My December 1986 Charts

2nd December 1986

2 weeks on top for Erasure, as Madonna’s True Blue album delivers the highest new entry at 6 with the fab Open Your Heart. The even-fabber La Isla Bonita is in my playlist as ineligible for my singles-only listings. She also replaces one of her own songs in the top 10 as Nick Kamen drops, and keeps her hot streak of top 10’s going. Bucks Fizz add to their long-list of top 10’s with a warm Christmassy ballad – or at least a cocoa-advert-ey ballad. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones gets another big leap into the 20, and big top 40 leapers include Cameo, Gregory Abbott, Genesis and Cliff & Elton. The late Jackie Wilson is reinvented in plasticine video form and makes fifties biggie Reet Petite about to become the oldest record to top the UK charts – but not mine.

Billy Ocean is big in 1986, so why not remix his first hit from 1976? In at 57, and the Motown-flavoured original still sounds better than most of his 80’s hits these days. Daryl Hall keeps the solo entries coming, also from the Class of ’76 debuts, while George Benson shivers a bit (Winter is here!) and a run of 11 chart years since Supership. Quo can beat that – 1973 they debuted in my charts, and now have 2 in the listings, how greedy! Of course Macca beats the lot of ’em, being as he debuted with The Beatles on top of my first retro charts in 1968 with Hey Jude, and is back with another Press To Play track.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
6 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
7 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
8 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
9 ( 11 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 19 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

11 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
12 ( 9 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
13 ( 18 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
14 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 14 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 13 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
19 ( 40 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
20 ( 16 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
23 ( 51 ) CANDY Cameo
24 ( 15 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
25 ( 20 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
26 ( 34 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
27 ( 22 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
28 ( 29 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
29 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
30 ( 27 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 41 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
33 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
34 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
35 ( 25 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
36 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 53 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( 28 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
40 ( 69 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

41 ( 32 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 24 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
43 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
44 ( 31 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 60 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
46 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
47 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
48 ( 44 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
49 ( 36 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
50 ( 71 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
52 ( 45 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
53 ( 61 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
54 ( 66 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
55 ( 50 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
56 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 59 ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
59 ( 42 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
60 ( NEW ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall

61 ( 37 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
62 ( 47 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
63 ( 67 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) CRY Godley & Creme
66 ( NEW ) SHIVER George Benson
67 ( 72 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) DREAMING Status Quo
70 ( 39 ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It

71 ( 73 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
72 ( 43 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
73 ( 65 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
75 ( 70 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

2nd Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES – all future chart-toppers in my charts in 1992, 1987, 2000’s respectively!

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black

 

9th December 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Erasure as Madonna threatens her 3rd chart-topper in a row at 2, and the chart starts to feel a little festive with The Housemartins leaping up to 13 with the Isleys cover, The Ronettes topping my oldies playlist (had I charted oldies in those days that means it would have been invading my top 75), and Chris De Burgh’s 3rd good single entering at 74, a perennial of course these days that never quite got the chart positions you might think. His other 2 good ones are High On Emotion and Don’t Pay The Ferryman.

Europe go top 5, that’ll please Brexiteers aiming for The Final Countdown, while Communards leap right into the top 10 from 32 with one of their very best tracks, So Cold The Night. Gregory Abbot & Jackie Wilson have good leaps into the 20, that’ll be the 3rd time Jackie has done that with oldies starting with Higher & Higher in 1969, I Get The Sweetest feeling in 1972, both of them going top 30 in 1975 as a double A, and now Reet Petite posthumously triggering the same 2 to come back and hit even higher peaks in 1987!!

Highest new entry is a-ha crying wolf, another winner from Morten & the lads yet to put a foot wrong, at 32, as Rod the Mod enters with In My Life at 35 the touching John Lennon Beatles song. As is always the case with Rod covers, bar Oh No Not My Baby and Ooh La La, it’s not as good as the original. Paul Simon’s good Boy In The Bubble is in at 45, giving him 17 years of chart success, 2 more than Rod, and 7 more than Elkie Brooks who returns with her last very good hit, No More The Fool at 62.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 6 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 13 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
5 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 19 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
8 ( 5 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 32 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 10 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
12 ( 8 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
13 ( 45 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 7 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
15 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
16 ( 36 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
17 ( 12 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
18 ( 23 ) CANDY Cameo
19 ( 11 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
20 ( 21 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

21 ( 26 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
22 ( 29 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
23 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
24 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
25 ( 18 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
26 ( 40 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
27 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
28 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
29 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned

31 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
32 ( NEW ) CRY WOLF a-ha
33 ( 27 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
34 ( 22 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( NEW ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( 30 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
38 ( 31 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
39 ( RE ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
40 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 54 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 35 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
44 ( 53 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
45 ( NEW ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
46 ( 25 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
47 ( 60 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
48 ( 39 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
49 ( 66 ) SHIVER George Benson
50 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 28 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
52 ( 51 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
54 ( 69 ) DREAMING Status Quo
55 ( 34 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 74 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
59 ( 52 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
60 ( 42 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek

61 ( 63 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
62 ( NEW ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
63 ( 71 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 55 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
66 ( 67 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
67 ( 65 ) CRY Godley & Creme
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 48 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
70 ( 47 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood

71 ( 61 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
72 ( 49 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
73 ( 59 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
74 ( NEW ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
75 ( 46 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
2 BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
3 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright

 

16th December 1986

It’s the hat-trick for Madonna, as Open Your Heart gives her 3 chart-toppers in a row, holding The Final Countdown at 2. Cameo get a 3rd top 10, Jackie Wilson ditto, and Genesis a 4th. Daryl Hall makes it solo top40 hits, and Human League does a turnabout and leaps into the 30 after looking perilously like it was heading for the lowest chart position of any track from them (ignoring reissues) since the EP in 1980 debuted and peaked outside the 40. Also Spirit Of ’80 debut acts The Gap Band return, as does chart-topping Dexy’s Midnight Runners now back with a TV theme tune, while 1980 chart-toppers The Pretenders are also back with the lovely Hymn To Her.

Bad Company return for the first time since the mid-70’s, minus vocalist Paul Rodgers, ex-Free lead singer, but some of the band still technically date back to 1970 Free-era, and Mott The Hoople 1972-era. Spitting Image return with a Xmas novelty song. Thankfully, no I don’t remember it either. I can’t imagine it’s worse than their appalling chart-topper. Quo are beside themsleves in the top 40, and Elkie Brooks keeps the 70’s blues rock vibe going just behind them. Meanwhile my oldies chart shows me obviously revisiting December 1971 reel-to-reel tapes, and opting for the rock tracks and ex-Godspell soul singers.

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 4 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
3 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
4 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 18 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 16 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( 23 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
10 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 7 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
12 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
13 ( 15 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
15 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
16 ( 12 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
17 ( 21 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
18 ( 11 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
19 ( 32 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
20 ( 22 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 47 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
22 ( 26 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 19 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
25 ( 17 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
26 ( 25 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
27 ( 72 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
28 ( 42 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
29 ( 45 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
30 ( 20 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 24 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
32 ( 39 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
33 ( 35 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 40 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
36 ( 33 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
37 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
38 ( 36 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
39 ( 54 ) DREAMING Status Quo
40 ( 62 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 38 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 44 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
44 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
45 ( 28 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
46 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
47 ( 49 ) SHIVER George Benson
48 ( 27 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
49 ( 61 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
50 ( 30 ) ANYTHING The Damned

51 ( 58 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
52 ( 31 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
53 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
54 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
55 ( NEW ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
56 ( 43 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 71 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
59 ( 48 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
62 ( 46 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
63 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
64 ( 59 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
65 ( NEW ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
66 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
67 ( 74 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
68 ( 67 ) CRY Godley & Creme
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners

71 ( 55 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
72 ( 60 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
73 ( NEW ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
74 ( 65 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
75 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Paul Young

Playlist oldies
1 FIREBALL Deep Purple
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT Ronnie Dyson

 

 

23rd December 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for recent Xmas classic Last Christmas, making it the 3rd xmas period in a row it had topped my chart – back in the day I was charting those not-so-old xmas faves year after year if they had made the UK charts at all (to qualify). Without that qualification my charts would have looked like the usual UK Xmas charts, chock full of the classic oldies. I did it first though, starting in Christmas 1974 and onwards, and yes the same songs that still chart. Shaky also charts for the second xmas in a row. Ahead of my time! That explains why I tend not to chart the same ones these days – been doing it for 44 years oops!

