My 1985 Charts – April

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2nd April 1985

2 weeks on top for Cry, and Godley And Creme, as Tears For Fears hit 2 for the third time, and Frankie hit 3 with their Pleasuredome, and looking like the hat-trick of chart-toppers is about the end of it. David Grant and Jaki Graham, meanwhile take Could It Be I’m Falling In Love into the top 10 and match the Detroit Spinners original, while Dream Academy hit 10 with the utterly brilliant Life In A Northern Town. Into the 20? USA For Africa, Sheena Easton, Jermaine Jackson, The Kane Gang, and for the last time with a new single (apart from that xmas song!) Slade call it a day with the Myzsterious Mizster Jones, 14 years, 2 number ones and a long long run of big hits. TV was calling Noddy and he never went back to singing, doh!

China Crisis go top 40, as does Glen Frey snuggling up to former Eagles co-vocalist Don Henley, and ahead of Robert Palmer and Duranies. King join Prince in the 40, and The Damned get a decent return to the 40 6 years since they first did the trick, Grimly Fiendishly. Ditto Sarah Brightman, Pie Jesu-ing at 39, and Strawberry Switchblade return with Let her Go. New entries from cool Brit soul The Cool Notes, Spend The Night at 49, Phil Collins in ballad mode, One More Night at 52, Phyllis Nelson’s soulful great Move Closer at 60, The Smiths with a tribute to Bananarama vocalist Siobhan, Shakespear’s Sister at 75, and 5 years of chart entries for Change at 74.

1 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 2 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
6 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
7 ( 16 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 20 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

11 ( 13 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
12 ( 10 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
14 ( 11 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
15 ( 24 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
16 ( 12 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
17 ( 21 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
18 ( 33 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
19 ( 35 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( 37 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade

21 ( 17 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
22 ( 14 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
23 ( 28 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
24 ( 32 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 22 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
27 ( 15 ) LEGS ZZ Top
28 ( 34 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
29 ( 19 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
30 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition

31 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
32 ( 23 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
33 ( 51 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
34 ( 43 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 58 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
37 ( 31 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
38 ( 70 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
39 ( 41 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
40 ( 59 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

41 ( 26 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
42 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
43 ( 30 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 27 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
46 ( 53 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
47 ( 36 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
48 ( 45 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
49 ( NEW ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
50 ( 40 ) STARVATION Starvation

51 ( 46 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
53 ( 39 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
54 ( 42 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
55 ( 62 ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
56 ( 56 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 57 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( 49 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
59 ( 55 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
60 ( NEW ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

61 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
62 ( 52 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
63 ( 47 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
64 ( 60 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
65 ( 61 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
66 ( 68 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
67 ( 65 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
68 ( 54 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
69 ( 74 ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
70 ( 73 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 66 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
73 ( 64 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
74 ( NEW ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
75 ( NEW ) SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 30th Mar-5th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Bomb
2 Cheers
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Newhart
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Cosby Show
8 Dallas
9 Entertainment USA
10 Doctor Who

At the cinema: 2010 A Space Odyssey, based on the fabulous sci-fi sequel novel by Arthur C.Clarke, my hero writer, and following-on from the groundbreaking Kubrick movie 2001, which remains the definitive statement on space exploration realism (albeit with fantasy tagged on). “great effects, intelligent, though-provoking, refreshingly different angle on Soviet/U.S. relations and not overlong. More human relations would have been nice, more Europa (the moon of Jupiter) too, but nitpicking. An entertaining movie, much better than Dune, not as entertaining as Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and Return Of The Jedi, but probably on a par in a different way. More straightforward than 2001, more human, more accessible, I’d rate it higher (for that reason).” I’d still rather watch 2010 than 2001, but 2001 remains a classic and 2010 isn’t, sadly.

At work we got the great news that the boss would be moving over to the other team of surveyors and we were getting a new driver. Hooray! Got rid of him at last, we had a lunchtime drink in a pub in rural Dorset village Childe Okeford where the locals, bar one friendly guy who played pool with us, appeared to have been taken over by alien pods from Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, they said nothing, just sat there and gave the odd mild yokel ooaarrr occasionally. On sunday I bought my first (second-hand) moped from the army camp, and tried to ride it home, it just kept cutting out though and didn’t go above 25 mph, so back for a service. It wasn’t very powerful, but just about got me about in my sports helmet on a pathetic titchy moped. The helmet was a good buy, it turned out though, so who cares what I looked like.


9th April 1985

17 new entries and a new all-time classic number one as Tears For Fears finally get higher than 2 in my chart with the awesome Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Roland Orzabal always said he co-wrote it deliberately as a commercial American hit record, but that does it a disservice – OK it’s more upbeat than previous TFF singles, but oh my word it’s a perfect creation. Almost everything about it is a hook, there are multiple melodies, all great, all hooky, and Curt Smith’s vocals were perfect for the song, light and harmonic to contrast Roland’s darker deeper injections. I got, and still get, goosebumps when I hear it – it’s one of those rare perfect records where it can’t be improved on (witness the less-good Everybody Wants To Run The World a year later), it just sounds so right from start to finish, the sexual chords, the synths, the shuffling beat. Perfection!

Highest new entry at 4 is a mash-up of classic T.Rex singles, the late Marc Bolan having had a majestic run of glam-rock monsters that rated very high on my nostalgia-ometer, and still do. Megarex 1 did the trick for me, and gave T.Rex their first top 5 since Telegram Sam had been reissued in 1982 and hit my number one. Phyllis Nelson moves closer to the 10, up from 60 to 14, Go west slot in behind eyes closed, with a China Crisis on their heels, and the heat is on at 20 as Glen Frey gets his first solo top 20 a decade after hitting 2 with The Eagles.

So, new entry invasion, ABC return at 33, Be Near Me is a good addition to the classy ballads they excel at, while at 35, the American version of a ska invasion that climaxed with No Doubt and Gwen Stefani a decade or so later starts with The Untouchables, and Free Yourself. 70’s funk band War return at 38 10 years on with a slick version of The Young Rascals fabulously cool and laid-back 60’s hit Groovin’, as Sal Solo is at 39 with his follow-up to San Damiano, Music And You. Lower down there’s Howard Jones extending his pop hit run – Look Mama! – at 49, while The Rah Band have their best hit since topping my chart in 1977 with The Crunch, and it’s a jazz-funk smooth sci-fi styled dance goodie, staying just the right side of cheese for me, and in at 50.
At 52, Narada’s back (minus his Michael Walden) after a 5-year gap, in combo with Patti austin for Gimme Gimme Gimme (not to be Abba confused) it’s pop souldance, and at 53 it’s the under-rated fabulous Bangles debut hit Going Down To Liverpool, a cover of a Katrina And The Waves song, with a 60’s flavour and fab harmonies. As if that wasn’t enough my hero Leonard “Spock” Nimoy is in the video. What’s not to love?! Check it out. That’s an order. Should have been big!

Pause for breath, and the invasion continues, as a version of Flower Duet from Lakme adds some classy opera to the chart at 55, thanks to it’s use in advert, and at 56 it’s a future monster American chart-topper from a huge movie, catapulting Simple Minds into world stadium rockers for a while, and critical derision, but Don’t You Forget About Me is a good record anyway. They ain’t the only act going stadium rock either, Eurythmics do the same at 59 – Would I Lie To You? No. Don Henley has a laid-back sunset grill tale at 60, which is also fab, as is the lovely synth instrumental Moments In Love as Art Of Noise return at 65 – if you have 10 minutes to spare check out the gorgeous youtube video and try and work out how you know the tune so well (answer: sampled so often, chill-out compilations etc). That leaves Chris Rea back, Tom Petty back, both 1977/1978 veterans, and Dead Or Alive with a 3rd chart entry. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( NEW ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 10 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
8 ( 6 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
9 ( 11 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
10 ( 5 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

11 ( 15 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
12 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
14 ( 60 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
15 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 31 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
17 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
18 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
19 ( 24 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 33 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
22 ( 18 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
23 ( 21 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 36 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
25 ( 16 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( 14 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
27 ( 38 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
28 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
29 ( 49 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
30 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams

31 ( 23 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
32 ( 20 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
33 ( NEW ) BE NEAR ME ABC
34 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( NEW ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 22 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 27 ) LEGS ZZ Top
38 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ War
39 ( NEW ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
40 ( 29 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band

41 ( 46 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
42 ( 37 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 32 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 30 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
45 ( 52 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( 26 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
47 ( 39 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
48 ( 28 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
49 ( NEW ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
50 ( NEW ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band

51 ( 48 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
52 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
53 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 40 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
55 ( NEW ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
56 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
57 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 47 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
59 ( NEW ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) DOWN AT THE SUNSET GRILL Don Henley

61 ( 51 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 66 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
63 ( 42 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
64 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
65 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
66 ( 59 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
67 ( 74 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
68 ( NEW ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
69 ( 67 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
70 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
72 ( NEW ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty
73 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
74 ( NEW ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
75 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 6th – 12th Apr
1 Blazing Saddles: film
2 Cheers
3 The Monkees
4 Alias Smith And Jones
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Abba Story
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Cannonball Run: film
9 The Muppet Movie: film
10 The Cosby Show


On TV the final episode of Are You Being Served aired, I was reading Douglas Adams’ Restaurant At The End Of The Universe on the bus to work, and we had a new van driver, big Bob, chatty, sweary, fag-smokey, and amiable. In those days people used to smoke in vans, pubs and the office, which frankly left me with a sort throat, stinking clothes and pissed off with them. Three cheers for the Smoking Ban! Grandma (mum’s mum) was down to stay with me and Aunty Eileen was down en route to my Auntie at Weymouth, fresh after Uncle Tony had moved out, the other half arrived a bit later, granddad (dads dad), Ann, Geoff, and cousins Neil and Claire. Busy day.


16th April 1980

2 weeks for Tears For Fears ruling the world, with T.Rex stalking them at 2. Phyllis Nelson and USA For Africa, 2 UK chart-toppers, make my top 10, while Don Henley goes for a 2nd consecutive top 40, down at the sunset grill, and other big USA hits from Phil Collins and REO Speedwagon join him. Plus Howard Jones, look ma no hands, and Simple Minds famously not forgetting.

Very few new entries, just Sheila E getting a second quick Prince-led hit, The Glamorous Life for her at 60, Robin George, coulda-been rockstar enters at 62 with Heartline, Marilyn’s back again in the cold at 67, and there’s a debut at 68 which is notable: not for DeBarge but for songwriter Diane Warren, one-woman songwriting power-house, Rhythm Of The Night. At 71 Toyah has a last fab pop single, Don’t Fall In Love (I Said) wasn’t one of her biggest hits, but it was one of her best singles. Love comes to Gary Glitter at 74. Yes, well, no comment, bar 13 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 2 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 8 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 14 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 11 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
10 ( 7 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

11 ( 10 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
12 ( 9 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
13 ( 16 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
14 ( 17 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
15 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 24 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
17 ( 29 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
18 ( 13 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 12 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

21 ( 20 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
22 ( 18 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
23 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 33 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
25 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
26 ( 27 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
27 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
28 ( 60 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
29 ( 50 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
30 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

31 ( 21 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
32 ( 45 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
34 ( 39 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
35 ( 31 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
36 ( 41 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
37 ( 38 ) GROOVIN’ War
38 ( 49 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
39 ( 22 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
40 ( 56 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds

41 ( 32 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
42 ( 28 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
43 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
44 ( 62 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
45 ( 74 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
46 ( 37 ) LEGS ZZ Top
47 ( 40 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
48 ( 36 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 52 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
50 ( 54 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

51 ( 42 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
53 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 55 ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
55 ( 51 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
56 ( 72 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
57 ( 43 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
58 ( 67 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
59 ( 65 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
60 ( NEW ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E

61 ( 47 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
62 ( NEW ) HEARTLINE Robin George
63 ( 68 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
64 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
65 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths
66 ( 44 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
67 ( NEW ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
69 ( 46 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 69 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
75 ( 73 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

TV 13th-19th Apr
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 The Young Ones: Boring
3 Cheers
4 Star Trek: The Corbomite Manoever
5 Terrahawks: Stu Dapples episode
6 Dallas
7 Taxi
8 Top Of The Pops
9 The Cosby Show
10 The Phil Silvers Show

Grandma was down for a week with me, but didn’t look at all well and spent weekdays on her own while I was at work, all of which worried me. In the van there was a new daily B.O. problem to put up with (not me) which got very wearying eventually. Now reading Douglas Adams’ Life The Universe And Everything. I wrote a computer program designed to input my pop chart position data and automatically generate “sales”. Never did get round to perfecting it as a quick fix, it was more of a glorified calculator. Still, writing simple programs, hey!


23rd April 1985

The unthinkable – Tears For Fears knocked off after only 2 weeks on top, but at least it’s teen faves T.Rex that do it, with a mix of their great EMI singles, Megarex, giving them a 6th chart-topper. After 3 weeks at 3, Frankie get frustratingly close to a 4th number one, but peak no higher than 2, I’m afraid. Pat Benatar battles up to 4, and The Fabs are back with another 20th anniversary oldie, Ticket To Ride in at 6, and the jangly indiepop template was firmly laid down here. The Smiths were the cool band of the day, but they had roots in The Beatles, among others. The Rah Band get their first top 20 entry since The Crunch in 1977, and Diana Ross re-enters with her tribute ballad, Missing You, hitting the top 20 for the first time, and her biggest single in a few years.

Into the 40 go The Bangles down to Liverpool, while the writer enters herself at 50, the still-fab still-played Walking On Sunshine from Katrina And The Waves. Dead Or Alive are into the 40, replacing themselves, and Eurythmics, Art Of Noise and DeBarge join them in the big 40. At 48, Bronski Beat and Marc Almond join forces on a cover of I Feel Love, only 3 years since it was last a hit for Donna Summer. It was a big UK hit, and interesting having two male diva voices, but, yeah, not the game-changing Giorgio Moroder-produced original for me. Talking of male divas, Freddie Mercury gets a second solo hit at 58, I Was Born To Love You being a bit jollier than Love Kills, Chaka Khan is also back, eye to eye with Freddie, Ashford And Simpson have given birth to a new entry at 75, and best of all the synth pop delight of the under-rated Imagination from Belouis Some, in at 68.

1 ( 2 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
2 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
5 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( NEW ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
10 ( 9 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa

11 ( 13 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
12 ( 17 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
13 ( 10 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
14 ( 29 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
15 ( 30 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
16 ( 11 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
17 ( 40 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
18 ( 38 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
19 ( 14 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( RE ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 12 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
23 ( 24 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
24 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
25 ( 45 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
26 ( 28 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
27 ( 16 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
28 ( 18 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
29 ( 20 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
30 ( 37 ) GROOVIN’ War

31 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 68 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
34 ( 36 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
35 ( 25 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 52 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
38 ( 21 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
39 ( 44 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
40 ( 59 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise

41 ( 31 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
42 ( 56 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
43 ( 33 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
44 ( 49 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
45 ( 63 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
46 ( 22 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
47 ( 60 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
48 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
49 ( 35 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
50 ( NEW ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

51 ( 27 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
52 ( 26 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
53 ( 58 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
54 ( 46 ) LEGS ZZ Top
55 ( 34 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
56 ( 39 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
57 ( 62 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
58 ( NEW ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
59 ( 47 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
60 ( 55 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet

61 ( NEW ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
62 ( 74 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
63 ( 43 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
64 ( 42 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
65 ( 41 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
66 ( 48 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
69 ( 57 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
70 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 72 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 61 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
74 ( 50 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
75 ( NEW ) BABIES Ashford And Simpson

TV 20th-26th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Interesting
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Newhart
8 The Bill Cosby Show
9 Dallas
10 Television


At work, my mate Bob had an interview for another Council, which I knew he’d get and wasn’t looking forward to him leaving, as he very much was the one I got on with – the boss came over from Dorchester to try and persuade him to stay (Bob was applying for a temp post which had more opportunities, so no chance of that). I bemoaned my shit wages (which they were). On Saturday, ailing grandma decided she wanted to go home on Sunday to Liverpool, but still obviously flushed and upset when I picked her up from the NAAFI, as she hated goodbyes even more than I do, I think. It was a 6-hour trip there, obviously not feeling good but not complaining (which worried me even more), and when I left her at home with a neighbour friend, setting off she hinted that she’d like to move down to live with me which put me on the spot and I made excuses about her having no friends (like me) in Poole. You can’t change the past, but it would have been good for her to live with her family and she would certainly have lived longer. I still feel guilty.



30th April 1985

Back up to the top of the chart, quite rightly, for a 3rd week at 1, Everybody Still Wants To Rule The World. Brilliant. Pat Benatar has to make do with the runners-up Battlefield medal, sadly, cos it’s certainly good enough to be on top, as The Beatles Ticket To Ride at 3. Aside from the time in 1976 when the Beatles entire singles back catalogue reissues had to have their own chart (there would have been no room for any new stuff, so it was just a practical solution) that’s the highest-placed Beatles oldie to date.

Lots of new entries, headed by a synthpop American classic, finally catching up with the UK music scene, at 18 it’s Animotion and the fabulous Obsession. One-hit wonders, pretty much, but an actual pop wonder. Kim Wilde returns for the 4th year of continuous chart entries, as she has a Rage To Love at 27. Still good, too. Latin Quarter had a gentle cool reggae rock style, and a great social commentary single in Radio Africa in at 32. It eventually made the UK singles chart in 1986, but I liked it right off and was annoyed it flopped. 46, Divine’s back, camp as ever, but this time destroying a Four Seasons classic. It’s a much better record than You Think You’re A Man, cos the song is a great song, and western pop video theme didn’t hurt, Divine as a right madam. Great fun. Scritti Politti also return, at 60, with a slow reggae dub groove, The Word Girl is cool pop, but then Green Gartside was always cool. New at 65, a debut for Steve Arrington and one of the great 80’s soul dance tracks that by now were incorporating the new synth sounds more than the traditional funk dance set up. Feel So Real is a terrific record. In at 70, Haywoode brings Roses into my chart, and another future UK 1986 hit that shamefully flopped, relatively, first time round.

1 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
3 ( 6 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 5 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( 2 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 14 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
9 ( 11 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
10 ( 15 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

11 ( 9 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
12 ( 25 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
13 ( 17 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
14 ( 18 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 22 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
16 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
17 ( 10 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
18 ( NEW ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 12 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
20 ( 20 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 13 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
22 ( 26 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
23 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
24 ( 16 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
25 ( 33 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
26 ( 48 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
27 ( NEW ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
28 ( 58 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
29 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
30 ( 50 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
32 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
33 ( 47 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
34 ( 23 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
35 ( 24 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 40 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
37 ( 28 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
38 ( 39 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
39 ( 45 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
40 ( 29 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 30 ) GROOVIN’ War
42 ( 27 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
43 ( 41 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
44 ( 61 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
45 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
47 ( 42 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
48 ( 37 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
49 ( 43 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
50 ( 62 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter

51 ( 31 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
52 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
53 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
54 ( 38 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
55 ( 57 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
56 ( 49 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
57 ( NEW ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
58 ( 34 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
59 ( 54 ) LEGS ZZ Top
60 ( NEW ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti

61 ( 68 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
62 ( 60 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
63 ( 56 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
64 ( 59 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
65 ( NEW ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
66 ( NEW ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
67 ( 52 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
68 ( 46 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
69 ( NEW ) PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU Kevin Kitchen
70 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode

71 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( 69 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
73 ( 44 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
74 ( NEW ) BABY COME AND GET IT The Pointer Sisters
75 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston

TV 27th Apr-May 3rd
1 The Young Ones: Flood
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Bob Monkhouse Meets Joan Rivers
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Max Headroom Show
9 Taxi
10 Newhart

On TV, Bob Monkhouse met Joan Rivers and Joan was now into the big comedy league, and Bob was going through a career re-evaluation, from trashy gameshow host, to the comic’s comic, a gag-writer supreme. Max Headroom became the first computer animated TV star (sort of), hosting a new pop music show, a place to see loads of new music videos, hooray! He was also on his way to getting a chart hit before long.

At work, Bob handed his notice in, which was gutting, and a kick up the ass reminder that I needed to start applying for more jobs too. So I did, lab assistant in a school, computer programmer trainee – damn, neither one came in trumps! On the plus side, I finally got all my records listed in an A to Z file as my collection was getting to be quite a size and I couldn’t always recall what records I had or didn’t have tucked away on compilation albums. 2,282 records in my collection. Got an invite to Paul and Sheila’s wedding in Rotherham, the last but one of my college friends to take the plunge, which was great news. I also wrote a song on my music computer this week. It was called Old Song On The Radio. Yes, well, maybe I should have sent it to Eurovision!

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My 1985 Charts – March

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5th March 1985

New number one for David Cassidy (and uncredited George Michael), The last Kiss being his 4th in total and first solo number one since his 3 toppers with The Partridge Family in 1971 and 1972 (it counts because they were all “featuring David Cassidy” credits). George’s doesn’t count, sadly, otherwise it would have been his 3rd. It’s very George Michael ballad-style, it has to be said, but the way it builds to a iamspamspamamisink and all climax is terrific. Prince gets his 4th or 5th or 6th Top 10, depending on how you judge the reissued single of 2 previous top tenners, and the double A delight of Take Me With U and Let’s Go Crazy, both of which are strong enough to have had independent runs in the 10. Then there’s Chaka Khan’s I Feel For You, and new at 75 it’s a Prince song and production for UK sweetheart Sheena Easton, and UK flop because it’s very very naughty lyrically, going on as it does about the spending night inside Sheena’s Sugar Walls. Turns out she IS a Modern Girl after all (and Sugar Walls is fab).

Jagger gets his one and only solo top 10 track, Just Another Night, in which he moves like Jagger in the dance video, and gives him actual 16 years of top 10’s (the rest with The Stones or Bowie). John Lydon is also back in the top 20 under another name, Time Zone, with Afrika Bambaata, and some World Destruction, a sort of rock/hip-hop fusion ahead of it’s time, just ahead of a synth/jazz fusion from Sharpe & Numan. This one was less influential, sadly, as it’s great. At 20 the Smiths How Soon Is Now under-performs again, as it’s brilliance takes time to sink in properly, those riffs, oohhhh just magic.

Highest new entry is Shaky. 31. I feel I should have some exclamation marks attached, as it’s not one anyone recalls, and it’s not from the 50’s or 60’s, but actually it’s not bad at all. Matt Bianco enter with another cool jazz number at 38, and it’s not more than I can bear, and although I may not want to kiss Stephen Duffy, it’s a good pop track at 40. The classic is at 44, though, the GORGEOUS Cry, from Godley & Creme, ex-10CC members and video innovators, on the single where it all came together as they morphed a world of faces into each other in the video showcasing a brilliant affecting synth ballad that was even better than previous topper Under Your Thumb (1981) and most of 10CC’s brilliant output. Alvin Stardust is back again, 12 years in, with Got A Little Heartache at 58, The Bluebells are new at 59 with one I’ve forgotten, David Essex is also 12 years in and singing of Fallen Angels Riding at 65, while British soul shows it’s as good as the US with Loose Ends terrific Hanging On A String at 68. Finally Eddy Grant is back again with Baby Come Back, sadly he never did get the UK number one with his own reggae version of his own band’s UK 1968 number one – that was to be years away, and Pato Banton with UB40 who did that.

1 ( 4 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 6 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
5 ( 16 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
6 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
7 ( 2 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
9 ( 15 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
10 ( 7 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group

11 ( 8 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
12 ( 11 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
13 ( 14 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
14 ( 27 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
15 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
16 ( 9 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
17 ( 13 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
18 ( 18 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 20 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
20 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

21 ( 12 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
22 ( 28 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
23 ( 19 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 23 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
25 ( 37 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
26 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
27 ( 22 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
28 ( 32 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
29 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
30 ( 24 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade

31 ( NEW ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 30 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
33 ( 42 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
34 ( 21 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
35 ( 33 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
36 ( 41 ) LEGS ZZ Top
37 ( 44 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
38 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
39 ( 46 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
40 ( NEW ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 31 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
42 ( 35 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
43 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( NEW ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 59 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
46 ( 56 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
47 ( 40 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
48 ( 62 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
49 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
50 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth

51 ( 39 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
52 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
53 ( 25 ) “20/20” George Benson
54 ( 54 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 71 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
56 ( 47 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
57 ( 45 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
58 ( NEW ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
59 ( NEW ) ALL I AM (IS LOVING YOU) The Bluebells
60 ( 60 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 52 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
62 ( 69 ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
63 ( 57 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
64 ( 66 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
65 ( NEW ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
66 ( 53 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
67 ( 51 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
68 ( NEW ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
69 ( 65 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
70 ( NEW ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant

71 ( 58 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( NEW ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
73 ( 73 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( NEW ) STARVATION Starvation
75 ( NEW ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton

TV Mar 2nd-8th
1 Airplane: film
2 Cheers
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Calamity Jane: film
7 Bewitched
8 The Addams Family
9 Grange Hill
10 QED


At work, the paranoia of our boss was coming out in all sorts of odd stroppy unreasonable behaviour, all based on insecurity. Psychiatrists would have had a field day with him. I think he was terrified we would apply for the supervisor job which was now vacant and which he was going for. To be fair, I was so pissed off with him, I also DID apply for it just to stir things up for being such a tw*t. Hey ho, I react badly anyone ordering me to do things – I’ll go out of my way if someone asks nicely, but I have no respect for command-statements or anyone making them.

On sunday, the Miner’s strike ended. This meant my brother could have a job again – temporarily until they closed his pit, along with every other single coal mine in the Mansfield area. Essentially, it was a community of scabs and strikers forever more, Thatcher won because the miners were split by Scargill’s confrontational attitude and lack of democracy, and Thatcher’s bold-faced lies and promises not close all pits. That’s exactly what happened, and as a consequence the UK’s unions were pretty much made toothless from here on, the government and the rich manipulating political elite had won, and in the long run (despite periods of prosperity for large parts of the nation, but not all) the seeds were sown for the catastrophic policies which led to the crash of 2008, and the rich who had caused it laughing their tits off at the poor who ended up paying for it (quite literally). Moral: greedy rich people will always take opportunities to line their own pockets even if it’s illegal, immoral and devastating to the well-being of others. This is why, we have checks and balances on them. The ones that Thatcher removed as big banks turned into nation-shafting mega-corporations, and everything came down to short-term profit, not long-term usefulness. Of course, I may be biased….


12th March 1985

2 weeks for David on top, as Shakin’ Stevens gets his 3rd Top 10 record, Breaking Up My Heart not being one of his best-remembered, so judge for yourself on youtube…! Sharpe & Numan hit 8, Gary’s first top 10 since 1980 and his 6th in total, Bill’s 2nd. Matt Bianco get their first, surprisingly, with one of their minor hits, which is More Than I Can Bear, as do ZZ Top, proving they have Legs. I know I’m repeating myself, there, but hey, repeat till you get a laugh is my motto.

After pottering around the lower end, suddenly Madonna leaps to 11 with Material Girl and her 3rd biggest hit to date, while Earth, Wind & Genesis hit 12 – sort of – with Easy Lover. Highest new entry is Nik Kershaw, back with his 4th top 20, a bit of a Wide Boy it seems, but he was on a streak after seeing him in concert a few months previous. New Edition also get a top 20 entry again, 2 years since Candy Girl, while Alison Moyet covers a blues standard, an abrupt change in musical direction that worked for her, That Ole Devil Called Love entering at 26 for a 4th solo hit.

New at 35, Go West debut with the memorable We Close Our Eyes, while Starvation go up to 37 – as it sounds, it’s a charity regage single by members of the Specials, UB40, The Pioneers and Madness. In the case of The Pioneers that’s the first new stuff to chart since 1972. David Essex has less problems charting regularly, as his run of top 40 hits hits 12 years, Fallen Angels Riding at 38, Sheila E hits 40 with a little help from her friend (Prince), and Diana Ross enters at 39 with her Lionel Richie-written Missing You, a tribute to her late former Motown singing partners, Marvin Gaye, Florence Ballard and Paul Williams (of The Supremes, and The Temptations). In a nice bit of timing, Ali Campbell of UB40 does the bulk of the vocals on the Starvation record, and this week (April 2015) enters my chart with his version of the Diana Ross track.

That leaves new tracks from Eric Clapton (13 years on from Layla), The Cars (7 years on from My Best Friend’s Girl), Joan Armatrading (9 years since Love And Affection), and newer acts Paul Young, The fab Kane Gang track Gun Law, REO Speedwagon (former chart-toppers in 1981), Bryan Adams, China Crisis, and Julian Lennon.

