My 1980 Charts – June

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3rd June 1980

Don McLean gets his first number one 8 years after he grabbed his first USA and UK number ones, with American Pie and Vincent respectively, both top 10’s here. The Roy Orbison cover left me Crying though, just so great I even preferred it to the Big O’s version, and Roy is virtually impossible to improve on. The Mash-up at 2 is a peak for them – I’ll be honest though, I prefer the TV instrumental version of the theme song. Air Supply rise to 4, Lost In Love and gorgeous melody it is too, as Mystic Merlin magic into the top 10, Manhattan Transfer get their final top 10 4 years on from Tuxedo Junction, from 40’s to dance and various other styles along the way. OMD get their debut top 10, up 29 places with the blissful Messages.

Lipps Inc, ELO, Elton John, Average White Band all join new entry Theme From Midnight Cowboy inside the 20. The John Barry instrumental movie theme from 1969 is only slightly older than the theme from MASH, but MUCH better. One of the most hauntingly pathos-inducing beautiful movie themes of all time. Love it love that harmonica. These are all testament to the power of Noel Edmunds on Radio One, he seemed able to generate enthusiasm for all sorts of oddities. Rocketing into the 40, Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway get their biggest hit together since Where Is The Love went top 3 in 1972, and the Korgis get a second gorgeous top 40 track. The Hollies get their first top 40 track in 6 years and a sweet 12 year span of them, and B.A.Robertson makes it 4 in a row.

In at 29, Paul McCartney is back with his 3rd solo record of the year, and it’s a sparse and synthy ballad, the lovely Waterfalls giving Macca some consistency in quality releases missing for at least 4 years. At 38, The Lambrettas get a swift return, d-a-a-ancing, as do The Detroit Spinners, If I’m reading the Body Language right at 45, while none-hit-wonder Robbie Dupree has the fab Steal Away at 47, another one of those American radio hits that really should have charted in the UK – if the UK wasn’t so busy with various hot new music movements. Others: Sister Sledge, Thin Lizzy, Liquid Gold and Genesis all pop in with lesser tracks.

1 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
2 ( 9 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
3 ( 1 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
4 ( 11 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
5 ( 10 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
6 ( 6 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITSCH TON AT PARTIES Jona Lewie
7 ( 8 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
8 ( 13 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
9 ( 38 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
10 ( 18 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer

11 ( 4 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
12 ( 34 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
13 ( 3 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
14 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
15 ( 7 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
16 ( 31 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
17 ( 33 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
18 ( 22 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
19 ( 5 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
20 ( NEW ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)

21 ( 52 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
22 ( 28 ) RAT RACE The Specials
23 ( 15 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
24 ( 17 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
25 ( 12 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
26 ( 16 ) CALL ME Blondie
27 ( 48 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
28 ( 35 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
29 ( NEW ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
30 ( 30 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox

31 ( 19 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
32 ( 39 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
33 ( 20 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
34 ( 23 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
35 ( 27 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
36 ( 43 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
37 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
38 ( NEW ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
39 ( 21 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
40 ( 53 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

41 ( 49 ) PLATINUM BLONDE Prelude
42 ( 26 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
43 ( 37 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
44 ( 29 ) DON’T MAKE WAVES The Nolans
45 ( NEW ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
46 ( 32 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
47 ( NEW ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
48 ( 44 ) ATOMIC Blondie
49 ( 40 ) TOCCATA Sky
50 ( 42 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan

51 ( 36 ) A FOREST The Cure
52 ( 24 ) BUCKET OF WATER SONG The Four Bucketeers
53 ( 50 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
54 ( 54 ) BONANZASKA Carlos Malcolm
55 ( 45 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
56 ( 46 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
57 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 56 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
59 ( 62 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
60 ( NEW ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold

61 ( 47 ) MISSING WORDS The Selecter
62 ( 58 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
63 ( 60 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
64 ( 73 ) DREAMS Grace Slick
65 ( NEW ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
66 ( 41 ) MY PERFECT COUSIN The Undertones
67 ( 65 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
68 ( 66 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
69 ( 71 ) PULLING MUSSELS FROM A SHELL Squeeze
70 ( 69 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues

71 ( 59 ) NE-NE-NA-NA-NA-NA-NU-NU Bad Manners
72 ( 51 ) THE GROOVE Rodney Franklin
73 ( 55 ) TALK OF THE TOWN The Pretenders
74 ( NEW ) DUCHESS Genesis
75 ( NEW ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge


TV 24th-30th May

1 Little Big Man: film
2 Top Of The Pops
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The Producers: film
5 The Outer Limits
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Mork And Mindy
8 Oliver: film
9 Dallas
10 Taxi


On TV lots of 50’s and 60’s black & white classics, Phil Silvers and The Outer Limits, and movies, like the good (but long-forgotten) Little Big Man, an ambitious dark western vehicle for Dustin Hoffman, on the side of the Native Americans, Mel Brooks classic comedy The Producers, and musical Oliver, songs very much a part of my childhood as we had an EP of 4 of them. A great edition of Top Of The Pops, and top new show is Mork And Mindy, the late Robin Williams astounding as an alien.

Back at College, I finished off 3 screen prints to lots of compliments from some 2nd year girls sharing the art room with me – “Sad! It might be my last screen print for a helluva long time” I commented to myself after finishing the last one. Too right, tragically, it’s been 35 years so far and counting, and I’d still like to do some more.Had dinner with Paul and Jane, and David, the young Audio-Visual department College employee, chatting about holidays. I liked him, regretted not talking more to him over the 3 years. Julie helped me pick the best 3 of the screen prints in the evening. Ian and Paul came round for chats.

Tutor Max helped me decide which works to use for my exhibition, revision for exams, and my prints were quite the hit with everyone (it was based on a Close Encounters scene which appealed to all the soon-to-be teachers). I din’t feel I could sell it as the base photo was Spielberg not me. I loved it too, though. Close Encounters of The Third Kind was an obsession of mine, visually stunning. First exam up: American Studies. Snooker for light relief afterwards. Kid Jensen’s final Top Of The Pops show was brill, I opined, lots of old 70’s fave acts on it just for me. Friday, went to the Usher Art Gallery with Max, and Emma, Anne & Maureen to look at the walls, and back again later with the works ready to display in the rather posh Art Gallery on a hillside overlooking much of Lincoln. Max then got me to weed out some of my work, which rather upset me, and just use one wall for what was left. Less is more, is the theory.

Kid Jensen was also doing his last Rosko’s Roundtable new singles review show, with Elton John and Frankie Valli. Quite the line-up! Arthur C. Clarke, another hero of mine, was interviewed on a Time Out Of Mind TV special Sunday.


10th June 1980

2 weeks for Crying on top as OMD hit 3, and Lipps Inc go top 10 with the infuriatingly catchy Funkytown. Joining them the sublime John Barry movie theme, and Roxy Music’s pleasantly laid-back Over You, their 8th, or Bryan Ferry’s 13th, depending on how you look at it. The highest new entry at 36 is Joan Armatrading, telling us all about Me Myself I almost a decade ahead of De La Soul adding an “and” and a different song to the title. Joan’s first bonafide hit since Love And Affection in 1976, it’s almost got a Pilot feel to it (as in Magic or January), rather appropriately as her next and last hit would be Drop The Pilot in 1983.

Into the 40, Robbie Dupree, Liquid Gold and The Detroit Spinners, as Bernadette Peters exclaims 1950’s stylee Gee Whiz! I miss that lost phrase, and this cover of a 16-years-of-age Carla (daughter of Rufus) Thomas song from 1960 has so much doo-wop charm, I still play it, though the original is just as good, if not better. Bernadette is a big star of musical theatre, one of the biggest award-winning Broadway stars, but I knew her from TV and films, parts in Ray Bradbury’s TV miniseries The Martian Chronicles, The Muppet Show, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie, Steve Martin’s The Jerk, and other quirky roles.

At 46, Siouxsie And The Banshees return with their 5th chart entry, the fabulous Christine, a dark uptempo fave of mine, and their best record to date. At 47 Darts are also back looking for the bullseye with another UK chart hit with the latest in a long run of bands releasing Four Seasons covers – this time Let’s Hang On. It’s not bad, but not as good as Frankie & the lads. Elkie Brooks returns for 3 years of largely minor hits, bar a couple of goodies, with Why Don’t You Say It, rock band Journey debut with Anyway You Want It at 62, as I remain oblivious to their future status as best-selling 80’s track in the UK in the 21st century, the million-selling Don’t Stop Believing, future anthem and obscure minor 80’s hit in the UK.

Pete Townsend is back with another solo entry, and still doesn’t challenge Roger Daltrey’s solo career with Let My Love Open The Door at 65, Bad Manners get a 2nd fun-time ska entry with Lip Up Fatty at 73, and two great dance tracks (or disco if you will), as Odyssey finally get a big follow-up to the fantastic Native New Yorker, Use It Up And Wear It Out entering at 70, and Teena Marie’s very good Behind The Groove drops in at 68. The big news though is Olivia Newton-John’s duet with ELO on the movie theme Xanadu. The movie bombed, despite Gene Kelly co-starring, but the theme was huge, being very frantic-orchestral ELO-sounding, and which very-much suited Livvie’s luvverly tones, a terrific pop record with a fantastic tune.

1 ( 1 ) CRYING Don McLean
2 ( 2 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
3 ( 9 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
4 ( 3 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
5 ( 7 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
6 ( 12 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
7 ( 10 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
8 ( 14 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
9 ( 20 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
10 ( 5 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair

11 ( 6 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
12 ( 16 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 4 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
14 ( 21 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
15 ( 17 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
16 ( 11 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
17 ( 8 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
18 ( 28 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
19 ( 13 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
20 ( 18 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band

21 ( 15 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
22 ( 22 ) RAT RACE The Specials
23 ( 27 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
24 ( 30 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
25 ( 38 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
26 ( 32 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
27 ( 24 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
28 ( 29 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
29 ( 23 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
30 ( 47 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree

31 ( 60 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
32 ( 25 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
33 ( 36 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
34 ( 26 ) CALL ME Blondie
35 ( NEW ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
36 ( 34 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin
37 ( 19 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
38 ( 45 ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
39 ( NEW ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
40 ( 40 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson

41 ( 33 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden
42 ( 65 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
43 ( 31 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
44 ( 37 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin
45 ( 35 ) THE EYES HAVE IT Karel Fialka
46 ( NEW ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
47 ( NEW ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
48 ( 42 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
49 ( 43 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
50 ( 59 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 39 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
52 ( 48 ) ATOMIC Blondie
53 ( NEW ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks
54 ( NEW ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
55 ( 75 ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge
56 ( NEW ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
57 ( 58 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
58 ( 57 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 53 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
60 ( NEW ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra

61 ( 46 ) FOOL FOR YOUR LOVING Whitesnake
62 ( NEW ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
63 ( 62 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
64 ( 63 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
65 ( NEW ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
66 ( 56 ) TURN IT ON AGAIN Genesis
67 ( 55 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
68 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
69 ( 50 ) WHAT’S ANOTHER YEAR Johnny Logan
70 ( NEW ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey

71 ( 67 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
72 ( 68 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
73 ( NEW ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
74 ( 70 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
75 ( NEW ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest


31st May-6th Jun

1 The Outer Limits
2 Reputations
3 Barney Miller
4 Broken Lance
5 Time Out Of Mind
6 Legend Of The Golden Gun
7 Hawaii 5-0
8 Barney Miller
9 Mork And Mindy
10 The Waltons


At College I was carrying two heavy glass and chip-board mounted large-sized screen-prints of mine to the Usher Art Gallery, a la all those comedy movies of two men carrying a plate of glass across a busy road, only on my own. My arms and hands suffered for my Art. Got my poetry exam question essay back: “Fine”. Pete slagged off my Don McLean obsession in fun, as I played the 45, so I slagged off his Eagles and Bob Seger which he played loudly in the evening to get me back (our rooms were adjacent). Hah! Snooker in the evening with the gang. Tennis, revision, chatting, hot weather, and a TV profile on Robert Kennedy, Reputations.

My final American Studies lecture ever was a combined 3-tutors mock exams results extravaganza. I got an A for geography, and mused I will miss their lectures (and I do). I got told one of my art pieces had fallen off the wall in the Usher Art Gallery overnight and set off the alarms! I rushed down in the heat of the day to find it wasn’t my work at all! I stuck more nails in mine anyway to be sure. Paul popped in with the fab news we were going to Knebworth Festival with Ian too, if he could get the tickets (he did!), yay! Mum & dad popped in on their way to Skeggy, Roundtable had Bev Bevan, DLT, Trevor Horn and Paul Gambaccini, then I left for the Usher open evening, chatting to some mature students, my Close Encounters piece really was the hit all round really. Pity it wasn’t mine in my eyes….


17th June 1980

OMD, as they became known, get their first chart-topper as the fabulous Messages becomes the first EDM chart-topper since Donna Summer’s 1977 I Feel Love, and 8 years since Hot Butter’s Popcorn was the first. From here-on, though, they came thick and fast. John Barry outdoes his previous Top 5 theme tune from The Persuaders, though as writer/producer The Theme From Midnight Cowboy remains just behind another Donna Summer hit, the theme to The Deep, Down Deep Inside which peaked at 2, also in 1977. The highest new entry is also the highest old entry, as The Police, who were sizzling hot, decide to release an album track as a single, Bed’s Too Big Without You, revamped, more uptempo and extremely annoyingly only available by buying 5 Police singles I already had bought. As this was extortion by any other name, I started my policy of not buying any product I had already bought, and which these days applies to “deluxe” editions of albums designed to make you buy it twice. The record industry remains myopic when looking at the bigger picture of artist longevity, preferring always a quick buck. Hey ho, the single could have been a big hit instead of middling, but as the only track I charted it’s in at 7.

Roberta & Donny get a second top 10 single 8 years after the first, and Roberta rather shockingly only her 3rd in total, while The Korgis doggedly get their 2nd top 20, and The ratty Specials their 4th. Siouxsie & Co leap Christine into the 40, and Rod Stewart enters at 40 with a very long statement that didn’t quite catch on as much his previously long-titled double A Side cover in 1977. Hey ho, it’s a 1972 Luther Ingram song, and as usual I don’t go a bundle on his cover versions, though amiable enough. At 44, Queen are playing the game, or as I reflected at the time, safely hedging their bets with a fairly standard single. New at 59, New Zealander Shona Laing gets an entry with obscure decent track Don’t Tell Me, shortly before getting on the road with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, as Elvis Costello continues his run of chart entries (now at 3 years) with one of his most melodic, New Amsterdam being rather unappreciated – I’m guessing a bit more venom was expected, and the gorgeousness of the tune passed most fans by. At 71, Denny Laine gets a solo entry with Japanese Tears – a decade after I first noticed him as a solo act, with the lovely Say You Don’t Mind, later covered as a 1972 classy chart-topper for me in 1972 by Colin Blunstone, another 60’s band veteran. Denny, of course, had hit the top several times with Macca in Wings. At 73, and lastly, UB40 get that follow-up entry, My Way Of Thinking.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoevres In The Dark
2 ( 1 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 9 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
4 ( 2 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
5 ( 5 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
6 ( 4 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
7 ( NEW ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
8 ( 6 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
9 ( 14 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
10 ( 7 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer

11 ( 8 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
12 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
13 ( 10 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
14 ( 15 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John
15 ( 18 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
16 ( 11 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
17 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
18 ( 13 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
19 ( 22 ) RAT RACE The Specials
20 ( 16 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson

21 ( 28 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
22 ( 25 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
23 ( 17 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
24 ( 24 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
25 ( 46 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
26 ( 30 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
27 ( 21 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
28 ( 35 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading
29 ( 31 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
30 ( 19 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat

31 ( 20 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
32 ( 33 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies
33 ( 27 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
34 ( 29 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
35 ( 40 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
36 ( 26 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel
37 ( 42 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
38 ( 68 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
39 ( 39 ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
40 ( NEW ) IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT) Rod Stewart

41 ( 34 ) CALL ME Blondie
42 ( 54 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia
43 ( 32 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
44 ( NEW ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
45 ( 65 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
46 ( 37 ) BREATHING Kate Bush
47 ( 62 ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
48 ( 56 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
49 ( 38 ) BODY LANGUAGE The Detroit Spinners
50 ( 36 ) POLICE AND THIEVES Junior Murvin

51 ( 43 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex
52 ( 60 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 53 ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks
54 ( 49 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
55 ( 55 ) REACH YOUR PEAK Sister Sledge
56 ( 52 ) ATOMIC Blondie
57 ( 48 ) FOOD FOR THOUGHT/ KING UB40
58 ( 47 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
59 ( NEW ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
60 ( 41 ) I SHOULDA LOVED YA Narada Michael Walden

61 ( 57 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 58 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 75 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
64 ( 73 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
65 ( 64 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
66 ( 63 ) LONGER Dan Fogelberg
67 ( 50 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
68 ( NEW ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
69 ( 51 ) THIS WORLD OF WATER New Musik
70 ( 44 ) HOLD ON TO MY LOVE Jimmy Ruffin

71 ( NEW ) JAPANESE TEARS Denny Laine
72 ( 59 ) WORKING MY WAY BACK TO YOU The Detroit Spinners
73 ( NEW ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
74 ( 74 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
75 ( 72 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba


TV 7th -13th June

1 The Outer Limits
2 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 2
3 The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean: film
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Likely Lads
6 Barney Miller
7 ChiPs
8 At The Mill
9 Tomorrow’s World
10 The Banana Splits


In between revising for exams I watched a film from 1972 I’d gone to see at the cinema with then-mate Andrew, The Life And Times Of Judge Roy Bean, a Paul Newman western Directed by John Huston, and with a dozen movie and TV stars in it. It was OK, but I don’t think I’ve seen it since, sadly, as I’d be curious to see young Victoria Principal, long-gone Roddy McDowell (always great) and a host of others again. Tuesday was exam day, cruelly cut-off mid-flow in the middle of an answer 2 minutes earlier than expected. Pah! I played table tennis with Bev and Pete afterwards as stress relief. Thursday another exam, one of the papers a swine, and got out to find mum and dad waiting with a new T shirt for me, on their way back home from Skeggy. Rest of the day I confidently avoided revising, fed up with it, and sure I already knew what I needed to know. The one area I didn’t prepare for much was the Art examiners, assuming it was just a formal discussion.