Eurythmics get another in a long line of top 10 singles, and Housemartins make it 2, as Jennifer Rush gets some recharting action in the UK singles chart, and thus mine too, a year on. Berlin come back with a good follow-up single that didn’t sell well in the real world, annoyingly, in at 28 and The Gap Band go top 30, and that Spitting Image Xmas song inexplicably climbs to 29. I’m guessing the video was amusing, as I still don’t recall it and can’t be bothered to youtube it.

Macca & The Pretenders keep the top 40’s coming, Paul McCartney making it 18 years and counting. Spoiler: he’s still making my charts 50 years on from Hey Jude. The Pointer Sisters return some 14 years on from first hearing of them (Yes We Can Can), Kool & The Gang keep the decade-long run of hits going blissfully unaware that House Music is about to end all that, Gary Moore is back again, ditto The Stranglers coming to a decade of charting, and James Brown makes his comeback last a bit longer. Not Sex Machine, but hey Get On Up…

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
4 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
6 ( 3 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
7 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 9 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
9 ( 17 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

11 ( 2 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
12 ( 20 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 7 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
15 ( 19 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
16 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
17 ( 11 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
18 ( 21 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
19 ( 28 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 18 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

21 ( 16 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 37 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
25 ( 14 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
26 ( 29 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
27 ( 15 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
28 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
29 ( 46 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
30 ( 55 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

31 ( 40 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
32 ( 43 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
33 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 27 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
35 ( 26 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
36 ( 39 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
38 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
39 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 60 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 36 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 71 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
44 ( 25 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
45 ( 31 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
46 ( 42 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 38 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
48 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
49 ( 65 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
50 ( 67 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

51 ( 35 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
52 ( 53 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 58 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
54 ( 44 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
55 ( 32 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
56 ( 61 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( 45 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
60 ( 73 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw

61 ( 56 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
62 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
63 ( 47 ) SHIVER George Benson
64 ( 59 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
66 ( 70 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( NEW ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 68 ) CRY Godley & Creme
70 ( 64 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
73 ( 48 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
74 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP James Brown
75 ( NEW ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

Playlist Oldies
1 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

 

30th December 1986

It’s the final chart of 1986 and Madonna is back up on top for a second week on top. Notably Shaky & Chris De Burgh’s christmas classics scraped into the 40 for me, and A Spaceman Came Travelling has peaked higher this christmas in 2018 in my charts than back in the day, while Merry Christmas Everyone was getting a second bite of christmas chart action in a row. Cameo reach a new career chart peak of 2 with Candy, and Gregoray Abbott gets his only moment in the top 10.

Elkie Brooks goes top 20 for the first time in 3 years, 9 years after her first time, Bad Company for the first time in 11 years with This Love, snuggling up to Is This Love, Alison Moyet’s climbing hit. To which the answer from those who hounded her off twitter in 2018 for asking people to be nice to women and listen and support their needs is a resounding “no”. Paul Simon makes it 2 top 20’s in a row for the first time in about 13 years, Elton & Cliff also add to their extensive run of top 20’s, 1971 and 1968 respectively, with a song no-one remembers but which was quite pleasant.

Iggy Pop gets his first ever top 40, 13 years later than one might have expected, but got there in the end. Highest new entry is Eric Clapton’s cover of his bandmate’s non-hit, Behind The Mask was big in my charts for Greg Philinganes, and Eric’s version was pedestrian to my ears, but fine to anyone who hadn’t heard the superior original. Latin Quarter return with a 3rd song, Barclay James Harvest adapt to the end of Prog Rock by charting in the 80’s after stiffing in the 70’s, Vesta Williams has a decent dance song, Go West don’t cover Cyndi, this song has an extra “u”, Lionel Richie tries a ballerina, presumably dancing on the ceiling, and Sheena pops in with a Christmas record no-one has ever heard, except those that have seen Santa Claus: The Movie. As I’ve not heard it in 32 years I can’t comment whether that is fair or not…until I just played it. So 80’s, so dreary. I liked Sheena. The only reason it charted!

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 3 ) CANDY Cameo
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 5 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
5 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
6 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 9 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 10 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
10 ( 16 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott

11 ( 8 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
12 ( 11 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
13 ( 12 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 15 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 31 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
16 ( 19 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( 24 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
18 ( 13 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 26 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

21 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
23 ( 14 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
24 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
25 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
26 ( 29 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
27 ( 30 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
28 ( 20 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
29 ( 32 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
30 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney

31 ( 18 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
32 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
34 ( 40 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 27 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
36 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 62 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
38 ( 35 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 25 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
40 ( 50 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 38 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
44 ( 51 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
46 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
48 ( 45 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
49 ( 48 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
50 ( 56 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

51 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 44 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
54 ( 47 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
55 ( 65 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 60 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
58 ( 54 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
59 ( 53 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
60 ( 75 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

61 ( NEW ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter
62 ( 55 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
63 ( 67 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 43 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
65 ( 72 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
66 ( 66 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 64 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

71 ( NEW ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
72 ( 70 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
73 ( NEW ) TRUE COLOURS Go West
74 ( NEW ) BALLERINA Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD Sheena Easton

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 LIFE’S TOO SHORT Rescue Company No.1
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 IT’S TOO LATE Carole King

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My November 1986 Charts

4th November 1986

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys, with Berlin’s classic movie theme breathing down their neck at 2, and Lloyd-Webber’s gorgeous Phantom song at 3. Anita Baker finally makes the top 10 with Sweet Love, and Shaky gets a rare top 10. His 4th, but his hit-rate is quite low. Madness chug into the 20, Boo! That’s “Boo!” as in ghostly fright, not an exclamation of displeasure. Kim Wilde also goes top 20 with her Supremes cover, climbing slowly, while Duran notoriously climb faster. Highest new entry is Debbie Harry’s best post-Blondie solo single, French Kissing In The USA, at 22, for 8 years of non-stop success in my charts, and China Crisis are back with the nice Arizona Sky at 26. That under-performed Uk chart-wise sadly.

Mel & Kim get a big climb into the 30, and Erasure, Swing Out Sister and Bon Jovi into the 40 ditto, as the fab emotive, hugging Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush are new at 39. Don’t Give Up is timeless advice. Future cheesy anthem Europe enters at 61. I was heading a Highways team, surveying Dorset roads back in this day, and a few weeks later I had a heated discussion with my young post-grad music student assistant which annoyed me so much it still burns cos I was so sure I was right in my opinion and he was wrong in his assessment that the chart were rubbish and the music disposable destined to be forgotten. “I bet you” I said, “that Berlin and Europe, at the very least, are remembered decades from now”. They had the ring of lasting popularity to me. Nice to be right.

The Cars main man is solo at 62, Madonna gifts a song for the first and last time, to male model Nick Kamen, he of the Levi 501 laundrette strip off advert. In at 70, just ahead of Janet Jackson and a more pedestrian follow-up to a fab single, in Control, another movie song from Kenny Loggins, and a lovely song from Bucks Fizz keeping each other warm, not to mention the cockles of my heart.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 6 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
3 ( 5 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 8 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
5 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
6 ( 9 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
7 ( 17 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
9 ( 10 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
10 ( 13 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 4 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
12 ( 18 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
13 ( 7 ) HUMAN Human League
14 ( 40 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 14 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
17 ( 22 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 30 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
19 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 11 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 12 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
22 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
23 ( 16 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
24 ( 20 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
25 ( 27 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
26 ( NEW ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
27 ( 49 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
28 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
29 ( 25 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
30 ( 36 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 21 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
32 ( 35 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
34 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 51 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
36 ( 53 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
37 ( 39 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
38 ( 59 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
39 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
40 ( 42 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
42 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
43 ( 46 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
44 ( 47 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
45 ( 37 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
46 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
47 ( 74 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
48 ( 31 ) WORD UP Cameo
49 ( 71 ) ASK The Smiths
50 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince

51 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 38 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
54 ( 29 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
55 ( 73 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
56 ( 48 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
58 ( 33 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
59 ( 54 ) CRY Godley & Creme
60 ( 28 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

61 ( NEW ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
62 ( NEW ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
63 ( 55 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
64 ( 70 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
65 ( 69 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
66 ( 65 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 64 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 56 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
69 ( 75 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
70 ( NEW ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen

71 ( NEW ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
73 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) BOAT TO BOLIVIA Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
75 ( NEW ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins

4th Nov
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SAD SWEET DREAMER (REMIX) Sweet Sensation
2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones

 

11th November 1986

It’s a first week on top for Berlin’s movie classic, with Anita Baker looking Sweet at 2. Debbie Harry leaps into the top 5, the first time she has troubled that end of the chart for almost 6 years with Rapture, as Kissing The Pink get a second top 10 3 years on from The Last Film. Bon Jovi’s future classic anthem shoots up to 12 and Swing Out Sister Breakout into the 20. OMD get the highest new entry with the laid back We Love You, as future chart biggie Europe is up 29 places to 32, but is leapfrogged by Nick “Madonna” Kamen at 31. The Smiths, Tina Turner and Cutting Crew all return to the 40.

Eurythmics also go low-key with a sort-of Xmas ballad that everyone has forgotten these days, new at 49, just ahead of Spandau’s comeback after other projects, the Northern Ireland-referencing Through The Barricades. The under-rated Lone Justice enter at 56 with Shelter, though singer Maria McKee would eventually top the UK chart, Greg Abbott’s Shake You Down gets a decent new entry, Human League return with another Jam & Lewis track, this one uptempo, and under-performing considering the track record of all parties concerned in my charts. That also goes for Kate Bush’s Experimental single, and Frankie’s Wasteland, while Boston get a brief one-week return to my charts after, ooh, 9 years away. Ultravox scrape in as their best chart days are well and truly behind them at this point.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 22 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 4 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 12 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
10 ( 6 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

11 ( 5 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
12 ( 38 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
13 ( 11 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
14 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 8 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
16 ( 18 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
19 ( 36 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
20 ( 13 ) HUMAN Human League

21 ( 39 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 26 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 16 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
24 ( 35 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
25 ( 27 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
26 ( 37 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
28 ( 30 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
30 ( NEW ) WE LOVE YOU OMD

31 ( 70 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
32 ( 61 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
33 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
34 ( 49 ) ASK The Smiths
35 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
36 ( 29 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
37 ( 23 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
38 ( 55 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
39 ( 47 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
40 ( 31 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

41 ( 25 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
42 ( 21 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
43 ( 50 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
44 ( 33 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
45 ( 42 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
47 ( 28 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
48 ( 64 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
50 ( NEW ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet

51 ( 32 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
52 ( 71 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
53 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 62 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
55 ( 45 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
56 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
57 ( 75 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
58 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
59 ( 43 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
60 ( 56 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

61 ( 59 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 51 ) PANIC The Smiths
63 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
64 ( 57 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
65 ( 72 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 63 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
69 ( NEW ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 67 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) AMANDA Boston
73 ( NEW ) JODY Jermaine Stewart
74 ( 73 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
2 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
3 ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter

 

 

18th November 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Berlin as Shaky gets a career-high of 3 in my charts – with one of his most obscure hits! Bon Jovi make it 2 consecutive top 5’s with their signature tune, and Mel & Kim get a first top 10 and get the ball rolling proper on the SAW years of pop dominance. Kim Wilde makes it 5 years of top 10’s and Madness 7 years. Nick Kamen climbs into the 20, and Bucks Fizz shoot up into the 40 – keeping their record of top 40’s 100% in 5 years.

Highest new entry is Womack & Womack keeping up the run of post-Love Wars tracks to chart, at 42 with Soul Love/Soul Man, as Cyndi Lauper leapfrogs herself as True Colors drops like a brick and the good Change Of Heart enters at 51. Cameo are back with Candy, sweet! Phil Fearon is back with another cover, this time the 1968 Showstoppers song Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty, and some substantial goodies enter at the lower end, from Robbie Nevil’s C’Est La Vie, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones terrific The Rain, The Communards best-single to-date So Cold The Night, and also a bunch of lesser entries from Glass Tiger (over-rated), Simple Minds, a Springsteen cover of Edwin Starr’s classic War, Grace Jones, and a superstar duet from Elton and Cliff, who collectively had made the UK charts every year since 1958, and for quite some time after 1986, Elton having non-stop runs from 1971 through 1999, while Cliff had 1958 through 1974. In my charts Elton had a non-stop run from 1971 through to 2002 with new material, or 2004 including oldies.

1 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 12 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 25 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
8 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
10 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 7 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
12 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 24 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
15 ( 19 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
17 ( 11 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
18 ( 31 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
19 ( 13 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
20 ( 10 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

21 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 9 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
24 ( 15 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
25 ( 32 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) HUMAN Human League
28 ( 30 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
29 ( 65 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
30 ( 34 ) ASK The Smiths

31 ( 23 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
32 ( 54 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
33 ( 75 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
34 ( 39 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( 50 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 38 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
37 ( 70 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
38 ( 27 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
39 ( 49 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
40 ( 48 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
42 ( NEW ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
43 ( 29 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
44 ( 56 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
45 ( 36 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
46 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
47 ( 37 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
48 ( 69 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
49 ( 57 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
50 ( 40 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

51 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
52 ( 35 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
53 ( 52 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( NEW ) CANDY Cameo
56 ( 44 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
57 ( 28 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
58 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
59 ( 43 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
60 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League

61 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 60 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
64 ( NEW ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
65 ( 55 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
66 ( NEW ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
67 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
68 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
69 ( 74 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 67 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

71 ( NEW ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
72 ( 62 ) PANIC The Smiths
73 ( NEW ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

Playlist oldies
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 KILLER QUEEN Queen
3 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

 

 

25th November 1986

It’s a sudden leap to the top spot for Erasure, Sometimes has pottered around climbing slowly for a few weeks, before stopping Debbie Harry getting a solo topper – though Blondie would be back for some more in the 21st century anyway. Vince Clark had already topped with Yazoo’s Only You 4 years earlier, and it wouldn’t be his last chart-topper either. Cyndi Lauper rockets into the top 20 with Change Of Heart, easily outdoing True Colors which was pleasantly dull in comparison, and giving her a 4th top 20.

Highest newie is The Damned, 7 years of chart entries and counting, followed by a 3rd for Fuzzbox, both inside the 40, just behind a leaping Jam & Lewis Human League, and ahead of a cool Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, both climbing fast. Genesis also return with one of their very best singles, Land Of Confusion and it’s Spitting Image video, and the smooth Shake You Down gives Gregory Abbott a debut. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, long a fave from the sitcom Soap, and en route to movie stardom, slips out a whimsical US hit single, You Look Marvellous, done in the style of latin Hollywood movie star Fernando Llamas, and tickles my fancy as I also liked Fernando. The Housemartins cover the Isleys, and instantly outdo them with their accapella version.

Talking of Yazoo, Alison Moyet is also back with a goodie, Is This Love, and Howard Jones & Five Star add to their list, while new in at 75, briefly, it’s Wendy Richard reprising her 1962 smash Come Outside, which I adored as a 4 or 5-year-old and thereafter, though she swaps lead singer from Mike Sarne to Mike Berry who had been hitless for 6 years, but gets 11 years of chart entries since his 1975 cover of Don’t Be Cruel, some 10 years since his 60’s popstar career stalled.

1 ( 14 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 7 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 9 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
9 ( 18 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
10 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 50 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
14 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
15 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
16 ( 11 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
17 ( 28 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
19 ( 29 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
20 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis

21 ( 13 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 17 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
23 ( 16 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
24 ( 32 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
25 ( 20 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
26 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 24 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
28 ( 19 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
29 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
30 ( 37 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
32 ( 27 ) HUMAN Human League
33 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
34 ( 39 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 60 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
37 ( 42 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
38 ( NEW ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 63 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

41 ( 66 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
42 ( 23 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
43 ( 40 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
44 ( 36 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
45 ( 31 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
46 ( 48 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
47 ( 71 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
48 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
50 ( 38 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

51 ( 54 ) CANDY Cameo
52 ( 47 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
53 ( NEW ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 30 ) ASK The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
57 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
58 ( 44 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
59 ( NEW ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
60 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

61 ( 64 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
62 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
63 ( 49 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
67 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 75 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
70 ( 68 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

71 ( NEW ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
72 ( 73 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
73 ( 74 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
74 ( 65 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) COME OUTSIDE Mike Berry & Wendy Richard

Playlist Oldies
1 WHY Donny Osmond
2 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

My 1990 Charts – March

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4th March 1990

At 1, it’s the fantastic career-peaking indie synth Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode finally getting that elusive chart-topper 9 years after starting a non-stop run of chart entries, and starting to catch up with former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke’s 2 (with Yazoo – Only You in 1982 – and Erasure – Sometimes in 1986). Talking of fab synth music, the more fab melodic aforesaid Vince is at 2 with his best record, the tuneful Blue Savannah. What were the chances!?

Jumping up to 6, it’s Cliff going all Stock Aitken Waterman in sound again, and a bit of video dancing cos he’s Stronger Than That, but it gives him a sweet non-stop run of top 10 entries for most years since 1968. Tears For Fears get a 7th top 10 in 8 years, and Electribe 101 just miss out on a second at 11. Highest new entry at 19 is JT, accompanied by his Big Family. They sound a little suspiciously like sampled Soul II Soul over some Art Of Noise, actually – well not suspiciously like, to be fair, exactly like. It’s a good shuffling soul track though. Shooting up, as well, it’s a dance anthem from Guru Josh at 31 – To Infinity and beyond! Quirky indierock classic Birdhouse In My Soul enters at 34 for They Might Be Giants, still sounds great.

Bros start to fade in the UK charts, but register in mine with the decent Madly In Love at 39, Jimmy Somerville is reading lips and keeping the hit singles coming fast at 38, these days solo as opposed to Bronski or Communard hits, while Billy joel is going to extremes to get into the top 40. Not one of his key tracks, but I have a new respect for Bill, having seen Elio Pace doing his songbook twice now (including this weekend April 2015), and the versatility of Billy’s songs (classical-inspired as much as poprocksoul inspired) is undeniable, and Elio Pace is great live (NOT a tribute act as such, he’s a working musician touring the songbook for now out of love for Joel).

Lower down and new: Innocence is sweet at 42, Wet Wet Wet a bit gospelly at 47, a mish mash of tracks and artists from the BRITS is at 50, while at 68 Eurythmic Dave Stewart is back with his best solo record 11 years after debuting with The Tourists, in tandem with sax player Candy Dulfer, and Lily Is Here is fab and instrumental. Leaving The Mission seeking deliverance at 75. Wonder if they’ve tried Duelling Banjos…

1 ( 2 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
2 ( 4 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 1 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
4 ( 3 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
5 ( 11 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 29 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
7 ( 9 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
8 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 6 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
10 ( 24 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears

11 ( 34 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
12 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 7 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
15 ( 17 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 10 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 27 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 22 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
20 ( 15 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love

21 ( 19 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
22 ( 13 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 31 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
25 ( 20 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
26 ( 21 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
27 ( 16 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
28 ( 25 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
29 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
30 ( 39 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

31 ( 65 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
32 ( 28 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
33 ( 40 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( NEW ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
35 ( 35 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 23 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
37 ( 32 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
38 ( NEW ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
39 ( NEW ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
40 ( NEW ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

41 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
42 ( NEW ) NATURAL THING innocence
43 ( 36 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
44 ( 30 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
45 ( 38 ) HELLO The Beloved
46 ( 41 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
47 ( NEW ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 75 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists

51 ( 45 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
52 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
55 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
56 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
57 ( 37 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
58 ( 47 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
59 ( 51 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 63 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 66 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
63 ( 57 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
64 ( 60 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
65 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 54 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
67 ( 58 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( NEW ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
69 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 44 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
73 ( 73 ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) DELIVERANCE The Mission

At work, I spent a few days re-checking input surveying data onto a new computer system, while the culprit was off sick – if you want a job doing right…etc. Work 10-pin bowling evening was fab fun, we were all young and keen and enjoyed social activities, hooray! Young Lucy’s new hairdo was a worthy of comment all round, and with news she had got a job with Christchurch Council, sadly, she was great fun. My top 2 singles this very week came on the video screens while we bowled. Came 2nd in two games, pah! I was moaning about my bedroom being full of crap, to my diary, and I’m happy to report that situation hasn’t changed 25 years later – except I now fill 3 rooms with my “crap”, aka records, books, mags, souvenirs, DVDs and hi fi equipment, computers, TV, blu ray and much much much more. In the news the Poll tax was getting everybody wound up, and on TV I was watching a Horizon special on the awesome Voyager spacecrafts accomplishments, and loving Quantum Leap with future Trek captain Scott Bakula. The weekend was spent getting nervous over preparations for a forthcoming American holiday with mum, dad and my little niece and nephew (7 and 5 years old)…

greenland or canada...!

greenland or canada…!

11th March 1990

In from nowhere it’s a 1989 remix/re-recording of my all-time favourite single, Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. In the week I went to Florida for the first time, it just seemed so appropriate as wherever I’ve gone in the world it invariably pops up, albeit less frequently these days. In chart terms though it wasn’t anywhere close to being near my all-time chart-points top, so this was a nice boost for it, even if this version is more lacklustre than the spine-tingling original. That’s bad news for Erasure, who get blocked at 2 instead of being on top with the fab Blue Savannah. Boo! Also a shame for the B52’s classic Love Shack, ultimate party track getting to 3, but it wouldn’t top until the end of the 90’s on re-issue.

Highest new entry at 4 is down to heavy rotation on Orlando pop radio, Janet Jackson’s Escapade, the best track on the fab Rhythm Nation album, and all of the singles huge in the States where the Jam n Lewis sound still ruled. All of the UK singles underperformed though, so by the time they got round to this one in the UK (the 4th) they’d resorted to jangly piano remixes for all her singles from the album to fit in with the dance sounds of UK 1990. They were all inferior to the Jam n Lewis originals, and so it’s they that count in my charts, not the UK cash-in’s. Escapade had one hell of a great melody and laid back dance groove. Not that I was agin new indie dance, as shown by Guru Josh’ big climb to 5, and in at 15 the fantastic Loaded from Primal Scream, sampling The Emotions and all sorts of bits n bobs.

Holding at 17, Marc Almond’s orchestral mini-melodrama A Lover Spurned, his forte let’s be honest. More surprisingly Bros get a rare top 20 track in my charts just ahead of the leaping instrumental delight of Dave Stewart at 19. Up to 30 the lovely chilled-dance grooves of Innocence and Natural Thing, while Belinda’s Runaway Horses gallop into the 40. Let’s not mention Jive Bunny and Shaky though, OK? It Bites, though, get their first top 40 record in 4 years for those still too young to remember Calling All The Heroes. In at 43, it’s Michael Penn and his fab jangly rockpop US hit No Myth. Who he? He’s actor and occasional Madonna hubby Sean Penn’s younger brother that’s who, and it should have been a hit in the UK. I got to hear it on Orlando radio a good bit, hooray, USA radio was pretty cooking then, oldies and pop.

Martika’s back at 46 with Water, while Siouxsie brings her Fury Eyes back a bit higher than the other week at 62, and Sam Brown keeps her run going with a little love at 66. At 70 it’s a rave second summer of love dance remix of the original summer of love Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever, a song that seemed un-coverable, but fitted in nicely with the mood of ’90. The slacker indie rock of under-rated Cowboy Junkies in at 72 as the sun comes up, and the new kids wont go away, as the largely insipid I’ll Be Loving You pops in and out at 73, ahead of Whitesnake at 75, The Deeper The Love still getting them in.

