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 June 1986 Charts

4th June 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys as Jaki Graham reaches a career peak of 2 with Set Me Free, and Tears For Fears Sports Relief-boosted re-record/re-mix pushes Rule The World into my top 10 for the 3rd time in a year. Pete Wylie gets a 3rd top 10, and Grace Jones goes top 10 again 6 years on, just ahead of eyt another classic soul/disco remix entering at 11 – this time Candi Staton’s brilliant 1976 top 3 anthem Young Hearts Run Free. Fellow 1976 remix Can’t Get By Without You also gives The Real Thing a second top 20 of the year.

Falco has Vienna Calling for a 2nd top 20, Nu Shooz shoot into the 30, and Janet Jackson turns Nasty and rockets into the 30 for a second hit. Prince enters at 36 with Mountains, a fab under-rated track in his Paisley period style, as Mantronix debut at 49 – only another 15 years or so to wait for a chart-topper for Kurtis Mantronik though. Freddie Mercury’s Dave Clark musical title track enters just ahead of his own band’s Movie song, at 64, presiding over an influx at the lower end: The Moody Blues are back again for a sweet 16 years of chart entries; Living For The City, probably Stevie Wonder’s greatest record, is covered by DaBooks (formerly Cook Da Books); Freda Payne gets the Bonnie Tyler treatment; The Communards keep the singles coming; a bit of soul dance from Cashflow, a bit of Heavy Rock from AC/DC 8 years into a chart run; and BAD get a second chart entry.

1 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 4 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
3 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
5 ( 3 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
6 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
7 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 11 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 10 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
10 ( 15 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

11 ( NEW ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
12 ( 18 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
13 ( 6 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
14 ( 9 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
15 ( 25 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
16 ( 8 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
17 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 31 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
19 ( 20 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
20 ( 17 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson

21 ( 16 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
22 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
23 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
24 ( 21 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
25 ( 34 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
26 ( 37 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
27 ( 19 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 75 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
29 ( 27 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
30 ( 24 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

31 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 ( 26 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
33 ( 38 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
34 ( 22 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
35 ( 42 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
36 ( 51 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
37 ( NEW ) MOUNTAINS Prince
38 ( 40 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
39 ( 30 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
40 ( 43 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart

41 ( 29 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
42 ( 59 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
43 ( 28 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
44 ( 49 ) VENUS Bananarama
45 ( 33 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
46 ( 39 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
47 ( 36 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
48 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
49 ( NEW ) BASSLINE Mantronix
50 ( 58 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru

51 ( 67 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
52 ( 32 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 44 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
54 ( 63 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
55 ( 52 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
56 ( 65 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
57 ( 54 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
58 ( 69 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
59 ( 47 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
60 ( 71 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red

61 ( 57 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
62 ( 53 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
63 ( 70 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
64 ( NEW ) TIME Freddie Mercury
65 ( 56 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
66 ( 66 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
68 ( 60 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
69 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY DaBooks
70 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
72 ( 74 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow
74 ( NEW ) WHO MADE WHO AC/DC
75 ( NEW ) MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows
3 RANDY Blue Mink

 

10th June 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys as Bucks Fizz rocket up to 4, for 5 years worth of top 5 hits, with new member, local girl round these ‘ere parts Shelley Preston replacing departing Jay Aston. Falco makes it 2 Austrian top 5 German-language hits, that’s a first (and a last) for my charts. The Fab Nu Shooz track with that delicious instrumental track hits 9, just ahead of Sly Fox, still hoping to go all the way – get ready to be disappointed lads!

Highest new entry is a-ha, 4 top 40’s and just pipped on a top 20 at 21, a spacious and epic ballad this time showing they can do sweeping strings beautifully. Bananarama take Venus into the 30, Eurythmics enter at 26 When Tomorrow Comes, a bit flattering for a lesser single I think these days, and Haywoode is back at last with Roses getting the recognition it deserved first time round. In at 30, a beautifully amusing I Wanna Be A Cowboy, complete with the late Metal legend Lemmy in the video.

At 32 it’s the 3rd version (and not the last!) of The Locomotion to chart, as Dave Stewart (not Eurythmics Dave Stewart) and Barbara Gaskin fail to what they did 5 years earlier with It’s My Party (top the UK charts). Little Eva was a reissued top 3 hit in 1972, Grand Funk made my top 30 in 1974, and Kylie wasn’t that far away. Lovebug Starski brings some 80’s novelty horror rap into the charts, Wham! are back for the last official single at 39, The Edge Of Heaven EP, and Prince, Smiths and Big Audio Dynamite all make the 40.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik refers to T.Rex, but essentially repeats the first hit to much-less success and credibility, in at 46, and at 56 Marc Almond is back with a Cher cover, all melodrama, as both do well. Midge Ure slips in The Call Of The Wild, Queen under-perform everywhere with Highlander track Friends Will Be Friends, which remains one of the more memorable ballads they did, Mr. Mister get a 3rd entry, somehow, Suzanne Vega has another goodie Left Of Centre, and finally The Housemartins follow like Sheep, bursting with future success cos it’s Happy Hour!

1 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
3 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 51 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
5 ( 15 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
6 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
7 ( 3 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
8 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 23 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
10 ( 12 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
12 ( 5 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
13 ( 19 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
15 ( 9 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
16 ( 18 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
17 ( 14 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
18 ( 25 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
19 ( 28 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
20 ( 16 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald

21 ( NEW ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
22 ( 35 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 13 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
24 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
25 ( 44 ) VENUS Bananarama
26 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
27 ( 37 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
28 ( 10 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
29 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

31 ( 20 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
32 ( NEW ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
33 ( 26 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
34 ( 58 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
35 ( 24 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
36 ( NEW ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
37 ( 29 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
38 ( 56 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
39 ( NEW ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
40 ( 75 ) MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite

41 ( 30 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
42 ( 42 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
43 ( 31 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 21 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
45 ( 71 ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
46 ( NEW ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
47 ( 32 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
48 ( 22 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
49 ( 54 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
50 ( 64 ) TIME Freddie Mercury

51 ( 39 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
52 ( 60 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
53 ( 27 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
54 ( 36 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
55 ( 46 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
56 ( NEW ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond
57 ( 40 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
58 ( 34 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
59 ( 53 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
60 ( 55 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

61 ( 49 ) BASSLINE Mantronix
62 ( 73 ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow
63 ( 61 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
64 ( 33 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
65 ( NEW ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
66 ( NEW ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
67 ( 41 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
68 ( 66 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
69 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE Mr. Mister
70 ( 38 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

71 ( 57 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
73 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
74 ( 48 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
75 ( NEW ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 HE’S A REBEL The Crystals
2 LONELY MAN The Godfathers
3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes

 

18th June 1986

It’s a first week on top for Bucks Fizz Mark 2, giving them a 5th and final chart-topper, as Wham! are shooting up into the 20 for the final time (with a new single), while highest new entry is 1985’s back-again Bangles track, the fab Katrina & The waves cover Going Down To Liverpool – which I did several times a year in those days to pick up my grandma or visit.

Bowie’s back with another movie song – though not exactly in the same musical league as Absolute Beginners, the film is very much better remembered than Ab Beginners – Labyrinth. The Housemartins get a first top 40, and booze it up, while Genesis scrape another 40, and Marc Almond adds to his list too. Madonna also returns with her best record to date, a creative step up, the fab Papa Don’t Preach.

Matt Bianco havent covered Martha Reeves it’s a new jolly tune, 80’s dance chart-topper Dhar Braxton enters, Art Of Noise drag Max Headroom in and the result isn’t quite the same standard as Duane Eddy, but fellow 50’s rocker Little Richard also pops in with a very 50’s-sounding revisit of his old sound. That leaves INXS with a second fab funkrock entry, Listen Like Thieves.

1 ( 4 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 5 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
5 ( 9 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
6 ( 2 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
7 ( 6 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 11 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
10 ( 7 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel

11 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
12 ( 13 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 16 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
15 ( 12 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
16 ( 21 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
17 ( 39 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
18 ( 26 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
19 ( 19 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
20 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles

21 ( 25 ) VENUS Bananarama
22 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 27 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
24 ( 17 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
25 ( 18 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
26 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
27 ( 15 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
28 ( 20 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
29 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( 34 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths

31 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
32 ( 32 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
33 ( 36 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
34 ( 38 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
35 ( NEW ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
36 ( 40 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
37 ( 72 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
38 ( 23 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
39 ( 42 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
40 ( 56 ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond

41 ( 46 ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
42 ( 66 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
43 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
44 ( 41 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
45 ( 52 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
46 ( 37 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
47 ( 33 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
48 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 49 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
50 ( 65 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

51 ( 28 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 45 ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
53 ( 35 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
54 ( NEW ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
55 ( 55 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
56 ( 54 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
57 ( 44 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
58 ( 51 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
59 ( 48 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
60 ( 62 ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow

61 ( 47 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
62 ( 60 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
63 ( 53 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
64 ( 63 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
66 ( 50 ) TIME Freddie Mercury
67 ( NEW ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
68 ( 68 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
69 ( 69 ) IS IT LOVE Mr. Mister
70 ( NEW ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom

71 ( 73 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
72 ( 75 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
73 ( NEW ) GREAT GOSH A MIGHTY Little Richard
74 ( 59 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS

1 GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip
2 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert
3 SAMSON AND DELILAH Middle Of The Road

 

24th June 1986

2 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz as Nu Shooz are kept off the top spot, Sandie Shaw gets her 3rd top 5, Eurythmics keep the top 10’s coming – just two misses since Sweet Dreams – and The Bangles make it 2 Top 10’s, and a-ha 4 in a row. Highest new entry at 16 is the 20th anniversary reissue of Paperback Writer, last charting in 1976 for The Beatles, while The Housemartins get a first top 20, and Prince adds to his already long list of top 20’s dating back to 1999 in 1983 and 1985 and will chart again in 1999 and 2016. Confused?

Madonna’s up 30 with Papa Don’t Preach, to 24, Queen are into the 40, and the fab unknown A View From A Hill single No Conversation is in at 34. El DEBarge goes solo and asks Who’s Johnny? Ask The Teacher! Big Country are one place lower. Real Roxanne is also solo and Bang Zoom – but not To The Moon Alice, one for TV’s Honeymooners fans there, assuming any are still alive. The Temps are in at 59 with future chart-topper My Girl in 1991, and also another 2000’s run, having predated my charts on 60’s runs, but keeping the Motown back catalogue alive.

Stevie Winwood is back, with his greatest solo track Higher Love, Steve Harley is also back to give him 12 years of chart entries, and the late Marvin Gaye is X rated posthumously giving him 17 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 5 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
3 ( 2 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
5 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
6 ( 18 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 17 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
8 ( 11 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
9 ( 20 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 16 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha

11 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
12 ( 14 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
13 ( 21 ) VENUS Bananarama
14 ( 6 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
15 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
16 ( NEW ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
17 ( 10 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
18 ( 37 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
19 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
20 ( 23 ) MOUNTAINS Prince

21 ( 19 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
22 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 15 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
24 ( 54 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
25 ( 9 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
26 ( 35 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
27 ( 34 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
28 ( 33 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
29 ( 13 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
30 ( 12 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

31 ( 24 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
32 ( 36 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 42 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
34 ( NEW ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
35 ( 49 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
36 ( 28 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
37 ( 39 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
38 ( 27 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
39 ( 50 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
40 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye

41 ( 25 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
42 ( NEW ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
43 ( NEW ) THE TEACHER Big Country
44 ( 30 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
45 ( 32 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
46 ( NEW ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
47 ( 38 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
48 ( 44 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
49 ( 43 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
50 ( 72 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
52 ( 41 ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
53 ( 48 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
54 ( RE ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
55 ( 46 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
56 ( 65 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
57 ( 40 ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond
58 ( 45 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
59 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Temptations
60 ( 67 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton

61 ( 55 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
62 ( 47 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
63 ( NEW ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
64 ( 62 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
65 ( 64 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( 75 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
67 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 57 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
69 ( 73 ) GREAT GOSH A MIGHTY Little Richard
70 ( 68 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha

71 ( 58 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
73 ( NEW ) MATCHSTICK FLOTILLA Thrashing Doves
74 ( NEW ) THE WORLD IS RATED X Marvin Gaye
75 ( 71 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies
1 BANG A BOOMERANG Abba
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 SUNSHINE The Archies

My May 1986 Charts

5th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for 1966 classic Motown knocking off classic 1967 Motown from the top spot – Diana Ross & The Supremes must have heard of the Kim Wilde cover forthcoming as it recharted in the lower regions of the UK charts, giving me an opportunity to give the Supremes a 3rd chart-topper, and Diana Ross a 3rd – albeit The Supremes with Nathan Jones/Stoned Love reissue in 1976 and Diana Ross with Surrender in 1971, with both together on 1974’s reissued Baby Love.

Patti Labelle outdoes Lady Marmalade rocketing top 5, and Michael MacDonald outdoes What A Fool Believes ditto, his Doobie Brothers classic, and Frankie Says Oldie as another 1966 classic enters at 10, Strangers In The Night predating my charts, but being loads better than New York New York – So, in other words, Frank Sinatra’s biggest chart hit for me since My Way in 1969.

Highest actual new track is Jaki Graham going it minus David Grant with the fab Set Me Free at 34, while both Elaine Page and Gemini take 2 Abba songs (sort of) into the 40 in the week that waiting another 32 years for an actual new Abba song seemed unthinkably unlikely (in sheer length of time), as opposed to one year ago when it seemed as likely as The Beatles reforming. But there ya go, the great day has come and I don’t care how good or bad it is when it drops – it’s an event that took longer than Free As A Bird’s some 26 years since The Fabs last recorded together.

Others: Johnny Hates Jazz debut a year ahead of chart success, Joan Armatrading makes it 10 years of singles success, Pete Wylie makes it 3 Wah! Years, Nick Heyward Haircut 5 years, Tina Turner 13 mostly-Ike-less Nutbush years with Stevie Wonder’s social classic, and Elton has 2 ballad classics I didn’t rate that much when they first came out suddenly making my playlist oldies: one of them went on to top the charts in the 90’s, as well as reissue hit, one hasn’t yet done that though deserves to.

1 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 63 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
6 ( 5 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
7 ( 9 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 3 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
9 ( 15 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
10 ( NEW ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra

11 ( 8 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
12 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 22 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
14 ( 7 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
15 ( 16 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
16 ( 19 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
17 ( 23 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( 14 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
20 ( 30 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

21 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 39 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
23 ( 26 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 10 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
25 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 13 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
27 ( 11 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
28 ( 37 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
29 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
30 ( 12 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

31 ( 20 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
33 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( NEW ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
35 ( 27 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
36 ( 52 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
37 ( 73 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
38 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 48 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 21 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke

41 ( 24 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
42 ( 28 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
43 ( 35 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 49 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
45 ( 31 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( 46 ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
48 ( 54 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
49 ( 71 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
50 ( NEW ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( 36 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
52 ( 45 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
53 ( 62 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
54 ( 44 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
55 ( 56 ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 53 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
57 ( 74 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
58 ( 42 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 32 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
60 ( 40 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

61 ( NEW ) ALL ‘N’ ALL Joyce Sims
62 ( NEW ) MY FOOLISH HEART Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( NEW ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
64 ( 67 ) FEVER Annabella
65 ( NEW ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
66 ( 64 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
67 ( 65 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 75 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
69 ( 41 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
70 ( 57 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

71 ( NEW ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
72 ( 60 ) GODSTAR Psychic TV
73 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Tina Turner
74 ( 59 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
75 ( NEW ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 CRYING Don McLean

 

13th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for the 1985 Pan-European chart-topper and UK flop (91), and personal chart top 5 for Sandra. Maria Magdalena was given another reissue chance, given she had been popping and out of my oldies playlist (tracks I love but which have either dropped out of my chart or are not eligible) for a few months, it’s not a surprise for the future Enigma star, with hubby songwriter/producer Michael Cretu.

Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald hit a new peak of 2, Peter Gabriel gets a 3rd top 20 9 years after the first, and a 2nd top 10, the epic Sledgehammer, and OMD keep the run of top 10’s going for 6 years, more or less every single release. Tears For Fears record a Sports Relief version of their still-charting classic and the 2 are combined for my chart purposes and a climb back into the 20 for a third run.

Doctor & The Medics re-enter at 25, Spirit In The Sky being a great fun version of a rock classic, Jaki Graham leaps into the solo top 20 for a first time, Level 42 leap up into the 30, and Aretha’s 1985 Freeway Of Love gets reissued and a much bigger hit out of it (like Sandra), and Pete Wylie grabs a third top 30 since Story Of The Blues started the ball rolling in 1982.

A good new one for Sly Fox, Samantha’s younger brother (HHOK), and Hipsway’s gospel goodie, both top 40, while The B52’s return 7 years on with a reissued Rock Lobster, more famously parodied in Family Guy these days. Quirky in ’79, still quirky in ’86. Still fab. Sandie Shaw is back 2 years on from Morrissey giving her a boost with The Smiths Hand In Glove. This time it’s a great Lloyd Cole cover, and annoyingly Sandie’s not getting a hit out of it, though it had a better try in the 90’s.

Another Brothers In Arms single for Dire Straits, 13 years of chart entries for Status Quo, not even half-way through their 50-year chart career and already getting the p*ss taken out of them. That horrendous novelty song from the man who was The Hee Bee Gee Bees, and which was far worse than any of it’s intended targets (as it was supposed to be) on Spitting Image, somehow became a chart hit. Who the hell bought it?! Funny first time, not funny every time afterwards, and on repeat play brain cells commit mass suicide. Sam Cooke has another oldie entry, not one I loved, not even in the Cat Stevens version, but worth a mention. Finally Robert Palmer returns with his chart anthem, and also one I never loved, at best I enjoyed it, and not a patch on Every Kinda People in 1978, or Some Guys Have All The Luck, among others. The guitar riff is admittedly fab though.

1 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 5 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
3 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
4 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 1 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 22 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
7 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
9 ( 13 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
10 ( 6 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

11 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
12 ( 17 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
13 ( 10 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
14 ( 20 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( 16 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
16 ( 8 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
17 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 34 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
19 ( 11 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
20 ( 28 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s

21 ( 15 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
22 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
23 ( 9 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
24 ( 14 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( RE ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
26 ( 49 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
27 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
28 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
29 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
30 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

31 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
32 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
33 ( 37 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
34 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
35 ( 19 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
36 ( 39 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
37 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
38 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
39 ( NEW ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
40 ( 27 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

41 ( 26 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
42 ( 31 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
43 ( 48 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
44 ( NEW ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
45 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
46 ( 53 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
47 ( 24 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
48 ( 43 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
49 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
50 ( 61 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims

51 ( 30 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
52 ( 40 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
53 ( 63 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
54 ( 45 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
55 ( 65 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
56 ( 64 ) FEVER Annabella
57 ( 42 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
58 ( 75 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
59 ( 56 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
60 ( RE ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool

61 ( 57 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 71 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
63 ( 68 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
64 ( 36 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
65 ( NEW ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits
66 ( NEW ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
67 ( 35 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
68 ( 52 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
69 ( 66 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
70 ( RE ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

71 ( NEW ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
72 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Sam Cooke
74 ( NEW ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
75 ( 70 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 THIS DIAMOND RING Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3 JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

20th May 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sandra’s European anthem, holding off Peter Gabriel from topping my chart with his brilliant Sledgehammer 3 years after his Genesis mates topped with Mama. Doctor & The Medics take Spirit In The Sky, the song, into the top 5 for a second time after Norman Greenbaum’s 1970 original. Jaki Graham gets a first solo, and third in total, top 10, as Madonna grabs an 8th in two years.

Sandie Shaw rockets up to 12 to give her a 3rd top 20 and a chart span of 17 years, and The B52’s take Rock Lobster back into the top 20 up 30 places 7 years late and a new peak. Aretha gets a 4th top 20 in a row, Pete Wylie gets his 3rd, and ELO their final top 20 in the original line-up. Highest new entry is Icehouse, I Engineer, a fourth top 40 entry, and Joan Armatrading makes it at least 4 top 40’s, while Nick Heyward keeps his run going.

In at 43 it’s new Opportunities for Pet Shop Boys, a spanking new remix of a chart flop letting them make lots of money and a 3rd chart entry, while likeable Owen Paul gets his 5 minutes of fame at 44 and Culture Club bless the female of the species at 47, and that was about that for the band for 12 years or so. Black Uhuru are back, with a train robbery, Cliff is back still rockin’ 18 years on from his chart debut in these parts, ditto Rod still touching love at every opportunity some 15 years on from Maggie May. I recall nothing about Perils Of Plastic, in with Ring A Ding Ding at 70 – though the name was prophetic, they included Steve Nieve of J.Ross Esq, and they sound a bit Culture Club. Mike + The Mechanics are having a miracle, and Amazulu cover The Chi-Lites to lesser effect.

1 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 6 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 2 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
4 ( 3 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
5 ( 25 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
7 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 5 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 18 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
10 ( 12 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna

11 ( 8 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 49 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
13 ( 26 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
14 ( 44 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
15 ( 10 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
16 ( 9 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
17 ( 20 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
18 ( 28 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 30 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
20 ( 29 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 11 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
22 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
23 ( 31 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
25 ( 32 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
26 ( 34 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
27 ( 39 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
28 ( 13 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
29 ( 36 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
30 ( 16 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds

31 ( 19 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
32 ( NEW ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
33 ( 15 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
34 ( 22 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 53 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 43 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
37 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
38 ( 55 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
39 ( 21 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
40 ( 62 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward

41 ( 50 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
42 ( 23 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
43 ( NEW ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 35 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
46 ( 66 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
48 ( 42 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
49 ( 27 ) HOME PIL
50 ( 40 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

51 ( 37 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
52 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
53 ( 70 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles
54 ( 48 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
55 ( 58 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
56 ( 60 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
57 ( 38 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
58 ( 41 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
59 ( 71 ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
60 ( 65 ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits

61 ( 45 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
62 ( 74 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
63 ( 59 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
64 ( 72 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
65 ( NEW ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
66 ( 54 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
67 ( NEW ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
68 ( 52 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
69 ( NEW ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
70 ( NEW ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic

71 ( 57 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
72 ( 69 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
74 ( NEW ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
75 ( 75 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

PLAYLIST OLDIES THIS WEEK IN 1986

1 HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 GENIUS OF LOVE Tom Tom Club
3 NEW FRONTIERS Donald Fagen

 

27th May 1986

It’s up 42 places to hit the top spot, giving Pet Shop Boys lots of Opportunities and a second fabulous number one. That’s bad news for Peter Gabriel stuck at 2 with Sledgehammer and no chance of knocking off my increasingly new fave pop stars. The B52’s meanwhile reach a new peak as Rock Lobster finally makes my top 10 7 years late, and Sandie Shaw makes it 3 top 10’s spread over 17 years – though guaranteed she would have topped my chart in 1964 with Always Something There To Remind Me had I been charting at 6 years old, being as I was totally in love with it, the love was long-lasting. 22 years then, 54 years now…

Level 42 grab a rare top 10 with Lessons In Love, Grace Jones reissues Private Life, and the Pretenders cover is back in the top 20 with a bang 6 years on. ZZ Top go untypically ballad-style and extend the top 20’s to 2 years, Miami “Gloria Estefan” Sound Machine get the 2nd of many top 20’s, John Cougar Mellencamp has a second top 20 4 years after Jack & Diane, and Falco gets the highest new song into the chart – Hello? Vienna Calling! At 25!

The Real Thing follow-up their 1976 remixed chart smash with the same 1976 original follow-up (also remixed), and Can’t Get By Without You is back in the top 40. Quo make it 13 years of top 40’s. I saw the band in a club 2 years ago, still good, and was saddened to hear of Eddie Amoo’s passing not long ago. I Can’t Wait enters, but not Stevie Nicks, it’s Nu Shooz with that fab hooky synth noise, Venus enters again, but it’s not the fab Shocking Blue it’s the even fabber Hi-NRG cover by Bananarama, who I saw do it last year with the original trio back together, and they were just fantastic.

At 59, the song that still gives me nightmares, Invisible Touch was the song I did a goldfish impression to when Mike Read asked the name of the current Genesis album on the Radio One Roadshow to me, my first question, my mind went blank, The Real Thing were backstage signing autographs. It’s ingrained in my mind now, though. Happily I got the rest correct. Just finishing reading Phil Collins Not Dead Yet autobiography and he doesn’t mention me. Neither does Johnny Marr in his, even when I saw him with Pet Shop Boys at the Royal Album Hall charity show – see how life is so circular! Cue The Smiths in at 69 with Morrissey’s own Lifelong Statement Of Intent. I saw him again not long ago shortly before his media melt-down as a cartoon character with outrageous and inappropriately misinformed opinions on things his isolated, wealthy lifestyle tax exile status suggests he should keep to himself.

That leaves Simply Red with a reissue of Holding Back The Ears, a shame as I rather like sticky-out ears, not as good as Money’s Too Tight To Mention to my ears, and Janet Jackson turning Nasty. Also not as good as What Have You Done For Me Lately, but Jam & Lewis are never actually less than decent.

1 ( 43 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
4 ( 9 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
7 ( 12 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 3 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
9 ( 4 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
10 ( 13 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

11 ( 19 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
12 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
13 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 6 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
16 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
17 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
18 ( 26 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
19 ( 36 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
20 ( 25 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 32 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
22 ( 29 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
23 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 15 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( NEW ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
27 ( 21 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
28 ( 10 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
29 ( 18 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 22 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush

31 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 20 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( 17 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
34 ( 47 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
35 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 27 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
37 ( 70 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
38 ( 40 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
39 ( 31 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
40 ( 46 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

41 ( 38 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
42 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
43 ( 69 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
44 ( 30 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
45 ( 41 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
46 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
47 ( 37 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
48 ( 56 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
49 ( NEW ) VENUS Bananarama
50 ( 53 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

51 ( 62 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
52 ( 48 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
54 ( 28 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
55 ( 64 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
56 ( 45 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
57 ( 54 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
59 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
60 ( 50 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

61 ( 33 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
62 ( 39 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
63 ( NEW ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
64 ( 67 ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
65 ( 74 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
66 ( 63 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
68 ( 58 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
69 ( NEW ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
70 ( 73 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics

71 ( NEW ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
72 ( 42 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
73 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE The Outfield
74 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
75 ( NEW ) NASTY Janet Jackson

Playlist Oldies
1 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
3 TWILIGHT ELO

My Dec 1985 Charts

3rd December 1985

2 weeks on top for Wham! just holding off another top British duo, and Pet Shop Boys hit 2 with the classic West End Girls. Yoko Ono gets her first top solo hit in 5 years, since Walking On Thin Ice topped my chart, the final record she & John were working on the night of his murder, and John goes up one to 8. Sun City protest song hits 6, Madonna ends the year with a 6th top 10, and Whitney Houston gets a debut top 10.

Grant n Graham just miss out on a 2nd top 10 together, 5 years since David first had his Lynx, and Dionne Warwick is back in the top 20 3 years on from the last time, Dee C. Lee finally scrapes into the 20 with a great ballad that took me time to warm to, and Slade make their run of top 20’s 14 years. Julian Lennon follows his dad into the 40, The Cult make it a hat-trick, and highest new entry is a christmas classic, as done by Broooooce, at 32, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Brucie’s sax player gets his own debut at 60, Clarence Clemons bringing along Jackson Browne who first made my charts 13 years earlier with Doctor My Eyes.

The Cars return for a 3rd hit of the year, at 40, while at 66 it’s another pop duet, as Bonnie Tyler extends her run of chart entries to 9 years, in hand with the fab Todd Rundgren who first made my charts with the fab I Saw The Light in 1972. The song and production is a Jim Steinman epic, as they all are in his style, but only hit big in Portugal, though Meatloaf finally got around to doing his version with Jim in 2016.

Bronski Beat have a new lead singer, Junior keeps popping in, Evelyn King hasn’t dropped the Champagne, 7 years on from her first Shame, and Mr. Mister debut with a great song Broken Wings.

1 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 6 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
4 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 7 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
6 ( 15 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
7 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
9 ( 18 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
10 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 26 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 8 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
13 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
14 ( 5 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
15 ( 11 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 30 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
17 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
18 ( 12 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
19 ( 25 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
20 ( 33 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee

21 ( 13 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
22 ( 24 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
23 ( 58 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
25 ( 37 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
26 ( 36 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 29 ) RUSSIANS Sting
28 ( 44 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
29 ( 32 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
30 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship

31 ( 16 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
32 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 19 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
34 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
35 ( 43 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
36 ( 22 ) NIKITA Elton John
37 ( 54 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
38 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
39 ( 28 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

41 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen
42 ( 45 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
43 ( 34 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
44 ( 60 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( 69 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
46 ( 38 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
47 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
48 ( 71 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
49 ( 35 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
50 ( 66 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

51 ( 47 ) DRIVE The Cars
52 ( 31 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
53 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 42 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
56 ( 68 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
57 ( 52 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
58 ( 53 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
59 ( 51 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
60 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

61 ( 41 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
62 ( 46 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
63 ( 40 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
64 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 59 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
66 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA
DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
68 ( 74 ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
69 ( 75 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
70 ( 70 ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE Junior
72 ( 61 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
73 ( NEW ) YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
74 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GONE WRONG The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 MOON RIVER Greyhound
2 EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
3 IF NOT YOU Dr. Hook

10th December 1985

On top for the first time, and the first of dozens, it’s Chris & Neil – dum dum dum dum-de-dum-dum. Holding off a reissued 1984 Band Aid chart-topper, still fresh and undimmed by 30-odd years of never-ending Christmas overkill. Sting shoots up Russians to 4, a sort of dark christmassy mood and his biggest solo hit to date. Julian Lennon gets a second top 10 and knocks out his dad.

Cameo enter at 19 with strange, but fab, song, ahead of the codpiece – it would eventually chart in the UK. A Mick Jagger album track joins the Yoko album track – veterans were now starting to opt out of singles off new albums, something which became huge business in the States in the 90’s as physical singles died out to push album sales to new heights. Money money money! Mick’s missus, of course, used to go out with Bryan Ferry – and he is also in looking Windswept. Fortunately Rupert Murdoch doesn’t feature in the chart, though I did tweet him this week when he commented unbelievingly on global warming while flying over ice-swept northern hemispheres – IN MID-WINTER. What a dick. At least I can only assume that’s why Jerry married the ageing multibillionaire.

No memory whatsoever of the Spacelings – one to youtube! However another overplayed christmas classic debuts at 60 – it’s Shaky, with one of his occasional chart entries (in my charts, that is, 5 years non-stop in the UK charts). You all know it. Sheena Easton also has 5 years of occasional chart entries continued but her best Prince-days were still ahead. Another Christmas UK number one enters at 71 – well the song at any rate, for the Isley Brothers (sort of) 16 years into a chart career, and one year pre-Housemartins. That leaves comebacks for Mike Oldfield (topped my chart two times in 1974 with two albums – allowed because they were one track, essentially), and Joni Mitchell (1974 was also her best chart year for me) 15 years on from Big Yellow Taxi.

1 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
3 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
4 ( 27 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
6 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
7 ( 9 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 5 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
9 ( 23 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
10 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40

11 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 8 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
14 ( 16 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
15 ( 3 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 12 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
18 ( 20 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
19 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
20 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

21 ( 17 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
23 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
24 ( 40 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 30 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
26 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 35 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
28 ( 14 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
29 ( 38 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
30 ( 18 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
32 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 21 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
34 ( 24 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
35 ( 45 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
36 ( NEW ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
37 ( 47 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 42 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
39 ( 67 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
40 ( 48 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John

41 ( 33 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
43 ( 36 ) NIKITA Elton John
44 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( NEW ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
46 ( 50 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 71 ) OH LOUISE Junior
48 ( 34 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
49 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
50 ( 22 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

51 ( 60 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
52 ( 56 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
53 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
54 ( 43 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
55 ( 66 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 51 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
59 ( 41 ) ONE VISION Queen
60 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

61 ( 29 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
62 ( 75 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
63 ( 46 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
64 ( NEW ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
65 ( 69 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
66 ( NEW ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
67 ( 57 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) FOREVER BE Sal Solo

71 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE Isley Jasper isley
72 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield
73 ( 55 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
74 ( 62 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
75 ( NEW ) GOOD FRIENDS Joni Mitchell

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

17th December 1985

It’s only one week on top for West End Girls, as a recent Christmas Classic enters back on top, Wham! very nearly replacing themselves at 1 but for Pet Shop Boys. Cameo go top 10, She’s Strange that one, and Shaky’s xmas now-perennial leaps into the 40 for the first time. Lots of climbers due to a lack of new entries, which back in the day was the norm. Or now, in fact, bar the oldies xmas invasions that I used to do in my own charts and now happens in the actual official charts everywhere.

Amii Stewart has a new duetting partner for her old Johnny Bristol hit mash-up of 2 Smokey Robinson songs, My Guy My Girl and Sophie George is too Girlie Girlie, too. A forgotten xmas song from Bryan Adams, I doubt I’ve heard Christmas Time in 32 years….! On the other hand, Walking In The Air and Aled Jones were regular xmas airplay and TVplay oldies – and here they are – but not quite as you might guess. I never liked Aled’s version of Walking In The Air, so it’s the original TV “Snowman” soundtrack that enters, while Aled gives Mike Oldfield a festive hand. Mike, of course, has had several xmas hits, none of them actually mentioning xmas at all, preferring a more traditional solstice theme.

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
5 ( 3 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
6 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
7 ( 6 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
9 ( 19 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
10 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

11 ( 5 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
12 ( 10 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
13 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
14 ( 17 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
15 ( 25 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
16 ( 18 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
17 ( 27 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
18 ( 29 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
19 ( 8 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
20 ( 13 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

21 ( 16 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
22 ( 15 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
23 ( 20 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
24 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 14 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
27 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
28 ( 39 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
29 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
30 ( 35 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu

31 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
32 ( 22 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
33 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
34 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 40 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 28 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
37 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 47 ) OH LOUISE Junior
39 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
40 ( 45 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

41 ( 33 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 34 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
43 ( 36 ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
44 ( 42 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
45 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
46 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
47 ( 52 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
48 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
49 ( 30 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
50 ( 55 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren

51 ( 62 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
52 ( 43 ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( NEW ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
54 ( 64 ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
55 ( 65 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 66 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
58 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
59 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
60 ( 41 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits

61 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
62 ( NEW ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophie George
63 ( 53 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
64 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
65 ( 59 ) ONE VISION Queen
66 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Peter Auty & The Sinfonia Of London

71 ( 72 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
72 ( 73 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
74 ( NEW ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
75 ( 74 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

Pre-Xmas Oldies playlist:

1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatle

24th December 1985

It’s a new entry at 1 for a Xmas classic that charted in 1974 but never made my top 10. That was something of a shock for me as Mud had made my top 3 (and had 4 number ones) with all their previous singles, yet this Elvis pastiche ballad sorta disappointed me as a 16-year-old. Roll on 11 years and nostalgia and regular annual radio plays, and hey presto I love it. In fact so many Xmas classics come back my chart looks like the Xmas 2017 singles charts! Not saying I was ahead of the game….OK I am. That also explains why I don’t usually rechart them, cos frankly after getting on for 30 to 45 years one gets over-familiar with most of them. Glad to see new generations love them though!

Bizarrely the Shaky Xmas classic is only 20, and it was brand new (well a year-old and held-back to avoid Band Aid and Wham!, rather wisely). Macca’s back with his frogs, Bing’s 40’s standard is back having first charted in 1977, Slade are back again, by this time making it an annual event. Wizzard aren’t but they did it the previous year. Nowadays they beat Slade every xmas in the UK charts. This year both were beaten by fellow ’73 minor hit Step Into Xmas, as Elton gets a higher spot on the Spotify playlists.

Feargal Sharkey’s follow-up single is actually the answer-song to A Good Heart, as the break-up song from the female half of a songwriting romantic duo is followed by the male reply. Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) wrote it, Eurythmics Dave Stewart produced it, and Maria McKee is the subject matter, writer of A Good Heart which had a pop at Tench.

1 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
6 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
7 ( 9 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 5 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
10 ( 8 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

11 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
12 ( 16 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
13 ( 18 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
14 ( 12 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 17 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
16 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
17 ( 10 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
18 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
19 ( 13 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
20 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

21 ( 15 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
22 ( 11 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
23 ( 28 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 25 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 31 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
26 ( 14 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
27 ( 21 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
28 ( 22 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
29 ( 20 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
30 ( 40 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

31 ( 45 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
32 ( 23 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
33 ( 39 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
35 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 19 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
37 ( 57 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
38 ( 53 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
39 ( 51 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
40 ( 55 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
42 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
43 ( 36 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
45 ( 41 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
46 ( 32 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
48 ( 62 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
49 ( 38 ) OH LOUISE Junior
50 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout

51 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
52 ( 44 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
53 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 61 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
55 ( 74 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
56 ( 64 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( 49 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( NEW ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
60 ( 58 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 46 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
62 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John
63 ( 59 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( 47 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
65 ( 50 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
66 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
70 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Zinno

71 ( NEW ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
72 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
74 ( 63 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers

Oldies Playlist
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatles
3 DAY TRIPPER The Beatles

31st December 1985

A second week on top for Mud, and a fourth week at 2 for Pet Shop Boys in total – if not for oldies it would have had 5 weeks on top. Had my chart rules been different though, it’s likely Gene Pitney’s I’m Gonna Be Strong would have topped for some of that as I was seriously mad on it. Wizzard would also have recharted and the Win single on my playlist I thought should be treated as an oldie, but it would chart in 1986.

A-ha are the highest new entry at 22 with a classic epic track that’s even better than Take On Me, followed closely by a forgotten Eurythmics gem, It’s Alright. Jon Anderson pops in, both missing Vangelis and bandmates Yes to get his debut solo entry some 8 years since Wondrous Stories made my top 10 for Yes.

1 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
5 ( 9 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
6 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 5 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 13 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 6 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

11 ( 10 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
12 ( 16 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
13 ( 18 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
14 ( 11 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 17 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
16 ( 25 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
17 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
19 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
20 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 12 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
22 ( NEW ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
23 ( 21 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
24 ( 19 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
25 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
26 ( 15 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
27 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
28 ( 59 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 38 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
30 ( 31 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

31 ( 26 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
32 ( 47 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
33 ( 22 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
34 ( 37 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
35 ( 49 ) OH LOUISE Junior
36 ( 27 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 28 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
38 ( 39 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
39 ( 40 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
40 ( 48 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George

41 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
42 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
43 ( 32 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
45 ( 54 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
46 ( 33 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 55 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
48 ( 44 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
49 ( 43 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
50 ( 45 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 42 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
52 ( 41 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 46 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( 66 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
56 ( 56 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( NEW ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( 52 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
59 ( 75 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 58 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
62 ( 50 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
63 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) MR DJ The Concept
65 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
66 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( 73 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
70 ( 61 ) REVOLUTION The Cult

71 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
72 ( 62 ) NIKITA Elton John
73 ( 74 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
3 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

My 1985 Charts – July

2nd July 1985

The Beach Boys getcha back on top of the charts after a 9-year break since Good Vibrations topped on reissue in 1976. Despite great singles peaking at 2 in 1968, 1969 and 1979 the one that went all the way was a total flop – but it had that classic surfer harmony sound, and a great song written by Mike Love and Terry Melcher, Doris Day’s son. More importantly for me, it was the first record released by the band after the death of Dennis Wilson in a drowning accident, which gave it an added pathos, being as I was and am a huge fan of the Beach Boys. Bad news for Hall & Oates who almost get a second chart-topper, with reactivated Out Of Touch at 2, while Sister Sledge, Prince and Bruce Springsteen all get another new top 10 single to add to their tallies.

Paul Young and Dead Or Alive go up into the top 20, as highest new entry You And Your Heart So Blue is in at 19 for Bucks Fizz, another great single which inexplicably flopped, especially given the general goodwill for Mike Nolan recovering after his near-death band coach crash. Howard Jones gets yet another top 40 track, as Denise LaSalle waves her toot toot in as well, and ex-Undertones vocalist Feargal Sharkey does the same, 7 years on from Teenage Kicks. Toyah also pops into the 40, and Marti Webb’s cover of Michael Jackson’s Ben, while there’s a new entry for Don Henley at 28 with his 1982 chart hit (for me at least) Dirty Laundry, an under-rated fabulously bitter and cynical single – it still wasn’t a hit in the UK, sadly.

New entries outside the 40, The Adventures at 48 with Feel The Raindrops, another great single that flopped for the lads, while at 55 The Cult debut with a classic rock track She Sells Sanctuary, a track with attitude and swagger, just brilliant. At 60, The Damned make a pleasant single, The Shadow Of Love, as they belatedly get some deserved UK singles success, while future UK chart-topper There Must Be An Angel is in at 64 for Eurythmics, by far their most joyous single, if tongue-in-cheek video, and with a bonus Stevie Wonder harmonica solo to boot. Perfect pop. At 72, it’s another early 80’s UK flop back again, though this time Billy Idol actually gets a well-deserved big UK hit out of it: White Wedding is almost as fab as his 1984 number one in my charts – Eyes Without A Face – but this one is Billy at his sneeringest rocktastic best.

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1 ( 3 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 4 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
3 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
6 ( 10 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 14 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
8 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
9 ( 11 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
10 ( 13 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen

11 ( 5 ) OBSESSION Animotion
12 ( 29 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
13 ( 9 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
14 ( 18 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
15 ( 8 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
16 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
17 ( 20 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
18 ( 19 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( NEW ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
20 ( 48 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

21 ( 32 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( 16 ) CALL ME Go West
23 ( 60 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
24 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
25 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
27 ( 31 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
28 ( NEW ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
29 ( 21 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
30 ( 72 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle

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31 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
32 ( 28 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
33 ( 64 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
34 ( 22 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
35 ( 30 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 40 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
37 ( 46 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
38 ( 63 ) BEN Marti Webb
39 ( 27 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
40 ( 37 ) CRY Godley And Creme

41 ( 33 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
43 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
44 ( 56 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
45 ( 35 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
46 ( 59 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
47 ( 39 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
48 ( NEW ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
49 ( 45 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
50 ( 53 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

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51 ( 34 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
52 ( 23 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
53 ( 50 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
54 ( 41 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( NEW ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
56 ( 58 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 38 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
58 ( 69 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
59 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
60 ( NEW ) THE SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned

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61 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
62 ( 49 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
63 ( 42 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
64 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
65 ( 57 ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
66 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 54 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( NEW ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
70 ( 75 ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

71 ( 61 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
72 ( NEW ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
73 ( 70 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
74 ( 68 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
75 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar

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TV 29th Jun-5th Jul
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Cheers
4 The Bill Cosby Show
5 Ready Steady Go

In my oldies playlist, 2 future 80‘s reissued UK chart entries for Fleetwood Mac’s Hold Me and Lulu’s Shout (hey, when you’re right you’re right) though I’m still waiting on Gary Lewis & The Playboys’ Jill, appropriately Beach Boys-influenced 1967 single.

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In the media, I bought Paperback Writer (Beatles) and How Soon Is Now (Smiths), watched The Young Ones and LIfe On Earth, and a crap edition of Top Of The Pops, while at work, my young new cheeky assistant got ever bolder and cheekier as we surveyed the roads of Blandford and Gillingham. It got the stage where I was arguing with him and having to use reason to get him to stop going OTT and making errors in the data. Rang grandma, who was worryingly out of breath.

In the DC Comics Crisis On Infinite Earths megablockbuster series with every superhero on the books and more, they carried out a shock: Supergirl was killed off. Punishment for a flop movie more than likely, but genuinely shocking as superheroes with their own comics who had been around for 30 years just didn’t get killed. It’s sort of killing the golden goose (and so it turned out until the new re-telling TV version which has just debuted 30 years on) as all reinventions of alternative characters using the name were pretty useless and floppy. The repercussions also hit the Legion Of Super Heroes, as she’d been a time-travelling member since I first picked up the comic in 1969, and of course my comic of choice was at it’s peak at this time, creatively and pretty big sales-wise.

9th July 1985

2 weeks for The Beach Boys on top, as I revisit LA (Light Album) in my oldies playing, and a leap to 2 for Dead Or Alive and In Too Deep, and a third top 10 in a row for them. Propaganda hit a new peak of 3 with Duel, and Bucks Fizz are pondering you and your heart so blue at 7, for a 4th year of top 10 tracks, with only the odd single peaking lower down the chart. Paul Young also keeps them coming for over 2 years, as Tomb Of Memories digs it way slowly up.

Huge climbs for The Cult and The Damned into the 20 to challenge the upper chart pop domination, with Tears For Fears fabulous sombre Head Over Heels also scraping into the 20 (and very much under-rated by me at the time), along with Howard Jones more jaunty Life In One Day. Eurythmics joyous classic angels are playing with my heart into the 30, with Sting, Phil Oakey & Giorgio Moroder, and The Adventures all hitting the 40 along with highest new entry, left-wing band Redskins and Bring It Down (This Insane Thing) in at 37. Left-wing politics in music was very much the vogue in 1985, and the video had the bonus of Alexei Sayle, left-wing comedian to underline the point.

New entries: Amazulu return a bit excitable at 46, Glen Frey joins ex and future band mate from The Eagles Don Henley in the chart, at 47, and Adam Ant starts to run out of steam at 49, Vive Le Rock, after a 5-year run. Jaki Graham turns up minus David Grant, and she’s round and round at 60, a good British dancepop track, while OMD are at a lowly 64 with a secret (the secret is they are following up a chart-topper and not doing so well) 5 years on from debut chart-topper Messages. Radio 1 DJ Mike Read has another go at becoming a pop star at 71, covering 1969 Number 1 Dizzy, and peaks a full deserved 70 places lower than either Tommy Roe’s classic original, or Vic Reeves & The Wonder Stuff’s future UK chart cover version. Supertramp pop in briefly with a cannonball a decade after they started with a classic Dreamer, and The Style Council give a bit of publicity for Milton Keynes, symbol town for blandness in the eighties.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 20 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 8 ) DUEL Propaganda
4 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 2 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
6 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
7 ( 19 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 10 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
9 ( 5 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
10 ( 12 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

http://youtube.com/v/C7Eo1IHajGQ

11 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
12 ( 7 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
13 ( 23 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
14 ( 55 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 60 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
16 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
17 ( 13 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
18 ( 11 ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 9 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
20 ( 15 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

http://youtube.com/v/dblor-04xeE

21 ( 14 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
22 ( 16 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
23 ( 18 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 28 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
25 ( 17 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 25 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
27 ( 30 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
28 ( 36 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
29 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
30 ( 64 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

31 ( 22 ) CALL ME Go West
32 ( 48 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 26 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
34 ( 24 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
35 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
36 ( 38 ) BEN Marti Webb
37 ( NEW ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
38 ( 32 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
39 ( 44 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
40 ( 46 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 27 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
42 ( 34 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
43 ( 58 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
44 ( 40 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 29 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
46 ( NEW ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
47 ( NEW ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
48 ( 41 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
49 ( NEW ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
50 ( 39 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

51 ( 43 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
52 ( 37 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
53 ( 45 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
54 ( 49 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
55 ( 53 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 69 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
58 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
59 ( 66 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
60 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

http://youtube.com/v/E30q7pNy0jM

61 ( 42 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
62 ( 47 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
63 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
64 ( NEW ) SECRET OMD
65 ( 50 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
66 ( 59 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
67 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
68 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
69 ( 52 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
70 ( 72 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

71 ( NEW ) DIZZY The Rock-olas
72 ( 51 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
73 ( NEW ) CANNONBALL Supertramp
74 ( NEW ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
75 ( 63 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode

TV 6th-12th July
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Another Audience With Dame Edna
3 Batman: Shame
4 Hill Street Blues
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 Lou Grant
7 It’ll Be Alright On The Night
8 Dallas
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Ready Steady Go


At work out in the streets of Blandford Forum, driver Bob noticed young Nick’s tendency to admire himself in any passing mirrors and quipped a great one-liner: “if we put mirrors on all access covers and manholes he wouldn’t miss any” (off the computer survey data list). Bob also fixed our flat tyre on the spot, good for him. I got a lot of stick from Jason, in the other team, and Nick, when they got together, both seemingly-obsessed with my never-mentioned (and none-existent) sex life and persuasion, which wound me up.

At Wimbledon, McEnroe went out, and young lad Becker went through, all a bit of a surprise. Womens final was fave Chrissie Lloyd sadly lost (I saw it as her last chance) to Martina Navratilova who I was also a fan of. 17-year-old Boris Becker amazingly won the men’s final. I bought a new T shirt, and wore it. It’s worth mentioning that because I also wore it to mum’s surprise, as my skinny arms hadn’t seen the light of day (bar the USA holiday in 1979) since 1971, I think! My self-image was skinny.

At 3 in my oldies chart, Ready Steady Go was being repeated 20 years on, a TV show that was the coolest (yes it’s true) on British TV in the mid-60’s, and I was now old enough to have 20-year-old memories, like Sandie Shaw (who I loved as a child) and was now cool all over again thanks to Morrissey. This is a great old clip of a song I’m still waiting to chart…

http://youtube.com/v/-PadwVClZb4

16th July 1985

This was Live Aid week, the huge world concert (lots of local versions to go with the 2 main events at Wembley and Philadelphia) and a host of megastars on show for charity, bullied into it by Bob Geldof for a great cause, to help the starving in Ethiopa as the politicians sat on their arses as always. Band Aid, as a charity, ran for 2 decades, and kept people alive. Cynics (and there were plenty of them) can piss off, I don’t care what everybody’s motives were or weren’t for the concert, the bottom line is it saved lives and Geldof managed to do what politicians wouldn’t. So. In my chart on the day of Live Aid, The Beach Boys topped for a third week with Getcha Back, and played at Live Aid on Saturday13th July with a buncha classic tunes. Eurythmics shoot up to 4, There Must Be An Angel sadly not on show at Live Aid cos Annie had lost her voice, happily they did Net Aid in 1998 and Live8 in the noughties, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad.

The Damned, years into their career, finally get a top 10 single with the spooky Shadow Of Love at 7, while Howard Jones keeps his tally going with Life In One Day at 10. Adam Ant shoots up to 17 with new track Vive Le Rock, and pisses off viewers at Live Aid by doing it instead of one of his hits. Adam was miffed (and still is) he had only the one song slot, but should have accepted it gracefully and done Stand And Deliver which would have been far more appropriate and memorable: “Your money or your life” would have taken on new meaning. It wasn’t designed to be a plug for the new single, after all. Highest new entry at 20 is Sparks, back with a bang, for a Change, and a gem it is too, floppy yes, but sprawling and adventurous and delightful. 11 years on they may not be charting, but they carry on their own quirky way then and now, and never fail to charm.

Jaki Graham leaps into the 30, round and round, with Glen Frey, Amazulu and Opus (or ‘Opeless as I sometimes called them) all sneak into the 40, while The Conway Brothers arrive with a bit more force, and Billy Idol’s White Wedding finally starts moving and Bill catches the bouquet at 39 from 70. Another early 80’s track pops in at 59, Trans X and the very dated sounding (for 1985 – synth pop had really moved on in leaps and bounds) Living On Video, but it was fine for 1980/1981. Animal Nightlife get another chart entry with a very 1940’s stylee Love Is Just The Great Adventure, Animotion follow-up a fab chart-topper with a much less fab Let Him Go, Tina Turner is back on fire with the theme tune to Mad Max: Thunderdome, We Don’t Need Another Hero, and her best solo record to date, Aretha Franklin’s Freeway Of Love is in at 73, Steve Arrington’s dancin’ at 71, and slipping in with a Stevie Wonder song written for the Jackson 5, Buttercup, it’s Carl Anderson debuting. I say debut – had I allowed movie tracks in my charts (and I wish I had) his version of Superstar, as Judas from Jesus Christ Superstar, would easily have topped my chart in 1973, or later, cos it’s a spine-tingling passionate vocal performance of a brilliant Lloyd-Webber/Rice song. Still an absolute show-stopper, and still waiting to chart it.

1 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 4 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 30 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
5 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
6 ( 3 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 15 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
8 ( 9 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 10 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
10 ( 13 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

http://youtube.com/v/eD6byRAKXK4

11 ( 6 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
12 ( 16 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
13 ( 5 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
15 ( 8 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
16 ( 12 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
17 ( 49 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
18 ( 27 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
19 ( 11 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
20 ( NEW ) CHANGE Sparks

http://youtube.com/v/8ax1lWJfjKk

21 ( 24 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
22 ( 17 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
23 ( 29 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 20 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
25 ( 18 ) OBSESSION Animotion
26 ( 28 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
27 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
28 ( 19 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 60 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
30 ( 23 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 22 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 37 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
34 ( 21 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
35 ( 47 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
36 ( 46 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 43 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
38 ( 57 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
39 ( 70 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
40 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 38 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( NEW ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
43 ( 31 ) CALL ME Go West
44 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
45 ( 35 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
46 ( 59 ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
47 ( 33 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
48 ( 34 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) LET HIM GO Animotion
50 ( 74 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

51 ( 26 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
52 ( 64 ) SECRET OMD
53 ( 39 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
54 ( 45 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
55 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 54 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
58 ( 36 ) BEN Marti Webb
59 ( NEW ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
60 ( 50 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

http://youtube.com/v/b9xBAtCsCTQ

61 ( 41 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
62 ( 42 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
63 ( 51 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
64 ( 48 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
65 ( 63 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
66 ( 52 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
67 ( NEW ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
68 ( 53 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
69 ( 67 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
70 ( 68 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

http://youtube.com/v/dq4aOaDXIfY

71 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
72 ( 61 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
73 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
74 ( 62 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
75 ( NEW ) BUTTERCUP Carl Anderson

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: What Are Little Girls Made Of
2 Dallas
3 LIVE AID
4 Cheers
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Batman: Shame part 2
7 The Abba Story
8 Lou Grant
9 Top Of The Pops
10 I Dream Of Jeannie

http://youtube.com/v/u7XIL67QSME

OLDIES CHART
1 TUG OF WAR Paul McCartney
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby Stills & Nash
3 LIVING EYES Bee Gees


Overall, I pondered that with only 23 of the UK top 40 in my top 40 it was the worst UK chart since the mid-70’s, while at work, Nick calmed down a bit and had some good talks in the week at lunchtimes, and it was so warm out on the rural Dorset roads I stuck with my T shirts. The boys back in the office, Jason and Nick, teased friendly Terry with a fake phone call, she took it with good nature as I’d tipped her off what they were going to do. On “Wogan” Sparks popped up looking good, and in my appearance I shaved off my moustache – I’d had one since I was in my teens, and it was hard to get used to!

LIVE AID DAY: Bob Geldof rightly demanding money for the cause; The Cars’ Drive recent number one for me was used with footage of the famine, which was immensely powerful, even though it shouldn’t have worked it did. Billy Connolly was in tears. Who wasn’t….!? My personal highlights of the UK end: Boomtown Rats, Bowie, Queen, Elton John (& Kiki & George Michael), Elvis Costello doing All You Need Is Love, and Paul McCartney’s Let It Be, and the collective Do They Know It’s Christmas. In the USA Madonna was the top act for me, but I only managed to stay up till 2am. The finale didn’t record on my video either, doh! I may not have got hold of tickets, but I have seen most of the UK performers since (or before) Live Aid, hey ho.

 

23rd July 1985

Eurythmics get a second chart-topper, a year after 1984 (Sex Crime) did it first, and the life-affirming, tongue-in-cheek There Must Be An Angel is nothing like the dark synths of the former. Dead Or Alive are sadly stuck at 2 for the 3rd week, but the Damned hit 5 as The Cult leap to 6 for a fab bit of Goth Rock double delight. Sparks enter the top 10 with Change, their first in 6 years and 8th in total, as Jaki Graham circles the top 10 round at 11. Simply Red and Feargal Sharkey grab a top 20 spot, and the highest new entry is another Goth goodie, The Cure at 19 with In Between Days, the terrific first single off The Head On The Door and 5 years on from their first top 20.

In at 22, Prince is back, also 5 years on from his debut, with Raspberry Beret, still in his pyschedelic pop period, as Trans X hit the 40, and The Cool Notes enter with the catchy Brit-soul of In Your Car at 29. Tina Turner thunders into the 40, while a bit more low-key OMD have a secret, Style Council divert from Milton Keynes, and Animal Nightlife grab a second top 40. New at 49, The Goonies movie theme tune from Cyndi Lauper – have to say I’ve yet to see the film though, shockingly! Dare Me, demand the Pointer Sisters at 52, on of their better records after 6 years of chart action, though I probably would have charted Yes We Can Can in 1973 if my charts had allowed non-UK-chart singles.

In at 60, UB40 have paired up with Chrissie Hynde, having a Pretenders-break, for a UK chart-topper cover of Sonny & Cher’s I Got You Babe, reggae style. Not got the magic of the original but it wasn’t bad, and it gave them an excuse to tour together in the 90’s, and an excuse for me to go and see both The Pretenders (for the 3rd time) and UB40. At 61, Nik Kershaw I saw in concert the other week (that’s November 2015) and new entry Don Quixote sounded much better than I gave it credit for at the time. At 66 Loose Ends cover Bowie’s 1975 number one Golden Years, plastic Glam soul funk to Brit soul. Divine sneaks in with another camp cover, Twistin’ The Night away, and just above it’s Sting. Actually it’s Dire Straits, but his vocal assist is enough for a featuring credit really, and one of their top tunes in Money For Nothing, and THAT groundbreaking music video and guitar riffs. Also 6 years since first charting, for both.

http://youtube.com/v/TlGXDy5xFlw

1 ( 4 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
4 ( 1 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
5 ( 7 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
6 ( 14 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
7 ( 5 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
9 ( 11 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
10 ( 20 ) CHANGE Sparks

11 ( 29 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
12 ( 6 ) DUEL Propaganda
13 ( 18 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
14 ( 17 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
15 ( 26 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
16 ( 9 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
17 ( 15 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 10 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
19 ( NEW ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
20 ( 23 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/scif2vfg1ug

21 ( 12 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
22 ( NEW ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
23 ( 16 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
24 ( 13 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 ( 19 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
26 ( 59 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 37 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
28 ( 38 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
29 ( NEW ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
30 ( 39 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol

http://youtube.com/v/4i_z6JOKkVk

31 ( 22 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
32 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
33 ( 24 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
34 ( 67 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
35 ( 25 ) OBSESSION Animotion
36 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
37 ( 52 ) SECRET OMD
38 ( 42 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
39 ( 27 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
40 ( 50 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council

41 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
42 ( 30 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 49 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
44 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 21 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
46 ( 44 ) CRY Godley And Creme
47 ( 34 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
48 ( 31 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
49 ( NEW ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 71 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington

http://youtube.com/v/3IprBx1OlBk

51 ( 35 ) SMUGGLER’S BLUES Glen Frey
52 ( NEW ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
53 ( 43 ) CALL ME Go West
54 ( 65 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 45 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
57 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
58 ( 48 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
59 ( 47 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
60 ( NEW ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

http://youtube.com/v/bNLJbD_Oitk

61 ( NEW ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
62 ( 57 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
63 ( 33 ) BRING IT DOWN (THIS INSANE THING) Redskins
64 ( 54 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
65 ( 70 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
67 ( 51 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
68 ( 40 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
69 ( 60 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
70 ( 69 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine

71 ( NEW ) GENIE B B & Q
72 ( 64 ) A VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE Tracie
74 ( NEW ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
75 ( NEW ) TWISTIN’ THE NIGHT AWAY Divine

TV 20th – 26th July
1 The Young Ones: Sick
2 Star Trek: Dagger Of The Mind
3 Cheers
4 The Young Ones: Boring
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show: pilot
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Lou Grant
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Batman
10 The Phil Silvers Show


At work Nick got inspired to put words and sing to any tunes I come up with on my music computer, I wish I’d taken him up on it really, missed opportunity he would have made a great pop star, sadly my tunes were crap and technology just wasn’t there without big cash in those days to get a decent sound. I would have done better with an electric guitar or piano frankly! Doh! Mum appeared to have a liver infection, at home, which caused me anxiety. On TV Patrick Duffy’s Bobby Ewing got bumped off, pure emotion, pure corn but engrossing and tongue-in-cheek Dallas season climax. It was all downhill from here really…

On saturday we got the bad news that mum’s mum, grandma in Liverpool had gone blind in one eye thanks to a burst blood clot – this was actually a good thing as she had had another minor heart attack the other week and not told us, and would otherwise have likely died. We made plans to go up to Liverpool.

30th July 1985

2 weeks for Eurythmics at 1, and The Cure shoot up to 2 for the second time, with In Between Days. Jaki Graham gets a second top 10, her first solo, and Tina Turner gets her 4th, or 3rd solo, with the Mad Max song. Highest new entry at 10 is the latest in the anniversary reissue and recharting hits for The Beatles – Help! It had made my charts for the first time in 1976 (when it again made the UK singles chart), but had long been a fave since I went to the cinema as a boy of 7 to watch the movie, a glorious colourful light-hearted romp packed with great songs. Culturally, The Beatles were everything in the 60’s, and Help! was only 3 years into their chart career, and yet seemed instantly as if the record had always existed. Tina Turner, just above them, had then-recently done her best to turn the urgent manic begging of the classic original into a self-pitying plodder, so it’s only fair the original should be nipping at her heels with one of her best records. Billy Idol, still looking for a White Wedding, hits the top 20 at long last, as Prince’s Raspberry Beret squeezes in too. Fruity!

Madonna gets both the highest current new entry, with US-12inch B side the excellent Into The Groove mystifyingly never a single, given it’s still Madonna’s biggest UK hit, in at 16, her 7th chart entry since Holiday debuted in the top 10 the previous year – and back again at 19, Madonna having gone from just another female popdisco act, to superstar, allowing her new legion of fans who hadn’t noticed it first time round to buy it again, as it went all the way to 2 in the UK singles chart, behind Into The Groove which hit 1. Quite big then, and having already jumped into a big movie, desperately seeking Susan, didn’t hurt at all! Meanwhile UB40 and Chrissie Hynde make the top 30, as Mainframe enter at 33, with a not-Stranglers 5 Minutes, quite exciting dance track. The Pointer Sisters are still daring me to mention they have made the 40 along with Cyndi Lauper’s Goonies, as a gentle Phil Collins minor UK hit, Take Me Home, enters at 38 outdoing some of his bigger hits for me, cos it’s pretty nice.

Five Star get Let Me Be The One for a second chart entry at 52, and Arrow do the same at 59, with the catchy Long Time. Which leaves follow-ups from The Untouchables, Gary Moore and Broooce and another Born In The USA single, Glory Days.

1 ( 1 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
2 ( 19 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
3 ( 2 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
4 ( 3 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
5 ( 6 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
6 ( 11 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE Sparks
8 ( 4 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
9 ( 34 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
10 ( NEW ) HELP! The Beatles

http://youtube.com/v/8xqLfz_LPm4

11 ( 15 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
12 ( 8 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
13 ( 29 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
14 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
15 ( 30 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
16 ( NEW ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
17 ( 5 ) SHADOW OF LOVE The Damned
18 ( 22 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
19 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY Madonna
20 ( 20 ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey

http://youtube.com/v/52iW3lcpK5M

21 ( 12 ) DUEL Propaganda
22 ( 9 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( 13 ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
24 ( 27 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
25 ( 37 ) SECRET OMD
26 ( 26 ) LIVING ON VIDEO Trans X
27 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
28 ( 16 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
29 ( 18 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
30 ( 60 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde

31 ( 14 ) VIVE LE ROCK Adam Ant
32 ( 36 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
33 ( NEW ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
34 ( 52 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
35 ( 31 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
36 ( 25 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
37 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
38 ( 21 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
39 ( 49 ) THE GOONIES ‘R’ GOOD ENOUGH Cyndi Lauper
40 ( 24 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

http://youtube.com/v/sRY1NG1P_kw

41 ( 23 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
42 ( 35 ) OBSESSION Animotion
43 ( 28 ) TURN IT UP The Conway Brothers
44 ( 44 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
45 ( 46 ) CRY Godley And Creme
46 ( 50 ) DANCING IN THE KEY OF LIFE Steve Arrington
47 ( 33 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
48 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
49 ( 66 ) GOLDEN YEARS Loose Ends
50 ( 57 ) MEGAREX T.Rex

51 ( 32 ) FEEL THE RAINDROPS The Adventures
52 ( NEW ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
53 ( 39 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
54 ( 43 ) LET HIM GO Animotion
55 ( 54 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
56 ( 38 ) LOVE IS JUST THE GREAT ADVENTURE Animal Nightlife
57 ( 41 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
58 ( 74 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
59 ( NEW ) LONG TIME Arrow
60 ( 61 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw

http://youtube.com/v/rZE15B8dK7k

61 ( 42 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
62 ( 56 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
63 ( 40 ) COME TO MILTON KEYNES The Style Council
64 ( 68 ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
65 ( 58 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
66 ( 62 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
67 ( 65 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
68 ( 48 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
69 ( NEW ) GLORY DAYS Bruce Springsteen
70 ( 47 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 53 ) CALL ME Go West
72 ( 45 ) DIRTY LAUNDRY Don Henley
73 ( NEW ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
74 ( 70 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
75 ( NEW ) I SPY (FOR THE FBI) The Untouchables


TV 27th July- 2nd Aug

1 Star Trek: Conscience Of The King
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Cheers
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Batman
8 Taxi
9 Bewitched
10 I Dream Of Jeannie


At home good news about grandma’s blood-clotted eye, she wasn’t blind in it, and it should hopefully improve. Hot sunny weather helped the country roads surveying, and on friday Nick, Bob and I all played pool at lunchtime in a pub, all winning, great fun. Bought Boomtown Rats & Stranglers albums after work, and my brother arrived with Sue & the kids at home, he took the piss out of my moped (but still had a go). Baby Gav was very quiet, Vicki a very noisy active toddler by now. These days I like reminding Vicki of the olden days when chatting about toddler William, who takes after his mum smile.gif

 

 

My 1985 Charts – April

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2nd April 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


9th April 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


16th April 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


23rd April 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



30th April 1985

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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