My December 1987 Charts

Ian, me Swanage area 1986 134

80’s fashions not all they could have been…

 

 

5th December 1987

It’s straight in on top for yet another 20th anniversary Beatles oldie reissue, my childhood fave Hello Goodbye. Loved it aged 9, loved it aged 29, love it aged 61. It’s pure uplifting joy, and featured as a fab video in their generally not-great Magical Mystery Tour TV musical. It had previously topped my chart in a special Beatles-Chart I had to compile in 1976 to stop 20-odd Beatles singles taking over my top 50 charts when they were all reissued in matching sleeves and sold very well. The theme of the week is loads of new entries setting up Christmas, and loads of sudden drastic drops…

Jellybean gets a first top 10, and Expose ditto following my purchase of a remixed version on 12″ for the track that had been in my charts since my September USA hols, now peaking at 9. Alison Moyet makes it a 6th solo top 10, or 13th including Yazoo, with the standard, Love Letters. Talking of old standards, the smooth family fave Nat ‘King’ Cole enters my chart over 20 years since he died with his fab When I Fall In Love at 17, spurred on by Rick Astley’s inferior cover (in at 66). Nat’s is the definitive version, it just is, no-one has that warm, smooth, cool vocal tone.

The highest new track is Eurythmics 60’s-referencing and pure gorgeousness that is Shame. The title sums up its getting lost in the Christmas-ballad overload that was 1987 and failing to make the UK top 40 despite being one of their finest singles. Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell) Shame! (ring bell)… Anyway in at 11 in a chart that appreciates fabness. The Bee Gees have ESP, presumably they knew it would shoot up into my top 30 having read my mind, while The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl enter at 33 with a perennial christmas classic, one of those you never actually get fed up with hearing each year. Fairytale Of New York would top my my chart – eventually – once it’s arguing drunks just oozed nostalgia.

Talking of christmas, Mel & Kim are back. Comedian Mel Smith & the fab Kim Wilde (off to see her again next week doing an acoustic Wilde Winter Songbook tour) that is. I was tempted to go and see her dad Marty in concert tonight, but I’m typing this instead, oops! Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree was already a seasonal regular courtesy of young Brenda Lee, and they’d done a comedy version for charity that didn’t get on your nerves when you heard it a few times. Result!

GG is back with part 3 of his debut hit – mostly to promote his annual Christmas/New Year tours which pulled in the punters (including me each year) cos they were such a huge party experience. Contrary to rewritten history, he was actually popular in the 70’s and 80’s. Dollar return with an Erasure cover, after a couple of years away from my charts, and extending their run to 9 years as a duo, or 12 years if including as a third of a sextet: take your pick. Climie Fisher get a quick follow-up to a great record that flopped, and mysteriously get a hit out of it – cos it wasn’t as good! Not bad, but not in the same league. Sneaking in at 76, by virtue of the record not being listed as coming out as a single and therefore not permitted in my chart, instead topping my Playlist 3, but retroactively allowed to feature just because it’s brilliant – Taylor Dayne’s terrific bop Tell It To My Heart, fitting in with the Expose dance sounds that would influence Pet Shop Boys before long.

1 ( NEW ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 4 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 10 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
8 ( 12 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
9 ( 55 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
10 ( 27 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( NEW ) SHAME Eurythmics
12 ( 8 ) BAD Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
14 ( 7 ) KID The Pretenders
15 ( 20 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
16 ( 42 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
17 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
18 ( 24 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
19 ( 26 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
20 ( 5 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
22 ( 11 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
23 ( 38 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
25 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
26 ( 22 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
27 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 75 ) ESP The Bee Gees
29 ( 44 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
30 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 14 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
32 ( 17 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
33 ( NEW ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
34 ( 36 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
35 ( 23 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
36 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
37 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 28 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
39 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 71 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna

41 ( 21 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
42 ( 53 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
43 ( 19 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
44 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
45 ( 32 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
46 ( 33 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
47 ( 54 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
48 ( 40 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 18 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
50 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 45 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
52 ( NEW ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
53 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
54 ( 67 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
55 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
56 ( 34 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
57 ( 31 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
58 ( 73 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

61 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 35 ) BUILD The Housemartins
63 ( 46 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
64 ( 60 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston
65 ( 41 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
66 ( NEW ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
67 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 43 ) FAITH George Michael
70 ( NEW ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42

71 ( 64 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
72 ( 56 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( NEW ) HYSTERIA Def Leppard
74 ( NEW ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
75 ( NEW ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
76 ( NEW ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

