My 1990 Charts – February

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4th february 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


11th February 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


18th February 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


25th February 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

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

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

My 1989 Charts – August

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Niagara Falls 1989

6th August 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13th August 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20th August 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27th August 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 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 1989 Charts – July

1st July 1989

A 10-years-old track (albeit remixed) goes one place higher 2nd time around, as Pop Musik tops for Robin Scott aka M. Quite right too! Still, he had his other job in Bond movies to keep him going in between hits. Sheena Easton breaks into the top 3 for the first time with Prince’s 101 and a sexy image, something that seemed most unlikely when she was the wholesome Modern Girl in jumpers in 1980.

Baby Ford takes T.Rex into the 20, and Danny Wilson bring the Second Summer Of Love in too, while new (to my charts) Ella Fitzgerald’s classic version of the brilliant standard Summertime enters at 26, 7 years after Fun Boy Three last charted it. Just behind are the London Boys, and their best record, London Nights, while Queen Breakthru into the 30 at 29. Yello have a great new entry at 52 (Blazing Saddles) while yet another SAW act, Sonia, belts in at 49. Some good low entries though, for Swing Out Sister, Gloria Estefan and Bobby Brown, all going higher, and one which wasn’t – Public Enemy’s Fight The Power. I wasn’t a huge fan of their confrontational rap, and the lack of airplay meant I never really got a chance to reconsider – which is deservedly far more well-known and respected now than it was in 1989.

So, my life, taken from actual diary notes? I’ll try to be interesting, as I was working on a temporary contract surveying Parks, with local Councils mid-way through a major Thatcher-imposed reorganisation and tendering processes. Cost savings were the aim – but awful standards tended to follow in the 90’s for those Council’s that prepared rubbish contractor-friendly contracts, as they just stuck to the word of the contract and charged for all sorts of extras. Our Council was actually very well prepared with a fairly water-tight one carried out by ex-council-staff (those left at any rate after job-cuts).

So, everyone I worked with was getting itchy feet and applying for jobs, I played tennis; had a dilemma about forthcoming strike-action (being one of the few union people, while also being aware I was on a temporary contract…); my sis-in-law and 6-year-old niece Vicki, 4-year-old nephew Gavin were living with me (and wearing me out!), Vicki needed hospital treatment for a hearing problem; I got a new comics fanzine to read, Inertron, having recently joined-up, and as it turns out shortly to split acrimoniously in two, with Legion Of Super Heroes fans setting up their own fanzine, Apa247. I joined them with issue 1 and am there still to this day, lots of long-time friends now all 25-years-older like myself but still refusing to go on-line like everyone. We prefer to meet-up in person not virtually, and at times professional writers and artists for Comics have been members which makes for interesting gossip about people in the industry. Hah!

I bought lots of vinyl and cd’s, went to the pictures to see Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, noting it was a re-run of Raiders but Sean Connery being in it saved it, giving it comedic and characterisation input, well-acted, well-directed enjoyable film. Connery and Harrison, I opined, are both Stars. 2 of my mates were considering the possibility of an American holiday adventure tour (North-East) so that was being discussed, through me, as they didn’t know each other. My garden pond was getting established, put fish in it. Chris Evert’s final Wimbledon game (lost to Steffi Graf) while the weather was hot, humid and thundery in Dorset – just like today! Finally, my Pet Shop Boys tickets arrived in the post, hooray!

1 ( 11 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
2 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 16 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 1 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
6 ( 6 ) BATDANCE Prince
7 ( 4 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) ONE The Bee Gees
9 ( 34 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
10 ( 3 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest

11 ( 7 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
12 ( 8 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 9 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
15 ( 12 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
16 ( 33 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
17 ( 23 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
18 ( 19 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
19 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
20 ( 29 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

21 ( 15 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
22 ( 14 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
23 ( 18 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
24 ( 28 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
25 ( 17 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
26 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
27 ( NEW ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
28 ( 21 ) WHY Carly Simon
29 ( 38 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
30 ( 22 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown

31 ( 40 ) CRY Waterfront
32 ( 20 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
33 ( 30 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
34 ( 45 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
35 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
36 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 41 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
38 ( 24 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
39 ( 32 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
40 ( 31 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama

41 ( 39 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
42 ( 36 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
43 ( 53 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
44 ( 59 ) LOOKING FOR A LOVE Joyce Sims
45 ( 42 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
46 ( 46 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
47 ( 35 ) ORANGE JUICE REM
48 ( 37 ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
49 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
50 ( 44 ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway

51 ( 50 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
52 ( NEW ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
53 ( 48 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
54 ( 68 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
55 ( 43 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 65 ) I’M THAT KIND OF GUY LL Cool J
58 ( 58 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
59 ( 55 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
60 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 74 ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
62 ( 62 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
63 ( 63 ) AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER Al Green
64 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 61 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
66 ( 72 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
67 ( 67 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
68 ( NEW ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
69 ( 51 ) THE LOOK Roxette
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT THE POWER Public Enemy

71 ( NEW ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
72 ( 75 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( 73 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
75 ( NEW ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

8th July 1989

10th number one for Pet Shop Boys, out of 12 singles, plus a couple written/produced for Dusty and Liza. That’s pretty consistent for under 4 years. It’s Alright isn’t one of their own songs, but the video and message remain relevant to 2014. I can think of many politicians who should be forced to sit and watch it. Meanwhile, The London Boys club it up to 7, while Ain’t Nobody goes top 10 for the second time in 5 years. Yello are Blazin’ up to 16, pity it wasn’t a hit, while late legend Roy Orbison gets another Top 20 hit off his terrific posthumous album, California Blue.

De La Soul are new at 26, continuing the run of good singles with Say No Go (sampling Hall & Oates and others), and Aswad cover a 70’s MOR goodie and do it reggae well. Norman Cook pops in with a future Beats International hit, Won’t Talk About It but shhh that’s him under another name. Paul “Beatle” Somebody is in at 57 with one of his most-melodic singles in 5 or 6 years, the Beatlestastic This One, while soul great Roberta Flack is back again 17 years on from the first time ever I saw her face. Uh uh? Ooh Ooh! Comedy great Bette Midler lets the wind beneath her wings escape into the charts, and it’s not even slightly amusing! Rip-off! Apparently she’s had a cheque for over 100 dollars off a streaming site for over 5 million plays of her songs. Can’t say they aren’t generous. No, you really can’t. Karyn White takes a Superwoman into my charts, but I’ll take Supergirl (Graham Bonney), Superman (Laurie Anderson) or Superboy (yet to be written) over this one. Or the Blow Monkeys good Choice 2 places lower.

Me, I bought Now 11 – gosh up to 11th in the series! I wonder if it’ll go on to ooh maybe as high as 20 or even 30!! The new boy at work was a bit difficult for our team to adjust to, as we’d been a great team of 4 up to then, but bloody ambitious chatty youngsters, come in and think they’re bloody experts right away, eh!? Err, actually he runs that department now, so doff of the cap to him. Mel Blanc, he of Bugs Bunny and man of a thousand voices, passed away, which meant a lot more to me than Laurence Olivier dying. On TV Star Trek: The Next Generation was getting into it’s stride at long last, and I was re-enjoying 60’s Mel Brooks TV series Get Smart. After being an 8 and a half-stone weakling most of my life, and tiring of sand being kicked in my face (hypothetical sand, mostly) I’d taken up doing weights to build up my bod a bit to show off at the beach. Amazingly I succeeded. I became a 9 and a half-stone weakling. Hah! What do I care now though, I’m still only 10-stone-ish! Not bad for 95-year-old. Joking…..!

1 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 5 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
5 ( 6 ) BATDANCE Prince
6 ( 1 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
7 ( 27 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
8 ( 7 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
9 ( 19 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
10 ( 20 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

11 ( 11 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
12 ( 8 ) ONE The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 17 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
15 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
16 ( 52 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
17 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
18 ( 9 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
19 ( 14 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
20 ( 26 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald

21 ( 15 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
22 ( 29 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
23 ( 10 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
24 ( 34 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
25 ( 22 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
26 ( NEW ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
27 ( 18 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
28 ( 16 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
29 ( 49 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
30 ( 23 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

31 ( 25 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
32 ( 75 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
33 ( 31 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 24 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
35 ( 21 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
36 ( 28 ) WHY Carly Simon
37 ( 43 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
38 ( 33 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
39 ( 30 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
40 ( NEW ) ON AND ON Aswad

41 ( 36 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
42 ( 37 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
43 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
44 ( 32 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
45 ( 40 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
46 ( 38 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
47 ( 39 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
48 ( 71 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
49 ( 46 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

51 ( 45 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
52 ( 74 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
53 ( 41 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
54 ( 42 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
55 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
58 ( 61 ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
59 ( 68 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 59 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
62 ( 51 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
63 ( 62 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( NEW ) UH UH OOH OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) Roberta Flack
66 ( 66 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
67 ( 53 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
68 ( 65 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
69 ( 58 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
70 ( NEW ) UNDER THE GOD Tin Machine

71 ( NEW ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
72 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) SUPERWOMAN Karyn White
74 ( 73 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller

15th July 1989

Sheena Easton gets her one and only chart-topper, the very-obviously Prince-dominated dance track 101, and it’s fabulous, the song builds and builds and then climaxes mightily. Criminally never a big hit. It, frankly, pisses all over 9 To 5 (My Baby Takes The Yawning Train). Almost there are Soul II Soul’s classic Back To Life at 3, and lots of huge jumps, topped by Gloria Estefan, and another classy ballad up from 52 to 5.

Macca’s fab This One almost leaps 50 places to 8, his second Top 10 of the year, while Blow Monkeys choose number 13, up from 75. Funkay! De La Soul, Kirsty and Bobby Brown go top 20, and Swing Out Sister’s increasingly 60’s-cocktailjazz-pop sound slides into the 30. Few new entries, highest being The Darling Buds at 50, joined by Roxette, Bros and nothing much else of note. All fine, but none great.

So, 2 members of our team of 4 had job interviews, which depressed Cathy and me, potentially left behind. I went to see Cathy last week, as it happens, happily, so we got over it! I was getting stressed at not having any “me-time” at home, so I got a day’s break from the kids, and took them to Arne nature reserve with mum on Saturday to make up for it, as the long hot summer continued. On TV, LA Law, Hooperman, Top Of The Pops, , and my beloved Legion Of Super Heroes comic was being given a grim n gritty “5 year gap” and creative team change. Effectively this was the end of the classic days. Booo! Someone mentioned their impression of me was self-confident and balanced, which shows how good I must have been at covering up my shyness, insecurity and emotional crises! Played tennis, and yay, Pet Shop Boys at Wembley Arena with mate Bob on Thursday 20th, a scorching hot day, shopping in record megastores (ah memories!) , marvelled at interesting Londoners passing by Pizzaland, had lots of laughs, and then off to Wembley.

PET SHOP BOYS LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA
Seated near the side back of the venue, my review: “Overall an enjoyable, OTT, camp, fast-paced run through of (most) highlights of their career, certain criticisms of of the show (too much happening with dancers, mega-screen Jarman films, and loads of costume changes)….plus the heat, the poor sound quality, Neil Tennant’s awful singing voice and too-fast tempo, plus being dog-tired, didn’t stop it being a really good concert; had we been nearer the stage, p’raps THE best (!).” Not to worry, they just got better and better with age as a live draw, Neil learnt to sing, and they remain my all-time fave live act, and one of my three all-time greats. Best songs: One More Chance, Opportunities, Left To My Own Devices, Heart, Rent, Love Comes Quickly. A Highlight was Chris Lowe’s Paninaro, plus casual dance! Brilliant. It’s A Sin really good, Sound Of The Atom Splitting not. Later Tonight, Nothing Has Been Proved, Shopping, King’s Cross, Domino Dancing, Always On My Mind and then to the encore’s West End Girls, It’s Alright. I must have been getting into it, as I moved my legs and hands to the beats. Not dancing, of course, I have to be drunk for that in public. A late drive back to Dorset 1.20 meant I was (apparently) semi-comatose all day at work friday. Hopefully not literally.

1 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
2 ( 1 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
4 ( 2 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 52 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
6 ( 7 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
7 ( 6 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
8 ( 57 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
9 ( 5 ) BATDANCE Prince
10 ( 10 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

11 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
12 ( 11 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
13 ( 75 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
14 ( 8 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
15 ( 17 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
16 ( 16 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
17 ( 26 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
18 ( 24 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
19 ( 12 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( 32 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

21 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
22 ( 15 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
23 ( 37 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
24 ( 19 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
25 ( 59 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
26 ( 14 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
27 ( 40 ) ON AND ON Aswad
28 ( 28 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
29 ( 29 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
30 ( 22 ) BREAKTHRU Queen

31 ( 20 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
32 ( 55 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
33 ( 33 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 21 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
35 ( 31 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
36 ( 25 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
37 ( 27 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
38 ( 71 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
39 ( 48 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
40 ( 18 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many

41 ( 39 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
42 ( 36 ) WHY Carly Simon
43 ( 30 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
44 ( 23 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
45 ( 38 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
46 ( 35 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 41 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 34 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
49 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds

51 ( 51 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
52 ( 46 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
53 ( 42 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
54 ( 45 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
55 ( 47 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
58 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( NEW ) VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald
60 ( 53 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney

61 ( 61 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
62 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH Bros
63 ( 54 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 65 ) UH UH OOH OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) Roberta Flack
66 ( 63 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
67 ( NEW ) DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Roxette
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE June Montana
69 ( 44 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
70 ( 50 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

71 ( 68 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( 73 ) SUPERWOMAN Karyn White
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 74 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) GET LOOSE LA Mix featuring Jazzy P


22nd July 1989

Gloria Estefan (and Miami Sound Machine aka husband Emilio) has her first chart-topper after several near-misses, and it’s a nice old-fashioned mildly-latin-flavoured ballad. I was always partial to the very affable Gloria. Meanwhile, Chaka goes higher with Ain’t Nobody 2nd-time around, and Yello get a 2nd Top 10, Blow Monkeys a 4th.

Simply Red virtually tango into the 20 with A New Flame, and Aswad reggae it in too, while Norman Cook gets an early Top 20 hit of a later bigger version. Highest new entry is for the clips of old songs contained it, rather than the combination of them for the enormously popular Jive Bunny “single”. Ah well, at least it introduced 50’s oldies to kids, so shouldn’t grumble. Much more impressive, though is Shakespear’s Sister at 26. Didn’t even know he had one, much less one who was in Bananarama, but You’re History is a quirky delight. At 43 it’s a debut for The Lightning Seeds, consistently under-rated, and beautifully perfect and melodic pop singles, like Pure, which was. 47, it’s Martika, Toy Soldiers step by stepping into my charts, and rather good too.

Other stuff: Bros get a rare Top 40 hit, Kylie enters at 39, The Cult say Ciao Baby, Inner City shuffle back, Stevie Nicks gets another solo hit, Fine Young cannibals keep hits a coming, Cyndi has her 5-year-run continuing, and Roachford sneaks in at 75. More of note, is Dion at 61, his first street-cred single in 20 years, and his first hit bar a 1976 reissue of The Wanderer, one of his many early-60’s goodies.

In life, tennis with mate Bob, holiday estimates going on, me getting stroppy with my lovely niece and nephew, especially considering the unemployed young pyscho neighbour opposite had a garden with a helpful rusty nail for Vicki to fall on while playing with his kids, so that meant a trip to the hospital out-patients. “Psycho” is a fair (if slightly-overstated) description of the twat as will become more obvious in an anecdote or two yet to come. I went out for a coastal walk on the hottest day since 1976, took off my shirt it was so hot (well, until I saw other people, that is, then popped it back on) a great rarity for me in those days. I also got all optimistic about George Bush Senior’s announcement for funds for NASA for a proposed moonbase and manned trip to Mars project to celebrate 20 years since Apollo 11. Ah well, come back in another 50 years, most likely, not going to happen any time soon.

1 ( 5 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 1 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
3 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 11 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
6 ( 8 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
7 ( 3 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
8 ( 6 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
9 ( 16 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
10 ( 13 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller

11 ( 10 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
12 ( 20 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
13 ( 7 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
14 ( 9 ) BATDANCE Prince
15 ( 12 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
16 ( 17 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
17 ( 18 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
18 ( 23 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
19 ( 27 ) ON AND ON Aswad
20 ( 32 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook

21 ( 14 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
22 ( 29 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
23 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
24 ( NEW ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 25 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
26 ( NEW ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
27 ( 22 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
28 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
29 ( 24 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
30 ( 39 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love

31 ( 62 ) TOO MUCH Bros
32 ( 38 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
33 ( 33 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 21 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
35 ( 35 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
36 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds
37 ( 28 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
38 ( 36 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
39 ( NEW ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
40 ( 34 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

41 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
42 ( 31 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
43 ( NEW ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
44 ( 26 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
45 ( 69 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
46 ( NEW ) EDIE (CIAO BABY) The Cult
47 ( NEW ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
48 ( 37 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
49 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( 45 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

51 ( 30 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
52 ( 42 ) WHY Carly Simon
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
54 ( 51 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
55 ( 43 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
56 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE June Montana
57 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
58 ( 59 ) VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald
59 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 67 ) DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Roxette

61 ( NEW ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
62 ( 61 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
63 ( NEW ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
64 ( 40 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 46 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
67 ( 66 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
68 ( 75 ) GET LOOSE LA Mix featuring Jazzy P
69 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
70 ( 60 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney

71 ( NEW ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
72 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( 71 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
74 ( 74 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) KATHLEEN Roachford

29th July 1989

A deluge of new entries, 6 of them female fronted bands, as Gloria gets a second week on top, and keeps Paul McCartney from his 2nd Number One in a row. Shakespear’s Sister rocket to 5, beating most of Bananarama’s hits in a swoop, while Simply Red get a rare Top 10 as Bobby Brown follows up his chart-topper with another Top 10 hit.

The Lightning Seeds are Purely up to 12, and highest new entry is Tom Petty with his (as always) minor-UK-hit Running Down The Dream, just edging out glamrock legend Alice Cooper’s big comeback single, Poison. Very 80’s metal ballad, but then he influenced a whole generation of crappy 80‘s imitations, so it’s only fair he get the kudos, and his first Top 20 hit since 1974, and his biggest song since Julie Covington covered Only Women Bleed and took it to the top in 1977. The Primitives, Wendy & Lisa, Texas, Cowboy Junkies, Transvision Vamp and Fuzzbox are the female-fronted bands who enter, while Jonathan King (aka Nemo) gets a reissued hit of his Top 20 1971 1930’s pastiche, a la Noel Coward. I doubt you’ll ever hear it on the radio again, some of the lyrics are not-pc, though it was mildly amusing as a piss-take.

Lisa Stansfield has a solo hit, and for the first time ever, so does Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland and showbiz Cabaret legend with an electropop version of a Stephen Sondheim showtune, courtesy of Neil and Chris, who did a great album with her, and appeared on Wogan with her (Pet Shop Boys, natch, and joining Dusty in reinvigorating diva legends using their own style and songs). Amusing to me, Milli Vanilli follow Minelli. All that’s missing is Millie and Molly!

At home, my sis-in-law had a street-shouting match with the psycho neighbour over swearing at the kids, he ended up kicking our front door. The children joined in all the shouting. As if that wasn’t enough, some council estate kids who decided to splash me from a paddling pool while I was working on measuring up for plans. How very dare they! On TV, 50’s repeats of The Honeymooners and Jack Benny really did turn back the clock. Not a chance in hell of ever seeing them on TV again, though, not even one of a zillion digital TV channels broadcasts classic TV shows in the UK. Certainly not black and white ones, at any rate. TV w*nkers!

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 6 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 26 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
6 ( 3 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
8 ( 9 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
9 ( 18 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
10 ( 12 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

11 ( 8 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
12 ( 43 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
13 ( 5 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
14 ( 22 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
15 ( 19 ) ON AND ON Aswad
16 ( 11 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
17 ( NEW ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
18 ( 14 ) BATDANCE Prince
19 ( 15 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( NEW ) POISON Alice Cooper

21 ( 7 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
22 ( NEW ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
23 ( 13 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 47 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
26 ( 31 ) TOO MUCH Bros
27 ( 16 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
28 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 20 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
30 ( 32 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler

31 ( 39 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
32 ( 21 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
33 ( 17 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
34 ( NEW ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
35 ( 71 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 27 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
37 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
38 ( 29 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
39 ( 69 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
40 ( NEW ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa

41 ( 23 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
42 ( 28 ) ONE The Bee Gees
43 ( NEW ) BETTER DAYS Gun
44 ( 35 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
45 ( 30 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
46 ( 36 ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
48 ( 61 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
49 ( 53 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

51 ( 40 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
52 ( 38 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
53 ( 25 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
54 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
55 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
56 ( 37 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
57 ( 34 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
58 ( 54 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
59 ( 57 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp

61 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 50 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
63 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
64 ( 45 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
65 ( NEW ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 46 ) EDIE (CIAO BABY) The Cult
68 ( 67 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
69 ( NEW ) THE DOCTOR The Doobie Brothers
70 ( 62 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISS Li’l Louis
74 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
75 ( NEW ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds