My May-Aug 2019 Charts

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That’s Conchita Wurst on stage in Gran Canaria – you’ll have to take my word for it! 🙂

 

9th June 2019

It’s a first week on top for a key biopic track on Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road came out during a period of great records back in late 1973 as I was moving to Gloucester and a new school, and so never topped the chart as Crocodile Rock had done, and Bennie & The Jets would do in 1974, but better 45 years late than never, it becomes his 13th chart-topper – or 14th if you count Scissor Sisters’ I Don’t Feel Like Dancing co-write which has Elton written large all over it. See his Taron Egerton duet for more examples of that style, while Taron takes Rocket Man into the 10. Pity his solo stuff since 1990 has ignored fun in favour of “serious” music styles.

Seeb and Highasakite just miss out on top spot, as KDA give Angie Stone a career peak almost 2 decades on, and a higher peak than Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd has had to date. Oops! Unfair! A sudden big climb for Noel Gallagher as his younger estranged brother enters low with a Shockwave, Noel’s third solo top 10 in 8 years to add to the 14 or 15 Oasis have. Big climbs for Kaiser Chiefs 11th top 20 in 14 years, Dido and Keith Urban go top 40, and the only other newies are Bastille with a spot of Joy at getting a 6th chart entry, Miley Cyrus replacing her dad in the chart, and BTS debuting helping Charli XCX to another notch on the bedpost of her chart positions – 5th.


1 3 1 2 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 255000
2 4 2 4 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 241500
3 2 1 5 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 550100
4 5 3 5 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 289000
5 8 5 2 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 108000
6 1 1 8 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 660200
7 7 5 4 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 215000
8 26 8 6 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 131350
9 10 9 4 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 136300
10 11 10 6 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 122050

11 6 3 4 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 242000
12 9 9 5 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 156200
13 15 13 7 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 146300
14 18 14 9 SHOW ME ABC 152250
15 35 15 3 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 49500
16 13 7 4 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 155000
17 23 17 4 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 74250
18 16 9 6 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 181500
19 14 1 8 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 581000
20 25 20 4 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 75150

21 12 4 7 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 251150
22 32 22 9 DATE STAMP ABC 116950
23 31 23 4 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 65350
24 29 24 4 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 64900
25 17 3 7 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 315750
26 49 26 2 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 31000
27 46 27 3 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 37550
28 21 1 8 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 538050
29 24 17 7 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 124450
30 34 30 5 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 69500

31 33 31 4 REPLAY Tamta 64700
32 19 19 8 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 138200
33 38 33 5 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 79700
34 39 34 6 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 82200
35 70 35 2 TINY DANCER Elton John 23500
36 27 16 6 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 120800
37 22 8 7 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 164500
38 20 20 6 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 99250
39 40 39 4 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 51450
40 43 40 4 I RISE Madonna 49600

41 30 15 6 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 117600
42 28 28 4 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 67850
43 37 37 4 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 49300
44 44 44 3 MY LOVE Will Young 32100
45 47 45 4 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 43100
46 48 46 5 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 57400
47 41 1 14 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 798200
48 42 10 10 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 200900
49 50 49 4 LIKE IT ZENA 40500
50 54 50 2 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 23000

51 57 51 3 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 28350
52 52 52 5 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 39200
53 53 53 5 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 47700
54 59 54 8 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 66600
55 64 55 4 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 29200
56 56 56 4 SOLDI Mahmood 35800
57 60 57 5 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 42600
58 51 1 11 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 800700
59 62 59 4 STORM Victor Crone 29500
60 68 60 3 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 21200

61 65 61 3 ALONE Richard Hawley 18900
62 67 62 3 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 19400
63 36 6 8 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 237850
64 71 64 3 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 17500
65 72 65 2 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 12600
66 75 66 2 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 11800
67 73 67 2 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 12000
68 69 68 2 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 12600
69 45 5 5 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 129600
70 74 70 2 BOYS GO WILD LP 11200

71 77 71 2 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 10400
72 76 72 3 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 14400
73 79 73 2 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 9600
74 55 30 8 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 81900
75 NEW 75 1 JOY Bastille 5000
76 78 76 2 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 9200
77 NEW 77 1 MOTHER’S DAUGHTER Miley Cyrus 4600
78 NEW 78 1 SHOCKWAVE Liam Gallagher 4400
79 80 79 2 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 8200
80 NEW 80 1 DREAM GLOW BTS & Charli XCX 4000

DROP OUTS
58 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
61 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
63 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
66 1 10 JACKIE (1685300) Scott Walker 583200

 

2nd June 2019

It’s a first week on top at last for Mark Ronson and Lykke Li, Mark’s 2nd of the year and 3rd in total, and Lykke Li’s first-ever. They just overhauled Arcade and the highest new entry from the Elton John chart invasion off the back of Rocketman – which I’ve seen twice already and is rather fab. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has a key feature in the climax of the film, Taron Egerton does a fantastic acting job, and a singing job too, the new versions are often great in new ways, not least Rocket man rocketing up to 11 for Taron’s version – Elton’s version has already charted 3 times and topped my chart. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has always been a fave Elton track from the Autumn of 1973 when it just fell short of Number 1 in my charts – but it’s never had another run until now.

It’s another load of new entries pushing out great tracks far too early, and not allowing me to reduce my chart back to 75 – quite frankly I could easily have expanded it to 100, but am trying not to as it’s too much work! In at 8 it’s a KDA re-imagining of Angie Stone’s 2002 I Wish I Didn’t Miss You, which peaked at 23 first time round in my charts, backed up with the non-credited rhythm-track to Human League’s Sound Of The Crowd. It works so well! Lana Del ray grabs yet another top 10, her 9th in 8 years, and The Kaiser Chiefs shoot into the 40 with the very La Roux Bulletproof-inspired Record Collection, their 16th in 14 years.

Dido gets a 3rd chart entry of the year, her 17th in 18 years, and the Elton John mini-invasion continues with my 1974 chart-topper (it was banished in the UK to a B-side of the tedious Candle In The Wind) Bennie & The Jets, the 1972 chart-topper Crocodile Rock, 1976 chart-topper Don’t Go Breaking My Heart, and a batch of others, with other huge Elton tracks not charting as they’ve already had big runs. Elton has had a load of Number Ones in my charts….

Lower down, Katy Perry returns with her 2nd of the year, LP is back with Boys Go Wild, but songs charting in different years are not re-entries to me, they are new chart runs, Mark Ronson gets a 3rd of 2019, this time with Camila Cabello, the late great Kirsty is back with her shoes, a 2000 number 16 track shortly before she died tragically, and Miki Nunez sneaks in with his Spanish Eurovision entry as I have a fab gatefold CD with lyric sheets from Eurovision in Israel especially for me – via a friend who was there.

1 2 1 7 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 605200
2 1 1 4 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 465100
3 NEW 3 1 GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Elton John 85000
4 8 4 3 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 126500
5 3 3 4 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 224000
6 4 3 3 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 205000
7 5 5 3 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 165000
8 NEW 8 1 THE HUMAN STONE KDA featuring Angie Stone 48000
9 9 9 4 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 121200
10 13 10 3 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 91300

11 36 11 5 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 80050
12 6 4 6 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 231400
13 7 7 3 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 130000
14 10 1 7 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 560000
15 15 15 6 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 114300
16 11 9 5 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 159500
17 12 3 6 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 297000
18 20 18 8 SHOW ME ABC 123250
19 22 19 7 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 120400
20 21 20 5 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 82050

21 16 1 7 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 519750
22 14 8 6 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 147200
23 25 23 3 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 51250
24 17 17 6 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 106250
25 26 25 3 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 55150
26 28 26 5 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 83350
27 18 16 5 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 103400
28 29 28 3 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 54100
29 35 29 3 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 45900
30 19 15 5 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 103600

31 38 31 3 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 46100
32 32 32 8 DATE STAMP ABC 97450
33 40 33 3 REPLAY Tamta 46800
34 37 34 4 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 51500
35 75 35 2 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 22500
36 23 6 7 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 230650
37 43 37 3 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 35800
38 39 38 4 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 62000
39 41 39 5 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 64600
40 46 40 3 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 34350

41 33 1 13 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 785700
42 24 10 9 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 188600
43 47 43 3 I RISE Madonna 32600
44 72 44 2 MY LOVE Will Young 18850
45 27 5 4 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 123400
46 68 46 2 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 19150
47 55 47 3 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 30100
48 51 48 4 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 44650
49 NEW 49 1 TAKE YOU HOME Dido 12100
50 50 50 3 LIKE IT ZENA 28400

51 45 1 10 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 790500
52 52 52 4 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 27700
53 54 53 4 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 36450
54 NEW 54 1 BENNIE AND THE JETS Elton John 11000
55 30 30 7 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 76700
56 56 56 3 SOLDI Mahmood 25200
57 69 57 2 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 16600
58 42 18 7 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 125150
59 59 59 7 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 55600
60 60 60 4 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 32200

61 44 3 13 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 510250
62 63 62 3 STORM Victor Crone 19400
63 53 15 8 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 142950
64 64 64 3 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 18400
65 78 65 2 ALONE Richard Hawley 11400
66 61 1 10 JACKIE Scott Walker 583200
67 73 67 2 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 12000
68 76 68 2 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 11200
69 NEW 69 1 I GUESS THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT THE BLUES Elton John 6200
70 NEW 70 1 TINY DANCER Elton John 6000

71 77 71 2 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 10400
72 NEW 72 1 NEVER REALLY OVER Katy Perry 5600
73 NEW 73 1 CROCODILE ROCK Elton John 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BOYS GO WILD LP 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT (FOR FIGHTING) Elton John 5000
76 80 76 2 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 8800
77 NEW 77 1 DON’T GO BREAKING MY HEART Elton John & Kiki Dee 4600
78 NEW 78 1 FIND U AGAIN Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello 4400
79 NEW 79 1 IN THESE SHOES Kirsty MacColl 4200
80 NEW 80 1 LA VENDA Miki Nunez 4000

DROP OUTS
31 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
34 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
48 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING (508150) Doris Day 49050
57 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
62 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
65 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 452550
71 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
79 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING (550650) David Bowie 4200

 

 

26th May 2019

It’s a second week on top for Arcade, meaning poor ol Mark Ronson & Lykke Li get 3 weeks stuck at 2. Eurovision songs consolidate their hold throughout the chart, and it remains an expanded 80 due to more great new tracks out. Caravan Palace climb to 3, while massive climbs for SEEB & Highasakite to enter the top from outside the 40, and Sam Bluer climbs to 9.

Lana Del Ray gets a great climb to 13 with her Summertime rewrite, still clocking up regular high chart slots several years on from her debut, Jax Jones & co go top 20, as does Taylor Swift and Brendan whose run of hits is Lana Del Ray-ish in terms of years, longer for PATD. ABC get a 5th track from absolute classic album The Lexicon Of Love to go top 20 – some 37 years since the last one – MARUV and Pnau go top 40, Taron Egerton gets a top 40 with an Elton song as they both climb with a new combo, and climbers galore outside the top 40 in a massively busy chart.

New entries from Keith Urban, clearly all pop not country right now, Bananarama’s 3rd off the new album to chart, Will Young’s 2nd, Kaiser Chief’s return after a couple of years away, and a 14-year chart run since they started with a couple of chart-toppers in 2005. Emma BUnton is spicefully back with a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell cover, Vampire Weekend, Jess Glynne, Jax Jones getting a 2nd in the chart, all return, while Richard Hawley is back after 4-years away and extends his chart run to 17 years. Bowie returns after being released and making the sales charts, 3rd-time round for Boys Keep Swinging his 1979 cross-dressing gem, and Bog George & Culture Club sneak in with a duet with Gladys Knight, certainly one I never expected to see! Runaway Train means George gets his first chart entry for 5 years, Culture Club get their first for 20 years, and Gladys for getting on 30 years (barring oldies)! Culture Club first charted 37 years ago, Gladys 47 years ago, though her career predates my personal charts and she def would have charted in 1967 had I started earlier.

1 1 1 3 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 350100
2 2 2 6 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 435200
3 7 3 3 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 164000
4 3 3 2 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 150000
5 6 5 2 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 115000
6 4 4 5 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 196400
7 8 7 2 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 98000
8 43 8 2 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 61500
9 19 9 3 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 76200
10 5 1 6 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 531000

11 9 9 4 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 134500
12 10 3 5 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 274000
13 37 13 2 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 49300
14 12 8 5 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 127700
15 29 15 5 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 87300
16 11 1 6 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 500000
17 21 17 5 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 87250
18 16 16 4 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 85000
19 15 15 4 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 85600
20 26 20 7 SHOW ME ABC 101250

21 28 21 4 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 62050
22 22 22 6 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 99400
23 14 6 6 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 213250
24 17 10 8 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 174850
25 44 25 2 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 32000
26 31 26 2 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 36400
27 13 5 3 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 110400
28 33 28 4 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 64850
29 34 29 2 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 35800
30 30 30 6 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 65900

31 18 18 4 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 79900
32 32 32 7 DATE STAMP ABC 79650
33 20 1 12 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 771700
34 23 11 10 PATIENCE Tame Impala 204250
35 58 35 2 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 27700
36 46 36 4 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 43050
37 55 37 3 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 33900
38 54 38 2 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 28200
39 39 39 3 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 44800
40 49 40 2 REPLAY Tamta 29100

41 47 41 4 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 47500
42 24 18 6 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 114950
43 75 43 2 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 18500
44 27 3 12 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 502750
45 40 1 9 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 778750
46 77 46 2 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 17350
47 67 47 2 I RISE Madonna 19100
48 35 7 12 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 284450
49 25 25 3 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 49050
50 78 50 2 LIKE IT ZENA 16400

51 56 51 3 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 32350
52 61 52 3 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 26200
53 41 15 7 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 135750
54 64 54 3 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 25200
55 66 55 2 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 17600
56 80 56 2 SOLDI Mahmood 14600
57 48 6 12 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 470100
58 52 7 12 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 240300
59 62 59 6 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 45500
60 69 60 3 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 22200

61 50 1 9 JACKIE Scott Walker 576400
62 38 22 7 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 99200
63 76 63 2 STORM Victor Crone 12000
64 79 64 2 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 11300
65 72 65 4 VENUS Shocking Blue 23800
66 42 11 10 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 202800
67 51 38 6 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 66400
68 NEW 68 1 DROP TOP Keith Urban featuring Kassi Ashton 6400
69 NEW 69 1 LOOKING FOR SOMEONE (RADIO MIX) Bananarama 6200
70 70 1 13 AMERICAN GENERATION (457750) The Ritchie Family 352550

71 36 5 12 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 325700
72 NEW 72 1 MY LOVE Will Young 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Emma Bunton featuring Jade Jones 5400
74 74 74 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 15600
75 NEW 75 1 RECORD COLLECTION The Kaiser Chiefs 5000
76 NEW 76 1 THIS LIFE Vampire Weekend 4800
77 NEW 77 1 ONE TOUCH Jess Glynne & Jax Jones 4600
78 NEW 78 1 ALONE Richard Hawley 4400
79 NEW 79 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 4200
80 NEW 80 1 RUNAWAY TRAIN Boy George & Culture Club featuring Gladys Knight 4000

DROP OUTS
45 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
53 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
57 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
59 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600
63 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
65 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
68 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
71 37 2 SECRET LOVE (133950) Doris Day 22800
73 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800

 

19th May 2019

It’s a huge climb of 58 places for the Eurovision winner from Duncan Laurence – I didn’t actually know it was entered last week, oops, I just liked it! Arcade is the highest climb to the top for ages, and also the first Eurovision song to top for 5 years and the first winner to top since 2010. An actual great Coldplay-ish song, and deserved winner for The Netherlands who topped my chart in 1975 with Ding A Dong (Teach-In). Elsewhere there’s a Eurovision invasion, I’ve had to expand my charts to 80 to cope with the huge influx of new tracks and not enough dropping out. Keiino won the popular vote and enter at 3 for Norway, Australia did an amazing performance and are at 6, and Azerbaijan as always put their oil money where their music mouth is and buy in another great pop song, in at 8. That all means Mark Ronson stays at 2, and a bunch of hot tracks are kicked out of the 10.

Sam Bluer rockets into the 20, an old early 70’s soul fave has made the itunes chart (I’ve no idea why but it gives me an excuse to finally chart it 20-odd years after I’d come across it on US oldies stations): Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose’s Too Late To Turn Back Now, in at 31. Madonna gets 2 new entries, fresh from her Eurovision performance of Future, in at 34, and I Rise at 67. A one-time popular pop star plugging his greatest hits said this week that Madonna would do anything for money, as criticism of her turning up in Israel. 1. No she doesn’t, you dont catch her doing TV adverts for cash like many I could mention 2. You can rely on Madonna to be controversial and make political or social comments ESPECIALLY if she’s told not to do something 3. It’s a music competition, slag off her, slag off every country for taking part, and every performer, or accept it’s supposed to be above politics as sporting events are.

Lana Del Ray is back with a rewrite of the classic Summertime, a George Gershwin cover hit for Fun Boy Three in 1983, and dating back to 1934 and the definitive Billie Holliday version sometime after. The number of ancient songs in my chart just grows, not least the 60’s Jimmy Fortuna song heavily unnoficially reworked by Offer Nissim in at 54! Highasakite are back after a gap of a few years, Pnau also return as Empire Of The Sun hang on to a top 20 spot, spot the connection! Finally, Elton has a film soundtrack duet with Taron Egerton to go with Taron’s climbing Rocket Man cover.

1 59 1 2 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 180100
2 2 2 5 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 320200
3 NEW 3 1 SPIRIT IN THE SKY Keiino 85000
4 7 4 4 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 141400
5 1 1 5 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 489000
6 NEW 6 1 ZERO GRAVITY Kate Miller-Heidke 55000
7 14 7 2 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 79000
8 NEW 8 1 TRUTH (RADIO EDIT) Chingiz 48000
9 9 9 3 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 97500
10 3 3 4 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 239000

11 4 1 5 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 475000
12 8 8 4 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 98700
13 5 5 2 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 92000
14 6 6 5 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 194000
15 15 15 3 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 64600
16 20 16 3 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 63000
17 10 10 7 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 155850
18 19 18 3 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 62000
19 58 19 2 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 31200
20 13 1 11 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 754000

21 36 21 4 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 64250
22 26 22 5 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 79900
23 11 11 9 PATIENCE Tame Impala 186650
24 18 18 5 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 101200
25 29 25 2 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 36950
26 28 26 6 SHOW ME ABC 81250
27 12 3 11 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 489500
28 40 28 3 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR (EDIT) Georgia 42300
29 32 29 4 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 60300
30 33 30 5 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 47900

31 NEW 31 1 TOO LATE TO TURN BACK NOW Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 17900
32 42 32 6 DATE STAMP ABC 61850
33 34 33 3 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46550
34 NEW 34 1 FUTURE Madonna & Quavo 17600
35 17 7 11 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 272100
36 16 5 11 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 319900
37 NEW 37 1 DOIN’ TIME Lana Del Ray 17300
38 22 22 6 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 91800
39 56 39 2 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 27700
40 21 1 8 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 765750

41 24 15 6 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 124500
42 23 11 9 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 196000
43 NEW 43 1 FREE TO GO Seeb & Highasakite 13500
44 NEW 44 1 FOCUS ON ME MARUV 13250
45 25 25 6 HUSTLE P!nk 104950
46 61 46 3 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 25650
47 54 47 3 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 33500
48 27 6 11 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 459700
49 NEW 49 1 REPLAY Tamta 12100
50 31 1 8 JACKIE Scott Walker 568900

51 38 38 5 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 59800
52 41 7 11 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 230100
53 39 39 5 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 67350
54 NEW 54 1 EL MUNDO Offer Nissim Presents Jimmy Fontana 11000
55 71 55 2 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 16600
56 60 56 2 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 20600
57 30 18 6 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 106400
58 NEW 58 1 SOLID GOLD PNAU featuring Kira Divine & Marques Toliver 10200
59 35 35 6 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 91700
60 48 48 4 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 40600

61 63 61 2 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 14700
62 62 62 5 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 35400
63 44 2 14 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 600150
64 64 64 2 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 14200
65 46 46 5 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 52400
66 NEW 66 1 LET ME KNOW (RADIO EDIT) Roisin Murphy 6800
67 NEW 67 1 I RISE Madonna 6600
68 65 52 4 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 36150
69 70 69 2 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 12200
70 55 1 12 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 446550

71 37 37 2 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 22800
72 72 72 3 VENUS Shocking Blue 16800
73 47 3 14 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 589800
74 74 74 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 10400
75 NEW 75 1 SHE GOT ME Luca Hanni 5000
76 NEW 76 1 STORM Victor Crone 4800
77 NEW 77 1 (I’M GONNA) LOVE ME AGAIN Elton John & Taron Egerton 4600
78 NEW 78 1 LIKE IT ZENA 4400
79 NEW 79 1 NAKED ALONE L Devine & INDIIA 4200
80 NEW 80 1 SOLDI Mahmood 4000

DROP OUTS
43 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
45 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
49 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP (352900) The Kinks 35500
51 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
57 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE (729000) Redbone 20600
66 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) (672200) Chic 17800
69 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
73 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
75 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

 

 

12th May 2019

It’s a first week on top for Madonna & Maluma, ahead of her Eurovision appearance, with the fab latin rhythms of Medellin, which came swanning out of speakers by my gloriously sunny and hot hotel pool in Gran Canaria last week. How appropriate! Hence the lateness of this chart. That becomes Madonna’s first number one in 4 years, and her 20th in total, her oldest track to top my chart being 1984’s Holiday, though the first was 1986’s Papa Don’t Preach.

As yet another legend passes away, the 97-year-old movie star fave Doris Day – who I was watching in a movie musicals bar only days before – enters with 4 tracks that meant the most to me, largely from Calamity Jane or Move Over Darling (my fave movies of hers), the highest being the debut for Black Hills Of Dakota at 5. Move Over Darling topped my charts in 1987. With the 40’s Harry James at 3, and Doris’ 50’s track at 5, and the Raleigh Ritchie’s featured 30’s sounding sample at 4, it’s easily the oldest top 5 ever for me, and bung in 60-year-old Madonna as well, a positive youngster compared to Doris!

The top end of the chart gets frantic as loads of great new tracks take my fancy, headed by Springsteen’s first top 10 in a few years, Florence + The Machine’s haunting Game Of Thrones song taking her back into the top 10 for a 10th occasion in 10 years, and Hot Chip getting a second top 10 11 years late. Bruce ‘n’ Flo have both topped my charts previously. Highest new track is Caravan Palace with a very naughty video at 14, fab, and a massive climb into the 20 for Kylie – never far away from my charts since 1988 – and New York City.

Noel Gallagher goes top 40, Georgia gets a biggie climb for a second top 40 in a row, Purple Disco Machine debut with a Funkytown-ish funk-out, the first Eurovision song this year pops in at 59, Gesaffelstein (bless you!), Pharrell, Two-Door Cinema Club all return at the lower end, Pharrell will be knocking on 16 years with his NERD debut, Billie Eilish yet again gets 2 in the chart simultaneously, and a former Buzzjack song that I heard on my hols also pops in at 74.

1 2 1 4 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 429000
2 4 2 4 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 205200
3 3 3 3 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 197000
4 1 1 4 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 438000
5 NEW 5 1 BLACK HILLS OF DAKOTA Doris Day & Howard Keel 60000
6 6 6 4 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 165000
7 20 7 3 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 76400
8 59 8 3 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 63700
9 61 9 2 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 52500
10 16 10 6 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 132850

11 17 11 8 PATIENCE Tame Impala 167400
12 5 3 10 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 471100
13 10 1 10 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 734000
14 NEW 14 1 MIRACLE Caravan Palace 29000
15 56 15 2 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 37600
16 8 5 10 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 302500
17 7 7 10 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 254600
18 19 18 4 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 82200
19 24 19 2 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 40000
20 30 20 2 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 38000

21 9 1 7 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 748750
22 22 22 5 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 74600
23 11 11 8 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 182250
24 15 15 5 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey featuring Billie Joe Armstrong & Lydia Night 110500
25 27 25 5 HUSTLE P!nk 91950
26 31 26 4 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 60400
27 14 6 10 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 447400
28 32 28 5 SHOW ME ABC 62750
29 NEW 29 1 MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day 18200
30 18 18 5 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 96000

31 13 1 7 JACKIE Scott Walker 556900
32 35 32 3 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 42100
33 45 33 4 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29900
34 53 34 2 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28850
35 36 35 5 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 81600
36 39 36 3 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 44500
37 NEW 37 1 SECRET LOVE Doris Day 17300
38 46 38 4 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 48050
39 40 39 4 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 56100
40 65 40 2 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 24000

41 21 7 10 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 218600
42 47 42 5 DATE STAMP ABC 44050
43 25 25 4 FEELINGS John Newman 61150
44 33 2 13 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 592950
45 26 1 12 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 635300
46 51 46 4 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 45400
47 37 3 13 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 584400
48 49 48 3 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 30600
49 12 12 10 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 142800
50 50 50 3 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 35500

51 28 28 7 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 90300
52 34 9 10 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 275850
53 29 16 6 STRETCH Louise 103450
54 60 54 2 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 21000
55 48 1 11 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 440550
56 NEW 56 1 BODY FUNK Purple Disco Machine 10600
57 58 57 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 20600
58 NEW 58 1 BODY HIGH Sam Bluer 10200
59 NEW 59 1 ARCADE Duncan Laurence 10100
60 NEW 60 1 I DON’T CARE Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber 10000

61 73 61 2 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 12900
62 62 62 4 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 28000
63 NEW 63 1 BLAST OFF Gesaffelstein & Pharrell Williams 7200
64 NEW 64 1 TALK (SINGLE EDIT) Two Door Cinema Club 7100
65 52 52 3 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 29750
66 38 10 13 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 349000
67 NEW 67 1 WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE (QUE SERA, SERA Doris Day 6600
68 68 68 3 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 17800
69 43 39 4 YOU AND I LEON 48900
70 NEW 70 1 BAD GUY Billie Eilish 6000

71 NEW 71 1 3 NIGHTS Dominic Fike 5800
72 72 72 2 VENUS Shocking Blue 11200
73 54 1 10 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 529700
74 NEW 74 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ALL THIS LOVE Robin Schulz featuring Harloe 5000

DROP OUTS
23 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
41 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
44 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
55 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
57 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
63 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
66 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
69 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000
71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
74 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

 

 

5th March 2019

It’s a second week on top for Raleigh Ritchie’s lovely track which speaks to me as much as him, I expect – the sentiment is something I can relate to, being as my life is a rollercoaster of busy-ness interspersed with the odd bit of time doing charts. Just sitting and enjoying life gently passing by isn’t something I get to do much. Madonna is still at 2 for a second week and Harry James & Kitty Kallen shoot up to 3, which easily makes it the highest-placed charting track to predate the 1950’s, courtesy of Endgame’s closing credits.

Mark Ronson makes it 2 in a row top 10’s, and his 4th in total, Lykke Li getting her first, while Dennis Lloyd does the same. Bruce Springsteen leaps into the 20 in a single bound, his first top 20 charting track in 5 years, or his 10th in the last 20 years, and umpteenth since his first in 1975. Yes that one. Born To Run peaked outside the top 10 first time round but topped my chart in 2009. Vargas and Legoland get a second simultaneous top 30 as As Long As I Have To enters, while Selfish goes top 20, and a debut for New Hope Club at 30 outdoes more established acts entering like Noel Gallagher at 53, making 26 Oasisfestfilled years, Kylie in New York City – with some way to go to match T.Rex’s 1975 song of the same name – Redbone returning for a fourth run courtesy of Avengers again, one from 1974 and the rest from Marvel film boosts.

Kool & The Gang have never charted with Jungle Boogie, which is a bit surprising for a track and I knew at the time and quite liked, but then my chart was limited to a top 30 in those days – even Redbone only just scraped in, and turnover was fast to try and squeeze records in back in 1974. It’s also one of their best records and is currently getting blanket TV ad plays, much better than their bland disco phase that lasted for eternity. So, 27 years since they last charted, and 46 years since it was released, that would be impressive if Harry James wasn’t making it look quite recent in comparison.

It’s been 9 years since Hot Chip last charted, but they belatedly get their 6th some 13 years after their first, in at 61 with a funky workout, Georgia gets a second, Shocking Blue get a 3rd-time-round hit with a World Record Store vinyl release of Venus almost 50 years since the first time, Taron Egertin is about to star in the Fantasy Elton John biopic, and enters with Rocket Man, his second charting song (the first was in 2016 with Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark & Hugh Jackman, from the Eddie The eagle biopic spin-off album, Thrill Me), a former Elton chart-topper from 1972, and Motorhead return for a third WRS Day vinyl-pushed blowout with a spot of Overkill.

1 1 1 3 TIME IN A TREE Raleigh Ritchie 373000
2 2 2 3 MEDELLIN Madonna & Maluma 259000
3 15 3 2 IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME Harry James & His Orchestra & Kitty Kallen 112000
4 29 4 3 LATE NIGHT FEELINGS Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li 90200
5 3 3 9 KIND OF LOVE Rat City featuring Isak Heim 436100
6 12 6 3 NEVERMIND Dennis Lloyd 110000
7 7 7 9 OCEAN EYES Billie Eilish 231600
8 5 5 9 STUFF LIKE THAT Bananarama 277500
9 4 1 6 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers 729000
10 6 1 9 CHRYSALIS Empire Of The Sun 702000

11 14 11 7 FEEL THE SAME Olly Murs featuring Nile Rodgers 163000
12 18 12 9 OLD WILD MEN 10cc 130700
13 10 1 6 JACKIE Scott Walker 539000
14 8 6 9 YOU BELONG TO ME Cat Pierce 429000
15 17 15 4 WEDDING BELL BLUES Morrissey 91500
16 32 16 5 SELFISH Vargas & Lagola 90850
17 20 17 7 PATIENCE Tame Impala 130400
18 21 18 4 SOS Avicii featuring Aloe Blacc 78000
19 19 19 3 OLD TOWN ROAD Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus 60200
20 68 20 2 HELLO SUNSHINE Bruce Springsteen 26400

21 11 7 9 DON’T CALL ME UP Mabel 204600
22 33 22 4 BORDERLINE Tame Impala 55100
23 9 3 6 ROCK THE BOAT The Hues Corporation 317250
24 NEW 24 1 AS LONG AS I HAVE TO Vargas & Lagola 19000
25 28 25 3 FEELINGS John Newman 47650
26 13 1 11 YOUR EX Paloma Faith 622300
27 27 27 4 HUSTLE P!nk 73200
28 35 28 6 MY SHIP IS COMING IN The Walker Brothers 78550
29 16 16 5 STRETCH Louise 92200
30 NEW 30 1 LOVE AGAIN New Hope Club 18000

31 34 31 3 LET ME DOWN SLOWLY Alec Benjamin featuring Alessia Cara 41900
32 46 32 4 SHOW ME ABC 44450
33 26 2 12 365 Zedd & Katy Perry 579700
34 22 9 9 SUCKER Jonas Brothers 264350
35 66 35 2 ALL DAY AND NIGHT Jax Jones, Martin Solveig (aka Europa) & Madison Beer 24300
36 38 36 4 PIECE OF YOUR HEART Meduza featuring GOODBOYS 64100
37 25 3 12 BEST 54 (ALL GOOD NOW) Jungle 571900
38 24 10 12 TALK Khalid & Disclosure 342200
39 60 39 2 ME! Taylor Swift featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco 27100
40 50 40 3 SO CLOSE NOTD, Felix Jaehn & Captain Cuts featuring Georgia Ku 39000

41 23 2 8 SPARROW Emeli Sande 436250
42 30 30 9 WE’RE THROUGH The Hollies 122950
43 39 39 3 YOU AND I LEON 42700
44 37 37 6 HERE WITH ME Marshmello Featuring CHVRCHES 66800
45 58 45 3 RAINBOW Kacey Musgraves 29800
46 49 46 3 THINK OF ME The Veronicas 30850
47 62 47 4 DATE STAMP ABC 30300
48 43 1 10 AMERICAN GENERATION The Ritchie Family 429750
49 69 49 2 LOVE IS ON THE LINE Jack Savoretti 18300
50 52 50 2 SUPERSONIC ROCKETSHIP The Kinks 23500

51 55 51 3 MAIN TITLE (GAME OF THRONES) Ramin Djawadi 32650
52 53 52 2 YOU SAY Lauren Daigle 22750
53 NEW 53 1 BLACK STAR DANCING Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 40 1 9 IT’S OVER Morrissey featuring LP 524300
55 36 36 4 DRUM Noa Kirel 62900
56 NEW 56 1 NEW YORK CITY Kylie Minogue 10600
57 31 9 6 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers 139500
58 NEW 58 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 10200
59 72 59 2 JENNY OF OLDSTONES (GAME OF THRONES) Florence + The Machine 15700
60 NEW 60 1 JUNGLE BOOGIE Kool & The Gang 10000

61 NEW 61 1 HUNGRY CHILD Hot Chip 7500
62 65 62 3 ONE STEP BEYOND Madness 20600
63 45 13 9 NEVER COMIN DOWN Keith Urban 181400
64 41 28 9 CASIO Jungle 127100
65 NEW 65 1 ABOUT WORK THE DANCEFLOOR Georgia 7000
66 47 47 9 SO AM I Ava Max 80300
67 51 51 5 COOL The Jonas Brothers 48450
68 75 68 2 LE FREAK (12” MIX) Chic 11400
69 56 56 5 KING JAMES Anderson .Paak 39200
70 70 70 2 SUMMER DAYS Martin Garrix featuring Macklemore & Patrick Stump pf Fall Out Boy 12000

71 71 71 2 LOVE ME ANYWAY P!nk featuring Chris Stapleton 11600
72 NEW 72 1 VENUS Shocking Blue 5600
73 NEW 73 1 ROCKET MAN Taron Egerton 5400
74 42 10 9 LIFTED Parker Bossley 187650
75 NEW 75 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 5000

DROP OUTS
44 39 8 THE BIRD SYML 87500
48 40 7 HURRICANES Dido 80650
54 13 8 WHAT MORE CAN I DO? Jack Savoretti 155100
57 14 10 WALK ME HOME P!nk 179900
59 14 11 COLD IN LA Why Don’t We 193200
61 5 8 SON OF MAN GG/06 aka 10cc (Kevin Godley & Graham Gouldman) featuring Hotlegs 220400
63 33 6 ALL THE SONGS Will Young 74850
64 2 14 SWAN SONG Dua Lipa 463900
67 64 4 JUST YOU AND I Tom Walker 25300
73 73 3 MIRACLE Alan Parsons featuring Jason Mraz 15800
74 21 9 KILLING MY TIME G-Flip 147350

 

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My October 1986 Charts

7th October 1986

7th and final week on top for Human (phew!) leaving Madonna at 2, Quo shooting up to 3, or Pet Shop Boys up to 7 to take over next week. Madonna had just had her first chart-topper, Pet Shop Boys 2 of 3, and Quo never ever topped my chart to date. The Monkees get a new track into the 10 for the first time ever, Paul Simon his first since Love Me Like A Rock in 1973, and The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 20’s.

Highest new entry is a stonking Hi-NRG version of the Supremes You Keep Me hanging On to give Kim Wilde her first biggie in a few years, in at 32, while Paul hardcastle takes the new TOTP theme tune in at 40. Red Box are all For America (not really, it’s a slagging off), and Wax are systematic at 59 – but presumably not their car is not hydromatic, nor greased lightning. Shakatak & Gary Numan are back at 71 together again, and two veterans return – James Brown, and Jackson Browne, the man who had Doctor My Eyes back in 1972 before The Jackson 5 covered it.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 18 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 3 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
6 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
7 ( 17 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 16 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
10 ( 12 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

11 ( 10 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
13 ( 15 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
14 ( 30 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
15 ( 7 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
16 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
17 ( 9 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
18 ( 23 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
19 ( 25 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
20 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
22 ( 11 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
23 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
24 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
26 ( 27 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
27 ( 40 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
28 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 35 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 19 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi

31 ( 22 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
32 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
33 ( 26 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
34 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
35 ( 34 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
36 ( 38 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
37 ( 52 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
38 ( 51 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
39 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle

41 ( 36 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 46 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
43 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
44 ( RE ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
45 ( 57 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
46 ( 45 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
47 ( 61 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 42 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 63 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
52 ( 31 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
53 ( NEW ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
54 ( 59 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
55 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
56 ( 32 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
57 ( 41 ) HEARTLAND The The
58 ( 56 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( NEW ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 69 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
62 ( 54 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
64 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
65 ( 72 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
66 ( 71 ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
67 ( 66 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 73 ) DREAMER B B & Q
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
70 ( 75 ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

71 ( NEW ) NEW THING FROM LONDON TOWN Sharpe & Numan
72 ( NEW ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
73 ( NEW ) GRAVITY James Brown
74 ( 74 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( 53 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke

7th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

14th October 1986

It’s Madonna grabbing a second chart-topper and not the Pet Shop Boys who have to make do with 4 for now, their 3rd top 5 (2 of them number 1’s). I love the video for True Blue, Madonna was all 50’s-stylee in love with Sean Penn. Possibly why she excludes the track at every opportunity from compilations and concerts. It’s not as if it’s as awful as Hanky Panky…

The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 10 hits, since Kid became the first, and OMD 6 years after a slow climb with Forever (Live And Die). Red Box rocket up For America and a second top 20, The Bangles get a 3rd, and Chairmen Of The Board do it for the 7th time after a gap of 13 years. Highest new entry is a bit of a classic from Berlin, Take My Breath Away from a film I’ve never seen, Top something or other starring Tom somebody. Probably obscure. New at 34 it’s DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, both debuting for the start of a lengthy chart runs as kids. Not sure what happened to Will someone, I think he went into acting and had some modest success.

The Stranglers are back with Always The Sun, very tuneful and not at all like Peaches some 9 years earlier, in at 47. Kissing The Pink get a 3rd entry, presumably It should have been Kissing The Green as pink is worth 6. Aretha covers the Stones and keeps her 80’s run going, 18 years on, as Boris & Gwen get some follow-up action. Little Richard is also back over 30 years into his career with a good single in Operator, and just above them, sneaking in quietly it’s Erasure with Sometimes. Much lower than it may have been expected to debut given it’s rather fab. Vince thus makes it 5 years of hit songs.

1 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 7 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 8 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 14 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
10 ( 12 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

11 ( 9 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
12 ( 53 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
13 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
14 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
15 ( 11 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
17 ( 16 ) WORD UP Cameo
18 ( 13 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
19 ( 23 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
20 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 18 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
22 ( 15 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 32 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 17 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
25 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
26 ( 25 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
27 ( 22 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
28 ( 40 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
29 ( 37 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
30 ( 45 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha

31 ( 63 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
32 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 27 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( NEW ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
35 ( 21 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
36 ( 31 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
37 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 35 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
39 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
40 ( 33 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 44 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
43 ( 30 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
44 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
45 ( 26 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
46 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
47 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
48 ( 46 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
49 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
50 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme

51 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
52 ( 38 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
53 ( 47 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
55 ( 49 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
56 ( 34 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
57 ( 72 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 36 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
62 ( 43 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
63 ( 73 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( 65 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
66 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
69 ( 51 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( 57 ) HEARTLAND The The

71 ( NEW ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
72 ( 52 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
73 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERY BEATBOX Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES Erasure
75 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Little Richard

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

21st October 1986

It’s a first week on top for their 3rd chart-topper inside 12 months, as Suburbia seals the Pet Shop Boys as my new fave pop act, closely followed by Madonna as I buy True Blue and get into La Isla Bonita and Jimmy Jimmy in my playlist/oldies chart. I didn’t allow album tracks else both would have charted, La Isla Bonita quite highly some months ahead of its single release. The highest new entry is a Phantom Of The Opera gorgeous ballad, giving Cliff the latest of numerous top 10’s throughout the 18 years he had been charting (and 23 years if I’d charted earlier aged 5). It’s one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s best songs, and also means Sarah Brightman grabs a first top 10 from her hubby since she was a Hot Gossip-fronting Starship Trooper chart-topper 8 years earlier.

In at 13, Bob Geldof’s first solo single, post-Live Aid, was not that wildly received at the time, I rather liked it myself, and it keeps his run of top 20’s going for 9 years including the Rats singles. The Stranglers also keep the Punk ’77 flag flying shooting up Always The Sun into the 20, while Will Smith gets his first top 20. Hands up who thought he’d be a major movie star? No, me neither. About as likely as Sarah Brightman getting into opera and musicals off the back of Starship Trooper.

Talking of actors, Don Johnson has a crack at a singing career while his Miami Vice star is shining. It didn’t work but Heartbeat was quite decent and in at 42. World Party return, as do the post-Lionel Commodores, for a sweet 12 years since Machine Gun debuted. Duran Duran return with a bang after a short break, Notorious at 64, and Prince needs another lover like a hole in the head, apparently, at 66. The Icicle Works string out a 3rd year of chart entries, and Swing Out Sister debut with the fab jazzy 80’s pop of Breakout at 70, as Nik Kershaw and The Mission sneak back in ahead of Alice Cooper returning after a break – he’s Back! 14 years since School’s Out for summer.

This week I saw The Blow Monkeys and Level 42 in concert, fab musicians all. Digging Your Scene was the 1986 track that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye the most. Love it.

1 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
5 ( 6 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
6 ( 9 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
7 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
8 ( NEW ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 25 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
10 ( 7 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

11 ( 12 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
12 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
13 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
14 ( 30 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
15 ( 47 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 11 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
17 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
18 ( 10 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
20 ( 34 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

21 ( 14 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
22 ( 17 ) WORD UP Cameo
23 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 28 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 29 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
26 ( 15 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
27 ( 13 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
28 ( 18 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
29 ( 49 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
30 ( 31 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites

31 ( 26 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
32 ( 24 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
33 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
34 ( 21 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
35 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
36 ( 68 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
37 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
39 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 27 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
43 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
44 ( NEW ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
45 ( 44 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 40 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
47 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
48 ( RE ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
49 ( 38 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
50 ( 65 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner

51 ( 48 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
52 ( 51 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 50 ) CRY Godley & Creme
54 ( 36 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
55 ( 71 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
56 ( 42 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
57 ( 57 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 33 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( NEW ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
60 ( 64 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young

61 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
62 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 63 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( NEW ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
65 ( 35 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
66 ( NEW ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
68 ( 55 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
69 ( 74 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
70 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister

71 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
72 ( 53 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
73 ( NEW ) NOBODY KNOWS Nik Kershaw
74 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
75 ( NEW ) HE’S BACK Alice Cooper

non-chart playlist
1 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 JIMMY JIMMY Madonna
3 GALAXY T.Rex

 

28th October 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Suburbia as Quo get a 4-week run at 3 stuck behind my top two acts of 1986, The Bangles get a 3rd top 10, Red Box a second and last, and Bob Geldof a first and final solo top 10 – though the Rats had loads over the previous 8 years. Highest new entry (gasp!) is Shaky with a sweet ballad, in one fell swoop beating almost all of his previous singles, bar 2 or 3, in at 13. It’s a 3rd top 20 for entering Doctor & the Medics covering Abba’s 1974 chart-topper with an assist from Roy Wood, his first top 20 (barring Xmas re-entries of you-know-what) for a decade.

Anita Baker’s minor hit of a couple of months earlier finally starts to sell in the UK and shoots back in at 17, Sweet Love, The Mission have a huge climb into the 30, as do Duran Duran, While Cyndi Lauper finally makes the 40 with True Colors after faffing about a few weeks. Jaki Graham gets a 3rd solo top 40, in at 39, and Madness return with their final good record for 12 years, after a non-stop-run of 7 years, in at 40 with the Ghost Train. Good for Halloween of course.

Mel & Kim start-up the SAW pop factory proper, as they debut with Showin’ Out at 49, Bobby G remixes and comes back with a TV theme, Paul McCartney pulls a second single off Press To Play, and Bon Jovi return with a classic bang! Livin’ On A Prayer remains a widely-known anthem, selling well into the 2010’s. Also back: The Housemartins, a windy Bowie (promoting cult Xmas movie, The Snowman), The Smiths Ask for a return while they are still Panic-ing, Tina Turner is Two people, Cutting Crew get a quick follow-up, and The Real Thing sneak in briefly with a song that isn’t a 70’s biggie.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 6 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
5 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
6 ( 9 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
7 ( 4 ) HUMAN Human League
8 ( 12 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
9 ( 11 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
10 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof

11 ( 5 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
12 ( 14 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
13 ( NEW ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 7 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 20 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
17 ( RE ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
18 ( 29 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
19 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 25 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope

21 ( 10 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
22 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
23 ( 16 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
24 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 19 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
26 ( 74 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
27 ( 30 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
28 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
29 ( 17 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
30 ( 64 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran

31 ( 22 ) WORD UP Cameo
32 ( 36 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
33 ( 42 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
34 ( 55 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
36 ( 72 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 31 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
38 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
39 ( NEW ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
40 ( NEW ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 47 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
43 ( 21 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
44 ( 32 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
45 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 50 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
47 ( 59 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
48 ( 40 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
50 ( 33 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

51 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 70 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
54 ( 53 ) CRY Godley & Creme
55 ( 51 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
56 ( 46 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
57 ( 67 ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
58 ( NEW ) THEME FROM BIG DEAL (REMIX) Bobby G
59 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney

61 ( 44 ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
62 ( 27 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
63 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( 62 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
68 ( 48 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
69 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
70 ( NEW ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

71 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
72 ( 71 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
74 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
75 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies
1 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
2 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
3 DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

My September 1986 Charts

2nd September 1986

It’s Human League on top for a second week, presiding over a Jam & Lewis top 2, and a big pop week for me: the week I got on Radio 1 on Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, backstage with The Real Thing, and the week I bought my first Now That’s What I Call Music which boosted tracks in my chart which were on it. Highest new entry is the brilliant 20th anniversary of Eleanor Rigby (the reason for the high chart position, Yellow Submarine is for completion purposes only by that time, though I loved it as a kid), the Fabs keeping up with the reissues.

Big climbs for Tina Turner, The Communards, The Psychedelic Furs, OMD and Cutting Crew into the 40, with big new tracks entering lower down: You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon back with a biggie to signal classic Graceland; Chairmen Of The Board back with their first fab track in 13 years, having topped my chart in 1973; House arrives proper with Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk; Cameo do that much-covered future codpiece classic Word Up; Run DMC innovate a rap/rock combo with Aerosmith, and boost the 70’s rockers back into fashion in the US, and chart success at last in the UK setting up the rest of the decade and the 90’s; INXS’ best early single, the fab Kiss The Dirt; and yet another 1976 disco remix from Tina Charles, which pretty much pushed me into overload saturation for the once-loved disco chart-topper, and I’ve yet to get back to it in the same way.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
3 ( NEW ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
4 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
6 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
7 ( 6 ) PANIC The Smiths
8 ( 14 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
9 ( 12 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
10 ( 8 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie

11 ( 7 ) CRY Godley & Creme
12 ( 9 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
13 ( 18 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
14 ( 25 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
15 ( 10 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
16 ( 20 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
17 ( 11 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
18 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
19 ( 23 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
20 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

21 ( 15 ) SHOUT Lulu
22 ( 16 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
23 ( 26 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
24 ( 37 ) HEARTLAND The The
25 ( 32 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
27 ( 29 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
28 ( 19 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
29 ( 39 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
30 ( 54 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

31 ( 17 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
32 ( 57 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 69 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
34 ( 27 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
35 ( 53 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
36 ( 50 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
37 ( 21 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
38 ( 59 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
39 ( 61 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
40 ( 33 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

41 ( 24 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
42 ( 30 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
43 ( 45 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
44 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
45 ( 42 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
46 ( 36 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
47 ( 47 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
48 ( 40 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
49 ( NEW ) I LOVE TO LOVE (REMIX) Tina Charles
50 ( NEW ) WORD UP Cameo

51 ( 38 ) THE LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
52 ( 28 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
53 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
54 ( 41 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
55 ( 31 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
56 ( 67 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
57 ( 55 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
58 ( NEW ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
59 ( NEW ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
60 ( 56 ) VENUS Bananarama

61 ( 35 ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
62 ( 44 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
63 ( 68 ) TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY Sam Cooke
64 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 64 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
67 ( 72 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
68 ( 48 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
69 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
70 ( NEW ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

71 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl
72 ( 71 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) WALK THIS WAY Run DMC featuring Aerosmith
74 ( 75 ) MORE THAN PHYSICAL Bananarama
75 ( 52 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE (ORIGINAL VERSION) The Monkees
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

 

9th September 1986

3 weeks on top for Human, as my top 10 goes mad, with a massive leap for Killing Joke, far and away their biggest track for me, Adorations at 5, and INXS get a first top 10 with the fab Kiss The Dirt, up a whopping 64 places to 6. The Communards become the 3rd act to get a big hit out of Dont Leave Me This Way at 8, and highest new entry is the title track from Madonna’s fab True Blue album, in at 9.

Big climbs for Frankie, their 5th top 20, Bon Jovi get the first of a few top 20’s, novelty Holiday Rap enters at 16 for some European rapping, Cameo go top 30, and Five Star’s best and most charming record is in at 29, Rain Or Shine. Run DMC rock-et into the 40 helped by that fab video, and Farley takes House into the 40 too. The Ramones are back with some crummy stuff 8 years into their chart career, Amazulu cover Bobby Bloom, Pete Wylie is into diamonds, Elvis Costello makes it 9 years of chart success, Cyndi Lauper pops in with True Colors, not one of my faves of hers if I’m honest, Dead Or Alive make it 2 years and running, Falco makes it a hat trick of hits, and XTC are into grass, presumably having given up on making plans for Nigel after 7 years of trying.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
4 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 43 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
6 ( 70 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
7 ( 14 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
9 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
10 ( 5 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

11 ( 7 ) PANIC The Smiths
12 ( 36 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13 ( 20 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
14 ( 6 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
15 ( 29 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
16 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
17 ( 10 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
18 ( 9 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
19 ( 24 ) HEARTLAND The The
20 ( 25 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) CRY Godley & Creme
22 ( 8 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
23 ( 12 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
24 ( 13 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
25 ( 39 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
26 ( 33 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
27 ( 15 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 50 ) WORD UP Cameo
29 ( NEW ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
30 ( 30 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

31 ( 17 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
32 ( 16 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
33 ( 22 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
34 ( 73 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
35 ( 35 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
36 ( 38 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
37 ( 26 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
38 ( 23 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
39 ( 58 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
40 ( 21 ) SHOUT Lulu

41 ( 18 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
42 ( 28 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
43 ( 47 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
44 ( 40 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
45 ( 19 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
46 ( 59 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
47 ( 27 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
48 ( 44 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 45 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
50 ( 42 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T

51 ( 34 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
52 ( NEW ) CRUMMY STUFF The Ramones
53 ( 64 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
54 ( 56 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( RE ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 37 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
57 ( NEW ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
58 ( 41 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
59 ( 48 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
60 ( NEW ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie

61 ( 53 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
62 ( 31 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
63 ( 49 ) I LOVE TO LOVE (REMIX) Tina Charles
64 ( 67 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 57 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
67 ( 46 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
68 ( NEW ) TOKYO STORM WARNING Elvis Costello
69 ( 54 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
70 ( NEW ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
72 ( NEW ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
73 ( 72 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
75 ( NEW ) GRASS XTC

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri
2 IT’S FOUR IN THE MORNING Faron Young
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

16th September 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for Human, as Bon Jovi get a first top 5 along with INXS. Run DMC and Aerosmith have a big climb for a first top 10, while Cameo make it a second with Word Up. Big climbs into the 20 for Psychedelic Furs & Five Star, and highest new entry is one-hit wonders Timex Social Club with the great Rumors. Dead Or Alive keep the top 40 run going strong, and Michael MacDonald takes Sweet Freedom into the 40, Chairmen Of The Board do the same for the first time since Finder’s Keepers in 1973, Pete Wylie adds to his occasional top 40 forays, Paul Simon makes his list longer, and Amazulu keep ’em coming.

UB40 keep the 6-year-run strong as they enter with All I Want To Do, and The Bangles come back strongly walking like an Egyptian. Meat Loaf pairs with Parr for a spot of mercenary chart attacking, Big Country, Talking Heads and Ultravox have minor returns, and Queen’s Highlander anthem Who wants To Live Forever sneaks in quietly.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 9 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
5 ( 15 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
6 ( 8 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
7 ( 7 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
8 ( 34 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
9 ( 3 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
10 ( 28 ) WORD UP Cameo

11 ( 5 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
12 ( 12 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
13 ( 16 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
14 ( 25 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
15 ( 29 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
16 ( 4 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
17 ( 36 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
18 ( 13 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
19 ( 20 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
20 ( 11 ) PANIC The Smiths

21 ( 10 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
22 ( 26 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
23 ( 14 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
24 ( 39 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk
25 ( 19 ) HEARTLAND The The
26 ( NEW ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
27 ( 30 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
28 ( 71 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
29 ( 17 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
30 ( 18 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley & Creme
32 ( 43 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
33 ( 23 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
34 ( 53 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
35 ( 33 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
36 ( 60 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
37 ( 57 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
38 ( 27 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
39 ( 22 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
40 ( 46 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

41 ( 32 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
42 ( 24 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
43 ( 37 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
44 ( 38 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
45 ( 52 ) CRUMMY STUFF The Ramones
46 ( 44 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
47 ( 55 ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
48 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 40 ) SHOUT Lulu
50 ( 35 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera

51 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
52 ( 49 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
53 ( 42 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
54 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
55 ( 47 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
56 ( 45 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
57 ( 72 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
58 ( 41 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
59 ( 64 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
60 ( 31 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range

61 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
62 ( 68 ) TOKYO STORM WARNING Elvis Costello
63 ( NEW ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
64 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( NEW ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
66 ( 66 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
67 ( 74 ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
68 ( NEW ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
69 ( 56 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
70 ( 61 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz

71 ( 50 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
72 ( 73 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) WILD WILD LIFE Talking Heads
74 ( 59 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
75 ( NEW ) NO MORE TEARS Hollywood Beyond

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
2 KEEP ON Bruce Channel
3 HERE IT COMES AGAIN The Fortunes

 

23rd September 1986

It’s 5 weeks on top for Human, on track to be my biggest record of 1986, and Five Star get into the top 5 with the lovely Rain Or Shine. Eurythmics get their almost obligatory top 10 in my charts, they rarely fail to make it, and Timex Social Club leap up to 10 for the first and last time with a top 10 track. Outside the top 10 things are very volatile with big drops, big climbers and loads of new entries:

Dead Or Alive continue the run of top 20’s, Paul Simon leaps Al up to 13, for his highest placing in 13 years, House hits my top 20 with the Jackmaster, OMD sneak another top 20, and highest new entry at 20 is a comeback for The Monkees, or rather 2 of them with vocals from Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork, and the first Monkees tracks to chart in 6 years, but actually the first new stuff ever to make my charts – as all their previous chart-toppers were reissues of stuff I adored before I began charting in 1968. They most-recently charted with a Paul Weller/Noel Gallagher song in 2017, their best stuff since their heyday 50 years earlier.

Big climbers into the 40 for Meatloaf, Big Country, Falco, Ultravox and The Bangles, all returning from previous hits, while the 20-year-old That’ll Be The Day brings Buddy Holly back into my charts – a semi-regular event over the decades which is pretty good considering they all date from the year I was born or earlier, being as he died around my first birthday. Others extending the runs of hits: Elton John (15 years), Billy Idol (8 years), Billy Joel (11 years), Ashford & Simpson (18 years as writers). Notable newies from Black, with the gorgeous Wonderful Life, Pet Shop Boys entering relatively low with Suburbia, following on from 2 chart-toppers & a top 10 – the B side was equally as good (Paninaro) and should have been the next single instead, but in those days B sides were ineligible for my charts or else it would certainly have topped my chart.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
5 ( 15 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 10 ) WORD UP Cameo
7 ( 8 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
8 ( 19 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
9 ( 14 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
10 ( 26 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club

11 ( 18 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
12 ( 28 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
13 ( 40 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
14 ( 9 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
15 ( 17 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
16 ( 24 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
17 ( 7 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
18 ( 22 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 6 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
20 ( NEW ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 4 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
22 ( 13 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
23 ( 11 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
24 ( 16 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
25 ( 25 ) HEARTLAND The The
26 ( 12 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 36 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
28 ( 20 ) PANIC The Smiths
29 ( 32 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
30 ( 21 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross

31 ( 37 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
32 ( 23 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
33 ( 61 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
34 ( 34 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
35 ( 63 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
36 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
37 ( NEW ) THAT’LL BE THE DAY Buddy Holly & The Crickets
38 ( 31 ) CRY Godley & Creme
39 ( 57 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
40 ( 65 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox

41 ( 35 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
42 ( 33 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
43 ( 29 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
44 ( 51 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
45 ( 30 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
46 ( 59 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
47 ( 68 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
48 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
49 ( NEW ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
50 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 39 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
52 ( 46 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
53 ( RE ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
54 ( 27 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
55 ( 38 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
56 ( 52 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
57 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
58 ( NEW ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
59 ( 49 ) SHOUT Lulu
60 ( NEW ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 50 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
62 ( 41 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON TIGHT Samantha Fox
64 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
65 ( 42 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
66 ( 43 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
67 ( NEW ) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Ashford & Simpson
68 ( RE ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( NEW ) I WANT EVERYTHING The Godfathers

71 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY Luis Gardenas
72 ( 72 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
74 ( 66 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
75 ( NEW ) GOOD VIBRATIONS Psychic TV

Oldies
1 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 SECRET LOVE Kathy Kirby
3 RACE WITH THE DEVIL Gun

 

30th September 1986

It’s 6 weeks on top for Human, their longest run at 1, as Big Supreme get a well-deserved top 10 placing in the absence of an actual chart placing in the real world, and The Police try a comeback which goes horribly acrimoniously leaving only the new version of their 1980 number one in at 8 – they really did mean it when they said don’t stand so close to me. Dead Or Alive get a full-set of top 10’s since You spin me Round.

Critics who claimed every Quo song sounded the same (they don’t) had no response to their cover of In The Army Now, sounding nothing like Quo and fab, in at 18. Pet Shop Boys make it 4 top 20’s in a row as Suburbia rockets up to 17, and Elton is still leaping into the 20 15 years on. The Pretenders have an Avengers-themed 60’s moment with the great Don’t Get Me Wrong in at 30, while lower end hits continue to enter for Loose Ends, Julian Cope and his best post-Teardrops Explode single, Howard Jones, Marti Webb, 15 years of Rod Stewart, Paul Young, The Housemartins, and New Order.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 3 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 8 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
4 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 10 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
6 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
7 ( 11 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
8 ( NEW ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 7 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
10 ( 12 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive

11 ( 2 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
13 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
14 ( 15 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
15 ( 16 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
16 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
17 ( 60 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
18 ( NEW ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
19 ( 4 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
20 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
22 ( 9 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
23 ( 39 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
24 ( 19 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 31 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
26 ( 21 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
27 ( 29 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
28 ( 17 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 34 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
30 ( NEW ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

31 ( 27 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
32 ( 35 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
33 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
34 ( 24 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
35 ( 36 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
36 ( 30 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
37 ( 46 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
38 ( 40 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
39 ( 28 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( 53 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News

41 ( 25 ) HEARTLAND The The
42 ( 32 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
43 ( 22 ) HOLIDAY RAP MC MIker G & Deejay Sven
44 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
45 ( 41 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
46 ( 49 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
47 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
48 ( 38 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 26 ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( NEW ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
52 ( NEW ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
53 ( 23 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
54 ( 42 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
55 ( 57 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
56 ( 52 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
57 ( 73 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
58 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
59 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
60 ( 56 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 68 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
62 ( 37 ) THAT’LL BE THE DAY Buddy Holly & The Crickets
63 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( NEW ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
65 ( 45 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
66 ( 64 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
67 ( 67 ) COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS Ashford & Simpson
68 ( 55 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
69 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
70 ( 59 ) SHOUT Lulu

71 ( NEW ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
72 ( NEW ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) DREAMER B B & Q
74 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( NEW ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 EMMA Hot Chocolate
3 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
4 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
5 YOU’LL ALWAYS BE A FRIEND Hot Chocolate

My August 1986 Charts

5th August 1986

It’s the oldest record to top my chart to date at 1 – the 22-year-old Shout, giving Lulu her first chart-topper after 18 years of trying. There are lots of big climbers, big droppers, and new entries in a volatile chart week. Doctor & The Medics make it 2 top 5’s in a row with a big leap, and yes, someone had to like it, Chris De Burgh also goes top 5 here. I loathe the record these days, got sick of hearing it very quickly, and have never gone back to it, it was all those wedding dances that did it…!

Robert Palmer gets his first top 10, Patti Labelle rockets into the 20, and Bruce Hornsby & Jesus & Mary Chain both leap strongly into the 20 too. The Smiths rocket into the 30, along with 2 soul divas in Aretha Franklin & Gwen Guthrie. The highest new entry is Miami Sound Machine, back again with the rather lovely Fallin In Love at 28. Yello have a European Goldrush into the 40, & The Real Thing get a 3rd 70’s remix into my 40, still feeling that force 7 years on. Tim Finn, ex of Split Enz and brother of forthcoming Crowded House ex-Split Enz Neil Finn, gets a solo entry, Prince is close behind, a bit of Boris Gardiner debuting his lover’s rock future UK chart-topper, Basia goes solo of Matt Bianco, Everything But The Girl have another newie, and the fabulous record and future Annie Lennox fabness (supporting Eurythmics on tour as it happens, A Lover Speaks) is No More ‘I Love You’s. Jefferey Osbourne also returns, popping to Soweto.

1 ( 3 ) SHOUT Lulu
2 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
3 ( 24 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 18 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
5 ( 5 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
6 ( 6 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
7 ( 2 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
8 ( 15 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
9 ( 4 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
10 ( 10 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

11 ( 7 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
12 ( 30 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
13 ( 9 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
14 ( 8 ) VENUS Bananarama
15 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
16 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
17 ( 51 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
18 ( 11 ) ROSES Haywoode
19 ( 42 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
20 ( 45 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

21 ( 20 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
22 ( 16 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
23 ( 13 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
24 ( 12 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
25 ( 27 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
26 ( 17 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
27 ( 48 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
28 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
29 ( 39 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
30 ( 74 ) PANIC The Smiths

31 ( 14 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
32 ( 25 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
33 ( 19 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
34 ( 65 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
35 ( 21 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
36 ( 28 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
37 ( 29 ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
38 ( NEW ) GOLDRUSH Yello
39 ( 22 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
40 ( NEW ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing

41 ( 23 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
42 ( 41 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
43 ( 35 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
44 ( 72 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
45 ( 40 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
46 ( NEW ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
47 ( NEW ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
48 ( 64 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
49 ( 32 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
50 ( 50 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial

51 ( NEW ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
52 ( 38 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
53 ( 75 ) RED SKY Status Quo
54 ( NEW ) PRIME TIME TV Basia
55 ( 49 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
56 ( 44 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
57 ( 53 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
58 ( 47 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
59 ( 57 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
60 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl

61 ( NEW ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
62 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
63 ( 63 ) SO MACHO Sinitta
64 ( 31 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
65 ( 69 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
66 ( 36 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
67 ( 56 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
68 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
69 ( 68 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
70 ( 70 ) FIGHT FOR OURSELVES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( 43 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
73 ( NEW ) SOWETO Jeffery Osbourne
74 ( 33 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
75 ( 34 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 JACKIE Scott Walker
3 YAMASUKI The Yamasukis

 

12th August 1986

A few weeks since The Supremes oldie hit the top, in comes Diana Ross with her first major solo hit, the definitive OTT cover of Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, the Marvin & Tammi oldie, a hit in 1970 while I lived out the country and was blissfully unaware of it until a few years later – I grew to love it more and more over the years until it was a 1986 reissue, giving her a 3rd solo topper, or 5 including The Supremes. The chart is as volatile as last week, tracks shooting up and dropping back, and entering high, such as the highest new track at 8 from the Human league doing Jam & Lewis, the gorgeous Human, and another Jam & Lewis classic for Janet Jackson, When I Think Of You, at 47.

Patti Labelle gets a second top tenner, Oh people at 4, and The Smiths grab one of their occasional top 10’s with the fab Panic up to 9. Bon Jovi debut in my charts with You Give Love A Bad Name, at 51, Jermaine Stewart dances in without having to take his clothes off, Winston Reedy does a good reggae cover of Elvis Costello, Stevie Nicks slips in with the understated and utter gorgeousness of Has Anyone Ever Written Anything For You, The The sneak in, and somehow Anita Dobson escapes from Eastenders, bungs some lyrics on the theme tune, and got future hubbie Brian May on production duties, hey presto a big UK hit in the year when Angie ruled the Queen Vic.

1 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
2 ( 1 ) SHOUT Lulu
3 ( 5 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
4 ( 16 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
5 ( 3 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 2 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
7 ( 8 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
8 ( NEW ) HUMAN Human League
9 ( 30 ) PANIC The Smiths
10 ( 4 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh

11 ( 12 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
12 ( 6 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
13 ( 27 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
14 ( 17 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
15 ( 7 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
16 ( 19 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
17 ( 40 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
18 ( 10 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
19 ( 25 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
20 ( 20 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain

21 ( 13 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
22 ( 9 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
23 ( 11 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
24 ( 15 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
25 ( 28 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
26 ( 44 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
27 ( 34 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
28 ( 14 ) VENUS Bananarama
29 ( 18 ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( 22 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz

31 ( 23 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
32 ( 51 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
33 ( 29 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
34 ( 48 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
35 ( 53 ) RED SKY Status Quo
36 ( 26 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
37 ( 32 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 38 ) GOLDRUSH Yello
39 ( 24 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
40 ( 46 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn

41 ( 37 ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
42 ( 33 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
43 ( 42 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
44 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl
45 ( 21 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
46 ( 47 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
47 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
48 ( 39 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
49 ( 61 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
50 ( 54 ) PRIME TIME TV Basia

51 ( NEW ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
52 ( 65 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
53 ( 31 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
54 ( 45 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
55 ( 73 ) SOWETO Jeffery Osbourne
56 ( 43 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
57 ( 36 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
58 ( 49 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
59 ( 63 ) SO MACHO Sinitta
60 ( 59 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye

61 ( 35 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
62 ( NEW ) I HAD A FRIEND Rain And Tears
63 ( 62 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
64 ( 55 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
65 ( 57 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
66 ( NEW ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
67 ( NEW ) ANYONE CAN FALL IN LOVE Anita Dobson
68 ( 41 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
69 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
70 ( 69 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush

71 ( 52 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
72 ( 58 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
73 ( NEW ) HAS ANYONE WRITTEN ANYTHING FOR YOU Stevie Nicks
74 ( NEW ) HEARTLAND The The
75 ( 67 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
2 HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
3 I LOVE ALL OF ME Yoko Ono

 

19th August 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Diana Ross’ 1970 classic, just holding off Human at 2, and a return for Godley & Creme’s 1985 chart-topper Cry, thanks to a re-entry in the UK top 75 validating it. Janet Jackson adds another Jam & Lewis goodie into the 10 as one departs (Robert Palmer), up 41 places for When I Think Of You to 6. Highest new song is in at 12 for Modern Talking, a nice slice of Eurocheese as opposed to a brilliant drink of Hot Chocolate 70’s soul. Likewise, Sophie & Peter Johnson, John Peel faves are in at 28, a new song as opposed to The Turtles classic Happy Together. Melodic 80’s pop ballad, that deserved more.

As did The Big Supreme’s Don’t Walk in at 34, a great pop track better than some of the stuff in the charts, and The Moody Blues’ Your Wildest Dreams keeping the Moody’s in chart hits for 14 years. Lower newies include Depeche Mode asking another question, rhetorical presumably, The Stranglers on holiday in France 9 years on from hanging about on beaches with Peaches, and a debut from Cutting Crew. Bucks Fizz follow-up an epic single with….err a pedestrian cover of a Stephen Stills 1971 minor hit (albeit a great song). The Writing really was On The Wall, sadly. Peter Cetera enters with a movie song even more turgid than any of Chicago’s most turgid of ballad’s, but it sold the film I guess. Tina meanwhile has a low opinion of men – can’t blame her really. Typical Male.

1 ( 1 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
2 ( 8 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( NEW ) CRY Godley & Creme
4 ( 4 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
5 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 47 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
7 ( 9 ) PANIC The Smiths
8 ( 3 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
9 ( 13 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
10 ( 2 ) SHOUT Lulu

11 ( 6 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
12 ( NEW ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
13 ( 17 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 16 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
15 ( 7 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
16 ( 19 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
17 ( 14 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
18 ( 34 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
19 ( 11 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
20 ( 26 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall

21 ( 12 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
22 ( 10 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
23 ( 20 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
24 ( 15 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
25 ( 32 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
26 ( 21 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
27 ( 27 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
28 ( NEW ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
29 ( 35 ) RED SKY Status Quo
30 ( 22 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood

31 ( 23 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
32 ( 18 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
33 ( 25 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
34 ( NEW ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
35 ( 52 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
36 ( 40 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
37 ( NEW ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
38 ( 49 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
39 ( 30 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
40 ( 46 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince

41 ( 37 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 28 ) VENUS Bananarama
43 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
44 ( 31 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
45 ( 51 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
46 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
47 ( 66 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
48 ( 24 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
49 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
50 ( 50 ) PRIME TIME TV Basia

51 ( NEW ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers
52 ( 39 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
53 ( 55 ) SOWETO Jeffery Osbourne
54 ( 36 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
55 ( 38 ) GOLDRUSH Yello
56 ( 71 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
57 ( 69 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
58 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
59 ( 73 ) HAS ANYONE WRITTEN ANYTHING FOR YOU Stevie Nicks
60 ( 44 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl

61 ( 33 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 62 ) I HAD A FRIEND Rain And Tears
63 ( 60 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
64 ( NEW ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
65 ( 63 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 54 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
67 ( 67 ) ANYONE CAN FALL IN LOVE Anita Dobson
68 ( 41 ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
69 ( NEW ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
70 ( 56 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha

71 ( 70 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
73 ( NEW ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
74 ( 58 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
2 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
3 THE LONG MARCH Vangelis

 

25th August 1986

It’s a first week on top for the Jam & Lewis Human League, their 7th chart-topper, while the Jam & Lewis Janet Jackson is up to 3, with Human and When I Think Of You respectively. It’s Janet Jackson’s 2nd top 5. Modern Talking follow-up a chart-topper with a second top 5 hit, Phil Fearon returns to the top 10 for the first time in 2 years with the Tony Etoria minor classic. The Stranglers are nicely inside the top 20 with a leap, followed by Depeche Mode, Prince and Jermaine Stewart inside the 30.

Highest new entry is Eurythmics with a more funkrock anthemic style Thorn In My Side at 32, with The The’s Heartland just behind. Bucks Fizz take the Stephen Stills oldie into the 40 with a mighty bound, while new entries lower down from Killing Joke, Frankie and Psychedelic Furs give a more indie feel to the chart. The Furs is a re-record of an oldie for a movie, I think, and Frankie are Trevor Horn-less, and it shows. Michael MacDonald is back with jolly tune that flopped – till 1987 – and the monster Communards “song of 1986” cover of Harold Melvin’s Don’t Leave Me This Way enters quite low. I’m in a minority in preferring the original over all other versions.

9 years on, Jean-Michel Jarre is back, with a chart-topper still 30 years in the future, OMD have a lovely new entry, Genesis mine Invisible Touch, and Bananarama release one of their less remembered singles.

1 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 1 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
3 ( 6 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
4 ( 12 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
5 ( 5 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 7 ) PANIC The Smiths
7 ( 3 ) CRY Godley & Creme
8 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
9 ( 4 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
10 ( 16 ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy

11 ( 14 ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
12 ( 18 ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
13 ( 13 ) CAN YOU FEEL THE FORCE (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 25 ) I WANT TO WAKE UP WITH YOU Boris Gardiner
15 ( 10 ) SHOUT Lulu
16 ( 11 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
17 ( 28 ) HAPPY TOGETHER Sophie & Peter Johnson
18 ( 20 ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
19 ( 15 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
20 ( 51 ) NICE IN NICE The Stranglers

21 ( 8 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
22 ( 34 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 36 ) CARVE YOU IN MARBLE Tim Finn
24 ( 17 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
25 ( 47 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
26 ( 49 ) A QUESTION OF TIME Depeche Mode
27 ( 40 ) GIRLS AND BOYS Prince
28 ( 19 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
29 ( 38 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S A Lover Speaks
30 ( 24 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T

31 ( 35 ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
32 ( NEW ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
33 ( 26 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
34 ( 69 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Bucks Fizz
35 ( 37 ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
36 ( 21 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
37 ( NEW ) HEARTLAND The The
38 ( 22 ) THE LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
39 ( 45 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
40 ( 31 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway

41 ( 30 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
42 ( 41 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 43 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
44 ( 27 ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
45 ( NEW ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke
46 ( 39 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
47 ( NEW ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
48 ( 32 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
49 ( 57 ) EVERYDAY I WRITE THE BOOK Winston Reedy
50 ( NEW ) RAGE HARD Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 29 ) RED SKY Status Quo
52 ( 23 ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
53 ( 73 ) GLORY OF LOVE Peter Cetera
54 ( 75 ) TYPICAL MALE Tina Turner
55 ( 44 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
56 ( 42 ) VENUS Bananarama
57 ( NEW ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
58 ( 33 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine featuring Gloria Estefan
59 ( NEW ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
60 ( 60 ) COME ON HOME Everything But The Girl

61 ( 64 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
62 ( 67 ) ANYONE CAN FALL IN LOVE Anita Dobson
63 ( NEW ) FOURTH RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
64 ( 63 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
65 ( 65 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
66 ( 46 ) ROSES Haywoode
67 ( 72 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
68 ( NEW ) TWISTING THE NIGHT AWAY Sam Cooke
69 ( NEW ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
70 ( 58 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant

71 ( 71 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
73 ( 66 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
74 ( 50 ) PRIME TIME TV Basia
75 ( NEW ) MORE THAN PHYSICAL Bananarama

Oldies
1 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
2 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
3 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

My August 1990 Charts

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5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

 

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

 

My 1995 Charts – June

4th June 1995

3 weeks for Yes at 1, McAlmont & Butler still rule, and it’s Livin’ Joy at 3, cos I’m a Dreamer. Human League make it 3 top 5 in a row in 1995, as U2’s Batman track brings them another top 10 12 years on from the first, and a Eurovision winner breaks into the 10 too, not that common in the 90’s but then Nocturne is a great track. Duran Duran take White Lines into the 20, which is nothing to sniff at, so don’t don’t do it, and Paula Abdul and Ofra Haza jointly do the same, ditto Baby D, and best of the bunch so does all-time classic Pulp, Common People, uncommonly brilliant record.Rugby record time, it must be Swing Low Sweet Chariot back again after a 20 year break – but it’s not Eric Clapton this time, it’s Ladysmith Black Mombazo and China Black, Ladysmith stretching back with Paul Simon assist from South Africa and Graceland 1986. There’s another oldie also back, and it’s The Detroit Spinners finally getting a hit with their much-covered I’ll Be Around – in a sampled version by Rappin’ 4 Tay at 34. Reef are Nakedly new at 36, and Mike + The Mechanics, Montell Jordan and Annie Lennox all enter the 40. At 59, it’s the fab Right In The Night from Jam & Spoon (not forgetting Plavka), a dance goodie, and at 64 it’s The Happy Mondays, errr I mean Black Grape, Rev-ing their way in.

1 ( 1 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
2 ( 2 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
3 ( 4 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
4 ( 10 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
5 ( 5 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
6 ( 3 ) SKY HIGH Newton
7 ( 7 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
8 ( 12 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
9 ( 6 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
10 ( 22 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2

http://youtube.com/v/ZftlRs-pfv4

11 ( 8 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
12 ( 17 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
13 ( 9 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
14 ( 14 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
15 ( 23 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
16 ( 11 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
17 ( 35 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
18 ( 36 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
19 ( 27 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
20 ( 28 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls

http://youtube.com/v/39jfmB5kR84

21 ( 21 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
22 ( 20 ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John
23 ( 19 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
24 ( 26 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
25 ( 16 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
26 ( 18 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
27 ( 13 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
28 ( NEW ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
29 ( 15 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond
30 ( 34 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone

31 ( 50 ) CAN’T CRY ANYMORE Sheryl Crow
32 ( 29 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
33 ( 38 ) FAKE PLASTIC TREES Radiohead
34 ( NEW ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
35 ( RE ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( NEW ) NAKED Reef
37 ( 30 ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle
38 ( 43 ) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan
39 ( 25 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Gompie
40 ( 46 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox

41 ( 41 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
42 ( 24 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
43 ( 31 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
44 ( 44 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
45 ( 33 ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone
46 ( 32 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
47 ( 51 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
48 ( 39 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
49 ( 42 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
50 ( 62 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Robson Green and Jerome Flynn

51 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
52 ( 52 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
53 ( 48 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
54 ( 54 ) YOU’RE THE STAR Rod Stewart
55 ( 40 ) “24-7-365” Charles and Eddie
56 ( 45 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
57 ( 47 ) BOOM BOOM Definition Of Sound
58 ( 53 ) GOTTA BE A SIN Adam Ant
59 ( NEW ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
60 ( 55 ) BELIEVE Elton John

http://youtube.com/v/DfdkKYHlZp4

61 ( 59 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
62 ( 58 ) MY GIRL JOSEPHINE Super Cat featuring Jack Radics
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
65 ( 65 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
66 ( 57 ) WHERE I FIND MY HEAVEN Gigolo Aunts
67 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin
69 ( 49 ) FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN The Boo Radleys
70 ( 56 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds

71 ( NEW ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
72 ( 73 ) SURRENDER YOUR LOVE Nightcrawlers
73 ( 74 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( 72 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
75 ( 66 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer

http://youtube.com/v/XDl8ZPm3GrU

4th June
OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. GREATEST HITS – Tommy James And The Shondells
2. GREATEST HITS – K.C. And The Sunshine Band
3. Love Is Like Oxygen – The Sweet

18th June 1995

After 37 weeks Edwyn Collins finally gets to the top of the charts, which is something of a record for my charts. Plenty of tracks hit my top spot on reissue, after a suitable gap during which I get to fall in love with them again, but few hang around my charts for 9 months without me suffering from overplay syndrome and opting for something fresher. A Girl Like You is terrific though, and still sounds great. It also means Edwyn had to wait 12 years from his Orange Juice debut to topping. Duran Duran and U2 both add another top 5 to the lengthening lists of top 5’s, and Shaun Ryder gets another top 10 outside the Happy Mondays.Rappin’ 4-Tay helps The Detroit Spinners have a run of 22 years of top 20 hits, while Annie Lennox lengthens hers to 16 years. Highest new entry at 24 is a fab cover version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time, which made my charts 20 years earlier, and it really should have been a bigger hit for The Jayhawks than UK chart peak of 70. Bah! That leads the cover version charge of new entries: at 29 comedians Vic & Bob join with EMF to bring I’m A Believer back into my chart for the 4th time – The Monkees topped my chart with it twice (1974, 1980) and Robert Wyatt did a version in 1974, but the Neil Diamond song would also have topped in the 60’s had I been charting then. Vic also covered Dizzy, my first ever singles purchase, and had been grabbing occasional hits for 4 years, EMF for 5. Unbelievable!Carole King’s classic It’s Too Late gets yet another cover version, and not too badly, from Gloria Estefan, while Whoomp There It Is gets the frantic cheesy dance treatment from Clock, and not improving on the Tag Team’s version. Shaggy keeps his singles run going with an unlikely cover of Mungo Jerry – In The Summertime also not quite improving on the original.

At 31, grunge popmetal band The Offspring debut without a lack of Self Esteem, ahead of their great rebirth in 1999 following a decent haircut. At 71 Dr Dre gets a solo debut, ahead of his rebirth in 1999 as godfather to Eminem and others, and a new hip solo career en route to being a multi-millionaire Beats promoter – Keep Their Heads Ringin’, pops in briefly, though he had already charted 5 years earlier with N.W.A. and been overshadowed a bit by band mate Ice Cube in the interim. Boom Boom Boom, it’s the Outhere Brothers shouting it up at 64, while altogether more subtle is the New Age Deep Forest back with Marta’s Song.

http://youtube.com/v/nkKxGzm98AU

1 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
2 ( 3 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
4 ( 7 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
5 ( 6 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
6 ( 5 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
7 ( 4 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
8 ( 17 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
9 ( 8 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka

11 ( 9 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
12 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
13 ( 14 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
14 ( 19 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
15 ( 10 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
16 ( 16 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
17 ( 18 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
18 ( 34 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
19 ( 25 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 24 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox

21 ( 12 ) SKY HIGH Newton
22 ( 11 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
23 ( 20 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
24 ( NEW ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
25 ( 27 ) NAKED Reef
26 ( 21 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
27 ( 22 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
28 ( 23 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
29 ( NEW ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
30 ( 30 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy

http://youtube.com/v/woZM6vzuzik

31 ( NEW ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
32 ( 29 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
33 ( NEW ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
34 ( 31 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
35 ( 40 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
36 ( 44 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
37 ( 53 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
38 ( 35 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
39 ( 39 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
40 ( 58 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17

41 ( 26 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
42 ( 36 ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Loveland featuring Rachel MacFarlane
43 ( 32 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
44 ( 33 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
45 ( 28 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
46 ( 51 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 42 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
48 ( 43 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond
49 ( 41 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
50 ( 50 ) YOUR LOVING ARMS Billie Ray Martin

51 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
52 ( 37 ) MADE IN ENGLAND Elton John
53 ( NEW ) WHOOMP THERE IT IS Clock
54 ( 45 ) UNCHAINED MELODY Robson Green and Jerome Flynn
55 ( 38 ) THIS IS HOW WE DO IT Montell Jordan
56 ( 49 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
57 ( NEW ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
58 ( 57 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
59 ( 56 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
60 ( 75 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

http://youtube.com/v/o0yQHzLpQ3U

61 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 55 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
63 ( 47 ) FREEDOM Michelle Gayle
64 ( NEW ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
65 ( 65 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
66 ( 59 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 63 ) BELIEVE Elton John
69 ( 70 ) ONLY ONE ROAD Celine Dion
70 ( 64 ) KEY TO MY LIFE Boyzone

71 ( NEW ) KEEP THEIR HEADS RINGIN’ Dr. Dre
72 ( 46 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
73 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( 61 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
75 ( 60 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish

http://youtube.com/v/TE891IHxyV8


OLDIES PLAYLIST

1. GREATEST HITS – Tommy James And The Shondells
2. LISTEN WITHOUT PREJUDICE – George Michael
3. HITS – Sonny & Cher

My oldies playlist is albums this week, Tommy james still ranking, while George Michael’s 5-year-old Listen Without Prejudice still impressed, Sonny & Cher’s Greatest Hits though was also grabbing me, a CD I’d bought in Cairns, and this track in particular, with it’s gypsy rhythms a sort of follow-up to Cher’s Bang Bang and a pre-cursor to Gypsies Tramps And Thieves, and Dark Lady: Little Man is fantastic.

http://youtube.com/v/XJz0hDWNNuU
25th June 1995
I always say something can always be improved with a spaceship in it. It’s one of my major criticisms of Coronation Street: no spaceships. Scream is a case in point, the duet between sis n bruv Michael and Janet gets to number one ahead of much better tracks from both of them. Considering who they are, it should have been an epic collaboration, rather than the decent enough jam that it is. It was the fab video, though, mostly. Janet has panda eye make-up, which also helps. With a sudden spurt from 72 to 8, after pottering about a few weeks, Mike And The Mechanics get a belated 2nd top 10 track some 9 years after the first (Silent Running), though of course Mike Rutherford (ex-Genesis) and Paul Jones (ex-Sad Cafe) had done it before then in previous bands. More importantly, it had taken them 6 weeks but Pulp’s all-time classic Common People finally makes the top 10 and proves that sometimes I under-appreciate a classic for some reason – it eventually topped my chart in reissue stylee in the 21st Century, and quite right too.Amy Grant takes Big Yellow Taxi into the top 20, emulating Joni Mitchell’s original 25 years earlier, while back at 28 re-entering at a new peak it’s Dusty and Daryl, Wherever Would I Be. Also back, Oasis and Live Forever at 35, and in at 38 it’s Menswear and Daydreamer with some nice guitar riffing Britpop stylee. Oasis invade the chart as they become huge and the singles sell into the UK singles chart, which means a re-entry from chart-topper Whatever at 54, and Shakermaker at 73. At 56, a debut from Supergrass, and it’s the perennially fab Alright, upbeat, cheerful and delicious. At 59, Black Box return with Not just Anyone, and other newies from Jay Kay, D:Ream, A.D.A.M. and Sean Maguire round off the rest.

http://youtube.com/v/0P4A1K4lXDo

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
3 ( 9 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
4 ( 3 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
5 ( 4 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
7 ( 5 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
8 ( 72 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
9 ( 16 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
10 ( 18 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

http://youtube.com/v/FEE2fSF5bX4

11 ( 7 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
12 ( 10 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
13 ( 8 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
14 ( 11 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
15 ( 20 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
16 ( 29 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( 13 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
18 ( 57 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
19 ( 37 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
20 ( 24 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks

21 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
22 ( 15 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
23 ( 12 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 17 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
25 ( 14 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
26 ( 30 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
27 ( 36 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
28 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
29 ( 21 ) SKY HIGH Newton
30 ( 26 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose

http://youtube.com/v/302Et9UD-VY

31 ( 27 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
32 ( 22 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
33 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
34 ( 23 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
35 ( NEW ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
36 ( 40 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
37 ( 53 ) WHOOMP THERE IT IS Clock
38 ( NEW ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
39 ( 38 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
40 ( 64 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers

41 ( 35 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
42 ( 28 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
43 ( 32 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
44 ( 46 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
45 ( 60 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 34 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
47 ( 25 ) NAKED Reef
48 ( 39 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
49 ( 31 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
50 ( NEW ) FLY AWAY Haddaway

51 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
52 ( 44 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
53 ( 42 ) DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Loveland featuring Rachel MacFarlane
54 ( RE ) WHATEVER Oasis
55 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
56 ( NEW ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
57 ( 47 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
58 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
59 ( NEW ) NOT ANYONE Black Box
60 ( 48 ) ADORED AND EXPLORED Marc Almond

http://youtube.com/v/fwjXgskUN50

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 49 ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
63 ( 59 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 56 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
65 ( 41 ) NOCTURNE Secret Garden
66 ( NEW ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 65 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
68 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
69 ( 45 ) SOME MIGHT SAY Oasis
70 ( NEW ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai

71 ( NEW ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
72 ( NEW ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
73 ( NEW ) SHAKERMAKER Oasis
74 ( NEW ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
75 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

My 1980 Charts – May

Pete not keen on his sandwich

Pete not keen on his sandwich

1980 buzzjack youtube links


6th May 1980

Geno gets a 2nd week on top for Dexy’s, as Paul McCartney gets his 3rd number 2 with Coming Up, and Hot Chocolate go top 5 for the first time in 2 years. Sky and Sad Cafe sneak into the top 10, both with their most successful records, and New Musik shoot up the rapids of their world of water to 11, their 3rd top 40 in a row. Kate Bush is breathing heavily, meanwhile, at 22 after climbing 49 chart places. Phew!

Highest new entry is a 2-year-old track from Don McLean getting some UK chart action after a 5-year gap since the wonderful Wonderful Baby. Crying is an old Roy Orbison hit from before my time, but Don manages the impossible in doing a cover version that is as good as the original Roy version. Slowed-down drastically, it makes the climax even bigger when it comes. So to speak. Fantastic, and over 8 years since Don’s chart debut. The Ramones rock it big into my 30, let’s go! Saxon and Christopher Cross both go top 40 and more Groove-based funk dance tracks enter and climb – clearly, despite the hype in the States, rumours of the death of disco are a bit premature in the UK.

New entries: in at 27, The Beat’s best record, the brilliant Mirror In The Bathroom, the ska groove and the urgent sax both fab backdrops to a great song. At 32, it’s a debut for one of the key 80’s bands, The Cure, all goth New Wave in a Siouxsie kinda way, but a bit more acoustic and synthy both. A Forest was a great single, for me it sounded like nothing else, which is always a bonus. At 51, Man Tran are back and in a dancee-stylee a world away from the 1940’s-era beginnings – what they’d lost in retro charm they’d gained in using the theme tune to the fab Twilight Zone TV series as a backdrop to a disco tune.

At 70, Air Supply debut with the gorgeous ballad Lost In Love, an Aussie band who just went very well on American radio, the delicious melody of this track was just such a delight I still can’t believe this record flopped when the less-good follow-up hit. A good vocal performance didn’t hurt either. In the bottom 5, a clutch of lesser punk-new wave tracks, all a bit late for the punk party, including the old Jam track back again, and not for the last time.

1 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 4 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
3 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 2 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
6 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
8 ( 7 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
9 ( 16 ) TOCCATA Sky
10 ( 15 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

11 ( 42 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
12 ( 14 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
13 ( 12 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
14 ( 11 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
15 ( 17 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
16 ( 8 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
17 ( 29 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 9 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
19 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 21 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston

21 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
22 ( 71 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
23 ( NEW ) CRYING Don McLean
24 ( 35 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
25 ( 53 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
26 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( NEW ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
28 ( 70 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 27 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
30 ( 23 ) ATOMIC Blondie

31 ( 20 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
32 ( NEW ) A FOREST The Cure
33 ( 19 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
34 ( NEW ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 18 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
36 ( 38 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
37 ( 40 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
38 ( 69 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
39 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 51 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross

41 ( 28 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 31 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
43 ( 30 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
44 ( 32 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
45 ( 24 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
46 ( NEW ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( 64 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
48 ( 48 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 33 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
50 ( 45 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg

51 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
52 ( 58 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
53 ( 34 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 56 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
56 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
57 ( 22 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
58 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
59 ( 41 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
60 ( 52 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

61 ( 54 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
62 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
63 ( 36 ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
64 ( 60 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
65 ( 75 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
66 ( 62 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
67 ( 67 ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 47 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
69 ( 46 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
70 ( NEW ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

71 ( NEW ) IN THE CITY The Jam
72 ( NEW ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
73 ( 50 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Chords
75 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects

TV Apr 26 – May 2
1 Tiswas
2 Soap
3 Barney Miller
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Life On Earth
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 Taxi
8 The Outer Limits
9 Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock
10 Wonder Woman


Back in my world, I was still enjoying my random visits from friends on Teaching Practice while I was lecture-based and a bit bored at so much time to myself, especially Ian and Pete getting to go out to the same schools, leaving me feeling left-out. Oh poor me, get over it! I played tennis, snooker, and heard the news Alfred Hitchcock, horror-drama Director-extraordinaire had died. I grew up watching his TV series too, repeated in Singapore, and he was quite the character. I read Animal Farm, ooh little bit of social politics going on, and had an American Studies exam. I drew some animals for school work cards for Sue, and Jane and Pete and myself took the piss out of the piss-poor News At Ten scripts, depressing and trashy.

Mr Davies tried to persuade me to get into playwriting as a career, in Literature, really bigging me up. Pity I give up so easily….! More realistic he suggested teaching Secondary School, journalism and creative writing. I did try journalism and writing to be fair to me, for 2 years, before I realised I was getting nowhere. And so are dreams shattered! One of my school-teachers, Miss Goodrich, had called me “bright” – modesty aside, I am, but I have real flaws of character that stop me achieving. Doh! All that talk of careers gave me a bad night of stomach trouble. On TV the last of the series for Tiswas was a fab highlights episode. I AM bright, honestly, custard pies, flam flingers and celebrities up for a laugh, what’s not to love!

At the cinema, I saw Spielberg’s sprawling College comedy 1941: some good one-liners, some good scenes, impressive sets, but ultimately not in the same league as Animal House as the characters were insane, not rebellious. A lot of the humour came over a bit forced. I opined: “Belushi was a twat, Robert Stack stole the film without trying” and overall I was massively disappointed after my all-time fave film Close Encounters that we got this effort. I haven’t seen it in decades, much like the rest of the world, I think!


13th May 1980

One of my fave bands of the 70’s dabble with a UFO sci-fi-themed atmospheric synth-heavy-ballad – of course it was going to top my chart! Errol was a pop hero of mine, and a throughly ego-free varied talent, No Doubt About It – and this was Hot Chocolate’s 10th year of charting, a 9-year span of number ones, and yet only their 3rd chart-topper to date. Don McLean is up to 4, his highest chart position to date, and New Musik get a second top 10, and The Beat rocket to 10, with that mirror in the bathroom reflecting their achievement. Ouch!

Michael Jackson finally gets moving and She’s Out Of My Life leaps to 13, the fourth top 20 track off Off The Wall, Kate Bush, The Cure and errr Smokie, go top 20. By this stage Smokie had a good 5-year run of singles, few of them classic pop records, but always OK. The Cure were now starting a good run of singles themselves, many of them minor classics. Highest new entry is the VERY familiar theme tune from the brilliant MASH TV show – but the original ‘Suicide Is Painless’ vocal version from the anti-establishment anti-war 1970 movie cult classic, and which was quite old-fashioned easy-listening 60’s sounding but the odd lyrics gave it a depressing edge which I can’t listen to anymore. Not least bearing in mind the suicide of Ritchie from Manic Street Preachers who covered the song. In the movie Painless was a dentist who felt sorry for himself, and they dragged him out of his self-pity attempted suicide with comedy. In the real world, I can’t condone lyrics that might be taken to view it as an option for depression and mental illness.

In at 26, Mystic Merlin, a sort of magic show sultry soul act, I love the vocals and the sexy sax, and the slow-build to a great song with a great chorus climax. Just Can’t Give You Up, I can’t. A cut above most of the dance tracks in the UK chart at the time. In at 38, a great reggae social commentary song from Junior Murvin, Police And Thieves is still delicious, a great vocal, a fab groove, and good lyrics. TV’s Tiswas was a huge fave of mine. I also loved boyhood band fave The Scaffold, 60’s hitmakers of Lily The Pink fame. I can’t excuse The Four Bucketeers novelty hit at 40, though, Chris Tarrant, Bob Carolgees and Sally James, and Scaffold’s John Junkin notwithstanding!

At 44, a huge departure in sound from Jona Lewie, a subdued synth riff backdrop for a semi-novelty lyric that also hit home to shrinking violets like me, who often liked to move out of the front room in parties! Jona was previously known for his alter ego Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs and their retro-sounding Seaside Shuffle Top 3 hit in 1972, accordion-tastic novelty fun, so I was delighted to welcome him back on Top Of The Pops, backed (it became obvious in later years) by Kirsty MacColl.

2 brand new debuts, key bands of the 80’s for me, OMD at 55 with the awesome Messages, an exciting, frantic new synthpop sound that blew me away, it sounded faaaabulous loud. The other synth band had a lower-profile debut with an EP that centred around a synth version of Gary Glitter’s best record (far and away) Rock And Roll. It’s not as classic as the original, but has it’s charm and Phil Oakey was star-in-the-making when he popped up on Top Of The Pops, minus the girls, but plus future Heaven 17 members. It didn’t hurt getting name-checked in The Undertones My Perfect Cousin at 14, either…

Finally, at 70, Prelude were back 6 years on from covering Neil Young’s After The Goldrush a capella, and doing it beautifully. Platinum Blonde was more orthodox folkrockpop for the time, but was pleasant enough. Motorhead get a 3rd entry, as do Matchbox and their Midnite Dynamos, another slice of rockabilly rambling fun, after the fab Buzz Buzz A Diddle It. Look, it’s fun, OK!? Having a laugh! Kirsty MacColl also joined in on a single with them later in their career. Good enough for me! At 74, Boney M sneak in with My Friend Jack. Frank Farian obviously was a fan of obscure 60’s band The Smoke, and to be honest, so was I – my dad had got hold of a bunch of 45rpm singles stamped “Not For Sale” promo copies around 1966/67, and My Friend Jack was one of them, so it was a song I knew well. The psychedelic pop charm of the original was much better than Boney M’s version, though so that’s the version I’m featuring!

1 ( 5 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
4 ( 23 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
7 ( 11 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
8 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
9 ( 8 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
10 ( 27 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

11 ( 7 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
12 ( 9 ) TOCCATA Sky
13 ( 47 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
14 ( 15 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
15 ( 22 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
16 ( 12 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
17 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 19 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 32 ) A FOREST The Cure
20 ( 24 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie

21 ( 13 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
22 ( 10 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
23 ( 14 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
24 ( 16 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
25 ( 18 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
26 ( NEW ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
27 ( 51 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
28 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
30 ( NEW ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin

31 ( 37 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
32 ( 75 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 72 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
34 ( 20 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
35 ( 30 ) ATOMIC Blondie
36 ( 29 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
38 ( NEW ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
39 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
40 ( NEW ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers

41 ( 25 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
42 ( 21 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
43 ( 31 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
44 ( NEW ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
45 ( 40 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
46 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 43 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
48 ( 52 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
49 ( 36 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( 65 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

51 ( 38 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
52 ( 33 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
53 ( 35 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
54 ( 50 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( NEW ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
56 ( 55 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 54 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
59 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
60 ( 70 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

61 ( 45 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
62 ( 42 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
63 ( 58 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
64 ( 60 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
65 ( 49 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
66 ( 71 ) IN THE CITY The Jam
67 ( 66 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
68 ( 61 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
72 ( NEW ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
73 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
74 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
75 ( 69 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

3rd-9th May TV
1 Soap
2 Tiswas
3 The Outer Limits
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The 9’O Clock News
6 Wonder Woman
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Banana Splits
9 Taxi
10 Whicker’s World


In College, I lost at tennis to Joe, watched aTV tribute to the great James Stewart, and was half-way through John Wayne’s Rio Lobo movie when a newsflash about a hostage siege took over the media, hostages shot, SAS sent in, terrorists shot. All very horrifying. I called in on Alan and Helen one evening, Sue popped down another, Jane on Top Of The Pops thursday for an evenings in-depth discussion on all-sorts, Art lecturer Max took me to get some glass cut for my art prints frames, in his van, above and beyond, what a great lecturer! Back home for the weekend in Mansfield, I bought some 1960’s nostalgia first day covers of Battle Of Hastings and snowmen christmas stamps. It’s cool, honest, to collect stamps. In an alternate universe….

20th May 1980

2 weeks for Hot Chocolate on top, as The Beat hit 3 in the Bathroom. Kate Bush makes it 5 top 10 out of 6 singles, as Breathing the fall-out in at 6 confirms she can do no wrong. Ditto Michael Jackson, a decade of top 10 hits with me, and still only 21, just like Kate. I was six months older, and not having many chart hits…!

Up 49 places to 11, Air Supply’s Lost In Love emotes beautifully upwards, Mystic Merlin abracadabra their way to 13, and in at 20 the highest new entry from Crown Heights Affair, 2 years on from Galaxy Of Love, and now You Gave Me Love, for a massive whooping, guitar riffing, minor disco great. It’s an exciting record, that chorus is just fantastic. In at 23 Roxy Music keep the comeback strong, as they exclaim gently that they are Over You. Well, get you! 8 years of chart entries though, and moving towards classy low-key ballads and wider appeal, but this wasn’t a move I generally approved of, give me early Roxy anyday.

Matchbox rockabilly it up into the 40, and entering at 37 it’s Gazza Numan back with a 4th chart hit, We Are Glass, catchy and synthtastic riffs still on form. At 39, the Average White Band finally get into the 40 with the terrif Let’s Go Round Again, and at 47 The Hollies return for the first time in 6 years with the touching ballad Soldier’s Song – a typically lovely orchestral Mike Batt song, and it was great having Allan Clarke’s vocals back, and giving the lads 12 years of chart entries. Others: Peter Gabriel has no self control, Jermaine Jackson is a little more serious thanks to an assist from Stevie Wonder, a reggae version of the TV western Bonanza theme is a bit of ska fun from Carlos Malcolm, Gerry Rafferty walks Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and there’s a debut entry from Karel Fialka, the catchy The Eyes Have It, emphasis on the “it” – it was to be another 7 years before he got his first proper hit, with a bit of an assist from his own young son, the fab Hey Malcolm!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 10 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
5 ( 3 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
6 ( 15 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
7 ( 13 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
8 ( 5 ) CALL ME Blondie
9 ( 6 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
10 ( 7 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik

11 ( 60 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 9 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
13 ( 30 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 8 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
16 ( 18 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
17 ( 19 ) A FOREST The Cure
18 ( 11 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
19 ( 26 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
20 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

21 ( 31 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
22 ( 12 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
24 ( 27 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
25 ( 40 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
26 ( 44 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
27 ( 14 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
28 ( 38 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
29 ( 39 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
30 ( 33 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts

31 ( 24 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
32 ( 32 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
34 ( 29 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 16 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
36 ( 72 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
37 ( NEW ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
38 ( 21 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
39 ( 50 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
40 ( 23 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 20 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
42 ( 35 ) ATOMIC Blondie
43 ( 25 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
44 ( 36 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
45 ( 22 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
46 ( 34 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
47 ( NEW ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
48 ( 37 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
49 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( NEW ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

51 ( 55 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
52 ( NEW ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
53 ( 47 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
54 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( 59 ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 43 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
59 ( 74 ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
60 ( 58 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 42 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
62 ( NEW ) BONANZA SKA Carlos Malcolm
63 ( 41 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
64 ( 71 ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
65 ( 63 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 64 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 45 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
68 ( NEW ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 67 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( 53 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
72 ( NEW ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
73 ( 52 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
74 ( 69 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
75 ( 68 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis


TV May 10th-16th

1 Catch-22: film
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork And Mindy
5 Taxi
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 The Outer Limits
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Class Of 44
10 The Waltons
11 Happy Days
12 Hart To Hart
13 The Pink Panther Show
14 The Sky At Night
15 Tomorrow’s World


In College, I was feeding chicks for Julie, (yes actual baby hens). I played tennis with Jenny, the weather so hot I was forced to roll my shirt sleeves back which caused much comment at tea-time (I never bared my arms in public, the matchstick look would have caused too much mirth). On the sunny grass outside Julie took her chicks out for a spin, and they sheltered under my legs, sooooo cute! On TV The Waltons centered on black prejudice, something I felt strongly about (against it!), and in between stuff it was revision, more revision, and the ending of lectures from some of the duller ones (Hooray!).

In American Studies we had a mock exam paper, one about the Frontier which one wag chose to write about the Swedish frontier, as it wasn’t exactly specified to be the American frontier in the question. Funny, though. Found out my art work was to be put on exhibition in the Steep Hill art gallery for the course-end finale, out of the way and obscure, which didn’t impress me nor Max, my lecturer. We protested. On saturday, it was the big May Ball, so I danced till 1.45 with Sue. I could have danced all night – no not really. Actually I’d forgotten I used to dance at discos, could have sworn I mostly avoided it. The guest band were The Mandy Moreton Band a sort of west coast rock/folk fusion. Music of the night was chart heavy, current dance tracks. Mum and dad dropped by on their way home from Skegness, during a TV show on John Williams/Star Wars, so I was a bit rude trying to watch that.


27th May 1980

3 weeks on top, No Doubt About It, which leaves Don still Crying at 2. Jacko and Kate Bush both go top 5 though, so hooray for good taste! Jona Lewie grabs a top 10 too, evading parties but hitting 6 in my charts. Gary Numan makes it 4 out of 4, as We Are Glass rushes up to 8, hopefully no more in danger of smashing than The Beat’s mirror at 3. The fab Crown Heights Affair is at 10, just behind the MASH theme tune. Rushing into the 40, it’s Karel Fialka, the eyes have IT.

New entries: The Specials are back with a Rat Race, a 4th top 40 in a row, as a million unemployed people were very much not working for the rat race at the time. Not working at all in fact, the economy was not rosy. ELO are at 31 with a Xanadu movie single – they did the soundtrack to the Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John film, but I’m Alive wasn’t one of their best singles. Elton is in laidback mode at 33, with the sweet Little Jeannie, as always bigger in the USA than the UK in those days. At 34 the puntastic Lipps Inc have a good ol’ Funky Town chanting up the charts, catchy and fun, still.

In at 48, The Korgis finally get a decent follow-up to the fab If I Had You, and the even-fabber Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime, gentle, emotive and just wonderful. So wonderful it was rehashed by Marc Et Claude, and covered by numerous people, such as Yazz, Baby D and Erasure. The covers keep on coming and show no signs of slowing down. Cos it’s classic, a song that improves with age. At 52, the marvellous Roberta Flack lends her flawless vocal stylings to long-time friend and duet partner the then-recently-late Donny Hathaway. Both of them were great jazz-soul singers, and had won a grammy for the classy and melodic Where Is The Love in 1972, followed by many other awards for Roberta Flack for great solo singles. Donny wasn’t so lucky, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a troubled life, he eventually killed himself in 1979. His 1972 live album is critically rated as one of the best live albums of all-time on some lists, and his final 1973 album lyrically showed his troubled mind. Flack & Hathaway had been working together again, Back Together Again being one of the last songs they recorded before his death, and it was posthumously released to a poignant chart chart success. The circumstances around the recording made it a sad return.

At 53, B.A. Robertson can’t wait for his Kaftan to disappear before he’s back with some witty Shakespeare parody and punning, as the backdrop to an amusing love song. To Be Or Not To Be? Well, that is the question. The answer is B.A. was terrific. Squeeze are busy pulling mussels at 71 before an unavailable, obscure mega-OTT ballad UK-only single drops in at 73. You just can’t buy it unless you have a spare grand for a second-hand copy, and given Grace Slick is such a big, long-term rock-star from The 60’s Jefferson Airplane through 1980’s Jefferson Starship to 1985’s Starship, it’s a mystery to me why I can’t bloody download the show-stopping Dreams. It’s amazing, I want it on my ipod and I’m going to scream and scream until I get my way. Grace, can you please get your finger out, it’s fantastic and the album was a Grammy nominee for heavens sake!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 7 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
6 ( 26 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 4 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 37 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
9 ( 19 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
10 ( 20 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 5 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
13 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 23 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 9 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
16 ( 8 ) CALL ME Blondie
17 ( 12 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
18 ( 24 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
20 ( 15 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

21 ( 10 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
22 ( 39 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
24 ( 25 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
25 ( 16 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 18 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
27 ( 72 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
28 ( NEW ) RAT RACE The Specials
29 ( 21 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
30 ( 36 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 29 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
33 ( NEW ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
34 ( NEW ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
35 ( 52 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
36 ( 17 ) A FOREST The Cure
37 ( 31 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
38 ( 51 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
39 ( 50 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
40 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky

41 ( 27 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
42 ( 33 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
43 ( 47 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
44 ( 42 ) ATOMIC Blondie
45 ( 40 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( 38 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
47 ( 35 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
48 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
49 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
50 ( 44 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
52 ( NEW ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
53 ( NEW ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
54 ( 62 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 43 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
59 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
60 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 41 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
62 ( 68 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 53 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
64 ( 45 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
65 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 30 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
68 ( 46 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
69 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 58 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

71 ( NEW ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
72 ( NEW ) TEENAGE U.K. Subs
73 ( NEW ) DREAMS Grace Slick
74 ( 75 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
75 ( 74 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd


TV May 17th – 23rd

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Outer Limits
5 Taxi
6 Star Wars – John Williams
7 Olivia Newton-John
8 Life On Earth
9 The Banana Splits
10 Question Time


My College lectures were entering their final week, some happily, some very unhappily to be no-more. I had breakfast in the cafeteria with Campion who told me his troubles getting out of Rhodesia to study, and quite emotionally, as things weren’t easy for Black Rhodesians (Zimbabwe these days). He wanted to go to the USA to study and work, I hope he made it.

Some snooker games silliness, and I playfully poked Ian’s stuffed badger round Petes’ room door for a minor laugh. Less amusing were the Miami race riots on the news. I marked some schoolwork for Jane, which I enjoyed. Made a point of attending the Student Union Hustings votes. Voted for all candidates. Legally, I hasten to add, there weren’t many fighting for the posts! On TV the award-winning episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Chuckles The Clown dies. It’s hilarious, based around people’s reaction to the manner of Chuckles death – Chuckles dressed as a giant peanut, an elephant on the same parade tried to shell him. It’s funny trust me, as Mary finds none of the remarks in good taste at all, and then it builds up to the funeral! Youtube it. Ed Asner and Betty White are in it, too, what more do you need!