My 1995 Charts – July

2nd July 1995

It’s a surprise chart topper from UB40’s Ali Campbell, in duet with Pamela Starks, doing what UB40 never did – go higher than 2 in my chart, despite many tracks better than this one. That said this is a sweet enough duet and song, mellow reggae lovers rock, well almost – it’s more mellow dance than mellow reggae. Up to 4, The Jayhawks version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time way outdoes the original, and ditto Clock’s version of Tag Team’s Whoomp, up to 9. One I’d forgotten I liked so much! At 10, Deep Forest get another top 10, but not rainforest this time, more Eastern European traditional music with a new age dance shuffle.

A huge leap into the 20 for A.D.A.M. and Amy – no I don’t know they are either, I’ll just google. Ah, still no idea, but it’s a dance cover of the Cranberries Zombie, a song I wasn’t that fond of in it’s original version. Hey ho. A better record is at 18 for Menswear, Daydreamer leaping, as the highest new entry at 23 is a wonderful emotional ballad from Boy George, Il Adore, 13 years since his debut in Culture Club. For anyone thinking there aren’t enough cover versions in my chart already, well you’re in luck, Tippa Irie has done The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive and pops in at 29. It’s not in the same league. Supergrass’ Alright, however is fab, still sounds great and hits the 40, along with Bon Jovi (meh), Haddaway (meh), Wet Wet Wet (meh) and Shaggy doing Mungo Jerry (s’OK), and new entries for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl carrying on the Nirvana torch with a Call, Blondie get remixed as Heart Of Glass returns 16 years after topping my chart, and Ultimate Kaos also enter, Right Here.

Outside the 40, Gary Moore does a blues cover of a song Fleetwood Mac covered, a 50’s Little Willie John blues classic, I Need Your Love So Bad, while at 57 Bjork covers an obscure B side from 1951 by American movie musical star Betty Hutton, and she does it musical stylee, in total contrast to her body of work before and since – and gets a bonafide crossover pop hit still good for a singalong. It’s Oh So Quiet is fun, and the video is great. Which leaves an actual (gasp!) new song from Paul Weller, You Do Something To Me, at 60, a nice love song, and a fair ways away from The Jam circa 1977!

1 ( 3 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
2 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
4 ( 20 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
5 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 4 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
8 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
9 ( 37 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 18 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

11 ( 10 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
13 ( 8 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
14 ( 7 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
15 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 15 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
17 ( 72 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
18 ( 38 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
19 ( 21 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 17 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John

21 ( 9 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
22 ( 11 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
23 ( NEW ) IL ADORE Boy George
24 ( 14 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
25 ( 56 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
26 ( 40 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
27 ( 13 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( 22 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
29 ( NEW ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 44 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi

31 ( 24 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
32 ( 27 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
33 ( NEW ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
34 ( 36 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
35 ( 32 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
36 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
37 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
38 ( 50 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
39 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
40 ( 45 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 31 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
42 ( 41 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
43 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
44 ( 26 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
45 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
46 ( 29 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 70 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
48 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
50 ( 39 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

51 ( 28 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( 42 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
53 ( 34 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
54 ( 35 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
55 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Gary Moore
56 ( 43 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
57 ( NEW ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( 46 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
59 ( 71 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
60 ( NEW ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 52 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
65 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
66 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
69 ( 74 ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
70 ( 64 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

71 ( 48 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
72 ( 57 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
73 ( 55 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
74 ( 49 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Yes, this week I saw Jim Kerr and mates in concert, it was a good gig, though obviously he must have missed out some of my early faves as they don’t feature in this top 6. Normally I’d be listing Up On The Catwalk, Speed Your Love To Me, Promised You A Miracle as well…!

SIMPLE MINDS LIVE AT BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
1. Alive And Kicking
2. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
3. She’s A River
4. Belfast Child
5. Hypnotised
6. Sanctify Yourself

9th July 1995

The Jackson siblings are back on top for a second week, Scream about it! The Jayhawks are having a Bad Time cos they’re so close at 2 when they should have gone to 1. In at 3, Seal’s back with his rose, having hit the top 5 with it in 1994, and now is Batman powered, and Vic & Bob make the top 10 with The Monkees cover.

Supergrass and Shaggy climb into the 20, and Oasis rocket to 20 with the fabulous Live Forever. In at 22, Diana King has her shy guy in mind for a spot of classy reggae and in at 25 Bobby Brown is back humpin’ around, as you do. New at 28 is the lovely Stars from the lovely Dubstar, while Sheryl Crow is back with Run Baby Run – sadly, not the fab Newbeats 60’s single, but happily a decent ballad.

While at 58, Rednex lend a hand to some puppets – not sure who came out of it with credibility damaged, but the kids loved it! Kylie’s posing a question, where is the feeling, to which the answer is err in the previous single. I need to refresh my memory for this one (it’s a heavily remixed dancefloor buzzer )! The Rolling Stones go wild at 70, or at least as wild as they could for someone that had living the high life for 30-odd years, while Del Amitri and MN8 are back with new singles, rollin’ and happy.

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 4 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 1 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 3 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
6 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
7 ( 6 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
8 ( 7 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
9 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 12 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

11 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 8 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
13 ( 10 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 17 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
15 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 25 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
17 ( 18 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
18 ( 13 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
19 ( 39 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
20 ( 54 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21 ( 14 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( NEW ) SHY GUY Diana King
23 ( 20 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
24 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
25 ( NEW ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
26 ( 30 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
27 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( NEW ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie

31 ( 24 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
32 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
33 ( 21 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
34 ( 23 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 40 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
37 ( 26 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
38 ( 31 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
39 ( 47 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
40 ( 33 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters

41 ( 22 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
42 ( 35 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
43 ( 59 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
44 ( 60 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
45 ( 32 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
46 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 41 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
48 ( 48 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
50 ( NEW ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

51 ( 45 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( 44 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
53 ( 34 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
54 ( 36 ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
55 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
56 ( 38 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
57 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( NEW ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
59 ( 43 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
60 ( RE ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 52 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 62 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
65 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
67 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
68 ( 56 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
69 ( 68 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

71 ( 70 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
72 ( 58 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
73 ( NEW ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY MN8
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. HisTory – Michael Jackson
2. There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor
3. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers

16th July 1995

3 weeks for the Jackson siblings on top, as the charts finally come alive, the oodles of covers dropping and bonafide great tracks entering, headed by Madonna and her fab new naughty video for Human Nature. Inventive, and somewhat flatters the track, it’s good, sultry, cool but isn’t Madonna at her very best, but good enough to enter at 7. Supergrass go top 5 with the fab Alright, Diana King takes her shy guy into the 10, and Deuce enter at 10, with their best record. That might not sound like much of a rating, given the manufactured and short-lived background of the group, but it is, in fact, a fantastic pop record.

In at 12 is one of Britpop’s forgotten successes, scousers Cast drop by again with latest single Fine Time, jangly indie melodic guitar pop – I really don’t get why they have been all-but-deleted from pop history, this is pretty good. In at 17 Brownstone also return, with something they heard through the Grapevine – not Marvin Gaye, though, it’s smooth 90‘s r’n’b. At 21, debuting, is Dana Dawson with 3 Is Family, a decent bit of souldancepop. Dana sadly died at 36 from cancer, I have just read on Wikipedia.

Kylie shoots up into the top 30, and The Lightning Seeds return with another in the string of goodies, in fact it’s Perfect at 27, a strings-tastic sweet upbeat song. D:Ream also grab another top 40 notch on their chart belt, MN8 are Happy to go top 40, ditto Paul Weller and Sheryl Crow, and in at 34 it’s the total classic TLC 90’s biggie, Waterfalls. Just an awesome, affecting, sad lament for lost loved ones, made all the more sad these days with Lisa Lopes’ death at 30 in a car accident 7 years later.

Finally, PJ Harvey is in at 55 with one of my fave tracks of hers, C’mon Billy, a spacious production (even with subtle strings) with bite and authenticity. PJ is also guesting with Duncan Stuck On You – OK I lie, it’s not Polly it’s Ant n Dec, future TV darlings – in at 59, as in at 60 it’s Sister Bliss with Oh What A World! – a Wicked Witch Of The West referencing club track from the female part of Faithless, with sassy Colette on vocals, a lady with attitude. Still sounds great, is genuinely amusing, and even I under-rated it chart-wise.

1 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
6 ( 5 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 7 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
9 ( 22 ) SHY GUY Diana King
10 ( NEW ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce

11 ( 6 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
12 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Cast
13 ( 8 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
14 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
15 ( 19 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
16 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( NEW ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
18 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
19 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
20 ( 25 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown

21 ( NEW ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
22 ( 14 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
23 ( 12 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
24 ( 67 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
26 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
27 ( NEW ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
28 ( 17 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
29 ( 43 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 70 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

31 ( 18 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
32 ( 24 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
33 ( 23 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
34 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS TLC
35 ( 40 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
36 ( 20 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 74 ) HAPPY MN8
38 ( 33 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
39 ( 44 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
40 ( 50 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

41 ( 36 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
42 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
43 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
44 ( 31 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
45 ( 30 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 26 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
48 ( 32 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
49 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
50 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork

51 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 42 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
53 ( 34 ) IL ADORE Boy George
54 ( 38 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
55 ( NEW ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey
56 ( 37 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
57 ( 60 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU PJ & Duncan
60 ( NEW ) OH! WHAT A WORLD Sister Bliss featuring Colette

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 41 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
63 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 73 ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
65 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 58 ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
68 ( 39 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( 64 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds

71 ( 49 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
72 ( 71 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
73 ( 62 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
74 ( 45 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Which just leaves The Rolling Stones big climb to 30, fresh from seeing them in concert at Wembley Stadium. Another one those all-day jobs to get their early to see the already-ageing 60’s legends 30 years into their 50-year touring career. Mick, of course, the great frontman, and a timeless back-catalogue to plunder for my enjoyment, notably these:

THE ROLLING STONES AT WEMBLEY

1. Honky Tonk Women
2. Satisfaction
3. Jumping Jack Flash
4. Start Me Up
5. It’s All Over Now
6. Sympathy For The Devil
7. Tumbling Dice
8. Miss You

23rd July 1995

Boy George rockets up 52 places to top spot with floptastic Il Adore, a strings-laden gorgeous and touching ballad about loss and death, specifically AIDS-related friends, which just didn’t suit the dance and Britpop times much, sadly. Anyway, it’s still lovely, one of george’s best and his 5th chart-topper (4 with Culture Club) and his first in 11 years. Deuce meanwhile are still swearing On The Bible, up to 2, and The Lightning Seeds keep those top 10 pop gem singles coming, it’s just Perfect at 6. Here’s a random massive climb: a couple of lads named PJ & Duncan are Stuck On U, as they ditch the chantalong pop for a more soulful sound, which sounds like an improvement to me, though I might suggest taking up TV hosting lads!

Cast are back in the 10, a right ol’ Fine Time, as Dana Dawson tweaks my popstress ditty tastebuds at 10, S’OK but a bit inexplicably high. Dubstar hit the 20, and highest new entry at 17 is Paninaro ’95, a Pet Shop Boys rave-era remix single of a classic 80’s B side of theirs. On the one hand I’m glad it became a single, on the other hand it’s not a patch on the brilliance of the original version, which SO should have been a single in it’s own right back in 1986/7, and which would have been a chart-topper for ages in my charts (had I allowed B sides and album tracks then). I may post the better version next time!

Kylie goes top 20 (hooray!) and TLC just miss out (Boo!), while a couple of remixes of Dusty tracks gets her a re-entry at 23, one of them a Pet Shop Boys song and Pet Shop Boys remix (Daydreaming), and again, not a patch on the original album track version which I allowed Dusty to chart at 2. In at 31 with their final version 1 Gary Barlow-written single, it’s Take That, and Never Forget that you can’t write them off (It certainly seemed like the writing was on the wall in the Robbie-less line-up: the golden rule of boybands is, first out gets the solo career, the band then split.

Marc Almond is back at 34 with a good Gary Glitter/T.Rex-styled stomping pop single, The Idol, for a sweet 14 years of top 40 entries, while lower down it’s Aswad back with a song that isn’t a Midge Ure cover, If I Was sure I’d say so, Corona pop (ha!) in, Method Man and Mary J do a job on Marvin & Tammi’s classic song, Boo Radleys shout It’s Lulu, but it isn’t, it is however, a Beatles cover for Suggs (I’m Only Sleeping) giving him a hit with a Beatles song that had never charted before, and also 16 years of hits. Which leaves a short minor mention (for now) of a gentle understated ballad about ’74 – ’75 from The Connells. It’s good, it’s catchy, and it will be back in the future as a Pan-European smash for an American band who oddly missed out in the USA.

1 ( 53 ) IL ADORE Boy George
2 ( 10 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 5 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
6 ( 27 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
7 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
8 ( 59 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
9 ( 12 ) FINE TIME Cast
10 ( 21 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson

11 ( 25 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
13 ( 26 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
15 ( 42 ) STARS Dubstar
16 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
17 ( NEW ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 24 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
19 ( 9 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( 8 ) YES McAlmont & Butler

21 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS TLC
22 ( 14 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
23 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
24 ( 20 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
25 ( 15 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
26 ( 17 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
27 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
28 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
29 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 11 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

31 ( NEW ) NEVER FORGET Take That
32 ( 18 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
33 ( 74 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( NEW ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
35 ( 31 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( 40 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
37 ( 39 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 32 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
39 ( 19 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
40 ( 30 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

41 ( 38 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
42 ( 37 ) HAPPY MN8
43 ( 23 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
44 ( 41 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
45 ( 22 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
46 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
47 ( 28 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
48 ( 33 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
49 ( 63 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
50 ( 55 ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey

51 ( 54 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
52 ( 49 ) SKY HIGH Newton
53 ( 52 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
54 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Aswad
55 ( 35 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
56 ( 43 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
57 ( 44 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
58 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( 45 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
60 ( NEW ) TRY ME OUT Corona

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 48 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( NEW ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
65 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 57 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

71 ( 56 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
72 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 72 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
74 ( 70 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
75 ( 73 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

30th July 1995

I like a nice bit of cheese now and again, so I proudly announce Deuce top my chart this week in 1995 with a fab OTT slab, all melodramatic and passionately tuneful. By some distance this is their best pop record, and a minor forgotten gem. On The Bible I swear it! Still in cheese mode, soon-to-be Ant & Dec hit a new chart peak of 4 – they are still stuck on u, lucky us! The Lightning Seeds grab another big hit at 3, it’s a bit Perfect. Pet Shop Boys manage 5 with their lesser remix of Paninaro (I just can’t get over it not being the brilliant original, which would easily have topped my chart this week had it been a double A), as Take That’s final (for now) self-penned single Never Forget gives them a 5th or so top 10.

Highest new entry is the annoyingly-non-single fab movie-song cover of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, as hit by big fave Mama Cass in 1968, and as originally done in 1931 (! – that sounds positively historic these days) by Ozzie Nelson, who gave birth to 50’s sitcom Ozzie & Harriet with his real-life family, and future teen idol Ricky Nelson. Ricky’s own sons had a short career as Nelson. Keeping it in the family, just like Cass’ daughter. The Beautiful South by now were 6 years into their career, with new singer Jacqui Abbott joining co-singer Paul Heaton, and who now have-co-starring album success as a duo 21 years on, so not a bad run then!

Marc Almond and TLC go top 20, ditto Dusty n Daryl, and REM stick their Tongue out beautifully and un-typically falsetto-stylee at 27, Cyndi Lauper comes on home at 30, and Kirsty MacColl returns with her Kinks-cover Days at 32 just a few years after charting it first-time round. If at first you don’t succeed, Julian Cope advises Try Try Try Try – works for him, in at 46 a sweet 14 years on from Teardrop Explodes debuting. OK, then, in the media world it was all about who would win the chart battle for UK number one, Blur or Oasis, rivals releasing the same week. Blur won that battle, and they also do here (sort of)…by entering one place than Oasis at 48, and to boot also higher than another UK chart-topper, You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson’s R.Kelly dirge, which featured Elvis Presley’s daughter (keeping the musical family theme going) in the video. She also happened to be his wife for a short time. Yes, most unlikely wedding that could ever have been predicted – at least until Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch.

Others: a cover of Wham!’s I’m Your Man, Bob Seger oldie Hollywood Nights, The Wildhearts are back, so are Black Grape, and best of the bunch Michelle Gayle gets another good pop single with Happy Just To Be With You.

1 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 1 ) IL ADORE Boy George
3 ( 6 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 8 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
5 ( 17 ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
7 ( 14 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 3 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
9 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 31 ) NEVER FORGET Take That

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS TLC
13 ( 5 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
14 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 34 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
16 ( NEW ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
17 ( 10 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
18 ( 9 ) FINE TIME Cast
19 ( 23 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
20 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King

21 ( 12 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
22 ( 20 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
23 ( 18 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
25 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
26 ( 16 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( NEW ) TONGUE REM
28 ( 15 ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 24 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
30 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 25 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
32 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
33 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( 22 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
35 ( 27 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
36 ( 41 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
37 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 63 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
39 ( 26 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
40 ( 28 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

41 ( 60 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
42 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
43 ( 35 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 38 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 32 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
46 ( NEW ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
47 ( 49 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
48 ( NEW ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
49 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
50 ( 39 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 44 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
52 ( 40 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones
53 ( 64 ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
54 ( 36 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
55 ( 52 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 53 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
57 ( NEW ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
58 ( 46 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
59 ( 70 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
60 ( 43 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza

61 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Aswad
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 51 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
64 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
65 ( 42 ) HAPPY MN8
66 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
69 ( NEW ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
70 ( NEW ) JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts

71 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
73 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
75 ( 73 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

 

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My August 1986 Charts

5th August 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

12th August 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

19th August 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

25th August 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My July 1990 Charts

2nd July 1995

It’s a surprise chart topper from UB40’s Ali Campbell, in duet with Pamela Starks, doing what UB40 never did – go higher than 2 in my chart, despite many tracks better than this one. That said this is a sweet enough duet and song, mellow reggae lovers rock, well almost – it’s more mellow dance than mellow reggae. Up to 4, The Jayhawks version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time way outdoes the original, and ditto Clock’s version of Tag Team’s Whoomp, up to 9. One I’d forgotten I liked so much! At 10, Deep Forest get another top 10, but not rainforest this time, more Eastern European traditional music with a new age dance shuffle.

A huge leap into the 20 for A.D.A.M. and Amy – no I don’t know they are either, I’ll just google. Ah, still no idea, but it’s a dance cover of the Cranberries Zombie, a song I wasn’t that fond of in it’s original version. Hey ho. A better record is at 18 for Menswear, Daydreamer leaping, as the highest new entry at 23 is a wonderful emotional ballad from Boy George, Il Adore, 13 years since his debut in Culture Club. For anyone thinking there aren’t enough cover versions in my chart already, well you’re in luck, Tippa Irie has done The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive and pops in at 29. It’s not in the same league. Supergrass’ Alright, however is fab, still sounds great and hits the 40, along with Bon Jovi (meh), Haddaway (meh), Wet Wet Wet (meh) and Shaggy doing Mungo Jerry (s’OK), and new entries for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl carrying on the Nirvana torch with a Call, Blondie get remixed as Heart Of Glass returns 16 years after topping my chart, and Ultimate Kaos also enter, Right Here.

Outside the 40, Gary Moore does a blues cover of a song Fleetwood Mac covered, a 50’s Little Willie John blues classic, I Need Your Love So Bad, while at 57 Bjork covers an obscure B side from 1951 by American movie musical star Betty Hutton, and she does it musical stylee, in total contrast to her body of work before and since – and gets a bonafide crossover pop hit still good for a singalong. It’s Oh So Quiet is fun, and the video is great. Which leaves an actual (gasp!) new song from Paul Weller, You Do Something To Me, at 60, a nice love song, and a fair ways away from The Jam circa 1977!

1 ( 3 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
2 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
4 ( 20 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
5 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 4 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
8 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
9 ( 37 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 18 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

11 ( 10 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
13 ( 8 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
14 ( 7 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
15 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 15 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
17 ( 72 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
18 ( 38 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
19 ( 21 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 17 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John

21 ( 9 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
22 ( 11 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
23 ( NEW ) IL ADORE Boy George
24 ( 14 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
25 ( 56 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
26 ( 40 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
27 ( 13 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( 22 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
29 ( NEW ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 44 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi

31 ( 24 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
32 ( 27 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
33 ( NEW ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
34 ( 36 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
35 ( 32 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
36 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
37 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
38 ( 50 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
39 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
40 ( 45 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 31 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
42 ( 41 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
43 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
44 ( 26 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
45 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
46 ( 29 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 70 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
48 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
50 ( 39 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

51 ( 28 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( 42 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
53 ( 34 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
54 ( 35 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
55 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Gary Moore
56 ( 43 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
57 ( NEW ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( 46 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
59 ( 71 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
60 ( NEW ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 52 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
65 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
66 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
69 ( 74 ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
70 ( 64 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

71 ( 48 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
72 ( 57 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
73 ( 55 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
74 ( 49 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Yes, this week I saw Jim Kerr and mates in concert, it was a good gig, though obviously he must have missed out some of my early faves as they don’t feature in this top 6. Normally I’d be listing Up On The Catwalk, Speed Your Love To Me, Promised You A Miracle as well…!

SIMPLE MINDS LIVE AT BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
1. Alive And Kicking
2. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
3. She’s A River
4. Belfast Child
5. Hypnotised
6. Sanctify Yourself

9th July 1995

The Jackson siblings are back on top for a second week, Scream about it! The Jayhawks are having a Bad Time cos they’re so close at 2 when they should have gone to 1. In at 3, Seal’s back with his rose, having hit the top 5 with it in 1994, and now is Batman powered, and Vic & Bob make the top 10 with The Monkees cover.

Supergrass and Shaggy climb into the 20, and Oasis rocket to 20 with the fabulous Live Forever. In at 22, Diana King has her shy guy in mind for a spot of classy reggae and in at 25 Bobby Brown is back humpin’ around, as you do. New at 28 is the lovely Stars from the lovely Dubstar, while Sheryl Crow is back with Run Baby Run – sadly, not the fab Newbeats 60’s single, but happily a decent ballad.

While at 58, Rednex lend a hand to some puppets – not sure who came out of it with credibility damaged, but the kids loved it! Kylie’s posing a question, where is the feeling, to which the answer is err in the previous single. I need to refresh my memory for this one (it’s a heavily remixed dancefloor buzzer )! The Rolling Stones go wild at 70, or at least as wild as they could for someone that had living the high life for 30-odd years, while Del Amitri and MN8 are back with new singles, rollin’ and happy.

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 4 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 1 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 3 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
6 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
7 ( 6 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
8 ( 7 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
9 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 12 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

11 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 8 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
13 ( 10 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 17 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
15 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 25 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
17 ( 18 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
18 ( 13 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
19 ( 39 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
20 ( 54 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21 ( 14 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( NEW ) SHY GUY Diana King
23 ( 20 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
24 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
25 ( NEW ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
26 ( 30 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
27 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( NEW ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie

31 ( 24 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
32 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
33 ( 21 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
34 ( 23 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 40 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
37 ( 26 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
38 ( 31 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
39 ( 47 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
40 ( 33 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters

41 ( 22 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
42 ( 35 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
43 ( 59 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
44 ( 60 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
45 ( 32 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
46 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 41 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
48 ( 48 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
50 ( NEW ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

51 ( 45 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( 44 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
53 ( 34 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
54 ( 36 ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
55 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
56 ( 38 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
57 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( NEW ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
59 ( 43 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
60 ( RE ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 52 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 62 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
65 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
67 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
68 ( 56 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
69 ( 68 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

71 ( 70 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
72 ( 58 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
73 ( NEW ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY MN8
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. HisTory – Michael Jackson
2. There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor
3. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers

16th July 1995

3 weeks for the Jackson siblings on top, as the charts finally come alive, the oodles of covers dropping and bonafide great tracks entering, headed by Madonna and her fab new naughty video for Human Nature. Inventive, and somewhat flatters the track, it’s good, sultry, cool but isn’t Madonna at her very best, but good enough to enter at 7. Supergrass go top 5 with the fab Alright, Diana King takes her shy guy into the 10, and Deuce enter at 10, with their best record. That might not sound like much of a rating, given the manufactured and short-lived background of the group, but it is, in fact, a fantastic pop record.

In at 12 is one of Britpop’s forgotten successes, scousers Cast drop by again with latest single Fine Time, jangly indie melodic guitar pop – I really don’t get why they have been all-but-deleted from pop history, this is pretty good. In at 17 Brownstone also return, with something they heard through the Grapevine – not Marvin Gaye, though, it’s smooth 90‘s r’n’b. At 21, debuting, is Dana Dawson with 3 Is Family, a decent bit of souldancepop. Dana sadly died at 36 from cancer, I have just read on Wikipedia.

Kylie shoots up into the top 30, and The Lightning Seeds return with another in the string of goodies, in fact it’s Perfect at 27, a strings-tastic sweet upbeat song. D:Ream also grab another top 40 notch on their chart belt, MN8 are Happy to go top 40, ditto Paul Weller and Sheryl Crow, and in at 34 it’s the total classic TLC 90’s biggie, Waterfalls. Just an awesome, affecting, sad lament for lost loved ones, made all the more sad these days with Lisa Lopes’ death at 30 in a car accident 7 years later.

Finally, PJ Harvey is in at 55 with one of my fave tracks of hers, C’mon Billy, a spacious production (even with subtle strings) with bite and authenticity. PJ is also guesting with Duncan Stuck On You – OK I lie, it’s not Polly it’s Ant n Dec, future TV darlings – in at 59, as in at 60 it’s Sister Bliss with Oh What A World! – a Wicked Witch Of The West referencing club track from the female part of Faithless, with sassy Colette on vocals, a lady with attitude. Still sounds great, is genuinely amusing, and even I under-rated it chart-wise.

1 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
6 ( 5 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 7 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
9 ( 22 ) SHY GUY Diana King
10 ( NEW ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce

11 ( 6 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
12 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Cast
13 ( 8 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
14 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
15 ( 19 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
16 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( NEW ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
18 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
19 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
20 ( 25 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown

21 ( NEW ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
22 ( 14 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
23 ( 12 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
24 ( 67 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
26 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
27 ( NEW ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
28 ( 17 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
29 ( 43 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 70 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

31 ( 18 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
32 ( 24 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
33 ( 23 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
34 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS TLC
35 ( 40 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
36 ( 20 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 74 ) HAPPY MN8
38 ( 33 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
39 ( 44 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
40 ( 50 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

41 ( 36 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
42 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
43 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
44 ( 31 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
45 ( 30 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 26 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
48 ( 32 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
49 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
50 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork

51 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 42 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
53 ( 34 ) IL ADORE Boy George
54 ( 38 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
55 ( NEW ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey
56 ( 37 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
57 ( 60 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU PJ & Duncan
60 ( NEW ) OH! WHAT A WORLD Sister Bliss featuring Colette

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 41 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
63 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 73 ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
65 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 58 ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
68 ( 39 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( 64 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds

71 ( 49 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
72 ( 71 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
73 ( 62 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
74 ( 45 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Which just leaves The Rolling Stones big climb to 30, fresh from seeing them in concert at Wembley Stadium. Another one those all-day jobs to get their early to see the already-ageing 60’s legends 30 years into their 50-year touring career. Mick, of course, the great frontman, and a timeless back-catalogue to plunder for my enjoyment, notably these:

THE ROLLING STONES AT WEMBLEY

1. Honky Tonk Women
2. Satisfaction
3. Jumping Jack Flash
4. Start Me Up
5. It’s All Over Now
6. Sympathy For The Devil
7. Tumbling Dice
8. Miss You

23rd July 1995

Boy George rockets up 52 places to top spot with floptastic Il Adore, a strings-laden gorgeous and touching ballad about loss and death, specifically AIDS-related friends, which just didn’t suit the dance and Britpop times much, sadly. Anyway, it’s still lovely, one of george’s best and his 5th chart-topper (4 with Culture Club) and his first in 11 years. Deuce meanwhile are still swearing On The Bible, up to 2, and The Lightning Seeds keep those top 10 pop gem singles coming, it’s just Perfect at 6. Here’s a random massive climb: a couple of lads named PJ & Duncan are Stuck On U, as they ditch the chantalong pop for a more soulful sound, which sounds like an improvement to me, though I might suggest taking up TV hosting lads!

Cast are back in the 10, a right ol’ Fine Time, as Dana Dawson tweaks my popstress ditty tastebuds at 10, S’OK but a bit inexplicably high. Dubstar hit the 20, and highest new entry at 17 is Paninaro ’95, a Pet Shop Boys rave-era remix single of a classic 80’s B side of theirs. On the one hand I’m glad it became a single, on the other hand it’s not a patch on the brilliance of the original version, which SO should have been a single in it’s own right back in 1986/7, and which would have been a chart-topper for ages in my charts (had I allowed B sides and album tracks then). I may post the better version next time!

Kylie goes top 20 (hooray!) and TLC just miss out (Boo!), while a couple of remixes of Dusty tracks gets her a re-entry at 23, one of them a Pet Shop Boys song and Pet Shop Boys remix (Daydreaming), and again, not a patch on the original album track version which I allowed Dusty to chart at 2. In at 31 with their final version 1 Gary Barlow-written single, it’s Take That, and Never Forget that you can’t write them off (It certainly seemed like the writing was on the wall in the Robbie-less line-up: the golden rule of boybands is, first out gets the solo career, the band then split.

Marc Almond is back at 34 with a good Gary Glitter/T.Rex-styled stomping pop single, The Idol, for a sweet 14 years of top 40 entries, while lower down it’s Aswad back with a song that isn’t a Midge Ure cover, If I Was sure I’d say so, Corona pop (ha!) in, Method Man and Mary J do a job on Marvin & Tammi’s classic song, Boo Radleys shout It’s Lulu, but it isn’t, it is however, a Beatles cover for Suggs (I’m Only Sleeping) giving him a hit with a Beatles song that had never charted before, and also 16 years of hits. Which leaves a short minor mention (for now) of a gentle understated ballad about ’74 – ’75 from The Connells. It’s good, it’s catchy, and it will be back in the future as a Pan-European smash for an American band who oddly missed out in the USA.

1 ( 53 ) IL ADORE Boy George
2 ( 10 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 5 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
6 ( 27 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
7 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
8 ( 59 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
9 ( 12 ) FINE TIME Cast
10 ( 21 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson

11 ( 25 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
13 ( 26 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
15 ( 42 ) STARS Dubstar
16 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
17 ( NEW ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 24 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
19 ( 9 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( 8 ) YES McAlmont & Butler

21 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS TLC
22 ( 14 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
23 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
24 ( 20 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
25 ( 15 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
26 ( 17 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
27 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
28 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
29 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 11 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

31 ( NEW ) NEVER FORGET Take That
32 ( 18 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
33 ( 74 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( NEW ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
35 ( 31 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( 40 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
37 ( 39 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 32 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
39 ( 19 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
40 ( 30 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

41 ( 38 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
42 ( 37 ) HAPPY MN8
43 ( 23 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
44 ( 41 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
45 ( 22 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
46 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
47 ( 28 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
48 ( 33 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
49 ( 63 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
50 ( 55 ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey

51 ( 54 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
52 ( 49 ) SKY HIGH Newton
53 ( 52 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
54 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Aswad
55 ( 35 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
56 ( 43 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
57 ( 44 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
58 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( 45 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
60 ( NEW ) TRY ME OUT Corona

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 48 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( NEW ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
65 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 57 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

71 ( 56 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
72 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 72 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
74 ( 70 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
75 ( 73 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

30th July 1995

I like a nice bit of cheese now and again, so I proudly announce Deuce top my chart this week in 1995 with a fab OTT slab, all melodramatic and passionately tuneful. By some distance this is their best pop record, and a minor forgotten gem. On The Bible I swear it! Still in cheese mode, soon-to-be Ant & Dec hit a new chart peak of 4 – they are still stuck on u, lucky us! The Lightning Seeds grab another big hit at 3, it’s a bit Perfect. Pet Shop Boys manage 5 with their lesser remix of Paninaro (I just can’t get over it not being the brilliant original, which would easily have topped my chart this week had it been a double A), as Take That’s final (for now) self-penned single Never Forget gives them a 5th or so top 10.

Highest new entry is the annoyingly-non-single fab movie-song cover of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, as hit by big fave Mama Cass in 1968, and as originally done in 1931 (! – that sounds positively historic these days) by Ozzie Nelson, who gave birth to 50’s sitcom Ozzie & Harriet with his real-life family, and future teen idol Ricky Nelson. Ricky’s own sons had a short career as Nelson. Keeping it in the family, just like Cass’ daughter. The Beautiful South by now were 6 years into their career, with new singer Jacqui Abbott joining co-singer Paul Heaton, and who now have-co-starring album success as a duo 21 years on, so not a bad run then!

Marc Almond and TLC go top 20, ditto Dusty n Daryl, and REM stick their Tongue out beautifully and un-typically falsetto-stylee at 27, Cyndi Lauper comes on home at 30, and Kirsty MacColl returns with her Kinks-cover Days at 32 just a few years after charting it first-time round. If at first you don’t succeed, Julian Cope advises Try Try Try Try – works for him, in at 46 a sweet 14 years on from Teardrop Explodes debuting. OK, then, in the media world it was all about who would win the chart battle for UK number one, Blur or Oasis, rivals releasing the same week. Blur won that battle, and they also do here (sort of)…by entering one place than Oasis at 48, and to boot also higher than another UK chart-topper, You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson’s R.Kelly dirge, which featured Elvis Presley’s daughter (keeping the musical family theme going) in the video. She also happened to be his wife for a short time. Yes, most unlikely wedding that could ever have been predicted – at least until Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch.

Others: a cover of Wham!’s I’m Your Man, Bob Seger oldie Hollywood Nights, The Wildhearts are back, so are Black Grape, and best of the bunch Michelle Gayle gets another good pop single with Happy Just To Be With You.

1 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 1 ) IL ADORE Boy George
3 ( 6 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 8 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
5 ( 17 ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
7 ( 14 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 3 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
9 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 31 ) NEVER FORGET Take That

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS TLC
13 ( 5 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
14 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 34 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
16 ( NEW ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
17 ( 10 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
18 ( 9 ) FINE TIME Cast
19 ( 23 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
20 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King

21 ( 12 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
22 ( 20 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
23 ( 18 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
25 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
26 ( 16 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( NEW ) TONGUE REM
28 ( 15 ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 24 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
30 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 25 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
32 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
33 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( 22 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
35 ( 27 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
36 ( 41 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
37 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 63 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
39 ( 26 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
40 ( 28 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

41 ( 60 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
42 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
43 ( 35 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 38 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 32 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
46 ( NEW ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
47 ( 49 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
48 ( NEW ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
49 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
50 ( 39 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 44 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
52 ( 40 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones
53 ( 64 ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
54 ( 36 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
55 ( 52 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 53 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
57 ( NEW ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
58 ( 46 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
59 ( 70 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
60 ( 43 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza

61 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Aswad
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 51 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
64 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
65 ( 42 ) HAPPY MN8
66 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
69 ( NEW ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
70 ( NEW ) JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts

71 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
73 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
75 ( 73 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

My April 1986 Charts

1st April 1986

It’s a first week on top for the brilliant E=MC2, presiding over a rapid-moving upper-chart and sluggish lower-end. George Michael rockets up to 8 with his gorgeously touching A Different Corner, as 50’s oldie Peter Gunn gives Duane Eddy an updated 80’s top 10, his first since 1975, while Sam Cooke gets his first top 10 with the Jeans-advert oldie, and still definitive version of the much-covered song.

Stevie Wonder is Overjoyed at just missing the top 10, and Queen are magic at 13, with Stevie Nicks making it 2 top 20’s in a row. Heart get that elusive top 40 at last, as Bryan Adams adds to his, and Atlantic Starr leap up. Highest new entry is a Shellshocked New Order, as Tom Waits gruffly enters in the neighbourhood, trombones blazing. Jim Diamond extends his run to 4 years since PhD topped the chart, a-ha get a third, Bronski Beat a 5th-ish, Julian Lennon a 4th (or so), and Jermaine Jackson a 6th or 7th or 8th solo (I can’t be arsed to look it up) but a whole plethora of Jackson 5 tracks on top of that.

1 ( 8 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
2 ( 1 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
4 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 5 ) LIVIN’ DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
6 ( 2 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 4 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
8 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
9 ( 22 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 23 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke

11 ( 26 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 9 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 38 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
14 ( 16 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
15 ( 11 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
16 ( 12 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
17 ( 18 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
18 ( 7 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
19 ( 21 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 10 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( 17 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
22 ( 30 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
23 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME Samantha Fox
24 ( 14 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
25 ( 15 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
26 ( 20 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
27 ( 19 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
28 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
29 ( 36 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
30 ( 25 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears

31 ( 13 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
32 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
33 ( 24 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
34 ( 40 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
35 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
36 ( 27 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin
37 ( 45 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
38 ( 31 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
39 ( 42 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
40 ( 66 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr

41 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
42 ( 33 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
43 ( 64 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
44 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
45 ( 34 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
46 ( 39 ) ELOISE The Damned
47 ( NEW ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
48 ( 43 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
49 ( 50 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
50 ( 37 ) ROCK ME TONIGHT Freddie Jackson

51 ( 49 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall
54 ( 75 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
55 ( 51 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
56 ( 48 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
57 ( 59 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
58 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
59 ( NEW ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
60 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean

61 ( 52 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
62 ( 70 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
63 ( 57 ) DON’T WASTE MY TIME Paul Hardcastle
64 ( 61 ) THE CAPTAIN OF HER HEART Double
65 ( 68 ) COME HELL OR WATERS HIGH Dee C. Lee
66 ( NEW ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
67 ( NEW ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
68 ( NEW ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
69 ( 71 ) UNDER A RAGING MOON Roger Daltrey
70 ( 69 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!

71 ( 74 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
72 ( 63 ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
73 ( NEW ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
74 ( NEW ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ME Jermaine Jackson

1st April Playlist Oldies

1 TEENAGE DREAM T.Rex
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos

 

8th April 1986

It’s an utter gem on top as George takes his greatest track to the top for a second solo chart-topper, and a 4th in total (unless you count his contribution to David Cassidy’s The Last Kiss, in which case 5th). It’s a fab top 40, with Queen up to 5 for 12 years of top 5’s, and Bowie’s fab Absolute Beginners gives him 14 years of top 10’s, and 5 years since both of them topped my chart together. The Style Council make it 3 years of top 20’s as Have You Ever Had It Blue whoops up the chart 39 spots, and Sam Fox inexplicably makes my top 20.

It’s Immaterial have the highest new entry with the fab Driving Away From Home in at 21, and the fab Wax debut at 24 with the cruelly-flopped Right Between The Eyes. It’s a terrific pop track with impeccable credentials, being as it’s a joint Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman effort. That’ll be 9 years since Lonely Boy for Andrew, and 20 pre-chart years since teenage Graham wrote a bunch of 60’s classics like Bus Stop, or 14 years since 10CC debuted with chart-topper Donna.

New Order and a-ha both are a bit shellshocked at riding the train into the top 30, and Bryan Ferry cruises smoothly in to boot, also 14 years on since he first did it. Spirit of 72! Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were already making great smooth, classy dance tracks, and this week they underlined they were the sound of the mid-80’s dance soul with Janet Jackson debuting with one of theirs, and the SOS Band returning with another cheek to cheek at 36 and 35 proving they The Finest.

Lower down another reggae stalwart debut from Maxi Priest, always smooth n tuneful, a nice soul tune I’d forgotten from Lonnie Hill, a great Simple Minds stormer, and a very Jim Steinman-ish Bonnie Tyler effort. That’ll be because he produced it. If it sounds like Bon Jovi’s You Give Love A Bad Name (which it totes does) that’ll be because Desmond Child rewrote for them after he wasn’t happy with the original song. Kerching!

Oldies faves of the week, my all-time fave Baker Street, the fab Rod Argent song from late 1971 when I first heard it on Fluff Freeman’s Pick Of The Pops, and the South African tribal gem from John Kongos of the same time – influenced his sons if no-one else, happily, check out the good recent KONGOS singles.

1 ( 8 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 1 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 2 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
4 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
5 ( 13 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
6 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
7 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 3 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
9 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
10 ( 14 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie

11 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
12 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
13 ( 12 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 7 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
15 ( 54 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
16 ( 17 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
17 ( 5 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
18 ( 23 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
19 ( 15 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
20 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross

21 ( NEW ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
22 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
24 ( NEW ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( 47 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 68 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
27 ( 18 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
28 ( 43 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
29 ( 34 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
30 ( 37 ) THESE DREAMS Heart

31 ( 26 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
32 ( 25 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
33 ( 24 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
34 ( 40 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( NEW ) THE FINEST SOS Band
36 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
37 ( 22 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
38 ( 49 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
39 ( 30 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
40 ( 33 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles

41 ( 21 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
42 ( 61 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
43 ( 27 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
44 ( 38 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
45 ( 29 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
46 ( 28 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
47 ( 62 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
48 ( NEW ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
49 ( 66 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
50 ( 36 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

51 ( 31 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
52 ( 32 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 51 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 44 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
56 ( 74 ) STICK AROUND Julian Lennon
57 ( 42 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
58 ( 45 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
59 ( 67 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie
60 ( 46 ) ELOISE The Damned

61 ( 41 ) JUST BUGGIN’ Whistle
62 ( 57 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
63 ( 58 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
64 ( 48 ) HARLEM SHUFFLE The Rolling Stones
65 ( 39 ) THIS TIME Bryan Adams
66 ( NEW ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
67 ( 59 ) IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD Tom Waits
68 ( 73 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( 56 ) JUST THE WAY YOU ARE/ SHE’S ALWAYS A WOMAN Billy Joel
70 ( 53 ) ONE DANCE WON’T DO Audrey Hall

71 ( NEW ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
72 ( NEW ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
73 ( 60 ) WHEN THE GOING GETS TOUGH THE TOUGH GET GOING Billy Ocean
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
75 ( 55 ) YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 TOKOLOSHE MAN John Kongos

 

15th April 1986

It’s a second week on top for George Michael as Falco and Queen move closer, It’s Immaterial get a fab top 10 worthy slot and Stevie Nicks gets her first solo top 10, though she had already been there before with Dreams, Gypsy and Sara amongst her many classic Mac tracks. Janet Jackson almost makes it a Jam & Lewis top 10, as do Andrew Gold & Graham Gouldman waxing lyrical.

Simple Minds rocket into the 20, up 54 places, while the highest new entry is Five Star’s Can’t Wait Another Minute at 28. Bonnie Tyler takes future Bon Jovi smash You Give Love A Bad Name If You Were A Woman into the 40, and Tavares get a decade-old belated new entry with It Only Takes A Minute, never a hit because I never got to hear it first-time round – though it did top my chart in the violin-riff-led version by Jonathan King working under an alias (100 Ton & A Feather) in 1976. Talking of JK, much of the chart was pushed by his No Limits show, and guess what – he’s also back in the pseudonym game covering It’s All In The Game in at 45, giving him 16 years-worth of chart action. Or 21 years if I had been charting in 1965 with kiddie fave Everyone’s Gone To The Moon.

In at 48, it’s another charity effort, a metal band get-together featuring stars like Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Check out the video, I guarantee you will never see a greater show of permed hair in your life in a music video, it’s the Olympic Event of 80’s hairdressing. Icehouse are back, with the fab No Promises – such an under-rated band – as is Sheila E with her latest Prince record, A Love Bizarre. Pretty much a Prince duet and joint songwriting credit. ZZ Top are back with their most touching track, and a fab scifi video, and Billy Ocean adds to his 12 years of hits with one of his most mundane singles. That leaves Gary Glitter and Girlschool, a cover of his 1973 top 10 (in my charts) – I can’t imagine what attracted Gary to want to duet with a band called Girlschool, but I’d suggest sticking to the original or preferably playing the HeadSchool duet Please Don’t Touch instead..

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
3 ( 4 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
4 ( 5 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
5 ( 3 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
6 ( 9 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
7 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
8 ( 21 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
9 ( 12 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
10 ( 6 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys

11 ( 36 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 8 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 15 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
15 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
16 ( 11 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
17 ( 13 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 72 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
19 ( 26 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
20 ( 14 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush

21 ( 35 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
23 ( 16 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
24 ( 28 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
25 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
26 ( 38 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
27 ( 19 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
28 ( NEW ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
29 ( 20 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
30 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox

31 ( 17 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones
32 ( 47 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
33 ( 27 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
34 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 74 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
36 ( 31 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
37 ( NEW ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
38 ( 23 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
39 ( 48 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
40 ( 32 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares

41 ( 39 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 29 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
43 ( 33 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 40 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
46 ( 44 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star
47 ( 30 ) THESE DREAMS Heart
48 ( NEW ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
49 ( 37 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
50 ( 59 ) HELLO DARLING Tippa Irie

51 ( 45 ) NO-ONE IS TO BLAME Howard Jones
52 ( 43 ) THE HONEY THIEF Hipsway
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 49 ) HI HO SILVER Jim Diamond
56 ( 71 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
57 ( 41 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
59 ( 55 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
60 ( 50 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Aretha Franklin

61 ( 58 ) LOVE IS WAR Brilliant
62 ( 57 ) VOICES Russ Ballard
63 ( 62 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
64 ( 63 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
65 ( 42 ) POWER OF LOVE/ DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
66 ( NEW ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
67 ( 46 ) CANDYMAN Siouxsie & The Banshees
68 ( 60 ) ELOISE The Damned
69 ( NEW ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
70 ( 52 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything

71 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK YOUR HEART The Mint Juleps
72 ( NEW ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
73 ( 66 ) GALVESTON BAY Lonnie Hill
74 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
75 ( NEW ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 I CAN’T WAIT Stevie Nicks
3 GET IT ON T.Rex

 

22nd April 1986

It’s an otherwise hectic chart as George grabs a 3rd week on top, chased suddenly by a 1967 classic released as a single in the USA in 1968 and topped the UK chart in 1969. I Heard It Through The Grapevine made my top 5 that year but never got as high as 2 – with this jeans advert classic replacing the same company’s Sam Cooke track in the top 10. Levi 501’s I think. Everyone was wearing them. I know I was. Nick Kamen getting his kit off in the laundrette was enough for no-one to realise that the songs used were tatty soundalikes, not the originals.

Janet Jackson gets a first top 5, one of many, and Simple Minds keep their hot streak going with another top 10, and Five Star snatch a second in a row. New at 26, Madonna’s low-key debut single off the forthcoming True Blue album is the highest new song, Live To Tell being far and away her best ballad to date, what with being classy and all rather than dirge-like. Hear’n’Aid go top 30, which is ironically what several of the metal members now need after decades of ear abuse. The Grange Hill Cast also enter high – in my defence I enjoyed the show, and it was a good cause, and good advice that no-one heeded as the Aceeeeed generation loomed.

Princess gets another newie, Whitney covers George Benson, replacing jazz subtlety with foghorn volume, 9 years since the original made my top 30, and the ever-good OMD keep the initial-for-group-name flag flying with the sweet If You Leave, and PIL join in with Home giving them 8 years of action, and OMD 6 years. The Force MD’s debut with a nice soul number, and INXS storm in with a debut great, What You Need. Michael Hutchence was one of the great frontmen of all-time, and INXS’ funked-up rock anthems were just fab – I saw them in concert only once, in Bournemouth, but my word that man was a star and the band were rock-funking.

John Cougar is also back, with a goodie, albeit a superfluous Mellencamp – his original decision to drop the surname was the right one. Depeche Mode keep the sombre entries going, Fine Young Cannibals keep The Beat flag flying, and The Bangles get a 3rd top 75. Surprisingly, one of the lower debuts is for an absolute belting classic with a famous video – Sledgehammer, and Peter Gabriel peaking after 9 years of chart action solo, and 12 years including Genesis.

1 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
2 ( NEW ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
3 ( 2 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
4 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 8 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
6 ( 3 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 18 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
8 ( 6 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
9 ( 4 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
10 ( 28 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star

11 ( 5 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
13 ( 7 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
14 ( 26 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
15 ( 10 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
16 ( 19 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
17 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 22 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
19 ( 9 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
20 ( 13 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing

21 ( 14 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
22 ( 17 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
23 ( 20 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
24 ( 16 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder
25 ( 15 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
27 ( 48 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
28 ( 39 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
29 ( 32 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
30 ( 74 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top

31 ( 23 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
32 ( 24 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
33 ( 35 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler
34 ( 45 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
35 ( 37 ) IT ONLY TAKES A MINUTE Tavares
36 ( NEW ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
37 ( 25 ) SHELLSHOCK New Order
38 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
39 ( 29 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
40 ( 27 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club

41 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
42 ( 33 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
43 ( 36 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
44 ( NEW ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess
45 ( NEW ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
46 ( 40 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
47 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
48 ( 30 ) TOUCH ME (I WANT YOUR BODY) Samantha Fox
49 ( NEW ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
50 ( 46 ) SYSTEM ADDICT Five Star

51 ( 56 ) LOOK AWAY Big Country
52 ( 43 ) SILENT RUNNING Mike + The Mechanics
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
55 ( 38 ) KYRIE Mr. Mister
56 ( NEW ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
57 ( 44 ) MANIC MONDAY The Bangles
58 ( 69 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( NEW ) HOME PIL
60 ( 31 ) LIVING DOLL Cliff Richard & The Young Ones

61 ( 66 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
62 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
63 ( 42 ) DARE TO DREAM Viola Wills
64 ( 34 ) SECRET LOVERS Atlantic Starr
65 ( NEW ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
66 ( 63 ) WE CAN WORK IT OUT/ DAY TRIPPER The Beatles
67 ( 64 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
68 ( 58 ) C’MON C’MON Bronski Beat
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
70 ( 75 ) THERE’LL BE SAD SONGS Billy Ocean

71 ( 59 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes
72 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
73 ( 49 ) THEME FROM NEW YORK NEW YORK Frank Sinatra
74 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW LOVE IS Fine Young Cannibals
75 ( NEW ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

Oldies
1 THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD The Beatles

 

29th April 1986

It’s a first week on top, making it over 17 years from debut to topping the chart, a new record for Marvin Gaye. Simple Minds get a second top 3, Wax get a first top 10 as a duo, or rather Andrew Gold gets one 9 years after his first, and Graham Gouldman 14 years after his first. The Big Sky bangs right in at 9, giving Kate 4 in a row off The Hounds Of Love album, and 8 years of ’em. a-ha get a 3rd top 10 in a row.

Whitney outdoes George Benson’s original in chart performance as she hits the 20, Maxi Priest gets a first top 20, and Shalamar return A Night To Remember 4 years on from the first time it hit my top 10. From here-on the chart gets mega-volatile as last-week’s deluge of new entries climb, while a deluge of 20 enter this week, meaning loads of tracks plummet, including classics. OMD go top 30 in a big climb, ditto PIL, and Icehouse, as Peter Gabriel swoops into the 40. Newies include Blancmange extending their run to 4 years, The Cure re-doing a great oldie that didn’t hit, as Boys Don’t Cry joins Rough Boys and Bad Boys – the latter giving Miami Sound Machine, or Gloria Estefan as they essentially were by this stage, another chart hit ahead of her actual solo launch. One and the same, same vocalist, same husband writer-producer, same success.

ELO are seriously back for a last time for a few decades (at least with Jeff Lynne), Fuzzbox debut with a longer band name and more of an indie vibe, Elaine Page gets another Chess musical song in my chart, so that’s Benny & Bjorn of Abba making it two – Swedish protogee’s Gemini enter with Just Like That, the 1982 Abba song that was never released in a finished form (though it did top my chart a decade later when a shortened version was released). Ted Chippington amusingly talks a Beatles classic into a laidback entry, Jean-Michel Jarre is another Spirit of 1977 to return, since his debut Oxygene Part VI peaked at 2. Only another 40 years to wait to top my chart (with Cyndi Lauper)…

Patti Labelle has dropped the girls of Lady Marmalade, and the shiny spacesuits, now opting 11 years on for a smooth soul duet with Michael MacDonald, now Doobie-less, and On My Own is just beautifully sad and beautifully sung by both. Annabella covers Peggy Lee’s Fever a decade ahead of Madonna, Doctor & The Medics sneak in with a camp soundalike cover of Spirit In The Sky, 16 years on from the classic Norman Greenbaum, Level 42 start the great period rolling with Lessons In Love, Van Halen are David Lee Roth-less, and a bit toothless for me, and Limahl manages to drag another chart entry out 3 years on from Kajaverygoogooey acrimoniously splitting. Kaja who?

1 ( 2 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
2 ( 1 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 7 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 3 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
6 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
8 ( 10 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
9 ( NEW ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
10 ( 16 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha

11 ( 5 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
12 ( 14 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
13 ( 8 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
14 ( 9 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
15 ( 27 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
16 ( 38 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
17 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
18 ( 28 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( NEW ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
20 ( 11 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 13 ) WONDERFUL WORLD Sam Cooke
22 ( 45 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
23 ( 26 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
24 ( 61 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
25 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 30 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
27 ( 36 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
28 ( 15 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
29 ( 59 ) HOME PIL
30 ( NEW ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

31 ( 20 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 18 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
33 ( NEW ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( 49 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 23 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
36 ( 19 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
37 ( 47 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
38 ( NEW ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 65 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
40 ( 44 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

41 ( 34 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
42 ( 22 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 41 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
44 ( 31 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
45 ( 25 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
46 ( NEW ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 21 ) HAVE YOU EVER HAD IT BLUE The Style Council
48 ( NEW ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
49 ( 62 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
50 ( 24 ) OVERJOYED Stevie Wonder

51 ( 29 ) CAN’T HELP FALLING IN LOVE Lick The Tins
52 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
53 ( 43 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
54 ( 56 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
55 ( 39 ) CHAIN REACTION Diana Ross
56 ( NEW ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
57 ( 42 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik
58 ( 58 ) A LOVE BIZARRE Sheila E
59 ( 46 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
60 ( NEW ) GODSTAR Psychic TV

61 ( 40 ) MOVE AWAY Culture Club
62 ( NEW ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
63 ( NEW ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
65 ( 54 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
66 ( 32 ) IS YOUR LOVE STRONG ENOUGH Bryan Ferry
67 ( NEW ) FEVER Annabella
68 ( 69 ) THIS IS LOVE Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
70 ( 33 ) IF YOU WERE A WOMAN (AND I WAS A MAN) Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
72 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
74 ( NEW ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
75 ( NEW ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 YOU SEND ME Sam Cooke
2 (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
3 SCHOOL LOVE Barry Blue

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

http://youtube.com/v/DfdkKYHlZp4

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

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

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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

http://youtube.com/v/woZM6vzuzik

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

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

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

http://youtube.com/v/o0yQHzLpQ3U

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

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

http://youtube.com/v/TE891IHxyV8


OLDIES PLAYLIST

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

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

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

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

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

http://youtube.com/v/FEE2fSF5bX4

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://youtube.com/v/fwjXgskUN50

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

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

My 1990 Charts – April

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1st April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom


8th April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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16th April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

the niece n nephew

the niece n nephew


23rd April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

sea world

sea world


30th April 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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