5th Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOLID GOLD EASY ACTION T.Rex
3 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark

 

12th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for the mighty Fabs, still holding off Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind, still not available to buy but almost on top (bearing in mind I bought the charity single at 20 this week, I think that’s a given!). Dusty’s duet with Neil & Chris is still in the charts and on the back of that she gets reactivated chart action with classic early 60’s hit I Only Want To Be With You in at 5. Long a childhood fave, it had already charted for Bay City Rollers in 1976 and The Tourists in 1979, the latter version making my top 10 and starring…Dave Stewart & Annie Lennox, who just happen to be up to 4 with Shame. I love a Musical Connections anecdote.

Up 30 to 7 Fleetwood Mac make it 3 top 10’s out of 4 from Tango In The Night, the flop Family Man doing better here than in the real world, and ditto ESP up to 12 for The Bee Gees, both following-up chart-toppers. The Pogues & Kirsty go top 20 for the first time – and not for the last time! Mel & Kim go top 20 for the first time – and the last time as a duet. I’ll be seeing Kim day after tomorrow and I’m hoping she does Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree as Ive never seen her do that one. Cher meanwhile leaps into the 20 for her first solo top 20 in, gasp, 13 years! The gaps won’t be that long again until the 21st century.

Jellybean gets a quick 3rd top 40 hit with a spruced-up cover of a 1969 Santana latin track, Springsteen gets another hit at 41 with Tunnel Of Love, SAW do it alone again and are Packjammed With The Party Posse this time, presumably avoiding any roadblocks on the way. Sneaking in with a slightly amusing mickey-take of the Pet Shop Boys It’s A Sin, Jonathan King returns for possibly the last chart entry in his 22-year-career (I was mad on Everyone’s Gone To The Moon as a kid, and would have charted it high hypothetically) with Cat Stevens Wild World. It’s supposed to underline the melodic similarity between the 2 songs, though actually it serves to show they aren’t much alike apart from one short melody line. I mean it has ALL the same notes, but not necessarily in the right order….

Finally the Nanas get a 3rd SAW-track in a row in 1987, the lesser I Can’t Help It following on two smashes, and taylor Dayne is stuck at 76 as she’s still not officially announced as a UK single but is topping my fave non-single playlist (she would otherwise be very high in the chart).

1 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 ( 5 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 11 ) SHAME Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 3 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 37 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 4 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
9 ( 7 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
10 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

11 ( 9 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
12 ( 28 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
14 ( 17 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
15 ( 8 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 33 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
17 ( 18 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
18 ( 12 ) BAD Michael Jackson
19 ( 38 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
20 ( 36 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)

21 ( 15 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
22 ( 40 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
23 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
24 ( 13 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
25 ( 16 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
26 ( 14 ) KID The Pretenders
27 ( 29 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
28 ( 27 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
29 ( 26 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
30 ( 19 ) SATELLITE The Hooters

31 ( 22 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
32 ( 39 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
33 ( 20 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
34 ( NEW ) JINGO Jellybean
35 ( 42 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
36 ( 31 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
37 ( 35 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 32 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
39 ( 54 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
40 ( 44 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

41 ( NEW ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 21 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
43 ( 24 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
44 ( 52 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
45 ( 47 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
46 ( 25 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
47 ( 58 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
49 ( 70 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
50 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter

51 ( 48 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 46 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
53 ( 41 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
54 ( 51 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
56 ( 55 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 45 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( 34 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 43 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC

61 ( 66 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley
62 ( NEW ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto
63 ( 61 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 57 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
65 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
66 ( 63 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( 53 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond

71 ( 62 ) BUILD The Housemartins
72 ( NEW ) WILD WORLD Jonathan King
73 ( 65 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
74 ( 72 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( NEW ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
76 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
2 SOME OF YOUR LOVIN’ Dusty Springfield
3 WEDDING BELLS Godley & Creme

 

 

20th December 1987

It’s a first week on top for my Xmas chart-topper of the year, and Pet Shop Boys’ Always On My Mind outdoes the Elvis version while giving them a 6th number one inside 24 months. Only the likes of Abba, Beatles, Roy Wood & Wizzard had managed that to date. Meanwhile it’s a big ol’ ballad xmas, with little new and modest chart moves, though Fairytale Of New York also makes the Xmas top 10, the first of many occasions, and the Nat ‘King’ Cole standard also becomes one of the oldest recordings to make my top 10 at 35 years old. The only older is Laurel & Hardy’s Trail Of The Lonesome Pine which did it Xmas 1975 with a 1937 recording. Both records would be smashed eventually, though the only charted recording older than Laurel & Hardy is Winifred Shaw’s The Lullaby Of Broadway from 1935 which charted in 1976.

Taylor Dayne finally gets released and is rewarded with a massive climb to 17 (or a new entry ignoring the bonus weeks at 76) for the fab Tell It To My Heart. Jellybean takes Jingo to 2 consecutive top 20 singles, Springsteen makes it 12 years of top 40’s, and Simply Red join the classic blues cover trend and nick Ella Fitzgerald’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye, in at 36. New Order are touched by the hand of God, which can get you 6 months inside these days, Wally Jump Junior covers Archie Bell & The Drells House-style, and The Smiths get another quick entry as the clock ticks on their career.


1 ( 2 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
6 ( 7 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
7 ( 16 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 14 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 10 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
10 ( 6 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 8 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
14 ( 9 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
15 ( 11 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
17 ( 76 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
18 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
19 ( 22 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
20 ( 34 ) JINGO Jellybean

21 ( 18 ) BAD Michael Jackson
22 ( 13 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 35 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 23 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
25 ( 17 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
26 ( 32 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
27 ( 41 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 24 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
29 ( 39 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
30 ( 28 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

31 ( 29 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
32 ( 25 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 21 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
35 ( 26 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders
36 ( NEW ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
37 ( 47 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
38 ( 49 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
39 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
40 ( 37 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys

41 ( 31 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
42 ( 40 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
43 ( 30 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
44 ( 38 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
45 ( 55 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
46 ( 36 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
47 ( 27 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
48 ( 66 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
49 ( 42 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
50 ( 62 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( 54 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
53 ( 45 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
54 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order
55 ( 52 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
58 ( NEW ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 61 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 48 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
62 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
63 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
64 ( 50 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 46 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
66 ( 75 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
67 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 65 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( RE ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher

71 ( 43 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
72 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
73 ( RE ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
75 ( 73 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians

 

27th December 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys in a very quiet post-Xmas chart, just a top 10 move for Cher – her first solo top 10 since Dark Lady in 1974 – and Taylor Dayne debuts inside the 10 too. New Order get the biggest climber to the top 30, Climie Fisher get the biggest climber in the chart, to 39, for a second top 40, and the highest new entry is Heart, There’s The Girl.

Other newies: Roger Waters gets a solo non-Floyd track, 8 years since topping with Another Brick, The Stranglers cover The Kinks, Billy Idol returns with Hot In The City, U2 get a 4th track off the Joshua Tree, and Los Lobos cover Ritchie Valens again, this time Donna some months after the original was reissued. In my playlist I was into Roy Orbison and Abba, beating the future chart-topping hits albums.

1 ( 1 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) SHAME Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
5 ( 4 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
6 ( 16 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
7 ( 7 ) FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 8 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Nat ‘King’ Cole
9 ( 6 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 17 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne

11 ( 14 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
12 ( 12 ) ESP The Bee Gees
13 ( 9 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
14 ( 10 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 15 ) LET ME BE THE ONE/ (REMIX) Expose
16 ( 19 ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
17 ( 11 ) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Mel (Smith) & Kim (Wilde)
18 ( 20 ) JINGO Jellybean
19 ( 13 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle

21 ( 29 ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
22 ( 26 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
23 ( 34 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
24 ( 18 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
25 ( 27 ) TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 21 ) BAD Michael Jackson
27 ( 30 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
28 ( 36 ) EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE Simply Red
29 ( 22 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 54 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF GOD New Order

31 ( 38 ) CHILDREN SAY Level 42
32 ( 28 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
33 ( 24 ) THE ONE I LOVE R.E.M.
34 ( NEW ) THERE’S THE GIRL Heart
35 ( 37 ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 48 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
37 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
38 ( 58 ) TIGHTEN UP Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element
39 ( 70 ) RISE TO THE OCCASION Climie Fisher
40 ( 35 ) KID (REMIX) The Pretenders

41 ( 40 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 45 ) PACKJAMMED (WITH THE PARTY POSSE) Stock Aitken Waterman
43 ( 25 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
45 ( NEW ) THE TIDE IS TURNING Roger Waters
46 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
47 ( 41 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
48 ( 39 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
49 ( 44 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
50 ( 50 ) JUST TO GET BY Babakoto

51 ( 51 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
52 ( NEW ) ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Stranglers
53 ( 52 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
54 ( NEW ) HOT IN THE CITY Billy Idol
55 ( 55 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
56 ( 56 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( 49 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
58 ( 66 ) I CAN’T HELP IT Bananarama
59 ( 59 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 60 ) WHEN I FALL IN LOVE Rick Astley

61 ( 63 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
62 ( 72 ) LAST NIGHT I DREAMT SOMEBODY LOVES ME The Smiths
63 ( 57 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 64 ) ROCK AND ROLL PART 3 Gary Glitter
65 ( 67 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IN GOD’S COUNTRY U2
67 ( 62 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
70 ( 46 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

71 ( 53 ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 74 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
73 ( 73 ) O L’AMOUR Dollar
74 ( NEW ) DONNA Los Lobos
75 ( 42 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams

playlist oldies
1 OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba

My 1989 Charts – September

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3rd September 1989

Tears For Fears get their 2nd absolute classic chart-topper, the Beatles-tastic Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 4 years on from the even-more-classic Everybody Wants To Rule The World (and 3 years on from the Sport Aid version which also hit 1). All summer of love-ish, it’s bad news for actual flower-power song Sunshine Superman which peaks at 2 for Donovan. Malcolm McLaren gets his 2nd-biggest hit at 4, and The KLF their first Top 5 (excluding Doctorin’ The Tardis). Kylie Said To Jason? Funnily enough Jason’s in at 43 with one of his best SAW hits, oh everyday, Jason, I love you more!

The Time Warp goes top 10! Well it’s a step to the left..! So does Lisa Stansfield, again, bringing back 70’s soul to the (nearly) 90’s, as she does starring in movie Northern Soul any day now. About time that had a revival! So, what do I think about Tina Turner? Simply The Best! In at 18 with the one that has now become her signature song, a stormin’ pop song and much better than Bonnie Tyler’s earlier version. 20 years of hits, and one number one with Ike in 1973.

Janet Jackson misses me much, so I respond with a leap to 27 from 69 for her. Gloria follows up her number one ballad, as usual, which means a latino-dance-pop track, at 35: O Ye Mi Canto! S’Express return at 38, the Stones get 20 years of hits which leaves me with Mixed Emotions, as it ain’t no Honky Tonk Women. At 66, Amazulu chuck out another cover, this time one place behind the original (and it’s 1987 remix) by The Archies, which is well into it’s 2-year run 3rd-time round. Oh, yes New Kids On The Block debut at 75. Hangin’ Tough? Hangin’ A Bit Insipidly, mostly.

In life, Paul & Sheila visited while my brother visited Sue & the kids, which took a bit of juggling. Paul had a new MG, and it was lovely seeing them, and showing them round the countryside, and coastal walks, and meeting two of their friends also holidaying in Poole, which was fun. To the Dormers pub in Wimborne, which I visited almost weekly in the 90’s. On TV? Elton on Wogan; The Time Tunnel repeats; reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Sentinel. Pre-holiday jitters…

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
3 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 8 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
6 ( 4 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
7 ( 10 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 7 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 14 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
12 ( 15 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
13 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
14 ( 11 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 9 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
16 ( 13 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
17 ( 21 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
18 ( NEW ) THE BEST Tina Turner
19 ( 23 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
20 ( 24 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

21 ( 17 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
22 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
23 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
24 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
25 ( 49 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
26 ( 36 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
27 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( 19 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
29 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
30 ( 41 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty

31 ( 27 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
32 ( 25 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 26 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
35 ( NEW ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 20 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
37 ( 42 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
38 ( NEW ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
39 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 29 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

41 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
42 ( 47 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
43 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH Bros
45 ( 60 ) PARTYMAN Prince
46 ( 48 ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 46 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
48 ( 32 ) ON AND ON Aswad
49 ( 37 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 64 ) WARNING Adeva
52 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( NEW ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 35 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
56 ( 74 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
57 ( 38 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
58 ( 40 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
59 ( 44 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
60 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 53 ) BATDANCE Prince
62 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 45 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
66 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
68 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Amazulu
69 ( 43 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME Danny Wilson
72 ( 57 ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
73 ( NEW ) NATURE OF LOVE Waterfront
74 ( 71 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

10th September 1989

So, this week was spent in Massachussets, New York State and Vermont, not to mention Canada, with mates Bob & Jason. That had a wobbly effect on some records (current on radio stations round about) as they went back up, and re-entered. It also meant loads of US hits making my charts. However, no change at 1, 2 weeks for Tears For Fears, but Madonna again makes the Top 5, not missing it since Causing A Commotion underperformed. The Bee Gees get One back up to 7, Richard Marx is up to 12, and the Cure make the Top 40 with Love Song.

