My 1995 Charts – August

6th August 1995

So what was happening in my charts in the summer of 95? 2 weeks on top, the Deuce you say! On The Bible I will swear! That leaves a nice top 10 climb for the AIDS lament classic, Waterfalls, almost as sad and beautiful as the Boy George Il Adore. Marc Almond gets a second top 10 solo in a row as he was a bit of an Idol, Soul II Soul have Love Enuff to go top 10 as well, a nice groove, but not one I actually recalled until I Youtubed it. Oops!

Julian Cope Try tries again and is rewarded with a huge leap to 13, 14 years after the mighty Teardrop Explodes Reward debuted, Michael Jackson’s R. Kelly song also rockets to 15, though these days I’m not fussed about You Are Not Alone. Highest new entry? You Oughta Know! Yes, that bitterly angry woman-scorned classic from that classic album Jagged Little Pill, and Alanis Morissette arrives with a bang at 20.

Not far behind, the tender bluegrass cover of Baby Now That I’ve Found, The Foundations 1967 classic, enters at 22 and a debut for Alison Krauss who made me love Country Music again after falling out with it during the country-rock years dominated by Garth Brooks. She’s back in my current charts with 2 covers of a similar style as I type in April 2017, 22 years on.

Michelle Gayle has a big leap, obviously Happy Just To Be With You, at 23, while Suggs’ Beatles cover and Black Grape both go top 40. Blue Monday proves you can never chart enough times as New Order return remixed yet again, The Connells fab 74-75 returns after a week away, and Matt Goss gets a solo new entry, Bros no more.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 4 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
3 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 2 ) IL ADORE Boy George
5 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
7 ( 12 ) WATERFALLS TLC
8 ( 15 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
9 ( 10 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
10 ( 16 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul

11 ( 6 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 8 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 46 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
14 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 57 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
17 ( 9 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
18 ( 17 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
19 ( 20 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( NEW ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

21 ( 13 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
22 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
23 ( 72 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
24 ( 27 ) TONGUE REM
25 ( 21 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
26 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 22 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
28 ( 18 ) FINE TIME Cast
29 ( 31 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 19 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
32 ( 38 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
33 ( 24 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
34 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
35 ( 41 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( 29 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
37 ( NEW ) KEEP WARM Jinny
38 ( 25 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
39 ( 74 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
40 ( 59 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

41 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
42 ( NEW ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
44 ( 40 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
45 ( 49 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
46 ( 48 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 32 ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
48 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
49 ( 36 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
50 ( 35 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka

51 ( 47 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( RE ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
53 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
54 ( 51 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
55 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 68 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
57 ( 39 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
58 ( 42 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
59 ( 43 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
60 ( 69 ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

61 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
62 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 56 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
64 ( 45 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
65 ( NEW ) EVIDENCE Faith No More
66 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
69 ( 64 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
70 ( NEW ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 60 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
73 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
75 ( NEW ) THE KEY Matt Goss

13th August 1995

What the Deuce! 3 weeks on top, holding off a host of mid-90’s classics from the top spot. Hey ho, it’s a great pop record, honest! Madonna just misses adding to her growing batch of chart-toppers and has to be content with equalling Into The Groove at 2. TLC are up to 3 with their brilliant track, Take That grab a 4th top 5, and Alanis Morissette does what she failed to do in the UK & US charts (I think) and go top 5 almost immediately with that vitriolic masterpiece. Julian Cope has another top 10 14 years after his Teardrop Explodes first, and one-hit wonders The Connells shoot up 42 places to 10 with the nostalgic and lovely 74-75. I was juuuust the right age for the nostalgia-fest at the time, a bit like (for example) someone getting all misty-eyed for the music scene of 96-97 back when they were 16 or 17 years old.

In at 19, highest new entry is a fun track, as Blair explains – NOT Tony I must say with relief. Black Grape shoot up to the top 20, The Levellers rocket into the 30, and there’s something moist at 25. Just Youtubing it, as it’s all a little hazy having not heard it for 22 years. Ahhh, likeable grunge. No, not an oxymoron! Morten harket goes solo from a-ha and gets a very good ballad new into the 40, a decade on from Take On Me, while also new The Shamen, and Ali Campbell sounding uncannily like a UB40 reggae cover hit 15 years after they debuted – it’s not as good as The Pioneers original though.

Danielle Brisboix never made it, sadly, as she was good, in at 43, Utah Saints sneak in with one I’ve forgotten, Ohio, and Ash debut with that Girl From Mars.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 6 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
3 ( 7 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 9 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 20 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
6 ( 2 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
7 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 13 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
10 ( 52 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells

11 ( 4 ) IL ADORE Boy George
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
14 ( 23 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
15 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 22 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 10 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
18 ( 8 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
19 ( NEW ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
20 ( 39 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( 68 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
23 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King
24 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
25 ( NEW ) PUSH Moist
26 ( 21 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
27 ( 17 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
28 ( 18 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
29 ( 40 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
32 ( 37 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
34 ( 27 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
35 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( NEW ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 28 ) FINE TIME Cast
38 ( 25 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
39 ( 45 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
40 ( NEW ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell

41 ( 24 ) TONGUE REM
42 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( NEW ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
44 ( NEW ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
45 ( 29 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 70 ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz
48 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
49 ( 74 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
50 ( 33 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

51 ( 31 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( NEW ) LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet
53 ( 48 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
54 ( 75 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
55 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
56 ( 38 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
57 ( 54 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
58 ( 50 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
59 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
60 ( 49 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp

61 ( 44 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
62 ( 36 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
63 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 34 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
66 ( NEW ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 41 ) STARS Dubstar
70 ( 58 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 63 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
73 ( 72 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
74 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( NEW ) OHIO Utah Saints

20th August 1995

A genuine 90’s social-commentary r’n’b classic gives TLC a number one, deservedly, as Michelle Gayle takes a touch of Eastenders into the top 5. Donna Summer is remixed (again) and is back in at 7, keeping up I Feel Love’s regular appearances in the top 10 each decade – but the 1977 original remains the breath-taking groundbreaking and influential classic. Moist push their way into the 10, and Blur at last take a Country House leap into the 20, leap-frogging Oasis, much as they did in the UK singles chart.

Smokie’s 70’s goodie (Living Next Door To Alice) a Chinn-Chapman song and production (originally for New World in 1972, but also for Smokie in 1976), is massacred by a crude comic, but has enough of the original in it to merit (that may not be the right word) an entry at 30. It’s awful. Stick to the charming original. Prince’s band in at 33, Matt Goss into the 40, The Original enters surprisingly low for a good record, Chaka Khan extends her chart run to 21 years, and Rod Stewart to 24 years, but neither of these tracks rings a bell to me, being as I havent heard them for 20 years.

Squeeze are back in the chart with This Summer, one of their very best singles 17 years into their career (and that also applies to 2016, when they topped my chart finally after 37 years of just missing out). Lloyd Cole is still sneaking in some 11 years on, and CJ Lewis’ surprisingly long run of reggae chart entries for a short period of time (on here at least) is running out of steam with diminishing returns.

1 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS TLC
2 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 2 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
4 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 14 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
6 ( 7 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
7 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
8 ( 10 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
9 ( 25 ) PUSH Moist
10 ( 5 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

11 ( 9 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 19 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
14 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
15 ( 6 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
16 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 22 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
18 ( 39 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
19 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
20 ( 13 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) IL ADORE Boy George
23 ( 17 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
24 ( 36 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
25 ( 29 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
26 ( 40 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( 18 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
28 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 20 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
30 ( NEW ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git

31 ( 23 ) SHY GUY Diana King
32 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
34 ( 43 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
35 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
36 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe
37 ( 27 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
38 ( 26 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
39 ( 48 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
40 ( 54 ) THE KEY Matt Goss

41 ( 28 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
42 ( 34 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
43 ( 31 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
44 ( 37 ) FINE TIME Cast
45 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 38 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
47 ( NEW ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( NEW ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
49 ( 33 ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
50 ( NEW ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart

51 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
52 ( 24 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
53 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
54 ( 66 ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
55 ( 60 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
56 ( 53 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
57 ( 44 ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
58 ( NEW ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
59 ( 55 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
60 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Shiva

61 ( 57 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
62 ( NEW ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole
63 ( 59 ) SKY HIGH Newton
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 58 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
66 ( NEW ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 49 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
70 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( NEW ) SON OF A GUN JX
72 ( 74 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
75 ( NEW ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

27th August 1995

One of those chart-toppers I haven’t heard in years from Michelle Gayle, it was a decent popfunk single but in retrospect most of the rest of the top 10 would have been a better choice, hey ho, that’s what I liked best that week, prob the 70’s vibes had me going all nostalgic. Highest new entry is Simply Red’s best single, by far, the superb Fairground, not least thanks to the backbone sample from Goodmen’s Give It Up, while Blur at last make the top 10 with a Blur song that took a while to grow on me – and not one they rate themselves.

In at 18, and Mariah Carey at her peak at this time, courtesy of a Tom Tom Club-sampling Fantasy, it was pretty much all downhill after this, bar the odd return to a bit of quality. Squeeze have a massive climb into the 20 with the gorgeous This Summer 17 years since they first went top 20 with Take Me I’m Yours, probably still their best record, though this one came close. In at 27, and Diana Ross is back with Take Me Higher, one I’d forgotten, but nice to see Ms Ross still charting some 27 years since she first appeared in my charts (the epic Love Child) and 31 years since I first would have charted her (Baby Love was a childhood fave in ’64).

2 When I Think Of You’s side by side at 31 and 32, Janet J’s remix of her fab 1986 track entering, as The Charlatans pop in, and Hootie & The Blowfish are back with their best track at 50. Yes the whole world went Hootie mad (except the UK) in 1995, and they were paid the ultimate belated “compliment” by featuring around a Friends episode (a concert ticket). Co-incidentally the Friends theme tune is also in at 70. These days Hootie is not a band to throw around if you want 90’s street-cred. Happily I’ve never felt the need to have street-cred, and they were OK – if vastly over-rated in the States.

1 ( 5 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
2 ( 7 ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
3 ( 1 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
5 ( 3 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
7 ( NEW ) FAIRGROUND Simply Red
8 ( 14 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
9 ( 10 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
10 ( 13 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair

11 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
12 ( 6 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
14 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
15 ( 18 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
16 ( 9 ) PUSH Moist
17 ( 30 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git
18 ( NEW ) FANTASY Mariah Carey
19 ( 58 ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
20 ( 25 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

21 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
22 ( 20 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
23 ( 15 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
24 ( 11 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
25 ( 34 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
26 ( 26 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HIGHER Diana Ross
28 ( 28 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 17 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
30 ( 36 ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe

31 ( 53 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
32 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX) Janet Jackson
33 ( 21 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
34 ( 22 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 23 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
36 ( 24 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 31 ) SHY GUY Diana King
38 ( RE ) OHIO Utah Saints
39 ( 48 ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
40 ( 75 ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

41 ( 40 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
42 ( 37 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
43 ( 38 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
44 ( NEW ) JUST WHEN YOU’RE THINKING THINGS OVER The Charlatans
45 ( 43 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
46 ( 42 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
47 ( 47 ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( 27 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
49 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY Clock
50 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Hootie & The Blowfish

51 ( 29 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
52 ( 33 ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
53 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
54 ( 35 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 44 ) FINE TIME Cast
56 ( 66 ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
57 ( 41 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
58 ( 39 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
59 ( 56 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
60 ( 62 ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole

61 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
62 ( 61 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
63 ( 59 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 46 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
66 ( 55 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH Shara Nelson
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
70 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU The Rembrandts

71 ( 50 ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart
72 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 73 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 63 ) SKY HIGH Newton
75 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

Because I can, here’s a new feature: the tracks that dropped out of my charts in August 1995 with highest position, weeks on chart and my “sales” attached.

A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket 33 2 29800
TRY ME OUT Corona 35 5 70750
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South 14 4 88500
GIRL FROM MARS Ash 54 2 17800
WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown 44 2 23650
FREEDOM Shiva 60 1 10000
RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka 7 12 314200
HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena 49 3 23500
SON OF A GUN JX 71 1 5800
BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order 42 2 32700
TONGUE REM 24 3 51400
THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz 47 2 18500
MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest 10 9 205600
WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall 19 10 139750
LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet 52 1 11500
SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream 25 8 112350
I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF 10 9 201250
HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown 20 6 100750
YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige 32 4 49400
WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue 18 6 91450
STARS Dubstar 15 6 97550
DREAMER Livin’ Joy 3 14 352900
MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza 5 12 347250
BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant 14 12 236350
DAYS Kirsty MacColl 32 2 30300
SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People 27 9 131700
GRAPEVINE Brownstone 17 4 69000
BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics 8 12 210450
HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 60 2 16200
YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller 37 6 82450
WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock 9 8 178450
EVIDENCE Faith No More 65 1 7000
TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown 4 18 594400
I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners 10 9 223300
I GO WILD The Rolling Stones 30 4 52500
IT’S LULU Boo Radleys 53 2 18350
RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow 36 4 57400
LIVE FOREVER Oasis 20 6 88850
IF I WAS Aswad 54 2 18500
(EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D 17 12 199250
HAPPY MN8 37 4 43250
JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts 70 1 6000
TAKE A BOW Madonna 1 37 1474550

My July 1990 Charts

2nd July 1995

It’s a surprise chart topper from UB40’s Ali Campbell, in duet with Pamela Starks, doing what UB40 never did – go higher than 2 in my chart, despite many tracks better than this one. That said this is a sweet enough duet and song, mellow reggae lovers rock, well almost – it’s more mellow dance than mellow reggae. Up to 4, The Jayhawks version of Grand Funk’s Bad Time way outdoes the original, and ditto Clock’s version of Tag Team’s Whoomp, up to 9. One I’d forgotten I liked so much! At 10, Deep Forest get another top 10, but not rainforest this time, more Eastern European traditional music with a new age dance shuffle.

A huge leap into the 20 for A.D.A.M. and Amy – no I don’t know they are either, I’ll just google. Ah, still no idea, but it’s a dance cover of the Cranberries Zombie, a song I wasn’t that fond of in it’s original version. Hey ho. A better record is at 18 for Menswear, Daydreamer leaping, as the highest new entry at 23 is a wonderful emotional ballad from Boy George, Il Adore, 13 years since his debut in Culture Club. For anyone thinking there aren’t enough cover versions in my chart already, well you’re in luck, Tippa Irie has done The Bee Gees Stayin’ Alive and pops in at 29. It’s not in the same league. Supergrass’ Alright, however is fab, still sounds great and hits the 40, along with Bon Jovi (meh), Haddaway (meh), Wet Wet Wet (meh) and Shaggy doing Mungo Jerry (s’OK), and new entries for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl carrying on the Nirvana torch with a Call, Blondie get remixed as Heart Of Glass returns 16 years after topping my chart, and Ultimate Kaos also enter, Right Here.

Outside the 40, Gary Moore does a blues cover of a song Fleetwood Mac covered, a 50’s Little Willie John blues classic, I Need Your Love So Bad, while at 57 Bjork covers an obscure B side from 1951 by American movie musical star Betty Hutton, and she does it musical stylee, in total contrast to her body of work before and since – and gets a bonafide crossover pop hit still good for a singalong. It’s Oh So Quiet is fun, and the video is great. Which leaves an actual (gasp!) new song from Paul Weller, You Do Something To Me, at 60, a nice love song, and a fair ways away from The Jam circa 1977!

1 ( 3 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
2 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
3 ( 2 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
4 ( 20 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
5 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
6 ( 4 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
7 ( 12 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
8 ( 6 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
9 ( 37 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 18 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

11 ( 10 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
13 ( 8 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
14 ( 7 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
15 ( 19 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 15 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
17 ( 72 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
18 ( 38 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
19 ( 21 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
20 ( 17 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John

21 ( 9 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
22 ( 11 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
23 ( NEW ) IL ADORE Boy George
24 ( 14 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
25 ( 56 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
26 ( 40 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
27 ( 13 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( 22 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
29 ( NEW ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 44 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi

31 ( 24 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
32 ( 27 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
33 ( NEW ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
34 ( 36 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
35 ( 32 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
36 ( NEW ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
37 ( NEW ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
38 ( 50 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
39 ( 51 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy
40 ( 45 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 31 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
42 ( 41 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
43 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
44 ( 26 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
45 ( 30 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
46 ( 29 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 70 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
48 ( 33 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 25 ) LOVE WILL TEAR US APART Joy Division
50 ( 39 ) CHAINS Tina Arena

51 ( 28 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( 42 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
53 ( 34 ) WE’VE ONLY JUST BEGUN Bitty McLean
54 ( 35 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
55 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Gary Moore
56 ( 43 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
57 ( NEW ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( 46 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
59 ( 71 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
60 ( NEW ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 58 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 52 ) BUDDY HOLLY Weezer
65 ( 54 ) WHATEVER Oasis
66 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
67 ( 68 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 67 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
69 ( 74 ) NOW I’VE FOUND YOU Sean Maguire
70 ( 64 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna

71 ( 48 ) I BELIEVE Blessid Union Of Souls
72 ( 57 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
73 ( 55 ) EVERYDAY Incognito
74 ( 49 ) SELF ESTEEM The Offspring
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Yes, this week I saw Jim Kerr and mates in concert, it was a good gig, though obviously he must have missed out some of my early faves as they don’t feature in this top 6. Normally I’d be listing Up On The Catwalk, Speed Your Love To Me, Promised You A Miracle as well…!

SIMPLE MINDS LIVE AT BOURNEMOUTH INTERNATIONAL CENTRE
1. Alive And Kicking
2. Don’t You (Forget About Me)
3. She’s A River
4. Belfast Child
5. Hypnotised
6. Sanctify Yourself

9th July 1995

The Jackson siblings are back on top for a second week, Scream about it! The Jayhawks are having a Bad Time cos they’re so close at 2 when they should have gone to 1. In at 3, Seal’s back with his rose, having hit the top 5 with it in 1994, and now is Batman powered, and Vic & Bob make the top 10 with The Monkees cover.

Supergrass and Shaggy climb into the 20, and Oasis rocket to 20 with the fabulous Live Forever. In at 22, Diana King has her shy guy in mind for a spot of classy reggae and in at 25 Bobby Brown is back humpin’ around, as you do. New at 28 is the lovely Stars from the lovely Dubstar, while Sheryl Crow is back with Run Baby Run – sadly, not the fab Newbeats 60’s single, but happily a decent ballad.

While at 58, Rednex lend a hand to some puppets – not sure who came out of it with credibility damaged, but the kids loved it! Kylie’s posing a question, where is the feeling, to which the answer is err in the previous single. I need to refresh my memory for this one (it’s a heavily remixed dancefloor buzzer )! The Rolling Stones go wild at 70, or at least as wild as they could for someone that had living the high life for 30-odd years, while Del Amitri and MN8 are back with new singles, rollin’ and happy.

1 ( 2 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 4 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( NEW ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 1 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 3 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
6 ( 5 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
7 ( 6 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
8 ( 7 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
9 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
10 ( 12 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

11 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
12 ( 8 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
13 ( 10 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 17 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
15 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
16 ( 25 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
17 ( 18 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
18 ( 13 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
19 ( 39 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
20 ( 54 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis

21 ( 14 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( NEW ) SHY GUY Diana King
23 ( 20 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
24 ( 19 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
25 ( NEW ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
26 ( 30 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
27 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
28 ( NEW ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
30 ( 37 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie

31 ( 24 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
32 ( 16 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
33 ( 21 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
34 ( 23 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 40 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
36 ( 28 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
37 ( 26 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
38 ( 31 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
39 ( 47 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
40 ( 33 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters

41 ( 22 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
42 ( 35 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
43 ( 59 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
44 ( 60 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
45 ( 32 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
46 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
47 ( 41 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
48 ( 48 ) IT’S TOO LATE Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
50 ( NEW ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

51 ( 45 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( 44 ) STAYING OUT FOR THE SUMMER ’95 Dodgy
53 ( 34 ) HOLD MY BODY TIGHT East 17
54 ( 36 ) RIGHT HERE Ultimate Kaos
55 ( 66 ) WATER RUNS DRY BoyIIMen
56 ( 38 ) FLY AWAY Haddaway
57 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork
58 ( NEW ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
59 ( 43 ) HURT SO GOOD Jimmy Somerville
60 ( RE ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 52 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
63 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
64 ( 62 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
65 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 50 ) CHAINS Tina Arena
67 ( NEW ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
68 ( 56 ) LOVE AND DEVOTION Mc Sar and The Real McCoy
69 ( 68 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

71 ( 70 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
72 ( 58 ) IF YOU LOVE ME Brownstone
73 ( NEW ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY MN8
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. HisTory – Michael Jackson
2. There’s A Ghost In My House – R. Dean Taylor
3. The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers

16th July 1995

3 weeks for the Jackson siblings on top, as the charts finally come alive, the oodles of covers dropping and bonafide great tracks entering, headed by Madonna and her fab new naughty video for Human Nature. Inventive, and somewhat flatters the track, it’s good, sultry, cool but isn’t Madonna at her very best, but good enough to enter at 7. Supergrass go top 5 with the fab Alright, Diana King takes her shy guy into the 10, and Deuce enter at 10, with their best record. That might not sound like much of a rating, given the manufactured and short-lived background of the group, but it is, in fact, a fantastic pop record.

In at 12 is one of Britpop’s forgotten successes, scousers Cast drop by again with latest single Fine Time, jangly indie melodic guitar pop – I really don’t get why they have been all-but-deleted from pop history, this is pretty good. In at 17 Brownstone also return, with something they heard through the Grapevine – not Marvin Gaye, though, it’s smooth 90‘s r’n’b. At 21, debuting, is Dana Dawson with 3 Is Family, a decent bit of souldancepop. Dana sadly died at 36 from cancer, I have just read on Wikipedia.

Kylie shoots up into the top 30, and The Lightning Seeds return with another in the string of goodies, in fact it’s Perfect at 27, a strings-tastic sweet upbeat song. D:Ream also grab another top 40 notch on their chart belt, MN8 are Happy to go top 40, ditto Paul Weller and Sheryl Crow, and in at 34 it’s the total classic TLC 90’s biggie, Waterfalls. Just an awesome, affecting, sad lament for lost loved ones, made all the more sad these days with Lisa Lopes’ death at 30 in a car accident 7 years later.

Finally, PJ Harvey is in at 55 with one of my fave tracks of hers, C’mon Billy, a spacious production (even with subtle strings) with bite and authenticity. PJ is also guesting with Duncan Stuck On You – OK I lie, it’s not Polly it’s Ant n Dec, future TV darlings – in at 59, as in at 60 it’s Sister Bliss with Oh What A World! – a Wicked Witch Of The West referencing club track from the female part of Faithless, with sassy Colette on vocals, a lady with attitude. Still sounds great, is genuinely amusing, and even I under-rated it chart-wise.

1 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
2 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
3 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
6 ( 5 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
7 ( NEW ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 7 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
9 ( 22 ) SHY GUY Diana King
10 ( NEW ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce

11 ( 6 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
12 ( NEW ) FINE TIME Cast
13 ( 8 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
14 ( 15 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
15 ( 19 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
16 ( 10 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
17 ( NEW ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
18 ( 9 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
19 ( 11 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
20 ( 25 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown

21 ( NEW ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
22 ( 14 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
23 ( 12 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
24 ( 67 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
25 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
26 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
27 ( NEW ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
28 ( 17 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
29 ( 43 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 70 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

31 ( 18 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
32 ( 24 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
33 ( 23 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
34 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS TLC
35 ( 40 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
36 ( 20 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
37 ( 74 ) HAPPY MN8
38 ( 33 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
39 ( 44 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
40 ( 50 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow

41 ( 36 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
42 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
43 ( 27 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
44 ( 31 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
45 ( 30 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
46 ( 26 ) THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG Bon Jovi
47 ( 29 ) STAYIN’ ALIVE Tippa Irie
48 ( 32 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
49 ( 46 ) SKY HIGH Newton
50 ( 57 ) IT’S OH SO QUIET Bjork

51 ( 35 ) DON’T WANNA FORGIVE ME NOW Wet Wet Wet
52 ( 42 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
53 ( 34 ) IL ADORE Boy George
54 ( 38 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
55 ( NEW ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey
56 ( 37 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
57 ( 60 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU PJ & Duncan
60 ( NEW ) OH! WHAT A WORLD Sister Bliss featuring Colette

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 41 ) FILLING UP WITH HEAVEN Human League
63 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 73 ) ROLL TO ME Del Amitri
65 ( 63 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 58 ) HANDS UP Zig & Zag featuring Rednex
68 ( 39 ) STILLNESS IN TIME Jamiroquai
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( 64 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds

71 ( 49 ) THINK OF YOU Whigfield
72 ( 71 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
73 ( 62 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove
74 ( 45 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
75 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins

Which just leaves The Rolling Stones big climb to 30, fresh from seeing them in concert at Wembley Stadium. Another one those all-day jobs to get their early to see the already-ageing 60’s legends 30 years into their 50-year touring career. Mick, of course, the great frontman, and a timeless back-catalogue to plunder for my enjoyment, notably these:

THE ROLLING STONES AT WEMBLEY

1. Honky Tonk Women
2. Satisfaction
3. Jumping Jack Flash
4. Start Me Up
5. It’s All Over Now
6. Sympathy For The Devil
7. Tumbling Dice
8. Miss You

23rd July 1995

Boy George rockets up 52 places to top spot with floptastic Il Adore, a strings-laden gorgeous and touching ballad about loss and death, specifically AIDS-related friends, which just didn’t suit the dance and Britpop times much, sadly. Anyway, it’s still lovely, one of george’s best and his 5th chart-topper (4 with Culture Club) and his first in 11 years. Deuce meanwhile are still swearing On The Bible, up to 2, and The Lightning Seeds keep those top 10 pop gem singles coming, it’s just Perfect at 6. Here’s a random massive climb: a couple of lads named PJ & Duncan are Stuck On U, as they ditch the chantalong pop for a more soulful sound, which sounds like an improvement to me, though I might suggest taking up TV hosting lads!

Cast are back in the 10, a right ol’ Fine Time, as Dana Dawson tweaks my popstress ditty tastebuds at 10, S’OK but a bit inexplicably high. Dubstar hit the 20, and highest new entry at 17 is Paninaro ’95, a Pet Shop Boys rave-era remix single of a classic 80’s B side of theirs. On the one hand I’m glad it became a single, on the other hand it’s not a patch on the brilliance of the original version, which SO should have been a single in it’s own right back in 1986/7, and which would have been a chart-topper for ages in my charts (had I allowed B sides and album tracks then). I may post the better version next time!

Kylie goes top 20 (hooray!) and TLC just miss out (Boo!), while a couple of remixes of Dusty tracks gets her a re-entry at 23, one of them a Pet Shop Boys song and Pet Shop Boys remix (Daydreaming), and again, not a patch on the original album track version which I allowed Dusty to chart at 2. In at 31 with their final version 1 Gary Barlow-written single, it’s Take That, and Never Forget that you can’t write them off (It certainly seemed like the writing was on the wall in the Robbie-less line-up: the golden rule of boybands is, first out gets the solo career, the band then split.

Marc Almond is back at 34 with a good Gary Glitter/T.Rex-styled stomping pop single, The Idol, for a sweet 14 years of top 40 entries, while lower down it’s Aswad back with a song that isn’t a Midge Ure cover, If I Was sure I’d say so, Corona pop (ha!) in, Method Man and Mary J do a job on Marvin & Tammi’s classic song, Boo Radleys shout It’s Lulu, but it isn’t, it is however, a Beatles cover for Suggs (I’m Only Sleeping) giving him a hit with a Beatles song that had never charted before, and also 16 years of hits. Which leaves a short minor mention (for now) of a gentle understated ballad about ’74 – ’75 from The Connells. It’s good, it’s catchy, and it will be back in the future as a Pan-European smash for an American band who oddly missed out in the USA.

1 ( 53 ) IL ADORE Boy George
2 ( 10 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 5 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
4 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
5 ( 1 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
6 ( 27 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
7 ( 3 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
8 ( 59 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
9 ( 12 ) FINE TIME Cast
10 ( 21 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson

11 ( 25 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 2 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
13 ( 26 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
14 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
15 ( 42 ) STARS Dubstar
16 ( 6 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
17 ( NEW ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
18 ( 24 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
19 ( 9 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( 8 ) YES McAlmont & Butler

21 ( 34 ) WATERFALLS TLC
22 ( 14 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
23 ( RE ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
24 ( 20 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
25 ( 15 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
26 ( 17 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
27 ( 13 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
28 ( 16 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
29 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
30 ( 11 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

31 ( NEW ) NEVER FORGET Take That
32 ( 18 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
33 ( 74 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( NEW ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
35 ( 31 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
36 ( 40 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
37 ( 39 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 32 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
39 ( 19 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners
40 ( 30 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones

41 ( 38 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
42 ( 37 ) HAPPY MN8
43 ( 23 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
44 ( 41 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
45 ( 22 ) ZOMBIE A.D.A.M. Featuring Amy
46 ( 36 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
47 ( 28 ) DAYDREAMER Menswear
48 ( 33 ) SCATMAN (SKI-BA-BOP-BA-DOP-BOP) Scatman John
49 ( 63 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
50 ( 55 ) C’MON BILLY PJ Harvey

51 ( 54 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
52 ( 49 ) SKY HIGH Newton
53 ( 52 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
54 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Aswad
55 ( 35 ) THIS IS A CALL Foo Fighters
56 ( 43 ) REVEREND BLACK GRAPE Black Grape
57 ( 44 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Ladysmith Black Mombazo featuring China Black
58 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
59 ( 45 ) HEART OF GLASS (REMIX) Blondie
60 ( NEW ) TRY ME OUT Corona

61 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
62 ( 48 ) A WHITER SHADE OF PALE Annie Lennox
63 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( NEW ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
65 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
66 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 57 ) BABY IT’S YOU/ I’LL FOLLOW THE SUN The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
69 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
70 ( NEW ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

71 ( 56 ) BOOM BOOM BOOM The Outhere Brothers
72 ( 75 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 72 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
74 ( 70 ) HYPNOTISED Simple Minds
75 ( 73 ) LOVE CITY GROOVE Love City Groove

30th July 1995

I like a nice bit of cheese now and again, so I proudly announce Deuce top my chart this week in 1995 with a fab OTT slab, all melodramatic and passionately tuneful. By some distance this is their best pop record, and a minor forgotten gem. On The Bible I swear it! Still in cheese mode, soon-to-be Ant & Dec hit a new chart peak of 4 – they are still stuck on u, lucky us! The Lightning Seeds grab another big hit at 3, it’s a bit Perfect. Pet Shop Boys manage 5 with their lesser remix of Paninaro (I just can’t get over it not being the brilliant original, which would easily have topped my chart this week had it been a double A), as Take That’s final (for now) self-penned single Never Forget gives them a 5th or so top 10.

Highest new entry is the annoyingly-non-single fab movie-song cover of Dream A Little Dream Of Me, as hit by big fave Mama Cass in 1968, and as originally done in 1931 (! – that sounds positively historic these days) by Ozzie Nelson, who gave birth to 50’s sitcom Ozzie & Harriet with his real-life family, and future teen idol Ricky Nelson. Ricky’s own sons had a short career as Nelson. Keeping it in the family, just like Cass’ daughter. The Beautiful South by now were 6 years into their career, with new singer Jacqui Abbott joining co-singer Paul Heaton, and who now have-co-starring album success as a duo 21 years on, so not a bad run then!

Marc Almond and TLC go top 20, ditto Dusty n Daryl, and REM stick their Tongue out beautifully and un-typically falsetto-stylee at 27, Cyndi Lauper comes on home at 30, and Kirsty MacColl returns with her Kinks-cover Days at 32 just a few years after charting it first-time round. If at first you don’t succeed, Julian Cope advises Try Try Try Try – works for him, in at 46 a sweet 14 years on from Teardrop Explodes debuting. OK, then, in the media world it was all about who would win the chart battle for UK number one, Blur or Oasis, rivals releasing the same week. Blur won that battle, and they also do here (sort of)…by entering one place than Oasis at 48, and to boot also higher than another UK chart-topper, You Are Not Alone, Michael Jackson’s R.Kelly dirge, which featured Elvis Presley’s daughter (keeping the musical family theme going) in the video. She also happened to be his wife for a short time. Yes, most unlikely wedding that could ever have been predicted – at least until Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch.

Others: a cover of Wham!’s I’m Your Man, Bob Seger oldie Hollywood Nights, The Wildhearts are back, so are Black Grape, and best of the bunch Michelle Gayle gets another good pop single with Happy Just To Be With You.

1 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 1 ) IL ADORE Boy George
3 ( 6 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 8 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
5 ( 17 ) PANINARO ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
7 ( 14 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
8 ( 3 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
9 ( 4 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
10 ( 31 ) NEVER FORGET Take That

11 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
12 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS TLC
13 ( 5 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
14 ( NEW ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 34 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
16 ( NEW ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
17 ( 10 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
18 ( 9 ) FINE TIME Cast
19 ( 23 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
20 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King

21 ( 12 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
22 ( 20 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
23 ( 18 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
24 ( 13 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
25 ( 29 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
26 ( 16 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( NEW ) TONGUE REM
28 ( 15 ) STARS Dubstar
29 ( 24 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
30 ( NEW ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 25 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
32 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
33 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
34 ( 22 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
35 ( 27 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
36 ( 41 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
37 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
38 ( 63 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
39 ( 26 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
40 ( 28 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF

41 ( 60 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
42 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
43 ( 35 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
44 ( 38 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
45 ( 32 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
46 ( NEW ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
47 ( 49 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
48 ( NEW ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
49 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
50 ( 39 ) I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners

51 ( 44 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
52 ( 40 ) I GO WILD The Rolling Stones
53 ( 64 ) IT’S LULU Boo Radleys
54 ( 36 ) RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow
55 ( 52 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 53 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
57 ( NEW ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
58 ( 46 ) LIVE FOREVER Oasis
59 ( 70 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
60 ( 43 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza

61 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Aswad
62 ( 61 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 51 ) (EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D
64 ( 58 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
65 ( 42 ) HAPPY MN8
66 ( 65 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
69 ( NEW ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
70 ( NEW ) JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts

71 ( 69 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
73 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
75 ( 73 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna