My April 1987 Charts

7th April 1987

It’s a quartet of chart-toppers for Madonna from the True Blue album, something only Abba had managed previously (Voulez-Vous was the album). That holds off Prince in runners-up again, though he would top with it at last after his untimely death in 2016. Labi Siffre gets his first top 10 since Watch Me in 1972, Rod Stewart finally makes the top 10 12 years late (The Sutherland Brothers original from 1972 was WAY better), and U2 finally get cracking with a huge jump to 11 for With Or Without You. Ken Boothe gets a second-time top 20 with the same song.

Dead Or Alive keep the top 40 run going, Terence Trent D’Arby gets his first, and David Grant gets a big climb into the 40 7 years since he was in Linx with You’re Lying. High new entries from Julian Cope (Eve’s Volcano explodes at 33) Gary Numan combines with Radio Heart for an 8-year run since he started with a Tubeway Army chart-topper, and Bowie enters at 40 with Day-In Day-Out, one of those rare occasions when he was slagged off by the rock media for both the album and the Glass Spider tour. I rather liked the singles off the album, and saw the tour from right at the back of Wembley Stadium – a bit like being at the back of a big outdoor rock festival where people talking at the side of you dominate more than the busy stuff going on in the far distance. It was a bit self-indulgent, and the new album was plugged heavily, sadly, I wanted the great stuff.

Starship pop in with a classic 80’s anthem at 50, though I still prefer the Jefferson and Grace Slick versions from 1980, or the Jefferson Airplane 60’s versions. Kim Wilde does a duet with Junior, which gives them both some chart comeback action nicely, she’s still fab in concert to this day, and The Cure return with Why Can’t I Be You – for me this was the point at which they lost the quirkiness and got all serious and Big In America. Whitesnake return with the Rock, Steve Miller Band get a 13-year chart-span, albeit it ain’t no The Joker. Or Rock’n’Me. Or Abracadabra. Down the tail end returns from 4 current chart acts of the time.

1 ( 4 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 1 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
4 ( 9 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
5 ( 3 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
6 ( 8 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
7 ( 15 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
8 ( 16 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
9 ( 19 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
10 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert

11 ( 31 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
12 ( 14 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
13 ( 7 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
14 ( 6 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
15 ( 5 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
16 ( 24 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
17 ( 17 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
18 ( 29 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
19 ( 13 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
20 ( 12 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 20 ) SEVERINA The Mission
23 ( 28 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 18 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
25 ( 21 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
26 ( 32 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
27 ( 22 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
28 ( 38 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
29 ( 47 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
30 ( 46 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby

31 ( 26 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
32 ( 25 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
33 ( NEW ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
34 ( 42 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
35 ( 27 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
36 ( 39 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
37 ( NEW ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
38 ( 40 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees
39 ( 65 ) TAKE ME BACK David Grant
40 ( NEW ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie

41 ( 33 ) LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER Nick Kamen
42 ( 36 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
43 ( 34 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
44 ( 48 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
45 ( 23 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE Erasure
46 ( 35 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
47 ( 72 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 50 ) CRAZY Patsy Cline
49 ( 52 ) TONIGHT TONIGHT TONIGHT Genesis
50 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

51 ( 30 ) LIVE IT UP Mental As Anything
52 ( 49 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
53 ( 43 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
55 ( 62 ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
56 ( 55 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) SELA Lionel Richie
58 ( 37 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
59 ( NEW ) CRAWFISH Stan Campbell
60 ( NEW ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

61 ( 60 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
62 ( NEW ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
63 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
64 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
65 ( 70 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson
66 ( NEW ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake
67 ( 56 ) IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY The Blow Monkeys
68 ( NEW ) I WANT TO MAKE THE WORLD TURN AROUND The Steve Miller Band
69 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S COMING Little Richard
70 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

71 ( NEW ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
72 ( NEW ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
73 ( 73 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
74 ( NEW ) ORDINARY DAY Curiosity Killed The Cat
75 ( NEW ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys

7th April
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CHUNG KUO Vangelis
2 NATHALIE Gilbert Becaud
3 LOVING YOU AIN’T EASY Pagliaro

14th April 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna and 3 weeks at 2 for Prince as Hot Chocolate take their 1978 number 3 back to 3 in remix format. Lean On Me makes the top 10 for the 3rd act, since topping for Bill Withers in 1972. There are big climbs for John Farnham, Wet Wet Wet, Radio Heart & Gary Numan into the 20, and Starship into the 30. Highest new entry is Living In A Box debuting at 32 with their brilliant eponymous song just ahead of OMD keeping the run of top 40 hits at 7 years, and that’s not a Shame.

Johnny Hates Jazz debut and start a good run of singles with the great Shattered Dreams at 42, with the cool Sly & Robbie having a hit in their own right, the quirky Boops, rather than being backroom producers, in at 43. Elvis is back with another oldie, this time the fun Bossa Nova Baby from one of my fave childhood Elvis films, Fun In Acapulco (the title track was my brothers first-ever single he bought in 1969) and was another Lieber & Stoller song, one of many he recorded.

Five Star & Bon Jovi follow-up, That Petrol Emotion debut, the SOS Band keep the revival going, The Smiths bow out, and Elkie Brooks tries to break the chain. One thing I’ve noticed, in terms of highlighting which tracks I remain eternally loving, the best guide isn’t chart position of songs at the time they were hits – it’s the tracks that crop-up in my weekly playlist faves of the week, by and large oldies that I loved years after the event remain faves forever more, while big faves of a moment in time can suffer from overplay or being “of their time”. My fave current tracks in the 1987 chart these days is Prince, which didn’t top my chart then, and Living In A Box, which did. While U2 peaked at 11, and is very much a classic that took years to grown on me properly.

1 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
3 ( 6 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
4 ( 4 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
5 ( 7 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 3 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
7 ( 10 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
8 ( 8 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
9 ( 5 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
10 ( 12 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau

11 ( 34 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
12 ( 16 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
13 ( 30 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 13 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
15 ( 28 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 11 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
17 ( 47 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
18 ( 37 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
19 ( 14 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
20 ( 26 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel

21 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
22 ( 33 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
23 ( 23 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
24 ( 15 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
25 ( 19 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
26 ( 17 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
27 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
28 ( 20 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
29 ( 29 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
30 ( 40 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie

31 ( 9 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
32 ( NEW ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
34 ( 36 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
35 ( 21 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 38 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees
37 ( 24 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 25 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
39 ( 71 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
40 ( NEW ) SHAME OMD

41 ( 22 ) SEVERINA The Mission
42 ( NEW ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
43 ( NEW ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
44 ( 39 ) TAKE ME BACK David Grant
45 ( 31 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
46 ( 75 ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys
47 ( 42 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
48 ( 55 ) BRING HIM BACK HOME Hugh Masekela
49 ( 62 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
50 ( 65 ) JUST TO SEE HER Smokey Robinson

51 ( 43 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
52 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU GET IS WHAT YOU SEE Tina Turner
53 ( 60 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
54 ( NEW ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
55 ( 52 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
58 ( 46 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
59 ( NEW ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
60 ( 66 ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake

61 ( NEW ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
62 ( 61 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
63 ( 64 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
64 ( 63 ) HUMAN Human League
65 ( NEW ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
66 ( 35 ) JIMMY LEE Aretha Franklin
67 ( 53 ) MISSIONARY MAN Eurythmics
68 ( NEW ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
69 ( 54 ) COMING AROUND AGAIN Carly Simon
70 ( 70 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

71 ( 74 ) ORDINARY DAY Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( NEW ) MY LIES The SOS Band
73 ( NEW ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
74 ( 58 ) MANHATTAN SKYLINE a-ha
75 ( NEW ) BREAK THE CHAIN Elkie Brooks

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 FIRST OF MAY The Bee Gees
3 LIVIN’ THING ELO

21st April 1987

It’s a first week on top, and straight in, for 1964 oldie Move Over Darling, Doris Day’s classic theme to the movie of the same name, of her best and areal feel-good fave of mine as a boy, adult, and right now too. Tracey Ullman had a hit with it a few years earlier too, but Doris’ original is the best and charted all over again thanks to an advert. Living In A Box rocket into the ten, along with Wet Wet Wet and Terence Trent D’Arby all getting a top 10 debut.

Crowded House enter with the top-notch classic Don’t Dream It’s Over, not the last time it would chart for the former NZ Split-Enz brothers, who had a few top 10’s in the early 80’s. Irish Rover is an old song, brought back by The Pogues – the presence of The Dubliners put me off, as they were responsible for one of the records of my childhood that used to annoy me (Seven Drunken Nights), but it’s not bad and also into the 30.

Down the bottom end 60’s legend Tom Jones is back with a theatrical big ballad, and three country girls join as a Trio for a cover of the 50’s song To Know Him Is To Love Him. The late Warren Zevon is in with his fab Werewolves Of London, and Latin Quarter keep on being right on again with another newie.

1 ( NEW ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
2 ( 1 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 ( 7 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
4 ( 8 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
5 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
7 ( 17 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 13 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
9 ( 2 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
10 ( 3 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate

11 ( 15 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
12 ( 6 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
13 ( 18 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan
14 ( 11 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
15 ( 9 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
16 ( 22 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
17 ( 27 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
18 ( 12 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
19 ( 23 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 10 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau

21 ( 4 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
22 ( 16 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
23 ( NEW ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
24 ( 14 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
25 ( NEW ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
26 ( 30 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
27 ( 25 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
28 ( 65 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
29 ( 19 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
30 ( 42 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

31 ( 20 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
32 ( 49 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
33 ( 43 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
34 ( 28 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
35 ( 39 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
36 ( 33 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
37 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 40 ) SHAME OMD
39 ( 24 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
40 ( 53 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior

41 ( 58 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
42 ( 54 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 26 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
44 ( 38 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
45 ( 68 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
46 ( 72 ) MY LIES The SOS Band
47 ( NEW ) SUPER POPOID GROOVE Win
48 ( 35 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 59 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
50 ( 21 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe

51 ( 61 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
52 ( NEW ) SEE ME Luther Vandross
53 ( 47 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
54 ( 51 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
55 ( 57 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 29 ) HOOKED ON LOVE Dead Or Alive
58 ( 60 ) STILL OF THE NIGHT Whitesnake
59 ( 46 ) OUT WITH HER The Blow Monkeys
60 ( 36 ) THE PASSENGER Siouxsie & The Banshees

61 ( 55 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
62 ( 34 ) MY BABY The Pretenders
63 ( 41 ) SEVERINA The Mission
64 ( 62 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
65 ( 63 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
66 ( 64 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 73 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
68 ( 31 ) SAILING Rod Stewart
69 ( NEW ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
70 ( NEW ) TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton & Linda Ronstadt

71 ( 45 ) (YOU GOTTA) FIGHT FOR YOUR RIGHT TO PARTY The Beastie Boys
72 ( 70 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon
74 ( NEW ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
75 ( NEW ) NOMZAMO (ONE PEOPLE ONE CAUSE) Latin Quarter

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 SARA Fleetwood Mac
3 YOU JUST MAY BE THE ONE The Monkees

 

 

28th April 1987

It’s back up on top for La Isla Bonita giving Madonna 3 weeks in total, as Doris drops to 3 and Herb Alpert gets his 2nd equal-biggest chart position 19 years on from This Guy’s In Love, and thanks to Jam & Lewis. Starship get a second top 10, though they Jefferson’s when Jane did it in 1980, John Farnham gets his first since Little River Band’s 1979 Lonesome Loser, Fine Young Cannibals get Buzzcocks a top 10 song at last with Ever fallen In Love, and Gary Numan gets his 7th top 10 8 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped.

The Damned get a good top 20 climb with the Love classic, OMD leap up even more, not a Shame! Two footballers get the highest new entry, not that footie meant anything much to me, and footie singers generally had dire results, but there you go, in at 33! The Smiths & Tom Jones get big climbs into the 40, and lower down Jaki Graham keeps the string of hits coming, Slade have a final chart entry after a whopping chart run of 16 years, Paul Simon sneaks in with his album title track – never a huge fave of mine off the album – and Cameo keep coming Back & Forth.

1 ( 2 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 ( 3 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
3 ( 1 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
4 ( 6 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
5 ( 5 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
6 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
7 ( 17 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
8 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
9 ( 11 ) EVER FALLEN IN LOVE Fine Young Cannibals
10 ( 13 ) RADIO HEART Radio Heart & Gary Numan

11 ( 4 ) LET MY PEOPLE GOGO The Rainmakers
12 ( 8 ) IF YOU LET ME STAY Terence Trent D’Arby
13 ( 9 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
14 ( 10 ) EVERYONE’S A WINNER (REMIX) Hot Chocolate
15 ( 28 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
16 ( 12 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
17 ( 19 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 23 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
19 ( 38 ) SHAME OMD
20 ( 30 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

21 ( 16 ) EVE’S VOLCANO Julian Cope
22 ( 15 ) RESPECT YOURSELF Bruce Willis
23 ( 26 ) DAY-IN DAY-OUT David Bowie
24 ( 22 ) WITH OR WITHOUT YOU U2
25 ( 25 ) IRISH ROVER The Pogues & The Dubliners
26 ( 18 ) LET’S WAIT AWHILE Janet Jackson
27 ( 40 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
28 ( 45 ) BIG DECISION That Petrol Emotion
29 ( 35 ) CAN’T BE WITH YOU TONIGHT Judy Boucher
30 ( 33 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie

31 ( 20 ) LEAN ON ME Club Nouveau
32 ( 24 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
33 ( NEW ) DIAMOND LIGHTS Glen & Chris
34 ( 27 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
35 ( 46 ) NO LIES The SOS Band
36 ( 42 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
37 ( 37 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
38 ( 49 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
39 ( 67 ) SHEILA TAKE A BOW The Smiths
40 ( 69 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones

41 ( 32 ) WHY CAN’T I BE YOU The Cure
42 ( 36 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
43 ( 47 ) SUPER POPOID GROOVE Win
44 ( 41 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
45 ( 34 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) REAL FASHION REGGAE STYLE Carey Johnson
47 ( 29 ) WEAK IN THE PRESENCE OF BEAUTY Alison Moyet
48 ( NEW ) STILL IN LOVE Jaki Graham
49 ( 39 ) RESPECTABLE Mel & Kim
50 ( NEW ) YOU’RE SO STRONG Mental As Anything

51 ( 51 ) WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE Bon Jovi
52 ( 44 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge
53 ( 31 ) BIG TIME Peter Gabriel
54 ( 21 ) LET IT BE Ferry Aid
55 ( 43 ) THE MAGICIAN Secession
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
58 ( 53 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION ’87 T.Rex
59 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Slade
60 ( NEW ) NEVER TAKE ME ALIVE Spear Of Destiny

61 ( 52 ) SEE ME Luther Vandross
62 ( 54 ) MALE STRIPPER Man 2 Man Meet Parrish
63 ( 50 ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
64 ( 61 ) YOU SEXY THING (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Hot Chocolate
65 ( 65 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( 64 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
68 ( NEW ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
69 ( 55 ) BOSSA NOVA BABY Elvis Presley
70 ( 74 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42

71 ( NEW ) GRACELAND Paul Simon
72 ( 72 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( 73 ) WEREWOLVES OF LONDON Warren Zevon
74 ( NEW ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
75 ( NEW ) EMOTIONAL Falco

Oldies Playlist
1 LONG TIME Arrow
2 HEY NINETEEN Steely Dan
3 JOHNNY REMEMBER ME John Leyton

My 1974 Charts – October

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1st October 1974

In amongst playing bridge at break-time’s in the 6th form block, and feeling quite adult these days, someone brought in tapes of some odd semi-experimental album music, one of which had been featured in the scariest, most disturbing film I was to see (5 years later) in my life: The Exorcist. The music was jaw-dropping, especially the spoken-word sequence where instruments add in announced one by one, before climaxing together in a fabulous folkrock hippie majesty. I heard Hergest Ridge first, the follow-up, but it was Tubular Bells that astounded me. As they are essentially one piece, I just called them very long singles and charted them briefly. So here they are, at 1 and 2, Mike Oldfield’s first (instant) number one, and the first act to hold down the top 2 in my chart, and the only albums ever to chart.

That means, with Ravi Shankar at 3, Thunderthighs grabbing a second Top 10 hit at 6, and others hanging in there, that the first UK singles chart hit is at 7 (and that had peaked in my charts long before it was a hit). I really was more and more interested in non-chart stuff! Paul McCartney’s bruv goes up to 10, his first since Lily The Pink to get that high, while highest actual single new entry is George McCrae’s follow-up to Rock You Baby, at 13, one place lower than the man who wrote and produced it: KC. Barry Blue enters at 14 with his 5th hit, Hot Shot, all chanting glam-rock cossack stylee, while at 15 it’s First Choice getting a 3rd hit (but UK flop) with the The Player, and at 16 it’s John Lennon back with a bang, an American chart-topper, a minor UK hit, and more than a little Elton John in it. Hey, whatever gets you thru the night! Elton bet John it would get to number one, and if it did John had to join Elton on stage (and which he did for his last-ever concert-performance – the one that got him back-together with Yoko).

The fab Barry Reynolds record that I still desperately want is at 17, Polly Brown I’m playing a lot at the moment, it’s much better than I remembered, jolly thumping soulpop, and at 18, and at 21 Fox pop back in again with the odd Only You Can (breathe in “oh oh oh oh o only you”) still 3 months away from charting in the UK. Lastly, but not leastly, taking a leaf out of Bryan Ferry’s book, retro lounge-lizard stylee, Australian Gary Shearston covers Cole Porter’s sophisticated 1934 classic I Get A Kick Out Of You. Whereas Smoke Gets In Your Eyes left me cold, Ferry’s first mis-step, this was something else entirely: it’s the definitive version, from the 40‘s-styled vocal phrasing, and the drug-referenced wonderful lyrics, to the violin accentuating and underpinning and dominating the track, it’s a forgotten piece of minor genius. I never get tired of hearing it, and it was a huge hit, thankfully, in the UK.

In the oldies chart 1971 Japanese-language, kiddie-chanting, drum-heavy oddity Yamasuki finally gets to the top as it gets cut down to 10, with Mouth and MacNeal’s 1972 hit (but not in the UK) reissued and in at 7, giving them 3 Top 10’s inside 6 months. Then nothing ever again….

1 ( NEW ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
2 ( 7 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
3 ( 4 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
4 ( 1 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 2 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 25 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 6 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
8 ( 3 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
9 ( 8 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
10 ( 20 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear

11 ( 14 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
12 ( 11 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( NEW ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( NEW ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
15 ( NEW ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( NEW ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( 22 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
18 ( 10 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
19 ( 28 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
20 ( 18 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim

21 ( 37 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
22 ( 5 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
23 ( 15 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
24 ( 9 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
25 ( 23 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
26 ( 12 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
27 ( 21 ) MAGIC Pilot
28 ( 27 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
29 ( 19 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
30 ( NEW ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston

31 ( 13 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
32 ( 16 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks
33 ( 17 ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
34 ( 24 ) HONEY HONEY Sweet Dreams
35 ( 26 ) THE WILD ONE Suzi Quatro
36 ( 29 ) IT’S BETTER TO HAVE Don Covay
37 ( 30 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY Alaska
38 ( 31 ) IF YOU’RE GONNA BREAK ANOTHER HEART Cass Elliot
39 ( 32 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (WHO NEEDS ROCK ‘N’ ROLL) Rainbow Children
40 ( 34 ) MRS VANDEBILT Paul McCartney and Wings

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

1 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
2 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
3 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
4 ( 1 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
5 ( 4 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
6 ( 5 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
7 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
8 ( 7 ) WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt
9 ( 10 ) BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS OF HEARTACHE The Bandwagon
10 ( 9 ) BE MY BABY The Ronettes

8th October 1974

From Tubular Bells folk to Beatlestastic Indian Spector, as George Harrison’s definitively-produced version of Ravi Shankar’s I Am Missing You hits the top. That’s something Norah Jones has yet to do….! The 2 Mike Oldfield albums drop heavily, not from lack of love, it’s from lack of hearing – I couldnt afford to buy them so had to make do with hearing them once or twice at school, then that was it till I was older and could buy them. Shankar Family I could afford, though. Mike McCartney hits a new peak of 6 with Paul’s very Wings-tastic track (pity he didn’t stick his version on the fab Venus & Mars album), while Barry Reynolds grows to 8, outsider or not, it’s a terrific point of view and should have been a hit. Barry Blue, which WAS a minor hit, hot shots it to 2, his 3rd Top 3 hit, and the late Lynsey De Paul gets a co-writer credit on it.

New at 11, it’s a 4th fab big hit for David Essex, the terrific Gonna Make You A Star (on TOTP Paul & Linda I recall were on, and mimed along to the I Don’t Think So line. That’s probably better than my half-recall of DLT miming-along to it, cos if that’s true, and if it hasn’t been wiped, it’ll never get broadcast again thanks to the nutjobs at the BBC). At 12, it’s a second hit for KC, sounding his funky horn, replacing his own Queen Of Clubs, and keeping his own I Can’t Leave You Alone at 13. In 1974/5, KC WAS disco music, no question.

In at 17, back with Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry gets a 5th Top 20 hit, with the fantastic All I Want Is You, exciting, sax-y, and building, I love it to bits still. In at 18, his 3rd hit in 12 months, it’s Robert Knight’s 60’s retro northern soul version of My Rainbow Valley – a song that was a hit for the Love Affair in 1968, yes them what had a huge massive number one with his Everlasting Love. This sounds like an original version to me, unless he was getting some sweet revenge, but either way it’s not quite as good as vocalist Steve Ellis’ Love Affair version. Great song though. Pilot, meanwhile get a 2nd top 20 hit. Ho ho ho, it’s magic!

New at 23, OK Chicago from studio group Resonance, a funky, police-siren, almost jazz avante-garde French producers who seem to be the same ones behind Pepperbox (hit my chart a few weeks back, and a few weeks into the future). Forgotten goodie! In at 24 another instrumental, Santana’s debut hit with the 1970 track, Samba Pa Ti, a gorgeous sultry guitar-based latin-rock classic, with The Commodores making it 3 instrumentals in a row. Dave Edmunds get a new rocking hit at 29, his 4th, while his first hits 1 on my oldies chart 4 years late. I Hear You Knocking, but you can’t come in, 50’s stylee fabulousness. At 30, Garfunkel gets his 3rd of the year, all off the same album, and lastly on the oldies Eddie Holman’s 1970 hit Hey There Lonely Girl soul classic enters at 3, as it enters the UK charts, like Santana 4 years late. Main difference being I didn’t know Samba Pa Ti was old.. Santana did eventually grab a number one, and then another, 25 years into the future.

1 ( 3 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
2 ( 14 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
3 ( 6 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
5 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
6 ( 10 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
7 ( 8 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
8 ( 17 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
9 ( 1 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
10 ( 7 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

11 ( NEW ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
12 ( NEW ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
13 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
14 ( 2 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
15 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
16 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
17 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
18 ( NEW ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
19 ( 21 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
20 ( 27 ) MAGIC Pilot

21 ( 20 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
22 ( 12 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
23 ( NEW ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
24 ( NEW ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
25 ( 11 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
26 ( 9 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
27 ( 19 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
28 ( 30 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
29 ( NEW ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
30 ( NEW ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
32 ( 22 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta
33 ( 23 ) MOONLIGHT SPECIAL Ray Stevens
34 ( 24 ) THE BITCH IS BACK Elton John
35 ( 25 ) COLDWATER CANYON Dory Previn
36 ( 26 ) HANG ON IN THERE BABY Johnny Bristol
37 ( 28 ) (I GOT THE) MUSIC IN ME The Kiki Dee Band
38 ( 29 ) MAMA COME OUT Medicine Head
39 ( 31 ) PINBALL Brian Protheroe
40 ( 32 ) SOMETHING FOR THE GIRL WITH EVERYTHING Sparks

OLDIES CHART 8th October

1 ( 2 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 1 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
3 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
4 ( 7 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 3 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( 5 ) SAN FRANSISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR) Scott McKenzie
7 ( 6 ) BABY LOVE Diana Ross And The Supremes
8 ( 4 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor

15th October 1974

Another new number 1: Dracula’s Daughter! Yes, the previous year Monster Mash had almost become the first Halloween song to top my charts, but Thunderthighs went ahead and did it almost a decade before Thriller did it as well. Their follow-up to the much-better Central Park Arrest, Dracula’s Daughter had little BBC airplay to mention, so it was doomed to failure really, but it was a great cheesy tongue-in-cheek girlgroup novelty that desrves to join the rather limited number of perennial Halloween Faves. In my dreams, of course, but it would make a change from Ghostbusters year after bloody year!

Rocketing up to 3, Roxy Music get their 2nd top 3 hit, cos all i want is them, and David Essex gets his biggest hit at 4 cos he’s gonna make you a star. I don’t think so! Highest new entry at 5, and following-up a number one, sounding NOTHING like it’s rocking predecessor it’s a Killer Queen, a sophisticated 40’s pastiche rock generation stylee, and oh what a fantastic record too. KC, meanwhile, follows-up his 2 number ones (one with George McCrae) with 2 more top 10 hits (one with George McCrae).

Santana smoothly guitar slide it to 11, Gary Shearston kicks it up to 13 smoothly, and a batch of new entries pop in between 24 and 30: Stevie Wonder’s vitriolic (and grammatically incorrect) You Haven’t Done Nothing rips into Tricky Dicky, all funk vitriol, and one of his forgotten classics, possibly due to the specifically politically 1974 nature of the lyrics. Nixon resigned when he heard it. Probably. The Hues Corporation follow up Rock The Boat with the identikit (but fun) Rockin’ Soul, while The Wombles (and Mike Batt’s) best record adds a bit of kiddy Mozart classical to the charts with the wonderful Minuetto Allegretto. We were minuetting mad, back in 1718 when Bulgaria was a lad. Sparks get a 4th hit with their 3rd single, the slow ballad Mother Earth as my 3rd hit (and their 4th single) drops out of the chart (for now). I still say Island Records got them the wrong way round. Bay City Rollers now pop in very briefly and lowly, where once they had big hits, and it’s not hard to see why when All Of Me Loves All Of You is basically (non-UK-hit, US Number-one) Saturday Night part 4. Livvy is back, though, with a huge US chart-topper, the touching I Honestly Love You, signalling a new phase in her now-US-based career.

It’s the last oldies chart, down to 6, with dave Edmunds at 1, Eddie Holman’s fab Lonely Girl at 2, and the UK hit release of Phil Spector’s Da Doo Ron Ron bringing The Crystals in at 6.


So, as TV pundits like to start their sentences these days, what about politics ’74 (albeit mine grammatically having a point rather than a dramatic pause while brain gets in gear). So. As it turns out Harold Wilson’s Labour Party scraped a victory together this week, dumping the Lib Lab pact partners, and causing a minor amount of approval in our working class household. Yes, those were the days when Labour stood for the less-well-off. I was in the process of becoming a little more politically interested, taking on an O Level in British Constitution in the 6th form, which informed me somewhat more than I was before on the history of British politics. Our (very likely) gay teacher was pretty fair in party presentation, which led me to lean in a sort of vague Liberal/Labour way, and a way in which I’ve more or less continued to lean ever since. Of course, it all went horribly wrong after Harold Wilson bailed out, and UK politics has since left much to be desired, albeit amongst the betterment of society generally, it must be said.

The USA of course, had Gerald “watch that step” Ford in charge, as Watergate trials took over the news, and Nixon had a bright future as a disembodied head on Futurama to look forward to. Meanwhile at the movies, Airport ’75 was out in the USA, the sequel to Airport, and a jumbo-sized (literally) disaster movie with a cast of veterans introduced to me, amongst current ones like Helen Reddy, pop star and singing nun. It’s hard to take her seriously now, after the way-better Airplane! parodied it hilariously, the nun’s guitar periodically wacking-out the life-support drip of an ailing smiling little girl. Fab! From TV, Ed Sullivan moved on to the final Variety Show in the sky, his passing largely unknown in the UK, but known to me from my Singapore days where TV showed USTV re-runs. I mostly recall Topo Gigio though, not The Beatles debut (being as it was 1969/70). I hated Topo Gigio. Pop onto Youtube and see why….

1 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
2 ( 1 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
3 ( 17 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
4 ( 11 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
5 ( NEW ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
6 ( 2 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
7 ( 13 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
8 ( 4 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson
9 ( 12 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 5 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People

11 ( 24 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 18 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
13 ( 28 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
14 ( 8 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 7 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
16 ( 6 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
17 ( 9 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
18 ( 10 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 23 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 14 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield

21 ( 16 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
22 ( 21 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
23 ( 20 ) MAGIC Pilot
24 ( NEW ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
25 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
26 ( RE ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
27 ( NEW ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
28 ( NEW ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( NEW ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
30 ( NEW ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John

31 ( 15 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
32 ( 19 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
33 ( 22 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
34 ( 25 ) MACHINE GUN The Commodores
35 ( 26 ) WE’RE GONNA HAVE A PARTY Mouth And MacNeal
36 ( 27 ) UP IN A PUFF OF SMOKE Polly Brown
37 ( 29 ) NEED A SHOT OF RHYTHM AND BLUES Dave Edmunds
38 ( 30 ) SECOND AVENUE Garfunkel
39 ( 31 ) TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD Rufus
40 ( 32 ) SPINNIN’ AND SPINNIN’ Syreeta

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
2 ( 3 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
3 ( 2 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
4 ( 4 ) HOW DO YOU DO Mouth And MacNeal
5 ( 5 ) HOOKED ON A FEELING Jonathan King
6 ( NEW ) DA DO RON RON The Crystals

22nd October 1974

Queen get their 2nd number one in a row with the fabulous Killer Queen, and I had no idea what Moet Chandon was till I heard the lyric. Champagne wasn’t something you came across much in the RAF world. At runners-up for the 2nd time, The Hues Corporation follow-up Rockin’ Soul rocks the boat. Fab Gary Shearston opines mere alcohol doesn’t thrill him at all. Me neither, but I certainly get a kick out of his record being at 5. As the Oldies chart fades away, a batch of tracks in it turn up as new entries and re-entries in the Top 40, but you can assume they would have been higher in previous weeks than the chart positions this week, headed by Dave Edmunds at 7 kicking out his own new record.

Stevie goes 20, Pepperbox pops back as it starts to make the UK charts, and Fox continue to yo-yo about. New at 30 are the Netherlands band The Cats, Be My Day being a Caribbean-styled singalong Ditch and German Number One, and catchy enough. Peter Shelley had a sweet Uk hit with Gee Baby, though he impressed me more as the writer/producer of Alvin Stardust records, Alvin very sadly passed away this week just ahead of his last album being released.

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

At school, one of the new subjects I’d taken on was O Level geology, which turned out to be quite dry and name-heavy. I actually love the subject these days, but all the bloody essays about Orthoclase Feldspar and Quartz and this mineral and that mineral got a bit tedious, I didn’t do very well, and eventually approached the teacher to give him the bad news that I was giving it up. I actually liked the teacher, or Nick The Prick as his nickname went (he had a habit of unconsciously scratching as if he had crabs), and regret that now. Hey ho. In sports, which seldom interested me outside tennis and the Olympics, Muhammed Ali had a bit of a rumble in the jungle coming up. He was also a family hero dating back to the days of Cassius Clay, dad being a big boxing fan. In those days you could convert to Islam without being thought a potential terrorist, and still be a big media darling hero beloved of millions. Ah those were the days….

1 ( 5 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 1 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
4 ( 3 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
5 ( 13 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 2 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
7 ( NEW ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
8 ( RE ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 8 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
12 ( 7 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
13 ( 4 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
14 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds
15 ( 24 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
17 ( 12 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
19 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
20 ( 6 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue

21 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
22 ( 15 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( RE ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
24 ( 32 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
25 ( 27 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
26 ( 16 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
27 ( 29 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
28 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
29 ( 23 ) MAGIC Pilot
30 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats

31 ( 17 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
32 ( 20 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
33 ( 21 ) WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Nuclear Band (aka Elton John)
34 ( 22 ) ROCK ME GENTLY Andy Kim
35 ( 26 ) ANNIE’S SONG John Denver
36 ( 30 ) I HONESTLY LOVE YOU Olivia Newton-John
37 ( NEW ) DA DOO RON RON The Crystals
38 ( 31 ) THE PLAYER First Choice
39 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF CLUBS KC And The Sunshine Band
40 ( NEW ) GEE BABY Peter Shelley

29th October 1974

2 weeks at one, equalling 7 Seas Of Rhye, for Queen, while Pepperbox makes the Top 10 for the second time just ahead of Resonance’s OK Chicago at 11 – they had a double-album package once upon a time, so it’s fair enough they chart together. Highest new entry is Ken Boothe and his delicious reggae working of Bread’s Everything I Own. David Gates was a terrific songwriter, but Bread hardly had any hits, being lumped into a sweet MOR bracket along with the equally derided Carpenters by the rock fraternity. Yah Boo Sucks to them, it’s a great record (the original) and this version is just as good in a totally different way, the mark of a good song. Boy George of course copied Ken’s version and grabbed a second UK chart-topper for the song.

Rod Stewart says Farewell at 23 – not to us, that is, but to The Faces (shortly) and his credibility, for the most part, but this was a great little gem in the style of his previous solo hits. Billy Ocean is back at 24 for a second attempt at a UK hit with his previously John-charted great record On The Run. It didn’t work, but he got there 18 months later anyway with another one, under a new name (as opposed to Scorched Earth). The Glitter Band are at 30 with the fun glam Let’s Get Together Again. Nothing to do with their (soon-to-be-former) boss, but they have been equally banished by association from musical history. Not by me, though. One of Slade’s best records for some bizarre reason didn’t do well in my charts, Far Far Away is a great song from a largely dull, but not bad, movie Slade In Flame, but the singles so far in 1974 had not impressed me much and they’d fallen off my fan radar a bit by this time. Pity, it’s terrific! Finally, veteran 60’s group The Tymes comeback with a catchy sweet soul shuffler, matching The Drifters UK-based revival, but the effect is somewhat reduced when it sounds like they are singing You Little Trussmaker. I mean, someone has to make trusses, but a tribute song is a little OTT.

1 ( 1 ) KILLER QUEEN Queen
2 ( 2 ) ROCKIN’ SOUL The Hues Corporation
3 ( 7 ) I HEAR YOU KNOCKING Dave Edmunds
4 ( 6 ) I AM MISSING YOU Shankar Family & Friends
5 ( 5 ) I GET A KICK OUT OF YOU Gary Shearston
6 ( 3 ) DRACULA’S DAUGHTER Thunderthighs
7 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU Roxy Music
8 ( 23 ) PEPPERBOX The Peppers
9 ( 9 ) SOUND YOUR FUNKY HORN KC And The Sunshine Band
10 ( 10 ) THE TANGO’S OVER Mick Robertson

11 ( 19 ) O.K. CHICAGO Resonance
12 ( 8 ) YAMASUKI The Yamasukis
13 ( 15 ) YOU HAVEN’T DONE NOTHIN’ Stevie Wonder
14 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
15 ( 24 ) ONLY YOU CAN Fox
16 ( 21 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Eddie Holman
17 ( 17 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
18 ( 26 ) LEAVE IT Mike McGear
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN REALLY ROCK ‘N’ ROLL ME Pans People
20 ( 14 ) OUTSIDERS POINT OF VIEW Barry Reynolds

21 ( 25 ) MINUETTO ALLEGRETTO The Wombles
22 ( 22 ) REGGAE TUNE Andy Fairweather-Low
23 ( NEW ) FAREWELL Rod Stewart
24 ( RE ) ON THE RUN Scorched Earth
25 ( 12 ) I CAN’T LEAVE YOU ALONE George McCrae
26 ( RE ) LIFE IS A ROCK (BUT THE RADIO ROLLED ME) Reunion
27 ( 20 ) HOT SHOT Barry Blue
28 ( 13 ) GONNA MAKE YOU A STAR David Essex
29 ( 18 ) SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation
30 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TOGETHER AGAIN The Glitter Band

31 ( 11 ) SAMBA PA TI Santana
32 ( 27 ) ALL OF ME LOVES ALL OF YOU The Bay City Rollers
33 ( 28 ) NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON MOTHER EARTH Sparks
34 ( 29 ) MAGIC Pilot
35 ( 30 ) BE MY DAY The Cats
36 ( 31 ) TUBULAR BELLS (LP) Mike Oldfield
37 ( 32 ) HERGEST RIDGE (LP) Mike Oldfield
38 ( NEW ) FAR FAR AWAY Slade
39 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH TONIGHT The Drifters
40 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE TRUSTMAKER The Tymes

My 1984 Charts – June

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Swanage…

 

5th June 1984

2 weeks for jazzy Style Council, heading a laid-back upper-chart, matching the sunny summer of ’84, and in contrast to my increasingly low self-worth, depression and feelings of failure, sitting in my lonely bedroom. I hadn’t quite started banging my head on the walls in frustration at my mental state, but it wasn’t far off. Happy days…

The gorgeous Everything But The Girl at 2 give a truly jazzy Top 10, with Sade leaping to 9 to underline it. A bit of raunchy dance was my other main theme of the time, Evelyn Thomas pushing up the bpm’s at 5, and Rod rockin’ it dance-wise with the under-rated Infatuation shooting up to 8. Howard Jones gets a 4th Top 10 in a row, The Smiths get 3 Top 20’s in a row as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Oh how that was my anthem of the time!) shoots up to 16.

Bruce, Chrissie and Nick Heyward all get another Top 20 hit, Bruce’s first for 3 years, and 9 years on from Born To Run’s debut. Highest new entry meanwhile is Madness, uncharacteristically with a ballad, One Better Day at 32, just ahead of newie from Siouxsie and oldie from Jacko – yet another reissued Motown classic to join his other tracks. He was quite big in 1984. Sister Sledge’s oldie also joins him in the 40.

Elsewhere, a classic debut from Bronski Beat, and an outright in-ya-face gay-themed video and song, hi-NRG and fab, Smalltown Boy at 42. TV movie Sgt Matlovich was also a TV first based on a true story of a gay soldier getting booted out of the US Air Force for being gay. Ozzy’s a bit tired at 47, not surprising as he hadn’t stopped partying since Paranoid, 14 years earlier. Gary Glitter makes a comeback on the back of being a big live touring draw. I saw him most Christmas or New Years Eves in the 80’s, and a good time was had by all, it was a massive party. Dance Me Up was the most glam-sounding single he’d done for some years, though not up to the 70’s stuff.

OMD were also back with yet another great single, Talking Loud And Clear at 74, Scritti’s follow-up to a chart-topper, Absolutely at 69, and Spandau go all smooth (and largely bland) at 65 with Only When You Leave. Finally David “Japan” Sylvian has a red guitar at 75. On TV, dropping from last week’s number one, The Young Ones have guest Jennifer Saunders as a murderess (in reality Ade Edmonson’s other half), and I can’t let it go without comment on the tragic passing of Rik Mayall, comedy hero of the 80’s and 90’s, beloved of many of that generation. So sad.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 4 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
3 ( 2 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
4 ( 5 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
5 ( 17 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
6 ( 3 ) THE LEBANON Human League
7 ( 6 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
8 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
9 ( 37 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
10 ( 13 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones

11 ( 7 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
12 ( 15 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
13 ( 10 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 12 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
15 ( 8 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 55 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
17 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 9 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
20 ( 28 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
22 ( 14 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
23 ( 30 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 31 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
25 ( 16 ) ASSASSING Marillion
26 ( 19 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
27 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 20 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
30 ( 44 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl

31 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
32 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
33 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
34 ( 38 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
35 ( 34 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 22 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
37 ( NEW ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
38 ( 36 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 24 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
40 ( NEW ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 32 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
43 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 ( 29 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
45 ( 23 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
46 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
47 ( NEW ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
48 ( 39 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
49 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
50 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

51 ( 43 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
52 ( 52 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 42 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
56 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
57 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
58 ( 47 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
59 ( 49 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
60 ( 56 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 64 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 51 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
65 ( NEW ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
66 ( 65 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
67 ( 40 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 60 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
70 ( 70 ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry

71 ( 45 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
72 ( 66 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
73 ( NEW ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
74 ( 62 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian

 

TV
1 Scully
2 The Young Ones: French & Saunders
3 The Addams Family
4 Sgt Matlovich vs The Air Force (TV film)
5 Cheers
6 The Twilight Zone
7 Hill Street Blues
8 Soap
9 Spitting Image
10 The Professionals
11 Film 84 Special: Stephen Spielberg
12 Top Of The Pops
13 Batman
14 Empire
15 WKRP In Cincinatti

 

12th June 1984

3rd and final week on top for The Style Council, as the Top 10 gets volatile. The Smiths rocket up to 2, and Morrissey is still miserable about it. No change there then. Rod gets his biggest hit since Baby Jane as Infatuation goes up to 3, and new in at 7, follow-up to Relax, much-hyped and much-anticipated, it’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood with the soundtrack to the summer and future classic, Two Tribes, with that memorable video. Bronski Beat, though, beat them to the top 5, bounding up with their smalltown boy to 5, while Sade’s minor hit is a major hit here at 4.

Bruce up to 13, a year ahead of bigger UK success with it, and Madonna’s Borderline in at 50, 3rd hit, and 2 years ahead of her bigger UK hit success with it. Madness keep up their string of Top 20 hits, 5 years without a miss, Change (aka Luther Vandross, at times) enter with the dancetastic Change Of Heart and OMD get 4 years of Top 40 hits at 39.

Other new entries: Billy Idol at 50, with the oddly-titled, yet brilliant, Eyes Without A Face. It was his first real ballad, a million miles away from King Rocker. That’s not a bad thing. Debuting at 64, the fantastic Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and the fabulous Perfect Skin. One of the mysteries of life is Lloyd Cole never having huge success with his jangly indierock. Lastly, at 73, The Mighty Wah! (aka Wah!, Wah! Heat, and Pete Wylie) return chart-bound after a break since their number one Story Of The Blues, with the equally Spector-ish Come Back.

TV? It’s still The Young Ones dominating my TV world, such a shame they didn’t do another series, I know I was soooo sad they didn’t. Also must mention Scully, a UK show set in Liverpool (the setting was close to my heart, as I was still commuting there regularly to pick and return my grandma), it was amusing and well-written drama, and had an Elvis Costello theme tune Turning The Town Red (and he was in it). It fit in nicely with the mood of the times, and the number of Scousers in the chart, not to mention the local Dorset relocated Scouse community enjoying the beach weather. Elvis Costello meanwhile enters at 31 with his most-gorgeous ballad, the heart-melting I Wanna Be Loved, which also meant a lot to me that summer, and the video is juuuust wonderful.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 16 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( 8 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
4 ( 9 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
5 ( 42 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 5 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
7 ( NEW ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
9 ( 3 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
10 ( 2 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl

11 ( 4 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
12 ( 6 ) THE LEBANON Human League
13 ( 17 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 7 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
15 ( 11 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
16 ( 27 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
17 ( 32 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
18 ( 19 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
20 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 12 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
22 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
23 ( 13 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
24 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
26 ( 37 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
27 ( 47 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
28 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
29 ( 14 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
30 ( 55 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
32 ( 22 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 21 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
34 ( 26 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
35 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
36 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
37 ( 24 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
38 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 73 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
40 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( 29 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
43 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
44 ( 43 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 36 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
46 ( 39 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
47 ( 65 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
48 ( 23 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 25 ) ASSASSING Marillion
50 ( NEW ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

51 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
52 ( 34 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
53 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( 51 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
56 ( 69 ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
57 ( 48 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
58 ( 44 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
59 ( 56 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
60 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
65 ( 53 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
66 ( 75 ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian
67 ( 59 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
68 ( 58 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
69 ( 66 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
70 ( 45 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine

71 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
72 ( 68 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
73 ( NEW ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
74 ( 64 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
75 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

TV
1 The Young Ones: colds
2 Cheers
3 Scully
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Soap
6 Hill Street Blues
7 The Addams Family
8 Bewitched
9 The Young Ones: french & saunders
10 Batman

 

19th June 1984

My pop chart goes frantic, as another influx of classic tracks jostles with a host of big climbers and big fallers. Essentially, in retrospect, it’s fairly obvious depression hit me this week for the first time in my life, I had no idea what it was , how to deal with it, and the Doctor was of no use whatsoever just poo-poohing me to go away and stop bothering him (more or less) as there was nothing wrong with me. There was. I was in a permanent state of misery, life was joyless, and emotions were building up inside me with no outlet except music. Music kept me sane. Ish. My family were starting to notice the change, but as a family there other problems as my brother was looking for work while the pits were on strike and no money, my sister-in-law Sue was pregnant with my nephew, and mum and dad had a busy NAAFI bar and shop to run 7 days a week. My Top 10 says it all, really:

Two Tribes hit the top giving Frankie their second number one, and reflecting CND and east-west tensions of the time, keeping off The Smiths from the top. I think I was so miserable now, heaven knows I couldn’t bear to have it on top. Highest new entry, in at 3, another depressive anthem, the first one from the Human League (and their least successful UK chart hit to date since Dare), but it spoke to me a lot and followed on from 5 consecutive chart-toppers. Elvis Costello gets his biggest-ever hit as I Wanna Be Loved shoots up to 6, another song that meant a lot to me. Just to underline the down-moods, Pretenders get 5 years of Top 10’s with the sad Thin Line, and Madness do the same with the depressing One Better day. Bung in Ozzy’s So Tired at 12, Cyndi’s Time After Time entering at 14 and there wasn’t much to laugh at going on…

Most cheerful or upbeat tracks suffer big falls, and there’s a host of new tracks and a re-entry from Nik Kershaw finally making the Top 20 7 months after debuting. Robin Gibb was very much in solo single form in the absence of the Bee Gees, and the fab Boys Do Fall In Love has a bit more cheer at 23, and Alison Moyet’s moody solo debut Love Resurrection (complete with VERY naughty innuendo) charges in at 26.

A rap classic enters at 41 the awesome White Lines, back in the days when you could rap along to rappers comfortably, learn the words and the intonation meant something. A manic pace, incoherent vocabulary, and misogynistic cliched drivel not required. Even more classic, Prince is back, and When Doves Cry was a departure in sound, percussion-heavy, inventive and brilliantly exciting, in at 57. Party classic Jump (For My Love) is in at 59 for the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner’s classic (and future movie-bio title) What’s Love Got To Do With It is in at 72, while Jim Steinman’s Streets Of Fire movie song enters at 71 for Fire Inc. Phew!

TV, it was still The Young Ones, as we waved goodbye forever this week (bar the single with Cliff), the week when Rik Mayall gets a top 10 hit thanks to goodwill from those like me who they meant a lot to, they really were a generation gap TV show.

1 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( NEW ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 3 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
5 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 31 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
7 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
8 ( 4 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
9 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
10 ( 17 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness

11 ( 18 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 27 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
13 ( 6 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
14 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 12 ) THE LEBANON Human League
16 ( 11 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
17 ( 8 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
18 ( NEW ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
19 ( 26 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
20 ( 25 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

21 ( 15 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
22 ( 10 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
23 ( NEW ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 16 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
27 ( 39 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
28 ( 35 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 9 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
30 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 19 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
32 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 22 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 14 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
35 ( 50 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
36 ( 56 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
37 ( 21 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
38 ( 23 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
39 ( 47 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
40 ( 73 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

41 ( NEW ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
42 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
43 ( 36 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
44 ( 33 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
45 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
46 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
47 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
49 ( 34 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
50 ( 64 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

51 ( 37 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
52 ( 53 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
53 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
55 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
56 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
57 ( NEW ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
58 ( 46 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
59 ( NEW ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
60 ( 43 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
65 ( 42 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
66 ( 55 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
68 ( 57 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
69 ( 51 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
70 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE YOUNG Jim Steinman and Fire Inc

71 ( 52 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
73 ( 69 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE JB’s All Stars
75 ( 67 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

TV
1 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Special Edition)
2 The Young Ones: final episode
3 The Young Ones: colds
4 Scully
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Rhoda
7 Soap
8 The Addams Family
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Bewitched

 

26th June 1984

Two Tribes two weeks on top. Elvis Costello has to be content with runners-up for the gorgeous I Wanna Be Loved, I’m sad to say that’s the highest he’s ever climbed in my chart in a very long chart career, though that also applies to the UK singles chart (only Oliver’s Army peaked at 2). Rocketing up to 4, and his biggest hit to date, for Billy Idol’s moody and mysterious Eyes Without A Face. Sad songs very much saying so much to me, as Cyndi Lauper gets her 2nd Top 10 with Time After Time, OMD get their 8th top 10, and Sister Sledge their 3rd.

New at 7, reissued Waiting In Vain gives Bob Marley a second top 10 hit with the 1977 classic, one of my fave Marley songs. The Pointer Sisters Jump to 13, Lloyd Cole is perfect at 16, leaping high, and Gary Glitter gets his 10th Top 20 hit. Prince flies high with his crying doves at 21, his 3rd Top 40 hit, and highest new song is Ollie and Jerry’s movie song Breakin’ in at 30. Tina Turner makes the Top 40 for the 3rd time solo (5th in total), and a second top 40 hit for the Bluebells, co-written with Bananarama and a 1980 track recorded by them first, and a future 90’s number one classic, Young At Heart. Barry Blue produced it, too.

The Associates are back, 2 years after their number one, at 49, Squeeze are back (more or less) with Difford & Tillbrook at 59, 6 years after debuting. The Gap Band are jamming at 64, The Jacksons are shocked to get a new entry at 66 with megastars Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger on vocals – well, shocked at how underwhelming it all was all things considered. Marc Almond shows he’s The Boy Who Came Back at 71, Tom Robinson’s back in the old country at 75, appropriately behind Lionel Richie’s old-sounding country song, Stuck On You, a record I ended up loathing. I still can’t bear hearing it, not for any musical reasons, more for the all-too-vivid reminders of how bad I felt, as I developed a lovely new psychological problem (it’s obvious now, but felt real at the time) with the sensation of something stuck in my throat around the top of my back and neck. It was clearly stress-induced, but in those poo-pooing doctors, and no internet, days (to google symptoms) who the hell knew what was wrong. Which starts off even more anxiety and stress and so it snowballs onwards… Anyway, Stuck = stuck in my throat to me, and it made me feel bad after it had been in the charts a few weeks.
1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
3 ( 3 ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 35 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
5 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
6 ( 14 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
7 ( NEW ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
9 ( 27 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
10 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

11 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 4 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
13 ( 59 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
14 ( 7 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
15 ( 8 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
16 ( 50 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 26 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
19 ( 10 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
20 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

21 ( 57 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 15 ) THE LEBANON Human League
23 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 18 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
25 ( 9 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
26 ( 12 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 36 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
28 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 41 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
30 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry

31 ( 16 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
32 ( 21 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
33 ( 17 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
34 ( 13 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
35 ( 40 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
36 ( NEW ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
37 ( 22 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 31 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
39 ( 72 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
40 ( 52 ) BORDERLINE Madonna

41 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 20 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
43 ( 37 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
44 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
45 ( 38 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
46 ( 34 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
47 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
49 ( NEW ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

51 ( 45 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
52 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
53 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
54 ( 44 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
55 ( 39 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 55 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 53 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
59 ( NEW ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
60 ( 48 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

61 ( 49 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
65 ( 62 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
66 ( NEW ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
67 ( 51 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
68 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
69 ( 58 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

71 ( NEW ) THE BOY WHO CAME BACK Marc Almond
72 ( 67 ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
73 ( 73 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 Scully
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Addams Family
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Soap
8 Batman
9 The Professionals
10 Upstairs Downstairs