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 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

My 1989 Charts – September

Vermont 1989

Vermont 1989

3rd September 1989

Tears For Fears get their 2nd absolute classic chart-topper, the Beatles-tastic Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 4 years on from the even-more-classic Everybody Wants To Rule The World (and 3 years on from the Sport Aid version which also hit 1). All summer of love-ish, it’s bad news for actual flower-power song Sunshine Superman which peaks at 2 for Donovan. Malcolm McLaren gets his 2nd-biggest hit at 4, and The KLF their first Top 5 (excluding Doctorin’ The Tardis). Kylie Said To Jason? Funnily enough Jason’s in at 43 with one of his best SAW hits, oh everyday, Jason, I love you more!

The Time Warp goes top 10! Well it’s a step to the left..! So does Lisa Stansfield, again, bringing back 70’s soul to the (nearly) 90’s, as she does starring in movie Northern Soul any day now. About time that had a revival! So, what do I think about Tina Turner? Simply The Best! In at 18 with the one that has now become her signature song, a stormin’ pop song and much better than Bonnie Tyler’s earlier version. 20 years of hits, and one number one with Ike in 1973.

Janet Jackson misses me much, so I respond with a leap to 27 from 69 for her. Gloria follows up her number one ballad, as usual, which means a latino-dance-pop track, at 35: O Ye Mi Canto! S’Express return at 38, the Stones get 20 years of hits which leaves me with Mixed Emotions, as it ain’t no Honky Tonk Women. At 66, Amazulu chuck out another cover, this time one place behind the original (and it’s 1987 remix) by The Archies, which is well into it’s 2-year run 3rd-time round. Oh, yes New Kids On The Block debut at 75. Hangin’ Tough? Hangin’ A Bit Insipidly, mostly.

In life, Paul & Sheila visited while my brother visited Sue & the kids, which took a bit of juggling. Paul had a new MG, and it was lovely seeing them, and showing them round the countryside, and coastal walks, and meeting two of their friends also holidaying in Poole, which was fun. To the Dormers pub in Wimborne, which I visited almost weekly in the 90’s. On TV? Elton on Wogan; The Time Tunnel repeats; reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Sentinel. Pre-holiday jitters…

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
3 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 8 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
6 ( 4 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
7 ( 10 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 7 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 14 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
12 ( 15 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
13 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
14 ( 11 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 9 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
16 ( 13 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
17 ( 21 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
18 ( NEW ) THE BEST Tina Turner
19 ( 23 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
20 ( 24 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

21 ( 17 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
22 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
23 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
24 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
25 ( 49 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
26 ( 36 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
27 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( 19 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
29 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
30 ( 41 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty

31 ( 27 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
32 ( 25 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 26 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
35 ( NEW ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 20 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
37 ( 42 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
38 ( NEW ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
39 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 29 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

41 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
42 ( 47 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
43 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH Bros
45 ( 60 ) PARTYMAN Prince
46 ( 48 ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 46 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
48 ( 32 ) ON AND ON Aswad
49 ( 37 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 64 ) WARNING Adeva
52 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( NEW ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 35 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
56 ( 74 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
57 ( 38 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
58 ( 40 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
59 ( 44 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
60 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 53 ) BATDANCE Prince
62 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 45 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
66 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
68 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Amazulu
69 ( 43 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME Danny Wilson
72 ( 57 ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
73 ( NEW ) NATURE OF LOVE Waterfront
74 ( 71 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

10th September 1989

So, this week was spent in Massachussets, New York State and Vermont, not to mention Canada, with mates Bob & Jason. That had a wobbly effect on some records (current on radio stations round about) as they went back up, and re-entered. It also meant loads of US hits making my charts. However, no change at 1, 2 weeks for Tears For Fears, but Madonna again makes the Top 5, not missing it since Causing A Commotion underperformed. The Bee Gees get One back up to 7, Richard Marx is up to 12, and the Cure make the Top 40 with Love Song.

New entries, though? Highest is Elton n Aretha’s Through The Storm, a re-entry hitting a new holiday peak at 14, while the highest new actual entry is, of all people, Donny Osmond on a George Michael-a-like ballad Sacred Emotion, emoting at 28, 17 years on from Puppy Love. Donny’s about a week older than me, which makes me feel special. I mentioned I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth didn’t I?

Rod’s back: He’s Crazy About Her at 39. No change there then! At 45, it’s the new entry of the week, the mega-brilliant Personal Jesus as Depeche Mode come back on fire with their best record to date, albeit more of a grower than a show-er. Eurythmics, don’t ask me why, are at 54 with a ballad, just ahead of the great George Harrison. Cheer Down, luv, right, la? At 60, does anyone recall Harry Houdini? Not even Kon Kan is my guess, so youtube ahoy! Don Henley keeps the solo hits coming, one spot behind Aerosmith who enjoy Love In An Elevator, a great fun rock track, and one that takes me back to Aerosmith’s Rocknrollercoaster ride at Disney MGM (a decade later!). Lastly, Paula Abdul’s back, Martika covers Carole King (not that well) and Roxette are back with Listen To Your Heart, a great ballad.

Niagara By Night 1989

Niagara By Night 1989


How about some holiday nostalgia? No? Well I’m going to anyway! Due to heavy winds we landed at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel and get off the plane. Bonus! Forests and lakes galore, and Lumberjack-style fashions. On the downside it meant we landed in Boston in darkness, but we got some advice from an American on the bus to Alamo car hire to leave Boston and get cheap motels in Manchester. I drove, in the dark, on busy freeways in a city, my armpits like waterfalls! We got there, found a cheap motel, Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks playing, and errr it became instantly obvious to me it was a businessman’s knocking shop, underlined by the response when we asked for a room. “All night?” the motel clerk enquired. Fortunately the sticky stuff on the bedspread was fresh cream cake. Honestly, I kid not!

Next day, Montpelier, lovely Vermont state capitol, all golden-domed and classy. Picturesque forested riverside sandwich lunch-break, so I could generously offer myself up to the local mosquitos for a snack (they never refuse). Burlington: student college town by a lake, great atmosphere, Whole Of The Moon playing in a record store, and a grotty run-down motel run by 2 sweet Polish ladies charging a fortune for nothing much. The toilet wouldn’t flush so I lifted up the lid to fiddle with the workings. Bad move. I dropped the lid into the cistern which immediately cracked and water flooded onto the bathroom floor. We tied it up to not flush, and next morning, despite me wanting to pay, I was outvoted and we did a runner. At least we didn’t use my credit card!

Me and Ottawa 1989

Me and Ottawa 1989

Car ferry across windy Lake Champlain to New York State (which meant we got out of the car), Baker Street (of course) on the car radio as we headed for Swiss-styled Lake Placid, not snow-covered, nor ski-ing, but mountainously pretty, forested and laked: the thing with the NE States is how long you can drive and still see trees – in the UK, 20 minutes tops! Lake Placid, though was very expensive! Bought Arthur C Clarke & James White sci-fi novels, Cheers, Moonlighting and Star Trek on TV (again).

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

Over a bridge to Canada, next day, questioned by customs (way friendlier than guestapo-influenced US and Australian customs in the 90’s), and a switch to the Canadian dollar as we drove the billboard tedium highways to Ottawa, a London in miniature architecturally, but prettier, and very British in many ways. We all loved Ottawa. We lucked it into a luxury hotel, The Embassy, it was another world to me (yet only £16 each per night!), it had a living room, iamspamspamami and was a FAB place to spend 2 nights! Ottawa at night was fab. The boat trip downriver was fab. The parliament buildings fab. Rick Astley was in concert in Ottawa the first night. Happily we didn’t find out in time, as Bob would have liked to have gone (to have a concert experience rather than listen to one decent song).

Toronto 1989

Toronto 1989

Toronto: big city. CN Tower, glass elevator on the side of the building: sweating buckets at the sheer drop in front of me, it was soooooo high! Terrific views though. Then, Niagara Falls, I wanted to look around the Canadian side but we ended up driving over into the States to get customs checks out of the way – the irritable guard warmed when he realised we were British. SO handy being British in the USA… As if to welcome us, local TV had Dr Who and Are You Being Served, EWhose Line Is It Anyway on show! Found a motel, saw the Falls by night, lit up: stunning! They really are impressive, well-worth going to see, the speed of the water is deafening…TBC

Lake Placid NY 1989

Lake Placid NY 1989

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 6 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
4 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 5 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
7 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
8 ( 2 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 18 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
12 ( 25 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
13 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14 ( RE ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
15 ( 11 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
16 ( 17 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
18 ( 22 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
20 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams

21 ( 13 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
22 ( 23 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
23 ( 15 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
24 ( 26 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
25 ( 20 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
26 ( 16 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( NEW ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
30 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

31 ( 19 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
32 ( 56 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 38 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
35 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
37 ( 21 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
38 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( NEW ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
40 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

Niagara by night 1989

Niagara by night 1989

41 ( 28 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
42 ( 31 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
43 ( 32 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
44 ( RE ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
45 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
46 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 29 ) POISON Alice Cooper
48 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 30 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
50 ( 37 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

51 ( 45 ) PARTYMAN Prince
52 ( 53 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 47 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( NEW ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
57 ( 36 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
58 ( 34 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
60 ( NEW ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
66 ( 67 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
68 ( NEW ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
69 ( 69 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 61 ) BATDANCE Prince

71 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
72 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
73 ( 42 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

17th September 1989

3 weeks for Tears For Fears, I loved it so much I bought the US cd picture sleeve version in New York City at Tower Records, along with Elton’s fab new album Sleeping With The Past which eventually made it big in the UK in 1990. Quite a slow chart actually, as I did it on the 14th during a quiet day in a Middletown motel – I needed a break!

Cher goes Top 20, as do S’Express, and back, and higher, are 10000 Maniacs and the lovely Trouble Me. Depeche Mode and The Cure shoot up to just outside the 20 (the injustice!) and girl group Expose (never did make it in the UK) get a 4th hit or so in my charts at 41, When I Look At Him. The London Boys add to their chart run, George H goes top 50, and Katrina And The Waves get another hit (4th or 5th) 4 years on since Walking On Sunshine – That’s The Way!

Niagara Falls 1989

Niagara Falls 1989

OK, I left it at Niagara Falls on a Sunday: I had a day taking photo after photo after photo, I couldn’t stop, of the Falls from above, from below (you go through tunnels down to a platform, put on waterproofs and walk through a minor section of it: Fab adrenalin rush!), by the river and rapids, of the rocks, of the buildings. I chickened out of a helicopter ride, but Jason didn’t and he lurved it! Maid Of The Mist Tour, a boat tour round the falls was excellent, if very damp and noisy. Loved the 50’s-themed restaurant too.

walking through the falls

walking through the falls

Middletown, Pennsylvania: sad at missing Stevie Nicks in concert in Buffalo by a day, we stopped for 4 nights in a town with a rail connection to New York, rather than pay extortionate prices in the city. It kind of worked out OK, a truckstop joint on the way, me in loud purple shirt in a sea of truckers. I felt a bit visible! The motel was fine, 3 beds and an outdoor jacuzzi, near stores and opposite the road to the station: Middletown Motel. The rail station was actually just a platform!! No buildings, just a parking lot. Bizarre, and it meant you paid on the train. I got kinda sulky though, as the areas I most wanted to see were getting very squeezed: Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston were all at the end of the holiday.

Empire State view and me 1989

Empire State view and me 1989

New York City: very early train (5am), dawn breaking, ticket guard all self-assured gave us our $11 return tickets, and I loved the names of the towns we passed: Tuxedo! Suffern! (Pronounced Suffrin’) all very 1940’s stylee. Down in the steamy subway system to Manhattan, and seedy misty Times Square, hookers, pimps, down n outs, police and even worse buying slide film from a small shop, not only expensive it turned out to be 2 years out of date and the colours of my New York slides were like sepia-tinted period pieces. Tragedy! Welcome to New York where one-third of cars have dents and crossing the road is an adventure! The boat tour round Manhattan was great though, leisurely and terrific views of world-famous buildings and of course the Statue Of Liberty. The Empire State Building was great, especially views towards the Twin Towers. Looking down was very dizzying, it was WELL high! By the time we got back to Middletown it was 8.30 pm and I was wiped out!

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Day 2: deja vu, repeat, Groundhog Day! Sort of. Not quite as good, but sunnier, so the photos were way better today. To The World Trade Centre: Jason loved it. I quote me: “so tall they were awesome!” I was happy not to go up them, after The Towering Inferno movie I’d never been comfortable in skyscrapers, and too many guards and yuppies for my taste everywhere. Wall Street, then the ferry to Liberty island for a great couple of hours climbing the spiral staircase inside Lady Liberty and getting fab photos. The downside is it’s so slow-going climbing my face was permanently stuck facing the arse of the man in front. Bob was much more lucky: he got to stare at my arse during the climb (not lucky from his point of view though!).

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Greenwich Village and Soho were disappointing, the subway was hot and smelly, maps were shite, and it was a relief to get off in Central Park. By chance we ended up walking past the Dakota Building, which put me on a downer, as I couldn’t help think about John Lennon, my hero, walking past the spot he was murdered. The lake in the centre of Central Park was a loooong walk on top of a long-walking day, and it was stagnant. Jason & I were both knackered by now, and not impressed with NYC enough to want to come back the next day – Bob was getting that vibe when we did our souvenir buying in Tower Records. Poor Bob had to go on his own next day, as he had buildings to explore…

NYC 89

NYC 89

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
3 ( 2 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 7 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 6 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
8 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 12 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 20 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
13 ( 11 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
15 ( 13 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 22 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
18 ( 15 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
19 ( 34 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 14 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
22 ( 45 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
23 ( 30 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
24 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
26 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 17 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
28 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 23 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
30 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
32 ( 21 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( RE ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
36 ( 25 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
37 ( 31 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
38 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( 48 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
40 ( 24 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer

Niagara looking down

Niagara looking down

41 ( NEW ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
42 ( 32 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
43 ( NEW ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
44 ( 60 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
45 ( 37 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
46 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
47 ( 56 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
48 ( 42 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
49 ( 43 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
50 ( 68 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

51 ( 46 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 44 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 41 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
55 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( 54 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
57 ( 53 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) POISON Alice Cooper
59 ( 49 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
60 ( 50 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 67 ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
63 ( 51 ) PARTYMAN Prince
64 ( 65 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR Annie Amazulu
67 ( 59 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
68 ( 62 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
69 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
70 ( 72 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul

71 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( 71 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
73 ( 74 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
74 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY Katrina And The Waves
75 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

24th September 1989

Back from the States this week and back to UK radio, which means an invasion of unheard new tracks, and lots of movement, 4th week at 1 for Tears For Fears, and after several weeks pottering around the Top 40 Sydney Youngblood gets a leap from 37 to 2 with his delicious If Only I Could. Ride On Time is also back into the Top 10 at 3, still having a long run at 1 in the UK charts. Cher gets her 5th Top 10 solo hit, and Richard Marx his first.

New entries are led by Lady Kate herself, into the Sensual World at 14. Mmmmm indeed, yes! Seductively fabulous. Ziggy Marley follows his dad into my Top 20, and Billy Joel makes it 14 years of hits with his fantastic We Didn’t Start The Fire at 23 – a political and social history lesson can, it proves, give you tingles down the spine. Curiosity curiously back at 26, New Kids On The Block cover version of The Delfonics 1971 hit pops in higher than their soon-to-be huge Hangin’ Tough, at 27, and Belinda’s back on form at 30 with the terrific Leave A Light On.

Milli Vanilli enter at 43. I say Milli Vanilli, actually they were going to be revealed any day now as not having anything to do with records released under their name, not even sing. Talking of attractive models fronting singers, there’s Black Box at 3, and “Felly” on the otherwise great Pump Up The Jam at 53, Technotronic having actually hired Ya Kid K to do the rapping, but gone with the busty singer for the video instead. Liza Minelli’s Pet Shop Boys song and production follow-up, the exciting Don’t Drop Bombs, explodes in at 48, and Cliff’s lovely Lean On You keeps his run of great (non-christmas) 80‘s singles going at 63. Finally, at 75, Betty Wright sneaks in 14 years after she had a couple of good UK hits, and 18 years since she was a US hitting Clean-Up Woman.

The last few days of the US holiday: A break at Mark Twain’s house in Hartford Connecticut – he wasn’t in, probably out quashing exaggerated rumours of his death or something. Providence, Rhode Island, err run-down and tourist unfriendly so we gave up and went to Pawtucket and Taunton, having been moved from Somerset, but it did have a roundabout. Or traffic circle as they called it. Worth mentioning it, as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen in the USA, and Americans often get very confused when faced with them! Plymouth, Massachussets: quaint, pretty, historical, I loved it. Did Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, beach, and a real bonus, an actual Comic Shop stocked with DC Comics back issues: Spent 20 dollars on missing Legion Of Super-Heroes comics I’d been after for 15 to 20 years. Hooray! I sulked at the motel though cos I was outvoted on my anticipated Cape Cod day – they wanted to go on a whale-watching boat tour instead.

humpback...

humpback…

Next morning I gave in and decided whales would be worth missing Cape Cod for – it was! The boat ride out to see was bumpy, Bob not so keen on the grounds that he went green, not quite getting the same thrill I did out of the bumpy waves and riding up at the front like I Leo n Kate in Titanic. Poor Bob, chucking up! Still, I was enjoying myself now! The scientist host gave us the low-down on Minkie’s, Humpbacks, Blue Fin’s, the whales we saw, and I tried to get as many photos as I could, hoping some would be good. Bob kept dashing to the toilets at the crucial moments. Fab morning out though, glad we did it! The afternoon was spent at Plymouth plantation, everyone dressed in period garb and speaking as they did at the time of the Mayflower and as if they were still there, all very interesting. Off to Boston, a motel, and I watched geekily excited, a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yay!

humpback

humpback

Boston: the last day, car drop-off by 2pm, having gotten grumpy when we found nowhere at the airport to leave luggage we basically had to do Boston in 4 hours which pissed me off. The Freedom Trail, all from the outside as we had no time to go inside any of the historic buildings. I was appalled at the small historic buildings dwarfed by adjacent huge modern monstrosities, especially the concrete thing next to Fanieul Hall. Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Boston Tea Party, the “Cheers” bar, all a rush quick-march, tragically.

Worse, at the airport we were told that the flight was delayed till midnight. The staff messed up Bob’s boarding pass (and wouldn’t take the blame insisting he’d lost it – he hadn’t) and gave him a replacement pass for a seat that a woman we talked to already had. This was not reassuring. North-West Orient Airlines, however, only got worse. We’d got bumped it turned out, our original flight took off on time. They’d overbooked the flight, so it was a 16-hour airport drudge, till we boarded the replacement plane, Bob cacking himself he wouldn’t have a seat – the hostesses had to sort out the double-booking and move him. Jason got very chatty to a girl from Mansfield, so he was very happy, I got stuck with an old tit who listed the numbers of things that could go wrong and cause the plane to crash. You couldn’t make it up! So, we spent 4 hours sat in the plane not moving, till 4am, till they announced they were waiting for spare parts from Chicago which hadn’t arrived, so we had to get off, collect luggage, get vouchers for taxi’s, breakfast and a luxury Hilton room.

Plymouth seascape

Plymouth seascape

No chance to enjoy it, of course, as we got a manic insane taxi driver, doing 70mph in Boston streets, “Dead Jimi” at full blast (Hendrix), in bed at 5.30 am, knocked-up at 7.45 am, half-zombie, and back to Logan International again. Where we went through customs AGAIN, luggage again, and another wait again. 11.35 we finally took off to passenger cheers, Jason and Mansfield girl pissed on free booze. One bright-spot: British rail were running late so we actually managed to catch the last train to Bournemouth, arriving a day late, and having missed a day’s work. Phew! Still, gotta laugh!

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 37 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
4 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
7 ( 2 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
8 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
9 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
12 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
13 ( 7 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
14 ( NEW ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
15 ( 12 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
16 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
19 ( 22 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
20 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

21 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
22 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
23 ( NEW ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
24 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
25 ( 43 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 71 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
27 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 18 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
29 ( 14 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 21 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
32 ( 35 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
34 ( 50 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
35 ( 56 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
36 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
37 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
38 ( 69 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
39 ( 41 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
40 ( 44 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

41 ( 42 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
42 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
43 ( NEW ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
44 ( 29 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
45 ( NEW ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!
46 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
47 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
48 ( NEW ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
49 ( 63 ) PARTYMAN Prince
50 ( RE ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 34 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
52 ( 40 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
53 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
54 ( 48 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
56 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 49 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
58 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
59 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
60 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 51 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 47 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
65 ( 70 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
66 ( NEW ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 54 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
68 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
69 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
70 ( NEW ) SOUL PROVIDER Michael Bolton

71 ( 27 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
72 ( 45 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
73 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
74 ( RE ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) KEEP LOVE NOW Betty Wright

My 1989 Charts – July

1st July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8th July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


22nd July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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