My August 1990 Charts

5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

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My August 1990 Charts

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5th August 1990

Oops over a year since I last posted any charts from 1990 – as I’m off work sick, that’s an opportunity to try and catch up then! 16 new entries, 6 of them cover versions (not usually a healthy sign in any given music scene) and one oldie, and it’s Roxette all the way with 3 songs dominating the top 3, as they replace themselves on top with the Pretty Woman soundtrack song. I have never seen the film so can’t say that swayed me one way or the other!

Inga’s brilliant Riding Into Blue goes top 5 a few years after her band Swimming With Sharks introduced her to my charts, and in at 9 it’s a record that made my top 20 in 1974, and topped the US charts, but criminally never charted in the UK. Thanks to an advert, that all changed 16 years late for The Steve Miller Band, who had to wait until 1976 to chart in the UK, and 1982 to get a huge hit. The Joker was and is quirky and cool.

In at 17, no more teen videos, all serious and grown-up, it’s the late great George Michael and his move into social comment with the brilliant Praying For Time. He sings it with passion (as he always did on ballads) and the words remain even more true than they did in 1990. Meanwhile Cliff delves deep into the archives for a rocknroll era song that was more familiar to me with Hermans Hermits version, a childhood fave. It’s decent, but not as good as older versions, and ditto Hothouse Flowers’ Johnny Nash cover, Big Fun’s Eddie Holman cover, Deacon Blue’s Bobbie Gentry cover and Lindy Layton’s Janet Kay cover. Timmy Mallet, meanwhile, gets a huge UK chart-topper with a charming kiddie fave from Brian Hyland, disguised (badly) as Bombalurina. It’s awful.

Happily, a great new pop single from Betty Boo, and a debut from Mariah Carey that gives no indication of future atrocities committed to tape, the sweet Vision Of Love, compensate somewhat. Mariah Carey has an amazing vocal range (as she likes showing off inappropriately at times) and can write good pop songs (see her xmas classic) or really get into a groove – but too often is distracted by bland overblown ballads.

Please excuse the Hanky Panky movement into the top 40 – in my defence I was fresh off seeing Madonna in concert the week before, and it seemed fun for about a week. I realise now I was wrong, and it isn’t. Madonna’s worst single no contest! No video links anymore, as they just get out of date (and who has time to find new ones!) and my old computer struggles with more than one Youtube link before going into never-ending staring-at-a-circle-spinning mode…

1 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 11 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
5 ( 7 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 2 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
7 ( 10 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
8 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
9 ( NEW ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
10 ( 5 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 4 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
12 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
13 ( 18 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
14 ( 19 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
15 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
16 ( 9 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
18 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
19 ( 39 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
20 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

21 ( 17 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
22 ( 35 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
23 ( 13 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
24 ( NEW ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
25 ( 26 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
26 ( 14 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
27 ( NEW ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
28 ( 25 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
29 ( 22 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
30 ( 32 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

31 ( NEW ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
32 ( 75 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
33 ( 28 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
34 ( 69 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
35 ( 21 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
36 ( 31 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
37 ( 49 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
38 ( 52 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
39 ( 23 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
40 ( 53 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
43 ( 42 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
44 ( 36 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
45 ( 40 ) I DIDN’T WANT TO NEED YOU Heart
46 ( 54 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
47 ( 63 ) WASH YOUR FACE IN MY SINK Dream Warriors
48 ( 47 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
49 ( 27 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
50 ( 29 ) LOVELY THING Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra

51 ( 34 ) THE CRYING SCENE Aztec Camera
52 ( 48 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
53 ( NEW ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
54 ( 24 ) GIMME SOME LOVIN’ Thunder
55 ( NEW ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
56 ( NEW ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
57 ( 55 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
58 ( 60 ) MELODY COOL Mavis Staples
59 ( 68 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
60 ( NEW ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)

61 ( 58 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
62 ( 56 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
63 ( 46 ) EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES Sinead O’Connor
64 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
65 ( 65 ) LA PASSIONARA The Blow Monkeys
66 ( 64 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
67 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( NEW ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
69 ( 30 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
70 ( NEW ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran

71 ( 61 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
72 ( NEW ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
75 ( NEW ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s

12th August 1990

Roxette return to the top, replacing themselves on top for the second time. In my main singles chart there have been a few occasions where acts replace themselves with oldies, but few with new or recent material. Prior to 1990 I don’t think there were any, not even Abba! Go West overtake one Pretty Woman soundtrack single with the best one (and also their best record) the fab King Of Wishful Thinking up to 2. Saw them not long ago (2015-ish) and still in fine fettle. Ditto Human League in 2016, up to 4 with a comeback lesser hit that hasn’t worn as well as Go West’s.

George into the 10, Jon Bon Jovi getting an increasingly rare top 20 hit (by this time), also a movie soundtrack (Western) song, with Sting’s classy remix at last getting the attention it deserves for the cool jazz ode to Quentin Crisp. Sting should revisit his 80’s heyday for some tips on how to make great records. Highest new entry is Aswad, or as I know them, Partial Double-deckers. I’m old. Google it. By this time they were hitting a great lovers-rock string of pleasant singles, and Next To You is no exception.

Big climbs into the 40 for Tina Turner, hot off her recent anthems, Betty Boo, New Kids On The Block (a reasonable pop record, honest), Mariah Carey, Lindy Layton (now ex-Beats International) and Bananarama on a fab Stones rifftastic dancegroove that was under-appreciated. Only Your Love was to become a Paris city-getaway holiday memory for me in the autumn, hooray! In at 32, Wilson Philips follow up a still-selling future-movie-song monster with a pleasant US chart-topper, Release Me. Thankfully not the Engelbert song.

That leaves new entries from Tears For Fears, with some last words that peaked at a low 83 in the UK charts. Still, higher in mine, eh? Sonia, coming off the back of a number one for me, also did good covering the brilliant End Of The World and introducing it to a younger audience – granted it’s not a patch on Skeeter Davis’ original hit version, but it’s not ruined. Primal Scream get a second hit, Come Together (not The Beatles song) anda second KLF chart-entry for me the future hit classic What Time Is Love, in at 69. I loved every single from Kylie Said To Jason, through to America: What Time Is Love, and including The Timelords’ Doctorin’ The Tardis, which no doubt boosted this version of What Time Is Love into my charts.

1 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
2 ( 13 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
3 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
4 ( 19 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
5 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
6 ( 1 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
7 ( 9 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
8 ( 17 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
9 ( 6 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
10 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega

11 ( 12 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
12 ( 20 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
13 ( 4 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
14 ( 8 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
15 ( 11 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
16 ( 7 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
17 ( 32 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
18 ( 38 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
19 ( 22 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
20 ( NEW ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

21 ( 23 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
22 ( 27 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
23 ( 24 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 21 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
25 ( 14 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
26 ( 37 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 16 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
28 ( 53 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
29 ( 18 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
30 ( 34 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe

31 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
32 ( NEW ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
33 ( 74 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
34 ( 28 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
35 ( 29 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
36 ( 72 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block
37 ( 55 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
38 ( 33 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
39 ( 46 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
40 ( 68 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton

41 ( 26 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
42 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
43 ( 36 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
44 ( 43 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 64 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
46 ( 44 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
47 ( 31 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
48 ( 42 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
49 ( 48 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

51 ( 56 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina
52 ( 60 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 35 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
54 ( 52 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
55 ( 59 ) LET LOVE RULE Lenny Kravitz
56 ( 25 ) ROCKIN’ OVER THE BEAT Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
57 ( 70 ) VIOLENCE OF SUMMER Duran Duran
58 ( 57 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 49 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

61 ( NEW ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
62 ( NEW ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
63 ( 61 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
64 ( RE ) DOUBLEBACK ZZ Top
65 ( 75 ) CHANNEL Z The B52’s
66 ( 62 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
67 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
68 ( 66 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
70 ( 40 ) HANKY PANKY Madonna

71 ( NEW ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
72 ( 39 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
73 ( NEW ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2

 

19th August 1990

Go West grab their only chart-topper, 5 years after debuting, with the still-brilliant King Of Wishful Thinking, a song which under-performed in the UK charts of the time but has weathered quite well in popularity terms since. Elton gathers another of his regular top 10 spots with a double A side that also was a minor hit only in sales charts, though the parent album was pretty big. 19 years of top 10’s at this stage for Reg.

Highest new entry is a 20-year-old remixed cover-version that hit for Jonathan King, albeit minor, that sounded a bit fab n groovy in the Daisy Age/post-Second-Summer-Of-Love/Madchester period. It’s still fun. Also firmly with a major “Pure 1990” sticker on it’s forehead, the 60’s-styled cool-hippie-funk, Groove Is In The Heart enters at 43 for fab Deee-Lite. It sounded fresh, fun and exciting at the time, and 27 years on hasn’t lost any of that charm.

Fleetwood Mac come back with a long, tribal instrumental-heavy track at 40, but In The Back Of My Mind was post-Buckingham, I think, and suffered from that touch of magic being missing. It was OK, but not exactly Tango In The Night quality, never mind Rumours. Covers of The Eagles from Jam On The Mutha, and The Beatles from Wet Wet Wet, a return from Prefab Sprout, looking for Atlantis (try underwater is my advice), and also World Party, and Frazier Chorus, about whom I have forgotten all. Nothing was their biggest UK hit at 51, and Wikipedia tells me they hail from Brighton and band-member Tim Freeman is the brother of actor Martin Freeman. Who knew!?

1 ( 2 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
2 ( 1 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
3 ( 4 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
4 ( 3 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
5 ( 7 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
6 ( 10 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 8 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
8 ( 5 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
9 ( 15 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
10 ( 12 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John

11 ( 17 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
12 ( 6 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( 18 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 9 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
15 ( 20 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad
16 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
17 ( 32 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 13 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
19 ( 14 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
20 ( 28 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner

21 ( 33 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
22 ( 11 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
23 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard
24 ( 16 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
25 ( 24 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
26 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
27 ( 19 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
28 ( 25 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
29 ( 21 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
30 ( 36 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 22 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
32 ( 29 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
33 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
34 ( 37 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
35 ( 61 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
36 ( 27 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
37 ( 45 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
38 ( 34 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
39 ( 35 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
40 ( NEW ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 42 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 38 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
43 ( NEW ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
44 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
45 ( 43 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
46 ( NEW ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
48 ( 73 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 46 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones

51 ( 31 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
52 ( 52 ) HOW THE HEART BEHAVES Was (Not Was)
53 ( 30 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
54 ( 48 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
55 ( 69 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
56 ( 54 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( 62 ) FAMOUS LAST WORDS Tears For Fears
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 59 ) NOBODY Tongue n’ Cheek
60 ( 51 ) ITSY BITSY TEENY WEENY YELLOW POLKA DOT BIKINI Bombalurina

61 ( 50 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
62 ( 47 ) HEY THERE LONELY GIRL Big Fun
63 ( 39 ) ONLY YOUR LOVE Bananarama
64 ( 63 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
65 ( 67 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 53 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
67 ( 66 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 60 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law
70 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) NOTHING Frazier Chorus
72 ( 75 ) AMANDA Craig McClaghlan & Check 1-2
73 ( NEW ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
74 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE Wet Wet Wet

26th August 1990

It’s a sudden reversal and leap back into the top 10 and on top of the chart for Inga, thanks to 12 inches. Yes, I bought the 12″ vinyl version of the worldwide flop and got to fully appreciate the cowboy-synth Trevor-Horn-production charm of the record. The video is equally charming. Bad news for Human League who don’t get to add another number one to their list, though 2 is quite generous enough in retrospect. JK goes top 10 with his 1970 oldie nd Joe Jackson returns to the top 10 7 years on with the great Steppin’ Out.

Aswad clock up another top 10, and it won’t be the last either, Deee-Lite leap into the 40, Primal Scream ditto, and Sonia re-enters her cover of End Of The World at 35, heading a run of covers to make the 40. Black Cat, Janet J goes all rock-chick, and I wasn’t entirely convinced it was up to the standard of the early singles off Rhythm Nation. Had the album, too. There were much better tracks. Happily at 57 it’s a classic from Bass-O-Matic, a William Orbit project that heavily sampled Tommy Roe’s Dizzy rhythms. Dizzy was the first ever single I bought with my own money, so it could have gone horribly wrong in my affections, but didn’t. It’s still a fantastic single, sample-heavy, soulful, groovy.

Joining the Janet rock-vibe, Whitesnake and Aerosmith add to a long list of older chart entries, Heatwave remix a soul ballad goodie of theirs from 1978, Bob Geldof does a solo entry 5 years after his first one, and Junior extends his run of hits to 8 years with Step Off. DNA slip in while also hogging a top 10 slot with dut-dut-duh-da.

1 ( 18 ) RIDING INTO BLUE Inga
2 ( 3 ) HEART LIKE A WHEEL Human League
3 ( 2 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART/ DANGEROUS Roxette
4 ( 1 ) KING OF WISHFUL THINKING Go West
5 ( 7 ) PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael
6 ( 6 ) TOM’S DINER DNA featuring Suzanne Vega
7 ( 16 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT ’90 Jonathan King
8 ( NEW ) STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson
9 ( 4 ) THIEVES IN THE TEMPLE Prince
10 ( 15 ) NEXT TO YOU Aswad

11 ( 5 ) THE JOKER The Steve Miller Band
12 ( 21 ) WHERE ARE YOU BABY Betty Boo
13 ( 13 ) ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK (BEN LIEBRAND REMIX) Sting
14 ( 20 ) LOOK ME IN THE HEART Tina Turner
15 ( 8 ) I’M FREE The Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid
16 ( 11 ) BLAZE OF GLORY Jon Bon Jovi
17 ( 17 ) RELEASE ME Wilson Philips
18 ( 14 ) WHY CAN’T WE LIVE TOGETHER (1990 TK REMIX) Timmy Thomas
19 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
20 ( 23 ) SILHOUETTES Cliff Richard

21 ( 43 ) GROOVE IS IN THE HEART Deee-Lite
22 ( 10 ) CLUB AT THE END OF THE STREET/ WHISPERS Elton John
23 ( 19 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
24 ( 9 ) YOU WOULDN’T KNOW LOVE Cher
25 ( 34 ) VISION OF LOVE Mariah Carey
26 ( 48 ) COME TOGETHER Primal Scream
27 ( 39 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
29 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Lindy Layton
30 ( 30 ) TONIGHT New Kids On The Block

31 ( 35 ) HARDLINE UPROAR Together
32 ( 22 ) NAKED IN THE RAIN Blue Pearl
33 ( 24 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
34 ( 32 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
35 ( RE ) END OF THE WORLD Sonia
36 ( 37 ) I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN Deacon Blue
37 ( 46 ) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Jam On The Mutha
38 ( 55 ) WHAT TIME IS LOVE The KLF
39 ( 29 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN Michael Bolton
40 ( 40 ) IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Fleetwood Mac

41 ( 41 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
42 ( 44 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) ALRIGHT (UK/USA versions) Janet Jackson
44 ( 42 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
45 ( 27 ) DOIN’ OUR OWN DANG The Jungle Brothers
46 ( 38 ) TURTLE POWER Partners In Kryme
47 ( 45 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
48 ( NEW ) BLACK CAT janet Jackson
49 ( 49 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
50 ( 69 ) FIRST TIME EVER Joanna Law

51 ( 26 ) WEAR YOU TO THE BALL UB40
52 ( 28 ) THAT’S JUST THE WAY IT IS Phil Collins
53 ( 31 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW The Hothouse Flowers
54 ( 50 ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
55 ( 47 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne
56 ( 56 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
57 ( NEW ) FASCINATING RHYTHM Bass-O-Matic
58 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( 54 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
60 ( NEW ) NOW YOU’RE GONE Whitesnake

61 ( 51 ) CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ River City People
62 ( 65 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) THE OTHER SIDE Aerosmith
64 ( 61 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
65 ( 64 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
66 ( NEW ) MIND BLOWING DECISIONS (REMIX) Heatwave
67 ( 53 ) POISON Bell Biv Devoe
68 ( 68 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
69 ( 67 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
70 ( 70 ) LOOKING FOR ATLANTIS Prefab Sprout

71 ( NEW ) LOVE OR SOMETHING Bob Geldof
72 ( 73 ) LAY DOWN NOW World Party
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( NEW ) LA SERENISSIMA DNA
75 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Junior Giscombe

 

My 1990 Charts – June

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3rd June 1990

2 weeks on top for Talk Talk, well, It’s My chartLife! Dirty Cash grooves brilliantly to 4, and Dusty gets a 4th consecutive top 5 hit, though a hat-trick of previous chart-toppers is a lot to live up to, but she’s got the Reputation if anyone has. In at 6, it’s a 25-year-old Beach Boys summer classic that has popped up on B Sides before, but never charted in it’s own right, and Wouldn’t It Be Nice if it entered at 6? Good, cos it has, giving them 22 years of chart action and another top 10 to add to the lengthening list. Astoundingly, it’s also the first track from the classic album Pet Sounds to make my charts (even allowing for the fact that it predates my charts by 2 years). “Classic” is an over-used word these days, but by any standard Pet Sounds IS Classic with a capital C. It was so groundbreaking that it spurred The Beatles on to up their game to put one over on their main creative rivals of the time – and that led to a little album that quietly slipped out called Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Bee Gees were also in my first ever chart along with the Beach Boys, and The Beatles, so it’s good to see them back in with another new one, Bodyguard, albeit it very laid-back that stiffed in the UK.

Roxette leap into the 20 with It Must Have Been Love, as a new entry from 1970 oldie Venus is remixed and is Shocking Blue back in the charts just ahead of Don Pablo’s Animals re-versioning dance-stylee of the same song, and which they borrow to greater effect. Betty Boo is Doin’ The Do inside the 20, and Gary Moore still got the blues enough to hit 20, leaving Billy Joel heading down The Downeaster Alexa at 23, a spiritual sequel (of sorts, to my ears) to Gordon Lightfoot’s The Wreck Of The Edmond Fitzgerald . There’s a Yaaaah! at 29, as D. Shake goes Techno Trance and the brilliant The Only One I Know leaps inside the 40 for The Charlatans. Ditto Black Box and Englandneworder, while The Beloved are having a non-Lauper Time After Time new at 40. That leaves a new entry from Elton John. I say “new” actually Sacrifice was in the chart last week, as it has been since the previous autumn, but it had been reissued after flopping in the UK along with his other flop Healing hands. Both had topped my chart and now are new, technically, together. Elsewhere MC Hammer debuts with a cover of a Rick James classic. I say “cover”. The words are new, and the baggy trousers shout out U Can’t Touch This. He’s a Superfreak I guess!


