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

 

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 1995 Charts – April

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fast-disappearing Old Singapore and new Singapore 1995



2nd April 1995

Take That get a second chart-topper and it’s their best record, still, the brilliant song that is Back For Good. I seriously didn’t believe Gary Barlow had it in him, as most of his own songs (bar the sublime Pray) just hadn’t impressed me until this one came along. I never let preconceived opinions get in the way though, and was thoroughly convinced by this, their only US hit of significance, and a big UK chart-topper. Simple Minds get a quick number 2 to add to a number 1, and I was Hypnotised enough to rate it. The Beatles get their first “new” single top 10 in 13 years, though I’ll Follow The Sun on the B Side was an actual Beatles song and a better choice for an A side, I thought.

Mica Paris has a big jump to 14 with U2’s One, Rednex inexplicably get a second top 20, as do Love City Groove (for the first and last time) the UK’s Eurovision biggest UK entry since the 70’s, most likely. In at 27, and it’s Bobby Brown’s best record, a remix of Two Can Play That Game belatedly making it big, while Australia’s Tina Arena is in Chains at 28, a great drama ballad. As always, The Lightning Seeds are Marvellous, at 30, and competing with Pet Shop Boys for those one-word very British song titles. We go on Strike at 34, well U sure do anyway, a good dance track, at 36 Massive Attack return with a cover of Karma Chameleon. not. The soulful Brownstone harmonise with passion at 37, If You Love Me, Bitty McLean is Over The River and still having a surprisingly long run of reggae singles charting, Roxette are still vulnerable at 60, Corona go pop with Baby Baby, and Tin Tin Out cover Sandie Shaw (or Dionne Warwick dpending on which Bacharach/David version you regard as the definitive) in a dance-stylee a few years ahead of breaking through with an actual hit.

1 ( 4 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 7 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
3 ( 1 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
4 ( 6 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
5 ( 3 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
6 ( 2 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
7 ( 9 ) THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
8 ( 8 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
9 ( 5 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
10 ( 18 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
11 ( 14 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
12 ( 10 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
13 ( 12 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
14 ( 45 ) ONE Mica Paris
15 ( 15 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
17 ( 13 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
18 ( 37 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
19 ( 19 ) BELIEVE Elton John
20 ( 27 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

21 ( 21 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
22 ( 25 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
23 ( 17 ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
24 ( 16 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
25 ( 29 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
26 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty
27 ( NEW ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
28 ( NEW ) CHAINS Tina Arena
29 ( 20 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
30 ( 58 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds

31 ( 23 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
32 ( 22 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
33 ( 63 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
34 ( NEW ) U SURE DO Strike
35 ( 31 ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers
36 ( NEW ) KARMACOMA Massive Attack
37 ( NEW ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
38 ( 49 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
39 ( 48 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
40 ( 34 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion

41 ( 36 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
42 ( 24 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
43 ( 28 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
44 ( 39 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
45 ( 38 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
46 ( 30 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
47 ( 40 ) AXEL F Clock
48 ( 32 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
49 ( NEW ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
50 ( 60 ) FUNTIME Boy George

51 ( 33 ) OUR RADIO ROCKS PJ & Duncan
52 ( 50 ) WHATEVER Oasis
53 ( 53 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
54 ( 41 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
55 ( 55 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
56 ( 54 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
57 ( 44 ) COWBOY DREAMS Jimmy Nail
58 ( 43 ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting featuring Pato Banton
59 ( 47 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
60 ( NEW ) VULNERABLE Roxette

61 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE SAY Terrorvision
62 ( 51 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
63 ( NEW ) BABY BABY Corona
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 74 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
66 ( 70 ) I’M JUST YOUR (PUPPET ON A STRING) Londonbeat
67 ( 67 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
68 ( 65 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
69 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
70 ( 68 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

71 ( 71 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
72 ( NEW ) ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME Tin Tin Out featuring Espiritu
73 ( 72 ) STARS China Black
74 ( 62 ) ONE NIGHT STAND Let Loose
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

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poole harbour


9th April 1995

2 weeks Back For Good and Take That still on top, as Crash Test Dummies grab a sudden double A sided single peak of 2, their biggest single and even bigger than XTC’s original top 10 Pumpkinhead. Love City Groove leap to 3, and in one fell swoop is officially the biggest Eurovision entry from the UK since the New Seekers hit 1 in 1972 with Beg Steal Or Borrow. Bobby Brown gets a 3rd top 10 track, and highest new entry is Guaglione, Prez Prado’s 1950’s instrumental hit pushed in a TV advert and becoming a most unlikely hit. Actually, it’s a re-entry as it charted in my charts in January, but with a bit of a gap between.

Grace, Not Over yet, in at 18, one of the great dance records of the 90’s, no less. It just gets better with age, and this wasn’t the last time it would chart by any means, yes it’s that good, passionate, exciting, great production (Paul Oakenfold wasn’t lacking in that department, he was in the band), great tune, great vocal from Patti Low (original singer with the band) who was later blended in with regular jazz singer band member Dominique Atkins on later versions. Let Loose also return, with a good ballad, Best In Me at 30. From memory think they mean bringing out (The Best In Me), rather than, it’s (The Best In Me). 33 and Weezer arrive with a bang and a fantastic Happy Days TV sitcom tribute video to their terrific Buddy Holly. Weezer were consistently good, and consistently under-rated commercially. As with all bands, critics regard being witty as in some way inferior to being intense. It’s not. Both are equally valid.

Terence Trent D’Arby returns at 37 some 8 years on after being a huge new act that never managed to really follow it up, sadly. Corona make the top 40 with Baby Baby, Sleeper drop in on Vegas at 46, and a Duran Duran snippet fires a new entry at 61, Shut Up And Dance, I say, and BoyzIIMen thank me for that at 63.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 7 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
3 ( 20 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
4 ( 2 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
5 ( 4 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
6 ( 27 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
7 ( 3 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
8 ( RE ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
9 ( 5 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
10 ( 6 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League

11 ( 8 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
12 ( 9 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
13 ( 14 ) ONE Mica Paris
14 ( 11 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
15 ( 10 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
16 ( 30 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
17 ( 16 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
18 ( NEW ) NOT OVER YET Grace
19 ( 28 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
20 ( 12 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

21 ( 15 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
22 ( 37 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
23 ( 13 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
24 ( 17 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
25 ( 36 ) KARMACOMA Massive Attack
26 ( 38 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
27 ( 33 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
28 ( 21 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
29 ( 34 ) U SURE DO Strike
30 ( NEW ) THE BEST IN ME Let Loose

31 ( 19 ) BELIEVE Elton John
32 ( 49 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
33 ( NEW ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
34 ( 25 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
35 ( 18 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
36 ( 24 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
37 ( NEW ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
38 ( 23 ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
39 ( 63 ) BABY BABY Corona
40 ( 29 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox

41 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
42 ( 35 ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers
43 ( 40 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
44 ( 22 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
45 ( 39 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) VEGAS Sleeper
47 ( 26 ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty
48 ( 41 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band
49 ( 31 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
50 ( 44 ) GLORY BOX Portishead

51 ( 45 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
52 ( 42 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
53 ( 53 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
54 ( 52 ) WHATEVER Oasis
55 ( 47 ) AXEL F Clock
56 ( 55 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
57 ( 46 ) YOU GOTTA BE Des’ree
58 ( 56 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
59 ( 48 ) PURPLE MEDLEY Prince
60 ( 65 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams

61 ( NEW ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
62 ( 62 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
63 ( NEW ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 43 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
66 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY Sean Maguire
67 ( 69 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
69 ( 67 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
70 ( 70 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

71 ( 71 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
72 ( 54 ) INDEPENDENT LOVE SONG Scarlet
73 ( 59 ) THE ONLY ONE Gun
74 ( 73 ) STARS China Black
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

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16th April 1995

3 weeks for Take That on top, as Let Loose are looking for the Best In Me at 7, their 3rd top 10 and The Lightning Seeds have an even longer run of top 10 entries and that’s Marvellous, at 9. Brownstone strut into the top 10, too, fabbily, leaving Mary J. Blige chasing fast highest new entry at 13 with the equally soulful attitudinal I’m Goin’ Down, and equally good.