1 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( 2 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
5 ( 4 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
6 ( 31 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
7 ( 9 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
8 ( 15 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
9 ( 38 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
10 ( 36 ) LEGS ZZ Top

11 ( 45 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
12 ( 25 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 11 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
15 ( 22 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( 8 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
18 ( 10 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
19 ( 39 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
20 ( 18 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

21 ( 7 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 12 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
23 ( 37 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
24 ( 40 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
25 ( 17 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
26 ( NEW ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
27 ( 14 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
29 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
30 ( 48 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This

31 ( 16 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
32 ( 13 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
33 ( 24 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
34 ( 68 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
35 ( NEW ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 26 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
37 ( 74 ) STARVATION Starvation
38 ( 65 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
39 ( NEW ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
40 ( 54 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

41 ( 27 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
42 ( 30 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
44 ( 21 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
45 ( 32 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
46 ( 46 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
47 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
48 ( NEW ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
49 ( 58 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
50 ( 55 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John

51 ( 20 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
52 ( 72 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
53 ( 35 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
54 ( 75 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
55 ( 28 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
56 ( 34 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
57 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 29 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
59 ( 70 ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant
60 ( 52 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

61 ( 42 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
63 ( 47 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
64 ( NEW ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
66 ( NEW ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
67 ( 63 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
68 ( 43 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
69 ( 62 ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 56 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid

71 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
72 ( NEW ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
73 ( 69 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
74 ( 61 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
75 ( NEW ) SAY YOU’RE WRONG Julian Lennon

TV March 9th-15th
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Bewitched
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Addams Family
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 The Other Side Of The Tracks
9 Entertainment USA
10 Night Court


At work, my rather depressed and stressed state not helped by our flashing lights on the van not stopping a lady driver having an accident (pulling out of a junction into an oncoming car) by not taking care in the vicinity of our surveying on a bendy country road. Thursday was interview day at Dorchester County Council for a computing job, which was heavily maths based (failed the tough 1 hour algebra exam along with some other candidates). Watched Calamity Jane on TV as consolation! My other consolation was to buy myself a new spanky MSX music computer, the £529 clearing out my savings, but I saw it as a way of trying to get into creating music. Unfortunately I hadn’t reckoned on MSX computers flopping, on having no way of saving any recordings except onto pitiful slow cassette tape (as computer signals, NOT quality audio recordings), and me having no real training or obsession with learning how to play keyboards. Total waste of money, as I was pretty much 20 years too early for bedroom knob twiddling. Hey ho
.

19th March 1985

3 weeks for Dave on top, now equalling his Partridge Family runs at 1, and straight in at 2, it’s a re-issue of the fab 1978 reggae cover of the O’Jays Now That We’ve Found Love, in one swoop out-peaking it’s previous top 10 run. In at 5, though, and an instant 4th top 5 hit, it’s the epic Tears For Fears track, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, for my money a perfect pop song, there is no way it can be improved on (as was shown by the charity remix in 1986). The chords, the melody, the multiple hooks, the guitar, the synths, the vocals, perfect perfect perfect start to finish, I still love, and have never ever stopped loving, every second of it. Overshadowing another classic, though, Godley & Creme get a third top 5 record outside of 10CC, as Cry rockets to 4, and Madonna makes it 3 top 10’s.

in at 31, Frankie are back with the 4th great single in a row, the title track from Welcome To The Pleasure Dome, and it seemed as though their Trevor Horn epics could do no wrong, and the world was theirs. Sadly, they decided Trevor Horn wasn’t essential. Bad choice. Into the 40, The Kane Gang and Sheena Easton are up, not to mention Eric, Paul and The Cars. At 47, it’s a cover of Bruce’s still-charting Dancing In The Dark – done 50’s harmony style by Big Daddy, a band who made a habit of covering modern songs in old music styles, to great effect. It’s a great cover, and nothing like the original in any way! At 60, another great cover, albeit very like the original Detroit Spinners 1972/3 hit, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love had already charted in 1973 and 1977 and David Grant, ex-Linx, and Jaki Graham do a fab smooth 80’s soul version version.

Elsewhere: Billy Bragg, Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick (both a decade on from debuting), a fab Slade song 14 years on, Junior, and The Power Station (Robert Palmer plus Duran) all enter.

1 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
2 ( NEW ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
3 ( 4 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
4 ( 43 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
6 ( 6 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
7 ( 10 ) LEGS ZZ Top
8 ( 9 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
9 ( 2 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
10 ( 11 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna

11 ( 17 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
12 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 3 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
14 ( 5 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
15 ( 24 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
16 ( 8 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
17 ( 7 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
18 ( 19 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
19 ( 26 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 23 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson

21 ( 34 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 15 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
23 ( 14 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
24 ( 40 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
25 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
26 ( 30 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
27 ( 35 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
28 ( 39 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
29 ( 38 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
30 ( 37 ) STARVATION Starvation

31 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
33 ( 20 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
34 ( 18 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
35 ( 66 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
36 ( 54 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
37 ( 25 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
38 ( 48 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
39 ( 65 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
40 ( 57 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars

41 ( 71 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
42 ( 22 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
43 ( 63 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
44 ( 21 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 50 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
46 ( 33 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
47 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
48 ( 31 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
49 ( 52 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
50 ( 72 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis

51 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
52 ( 41 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
53 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
54 ( 67 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
55 ( 49 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
56 ( 27 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
57 ( 46 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
58 ( 59 ) BABY COME BACK Eddy Grant
59 ( 28 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
60 ( NEW ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

61 ( 32 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
62 ( 60 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 44 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
64 ( 53 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
65 ( NEW ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
66 ( NEW ) RUN TO ME Dionne Warwicke and Barry Manilow
67 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 68 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
69 ( NEW ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
70 ( 70 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid

71 ( 61 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
72 ( NEW ) EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY The Roaring Boys
73 ( NEW ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
74 ( NEW ) INNER CITY BLUES Working Week
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV 16-22 March
1 The Young Ones
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 Newhart
9 Spitting Image
10 Television

On my MSX computer I was learning basic programming, lending records for copying to Bob, and my brother was down for a break fresh from returning to work at Blidworth pit after the endless strike, and to have a go on my new computer. Getting fed up with the very long bus trip to and from work – 9 miles but it took (and still takes) 90 minutes by bus door to door. I killed a bird driving the work van – it hit the windscreen and I felt awful about it. Most importantly, I got to see my new nephew (born the day after my birthday) Gavin, wide-eyed, tongue sticking out, and very quiet. 18-month-old Vicki had me up and down the stairs all day (kids always take to me cos I give them the attention they want), I predicted she was going to be an extrovert when she grew up. When you’re right you’re right!


26th March 1985

It’s a second brilliant number for Godley & Creme, as Cry does what Under Your Thumb did in 1981, and indeed what Donna did in 1972, Wall Street Shuffle in 1974, I’m Not In Love in 1975 and I’m Mandy Fly Me in 1976 for 10CC. My fave under-rated act of the 70’s. Frankie get a 4th top 5 in a row, and Pat Benatar returns with her 1984 top 20 track Love Is A Battlefield, at last a UK hit as well. David Grant and Jaki Graham get a big climb to 16, and in at 20, it’s a classic debut for Dream Academy and their awesome atmospheric Life In A Northern Town, so good it was to become the basis of a future dance sample hit with those Hail Mama’s. Fab!

At 24, it’s the USA response to Band Aid, a sentimental mish mash of big names created mostly by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. We Are The World was a who’s who of big names (and the one everyone in the UK went “who he?”: Steve Perry. yes him of Journey and the 21st century million-seller anthem Don’t Stop Believin’ that had stiffed a few years before in the UK. Last laugh, eh, Steve? At 32, Brooce is back with Cover Me, staying ahead of the Big Daddy cover of Dancing In The Dark, while Joan Armatrading and Slade add to their list of top 40 hits. Sarah Brightman is in the classical world for Pie Jesu, at 41, and 7 years since topping a Starship Trooper, while Al Green soul great is back 14 years on with Never Met Nobody Like You at 62.

1 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 1 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
3 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 2 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 31 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 ( 3 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
7 ( NEW ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 11 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 15 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins

11 ( 8 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
12 ( 9 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
13 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
14 ( 6 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
15 ( 7 ) LEGS ZZ Top
16 ( 60 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
17 ( 10 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
19 ( 13 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
20 ( NEW ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

21 ( 20 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 24 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
23 ( 14 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
24 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
25 ( 27 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 40 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
27 ( 29 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
28 ( 39 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
29 ( 16 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 17 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger

31 ( 19 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
32 ( NEW ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 35 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
34 ( 47 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
35 ( 36 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
36 ( 43 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
37 ( 70 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
38 ( 41 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
39 ( 22 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
40 ( 30 ) STARVATION Starvation

41 ( NEW ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
42 ( 26 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
43 ( 74 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
44 ( 66 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 37 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
46 ( 23 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
47 ( 28 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
48 ( 32 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 34 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
50 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis

51 ( 57 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
52 ( 38 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
53 ( 54 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
54 ( 25 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
55 ( 46 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
56 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 48 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( NEW ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
59 ( NEW ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
60 ( 53 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade

61 ( 52 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
62 ( NEW ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
63 ( 33 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
64 ( 42 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
65 ( 63 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( 55 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
67 ( 67 ) RUN TO ME Dionne Warwicke and Barry Manilow
68 ( NEW ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
69 ( 51 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
70 ( NEW ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned

71 ( 69 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 49 ) NO FOOL (FOR LOVE) Hazell Dean
73 ( 72 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
75 ( 45 ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John

TV 23-29 Mar
1 The Young Ones: Oil
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Pink Panther Strikes Back
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Spitting Image
8 The Phil Silvers Show
9 The Addams Family
10 Newhart

Work was a week without boss-git, and it was bliss, just me and Bob able to get more work done and have a pleasant working environment along the country roads, even if Bob was throwing up ill on Tuesday. Had a meal at his parents which was nice of them, and I met his mum for the first time. It was Roy’s last day on friday, so we met up in the Westbourne pub for a goodbye drink. Roy had referred to our absent boss as “our venereal friend” so no love lost there! At home, I got frustrated being unable to save any synth sounds I created on the MSX, on the stupid sh*tty little tape recorder back up. That, I daresay, was the reason MSX computers failed miserably.

My 1984 Charts – December

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster


4th December 1984

2 weeks on top for Frankie, as Band Aid debut from out of nowhere really, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organising the world-famous charity christmas record, about to become the UK’s biggest-selling single, pretty much overnight, convincing the biggest stars to turn up on the day. Still the best charity record, still the best version, and the money raised through this and Live Aid really did save lives in famine-stricken Ethiopa. Cynics whinge about pop stars doing stuff like this. Cynics of course doing f*ck-all themselves to help needy people, just slagging-off anyone with good intentions. The only ones in a position to criticise are those who DO actually work for charity organisations, or spend their voluntary time to do what they can, the rest are just mealy-mouthed hypocrites who can just go f*ck themselves. 30 years on and the record still makes the UK charts every year. So there!

In at 5, overshadowed, but it’s The Beatles and a record I bought in 1976 and was mad on: I Feel Fine was the single where The Beatles really started to experiment with sounds, and the songs started to become more sophisticated – still melodic, still love songs, but sounding more adult. 20 years old at the time, it’s breath-taking to me (cos I remember seeing them on TV at the time) to realise this is now 50 years old. Gulp! It also nicely keeps Paul McCartney’s frog chorus out of the top 5, is that irony or just me being realistic? Alvin Stardust gets his 6th top 10, Nik Kershaw his 3rd, and Madonna ponts on up to 12 from 66, cavorting most unlike a virgin. 30 years on as I write, and she’s topping my charts for the 20th time with Ghosttown. Not bad for a disposable dancepopstar, as she appeared to be at the time.

Big climbs for Kool And The Gang, Shaky (!), Dead Or Alive, The Cars and Strawberry Switchblade, with a high new entry for 1982 single The Voice, from The Moody Blues – saw them do it live 2013, and still fab. 14 years of hits. At 59, Ave Maria gets the Indian treatment, an unusual crossing of genres for an extended dance track, while at 66 Tears For Fears are back with a Shout! A fantastic record, and the video is SO appropriate to my life as it was filmed in and around scenic Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where I was working surveying roads, including the one running down to the cove. There be fossils in them thar cliffs, they be, as a local might (or might not) say. At 68 it’s a quick 3 out of 3 for Alison Moyet with the excellent Invisible, as other pop stars enter with more forgettable tracks.

1 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
3 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
4 ( 2 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
6 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
7 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
8 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
10 ( 11 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

11 ( 4 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
12 ( 66 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 9 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
14 ( 6 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
15 ( 10 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
16 ( 25 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
17 ( 23 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
19 ( 8 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
20 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club

21 ( 17 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
22 ( 75 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
23 ( 13 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 15 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 21 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( NEW ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
27 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
28 ( 22 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
29 ( 35 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
30 ( 38 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner

31 ( 14 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
32 ( 57 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 19 ) FREEDOM Wham!
34 ( 20 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
35 ( 46 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
36 ( 54 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 64 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
38 ( 26 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
39 ( 32 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
40 ( 31 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 28 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
42 ( 29 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
43 ( 30 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
44 ( 44 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
45 ( 33 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
46 ( 73 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
47 ( 41 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
48 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 37 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
50 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 34 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
53 ( 59 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
54 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
55 ( 40 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
56 ( 51 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
57 ( NEW ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
58 ( 36 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
59 ( NEW ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 53 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) RIDDLE ME UB40
62 ( 63 ) BODY The Jacksons
63 ( 52 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
64 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
65 ( 60 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( NEW ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
67 ( 58 ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
68 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
69 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 65 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson
73 ( 47 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
74 ( NEW ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

TV:
1. Star Trek: Errand Of Mercy
2. Hill Street Blues
3. Logan’s Run: film
4. Tenko
5. The Phil Silvers
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. MASH
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Carry On Camping: film
10. Soap
11. The Rockford Files
12. The Avengers
13. The Addams Family
14. Dungeons And Dragons
15. Hardcastle and McKormick


At work, had an argument with Boss-man about flying saucers (!) – maybe it was that sparking a setback for me, but I fell into a depression of sorts again in the evening for the whole week. Bob helped, as we bantered quite a bit at work. On TV the Band Aid video debuted, Friday lunch was the pub at Anstey (The Fox) where Boss-man tried to convince me Bob had spiked my coke. Arse. Bob assured me he wouldn’t (and he wouldn’t I can say now with some confidence after 30 years of friendship) it was just an attempt to stop us getting on so well by the boss cos he was an arse. I ended the week still very down, mood-wise.


11th December 1984

Band Aid get to number one with their christmas perennial, and guess what? The record it famously held at 2, the biggest-selling record never to top the UK charts, Last Christmas is new at 9, Wham!’s 6th top 10, and George’s 7th, and clearly his best record to date, it just punched all the right christmas buttons, had a fab tune, and George and Andrew donated profits to the Band Aid charity too.

The Beatles hit 3, not bad for a 20-year-old track, and I Feel Fine about it! Madonna gets her second top 10, after Holiday, it’s Like A Virgin. Touched for the very first time, indeed. Bob Marley’s 4-year-old Top 10 hit bounces back at 17, the great Could You Be Loved, as Alison Moyet makes it 3 in a row inside the 20, Invisible up 49 places to 19. Spandau are Round And Round, inoffensively at 39, and a host of christmas songs (yes actual NEW ones, no oldies!) drop in, one of them once upon a time a perennial xmas regular, and now banished forever: yes it must be Gary Glitter and the jolly Another Rock And Roll Christmas at 72, overshadowed for the moment by Queen’s middling try at a christmas song, and forgotten ones from Alvin Stardust and Captain Sensible.

The Stranglers are back, so is Ian McCulloch for the moment ex-of the Bunnymen, with September Song, Kurt Weil’s 1930’s standard. At 46, The Thompson Twins Lay Your Hands On Me is one of their not bad hits, while Prince’s brilliant Purple Rain track, I Would Die For U is in at 48, the 4th track to chart despite only 2 singles being released to date (and of course no youtube video for anything Prince-related). Bowie and Lennon (Julian) return with lesser follow-ups, and ditto Big Country and Stevie Wonder.

