My 1990 Charts – May

Florida

I had two holidays here (Florida) that year…

1990 videos included here…


6th May 1990

Yet another new one weeker as Jane Child brings her US hit into the UK charts in a minor way, but as Florida holiday memory it sounded great to me, Don’t Wanna Fall In Love. Adamski and Seal shoot up to 3 with a Killer of a tune, Heart sneak up to 4, and UB40 get 10 years of top 5 entries. Bros’ career is in it’s dying throws, but reach a peak on my charts as the rather decent Madly In Love hits 8, and Faith No More just miss out on the top 10, From Out Of Nowhere.

Dirty Cash enters the top 20, as Kylie prefers the Devil she knows and rockets up to 18 in no time at all, and The Bee Gees have their Bodyguard assist them to 20. Into the 40, Chris Rea drives from Texas, the B52’s Roam on back to re-enter at 31 as their Love Shack falls down to 32, and Beats International cover Norman Cook (how convenient!) and then Won’t Talk About It. How rude!

Highest new entry is Dusty Springfield and the fab Reputation at 46 – not Pet Shop Boys this time, but a good single from a terrific new album. Gloria Estefan, like Dusty, is following up some number ones, and drops by at 48, as it Cuts Both Ways. Marc Almond thinks on The Desperate Hours as he clocks in at 53, for 9 years of chart success, and Phil Collins is on his way to Heaven at 56 for an even longer 9 year run if you count Genesis – then it’ll be 16 years since I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe). Fleetwood Mac are in at 59 with Save Me, and that’ll be 14 years of the classic Mac line-up, or 22 years if you count Albatross. Which I do. At 75, Depeche Mode keep the resurgence strong as Policy Of Truth keeps the run running at 9 years. 1981 was a busy year for new acts….!

1 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
2 ( 1 ) VOGUE Madonna
3 ( 28 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
4 ( 5 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
5 ( 7 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
6 ( 2 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
7 ( 9 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
8 ( 34 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
9 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
10 ( 6 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair

11 ( 16 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
12 ( 11 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
13 ( 8 ) THE POWER Snap!
14 ( 10 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
15 ( 13 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
16 ( 31 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
17 ( 15 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
18 ( 65 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
19 ( 14 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
20 ( 33 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

21 ( 12 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
22 ( 17 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
23 ( 20 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
24 ( 19 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
25 ( 22 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
26 ( 49 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
27 ( 18 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
28 ( 39 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
29 ( 47 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
30 ( 45 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta

31 ( RE ) ROAM The B52’s
32 ( 23 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
33 ( 21 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
34 ( 38 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
35 ( 72 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
36 ( 37 ) LOADED Primal Scream
37 ( 25 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
38 ( 30 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
39 ( 59 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
40 ( 40 ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

41 ( 27 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
42 ( 32 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
43 ( 62 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
44 ( 41 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
45 ( 54 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
46 ( NEW ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
47 ( 60 ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol
48 ( NEW ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
49 ( 36 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
50 ( 24 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith

51 ( 35 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
52 ( 52 ) BOO HOO HOO Distant Cousins
53 ( NEW ) THE DESPERATE HOURS Marc Almond
54 ( 26 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
55 ( 44 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
56 ( NEW ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
57 ( 42 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
58 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
59 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
60 ( RE ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton

61 ( 29 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 70 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
64 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood
65 ( NEW ) DIRTY MIND Shakespear’s Sister
66 ( 58 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
67 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
68 ( NEW ) BETTER WORLD Rebel MC
69 ( 67 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( 46 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

71 ( 71 ) TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
72 ( 51 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
73 ( 64 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 74 ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
75 ( NEW ) POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode


At work, I was doing overtime to try and meet deadlines preparing tendering contracts, and that meant surveying parks and gardens, drawing up plans and measuring areas. No pressure no stress…not. Played squash. Lost. The weather continued to be scorching, and we had a work jolly to Bristol for contracts work-stuff conference, where I bumped into John, our ex-team-mate now back in Wales. It was great to see him again, and catch up for long chat over dinner, and to meet the interesting people on the course all preparing for monitoring roles in local government.


I took my mum to see Glen Campbell Live In Concert on Saturday 4th May at Bournemouth Pavilion, as Glen commented the town was swarming with Leeds United drunken rioting fans. Not the welcome he was expecting! Glen was witty and engaging as ever, and in the middle of a career lull really, but he had the back catalogue and nostalgia from me for his fantastic back catalogue from when I was a huge pre-teen fan of his. He promptly went into them all, Wichita Lineman through Rhinestone Cowboy leaving the second half for some obscure country stuff, enlivened by the track that caused his split with Capitol records, Highwayman. Worse, he then did a batch of covers of other peoples songs, even having bagpipes for Mull Of Kintyre (Scottish roots of course). His guitar playing impressed throughout, but his backing band were a bit pedestrian, and his choice of material suspect. I count my blessings I caught him again 15 and 20 years later when he was suffering from alzheimer’s and promoting fantastic new material as well as the re-born classics, it was a very different experience.

