My May 1987 Charts

5th May 1987

It’s a 17-place climb to claim a first chart-topper for Crowded House and their gorgeous Don’t Dream It’s Over, beating I Got You’s peak of 2 in 1980 for Split-Enz, as the Finn Brothers used to be known (more or less), and keeping Living In A Box off the top spot to boot. Ben E. King gets a second oldies top 10 with a 26 year-old track, this time the fabulous Spanish Harlem which had gone top 5 for Aretha Franklin in 1971, the later of many 60’s covers of the song. The Damned get a second top 10 with the 1968 Love classic, and the highest actual new song is from Jesus And Mary Chain and the trippy-goth of April Skies at 27, sort of melodic distorted metal a la The Velvet Underground.

Tom Jones leapfrogs a pair of footballers as both climb fast into the 20, Tom having been there many times before in the 60’s and early 70’s, but rarely since, Kiss being the most recent career-resurrecting instance. Falco has a massive climb for his 3rd hit – one I’ve forgotten, but obviously liked being Emotional about it. Level 42 also climb high into the 40 along with Elvis’ reactivated Bossa Nova Baby, and a chart debut for the tongue-in-cheek Glam-metal Zodiac Mindwarp at 38 as he’s a Prime Mover.

It’s a huge influx of new entries lower down, Europe are back, The Cult get a 3rd or 4th, Westworld follow-up, Swing Out Sister make it a hat-trick, The Armoury Show is another I’ve entirely forgotten, Jody Watley gets a solo comeback having left Shalamar never to return and Looking For A New Love. A clutch of covers then pop up, The Mint Juleps doing Robert Palmer’s fab 1978 Every Kinda People, Gary Moore getting an 8th year of hits with his Easybeats cover (aka Flash & The Pan in later years, and the older-brother/producer of AC/DC’s Young brothers), Toyah does Martha & The Muffins, and David Essex returns after a few years away with a Welsh 112-year-old song. Not the oldest song to chart ever, but it’s up there in the list. David thus gets a 14-year run of hits since Rock On. Finally, two more solo hits for Paul King and Debbie Harry, Paul on his way to becoming an early VJ on satellite music stations when his music career stalls shortly after this, and Debbie carrying on where Blondie left off, for 9 years of charting, 6 years of solo hits, and another 30 years of both still to come. Legend!

1 ( 18 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
2 ( 4 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
4 ( 6 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
6 ( 7 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
7 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( NEW ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
9 ( 15 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
10 ( 2 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 19 ) SHAME OMD
12 ( 20 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
13 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
14 ( 28 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
15 ( 40 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 8 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
17 ( 33 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
18 ( 10 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 29 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
20 ( 9 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 13 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
22 ( 12 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 16 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
24 ( 11 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
25 ( 27 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
26 ( 21 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
27 ( NEW ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
28 ( 38 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
29 ( 14 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
30 ( 39 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths

31 ( 75 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
32 ( 36 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
33 ( 46 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
34 ( 70 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
36 ( 23 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
37 ( 69 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
38 ( NEW ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
39 ( 22 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
40 ( 50 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

41 ( 30 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
42 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
43 ( 34 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
44 ( 32 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
45 ( 24 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
46 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
47 ( 42 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
48 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
49 ( 35 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
50 ( 26 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson

51 ( 45 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 60 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
54 ( 48 ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
55 ( 44 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 52 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
58 ( 68 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
59 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) L’L DEVIL The Cult

61 ( 74 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
62 ( 31 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
63 ( NEW ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
64 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
65 ( NEW ) NEW YORK CITY The Armoury Show
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
68 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
69 ( NEW ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
70 ( NEW ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

71 ( NEW ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
72 ( NEW ) I KNOW Paul King
73 ( 57 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
74 ( NEW ) MYFANWY David Essex
75 ( NEW ) ECHO BEACH Toyah

5th May
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 SO THIS IS ROMANCE Linx
3 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees

12th May 1987

It’s swap around in the top 2, as Living In A Box edge out Crowded House after just one week on top, and T.Rex get another posthumous remix at 3. I’m not sure that Marc Bolan would have approved of his fan club updates, but it gives the brilliant Get It On more chart points/”sales” for the all-time charts. Zodiac Mindwarp (great name!) leaps up to 6 and is indeed the prime mover inside the 40 in a quiet week. OMD get yet another top 10, 7 years-worth and counting, and Johnny Hates Jazz get a first.

Jesus & Mary Chain go top 20, Elvis gets a Bossa Nova Baby Fun In Acapulco boost from the Tube I think, and Sly & Robbie Boops up to 19. Big jumps into the 40 for Mint Juleps, The Cult & Robbie Nevil, while Carly Simon gets another top 40 new entry, and The Housemartins come over all excited about it. Darn the lower end lots of minor entries for long-running acts & a re-record for Johnny Clegg of his 1983 minor hit.

1 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 1 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( NEW ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 3 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
6 ( 38 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
7 ( 11 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 9 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
9 ( 12 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
10 ( 6 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 8 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
12 ( 13 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
13 ( 5 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
14 ( 27 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
16 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
17 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
18 ( 37 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
19 ( 41 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
20 ( 25 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

21 ( 14 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
22 ( 19 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
23 ( 33 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
24 ( 31 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
25 ( 30 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
26 ( 40 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
27 ( 28 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
28 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
29 ( 20 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
30 ( 23 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 32 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
32 ( 16 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
33 ( 17 ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
35 ( 69 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE The Mint Juleps
36 ( 60 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
37 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
38 ( NEW ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
39 ( 58 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
40 ( NEW ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

41 ( 24 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
42 ( 26 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
43 ( 22 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
44 ( 61 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
45 ( 29 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
46 ( 42 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
47 ( 53 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
48 ( 43 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
49 ( 39 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
50 ( 44 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

51 ( 47 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
52 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
53 ( 63 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
54 ( 36 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
55 ( 51 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 71 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
58 ( 55 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( 64 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 35 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure

61 ( 45 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
62 ( 68 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
63 ( 57 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
64 ( NEW ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
65 ( 49 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 70 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
68 ( 67 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
69 ( 73 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
70 ( NEW ) WATCHDOGS UB40

71 ( NEW ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
72 ( 59 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
73 ( NEW ) SCATTERLINGS OF AFRICA Johnny Clegg
74 ( NEW ) LOVE AND MONEY Love And Money
75 ( NEW ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
2 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
3 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray

19th May 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for Living In A Box presiding over a quiet top 10, just Fleetwood Mac and Tom Jones adding to their tallies both running at 19 years to date. Robbie Nevil & The Housemartins both leap into the 20, and Jody Watley, Westworld, Cameo, Spear Of Destiny & Debbie Harry all go up into the 40 while new Act are snobbish about being highest at 31 – essentially Claudia Brucken from Propaganda and Thomas Leer, still on the ZTT label – and The Fall cover R.Dean Taylor’s classic 1967 single which was a big Northern Soul hit in 1974 in the UK in at 35.

Lots of new acts lower down debuting, plus Springsteen charting with an inferior live cover of his epic Spectoresque 1975 top 20 single and future chart-topper, Born To Run. It’s criminal that this charted in the UK and the original never has gotten higher than 76. Some people prefer this version, of course, but not me, the majesty and excitement of the original was the single track that propelled Bruce into stardom. Little Steven (Van Zandt) also enters, at 70, sometime member of Bruce’s E-Street Band when not making political solo music statements.

Age Of Chance, Georgia Satellites, Suzanne Vega and Whitney Houston all return with follow-ups at the tail-end of my chart – but which will go on to become bigger chart hits? Well, Whitney will, even though I’m fed up to the teeth of hearing it these days over the years. Everytime it comes on the radio or TV I want to change channels.

1 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
2 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
3 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 6 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 9 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
7 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
8 ( 5 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 12 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 15 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

11 ( 8 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
12 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
13 ( 16 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
15 ( 11 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
16 ( 20 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
17 ( 19 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
18 ( 13 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
19 ( 39 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
20 ( 40 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins

21 ( 27 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
22 ( 23 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
23 ( 36 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 17 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
25 ( 31 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
27 ( 62 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 44 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
29 ( 53 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
30 ( 18 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley

31 ( NEW ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
32 ( 34 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 38 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
34 ( 30 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
35 ( NEW ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
36 ( 32 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
37 ( 22 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
38 ( 57 ) IN LOVE WITH LOVE Debbie Harry
39 ( 24 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
40 ( 47 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

41 ( 21 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
42 ( 28 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
43 ( 59 ) TWILIGHT WORLD Swing Out Sister
44 ( 26 ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything
45 ( 37 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
46 ( 52 ) CARRIE Europe
47 ( 25 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
48 ( 29 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
49 ( 64 ) STONE LOVE Kool And The Gang
50 ( 43 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

51 ( 49 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
52 ( 46 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
53 ( 48 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
54 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
55 ( 51 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
56 ( 63 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
57 ( 50 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
58 ( 45 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
59 ( 55 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
60 ( 75 ) MEET EL PRESIDENTE Duran Duran

61 ( 71 ) STRANGE LOVE Depeche Mode
62 ( 41 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
63 ( 69 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 70 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
66 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun-D Moet
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
69 ( NEW ) WHAT’S MY SCENE Hoodoo Gurus
70 ( NEW ) BITTER FRUIT Little Steven

71 ( 68 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
73 ( NEW ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
74 ( NEW ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

Playlist oldies of the week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 I KNOW THERE’S SOMETHING GOING ON Frida
3 SUMMERTIME Fun Boy Three

26th May 1987

It’s back in the glam nostalgia groove again as T.Rex get a second chart-topper remix of the year, and again with a track that missed out topping my chart first-time round, the brilliant Get It On (Bang A Gong), a decade since Marc Bolan’s very untimely death. That’s their 8th chart-topper. No messing about from U2 this time, it’s straight in at 20 with one of their greatest records, from their greatest album The Joshua Tree. Act shoot up 20 places to 11, and UB40 have a massive top 40 climb.

Bruce Willis is back with another soul classic, this time The Drifters 1964 hit, but recorded with The Temptations on assist, giving them 19 years of chart action. War are also back 11 years on with a remix of Low Rider, Broken English debut with the goodie Coming On Strong, the best Rolling Stones record since Undercover Of The Night 4 years earlier. OK it’s not them, but it’s a great reminder of what they ought to sound like. In at 39, it’s a welcome return to form for the fab ABC, and When Smokey Sings – an ode to Mr. Robinson. Paul Carrack extends his chart run to 13 years (How Long? Yes 1974. Ace!) doing a decent cover of The Searchers best record (probably) When You Walk In The Room, a song from my childhood that I always liked.

Run DMC find it tricky, but they finally get into my chart, and Herb Alpert extends his run to 19 years too with his 2nd dance workout of the year, this one with Ms. Jackson on vocal assist – only fair since he signed her to his label. Diamonds is a goodie. Marillion and Simply Red sneak in with lesser tracks, Boys Don’t Cry follow-up (just about), and Go West scrape in at 75 as the hits start to run out. For 3 years or so.

1 ( 3 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( 1 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
3 ( 2 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
4 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
5 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
6 ( 7 ) SHAME OMD
7 ( 6 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
9 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
10 ( 12 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

11 ( 31 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
12 ( 10 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
13 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
14 ( 11 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
15 ( 21 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
16 ( 17 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
17 ( 20 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
18 ( 28 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
19 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
20 ( NEW ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 26 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
22 ( 74 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
23 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
24 ( 18 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
25 ( 15 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
26 ( 16 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
27 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
28 ( 14 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
29 ( 33 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

31 ( 35 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
32 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
33 ( 19 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
34 ( 65 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
35 ( NEW ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
36 ( 24 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
37 ( NEW ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
38 ( 46 ) CARRIE Europe
39 ( NEW ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
40 ( 34 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

41 ( 68 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 22 ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
43 ( 29 ) BA-NA-NA BAM BOO Westworld
44 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
45 ( 36 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 37 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
47 ( 30 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
48 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
49 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
50 ( RE ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner

51 ( 40 ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny
52 ( 72 ) BATTLESHIP CHAINS The Georgia Satellites
53 ( 42 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
54 ( 45 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
55 ( 53 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
56 ( 73 ) WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD NOISE Age Of Chance
57 ( 75 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
58 ( 55 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 39 ) EMOTIONAL Falco
60 ( 52 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians

61 ( 51 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
62 ( 59 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
64 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
65 ( 56 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
66 ( NEW ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( RE ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
69 ( 58 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
70 ( 57 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol

71 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
72 ( NEW ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
73 ( NEW ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
74 ( NEW ) WHO THE AM DAM DO YOU THINK YOU AM Boys Don’t Cry
75 ( NEW ) I WANT TO HEAR IT FROM YOU Go West

Oldies Playlist
1 STONED LOVE The Supremes
2 DOWNTOWN Petula Clark
3 I’M NOT IN LOVE 10cc

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My October 1986 Charts

7th October 1986

7th and final week on top for Human (phew!) leaving Madonna at 2, Quo shooting up to 3, or Pet Shop Boys up to 7 to take over next week. Madonna had just had her first chart-topper, Pet Shop Boys 2 of 3, and Quo never ever topped my chart to date. The Monkees get a new track into the 10 for the first time ever, Paul Simon his first since Love Me Like A Rock in 1973, and The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 20’s.

Highest new entry is a stonking Hi-NRG version of the Supremes You Keep Me hanging On to give Kim Wilde her first biggie in a few years, in at 32, while Paul hardcastle takes the new TOTP theme tune in at 40. Red Box are all For America (not really, it’s a slagging off), and Wax are systematic at 59 – but presumably not their car is not hydromatic, nor greased lightning. Shakatak & Gary Numan are back at 71 together again, and two veterans return – James Brown, and Jackson Browne, the man who had Doctor My Eyes back in 1972 before The Jackson 5 covered it.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 18 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 3 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
6 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
7 ( 17 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 16 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
10 ( 12 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

11 ( 10 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
13 ( 15 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
14 ( 30 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
15 ( 7 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
16 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
17 ( 9 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
18 ( 23 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
19 ( 25 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
20 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
22 ( 11 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
23 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
24 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
26 ( 27 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
27 ( 40 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
28 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 35 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 19 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi

31 ( 22 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
32 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
33 ( 26 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
34 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
35 ( 34 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
36 ( 38 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
37 ( 52 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
38 ( 51 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
39 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle

41 ( 36 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 46 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
43 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
44 ( RE ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
45 ( 57 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
46 ( 45 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
47 ( 61 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 42 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 63 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
52 ( 31 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
53 ( NEW ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
54 ( 59 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
55 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
56 ( 32 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
57 ( 41 ) HEARTLAND The The
58 ( 56 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( NEW ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 69 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
62 ( 54 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
64 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
65 ( 72 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
66 ( 71 ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
67 ( 66 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 73 ) DREAMER B B & Q
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
70 ( 75 ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

71 ( NEW ) NEW THING FROM LONDON TOWN Sharpe & Numan
72 ( NEW ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
73 ( NEW ) GRAVITY James Brown
74 ( 74 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( 53 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke

7th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

14th October 1986

It’s Madonna grabbing a second chart-topper and not the Pet Shop Boys who have to make do with 4 for now, their 3rd top 5 (2 of them number 1’s). I love the video for True Blue, Madonna was all 50’s-stylee in love with Sean Penn. Possibly why she excludes the track at every opportunity from compilations and concerts. It’s not as if it’s as awful as Hanky Panky…

The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 10 hits, since Kid became the first, and OMD 6 years after a slow climb with Forever (Live And Die). Red Box rocket up For America and a second top 20, The Bangles get a 3rd, and Chairmen Of The Board do it for the 7th time after a gap of 13 years. Highest new entry is a bit of a classic from Berlin, Take My Breath Away from a film I’ve never seen, Top something or other starring Tom somebody. Probably obscure. New at 34 it’s DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, both debuting for the start of a lengthy chart runs as kids. Not sure what happened to Will someone, I think he went into acting and had some modest success.

The Stranglers are back with Always The Sun, very tuneful and not at all like Peaches some 9 years earlier, in at 47. Kissing The Pink get a 3rd entry, presumably It should have been Kissing The Green as pink is worth 6. Aretha covers the Stones and keeps her 80’s run going, 18 years on, as Boris & Gwen get some follow-up action. Little Richard is also back over 30 years into his career with a good single in Operator, and just above them, sneaking in quietly it’s Erasure with Sometimes. Much lower than it may have been expected to debut given it’s rather fab. Vince thus makes it 5 years of hit songs.

1 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 7 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 8 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 14 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
10 ( 12 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

11 ( 9 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
12 ( 53 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
13 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
14 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
15 ( 11 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
17 ( 16 ) WORD UP Cameo
18 ( 13 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
19 ( 23 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
20 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 18 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
22 ( 15 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 32 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 17 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
25 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
26 ( 25 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
27 ( 22 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
28 ( 40 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
29 ( 37 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
30 ( 45 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha

31 ( 63 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
32 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 27 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( NEW ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
35 ( 21 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
36 ( 31 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
37 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 35 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
39 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
40 ( 33 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 44 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
43 ( 30 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
44 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
45 ( 26 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
46 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
47 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
48 ( 46 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
49 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
50 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme

51 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
52 ( 38 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
53 ( 47 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
55 ( 49 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
56 ( 34 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
57 ( 72 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 36 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
62 ( 43 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
63 ( 73 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( 65 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
66 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
69 ( 51 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( 57 ) HEARTLAND The The

71 ( NEW ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
72 ( 52 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
73 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERY BEATBOX Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES Erasure
75 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Little Richard

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

21st October 1986

It’s a first week on top for their 3rd chart-topper inside 12 months, as Suburbia seals the Pet Shop Boys as my new fave pop act, closely followed by Madonna as I buy True Blue and get into La Isla Bonita and Jimmy Jimmy in my playlist/oldies chart. I didn’t allow album tracks else both would have charted, La Isla Bonita quite highly some months ahead of its single release. The highest new entry is a Phantom Of The Opera gorgeous ballad, giving Cliff the latest of numerous top 10’s throughout the 18 years he had been charting (and 23 years if I’d charted earlier aged 5). It’s one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s best songs, and also means Sarah Brightman grabs a first top 10 from her hubby since she was a Hot Gossip-fronting Starship Trooper chart-topper 8 years earlier.

In at 13, Bob Geldof’s first solo single, post-Live Aid, was not that wildly received at the time, I rather liked it myself, and it keeps his run of top 20’s going for 9 years including the Rats singles. The Stranglers also keep the Punk ’77 flag flying shooting up Always The Sun into the 20, while Will Smith gets his first top 20. Hands up who thought he’d be a major movie star? No, me neither. About as likely as Sarah Brightman getting into opera and musicals off the back of Starship Trooper.

Talking of actors, Don Johnson has a crack at a singing career while his Miami Vice star is shining. It didn’t work but Heartbeat was quite decent and in at 42. World Party return, as do the post-Lionel Commodores, for a sweet 12 years since Machine Gun debuted. Duran Duran return with a bang after a short break, Notorious at 64, and Prince needs another lover like a hole in the head, apparently, at 66. The Icicle Works string out a 3rd year of chart entries, and Swing Out Sister debut with the fab jazzy 80’s pop of Breakout at 70, as Nik Kershaw and The Mission sneak back in ahead of Alice Cooper returning after a break – he’s Back! 14 years since School’s Out for summer.

This week I saw The Blow Monkeys and Level 42 in concert, fab musicians all. Digging Your Scene was the 1986 track that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye the most. Love it.

1 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
5 ( 6 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
6 ( 9 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
7 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
8 ( NEW ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 25 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
10 ( 7 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

11 ( 12 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
12 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
13 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
14 ( 30 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
15 ( 47 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 11 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
17 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
18 ( 10 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
20 ( 34 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

21 ( 14 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
22 ( 17 ) WORD UP Cameo
23 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 28 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 29 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
26 ( 15 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
27 ( 13 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
28 ( 18 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
29 ( 49 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
30 ( 31 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites

31 ( 26 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
32 ( 24 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
33 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
34 ( 21 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
35 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
36 ( 68 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
37 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
39 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 27 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
43 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
44 ( NEW ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
45 ( 44 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 40 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
47 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
48 ( RE ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
49 ( 38 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
50 ( 65 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner

51 ( 48 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
52 ( 51 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 50 ) CRY Godley & Creme
54 ( 36 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
55 ( 71 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
56 ( 42 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
57 ( 57 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 33 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( NEW ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
60 ( 64 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young

61 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
62 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 63 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( NEW ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
65 ( 35 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
66 ( NEW ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
68 ( 55 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
69 ( 74 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
70 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister

71 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
72 ( 53 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
73 ( NEW ) NOBODY KNOWS Nik Kershaw
74 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
75 ( NEW ) HE’S BACK Alice Cooper

non-chart playlist
1 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 JIMMY JIMMY Madonna
3 GALAXY T.Rex

 

28th October 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Suburbia as Quo get a 4-week run at 3 stuck behind my top two acts of 1986, The Bangles get a 3rd top 10, Red Box a second and last, and Bob Geldof a first and final solo top 10 – though the Rats had loads over the previous 8 years. Highest new entry (gasp!) is Shaky with a sweet ballad, in one fell swoop beating almost all of his previous singles, bar 2 or 3, in at 13. It’s a 3rd top 20 for entering Doctor & the Medics covering Abba’s 1974 chart-topper with an assist from Roy Wood, his first top 20 (barring Xmas re-entries of you-know-what) for a decade.

Anita Baker’s minor hit of a couple of months earlier finally starts to sell in the UK and shoots back in at 17, Sweet Love, The Mission have a huge climb into the 30, as do Duran Duran, While Cyndi Lauper finally makes the 40 with True Colors after faffing about a few weeks. Jaki Graham gets a 3rd solo top 40, in at 39, and Madness return with their final good record for 12 years, after a non-stop-run of 7 years, in at 40 with the Ghost Train. Good for Halloween of course.

Mel & Kim start-up the SAW pop factory proper, as they debut with Showin’ Out at 49, Bobby G remixes and comes back with a TV theme, Paul McCartney pulls a second single off Press To Play, and Bon Jovi return with a classic bang! Livin’ On A Prayer remains a widely-known anthem, selling well into the 2010’s. Also back: The Housemartins, a windy Bowie (promoting cult Xmas movie, The Snowman), The Smiths Ask for a return while they are still Panic-ing, Tina Turner is Two people, Cutting Crew get a quick follow-up, and The Real Thing sneak in briefly with a song that isn’t a 70’s biggie.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 6 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
5 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
6 ( 9 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
7 ( 4 ) HUMAN Human League
8 ( 12 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
9 ( 11 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
10 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof

11 ( 5 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
12 ( 14 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
13 ( NEW ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 7 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 20 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
17 ( RE ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
18 ( 29 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
19 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 25 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope

21 ( 10 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
22 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
23 ( 16 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
24 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 19 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
26 ( 74 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
27 ( 30 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
28 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
29 ( 17 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
30 ( 64 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran

31 ( 22 ) WORD UP Cameo
32 ( 36 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
33 ( 42 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
34 ( 55 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
36 ( 72 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 31 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
38 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
39 ( NEW ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
40 ( NEW ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 47 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
43 ( 21 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
44 ( 32 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
45 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 50 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
47 ( 59 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
48 ( 40 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
50 ( 33 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

51 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 70 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
54 ( 53 ) CRY Godley & Creme
55 ( 51 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
56 ( 46 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
57 ( 67 ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
58 ( NEW ) THEME FROM BIG DEAL (REMIX) Bobby G
59 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney

61 ( 44 ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
62 ( 27 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
63 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( 62 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
68 ( 48 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
69 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
70 ( NEW ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

71 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
72 ( 71 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
74 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
75 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies
1 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
2 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
3 DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

My May 1986 Charts

5th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for 1966 classic Motown knocking off classic 1967 Motown from the top spot – Diana Ross & The Supremes must have heard of the Kim Wilde cover forthcoming as it recharted in the lower regions of the UK charts, giving me an opportunity to give the Supremes a 3rd chart-topper, and Diana Ross a 3rd – albeit The Supremes with Nathan Jones/Stoned Love reissue in 1976 and Diana Ross with Surrender in 1971, with both together on 1974’s reissued Baby Love.

Patti Labelle outdoes Lady Marmalade rocketing top 5, and Michael MacDonald outdoes What A Fool Believes ditto, his Doobie Brothers classic, and Frankie Says Oldie as another 1966 classic enters at 10, Strangers In The Night predating my charts, but being loads better than New York New York – So, in other words, Frank Sinatra’s biggest chart hit for me since My Way in 1969.

Highest actual new track is Jaki Graham going it minus David Grant with the fab Set Me Free at 34, while both Elaine Page and Gemini take 2 Abba songs (sort of) into the 40 in the week that waiting another 32 years for an actual new Abba song seemed unthinkably unlikely (in sheer length of time), as opposed to one year ago when it seemed as likely as The Beatles reforming. But there ya go, the great day has come and I don’t care how good or bad it is when it drops – it’s an event that took longer than Free As A Bird’s some 26 years since The Fabs last recorded together.

Others: Johnny Hates Jazz debut a year ahead of chart success, Joan Armatrading makes it 10 years of singles success, Pete Wylie makes it 3 Wah! Years, Nick Heyward Haircut 5 years, Tina Turner 13 mostly-Ike-less Nutbush years with Stevie Wonder’s social classic, and Elton has 2 ballad classics I didn’t rate that much when they first came out suddenly making my playlist oldies: one of them went on to top the charts in the 90’s, as well as reissue hit, one hasn’t yet done that though deserves to.

1 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 63 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
6 ( 5 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
7 ( 9 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 3 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
9 ( 15 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
10 ( NEW ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra

11 ( 8 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
12 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 22 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
14 ( 7 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
15 ( 16 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
16 ( 19 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
17 ( 23 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( 14 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
20 ( 30 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

21 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 39 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
23 ( 26 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 10 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
25 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 13 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
27 ( 11 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
28 ( 37 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
29 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
30 ( 12 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

31 ( 20 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
33 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( NEW ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
35 ( 27 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
36 ( 52 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
37 ( 73 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
38 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 48 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 21 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke

41 ( 24 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
42 ( 28 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
43 ( 35 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 49 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
45 ( 31 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( 46 ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
48 ( 54 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
49 ( 71 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
50 ( NEW ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( 36 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
52 ( 45 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
53 ( 62 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
54 ( 44 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
55 ( 56 ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 53 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
57 ( 74 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
58 ( 42 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 32 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
60 ( 40 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

61 ( NEW ) ALL ‘N’ ALL Joyce Sims
62 ( NEW ) MY FOOLISH HEART Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( NEW ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
64 ( 67 ) FEVER Annabella
65 ( NEW ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
66 ( 64 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
67 ( 65 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 75 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
69 ( 41 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
70 ( 57 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

71 ( NEW ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
72 ( 60 ) GODSTAR Psychic TV
73 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Tina Turner
74 ( 59 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
75 ( NEW ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 CRYING Don McLean

 

13th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for the 1985 Pan-European chart-topper and UK flop (91), and personal chart top 5 for Sandra. Maria Magdalena was given another reissue chance, given she had been popping and out of my oldies playlist (tracks I love but which have either dropped out of my chart or are not eligible) for a few months, it’s not a surprise for the future Enigma star, with hubby songwriter/producer Michael Cretu.

Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald hit a new peak of 2, Peter Gabriel gets a 3rd top 20 9 years after the first, and a 2nd top 10, the epic Sledgehammer, and OMD keep the run of top 10’s going for 6 years, more or less every single release. Tears For Fears record a Sports Relief version of their still-charting classic and the 2 are combined for my chart purposes and a climb back into the 20 for a third run.

Doctor & The Medics re-enter at 25, Spirit In The Sky being a great fun version of a rock classic, Jaki Graham leaps into the solo top 20 for a first time, Level 42 leap up into the 30, and Aretha’s 1985 Freeway Of Love gets reissued and a much bigger hit out of it (like Sandra), and Pete Wylie grabs a third top 30 since Story Of The Blues started the ball rolling in 1982.

A good new one for Sly Fox, Samantha’s younger brother (HHOK), and Hipsway’s gospel goodie, both top 40, while The B52’s return 7 years on with a reissued Rock Lobster, more famously parodied in Family Guy these days. Quirky in ’79, still quirky in ’86. Still fab. Sandie Shaw is back 2 years on from Morrissey giving her a boost with The Smiths Hand In Glove. This time it’s a great Lloyd Cole cover, and annoyingly Sandie’s not getting a hit out of it, though it had a better try in the 90’s.

Another Brothers In Arms single for Dire Straits, 13 years of chart entries for Status Quo, not even half-way through their 50-year chart career and already getting the p*ss taken out of them. That horrendous novelty song from the man who was The Hee Bee Gee Bees, and which was far worse than any of it’s intended targets (as it was supposed to be) on Spitting Image, somehow became a chart hit. Who the hell bought it?! Funny first time, not funny every time afterwards, and on repeat play brain cells commit mass suicide. Sam Cooke has another oldie entry, not one I loved, not even in the Cat Stevens version, but worth a mention. Finally Robert Palmer returns with his chart anthem, and also one I never loved, at best I enjoyed it, and not a patch on Every Kinda People in 1978, or Some Guys Have All The Luck, among others. The guitar riff is admittedly fab though.

1 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 5 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
3 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
4 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 1 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 22 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
7 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
9 ( 13 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
10 ( 6 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

11 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
12 ( 17 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
13 ( 10 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
14 ( 20 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( 16 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
16 ( 8 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
17 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 34 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
19 ( 11 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
20 ( 28 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s

21 ( 15 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
22 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
23 ( 9 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
24 ( 14 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( RE ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
26 ( 49 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
27 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
28 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
29 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
30 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

31 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
32 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
33 ( 37 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
34 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
35 ( 19 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
36 ( 39 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
37 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
38 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
39 ( NEW ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
40 ( 27 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

41 ( 26 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
42 ( 31 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
43 ( 48 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
44 ( NEW ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
45 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
46 ( 53 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
47 ( 24 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
48 ( 43 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
49 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
50 ( 61 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims

51 ( 30 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
52 ( 40 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
53 ( 63 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
54 ( 45 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
55 ( 65 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
56 ( 64 ) FEVER Annabella
57 ( 42 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
58 ( 75 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
59 ( 56 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
60 ( RE ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool

61 ( 57 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 71 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
63 ( 68 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
64 ( 36 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
65 ( NEW ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits
66 ( NEW ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
67 ( 35 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
68 ( 52 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
69 ( 66 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
70 ( RE ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

71 ( NEW ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
72 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Sam Cooke
74 ( NEW ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
75 ( 70 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 THIS DIAMOND RING Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3 JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

20th May 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sandra’s European anthem, holding off Peter Gabriel from topping my chart with his brilliant Sledgehammer 3 years after his Genesis mates topped with Mama. Doctor & The Medics take Spirit In The Sky, the song, into the top 5 for a second time after Norman Greenbaum’s 1970 original. Jaki Graham gets a first solo, and third in total, top 10, as Madonna grabs an 8th in two years.

Sandie Shaw rockets up to 12 to give her a 3rd top 20 and a chart span of 17 years, and The B52’s take Rock Lobster back into the top 20 up 30 places 7 years late and a new peak. Aretha gets a 4th top 20 in a row, Pete Wylie gets his 3rd, and ELO their final top 20 in the original line-up. Highest new entry is Icehouse, I Engineer, a fourth top 40 entry, and Joan Armatrading makes it at least 4 top 40’s, while Nick Heyward keeps his run going.

In at 43 it’s new Opportunities for Pet Shop Boys, a spanking new remix of a chart flop letting them make lots of money and a 3rd chart entry, while likeable Owen Paul gets his 5 minutes of fame at 44 and Culture Club bless the female of the species at 47, and that was about that for the band for 12 years or so. Black Uhuru are back, with a train robbery, Cliff is back still rockin’ 18 years on from his chart debut in these parts, ditto Rod still touching love at every opportunity some 15 years on from Maggie May. I recall nothing about Perils Of Plastic, in with Ring A Ding Ding at 70 – though the name was prophetic, they included Steve Nieve of J.Ross Esq, and they sound a bit Culture Club. Mike + The Mechanics are having a miracle, and Amazulu cover The Chi-Lites to lesser effect.

1 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 6 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 2 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
4 ( 3 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
5 ( 25 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
7 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 5 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 18 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
10 ( 12 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna

11 ( 8 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 49 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
13 ( 26 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
14 ( 44 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
15 ( 10 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
16 ( 9 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
17 ( 20 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
18 ( 28 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 30 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
20 ( 29 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 11 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
22 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
23 ( 31 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
25 ( 32 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
26 ( 34 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
27 ( 39 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
28 ( 13 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
29 ( 36 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
30 ( 16 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds

31 ( 19 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
32 ( NEW ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
33 ( 15 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
34 ( 22 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 53 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 43 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
37 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
38 ( 55 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
39 ( 21 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
40 ( 62 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward

41 ( 50 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
42 ( 23 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
43 ( NEW ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 35 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
46 ( 66 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
48 ( 42 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
49 ( 27 ) HOME PIL
50 ( 40 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

51 ( 37 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
52 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
53 ( 70 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles
54 ( 48 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
55 ( 58 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
56 ( 60 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
57 ( 38 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
58 ( 41 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
59 ( 71 ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
60 ( 65 ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits

61 ( 45 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
62 ( 74 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
63 ( 59 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
64 ( 72 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
65 ( NEW ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
66 ( 54 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
67 ( NEW ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
68 ( 52 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
69 ( NEW ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
70 ( NEW ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic

71 ( 57 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
72 ( 69 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
74 ( NEW ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
75 ( 75 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

PLAYLIST OLDIES THIS WEEK IN 1986

1 HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 GENIUS OF LOVE Tom Tom Club
3 NEW FRONTIERS Donald Fagen

 

27th May 1986

It’s up 42 places to hit the top spot, giving Pet Shop Boys lots of Opportunities and a second fabulous number one. That’s bad news for Peter Gabriel stuck at 2 with Sledgehammer and no chance of knocking off my increasingly new fave pop stars. The B52’s meanwhile reach a new peak as Rock Lobster finally makes my top 10 7 years late, and Sandie Shaw makes it 3 top 10’s spread over 17 years – though guaranteed she would have topped my chart in 1964 with Always Something There To Remind Me had I been charting at 6 years old, being as I was totally in love with it, the love was long-lasting. 22 years then, 54 years now…

Level 42 grab a rare top 10 with Lessons In Love, Grace Jones reissues Private Life, and the Pretenders cover is back in the top 20 with a bang 6 years on. ZZ Top go untypically ballad-style and extend the top 20’s to 2 years, Miami “Gloria Estefan” Sound Machine get the 2nd of many top 20’s, John Cougar Mellencamp has a second top 20 4 years after Jack & Diane, and Falco gets the highest new song into the chart – Hello? Vienna Calling! At 25!

The Real Thing follow-up their 1976 remixed chart smash with the same 1976 original follow-up (also remixed), and Can’t Get By Without You is back in the top 40. Quo make it 13 years of top 40’s. I saw the band in a club 2 years ago, still good, and was saddened to hear of Eddie Amoo’s passing not long ago. I Can’t Wait enters, but not Stevie Nicks, it’s Nu Shooz with that fab hooky synth noise, Venus enters again, but it’s not the fab Shocking Blue it’s the even fabber Hi-NRG cover by Bananarama, who I saw do it last year with the original trio back together, and they were just fantastic.

At 59, the song that still gives me nightmares, Invisible Touch was the song I did a goldfish impression to when Mike Read asked the name of the current Genesis album on the Radio One Roadshow to me, my first question, my mind went blank, The Real Thing were backstage signing autographs. It’s ingrained in my mind now, though. Happily I got the rest correct. Just finishing reading Phil Collins Not Dead Yet autobiography and he doesn’t mention me. Neither does Johnny Marr in his, even when I saw him with Pet Shop Boys at the Royal Album Hall charity show – see how life is so circular! Cue The Smiths in at 69 with Morrissey’s own Lifelong Statement Of Intent. I saw him again not long ago shortly before his media melt-down as a cartoon character with outrageous and inappropriately misinformed opinions on things his isolated, wealthy lifestyle tax exile status suggests he should keep to himself.

That leaves Simply Red with a reissue of Holding Back The Ears, a shame as I rather like sticky-out ears, not as good as Money’s Too Tight To Mention to my ears, and Janet Jackson turning Nasty. Also not as good as What Have You Done For Me Lately, but Jam & Lewis are never actually less than decent.

1 ( 43 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
4 ( 9 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
7 ( 12 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 3 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
9 ( 4 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
10 ( 13 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

11 ( 19 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
12 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
13 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 6 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
16 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
17 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
18 ( 26 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
19 ( 36 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
20 ( 25 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 32 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
22 ( 29 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
23 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 15 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( NEW ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
27 ( 21 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
28 ( 10 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
29 ( 18 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 22 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush

31 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 20 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( 17 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
34 ( 47 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
35 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 27 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
37 ( 70 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
38 ( 40 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
39 ( 31 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
40 ( 46 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

41 ( 38 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
42 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
43 ( 69 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
44 ( 30 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
45 ( 41 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
46 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
47 ( 37 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
48 ( 56 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
49 ( NEW ) VENUS Bananarama
50 ( 53 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

51 ( 62 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
52 ( 48 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
54 ( 28 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
55 ( 64 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
56 ( 45 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
57 ( 54 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
59 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
60 ( 50 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

61 ( 33 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
62 ( 39 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
63 ( NEW ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
64 ( 67 ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
65 ( 74 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
66 ( 63 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
68 ( 58 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
69 ( NEW ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
70 ( 73 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics

71 ( NEW ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
72 ( 42 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
73 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE The Outfield
74 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
75 ( NEW ) NASTY Janet Jackson

Playlist Oldies
1 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
3 TWILIGHT ELO

My Charts Jan-Apr 2016

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23rd April 2016

It’s a Prince invasion following the shocking news of his sudden death, one of the giants of music – he may never have had the universal appeal of his contemporaries Madonna and Michael Jackson but he was a significant influence and prolific writer/musician/producer/live sensation/one-man business. I was a fan. In at 1 it’s therefore his greatest single, When Doves Cry, no bassline and brilliant, peaking at 2 originally in 1984 in my chart it at last goes one better. This isn’t the reason to re-chart it I’d hoped for though.

That leaves Pet Shop Boys stalled at 2 as more Prince records enter the top 10, including at 4 a record that is a Prince record in all but name – he wrote it, produced it and gave it away to Sheena Easton where it has languished in obscurity ever since. The brilliant 101 topped my chart in 1989, I Wish U Heaven topped my chart in 1988, back now at 5, and Sign O’ The Times peaked at 2 in 1987, back at 6. All are brilliant, and I’ve added video links to youtube which probably wont be there long – Prince on Youtube is a no-no so younger folk may not even have seen these videos. In the case of I Wish U Heaven I doubt anyone’s heard it’s Second Summer Of Love brilliant vibe before as the single isn’t on compilations and is only available as part of the album Lovesexy – Prince infuriated me when he released the album as a continuous track, there were no track dividers, and when I wanted to play the track I had to fast forward the whole bloody album. It’s still like that. Just one of the many fan-piss-off decisions he made!

http://youtube.com/v/j60p78OvxQY

Highest non-Prince entry is Adore Delano and Take Me There at 17, before we head back to more Prince tracks. In at 20, Starfish And Coffee, one of his best album tracks, one that should have been a single off the fab Sign O’ The Times album, a period when Prince was on fire. In at 26, Raspberry Beret, one I under-rated at the time (1985), at 30 Alphabet Street (number 1 in 1988), and Sheena’s back with Prince at 38 on U Got The Look (top 10 in 1987). Outside the 40: I Would Die 4 U, Kiss, If I Was Your Girlfriend, Let’s Go Crazy, Little Red Corvette, Take Me With U, Purple Rain, and I Wanna Be Your Lover. Phew! Good thing I expanded my chart to 100 this year, no sign of it returning to 75 anytime soon.

http://youtube.com/v/pYVOrzv61Yg

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 170000
2 2 2 2 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 230000
3 1 1 2 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 255000
4 NEW 4 1 101 Sheena Easton featuring Prince 65000
5 NEW 5 1 I WISH U HEAVEN Prince 60000
6 NEW 6 1 SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince 55000
7 3 3 2 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 135000
8 13 8 2 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 80000
9 5 1 6 NIRVANA Squeeze 535000
10 9 1 10 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 784700

http://youtube.com/v/ObzoKryyAi8

11 11 1 10 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 926000
12 32 12 2 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 52800
13 7 5 5 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 252000
14 14 1 15 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1303000
15 15 15 5 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 86300
16 6 1 8 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 597000
17 NEW 17 1 TAKE ME THERE Adore Delano 23000
18 8 8 7 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 177000
19 19 19 16 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 289000
20 NEW 20 1 STARFISH AND COFFEE Prince 20000

http://youtube.com/v/cl_t6efp8zA

21 4 4 2 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 84750
22 20 4 10 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 351250
23 12 12 6 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 121750
24 24 24 5 VENUS Frankie Avalon 92000
25 16 16 7 REAL LOVE Florrie 102550
26 NEW 26 1 RASPBERRY BERET Prince 18500
27 28 27 4 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 46800
28 38 28 2 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 35500
29 17 6 8 ONE STRIKE All Saints 285300
30 NEW 30 1 ALPHABET STREET Prince 18000

31 10 2 5 YES McAlmont & Butler 239900
32 18 10 8 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 159100
33 30 30 3 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 52800
34 21 8 7 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 215950
35 50 35 2 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 29500
36 36 36 9 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 136700
37 39 37 7 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 64500
38 NEW 38 1 U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton 17200
39 25 10 10 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 193450
40 48 40 3 WILD HORSES Birdy 35100

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41 22 7 9 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 239300
42 31 5 10 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 288900
43 35 5 10 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 254850
44 26 9 11 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 237550
45 NEW 45 1 I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince 13000
46 40 40 3 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 36350
47 49 47 16 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 162750
48 99 48 2 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 13400
49 44 3 15 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 594900
50 42 1 34 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2888800

51 23 12 10 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 129050
52 46 5 15 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 407450
53 33 25 5 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 71500
54 54 54 5 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 38300
55 NEW 55 1 KISS Prince 10800
56 43 6 8 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 224850
57 34 20 11 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 182650
58 41 11 6 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 138500
59 29 29 6 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 67700
60 60 60 13 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 71700

61 61 61 9 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 51900
62 62 62 7 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 42600
63 45 12 6 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 130100
64 NEW 64 1 IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince 7100
65 67 65 6 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 30200
66 58 58 9 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 27800
67 74 67 5 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 19900
68 89 68 2 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 8600
69 69 69 5 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 29200
70 NEW 70 1 10,000 LUCHTBALLONEN K3 6000
71 NEW 71 1 LET’S GO CRAZY Prince 5800
72 75 72 2 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 10600
73 73 73 4 VICTIMS Culture Club 21400
74 NEW 74 1 THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams 5200
75 83 75 2 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 8400

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76 77 76 2 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 9400
77 82 77 3 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 11200
78 65 6 19 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 422850
79 79 79 2 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 8400
80 80 80 2 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 8000

81 52 19 10 THE GREATEST KING 152100
82 NEW 82 1 LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince 3600
83 84 83 9 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 19000
84 51 10 10 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 193850
85 NEW 85 1 TAKE ME WITH U Prince 3000
86 NEW 86 1 GROOVY Pet Shop Boys 2800
87 NEW 87 1 PURPLE RAIN Prince & The Revolution 2600
88 88 88 7 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 12700
89 55 55 6 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 34400
90 86 86 3 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 6800

91 91 91 2 AMANECER Edurne 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MELLOW BRICK ROAD Pogo 1800
93 93 93 2 FEELING BB Diamond 3400
94 95 94 2 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 3100
95 NEW 95 1 WAITING Alice Boman 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince 1400
97 71 71 6 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 22500
98 NEW 98 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor 1200
99 92 34 6 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 60300
100 NEW 100 1 ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE Funkadelic 1000

DROP OUTS
27 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
37 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
47 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
53 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
56 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
59 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
63 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
66 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
68 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000
72 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
76 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
78 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
81 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
85 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
90 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200
94 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
96 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
100 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

 

 

17th August 2016

It’s a shocking 4 new entries in the top 4 of my chart! I’m not sure that has ever happened before, but it’s a unique clear-out post-holiday – I played recent faves quite a lot so they were less fresh, and got back from Gran Canaria on Record Store Day which means a bunch of classic oldies released – top of the list: Wichita Lineman, the Jimmy Webb classic song as definitively sung by Glen Campbell. It went top 5 for me in 1969, it was on the first album I had bought for me by my parents in 1970 (and would have charted again if I’d thought of it), it was a reissued oldies chart 1977 topper for me and now it’s out again on vinyl almost 40 years later to mark Glen’s 80th birthday. It’s also regularly named as one of the greatest records of all-time. Because it is!

In at 2, the best track on Super, the Pet Shop Boys new album, Say It To Me, helping to knock their 2 other top 10’s down a bit, while in at 38 another track, Undertow, is dragged in. At 3, it’s a 1990 chart-topper for me, the Trevor Horn-produced flop by Inga Humpe, Riding Into Blue (Cowboy Song), which I’ve stuck into the Buzzjack Song Contest just because it’s sweet and I still love those layered synthy melodic harmonies and the cowboy yeehah’s! Finally, at 4, it’s Native American band Redbone back, originally charting in 1974 it topped my chart 2 years ago as featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy – Come And Get Your Love is now backdrop to a show-stopping SKY advert featuring Quicksilver, soon to feature again in the next X-Men film having stolen the previous movie via the Time In A Bottle sequence.

All of Bryan Ferry’s early solo singles are out for Record Store Day, first to chart is his 1974 top 10 cover of The ‘In’ Crowd. Ferry was just awesome back in the early 70’s, both with Roxy Music, and with his solo projects reinventing fave old songs in new exciting sax-heavy ways. This one under-performed in my very hectic Top 30 in 1974, so it’s overdue a proper chart run. Big climbers: AlunaGeorge and Popcaan, into the top 30, while Zayn, sorry ZAYN, finally hits my 40. Buzzjack song Ulay Oh is lovely and in at 32, which leaves new entries for Kungs, Roxette back and charting after 28 years and ongoing, P!NK back and 18 years on, Elle King, Fifth Harmony (at last), with Above And Beyond and Sigala also returning with new tracks. Finally, Amanacer features twice – that’s “dawn” in Spanish, the fab Bomba Estereo song at 20 being not the same as the OTT Spanish Eurovision entry from 2015 from Edurne which is back cos I watched the video on my hols!

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

1 NEW 1 1 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 170000
2 NEW 2 1 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 115000
3 NEW 3 1 RIDING INTO BLUE (COWBOY SONG) Inga Humpe 85000
4 NEW 4 1 COME AND GET YOUR LOVE Redbone 65000
5 3 1 5 NIRVANA Squeeze 490000
6 1 1 7 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 572000
7 5 5 4 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 220000
8 9 8 6 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 155000
9 4 1 9 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 742700
10 2 2 4 YES McAlmont & Butler 222000

http://youtube.com/v/J50nLCeTHIk

11 6 1 9 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 889000
12 14 12 5 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 102500
13 NEW 13 1 THE ‘IN’ CROWD Bryan Ferry 32000
14 7 1 14 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1274000
15 24 15 4 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 69300
16 22 16 6 REAL LOVE Florrie 83800
17 8 6 7 ONE STRIKE All Saints 267100
18 10 10 7 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 141300
19 19 19 15 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 268000
20 21 4 9 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 331750

http://youtube.com/v/2D3VS2_F7k4

21 11 8 6 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 198350
22 15 7 8 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 225300
23 12 12 9 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 117300
24 27 24 4 VENUS Frankie Avalon 73000
25 18 10 9 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 176350
26 16 9 10 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 224300
27 29 27 14 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 202000
28 64 28 3 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 28400
29 33 29 5 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 57600
30 39 30 2 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 35100

http://youtube.com/v/JvqMvxdZTVE

31 23 5 9 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 275150
32 NEW 32 1 ULAY OH How I Became The Bomb 17800
33 25 25 4 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 60250
34 20 20 10 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 172250
35 26 5 9 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 241350
36 36 36 8 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 119300
37 13 13 14 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 236550
38 NEW 38 1 UNDERTOW Pet Shop Boys 17200
39 50 39 6 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 47200
40 67 40 2 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 23600

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41 17 11 5 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 128300
42 38 1 33 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2876800
43 41 6 7 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 214250
44 43 3 14 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 582800
45 31 12 5 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 122900
46 45 5 14 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 395950
47 30 30 5 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 59500
48 71 48 2 WILD HORSES Birdy 18100
49 51 49 15 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 150250
50 NEW 50 1 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs 12000

51 32 10 9 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 190650
52 34 19 9 THE GREATEST KING 148300
53 28 28 6 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 61550
54 58 54 4 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 27300
55 56 55 5 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 32200
56 47 28 7 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 91000
57 37 37 5 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 68150
58 66 58 3 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 21000
59 42 24 5 PRAY Heaven 17 74600
60 62 60 12 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 61700

61 61 61 8 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 44400
62 65 62 6 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 35200
63 52 1 13 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 731700
64 53 7 10 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 219800
65 60 6 18 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 418450
66 80 19 8 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 105900
67 74 67 5 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 23200
68 63 5 14 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 412750
69 69 69 4 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 23000
70 70 49 6 PRAY Haelos 44000

71 72 71 5 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 21200
72 77 72 5 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 17800
73 73 73 3 VICTIMS Culture Club 16000
74 79 74 4 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 13300
75 NEW 75 1 IT JUST HAPPENS Roxette 5000

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76 48 48 5 DETERMINATION Go West 42100
77 NEW 77 1 TANZ MIT MIR Faun and Santiano 4600
78 RE 57 6 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 33800
79 NEW 79 1 JUST LIKE FIRE P!NK 4200
80 NEW 80 1 UNDER THE INFLUENCE Elle King 4000

81 82 81 7 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 18000
82 85 82 2 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 6600
83 NEW 83 1 WORK FROM HOME Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign 3400
84 84 84 8 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 15600
85 49 49 5 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 43200
86 90 86 2 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 4800
87 87 87 2 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 5200
88 88 88 6 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 10300
89 NEW 89 1 PRISONER ROMANS featuring Rejjie Snow 2200
90 55 55 3 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 18200

91 NEW 91 1 AMANECER Edurne 1900
92 57 34 5 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 59200
93 NEW 93 1 FEELING BB Diamond 1700
94 44 16 9 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 139650
95 NEW 95 1 PARTY FEARS TWO The Associates 1500
96 NEW 96 1 EMPIRE Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman x Tom Staar 1400
97 59 59 8 MISSING YOU All Time Low 34900
98 RE 67 5 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 21800
99 NEW 99 1 ALL OVER THE WORLD Above And Beyond featuring Alex Vargas 1100
100 NEW 100 1 GIVE ME YOUR LOVE Sigala featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers 1000

DROP OUTS
35 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
40 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000
46 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
54 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
68 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
75 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200
76 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
78 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
81 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
83 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
86 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
89 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200

10th April 2016
Its Juice Newton getting that Deadpool chart topper after a 35 year wait. Yes I do feel better, yes I do I feel alright, cos i’m on holiday in gran canaria and McAlmont & Butler are almost back on top 21 years later. I call it epic and one of the greatest records of the 90s. Laura Mvula gets a 2nd top 10 and aha their umpteenth, 31 years of ’em, but Nile Rodgers can best that – 38 years worth. DMX also gets an oldie Deadpool and Melissa McCarthy lipsync battle boost. Both hilarious. Im long bored with pop stars selling music by putting swear words in it then doing clean versions to make it pointless in the first place. If ya gonna do it though do it DMX style and make it the whole angry point!

Tame Impala get a 4th top 20, Adam Lambert and Thomas Rhett a 2nd top 40, and hang on shorely shome mishtake! Rick Astley back in the top 40 after a gap of 28 years?! With a great new record?! Thats why I love the pop biz, never write anyone off. Rick always had a great voice, it was his material that did him in. Before anyone knew he was white Black US radio stations played Never Gonna Give You Up he just never looked like he sounded!

Lower down Birdy has another good newie and ZAYN finally makes my chart follwing the melissa lipsync battle which made me like it quite a bit. Santana are back over 12 years on, and Natalie Merchant 25 years on with a 2001ish oldie i heard for the first time.
1 6 1 6 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 517000
2 10 2 3 YES McAlmont & Butler 180000
3 1 1 4 NIRVANA Squeeze 430000
4 4 1 8 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 697700
5 5 5 3 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 170000
6 3 1 8 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 852000
7 7 1 13 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1245000
8 8 6 6 ONE STRIKE All Saints 244100
9 17 9 5 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 107000
10 14 10 6 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 119300

11 9 8 5 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 178600
12 67 12 8 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 98050
13 23 13 13 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 219250
14 28 14 4 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 67500
15 16 7 7 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 205800
16 12 9 9 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 205800
17 11 11 4 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 114300
18 13 10 8 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 157600
19 26 19 14 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 247000
20 20 20 9 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 154650

21 15 4 8 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 311750
22 22 22 5 REAL LOVE Florrie 58800
23 19 5 8 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 257250
24 35 24 3 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 42300
25 32 25 3 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 42550
26 21 5 8 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 223850
27 31 27 3 VENUS Frankie Avalon 54000
28 50 28 5 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 50300
29 36 29 13 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 183600
30 38 30 4 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 47000

31 18 12 4 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 109900
32 29 10 8 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 178900
33 61 33 4 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 39400
34 27 19 8 THE GREATEST KING 136800
35 2 2 13 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 345900
36 40 36 7 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 101900
37 37 37 4 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 57750
38 33 1 32 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2863050
39 NEW 39 1 KEEP SINGING Rick Astley 17100
40 44 40 13 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 137000

****************

41 25 6 6 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 200750
42 46 24 4 PRAY Heaven 17 64500
43 39 3 13 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 569550
44 24 16 8 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 138050
45 43 5 13 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 383200
46 30 30 8 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 73050
47 41 28 6 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 80400
48 55 48 4 DETERMINATION Go West 37300
49 49 49 4 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 40200
50 66 50 5 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 30100

51 52 51 14 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 138150
52 45 1 12 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 724500
53 42 7 9 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 212700
54 56 54 10 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 98000
55 73 55 2 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 16200
56 70 56 4 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 21400
57 34 34 4 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 57400
58 78 58 3 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 16300
59 62 59 7 MISSING YOU All Time Low 33600
60 60 6 17 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 411450

61 65 61 7 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 36900
62 64 62 11 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 51700
63 53 5 13 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 406350
64 85 64 2 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 10100
65 68 65 5 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 27800
66 80 66 2 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 10800
67 NEW 67 1 PILLOWTALK ZAYN 6600
68 47 37 4 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 47000
69 71 69 3 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 16800
70 59 49 5 PRAY Haelos 38000

71 NEW 71 1 WILD HORSES Birdy 5800
72 75 72 4 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 15400
73 74 73 2 VICTIMS Culture Club 10600
74 69 69 4 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 16600
75 89 75 2 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 7200

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76 79 76 12 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 33700
77 82 77 4 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 12200
78 54 3 13 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 370700
79 87 79 3 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 8100
80 51 19 7 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 99100

81 63 9 9 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 204950
82 84 82 6 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 14200
83 81 1 23 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1442050
84 88 84 7 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 12400
85 NEW 85 1 MOTHERLAND Natalie Merchant 3000
86 57 34 7 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 67850
87 NEW 87 1 ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO GO Santana 2600
88 90 88 5 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 7900
89 NEW 89 1 IN BITS Pet Shop Boys 2200
90 NEW 90 1 100 PERSONALITIES Wildflowers 2000

DROP OUTS
48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
58 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
72 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
76 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
83 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
86 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000

3rd April 2016

It’s Squeeze finally getting that elusive chart-topper, the tuneful, retro, and classy Nirvana, almost samba stylee and with a hint of Band Of Gold’s twangy guitar and strings. Fab. They’ve only had to wait 38 years to top my charts, I’m sure they feel it was worth the wait! That leaves yet another Bowie classic leaping into the top 5, The Jean Genie had a good chart run first time round in 1972, but never quite made it into my top 10 as I saw it as a bit lesser than John I’m Only Dancing, his previous single. That mighty riff has grown with the years though, and so peaks so far at 2, same as the UK singles chart.

Pet Shop Boys get 2 simultaneous tracks off the now-released Super, as B side to The Pop Kids, One-Hit Wonder, enters the 40. McAlmont & Butler return to the top 10, Yes they do, 21 years on, and Yes it’s still Fab. Tame Impala have a leap into my top 30 for the 5th time, and Chairlift finally grab a top 40 spot after climbing slowly for weeks. Gwen Stefani makes it 2 in the 40 as delightfully retro-ska album track, Where Would I Be?, is my highlight off her latest. Midge Ure adds to his total of top 40’s, a cool 40 years since he debuted as lead singer of Slik, all teen-pop and monk chanting.

A lack of new entries allows me to chop the chart down to 90 at long-last, hoping to drop some more down to 75 in the next week or two, but newies are left to Culture Club’s classic Victims, back 33 years on from topping my chart; All Saints album track One Woman Man, The Chainsmokers and Rozes, AlunaGeorge popping back with Popcaan. He probably goes down well at the cinema. Lastly, Raleigh Ritchie replaces himself in my chart as he does a terrific Graham Norton performance. About time he broke big, I say.

1 2 1 3 NIRVANA Squeeze 345000
2 15 2 12 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 328400 302500
3 1 1 7 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 797000
4 3 1 7 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 632700
5 7 5 2 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 110000
6 4 2 5 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 347000
7 5 1 12 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1195000
8 6 6 5 ONE STRIKE All Saints 196100
9 8 8 4 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 141600
10 17 10 2 YES McAlmont & Butler 65000

http://youtube.com/v/nlro9eS0Wek

11 11 11 3 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 91300
12 9 9 8 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 180800
13 10 10 7 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 135600
14 20 14 5 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 77300
15 14 4 7 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 292000
16 13 7 6 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 178800
17 22 17 4 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 62000
18 12 12 3 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 92000
19 18 5 7 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 238000
20 23 20 8 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 134650

http://youtube.com/v/vWaRiD5ym74

21 16 5 7 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 205350
22 35 22 4 REAL LOVE Florrie 39300
23 26 23 12 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 187250 309900
24 21 16 7 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 124800
25 19 6 5 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 186750
26 30 26 13 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 226000
27 27 19 7 THE GREATEST KING 119200
28 58 28 3 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 38500
29 25 10 7 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 161100
30 52 30 7 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 60300

http://youtube.com/v/sBzrzS1Ag_g

31 33 31 2 VENUS Frankie Avalon 35600
32 70 32 2 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 23800
33 31 1 31 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2845850
34 36 34 3 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 47000
35 71 35 2 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 23300
36 40 36 12 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 165400 19400
37 46 37 3 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 40450
38 68 38 3 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 29000
39 39 3 12 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 556050
40 41 40 6 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 84500

http://youtube.com/v/D8m8Z-zRPrc

41 28 28 5 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 67900
42 29 7 8 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 201450
43 43 5 12 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 370200
44 45 44 12 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 120000 432600
45 38 1 11 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 713000
46 24 24 3 PRAY Heaven 17 50750
47 37 37 3 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 40600
48 48 48 9 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 96150
49 57 49 3 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 28100
50 55 50 4 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 32000

51 32 19 6 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 95100
52 53 52 13 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 126400
53 50 5 12 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 399150
54 47 3 12 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 366300
55 60 55 3 DETERMINATION Go West 25000
56 56 56 9 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 87000
57 34 34 6 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 65050
58 54 8 11 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 250050
59 49 49 4 PRAY Haelos 32000
60 63 6 16 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 401450

61 64 61 3 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 21700
62 73 62 6 MISSING YOU All Time Low 23500
63 44 9 8 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 201150
64 65 64 10 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 44300
65 69 65 6 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 29400
66 66 66 4 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 18100
67 62 37 7 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 63050
68 74 68 4 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 20800
69 87 69 3 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 11400
70 83 70 3 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 10800

71 76 71 2 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 10600
72 42 6 10 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 283350
73 NEW 73 1 ONE WOMAN MAN All Saints 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VICTIMS Culture Club 5200
75 84 75 3 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 9800

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76 51 34 8 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 79850
77 59 16 12 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 188400
78 93 78 2 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 6100
79 80 79 11 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 28900
80 NEW 80 1 ROSES The Chainsmokers featuring Rozes 4000

81 81 1 22 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1438650
82 85 82 3 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 7600
83 78 3 24 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 841500
84 89 84 5 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10600
85 NEW 85 1 I’M IN CONTROL AlunaGeorge featuring Popcaan 3000
86 61 35 5 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 44000
87 97 87 2 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 3900
88 92 88 6 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 9200
89 NEW 89 1 STRONGER THAN EVER Raleigh Ritchie 2200
90 96 90 4 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 5500

DROP OUTS
67 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
72 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400
77 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
79 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
82 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
86 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
88 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
90 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700
91 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
94 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
98 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

 

27th March 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Vaults holding off the all-time bridesmaids Squeeze – who have been stuck at 2 in 1978, 1995 and now 2016. The always-good Chris and Glen almost hit the top every other decade it seems. Fingers crossed they don’t get leapfrogged by another duo Chris and Neil who Squeeze have jumped over, but who enter at 7 with their 3rd top 10 of the year – Pet Shop Boys new track one off the new album Super is a fab marmite dance-yeehaw-country slab of fun guaranteed to annoy a lot of people. Hooray Happiness! Primal Scream and Gwen Stefani both add to their tally of top 10 entries with quality singles.

OMD just miss out on adding to their tally at 11, though oddly this one is sung not by another golden duo (Paul and Andy) but by actor Taron Egerton (assisted by Hugh Jackman) who does a great job from movie Fly. Talking of movies, 3 classic oldies enter my charts for the first time thanks to spooky drama 10 Cloverfield Lane – Frankie Avalon’s teen-classic Venus gives him a chart entry for the first time in 38 years, since Grease’s Beauty School Dropout , while Tommy James has his first since Mony Mony was reissued in 1975, though the song I Think We’re Alone Now was big for Tiffany in 1987.

Also back after 21 years, McAlmont & Butler’s classic Yes, which I saw high on itunes yesterday – I’m guessing it was on The Voice (haven’t seen it yet) – and which topped my chart in 1995. A big climb for Florrie into the 40, and new tracks by Gwen Stefani, Pet Shop Boys, Nick Jonas and Tove Lo (her second in the chart, and Nick joining brother Joe in DNCE), and Zara Larsson as I at long last give in and chart Lush Life.

1 1 1 6 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 712000
2 5 2 2 NIRVANA Squeeze 175000
3 2 1 6 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 567700
4 3 2 4 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 292000
5 4 1 11 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1145000
6 8 6 4 ONE STRIKE All Saints 138100
7 NEW 7 1 HAPPINESS Pet Shop Boys 50000
8 10 8 3 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 96600
9 14 9 7 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 145800
10 18 10 6 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 103600

http://youtube.com/v/QLPP0nAJxBo

11 37 11 2 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 54300
12 12 12 2 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 70000
13 7 7 5 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 153800
14 9 4 6 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 265000
15 20 15 11 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 213400
16 15 5 6 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 185600
17 NEW 17 1 YES McAlmont & Butler 23000
18 13 5 6 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 217000
19 11 6 4 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 168000
20 28 20 4 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 48300

http://youtube.com/v/CcRPBoGmC4I

21 16 16 6 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 105800
22 35 22 3 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 39000
23 29 23 7 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 114650
24 24 24 2 PRAY Heaven 17 38000
25 25 10 6 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 142900
26 30 26 11 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 168000
27 27 19 6 THE GREATEST KING 100800
28 39 28 4 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 53900
29 17 7 7 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 187700
30 33 30 12 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 207500

http://youtube.com/v/L7u9FpJJtEQ

31 23 1 30 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2828150
32 19 19 5 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 83350
33 NEW 33 1 VENUS Frankie Avalon 17700
34 44 34 5 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 54650
35 98 35 3 REAL LOVE Florrie 19800
36 50 36 2 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 29400
37 55 37 2 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 28100
38 32 1 10 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 690000
39 34 3 11 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 538950
40 43 40 11 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 148000

http://youtube.com/v/S9lkxJFLZ5w

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41 41 41 5 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 67500
42 6 6 9 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 277750
43 38 5 11 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 356700
44 22 9 7 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 193950
45 47 45 11 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 106750
46 57 46 2 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 23150
47 31 3 11 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 355300
48 49 48 8 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 83850
49 70 49 3 PRAY Haelos 21900
50 26 5 11 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 387900

51 36 34 7 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 75050
52 58 52 6 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 42300
53 53 53 12 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 114900
54 40 8 10 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 239850
55 66 55 3 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 20000
56 56 56 8 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 76400
57 72 57 2 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 16000
58 60 58 2 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 20200
59 45 16 11 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 183800
60 79 60 2 DETERMINATION Go West 14200

61 54 35 4 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 41200
62 46 37 6 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 56450
63 62 6 15 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 391450
64 64 64 2 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 14200
65 68 65 9 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 37200
66 85 66 3 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 11300
67 21 17 19 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 240700
68 73 68 2 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 11800
69 71 69 5 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 22400
70 NEW 70 1 ONE-HIT WONDER Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 WHERE WOULD I BE? Gwen Stefani 5800
72 48 23 8 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 101350
73 80 73 5 MISSING YOU All Time Low 16100
74 77 74 3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 14400
75 75 75 4 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 15400

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76 NEW 76 1 I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tommy James And The Shondells 4800
77 51 39 6 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 59150
78 69 3 23 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 838100
79 52 47 9 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 97000
80 82 80 10 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 24700

81 74 1 21 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1434850
82 67 2 11 CHANGES David Bowie 420450
83 96 83 2 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 4800
84 94 84 2 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 4800
85 100 85 2 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 4000
86 65 8 9 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 195050
87 87 87 2 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 5200
88 63 4 17 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 482650
89 89 89 4 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 7400
90 78 78 5 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 13700

91 86 12 11 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 188900
92 95 92 5 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 6800
93 NEW 93 1 LUSH LIFE Zara Larsson 1700
94 81 9 10 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 194600
95 76 70 5 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 19100
96 99 96 3 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 3500
97 NEW 97 1 CLOSE Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo 1300
98 84 17 10 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 142000
99 88 59 5 PLUMMET tiasu 33600
100 NEW 100 1 TELL HIM The Exciters 1000

DROP OUTS
42 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
59 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
61 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
83 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
90 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400
91 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
97 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400

 

 

20th March 2016

It’s Vaults for a 2nd week ahead of a resurgent Pet Shop Boys and a very 80’s chart. Not only are there actual 80’s tracks, there are many a regular 70‘s/80’s veteran in the chart doing well – just count all the acts who were around then but with new material! – but thanks to the soundtrack to Fly (the Eddie The Eagle movie) Gary Barlow has worked with a whole album-worth of 80’s acts on new material for the film. That leads most noticeably to the first chart return in over 20 years for Go West (who I saw in concert last year), Midge Ure, OMD (both have topped my chart in recent years), and in at 24 with their first chart entry with new material in a whopping 30 years, Heaven 17. That’s the length of time contemporaries Pet Shop Boys have been having number ones in my charts!

That’s not all, though, Squeeze are back and new at 5 with the highest new entry, a sort of fab mellow almost-bossa-nova nirvana. That’s their first top 10 in over 20 years, and 38 years since their first. All Saints get a first top in 10 years, Bo Saris leaps to 10 from 67 thanks to a car advert, and Primal Scream grab another top 20 26 years on from their first. The veterans are back on form collectively for sure, as ELO and Bryan Adams (also Jeff Lynne) pop in, Gwen Stefani gets another top 10 almost 2 decades on, a-ha leap into the 30 30 years on, and Nile Rodgers just keeps adding to his long list of featuring’s with Laura Mvula grabbing a second top 40. James also replace themselves in the chart, just to rub it in. Oh, and Westlife’s Markus Feehily gets a second big top 40 entry as he decides passion is better than stools on stage.

http://youtube.com/v/0fidOiAFXK0

1 1 1 5 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 542000
2 4 1 5 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 482700
3 2 2 3 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 227000
4 3 1 10 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1085000
5 NEW 5 1 NIRVANA Squeeze 60000
6 9 6 8 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 264000
7 7 7 4 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 121800
8 16 8 3 ONE STRIKE All Saints 83100
9 10 4 5 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 236000
10 67 10 2 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 48600

http://youtube.com/v/RtHDIC0EW0k

11 6 6 3 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 147000
12 NEW 12 1 SANCTUARY Markus Feehily featuring Clannad 35000
13 5 5 5 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 195000
14 28 14 6 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 100800
15 8 5 5 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 160600
16 24 16 5 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 86050
17 11 7 6 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 169500
18 38 18 5 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 61600
19 25 19 4 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 194700
20 22 20 10 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 186400

http://youtube.com/v/JC77NtzW7U4

21 17 17 18 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 234100
22 14 9 6 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 180700
23 18 1 29 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2810250
24 NEW 24 1 PRAY Heaven 17 19000
25 12 10 5 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 124150
26 13 5 10 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 375900
27 19 19 5 THE GREATEST KING 82400
28 72 28 3 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 28300
29 32 29 6 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 95400
30 31 30 10 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 149500

http://youtube.com/v/0uljUDtv1Kw

31 15 3 10 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 342800
32 20 1 9 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 672800
33 33 33 11 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 189500
34 23 3 10 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 521850
35 90 35 2 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 19500
36 34 34 6 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 63300
37 NEW 37 1 THRILL ME Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark featuring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman 17300
38 30 5 10 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 343200
39 48 39 3 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 35600
40 21 8 9 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 228850

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41 44 41 4 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 53500
42 29 29 15 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 163500
43 43 43 10 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 131000
44 60 44 4 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 37050
45 26 16 10 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 173700
46 37 37 5 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 49050
47 49 47 10 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 93750
48 27 23 7 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 95750
49 52 49 7 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 71550
50 NEW 50 1 AIN’T IT A DRAG Jeff Lynne’s ELO 12000

51 39 39 5 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 54550
52 47 47 8 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 92800
53 54 53 11 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 103650
54 35 35 3 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 33700
55 NEW 55 1 DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Bryan Adams 10800
56 56 56 7 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 65800
57 NEW 57 1 MY CHURCH Maren Morris 10400
58 66 58 5 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 30800
59 36 36 5 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 68400
60 NEW 60 1 THE LESS I KNOW THE BETTER Tame Impala 10000

61 40 40 7 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 71600
62 51 6 14 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 384250
63 42 4 16 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 480250
64 NEW 64 1 WELCOME TO THE SHOW Adam Lambert featuring Laleh 7100
65 41 8 8 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 192250
66 88 66 2 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 9200
67 53 2 10 CHANGES David Bowie 416850
68 71 68 8 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 30200
69 58 3 22 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 833700
70 81 70 2 PRAY Haelos 9800

71 74 71 4 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 16200
72 NEW 72 1 NOTHING BUT LOVE James 5600
73 NEW 73 1 TOUCHING HEARTS AND SKIES Midge Ure 5400
74 69 1 20 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1431050
75 84 75 3 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 10400

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76 70 70 4 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 17600
77 77 77 2 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 9200
78 83 78 4 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 11700
79 NEW 79 1 DETERMINATION Go West 4200
80 85 80 4 MISSING YOU All Time Low 10700

81 61 9 9 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193000
82 82 82 9 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 20700
83 45 10 10 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 207450
84 46 17 9 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 140800
85 95 85 2 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 4500
86 62 12 10 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 187000
87 NEW 87 1 THE DREAMER Anna Of The North 2600
88 59 59 4 PLUMMET tiasu 32500
89 91 89 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 5200
90 92 90 4 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 6400

91 57 57 4 XPANDER Sasha 20200
92 50 50 7 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 51700
93 76 7 14 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 304300
94 NEW 94 1 HANDS TO MYSELF Selena Gomez 1600
95 97 95 4 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 5000
96 NEW 96 1 EVERYTHING YOU’VE COME TO EXPECT The Last Shadow Puppets 1400
97 87 1 19 WINGS Hurts 1678400
98 99 98 2 REAL LOVE Florrie 2300
99 100 99 2 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 2100
100 NEW 100 1 FRAGILE Kygo featuring Labrinth 1000

DROP OUTS
55 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
63 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
68 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
73 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400
78 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000
86 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
89 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
93 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
96 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
98 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300

 

13th March 2016

It’s Vaults with their first chart-topper, and the best new song from a movie in 2015 (though I’ve yet to see 50 Shades Of Grey), the fab One Last Night. It’s another movie theme at 2, the brilliant intro sequence to Deadpool, Juice Newton’s 1981 cover of Angel Of The Morning finally getting the kudos it missed at the time (from me). Mike Posner pops Ibiza into the 10, biggest climber is All Saints up a whopping 43 places to give them a first top 20 entry since 2006, a whole decade away!

In the week Beatles Producer the great George Martin passed away, The Beatles get a 4th entry with the appropriate In My Life (it was bubbling inside the itunes top 200) while the other 3 go up. Philip George & Dragonette go top 40, Gwen Stefani gets a second quick top 40, and Great Good Fine OK also get a second top 40 entry after a bit of a gap. Highest new entry is an advert song from Bo Saris, very Plan B/Prince, while Dusty’s classic UK chart-topper at long long last makes my charts for the first time as her hits CD enters the charts. Only 50 years overdue (It would have charted in 1966 pretty highly if I’d been compiling charts then)! Other returns: Haelos (former chart-toppers), Laura Mvula & Nile Rodgers, Thomas Rhett, Jess Glynne. Don’t play the naughty record at 96. OK do, it’s very funny, OTT and catchy.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 2 1 4 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 372000
2 15 2 2 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 142000
3 3 1 9 FADED/ FADED (RESTRUNG) Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 1020000
4 1 1 4 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 367700
5 8 5 4 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 163000
6 6 6 2 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 110000
7 27 7 3 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 71800
8 5 5 4 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 133600
9 9 9 7 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 209000
10 4 4 4 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 191000

11 7 7 5 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 146500
12 10 10 4 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 105400
13 14 5 9 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 357400
14 13 9 5 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 161200
15 11 3 9 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 324900
16 59 16 2 ONE STRIKE All Saints 35100
17 25 17 17 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 214350
18 18 1 28 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2791000
19 19 19 4 THE GREATEST KING 64000
20 12 1 8 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 655000

http://youtube.com/v/8pQ0gX-fjKE

21 17 8 8 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 211850
22 22 22 9 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 166400
23 20 3 9 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 504250
24 30 24 4 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 61050
25 28 25 3 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 44550
26 16 16 9 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 160700
27 23 23 6 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 83450
28 32 28 5 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 71800
29 29 29 14 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 149750
30 24 5 9 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 326000

31 34 31 9 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 131500
32 35 32 5 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 77200
33 37 33 10 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 171800
34 39 34 5 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 146700
35 74 35 2 FEEL THIS WAY Philip George And Dragonette 22700
36 36 36 4 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 58300
37 38 37 4 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 36300
38 55 38 4 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 39600
39 40 39 4 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 42800
40 48 40 6 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 64100

http://youtube.com/v/ah0UstVUSSU

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41 21 8 7 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 185250
42 26 4 15 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 473050
43 43 43 9 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 117500
44 44 44 3 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 39500
45 33 10 9 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 204250
46 31 17 8 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 137600
47 49 47 7 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 81300
48 69 48 2 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 18500
49 51 49 9 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 81250
50 50 50 6 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 49900

51 45 6 13 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 366850
52 52 52 6 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 59450
53 41 2 9 CHANGES David Bowie 410250
54 56 54 10 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 92400
55 46 19 7 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 118250
56 57 56 6 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 55200
57 70 57 3 XPANDER Sasha 18300
58 54 3 21 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 827500
59 60 59 3 PLUMMET tiasu 30100
60 65 60 3 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 23800

61 47 9 8 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 189200
62 42 12 9 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 184200
63 72 63 5 TO MY SURPRISE James 28200
64 66 64 3 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 20500
65 53 53 3 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 24250
66 71 66 4 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 20600
67 NEW 67 1 SHE’S ON FIRE Bo Saris 6600
68 58 25 9 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 145250
69 62 1 19 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1425850
70 73 70 3 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 12800

http://youtube.com/v/0Kq_o-ezxeE

71 76 71 7 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 23800
72 78 72 2 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 10000
73 68 63 5 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 25200
74 82 74 3 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 10400
75 75 75 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 12400

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76 64 7 13 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 302600
77 NEW 77 1 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 4600
78 61 18 5 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 74300
79 63 63 4 BONBON Era Istrefi 22000
80 67 6 12 WISH Hurts 308000

81 NEW 81 1 PRAY Haelos 3800
82 85 82 8 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 17100
83 88 83 3 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 7300
84 89 84 2 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 5400
85 90 85 3 MISSING YOU All Time Low 6700
86 77 77 4 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 13200
87 79 1 18 WINGS Hurts 1677100
88 NEW 88 1 DIE A HAPPY MAN Thomas Rhett 2400
89 92 89 2 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 4000
90 NEW 90 1 OVERCOME Laura Mvula featuring Nile Rodgers 2000

91 99 91 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 3000
92 96 92 3 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 4400
93 84 84 4 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 9800
94 94 94 3 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 4300
95 NEW 95 1 AIN’T GOT FAR TO GO Jess Glynne 1500
96 NEW 96 1 UNICORN TAI and Le Shuuk 1400
97 98 97 3 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 3500
98 97 71 3 YEAH! COSBY 8300
99 NEW 99 1 REAL LOVE Florrie 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN MY LIFE The Beatles 1000

DROP OUTS
80 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300
81 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
83 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
91 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
93 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
95 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
100 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

6th March 2016It’s a 41st Number one for Pet Shop Boys, sounding very late 90’s-period PSB’s, smooth EDM. Neil and Chris have never had more than a 2 or 3 year gap between chart-toppers since first doing it over 30 years ago with West End Girls. The previous topper was with Example, it was on a Thursday. Vaults get runners-up with the gorgeous One Last Night, and FKA Twigs grabs her first top 5 with the lovely Good To Love. Highest new entry at 6 is a track to be played at a funeral this week, a track from 2000 that I knew, and loved, but was somehow unable to find out who or what it was. It’s a chill-out classic, you will likely know it, but you may not know that you know it. The orchestral hook is taken from a 1968 Engelbert Humperdinck record and re-worked by Kinobe. So 16 years late it finally charts.

Talking of charting at new peaks belatedly, thanks to Deadpool (which I saw again, fab film) Juice Newton’s 1981 minor version (in my charts) of Angel In The Morning enters at 15. It kicks off the movie beautifully, and is a power-country-ballad version of a song that first charted for Mary Mason in 1977 for me. So, 35 years late, it hits a new peak. As does another track from Deadpool, X Gon Give It To Ya, which DMX took to a measly 68 in 2003, but which finally hits the top 40 13 years late. DJ Fresh and Dizzee grab another top 10, as do Mott & Bowie’s Dudes back in the top 10 after a 44-year absence.

Sammy Davis Jnr gets his first-ever top 10 hit, 44 years after he was denied The Candy Man doing it (in 1972 I only allowed UK charting singles in my chart, but his USA chart-topper was a fave). Justice at last! Biggest climber is pill popping Mike Posner, the late Viola Beach make my top 30, and Elvis gets If I Can Dream into the chart for a 4th time (albeit a new version), 1969 it went top 5, and most recently in 2007 it also went top 5. New entries outside the 40: All saints are back with One Strike, hooray! Nearly 20 years since they started a run of a dozen hits or so. a-ha are also back lengthening their run to over 30 years, and Kate Bush is back again with This Woman’s Work (thanks to The Voice) which will help it rise inside my top 800 listing (given it away!).

1 2 1 3 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 302700
2 5 2 3 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 202000
3 1 1 8 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 935000
4 4 4 3 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 149000
5 20 5 3 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 85600
6 NEW 6 1 SLIP INTO SOMETHING MORE COMFORTABLE Kinobe 55000
7 17 7 4 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 109500
8 12 8 3 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 103000
9 14 9 6 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 164000
10 15 10 3 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 70400

http://youtube.com/v/oonHquCgFl4

11 3 3 8 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 297900
12 7 1 7 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 635000
13 11 9 4 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 132200
14 6 5 8 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 325400
15 NEW 15 1 ANGEL OF THE MORNING Juice Newton 27000
16 16 16 8 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 142200
17 19 8 7 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 192100
18 10 1 27 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2769000
19 24 19 3 THE GREATEST KING 53000
20 9 3 8 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 485000

http://youtube.com/v/HTzGMEfbnAw

21 8 8 6 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 171250
22 22 22 8 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 146900
23 30 23 5 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 65050
24 18 5 8 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 308000
25 28 25 16 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 191350
26 21 4 14 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 459300
27 83 27 2 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 21800
28 61 28 2 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 25800
29 29 29 13 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 131550
30 44 30 3 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 42050

http://youtube.com/v/foE1mO2yM04

31 26 17 7 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 124850
32 38 32 4 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 53500
33 23 10 8 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 191250
34 40 34 8 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 113600
35 35 35 4 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 59400
36 39 36 3 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 40900
37 37 37 9 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 154100
38 92 38 3 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 19000
39 62 39 4 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 129100
40 64 40 3 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 104000

http://youtube.com/v/fGx6K90TmCI

41 13 2 8 CHANGES David Bowie 399000
42 32 12 8 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 176800
43 43 43 8 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 104000
44 45 44 2 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 26250
45 34 6 12 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 355100
46 31 19 6 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 107450
47 33 9 7 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 181700
48 48 48 5 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 47100
49 49 49 6 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 68800
50 58 50 5 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 37900

51 51 51 8 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 69150
52 53 52 5 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 47950
53 70 53 2 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 17250
54 42 3 20 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 817300
55 69 55 3 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 22400
56 56 56 9 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 81400
57 57 57 5 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 44600
58 25 25 8 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 138850
59 NEW 59 1 ONE STRIKE All Saints 10100
60 60 60 2 PLUMMET tiasu 20000

http://youtube.com/v/q6c4JyUmVSc

61 27 18 4 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 69900
62 41 1 18 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1419650
63 65 63 3 BONBON Era Istrefi 17800
64 55 7 12 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 297800
65 66 65 2 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 13800
66 67 66 2 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 13400
67 36 6 11 WISH Hurts 304000
68 63 63 4 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 19800
69 NEW 69 1 DESIRE Years And Years featuring Tove Lo 6200
70 91 70 2 XPANDER Sasha 7900

71 73 71 3 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 13800
72 74 72 4 TO MY SURPRISE James 21000
73 96 73 2 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 6800
74 NEW 74 1 FEEL LIKE TONIGHT Philip George And Dragonette 5200
75 88 75 2 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 7400

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76 82 76 6 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 18000
77 77 77 3 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 10400
78 NEW 78 1 OBJECTS IN THE MIRROR a-ha 4400
79 46 1 17 WINGS Hurts 1674500
80 97 80 2 THE LOOK Metronomy 5300

81 78 78 4 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 14100
82 94 82 2 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 5200
83 50 50 8 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 84400
84 84 84 3 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 8100
85 87 85 7 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 13500
86 86 86 3 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 8000
87 47 5 10 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 338800
88 95 88 2 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 3900
89 NEW 89 1 VALLEY OF PARADISE Psychemagik 2200
90 93 90 2 MISSING YOU All Time Low 3700

91 85 13 19 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 258450
92 NEW 92 1 YOU CAN NOW LET GO We Are Temporary 1800
93 89 12 8 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 78900
94 99 94 2 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 2700
95 76 1 8 HEROES David Bowie 254650
96 98 96 2 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 2600
97 71 71 2 YEAH! COSBY 7100
98 100 98 2 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 2200
99 NEW 99 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 1100
100 NEW 100 1 MONSTER LEAD ME HOME Sara Hartman 1000

DROP OUTS
52 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
54 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
59 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
68 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
72 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
75 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150
79 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400
81 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

 

28th February 2016

It’s a 4th week for Faded, that’s the whole of February on top, but there are 4 top 5 climbers hot on it’s heels. Pet Shop Boys first official single from Super replaces Inner Sanctum in the top 10, up 31 places to 2. Not many PSB singles peak at 2, so next week should see if they can keep up the chart-toppers. David Bowie gets yet another classic in the top 3 as Oh You Pretty Things replaces Changes in the top 3, appropriately all very Hunky Dory. Bomba Estereo groove to 4, up 20 places, and Vaults vaults 10 to 5 with the movie soundtrack song, her first top 10. Not seen the film yet.

Up 81 places, probably the biggest jump ever in my charts (being as I rarely have a top 100!) it’s the very late Sammy Davis Jr with the help of a fab Sky advert landing at 15, his highest ever chart placing and 4 years since Rhythm Of Life charted. There are, depressingly, a plethora of late music stars in my charts. Of the new ones, FKA Twigs gets her first top 20 with a lovely toon, and King (not the 80’s pop stars) go top 30 with the lovely The Greatest. Josef Salvat gets his first top 30, and Primal Scream and Holly Johnson return to the top 40 with new tracks, Holly’s is his biggest since the 80’s!

Others: I’ve been to see the fab Deadpool, which has a great soundtrack of oldies, 4 of them enter (Chordettes Back To The Future classic Mister Sandman; DMX; Neil Sedaka; Ray Charles), while there’s a song contest invasion of new stuff, and a few non-BJSC new tracks, including a welcome return to 6-years-absent Corinne Bailey Rae, who last hit my top 10 in 2010.

http://youtube.com/v/NDfrS-uvI0Q

1 1 1 7 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 850000
2 33 2 2 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 132700
3 7 3 7 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 260900
4 24 4 2 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 84000
5 15 5 2 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 87000
6 6 5 7 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 296400
7 3 1 6 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 600000
8 10 8 5 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 151500
9 5 3 7 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 465000
10 4 1 26 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2747000

11 9 9 3 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 100200
12 20 12 2 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 55000
13 2 2 7 CHANGES David Bowie 385000
14 14 14 5 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 119000
15 96 15 2 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 28400
16 16 16 7 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 117200
17 26 17 3 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 59500
18 11 5 7 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 289000
19 8 8 6 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 169100
20 72 20 2 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 25600

http://youtube.com/v/8Tq0HzgDcNc

21 28 4 13 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 440800
22 23 22 7 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 127400
23 13 10 7 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 173550
24 45 24 2 THE GREATEST KING 32000
25 25 25 7 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 128650
26 17 17 6 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 106950
27 18 18 3 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 62400
28 36 28 15 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 172600
29 46 29 12 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 113350
30 65 30 4 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 45800

http://youtube.com/v/UbpSV3gBRfk

31 31 19 5 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 94700
32 22 12 7 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 163050
33 19 9 6 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 169200
34 34 6 11 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 342100
35 40 35 3 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 41900
36 21 6 10 WISH Hurts 297400
37 38 37 8 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 136800
38 49 38 3 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 35700
39 68 39 2 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 23500
40 41 40 7 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 96000

http://youtube.com/v/AXiMS5XW6kA

41 30 1 17 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1412250
42 29 3 19 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 806300
43 44 43 7 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 90500
44 55 44 2 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 24050
45 NEW 45 1 MISTER SANDMAN The Chordettes 13000
46 32 1 16 WINGS Hurts 1670300
47 27 5 9 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 337200
48 48 48 4 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 34800
49 51 49 5 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 56700
50 50 50 7 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 81000

51 53 51 7 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 57400
52 12 12 24 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 376200
53 54 53 4 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 36450
54 47 47 5 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 48450
55 35 7 11 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 290700
56 57 56 8 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 70800
57 59 57 4 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 34200
58 60 58 4 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 25900
59 37 11 8 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 156550
60 NEW 60 1 PLUMMET tiasu 10000

61 NEW 61 1 I’LL TAKE YOU MSTR ROGERS 7500
62 86 62 3 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 11200
63 79 63 3 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 13400
64 94 64 2 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 8700
65 82 65 2 BONBON Era Istrefi 10600
66 NEW 66 1 DREAMIN’ Embody featuring Camden Cox 6800
67 NEW 67 1 CHILDREN OF THE SUN Thomas Bergersen featuring Merethe Soltvedt 6600
68 58 58 4 SANCTUARY Allie X 28000
69 73 69 2 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 11600
70 NEW 70 1 MIRROR MIRROR Jeff Williams featuring Casey Lee Williams 6000

71 NEW 71 1 YEAH! COSBY 5800
72 39 39 4 MOVIES Rykka 38100
73 87 73 2 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 8000
74 74 74 3 TO MY SURPRISE James 15400
75 42 35 6 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 88150

**************************************

76 70 1 7 HEROES David Bowie 253150
77 98 77 2 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 5800
78 80 78 3 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 10300
79 43 32 6 BORROWED TIME Frances 57300
80 97 80 3 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 6400

81 66 57 5 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 29400
82 85 82 5 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 13200
83 NEW 83 1 I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) Mike Posner 3400
84 93 84 2 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 4900
85 56 13 18 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 256550
86 88 86 2 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 5200
87 89 87 6 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 10500
88 NEW 88 1 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 2400
89 78 12 7 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 77200
90 90 90 3 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 5500

91 NEW 91 1 XPANDER Sasha 1900
92 NEW 92 1 X GON’ GIVE IT TO YA DMX 1800
93 NEW 93 1 MISSING YOU All Time Low 1700
94 NEW 94 1 CALENDAR GIRL Neil Sedaka 1600
95 NEW 95 1 THE RIGHT SONG Tiesto & Oliver Heldens featuring Natalie La Rose 1500
96 NEW 96 1 BEEN TO THE MOON Corinne Bailey Rae 1400
97 NEW 97 1 THE LOOK Metronomy 1300
98 NEW 98 1 I NEED YOU TONIGHT James Morrison 1200
99 NEW 99 1 GIMME THE LOVE Jake Bugg 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HIT THE ROAD JACK Ray Charles 1000

DROP OUTS

52 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
61 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
67 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
69 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
71 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
75 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200
76 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
81 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
83 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
91 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
95 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
99 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

21st February 2016

It’s Faded for a 3rd week on top as Changes hits number 2, a new peak since it first charted in 1975 for David Bowie, and the same for Oh! You Pretty Things, which has never charted before, both dating from 1971 originally, when I lived in Singapore and had no idea who Bowie was…! Highest new entry is a second hit for Vaults, at 15, from a naughty movie, it’s fab, while a hot new track enters at 20 for Flume featuring Kai. A Spanish language dance goodie from Colombian band Bomba Estereo is in at 24, quite probably only the 2nd act from that country to make my charts (Shakira obviously the likely first), and in at 33 it’s the new official single from Pet Shop Boys joining the next album debut track Inner Sanctum inside the top 40. Of course! I was, in actual fact, a Pop Kid. I like to think Neil wrote the lyric for me… tongue.gif

Others: the tragically late young band Viola Beach enter with a good track, Holly ‘Frankie Goes To Hollywood’ Johnson is back over 30 years on with a movie soundtrack song not entirely unlike The Power Of Love. That’s a good thing. FKA Twigs gets a second entry, Gwen Stefani keeps the 20 year-run (nearly) of hits going, albeit starting with No Doubt, no doubt. Elvis is back with a re-imagining of his 1969 top 5 belter If I Can Dream, one I loved as an 11-year-old but less so these days, and finally Sammy Davis Jr is being used in a SKY TV ad, good enough excuse for me to chart it (along with itunes) especially as it’s a song I knew in my distant youth but never really noticed much. Sammy was fab.

1 1 1 6 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 680000
2 6 2 6 CHANGES David Bowie 353000
3 2 1 5 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 550000
4 4 1 25 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2705000
5 3 3 6 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 420000
6 5 5 6 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 241400
7 9 7 6 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 185900
8 8 8 5 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 148100
9 29 9 2 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 63200
10 11 10 4 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 103500

http://youtube.com/v/ESjzB0m_60E

11 7 5 6 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 267000
12 13 12 23 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 364700
13 10 10 6 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 154300
14 14 14 4 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 90000
15 NEW 15 1 ONE LAST NIGHT Vaults 27000
16 26 16 6 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 92200
17 17 17 5 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 88450
18 18 18 2 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V. Bozeman 44000
19 16 9 5 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
20 NEW 20 1 NEVER BE LIKE YOU Flume featuring Kai 20000

http://youtube.com/v/-KPnyf8vwXI

21 15 6 9 WISH Hurts 280000
22 12 12 6 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 145250
23 23 23 6 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 107900
24 NEW 24 1 AMANECER Bomba Estereo 19000
25 25 25 6 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 109900
26 30 26 2 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 36500
27 19 5 8 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 324700
28 22 4 12 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 421050
29 27 3 18 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 792550
30 28 1 16 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1398250

http://youtube.com/v/zPB8Ba5BJ7w

31 31 19 4 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 76800
32 21 1 15 WINGS Hurts 1657550
33 NEW 33 1 THE POP KIDS Pet Shop Boys 17700
34 33 6 10 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 324500
35 24 7 10 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 279900
36 37 36 14 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 154300
37 20 11 7 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 146450
38 39 38 7 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 119500
39 60 39 3 MOVIES Rykka 32500
40 62 40 2 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 24400

http://youtube.com/v/7JF3Gj8U0YA

41 42 41 6 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 79000
42 35 35 5 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 83150
43 32 32 5 BORROWED TIME Frances 53100
44 44 44 6 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 77000
45 NEW 45 1 THE GREATEST KING 13000
46 46 46 11 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 95150
47 53 47 4 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 37450
48 65 48 3 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 22500
49 68 49 2 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 18500
50 52 50 6 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 69000

51 51 51 4 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 44600
52 48 18 8 AMAZING Foxes 126050
53 58 53 6 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 45650
54 63 54 3 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 25200
55 NEW 55 1 SWINGS & WATERSLIDES Viola Beach 10800
56 45 13 17 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 253550
57 59 57 7 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 60200
58 67 58 3 SANCTUARY Allie X 21600
59 64 59 3 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 23800
60 78 60 3 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 15700

61 34 34 5 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 54800
62 38 14 5 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 96100
63 40 40 5 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 58550
64 47 47 3 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 32100
65 55 55 3 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 27800
66 57 57 4 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 25600
67 36 7 7 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 165000
68 NEW 68 1 ASCENSION Holly Johnson 6400
69 41 1 6 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 278950
70 56 1 6 HEROES David Bowie 248350

71 54 21 5 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 74300
72 NEW 72 1 GOOD TO LOVE FKA Twigs 5600
73 NEW 73 1 MAKE ME LIKE YOU Gwen Stefani 5400
74 75 74 2 TO MY SURPRISE James 10200
75 77 75 4 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 16200

*******************************************

76 43 43 5 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 54600
77 50 50 5 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 39200
78 74 12 6 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 75000
79 90 79 2 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 6200
80 91 80 2 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 5900

81 49 30 6 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 85800
82 NEW 82 1 BONBON Era Istrefi 3600
83 66 7 12 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 269900
84 86 84 2 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 6000
85 88 85 4 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 9600
86 100 86 2 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 3800
87 NEW 87 1 MOTH TO A FLAME Chairlift 2600
88 NEW 88 1 DANGEROUS Frances Rose 2400
89 92 89 5 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 7900
90 95 90 2 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 3500

91 89 22 15 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 120450
92 73 6 15 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 370100
93 NEW 93 1 YOU GOT ME BABY Lushington 1700
94 NEW 94 1 IF I CAN DREAM Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1600
95 94 43 8 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 46100
96 NEW 96 1 I’VE GOTTA BE ME Sammy Davis Jr 1400
97 99 97 2 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 2400
98 NEW 98 1 AZIZAMI Mahan Moin 1200
99 96 3 21 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 463200
100 NEW 100 1 BLITZ Digitalism 1000

DROP OUTS
61 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
69 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600
71 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
76 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
79 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200
81 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
93 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
97 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250

 

 

14th February 2016

2 weeks on top for the gorgeous Faded, not fading at all, along with the top 4. Pet Shop Boys finally get into the Inner Sanctum of the top 10, I think only 2 PSB singles have ever failed to do that, though some album tracks pottered around lower as well. Aphrodite’s Child and several Bowie’s keep the oldies climbing, while the highest new entry is a buzz: Timothy Bloom and V Bozeman, a great soul duet (or r’n’b if you prefer) that hasn’t even been released in the UK streaming or itunes, and there’s an over-18 adult video to go along with it – or Arty, as I prefer to think of it, it’s lovely if you don’t have hang-ups about the beautiful human body. The edited version though is linked…

In at 29, it’s cult and 60’s sounding Cat’s Eyes with the super-hero named Chameleon Queen, it’s part opera singer Rachel Zeffira, and part The Horror’s Farid Badwan, and part fab. In at 30 DJ Fresh and Dizzee Rascal do what the rubbish streaming charts wouldn’t allow let them do – get a bonafide top 40 entry. On UK sales they are top 20, but as it’s Ministry Of Sound (as in not streamed) it’s barely inside the top 75 combined chart. I bet Ministry Of Sound made more money from their sales-alone chart position last week than half the records placed higher thanks to streaming.

Lower down and welcomes back to Primal Scream and James, both veterans of the early 90’s, and both former chart-toppers here and nowhere else in the real-singles-sales-chart world, criminally. Enya’s even more veteran, late 80’s and still going strong with a second chart entry in 2016, while most-veteran of all is Rick Wakeman, once of Yes, prog rock king, album chart-topper, funny, intelligent, and loveable man, and player of many a session, including David Bowie’s Life On Mars – which he did for the BBC as an instrumental following Bowie’s death, and now released. So he’s actually in the chart twice with the same song, yay for Rick. Most incredibly of all, I think is this his first ever entry in my singles charts solo. Now that really is 45 years overdue!!!

1 1 1 5 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 510000
2 2 1 4 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 465000
3 3 3 5 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 360000
4 4 1 24 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2640000
5 6 5 5 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 186400
6 8 6 5 CHANGES David Bowie 238000
7 5 5 5 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 230000
8 17 8 4 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 100100
9 10 9 5 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 135900
10 14 10 5 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 122300

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

11 31 11 3 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 61500
12 12 12 5 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 125750
13 15 13 22 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 329700
14 18 14 3 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 61000
15 20 6 8 WISH Hurts 260250
16 9 9 4 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 130500
17 25 17 4 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 65450
18 NEW 18 1 TIL THE END OF TIME Timothy Bloom featuring V Bozeman 22000
19 7 5 7 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 306300
20 11 11 6 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 129150

http://youtube.com/v/np_dW7yzhM8

21 13 1 14 WINGS Hurts 1639750
22 23 4 11 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 402750
23 36 23 5 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 88650
24 24 7 9 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 262400
25 26 25 5 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 91150
26 29 26 5 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 67200
27 27 3 17 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 774350
28 28 1 15 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1380250
29 NEW 29 1 CHAMELEON QUEEN Cat’s Eyes 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOW LOVE BEGINS DJ Fresh & High Contrast featuring Dizzee Rascal 18000

http://youtube.com/v/ZzFdvdMG1Ao

31 19 19 3 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 58900
32 56 32 4 BORROWED TIME Frances 39600
33 33 6 9 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 306900
34 34 34 4 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 47300
35 35 35 4 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 69400
36 16 7 6 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 158400
37 42 37 13 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 136900
38 22 14 4 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 88700
39 39 39 6 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 102300
40 41 40 4 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 51350

http://youtube.com/v/1SVlqcTVQdk

******************************

41 21 1 5 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 272750
42 44 42 5 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 65000
43 48 43 4 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 49800
44 46 44 5 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 63750
45 45 13 16 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 242950
46 51 46 10 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 82400
47 47 47 2 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 25000
48 32 18 7 AMAZING Foxes 114550
49 38 30 5 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 82000
50 57 50 4 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 34600

51 54 51 3 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 32850
52 52 52 5 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 57000
53 RE 53 3 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 24950
54 30 21 4 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 68500
55 60 55 2 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 20800
56 53 1 5 HEROES David Bowie 242350
57 62 57 3 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 18800
58 58 58 5 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 34400
59 59 59 6 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 49800
60 73 60 2 MOVIES Rykka 15400

61 37 37 5 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 48250
62 NEW 62 1 CAKE BY THE OCEAN DNCE 7400
63 65 63 2 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 14200
64 67 65 2 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 13700
65 84 65 2 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 10200
66 55 7 11 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 266500
67 76 67 2 SANCTUARY Allie X 11400
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE THE LIGHT GETS IN Primal Scream featuring Sky Ferreira 6400
69 43 8 9 LAZARUS David Bowie 163300
70 71 70 7 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 37600

71 40 40 4 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 41900
72 49 34 4 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 47600
73 61 6 14 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 368300
74 72 12 5 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 70600
75 NEW 75 1 TO MY SURPRISE James 5000

**********************************************

76 68 19 9 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 124300
77 78 77 3 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 11200
78 97 78 2 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 5700
79 69 69 4 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 16100
80 79 71 5 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 22200

81 64 24 7 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 93800
82 50 50 3 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 27350
83 83 83 4 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 11000
84 75 10 17 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 234250
85 80 28 5 STARMAN David Bowie 39500
86 NEW 86 1 I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan 2800
87 87 87 2 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 5200
88 89 88 3 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 6600
89 85 22 14 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 118550
90 NEW 90 1 EVEN IN THE SHADOWS Enya 2000

91 NEW 91 1 GIVE IT UP CRUELS Featuring Salt Ashes 1900
92 92 92 4 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 5700
93 99 93 2 TEQUILA Doop 2800
94 100 43 7 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 44600
95 NEW 95 1 LIFE ON MARS Rick Wakeman 1500
96 91 3 20 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 462100
97 66 25 5 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 84150
98 63 3 13 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 451250
99 NEW 99 1 DESI YAAR Benny Dhaliwal featuring Harj Nagra 1100
100 NEW 100 1 EMOJI Pegboard Nerds 1000

DROP OUTS
70 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100
74 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
77 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
81 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
86 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
88 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
90 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600
93 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400

 

 

7th February 2016

It’s the oh-so-earworm fragile vocals of Iselin Solheim on Alan Walker’s Faded that just pips the sultry vocals of Bishop on Zonderling’s Crazy For You. Steve Aoki gets his first top 3, and Walk Off The Earth get their second, as Florence gets a 23rd consecutive top 4 run. Turin Brakes equal their previous biggest, 2003’s Pain Killer at 5. Lukas Graham go top 10, the lovely 7 Years, and David Bowie joins himself in the top 10 with Oh You Pretty Things, a song I knew long long ago in a hit version by Peter Noone, lead singer of Herman’s Hermits, Bowie’s superior original at long last charts big, as does his original version of All The Young Dudes, gifted to Mott The Hoople to classic effect. Bowie’s stripped-back version isn’t a patch on his production for Mott – happily they’ve released the Mott Backing track with Bowie’s vocals, and Ian Hunter’s backing singing, which tributes Mott’s late drummer as well as Bowie.

Talking of late, another week, another loss, this time Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire who get 2 of their best tracks back in my chart, while back in the land of the land, more scandipop (sort of) as Postiljonen get a 3rd top 20 with The Open Road. Pet Shop Boys keep the top 20 run secure, as Raleigh Ritchie climbs into the 30, the top 40 chart still Bowie-full, as some dropping down and out are replaced by two Blackstar tracks. Up to 47, Demis Roussos and Vangelis aka Aphrodite’s Child late 60’s gentle pyschedelic Greek prog rock. If you can’t imagine a slim, good-looking, hip and cool Demis Roussos take a look!

1 2 1 4 FADED Alan Walker featuring Iselin Solheim 340000
2 1 1 3 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 350000
3 4 3 4 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 275000
4 3 1 23 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2575000
5 6 5 4 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 180000
6 13 6 4 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 126400
7 5 5 6 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 285300
8 9 8 4 CHANGES David Bowie 183000
9 10 9 3 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 105500
10 33 10 4 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 90900

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 16 11 5 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 109150
12 30 12 4 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 90750
13 8 1 13 WINGS Hurts 1620000
14 23 14 4 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 80300
15 15 15 21 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 297700
16 7 7 5 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 141000
17 24 17 3 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 52100
18 60 18 2 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 32000
19 20 19 2 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 41000
20 12 6 7 WISH Hurts 233250

http://youtube.com/v/e6KPdi7lcak

21 11 1 4 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 258750
22 14 14 3 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 71500
23 19 4 10 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 383250
24 17 7 8 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 243400
25 35 25 3 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 42450
26 28 26 4 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 72400
27 27 3 16 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 755950
28 31 1 14 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1361950
29 40 29 4 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 48700
30 21 21 3 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 57500

http://youtube.com/v/MrnCnCmUrE8
31 67 47 2 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 24500
32 18 18 6 AMAZING Foxes 102250
33 22 6 8 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 289200
34 49 34 2 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 29700
35 37 35 3 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 51900
36 36 36 4 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 69400
37 53 37 4 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 40750
38 38 30 4 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 69900
39 39 39 5 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 85200
40 48 40 3 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 36100

41 44 41 3 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 34350
42 42 42 12 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 119600
43 41 8 8 LAZARUS David Bowie 157100
44 45 44 4 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 51250
45 29 13 15 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 229950
46 46 46 4 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 50500
47 NEW 47 1 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire 12500
48 50 48 3 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 36300
49 34 34 3 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 42000
50 51 50 2 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 23750

http://youtube.com/v/YQyxCL1uMlU

51 54 51 9 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 69650
52 52 52 4 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 45500
53 26 1 4 HEROES David Bowie 231750
54 59 54 2 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 21100
55 32 7 10 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 259700
56 70 56 3 BORROWED TIME Frances 21800
57 69 57 3 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 22600
58 72 58 4 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 24200
59 62 59 5 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 39700
60 NEW 60 1 OPEN SEASON Josef Salvat 10000

61 55 6 13 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 362900
62 100 62 2 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 8400
63 57 3 12 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 450050
64 47 24 6 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 90000
65 NEW 65 1 FANTASY Earth, Wind & Fire 7000
66 25 25 4 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 82850
67 NEW 67 1 LET’S GROOVE Earth, Wind & Fire 6600
68 56 19 8 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 119500
69 75 69 3 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 12900
70 43 32 4 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 55100

71 71 71 6 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 31600
72 63 12 4 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 65400
73 NEW 73 1 MOVIES Rykka 5400
74 61 3 22 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 550150
75 79 10 16 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 231050

**********************************************

76 NEW 76 1 SANCTUARY Allie X 4800
77 73 16 4 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 47100
78 89 78 2 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 6600
79 77 71 4 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 18200
80 80 28 4 STARMAN David Bowie 36500

81 64 46 6 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 42650
82 76 9 12 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 242400
83 83 83 3 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 7600
84 NEW 84 1 TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT Great Good Fine OK 3200
85 88 22 13 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 116350
86 92 37 7 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 54350
87 NEW 87 1 BRIGHTEST LIGHT FDVM featuring Josh Wantie 2600
88 58 9 8 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 177300
89 90 89 2 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 4200
90 82 2 20 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 869600

91 85 3 19 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 460700
92 99 92 3 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 3900
93 94 93 4 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 5900
94 86 86 3 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 7200
95 96 95 4 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 5700
96 97 96 3 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 3900
97 NEW 97 1 PLEASE DON’T GO Joel Adams 1300
98 98 98 2 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 2400
99 NEW 99 1 TEQUILA Doop 1100
100 91 43 6 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 43000

DROP OUTS
65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
68 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
74 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
78 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
81 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
84 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
87 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
93 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
95 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000

31st January 2016

It’s Zonderling at 1, with BISHOP, that’s a male Deep House duo and female DJ/Singer, who seem to have collided with major impact for me on the fab Crazy For You, just holding off the Must-be-huge-in-the-UK-sometime-soon Faded, from Alan Walker, a big Euro-hit. Florence holds at 3, that’s an unprecedented 21 consecutive top 3 weeks and one week at 4. The epic drama of the track just does not fade for me!

Chris Lee gives China a top 10 act crossed over with UK PCMusic, while The Shanghai Restoration project are a bit lower down, giving a modern Chinese-American version of a 1930’s Chinese movie tune (I think!). TheFatRat have a real mish-mash of musical styles that works at 10, and highest new entry is Nimmo at 20, a London 5-piece band with a thumping good dance groove.

Pet Shop Boys keep up the top 40 consecutive record – they have never missed once since debuting in 1985 – with Inner Sanctum, while all of David Bowie’s new tracks (except Lazarus) climb, including the 10-minute long experimental Blackstar, along with new entries for Bowie singing on his production of his song for Mott The Hoople, along with lead singer Ian Hunter: All The Young Dudes, a much better version than his own version. Queen Bitch also enters to swap places with China Girl and Ashes To Ashes which drop out, love ‘em, but they have had great chart runs already.

The late Colin Vearncombe returns with his classic Wonderful Life, as Black, while the late Glenn Frey goes top 40 for the second time with his Miami Vice hit, and the late Demis Roussos gets a belated tribute first entry for 60’s goodie Rain And Tears, with Aphrodite’s Child.

1 4 1 2 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 235000
2 8 2 3 FADED Alan Walker 170000
3 3 1 22 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2510000
4 5 4 3 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 190000
5 7 5 5 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 235300
6 10 6 3 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 120000
7 16 7 4 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 116000
8 2 1 12 WINGS Hurts 1588000
9 9 9 3 CHANGES David Bowie 135000
10 26 10 2 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 60500

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

11 1 1 3 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 239000
12 6 6 6 WISH Hurts 213250
13 19 13 3 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 71400
14 17 14 2 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 52000
15 18 15 20 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 270700
16 21 16 4 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 72150
17 12 7 7 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 224400
18 20 18 5 AMAZING Foxes 84450
19 11 4 9 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 364000
20 NEW 20 1 DILUTE THIS Nimmo 20000

http://youtube.com/v/qWJ_egyc_mQ

21 25 21 2 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 39500
22 14 6 7 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 271500
23 28 23 3 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 51300
24 59 24 2 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 29100
25 29 25 3 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 76050
26 13 1 3 HEROES David Bowie 220500
27 27 3 15 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 737550
28 31 28 3 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 53900
29 33 13 14 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 216950
30 24 24 3 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 55750

http://youtube.com/v/pFptt7Cargc

31 23 1 13 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1343650
32 22 7 9 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 248900
33 38 33 3 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 48900
34 48 34 2 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 29900
35 69 35 2 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 23700
36 36 36 3 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 52000
37 39 37 2 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 34400
38 30 30 3 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 52700
39 40 39 4 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 68100
40 52 40 3 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 30500

41 15 8 7 LAZARUS David Bowie 143600
42 46 42 11 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 105850
43 32 32 3 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 49100
44 64 44 2 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 20350
45 45 45 3 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 38000
46 47 46 3 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 37750
47 41 24 5 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 82900
48 66 48 2 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 19100
49 NEW 49 1 TWO HEARTS NZCA Lines 12100
50 50 50 2 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 24000

http://youtube.com/v/kszLwBaC4Sw

51 NEW 51 1 DON’T BE SHY (FILATOV & KARAS REMIX) Imany 11750
52 53 52 3 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 34000
53 60 53 3 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY David Bowie 23450
54 56 54 8 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 57900
55 43 6 12 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 355400
56 35 19 7 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 113100
57 42 3 11 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 442850
58 37 9 7 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 174900
59 NEW 59 1 WONDERFUL LIFE BLACK 10100
60 NEW 60 1 ALL THE YOUNG DUDES (DAVID BOWIE/IAN HUNTER VOCAL LEGACY EDITION) Mott The Hoople featuring David Bowie 10000

61 51 3 21 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 544950
62 62 62 4 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 29600
63 34 12 3 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 59800
64 91 46 5 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 38850
65 65 65 6 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 30800
66 44 37 5 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 56800
67 NEW 67 1 RAIN AND TEARS Aphrodite’s Child 6600
68 54 16 9 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 125600
69 70 69 2 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 12200
70 74 70 2 BORROWED TIME Frances 11200

71 75 71 5 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 25800
72 79 72 3 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 14000
73 49 16 3 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 42500
74 55 55 3 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 22000
75 93 75 2 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 6700

**********************************************************************

76 61 9 11 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 238800
77 71 71 3 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 14000
78 57 57 3 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 25200
79 84 10 15 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 226050
80 58 28 3 STARMAN David Bowie 32500

81 72 3 11 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 412900
82 87 2 19 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 867600
83 92 83 2 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 5200
84 76 6 10 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 262400
85 85 3 18 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 458800
86 86 86 2 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 5600
87 94 87 3 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 5200
88 80 22 12 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 113350
89 NEW 89 1 MATADORA SOFI TUKKER 2200
90 NEW 90 1 BIRTHDAY The Beatles 2000

91 63 43 5 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 42000
92 82 37 6 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 51550
93 68 65 5 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 27300
94 95 94 3 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 4200
95 97 95 3 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 4000
96 96 96 3 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 4200
97 98 97 2 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 2500
98 NEW 98 1 QUEEN BITCH David Bowie 1200
99 100 99 2 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 2100
100 NEW 100 1 WAY DOWN WE GO Kaleo 1000

DROP OUTS
67 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
77 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
81 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
83 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
88 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350
99 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050

 

 

 

24th January 2016

It’s another David Bowie oldie on top, one I like to think he wrote for me (I’m John, and he’s only dancing, so that’s fine). This is the 3rd time it’s made my top 5, in 1972, in 1980 (in an alternate 1972 version) and now again. There was also that other double A side version (Again) which is the worst of all the various versions – it’s like Bowie was never quite satisfied with it, leaving off his big albums, I think bizarrely so. It’s pretty obscure as a result of that decision, but it’s much better than many of the tracks that made it on to Ziggy and Aladdin. Play loud and it all makes sense. His 12th chart-topper, and only a 44-year wait from entering my chart to do it – a new chart record.

It’s a manic chart, stuffed with fabulous hot new singles, and still Hurts and Florence won’t shift, cos I love them so, still. Florence is now 2nd biggest record of the 21st century and Hurts are in the top 10. In at 4, it’s an unusual banging dance track, the producers seem to have purposely shifted it slightly off the beat, which is totally bizarre-sounding but soooo obsessive for me. Zonderling and Bishop are new to me, and this track is FAB. Alan Walker and Turin Brakes both go top 10, and the theme tune to David Bowie’s 80’s movie, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence is back for Ryuchi Sakamoto, it’s still lovely and haunting, in at 17. Ryuchi first made my chart in 1980 with Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Invaders Theme, which I’ve been playing a lot lately too.

Talking of Bowie, some drop out, some enter, some go up, such as Tis A Pity She Was A Whore, experimental industrial rock, almost, and into the 40 along with the gorgeous The Prettiest Star. New tracks, the marathon title track to Blackstar is into the 75, all jazzy, an Aladdin Sane album track, Panic In Detroit, and also a live performance of Pink Floyd’s Arnold Layne with David Gilmour, which I never charted – I must have been on holiday out of the country and missed it when it went UK top 20. David’s Pet Shop Boys Hallo Spaceboy (final part of the Major Tom referenced trilogy) stays static, but Pet Shop Boys have released a new track from a forthcoming new album and it sits amongst a bunch of Bowie tracks, I think appropriately. Inner Sanctum is pure dance, pretty much, and enters unusually low for a PSB track, for me.

There are loads of tracks re-entering, or entering again as new (it’s a new year, so a new entry if they exited the chart in 2015 in my version of chart worlds) thanks to the hideously slow UK singles chart finally getting behind tracks that were in my charts last year – though some it must be said did chart in the UK Sales chart as opposed to combined streaming chart – or else Radio 1 and 2 have suddenly got behind them. So X Ambassadors, Tame Impala, Elle King, 99 Souls, Thomas Rhett are on the up again. Finally, Glenn Frey died this week, and I’ve had to chuck out Lemmy and Natalie Cole tracks to make way for solo Glenn and Eagles tracks, but I stuck with ones that were 100% Glenn that underperformed in my charts.

http://youtube.com/v/6VrqCBsbeuc

1 13 1 2 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 202000
2 2 1 11 WINGS Hurts 1540000
3 3 1 21 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2425000
4 NEW 4 1 CRAZY FOR YOU Zonderling featuring Bishop 65000
5 4 4 2 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 125000
6 6 6 5 WISH Hurts 178250
7 5 5 4 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 175300
8 15 8 2 FADED Alan Walker 55000
9 9 9 2 CHANGES David Bowie 90000
10 17 10 2 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 65000

http://youtube.com/v/A1CKiO8CbEs

11 11 4 8 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 343000
12 7 7 6 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 201400
13 1 1 2 HEROES David Bowie 202000
14 10 6 6 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 252000
15 8 8 6 LAZARUS David Bowie 129600
16 19 16 3 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 66000
17 NEW 17 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS MR LAWRENCE Ryuchi Sakamoto 23000
18 18 18 19 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 243700
19 27 19 2 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 39400
20 23 20 4 AMAZING Foxes 62450

21 36 21 3 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 47150
22 14 7 8 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 231100
23 22 1 12 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1325750
24 25 24 2 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 37750
25 NEW 25 1 SPEAKING OF MOMENTS BLEITCH 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MONODY TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 18500
27 21 3 14 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 719150
28 42 28 2 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 32050
29 48 29 2 ‘TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 57300
30 35 30 2 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 35500

http://youtube.com/v/-zF2tsBJnpk

31 33 31 2 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 35600
32 32 32 2 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 35600
33 55 13 13 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 198750
34 12 12 2 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 52600
35 29 19 6 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 102500
36 38 36 2 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 34600
37 20 9 6 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 164700
38 41 38 2 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 31200
39 NEW 39 1 THE WANDERING SONGSTRESS The Shanghai Restoration Project featuring Zhang Le 17100
40 40 40 3 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 51000

41 24 24 4 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 70400
42 26 3 10 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 432450
43 34 6 11 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 344600
44 37 37 4 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 50000
45 50 45 2 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 25000
46 49 46 10 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 92100
47 47 47 2 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 25000
48 NEW 48 1 YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey 12300
49 16 16 2 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 37100
50 NEW 50 1 NOT LETTING GO Tinie Tempah featuring Jess Glynne 12000

http://youtube.com/v/j4ueaD22hg8

51 31 3 20 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 537450
52 90 52 2 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 13500
53 53 53 2 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 22500
54 30 16 8 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 119200
55 70 55 2 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 16800
56 56 56 7 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 46900
57 57 57 2 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with Pet Shop Boys 20800
58 28 28 2 STARMAN David Bowie 28500
59 NEW 59 1 INNER SANCTUM Pet Shop Boys 10100
60 89 60 2 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 12200

http://youtube.com/v/lNLkcOqQSBM

61 39 9 10 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 234000
62 62 62 3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 22200
63 43 43 4 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 40100
64 NEW 64 1 CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF MYSELF Santigold featuring B.C. 7100
65 68 65 5 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 23800
66 NEW 66 1 BLACKSTAR David Bowie 6800
67 44 18 6 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 81850
68 65 65 4 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 25600
69 NEW 69 1 BLOODSPORT ’15 Raleigh Ritchie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 AIN’T TOO COOL LunchMoney Lewis 6000

71 82 71 2 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 9400
72 45 3 10 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 409100
73 73 73 2 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 10800
74 NEW 74 1 BORROWED TIME Frances 5200
75 75 75 4 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 20000

*****************************************************

76 46 6 9 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 259200
77 58 5 28 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 463300
78 60 60 2 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 14400
79 79 79 2 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 8400
80 52 22 11 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 110950

81 61 5 10 HOT POWERS 329300
82 59 37 5 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 49750
83 54 29 6 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 86200
84 RE 10 14 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 221850
85 81 3 17 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 455800
86 NEW 86 1 THRESHOLD Redlight featuring Melisa Whiskey 2800
87 RE 2 18 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 864000
88 NEW 88 1 WILD HORSES BISHOP 2400
89 63 35 6 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 63900
90 51 15 9 GIVE IT ALL Foals 132350

91 64 46 4 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 31750
92 NEW 92 1 LYIN’ EYES The Eagles 1800
93 NEW 93 1 ARNOLD LAYNE David Gilmour featuring David Bowie 1700
94 100 94 2 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 2600
95 99 95 2 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 2600
96 96 96 2 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 2800
97 98 97 2 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 2500
98 NEW 98 1 NEW KID IN TOWN The Eagles 1200
99 69 6 12 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 307050
100 NEW 100 1 PANIC IN DETROIT David Bowie 1000

DROP OUTS
66 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
71 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
74 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
76 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
80 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400
83 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
91 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
97 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200

17th January 2016

Yes it’s Heroes (or “Heroes”) on top for the first time, after a 39 year wait. Bowie is a legend, and Heroes was underestimated by everyone, including me, when it came out in 1977. Donna Summer had just blown everyone away with I Feel Love, Oxygene and Magic Fly were in the charts sounding like the future, and punk rock was all the rage, Bowie himslef had already done the synth pop thing earlier in the year with Sound And Vision, and Heroes just seemed very low-key. It made my top 20, and then eventually top 5 in 2012, and now becomes David Bowie’s 11th chart topper. 25 Bowie tracks old and new enter my expanded chart (I had to do it again, it would have been unfair to chop the bottom 25 out), while his final single while alive Lazarus shoots up to 8.

Highest of the actual new entries is Steve Aoki, and Walk Off The Earth, their second top 10 single, while Turin Brakes radio mix gives them a very 2016 sound and a welcome top 20 return after 11 years away and 15 years after debuting. I’m gratified to see a lot of tracks in the UK charts at last, months after charting in mine (or mere weeks in some cases) and two of them duly climb back up (X Ambassadors and Shawn Mendes), but this chart is all about David Bowie, Music Legend and a real Hero of mine.

http://youtube.com/v/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

1 NEW 1 1 HEROES David Bowie 170000
2 1 1 10 WINGS Hurts 1425000
3 2 1 20 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2340000
4 NEW 4 1 HOME WE’LL GO (TAKE MY HAND) Steve Aoki and Walk Off The Earth 65000
5 8 5 3 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 125300
6 12 6 4 WISH Hurts 123250
7 7 7 5 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 166400
8 28 8 5 LAZARUS David Bowie 102600
9 NEW 9 1 CHANGES David Bowie 45000
10 6 6 5 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 223000

http://youtube.com/v/kAwSQq44O_U

11 4 4 7 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 306000
12 NEW 12 1 LIFE ON MARS? David Bowie 35000
13 NEW 13 1 JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING David Bowie 32000
14 14 7 7 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 211600
15 NEW 15 1 FADED Alan Walker 27000
16 NEW 16 1 SPACE ODDITY David Bowie 25000
17 NEW 17 1 KEEP ME AROUND (RADIO MIX) Turin Brakes 23000
18 18 18 18 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 221700
19 20 19 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 41000
20 9 9 5 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 147400

http://youtube.com/v/Ui_ECC1s-o8

21 13 3 13 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 700750
22 11 1 11 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1306500
23 34 23 3 AMAZING Foxes 42450
24 24 24 3 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 56400
25 NEW 25 1 THE OPEN ROAD Postiljonen 18750
26 10 3 9 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 418700
27 NEW 27 1 7 YEARS Lukas Graham 18400
28 NEW 28 1 STARMAN David Bowie 18300
29 19 19 5 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 85000
30 16 16 7 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 108200

http://youtube.com/v/60ItHLz5WEA

31 3 3 19 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 525700
32 NEW 32 1 GOLDEN YEARS David Bowie 17800
33 NEW 33 1 ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie 17700
34 23 6 10 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 331100
35 NEW 35 1 DON’T EVEN TRY Bryan Adams 17500
36 60 36 2 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 27400
37 44 37 3 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 36750
38 NEW 38 1 THE JEAN GENIE David Bowie 17200
39 17 9 9 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 226500
40 40 40 2 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 34000

41 NEW 41 1 OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS David Bowie 14000
42 NEW 42 1 KEEPING YOUR HEAD UP Birdy 13750
43 50 43 3 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 32900
44 27 18 5 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 75250
45 25 3 9 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 403500
46 31 6 8 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 254400
47 NEW 47 1 SUFRAGETTE CITY David Bowie 12500
48 NEW 48 1 TIS A PITY SHE WAS A WHORE David Bowie 12300
49 53 49 9 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 79350
50 NEW 50 1 BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie 12000

51 21 15 8 GIVE IT ALL Foals 130350
52 22 22 10 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 106950
53 NEW 53 1 THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie with The Pat Metheny Band 11250
54 29 29 5 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 82800
55 55 13 12 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 181050
56 56 56 6 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 36300
57 NEW 57 1 HALLO SPACEBOY David Bowie with The Pet Shop Boys 10400
58 5 5 27 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 458700
59 37 37 4 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 46150
60 NEW 60 1 ASHES TO ASHES David Bowie 10000

61 30 5 9 HOT POWERS 325500
62 62 62 2 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 14800
63 35 35 5 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 61700
64 46 46 3 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 29850
65 65 65 3 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 19200
66 26 26 23 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 277800
67 33 17 8 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 137700
68 73 68 4 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 16800
69 51 6 11 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 305950
70 NEW 70 1 BAD HABITS The Last Shadow Puppets 6000

71 36 36 9 FOCUS Ariana Grande 80750
72 47 47 10 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 66900
73 NEW 73 1 CHINA GIRL David Bowie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 STITCHES Shawn Mendes 5200
75 75 75 3 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 15000

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76 39 39 3 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 39000
77 42 4 14 HEY BOY Take That 371750
78 43 33 5 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 58700
79 NEW 79 1 THE MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD David Bowie 4200
80 38 10 9 FAST LANE Rationale 217400

81 59 3 16 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 452800
82 NEW 82 1 SOUND AND VISION David Bowie 3600
83 15 15 3 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 42900
84 32 32 3 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 38800
85 48 48 3 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 26550
86 54 16 10 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 128800
87 71 71 3 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 14200
88 NEW 88 1 UNDER PRESSURE David Bowie and Queen 2400
89 NEW 89 1 I CAN’T GIVE EVERYTHING David Bowie 2200
90 NEW 90 1 FAST CAR Jonas Blue featuring Dakota 2000

91 45 45 7 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 40700
92 70 3 19 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 506750
93 NEW 93 1 FAME David Bowie 1700
94 67 67 4 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 20600
95 NEW 95 1 MODERN LOVE David Bowie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 YOUNG AMERICANS David Bowie 1400
97 63 63 5 HISTORY One Direction 26200
98 NEW 98 1 MAGIC DANCE David Bowie 1200
99 NEW 99 1 ONE CALL AWAY Charlie Puth 1100
100 NEW 100 1 ONLY YOU Chris Lee 1000

DROP OUTS
41 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
49 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
52 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS (742450) Chris Rea 92100
57 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
61 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
64 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
66 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
72 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
74 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000

10th January 2016

It’s Hurts for a 5th week on top, as Florence stays at 2, 19 weeks none of them lower than 4, and now well inside my all-time top 75 chart pointers! The Cowsills harmony overdrive 1969 goodie is at 3, as The Turtles 1967 classic pop track is at 5, one of 2 from Minions. Here’s the video:

http://youtube.com/v/Tvu3xiFmfDU

Nero and Charli XCX both return to the top 10, Nero with a dancefloor bound, and a fabulous female vocal. Motorhead make the top 20 for the 3rd time, as the late Lemmy peaks in the UK charts having hit my top 3 long ago. In the basence of fresh new music, lots of oldies re-enter, or debut, or climb, including two Beatles album track classics thanks to the streaming album chart entries – just limited it to those that made the Top 100 though to avoid a Beatles invasion yet again! Neither John Lennon’s Across The Universe nor his A Day In The Life have charted before: unbelievable!!

Chinese singer Chris Lee has gone all techno techno techno, and she has a new image to match her arty pop, part of a double A side single, this is the track I prefer in at 20, Real Love (and not John Lennon’s Real Love). The other will enter next week, love the traditional Chinese music influences in it.

1 1 1 9 WINGS Hurts 1310000
2 2 1 19 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2255000
3 5 3 18 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 507800
4 4 4 6 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 269000
5 10 5 26 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 448500
6 8 6 4 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 181000
7 9 7 4 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 116400
8 37 8 2 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 65300
9 12 9 4 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 127400
10 6 3 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 400200

http://youtube.com/v/ugrFTySNeQk

11 3 1 10 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1287000
12 20 12 3 WISH Hurts 68250
13 11 3 12 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 681000
14 7 7 6 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 182600
15 47 15 2 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 39500
16 22 16 6 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 90200
17 14 9 8 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 209400
18 25 18 17 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 199700
19 19 19 4 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 66800
20 NEW 20 1 REAL LOVE Chris Lee 20000

http://youtube.com/v/WfRByws6l6o

21 16 15 7 GIVE IT ALL Foals 118600
22 31 22 9 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 95450
23 23 6 9 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 313500
24 27 24 2 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 37400
25 13 3 8 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 390500
26 26 26 22 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 271000
27 18 18 4 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 62000
28 30 28 4 LAZARUS David Bowie 54600
29 29 29 4 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 71800
30 15 5 8 HOT POWERS 318000

31 21 6 7 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 241650
32 32 32 2 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 35600
33 17 17 7 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 131100
34 72 34 2 AMAZING Foxes 23200
35 41 35 4 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 54500
36 36 36 8 FOCUS Ariana Grande 74950
37 46 37 3 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 36050
38 24 10 8 FAST LANE Rationale 213400
39 39 39 2 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 34200
40 NEW 40 1 A DAY IN THE LIFE The Beatles 17000

41 35 18 8 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 116450
42 34 4 13 HEY BOY Take That 367150
43 33 33 4 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 54300
44 69 44 2 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 19450
45 45 45 6 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 38800
46 60 46 2 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 22750
47 57 47 9 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 61300
48 53 48 2 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 23550
49 38 15 7 1/M/T Mirror Talk 135050
50 62 50 2 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 19400

51 44 6 10 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 299750
52 28 9 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 92100
53 55 53 8 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 67250
54 54 16 9 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 126000
55 51 13 11 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 170250
56 58 56 5 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 25700
57 48 11 10 SAX Fleur East 197650
58 52 1 12 HELLO Adele 575200
59 59 3 15 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 449000
60 NEW 60 1 RENEGADES X Ambassadors 10000

61 43 43 4 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 44500
62 NEW 62 1 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE The Beatles 7400
63 64 63 4 HISTORY One Direction 24900
64 67 64 2 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 13700
65 74 65 2 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 12200
66 RE 8 18 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 297150
67 RE 67 3 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 19000
68 68 68 2 OVERKILL Motorhead 12800
69 RE 6 16 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 256200
70 66 3 18 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 504950

71 71 71 2 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 11600
72 40 40 4 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 56600
73 RE 73 3 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 10400
74 56 19 8 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 99000
75 75 75 2 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 10000

DROP OUTS
42 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
49 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200
61 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
65 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
70 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500
73 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400

 

 

3rd January 2016

It can’t still be same 3 records on top can it ? Oh yes it can, all stay as they were, a 4th week for Hurts on top and a million seller, as Florence is now inside the all-time top 80 and Coldplay leap 3 of their own inside the all-time 400. Coldplay, Florence and Hurts just can’t stop being greedy as they are also 4, 7, and 20 respectively with newer tracks, while Adele is 6 and 17. As the chart is cut back down to a Top 75 at last there is a mass exodus of 2015 tracks and christmas songs, and still there are 18 new entries, headed by Anastacia and her Army Of Me at 27. The sad deaths of Lemmy and Natalie Cole, give some comeback chart hits for Motorhead, Natalie, and Hawkwind, while other oldies from childhood fave Billy Fury and recent musical theme tune wot I saw, Beautiful, the Carole King story.

The Turtles get their first top 10 since 1968 with Minions track Happy Together – that seems a record to last! – as Kim Wilde gets her latest actual new top 10 stretching hers to 35 years. Lower down, new for Nero, Olly, Andy Grammer, Taylor, Foxes and The Weeknd, all having been there before on more than one occasion. Coldplay meanwhile enter with Tove Lo for a bit of Fun, as they also climb to 45.

1 1 1 8 WINGS Hurts 1140000
2 2 1 18 QUEEN OF PEACE Florence + The Machine 2140000
3 3 1 9 ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME Coldplay 1250000
4 5 4 5 HYMN FOR THE WEEKEND Coldplay featuring Beyonce 204000
5 7 5 17 THE RAIN THE PARK AND OTHER THINGS The Cowsills 422800
6 4 3 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 358200
7 10 7 5 DELILAH Florence + The Machine 153600
8 6 6 3 CHEAP THRILLS SIA 126000
9 27 9 3 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 66400
10 12 10 25 HAPPY TOGETHER The Turtles 388500

11 8 3 11 HEAVEN Shaun Frank & KSHMR featuring Delaney 649000
12 14 12 3 NEED UR LOVE Charli XCX 82400
13 21 3 7 LITTLE MAN Sonny And Cher 371750
14 13 9 7 THE GIRL IS MINE 99 Souls featuring Destiny’s Child and Brandy 186400
15 11 5 7 HOT POWERS 300000
16 23 15 6 GIVE IT ALL Foals 98850
17 19 17 6 SEND MY LOVE (TO YOUR NEW LOVER) Adele 113400
18 24 18 3 SHUT ‘EM UP The Prodigy featuring Public Enemy and Manfred Mann 43600
19 34 19 3 ALL MY FRIENDS Snakehips featuring Tinashe and Chance The Rapper 45800
20 44 20 2 WISH Hurts 33250

21 16 6 6 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 223750
22 22 22 5 BANG MY HEAD David Guetta featuring SIA and Fetty Wap 65200
23 17 6 8 ONE STEP AT A TIME Jeff Lynne’s ELO 294250
24 15 10 7 FAST LANE Rationale 196200
25 41 25 16 GEE WHIZ (LOOK AT HIS EYES) Carla Thomas 177700
26 31 26 21 MELLOW YELLOW Donovan 252500
27 NEW 27 1 ARMY OF ME Anastacia 18400
28 9 9 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 80600
29 29 29 3 WHO KNOWS Protoje featuring Chronixx 53600
30 37 30 3 LAZARUS David Bowie 36300

31 39 31 8 DON’T GIVE UP (ON LOVE) Blinkie 75950
32 NEW 32 1 UNFORGETTABLE Natalie Cole and Nat ‘King’ Cole 17800
33 33 33 3 MAIN TITLE AND THE ATTACK ON THE JAKKU VILLAGE (Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Williams 40800
34 28 4 12 HEY BOY Take That 353400
35 18 18 7 SUGAR Loud Places featuring Francesco Yates 102450
36 51 36 7 FOCUS Ariana Grande 57550
37 NEW 37 1 INTO THE NIGHT Nero 17300
38 26 15 6 1/M/T Mirror Talk 122950
39 NEW 39 1 SILVER MACHINE Hawkwind 17100
40 40 40 3 SWEET LOVIN’ Sigala featuring Bryn Christopher 51000

41 52 41 3 DON’T LEAVE TKDJS featuring AYER 37000
42 38 38 7 CONFIDENT Demi Lovato 61350
43 43 43 3 YOU BELONG TO ME Bryan Adams 37000
44 25 6 9 COMING HOME Sigma & Rita Ora 288000
45 75 45 5 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 25800
46 70 46 2 BAZAAR (Sunburn Goa 2015 Anthem) KSHMR and Marnik 18750
47 NEW 47 1 ACE OF SPADES Motorhead 12500
48 50 11 9 SAX Fleur East 187250
49 54 49 3 I WAS BORN ON CHRISTMAS DAY Saint Etienne 34100
50 20 20 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 35200

51 35 13 10 LET IT HAPPEN Tame Impala 159450
52 47 1 11 HELLO Adele 565000
53 NEW 53 1 I’D NEVER FIND ANOTHER YOU Billy Fury 11250
54 45 16 8 DREAMS Life Of Dillon 115000
55 57 55 7 I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND The Beatles 56000
56 36 19 7 WHAT ARE THE CHANCES? Duran Duran 93800
57 65 57 8 RIDE-O-ROCKET The Brothers Johnson 48800
58 88 58 4 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black 15100
59 59 3 14 BLACK SOAP Ex Cops 438900
60 NEW 60 1 STEVIE KNOWS Olly Murs 10000

61 NEW 61 1 FUN Coldplay featuring Tove Lo 7500
62 NEW 62 1 STRESSED OUT twenty one pilots 7400
63 63 63 3 ALIVE SIA 19600
64 68 64 3 HISTORY One Direction 17700
65 71 43 7 TOMPKINS SQUARE PARK Mumford And Sons 49800
66 64 3 17 I’M IN LOVE WITH MY LIFE PHASES 498950
67 NEW 67 1 GOOD TO BE ALIVE (HALLELUJAH) Andy Grammer 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OVERKILL Motorhead 6400
69 NEW 69 1 OUT OF THE WOODS Taylor Swift 6200
70 49 8 10 ECHOES IN RAIN Enya 257500

71 NEW 71 1 HOLLOW Tori Kelly featuring Big Sean 5800
72 NEW 72 1 AMAZING Foxes 5600
73 NEW 73 1 THIS WILL BE Natalie Cole 5400
74 NEW 74 1 IN THE NIGHT The Weeknd 5200
75 NEW 75 1 BEAUTIFUL Carole King 5000

DROP-OUTS
30 30 5 DOWN LOW Alex Winston 73800
32 18 7 WHITE DECEMBER Kylie Minogue 133400
42 36 4 RIVER LEA Adele 55950
46 26 3 WHEN WE WERE YOUNG Adele 49250
48 5 14 CHAMAK CHALLO CHEL CHABELI Kumar Sanu, Shreya Ghoshal & Sajid – Wajid 434100
53 20 5 HIGHLAND One More Time 88250
55 30 4 EVERY DAY’S LIKE CHRISTMAS (A STOCK AITKEN WATERMAN REMIX) Kylie Minogue 41000
56 19 8 SORRY Justin Bieber 126000
58 39 4 GLITTER & GOLD Barns Courtney 44300
60 5 10 CIRCLES Truls 346100
61 3 18 YOU DON’T OWN ME Grace featuring G-Eazy 540500
62 50 4 DIRT SLEDDING The Killers featuring Ryan Pardey & Richard Dreyfuss 27700
66 43 5 HAPPY ALONE Matrix & Futurebound featuring V. Bozeman 43800
67 51 6 I’VE BEEN SECRETLY FALLING APART Owsey Jernalism & Resotone 44750
69 69 2 THE SOUND OF SILENCE Disturbed 12400
72 24 9 GO! Postiljonen 137800
73 39 7 100 DEGREES Kylie Minogue featuring Dannii Minogue 63000
74 74 2 ECHOES OF MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 10200
76 49 4 STAY Kygo featuring Maty Noyes 33500
77 32 5 NOTHING’S GONNA HURT YOU BABY Cigarettes After Sex 67100
78 10 13 EX’S AND OH’S Elle King 218650
79 79 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 8000
80 9 13 HERE FOR YOU Kygo featuring Ella Henderson 256100
81 16 10 SAME OLD LOVE Selena Gomez 169500
82 4 16 WILDEST DREAMS Taylor Swift 368500
83 2 17 CRASH AND BURN Thomas Rhett 861400
84 84 2 CHRISTMAS WITHOUT A PRAYER Sparks 5000
85 70 6 LEFT HAND FREE Alt-J 23800
86 86 2 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 5600
87 87 4 SAINT CECILIA Foo Fighters 7100
89 9 10 MUSIC TO MY SOUL CeeLo Green 203050
90 3 11 HAPPINESS IAMX 336750
91 8 17 OCEAN DRIVE Duke Dumont featuring Robert Owens 290350
92 6 15 WHEN I WAS A BOY Jeff Lynne’s ELO 250000
93 93 5 TUSK (07/19/79 VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 7100
94 27 8 BURNING LOVE Elvis Presley with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 88200
95 57 5 TIRED OF TALKING LEON 23500
96 54 5 JESUS MADE ME BAD Lao Ra 26600
97 97 3 CAN’T GET USED TO LOSING YOU The Beat 3600
98 56 6 NEVER ENDING CIRCLES CHVRCHES 31100
99 5 15 I’M IN LOVE Noonie Bao 326100
100 100 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 1000

My 1985 Charts – June

me n the dog

me n the dog

june 1985 videos here…..

4th June 1985

1st week on top for American EDM act Animotion, or synthpop as was. It had taken The Americans a few years to catch up with the pop movement, but this one was on a par with a great Human League track. Fab. Rocketing up to 3 with their 8th top 5 hit in 5 years, it’s the wonderful OMD and a terrific record that mysteriously was only a minor UK hit, and I can only put it down to them being in the States as they belatedly took off there 5 years late and with most of their great 80‘s records behind them. Happily there were great ones in subsequent decades too. Scritti Politti get a 3rd top 10, Word Girl, as Phil Lynott and Gary Moore go top 10 for the first time since Yellow Pearl in 1982 (Phil), or KIller On The Loose (Thin Lizzy) in 1980 depending on how you look at it.

Up to 13, Mai Tai’s terrific History beats strongly upwards, just ahead of the even greater leaping of Duel, as Propaganda get that 2nd top 20. History will show which one wins the Duel! Stephen Duffy gets a 2nd top 20, which must be the icing on the cake for him, and Depeche Mode add to their long list of top 20 tracks, a disease they just can’t shake off. Highest new entry is the theme to a big Eddie Murphy movie Beverley Hills Cop, the instrumental synth novelty of Axel F from German Howard Faltemeyer, in at 22. I say novelty, I mean catchy, the real novelty nightmare came 20 years later when an obnoxious and irritating cartoon frog covered it. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to wanting to exterminate an amphibian.

At 23, new in and debuting it’s Modern Talking another German pop act, this time a synth duo with a gorgeously cheesy EDM tune which flopped in the UK, though they hit with their next record. This was the better song though, You’re My Heart You’re My Soul. Bryan Adams gets a 3rd top 40, he’s in heaven about it, as are Five Star all falling down while loving David Bowie’s alien, all together with new entries from New Order (give us a Perfect Kiss, then) at 39, and at 40 The Beach Boys return with their best record of the 80’s Getcha Back giving them a clear run of 17 years of top 40 singles, since they appeared in my very first chart ever with Do It Again.

Elsewhere, Nick Heyward keeps the run of solo singles charting with Laura at 53, The Crowd cover You’ll Never Walk Alone to raise money for victims of the Bradford City FC terrible fire disaster. The main man was still Gerry Marsden, of Gerry And The Pacemakers who hit the UK number one with it in 1963 as part of their famous chart debut hat-trick, still the best version of the show tune and musical offcut from Carousel. It’s still rousing and eventually topped my chart on one if it’s UK chart re-entries in the 21st century, and pretty much would have topped my chart in 1963 along with I Like It and How Do You Do, and also Ferry Cross The Mersey, cos I loved them all, and the River Mersey and Liverpool was a constant in in my life on and off for the first 30 years or so. This was a well-meaning version, with a choir of pop stars and celebrities such as Colin Blunstone, Tony Christie, Kiki Dee, Graham Gouldman of 10CC and Phil Lynott getting his second simultaneous chart hit, and UK chart-topper, months before his early death.

At 60, Roy Wood, me old fave, is back at 60 Under Fire, as Bruce is back and he’s actually On Fire at 63 with a fab ballad and an over-rated anthem Born In The USA which went over the heads of many people who took it literally as a patriotic flag-waving opportunity and ruined the social commentary of US politics, the Viet-Nam war veteran treatment, and the working man under the foot of the rich right-wing. Just shows people don’t always listen to the lyrics, not even President Reagan who missed the point completely. At 67, Sister Sledge are back with an actual non-Chic new track. Sadly, it’s the monster UK hit Frankie which doesn’t take many repeat listens to annoy. Pat Benatar also drops by again, and so Elton John (14 years and counting) and Millie Jackson who rather amazingly debuts some 13 years late, as My Man Is A Sweet Man and other early 70’s singles didn’t chart. Act Of War is a good vocal battle though, and Millie wins on a knockout, you don’t mess with her!


1 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 26 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 6 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
5 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
6 ( 9 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 3 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
8 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 4 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
10 ( 14 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott

11 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
13 ( 36 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
14 ( 52 ) DUEL Propaganda
15 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
16 ( 18 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
17 ( 40 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 11 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
19 ( 22 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 10 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

21 ( 17 ) CRY Godley And Creme
22 ( NEW ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
24 ( 13 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
25 ( 39 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
26 ( 29 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
27 ( 19 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
28 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 16 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
30 ( 66 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams

31 ( 21 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
32 ( 20 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
33 ( 47 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
34 ( 23 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
35 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
36 ( 38 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
37 ( 24 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
38 ( 70 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
39 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
40 ( NEW ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys

41 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
42 ( 25 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 53 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
44 ( 34 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
46 ( 27 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
47 ( 57 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury And The Blockheads
48 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
49 ( 33 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
50 ( 68 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr

51 ( 46 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
52 ( 37 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) LAURA Nick Heyward
54 ( 58 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
55 ( 30 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
56 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
57 ( 32 ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
58 ( RE ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
59 ( 43 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
60 ( NEW ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood

61 ( 56 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
62 ( 49 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
63 ( NEW ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
64 ( 44 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
65 ( 75 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
66 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
67 ( NEW ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
69 ( 59 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
70 ( NEW ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 50 ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman
72 ( 62 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
73 ( NEW ) JET SET Alphaville
74 ( 60 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
75 ( NEW ) REMEMBER I LOVE YOU Jim Diamond

This week in 1985 I recorded myself singing, curious to hear what I sound like. As it turns out, I sung all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. Anything vocally demanding turned into the flattest thing created since the crispy pizza. I mused I could cope with mellow songs like Love Hurts (Jim Capaldi version, not the impossible-to-match Roy Orbison) Tie A Yellow Ribbon, or laid-back Cat Stevens songs. I have never done Karaoke in public, but if I got drunk one night I would insist on Tie A Yellow Ribbon as it’s the least-demanding song vocally I can come up with. I would need two mates dressed in mini-skirts as back up though for the female fade-out, Morecambe & Wise stylee. Or dressed as Nana Mouskouri, one or t’other.

In Belgium, some Liverpool football hooligans killed over 38 people and made us all ashamed to be British, as they made football matches a nightmare for everyone on an ongoing fascist racist aggressive regime. In my life, my moped rear light fell off, I went back to pick it up just as a car ran over it. Doh! I felt a bit depressed and sorry for myself all week, whining about not having enough time for all my interests and ambitions. Actually, compared to my life now, I had bags of time, didn’t know how good I had it! Whinger! Babysat for our yorkie for 2 hours, it just wouldn’t stop crying, so I guess a bit like me then.



11th June 1985

2 weeks for Animotion at 1, the top 3 all static as Mai Tai and Propaganda go top 5. Modern Talking and Marillion jump into the top 10, and Axel F do-do-de-d-d-d-do-do’s it’s way into the 20. REO Speedwagon get another top 20 entry 4 years on from chart-topper Keep On Loving You, helped in no small part by the ambitious amusing Arthur/Merlin-inspired video. One Lonely “knight” in the 20th century as it were. Another good video from Bowie helps Loving The Alien hit the 20 for a 13th year, and Five Star fall down while going up, a good trick if you can do it.

The Crowd enter the top 40, and Narada Michael Walden gets a very 1985-sounding Gimme Gimme Gimme at 30, and it’s nothing to do with the classic Abba single. Happily. The sweet Laura hits 32 for Nick Heyward, and the rocking Bruce 33, and theirs a great chart debut from Fine Young Cannibals, essentially half of The Beat plus new singer Roland Gift and a lot of style. Johnny Come Home is pretty fine and doesn’t sound dated. Skipworth And Turner finally break into the 40 after meandering about just outside, ditto China Crisis’s King, and it’s a fast-pass for Frankie and Sister Sledge to 39.

New at 47, Madonna chalks up another chart entry with the famous Crazy For You, a film theme tune and a rather ponderous ballad who’s ongoing appeal passes me by, by far my least-fave Madonna single to date. Also back with another in their run of hits, and coming off the back of 2 big singles (the previous single being one of my all-time faves), tears For Fears are at 66 with the under-rated (by me) Head Over Heels. It all changed after it was used very effectively in the fantastic film Donnie Darko, I love it now. At 68, Nils Lofgren, steady working musician who never quite broke through enters with some street secrets, At 70 Paul Young is back with the rather good Tomb Of Memories, while Dollar’s Thereze Bazar gets a solo entry with another of 3 “Kiss” titles in the chart, at 72 and some 10 years since she was first a Doll in Guys And Dolls, from Doll to Dollar. Squeeze are back 7 years on from first and biggest single Take Me I’m Yours, at 75 with Last Time Forever. The lads are back together this very week with new material as I type (August 2015), hooray!

1 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 13 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
5 ( 14 ) DUEL Propaganda
6 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
8 ( 10 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
9 ( 23 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
10 ( 26 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

11 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
12 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 25 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
14 ( 4 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
15 ( 38 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 22 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
17 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 9 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
19 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

21 ( 7 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
22 ( 12 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
23 ( 40 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
24 ( 30 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
25 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
26 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
27 ( 16 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
28 ( 56 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
29 ( 18 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
30 ( 58 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley And Creme
32 ( 53 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
33 ( 63 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
34 ( NEW ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
35 ( 20 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 27 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
37 ( 24 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
38 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
39 ( 67 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
40 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis

41 ( 54 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
42 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 32 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
44 ( 31 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
45 ( 50 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
46 ( 29 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
47 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
48 ( 34 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
49 ( 37 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
50 ( 70 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

51 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( 51 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
55 ( 46 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 36 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
59 ( 52 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
60 ( 69 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello

61 ( 43 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
62 ( 45 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
63 ( 49 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
64 ( 61 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 59 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
66 ( NEW ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
67 ( 47 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK (REMIX) Ian Dury And The Blockheads
68 ( NEW ) SECRET IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
69 ( 66 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

71 ( 62 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
72 ( NEW ) THE BIG KISS Thereze Bazaar
73 ( 55 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
74 ( 60 ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood
75 ( NEW ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze


With the reduced TV charts I’m adding in my occasional oldies playlist short-list, topped by 60’s then-new discovery form Gary Lewis & The Playboys, This Diamond Ring. Son of movie actor Jerry Lewis, I went a bundle on their Greatest Hits and especially this 20-year-old track at the time. Had I allowed random oldies it would have topped my chart.

Went to see Starman at the cinema, a sweet sci-fi movie starring Jeff Bridges, a bit of a love story between an alien in human form and Karen Allen, fresh-ish from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Jeff stole the film with his choice of unusually stilted but endearing style, and directed (amazingly) by John Carpenter not his usual style at all. I rated it as the best film I’d seen since Star Trek III and among my top 40 faves of all-time (since dropped out as it never gets shown on TV and I haven’t seen it in decades). It spawned a decent TV series starring Robert Hayes (from Airplane).



18th June 1985

OMD get their 3rd number one 5 years since the first one, Messages, the under-rated So In Love. The Beach Boys go top 10 for the first time in 6 years, and Bowie keeps his run going 13 years on from Starman doing it first, Starman to Alien, and still loving them. Bryan Adams gets another top 20, it’s Heaven, and Springsteen makes it 10 years of top 20’s, and Prince makes it 3 years of top 20’s, with his Paisley Park going through a continuing purple patch, so to speak. Fine Young Cannibals still call fro Johnny at 20.

Into the 40 Madonna is Crazy For You, and Cherish that cos Kool And The Gang also go top 40 with a title she liked so much she re-used it 4 years later, to much better effect. All the new entries are low in the chart, from a Paul Hardcastle recent track, a debut from new band Simply Red, the great Money’s Too Tight (To mention), and that ginger-haired lead singer has quite the soul voice. Mick Hucknall, of course! Steve Harley is back with the Rebels and he’s still irresistible 11 years on from Judy Teen, and look who’s back too – Roy Orbison.

That needs several exclamation marks!!! Roy had been far-too-long absent from the music scene charts, and incredibly makes a chart debut in mine for the simple reason that all of his great records pre-date my charts – Roy, and I say this without over-stating the case, was the greatest male vocalist in pop music of the 20th Century. He just was, so there! His run of singles comprise the greatest batch of heart-breaking tortured dramatic lost love songs. Wild Hearts wasn’t a hit, but it did turn on his 1992 posthumous album of leftovers following his major comeback with Traveling Wilbury’s and Jeff Lynne-produced Mystery Girl album, and tragic death in between those two projects.

Also new, Jesus And Mary Chain bring low-fi 60’s-influenced Velvet Underground sounds into the 80’s You Trip Me Up, and Sting offers some good advice, directly to make up for Every Breath You Take’s creepy controlling message (which passed most people by). It wasn’t as good, though, sadly.


1 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 4 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
4 ( 5 ) DUEL Propaganda
5 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
6 ( 10 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
7 ( 9 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 7 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 23 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
10 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie

11 ( 12 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
12 ( 13 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
13 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
14 ( 16 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
15 ( 24 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
16 ( 8 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
17 ( 33 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 26 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
19 ( 20 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
20 ( 34 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
22 ( 39 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
23 ( 11 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
24 ( 28 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 14 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
27 ( 43 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
28 ( 18 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
29 ( 32 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
30 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 21 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
32 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
34 ( 41 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
35 ( 31 ) CRY Godley And Creme
36 ( 29 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 40 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
38 ( 27 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
39 ( 25 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
40 ( 44 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge

41 ( 36 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
42 ( 45 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
43 ( 75 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
45 ( 50 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
46 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
47 ( 58 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
49 ( 48 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
50 ( 66 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears

51 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 52 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( NEW ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 38 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 49 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
58 ( NEW ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
59 ( 70 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
60 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

61 ( 55 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
62 ( 46 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
63 ( 59 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 68 ) SECRETS IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
66 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
67 ( NEW ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
68 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTS Roy Orbison
69 ( NEW ) EL VINO COLLAPSO Black Lace
70 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

71 ( NEW ) WHERE OUR LOVE BEGINS David Grant
72 ( NEW ) YOU TRIP ME UP Jesus And Mary Chain
73 ( 69 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE SET THEM FREE Sting
75 ( NEW ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 The Young Ones
3 MASH
4 Lou Grant
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Ready Steady Go
8 Dallas
9 Bewitched
10 Taxi

On TV classic 60’s ITV pop show Ready Steady Go was being repeated to my great joy, and at work I got a young new assistant, 18-year-old Nick, who turned up, very good-looking, fit and outward-going, and in a suit – which I suggested might not work in a van in the countryside, but he did make the effort! Bob the driver was also back after a week off with twisted err, thingies. I taught Nick the main codes and technique of the hand-held husky computer and we went out measuring near Stalbridge. He was very keen to get started, so let him, mostly mistake-free which put the other team’s noses out-of-joint who were slow-going about stuff like that. Nick was lively and into pop music, and brightened up my fairly now-dull work-life. His main hobbies were girls, girls, girls….and cars.

On Wogan Abba’s Benny & Bjorn were with Tim Rice talking about Chess (the Musical) and Bob geldof was on about Live Aid tickets, his new project for Band Aid charity cash. I bought myself baggy jeans, after years of tight drainpipe jeans and before that tight oxford bags and flares, and before that tight bell-bottoms. Boys fashions were pretty tight, really, then for the next 20 years it was all about baggy…



25th June 1985

2 weeks for OMD on top, holding off Mai Tai at 2 to make History. Hall & Oates make a swift reissued comeback with a record that was massive in the USA and not in the UK, while the lesser follow-up was a UK hit. It still didn’t work, though, Out Of Touch just didn’t connect with the UK charts, but it did with me, so is the highest new entry at 4, their 4th Top 5. Elton & Millie War their way into the 20, and Madonna also gets another one, as Crazy For You scrapes in. Paul Young’s good Tomb Of Memories hits the 40, along with the great Tears For Fears Head Over Heels, and Edwin Starr’s retro sounds of It Ain’t Fair, and Simply Red’s soulful Money’s Too Tight.

1 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 3 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
3 ( 9 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
4 ( NEW ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
6 ( 4 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 6 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
9 ( 5 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
10 ( 14 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer

11 ( 18 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
12 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
13 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 22 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
15 ( 10 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 13 ) CALL ME Go West
17 ( 11 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 45 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
19 ( 20 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
20 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna

21 ( 12 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
22 ( 16 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
23 ( 30 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
24 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 34 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 15 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
27 ( 19 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
28 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
29 ( 59 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
30 ( 23 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy

31 ( 37 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
32 ( 50 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
33 ( 27 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
34 ( 29 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
35 ( 28 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
36 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 35 ) CRY Godley And Creme
38 ( 42 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
39 ( 26 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
40 ( 58 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red

41 ( 31 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
42 ( 32 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
43 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 33 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
45 ( 41 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
46 ( 75 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
47 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( NEW ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
49 ( 53 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
50 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 38 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
52 ( 40 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
53 ( 60 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
54 ( 44 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
55 ( 39 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
56 ( 74 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
57 ( NEW ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
58 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
60 ( 67 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

61 ( 49 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
62 ( 48 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
63 ( NEW ) BEN Marti Webb
64 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 57 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
68 ( 61 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
69 ( NEW ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
70 ( 63 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
72 ( NEW ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
73 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
74 ( 70 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. MARRAKESH EXPRESS – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. THIS DIAMOND RING – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3. RANDY – Blue Mink

TV 22nd-28th June

1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 The Young Ones
3 Cheers
4 Rhoda
5 Ready Steady Go
6 Dallas
7 Batman
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Taxi


At work, young Nick’s fairly extreme views came out while travelling on and off sites in Dorset, though also he’d been in hospital over 2 years in a life and death situation, with the scars to prove it, and ongoing medication. Of course, when I hear views I don’t agree with I have to butt in. I just do! Going home, I came off my moped again, in the rain, starting to really piss me off at how lethal it is. Nick & Bob tried to get me to join them clubbing for girl-chasing. I semi-politely declined…

Marvelled at how dated the fashions of the 60’s looked on Ready Steady Go (though the music energetic and exciting), after only 2 decades. On Sunday I met mate Bob’s fiancee Annette, pleasant and chatty I thought, as she was looking for a place and job nearer Bournemouth.

My 1980 Charts – June

The College Library Bishop Grot, Lincoln

The College Library
Bishop Grot, Lincoln


1980 videos here…


3rd June 1980

Don McLean gets his first number one 8 years after he grabbed his first USA and UK number ones, with American Pie and Vincent respectively, both top 10’s here. The Roy Orbison cover left me Crying though, just so great I even preferred it to the Big O’s version, and Roy is virtually impossible to improve on. The Mash-up at 2 is a peak for them – I’ll be honest though, I prefer the TV instrumental version of the theme song. Air Supply rise to 4, Lost In Love and gorgeous melody it is too, as Mystic Merlin magic into the top 10, Manhattan Transfer get their final top 10 4 years on from Tuxedo Junction, from 40’s to dance and various other styles along the way. OMD get their debut top 10, up 29 places with the blissful Messages.

Lipps Inc, ELO, Elton John, Average White Band all join new entry Theme From Midnight Cowboy inside the 20. The John Barry instrumental movie theme from 1969 is only slightly older than the theme from MASH, but MUCH better. One of the most hauntingly pathos-inducing beautiful movie themes of all time. Love it love that harmonica. These are all testament to the power of Noel Edmunds on Radio One, he seemed able to generate enthusiasm for all sorts of oddities. Rocketing into the 40, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway get their biggest hit together since Where Is The Love went top 3 in 1972, and the Korgis get a second gorgeous top 40 track. The Hollies get their first top 40 track in 6 years and a sweet 12 year span of them, and B.A.Robertson makes it 4 in a row.

In at 29, Paul McCartney is back with his 3rd solo record of the year, and it’s a sparse and synthy ballad, the lovely Waterfalls giving Macca some consistency in quality releases missing for at least 4 years. At 38, The Lambrettas get a swift return, d-a-a-ancing, as do The Detroit Spinners, If I’m reading the Body Language right at 45, while none-hit-wonder Robbie Dupree has the fab Steal Away at 47, another one of those American radio hits that really should have charted in the UK – if the UK wasn’t so busy with various hot new music movements. Others: Sister Sledge, Thin Lizzy, Liquid Gold and Genesis all pop in with lesser tracks.

1 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
2 ( 9 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
3 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
4 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
5 ( 10 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
6 ( 6 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITSCH TON AT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 8 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
8 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
9 ( 38 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
10 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer

11 ( 4 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
12 ( 34 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
13 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
14 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 7 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
16 ( 31 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
17 ( 33 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
18 ( 22 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
19 ( 5 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
20 ( NEW ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)

21 ( 52 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 28 ) RAT RACE The Specials
23 ( 15 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
24 ( 17 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
25 ( 12 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
26 ( 16 ) CALL ME Blondie
27 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
28 ( 35 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
29 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
30 ( 30 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( 19 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
32 ( 39 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
33 ( 20 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
34 ( 23 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
35 ( 27 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
36 ( 43 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
37 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
38 ( NEW ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
39 ( 21 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
40 ( 53 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

41 ( 49 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
42 ( 26 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
43 ( 37 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
44 ( 29 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
45 ( NEW ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
46 ( 32 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
48 ( 44 ) ATOMIC Blondie
49 ( 40 ) TOCCATA Sky
50 ( 42 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan

51 ( 36 ) A FOREST The Cure
52 ( 24 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
53 ( 50 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
54 ( 54 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 45 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
56 ( 46 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
59 ( 62 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold

61 ( 47 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
62 ( 58 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
63 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
64 ( 73 ) DREAMS Grace Slick
65 ( NEW ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
66 ( 41 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
67 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
68 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
69 ( 71 ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
70 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

71 ( 59 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
72 ( 51 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
73 ( 55 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
74 ( NEW ) DUCHESS Genesis
75 ( NEW ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge


TV 24th-30th May

1 Little Big Man: film
2 Top Of The Pops
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The Producers: film
5 The Outer Limits
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Mork And Mindy
8 Oliver: film
9 Dallas
10 Taxi


On TV lots of 50’s and 60’s black & white classics, Phil Silvers and The Outer Limits, and movies, like the good (but long-forgotten) Little Big Man, an ambitious dark western vehicle for Dustin Hoffman, on the side of the Native Americans, Mel Brooks classic comedy The Producers, and musical Oliver, songs very much a part of my childhood as we had an EP of 4 of them. A great edition of Top Of The Pops, and top new show is Mork And Mindy, the late Robin Williams astounding as an alien.

Back at College, I finished off 3 screen prints to lots of compliments from some 2nd year girls sharing the art room with me – “Sad! It might be my last screen print for a helluva long time” I commented to myself after finishing the last one. Too right, tragically, it’s been 35 years so far and counting, and I’d still like to do some more.Had dinner with Paul and Jane, and David, the young Audio-Visual department College employee, chatting about holidays. I liked him, regretted not talking more to him over the 3 years. Julie helped me pick the best 3 of the screen prints in the evening. Ian and Paul came round for chats.

Tutor Max helped me decide which works to use for my exhibition, revision for exams, and my prints were quite the hit with everyone (it was based on a Close Encounters scene which appealed to all the soon-to-be teachers). I din’t feel I could sell it as the base photo was Spielberg not me. I loved it too, though. Close Encounters of The Third Kind was an obsession of mine, visually stunning. First exam up: American Studies. Snooker for light relief afterwards. Kid Jensen’s final Top Of The Pops show was brill, I opined, lots of old 70’s fave acts on it just for me. Friday, went to the Usher Art Gallery with Max, and Emma, Anne & Maureen to look at the walls, and back again later with the works ready to display in the rather posh Art Gallery on a hillside overlooking much of Lincoln. Max then got me to weed out some of my work, which rather upset me, and just use one wall for what was left. Less is more, is the theory.

Kid Jensen was also doing his last Rosko’s Roundtable new singles review show, with Elton John and Frankie Valli. Quite the line-up! Arthur C. Clarke, another hero of mine, was interviewed on a Time Out Of Mind TV special Sunday.


10th June 1980

2 weeks for Crying on top as OMD hit 3, and Lipps Inc go top 10 with the infuriatingly catchy Funkytown. Joining them the sublime John Barry movie theme, and Roxy Music’s pleasantly laid-back Over You, their 8th, or Bryan Ferry’s 13th, depending on how you look at it. The highest new entry at 36 is Joan Armatrading, telling us all about Me Myself I almost a decade ahead of De La Soul adding an “and” and a different song to the title. Joan’s first bonafide hit since Love And Affection in 1976, it’s almost got a Pilot feel to it (as in Magic or January), rather appropriately as her next and last hit would be Drop The Pilot in 1983.

Into the 40, Robbie Dupree, Liquid Gold and The Detroit Spinners, as Bernadette Peters exclaims 1950’s stylee Gee Whiz! I miss that lost phrase, and this cover of a 16-years-of-age Carla (daughter of Rufus) Thomas song from 1960 has so much doo-wop charm, I still play it, though the original is just as good, if not better. Bernadette is a big star of musical theatre, one of the biggest award-winning Broadway stars, but I knew her from TV and films, parts in Ray Bradbury’s TV miniseries The Martian Chronicles, The Muppet Show, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie, Steve Martin’s The Jerk, and other quirky roles.

At 46, Siouxsie And The Banshees return with their 5th chart entry, the fabulous Christine, a dark uptempo fave of mine, and their best record to date. At 47 Darts are also back looking for the bullseye with another UK chart hit with the latest in a long run of bands releasing Four Seasons covers – this time Let’s Hang On. It’s not bad, but not as good as Frankie & the lads. Elkie Brooks returns for 3 years of largely minor hits, bar a couple of goodies, with Why Don’t You Say It, rock band Journey debut with Anyway You Want It at 62, as I remain oblivious to their future status as best-selling 80’s track in the UK in the 21st century, the million-selling Don’t Stop Believing, future anthem and obscure minor 80’s hit in the UK.

Pete Townsend is back with another solo entry, and still doesn’t challenge Roger Daltrey’s solo career with Let My Love Open The Door at 65, Bad Manners get a 2nd fun-time ska entry with Lip Up Fatty at 73, and two great dance tracks (or disco if you will), as Odyssey finally get a big follow-up to the fantastic Native New Yorker, Use It Up And Wear It Out entering at 70, and Teena Marie’s very good Behind The Groove drops in at 68. The big news though is Olivia Newton-John’s duet with ELO on the movie theme Xanadu. The movie bombed, despite Gene Kelly co-starring, but the theme was huge, being very frantic-orchestral ELO-sounding, and which very-much suited Livvie’s luvverly tones, a terrific pop record with a fantastic tune.

1 ( 1 ) CRYING Don McLean
2 ( 2 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
3 ( 9 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
4 ( 3 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
5 ( 7 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
6 ( 12 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
7 ( 10 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
8 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
9 ( 20 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
10 ( 5 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 6 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
12 ( 16 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 4 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
14 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
15 ( 17 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
18 ( 28 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
19 ( 13 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
20 ( 18 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

21 ( 15 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
22 ( 22 ) RAT RACE The Specials
23 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
24 ( 30 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
25 ( 38 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
26 ( 32 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
27 ( 24 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
28 ( 29 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
29 ( 23 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
30 ( 47 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree

31 ( 60 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
32 ( 25 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
33 ( 36 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
34 ( 26 ) CALL ME Blondie
35 ( NEW ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
36 ( 34 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
37 ( 19 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
38 ( 45 ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
39 ( NEW ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
40 ( 40 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

41 ( 33 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
42 ( 65 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
43 ( 31 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
44 ( 37 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
45 ( 35 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
46 ( NEW ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
47 ( NEW ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
48 ( 42 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
49 ( 43 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
50 ( 59 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 39 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
52 ( 48 ) ATOMIC Blondie
53 ( NEW ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks
54 ( NEW ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
55 ( 75 ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge
56 ( NEW ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
57 ( 58 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
58 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 53 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
60 ( NEW ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra

61 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
62 ( NEW ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
63 ( 62 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
64 ( 63 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
65 ( NEW ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
66 ( 56 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
67 ( 55 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
68 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
69 ( 50 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
70 ( NEW ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey

71 ( 67 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
72 ( 68 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
73 ( NEW ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
74 ( 70 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest


31st May-6th Jun

1 The Outer Limits
2 Reputations
3 Barney Miller
4 Broken Lance
5 Time Out Of Mind
6 Legend Of The Golden Gun
7 Hawaii 5-0
8 Barney Miller
9 Mork And Mindy
10 The Waltons


At College I was carrying two heavy glass and chip-board mounted large-sized screen-prints of mine to the Usher Art Gallery, a la all those comedy movies of two men carrying a plate of glass across a busy road, only on my own. My arms and hands suffered for my Art. Got my poetry exam question essay back: “Fine”. Pete slagged off my Don McLean obsession in fun, as I played the 45, so I slagged off his Eagles and Bob Seger which he played loudly in the evening to get me back (our rooms were adjacent). Hah! Snooker in the evening with the gang. Tennis, revision, chatting, hot weather, and a TV profile on Robert Kennedy, Reputations.

My final American Studies lecture ever was a combined 3-tutors mock exams results extravaganza. I got an A for geography, and mused I will miss their lectures (and I do). I got told one of my art pieces had fallen off the wall in the Usher Art Gallery overnight and set off the alarms! I rushed down in the heat of the day to find it wasn’t my work at all! I stuck more nails in mine anyway to be sure. Paul popped in with the fab news we were going to Knebworth Festival with Ian too, if he could get the tickets (he did!), yay! Mum & dad popped in on their way to Skeggy, Roundtable had Bev Bevan, DLT, Trevor Horn and Paul Gambaccini, then I left for the Usher open evening, chatting to some mature students, my Close Encounters piece really was the hit all round really. Pity it wasn’t mine in my eyes….


17th June 1980

OMD, as they became known, get their first chart-topper as the fabulous Messages becomes the first EDM chart-topper since Donna Summer’s 1977 I Feel Love, and 8 years since Hot Butter’s Popcorn was the first. From here-on, though, they came thick and fast. John Barry outdoes his previous Top 5 theme tune from The Persuaders, though as writer/producer The Theme From Midnight Cowboy remains just behind another Donna Summer hit, the theme to The Deep, Down Deep Inside which peaked at 2, also in 1977. The highest new entry is also the highest old entry, as The Police, who were sizzling hot, decide to release an album track as a single, Bed’s Too Big Without You, revamped, more uptempo and extremely annoyingly only available by buying 5 Police singles I already had bought. As this was extortion by any other name, I started my policy of not buying any product I had already bought, and which these days applies to “deluxe” editions of albums designed to make you buy it twice. The record industry remains myopic when looking at the bigger picture of artist longevity, preferring always a quick buck. Hey ho, the single could have been a big hit instead of middling, but as the only track I charted it’s in at 7.

Roberta & Donny get a second top 10 single 8 years after the first, and Roberta rather shockingly only her 3rd in total, while The Korgis doggedly get their 2nd top 20, and The ratty Specials their 4th. Siouxsie & Co leap Christine into the 40, and Rod Stewart enters at 40 with a very long statement that didn’t quite catch on as much his previously long-titled double A Side cover in 1977. Hey ho, it’s a 1972 Luther Ingram song, and as usual I don’t go a bundle on his cover versions, though amiable enough. At 44, Queen are playing the game, or as I reflected at the time, safely hedging their bets with a fairly standard single. New at 59, New Zealander Shona Laing gets an entry with obscure decent track Don’t Tell Me, shortly before getting on the road with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, as Elvis Costello continues his run of chart entries (now at 3 years) with one of his most melodic, New Amsterdam being rather unappreciated – I’m guessing a bit more venom was expected, and the gorgeousness of the tune passed most fans by. At 71, Denny Laine gets a solo entry with Japanese Tears – a decade after I first noticed him as a solo act, with the lovely Say You Don’t Mind, later covered as a 1972 classy chart-topper for me in 1972 by Colin Blunstone, another 60’s band veteran. Denny, of course, had hit the top several times with Macca in Wings. At 73, and lastly, UB40 get that follow-up entry, My Way Of Thinking.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
2 ( 1 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 9 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
4 ( 2 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
5 ( 5 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
6 ( 4 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
7 ( NEW ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 6 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
9 ( 14 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
10 ( 7 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer

11 ( 8 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
12 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 10 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
14 ( 15 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
15 ( 18 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
16 ( 11 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
17 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
18 ( 13 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
19 ( 22 ) RAT RACE The Specials
20 ( 16 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

21 ( 28 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
22 ( 25 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
23 ( 17 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
24 ( 24 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
25 ( 46 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
26 ( 30 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
27 ( 21 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
28 ( 35 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
29 ( 31 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
30 ( 19 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

31 ( 20 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
32 ( 33 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 27 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
34 ( 29 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
35 ( 40 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
37 ( 42 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
38 ( 68 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
39 ( 39 ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
40 ( NEW ) IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT) Rod Stewart

41 ( 34 ) CALL ME Blondie
42 ( 54 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
43 ( 32 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
44 ( NEW ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
45 ( 65 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
46 ( 37 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
47 ( 62 ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
48 ( 56 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
49 ( 38 ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
50 ( 36 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin

51 ( 43 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
52 ( 60 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 53 ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks
54 ( 49 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
55 ( 55 ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge
56 ( 52 ) ATOMIC Blondie
57 ( 48 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
58 ( 47 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
59 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
60 ( 41 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

61 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 75 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
64 ( 73 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
65 ( 64 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
66 ( 63 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
67 ( 50 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
68 ( NEW ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
69 ( 51 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
70 ( 44 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

71 ( NEW ) JAPANESE TEARS Denny Laine
72 ( 59 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
73 ( NEW ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
74 ( 74 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
75 ( 72 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba


TV 7th -13th June

1 The Outer Limits
2 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 2
3 The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean: film
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Likely Lads
6 Barney Miller
7 ChiPs
8 At The Mill
9 Tomorrow’s World
10 The Banana Splits


In between revising for exams I watched a film from 1972 I’d gone to see at the cinema with then-mate Andrew, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean, a Paul Newman western Directed by John Huston, and with a dozen movie and TV stars in it. It was OK, but I don’t think I’ve seen it since, sadly, as I’d be curious to see young Victoria Principal, long-gone Roddy McDowell (always great) and a host of others again. Tuesday was exam day, cruelly cut-off mid-flow in the middle of an answer 2 minutes earlier than expected. Pah! I played table tennis with Bev and Pete afterwards as stress relief. Thursday another exam, one of the papers a swine, and got out to find mum and dad waiting with a new T shirt for me, on their way back home from Skeggy. Rest of the day I confidently avoided revising, fed up with it, and sure I already knew what I needed to know. The one area I didn’t prepare for much was the Art examiners, assuming it was just a formal discussion.

My last exam (for a few years at any rate) was on friday, and I found it hard to concentrate, annoyingly. Then in the afternoon was my interview with the external Nottingham University examiners at the Usher Art gallery. I went in smiling friendly-like. “What are you smiling for?” the younger “Art” turd demanded. That was the highlight of the grilling, it pretty much went downhill after that as I got crucified by the 2 examiners as they aggressively attacked all my work which left me stuttering and breathless, unable to defend myself of any of my work. I consoled myself outside with art student Anne who had also had a grilling, then moaned to my tutors about their attitude. My various friends helped to try and cheer me up in the evening. In fairness to them, some of my artwork (which I still have) wasn’t great, but in fairness to me Art “Experts” are conceited arrogant pretentious pricks trying to justify an opinion as if it’s an absolute. I should have got angry about it and ignored everything they said. The reality was I was so devastated by it I gave up totally anything to do with art, creativity, photography, screen printing, drawing for decades, not wanting to have anything to do with people like that and the bullying Art mafia, as I saw them. Pity, as I could do with meeting up with them now, I’m more than capable of saying what I think to anyone I see holding those sorts of attitudes towards other people and sod the consequences. At the weekend mum and dad came to see my artwork at the gallery, as I bumped in to Anne on her way in to officially complain about the external examiners. I should have done that….


24th June 1980

2 weeks at 1 for OMD, as Roberta and Donny hit 3 equalling Where Is The Love in 1972. The Police get a 6th top 5 with the Bed’s Too Big, or 6-pack all in one go, whatever. ELO get 2 big leaps into the top 10 from Xanadu, I’m Alive at 6 and the infinitely better title track at 9. At this stage I was such an ELO fan that they could fart into a spaceship and I would like it – not that I’m Alive is that bad, but it’s their weakest single since, well, the last time they failed to make my top 10 in 1974: Daybreaker, and in retrospect the least-good single they did in their career up to this point. Xanadu was one of their best. Banging up to 7, Christine gives The Banshees their second top 10, and first in 2 years since debut Hong Kong Garden, Paul McCartney makes it two out 2 as he gets his 16th top 10 hit since the Fabs split-up, not to mention as many again and more inside The Beatles. Elton John also takes Little Jeannie into the 10 for a pleasantly sweet 14th top tenner.

Highest new entry at 23 is the funny and punkily odd Two Packets Of Lager, which definitely rang a bell – Time gentleman please! – with anyone waiting in vain to get served in a busy pub before it closed at 11. Yes in those days it was unheard of to stay open late! Splodgenessabounds is one of the great band names, to boot. The Stranglers pose a philosophical question at 26 – to which the answer seems to be “every ruthless twat on the planet” – as Elvis Costello rockets up to New Amsterdam inside the 40, as Darts fly up to 34 and UB40 think about it at 38. young Stacey Lattisaw proves that disco is not only not dead, it’s still pretty good, and Jumps To The Beat new in at 32.

The Beach Boys are Trying To Keep The Summer Alive, with a new album and tour headlining Knebworth – which was any day now for me. In at 39, flattered a bit as a consequence, as The Sex Pistols fizzle out with a reasonable cover of a Monkees B Side (Itself a cover of their main early songwriters Boyce & Hart’s song as recorded by Paul Revere And The Raiders). The Monkees version is pure 60‘s garage rock and spits venom and passion. For all the critical rubbish written about both bands, The Monkees is the perfect punk version and the The Sex Pistols version was merely a kitsch cash-in. So I’m posting the classic version….

Elsewhere, US band Spider pop in with the good New Romance, Odyssey re-enter with the future UK chart-topper Use It Up Wear It Out, still sounds good, let’s be honest, Donna Summer’s more laid-back Sunset People glides in at 66, and 2 nu-metal bands are back, one I don’t rate at all (it is Iron Maiden after all), and the other is pretty damn good (Saxon’s 747). I know metal fans seem to be under the delusion it’s the other way round, but hey Saxon rocks at 71. Phil Lynnot is back solo again for the 3rd time, and he doesn’t even have the decency to wait for Thin Lizzy to drop out of the 40 as his tribute to Elvis Presley pops in at 75, and finally it’s an oddly low new entry for a Bob Marley classic, as he notches up the reggae beats to Could You Be Loved, one of his best records, in at 73. Within months he’d be dead from cancer, refusing early treatment, and all I can wonder is how many great records we’ve lost from his far-too-early death.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 9 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
4 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
5 ( 4 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
6 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
7 ( 25 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
9 ( 52 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 14 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John

11 ( 5 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
12 ( 6 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
13 ( 15 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
14 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
15 ( 3 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
16 ( 13 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
17 ( 22 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
18 ( 10 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 26 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
20 ( 28 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

21 ( 38 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
22 ( 44 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
23 ( NEW ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
24 ( 8 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 11 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
26 ( NEW ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
27 ( 68 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
28 ( 24 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
29 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
30 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies

31 ( 20 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
32 ( NEW ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
33 ( 16 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
34 ( 58 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
35 ( 37 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
36 ( 45 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
37 ( 27 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
38 ( 73 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
39 ( NEW ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
40 ( 42 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia

41 ( 48 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
42 ( 33 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
43 ( 23 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
44 ( 18 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
45 ( 19 ) RAT RACE The Specials
46 ( 34 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
47 ( NEW ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
48 ( 40 ) IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT) Rod Stewart
49 ( 30 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
50 ( 53 ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks

51 ( 43 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
52 ( 29 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
53 ( 41 ) CALL ME Blondie
54 ( 59 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
55 ( NEW ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
56 ( 64 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
57 ( 31 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
58 ( 54 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
59 ( 63 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
60 ( 36 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 47 ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
64 ( RE ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
65 ( 56 ) ATOMIC Blondie
66 ( NEW ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
67 ( 67 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
68 ( 39 ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
69 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON YOUR BODY Ronnie Bond
70 ( 51 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex

71 ( NEW ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
72 ( 65 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
73 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
74 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY Iron Maiden
75 ( NEW ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott


TV 14th-20th June

1 Planet Of The Apes: film
2 Wonder Woman
3 The Outer Limits
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 The Waltons
9 Happy days
10 Knotts Landing


On TV, 60’s classic movie Planet Of The Apes and a Wonder Woman TV movie with alien bodysnatchers (fab cheese!). I psycho-analysed why whenever I see mum and dad (they popped in again) I got depressed – it was talk of the future and my total lack of preparedness for the onrushing end of College life. Tickets for Knebworth arrived, hooray! College Hustings meant voting for student body reps for the next year, so we listened and voted, and a fun evening with friends as Jane prepared a lesson on Islam for the kids, based on her artwork after we’d been to Tunisia.

I met up with tutor Max for an indication of my degree results. I was not surprised to hear it was going to be a division 2 (average) as my best work in Art was graded 2:2 but a lot was rated less than that. As I’d never been what you call a hard-worker I couldn’t really complain. One of our friends borrowed Sue’s bike (unbeknownst to Sue) to go to the Lincolnshire Show, they shall remain nameless but I did say “it’ll get nicked!”, and bumped into her later bursting into tears cos it had been nicked. Confession is good for the soul fortunately, and it was forthcoming to Sue who took the news rather well I thought.

My 1980 Charts – May

Pete not keen on his sandwich

Pete not keen on his sandwich

1980 buzzjack youtube links


6th May 1980

Geno gets a 2nd week on top for Dexy’s, as Paul McCartney gets his 3rd number 2 with Coming Up, and Hot Chocolate go top 5 for the first time in 2 years. Sky and Sad Cafe sneak into the top 10, both with their most successful records, and New Musik shoot up the rapids of their world of water to 11, their 3rd top 40 in a row. Kate Bush is breathing heavily, meanwhile, at 22 after climbing 49 chart places. Phew!

Highest new entry is a 2-year-old track from Don McLean getting some UK chart action after a 5-year gap since the wonderful Wonderful Baby. Crying is an old Roy Orbison hit from before my time, but Don manages the impossible in doing a cover version that is as good as the original Roy version. Slowed-down drastically, it makes the climax even bigger when it comes. So to speak. Fantastic, and over 8 years since Don’s chart debut. The Ramones rock it big into my 30, let’s go! Saxon and Christopher Cross both go top 40 and more Groove-based funk dance tracks enter and climb – clearly, despite the hype in the States, rumours of the death of disco are a bit premature in the UK.

New entries: in at 27, The Beat’s best record, the brilliant Mirror In The Bathroom, the ska groove and the urgent sax both fab backdrops to a great song. At 32, it’s a debut for one of the key 80’s bands, The Cure, all goth New Wave in a Siouxsie kinda way, but a bit more acoustic and synthy both. A Forest was a great single, for me it sounded like nothing else, which is always a bonus. At 51, Man Tran are back and in a dancee-stylee a world away from the 1940’s-era beginnings – what they’d lost in retro charm they’d gained in using the theme tune to the fab Twilight Zone TV series as a backdrop to a disco tune.

At 70, Air Supply debut with the gorgeous ballad Lost In Love, an Aussie band who just went very well on American radio, the delicious melody of this track was just such a delight I still can’t believe this record flopped when the less-good follow-up hit. A good vocal performance didn’t hurt either. In the bottom 5, a clutch of lesser punk-new wave tracks, all a bit late for the punk party, including the old Jam track back again, and not for the last time.

1 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
2 ( 4 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
3 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
4 ( 2 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
5 ( 10 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
6 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
7 ( 5 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
8 ( 7 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
9 ( 16 ) TOCCATA Sky
10 ( 15 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe

11 ( 42 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
12 ( 14 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
13 ( 12 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
14 ( 11 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
15 ( 17 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
16 ( 8 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
17 ( 29 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 9 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
19 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
20 ( 21 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston

21 ( 13 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
22 ( 71 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
23 ( NEW ) CRYING Don McLean
24 ( 35 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
25 ( 53 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
26 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
27 ( NEW ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
28 ( 70 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 27 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
30 ( 23 ) ATOMIC Blondie

31 ( 20 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
32 ( NEW ) A FOREST The Cure
33 ( 19 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
34 ( NEW ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 18 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
36 ( 38 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
37 ( 40 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
38 ( 69 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
39 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
40 ( 51 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross

41 ( 28 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
42 ( 31 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
43 ( 30 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
44 ( 32 ) ALL FOR LEYNA Billy Joel
45 ( 24 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
46 ( NEW ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( 64 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
48 ( 48 ) DEAR MISS LONELY HEART Phil Lynott
49 ( 33 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
50 ( 45 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg

51 ( NEW ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
52 ( 58 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
53 ( 34 ) HAPPY HOUSE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 56 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
56 ( 55 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
57 ( 22 ) HIGH-FIDELITY Elvis Costello
58 ( 59 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
59 ( 41 ) SPIRIT OF RADIO Rush
60 ( 52 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

61 ( 54 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
62 ( 37 ) POISON IVY The Lambrettas
63 ( 36 ) DAVID WATTS The Jam
64 ( 60 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
65 ( 75 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
66 ( 62 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
67 ( 67 ) EASY STREET Sister Sledge
68 ( 47 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
69 ( 46 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
70 ( NEW ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

71 ( NEW ) IN THE CITY The Jam
72 ( NEW ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
73 ( 50 ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING’S MISSING The Chords
75 ( NEW ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects

TV Apr 26 – May 2
1 Tiswas
2 Soap
3 Barney Miller
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Life On Earth
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 Taxi
8 The Outer Limits
9 Tribute To Alfred Hitchcock
10 Wonder Woman


Back in my world, I was still enjoying my random visits from friends on Teaching Practice while I was lecture-based and a bit bored at so much time to myself, especially Ian and Pete getting to go out to the same schools, leaving me feeling left-out. Oh poor me, get over it! I played tennis, snooker, and heard the news Alfred Hitchcock, horror-drama Director-extraordinaire had died. I grew up watching his TV series too, repeated in Singapore, and he was quite the character. I read Animal Farm, ooh little bit of social politics going on, and had an American Studies exam. I drew some animals for school work cards for Sue, and Jane and Pete and myself took the piss out of the piss-poor News At Ten scripts, depressing and trashy.

Mr Davies tried to persuade me to get into playwriting as a career, in Literature, really bigging me up. Pity I give up so easily….! More realistic he suggested teaching Secondary School, journalism and creative writing. I did try journalism and writing to be fair to me, for 2 years, before I realised I was getting nowhere. And so are dreams shattered! One of my school-teachers, Miss Goodrich, had called me “bright” – modesty aside, I am, but I have real flaws of character that stop me achieving. Doh! All that talk of careers gave me a bad night of stomach trouble. On TV the last of the series for Tiswas was a fab highlights episode. I AM bright, honestly, custard pies, flam flingers and celebrities up for a laugh, what’s not to love!

At the cinema, I saw Spielberg’s sprawling College comedy 1941: some good one-liners, some good scenes, impressive sets, but ultimately not in the same league as Animal House as the characters were insane, not rebellious. A lot of the humour came over a bit forced. I opined: “Belushi was a twat, Robert Stack stole the film without trying” and overall I was massively disappointed after my all-time fave film Close Encounters that we got this effort. I haven’t seen it in decades, much like the rest of the world, I think!


13th May 1980

One of my fave bands of the 70’s dabble with a UFO sci-fi-themed atmospheric synth-heavy-ballad – of course it was going to top my chart! Errol was a pop hero of mine, and a throughly ego-free varied talent, No Doubt About It – and this was Hot Chocolate’s 10th year of charting, a 9-year span of number ones, and yet only their 3rd chart-topper to date. Don McLean is up to 4, his highest chart position to date, and New Musik get a second top 10, and The Beat rocket to 10, with that mirror in the bathroom reflecting their achievement. Ouch!

Michael Jackson finally gets moving and She’s Out Of My Life leaps to 13, the fourth top 20 track off Off The Wall, Kate Bush, The Cure and errr Smokie, go top 20. By this stage Smokie had a good 5-year run of singles, few of them classic pop records, but always OK. The Cure were now starting a good run of singles themselves, many of them minor classics. Highest new entry is the VERY familiar theme tune from the brilliant MASH TV show – but the original ‘Suicide Is Painless’ vocal version from the anti-establishment anti-war 1970 movie cult classic, and which was quite old-fashioned easy-listening 60’s sounding but the odd lyrics gave it a depressing edge which I can’t listen to anymore. Not least bearing in mind the suicide of Ritchie from Manic Street Preachers who covered the song. In the movie Painless was a dentist who felt sorry for himself, and they dragged him out of his self-pity attempted suicide with comedy. In the real world, I can’t condone lyrics that might be taken to view it as an option for depression and mental illness.

In at 26, Mystic Merlin, a sort of magic show sultry soul act, I love the vocals and the sexy sax, and the slow-build to a great song with a great chorus climax. Just Can’t Give You Up, I can’t. A cut above most of the dance tracks in the UK chart at the time. In at 38, a great reggae social commentary song from Junior Murvin, Police And Thieves is still delicious, a great vocal, a fab groove, and good lyrics. TV’s Tiswas was a huge fave of mine. I also loved boyhood band fave The Scaffold, 60’s hitmakers of Lily The Pink fame. I can’t excuse The Four Bucketeers novelty hit at 40, though, Chris Tarrant, Bob Carolgees and Sally James, and Scaffold’s John Junkin notwithstanding!

At 44, a huge departure in sound from Jona Lewie, a subdued synth riff backdrop for a semi-novelty lyric that also hit home to shrinking violets like me, who often liked to move out of the front room in parties! Jona was previously known for his alter ego Terry Dactyl And The Dinosaurs and their retro-sounding Seaside Shuffle Top 3 hit in 1972, accordion-tastic novelty fun, so I was delighted to welcome him back on Top Of The Pops, backed (it became obvious in later years) by Kirsty MacColl.

2 brand new debuts, key bands of the 80’s for me, OMD at 55 with the awesome Messages, an exciting, frantic new synthpop sound that blew me away, it sounded faaaabulous loud. The other synth band had a lower-profile debut with an EP that centred around a synth version of Gary Glitter’s best record (far and away) Rock And Roll. It’s not as classic as the original, but has it’s charm and Phil Oakey was star-in-the-making when he popped up on Top Of The Pops, minus the girls, but plus future Heaven 17 members. It didn’t hurt getting name-checked in The Undertones My Perfect Cousin at 14, either…

Finally, at 70, Prelude were back 6 years on from covering Neil Young’s After The Goldrush a capella, and doing it beautifully. Platinum Blonde was more orthodox folkrockpop for the time, but was pleasant enough. Motorhead get a 3rd entry, as do Matchbox and their Midnite Dynamos, another slice of rockabilly rambling fun, after the fab Buzz Buzz A Diddle It. Look, it’s fun, OK!? Having a laugh! Kirsty MacColl also joined in on a single with them later in their career. Good enough for me! At 74, Boney M sneak in with My Friend Jack. Frank Farian obviously was a fan of obscure 60’s band The Smoke, and to be honest, so was I – my dad had got hold of a bunch of 45rpm singles stamped “Not For Sale” promo copies around 1966/67, and My Friend Jack was one of them, so it was a song I knew well. The psychedelic pop charm of the original was much better than Boney M’s version, though so that’s the version I’m featuring!

1 ( 5 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 1 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
3 ( 2 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
4 ( 23 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) CALL ME Blondie
6 ( 4 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
7 ( 11 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
8 ( 6 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
9 ( 8 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
10 ( 27 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

11 ( 7 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
12 ( 9 ) TOCCATA Sky
13 ( 47 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
14 ( 15 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
15 ( 22 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
16 ( 12 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
17 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
18 ( 19 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
19 ( 32 ) A FOREST The Cure
20 ( 24 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie

21 ( 13 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
22 ( 10 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
23 ( 14 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
24 ( 16 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
25 ( 18 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
26 ( NEW ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
27 ( 51 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
28 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
29 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
30 ( NEW ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin

31 ( 37 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
32 ( 75 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 72 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
34 ( 20 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
35 ( 30 ) ATOMIC Blondie
36 ( 29 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 26 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
38 ( NEW ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
39 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
40 ( NEW ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers

41 ( 25 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
42 ( 21 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
43 ( 31 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
44 ( NEW ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
45 ( 40 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
46 ( 39 ) LIVE EVERY MINUTE Ali Thomson
47 ( 43 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
48 ( 52 ) SAIGON Martha And The Muffins
49 ( 36 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( 65 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

51 ( 38 ) WHEELS OF STEEL Saxon
52 ( 33 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
53 ( 35 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
54 ( 50 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( NEW ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
56 ( 55 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 54 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
59 ( NEW ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
60 ( 70 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply

61 ( 45 ) ECHO BEACH Martha And The Muffins
62 ( 42 ) JANUARY FEBRUARY Barbara Dickson
63 ( 58 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
64 ( 60 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
65 ( 49 ) STOMP The Brothers Johnson
66 ( 71 ) IN THE CITY The Jam
67 ( 66 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
68 ( 61 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
70 ( NEW ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( NEW ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
72 ( NEW ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
73 ( 41 ) ROUGH BOYS Pete Townsend
74 ( NEW ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
75 ( 69 ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold

3rd-9th May TV
1 Soap
2 Tiswas
3 The Outer Limits
4 Barney Miller
5 Not The 9’O Clock News
6 Wonder Woman
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Banana Splits
9 Taxi
10 Whicker’s World


In College, I lost at tennis to Joe, watched aTV tribute to the great James Stewart, and was half-way through John Wayne’s Rio Lobo movie when a newsflash about a hostage siege took over the media, hostages shot, SAS sent in, terrorists shot. All very horrifying. I called in on Alan and Helen one evening, Sue popped down another, Jane on Top Of The Pops thursday for an evenings in-depth discussion on all-sorts, Art lecturer Max took me to get some glass cut for my art prints frames, in his van, above and beyond, what a great lecturer! Back home for the weekend in Mansfield, I bought some 1960’s nostalgia first day covers of Battle Of Hastings and snowmen christmas stamps. It’s cool, honest, to collect stamps. In an alternate universe….

20th May 1980

2 weeks for Hot Chocolate on top, as The Beat hit 3 in the Bathroom. Kate Bush makes it 5 top 10 out of 6 singles, as Breathing the fall-out in at 6 confirms she can do no wrong. Ditto Michael Jackson, a decade of top 10 hits with me, and still only 21, just like Kate. I was six months older, and not having many chart hits…!

Up 49 places to 11, Air Supply’s Lost In Love emotes beautifully upwards, Mystic Merlin abracadabra their way to 13, and in at 20 the highest new entry from Crown Heights Affair, 2 years on from Galaxy Of Love, and now You Gave Me Love, for a massive whooping, guitar riffing, minor disco great. It’s an exciting record, that chorus is just fantastic. In at 23 Roxy Music keep the comeback strong, as they exclaim gently that they are Over You. Well, get you! 8 years of chart entries though, and moving towards classy low-key ballads and wider appeal, but this wasn’t a move I generally approved of, give me early Roxy anyday.

Matchbox rockabilly it up into the 40, and entering at 37 it’s Gazza Numan back with a 4th chart hit, We Are Glass, catchy and synthtastic riffs still on form. At 39, the Average White Band finally get into the 40 with the terrif Let’s Go Round Again, and at 47 The Hollies return for the first time in 6 years with the touching ballad Soldier’s Song – a typically lovely orchestral Mike Batt song, and it was great having Allan Clarke’s vocals back, and giving the lads 12 years of chart entries. Others: Peter Gabriel has no self control, Jermaine Jackson is a little more serious thanks to an assist from Stevie Wonder, a reggae version of the TV western Bonanza theme is a bit of ska fun from Carlos Malcolm, Gerry Rafferty walks Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and there’s a debut entry from Karel Fialka, the catchy The Eyes Have It, emphasis on the “it” – it was to be another 7 years before he got his first proper hit, with a bit of an assist from his own young son, the fab Hey Malcolm!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 10 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 2 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
5 ( 3 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
6 ( 15 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
7 ( 13 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
8 ( 5 ) CALL ME Blondie
9 ( 6 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
10 ( 7 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik

11 ( 60 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 9 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
13 ( 30 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 8 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
15 ( 28 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
16 ( 18 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
17 ( 19 ) A FOREST The Cure
18 ( 11 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
19 ( 26 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
20 ( NEW ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

21 ( 31 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
22 ( 12 ) TOCCATA Sky
23 ( NEW ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
24 ( 27 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
25 ( 40 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
26 ( 44 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
27 ( 14 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
28 ( 38 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
29 ( 39 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
30 ( 33 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts

31 ( 24 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
32 ( 32 ) THE GREATEST COCKNEY RIP-OFF The Cockney Rejects
33 ( 17 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
34 ( 29 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
35 ( 16 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
36 ( 72 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
37 ( NEW ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
38 ( 21 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
39 ( 50 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
40 ( 23 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson

41 ( 20 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
42 ( 35 ) ATOMIC Blondie
43 ( 25 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
44 ( 36 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
45 ( 22 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
46 ( 34 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
47 ( NEW ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
48 ( 37 ) DON’T PUSH IT DON’T FORCE IT Leon Haywood
49 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
50 ( NEW ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

51 ( 55 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
52 ( NEW ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
53 ( 47 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
54 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
55 ( 59 ) HOLIDAY EP (ROCK AND ROLL) Human League
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 43 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair
59 ( 74 ) MY FRIEND JACK Boney M
60 ( 58 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 42 ) CLEAN CLEAN The Buggles
62 ( NEW ) BONANZA SKA Carlos Malcolm
63 ( 41 ) DO YOU REMEMBER ROCK ‘N’ ROLL RADIO The Ramones
64 ( 71 ) GOLDEN YEARS LIVE EP Motorhead
65 ( 63 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 64 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 45 ) RIDE LIKE THE WIND Christopher Cross
68 ( NEW ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
69 ( 67 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude

71 ( 53 ) HIM Rupert Holmes
72 ( NEW ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
73 ( 52 ) LET’S DO ROCK STEADY The Bodysnatchers
74 ( 69 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
75 ( 68 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis


TV May 10th-16th

1 Catch-22: film
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork And Mindy
5 Taxi
6 Not The 9’O Clock News
7 The Outer Limits
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Class Of 44
10 The Waltons
11 Happy Days
12 Hart To Hart
13 The Pink Panther Show
14 The Sky At Night
15 Tomorrow’s World


In College, I was feeding chicks for Julie, (yes actual baby hens). I played tennis with Jenny, the weather so hot I was forced to roll my shirt sleeves back which caused much comment at tea-time (I never bared my arms in public, the matchstick look would have caused too much mirth). On the sunny grass outside Julie took her chicks out for a spin, and they sheltered under my legs, sooooo cute! On TV The Waltons centered on black prejudice, something I felt strongly about (against it!), and in between stuff it was revision, more revision, and the ending of lectures from some of the duller ones (Hooray!).

In American Studies we had a mock exam paper, one about the Frontier which one wag chose to write about the Swedish frontier, as it wasn’t exactly specified to be the American frontier in the question. Funny, though. Found out my art work was to be put on exhibition in the Steep Hill art gallery for the course-end finale, out of the way and obscure, which didn’t impress me nor Max, my lecturer. We protested. On saturday, it was the big May Ball, so I danced till 1.45 with Sue. I could have danced all night – no not really. Actually I’d forgotten I used to dance at discos, could have sworn I mostly avoided it. The guest band were The Mandy Moreton Band a sort of west coast rock/folk fusion. Music of the night was chart heavy, current dance tracks. Mum and dad dropped by on their way home from Skegness, during a TV show on John Williams/Star Wars, so I was a bit rude trying to watch that.


27th May 1980

3 weeks on top, No Doubt About It, which leaves Don still Crying at 2. Jacko and Kate Bush both go top 5 though, so hooray for good taste! Jona Lewie grabs a top 10 too, evading parties but hitting 6 in my charts. Gary Numan makes it 4 out of 4, as We Are Glass rushes up to 8, hopefully no more in danger of smashing than The Beat’s mirror at 3. The fab Crown Heights Affair is at 10, just behind the MASH theme tune. Rushing into the 40, it’s Karel Fialka, the eyes have IT.

New entries: The Specials are back with a Rat Race, a 4th top 40 in a row, as a million unemployed people were very much not working for the rat race at the time. Not working at all in fact, the economy was not rosy. ELO are at 31 with a Xanadu movie single – they did the soundtrack to the Gene Kelly and Olivia Newton-John film, but I’m Alive wasn’t one of their best singles. Elton is in laidback mode at 33, with the sweet Little Jeannie, as always bigger in the USA than the UK in those days. At 34 the puntastic Lipps Inc have a good ol’ Funky Town chanting up the charts, catchy and fun, still.

In at 48, The Korgis finally get a decent follow-up to the fab If I Had You, and the even-fabber Everybody’s Got To Learn Sometime, gentle, emotive and just wonderful. So wonderful it was rehashed by Marc Et Claude, and covered by numerous people, such as Yazz, Baby D and Erasure. The covers keep on coming and show no signs of slowing down. Cos it’s classic, a song that improves with age. At 52, the marvellous Roberta Flack lends her flawless vocal stylings to long-time friend and duet partner the then-recently-late Donny Hathaway. Both of them were great jazz-soul singers, and had won a grammy for the classy and melodic Where Is The Love in 1972, followed by many other awards for Roberta Flack for great solo singles. Donny wasn’t so lucky, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and a troubled life, he eventually killed himself in 1979. His 1972 live album is critically rated as one of the best live albums of all-time on some lists, and his final 1973 album lyrically showed his troubled mind. Flack & Hathaway had been working together again, Back Together Again being one of the last songs they recorded before his death, and it was posthumously released to a poignant chart chart success. The circumstances around the recording made it a sad return.

At 53, B.A. Robertson can’t wait for his Kaftan to disappear before he’s back with some witty Shakespeare parody and punning, as the backdrop to an amusing love song. To Be Or Not To Be? Well, that is the question. The answer is B.A. was terrific. Squeeze are busy pulling mussels at 71 before an unavailable, obscure mega-OTT ballad UK-only single drops in at 73. You just can’t buy it unless you have a spare grand for a second-hand copy, and given Grace Slick is such a big, long-term rock-star from The 60’s Jefferson Airplane through 1980’s Jefferson Starship to 1985’s Starship, it’s a mystery to me why I can’t bloody download the show-stopping Dreams. It’s amazing, I want it on my ipod and I’m going to scream and scream until I get my way. Grace, can you please get your finger out, it’s fantastic and the album was a Grammy nominee for heavens sake!

1 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
4 ( 7 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
6 ( 26 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 4 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 37 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
9 ( 19 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
10 ( 20 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
12 ( 5 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
13 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
14 ( 23 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 9 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO Madness
16 ( 8 ) CALL ME Blondie
17 ( 12 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
18 ( 24 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 14 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
20 ( 15 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

21 ( 10 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
22 ( 39 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
23 ( 28 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
24 ( 25 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
25 ( 16 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
26 ( 18 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
27 ( 72 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
28 ( NEW ) RAT RACE The Specials
29 ( 21 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
30 ( 36 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( NEW ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 29 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
33 ( NEW ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
34 ( NEW ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
35 ( 52 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
36 ( 17 ) A FOREST The Cure
37 ( 31 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
38 ( 51 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
39 ( 50 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
40 ( 22 ) TOCCATA Sky

41 ( 27 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
42 ( 33 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
43 ( 47 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
44 ( 42 ) ATOMIC Blondie
45 ( 40 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
46 ( 38 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
47 ( 35 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
48 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
49 ( 70 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
50 ( 44 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 34 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
52 ( NEW ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
53 ( NEW ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
54 ( 62 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 43 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
56 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 54 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
59 ( 49 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
60 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.

61 ( 41 ) TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Smokie
62 ( 68 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 53 ) STRANGE TOWN The Jam
64 ( 45 ) MY OH MY Sad Cafe
65 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
66 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
67 ( 30 ) STARING AT THE RUDE BOYS The Ruts
68 ( 46 ) CHECK OUT THE GROOVE Bobby Thurston
69 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
70 ( 58 ) MY WORLD Secret Affair

71 ( NEW ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
72 ( NEW ) TEENAGE U.K. Subs
73 ( NEW ) DREAMS Grace Slick
74 ( 75 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
75 ( 74 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd


TV May 17th – 23rd

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Top Of The Pops
4 The Outer Limits
5 Taxi
6 Star Wars – John Williams
7 Olivia Newton-John
8 Life On Earth
9 The Banana Splits
10 Question Time


My College lectures were entering their final week, some happily, some very unhappily to be no-more. I had breakfast in the cafeteria with Campion who told me his troubles getting out of Rhodesia to study, and quite emotionally, as things weren’t easy for Black Rhodesians (Zimbabwe these days). He wanted to go to the USA to study and work, I hope he made it.

Some snooker games silliness, and I playfully poked Ian’s stuffed badger round Petes’ room door for a minor laugh. Less amusing were the Miami race riots on the news. I marked some schoolwork for Jane, which I enjoyed. Made a point of attending the Student Union Hustings votes. Voted for all candidates. Legally, I hasten to add, there weren’t many fighting for the posts! On TV the award-winning episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: Chuckles The Clown dies. It’s hilarious, based around people’s reaction to the manner of Chuckles death – Chuckles dressed as a giant peanut, an elephant on the same parade tried to shell him. It’s funny trust me, as Mary finds none of the remarks in good taste at all, and then it builds up to the funeral! Youtube it. Ed Asner and Betty White are in it, too, what more do you need!