1 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
2 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 5 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
5 ( 6 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
6 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
7 ( 4 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
8 ( 10 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
10 ( 11 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan

11 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
12 ( 8 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
13 ( 22 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
14 ( 9 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
15 ( 17 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
16 ( 14 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
17 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 20 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
19 ( 68 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
20 ( 15 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

21 ( 13 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
22 ( 29 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
23 ( 26 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
24 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
25 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( 21 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
27 ( 16 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
28 ( 32 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 19 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
30 ( 37 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
32 ( 35 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
33 ( 28 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
34 ( 30 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 23 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 66 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
38 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
39 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
40 ( 39 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond

41 ( 34 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 33 ) FREEDOM Wham!
44 ( 52 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
45 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
46 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
47 ( 40 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
48 ( NEW ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
50 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 45 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
52 ( 31 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
53 ( 38 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
54 ( 57 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
55 ( NEW ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( NEW ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
57 ( NEW ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
58 ( 56 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
59 ( 59 ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 71 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination

61 ( 54 ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
62 ( NEW ) TONIGHT David Bowie
63 ( 41 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
64 ( NEW ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
65 ( 60 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
67 ( 74 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
68 ( 43 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
69 ( NEW ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 65 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( NEW ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
73 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
74 ( 61 ) RIDDLE ME UB40
75 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

1. Tenko
2. Star Trek: The Alternative Factor
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Monday)
4. Fame: film
5. MASH
6. Hill Street Blues
7. The Phil Silvers Show
8. Rising Damp
9. The Addams Family
10. The Betty White Show
11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (wed)
12. Top Of The Pops
13. Soap
14. The Rockford Files
15. Entertainment USA


At work, my young car share driver was back following her dad’s suicide, and tried to help her talking about her terrible year: as bad as 1984 was for me, it was worse for her. Surveying the lovely hilly countryside at Bulbarro again, and a little more optimistic than the previous week moodwise. The boss took one of my light-hearted banter lunchtimes with Bob the wrong way and got nasty. Mum and dad were suffering from overwork and illness, looking tired. I had a dream about meeting Paul and Linda McCartney and getting an autograph! Well I hardly ever dream about celebrities, but if you gonna do it, may as well go for the top…! This weekend , went to Southampton, looking for music computers with ambitions to have a go at making demos. Optimist!


Thursday 6th December: Nik Kershaw at The BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), live in concert.

Went with Bob, and we marvelled at all the wacky haircuts in the audience, we felt well out of place and old, being over 21 as we were (but not by much) – but these days I’m glad we didn’t go the Flock Of Seagulls hair-gel route for the sake of old 80’s photos. The support band were Scary Thieves (impressive but lacked songs), but Nik got the girls screaming as he strode on, affable always, themed around the “excellent” (I noted) current hit The Riddle. Also good were Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and album track Bogart, which should have been a single. Some lesser tracks were a bit samey, or else it may have the back-ache developing from standing in the same position for so long – one of those “standing-concert” things you put up with, though happily less of a problem (very oddly) as I got older. Rating: “a nice change but not a classic gig” . Nik was in Christchurch the other month (2014) doing great low-key gigs by accounts I’ve heard from a friend who went. I saw Nik again in 1989, supporting Elton John.


18th December 1984

Wham! get their first number one, the christmas classic Last Christmas knocking off Band Aid, and being chased by an 11-years-old 4th-time-round christmas classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday from Wizzard new in at 2, having previously topped my chart in 1973, 1974, and 1981. You can’t have Wizzard without Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, of course, in at 15 and charting for the 5th time, and yet to top the chart, Slade of course on a roll in 1984 with two top 10’s already. Wham! it should be remembered, was new, and George had already had a solo number one, and the other side of the double A side was hardly getting any airplay at all – Everything She Wants was completely overshadowed by Last Christmas.

Alison Moyet gets a 2nd solo top 10, and her 5th including Yazoo, Tears For Fears shout up into the 20 for the 4th time, Gary Glitter joins the xmas festivities rock and rolling for the 2nd-time in 1984, and umpteenth since his first hit the brilliant Rock And Roll Part 2 (on which he doesn’t actually sing) in 1972. The fab Strawberry Switchblade go top 40, as Dead Or Alive shock drop out of the 40 (it’ll be back!), and new entries come from Z.Z. Top’s Sharp Dressed Man, back after sneaking briefly in a year earlier, at a much more assertive 28, and just ahead of a bonafide rock ballad classic from Foreigner, 6 years after a decent run of 70’s rock singles, the gospel-tinged I Want To Know What Love Is.

Bronski Beat cover Gershwin, very bizarrely for a pop hit, but nicely, cos It Ain’t Necessarily So at 36. Bobby G, of Bucks Fizz, sings a TV show theme into 46th slot. Kim Wilde is touched at 60, hey, so is Madonna up to 5 for the very first time. Sal Solo, ex-Classix Nouveau singer is back with the good San Damiano, and Pat Benatar is back with We Belong, another decent single from her.

1 ( 9 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 1 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
4 ( 5 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
5 ( 6 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
6 ( 2 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 4 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
8 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( 7 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
10 ( 19 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

11 ( 3 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
13 ( 17 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 37 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
15 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
16 ( 11 ) LOUISE Human League
17 ( 10 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 14 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
20 ( 72 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

21 ( 15 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
22 ( 16 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
23 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 18 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
25 ( 20 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
26 ( 28 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
27 ( 21 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
28 ( NEW ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
29 ( NEW ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
30 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 46 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
33 ( 39 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
34 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 26 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
36 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
37 ( 22 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
38 ( 45 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
39 ( 49 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
40 ( 33 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

41 ( 23 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
42 ( 57 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
43 ( 31 ) DRIVE The Cars
44 ( 66 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
45 ( 24 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
46 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
47 ( 27 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
48 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 29 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
50 ( 62 ) TONIGHT David Bowie

51 ( 32 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
52 ( 56 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
53 ( 40 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
54 ( 35 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( 64 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
57 ( 44 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 69 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
59 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
60 ( NEW ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

61 ( 38 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 47 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
63 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
64 ( NEW ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
65 ( 67 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
66 ( 73 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
67 ( NEW ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
68 ( 58 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
69 ( 51 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
70 ( RE ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior

71 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
73 ( 75 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
75 ( 41 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

1. Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever
2. Tenko
3. MASH
4. Hill Street Blues
5. The Phil Silvers Show
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Carry On…Don’t Lose Your Head
8. Murder By Death: film
9. The Addams Family
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Rising Damp
12. Terrahawks
13. Soap
14. Entertainment USA
15. The Rockford Files

On TV Star Trek still topping my weeklies lists, but this is THE Star Trek, the greatest episode, and the one that regularly featured in Cult TV Greatest Episodes of TV Shows lists, City On The Edge Of Forever, written by Harlan Ellison, a time-travel tragic love story starring Joan Collins, who was never better, and rather young-looking! Certainly a candidate still for my most-favoritist-episode-ever..
Also, the award-winning Chuckles The Clown hilarious episode of Mary Tyler Moore Show was on, Mary finds the unusual death of TV show work colleague Chuckles The Clown dressed as a peanut, killed by an elephant trying to shell him, not funny – till the funeral. Watch it! Also the final episode of the generally great Tenko, as the survivors leave the prison camp for home.

At work, I got exasperated at the torturously slow speed colleagues worked at (I just took to computers right away and have a good memory) but especially He Who Be In Charge. To brighten up my day, the van broke down which oddly cheered me up and tickled my funny bone to the annoyance of the other 2 – I was nominated to stay stuck on cold country roads with the van while they walked to Sturminster Newton. An hour later, nothing. So I got the van jerkily jumping sort-of working and rolled down the road till I found them and parked it in a pub car park. Much more civil place to wait for the garage man to arrive at 7.15, home by 8pm. The next day, my car-share driver nearly hit a car on a roundabout, still driving fast, and now on anti-depressants. I was not comfortable with the situation at all. At work, Paul downloaded our data to Dorchester via phone line and commented “I’m still waiting for my print-outs to arrive”. “Never mind,” I quipped “some day your prints will come.” Snow White? No? Please yourself, I thought it was funny!

On the news, the shock news of a coach crash which had left Mike Nolan of Bucks Fizz in critical condition with head injuries, when he hadn’t seemed that seriously injured earlier (along with Jay Aston, he’d gone through the windscreen). Touch and go for a few days, he recovered but was left with problems from hereon, and Bucks Fizz were never quite the unit they were again. Xmas shopping, and then new movie Dune at the cinema – visually stunning, good cast, characters lacking. I was not a fan of the actor (hero) Kyle MachLachlan, rather ironically given his future era-defining (and also David Lynch creation) TV series Twin Peaks. I saw it as a flawed film, as you don’t develop any love of the thinly defined characters. Next up, straight into the Ghostbusters film! The kids in the audience really got into it, I enjoyed it, some good gags and special effects, engaging cast,: rating: “good, well-made fun” but “maybe not classic stuff” but preferred it to Dune.

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25th December 1984

Wizzard take everyday Christmas wishing to the top for the 3rd time, and just to make the top 10 look like it’s Christmas 1973 again even more, Slade are at 10, Gary Glitter leaps to 7, and Paul McCartney is at 3 (both of them on the friday pub lunch jukebox at work in Anstey). To keep it all very festive, a bunch of christmas songs make the top 40 (none of them that great to be honest, at best OK), while forgotten naughty oddity I’m A Little Christmas Cracker whimsically bounces in for some alleged Czecks – it’s a pun. It’s actually quite sweet if you ignore the double-entendres, or amusing if you don’t.

Tears For Fears hit the 10, and Ashford and Simpson return with a solid record a few weeks after a short run, and hit a new height at 29. Seeing the movie obviously boosts Ghostbusters as it returns to the top 40 after dropping out my charts entirely, and Toto are also back again with Stranger In Town. The highest actual new record is The Adventures, as always still the bridesmaids of the UK charts, never the brides, with the good Send My Heart. Sal Solo brings some Latin christian cheer to the top 40, as The Toy Dolls update an early childhood toon: Nellie The Elephant was fondly remembered by those of who were first aware of music in the 60’s, so this stomping version was a bit of a larf. At least for the first few plays.

The Council Collective do some electioneering at 50, courtesy largely of Paul Weller and mates like Jimmy Ruffin, Junior, and missus Dee C. Lee. The Labour Party political party broadcast was OK, but it’s hard to see any current pop or rock stars doing a star-studded mini-gathering for, errr, ANY current political parties, except perhaps the SNP. This Island Earth go up a few places, a forgotten decent pop song that never really made it, sadly, and very very 1984-sounding.

On TV it’s a christmas bonanza of classic fave movies, recent and old, dotted about with some pop music shows (TOTP of course) and the final-ever episode of MASH, double-length and one of the biggest-ever non-sporting viewer ratings of all-time in the USA. It was a sad day when MASH ended, and the final episode was more disturbing than celebrating, but it had lasted 9 years longer than the actual Korean War did!

1 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
3 ( 4 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
4 ( 3 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 7 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
6 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 20 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
8 ( 5 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 14 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
10 ( 15 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

11 ( 10 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
13 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 9 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
15 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
16 ( 12 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
17 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
19 ( 11 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
20 ( 29 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner

21 ( 16 ) LOUISE Human League
22 ( 18 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
23 ( 19 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
24 ( 26 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
25 ( 28 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
26 ( 39 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
27 ( 33 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
28 ( 25 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
29 ( RE ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
30 ( 22 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

31 ( 70 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 36 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
33 ( 67 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
34 ( 21 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
35 ( RE ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
36 ( 64 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
37 ( 44 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( NEW ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
39 ( 42 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
40 ( 52 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust

41 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
42 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
43 ( 46 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
44 ( 32 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
45 ( 66 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
46 ( 35 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
47 ( 60 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
48 ( 38 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
50 ( NEW ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective

51 ( 41 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
52 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
53 ( 65 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 43 ) DRIVE The Cars
55 ( 56 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
56 ( 40 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
57 ( 58 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
58 ( 37 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
59 ( 53 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince

61 ( 47 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
62 ( 45 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
63 ( 59 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 72 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
66 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
67 ( 50 ) TONIGHT David Bowie
68 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
69 ( 74 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
70 ( 68 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( 62 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
73 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( 49 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode

TV

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark: film
2. Airplane: film
3. MASH – Goodbye Farewell and Amen
4. The Man With The Golden Gun: film
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Some LIke It Hot: film
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Wogan
9. The Best/ Worst of Entertainment USA
10. Star Wars to Jedi
11. Mary Poppins: film
12. Porridge
13. Pop Quiz
14. Dallas
15. Hi De Hi


At work had an argument with Him over the north/south divide (these things are still facts in the UK, and not really a matter of opinion – the South does much better, always has!), while my car share almost had a second accident driving far too fast. “Watch out!” I cried, and she carried on speeding. “I’ll be a nervous wreck if I don’t get my own transport” I noted. Next morning, talk about prophetic: she finally hit another vehicle, 70mph hitting a tractor moving into the fast lane of the dual carriageway. She just didn’t see it. I was breathless gasping with disbelief and couldn’t get a word out in warning, how on Earth anyone could NOT see two tractors indicating to pull out (granted they shouldn’t have till it was clear, but she assumed they were going past a bike!) and still keep on going before slamming the break on violently at the last minute so my side of the car was gouged by a tractor and the front wheel crushed! I tell you it was my first lesson (but not my last, sadly) on just how many people there are on the roads determined to do me (and others) in. I also learnt to trust my own instincts when it comes to people…

She cried a lot, the tractor driver actually knew her and changed her car wheel, she didn’t exchange details, I suggested she go home rather than drive to work in her current state, where she was very upset on the phone to work. I made her a cup of tea to try and calm her down, I was oddly calm throughout, and arranged to get picked up in the works van on it’s way on site, on my walk home I finally got a bit shaky about it all, but was also rather relieved that it wasn’t serious: “she had to have an accident sooner or later…” I decided I needed a moped/motorbike soonish. Bob and boss were sympathetic, and next morning she drove more like a normal driver, hooray! The other surveying team team had disappeared, though, with no info on whereabouts when asked by the Big Boss in Dorchester. This caused a major team blow-out in the afternoon, acrimony much! Seems they felt they didn’t need to keep colleagues up to date on whereabouts, bit of a health and safety issue at the least, hey ho, I was a bit more blase about stuff given the events of the previous day, though saw the Boss’ viewpoint as the right one, which he appreciated and was quite nice for a few days.

