My 1990 Charts – February

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4th february 1990

3 weeks for Cher on top, as the great Lisa Stansfield hits 3, and fabulous Sinead 4. The wonderful under-rated House Of Love’s Shine On gleams at 8, brightening up the top 10, and Hello! So do The Beloved, at 10, and a trio of veterans, Ray, Chaka and Quincy at 9. Leaving the highest new entry at 13 for a less-good but similar-sounding Technotronic follow-up, only this time Ya Kid K gets the justly-deserved featuring credit, not a model pretending to be her.

At 16, Chris Rea enters with a lush, cinematic, heart-breaking gentle song. If you’ve never heard Tell Me There’s A Heaven, click on the Youtube link and pay attention to the words, essentially a child dealing with death. It’s tender and affecting, and just plain gorgeously sad. Pure class. As is Paul McCartney’s under-stated up-beat ballad Put It There, up 35 spots to 14. Sybil, meanwhile Walks On By into the 20, Driving past Everything But The Girl and Janet Jackson.

Lloyd Cole goes Top 30, and Madonna enters at 35 with one of the best tracks on Like A Prayer, another lushly-orchestrated and sad-themed bit of class, Oh Father. Not a UK single until 1996, it was out in the USA in 1989 instead of Dear Jessie, and didn’t make the Top 10 in either country, sadly. Cos it’s fab. At 39, it’s a new return from Gilbert O’Sullivan, 20 years since debuting, in a contemporary dance stylee – pushed out on a white label to DJ’s with no artist credit, I think, which gave him a buzz he hadn’t had since 1972/3. It’s one of his best records, actually, and has a great video with the late lovely long-time comic actor Eric Sykes lending a hand. Gilbert changed the music biz the next year when he sued and won a case against Biz Markie for sampling Alone Again (Naturally) – since then people rightly pay for sampling.

Barry Manilow’s at 50 with Elvis’ 1969 Top 10 huge ballad, If I Can Dream, giving Bazza 15 years of covering other people’s songs. Another cover, from Tina Turner, at 56, as she brings Tony Joe’s bluesy swamprock great Steamy Windows into the charts but keeps the feel just right. One of her best solo records too. Fab. At 60, Faith No More enter with the raprocking Epic, a terrific blend of the genres, insistent and exciting. Seduction’s good US girl dance hit Two To Make It Right enters at 62, The Stranglers cover ? And The Mysterions (pronounced Question Mark!) the delightfully organtastic odd 1966 hit 96 Tears, and do it very well. Cliff’s at 69, though he’s Stronger Than That, while 5 years since his last hit Adam Ant’s got a room at the top, but it’s located at the bottom – 75.

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 4 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 5 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
5 ( 7 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
6 ( 9 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
7 ( 11 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 31 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
9 ( 14 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
10 ( 15 ) HELLO The Beloved

11 ( 12 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
12 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
13 ( NEW ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 49 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
15 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
16 ( NEW ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 32 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
18 ( 13 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
19 ( 25 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
20 ( 23 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl

21 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
22 ( 10 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
23 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
24 ( 35 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
25 ( 18 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
26 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
27 ( 43 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
28 ( 19 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
29 ( 16 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
30 ( 34 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

31 ( 21 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
32 ( 28 ) WORDS The Christians
33 ( 29 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
34 ( 26 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
35 ( NEW ) OH FATHER Madonna
36 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( NEW ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
39 ( NEW ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
40 ( 52 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

41 ( 71 ) NRG Adamski
42 ( 22 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
43 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
44 ( 57 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 27 ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
46 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 42 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
48 ( 41 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
49 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
50 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 47 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
52 ( 59 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
53 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
54 ( 30 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( NEW ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( NEW ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
57 ( 58 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
58 ( 68 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
59 ( 39 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
60 ( NEW ) EPIC Faith No More

61 ( 33 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
62 ( NEW ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
63 ( NEW ) TENDER LOVE Babyface
64 ( 62 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 74 ) THE FACE And Why Not
68 ( 67 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( NEW ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
70 ( NEW ) MY DOCS Kiss AMC

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
73 ( NEW ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
74 ( NEW ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
75 ( NEW ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant


At work, there was lots of storm tree damage and lots of inspecting of parks and open spaces to do, having to make decisions on which trees needed attention which was a bit daunting. Got some good photos of fallen trees in the woods round and about home, and took the kids to look at them. Even more gales and storms made it a busy time! This was one of those “once in a generation” storm events that was actually the second time in 3 years. Played squash with Peter (lost of course)and a good chat after, popped round Bob’s for a chat, and watched a lot of TV: Chelmsford 123, Cheers, Whose Line Is It Anyway, Golden Girls, TOTP etc.


11th February 1990

Straight in at number 1, it’s the single release of an album track I already loved (bought the album in the States Autumn 1989) Here We Are, Gloria Estefan’s second chart-topper. I really did like her a lot, nice singer, lovely person, and was very happy to see Latino music get a big push through her and hubby Emilio’s Miami Sound Machine, 6 years on since Doctor Beat. It’s a sweetly sad ballad. Lonnie Gordon takes SAW back into the 10, and Rod Stewart gets his biggest hit in 6 years or so, as Downtown Train hits 8, just ahead of Sybil (Basil!) and Macca. Put It There, Paul!

Lloyd Cole returns to the 20 after a 3-year gap, No Blue Skies is another good ballad, so many of them dotted around the chart! Beats International rocket to 19, as Dub Be Good To Me gives Norman Cook his biggest post-Housemartins track, chasing the position of the SOS Band original. Seduction slide sultrily into the 40, showing it takes two to make it right at 23, and Depeche Mode’s classic Enjoy The Silence is right behind at 24, quietly working their way up. More loudly, Faith No More’s Epic is 26. Tina’s getting steamy at 38, as windows do when you get sweaty.

Next new entry is a 1990 dance remix of classic 1977 rock hit Black Betty, from Ram Jam at 31, ahead of Tears For Fears’ good Advice For The Young At Heart. I think I followed that advice, at 33, and also did a bit of gardening as Lenny Kravitz enters at 37, I Built This Garden For Us, bringing him chart-bound not for the last-time. I’m Not Satisfied, exclaim the Fine Young Cannibals, oh well, says I, noting they are in at 53 and have a decade of hits (with The Beat), and move on to Marc Almond’s A Lover Spurned, all drama at 61, 9 years on since Tainted Love. At 65, a great rock new entry from Aerosmith, who rightly warn us that Janie’s Got A Gun, and finally Spandau Ballet do a spot of crashing into love at 75. More like a very slight bump, actually.

1 ( NEW ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
3 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
4 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
5 ( 8 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
6 ( 11 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
8 ( 26 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
9 ( 17 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
10 ( 14 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

11 ( 5 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
12 ( 19 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
13 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
14 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
15 ( 6 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( 4 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
17 ( 10 ) HELLO The Beloved
18 ( 27 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
19 ( 52 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
20 ( 9 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan

21 ( 39 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
22 ( 12 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
23 ( 62 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
24 ( 49 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
25 ( 21 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
26 ( 60 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 18 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
28 ( 38 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
29 ( 22 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
30 ( 40 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics

31 ( NEW ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
32 ( 37 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
33 ( NEW ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
34 ( 25 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
35 ( 20 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
36 ( 30 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
37 ( NEW ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
38 ( 56 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
39 ( 15 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
40 ( 23 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

41 ( 31 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
42 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
43 ( 34 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
44 ( 32 ) WORDS The Christians
45 ( 28 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
46 ( 35 ) OH FATHER Madonna
47 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
48 ( 46 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
49 ( 29 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
50 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow

51 ( 48 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
52 ( 47 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
53 ( NEW ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 24 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 55 ) BEACH BUMP Baby Ford
56 ( 51 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
57 ( 58 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
58 ( 36 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
59 ( 69 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
60 ( 57 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( NEW ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
62 ( NEW ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 33 ) WELCOME Gino Latino
64 ( 65 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
65 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
66 ( 67 ) THE FACE And Why Not
67 ( 72 ) ALL 4 LOVE Raze
68 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( 63 ) TENDER LOVE Babyface

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 73 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
73 ( 75 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
74 ( 64 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet


At home, big Bob (driver from work of 5 years back) and his new girlfriend dropped by, and overlapped into the chart show, oops! Nice to catch up on news, and to see him get a girl after years of good-natured trying. More gales, rain, flooding, as we got measuring at work, for plans for a big Council reorganisation, the first of millions I’ve gone through since. Every new administration or leader likes to stamp their authority by changing things, cutting things, finding it backfires, doesn’t save money, and then hire in expensive temps to do the work that cheaper pissed-off staff used to do. It’s endlessly circular because the councillors who make these sort of decisions are not experts, largely they are morons with a vision who fail to listen to people who know better. I digress, 5-year-old Gavin was sick over mum’s bed, I watched TV Horizon shows on Neptune and Triton, as more and more images and knowledge of the planets gripped my imagination. I cancelled a works ice-skating evening due to apathy from confirmees changing their minds. Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, giving some brightness and optimism to a world where injustice seemed to rule. I swore at the previous South African regimes, at this point, so I won’t repeat, but optimistically noted “Thatcher to go must be a possibility now”. When you’re right, you’re right….


18th February 1990

2 weeks for Gloria, here we are… as Lisa Stansfield almost gets a second number one – doh! Ram Jam bring up the spirit of ’77 as Black Betty goes top 5 for the second time, the remix admittedly not as good as the original, but good enough for 3. Paul McCartney is on a top 5 roll, as the third track from Flowers In The Dirt goes top 5, all of them under-appreciated in the world at large. Pah! Depeche Mode are also on a roll, a second consecutive top 10, Enjoy The Silence giving them a bit of consistency of chart position unseen since 1984, and their 10th top 10.

Faith No More hit 13, Gilbert O’Sullivan hits 14, his highest-ranked since 1974. So what? Well, a 16-year gap, that’s what. Back at 19, having been a less big chart hit in 1989, suddenly Love Shack takes off in the UK (hooray!) and gives The B52’s their first top 20 since the reissue of Rock Lobster in 1985, and 11 years of chart activity. It’s a party classic, still, but took some time to grow on everyone. Fine Young Cannibals are unsatisfied with their final record of note, more or less – they pretty much split at the top of their game, shockingly.

The Stranglers 96 Tears don’t dampen by appreciation of a good cover version, it suited them perfectly at 27, and Black Box come back with a new single – I don’y know anybody else either. 3 veterans scrape inside the 40: Cliff, Marc and Adam, but not their finest hours, truth be told, my preference these days is for A Lover Spurned of the 3. Leaving Kate Bush, Love And Anger, and The Creatures, Billy Fury Eyes as new entries – OK I”m just wishful thinking The Creatures had called it that, and done a 60’s styled version instead of opting for the dance sound of the time, which has dated badly.

1 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
2 ( 3 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 31 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
4 ( 2 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
5 ( 10 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
6 ( 5 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
7 ( 8 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
8 ( 9 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
9 ( 24 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
10 ( 6 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

11 ( 4 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
12 ( 14 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
13 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
14 ( 21 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 19 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
16 ( 13 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
17 ( 7 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
18 ( 12 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
19 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
20 ( 23 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

21 ( 18 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
22 ( 11 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 53 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
24 ( 16 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
25 ( 33 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
26 ( 17 ) HELLO The Beloved
27 ( 64 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
28 ( 38 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
29 ( 25 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
30 ( 15 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

31 ( 20 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
32 ( 22 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
33 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 37 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
35 ( 27 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
36 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
37 ( 34 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
38 ( 59 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
39 ( 61 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
40 ( 73 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant

41 ( 32 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
42 ( 28 ) HIGHER THAN HEAVEN Age Of Chance
43 ( 30 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
44 ( 42 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
45 ( 36 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
46 ( 35 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
47 ( 39 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
48 ( 47 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 41 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
50 ( 43 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 40 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
52 ( 48 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( RE ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 52 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
55 ( 51 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
56 ( 57 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
57 ( 56 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
59 ( NEW ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
60 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

61 ( 44 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
63 ( 45 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
64 ( 49 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
65 ( 72 ) BAD LOVE Eric Clapton
66 ( 50 ) IF I CAN DREAM Barry Manilow
67 ( NEW ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
68 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
70 ( NEW ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
73 ( 75 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) FURY EYES The Creatures


A flat tyre to sort for my car, a room shift about at work, lost at squash 4-2, then chatted to Peter afterwards about his life, and at home caught a new TV show, Quantum Leap, which promised much with it’s premise of being sent back in time as other people. The BRITS were on, and I went to see Honey I Shrunk The Kids at the new impressive UCI cinema at the new Tower Park, Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer I enjoyed, good-humoured movie too, but some stupid plotting made it a bit too silly.


25th February 1990

The second album track to enter at 1 in a row – this time off the Pet Shop Boys-produced fabulous Results album, for Liza Minelli, it’s her version of Yvonne Elliman’s 70’s disco classic Love Pains. Yvonne is still waiting to chart with it, as it was one that bypassed radio of the time, clubs only, so I never got to hear the song until Hazell Dean covered it, and charted in the mid-80’s. Needless to say, it’s Liza, it’s Chris n Neil, it’s a great song, it’s fab. Also, a big huge new entry at 4 for Erasure, the beautifully melodic Blue Savannah, their best track since Sometimes hit 1 in 1986, and hot on the heels of Depeche Mode shooting up to 2 with the sublime Enjoy The Silence for their biggest chart hit to date.

Beats International take Just (Dub) Be Good To Me into the top 10, just as did the SOS Band in 1984, while Tina Turner cracks another top tenner with Steamy Windows, and Chris Rea gets only his 3rd or 4th in 12 years with his best record, Tell Me There’s A Heaven. In at 22, it’s Aerosmith with their best record, the immensely exciting and horn-ey Dude (Looks Like A Lady) – watch the video right to the end, it’s just sooo great. Into the top 40, Electribe 101 get cool dance vibes blending with a snatch of Mission: Impossible’s TV theme tune, laid back, smokin’. Kate Bush also gets top 40 bound, just behind a cover of Lou Reid’s 1973 classic Walk On The Wild Side. Which leaves minor entries for 80’s acts, Shaky, Carmel, It Bites and Brother Beyond, and a great buzzing dance track, so good it was remixed and big all over again in the 21st century, Guru Josh’ Infinity. Time For The Guru!

1 ( NEW ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
2 ( 9 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
3 ( 1 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
4 ( NEW ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
5 ( 2 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 3 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
7 ( 4 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
8 ( 15 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 28 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
10 ( 12 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea

11 ( 19 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
12 ( 7 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
14 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
15 ( 6 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
16 ( 8 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
17 ( 23 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
18 ( 11 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
19 ( 27 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
20 ( 10 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon

21 ( 16 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
22 ( NEW ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
23 ( 17 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
24 ( 25 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
25 ( 24 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
26 ( 13 ) EPIC Faith No More
27 ( 39 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
28 ( 18 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
29 ( 38 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
30 ( 20 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

31 ( 67 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
32 ( 29 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
33 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
34 ( 62 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
35 ( 40 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
37 ( 21 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
38 ( 26 ) HELLO The Beloved
39 ( 70 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan
40 ( 59 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

41 ( 32 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
42 ( RE ) OH FATHER Madonna
43 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
45 ( 37 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
46 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
47 ( 35 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
48 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 34 ) I BUILD THIS GARDEN FOR US Lenny Kravitz
50 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

51 ( 44 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 49 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
55 ( 60 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 68 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
57 ( 55 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
58 ( 54 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
59 ( 43 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
60 ( 57 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 46 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
63 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
64 ( 47 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
65 ( NEW ) INFINITY Guru Josh
66 ( 73 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
67 ( 41 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
68 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
69 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 51 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

71 ( 45 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
72 ( NEW ) I MOVE YOU Carmel
73 ( NEW ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens


Spandau Ballet Live At Bournemouth International Centre 22nd February 1990

The audience were now averaging mid-20’s, 10-years on from starting their run of hits, Bob’s fave band of the 80’s, I’d seen Spandau before despite not being much of a fan, as Bob went to see Pet Shop Boys and I went to see Spandau, covering each other’s faves. Not much to say, it says in my notes, as they got off to a good start with Raw and Highly Strung before descending into the usual Pop Star Live Disease. Yes, that means sitting through a 45-minute advert for the latest album. This can work out well if it’s a classic album. Sadly, when it’s dreary it kills the mood stone-dead, nil audience participation, and so mundane. Gold livened things up a bit, but still a slowed-down version, and Through The Barricades was the highlight of the concert, only rivalled by the encore songs: To Cut A Long Story Short, and Chant Number 1. They also did True. Never mind.

My brother paid a rare visit for this time, having relationship and financial issues, with stuff he’d taken from grandma’s flat following a visit to her partner Jack, mainly sentimental stuff we’d given her, like Singapore cushion covers. I regretted not taking all of the stuff she’d badgered me to take for a couple of years, as it meant a lot to her, but I didn’t want to admit to myself she was getting to the age where she might pass away, and put it off. At the weekend, both niece Vicki and nephew Gavin were sick, Gavin throwing up in the middle of the night, and I decided my small bedroom was full up with stuff. 30-years on, I’ve spilled out into 2 other rooms, and they are all full to brimming. Mostly music, magazines, books…

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My 1990 Charts – January

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7th January 1990

A new decade, and Distant Cousins return to the top for a second soulful week, and Jason Donovan goes back up to 2, too. The 49‘ers Touch Me at 6, Soul II Soul Get A Life and a third top 10 at 9, Wet Wet Wet meanwhile have Broke Away at 8, returning them to the top 10 3 years since Wishing I Was Lucky started the ball rolling. Band Aid II belatedly get their christmas charity cover into the 10, as Kylie also gets the highest new entry at 14 with a decent cover of a much better 1950’s classic: Tears On My Pillow promoted her movie, but I never loved it as much I loved the Little Anthony & The Imperials version. Still don’t.

D Mob are back, with a reworking of an O’Jays song, at 23, so Put Your Hands Together, though De La Soul think 24 is the Magic Number now that it’s a double A with Buddy. Some classic new entries lower, though, headed by Cher following up her big return (If I Could Turn Back Time) with the fantastic cowboy-inspired rock track Just Like Jesse James, a song written by Diane Warren and Desmond Child. Desmond of late had been writing hits for Bon Jovi and Aerosmith, among others, Diane for, well, EVERYTHING! She’s done Eurovision with Andrew Lloyd-Webber, written a million-seller for Aerosmith, got awards and movie songs coming out of her ears, Paloma Faith’s latest single (Feb 2015) is one of hers, so is Cher’s previous hit, and one of her biggest accolades (for me) Pet Shop Boys recorded her brilliant song Numb, the playout song England went out of the world cup with to dramatic effect. Pet Shop Boys just don’t record other people’s songs, except as covers, so that was pretty rare. Take a google at the list of songs, and acts recording them, from Roy Orbison to Rihanna, and gasp for breath.

Talking of brilliant songwriters, Prince. Sinead O’Connor follows up Mandinka with a heart-breaking cover of Prince’s Nothin’ Compares 2 U, complete with world-dominating tearful video, and instant world-wide fame. Classic? Absolutely! In at 57 in the first chart of the year, not a bad start. Rod Stewart meanwhile covers Tom Waits, Downtown Train, and unusually for a Rod cover it’s not bad at all, though Tom is another songwriter (like Prince) who can be, shall we say, uniquely protective when it comes to their own work? That would be worth pursuing if one were immortal, but copyright is harder to govern from beyond the grave. Unless you’re the estate of Elvis Presley.

Returning, Smokie, 15 years on, without lead singer Chris Singer, instead it was Black Lace singer Alan Barton on lead, and who died a couple of years later on a Smokie tour coach crash, effectively ending their career, barring the Roy Chubby Brown monstrosity version of Living Next Door To Alice. Candidate for the worst record ever that one, not because of the song though. Finally, a legend returns: Quincy Jones having been dumped by Michael Jackson as producer (and ending his classic period to boot) had some time on his hands, so got Ray Charles and Chaka Khan on featuring vocals. As you do. As he does anyway. I’ll Be Good To You is good.

1 ( 2 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
4 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
5 ( 1 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
6 ( 13 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
7 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
8 ( 11 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
9 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
10 ( 12 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II

11 ( 6 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 7 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
13 ( 9 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
14 ( NEW ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
15 ( 34 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 14 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
18 ( 20 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
19 ( 10 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
20 ( 28 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

21 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
22 ( 15 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
23 ( NEW ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob
24 ( 43 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 19 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
26 ( 38 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
27 ( 35 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
28 ( 18 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
29 ( 55 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
30 ( 21 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

31 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
32 ( 25 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
33 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
34 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
35 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
36 ( 46 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
37 ( 26 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
38 ( 23 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
39 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
40 ( 53 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty

41 ( 33 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
42 ( 42 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 37 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 31 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 40 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
46 ( 22 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
47 ( 41 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
48 ( 30 ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
50 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 47 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( 39 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
53 ( 44 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
55 ( 27 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
56 ( 51 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
58 ( 45 ) MY LOVE The London Boys
59 ( NEW ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
62 ( 52 ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
63 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
65 ( 61 ) OH WELL Oh Well
66 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
67 ( 67 ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 36 ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( 58 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 59 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
72 ( 69 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
73 ( 65 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
74 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh

For me the new decade started on several sleepless nights, missing grandma on the first birthday without her, both her birthday and my 32nd. At home, the smoking and general upheaval of kids in the house was getting to me a bit, too. On TV, The Road To Singapore (Hope and Crosby movie), David Attenborough dinosaurs programme (who doesn’t love dinosaurs!), and worried about being too old for the new squash courses I’d joined. 32, old? Pah!



14th January 1990

3 weeker for Distant Cousins at 1, and a quiet chart otherwise, bar a batch of mostly uneventful new entries. Happily, though, Cher’s shooting her 6-guns at 6 with one of her great records, and Sinead O’Connor cries her way up into the top 40. Kylie gets her 4th Top 10, and De la Soul find 12 is this week’s magic number. Living In A Box stop yo-yo-ing and make a firm dive into the 20, their 4th time.

New entries start with the Mission at 41, and the good Butterfly On A Wheel, more melodic than usual for them, while just behind is Lloyd Cole and the pretty No Blue Skies, 6 years on and without his Commotions anymore. Cyndi Lauper’s Heading West for one solitary chart week at 49 – oops! – and so might Everything But The Girl be, as they are Driving at 52, and like Lloyd Cole part of the Class of ’84 still plugging away classily, if not exactly on fire. A bit more lively, UB40 cover Al Green, and do a nice enough reggae version of a great soul song, Here I Am (Come And Take Me), giving them a cool decade of pretty much non-stop chart entries.

Best new entry by far though is Mantronix featuring Wondress and rthe sublime Got To Have Your Love, one of the few contemporary dance tracks in the chart that doesn’t sound horribly dated. At 61, The Happy Mondays Hallelujah is in remix form (apparently), but I’m sticking with the original on the video, as it has Kirsty MaColl on Top Of The Pops with them, and that’s good enough for me! Eurythmics are back with a spot of lesser royalty, just below them, Phil Collins is hoping for some rain, 9 years on from In The Air Tonight, and no comparison. Megadeth take on Alice Cooper and lose, of course. Fish’s Marillion days are in the past, but he swims in briefly with a Big Wedge. Finally janet Jackson’s latest Rhythm Nation track is a sweet ballad, Come Back To Me at 75.

1 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 6 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
4 ( 3 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
6 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
7 ( 9 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
8 ( 7 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 5 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
10 ( 14 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue

11 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
13 ( 16 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
14 ( 44 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
15 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
16 ( 18 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
17 ( 23 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
18 ( 21 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
19 ( 8 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
20 ( 27 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia

21 ( 20 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
22 ( 26 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
23 ( 12 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
24 ( 10 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
25 ( 17 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
26 ( 13 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
27 ( 22 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
28 ( 29 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
29 ( 19 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
30 ( 25 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield

31 ( 35 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
32 ( 36 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
33 ( 34 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
34 ( 31 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
35 ( 40 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
36 ( 32 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
37 ( 57 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
38 ( 39 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
39 ( 54 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
40 ( 30 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward

41 ( NEW ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
42 ( 37 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
43 ( 43 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
44 ( 28 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
45 ( 49 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 41 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
47 ( 50 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( NEW ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 45 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

51 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
52 ( NEW ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
53 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
54 ( NEW ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
55 ( 59 ) BOULEVARD OF BROKEN DREAMS Smokie
56 ( 61 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
57 ( 46 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
58 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
59 ( 56 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress

61 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
62 ( NEW ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
63 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 52 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
65 ( 38 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
67 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( NEW ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
69 ( 65 ) OH WELL Oh Well
70 ( NEW ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

71 ( 66 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
72 ( 74 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( NEW ) BIG WEDGE Fish
74 ( 75 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
75 ( NEW ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson

In the 1990 world, still not sleeping at night, feeling my life isn’t my own and having bouts of lowness and anxiety, not helped by a good news bad news situation at work: good news Parks were giving me a permanent job (yay!) along with Andy and Cathy, bad news it was a salary drop of £1300, quite a bit of cash, which made the likelihood of getting my own place more difficult. The new Tower Park cinema/bowls/ice-skating/swimming/clubs/food outlets was great though for me – I went off to see Back To The Future 2 again, my top film of 1989.


21st January 1990

Cher finally grabs another solo chart-topper 16 years after Dark Lady got there, and her third in total (one with Sonny in 1972). Just Like Jesse James is fab, Cher is at her best when she’s being mega dramatic. Up from 37 to 6, Sinead O’Connor is finding not much compares 2 her, and a well deserved even bigger hit for her than Mandinka. Jimmy Somerville follows Sylvester’s original into the Top 10, while the highest new entry at 9, wham bam thank you ma’am, it’s Lisa Stansfield’s follow-up to a classic number one, this one Live Together almost as good.

In at 16, Stock Aitken Waterman’s production-line keeps on churning out hits, with Lonnie Gordon the happy beneficiary of one of their better songs, Happenin’ All Over Again, Silver Bullet go top 20 with the good 20 Seconds To Comply, going all rap Robocop with attitude, and one second less than a future less good UK number one. Good climbs for Mantronix and Quincy Jones into the 40, but the best news is The Beloved returning with a terrific slow-groove funky list of celebrities, Hello at 30: Leslie Crowther, as they say, come on down! Great record.

Another great new entry at 39, the not-that-well-known (but fab) House Of Love’s Shine On, summoning up the spirit of classic Lloyd Cole and The Smiths, jangly indie rock that needs revisiting. Meanwhile Terry Hall is back with yet another collaboration of new mates, this time as Terry, Blair and Anoushka. Ultra Modern Nursery Rhymes, and not bad at 74. At 64, Dion is back, his late 50’s and early 60’s teen heart-throb doowop pop far behind him now, as Written On The Subway Wall is more Springsteen than his 1976 revived biggie The Wanderer. Produced by the great Dave Edmunds, that can only be a good thing.

1 ( 6 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 3 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 37 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
7 ( 10 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 15 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( NEW ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 17 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice

11 ( 5 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
12 ( 7 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
13 ( 9 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
14 ( 12 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
15 ( 8 ) WORDS The Christians
16 ( NEW ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
17 ( 11 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 22 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
19 ( 32 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
20 ( 13 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister

21 ( 14 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
22 ( 60 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
23 ( 56 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
24 ( 20 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
25 ( NEW ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
26 ( 61 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
27 ( NEW ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
28 ( 52 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
29 ( 18 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
30 ( NEW ) HELLO The Beloved

31 ( 19 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
32 ( 39 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
34 ( 54 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40
35 ( 30 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
36 ( 23 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
37 ( 41 ) BUTTERFLY ON A WHEEL The Mission
38 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( NEW ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
40 ( 38 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

41 ( 27 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
42 ( 33 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
43 ( 31 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
44 ( 29 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 34 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
48 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
49 ( 36 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
50 ( 21 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 26 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
52 ( 66 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
53 ( 28 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
54 ( 68 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
55 ( 51 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
56 ( 70 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth
57 ( 35 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
58 ( 62 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
59 ( 58 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect

61 ( 59 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
62 ( NEW ) I CALLED U Lil Louis
63 ( 40 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
64 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON THE SUBWAY WALL Dion
65 ( RE ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 73 ) BIG WEDGE Fish
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 75 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
70 ( 53 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams

71 ( 24 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
72 ( 46 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
73 ( NEW ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
74 ( NEW ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
75 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


In life, surveying Bournemouth’s parks still, and at home teaching the kids how to draw. Buying loads of albums in sales and raving about the forgotten UK historical sit-com Chelmsford 1-2-3, a Roman invasion laugh starring Jimmy Mulville and Rory McGrath. It deserves to be better remembered as it’s still funny, and being period set it doesn’t date! Played an actual game of squash with cool Peter from work – and lost. Fun though. Had a strange dream about Janet Jackson, which if nothing else is a pop culture reference! Saw When Harry Met Sally at the cinema, a pleasant romcom, and decided to myself it was time I started looking around at possibly maybe moving out and sort of maybe getting into a relationship, as I wasn’t especially happy with my lot in life. Maybe. On the other hand, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one this century if I were you…!


28th January 1990

2 weeks for Cher at 1, and The 49‘ers at 2, leaving Lisa Stansfield as the next bet to replace Cher at 4, Live Together making it a 3rd cool top 5 for Lisa. Sinead O’Connor also moves to 5 with her Prince cover classic. FPI Project’s Odyssey cover is at 7, showing their roots, and Mantronix just miss the top 10 at 11.

Quincy Jones, The Beloved (Hello!) and Rod’s train all chug in to the 20, as Janet Jackson gets another top 30 hit with ballad Come Back To Me. Highest new entry, though, is at 27 and it’s the band who made the song that became an anthem for the London Special Olympics: Public Enemy who Welcome you To The Terrordome, not Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s Pleasuredome. A hugely influential rap act, but not a band I ever became passionate about so it comes as a pleasant surprise to see Public Enemy managed to beat out the competition for at least one week! There’s another welcome, albeit a dance welcome, too, at 29, from Gino Latino.

Sybil! Sybil!! No it’s not Fawlty Towers, it’s a dance soul shuffle cover of Dionne Warwick’s definitive version of Bacharach/David’s Walk On By. It’s a song that is impossible to ruin, so classic is it, but it’s also a song where no-one can better the cool heartbreak of the original, though Sybil does a fine job at 32. In the week that I went to see an Ex-Beatle live in concert, he drops by with a tuneful optmistic new ditty, Put It There Macca mate, at 49! It’s a spot of awesome though at 55, as Depeche Mode enter with their finest moment a full 9 years into their career, Enjoy The Silence is moody, tuneful, mysterious and brilliant, the Mode hitting new mature career highs worldwide and setting themselves up to be another influential act. Finally, it’s yet another dance cover at 59 – but this one’s different: Beats International was Norman Cook evolving his solo dance music career ex-Housemartins into a rave-dance DJ legend, starting with this very good cover of The SOS Band’s Jam & Lewis brilliant Just Be Good To Me. Dub Be Good To Me isn’t quite as good, but it does the job and tops the UK chart!

1 ( 1 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
2 ( 2 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
3 ( 3 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
4 ( 9 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
5 ( 6 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
6 ( 4 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 18 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
8 ( 8 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
9 ( 7 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
10 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan

11 ( 22 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
12 ( 16 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
13 ( 10 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
14 ( 23 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Quincy Jones featuring Ray Charles and Chaka Khan
15 ( 30 ) HELLO The Beloved
16 ( 25 ) NOTHING EVER HAPPENS Del Amitri
17 ( 17 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
18 ( 13 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
19 ( 12 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
20 ( 32 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 11 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
22 ( 27 ) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU SO Halo James
23 ( 28 ) DRIVING Everything But The Girl
24 ( 14 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER/ BUDDY De La Soul
25 ( 69 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
26 ( 20 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
27 ( NEW ) WELCOME TO THE TERRORDOME Public Enemy
28 ( 15 ) WORDS The Christians
29 ( NEW ) WELCOME Gino Latino
30 ( 34 ) HERE I AM (COME AND TAKE ME) UB40

31 ( 39 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
32 ( NEW ) WALK ON BY Sybil
33 ( 19 ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
34 ( 60 ) JUICY Wrecks ‘N’ Effect
35 ( 54 ) MORE THAN YOU KNOW Martika
36 ( 74 ) ULTRA MODERN NURSERY RHYMES Terry, Blair and Anoushka
37 ( 52 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
38 ( 62 ) I CALLED U Lil Louis and The World
39 ( 29 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
40 ( 56 ) NO MORE MR NICE GUY Megadeth

41 ( 40 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
42 ( 35 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
43 ( 48 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
44 ( 21 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
45 ( 24 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
46 ( 47 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
47 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
48 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
50 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner

51 ( 36 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
52 ( 58 ) KING AND QUEEN OF AMERICA Eurythmics
53 ( 42 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
54 ( 33 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends
55 ( NEW ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
56 ( 26 ) HALLELUJAH (REMIX) The Happy Mondays
57 ( 31 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
59 ( NEW ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
60 ( 41 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

61 ( 46 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
62 ( 44 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
63 ( 61 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
64 ( 43 ) QUEEN OF THE NEW YEAR Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
66 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 66 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
68 ( 73 ) INSTANT REPLAY Yell
69 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
70 ( NEW ) BLUE SKY MINE Midnight Oil

71 ( NEW ) NRG Adamski
72 ( 49 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
73 ( 51 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
74 ( NEW ) THE FACE And Why Not
75 ( NEW ) WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Joe Cocker

London Wembley Arena Paul McCartney Live In Concert January 24th 1990

Took my mum to see an Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings legend after a day at Oxford Street record stores shopping and the like, or PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!! as I noted it in my diary. We weren’t too far from the stage, on the flat, but a 12-foot-tall woman was sat in front of me which was very annoying. Tall people should be made to sit or stand at the back, and tickets should be issued on a height-proximity-to-stage basis! Large numbers of old people in the crowd, I age-istly noted (some of them must have been, ooh pushing 50, I guess, speaking now as someone who pushed 50 some time ago!). Not the most exciting concert I’d been to, but it was “certainly the largest collection of classic songs you’ll ever see this century” as Paul ran through Beatles classics, and fab solo Macca grooves, with revolving platforms for Paul and for the now-much-missed Linda, some 60’s psychedelic backdrop videos and some nostalgic eye-moistening from me over 2 and a half hours.

Ignoring a few Flowers In The Dirt album tracks which were a bit out of place amongst the jewels, songs like Fool On The Hill, Eleanor Rigby, Let It Be, and the like, though some uptempo numbers would have been even better, to add to Sgt Pepper, Jet, Got To Get You Into My Life etc. Live And Let Die came over powerfully, and Hey Jude was spine-tingling, though the crowd singalong was somewhat interrupted by a bloke just behind fainting and causing a commotion. Admittedly it was a very special moment for me – my first ever memory of record getting to UK number one, the first to top my own personal charts, and a Beatles highlight – but fainting is going one step too far for me! The encore? Yesterday (bit of a biggie that one), Get Back (brilliant), and Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/ The End. I wished I’d had a better seat, and a delayed drive back to moan about, but all in all… it was one of The Beatles! yay!

1st: Hey Jude
2nd: Live And Let Die
3rd: Sgt. Pepper
4th: Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
5th: Can’t Buy Me Love
6th: Jet
7th: Back In The USSR
8th: Band On The Run
9th: Get Back
10th: Eleanor Rigby/This One/My Brave Face/Fool On The Hill/Let It Be

Phew! That’s quite a line-up of songs!

In the real world, I showed my gratitude at being given a full-time job by getting wound-up about the drop in wages and starting a meeting about the new role going straight to the point. I’d forgotten how stroppy I could be when stressed! Turns out they agreed to keep me on the same wage, which then pissed off colleagues. Oh dear! Had another game of squash (lost) with Peter, and at work Andy and I were dealing with tree damage from storms as we went out in the lashing rain and wind to note what needed attention in various parks. At home, I took the neice and nephew into the neighbouring woods to see all of the trees that had come down in the high winds. On TV: Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers), Chelmsford 1-2-3…

My 1989 Charts – December

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3rd December 1989

3 weeks at 1 for Lisa Stansfield as the top 10 becomes very female-vocal-dominated, barring just 808 State, Jeff Wayne’s remix, and Living In A Box. Before the 80’s that state of events would have been unlikely! Biggest movers into the 10, Dusty Springfield at 2 and Kate Bush at 8, veterans of 21 years and 11 years since their first top 10’s.

In at 15, highest new entry is Rob n Raz, not to mention Leila K doing a bit of a catchy impression of Neneh Cherry. At 19, a re-entry a couple of places behind his own Something, it’s ol’ George himself, assisted in no small part by Jeff Lynne on production Wilbury duties, with Cheer Down, a great record that should have been big. Apparently it’s from Lethal Weapon 2. As I have yet to see Mel Gibson’s lethal weapon, pistol or shotgun-sized, I can’t comment on the quality. While at 24, Jason Donovan performs the unexpected, and gets Stock Aitken and Waterman-ed up to the point where they actually make a great pop record together. It can’t possibly last, but enjoy it while it lasted!

At 26, it’s the absolutely classic ultimate part-singalong record from the quirky B52’s, 10 years on from Rock Lobster and even more fun, and a track I’d heard on my USA holiday without registering much. Oops! Brilliance missed! Awesome, as they used to say. Erasure surround the top 40, while The Stone Roses are no fools at 29, up almost 40 places, and in at 31 it’s a super group. I mean supergroup. I prefer to think of them as New Smiths Shop Boys, though others may prefer Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr and Neil Tennant. 3 perfectly good reasons to love this record anyway! Other top 40 climbs? Milli Vanilli (blame it on the rain, I say), Sydney Youngblood (sat waiting) and Big Fun (very rarely).

41 to 75 new entries include Soul II Soul at 50, Got A Life? Just as well, really, as the hit singles career wasn’t for much longer. Belinda Carlisle is singing to the moon, La Luna at 52, Chris Rea’s at 58 – that’s what they always say – while Alice Cooper’s on fire at 67, or at least his house is, 17 years after his school was out. Careless! It’s a miracle for Queen at 69, The Happy Mondays are at 71 – Hallelujah! – the Beautiful South are sailing at 74 and the Stones are caught between a rock and nearly missing out on a chart placing. Phew!

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 14 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
5 ( 10 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
6 ( 13 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
7 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
8 ( 33 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
9 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
10 ( 6 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
13 ( 8 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 17 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
15 ( NEW ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
16 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
17 ( 7 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
18 ( 21 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
19 ( RE ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
20 ( 28 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins

21 ( 16 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
22 ( 19 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
23 ( 18 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
25 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
26 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 26 ) OH WELL Oh Well
28 ( 43 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 68 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
30 ( 23 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli

31 ( NEW ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
32 ( 22 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
33 ( 50 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
34 ( 38 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
35 ( 51 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
36 ( 27 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
37 ( 20 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
38 ( 36 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
40 ( 25 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister

41 ( 35 ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
42 ( 44 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
43 ( 34 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
44 ( 30 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
45 ( 47 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
46 ( 39 ) RONI Bobby Brown
47 ( 29 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
48 ( 40 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
50 ( NEW ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul

51 ( 41 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
52 ( NEW ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 37 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
54 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
55 ( 74 ) OUIJA BOARD OUIJA BOARD Morrissey
56 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
57 ( 53 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
58 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
59 ( 54 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
60 ( RE ) ON THE GREENER SIDE Michelle Shocked

61 ( 24 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) CHERISH Madonna
65 ( 57 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
66 ( 64 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
67 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
68 ( 46 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
69 ( NEW ) THE MIRACLE Queen
70 ( NEW ) THE BENNY HILL BOOGIE The Highliners

71 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH The Happy Mondays
72 ( NEW ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
73 ( NEW ) ROCK AND A HARD PLACE The Rolling Stones
74 ( 48 ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White
75 ( 73 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


At work, I was on a playground maintenance course – planning for the future job role – and surveying some big parks plans. I also had a word with boss Sue about friend Cathy’s suitability for a new job post as Technical assistant when her contract expired (I supported her). At home I was still whinging about the kids and watching telly – Doctor Who, Sticky Moments (fab), TOTP, Damed Edna (with guest Jason Donovan). Still doing squash in the evenings, still unfit, and writing some Legion of Super-Heroes pieces for the fanzine. Went to the cinema to see Ghostbusters 2, 5 years after seeing the first one. Not as good, though entertaining, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver were good. Just for a laugh I applied for a job as a BSkyB satellite channel “Powerstation” presenter. Fortunately I didn’t get an interview, as I would have been crap!


10th December 1989

Kate Bush gets her 2nd number one as the heartbreakingly gorgeous and tender This Woman’s Work puts her on top for the first time in 3 years, following Hounds Of Love, her only previous chart-topper in 1986, though Wuthering Heights hit 2 and was only denied by having the misfortune to peak the same weeks as my all-time fave Baker Street. At odds with the mood, Jason Donovan gets his biggest solo hit at 3, When You Come Back To Me, it had a good tune! Rob n Raz help the top 10 get a bit more poppy, too, while George Harrison gets his 7th solo top 10.

Tina Turner has a sudden reversal leap to 13, I Don’t Want To Lose You, a bit MOR but pleasant. Highest new entry though is from the terrific Distant Cousins, and their sultry soulful ballad You Used To, a song that shoulda woulda coulda been a hit given a break. At 21, it’s Jive Bunny’s least-bad record Let’s Party, thanks to a) being a christmas party track b) featuring March Of The Mods and c) err…there is no c. The carbon copy versions of Slade and Wizzard are pretty ropey by any standard. Not to be outdone by knocking clips of records together, it’s Alexander O’Neal at 22, and various dance tracks at 49.

The Tams 1971 UK chart-topper former flop from 1964 is remixed for 1989 and pops back, cos I loved it to bits when I got back from 2 years in Singapore, classic Northern Soul. At 33, The Christians get 5 years of hits with the celtic-sounding (and lovely) Words – actually one of the Christian brothers is missing, but he drops by a bit lower on his own, Roger Christian being Worlds Apart at 63. That leaves Band Aid II (it’s for a good cause), Wet Wet Wet, The Gypsy Kings spanish-flavoured cover of Eurovision’s Volare, Van and Cliff, Alvin Stardust, half of Slade covering the Everley Brothers and Andy Stewart’s 60’s novelty Scottish trousers largely adding a mixed bag of fairly forgettable tracks, and all ahead of one genuinely good record that only peaked at 74: Billy Joel’s Leningrad. I underestimated the Billy Joel songbook more often than not, but he really was a great songwriter (I say “was” because he decided to pack up on the music biz in 1993 or so, and has stuck with his decision, preferring classical composition, his first love as a child along with pop).

1 ( 8 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
2 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
3 ( 24 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
4 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 4 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 15 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 6 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
9 ( 5 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
10 ( 19 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
13 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
15 ( 13 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 9 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
18 ( 10 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
19 ( 31 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
20 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure

21 ( NEW ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
22 ( NEW ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 16 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 49 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
26 ( 17 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
27 ( 35 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
28 ( 14 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
29 ( 18 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
30 ( 33 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun

31 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
32 ( 29 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
33 ( NEW ) WORDS The Christians
34 ( 39 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
35 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
36 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
37 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
38 ( 27 ) OH WELL Oh Well
39 ( 50 ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul
40 ( 69 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

41 ( 23 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
42 ( 32 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
43 ( 30 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
44 ( 22 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
45 ( 42 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 36 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 34 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
48 ( 21 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
50 ( 43 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)

51 ( 37 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
52 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 40 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
54 ( 44 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
55 ( NEW ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
56 ( NEW ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
57 ( 58 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
58 ( 45 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
59 ( NEW ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
60 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) WORLDS APART Roger Christian
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
66 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
67 ( 66 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( 47 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
69 ( NEW ) CRYING IN THE RAIN Blessings In Disguise (Noddy Holder and Dave Hill of Slade)
70 ( 72 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 57 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
72 ( NEW ) DONALD WHERE’S YOUR TROUSERS Andy Stewart
73 ( 64 ) CHERISH Madonna
74 ( NEW ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At work it was young Lucy’s goodbye presentation, I was sad to see her leave, but she coped with the presentations and speeches and joined a select few of us in the BIC bar afterwards. Out to the River Stour to draw up maps, great to be out in the countryside (almost). At home, my little nephew was poorly, and I started reviewing 1960’s Adventure Comics Legion of Super-Heroes stories for the fanzine. Sunday was a day out in London with Bob and Jason, parking at Wembley Stadium and getting the tube in. Good laughs all day, including Carnaby Street, HMV and Virgin Superstores, and bought the latest Legion issue, where legionnaire Blok is killed off quite violently. Forbidden Planet, the Tate Gallery (Turner’s works), Oxford Street christmas lights and home for 11….busy day!


17th December 1989

After hanging around the top 3 a few weeks, Madonna’ s sweet and under-rated Dear Jessie becomes her 7th chart-topper. If nothing else, it shows that pop stars can make credible quality stringstastic records that appeal to kids (and grown-ups). I still haven’t bought the Immaculate Collection though, as I have a grudge against a hits collection that so obviously omits great records like True Blue and Dear Jessie and bungs inferior remixes of others on it. Still waiting for that ultimate Madonna hits collection…

Distant Cousins go top 5, Tina makes it 2 in a row in the 10, and Kaoma get a 4th week at 11, just not managing to go that extra place, a shame as it’s better than a couple of tracks higher than it. The Christians get top 20 words, and Queen crawl up a few places seemingly struggling with all their records in 1989, though The Miracle was actually pretty good and the video is sweet. Highest new entry is Duran Duran’s Burning The Ground at 38, a pretty good 8 years-and-counting compilation remix of their best moments, totally not cheap and cheesy, while Living In A Box have another crooning ballad at 39, Different Air still not bad, albeit not as good as Room In Your Heart’s number 1.

Lower down, Bros’ tribute to the Goss twins sister is in at 48, Jimmy Somerville is still redoing gay disco anthems, this time Sylvester at 50 feeling Mighty Real, and the New Kids are Hanging Tough at 54. I’ll take their word for that, but I’m a trifle dubious. Neneh Cherry’s back with her mamma, inner city bound at 60, while Cyndi Lauper is more westward bound at 63. A forgotten xmas record from Coldcut, and Sinitta laying down for rest at 74 (presumably before she returns again to Simon Cowell’s mansion for X Factor) round off the less than thrilling charts, outside the top 10.

1 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
2 ( 3 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 1 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
4 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 17 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
6 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 5 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
9 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 21 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
13 ( 19 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
14 ( 8 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
15 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
17 ( 20 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
18 ( 9 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
19 ( 33 ) WORDS The Christians
20 ( 22 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal

21 ( 25 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
22 ( 27 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
23 ( 16 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
24 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 14 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
26 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
27 ( 39 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
28 ( 18 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
29 ( 30 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
30 ( 23 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

31 ( 49 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
32 ( 55 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 40 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
34 ( 57 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
35 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
36 ( 56 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
39 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
40 ( 36 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

41 ( 38 ) OH WELL Oh Well
42 ( 31 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
43 ( 42 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
44 ( 35 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 32 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
48 ( NEW ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 29 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
50 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 46 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
52 ( 44 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
53 ( 59 ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
55 ( 28 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
56 ( NEW ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 50 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
58 ( 66 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
59 ( 43 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
60 ( NEW ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry

61 ( 41 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 54 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
66 ( 53 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
67 ( 47 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( NEW ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
70 ( 60 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( 61 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
72 ( NEW ) LITTLE DREAMER Status Quo
73 ( 65 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
74 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At home, I heard that one of my college friends had split up with her husband which came out of the blue, and I was generally into my regular pre-xmas blues, and watched The Apartment, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon long-time New Year season favourite feel-good movie. On TV Sticky Moments, Red Dwarf, MASH, Monty Python to keep me amused, while Sue broke my fish tank accidentally, which meant the old plastic one was called into use for the goldfish. Then heard about another divorce, my boyhood friend Jane, with two kids. Must be that age for it turning 30….

Vicki Gavin Sue mum Poole 1987 980


24th December 1989

New number one is the Manchester soulful band Distant Cousins and the gorgeous vocals of Doreen Edwards. You Used To is classy, emotive and utterly obscure these days as it never charted – which given the relatively higher-than-normal amount of tripe in the UK charts at the time is criminal! Give it a listen! Not in itunes or spitify though, as according to modern music outlets it never existed. I must dig out my black plastic round thing and remind myself that it did.

Duran Duran’s burning ground hitmix goes up to 15, Soul II Soul get a 3rd top 20, Wet Wet Wet get one of their occasional top 20 hits with Broke Away at 18, and Band Aid II clamber into the 20 – though it ain’t a patch on etc – just ahead of The Tams remix of a classic at 20.

In at 30, Roy Orbison with some of his mates on backing instruments and vocals, singing live, and released posthumously. Oh Pretty Woman absolutely 100% would have been number one in my charts for weeks in 1964 had I been charting then, my whole family loved it and still do 50 years later. Little 6-year-old me was well into Doctor Who, Juke Box Jury, Thank Your Lucky Stars and comics. So that’ll be sci-fi, pop and comics, and no change much there then! This was a huge record at the time. This version isn’t a patch on the original, of course, Roy’s vocals weren’t what they were, but hey there’s that comeback concert, there’s Elvis’ backing band, there’s Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, kd Lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt helping out, so here it is in my charts.

At 31 it’s the 49ers with the good dance track Touch Me. Actually it’s two older dance tracks including Aretha Franklin’s Rock-A-Lott and Alisha Warren’s Touch Me sampled and bunged together onto the Italian House jangly piano sounds of the time, and it very much benefits from the great vocalists. Back up to 2, it’s Dusty still hanging on to her privacy, while Alexander O’Neal’s hitmix hits 8, Jive Bunny’s xmasmix hits 9, and Electronic go up to 10, giving Neil Tennant two top 10’s without an actual Pet Shop Boys hit in view.

Lower down, Tom Petty free falls in again for the 3rd time in a few weeks, Sonia drops by, The Shadows don’t see why they shouldn’t get in on the sampling remix fad at 54, and if you ignore the annoying clappy backing track banged on top, there are some reminders of great tunes of the 60’s. The always-good De La Soul are back at 57 with a magic number – hopefully better than 57. The Late Joe Cocker pops back in with Jennifer Warnes (giving her two appearances) on 1983 oldie Up Where We Belong, while All About Eve are giving us December. Very timely!

1 ( 5 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
5 ( 3 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
6 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
8 ( 20 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 12 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
10 ( 13 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

11 ( 19 ) WORDS The Christians
12 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
13 ( 9 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 8 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
15 ( 38 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
16 ( 14 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
17 ( 27 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 32 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
19 ( 35 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
20 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams

21 ( 31 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
22 ( 16 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
23 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
24 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 26 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
26 ( 22 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 18 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
28 ( 17 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 23 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

31 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
32 ( 28 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 39 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
34 ( 30 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
35 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
36 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 54 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
38 ( 48 ) SISTER Bros
39 ( 25 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
40 ( 69 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut

41 ( 34 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
42 ( 33 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
43 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
44 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
45 ( 37 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
47 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
48 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 43 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
50 ( 74 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta

51 ( 41 ) OH WELL Oh Well
52 ( 29 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
53 ( 60 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 58 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( NEW ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
58 ( 63 ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
59 ( 51 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
60 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
62 ( 42 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
63 ( 57 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 46 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 59 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
67 ( RE ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 52 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
70 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) UP WHERE WE BELONG Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
72 ( 65 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( NEW ) DECEMBER All About Eve
74 ( 66 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


The works christmas do, after I’d been up all night and very grumpy from sleeplessness, plus I wasn’t on the fun table (also known as the upbeat characters I tend to get on better with in life). Not to worry we chatted afterwards, fun with Stuart, Peter, Martyn, and returning Lucy. Martyn and Stuart continue to be great fun these days on the odd occasions we meet or chat on the phone. The public gardens in Bournemouth were flooded in heavy rain. As usual, until they sorted out the drainage issues some years later. Christmas Eve at work, lunchtime prezzie shopping and late wrapping. Talk about it leaving it till the last minute. On the news Romanian atrocities were quickly followed by the overthrow of a dictator, the last of the old guard to go in sweeping waves of democracy. Just to make sure he didn’t have a political comeback they shot him. C’est la vie. The 2nd item on the news was the opening of the Brandenburg Gate, 3rd was the American invasion of Panama. Busy times….


31st December 1989

New Year’s Eve, and christmas songs started exiting the chart, while Dusty Springfield’s terrific Pet Shop Boys song finally tops my chart, her 3rd number one inside 3 years, all courtesy of Chris n Neil. The boys did their own version of In Private with Elton John, which is also pretty good.

The Christians have words with the top 10, 5 years since they first took Forgotten Town into the upper echelons, and Duran Duran extend their run of top 10 hits to 8 years, Planet Earth being the first. Belinda Carlisle has a sudden big reversal with La Luna at 23, a remixed Sexual Healing pulls Marvin Gaye in at 36, just ahead of a cover of Odyssey’s roots. New in, The London Boys, Deborah Harry, a cover of The Sweet’s 1972 number one Wig Wam Bam from Damian, and an all-star Rock Metal Royalty cover of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water in aid of the Armenian earthquake. Just imagine members of Purple, Queen, Floyd, Yes, Rush and Sabbath in one room…then click onto the video.

1 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
3 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 5 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
7 ( 8 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
8 ( 11 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 7 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
10 ( 15 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran

11 ( 18 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
12 ( 19 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
13 ( 31 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
14 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
15 ( 10 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
16 ( 12 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 9 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
19 ( 14 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
20 ( 30 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

21 ( 16 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
22 ( 25 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
23 ( 65 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 22 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
26 ( 23 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
27 ( 20 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
28 ( 37 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
29 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( 38 ) SISTER Bros

31 ( 33 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
32 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
34 ( 47 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 46 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
36 ( NEW ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
37 ( 21 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
38 ( 61 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
39 ( 26 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
40 ( 34 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

41 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
42 ( 50 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 57 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
45 ( NEW ) MY LOVE The London Boys
46 ( NEW ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
47 ( 43 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
48 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 53 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
50 ( 49 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
53 ( 44 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
54 ( 54 ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 67 ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
58 ( RE ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
59 ( 35 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) OH WELL Oh Well
62 ( 40 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
63 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 73 ) DECEMBER All About Eve
67 ( NEW ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
70 ( 42 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

71 ( 52 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
72 ( 55 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
73 ( NEW ) WIG WAM BAM Damian
74 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh


On Christmas TV: Blackadder, Cheers, Indian Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Ruthless People, The Man With Two Brains, Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, Red Dwarf, Top Of The Pops, The Flintstones, and yes they were still showing Marx Brothers films and Laurel And Hardy shorts daily on TV. As they get nearer to 100 years old they are more historic curiosities these days, I guess – I mean they looked ancient even then! My brother came for christmas, a pretty stressful event given the various family stuff going on at the time, and they all opened their presents before I came down at 7.30, cheek! I got stroppy.

New Years, I looked back on a year of World Events not seen since at least the 60’s, or even the War. I also looked back on the 80’s and came to the conclusion that for the most part it was “good riddance” from me. Watched the fab movie Peggy Sue Got Married in a house all to myself. Luxury! My list of great 80’s movies included Aliens, Star Trek 2, 3 and 4, War Games, A Fish Called Wanda, Airplane II, Superman II, Blade Runner, Jedi and Empire, Future I & II, Fame, 2010… Fave video: Billie Jean. TV saw in the 90’s with a video pop compilation of 80’s classics, which was FAB!

Saturday before NYE was Gary Glitter at the Bournemouth International Centre, for the 4th time in 5 years, a rousing good night out that had become an annual event. The gig was packed, as always, and a cross-section of all types of music fans, and despite a bad cold, sore throat, and much flabbiness Mr. Glitter gave nearly 3 hours of fun. The smokers in the audience bloody choked me – yes hundreds of the bast*rds were allowed to smoke in those days and choke everyone else to the point where eyes streamed, clothes stunk, and one’s sense of smell and taste were long-dead. Anyways, Top songs of the night: 1. I Love You Love Me Love 2. I’m The Leader Of The Gang 3. I Didn’t Know I Loved You, plus Rock & Roll, Always Yours and Hello Hello. Gary at one point got members of the audience on stage to take photos of him and the crowd on their cameras, including one kid. I don’t record what sex fortunately, given later events.

My 1989 Charts – November

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5th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


26th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1989 Charts – October

back of my head in new york 1989

back of my head in new york 1989

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1st October 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

me in ottawa 1989

me in ottawa 1989

8th October 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

that shirt again in Canada 1989

that shirt again in Canada 1989

15th October 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ottawa

Ottawa

22nd October 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ottawa 89 and me

Ottawa 89 and me

29th October 1989

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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