Just to be greedy I had another concert: Heart Live at Bournemouth International Centre 5th May 1990 (with Thunder). Bob, Jason and I went into Thunder, who had a classic rock Led Zep/Free groove to them which came over very well, I thought, despite a lack of great songs. “I think they could be big” I opined. Well, they did do well in the 90’s as it turned out, if not quite Big. Heart, sadly were pretty dull for 45 minutes, suffering from the usual pop star curse: “let’s plug the new album and get the audience to pay us to hear it”. If you have a great new album this can be electric, if you have a plodding new album, it tends to be yawnsome. The last half hour had all the big hits, though, so the saving grace was encore tracks Never and What About Love, and great singles Alone, All I Wanna Do and These Dreams. I felt the band were just going through the pedestrian motions though, overall, despite liking the Wilson sisters a lot.


13th May 1990

Killer is on top, Adamski and the very unfairly uncredited Seal – at least until he re-recorded his own (less-good) version. One of the classic tracks of 1990, without doubt, it still sounds fresh and throbbingly exciting, and Seal’s vocals are fantastic. Adamski never really managed a career, but happily Seal had some classic stuff ahead. Shooting up to 3 it’s Chris Rea’s highest charting record, Texas (and one of his very minor hits) which had a widescreen twangy guitar charm for me, though since overtaken in my affections by Tell Me There’s A Heaven and Driving Home For Christmas. The fabulous Ghetto Heaven and even more fabulous Dirty Cash (Money Talks) bot go top 10, and Beats International top 20.

David Grant, Michael Bolton, Billy Idol and Gloria Estefan all make a break for the 40, as the highest new entry is from Sam Brown at 35, back hoping someone will meet her at the Kissing Gate. How very rural, how very sweet. The Pasadenas are also back with a Love Thing at 57, while the even more funky En Vogue debut at 74 with Hold On. That leaves last week’s in concert band Thunder sneaking in with Back Street Symphony at 65, and Betty Boo debuting at 63 with the very fun-tastic Doin’ The Do. Had copyright not been an issue she would have had an extra, more credible, “p” to hang on at the end of the Boo. Betty Boop is still selling, bizarrely, considering the ancient cartoons haven’t been seen in decades anywhere, especially in Universal Studios Theme Parks merchandise.

1 ( 3 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
2 ( 1 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
3 ( 26 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
4 ( 2 ) VOGUE Madonna
5 ( 7 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
6 ( 6 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
8 ( 5 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
9 ( 16 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
10 ( 15 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand

11 ( 8 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
12 ( 18 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
13 ( 13 ) THE POWER Snap!
14 ( 14 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
15 ( 20 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
16 ( 17 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
17 ( 9 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
18 ( 10 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
19 ( 12 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
20 ( 35 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International

21 ( 11 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
22 ( 31 ) ROAM The B52’s
23 ( 28 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
24 ( 19 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
25 ( 25 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
26 ( 23 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
27 ( 36 ) LOADED Primal Scream
28 ( 24 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
29 ( 39 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
30 ( 30 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta

31 ( 21 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
32 ( 34 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
33 ( 27 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
34 ( 45 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
35 ( NEW ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
36 ( 32 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
37 ( 22 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
38 ( 60 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
39 ( 47 ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol
40 ( 48 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan

41 ( 29 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
42 ( 46 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
43 ( 42 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
44 ( 37 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
45 ( 53 ) THE DESPERATE HOURS Marc Almond
46 ( 44 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
47 ( 56 ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
48 ( 38 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
49 ( 59 ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 68 ) BETTER WORLD Rebel MC

51 ( 74 ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
52 ( 41 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
53 ( 33 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
54 ( 63 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 64 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood
56 ( 58 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( NEW ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
58 ( NEW ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Pat & Mick
59 ( 43 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
60 ( NEW ) BAKERMAN Laid Back

61 ( 57 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
64 ( 49 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
65 ( NEW ) BACK STREET SYMPHONY Thunder
66 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
67 ( RE ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( 70 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

71 ( 55 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
72 ( 75 ) POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
73 ( 40 ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts
74 ( NEW ) HOLD ON En Vogue
75 ( 51 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne


Working on the Bank Holiday Monday, and then the deadline pressures eased, with relief for a relatively mellow week at work. The hot weather ended, and on TV I was watching MASH, Dallas, The Comic Strip Presents, I Love Lucy, Top Of The Pops, Cheers, LA Law, The Invaders and Get Smart. My music charts were diverting quite a bit from the UK singles chart, as I was still much in USA Florida music mode.


20th May 1990

Another week another new chart-topper, this time it’s Wilson Phillips great Hold On, a very Californian-sounding ballad in the tradition of their musical families, and one which had a new lease of life in recent years thanks to hit comedy movie Bridesmaids. My charts were still absolutely dominated by Florida-holiday hits bringing back fond recent memories, but also just because the US pop music scene was more to my taste than the more one-off faceless dance acts that were making UK chart inroads. Kylie’s classic Better The Devil You Know goes top 5, and single-handedly changed my overall opinion of Kylie, now more saucy, and with better songs, starting to look more long-term than her previous pre-teen appeal had suggested.