Saturday, off to Mansfield with mum, dad and the cat for christmas with my brother’s family, and seeing everybody after our 10 months away, both dad’s family, and sister-in-law’s family, before settling down in coal-mining Blidworth where they lived, coal fire, cold and damp house like going back “to the Dark Ages of Liverpool in the 60’s. No wonder they like to stay in Poole.” Niece, I noted, was very active, quick on her feet and clever (15 months old). She, of course, interrupted sleep later on – it became a bit of a habit for oooh the next 5 or 6 years! Christmas Eve? Christmas Day? Shopping madness in jampacked town, sat about smelling watching TV (no hot water bathroom facilities), off to grandparents again, and Aunty’s. Christmas prezzies with toddler Vicki all excited next morning, dinner, and then big movies on TV after christmas Top Of The Pops. And relax….

My 1984 Charts – November

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6th November 1984

Duran Duran get their first number one, the fabulous exciting The Wild Boys, a Mad Max video and Simon Le Bon getting dunked, what’s not to love. It had taken almost 4 years to get there, but in the end a great single persuaded me over. Chicago get their biggest hit in 8 years as Hard habit To Break climbs to 4, and Wham! return to Top 10 form with Freedom hitting 5, their 5th Top 10 and George’s 6th. Limahl also does what Kajagoogoo couldn’t, with a decent top 10 movie soundtrack single.

Heaven 17 exclaim “Mine!” at 17, which reminds me of the seagulls in Finding Nemo, and Murray Head rockets Abba upwards with One Night In Bangkok. Oh Chess he does. Oops! Bad pun alert. Highest new entry is album track Let’s Go Crazy from Prince at 26, a fabulous storming rockfunk workout making up for the relatively plodding Purple Rain single. Nik Kershaw gets a 4th hit with his best single, the great military-flavoured The Riddle, and mere weeks before seeing him live in concert where he sang a good album track called Bogart (should have been a single). rather appropriately Actual Bogart (and James Cagney) pop in at 73 with a gangster movie medley of scenes from their films. You Doity Rat!

Jim Diamond’s in at 33 with the UK chart-topper I Should Have Known Better. He really should have, being as he used to be a PhD and topped my charts in 1982 with I Won’t Let You Down. Ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay-ay he did. Michael’s sis legs it into the 40 with Centipede, OMD have a middling ballad entry, Tracey Ullman keeps the run of hits Helplessly turning over, and a gem slides in lower down: Eurythmics 1984 movie single the glorious Sex Crime. S S S Sex at 54. Others: Iron Maiden, Cliff, Nick Heyward going funky, and ABC getting Millionaire stomping synth lessons. Talking Heads also Slippery in almost 4 years since biggie Once In A Lifetime.

1 ( 2 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
2 ( 1 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
4 ( 20 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
5 ( 14 ) FREEDOM Wham!
6 ( 6 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
7 ( 5 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
8 ( 8 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
9 ( 3 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
10 ( 13 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

11 ( 7 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
12 ( 16 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
13 ( 17 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
14 ( 25 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 15 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( 10 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
17 ( 34 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
18 ( 9 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
19 ( 68 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
20 ( 21 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet

21 ( 23 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
22 ( 12 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
23 ( 11 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
24 ( 28 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
25 ( 18 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LET’S GO CRAZY Prince
27 ( 19 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
28 ( 39 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
29 ( 53 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
30 ( NEW ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

31 ( 45 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
32 ( 36 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
33 ( NEW ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
34 ( 27 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
35 ( 24 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
36 ( 22 ) WHY Bronski Beat
37 ( 40 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
38 ( 26 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
39 ( 47 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
40 ( 71 ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson

41 ( 30 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
42 ( 33 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
43 ( 32 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
44 ( 54 ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
45 ( 29 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
46 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
47 ( 35 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
48 ( 38 ) CATH The Bluebells
49 ( NEW ) HELPLESS Tracey Ullman
50 ( 42 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 37 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
52 ( 31 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
53 ( 41 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
54 ( NEW ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
55 ( 46 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
56 ( NEW ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
57 ( NEW ) SHOOTING FROM THE HEART Cliff Richard
58 ( 55 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( NEW ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
60 ( 57 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan

61 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
62 ( 48 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
63 ( 51 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
64 ( 56 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
65 ( NEW ) ACES HIGH Iron Maiden
66 ( 59 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
67 ( 49 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
68 ( 64 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( 62 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
72 ( 44 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
73 ( NEW ) THE GANGSTER SINGLE Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney
74 ( 43 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
75 ( NEW ) SLIPPERY PEOPLE Talking Heads


In the real world, I was still having nightmares with late friend Dale turning up while I was at work, in them facially scarred and not alive but interested in my work, meanwhile his mum was distraught. Mind working overtime. At real work, we visited Bulbarrow Hill and Hurn Airport, and by now getting on really well with mate Bob, lots of joking about.

In the news the shock news that Mrs Ghandi had been assassinated, as I put it “one of the few world leaders it’s possible to have any respect for”. I’ve never been much of a fan of politicians, the great ones are few and far between. The nutters never get assassinated, sadly. At home Bob came round to see my record collection and meet my parents – he was due round tonight in 2014 actually (see previous comments about life being circular and linked in so many ways). A first this week: I used a cashpoint for the first time!! Yikes at the novelty of having new technology and cash!

Grandma and grandad arrived by coach in Poole, where parents hosted them at the NAAFI quarters for the weekend. Listening to old music charts, I came to the conclusion that 1972 was my fave musical year, pretty much from Oct 1971 through Oct 1972 – I think it may well still be, even though better years followed. Parents and grandparents round on Sunday for dinner and socialising, I was definitely in a better place emotionally these days.

TV:
1. Star Trek: Space Seed
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. The Addams Family
4. Rising Damp
5. Hill Street Blues
6. Soap
7. Terrahawks
8. Comic Strip Presents: The Bullshitters
9. Tenko
10. MASH
11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
12. The Avengers
13. Dallas
14. Top Of The Pops
15. The Rockford Files
16. Dungeons And Dragons

13th November 1984

2 weeks at 1 for The Wild Boys, as Chaka feels for you at 4, and Eurythmics positively explode from 54 to 7 giving a run of unbroken Top 10’s since Sweet Dreams. Quality! Tim Rice gets his first song in the top 10 for 5 years, and the Abba boys do nicely with Murray Head at 8. His brother Tony could do a good job too, I expect, based on his Buffy TV singing.

OMD get a nice jump into the 40 for an unbroken run of almost 5 years. Quality!! Depeche Mode get the highest new entry at 29 – now I don’t want to start any Blasphemous Rumours but their days of being teenypop synth boyband were looking long ago! Slade are back with another great singalong Christmas and New Year ballad at 38, let’s All Join Hands! Going berserk at 40, it’s Gary Numan determined not to be in any way singalong, New Year or whatever.

At 49, Human League’s sweet ballad Louise enters fairly lowly for them, given they hadn’t failed to top my chart since Love Action just missed over 3 years earlier. Rather sadly I just missed seeing them in concert last week again as I was on holiday (Dec 2014). Also back: Scritti Politti, Lloyd Cole and The Commotions with the rather good Rattlesnakes, The Cars, Dennis De Young ex-Styx singer, Bananarama and Joan Jett covering Gary Glitter’s million-selling banished I Love You Love Me Love. As radio will never play it again, here’s a version you can listen to instead.

1 ( 1 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
2 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
4 ( 8 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
5 ( 3 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) FREEDOM Wham!
7 ( 54 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
8 ( 19 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
9 ( 14 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 10 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

11 ( 6 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
12 ( 13 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
13 ( 7 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
14 ( 9 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
15 ( 17 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
16 ( 11 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
17 ( 15 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
18 ( 20 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
19 ( 12 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
20 ( 24 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox

21 ( 16 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
22 ( 33 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
23 ( 29 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
24 ( 26 ) LET’S GO CRAZY Prince
25 ( 28 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
26 ( 46 ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
27 ( 31 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
28 ( 18 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
29 ( NEW ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
30 ( 30 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

31 ( 39 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
32 ( 59 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
33 ( 23 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
34 ( 25 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
35 ( 21 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
36 ( 61 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
37 ( 22 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
38 ( NEW ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
39 ( 40 ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson
40 ( NEW ) BERSERKER Gary Numan

41 ( 32 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
42 ( 42 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
43 ( 56 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
44 ( 49 ) HELPLESS Tracey Ullman
45 ( 41 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
46 ( 43 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
47 ( 27 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
48 ( 34 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
49 ( NEW ) LOUISE Human League
50 ( 35 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior

51 ( 38 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
52 ( 36 ) WHY Bronski Beat
53 ( 45 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
54 ( NEW ) THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN The Alarm
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
56 ( 50 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 57 ) SHOOTING FROM THE HEART Cliff Richard
58 ( 65 ) ACES HIGH Iron Maiden
59 ( 48 ) CATH The Bluebells
60 ( NEW ) HYPNOTISE Scritti Politti

61 ( 58 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
62 ( 47 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
63 ( NEW ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
64 ( 37 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
65 ( 44 ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
66 ( 60 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
67 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( NEW ) TAKE IT BACK The Pookah Makes Three
69 ( NEW ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU LOVE ME LOVE Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
72 ( 64 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
73 ( NEW ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
74 ( NEW ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
75 ( 71 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz


I had an interview on the Monday of this week, in Exmouth’s Rolle College, a teacher training course where I basically blew it (and knew it) as I’d done nothing to try and get observation experience in schools, and already had the chance of doing teaching at my previous College. Hey ho. Gave a lift back to Broadstone to one of the other candidates, whose parents happened to be teachers. Doh! Back at home, grandad was more chatty than he used to be in the olden days in his birthday week.

I got increasingly unhappy with the erratic speeding driving of my lift to work colleague, resolving to get my own transport. “On bus tomorrow thank God” I mused. At work got wet surveying roads at Anstey which was fun, honestly I enjoyed it! On TV Tenko was gripping drama, the female prisoners group fragmenting.

1. Star Trek: A Taste Of Armageddon
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. MASH
4. Hill Street Blues
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Tenko
7. Rising Damp
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Soap
10. The Addams Family
11. Terrahawks
12. Dallas
13. The Avengers
14. Carry On Up The Jungle: film
15. The Rockford Files


20th November 1984

Eurythmics get a first chart-topper after coming close on pretty much most previous singles, this was sounding very of the moment and fresh with the computer-sampling repeats, though these days it’s not remembered as well as previous Annie n Dave songs. It was enough to keep off the very well-remembered Chaka Khan, rap and sampling I Feel For You from the top spot though.

Highest new entry at 4, giving them 3 in the chart and a third hit following on from two massive number ones, the fantastic Frankie Goes To Hollywood and the christmassy The Power Of Love. I recalled my boss listening to the track and calling it a dirge. I begged to differ quite strongly and rushed out to buy the fold-out sleeve version of the single. I was, of course, entirely correct, witness it’s subsequent numerous chart re-entries and recent cover UK chart-topper from Gabrielle Aplin. “I’ll protect you from the hooded claw” is one of my fave song lyric lines.

Slade shoot up 30 places to 8, giving them a cool 13 years of top 10 hits to date, Depeche Mode get a 6th top 10 with a spot of denial and some dark lyrics, and Nik Kershaw flutes his way up to 11. ABC take a sudden leap into the 20 as the drum-sounds impress, and the Dazz Band want to let it all blow. Well, it didn’t. The late Alvin gets a second top 20 hit of the year, for 11 years of hits, Sister Sledge get a third 1984 hit with a 1979 track, as We Are Family returns at 29. 5 years seems quite a long span of time when one is young, and a quite a short span of time when one is older. Records from 2009 making the chart in 2014 just seem like extended runs of long-running hits rather than actual oldies re-issues, as they were then.

Half A Minute, matt Bianco have a smooth jazz return to the 40, while Dave, inspiration for a great UK TV channel (well, perhaps the inspiration for Dave Lister, I ponder) gives the chart-flopping Boomtown Rats a great return to my top 40. I had faith in Bob Geldof even if no-one else seemed to! The Temptations are also back. Back! Almost 16 years since their debut run of hits, and well over 22 years since they started their American chart career, some of the original line-up pop back with a Motown soul track that’s very 80’s, but with nice 60’s harmonies. This was the line-up I saw in concert a few years later, minus the great Eddie Kendricks’ and David Ruffin’s vocals. Still good though.

Tina Turner becomes an albums artist with a bit of help from Mark Knopfler’s song and title track, a bit Dire Straits-ey, a bit hookers-ey, at 53 and future 1985 hit from the classic Motown songwriters Ashford & Simpson (Ain’t No Mountain High Enough and many others), husband and wife, get their own sparkling moment with the fabulous Solid. Solid as a rock, in fact, until Nick’s death a few years back. Steve Wright, DJ of the moment back then, was using American posse comedy format to great effect on radio 1. Sadly, he was also still basing a lot of his humour on camp 60’s cliches such as the pretty piss-poor The Gay Caballeros novelty hit. It was mildly amusing on listening once. Then not.

1 ( 7 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
2 ( 4 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
3 ( 1 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
4 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
6 ( 3 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
7 ( 9 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 38 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
9 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
10 ( 29 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode

11 ( 30 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
12 ( 5 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
13 ( 6 ) FREEDOM Wham!
14 ( 32 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
15 ( 15 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
16 ( 36 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
17 ( 10 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
18 ( 25 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 13 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
20 ( 12 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP

21 ( 11 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
22 ( 16 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
23 ( 23 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
24 ( 14 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
25 ( 22 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
26 ( 49 ) LOUISE Human League
27 ( 18 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
28 ( 40 ) BERSERKER Gary Numan
29 ( NEW ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
30 ( 20 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox

31 ( 17 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
32 ( 43 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
33 ( 27 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 21 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
35 ( NEW ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
36 ( 19 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
37 ( 31 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
38 ( 73 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
39 ( NEW ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
40 ( NEW ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations

41 ( 34 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
42 ( 48 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
43 ( 26 ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
44 ( 28 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
45 ( 33 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
46 ( 63 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
47 ( 42 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
48 ( 35 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
49 ( 54 ) THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN The Alarm
50 ( 41 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young

51 ( 45 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
52 ( 46 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
53 ( NEW ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
54 ( 39 ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson
55 ( 57 ) SHOOTING FROM THE HEART Cliff Richard
56 ( 37 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
57 ( 60 ) HYPNOTISE Scritti Politti
58 ( 56 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( NEW ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
60 ( 47 ) MISSING YOU John Waite

61 ( 44 ) HELPLESS Tracey Ullman
62 ( 61 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 52 ) WHY Bronski Beat
64 ( 69 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
65 ( 50 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
66 ( 53 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 59 ) CATH The Bluebells
69 ( NEW ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( 55 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
72 ( NEW ) WATCHING YOU Shakatak
73 ( 51 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
74 ( 74 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
75 ( 62 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville

At home, by a strange co-incidence I found that my car-share driver was the cousin of the lady who’s place I’d filled in for at the NAAFI while she was ill over the summer. She had just passed away. On the way home from work I saw a moped accident which made me think twice about getting a moped to avoid the stress of being driven to work. Grandma and grandad popped in on their way back to Mansfield, telling me it was about time I got married. Pretty much expected to be married with kids at 19 in Mansfield in those days. They benefitted from me not getting married much later in life so all’s well etc…

My new TV character obsession was Stu Dapples on Terrahawks: “OK, ya, right, man, Miss Kestrel” You had to be there, trust me… I caught the latest “full of vitality” singles chart rundown in picturesque Milton Abbas, while the boss reckoned I’d grow out of it and “laugh when I get older”. Laugh again, old man! No chance of that now, I reckon, as I said to him at the time “I’ve heard all this before 15 years earlier, and it’s not declined with age (yet). More a way of life than a hobby”. He was really generally getting on my nerves by now. Not always. Only when he opened his mouth. So, a retrospective nur nur ne nur nur…

The weekend started with a classic batch of DC Comics, The Teen Titans at this stage a virtual top-selling artform, just brilliant. It ended with news that my car-share young driver’s dad had killed himself, so she was not in any state to go to work, fairly obviously, and her 3rd family death of the year. I also recalled one of the 1st year students from College who was great fun, and often popped round in the 3rd year, Jenny, had died from breast cancer. Life just not fair, barely over 22. The photo I have of her sat on my digs bed is of happier times when the world seemed bright and full of hope – 4 years earlier….