Paul Young’s 60’s cover returns to the 40, Grazing grass as Portishead enter at 29 with some Sour Times. In a quiet week, the only other new entry of note is an early 70’s track from Bob Marley, Keep On Moving, written by Curtis Mayfield and remixed 1995 stylee.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 3 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
3 ( 2 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
4 ( 4 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
5 ( 6 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
6 ( 5 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
7 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
8 ( 7 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
9 ( 16 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
10 ( 22 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone

11 ( 18 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
12 ( 19 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
13 ( NEW ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
14 ( 8 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
15 ( 13 ) ONE Mica Paris
16 ( 10 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
17 ( 9 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
18 ( 12 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
19 ( 32 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
20 ( 15 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

21 ( 14 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
22 ( 11 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
23 ( 33 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
24 ( 29 ) U SURE DO Strike
25 ( 17 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
26 ( 26 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
27 ( RE ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
28 ( 21 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
29 ( NEW ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
30 ( 20 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

31 ( 39 ) BABY BABY Corona
32 ( 37 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
33 ( 34 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
34 ( 63 ) I THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
35 ( 24 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
36 ( 23 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
37 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
38 ( 36 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
39 ( 25 ) KARMACOMA Massive Attack
40 ( 42 ) DON’T STOP (WIGGLE WIGGLE) The Outhere Brothers

41 ( 28 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
42 ( 31 ) BELIEVE Elton John
43 ( 35 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
44 ( 40 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
45 ( 38 ) IT’S A LOVING THING C.B. Milton
46 ( 46 ) VEGAS Sleeper
47 ( 41 ) CLOSE TO YOU Brand New Heavies
48 ( 43 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
49 ( 61 ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
50 ( 47 ) YOU DON’T KNOW HOW IT FEELS Tom Petty

51 ( 51 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
52 ( 60 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
53 ( 50 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
54 ( 53 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
55 ( 56 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
56 ( 44 ) DON’T GIVE ME YOUR LIFE Alex Party
57 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
58 ( 52 ) I’M NOT IN LOVE (1995) 10CC
59 ( 58 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
60 ( 48 ) WE’VE GOT TONIGHT Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band

61 ( 65 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
62 ( 62 ) WHEN I KISS YOU (I HEAR CHARLIE PARKER PLAYING)/ THIS TOWN AIN’T BIG ENOUGH FOR BOTH OF US (BBC VERSION) Sparks
63 ( 49 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( NEW ) YOU AND I WILL NEVER SEE THINGS EYE TO EYE Kingmaker
66 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 55 ) AXEL F Clock
68 ( NEW ) KEEP ON MOVING Bob Marley And The Wailers
69 ( 68 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
70 ( 70 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

71 ( 69 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
72 ( 71 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
73 ( 45 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
74 ( NEW ) CALLING OUT YOUR NAME Jimmy Nail
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

Raffles..

Raffles..


23rd April 1995

4 weeks at 1 for Back For Good, as the charts go a little weird. That’s because I went on a 3-week holiday adventure around the world with mum and my brother, booked myself by fax, and multiple plane connections. Consequently current UK chart hits not that much in evidence, and all sorts of odd tracks (mostly American) getting airplay in odd places. So plenty don’t move, drop unexpectedly, or climb after peaking previously. Mary J. Blige goes top 10, Portishead top 20, and highest new entry is MC Saar and The Real McCoy at 15 with Love And Devotion. I wouldn’t put money on it going up though as I heard no UK radio for almost a month and a lot of the hit tracks of those weeks are either unknown or forgotten from lack of hearing them!

In at 20, and overshadowing their own current UK single, it’s BoyzIImen and their previous single On Bended Knee, heard somewhere between Heathrow Airport and Singapore City – I’ve misplaced the holiday diary for the moment so no expanded stories and anecdotes and details. Suffice to say it was a voyage of nostalgia for us, returning to our old house at Bedokville and old haunts around the former RAF Changi , and a very modern metropolitan city much-changed around Orchard Road, hot, humid, sunny. Rather lack0lustre singles take on a false lease of life in such circumstances – which explains BoyzIImen at 20. That’s my excuse anyway!

Annie Lennox, former number one, climbs again after I heard it in an orange juice kiosk on Orchard Road, air-conditioned relief from the humidity, and in at 27 it’s Richard Marx covering a Tom Jones country-music cover from 1967 (at least for me) which was a US hit in 1969 when I lived in Singapore, and the lyrics of which I bought in a songbook of current pop hits sheet music aged 11 or 12. Sometimes life is so circular… Meanwhile Sleeper go top 40, and Mark Morrison debuts in my charts with Crazy at 34, and what looked to be a promising classy Brit soul career.

At 40, it’s 20 fingers and Gillette, Mr. Personality, a eurodance hit that missed in the UK but made it in North America (as a minor hit). Taylor Swift might approve of it’s Toni Basil-esque Mickey rhythms. At 43 TLC return with the naughty Red Light Special, some other US chart ballads, and REM with some strange currencies. In my case, the Singapore dollar. Which I used to buy LOADS of nostalgia-driven souvenirs in Changi Village from a Sikh shop-owner who was about my age, and who excitedly introduced us to his family when we told him we were there in 1969 through 1971, when he was a boy helping his dad run a shack shop. All of the shacks in Changi Village had been knocked down and replaced with brick things, somewhat better to work in, but charmless. I missed all the smells and bustling village that it once was. These days, it was a very quiet hotel stopping place near new Changi International Airport, but off the beaten track. I missed the old Singapore. Remarkably, 24 years on, I still easily found our old house, and school, and swimming pool, everything was as clear as day to me, and still is vivid, despite diversions from new builds, new roads and building out into what was coastal waters.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 2 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
3 ( 3 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
4 ( 4 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
5 ( 5 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
6 ( 6 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
7 ( 7 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
8 ( 8 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
9 ( 13 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
10 ( 9 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds

11 ( 12 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
12 ( 11 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
13 ( 10 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
14 ( 29 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
15 ( NEW ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
16 ( 18 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
17 ( 19 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean
18 ( 14 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
19 ( 24 ) U SURE DO Strike
20 ( NEW ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen

21 ( 15 ) ONE Mica Paris
22 ( 23 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
23 ( 16 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
24 ( 28 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
25 ( 32 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
26 ( 44 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
27 ( NEW ) I’M NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Richard Marx
28 ( 20 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
29 ( 17 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
30 ( 21 ) GET WILD New Power Generation

31 ( 22 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
32 ( 34 ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
33 ( 46 ) VEGAS Sleeper
34 ( NEW ) CRAZY Mark Morrison
35 ( 38 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
36 ( 42 ) BELIEVE Elton John
37 ( 26 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
38 ( 25 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
39 ( 43 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
40 ( NEW ) MR. PERSONALITY 20 Fingers featuring Gillette

41 ( 48 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
42 ( 30 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8
43 ( NEW ) RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC
44 ( 59 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
45 ( 35 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
46 ( RE ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
47 ( 31 ) BABY BABY Corona
48 ( NEW ) LOVE OF MY LIFE Fun Factory
49 ( 67 ) AXEL F Clock
50 ( 27 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young

51 ( 51 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
52 ( 52 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
53 ( 55 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
54 ( 36 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
55 ( 33 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
56 ( 54 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
57 ( 49 ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
58 ( NEW ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ & Duncan
59 ( 57 ) WHATEVER Oasis
60 ( 53 ) GLORY BOX Portishead

61 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( RE ) SUDDENLY Sean Maguire
63 ( 63 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
64 ( 41 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
65 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Barry White
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
68 ( 61 ) HERE I GO 2 Unlimited
69 ( 73 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
70 ( 71 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

71 ( 70 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
72 ( 69 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
73 ( 72 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
74 ( NEW ) STRANGE CURRENCIES REM
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

Green Island Queensland

Green Island Queensland


30th April 1990

5 weeks on top, Back For Good, Take That preside over a static chart with only returns for some recent records and big climbs for recent biggies that get a renewed lease of life as they crop up on flights, in shops, on TV and seem fresher in the new exotic surroundings. Frankly I was far too busy with days out, jetlag and checking in! Just a quick mention that Crash Test Dummies 1994 track God Shuffled His Feet is back up to 2 second time around, Madonna and Edwyn Collins get big boosts back into the 40, with Pato Banton and Rankin’ Roger, and Richard Marx all adding to their run of top 20 hits. Other than that I’m featuring some oldies I heard on the holiday as video links, as there’s nothing much new to feature.

1 ( 1 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
2 ( 3 ) GOD SHUFFLED HIS FEET/ THE BALLAD OF PETER PUMPKINHEAD Crash Test Dummies
3 ( 2 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
4 ( 5 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
5 ( 4 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
6 ( 8 ) LET IT RAIN East 17
7 ( 6 ) THE FIRST THE LAST ETERNITY Snap! featuring Summer
8 ( 9 ) I’M GOIN’ DOWN Mary J. Blige
9 ( 7 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
10 ( 11 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

11 ( 10 ) MARVELLOUS The Lightning Seeds
12 ( 15 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
13 ( 13 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
14 ( 12 ) NOT OVER YET Grace
15 ( 22 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
16 ( 16 ) TURN ON TUNE IN COP OUT Freak Power
17 ( 14 ) SOUR TIMES Portishead
18 ( 37 ) BUBBLIN’ HOT Pato Banton featuring Rankin’ Roger
19 ( 27 ) I’M NEVER GONNA FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Richard Marx
20 ( 20 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIIMen

21 ( 18 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
22 ( 26 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
23 ( 32 ) THANK YOU BoyzIIMen
24 ( 19 ) U SURE DO Strike
25 ( 72 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
26 ( 44 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
27 ( 43 ) RED LIGHT SPECIAL TLC
28 ( 24 ) WHOOPS NOW! Janet Jackson
29 ( 21 ) ONE Mica Paris
30 ( 17 ) OVER THE RIVER Bitty McLean

31 ( 23 ) ONE MAN IN MY HEART Human League
32 ( 34 ) CRAZY Mark Morrison
33 ( 36 ) BELIEVE Elton John
34 ( 25 ) HOLDING ON TO YOU Terence Trent D’Arby
35 ( 28 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
36 ( 31 ) PERFECT DAY Duran Duran
37 ( 35 ) REACH UP (PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW PIGBAG) Perfecto Allstarz
38 ( 45 ) SHE’S A RIVER Simple Minds
39 ( 29 ) ORIGINAL Leftfield featuring Toni Halliday
40 ( 40 ) MR. PERSONALITY 20 Fingers featuring Gillette

41 ( 33 ) VEGAS Sleeper
42 ( 30 ) GET WILD New Power Generation
43 ( 49 ) AXEL F Clock
44 ( 60 ) GLORY BOX Portishead
45 ( 52 ) HAVE YOU EVER REALLY LOVED A WOMAN Bryan Adams
46 ( 46 ) WONDERFUL Adam Ant
47 ( 38 ) WAKE UP BOO The Boo Radleys
48 ( 48 ) LOVE OF MY LIFE Fun Factory
49 ( RE ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
50 ( 42 ) I’VE GOT A LITTLE SOMETHING FOR YOU MN8

51 ( 41 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
52 ( 39 ) OLD POP IN AN OAK Rednex
53 ( 53 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
54 ( 51 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
55 ( 58 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ & Duncan
56 ( 62 ) SUDDENLY Sean Maguire
57 ( 56 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
58 ( 54 ) I KNOW Dionne Farris
59 ( 59 ) WHATEVER Oasis
60 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

61 ( 47 ) BABY BABY Corona
62 ( 50 ) GRAZING IN THE GRASS Paul Young
63 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
64 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
65 ( 57 ) SAVE IT TILL THE MOURNING AFTER Shut Up And Dance
66 ( NEW ) TOTAL ECIPSE OF THE HEART Nicki French
67 ( 67 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
68 ( 69 ) JULIA SAYS Wet Wet Wet
69 ( 55 ) HOLD MY HAND Hootie And The Blowfish
70 ( 70 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

71 ( 71 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
72 ( 73 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
73 ( 63 ) LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE Cher, Chrissie Hynde, Neneh Cherry and Eric Clapton
74 ( 64 ) AS I LAY ME DOWN Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( 75 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex


In Singapore: a walk up Mount Faber (on foot, exhausting in the hot sun) and a sweaty cable car ride over to Sentosa (which had aircon hooray!), a boat ride round Singapore harbour (cloudy, but got sunburnt) still as busy with worldwide shipping as it ever was, and some joy with the odd monsoon torrential downpour – no kidding I love warm downpours of rain in the tropics (as long as they aren’t prolonged)! The next step in the holiday was a flight from Changi to Cairns in Australia, with a refuelling stop in Darwin. It was a surprisingly long flight, and Australia is both bigger and further away than you think!

Cairns customs gave us a hard time for the crime of trying to import such vastly hazardous materials through customs as long-life milk (imported to Singapore from Australia, I mean really! Returning it from where it came…?!) Then there was the packets of instant hot chocolate drinks: who knew these were riddled with mad cow disease and that people in the UK were all headed for an old age of slowly dying from it from packets of cocoa. Not to mention the souvenir bamboo coasters we’d bought, which qualified as alien plant products bringing disease into the country. Who knew industrial-processed bamboo was so lethal?! It was reassuring to know that no Australian shops in any way import anything containing bamboo from outside Australia, oh no, that’s 100% for sure. Or food. Or wood. After threats to prosecute us for so flagrantly flouting Australian customs, and their sarcastic, stress-inducing, patronising attitude to tourists where they could have just gently explained and disposed of products, I decided pretty much then and there that I would never go back to Australia. They don’t want my tourist money, and I don’t want the stress, fair exchange. I’ve stuck to that and never been back.

Cairns, though, was a delight, more like Singapore in the 60’s and early 70’s than modern-day Singapore in mood. Largely quiet, far away from the pace of modern life, and locals were friendly and chatty and upfront, which I like. The Barrier Reef was nearby, my brother disappeared for a few days diving, and I took mum to Green Island by boat, and snorkelled happily amongst the coral and fish and golden sands. Bliss. An old steam train trip to Kuranda was like the olden days, and the netted coves of nearby coastal settlements fascinating (to keep out the box jellyfish). I bought some Australian cd’s, some souvenirs, and we stayed in actual ground floor apartment with cooking and fridge and bedrooms and TV so it was much more relaxing than Singapore. I really liked it, just regretted that there was no time to travel the huge distance to Sydney.

My 1999 Charts – November

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November 1999 Charts

The gorgeous When We Are Together gives Texas an 8th Number One in 3 years, bit of a roll they were one! Backstreet Boys pop back on top, though, to total 3 weeks at the summit before a millennium reissue of John Lennon’s classic singles bundled enters at 1: Happy Xmas War Is Over, Imagine, Give Peace A Chance had already hit the top spot in multiple years, but originally 1972, 1980, and 1969 respectively. Happy Xmas War Is Over holds the record for the largest number of years that it held the top spot in for at least one week, that’s several in the 70’s, the 80’s, the 90’s to date.

Of course as everyone prepared for the end of the century apocalypse as all computers crashed and burned unable to cope with a calendar change, it was an opportunity to re-release lots of oldies, and for big acts to avoid bunging anything new out. At least anything of much quality. Happily old-timers the Lightning Seeds had the terrific Life’s Too Short in my top 5, the wonderfullt cheery Steal My Sunshine gave Len 5 minutes of fame, and Garbage had a Bond Theme delight as The World Is Not Enough gives them a Top 3 largely-forgotten addition to their list of great singles.

Smooth bounces back again into my top 10, Culture Club have a great ballad out – Cold Shoulder – featuring a good version of Bowie’s Starman on the B side, for a 17-year run of big hits (well, for George at any rate). Finally, a new entry at 20 for an obscure classic, Your Lies, from Shelby Lynn, a Phil Spector-styled passionate and vitriolic masterpiece from one of the great unknown and critically-acclaimed albums, I Am Shelby Lynn, an album that rewards repeat listens and taken as a whole, a journey through personal drama and the blues, country, pop. Sadly the original video is not on you tube, it was effective, but the one that is is still pretty powerful in it’s simplicity.

