My November 1986 Charts

4th November 1986

It’s a 3rd week on top for Pet Shop Boys, with Berlin’s classic movie theme breathing down their neck at 2, and Lloyd-Webber’s gorgeous Phantom song at 3. Anita Baker finally makes the top 10 with Sweet Love, and Shaky gets a rare top 10. His 4th, but his hit-rate is quite low. Madness chug into the 20, Boo! That’s “Boo!” as in ghostly fright, not an exclamation of displeasure. Kim Wilde also goes top 20 with her Supremes cover, climbing slowly, while Duran notoriously climb faster. Highest new entry is Debbie Harry’s best post-Blondie solo single, French Kissing In The USA, at 22, for 8 years of non-stop success in my charts, and China Crisis are back with the nice Arizona Sky at 26. That under-performed Uk chart-wise sadly.

Mel & Kim get a big climb into the 30, and Erasure, Swing Out Sister and Bon Jovi into the 40 ditto, as the fab emotive, hugging Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush are new at 39. Don’t Give Up is timeless advice. Future cheesy anthem Europe enters at 61. I was heading a Highways team, surveying Dorset roads back in this day, and a few weeks later I had a heated discussion with my young post-grad music student assistant which annoyed me so much it still burns cos I was so sure I was right in my opinion and he was wrong in his assessment that the chart were rubbish and the music disposable destined to be forgotten. “I bet you” I said, “that Berlin and Europe, at the very least, are remembered decades from now”. They had the ring of lasting popularity to me. Nice to be right.

The Cars main man is solo at 62, Madonna gifts a song for the first and last time, to male model Nick Kamen, he of the Levi 501 laundrette strip off advert. In at 70, just ahead of Janet Jackson and a more pedestrian follow-up to a fab single, in Control, another movie song from Kenny Loggins, and a lovely song from Bucks Fizz keeping each other warm, not to mention the cockles of my heart.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 6 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
3 ( 5 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 8 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
5 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
6 ( 9 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
7 ( 17 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
9 ( 10 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
10 ( 13 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens

11 ( 4 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
12 ( 18 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
13 ( 7 ) HUMAN Human League
14 ( 40 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 14 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
17 ( 22 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 30 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
19 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 11 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

21 ( 12 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
22 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
23 ( 16 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
24 ( 20 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
25 ( 27 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
26 ( NEW ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
27 ( 49 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
28 ( 32 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
29 ( 25 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
30 ( 36 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 21 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
32 ( 35 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
34 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 51 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
36 ( 53 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
37 ( 39 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
38 ( 59 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
39 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
40 ( 42 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
42 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
43 ( 46 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
44 ( 47 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
45 ( 37 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
46 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
47 ( 74 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
48 ( 31 ) WORD UP Cameo
49 ( 71 ) ASK The Smiths
50 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince

51 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 38 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
54 ( 29 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
55 ( 73 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
56 ( 48 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
57 ( 60 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
58 ( 33 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
59 ( 54 ) CRY Godley & Creme
60 ( 28 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

61 ( NEW ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
62 ( NEW ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
63 ( 55 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
64 ( 70 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
65 ( 69 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
66 ( 65 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 64 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 56 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
69 ( 75 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
70 ( NEW ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen

71 ( NEW ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
73 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) BOAT TO BOLIVIA Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
75 ( NEW ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins

4th Nov
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SAD SWEET DREAMER (REMIX) Sweet Sensation
2 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate
3 GREEN GREEN GRASS OF HOME Tom Jones

 

11th November 1986

It’s a first week on top for Berlin’s movie classic, with Anita Baker looking Sweet at 2. Debbie Harry leaps into the top 5, the first time she has troubled that end of the chart for almost 6 years with Rapture, as Kissing The Pink get a second top 10 3 years on from The Last Film. Bon Jovi’s future classic anthem shoots up to 12 and Swing Out Sister Breakout into the 20. OMD get the highest new entry with the laid back We Love You, as future chart biggie Europe is up 29 places to 32, but is leapfrogged by Nick “Madonna” Kamen at 31. The Smiths, Tina Turner and Cutting Crew all return to the 40.

Eurythmics also go low-key with a sort-of Xmas ballad that everyone has forgotten these days, new at 49, just ahead of Spandau’s comeback after other projects, the Northern Ireland-referencing Through The Barricades. The under-rated Lone Justice enter at 56 with Shelter, though singer Maria McKee would eventually top the UK chart, Greg Abbott’s Shake You Down gets a decent new entry, Human League return with another Jam & Lewis track, this one uptempo, and under-performing considering the track record of all parties concerned in my charts. That also goes for Kate Bush’s Experimental single, and Frankie’s Wasteland, while Boston get a brief one-week return to my charts after, ooh, 9 years away. Ultravox scrape in as their best chart days are well and truly behind them at this point.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
4 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 22 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 4 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 12 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
10 ( 6 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

11 ( 5 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
12 ( 38 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
13 ( 11 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
14 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 8 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
16 ( 18 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
18 ( 19 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
19 ( 36 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
20 ( 13 ) HUMAN Human League

21 ( 39 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 26 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 16 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
24 ( 35 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
25 ( 27 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
26 ( 37 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
28 ( 30 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
29 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
30 ( NEW ) WE LOVE YOU OMD

31 ( 70 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
32 ( 61 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
33 ( 34 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
34 ( 49 ) ASK The Smiths
35 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
36 ( 29 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
37 ( 23 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
38 ( 55 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
39 ( 47 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
40 ( 31 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

41 ( 25 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
42 ( 21 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
43 ( 50 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
44 ( 33 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
45 ( 42 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
47 ( 28 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
48 ( 64 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
49 ( NEW ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
50 ( NEW ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet

51 ( 32 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
52 ( 71 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
53 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 62 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
55 ( 45 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
56 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
57 ( 75 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
58 ( 69 ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing
59 ( 43 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
60 ( 56 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

61 ( 59 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 51 ) PANIC The Smiths
63 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
64 ( 57 ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney
65 ( 72 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
67 ( 63 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
69 ( NEW ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 67 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) AMANDA Boston
73 ( NEW ) JODY Jermaine Stewart
74 ( 73 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
75 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
2 THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC Abba
3 ALWAYS YOURS Gary Glitter

 

 

18th November 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Berlin as Shaky gets a career-high of 3 in my charts – with one of his most obscure hits! Bon Jovi make it 2 consecutive top 5’s with their signature tune, and Mel & Kim get a first top 10 and get the ball rolling proper on the SAW years of pop dominance. Kim Wilde makes it 5 years of top 10’s and Madness 7 years. Nick Kamen climbs into the 20, and Bucks Fizz shoot up into the 40 – keeping their record of top 40’s 100% in 5 years.

Highest new entry is Womack & Womack keeping up the run of post-Love Wars tracks to chart, at 42 with Soul Love/Soul Man, as Cyndi Lauper leapfrogs herself as True Colors drops like a brick and the good Change Of Heart enters at 51. Cameo are back with Candy, sweet! Phil Fearon is back with another cover, this time the 1968 Showstoppers song Ain’t Nothin’ But a Houseparty, and some substantial goodies enter at the lower end, from Robbie Nevil’s C’Est La Vie, Oran ‘Juice’ Jones terrific The Rain, The Communards best-single to-date So Cold The Night, and also a bunch of lesser entries from Glass Tiger (over-rated), Simple Minds, a Springsteen cover of Edwin Starr’s classic War, Grace Jones, and a superstar duet from Elton and Cliff, who collectively had made the UK charts every year since 1958, and for quite some time after 1986, Elton having non-stop runs from 1971 through 1999, while Cliff had 1958 through 1974. In my charts Elton had a non-stop run from 1971 through to 2002 with new material, or 2004 including oldies.

1 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
2 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
3 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 12 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
7 ( 25 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
8 ( 3 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 17 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
10 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 7 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
12 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 24 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
15 ( 19 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 18 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
17 ( 11 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
18 ( 31 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
19 ( 13 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
20 ( 10 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box

21 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
22 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
23 ( 9 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
24 ( 15 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
25 ( 32 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
26 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
27 ( 20 ) HUMAN Human League
28 ( 30 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
29 ( 65 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
30 ( 34 ) ASK The Smiths

31 ( 23 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
32 ( 54 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
33 ( 75 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
34 ( 39 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( 50 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 38 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
37 ( 70 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
38 ( 27 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
39 ( 49 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
40 ( 48 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
42 ( NEW ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
43 ( 29 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
44 ( 56 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
45 ( 36 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
46 ( 45 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
47 ( 37 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
48 ( 69 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
49 ( 57 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
50 ( 40 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

51 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
52 ( 35 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
53 ( 52 ) CONTROL Janet Jackson
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( NEW ) CANDY Cameo
56 ( 44 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
57 ( 28 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
58 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
59 ( 43 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
60 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League

61 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
62 ( 60 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
64 ( NEW ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
65 ( 55 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
66 ( NEW ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
67 ( NEW ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
68 ( 66 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
69 ( 74 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( 67 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

71 ( NEW ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
72 ( 62 ) PANIC The Smiths
73 ( NEW ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

Playlist oldies
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 KILLER QUEEN Queen
3 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud

 

 

25th November 1986

It’s a sudden leap to the top spot for Erasure, Sometimes has pottered around climbing slowly for a few weeks, before stopping Debbie Harry getting a solo topper – though Blondie would be back for some more in the 21st century anyway. Vince Clark had already topped with Yazoo’s Only You 4 years earlier, and it wouldn’t be his last chart-topper either. Cyndi Lauper rockets into the top 20 with Change Of Heart, easily outdoing True Colors which was pleasantly dull in comparison, and giving her a 4th top 20.

Highest newie is The Damned, 7 years of chart entries and counting, followed by a 3rd for Fuzzbox, both inside the 40, just behind a leaping Jam & Lewis Human League, and ahead of a cool Oran ‘Juice’ Jones, both climbing fast. Genesis also return with one of their very best singles, Land Of Confusion and it’s Spitting Image video, and the smooth Shake You Down gives Gregory Abbott a debut. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, long a fave from the sitcom Soap, and en route to movie stardom, slips out a whimsical US hit single, You Look Marvellous, done in the style of latin Hollywood movie star Fernando Llamas, and tickles my fancy as I also liked Fernando. The Housemartins cover the Isleys, and instantly outdo them with their accapella version.

Talking of Yazoo, Alison Moyet is also back with a goodie, Is This Love, and Howard Jones & Five Star add to their list, while new in at 75, briefly, it’s Wendy Richard reprising her 1962 smash Come Outside, which I adored as a 4 or 5-year-old and thereafter, though she swaps lead singer from Mike Sarne to Mike Berry who had been hitless for 6 years, but gets 11 years of chart entries since his 1975 cover of Don’t Be Cruel, some 10 years since his 60’s popstar career stalled.

1 ( 14 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 1 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
6 ( 7 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 2 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
8 ( 9 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
9 ( 18 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
10 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

11 ( 50 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
13 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
14 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
15 ( 6 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
16 ( 11 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
17 ( 28 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 25 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
19 ( 29 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
20 ( 22 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis

21 ( 13 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 17 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
23 ( 16 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
24 ( 32 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
25 ( 20 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
26 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 24 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
28 ( 19 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
29 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
30 ( 37 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 26 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
32 ( 27 ) HUMAN Human League
33 ( 21 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
34 ( 39 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
36 ( 60 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
37 ( 42 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
38 ( NEW ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( NEW ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 63 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones

41 ( 66 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
42 ( 23 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
43 ( 40 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
44 ( 36 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
45 ( 31 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
46 ( 48 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
47 ( 71 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
48 ( 67 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
49 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
50 ( 38 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees

51 ( 54 ) CANDY Cameo
52 ( 47 ) EXPERIMENT IV Kate Bush
53 ( NEW ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
54 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 30 ) ASK The Smiths
56 ( NEW ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
57 ( 58 ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT A HOUSEPARTY Phil Fearon
58 ( 44 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
59 ( NEW ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
60 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

61 ( 64 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
62 ( 61 ) CRY Godley & Creme
63 ( 49 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
64 ( NEW ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
67 ( NEW ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 75 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
70 ( 68 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

71 ( NEW ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
72 ( 73 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
73 ( 74 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
74 ( 65 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
75 ( NEW ) COME OUTSIDE Mike Berry & Wendy Richard

Playlist Oldies
1 WHY Donny Osmond
2 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
3 BEHIND THE MASK Greg Philinganes

My 2016 Charts Sep-Dec

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25th December 2016

It’s Robbie Williams for a 7th week, I’m still loving the romantic gorgeousness of When You Know, as his current UK sales top 10 Love My Life drops out after peaking at 70. It’s clear which one I prefer! The Weeknd goes up to both 2 and 3, current single at 3, and I hope a future single at 2. Highest new entry in the thankfully-reduced-to-75 chart is at 5, Kaiser Chiefs best single in 7 years, We Stay Together – their 8th top 10, and trailing only their 3 chart-toppers – is oddly constructed, a disco belter, and more of a duet with producers’ Xenomania’s receptionist. She’s great!

Vaults get a second top 10 with Randy Crawford’s 1980 top tenner, One Day I’ll Fly Away, Kylie and Sigma add to their list of top 20’s, and ABC grab their 7th top 40 of 2016, a record for them, and it’s a proper good ol (under-appreciated) Christmas song to join the oldie festive goodies. Barry Gibb gets his first solo top 40 track in over 30 years, Grouplove get a belated second top 40, and new entry with the uplifting fab Good Morning. Kungs’ third top 40 of the year, Betsy’s second, and Imagine Dragons new entry at 40, taken from the unfairly-slagged-off fab movie Passengers – criticisms seem to based on moral issues (which is the whole point of the film) rather than for sci-fi blockbuster expectations. Levitate is their 5th or 6th since their debut chart-topper hit, Radioactive.

Little Mix and Charlie Puth are both back, jointly, on a good track, and The Dave Clark 5 also bring Glad All Over back to my charts for the first time since 1993. The 1964 UK chart-topper ended the Beatles domination of the UK charts over Autumn 1963/New Year 1964, and I loved it as a 6-year-old, and also Dave Clark and co’s thumping drums. Sadly almost all their hits predate my charts (though they would have had many), though they were there early on over autumn 1968 with the top 5 fave The Red Balloon (one Dave seems to have excommunicated from hits packages). The record has charted at 4 in the Uk sales chart (31 on streaming-included) following a Rangers FC campaign.

1 1 1 7 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1190000
2 3 2 5 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 515000
3 4 3 5 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 249400
4 5 4 10 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 327350
5 80 5 2 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 64000
6 6 6 5 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 194750
7 7 3 6 REDBONE Childish Gambino 321400
8 8 8 4 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 176000
9 2 2 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 275000
10 15 10 7 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 148500

11 14 11 4 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 87000
12 17 12 7 MAGNETISED Garbage 123100
13 10 10 7 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 172600
14 13 5 7 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 323000
15 9 6 8 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 281450
16 12 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
17 18 2 15 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 829000
18 20 18 4 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 60500
19 24 19 7 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 131600
20 26 20 5 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 86400

21 11 1 15 HURTS Emeli Sande 1154750
22 19 9 13 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 263000
23 32 14 9 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 160650
24 25 24 9 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 132900
25 35 25 8 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 109700
26 60 26 2 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 28500
27 29 27 7 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 94300
28 23 1 14 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 992750
29 34 29 4 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 53700
30 30 30 4 ALONE Alan Walker 43000

31 37 19 7 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 130000
32 54 32 4 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 37800
33 52 33 7 DAMN Red Rosamond 79900
34 22 1 9 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 786100
35 78 35 2 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 21900
36 16 7 6 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 175400
37 NEW 37 1 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 17300
38 44 38 4 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 46650
39 66 39 3 WANTED MORE Betsy 28500
40 NEW 40 1 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 17000

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41 31 23 8 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 125350
42 40 1 17 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1079450
43 43 4 14 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 433900
44 33 6 12 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 322800
45 46 45 6 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 55150
46 47 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 36 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 38 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
49 49 49 7 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 57050
50 28 17 7 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 116550

51 39 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 41 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
53 53 53 7 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 37500
54 48 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
55 50 11 10 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 186800
56 57 56 2 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 21000
57 42 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
58 63 55 4 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 30600
59 67 59 4 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 28500
60 62 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600

61 21 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
62 55 5 16 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 400000
63 65 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 58 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
65 NEW 65 1 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 71 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 NEW 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
68 64 6 20 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 482550
69 81 69 2 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 10000
70 69 1 37 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 725600

71 72 71 4 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 22200
72 74 72 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 27700
73 73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
74 84 1 32 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 865250
75 85 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

DROP OUTS
27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
45 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64700
51 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
56 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
59 59 4 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 24700
61 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152250
68 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700
75 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000
76 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 234850
79 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
82 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500
83 75 6 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
86 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

18th December 2016

It’s the pre-christmas chart and Robbie rules for a 6th week, cos I adore the melody and emotion of this spine-tinglingly romantic love song. Robbie always wears his lyric heart on his sleeve, and just touches me enormously, his gift with words is great and Guy Chambers’ melodies heavenly. Robbie needs a slap for not putting it on the album proper, though, unless he has bigger plans for it. Perfectly constructed ballad.The Weeknd still has two top 5 tracks, Coldcut get their 4th top 10, and all the Christmas songs are joined by a new one from ABC, their first, and 7th chart entry this year. 2016 is their best year since 1982 classicness. When they scored a first hit at christmas 1981, just faffing around the lower end of the UK top 75 was a little old minor jolly christmas ditty from The Waitresses, barely even one-minor-hit wonders. Time has been very kind, though, as the song tends to get some annual exposure without ever breaking big. LONG overdue a top 40 visit, we need a campaign to get it there at long last. 14 for me, some 35 years after first cracking my top 40.

Busted have a top 20 climb, Alan Walker a huge leap for a second top 30, while chart returns for Kaiser Chiefs, Barry Gibb, Robin Schulz, David Guetta, Zayn and Taylor Swift set them up for a good start to 2017.

1 1 1 6 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1020000
2 2 2 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 230000
3 3 2 4 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 400000
4 5 4 4 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 159400
5 7 5 9 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 262350
6 8 6 4 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 139750
7 4 3 5 REDBONE Childish Gambino 271400
8 9 8 3 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 128000
9 6 6 7 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 254250
10 13 10 6 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 140600

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1135000
12 21 12 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
13 10 5 6 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 294000
14 32 14 3 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 50100
15 19 15 6 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 106500
16 12 7 5 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 158000
17 20 17 6 MAGNETISED Garbage 88100
18 16 2 14 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 806000
19 15 9 12 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 243500
20 38 20 3 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 38500

21 17 17 12 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 162700
22 14 1 8 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 768500
23 18 1 13 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 975450
24 24 24 6 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 110600
25 25 25 8 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 114000
26 28 26 4 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 66400
27 27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
28 22 17 6 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 124450
29 30 29 6 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 75800
30 73 30 3 ALONE Alan Walker 25000

31 23 23 7 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 111350
32 45 14 8 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 141400
33 39 6 11 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309550
34 52 34 3 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 35600
35 35 35 7 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 90950
36 26 6 13 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 277500
37 37 19 6 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 112000
38 34 17 7 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 119000
39 29 8 8 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 262200
40 40 1 16 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1065700

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41 31 6 10 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 294750
42 33 18 8 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 140400
43 42 4 13 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 420400
44 57 44 3 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 29450
45 46 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64750
46 54 46 5 GREGORY’S THEME Basto! 42200
47 50 47 6 ALGA Ignea 51200
48 56 48 6 MAZE Aria 52800
49 51 49 6 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 45050
50 41 11 9 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 176000

51 36 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
52 47 47 6 DAMN Red Rosamond 62300
53 71 53 6 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 26250
54 66 54 3 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 20000
55 48 5 15 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 392700
56 58 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
57 NEW 57 1 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 10400
58 44 4 13 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 371450
59 60 59 3 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 21700
60 NEW 60 1 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 10000

61 49 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152350
62 65 62 4 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 16600
63 55 55 3 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 20400
64 62 6 19 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 476150
65 67 65 8 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 36900
66 77 66 2 WANTED MORE Betsy 11400
67 69 67 3 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 18400
68 53 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
69 68 1 36 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 719600
70 70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700

71 82 71 5 STEREO Courage My Love 15400
72 72 72 3 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 16600
73 61 8 19 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 336400
74 74 74 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 22100
75 76 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000

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76 64 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 43 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 233850
78 NEW 78 1 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 4400
79 63 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
80 NEW 80 1 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs 4000

81 NEW 81 1 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER Zayn & Taylor Swift 3800
82 83 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500

83 75 75 5 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
84 89 1 31 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 863050
85 84 2 15 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 619700
86 97 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 96 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 90 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 100 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 91 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

DROP OUTS

87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400

99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100

11th December 2016

Robbie holds off for a 5th week on top, his longest ever run, just keeping off the late Greg Lake who sadly died last week. His classic christmas song knocked Bohemian Rhapsody off the top of my charts back in xmas 1975 and i was sweet 17. Since then it topped again in the 80s and also a few years back. Fanfare For The Common Man also topped my chart in 1977 and thats back too. The Weeknd joins himself in my top 5, his 3rd of the year and daft punk’s 2nd.

A good climb for noah cyrus equalling her sister miley by getting a top 10, and labrinth’s 5th or 6th. Lots of xmas songs, busted getting a top 40 for the first time in 14 years, and a 6th robbie track in the 100, but not the roy orbison song pretty woman…

1 1 1 5 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 850000
2 NEW 2 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 115000
3 2 2 3 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 315000
4 3 3 4 REDBONE Childish Gambino 221400
5 18 5 3 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 99400
6 6 6 6 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 209250
7 8 7 8 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 202350
8 23 8 3 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 84750
9 12 9 2 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 80000
10 5 5 5 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 262000

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1098000
12 7 7 4 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 133000
13 16 13 5 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 98600
14 4 1 7 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 749000
15 9 9 11 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 222500
16 11 2 13 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 784000
17 42 17 11 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 142950
18 13 1 12 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 956200
19 30 19 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 79500
20 20 20 5 MAGNETISED Garbage 65100

21 51 21 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
22 17 17 5 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 106250
23 29 23 6 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 93450
24 26 24 5 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 91600
25 31 25 7 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 95200
26 15 6 12 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 260100
27 40 27 3 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 45400
28 39 28 3 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 47800
29 14 8 7 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 245100
30 36 30 5 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 57700

31 19 6 9 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 280750
32 84 32 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 21100
33 24 18 7 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 126650
34 21 17 6 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 101800
35 35 35 6 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 73450
36 22 15 9 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 142500
37 27 19 5 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 94700
38 97 38 2 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 18500
39 45 6 10 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 291850
40 38 1 15 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1048700

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41 37 11 8 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 164000
42 33 4 12 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 406900
43 25 7 7 f*** YOU Lily Allen 228250
44 32 4 12 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 361250
45 34 14 7 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 123600
46 46 46 6 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 51750
47 47 47 5 DAMN Red Rosamond 50800
48 48 5 14 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 381900
49 28 16 8 CERTAINTY Temples 144850
50 50 50 5 ALGA Ignea 38600

51 59 51 5 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 32850
52 68 52 2 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 17900
53 61 53 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 18750
54 55 54 4 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 29400
55 88 55 2 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 13200
56 56 56 5 MAZE Aria 40400
57 71 57 2 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 16200
58 65 58 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 27200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
60 77 60 2 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 14600

61 53 8 18 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 331000
62 60 6 18 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 469050
63 43 4 12 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 440250
64 44 10 10 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 194300
65 99 65 3 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 9200
66 89 66 2 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 9000
67 75 67 7 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 29900
68 67 1 35 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 713400
69 72 69 2 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 11800
70 93 70 2 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 7700

71 81 71 5 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 15000
72 74 72 2 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 10800
73 94 73 2 ALONE Alan Walker 7000
74 79 74 5 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 16900
75 78 75 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 16800

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76 76 76 5 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 16000
77 NEW 77 1 WANTED MORE Betsy 4600
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350

81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
82 82 82 4 STEREO Courage My Love 9600
83 83 83 6 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 17900
84 62 2 14 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 616700
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100
87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
89 85 1 30 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 859850
90 92 90 4 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 6800

91 NEW 91 1 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1900
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
96 NEW 96 1 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 1400
97 NEW 97 1 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 1300
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
100 NEW 100 1 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
70 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500
80 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300
91 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
96 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
98 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
100 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

4th December 2016

A fourth week on top for the most romantic record of 2016, it’s just heartwarmingly gorgeous, the lyrics are uplifting and fill a cynical or lonely person with hope, and the melody is to die for. Sang along loudly to it in the car 4 times driving home last night. Fab. Next single Rob! Sadly, neither of my top 2 is on youtube….

Two records that are recent oldies to me enter the top 10 (Adele and Rag’n’bone Man) along with Chainsmokers which is vice versa. In at 12 Sia’s got another winner! The last great track she did was the (eventually) massive Cheap Thrills which hit my top 10 a year ago. Never Give Up isn’t too far from that vein so I hope this one hits too, though being a soundtrack record might hold it back. 15 years she’s been charting now…

Garbage have been charting over 20 years, and are back in my top 20 with a big leap for Magnetised, rockingly good. Kylie & Cliff both have seasonal top 40’s, not for the first time, Cliff now has a whopping 48 years since he first popped into my first ever actual charts wot-i-wrote-down. The BBC are creeping something terrible with him at the mo, having ignored him for years. Hah! Wonder if it’s a court-case related thing….

Lower down: Melinda Marx’ 1965 original of Soft Cell’s What hangs around, as I’ve recently heard it for the first time – never a hit, not available to buy – and the daughter of film comedy legend and hero of mine Groucho Marx. Some Xmas songs, including another new discovery, the original Connie Francis version of the fab version as made more well-known version by Gabriella Cilmi. Busted return for the time in ooh must be 14 years or so.

1 1 1 4 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 680000
2 2 2 2 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 230000
3 4 3 3 REDBONE Childish Gambino 156400
4 3 1 6 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 720000
5 5 5 4 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 220000
6 7 6 5 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 154250
7 16 7 3 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 98000
8 14 8 7 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 152350
9 28 9 10 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 195500
10 10 1 12 HURTS Emeli Sande 1061000

11 9 2 12 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 759000
12 NEW 12 1 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 35000
13 12 1 11 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 933200
14 8 8 6 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 227000
15 6 6 11 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 242500
16 20 16 4 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 66600
17 23 17 4 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 66750
18 36 18 2 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 39400
19 11 6 8 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 262850
20 49 20 4 MAGNETISED Garbage 45100

21 17 17 5 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 84200
22 15 15 8 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 125100
23 35 23 2 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 36750
24 18 18 6 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 108850
25 13 7 6 f*** YOU Lily Allen 214750
26 27 26 4 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 72600
27 19 19 4 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 77400
28 21 16 7 CERTAINTY Temples 132650
29 31 26 5 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 74200
30 33 30 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 58500

31 40 31 6 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 76400
32 25 4 11 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 348000
33 29 4 11 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 393150
34 22 14 6 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 110600
35 37 35 5 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 55950
36 52 36 4 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 39700
37 26 11 7 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 150000
38 38 1 14 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1031700
39 47 39 2 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 29600
40 60 40 2 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 27000

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41 24 4 24 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 443850
42 42 18 10 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 129950
43 32 4 11 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 433050
44 34 10 9 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 187200
45 41 6 9 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 274750
46 54 46 5 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 38950
47 56 47 4 DAMN Red Rosamond 38200
48 46 5 13 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 369500
49 44 12 10 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 172250
50 71 50 4 ALGA Ignea 26600

51 NEW 51 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 11750
52 30 30 7 KISS ME Fingertips 107750
53 43 8 17 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 323500
54 39 39 7 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 92950
55 69 55 3 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 18400
56 61 56 4 MAZE Aria 29800
57 45 29 7 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 100850
58 48 2 19 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 604900
59 70 59 4 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 21100
60 58 6 17 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 461650

61 NEW 61 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 7500
62 55 2 13 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 613500
63 50 6 10 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 219800
64 64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
65 75 65 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 17000
66 51 31 7 DREAMER Coco Morier 74350
67 67 1 34 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 707000
68 NEW 68 1 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 6400
69 73 69 2 GROW UP Olly Murs 11600
70 53 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500

71 NEW 71 1 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 5600
73 68 19 11 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 161300
74 NEW 74 1 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 5200
75 76 75 6 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 23300

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76 87 76 4 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 11200
77 NEW 77 1 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 4600
78 78 78 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 11800
79 80 79 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 11700
80 62 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300

81 89 81 4 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 9200
82 97 82 3 STEREO Courage My Love 6000
83 84 83 5 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 14500
84 NEW 84 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 3200
85 81 1 29 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 857650
86 82 1 30 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1163800
87 NEW 87 1 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 2600
88 NEW 88 1 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 2400
89 NEW 89 1 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 2200
90 94 90 6 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 8300

91 83 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
92 92 92 3 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 4800
93 NEW 93 1 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ALONE Alan Walker 1600
95 95 95 2 WHAT Melinda Marx 3000
96 59 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
97 NEW 97 1 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 1300
98 63 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
99 99 99 2 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 2200
100 90 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

DROP OUTS
57 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
65 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
72 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
74 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
77 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
79 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
85 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
88 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
93 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
96 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
98 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
100 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

28th November 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for the gorgeously romantic Robbie bonus deluxe album track, When You Know. Robbie is one of the under-rated lyricists in pop, witty and romantic and biting whenever he needs each or all, and when he’s paired with a top tunesmith like Guy Chambers he’s unbeatable – funnily enough (and I didn’t check or have any previous inkling) Guy Chambers is back on board on this track. Quality tells.

The Weeknd’s follow-up Daft Punk single enters the 40 (I Feel It Comin’ replacing Starboy in the 40) but that’s shaded by the album track Secrets in my charts, in at 2, equalling his previous peak position. The track is basically a fab rewrite of The Romantics’ American smash Talking In My Sleep, covered very well by Bucks Fizz in the UK, with samples of Tears For Fears fab Pale Shelter. TFF get no “featuring” credit on the track, but as they are clearly singing the hook they do in my book, and peak higher than the original top 5 single.

Highest climber is the SO Prince-at-his-best stylish track from Childish Gambino, Redbone is sultry and delish, and up 64 places to 4. AKA actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, he’s going to play the young Lando Calrissian in the next Han Solo movie. Talented! Fab. Talking of sultry and delish, shooting up to 20, it’s Coldcut getting their first top 20 in 25 years with an assist from Roots Manuva finally getting there after almost 2 decades of minor occasional chart entries.

Rag’n’bone Man is back, thanks to X Factor giving the pan-European smash a profile at long last, the Brighton-based singer-songwriter hit my top 20 back in August and may actually get a UK top 40 Streaming hit months after he had a top 40 sales hit with it. Streaming is so rubbish. I suggest everyone play my charts instead, SO much more interesting and varied tongue.gif Like Noah Cyrus and Labrinth, quirky and yet great, odd drop drop stylee. In one fell swoop Noah has outdone her sis Miley and dad Billie Ray in terms of being interesting. Yay!

1 1 1 3 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 510000
2 NEW 2 1 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 115000
3 2 1 5 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 655000
4 68 4 2 REDBONE Childish Gambino 71400
5 7 5 3 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 160000
6 10 6 10 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 215500
7 12 7 4 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 99250
8 8 8 5 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 198000
9 3 2 11 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 722000
10 5 1 11 HURTS Emeli Sande 1019000

11 6 6 7 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 241850
12 9 1 10 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 901200
13 13 7 5 f*** YOU Lily Allen 196000
14 20 14 6 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 104350
15 15 15 7 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 105600
16 17 16 2 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 48000
17 25 17 4 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 64450
18 19 18 5 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 89850
19 23 19 3 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 59000
20 52 20 3 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 41600

21 16 16 6 CERTAINTY Temples 114350
22 14 14 5 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 93300
23 35 23 3 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 43750
24 4 4 23 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 429850
25 11 4 10 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 330200
26 18 11 6 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 132700
27 29 27 3 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 54100
28 RE 16 9 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 150500
29 22 4 10 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 375450
30 32 30 6 KISS ME Fingertips 96250

31 26 26 4 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 56000
32 21 4 10 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 419550
33 34 33 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 40500
34 27 10 8 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 173950
35 NEW 35 1 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 17400
37 51 37 4 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 38450
38 28 1 13 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1014500
39 39 39 6 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 81950
40 41 40 5 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 58500

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41 24 6 8 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 261750
42 49 18 9 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 116200
43 31 8 16 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 312250
44 33 12 9 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 160150
45 46 29 6 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 90450
46 40 5 12 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 357200
47 NEW 47 1 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 12500
48 36 2 18 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 594700
49 58 49 3 MAGNETISED Garbage 25100
50 38 6 9 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 212600

51 50 31 6 DREAMER Coco Morier 67550
52 70 52 3 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 22300
53 53 53 3 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 33500
54 56 54 4 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 26200
55 42 2 12 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 606100
56 59 56 3 DAMN Red Rosamond 25700
57 30 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
58 48 6 16 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 451650
59 60 59 4 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 31100
60 NEW 60 1 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 10000

61 61 61 3 MAZE Aria 19200
62 54 54 7 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 41300
63 37 37 6 ON DIRAIT Amir 66500
64 64 64 9 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 42000
65 44 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
67 65 1 33 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 700400
68 43 19 10 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 155900
69 96 69 2 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 7600
70 86 70 3 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 11000

71 73 71 3 ALGA Ignea 14600
72 55 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
73 NEW 73 1 GROW UP Olly Murs 5400
74 57 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
75 75 75 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 10000

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76 79 76 5 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 18300
77 66 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
78 90 78 3 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 7400
79 63 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
80 89 80 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 7500

81 77 1 28 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 854650
82 78 1 29 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1161000
83 72 12 13 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 218550
84 84 84 4 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 11200
85 76 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 69 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
87 88 87 3 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 6400
88 45 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
89 94 89 3 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 5400
90 81 18 11 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 139100

91 91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
92 98 92 2 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 3000
93 62 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
94 97 94 5 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 6300
95 NEW 95 1 WHAT Melinda Marx 1500
96 85 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
97 99 97 2 STEREO Courage My Love 2400
98 82 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
99 NEW 99 1 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

DROP OUTS
67 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
71 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
74 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
80 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000
83 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
87 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
92 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
95 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
100 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000
RE 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100

20th November 2016

It’s an easy second week on top for the gorgeous Robbie album track. Needs to be a single ASAP. When You Know, don’t cha know. The Beach Boys span of top 5 singles reaches 48 years with the fab Pet Sounds track, and Clean Bandit rocket into the 40 at 12, Rockabye, their biggest for some time in my charts. That’s despite Shaggy soundalike Sean Paul being on it! Meanwhile back in at 17 with a former fab big top 3 album track for me, it’s finally out as a single about a year late, but that’s just Water Under The Bridge, at least it’s finally out!

Vaults vault into the 40 with One Day I’ll Fly Away (trampoline!) as the fab original from Randy Crawford also pops in at 75, some 36 years since it flew away out of my charts after peaking at 6. NEIKED get sexual inside the 40, joining the naughty F words from Lily Allen at 13 and Cruel Youth at 100 for a potty mouth chart. Highest new entry proper is Childish Gambino and the cool Redbone. Redbone topped my chart the other year (Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Come And Get Your Love) so I hope they now record a song called Childish Gambino.

1 1 1 2 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 340000
2 2 1 4 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 570000
3 3 2 10 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 677000
4 10 4 22 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 410850
5 5 1 10 HURTS Emeli Sande 977000
6 6 6 6 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 204850
7 7 7 2 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 100000
8 8 8 4 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 150000
9 9 1 9 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 866200
10 12 10 9 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 160500

11 4 4 9 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 311450
12 46 12 3 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 49250
13 11 7 4 f*** YOU Lily Allen 164000
14 16 14 4 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 73800
15 19 15 6 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 78600
16 20 16 5 CERTAINTY Temples 94600
17 NEW 17 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 23000
18 14 11 5 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 114200
19 23 19 4 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 67850
20 22 20 4 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 75350

21 15 4 9 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 401750
22 13 4 9 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 357250
23 25 23 2 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 38000
24 17 6 7 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 247750
25 39 25 3 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 41450
26 27 26 3 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 38100
27 21 10 7 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 156350
28 24 1 12 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 997300
29 35 29 2 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 35700
30 30 30 4 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 71200

31 26 8 15 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 298750
32 32 32 5 KISS ME Fingertips 78250
33 18 12 8 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 146900
34 74 34 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 22800
35 65 35 2 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 24500
36 31 2 17 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 582400
37 37 37 5 ON DIRAIT Amir 59300
38 38 6 8 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 200600
39 40 39 5 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 64850
40 33 5 11 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 344450

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41 43 41 4 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 41500
42 36 2 11 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 595300
43 28 19 9 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 149500
44 50 44 4 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 38650
45 45 45 5 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 44700
46 29 29 5 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 77450
47 47 47 5 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 56800
48 48 6 15 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 441450
49 70 18 8 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 102450
50 34 31 5 DREAMER Coco Morier 55800

51 67 51 3 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 21150
52 59 52 2 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 21600
53 54 53 2 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 22250
54 68 54 6 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 33900
55 42 8 13 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 239200
56 84 56 3 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 15200
57 44 5 13 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 419250
58 92 58 2 MAGNETISED Garbage 13000
59 75 59 2 DAMN Red Rosamond 15100
60 62 60 3 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 21000

61 79 61 2 MAZE Aria 11700
62 51 22 9 ANYMORE Melanie C 109000
63 52 3 13 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 458700
64 69 64 8 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 34900
65 63 1 32 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 693800
66 61 2 14 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 568950
67 58 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
68 NEW 68 1 REDBONE Childish Gambino 6400
69 60 60 4 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 30800
70 76 70 2 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 10800

71 41 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
72 53 12 12 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 215150
73 83 73 2 ALGA Ignea 8800
74 49 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
75 NEW 75 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 5000

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76 55 13 12 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 201200
77 72 1 27 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 850850
78 73 1 28 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1157400
79 80 79 4 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 13500
80 82 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000

81 64 18 10 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 137100
82 81 19 16 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 236250
83 71 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
84 88 84 3 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 8000
85 66 15 11 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 168000
86 89 86 2 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 5000
87 56 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
88 96 88 2 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 3800
89 97 89 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 3500
90 100 90 2 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 3000

91 99 91 4 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 5000
92 87 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
94 94 94 2 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 3200
95 NEW 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 1400
97 98 97 4 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 4700
98 NEW 98 1 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 1200
99 NEW 99 1 STEREO Courage My Love 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000

DROP OUTS
57 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
77 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
85 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
93 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
95 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500

13th November 2016

It’s Robbie Williams at 1, straight in with his gorgeous new Deluxe album track (What!? Why is it not the first single, let alone not even on the regular album!?) When You Know. To be honest his last album also had 2 lovely chart-toppers for me that bombed in the dance-heavy singles charts of 2013. Anyway, can’t beat a bit of harp, and it’s his 14th chart-topper since his first in 1998, the rockin’ Let Me Entertain You. Appropriately, the best track on the regular album is also in (at 7) Bruce Lee, essentially a rewrite (can’t fool me!) of ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down, which was also a rewrite of The Beatles’ Back In The USSR. It’s fab anyway, and I also have my tickets to see Robbie live for the first time in almost 20 years next summer at Southampton football ground. So, his 4th top 20, 3rd top 10, of 2016, and his actual official current single is yet to chart for me, being as it’s a bit dreary (so far).

Emeli Sande’s breathing underwater, quite rapidly it seems, swimming into the 20, Haelos grab a second top 40 hit with Earth Not Above, Sigma a 7th, Ratty rockets into the 40, Clean Bandit climb almost 50 places, and at 59 Coldcut are back! It’s been an absence of well over 20 years for the 80’s DJ/Producers who launched both Lisa Stansfield and Yazz with some fab singles. At 74, Vaults are back with a cover of Randy Crawford’s 1980 top 10 ballad, fresh off a John Lewis advert. In at 89, it’s the late Leonard Cohen (there are others queuing up outside the 100) with his most upbeat track, just about, First We Take Manhattan: this charted back in the 80’s for Jennifer Warnes fab version, but ol’ growling Leonard also does a good job too.

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 170000
2 1 1 3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 455000
3 2 2 9 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 592000
4 4 4 8 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 274450
5 3 1 9 HURTS Emeli Sande 917000
6 6 6 5 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 148850
7 NEW 7 1 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 50000
8 10 8 3 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 102000
9 5 1 8 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 821200
10 13 10 21 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 345850

11 7 7 3 f*** YOU Lily Allen 132000
12 16 12 8 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 118500
13 8 4 8 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 337750
14 11 11 4 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 92200
15 9 4 8 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 382000
16 38 16 3 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 44800
17 12 6 6 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 228750
18 15 12 7 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 129200
19 26 19 5 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 51600
20 24 20 4 CERTAINTY Temples 69600

21 14 10 6 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 137950
22 25 22 3 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 55350
23 35 23 3 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 46850
24 20 1 11 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 979000
25 NEW 25 1 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 18750
26 17 8 14 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 280850
27 98 27 2 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 19600
28 19 19 8 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 136000
29 29 29 4 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 64700
30 30 30 3 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 53200

31 18 2 16 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 565000
32 32 32 4 KISS ME Fingertips 60450
33 21 5 10 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 327450
34 31 31 4 DREAMER Coco Morier 43800
35 NEW 35 1 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 17500
36 27 2 10 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 581550
37 37 37 4 ON DIRAIT Amir 42000
38 22 6 7 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 183400
39 72 39 2 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 22700
40 40 40 4 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 47750

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41 28 28 10 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 99600
42 23 8 12 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 228400
43 50 43 3 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 27500
44 39 5 12 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 408850
45 64 45 4 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 31700
46 95 46 2 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 14250
47 54 47 4 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 44300
48 44 6 14 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 429150
49 36 5 8 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 314250
50 57 50 3 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 25400

51 43 22 8 ANYMORE Melanie C 101600
52 45 3 12 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 451500
53 33 12 11 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 209550
54 NEW 54 1 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 11000
55 34 13 11 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 196400
56 46 46 5 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 37050
57 47 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
58 55 36 8 KIDS OneRepublic 91000
59 NEW 59 1 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 10100
60 60 60 3 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 24600

61 51 2 13 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 562150
62 82 62 2 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 11000
63 63 1 31 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 686800
64 56 18 9 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 133300
65 NEW 65 1 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 7000
66 58 15 10 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 165000
67 86 67 2 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 9400
68 68 68 5 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 22900
69 74 69 7 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 27800
70 42 18 7 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 90350

71 48 17 12 YOUTH Glass Animals 162550
72 61 1 26 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 846250
73 69 1 27 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1153000
74 NEW 74 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAMN Red Rosamond 5000

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76 NEW 76 1 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 4800
77 49 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
79 NEW 79 1 MAZE Aria 4200
80 80 80 3 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 9300

81 52 19 15 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 232650
82 84 82 3 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 10000
83 NEW 83 1 ALGA Ignea 3400
84 96 84 2 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 4600
85 77 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 53 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
87 79 1 18 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 767950
88 88 88 2 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 4800
89 NEW 89 1 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 2200
90 92 90 4 A-YO Lady Gaga 6600

91 91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MAGNETISED Garbage 1800
93 78 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
94 NEW 94 1 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 1600
95 NEW 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 1400
97 NEW 97 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 1300
98 99 98 3 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 3400
99 100 99 3 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 3100
100 NEW 100 1 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 1000

DROP OUTS
41 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
62 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
65 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
70 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800
71 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
73 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
75 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550
76 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
81 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
83 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
85 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
87 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900
93 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
97 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300

6th November 2016

2 weeks on top for Abba, or 12 weeks including it’s 1977 run, which is bad news for M83 who go up to 2. Kishi Bashi gets his 3rd track to peak at 4, as ABC leap into the top 10 for the 5th time this year, and the lovely The Love Inside The Love, love it, and the live version on youtube is how I fell in love with it last week. Meanwhile the unknown but fab Scavenger Hunt leap into my top at 6 with River Runs Dry.

Flume fall just short of their 2nd top 10, so far, but a big climb anyway, while the late Kathy Kirby never got a proper chart tribute from me, and this fab OTT diva tune was Kathy at her best. I was MAD on Kathy Kirby when I was 6. Meanwhile, big jumps into the top 40 for the terrific Superwalkers, and the very Pet Shop Boys circa 1988 backing track of Coco Morier. Jean-Michel Jarre gets his 4th top 40 of the year, Amir gets a second in total, Ariana Grande her second of the year, and Emile Sande her 2nd in the same week.

1 1 1 2 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 340000
2 4 2 8 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 507000
3 2 1 8 HURTS Emeli Sande 857000
4 5 4 7 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 209450
5 3 1 7 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 776200
6 23 6 4 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 93850
7 9 7 2 f*** YOU Lily Allen 95000
8 8 4 7 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 305750
9 7 4 7 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 355000
10 50 10 2 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 54000

11 24 11 3 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 63200
12 6 6 5 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 205750
13 20 13 20 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 303850
14 10 10 5 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 118200
15 12 12 6 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 107200
16 35 16 7 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 83500
17 11 8 13 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 262350
18 14 2 15 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 547100
19 19 19 7 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 117700
20 16 1 10 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 960000

21 18 5 9 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 309750
22 13 6 6 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 166200
23 17 8 11 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 214650
24 34 24 3 CERTAINTY Temples 49600
25 39 25 2 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 35850
26 61 26 4 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 30600
27 25 2 9 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 564150
28 36 28 9 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 85600
29 29 29 3 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 46500
30 38 30 2 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 35200

31 66 31 3 DREAMER Coco Morier 26200
32 46 32 3 KISS ME Fingertips 42650
33 27 12 10 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 198300
34 22 13 10 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 185600
35 59 35 2 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 27600
36 21 5 7 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 302150
37 69 37 3 ON DIRAIT Amir 24700
38 87 38 2 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 19800
39 28 5 11 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 395600
40 51 40 3 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 30750

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41 15 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
42 26 18 6 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 84350
43 33 22 7 ANYMORE Melanie C 89850
44 41 6 13 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 416850
45 37 3 11 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 440000
46 64 46 4 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 26450
47 32 19 6 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 91700
48 47 17 11 YOUTH Glass Animals 156440
49 44 9 11 LOST & FOUND BETSY 263200
50 90 50 2 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 14000

51 45 2 12 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 554650
52 42 19 14 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 228850
53 43 16 9 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 150450
54 57 54 3 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 31800
55 55 36 7 KIDS OneRepublic 80800
56 54 18 8 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 126200
57 85 57 2 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 13400
58 53 15 9 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 158200
59 72 59 4 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20600
60 77 60 2 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 14600

61 58 1 25 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 840650
62 40 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
63 63 1 30 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 679600
64 71 64 3 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 18700
65 48 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 70 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 56 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
68 68 68 4 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 16500
69 65 1 26 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1147600
70 74 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800

71 60 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
72 NEW 72 1 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 5600
73 81 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
74 78 74 6 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 21600
75 67 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550

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76 31 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
77 94 77 3 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 7800
78 49 10 11 BOURBON Gallant 233450
79 79 1 17 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 765350
80 97 80 2 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 5300

81 52 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
82 NEW 82 1 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 3600
83 86 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
84 84 84 2 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 6400
85 82 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
86 NEW 86 1 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 2800
87 96 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
88 NEW 88 1 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 2400
89 89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 76 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900

91 NEW 91 1 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 1900
92 95 92 3 A-YO Lady Gaga 4600
93 88 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 80 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
95 NEW 95 1 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 1400
97 NEW 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 1200
99 99 99 2 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 2200
100 100 100 2 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 2000

DROP OUTS
30 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550
62 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
73 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500
83 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
91 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
98 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750

30th October 2016

It’s Abba, newly in and back at 1 over 39 years since Knowing Knowing You completed a 10-week run on top. That puts it clear in 3rd place on the biggest runs at 1, and is there thanks to a limited edition picture disc reissue of all the singles off Arrival on it’s 40th birthday. I adore that album, and this track, and I played it for over a year – I can’t understate how rare it is for me to play albums that much, as close to obsession in music as I get! Another track off it, That’s Me, is also in the 20. The video is attached, I was also mad on that, and Abba, and the record is one of the greatest break-up records of all-time, just genius.

Kishi Bashi meanwhile becomes a current obsession grabbing 4 of my top 20, including a 3rd top 5 with the sprawling ambitious Ode To My Next Life, such a clever musician, he needs discovering ASAP. In at 9, I saw Bridget Jones’ Baby last week, which was OK, sat amongst women of a certain age, when this naughty Lily Allen song popped up. It twice made my chart peaking at 20 in 2009 as an album track that I didn’t own – well now I’ve bought it and can play it properly. For obvious reasons not a single, but it’s terrific, funny and these days I imagine she’s singing it to Nigel Farage, cos that’s exactly how I feel about him. Several million people will be queuing up to make a dancefloor of his grave when he dies many years from now, so I hope they are making preparations for a dancefloor-sized stone floor.

Lower down there’s an ABC mini-invasion of tracks from both The 1982 Lexicon Of Love and 2016 Lexicon Of Love II, as I saw a fab concert this week with full orchestra – reviewed elsewhere. Best track on the new album, Kiss Me Goodbye jumps back into the 20. Bobby Vee sadly died this week, I saw in concert in the 90’s and he was fab, I bought the hits CD. I was too young for his heyday (early 60’s teen idol) but his songs remained popular into the 70’s and 80’s, often covered, and three of ’em finally give him some chart entries in my chart, long overdue, he was the classy end of the 50’s teen idols, and was only 15 when he got his break filling in for Buddy Holly on his fatal tour.

Others: Jean-Michel gets a 4th chart entry this year, and the fab quirky Sebastian Teller duets with him some years after his terrific Eurovision entry. Ph.D’s 1982 chart-topper (in my charts) I Won’t Let You Down is back sampled by Armand Van Helden (also a chart-topper in 1999 with You Don’t Know Me), The Vamps are back, ditto The Chainsmokers (belatedly), Enigma (Sadeness Pt. 2 entering some 26 years after part 1 topped my chart, and 22 years since they had a trio of toppers), and another Emeli Sande new track.

1 NEW 1 1 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 170000
2 2 1 7 HURTS Emeli Sande 772000
3 1 1 6 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 716200
4 3 3 7 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 392000
5 10 5 6 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 144450
6 6 6 4 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 170750
7 7 4 6 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 310000
8 4 4 6 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 257750
9 NEW 9 1 f*** YOU Lily Allen 45000
10 20 10 4 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 89200

11 8 8 12 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 239350
12 34 12 5 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 80200
13 9 6 5 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 146700
14 46 2 14 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 525100
15 5 5 2 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 87000
16 12 1 9 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 940000
17 17 8 10 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 195400
18 21 5 8 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 290000
19 26 19 6 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 96700
20 23 20 19 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 271850

21 11 5 6 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 284750
22 13 13 9 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 168000
23 30 23 3 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 38850
24 63 24 2 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 26200
25 16 2 8 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 545750
26 18 18 5 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 70600
27 15 12 9 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 180600
28 24 5 10 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 378500
29 59 29 2 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 28300
30 32 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550

31 14 9 6 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 210900
32 19 19 5 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 79200
33 22 22 6 ANYMORE Melanie C 76350
34 45 34 2 CERTAINTY Temples 30600
35 37 35 6 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 58500
36 48 36 8 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 67300
37 31 3 10 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 427000
38 NEW 38 1 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 17200
39 NEW 39 1 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 17100
40 RE 40 7 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 79900

41 29 6 12 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 403600
42 42 19 13 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 217350
43 25 16 8 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 139200
44 33 9 10 LOST & FOUND BETSY 251100
45 27 2 11 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 542900
46 49 46 2 KISS ME Fingertips 24850
47 38 17 10 YOUTH Glass Animals 144250
48 39 39 7 GREEN DENM 60800
49 41 10 10 BOURBON Gallant 229050
50 NEW 50 1 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 12000

51 90 51 2 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 13750
52 28 21 5 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 85950
53 43 15 8 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 148000
54 35 18 7 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 115600
55 36 36 6 KIDS OneRepublic 70000
56 47 37 9 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 96000
57 57 57 2 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 20800
58 55 1 24 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 833150
59 NEW 59 1 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 10100
60 56 16 8 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 137200

61 82 61 3 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 12100
62 58 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
63 62 1 29 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 672400
64 73 64 3 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 13700
65 54 1 25 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1141400
66 95 66 2 DREAMER Coco Morier 8300
67 61 14 8 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 123550
68 87 68 3 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 10100
69 98 69 2 ON DIRAIT Amir 7400
70 70 70 3 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 18000

71 71 71 2 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 11600
72 84 72 3 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10500
73 40 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
74 74 74 4 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 16800
75 75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500

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76 50 50 6 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 34900
77 NEW 77 1 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 4600
78 80 78 5 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 16400
79 79 1 16 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 761150
80 65 65 4 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 20000

81 83 81 2 DRUGS Adam Jensen 7200
82 77 1 20 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 691000
83 60 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
84 NEW 84 1 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 3200
85 NEW 85 1 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 3000
86 86 86 5 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 10100
87 NEW 87 1 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 2600
88 64 40 8 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 65800
89 89 89 2 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 NEW 90 1 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 2000

91 52 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
94 94 94 2 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 3200
95 97 95 2 A-YO Lady Gaga 2800
96 99 96 2 TSIER Alyss 2500
97 NEW 97 1 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 1300
98 92 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750
99 NEW 99 1 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 1100
100 NEW 100 1 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 1000

51 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
53 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
66 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
72 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
76 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
78 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
81 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
85 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
88 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
91 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
96 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
100 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

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Portaventura, Spain Oct 2016

23rd October 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Red Sky July in an unchanged top 3, and it’s still juuuuuuust gorgeous. A former buzzjack song contest (BJSC) act of mine at 1 is joined by another act I entered and love, Kishi Bashi getting his 2nd top 5 with Can’t Let Go, Juno, and his 4th top 10 with the mini-epic Ode To My Next Life. Greedy, he’s also grabbed a 5th top 30 and 6th top 40.

Abba are the highest new entry with a deliciously cheesy unofficial remix for the 40th anniversary of classic album Arrival, the album track and B Side to Dancing Queen (so prolific Abba could afford to toss away a brilliant potential A side on a B Side!) That’s Me. It’s topped my chart previously, as has another single off Arrival which will enter next week as there are 4 brand new picture disc singles released for the official 40th anniversary.

Jean-Michel gets his 2nd top 10 of the year, as his Pet Shop Boys duet Brick England gives the boys errr a 5th or 6th top 10 this year, I’m a fan and I’ve lost count! Biggest jump is a whopping 64 places for Scavenger Hunt and a track that was cruelly ignored from the BJSC final, River Runs Dry. The late Kathy Kirby finally gets a top 40 slot some 50-odd years after she would have had quite a few had I done charts then (being as I was a mad-keen 6-year-old for her singles). Top actual new act is Temples, not unlike Tame Impala, and that’s a very good thing, in at 45. Other returning acts: Gaga, Two Door Cinema Club, Maroon 5…..

1 1 1 5 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 631200
2 2 1 6 HURTS Emeli Sande 657000
3 3 3 6 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 327000
4 8 4 5 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 209750
5 NEW 5 1 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 60000
6 10 6 3 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 115750
7 4 4 5 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 260000
8 60 8 11 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 202350
9 6 6 4 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 114700
10 26 10 5 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 84450

11 5 5 5 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 265000
12 7 1 8 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 915000
13 15 13 8 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 148500
14 9 9 5 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 193000
15 12 12 8 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 162200
16 11 2 7 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 527000
17 14 8 9 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 172400
18 18 18 4 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 52100
19 19 19 4 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 61400
20 20 20 3 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 47200

21 13 5 7 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 268000
22 23 22 5 ANYMORE Melanie C 58650
23 27 23 18 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 251850
24 17 5 9 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 360200
25 16 16 7 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 125700
26 32 26 5 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 75700
27 22 2 10 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 529900
28 21 21 4 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 74450
29 24 6 11 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 389600
30 94 30 2 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 19600

31 29 3 9 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 409700
32 34 32 12 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 130550
33 25 9 9 LOST & FOUND BETSY 237850
34 38 34 4 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 45200
35 28 18 6 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 104600
36 36 36 5 KIDS OneRepublic 59200
37 56 37 5 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 41000
38 31 17 9 YOUTH Glass Animals 131750
39 62 39 6 GREEN DENM 48500
40 40 40 7 SPHYNX La Femme 80050

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41 39 10 9 BOURBON Gallant 216950
42 30 19 12 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 203600
43 33 15 7 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 136750
44 44 44 8 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 68700
45 NEW 45 1 CERTAINTY Temples 13000
46 46 2 13 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 496100
47 37 37 8 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 85400
48 50 48 7 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 49900
49 NEW 49 1 KISS ME Fingertips 12100
50 55 50 5 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 30100

51 35 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
52 48 7 12 GEMINI FEED Banks 267300
53 47 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
54 54 1 24 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1134400
55 53 1 23 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 822950
56 42 16 7 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 127200
57 NEW 57 1 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 10400
58 65 58 3 WHITE FLAG Joseph 18300
59 NEW 59 1 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 10100
60 43 20 9 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 104450

61 41 14 7 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 116950
62 61 1 28 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 665200
63 NEW 63 1 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 7200
64 45 40 7 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 63400
65 66 65 3 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 16000
66 72 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 51 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 52 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 49 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
70 70 70 2 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 12000

71 NEW 71 1 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 5800
72 63 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
73 98 73 2 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 6600
74 74 74 3 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 11600
75 80 75 8 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 26500

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76 58 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
77 75 1 19 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 687400
78 67 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
79 64 1 15 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 756950
80 83 80 4 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 12000

81 68 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
82 100 82 2 LOST (AS I AM) Streetwalkers 4600
83 NEW 83 1 DRUGS Adam Jensen 3400
84 93 84 2 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4900
85 79 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
86 91 86 4 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 7300
87 99 87 2 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 3700
88 69 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
89 NEW 89 1 DON’T WANNA NOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 2000

91 85 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
92 81 10 12 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 213550
93 95 93 6 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 8200
94 NEW 94 1 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DREAMER Coco Morier 1500
96 NEW 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
97 NEW 97 1 A-YO Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 ON DIRAIT Amir 1200
99 NEW 99 1 TSIER Alyss 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

DROP OUTS
57 57 5 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
59 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
71 16 8 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
73 4 9 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
76 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
84 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
86 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800
92 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
96 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000

16th october 2016

2 weeks on top for gorgous Red Sky July as Robbie Williams does a double big climb, Russian into the 10 for 20 years of top 10s, as his heavy entertainment shows in the 20! The singles chart streaming teens might not like him but us older folk still do. Lots climbing times 4 for kishi bashi such a varied artist. The weeknd makes it a 3rd or 4th top 10 i think, as bruno rockets into the 20.

Jean-michel snd Pet Shop Boys gets a single release at last and returns at 60, with the highest new entry from Smoove n Turrell is a cover of Hot Chocolate’s 1971 2nd hit single You Could’ve Been A Lady.

1 1 1 4 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 461200
2 2 1 5 HURTS Emeli Sande 542000
3 6 3 5 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 242000
4 7 4 4 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 210000
5 5 5 4 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 228000
6 47 6 3 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 69700
7 3 1 7 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 880000
8 10 8 4 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 144750
9 9 9 4 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 164000
10 25 10 2 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 60750

11 4 2 6 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 503000
12 13 13 7 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 135200
13 11 5 6 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 248250
14 8 8 8 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 149400
15 15 15 7 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 116500
16 16 16 6 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 106950
17 12 5 8 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 341200
18 67 18 3 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 30100
19 28 19 3 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 40400
20 63 20 2 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 27200

21 29 29 3 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 56150
22 14 2 9 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 511500
23 33 23 4 ANYMORE Melanie C 210500
24 24 6 10 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 371400
25 20 9 8 LOST & FOUND BETSY 220200
26 42 26 4 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 42550
27 27 27 17 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 232600
28 18 18 5 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 87000
29 19 3 8 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 391700
30 30 19 11 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 189850

31 17 17 8 YOUTH Glass Animals 114550
32 36 36 4 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 57200
33 22 15 6 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 123250
34 34 34 11 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 112750
35 26 26 6 MR. APPLES Madness 85100
36 55 36 4 KIDS OneRepublic 41800
37 39 37 7 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 72900
38 71 38 3 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 27600
39 23 10 8 BOURBON Gallant 202950
40 53 53 6 SPHYNX La Femme 63050

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41 21 14 6 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 109450
42 31 16 6 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 116600
43 35 20 8 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 94450
44 44 44 7 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 55450
45 40 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 56300
46 32 2 12 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 483400
47 64 64 6 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 44500
48 37 7 11 GEMINI FEED Banks 255900
49 38 38 6 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 54200
50 60 60 6 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 37600

51 45 12 9 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 191550
52 46 13 9 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 168250
53 48 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 812150
54 52 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1123400
55 87 55 4 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 18100
56 69 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 23700
57 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
58 66 66 6 TUN UP Sarah Mark 33400
59 41 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
60 RE 60 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 657800
62 62 62 5 GREEN DENM 31400
63 50 2 12 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 509800
64 56 1 14 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 752750
65 99 65 2 WHITE FLAG Joseph 8100
66 89 66 2 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 9000
67 54 1 24 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1030900
68 74 35 8 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 72750
69 58 58 7 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 54000
70 NEW 70 1 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 6000

71 43 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
72 77 72 4 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 16200
73 49 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
74 98 74 2 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 6400
75 68 1 18 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 682800

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76 57 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 51 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 80 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
79 76 1 23 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1165150
80 83 80 7 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 21500

81 73 10 11 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 211750
82 82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
83 87 83 3 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 8000
84 59 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
85 70 1 32 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 806550
86 88 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 91 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 65 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 72 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 92 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800

91 94 91 3 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 4500
92 75 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
93 NEW 93 1 A BIG HUNK O’ LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1700
94 NEW 94 1 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 1600
95 96 95 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 6500
96 81 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 90 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000
98 NEW 98 1 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 1000

DROP OUTS

GRACE, BILLY FURY, LADY GAGA, NEIL CHRISTIAN, ARIEL PINK, BLOSSOMS, MAX JURY

9th October 2016

It’s Red Sky July’s subtle and hauntingly gorgeous House Of Cards on top for the first time, though Ally McErlaine has been at 1 many times before as part of Texas. Just edging out the epic banging emotion of Emeli Sande, but it was a very close run thing. Frank Ocean and Beyonce are back in the top 10 with the unavailable (except on the album Blonde) Pink + White. It’s lovely and needs to be a single. NOW Frank!

Highest new entry is the returning hitmaker The Weeknd, joined by the veteran 90’s electronica band Daft Punk, not the first time in my chart for either by a long chalk, but any song called Starboy I’m going to love (in theory) as he’s a super-hero (Star Boy) from the greatest super-hero team of all-time Legion Of Super-Heroes. A band of that name was a John Peel fave, and members Dream Girl, Brainiac 5, Wildfire have featured in song titles, while Karate Kid was nicked for a film, so watch out for Saturn Girl, White Witch, and Princess Projectra one day! Another Princess, Chelsea, make my top 20 along with 80’s dance diva Billie Ray Martin, and Francis And The Lights have a mighty leap from 99 to 28 while also entering at 98 with a third track.

Mel C keeps the lone Spice Girls flag flying as she enters the 40, and KT Tunstall returns to the 40 after a hefty break. Kack Savoretti and Kings Of Leon are back after shorter breaks. Returning to the chart is Bruno Mars, carrying on from his funky Mark Ronson megahit, Robbie Williams has big climbs, and Crystal Waters is also back after a couple of decades or so. Relax!

1 2 1 3 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 291200
2 1 1 4 HURTS Emeli Sande 427000
3 4 1 6 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 830000
4 3 2 5 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 465000
5 5 5 3 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 168000
6 6 6 4 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 157000
7 7 7 3 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 145000
8 30 8 7 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 120400
9 11 9 3 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 119000
10 10 10 3 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 96750

11 9 5 5 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 216250
12 12 5 7 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 318200
13 20 13 6 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 100200
14 8 2 8 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 492000
15 28 15 6 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 89500
16 26 16 5 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 81950
17 25 17 7 YOUTH Glass Animals 96650
18 27 18 4 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 68800
19 13 3 7 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 373600
20 16 9 7 LOST & FOUND BETSY 201400

21 14 14 5 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 95450
22 15 15 5 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 105550
23 17 10 7 BOURBON Gallant 185850
24 18 6 9 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 352400
25 NEW 25 1 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 18750
26 34 26 5 MR. APPLES Madness 67600
27 36 27 16 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 214200
28 99 28 2 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 19400
29 29 29 2 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 36400
30 19 19 10 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 171850

31 21 16 5 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 102850
32 24 2 11 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 470600
33 66 33 3 ANYMORE Melanie C 19900
34 35 34 10 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 95150
35 23 20 7 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 80950
36 40 36 3 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 39400
37 22 7 10 GEMINI FEED Banks 243500
38 57 38 5 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 42000
39 47 39 6 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 55600
40 48 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 43300

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41 50 41 5 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 52800
42 71 42 3 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 23950
43 31 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 126600
44 53 44 6 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 42200
45 37 12 8 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 179800
46 41 13 8 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 156750
47 89 47 2 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 14700
48 44 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 800900
49 32 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 334650
50 39 2 11 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 502600

51 33 13 8 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 140400
52 45 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1112400
53 54 53 5 SPHYNX La Femme 46050
54 46 1 23 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1024300
55 55 55 3 KIDS OneRepublic 24400
56 52 1 13 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 745650
57 38 30 10 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 120150
58 58 58 6 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 47800
59 42 12 12 TROUBLE Offaiah 223400
60 74 60 5 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 25600

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 650300
62 75 62 4 GREEN DENM 24000
63 NEW 63 1 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 7200
64 64 64 5 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 31900
65 43 14 8 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 136500
66 70 66 5 TUN UP Sarah Mark 23200
67 95 67 2 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 8100
68 62 1 17 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 677800
69 72 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 13100
70 51 1 31 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 803550

71 77 71 2 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 10400
72 59 1 20 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1270700
73 49 10 10 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 207950
74 60 35 7 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 66350
75 68 68 8 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 41100

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76 67 1 22 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1160950
77 81 77 3 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 10600
78 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 11800
79 56 43 6 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 65300
80 80 80 4 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 11600

81 65 10 13 HEY Willa 245650
82 88 82 6 CONCRETE Tom Odell 19600
83 83 83 6 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 17500
84 87 84 3 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 7300
85 73 9 12 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 267100
86 86 86 5 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 10900
87 90 87 2 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 4600
88 93 88 5 FLICKER Tori Amos 8400
89 NEW 89 1 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 2200
90 84 6 12 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 222700

91 98 91 3 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 4300
92 NEW 92 1 RELAX Crystal Waters 1800
93 63 55 7 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 47700
94 100 94 2 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 2600
95 69 2 16 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 541200
96 96 96 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 5000
97 97 97 3 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 3800
98 NEW 98 1 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 1200
99 NEW 99 1 WHITE FLAG Joseph 1100
100 85 27 100 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 128800

DROP OUTS
76 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
79 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
82 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
91 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
94 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400

p1070895

Ferry Cross The Mersey 2016…

2nd October 2016

It’s a first chart-topper for Emeli Sande and her proper epic Hurts, just holding of massive climber Red Sky July’s 67-place climb to 2 with House Of Cards, their 2nd top 10. Or umpteenth including Alisha’s Attic and Texas singles. I love my top 10 so much this week, it’s holding off a 70’s classic fave as it gets leapfrogged by M83 and Mai Lan’s groovy Go! and Kishi Bashi’s 3rd top 10, Can’t Let Go, Juno. Not content with that he also enters the 40 with the Floyd-ish Who’d You Kill and has another album track entry at 77, with a flaming non-dirge song, despite what the title suggests.

Massive Attack get their biggest hit in a decade or so, into the 20 with the gorgeous The Spoils, and DNCE break into the 20 for a second time with their toothbrush. Highest new entry at 29 is from Travis, grabbing a comeback top 40 with an assist from Josephine Oniyama for nearly 20 years of chart entries, including a chart-topper in the noughties with Selfish Jean – an undeserved flop – and now adding Idlewild. Madness get a sweet 37 years of top 40 songs, and Nancy Sinatra makes it 45 years – though Holly Holy is a 70’s track, written by Neil Diamond, and previously charted in covers from Junior Walker & The All Stars and UB40.

Robbie Williams gets 2 new entries fresh off his new album, and Albert Hammond gets a 2nd and third 1970’s US Top 100 hit new entries in my chart for the first time, though I liked them at the time I only had a top 30 or 50 at the time and loads of great singles never charted. Albert has a new orchestral album of his songs coming out soon (that’s a LOT of hit songs!)

1 2 1 3 HURTS Emeli Sande 312000
2 69 2 2 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 121200
3 3 2 4 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 400000
4 1 1 5 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 745000
5 8 5 2 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 108000
6 15 6 3 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 102000
7 9 7 2 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 95000
8 4 2 7 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 463000
9 5 5 4 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 179250
10 46 10 2 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 54750

11 11 11 2 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 74000
12 7 5 6 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 283200
13 6 3 6 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 352600
14 35 14 4 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 75700
15 18 15 4 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 86050
16 13 9 6 LOST & FOUND BETSY 181400
17 10 10 6 BOURBON Gallant 166600
18 12 6 8 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 333400
19 19 19 9 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 153850
20 22 20 5 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 68200

21 16 16 4 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 84950
22 14 7 9 GEMINI FEED Banks 226200
23 20 20 6 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 63450
24 17 2 10 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 452800
25 31 25 6 YOUTH Glass Animals 73650
26 26 26 4 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 56950
27 27 27 3 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 46800
28 34 28 5 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 62500
29 NEW 29 1 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 18200
30 32 30 6 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 72400

31 24 16 6 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 113100
32 21 4 7 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 322550
33 23 13 7 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 128650
34 48 34 4 MR. APPLES Madness 49100
35 45 35 9 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 77550
36 36 36 15 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 195800
37 25 12 7 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 166800
38 38 30 9 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 109750
39 28 2 10 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 490600
40 75 40 2 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 22000

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41 33 13 7 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 144000
42 29 12 11 TROUBLE Offaiah 213300
43 30 14 7 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 129500
44 44 1 20 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 788600
45 40 1 21 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1100900
46 39 1 22 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1013300
47 57 47 5 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 38500
48 65 48 4 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 26300
49 37 10 9 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 202550
50 50 50 4 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 38800

51 42 1 30 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 797550
52 41 1 12 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 735050
53 62 53 5 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 28950
54 54 54 4 SPHYNX La Femme 34800
55 86 55 2 KIDS OneRepublic 13600
56 43 43 5 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 61100
57 66 57 4 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 24800
58 58 58 5 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 37600
59 47 1 19 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1265100
60 49 35 6 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 61150

61 61 1 25 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 642800
62 59 1 16 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 671400
63 55 55 6 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 46000
64 64 64 4 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 24800
65 53 10 12 HEY Willa 241850
66 73 66 2 ANYMORE Melanie C 12200
67 60 1 21 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1156150
68 68 68 7 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 36100
69 56 2 15 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 539700
70 70 70 4 TUN UP Sarah Mark 16400

71 78 71 2 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 10200
72 97 72 2 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 6900
73 51 9 11 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 264100
74 74 74 4 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 15600
75 71 71 3 GREEN DENM 16600

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76 52 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
77 NEW 77 1 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 4600
78 94 78 3 SCOPE MissingNo 7400
79 63 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
80 91 80 3 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 7600

81 89 81 2 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 6000
82 67 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
83 83 83 5 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 14100
84 84 6 11 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 220700
85 72 27 9 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 127800
86 90 86 4 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 8100
87 95 87 2 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 4100
88 RE 85 5 CONCRETE Tom Odell 13000
89 NEW 89 1 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 2200
90 NEW 90 1 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 2000

91 82 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
93 93 93 4 FLICKER Tori Amos 6000
94 76 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400
95 NEW 95 1 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 1500
96 99 96 3 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 3600
97 RE 97 2 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 2500
98 98 98 2 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 2400
99 NEW 99 1 SEE HER OUT (THAT JUST LIGHT) Francis And The Lights
100 NEW 100 1 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 1000

DROP OUTS
77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
79 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700
81 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
85 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
87 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
96 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

25th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder for a 4th week on top, still loving my Top 10 finalist in the Buzzjack Song Contest. Talking of, a previous top 10 act for me Kishi Bashi has a new album out, and it’s fab, the official single is in at 46, while 2 tracks pop in lower down, a very Pink Floyd-sounding at 75 and a very Jean-Michel Jarre-sounding (via orchestral avante-garde) at 78. Another BJSC act who flopped are also back, Red Sky July at 69 – former members of Texas and Alisha’s Attic – and I could make comments about British country music being ageist as far as radio plays go, it doesn’t escape my notice that pretty young girlie country tracks get Radio 2 play, and the older, classier country acts, errr, don’t.

Emelie Sande shoots up to 2, so close to nabbing the top spot in a highly active and fabulous chart (for me, at any rate!) and there are 2 brand new debuts inside the top 10, the blues-ish, quirky fab Cobi at 8, and the ballad Keane-like Tom Chaplin at 9. OK it is Keane. The lead singer having his first solo venture, and it’s classic Keane.

In at 11, from 1972, because I saw Albert Hammond in concert in Wimborne this week – he hasn’t toured for 45 years, and moved the States in 1971 from a successful UK pop song hit-writing machine career, to launch his solo and American songwriter career, the former with initial success for 2 years, before he concentrated on songwriting. It Never rains In Southern California is his best single, I had nostalgic tears in my eyes for it, and his other early 70’s singles, only one of which charted in the UK – but not this fab huge American hit which wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time due to floppage. Other songs? Little Arrows, When I Need You, One Moment In Time, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, The Air That I Breathe, among many many others. Great to have him back!

Big jumps for the Kaiser Chiefs into the 20, Billie Ray Martin into the 30, and Mel C leapfrogs herself with her new single. OneRepublic return again, along with a host of 60’s tracks I discovered during AH Gold’s Ultimate 60’s voting. Cat Stevens is new to me, ditto Kathy Kirby’s fab track – I had a few huge pop star faves as a nipper, we’re talking 5 or 6 years old, the biggest 2 were Billy Fury (also in the chart) and Kathy Kirby. Mad on ’em I was.

1 1 1 4 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 680000
2 15 2 2 HURTS Emeli Sande 142000
3 2 2 3 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 315000
4 4 2 6 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 415000
5 6 5 3 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 134250
6 3 3 5 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 320600
7 5 5 5 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 248200
8 NEW 8 1 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 48000
9 NEW 9 1 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 45000
10 10 10 5 BOURBON Gallant 143600

11 NEW 11 1 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 37000
12 8 6 7 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 311400
13 9 9 5 LOST & FOUND BETSY 156400
14 7 7 8 GEMINI FEED Banks 206700
15 20 15 2 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 47000
16 18 16 3 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 65200
17 11 2 9 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 433800
18 25 18 3 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 59050
19 23 19 8 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 132850
20 66 20 5 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 44200

21 12 4 6 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 304750
22 26 22 4 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 48200
23 13 13 6 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 110950
24 16 16 5 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 95200
25 17 12 6 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 149500
26 46 26 3 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 38450
27 60 27 2 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 28400
28 19 2 9 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 473500
29 21 12 10 TROUBLE Offaiah 199550
30 14 14 6 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 116000

31 28 28 5 YOUTH Glass Animals 54900
32 34 32 5 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 54400
33 22 13 6 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 130000
34 40 34 4 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 44200
35 38 35 3 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 46700
36 36 36 14 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 178400
37 27 10 8 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 190450
38 30 30 8 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 92550
39 31 1 21 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1000550
40 33 1 20 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1087900

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41 32 1 11 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 723550
42 24 1 29 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 785800
43 43 43 4 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 50500
44 44 1 19 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 775350
45 50 45 8 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 60050
46 NEW 46 1 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 12750
47 37 1 18 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1255000
48 49 48 3 MR. APPLES Madness 31500
49 35 35 5 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 51150
50 57 50 3 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 26800

51 29 9 10 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 258700
52 52 52 3 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 33200
53 39 10 11 HEY Willa 234850
54 55 54 3 SPHYNX La Femme 23800
55 56 55 5 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 38800
56 45 2 14 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 533500
57 68 57 4 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 26000
58 58 58 4 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 27400
59 54 1 15 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 664000
60 53 1 20 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1149550

61 59 1 24 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 635300
62 74 62 4 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 17700
63 41 30 6 FALL ON ME Kitten 92100
64 65 64 3 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 17700
65 73 65 3 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 14000
66 75 66 3 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 14400
67 48 3 11 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 412700
68 69 68 6 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 29700
69 NEW 69 1 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 6200
70 85 70 3 TUN UP Sarah Mark 10400

71 71 71 2 GREEN DENM 11600
72 47 27 8 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 124900
73 NEW 73 1 ANYMORE Melanie C 5400
74 80 74 3 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 10400
75 NEW 75 1 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 5000

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76 51 13 8 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 136800
77 77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
78 NEW 78 1 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 4400
79 70 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 61 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700

81 72 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
82 42 33 6 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 52350
83 83 83 4 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 10700
84 64 6 10 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 217500
85 84 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
86 NEW 86 1 KIDS OneRepublic 2800
87 63 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 62 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
89 NEW 89 1 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 2200
90 90 90 3 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 5300

91 93 91 2 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 3600
92 97 92 2 XO Kelsea Ballerini 3100
93 95 93 3 FLICKER Tori Amos 4300
94 96 94 2 SCOPE MissingNo 3000
95 NEW 95 1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 1500
96 82 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
97 NEW 97 1 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 1300
98 NEW 98 1 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 1200
99 99 99 2 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 2200
100 100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

DROP OUTS
67 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
76 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
78 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
81 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
86 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
91 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
94 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
98 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200

18th September 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kadie Elder and a static top 5, with a big climb for fab Royksopp and Susanne Sundfor (their second top 10 together). Gallant brings some class soul into the top 10, and highest new entry is at 15 for Emeli Sande, at long last returning to music with a bang, and it Hurts! The Pretenders keep up the run of top 20 singles, Holy Commotion doing what Stop Your Sobbing first did in the spring of 1979. Second highest new entry is also a returning act, M83, with Mai Lan and hot on the heels of a fab Jools Holland show performance.

Glass Animals go top 40, well deserved, and ditto DNCE’s second, Frank Ocean does the same with veteran (by today’s chart standards) Beyonce, her umpteenth, and still not available to buy annoyingly, cos it’s lovely. More returning acts: Empire Of The Sun, like Beyonce previous chart-toppers, though they have done it also as Pnau; Massive Attack; and new in the 40, Princess Chelsea and the fab quirky song about ciggies pros and cons. Well, cons, mostly.

There’s a mountain of climbers lower down, so just to stick to new tracks, Billie Ray Martin grabs another solo entry extending her run back to Electribe 101 days in 1989, and Melanie C is back as guest vocalist on Sons Of Sonix for a sweet 20 years as Spice Girl and solo, including 3 number ones.

1 1 1 3 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 510000
2 2 2 2 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 230000
3 3 3 4 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 265600
4 4 2 5 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 350000
5 5 5 4 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 198500
6 23 6 2 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 74250
7 9 7 7 GEMINI FEED Banks 177700
8 7 6 6 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 276400
9 10 9 4 LOST & FOUND BETSY 124400
10 17 10 4 BOURBON Gallant 101600

11 8 2 8 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 410800
12 6 4 5 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 285000
13 14 13 5 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 91700
14 19 14 5 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 98000
15 NEW 15 1 HURTS Emeli Sande 27000
16 16 16 4 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 76200
17 15 12 5 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 130750
18 29 18 2 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 40200
19 12 2 8 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 455200
20 NEW 20 1 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 20000

21 18 12 9 TROUBLE Offaiah 181350
22 13 13 5 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 112300
23 26 23 7 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 111850
24 11 1 28 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 772050
25 28 25 2 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 37050
26 71 26 3 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 28700
27 21 10 7 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 173150
28 52 28 4 YOUTH Glass Animals 37000
29 22 9 9 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 246950
30 39 30 7 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 75350

31 20 1 20 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 983450
32 25 1 10 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 709550
33 24 1 19 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1070900
34 48 35 4 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 36600
35 42 35 4 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 39050
36 40 36 13 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 161000
37 27 1 17 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1242500
38 50 38 2 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 29200
39 31 10 10 HEY Willa 223600
40 65 40 3 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 26600

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41 30 30 5 FALL ON ME Kitten 84900
42 33 33 5 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 48750
43 46 43 3 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 37250
44 44 1 18 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 762100
45 37 2 13 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 522900
46 63 46 2 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 19950
47 34 27 7 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 119300
48 32 3 10 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 406100
49 64 49 2 MR. APPLES Madness 19200
50 53 50 7 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 47050

51 41 13 7 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 132000
52 58 52 2 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 21700
53 47 1 19 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1139550
54 51 1 14 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 653900
55 90 55 2 SPHYNX La Femme 12800
56 59 56 4 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 28000
57 78 57 2 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 14800
58 70 58 3 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 17200
59 57 1 23 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 627800
60 NEW 60 1 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 10000

61 38 23 5 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 80700
62 35 11 6 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 158900
63 36 15 6 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 120300
64 49 6 9 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 214300
65 82 65 2 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 10600
66 55 55 4 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 24200
67 43 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
68 75 68 3 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 15600
69 69 69 5 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 23300
70 72 70 3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 14400

71 NEW 71 1 GREEN DENM 5800
72 73 72 3 OLE John Newman 15000
73 94 73 2 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 7000
74 83 74 3 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 10300
75 87 75 2 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 7600

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76 45 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
77 80 77 3 ABER Tobtok 10500
78 81 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 54 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
80 98 80 2 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 5200

81 56 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
82 76 1 23 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 953050
83 88 83 3 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 7300
84 60 23 8 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 95450
85 96 85 2 TUN UP Sarah Mark 4400
86 77 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 74 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 95 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
90 97 90 2 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 3300

91 79 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 93 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
93 NEW 93 1 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 1700
94 85 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
95 99 95 2 FLICKER Tori Amos 2600
96 NEW 96 1 SCOPE MissingNo 1400
97 NEW 97 1 XO Kelsea Ballerini 1300
98 NEW 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200
99 NEW 99 1 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 1100
100 100 100 2 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 2000

DROP OUTS
61 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
66 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
84 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
86 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
91 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750

11th September 2016

It’s a second week on top for the fab Kadie Elder, but any of the top 5 would be a well-deserved chart-topper, as the highest new entry at is Agnes Obel and a hauntingly gorgeous track, sounds Familiar! That leaves RAT BOY stuck at 3 withe the terrific Get Over It and Francis & Bon dropping 2 when they should be on top too. Banks finally breaks into the top 10, and BETSY does it a bit faster.

Petula Clark shoots up into the 20, actually her second biggest hit not counting remixes and reissues, as a trio of dance and urban tracks sneak into the 20: TIEKS, Gallant, & Rag’N’Bone Man. 2nd highest new entry is Royksopp back again with Susanne Sundfor, not the first time they’ve made my charts, Royksopp date back a good 15 years or so and together they have had a top 10. A bit late Jason Derulo enters the top 30 with the bouncy Kiss The Sky, and just look who’s back: Chrissie Hynde has had some recent solo entries and is now back with The Pretenders for a beautiful extension of fab top 40 chart entries dating back 37 years to Stop Your Sobbing. Holy Commotion Batman!

Naxxos enter the 40, DJ Snake does the same, giving Bieber a rare top 40 track in my charts, leaving new entries from Massive Attack, 25 years on from some classic grooves, now a slow-groove with Hope Sandoval at 50, lovely stuff, and another School of ’79 act returns, the ever-reliably British Madness, coming up with a slice of Mr. Apples. Gavin DeGraw drops in occasionally, and he’s a bit Maroon 5-ish this time, while Bakermat pop back, and KT Tunstall has been absent for quite a while, but also has a welcome return. Just creeping into the tail end of the chart are some Big Names: Kings Of Leon, Lady Gaga and SIA, all dropping unexpected new singles this week, all of them not bad, but not as epic as might have been hoped on first hearing. I will be playing them more though….! That leaves Tori amos doing what she does best, quirky ballads, Flicker, and there are many tracks in my chart which owe more than a bit to Tori’s unsual style. 25 years of chart entries.

1 1 1 2 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 340000
2 NEW 2 1 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 115000
3 3 3 3 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 180600
4 2 2 4 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 285000
5 5 5 3 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 138500
6 4 4 4 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 250000
7 7 6 5 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 228400
8 8 2 7 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 373800
9 17 9 6 GEMINI FEED Banks 127700
10 20 10 3 LOST & FOUND BETSY 79400

11 6 1 27 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 753050
12 9 2 7 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 434200
13 13 13 4 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 92800
14 35 14 4 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 59700
15 12 12 4 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 107750
16 24 16 3 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 51200
17 27 17 3 BOURBON Gallant 59600
18 19 12 8 TROUBLE Offaiah 161600
19 26 19 4 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 69000
20 10 1 19 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 965550

21 14 10 6 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 154750
22 18 9 8 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 228750
23 NEW 23 1 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 19250
24 15 1 18 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1053200
25 16 1 9 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 691750
26 29 26 6 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 92600
27 25 1 16 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1225200
28 NEW 28 1 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 18300
29 NEW 29 1 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 18200
30 30 30 4 FALL ON ME Kitten 70900

31 39 10 9 HEY Willa 206500
32 21 3 9 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 393800
33 58 33 4 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 35000
34 36 27 6 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 106800
35 11 11 5 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 151500
36 38 15 5 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 113100
37 32 2 12 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 509900
38 23 23 4 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 73200
39 45 39 6 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 57350
40 41 40 12 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 143600

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41 22 13 6 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 122250
42 68 42 3 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 21550
43 28 16 9 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 146750
44 31 1 17 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 748850
45 61 13 10 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 177950
46 54 46 2 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 23750
47 44 1 18 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1128300
48 48 48 3 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 19000
49 37 6 8 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 207200
50 NEW 50 1 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 12000

51 47 1 13 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 642900
52 75 52 3 YOUTH Glass Animals 18700
53 63 53 6 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 35050
54 42 42 4 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 41950
55 72 55 3 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 17400
56 62 56 4 HOME Henri Pfr 22400
57 55 1 22 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 617700
58 NEW 58 1 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 10200
59 73 59 3 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 17400
60 33 23 7 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 92250

61 40 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 34 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
63 NEW 63 1 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MR. APPLES Madness 7100
65 87 65 2 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 9600
66 52 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
69 69 69 4 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 17100
70 100 70 2 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 7000

71 78 71 2 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 10200
72 86 72 2 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 8400
73 80 73 2 OLE John Newman 9400
74 49 40 7 MOMBASA Stadium X 68350
75 79 75 2 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 9200

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76 67 1 22 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 949450
77 70 32 9 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 82650
78 NEW 78 1 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 4400
79 65 3 17 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 552650
80 91 80 2 ABER Tobtok 5900

81 82 81 4 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 10300
82 NEW 82 1 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 3600
83 93 83 2 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 5100
84 51 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
85 85 85 3 CONCRETE Tom Odell 9000
86 74 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
87 NEW 87 1 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 2600
88 95 88 2 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 3900
89 89 89 3 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 6100
90 NEW 90 1 SPHYNX La Femme 2000

91 66 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 84 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750
93 99 93 2 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 2800
94 NEW 94 1 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TUN UP Sarah Mark 1400
97 NEW 97 1 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FLICKER Tori Amos 1100
100 NEW 100 1 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 1000

DROP OUTS
46 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
53 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
56 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
59 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500
64 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
71 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
76 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
81 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
83 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
88 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
90 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000
92 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
96 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200

4th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder new at one, one of those rare events for my charts – a record new to me by an act new to me that is an instant Number One. It’s fab, and I’d hazard a guess that this Scandipop duo’s name was influenced by the John Wayne movie The Sons Of Katie Elder. I hope so, as in the cast was a boyhood crush of mine, Michael Anderson Junior, so that makes the subject matter a bit appropriate! That means Francis And The Lights and Bon Iver are held off at 2 in a very busy top 5, as rocketing up to 3 and into the 40 is RATBOY and his fab groove, Get Over It. Dua Lipa meanwhile gets a big climb to grab her 2nd top 5 and 2nd in the top 10 and she blows my mind – mwah!

Jesse & Joy take tuneful country ballads into the top 20 with a big leap to 13, and BETSY at 20 takes fab pop dance up there too. To say my top 40 is overcrowded is an understatement, records dropping which should be climbing due to the onrush. Rag’N’Bone Man climbs his bluesy Human into the 40, as does cool veteran Petula Clark, and classy Dominique. New entries lower down include a 60’s golden minor oldie, That’s Nice from the late English one-hit wonder Neil Christian, a very 60’s jolly track that I didn’t know I knew till I heard it the other week, nor did I know Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame played on it. It’s one I enjoyed as a kid without it registering in my consciousness as a named pop star or song title, cos it’s very familiar to me even after a few decades!

That leaves returns for DNCE, Jack Savoretti, John Newman, and most of the all-star cast of Sucker For Pain (Suicide Squad track number 3 in the chart), Barry Gibb back with his first solo entry in 30 years, and now the official longest run of chart hits (The Bee Gees were in my first-ever chart) at 48 years. In the same chart at 1 were The Beatles, who are also back with a live version of Twist & Shout. No band has ever been screamed at by girls ever. It’s a good version for getting the flavour of it, even though the track has already topped my chart when it belatedly entered the UK charts on download – the EP would have charted had EP’s been allowed in 1963. That leaves Bob Marley & Coldplay returning to my chart with previously charted tracks.

Phew!

1 NEW 1 1 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 170000
2 5 2 3 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 220000
3 56 3 2 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 95600
4 4 4 3 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 195000
5 26 5 2 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 78500
6 1 1 26 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 716050
7 6 6 4 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 178400
8 2 2 6 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 325800
9 3 2 6 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 399200
10 7 1 18 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 945550

11 11 11 4 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 134000
12 15 12 3 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 80750
13 37 13 3 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 60800
14 10 10 5 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 135000
15 9 1 17 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1034200
16 8 1 8 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 673000
17 19 17 5 GEMINI FEED Banks 82700
18 18 9 7 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 209250
19 12 12 6 TROUBLE Offaiah 139600
20 36 20 2 LOST & FOUND BETSY 37400

21 14 3 8 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 376000
22 13 13 5 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 108250
23 25 23 3 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 56000
24 63 24 2 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 26200
25 21 1 15 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1206800
26 38 26 3 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 48000
27 29 27 2 BOURBON Gallant 36600
28 16 16 8 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 133250
29 30 29 5 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 74100
30 35 30 3 FALL ON ME Kitten 52900

31 17 1 16 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 735600
32 28 2 11 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 492600
33 23 23 6 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 82250
34 20 20 5 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 93400
35 54 35 3 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 30700
36 27 27 5 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 89200
37 24 6 7 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 195100
38 22 15 4 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 85700
39 33 10 8 HEY Willa 188600
40 47 40 4 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 41900

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41 41 41 11 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 126600
42 50 42 3 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 30950
43 46 43 3 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 38250
44 40 1 17 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1115800
45 53 45 5 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 40250
46 31 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
47 42 1 12 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 631150
48 78 48 2 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 16700
49 49 40 6 MOMBASA Stadium X 63150
50 65 50 3 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 25800

51 32 26 6 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 75050
52 92 52 3 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 14900
53 34 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
54 NEW 54 1 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 11000
55 55 1 21 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 607300
56 70 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
58 73 58 3 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 17300
59 44 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 64 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500

61 43 13 9 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 164950
62 88 62 3 HOME Henri Pfr 11800
63 72 63 5 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 23800
64 57 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
65 51 3 16 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 548450
66 66 32 7 CLOSER Josef Salvat 86600
67 68 1 21 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 944650
68 96 68 2 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 7800
69 86 69 3 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 10900
70 RE 32 8 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 78050

71 52 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
72 100 72 2 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 6600
73 91 73 2 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 7300
74 74 1 19 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 767600
75 89 75 2 YOUTH Glass Animals 7200

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76 48 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
78 NEW 78 1 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OLE John Newman 4000

81 45 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
82 95 82 3 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 6500
83 84 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
84 80 1 20 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 466950
85 85 85 2 CONCRETE Tom Odell 6000
86 NEW 86 1 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 2800
87 NEW 87 1 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 2600
88 58 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
89 93 89 2 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 3900
90 60 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000

91 NEW 91 1 ABER Tobtok 1900
92 97 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
93 NEW 93 1 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 1700
94 94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
95 NEW 95 1 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 1500
96 75 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 99 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 NEW 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200
99 NEW 99 1 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 1000

DROP OUTS
59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
61 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
67 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
69 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
71 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
76 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
79 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
81 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
90 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050
98 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300

My 1980 Charts – April

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1st April 1980

3 weeks for The Monkees at 1 as The Jam get their biggest hit at 2 and Martha has some beach muffins at 3, both climbing, but not in the climbing league of Genesis who rocket up to 4, Turn It On Again being their second top 5 hit, after Follow You Follow Me peaked at 3. One of those 3 climbers will knock off the Monkees next week! Meanwhile the lovely Longer lingers longingly at 8 for Dan Fogelberg, it deserved higher, and UB40 make the top 20 for the first time with their double A fabbie King and Food For Thought. If anyone had said this new band would have a worldwide career for 2 decades, and beyond, it would have sounded a good bet to take on against it being accurate, they just didn’t seem to have mass appeal in the early days with their laid-back social and political reggae.

Siouxsie And The Banshees have a happy house inside the top 40 for the fourth time, and Stevie Wonder is the highest new entry in a quiet week, at 36 with Outside My Window – presumably not Siouxsie’s Happy House though. Leon Haywood doesn’t push his way into the 40, and I didn’t force that sentence. Honest. Back at 42, 11-year-oldie The Liquidator, the instrumental reggae track is back thanks to the ska revival which referred back to early reggae classics like this one. The Buggles get a 3rd entry with Clean Clean, another forgotten minor goodie at 47, while at 55 Madness are still on a roll with 4th hit Night Boat To Cairo – it’s part of an EP technically, one I bought, but this was the track I loved so I exclude the others and focus on the nutty boys saxtastic ska romp, just brilliant. John Foxx is back again, but No-One’s Driving, another EP, and ditto the main track was the best track. That leaves Dr. Hook still heading downwards in quality and upward in sales, and Bette Bright new at 68 with Hello I Am Your Heart and another on the ska pop train.

1 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
2 ( 10 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
3 ( 8 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
4 ( 39 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
5 ( 2 ) ATOMIC Blondie
6 ( 5 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
7 ( 7 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
8 ( 15 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
9 ( 3 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
10 ( 6 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson

11 ( 11 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 14 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
13 ( 32 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
14 ( 12 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
15 ( 4 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
16 ( 16 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
17 ( 23 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
18 ( 25 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
19 ( 29 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
20 ( 13 ) SO LONELY The Police

21 ( 30 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
22 ( 9 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
23 ( 17 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
24 ( 35 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
25 ( 18 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
26 ( 27 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
27 ( 19 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
28 ( 66 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
29 ( 40 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
30 ( 24 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis

31 ( 20 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
32 ( 21 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden
33 ( 22 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
34 ( 46 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
35 ( 26 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
36 ( NEW ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
37 ( 37 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
38 ( 36 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
39 ( 68 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
40 ( 28 ) IN THE STONE Earth Wind And Fire

41 ( 31 ) ALABAMA SONG/ SPACE ODDITY David Bowie
42 ( NEW ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
43 ( 43 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
44 ( 42 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
45 ( 44 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
46 ( 47 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
47 ( NEW ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
48 ( 38 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
49 ( 41 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
50 ( 71 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors

51 ( 52 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
52 ( 53 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
53 ( 57 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
54 ( 48 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
55 ( NEW ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
56 ( NEW ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
57 ( 45 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
58 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 54 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

61 ( 34 ) AT THE EDGE Stiff Little Fingers
62 ( 49 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
63 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 62 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
65 ( 64 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
66 ( 67 ) WORKING IN LINE Mike Rutherford
67 ( 60 ) MY GIRL Madness
68 ( NEW ) HELLO I AM YOUR HEART Bette Bright
69 ( 69 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
70 ( 70 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

71 ( 55 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
72 ( 75 ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty
73 ( 56 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
74 ( 72 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
75 ( NEW ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx

TV 22-28th Mar

1 Parkinson
2 The Outer Limits
3 Blake’s 7
4 Soap
5 The Kenny Everett Video Show
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Barney Miller
9 Tiswas
10 The Phil Silvers Show
11 Life On Earth
12 The Muppet Show
13 The British Eurovision Song Contest
14 Film 80
15 Happy Days
16 Mork And Mindy
17 Dallas
18 Private Eye
19 Hawaii 5-0
20 Wonder Woman


March 25th was a big day for me – at home in Mansfield for holidays, and it was dad’s last day in the RAF, and the end of the main part of my life, really – 22 years of constant moving, always new places, or returning to old places, never anywhere longer than 2 years in one go. Life was never quite the same again for me, and certainly much-less interesting being in civvie street. On TV Kenny Everett and Blake’s 7 were fab. Uncle Tony bought his mate Tony round, sports coach I think for Notts Forest FC or something, I’d not seen him in 5 years (an old RAF mate of dad’s both round to celebrate his joining them in the real world – or offer condolences, depends how you see it).

UK Eurovision song contest was on, I liked one which lost in a tie with the eventual Stephanie De Sykes Guys & Dolls clone winner, and another one I liked did badly (Midnite). Clive James was terrific on Parkinson, sadly Clive is currently terminally ill but battling on, and even better was a new American nutter comic who was “totally HILARIOUS”. His name was Steve Martin, and it was the funniest show I’d seen in ages. I became an instant fan. The wacky Carol Channing was on the Muppets, I always liked her. Did a cartoon of John Foxx to celebrate 2 tracks in my charts, and mum’s cousin Pauline rang with medical problems news, and I hoped it wasn’t serious as it sounded (she got through it all, thankfully). As I was in full 1970 Singapore nostalgia mode, I rescued some table coasters for drinks we bought there which were now tatty and old and in the bin. I still have them.

On saturday, Pete, Helen and Alan, college friends arrived to pick me up to travel to Julie’s for her 21st birthday bash in Camberbach, near Northwich. Her parents house was lovely and large, we took the micke out of poor JUlie sweating from rushing about, how cruel! Sue and Joe, Jane and Dave arrived, the disco started, and a fun evening had by all. Shared a room with the lads overnight, and back to Mansfield on Sunday by bus – at least that was the plan, so much dithering about by others meant it pulled out as we arrived. So I caught one to Derby, then to Mansfield. I arrived mid-chart-show right in the middle of new entry Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu, so only got half on tape. Pah!


8th April 1980

The Jam get their first chart-topper as the unstoppable Going Underground shoves off The Monkees, and stops Genesis getting a first number one. Chuck in Madness rocketing up the Cairo aboard a Nightboat to 4, and a third consecutive top 5, and you have a pretty exciting top 4. Not to mention the smooth fab UB40 (soon to be my unemployment signing on UB40-form stylee signature tune) at 5, B.A. Robertson getting a hat-trick of top 10’s in his Kaftan, and the highest new entry at 7 from The Selecter, outdoing even debut On My Radio for a touch of sad melodic ska.

New at 26, Dexy’s second top 40, the classic sax riffs of the brilliant Geno, and their tribute to 60’s soul star Geno Washington. Just behind at 27, The Pretenders are the talk of the town, following up a chart-topper, and grabbing a 4th top 40, as John Foxx drives up to 32 for his 2nd top 40, and David Essex drives in from nowhere at 38 in his silver dream machine, looking like he’s going to overtake John Foxx on a bend. David had the advantage of starring in the movie about car racing, and he tots up a non-stop run of largely fab hits for 7 years. At 54, it’s Blondie in Giorgio Moroder stomping disco film theme mode as Call Me follows Atomic into the charts and Rose Royce are back with Ooh Boy – excuse the grammar when I refer to bands as “they” rather than “it”, I know they are viewed as an entity, but I see them as a group of individuals under a single name, in much the same way as 4 people not in band would be a “they”. So at 57, they are back for 3 years of hits!

Boys Cry, meanwhile, as Liverpool band Original Mirrors are at 61, and Manchester-based 10CC are back 8 years on with 125 at 72 – lotsa numbers, it’s really about one hundred and twenty five beats per minute and dancing. The Undertones keep their run of great chart entries coming as they reminisce about their perfect cousin at 74 and reference the soon-to-be-big Human League, as Judas Priest sneak in at 75 Living After Midnight, though I don’t know how as it wasn’t one I liked much to start with, then grew to hate with airplay. Hey ho!

1 ( 2 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
2 ( 4 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
3 ( 1 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
4 ( 55 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 13 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
6 ( 21 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
7 ( NEW ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
8 ( 17 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
9 ( 3 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
10 ( 5 ) ATOMIC Blondie

11 ( 12 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
12 ( 19 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
13 ( 24 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
14 ( 6 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
15 ( 10 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
16 ( 18 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
17 ( 7 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
18 ( 8 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
19 ( 9 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
20 ( 11 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers

21 ( 16 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
22 ( 22 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
23 ( 14 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
24 ( 15 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
25 ( 26 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
26 ( NEW ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
27 ( NEW ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
28 ( 28 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
29 ( 20 ) SO LONELY The Police
30 ( 34 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

31 ( 23 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
32 ( 75 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
33 ( 37 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
34 ( 56 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
35 ( 36 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
36 ( 39 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
37 ( 30 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
38 ( NEW ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
39 ( 31 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
40 ( 29 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys

41 ( 27 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
42 ( 42 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
43 ( 47 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
44 ( 33 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
45 ( 35 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
46 ( 53 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
47 ( 38 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
48 ( 44 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
49 ( 45 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
50 ( 46 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

51 ( 43 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
52 ( 50 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
53 ( 25 ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
54 ( NEW ) CALL ME Blondie
55 ( 51 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 52 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
57 ( NEW ) OOH BOY Rose Royce
58 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 32 ) TONIGHT I’M ALRIGHT Narada Michael Walden

61 ( NEW ) BOYS CRY Original Mirrors
62 ( 60 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
63 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 64 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
65 ( 65 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
66 ( 54 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
67 ( 72 ) BRING IT ALL HOME Gerry Rafferty
68 ( 69 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 70 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
70 ( 57 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

71 ( 48 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
72 ( NEW ) 125 10CC
73 ( 49 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
74 ( NEW ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest

TV 29th mar – 5th apr
1 Blake’s 7
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Butterflies
4 The Outer Limits
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Jan And Dean: TV film
7 Question Time
8 Tiswas
9 Film 80
10 Not The 9 O’Clock News
11 Police Story
12 The Muppet Show: Diana Ross
13 Private Eye
14 Life On Earth
15 S.P.Y.

On TV: little bit of politics with Question Time and I raved about one guest, the young black NUS president Trevor Phillips (and future Peter Mandelson mate and controversial policy critic); some kiddie slapstick with Tiswas, a biopic on 60‘s surfer pop duo Jan And Dean, and a classic sci-fi season end Blake’s 7 episode on top. Fab! I had a day in Nottingham, with Aunty Eileen, Uncle Tony, and mum and dad, and bought some DC comics, and got some back issues from the comic shop, and was amazed at how familiar Wonder Woman issue 93 was, considering I’d not read it for 10 years (in Singapore). Got a Leif Garrett picture disc single, I Got You Babe and Telegram Sam, and a pair of jeans that were far too tight to wear when I got them home (I felt obliged to take them after the assistant went up and down ladders about 10 times trying to find a pair that fit me. Idiot!). Watched a Eurovision TV preview of the contest and rated Austria and Luxembourg as bing bang bong oldstyle winners. Happily wrong there…


15th April 1980

Madness get their first chart-topper, as Night Boat To Cairo sails away ahead of the rest for a terrific bit of nutty-boy ska, which is bad news for UB40 stuck at 2. UB40 have never managed to beat this peak position, despite coming close many times, quite probably the most successful act never to top my charts, though lead singer Ali Campbell did at least manage it solo in 1995. Dexy’s Geno leaps into the top 10, outdoing Dance Stance, as another ska track from The Bodysnatchers joins the reggae top 10 party.

Blondie rocket to 11, overtaking Atomic, as American Gigolo dance theme races to the top of the UK and US charts. Into the 20: Siouxsie, The Pretenders, David Essex, not a bad list. At 36, highest new entry is a bit of Bach – better late than never – as Sky do a pumped-up version of Toccata and Fugue, John Williams of the band following-up his 1979 version of The Deer Hunter. Meanwhile, The Undertones go top 40 with their Cuz, ahead of a bunch of new entries: Smokie at 54 doing a reasonable version of the much better Bobby Vee original Take Good Care Of My Baby, as their 5-year-run of singles was about to run out of steam. At 58, Pete Townsend finally gets a solo hit 7 years after Roger Daltrey managed it with Townsend’s own I’m Free and Leo Sayer’s Giving It All away: Rough Boys is his best solo single, still.

Tom Petty has Refugee enter at 61, which extends his run to 3 years, and Graham Gouldman from 10CC has a solo entry from movie Animalympics, and some 14 years since he started his teenage hit-songwriting career for The Hollies and The Yardbirds. Lene Lovich entries seem to be getting smaller, but Billy Joel says it’s for Lene. I mean Leyna. Elvis Costello is in Hi-Fidelity, years before he was in Austin Powers, and Saxon debut with some metal wheels of steel. Sounds like a bumpy ride.

1 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
2 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
3 ( 2 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
4 ( 3 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
5 ( 6 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
6 ( 7 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
7 ( 1 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
8 ( 26 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
9 ( 11 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
10 ( 8 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

11 ( 54 ) CALL ME Blondie
12 ( 9 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
13 ( 27 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
14 ( 16 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
15 ( 10 ) ATOMIC Blondie
16 ( 12 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
17 ( 28 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
18 ( 14 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
19 ( 13 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
20 ( 38 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex

21 ( 17 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
22 ( 25 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
23 ( 15 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
24 ( 30 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
25 ( 34 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
26 ( 19 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
27 ( 20 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
28 ( 43 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
29 ( 32 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
30 ( 22 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

31 ( 18 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
32 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
33 ( 35 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
34 ( 42 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
35 ( 46 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
36 ( NEW ) TOCCATA Sky
37 ( 23 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
38 ( 29 ) SO LONELY The Police
39 ( 74 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
40 ( 24 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille

41 ( 31 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
42 ( 36 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
43 ( 37 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
44 ( 39 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
45 ( 40 ) LOVE PATROL The Dooleys
46 ( 41 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
47 ( 49 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
48 ( 48 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
49 ( 47 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
50 ( 51 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

51 ( 50 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
52 ( 44 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
53 ( 45 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 33 ) I’VE NEVER BEEN IN LOVE Suzi Quatro
57 ( 56 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
58 ( NEW ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
59 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.

61 ( NEW ) REFUGEE Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
62 ( NEW ) LOVE’S NOT FOR ME (from ANIMALYMPICS) Graham Gouldman
63 ( 52 ) LOVE AND LONELINESS The Motors
64 ( 63 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
66 ( 65 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
67 ( 62 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
68 ( NEW ) WHAT WILL I DO WITHOUT YOU Lene Lovich
69 ( NEW ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
70 ( 68 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

71 ( 69 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
72 ( 57 ) OOH BOY Rose Royce
73 ( 75 ) LIVING AFTER MIDNIGHT Judas Priest
74 ( NEW ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
75 ( NEW ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon

5-11th April TV
1 Support Your Local Sheriff: film
1 Some Like It Hot: film
1 Soap
4 Where Angels Go Trouble Follows: film
5 Tiswas
6 The Sound Of Music: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Parkinson: Bette Midler
9 The Outer Limits
10 Not The 9 O’Clock News

11 Omnibus: Chuck Jones (Road Runner & co)
12 Barney Miller
13 Butterflies
14 Plaza Suite: film
15 The Risk Business
16 They Shoot Horses Don’t They: film
17 James Burke
18 Dallas
19 Mork And Mindy
20 Bee Gees Special


On TV lots of holiday movie faves, one of them not been on since I think (Where Angels Go Trouble Follows, a comedy nun movie and sort of early Sister Act with the fab Stella Stevens, Susan Saint James and Rosalind Russell, and also Dolores Sutton who actually WAS in Sister Act as well as a nun). Bette Midler was manic and hilarious on Parkinson, while Omnibus gave Road Runner & Wile E Coyote creator Chuck Jones the in-depth appreciation (and well-deserved). On the radio, Ian Dury was on Rosko’s Roundtable reviewing the latest single releases. On classic sitcom Soap, there were flying saucers, possessed babies, an insulting puppet, and more. What’s not to love!?! On saturday kiddies show TISWAS there was John Peel, The Bodysnatchers, The Specials and Cozy Powell. Meanwhile on Dallas, the villainous JR Ewing, as played by the fab Larry Hagman, had me smirking throughout. Dallas always knew it was part-comedy, rival Dynasty mistakingly thought it was a sitcom. Went to see LIfe OF Brian again at the cinema, convinced it was an all-time classic. Malcolm Muggeridge was on TV blasting the movie, calling it inconsequential and that it would be forgotten fairly quickly. “I think it’ll last and outlive him for sure” I ventured correctly, if bitterly. Finally, the second Eurovision preview was on TV, and I tipped Greece and Austria, Italy, Ireland and Switzerland. Ireland won, of course, Switzerland 4th.


22nd April 1980

2 weeks for Madness on their Nightboat To Cairo, as Dexy’s and Blondie threaten, 2 UK chart-toppers but only one will top my chart too. Place your bets… Highest new entry is the late great Errol Brown with Hot Chocolate, in at 10 for 10 years of top 10 hits, with the spooky, moody, synthy No Doubt About It, all very much about UFO’s. While I don’t believe for a single second in actual alien visitors (I’ll do an essay on it one day, but basically people don’t really grasp how mindbogglingly MASSIVE the universe is) I do very much love the idea of it, and always will. I love this record, one of their great ones.

The Buggles get a third top 20, clean, cleaning the charts, and Rupert Holmes gets a third top 20, too. Ooh, get Him. In at 19, Macca is back with a bang, the amusing popstar video pastiche (all of them Paul in disguise, including as his young Beatles self) didn’t hurt the delightful riffy, poppy, synthy, catchy Coming Up, a sudden change in direction for his first real solo album in a decade, as Wings had started to get a bit plodding, give or take the odd single. America, though, didn’t know what to make with the new Macca and opted for a Live Wings B-side version as the A side. It’s just not as good, I’m afraid, but that didn’t stop it topping the US Hot 100. Motown’s Jimmy Ruffin is also back after a 5-year lay-off, and ten years after debuting, with his first proper new recording in years, a Robin Gibb song gift as The Bee Gees backlash started to take hold, and they started writing songs for others. The Gibbs, like Jimmy, drifted in and out of fashion, but it made no difference to me whether they sold or didn’t, they were still good throughout, and usually brilliant. Hold On To My Love is merely OK though it was great to have Jimmy back.

Elsewhere: Elvis Costello in the 40 again, lots of dance tracks, The Nolans return with a decent pop song, Phil Lynott leaves Lizzy for a bit again, for a spot of lonely heart letter-writing, The Beach Boys revival helps Oh Darling into the chart, off the new album Keepin’ The Summer Alive (frankly not nearly as good as LA (Light Album), Godley And Creme join their ex-10CC chums in the chart with White Boys, their second entry since leaving the band, and a few spot behind Graham Gouldman’s solo movie track. Finally, at 63, a great storming pop debut from Christopher Cross, and his best record by far, the terrific Ride Like The Wind.

1 ( 1 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
2 ( 8 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
4 ( 11 ) CALL ME Blondie
5 ( 4 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
6 ( 6 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
7 ( 3 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
8 ( 5 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
9 ( 7 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
10 ( NEW ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

11 ( 13 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
12 ( 9 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
13 ( 28 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
14 ( 20 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 22 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
16 ( 12 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
17 ( 24 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
18 ( 10 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
19 ( NEW ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
20 ( 15 ) ATOMIC Blondie

21 ( 18 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
22 ( 36 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( 29 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
24 ( 17 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
25 ( NEW ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 14 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
27 ( 25 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
28 ( NEW ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
29 ( 16 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
30 ( 39 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones

31 ( 23 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
32 ( 21 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
33 ( 19 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
34 ( 42 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
35 ( 30 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
36 ( 35 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
37 ( 27 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
38 ( 31 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
39 ( 74 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
40 ( 26 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

41 ( 58 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 33 ) OUTSIDE MY WINDOW Stevie Wonder
43 ( 32 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
45 ( 40 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
46 ( NEW ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 54 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
48 ( 43 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
49 ( 34 ) THE LIQUIDATOR Harry J and The All Stars
50 ( 47 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

51 ( 48 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
52 ( 51 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
53 ( 50 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
54 ( 38 ) SO LONELY The Police
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 69 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
57 ( NEW ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
58 ( 59 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 60 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
60 ( 57 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

61 ( 62 ) LOVE’S NOT FOR ME (from ANIMALYMPICS) Graham Gouldman
62 ( 41 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
63 ( NEW ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
64 ( 75 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
65 ( 53 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
66 ( NEW ) OH DARLING The Beach Boys
67 ( NEW ) ANOTHER MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
68 ( 52 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
69 ( NEW ) WIDE BOY Godley And Creme
70 ( 67 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees

71 ( 49 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
72 ( 64 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 44 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
74 ( 65 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
75 ( 66 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

TV 12-18 Apr
1 Soap
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 Tiswas
4 Not The 9 O’Clock News
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Outer Limits
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Kelly Monteith
9 Halls Of Anger
10 Barney Miller
11 Whicker’s World
12 Butterflies
13 Taxi
14 Wonder Woman
15 Film 80
16 Young Maverick
17 Dallas
18 Happy Days
19 The Banana Splits
20 James Burke


At home I recorded grandma, down for a week from Liverpool, talking about her ancestors on reel-to-reel. Tragically, after she died in 1989 I couldn’t bring myself to listen to it again, and now the player doesn’t work. I need to find some professional with 4-track facilities to record it for me so I can save it onto CD/DVD. It would be very odd hearing her talk again after all these years.

Oh, and Eurovision Song Contest 1980 on the 19th:

My ratings:

1.Greece (Anna Vissi) and France (Profil) on 90%

3. Italy 89%
4. Ireland 88%
5. UK 87%
6. Netherlands 86%
7. Luxembourg
8. Sweden
9. Belguim
10. Austria
11. Portugal
12. Germany
13. Norway
14. Denmark
15. Turkey
16. Switzerland
17. Spain
18. Morocco
19. Finland

Results?
1. Ireland
2. Germany
3. UK
4. Switzerland
5. Netherlands
6. Italy
7. Portugal
8. Austria
9. Luxembourg
10. Sweden
11. France
12. Spain
13. Greece
14. Denmark
15. Turkey
16. Norway
17. Belguim
18. Morocco
19. Finland

So, not too far out, except Greece and France my two faves did badly. Just as well, as Johnny Logan was much better (the winner for Ireland)!


29th April 1980

Dexy’s Midnight Runners take Geno to the top, back in ‘68 in a sweaty club – I was far too young to know Geno Washington, actually, but this punksoul single was fab. Blondie hit 3, Paul McCartney gets into the top 5 solo for the first time since Another Day hit 1 in 1971, though counting Wings singles he’d done it every year since 1971, and 1968 including Beatles singles. He’s still Coming Up with the goods 12 years on, or 17 years on since they would have made my top 5 had I been charting at age 5.

David Essex also gets virtually a top 10 hit each year, as he does it for the 10th time since Rock On debuted in 1973, Silver Dream Racer, though, remains his last really good single, he was merely good from here on. The Pretenders make it 3 top 10’s in a row, The Undertones go top 20, and Pete Townsend goes top 40 with some rough boys, Billy Joel does it too with Leyna, and Smokie with Bobby Vee’s oldie. The Jam, in re-issue fever, get several re-entries in the UK charts and also pop in with 4 older singles, led by Strange Town at 30.

Johnny Logan is in at 29, after his winning Eurovision performance for Ireland, What’s Another Year, though? New Musik get a 4th entry with the catchy This World Of Water, new electronic pop music to my ears, at 42, while Phil Spector helps The Ramones to chart at 53 with my fave Ramones single, Do You Remember Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio? No, I’m not that old, but with all the 50’s revivals in the 70’s and 80’s it felt like you were there. Michael Jackson has the 4th single off Off The Wall at 64, and the second best, the actual heart-breaking vocal performance of She’s Out Of My Life, and his most touching vocal since Ain’t No Sunshine in 1972. 2nd hits fro martha And The Muffins, Narada Michael Walden, a welcome return for Average White Band 5 years since Pick Up The Pieces, as the fab Let’s Go Round Again is in at 75, and Kate Bush sneaks in at 71 with the haunting Breathing, complete with nuclear fallout pregnancy video. Yes that old cliched deviant baby topic regularly crops up in pop songs, eh?

1 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 1 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
3 ( 4 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 19 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
5 ( 3 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
6 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
8 ( 9 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
9 ( 11 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
10 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

11 ( 8 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
12 ( 7 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
13 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
14 ( 6 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
15 ( 17 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
16 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky
17 ( 30 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
18 ( 15 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
19 ( 12 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
20 ( 18 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

21 ( 28 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
22 ( 39 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
23 ( 20 ) ATOMIC Blondie
24 ( 16 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
25 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 34 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( 21 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
28 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
29 ( NEW ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
30 ( NEW ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam

31 ( 26 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
32 ( 56 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
33 ( 31 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
34 ( 24 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
35 ( 47 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
36 ( NEW ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
37 ( 29 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
38 ( 33 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
39 ( 46 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 57 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans

41 ( 32 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
42 ( NEW ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
43 ( 23 ) NO-ONE DRIVING John Foxx
44 ( 27 ) SEXY EYES Dr. Hook
45 ( 38 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
46 ( 35 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
47 ( 37 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
48 ( 67 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 66 ) OH DARLING The Beach Boys
50 ( 40 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors

51 ( 63 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
52 ( 50 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
54 ( 48 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
55 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
56 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
57 ( 59 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
58 ( NEW ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
59 ( 53 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
60 ( 52 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

61 ( 69 ) WIDE BOY Godley And Creme
62 ( 60 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
63 ( 51 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
64 ( NEW ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
65 ( 45 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
66 ( 44 ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow
67 ( NEW ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 43 ) ANOTHER NAIL FOR MY HEART Squeeze
69 ( 64 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
70 ( NEW ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

71 ( NEW ) BREATHING Kate Bush
72 ( 54 ) SO LONELY The Police
73 ( NEW ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD The Jam
74 ( 36 ) HEARTBREAKER Pat Benatar
75 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

TV 19-25 Apr
1 Soap
2 Terry Wogan Meets JR
3 The Outer Limits
4 Tiswas
5 Eurovision Song Contest
6 Profile: Mel Brooks
7 Butch Cassidy And The Sundance kid: film
8 Barney Miller
9 Taxi
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Not The 9 O’Clock News
12 Life On Earth
13 Love Story: film
14 The Banana Splits
15 Whicker’s World


It was back to College for my final term, which was enormously sad, but it was great to go back to Lincoln and my friends for now though I felt guilty leaving grandma and mum, both wanted me to stay home longer. When we met up for meals some of the girls had new hairdo’s. I made no comment. That’s not always the best course of action, I learned… Ian made a comment, which is worse than making no comment, we both learned.

For studies, read a book on LBJ, quite a unique admirable President in so many ways, then played snooker, chatted much on Eurovision, my new popstar cartoon attempts, and especially with Jane and some in-depth great topics (ie me!). Got an assignment back (“very good”) from English Lit, Max my tutor overheard my giving art advice to a second year (Anne) – I’m afraid I can’t do the whole “deep and significant” artist thing, as it’s just too pretentious for me and I cut through the bull. Anyway Max called me “anarchic”, which I choose to take as a compliment as Max was great!

Sue accused me of looking at pete’s bum as he leaned over the snooker table potting a ball (I wasn’t!) and used it as an excuse to mess with his bum to put him off his shot. I turned red, indignant, though of course Pete did have an attractive botty in tight jeans. Hard to miss them when you play snooker, let’s be honest! Played tennis with Paul’s new girlfriend first year Jenny, and she joined me and the gang for Top Of The Pops in my room. In Art I had to give a lecture on my work, helped by some encouragement from the mature students, and Emma and Jo, then played tennis with Bev – and got beaten. Pah! On the news the Iran situation annoyed me – this one, of course, has just kept on going ever since. On TV Tiswas was hilarious and manic, and packed full of stars, while in Lincoln town I bumped into 2 school teachers from 6th form, Mr Dodd and Mr Cant and in the evening Saturday dave and jane had a Chinese-meal-themed party.

My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

Jon And Vangelis get that chart-topper with the gorgeous, ethereal, gentle synth-friendly I Hear You Now. Jon Anderson had been the voice of 1977 Top 3 Wondrous Stories (with Yes) and Vangelis had been behind the fantastic Aphrodite’s Child belated 1975 biggie Break (though would have charted in 1972, if eligible). Up 30 places to 4, hard on their heels it’s The Specials second Top 10 hit, Too Much Too Young, outdoing even the way better Gangsters. Booker T gets those Green Onions to 6, and the Rats get a 5th consecutive Top 10, and 8th Top 20, as Someone’s Looking At You at 9. New Musik get their first top tenner, clearly Living By Numbers.

There’s a Jazz Carnival parading through the charts to 26, as shhh The Whispers get the highest new entry at 29, And The Beat Goes On, a pretty good soul funk dance groove, though they seemed to be getting more smooth and less funky as disco booms before the Disco Sucks movement killed them all off en masse. At 34, it’s John Foxx, not always a barrel of laughs, ex-Ultravox-man who went solo with initial success before Midge Ure somewhat overshadowed his career. Underpass was OK, though to me it always sounded like Underpants when he sang the chorus. I sent a lampoon cartoon of pet peeves of the time (John Foxx, Doctor Hook etc) to Record Mirror, the Editor actually replied and told me they weren’t very good and perhaps Art College would help. Errr I was doing an art course at College, at the time. Oops! Never mind, I’m now spouting my opinions on the internet and Record Mirror alas is no more.

35? Kool And The Gang, dang, it’s Too Hot. One of their better tracks actually. Barclay James Harvest go top 40, laying their Love On The Line, very nicely. Other newies: Billy Ocean’s back at 47, Are You Ready? I’ve been ready for 6 years of his hits (starting with Scorched Earth stomping fabulousness On The Run)! Don’t recall this one, yoohootube (it’s OK Jacko-stylee disco)! I do recall 51, Captain Beaky, and Keith Michell is back 9 years on from I’ll Give You The Earth, with kiddie classic written by the late Jeremy Lloyd, he of Laugh-In fame, and sitcom scripter a la Are You Being Served. It’s actually pretty good really for a novelty song. Leaving The Shadows back at 56 with an instrumental cover of classic cowboy song Riders In The Sky, a childhood fave with all of it’s yippee-aye-ey’s and fab toon. 5 years on from Eurovision too! Queen, 63, Save Me, quite nice but a bit on the slow slow quick quick slow side. The Selecter prove they aren’t Three Minute Hero’s at 70, their second ska hit, and I regret missing Pauline the other saturday in Southampton, I had to cancel to look after my parents.

1 ( 6 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 34 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
5 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
6 ( 11 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
7 ( 4 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
8 ( 5 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 15 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 18 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik

11 ( 8 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
12 ( 21 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 25 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
15 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 20 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
17 ( 14 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
18 ( 13 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
19 ( 12 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
20 ( 30 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

21 ( 10 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
22 ( 39 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
23 ( 24 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
24 ( 19 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
25 ( 16 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
26 ( 71 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
27 ( 22 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
28 ( 17 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
30 ( 35 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe

31 ( 26 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
32 ( 23 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
33 ( 38 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
34 ( NEW ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
35 ( 67 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
36 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
37 ( 33 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
38 ( 55 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
39 ( 28 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
40 ( 73 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest

41 ( 29 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
42 ( 27 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
43 ( 40 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
44 ( 42 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
46 ( 36 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
47 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
48 ( 53 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
49 ( 45 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 46 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
52 ( 44 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
53 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
54 ( 48 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
55 ( 41 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
56 ( NEW ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
57 ( 49 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
58 ( 75 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
59 ( 37 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
60 ( 72 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers

61 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Queen
64 ( 51 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
65 ( 50 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
66 ( 56 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
67 ( 62 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 60 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
70 ( NEW ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

71 ( 65 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
72 ( 68 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
73 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
74 ( 47 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
75 ( 61 ) RISE Herb Alpert

25th jan – 1st Feb TV chart
1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 Barney Miller
5 MASH
6 Parkinson
7 Mork And Mindy
8 The Rockford Files
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Two Ronnies
11 Parkinson (Wed)
12 Logan’s Run
13 Hart To Hart
14 TISWAS
15 Nationwide (Thurs)
16 Hawaii 5-0
17 The New Avengers
18 My Wife Next Door
19 The Legend Of Hell House (film)
20 Hollywood
21 Chopper Squad
22 If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belguim (film)
23 Film 80
24 A Boy Named Charlie Brown
25 The Muppet Show


In College Life, I was studying Pope and School For Scandal in literature, socialising in my TV bedroom with various friends, and one of my parents fave actor’s Jimmy Durante, or Schnozzel, died. I knew him best for literally kicking the bucket in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and Morecombe & Wise’s ongoing “sat at my piano” plastic cup over the nose gag. In artwork I was doing Silver Queen cowboy screen prints (based on Calico ghost-town saloon), The Two Ronnies had the timeless “got any o’s?” sketch on TV, with an “excellent” Parkinson (my quote of the day!) – he had Alan Alda (yay!), Rene Cutforth (who?) and Jimmy Saville (errr…). Yes, well, that one would be interesting to re-view…

On Thursday I was complaining of a dull day. I dream of dull days. I haven’t had a dull day in years, because you only get them when you are content with nothing pressing, nothing urgent, nothing stressful, and that concept died a long time ago in my life. True sad fact. I must have been bored as I marked some kids Maths schoolwork for Paul to save him getting so tired staying up late with loads of marking. Teachers DO work late, it’s true! I quite enjoyed it actually, the power! Friday? Still snow. Chatted in art lectures to mature students, good fun. Dad picked me up and home to Mansfield for the weekend, where brother had got his first home-movie back, with me briefly on it. Apparently, I thought I was “giving my own charming smile”. Oooohh get ‘im! What I really meant was I had a nice smile despite the slightly (and soon to be much) crooked teeth. Yes that American cliche about the Brits is true for me! Bought some tropical fish for my tank, loads of vinyl records, visited Ernie now in “death row” care home (as they called it), and Polish WW2 refugee Renie (Renata Modelefski) popped round to say hello 3 times, now widowed and at a loose end, and lonely. So, yes, Polish people were here long ago and we have a long mutual history. Get over it UKIP-lovers.


12th February 1980

2 weeks for Jon & Vangelis, and The Specials hit number 2 as they hit 1 in the UK singles chart. At 6, The Regents slow climb into the 10 with 7 Teen culminates in a spot of Human League-ish girlie backing singers stylee Top Of The Pops, in a sort of miserable fashion. I could imagine Morrissey covering it, with a few rewritten longer words in there. Queen take a rocket to Save Me, to 21, leapfrogging Jefferson Starship, as the highest new entry is Cliff at 24, with his terrific and dark Carrie, written by BA Robertson and Terry Britten, of Bang Bang and Devil Woman previous songs each respectively. Cliff, with this single, started a long run of quality pop singles for some years without a single duffer amongst them, and his best period really. The Shadows, at 27, on the other hand were coming to the end of their singles career. Doh!

New entries: The Tourists consider it so good to be back home again, at 54, not one of their best, while future UK chart-topper Fern Kinney covers Together We Are Beautiful a 1979 chart entry for Steve Allen (in my charts), and does it way better, her unusual voice and cantering rhythms making it much more commercial. Rocky Sharpe and The Replays return with a cover of the 1963 Ran-Dells American hit, Martian Hop. My brother had played the original as the Ted revival scene was pretty big business in Mansfield, and it had been doing the rounds, sort of Northern Soul-wise (old obscure tracks getting discovered by a new generation). Dave Edmunds also whacks out a cover, this time Singing The Blues the 1950’s Guy Mitchell number one, and in at 74, but definitely going higher it’s Turning Japanese by The Vapors – a fabulous New Wave bit of fun, which is less than PC these days in intent, if not in actual lyric. I can’t possibly say what the subject matter is, but suffice to say it involves a favourite pastime of boys and men sat on their own.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 4 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
6 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
7 ( 9 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
8 ( 5 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
9 ( 10 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
10 ( 8 ) BABE Styx

11 ( 16 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
12 ( 7 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
13 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 20 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
15 ( 34 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
16 ( 11 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
17 ( 23 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
18 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
19 ( 22 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
20 ( 29 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers

21 ( 63 ) SAVE ME Queen
22 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
23 ( 35 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
24 ( NEW ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
25 ( 19 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
26 ( 18 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
27 ( 56 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
28 ( 17 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
29 ( 25 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
30 ( 26 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

31 ( 51 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
32 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
33 ( 38 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
34 ( 30 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
35 ( 24 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
36 ( 21 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
37 ( 31 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
38 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
39 ( 47 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
40 ( 70 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

41 ( 36 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
42 ( 32 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
43 ( 37 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
44 ( 60 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
45 ( 44 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 43 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
47 ( 39 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
48 ( 58 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
49 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 33 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
52 ( 41 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
53 ( 40 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
54 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
55 ( 64 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
56 ( 52 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
57 ( 42 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
58 ( 54 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
59 ( NEW ) TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
60 ( NEW ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
64 ( 53 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
65 ( 45 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
66 ( 46 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
67 ( 67 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 66 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
70 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

71 ( 73 ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
72 ( 75 ) RISE Herb Alpert
73 ( 72 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
74 ( NEW ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
75 ( 71 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

Feb 2nd-8th1980
1 MASH
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Blake’s 7
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Two Ronnies
7 The Scalphunters (film)
8 The Goodies
9 Logan’s Run
10 Hart To Hart

11 The Last Of Sheila (film)
12 Film 80
13 Sporting Superstars
14 The New Avengers
15 Wildlife On One
16 The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race
17 What’s On Next
18 My Wife Next Door
19 Parkinson (wed)
20 The Sky At Night

On TV Blake’s 7 was getting better, thanks to the scriptwriting, while the Goodies were doing a pastiche of Close Encounters, I was reading William Golding for English Lit, chatting to friends, and having a dream featuring Danno from Hawaii 5-0, though quite what James MacArthur was doing inside a cave in the dream I have no idea nor memory of! In another one I was golf caddie for 2nd year student Brian – at night. Now I may not have played golf at the time, but I suspected finding balls might be a challenge at night…

In Art Max, my tutor was encouraging me to try for artistic jobs at the course end – I wish I wish I wish I had. Not that there were many about, of course. Meanwhile I had to give my first ever talk on my work, embarrassingly bright red, stuttering, forgot what I was saying, a disaster! I found I can handle Q&A but not giving speeches, and nothing has changed 35 years on! On TV The Two Ronnies my fave song sketch was on( “sod off sod off sod off so duff your cap to me…poor cow poor cow pour cowslip dew into your cup”): classic.


19th February 1980

3 weeks at 1, I Hear You Now, 2 weeks at 2 Too Much Too Young and My Girl 4 weeks at 3. That concludes the top 3 results. The Rats get their 3rd biggest hit at 4, as Synth music makes inroads into the top 10, with John Foxx and Buggles joining New Musik, with Cliff and Jacko giving some veteran quality into the bargain. Queen and Jefferson Starship rock into the 20, and highest of many great new entries is Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s fab Take That Look Off Your Face, from Evita girl Marti Webb showcasing Tell Me On A Sunday. It’s a great song.

At 22, Blondie return with 3rd track off Eat To The Beat, and it’s the best track, Atomic, quite probably their best ever record (and they had already had 3 chart-toppers). More punky, but ab fab. At 34, The Gibson Brothers reactivate first minor hit Cuba, and it sounds even better, love those latin disco rhythms and the chorus is great. 35, I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, Elvis is back. Costello, that is, it’s OK but not one of his greats. Dexy’s debut at 49, as Dance Stance gets moving a bit, and the horn section was a breath of fresh air at the time, 60’s retro soul but kinda rock-based, I loved it.

At 58, Peter Gabriel finally gets a second terrific solo hit as Games Without Frontiers, with added Kate Bush vocals, follows up Solsbury Hill 3 years on. Chuck in Brass Construction and The Flying Lizards making a minor return, and skip on to The Police giving up an old track, So Lonely, coming after 3 chart-toppers in a row, each better than the last, it was the least of their five hits to date, and of course they really sing Sue Lawley, Nationwide presenter. Still good though. At 73, it’s another great amusing and clever record from BA Robertson, Kool In The Kaftan starting the hippie backlash, but also sort of affectionately 60‘s retro in sound and references. BA is a great lyricist, witness Carrie in the top 10 this very week, one of his. Finally, and rather tragically, AC/DC get a second hit as Touch Too Much enters at 75. The following day Bon Scott, great lead singer, was dead from booze abuse. From AC/DC’s point of view the death-inspired Back In Black album and hiring of the ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was the start of a looooong beloved career, and I approved cos I loved a lot of Geordie singles, but for me they just weren’t the same afterwards, Bon was such a great singer, and early AC/DC were sort of punk Led Zep, as opposed to later bombastic Led Zep. Touch Too Much is fantastic.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 7 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 17 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 11 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
7 ( 14 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
8 ( 9 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
9 ( 24 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
10 ( 15 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

11 ( 4 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
12 ( 6 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 8 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
14 ( 21 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 5 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
16 ( 20 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
17 ( 23 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 10 ) BABE Styx
19 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
20 ( 12 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

21 ( NEW ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
22 ( NEW ) ATOMIC Blondie
23 ( 27 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
24 ( 16 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
25 ( 54 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
26 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
27 ( 18 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
28 ( 40 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
29 ( 25 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
30 ( 33 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang

31 ( 19 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
32 ( 29 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
33 ( 22 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
34 ( NEW ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
35 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
36 ( 59 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
37 ( 32 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
38 ( 60 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
39 ( 28 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
40 ( 48 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

41 ( 26 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
42 ( 44 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
43 ( 30 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
44 ( 37 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
45 ( 41 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
46 ( 36 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 34 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
48 ( 39 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
49 ( NEW ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
50 ( 45 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 46 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
52 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
53 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 69 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
55 ( 56 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
56 ( 43 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
57 ( 35 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
58 ( NEW ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
59 ( 38 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
60 ( NEW ) TV The Flying Lizards

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 58 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
64 ( 47 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
65 ( 52 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
66 ( NEW ) MUSIC MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Brass Construction
67 ( RE ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
68 ( NEW ) SO LONELY The Police
69 ( 68 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
70 ( NEW ) FAN MAIL The Dickies

71 ( 57 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
72 ( 70 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
74 ( 63 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
75 ( NEW ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

Feb 9 – 15 TV charts
1 Soap
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH: film
4 Blake’s 7
5 MASH
6 Airport: film
7 Logan’s Run
8 Mork And Mindy
9 Barney Miller
10 Film 80
11 The Goodies
12 The Rockford Files
13 Hawaii 5-0
14 Top Of The Pops
15 Hollywood

In College days, poetry raised it’s head (sigh), a long list of friends dropping by chez John, outside the inner group too, and Hollywood featured Rudolf Valentino and Gloria Swanson – I was fascinated by then-ancient movie stars from long before I was born, it was like looking back in distant history: well, silent movies looked ancient, even if they were only 50 years or so earlier! A bit like a college student looking back to the 60’s now. I’m suddenly old! The Winter Olympics started this week, but it was overshadowed by the sudden death of David Janssen, an actor hero of mine, star of The Fugitive and Harry O, and the narrator of the epic-scaled Centennial mini-series. Only 49, he was just SO cool with that perfectly-phrased gravelly-voice. I was shocked.

Had an American geography exam, sat through a great John Davis lecture afterwards, and Max in Art was encouraging me to frame my latest prints and try and sell some. I had forgotten what a gem of encouragement Max was, given I spent years on the dole anyway I might as well have gone in for art rather than entirely waste my time applying for crap, soul-destroying tedious jobs. If only I knew then what I know now… The weekend I was glum in Mansfield, babysat for my little cousins, rachel letting it out that all of my budgies were dead (donated to Clipstone school) which didn’t make me happier as I was leaned on to get rid of them in the first place. Really, I think it was the realisation that my little glorious bubble-world of College was drawing to a close and I really didn’t like that thought at all.

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26th February 1980

Blondie, boom, Atomic! 4th number one, after Denis, Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl. One of those instances, like Baker Street, where the single edit is the classic version, the album version meanders in the middle and loses the sheer power and urgency of the track, proving conclusively that sometimes less is more. Debbie Harry was never better than on Atomic, and as the world got very nervous about nuclear war just having Atomic as the title (it wasn’t really the hook, it was the only part of the track that wasn’t a hook!) gave it that extra topical zing. At 3 rockabilly rules, buzz buzz a diddle it, parp! Such fun! At the other end of the chart rockabilly future arrives as Shakin’ Stevens brings a Hot Dog into the chart. I would have preferred the much better song with that title by the Archies, mind you.

The Buggles peak at 4 for the second time, John Foxx hits 7, The Whispers 8, and showtune time at 10 with Marti Webb – no, take that look off your face, it’s fab! Peter Gabriel shows no frontiers can hold him back, chanting Jeux Sans Frontiers and beating the competition up to 16 from 58. Little bit of politics nod’s as good as a wink, eh, squire? Call the police! So Lonely? 40 places up to 28 and leapfrogging the Ramones quietly climbing to 30. The late Bon Scott leads AC/DC to 34, Touch Too Much, and The Flying Lizards get a second top 40, TV. Highest new entry, Rainbow are back with another pop metal singalong All Night Long, not quite as good as Since You’ve Been Gone, but Blackmore and Glover equals good enough for Deep Purple.

Hands off – she’s mine, exclaim The Beat at 48. OK, if you say so lads, the prettier face of ska and now not doing covers. Donna Summer’s back on the radio with a sprawling ballad/disco track at 60, Liquid Gold dance themselves dizzy (do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-dizzy!) with a bit of cheesy fun at 66, Joan Armatrading gets Rosie at 73 4 years after her classic Love And Affection, and Iron Maiden announce themselves while Running Free. At 75, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Music, sort of, and I certainly wouldn’t have put money on them churning out much the same stuff for the next 3 decades to a loyal fanbase. Hey ho.

1 ( 22 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 6 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
4 ( 7 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
5 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 9 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
7 ( 10 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
8 ( 16 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
9 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
10 ( 21 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb

11 ( 4 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
12 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
13 ( 8 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
14 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 25 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
16 ( 58 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
17 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 13 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
19 ( 11 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows

21 ( 28 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
22 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
23 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
24 ( 36 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
25 ( 15 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 20 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
27 ( 18 ) BABE Styx
28 ( 68 ) SO LONELY The Police
29 ( 24 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
30 ( 40 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

31 ( 19 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
32 ( 34 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
33 ( 29 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 75 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
35 ( 49 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
36 ( 32 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 60 ) TV The Flying Lizards
38 ( 26 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
39 ( 67 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
40 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

41 ( 27 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
42 ( 30 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
43 ( 44 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 33 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
45 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
46 ( 42 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
47 ( 38 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
48 ( NEW ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
49 ( 54 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
50 ( 45 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

51 ( 52 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 51 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 31 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
56 ( 39 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 55 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
58 ( 41 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
59 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) TONIGHT Zane Griff
64 ( 56 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
65 ( 73 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
66 ( NEW ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
67 ( 63 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
68 ( 72 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Chords
70 ( 43 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

71 ( NEW ) HOT DOG Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 69 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
73 ( NEW ) ROSIE Joan Armatrading
74 ( 57 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
75 ( NEW ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

TV feb 16-22
1 Thoroughly Modern Millie: film
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Soap
5 MASH
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Blake’s 7
8 The Rockford Files
9 Film 80
10 Wonder Woman
11 Barney Miller
12 World’s Apart
13 Parkinson (sat)
14 Police Story
15 The Blue Knight


In lectures, it was Great Expectations, outside lectures it was Blondie in at 3 on the UK charts (hooray!), lotsa socialising and laughs, and good TV (Blake’s 7, Rockford Files etc). I finally got around to developing the Paris art trip negatives, and printing my b&w USA prints in the darkroom. Some snooker, some Winter Olympics, some laughs and then Pete, Julie, Bev & I went to see The Exorcist in the Uni lounge. Some parts were sickening and disturbing, and I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as Alien, but the others were more impressed. The ending was quite shocking, though, and it left a disturbing after-memory…

Got my Geog exam results, which were good, and John Davies hinted my grades for American Studies were good for my degree. My expectations were optmistic based on what lecturers were telling me, for a Grade 1. If I’ve learnt anything in life, though, it’s to not bother being optimistic, it just leads to disappointment! The main problem being my tutors all liked me, and outside examiners didn’t know me from Adam. Drama in snooker: Bev wanted to join in on a game Pete, Sue Julie & I were already playing, but she didn’t want to start on the lowest score, which caused conflict and ill feeling, which I don’t deal well with, so I sent all the balls flying forcing a new game. Cue sulks from some parts. Top Of The Pops, I noted, was very good. Saturday evening Paul and Dave drove the gang in two cars to Nottingham for Pauline’s 21st birthday party, much laughter and dancing, I even did the hokey cokey, not something I ever planned to do! I was quite extrovert, for me, had a great time, and we drove back to Lincoln at midnight. On Sunday sci-fi drama with David Janssen in, Marooned, gave me an opportunity to repeat more than once the old gag about a ship carrying blue paint colliding with one carrying red paint, the crew were Marooned….ouch!

My 1980 Charts – January

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January...1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

El Djem from slide show of field trip in January…1979. Not got 1980 scanned in yet!

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1st January 1980

New Years Day and very little chart movement, 2 new entries, 1 re-entry and not much else, but happily the first new number of the 80’s is a bonafide classic, as Pink Floyd find Another Brick In The Wall presiding over a chart that included David Bowie peaking at 4 again, second-time around with John I’m Only Dancing (the Again version is no great shakes), and The Skids getting their 3rd top 10 with the characteristically catchy punkpop Yankee Dollar.

Macca continues to hang about outside the 10, as Styx, Sheila and Mike Oldfield creep into the 20, or Blue Peter Babe Spacer. Anne Murray re-enters with a bang at 25, Broken-Hearted Me, pleasant of course, cos Anne’s middle name was “nice”. Happily, I like nice, even if not’s cool to admit it. Let’s skip over that Bangor day trip going up, and instead comment on Stevie Wonder managing to get another top 40 song for over 11 years continuously, give or take. Earth Wind and Fire also grab another for 5 years of hits, they just Can’t Let Go. Highest actual new entry benefits from following up a good pop record, as Dr. Hook make it 8 years of hits at 48. Truth to tell the new bland version was not an improvement on the original quirky Medicine Show version, and Better Love Next Time is most definitely not up to the cover version of The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan a bit lower down for Marianne Faithful. Dennis Locorriere, voice of Hook, has much the same opinion these days and he avoids the singles from 1980 mostly, in concert (resident in England, he’s worth catching for his regular UK tours).

The rest: classic London Calling only up to 50 (I didn’t warm to it right away), Kurtis Blow up to 67 (I just bought it at long last, downloaded and on my current playlist), and new at 71 it’s The Inmates with The Walk. Both this and Dr Hook were on Top Of The Pops, so that may or may not have influenced them entering my chart. The Inmates? A bluesy 50’s styled jaunty romp. I like it. Apart from Floyd, though, the videos this week are MOR, so put your feet up, relax, soak in the lazy vibes and just enjoy…!

1 ( 2 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
2 ( 3 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
3 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
4 ( 5 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
6 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 10 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
9 ( 8 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
10 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids

11 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
13 ( 9 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
14 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 20 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
17 ( 29 ) BABE Styx
18 ( 14 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
20 ( 23 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
22 ( 19 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
23 ( 17 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 37 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
25 ( RE ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
26 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
27 ( 18 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
28 ( 25 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
29 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
30 ( 27 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 24 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
32 ( 33 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
33 ( 22 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 46 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
36 ( 35 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 40 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( 30 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
39 ( 55 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( 39 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

41 ( 38 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 31 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
45 ( 41 ) RISE Herb Alpert
46 ( 48 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 45 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
48 ( NEW ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
49 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 62 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

51 ( 36 ) BOMBER Motorhead
52 ( 44 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
53 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 52 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
55 ( 47 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
56 ( 57 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 54 ) SAD EYES Robert John
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 63 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
62 ( 56 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
63 ( 51 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 68 ) REET PETITE Darts
65 ( 50 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
66 ( 66 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 75 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
68 ( 71 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( NEW ) THE WALK The Inmates
72 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 61 ) STILL The Commodores
74 ( 74 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( 65 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell

XMAS 1979 AND NEW YEAR 1980 TV CHART
1. The Poseidon Adventure: film
2. Help!: film
3. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 2
4. A Hard Day’s Night: film
5. Solid Gold Top 20
6. Soap
7. Play It Again Sam: film
8. Top Of The Pops 1979 part 1
9. Fawlty Towers
10. A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum: film
11. The Three Musketeers: film
12. Goldfinger: film
13. Not The least Of The 9 O’clock News
14. Yellow Submarine: film
15. The Beatles At Shea Stadium
16. The Best Of Dean Martin
17. Let It Be; Film
18. Happy Days
19. Doctor Who
20. Parkinson at Christmas


TV charts, well TOTP part 2 beats part 1, and there’s a host of blockbuster movies, and it’s Beatles galore week, sprinkled throughout my expanded chart. The only TV shows that can compete with that are Soap (yes it really was that good), and Fawlty Towers (ditto). Meanwhile, still in Gravesend with family friends Joe and Sandra, I went to see Star Trek at the cinema again, concluding the music score needed a bit more oomph to up the pacing but I was dazzled by having my cast of heroes back and the special effects, still, and it wouldn’t wear off for another decade or so, by which time the film seemed slow and ponderous, if charming at times.

More Board games in Gravesend, then back for New Year in Mansfield, with Mark & Sue, popping in on grandparents, and finally buying Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. Did some babysitting for lil cousins Rachel and Lisa. Mostly, though, college work to do. Emphasis on “to do” though as New Years Day Radio 1 had a bonanza 1970’s Top 100 all day long which I just could not (obviously) not listen to and write down. By the time it got to the top 10, the presence of Showaddywaddy as one of the big sellers of the 70’s had me doubting it’s accuracy, and then some. Turns out now, it’s a million seller with downloads after all, but even so, top 10 is not accurate. These things matter to chart-list-freaks…!

So, for the end of the 70’s and start of the 80’s? How did I celebrate it? Partying? Pub? Nah. Mum wasn’t well so I stayed in with her while Dad Mark and Sue went round to Aunty Eileen’s party, so that meant I got to see the hilarious “Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show” with Cliff, Bowie, Boomtown Rats, Roxy Music as guests. The last record I heard in the 70’s? A Merry Jingle by The Greedies, with my parting words “Well hope 1980’s as good as 1979’s been (on the whole). Doubt it somehow, but keep fingers crossed nothing too bad will happen.” That’s me always glass half-empty! 1979 was a fabulous year for me. 1980 was a year of two halves, the first half fab, the second half a slippery slope downwards – at least that’s how I remember it, let’s see if the diary bears it out (I’ve not looked at these ever before, so this is a real trip down memory lane for me..)!


8th January 1980

Back up on top for a second week, Abba have a dream, and it’s a kiddie-singing sweet one, enough to keep The Pretenders off the top spot. Paul McCartney, well after christmas festivities have faded, finally gets into the top 10 giving him his first actual solo Top 10 hit since 1971 chart-topper Another Day. Of course he worked in the interim as Wings and when he wasn’t having a number one he was at least Top 10 in each of those years. Not to mention The Beatles…

Talking of The Beatles, Billy Preston hit the Top 5 in 1969 with The Fabs credited “with Billy Preston” on Get Back, and charted again in 1974, and again in 1976, with it. On his own he’d grabbed a top 10 slot in 1969 with That’s The Way God Planned It on The Beatles Apple label before branching out on solo funk hit instrumentals and non-instrumentals in the USA from 1972 onwards, which were chart ineligible in my charts (UK only charts in 1972/3) but Outa Space and Will It Go Round In Circles, among others, would otherwise have charted. So it was great to have him back duetting with Syreeta (also returning after a 5 year-gap) on the lovely With You I’m Born Again, a touching, sentimental song given class by the two vocalists.

Chic at last make the top 20, My Feet Keep Dancin’ knocking out another Chic hit, Spacer, while the fourth title track single from the album Spirits Having Flown enters at 23 for The Bee Gees, underperforming chart-wise in the UK and USA by their standards, but then it had been out a year already. One of my favourite Bee Gees records, I love the melody, the vocals and the arrangement, top notch and under-rated.

The Greedies belatedly get their christmas track in at 38, after a New Years Eve performance on TV – that’s Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy and the non-singing half of the Sex Pistols – A Merry Jingle combining christmas standards in a medley, and fun. At 47 Madness get a 3rd hit, the terrific My Girl (who’s mad at them apparently), Joe Jackson gets a 2nd hit It’s Different For Girls, a pretty good ballad, at 64, and one of the songs that grew to annoy me greatly from saturation plays, and it’s simple catchiness, I’m In The Mood For Dancing in at 71, The Nolans having dropped a Sisters and added an “s” and going for the wholesome disco pop market. Amusingly, nestling next to Motorhead and Bomber. Well it amuses me, at any rate, Bomber still sounds good (just downloaded it) and as is far away as you can get from The Nolans.

1 ( 3 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 6 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
3 ( 1 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
5 ( 2 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 5 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
7 ( 8 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 10 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
9 ( 7 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 11 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney

11 ( 12 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
12 ( 9 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
13 ( NEW ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
14 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
15 ( 16 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
16 ( 17 ) BABE Styx
17 ( 13 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
18 ( 24 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 21 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
20 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield

21 ( 19 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
23 ( NEW ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
24 ( 26 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
25 ( 27 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
26 ( 25 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
27 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
28 ( 39 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
29 ( 32 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
30 ( 28 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

31 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
32 ( 22 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
33 ( 31 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
34 ( 30 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
35 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
36 ( 23 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
37 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
38 ( NEW ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
39 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 49 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley

41 ( 50 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
42 ( 47 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
43 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
44 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
45 ( 48 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
46 ( 41 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) MY GIRL Madness
48 ( 45 ) RISE Herb Alpert
49 ( 38 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
50 ( 67 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

51 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 40 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
53 ( 56 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
54 ( 53 ) CARS Gary Numan
55 ( 54 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
56 ( 35 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 44 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
58 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
62 ( 55 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
63 ( 59 ) SAD EYES Robert John
64 ( NEW ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
65 ( 52 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
66 ( 62 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
67 ( 71 ) THE WALK The Inmates
68 ( 61 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 68 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
72 ( 51 ) BOMBER Motorhead
73 ( 72 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
74 ( 70 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
75 ( 64 ) REET PETITE Darts

TV Dec 29th 1979 – Jan 4th 1980

1. Will Kenny Everett Make It To 1980 Show
2. Logan’s Run: Crypt
3. Paint Your Wagon: film
4. Soap
5. Murder On The Orient Express: film
6. Mork And Mindy
7. The Recorded Jasper Carrott
8. The Odessa File: film
9. Film ’80
10. Top Of The Pops

11. Fawlty Towers
12. Victor Borge
13. Nationwide
14. Doctor Who
15. The Night They Took Miss Beautiful
16. The Odd Couple
17. Parkinson
18. My Wife Next Door
19. Up A Gum Tree
20. Mork And Mindy

On TV, Kenny Everett’s New Years show rules, but note another great comic on the list – no not Jasper Carrott (though he’s good too), it’s Victor Borge. A Danish classical pianist and conductor taught by a former pupil of Liszt. He gave his first concert in 1926, escaped from the Nazi’s in WW2 after years of telling anti-nazi jokes, and eventually became a big TV star thanks to his great comic timing and amiable accent and manner, sat at his piano. I used to regularly (not literally) piss myself laughing at him, he was great, and already 70 (he died in 2000) as with so many of my comedy heroes, being of retirement age is meaningless. If you got it you got it! The other TV note is for Logan’s Run episode Crypt, at 2, written by Harlan Ellison (Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever writer and sci-fi novelist) which was the best episode by far of the short-lived series. Age is a big thing in Logan’s Run, of course, as you get to exit the world at age 30 one way or another. A bit like Radio One.

Tuesday, January 1st: I started 1980 doing College work, and the first record of the decade? My Simple Heart (Three Degrees)…oh, well! Barry Norman listed Alien and Life Of Brian as 2 of his dozen films of the year. Spot on, there! Turned 22 on Thursday, freezing and icy, and no prezzies to mark my new adult status. Well, a coat from mum & dad. Cousins Rachel & Lisa round saturday morning babysitting, with Sue, and off to see (again!) Star Trek at the cinema. This time some 11 & 12 year old’s decided it was boring and just talked and broke things and made noises, my brother threatened them to no avail, so I said “Do you wanna get chucked out?! Be Quiet!” They got worse, and bruv was in danger of getting physical with the little bleeders so I went for the usher and got them thrown out of the cinema. Ruined the film, of course. I’m mild-mannered, but nobody spoils Star Trek without consequences! Not a film for children, obviously, though.

Back to Lincoln College, Mark saw my college room for the first time, before he and ailing mum and dad left for home, and fab catch up chats with Joe, Sue, Julie and Ian. Julie and I discussed topics: Afghanistan situation (Russian troops), Nostradamus (!), WW2… Pete popped round, they both liked the Trek movie “slow but good” (J) and “brilliant, knocked out” (P). My new coat seemed to go down well with everyone. Pity I don’t remember it now. Never was bothered with fashion! caught up with Jane, Bev and Paul the next day, but Jane thoughtfully brought me an electric fire as my room was freezing – heating not working.



15th January 1980

The Pretenders get to the top, as I seem to be holding the same chart-topper opinions as the UK record-buyer (plus Abba), and Brass In Pocket was a worthy number one, New Wave with a 60’s vibe, Chrissie Hynde fronting a great British band, like Suzi Quatro before her, an American with British success, and based in the UK. It also sounded pretty original. KC meanwhile gets his first top 5 hit since 1975, Syreeta her first top 10 since 1975, and Billy Preston his first new top 10 since 1969. The Bee Gees fly up into the upper layers too, with their 8th consecutive top 10, plus several as songwriters, and all inside 3 years. Bung in another, ooh, 10 or so since appearing in the very first chart in 1968, and things were looking very good for them. Appearances can be very deceptive in the music biz though!

Madness take My Girl to 9, and a second top 10 hit, just ahead of The Beat who copy Smokey Robinson by going top 10, albeit ska-stylee. Highest new entry is a UK non-hit instrumental classic from the early 60’s, the groovy, moody Green Onions, giving Booker T his first hit in 11 years. It was to be an incredible 34 years before he got his 3rd! Or if you like, 45 years between new recordings charting. It’s hard to see that record being beaten! Fleetwood Mac at last start to get moving with the truly wondrous Sara, at 26, and The Clash finally get London Calling into the 40. So does Kurtis Blow, and so do The Nolans. I guess I must have liked it for a while!

New entries between 41 and 75: The Boomtown Rats return with another hit, Someone’s Looking At You, which was a little more sprawling than previous singles, but did the job, while at 53 there’s a new duo, Jon and Vangelis. I say new. What I mean is Vangelis gets a follow-up hit to his 1975 reissued chart entry of a 1972 single from Greek band Aphrodite’s Child, the fabulous Break. In the interim, bandmate Demis Roussos had had a number one with Forever And Ever, so can he do what the late Demis did? All shall be revealed. Jon Anderson, meanwhile, is back after a couple of hits with Yes, including the fab top 10 Wondrous Stories from 1977.

New Musik get their second hit, Living By Numbers being another delicious perfect synth pop confection. Terrific. Talking earlier of Suzi Quatro, her Mama’s Boy joins her in the charts for a sweet 7 years of regular chart entries, but sadly never a number one. This one was pretty decent. Sister Sledge were winding down their initial run of chart action with the OK Got To Love Somebody, unique out of their early tracks in not ever making the charts again in following decades, again and again. It wasn’t bad, but not up to the classics standard.

1 ( 2 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 1 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
4 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
5 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
6 ( 13 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
7 ( 6 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
8 ( 23 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
9 ( 47 ) MY GIRL Madness
10 ( 19 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 4 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
12 ( 14 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
13 ( 20 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
14 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
15 ( 16 ) BABE Styx
16 ( 8 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
19 ( 27 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
20 ( 12 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

21 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 24 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
23 ( 11 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
24 ( 17 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
25 ( NEW ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 51 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 10 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
28 ( 40 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
29 ( 41 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
30 ( 22 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 37 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
32 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
33 ( 71 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
34 ( 28 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
35 ( 50 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
36 ( 25 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
37 ( 34 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 45 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
39 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
40 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 33 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
42 ( 29 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
43 ( 64 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
44 ( 31 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
45 ( 32 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
46 ( 36 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
47 ( 44 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
48 ( 43 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
49 ( 53 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
50 ( NEW ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats

51 ( 42 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 67 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
54 ( 26 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
55 ( 48 ) RISE Herb Alpert
56 ( 46 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
57 ( NEW ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
58 ( 54 ) CARS Gary Numan
59 ( 55 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
60 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

61 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 49 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
63 ( 60 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 38 ) A MERRY JINGLE The Greedies
65 ( NEW ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
66 ( 62 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
67 ( 63 ) SAD EYES Robert John
68 ( NEW ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
69 ( 57 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
70 ( 52 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand

71 ( 69 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
72 ( 65 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
73 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
74 ( NEW ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
75 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder

Jan 5-11 TV
1. Soap
1. Clapperboard
1. Fawlty Towers
4. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. MASH
6. The Rockford Files
7. Top Of The Pops
8. The Hot Rock: film
9. Logan’s Run
10. My Wife Next Door

11. Film 80
12. Barney Miller
13. Blake’s 7
14. West Side Story: film
15. Parkinson (sat)
16. Doctor Who
17. Thunderbolt and Lightfoot: film
18. Hollywood
19. Nationwide
20. Parkinson (wed)

On TV: lots of films, many of them rarely ever on TV, if at all for some decades, but 1972’s forgotten The Hot Rock was a heist movie I was fond of under it’s 1972 title, How To Steal A Diamond In Four Uneasy Lessons. Bad title change there! It was a fun Robert Redford movie that I saw first time round. Soap heads the US sitcoms, Fawlty Towers the UK, but there’s not that many actual 1979/80 new sitcoms or series in the list, bar MASH, Rockford, Blake’s 7, and Doctor Who.

At College (or Uni as it’s now renamed), I found my lecturer hated Edgar Allen Poe, so fundamentally disagreed with everything I wrote in my assignment, giving me bad marks. He thought Poe was Poo and could not accept any other viewpoint, however well argued. Dick. Lots of happy socialising with the gang in various combinations, in the breaks and evenings, chez moi. Got invited to 2 birthday parties on the same day which gave me (and invited Julie) a dilemma, never one for wanting to hurt people’s feelings, either of us. Doh! On telly, we laughed at Basil The Hamster in Farty Towels, and tried to hold back the tears at West Side Story’s climax. As we played snooker on Thursday I marvelled at my quick-wit banter, at least Jane and Pete appreciated it anyway, which led me to think I was “quite hilarious at times”. Oooo get ‘er! I do love banter though, and people who love banter.

Sue, as practical as always, sorted out the clashing parties dilemma diplomatically – and they didn’t clash anyway, so Julie and I had angst for nothing! It snowed heavily on Monday, it was cold and I was in a foul mood with a lecturer who kept me waiting for 45 minutes, then droned on needlessly about William Golding stuff I already knew, while simultaneously wafting his aroma all over the place. At least that’s how I choose to describe him these many years later, as the “smelly twat” I put in my diary seems a tad unkind. Still, Pete and Julie cheered me up by ambushing me with snowballs later on. On TV the new Blake’s 7 was much improved, with new cast members, and Avon now the star character. Actor Paul Darrow and I shared an intimate moment 25 years later. I say intimate. He said “Hello mate” while he grabbed a ciggie outside the Starfleet Ball in Bournemouth. I always view a star talking me as special….

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22nd January 1980

2 weeks for Brass In Pocket at 1, Chrissie not moving. Styx get their first (and last) Top 10, as Babe blubs it’s way up to 8, and Dollar finally get their Beatles cover into the top 10 – the 60’s fab gear clothes on their Top Of The Pops performance didn’t hurt! Suddenly I was 6 years old again! Jon And Vangelis meanwhile positively rocket up to 12, I Hear You Now, oh yes, as another sublime record hits 14 for Fleetwood Mac, and Stevie Nicks gorgeous Sara.

Rupert Holmes also downs his Pina Colada in one and bursts upwards and into the 20 for the first time since 1975. Lower down, The Rats and New Musik go top 40, and there’s very few new entries: The Buggles follow-up Video with Plastic, and it’s pretty good, albeit forgotten these days, we do indeed live in The Plastic Age. Sad Cafe have a strange little follow-up to a plain ballad, the quirky little girl at 52 is quite odd, but endearing after a few plays. Amii Stewart flies her sweet Paradise Bird to 57, and The Regents unusual 7 Teen is in at 68, very downbeat and 60’s inspired, if not actually sounding. Herb Alpert ain’t Rise-ing, but he is Rotating, at 74, another funky sax instrumental (mostly), and still classy.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
4 ( 3 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
5 ( 8 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
6 ( 9 ) MY GIRL Madness
7 ( 5 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
8 ( 15 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 19 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat

11 ( 6 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
12 ( 53 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
13 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
14 ( 26 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
15 ( 49 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
16 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
17 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
18 ( 14 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
19 ( 18 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
20 ( 25 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s

21 ( 12 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
22 ( 20 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
23 ( 21 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
24 ( 13 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
25 ( 11 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
26 ( 33 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
27 ( 22 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
28 ( 38 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
29 ( 43 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
30 ( 29 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash

31 ( 32 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 24 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
33 ( 23 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
34 ( 50 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 57 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
36 ( 39 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
37 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
38 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
39 ( 52 ) THE WALK The Inmates
40 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

41 ( 36 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
42 ( 28 ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
43 ( 47 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 48 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
45 ( 27 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
46 ( 34 ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
47 ( 45 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
48 ( 46 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 44 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
50 ( NEW ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

51 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( NEW ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
53 ( 41 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
54 ( 60 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( NEW ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
56 ( 65 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
57 ( NEW ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
58 ( 55 ) RISE Herb Alpert
59 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( 68 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro

61 ( 58 ) CARS Gary Numan
62 ( 59 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 31 ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M
65 ( 35 ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow
66 ( 42 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
67 ( 74 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) 7 TEEN The Regents
69 ( 54 ) BROKEN-HEARTED ME Anne Murray
70 ( 71 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 66 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
72 ( 67 ) SAD EYES Robert John
73 ( 62 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
75 ( NEW ) YOUNG BLOOD U.F.O.

TV JAN 12-18
1. Soap
2. The Goodies
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Logan’s Run
5. The Hallelujah Trail: film
6. Blake’s 7
7. Mork And Mindy
8. Barney Miller
9. Ray Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
10. Top Of The Pops

11. The New Avengers
12. Wildlife On One
13. Doctor Who
14. The Two Ronnies
15. The Odd Couple
16. The High Chapparal
17. My Wife Next Door
18. Film 80
19. Sporting Superstars
20. Most Wanted


On TV, sci-fi writer hero of mine (one of my top 3) Ray Bradbury gets a profile, his writings are poetically nostalgic in a futuristic social-commentary fashion, and I especially adore the short stories, The Martian Chronicles most of all. The Goodies are back with a bang, various sporting superstars compete for entertainment in a variety of events, the fab Western The Hallelujah Trail is on again, and The Two Ronnies must have a good show, as they didn’t generally end up in my list by this time.

At college I breakfasted with Pauline and some more American students on my course, while mates Pete and Ian popped in for a morning cuppa and chat having got the day off teaching practice – their bus didn’t turn up. Result! Snooker with Pete after Art lectures, I won 84 to 39 it says here. It’s not the winning that counts, I honestly care not either way! Though I enjoy winning. It was a great day, Pete chuffed to be off school-work, me chuffed having someone to talk to during the day, yay! I cheered up the glum T.P. returnees later on, then they all beat me at snooker in gratitude. Win some lose some! Talked to Jane for an hour, lately quite rundown, but feeling better now. Hooray!

Went home at the weekend, as my pet budgie (still had a white one in the house) was ill, as were brother Mark & soon-to-be sis-in-law. I bought a fave John Wyndham novel that I read at school in 1972, The Chrysalids. I re-read it not long ago, it’s still pretty good, still relevant in showcasing intolerance of people (genetic-defects some generations following a nuclear holocaust). Mark showed us all his latest toy, movies of all of us on his film recorder, actual old-fashioned film, including one scene of me playing The Police Walking On The Moon in my bedroom – tragically this film is long gone walkabout. Popped in on various relations, and dad, mum and Mark took me back on Sunday to Lincoln via RAF Swinderby (where dad still worked) – I’d bought a cassette tape deck for £15 off someone, which meant I could now tape all of the songs off the radio to tape. Still have them!

29th January 1980

3 weeks on top for The Pretenders as 12 new entries finally kick-start 1980, many of them great. The Bee Gees get yet another runners-up medal with the fab Spirits Having Flown, as Madness get their first Top 3 with the very British charms of My Girl. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Sara also goes top 10, despite not being huge in the UK. It should have been massive! Meanwhile Sheila’s Chic-tastic Spacer’s yo-yoing up and down the charts almost takes her into orbit as it peaks at 13.

The Boomtown rats and New Musik leap into the 20, just ahead of the highest new entry, yes it’s Matchbox following up a very minor chart entry with an instant smash – Buzz Buzz A Diddle It! I love it, British rockabilly in the style of classic cowboy novelty song Three Wheels On My Wagon, and it beats out: Michael Jackson’s classic Rock With You at 24, exquisite soulfunk mellow disco, and still great; Prince, debuting at 54 with a dance track largely forgotten, I Wanna Be Your Lover. It’s pretty good, and there is a youtube link someone put on 2 months ago, but I won’t bother listing it as it’ll be removed before long, Prince being obsessive about people not listening to his music for free and all, even if you want to check it out to buy (which I do as I never bought it at the time). Minus one sale, then.

The Buggles and Suzi Quatro make the top 40, while 60‘s hippie band Jefferson Airplane suffer a pop metal morphing into Jefferson Starship, and the rock anthem Jane riffs in at 67. 70‘s Prog Rock band Barclay James Harvest also do a spot of morphing, adding some 80’s-stylee synths to terrific effect at 73, with Love On The Line. At 34, The Specials get a 3rd hit with future UK chart-topper Too Much Too Young, the lead track on an EP, live version, and one to pogo along to. Kool And The Gang return with the pleasant Too Hot at 55, the theme tune to American TV’s classic Soap sitcom jaunts in at 70, mostly cos I loved the show, it was a total departure for American sitcoms, with a stunningly huge talented cast, controversial themes which had all kinds of self-righteous narrow-minded groups up in arms, and basically took the piss out of TV, and soaps in particular, pretty much all episodes written by one writer Susan “Golden Girls” Harris.

Others: a bit of jazz funk (Azymuth), a bit of country (Kenny Rogers soon-to-be-annoying Coward Of The County, as it hits number one and suffers overdose-fatigue), The Captain and Tennille are back with a gentle ballad 5 years after topping my chart, the sweetly naughty Do That To Me One More Time (I wonder what Toni means?), and The Ramones cover Phil Spector’s Ronettes classic Baby I Love You, produced by the actual warped genius himself, and sounding much weedier and less Wall Of Sound than Dave Edmunds self-produced definitive version which topped my chart in 1973.

1 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
2 ( 5 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 6 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
5 ( 8 ) BABE Styx
6 ( 12 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
7 ( 3 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
8 ( 4 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
9 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
10 ( 14 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

11 ( 20 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
12 ( 7 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
13 ( 23 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
14 ( 15 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
15 ( 34 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
16 ( 13 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
17 ( 10 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
18 ( 35 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
19 ( 11 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
20 ( NEW ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox

21 ( 68 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
22 ( 18 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
23 ( 28 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
24 ( NEW ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
25 ( 29 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
26 ( 22 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
27 ( 19 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
28 ( 17 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
29 ( 16 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
30 ( 50 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

31 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
32 ( 27 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 32 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
34 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
35 ( 52 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
36 ( 57 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
37 ( 21 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
38 ( 55 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
39 ( 60 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
40 ( 36 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

41 ( 24 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
42 ( 37 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 26 ) I’M IN THE MOOD FOR DANCING The Nolans
44 ( 25 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
45 ( 43 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
46 ( 44 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 33 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
48 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
49 ( 40 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 38 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

51 ( 56 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
52 ( 39 ) THE WALK The Inmates
53 ( 67 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
54 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
55 ( NEW ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
56 ( 47 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 30 ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
60 ( 74 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert

61 ( 58 ) RISE Herb Alpert
62 ( 61 ) CARS Gary Numan
63 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
64 ( 48 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
66 ( 49 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
67 ( NEW ) JANE Jefferson Starship
68 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
69 ( 41 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( NEW ) THEME FROM ‘SOAP” George Aliceson Tipton

71 ( NEW ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
72 ( NEW ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
73 ( NEW ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
74 ( NEW ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
75 ( NEW ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

TV JAN 19-26
1. Live And Let Die: film
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5. Disaster On The Coastliner: TV film
6. The New Avengers
7. Play Misty For Me: film
8. Barney Miller
9. MASH
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Blake’s 7
12. The Rockford Files
13. The Two Ronnies
14. The Goodies
15. Wonder Woman


College: another snowstorm, another awkward bus driver, another day off from Teaching Practice for Pete, Alan and Ian who instead popped to my room for some laughs instead. yay! Helped me avoid William Golding work. I later looked at some schoolbooks from me at 6, stories of what I did, liked and drew at that time: sci-fi, pop music, TV, animals. Not much change there then. Still. Tuesday was English Lit: School For Scandal. Wednesday I socialised in the art-room while I finished my screen-prints – I enjoy art students company. Thursday Pete off ill, so we hung about a lot in between lectures, and the evenings had the usual gang coming and going. Friday was Elaine’s birthday bash from 11pm, a drunken gangster’s moll tried to get me to dance (fancy dress, not real!) and laughs and jokes with Ian and Julie till 1.

My 1979 Charts – December

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4th December 1979

ELO get their second number one of the year, largely due to Confusion and it’s fantastic melody and synth riff, love it! For the record, that’s 8 number ones spanning 7 years. Gary Numan gets his 3rd top 3 of the year as Complex leaps to 3, and Rose Royce get their 3rd Top 10 in 2 years as Theme From S’Express (well, sort of, hits 6), while Donna and Babs get their biggest hit of the year – enough is enough! The Police rocket 49 places taking giant steps attempting to walk on the moon at 10, that’ll be 4 top 10‘s in a row then!

Lots of upward movements for several fave pop stars, and new at 18 it’s a genuine classic record from Pink Floyd, and that animated video. No-one expected Pink Floyd to do anything remotely commercial, they didn’t do singles, that was the firm rule, so to have this come out at christmas, off The Wall, while Michael Jackson was Off The Wall (see 25) was a major talking point amongst music fans. Not commercial? Not in one sense, but in another sense, brilliantly commercial by virtue of being effing fabulous.

The Skids enter at 35 with 4th hit of 1979, Working For The Yankee Dollar, they claim, somewhat dubiously, as they had no USA success. The Three Degrees follow-up a fantastic disco classic with…err My Simple Heart. Hmmm. Mellow. Ditto Quo, rock classic, hmmm, mellow: Living On An Island, 50 and 53 respectively. Mike Oldfield follows up his guilty disco hit with a guilty Blue Peter TV theme update – we all knew the tune in those days, very jolly. At 69, belatedly entering, the terrific Sing Children Sing, Lesley Duncan’s great 1971 flop single is re-recorded for Children In Need with an all-star backing chorus: Kate Bush, Pete Townsend, Joe Brown, Phil Lynott, and many more. Lesley never made it big, despite critical approval and support from the likes of Elton John, possibly due to her stage fright problems, and sadly passed away in 2010. Finally, at 73, Sheila B. Devotion is back, showing us all B. Devotion is the name of her backing band, not hers, and it’s a Chic record, as in Chic in all but artist name – French-accented vocals as opposed to American, but Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards are behind this fab classy dance track with the sci-fi theme. Given Chic were running out of steam at this point, it was jolly decent of them to give this away!

1 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 26 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 5 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
5 ( 3 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
6 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 4 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
8 ( 9 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
9 ( 11 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
10 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police

11 ( 30 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
12 ( 7 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
13 ( 24 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
14 ( 8 ) RISE Herb Alpert
15 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
16 ( 33 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
17 ( 6 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
18 ( NEW ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
19 ( 20 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
20 ( 29 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness

21 ( 10 ) STILL The Commodores
22 ( 16 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
23 ( 28 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
24 ( 12 ) SAD EYES Robert John
25 ( 67 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
26 ( 21 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
27 ( 23 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
28 ( 14 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
29 ( 39 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
30 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

31 ( 40 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
32 ( 31 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
33 ( 32 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
34 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
35 ( NEW ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
36 ( 18 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
37 ( 53 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
38 ( 27 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
39 ( 43 ) COME TO ME France Joli
40 ( 17 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter

41 ( 25 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
42 ( 36 ) CARS Gary Numan
43 ( 37 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
44 ( 58 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
45 ( 35 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
46 ( 38 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
47 ( 50 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 19 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
49 ( 45 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
50 ( NEW ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees

51 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
52 ( 46 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
53 ( NEW ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
54 ( 48 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
55 ( 44 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
56 ( 66 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 56 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
60 ( 69 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful

61 ( 47 ) DREAMING Blondie
62 ( 61 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
63 ( 60 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
64 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
66 ( 68 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
67 ( NEW ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( 42 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
69 ( NEW ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
70 ( 41 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler

71 ( 49 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
72 ( 75 ) FLY TOO HIGH Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
74 ( 63 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
75 ( 62 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band

MY TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Journey To Babel
2. Soap
3. Top Of The Pops
4. A Day At The Races (Marx Brothers Film)
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. The New Avengers
7. Parkinson
8. Happy Days
9. Doctor Who
10. Time Express: film

At College still writing my Poe essay, snooker while 2nd year lads practiced on their drum kit (how cool to envious me!), Spike Milligan on Parkinson, really enjoyed John Davis American Studies literature lecture, lots of laughs and thought-provoking. Chatting to 2nd year Art students also working on screen printing enjoyable. A fab video-only Top Of The Pops with the usual gang round for a TV evening. We laughed a lot, always. This was the saturday that Pete Paul and I compared who’s record player was most accurate starting Message In A Bottle at the same time, I knew Pete’s ran too fast (verified), which was funny. The girls thought we were mad. We went to the cinema to see a reissue of The Poseidon Adventure, still one of my top 5 films at that time, then in the evening a 21st birthday disco in the student union function room where a Jane (there were several Jane friends) wrapped her arms round my neck and wouldn’t let me leave till I danced. I agreed only if everyone else sat also danced, this bit of blackmail backfired when everyone else got up and I had to dance for 4 numbers, unable to vary my dance – Judy Murray on Strictly looked positively flowing in comparison to my dance skills then! Pretty sure this Jane fancied me, I was invited to her party even though she was under the incorrect assumption that I was going out with Julie. Maybe she’d noticed her canoodling with Pete… Oops, stress for me next week!


11th December 1979

Third number one for The Police, Walking On The Moon, and Sting is hot with everyone it seems, bleached blonde all 3. Hope that doesn’t make you lose your hair Sting! The Rats get a 3rd consecutive top 5, Diamond Smiles boys! The Gibson Brothers go for their 2nd, Madness their fabulous first, and The Tourists get Dave and Annie in the 10 3 years before Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This). Oh Yes, Pink Floyd also get in the 10 for the first time!

Abba bizarrely go for an album track from Voulez Vous, the 5th to feature on a single, as the follow-up to brand-new non-album track Gimme Gimme Gimme, though it certainly had wide-appeal – obviously, as it hit 2 in the UK charts behind Pink Floyd. The Skids and The Pretenders zip up into the 20, both for the 3rd time, and a new entry at 22 for a very significant record: Yes it’s Nile Rodgers and Chic again – with a twist! It’s the backing track being rapped over by a new act, The Sugarhill Gang, of Sylvia Robinson’s record label (number 2 in 1973 with Pillow Talk in my charts, loved it). Widely-regarded as a novelty hit, it was actually the sign of Pop Future via message dance rap and gangsta rap all the way through to obligatory rap.

At 24, Paul McCartney has a go at a christmas classic – and gets it with Wonderful Christmastime, though frankly I prefer the frog chorus anyday. Anyways, that’s 8 years of solo hits and 11 with The Beatles and Wings, but not his finest hour. Amusingly Dollar’s version of I want To Hold Your Hand nestles just below at 25, another record I’d rather hear than the annual christmas overplay. M get a follow-up hit, Moonlight And Musak, and it’s very nice, under-appreciated I thought. Spacer and The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan both go 40, both deservedly, while It’s My House enters twice: Diana Ross going for 11 years of hits at 40 with the original version, and a reggae version at 75 from Storm which is quite nice too.

A bit of rockpop at 68 from Rocky Burnette, son of 50’s rocker Johnny Burnette, and the great Tired Of Toeing The Line, while a second Sara enters the charts – Thin Lizzy drop with theirs as Stevie Nicks utterly-effing-fantastic Fleetwood Mac affecting ballad enters at 70. Sara is a track that has grown with time, it reduces me to tears when I see and hear Stevie sing it live (as I have done 3 times, and will be doing again later this year). Just brilliance. At 74, Darts cover Jackie Wilson to minimal effect, Reet Petite at 74, but he’ll be back posthumously himself in 1986 with the only version that counts.

1 ( 10 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 1 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
3 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
4 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 13 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
6 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
7 ( 11 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 20 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
9 ( 15 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 18 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd

11 ( 5 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
12 ( 4 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
13 ( 8 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
14 ( 16 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 7 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
16 ( NEW ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
17 ( 35 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
18 ( 12 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
19 ( 37 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
20 ( 25 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson

21 ( 9 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
22 ( NEW ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
23 ( 14 ) RISE Herb Alpert
24 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
25 ( 51 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 22 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
27 ( 19 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
28 ( 17 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
29 ( 31 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
30 ( 26 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

31 ( 21 ) STILL The Commodores
32 ( 23 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
33 ( NEW ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
34 ( 32 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
35 ( 33 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
36 ( 73 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
37 ( 39 ) COME TO ME France Joli
38 ( 60 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
39 ( 24 ) SAD EYES Robert John
40 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross

41 ( 27 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
42 ( 29 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
43 ( 53 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
44 ( 30 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
45 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) CARS Gary Numan
47 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
48 ( 50 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
49 ( 36 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
50 ( 44 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

51 ( 41 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
52 ( 34 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
53 ( 28 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
54 ( 69 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
55 ( 46 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
56 ( 52 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
57 ( 40 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
58 ( 49 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
59 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 56 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
62 ( NEW ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
63 ( 59 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
64 ( 54 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
65 ( 43 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
66 ( 62 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
67 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
68 ( NEW ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
69 ( 45 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
70 ( NEW ) SARA Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 55 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
72 ( 64 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
73 ( 65 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
74 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Darts
75 ( NEW ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm

1. Star Trek: The Deadly Years
2. Soap
3. Logan’s Run
4. MASH
5. Happy Days
6. Fawlty Towers
7. The Odd Couple
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Barney Miller
10. Kelly Monteith
11. Time Express
12. Doctor Who
13. Hawaii 5-0
14. The New Avengers
15. My Wife Next Door

Life? Had College breakfast with 5 Americans, mostly from Trenton, and had to read out a poem wot I wrote in English class. I’m not a fan of poetry for the most part, just too artificial unless it’s set to music for me. The Americans gave class an entertaining play in the afternoon, Italian immigrants in New York, though I was fascinated by the regional accents they had (Arizona, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York) and just how much better Americans are at public presentation than shy and retiring Brits. Several assignments handed in (I did do work, honest!), Jane seemed depressed following Teaching Practice which worried me, spent all of friday on screen printing works, quick visits from various friends before Ian popped round prior to other-Jane’s party. Mostly girls there, and quite good fun actually, escorted to digs by merry Caroline arm around the waists, but too late for Paul’s party which had just wrapped up.

Saturday was an outing in Paul’s car and Dave’s car to Nottingham for shopping, Julie, Jane, me and Bev as passengers. I got some Starlog/Starburst sci-fi mags and was overjoyed to find 2 1960’s Legion comics in a back-issue comic shop. I Love The Victoria Centre, said I! I ran out of money, sadly, so couldn’t get all I wanted. 10-pin bowls next, I love that game, been playing it since the late 60’s on and off. Paul won one, I won one, and showed off horribly at how much better I was. Not that I can say that about anything else much! On Monday, I arranged to “call-in impromptu” to Jane’s as she had a visiting teacher who was giving problems. It didn’t work and she didn’t take the hint. Tried to advise worried Jane afterwards. Barry Norman gave Star Trek: The Motion Picture a good review on Film Night: things were looking promising!

Lincoln 1979

Lincoln 1979


18th December 1979

2 weeks for The Police on top, as Abba (of course) shoot up to 2 with I Have A Dream, fresh off their world tour. 1979 was the last time Kate Bush and Abba toured, so one down and one, err not a snowball chance of. Floyd at 5, and The Pretenders at 10 gives a great top 10 and a chance for me to feature videos not picked as new entry choices. Wonderful Christmastime at 15, Lesley Duncan big climb to 26, Mike Oldfield even bigger climb to 28, and Storm’s reggae cover leaps over Diana Ross’ version – mainly because it was a better record.

Highest new entry is Day Trip To Bangor at 37: let’s put that down to childhood nostalgia from the days I lived on fab Isle Of Anglesey and passed through Bangor often, rather than any love of Fiddler’s Dram. Much better, it’s a classic alternate version of John I’m Only Dancing in at 39, David Bowie’s top 5 fave of mine from 1972 dating from the same period. Pretty similar and pretty brilliant, still one of my top-rated Bowie records, so under-rated. It’s also a double A side, with a 1975 version of the same song, from Bowie’s plastic soul period (which I loved) but the treatment didn’t improve the song in any way, and is at best mildly pleasant.

In at 40, it’s Chic again, My Feet Keep Dancing, their third going up the charts (see 19 and 27), and shockingly their last biggish hit, though Nile Rodgers had bigger things ahead, and way ahead. Motorhead bomb back in at 43, Matchbox returns, as does Styx, while The Beat cover Smokey Robinson and debut at 56. The UK Subs cover The Zombies and enter at 63. Neither version is a patch on the original, though Tears Of A Clown is at least fun.

1 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
2 ( 16 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
3 ( 4 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 8 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
5 ( 10 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
6 ( 2 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
7 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
8 ( 5 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
9 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
10 ( 19 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders

11 ( 3 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
12 ( 17 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 6 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
15 ( 24 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
16 ( 20 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 11 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
18 ( 15 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 22 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
20 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook

21 ( 12 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
22 ( 33 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
23 ( 13 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
24 ( 29 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
25 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
26 ( 54 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
27 ( 36 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
28 ( 67 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
29 ( 48 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
30 ( 23 ) RISE Herb Alpert

31 ( 26 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
32 ( 21 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
33 ( 43 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
34 ( 75 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 30 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
36 ( 40 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
37 ( NEW ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
38 ( 28 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
39 ( NEW ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
40 ( NEW ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic

41 ( 34 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
42 ( 35 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( NEW ) BOMBER Motorhead
44 ( 27 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
45 ( 39 ) SAD EYES Robert John
46 ( RE ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
47 ( 61 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 31 ) STILL The Commodores
49 ( 38 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
50 ( 46 ) CARS Gary Numan

51 ( 45 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
52 ( 41 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
53 ( 62 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
54 ( 32 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
55 ( 68 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette
56 ( NEW ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
57 ( RE ) BABE Styx
58 ( 56 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
59 ( 37 ) COME TO ME France Joli
60 ( 44 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

61 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
64 ( 51 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
65 ( 55 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
66 ( 70 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
67 ( 66 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
68 ( 58 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
69 ( 74 ) REET PETITE Darts
70 ( 63 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

71 ( 42 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
72 ( 64 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
73 ( 47 ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons
74 ( 49 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( 50 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: A Private Little War
2. Parkinson
3. Soap
4. The Rockford Files
5. Kelly Monteith
6. Film 79
7. Butterflies
8. The New Avengers
9. Parkinson
10. Porridge
11. Time Express
12. Up The Gum Tree
13. The Sky At Night
14. Fantastic Voyage
15. My Wife Next Door

At college, lunch with part of the gang and also Campion from Rhodesia, who was over on scholarship, very affable and only saw him get worked up once – when discussing white minority rule, he had stories to tell. Sadly, it’s replacement seems to be no improvement for some. Term was breaking up, Pete & Julie were saying goodbyes as Pete got a lift back with his sis. Sue and Paul were arguing over something – ah, end of term stresses! Fiona and Jo came round for tea and a (overlong) slide show from me of the USA. Paul, Julie, Jane round to watch Fantastic Voyage, Raquel Welch inside someone. Honest! My screen prints weren’t what I’d hoped they’d be, though OK, as I finished working in the art room. A pub evening, Paul took us in his car, and Jane gave me a £3 thank you record token! A lot of money in those days, Jane is so thoughtful and sweet-natured, artistic and intelligent too, fab company. I got tickled in the pub after going a bit enthusiastically about the jukebox music. No change there then! Back for William Shatner on Parkinson, bit of a revelation, intelligent and entertaining.

In American Studies, lecturer John Davis called me a great wit (!!) which was quite a compliment, and embarrassedly mentioned my Chapel Harem – that’s my many girl mates who I supported when they had a do going on in there. I went red. A sad goodbye to American Steve who was off back to the States, and who’d had a bad assignment returned, sadly. The christmas carol college gathering was great fun, especially the American students doing Randolph The Red-Nosed Cowboy, and the Connie Stew Hall lads doing Ding Dong Merrily On High with electric guitar was funny. At the College disco it was a live College band, SAVVY, with 2nd-year Pete on drums, danced with Julie, and Sue, to the great band, The Police-inspired stuff.

Last day was Art lectures, everyone tired from the late partying as people left for home during the day, including Bev off back to Mansfield (like me), and Chuck the American (another permanent goodbye). I miss being a serial gregarious-er, College absolutely taught me to socialise in a less introverted fashion. Took my wall posters down and waited for dad to pick me up and take me home, brother Mark tried to annoy me to get a reaction, mum did chips and beans for me, and they’d bought me a £40 record unit! Expensive, so I slightly told them off instead of being grateful! Doh! Played the Jesus Christ Superstar movie soundtrack album they’d also bought me for christmas. Christmas shopping for gifts on Saturday, Grandad and little cousins Helen and Neil came round with Uncle Geoff – he’s my age – and I played Risk with Mark, and won for the first time ever! We played it again with 9-year-old nephew John Christmas Day 2014. Mark won as usual. Some things never change!



25th December 1979

Christmas Day chart, and we were in Gravesend (see later) and Abba’s song and Pink Floyd’s song were being heavily played on rotating 45’s by the two girls there. So appropriately they comprise my top 2! Abba get a 13th number one in a row, 14th in total, and 5th of the year. Needless to say that’s pretty much 3 records for the price of one at the time. David Bowie meanwhile gets a second top 5 hit with John I’m Only Dancing 7 years on. The Pretenders leapfrog The Tourists and girls fronting bands were catching on, after being quite the rarity pre-punk.

KC gets his first top 10 single in 4 years, Macca just misses the christmas 10 with his christmas evergreen, Lesley Duncan finally cracks my top 20 8 years late, and Dollar get a 4th Top 20 hit. The Beat still cry at 28, and Babe is at 29. Not the pig, Styx. Motorhead get another top 40, and there are a mere 6 entries, headed by Boney M, who are Born Again. I wouldn’t put money on it actually! Elvis has an oldie christmas hit at 49, not one of his best though. Earth Wind & Fire Can’t Let Go at 55, not one of their best, Rupert Holmes finally starts to get his UK breakthrough hit a mere 5 years after debuting in my charts with the fab Our National Pastime. This time it’s the risque, morally dubious, but sorta sweet Escape (The Pina Colada Song) as featured in the 2014 blockbuster movie (and my 2014 charts) Guardians Of The Galaxy. Bung in The Clash at their best, London Calling at 62, and the second ever rap record to chart in the UK (and mine): Kurtis Blow with his Christmas Rappin’ at 75.

1 ( 2 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
2 ( 5 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
3 ( 1 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 39 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
6 ( 10 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
7 ( 9 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
8 ( 6 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
9 ( 4 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
10 ( 24 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band

11 ( 15 ) WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME Paul McCartney
12 ( 12 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
13 ( 13 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 7 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
15 ( 22 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
16 ( 16 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 26 ) SING CHILDREN SING Lesley Duncan
19 ( 11 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
20 ( 25 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar

21 ( 27 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
22 ( 14 ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
23 ( 28 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
24 ( 19 ) RAPPER’S DELIGHT The Sugarhill Gang
25 ( 17 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
26 ( 20 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 18 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
28 ( 56 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( 57 ) BABE Styx
30 ( 21 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson

31 ( 23 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
32 ( 37 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
33 ( 36 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Diana Ross
34 ( 34 ) IT’S MY HOUSE Storm
35 ( 31 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
36 ( 43 ) BOMBER Motorhead
37 ( 40 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
38 ( 33 ) LIVING ON AN ISLAND Status Quo
39 ( 32 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
40 ( NEW ) I’M BORN AGAIN Boney M

41 ( 30 ) RISE Herb Alpert
42 ( 42 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
43 ( 41 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
44 ( 29 ) MY SIMPLE HEART The Three Degrees
45 ( 35 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
46 ( 47 ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
47 ( 38 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
48 ( 66 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
49 ( NEW ) IT WON’T SEEM LIKE CHRISTMAS WITHOUT YOU Elvis Presley
50 ( 55 ) TIRED OF TOEING THE LINE Rocky Burnette

51 ( 63 ) SHE’S NOT THERE The UK Subs
52 ( 51 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
53 ( 50 ) CARS Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SAD EYES Robert John
55 ( NEW ) CAN’T LET GO Earth Wind & Fire
56 ( 52 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
57 ( NEW ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 58 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

61 ( 48 ) STILL The Commodores
62 ( NEW ) LONDON CALLING The Clash
63 ( 46 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
64 ( 44 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
65 ( 53 ) MELLOW MELLOW RIGHT ON Lowrell
66 ( 49 ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
67 ( 54 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
68 ( 69 ) REET PETITE Darts
69 ( 67 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
70 ( 64 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam

71 ( 70 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
72 ( 68 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
73 ( 60 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
74 ( 65 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS RAPPIN’ Kurtis Blow

TV CHART
1. Star Trek: Obsession
2. Mork And Mindy
3. Soap
4. MASH
5. Logan’s Run (TV series)
6. Fawlty Towers
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Bananas (film)
9. Kelly Monteith
10. The Rockford Files

11. Time Express
12. My Wife Next Door
13. Parkinson (wednesday)
14. Horizon
15. Parkinson (saturday)
16. Film Night
17. Blankety Blank
18. Doctor Who
19. Up The Gum Tree
20. Happy Days

At home, more christmas shopping, in the media lukewarm reviews for the Star Trek Motion Picture (doh!), and I did some College work in between wrapping prezzies. I went to see Star Trek for myself, and 8 years of waiting just sent into a tizzy of hyperbole : “long but not boring or overlong” (oh yes it was!) “sheer magic to have all the characters back, like seeing old friends again” and “the special effects were brilliant…now money can be spent to do them properly”. I also noted some similarities to TV episode plot, found myself in agreement with overall Trek philosphy, almost a cult by this point. I really loved Decker and Ilia, though didn’t love their loss of individuality (death) and rebirth as a merged being. rating: Top 4 film of all-time behind Close Encounters, Star Wars and Alien (!). It failed to make my top 100 last year.

Bumped into Great Uncle Ernest and Great Aunty Ann in town who gave me some money, they always did love me and brother and loved visits, which we didn’t do often enough. At the cinema again for Meteor: “first three-quarters of an hour crap” with bad characterisations, Brian Keith and Henry Fonds stealing the movie for me. On saturday mum and dad drove me to Gravesend to stop with their good friends Joe & Sandra, Merseysiders (we had a lot in common) who were our next-door-neighbour family friends in Gloucester 1974/5, with kids Joanne & Tracy. As everyone did in those days, asked if I had a girlfriend yet. It was practically obligatory in those days, and no I didn’t. On TV the Beatles Help! movie: “still got it” I noted. John Cleese was on TV, too: I’m reading his autobiography at the moment, appropriately.

Shopping in Gravesend Christmas Eve, bought the Pink Floyd single, and some sci-fi mags and prezzies for Joe Sandra & kids. Beatles Yellow Submarine on the telly (yay!). Christmas day was as pleasant as the previous couple, the first time we had one away from home or grandma’s. Joanne & Tracy were excited. Christmas Top Of The Pops with a late dinner, I summed it up as an “excellent year”, and yes it was, both for music and for me, quite probably my best year still. How sad! Trips to Tunisia, USA, Paris, great times at College, loads of good friends, and music TV and films were all on fire, and there were no tragedies or deaths, everything ticked along beautifully. TV: Hard Days Night, Goldfinger and The Gnomemobile, all regular TV faves in the 70’s. The Gnomemobile has been replaced by other better films, but it had Walter Brennan as a gnome, so what’s not to love!

My 1979 Charts – November

me at the palace

me at the palace


youtube vids here…


6th November 1979

The rapid turnover at the top continues as Lene Lovich gets an unexpected Number 1 with a minor UK hit, the quirkily melodic Bird Song. Many found Lene laughable, but I found her endearing, and loved this record. Earth Wind & Fire keep the run of big hits going, 4 years into their chart career, as Star goes up 7, just ahead of the gorgeous Hold On from Ian Gomm, and Herb Alpert Rises to 10, his first foray there since my very first chart of all in 1968, with Burt Bacharach’s heart-rending This Guy’s In Love, a record that still makes cry buckets if I try and sing along. And anyone else within earshot, for different reasons.

Suzi Quatro’s back in the top 20, 6 years on and going strong, but never quite getting that number 1, and BA Robertson knocks one off at 27, his 2nd top 40 hit. Highest new entry is Dynasty with the OK disco track I Don’t Want To Be A Freak – well, I can’t help myself either! – ahead of the fairly average follow-up ballad to Sail On. Still, that’s normal for the Commodores. Another disappointing (ska) follow-up, for The Specials Rudi, who at least stay ahead of a bunch of kiddies tweeting about Sparrows! Kool and The Gang start their string of largely soundalike hits, with Ladies Night at 61, Bonnie Tyler appears to believe in my sweet love, actually not a bad single, pity it got no airplay to speak of. The Jam hit their stride though, at 53 with the brilliant Eton Rifles, The Damned Smash It Up at 68, Thin Lizzy mellow down with sarah at 71, Darts peter out a bit at 74 and Sparks get their third chart entry of the year – just! – at 75, their 9th or so. No airplay you see…..no internet, no airplay, no hear.

In the real world, on TV Not The 9 o’clock news, it was a generally not-that-great sketch show, but with moments of inspiration and some new big comic names, like, oh Rowan Atkinson. Yes, Mr. Bean, Blackadder, Johnny English, him. At College, in English, our eccentric lecturer (Hello Mr Jackson) had us all prancing round a willow tree outside reciting folk poems, in full view of the staff room and other lecturers. I swear it was a bet to see who could make students look the most ridiculous. He won! It did make some of the 4th years students actually talk for a change though, so mission accomplished I suspect. The BBC singles charts disappointed, I entertained Ian and Pete with a coffee on a Teaching Practice break for them, Pete off to the Grimsby/Everton footie match in the evening. Sue round in the evenings, snooker with Ian, Pete and Sue lunchtime, great fun. Halloween masks for Pete, who tried to scare passers-by to his window with a flashlight – at least he tried!

Pete, Sue, Pauline, Alan, and Helen popped in on their way to (allegedly) the most boring lecturer (ever, presumably), and consoled afterwards with drinks in my room, with Julie having arrived. I finished an assignment, somehow, amidst the stream of friends dropping by (Jane, Bev, Paul, Dave, Clive as well as the previous suspects), helped push a car to start, watched a play about a transvestite, painted some giant fireworks ready for the Rag Parade, watched more holiday slides on my projector, two first years got me to agree to put on tights for the fireworks costume I was going to wear, lying to me that Paul had already said he would – he did not!! We started doing the ‘Float up for the Parade, only to find it all blown away by the wind when we got back from dinner. Doh! Rather embarrassingly (but making up for the first year when I opted out) Paul and I were the only men on an otherwise entirely first-year-female lorry-load of brightly-coloured fireworks. Paul was fairly happy, I think, with that arrangement. We wet lots of passers-by on the slow-drive through Lincoln, and as usual I took loads of black and white photos. To my huge surprise, my first ever real day spent as a centre of public attention was pretty enjoyable – not that I did that again for 5 years or so, but it was good to realise I can do it without freezing. The Rag Revue had one highlight, Dave Allen and Robert Lythgoe as Hinge and Brackett, very funny (especially since Dave had been someone who got on my nerves in the first year, with his stories of his Bishop dad or something like it). A bonfire evening cheerio to the busy week, with Pete back from a London trip with a tale of being robbed while there. Hey ho, certainly wasn’t a dull life!

1 ( 8 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
2 ( 1 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
4 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
5 ( 3 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
6 ( 4 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
7 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
8 ( 20 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
9 ( 6 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
10 ( 17 ) RISE Herb Alpert

11 ( 15 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
12 ( 9 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
13 ( 7 ) DREAMING Blondie
14 ( 14 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
15 ( 11 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
16 ( 10 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
17 ( 27 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
18 ( 12 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
19 ( 13 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
20 ( 29 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter

21 ( 19 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
22 ( 18 ) CARS Gary Numan
23 ( 30 ) SAD EYES Robert John
24 ( 24 ) GLORIA/ EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
25 ( 33 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
26 ( 16 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
27 ( 54 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
28 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
29 ( 26 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
30 ( 25 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe

31 ( 43 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
32 ( 35 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
33 ( 21 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
34 ( 23 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
35 ( NEW ) STILL The Commodores
36 ( 36 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
37 ( 37 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
38 ( NEW ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
39 ( 71 ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
40 ( 31 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe

41 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
42 ( 40 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
43 ( 42 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
44 ( 34 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
45 ( 38 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
46 ( 28 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
47 ( 47 ) STRAIGHT LINES New Musik
48 ( 58 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
49 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
50 ( 44 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists

51 ( 55 ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
52 ( 70 ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison
53 ( NEW ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
54 ( 45 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
55 ( 50 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
56 ( 53 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
57 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
58 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 57 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
60 ( 64 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen

61 ( NEW ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
62 ( 39 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
63 ( 63 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
64 ( 41 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
65 ( 48 ) ALIEN Nostromo
66 ( 65 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
67 ( 46 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
68 ( NEW ) SMASH IT UP The Damned
69 ( 62 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
70 ( 49 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
72 ( 52 ) THE PRINCE Madness
73 ( 73 ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE Darts
75 ( NEW ) TRYOUTS FOR THE HUMAN RACE Sparks

TV
1 Star Trek: The Galileo Seven
2 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 2
3 Soap
4 MASH
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Rockford Files
7 Film 79
8 Muhammed Ali’s Greatest Hits
9 The Waltons
10 Not The 9 o’clock News

oh no me, oh to be that young again!

oh no me, oh to be that young again!


13th November 1979

Back up to number one, saving Gimme Gimme Gimme from the shame of shortest run topping my charts for an Abba song. It’s great too! New in at 2 though, following on from the Dickies cover, the original epic version by The Moody Blues is back 7 years after peaking at 3 and 11 years after first being released (pre-dating my charts). Saw them last year in concert (2013): fab. Sole climber into the 10 is ska act The Selecter, and a jumpy bit of the same old song On My Radio. Not really!

BA climbs to 13, Commodores to 17, Specials to 21, Undertones to 25, Jam at 31 ahead of the new entries surge: Dan-I in at 30 with Monkey Chop, a great KC-ish soulpop minor dance hit that should have been big, lyrics aside it’s great. Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand had both hit the top spot in 1977, but not done it since despite hits throughout, so will the battling diva duet take them all the way? Nah! I like it though. At 37, ELO’s 5th of the year is a double A Side delight of two great tracks from discovery, following up number 1 Don’t Bring Me Down. First off the block was Last Train To London, a riffy catchy synthy pop slice of typical ELO. Confusion wasn’t getting any airplay at this time, sadly.

Also following up number 1’s: The Police return with another winner, the great Saturn-V video’d Walking On The Moon at 57, while Cliff sneaks in at 75 with Hot Shot, behind his topper, and also behind his producer and songwriter Alan Tarney at 72 with a cover of Cathy’s Clown. Oops Cliff bad choice! The Tourists get on the Dusty cover-version bandwagon as 60’s pop nostalgia starts to get a hold on the new pop music scene, in at 65 with a good version (as opposed to the Bay City Rollers twee version from 1976) of I Only Want To be With You. At 59, though, it’s the majesty state-of-the-art synth-strings-percussive dance sounds of Rose Royce and their brilliant Is It Love You’re After. Heavily sampled for 1988 Number One Theme From S’Express, the original is an exciting, rifftastic anthemic delight, as is S’Express’. Also keeps up their run of hits 3 years in…

Others: Secret Affair pop back with an OK track, France Joli has a smooth ballad, big in the USA, at 70, The Simms Brothers pop in quite highly at 51 – who?! – US rockjazz, actually, not a million miles away from Styx, who enter at 74 with future UK hit ballad Babe (and US biggie), a good ol’ song.

At College, I finally got to get to see Alien, that Ridley Scott masterpiece of dramatic sci-fi tension, visually-stunning, plot-unpredictably-twisted, ground-breaking monster invention movie. The one I’d missed in California due to friends inability to get ready on time! My review? “Classic…I shivered from beginning to end…I haven’t seen such a tense film ever, I was biting my hand at the tenseness. Sigourney Weaver was Brilliant as the HERO – a heroic struggle of the individual versus the unknown…the definitive horror film for me.” Still is, actually! I made a list of my top films immediately:

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Star Wars
Alien
The Poseidon Adventure
Superman
2001
Planet Of The Apes
Jesus Christ Superstar
Blazing Saddles

I did my all-time top 100 recently, and 2010 edged out 2001 (though 2001 is the classic), while only Superman missed the list by a mile, so my tastes remain pretty constant.

Raved about Alien to Julie, Pete, Bev, Paul, Sue and Jane, all round for TV, chat, slideshow, a game of scrabble, Life Of Brian featured on Film 79 (yes, seen it 2 months at the Chinese Theatre LA, already, I told Barry Norman on the screen, the UK having to wait even to see bloody British films!) and also panel discussion shows with tits like Malcolm Muggeridge insisting it was anti-Jesus, when it was actually anti-religious blind followers and full of social commentary. English lecturer this time had us performing a South Sea Island Pre-Marriage Ritual, which was kinda fun actually, as was snooker. Read Poe’s The Raven. One of my fave poem’s actually, largely due to the MAD magazine illustrated version I bought in Singapore. Watched a harrowing TV shown on Auschwitz. Not ideal bedtime viewing.

Everyone decided to go and see Alien while Star Trek was on TV (so no chance of me joining them, everyone knew!). The next game of snooker “I was really brilliant” 33 point break. Well, everything’s relative! More evenings of laughs and visits and TV – I must say as social life goes, it can’t get better than everyone using you as a focal point, makes you feel so wanted! Or, more likely, I would never turn anyone away…! Mark Twain’s Huck Finn the next novel for American Studies. Top Of The Pops annoyed me: Dr Hook had been replaced at 1 by Lena Martell. How very dare they! That’s not what they announced on Tuesday’s chart rundown!

Friday was Art day, I was grouped with 3 mature student ladies (probably in their 30’s, eek!) for a discussion on foyer printworks. Not the ceramic sculptures of the female ladyparts though, that were put on exhibit, and then very quickly taken off exhibit from the College foyer following complaints. I wasn’t shocked, more bemused as I’d never seen ladies bits up close before, but it made a great bit of drama and talking-point. The artist, male, was most put-out at his forest of lady-gardens being pruned.

I went home for the weekend, dad picked me up, mum having been ill lately, and looking very tired, we had to call the doctor out saturday night as she was in so much pain and nauseous. By now she was so desperate to get rid of the pain, which had been going on weeks, that she wanted to get into hospital to get it sorted. All very worrying and depressing. Just to add to the mood, little cousin Rachel let loose that all my budgies were dead from the cold (donated to grandad’s school for the kids, they had an outdoor aviary and he was caretaker) which pissed me off. This is turning into a novel…..! Sorry!

1 ( 3 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
2 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 2 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 1 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
5 ( 4 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
6 ( 10 ) RISE Herb Alpert
7 ( 7 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
8 ( 20 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
9 ( 6 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
10 ( 5 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police

11 ( 8 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
12 ( 17 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
13 ( 27 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
14 ( 12 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
15 ( 23 ) SAD EYES Robert John
16 ( 16 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
17 ( 35 ) STILL The Commodores
18 ( 9 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
19 ( 11 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
20 ( 14 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley

21 ( 38 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
22 ( 13 ) DREAMING Blondie
23 ( 19 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
24 ( 18 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
25 ( 31 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
26 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
27 ( 15 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
28 ( 22 ) CARS Gary Numan
29 ( 25 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
30 ( NEW ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I

31 ( 53 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
32 ( 29 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
33 ( NEW ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand
34 ( 21 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
35 ( 24 ) GLORIA/ EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
36 ( 26 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
37 ( NEW ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
38 ( 30 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
39 ( 61 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
40 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69

41 ( 36 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
42 ( 40 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
43 ( 34 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
44 ( 42 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
45 ( 33 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
46 ( 60 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
47 ( 49 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
48 ( 43 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
49 ( 63 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
50 ( 71 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy

51 ( NEW ) BACK TO SCHOOL The Simms Brothers Band
52 ( 46 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
53 ( 39 ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
54 ( 55 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
55 ( 57 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 58 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
57 ( NEW ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
58 ( 56 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
59 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
60 ( 59 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

61 ( 50 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
62 ( 37 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
63 ( 32 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
64 ( 45 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
65 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
66 ( 48 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
67 ( 44 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
68 ( 74 ) CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF YOUR LOVE Darts
69 ( NEW ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
70 ( NEW ) COME TO ME France Joli

71 ( 66 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
72 ( NEW ) CATHY’S CLOWN Tarney and Spencer
73 ( 73 ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( NEW ) BABE Styx
75 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Cliff Richard

TV
1 Star Trek: Wolf In The Fold
2 Soap
3 MASH
4 The Odd Couple
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Film 79
7 Friday Night Saturday Morning
8 The Rockford Files
9 The Muppet Show
10 Doctor Who


20th November 1979

The Moody Blues get a new record – longest wait between chart debut and hitting number one, taking over from Hawkwind, at just over 7 years. Nights In White Satin is a sweeping dramatic orchestral rock masterpiece, oh yes it is! The video starts off in Paris, which is kinda appropriate (see later). B.A.Robertson gets a second top in a row, well he knocked it off. He knocked it off well I mean. Suzi Quatro keeps up her top 10 entries, her 7th, and Dan-I chops those monkeys at 15, while Donna & Babs, & ELO both shoot into the top 20. Rose Royce rocket to 25, and highest new entry is The Isley Brothers, having a disco night at 29, 11 years since they first impressed me with This Old Heart Of Mine, and since.

The Tourists hit 34, as The Gibson Brothers follow up a big hit with a similar-sounding fun-packed Que Sera Mi Vida. Queen at long last make my top 40 with huge UK and USA hit Crazy Little Thing Called Love – I admit I preferred early Queen to rockabilly Queen, and as Matchbox claimed at 75, I’m a rockabilly rebel. Not really, but I like it. KC & The Sunshine Band are back after a year gap with a new sound, laid back soul essentially, which I rather liked at the time, less so these days thanks to that godawful 90’s moronic cover by KWS.

Madness get a 2nd hit at 66, the largely instrumental and ska-tastic, sax-heavy One Step Beyond, pushing Madness into a higher league. Sparks have another go at tryouts, doing a little better this time at 64, Anne Murray gets a 4th hit subsequent to her number one in January, the lovely Broken Hearted Me. Less lovely, but whimsically cynical, The Boomtown Rats follow-up 2 number ones with social commentary Diamond Smiles, an under-rated record, and a flop in comparison to previous singles, sneaking in at 74.

On TV repeats of Roots and TV series Logans Run still hit my appreciation spot, and new sitcom Barney Miller mildly amused. Back at college, and 2 months after the USA adventure, I was preparing for an Art course excursion to Paris art galleries, architecture and museums, my second one inside 12 months, but this time without my friends, being a mix of 2nd year students, a couple of girls on my Combined Studies course in the same year, and some Honours students. Rang mum to hear she was going into hospital again, which sort of relieved me a bit as it might sort out the problem and stop the pain.

Snooker and TV/drinks with the extended gang of friends in various combinations, with Edgar Allen Poe stuff in between, and some great chatting with Jane, Julie and Pete, always a good combo the 4 of us. The College had a showing of Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks’ classic, which I watched with the American coursemates (they loved it as much as me) and my room left with friends watching TV, sob I knew it was my TV they wanted! I noted Terri Garr was wonderful, appropriately enough as I watching my home video last night of her and Burt Reynolds in a 90’s between-filming breaks to TV quiz show Reel To Reel, all about movies. Life can be quite circular…

I gave a speech on Huck Finn’s optimism/pessimism, very monotone reading from notes and stuttering, not something I’m good at – John Davies the lecturer noted I was typically Lincolnshire in my casual remarks about important things. Lincoln is a sort of milder, less working class version of Mansfield, the two places I spent more of life in than anywhere else up to that point. Feeling depressed in mood I quoted, what with work, mum, and Paris anxiety. I wasn’t, I was mildly stressed and down but I can get moody. Went all introverted and friends tried to cheer me up, sweet of them.

Saturday: 1.45 am rise for minibus ride to Grantham rail station, met Jane Moorse outside (lots of Jane’s at College) and chatted on the bus and train. Kings Cross, Charing Cross, breakfast guessing occupations of passer-by’s for amusement. Group trip to Dover by train, 2 noisy second-year lads took a fancy to Emma and Jane in our compartment – yes trains had compartments once upon a time – and then hung around them all day. Hovercraft at Dover (is this still running!?) for a bumpy ride to Calais, my first! Hovercraft that is. Train to Paris, Metro to Republic and the hotel where I met my new room-mate, David, who was actually easy-going, a drama student who had gossip-related comments directed to me about his alleged sexual preferences. We had single beds each and a sink, the girls on the other hand were pissed off at having to share double beds in smelly rooms.

A pricey meal with Emma, Jane and Sue in the Notre-Dame area in the evening, then down the Boulevard Saint Michel (shades of Peter Sarstedt!) to the Sorbonne. Back to the hotel, David was out till late, and “must have forgotten his pyjamas” I noted, as he was starkers in the morning. Many years later I saw him on TV news as a Friend Of John McCarthy hostage activist, which impressed me.

Sunday: Flea Market group visit, it pissed down, and gave sympathy to bedraggled Jo and Sarah, who I spent the morning with afterwards. Then we met up with David and his “nerd” friends – how rude of me! Kettle calling frying pan etc. Pompidou Centre. Photographs. Fire-breathers in the square. Chatted to Joe and Ann, stuck with them the rest of the day, poor me flipping about amongst everyone, felt like a virginal slag! walked to Notre Dame with them. Evening at Sacre-Coeur I love it there, the mood, the lighting, the streetlife, so took Emma Jane and Sue there for a meal at a restaurant I’d been to before. I sadly joined in the gossip about David, confirming his late nights (and not mentioning the winkle-washing behaviour in the sink when he got back in, thinking I was asleep. I thought that odd at the time, and of course know exactly what that means now!). So naive, me.

1 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 1 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 4 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
5 ( 6 ) RISE Herb Alpert
6 ( 5 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
7 ( 13 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
8 ( 8 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
9 ( 12 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
10 ( 7 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
12 ( 9 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
13 ( 17 ) STILL The Commodores
14 ( 10 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
15 ( 30 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
16 ( 21 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
17 ( 37 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
18 ( 33 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
19 ( 14 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
20 ( 16 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

21 ( 31 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
22 ( 15 ) SAD EYES Robert John
23 ( 26 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
24 ( 19 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
25 ( 59 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
26 ( 23 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
27 ( 24 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
28 ( 18 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
29 ( NEW ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers
30 ( 39 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang

31 ( 20 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
32 ( 22 ) DREAMING Blondie
33 ( 28 ) CARS Gary Numan
34 ( 65 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
35 ( 69 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
36 ( 27 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
37 ( 50 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
38 ( 32 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
39 ( NEW ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
40 ( 46 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen

41 ( 29 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
42 ( 34 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
43 ( 25 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
44 ( 38 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
45 ( 47 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
46 ( 44 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
47 ( 40 ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
48 ( 36 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
49 ( 42 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
50 ( 41 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

51 ( 51 ) BACK TO SCHOOL The Simms Brothers Band
52 ( 35 ) GLORIA/ EVERYONE’S GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
53 ( 43 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
54 ( 48 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
55 ( 56 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
57 ( 54 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
58 ( NEW ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
59 ( 45 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
60 ( 60 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

61 ( 57 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
62 ( 72 ) CATHY’S CLOWN Tarney and Spencer
63 ( 75 ) HOT SHOT Cliff Richard
64 ( RE ) TRYOUTS FOR THE HUMAN RACE Sparks
65 ( 58 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
66 ( NEW ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
67 ( NEW ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
68 ( 70 ) COME TO ME France Joli
69 ( 49 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
70 ( NEW ) HE WAS BEAUTIFUL Iris Williams

71 ( 53 ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
72 ( 74 ) BABE Styx
73 ( 71 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
74 ( NEW ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
75 ( NEW ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox

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27th November 1979

A 2nd week for the Moody’s at 1, as ELO’s double A side shoots up to 2 to my Confusion, and BA goes top 5. The Commodores get a 4th Top 10, 5 years after the first (and best) Machine Gun, and Dan-I breaks his monkey chops to get to 9. The Tourists and Rose Royce make headway into the 20, their 2nd and 4th respectively, while The Isleys make it 7 or so at 20.

Biggest climber: The Boomotwn Rats forgotten diamond single up 50 to 24, as highest new entry is Gary Numan’s forgotten bizarre ballad Complex at 26. Madness leap one step beyond at 29, and Blondie replace themselves in the top 40 with new single Union City Blue entering at 33. KC cries Please Don’t Go, and gets to 40, as new entries drop in from Marianne Faithful, once famous in the 60’s, and now debuting in my charts at 69 with Shel Silverstein’s great The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan (he was the principle songwriter for Dr Hook’s best records). Janis Ian follows up her gem of a 1975 UK flop At 17, with a laid-back Fly Too High, not flying that high at 75.

Michael Jackson’s follow-up to his classic number one is Off The Wall at 67, title track off the album that changed his career, assisted in no small part by Quincy Jones and Rod (UK Heatwave songwriter) Temperton. Stevie Wonder’s career, on the other hand, is treading water with Send One Your Love at 66. The Pretenders 3rd hit enters at 53, the fantastic Brass In Pocket, Dollar get a 4th 1979 hit as they cover the Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand, which was sounding a bit dated by then (albeit a childhood fave), so they gave it a clappy synthy vibe which grew on one. They had by now, of course, outdone their whole career inside Guys And Dolls. Final new entry is Touch from Lori and The Chameleons. Who!? You may have heard of David Balfour, of The Teardrop Explodes and producer of Echo And The Bunnymen, and Bill Drummond, he of The Timelords and KLF. Both were in cult Liverpool band Big In Japan, and this was one of their releases on their own record label Zoo Records. Quirky.

Still in Paris this week, it was a trip to the UNESCO building, where we had a film about Thailand before, and I quote, “an upper-class one-eyed twit gave us a DULL lecture on UNESCO”. Gosh, I was SO judgmental in those days! This was followed by a Peruvian lady with a French accent trying to give a lecture tour in broken English. Henry Moore sculptures abounded outdoors, along with a Japanese-designed garden. I was impressed with the latter, and not in the slightest by the former. From here to the Eifel Tower, where we bumped into the very drunk and noisy Drama students (including David), and on to Jeu De Paume for some more art: I liked some Renoir and Pissarro works. I had a quiet night in after all the walking, how dull of me!

Next day, Max (my ever-present mild and likeable art lecturer) took a group of us to the Hayter workshop, chock-full of artists from all over the world doing their etchings, where an American lady artist gave us a tour. I enjoyed the group I hung around with today, including 3 second-year lads who’d I’d been wanting to get to know, what with spending all my time with girls so far, pretty much, though I did end up showing a group of girls round Paris, for which they were gracious in thanking me. Notably, Notre Dame square for snacks and a cathedral tour. I had a hunch I’d see Quasimodo. Sorry….! River Seine, and off to climb le Tour Eifel, windy and cold. As it turned out a major movie shoot was in progress on the 2nd Stage, called The Hostage Tower, with some very famous (and cold) actors sat around a table doing nothing much waiting for “Action”: I recognised Douglas Fairbanks Junior immediately, and found out afterwards who the others were (we weren’t allowed to get too close): Maud Adams off James Bond, and Peter Fonda, off Henry, Jane and Easy Rider. Well, I get starstruck, what can I say!

Arc de Triomphe up next, did some postcards and posted them, back to say hi to David at the hotel, and had an evening meal with Emma Jane and Sue off the Champs Elysees, where fleas in the wine failed to impress. Especially Sue, who swallowed one of them. In a bar, conversation drifted to a prostitute in the corner. Allegedly. I went bright red with embarrassment, and generally felt bad about the girls not having a party night (I didn’t want to go, and I think they didn’t feel comfortable going unescorted). Not the party type, me, in those days. Boring! Next day was the trip back via Boulogne hovercraft – or that was the plan. It broke down, so we had to wait for the next available ship. I was pissed off as it meant we wouldn’t get back in time for Star Trek. Pah (Pete and Sue recorded it on tape for me though)! As the general mood from everyone was one of “humbug” at the delays though, I became Mr Happy for the trip home, trying to cheer everyone up. I expect they wanted to throttle me. Back late evening to tell Julie Pete Jane and Sue of my adventures. Phew!

1 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 17 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
3 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
4 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
5 ( 7 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
6 ( 4 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
7 ( 6 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
8 ( 5 ) RISE Herb Alpert
9 ( 15 ) MONKEY CHOP Dan-I
10 ( 13 ) STILL The Commodores

11 ( 18 ) NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand
12 ( 22 ) SAD EYES Robert John
13 ( 25 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
14 ( 16 ) A MESSAGE TO YOU RUDI The Specials
15 ( 34 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
16 ( 14 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
17 ( 8 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
18 ( 9 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
19 ( 23 ) I DON’T WANT TO BE A FREAK Dynasty
20 ( 29 ) IT’S A DISCO NIGHT The Isley Brothers

21 ( 12 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
22 ( 10 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 11 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
24 ( 74 ) DIAMOND SMILES The Boomtown Rats
25 ( 21 ) ETON RIFLES The Jam
26 ( NEW ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
27 ( 20 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
28 ( 30 ) LADIES NIGHT Kool And The Gang
29 ( 66 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
30 ( 39 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers

31 ( 27 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
32 ( 26 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
33 ( NEW ) UNION CITY BLUE Blondie
34 ( 35 ) LET YOUR HEART DANCE Secret Affair
35 ( 19 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
36 ( 33 ) CARS Gary Numan
37 ( 40 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
38 ( 28 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
39 ( 37 ) SARAH Thin Lizzy
40 ( 58 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band

41 ( 45 ) I BELIEVE IN YOUR SWEET LOVE Bonnie Tyler
42 ( 24 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
43 ( 68 ) COME TO ME France Joli
44 ( 36 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
45 ( 38 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
46 ( 46 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
47 ( 32 ) DREAMING Blondie
48 ( 44 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
49 ( 31 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
50 ( NEW ) TOUCH Lori And The Chameleons

51 ( NEW ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
52 ( 41 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
53 ( NEW ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
54 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 56 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 54 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
57 ( 62 ) CATHY’S CLOWN Tarney and Spencer
58 ( 67 ) BROKEN HEARTED ME Anne Murray
59 ( 61 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
60 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

61 ( 57 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
62 ( 42 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
63 ( 53 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
64 ( 65 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
65 ( 60 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
66 ( NEW ) SEND ONE YOUR LOVE Stevie Wonder
67 ( NEW ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
68 ( 75 ) ROCKABILLY REBEL Matchbox
69 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF LUCY JORDAN Marianne Faithful
70 ( 43 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones

71 ( 49 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
72 ( 63 ) HOT SHOT Cliff Richard
73 ( 64 ) TRYOUTS FOR THE HUMAN RACE Sparks
74 ( 59 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
75 ( NEW ) FLY TOO HIGH Janis Ian

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