poetry for the most part, just too artificial unless it’s set to music for me. The Americans gave class an entertaining play in the afternoon, Italian immigrants in New York, though I was fascinated by the regional accents they had (Arizona, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York) and just how much better Americans are at public presentation than shy and retiring Brits. Several assignments handed in (I did do work, honest!), Jane seemed depressed following Teaching Practice which worried me, spent all of friday on screen printing works, quick visits from various friends before Ian popped round prior to other-Jane’s party. Mostly girls there, and quite good fun actually, escorted to digs by merry Caroline arm around the waists, but too late for Paul’s party which had just wrapped up.

Saturday was an outing in Paul’s car and Dave’s car to Nottingham for shopping, Julie, Jane, me and Bev as passengers. I got some Starlog/Starburst sci-fi mags and was overjoyed to find 2 1960’s Legion comics in a back-issue comic shop. I Love The Victoria Centre, said I! I ran out of money, sadly, so couldn’t get all I wanted. 10-pin bowls next, I love that game, been playing it since the late 60’s on and off. Paul won one, I won one, and showed off horribly at how much better I was. Not that I can say that about anything else much! On Monday, I arranged to “call-in impromptu” to Jane’s as she had a visiting teacher who was giving problems. It didn’t work and she didn’t take the hint. Tried to advise worried Jane afterwards. Barry Norman gave Star Trek: The Motion Picture a good review on Film Night: things were looking promising!

Lincoln 1979

Lincoln 1979


18th December 1979

2 weeks for The Police on top, as Abba (of course) shoot up to 2 with I Have A Dream, fresh off their world tour. 1979 was the last time Kate Bush and Abba toured, so one down and one, err not a snowball chance of. Floyd at 5, and The Pretenders at 10 gives a great top 10 and a chance for me to feature videos not picked as new entry choices. Wonderful Christmastime at 15, Lesley Duncan big climb to 26, Mike Oldfield even bigger climb to 28, and Storm’s reggae cover leaps over Diana Ross’ version – mainly because it was a better record.

Highest new entry is Day Trip To Bangor at 37: let’s put that down to childhood nostalgia from the days I lived on fab Isle Of Anglesey and passed through Bangor often, rather than any love of Fiddler’s Dram. Much better, it’s a classic alternate version of John I’m Only Dancing in at 39, David Bowie’s top 5 fave of mine from 1972 dating from the same period. Pretty similar and pretty brilliant, still one of my top-rated Bowie records, so under-rated. It’s also a double A side, with a 1975 version of the same song, from Bowie’s plastic soul period (which I loved) but the treatment didn’t improve the song in any way, and is at best mildly pleasant.

In at 40, it’s Chic again, My Feet Keep Dancing, their third going up the charts (see 19 and 27), and shockingly their last biggish hit, though Nile Rodgers had bigger things ahead, and way ahead. Motorhead bomb back in at 43, Matchbox returns, as does Styx, while The Beat cover Smokey Robinson and debut at 56. The UK Subs cover The Zombies and enter at 63. Neither version is a patch on the original, though Tears Of A Clown is at least fun.

1 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 16 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 8 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
5 ( 10 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
6 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
7 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 5 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
9 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders

11 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
12 ( 17 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
16 ( 20 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 11 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
18 ( 15 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 22 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
20 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

21 ( 12 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
22 ( 33 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
23 ( 13 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
24 ( 29 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
25 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 54 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
27 ( 36 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
28 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
29 ( 48 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
30 ( 23 ) RISE Herb Alpert

31 ( 26 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
32 ( 21 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
33 ( 43 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
34 ( 75 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 30 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
36 ( 40 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
37 ( NEW ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
38 ( 28 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
39 ( NEW ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
40 ( NEW ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic

41 ( 34 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
42 ( 35 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( NEW ) BOMBER Motorhead
44 ( 27 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
45 ( 39 ) SAD EYES Robert John
46 ( RE ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
47 ( 61 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 31 ) STILL The Commodores
49 ( 38 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
50 ( 46 ) CARS Gary Numan

51 ( 45 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
52 ( 41 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
53 ( 62 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
54 ( 32 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
55 ( 68 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
56 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
57 ( RE ) BABE Styx
58 ( 56 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
59 ( 37 ) COME TO ME France Joli
60 ( 44 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

61 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 51 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
65 ( 55 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
66 ( 70 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 66 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
68 ( 58 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
69 ( 74 ) REET PETITE Darts
70 ( 63 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( 42 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
72 ( 64 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
73 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
74 ( 49 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( 50 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: A Private Little War
2. Parkinson
3. Soap
4. The Rockford Files
5. Kelly Monteith
6. Film 79
7. Butterflies
8. The New Avengers
9. Parkinson
10. Porridge
11. Time Express
12. Up The Gum Tree
13. The Sky At Night
14. Fantastic Voyage
15. My Wife Next Door

At college, lunch with part of the gang and also Campion from Rhodesia, who was over on scholarship, very affable and only saw him get worked up once – when discussing white minority rule, he had stories to tell. Sadly, it’s replacement seems to be no improvement for some. Term was breaking up, Pete & Julie were saying goodbyes as Pete got a lift back with his sis. Sue and Paul were arguing over something – ah, end of term stresses! Fiona and Jo came round for tea and a (overlong) slide show from me of the USA. Paul, Julie, Jane round to watch Fantastic Voyage, Raquel Welch inside someone. Honest! My screen prints weren’t what I’d hoped they’d be, though OK, as I finished working in the art room. A pub evening, Paul took us in his car, and Jane gave me a £3 thank you record token! A lot of money in those days, Jane is so thoughtful and sweet-natured, artistic and intelligent too, fab company. I got tickled in the pub after going a bit enthusiastically about the jukebox music. No change there then! Back for William Shatner on Parkinson, bit of a revelation, intelligent and entertaining.

In American Studies, lecturer John Davis called me a great wit (!!) which was quite a compliment, and embarrassedly mentioned my Chapel Harem – that’s my many girl mates who I supported when they had a do going on in there. I went red. A sad goodbye to American Steve who was off back to the States, and who’d had a bad assignment returned, sadly. The christmas carol college gathering was great fun, especially the American students doing Randolph The Red-Nosed Cowboy, and the Connie Stew Hall lads doing Ding Dong Merrily On High with electric guitar was funny. At the College disco it was a live College band, SAVVY, with 2nd-year Pete on drums, danced with Julie, and Sue, to the great band, The Police-inspired stuff.

Last day was Art lectures, everyone tired from the late partying as people left for home during the day, including Bev off back to Mansfield (like me), and Chuck the American (another permanent goodbye). I miss being a serial gregarious-er, College absolutely taught me to socialise in a less introverted fashion. Took my wall posters down and waited for dad to pick me up and take me home, brother Mark tried to annoy me to get a reaction, mum did chips and beans for me, and they’d bought me a £40 record unit! Expensive, so I slightly told them off instead of being grateful! Doh! Played the Jesus Christ Superstar movie soundtrack album they’d also bought me for christmas. Christmas shopping for gifts on Saturday, Grandad and little cousins Helen and Neil came round with Uncle Geoff – he’s my age – and I played Risk with Mark, and won for the first time ever! We played it again with 9-year-old nephew John Christmas Day 2014. Mark won as usual. Some things never change!



25th December 1979

Christmas Day chart, and we were in Gravesend (see later) and Abba’s song and Pink Floyd’s song were being heavily played on rotating 45’s by the two girls there. So appropriately they comprise my top 2! Abba get a 13th number one in a row, 14th in total, and 5th of the year. Needless to say that’s pretty much 3 records for the price of one at the time. David Bowie meanwhile gets a second top 5 hit with John I’m Only Dancing 7 years on. The Pretenders leapfrog The Tourists and girls fronting bands were catching on, after being quite the rarity pre-punk.

KC gets his first top 10 single in 4 years, Macca just misses the christmas 10 with his christmas evergreen, Lesley Duncan finally cracks my top 20 8 years late, and Dollar get a 4th Top 20 hit. The Beat still cry at 28, and Babe is at 29. Not the pig, Styx. Motorhead get another top 40, and there are a mere 6 entries, headed by Boney M, who are Born Again. I wouldn’t put money on it actually! Elvis has an oldie christmas hit at 49, not one of his best though. Earth Wind & Fire Can’t Let Go at 55, not one of their best, Rupert Holmes finally starts to get his UK breakthrough hit a mere 5 years after debuting in my charts with the fab Our National Pastime. This time it’s the risque, morally dubious, but sorta sweet Escape (The Pina Colada Song) as featured in the 2014 blockbuster movie (and my 2014 charts) Guardians Of The Galaxy. Bung in The Clash at their best, London Calling at 62, and the second ever rap record to chart in the UK (and mine): Kurtis Blow with his Christmas Rappin’ at 75.

1 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 5 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
3 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 39 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
6 ( 10 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 6 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
9 ( 4 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
10 ( 24 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band

11 ( 15 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
15 ( 22 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
16 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 26 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
19 ( 11 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
20 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar

21 ( 27 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
23 ( 28 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
24 ( 19 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
25 ( 17 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
26 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 18 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 56 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( 57 ) BABE Styx
30 ( 21 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson

31 ( 23 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
32 ( 37 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 36 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 31 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
36 ( 43 ) BOMBER Motorhead
37 ( 40 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
38 ( 33 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
39 ( 32 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
40 ( NEW ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M

41 ( 30 ) RISE Herb Alpert
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 41 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 29 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
45 ( 35 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
46 ( 47 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
47 ( 38 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
48 ( 66 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
49 ( NEW ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 55 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette

51 ( 63 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
52 ( 51 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
53 ( 50 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SAD EYES Robert John
55 ( NEW ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
57 ( NEW ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 48 ) STILL The Commodores
62 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
63 ( 46 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
64 ( 44 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
65 ( 53 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
66 ( 49 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 54 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
68 ( 69 ) REET PETITE Darts
69 ( 67 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 64 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
72 ( 68 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 60 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
74 ( 65 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Obsession
2. Mork And Mindy
3. Soap
4. MASH
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. Fawlty Towers
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Bananas (film)
9. Kelly Monteith
10. The Rockford Files

11. Time Express
12. My Wife Next Door
13. Parkinson (wednesday)
14. Horizon
15. Parkinson (saturday)
16. Film Night
17. Blankety Blank
18. Doctor Who
19. Up The Gum Tree
20. Happy Days

At home, more christmas shopping, in the media lukewarm reviews for the Star Trek Motion Picture (doh!), and I did some College work in between wrapping prezzies. I went to see Star Trek for myself, and 8 years of waiting just sent into a tizzy of hyperbole : “long but not boring or overlong” (oh yes it was!) “sheer magic to have all the characters back, like seeing old friends again” and “the special effects were brilliant…now money can be spent to do them properly”. I also noted some similarities to TV episode plot, found myself in agreement with overall Trek philosphy, almost a cult by this point. I really loved Decker and Ilia, though didn’t love their loss of individuality (death) and rebirth as a merged being. rating: Top 4 film of all-time behind Close Encounters, Star Wars and Alien (!). It failed to make my top 100 last year.

Bumped into Great Uncle Ernest and Great Aunty Ann in town who gave me some money, they always did love me and brother and loved visits, which we didn’t do often enough. At the cinema again for Meteor: “first three-quarters of an hour crap” with bad characterisations, Brian Keith and Henry Fonds stealing the movie for me. On saturday mum and dad drove me to Gravesend to stop with their good friends Joe & Sandra, Merseysiders (we had a lot in common) who were our next-door-neighbour family friends in Gloucester 1974/5, with kids Joanne & Tracy. As everyone did in those days, asked if I had a girlfriend yet. It was practically obligatory in those days, and no I didn’t. On TV the Beatles Help! movie: “still got it” I noted. John Cleese was on TV, too: I’m reading his autobiography at the moment, appropriately.

Shopping in Gravesend Christmas Eve, bought the Pink Floyd single, and some sci-fi mags and prezzies for Joe Sandra & kids. Beatles Yellow Submarine on the telly (yay!). Christmas day was as pleasant as the previous couple, the first time we had one away from home or grandma’s. Joanne & Tracy were excited. Christmas Top Of The Pops with a late dinner, I summed it up as an “excellent year”, and yes it was, both for music and for me, quite probably my best year still. How sad! Trips to Tunisia, USA, Paris, great times at College, loads of good friends, and music TV and films were all on fire, and there were no tragedies or deaths, everything ticked along beautifully. TV: Hard Days Night, Goldfinger and The Gnomemobile, all regular TV faves in the 70’s. The Gnomemobile has been replaced by other better films, but it had Walter Brennan as a gnome, so what’s not to love!

My 1979 Charts – November

me at the palace

me at the palace


youtube vids here…


6th November 1979

The rapid turnover at the top continues as Lene Lovich gets an unexpected Number 1 with a minor UK hit, the quirkily melodic Bird Song. Many found Lene laughable, but I found her endearing, and loved this record. Earth Wind & Fire keep the run of big hits going, 4 years into their chart career, as Star goes up 7, just ahead of the gorgeous Hold On from Ian Gomm, and Herb Alpert Rises to 10, his first foray there since my very first chart of all in 1968, with Burt Bacharach’s heart-rending This Guy’s In Love, a record that still makes cry buckets if I try and sing along. And anyone else within earshot, for different reasons.

Suzi Quatro’s back in the top 20, 6 years on and going strong, but never quite getting that number 1, and BA Robertson knocks one off at 27, his 2nd top 40 hit. Highest new entry is Dynasty with the OK disco track I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – well, I can’t help myself either! – ahead of the fairly average follow-up ballad to Sail On. Still, that’s normal for the Commodores. Another disappointing (ska) follow-up, for The Specials Rudi, who at least stay ahead of a bunch of kiddies tweeting about Sparrows! Kool and The Gang start their string of largely soundalike hits, with Ladies Night at 61, Bonnie Tyler appears to believe in my sweet love, actually not a bad single, pity it got no airplay to speak of. The Jam hit their stride though, at 53 with the brilliant Eton Rifles, The Damned Smash It Up at 68, Thin Lizzy mellow down with sarah at 71, Darts peter out a bit at 74 and Sparks get their third chart entry of the year – just! – at 75, their 9th or so. No airplay you see…..no internet, no airplay, no hear.

In the real world, on TV Not The 9 o’clock news, it was a generally not-that-great sketch show, but with moments of inspiration and some new big comic names, like, oh Rowan Atkinson. Yes, Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Johnny English, him. At College, in English, our eccentric lecturer (Hello Mr Jackson) had us all prancing round a willow tree outside reciting folk poems, in full view of the staff room and other lecturers. I swear it was a bet to see who could make students look the most ridiculous. He won! It did make some of the 4th years students actually talk for a change though, so mission accomplished I suspect. The BBC singles charts disappointed, I entertained Ian and Pete with a coffee on a Teaching Practice break for them, Pete off to the Grimsby/Everton footie match in the evening. Sue round in the evenings, snooker with Ian, Pete and Sue lunchtime, great fun. Halloween masks for Pete, who tried to scare passers-by to his window with a flashlight – at least he tried!

Pete, Sue, Pauline, Alan, and Helen popped in on their way to (allegedly) the most boring lecturer (ever, presumably), and consoled afterwards with drinks in my room, with Julie having arrived. I finished an assignment, somehow, amidst the stream of friends dropping by (Jane, Bev, Paul, Dave, Clive as well as the previous suspects), helped push a car to start, watched a play about a transvestite, painted some giant fireworks ready for the Rag Parade, watched more holiday slides on my projector, two first years got me to agree to put on tights for the fireworks costume I was going to wear, lying to me that Paul had already said he would – he did not!! We started doing the ‘Float up for the Parade, only to find it all blown away by the wind when we got back from dinner. Doh! Rather embarrassingly (but making up for the first year when I opted out) Paul and I were the only men on an otherwise entirely first-year-female lorry-load of brightly-coloured fireworks. Paul was fairly happy, I think, with that arrangement. We wet lots of passers-by on the slow-drive through Lincoln, and as usual I took loads of black and white photos. To my huge surprise, my first ever real day spent as a centre of public attention was pretty enjoyable – not that I did that again for 5 years or so, but it was good to realise I can do it without freezing. The Rag Revue had one highlight, Dave Allen and Robert Lythgoe as Hinge and Brackett, very funny (especially since Dave had been someone who got on my nerves in the first year, with his stories of his Bishop dad or something like it). A bonfire evening cheerio to the busy week, with Pete back from a London trip with a tale of being robbed while there. Hey ho, certainly wasn’t a dull life!

1 ( 8 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
2 ( 1 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
4 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
5 ( 3 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
6 ( 4 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
7 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
8 ( 20 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
9 ( 6 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
10 ( 17 ) RISE Herb Alpert

11 ( 15 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
12 ( 9 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
13 ( 7 ) DREAMING Blondie
14 ( 14 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
15 ( 11 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
16 ( 10 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
17 ( 27 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
18 ( 12 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
19 ( 13 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
20 ( 29 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter

21 ( 19 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
22 ( 18 ) CARS Gary Numan
23 ( 30 ) SAD EYES Robert John
24 ( 24 ) GLORIA/ EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
25 ( 33 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
26 ( 16 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
27 ( 54 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
28 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
29 ( 26 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
30 ( 25 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe

31 ( 43 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
32 ( 35 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
33 ( 21 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
34 ( 23 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
35 ( NEW ) STILL The Commodores
36 ( 36 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
37 ( 37 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
38 ( NEW ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
39 ( 71 ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
40 ( 31 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe

41 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
42 ( 40 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
43 ( 42 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
44 ( 34 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
45 ( 38 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
46 ( 28 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
47 ( 47 ) STRAIGHT LINES New Musik
48 ( 58 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
49 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
50 ( 44 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists

51 ( 55 ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
52 ( 70 ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison
53 ( NEW ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
54 ( 45 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
55 ( 50 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
56 ( 53 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
57 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
58 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 57 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
60 ( 64 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen

61 ( NEW ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
62 ( 39 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
63 ( 63 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
64 ( 41 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
65 ( 48 ) ALIEN Nostromo
66 ( 65 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
67 ( 46 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
68 ( NEW ) SMASH IT UP The Damned
69 ( 62 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
70 ( 49 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
72 ( 52 ) THE PRINCE Madness
73 ( 73 ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE Darts
75 ( NEW ) TRYOUTS FOR THE HUMAN RACE Sparks

TV
1 Star Trek: The Galileo Seven
2 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 2
3 Soap
4 MASH
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Rockford Files
7 Film 79
8 Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Hits
9 The Waltons
10 Not The 9 o’clock News

oh no me, oh to be that young again!

oh no me, oh to be that young again!


13th November 1979

Back up to number one, saving Gimme Gimme Gimme from the shame of shortest run topping my charts for an Abba song. It’s great too! New in at 2 though, following on from the Dickies cover, the original epic version by The Moody Blues is back 7 years after peaking at 3 and 11 years after first being released (pre-dating my charts). Saw them last year in concert (2013): fab. Sole climber into the 10 is ska act The Selecter, and a jumpy bit of the same old song On My Radio. Not really!

BA climbs to 13, Commodores to 17, Specials to 21, Undertones to 25, Jam at 31 ahead of the new entries surge: Dan-I in at 30 with Monkey Chop, a great KC-ish soulpop minor dance hit that should have been big, lyrics aside it’s great. Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand had both hit the top spot in 1977, but not done it since despite hits throughout, so will the battling diva duet take them all the way? Nah! I like it though. At 37, ELO’s 5th of the year is a double A Side delight of two great tracks from discovery, following up number 1 Don’t Bring Me Down. First off the block was Last Train To London, a riffy catchy synthy pop slice of typical ELO. Confusion wasn’t getting any airplay at this time, sadly.

Also following up number 1’s: The Police return with another winner, the great Saturn-V video’d Walking On The Moon at 57, while Cliff sneaks in at 75 with Hot Shot, behind his topper, and also behind his producer and songwriter Alan Tarney at 72 with a cover of Cathy’s Clown. Oops Cliff bad choice! The Tourists get on the Dusty cover-version bandwagon as 60’s pop nostalgia starts to get a hold on the new pop music scene, in at 65 with a good version (as opposed to the Bay City Rollers twee version from 1976) of I Only Want To be With You. At 59, though, it’s the majesty state-of-the-art synth-strings-percussive dance sounds of Rose Royce and their brilliant Is It Love You’re After. Heavily sampled for 1988 Number One Theme From S’Express, the original is an exciting, rifftastic anthemic delight, as is S’Express’. Also keeps up their run of hits 3 years in…

Others: Secret Affair pop back with an OK track, France Joli has a smooth ballad, big in the USA, at 70, The Simms Brothers pop in quite highly at 51 – who?! – US rockjazz, actually, not a million miles away from Styx, who enter at 74 with future UK hit ballad Babe (and US biggie), a good ol’ song.

At College, I finally got to get to see Alien, that Ridley Scott masterpiece of dramatic sci-fi tension, visually-stunning, plot-unpredictably-twisted, ground-breaking monster invention movie. The one I’d missed in California due to friends inability to get ready on time! My review? “Classic…I shivered from beginning to end…I haven’t seen such a tense film ever, I was biting my hand at the tenseness. Sigourney Weaver was Brilliant as the HERO – a heroic struggle of the individual versus the unknown…the definitive horror film for me.” Still is, actually! I made a list of my top films immediately:

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Star Wars
Alien
The Poseidon Adventure
Superman
2001
Planet Of The Apes
Jesus Christ Superstar
Blazing Saddles

I did my all-time top 100 recently, and 2010 edged out 2001 (though 2001 is the classic), while only Superman missed the list by a mile, so my tastes remain pretty constant.

Raved about Alien to Julie, Pete, Bev, Paul, Sue and Jane, all round for TV, chat, slideshow, a game of scrabble, Life Of Brian featured on Film 79 (yes, seen it 2 months at the Chinese Theatre LA, already, I told Barry Norman on the screen, the UK having to wait even to see bloody British films!) and also panel discussion shows with tits like Malcolm Muggeridge insisting it was anti-Jesus, when it was actually anti-religious blind followers and full of social commentary. English lecturer this time had us performing a South Sea Island Pre-Marriage Ritual, which was kinda fun actually, as was snooker. Read Poe’s The Raven. One of my fave poem’s actually, largely due to the MAD magazine illustrated version I bought in Singapore. Watched a harrowing TV shown on Auschwitz. Not ideal bedtime viewing.

Everyone decided to go and see Alien while Star Trek was on TV (so no chance of me joining them, everyone knew!). The next game of snooker “I was really brilliant” 33 point break. Well, everything’s relative! More evenings of laughs and visits and TV – I must say as social life goes, it can’t get better than everyone using you as a focal point, makes you feel so wanted! Or, more likely, I would never turn anyone away…! Mark Twain’s Huck Finn the next novel for American Studies. Top Of The Pops annoyed me: Dr Hook had been replaced at 1 by Lena Martell. How very dare they! That’s not what they announced on Tuesday’s chart rundown!

Friday was Art day, I was grouped with 3 mature student ladies (probably in their 30’s, eek!) for a discussion on foyer printworks. Not the ceramic sculptures of the female ladyparts though, that were put on exhibit, and then very quickly taken off exhibit from the College foyer following complaints. I wasn’t shocked, more bemused as I’d never seen ladies bits up close before, but it made a great bit of drama and talking-point. The artist, male, was most put-out at his forest of lady-gardens being pruned.

I went home for the weekend, dad picked me up, mum having been ill lately, and looking very tired, we had to call the doctor out saturday night as she was in so much pain and nauseous. By now she was so desperate to get rid of the pain, which had been going on weeks, that she wanted to get into hospital to get it sorted. All very worrying and depressing. Just to add to the mood, little cousin Rachel let loose that all my budgies were dead from the cold (donated to grandad’s school for the kids, they had an outdoor aviary and he was caretaker) which pissed me off. This is turning into a novel…..! Sorry!

1 ( 3 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
2 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 2 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 1 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
5 ( 4 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
6 ( 10 ) RISE Herb Alpert
7 ( 7 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
8 ( 20 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
9 ( 6 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
10 ( 5 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

11 ( 8 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
12 ( 17 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
13 ( 27 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
14 ( 12 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
15 ( 23 ) SAD EYES Robert John
16 ( 16 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
17 ( 35 ) STILL The Commodores
18 ( 9 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
19 ( 11 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
20 ( 14 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley

21 ( 38 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
22 ( 13 ) DREAMING Blondie
23 ( 19 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
24 ( 18 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
25 ( 31 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
26 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
27 ( 15 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
28 ( 22 ) CARS Gary Numan
29 ( 25 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
30 ( NEW ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I

31 ( 53 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
32 ( 29 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
33 ( NEW ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand
34 ( 21 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
35 ( 24 ) GLORIA/ EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
36 ( 26 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
37 ( NEW ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
38 ( 30 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
39 ( 61 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
40 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69

41 ( 36 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
42 ( 40 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
43 ( 34 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
44 ( 42 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
45 ( 33 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
46 ( 60 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
47 ( 49 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
48 ( 43 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
49 ( 63 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
50 ( 71 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy

51 ( NEW ) BACK TO SCHOOL The Simms Brothers Band
52 ( 46 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
53 ( 39 ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
54 ( 55 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
55 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( NEW ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
58 ( 56 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
59 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
60 ( 59 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

61 ( 50 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
62 ( 37 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
63 ( 32 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
64 ( 45 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
65 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
66 ( 48 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
67 ( 44 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
68 ( 74 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE Darts
69 ( NEW ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
70 ( NEW ) COME TO ME France Joli

71 ( 66 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
72 ( NEW ) CATHY’S CLOWN Tarney and Spencer
73 ( 73 ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( NEW ) BABE Styx
75 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Cliff Richard

TV
1 Star Trek: Wolf In The Fold
2 Soap
3 MASH
4 The Odd Couple
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Film 79
7 Friday Night Saturday Morning
8 The Rockford Files
9 The Muppet Show
10 Doctor Who


20th November 1979

The Moody Blues get a new record – longest wait between chart debut and hitting number one, taking over from Hawkwind, at just over 7 years. Nights In White Satin is a sweeping dramatic orchestral rock masterpiece, oh yes it is! The video starts off in Paris, which is kinda appropriate (see later). B.A.Robertson gets a second top in a row, well he knocked it off. He knocked it off well I mean. Suzi Quatro keeps up her top 10 entries, her 7th, and Dan-I chops those monkeys at 15, while Donna & Babs, & ELO both shoot into the top 20. Rose Royce rocket to 25, and highest new entry is The Isley Brothers, having a disco night at 29, 11 years since they first impressed me with This Old Heart Of Mine, and since.

The Tourists hit 34, as The Gibson Brothers follow up a big hit with a similar-sounding fun-packed Que Sera Mi Vida. Queen at long last make my top 40 with huge UK and USA hit Crazy Little Thing Called Love – I admit I preferred early Queen to rockabilly Queen, and as Matchbox claimed at 75, I’m a rockabilly rebel. Not really, but I like it. KC & The Sunshine Band are back after a year gap with a new sound, laid back soul essentially, which I rather liked at the time, less so these days thanks to that godawful 90’s moronic cover by KWS.

Madness get a 2nd hit at 66, the largely instrumental and ska-tastic, sax-heavy One Step Beyond, pushing Madness into a higher league. Sparks have another go at tryouts, doing a little better this time at 64, Anne Murray gets a 4th hit subsequent to her number one in January, the lovely Broken Hearted Me. Less lovely, but whimsically cynical, The Boomtown Rats follow-up 2 number ones with social commentary Diamond Smiles, an under-rated record, and a flop in comparison to previous singles, sneaking in at 74.

On TV repeats of Roots and TV series Logans Run still hit my appreciation spot, and new sitcom Barney Miller mildly amused. Back at college, and 2 months after the USA adventure, I was preparing for an Art course excursion to Paris art galleries, architecture and museums, my second one inside 12 months, but this time without my friends, being a mix of 2nd year students, a couple of girls on my Combined Studies course in the same year, and some Honours students. Rang mum to hear she was going into hospital again, which sort of relieved me a bit as it might sort out the problem and stop the pain.

Snooker and TV/drinks with the extended gang of friends in various combinations, with Edgar Allen Poe stuff in between, and some great chatting with Jane, Julie and Pete, always a good combo the 4 of us. The College had a showing of Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks’ classic, which I watched with the American coursemates (they loved it as much as me) and my room left with friends watching TV, sob I knew it was my TV they wanted! I noted Terri Garr was wonderful, appropriately enough as I watching my home video last night of her and Burt Reynolds in a 90’s between-filming breaks to TV quiz show Reel To Reel, all about movies. Life can be quite circular…

I gave a speech on Huck Finn’s optimism/pessimism, very monotone reading from notes and stuttering, not something I’m good at – John Davies the lecturer noted I was typically Lincolnshire in my casual remarks about important things. Lincoln is a sort of milder, less working class version of Mansfield, the two places I spent more of life in than anywhere else up to that point. Feeling depressed in mood I quoted, what with work, mum, and Paris anxiety. I wasn’t, I was mildly stressed and down but I can get moody. Went all introverted and friends tried to cheer me up, sweet of them.

Saturday: 1.45 am rise for minibus ride to Grantham rail station, met Jane Moorse outside (lots of Jane’s at College) and chatted on the bus and train. Kings Cross, Charing Cross, breakfast guessing occupations of passer-by’s for amusement. Group trip to Dover by train, 2 noisy second-year lads took a fancy to Emma and Jane in our compartment – yes trains had compartments once upon a time – and then hung around them all day. Hovercraft at Dover (is this still running!?) for a bumpy ride to Calais, my first! Hovercraft that is. Train to Paris, Metro to Republic and the hotel where I met my new room-mate, David, who was actually easy-going, a drama student who had gossip-related comments directed to me about his alleged sexual preferences. We had single beds each and a sink, the girls on the other hand were pissed off at having to share double beds in smelly rooms.

A pricey meal with Emma, Jane and Sue in the Notre-Dame area in the evening, then down the Boulevard Saint Michel (shades of Peter Sarstedt!) to the Sorbonne. Back to the hotel, David was out till late, and “must have forgotten his pyjamas” I noted, as he was starkers in the morning. Many years later I saw him on TV news as a Friend Of John McCarthy hostage activist, which impressed me.

Sunday: Flea Market group visit, it pissed down, and gave sympathy to bedraggled Jo and Sarah, who I spent the morning with afterwards. Then we met up with David and his “nerd” friends – how rude of me! Kettle calling frying pan etc. Pompidou Centre. Photographs. Fire-breathers in the square. Chatted to Joe and Ann, stuck with them the rest of the day, poor me flipping about amongst everyone, felt like a virginal slag! walked to Notre Dame with them. Evening at Sacre-Coeur I love it there, the mood, the lighting, the streetlife, so took Emma Jane and Sue there for a meal at a restaurant I’d been to before. I sadly joined in the gossip about David, confirming his late nights (and not mentioning the winkle-washing behaviour in the sink when he got back in, thinking I was asleep. I thought that odd at the time, and of course know exactly what that means now!). So naive, me.

1 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 1 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 4 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
5 ( 6 ) RISE Herb Alpert
6 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
7 ( 13 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
8 ( 8 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
9 ( 12 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
10 ( 7 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
12 ( 9 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
13 ( 17 ) STILL The Commodores
14 ( 10 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
15 ( 30 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
16 ( 21 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
17 ( 37 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
18 ( 33 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
19 ( 14 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
20 ( 16 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

21 ( 31 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
22 ( 15 ) SAD EYES Robert John
23 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
24 ( 19 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
25 ( 59 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
26 ( 23 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
27 ( 24 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
28 ( 18 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
29 ( NEW ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
30 ( 39 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang

31 ( 20 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
32 ( 22 ) DREAMING Blondie
33 ( 28 ) CARS Gary Numan
34 ( 65 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
35 ( 69 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
36 ( 27 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
37 ( 50 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
38 ( 32 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
39 ( NEW ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
40 ( 46 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen

41 ( 29 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
42 ( 34 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
43 ( 25 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
44 ( 38 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
45 ( 47 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
46 ( 44 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
47 ( 40 ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
48 ( 36 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
49 ( 42 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
50 ( 41 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

51 ( 51 ) BACK TO SCHOOL The Simms Brothers Band
52 ( 35 ) GLORIA/ EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
53 ( 43 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
54 ( 48 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
55 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
57 ( 54 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
58 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
59 ( 45 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
60 ( 60 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

61 ( 57 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
62 ( 72 ) CATHY’S CLOWN Tarney and Spencer
63 ( 75 ) HOT SHOT Cliff Richard
64 ( RE ) TRYOUTS FOR THE HUMAN RACE Sparks
65 ( 58 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
66 ( NEW ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
67 ( NEW ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
68 ( 70 ) COME TO ME France Joli
69 ( 49 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
70 ( NEW ) HE WAS BEAUTIFUL Iris Williams

71 ( 53 ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
72 ( 74 ) BABE Styx
73 ( 71 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
74 ( NEW ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
75 ( NEW ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox

1. Star Trek: The Changeling
2. Barney Miller
3. Soap
4. Logans Run
5. Barney Miller
6. Roots
7. The Muppet Show
8. Sapphire And Steel
9. Top Of The Pops
10. Doctor Who

27th November 1979

A 2nd week for the Moody’s at 1, as ELO’s double A side shoots up to 2 to my Confusion, and BA goes top 5. The Commodores get a 4th Top 10, 5 years after the first (and best) Machine Gun, and Dan-I breaks his monkey chops to get to 9. The Tourists and Rose Royce make headway into the 20, their 2nd and 4th respectively, while The Isleys make it 7 or so at 20.

Biggest climber: The Boomotwn Rats forgotten diamond single up 50 to 24, as highest new entry is Gary Numan’s forgotten bizarre ballad Complex at 26. Madness leap one step beyond at 29, and Blondie replace themselves in the top 40 with new single Union City Blue entering at 33. KC cries Please Don’t Go, and gets to 40, as new entries drop in from Marianne Faithful, once famous in the 60’s, and now debuting in my charts at 69 with Shel Silverstein’s great The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan (he was the principle songwriter for Dr Hook’s best records). Janis Ian follows up her gem of a 1975 UK flop At 17, with a laid-back Fly Too High, not flying that high at 75.

Michael Jackson’s follow-up to his classic number one is Off The Wall at 67, title track off the album that changed his career, assisted in no small part by Quincy Jones and Rod (UK Heatwave songwriter) Temperton. Stevie Wonder’s career, on the other hand, is treading water with Send One Your Love at 66. The Pretenders 3rd hit enters at 53, the fantastic Brass In Pocket, Dollar get a 4th 1979 hit as they cover the Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand, which was sounding a bit dated by then (albeit a childhood fave), so they gave it a clappy synthy vibe which grew on one. They had by now, of course, outdone their whole career inside Guys And Dolls. Final new entry is Touch from Lori and The Chameleons. Who!? You may have heard of David Balfour, of The Teardrop Explodes and producer of Echo And The Bunnymen, and Bill Drummond, he of The Timelords and KLF. Both were in cult Liverpool band Big In Japan, and this was one of their releases on their own record label Zoo Records. Quirky.

Still in Paris this week, it was a trip to the UNESCO building, where we had a film about Thailand before, and I quote, “an upper-class one-eyed twit gave us a DULL lecture on UNESCO”. Gosh, I was SO judgmental in those days! This was followed by a Peruvian lady with a French accent trying to give a lecture tour in broken English. Henry Moore sculptures abounded outdoors, along with a Japanese-designed garden. I was impressed with the latter, and not in the slightest by the former. From here to the Eifel Tower, where we bumped into the very drunk and noisy Drama students (including David), and on to Jeu De Paume for some more art: I liked some Renoir and Pissarro works. I had a quiet night in after all the walking, how dull of me!

Next day, Max (my ever-present mild and likeable art lecturer) took a group of us to the Hayter workshop, chock-full of artists from all over the world doing their etchings, where an American lady artist gave us a tour. I enjoyed the group I hung around with today, including 3 second-year lads who’d I’d been wanting to get to know, what with spending all my time with girls so far, pretty much, though I did end up showing a group of girls round Paris, for which they were gracious in thanking me. Notably, Notre Dame square for snacks and a cathedral tour. I had a hunch I’d see Quasimodo. Sorry….! River Seine, and off to climb le Tour Eifel, windy and cold. As it turned out a major movie shoot was in progress on the 2nd Stage, called The Hostage Tower, with some very famous (and cold) actors sat around a table doing nothing much waiting for “Action”: I recognised Douglas Fairbanks Junior immediately, and found out afterwards who the others were (we weren’t allowed to get too close): Maud Adams off James Bond, and Peter Fonda, off Henry, Jane and Easy Rider. Well, I get starstruck, what can I say!

Arc de Triomphe up next, did some postcards and posted them, back to say hi to David at the hotel, and had an evening meal with Emma Jane and Sue off the Champs Elysees, where fleas in the wine failed to impress. Especially Sue, who swallowed one of them. In a bar, conversation drifted to a prostitute in the corner. Allegedly. I went bright red with embarrassment, and generally felt bad about the girls not having a party night (I didn’t want to go, and I think they didn’t feel comfortable going unescorted). Not the party type, me, in those days. Boring! Next day was the trip back via Boulogne hovercraft – or that was the plan. It broke down, so we had to wait for the next available ship. I was pissed off as it meant we wouldn’t get back in time for Star Trek. Pah (Pete and Sue recorded it on tape for me though)! As the general mood from everyone was one of “humbug” at the delays though, I became Mr Happy for the trip home, trying to cheer everyone up. I expect they wanted to throttle me. Back late evening to tell Julie Pete Jane and Sue of my adventures. Phew!

1 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 17 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
3 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
4 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 7 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
6 ( 4 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
7 ( 6 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
8 ( 5 ) RISE Herb Alpert
9 ( 15 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
10 ( 13 ) STILL The Commodores

11 ( 18 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
12 ( 22 ) SAD EYES Robert John
13 ( 25 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 16 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
15 ( 34 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
16 ( 14 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
17 ( 8 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
18 ( 9 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
19 ( 23 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
20 ( 29 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers

21 ( 12 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
22 ( 10 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 11 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
24 ( 74 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
25 ( 21 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
26 ( NEW ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
27 ( 20 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
28 ( 30 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
29 ( 66 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
30 ( 39 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 27 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
32 ( 26 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
33 ( NEW ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 35 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
35 ( 19 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
36 ( 33 ) CARS Gary Numan
37 ( 40 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
38 ( 28 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
39 ( 37 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
40 ( 58 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band

41 ( 45 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
42 ( 24 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
43 ( 68 ) COME TO ME France Joli
44 ( 36 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
45 ( 38 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
46 ( 46 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
47 ( 32 ) DREAMING Blondie
48 ( 44 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
49 ( 31 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
50 ( NEW ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons

51 ( NEW ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
52 ( 41 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
53 ( NEW ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
54 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 56 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 54 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
57 ( 62 ) CATHY’S CLOWN Tarney and Spencer
58 ( 67 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
59 ( 61 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
60 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

61 ( 57 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
62 ( 42 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
63 ( 53 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
64 ( 65 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 60 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
66 ( NEW ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
67 ( NEW ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
68 ( 75 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
70 ( 43 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones

71 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
72 ( 63 ) HOT SHOT Cliff Richard
73 ( 64 ) TRYOUTS FOR THE HUMAN RACE Sparks
74 ( 59 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
75 ( NEW ) FLY TOO HIGH Janis Ian

1. The Trouble With Tribbles
1. Soap
3. Sapphire And Steel
4. MASH
5. Top Of The Pops
6. The Odd Couple
7. My Wife Next Door
8. Soap
9. The Muppet Show
10. Hawaii 5-0