1. Star Trek: This Side Of Paradise
2. Tenko
3. Hill Street Blues
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. MASH
6. Top Of The Pops
7. Dallas
8. Soap
9. The Twilight Zone
10. The Addams Family

27th November 1984

It’s a hat-trick of debut number ones for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, equalling Mary Hopkin and Middle Of The Road. Frankie’s, however, are three bonafide acknowledged classics. Murray Head gets to 3, and Human League keep the top 10 hits run 100% since the girls joined the band for Dare singles.

The Dazz Band get their synthfunk dance into the 10, while Alvin falls just short with his 50’s-harmony great retro single. Highest new entry, just above his movie single, it’s a TV kiddies animated feature theme tune from Paul McCartney: We All Stand Together, supported ably by a chorus of frogs! It sounds unlikely, but it’s great fun unless one has no sense of humour or no child-like enjoyment of life.

Nick Heyward sends a sudden Warning Sign top-20-bound, while Culture Club sing of medals and enter into the 40 at 24 following up 4 chart-toppers in a row with a rather merely OK-ish single. Sheena Easton struts her way back into the 40 as Frankie’s genius producer Trevor Horn, and Buggles-man, hops into a spot of Art Of Noise dance-synth instrumental close-to-the-edit stuff at 46.

The Kane Gang cover The Staples Singers 3 years before Bruce Willis had a hit with Respect Yourself, at 48. Stock Aitken & Waterman arrive proper at 54, though, as Dead Or Alive spin me round, like a record baby, a fantastic hi-energy pop record. At 66, Madonna’s 4th hit is the one that changed everything: Like A Virgin? Don’t mind if I do, as the gag goes. Produced by Nile Rodgers, a man who could do no wrong in those days. I wonder what happened to him? Daft Punk anyone?

Kool And The Gang, The Jacksons, and Shaky all pop back with new singles, while Strawberry Switchblade enter at 73 with a corker of a single, the super-melodic, girl-band sounds of Since Yesterday, and a great image not a million miles away from current various indie popstars. Love it. Finally, ever wondered what happened to the Flying Lizards after their cover of a Beatles cover, Money? Well, in my world they came back with another cover of a Beatles cover, Dizzy Miss Lizzie 5 years later!

1 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
3 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
4 ( 2 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
5 ( 8 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
6 ( 3 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
7 ( 26 ) LOUISE Human League
8 ( 10 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
9 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
10 ( 6 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

11 ( 11 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
12 ( 18 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
13 ( 7 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 14 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
15 ( 9 ) DRIVE The Cars
16 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
17 ( 12 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
18 ( 32 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
19 ( 13 ) FREEDOM Wham!
20 ( 29 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

21 ( 19 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
22 ( 17 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
23 ( 40 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
24 ( NEW ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
25 ( 35 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
26 ( 15 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
27 ( 39 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
28 ( 21 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
29 ( 38 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
30 ( 20 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP

31 ( 22 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
32 ( 25 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
33 ( 24 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
34 ( 27 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
35 ( RE ) STRUT Sheena Easton
36 ( 23 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
37 ( 30 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
38 ( 53 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
39 ( 42 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
40 ( 37 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo

41 ( 33 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 31 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
43 ( 28 ) BERSERKER Gary Numan
44 ( 46 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
45 ( 41 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
46 ( NEW ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
47 ( 34 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
48 ( NEW ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 59 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
50 ( 36 ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz

51 ( 51 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
52 ( 47 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
53 ( 52 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
54 ( NEW ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
55 ( 44 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
56 ( 45 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
57 ( NEW ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
58 ( 69 ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
59 ( 74 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
60 ( 58 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood

61 ( 48 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
62 ( 50 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
63 ( NEW ) BODY The Jacksons
64 ( 64 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
65 ( 62 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( NEW ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 43 ) NEVER TURN AWAY OMD
69 ( NEW ) DIZZY MISS LIZZIE The Flying Lizards
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( 49 ) THE CHANT HAS JUST BEGUN The Alarm
72 ( 65 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
73 ( NEW ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
74 ( 66 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
75 ( NEW ) FRESH Kool And The Gang


At work I was hating the long tedious bus journey between the outskirts of Poole and the centre of Bournemouth. 30 years on, there are more houses and no direct service at all for the 8 mile journey, so there’s progress for local authorities paying lip service to get people to abandon their cars. It’s cheaper and quicker and way more pleasant by car, fact, unless you live in London or on a direct bus route. Watched 28-Up on TV which sort of depressed me, watching young happy children grow up into unhappy adults, not least as I could relate, and it was a reminder of the passage of time speeding up.

We got a state of the art new hand-held computer to learn for data input. I took it as a challenge when presented with the “now try and crash that!” quip by the IT bloke. I managed to crash it and freeze the entire box in 2 minutes by trying to terminate something that wasn’t running (when you log the position of a grass verge you had to end it when the grass becomes road and I just decided to end a non-existent verge). I was quite proud of that, as it took some more programming to sort. Programmes have to be written to be idiot-proof, say I. 2nd time I was handed it, I succeeded in crashing it in 20 seconds. I was getting really good at this!

TV chart
1. Star Trek: The Devil In The Dark
2. The Young Ones: Bambi
3. Hill Street Blues
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. MASH
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Addams Family
9. The Avengers
10. The Sullivans
11. Dallas
12. Terrahawks
13. Entertainment USA
14. The Rockford Files

My 1984 Charts – August

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7th August 1984

After a record-equalling modern-era 9 weeks on top of the UK chart it was 5 weeks on top for Frankie, the longest run since Abba’s Day Before You Came in 1982, with neil at 2 and the Kane Gang giving chase at 4 with the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven. Laura Branigan’s brilliant Self-Control surpasses my own in real life at 7, but it’s George’s Careless Whisper rocketing to 9 that is the big news, as sad songs continue to dominate.

Queen get a third top 20 hit of the year, and new in at 27 it’s Alphaville who are, apparently, Big In Japan. Must be the catchy synths! A Flock Of Seagulls fly up to perch at 32, just out of reach of Captain sensibles snakes at 34. Tracey Ullman manages a 5th Top 40 hit just ahead of leaving the country for pastures anew. Doh! And…at 46…it’s a mega-famous song. Agadoo. Push that effing pineapple, shake that blanking tree? Actually, it’s by far the best Black Lace record. Admittedly, not that much of a compliment…

What about the dreary life of John? Depression-symptoms continue, and affected my judgement so much that I though Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom was better than Raiders Of The Lost Ark (after seeing it a second time). Oh no it’s not! Richard Burton died, meanwhile, and still not eating much. Even going to the Radio One Roadshow on Bournemouth beach, with sis-in-law and baby niece on a glorious hot summer day didn’t cheer me up much. Just a bit. Gary Davies DJ’d, I took some photos of the crowds and cliffs, then the live broadcast started at 11, with Hazell Dean’s current hit. I marvelled at all the gorgeous fit young people in speedos and bikinis while I had my coat on. Nerd! Sue, heavily-preganant, didn’t complain about rushing back to the car in the crowds, bless her, cos the parking ticket had expired.

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 3 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
3 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 13 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
5 ( 6 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
7 ( 14 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
8 ( 10 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
9 ( 42 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
10 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy

11 ( 9 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
12 ( 5 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 25 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
14 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
15 ( 8 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
16 ( 11 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
17 ( 27 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
18 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
19 ( 18 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 32 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 15 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
22 ( 22 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 16 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
24 ( 17 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
25 ( 19 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
26 ( 21 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
27 ( NEW ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
28 ( 37 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
29 ( 23 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 24 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD

31 ( 31 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 46 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
33 ( 33 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 65 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
35 ( 35 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 47 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
37 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
38 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 40 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
40 ( 34 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello

41 ( 30 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
42 ( 26 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
43 ( 29 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
44 ( 36 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
45 ( 51 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
46 ( NEW ) AGADOO Black Lace
47 ( 54 ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
48 ( 28 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
49 ( 65 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( 56 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts

51 ( 41 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
52 ( 45 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
53 ( 50 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
54 ( 49 ) THE LEBANON Human League
55 ( 63 ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
56 ( 44 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
57 ( 48 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
58 ( 57 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
59 ( 60 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 55 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council

61 ( 43 ) LAMENT Ultravox
62 ( 75 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
65 ( 59 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
66 ( NEW ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
67 ( 66 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 64 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
70 ( 73 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex

71 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
72 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
73 ( NEW ) BANANA BANANA King Kurt
74 ( 53 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) I GO WILD Suzi Quatro

TV
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 The Addams Family
7 Outlands: film
8 Top Of The Pops
9 WKRP In Cincinatti
10 Hi De Hi

14th August 1984

6 weeks for Frankie, and Laura Branigan is in runners-up spot. From the point of view of 2014 it should have been the other way around, Self Control deserved to get a least a week on top. Hazell Dean gets her first and last top 5 hit Rod gets a 13th year of Top 20 hits, and Jeff Lynne does the same with his Electric Dreams single.

Stevie Wonder, 16 years of big hits in my charts, and so many under-performing classics that should have gone all the way, and two that did in 1977 (I Wish and Sir Duke) and one in 1981 (Lately), and it’s the highest new entry with a telephone song that finally gave him his first solo UK chart-topper: I Just Called To Say I Love You at 19. Will it give him a 4th chart-topper? Meanwhile long-forgotten wannabe popstar Jamie Rae shoots up to 28 with She’s The One, not the Robbie song, it’s a pleasant pop song.

Lots of new entries: Elton John’s string of hits carries on, with Passengers, very much his prep homework for The Lion King, I think, and in at 36. The SOS Band also get a follow-up instant top 40 hit, with the Jam & Lewis Just The Way You Like It. It was. Martha And The Muffins have a comeback, albeit using Eminem’s name (but not spelling) 15 years earlier than he did. The funky Black Stations White Stations even had a dancing on the ceiling video and line that Lionel Richie “borrowed” 2 years later.

If ever there was a band that should have been bigger it was The Adventures, a great Northern Irish band who enter here with the fab Another Silent Day at 47, even beating out Howard Jones latest good hit at 50, Rockwell’s Beatles cover follow-up Taxman at 60, and Kid Creole’s ebbing run of singles at 62, as he worries that someone’s going to take his coconuts. Black Uhuru get a rare chart entry at 72, there’s a bit of spare Change at 73, Yes, It Can Happen – check out 75 – and call me a doctor! Doctor Beat? Doc Doc Doc Doc Doctor Beat! It’s Gloria Estefan and hubby debuting as Miami Sound Machine at 74, with the fab whimsical latin-rhythmed track that launched a pretty successful career.

At home I was marched off to the doctors as I still wasn’t eating much. His expert opinion was it was a viral infection and nerves. Next patient please! I bought a prezzie for my niece’s first birthday, and her mum did the house cleaning for me as some college friends were calling for a few days, Jane and Dave, two of my good friends just back from Italy where Dave’s relations come from. We went out to the pub, though it can’t have been much fun for them me not being at my best by any means. Next day I showed them the highlights of Poole Quay, then they took me to Swanage for my first ever visit, which was quaint, before leaving for home. Sunday, a family outing to Poole Park, everyone forcing me to get involved in life, and then on Monday waiting for more good College friends, Paul and Sheila to arrive. I’d forgotten how often people used to visit me, I must say…

Daley Thompson retained his Olympic title, meanwhile, on TV, and Mary Decker sobbed about her crash with Zola Budd on the track: talk about media manipulation!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 7 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 4 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
5 ( 13 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
6 ( 9 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
7 ( 8 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
8 ( 6 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 17 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
10 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy

11 ( 5 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
12 ( 2 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
14 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
15 ( 11 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
17 ( 22 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
18 ( 45 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
19 ( NEW ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
20 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 16 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
22 ( 14 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 15 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
24 ( 18 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
25 ( 27 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
26 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
27 ( 21 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
28 ( 66 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
29 ( 32 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
30 ( 24 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers

31 ( 23 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
32 ( 36 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
33 ( 34 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
34 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
35 ( 31 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( NEW ) PASSENGERS Elton John
37 ( 25 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
38 ( 26 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
39 ( NEW ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
40 ( 35 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat

41 ( 33 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) AGADOO Black Lace
43 ( 40 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
44 ( 30 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
45 ( NEW ) BLACK STATIONS WHITE STATIONS M & M
46 ( 62 ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun
47 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
48 ( 72 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
49 ( 49 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( NEW ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones

51 ( 70 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
52 ( 39 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
53 ( 53 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
54 ( 59 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 42 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
56 ( 37 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
57 ( 56 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
58 ( 54 ) THE LEBANON Human League
59 ( 58 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
60 ( NEW ) TAXMAN Rockwell

61 ( 41 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
62 ( NEW ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
63 ( 43 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
64 ( 52 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
65 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( 51 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
67 ( 69 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
68 ( 67 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
69 ( 64 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
70 ( 60 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council

71 ( 65 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
72 ( NEW ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
73 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY MELODY Change
74 ( NEW ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
75 ( NEW ) IT CAN HAPPEN Yes

TV
1 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
2 Soap
3 Rhoda
4 What’s Up Doc?: film
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 The Addams Family
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Likely Lads: film
9 Doctor Who: The Five Doctors
10 The Monkees

21st August 1984

Careless Whisper gets to the top and gives George Michael his first number one. The sax is gorgeous and the conviction of the song written when he was a lad is surprisingly sincere. It was like a leap forward in sophistication for Wham!, and people viewed George with a lot more credibility from here on. Sadly for Laura Branigan, she gets stuck at 2 and Stevie (the third UK Number One million-seller in a row) leaps to 4, so it’s not looking good for her!