1 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
2 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
3 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
4 ( 8 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
5 ( 9 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( NEW ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
8 ( 7 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
9 ( 11 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
10 ( 5 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

11 ( 6 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
12 ( 32 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
13 ( NEW ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
14 ( 16 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 27 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
16 ( 10 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
18 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 13 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
20 ( 25 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore

21 ( 19 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
22 ( 15 ) VOGUE Madonna
23 ( NEW ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
25 ( 20 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
26 ( 21 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
27 ( 38 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
28 ( 35 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
29 ( NEW ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D. Shake
30 ( 18 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton

31 ( 65 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
32 ( 22 ) THE POWER Snap!
33 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
34 ( NEW ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
35 ( 55 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
36 ( 31 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
37 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure
38 ( 24 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
39 ( 36 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
40 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved

41 ( 28 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
42 ( 29 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
43 ( 23 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
44 ( 45 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
45 ( 42 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
46 ( 70 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
47 ( 33 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
48 ( 26 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas
49 ( 46 ) LOADED Primal Scream
50 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s

51 ( RE ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
52 ( 51 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 49 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
54 ( 41 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
55 ( NEW ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
56 ( 52 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 62 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
58 ( 64 ) JOY AND HEARTBREAK Movement 98 featuring Carroll Thompson
59 ( 66 ) GIVE IT UP Hothouse Flowers
60 ( 40 ) A DREAM’S A DREAM Soul II Soul

61 ( 30 ) WHAT DID I DO FOR YOU Lisa Stansfield
62 ( 39 ) ANGEL Eurythmics
63 ( 44 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More
64 ( 63 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
66 ( 54 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
67 ( 47 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
68 ( 71 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
69 ( 58 ) MAYBE FOR SURE Deborah Harry
70 ( 53 ) HEAVEN GIVE ME WORDS Propaganda

71 ( 69 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 68 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
73 ( 61 ) TOMORROW Tongue ‘n’ Cheek
74 ( 72 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( NEW ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party

I bought a David Shepherd limited edition artwork of a Dormouse for £57 this week. Still got it, though it should be worth a bit more these days. Bob advised me on that, and let me know that the Fleetwood Mac tickets we’d ordered he’d still pay for his as he now had to go to a mate’s wedding instead. Oops! On Saturday I drove to London to go to my first Comics mart. I sold some comics to 30th Century Comics, who are still going strong in Putney, fanzine friends running the business, and I met fanzine members, but I felt very out of it meeting groups of people who already knew each other and wandered off to look around. For the first time in 20 years I had the very odd experience of talking about comic characters out loud to other human beings!

I chatted to various young members of Apa-247 and heard about previous fanzine Inertron, a Legion fanzine that had become a general comics fanzine when most of the Legion fans broke away after a spat. I found out all the gossip about it. I won’t repeat it here, though I’m sure it would be interesting to do that, sorry! We still meet up 25 years later and older, some have passed away tragically young, but it’s still great meeting up. That’s pretty damn impressive, really, and the only organisation in my life I have joined up with socially and stuck with. As Groucho Marx said, I wouldn’t want to belong to any organisation that would have me as a member. Except comic fans. I bid adieu to everyone though, went to HMV and bought The Mind Robber (my fave 60’s Doctor Who episodes) on video, 20 years since I saw it last and as fresh and familiar as if it were just a few years! I enjoyed myself enough to decide to go to another meeting with the apa fans, so result all round!


10th June 1990

Elton John’s newly-doubled-up Sacrifice and Healing Hands top the chart again together, having done it solo in 1989, as they did in the UK singles chart in 1990 having flopped in 1989. “I told you so” is such a childish phrase….! Elton’s career had been in the doldrums for a few years, but this pushed him right back into the big league again, as he finally got his long-awaited UK singles chart solo number one. These days I much prefer Healing Hands as I overdosed on Sacrifice eventually. Gary Moore gets a second top 10, his first for 5 years, and Roxette grab a 3rd as It Must Have Been Love sneaks up a bit.

The Chimes smoothly slide into the 20, as D-Shake rave it on up, hey Yaaah! Highest new entry is Snap!’s follow-up to The Power, and it’s a Gap Band song 10 years on, Ooops! Just walking behind them, like an Egyptian, The Bangles get a return to the top 40 4 years on from first-time round, Diana Ross returns I’m Still Waiting in remixed form 19 years on, and Chad Jackson hears a drummer go wicked inside the 40, too. Lower down, Bruce Dickinson gets a second solo entry with his Mott The Hoople cover of All The Young Dudes, and The Pretenders pop in briefly at 62, though Chrissie insists she’d Never Do That. Jason Donovan and Bobby Brown are back too, and at 68 it’s a bangin’ dance rave-rap track, The Only Rhyme That Bites, as MC Tunes and 808 State get together over the theme to The Big Country sample to pretty good effect.

1 ( 34 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
2 ( 1 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
3 ( 2 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
4 ( 3 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
5 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
6 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
7 ( 4 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
8 ( 20 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
9 ( 8 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
10 ( 12 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette

11 ( 17 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
12 ( 7 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
13 ( 15 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
14 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
15 ( 11 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
16 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
17 ( 9 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
18 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
19 ( 29 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
20 ( 10 ) TEXAS Chris Rea

21 ( 13 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
22 ( 14 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
23 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
24 ( 19 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
25 ( 31 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
26 ( 27 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
27 ( 40 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 22 ) VOGUE Madonna
29 ( 35 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
30 ( 37 ) STAR Erasure

31 ( 26 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
32 ( 25 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( NEW ) OOOPS UP Snap!
34 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 30 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
36 ( 55 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( NEW ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
38 ( 36 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
39 ( 32 ) THE POWER Snap!
40 ( 39 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair

41 ( 21 ) KISSING GATE Sam Brown
42 ( 38 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40
43 ( 41 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
44 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY EVERYBODY Black Box
45 ( 46 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
46 ( 24 ) THE POLICY OF TRUTH Depeche Mode
47 ( 51 ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
48 ( 45 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
49 ( NEW ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
50 ( 49 ) LOADED Primal Scream

51 ( 50 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
52 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
53 ( 42 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
54 ( 47 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
55 ( NEW ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
56 ( 44 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
57 ( 53 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
58 ( 56 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
59 ( NEW ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
60 ( 43 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand

61 ( 65 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
62 ( NEW ) NEVER DO THAT The Pretenders
63 ( 57 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
64 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 68 ) UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME Miki Howard
67 ( 54 ) REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
68 ( NEW ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
69 ( NEW ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
70 ( 48 ) LOVE THING The Pasadenas

71 ( 66 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER (REMIX) Madonna
72 ( 71 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
73 ( 72 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 74 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
75 ( 63 ) FROM OUT OF NOWHERE Faith No More

PLAYLIST OLDIES

1. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO – The Chi-Lites
2. LIGHT MY FIRE – Jose Feliciano
3. MUSIC – John Miles


In my oldies playlist, The Chi-Lites disco classic from 1976 joins John Miles Music, and the 1968 spanish acoustic guitar version of The Doors’ Light My Fire from Jose Feliciano which I loved age 10. Will Young eventually copied this version for a UK 21st Century singles chart topper. In my life, I continued working for Bournemouth Borough Council, but I started my new full-time job as Contracts Monitor for Parks. First up, was checking the grounds maintenance for the local schools, Colleges, Community Arts and Police stations. Played badminton with Peter, won 4-2, for a change. Oh, and I’d officially stopped eating meat by now en route to eventually becoming a vegetarian.


17th June 1990

It’s a rare brand new entry in at 1 from nowhere. Big Fun and Sonia, with a sax assist from Gary Barnacle. This was a charity record for Childline featuring the two most annoying of the pop stars from the Stock Aitken Waterman hit machine, and was written and produced by SAW. Given all of that, it would be a surprise for me to like it a lot. For me to instantly fall in love with the record is a miracle, it’s rare that new tracks do that in my charts, unheard of for acts I’ve been a bit “meh” over. For it to become one of the least-successful charity records is a travesty, it’s pure soul brilliance, heavily-inspired by Junior Walker And The All Stars’ “What Does It Take”. The lyrics match the intended sentiment and the boys and girl give great vocals, and that sax is fantastic. Under-rated much.

Roxette get a 3rd top 5 track, and the B52’s a third as Roam finally hits 5 after months of yo-yo-ing. Betty Boo gets a first top 10 do, and The Chimes take U2’s song back into the 10 3 years on, all soulful. The Charlatans get a first top 20 hit, and the new entry at 16 is a hark back to childhood TV excitement as Thunderbirds Are Go with FAB and MC Parker. Parker?! Yus M’lady! Actually there’s a fair bit of Stingray in there too, so that’s even better for a mash-up of the theme tune dance-stylee. FAB! My faves were Parker, Lady Penelope, Alan and Tintin. The track is both amusing and nostalgic great fun. In at 20, Jeff Lynne has a belated solo single debut after 20 years of hits with The Move and ELO, and it’s pretty good. Every Little Thing sounds like an ELO record, of course. Fine by me cos it’s also fab!

Bruce Dickinson out-peaks every single Iron Maiden single at 23, as his cover of All The Young Dudes pops into the 40, along with another cover – of Sister Sledge’s Nile Rodgers/Bernard Edwards song Thinking Of You – from Maureen Walsh. Kim Wilde calls Time, in at 26, Blow Monkeys spring back at 40, and Gloria Estefan, They Might Be Giants and MC Hammer all go top 40. New lower down, another Aussie soap star covers Mona, and it’s a good version from Craig McClaghlan, Double Trouble take a 3rd version of Love Don’t Live Here Anymore into the 75, Maxi Priest is back with a good new single Close To You, Paul Young covers the Chi_lites 1972 chart-topper Oh Girl, and at 75 Luciano Pavarotti, the world’s top classical tenor covers Puccini’s Nessun Dorma (from Turandot) for the football World Cup and becomes a sensation immortalising the song for the masses for the next 25 years (so far). One of the better football songs, I ponder!


1 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 1 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 2 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
4 ( 10 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 16 ) ROAM The B52’s
6 ( 3 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
7 ( 4 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
8 ( 13 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
9 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
10 ( 6 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys

11 ( 9 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
12 ( 7 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
13 ( 5 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
14 ( 25 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
15 ( 12 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
16 ( NEW ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
17 ( 8 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
18 ( 11 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
19 ( 33 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

21 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
22 ( 19 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
23 ( 49 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson
24 ( 17 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
25 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
26 ( NEW ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
28 ( 15 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
29 ( 18 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 56 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan

31 ( 20 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
32 ( 24 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
33 ( 31 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 28 ) VOGUE Madonna
35 ( 32 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
36 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
37 ( 45 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
38 ( 22 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
39 ( 61 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
40 ( RE ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys

41 ( 38 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 39 ) THE POWER Snap!
43 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
44 ( 23 ) THE DOWNEASTER ALEXA Billy Joel
45 ( 37 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
46 ( 43 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
47 ( 26 ) HOLD ON En Vogue
48 ( 40 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
49 ( NEW ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
50 ( 42 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

51 ( 21 ) VENUS (REMIX) Shocking Blue
52 ( 48 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
53 ( 29 ) WORLD IN MOTION England New Order
54 ( 55 ) TOUCHED BY THE HAND OF CICCIOLINA Pop Will Eat Itself
55 ( 50 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 52 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
57 ( 68 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
58 ( 60 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
59 ( 51 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
60 ( 53 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

61 ( 54 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
62 ( 57 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
63 ( 58 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
64 ( 63 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
65 ( 65 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Jason Donovan
66 ( 64 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
67 ( 69 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
68 ( 35 ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
69 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest
70 ( 30 ) STAR Erasure

71 ( NEW ) OH GIRL Paul Young
72 ( 59 ) CLOUD 8 Frazier Chorus
73 ( NEW ) GIRL TO GIRL The 49‘ers
74 ( 73 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti


I was busy hiring Star Trek: The Next Generation first season videos from video shops at this time, it seems unthinkable that a hot new American TV show with a mass cult appeal behind it could remain unaired on British television 3 years on – but that was the times, if the 2 broadcasters passed on it then you were stuffed. Sky TV of course took up the slack eventually which meant you had to pay out anyway and buy a satellite dish. At work, lots of school grounds checking, which meant associating with headmasters and introducing myself. Having joined the fanzine, I mused that my writing style was pretty crap actually, limited vocabulary and it takes SO long to type out a single page of comments and articles! I did some artwork for my fanzine, updating some stuff I’d drawn 13 years earlier.

24th June 1990

2 weeks on top for You’ve Got A Friend as the highest new entry is a 1966 classic from The Rolling Stones, and quite possibly their best record, Paint It, Black, re-issued after featuring in Vietnam War TV series Tour Of Duty, and a chart entry in the UK and chart-topper in the Netherlands. Dark, inventive use of the sitar (shortly after George Harrison brought it into western pop music) and aggressive, it never gets boring, which is why it still periodically enters the UK singles charts. Into the top 10, Don Pablo’s Animals get the 3rd top 10 version of Venus, and Jeff Lynne keeps his run going (for most ELO singles releases, and The Move singles dating back to 1971.

Meanwhile, Diana Ross’ period-common oldies remix (usually with a Soul II Soul shuffle beat) brings I’m Still Waiting back into the 20 for the 3rd time, though the pedestrian dance version isn’t a patch on the lush orchestral original arrangement that hit my top spot in 1976 on re-issue 5 years after first charting. That could also apply to Promised Land and their cover of Something In The Air, the 1969 Thunderclap Newman number one that was also my 3rd ever purchased single. The Bangles actual original version also goes top 20, I’m relieved to say, as they keep on walking like an Egyptian.

In at 31, it’s a charity cover version of the 1949 Hank Snow record Nobody’s Child, though the version I knew was Karen Young’s 1969 hit cover. George Harrison also recorded it with Tony Sheridan and George’s mates John and Paul. Tom Petty is also a new entry at 48 with Yer So Bad, as well as a Wilbury, and ditto Jeff Lynne at 10 and as a Wilbury. MC Tunes vs 808 State hit the 40 along with Maxi Priest, and also Craig McClaghlan, while lower down Bob Geldof gets a solo entry 5 years since his first one, and 13 years after his debut Boomtown Rats entry, but he seems indifferent about it.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND Big Fun and Sonia featuring Gary Barnacle
2 ( 2 ) SACRIFICE/ HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( NEW ) PAINT IT BLACK The Rolling Stones
4 ( 4 ) IT MUST HAVE BEEN LOVE Roxette
5 ( 3 ) IT’S MY LIFE Talk Talk
6 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR The Chimes
7 ( 6 ) HOLD ON Wilson Philips
8 ( 18 ) VENUS Don Pablo’s Animals
9 ( 7 ) DON’T WANNA FALL IN LOVE Jane Child
10 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE THING Jeff Lynne

11 ( 8 ) DOIN’ THE DO Betty Boo
12 ( 11 ) KILLER Adamski featuring Seal
13 ( 16 ) THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO FAB featuring MC Parker
14 ( 5 ) ROAM The B52’s
15 ( 12 ) DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
16 ( 19 ) OOOPS UP Snap!
17 ( 45 ) I’M STILL WAITING (REMIX) Diana Ross
18 ( 10 ) WOULDN’T IT BE NICE The Beach Boys
19 ( 21 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
20 ( NEW ) SOMETHING IN THE AIR Promised Land

21 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Maureen Walsh
22 ( 13 ) REPUTATION Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) THE ONLY ONE I KNOW The Charlatans
24 ( 17 ) STILL GOT THE BLUES Gary Moore
25 ( 15 ) BETTER THE DEVIL YOU KNOW Kylie Minogue
26 ( 26 ) TIME Kim Wilde
27 ( 39 ) U CAN’T TOUCH THIS MC Hammer
28 ( 43 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Double Trouble
29 ( 29 ) ALRIGHT Janet Jackson
30 ( 23 ) ALL THE YOUNG DUDES Bruce Dickinson

31 ( NEW ) NOBODY’S CHILD The Traveling Wilburys
32 ( 35 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
33 ( 33 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
34 ( 24 ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees
35 ( 40 ) SPRINGTIME FOR THE WORLD Blow Monkeys
36 ( 49 ) MONA Craig McClaghlan
37 ( 27 ) TIME AFTER TIME The Beloved
38 ( 57 ) THE ONLY RHYME THAT BITES MC Tunes vs 808 State
39 ( 28 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT Beats International
40 ( 69 ) CLOSE TO YOU Maxi Priest

41 ( 41 ) LET IT BE The Beatles
42 ( 32 ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
43 ( 34 ) VOGUE Madonna
44 ( 42 ) THE POWER Snap!
45 ( 31 ) TEXAS Chris Rea
46 ( 38 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 46 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
48 ( NEW ) YER SO BAD Tom Petty
49 ( 30 ) CUTS BOTH WAYS Gloria Estefan
50 ( 75 ) NESSUN DORMA Luciano Pavarotti

51 ( 22 ) YAAAH/ TECHNO TRANCE D-Shake
52 ( NEW ) THE MASTERPLAN Diana Brown and Barrie K. Sharpe
53 ( 58 ) GHETTO HEAVEN The Family Stand
54 ( 52 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
55 ( 55 ) LOADED Primal Scream
56 ( 63 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
57 ( 56 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
58 ( 48 ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul featuring The Wild Pair
59 ( 71 ) OH GIRL Paul Young
60 ( 50 ) KINGSTON TOWN UB40

61 ( 67 ) FREE-STYLE MEGAMIX Bobby Brown
62 ( 36 ) HEAR THE DRUMMER (GO WICKED) Chad Jackson
63 ( RE ) MESSAGE IN THE BOX World Party
64 ( 62 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
65 ( 66 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
66 ( 59 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
68 ( 60 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
69 ( 37 ) ISTANBUL (NOT CONSTANTINOPLE) They Might Be Giants
70 ( NEW ) WHO’S LAW IS IT ANYWAY Guru Josh

71 ( NEW ) MOVE AWAY JIMMT BLUE Del Amitri
72 ( NEW ) GREAT SONG OF INDIFFERENCE Bob Geldof
73 ( 74 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
74 ( 61 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
75 ( NEW ) STEP BY STEP New Kids On The Block


In real life, the niece and nephew were back at home with me and their mum, and Vicki said she missed me when they were away (aaah, sweet!). Having wasted my money on an MSX music computer 5 years earlier which was neither one thing nor the other, I opted for a new Amstrad 9512 for the hugely expensive price of £576 – bear in mind they were glorified typewriters in those days and that would be like paying a couple of thousand for one now while on low wages! Ouch!

My 1989 Charts – September

Vermont 1989

Vermont 1989

3rd September 1989

Tears For Fears get their 2nd absolute classic chart-topper, the Beatles-tastic Sowing The Seeds Of Love, 4 years on from the even-more-classic Everybody Wants To Rule The World (and 3 years on from the Sport Aid version which also hit 1). All summer of love-ish, it’s bad news for actual flower-power song Sunshine Superman which peaks at 2 for Donovan. Malcolm McLaren gets his 2nd-biggest hit at 4, and The KLF their first Top 5 (excluding Doctorin’ The Tardis). Kylie Said To Jason? Funnily enough Jason’s in at 43 with one of his best SAW hits, oh everyday, Jason, I love you more!

The Time Warp goes top 10! Well it’s a step to the left..! So does Lisa Stansfield, again, bringing back 70’s soul to the (nearly) 90’s, as she does starring in movie Northern Soul any day now. About time that had a revival! So, what do I think about Tina Turner? Simply The Best! In at 18 with the one that has now become her signature song, a stormin’ pop song and much better than Bonnie Tyler’s earlier version. 20 years of hits, and one number one with Ike in 1973.

Janet Jackson misses me much, so I respond with a leap to 27 from 69 for her. Gloria follows up her number one ballad, as usual, which means a latino-dance-pop track, at 35: O Ye Mi Canto! S’Express return at 38, the Stones get 20 years of hits which leaves me with Mixed Emotions, as it ain’t no Honky Tonk Women. At 66, Amazulu chuck out another cover, this time one place behind the original (and it’s 1987 remix) by The Archies, which is well into it’s 2-year run 3rd-time round. Oh, yes New Kids On The Block debut at 75. Hangin’ Tough? Hangin’ A Bit Insipidly, mostly.

In life, Paul & Sheila visited while my brother visited Sue & the kids, which took a bit of juggling. Paul had a new MG, and it was lovely seeing them, and showing them round the countryside, and coastal walks, and meeting two of their friends also holidaying in Poole, which was fun. To the Dormers pub in Wimborne, which I visited almost weekly in the 90’s. On TV? Elton on Wogan; The Time Tunnel repeats; reading Arthur C. Clarke’s Sentinel. Pre-holiday jitters…

1 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
3 ( 1 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 8 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
6 ( 4 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
7 ( 10 ) CHERISH Madonna
8 ( 7 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
10 ( 14 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 5 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
12 ( 15 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
13 ( 12 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
14 ( 11 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
15 ( 9 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
16 ( 13 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
17 ( 21 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
18 ( NEW ) THE BEST Tina Turner
19 ( 23 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
20 ( 24 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard

21 ( 17 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
22 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
23 ( 28 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
24 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
25 ( 49 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
26 ( 36 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
27 ( 69 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( 19 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
29 ( 22 ) POISON Alice Cooper
30 ( 41 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty

31 ( 27 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
32 ( 25 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 26 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
35 ( NEW ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 20 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
37 ( 42 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
38 ( NEW ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
39 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 29 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

41 ( 31 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
42 ( 47 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
43 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
44 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH Bros
45 ( 60 ) PARTYMAN Prince
46 ( 48 ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 46 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
48 ( 32 ) ON AND ON Aswad
49 ( 37 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
50 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

51 ( 64 ) WARNING Adeva
52 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
53 ( NEW ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 35 ) DO THE RIGHT THING Redhead Kingpin And The FBI
56 ( 74 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
57 ( 38 ) A BIT OF U2 Kiss AMC
58 ( 40 ) BE FREE WITH YOUR LOVE Spandau Ballet
59 ( 44 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
60 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 53 ) BATDANCE Prince
62 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( NEW ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 45 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
66 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
67 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
68 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR Amazulu
69 ( 43 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies

71 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA BE THE SAME Danny Wilson
72 ( 57 ) LOVE PAINS Hazell Dean
73 ( NEW ) NATURE OF LOVE Waterfront
74 ( 71 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
75 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

me on the left, looking hot eh? Well, YOUNG at any rate. Lake Champlain 1989

10th September 1989

So, this week was spent in Massachussets, New York State and Vermont, not to mention Canada, with mates Bob & Jason. That had a wobbly effect on some records (current on radio stations round about) as they went back up, and re-entered. It also meant loads of US hits making my charts. However, no change at 1, 2 weeks for Tears For Fears, but Madonna again makes the Top 5, not missing it since Causing A Commotion underperformed. The Bee Gees get One back up to 7, Richard Marx is up to 12, and the Cure make the Top 40 with Love Song.

New entries, though? Highest is Elton n Aretha’s Through The Storm, a re-entry hitting a new holiday peak at 14, while the highest new actual entry is, of all people, Donny Osmond on a George Michael-a-like ballad Sacred Emotion, emoting at 28, 17 years on from Puppy Love. Donny’s about a week older than me, which makes me feel special. I mentioned I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth didn’t I?

Rod’s back: He’s Crazy About Her at 39. No change there then! At 45, it’s the new entry of the week, the mega-brilliant Personal Jesus as Depeche Mode come back on fire with their best record to date, albeit more of a grower than a show-er. Eurythmics, don’t ask me why, are at 54 with a ballad, just ahead of the great George Harrison. Cheer Down, luv, right, la? At 60, does anyone recall Harry Houdini? Not even Kon Kan is my guess, so youtube ahoy! Don Henley keeps the solo hits coming, one spot behind Aerosmith who enjoy Love In An Elevator, a great fun rock track, and one that takes me back to Aerosmith’s Rocknrollercoaster ride at Disney MGM (a decade later!). Lastly, Paula Abdul’s back, Martika covers Carole King (not that well) and Roxette are back with Listen To Your Heart, a great ballad.

Niagara By Night 1989

Niagara By Night 1989


How about some holiday nostalgia? No? Well I’m going to anyway! Due to heavy winds we landed at Gander, Newfoundland to refuel and get off the plane. Bonus! Forests and lakes galore, and Lumberjack-style fashions. On the downside it meant we landed in Boston in darkness, but we got some advice from an American on the bus to Alamo car hire to leave Boston and get cheap motels in Manchester. I drove, in the dark, on busy freeways in a city, my armpits like waterfalls! We got there, found a cheap motel, Neil Diamond’s Love On The Rocks playing, and errr it became instantly obvious to me it was a businessman’s knocking shop, underlined by the response when we asked for a room. “All night?” the motel clerk enquired. Fortunately the sticky stuff on the bedspread was fresh cream cake. Honestly, I kid not!

Next day, Montpelier, lovely Vermont state capitol, all golden-domed and classy. Picturesque forested riverside sandwich lunch-break, so I could generously offer myself up to the local mosquitos for a snack (they never refuse). Burlington: student college town by a lake, great atmosphere, Whole Of The Moon playing in a record store, and a grotty run-down motel run by 2 sweet Polish ladies charging a fortune for nothing much. The toilet wouldn’t flush so I lifted up the lid to fiddle with the workings. Bad move. I dropped the lid into the cistern which immediately cracked and water flooded onto the bathroom floor. We tied it up to not flush, and next morning, despite me wanting to pay, I was outvoted and we did a runner. At least we didn’t use my credit card!

Me and Ottawa 1989

Me and Ottawa 1989

Car ferry across windy Lake Champlain to New York State (which meant we got out of the car), Baker Street (of course) on the car radio as we headed for Swiss-styled Lake Placid, not snow-covered, nor ski-ing, but mountainously pretty, forested and laked: the thing with the NE States is how long you can drive and still see trees – in the UK, 20 minutes tops! Lake Placid, though was very expensive! Bought Arthur C Clarke & James White sci-fi novels, Cheers, Moonlighting and Star Trek on TV (again).

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

me and boat-ride in Ottawa 1989

Over a bridge to Canada, next day, questioned by customs (way friendlier than guestapo-influenced US and Australian customs in the 90’s), and a switch to the Canadian dollar as we drove the billboard tedium highways to Ottawa, a London in miniature architecturally, but prettier, and very British in many ways. We all loved Ottawa. We lucked it into a luxury hotel, The Embassy, it was another world to me (yet only £16 each per night!), it had a living room, iamspamspamami and was a FAB place to spend 2 nights! Ottawa at night was fab. The boat trip downriver was fab. The parliament buildings fab. Rick Astley was in concert in Ottawa the first night. Happily we didn’t find out in time, as Bob would have liked to have gone (to have a concert experience rather than listen to one decent song).

Toronto 1989

Toronto 1989

Toronto: big city. CN Tower, glass elevator on the side of the building: sweating buckets at the sheer drop in front of me, it was soooooo high! Terrific views though. Then, Niagara Falls, I wanted to look around the Canadian side but we ended up driving over into the States to get customs checks out of the way – the irritable guard warmed when he realised we were British. SO handy being British in the USA… As if to welcome us, local TV had Dr Who and Are You Being Served, EWhose Line Is It Anyway on show! Found a motel, saw the Falls by night, lit up: stunning! They really are impressive, well-worth going to see, the speed of the water is deafening…TBC

Lake Placid NY 1989

Lake Placid NY 1989

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
3 ( 6 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
4 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
5 ( 7 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 5 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
7 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
8 ( 2 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 18 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 9 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
12 ( 25 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
13 ( 8 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
14 ( RE ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
15 ( 11 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
16 ( 17 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
18 ( 22 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
19 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
20 ( 24 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams

21 ( 13 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
22 ( 23 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
23 ( 15 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
24 ( 26 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
25 ( 20 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
26 ( 16 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
28 ( NEW ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 43 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
30 ( RE ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones

31 ( 19 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
32 ( 56 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( 38 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
35 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
36 ( 52 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
37 ( 21 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
38 ( 62 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( NEW ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
40 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

Niagara by night 1989

Niagara by night 1989

41 ( 28 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
42 ( 31 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
43 ( 32 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
44 ( RE ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
45 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
46 ( 39 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 29 ) POISON Alice Cooper
48 ( RE ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
49 ( 30 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
50 ( 37 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

51 ( 45 ) PARTYMAN Prince
52 ( 53 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 47 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
55 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( NEW ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
57 ( 36 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
58 ( 34 ) INVISIBLE MAN Queen
59 ( 50 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
60 ( NEW ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

61 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 41 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
63 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
64 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
65 ( 66 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
66 ( 67 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( NEW ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
68 ( NEW ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
69 ( 69 ) FRIENDS Jody Watley featuring Eric B
70 ( 61 ) BATDANCE Prince

71 ( 70 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
72 ( NEW ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
73 ( 42 ) KNOCKED OUT Paula Abdul
74 ( NEW ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

17th September 1989

3 weeks for Tears For Fears, I loved it so much I bought the US cd picture sleeve version in New York City at Tower Records, along with Elton’s fab new album Sleeping With The Past which eventually made it big in the UK in 1990. Quite a slow chart actually, as I did it on the 14th during a quiet day in a Middletown motel – I needed a break!

Cher goes Top 20, as do S’Express, and back, and higher, are 10000 Maniacs and the lovely Trouble Me. Depeche Mode and The Cure shoot up to just outside the 20 (the injustice!) and girl group Expose (never did make it in the UK) get a 4th hit or so in my charts at 41, When I Look At Him. The London Boys add to their chart run, George H goes top 50, and Katrina And The Waves get another hit (4th or 5th) 4 years on since Walking On Sunshine – That’s The Way!

Niagara Falls 1989

Niagara Falls 1989

OK, I left it at Niagara Falls on a Sunday: I had a day taking photo after photo after photo, I couldn’t stop, of the Falls from above, from below (you go through tunnels down to a platform, put on waterproofs and walk through a minor section of it: Fab adrenalin rush!), by the river and rapids, of the rocks, of the buildings. I chickened out of a helicopter ride, but Jason didn’t and he lurved it! Maid Of The Mist Tour, a boat tour round the falls was excellent, if very damp and noisy. Loved the 50’s-themed restaurant too.

walking through the falls

walking through the falls

Middletown, Pennsylvania: sad at missing Stevie Nicks in concert in Buffalo by a day, we stopped for 4 nights in a town with a rail connection to New York, rather than pay extortionate prices in the city. It kind of worked out OK, a truckstop joint on the way, me in loud purple shirt in a sea of truckers. I felt a bit visible! The motel was fine, 3 beds and an outdoor jacuzzi, near stores and opposite the road to the station: Middletown Motel. The rail station was actually just a platform!! No buildings, just a parking lot. Bizarre, and it meant you paid on the train. I got kinda sulky though, as the areas I most wanted to see were getting very squeezed: Cape Cod, Plymouth, Boston were all at the end of the holiday.

Empire State view and me 1989

Empire State view and me 1989

New York City: very early train (5am), dawn breaking, ticket guard all self-assured gave us our $11 return tickets, and I loved the names of the towns we passed: Tuxedo! Suffern! (Pronounced Suffrin’) all very 1940’s stylee. Down in the steamy subway system to Manhattan, and seedy misty Times Square, hookers, pimps, down n outs, police and even worse buying slide film from a small shop, not only expensive it turned out to be 2 years out of date and the colours of my New York slides were like sepia-tinted period pieces. Tragedy! Welcome to New York where one-third of cars have dents and crossing the road is an adventure! The boat tour round Manhattan was great though, leisurely and terrific views of world-famous buildings and of course the Statue Of Liberty. The Empire State Building was great, especially views towards the Twin Towers. Looking down was very dizzying, it was WELL high! By the time we got back to Middletown it was 8.30 pm and I was wiped out!

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Manhattan Twin Towers 1989

Day 2: deja vu, repeat, Groundhog Day! Sort of. Not quite as good, but sunnier, so the photos were way better today. To The World Trade Centre: Jason loved it. I quote me: “so tall they were awesome!” I was happy not to go up them, after The Towering Inferno movie I’d never been comfortable in skyscrapers, and too many guards and yuppies for my taste everywhere. Wall Street, then the ferry to Liberty island for a great couple of hours climbing the spiral staircase inside Lady Liberty and getting fab photos. The downside is it’s so slow-going climbing my face was permanently stuck facing the arse of the man in front. Bob was much more lucky: he got to stare at my arse during the climb (not lucky from his point of view though!).

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Statue Of Liberty 1989

Greenwich Village and Soho were disappointing, the subway was hot and smelly, maps were shite, and it was a relief to get off in Central Park. By chance we ended up walking past the Dakota Building, which put me on a downer, as I couldn’t help think about John Lennon, my hero, walking past the spot he was murdered. The lake in the centre of Central Park was a loooong walk on top of a long-walking day, and it was stagnant. Jason & I were both knackered by now, and not impressed with NYC enough to want to come back the next day – Bob was getting that vibe when we did our souvenir buying in Tower Records. Poor Bob had to go on his own next day, as he had buildings to explore…

NYC 89

NYC 89

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
3 ( 2 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
4 ( 7 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 4 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
7 ( 6 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
8 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
9 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian

11 ( 12 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
12 ( 20 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
13 ( 11 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 18 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
15 ( 13 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
16 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
17 ( 22 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
18 ( 15 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
19 ( 34 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
20 ( 14 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John

21 ( 36 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
22 ( 45 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
23 ( 30 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
24 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
25 ( 27 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
26 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
27 ( 17 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
28 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
29 ( 23 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
30 ( 35 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan

31 ( 19 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
32 ( 21 ) MENTAL Manic MC’s
33 ( 33 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
34 ( RE ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
36 ( 25 ) I JUST DON’T HAVE THE HEART Cliff Richard
37 ( 31 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
38 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers
39 ( 48 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
40 ( 24 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer

Niagara looking down

Niagara looking down

41 ( NEW ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
42 ( 32 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
43 ( NEW ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
44 ( 60 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan
45 ( 37 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
46 ( 40 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
47 ( 56 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
48 ( 42 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
49 ( 43 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
50 ( 68 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith

51 ( 46 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
52 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
53 ( 44 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 41 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
55 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
56 ( 54 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
57 ( 53 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
58 ( 47 ) POISON Alice Cooper
59 ( 49 ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
60 ( 50 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 67 ) THE END OF THE INNOCENCE Don Henley
63 ( 51 ) PARTYMAN Prince
64 ( 65 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
65 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( RE ) SUGAR SUGAR Annie Amazulu
67 ( 59 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
68 ( 62 ) HEY DJ Beatmasters featuring Betty Boop
69 ( 63 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
70 ( 72 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul

71 ( 64 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
72 ( 71 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
73 ( 74 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
74 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY Katrina And The Waves
75 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

24th September 1989

Back from the States this week and back to UK radio, which means an invasion of unheard new tracks, and lots of movement, 4th week at 1 for Tears For Fears, and after several weeks pottering around the Top 40 Sydney Youngblood gets a leap from 37 to 2 with his delicious If Only I Could. Ride On Time is also back into the Top 10 at 3, still having a long run at 1 in the UK charts. Cher gets her 5th Top 10 solo hit, and Richard Marx his first.

New entries are led by Lady Kate herself, into the Sensual World at 14. Mmmmm indeed, yes! Seductively fabulous. Ziggy Marley follows his dad into my Top 20, and Billy Joel makes it 14 years of hits with his fantastic We Didn’t Start The Fire at 23 – a political and social history lesson can, it proves, give you tingles down the spine. Curiosity curiously back at 26, New Kids On The Block cover version of The Delfonics 1971 hit pops in higher than their soon-to-be huge Hangin’ Tough, at 27, and Belinda’s back on form at 30 with the terrific Leave A Light On.

Milli Vanilli enter at 43. I say Milli Vanilli, actually they were going to be revealed any day now as not having anything to do with records released under their name, not even sing. Talking of attractive models fronting singers, there’s Black Box at 3, and “Felly” on the otherwise great Pump Up The Jam at 53, Technotronic having actually hired Ya Kid K to do the rapping, but gone with the busty singer for the video instead. Liza Minelli’s Pet Shop Boys song and production follow-up, the exciting Don’t Drop Bombs, explodes in at 48, and Cliff’s lovely Lean On You keeps his run of great (non-christmas) 80‘s singles going at 63. Finally, at 75, Betty Wright sneaks in 14 years after she had a couple of good UK hits, and 18 years since she was a US hitting Clean-Up Woman.

The last few days of the US holiday: A break at Mark Twain’s house in Hartford Connecticut – he wasn’t in, probably out quashing exaggerated rumours of his death or something. Providence, Rhode Island, err run-down and tourist unfriendly so we gave up and went to Pawtucket and Taunton, having been moved from Somerset, but it did have a roundabout. Or traffic circle as they called it. Worth mentioning it, as it’s the only one I’ve ever seen in the USA, and Americans often get very confused when faced with them! Plymouth, Massachussets: quaint, pretty, historical, I loved it. Did Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower replica, beach, and a real bonus, an actual Comic Shop stocked with DC Comics back issues: Spent 20 dollars on missing Legion Of Super-Heroes comics I’d been after for 15 to 20 years. Hooray! I sulked at the motel though cos I was outvoted on my anticipated Cape Cod day – they wanted to go on a whale-watching boat tour instead.

humpback...

humpback…

Next morning I gave in and decided whales would be worth missing Cape Cod for – it was! The boat ride out to see was bumpy, Bob not so keen on the grounds that he went green, not quite getting the same thrill I did out of the bumpy waves and riding up at the front like I Leo n Kate in Titanic. Poor Bob, chucking up! Still, I was enjoying myself now! The scientist host gave us the low-down on Minkie’s, Humpbacks, Blue Fin’s, the whales we saw, and I tried to get as many photos as I could, hoping some would be good. Bob kept dashing to the toilets at the crucial moments. Fab morning out though, glad we did it! The afternoon was spent at Plymouth plantation, everyone dressed in period garb and speaking as they did at the time of the Mayflower and as if they were still there, all very interesting. Off to Boston, a motel, and I watched geekily excited, a new episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Yay!

humpback

humpback

Boston: the last day, car drop-off by 2pm, having gotten grumpy when we found nowhere at the airport to leave luggage we basically had to do Boston in 4 hours which pissed me off. The Freedom Trail, all from the outside as we had no time to go inside any of the historic buildings. I was appalled at the small historic buildings dwarfed by adjacent huge modern monstrosities, especially the concrete thing next to Fanieul Hall. Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Boston Tea Party, the “Cheers” bar, all a rush quick-march, tragically.

Worse, at the airport we were told that the flight was delayed till midnight. The staff messed up Bob’s boarding pass (and wouldn’t take the blame insisting he’d lost it – he hadn’t) and gave him a replacement pass for a seat that a woman we talked to already had. This was not reassuring. North-West Orient Airlines, however, only got worse. We’d got bumped it turned out, our original flight took off on time. They’d overbooked the flight, so it was a 16-hour airport drudge, till we boarded the replacement plane, Bob cacking himself he wouldn’t have a seat – the hostesses had to sort out the double-booking and move him. Jason got very chatty to a girl from Mansfield, so he was very happy, I got stuck with an old tit who listed the numbers of things that could go wrong and cause the plane to crash. You couldn’t make it up! So, we spent 4 hours sat in the plane not moving, till 4am, till they announced they were waiting for spare parts from Chicago which hadn’t arrived, so we had to get off, collect luggage, get vouchers for taxi’s, breakfast and a luxury Hilton room.

Plymouth seascape

Plymouth seascape

No chance to enjoy it, of course, as we got a manic insane taxi driver, doing 70mph in Boston streets, “Dead Jimi” at full blast (Hendrix), in bed at 5.30 am, knocked-up at 7.45 am, half-zombie, and back to Logan International again. Where we went through customs AGAIN, luggage again, and another wait again. 11.35 we finally took off to passenger cheers, Jason and Mansfield girl pissed on free booze. One bright-spot: British rail were running late so we actually managed to catch the last train to Bournemouth, arriving a day late, and having missed a day’s work. Phew! Still, gotta laugh!

1 ( 1 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
2 ( 37 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
3 ( 15 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
4 ( 4 ) ONE The Bee Gees
5 ( 5 ) CHERISH Madonna
6 ( 9 ) THE BEST Tina Turner
7 ( 2 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
8 ( 3 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
9 ( 11 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
10 ( 17 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher

11 ( 10 ) THE TIME WARP Damian
12 ( 6 ) SOMETHING’S JUMPIN’ IN YOUR SHIRT Malcolm McLaren featuring The Bootzilla Orchestra and Lisa Marie
13 ( 7 ) KYLIE SAID TO JASON The KLF
14 ( NEW ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
15 ( 12 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Alyson Williams
16 ( 8 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
17 ( 19 ) MANTRA FOR A STATE OF MIND S’Express
18 ( 24 ) EVERYDAY (I LOVE YOU MORE) Jason Donovan
19 ( 22 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
20 ( 38 ) LOOK WHO’S DANCING Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers

21 ( 30 ) O YE MI CANTO (HEAR MY VOICE) Gloria Estefan
22 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
23 ( NEW ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
24 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
25 ( 43 ) HARLEM DESIRE The London Boys
26 ( 71 ) NAME AND NUMBER Curiosity Killed The Cat
27 ( NEW ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND New Kids On The Block
28 ( 18 ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli
29 ( 14 ) KISSES ON THE WIND Neneh Cherry
30 ( NEW ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 21 ) LOVE SONG The Cure
32 ( 35 ) CRAZY ABOUT HER Rod Stewart
33 ( 25 ) MISS YOU MUCH Janet Jackson
34 ( 50 ) LOVE IN AN ELEVATOR Aerosmith
35 ( 56 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
36 ( 16 ) REVIVAL Eurythmics
37 ( 26 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
38 ( 69 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
39 ( 41 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose
40 ( 44 ) HARRY HOUDINI Kon Kan

41 ( 42 ) NUMERO UNO Starlight
42 ( 28 ) SACRED EMOTION Donny Osmond
43 ( NEW ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
44 ( 29 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
45 ( NEW ) AFRO DIZZI ACK Cry Sisco!
46 ( 52 ) MIXED EMOTIONS The Rolling Stones
47 ( 23 ) EVERLASTING LOVE Howard Jones
48 ( NEW ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
49 ( 63 ) PARTYMAN Prince
50 ( RE ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block

51 ( 34 ) TROUBLE ME 10000 Maniacs
52 ( 40 ) LOVE’S ABOUT TO CHANGE MY HEART Donna Summer
53 ( NEW ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
54 ( 48 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
56 ( 55 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 49 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
58 ( 57 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
59 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME Bon Jovi
60 ( 75 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Roxette

61 ( 61 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
62 ( 51 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
63 ( NEW ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
64 ( 47 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
65 ( 70 ) COLD HEARTED Paula Abdul
66 ( NEW ) SWEET SURRENDER Wet Wet Wet
67 ( 54 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
68 ( 64 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
69 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
70 ( NEW ) SOUL PROVIDER Michael Bolton

71 ( 27 ) WE COULD BE TOGETHER Debbie Gibson
72 ( 45 ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
73 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP IT ALL IN The Beautiful South
74 ( RE ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
75 ( NEW ) KEEP LOVE NOW Betty Wright

My 1989 Charts – May

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7th May 1989

A second and final week on top for the Bee Gees while Stevie Nicks biggest solo hit fires up at 2, closely followed by Transvision Vamp’s 2nd Top 10, and Edelweiss’ novelty Abba tune at 7, and The Cure’s return to the 10 after a few relative failures, gives them 7 Top 10’s and 14 hits in 9 years.

Sam Brown gets her witness to confirm she’s gone from 70 to 14, while Bobby Brown gets a high entry at 20 with the great dance track Every Little Step, only 6 years since he was in New Edition with a voice that hadn’t broken. Macca’s up to 22 putting on a brave face at not being in the 20 yet, while Debbie Gibson is electrifying at 29 (not really!) and Rod just can’t say no at 33 (I think we all knew that already). Cyndi meanwhile drove all night to get to 37 and De La Soul annoyingly just miss the 40 at 41 with me, myself and I. I lie, it was them, not me. Two legends struggle with new singles, Stevie Wonder and Queen, not to mention Morrissey’s not-so interesting drug, leaving PIL disappointed at 61 11 years on from their debut hit. Meanwhile comebacks from ABC and Diana Ross, Animotion’s follow-up to Number One Obsession 3 years late, Bon Jovi, Natalie Cole and Carly Simon all slip in amongst the much superior Manchild from Neneh Cherry, a lovely record.

1 ( 1 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
2 ( 24 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 2 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
4 ( 8 ) THE LOOK Roxette
5 ( 13 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
6 ( 10 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
7 ( 30 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
8 ( 3 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
10 ( 16 ) LULLABY The Cure

11 ( 4 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
12 ( 25 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
13 ( 19 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
14 ( 70 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
15 ( 11 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
16 ( 9 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
17 ( 17 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
18 ( 7 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
19 ( 6 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
20 ( NEW ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown

21 ( 12 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
22 ( 31 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 71 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
25 ( 33 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
26 ( 21 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
27 ( 39 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
28 ( 15 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
29 ( 46 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
30 ( 26 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

31 ( 29 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
32 ( 22 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
33 ( 50 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
34 ( 23 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
35 ( 35 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everley Brothers and The Beach Boys
36 ( 27 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 59 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
38 ( 20 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
39 ( 18 ) ONLY THE LONELY T’Pau
40 ( 34 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

41 ( 57 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
42 ( 37 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
43 ( 48 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
44 ( 43 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
45 ( 38 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
46 ( NEW ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
47 ( 45 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
48 ( 40 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
49 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHEN I THINK OF YOU 1927″
50 ( 36 ) I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW ’89 Johnny Nash

51 ( 68 ) LOLLY LOLLY Wendy And Lisa
52 ( 28 ) MYSTIFIED INXS
53 ( 73 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
54 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 51 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
56 ( 49 ) STOP Sam Brown
57 ( 42 ) HEY MUSIC LOVER S’Express
58 ( 74 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
59 ( 75 ) INTERESTING DRUG Morrissey
60 ( 58 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
62 ( 62 ) MOVE CLOSER Tom Jones
63 ( 61 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
64 ( 54 ) LOVE IN THE NATURAL WAY Kim Wilde
65 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
66 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross
67 ( 66 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
68 ( 67 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
69 ( 32 ) MUSICAL FREEDOM (MOVIN’ ON UP) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva
70 ( NEW ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion

71 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
72 ( NEW ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) MISS YOU LIKE CRAZY Natalie Cole
75 ( RE ) LET THE RIVER RUN Carly Simon

 

14th May 1989

Stevie Nicks gets her only solo Number One, to add to her 2 Fleetwood Mac chart-toppers in 1979 and 1987, though she’d written many that came close for Mac, and deserves more. Bobby Brown steps up to 3, and Chaka Khan takes her 1978 Top 20 hit further second-time round and goes to 4 albeit in plinkety-plonk 1989 stylee, as remixing oldies (and not improving them in retrospect) continues as the rage: witness Style Council’s classic 1983 Long Hot summer at 14, and Gibson Brothers 1979 Que Sera Mi Vida at 18.

Macca goes top 10, Neneh Top 40, and highest proper new entry at 38 is the fab Pink Sunshine giving Fuzzbox two pop gems in a row. Eddy Grant takes his own cover of his song covered and a hit for Rockers Revenge in 1982 in to the Top 40 – Walkin’ On Sunshine, for 20 years of hits.

Flicking through the other new entries though I’m not inspired to wax lyrical on the quality music being produced, or nostalgia tinting my appreciation – frankly, it was a music scene desperately in need of a new youth movement. The old-timers were dominating my chart, give or take the odd OK dance track. Topping the real chart were charity records like Ferry Cross The Mersey, a great 60’s song and fave from my days living in Liverpool. One of my friends has a relative who died at Hillsborough, so I know what it means in Merseyside, and approve of the sentiment.

1 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
2 ( 1 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
3 ( 20 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
4 ( 12 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
5 ( 7 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
6 ( 3 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
7 ( 4 ) THE LOOK Roxette
8 ( 22 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
9 ( 5 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
10 ( 13 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister

11 ( 14 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
12 ( 6 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
13 ( 8 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
14 ( NEW ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
15 ( 9 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 24 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
17 ( 11 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
18 ( NEW ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 17 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
20 ( 27 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz

21 ( 16 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
22 ( 10 ) LULLABY The Cure
23 ( 29 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
24 ( 25 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
25 ( 18 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
26 ( 15 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
27 ( 21 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
28 ( 42 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
29 ( 33 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
30 ( 19 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston

31 ( 26 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
32 ( 71 ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
33 ( 23 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
34 ( 72 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
35 ( 31 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
36 ( 30 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
37 ( 37 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
38 ( NEW ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
39 ( 46 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
40 ( 65 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC

41 ( 28 ) AIN’T NOBODY BETTER Inner City
42 ( NEW ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
43 ( 34 ) THIS TIME Kiara with Shanice Wilson
44 ( 32 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
45 ( 44 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
46 ( 49 ) THAT’S WHEN I THINK OF YOU 1927″
47 ( 53 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
48 ( 47 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
49 ( 61 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
50 ( 40 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison

51 ( 58 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
52 ( NEW ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
53 ( NEW ) VIOLENTLY Hue And Cry
54 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
55 ( NEW ) CIRCLE Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
56 ( 66 ) WORKIN’ OVERTIME Diana Ross
57 ( 41 ) ME MYSELF AND I De La Soul
58 ( 45 ) END OF THE LINE Traveling Wilbury’s
59 ( 36 ) KEEP ON MOVIN’ Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
60 ( 55 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison

61 ( 60 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
62 ( 38 ) THROUGH THE STORM Aretha Franklin and Elton John
63 ( 56 ) STOP Sam Brown
64 ( 63 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( NEW ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Good Good Feeling
66 ( 35 ) DON’T WORRY BABY The Everley Brothers and The Beach Boys
67 ( NEW ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
68 ( 67 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
69 ( 68 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
70 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine

71 ( 43 ) THE THRILL HAS GONE Texas
72 ( NEW ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
75 ( NEW ) LOVE ATTACK Shakin’ Stevens

21st May 1989

Another new number one, Bobby Brown for the first time, while Paul McCartney goes Top 3 not for the first time – but for 21 years to date. The Style Council go Top 5 for the second time with Long Hot Summer, while Gibson Brothers go higher than they did first time round for a third Top 10 hit.

Sealed With A Kiss is back – not the top 5 1975 reissue of the Brian Hyland original, though, it’s an inferior identical Jason Donovan cover nestling cosily next to Kylie at 13. Neneh goes to 15, Fuzzbox 20, and Cappella debut at 27 to kickstart a 90’s dance run of hits. Madonna’s back, and with a great single, expressing herself at 37, showcasing what a great album Like A Prayer is, chock full of great tracks.

Robert Palmer’s in at 39, Malcolm McLaren is waltzing at 47 – he did like mixing his musical styles – and Sinitta butchers another 1975 classic at 51. SAW obviously flicking through Hits of 1975 looking for ideas. Enya waethers some storms in Africa at 70, a pleasant new entry, and The Jacksons are back – minus Michael – sounding more like Janet than Michael. The Bible take a visit to Graceland, in the footsteps of Paul Simon presumably, but their track is pretty good.

1 ( 3 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
2 ( 1 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 8 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 11 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
5 ( 14 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
6 ( 2 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
7 ( 4 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
8 ( 5 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
9 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers

10 ( 7 ) THE LOOK Roxette
11 ( 6 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
12 ( NEW ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
13 ( 16 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
14 ( 12 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
15 ( 34 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
16 ( 10 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
17 ( 24 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
18 ( 15 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
19 ( 9 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
20 ( 38 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

21 ( 13 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
22 ( 17 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
23 ( 23 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
24 ( 52 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
25 ( 37 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 21 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
27 ( NEW ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
28 ( 19 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
29 ( 67 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
30 ( 39 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

31 ( 25 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
32 ( 20 ) WHERE HAS ALL THE LOVE GONE Yazz
33 ( 40 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
34 ( 26 ) WHO’S IN THE HOUSE Beatmasters featuring Merlin
35 ( 42 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
36 ( 49 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
37 ( NEW ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
38 ( 27 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello
39 ( NEW ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
40 ( 47 ) FREE Stevie Wonder

41 ( 36 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
42 ( 35 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
43 ( 31 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
44 ( 30 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
45 ( 28 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
46 ( 53 ) VIOLENTLY Hue And Cry
47 ( NEW ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
48 ( 45 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
49 ( 51 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
50 ( 22 ) LULLABY The Cure

51 ( NEW ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
52 ( 48 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
53 ( 33 ) PEOPLE HOLD ON Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield
54 ( RE ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion
55 ( 55 ) CIRCLE Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
56 ( 54 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 32 ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU Bon Jovi
58 ( 44 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
59 ( 50 ) SHE’S A MYSTERY TO ME Roy Orbison
60 ( 74 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc

61 ( NEW ) GOOD TIMES Reid
62 ( NEW ) STORMY LOVE Boy Meets Girl
63 ( NEW ) FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES Deacon Blue
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 61 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
66 ( 29 ) MY HEART CAN’T TELL YOU NO Rod Stewart
67 ( NEW ) GRACELAND The Bible
68 ( NEW ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
69 ( 60 ) YOU GOT IT Roy Orbison
70 ( NEW ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya

71 ( 68 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
72 ( 75 ) LOVE ATTACK Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( NEW ) AGENT ’00’ SOUL The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

28th May 1989

Another week another new number one, and Paul McCartney’s first to go beyond runners-up spot since Mull Of Kintyre – he’d had at least 5 peak at 2 in between – which makes it an 11-year gap, though it was also his 5th chart-topper since the Beatles split and a minor pop gem. Madonna meanwhile gets another top 5 with a bullet, and Guns ‘n’ Roses classic 1988 single is reissued and comes back with a bang at 6, beating it’s original peak of 12. Yet another remix, yet another oldie hit, this time M and Pop Musik at 15. Happily, it was already synthtastic and the remix didn’t mess it up too much, so 10 years on a hit all over again.

Neneh Cherry and Fuzzbox get 2 top 10’s in a row, Tone Loc gets all funky rocketing up to 19, and Donna Summer meets SAW and follows-up her great topper with I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt at 22. James Bond time = hit single, invariably, and this time Licence To Kill gives Gladys Knight a welcome chart return at 39 for a 17-year run and a great Bond theme tune.

The Beautiful South debut lowly – although it’s really The Housemartins Plus and Minus members (notably minus Norman Cook) – and Youssou N’Dour debuts with Peter Gabriel. One of those three acts would get a 90’s chart-topper. Hint: Senegal. UB40 keep their run of hits up to 9 years non-stop and Led Zep enter. Actually, unlike the fabulous CCS hit version, this version of Whole Lotta Love is a plodding 80’s dance version. 75 is about right…

On the social front I had two concerts this week in 1989: Bananarama live in Southampton, though not the full Siobhan-inclusive line-up, this is the post-SAW version, which meant they had a good 8 years of hits to do, and they did them very well, surpassing my expectations actually. The concert details have faded a bit from memory (and I’m not digging out the notes of the time, will do that someday), but I recall it being camp, dancing-heavy and great fun. Top songs on the night? 1. Venus 2. Cruel Summer 3. Love Truth And Honesty

The other concert was at Wembley Arena, Elton John in concert. It was my sister-in-law’s birthday and she’d never been to a concert so it was a treat for her and for my mum (who’d also never been to one). Elton was having a low period of success (“my last album went cardboard” he quipped) quite undeservedly (he hit the big time again a year later), but he gave a great concert. Nik Kershaw was support, I’d seen him in 1984 when he was a current pop star, now his career was struggling a bit, but it boosted his current single in my charts. The stars were out in force for Elton though (we sat a few rows away from Phil Collin) and he ran through a selection of classic hits, was amusing, and was fabulous. Top 3 tracks? 1. Philadelphia Freedom 2. I’m Still Standing 3. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word. The last one was a surprise as it’d never been a particular fave of mine…

1 ( 3 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
2 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
3 ( 1 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
4 ( 37 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
5 ( 4 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
6 ( NEW ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
7 ( 15 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
8 ( 6 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
9 ( 5 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
10 ( 20 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

11 ( 12 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
12 ( 10 ) THE LOOK Roxette
13 ( 7 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
14 ( 8 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
15 ( NEW ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
16 ( 13 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
17 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
18 ( 9 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
19 ( 60 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
20 ( 14 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

21 ( 11 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
22 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
23 ( 17 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
24 ( 35 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
25 ( 27 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
26 ( 45 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
27 ( 47 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
28 ( 24 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
29 ( 68 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
30 ( 33 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC

31 ( 21 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
32 ( 18 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
33 ( 51 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
34 ( 16 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
35 ( 30 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
36 ( 39 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
37 ( 22 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
38 ( 29 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
39 ( NEW ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
40 ( 49 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen

41 ( NEW ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
42 ( 26 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
43 ( NEW ) SAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE Matt Bianco
44 ( 19 ) BABY I DON’T CARE Transvision Vamp
45 ( 42 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
46 ( 41 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
47 ( 62 ) STORMY LOVE Boy Meets Girl
48 ( 63 ) FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES Deacon Blue
49 ( 54 ) ROOM TO MOVE Animotion
50 ( 38 ) OF COURSE I’M LYING Yello

51 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 43 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
53 ( 28 ) REQUIEM The London Boys
54 ( 52 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
55 ( 31 ) GOT TO KEEP ON The Cookie Crew featuring Edwin Starr
56 ( 70 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
57 ( 56 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
58 ( NEW ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
59 ( 36 ) DISAPPOINTED Public Image Limited
60 ( NEW ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble

61 ( 44 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
62 ( 40 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
63 ( 23 ) ELECTRIC YOUTH Debbie Gibson
64 ( NEW ) SPANISH HUSTLE/BUS STOP Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( NEW ) THE REAL ME Wasp
67 ( 67 ) GRACELAND The Bible
68 ( 65 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
69 ( 58 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
70 ( NEW ) SHAKIN’ THE TREE Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour

71 ( NEW ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
72 ( NEW ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
73 ( 71 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
74 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( NEW ) WHOLE LOTTA LOVE Love Child Orchestra