My July 1986 Charts

1st July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz, their longest runner, as they hold off Wham! at 2, and Boys Don’t Cry going top 5 with non-hit I Wanna Be A Cowboy. Bananarama grab a 5th or so top 10, Madonna strides into the 20, and A View From The Hill are talking about a big climb into the 20. Highest new entry at 18 is 1979 top 5 Boogie Wonderland, back again for Earth Wind & Fire & The Emotions.

Steve Winwood has a large leap into the 30 with his Higher Love, and Stan Ridgway is in Camouflage with his goose-bump-inducing story of a ghostly heroic marine in Viet-Nam new at 28 for the former Wall Of Voodoo man, and his joining Stewart Copeland on Don’t Box Me In. Michael McDonald is back, I keep forgettin’ how many tracks he’s charted, but at least dating back to 1979 with The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes. Katrina gets another sunny wave-y hit, I’d advise her to give Eurovision a try when the hits dry up, Gary Numan extends his chart run to 7 years, and Barry Grey enters 17 years belatedly with his theme to Joe 90, puppet-strings-music-maestro, and not for the last time with a Gerry Anderson theme tune.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 7 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 2 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
4 ( 12 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
5 ( 8 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
6 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
8 ( 3 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 13 ) VENUS Bananarama

11 ( 10 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
12 ( 24 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
13 ( 19 ) ROSES Haywoode
14 ( 16 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
15 ( 18 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
16 ( 5 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
17 ( 34 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 11 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
19 ( NEW ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 28 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski

21 ( 14 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
22 ( 35 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
23 ( 27 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
24 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( 26 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
26 ( 63 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
27 ( 17 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
28 ( NEW ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
29 ( 15 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
30 ( 33 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen

31 ( 20 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
32 ( 46 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
33 ( 21 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
34 ( 23 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
35 ( 39 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
36 ( 31 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
37 ( 43 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
38 ( 25 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
40 ( 42 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge

41 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
42 ( 30 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
43 ( 36 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
44 ( 50 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
45 ( 40 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
46 ( 38 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
47 ( 66 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
48 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
49 ( 54 ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
50 ( 59 ) MY GIRL The Temptations

51 ( 41 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
52 ( RE ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
53 ( 48 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
55 ( 47 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
56 ( NEW ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
57 ( 72 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
58 ( 60 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
59 ( 53 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
60 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Ready For The World

61 ( 45 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
62 ( 61 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
63 ( 44 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
64 ( 55 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
67 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 64 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) SMILE Audrey Hall
70 ( NEW ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves

71 ( 70 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 56 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
74 ( NEW ) JOE 90 THEME (CLUB MIX) The Barry Grey Orchestra
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
2 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Guys & Dolls

 

8th July 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Fizz, as Bananarama join Wham! in challenging for the top spot – but Madonna grabs a 4th top 5 and speeding up behind her is Stevie Winwood’s Higher Love, his first top 5 as his early stuff predates my charts. The Real Roxanne is Bang Zoom! rapping it to the moon at 9, and Haywoode’s Roses are blooming at last at 10.

Highest new entry is the fab veterans Archie Bell & The Drells, an 80’s variation on their fab 60’s/early 70’s Philly soul sounds. Don’t Let Me Get You Down is their first new hit in a decade, and extends their run to 14 years (or, in my retro charts of 1967/68 which I created 50 years late, 19 years). They topped my chart in 1972 with Here I Go Again. Brilliant! It’s Somebody in at 36 for an early look-in for Youth & the KLF man, as the 15-year-old recording, finally released in 1977, is back again for another try at 37 for Suzy & The Red Stripes – aka Linda McCartney, and her own song Seaside Woman, with a little help from her (Wings) friends. technically she co-wrote Live And Let Die (like this song, the reggae bit) so she had form and it was a nice nose-thumb to the music critics. And of course, a huge American chart-topper with hubbie Paul in the brilliant Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 15 years earlier, but tragically not one I got to hear at the time – though it has since topped my charts.

Rod Stewart is back with a celtic-sounding ballad, Nick Heyward is keeping the minor entries dribbling out, Drum Theatre are back with a song I heard them do in concert. They were good live. Records never really matched the in concert experience though. Warning Will Robinson! Yes, Lady In Red enters with a 69 as the torture of wedding dances for the next decade looms from Chris De Burgh. I’ll take the Ferryman track anyday 9 years earlier, or the Spaceman one. Sam Fox makes it a double top, err 75, It’s Immaterial aren’t quite as endearing when they stop driving away from home, and The Blow Monkeys keep it funky, but less jazzy and memorable than Digging Your Scene.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 10 ) VENUS Bananarama
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
5 ( 12 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
6 ( 26 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
7 ( 3 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
8 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
9 ( 32 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
10 ( 13 ) ROSES Haywoode

11 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
14 ( 7 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
15 ( 11 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 17 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
17 ( 22 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
18 ( 14 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 23 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu

21 ( 18 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
22 ( 15 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 25 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
24 ( 28 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
25 ( 37 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
26 ( 16 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
27 ( 21 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
28 ( NEW ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
29 ( 20 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
30 ( 35 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

31 ( 52 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
32 ( 27 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
33 ( 31 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
34 ( 47 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( 44 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
36 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
37 ( NEW ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
38 ( 36 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 29 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
40 ( 34 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra

41 ( 30 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
42 ( 39 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
43 ( 56 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
44 ( 41 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 38 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
46 ( 73 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
47 ( 33 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
48 ( 45 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
49 ( 57 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
50 ( 69 ) SMILE Audrey Hall

51 ( 40 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
52 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
53 ( 24 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( NEW ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
55 ( 43 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
56 ( 53 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
57 ( 42 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 66 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
60 ( 46 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

61 ( 70 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 55 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
63 ( 59 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
64 ( 54 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HOME (IS WHERE THE HEART IS) Drum Theatre
67 ( 64 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
68 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
70 ( NEW ) DO YA DO YA (WANNA PLEASE ME) Samantha Fox

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( NEW ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
73 ( NEW ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( 62 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash
3 ROCK ON T.Rex

 

15th July 1986

It’s a first week on top for Madonna after 2 years of singles coming close – Papa Don’t Preach was a step-up in class right from the get go with the strings intro. This was the track that converted me into a fan, as opposed to an act I liked a lot. Biggest rival is Stevie Winwood at 3 as Higher Love does what it says on the label. Literally. A View From The Hill get the fab No Conversation into the top 10 too.

Linda McCartney gets a solo (ish) top 20 hit as Seaside Woman leaps over the incoming waves – actually Katrina is stalled – leaving a remixed Junior and a re-entered Dhar Braxton to take the highest new-ish spots inside the 40. Brilliant get a 3rd top 20, and the highest actual new track is Paul McCartney’s Press, Macca going dance and booting out his Paperback Writer in the process. Rod Stewart makes it 15 years of top 40’s, Chris De Burgh 4 years, Michael McDonald 7 years, Gary Numan 7 years. And that concludes the Pop Stars Longevity results.

Hollywood Beyond debut, at 40, SOS Band are back again, Van Halen are having big Dreams, Princess is procrastinating, and debuting dubiously asking for a spot of immolation is Willie Colon. His name isn’t pronounced like the body part, that would be silly and childish. No it’s pronounced as in the perfume Cologne. As a product it could well be an untapped market. Billy Bragg is singing an ode to one of the greatest vocalists of all-time, Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops, which is somewhat ironic as Billy’s vocals are on a par with Bob Dylan’s – songs sung better by others. Dollar are back after a gap, with the flop We Walked In Love, a minor gem of a ballad that was under-rated, giving them 8 years of success in my charts – if not actually anywhere else – as a duo, or 11 years including Guys & Dolls tracks. From There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving to We Walked In Love, but David Van Day was already eyeing up Bucks Fizz from below in more ways than one – watch out guys!

1 ( 5 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
3 ( 6 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
4 ( 3 ) VENUS Bananarama
5 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
6 ( 9 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
7 ( 10 ) ROSES Haywoode
8 ( 7 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
9 ( 16 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
10 ( 4 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
13 ( 12 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 17 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
15 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 37 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
17 ( 28 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 36 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
19 ( 14 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
20 ( 13 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics

21 ( 24 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
22 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 31 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
24 ( 20 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
25 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
26 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 21 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
28 ( RE ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
29 ( 54 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
30 ( 35 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

31 ( 23 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
32 ( 69 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
33 ( 50 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
34 ( NEW ) PRESS Paul McCartney
35 ( 27 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
36 ( 32 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
37 ( 43 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 46 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

41 ( 30 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
42 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
43 ( 18 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
44 ( 25 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
45 ( 40 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
46 ( 26 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
47 ( 49 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
48 ( 29 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
49 ( 45 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 39 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( NEW ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
52 ( 42 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
53 ( 33 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
54 ( 72 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
55 ( 48 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
56 ( NEW ) DREAMS Van Halen
57 ( 58 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
58 ( 59 ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
59 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
60 ( 56 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 41 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
63 ( 55 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( NEW ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
65 ( NEW ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
66 ( 63 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
68 ( NEW ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
69 ( 62 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
70 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 67 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
73 ( 73 ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
75 ( NEW ) LEVI STUBB’S TEARS Billy Bragg

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 HOLD TIGHT Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert

 

22nd July 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Madonna as some serious Stan-ning is going on – that’s a Camouflage, though, in the top 10, along with Who Killed Cock Robin – oh no that was my toddler poem that mum used to read to me, I loved that poem, one of my earliest memories. It wasn’t the sparrow with his bow & arrow, though. This one is a ballad though, and I’m surprised to see it made my top 10 as my memory of it was “S’OK”.

Macca is Im-press-ed to be top 20, Hollywood Beyond rocket up to 19, Dollar are up a whopping 50 places for their first top 30 entry in 4 years, and UB40 are the highest new entry at 25, singing their own song this time, as opposed to a cover. Unlike Robert Palmer and his good cover of the Jam & Lewis track for Cherrelle, in at 29 with another video lookalike, I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On he claims – I think he very much did mean to, judging by the video models. Lulu is also back, after 4 years away, and with a cover – of her own Shout. The original version started to sell immediately and for chart purposes both were combined. The 1964 teenage original is WAY better…

Also covering himself, sort of, is Jack Bruce, covering the Cream classic I Feel Free, a 60’s classic. I’ve forgotten this version though! Five Star are bangin’ out the quick hit singles, Kirsty MacColl and Chris Rea are both beach bound, Chaka Khan is still getting her I Feel For You boosted follow-up entries, while It Bites lower in the chart: Calling All The Heroes. Heaven knows we need them these days. Finally, my fave of the new tracks, maybe, is Rockin’ With Rita, under-appreciated at the time, but both amusing, and a cracking unusual non-80’s-sounding combo of acts on the Vindaloo label.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 3 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
3 ( 2 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
4 ( 7 ) ROSES Haywoode
5 ( 6 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
6 ( 4 ) VENUS Bananarama
7 ( 21 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 9 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
9 ( 14 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
10 ( 5 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!

11 ( 8 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
12 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
13 ( 18 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
14 ( 16 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
16 ( 34 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
17 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 13 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 40 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
20 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

21 ( 23 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
22 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
23 ( 29 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
24 ( 74 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
25 ( NEW ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 12 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
28 ( 32 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
29 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
30 ( 19 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

31 ( 20 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
32 ( 33 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
33 ( 51 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 25 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( NEW ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
36 ( 27 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 59 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
39 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
40 ( 35 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham

41 ( 24 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
42 ( 36 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
43 ( 47 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
44 ( 49 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
45 ( 52 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( NEW ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
47 ( 65 ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
48 ( 45 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
49 ( 64 ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
50 ( 30 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 28 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
52 ( 54 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
53 ( 31 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) DREAMS Van Halen
55 ( NEW ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
56 ( 55 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
59 ( 46 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
62 ( 39 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
63 ( NEW ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
64 ( 42 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
65 ( 68 ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 48 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
68 ( 67 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( 43 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
70 ( 41 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

71 ( 53 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
72 ( NEW ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
73 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) ON THE BEACH Chris Rea
75 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)

Playlist Oldies
1 DANIEL Elton John
2 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
3 TONIGHT The Move

 

29th July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as The Real Roxanne peaks at 2 – Bang Zoom, almost at the Moon! Lulu’s Shouts about rocketing almost to the Moon, 22 years late and her highest-charting single since Boom Bang A Bang 17 years earlier. Dollar get a 3rd top 5, and Macca extends his run of top 10’s to 18 years (including The Beatles) or 15 years actual solo. Robert Palmer outdoes Addicted To Love, Chris De Burgh takes a lady in red into the 20, and there’s a deluge of new tracks:

Doctor & The Medics return with their own song, Burn is pretty good at 24. Phil Fearon is back with a cover of the fab 1977 Tony Etoria UK soul minor hit, always under-rated, I Can Prove It – cos I said so! Sandie Shaw is also a 60’s veteran returning with Frederick, a Patti Smith song. Anita Baker debuts with the fab Sweet Love, bringing smooth Jazz into the 86 charts, Bruce Hornsby’s well-remembered The Way It Is is in at 42, Jesus & Mary Chain have Some Candy Talking, sweet fuzzy guitar! An 80’s funk classic is in for Gwen Guthrie, the ever-charting Beach Boys add to the 60’s veterans who were there in my first 1968 chart, Patti Labelle is solo with the lovely Oh People, Sinitta debuts with the trite So Macho (what was I thinking!?), 60’s soul goddess Aretha is also back, 70’s Hall is back with no Oates, Dreamtime, Lionel & Spandau enter with very poor efforts, 60’s Quo are also back, and best of all it’s The Smiths with one of their great singles, Panic.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 5 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
3 ( 35 ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
4 ( 2 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
5 ( 24 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
6 ( 16 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
7 ( 7 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 6 ) VENUS Bananarama
9 ( 3 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
10 ( 19 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

11 ( 4 ) ROSES Haywoode
12 ( 9 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
13 ( 10 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
14 ( 14 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 29 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
16 ( 11 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
17 ( 8 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 28 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
19 ( 13 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
20 ( 23 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart

21 ( 25 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
22 ( 15 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
23 ( 12 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
24 ( NEW ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
25 ( 18 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( NEW ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 32 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
29 ( NEW ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
30 ( 55 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star

31 ( 38 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
32 ( 20 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
33 ( 33 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
35 ( 22 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
36 ( 21 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( NEW ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
39 ( 58 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
40 ( 30 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

41 ( 39 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
42 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
43 ( 31 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
44 ( 36 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
45 ( NEW ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
46 ( 27 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
47 ( 40 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
48 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
49 ( 44 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 52 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial

51 ( 72 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
52 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
53 ( 48 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
54 ( 42 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
55 ( 63 ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
56 ( 45 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
57 ( 56 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
58 ( 75 ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)
59 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO THE RESCUE The Beach Boys
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 46 ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
62 ( NEW ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) SO MACHO Sinitta
64 ( NEW ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
65 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 43 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
68 ( 68 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( NEW ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT FOR OURSELVES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 57 ) HE’S ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
72 ( NEW ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
73 ( 73 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) PANIC The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) RED SKY Status Quo

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 GET ON THE LINE The Archies
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

My Sept-Dec 2018 Charts

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29th December 2018

It’s Carpenters on top for a 5th total week (3rd for the 2018 revamp) as the UK singles chart looks a bit like my Christmas 1972 charts when the Carpenters also featured along with The Jackson 5 and John & Yoko, and a bit like xmas 1973 when Elton, Wizzard, Slade featured, and 1974 when Mud & John & Yoko featured, and 1975 when Queen, Greg Lake, John & Yoko featured and….so on and so on. My charts though are having a huge Xmas clearout sale in tribute to HMV, RIP, end of an era if there is no rescue, last shop standing from my youth that sold records. To herald the Mariah-Carey-free dominance of the world for another 10 months, there’s an inrush of fresh new music, hooray!

Coldplay and Pharrell add to their already long list of top 10’s, Coldplay more than Pharrell as they approach 2 decades of ’em, Ava Max finally breaks the 40, Morrissey takes a 1982 Pretenders song back into the 40 for a grand total of 35 years since This Charming Man broke into my top 10 (and still his best record), while The Faces have taken a mere 45 years to get Ooh La La top 40 (though to be fair to me, I only did a top 20 in 1973 and didn’t allow album tracks or anything that wasn’t UK top 30 to be listed).

Top newie is yet another Alan Walker track, off his new debut album, giving him 2 on the list, as has Billie Eilish debuting with 2 at once, how greedy! Both lovely though. Albin Lee Medau also debuts (who!?) apparently a Swedish artist keeping the Scandi-tracks strong along with Alan Walker, and Mercury Rev are back! It’s been 13 years since they last charted, 20 years since Goddess On A Hiway went top 10, and nearly 18 years since the gorgeous The Dark Is Rising topped my chart. They are back with a reinvention of the cult debut 1967 album by dark country act Bobbie Gentry, of Ode To Billie-Joe fame. Bobbie topped my chart in 1969 with the 4th single I ever bought, I’ll Never Fall In Love Again, she released another album in 1970, had duet success with huge fave of mine Glen Campbell – and that was that! Despite acclaim, awards, and success, she pretty much decided to retire from the music biz and has stuck with it, one of the huge losses to country music IMHO. 76 years old now, talk about going out on top in your 20’s! Well done Mercury Rev bringing her back, sort of.

Trevor Horn debuts at 53. Actually he debuted in 1979 as a Buggle, and hit in the 80’s as part of Yes, and had there been producer-artist labels in those days he would have featured alongside Frankie Goes To Hollywood, ABC, Dollar, Seal, Pet Shop Boys with his trademark synth-wall-of-sound epic symphonies. Technically, though it’s his solo debut, covering Tears For Fears thrice chart-topper, helped by an orchestra and…. Robbie Williams! So, 40 years for Trev and 27 years for Robbie, give or take as we are virtually in 2019 now. The Robster also worked with Pet Shop Boys, who can be expected to chart next week as I finally get around to playing the next PSB deluxe album that charted in the UK album charts a year ago or so, and cherry-pick the best previously-uncharted tracks.

Jade Bird debuts, young British singer who sounds pretty fab to me, veteran T.Rex producer Tony Visconti has been impressed with her, so that’s good enough for me! He knew a great pop single when he made one. Santigold is back, hooray, always interesting, and now over a decade since Les Artistes went top 10 for me. Tame Impala are back with Theophilus London – didn’t he used to be Lenny Henry? (Checks – no he’s Trinidad-American. I used to love learning about the Caribbean islands in geography when I was 10, we even had actual BBC TV shows in b&w during the lesson so our young supply teacher could have a sit-down, & Trinidad & Tobago was one of my faves). Lenny was a Theophilus P Wildebeest sex god.

Paul Weller makes it a 3rd lush track off his latest album, 41 years since his noisy Jam debut, Grimes debuts at last, Adelphi Music Factory bring some 90’s House anthem-stylee music in, Khalid and Tom walker both return as featurings, Boyzone get a second new track in 20-odd years on from debut, and Thomas Rhett gets a 6th entry since his 2015 fab Crash & Burn.

1 1 1 4 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 2 2 5 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 326050
3 3 3 5 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 300200
4 8 4 5 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 193000
5 4 1 11 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 769500
6 6 1 6 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 500000
7 9 7 6 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 176000
8 17 8 4 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 101650
9 13 1 9 SHADOWS Black Atlass 662000
10 10 6 8 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 356800

11 11 7 9 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 342000
12 12 4 11 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 446000
13 7 7 4 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 156000
14 5 5 7 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 214850
15 18 15 7 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 129800
16 19 16 6 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 113800
17 14 1 8 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 742000
18 16 8 6 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 190000
19 15 10 7 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 192500
20 23 20 5 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 76750

21 20 15 6 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 131750
22 21 9 6 RISE Raaginder 164250
23 32 23 3 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 49050
24 24 13 9 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 183900
25 26 25 10 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 154400
26 27 26 8 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 120700
27 25 3 8 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 313400
28 28 28 4 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 64500
29 33 29 8 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 110300
30 38 30 8 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 114450

31 29 4 12 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 387100
32 48 32 7 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 63300
33 43 33 5 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 60800
34 37 34 5 DREAM ON Aerosmith 50500
35 50 35 4 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 46100
36 30 20 8 ALGORITHM Muse 137900
37 39 37 6 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 82700
38 42 38 6 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 82950
39 22 22 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 66400
40 49 40 7 OOH LA LA The Faces 70300

41 34 8 11 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 266200
42 36 3 12 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 347800
43 NEW 43 1 LOST CONTROL Alan Walker & Sorana 13500
44 44 25 10 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 150850
45 NEW 45 1 WHEN THE PARTY’S OVER Billie Eilish 13000
46 46 2 7 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 341050
47 NEW 47 1 BOUNCE Albin Lee Meldau 12500
48 41 12 9 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 205300
49 NEW 49 1 SERMON Mercury Rev featuring Margo Price 12100
50 31 18 4 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 71650

51 45 1 14 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 679350
52 55 52 4 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 40600
53 NEW 53 1 EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Trevor Horn featuring The Sarm Orchestra & Robbie Williams 11250
54 58 54 5 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 44300
55 NEW 55 1 LOVE HAS ALL BEEN DONE BEFORE Jade Bird 10800
56 53 1 28 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1987600
57 NEW 57 1 COO COO COO Santigold 10400
58 64 58 5 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 35100
59 62 59 5 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 36500
60 51 45 7 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 74050

61 NEW 61 1 ONLY YOU Theophilus London featuring Tame Impala 7500
62 35 35 3 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 31100
63 NEW 63 1 MAY LOVE TRAVEL WITH YOU Paul Weller 7200
64 54 2 15 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 607300
65 NEW 65 1 WE APPRECIATE POWER Grimes featuring HANA 7000
66 NEW 66 1 JAVELIN (CALLING OUT YOUR NAME) Adelphi Music Factory 6800
67 NEW 67 1 LOVELY Billie Eilish & Khalid 6600
68 40 40 2 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 23400
69 56 20 9 LOVE Boyzone 131350
70 60 46 7 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 66750

71 61 53 6 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 52650
72 NEW 72 1 HOLA (I SAY) Marco Mengoni featuring Tom Walker 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SIXTEEN Thomas Rhett 5400
74 52 41 6 SAIL AWOLNATION 60100
75 NEW 75 1 NORMAL BOY Boyzone 5000

DROP OUTS
47 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
57 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
63 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
65 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000
71 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

 

 

23rd December 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top (4 in total) for the Carpenters, just holding off Mark Ronson from grabbing a second chart-topper. As I was in Gran Canaria enjoying the sun last week I heard no new songs at all, just xmas oldies everywhere – so there’s a mini-invasion of oldies, but the highest xmas track is The Fizz at 5, an actual new song of all things! Pity no-one’s playing it. Chainsmokers get yet another top 10, at least a 5th, as their former musical partners Coldplay got top 20 with a leap for E-LO, and top 30 with Timbuktu. Highest Xmas oldie, as is the norm, is Chris Rea’s classic at 22, charting for the 15th time and about to overhaul Band Aid (which hasn’t charted for years here) in my million sellers list.

Chris De Burgh amazingly takes his Spaceman into my top 40 some 32 years on from its’ debut, spurred on by selling quite well thanks to a current cover version. It hasn’t charted in the 21st century before. Unlike the highest new entry at 40, Boney M’s festive perennial which peaked at 2 in 1978 just ahead of my 21st birthday, when it was topping the UK charts. Mary’s Boy Child also topped the charts the day I was born, because I’m special (by Harry Belafonte). Probably. Mud also return, under-performing in 1974 after a string of chart-toppers, but eventually topping my chart on reissue in 1985.

Kim Wilde’s lovely Isobel’s Dream is also back after a few years away, not really a Christmas song as such but a winter seasonal song, while early 80’s minor-hit Christmas Wrapping outdoes most of it’s chart contemporaries at the time and The Waitresses keep on popping back year after year. Last year’s Xmas track from Gwen Stefani gets a good chance of a regular comeback as it returns, leaving her and Leona Lewis as the only 21st century xmas songs that come back, while 60’s chestnut Sleigh Ride by The Ronettes is back some 44 years since it first charted, though it is fairly regular in it’s returns.

1 1 1 3 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 4 2 4 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 211050
3 5 3 4 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 215200
4 2 1 10 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 709500
5 8 5 6 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 185850
6 3 1 5 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 445000
7 10 7 3 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 124000
8 14 8 4 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 128000
9 16 9 5 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 126000
10 6 6 7 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 314800

11 11 7 8 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 305000
12 7 4 10 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 411000
13 12 1 8 SHADOWS Black Atlass 617000
14 9 1 7 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 719000
15 15 10 6 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 171500
16 13 8 5 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 168000
17 36 17 3 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 53650
18 19 18 6 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 102800
19 25 19 5 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 88800
20 17 15 5 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 112000

21 18 9 5 RISE Raaginder 144750
22 28 22 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 49300
23 30 23 4 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 56750
24 24 13 8 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 164900
25 23 3 7 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 295000
26 27 26 9 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 135650
27 31 27 7 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 102200
28 35 28 3 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 46200
29 22 4 11 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 369200
30 20 20 7 ALGORITHM Muse 120500

31 21 18 3 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 59650
32 50 32 2 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 29800
33 33 33 7 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 92100
34 26 8 10 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 252200
35 69 35 2 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 23700
36 29 3 11 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 334050
37 72 37 4 DREAM ON Aerosmith 32900
38 38 38 7 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 96450
39 39 39 5 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 65400
40 NEW 40 1 MARY’S BOY CHILD/OH MY LORD Boney M 17000

41 37 12 8 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 193000
42 42 42 5 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 65750
43 47 43 4 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 43100
44 34 25 9 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 137600
45 40 1 13 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 667600
46 32 2 6 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 328300
47 NEW 47 1 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud 12500
48 66 48 6 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 45500
49 52 49 6 OOH LA LA The Faces 53300
50 57 50 3 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 28600

51 45 45 6 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 64050
52 41 41 5 SAIL AWOLNATION 54900
53 49 1 27 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1977000
54 48 2 14 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 600200
55 55 55 3 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 29100
56 43 20 8 LOVE Boyzone 125150
57 64 57 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 22900
58 58 58 4 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 33300
59 59 59 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 26800
60 46 46 6 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 60750

61 53 53 5 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 46850
62 63 62 4 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 26400
63 NEW 63 1 ISOBEL’S DREAM Kim Wilde 7200
64 65 64 4 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 24900
65 60 60 3 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 24200
66 71 66 3 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 17800
67 67 67 3 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 19000
68 68 68 2 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 12800
69 56 56 3 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 27000
70 70 70 2 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 12000

71 44 30 7 JAPAN Plastician 96550
72 NEW 72 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 5400
74 61 48 7 MAPACHE Cari Cari 64300
75 NEW 75 1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 6 39 Queen 101800
54 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
62 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
73 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

 

 

17th December 2018

It’s Christmaaaaaaaas! No, not Slade on top, it’s Carpenters’ classic 1972 Goodbye To Love done Royal Philharmonic stylee, and it duly returns to the top spot for the first time in 46 years for a 3rd week at number one. I was 14 years old when I last charted it. Yes, 14. Still love that guitar juxtaposed with Karen’s angelic voice and lushness galore. As it’s Christmas another 1972 classic returns for an 8th time (in the 21st century!) – John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was the first Xmas record I ever bought, and is a major classic, and it was the trigger for all those subsequent classic rock era xmas goodies. Prior to that Xmas songs were dreadful novelty things or else crooner ballads from the 40’s and 50’s, bar the odd Brenda Lee here and there (who also returns). It has topped my charts for a total of 13 weeks and charted throughout the decades, though not every year.

Mark Ronson gets another biggie top 10 a decade on from his first, and ditto Miley really, though she’s had several top 10’s. The Fizz knock themselves out of the top 10 with their official xmas single 37 years on from The Land Of Make Believe, and that’s nothing – The Monkees return again with new stuff, including a cover of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmastime which is actually better than his overly-jolly overly-busy perennial – it’s more laid-back and restrained and the song is the better for it. They also have a new track debut which sounds to my ears like a Weezer song – that’ll be cos Rivers Cuomo wrote it for them then! So that makes it 44 years of official Monkees chart-spanning, but really it’s 52 years as I would have had loads of Monkees chart-toppers had I been charting as a 9-year-old. They have all topped my charts anyway in the years since.

Other than the oldies Xmas re-entries, though, it’s a quiet week for new stuff which gives a welcome opportunity for some records to climb to a chart position more representative of my affections for them. Favela is the biggest climb of new tracks non-Xmas-related, excluding Coldplay tracks aka Los Unidades.

1 2 1 2 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
2 1 1 9 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 644500
3 3 1 4 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 390000
4 32 4 3 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 96050
5 5 5 3 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 130200
6 6 6 6 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 272800
7 4 4 9 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 376000
8 17 8 5 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 125850
9 7 1 6 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 690000
10 13 10 2 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 74000

11 11 7 7 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 268000
12 9 1 7 SHADOWS Black Atlass 585000
13 8 8 4 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 143000
14 14 14 3 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 80000
15 10 10 5 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 144500
16 16 16 4 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 81000
17 15 15 4 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 92000
18 12 9 4 RISE Raaginder 125000
19 27 19 5 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 80800
20 26 20 6 ALGORITHM Muse 102500

21 18 18 2 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 41750
22 19 4 10 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 351000
23 20 3 6 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 276250
24 22 13 7 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 145400
25 33 25 4 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 67800
26 23 8 9 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 234600
27 28 27 8 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 117150
28 52 28 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 29800
29 24 3 10 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 316650
30 49 30 3 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 37500

31 39 31 6 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 83800
32 21 2 5 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 315550
33 37 33 6 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 74400
34 38 25 8 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 124350
35 57 35 2 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 27900
36 44 36 2 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 30650
37 29 12 7 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 179000
38 40 38 6 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 79250
39 46 39 4 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 48300
40 34 1 12 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 654600

41 45 41 4 SAIL AWOLNATION 43400
42 43 42 4 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 52000
43 35 20 7 LOVE Boyzone 114550
44 30 30 6 JAPAN Plastician 90750
45 51 45 5 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 52300
46 55 46 5 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 50750
47 60 47 3 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 29600
48 41 2 13 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 589200
49 47 1 26 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1965750
50 NEW 50 1 WONDERFUL CHRISTMASTIME The Monkees 12000

51 25 25 6 39 Queen 101800
52 59 52 5 OOH LA LA The Faces 41200
53 56 53 4 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 39350
54 65 54 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23600
55 61 55 2 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 18300
56 58 56 2 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 20800
57 69 57 2 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 16600
58 64 58 3 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 23100
59 67 59 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 16700
60 63 60 2 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 17200

61 48 48 6 MAPACHE Cari Cari 59100
62 42 33 10 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 139750
63 68 63 3 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 19000
64 73 64 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 12500
65 72 65 3 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 17800
66 66 66 5 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 33200
67 71 67 2 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 12400
68 NEW 68 1 WHAT WOULD SANTA DO The Monkees 6400
69 NEW 69 1 A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh 6200
70 NEW 70 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band with The Harlem Community Choir 6000

71 74 71 2 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 11000
72 75 72 3 DREAM ON Aerosmith 15600
73 54 37 7 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 78800
74 NEW 74 1 PROMISES Buzzcocks 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE Brenda Lee 5000

DROP OUTS
31 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
36 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
50 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600
53 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
62 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

 

 

9th December 2018

It’s been a 2-month climb, but Alan Walker gets his 2nd chart-topper almost 3 years since Faded topped for 4 weeks, and just ahead of a new entry, from yet another Royal Philharmonic Orchestral track. It’s a wonder they get time to perform in concert these days! Goodbye To Love, though, was scored by Richard Carpenter so fair enough, and this is not only their greatest record with that epic guitar extended outro, it’s the track on the new album that is least mucked about with, giving it a first chart appearance since it topped my charts 46 years ago. I loved it then, I love it now, I’ve never stopped loving it.

It’s a huge leap for Don Diablo into the top 5, a first for him in the top 10, and an 8th for Emeli Sande (including a number one) since her first in 2011. Great vibes to it, and nothing like any other dance-based track around, which is quite a miracle in these identikit-chartpop times. The Fizz grab another top 10, giving them a sweet 37 years of ’em, give or take a Bucks. The Fizz also have the biggest new xmas track at 17, as loads of fave oldies return lower down, most notably Kate Bush who has been getting some radio play for December Will Be Magic Again with the release of her remastered works, and which gives me an excuse to chart it again for the first time in 38 years.

We sadly lost the amiable Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks fame this week, which has spear-headed a mini-invasion of his best singles, topped by an unreleased mash-up of Abba’s 1979 Does Your Mother Know and his 1981 Homosapien solo single. Both used the same rhythms so they work really well together, hence Does The Homosapien Know in at 13, and Buzzcocks best single Everybody’s happy Nowadays at 18. I was going to chart a Four Seasons mini-invasion as I saw the truly legendary 84-year-old Frankie Valli in concert this week – he was fabulous, still got the voice, a great backing band and backing singers, and so many hits half of them had to be dropped. Jersey Boys had brought him a whole new audience, totally deserved for his final tour. The oldest act I’ve ever seen sing live, but maybe if xmas gets less busy for new tracks there’ll be space for some Four Seasons showstoppers like Who Loves You and Beggin’.

Coldplay are back with 2 tracks using a pseudonym, E-Lo aided by Pharrell Williams, both of them extending long chart runs from 2000 and 2003 respectively. X-Factor has as usual chosen an already-covered classic oldie to ruin, so in protest Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s original The Power Of Love is selling on itunes as well, and I’ve charted the only great version of it again. Morrissey does a cover! Quite rare, and it’s a good choice – The Pretenders 1982 Back On The Chain Gang, Chrissie Hynde’s tribute to bandmates who died within 2 days of each other that year. The original line-up I’d seen in concert only a year before, rocking it big-time. So, even when Morrissey picks a cover it’s dark!

1 2 1 8 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 629500
2 NEW 2 1 GOODBYE TO LOVE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 115000
3 1 1 3 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 305000
4 4 4 8 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 326000
5 58 5 2 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 70200
6 6 6 5 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 217800
7 3 1 5 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 645000
8 10 8 3 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 111000
9 5 1 6 SHADOWS Black Atlass 550000
10 12 10 4 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 117500

11 7 7 6 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 231000
12 9 9 3 RISE Raaginder 103000
13 NEW 13 1 DOES THE HOMOSAPIEN KNOW Abba vs Pete Shelley 32000
14 18 14 2 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 51000
15 17 15 3 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 69000
16 26 16 3 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 56000
17 23 17 4 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 77850
18 NEW 18 1 EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS Buzzcocks 22000
19 14 4 9 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 331500
20 11 3 5 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 257000

21 8 2 4 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 297750
22 13 13 6 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 126400
23 19 8 8 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 216100
24 21 3 9 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 298450
25 27 25 5 39 Queen 90050
26 29 26 5 ALGORITHM Muse 82500
27 28 27 4 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 59800
28 30 28 7 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 98750
29 16 12 6 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 161700
30 31 30 5 JAPAN Plastician 77500

31 15 10 5 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 137900
32 44 32 2 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 31050
33 39 33 3 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 48050
34 24 1 11 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 637600
35 20 20 6 LOVE Boyzone 101050
36 22 14 5 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 103000
37 45 37 5 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 56700
38 25 25 7 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 106750
39 42 39 5 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 65900
40 40 40 5 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 62050

41 35 2 12 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 576900
42 33 33 9 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 132350
43 46 43 3 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 38250
44 NEW 44 1 E-LO Los Unidades (Coldplay) & Pharrell Williams featuring Jozzy 13250
45 55 45 3 SAIL AWOLNATION 29400
46 53 46 3 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 31200
47 47 1 25 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1953650
48 54 48 5 MAPACHE Cari Cari 51600
49 62 49 2 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 19500
50 36 36 5 SHELTER Monkey Safari 59600

51 51 51 4 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 39300
52 NEW 52 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 11500
53 32 12 9 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 184400
54 37 37 6 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 73400
55 56 55 4 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 38000
56 57 56 3 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 28100
57 NEW 57 1 TIMBUKTU Cassper Nyovest & Los Unidades (Coldplay) featuring Stormzy & Jess Kent 10400
58 NEW 58 1 THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood 10200
59 63 59 4 OOH LA LA The Faces 29700
60 64 60 2 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 17100

61 NEW 61 1 LOVE YOU MORE Buzzcocks 7500
62 34 7 9 GRAVITY Paul Weller 283550
63 NEW 63 1 EVER FALLEN IN LOVE (WITH SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T’VE) Buzzcocks 7200
64 71 64 2 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 12900
65 72 65 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12600
66 67 66 4 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 26400
67 NEW 67 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 6600
68 73 68 2 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 11800
69 NEW 69 1 BACK ON THE CHAIN GANG Morrissey 6200
70 70 70 2 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 12000

71 NEW 71 1 DECEMBER WILL BE MAGIC Kate Bush 5800
72 74 72 2 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 10800
73 NEW 73 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHE MAKES ME Rick Astley 5200
75 75 75 2 DREAM ON Aerosmith 10000

DROP OUTS
38 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
41 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
43 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
48 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700
52 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
59 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
65 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000
68 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800

 

2nd December 2018

Buddy Holly finally tops my chart almost 60 years since he died, with the song that he recorded in his final recording session in 1958 along with his two other best tracks, True Love Ways, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore and Raining In My Heart. All were released posthumously, True Love Ways in 1960, and indicate he was an artist just getting into his creative stride. The new version is pristine, it sounds like it was recorded yesterday and does away with my problem with most 50’s tracks: they sounded old even when I was a kid such was the improvement in recording techniques by the late 60’s. It’s not actually the oldest release to top my chart – that’s Neil Sedaka’s Oh Carol which topped my chart in 1972, a mere 13 years later. That’s the equivalent of a 14-year-old getting into a reissue of, say, Scissor Sisters, Britney Spears or Gwen Stefani right now – acts who topped my chart in 2004! It is, though, the oldest recorded record to top my chart, and only the second track from the fifties.

Highest new entry is track selling on itunes right now following a Proclaimers programme on BBC4, the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith, 30 years on from first making top 10, but well under-appreciated chart-wise in the UK at the time. Now it’s a movie title based on Proclaimers songs! Highest new track is Mark Ronson back, giving him 11 years of chart entries, while Miley Cyrus joins her sister in my chart, 10 years after starting her chart career with a trio of top 10’s before becoming less consistent. Don Diablo returns, along with Emeli Sande, who is making it a 7-year-run. The Crystals bring their 60’s Christmas classic back for the 3rd time in 5 years, and 44 years since Da Doo Ron Ron made my charts a decade late, Aerosmith’s 70’s track Dream On finally charts 40 years late as for some reason it’s selling on itunes and I’ve never charted it. Return of the week, though, are The O’Jays, huge faves of mine in the early 70’s with Philly classics topping my chart like Backstabbers in 1972 and Love Train in 1973. Now a duo, they return with new social-minded material, as their best stuff was, and get a first appearance in my chart since 1984, a whopping absence of 34 years. To put that in dark perespective, Eddie Levert’s two sons had a chart career as Levert in the interim, and both died in the noughties, while Eddie is still recording and touring with The O’Jays 50 years since starting his chart career.

1 7 1 2 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 220000
2 4 2 7 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 459500
3 1 1 4 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 595000
4 5 4 7 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 261000
5 3 1 5 SHADOWS Black Atlass 495000
6 8 6 4 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 162800
7 11 7 5 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 194000
8 2 2 3 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 278000
9 17 9 2 RISE Raaginder 68000
10 19 10 2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 63000

11 6 3 4 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 237000
12 18 12 3 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 75500
13 15 13 5 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 106900
14 9 4 8 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 310500
15 10 10 4 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 120000
16 12 12 5 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 143500
17 24 17 2 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 42000
18 NEW 18 1 SUNSHINE ON LEITH The Proclaimers 22000
19 13 8 7 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 196850
20 22 20 5 LOVE Boyzone 83550

21 16 3 8 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 279450
22 14 14 4 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 85600
23 27 23 3 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 54850
24 20 1 10 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 620000
25 28 25 6 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 89550
26 47 26 2 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 31000
27 29 27 4 39 Queen 71300
28 49 28 3 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 41400
29 30 29 4 ALGORITHM Muse 64000
30 34 30 6 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 80450

31 40 31 4 JAPAN Plastician 59500
32 21 12 8 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 173150
33 33 33 8 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 118600
34 23 7 8 GRAVITY Paul Weller 276150
35 31 2 11 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 562900
36 45 36 4 SHELTER Monkey Safari 47600
37 43 37 5 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 62400
38 26 2 10 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 439450
39 44 39 2 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 30350
40 53 40 4 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 45050

41 36 36 6 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 84800
42 46 42 4 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 48800
43 32 25 6 VENOM Eminem 86250
44 NEW 44 1 NOTHING BREAKS LIKE A HEART Mark Ronson featuring Miley Cyrus 13250
45 48 45 4 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 39400
46 50 46 2 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 24750
47 42 1 24 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1941150
48 39 3 10 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 421850
49 58 49 5 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 42300
50 37 15 7 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 131700

51 60 51 3 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 27550
52 41 1 9 SHE Charles Aznavour 515900
53 63 53 2 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 18450
54 54 54 4 MAPACHE Cari Cari 39300
55 72 55 2 SAIL AWOLNATION 16400
56 56 56 3 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 27200
57 64 57 2 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 17500
58 NEW 58 1 SURVIVE Don Diablo featuring Emeli Sande & Gucci Mane 10200
59 62 59 4 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 31500
60 35 5 8 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 279500
61 61 61 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 15000
62 NEW 62 1 FAVELA Ina Wroldsen & Alok 7400
63 65 63 3 OOH LA LA The Faces 19600
64 NEW 64 1 PUNK RIGHT NOW HYO & 3LAU 7100
65 57 57 4 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 37700
66 69 66 3 PURE SHORES All Saints 18000 857300
67 67 67 3 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 19600
68 70 68 2 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 12400
69 73 69 4 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 21800
70 NEW 70 1 ABOVE THE LAW The O’Jays 6000
71 NEW 71 1 TERE NAAL NACHNA Badshah & Sunanda Sharma 5800
72 NEW 72 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5600
73 NEW 73 1 SPEECHLESS Robin Schulz featuring Erika Sirola 5400
74 NEW 74 1 PAPER DREAMS Jamie N Commons 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DREAM ON Aerosmith 5000

DROP OUTS
25 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
38 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
51 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
55 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
59 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
66 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
68 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
71 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
74 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

 

 

25th November 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top (and 7 weeks in total) for the symphonic Cars, keeping off the symphonic Beatles at 2, and just when you think it can’t get any more symphonic – it does! Yes even more symphonic covers of oldies are out for the christmas gifting market aimed at people of a “certain age” – hi! Most of them do nothing much to the originals, but those that make an effort turn up as new entries: at 7 – Buddy Holly’s highest-ever chart position, a really lovely version of True Love Ways finally getting him into my top 10 charts 60 years after he died, and 50 years after I started charting, just missing his extended posthumous chart career. At 19 it’s Cilla’s best non-cover, a song gifted by Lennon-McCartney (mostly Paul, I think), It’s For You – this one though by the Liverpool Philharmonic, which although not as great as George Martin’s original production, doesn’t detract from the others in quite the same way as most of the re-imagined Cilla tracks. It previously went top 5 a decade ago or so.

Highest new entry proper is Raaginda, at 17, a lovely Eastern-flavoured instrumental, while a key drama TV show spot has highlighted the gorgeousness of a long-forgotten Connie Francis track, in at 24. That’s her 3rd chart entry, all in the 21st century, so belated appreciation from me! Other charting oldies due to adverts, films, TV spots, TV performances: they have all made the itunes 200 so I’m counting them as valid: The Love Affair, the only UK hit version never to chart, and the best version, of Everlasting Love from 1968; Streets Of London from a 1969 album, a re-recorded hit in 1974, and recently re-recorded again for a 3rd time round; See The Day, Dee C. Lee’s lovely 1985 biggie, joining her ex Paul Weller in my chart; AWOLNATION back 5 years on; Billy Joel back again 43 years after it first charted in my charts and in the USA; Queen’s Highlander single from 1986.

Actual new stuff: Chainsmokers are back, with Kelsea Ballerini in tow, both adding to their hits total; Jean-Michel Jarre’s best track off his new album, extending his chart run to 41 years; DNCE return assisting chart debuts from Merk & Kremont; The Beat and Ranking Roger are back with new charting material for the first time in decades, a decent bit of retro-ska, giving them a chart expanse of 39 years, hooray!

1 1 1 3 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 510000
2 2 2 2 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 230000
3 4 1 4 SHADOWS Black Atlass 435000
4 5 3 6 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 344500
5 6 5 6 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 196000
6 3 3 3 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 200000
7 NEW 7 1 TRUE LOVE WAYS Buddy Holly & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 50000
8 10 8 3 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 107800
9 7 4 7 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 281500
10 14 10 3 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 93000

11 9 9 4 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 144000
12 12 12 4 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 118500
13 8 8 6 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 175850
14 22 14 3 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 66100
15 18 15 4 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 74900
16 11 3 7 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 259700
17 NEW 17 1 RISE Raaginder 23000
18 26 18 2 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 40500
19 NEW 19 1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra 21000
20 16 1 9 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 601000

21 20 12 7 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 155350
22 23 22 4 LOVE Boyzone 63550
23 13 7 7 GRAVITY Paul Weller 258550
24 NEW 24 1 YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME Connie Francis 19000
25 19 19 3 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 60750
26 17 2 9 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 422250
27 38 27 2 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 35600
28 28 28 5 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 70800
29 34 29 3 39 Queen 52900
30 36 30 3 ALGORITHM Muse 45800

31 21 2 10 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 545400
32 25 25 5 VENOM Eminem 72750
33 33 33 7 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 100900
34 41 34 5 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 62450
35 24 5 7 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 269500
36 37 36 5 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 70800
37 31 15 6 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 119700
38 15 15 5 RADIO GAGA Queen 103600
39 29 3 9 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 409550
40 48 40 3 JAPAN Plastician 41600

41 27 1 8 SHE Charles Aznavour 504400
42 35 1 23 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1928650
43 43 43 4 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 45100
44 NEW 44 1 EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair 13250
45 50 45 3 SHELTER Monkey Safari 30200
46 49 46 3 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 35050
47 NEW 47 1 THIS FEELING Chainsmokers featuring Kelsea Ballerini 12500
48 61 48 3 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 26400
49 54 49 2 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 23100
50 NEW 50 1 SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee 12000

51 39 39 6 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 65150
52 40 9 9 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 240500
53 57 53 3 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 28050
54 59 54 3 MAPACHE Cari Cari 28300
55 44 44 4 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 42950
56 70 56 2 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 16600
57 58 57 3 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 30700
58 62 58 4 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 30200
59 69 59 3 STAR Kiki Dee 21700
60 71 60 2 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 15800

61 NEW 61 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell 7500
62 65 62 3 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 21400
63 NEW 63 1 INFINITY (MOVEMENT 6) Jean-Michel Jarre 7200
64 NEW 64 1 HANDS UP Merk & Kremont featuring DNCE 7100
65 73 65 2 OOH LA LA The Faces 12400
66 55 5 15 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 450700
67 68 67 2 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 13000
68 42 18 6 I’M STILL HERE Sia 104450
69 75 69 2 PURE SHORES All Saints 11200
70 NEW 70 1 MANIAC The Beat featuring Ranking Roger 6000

71 60 10 13 THE DARK SIDE Muse 236050
72 NEW 72 1 SAIL AWOLNATION 5600
73 74 73 3 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 15600
74 NEW 74 1 THE PIANO MAN Billy Joel 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
30 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650
32 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
45 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
51 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
56 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
63 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
72 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200

 

 

18th November 2018

It’s a second week on top for The Cars re-invention of Drive and a total of 6 weeks over 3 seperate years at number one, the orchestral lushness being a bit of theme this week, as The Beatles enter at 2 with the lushly orchestrated Good Night. 50 years ago, the sprawling, patchy The Beatles (White Album) came out, and now it’s back in the charts even more sprawling, but the gems remain gems. All of the tracks I rate have previously charted – bar one: The Ringo sung Good Night. After, let me frank, 56 years of living with Beatles music it’s a bit an ask to find something new and fresh to me, but that’s how this one feels to me. I’d mildly liked it over recent years but not really noticed it much tacked away on the end of the album, it’s hard to get to that stage and still be feeling unfrazzled. The George Martin production, though, is just gorgeous for this old-fashioned lullaby, and now I play it out the album it stands out on it’s own.

Ice Cube is angry at Trump, and so am I, fabulous at 3, Friendly Fires go top 10, as does Ariana Grande with her second or third top 10, and Clean Bandit’s umpteenth top 20. Back in pre-Christmas 1988 Freiheit topped my charts with the lush, orchestral melodic Paul McCartney-ey Keeping The Dream Alive, and now Bucks Fizz are back again with a Xmas album cover of it disguised as The Fizz. What’s more they also enter the top 40 with their official Xmas single, for my first 2 new Chrimbo tracks of 2018, a full 46 years on since my first one ever: John & Yoko’s Happy Xmas War Is Over. I love a Beatles link.

Camelphat are back again, so is Kendrick Lamar guesting, best current rapper for me, and a couple of oldies manage to breakout of the oldies pack hanging around outside my top 75 waiting for a gap from other oldies exiting the chart: All Saints 2000 chart-topper Pure Shores, and one that has never charted: Ooh La La, The Faces 1973 album track that Rod Stewart didn’t sing on (it was a Ronnie Lane song) but which he covered decades later for a minor hit (and a top 10 hit for me), and which is now (like so many old greats) featuring in pre-xmas adverts and selling on itunes. The Faces are nestling appropriately next to Rod Stewart’s new track, and it’s actually their first chart appearance, barring re-issues, since early 1975, almost 44 years ago. Gulp! I was 17…..aaaghhh!

1 1 1 2 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 340000
2 NEW 2 1 GOOD NIGHT The Beatles 115000
3 5 3 2 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 145000
4 2 1 3 SHADOWS Black Atlass 350000
5 3 3 5 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 279500
6 9 6 5 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 136000
7 4 4 6 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 236500
8 12 8 5 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 143850
9 10 9 3 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 107000
10 32 10 2 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 59800

11 8 3 6 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 234700
12 14 12 3 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 83500
13 7 7 6 GRAVITY Paul Weller 239300
14 18 14 2 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 51000
15 17 15 4 RADIO GAGA Queen 86400
16 13 1 8 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 581000
17 11 2 8 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 403750
18 26 18 3 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 47900
19 19 19 2 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 42000
20 15 12 6 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 135600

21 21 2 9 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 527500
22 34 22 2 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 37100
23 24 23 3 LOVE Boyzone 44050
24 16 5 6 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 252000
25 33 25 4 VENOM Eminem 54950
26 NEW 26 1 KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE The Fizz 18500
27 20 1 7 SHE Charles Aznavour 490400
28 36 28 4 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 52500
29 23 3 8 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 392450
30 6 1 10 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 465650

31 22 15 5 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 102400
32 35 32 4 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 45300
33 37 33 6 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 83200
34 39 34 2 39 Queen 34700
35 31 1 22 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1914900
36 57 36 2 ALGORITHM Muse 27800
37 38 37 4 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 53400
38 NEW 38 1 DON’T START WITHOUT ME The Fizz 17200
39 43 39 5 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 53400
40 30 9 8 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 229000

41 42 41 4 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 44850
42 28 18 5 I’M STILL HERE Sia 98050
43 49 43 3 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 31600
44 47 44 3 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 32150
45 25 9 8 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 159050
46 29 29 6 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 71300
47 27 11 7 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 158300
48 48 48 2 JAPAN Plastician 24600
49 58 49 2 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 22300
50 74 50 2 SHELTER Monkey Safari 17200

51 40 22 5 RUN T’Pau 75850
52 41 6 10 SECRETS P!nk 328150
53 56 53 4 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 43050
54 NEW 54 1 BREATHE Camelphat & Cristoph featuring Jem Cooke 11000
55 45 5 14 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 443900
56 54 54 5 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
57 68 57 2 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 16800
58 59 58 2 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 20300
59 63 59 2 MAPACHE Cari Cari 17300
60 44 10 12 THE DARK SIDE Muse 230250

61 67 61 2 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 14100
62 62 62 3 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 20000
63 53 53 5 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 46900
64 64 64 4 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 28400
65 65 65 2 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 14000
66 66 66 4 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 26800
67 50 24 11 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 165900
68 NEW 68 1 SWEET BUT PSYCHO Ava Max 6400
69 73 69 2 STAR Kiki Dee 11600
70 NEW 70 1 HUFF + PUFF Just A Band 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TINTS Anderson .Paak featuring Kendrick Lamar 5800
72 51 25 6 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 78200
73 NEW 73 1 OOH LA LA The Faces 5400
74 75 74 2 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 10200
75 NEW 75 1 PURE SHORES All Saints 5000

DROP OUTS
46 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
52 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
55 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
60 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000
61 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
69 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800
71 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750

 

 

11th November 2018

It’s straight in at 1 for a 3rd time on top for The Cars and Drive, their 1984 hauntingly moving song about mental illness, which became the spine-tingling moment at Live Aid in 1985 when it became a hit all over again when matched with famine footage. The odd mix made it heartbreaking all over again, and it topped for a second time. This time round it’s a new orchestral version from an album of 80’s classics re-imagined as orchestral works. It doesn’t work with all of the choices, but 3 of the more radical and tasteful versions that it suits all chart again – another 1984/5 chart-topper from Foreigner, and Bronski Beat also from 1984. They join Radio Gaga, Queen’s ’84 chart-topper which climbs into the 20 following a viewing of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie where it was the re-made Live Aid footage that showcased it again. Queen also enter with Seven Seas Of Rhye, a 1974 chart-topper for me, We Will Rock You, 1977 former chart-topper, and others including 2 new entries from A Night At The Opera, which has re-entered the UK charts is response to the movie: Love Of My Life has never charted before, and neither has the fab ’39 – in at 39.

That means just one week on top for Black Atlass after entering last week, as veteran rapper Ice Cube, known mostly for his brilliant It Was A Good Day social commentary song from 1989, returns with his career-best new song Arrest The President. It’s brilliant, pure vitriolic poetry spouting so many truths in clever ways it should become a “How To Do It” study. The last time a great record slagged-off a sitting President it was Stevie Wonder’s You Haven’t Done Nothin’ in 1974, which a more generalised critique: this is one is very very specific, and doesn’t let other younger more successful rappers get away with their stupidity either, telling it like it is. Reminds me of when I loved rap, when it was saying something, not self-ego-boosting money-chasing sexist cliches, as some less talented artists have tended to drift into.

It’s a hugely busy week, 18 new entries pushing out loads of tracks early and abruptly, and many big falls and climbs amid the changes: Rhys shoots into the 40 at 9, The Knocks and Sofi Tukker go top 10, Boyzone leap into the top 30 as Take That climb and Backstreet Boys enter at 59, their first new track in 13 years to chart, and helping to knock out New Kids On The Block and preventing an 80’s boyband reunion. If you had said in 1998 that I would be simultaneously charting new tracks by the aforementioned in 2018 I would have been incredulous. And yet what were the Chances?

Ariana Grande’s good UK chart-topper enters the 40 her 3rd of the year, Muse also grab a 3rd of the year, Meghan Trainor also grabs a 3rd, and there are returns from Ariana & The Rose, a top5 act from a few years back, ditto Nicky Romero, Walk Off The Earth, X Amabassadors, and oldie Star, from Kiki Dee, is back following some itunes sales TV ad-pushed action, a top 10 from early 1981.

1 NEW 1 1 DRIVE (SYMPHONIC VERSION) The Cars 170000
2 1 1 2 SHADOWS Black Atlass 285000
3 4 3 4 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 219500
4 6 4 5 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 186500
5 NEW 5 1 ARREST THE PRESIDENT Ice Cube 60000
6 2 1 9 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 447650
7 7 7 5 GRAVITY Paul Weller 207300
8 3 3 5 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 197700
9 43 9 4 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 81000
10 20 10 2 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 62000

11 5 2 7 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 380750
12 13 12 4 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 95850
13 8 1 7 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 556000
14 21 14 2 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 48500
15 12 12 5 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 115600
16 9 5 5 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 233000
17 27 17 3 RADIO GAGA Queen 59400
18 NEW 18 1 I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Foreigner 22000
19 NEW 19 1 SEVEN SEAS OF RHYE Queen 21000
20 10 1 6 SHE Charles Aznavour 472000

21 17 2 8 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 507750
22 15 15 4 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 84500
23 11 3 7 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 374250
24 71 24 2 LOVE Boyzone 24800
25 14 9 7 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 146050
26 62 26 2 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 25900
27 16 11 6 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 145800
28 18 18 4 I’M STILL HERE Sia 84300
29 35 29 5 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 58550
30 19 9 7 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 212000

31 24 1 21 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1897400
32 NEW 32 1 THANK YOU, NEXT Ariana Grande 17800
33 48 33 3 VENOM Eminem 36200
34 NEW 34 1 SMALLTOWN BOY (SYMPHONIC VERSION) Bronski Beat 17600
35 75 35 3 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 27500
36 54 36 3 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 34200
37 38 37 5 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 65500
38 49 38 3 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 36100
39 NEW 39 1 39 Queen 17100
40 22 22 4 RUN T’Pau 64100

41 23 6 9 SECRETS P!nk 316650
42 52 42 3 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 30850
43 57 43 4 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 36300
44 33 10 11 THE DARK SIDE Muse 220250
45 39 5 13 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 433100
46 26 13 7 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 140250
47 68 47 2 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 18900
48 NEW 48 1 JAPAN Plastician 12300
49 70 49 2 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 18100
50 37 24 10 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 159300

51 25 25 5 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 72600
52 29 16 7 CLEAN EYES SYML 113550
53 53 53 4 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 39700
54 58 54 4 APPEALS Bayonne 37600
55 28 28 7 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 85700
56 56 56 3 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 31800
57 NEW 57 1 ALGORITHM Muse 10400
58 NEW 58 1 LOVE OF MY LIFE Queen 10200
59 NEW 59 1 CHANCES Backstreet Boys 10100
60 65 60 2 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17000

61 34 4 9 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 285900
62 74 62 2 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 12600
63 NEW 63 1 MAPACHE Cari Cari 7200
64 64 64 3 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 21300
65 NEW 65 1 PARADISE Nicky Romero featuring Walk Off The Earth 7000
66 66 66 3 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 20000
67 NEW 67 1 LONELY STAR Ariana and The Rose 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HEY DJ CNCO, Meghan Trainor & Sean Paul 6400
69 30 15 7 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 111100
70 73 70 3 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 16800

71 72 71 3 OVER YOU Macy Gray 16600
72 44 11 8 SHAME Elle King 178750
73 NEW 73 1 STAR Kiki Dee 5400
74 NEW 74 1 SHELTER Monkey Safari 5200
75 NEW 75 1 UNSTEADY (ERICH LEE GRAVITY REMIX) X Ambassadors 5000

DROP OUTS
31 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
36 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
40 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 58800
41 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
50 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 30000
51 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
55 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
59 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 10000
61 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
63 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
69 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200

 

 

4th November 2018

It’s a brand new entry and debut for Black Atlass, a fellow-Canadian signing of The Weeknd, former chart-topper here too. Moody, moving and soulful, pretty much like most of my current top 10. That keeps off 2005 oldie Need You Tonite at 3, Judie Tzuke peaking originally at 13 in 1979 with the lushly orchestrated Stay With Me Till Dawn fabness, finally getting the chart position it deserves as part of the backbone to the track. The Knocks get a second top 20, as do Sofi Tukker. Or should that be as does Sofi Tukker? Grammar and band names gets to be SO confusing sometimes. F’rinstance I just found out 48 years late that the Carpenters’ are actually Carpenters. No “the” unless you are referring to the family members of the band as opposed to a recording brand, presumably. One doesn’t after all say The Abba, or The U2 or The Queen. So, Carpenters have a new RPO strings-pottered new album coming out and the 1973 Yesterday Once More returns 45 years later to my chart after peaking at 2 first-time round, and Carpenters join Eurythmics and Pet Shop Boys as just a few of the bands that keep getting the superflous “the” when being talked about on the radio and in life generally.

In at 21, it’s Paramour drummer Zac Farro under a pseudonym. Or should that be The Paramour’s drummer…? I give up! Jonas Blue gets 2 top 40 entries in one fell swoop, while Meghan Trainor nearly does it too. Or should that be MEGHAN TRAINOR as it says on the label? Sorry MEGHAN I’m bored with shouty text unless it’s the song title (to differentiate it from the act, as was once the traditional norm in music press song charts back when I started charting, unless bold was used instead, song first, act second) or an acronym or initials. Thus endeth the historical English lesson.

In at 60, The Rocky Horror Picture Show classic, some 43 years late, but one I hear most years and about time it charted, courtesy of selling on itunes for Halloween. Clean Bandit pull in Marina for some Luis Fonzi-themed Spanish-flavoured delight, or Henry Winkler as he used to be known on Happy Days about the same time as Rocky Horror debuted. Probably. Heyyyyyy! Co-star Ron Howard just Directed Solo: A Star Wars story. I think Clean Bandit also did the theme tune to that one…. Probably. Two 90’s boybands both return, Take That not unexpectedly as they’ve had loads of chart entries here over the years, Boyzone less so: it’s been 5 years since the last one. The Prodigy are another returning 90’s act, with the very early-The-Prodigy-sounding We Live Forever. Don’t forget the “The” on Prodigy or the name makes less sense. Finally, Panic! At The Disco get a 4th chart entry of the year (that exclamation mark really should be at the end of the name if it’s a description statement, though if it’s an order surely (At The Disco) should be in brackets?). Act of the year either way, Brendan Urie has even managed to put a The Greatest Showman song into my chart now – I have yet to see the film and have resisted all of the hit songs from it to date, but Brendan knows how to do musicals to my tastes. Melodrama! OTT! Panic! (At The Disco).

 

1 NEW 1 1 SHADOWS Black Atlass 170000
2 1 1 8 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 392650
3 10 3 4 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 149700
4 7 4 3 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 134500
5 2 2 6 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 343750
6 16 6 4 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 121500
7 8 7 4 GRAVITY Paul Weller 157300
8 3 1 6 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 524000
9 6 5 4 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 208000
10 4 1 5 SHE Charles Aznavour 45200011 5 3 6 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 355000
12 14 12 4 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 88600
13 25 13 3 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 60850
14 9 9 6 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 127300
15 15 15 3 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 65000
16 17 11 5 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 127400
17 11 2 7 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 488000
18 18 18 3 I’M STILL HERE Sia 66000
19 13 9 6 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 194000
20 NEW 20 1 BRAZILIAN SOUL The Knocks featuring Sofi Tukker 2000021 NEW 21 1 FRENCH CLASS HalfNoise 19500
22 40 22 3 RUN T’Pau 47100
23 12 6 8 SECRETS P!nk 302650
24 22 1 20 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1879500
25 26 25 4 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 60850
26 20 13 6 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 127500
27 30 27 2 RADIO GAGA Queen 36400
28 44 28 6 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 74900
29 21 16 6 CLEAN EYES SYML 102050
30 19 15 6 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 10490031 24 1 7 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 646900
32 23 23 7 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 111750
33 27 10 10 THE DARK SIDE Muse 207000
34 28 4 8 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 278400
35 53 35 4 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 40350
36 31 6 11 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 321800
37 39 24 9 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 147300
38 48 38 4 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 48200
39 34 5 12 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 420100
40 49 40 5 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 5880041 36 36 4 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 60700
42 32 10 12 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 241850
43 47 43 3 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 36000
44 38 11 7 SHAME Elle King 173150
45 45 45 7 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 67900
46 37 37 3 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 40450
47 33 2 12 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 702950
48 69 48 2 VENOM Eminem 18500
49 66 49 2 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 18900
50 55 50 3 GIRLS GO WILD LP 3000051 29 13 8 GTFO Mariah Carey 148050
52 72 52 2 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 17100
53 57 53 3 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 28450
54 71 54 2 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 16800
55 35 27 8 TRANZ Gorillaz 111400
56 56 56 2 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 21200
57 65 57 3 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 22800
58 58 58 3 APPEALS Bayonne 26600
59 60 59 3 DEEP WATER American Authors 26100
60 NEW 60 1 THE TIME WARP Little Nell, Patricia Quinn & Richard O’Brien 1000061 52 24 11 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 149950
62 NEW 62 1 BABY Clean Bandit featuring Marina & The Diamonds & Luis Fonzi 7400
63 42 1 16 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 891500
64 64 64 2 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 14200
65 NEW 65 1 YESTERDAY ONCE MORE Carpenters & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 7000
66 68 66 2 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 13200
67 67 67 2 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 13200
68 NEW 68 1 OUT OF OUR HEADS Take That 6400
69 70 69 3 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 17200
70 NEW 70 1 THE GREATEST SHOW Panic! At The Disco 600071 NEW 71 1 LOVE Boyzone 5800
72 74 72 2 OVER YOU Macy Gray 10800
73 73 73 2 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 10800
74 NEW 74 1 WE LIVE FOREVER The Prodigy 5200
75 75 75 2 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 10000DROP OUTS
41 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
43 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
46 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
50 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200
51 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
54 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
59 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600

 

 

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Katy Perry Paula Saint Jordi Barcelona 2018, I was there, though she’s not in my charts..

28th October 2018

It’s one of the greatest and most important songs of the 60’s Civil Rights Movement on top, a record that is even more relevant in the disintegrating world political movements away from rights acquired through struggle over decades and centuries in some democracies, as the internet stokes hatred, lies and bitterness, not love, truth, peace and tolerance. I felt strongly about these things a child and I still do. Sam Cooke was before my time, by and large, though I was aware of his songs as a child, so unsurprisingly this is his first chart-topper 54 years late. That stops Gallant getting a second consecutive number one, which is a shame as he is a great modern soul singer, and Noah Cyrus outdoes her sis by peaking at 2 with Mad At You.

Alan Walker gets a second top 10, and Gabrielle gets a first top 10 since 2007, when she hit 7 with Paul Weller on Why. Both sit at 8 and 9. I love co-incidences. Mylo gets a second top 10 14 years after the first with a song from 2004, and gives Judy Tzuke the honour of finally getting a top 10 39 years on from the original (Stay With Me Till Dawn) peaking just outside the top 10. Biggest climbers are Shawn Mendes into the 20, and Friendly Fires into the 30, with Jess Glynne jumping into the 20 too.

Highest new entry is 1984 chart-topper Radio Ga Ga, which was my top-rated song when I moved to Dorset from Nottinghamshire. Spurred by Queen tracks selling bucketloads on itunes and albums from the Freddie Mercury Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, it is the highest of several oldie Queen tracks to re-chart. I haven’t seen the movie yet, as I went to see The Band instead, a Take That back catalogue musical which was pretty decent. Around the time Judy Tzuke was charting I went to Paris on a Uni/College Art Trip (we were both art students, and he was a drama student to boot) and shared a French B&B room with the bloke directing The Band and many other stage shows and musicals (via his production company). I just found this out when I saw his name in the credits and googled to confirm. A claim to fame I never knew! No Take That entries though, as it wasn’t them singing….

A host of 80’s stars get a first top 40 in 25 years, too numerous to mention, while new entries comebacks from Train, extending their run to close on 2 decades, Eminem (ditto), and Macy Gray (ditto) round off the rundown. Macy has been absent for 10 years.

1 6 1 7 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 277650
2 4 2 5 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 283750
3 1 1 5 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 476000
4 2 1 4 SHE Charles Aznavour 410000
5 3 3 5 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 318000
6 5 5 3 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 163000
7 22 7 2 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 69500
8 10 8 3 GRAVITY Paul Weller 107300
9 26 9 5 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 98300
10 37 10 3 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 64700

11 8 2 6 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 465000
12 7 6 7 SECRETS P!nk 283400
13 9 9 5 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 173000
14 34 14 3 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 53600
15 54 15 2 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 38000
16 17 16 3 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 66500
17 11 11 4 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 102400
18 18 18 2 I’M STILL HERE Sia 44000
19 15 15 5 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 86900
20 13 13 5 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 109000

21 16 16 5 CLEAN EYES SYML 83850
22 14 1 19 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1860500
23 23 23 6 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 93950
24 12 1 6 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 629000
25 59 25 2 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 28850
26 40 26 3 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 42100
27 21 10 9 THE DARK SIDE Muse 189300
28 20 4 7 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 260800
29 19 13 7 GTFO Mariah Carey 136300
30 NEW 30 1 RADIO GAGA Queen 18000

31 25 6 10 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 304400
32 39 10 11 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 228100
33 30 2 11 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 690450
34 31 5 11 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 403000
35 27 27 7 TRANZ Gorillaz 100600
36 38 36 3 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 46700
37 57 37 2 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 27700
38 33 11 6 SHAME Elle King 159900
39 35 24 8 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 130000
40 56 40 2 RUN T’Pau 27600

41 29 29 6 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 102300
42 32 1 15 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 884300
43 24 24 7 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 116850
44 46 44 5 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 56600
45 45 45 6 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 54900
46 28 5 8 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 249050
47 60 47 2 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 22500
48 48 48 3 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 31000
49 49 49 4 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 41800
50 36 30 7 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 105200

51 43 5 11 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 352150
52 62 24 10 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 142250
53 71 53 3 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 22850
54 47 6 8 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 203750
55 63 55 2 GIRLS GO WILD LP 18000
56 NEW 56 1 A KIND OF MAGIC Queen 10600
57 66 57 2 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 17200
58 69 58 2 APPEALS Bayonne 16400
59 55 1 23 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1367150
60 70 60 2 DEEP WATER American Authors 16000

61 61 22 8 KONG Neneh Cherry 105200
62 68 62 3 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 19000
63 50 63 4 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 37600
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen 7100
65 73 65 2 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 12400
66 NEW 66 1 LET YOU BE RIGHT Meghan Trainor 6800
67 NEW 67 1 SOMEBODY TO LOVE Queen 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME SIR Train featuring Cam & Travie McCoy 6400
69 NEW 69 1 VENOM Eminem 6200
70 75 70 2 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 11000

71 NEW 71 1 HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? Blossoms 5800
72 NEW 72 1 BURN Super8 & Tab featuring Hero Baldwin 5600
73 NEW 73 1 I WANT YOU TO FREAK Rak-Su 5400
74 NEW 74 1 OVER YOU Macy Gray 5200
75 NEW 75 1 WE WILL ROCK YOU Queen 5000

DROP OUTS
41 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
44 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
51 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
58 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
67 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
72 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
74 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000

21st October 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Gallant after a few years of trying, as he also hits 4 with his second biggest-track. TOOGOODTOBETRUE is just gorgeous and it also gives Sufjan Stevens a second chart-topper less than 2 years after his first, and 13 years since frist going top 10. Sam Cooke hit 11 around that time with A Change Is Gonna Come, written for the Civil Rights movement of the 60’s in the USA, which meant a lot to me at the time (the cause, that is, the song came years later as Sam Cooke was dead before I even knew who he was). The Doctor Who Rosa Parks episode struck a chord with me, and boosted this 50-odd-year-old track into my top 10 for the first time, Sam Cooke’s first since 1986’s Wonderful World advert reisssue.

Paul Weller gets his first top 10 in a couple of years, and extends his run of top 10’s to 40 years since he was down in the tube station at midnight. Sia gets a 3rd simultaneous track with the highest new entry at 18 – I’m Still Here she sings. I don’t think we had any doubt about that, her songs are everywhere! Alan Walker is back for a 4th top 40, Mylo is back after a decade-long absence with Judie Tzuke also in the 40 after a gap of oohhh, 38 years or so. Rod makes it 47 years of top 40’s.

Shawn Mendes & Zedd are both returning, T’Pau’s Carol Decker is back after a gap of well-over 2 decades with her best single in 25 years, Spock’s Vulcan religious/political matriarch was called T’Pau. Staying with the 80’s theme, it’s not just T’Pau…a mega-artist collab enters for the touring 80’s package acts New Kids On The Block, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, Salt-n-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, and it’s nicely got that late 80’s vibe about it. Most of them havent bothered my charts since the early 90’s, bar Jordan Knight (NKOTB) and Salt-N-Pepa who carried it on to the late 90’s. Friendly Fires and LP both return, Laibach debut after decades of raucous shouty metal – with something completely opposite, classy orchestral works, and the late fab Ofra Haza returns with her signature tune 30-years-on.

1 2 1 4 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 391000
2 1 1 3 SHE Charles Aznavour 345000
3 3 3 4 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 258000
4 5 4 4 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 168750
5 8 5 2 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 108000
6 40 6 6 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 107650
7 6 6 6 SECRETS P!nk 248400
8 7 2 5 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 428000
9 9 9 4 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 141000
10 37 10 2 GRAVITY Paul Weller 59300

11 11 11 3 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 79400
12 4 1 5 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 610000
13 15 13 4 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 89000
14 12 1 18 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1841000
15 22 15 4 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 65900
16 23 16 4 CLEAN EYES SYML 64100
17 26 17 2 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 41500
18 NEW 18 1 I’M STILL HERE Sia 22000
19 13 13 6 GTFO Mariah Carey 118100
20 14 4 6 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 242500

21 18 10 8 THE DARK SIDE Muse 170900
22 NEW 22 1 DIAMOND HEART Alan Walker & Sophia Somajo 19500
23 27 23 5 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 74700
24 28 24 6 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 103350
25 10 6 9 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 286500
26 33 26 4 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 53300
27 32 27 6 TRANZ Gorillaz 83100
28 17 5 7 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 236300
29 31 29 5 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 88300
30 16 2 10 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 672750

31 20 5 10 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 385400
32 21 1 14 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 870550
33 19 11 5 SHAME Elle King 142700
34 65 34 2 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 24600
35 24 24 7 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 112900
36 38 30 6 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 93200
37 73 37 2 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 22700
38 49 38 2 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 29300
39 59 10 10 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 210300
40 67 40 2 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 23600

41 36 36 5 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 74750
42 25 25 10 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 166800
43 30 5 10 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 340400
44 34 31 5 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 76450
45 48 45 5 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 41900
46 50 46 4 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 43350
47 35 6 7 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 192750
48 68 48 2 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 18700
49 57 49 3 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 29700
50 54 50 3 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 30400

51 29 21 7 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 123050
52 43 23 7 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 101750
53 44 44 8 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 67100
54 NEW 54 1 LOST IN JAPAN (REMIX) Shawn Mendes & Zedd 11000
55 46 1 22 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1357050
56 NEW 56 1 RUN T’Pau 10600
57 NEW 57 1 80’s BABY New Kids On The Block, Salt-N-Pepa, Naughty By Nature, Tiffany & Debbie Gibson 10400
58 39 14 7 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 141750
59 NEW 59 1 HEAVEN LET ME IN Friendly Fires 10100
60 NEW 60 1 STARFISH Rhys featuring FELIX SANDMAN 10000

61 45 22 7 KONG Neneh Cherry 97700
62 41 24 9 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 130750
63 NEW 63 1 GIRLS GO WILD LP 7200
64 64 64 5 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 33400
65 42 18 10 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 169550
66 NEW 66 1 STOP TALKING Miya Folick 6800
67 70 67 6 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 35600
68 74 68 2 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 11600
69 NEW 69 1 APPEALS Bayonne 6200
70 NEW 70 1 DEEP WATER American Authors 6000

71 71 71 2 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 11600
72 47 35 7 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 84450
73 NEW 73 1 VOR SONNEN-AUFGANG Laibach 5400
74 58 7 12 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 314000
75 NEW 75 1 IM NIN’ALU Ofra Haza 5000

DROP OUTS
51 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
55 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000
61 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
66 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
69 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
72 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

 

14th October 2018

It’s the late Charles Aznavour on top for the first time 44 years after She topped the Uk charts and failed to chart in mine, and 2 years after a 60’s gem of his Emmenez Moi made my top 20. He was great, just took me decades to realise it. Holding off at 2 is Gallant, getting his 3rd top 10, and simultaneous second top 5, one with Sufjan Stevens hitting a new peak, and one with Noah Cyrus hitting a new peak for her, her second top 10. Olly Murs gets a 9th top 10 and Snoop Dogg prob about the same.

Highest new entry is SAVEUS, I’m very into dramatic or gentle soul/blues/gospel-influenced tracks this week! Highest climber is a whoppping 62 places for Bunt. Important not to mis-type that one. for KING & COUNTRY enter the 40 with Joy. Paul Weller joins himself inside the 40 with Gravity. Gabrielle makes it 2 inside the 40 this year, and SYML and Portugal. The Man get a second and 4th respectively. Two Jonas Blue’s enter lower down, Jess Glynne belatedly enters, Rod makes it 2 in a row, and Judie Tzuke is sampled on an oldie and enters my chart some 39 years after the gorgeous Stay With Me Till Dawn first charted.

1 5 1 2 SHE Charles Aznavour 230000
2 3 2 3 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 221000
3 4 3 3 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 173000
4 1 1 4 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 575000
5 16 5 3 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 103750
6 7 6 5 SECRETS P!nk 198400
7 2 2 4 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 380000
8 NEW 8 1 TIME CAN HEAL A MAN SAVEUS 48000
9 14 9 3 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 96000
10 6 6 8 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 267750

11 73 11 2 ON MY WAY Bunt. featuring Leah Haywood 42400
12 12 1 17 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1812000
13 17 13 5 GTFO Mariah Carey 97100
14 9 4 5 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 222500
15 20 15 3 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 57000
16 8 2 9 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 654750
17 10 5 6 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 218000
18 18 10 7 THE DARK SIDE Muse 151150
19 11 11 4 SHAME Elle King 125000
20 15 5 9 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 367500

21 13 1 13 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 852750
22 41 22 3 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 38900
23 44 23 3 CLEAN EYES SYML 39100
24 27 24 6 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 95400
25 26 25 9 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 153050
26 NEW 26 1 JOY. for KING & COUNTRY 18500
27 38 27 4 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 55450
28 28 28 5 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 84350
29 21 21 6 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 111300
30 19 5 9 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 326900

31 34 31 4 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 70100
32 32 32 5 TRANZ Gorillaz 64700
33 59 33 3 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 34800
34 31 31 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63200
35 22 6 6 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 180250
36 37 36 4 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 60750
37 NEW 37 1 GRAVITY Paul Weller 17300
38 30 30 5 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 75800
39 23 14 6 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 131550
40 48 40 5 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 52650

41 24 24 8 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 123350
42 29 18 9 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 162550
43 25 23 6 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 90250
44 50 44 7 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 55850
45 33 22 6 KONG Neneh Cherry 90200
46 43 1 21 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1346250
47 35 35 6 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 78850
48 71 48 4 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 28900
49 NEW 49 1 HEARTBREAK HOTEL Alice Chater 12100
50 52 50 3 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 30600

51 36 16 7 LOSING IT FISHER 119050
52 39 6 10 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 253400
53 40 40 6 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 62650
54 62 54 2 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 18400
55 42 15 9 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 161950
56 45 45 6 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 54700
57 63 57 2 5 DOLLARS Christine and The Queens 17600
58 49 7 11 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 308800
59 RE 10 9 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 193200
60 60 60 4 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 33000

61 53 5 14 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 479950
62 47 47 8 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 60200
63 54 1 9 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 446550
64 65 64 4 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 26300
65 NEW 65 1 ALL I AM Jess Glynne 7000
66 61 4 12 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 271600
67 NEW 67 1 LOOK IN HER EYES Rod Stewart 6600
68 NEW 68 1 POLAROID Jonas Blue, Liam Payne & Lennon Stella 6400
69 51 29 6 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 85150
70 70 70 5 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 29000

71 NEW 71 1 BACK & FORTH MK, Jonas Blue & Becky Hill 5800
72 56 6 14 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 351450
73 NEW 73 1 NEED YOU TONITE Mylo featuring Judie Tzuke 5400
74 NEW 74 1 1999 Charli XCX & Troye Sivan 5200
75 75 75 2 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 10000

DROP OUTS
46 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145100
55 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
57 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
64 1 21 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
66 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39900
72 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
74 8 10 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400

 

 

7th October 2018

3 weeks on top for classic Pet Shop Boys as the late Charles Aznavour belatedly enters my charts 44 years overdue with the fabulous She. I didnt like it at the time as it was a tv theme tune that appealed to older people and i was a sniffy 16 year old more into less MOR tracks. It took an Elvis Costello cover to change my mind, its a great song. New big climbs for new lovely tracks from Gallant and The O’My’s into the top 5, and Mariah Carey gets into my 20 after quite a non-xmas gap and Jungle get a 2nd one. Soft Cell are back with their first new entry in 34 years, following a one-off O2 reunion and back catalogue push, though Marc Almond has dotted my charts over those years. Barbra Streisand has meanwhile a first new entry in yonks and extends her run to 47 years since the brilliant Stoney End debuted.

1 1 1 3 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 510000
2 2 2 3 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 330000
3 19 3 2 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 106000
4 17 4 2 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 88000
5 NEW 5 1 SHE Charles Aznavour 60000
6 8 8 7 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 225750
7 7 7 4 SECRETS P!nk 143400
8 3 2 8 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 629750
9 4 4 4 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 193500
10 5 5 5 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 195000

11 12 12 3 SHAME Elle King 105000
12 13 1 16 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1777000
13 6 1 12 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 833000
14 18 18 2 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 51000
15 11 5 8 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 347500
16 25 25 2 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 43750
17 35 35 4 GTFO Mariah Carey 65100
18 10 10 6 THE DARK SIDE Muse 129150
19 9 5 8 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 308900
20 60 20 2 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 30000

21 21 21 5 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 93100
22 15 6 5 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 162750
23 14 14 5 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 114450
24 24 24 7 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 109350
25 23 23 5 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 76800
26 28 26 8 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 134400
27 32 27 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 76400
28 30 28 4 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 65950
29 26 18 8 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 148700
30 33 33 4 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 58600

31 34 34 4 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 63100
32 39 39 4 TRANZ Gorillaz 46900
33 22 22 5 KONG Neneh Cherry 77200
34 37 34 3 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 52200
35 38 35 5 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 66350
36 16 16 6 LOSING IT FISHER 107300
37 42 42 3 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 43350
38 46 38 3 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 37050
39 26 6 9 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 241900
40 50 40 5 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 51400

41 73 41 2 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 19400
42 31 15 8 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 151150
43 41 1 20 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1333500
44 67 44 2 CLEAN EYES SYML 19850
45 56 45 5 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 44100
46 20 20 8 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 145150
47 48 47 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 52900
48 51 48 4 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 35750
49 40 7 10 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 298700
50 68 50 6 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 42600

51 29 29 5 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 78950
52 64 52 2 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 18600
53 45 5 13 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 472450
54 49 1 8 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 439350
55 44 4 11 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 279300
56 53 6 13 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 345850
57 43 1 8 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 510150
58 36 26 5 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 70700
59 65 59 2 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 17100
60 63 60 3 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 23000

61 58 4 11 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 264800
62 NEW 62 1 NORTHERN LIGHTS Soft Cell 7400
63 NEW 63 1 5 DOLLARS Christine and the Queens 7200
64 62 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 844250
65 66 65 3 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 19200
66 47 1 12 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 649200
67 52 52 2 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 18100
68 54 54 5 AFTER ALL All Saints 44800
69 59 59 5 TRY Rick Astley 39600
70 70 70 4 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 23000

71 71 71 3 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 16600
72 74 72 3 VENUS LOON T.Rex 16000
73 NEW 73 1 ON MY WAY BUNT. featuring Leah Haywood
74 57 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 210400
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T LIE TO ME Barbra Streisand 5000

Drop outs:

75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850

 

 

30th September 2018

It’s a 2nd week on top, and 3rd in total, for 1988 chart-topper Left To My Own Devices, all 8 minutes and 17 seconds of the Pet Shop Boys epic. That keeps off newcomer trip-hop-ish Snoh Aelegra from the top so far, at 2, while P!nk gets a 12th top 10 as she heads towards her 20th anniversary of top 10’s. Her peak position to date is still 2, one of the few big acts still waiting to top my charts. Muse meanwhile make it 2 top 10’s in a row, another act never to top my chart.

3 new tracks enter consecutively, one pop, two what we used to call soul back in the day – Urban is the current label, probably. Olly Murs has been quiet of late, but he’s back with a splash at 18, bringing along Snoop for a quarter century of chart entries. Meanwhile The O’My’s, a Chicago duo, draft in Chance The Rapper to enter at 17, while Gallant gets greedy – the Maryland singer enters with Sufjan Stevens, both on their 3rd entry, Gallant went top 10 in 2016, Sufjan did it in 2006 and a decade later. Gallant supports Noah Cyrus on her 3rd too, so his 4th, at 25.

Gorillaz shoot up into the 40 with Tranz, and the late Chas Hodges returns for a finale with the Chas & Dave 1982 goodie Ain’t No Pleasing You, while Kylie – who I saw at the O2 on Friday, fab show – gets the new single version of her album track chart-topper A Lifetime To Repair back into the 40, cos it went down a storm. Jungle are back, Heavy, so are Don Diablo and Alex Clare, Gabrielle, SYML, and Portugal. The Man – meaning few actual debuts this week apart from The O’My’s and Rebecca Sugar.

1 1 1 2 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 340000
2 9 2 2 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 215000
3 2 2 7 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 581750
4 4 4 3 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 148500
5 8 5 4 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 153000
6 3 1 11 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 801000
7 11 7 3 SECRETS P!nk 93400
8 10 8 6 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 170750
9 5 5 7 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 287900
10 19 10 5 THE DARK SIDE Muse 107150

11 12 5 7 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 320500
12 13 12 2 SHAME Elle King 67000
13 7 1 15 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1742000
14 14 14 4 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 95200
15 6 6 4 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 143250
16 16 16 5 LOSING IT FISHER 89900
17 NEW 17 1 IDEA The O’My’s featuring Chance The Rapper 23000
18 NEW 18 1 MOVES Olly Murs featuring Snoop Dogg 22000
19 NEW 19 1 TOOGOODTOBETRUE Gallant featuring Sufjan Stevens & Rebecca Sugar 21000
20 20 20 7 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 132350

21 27 21 4 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 73350
22 32 22 4 KONG Neneh Cherry 59500
23 43 23 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 58000
24 24 24 6 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 90350
25 NEW 25 1 MAD AT YOU Noah Cyrus & Gallant 18750
26 18 18 7 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 130600
27 17 6 8 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 224800
28 28 28 7 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 115800
29 30 29 4 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 67200
30 40 30 3 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 47750

31 15 15 7 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 137400
32 36 32 4 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 58000
33 33 33 3 HERE I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 40600
34 35 34 3 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 45200
35 38 35 3 GTFO Mariah Carey 42100
36 26 26 4 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 60500
37 37 37 2 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 34600
38 44 38 4 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 48850
39 69 39 3 TRANZ Gorillaz 29100
40 22 7 9 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 286500

41 39 1 19 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1320000
42 48 42 2 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 26050
43 23 1 7 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 499750
44 21 4 10 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 268500
45 29 5 12 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 461200
46 64 46 2 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 19850
47 31 1 11 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 642400
48 66 48 6 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 40300
49 34 1 7 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 428350
50 58 50 4 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 34400

51 67 51 3 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 23350
52 NEW 52 1 AIN’T NO PLEASING YOU Chas & Dave 11500
53 42 6 12 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 335250
54 57 54 4 AFTER ALL All Saints 38400
55 41 6 18 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 456850
56 62 56 4 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 31100
57 25 8 9 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 205200
58 45 4 10 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 257300
59 60 59 4 TRY Rick Astley 33700
60 NEW 60 1 HEAVY, CALIFORNIA Jungle 10000

61 47 32 5 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 69150
62 59 1 20 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 837150
63 71 63 2 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 13000
64 NEW 64 1 HEAVEN TO ME Don Diablo featuring Alex Clare 7100
65 NEW 65 1 UNDER MY SKIN Gabrielle 7000
66 73 66 2 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 12200
67 NEW 67 1 CLEAN EYES SYML 6600
68 68 68 5 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 30600
69 49 10 11 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 288200
70 72 70 3 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 17000

71 75 71 2 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 10800
72 46 18 8 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 126500
73 NEW 73 1 TIDAL WAVE Portugal. The Man 5400
74 74 74 2 VENUS LOON T.Rex 10400
75 50 20 11 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 150700

DROP OUTS
51 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
61 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
63 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
65 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

 

 

23rd September 2018

It’s straight in on top for the 30-year-old extended album version of Left To My Own Devices, 30 years since the single edit grabbed an epic-sounding Trevor Horn produced week on top. Several tracks from the Introspective album have charted for the first time, following it’s extended reissue and remaster earlier in the year, which made the UK album charts, but which I’ve only just got round to listening to. I still have the original vinyl version.

Kodaline get a first top 5, and highest new entry is from Swedish-Persian descended Snoh Aalegra coming over all Portishead 90’s trip-hop in at 9 with Nothing Burns Like The Cold. P!nk has another good track off her latest album shoot up to 11, Secrets, and Elle King is back with another goodie at 13, aiming for the heights of Ex’s & Oh’s. Dolly Parton & Sia leap into the 40, giving Sia a second simultaneously, while Lana Del Ray, Sigala, Mariah Carey and Suede all return to the 40.

New at 48 is a new version of Bob Dylan’s classic-as-done-by-Hendrix All Along The Watchtower from Afterhere, a new duo project from Glenn Gregory of Heaven 17, making a heavenly 36 years of charting, jointly with new singer/keyboardist Berenice Scott grabbing her first. Contemporaries Tears For Fears sneak in at 75 with the Donnie Darko soundtrack classic, and the 44-year-old Venus Loon features on a new T.Rex compilation hitting the top 10, my fave album track from the Zinc Alloy album which my mate played obsessively at the time, being as he was an obsessive T.Rex fan. I always thought it should have been a single instead of the later 1974 actual singles which ended Marc Bolan’s run of top 20 hits. So, 44-years-late, but got into my charts at last.

1 NEW 1 1 LEFT TO MY OWN DEVICES (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 170000
2 2 2 6 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 496750
3 1 1 10 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 746000
4 26 4 2 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 83500
5 6 5 6 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 242900
6 7 6 3 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 116250
7 3 1 14 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1710000
8 12 8 3 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 93000
9 NEW 9 1 NOTHING BURNS LIKE THE COLD Snoh Aalegra featuring Vince Staples 45000
10 11 10 5 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 122750

11 68 11 2 SECRETS P!nk 43400
12 5 5 6 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 283500
13 NEW 13 1 SHAME Elle King 32000
14 15 14 3 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 66200
15 16 15 6 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 119500
16 17 16 4 LOSING IT FISHER 64900
17 9 6 7 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 206400
18 18 18 6 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 112100
19 23 19 4 THE DARK SIDE Muse 65150
20 20 20 6 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 112350

21 4 4 9 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 255250
22 13 7 8 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 269500
23 10 1 6 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 486250
24 25 24 5 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 71350
25 8 8 8 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 194850
26 27 26 3 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 43100
27 30 27 3 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 53600
28 28 28 6 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 97500
29 19 5 11 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 448200
30 35 30 3 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 49000

31 14 1 10 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 629900
32 49 32 3 KONG Neneh Cherry 40000
33 74 33 2 ALL I AM (FROM THE DUMPLIN’ ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) Dolly Parton & Sia 22900
34 21 1 6 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 416250
35 59 35 2 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 27600
36 50 36 3 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 40200
37 NEW 37 1 YOUR FUNNY UNCLE Pet Shop Boys 17300
38 62 38 2 GTFO Mariah Carey 24600
39 33 1 18 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1306000
40 46 40 2 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 29750

41 22 6 17 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 446050
42 24 6 11 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 324000
43 44 43 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 38750
44 54 44 3 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 31650
45 29 4 9 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 247100
46 31 18 7 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 120900
47 32 32 4 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 61650
48 NEW 48 1 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER Afterhere 12300
49 36 10 10 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 282000
50 34 20 10 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 145700

51 42 9 9 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 228500
52 37 1 5 HEY JUDE The Beatles 295800
53 53 53 4 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 35600
54 47 10 8 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 167500
55 39 39 7 NO DANGER The Delgados 75700
56 51 3 16 SINNER Deaf Havana 625650
57 60 57 3 AFTER ALL All Saints 27400
58 63 58 3 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 22400
59 56 1 19 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 829750
60 65 60 3 TRY Rick Astley 23600

61 38 1 14 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 772450
62 64 62 3 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 20500
63 43 13 8 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 161250
64 NEW 64 1 I WANT A DOG (ALBUM VERSION) Pet Shop Boys 7100
65 40 6 10 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 289700
66 72 66 5 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 28000
67 75 67 2 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 11600
68 69 68 4 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 24200
69 71 69 2 TRANZ Gorillaz 12000
70 70 14 11 FRIENDS RAYE 189450

71 NEW 71 1 NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED (DEMO FOR DUSTY) Pet Shop Boys 5800
72 73 72 2 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 11000
73 NEW 73 1 ALL FOR YOU Years & Years 5400
74 NEW 74 1 VENUS LOON T.Rex 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears 5000

DROP OUTS
41 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
48 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
52 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
55 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
61 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
66 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250

16th September 2018

It’s 90’s Belgium band Hooverphonic on top with their cinematic Romantic, which is very romantic despite all claims to the contrary. Paul Macca gets his first top 10 with new material for 5 years giving him 50 years of top 10’s in my charts. Huge climbs for up and coming Grace Carter, from Brighton, and Paul Weller modpunk main man 40 years on from his first top 20, and throbbing dance act Fisher. Highest new entry is from Kodaline, just ahead of a big climb from Manic Street Preachers, giving a bit of a veteran rock theme to the charts. Talking of which Suede are back with a goodie, the majestic Life Is Golden giving the former chart-toppers a highest chart position for 16 years. Returns from Lana Del Ray, P!nk, sweary Mariah Carey back after 5 years away (yes I know sweary is usually in front of P!nk songs), Gorillaz and Dolly Parton with a Sia movie theme duet.

1 4 1 9 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 661000
2 2 2 5 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 381750
3 1 1 13 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1660000
4 9 4 8 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 235500
5 5 5 5 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 248500
6 7 6 5 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 182900
7 53 7 2 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 61250
8 12 8 7 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 176100
9 6 6 6 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 183400
10 3 1 5 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 467000

11 21 11 4 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 80750
12 60 12 2 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 45000
13 10 7 7 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 250000
14 8 1 9 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 612000
15 58 15 2 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 37200
16 24 16 5 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 92500
17 52 17 3 LOSING IT FISHER 39900
18 19 18 5 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 90100
19 14 5 10 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 430000
20 23 20 5 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 92350

21 11 1 5 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 396750
22 17 6 16 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 432050
23 33 23 3 THE DARK SIDE Muse 44150
24 15 6 10 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 310250
25 36 25 4 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 52350
26 NEW 26 1 HEAD HELD HIGH Kodaline 18500
27 69 27 2 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 24600
28 28 28 5 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 79200
29 16 4 8 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 234100
30 38 30 2 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 35200

31 18 18 6 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 108150
32 34 32 3 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 49150
33 27 1 17 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1288900
34 20 20 9 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 133700
35 43 35 2 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 31000
36 22 10 9 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 269900
37 13 1 4 HEY JUDE The Beatles 284300
38 30 1 13 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 764950
39 42 39 6 NO DANGER The Delgados 64900
40 29 6 9 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 282700

41 31 8 9 ALWAYS Panama 211250
42 25 9 8 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 216750
43 32 13 7 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 154050
44 50 44 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 25250
45 45 45 5 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 56450
46 NEW 46 1 LIFE IS GOLDEN Suede 12750
47 26 10 7 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 156500
48 37 37 6 MISSING U Robyn 65200
49 59 49 2 KONG Neneh Cherry 22200
50 55 50 2 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 22800

51 39 3 15 SINNER Deaf Havana 615050
52 40 19 5 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 88000
53 64 53 3 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 24350
54 62 54 2 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 18400
55 56 55 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 28800
56 54 1 18 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 819650
57 57 57 3 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 31200
58 35 35 4 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 52300
59 NEW 59 1 MARINERS APARTMENT COMPLEX Lana Del Ray 10100
60 65 60 2 AFTER ALL All Saints 17000

61 47 47 5 THINK Aretha Franklin 53200
62 NEW 62 1 GTFO Mariah Carey 7400
63 75 63 2 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 12200
64 70 64 2 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 13100
65 67 65 2 TRY Rick Astley 13600
66 44 35 5 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 66750
67 41 36 10 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 124250
68 NEW 68 1 SECRETS P!nk 6400
69 71 69 3 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 17800
70 51 14 10 FRIENDS RAYE 183450

71 NEW 71 1 TRANZ Gorillaz 5800
72 74 72 4 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 21200
73 NEW 73 1 CUT TO THE FEELING Carly Rae Jepsen 5400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL I AM Dolly Parton & Sia 5200
75 NEW 75 1 A CHANGE IS GONNA COME Sam Cooke 5000

DROP OUTS
46 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
48 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
61 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
63 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
68 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400

 

9th September 2018

It’s back up for a 5th week on top for PATD, and a host of new entries, half of them as we used to say in the old days “Various Artists”. and headed by Jason Derulo’s cover of the Sarah Brightman & Andrea Bocelli brilliance that is Time To Say Goodbye. Some veterans pop in, Chic, Macca, Weller, Astley, Manics, Mavis, All Saints, Craig David, but the only that has been MIA is Neneh Cherry, who hasnt featured on any new stuff since 2000, though her daughter Mabel is doing well these days.

1 3 1 12 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1575000
2 2 2 4 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 266750
3 1 1 4 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 425000
4 8 3 8 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 491000
5 5 5 4 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 188500
6 7 6 5 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 138400
7 11 7 4 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 127900
8 9 1 8 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 583000
9 14 9 7 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 170500
10 10 7 6 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 218000

11 6 1 4 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 377000
12 21 12 6 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 128100
13 4 1 3 HEY JUDE The Beatles 267000
14 12 5 9 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 409000
15 15 6 9 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 291250
16 16 4 7 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 215900
17 13 6 15 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 412550
18 20 18 5 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 90250
19 34 19 4 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 68100
20 28 20 8 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 116100

21 38 21 3 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 43750
22 17 10 8 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 252500
23 29 23 4 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 72350
24 30 24 4 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 67500
25 19 9 7 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 203000
26 18 10 6 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 144000
27 27 1 16 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1271200
28 32 28 4 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 60900
29 22 6 8 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 265700
30 23 1 12 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 747750

31 24 8 8 ALWAYS Panama 197250
32 26 13 6 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 140550
33 63 33 2 THE DARK SIDE Muse 24900
34 42 34 2 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 31350
35 39 35 3 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 42100
36 60 36 3 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 33600
37 49 37 5 MISSING U Robyn 52900
38 NEW 38 1 GOODBYE Jason Derulo & David Guetta featuring Nicki Minaj & Willy William 17200
39 33 3 14 SINNER Deaf Havana 603300
40 25 19 4 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 76500

41 36 36 9 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 117650
42 44 42 5 NO DANGER The Delgados 47800
43 NEW 43 1 SOBER Nile Rodgers & Chic featuring Craig David & Stefflon Don 13500
44 35 35 4 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 59950
45 48 45 4 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 43450
46 31 26 5 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 86950
47 47 47 4 THINK Aretha Franklin 45700
48 37 20 9 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 148200
49 40 40 8 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 87800
50 NEW 50 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR (EDIT) Kylie Minogue 12000

51 41 14 9 FRIENDS RAYE 177450
52 73 52 2 LOSING IT FISHER 16900
53 NEW 53 1 DOMINOES Paul McCartney 11250
54 46 1 17 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 809050
55 NEW 55 1 JUST GOT PAID Sigala, Elle Ayre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana 10800
56 62 56 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 18000
57 57 57 2 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 20800
58 NEW 58 1 MOVIN’ ON Paul Weller 10200
59 NEW 59 1 KONG Neneh Cherry 10100
60 NEW 60 1 WHY HER NOT ME Grace Carter 10000

61 51 10 12 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 281050
62 NEW 62 1 ELECTRICITY Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson 7400
63 45 16 8 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 143150
64 70 64 2 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 13100
65 NEW 65 1 AFTER ALL All Saints 7000
66 66 66 3 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 19200
67 NEW 67 1 TRY Rick Astley 6600
68 43 20 9 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 125100
69 NEW 69 1 PEOPLE GIVE IN Manic Street Preachers 6200
70 NEW 70 1 NINA CRIED POWER Hozier featuring Mavis Staples 6000

71 71 71 2 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 11600
72 72 72 2 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 11200
73 75 73 2 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 10400
74 74 74 3 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 15600
75 NEW 75 1 EIGHTEEN Pale Waves 5000

DROP OUTS
50 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450
52 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
58 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
61 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
64 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
67 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750

 

 

2nd September 2018

It’s Aretha’s heavenly version of Carole King’s Natural Woman on top, 51 years old and still fab. It’s her 4th chart-topper, and second posthumously. Aretha has many tracks climbing this week and two more new entries, one of them that topped my chart in the new Orchestral version over Christmas, after first charting in 1974, and the other, a cover of Bridge Over Troubled Water, has never charted before. That just keeps off number one a big climb for Set Mo, an Aussie act with their fab track White Dress. There’s also a second top 10 for both Alan Walker and Au/Ra, replacing herself in the top 10, as Darkside shoots up.

Err, that’s about it actually, in a very quiet chart week, as I’ve been too busy to listen to much new music. I don’t like stale charts so will be searching about this week for hot new tracks! Highest new entry is In My Mind by two people Ive never heard of, another Muse new track, 5 Seconds Of Summer popping in, a bit late, a Bastille Marshmallow, or something like that, and a booming dance track from FISHER. Plus some more (probably X Factor) itunes oldies coming back again.

1 3 1 3 (YOU MAKE ME FEEL LIKE) A NATURAL WOMAN Aretha Franklin 340000
2 21 2 3 WHITE DRESS Set Mo featuring Deutsch Duke 151750
3 4 1 11 HEY LOOK MA, I MADE IT Panic! At The Disco 1405000
4 1 1 2 HEY JUDE The Beatles 235000
5 6 5 3 PROMISES Calvin Harris & Sam Smith 128500
6 2 1 3 I SAY A LITTLE PRAYER Aretha Franklin 340000
7 29 7 4 DARKSIDE Alan Walker featuring AU/RA & Tomine Harket 83400
8 8 3 7 ROMANTIC Hooverphonic 426000
9 5 1 7 ME MYSELF AND I Blonde featuring Bryn Christopher 535000
10 7 7 5 RUN THE ROAD Santigold 176000

11 17 11 3 VELVET ELVIS Kacey Musgraves 77900
12 11 5 8 THE WILD DARKNESS (CYA REMIX) Moby 380000
13 9 6 14 PANIC ROOM Au/Ra & CamelPhat 389550
14 16 14 6 MY LOVE MY LIFE Abba 125500
15 15 6 8 BE RIGHT HERE Kungs & Stargate featuring GOLDN 264250
16 14 4 6 SIDE EFFECTS The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren 190900
17 12 10 7 SOMETHING HUMAN Muse 233000
18 10 10 5 COME ON GET HAPPY The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Starring Shirley Jones 125500
19 13 9 6 ANDANTE ANDANTE Abba 184250
20 22 20 4 GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Cher 68250

21 25 21 5 SPOOKY Dusty Springfield 93100
22 18 6 7 WOULDN’T WANT TO BE LIKE YOU Sheryl Crow featuring Annie Clark 247500
23 20 1 11 MY AUTUMN’S DONE COME Lee Hazelwood 729750
24 24 8 7 ALWAYS Panama 197250
25 19 19 3 SPANISH HARLEM Aretha Franklin 59500
26 23 13 5 JUST MY TYPE The Vamps 122750
27 27 1 15 HIGH HOPES Panic! At The Disco 1253800
28 28 28 7 CREEP CITY Jake Shears 96100
29 32 29 3 ANGEL Aretha Franklin 53100
30 35 30 3 MADE FOR NOW Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee 48500

31 26 26 4 I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU Amanda Seyfreid, Christine Baranski & Julie Walters 73200
32 39 32 3 LIKE A PRAYER Madonna 41900
33 30 3 13 SINNER Deaf Havana 586200
34 40 34 3 THUNDERCLOUDS LSD featuring Sia, Diplo & Labrinth 47100
35 38 35 3 TECHNIQUE Paces featuring Emmalyn & Jeida Woods 46700
36 53 36 8 SUMMERTIME MAGIC Childish Gambino 103650
37 34 20 8 BIRDSONG Claptone featuring Zola Blood 135900
38 66 38 2 I’M NOT SCARED Pet Shop Boys 24000
39 61 39 2 AIN’T NO WAY Aretha Franklin 24600
40 50 40 7 NATURAL Imagine Dragons 75700

41 41 14 8 FRIENDS RAYE 165700
42 NEW 42 1 IN MY MIND Dynoro & Gigi D’Agostino 13750
43 31 20 8 LANGAGE Moodoid & Wednesday Campanella 118700
44 63 44 4 NO DANGER The Delgados 34050
45 33 16 7 CRY ON MY GUITAR Miles Kane 135950
46 44 1 16 RUN BOY RUN Woodkid 798050
47 56 47 3 THINK Aretha Franklin 33200
48 51 48 3 SWEET HARMONY The Beloved 30450
49 52 49 4 MISSING U Robyn 35600
50 37 32 8 I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY Blue October 120450

51 45 10 11 BEAUTIFUL LIFE Rick Astley 273550
52 43 26 9 BIRTHDAY Kim Wilde 139300
53 48 3 8 IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Yvonne Fair 302500
54 36 30 9 BORN TO BE YOURS Kygo & Imagine Dragons 134600
55 46 34 6 ON U NOTIMES 79150
56 47 29 7 JUST FRIENDS Hayden James featuring Boy Matthews 99000
57 NEW 57 1 THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush 10400
58 49 36 6 SHINE Gabrielle 75700
59 57 52 5 WARRIOR Paloma Faith 49900
60 69 60 2 BREATHIN Ariana Grande 16200

61 58 58 5 LIE LIKE ME Ward Thomas 44900
62 NEW 62 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Aretha Franklin 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DARK SIDE Muse 7200
64 59 1 8 FOREVER MORE Moloko 402450
65 70 65 4 CRUEL GAME (VANZETTI & SACCO REMIX) Nouvelle Phenomene 24200
66 72 66 2 THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys 12400
67 62 23 8 LOST WITHOUT YOU Freya Ridings 106700
68 54 19 12 OCEAN Martin Garrix featuring Khalid 162700
69 64 2 20 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 809750
70 NEW 70 1 YOUNGBLOOD 5 Seconds Of Summer 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAPPIER Marshmello & Bastille 5800
72 NEW 72 1 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black 5600
73 NEW 73 1 LOSING IT FISHER 5400
74 74 74 2 EASTSIDE benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid 10400
75 NEW 75 1 BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Aretha Franklin 5000

DROP OUTS
42 42 3 SHOW ME THE WAY Suzi Island 39250
55 55 4 LEVEL UP Ciara 35400
60 6 11 I ADORE U Adore Delano 352350
65 10 11 PARIS (VINAI REMIX) The Chainsmokers 216300
67 67 2 SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin 12400
68 7 13 LOVE LASTS FOREVER All Saints 272800
71 17 10 BORROWED LeAnn Rimes & Stevie Nicks 147250
73 73 3 ALL WE DO Oh Wonder 15400
75 75 1 DON’T ACT LIKE A STRANGER Cathedrals 5000

My 1980 Charts – July

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1st July 1980

3 weeks on top for OMD, as ELO and ONJ knock on their initialed door at 2. Not to mention PJM at 3. Macca’s 2nd of the year to go top 3, while ELO and Livvie repeat what they did in 1979, and 1978, and ELO did in 1977, 1976, 1973 and 1972 (going top 3). Splodgeness abound into the top 10 (arf!) with two pints of lager, with the Korgis snapping at their heels cos, you know, everybody’s gotta learn sometime, and a second magnificent top 10 for the lads.

Stacey Lattisaw jumps to the top 20 beat from 32, Teena Marie a little behind the groove at 18, and Queen scrape into the top 20 yet again as they continue to fall short of the 10 for 18 months-worth of singles, a far cry from 3 chart-toppers out of 4 in 1974/5. The Sex Pistols and Darts both climb with inferior covers, as Odyssey finally get cracking and Use It Up into the top 30, without wearing it out, and Saxon fly up to 28 in a 747 (feel free to groan at these links) as a bit of pop Nu-Metal agrees with me nicely. We were strangers in the night, but not anything to do with Frank Sinatra’s slightly better song. In at 38, The Blues Band take old song Diddy Wah Diddy into the 40 (not to be confused with Paul Jones Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy, which is a better record, but fresh off Paul Jones’ Knebworth gig wot I saw), and Tavares return after a gap with I Don’t Want You Anymore for a 4th year of hits.

Daryl Hall & John Oates return running from paradise, and their first entry for 3 years, and 4 years on from the gorgeous She’s Gone. The soon-to-be solo Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto debuts as the Yellow Magic Orchestra with a space invaders synth instrumental theme, which was quite catchy, but not one I’ve managed to buy yet, and proving beyond doubt that having a hit record is no guarantee you’ll be able to buy it or stream it decades down the line. New Musik are back with a 4th gem synthpop single, looking for Sanctuary at 53, Carlene Carter covers her dad’s Ring Of Fire at 55, Rupert Holmes extends his run of singles at 66 and The Detroit Spinners do the same at 68 as they cover Sam Cooke’s Cupid, and follow in Johnny Nash’s 1969 shoes in charting it. Janis Ian gets a 3rd chart entry flying too high, as per her previous entry, so much so that she reaches the other side of the sun, and very nice too, though not as memorable as 1975’s heart-breaking At Seventeen.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 9 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 8 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
5 ( 3 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
6 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 4 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 23 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
10 ( 5 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH

http://youtube.com/v/7o-9_J_Cc2w

11 ( 6 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
12 ( 19 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
13 ( 20 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
14 ( 32 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
15 ( 11 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
16 ( 12 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
17 ( 16 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
18 ( 21 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
19 ( 22 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
20 ( 17 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
22 ( 27 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
23 ( 10 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
24 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 34 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
26 ( 47 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
27 ( 64 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
28 ( 71 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
29 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
30 ( 35 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

http://youtube.com/v/BkKrUz45icE

31 ( 38 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
32 ( 15 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
33 ( 25 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
34 ( 36 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
35 ( 29 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
37 ( 39 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
38 ( NEW ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
39 ( 31 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
40 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares

41 ( 55 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
42 ( 37 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
43 ( 42 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
44 ( 28 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
45 ( 33 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
46 ( 44 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
47 ( 56 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
48 ( NEW ) RUNNING FOR PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
49 ( 40 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
50 ( NEW ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra

http://youtube.com/v/SY-wZTMNQmQ

51 ( 45 ) RAT RACE The Specials
52 ( NEW ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
53 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY New Musik
54 ( 46 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
55 ( NEW ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
56 ( 53 ) CALL ME Blondie
57 ( 51 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
58 ( 73 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
59 ( 49 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
60 ( 66 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer

http://youtube.com/v/aoFOvCZcarU

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 43 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
64 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
65 ( 58 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
66 ( NEW ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes
67 ( 41 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
68 ( NEW ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
69 ( 30 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
70 ( 65 ) ATOMIC Blondie

71 ( 52 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 75 ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott
73 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
74 ( 72 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
75 ( 59 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest

TV 21st – 27th June

1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 The Outer Limits
3 Wimbledon (friday)
4 Wimbledon ’79
5 Animal Olympics


In my life, in the last full week of June, I was well into watching Wimbledon on TV, Borg and McEnroe both doing well in the first week of play. It was Pete’s 22nd birthday and 2 of our gang decided Pete needed a douse in the bath to celebrate, and tried to enlist me to do some heavy-mob impressions. No amount of cajoling, threats or persuasion convinced me it was a worthy endeavor (I don’t give in to peer-group pressure) so they had a mighty struggle with Pete, who threw up afterwards, before helping the same two give Julie a thoughtful bath too. Teachers all, you know, bar one…..!

College American Studies outside examiner interview on Tuesday before the goodbye’s to other students started gradually. One of my friends got the awful news she’d failed teaching practice, and hadn’t qualified after 3 years, upset and packing to leave the next day or two. Pete’s family were going back to Germany, and he would be joining them unless he got a summer job. I noted that we’d probably never see him again, if I knew Pete (which I did, being my best mate and all at College). So it was. He eventually married a Japanese girl, and moved to Japan, had a son and then lost touch sometime in the late 80’s. TP-failing, though, turned out not so tragic as she is now a Reverend, married to a Reverend, and living in a Parish in Wales. I didn’t like all this gang-breaking-up one bit, not at all, and predicted the next few months (at least) would be very depressing. I didn’t know the half of it….

I kept myself busy writing a fiction story and printing black & white photos in the College darkroom, as everyone gathered in my room wednesday evening for hysterical laughs watching TV. As we gathered Thursday evening I taped-recorded us all chatting and mucking about – and haven’t been able to listen to it since, with my reel-to-reel player having died, it’s a major loss to me that I didn’t convert it to mp3 years ago while it was just about working. I need to find someone to do it for me so I can hear how embarrassing I was at the time.

Friday, grandma and granddad dropped by with mum and dad, on their way through Lincoln, Paul took a few of us for a pub evening, Ian, Bev, Sue, which ended on a sour note thanks to an unfortunate comment, but otherwise was fun, Saturday was snooker (yet more), more bargain bin singles purchases in town, played Ian at tennis which was great fun, he was always a laugh, sorry I’ve lost touch these days. Then team table tennis after eating before an evening at Alan & Helen’s flat, where we had an Alan-guitar singalong and laughs with most of the gang there. From here to another goodbye party at Jo and Elaine’s, but not that many in attendance, so our smaller gang (Ian, Pete, Julie, Jane) just mucked about till 1-ish, and Charades till 2. It was so not a party, it was hilarious.

8th July 1980

The first chart after my final week of College, and it’s Olivia Newton-John getting a second number one (following You’re The One That I Want) and ELO getting a 9th, leaving them behind only The Beatles and Abba for most chart-toppers, though old mucker Roy Wood also totals 9 in various guises, including one with ELO (10538 Overture). Co-incidentally Macca is at 3, and ELO themselves are also at 4 with another Xanadu single, I’m Alive. I over-rated it as I’d managed to get hold of a cut-price copy of the single and they were coming off the back of 3 chart-toppers in a row.

Joan Armatrading gets Me Myself I into the 10, her 2nd, as Stacy Lattisaw gets a jumping first. Saxon, Odyssey and The Hollies all go top 20, Odyssey’s 2nd, The Hollies 7th or so in a 12-year span. Into the top 40 go Yellow Magic Orchestra’s space invaders, Spider, Voyager, The Detroit Spinners and Bad Manners, not to mention classic Bob Marley. Lower down we find the new entries rushing in with many a classic: Kate Bush is back with the sensational video Russian babe of Babooshka, Joy Division debut with the timeless and influential Love Will Tear Us Apart, even though lead singer was already dead, having committed suicide in May. Both tracks remain brilliant. Almost as good: The Undertones bring Wednesday Week in at 74. a melodic gem and a welcome change of pace from the boys, Kim Carnes huskily covers Smokey Robinson to fabulous effect at 68 ahead of her UK breakthrough a year later with an even greater track, and Change debut with the Chic-ish delight of A Lover’s Holiday at 48.

Others: The Rolling Stones have a decent comeback with Emotional Rescue, still in disco groove mode at 57, Sad Cafe have a 5th entry with the terribly titled Nothing Left Toulouse, John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett get a second hit 3 years on from Really Free, with the abrupt-change of direction of DK 50-80, a quirky synthrock track that was ahead of it’s time, The Vapors get another entry (News At Ten) and Bill Nelson comes back without Be Bop Deluxe, 4 years after Ships In The Night hit my top 10, now dreaming in colour.

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

1 ( 2 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
3 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
5 ( 4 ) CRYING Don McLean
6 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
7 ( 5 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
8 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
9 ( 13 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
10 ( 14 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

11 ( 9 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
12 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
13 ( 28 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
14 ( 10 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
15 ( 18 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
16 ( 27 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
17 ( 19 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
18 ( 12 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
19 ( 69 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
20 ( 16 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate

21 ( 25 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
22 ( 50 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 31 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
24 ( 26 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
26 ( 15 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
27 ( 34 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
28 ( 24 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
29 ( 17 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
30 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy

31 ( 20 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
32 ( 41 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
33 ( 38 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 52 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
35 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
36 ( 68 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
37 ( 21 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
38 ( 47 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
39 ( 64 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
40 ( 58 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers

41 ( 48 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
42 ( 22 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
43 ( 23 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
44 ( 43 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
45 ( 39 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
46 ( 42 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 29 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
48 ( NEW ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
49 ( 53 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
50 ( NEW ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush

http://youtube.com/v/6xckBwPdo1c

51 ( 33 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
52 ( 55 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
53 ( 32 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
54 ( 46 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
55 ( NEW ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
56 ( 37 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
58 ( 60 ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
59 ( 36 ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
60 ( 66 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

http://youtube.com/v/zuuObGsB0No

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 44 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
64 ( 54 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
65 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
66 ( 57 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
67 ( 56 ) CALL ME Blondie
68 ( NEW ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
69 ( NEW ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 45 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie

http://youtube.com/v/W5ADrcHJLFg

71 ( 71 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
72 ( 73 ) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SUN Janis Ian
73 ( NEW ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
74 ( NEW ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson

http://youtube.com/v/FswDoZKFXVc

TV June 28th – 4th July
1 Wimbledon
2 Q9
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Mork and Mindy
5 Firecreek


On TV the striking BBC staff kept Top Of The Pops off the air for half the summer, which was a bummer, not to mention other TV shows, which, along with a week of partying hard as we all left College, meant I watched hardly any TV, unusually for me in those days. The last single I was playing to death was OMD, and the last single I bought at College was a gatefold sleeve version of Xanadu. I borrowed Julie’s camera flash and went to the Usher Art Gallery and took photos of my work on the wall, allowing myself a bit of sad ego-boosting amongst the crushing comments of the Uni examiners, then tutor Max helped me remove them and the helped shift piano’s and the like. American Studies tutor John Davies praised my writing, suggested further reading to widen my experience and gave me my marks in graph form for each year at College, rising steeply with The Immigrants, and stood up for me in the end results for marks, overall 65% (Grade 1). I always like John Davies and wish I could stayed as enthusiastic for myself as he was on my behalf!

Mum, dad, grandma & granddad dropped by with a new watch for me! I am still wearing it, a dozen batteries later, a scratched clock face, and 35 years on. I do like to take care of stuff! Ian, Sue, Paul Julie & Jane gathered, Alan came by, and off we went in a tie I borrowed from Sue for the goodbye dinner, a lecturer came over to chat to me and made a very unexpected personal comment out of the blue which I’m still not clear on what he saying but I went bright red! That left speeches from the Principal and Union Rep Mark, and then to the bar and union disco for SAVVY, College band of the day, and the final record of the disco was When Will I See You Again. How depressing. Next few days: Tennis, snooker, socialising, some exciting Wimbledon matches (Chris Lloyd beating Navratilova), and conversations on the inhumanity of man amongst all the laughs, and on the last evening we split into two groups, Sue, Bev, Pete, Julie stayed in watching TV, Ian, Jane, Paul, Dave went to a double movie feature: Saturday Night Fever (dull despite the fab music) and Grease (better than first time round) which with it’s final scenes of the ending of High School was sort of saying it all really. We gathered for a chat, and that was it, end of an era, College over, just the goodbye’s and the packing to do. I popped up to Sue’s room, she was as upset as me I think at it all ending, everyone handing in keys, and Pete disappeared in a rush without a proper goodbye. I asked Sue to say goodbye for me, because I kinda knew he wouldn’t be meeting up with the gang after college and that would be the last time I saw him, ever, and which gutted me somewhat. And so it was. Sue was the one that saw me off when Brother and dad came for me and my stuff. “See you in 6 weeks” was my goodbye, it helped knowing we were meeting up but I was fighting back tears the whole way home.

And that was the end of the good times for a decade or so…

 

15th July 1980

2 weeks for Xanadu on top, as I start my 2-years job-search, living and breathing application forms. This had such a negative effect on me that I stay with crappy jobs rather than put in a job application, just to avoid the whole sorry stressful experience. Not a good career move, overall. Music, though, was fab: Macca gets his 2nd number 2 of the year, as Saxon get their first top 10, flying up with 747, Odyssey get a second, using it up and wearing it out, and Teena Marie gets behind the groove and pops up to 9.

Joy Division go up a whopping 50 places to 15 with the classic Love Will Tear Us Apart, and Kate up 33 with a classic babooshka to 17, and classic Marley at 18 with Could You be Loved. That’s a buncha classics! Change have a holiday at 23, and New Musik make it 4 top 40’s in a row as they look for Sanctuary. The Rolling Stones take an Emotional Rescue inside the 40, a funky falsetto groove miles away from their petulant earthy blues chart debut Honky Tonk Women 11 years earlier.

In at 39, Leo Sayer seems to have given up writing his own material, and opts for a great Bobby Vee 60’s oldie, More Than I Can Say, removes the charm and slows it down. Dexy’s make it 3 in a row at 46, There There My Dear! The Whispers cover My Girl, Hot Chocolate enquire about the amount of happiness I’m getting and is it enough, which is polite of them, and to which the answer was and is “No”. A bit of a disappointment for me, though, after No Doubt About It. In at 71, AC/DC get a 3rd entry, with reactivated flop Whole Lotta Rosie, the final Bon Scott vocals hit they had, and a Punk-Metal classic for me. From here on they were more Pomp-Metal. Finally Gene Chandler gets a good soul ballad ebtry at 74, Does She Have A Friend he asks, while Billy Joel is more positive stating (quite rightly) that it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to him at 75, no matter what new name it has. Clever lyrically, tuneful and catchy, as ol’ Billy tended to be when he was in the mood, and 5 years on now from The Piano Man debut.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
4 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
5 ( 9 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
6 ( 13 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
7 ( 6 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 16 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
9 ( 15 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
10 ( 5 ) CRYING Don McLean

11 ( 7 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
12 ( 4 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 8 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
14 ( 17 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
15 ( 65 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
16 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
17 ( 50 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
18 ( 40 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
19 ( 21 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
20 ( 12 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police

http://youtube.com/v/6_5O-nUiZ_0

21 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
22 ( 23 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
23 ( 48 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
24 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
25 ( 20 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
26 ( 49 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
27 ( 14 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
28 ( 34 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager
29 ( 57 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
30 ( 25 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

http://youtube.com/v/Qslqk3IcXK8

31 ( 18 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
32 ( 19 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY The Blues Band
34 ( 38 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
35 ( 36 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 28 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
37 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 26 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
39 ( NEW ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
40 ( 29 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

41 ( 74 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
42 ( 55 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
43 ( 32 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
44 ( 27 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
45 ( 39 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
46 ( NEW ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
47 ( 41 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
48 ( 44 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
49 ( 30 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
50 ( 68 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes

http://youtube.com/v/EJm-kG922PI

51 ( 52 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
52 ( 31 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
53 ( 46 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
54 ( 45 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
55 ( 56 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
56 ( 37 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
57 ( 54 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
58 ( 75 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
59 ( 47 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
60 ( 60 ) PARTNERS IN CRIME Rupert Holmes

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Whispers
64 ( 42 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
65 ( 43 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
66 ( NEW ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
67 ( 51 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
68 ( 73 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
69 ( 69 ) DK 50-80 Otway & Barrett
70 ( 64 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness

http://youtube.com/v/H2Gwr-VrNFM

71 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
72 ( NEW ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
73 ( 53 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
74 ( NEW ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
75 ( NEW ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel

http://youtube.com/v/5eAQa4MOGkE

TV 5th-11th July
1 Wimbledon Final
2 Soap
3 Mork and Mindy
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Happy Days
7 Buona Sera Mrs Campbell: film
8 The Banana Splits
9 Are You Being Served
10 Dallas

In the real world I had the delight of standing in line at the Unemployment Office for 2 and a half hours to “sign on” as we used to say, and granddad came round to do some DIY. Grandma and Grandad were moving into their new council house in Mansfield, from Clipstone, which was the end of an era for me – they had only ever lived in the school caretakers house in Clipstone, and all the immediate family in Mansfield were round to help move in and with painting, wallpapering etc. This was followed by granddad getting the news his sister had cancer and 6 months to live, not a good start to a new house.

We also badgered mum into giving in and getting our first state-of-the-art £299 videorecorder (well, dad did at any rate). Tapes £20 for 2 hours!

Rest of the week painting walls and doors at home, as a prelude to the movie of the year, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: “A treat! I didn’t guess Darth Vader’s secret and the muppet wasn’t so bad” (as expected, that’ll be Yoda then) “MUCH better than I’d anticipated: not the uniformity of plot-ending of Star Wars, and humour less apparent, therefore not as impressive. BUT effects were brilliant as before plus much originality and the characters weren’t two-dimensional this time” I opined, it was more a series of adventures and chase than an actual plot until half-way through, and I got pissed off at having to wait 3 years for the cliff-hangar resolution, that was a long time!

My top 8 sci-fi movies of all time after viewing?

Close Encounters of The Third Kind
Star Trek
Star Wars
Alien
The Empire Strikes Back
Superman
Planet Of The Apes
2001: A Space Odyssey

That order is substantially different these days and Star Trek, Superman have dropped out of my top 100 entirely, 2001 is classic but not a fave.

22nd July 1980

3 weeks for Xanadu on top but with Abba’s brilliant, adult and sophisticated new ballad in at 2, it looks like The Winner Takes It All imminently. It signalled a new maturity after a pop disco phase, and critically as well as commercially Abba were getting appreciated. About time. Saxon at 3 give metal a boost, while at the lower end Whitesnake and Hawkwind join in. Dexy’s Midnight Runners shoot up 39 places to 7, for 3 out of 3 great singles, and are joined in the top 10 by classic Kate and brilliant Bob.

Change, New Musik, Rolling Stones, and The Sex Pistols all go top 20 but it’s The Undertones with a Wednesday Week rush to 19 who stand out with one of their best singles. Greedy ELO meanwhile get yet another Xanadu track All Over The World newly in, and while it’s not startlingly different from previous singles it ticks the pleasure box for me and drops in at 27. Diana Ross is back with a Chic-bang at 31, Upside Down in one fell swoop is her best single in 4 years, and by a long way. Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards effectively finished being pop stars with Chic, and moved over to writing and producing for bigger stars. Hey presto 35 years on and Nile Rodgers is quite rightly revered. Diana has a dozen years of chart activity, a chart veteran.

In at 30, another new single from The Beach Boys, Santa Ana Winds, pleasant enough, The Whispers go top 40 with My Girl, as Johnny Bristol enters with My Girl 6 years on since his last entry Hang On In There Baby – and it’s a mash-up with My Guy, and Amii Stewart continuing her cover version career. Both songs were conveniently written by Smokey Robinson, as was More Love nestling beautifully at 48 for Kim Carnes. The Gibson Brothers grab a 4th top 40 with Mariana at 40, keeping those fab latin rhythms going strong.

At 51, it’s a remarkable debut for model legend Grace Jones, who oozes style and attitude throughout her career, starting with a Sly & Robbie-produced cover of Chrissie Hynde’s Pretenders song Private Life. Slowed-down, half-spoken half-sung, sexy and throbbing, Chrissie gave it the compliment that Grace made it sound like she imagined it would sound. At 69, debuting with a new lead singer (John Foxx having been and gone) in the shape of Midge Ure, then of Slik and Rich Kids fame, it’s Ultravox and Sleepwalking joining the synthpop party, having been early pioneers of it. That leaves The Mo-Dettes covering the Rolling Stones Paint It Black at 70, as the Stones own Emotional Rescue is somewhat higher at 18.

1 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
2 ( NEW ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
3 ( 6 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
4 ( 5 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
5 ( 2 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
6 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
7 ( 46 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
8 ( 17 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
9 ( 18 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 4 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw

http://youtube.com/v/3ZwWnXuB_eg

11 ( 7 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
12 ( 8 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
13 ( 15 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
14 ( 9 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
15 ( 23 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
16 ( 26 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
17 ( 10 ) CRYING Don McLean
18 ( 29 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
19 ( 41 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
20 ( 24 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols

http://youtube.com/v/9iw_BE_X9sA

21 ( 11 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 16 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
23 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
24 ( 19 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
25 ( 13 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
26 ( 39 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
27 ( NEW ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
28 ( 34 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
29 ( 33 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
30 ( NEW ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/wh3i3vWgPyk

31 ( NEW ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
32 ( 22 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
33 ( 20 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
34 ( 14 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
35 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
36 ( 25 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
37 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
38 ( 63 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
39 ( 71 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
40 ( NEW ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers

http://youtube.com/v/4GtyMeEcPPE

41 ( 36 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
42 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
43 ( 27 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
44 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
45 ( 31 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
46 ( 40 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
47 ( 51 ) RING OF FIRE Carlene Carter
48 ( 50 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
49 ( 30 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
50 ( 28 ) SING OUT (BREAKING/ ATMOSPHERE) Voyager

http://youtube.com/v/yvLn_qC7QAs

51 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 48 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
53 ( 38 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
54 ( 74 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler
55 ( 66 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
56 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
57 ( 75 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
58 ( 47 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
59 ( 68 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
60 ( 53 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners

61 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( 57 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
64 ( 72 ) FANTASY Gerard Kenny
65 ( 55 ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
66 ( 42 ) NOTHING LEFT TOULOUSE Sad Cafe
67 ( 58 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 43 ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
69 ( NEW ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
70 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes

71 ( NEW ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
72 ( 49 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
73 ( NEW ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( NEW ) SHOT DOWN IN THE NIGHT Hawkwind
75 ( 54 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

TV 12th – 18th July
1 Rhoda
2 Soap
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Taxi
5 The Outer Limits
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 Ancient Astronauts
9 Hong Kong Beat
10 Space 1999
11 The Pink Panther
12 Happy Days
13 Superstar Profile: Roger Moore
14 Dallas
15 What’s On Wogan

At home, I got rid of some old clothes, which saddened me actually, as it was my teen life going in the bin. Mum found out she had to go into hospital yet again, which was worrying, though I was more happy to be able to give them half my new UB40 £20 a week, and have a bit left over for some new clothes (brown cords trousers). Did my first job application: the CHAD local newspaper (Artist/Visualiser): my expectations would eventually drift downwards and more realistically. My new chart was done on Friday 18th (but is still dated 22nd July as at that time it was still the week-ending date before the new chart was announced on Tuesdays). I think the day I did my chart varied more from here on, but tended to be after Top Of The Pops broadcasts so it could be up-to-date.

 


29th July 1980

Abba get their 14th consecutive number one, and 15th in total, with the sublime The Winner Takes It All, heartbreak perfection. Only The Beatles could claim to be bigger – depending on whether you include a separate Beatles chart in 1976 as bonafide. I sorta do cos most of their career was pre-my-chart and singles and album tracks would have been just as chart-topper-y as Abba’s, who would have had considerably more chart-toppers had I allowed album tracks such as Eagle, Tiger, If It Wasn’t For The Nights and Hole In Your Soul to chart. Diana Ross meanwhile leaps upside to 3, her highest charting since 1976, and highest-charting new material since 1972. Kate Bush gets a 4th top 5, ELO keep the run of top 10 singles running to 5 years, and Change go top 10 too.

Gibson Brothers go top 20, Beach Boys blow up to 20, and Hall & Oates get a first top 20 entry four years on from the brilliant She’s Gone with Running From Paradise, up 39 places after pottering about a bit. Billy Joel adds another top 40 to his list, but it’s still rock ‘n’ roll to me, as The Gap Band turn sitting in a line on the floor into a rowing fad with Oops Upside Your Head entering at 28. Hot Choc hit the 40, Black Sabbath get a 3rd top 40 hit with Neon Knights, a decade since Paranoid premiered, and Grace Jones makes the 40 with her Private Life. Sheena easton debuts, a reality TV star, wholesome and shrill and Scottish, with a not-Dolly-Parton 9 To 5 song which went on to top the charts in the USA under it’s alternate title (in brackets here). Dolly is more famous these days, and Sheena shocked when she moved to the States and went all raunchy in the mid-80’s, but for now we had to make do with a fairly dated bland pop ditty.

Kim Carnes and Gene Chandler finally make the 40 with 2 minor gems that should have been bigger gems, and Racey return with a less chirpy pop song Rest Of Your Life at 47, it wasn’t bad, while a funk classic aiming for Jamaica is in at 54 for Tom Browne. Not the BBC singles UK Radio Chart rundown DJ Tom Browne, though. Pity! Bodysnatchers are back looking for an Easy Life, Roxy Music quip “Oh Yeah”? as they hit a new laid-back low (for me) at 63, and quirky Piranhas debut with 50’s cover, all cockernee-stylee, Tom Hark. Chirpy and catchy. Jacko gets his 5th single off Off The Wall, and it’s mate and future estranged-mate Macca’s song, Girlfriend, in at 66. Not a finest moment for either party, but pleasant enough. Finally, John Foxx joins his ex-bandmates Ultravox, in a Burning Car at 71.

http://youtube.com/v/92cwKCU8Z5c

1 ( 2 ) THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL Abba
2 ( 1 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
3 ( 31 ) UPSIDE DOWN Diana Ross
4 ( 8 ) BABOOSHKA Kate Bush
5 ( 7 ) THERE THERE MY DEAR Dexy’s Midnight Runners
6 ( 27 ) ALL OVER THE WORLD E.L.O.
7 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 3 ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
9 ( 15 ) A LOVER’S HOLIDAY Change
10 ( 4 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

http://youtube.com/v/Qqk_6hzbVx4

11 ( 5 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
12 ( 22 ) THEME FROM INVADERS Yellow Magic Orchestra
13 ( 16 ) SANCTUARY New Musik
14 ( 6 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
15 ( 40 ) MARIANA The Gibson Brothers
16 ( 18 ) EMOTIONAL RESCUE The Rolling Stones
17 ( 10 ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
18 ( 19 ) WEDNESDAY WEEK The Undertones
19 ( 58 ) RUNNING FROM PARADISE Daryl Hall & John Oates
20 ( 30 ) SANTA ANA WINDS The Beach Boys

http://youtube.com/v/4CPZa21DFA8

21 ( 12 ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
22 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN SAY Leo Sayer
23 ( 57 ) IT’S STILL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO ME Billy Joel
24 ( 13 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
25 ( 28 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
26 ( 39 ) WHOLE LOTTA ROSIE AC/DC
27 ( 17 ) CRYING Don McLean
28 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD The Gap Band
29 ( 55 ) ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH HAPPINESS Hot Chocolate
30 ( 23 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra

31 ( 11 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
32 ( 14 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
33 ( NEW ) NEON KNIGHTS Black Sabbath
34 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
35 ( 51 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
36 ( NEW ) 9 TO 5 (MY BABY TAKES THE MORNING TRAIN) Sheena Easton
37 ( 38 ) MY GIRL The Whispers
38 ( 25 ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
39 ( 48 ) MORE LOVE Kim Carnes
40 ( 54 ) DOES SHE HAVE A FRIEND Gene Chandler

http://youtube.com/v/2xwL-7fKKUE

41 ( 32 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
42 ( 24 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
43 ( 36 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
44 ( 33 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
45 ( 29 ) DIDDY WAH DIDDY (BLUES BAND EP) The Blues Band
46 ( 69 ) SLEEPWALKING Ultravox
47 ( NEW ) REST OF YOUR LIFE Racey
48 ( 35 ) CUPID – I’VE LOVED YOU FOR A LONG TIME The Detroit Spinners
49 ( 37 ) I DON’T WANT YOU ANYMORE Tavares
50 ( 41 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc

http://youtube.com/v/ukCHU5n8Sbg

51 ( 44 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
52 ( 43 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
53 ( 34 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
54 ( NEW ) FUNKIN’ FOR JAMAICA Tom Browne
55 ( 52 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
56 ( 20 ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
57 ( 45 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
58 ( 59 ) NEWS AT TEN The Vapors
59 ( 46 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
60 ( NEW ) EASY LIFE The Bodysnatchers

61 ( 61 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
63 ( NEW ) OH YEAH Roxy Music
64 ( NEW ) TOM HARK The Piranhas
65 ( 53 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
66 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) DO YOU DREAM IN COLOUR Bill Nelson
68 ( 71 ) MY GUY/MY GIRL Amii Stewart and Johnny Bristol
69 ( 60 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
70 ( 56 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing

71 ( NEW ) BURNING CAR John Foxx
72 ( 70 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Mo-Dettes
73 ( 73 ) READY AND WILLING Whitesnake
74 ( 63 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
75 ( 42 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis

TV 19th-25th July
1 Fawlty Towers
2 Olympics 1980
3 Soap
4 Rhoda
5 Q9
6 Horizon: The Bermuda Triangle
7 Porridge
8 Moviola: Garbo & Gilbert
9 The Good Life
10 Moviola: Scarlett O’Hara
11 Moviola: Marilyn Monroe
12 Space: 1999
13 What’s On Wogan
14 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
15 Fantasy Island

That leaves TV chat – mostly 70’s sitcoms, as it happens, plus the 1980 Olympics, a batch of Hollywood Golden Age greats on Moviola TV Biog miniseries, and also a bit of Spike Milligan. In my life, dad bought me a jacket in Nottingham, I bought myself some Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (even though I couldnt afford them, I had to have them), and mum’s cousin Pauline was out of hospital OK, though family life was tense and terse as mum waited anxiously to go into hospital herself. Various relations came round to visit during the week until mum went in on Sunday, anxious about her operation. To say the least, and so was I.

In the Olympics Duncan Goodhew won gold in the swimming, Ovett vs Coe, Alan Wells, Daley Thompson, loads of UK athletes doing the biz; Peter Sellers died far too young in shock news, I wrote: “A blow, too young, top of career etc. A damn funny man – it’s never fair. No wonder older people are cynical.” As indeed I am now. ON TV show Fantasy Island guest star was Marcia Wallace, of Bob Newhart Show USA fame, who I’d watched live on The Match Game in LA a year earlier – and I had no-one to tell! No-one had heard of her, or cared. I liked her, and she eventually gained TV immortality as Mrs Krabappel in the Simpsons. So now I can tell someone.

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!

My 1980 Charts – April

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1st April 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TV 22-28th Mar

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


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

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

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


8th April 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


15th April 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


22nd April 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

My ratings:

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

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

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

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


29th April 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Jan 1990: Took my mum to see an Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings legend after a day at Oxford Street record stores shopping and the like, or PAUL MCCARTNEY!!!! as I noted it in my diary. We weren’t too far from the stage, on the flat, but a 12-foot-tall woman was sat in front of me which was very annoying. Tall people should be made to sit or stand at the back, and tickets should be issued on a height-proximity-to-stage basis! Large numbers of old people in the crowd, I age-istly noted (some of them must have been, ooh pushing 50, I guess, speaking now as someone who pushed 50 some time ago!). Not the most exciting concert I’d been to, but it was “certainly the largest collection of classic songs you’ll ever see this century” as Paul ran through Beatles classics, and fab solo Macca grooves, with revolving platforms for Paul and for the now-much-missed Linda, some 60’s psychedelic backdrop videos and some nostalgic eye-moistening from me over 2 and a half hours.

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

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

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

My 1984 Charts – December

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster


4th December 1984

2 weeks on top for Frankie, as Band Aid debut from out of nowhere really, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organising the world-famous charity christmas record, about to become the UK’s biggest-selling single, pretty much overnight, convincing the biggest stars to turn up on the day. Still the best charity record, still the best version, and the money raised through this and Live Aid really did save lives in famine-stricken Ethiopa. Cynics whinge about pop stars doing stuff like this. Cynics of course doing f*ck-all themselves to help needy people, just slagging-off anyone with good intentions. The only ones in a position to criticise are those who DO actually work for charity organisations, or spend their voluntary time to do what they can, the rest are just mealy-mouthed hypocrites who can just go f*ck themselves. 30 years on and the record still makes the UK charts every year. So there!

In at 5, overshadowed, but it’s The Beatles and a record I bought in 1976 and was mad on: I Feel Fine was the single where The Beatles really started to experiment with sounds, and the songs started to become more sophisticated – still melodic, still love songs, but sounding more adult. 20 years old at the time, it’s breath-taking to me (cos I remember seeing them on TV at the time) to realise this is now 50 years old. Gulp! It also nicely keeps Paul McCartney’s frog chorus out of the top 5, is that irony or just me being realistic? Alvin Stardust gets his 6th top 10, Nik Kershaw his 3rd, and Madonna ponts on up to 12 from 66, cavorting most unlike a virgin. 30 years on as I write, and she’s topping my charts for the 20th time with Ghosttown. Not bad for a disposable dancepopstar, as she appeared to be at the time.

Big climbs for Kool And The Gang, Shaky (!), Dead Or Alive, The Cars and Strawberry Switchblade, with a high new entry for 1982 single The Voice, from The Moody Blues – saw them do it live 2013, and still fab. 14 years of hits. At 59, Ave Maria gets the Indian treatment, an unusual crossing of genres for an extended dance track, while at 66 Tears For Fears are back with a Shout! A fantastic record, and the video is SO appropriate to my life as it was filmed in and around scenic Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where I was working surveying roads, including the one running down to the cove. There be fossils in them thar cliffs, they be, as a local might (or might not) say. At 68 it’s a quick 3 out of 3 for Alison Moyet with the excellent Invisible, as other pop stars enter with more forgettable tracks.

1 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
3 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
4 ( 2 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
6 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
7 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
8 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
10 ( 11 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

11 ( 4 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
12 ( 66 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 9 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
14 ( 6 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
15 ( 10 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
16 ( 25 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
17 ( 23 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
19 ( 8 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
20 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club

21 ( 17 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
22 ( 75 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
23 ( 13 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 15 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 21 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( NEW ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
27 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
28 ( 22 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
29 ( 35 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
30 ( 38 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner

31 ( 14 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
32 ( 57 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 19 ) FREEDOM Wham!
34 ( 20 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
35 ( 46 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
36 ( 54 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 64 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
38 ( 26 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
39 ( 32 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
40 ( 31 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 28 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
42 ( 29 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
43 ( 30 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
44 ( 44 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
45 ( 33 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
46 ( 73 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
47 ( 41 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
48 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 37 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
50 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 34 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
53 ( 59 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
54 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
55 ( 40 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
56 ( 51 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
57 ( NEW ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
58 ( 36 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
59 ( NEW ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 53 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) RIDDLE ME UB40
62 ( 63 ) BODY The Jacksons
63 ( 52 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
64 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
65 ( 60 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( NEW ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
67 ( 58 ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
68 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
69 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 65 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson
73 ( 47 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
74 ( NEW ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

TV:
1. Star Trek: Errand Of Mercy
2. Hill Street Blues
3. Logan’s Run: film
4. Tenko
5. The Phil Silvers
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. MASH
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Carry On Camping: film
10. Soap
11. The Rockford Files
12. The Avengers
13. The Addams Family
14. Dungeons And Dragons
15. Hardcastle and McKormick


At work, had an argument with Boss-man about flying saucers (!) – maybe it was that sparking a setback for me, but I fell into a depression of sorts again in the evening for the whole week. Bob helped, as we bantered quite a bit at work. On TV the Band Aid video debuted, Friday lunch was the pub at Anstey (The Fox) where Boss-man tried to convince me Bob had spiked my coke. Arse. Bob assured me he wouldn’t (and he wouldn’t I can say now with some confidence after 30 years of friendship) it was just an attempt to stop us getting on so well by the boss cos he was an arse. I ended the week still very down, mood-wise.


11th December 1984

Band Aid get to number one with their christmas perennial, and guess what? The record it famously held at 2, the biggest-selling record never to top the UK charts, Last Christmas is new at 9, Wham!’s 6th top 10, and George’s 7th, and clearly his best record to date, it just punched all the right christmas buttons, had a fab tune, and George and Andrew donated profits to the Band Aid charity too.

The Beatles hit 3, not bad for a 20-year-old track, and I Feel Fine about it! Madonna gets her second top 10, after Holiday, it’s Like A Virgin. Touched for the very first time, indeed. Bob Marley’s 4-year-old Top 10 hit bounces back at 17, the great Could You Be Loved, as Alison Moyet makes it 3 in a row inside the 20, Invisible up 49 places to 19. Spandau are Round And Round, inoffensively at 39, and a host of christmas songs (yes actual NEW ones, no oldies!) drop in, one of them once upon a time a perennial xmas regular, and now banished forever: yes it must be Gary Glitter and the jolly Another Rock And Roll Christmas at 72, overshadowed for the moment by Queen’s middling try at a christmas song, and forgotten ones from Alvin Stardust and Captain Sensible.

The Stranglers are back, so is Ian McCulloch for the moment ex-of the Bunnymen, with September Song, Kurt Weil’s 1930’s standard. At 46, The Thompson Twins Lay Your Hands On Me is one of their not bad hits, while Prince’s brilliant Purple Rain track, I Would Die For U is in at 48, the 4th track to chart despite only 2 singles being released to date (and of course no youtube video for anything Prince-related). Bowie and Lennon (Julian) return with lesser follow-ups, and ditto Big Country and Stevie Wonder.

1 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
2 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 5 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
5 ( 6 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
6 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
7 ( 4 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
8 ( 10 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
10 ( 11 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan

11 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
12 ( 8 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
13 ( 22 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
14 ( 9 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
15 ( 17 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
16 ( 14 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
17 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 20 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
19 ( 68 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
20 ( 15 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

21 ( 13 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
22 ( 29 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
23 ( 26 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
24 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
25 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( 21 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
27 ( 16 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
28 ( 32 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 19 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
30 ( 37 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
32 ( 35 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
33 ( 28 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
34 ( 30 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 23 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 66 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
38 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
39 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
40 ( 39 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond

41 ( 34 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 33 ) FREEDOM Wham!
44 ( 52 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
45 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
46 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
47 ( 40 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
48 ( NEW ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
50 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 45 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
52 ( 31 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
53 ( 38 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
54 ( 57 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
55 ( NEW ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( NEW ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
57 ( NEW ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
58 ( 56 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
59 ( 59 ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 71 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination

61 ( 54 ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
62 ( NEW ) TONIGHT David Bowie
63 ( 41 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
64 ( NEW ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
65 ( 60 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
67 ( 74 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
68 ( 43 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
69 ( NEW ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 65 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( NEW ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
73 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
74 ( 61 ) RIDDLE ME UB40
75 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

1. Tenko
2. Star Trek: The Alternative Factor
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Monday)
4. Fame: film
5. MASH
6. Hill Street Blues
7. The Phil Silvers Show
8. Rising Damp
9. The Addams Family
10. The Betty White Show
11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (wed)
12. Top Of The Pops
13. Soap
14. The Rockford Files
15. Entertainment USA


At work, my young car share driver was back following her dad’s suicide, and tried to help her talking about her terrible year: as bad as 1984 was for me, it was worse for her. Surveying the lovely hilly countryside at Bulbarro again, and a little more optimistic than the previous week moodwise. The boss took one of my light-hearted banter lunchtimes with Bob the wrong way and got nasty. Mum and dad were suffering from overwork and illness, looking tired. I had a dream about meeting Paul and Linda McCartney and getting an autograph! Well I hardly ever dream about celebrities, but if you gonna do it, may as well go for the top…! This weekend , went to Southampton, looking for music computers with ambitions to have a go at making demos. Optimist!


Thursday 6th December: Nik Kershaw at The BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), live in concert.

Went with Bob, and we marvelled at all the wacky haircuts in the audience, we felt well out of place and old, being over 21 as we were (but not by much) – but these days I’m glad we didn’t go the Flock Of Seagulls hair-gel route for the sake of old 80’s photos. The support band were Scary Thieves (impressive but lacked songs), but Nik got the girls screaming as he strode on, affable always, themed around the “excellent” (I noted) current hit The Riddle. Also good were Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and album track Bogart, which should have been a single. Some lesser tracks were a bit samey, or else it may have the back-ache developing from standing in the same position for so long – one of those “standing-concert” things you put up with, though happily less of a problem (very oddly) as I got older. Rating: “a nice change but not a classic gig” . Nik was in Christchurch the other month (2014) doing great low-key gigs by accounts I’ve heard from a friend who went. I saw Nik again in 1989, supporting Elton John.


18th December 1984

Wham! get their first number one, the christmas classic Last Christmas knocking off Band Aid, and being chased by an 11-years-old 4th-time-round christmas classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday from Wizzard new in at 2, having previously topped my chart in 1973, 1974, and 1981. You can’t have Wizzard without Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, of course, in at 15 and charting for the 5th time, and yet to top the chart, Slade of course on a roll in 1984 with two top 10’s already. Wham! it should be remembered, was new, and George had already had a solo number one, and the other side of the double A side was hardly getting any airplay at all – Everything She Wants was completely overshadowed by Last Christmas.

Alison Moyet gets a 2nd solo top 10, and her 5th including Yazoo, Tears For Fears shout up into the 20 for the 4th time, Gary Glitter joins the xmas festivities rock and rolling for the 2nd-time in 1984, and umpteenth since his first hit the brilliant Rock And Roll Part 2 (on which he doesn’t actually sing) in 1972. The fab Strawberry Switchblade go top 40, as Dead Or Alive shock drop out of the 40 (it’ll be back!), and new entries come from Z.Z. Top’s Sharp Dressed Man, back after sneaking briefly in a year earlier, at a much more assertive 28, and just ahead of a bonafide rock ballad classic from Foreigner, 6 years after a decent run of 70’s rock singles, the gospel-tinged I Want To Know What Love Is.

Bronski Beat cover Gershwin, very bizarrely for a pop hit, but nicely, cos It Ain’t Necessarily So at 36. Bobby G, of Bucks Fizz, sings a TV show theme into 46th slot. Kim Wilde is touched at 60, hey, so is Madonna up to 5 for the very first time. Sal Solo, ex-Classix Nouveau singer is back with the good San Damiano, and Pat Benatar is back with We Belong, another decent single from her.

1 ( 9 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 1 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
4 ( 5 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
5 ( 6 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
6 ( 2 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 4 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
8 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( 7 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
10 ( 19 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

11 ( 3 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
13 ( 17 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 37 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
15 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
16 ( 11 ) LOUISE Human League
17 ( 10 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 14 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
20 ( 72 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

21 ( 15 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
22 ( 16 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
23 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 18 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
25 ( 20 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
26 ( 28 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
27 ( 21 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
28 ( NEW ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
29 ( NEW ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
30 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 46 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
33 ( 39 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
34 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 26 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
36 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
37 ( 22 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
38 ( 45 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
39 ( 49 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
40 ( 33 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

41 ( 23 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
42 ( 57 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
43 ( 31 ) DRIVE The Cars
44 ( 66 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
45 ( 24 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
46 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
47 ( 27 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
48 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 29 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
50 ( 62 ) TONIGHT David Bowie

51 ( 32 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
52 ( 56 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
53 ( 40 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
54 ( 35 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( 64 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
57 ( 44 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 69 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
59 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
60 ( NEW ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

61 ( 38 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 47 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
63 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
64 ( NEW ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
65 ( 67 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
66 ( 73 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
67 ( NEW ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
68 ( 58 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
69 ( 51 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
70 ( RE ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior

71 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
73 ( 75 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
75 ( 41 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

1. Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever
2. Tenko
3. MASH
4. Hill Street Blues
5. The Phil Silvers Show
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Carry On…Don’t Lose Your Head
8. Murder By Death: film
9. The Addams Family
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Rising Damp
12. Terrahawks
13. Soap
14. Entertainment USA
15. The Rockford Files

On TV Star Trek still topping my weeklies lists, but this is THE Star Trek, the greatest episode, and the one that regularly featured in Cult TV Greatest Episodes of TV Shows lists, City On The Edge Of Forever, written by Harlan Ellison, a time-travel tragic love story starring Joan Collins, who was never better, and rather young-looking! Certainly a candidate still for my most-favoritist-episode-ever..
Also, the award-winning Chuckles The Clown hilarious episode of Mary Tyler Moore Show was on, Mary finds the unusual death of TV show work colleague Chuckles The Clown dressed as a peanut, killed by an elephant trying to shell him, not funny – till the funeral. Watch it! Also the final episode of the generally great Tenko, as the survivors leave the prison camp for home.

At work, I got exasperated at the torturously slow speed colleagues worked at (I just took to computers right away and have a good memory) but especially He Who Be In Charge. To brighten up my day, the van broke down which oddly cheered me up and tickled my funny bone to the annoyance of the other 2 – I was nominated to stay stuck on cold country roads with the van while they walked to Sturminster Newton. An hour later, nothing. So I got the van jerkily jumping sort-of working and rolled down the road till I found them and parked it in a pub car park. Much more civil place to wait for the garage man to arrive at 7.15, home by 8pm. The next day, my car-share driver nearly hit a car on a roundabout, still driving fast, and now on anti-depressants. I was not comfortable with the situation at all. At work, Paul downloaded our data to Dorchester via phone line and commented “I’m still waiting for my print-outs to arrive”. “Never mind,” I quipped “some day your prints will come.” Snow White? No? Please yourself, I thought it was funny!

On the news, the shock news of a coach crash which had left Mike Nolan of Bucks Fizz in critical condition with head injuries, when he hadn’t seemed that seriously injured earlier (along with Jay Aston, he’d gone through the windscreen). Touch and go for a few days, he recovered but was left with problems from hereon, and Bucks Fizz were never quite the unit they were again. Xmas shopping, and then new movie Dune at the cinema – visually stunning, good cast, characters lacking. I was not a fan of the actor (hero) Kyle MachLachlan, rather ironically given his future era-defining (and also David Lynch creation) TV series Twin Peaks. I saw it as a flawed film, as you don’t develop any love of the thinly defined characters. Next up, straight into the Ghostbusters film! The kids in the audience really got into it, I enjoyed it, some good gags and special effects, engaging cast,: rating: “good, well-made fun” but “maybe not classic stuff” but preferred it to Dune.

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25th December 1984

Wizzard take everyday Christmas wishing to the top for the 3rd time, and just to make the top 10 look like it’s Christmas 1973 again even more, Slade are at 10, Gary Glitter leaps to 7, and Paul McCartney is at 3 (both of them on the friday pub lunch jukebox at work in Anstey). To keep it all very festive, a bunch of christmas songs make the top 40 (none of them that great to be honest, at best OK), while forgotten naughty oddity I’m A Little Christmas Cracker whimsically bounces in for some alleged Czecks – it’s a pun. It’s actually quite sweet if you ignore the double-entendres, or amusing if you don’t.

Tears For Fears hit the 10, and Ashford and Simpson return with a solid record a few weeks after a short run, and hit a new height at 29. Seeing the movie obviously boosts Ghostbusters as it returns to the top 40 after dropping out my charts entirely, and Toto are also back again with Stranger In Town. The highest actual new record is The Adventures, as always still the bridesmaids of the UK charts, never the brides, with the good Send My Heart. Sal Solo brings some Latin christian cheer to the top 40, as The Toy Dolls update an early childhood toon: Nellie The Elephant was fondly remembered by those of who were first aware of music in the 60’s, so this stomping version was a bit of a larf. At least for the first few plays.

The Council Collective do some electioneering at 50, courtesy largely of Paul Weller and mates like Jimmy Ruffin, Junior, and missus Dee C. Lee. The Labour Party political party broadcast was OK, but it’s hard to see any current pop or rock stars doing a star-studded mini-gathering for, errr, ANY current political parties, except perhaps the SNP. This Island Earth go up a few places, a forgotten decent pop song that never really made it, sadly, and very very 1984-sounding.

On TV it’s a christmas bonanza of classic fave movies, recent and old, dotted about with some pop music shows (TOTP of course) and the final-ever episode of MASH, double-length and one of the biggest-ever non-sporting viewer ratings of all-time in the USA. It was a sad day when MASH ended, and the final episode was more disturbing than celebrating, but it had lasted 9 years longer than the actual Korean War did!

1 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
3 ( 4 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
4 ( 3 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 7 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
6 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 20 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
8 ( 5 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 14 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
10 ( 15 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

11 ( 10 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
13 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 9 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
15 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
16 ( 12 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
17 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
19 ( 11 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
20 ( 29 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner

21 ( 16 ) LOUISE Human League
22 ( 18 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
23 ( 19 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
24 ( 26 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
25 ( 28 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
26 ( 39 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
27 ( 33 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
28 ( 25 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
29 ( RE ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
30 ( 22 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

31 ( 70 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 36 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
33 ( 67 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
34 ( 21 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
35 ( RE ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
36 ( 64 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
37 ( 44 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( NEW ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
39 ( 42 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
40 ( 52 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust

41 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
42 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
43 ( 46 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
44 ( 32 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
45 ( 66 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
46 ( 35 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
47 ( 60 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
48 ( 38 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
50 ( NEW ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective

51 ( 41 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
52 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
53 ( 65 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 43 ) DRIVE The Cars
55 ( 56 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
56 ( 40 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
57 ( 58 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
58 ( 37 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
59 ( 53 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince

61 ( 47 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
62 ( 45 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
63 ( 59 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 72 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
66 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
67 ( 50 ) TONIGHT David Bowie
68 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
69 ( 74 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
70 ( 68 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( 62 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
73 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( 49 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode

TV

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark: film
2. Airplane: film
3. MASH – Goodbye Farewell and Amen
4. The Man With The Golden Gun: film
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Some LIke It Hot: film
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Wogan
9. The Best/ Worst of Entertainment USA
10. Star Wars to Jedi
11. Mary Poppins: film
12. Porridge
13. Pop Quiz
14. Dallas
15. Hi De Hi


At work had an argument with Him over the north/south divide (these things are still facts in the UK, and not really a matter of opinion – the South does much better, always has!), while my car share almost had a second accident driving far too fast. “Watch out!” I cried, and she carried on speeding. “I’ll be a nervous wreck if I don’t get my own transport” I noted. Next morning, talk about prophetic: she finally hit another vehicle, 70mph hitting a tractor moving into the fast lane of the dual carriageway. She just didn’t see it. I was breathless gasping with disbelief and couldn’t get a word out in warning, how on Earth anyone could NOT see two tractors indicating to pull out (granted they shouldn’t have till it was clear, but she assumed they were going past a bike!) and still keep on going before slamming the break on violently at the last minute so my side of the car was gouged by a tractor and the front wheel crushed! I tell you it was my first lesson (but not my last, sadly) on just how many people there are on the roads determined to do me (and others) in. I also learnt to trust my own instincts when it comes to people…

She cried a lot, the tractor driver actually knew her and changed her car wheel, she didn’t exchange details, I suggested she go home rather than drive to work in her current state, where she was very upset on the phone to work. I made her a cup of tea to try and calm her down, I was oddly calm throughout, and arranged to get picked up in the works van on it’s way on site, on my walk home I finally got a bit shaky about it all, but was also rather relieved that it wasn’t serious: “she had to have an accident sooner or later…” I decided I needed a moped/motorbike soonish. Bob and boss were sympathetic, and next morning she drove more like a normal driver, hooray! The other surveying team team had disappeared, though, with no info on whereabouts when asked by the Big Boss in Dorchester. This caused a major team blow-out in the afternoon, acrimony much! Seems they felt they didn’t need to keep colleagues up to date on whereabouts, bit of a health and safety issue at the least, hey ho, I was a bit more blase about stuff given the events of the previous day, though saw the Boss’ viewpoint as the right one, which he appreciated and was quite nice for a few days.

Saturday, off to Mansfield with mum, dad and the cat for christmas with my brother’s family, and seeing everybody after our 10 months away, both dad’s family, and sister-in-law’s family, before settling down in coal-mining Blidworth where they lived, coal fire, cold and damp house like going back “to the Dark Ages of Liverpool in the 60’s. No wonder they like to stay in Poole.” Niece, I noted, was very active, quick on her feet and clever (15 months old). She, of course, interrupted sleep later on – it became a bit of a habit for oooh the next 5 or 6 years! Christmas Eve? Christmas Day? Shopping madness in jampacked town, sat about smelling watching TV (no hot water bathroom facilities), off to grandparents again, and Aunty’s. Christmas prezzies with toddler Vicki all excited next morning, dinner, and then big movies on TV after christmas Top Of The Pops. And relax….