A sudden leap for the Seagulls to 12, Howard Jones to 24, Miami Sound Machine to 39, and The Pointer Sisters announce they need you at 29. A Jacko oldie sneaks in at 47, not one of his best, while The Smiths make it 4 in a row with William. It was really nothing. Oh that’s Morrissey being modest. For the first and last time. Dan Hartman, 5 years on, pops back into the charts with a future 1985 UK hit, I Can Dream About You, pleasant enough. Elvis is back (Costello) with his latest flame. The only flame in town in fact. At 67, also 5 years on, having dumped his band name (Raydio) Ray Parker Junior pops in with a halloween song from a movie. Who ya gonna call? I suggest Harold Ramis and Bill Murray, Groundhog Day, my all-time fave movie. If you can’t find it, settle for Ghostbusters. You might have heard of it…

Life? Don’t talk to me about life! Despite my friends Paul and Sheila visiting and taking me out, and having a proper laugh for the first time in months over some hairy balls (you had to be there), I was still depressed to be doing job applications, and mum tried to get me to go to Liverpool with them. Went to the cinema to see a Star Trek movies extravaganza, 1 I downgraded, Khan I upgraded in opinion, and Search For Spock, the new movie which had a few minuses (no Kirstie Alley, Christopher Lloyd being too lovable to be a Klingon, killing of David) and some pluses, the cast without Spock had more of a chance to shine, and inject some warm humour. After much indecision I went to Southport with mum and dad, and a day trip to Blackpool. A roller-coaster ride is usually guaranteed to bring me joy, best I could manage was a smile. Then to Liverpool to see grandma, who was quite flustered by the hot weather and us visiting, but did a meal before we went to New Brighton. I’ll leave it there, and comment that while I recall all the depressing stuff fairly vividly, the nice stuff I’ve almost entirely forgotten, no memories of the funfair, video games, going to see Star Trek III again. None of it. Now THAT’S depressing!

1 ( 6 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
3 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 19 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
5 ( 5 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
6 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
7 ( 4 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
8 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 9 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
10 ( 14 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

11 ( 7 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
12 ( 29 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
13 ( 13 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
14 ( 10 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
15 ( 39 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
16 ( 18 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
17 ( 17 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
18 ( 28 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
19 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
20 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen

21 ( 11 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
22 ( 16 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
23 ( 25 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
24 ( 50 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
25 ( 33 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
26 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
27 ( 32 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
28 ( 36 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
29 ( NEW ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
30 ( 23 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

31 ( 21 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
32 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 24 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
34 ( 27 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 48 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
36 ( 30 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
38 ( 31 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
39 ( 74 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
40 ( 35 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

41 ( 34 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
42 ( 42 ) AGADOO Black Lace
43 ( 43 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
44 ( 41 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
45 ( 40 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
46 ( 38 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
47 ( NEW ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
48 ( 60 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
49 ( 49 ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
50 ( 37 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange

51 ( 47 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
52 ( 44 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
53 ( 54 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
54 ( 73 ) YOU ARE MY MELODY Change
55 ( 45 ) BLACK STATIONS WHITE STATIONS M & M
56 ( 53 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
57 ( 57 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
58 ( NEW ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
59 ( 59 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
60 ( NEW ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman

61 ( 58 ) THE LEBANON Human League
62 ( 51 ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
63 ( 71 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
64 ( 67 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
65 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( NEW ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
67 ( NEW ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
68 ( 68 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
69 ( 69 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
70 ( 56 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones

71 ( 62 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
72 ( 64 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
73 ( NEW ) SUMMER HOLIDAY Kevin The Gerbil
74 ( NEW ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
75 ( 55 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger

28th August 1984

2 weeks for Georgie, and Alphaville suddenly leap to 6, and Howard Jones to 7, his 5th Top 10 in a row. Highest new entry though is a 60’s MOR jazz classic from Astrud Gilberto, The Girl From Ipanema – originally a hit without any credit for her in 1964, Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto getting the credit. Just as well Joao was her husband then, as she became a big Brazilian bossa nova star as a result. It’s gorgeous whoever’s on the label though.

In at 27, Bucks Fizz cover the Romantics hit from earlier in the year, and do a damn fine job too, getting the UK hit version. Happily I’ve seen them both do it live. At 35, Malcolm McLaren tries fusing Opera and Hip Hop, with the lovely Madame Butterfly re-imagining. I appreciate it all the more having since been forced to endure the whole tedious opera. I think the translation of the lyrics on a screen were a bad decision, being as they were romantic drivel suited better to the times they were written in.

Kraftwerk show they still have something to show, cycling into the top 40 9 years after they first drove in, having catwalked their way into the 40 in the interim. Tour De France is a good track. Less good, is the pleasant I’ll Fly For You, keeping up the run of middle-period “pleasant but OK-ish” hits for Spandau Ballet. I’ve seen them in concert several times, and that applies to them live too. The last time was at the O2 sat at the far back. Honestly, might as well have been on a mountain in the next country for all you could see on stage. I wouldn’t say the stage was far away but several planes from Heathrow flew past my head.

Finally, in the novelty section, Agadoo goes Top 40, Kevin The Gerbil drops out the chart and is replaced by Iron Maiden. Not quite sure which of the 3 is funnier.

Meanwhile, back in Liverpool 1984, visited grandma, found a comic shop, and watched some lads break-dancing, bit of a rage at the time. Then the drive home so I could go for a job interview, tensed-up and stressed. The stop-off in Gloucester though reminded me of happier times and I remembered it all perfectly well, 9 years on, hadn’t changed much at all. According to Googlemap, it still hasn’t! I may go back next weekend as I’m feeling the need to revisit my youth. Mum and dad didn’t remember much, rather shockingly, I noted: “It proves to me that memory can’t be trusted, but mine seems to be better than most people’s as I like to remember the past as best I can – one photograph as a reminder makes the difference between remembering and forgetting forever.” I stand by that comment, and especially when dealing with memories 3 decades old and no evidence whatsoever. I’ve watched people embroider factual stories over a long period of time till the story becomes part-fiction accepted as fact, just because it’s funnier or more exciting, and become “remembered” that way.


Back at home my brother was in A&E after getting a bad head cut from a falling iron, and still on strike and stressed and irritable. “It never rains but it pours” I mused wondering if 1984 would ever get any better. The interview was for a surveyor (temporary) position with Dorset County Council, based in Bournemouth, but travelling the county with a state-of-the-art hand computer (ie less memory than a pocket calculator these days) measuring roads and verges, and signs and white lines ready for the tendering of contracts, as plans were afoot to privatise council staff. Unusually for me, I came out of it thinking I stood a good chance of getting it “not that I want it but it’ll do till a better one comes along”. More fun, my parents were waiting for me in Boscombe which had a record shop and comic shop. Hooray!

A word of advice: never muse if any given year is going to get better. On saturday Sue got a phone call from her Uncle Paul telling us her grandma had died. Mum looked after Sue who was crying a lot.

I didn’t get offered the job.

1 ( 1 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
2 ( 4 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 5 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
4 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
5 ( 2 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
6 ( 23 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
7 ( 24 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
8 ( 10 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
9 ( 12 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
10 ( 9 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold

11 ( 6 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
12 ( NEW ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 39 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
15 ( 15 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
16 ( 7 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
17 ( 28 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
18 ( 18 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
19 ( 13 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman

21 ( 29 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
22 ( 11 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 20 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
25 ( 19 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
26 ( 67 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
27 ( NEW ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
28 ( 35 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
29 ( 16 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
30 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

31 ( 17 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
32 ( 21 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
33 ( 42 ) AGADOO Black Lace
34 ( 22 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
35 ( NEW ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
36 ( 26 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
37 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
38 ( 33 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
39 ( NEW ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
40 ( 36 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 40 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 34 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
43 ( 31 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
44 ( 38 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
45 ( NEW ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
46 ( 48 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
47 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
48 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
49 ( 43 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
50 ( 58 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

51 ( 25 ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
52 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
53 ( 41 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 71 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
55 ( 64 ) IN THE COUNTRY Farmer’s Boys
56 ( 46 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
57 ( 52 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
58 ( 74 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
59 ( 60 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
60 ( 59 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

61 ( 45 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
62 ( 56 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
63 ( 57 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
64 ( 61 ) THE LEBANON Human League
65 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
66 ( 66 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
67 ( 50 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( 37 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
69 ( 53 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne
70 ( 63 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

71 ( 68 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
72 ( NEW ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
73 ( 69 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
74 ( NEW ) TWO MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT Iron Maiden
75 ( NEW ) THE INK IN THE WELL David Sylvian

TV
1 Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Rhoda
3 Carrott Live
4 The Monkees
5 Soap
6 Batman
7 The Twilight Zone
8 Rock Around The Clock
9 WKRP IN Cincinatti
10 Top Of The Pops

My 1984 Charts – July

3rd July 1984

One of the longest (hot) summers of my life, as misery continues, years of job applications had become unbearable, just the thought of filling out a job application (no computers to help in those days, all tedious long-hand) still fills me with tedium and I’ll do anything to avoid it. That’s why (with one head-hunted-exception) I haven’t done any for 25 years. Exams, on the other hand, are a piece of piss in comparison and I carried on doing them for another 20 years on and off. Hey ho.

I think the lack of new entries was more of a reflection of my growing apathy and misery than the music scene, and sad songs still saying so much more than angry ones, so Frankie get knocked off after a mere 2 week run in favour of one of The Human League’s least-remembered hits, the sad Life On Your Own, which extended their run of consecutive toppers to 6 over 3 years. Only Abba had that degree of consistency to date.

Bob Marley outdoes his original chart position, at 5, the gorgeous Waiting In Vain, and the Pointer Sisters get a second Top 10 in a row jumping up with another pop gem. Robin Gibb’s synthypop flop gives him a 4th solo Top 10 15 years after his first one, inexplicably (well, explicably, actually, as The Bee Gees were persona non grata after the Saturday Night Fever backlash, which if nothing else proves the public hate mega-success, cos the Gibbs didn’t lose their ability to write great songs for the entirety of their career. They just went in and out of fashion at regular intervals.

Lloyd Cole gets a deserved Top 10 with his Perfect Skin, and The Bluebells fabulous Young At Heart leaps into the 20 along with Scritti’s Absolute, and Tina’s simmering biggie, What’s Love Got To Do With It, co-written by Lyle (of Gallagher And Lyle hitsters) was about to give her a career-biggest solo hit (in the UK charts at least – she’d already hit number one in mine with Ike in 1973). Highest new entry is the brilliant Self Control from the late Laura Branigan. I didn’t love Gloria much, but this record was another thing entirely, powerful and passionate, and full of Coldplay-styled woah-oh’s singalong fabulousness.

Leaving a Billy Joel album-scraper, and Mike Oldfield getting together with Moonlight Shadow vocalist Maggie Reilly again, but this time with credit. To France? Certainly not To the UK Top 40… TV, give or take 2 or 3 shows from 1984, was almost entirely devoted to 60’s and 70’s re-runs, as the extra TV channel (Channel 4) gave lots of opportunities to view popular oldies that hadn’t been around for years, and gave me a half-hour or so of nostalgia-filled relief from depression. I know now I was seriously depressed, but then all I saw was insomnia, and increasing misery and frustration with no idea what was going on in my head or why. Music, TV and Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (by now one of DC comics hottest and biggest-selling properties) kept me going. Mind you DC Comics had just grasped the money-maker and were about to wring it dry by increasing paper quality (and price) by killing off one of my boyhood character favourites, Karate Kid, quite dramatically.

1 ( 3 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 4 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
5 ( 7 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
6 ( 9 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
7 ( 6 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 13 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
9 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
10 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

11 ( 10 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
12 ( 5 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
13 ( 17 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
14 ( 8 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
15 ( 30 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
17 ( 36 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
18 ( 20 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
19 ( 39 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

21 ( 12 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
22 ( 29 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
25 ( 15 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
28 ( 24 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
29 ( 19 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
30 ( 22 ) THE LEBANON Human League

31 ( 18 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
32 ( 35 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
34 ( NEW ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
35 ( 31 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
36 ( 32 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 25 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
39 ( 34 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
40 ( 74 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie

41 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 33 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
43 ( 38 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
44 ( 66 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
45 ( 42 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
46 ( 59 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
47 ( 40 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
48 ( 43 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
49 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams

51 ( 45 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
52 ( 50 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
53 ( 44 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
54 ( 51 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
55 ( 64 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 48 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
59 ( 55 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
60 ( NEW ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel

61 ( 58 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
62 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 53 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
65 ( 54 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
66 ( 65 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
68 ( 60 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
69 ( 67 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
70 ( 52 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 61 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
73 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
74 ( 75 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson
75 ( NEW ) WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT Twisted Sister

TV
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Soap
5 Addams Family
6 Batman
7 Monkees
8 Along Came A Spider: film
9 Professionals
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Twilight Zone
12 Tenko
13 Sullivans
14 Rhoda
15 Upstairs Downstairs

10th July 1984

If you don’t want to read about bad times and misery, just skip to the chart rundown. I would! I think it’s worth self-indulgently putting it in though, as I have absolutely no rose-tinted spectacles about the Eighties, bar the music, films and some TV. For some it was pure hell!

I’ve found my diaries. In one sense it’s hooray (when I do other years) and in another it’s OMG!!!! I’ve not read them ever (cos I was an arrogant jumped-up smart arse and didn’t want to be reminded of how much of a dick I could be to my family), but I started writing up my thoughts and events in 1977 and kept going till about 2003 when it all went too pear-shaped to even try. I’ve just flicked through June/July 1984 which has reminded me that I wasn’t just dealing with unemployment, my family was fragmenting around me – it’s not fair to mention any of it here, but the root causes were the Miners Strike (bruv had no money for a looong time), my unemployment and unhappiness being cut off from my friends, and my parents worrying about my brother and his family, and me, while dealing with a stressful demanding short-staffed long-hours job. Throw in me threatening to leave the new home (I’d forgotten that one!) and look for jobs somewhere else, family bitterness, and hints about my still-obvious “celibacy” as it was phrased. I didn’t go out, I didn’t have friends in Poole, I’d never had any romantic flings, and I was 26. Lot of things to deal with! Poor me, poor everyone, a thoroughly miserable time for us all. People under stress tend to take it out on those closest and things just get worse. We all hated Thatcher, at least, that was for sure, so hey, look on the bright side….!

Anyways, rather than get any more depressing, here’s a few self-indulgent comments from that week starting on the Saturday 7th July:

“Ladies Wimbledon Singles Final – one of the best I’ve seen, I think. Chrissie playing brilliantly, but Martina just SO good, “best ever” they’re saying. If she hadn’t come along Chrissie would have dominated tennis for over 10 years, with over 8 or 9 titles. Martina won.” I was a huge Chris Evert (Lloyd) fan.

“In evening , in garden with mum and dad (day just too hot – a scorcher – garden drier every day)

Tuesday July 10th

Feeling tensed, but waxing lyrical about the repeat of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before, the huge Trek universe that followed it, and actor Gary Lockwood who was also in 2001: A space Odyssey the same day. I’ll deal with Star Trek in my August 1969 run-down though!

Thursday July 12th

It rained, at long last, hooray! The end of helping mum & dad being short-staffed at work (Marines camp NAAFI shop till) which I was very happy about, seeing it as a distraction from looking for proper jobs, and being all stroppy and resentful. Dick – it turned out to be one of the things keeping me sane and angry. One of the marines nicked an apple from the shop (again), being light-fingered seemed to go with the job, being as they were taught how to break into things and all.

Friday July 13th

My sister-in-law arrived from Mansfield with baby Vicki, told me Dianne, my old Colourcare Photo Lab boss had been made redundant. Only slightly older than me, and sometimes a bit officious, but efficient and mostly upbeat, I had nothing against her but noted she should have taken an earlier job offer. It seems as though I was partly to blame by leaving, giving them an excuse to job-shuffle. That was the last I heard of her till she died a young alcoholic-related death years following years of decline after a failed relationship. Colourcare eventually went bust and everybody lost their jobs. It’s worth mentioning, cos something as seemingly innocuous as unemployment can lead to tragedy, and no doubt is right now in 2014.
On a lighter note, I was doing next week’s charts and was having a tough time deciding between Billy Idol and Prince for number one. Wonder who won!

Charts: 2 weeks for Human League on top, Prince gets his 3rd Top 10 hit in a row, Gary Glitter his first for 10 years, and Alison Moyet her first solo one. Seen them all in concert. Mike Oldfield leaps up To France et trente-deux; Thompson Twins are the highest new entry at 34, and The Young One’s neil covers Traffic’s hippie classic Hole In My Shoe for a new entry at 35. Arrow are Hot Hot Hot at 54, a record that became well known without being much of a hit, John Lennon is Stepping Out at 59, and Radio 2 played Mind Games an hour ago, which makes me miss my hero all over again, 34 years dead this year.

1 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 5 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
5 ( 6 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
6 ( 8 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
7 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
8 ( 16 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 13 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
10 ( 18 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

11 ( 7 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 17 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 9 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
14 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 10 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 28 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
18 ( 20 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
19 ( 14 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
20 ( 11 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

21 ( 12 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
22 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 33 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
25 ( 21 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 31 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
28 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
29 ( 34 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
30 ( 25 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

31 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
32 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
33 ( 30 ) THE LEBANON Human League
34 ( NEW ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
35 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
36 ( 29 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
37 ( 44 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
38 ( 35 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
39 ( 40 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
40 ( 36 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran

41 ( 60 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
42 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
43 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
44 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
45 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
46 ( NEW ) LAMENT Ultravox
47 ( 38 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
48 ( 55 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
49 ( NEW ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
50 ( 39 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

51 ( 43 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
52 ( 46 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
53 ( 42 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
54 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
55 ( 52 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 54 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
58 ( 50 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( NEW ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 45 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

61 ( 48 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
62 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 47 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 51 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( 61 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
68 ( NEW ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
69 ( 72 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 74 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

71 ( 59 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
72 ( 58 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
73 ( 64 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
74 ( 65 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
75 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 2001: A Space Odyssey
3 The Addams Family
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 The Monkees
7 Batman
8 Hill Street Blues
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko
11 Wimbledon Ladies Final
12 Taxi
13 WKRP IN Cincinatti
14 Upstairs Downstairs
15 Doctor Who

17th July 1984

A new number one, and it’s Billy Idol and the gorgeous Eyes Without A Face, holding off the brilliant When Doves Cry from the days when Prince had fans. I used to buy his singles and albums (bit of a genius), but his ongoing attacking of his shrinking fanbase over the years and bizarre career moves, means I haven’t bought an album in nearly 20 years, and I’m not likely to.

The Bluebells fab future 90’s UK Number One is at 6, Tina gets a second solo Top 10, Scritti get a second Top 10 with the sweet Absolute, and neil might be letting in water, but it washes him up to 12 ahead of some White Lines, blowing my mind with a classic rap record with a message and a reason to exist, other than “shake your booty b*tch” (that’s the cliche drivel version of rap). Mick Jagger gives the Jacksons a vocal assist, and my is he in a State Of Shock over his duet with Michael only being at 19 (for such a superstar comeback combo) while 20-year-old rivals The Fabs are at 20, the highest new entry being A Hard Day’s Night, a record and film 6-year-old me was very familiar with back in ’64.

Highest “New” new entry though is the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven from the Kane Gang, mellow as much pop was summer of 84. Others: Phil Fearon’s back with pleasant dancepop at 33; Band Of Gold (Dutch cover medley of 70’s sweet soul hits) slips in at 35 mainly due to some old faves being included in it rather than it being any good. Shakatak enter with a jazzdancepopMOR goodie; Divine enters to great disapproval on Top Of The Pops, what with being a big man in a dress who was happy to flaunt it; Dave and Barbara are back again 3 years on from It’s My Party – at least I hadn’t forgotten them, even if the charts had; Blancmange cover Abba with mixed results for me – it’s lower than the still-charting original, and is the first Blancmange record I was a bit disappointed with. Non-Abba fans, however, seemed to like it, despite it having none of the emotionless-but-emotional subtlety of the low-key ballad.

New at 68 an early folk/skiffle revival band in a style The Pogues took the crown for, Boothill Foot Tappers, at 70 John Cougar’s more Mellencamp than feline in his little Pink Houses, and ZZ Top pop in again a year ahead of chart bigness with those fabulous Legs at 74.

So, what tedium in my diary can I share? Stress, video-recorder acting up (catastrophe!), considered helping volunteer at the local Youth Club (more of a shack than a club), then had a to-do with the neighbour banging on the front door while I played my latest records (to try and ease my stress) with the windows open (it was hot) while he was slab banging in his garden (facing my bedroom window). I fumed, ignored him, took the record off, waited, then put Anarchy In The UK on full-blast. He applauded sarcastically when it finished. I’d waited all day, it was early evening, and oh my word the language I used Timothy ranting about the b*stard. I think I was Rik from the Young Ones for a moment. On the plus side, they sold the house a few months later, and happily some good friends ended up buying it years later, knowing full well and not minding my tendency to play loud music for half an hour in the summer window ajar. Hooray!

At the time though, next day, and I quote: “Me, I’m just pissed off being here, and I’m beginning to wish I’d moved to Nottingham instead. I’m going to start looking for jobs elsewhere, I’m just totally disenchanted with suburbia, with unemployment, with having no friends. “What a bummer” to quote neil.”

Just to rub it in, the next day I needed 6 fillings, left my driving licence and cheque cards on the bus after going into Poole to sign on (so had to ring police, banks etc), had a nightmare about my mum being overworked, donated £2 to Save The Children for the awful Ethiopian famine that was going on and upsetting me, I ranted about the “sick sick sick” individual who murdered 20 people (including kids) in Californian McDonalds, the news footage of dead children being shown on TV, and the useless American gun laws. Still, at least none of those sort of things happen these days, eh?

It wasn’t all misery though, I had a decent new haircut, my first ever. Wow!

1 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
2 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
3 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
5 ( 6 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
6 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 9 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
8 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
10 ( 18 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

11 ( 4 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 35 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
14 ( 5 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
15 ( 17 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 10 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
17 ( 7 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
18 ( 24 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 37 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
20 ( NEW ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 28 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 13 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 20 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
25 ( 29 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
26 ( 19 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
27 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
29 ( NEW ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
30 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
32 ( 34 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
34 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
35 ( NEW ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 33 ) THE LEBANON Human League
37 ( 31 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
38 ( 68 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
39 ( 49 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
40 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne

41 ( 30 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
42 ( 32 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
43 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
44 ( 40 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
45 ( 46 ) LAMENT Ultravox
46 ( 41 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
47 ( 38 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
48 ( 54 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
49 ( 36 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
50 ( 27 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson

51 ( 44 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
52 ( 45 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
54 ( 50 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
55 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 55 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
58 ( 47 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
59 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 57 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

61 ( 42 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
62 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
64 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
65 ( 51 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( NEW ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
69 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
70 ( NEW ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 53 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
72 ( 43 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
73 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
74 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
75 ( 67 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen

TV
1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 Comic Strip Presents: War
3 The Addams Family
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Casablanca: film
7 Batman
8 The Monkees
9 Soap
10 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
11 Tenko
12 Doctor Who (liver Birds guest)
13 Taxi
14 Automan
15 Upstairs Downstairs

4th July 1984

Back on top for Two Tribes, for a third week, while there’s a hole in my shoe at 4 and The Mighty Wah! get a second Top 10 hit a year and a half after hitting the top spot. The classic White Lines – so don’t do it! – finally breaks into the 10, and Divine positively rockets up to 20, proving if nothing else that a big bloke in a dress rasping over a manic bpm dance track is something to celebrate.

Shakatak smoothly glide to 22, a good jazzdance track, while Blancmange keep up their Top 40 run with that Abba cover at 29. Once again the highest new entry is a classic oldie – last week Beatles, this week Rolling Stones. It’s actually a chart debut though, as Brown Sugar was too naughty for Singapore radio in 1971 and it had taken 13 years to grow on me from occasional oldie listens. Talking about the most ridiculous haircut of all-time, A Flock Of Seagulls are back with a good track at 47, and Rod is back with a cover of Robert Palmer’s 1982 hit Some Guys Have All The Luck. Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds also keep up the 60’s veterans brigade with new singles.

So, Alien and Trek on top of TV viewing, I was raving about the latest Legion and Titans DC Comics, creatively hitting a peak that was matched commercially with big comic sales. At home, still not happy, a Vicar dropped by for a chat, newly esconced in brand new church, I think, looking for a new flock. I didn’t volunteer. The 15th anniversary of the Moon Landing TV shows casued me to reminisce on how much important stuff (to me) was happening in the Summer of ’69. Bryan Adams even wrote me a song about it! Honest!

By Monday I was getting seriously hypochondriac-al, worrying about symptoms that wouldn’t go away (and which I know now are stress-related), but tried youth club volunteering that evening to get me out, there were nearly as many helpers as kids, few facilities, and promised to come back Sept 3rd (summer break) after helping pack away and playing table football with kids. It didn’t give me an energy boost though, like the Mansfield Folkhouse did when I worked there, sadly.

Other things I tried to try and cheer myself up: Radio Luxembourg chart run-down; video arcade games in Bournemouth; went to cinema to see Supergirl movie (packed with kids on holiday being noisy): “..a good cast, all well OTT, mildly amusing, predictable, escapist fun, really. I’d go to see a sequel…” Hah! As if! Wishful thinking there. My College mate Paul rang and wanted to visit in August, which would have been brilliant for me – but the family announced they were all on holiday that week and would be back in the house then, so no room for Paul (felt awful telling him). None of them worked, though, increasingly depressed as the week went on. Oh dear!

1 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 2 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
4 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
5 ( 7 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
6 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 5 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
10 ( 13 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

11 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 4 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
13 ( 20 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 19 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
17 ( 29 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
18 ( 25 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
19 ( 14 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
20 ( 53 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 43 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
25 ( 18 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 ( 32 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
27 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 17 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
29 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
30 ( 16 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 24 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
32 ( 26 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
33 ( 39 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
34 ( 38 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
35 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 45 ) LAMENT Ultravox
37 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
38 ( 28 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
39 ( NEW ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

41 ( 31 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
42 ( 30 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
43 ( 36 ) THE LEBANON Human League
44 ( 34 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
45 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
46 ( 48 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
47 ( NEW ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
48 ( 41 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
49 ( 44 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
50 ( NEW ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer

51 ( 42 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
52 ( 40 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
53 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
54 ( 47 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
55 ( 70 ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 50 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
58 ( 49 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 57 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
60 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

61 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 46 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
63 ( 52 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 51 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
65 ( 64 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
67 ( 63 ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
68 ( 60 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
69 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
70 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( 68 ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
72 ( NEW ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
73 ( 54 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
75 ( 65 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust

TV
1 Alien: film
1 Star Trek: The Enemy Within
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Soap
7 Tenko
8 Monkees
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Addams Family

31st July 1984

4 weeks for Frankie as they were heading for 9 on top of the UK singles chart, and The Beatles keep those reissued Top 10 hits coming as A Hard Day’s Night hits 6. Shakatak are down in the streets but up in the charts, at 10, and everybody might be laughing at Phil Fearon, but he’s at 12 in the charts that count so he has the last laugh. Windjammer sail up to 22, with a track I’ve utterly forgotten – I’m guessing that’s not a good sign! Hazell Dean gets a second hit, though, with the even better Whatever I Do, and the sound of Stock Aitken Waterman has 2 in the 30 (Divine, t’other one, I think). Better get used to multiple entries in the singles chart, eh lads?

Queen get a third Top 40 hit of 1984, Rod gets a 2nd one, and Dave Edmunds has a welcome (floptastic) Top 40 hit yet again in my charts. I’m so loyal! Arrow finally prove it’s Hot Hot Hot at 40, as a major classic enters at 42. My sis-in-law Sue, then 24, loved George Michael, and Careless Whisper especially, and the new mature pop sound was a big surprise (especially after all the furore over his video expensive haircut obsession), but as we now know a huge hit and the start of a new solo career (eventually). I can’t listen to it these days, not since it was played at Sue’s funeral.

On TV sci-fi miniseries V started, but just as the Lionel Richie record falls dramatically because it reminded me of feeling ill, so this series has the same effect since the scene of the rodent-swallowing. By now I felt like I was on the verge of bursting into tears all the time, something I’d not done for a decade or so. Mum & dad knew something was up, I wasn’t eating properly, but I couldn’t explain it to them. Or to the doctor. So I stayed on camp for a few days with everyone so they could keep an eye on me. I hope this has a happy ending!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 4 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
5 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
6 ( 13 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 10 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
9 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
10 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

11 ( 5 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
13 ( 17 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
14 ( 18 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
15 ( 9 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 12 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
17 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
19 ( 29 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
20 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
22 ( 50 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 19 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
26 ( 16 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
27 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
28 ( 34 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
29 ( 33 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
30 ( 40 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

31 ( 25 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( NEW ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
33 ( 31 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 28 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
35 ( 32 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 26 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
37 ( 60 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
38 ( 74 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 46 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow

41 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
43 ( 36 ) LAMENT Ultravox
44 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
45 ( 37 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
46 ( 47 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( NEW ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
48 ( 38 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
49 ( 43 ) THE LEBANON Human League
50 ( 44 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart

51 ( 66 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
52 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
53 ( 41 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
54 ( NEW ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
55 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
56 ( 72 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
57 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
58 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 48 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
60 ( 70 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 49 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
64 ( 59 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
65 ( NEW ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
66 ( NEW ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
67 ( 65 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 51 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
69 ( 42 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
70 ( 69 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

71 ( 68 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
72 ( 63 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
73 ( NEW ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
74 ( 54 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun

TV
1 Star Trek: Mudd’s Women
2 Cheers
3 Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Hi De Hi
8 V
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko