My 1995 Charts – June

4th June 1995

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18th June 1995

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OLDIES PLAYLIST

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

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

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

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

http://youtube.com/v/FEE2fSF5bX4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 1990 Charts – April

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1st April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom


8th April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16th April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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23rd April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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30th April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1995 Charts – March

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5th March 1995

2 weeks on top for MN8 as Human League leap to 2 with a man in their heart, and The Boo Radleys wake up to the news that they have hit 3. Hooray! Dionne Farris, ex-Arrested Development singer returns solo to the top 10 in one fell swoop where Arrested Development needed a few weeks longer with Tennessee in 1992. Elton John Believes he can still grab a top 10 hit 24 years into his career, and so indeed he can, at 9, and comfortably more than 20+ to date. Which of course leaves PJ & Duncan making number 10 with Our Radio Rocks. No, I’m not quite sure why either!

Sophie B. and The Tabernacle both get deserved top 20 climbs, as does a little obscure ditty by a band called Take That. Back For Good? You can bet on it! The charity collaboration wiv da girls builds a quick chart bridge to 28, and Des’ree enters at 30 with her best record You Gotta Be – it was all diminishing returns from hereon. Mory Kante takes an inferior remix of his 1988 top 3 Ye Ke Ye Ke back into the 40, and the much-missed Kirsty MacColl brings Caroline in just behind at 38. At 40, it’s a debut entry for a massive act. They were huge in the USA, the album sold and sold and sold, and they even had an episode of Friends based around tickets for one of their concerts. Hootie And The Blowfish. Yes, who? They never made it in the UK but had a couple of good singles, Hold My Hand being one, and then pretty much that was that. Hey ho.

Lower down, it’s new entries from Brand New Heavies and Rozalla, both still on a streak of hits, and East 17’s goodie Let It Rain is in at 51.

1 ( 1 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
2 ( 20 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
3 ( 9 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
4 ( 3 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
5 ( 2 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
6 ( 7 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
7 ( 44 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
8 ( 5 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
9 ( 22 ) BELIEVE Elton John
10 ( 19 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan

11 ( 4 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
12 ( 12 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
13 ( 6 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
14 ( 10 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
15 ( 24 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
16 ( 34 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
17 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
18 ( 31 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
19 ( 11 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
20 ( 18 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet

21 ( 16 ) BEDTIME STORY Madonna
22 ( 37 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
23 ( 14 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
24 ( 13 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
25 ( 36 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
26 ( 32 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
27 ( 28 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
28 ( 56 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
29 ( 17 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
30 ( NEW ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree

31 ( 33 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
32 ( 23 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
33 ( 15 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
34 ( 25 ) WHATEVER Oasis
35 ( 26 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
36 ( 29 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
37 ( 53 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
38 ( 45 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
39 ( 21 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
40 ( NEW ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish

41 ( 39 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
42 ( 35 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
43 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
44 ( 42 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
45 ( 43 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
46 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
47 ( 64 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
48 ( 47 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
49 ( NEW ) (I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU) BABY Rozalla
50 ( 30 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

51 ( NEW ) LET IT RAIN East 17
52 ( 41 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
53 ( 59 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
54 ( 54 ) CREEP TLC
55 ( 40 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
56 ( 50 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
57 ( 55 ) STARS China Black
58 ( RE ) ASK The Smiths
59 ( 38 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
60 ( 60 ) WAKING UP Elastica

61 ( 58 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
62 ( 46 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( RE ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
65 ( 65 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 74 ) PERFECT DAY EMF
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 49 ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( 71 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( 69 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( 48 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
75 ( 75 ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen

12th March 1995

A sudden surprise number one from a track that had seemed to have peaked: She’s A River belatedly giving Simple Minds a chart-topper where earlier classics didn’t, notably Up On The Catwalk which came closest. There’s some fab guitar riffing, and it’s an under-rated track as poor ol Jim Kerr by this time was getting some serious stick from rock musos who had turned on him for not sounding like he did 10 or 15 years earlier, and being more U2-ish stadium-sounding. In the age of grunge that was an unforgivable sin. As I’ve never let being out of fashion musically affect my love for a great record, I continued to ignore trendy rock critics and the backlash.
Highest new entry at 8 is Turn On Tune In Cop Out, Freakpower returning to my charts with a track that was a minor UK hit in 1993, very annoyingly, as it’s got great funk-tastic laid-back groovy vibes, maaaan. It’s also Fatboy Slim Norman Cook’s best track to date pre-Fatboy. Sophie B. Hawkins gets her 3rd top 10 track, the lovely As I Lay Me Down hitting 9, and Paul Carrack, the late Paul Young and Mike Rutherford get a good top 20 climb as Mike And The Mechanics, giving 2 of them 21 years of that, and Paul Young 16 years since Sad Cafe debuted. Talking of 21 years of top 20 entries…Sparks leap to 20 with Charlie Parker (sort of) and a new BBC version of the song that launched them This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us.

In the week he was touring (see below) Prince does a medley of hits as promo single, and enters at 24, giving him 15 years worth of chart bothering. East 17, Rozalla, Elastica, Alex Party and Brand New Heavies all go top 40, while an oddity pops in at 33, the great fun Glam Metal Detectives, the theme to the Peter Richardson satire sketch show which was written by 10CC’s Lol Creme and Trevor Horn ex-Buggles and producer supremo. In at 36, progressive house duo Leftfield (featuring Toni Halliday) and Original, following up the John Lydon Open Up. At 44 Duran Duran cover classic Lou Reid a few years before the BBC make it a million seller for everyone except Duran Duran – there’s gratitude for you!

Which leaves Siouxsie and The Banshees returning 17 years in, with Stargazer, Terrorvision, some people say, Prince’s band New Power Generation, Faith No More and Wet Wet Wet, Julia says. I says they are all new entries.

1 ( 12 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
2 ( 2 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
3 ( 3 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
4 ( 1 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
5 ( 6 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
6 ( 4 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
7 ( 7 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
8 ( NEW ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
9 ( 15 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
10 ( 5 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox

11 ( 18 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
12 ( 9 ) BELIEVE Elton John
13 ( 16 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
14 ( 10 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
15 ( 25 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
16 ( 13 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
17 ( 22 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
18 ( 14 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
19 ( 8 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
20 ( 64 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks

21 ( 11 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
22 ( 30 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
23 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
24 ( NEW ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
25 ( 20 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
26 ( 37 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
27 ( 17 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
28 ( 19 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( 51 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
30 ( 46 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies

31 ( 24 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
32 ( 23 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY UP Glam Metal Detectives
34 ( 31 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
35 ( 49 ) (I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU) BABY Rozalla
36 ( NEW ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
37 ( 29 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
38 ( 47 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
39 ( 60 ) WAKING UP Elastica
40 ( 53 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi

41 ( 34 ) WHATEVER Oasis
42 ( 27 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
43 ( 26 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
44 ( NEW ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
45 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORY Madonna
46 ( 32 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
47 ( 35 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
48 ( 44 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
49 ( 45 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
50 ( 43 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant

51 ( 48 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
52 ( 36 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
53 ( 40 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
54 ( 42 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
55 ( 39 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
56 ( NEW ) STARGAZER Siouxsie And The Banshees
57 ( 38 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
58 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
59 ( 65 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
60 ( 57 ) STARS China Black

61 ( 33 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
62 ( 52 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 68 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
65 ( 71 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
66 ( NEW ) WILD New Power Generation
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 56 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
69 ( RE ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( NEW ) PUSH THE FEELING ON The Nightcrawlers
72 ( 54 ) CREEP TLC
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) DIGGING THE GRAVE Faith No More
75 ( NEW ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet


This week I went to see Prince again at Wembley Arena. Prince has a reputation for being one of the great live acts. He is. I’d seen him before, so I also knew trying to smuggle a cassette recorder in to get my own crappy quality souvenir was counter-productive – the last time they searched everyone going in and took away any cameras, tapes etc and stored them in the coat-drop with a ticket to collect afterwards. As you can imagine, it took effing forever to get it back afterwards which meant a very late drive back to Dorset. Prince, of course, continues to do his best to avoid keeping a fanbase (rather effectively), acting somewhat like the gulls in Finding nemo: Mine! Mine! Hey, ho, he was great anyway though not as memorable as the Graffiti Bridge tour. Top tracks were 1. 7, 2. LETITGO and 3. LOVE THY WILL BE DONE (the Martika track he wrote for her)


19th March 1995

Human League get their 2nd number one of 1995, and their final (credited) to date with a total of 9, as One Man In My Heart slides sweetly on top. Freak Power Turn On Tune In Drop Out, I mean Cop Out at 2. Sorry that’s a Timothy O’Leary hippie habit. East 17 don’t need an umbrella, they rocket to 3 and are happy to Let It Rain. Take That get their 4th top 10 record as Back For Good continues a slow climb upwards. Duran Duran meanwhile shoot from 44 to 12 on what must have been a Perfect Day for a decent cover version, and the first one to chart – even Lou didn’t chart with it!

Leftfield hit the top 20 with a synthy shuffle, the duo’s Paul Daley now 3 places higher than former bandmates Brand New Heavies latest. Faves of mine 10CC’s new version of I’m Not In Love is back in the 20 for the first time in 20 (years). Also doing it: Des’ree, Cher & co, and Prince, who keeps ahead of his New Power Generation getting wild at 26, both getting a concert boost. Neither are on youtube, so Prince must be behind them. Hey ho. In at 39, the highest new entry is Crash Test Dummies doing quirky XTC cover: I never saw The Ballad OF Peter Pumpkinhead coming, but both versions should have been big. The video has Dumb and Dumber’s Jeff Daniels in it.

A flood of new entries lower down, Simple Minds follow up Hypnotised, a Radiohead classic is High and Dry, the late Aaliyah states Age Is Nothin’ But A Number, probably justifying getting married at 15 to R. Kelly. The courts hold a different view these days. Bomb The Bass and The Stone Roses are back, Clock cover Axel F to keep the 80’s vibe going, while Snap! and the Bucketheads enter with a couple of great dance tracks. Rankin’ Roger’s back with Pato Banton, giving him 16 years of chart entries since The Beat debuted, and 2 Unlimited and Rednex keep the European former UK chart-topper list topped up.

1 ( 2 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
2 ( 8 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
3 ( 29 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
4 ( 1 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
5 ( 5 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
6 ( 7 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
7 ( 6 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 4 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
9 ( 11 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
10 ( 3 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys

11 ( 10 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
12 ( 44 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
13 ( 9 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
14 ( 12 ) BELIEVE Elton John
15 ( 36 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
16 ( 69 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
17 ( 22 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
18 ( 30 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
19 ( 23 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
20 ( 24 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince

21 ( 14 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
22 ( 17 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
23 ( 15 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
24 ( 16 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
25 ( 13 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
26 ( 66 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
27 ( 19 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
28 ( 38 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
29 ( 18 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
30 ( 20 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks

31 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY UP Glam Metal Detectives
32 ( 25 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
33 ( 21 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
34 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
35 ( 26 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
36 ( 31 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
37 ( 58 ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
38 ( 34 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
39 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
40 ( 32 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

41 ( NEW ) REAL LOVE Drizabone
42 ( 37 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
43 ( 53 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
44 ( 27 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
45 ( 41 ) WHATEVER Oasis
46 ( NEW ) HIGH AND DRY Radiohead
47 ( 35 ) (I DON’T EVEN KNOW IF I SHOULD CALL YOU) BABY Rozalla
48 ( NEW ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
49 ( 42 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
50 ( NEW ) AGE AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A NUMBER Aaliyah

51 ( 48 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
52 ( 49 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
53 ( 51 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
54 ( NEW ) AXEL F Clock
55 ( NEW ) ONE TO ONE RELIGION Bomb The Bass
56 ( 43 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
57 ( NEW ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
58 ( NEW ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
59 ( 59 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
60 ( NEW ) TEN STOREY LOVE SONG The Stone Roses

61 ( 50 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
62 ( 60 ) STARS China Black
63 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
65 ( 64 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
66 ( 65 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 47 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
69 ( NEW ) THE BOMB Bucketheads

70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
71 ( 71 ) PUSH THE FEELING ON The Nightcrawlers
72 ( 54 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
73 ( 75 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
75 ( NEW ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex

In my oldies playlisting I was obsessed with the brilliant original histrionically emotional one-take of Lorraine Ellison’s 60’s classic Stay With Me Baby. Criminally this record has never charted in mine, or the UK, though many more insipid versions have. Go figure…

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26th March 1995

It’s yet another new number one, this time East 17 get their sole topper after not quite managing to Stay Another Day, they decide to Let It Rain. Will the Number One revolving door stop any time soon? Well, it’s a good dancepop record but not a classic, so place your bets… while up to 3 threatening is Leftfield doing something Original, and Take That at 4 looking like they are Back For Good. Up 51 places to 6, Snap get their 3rd big dance single, following on from The Power and Rhythm Is A Dancer in 1990 and 1992. Up 41, Simple Minds get a quick 2nd Top 10 hit at 7, Hypnotised, an altogether more laid back vibe to She’s A River. Duran Duran meantime keep the top 10 span alive with Perfect Day at 8, 14 years since Planet Earth did it first. Finally, at 9, Crash Test Dummies get a third top 10 hit. Mmm mmm mmmm pumpkin. Phew, that’s a bit of a turnover!

Highest new entry is C.B Milton, It’s A Loving Thing at 17, but just behind it’s The Fab Four, a BBC live version of The Shirelles Baby It’s You (a Burt Bacharach toon). OK the sound quality is basic, but the joy of hearing John Lennon over-rides that, as at that time, it’s the first newly-available Beatles single (of unavailable tracks, give or take a Movie Medley) in 25 years. Granted a studio version was available back in 63, but The Beatles in the singles chart is where they still belong, as far as I’m concerned! Meanwhile, Tom Petty, part time Wilbury with The Fabs George Harrison, doesn’t know how it feels to be at 18 – cos he’s in at 26. The UK Eurovision entry goes 90’s in sound, rap Love City groovetastic, and bangs straight in at 27, the highest chart placing for a UK entry in a decade, with the best UK entry in over 20 years, if not ever!
2 Unlimited show they can still rocket up into the 40, and here I go, ahead of some hand holding from Hootie going back up, to 29. There’s a spot of wiggling with the Outhere Brothers new at 31, and some more Rednex pop in at 37, with some clocking at 40 to add a bit of cheese into a chart sandwich. At 45 Mica Paris does a soul cover of U2’s recent classic One, not the first time U2 songs have successfully transformed into soul records, cos soul (like U2) is about wearing your heart on your sleeve, with passion. Mica’s run of singles stretches back to 7 years or so. The Lightning Seeds are meanwhile Marvellous as always, and in at 58, and Boy George returns at 60, Funtime and 13 years of cultured hits. Barry White is also back 22 years on (again) with a song that isn’t an old Dusty Springfield classic – it’s just the title. Londonbeat are also back at 70, and Bryan Adams somewhat dirge-like woman at 74.

1 ( 3 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
2 ( 1 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
3 ( 15 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
4 ( 9 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
5 ( 2 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
6 ( 57 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
7 ( 48 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
8 ( 12 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
9 ( 39 ) THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
10 ( 8 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

11 ( 10 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
12 ( 6 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
13 ( 4 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
14 ( 26 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
15 ( 5 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
16 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
17 ( NEW ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
18 ( NEW ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
19 ( 14 ) BELIEVE Elton John
20 ( 11 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox

21 ( 13 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
22 ( 18 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
23 ( 19 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
24 ( 16 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
25 ( 28 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
26 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty
27 ( NEW ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
28 ( 64 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
29 ( 43 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
30 ( 17 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree

31 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers
32 ( 20 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
33 ( 21 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
34 ( 38 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
35 ( 37 ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
36 ( 27 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
37 ( 75 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
38 ( 34 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
39 ( 36 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
40 ( 54 ) AXEL F Clock

41 ( 32 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
42 ( 23 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
43 ( 24 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
44 ( 29 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
45 ( NEW ) ONE Mica Paris
46 ( 25 ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
47 ( 33 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
48 ( 73 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
49 ( 58 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
50 ( 45 ) WHATEVER Oasis

51 ( 30 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
52 ( 40 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
53 ( 52 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
54 ( 51 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
55 ( 53 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
56 ( 35 ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
57 ( 22 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
58 ( NEW ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
59 ( 31 ) EVERYBODY UP Glam Metal Detectives
60 ( NEW ) FUNTIME Boy George

61 ( 42 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
62 ( 44 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
63 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
64 ( 63 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 59 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 69 ) THE BOMB Bucketheads
67 ( 66 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
68 ( 65 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
70 ( NEW ) I’M JUST YOUR (PUPPET ON A STRING) Londonbeat

71 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
72 ( 62 ) STARS China Black
73 ( RE ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
75 ( 74 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

My 1990 Charts – March

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4th March 1990

At 1, it’s the fantastic career-peaking indie synth Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode finally getting that elusive chart-topper 9 years after starting a non-stop run of chart entries, and starting to catch up with former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke’s 2 (with Yazoo – Only You in 1982 – and Erasure – Sometimes in 1986). Talking of fab synth music, the more fab melodic aforesaid Vince is at 2 with his best record, the tuneful Blue Savannah. What were the chances!?

Jumping up to 6, it’s Cliff going all Stock Aitken Waterman in sound again, and a bit of video dancing cos he’s Stronger Than That, but it gives him a sweet non-stop run of top 10 entries for most years since 1968. Tears For Fears get a 7th top 10 in 8 years, and Electribe 101 just miss out on a second at 11. Highest new entry at 19 is JT, accompanied by his Big Family. They sound a little suspiciously like sampled Soul II Soul over some Art Of Noise, actually – well not suspiciously like, to be fair, exactly like. It’s a good shuffling soul track though. Shooting up, as well, it’s a dance anthem from Guru Josh at 31 – To Infinity and beyond! Quirky indierock classic Birdhouse In My Soul enters at 34 for They Might Be Giants, still sounds great.

Bros start to fade in the UK charts, but register in mine with the decent Madly In Love at 39, Jimmy Somerville is reading lips and keeping the hit singles coming fast at 38, these days solo as opposed to Bronski or Communard hits, while Billy joel is going to extremes to get into the top 40. Not one of his key tracks, but I have a new respect for Bill, having seen Elio Pace doing his songbook twice now (including this weekend April 2015), and the versatility of Billy’s songs (classical-inspired as much as poprocksoul inspired) is undeniable, and Elio Pace is great live (NOT a tribute act as such, he’s a working musician touring the songbook for now out of love for Joel).

Lower down and new: Innocence is sweet at 42, Wet Wet Wet a bit gospelly at 47, a mish mash of tracks and artists from the BRITS is at 50, while at 68 Eurythmic Dave Stewart is back with his best solo record 11 years after debuting with The Tourists, in tandem with sax player Candy Dulfer, and Lily Is Here is fab and instrumental. Leaving The Mission seeking deliverance at 75. Wonder if they’ve tried Duelling Banjos…

1 ( 2 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
2 ( 4 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 1 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
4 ( 3 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
5 ( 11 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 29 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
7 ( 9 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
8 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 6 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
10 ( 24 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears

11 ( 34 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
12 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 7 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
15 ( 17 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 10 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 27 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 22 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
20 ( 15 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love

21 ( 19 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
22 ( 13 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 31 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
25 ( 20 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
26 ( 21 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
27 ( 16 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
28 ( 25 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
29 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
30 ( 39 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

31 ( 65 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
32 ( 28 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
33 ( 40 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( NEW ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
35 ( 35 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 23 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
37 ( 32 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
38 ( NEW ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
39 ( NEW ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
40 ( NEW ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

41 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
42 ( NEW ) NATURAL THING innocence
43 ( 36 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
44 ( 30 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
45 ( 38 ) HELLO The Beloved
46 ( 41 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
47 ( NEW ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 75 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists

51 ( 45 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
52 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
55 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
56 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
57 ( 37 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
58 ( 47 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
59 ( 51 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 63 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 66 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
63 ( 57 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
64 ( 60 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
65 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 54 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
67 ( 58 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( NEW ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
69 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 44 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
73 ( 73 ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) DELIVERANCE The Mission

At work, I spent a few days re-checking input surveying data onto a new computer system, while the culprit was off sick – if you want a job doing right…etc. Work 10-pin bowling evening was fab fun, we were all young and keen and enjoyed social activities, hooray! Young Lucy’s new hairdo was a worthy of comment all round, and with news she had got a job with Christchurch Council, sadly, she was great fun. My top 2 singles this very week came on the video screens while we bowled. Came 2nd in two games, pah! I was moaning about my bedroom being full of crap, to my diary, and I’m happy to report that situation hasn’t changed 25 years later – except I now fill 3 rooms with my “crap”, aka records, books, mags, souvenirs, DVDs and hi fi equipment, computers, TV, blu ray and much much much more. In the news the Poll tax was getting everybody wound up, and on TV I was watching a Horizon special on the awesome Voyager spacecrafts accomplishments, and loving Quantum Leap with future Trek captain Scott Bakula. The weekend was spent getting nervous over preparations for a forthcoming American holiday with mum, dad and my little niece and nephew (7 and 5 years old)…

greenland or canada...!

greenland or canada…!

11th March 1990

In from nowhere it’s a 1989 remix/re-recording of my all-time favourite single, Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. In the week I went to Florida for the first time, it just seemed so appropriate as wherever I’ve gone in the world it invariably pops up, albeit less frequently these days. In chart terms though it wasn’t anywhere close to being near my all-time chart-points top, so this was a nice boost for it, even if this version is more lacklustre than the spine-tingling original. That’s bad news for Erasure, who get blocked at 2 instead of being on top with the fab Blue Savannah. Boo! Also a shame for the B52’s classic Love Shack, ultimate party track getting to 3, but it wouldn’t top until the end of the 90’s on re-issue.

Highest new entry at 4 is down to heavy rotation on Orlando pop radio, Janet Jackson’s Escapade, the best track on the fab Rhythm Nation album, and all of the singles huge in the States where the Jam n Lewis sound still ruled. All of the UK singles underperformed though, so by the time they got round to this one in the UK (the 4th) they’d resorted to jangly piano remixes for all her singles from the album to fit in with the dance sounds of UK 1990. They were all inferior to the Jam n Lewis originals, and so it’s they that count in my charts, not the UK cash-in’s. Escapade had one hell of a great melody and laid back dance groove. Not that I was agin new indie dance, as shown by Guru Josh’ big climb to 5, and in at 15 the fantastic Loaded from Primal Scream, sampling The Emotions and all sorts of bits n bobs.

Holding at 17, Marc Almond’s orchestral mini-melodrama A Lover Spurned, his forte let’s be honest. More surprisingly Bros get a rare top 20 track in my charts just ahead of the leaping instrumental delight of Dave Stewart at 19. Up to 30 the lovely chilled-dance grooves of Innocence and Natural Thing, while Belinda’s Runaway Horses gallop into the 40. Let’s not mention Jive Bunny and Shaky though, OK? It Bites, though, get their first top 40 record in 4 years for those still too young to remember Calling All The Heroes. In at 43, it’s Michael Penn and his fab jangly rockpop US hit No Myth. Who he? He’s actor and occasional Madonna hubby Sean Penn’s younger brother that’s who, and it should have been a hit in the UK. I got to hear it on Orlando radio a good bit, hooray, USA radio was pretty cooking then, oldies and pop.

Martika’s back at 46 with Water, while Siouxsie brings her Fury Eyes back a bit higher than the other week at 62, and Sam Brown keeps her run going with a little love at 66. At 70 it’s a rave second summer of love dance remix of the original summer of love Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever, a song that seemed un-coverable, but fitted in nicely with the mood of ’90. The slacker indie rock of under-rated Cowboy Junkies in at 72 as the sun comes up, and the new kids wont go away, as the largely insipid I’ll Be Loving You pops in and out at 73, ahead of Whitesnake at 75, The Deeper The Love still getting them in.

1 ( NEW ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
4 ( NEW ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
5 ( 31 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
6 ( 1 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
7 ( 3 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
8 ( 4 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
10 ( 11 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101

11 ( 6 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
12 ( 7 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
13 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
14 ( 19 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
15 ( NEW ) LOADED Primal Scream
16 ( 9 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
17 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 39 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
19 ( 68 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
20 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 15 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
22 ( 14 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
23 ( 13 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 40 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
25 ( 38 ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 34 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
27 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
28 ( 23 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
29 ( 22 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
30 ( 42 ) NATURAL THING innocence

31 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
32 ( 20 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
33 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( 50 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
35 ( 21 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
36 ( 26 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
37 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
38 ( NEW ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
39 ( 48 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 60 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

41 ( 28 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
42 ( 37 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
44 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
45 ( 47 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
47 ( 24 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
48 ( 27 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
49 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

51 ( 25 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
52 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 36 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
54 ( 32 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
55 ( 46 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
56 ( 75 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
57 ( 55 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 54 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
59 ( 59 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 44 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

61 ( 57 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
62 ( RE ) FURY EYES The Creatures
63 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 51 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
66 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( 56 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
68 ( 63 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
69 ( 64 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) SUN COMES UP (IT’S TUESDAY MORNING) Cowboy Junkies
73 ( NEW ) I’LL BE LOVING YOU (FOREVER) New Kids On The Block
74 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
75 ( NEW ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

10th March and a 4am rise with 2 sleep-deprived kids, dad driving us to Gatwick, car parking, and running after Gavin & Vicki now well awake. Not kids that sit quietly! Virgin airways flight to Miami 11.45, sat with Gavin while some Irish yuppies joked about bombs sat next to me: not particularly funny in those days! Amazingly, once we were up in the air we headed towards Poole and actually flew over our house!! Told the kids, “where?” they asked not entirely bothered. Virgin: Now That’s What I Call Music 16 pop videos, free earphones, a free mag, MASH TV, The Fabulous Baker Boys movie (yawn!) not to mention ice-flows, snow-covered mountains and assorted dramatic Greenland/northern Canada scenery to look at. Quite exciting! Flew over Martha’s Vineyard, just to rub it in that I’d not got there 6 months earlier, and then a long haul to hot, sticky Miami and customs queuing with irritable parent and kids, Vicki refusing to sleep at any time. Conveniently, the Virgin terminal was as far from the connecting Delta Airwaves terminal as you could get, and the time between the flights limited, so it was a dash, a race, and a stress to get to the plane with minutes to spare. Nice views of Miami, though, as we flew to Orlando International, and even better was the school of whales in the sea.

It was dark as we landed, picked up the large car, and I practiced driving it a bit, before heading for our first toll booths and more by luck spotted our Days Inn motel from the toll road as it was about to merge with the I4. Got the apartment, watched The Golden Girls, and I fell asleep on the fold-out front-room bed about 3am UK time. Busy day. So the first day, Sunday, in Orlando we went to the Florida Mall for a jetlagged easy day, after I’d channel-hopped the radio at breakfast for Mix 105.1 and a host of new pop tracks. Icehouse’s Electric Blue was the first track I heard in Florida. Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet was the hot new discovery for me.

The Florida “grass” lawns around the hotel grounds was like Singapore “grass” so I got all nostalgic at the many plant-life similarities, and took some photos of the kids while waiting for the hard-sell travel rep trying to get us to buy theme parks tickets. I was dead sure we could get them cheaper elsewhere (it was) but we bought some anyway. Vicki got flushed and grumpy running round in the heat, but took some good photos of them in sunglasses on the play equipment. They spoke to their mum on the phone a while, then I drove us to the Mall. It was huge, I liked the palm tree entrance (now long-gone) and we ate in the large catering plaza. I found a record store, Janet Jackson’s Escapade video was playing, and I took it as a sign that I needed to buy the 1824 Rhythm Nation CD album – this was cheap by UK standards (under £10). Shockingly, 25 years later, cd’s are still the same price and bargain-cheap compared to inflation. Got myself a Starlog mag and TV Guide as a treat. Back to the motel, ET on a billboard gazing down at our room, advertising the soon-to-open new Universal Studios. Not soon enough for us though, doh!

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida


18th March 1990

In my first full-week-in-Florida chart Erasure knock off my all-time favourite (in non-remixed form) record after one week, giving Baker Street a total not quite up to it’s 1978 run. It’s Erasure’s second chart-topper, the first being Sometimes in 1986. Blue Savannah is far and away my fave of the two, though. Janet Jackson meanwhile is up to 2, Escapade equalling her 1986 track When I Think Of You, and Primal Scream are loaded at 8 and shockingly Bros go top 10 with Madly In Love for their second and last top 10 single (following When Will I Be Famous).

Highest new entry is Cher, Heart Of Stone following up a chart-topper for her at 11, helped no end by making a slightly more thumping rock version of an otherwise identical fabulous Bucks Fizz top 5 track from 1988. Yes, that’s right, Bucks Fizz did it first, subtler and better. Elton, 1989 former number one, is now getting some serious Florida airplay, explaining Sacrifice’s rebound to 12, while also hot in Orlando, Alannah Myles sultry delta blues classic Black Velvet is in at 17 with a bang. Up to 19, and no myth-take, it’th Sean Penn’s younger brother climbing fast, while Billy Joel gets another top 20 as I go to extremes.

At 24, it’s the final single off Like A Prayer as the US-only single is ignored in the UK, Keep It Together was available in several mixes on a mega-cd single – so I bought it along with Cher’s Heart Of Stone album, and similar cd mixes of Depeche Mode, Prince and Erasure. CD singles were still available in the US, but they were about to decline as albums were the product being pushed, only a few dollars more than a single. U.S. Singles sales would be dead within a decade, from a 30-year-period where they sold millions and millions. In at 27, Aerosmith kick themselves out of the 40 with new US hit, Janie’s Got A Gun, a sort of latter-day I Don’t Like Mondays in lyrical subject matter, if not sound. At 29, Roxette are back, just a little bit Dangerous, and huge in the States as follow-up’s to The Look flopped in the UK, at least initially. Jody Watley gets a solo top 30 some decade after arriving with Shalamar, Everything, and Taylor Dayne gets a 3rd top 40 entry with a ballad, Love Will Lead You back, after her fab 1987 dance chart-topper Tell It To My Heart. Finally, The Mission grab another top 40 goth climber, Deliverance!

Lower down, lots more US radio entries, and some old UK hits now getting American airplay go back up or enter, for example Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul. At 54 Expose are back, just like they were in 1987 when I had a West Coast USA holiday, though Tell Me Why’s not as good as When I Look At Him, but they did fit in with the big Florida-based latino dance acts who were about. At 56, Belinda Carlisle’s current US single Summer Rain enters as her less-good UK single Runaway Horses peaks at 33, while Donny Osmond is back at 59, I’ll Be Good To You extending his run of solo singles to 18 years, and still only 32 years old, just like me. It seemed more sophisticated than Puppy Love at the time, but in truth it’s bland where Puppy Love is charming. The B52’s are also back with Roam, current US single as Love Shack is big in the UK, entering here at 63, less quirky but still good. At 67, Paula Abdul is also back with her best single, Opposites Attract, complete with cartoon cat video. At 71, one of music’s unlikely survivors, Paul Carrack has a solo US hit, I Live By The Groove, extending his hit career to 16 years since Ace took How Long from the UK to USA charts. That’s nothing, Chicago had been having US hits since 1970, with only occasional UK success, but What Kind Of Man extends their chart run to 20 years at 72, Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt meantime get together for a ballad, and take their career in the US charts back to the 60’s and into the 90’s, while Linda gets a sweet 13 years in my charts since her 60’s hit Different Drum charted. Phil Collins wishes for rain at 74, and Michael Bolton debuts the sound of constipated vocal foghorns at 75. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
2 ( 4 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 5 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 3 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
7 ( 9 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
8 ( 15 ) LOADED Primal Scream
9 ( 18 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
10 ( 6 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

11 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
13 ( 19 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
14 ( 7 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
15 ( 12 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
16 ( 11 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
17 ( NEW ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
18 ( 13 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
19 ( 43 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 24 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

21 ( 10 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
22 ( 14 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
24 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
27 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
28 ( 16 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
29 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Roxette
30 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley

31 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
32 ( 26 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
33 ( 37 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
34 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
35 ( 30 ) NATURAL THING innocence
36 ( 39 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 38 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
38 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 56 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
40 ( 29 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

41 ( 46 ) WATER Martika
42 ( 27 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
43 ( 28 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
44 ( 74 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
45 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 23 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
47 ( 42 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
48 ( 32 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul
50 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

51 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 31 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
53 ( 36 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
54 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Expose
55 ( 40 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
56 ( NEW ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
57 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 34 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
59 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
60 ( 35 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers

61 ( 41 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
62 ( 44 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
63 ( NEW ) ROAM The B52’s
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 66 ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( NEW ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul
68 ( NEW ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
69 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 55 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K

71 ( NEW ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
73 ( NEW ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
74 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
75 ( NEW ) HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Michael Bolton


In Orlando, it was theme park time, first up Sea World, as it was just down the road 5 minutes. Not impressed by some dolphins being in a small petting pool on the way in, and I’m not a fan of performing animals so reluctantly watched the various arena shows, though the trainers seemed to genuinely care for the animals. Far more interested, me, in actual birds hanging about for free food. Vicki meanwhile managed to lose the first of several sunglasses and hats (over the 2 weeks). The bored whales, once not performing, made me feel sorry for them penned up in not huge (to them) otherwise empty pools of sea water. The best show of the day was a mime taking the piss out of people walking to seats in the sea lion show. Funny, and accurate. Best bits were the fish in huge tropical reef tanks, as it was a close approximation of a real reef. Watched over the kids while they had an hour going mad on big-scale play equipment, they loved it. Back at the motel, TV: Murphy Brown, Designing Women and my fave Newhart. I Love Bob Newhart.

Next up, long stressfully busy I4 4-lane drive to Busch Gardens near Tampa Bay on the West Coast. Oldies on the radio were great, as I got to hear new-to-me old stuff like The Raiders’ Indian Reservation. A hot roller-coaster and animals theme park, Busch also had me in 2 minds: the rides were fab, the terminally-pacing bored-to-madness animals (especially the elephants) distressing to me. Best thing? Tidal Wave. A water-mega-coaster that drenches anyone crossing a footbridge as it hits the water. Great fun watching people get soaked. I took the kids on a log flume ride, but didn’t say what it would be like. Little Gavin wasn’t bothered, Vicki was old enough to be aware of fear, and sure enough she hated it all the way through, even though it was mild until the big drop at the end. Gav only was bothered by the big drop. They loved telling mum and dad about it afterwards though, whenever we saw it again. I got soaked on a rapids raft ride, from waves of water, before getting a jet of water all over me just to make sure I was 100% wet, poor Gav also got hit by it. My driving licence and traveller’s cheques all got wet and the ink ran. I still have that runny paper licence and it’s still valid!

Next up Disney World a 3rd theme park in 3 days – this is overkill! Vicki was sunburnt from losing her latest hat, and when Hungry Eyes came on the car radio said “it’s Dirty Den!” (her mum loved Dirty Dancing). The 4-day pass cost $106, about the cost of a one-day pass these days, unlike CD’s theme park fees have kept pace with inflation! A ferry-boat ride over to Magic Kingdom on a scorching sunny day – the Car Parks needed trolley rides they were so huge at Disney! I LOVED the monorail, the public transportation of the future that never caught on, more’s the pity, and it joins up Epcot, hotels, and son, around the central huge lake. Main Street Square was as familiarly like Disneyland, as was a lot of Magic Kingdom – only bigger and more spacious. Fantasyland for the kids, through the castle, for a day of standing in line again and again. Once you know the ropes you can plan ahead, get in early, and avoid a lot of that in most theme parks, if you don’t know the ropes you needs lots of patience. Tomorrowland was my fave area, but the queues were an hour for the big rides, so we did the People Mover, and moved over to Frontierland and the Haunted Mansion – once inside it was air conditioned relief from the sticky heat! Vicki got petrified with all the holograms and skeletons and the like. Gav was more interested in what was going on with all the flying ghosts and stuff. Disney Railroad, Pirates Of The Caribbean (cool, hooray!) and finally the Big Thunder Mountain railroad, a shaky rollercoaster ride which the kids didn’t like at all – “the driver’s mad” said Vicki. We had to tell her there wasn’t a driver! Drive back to the motel was in the dark, and TV shows Night Court and Quantum Leap later on.

Kennedy Space Center 1990

Kennedy Space Center 1990


25th March 1990

Janet Jackson gets her first chart topper with the fab Escapade (the US version), knocking Erasure off the top after one week. Bros go top 5. Gasp! I must have been madly in love (I wasn’t!). Dave Stewart gets a top 10 outside of Eurythmics, and Madonna keeps it together long enough to go top 20, along with Aerosmith and Roxette, not to mention Jody Watley and Taylor Dayne, all of them had been there before. Highest new entry is a return for Depeche Mode’s brilliant Personal Jesus at 28, as it’s still big in the States, while a radio play at a Florida McDonald’s car park gives Sinead O’Connor a boost again.

Orlando radio brings in a deluge of tracks, Rod Stewart is back, Starship grab a chart entry with a previous flop, The Bee Gees mellow ballad pops in at 40 (Bodyguard), for 22 years of top 40 entries, and best of all Heart return with their last great single All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, a terrific story song with a twist, albeit one with dubious moral behaviour from the lady of the lyric. Lou Gramm of Foreigner has a blue solo hit (blue is the colour of my charts it seems), while Michael Bolton kicks out his own annoying debut hit with a better bellowing follow-up.

1 ( 2 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 9 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
6 ( 12 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
7 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
8 ( 6 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
10 ( 13 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer

11 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 17 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
13 ( 8 ) LOADED Primal Scream
14 ( 7 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
15 ( 10 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
16 ( 24 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
17 ( 27 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
18 ( 29 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
20 ( 34 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

21 ( 61 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
22 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 15 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
27 ( 16 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 18 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
30 ( 63 ) ROAM The B52’s

31 ( 21 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
32 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
34 ( 44 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 73 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
36 ( 28 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
37 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
38 ( 26 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
39 ( RE ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
40 ( NEW ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

41 ( 36 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
42 ( 32 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
43 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT ENOUGH Starship
44 ( 54 ) TELL ME WHY Expose
45 ( 37 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
46 ( 31 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
47 ( NEW ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
48 ( 33 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
49 ( 35 ) NATURAL THING innocence
50 ( 40 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

51 ( 47 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
52 ( RE ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
55 ( 38 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
56 ( NEW ) WAS IT NOTHING AT ALL Michael Damian
57 ( 72 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
58 ( 59 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
59 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

61 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
62 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
63 ( 39 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
64 ( 43 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
65 ( 74 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
66 ( 50 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
67 ( 68 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
68 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 71 ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack

71 ( NEW ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
73 ( 56 ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
74 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE LOVE Lou Gramm
75 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Barry Manilow


Back in Florida, we had a trip to downtown Orlando, or “multi-storey yuppie-paradise blocks, banking and the like” as I referred to them. Church Street Station was the only bit of interest, a sort of 19th-century-styled shopping area by a railroad. Happily I found a record store and bought Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits CD, and the kids played in the video arcade.

Next day, Epcot at Disney, which impressed me, especially as you walk in the entrance and see the giant golf-ball-styled building. Inside was Spaceship Earth, a very Disney-50’s view of human history and the future, but sort of nostalgically pleasant for idealised childhood images. I also loved the monorail passing overhead outdoors in amongst the huge individual indoor themed attractions and ponds and fountains and gardens. Very nice. Around the central (huge) lake was a selection of countries of the world, buildings done in the styles of each, and peopled with residents of each: Canada (very Ottawa); London (chip shop and pub); Japan I loved, huge buildings stuffed with oriental trinket mementos, and japanese gardens, pagodas; Morocco reminded me of Tunisia; China I also enjoyed shopping in for Singapore noastalgia, and it looked great; Mexico was an Aztec pyramid, the indoors set as night-time and boat ride of singing happy Mexico as an attraction. Cool air-con inside too, hooray. Other stuff: The Living Seas had a giant aquarium, Universe Of Energy had giant plastic dinosaurs and forgot to mention pollution as it was sponsored co-incidentally by Exxon. And then there was the fab 3D Captain Eo film – Michael Jackson in a sci-fi Star Wars/ Thriller styled short musical. It was naff acting and scriptwise but ended on a good version of Another Part Of You.

Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast (2 or 3 hours drive) was awesome for me, it had a Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttles, and I drove there along to the US top 40 radio countdown. The space shuttle was on the launchpad!! So we bought tickets for a coach tour of NASA, which had a viewing platform to get out and take photos of the space shuttle on the launch pad. In the distance. Also got to stop at the Saturn V rocket (then still outdoors as seen in the Police’s Walking On The Moon pop video). It was huge, but didn’t appear big due to the massive NASA building behind it (so big this can be seen for miles around, used to house the shuttle and rockets) – a few years later it was moved to an indoor building and you got real sense of scale then, you could walk underneath it. Finally, The Dream Is Alive, awesome Imax movie, the quality of the space shots, and late astronauts, was both stunning and sad, awesome and wondrous. I bought a souvenir poster an astronaut on a spacewalk, and smaller ones of Planet earth and the Space Shuttle. Back for Doctor Who on cable TV (Black Orchid), and a new Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Rob Lowe on Saturday Night Live.

Other day trips? Cocoa Beach and Kissimmee, Ron Jon’s Surfshop (megastore), cheap T shirts, and I babysat in the motel with the kids playing on the play equipment. I nipped to the bathroom, only to have Gavin come in screaming: he’d been kicked off the slide by another kid and had what appeared to be a bruised cheek. I calmed him down, soothed the bruise with water and he ran off back to play with me there. I should have been there supervising, so take all the blame. I told him a couple of years back that the mysterious chipped bone he’d had in his cheekbone as long as he could remember was my fault (sort of). It probably would have happened anyway…! Just to round off the evening, dad came out of the toilet having had the runs (food poisoning) all day following a sea food platter meal at Cocoa Beach, and fell slowly to the floor groaning. We thought he was acting and laughed. He wasn’t acting. He hit his chin, and stayed up all night with the TV on, poorly.

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My 1995 Charts – February

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5th february 1995

Back up on top for a second week, Tell Me When? Feb. Who? Human League. Annie Lennox’ sublime cover of No More ‘I Love You’s is up to 2, her biggest post-Eurythmics hit, and beating all of their back catalogue bar 2. Not bad. REM meanwhile crush some eyeliner and streak up to 6 to get their biggest hit to date in almost a decade. There’s a couple of cowboys at 10 and 11, Sting and Pato Banton just out-shooting Jimmy Nail as they both go up with a bullet. Arf! (Old US chart chat references for old US chart fans…) Simple Minds are at 9, as the river flows upstream returning them to the higher reaches for the first time in 6 years.

M People and Perfecto go top 20, and The The hit 16 at the speed of light, good thing they saw it coming. Madonna tells herself a bedtime story at 21 and 22, take a bow! Morrissey goes up 10 with Boxers, one of the many many many singles he’s released that he didn’t do in concert this week in Bournemouth. Highest new entry is Lavinia Jones and one of many new entries this week I have utterly forgotten. Any that still sound good will be featured as youtubes. One I DO recall is Adam Ant, wonderfully entering at 36 for a cool 15 years of chart entries.

Climbers into the 40: Vanessa Mae, Cyndi Lauper, China Black, Del Amitri, and two more new hits for Sheryl Crow, who is Strong Enough at 39, and Carter, who are still Unstoppable with a young offender’s mum. Oops! Number 40. Suede just miss out at 41, and a new generation goes doh! as Homer rules in the hottest animated TV show in the world ever makes that a catchphrase with legs. Doh! Best new entry is at 49, the very funktastic Brit boyband pop of MN8, I’ve Got A Little Something For You, a sort of JLS of their day. Second-best new entry are old-faithfuls Sparks, at 57 with a tribute to Charlie Parker giving them 21 years of fab hits.

1 ( 3 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
2 ( 7 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
3 ( 4 ) WHATEVER Oasis
4 ( 1 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
5 ( 6 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
6 ( 20 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
7 ( 2 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
8 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 15 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
10 ( 14 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton

11 ( 26 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
12 ( 23 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
13 ( 33 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
14 ( 5 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
15 ( 12 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 61 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
17 ( 13 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
18 ( 9 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
19 ( 8 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
20 ( 11 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds

21 ( 57 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
22 ( 16 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
23 ( 18 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
25 ( 17 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
26 ( 36 ) BOXERS Morrissey
27 ( 19 ) CREEP TLC
28 ( 63 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
29 ( 25 ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
30 ( 21 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion

31 ( 53 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
32 ( NEW ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
33 ( 71 ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
34 ( 29 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
35 ( 40 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
36 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
37 ( 75 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
38 ( 22 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
39 ( NEW ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
40 ( NEW ) YOUNG OFFENDER’S MUM Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

41 ( NEW ) NEW GENERATION Suede
42 ( 37 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
43 ( 49 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
44 ( 41 ) STARS China Black
45 ( 44 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
46 ( 31 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
47 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 50 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
49 ( NEW ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
50 ( 39 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters

51 ( 35 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
52 ( 28 ) PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH Barry White
53 ( 46 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
54 ( 48 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
55 ( 30 ) INBETWEENER Sleeper
56 ( NEW ) U WILL KNOW BMU
57 ( NEW ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING) Sparks
58 ( 34 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
59 ( 43 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
60 ( 58 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

61 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( NEW ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
63 ( 27 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
64 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( NEW ) MENTAL PICTURE Jon Secada
66 ( 66 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
67 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
68 ( 67 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 68 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
70 ( NEW ) AGOLO Angelique Kidgjo

71 ( 69 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
72 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY Slamm
73 ( NEW ) NOW THEY’LL SLEEP Belly
74 ( 32 ) LIVING IN DANGER Ace Of Base
75 ( 72 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

In the world, Space Shuttle Discovery launched with Briton Michael Foale on board and spacewalk bound. On a sad note, Richie from the Manic Street Preachers went missing, presumed dead. On TV Star Trek Voyager was running in the USA, and soon in the UK as Sky TV hogged the best US shows before terrestrial TV got them – and there were loads of great ones, the mid-90’s was a golden age for sci-fi/fantasy TV and sitcoms, at least a golden age in the States. The UK lagged far far behind, but there were still gems starting shortly (the brilliant father Ted) and ending (The High Life with future star Alan Cumming, set on board an airline; Bottom with the late great Rik Mayall, and the great Ade Edmondson), not to mention the successful (Mr. Bean).


12th February 1995

Annie Lennox gets her first solo number one, and third in total, doing what The Lover Speaks couldn’t quite do in 1986, taking it all the way to the top. They supported Eurythmics on tour but still couldn’t break through, sadly, as I loved the original version. Annie didn’t forget how good the song was though, thank goodness. Meanwhile rock gets a look-in as REM hit 3, and Simple Minds 4, both under-rated singles. The Pigbag Perfecto reworking hits 7, and also beats the original 1982 version, as Jimmy Nail grabs a 3rd top 10 with the great Paddy McAloon smooth country song (check out the definitive Prefab Sprout version attached), and M People hit 10.

MN8 rocket to 15, leap-frogging all and sundry, proving they do in fact have a little something for me. Jade return, Every Day Of The Week apparently, or at least one day at 16, with a bit of smooth 90’s r’n’b, as Adam Ant goes top 20 ahead of Sheryl Crow. Wonderful! Or at least, pretty good balladry, nothing like his 80’s hits, and not bad at all. At 26, Blackstreet enter, U Blow My Mind very much that SoulIIsoul shuffle beat mucho popular in the 90’s, as Aswad’s cover version belies the title, You’re No Good is in fact pretty good at 27. BoyzIImen and R Kelly enter the top 40 under a pseudonym (BMU Black Men United) along with a host of lesser stars, on a Band Aid-type superstar line-up r’n’b stylee, as Suede scrape in to the 40.

From 41 to 75, Elton John is at 41, can you Believe it? Dramatic balladry, and one of his better latter-day singles, as his voice was getting deeper with the years I wasn’t quite as enthusiastic as I used to be, but it suits this one. At 52, a doo-wop version, BoyzIImen styled, of childhood fave Sukiyaki, now with English lyrics and the second cover version to chart, after A Taste Of Honey. None of them is a patch on the original Japanese US Number one from 1963, which finally topped my chart in 2014 50 years late, for Kyu Sakamoto. PJ & Duncan, not yet Ant & Dec, get another hit with Our Radio Rocks, a half decent pop ditty, The Gogo’s reunite, and are welcomed by me at 74, has the whole world lost it’s head? Just me, it seemed. Finally Green day start a long run of hits at 75, a pure Basket Case…

1 ( 2 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
2 ( 1 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
3 ( 6 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
4 ( 9 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
5 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
6 ( 5 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
7 ( 13 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 10 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
9 ( 11 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
10 ( 12 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People

11 ( 4 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
12 ( 3 ) WHATEVER Oasis
13 ( 16 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
14 ( 7 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
15 ( 49 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
16 ( NEW ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
17 ( 17 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
18 ( 30 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
19 ( 36 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
20 ( 39 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow

21 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
22 ( 32 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
23 ( 15 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 14 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
25 ( 28 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
26 ( NEW ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
27 ( 48 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad
28 ( 18 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
29 ( 22 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
30 ( 23 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue

31 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
32 ( 20 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
33 ( 35 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
34 ( 19 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
35 ( 25 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
36 ( 56 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
37 ( 27 ) CREEP TLC
38 ( 62 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
39 ( 43 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
40 ( 41 ) NEW GENERATION Suede

41 ( NEW ) BELIEVE Elton John
42 ( 34 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
43 ( 38 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
44 ( 37 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
45 ( 33 ) ALMOST SEE YOU (SOMEWHERE) China Black
46 ( 44 ) STARS China Black
47 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( NEW ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
49 ( 42 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
50 ( 24 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram

51 ( 26 ) BOXERS Morrissey
52 ( NEW ) SUKIYAKI 4PM
53 ( 29 ) IF LIFE IS LIKE A LOVE BANK I WANT AN OVERDRAFT/ GEORDIE IN WONDERLAND The Wildhearts
54 ( 66 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
55 ( 40 ) YOUNG OFFENDER’S MUM Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
56 ( 53 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
57 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
58 ( 54 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
59 ( 51 ) BUMP ‘N’ GRIND R. Kelly
60 ( 45 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 60 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
63 ( 67 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
64 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
65 ( 64 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
67 ( 57 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING) Sparks
68 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
70 ( 59 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong

71 ( 58 ) SO LET ME GO FAR Dodgy
72 ( 71 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
73 ( NEW ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
74 ( NEW ) WHOLE WORLD LOST IT’S HEAD The Gogo’s
75 ( NEW ) BASKET CASE Green Day

American TV 1995: was brilliant, to be honest. Going on holiday to the States was wonderful, as I got to see the latest episodes of fab shows ahead of their UK showings. Just look at this list of shows: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Star Trek: Voyager, X-Files and its writers forgotten (but fab) sci-fi show Space: Above And Beyond, Strange Luck (also forgotten, but a great unusual show based around co-incidences), Seinfeld, Married..With Children (brilliantly low-brow white-collar), Frasier (brilliantly high-brow intellectual), Third Rock From The Sun (brilliantly slapstick and OTT sci-fi comedy), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures Of Superman, The Simpsons at it’s peak, The Drew Carey Show, Friends at it’s peak, the quirky charming Due South, Roseanne, Sliders (cross-dimensions sci-fi), Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, and the fantastically-written, classy Batman: The Animated Series. Quite possibly the best year for US TV ever.


19th February 1995

2 weeks for Annie on top, as Bob Seger’s oldie peaks at 2 much to my surprise. We’ve Got Tonight obviously resonated with me, even more than boyband MN8 at 3! Look at GUN though, up 60 places to 4, far and away their biggest record in my charts, and one I’d forgotten, but it’s pretty fine. Another band called Gun made my top 10 in 1969 with the awesome Race With The Devil. Sting hits 6, and grabs his 2nd-biggest solo hit (after Russians in 1985), while highest new entry is at 15, a cover of Brotherhood Of Man’s 1970 hit United We Stand. Actually it was one of those cheap knock-off identi-kit cover versions by a jobbing musician called Reg Dwight, and it was a pretty good version all in all considering. 25 years on a whole album of Reg’s covers was released, and whaddya know it outperforms his current single Believe. Yes, Elton John!

Paul Young, like everyone else, was also covering classic oldies at the time, this time the Hugh Masekela 60’s song Grazing In The Grass. More to the point he covers the definitive version as done by The Friends Of Distinction, and enters at 24 for 12 years of solo hits. Let’s just not mention Streetband. At 37, the fabulous Sophie B. Hawkins returns with her gorgeous As I Lay Me Down. She’s great. 10CC do an “unplugged” version of their 1975 number one classic, and hit 43 – it’s just not the same without the intricate harmony layering, though! At 48, fantastic, well-remembered, and upbeat – yes it’s The Boo Radleys. Wake up Boo! Mike + The Mechanics return with Over My Shoulder, at 53, and 9 years since they went top 10 with their best single Silent Running, and 21 years since Mike, and Paul Carrack, both charted in Genesis and Ace respectively. At 55, John Lee Hooker shows age is no barrier, as the terrific Chill Out bluesy track enters at 55. He was 78 at the time, and still had it. Which leaves The Smiths re-issue, a good Kirsty macColl newie, Caroline, Garth Brooks, Bon Jovi and Luther vandross. Phew! Busy chart!

1 ( 1 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
2 ( 6 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
3 ( 15 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
4 ( 64 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
5 ( 2 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
6 ( 8 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
7 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
8 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 9 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
10 ( 3 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM

11 ( 4 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
12 ( 16 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
13 ( 11 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
14 ( 14 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
15 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
16 ( 10 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
17 ( 36 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
18 ( 21 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
19 ( 12 ) WHATEVER Oasis
20 ( 27 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

21 ( 13 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The
22 ( 17 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 26 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
24 ( NEW ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
25 ( 19 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
26 ( 41 ) BELIEVE Elton John
27 ( 20 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
28 ( 18 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
29 ( 35 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
30 ( 40 ) NEW GENERATION Suede

31 ( 22 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
32 ( 33 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
33 ( 24 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
34 ( 23 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 25 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
36 ( 47 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
37 ( NEW ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
38 ( 38 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
39 ( 73 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
40 ( 63 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid

41 ( 29 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
42 ( 30 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
43 ( NEW ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
44 ( 48 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
45 ( 54 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Gloria Estefan
46 ( 42 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
47 ( 37 ) CREEP TLC
48 ( NEW ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
49 ( 28 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
50 ( 50 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram

51 ( 46 ) STARS China Black
52 ( 52 ) SUKIYAKI 4PM
53 ( NEW ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
54 ( 31 ) I’M GONNA BE STRONG Cyndi Lauper
55 ( NEW ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
56 ( NEW ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
57 ( NEW ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 44 ) TOCCATA AND FUGUE Vanessa Mae
59 ( 74 ) WHOLE WORLD LOST IT’S HEAD The Gogo’s
60 ( 49 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

61 ( 39 ) SET YOU FREE N Trance
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 32 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
64 ( 34 ) 1963 ’94 New Order
65 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
66 ( 62 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
67 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 56 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
69 ( 58 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
70 ( 69 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
72 ( NEW ) THE DANCE Garth Brooks
73 ( 68 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
75 ( NEW ) ALWAYS AND FOREVER Luther Vandross

What was hot at the cinema this week? The Brady Bunch Movie was! A great piece of fluff, taking the michael out of the 1970 fashions and attitudes of the sitcom of the period, but with Shelley Long from Cheers, and rather surprisingly directed by Betty Thomas, the tough but soft inside Lucy Bates from the great Hill Street Blues. It really IS very funny! In sports Linford Christie grabbed a new 200m World Record.


26th February 1995

A new number one, and it’s pure boyband pop as MN8 take their rather catchy I’ve Got A Little Something For You (such modesty, not like the current braggers!) all the way. Perfecto also try to Reach Up, but stall at 3, still not bad for a grand dance track cover reworking. Highest new entry is Janet Jackson at 7, for a sweet and pleasant 9 years of top 10 hits. Whoops Now! Leaving The Boo Radleys delicious Wake Up Boo up 39 to 9, and yes wake up it’s a beautiful morning feelgood vibes!

At 19, up 20, it’s another surprise top 20 hit for PJ & Duncan, future TV superstars Ant n Dec of course – Our radio Rocks was fun enough, as was another track by a future TV presenter Denise Van Outen, Those 2 Girls shooting up to 28, that’s all I want! In at 20, following up a chart-topper, Human League return with One Man In My Heart, though it’s not Phil singing that line, it’s over to the girls this time for a slight change of sound. At 31, it’s a blockbuster classic announcing it’s arrival, Take That’s Gary Barlow proving for the second time that he really can write a bloody brilliant ballad as well a s a bloody brilliant pop song (Pray), and he’s Back For Good.

At 34, The Tabernacle give us a rousing I Know The Lord, a fab dance toon. The great John Lee Hooker, and Mike and The Mechanics, both make the 40, as another great record I Know enters at 44 for Dionne Farris. At 53, Ye Ke Ye Ke is remixed 7 years on to lesser effect, the original Mory Kante version remains the best version, while at 56 it’s a superstar diva charity collaboration (plus Eric Clapton) as Love Can Build A Bridge for Cher, Chrissie Hynde and Neneh Cherry. Others: Springsteen, EMF, Elastica, Alex Party.

1 ( 3 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
2 ( 1 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
3 ( 7 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
4 ( 4 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
5 ( 2 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
6 ( 6 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
7 ( NEW ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
9 ( 48 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
10 ( 9 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail

11 ( 5 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
12 ( 11 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
13 ( 13 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
14 ( 10 ) CRUSH WITH EYELINER REM
15 ( 15 ) UNITED WE STAND Reg Dwight aka Elton John
16 ( 18 ) BEDTIME STORIES Madonna
17 ( 16 ) OPEN YOUR HEART M People
18 ( 14 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
19 ( 39 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
20 ( NEW ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League

21 ( 12 ) EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK Jade
22 ( 26 ) BELIEVE Elton John
23 ( 29 ) CALL IT LOVE Deuce
24 ( 37 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
25 ( 19 ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
27 ( 25 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
28 ( 71 ) ALL I WANT Those 2 Girls
29 ( 17 ) U WILL KNOW BMU featuring R Kelly, BoyzIImen
30 ( 20 ) YOU’RE NO GOOD Aswad

31 ( NEW ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
32 ( 55 ) CHILL OUT (THING’S GONNA CHANGE) John Lee Hooker
33 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
34 ( NEW ) I KNOW THE LORD The Tabernacle
35 ( 33 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
36 ( 53 ) OVER MY SHOULDER Mike + The Mechanics
37 ( 38 ) RUN AWAY MC Saar and The Real McCoy
38 ( 24 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
39 ( 44 ) WALK THIS WORLD Heather Nova
40 ( 21 ) I SAW THE LIGHT The The

41 ( 36 ) FOR YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
42 ( 41 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
43 ( 42 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
44 ( NEW ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
45 ( 57 ) CAROLINE Kirsty MacColl
46 ( 23 ) U BLOW MY MIND Blackstreet
47 ( 46 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
48 ( 27 ) STRONG ENOUGH Sheryl Crow
49 ( 56 ) DELICIOUS Shampoo
50 ( 34 ) HEARTBEAT Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 40 ) LISTEN TO THE VOICES Junior Reid
52 ( 32 ) YOU ARE EVERYTHING Melanie Williams and Joe Roberts
53 ( NEW ) YE KE YE KE (REMIX) Mory Kante
54 ( 47 ) CREEP TLC
55 ( 51 ) STARS China Black
56 ( NEW ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
57 ( 35 ) HERE AND NOW Del Amitri
58 ( 50 ) I MIGHT BE CRYING Tanita Tikaram
59 ( 74 ) SOMEDAY I’LL BE SATURDAY NIGHT Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) WAKING UP Elastica

61 ( 43 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
62 ( 31 ) SING IT TO YOU (DEE DOOB DEE DO) Lavinia Jones
63 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
65 ( 60 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
66 ( 30 ) NEW GENERATION Suede
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
69 ( 49 ) PROTECTION Massive Attack featuring Tracey Thorn
70 ( 70 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

71 ( 68 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Mary Jane Girls
73 ( 73 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
74 ( NEW ) PERFECT DAY EMF
75 ( NEW ) MURDER INCORPORATED Bruce Springsteen

My 1989 Charts – November

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5th November 1989

Living In A Box get their second and final number one 2 years after the very different eponymous topper. Room In Your Heart is a slushy romantic big ballad, great melody. Keeping off Lisa Stansfield hitting a new peak of 2, for the moment. Liza Minelli gets a Pet Shop Boys top tenner, swapping losing her mind for bomb dropping, while both Chris Rea’s classic Road To hell and Eurythmics fab Don’t Ask Me Why follow her into the 10 too.

Buzzcocks return 11 years on at 13, in the shadow of the Fine Young cannibals cover, with an EP of their best singles, but notably Ever Fallen Love With Someone for the sales and Everybody’s Happy Nowadays for me. After faffing about a bit, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation leaps into the 20, as those percussion beats just sound better on repeat, and Martika also gets Carole King’s earth-moving song digging upwards.

Highest proper new song is Forever Blue, at 27, and Swing Out Sister getting more 60’s and lush with each single release. And gorgeous! Homely Girl is back, this time for UB40 at 35 pleasant but matching the original much-better Chi-Lites version from 1974. Tears For Fears do a soul ballad duet with Oleta Adams at 39. Actually that makes it sound sweet, it’s more bluesy than soul-ey, but Woman In Chains is great either way.

Malcolm McLaren waltzes his way back into my charts, this time with a bit of Strauss assistance. He certainly did like to mine the classical formats along with the punk dance and rap formats, thank goodness say I. Variety is the spice of life and House Of The Blue Danube is fun. Barry Blue returns with his 1973 number 2, dancing on a 1989 saturday night this time, while beating his 1979 peak of 75, Robert Palmer’s Doctor Doctor give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you does a bit better remixed along with a dose of 1979 USA holiday nostalgia, at 57. Barry Blue debuted in 1973 along with Barry White. It’s only right Mr White joins him this time too, at 60, while another gangleader from 1973 was Mr Gadd, back at 65 with a Gene Vincent cover, live version cos Gary Glitter was a huge live draw each christmas at the time.

1 ( 3 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
2 ( 7 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 1 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
4 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
5 ( 6 ) OH WELL Oh Well
6 ( 10 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
7 ( 4 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 15 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
9 ( 11 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea

11 ( 5 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
12 ( 14 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
13 ( NEW ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks
14 ( 8 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
15 ( 9 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 41 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
17 ( 20 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
18 ( 13 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
19 ( 22 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
20 ( 37 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

21 ( 16 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
22 ( 17 ) CHERISH Madonna
23 ( 34 ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
24 ( 26 ) JUST AN ILLUSION ’89 Imagination
25 ( 30 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
26 ( 38 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
27 ( NEW ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
28 ( 19 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
29 ( 18 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
30 ( 21 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel

31 ( RE ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND (THIS TIME) New Kids On The Block
32 ( 24 ) SCANDAL Queen
33 ( 72 ) NEVER TOO MUCH ’89 Luther Vandross
34 ( 39 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
35 ( NEW ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
36 ( 49 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
37 ( 45 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
38 ( 27 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
39 ( NEW ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
40 ( 57 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner

41 ( 31 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
42 ( 23 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
43 ( 36 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
44 ( 32 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
45 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
46 ( 33 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
47 ( 65 ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
48 ( 28 ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
49 ( 69 ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
50 ( 25 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose

51 ( 40 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
53 ( 44 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
54 ( 71 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
55 ( NEW ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue
56 ( 50 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
57 ( NEW ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ’89 Robert Palmer
58 ( 29 ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
59 ( NEW ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
60 ( NEW ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White

61 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) YOU’VE GOT IT Simply Red
64 ( 53 ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
65 ( NEW ) BE BOP A LULA (LIVE) Gary Glitter
66 ( 35 ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
67 ( NEW ) PIANO GROOVE Grand Piano
68 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
69 ( NEW ) JOY The Lightning Seeds
70 ( 56 ) I THANK YOU Adeva

71 ( 70 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
72 ( 73 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( NEW ) WATERFALL ’89 Wendy And Lisa
74 ( NEW ) KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Michael Rose (of Black Uhuru)
75 ( NEW ) ON THE GREENER SIDE Michelle Shocked

In Bournemouth Parks, boss Kevin left us, and big boss Sue told me and Andy that full-time jobs for both of us looked likely for 1990, committee-approval-assuming, which was good news. Horticultural Technicians. How grand! Poor old Cathy got less certainty about her future, and felt a bit left out, and in the absence of Kevin I was put in charge of the team, of sorts.

At home, I wrote my first fandom article for my first fanzine in our first ever issue of Apa247, Legion Of Super-Heroes UK-based fanzine. We just had our 150th mailing get-together (2014) all 25 years older, from youth to middle-age in one fell-swoop. Still great fun though. Aunty Eileen was off to hospital so tried to cheer her up on the phone, my brother had ended up living from a car homeless while Sue and the kids lived with me, and family rifts had developed over nothing much, people take the hump so easily. So I resolved to go back to Mansfield before xmas to try and smooth things over. Fireworks night was a damp squib though Sue’s mum and friend were down visiting


12th November 1989

Lisa Stansfield goes all the way around the world, cos she can’t find her baby. Look harder dear! Great soul record, smooth and wonderful and Lisa had her own niche for quite some years after this big hit. Janet Jackson gets another Top 3 hit after the relative flop of Miss You Much, keeping up the 3-year run of great singles, while Tears For Fears take their woman in chains into the top 5, for their 7th visit. Highest new entry at 8 is the fab Electribe 101 dance track, a newer modern sound for the forthcoming decade, Tell Me When The Fever Ended. Billie Ray Martin was the German (female) vocalist, having popped up already on S ‘Express’ Hey Music Lover.

Malcolm McLaren shoots up the Danube to 10, his oohhh must be 5th or 6th top 10, while The Beatles are back with Something 20 years on from it’s first run, and 13 years since it’s last one. Come Together, though, is the part of the double A side that charts for the first time, in at 17. Another oldie, remixed, at 19, as Jeff Wayne’s War Of The World signature tune is in at 19 11 years on and still sounding great. Liza Minelli has another new track, So Sorry I Said, it’s about as different from Don’t Drop Bombs as you can get, a low-key subtle, minimalist ballad, and in at 36. Other ballads: veterans Phil Collins, Linda & Aaron. Other even more veteran new entries from Paul McCartney being outdone by his own oldies, and more surprisngly The Supremes back at 70. I say The Supremes – actually former members of the Supremes but none of the original three, a bit like The Sugababes of recent times. It did at least have Jean Terrell in the line-up though, who featured in many a classic Supremes record from the mid-60’s to mid-70’s.

1 ( 2 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 1 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
3 ( 16 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
4 ( 3 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
5 ( 39 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
6 ( 8 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
7 ( 27 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
8 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
9 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
10 ( 52 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren

11 ( 4 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
12 ( 6 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
13 ( 5 ) OH WELL Oh Well
14 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
15 ( 10 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
16 ( 15 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
17 ( NEW ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
18 ( 20 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
19 ( NEW ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Heyward
20 ( 11 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)

21 ( 26 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
22 ( 12 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
23 ( 17 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
24 ( 25 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
25 ( 14 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
26 ( 54 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
27 ( 33 ) NEVER TOO MUCH ’89 Luther Vandross
28 ( 18 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
29 ( 35 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
30 ( 36 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley

31 ( 22 ) CHERISH Madonna
32 ( 47 ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
33 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
34 ( 21 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
35 ( 49 ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
36 ( NEW ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
37 ( 41 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
38 ( 13 ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks
39 ( NEW ) GOLDEN GREEN The Wonder Stuff
40 ( 55 ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue

41 ( 34 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
42 ( 30 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
43 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
44 ( 23 ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
45 ( 38 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 28 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
47 ( 29 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
48 ( 43 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
49 ( NEW ) DON’T KNOW MUCH Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
50 ( 45 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan

51 ( 59 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
52 ( 57 ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ’89 Robert Palmer
53 ( 53 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
54 ( 19 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
55 ( 67 ) GRAND PIANO Mixmaster
56 ( 31 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND (THIS TIME) New Kids On The Block
57 ( 44 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
58 ( 46 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
59 ( 56 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
60 ( NEW ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU Jimmy Somerville

61 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE Kylie Minogue
64 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
65 ( 32 ) SCANDAL Queen
66 ( NEW ) LOVE TAKES OVER YOU Donna Summer
67 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
68 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
69 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE SOLD Transvision Vamp
70 ( NEW ) CRAZY BOUT THE GUY The Supremes

71 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 71 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
73 ( NEW ) 7 O’CLOCK The Quireboys
74 ( NEW ) RESTLESS DAYS And Why Not
75 ( NEW ) FIGURE OF EIGHT Paul McCartney

On TV: Golden Girls, 60’s nostalgia with Land Of The Giants, sci fi fun and great cool fashions, the last ever Blackadder (very sad end), Sticky Moments with Julian Clary, Dr Who. At home, feeling unusually tired, lots of fag (cigarette) smoke from guests and family to suffer, had a works outing of ten-pin bowling which was good fun, and I won one game of 3. I was pissed off with one unhelpful member of staff in Highways, who controlled data until the day he left a few years ago – by which time I was picking faults galore in the data, not out of spite, out of frustration at the inaccuracies I kept finding.

At the cinema, The Abyss, a good sci-fi adventure yarn with already dated “cold war” attitudes given the Berlin Wall collapsed this week – my comment: “probably the most significant development of the last 20 years, other than Apollo 11… a chance for some real optimism, I hope”. Well, sort of, but also sort of not, as it happened. The movie though, had convinced me by the end, the fast pace, cliff-hanging plots, good cast and a surprisingly good film.


19th November 1989

2 weeks for Lisa on top, in a static top 10 excepting Jeff Wayne going top 10 for the second time with the Ben Liebrand remix which, shall we say, does not improve on the original in any way whatsoever and sounds more dated. Highest new entry is mellow rave instrumental Pacific 707, very nice too at 15 for 808 State, while 2nd highest is the Brazilian-flavoured (vocalist) worldwide monster Lambada, complete with dance craze. In at 27 for French group Kaoma. Huge jump for the Communards to 18, err I mean Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston doing some French-language dance pop decent cover of Francoise Hardy’s classy 1968 track Comment Te Dire Adieu?, while Indie band House Of Love follow up Shine On with a leap to 26 with I Don’t Know Why I Love You.

2 huge classics as far as I’m concerned at 29 and 38 for Dusty Springfield (courtesy of Pet Shop Boys again, song and production, and deliciously 60’s tinted 80’s dance) and Kate Bush (her beautifully touching and aching gentle-ballad This Woman’s Work). Prince duets with Sheena again at 40, with the Batman movie duet Arms Of Orion, while Simple MInds cover his 1987 classic Sign O’ The Times pretty well as part of an EP at 60. Erasure and Tom Petty drop by with You Surround Me and Free Fallin’ respectively, both good singles, while Roger Christian has a solo entry at 75 (ex-Christians).

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 2 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
3 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
4 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
6 ( 7 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 10 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
8 ( 8 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
9 ( 4 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
10 ( 19 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Heyward

11 ( 18 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
12 ( 17 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
13 ( 12 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
14 ( 6 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
15 ( NEW ) PACIFIC 707 808 State
16 ( 11 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
17 ( 14 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
18 ( 60 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
19 ( 16 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
20 ( 30 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley

21 ( 33 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
22 ( 29 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
23 ( 13 ) OH WELL Oh Well
24 ( 15 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
25 ( 26 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
26 ( 67 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
27 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
28 ( 20 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
29 ( NEW ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
30 ( 36 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli

31 ( 39 ) GOLDEN GREEN The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 24 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
33 ( 43 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
34 ( 40 ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue
35 ( 22 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
36 ( 23 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
37 ( 21 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
38 ( NEW ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
39 ( 25 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
40 ( NEW ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton

41 ( 28 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
42 ( 31 ) CHERISH Madonna
43 ( 49 ) DON’T KNOW MUCH Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
44 ( 34 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
45 ( 37 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
46 ( 51 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
47 ( 55 ) GRAND PIANO Mixmaster
48 ( 27 ) NEVER TOO MUCH ’89 Luther Vandross
49 ( 35 ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
50 ( 38 ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks

51 ( 50 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
52 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
53 ( 48 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
54 ( 47 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
55 ( 42 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
56 ( 63 ) NEVER TOO LATE Kylie Minogue
57 ( RE ) BE BOP A LULA (LIVE) Gary Glitter
58 ( 73 ) 7 O’CLOCK The Quireboys
59 ( 46 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
60 ( NEW ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds

61 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 59 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
64 ( 53 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
65 ( 74 ) RESTLESS DAYS And Why Not
66 ( 52 ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ’89 Robert Palmer
67 ( NEW ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
68 ( NEW ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
69 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) EMPTY SPACES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 72 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
73 ( 32 ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
75 ( NEW ) WORLD’S APART Roger Christian


At work, Lucy (who I gave lifts in to) got a job at Christchurch Council and was leaving, very much order of the day with local government changes on the way, while my brother wasn’t in a happy place, largely homeless still and in a relationship that was going nowhere. I told him to come down to Poole along with the rest of us as Mansfield has no prospects for the future. He did eventually – 9 years later.

I packed in the evening garden design course, nothing special, preferring instead to take up squash at the local leisure centre. On TV Dame Edna met Dusty, Monty Python had a 20-year anniversary, future fave Whose Line Is It Anyway was good. My niece had me up till 1am and up again at 6am, which did nothing for my mood on saturday, compounded with mum & dad having an argument while out, so I picked mum up in Poole after shopping in Southampton. Got back to find my nephew had damaged my pond, so sent him to bed (what a meany I was!) and took mum and niece out to the local shop. Sunday popped to mate Bob’s for a break from family problems.


26th November 1989

3 weeks for All Around The World at 1, but look at Madonna in at 2 with the endearingly melodic, largely strings-driven children’s song, Dear Jessie. One of her best singles, and ignored as a single in the USA bizarrely, where it remained as one of the highlights on her best 80‘s album Like A Prayer. The video is also sweet. The Beatles go top 10 with Something (for the 3rd time), and the Lambada toon hits 11. Shall I mention Boney M’s comeback 13 years on from debuting at a paltry 69? Josephine Baker, not Ma Baker this time, and not a hit…

Dusty gets a second solo top 20 entry in 1989, 21 years after sitting nicely in my first ever chart with the epic I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten. When I say “epic” I say it without a hint of hyperbole or modern over-use: I mean EPIC in the orchestral and vocal dramatic sense. Cathy Dennis and New Kids get their first top 20 entries, not for the last time. For Cathy that is. Down the bottom end, a minor Madchester act called The Stone Roses slip in with a bit of shining Fool’s Gold, far and away their best record in a career that leaves me largely bemused. I get that they were influential in mixing dance and indie rhythms in a laid-back aceeeeed way, but the songs tended to wash over me like a gentle waterfall, leaving a pleasant if forgettable feeling afterwards. Must be a generation thing…

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( NEW ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
4 ( 8 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
5 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
6 ( 2 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
7 ( 12 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
9 ( 4 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
10 ( 15 ) PACIFIC STATE State 808

11 ( 27 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 5 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
13 ( 10 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Heyward
14 ( 29 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
15 ( 9 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
16 ( 26 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
17 ( 18 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
18 ( 22 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
19 ( 32 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
20 ( 25 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block

21 ( 30 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
22 ( 16 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
23 ( 14 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
24 ( 11 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
25 ( 13 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
26 ( 23 ) OH WELL Oh Well
27 ( 19 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
28 ( 33 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
29 ( 20 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
30 ( 17 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh

31 ( 31 ) GOLDEN GREEN The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 34 ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue
33 ( 38 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
34 ( 28 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
35 ( 40 ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
36 ( 21 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
37 ( 24 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
38 ( NEW ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
39 ( NEW ) RONI Bobby Brown
40 ( 46 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan

41 ( 36 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
42 ( 60 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
43 ( 67 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
44 ( 52 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
45 ( 47 ) GRAND PIANO Mixmaster
46 ( 39 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
47 ( 74 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
48 ( RE ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White
49 ( 42 ) CHERISH Madonna
50 ( NEW ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun

51 ( NEW ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
52 ( 43 ) DON’T KNOW MUCH Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
53 ( 35 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
54 ( 51 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
55 ( 37 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
56 ( 41 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
57 ( 53 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
58 ( 70 ) EMPTY SPACES Spandau Ballet
59 ( 45 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
60 ( RE ) WATERFALL ’89 Wendy And Lisa

61 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 50 ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks
64 ( 63 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
65 ( 44 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
66 ( 59 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
67 ( 54 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
68 ( NEW ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
69 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO DANCE LIKE JOSEPHINE BAKER Boney M
70 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
72 ( RE ) FIGURE OF EIGHT Paul McCartney
73 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
74 ( NEW ) OUIJA BOARD OUIJA BOARD Morrissey
75 ( 55 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel

At work, windy cold site visits to sports sites and measurements checking, had a cold, and bought my first Now Album CD (16) which was a double for £17. Mega-expensive relative to the cost of living today (and still £4 more than 2014 Now albums)!! My ponds frozen over, and my niece was misbehaving so much I put her outside for 3 seconds and shut the door after threatening for an hour to do it in a marathon battles of wills at 9.45 pm. She was asleep by 10 and has no traumatic memory of it at all these days, so I guess it was all’s well etc..!

Went to see Back To The Future II: critics say it was hard to follow the plot, but I had no problem, loved the darkness in contrast the light-heartedness of the original, and enjoyed picking holes in the time-lines plotting (old biff changes the future and then returns to a future that shouldn’t exist, nor he, as he a multi-millionaire-megalomaniac by then) so each of the alternate realities must all exist simultaneously. Which should be bad news for Jennifer stranded in the wrong future…! Loved the film anyway (especially Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd), but, and I quote: “I REFUSE to believe that inventions such as Hover-boards, airtraffic cars, unlimited ‘safe’ instant fuel etc could be invented over the next 25 years. More like 125, I’d say.” Well, so far, so right.

My 1989 Charts – October

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1st October 1989

5 weeks sowing them seeds on top, with Cher going top 5 18 years since Gypsies Tramps And Thieves first did it (if only she could turn back time!), Belinda’s light is still on with yet another top 10 single, and Billy Joel gets his first since 1983. Curiosity Killed The Cat get a third Top 20 hit, and Technotronic pump up that jam 35 places to 18.

Milli Vanilli get another Top 40 entry, somehow, while Roxette more understandably grab another as Listen To Your Heart starts to bite. New Kids On The Block get 2 simultaneous top 40 entries as Hangin’ Tough pops in. Trust me, that will never happen again! Highest new entry at 38 is a good Erasure single, Drama! At 55 Living In A Box get a second great single, a ballad and nothing like their eponymous number one. Wax sneak back 2 years after 2 great pop singles, anchors aweigh at 65, Bros and Bobby Brown follow-up better singles, The Wonder Stuff have a debut at 72, with more to come from them in the years that followed, ABC make it 7 years of chart entries at 75, it’s The Real Thing. Finally, Debbie Harry’s back with another solo hit, cos she Wants That Man – essentially a Thompson Twins record, written and produced by Alannah Currie and Tom Bailey, pretty much their last hurrah.

Post American-holiday, I remained jetlagged, caught up on new pop music, watched TV (Sledge Hammer, a great redneck cop comedy series; Juke Box Jury (Jools Holland and Julian Clary slagged off Sinitta, though it hardly hurt any of their careers); Time Tunnel and Batman 60’s classics; Blackadder Goes Forth; Police Squad. At work, the car broke down on the way in so I had to call for help from Frizzells Road Rescue. Parks boss Mr Hunt gave me a hard time, interrupting our Parks measuring on a mis-filed old plans wild-goose-chase. Popped round to Bob’s on Sunday to swap holiday photos, and his mum and dad, Ray and Iris, liked them too – some stunning shots amongst them of New York, Niagara and so on. At home, got fed up with all the second-hand smoke choking me and the kids going through a rowdy phase, but gave the go-ahead to mum and dad to organise a trip to Florida with the kids and me.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 14 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
4 ( 3 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
5 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 30 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
7 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 23 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
9 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express

11 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
12 ( 26 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 19 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
14 ( 6 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 18 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
16 ( 8 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
17 ( 7 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
18 ( 53 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
19 ( 21 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
20 ( 11 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

21 ( 13 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
22 ( 15 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
23 ( 12 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
24 ( 43 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
25 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 39 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 16 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
29 ( 41 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
30 ( 34 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

31 ( 20 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
32 ( 60 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
33 ( 22 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 50 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
35 ( 28 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
36 ( 40 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
37 ( 32 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
38 ( NEW ) DRAMA Erasure
39 ( 29 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( 45 ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!

41 ( 24 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
42 ( 31 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
43 ( NEW ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
44 ( 38 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
45 ( 48 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
46 ( 44 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
47 ( 73 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
48 ( 33 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
49 ( 65 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
50 ( RE ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 37 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
52 ( NEW ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
53 ( 66 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
54 ( 35 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( NEW ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 54 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
58 ( NEW ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
59 ( 42 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
60 ( 58 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
62 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 57 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
65 ( NEW ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
66 ( NEW ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
67 ( 36 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
68 ( 55 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
69 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( 47 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

71 ( 69 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( NEW ) DON’T LET ME DOWN GENTLY The Wonder Stuff
73 ( NEW ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
74 ( NEW ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( NEW ) THE REAL THING ABC

me in ottawa 1989

me in ottawa 1989

8th October 1989

6 weeks for Tears For Fears, 2 for Sydney Youngblood at 2, and Cher gets het first Top 3 since Dark Lady hit 1 in 1974. In the charts that same week was Devil Gate Drive, and Suzi Quatro tops my playlist chart this week ahead of Pet Shop Boys I Get Excited, which wasn’t chart-eligible (B sides and album tracks had been excluded by 1989 till I saw the error of my ways). It would pretty much certainly have been a top 10 track, though.

Pump Up The Jam hits 6, and the sublime Personal Jesus gives Depeche Mode a top 10 hit for the first time in 5 years (Blasphemous Rumours being the last time) and for the 9th time in total. I, too, suffered from Milli Vanilli madness, along with the world, at 10, while the Pet Shop Boys are at 16, as sung by Liza Minelli. Cliff rockets 50 places to 13 with his best record in 2 years, and most likely his last great pop single, though he had 21 years of big hits in my charts by then, not to mention an extra 6 years had I been charting as a nipper, as it’s absolutely certain that tracks like Bachelor Boy, Summer Holiday, All My Love and The Day I Met Marie would have been chart-toppers being as I was mad on them age 5, 6, 7, 8, 9…

Highest new entry, soul great Al Green’s back again 18 years on, this time with hip-hop biggie Arthur Baker, and as suits his Reverend status, The Message Is Love. Oh Well. Yes, it’s Fleetwood Mac’s 60’s rock classic done 80’s club stylee, and in at 37. Oh Well. Oh dear! Shakespear’s Sister’s follow-up runs free at 42, Frankie’s Holly has a spot of heaven at 46, and Lisa Stansfield’s 3rd hit is THE big one, All Around The World, massive in all it’s sexy mid-Atlantic Barry White strings-tastic gorgeousness. I love it, but occasionally I enjoy singing along to it in Lisa’s natural Rochdale accent: Avv bin aroun’t worrld and ah cahn’t fahnd me barebih.

The Thompson Twins get Debbie Harry up to 40, and for good measure get themselves in a bit lower at 64 with a Sugar Daddy. The Jackson 5 also had a minor hit with Sugar Daddy in my 1972 charts, and they pop back (well minus the two most-important singers Michael and Jermaine) at 75.

At home, I started an evening course in garden design (more for work reasons than actual interest, I had an eye on a career in Parks if nothing else came along). Clive, the hippie lecturer showed a tedious video on the history of gardening, but by then sadly I’d already paid and couldn’t back out of the dullness. Monty Python’s great Graham Chapman died this week, I commented: No more Python sadly. Well, 30 years on, and that’s not quite so accurate now, the recent live shows were fun (on TV, I couldn’t get tickets). Hooray! On TV, it was MASH, Red Dwarf, Police Squad, Top Of The Pops, Blackadder Goes Forth, Doctor Who (the best episode in 3 years), and over the weekend I planted up my new pond, and bought a small eucalyptus to plant next to it. Oh was that an expensive mistake when the bloody thing grew and grew when I didn’t bother pruning it – tree surgeons eventually cut it down.

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
4 ( 3 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
5 ( 6 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 18 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
7 ( 8 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
8 ( 13 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
9 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 24 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli

11 ( 9 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 4 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
13 ( 63 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
15 ( 11 ) ONE The Bee Gees
16 ( 45 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 19 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
18 ( 12 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
19 ( 10 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 25 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys

21 ( 16 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
23 ( 68 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
24 ( 15 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 26 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( 20 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
27 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 21 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
29 ( 22 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
30 ( 43 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White

31 ( 38 ) DRAMA Erasure
32 ( 23 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
33 ( 47 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
34 ( NEW ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
35 ( 53 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
37 ( NEW ) OH WELL Oh Well
38 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 66 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
40 ( 73 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry

41 ( 30 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
42 ( NEW ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
43 ( 31 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 32 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette
45 ( 35 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
46 ( NEW ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
47 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
48 ( 44 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 34 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
50 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

51 ( 52 ) ROCK WITCHA Bobby Brown
52 ( 33 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
53 ( 29 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
54 ( 46 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
55 ( 58 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
56 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
58 ( 36 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
59 ( 37 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
60 ( 57 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

61 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
63 ( 49 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
64 ( NEW ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( NEW ) FACTS OF LIFE Climie Fisher
66 ( 64 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
67 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE AFFAIR Stefan Dennis
68 ( NEW ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG Third World

71 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 42 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
73 ( NEW ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL FOR YOU (REMIX) Chaka Khan
75 ( NEW ) 2300 JACKSON STREET The Jacksons

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 DEVIL GATE DRIVE Suzi Quatro
2 I GET EXCITED Pet Shop Boys
3 PINBALL Brian Protheroe

that shirt again in Canada 1989

that shirt again in Canada 1989

15th October 1989

It’s a new number one as Sydney Youngblood’s catchy soulpop dance tune knocks off Tears For Fears after 6 weeks on top, and Belinda Carlisle gets her 2nd-biggest hit (behind number one Circle In The Sand) at 3. Cliff does what he used to do so often – go top 10 – while Grayson Hugh’s fab gospel pop tune shoots up to 7, an American hit if not the UK. Living In A Box have plenty of room in their heart to go up 13, and Al Green keeps the top 20 hits running on for 18 years, yes Love IS the Message. In at 18 with a bluesy gnarl, it’s the Road To Hell, probably Chris Rea’s best record, and 11 years after his previous best record Fool (If You Think It’s Over). Biggest climber is our Lisa at 21, she’s been all around the world….or at least from number 57.

Re-entries, at 20 for Eurythmics single finally out in the UK – Don’t Ask Me Why it wasn’t sooner, and Soul Sister’s bouncy The Way To Your Heart at 31. Double Trouble are Street Tuff into the 40, with the Rebel MC in tow, Bros haven’t mentioned the chocolate box yet, but there it is, at 29 and doing quite well for my charts! De La Soul are welcome back with the good Eye Know at 38, Fuzzbox do a decent cover of Yoko Ono’s classic 1981 Number One, at 48, while Fresh Four don’t so the same to Rose Royce’s 1978 classic Wishing On A Star. Queen continue their string of minor hits, Scandal at 54, really for the first time since 1982 Queen not really grabbing me with their singles off an album.

The Adventures pop back from Washington, 5 years after their debut hits now, and The Creatures take a break, as they do occasionally, from Siouxsie And The Banshees, and hit 63 just Standing There! 10 years on and Rickie Lee Jones has swapped Chuck E for a Satellite, so can’t grumble. Jive Bunny make my charts purely for the Hawaii 5-0 segment, The Blow Monkeys are slaves no more at 71, Prince and Sheena are back together again with the hit ballad The Arms Of Orion from Batman – it’s not a patch on 101 or U Got The Look though, in at 74, just ahead of Alice Cooper resting on a bed of nails.

1 ( 2 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 6 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
5 ( 3 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
6 ( 13 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 23 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 10 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
9 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
10 ( 4 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

11 ( 7 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
12 ( 8 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
13 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
14 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
15 ( 34 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
17 ( 12 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
18 ( NEW ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
19 ( 15 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( RE ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 57 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
22 ( 18 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
23 ( 14 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
24 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
25 ( 37 ) OH WELL Oh Well
26 ( 21 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
27 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
28 ( 31 ) DRAMA Erasure
29 ( 39 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
30 ( 17 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( RE ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
32 ( 40 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
33 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
34 ( 68 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
35 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 25 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
37 ( 20 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
38 ( NEW ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
39 ( 42 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
40 ( 28 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF

41 ( 26 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
42 ( 36 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
43 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
44 ( 55 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( NEW ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
46 ( 27 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
47 ( 30 ) SECRET RENDEZVOUS Karyn White
48 ( NEW ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( 32 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
50 ( NEW ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call

51 ( 29 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
52 ( 48 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
53 ( 47 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SCANDAL Queen
55 ( 33 ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
56 ( 46 ) HEAVEN’S HERE Holly Johnson
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 45 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
59 ( 41 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
60 ( NEW ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 60 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
63 ( NEW ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR DADDY The Thompson Twins
65 ( 62 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
66 ( 50 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
67 ( 73 ) CAN’T FORGET YOU Sonia
68 ( NEW ) SATELLITE Rickie Lee Jones
69 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers

71 ( NEW ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
72 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 54 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
74 ( NEW ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
75 ( NEW ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 THE WEDDING Julie Rogers
2 I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU MIchael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 FOREVER Cliff Richard

Ottawa

Ottawa

22nd October 1989

A return to the top gives the brilliant Sowing The Seeds Of Love a rare 7th week at number one, just ahead of a massive high new entry at 2 for Elton John, with his sweet, affecting ballad Sacrifice, follow-up to Number One Healing Hands. The Uk public were unmoved by both till they were re-issued as a double A side in 1990, at which point the UK agreed with me and made them a chart-topper, the record that reinvigorated Elton’s unfairly unfashionable and declining popularity. Since then, of course, he’s made a career out of back catalogue classics getting to number one!

Elsewhere: Oh Well up to 8. Oh well. Soul Sister leap to 11 with a bouncy track, Expose and Lisa Stansfield go top 20, Queen top 30, and new at 31 Norman Cook is back with the good For Spacious Lies. Who needs The Housemartins, eh, Norman? At 36 Sybil updates the lesser-known (and brilliant) Dionne Warwick/ Burt Bacharach song Don’t Make Me Over, and it’s not bad. Raze are back again with Break 4 Love re-charting at 38, while Martika takes Carole King’s lovely I Feel The Earth Move and removes all passion, but you can dance to it at 39, ditto D Mob debuting Cathy Dennis at 40 with C’mon And Get My Love. Two of the above went on to be successful song-writers, of many a pop and dance classic of the 90’s and 00’s: Clue: it’s Fatboy Slim and Cathy Dennis.

The Temptations, or at least a few of the original line-up, are back at 56 with All I Want Is You 21 years on from their first hit, Janet Jackson ‘s second single from Rhythm Nation, the Jam n Lewis-tastic album (ignoring the annoying spoken mini-tracks) marches forcefully in at 67, and Adeva’s back at 74. I Thank You. On TV? New sitcom “Nutt House” which I’ve forgotten all about – wikipedia reminds me it was 12-episode Mel Brooks series with the fabulous Brooks faves Harvey Korman and Cloris Leachman as the stars. That’s good enough for me! I now need to buy them…sadly not available, of course! Julian Clary’s Sticky Moment’s funny, and Doctor Who another goodie, frustratingly about to be cancelled thanks to a nonce Exec.

In life, mum was poorly with bad flu, I was irritable from woken up by the nephew and niece at 6am every morning, and because mum was ill I opted out of going to my cousin’s wedding in Weymouth, which caused guilt and family ill-will. Quite rightly actually, I should have gone. Tit. At worked, tried to pep up a depressed friend/colleague Peter, who was wondering what was the point in life, generally speaking. For the wonders, and art, if nothing else, suggested I, life is it’s own point. Joined the Broadstone gymn, hired a squash court to try and improve before playing others, and was brave enough to use male changing-room shower facilities, something I wouldn’t have done 10 years earlier, what with all the hang-ups I had. The way to deal with hang-ups is to confront them and get over them, seemed to work pretty well with that one, as I don’t give a toss these days!

In news: San Fransisco earthquake happened, big news obviously, while at home I got the kids teas ready while Sue at the doctors. Vicki said “I don’t like you looking after me”, humph, so I told her she was being horrible, and let her eat what she wanted. Made her happier. Parenting skills, eh?! Gardening evening course at Bournemouth Uni again with mature lady students, enjoyed the Uni bar though, still miss student days, much better than working for a living in every way bar one: money. Heavy weekend rain, and took mum to see new movie Star Trek V: The Final Frontier: Shatner did OK with the direction, but the slow script and ageing cast “need young folks to help things along”. In the comics world, it’s the debut of of the “5-year gap” Legion of Super-Heroes issue 1, all grim and gritty and mysterious, but well-written, our heroes now well into their late 20’s and 30’s, keeping up with my real age, unique in the comics world by ageing along with their readership.

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE Elton John
3 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
4 ( 1 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
5 ( 3 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
6 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
7 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 25 ) OH WELL Oh Well
9 ( 13 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
10 ( 5 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 31 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
12 ( 18 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 8 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
14 ( 9 ) CHERISH Madonna
15 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
16 ( 11 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
17 ( 21 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
18 ( 10 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
19 ( 36 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
20 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

21 ( 12 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
22 ( 14 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
23 ( 50 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 38 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
25 ( 32 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
26 ( 17 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
28 ( 54 ) SCANDAL Queen
29 ( 34 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
30 ( 26 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John

31 ( NEW ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
32 ( 22 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
33 ( 45 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
34 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
35 ( 16 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
36 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
37 ( 24 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
38 ( NEW ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
39 ( 66 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
40 ( NEW ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

41 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
42 ( 23 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
43 ( 63 ) STANDING THERE The Creatures
44 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
45 ( 42 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
46 ( 29 ) CHOCOLATE BOX Bros
47 ( 39 ) RUN WILD RUN FREE Shakespear’s Sister
48 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
49 ( NEW ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
50 ( 28 ) DRAMA Erasure

51 ( 40 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
52 ( 60 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
53 ( 33 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
54 ( 52 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
55 ( 43 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
56 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
57 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( 35 ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
59 ( 74 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
60 ( 75 ) BED OF NAILS Alice Cooper

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( RE ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
63 ( 53 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
64 ( 62 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
65 ( 71 ) SLAVES NO MORE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
66 ( 59 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
67 ( NEW ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
68 ( 70 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
69 ( 65 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
70 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

71 ( 37 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
72 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( 46 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
74 ( NEW ) I THANK YOU Adeva
75 ( 58 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 MYSTERY GIRL (LP) Roy Orbison
2 SLEEPING WITH THE PAST (LP) Elton John
3 I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

Ottawa 89 and me

Ottawa 89 and me

29th October 1989

Elton John’s second topper of the year, Sacrifice becomes his 8th Number One, and the last one before his voice changed, I loved young Elton’s soulful vocals, not so much a fan of deeper-voiced later-Elton. All change at the top end, as Living In A Box climb to 3, and Grayson Hugh’s great track at 4. Lisa Stansfield gets her 3rd top 10 in a row, and Eurythmics just miss out by a whisker with a good ballad. Liza Minelli bounces back, must be bouncing bombs at 15! Debbie Harry gets another top 20 solo hit while Imagination remix an illusion at 26, new 7 years on from the original. This is long before I got a kiss and hug from Leee John, so no bias involved!

Another actual oldie enters at 34, and it’s a rare fifties classic, the 1956 doowop UK number one Why Do Fools Fall In Love, which was back out, and purchased by me in 12inch vinyl format. I always did like this one (despite Diana Ross’ 1981 massacre), though a lot of fifties tracks tended to pass me by until I got older, they sounded too old in the 70’s and 80’s as production values improved. These days, I appreciate the period charm of many of ‘em, though. At 38, great moody The Sun Rising enters for The Beloved, the first of quite a few. Rod Stewart’s back with a cover of his own cover of an Isley Brothers classic – This Old Heart Of Mine – along with Ronald Isley, at 49. The good news is it’s better than his 1975 turgid version, the bad news is it’s not a patch on the earnest gorgeousness of the 1966 Motown original which hit my Top 5 in 1968, and number one in 1976.

Boy George is back, this time as Jesus Loves You, after the love hits 53, Tina Turner’s back with I Don’t Want To Lose You at 57, Simply Red are back 63, yes you’ve got it, and The Bangles claim they’ll set you free at 66. That’s not all, though, The Eagles Don Henley gets another entry with New York Minute, a sprawling classy cinematic ballad, at 69, New Kids get a third hit with The Right Stuff (so they claim), Luther Vandross finally charts Never Too Much, remixed, and Bob Dylan lengthens his run of hits to 20 years cos everything, apparently, is broken.


On My playlist, I’d rediscovered a little-heard ballad from 1972 by Middle Of The Road that stiffed, the very touching and politically correct Union Silver, a sad ballad if ever there was one, and very under-rated to say the least. At home, planting a willow tree in the back garden, poor old 5-years-dead budgie got dug up – he’d been put into a plastic bag. Ick! The final Entertainment USA on TV, busy videoing Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes season 1 as I got hold of them, not exactly classic Trek but a good substitute add-on at this stage. Squash at the gymn, the last week at work for the team leader Kevin, who’d found gainful (better paid) employment outside the Council, and we bought him an Erasure album as a going away prezzie (Wild). We all missed him, and as a consequence of his going I got made up to unofficial team-leader (no extra cash or written responsibility of course). Sent a card to Aunty Eileen, off into hospital for an operation, went to Uni evening course, which was of no long-term consequence in my life, and joined up following an invitation to Apa247, the new Legion Of Super-Heroes fanzine, which meant I had to get back into writing (every two months) and which opened up new lifestyle changes and gave me a great group of friends for 25 years. We had our 25th anniversary do the other week, perhaps not as young and gorgeous as were back in 89, and with four tragically having passed away far too young, but still having a ball every 2 months thankfully. Hooray!

1 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
2 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 9 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
4 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
5 ( 3 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
6 ( 8 ) OH WELL Oh Well
7 ( 17 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
8 ( 4 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
9 ( 5 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
10 ( 11 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soulsister

11 ( 20 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
12 ( 12 ) THE ROAD TO HELLPART 2 Chris Rea
13 ( 6 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
14 ( 15 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backbeat Disciples featuring Al Green
15 ( 35 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
16 ( 10 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
17 ( 14 ) CHERISH Madonna
18 ( 13 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
19 ( 25 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
20 ( 29 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC

21 ( 16 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
22 ( 24 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
23 ( 23 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
24 ( 28 ) SCANDAL Queen
25 ( 19 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
26 ( NEW ) JUST AN ILLUSION (’89) Imagination
27 ( 18 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
28 ( 36 ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
29 ( 31 ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
30 ( 40 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis

31 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
32 ( 21 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
34 ( NEW ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
35 ( 49 ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
36 ( 30 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 39 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
38 ( NEW ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
39 ( 68 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
40 ( 27 ) ONE The Bee Gees

41 ( 67 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
43 ( 33 ) WISHING ON A STAR Fresh Four featuring Lizz E
44 ( 38 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
45 ( 48 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
46 ( 56 ) ALL I WANT FROM YOU The Temptations
47 ( 50 ) DRAMA Erasure
48 ( 44 ) GLAMOUR BOYS Living Colour
49 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
50 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan

51 ( 59 ) THE ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
52 ( 32 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
53 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
54 ( 62 ) ANCHORS AWEIGH Wax
55 ( 37 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
56 ( 74 ) I THANK YOU Adeva
57 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( 42 ) THE BEST Tina Turner

61 ( 41 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
62 ( 54 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
63 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT IT Simply Red
64 ( 52 ) WASHINGTON DECEASED The Adventures
65 ( NEW ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
66 ( NEW ) I’LL SET YOU FREE The Bangles
67 ( 70 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 64 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
70 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles

71 ( NEW ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
72 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO MUCH (’89) Luther Vandross
73 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
74 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING IS BROKEN Bob Dylan
75 ( 55 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

NON-CHART ELIGIBLE PLAYLIST
1 IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road
3 THE YEAR OF THE CAT Al Stewart