My March 1988 Charts

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Local BMX heathland area – went for a walk there yesterday for the first time in a decade – the car is gone and ponds now cover the bottom areas – much better for wildlife, newts especially.

 

6th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Climie Fisher, presiding over a still-volatile chart as Heart’s double-A oldie rises 53 places to give them a second number 2 in 6 months, with Joe Le taxi going top 10 for Vanessa Paradis’ debut, and Belinda Carlisle makes it 2 in a row with I get Weak, and Taja Seville shoots up 20 to 10 for her only big record, the fab Love Is Contagious.

Mel & Kim and Sisters Of Mercy add to their top 20 tally, Eighth Wonder takes Pet Shop Boys to 21 (more or less, bar Patsy Kensit’s vocals), with the generously-donated I’m Not Scared, Afrika Bambaata is back in the 40 after a bit of a gap, and UB40 just keep on a-coming, 8 years of non-stop singles success. Voice Of The Beehive return with an instant top 40 walking the earth at 38, while Aswad’s cover of Don’t Turn Around gives them a long-overdue big smash and a run of success, in at 51. The song is an Albert Hammond and Diane Warren song, originally recorded by Tina Turner a couple of years earlier – Albert has hits spanning the 60’s to 80’s Diane the 80’s to the 10’s.

David Lee Roth keeps his ex-Van Halen career ticking over a while, The Proclaimers fly in just below, Saxon ride like the wind where Christopher Cross first blew top 20 in 1980, and extend their career longer than Christopher Cross managed, to 8 years, and finally INXS sneak in with another Kick track, Devil Inside.

1 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
2 ( 55 ) NEVER/ THESE DREAMS Heart
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 3 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 13 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
7 ( 8 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
8 ( 17 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
9 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
10 ( 30 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville

11 ( 7 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
12 ( 18 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 6 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 15 ) MY GENERATION The Who
15 ( 20 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
16 ( 25 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
17 ( 27 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
18 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
19 ( 10 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR Michael Jackson
20 ( 11 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

21 ( 58 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
22 ( 29 ) CRASH The Primitives
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 40 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
25 ( 37 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
26 ( 14 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
27 ( 12 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
28 ( 19 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
29 ( 16 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( 32 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles

31 ( 21 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
32 ( 22 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
33 ( 48 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
34 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( 24 ) ROCK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
36 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
37 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
38 ( NEW ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
39 ( 34 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 45 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George

41 ( 26 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
42 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 51 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
44 ( 43 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 41 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL MIchael Jackson
46 ( 61 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 52 ) AN ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK Sting
48 ( 39 ) SHAME Eurythmics
49 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
50 ( 68 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

51 ( 60 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
52 ( 33 ) TOWER OF STRENGTH The Mission
53 ( 50 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
54 ( 28 ) MANDINKA Sinead O’Connor
55 ( 65 ) KISS AND TELL Bryan Ferry
56 ( 69 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
57 ( 44 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
58 ( 56 ) BAD Michael Jackson
59 ( 46 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
60 ( 63 ) HOT HOT HOT The Cure

61 ( NEW ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 38 ) TWO HEARTS Cliff Richard
64 ( 53 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
65 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
66 ( NEW ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
69 ( 74 ) CHECK IT OUT John Cougar Mellencamp
70 ( 75 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( 64 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( 73 ) HUMAN The Human League
74 ( NEW ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
75 ( 71 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

6th March
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SO FAR AWAY Carole King
2 REMEMBER YOU’RE A WOMBLE The Wombles
3 WHITE ROSE OF ATHENS Nana Mouskouri

 

 

 

13th March 1988

It’s French teen chanteuse Vanessa Paradis getting a cool Joe Le Taxi to the top slot this week – she’s not the youngest act (at 15 years old) to top my chart – that honour goes to Michael Jackson, either 12 years old with the Jackson 5, or 14 years old solo – but she is still the youngest solo female to have done it. Johnny Hates Jazz get a second top 10 and Mel & Kim a 3rd.