Beats International make it 2 top 10’s in a row, and Janet Jackson gets another to add to her total, as Alright keeps the rhythm nation dancing. Highest new entry at 12 is previous minor 1984 hit It’s My Life from Talk Talk, now sounding much more substantial in the 1990 music scene, and just keeping ahead of Dusty Springfield’s reputation – which is pretty high! The B52’s Roam at last goes top 20 again, while Michael Bolton also hits the 20 – one I conveniently mis-remembered liking that much. How Can We Be Lovers? Get a haircut and stop shouting, for a start…! The Pasadenas and Depeche Mode both hit top 40 under the new policy of truth, while another great film hit pops in – Roxette’s It Must Have Been Love enters at 34, from Pretty Woman. At 35, Propaganda are Claudia-less, and the Kim Wilde-alike replacement singer for Heaven Give Me Words is fine, though they should have called it Turn To Stone as that’s the track I was searching for weeks for, after hearing it on Florida radio. Found it in the end.

At 43, The Chimes debut with a fantastic cover of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, all soulful and slowed, with a great vocal by soon-to-be-solo singer Pauline Henry, and at 44 Erasure have a Star. Blow Monkeys also return with a new song, Springtime For The World, a positive sound and message (equality, gay and otherwise) which didn’t quite register, the band also need more youtube hits I say, under-rated. At 62 the terrific blues-revival wailing guitar sounds of Gary Moore, who’s Still Got The Blues 11 years on from his Parisenne Walkway, and finally Black Box are Everybody at 66, while Joan Armatrading states there’s more than one kind of love (oh yes there is) at 74 14 years since she showed us her marvelous love and affection.

1 ( 5 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
2 ( 2 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
3 ( 3 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
4 ( 1 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
5 ( 12 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
6 ( 4 ) VOGUE Madonna
7 ( 7 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
8 ( 9 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
9 ( 20 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
10 ( 28 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson

11 ( 15 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
12 ( NEW ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
13 ( 42 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
14 ( 6 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
15 ( 8 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
16 ( 13 ) THE POWER Snap!
17 ( 22 ) ROAM The B52’s
18 ( 38 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
19 ( 17 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
20 ( 16 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

21 ( 18 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
22 ( 10 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
23 ( 11 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
24 ( 14 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
25 ( 35 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
26 ( 57 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
27 ( 72 ) POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
28 ( 24 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
29 ( 26 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
30 ( 19 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones

31 ( 21 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
32 ( 32 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
33 ( 23 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
34 ( NEW ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
35 ( NEW ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda
36 ( 47 ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
37 ( 25 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
38 ( 40 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
39 ( NEW ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
40 ( 54 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

41 ( 27 ) LOADED Primal Scream
42 ( 33 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
43 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
44 ( NEW ) STAR Erasure
45 ( 36 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
46 ( 43 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
47 ( 31 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
48 ( 29 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
49 ( NEW ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
50 ( 46 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

51 ( 44 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
52 ( 63 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
53 ( 30 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
54 ( 41 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
55 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
56 ( NEW ) CIRCLESQUARE The Wonder Stuff
57 ( 34 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
58 ( 67 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
59 ( 37 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
60 ( 74 ) HOLD ON En Vogue

61 ( NEW ) JUST A FRIEND Biz Markie
62 ( NEW ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
63 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( 48 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
65 ( 65 ) BACK STREET SYMPHONY Thunder
66 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
67 ( 66 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
68 ( 60 ) BAKERMAN Laid Back
69 ( 61 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 52 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
72 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
73 ( NEW ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
74 ( NEW ) MORE THAN ONE KIND OF LOVE Joan Armatrading
75 ( 39 ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol


At work Chris left, as everyone found out he’d be going out with Cathy for some time. The leaving do was in Pumphreys, work colleagues all present, plus Lucy came back from Christchurch Council for the evening drinks, great to see her. The music got louder, the fag smoke gave me a sore throat and so I left at 10, everyone else very merry by then, or left. On saturday I rather naughtily caught some baby river fish fry from the River Stour in a jar and took them home for my pond – not at all suitable for ponds, and they got rather large rather quickly, till they started trying to exit the pond when grown up and the remainder got eaten by a bast*rd heron along with my mature goldfish a few years later. I watched The Thin Man and The Cat And The Canary, classic old Hollywood movies you never see on TV anymore. Modern kids can’t handle black and white movies, apparently. Sod ‘em, I say they’re great films.


27th May 1990

The revolving door on top keeps spinning as the first 80’s oldie to top my chart in the 90’s hits the top spot 6 years late, Talk Talk’s fab It’s My Life has a climb from 14 as it becomes a bigger UK singles chart hit than it was in 1984. Kylie hits 4 and a new to-date best chart peak for Kylie, apart from the Jason Donovan duet Especially For You which hit 2. Dusty gets a 4th top 10 in a row, and 6th in total since 1968, her reputation improves with age. B52’s roam up to 10, too, their second top 10 of the year and third in total in 11 years of chart entries.

Depeche make it 3 top 20’s in a row, 4 if you count Personal Jesus having 2 chart runs, while highest new entry is in at 16 for Was (Not Was), back with a new soulful lead singer, and their 3rd top 20 in 6 years with The Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone, only 3 years since it was a dance remixed top 10 for the Temps, more of the template for this funked reworking than the original epic soul ballad version. Talking of covers, Don Pablo’s Animals sort of cover Shocking Blue’s Venus instrumental riff dance stylee at 17, after entering at 39 last week.

Into the 40 goes Gary Moore, Betty Boo, The Chimes, Erasure and En Vogue, while new at 55 it’s New Order and some England Football Squad rap and vocal interjections. Despite that World In Motion is still one of the best football World Cup records. Not that there was a lot of competition prior to this one, but this one opened up the pop floodgates for the obligatory World Cup popstar/football crossovers every 4 years. At 58 Debbie Harry’s back again, Maybe For Sure, 9 years of solo chart entries and 12 with Blondie, while at 64 a classical sample from Erik Satie’s 19th century Les Trois Gymnopedies, an ambient music pioneer, is apparently the basis for Movement 98 (that’s the bpm) and a soulgroove fusion Joy And Heartbreak.

In at 65 the brilliant The Only One I Know from The Charlatans, one of the key tracks of the growing indie band scene, or Madchester, or whatever label was applied it was a great 60’s retro organ-flavoured poprock shuffle. In at 70, follow to a quirky Birdhouse, the equally quirky history lesson from They Might Be Giants, Istanbul (Not Constantinople). I love whimsy, it’s under-rated. At 71, Stevie Wonder’s Until You Come Back To Me gets yet another cover, from Miki Howard, but none will ever beat Aretha’s. Finally a couple of minor follow-up’s from Mantronix and New Kids On The Block nip in briefly for a week in the 70’s.

1 ( 12 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
2 ( 1 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
3 ( 2 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 5 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
5 ( 3 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
6 ( 9 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
7 ( 4 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
8 ( 8 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
9 ( 13 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
10 ( 17 ) ROAM The B52’s

11 ( 11 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
12 ( 10 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
13 ( 7 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
14 ( 27 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
15 ( 6 ) VOGUE Madonna
16 ( NEW ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
17 ( 39 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
18 ( 18 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
19 ( 25 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
20 ( 14 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles

21 ( 20 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) THE POWER Snap!
23 ( 22 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
24 ( 15 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
25 ( 62 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
26 ( 26 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
27 ( 52 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
28 ( 24 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 19 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
30 ( 40 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 28 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
32 ( 34 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
33 ( 23 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
34 ( 29 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
35 ( 43 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
36 ( 21 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
37 ( 44 ) STAR Erasure
38 ( 60 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
39 ( 32 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
40 ( 33 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul

41 ( 30 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
42 ( 37 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
43 ( 66 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
44 ( 31 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
45 ( 38 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
46 ( 41 ) LOADED Primal Scream
47 ( 49 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
48 ( 36 ) SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
49 ( 46 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
50 ( 45 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s

51 ( 55 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
52 ( 50 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
53 ( 35 ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda
54 ( 42 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
55 ( NEW ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
56 ( 48 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
57 ( 58 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
58 ( NEW ) MAYBE FOR SURE Deborah Harry
59 ( 47 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
60 ( 61 ) JUST A FRIEND Biz Markie

61 ( 54 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
62 ( 51 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
63 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JOY AND HEARTBREAK Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson
65 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
66 ( 73 ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
67 ( 59 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
68 ( 67 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
69 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants

71 ( NEW ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
72 ( 72 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
73 ( NEW ) TAKE YOUR TIME Mantronix featuring Wondress
74 ( 56 ) CIRCLESQUARE The Wonder Stuff
75 ( NEW ) COVER GIRL New Kids On The Block


I was having car problems, my Metro was only a few years old but they stopped producing them once everyone realised they were crap and went rusty at the drop of a hat. On the plus side, Radio One went FM, it was Ab Fab being able to listen to current music without it fading in and out, and sounding generally rubbish. It only took the BBC 23 years to get round to it, no need to rush, 23 years isn’t a long time when you’re 9 years old is it? I played Peter at Badminton for a change, and I actually won. Shock!

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My 1990 Charts – April

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1st April 1990

A 2nd week on top for Janet Jackson’s Escapade, as the Florida holiday really causes a mass invasion of US chart hits, and climbs, with Black Velvet the main beneficiary shooting up to 2 for Alannah Myles. There are also some UK chart hits though, led by Snap! debuting at 3 with the classic dance rap of The Power, one of the influential dance tracks of the 90’s. That even manages to outshade the 20th anniversary hit reissue of The Beatles 1970 number one Let It Be, in at 4, and still a classic. Also back, thanks to US radio, Personal Jesus hits a new peak of 6 for Depeche Mode, Cher’s Bucks Fizz cover is at 8, and Taylor Dayne gets a second top 10 hit 2 years on from the brilliant number one Tell It To My Heart, this time it’s a ballad. UB40 also make it 10 years of big hits as their cover of Kingston Town is in at 17, and their best record, just gorgeous.

Heart shoot up 40 places to 14, Candy Flip’s Beatles cover returns at 20, and Jamtronik cover Phil Collins recent single Another Day In Paradise, done shuffle soul dance stylee. They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul go top 40, as do Chicago, 20 years on from debuting with the much better 25 or 6 To 4. Madonna has her US single Keep It Together hitting 7, as her brand new single Vogue enters at 34 – I was sad they didn’t give Keep It Together a UK release immediately after Dear Jessie, it deserved it. In at 35 Jane Child with a good pop single Don’t Wanna Fall In Love, Bowie’s Fame is revamped 15 years on and is in at 39 (but no credit for John Lennon, though, annoyingly) – he did co-write it, which helped it hit the US number one in 1975.

A great new entry for The Inspiral Carpets at 41, This Is How It Feels being both current and retro sounding both, the fab Ghetto Heaven has a SoulIISoul vibe for The Family Stand at 44, The Blues Brothers famous movie song enters at 56, while Wilson Philips future famous movie song (Bridesmaids) debuts at 60. Hold On is very harmony-delicious, not surprisingly given the girls were the daughters of Brian Wilson, and John and Michele Philips – that’s The Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas next generation. Prince’s lead track on his maxi-CD The Scandalous Sex Suite enters at 67. I bought 2 copies of it while in Florida, reasoning they would be collectable. Sadly, I left it too long, Prince not that much in demand these days. Ah well. At 68, The Happy Mondays cover the brilliant John Kongos South African tribal-rock He’s Gonna Step On You Again, and turn it into a Madchester laddy dance shuffle. I can’t forgive the melon-twisting add-on though, sorry!

1 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 12 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( NEW ) THE POWER Snap!
4 ( NEW ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
7 ( 16 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
8 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 6 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
10 ( 20 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

11 ( 7 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
12 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
13 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 54 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
15 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
16 ( 10 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
17 ( NEW ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
18 ( 9 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
19 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
20 ( RE ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

21 ( 5 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
22 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 13 ) LOADED Primal Scream
24 ( 15 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 42 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
26 ( 14 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
27 ( 35 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
28 ( RE ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
29 ( 57 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
30 ( 17 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith

31 ( 19 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
32 ( 39 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
33 ( 21 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
34 ( NEW ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( NEW ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
36 ( 29 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
37 ( 30 ) ROAM The B52’s
38 ( 23 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
39 ( NEW ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
40 ( 62 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

41 ( NEW ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
42 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
43 ( 26 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
44 ( NEW ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
45 ( 52 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 27 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
47 ( 31 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
48 ( 37 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
49 ( 24 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
50 ( 67 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

51 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
52 ( 38 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
54 ( 33 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
56 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LOVED The Blues Brothers
57 ( NEW ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
58 ( 51 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
59 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips

61 ( 34 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
62 ( NEW ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
63 ( 36 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
64 ( 72 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
65 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 71 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
67 ( NEW ) SCANDALOUS Prince
68 ( NEW ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
69 ( 60 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
70 ( RE ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K

71 ( NEW ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
72 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE TAKES ME HIGHER The Beloved
73 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
74 ( 50 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
75 ( NEW ) CHIME Orbital

In Florida, we had a day at St. Petersburg on the west coast, visited the pier, took photos of Vicki and Gavin, and some pelicans, and then drove to Treasure Island resort, and it’s fabulous fine-coral-sand wide beaches. On the way back home we heard news on the radio that Gloria Estefan had been in a bus crash, and was critical with a suspected broken back. I was a big fan at the time, so that was very saddening news, and I kept waiting for updates. She eventually recovered, more or less, and wrote a touching song about the trauma.

MGM Studios at Disney World was a blast for the family, all big movie fans, but it seemed smaller, and with more standing in line than other theme parks. The Studio Tour was interesting, exploding lorries, props and famous Film houses, like The Golden Girls, but was a less-good version of the Californian tour. I wore my Batman T shirt, bought in Boston, Mass, a young American mother took a liking to it and wanted to know where she could buy one for her little boy as it was better than the ones on sale in Orlando. I almost got dragged into a movie-set mock-up but refused, to the annoyance of the family. Me so shy! Indiana Jones stuntshow, fab Star Tours Star Wars ride, with R2D2 and C3PO on hand. Best ride of the day.

Other days out: Cypress Gardens with it’s lush gardens, and southern Belles, and aerial platform over a large lake, water ski shows, and now history as it’s long gone, sadly. Magic Kingdom again, and this time I got onto Space Mountain, a roller-coaster ride in the dark, still great. I also treated myself to a Panasonic cassette recorder with radio, so I could tape music direct off American radio, and also the DJ’s which made for a great souvenir over the years, as I recorded all sorts of 90’s future nostalgia and meant I got copies of those more obscure tracks. Then it was goodbye Florida, Gavin’s toy gun not going down very well with US customs – they took it away – and a small plane ride, bumpy, to Miami to catch the Virgin flight home. We flew over Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach, and Miami Beach, which was great. Not great was the mad dash to the far end of the airport, the long wait in line, and the customs again. We were jetlagged before we even got on board. I’ve made sure I never change planes again. Too stressful. Direct flights only!

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom


8th April 1990

The Beatles Let It Be gets to number one (again) 20 years since first topping my chart, and holds off The Power. Snap! Madonna gets greedy at 6, with her US remix of Keep It Together, and 7 rocketing upward with Vogue. Madonna was on fire at this time – at least until the soundtrack to Dick Tracy popped out (including Vogue, for some reason). UB40 and Heart go top 10, both of them with their best ever single, so yay! Jane Child climbs into the 20, Bowie does it 2nd time round with Fame remixed, and They Might Be Giants and Paula Abdul also go top 20 with their best singles. Lots of quality about!

Into the 40: The fab Family Stand, the wondrous Wilson Philips, The Inspiral Carpets, Whitesnake, and errr, Milli Vanilli. Shhhh! New entries: Janet Jackson has yet another Rhythm Nation single, Alright in at 36 as Escapade drops off the top – at some stage in it’s chart run it changes from it’s original superior Jam & Lewis album mix, and morphs into the now obligatory Italian jangly-piano eurotrash-style house mix – this style pretty much killed off Jam & Lewis as chart forces, rather annoyingly, but that’s the ever-changing dance-music scene for you. At 38, the terrific Jesus Jones return, Real Real Real good as they finally become chart regulars for a while, well deserved, they always had their own sound, and it was one I was very partial to.

Other new entries: Natalie Cole still charting, 15 years on from her debut, though always in the shadow of her timeless dad, this time Wild Women Do. Apparently. It wasn’t bad. At 61, I Found Out The Christians had returned, but Kim Wilde says not, It’s Here, she says, at 64, a nice track that seriously underperformed after her run of big success in 88/89. Times were changing. The Cure have A Picture Of You at 69 for a cool decade of cool hits, and the glorious Kirsty is back briefly wagging the finger at Sonny Jim, who really shouldn’t come the cowboy with her at 74. Finally, Taylor Dayne grabs a second entry with her UK single, I’ll Be Your Shelter, which isn’t as good as the big US ballad hit higher up.

As I’ve featured Let It Be in other charts, though, I’ll instead show Candy Flip’s cover of a Beatles classic, all trip-hop pop at 13: Strawberry Fields Forever.

1 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
2 ( 3 ) THE POWER Snap!
3 ( 1 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 2 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
5 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
6 ( 7 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
7 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
8 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
9 ( 17 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart

11 ( 6 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
12 ( 20 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
13 ( 9 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
14 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
15 ( 19 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
16 ( 11 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
17 ( 16 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
18 ( 39 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
19 ( 28 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
20 ( 25 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants

21 ( 15 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
22 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
23 ( 12 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
24 ( 10 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
25 ( 13 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
26 ( 18 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 23 ) LOADED Primal Scream
28 ( 44 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
29 ( 32 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
30 ( 40 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx

31 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
32 ( 21 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
33 ( 60 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 27 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
35 ( 41 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
36 ( NEW ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
38 ( NEW ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
39 ( 29 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
40 ( 50 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli

41 ( 73 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
42 ( 33 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 26 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
44 ( 36 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
45 ( 56 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
46 ( 68 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
47 ( 37 ) ROAM The B52’s
48 ( 57 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
49 ( NEW ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
50 ( 62 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine

51 ( 71 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
54 ( 75 ) CHIME Orbital
55 ( 64 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
56 ( 43 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 30 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
58 ( 66 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
59 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 58 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush

61 ( NEW ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
62 ( 38 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
63 ( 49 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
64 ( NEW ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU LOVE ME The 49‘ers
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 61 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( 55 ) WATER Martika
69 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
70 ( 69 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

71 ( NEW ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic
72 ( NEW ) HANG ON TO YOUR LOVE Jason Donovan
73 ( 48 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
74 ( NEW ) DON’T COME THE COWBOY WITH ME SONNY JIM Kirsty MacColl
75 ( NEW ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

Back in the UK, from Florida, I was in post-holiday sort-out at home, and new boy Graham joined out team at work, to get some cash as he struggled making ends meet for his girlfriend and kids as a musician in local band the Cropdusters, and getting over some serious hospital operations. We shared a love of music, and got on well. Nephew Gav was off ill from school at home, and kindly passed it on to me. I bemoaned the lack of time to do all the things I needed and wanted to do in my life. I dream of having the time I had spare in those days, these days. That situation remained true throughout my life, there’s never enough hours in a day to do stuff.

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16th April 1990

Snap! have The Power to knock off The Beatles, and a great dance record too, this was the line-up of Snap! I saw in concert at the BIC in Bournemouth. Those riffs are fantastic, and the blending of rap with a sung chorus was the way of the future for dance pop. Or vice versa. Depeche Mode meantime follow-up their chart-topper with the previous brilliance of Personal Jesus from late ’89 coming back bigger and peaking at 2. It’s the girls dominating though, Madonna at 5, Cher at 6 almost equalling the Bucks Fizz original, and Paula Abdul hitting the top 10 along with Jane Child. Opposites Attract says Paula, thinking of her TV American Idol future as the pop career fades in a few years.

Jesus Jones rocket Real Real Real into the 20, Stevie B has a ballad highest entry at 24, Love Me For Life, and Kim Wilde? It’s Here at 28. Deserved to be bigger in the real sales charts and not just in mine. Up to 31, it’s John Belushi and Dan Akroyd and there very famous cult performance as The Blues Brothers, a film that got bigger as time went by, which is why it took the song from the film 11 years to chart as video movies were huge by 1990. I’ve seen tribute versions many times singing live at Universal Studios, Florida, always great fun. The Happy Mondays step on 36, Debbie Harry is Sweet and Low, dancing it up nicely at 37, one of her better solo singles, and Natalie Cole is wild about being one place lower, while Taylor Dayne greedily bags a 2nd top 40 entry in the same week.

New entries: Aerosmith, Rag Doll, another goodie from them; Adam Ant finds he Can’t Set Rules About Love; The Associates have a fever, but not THAT Fever, a new song; Dave Edmunds keeps his run of entries going, notching up 20 years as the King Of Love; Fleetwood Mac claim 21 years, and Save Me pushes a Greatest Hits album; Faith No More arrive from out of nowhere; The Beatles and The Stones are at 74 – sadly not an unheard duet, it’s a new track from House Of Love; Paul Young covers Congregation’s 1971 number 2 Softly Whispering I Love You, but where that was a passionate choral and rock blend, this one is a bit subdued, and the melody mucked about with. I’m fairly traditional when it comes to melody. If the notes aren’t the same, and in the same order, then it’s not the same song. Don’t get me going on the warbling singers who add an additional 20 notes, jazz stylee, where only one exists on the sheet music! Finally, Tol and Tol, a Dutch popchart hit, enters at 68, not sure where I heard it, but it’s not bad at all, and very much not fitting in with the production sounds of 1990. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) THE POWER Snap!
2 ( 5 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
3 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
4 ( 1 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
5 ( 7 ) VOGUE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
7 ( 4 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
8 ( 19 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 14 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child

11 ( 6 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
12 ( 10 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 38 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 12 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
15 ( 13 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
17 ( 18 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 15 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 16 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 22 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik

21 ( 17 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
22 ( 35 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
23 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
24 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
25 ( 21 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
26 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 28 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
28 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
29 ( 64 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
30 ( 37 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

31 ( 45 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
32 ( 27 ) LOADED Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
34 ( 46 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
35 ( 24 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
36 ( 31 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
37 ( 51 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
38 ( 49 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
39 ( 25 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
40 ( 75 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne

41 ( 20 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
42 ( 32 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
43 ( 50 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
44 ( 48 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
45 ( 29 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
46 ( 30 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
47 ( NEW ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
48 ( 34 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
49 ( NEW ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
50 ( 42 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 39 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
52 ( 55 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
53 ( NEW ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
54 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( 58 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
56 ( 71 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
57 ( 61 ) I FOUND OUT The Christians
58 ( 40 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
59 ( 44 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 60 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 41 ) EVERYTHING STARTS WITH AN E E Zee Possee
63 ( 43 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
64 ( 47 ) ROAM The B52’s
65 ( NEW ) FEVER The Associates
66 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 70 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( NEW ) ELENI Tol And Tol
69 ( NEW ) KING OF LOVE Dave Edmunds
70 ( 53 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

71 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
72 ( NEW ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
73 ( NEW ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young
74 ( NEW ) BEATLES AND THE STONES The House Of Love
75 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

the niece n nephew

the niece n nephew


23rd April 1990

Going back up, and all the way this time, the bluesy swamp-rock brilliant Black Velvet takes Alannah Myles to the top, leapfrogging Madonna, who’s left Voguing at 2, and presides over an all-female top 5. Jane Child is up to 3, Taylor Dayne’s big ballad also reverses as it’s released in the UK and shoots to a new peak of 4, and Cher breaks into the top 5 with her Heart Of Stone. Lower down, Kim Wilde, Wilson Philips and Family Stand all got top 20, and Faith No More rocket to 20, From Out Of Nowhere, frantic and exciting.

Highest new entry is the brilliant Dirty Cash, one of the great dance tracks of 1990 from the Adventures Of Stevie V. Fab. At 67, the very late but still great Jimi Hendrix, still charting 20 years after he died, with Crosstown Traffic. 20 years after it first charted, Hitchin’ A Ride is back for the third version (and the least) from Sinitta, just ahead of Sonia, and a couple of Madonna song titles from Salt ‘n’ Pepa and David Grant. Another borrowed song title from Sydney Youngblood at 75, wraps up a quiet week.

1 ( 7 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
2 ( 5 ) VOGUE Madonna
3 ( 10 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 35 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 6 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
6 ( 1 ) THE POWER Snap!
7 ( 2 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
8 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
9 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
10 ( 3 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson

11 ( 4 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
12 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
13 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
14 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
15 ( 11 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
16 ( 29 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
17 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
18 ( 27 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
19 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
20 ( 72 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

21 ( 16 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
22 ( 14 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip
23 ( 28 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
24 ( 21 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
25 ( 18 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
27 ( 37 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
28 ( 25 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
29 ( 31 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers
30 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn

31 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
32 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
33 ( 38 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
34 ( 24 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
35 ( 32 ) LOADED Primal Scream
36 ( 53 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
37 ( 22 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
38 ( 47 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
39 ( 36 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
40 ( 49 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant

41 ( 33 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
42 ( 34 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
43 ( 30 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
44 ( 68 ) ELENI Tol And Tol
45 ( 43 ) WHOLE WIDE WORLD A’me Lorraine
46 ( 39 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 56 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
48 ( 42 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
49 ( 52 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
50 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor

51 ( 41 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
52 ( 55 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
53 ( 46 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
54 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
55 ( NEW ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
56 ( 45 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
57 ( 63 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
58 ( 48 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
59 ( 51 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
62 ( 44 ) MAMA GAVE BIRTH TO THE SOUL CHILDREN Queen Latifah and De La Soul
63 ( 71 ) SAVE ME Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 67 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
65 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
66 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
67 ( NEW ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
68 ( NEW ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
69 ( NEW ) COUNTING EVERY MINUTE Sonia
70 ( 73 ) SOFTLY WHISPERING I LOVE YOU Paul Young

71 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Salt ‘n’ Pepa
72 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
73 ( 75 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
74 ( NEW ) WHEN I SEE YOU SMILE Bad English
75 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Sydney Youngblood


At the cinema this week in 1990: Look Who’s Talking with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta and the voice of Bruce Willis. Amusing movie about kids, which made me get all aaahhh about Vicki and Gavin so I showed them some of the recent Florida holiday slides on the projector screen till 10pm, which they loved. At work took Graham out on site-visits to help me survey stuff, got to know him well, getting on well too. Peter thrashed me 8-0 at squash, me so crappy, but fun. On TV? Comic Strip: 5 Go Mad In Dorset repeat, a fantastic amusing and accurate piss-take of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, set locally.

sea world

sea world


30th April 1990

Madonna gets her 8th chart-topper as she Vogues her way to the top classily and memorably name-checking classy ladies of the golden era of Hollywood, in one of her best dance records. Heart go back up and grab a 3rd Top 5 single with the fab All I Wanna Do Is make Love To you, Wilson Philips say Hold On a mo at 9, Adam Ant gets a decade of top 40 hits, and David Grant a decade of Top 75 (starting with Linx).

Highest new entry is Seal debuting with his classic killer thumping dance track – actually it says Adamski on the label, but the brilliance is at least owed as much to Seal as it is to Adamski, so he gets a well-deserved credit from me. It was an advance in dance, and still sounds classic where most dance records of 1990 just sound horribly dated. Another that hasn’t aged a jot is at 31, as Dirty Cash – money talks indeed – leaps upwards. Eurythmics are charting at 38 with an Angel – this one presumably not playing with my heart, though, being much more low-key. Soul II Soul shuffle on back at 39 as they cover Les Miserables I Dreamed A Dream. Actually (and happily) not true, this one’s way better, A Dream’s A Dream. 9 years on and Kid Creole is playing with his Coconuts again, ooh, no missus, titter ye not at the Sex Of It. Naughty naughty Monsieur Creole, says Francis. Sorry, had a Frankie Howard moment there..

At 49, Chris Rea returns with yet another great (albeit minor) track off The Road To Hell, Texas. It even has a slide guitar. Distant Cousins follow-up there chart-topping singles flop in the real world, and wear their heart on their sleeve: Boo Hoo Hoo at the injustice, in at 52. Billy Idol has a Cradle of Love at 60, which means 11 years of hits since Generation X had that King Rocker, and entering quietly at 65 it’s Kylie back, with a new dance sound, a new sexy image and a classic pop record that set her on the road to another 25 years of fame and pop brilliance: Better The Devil You Know showed Stock Aitken Waterman still could do great pop, and hinted at a bit of an image hand from her popstar boyfriend Michael Hutchence of INXS. Fab.

Elsewhere: Lisa Stansfield’s back, Norman Cook covers his own minor hit as Beats International, Bruce Dickinson has a solo non-Iron Maiden entry, Morrissey is busy spawning monsters, and All About Eve are turning a bit Scarlet.

1 ( 2 ) VOGUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 4 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
5 ( 12 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
6 ( 8 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
7 ( 9 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
8 ( 6 ) THE POWER Snap!
9 ( 14 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
10 ( 7 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode

11 ( 13 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
12 ( 5 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
13 ( 18 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
14 ( 11 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
15 ( 10 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
16 ( 20 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
17 ( 16 ) IT’S HERE Kim Wilde
18 ( 15 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
19 ( 23 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
20 ( 19 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

21 ( 33 ) WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
22 ( 21 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
23 ( 31 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
24 ( 38 ) RAG DOLL Aerosmith
25 ( 25 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
26 ( 40 ) CAN’T SET RULES ABOUT LOVE Adam Ant
27 ( 17 ) FAME ’90 David Bowie
28 ( NEW ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
29 ( 36 ) DON’T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
30 ( 22 ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

31 ( 55 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
32 ( 28 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
33 ( RE ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
34 ( 48 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
35 ( 26 ) I’LL BE YOUR SHELTER Taylor Dayne
36 ( 24 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
37 ( 35 ) LOADED Primal Scream
38 ( NEW ) ANGEL Eurythmics
39 ( NEW ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul
40 ( NEW ) THE SEX OF IT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

41 ( 39 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
42 ( 30 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
43 ( 27 ) SWEET AND LOW Deborah Harry
44 ( 53 ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
45 ( 68 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Sinitta
46 ( 43 ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
48 ( 34 ) LOVE ME FOR LIFE Stevie B
49 ( NEW ) TEXAS Chris Rea
50 ( 29 ) EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE The Blues Brothers

51 ( 32 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Jamtronik
52 ( NEW ) BOO HOO HOO Distant Cousins
53 ( 37 ) THIS IS HOW IT FEELS The Inspiral Carpets
54 ( 72 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER David Grant
55 ( 67 ) CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC The Jimi Hendrix Experience
56 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 46 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 50 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
59 ( 47 ) THIS BEAT IS TECHNOTRONIC Technotronic featuring MC Eric
60 ( NEW ) CRADLE OF LOVE Billy Idol

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 42 ) STEP ON The Happy Mondays
63 ( 41 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
64 ( 61 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
66 ( 65 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 64 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
68 ( RE ) PICTURES OF YOU The Cure
69 ( 57 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
70 ( NEW ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield

71 ( NEW ) TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
72 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
73 ( 56 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
74 ( NEW ) NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
75 ( NEW ) SCARLET All About Eve

On TV: Top Of The Pops, French And Saunders, Cheers, Roseanne, Aspel, and classic golden oldie movie The Philadelphia Story.