My May 1986 Charts

5th May 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYIST OLDIES

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

 

13th May 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

20th May 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYLIST OLDIES THIS WEEK IN 1986

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

 

27th May 1986

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


12th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


19th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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26th February 1980

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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