7th November 1999 Chart

WHEN WE ARE TOGETHER Texas 1 4 5 8
LARGER THAN LIFE Backstreet Boys 2 1 1 2
TELL ME THE ANSWER Texas 3 2 2 5
KEEP ON MOVIN’ Five 4 6 7 11
LIFE’S TOO SHORT Lightning Seeds 5 5 4 4
GIVE IT TO YOU Jordan Knight 6 7 11 14
EVERYTHING MY HEART DESIRES Adam Rickett 7 11 14 22
STEAL MY SUNSHINE Len 8 10 8 7
WHAT I AM Tin Tin Out/ Emma Bunton 9 18 19 23
I NEED TO KNOW Mark Anthony 10 16 17 32

TURN BACK THE HANDS OF TIME R. Kelly 11 17 21 29
SUNSHINE Gabrielle 12 15 15 21
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera 13 19 22 36
BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell 14 14 12 15
WHEN THE HEARTACHE IS OVER Tina Turner 15 22 31 31
SHE’S THE ONE/ IT’S ONLY US Robbie Williams 16 12 10 16
JOHNNY THE HORSE Madness 17 13 27 64
THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH Garbage 18 9 3 3
CLOSING TIME Semisonic 19 24 36 56
DOVE L’AMORE Cher 20 33 51

NOT OVER YOU YET Diana Ross 21 28 35 35
S CLUB PARTY S Club 7 22 31 28 28
AIN’T THAT A LOT OF LOVE Simply Red 23 20 16 30
GOING DOWN/ GA GA Melanie C 24 34 45 45
NORTHERN STAR Melanie C 25 23 20 18
UNPRETTY TLC 26 29 40 59
(YOU DRIVE ME) CRAZY Britny Spears 27 27 29 40
BUG-A-BOO Destiny’s Child 28 51 62
SHE’S SO HIGH Tal Bachman 29 57
SUN IS SHINING Bob Marley 30 30 30 38

I TRY Macy Gray 31 32 38 51
SMOOTH Santana/ Rob Thomas 32 21 13 9
LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS/ HEY BULLDOG Beatles 33 36 46 60
SUMMER SON Texas 34 35 39 48
JESSE HOLD ON B*Witched 35 48 73
WAITING FOR TONIGHT Jennifer Lopez 36 25 23 39
LEARN TO FLY Foo Fighters 37 45 60
IT WOULDN’T HAVE MADE ANY DIFFERENCE Alison Krauss 38 38 52
COLD SHOULDER/ STARMAN Culture Club 39 8 9 13
IN AND OUT OF MY LIFE Onephatdeeva 40

THERE SHE GOES The La’s 41 41 41 42
SOS Abba 42 42 42 44
CALIFORNIA DREAMING The Mamas & The Papas 43 43 43 43
WHY DOES MY HEART FEEL SO BAD Moby 44 47 56
I SAVED THE WORLD TODAY Eurythmics 45 46 74
RISE Gabrielle 46 56
THE BOTTLE Gil Scott-Heron 47 55
BRAND NEW DAY Sting 48 52 53
GIN SOAKED BOY Divine Comedy 49 37 55
TURN YOUR LIGHTS DOWN LOW Bob Marley/ Lauryn Hill 50 63 50 50

HEARTBREAKER Mariah Carey 51 39 34 34
BUDDY X ’99 Dreem Teem vs. Neneh Cherry 52
CARNATION Liam Gallagher/ Steve Cradock 53
AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Steps 54 44 57
IN OUR LIFETIME Texas 55 58 58 66
NEW YORK CITY BOY Pet Shop Boys 56 72
FLYING WITHOUT WINGS Westlife 57
BAILAMOS Enrique Iglesias 58 66
YOU’LL BE IN MY HEART Phil Collins 59 40 44 62
KARAOKE QUEEN Catatonia 60 60

MARY Supergrass 61 49 59 37
TURN Travis 62 54 37 27
BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley 63 64 64 68
LOVE LIKE A FOUNTAIN Ian Brown 64
YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING Righteous Brothers 65 65 66 70
STILL BELIEVE Shola Ama 66
WHY Glamma Kid 67
DANCING QUEEN/ THAT’S ME Abba 68 68 65 69
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE New Radicals 69 70 71 73
I KNOW WHAT I’M HERE FOR James 70 71

SO LOW Ocean Colour Scene 71
HEADS HIGH Mr. Vegas 72 61 61 47
LIFT ME UP Geri Halliwell 73 59
HOOLIGAN Embrace 74 62
AS TIME GOES BY Bryan Ferry 75

14th November new entries

I CAN HELP Billy Swan 3 6 10
IT’S ONLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Various Artists 26 26 53
SEXX LAWS Beck 50 54
ROXANNE George Michael 53
I LEARNED FROM THE BEST Whitney Houston 67
I KNEW I LOVED YOU Savage Garden 69 69
WILL 2 K Will Smith 73 67 61
RADIO Corrs 74 49 46
SHAKE YOUR BON BON Ricky Martin 75 70 49

21st November new entries

YOU ONLY TELL ME YOU LOVE ME WHEN YOU’RE DRUNK Pet Shop Boys 18 12
THE BEST OF ME Bryan Adams 24 19
HERE COMES MY BABY Mavericks 25 41
SO LOW Ocean Colour Scene 32 67
NO OTHER BABY Paul McCartney 33 71
HURRY UP AND WAIT Stereophonics 47
YMCA (99 REMIX) Village People 48
DEAR LIE TLC 63 25
WE’RE GONNA MISS YOU James 68 24
WHY Glamma Kid 72 63
NO DISTANCE LEFT TO RUN Blur 75 65

28th November new entries

IMAGINE/HAPPY XMAS.WAR IS OVER/GIVE PEACE A CHANCE John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band 1
ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim 6
UNDER PRESSURE ’99 Queen/ David Bowie 17
YOUR LIES Shelby Lynn 20
I WANT THAT MAN (99) Deborah Harry 26
LOVE ME/ TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Martine McCutcheon 33
I LEARNED FROM THE BEST Whitney Houston 52
1999″ Prince 54
SISTA SISTA Beverley Knight 55
SEVENTEEN AGAIN Eurythmics 57
TONITE Phats & Small 58
DEEP INSIDE Mary J. Blige 72
THE MILLENIUM PRAYER Cliff Richard 74
KING FOR A DAY Jamiroquai 75

My 1989 Charts – August

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6th August 1989

3 weeks for Gloria, a tad OTT I think, Macca should have been at 1 instead. Apart from Macca, though it’s divas and gals hogging the top 5 as Liza with a Z loses her mind up 45 places to 5, courtesy of Chris n Neil – it’s essentially a PSB cover with Liza singing on top. Fab. Alice Cooper snakes his way into the 10 for the first time in 16 years, and it’s Poison. Pure poison. Pure. Lightning Seeds at 8, breaking into the 10 for the first time, and most definitely not the last time.

Martika breaks into the 20, Bros get only a second Top 20 hit, and Cyndi Lauper gets a full 5 years of top 20 hits. Stevie Nicks has a long way to go up to 22, but does it easily, while Transvision Vamp keep the top 40 hits on a landslide. There’s a batch of great new entries though to liven up the charts, headed by Eurythmics getting a 10th anniversary (as The Tourists) Revival at 35 (not the song though, that’s new). Elton John proves he has Healing Hands as the best record he’s done in 6 years shoots in at 36, to UK singles chart indifference. For a year at least, till the gospel marvel of it got a bit more exposure as a double A side number one with Sacrifice.

Neneh Cherry has Kisses On The Wind at 39, The Four Tops shine on at 45 (not the famous song, it’s a new one) for 20 years of chart entries, and Jon Bon Jovi begs us to lay our hands on him. I had the opportunity nearly a decade later but managed to restrain myself. Dolly Parton has just released a great version of the song, appropriately enough. Betty Boo raps Hey DJ to the Beatmasters, and starts a brief run of good pop singles, and makes Betty Boop famous again as copyright makes her change her name, ooh any day now.