1 ( NEW ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
4 ( NEW ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
5 ( 31 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
6 ( 1 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
7 ( 3 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
8 ( 4 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
10 ( 11 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101

11 ( 6 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
12 ( 7 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
13 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
14 ( 19 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
15 ( NEW ) LOADED Primal Scream
16 ( 9 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
17 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 39 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
19 ( 68 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
20 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 15 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
22 ( 14 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
23 ( 13 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 40 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
25 ( 38 ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 34 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
27 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
28 ( 23 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
29 ( 22 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
30 ( 42 ) NATURAL THING innocence

31 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
32 ( 20 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
33 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( 50 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
35 ( 21 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
36 ( 26 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
37 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
38 ( NEW ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
39 ( 48 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 60 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

41 ( 28 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
42 ( 37 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
44 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
45 ( 47 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
47 ( 24 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
48 ( 27 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
49 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

51 ( 25 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
52 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 36 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
54 ( 32 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
55 ( 46 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
56 ( 75 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
57 ( 55 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 54 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
59 ( 59 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 44 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

61 ( 57 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
62 ( RE ) FURY EYES The Creatures
63 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 51 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
66 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( 56 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
68 ( 63 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
69 ( 64 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) SUN COMES UP (IT’S TUESDAY MORNING) Cowboy Junkies
73 ( NEW ) I’LL BE LOVING YOU (FOREVER) New Kids On The Block
74 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
75 ( NEW ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

10th March and a 4am rise with 2 sleep-deprived kids, dad driving us to Gatwick, car parking, and running after Gavin & Vicki now well awake. Not kids that sit quietly! Virgin airways flight to Miami 11.45, sat with Gavin while some Irish yuppies joked about bombs sat next to me: not particularly funny in those days! Amazingly, once we were up in the air we headed towards Poole and actually flew over our house!! Told the kids, “where?” they asked not entirely bothered. Virgin: Now That’s What I Call Music 16 pop videos, free earphones, a free mag, MASH TV, The Fabulous Baker Boys movie (yawn!) not to mention ice-flows, snow-covered mountains and assorted dramatic Greenland/northern Canada scenery to look at. Quite exciting! Flew over Martha’s Vineyard, just to rub it in that I’d not got there 6 months earlier, and then a long haul to hot, sticky Miami and customs queuing with irritable parent and kids, Vicki refusing to sleep at any time. Conveniently, the Virgin terminal was as far from the connecting Delta Airwaves terminal as you could get, and the time between the flights limited, so it was a dash, a race, and a stress to get to the plane with minutes to spare. Nice views of Miami, though, as we flew to Orlando International, and even better was the school of whales in the sea.

It was dark as we landed, picked up the large car, and I practiced driving it a bit, before heading for our first toll booths and more by luck spotted our Days Inn motel from the toll road as it was about to merge with the I4. Got the apartment, watched The Golden Girls, and I fell asleep on the fold-out front-room bed about 3am UK time. Busy day. So the first day, Sunday, in Orlando we went to the Florida Mall for a jetlagged easy day, after I’d channel-hopped the radio at breakfast for Mix 105.1 and a host of new pop tracks. Icehouse’s Electric Blue was the first track I heard in Florida. Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet was the hot new discovery for me.

The Florida “grass” lawns around the hotel grounds was like Singapore “grass” so I got all nostalgic at the many plant-life similarities, and took some photos of the kids while waiting for the hard-sell travel rep trying to get us to buy theme parks tickets. I was dead sure we could get them cheaper elsewhere (it was) but we bought some anyway. Vicki got flushed and grumpy running round in the heat, but took some good photos of them in sunglasses on the play equipment. They spoke to their mum on the phone a while, then I drove us to the Mall. It was huge, I liked the palm tree entrance (now long-gone) and we ate in the large catering plaza. I found a record store, Janet Jackson’s Escapade video was playing, and I took it as a sign that I needed to buy the 1824 Rhythm Nation CD album – this was cheap by UK standards (under £10). Shockingly, 25 years later, cd’s are still the same price and bargain-cheap compared to inflation. Got myself a Starlog mag and TV Guide as a treat. Back to the motel, ET on a billboard gazing down at our room, advertising the soon-to-open new Universal Studios. Not soon enough for us though, doh!

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida


18th March 1990

In my first full-week-in-Florida chart Erasure knock off my all-time favourite (in non-remixed form) record after one week, giving Baker Street a total not quite up to it’s 1978 run. It’s Erasure’s second chart-topper, the first being Sometimes in 1986. Blue Savannah is far and away my fave of the two, though. Janet Jackson meanwhile is up to 2, Escapade equalling her 1986 track When I Think Of You, and Primal Scream are loaded at 8 and shockingly Bros go top 10 with Madly In Love for their second and last top 10 single (following When Will I Be Famous).

Highest new entry is Cher, Heart Of Stone following up a chart-topper for her at 11, helped no end by making a slightly more thumping rock version of an otherwise identical fabulous Bucks Fizz top 5 track from 1988. Yes, that’s right, Bucks Fizz did it first, subtler and better. Elton, 1989 former number one, is now getting some serious Florida airplay, explaining Sacrifice’s rebound to 12, while also hot in Orlando, Alannah Myles sultry delta blues classic Black Velvet is in at 17 with a bang. Up to 19, and no myth-take, it’th Sean Penn’s younger brother climbing fast, while Billy Joel gets another top 20 as I go to extremes.

At 24, it’s the final single off Like A Prayer as the US-only single is ignored in the UK, Keep It Together was available in several mixes on a mega-cd single – so I bought it along with Cher’s Heart Of Stone album, and similar cd mixes of Depeche Mode, Prince and Erasure. CD singles were still available in the US, but they were about to decline as albums were the product being pushed, only a few dollars more than a single. U.S. Singles sales would be dead within a decade, from a 30-year-period where they sold millions and millions. In at 27, Aerosmith kick themselves out of the 40 with new US hit, Janie’s Got A Gun, a sort of latter-day I Don’t Like Mondays in lyrical subject matter, if not sound. At 29, Roxette are back, just a little bit Dangerous, and huge in the States as follow-up’s to The Look flopped in the UK, at least initially. Jody Watley gets a solo top 30 some decade after arriving with Shalamar, Everything, and Taylor Dayne gets a 3rd top 40 entry with a ballad, Love Will Lead You back, after her fab 1987 dance chart-topper Tell It To My Heart. Finally, The Mission grab another top 40 goth climber, Deliverance!

Lower down, lots more US radio entries, and some old UK hits now getting American airplay go back up or enter, for example Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul. At 54 Expose are back, just like they were in 1987 when I had a West Coast USA holiday, though Tell Me Why’s not as good as When I Look At Him, but they did fit in with the big Florida-based latino dance acts who were about. At 56, Belinda Carlisle’s current US single Summer Rain enters as her less-good UK single Runaway Horses peaks at 33, while Donny Osmond is back at 59, I’ll Be Good To You extending his run of solo singles to 18 years, and still only 32 years old, just like me. It seemed more sophisticated than Puppy Love at the time, but in truth it’s bland where Puppy Love is charming. The B52’s are also back with Roam, current US single as Love Shack is big in the UK, entering here at 63, less quirky but still good. At 67, Paula Abdul is also back with her best single, Opposites Attract, complete with cartoon cat video. At 71, one of music’s unlikely survivors, Paul Carrack has a solo US hit, I Live By The Groove, extending his hit career to 16 years since Ace took How Long from the UK to USA charts. That’s nothing, Chicago had been having US hits since 1970, with only occasional UK success, but What Kind Of Man extends their chart run to 20 years at 72, Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt meantime get together for a ballad, and take their career in the US charts back to the 60’s and into the 90’s, while Linda gets a sweet 13 years in my charts since her 60’s hit Different Drum charted. Phil Collins wishes for rain at 74, and Michael Bolton debuts the sound of constipated vocal foghorns at 75. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
2 ( 4 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 5 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 3 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
7 ( 9 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
8 ( 15 ) LOADED Primal Scream
9 ( 18 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
10 ( 6 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

11 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
13 ( 19 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
14 ( 7 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
15 ( 12 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
16 ( 11 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
17 ( NEW ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
18 ( 13 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
19 ( 43 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 24 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

21 ( 10 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
22 ( 14 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
24 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
27 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
28 ( 16 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
29 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Roxette
30 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley

31 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
32 ( 26 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
33 ( 37 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
34 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
35 ( 30 ) NATURAL THING innocence
36 ( 39 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 38 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
38 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 56 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
40 ( 29 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

41 ( 46 ) WATER Martika
42 ( 27 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
43 ( 28 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
44 ( 74 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
45 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 23 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
47 ( 42 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
48 ( 32 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul
50 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

51 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 31 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
53 ( 36 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
54 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Expose
55 ( 40 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
56 ( NEW ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
57 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 34 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
59 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
60 ( 35 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers

61 ( 41 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
62 ( 44 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
63 ( NEW ) ROAM The B52’s
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 66 ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( NEW ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul
68 ( NEW ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
69 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 55 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K

71 ( NEW ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
73 ( NEW ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
74 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
75 ( NEW ) HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Michael Bolton


In Orlando, it was theme park time, first up Sea World, as it was just down the road 5 minutes. Not impressed by some dolphins being in a small petting pool on the way in, and I’m not a fan of performing animals so reluctantly watched the various arena shows, though the trainers seemed to genuinely care for the animals. Far more interested, me, in actual birds hanging about for free food. Vicki meanwhile managed to lose the first of several sunglasses and hats (over the 2 weeks). The bored whales, once not performing, made me feel sorry for them penned up in not huge (to them) otherwise empty pools of sea water. The best show of the day was a mime taking the piss out of people walking to seats in the sea lion show. Funny, and accurate. Best bits were the fish in huge tropical reef tanks, as it was a close approximation of a real reef. Watched over the kids while they had an hour going mad on big-scale play equipment, they loved it. Back at the motel, TV: Murphy Brown, Designing Women and my fave Newhart. I Love Bob Newhart.

Next up, long stressfully busy I4 4-lane drive to Busch Gardens near Tampa Bay on the West Coast. Oldies on the radio were great, as I got to hear new-to-me old stuff like The Raiders’ Indian Reservation. A hot roller-coaster and animals theme park, Busch also had me in 2 minds: the rides were fab, the terminally-pacing bored-to-madness animals (especially the elephants) distressing to me. Best thing? Tidal Wave. A water-mega-coaster that drenches anyone crossing a footbridge as it hits the water. Great fun watching people get soaked. I took the kids on a log flume ride, but didn’t say what it would be like. Little Gavin wasn’t bothered, Vicki was old enough to be aware of fear, and sure enough she hated it all the way through, even though it was mild until the big drop at the end. Gav only was bothered by the big drop. They loved telling mum and dad about it afterwards though, whenever we saw it again. I got soaked on a rapids raft ride, from waves of water, before getting a jet of water all over me just to make sure I was 100% wet, poor Gav also got hit by it. My driving licence and traveller’s cheques all got wet and the ink ran. I still have that runny paper licence and it’s still valid!

Next up Disney World a 3rd theme park in 3 days – this is overkill! Vicki was sunburnt from losing her latest hat, and when Hungry Eyes came on the car radio said “it’s Dirty Den!” (her mum loved Dirty Dancing). The 4-day pass cost $106, about the cost of a one-day pass these days, unlike CD’s theme park fees have kept pace with inflation! A ferry-boat ride over to Magic Kingdom on a scorching sunny day – the Car Parks needed trolley rides they were so huge at Disney! I LOVED the monorail, the public transportation of the future that never caught on, more’s the pity, and it joins up Epcot, hotels, and son, around the central huge lake. Main Street Square was as familiarly like Disneyland, as was a lot of Magic Kingdom – only bigger and more spacious. Fantasyland for the kids, through the castle, for a day of standing in line again and again. Once you know the ropes you can plan ahead, get in early, and avoid a lot of that in most theme parks, if you don’t know the ropes you needs lots of patience. Tomorrowland was my fave area, but the queues were an hour for the big rides, so we did the People Mover, and moved over to Frontierland and the Haunted Mansion – once inside it was air conditioned relief from the sticky heat! Vicki got petrified with all the holograms and skeletons and the like. Gav was more interested in what was going on with all the flying ghosts and stuff. Disney Railroad, Pirates Of The Caribbean (cool, hooray!) and finally the Big Thunder Mountain railroad, a shaky rollercoaster ride which the kids didn’t like at all – “the driver’s mad” said Vicki. We had to tell her there wasn’t a driver! Drive back to the motel was in the dark, and TV shows Night Court and Quantum Leap later on.

Kennedy Space Center 1990

Kennedy Space Center 1990


25th March 1990

Janet Jackson gets her first chart topper with the fab Escapade (the US version), knocking Erasure off the top after one week. Bros go top 5. Gasp! I must have been madly in love (I wasn’t!). Dave Stewart gets a top 10 outside of Eurythmics, and Madonna keeps it together long enough to go top 20, along with Aerosmith and Roxette, not to mention Jody Watley and Taylor Dayne, all of them had been there before. Highest new entry is a return for Depeche Mode’s brilliant Personal Jesus at 28, as it’s still big in the States, while a radio play at a Florida McDonald’s car park gives Sinead O’Connor a boost again.

Orlando radio brings in a deluge of tracks, Rod Stewart is back, Starship grab a chart entry with a previous flop, The Bee Gees mellow ballad pops in at 40 (Bodyguard), for 22 years of top 40 entries, and best of all Heart return with their last great single All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, a terrific story song with a twist, albeit one with dubious moral behaviour from the lady of the lyric. Lou Gramm of Foreigner has a blue solo hit (blue is the colour of my charts it seems), while Michael Bolton kicks out his own annoying debut hit with a better bellowing follow-up.

1 ( 2 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 9 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
6 ( 12 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
7 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
8 ( 6 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
10 ( 13 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer

11 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 17 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
13 ( 8 ) LOADED Primal Scream
14 ( 7 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
15 ( 10 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
16 ( 24 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
17 ( 27 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
18 ( 29 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
20 ( 34 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

21 ( 61 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
22 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 15 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
27 ( 16 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 18 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
30 ( 63 ) ROAM The B52’s

31 ( 21 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
32 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
34 ( 44 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 73 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
36 ( 28 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
37 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
38 ( 26 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
39 ( RE ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
40 ( NEW ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

41 ( 36 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
42 ( 32 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
43 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT ENOUGH Starship
44 ( 54 ) TELL ME WHY Expose
45 ( 37 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
46 ( 31 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
47 ( NEW ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
48 ( 33 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
49 ( 35 ) NATURAL THING innocence
50 ( 40 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

51 ( 47 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
52 ( RE ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
55 ( 38 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
56 ( NEW ) WAS IT NOTHING AT ALL Michael Damian
57 ( 72 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
58 ( 59 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
59 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

61 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
62 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
63 ( 39 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
64 ( 43 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
65 ( 74 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
66 ( 50 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
67 ( 68 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
68 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 71 ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack

71 ( NEW ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
73 ( 56 ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
74 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE LOVE Lou Gramm
75 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Barry Manilow


Back in Florida, we had a trip to downtown Orlando, or “multi-storey yuppie-paradise blocks, banking and the like” as I referred to them. Church Street Station was the only bit of interest, a sort of 19th-century-styled shopping area by a railroad. Happily I found a record store and bought Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits CD, and the kids played in the video arcade.

Next day, Epcot at Disney, which impressed me, especially as you walk in the entrance and see the giant golf-ball-styled building. Inside was Spaceship Earth, a very Disney-50’s view of human history and the future, but sort of nostalgically pleasant for idealised childhood images. I also loved the monorail passing overhead outdoors in amongst the huge individual indoor themed attractions and ponds and fountains and gardens. Very nice. Around the central (huge) lake was a selection of countries of the world, buildings done in the styles of each, and peopled with residents of each: Canada (very Ottawa); London (chip shop and pub); Japan I loved, huge buildings stuffed with oriental trinket mementos, and japanese gardens, pagodas; Morocco reminded me of Tunisia; China I also enjoyed shopping in for Singapore noastalgia, and it looked great; Mexico was an Aztec pyramid, the indoors set as night-time and boat ride of singing happy Mexico as an attraction. Cool air-con inside too, hooray. Other stuff: The Living Seas had a giant aquarium, Universe Of Energy had giant plastic dinosaurs and forgot to mention pollution as it was sponsored co-incidentally by Exxon. And then there was the fab 3D Captain Eo film – Michael Jackson in a sci-fi Star Wars/ Thriller styled short musical. It was naff acting and scriptwise but ended on a good version of Another Part Of You.

Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast (2 or 3 hours drive) was awesome for me, it had a Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttles, and I drove there along to the US top 40 radio countdown. The space shuttle was on the launchpad!! So we bought tickets for a coach tour of NASA, which had a viewing platform to get out and take photos of the space shuttle on the launch pad. In the distance. Also got to stop at the Saturn V rocket (then still outdoors as seen in the Police’s Walking On The Moon pop video). It was huge, but didn’t appear big due to the massive NASA building behind it (so big this can be seen for miles around, used to house the shuttle and rockets) – a few years later it was moved to an indoor building and you got real sense of scale then, you could walk underneath it. Finally, The Dream Is Alive, awesome Imax movie, the quality of the space shots, and late astronauts, was both stunning and sad, awesome and wondrous. I bought a souvenir poster an astronaut on a spacewalk, and smaller ones of Planet earth and the Space Shuttle. Back for Doctor Who on cable TV (Black Orchid), and a new Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Rob Lowe on Saturday Night Live.

Other day trips? Cocoa Beach and Kissimmee, Ron Jon’s Surfshop (megastore), cheap T shirts, and I babysat in the motel with the kids playing on the play equipment. I nipped to the bathroom, only to have Gavin come in screaming: he’d been kicked off the slide by another kid and had what appeared to be a bruised cheek. I calmed him down, soothed the bruise with water and he ran off back to play with me there. I should have been there supervising, so take all the blame. I told him a couple of years back that the mysterious chipped bone he’d had in his cheekbone as long as he could remember was my fault (sort of). It probably would have happened anyway…! Just to round off the evening, dad came out of the toilet having had the runs (food poisoning) all day following a sea food platter meal at Cocoa Beach, and fell slowly to the floor groaning. We thought he was acting and laughed. He wasn’t acting. He hit his chin, and stayed up all night with the TV on, poorly.

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My 1990 Charts – February

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3 weeks for Cher on top, as the great Lisa Stansfield hits 3, and fabulous Sinead 4. The wonderful under-rated House Of Love’s Shine On gleams at 8, brightening up the top 10, and Hello! So do The Beloved, at 10, and a trio of veterans, Ray, Chaka and Quincy at 9. Leaving the highest new entry at 13 for a less-good but similar-sounding Technotronic follow-up, only this time Ya Kid K gets the justly-deserved featuring credit, not a model pretending to be her.

At 16, Chris Rea enters with a lush, cinematic, heart-breaking gentle song. If you’ve never heard Tell Me There’s A Heaven, click on the Youtube link and pay attention to the words, essentially a child dealing with death. It’s tender and affecting, and just plain gorgeously sad. Pure class. As is Paul McCartney’s under-stated up-beat ballad Put It There, up 35 spots to 14. Sybil, meanwhile Walks On By into the 20, Driving past Everything But The Girl and Janet Jackson.

Lloyd Cole goes Top 30, and Madonna enters at 35 with one of the best tracks on Like A Prayer, another lushly-orchestrated and sad-themed bit of class, Oh Father. Not a UK single until 1996, it was out in the USA in 1989 instead of Dear Jessie, and didn’t make the Top 10 in either country, sadly. Cos it’s fab. At 39, it’s a new return from Gilbert O’Sullivan, 20 years since debuting, in a contemporary dance stylee – pushed out on a white label to DJ’s with no artist credit, I think, which gave him a buzz he hadn’t had since 1972/3. It’s one of his best records, actually, and has a great video with the late lovely long-time comic actor Eric Sykes lending a hand. Gilbert changed the music biz the next year when he sued and won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) – since then people rightly pay for sampling.

Barry Manilow’s at 50 with Elvis’ 1969 Top 10 huge ballad, If I Can Dream, giving Bazza 15 years of covering other people’s songs. Another cover, from Tina Turner, at 56, as she brings Tony Joe’s bluesy swamprock great Steamy Windows into the charts but keeps the feel just right. One of her best solo records too. Fab. At 60, Faith No More enter with the raprocking Epic, a terrific blend of the genres, insistent and exciting. Seduction’s good US girl dance hit Two To Make It Right enters at 62, The Stranglers cover ? And The Mysterions (pronounced Question Mark!) the delightfully organtastic odd 1966 hit 96 Tears, and do it very well. Cliff’s at 69, though he’s Stronger Than That, while 5 years since his last hit Adam Ant’s got a room at the top, but it’s located at the bottom – 75.

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 4 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 5 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
5 ( 7 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
6 ( 9 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
7 ( 11 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 31 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
9 ( 14 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
10 ( 15 ) HELLO The Beloved

11 ( 12 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
12 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
13 ( NEW ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 49 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
15 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
16 ( NEW ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 32 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
18 ( 13 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
19 ( 25 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
20 ( 23 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl

21 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
22 ( 10 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
23 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 35 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
25 ( 18 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
27 ( 43 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
28 ( 19 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
29 ( 16 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
30 ( 34 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

31 ( 21 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WORDS The Christians
33 ( 29 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
34 ( 26 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
35 ( NEW ) OH FATHER Madonna
36 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( NEW ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
39 ( NEW ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
40 ( 52 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

41 ( 71 ) NRG Adamski
42 ( 22 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
43 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 57 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 27 ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
46 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
48 ( 41 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
49 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 47 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
52 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
53 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
54 ( 30 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( NEW ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( NEW ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 58 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
58 ( 68 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
59 ( 39 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
60 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More

61 ( 33 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
62 ( NEW ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
63 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Babyface
64 ( 62 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 74 ) THE FACE And Why Not
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( NEW ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) MY DOCS Kiss AMC

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
73 ( NEW ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant


At work, there was lots of storm tree damage and lots of inspecting of parks and open spaces to do, having to make decisions on which trees needed attention which was a bit daunting. Got some good photos of fallen trees in the woods round and about home, and took the kids to look at them. Even more gales and storms made it a busy time! This was one of those “once in a generation” storm events that was actually the second time in 3 years. Played squash with Peter (lost of course)and a good chat after, popped round Bob’s for a chat, and watched a lot of TV: Chelmsford 123, Cheers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Golden Girls, TOTP etc.


11th February 1990

Straight in at number 1, it’s the single release of an album track I already loved (bought the album in the States Autumn 1989) Here We Are, Gloria Estefan’s second chart-topper. I really did like her a lot, nice singer, lovely person, and was very happy to see Latino music get a big push through her and hubby Emilio’s Miami Sound Machine, 6 years on since Doctor Beat. It’s a sweetly sad ballad. Lonnie Gordon takes SAW back into the 10, and Rod Stewart gets his biggest hit in 6 years or so, as Downtown Train hits 8, just ahead of Sybil (Basil!) and Macca. Put It There, Paul!

Lloyd Cole returns to the 20 after a 3-year gap, No Blue Skies is another good ballad, so many of them dotted around the chart! Beats International rocket to 19, as Dub Be Good To Me gives Norman Cook his biggest post-Housemartins track, chasing the position of the SOS Band original. Seduction slide sultrily into the 40, showing it takes two to make it right at 23, and Depeche Mode’s classic Enjoy The Silence is right behind at 24, quietly working their way up. More loudly, Faith No More’s Epic is 26. Tina’s getting steamy at 38, as windows do when you get sweaty.

Next new entry is a 1990 dance remix of classic 1977 rock hit Black Betty, from Ram Jam at 31, ahead of Tears For Fears’ good Advice For The Young At Heart. I think I followed that advice, at 33, and also did a bit of gardening as Lenny Kravitz enters at 37, I Built This Garden For Us, bringing him chart-bound not for the last-time. I’m Not Satisfied, exclaim the Fine Young Cannibals, oh well, says I, noting they are in at 53 and have a decade of hits (with The Beat), and move on to Marc Almond’s A Lover Spurned, all drama at 61, 9 years on since Tainted Love. At 65, a great rock new entry from Aerosmith, who rightly warn us that Janie’s Got A Gun, and finally Spandau Ballet do a spot of crashing into love at 75. More like a very slight bump, actually.

1 ( NEW ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
3 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
5 ( 8 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
6 ( 11 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 26 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
9 ( 17 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
10 ( 14 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

11 ( 5 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
12 ( 19 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
13 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
15 ( 6 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( 4 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
17 ( 10 ) HELLO The Beloved
18 ( 27 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
19 ( 52 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
20 ( 9 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan

21 ( 39 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
22 ( 12 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
23 ( 62 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
24 ( 49 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 21 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
26 ( 60 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 18 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
28 ( 38 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
29 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
30 ( 40 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

31 ( NEW ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
32 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
33 ( NEW ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
34 ( 25 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
35 ( 20 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
36 ( 30 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
37 ( NEW ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
38 ( 56 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
39 ( 15 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
40 ( 23 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

41 ( 31 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
42 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
43 ( 34 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
44 ( 32 ) WORDS The Christians
45 ( 28 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
46 ( 35 ) OH FATHER Madonna
47 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
49 ( 29 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
50 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 48 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
52 ( 47 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
53 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 24 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 55 ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( 51 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
57 ( 58 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
58 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
59 ( 69 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
60 ( 57 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( NEW ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
62 ( NEW ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 33 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
64 ( 65 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
65 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
66 ( 67 ) THE FACE And Why Not
67 ( 72 ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
68 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 63 ) TENDER LOVE Babyface

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 73 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
73 ( 75 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
74 ( 64 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet


At home, big Bob (driver from work of 5 years back) and his new girlfriend dropped by, and overlapped into the chart show, oops! Nice to catch up on news, and to see him get a girl after years of good-natured trying. More gales, rain, flooding, as we got measuring at work, for plans for a big Council reorganisation, the first of millions I’ve gone through since. Every new administration or leader likes to stamp their authority by changing things, cutting things, finding it backfires, doesn’t save money, and then hire in expensive temps to do the work that cheaper pissed-off staff used to do. It’s endlessly circular because the councillors who make these sort of decisions are not experts, largely they are morons with a vision who fail to listen to people who know better. I digress, 5-year-old Gavin was sick over mum’s bed, I watched TV Horizon shows on Neptune and Triton, as more and more images and knowledge of the planets gripped my imagination. I cancelled a works ice-skating evening due to apathy from confirmees changing their minds. Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, giving some brightness and optimism to a world where injustice seemed to rule. I swore at the previous South African regimes, at this point, so I won’t repeat, but optimistically noted “Thatcher to go must be a possibility now”. When you’re right, you’re right….


18th February 1990

2 weeks for Gloria, here we are… as Lisa Stansfield almost gets a second number one – doh! Ram Jam bring up the spirit of ’77 as Black Betty goes top 5 for the second time, the remix admittedly not as good as the original, but good enough for 3. Paul McCartney is on a top 5 roll, as the third track from Flowers In The Dirt goes top 5, all of them under-appreciated in the world at large. Pah! Depeche Mode are also on a roll, a second consecutive top 10, Enjoy The Silence giving them a bit of consistency of chart position unseen since 1984, and their 10th top 10.

Faith No More hit 13, Gilbert O’Sullivan hits 14, his highest-ranked since 1974. So what? Well, a 16-year gap, that’s what. Back at 19, having been a less big chart hit in 1989, suddenly Love Shack takes off in the UK (hooray!) and gives The B52’s their first top 20 since the reissue of Rock Lobster in 1985, and 11 years of chart activity. It’s a party classic, still, but took some time to grow on everyone. Fine Young Cannibals are unsatisfied with their final record of note, more or less – they pretty much split at the top of their game, shockingly.

The Stranglers 96 Tears don’t dampen by appreciation of a good cover version, it suited them perfectly at 27, and Black Box come back with a new single – I don’y know anybody else either. 3 veterans scrape inside the 40: Cliff, Marc and Adam, but not their finest hours, truth be told, my preference these days is for A Lover Spurned of the 3. Leaving Kate Bush, Love And Anger, and The Creatures, Billy Fury Eyes as new entries – OK I”m just wishful thinking The Creatures had called it that, and done a 60’s styled version instead of opting for the dance sound of the time, which has dated badly.

1 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 31 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
4 ( 2 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
5 ( 10 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
7 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
8 ( 9 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
9 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
10 ( 6 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

11 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
12 ( 14 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
14 ( 21 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 19 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
16 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
17 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
18 ( 12 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
19 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
20 ( 23 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

21 ( 18 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
22 ( 11 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 53 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 16 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
25 ( 33 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
26 ( 17 ) HELLO The Beloved
27 ( 64 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
28 ( 38 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
29 ( 25 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
30 ( 15 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

31 ( 20 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
32 ( 22 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
33 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 37 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
35 ( 27 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
36 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
37 ( 34 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
38 ( 59 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
39 ( 61 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
40 ( 73 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant

41 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
43 ( 30 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
44 ( 42 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 36 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
46 ( 35 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
47 ( 39 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
50 ( 43 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 40 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
52 ( 48 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( RE ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 52 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 51 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 57 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
57 ( 56 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
59 ( NEW ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
60 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( 44 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 45 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
64 ( 49 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
65 ( 72 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
66 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow
67 ( NEW ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
68 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
73 ( 75 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) FURY EYES The Creatures


A flat tyre to sort for my car, a room shift about at work, lost at squash 4-2, then chatted to Peter afterwards about his life, and at home caught a new TV show, Quantum Leap, which promised much with it’s premise of being sent back in time as other people. The BRITS were on, and I went to see Honey I Shrunk The Kids at the new impressive UCI cinema at the new Tower Park, Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer I enjoyed, good-humoured movie too, but some stupid plotting made it a bit too silly.


25th February 1990

The second album track to enter at 1 in a row – this time off the Pet Shop Boys-produced fabulous Results album, for Liza Minelli, it’s her version of Yvonne Elliman’s 70’s disco classic Love Pains. Yvonne is still waiting to chart with it, as it was one that bypassed radio of the time, clubs only, so I never got to hear the song until Hazell Dean covered it, and charted in the mid-80’s. Needless to say, it’s Liza, it’s Chris n Neil, it’s a great song, it’s fab. Also, a big huge new entry at 4 for Erasure, the beautifully melodic Blue Savannah, their best track since Sometimes hit 1 in 1986, and hot on the heels of Depeche Mode shooting up to 2 with the sublime Enjoy The Silence for their biggest chart hit to date.

Beats International take Just (Dub) Be Good To Me into the top 10, just as did the SOS Band in 1984, while Tina Turner cracks another top tenner with Steamy Windows, and Chris Rea gets only his 3rd or 4th in 12 years with his best record, Tell Me There’s A Heaven. In at 22, it’s Aerosmith with their best record, the immensely exciting and horn-ey Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – watch the video right to the end, it’s just sooo great. Into the top 40, Electribe 101 get cool dance vibes blending with a snatch of Mission: Impossible’s TV theme tune, laid back, smokin’. Kate Bush also gets top 40 bound, just behind a cover of Lou Reid’s 1973 classic Walk On The Wild Side. Which leaves minor entries for 80’s acts, Shaky, Carmel, It Bites and Brother Beyond, and a great buzzing dance track, so good it was remixed and big all over again in the 21st century, Guru Josh’ Infinity. Time For The Guru!

1 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
2 ( 9 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
3 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
4 ( NEW ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
5 ( 2 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 3 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
7 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
8 ( 15 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 28 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
10 ( 12 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea

11 ( 19 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
12 ( 7 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
14 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 6 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
16 ( 8 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
17 ( 23 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
19 ( 27 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
20 ( 10 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

21 ( 16 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
22 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
23 ( 17 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
24 ( 25 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
25 ( 24 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
26 ( 13 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 39 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
28 ( 18 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
29 ( 38 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
30 ( 20 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

31 ( 67 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
32 ( 29 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
33 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
35 ( 40 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
37 ( 21 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
38 ( 26 ) HELLO The Beloved
39 ( 70 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan
40 ( 59 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

41 ( 32 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
42 ( RE ) OH FATHER Madonna
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
45 ( 37 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
46 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
47 ( 35 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
48 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
50 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 49 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
55 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
58 ( 54 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
59 ( 43 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
60 ( 57 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 46 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
63 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
64 ( 47 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
65 ( NEW ) INFINITY Guru Josh
66 ( 73 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
67 ( 41 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
68 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 51 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

71 ( 45 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
72 ( NEW ) I MOVE YOU Carmel
73 ( NEW ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

The audience were now averaging mid-20’s, 10-years on from starting their run of hits, Bob’s fave band of the 80’s, I’d seen Spandau before despite not being much of a fan, as Bob went to see Pet Shop Boys and I went to see Spandau, covering each other’s faves. Not much to say, it says in my notes, as they got off to a good start with Raw and Highly Strung before descending into the usual Pop Star Live Disease. Yes, that means sitting through a 45-minute advert for the latest album. This can work out well if it’s a classic album. Sadly, when it’s dreary it kills the mood stone-dead, nil audience participation, and so mundane. Gold livened things up a bit, but still a slowed-down version, and Through The Barricades was the highlight of the concert, only rivalled by the encore songs: To Cut A Long Story Short, and Chant Number 1. They also did True. Never mind.

My brother paid a rare visit for this time, having relationship and financial issues, with stuff he’d taken from grandma’s flat following a visit to her partner Jack, mainly sentimental stuff we’d given her, like Singapore cushion covers. I regretted not taking all of the stuff she’d badgered me to take for a couple of years, as it meant a lot to her, but I didn’t want to admit to myself she was getting to the age where she might pass away, and put it off. At the weekend, both niece Vicki and nephew Gavin were sick, Gavin throwing up in the middle of the night, and I decided my small bedroom was full up with stuff. 30-years on, I’ve spilled out into 2 other rooms, and they are all full to brimming. Mostly music, magazines, books…