New entries, though? Highest is Elton n Aretha’s Through The Storm, a re-entry hitting a new holiday peak at 14, while the highest new actual entry is, of all people, Donny Osmond on a George Michael-a-like ballad Sacred Emotion, emoting at 28, 17 years on from Puppy Love. Donny’s about a week older than me, which makes me feel special. I mentioned I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth didn’t I?

Rod’s back: He’s Crazy About Her at 39. No change there then! At 45, it’s the new entry of the week, the mega-brilliant Personal Jesus as Depeche Mode come back on fire with their best record to date, albeit more of a grower than a show-er. Eurythmics, don’t ask me why, are at 54 with a ballad, just ahead of the great George Harrison. Cheer Down, luv, right, la? At 60, does anyone recall Harry Houdini? Not even Kon Kan is my guess, so youtube ahoy! Don Henley keeps the solo hits coming, one spot behind Aerosmith who enjoy Love In An Elevator, a great fun rock track, and one that takes me back to Aerosmith’s Rocknrollercoaster ride at Disney MGM (a decade later!). Lastly, Paula Abdul’s back, Martika covers Carole King (not that well) and Roxette are back with Listen To Your Heart, a great ballad.

Niagara By Night 1989

Niagara By Night 1989


How about some holiday nostalgia? No? Well I’m going to anyway! Due to heavy winds we landed at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel and get off the plane. Bonus! Forests and lakes galore, and Lumberjack-style fashions. On the downside it meant we landed in Boston in darkness, but we got some advice from an American on the bus to Alamo car hire to leave Boston and get cheap motels in Manchester. I drove, in the dark, on busy freeways in a city, my armpits like waterfalls! We got there, found a cheap motel, Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks playing, and errr it became instantly obvious to me it was a businessman’s knocking shop, underlined by the response when we asked for a room. “All night?” the motel clerk enquired. Fortunately the sticky stuff on the bedspread was fresh cream cake. Honestly, I kid not!

Next day, Montpelier, lovely Vermont state capitol, all golden-domed and classy. Picturesque forested riverside sandwich lunch-break, so I could generously offer myself up to the local mosquitos for a snack (they never refuse). Burlington: student college town by a lake, great atmosphere, Whole Of The Moon playing in a record store, and a grotty run-down motel run by 2 sweet Polish ladies charging a fortune for nothing much. The toilet wouldn’t flush so I lifted up the lid to fiddle with the workings. Bad move. I dropped the lid into the cistern which immediately cracked and water flooded onto the bathroom floor. We tied it up to not flush, and next morning, despite me wanting to pay, I was outvoted and we did a runner. At least we didn’t use my credit card!

Me and Ottawa 1989

Me and Ottawa 1989

Car ferry across windy Lake Champlain to New York State (which meant we got out of the car), Baker Street (of course) on the car radio as we headed for Swiss-styled Lake Placid, not snow-covered, nor ski-ing, but mountainously pretty, forested and laked: the thing with the NE States is how long you can drive and still see trees – in the UK, 20 minutes tops! Lake Placid, though was very expensive! Bought Arthur C Clarke & James White sci-fi novels, Cheers, Moonlighting and Star Trek on TV (again).

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

Over a bridge to Canada, next day, questioned by customs (way friendlier than guestapo-influenced US and Australian customs in the 90’s), and a switch to the Canadian dollar as we drove the billboard tedium highways to Ottawa, a London in miniature architecturally, but prettier, and very British in many ways. We all loved Ottawa. We lucked it into a luxury hotel, The Embassy, it was another world to me (yet only £16 each per night!), it had a living room, iamspamspamami and was a FAB place to spend 2 nights! Ottawa at night was fab. The boat trip downriver was fab. The parliament buildings fab. Rick Astley was in concert in Ottawa the first night. Happily we didn’t find out in time, as Bob would have liked to have gone (to have a concert experience rather than listen to one decent song).

Toronto 1989

Toronto 1989

Toronto: big city. CN Tower, glass elevator on the side of the building: sweating buckets at the sheer drop in front of me, it was soooooo high! Terrific views though. Then, Niagara Falls, I wanted to look around the Canadian side but we ended up driving over into the States to get customs checks out of the way – the irritable guard warmed when he realised we were British. SO handy being British in the USA… As if to welcome us, local TV had Dr Who and Are You Being Served, EWhose Line Is It Anyway on show! Found a motel, saw the Falls by night, lit up: stunning! They really are impressive, well-worth going to see, the speed of the water is deafening…TBC

Lake Placid NY 1989

Lake Placid NY 1989

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 6 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
4 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 5 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
7 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
8 ( 2 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 18 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
12 ( 25 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
13 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14 ( RE ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
15 ( 11 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
16 ( 17 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
18 ( 22 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
20 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams

21 ( 13 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
22 ( 23 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
23 ( 15 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
24 ( 26 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
25 ( 20 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
26 ( 16 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( NEW ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
30 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

31 ( 19 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
32 ( 56 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 38 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
35 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
37 ( 21 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
38 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( NEW ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
40 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

Niagara by night 1989

Niagara by night 1989

41 ( 28 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
42 ( 31 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
43 ( 32 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
44 ( RE ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
45 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
46 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 29 ) POISON Alice Cooper
48 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 30 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
50 ( 37 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

51 ( 45 ) PARTYMAN Prince
52 ( 53 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 47 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( NEW ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
57 ( 36 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
58 ( 34 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
60 ( NEW ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
66 ( 67 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
68 ( NEW ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
69 ( 69 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 61 ) BATDANCE Prince

71 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
72 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
73 ( 42 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

17th September 1989

3 weeks for Tears For Fears, I loved it so much I bought the US cd picture sleeve version in New York City at Tower Records, along with Elton’s fab new album Sleeping With The Past which eventually made it big in the UK in 1990. Quite a slow chart actually, as I did it on the 14th during a quiet day in a Middletown motel – I needed a break!

Cher goes Top 20, as do S’Express, and back, and higher, are 10000 Maniacs and the lovely Trouble Me. Depeche Mode and The Cure shoot up to just outside the 20 (the injustice!) and girl group Expose (never did make it in the UK) get a 4th hit or so in my charts at 41, When I Look At Him. The London Boys add to their chart run, George H goes top 50, and Katrina And The Waves get another hit (4th or 5th) 4 years on since Walking On Sunshine – That’s The Way!

Niagara Falls 1989

Niagara Falls 1989

OK, I left it at Niagara Falls on a Sunday: I had a day taking photo after photo after photo, I couldn’t stop, of the Falls from above, from below (you go through tunnels down to a platform, put on waterproofs and walk through a minor section of it: Fab adrenalin rush!), by the river and rapids, of the rocks, of the buildings. I chickened out of a helicopter ride, but Jason didn’t and he lurved it! Maid Of The Mist Tour, a boat tour round the falls was excellent, if very damp and noisy. Loved the 50’s-themed restaurant too.

walking through the falls

walking through the falls

Middletown, Pennsylvania: sad at missing Stevie Nicks in concert in Buffalo by a day, we stopped for 4 nights in a town with a rail connection to New York, rather than pay extortionate prices in the city. It kind of worked out OK, a truckstop joint on the way, me in loud purple shirt in a sea of truckers. I felt a bit visible! The motel was fine, 3 beds and an outdoor jacuzzi, near stores and opposite the road to the station: Middletown Motel. The rail station was actually just a platform!! No buildings, just a parking lot. Bizarre, and it meant you paid on the train. I got kinda sulky though, as the areas I most wanted to see were getting very squeezed: Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston were all at the end of the holiday.

Empire State view and me 1989

Empire State view and me 1989

New York City: very early train (5am), dawn breaking, ticket guard all self-assured gave us our $11 return tickets, and I loved the names of the towns we passed: Tuxedo! Suffern! (Pronounced Suffrin’) all very 1940’s stylee. Down in the steamy subway system to Manhattan, and seedy misty Times Square, hookers, pimps, down n outs, police and even worse buying slide film from a small shop, not only expensive it turned out to be 2 years out of date and the colours of my New York slides were like sepia-tinted period pieces. Tragedy! Welcome to New York where one-third of cars have dents and crossing the road is an adventure! The boat tour round Manhattan was great though, leisurely and terrific views of world-famous buildings and of course the Statue Of Liberty. The Empire State Building was great, especially views towards the Twin Towers. Looking down was very dizzying, it was WELL high! By the time we got back to Middletown it was 8.30 pm and I was wiped out!

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Day 2: deja vu, repeat, Groundhog Day! Sort of. Not quite as good, but sunnier, so the photos were way better today. To The World Trade Centre: Jason loved it. I quote me: “so tall they were awesome!” I was happy not to go up them, after The Towering Inferno movie I’d never been comfortable in skyscrapers, and too many guards and yuppies for my taste everywhere. Wall Street, then the ferry to Liberty island for a great couple of hours climbing the spiral staircase inside Lady Liberty and getting fab photos. The downside is it’s so slow-going climbing my face was permanently stuck facing the arse of the man in front. Bob was much more lucky: he got to stare at my arse during the climb (not lucky from his point of view though!).

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Greenwich Village and Soho were disappointing, the subway was hot and smelly, maps were shite, and it was a relief to get off in Central Park. By chance we ended up walking past the Dakota Building, which put me on a downer, as I couldn’t help think about John Lennon, my hero, walking past the spot he was murdered. The lake in the centre of Central Park was a loooong walk on top of a long-walking day, and it was stagnant. Jason & I were both knackered by now, and not impressed with NYC enough to want to come back the next day – Bob was getting that vibe when we did our souvenir buying in Tower Records. Poor Bob had to go on his own next day, as he had buildings to explore…

NYC 89

NYC 89

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
3 ( 2 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 7 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 6 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
8 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 12 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 20 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
13 ( 11 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
15 ( 13 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 22 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
18 ( 15 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
19 ( 34 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 14 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
22 ( 45 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
23 ( 30 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
24 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
26 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 17 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
28 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 23 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
30 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
32 ( 21 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( RE ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
36 ( 25 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
37 ( 31 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
38 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( 48 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
40 ( 24 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer

Niagara looking down

Niagara looking down

41 ( NEW ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
42 ( 32 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
43 ( NEW ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
44 ( 60 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
45 ( 37 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
46 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
47 ( 56 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
48 ( 42 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
49 ( 43 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
50 ( 68 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

51 ( 46 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 44 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 41 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
55 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( 54 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
57 ( 53 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) POISON Alice Cooper
59 ( 49 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
60 ( 50 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 67 ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
63 ( 51 ) PARTYMAN Prince
64 ( 65 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR Annie Amazulu
67 ( 59 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
68 ( 62 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
69 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
70 ( 72 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul

71 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( 71 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
73 ( 74 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
74 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY Katrina And The Waves
75 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

24th September 1989

Back from the States this week and back to UK radio, which means an invasion of unheard new tracks, and lots of movement, 4th week at 1 for Tears For Fears, and after several weeks pottering around the Top 40 Sydney Youngblood gets a leap from 37 to 2 with his delicious If Only I Could. Ride On Time is also back into the Top 10 at 3, still having a long run at 1 in the UK charts. Cher gets her 5th Top 10 solo hit, and Richard Marx his first.

New entries are led by Lady Kate herself, into the Sensual World at 14. Mmmmm indeed, yes! Seductively fabulous. Ziggy Marley follows his dad into my Top 20, and Billy Joel makes it 14 years of hits with his fantastic We Didn’t Start The Fire at 23 – a political and social history lesson can, it proves, give you tingles down the spine. Curiosity curiously back at 26, New Kids On The Block cover version of The Delfonics 1971 hit pops in higher than their soon-to-be huge Hangin’ Tough, at 27, and Belinda’s back on form at 30 with the terrific Leave A Light On.

Milli Vanilli enter at 43. I say Milli Vanilli, actually they were going to be revealed any day now as not having anything to do with records released under their name, not even sing. Talking of attractive models fronting singers, there’s Black Box at 3, and “Felly” on the otherwise great Pump Up The Jam at 53, Technotronic having actually hired Ya Kid K to do the rapping, but gone with the busty singer for the video instead. Liza Minelli’s Pet Shop Boys song and production follow-up, the exciting Don’t Drop Bombs, explodes in at 48, and Cliff’s lovely Lean On You keeps his run of great (non-christmas) 80‘s singles going at 63. Finally, at 75, Betty Wright sneaks in 14 years after she had a couple of good UK hits, and 18 years since she was a US hitting Clean-Up Woman.

The last few days of the US holiday: A break at Mark Twain’s house in Hartford Connecticut – he wasn’t in, probably out quashing exaggerated rumours of his death or something. Providence, Rhode Island, err run-down and tourist unfriendly so we gave up and went to Pawtucket and Taunton, having been moved from Somerset, but it did have a roundabout. Or traffic circle as they called it. Worth mentioning it, as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen in the USA, and Americans often get very confused when faced with them! Plymouth, Massachussets: quaint, pretty, historical, I loved it. Did Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, beach, and a real bonus, an actual Comic Shop stocked with DC Comics back issues: Spent 20 dollars on missing Legion Of Super-Heroes comics I’d been after for 15 to 20 years. Hooray! I sulked at the motel though cos I was outvoted on my anticipated Cape Cod day – they wanted to go on a whale-watching boat tour instead.

humpback...

humpback…

Next morning I gave in and decided whales would be worth missing Cape Cod for – it was! The boat ride out to see was bumpy, Bob not so keen on the grounds that he went green, not quite getting the same thrill I did out of the bumpy waves and riding up at the front like I Leo n Kate in Titanic. Poor Bob, chucking up! Still, I was enjoying myself now! The scientist host gave us the low-down on Minkie’s, Humpbacks, Blue Fin’s, the whales we saw, and I tried to get as many photos as I could, hoping some would be good. Bob kept dashing to the toilets at the crucial moments. Fab morning out though, glad we did it! The afternoon was spent at Plymouth plantation, everyone dressed in period garb and speaking as they did at the time of the Mayflower and as if they were still there, all very interesting. Off to Boston, a motel, and I watched geekily excited, a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yay!

humpback

humpback

Boston: the last day, car drop-off by 2pm, having gotten grumpy when we found nowhere at the airport to leave luggage we basically had to do Boston in 4 hours which pissed me off. The Freedom Trail, all from the outside as we had no time to go inside any of the historic buildings. I was appalled at the small historic buildings dwarfed by adjacent huge modern monstrosities, especially the concrete thing next to Fanieul Hall. Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Boston Tea Party, the “Cheers” bar, all a rush quick-march, tragically.

Worse, at the airport we were told that the flight was delayed till midnight. The staff messed up Bob’s boarding pass (and wouldn’t take the blame insisting he’d lost it – he hadn’t) and gave him a replacement pass for a seat that a woman we talked to already had. This was not reassuring. North-West Orient Airlines, however, only got worse. We’d got bumped it turned out, our original flight took off on time. They’d overbooked the flight, so it was a 16-hour airport drudge, till we boarded the replacement plane, Bob cacking himself he wouldn’t have a seat – the hostesses had to sort out the double-booking and move him. Jason got very chatty to a girl from Mansfield, so he was very happy, I got stuck with an old tit who listed the numbers of things that could go wrong and cause the plane to crash. You couldn’t make it up! So, we spent 4 hours sat in the plane not moving, till 4am, till they announced they were waiting for spare parts from Chicago which hadn’t arrived, so we had to get off, collect luggage, get vouchers for taxi’s, breakfast and a luxury Hilton room.

Plymouth seascape

Plymouth seascape

No chance to enjoy it, of course, as we got a manic insane taxi driver, doing 70mph in Boston streets, “Dead Jimi” at full blast (Hendrix), in bed at 5.30 am, knocked-up at 7.45 am, half-zombie, and back to Logan International again. Where we went through customs AGAIN, luggage again, and another wait again. 11.35 we finally took off to passenger cheers, Jason and Mansfield girl pissed on free booze. One bright-spot: British rail were running late so we actually managed to catch the last train to Bournemouth, arriving a day late, and having missed a day’s work. Phew! Still, gotta laugh!

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 37 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
4 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
7 ( 2 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
8 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
9 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
12 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
13 ( 7 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
14 ( NEW ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
15 ( 12 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
16 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
19 ( 22 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
20 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

21 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
22 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
23 ( NEW ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
24 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
25 ( 43 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 71 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
27 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 18 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
29 ( 14 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 21 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
32 ( 35 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
34 ( 50 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
35 ( 56 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
36 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
37 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
38 ( 69 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
39 ( 41 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
40 ( 44 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

41 ( 42 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
42 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
43 ( NEW ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
44 ( 29 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
45 ( NEW ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!
46 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
47 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
48 ( NEW ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
49 ( 63 ) PARTYMAN Prince
50 ( RE ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 34 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
52 ( 40 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
53 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
54 ( 48 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
56 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 49 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
58 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
59 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
60 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 51 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 47 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
65 ( 70 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
66 ( NEW ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 54 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
68 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
69 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
70 ( NEW ) SOUL PROVIDER Michael Bolton

71 ( 27 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
72 ( 45 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
73 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
74 ( RE ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) KEEP LOVE NOW Betty Wright