Big debut news though is the KLF, not yet in epic mode, but very much in piss-take mode following The Timelords chart-topper, with the fabulous Kylie Said To Jason. You know you’ve created a great parody record when it’s better than the targets (Kylie and Jason’s current singles) on two levels, as parody, or as borrowing the sound of SAW to make the point yet still make a great pop record. Queen, meanwhile, are a bit invisible at 58 compared to the big comeback singalong thumping rock ballad charm of Cher’s If I Could Turn Back Time, for a sweet 18 years of solo hits. Mustn’t forget Malcolm McLaren’s quirky Shirt Jumping either at 70. Phew! Busy chart.

In the real world: Fun Coastal walk with Cathy and Chris from work to Dancing Ledge. Pre-holiday prep anxieties, but all booked. Ageist quips flying at work, with lovely Cathy, a whole decade older than me, on the receiving end. I was on the receiving end of an eraser, quite rightly. Banter! Mansfield friends of parents holiday camping in the garden at home, though Pat my age really, and a College friend rang with news of breast cancer treatment which made me feel bad at not getting in touch, as I had no idea. She’s fine now, very very happily.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 5 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
5 ( 50 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 20 ) POISON Alice Cooper
7 ( 8 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
8 ( 12 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
10 ( 6 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

11 ( 15 ) ON AND ON Aswad
12 ( 7 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
13 ( 10 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
14 ( 25 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
15 ( 26 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 17 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
17 ( 11 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
18 ( 13 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
19 ( 35 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
20 ( 14 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

21 ( 9 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
22 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 31 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 18 ) BATDANCE Prince
26 ( 39 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
27 ( 16 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
28 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
30 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 22 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
32 ( 60 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
33 ( 23 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
34 ( 40 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
35 ( NEW ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( NEW ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
37 ( 21 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
38 ( 48 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
39 ( NEW ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
40 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City

41 ( 36 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
42 ( 43 ) BETTER DAYS Gun
43 ( 41 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
44 ( 32 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( NEW ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 38 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
47 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
48 ( 34 ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
49 ( 29 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
50 ( NEW ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop

51 ( 42 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 55 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
53 ( 27 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
54 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
55 ( 30 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
56 ( NEW ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
57 ( 54 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
58 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 51 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

61 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 33 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
63 ( 75 ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds
64 ( 58 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
65 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 62 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
68 ( NEW ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
69 ( 68 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S JUMPING IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 74 ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 64 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
75 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan

13th August 1989

An amazingly overlong run at 1 for Gloria keeps Liza at 2. Awwww! Losing My Mind over that one. A quiet week at the top lets Martika, Bobby Brown and Aswad get their 1st, 2nd and third Top 10’s respectively. Elton leaps to 14, something’s Jumpin’ even more – from 70 to 16 it’s Malcolm McLaren’s model-cool dance track. Transvision Vamp and Neneh Cherry both get their 3rd Top 20 hit, meanwhile, as some Classics enter just below, highest at 26 being Black Box, the Italian house classic (with model-fronting Loleatta Holloway Love Sensation-sampling brilliant Ride On Time). Still a classic.

Even better, the Beatles-inspired epic Sowing The Seeds Of Love announces Tears For Fears 7th year of fantastic hits. Pure 1967 retro video and All You Need Is Love styled chorus, and juuuuust amazing. Just to keep up the new singles, Sydney Youngblood debuts at 34 with the fab If Only I Could, a great song, snuggling in just behind Cher and Bon Jovi into the 40. Oh but that’s not all! Madonna’s 3rd single off Like A Prayer is at 39, the sweet and pretty Cherish. Sir Cliff is also back with a Stock-Aitken-Waterman biggie, the otherwise not bad I Just Don’t Have The Heart.

Minor entries for Spandau, Paula Abdul, Art Of Noise, REM, Jody watley, Debbie Gibson and another fairly bland SAW cover (Mick Jackson’s Blame It On The Boogie) for Big Fun.

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
4 ( 2 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
5 ( 8 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
6 ( 14 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
7 ( 13 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
8 ( 11 ) ON AND ON Aswad
9 ( 6 ) POISON Alice Cooper
10 ( 4 ) 101″ Sheena Easton

11 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros
12 ( 9 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
13 ( 16 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
14 ( 36 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
15 ( 19 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
16 ( 70 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
17 ( 7 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
18 ( 10 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 32 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 39 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry

21 ( 12 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
22 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
23 ( 30 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 17 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
25 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
26 ( NEW ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
27 ( NEW ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
28 ( 50 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
29 ( 47 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
30 ( 38 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

31 ( 20 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
32 ( 68 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
33 ( 25 ) BATDANCE Prince
34 ( NEW ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
35 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
36 ( 21 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
37 ( 26 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
38 ( 33 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
39 ( NEW ) CHERISH Madonna
40 ( 58 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen

41 ( 29 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
42 ( 41 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
43 ( 34 ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa
44 ( 23 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
45 ( 45 ) THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE The Four Tops
46 ( 37 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
47 ( 27 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
48 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
49 ( 40 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

51 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( 28 ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
53 ( NEW ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
54 ( 46 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
55 ( NEW ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
57 ( 43 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
58 ( 57 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 65 ) SELF Fuzzbox

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
63 ( 54 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
64 ( 31 ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
65 ( 60 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
68 ( 74 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
69 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
70 ( NEW ) YEBO! The Art Of Noise featuring Mahlatini

71 ( NEW ) STAND REM
72 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
75 ( NEW ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson

20th August 1989

A new number one, and it’s Elton’s fabulous Healing Hands. I have to admit I was completely baffled how this one managed to flop big time in the UK in 1989. His 7th number one in my chart, about as many in the USA, and yet to get a UK chart-topper on his own. Bizarre. Poor ol’ Liza was the bridesmaid again at 2. Highest new entry at 4, a 1966 classic from hippie Donovan, Sunshine Superman, probably his best record and pop psychedelia royalty giving him a belated second Top 20 hit 20 years on.

Tears For Fears sow seeds at 5, Black Box ride it to 8, and it’s a Mental new entry at 12 for some Manic MC’s. Crazy. Bon Jovi have their biggest hit in 3 years, and Rocky Horror classic The Time Warp transports in at 19 for Damian. Party classic or what?! Really drives me insa-a-a-a-ane, as Jameela might say. Meanwhile Debbie Gibson inexplicably rockets to 23, as the KLF explicably shoot up to 24. New: Donna Summer’s 3rd SAW hit of the year, Richard Marx debuts with the pleasant Right Here Waiting, The Cure bounce back with Love Song 9 years into the run of great singles, and Janet Jackson’s big comeback single isn’t Missed that much at a lowly 69.

I noted the UK singles charts had some good stuff in, but little classic, in my whinge-book, while my boss was trying to find me a permanent job at work, but it meant having to do horticulture courses. Radio One Roadshow with Simon Mayo at the Bournemouth Pier at lunchtime. Saw the Batman movie, very dark, too much for my tastes really, as it made me depressed. Built a new fish pond, parents not impressed.

1 ( 14 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
3 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
4 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
5 ( 27 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
6 ( 3 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
7 ( 16 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
8 ( 26 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 5 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
10 ( 4 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney

11 ( 6 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
12 ( NEW ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 20 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
14 ( 29 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 11 ) TOO MUCH Bros
16 ( 8 ) ON AND ON Aswad
17 ( 10 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
18 ( 7 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
19 ( NEW ) THE TIME WARP Damian
20 ( 12 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson

21 ( 39 ) CHERISH Madonna
22 ( 9 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 75 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
24 ( 62 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
25 ( 35 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
26 ( 34 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 50 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
28 ( 32 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 15 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
30 ( 18 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys

31 ( 28 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 40 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
33 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 23 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 13 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
36 ( 53 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
37 ( 21 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
38 ( 22 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
39 ( 24 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
40 ( 17 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello

41 ( 19 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
42 ( 55 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
43 ( 60 ) SELF Fuzzbox
44 ( 42 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
45 ( 33 ) BATDANCE Prince
46 ( 25 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
47 ( 30 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
48 ( 38 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
49 ( NEW ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
50 ( 31 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia

51 ( NEW ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
52 ( 67 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
53 ( 36 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 74 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
55 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
56 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
57 ( 44 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
58 ( 41 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
59 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) LOVE SONG The Cure

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 56 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
63 ( 58 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
64 ( 46 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
65 ( 47 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
68 ( 72 ) BLAME IT ON THE BOOGIE Big Fun
69 ( NEW ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 69 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 54 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
72 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 63 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) THE BETTER PART OF ME Jaki Graham

27th August 1989

2 weeks for Elton on top, KLF up to 8 for their first Top 10 under that name (and 2nd under various names), while Madonna makes it 3 in a row in the 10. Lisa Stansfield reverses back up to a new peak of 16, and ditto Dion at 20. Queen are slightly less invisible at 26, while Alyson Williams dances up to 34.

One of Liza’s album track covers pops in as a cover from Hazell Dean at 57 – the fab Love Pains, originally an Yvonne Elliman goodie that I never actually got to hear. Partyman for Prince, another Batman song, enters at 60, and Ziggy Marley continues in the tradition of his dad, and pops in at 62 with Look Who’s Dancing.

ON TV pissed myself laughing at Josie Lawrence on Who’s Line Is It Anyway? Enjoyed US sitcom Sledge Hammer.

1 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 5 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
3 ( 4 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
4 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
5 ( 2 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
6 ( 7 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
8 ( 24 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
9 ( 6 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
10 ( 21 ) CHERISH Madonna

11 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
12 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
13 ( 11 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
14 ( 19 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
15 ( 23 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
16 ( 34 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
17 ( 9 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
18 ( 13 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 10 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
20 ( 47 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion

21 ( 25 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
22 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
23 ( 26 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
24 ( 27 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
25 ( 17 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
26 ( 32 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
27 ( 20 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
28 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
29 ( 18 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
30 ( 15 ) TOO MUCH Bros

31 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
32 ( 16 ) ON AND ON Aswad
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 67 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
35 ( 36 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
36 ( 49 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
37 ( 29 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 51 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
39 ( 30 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 42 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet

41 ( 35 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
42 ( 38 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
43 ( 54 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
44 ( 37 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
45 ( 39 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
46 ( 44 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
47 ( 52 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
48 ( 55 ) ONE The Bee Gees
49 ( 56 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
50 ( 48 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 57 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
52 ( 60 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( 45 ) BATDANCE Prince
54 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 40 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
56 ( 46 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
57 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
58 ( 43 ) SELF Fuzzbox
59 ( 41 ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp
60 ( NEW ) PARTYMAN Prince

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 64 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) WARNING Adeva
65 ( 62 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
68 ( 63 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( 74 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
72 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( 58 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
74 ( NEW ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
75 ( 65 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

My 1989 Charts – July

1st July 1989

A 10-years-old track (albeit remixed) goes one place higher 2nd time around, as Pop Musik tops for Robin Scott aka M. Quite right too! Still, he had his other job in Bond movies to keep him going in between hits. Sheena Easton breaks into the top 3 for the first time with Prince’s 101 and a sexy image, something that seemed most unlikely when she was the wholesome Modern Girl in jumpers in 1980.

Baby Ford takes T.Rex into the 20, and Danny Wilson bring the Second Summer Of Love in too, while new (to my charts) Ella Fitzgerald’s classic version of the brilliant standard Summertime enters at 26, 7 years after Fun Boy Three last charted it. Just behind are the London Boys, and their best record, London Nights, while Queen Breakthru into the 30 at 29. Yello have a great new entry at 52 (Blazing Saddles) while yet another SAW act, Sonia, belts in at 49. Some good low entries though, for Swing Out Sister, Gloria Estefan and Bobby Brown, all going higher, and one which wasn’t – Public Enemy’s Fight The Power. I wasn’t a huge fan of their confrontational rap, and the lack of airplay meant I never really got a chance to reconsider – which is deservedly far more well-known and respected now than it was in 1989.

So, my life, taken from actual diary notes? I’ll try to be interesting, as I was working on a temporary contract surveying Parks, with local Councils mid-way through a major Thatcher-imposed reorganisation and tendering processes. Cost savings were the aim – but awful standards tended to follow in the 90’s for those Council’s that prepared rubbish contractor-friendly contracts, as they just stuck to the word of the contract and charged for all sorts of extras. Our Council was actually very well prepared with a fairly water-tight one carried out by ex-council-staff (those left at any rate after job-cuts).

So, everyone I worked with was getting itchy feet and applying for jobs, I played tennis; had a dilemma about forthcoming strike-action (being one of the few union people, while also being aware I was on a temporary contract…); my sis-in-law and 6-year-old niece Vicki, 4-year-old nephew Gavin were living with me (and wearing me out!), Vicki needed hospital treatment for a hearing problem; I got a new comics fanzine to read, Inertron, having recently joined-up, and as it turns out shortly to split acrimoniously in two, with Legion Of Super Heroes fans setting up their own fanzine, Apa247. I joined them with issue 1 and am there still to this day, lots of long-time friends now all 25-years-older like myself but still refusing to go on-line like everyone. We prefer to meet-up in person not virtually, and at times professional writers and artists for Comics have been members which makes for interesting gossip about people in the industry. Hah!

I bought lots of vinyl and cd’s, went to the pictures to see Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, noting it was a re-run of Raiders but Sean Connery being in it saved it, giving it comedic and characterisation input, well-acted, well-directed enjoyable film. Connery and Harrison, I opined, are both Stars. 2 of my mates were considering the possibility of an American holiday adventure tour (North-East) so that was being discussed, through me, as they didn’t know each other. My garden pond was getting established, put fish in it. Chris Evert’s final Wimbledon game (lost to Steffi Graf) while the weather was hot, humid and thundery in Dorset – just like today! Finally, my Pet Shop Boys tickets arrived in the post, hooray!

1 ( 11 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
2 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 16 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 1 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
6 ( 6 ) BATDANCE Prince
7 ( 4 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) ONE The Bee Gees
9 ( 34 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
10 ( 3 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest

11 ( 7 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
12 ( 8 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 9 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
15 ( 12 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
16 ( 33 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
17 ( 23 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
18 ( 19 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
19 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
20 ( 29 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

21 ( 15 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
22 ( 14 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
23 ( 18 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
24 ( 28 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
25 ( 17 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
26 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
27 ( NEW ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
28 ( 21 ) WHY Carly Simon
29 ( 38 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
30 ( 22 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown

31 ( 40 ) CRY Waterfront
32 ( 20 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
33 ( 30 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
34 ( 45 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
35 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
36 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 41 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
38 ( 24 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
39 ( 32 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
40 ( 31 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama

41 ( 39 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
42 ( 36 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
43 ( 53 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
44 ( 59 ) LOOKING FOR A LOVE Joyce Sims
45 ( 42 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
46 ( 46 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
47 ( 35 ) ORANGE JUICE REM
48 ( 37 ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
49 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
50 ( 44 ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway

51 ( 50 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
52 ( NEW ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
53 ( 48 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
54 ( 68 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
55 ( 43 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 65 ) I’M THAT KIND OF GUY LL Cool J
58 ( 58 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
59 ( 55 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
60 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 74 ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
62 ( 62 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
63 ( 63 ) AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER Al Green
64 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 61 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
66 ( 72 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
67 ( 67 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
68 ( NEW ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
69 ( 51 ) THE LOOK Roxette
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT THE POWER Public Enemy

71 ( NEW ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
72 ( 75 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( 73 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
75 ( NEW ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

8th July 1989

10th number one for Pet Shop Boys, out of 12 singles, plus a couple written/produced for Dusty and Liza. That’s pretty consistent for under 4 years. It’s Alright isn’t one of their own songs, but the video and message remain relevant to 2014. I can think of many politicians who should be forced to sit and watch it. Meanwhile, The London Boys club it up to 7, while Ain’t Nobody goes top 10 for the second time in 5 years. Yello are Blazin’ up to 16, pity it wasn’t a hit, while late legend Roy Orbison gets another Top 20 hit off his terrific posthumous album, California Blue.

De La Soul are new at 26, continuing the run of good singles with Say No Go (sampling Hall & Oates and others), and Aswad cover a 70’s MOR goodie and do it reggae well. Norman Cook pops in with a future Beats International hit, Won’t Talk About It but shhh that’s him under another name. Paul “Beatle” Somebody is in at 57 with one of his most-melodic singles in 5 or 6 years, the Beatlestastic This One, while soul great Roberta Flack is back again 17 years on from the first time ever I saw her face. Uh uh? Ooh Ooh! Comedy great Bette Midler lets the wind beneath her wings escape into the charts, and it’s not even slightly amusing! Rip-off! Apparently she’s had a cheque for over 100 dollars off a streaming site for over 5 million plays of her songs. Can’t say they aren’t generous. No, you really can’t. Karyn White takes a Superwoman into my charts, but I’ll take Supergirl (Graham Bonney), Superman (Laurie Anderson) or Superboy (yet to be written) over this one. Or the Blow Monkeys good Choice 2 places lower.

Me, I bought Now 11 – gosh up to 11th in the series! I wonder if it’ll go on to ooh maybe as high as 20 or even 30!! The new boy at work was a bit difficult for our team to adjust to, as we’d been a great team of 4 up to then, but bloody ambitious chatty youngsters, come in and think they’re bloody experts right away, eh!? Err, actually he runs that department now, so doff of the cap to him. Mel Blanc, he of Bugs Bunny and man of a thousand voices, passed away, which meant a lot more to me than Laurence Olivier dying. On TV Star Trek: The Next Generation was getting into it’s stride at long last, and I was re-enjoying 60’s Mel Brooks TV series Get Smart. After being an 8 and a half-stone weakling most of my life, and tiring of sand being kicked in my face (hypothetical sand, mostly) I’d taken up doing weights to build up my bod a bit to show off at the beach. Amazingly I succeeded. I became a 9 and a half-stone weakling. Hah! What do I care now though, I’m still only 10-stone-ish! Not bad for 95-year-old. Joking…..!

1 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 5 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
5 ( 6 ) BATDANCE Prince
6 ( 1 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
7 ( 27 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
8 ( 7 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
9 ( 19 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
10 ( 20 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

11 ( 11 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
12 ( 8 ) ONE The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 17 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
15 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
16 ( 52 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
17 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
18 ( 9 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
19 ( 14 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
20 ( 26 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald

21 ( 15 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
22 ( 29 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
23 ( 10 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
24 ( 34 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
25 ( 22 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
26 ( NEW ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
27 ( 18 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
28 ( 16 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
29 ( 49 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
30 ( 23 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

31 ( 25 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
32 ( 75 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
33 ( 31 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 24 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
35 ( 21 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
36 ( 28 ) WHY Carly Simon
37 ( 43 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
38 ( 33 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
39 ( 30 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
40 ( NEW ) ON AND ON Aswad

41 ( 36 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
42 ( 37 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
43 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
44 ( 32 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
45 ( 40 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
46 ( 38 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
47 ( 39 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
48 ( 71 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
49 ( 46 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

51 ( 45 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
52 ( 74 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
53 ( 41 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
54 ( 42 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
55 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
58 ( 61 ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
59 ( 68 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 59 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
62 ( 51 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
63 ( 62 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( NEW ) UH UH OOH OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) Roberta Flack
66 ( 66 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
67 ( 53 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
68 ( 65 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
69 ( 58 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
70 ( NEW ) UNDER THE GOD Tin Machine

71 ( NEW ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
72 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) SUPERWOMAN Karyn White
74 ( 73 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller

15th July 1989

Sheena Easton gets her one and only chart-topper, the very-obviously Prince-dominated dance track 101, and it’s fabulous, the song builds and builds and then climaxes mightily. Criminally never a big hit. It, frankly, pisses all over 9 To 5 (My Baby Takes The Yawning Train). Almost there are Soul II Soul’s classic Back To Life at 3, and lots of huge jumps, topped by Gloria Estefan, and another classy ballad up from 52 to 5.

Macca’s fab This One almost leaps 50 places to 8, his second Top 10 of the year, while Blow Monkeys choose number 13, up from 75. Funkay! De La Soul, Kirsty and Bobby Brown go top 20, and Swing Out Sister’s increasingly 60’s-cocktailjazz-pop sound slides into the 30. Few new entries, highest being The Darling Buds at 50, joined by Roxette, Bros and nothing much else of note. All fine, but none great.

So, 2 members of our team of 4 had job interviews, which depressed Cathy and me, potentially left behind. I went to see Cathy last week, as it happens, happily, so we got over it! I was getting stressed at not having any “me-time” at home, so I got a day’s break from the kids, and took them to Arne nature reserve with mum on Saturday to make up for it, as the long hot summer continued. On TV, LA Law, Hooperman, Top Of The Pops, , and my beloved Legion Of Super Heroes comic was being given a grim n gritty “5 year gap” and creative team change. Effectively this was the end of the classic days. Booo! Someone mentioned their impression of me was self-confident and balanced, which shows how good I must have been at covering up my shyness, insecurity and emotional crises! Played tennis, and yay, Pet Shop Boys at Wembley Arena with mate Bob on Thursday 20th, a scorching hot day, shopping in record megastores (ah memories!) , marvelled at interesting Londoners passing by Pizzaland, had lots of laughs, and then off to Wembley.

PET SHOP BOYS LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA
Seated near the side back of the venue, my review: “Overall an enjoyable, OTT, camp, fast-paced run through of (most) highlights of their career, certain criticisms of of the show (too much happening with dancers, mega-screen Jarman films, and loads of costume changes)….plus the heat, the poor sound quality, Neil Tennant’s awful singing voice and too-fast tempo, plus being dog-tired, didn’t stop it being a really good concert; had we been nearer the stage, p’raps THE best (!).” Not to worry, they just got better and better with age as a live draw, Neil learnt to sing, and they remain my all-time fave live act, and one of my three all-time greats. Best songs: One More Chance, Opportunities, Left To My Own Devices, Heart, Rent, Love Comes Quickly. A Highlight was Chris Lowe’s Paninaro, plus casual dance! Brilliant. It’s A Sin really good, Sound Of The Atom Splitting not. Later Tonight, Nothing Has Been Proved, Shopping, King’s Cross, Domino Dancing, Always On My Mind and then to the encore’s West End Girls, It’s Alright. I must have been getting into it, as I moved my legs and hands to the beats. Not dancing, of course, I have to be drunk for that in public. A late drive back to Dorset 1.20 meant I was (apparently) semi-comatose all day at work friday. Hopefully not literally.

1 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
2 ( 1 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
4 ( 2 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 52 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
6 ( 7 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
7 ( 6 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
8 ( 57 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
9 ( 5 ) BATDANCE Prince
10 ( 10 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

11 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
12 ( 11 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
13 ( 75 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
14 ( 8 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
15 ( 17 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
16 ( 16 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
17 ( 26 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
18 ( 24 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
19 ( 12 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( 32 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

21 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
22 ( 15 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
23 ( 37 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
24 ( 19 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
25 ( 59 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
26 ( 14 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
27 ( 40 ) ON AND ON Aswad
28 ( 28 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
29 ( 29 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
30 ( 22 ) BREAKTHRU Queen

31 ( 20 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
32 ( 55 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
33 ( 33 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 21 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
35 ( 31 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
36 ( 25 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
37 ( 27 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
38 ( 71 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
39 ( 48 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
40 ( 18 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many

41 ( 39 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
42 ( 36 ) WHY Carly Simon
43 ( 30 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
44 ( 23 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
45 ( 38 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
46 ( 35 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 41 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 34 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
49 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds

51 ( 51 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
52 ( 46 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
53 ( 42 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
54 ( 45 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
55 ( 47 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
58 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( NEW ) VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald
60 ( 53 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney

61 ( 61 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
62 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH Bros
63 ( 54 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 65 ) UH UH OOH OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) Roberta Flack
66 ( 63 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
67 ( NEW ) DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Roxette
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE June Montana
69 ( 44 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
70 ( 50 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

71 ( 68 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( 73 ) SUPERWOMAN Karyn White
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 74 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) GET LOOSE LA Mix featuring Jazzy P


22nd July 1989

Gloria Estefan (and Miami Sound Machine aka husband Emilio) has her first chart-topper after several near-misses, and it’s a nice old-fashioned mildly-latin-flavoured ballad. I was always partial to the very affable Gloria. Meanwhile, Chaka goes higher with Ain’t Nobody 2nd-time around, and Yello get a 2nd Top 10, Blow Monkeys a 4th.

Simply Red virtually tango into the 20 with A New Flame, and Aswad reggae it in too, while Norman Cook gets an early Top 20 hit of a later bigger version. Highest new entry is for the clips of old songs contained it, rather than the combination of them for the enormously popular Jive Bunny “single”. Ah well, at least it introduced 50’s oldies to kids, so shouldn’t grumble. Much more impressive, though is Shakespear’s Sister at 26. Didn’t even know he had one, much less one who was in Bananarama, but You’re History is a quirky delight. At 43 it’s a debut for The Lightning Seeds, consistently under-rated, and beautifully perfect and melodic pop singles, like Pure, which was. 47, it’s Martika, Toy Soldiers step by stepping into my charts, and rather good too.

Other stuff: Bros get a rare Top 40 hit, Kylie enters at 39, The Cult say Ciao Baby, Inner City shuffle back, Stevie Nicks gets another solo hit, Fine Young cannibals keep hits a coming, Cyndi has her 5-year-run continuing, and Roachford sneaks in at 75. More of note, is Dion at 61, his first street-cred single in 20 years, and his first hit bar a 1976 reissue of The Wanderer, one of his many early-60’s goodies.

In life, tennis with mate Bob, holiday estimates going on, me getting stroppy with my lovely niece and nephew, especially considering the unemployed young pyscho neighbour opposite had a garden with a helpful rusty nail for Vicki to fall on while playing with his kids, so that meant a trip to the hospital out-patients. “Psycho” is a fair (if slightly-overstated) description of the twat as will become more obvious in an anecdote or two yet to come. I went out for a coastal walk on the hottest day since 1976, took off my shirt it was so hot (well, until I saw other people, that is, then popped it back on) a great rarity for me in those days. I also got all optimistic about George Bush Senior’s announcement for funds for NASA for a proposed moonbase and manned trip to Mars project to celebrate 20 years since Apollo 11. Ah well, come back in another 50 years, most likely, not going to happen any time soon.

1 ( 5 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 1 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
3 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 11 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
6 ( 8 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
7 ( 3 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
8 ( 6 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
9 ( 16 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
10 ( 13 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller

11 ( 10 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
12 ( 20 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
13 ( 7 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
14 ( 9 ) BATDANCE Prince
15 ( 12 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
16 ( 17 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
17 ( 18 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
18 ( 23 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
19 ( 27 ) ON AND ON Aswad
20 ( 32 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook

21 ( 14 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
22 ( 29 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
23 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
24 ( NEW ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 25 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
26 ( NEW ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
27 ( 22 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
28 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
29 ( 24 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
30 ( 39 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love

31 ( 62 ) TOO MUCH Bros
32 ( 38 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
33 ( 33 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 21 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
35 ( 35 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
36 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds
37 ( 28 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
38 ( 36 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
39 ( NEW ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
40 ( 34 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

41 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
42 ( 31 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
43 ( NEW ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
44 ( 26 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
45 ( 69 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
46 ( NEW ) EDIE (CIAO BABY) The Cult
47 ( NEW ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
48 ( 37 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
49 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( 45 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

51 ( 30 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
52 ( 42 ) WHY Carly Simon
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
54 ( 51 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
55 ( 43 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
56 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE June Montana
57 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
58 ( 59 ) VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald
59 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 67 ) DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Roxette

61 ( NEW ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
62 ( 61 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
63 ( NEW ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
64 ( 40 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 46 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
67 ( 66 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
68 ( 75 ) GET LOOSE LA Mix featuring Jazzy P
69 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
70 ( 60 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney

71 ( NEW ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
72 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( 71 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
74 ( 74 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) KATHLEEN Roachford

29th July 1989

A deluge of new entries, 6 of them female fronted bands, as Gloria gets a second week on top, and keeps Paul McCartney from his 2nd Number One in a row. Shakespear’s Sister rocket to 5, beating most of Bananarama’s hits in a swoop, while Simply Red get a rare Top 10 as Bobby Brown follows up his chart-topper with another Top 10 hit.

The Lightning Seeds are Purely up to 12, and highest new entry is Tom Petty with his (as always) minor-UK-hit Running Down The Dream, just edging out glamrock legend Alice Cooper’s big comeback single, Poison. Very 80’s metal ballad, but then he influenced a whole generation of crappy 80‘s imitations, so it’s only fair he get the kudos, and his first Top 20 hit since 1974, and his biggest song since Julie Covington covered Only Women Bleed and took it to the top in 1977. The Primitives, Wendy & Lisa, Texas, Cowboy Junkies, Transvision Vamp and Fuzzbox are the female-fronted bands who enter, while Jonathan King (aka Nemo) gets a reissued hit of his Top 20 1971 1930’s pastiche, a la Noel Coward. I doubt you’ll ever hear it on the radio again, some of the lyrics are not-pc, though it was mildly amusing as a piss-take.

Lisa Stansfield has a solo hit, and for the first time ever, so does Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland and showbiz Cabaret legend with an electropop version of a Stephen Sondheim showtune, courtesy of Neil and Chris, who did a great album with her, and appeared on Wogan with her (Pet Shop Boys, natch, and joining Dusty in reinvigorating diva legends using their own style and songs). Amusing to me, Milli Vanilli follow Minelli. All that’s missing is Millie and Molly!

At home, my sis-in-law had a street-shouting match with the psycho neighbour over swearing at the kids, he ended up kicking our front door. The children joined in all the shouting. As if that wasn’t enough, some council estate kids who decided to splash me from a paddling pool while I was working on measuring up for plans. How very dare they! On TV, 50’s repeats of The Honeymooners and Jack Benny really did turn back the clock. Not a chance in hell of ever seeing them on TV again, though, not even one of a zillion digital TV channels broadcasts classic TV shows in the UK. Certainly not black and white ones, at any rate. TV w*nkers!

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 6 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 26 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
6 ( 3 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
8 ( 9 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
9 ( 18 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
10 ( 12 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

11 ( 8 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
12 ( 43 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
13 ( 5 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
14 ( 22 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
15 ( 19 ) ON AND ON Aswad
16 ( 11 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
17 ( NEW ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
18 ( 14 ) BATDANCE Prince
19 ( 15 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( NEW ) POISON Alice Cooper

21 ( 7 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
22 ( NEW ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
23 ( 13 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 47 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
26 ( 31 ) TOO MUCH Bros
27 ( 16 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
28 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 20 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
30 ( 32 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler

31 ( 39 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
32 ( 21 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
33 ( 17 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
34 ( NEW ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
35 ( 71 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 27 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
37 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
38 ( 29 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
39 ( 69 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
40 ( NEW ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa

41 ( 23 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
42 ( 28 ) ONE The Bee Gees
43 ( NEW ) BETTER DAYS Gun
44 ( 35 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
45 ( 30 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
46 ( 36 ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
48 ( 61 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
49 ( 53 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

51 ( 40 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
52 ( 38 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
53 ( 25 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
54 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
55 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
56 ( 37 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
57 ( 34 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
58 ( 54 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
59 ( 57 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp

61 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 50 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
63 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
64 ( 45 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
65 ( NEW ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 46 ) EDIE (CIAO BABY) The Cult
68 ( 67 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
69 ( NEW ) THE DOCTOR The Doobie Brothers
70 ( 62 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISS Li’l Louis
74 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
75 ( NEW ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds