My 1989 Charts – November

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5th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


12th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


26th November 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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My 1984 Charts – September

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4th September 1984

Stevie gets his 4th Number One, and keeps on with the tradition of those topping my chart not actually being his best records. Ah well, it’s still very popular though I’m well over it now. At 3, fluttering up the charts, it’s Malcolm McLaren getting his biggest hit to date, and at 7 Bucks Fizz return to the top 10 for a 3-year run of great pop singles. Elton also adds to his massive haul of Top 10 hits with another record I’m largely over these days, more annoying than fun.

Highest new entry at 19 is Depeche Mode getting well into bondage, presumably of the industrial-sounding type, and sneaking up on a high-flying Spandau track. The Smiths climb 28 places to 22, Morrissey claiming it was really nothing, but it actually was something – it stays ahead of Agadoo! Morrissey’s announcement he has been having cancer treatment explains a lot, such as the cancelled show I had tickets for, and I wish him well as soon as possible.

At 24, Heaven 17 are all about Sunset Now, one that sounded good enough for a high new entry, and then got promptly forgotten. The Jacksons join Michael, and mate Rockwell, inside the Top 40, and it really looks like Torture. Depeche I’m sure would approve. At 53, The Specials deliciously sly What I Like Most About You, so sweet-sounding, so back-stabbing! Lyndsey Buckingham has a solo break again, after his 1982 Number 1 with the gorgeous Trouble, and much like Jameela feels a bit insane. Junior’s back with somebody at 59 – no not Kim Wilde, that’s in the future. OMD keep up the run of great singles at 67 with T T T Tesla Girls, and The Bluebells get a good follow-up with Cath, and Sade’s Smooth Operator slides smoothly in at 74. oooerrr missus!

On TV, Star Trek delight, and a new TV series called The Black Adder, with Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Brian Blessed, and which I really liked! Oldies? Laurel & Hardy. If you’re under 35 you may not be familiar with them as they were from the 1930’s, slapstick galore, and loveable. Once upon a time they were all over TV, but they were filmed in black and white and as such have now been banished all television stations along with all other black and white product. Youngsters whinge about it not being coloured, I say they are just racist!

In the miserable real world, hypochondria continued as part of my depression symptoms. I started writing up my 1979 American holiday diaries which I’d never got round to finishing – some of it was still fairly clear in my memory, some of it not so. Considered doing a one-year teaching course, made investigations, though not really suited to be a teacher I was well out of options. On Pop Quiz, old clips from 1974 led me to the conclusion that “my” era was 1971 to 1974, age 13 through 16 – I think that’s everybody’s era age-wise. That’s my theory, what is mine, that is the theory that, cough, is mine, and which is my theory, cough. cough. Sorry, Python movie this week on TV.

1 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
3 ( 35 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
4 ( 6 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( 4 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 ( 27 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
7 ( 8 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
8 ( 3 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
10 ( 17 ) PASSENGERS Elton John

11 ( 13 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
12 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 7 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
14 ( 9 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
15 ( 26 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
16 ( 11 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
17 ( 10 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
18 ( 45 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
19 ( NEW ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
20 ( 21 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters

21 ( 14 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 50 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
23 ( 33 ) AGADOO Black Lace
24 ( NEW ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
25 ( 16 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
26 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
27 ( 15 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
28 ( 46 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
29 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
30 ( 18 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae

31 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
32 ( 20 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
33 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
34 ( 48 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
35 ( NEW ) TORTURE The Jacksons
36 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
37 ( 24 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
38 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 28 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
40 ( 34 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells

41 ( 25 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
42 ( 36 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
43 ( 32 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
44 ( 37 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
45 ( 40 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
46 ( 58 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
47 ( 31 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
48 ( 72 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 54 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
50 ( 44 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League

51 ( 43 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
54 ( 49 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
55 ( 29 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
56 ( 52 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
57 ( 39 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
58 ( NEW ) I GO INSANE Lyndsey Buckingham
59 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Junior
60 ( 60 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

61 ( 38 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
62 ( 57 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
63 ( 53 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 56 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
65 ( 66 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
66 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
67 ( NEW ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
68 ( 64 ) THE LEBANON Human League
69 ( NEW ) CATH The Bluebells
70 ( 61 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat

71 ( 71 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
72 ( 62 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
73 ( 63 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
74 ( NEW ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
75 ( 70 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

TV
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Part 1
1 Star Trek: The Motion Picture
3 And Now For Something Completely Different.. : film
4 The Black Adder
5 Rhoda
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Laurel & Hardy
8 Soap
9 Pop Quiz
10 Taxi
11 Top Of The Pops
12 The Invaders
13 WKRP In Cincinatti
14 The Rockford Files
15 Upstairs Downstairs

11th September 1984

A new number one and it’s Malcolm McLaren doing what the Sex Pistols never managed – and with rap opera, sort-of. I’ve sat through Madame Butterfly, performed by a Russian opera group, and was bored witless at the inanity of the lyrics, the plot and the lack of tunes. This record is all you need, trust me. Highest new entry, exactly 5 years after peaking at 5, and it’s back at 5: it’s Sister Sledge following up their own B Side Top 10 with the classic A Side. Lost In Music? Too right!

The Smiths get another Top 10, hooray, and Astrud Gilberto and Miami Sound Machine keep a double-latin presence high joining them in the 10. A big leap for Kraftwerk, a year after charting first, up to 17 – obviously all that cycling gives it stamina. Lyndsey Buckingham gets another solo Top 20, as he goes insane at 19, up 39 places. Pity it wasn’t a hit. Highest new record to enter is The Adventures with their 2nd hit, Another Silent Day – another silent non-hit, sadly. Ditto The Specials at 29, as my chart starts to depart from the hits a little. Robin Gibb had a few big chart hits (for me) so here’s Barry with his own, Shine Shine at 33. Bowie follows up his Chic-tastic dance hat-trick of number ones with the more Bowie-esque Blue Jean at 40, thought to be disappointing at the time, but I liked it!

Level 42 are back at 42, Sade’s up to 43, Diana Ross has another minor hit (15 years into her run), Black Uhuru pose a serious question, to which I reply, don’t ask me! Prince’s signature dirge, I mean, TUNE, follows up the sublime When Doves Cry and plugs his movie nicely. I still don’t get the appeal…! Animal Nightlife were a smooth jazzsoul Brit band who had posters for the single splashed everywhere. Or rather posters of the fetching lead singer showing his asset off. A good record regardless, if largely forgotten these days. The Associates keep up the chart entries, Tom Robinson covers Steely Dan, and U2 enter with a top-notch passionate epic, the one that catapulted them from indie rock to stadium rock: Pride (In The Name Of Love) is classic. No less.

In my life: baby Vicki keeping me awake in the middle of the night (poorly), striking miner brother working where he could, dentist (a nightmare! Total dentist coward, that’s me, childhood traumas), friends Paul & Sheila invited me to Rotherham for their engagement do. NAAFI interview at Amesbury, popped into Stonehenge on the way. As you do. They wanted me to move to Amesbury (said I would, my body language prob said I wouldn’t). Family argument, drinking in the pub and lack of money the root cause, everyone upset. Not happy times at all…..

1 ( 3 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
2 ( 1 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 2 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
4 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( NEW ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 6 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
7 ( 5 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 11 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
9 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
10 ( 22 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

11 ( 9 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
12 ( 15 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 7 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
14 ( 10 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
15 ( 8 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
16 ( 13 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
17 ( 57 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
18 ( 19 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
19 ( 58 ) I GO INSANE Lyndsey Buckingham
20 ( 35 ) TORTURE The Jacksons

21 ( 24 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
22 ( 16 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
23 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
24 ( 14 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
25 ( 29 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
26 ( 18 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
27 ( 26 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
28 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
29 ( 53 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
30 ( 17 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold

31 ( 23 ) AGADOO Black Lace
32 ( 20 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
33 ( NEW ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( 34 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
35 ( 28 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
36 ( 67 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
37 ( 69 ) CATH The Bluebells
38 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 33 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
40 ( NEW ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie

41 ( 25 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
42 ( NEW ) HOT WATER Level 42
43 ( 74 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
44 ( 27 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
45 ( 31 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
46 ( 46 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
47 ( 65 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
48 ( 48 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
50 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters

51 ( 30 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
52 ( 42 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
53 ( 40 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
54 ( 44 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
55 ( 45 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
56 ( 32 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
57 ( NEW ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
58 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
59 ( 43 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru

61 ( 60 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
62 ( 50 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
63 ( NEW ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
64 ( 37 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
65 ( NEW ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
66 ( 56 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
67 ( 66 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( NEW ) WAITING FOR THE LOVE BOAT The Associates
69 ( 51 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
70 ( 52 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters

71 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY Junior
72 ( 41 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
73 ( NEW ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
74 ( 71 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
75 ( NEW ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Part 2
1 Blackadder
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The Addams Family
5 Rhoda
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Taxi
8 The Rockford Files
9 High Anxiety: film
10 The Invaders

18th September 1984

Another week another new number one, this time the 5-year-old Lost In Music, giving Sister Sledge their only number one, and Nile Rodgers first and last chart-topping song for 29 years. No rush then! Ghostbusters goes up to 6 in the first of several chart runs, and Ray Parker Junior’s biggest hit 6 years into his hit-career. Kraftwerk get their 3rd Top 10 9 years after their first (Autobahn), and OMD go up 26 places TTTT Tesla Girls-in with another Top 10 – it’s unusual for them NOT to make my top 10, to be honest, in the 80’s.

Highest new entry is a major classic, Drive, in at 14 for The Cars 6 years on from debut hit My Best Friend’s Girl, and very different: this one is hauntingly gorgeous, with a disturbing video about mental illness which sent shivers up my spine, and still does. Brilliant record. The Bluebells meanwhile take Cath into the 20 for 3 in a row, The Specials make it 5 years of Top 20 hits, and U2 rocket to 24 from 73 with the awesome Pride.

Sade and Animal Nightlife break into the 40, along with Prince and Level 42, and new tracks include Aztec Camera, Shakatak, Nik Kershaw following-up hits, while Shaky gets an occasional chart-entry they tend to be minor ones: A Letter To You is 73. Jethro Tull is 74 in the lap of luxury, but that makes it a nice round 15 years since Living In The Past first hit my charts. Queen keep up the run of hits (never failed to chart in the 10 years since 7 Seas Of Rhye topped my chart in 1974) as Hammer To Fall slams in at 55. Which leaves the 2nd-best new entry: Together In Electric Dreams, Giorgio Moroders hit with Human Leaguer Phil Oakey. I’ve seen Human League do it live 6 or 7 times (always brilliant), and 3 weeks back I was dancing and singing along madly to it in a Spanish Opera House, for Duckies In Sitges. Fab!

TV? Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, two of my all-time classic fave comedies, Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein and James Garner in Support Your Local Sherrif, Star Trek doing a Shakespeare-themed episode (and rather fine too), and brand new sitcom Blackadder continues to delight me. A US mini-series repeat The Martian Chronicles is a poetic and evocatively nostalgic brilliant science fiction Ray Bradbury novel (or rather collection of short stories), the TV series much less-so but it has loads of big stars in it. When I first bought and read the book age 13 in Singapore it was called The Silver Locusts – which I still think suits it more, even though they are stories based on Mars.

Life? Saw Romancing The Stone at the cinema (a good adventure movie). Signed on at the DHSS, as always I was stupidly honest (I’m such a dick) and told the guestapo woman interrogating me about working a few hours at NAAFI. She got snotty, and stopped benefits to the tune of £4.50 when I’d earned a grand total of £4. So, the moral and message given out? Don’t bother trying to get work experience for pay as you’ll be financially worse-off. Still trying to work out the logic of that one…..Lesson learned, there were, I later found, ways around the system. Babysat tantrumming Vicki while Mark & Sue had a pub break, told ‘em to go anyway and she was fine with me till she went to sleep, kids are almost always mellow with me. I must remind of her that later this week Helped at youth club again, after a break away (more adults than kids though, which was more like a social club for grown-ups!) and fumed over a massive gas bill I was having to pay (£172!!) That was an effing fortune in those days and I was unemployed. I turned the heating and hot water off when I was in the house alone.

1 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
2 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 1 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
4 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( 3 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
6 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 8 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
8 ( 6 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
9 ( 17 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
10 ( 36 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD

11 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 9 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 11 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
14 ( NEW ) DRIVE The Cars
15 ( 19 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
16 ( 10 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
17 ( 37 ) CATH The Bluebells
18 ( 29 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
19 ( 14 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
20 ( 20 ) TORTURE The Jacksons

21 ( 18 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
22 ( 15 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
23 ( 16 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
24 ( 73 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
25 ( 13 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
26 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
27 ( 23 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
28 ( 43 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
29 ( 26 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
30 ( 22 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

31 ( 27 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
32 ( 65 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
33 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( 40 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
35 ( 21 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
36 ( 28 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
37 ( 63 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
38 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 39 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
40 ( 42 ) HOT WATER Level 42

41 ( 60 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
42 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
43 ( NEW ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
44 ( 34 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
45 ( 57 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( 31 ) AGADOO Black Lace
48 ( NEW ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
49 ( 32 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
50 ( NEW ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

51 ( 30 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
52 ( 41 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
53 ( 48 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 35 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
55 ( NEW ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
56 ( 45 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
57 ( 68 ) WAITING FOR THE LOVE BOAT The Associates
58 ( 52 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
59 ( 58 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
60 ( 54 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

61 ( 55 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
62 ( 53 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
63 ( 61 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
64 ( NEW ) BURNING BUSH Savage Progress
65 ( 59 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
66 ( 62 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 46 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
69 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
70 ( 75 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson

71 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT Joe Jackson
72 ( 44 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
73 ( NEW ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
74 ( NEW ) LAP OF LUXURY Jethro Tull
75 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

TV
1 Star Trek: The Conscience Of The King
1 Young Frankenstein: film
3 Blackadder
4 Support Your Local Sherrif: film
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Addams Family
8 The Martian Chronicles
9 The Rockford Files
10 Pop Quiz

25th September 1984

2 weeks for Sister Sledge at 1, and Alphaville finally go top 3 after weeks at 4, but the big news is new at 4 – War War is stupid, and people are stupid: yes Boy George got a lot of stick for those simplistic lyrics, but I loved the sentiment (still do) and the record is sort-of oddly joyous, one of Culture Club’s final goodies as they unexpectedly hit a drug-influenced career-stopping brick wall. Sad!

OMD go top 5, The Cars get a 3rd top 10, and Adam Ant is back with a jolly spaceman tune – how could I not like it?! In at 20 for Apollo 9, the one he did at Live Aid to everyone’s disgust. Freddie Mercury gets his first solo hit with Love Kills at 27, and leapfrogs Queen’s latest rocker with a bit of camp disco. Also grim, politically, UB40 threaten to leave the country if Maggie gets in again: oh yeah? Great record though, and I agreed with every word in at 28, and a 4 years non-stop run of singles.

John Waite’s back at 34 with a well-known MOR rock ballad, Missing You, 6 years after hitting my number one in The Baby’s with Isn’t It Time: that’s a classic record, albeit obscure these days, and Missing You is merely quite good. Glen Frey joins in the solo fray, Sexy Girl at 50 and looking like The Eagles will get back together only when hell freezes over. Hey, it did….! Bronski have a shrill follow-up, can you tell me why? Marc Almond is yet another solo hitster with You Have at 55, Soft Cell sadly no more, Tina Turner’s back at 57 so you better be good to her, or else! One-time Be Bop Deluxe man Bill Nelson accelerates to 58, 8 years since Ships In The Night lit up my charts. The Mighty Wah! keep the hits coming, Frida has another shining solo hit at 71, Abba tragically no-more, though we didn’t know it then. Stephanie Mills get a follow-up hit 4 years late, and finally The Everley Brothers get their first chart hit with new material (being as they pre-dated my charts) thanks to Paul McCartney who donated a song. Thumbs-up Macca!

TV: Must mention Terrahawks again, loved Zelda and her Tina Turner fright-wig, and her idiot son. Loved the great little plot parodies of shakespeare (“a zeaf? a zeaf? My kingdom for a zeaf!”) and The Beatles (the cavern puts in an appearance). Under-rated, and frankly, over the heads of kids, most of the scripts! This was also Tony Blackburn’s last radio 1 show this week, Flowers In The Rain his first and last track – of course he’s still on radio 2 these days.

Life? Well, a big moment turned up in a letter from Dorset County Council: the job I didn’t get surveying highways, turns out someone dropped out before starting and they wanted me to start next week. This was a letter that did actually change my life, actually. It led to me being where I am now, and the start of the end of the depression, but of course it sent me into instant panic. As if that wasn’t enough drove to Winchester, Nottingham, Hucknell to friends Dave & Jane’s to stay, which was great and enjoyed Jane’s new paintings. Saturday was fun, then in the evening with mutual friend Julie off to Paul & Sheila’s in Rotherham for a gathering of fun games with their friends and relations – charades, pass the parcel, a great party and I didn’t want to go back to my life down south. Had to though, first day at work Monday…

1 ( 1 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
2 ( 3 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
3 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
4 ( NEW ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
5 ( 10 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
6 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 14 ) DRIVE The Cars
8 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
9 ( 9 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
10 ( 24 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2

11 ( 5 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
12 ( 7 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 8 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
14 ( 17 ) CATH The Bluebells
15 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
16 ( 28 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
17 ( 20 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
18 ( 11 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 13 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
20 ( NEW ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant

21 ( 18 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
22 ( 34 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
23 ( 32 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
24 ( 15 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
25 ( 19 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
26 ( 23 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
27 ( NEW ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
28 ( NEW ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
29 ( 16 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
30 ( 40 ) HOT WATER Level 42

31 ( 21 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
32 ( 22 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
33 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( NEW ) MISSING YOU John Waite
35 ( 43 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
36 ( 29 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
37 ( 37 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
38 ( 25 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
39 ( 41 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

41 ( 30 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
42 ( 31 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
43 ( 55 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
44 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 45 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
46 ( 36 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
47 ( 27 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
48 ( 48 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
49 ( 39 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
50 ( NEW ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey

51 ( 42 ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
52 ( 35 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
53 ( NEW ) WHY Bronski Beat
54 ( 26 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE Marc Almond
56 ( 47 ) AGADOO Black Lace
57 ( NEW ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
58 ( NEW ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
59 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
60 ( NEW ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!

61 ( 46 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
62 ( 58 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
63 ( 52 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
64 ( 60 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
65 ( 70 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson
66 ( 63 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 74 ) LAP OF LUXURY Jethro Tull
69 ( 73 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
70 ( 56 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

71 ( NEW ) SHINE Frida
72 ( 61 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
73 ( 65 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE The Everley Brothers
75 ( NEW ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills

TV
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Black Adder
3 Rhoda
4 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 The Addams Family
6 Terrahawks
7 Taxi
8 The Martian Chronicles
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Rockford Files

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