A big climb for Aswad to 21 from 61, and INXS to 28 from 74, and the highest new entry is a second hit for Eric B & Rakim at 30. Madness return and extend their run to 9 years, at 38 with a “The” in front of the name (so wrong), and I Pronounce You may be their last top 40 for a decade. Fischer Z debut with The Perfect Day, Keith Sweat wants her, Brenda Russell plays piano in the dark (anti-social but a great record), The Clash oldie I Fought The Law returns 9 years on, a cover of the 60’s garage-rock Bobby Fuller Four hit, and Richard Marx pops back in 3 weeks after sneaking in at 75 for a week. He’ll be back with bigger tracks quite soon…

1 ( 6 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
2 ( 7 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
3 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
4 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
5 ( 10 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 2 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart
7 ( 1 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
8 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
9 ( 16 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
10 ( 8 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle

11 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
12 ( 5 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
14 ( 22 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 9 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
16 ( 17 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
17 ( 15 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
18 ( 24 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
19 ( 11 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
20 ( 19 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson

21 ( 61 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
22 ( 33 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
24 ( 14 ) MY GENERATION The Who
25 ( 20 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
26 ( 38 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
27 ( 18 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
28 ( 74 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
29 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
30 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim

31 ( 34 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
32 ( 36 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
34 ( 51 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
35 ( 37 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
36 ( 42 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
37 ( 26 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
38 ( NEW ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
39 ( 27 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley

41 ( 31 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
42 ( 39 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 32 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
44 ( 35 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
45 ( 44 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 46 ) GOODGROOVE Derek B
47 ( 45 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 28 ) C’MON EVERYBODY Eddie Cochran
49 ( 30 ) HAZY SHADE OF WINTER The Bangles
50 ( 65 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth

51 ( 43 ) DIGNITY Deacon Blue
52 ( 49 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
53 ( 56 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
54 ( 40 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 48 ) SHAME Eurythmics
56 ( 53 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
57 ( 70 ) PEOPLE ARE STRANGE Echo & The Bunnymen
58 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT DAY Fischer Z
59 ( 58 ) BAD Michael Jackson
60 ( 59 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby

61 ( 68 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
62 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
63 ( 66 ) MAKE MY HEART FLY The Proclaimers
64 ( 71 ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 41 ) NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS Cherrelle/ Alexander O’Neal
66 ( NEW ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 57 ) HOUSE ARREST Krush
69 ( NEW ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
70 ( 73 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 64 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield
72 ( 72 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
73 ( NEW ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
74 ( RE ) SHOULD’VE KNOWN BETTER Richard Marx
75 ( 75 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
2 BLUE Wham!
3 SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY Abba

 

 

20th March 1988

It’s a new entry as Heart finally gets a single issue, slightly remixed and with a fab Ian McKellan vampire video, giving the Pet Shop Boys a 7th chart-topper, and the 3rd off Actually. Another track that’s been around a while too, from a great album too, has a sudden leap to 2 from 52 as Father Figure gets maximum appreciation belatedly for George Michael. Another Pet Shop boys song off the soon-to-come album goes top 10 for Eighth Wonder, I’m Not Scared.

Debbie Gibson gets an instant top 20 at 17 with Only In My Dreams returning on reissue, making it a twice top 20 track in two consecutive years, as Brenda Russell leaps into the 30 with Piano In The Dark, and The Clash take I Fought The Law back into the 30 9 years on. Sinitta shock releases a decent pop single, Cross My Broken Heart, and gets her biggest hit at 36 as she goes full SAW-pop, as opposed to cheesy novelty pop.

a-ha return with another melodramatic goodie, Stay On These Roads, Bros Drop The Boy and drop the quality, Jellybean’s back with newie Just A Mirage, Pebbles is back with Girlfriend, Taylor Dayne has a low-key follow-up to a number one, Zodiac Mindwarp continues with some sci-fi glamrock entering, and Tiffany and Wet Wet Wet under-achieve down the bottom-end of the chart. Debuting, though, is future-massive rap track Push It from Salt ‘N’ Pepa, not a duo despite appearances as DJ Spinderella doesn’t get mentioned in the group name. Unless she’s “N”.

1 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 52 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 1 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 2 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
5 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
6 ( 11 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
7 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 4 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
9 ( 12 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 6 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 9 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
12 ( 8 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 21 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
14 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives
15 ( 7 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
16 ( 10 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
17 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
18 ( 30 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
19 ( 15 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
20 ( 22 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40

21 ( 13 ) CRAZY Icehouse
22 ( 18 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
23 ( 20 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
24 ( 28 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 26 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
26 ( 16 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
27 ( 19 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
28 ( 73 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash
29 ( 69 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
30 ( 34 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure

31 ( 23 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 31 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
34 ( 38 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
35 ( 17 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
36 ( NEW ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
37 ( 40 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
38 ( 35 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
39 ( 36 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
40 ( 25 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

41 ( 50 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
42 ( 27 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
43 ( 42 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
45 ( 29 ) GIMME HOPE JO’ANNA Eddy Grant
46 ( 45 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
48 ( 66 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat
49 ( 37 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
50 ( 53 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout

51 ( 24 ) MY GENERATION The Who
52 ( NEW ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
53 ( 39 ) WHEN WE WAS FAB George Harrison
54 ( 54 ) LIVE MY LIFE Boy George
55 ( 41 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill
56 ( 61 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Saxon
57 ( 56 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 44 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
59 ( NEW ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
60 ( 59 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 43 ) I DON’T MIND AT ALL Bourgeois Tag
62 ( 55 ) SHAME Eurythmics
63 ( 62 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 33 ) CRAZY FOR YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
65 ( NEW ) DROP THE BOY Bros
66 ( 60 ) SIGN YOUR NAME Terence Trent D’Arby
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( NEW ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
69 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
72 ( NEW ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
73 ( NEW ) PLANET GIRL Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
74 ( NEW ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
75 ( NEW ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
76 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies of the week
1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
3 EMOTIONS Samantha Sang

 

 

27th March 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Heart as Pet Shop Boys stop George getting another chart-topper with Father Figure. Highest new entry, as per usual for the Beatles 20th anniversary reissues, is the Fabs Lady Madonna at 6 – never one of my fave Beatles singles, you’d have to go back to Paperback Writer to find one I loved less, but then again a lesser-Beatles track is still top quality. Aswad finally get that deserved top 10, with Don’t Turn Around, a-ha rocket into the 20 with the fab Stay On These Roads, and The Clash peak higher 2nd time around with I Fought The Law – I still prefer the Bobby Fuller Four original though.

After a lesser hit, the Nanas are back on form with I Want You Back at 35, Simon Harris has a big ol Bass climb into the 40, how high can he go? Quo ain’t complainin’ that 20 years on from Pictures Of Matchstick Men they still make my top 40, The Adventures bring their epic ballad Broken Land in at 62 – their best record – and errr Engelbert Humperdinck returns to my chart for the first time in oooh 16 years with a cover of the Glenn Medeiros cover of the George Benson original. I must have been getting nostalgic for the old crooners.

Natalie Cole is back with her soon-to-be biggest hit 13 years after debuting with This Will Be – Pink cadillac was a Bruce Springsteen song, which is always a good sign for a new track. Nina Simone is also back 20 years on with a 20-year-pld song, Mr Bojangles being a Jerry Jeff Walker 1968 future standard which became a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in the US, and the signature song of Sammy Davis Jr, and a future Robbie Williams crooning goodie. Finally, Iron Maiden ask, Can I Play With Madness? Well, Madness are at 29 so it wasn’t out of the question – sadly it never happened, though, I would have enjoyed seeing them do Baggy Trousers….

1 ( 1 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) FATHER FIGURE George Michael
3 ( 3 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
4 ( 9 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 6 ) I’M NOT SCARED Eighth Wonder
6 ( NEW ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) I WANT TO BE YOUR MAN Roger
8 ( 13 ) DON’T TURN AROUND Aswad
9 ( 4 ) BEAT DIS Bomb The Bass
10 ( 10 ) THESE DREAMS/NEVER Heart

11 ( 5 ) LOVE IS CONTAGIOUS Taja Seville
12 ( 11 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel & Kim
13 ( 17 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
14 ( 52 ) STAY ON THESE ROADS a-ha
15 ( 8 ) DOCTORIN’ THE HOUSE Coldcut/ Yazz & The Plastic Population
16 ( 15 ) LOVE CHANGES (EVERYTHING) Climie Fisher
17 ( 29 ) PIANO IN THE DARK Brenda Russell
18 ( 12 ) HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 16 ) I GET WEAK Belinda Carlisle
20 ( 28 ) I FOUGHT THE LAW The Clash

21 ( 18 ) I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL Eric B & Rakim
22 ( 20 ) RECKLESS Afrika Bambaata/ UB40
23 ( 44 ) DREAMING Glen Goldsmith
24 ( 24 ) DEVIL INSIDE INXS
25 ( 30 ) SHIP OF FOOLS Erasure
26 ( 19 ) TELL IT TO MY HEART Taylor Dayne
27 ( 36 ) CROSS MY BROKEN HEART Sinitta
28 ( 23 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
29 ( 34 ) I PRONOUNCE YOU Madness
30 ( 14 ) CRASH The Primitives

31 ( 21 ) CRAZY Icehouse
32 ( 32 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
33 ( 22 ) HOW MEN ARE Aztec Camera
34 ( 33 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
35 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
36 ( 37 ) TOGETHER FOREVER Rick Astley
37 ( 27 ) SAY IT AGAIN Jermaine Stewart
38 ( 59 ) BASS (HOW LOW CAN YOU GO) Simon Harris
39 ( NEW ) AIN’T COMPLAININ’ Status Quo
40 ( 48 ) I WANT HER Keith Sweat

41 ( 38 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
42 ( 39 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
43 ( 43 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
44 ( 50 ) CARS AND GIRLS Prefab Sprout
45 ( 31 ) I SHOULD BE SO LUCKY Kylie Minogue
46 ( 46 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 25 ) I WALK THE EARTH Voice Of The Beehive
48 ( 47 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
49 ( 75 ) TEMPTATION Wet Wet Wet
50 ( 40 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

51 ( 65 ) DROP THE BOY Bros
52 ( 71 ) GIRLFRIEND Pebbles
53 ( 72 ) PROVE YOUR LOVE Taylor Dayne
54 ( 42 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
55 ( 68 ) JUST A MIRAGE Jellybean/ Adele Bertei
56 ( 26 ) DOMINION Sisters Of Mercy
57 ( 57 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELIN’ The Righteous Brothers
58 ( 35 ) SUEDEHEAD Morrissey
59 ( 74 ) COULD’VE BEEN Tiffany
60 ( 60 ) BAD Michael Jackson

61 ( 49 ) WHEN WILL I BE FAMOUS Bros
62 ( NEW ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
63 ( 63 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
64 ( 62 ) SHAME Eurythmics
65 ( NEW ) GENE AND JIM ARE INTO SHAKES Gene and Jim
66 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Engelbert Humperdinck
67 ( 67 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 41 ) JUST LIKE PARADISE David Lee Roth
69 ( 69 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
70 ( 55 ) THE JACK THAT HOUSE BUILT Jack ‘n’ Chill

71 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
72 ( NEW ) PINK CADILLAC Natalie Cole
73 ( 58 ) ROK DA HOUSE Beatmasters/ Cookie Crew
74 ( NEW ) MR BOJANGLES Nina Simone
75 ( NEW ) CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS Iron Maiden

Playlist faves of that week
1 ISLAND GIRL Elton John
2 DANCING IN THE CITY Marshall-Hain
3 MORE THAN A FEELING Boston

My May 1987 Charts

5th May 1987

It’s a 17-place climb to claim a first chart-topper for Crowded House and their gorgeous Don’t Dream It’s Over, beating I Got You’s peak of 2 in 1980 for Split-Enz, as the Finn Brothers used to be known (more or less), and keeping Living In A Box off the top spot to boot. Ben E. King gets a second oldies top 10 with a 26 year-old track, this time the fabulous Spanish Harlem which had gone top 5 for Aretha Franklin in 1971, the later of many 60’s covers of the song. The Damned get a second top 10 with the 1968 Love classic, and the highest actual new song is from Jesus And Mary Chain and the trippy-goth of April Skies at 27, sort of melodic distorted metal a la The Velvet Underground.

Tom Jones leapfrogs a pair of footballers as both climb fast into the 20, Tom having been there many times before in the 60’s and early 70’s, but rarely since, Kiss being the most recent career-resurrecting instance. Falco has a massive climb for his 3rd hit – one I’ve forgotten, but obviously liked being Emotional about it. Level 42 also climb high into the 40 along with Elvis’ reactivated Bossa Nova Baby, and a chart debut for the tongue-in-cheek Glam-metal Zodiac Mindwarp at 38 as he’s a Prime Mover.

It’s a huge influx of new entries lower down, Europe are back, The Cult get a 3rd or 4th, Westworld follow-up, Swing Out Sister make it a hat-trick, The Armoury Show is another I’ve entirely forgotten, Jody Watley gets a solo comeback having left Shalamar never to return and Looking For A New Love. A clutch of covers then pop up, The Mint Juleps doing Robert Palmer’s fab 1978 Every Kinda People, Gary Moore getting an 8th year of hits with his Easybeats cover (aka Flash & The Pan in later years, and the older-brother/producer of AC/DC’s Young brothers), Toyah does Martha & The Muffins, and David Essex returns after a few years away with a Welsh 112-year-old song. Not the oldest song to chart ever, but it’s up there in the list. David thus gets a 14-year run of hits since Rock On. Finally, two more solo hits for Paul King and Debbie Harry, Paul on his way to becoming an early VJ on satellite music stations when his music career stalls shortly after this, and Debbie carrying on where Blondie left off, for 9 years of charting, 6 years of solo hits, and another 30 years of both still to come. Legend!

1 ( 18 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
2 ( 4 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
4 ( 6 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
6 ( 7 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
7 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
9 ( 15 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
10 ( 2 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 19 ) SHAME OMD
12 ( 20 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
14 ( 28 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
15 ( 40 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 8 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
17 ( 33 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
18 ( 10 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 29 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
20 ( 9 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 13 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
22 ( 12 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 16 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
24 ( 11 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
25 ( 27 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
26 ( 21 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
27 ( NEW ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
28 ( 38 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
29 ( 14 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
30 ( 39 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths

31 ( 75 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
32 ( 36 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
33 ( 46 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
34 ( 70 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
36 ( 23 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
37 ( 69 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
38 ( NEW ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
39 ( 22 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
40 ( 50 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

41 ( 30 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
42 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
43 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
44 ( 32 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
45 ( 24 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
46 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
47 ( 42 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
48 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
49 ( 35 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
50 ( 26 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson

51 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 60 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
54 ( 48 ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
55 ( 44 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 52 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
58 ( 68 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
59 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) L’L DEVIL The Cult

61 ( 74 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
62 ( 31 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
63 ( NEW ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
64 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
65 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY The Armoury Show
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
68 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
69 ( NEW ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
70 ( NEW ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

71 ( NEW ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
72 ( NEW ) I KNOW Paul King
73 ( 57 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
74 ( NEW ) MYFANWY David Essex
75 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Toyah

5th May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 SO THIS IS ROMANCE Linx
3 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees

12th May 1987

It’s swap around in the top 2, as Living In A Box edge out Crowded House after just one week on top, and T.Rex get another posthumous remix at 3. I’m not sure that Marc Bolan would have approved of his fan club updates, but it gives the brilliant Get It On more chart points/”sales” for the all-time charts. Zodiac Mindwarp (great name!) leaps up to 6 and is indeed the prime mover inside the 40 in a quiet week. OMD get yet another top 10, 7 years-worth and counting, and Johnny Hates Jazz get a first.

Jesus & Mary Chain go top 20, Elvis gets a Bossa Nova Baby Fun In Acapulco boost from the Tube I think, and Sly & Robbie Boops up to 19. Big jumps into the 40 for Mint Juleps, The Cult & Robbie Nevil, while Carly Simon gets another top 40 new entry, and The Housemartins come over all excited about it. Darn the lower end lots of minor entries for long-running acts & a re-record for Johnny Clegg of his 1983 minor hit.

1 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 1 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
6 ( 38 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
7 ( 11 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
9 ( 12 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
10 ( 6 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 8 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
12 ( 13 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 5 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
14 ( 27 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
17 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
18 ( 37 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
19 ( 41 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
20 ( 25 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

21 ( 14 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
22 ( 19 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
23 ( 33 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
24 ( 31 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
25 ( 30 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
26 ( 40 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
27 ( 28 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
28 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
29 ( 20 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
30 ( 23 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 32 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
32 ( 16 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
33 ( 17 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 69 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
36 ( 60 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
37 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
38 ( NEW ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
39 ( 58 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
40 ( NEW ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

41 ( 24 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
42 ( 26 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
43 ( 22 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
44 ( 61 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
45 ( 29 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
46 ( 42 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
47 ( 53 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
48 ( 43 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
49 ( 39 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
50 ( 44 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

51 ( 47 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
52 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 63 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
54 ( 36 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
58 ( 55 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( 64 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure

61 ( 45 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
62 ( 68 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
63 ( 57 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
64 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
65 ( 49 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 70 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
68 ( 67 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
69 ( 73 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
70 ( NEW ) WATCHDOGS UB40

71 ( NEW ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
72 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
73 ( NEW ) SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA Johnny Clegg
74 ( NEW ) LOVE AND MONEY Love And Money
75 ( NEW ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
2 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
3 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray

19th May 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Living In A Box presiding over a quiet top 10, just Fleetwood Mac and Tom Jones adding to their tallies both running at 19 years to date. Robbie Nevil & The Housemartins both leap into the 20, and Jody Watley, Westworld, Cameo, Spear Of Destiny & Debbie Harry all go up into the 40 while new Act are snobbish about being highest at 31 – essentially Claudia Brucken from Propaganda and Thomas Leer, still on the ZTT label – and The Fall cover R.Dean Taylor’s classic 1967 single which was a big Northern Soul hit in 1974 in the UK in at 35.

Lots of new acts lower down debuting, plus Springsteen charting with an inferior live cover of his epic Spectoresque 1975 top 20 single and future chart-topper, Born To Run. It’s criminal that this charted in the UK and the original never has gotten higher than 76. Some people prefer this version, of course, but not me, the majesty and excitement of the original was the single track that propelled Bruce into stardom. Little Steven (Van Zandt) also enters, at 70, sometime member of Bruce’s E-Street Band when not making political solo music statements.

Age Of Chance, Georgia Satellites, Suzanne Vega and Whitney Houston all return with follow-ups at the tail-end of my chart – but which will go on to become bigger chart hits? Well, Whitney will, even though I’m fed up to the teeth of hearing it these days over the years. Everytime it comes on the radio or TV I want to change channels.

1 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 6 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 9 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
7 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 5 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 12 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
12 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
13 ( 16 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 11 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
16 ( 20 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
17 ( 19 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
18 ( 13 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
19 ( 39 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
20 ( 40 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

21 ( 27 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
22 ( 23 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
23 ( 36 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 17 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 31 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
27 ( 62 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 44 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
29 ( 53 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
30 ( 18 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley

31 ( NEW ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
32 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 38 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
34 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
36 ( 32 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
37 ( 22 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
38 ( 57 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
39 ( 24 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
40 ( 47 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

41 ( 21 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
42 ( 28 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
43 ( 59 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
44 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
45 ( 37 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
46 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
47 ( 25 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
48 ( 29 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
49 ( 64 ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
50 ( 43 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

51 ( 49 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
52 ( 46 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
53 ( 48 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
54 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 51 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
56 ( 63 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
57 ( 50 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
58 ( 45 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
59 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
60 ( 75 ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

61 ( 71 ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
62 ( 41 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
63 ( 69 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 70 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
66 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun-D Moet
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) WHAT’S MY SCENE Hoodoo Gurus
70 ( NEW ) BITTER FRUIT Little Steven

71 ( 68 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
73 ( NEW ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
74 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

Playlist oldies of the week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
3 SUMMERTIME Fun Boy Three

26th May 1987

It’s back in the glam nostalgia groove again as T.Rex get a second chart-topper remix of the year, and again with a track that missed out topping my chart first-time round, the brilliant Get It On (Bang A Gong), a decade since Marc Bolan’s very untimely death. That’s their 8th chart-topper. No messing about from U2 this time, it’s straight in at 20 with one of their greatest records, from their greatest album The Joshua Tree. Act shoot up 20 places to 11, and UB40 have a massive top 40 climb.

Bruce Willis is back with another soul classic, this time The Drifters 1964 hit, but recorded with The Temptations on assist, giving them 19 years of chart action. War are also back 11 years on with a remix of Low Rider, Broken English debut with the goodie Coming On Strong, the best Rolling Stones record since Undercover Of The Night 4 years earlier. OK it’s not them, but it’s a great reminder of what they ought to sound like. In at 39, it’s a welcome return to form for the fab ABC, and When Smokey Sings – an ode to Mr. Robinson. Paul Carrack extends his chart run to 13 years (How Long? Yes 1974. Ace!) doing a decent cover of The Searchers best record (probably) When You Walk In The Room, a song from my childhood that I always liked.

Run DMC find it tricky, but they finally get into my chart, and Herb Alpert extends his run to 19 years too with his 2nd dance workout of the year, this one with Ms. Jackson on vocal assist – only fair since he signed her to his label. Diamonds is a goodie. Marillion and Simply Red sneak in with lesser tracks, Boys Don’t Cry follow-up (just about), and Go West scrape in at 75 as the hits start to run out. For 3 years or so.

1 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
7 ( 6 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 31 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
12 ( 10 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
13 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 11 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
15 ( 21 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
16 ( 17 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
17 ( 20 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
18 ( 28 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
19 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
20 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 26 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
22 ( 74 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
23 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 18 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
25 ( 15 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
26 ( 16 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
27 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
29 ( 33 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

31 ( 35 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
32 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 19 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
34 ( 65 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
35 ( NEW ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
36 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
37 ( NEW ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
38 ( 46 ) CARRIE Europe
39 ( NEW ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
40 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

41 ( 68 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 22 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
43 ( 29 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
44 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
45 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 37 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
47 ( 30 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
48 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
50 ( RE ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner

51 ( 40 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
52 ( 72 ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
53 ( 42 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
55 ( 53 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
56 ( 73 ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
57 ( 75 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
58 ( 55 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 39 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
60 ( 52 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

61 ( 51 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
62 ( 59 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
64 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 56 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
66 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( RE ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
69 ( 58 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
70 ( 57 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

71 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
73 ( NEW ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
74 ( NEW ) WHO THE AM DAM DO YOU THINK YOU AM Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU Go West

Oldies Playlist
1 STONED LOVE The Supremes
2 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
3 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10cc