My last exam (for a few years at any rate) was on friday, and I found it hard to concentrate, annoyingly. Then in the afternoon was my interview with the external Nottingham University examiners at the Usher Art gallery. I went in smiling friendly-like. “What are you smiling for?” the younger “Art” turd demanded. That was the highlight of the grilling, it pretty much went downhill after that as I got crucified by the 2 examiners as they aggressively attacked all my work which left me stuttering and breathless, unable to defend myself of any of my work. I consoled myself outside with art student Anne who had also had a grilling, then moaned to my tutors about their attitude. My various friends helped to try and cheer me up in the evening. In fairness to them, some of my artwork (which I still have) wasn’t great, but in fairness to me Art “Experts” are conceited arrogant pretentious pricks trying to justify an opinion as if it’s an absolute. I should have got angry about it and ignored everything they said. The reality was I was so devastated by it I gave up totally anything to do with art, creativity, photography, screen printing, drawing for decades, not wanting to have anything to do with people like that and the bullying Art mafia, as I saw them. Pity, as I could do with meeting up with them now, I’m more than capable of saying what I think to anyone I see holding those sorts of attitudes towards other people and sod the consequences. At the weekend mum and dad came to see my artwork at the gallery, as I bumped in to Anne on her way in to officially complain about the external examiners. I should have done that….


24th June 1980

2 weeks at 1 for OMD, as Roberta and Donny hit 3 equalling Where Is The Love in 1972. The Police get a 6th top 5 with the Bed’s Too Big, or 6-pack all in one go, whatever. ELO get 2 big leaps into the top 10 from Xanadu, I’m Alive at 6 and the infinitely better title track at 9. At this stage I was such an ELO fan that they could fart into a spaceship and I would like it – not that I’m Alive is that bad, but it’s their weakest single since, well, the last time they failed to make my top 10 in 1974: Daybreaker, and in retrospect the least-good single they did in their career up to this point. Xanadu was one of their best. Banging up to 7, Christine gives The Banshees their second top 10, and first in 2 years since debut Hong Kong Garden, Paul McCartney makes it two out 2 as he gets his 16th top 10 hit since the Fabs split-up, not to mention as many again and more inside The Beatles. Elton John also takes Little Jeannie into the 10 for a pleasantly sweet 14th top tenner.

Highest new entry at 23 is the funny and punkily odd Two Packets Of Lager, which definitely rang a bell – Time gentleman please! – with anyone waiting in vain to get served in a busy pub before it closed at 11. Yes in those days it was unheard of to stay open late! Splodgenessabounds is one of the great band names, to boot. The Stranglers pose a philosophical question at 26 – to which the answer seems to be “every ruthless twat on the planet” – as Elvis Costello rockets up to New Amsterdam inside the 40, as Darts fly up to 34 and UB40 think about it at 38. young Stacey Lattisaw proves that disco is not only not dead, it’s still pretty good, and Jumps To The Beat new in at 32.

The Beach Boys are Trying To Keep The Summer Alive, with a new album and tour headlining Knebworth – which was any day now for me. In at 39, flattered a bit as a consequence, as The Sex Pistols fizzle out with a reasonable cover of a Monkees B Side (Itself a cover of their main early songwriters Boyce & Hart’s song as recorded by Paul Revere And The Raiders). The Monkees version is pure 60‘s garage rock and spits venom and passion. For all the critical rubbish written about both bands, The Monkees is the perfect punk version and the The Sex Pistols version was merely a kitsch cash-in. So I’m posting the classic version….

Elsewhere, US band Spider pop in with the good New Romance, Odyssey re-enter with the future UK chart-topper Use It Up Wear It Out, still sounds good, let’s be honest, Donna Summer’s more laid-back Sunset People glides in at 66, and 2 nu-metal bands are back, one I don’t rate at all (it is Iron Maiden after all), and the other is pretty damn good (Saxon’s 747). I know metal fans seem to be under the delusion it’s the other way round, but hey Saxon rocks at 71. Phil Lynnot is back solo again for the 3rd time, and he doesn’t even have the decency to wait for Thin Lizzy to drop out of the 40 as his tribute to Elvis Presley pops in at 75, and finally it’s an oddly low new entry for a Bob Marley classic, as he notches up the reggae beats to Could You Be Loved, one of his best records, in at 73. Within months he’d be dead from cancer, refusing early treatment, and all I can wonder is how many great records we’ve lost from his far-too-early death.

1 ( 1 ) MESSAGES Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2 ( 2 ) CRYING Don McLean
3 ( 9 ) BACK TOGETHER AGAIN Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
4 ( 7 ) BED’S TOO BIG WITHOUT YOU (6 PACK) The Police
5 ( 4 ) THEME FROM M*A*S*H The MASH
6 ( 12 ) I’M ALIVE Electric Light Orchestra
7 ( 25 ) CHRISTINE Siouxsie And The Banshees
8 ( 21 ) WATERFALLS Paul McCartney
9 ( 52 ) XANADU Olivia Newton-John & The Electric Light Orchestra
10 ( 14 ) LITTLE JEANNIE Elton John

11 ( 5 ) WE ARE GLASS Gary Numan
12 ( 6 ) NO DOUBT ABOUT IT Hot Chocolate
13 ( 15 ) LET’S GET SERIOUS Jermaine Jackson
14 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME The Korgis
15 ( 3 ) THEME FROM MIDNIGHT COWBOY Original Soundtrack (John Barry)
16 ( 13 ) YOU GAVE ME LOVE Crown Heights Affair
17 ( 22 ) DA-A-ANCE The Lambrettas
18 ( 10 ) TWILIGHT ZONE/TWILIGHT TONE Manhattan Transfer
19 ( 26 ) STEAL AWAY Robbie Dupree
20 ( 28 ) ME MYSELF I Joan Armatrading

21 ( 38 ) BEHIND THE GROOVE Teena Marie
22 ( 44 ) PLAY THE GAME Queen
23 ( NEW ) TWO PINTS OF LAGER AND A PACKET OF CRISPS Splodgenessabounds
24 ( 8 ) FUNKY TOWN Lipps Inc
25 ( 11 ) OVER YOU Roxy Music
26 ( NEW ) WHO WANTS THE WORLD The Stranglers
27 ( 68 ) NEW AMSTERDAM Elvis Costello
28 ( 24 ) MIDNITE DYNAMOS Matchbox
29 ( 35 ) TO BE OR NOT TO BE B.A. Robertson
30 ( 32 ) SOLDIER’S SONG The Hollies

31 ( 20 ) SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE Michael Jackson
32 ( NEW ) JUMP TO THE BEAT Stacey Lattisaw
33 ( 16 ) YOU WILL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE iamspamspamamiAT PARTIES Jona Lewie
34 ( 58 ) LET’S HANG ON Darts
35 ( 37 ) CHINATOWN Thin Lizzy
36 ( 45 ) LET MY LOVE OPEN THE DOOR Pete Townsend
37 ( 27 ) GENO Dexy’s Midnight Runners
38 ( 73 ) MY WAY OF THINKING UB40
39 ( NEW ) TRYING TO KEEP THE SUMMER ALIVE The Beach Boys
40 ( 42 ) BIGGEST PART OF ME Ambrosia

41 ( 48 ) THE SCRATCH Surface Noise
42 ( 33 ) MONKEES EP (LAST TRAIN TO CLARKSVILLE/ I’M A BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ DAYDREAM BELIEVER) The Monkees
43 ( 23 ) JUST CAN’T GIVE YOU UP Mystic Merlin
44 ( 18 ) LOST IN LOVE Air Supply
45 ( 19 ) RAT RACE The Specials
46 ( 34 ) NIGHT BOAT TO CAIRO (WORK REST & PLAY EP) Madness
47 ( NEW ) I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE The Sex Pistols
48 ( 40 ) IF LOVING YOU IS WRONG (I DON’T WANT TO BE RIGHT) Rod Stewart
49 ( 30 ) MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM The Beat
50 ( 53 ) WHY DON’T YOU SAY IT Elkie Brooks

51 ( 43 ) COMING UP Paul McCartney
52 ( 29 ) SUBSTITUTE Liquid Gold
53 ( 41 ) CALL ME Blondie
54 ( 59 ) DON’T TELL ME Shona Laing
55 ( NEW ) NEW ROMANCE (IT’S A MYSTERY) Spider
56 ( 64 ) LIP UP FATTY Bad Manners
57 ( 31 ) LET’S GO ROUND AGAIN Average White Band
58 ( 54 ) GOING UNDERGROUND The Jam
59 ( 63 ) BREAKING THE LAW Judas Priest
60 ( 36 ) NO SELF CONTROL Peter Gabriel

61 ( 61 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
62 ( 62 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 47 ) ANYWAY YOU WANT IT Journey
64 ( RE ) USE IT UP AND WEAR IT OUT Odyssey
65 ( 56 ) ATOMIC Blondie
66 ( NEW ) SUNSET PEOPLE Donna Summer
67 ( 67 ) THE ROYAL MILE Gerry Rafferty
68 ( 39 ) GEE WHIZ Bernadette Peters
69 ( NEW ) WRITTEN ON YOUR BODY Ronnie Bond
70 ( 51 ) SILVER DREAM MACHINE David Essex

71 ( NEW ) 747 (STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT) Saxon
72 ( 65 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
73 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
74 ( NEW ) SANCTUARY Iron Maiden
75 ( NEW ) THE KING’S CALL Phil Lynott


TV 14th-20th June

1 Planet Of The Apes: film
2 Wonder Woman
3 The Outer Limits
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Taxi
6 Q9
7 The Banana Splits
8 The Waltons
9 Happy days
10 Knotts Landing


On TV, 60’s classic movie Planet Of The Apes and a Wonder Woman TV movie with alien bodysnatchers (fab cheese!). I psycho-analysed why whenever I see mum and dad (they popped in again) I got depressed – it was talk of the future and my total lack of preparedness for the onrushing end of College life. Tickets for Knebworth arrived, hooray! College Hustings meant voting for student body reps for the next year, so we listened and voted, and a fun evening with friends as Jane prepared a lesson on Islam for the kids, based on her artwork after we’d been to Tunisia.

I met up with tutor Max for an indication of my degree results. I was not surprised to hear it was going to be a division 2 (average) as my best work in Art was graded 2:2 but a lot was rated less than that. As I’d never been what you call a hard-worker I couldn’t really complain. One of our friends borrowed Sue’s bike (unbeknownst to Sue) to go to the Lincolnshire Show, they shall remain nameless but I did say “it’ll get nicked!”, and bumped into her later bursting into tears cos it had been nicked. Confession is good for the soul fortunately, and it was forthcoming to Sue who took the news rather well I thought.

My 1974 Charts – October

Gloucester Bus Station

Gloucester Bus Station

for a link to the youtube videos attached to my 1974 charts – buzzjack

1st October 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLDIES CHART 1st October 1974

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

8th October 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OLDIES CHART 8th October

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

15th October 1974

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

OLDIES CHART 15th Oct 1974

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

22nd October 1974

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

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

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

bad photo of the entrance to Chosenhill 6th form block

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

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

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

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

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

29th October 1974

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1979 Charts – August

1st August 1979

5th and final week on top for Abba, so who is going to knock them off? The Police are up to 2, a new chart peak for a crackin New Wave track, The Boomtown Rats were reigning in the UK charts, but could they go higher than 4, and equal Rat Trap? Number One more often than not, ELO rocket up to 7 from 51 with the gorgeous wistful Diary Of Horace Wimp while the equally gorgeous Korgis are up to 5. Cliff shoots up from 22 to 8 with his best ever record, but can he grab a chart-topper for the first time in 8 years? We Don’t Talk Anymore, but apparently that doesn’t stop people talking about Cliff in another ridiculous Trial By BBC media. They had a bonafide evil mass paedophile and did nothing about rumours, but one whiff of an accusation at a 30-year-old religious meeting and it’s helicopters and seizing of all that 30-year-old evidence on hard drives. What? They didn’t have PC’s back in those days? Ah well, any excuse will do, eh, he’s bound to have a diary or something saying “I groped a 15-year-old”? Pity the police didn’t bother to ask him first before deciding he was guilty of something.

Regardless, one of the best Top 10’s of all time IMHO. Elsewhere, Pretenders and Sparks go top 20, and The Gibson Brothers rocket to 26 5 years after their writer-producer hit my number 2 as The Yamasukis. Art Garfunkel finally breaks into the 40 with the lovely 50’s cover, while Telex do the same with a less lovely 50’s cover. Highest new entry is Bowie, D.J. at 43, for a literally cool decade of hits, with Showaddywaddy at 50 (and another cover) and a less-than-cool 6 years of hits. Buzzcocks at 59 with an old track, Undertones at 68 with a great new track, Darts with (yet) another cover at 70, Duke Of Earl, a former Gene Chandler hit, Gene having only recently dropped out of the charts with his own new stuff. At 66, earth Wind And Fire continue the run of great singles with a great ballad that takes me back to overcast LA streets, car radio and American stations who were hammering it.

On TV Centennial still ruled, along with Soap, while Mork And Mindy stayed high. Robin Williams is much-missed, but he’ll always be the young manic alien for me, when he was fresh and on fire. Later series hit the sentimental button too much, but the first one was great. A great human being, and a comic inspiration. Another sitcom, Barney Miller, was also a fave of mine, a gentle whimsical cop show, and it had the fab Ron Glass in it, later of Firefly, the awesome Joss Whedon space cowboy show, as a preacher. Keeping up my astronomy interest Patrick Moore was ever-present with The Sky At Night. I once sat through one of his talks with a mate, when he asked for questions from the audience. I dared my mate to ask him if he’d “ever seen Your Anus”. Thankfully he didn’t! Yourannuss as they call Uranus these days.

So, at home, my wisdom tooth started to cut me open. The bloody thing impacted eventually, but as I did nothing about it, it basically made my teeth all crooked for the rest of my life, and 30 years later I eventually had to get the bloody thing broken to bits and removed chunk by chunk while I tried hard not to have tears filling the dental goggles. Moral: get your teeth done early!

Mum and dad were on holiday in North Wales this week, on the wednesday I got a call from grandma telling me she was coming friday, then got one from dad saying mum had been rushed to hospital with appendicitis and had an operation. That put me into severe anxiety mode, I rang my Aunty Eileen to let her know, and Uncle Tony popped round thursday for an update after I’d got in from my factory work job. The lovely couple who gave me a lift, Lil and Jim, wouldn’t take any money off me when they heard about mum, which was so sweet.

Friday and grandma arrived to stay with a random friend in tow (as she often did) and told her about mum, turned out to be an infection elsewhere and antibiotics needed. Noted that at work I tended to hang around with the younger folk (always have) and listed a few things I bought that week with my wages: Record Mirror, Smash Hits, some 12” extended mixes of The Runner and Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now, and a stack of bargain bin singles, and I was also writing a Star Trek fan-fic piece. Juke Box Jury I enjoyed, noting Mike Reid was a big head (he got his own back in 1986 when he took the piss out of me on live Radio 1), and Bob Geldof: “as intelligent and slamming as ever”. Bit of a hero, Bob, long before Live Aid made him a saint. But that’s another story…

1 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
2 ( 7 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
3 ( 2 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
4 ( 9 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 10 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
6 ( 3 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
7 ( 51 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
8 ( 22 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
9 ( 4 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
10 ( 8 ) WANTED The Dooleys

11 ( 5 ) SPACE BASS Slick
12 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
13 ( 11 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
14 ( 12 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
15 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
16 ( 13 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
17 ( 17 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
18 ( 27 ) KID The Pretenders
19 ( 14 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
20 ( 40 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

21 ( 16 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
22 ( 20 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
23 ( 19 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
24 ( 21 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
25 ( 36 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
26 ( 66 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
27 ( 39 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
28 ( 33 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
29 ( 23 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
30 ( 24 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

31 ( 18 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
32 ( 63 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
33 ( 26 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
34 ( 30 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited
35 ( 25 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
36 ( 69 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
37 ( 28 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
38 ( 31 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
39 ( 32 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts
40 ( 29 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs

41 ( 35 ) ROXANNE The Police
42 ( 34 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
43 ( NEW ) D.J. David Bowie
44 ( 37 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
45 ( 55 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
46 ( 43 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
47 ( 38 ) PLAYGROUND TWIST Siouxsie And The Banshees
48 ( 44 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
49 ( 42 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
50 ( NEW ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy

51 ( 53 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
52 ( 50 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
53 ( 52 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
54 ( 47 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
55 ( 46 ) AIN’T NO STOPPIN’ US NOW McFadden and Whitehead
56 ( 49 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
57 ( 59 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 60 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
59 ( NEW ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks
60 ( 45 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire and The Emotions

61 ( 57 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
62 ( 61 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
63 ( 54 ) POP MUZIK M
64 ( 41 ) GO WEST The Village People
65 ( 48 ) SHINE A LITTLE LOVE E.L.O.
66 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
67 ( 56 ) BOYS KEEP SWINGING David Bowie
68 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE SUMMER The Undertones
69 ( 62 ) DANCE AWAY Roxy Music
70 ( NEW ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

71 ( NEW ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers
72 ( 68 ) THE RUNNER The Three Degrees
73 ( NEW ) LADY WRITER Dire Straits
74 ( NEW ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
75 ( NEW ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

TV
1 Centennial
1 Soap
3 Star Trek: This Side Of Paradise
4 Rhoda
5 Mork And Mindy
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Barney Miller
8 Carry On…Don’t Lose Your Head
9 Sword Of Justice
10 The Hollywood Greats
11 Sapphire And Steel (Thurs)
12 Juke Box Jury
13 The Sky At Night
14 Sapphire And Steel (Tues)
15 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

7th August 1979

The Police get their first chart-topper with the year-old Can’t Stand Losing You, I enjoyed singing along to this one! ELO (of course!) go top 5 with Horace Wimp, and Sparks get a 2nd Top 10 in a row, just like the 1974 heydays. Beat The Clock should have been higher but there were even greater records ahead of it! Judy Tzuke gets a top 20, and highest new entry is B.A. Robertson and his whimsical Bang Bang. A terrifically amusing lyricist, this one started a run of catchy great pop singles for him, though he was also in demand as songwriter for others. Bang Bang is fab.

Spiro Gyra take their MOR jazz instrumental up to 26, while Earth Wind And Fire get an 8th Top 40 hit. Gerry Rafferty gets his 4th Top 40 in a row, as the absolutely fantastic, Get It Right Next Time enters at 31. This became an anthem for me and my group of friends on our South-West USA adventure, a massive radio airplay hit and a single I bought over there – oddly no picture covers, and poorer quality vinyl, but hey it’s important to me, and Gerry could do no wrong in 1979.

Bossy Diana Ross is at 37, The Planets are new at 39 (a great Police-ish single) with Lines, and new at 41 it’s The Tourists getting their first hit – better known as Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox pre-Eurythmics, plus mates – with the lovely Loneliest Man In The World. Joe Jackson also debuts with the US hit Jazz-rock-new wave Is She Really Going Out With Him, pretty catchy and amusing too. Ian Dury, meanwhile finally follows up Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, with a Radio-One hyped Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part 3), very low-key and a little disappointing at the time, but in at 49. Finally, in at 70, a sad sweet ballad from the brilliantly-inadvertedly-amusing Randy Vanwarmer, Just When I Needed You Most.

On TV I was waxing lyrical on Centennial and it’s characters, especially Lynn Redgrave’s spine-tingling Charlotte during the Great Depression, and a speech about Planet Earth “reminiscent of The Octopus” (One of my college novels) and the “EPIC” finale, and I was so enthused I wrote my letter to the Radio Times – which got printed!. At home, the rest of the family was back, mum out of hospital, and weak, and a house full with grandma and her friend Hilda (Mrs Mitch as grandma called her, as her generation was wont to do with friends, seemingly odd to my generation), and Sue, brother Mark’s girlfriend, her young brother Chris completed the greeting as i got in from work. My holiday prezzie was stamps – yes I used to collect them, just add it to my list of nerd hobbies, I’ve millions.

I was sleeping on the couch, bedroom donated to grandma, at work on the factory floor I was getting first-hand experience of lazy buggers creeping up to the boss, people who do nothing but make it appear as though they do and slag off others. My wages were £39 for the week, hooray! Babysat for my nieces Rachel (8) and Lisa (6), stayed the night as no room at home anyway, and Lisa fell asleep in my arms while Rachel was wide awake asking questions about “Sword Of Justice” TV show. Next morning Lisa wouldn’t let me go home!

1 ( 2 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
2 ( 1 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
3 ( 4 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
4 ( 7 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
5 ( 8 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
6 ( 5 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
7 ( 6 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
8 ( 9 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
9 ( 3 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
10 ( 20 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

11 ( 18 ) KID The Pretenders
12 ( 26 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
13 ( 17 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
14 ( 13 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
15 ( 10 ) WANTED The Dooleys
16 ( 25 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
17 ( 12 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
18 ( NEW ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
19 ( 14 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
20 ( 16 ) GOOD TIMES Chic

21 ( 11 ) SPACE BASS Slick
22 ( 21 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
23 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
24 ( 19 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
25 ( 27 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
26 ( 75 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
27 ( 66 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
28 ( 23 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
29 ( 43 ) D.J. David Bowie
30 ( 34 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

31 ( NEW ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
32 ( 36 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
33 ( 50 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
34 ( 29 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
35 ( 30 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
36 ( 22 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols
37 ( 74 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
38 ( 32 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
39 ( NEW ) LINES The Planets
40 ( 70 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

41 ( NEW ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
42 ( 24 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
43 ( 33 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
44 ( 31 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
45 ( NEW ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
46 ( 35 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze
47 ( 37 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
48 ( 41 ) ROXANNE The Police
49 ( NEW ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
50 ( 42 ) MASQUERADE The Skids

51 ( 44 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
52 ( 28 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones
53 ( 52 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
54 ( 51 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
55 ( 53 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
56 ( 59 ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks
57 ( 54 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
58 ( 45 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
59 ( 49 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
60 ( 68 ) HERE COMES THE SUMMER The Undertones

61 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 46 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes
64 ( 62 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
65 ( NEW ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
66 ( 71 ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers
67 ( 48 ) MAYBE Thom Pace
68 ( 61 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp
69 ( 38 ) DO ANYTHING YOU WANT TO DO Thin Lizzy
70 ( NEW ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

71 ( 56 ) THE NUMBER ONE SONG IN HEAVEN Sparks
72 ( 63 ) POP MUZIK M
73 ( NEW ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
74 ( 40 ) STRANGLEHOLD UK Subs
75 ( 39 ) BABYLON’S BURNING The Ruts

TV
1 Star Trek: The Doomsday Machine
1 Centennial: final episode
3 Rhoda
4 Duck Soup: Marx Brothers film
5 The Hollywood Greats
6 Des O’Connor Entertains
7 Juke Box Jury
8 Mork And Mindy
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The New Avengers

14th August 1979

The Boomtown Rats knock off the Police from the top after only one week and get their second (and greatest) Number One. For such a sombre subject matter it’s an epic, ambitious record. The Pretenders get their first Top 10 hit with the beautiful Kid, and The Gibson Brothers get their first Top 10 too with the fab Ooh What A Life. Showaddywaddy quietly break into the top 20 but the times were a changing for them and also for Boney M, highest whooptastic new entry at 23 with Gotta Go Home, later to be served up as a bit of Duck Sauce.

Just behind at 24, the sound of the future pops in: The Specials had a big effect on pop music with the ska revival and Two Tone records, and it all starts here with the superb Gangsters, as fresh as the day it first announced itself. Big jumps for Ian Dury at 27 and Joe Jackson at 29, before some more great new entries: Roxy Music show the comeback has legs with the great romping Angel Eyes (nothing to do with Abba’s song), and the quirky posh-tastic Flying Lizards bark their way through a cover of Money (as made famous by The Beatles) and single-handedly predict the 80’s yuppie. Johnny Mathis goes disco for his 4th hit, Kandidate drop by again, and The Bellamy Brothers finally follow-up their 1976 classic number one (for me) with the much-less-classic country ballad with the “deserves a slap” pick-up line title.

In my life, arrangements for the forthcoming American trip were less-than-sorted, everything a bit up in the air, which caused me and my parents anxiety. Package holidays to the states weren’t a thing and this was all made up stuff! Seems like airport car hire was the way to go. An old school friend got in touch, while friends of my parents dropped by – I’d known them since I was a toddler. Got a bit miffed at the lack of a decent send-off for nice Fran at work, not even a box of chocs! I said hello to our neighbour-friend Renie’s sister (Renie was Serefina Modelefski, a Polish World War 2 refugee, recently widowed when refugee husband Ted died suddenly, and needing help with many things).

On TV I was raving about American comedian John Byner (of Soap, Get Smart and the original Mork – he turned it down, he’s now forgotten and Robin Williams isn’t, but I noted, and I quote: “The classic U.S. stand-up comedian John Byner ..had me once again in tears of laughter with the best vocal and facial expressions this side of Robin Williams.” Praise indeed!). In the shops I bought 18 singles. On Juke Box Jury Kenny Everett joined Sting, Leslie Judd and Tina Charles for a very funny episode. Wish it was on DVD! At home a blazing family row upset me, even though I was not involved, as kids grow-up it causes problems if they don’t move out, and things had been simmering a while with sides taken not to dad’s liking. Family rows were fairly regular in the 70’s….and 80’s. Hey ho, I was doing a runner shortly, for a while.

1 ( 3 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats

2 ( 2 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

3 ( 1 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police

4 ( 5 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard

5 ( 4 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

6 ( 6 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis

7 ( 10 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

8 ( 12 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers

9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders

10 ( 9 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds

12 ( 7 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez

13 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke

14 ( 14 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

15 ( 18 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson

16 ( 26 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

17 ( 27 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire

18 ( 15 ) WANTED The Dooleys

19 ( 31 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

20 ( 33 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy

21 ( 13 ) MY SHARONA The Knack

22 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart

23 ( NEW ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

24 ( NEW ) GANGSTERS The Specials

25 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets

26 ( 19 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay

27 ( 49 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads

28 ( 20 ) GOOD TIMES Chic

29 ( 45 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson

30 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex

31 ( 21 ) SPACE BASS Slick

32 ( 25 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing

33 ( 22 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer

34 ( 24 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

35 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp

36 ( 40 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

37 ( 37 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross

38 ( 41 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists

39 ( 35 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

40 ( 34 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

41 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

42 ( 28 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward

43 ( 70 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

44 ( 38 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel

45 ( 29 ) D.J. David Bowie

46 ( NEW ) MONEY The Flying Lizards

47 ( 36 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols

48 ( 48 ) ROXANNE The Police

49 ( 43 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant

50 ( 42 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire

51 ( 30 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

52 ( NEW ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate

53 ( 44 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler

54 ( 55 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees

55 ( 54 ) CHIQUITITA Abba

56 ( 53 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

57 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

59 ( 47 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump

60 ( 46 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze

61 ( 57 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

62 ( 65 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69

63 ( NEW ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis

64 ( 58 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis

65 ( 51 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich

66 ( 50 ) MASQUERADE The Skids

67 ( 64 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

68 ( 52 ) CHUCK E’S IN LOVE Rickie Lee Jones

69 ( 59 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings

70 ( 73 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate

71 ( 56 ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks

72 ( 63 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes

73 ( 66 ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers

74 ( 68 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp

75 ( NEW ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers

TV

1 Star Trek: Erand Of Mercy

2 Rhoda

3 Juke Box Jury

4 Top Of The Pops

5 Sword Of Justice

6 Seven To One

7 The Hollywood Greats

8 Where Are They Now

9 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

10 Sykes

[b]21st August 1979[/b]

2 weeks for the Rats, holding off Cliff, and mirroring the UK charts. Sparks up to 4 makes it 2 consecutive Top 5 hits for the first time for them, and Giorgio Moroder’s first 2 consecutive since Chicory Tip in 1972. The Specials bang in with their Gangsters though, up to 7, while BA Bang Bang’s in at 9. Boney M up to 10, and their 7th Top 10 since their debut number one in 1977 with Daddy Cool. It’s also their last one ever, though by way of compensation I had a dream about them on the Thursday. Apparently. I shall say no more about it!
Rocketing into the 40 at 11 it’s Roxy, well on form for their 9th Top 20 (and Ferry’s 16th). Highest new entry and it’s Sister Sledge’s hat-trick of Chic-tastic singles, the sublime Lost In Music, future number one (in 1984) but making do with 21 first time round. The Flying Lizards are up at 26 (that’s what I want!), but even they are outdone on the quirky and bizarre front: The B52’s debut at 34 with the brilliant and odd Rock Lobster, kick-starting an unlikely 15 year-run of occasionally classic singles, all instantly recognisable as them and no-one else in the universe. Sort of retro 60’s garage trash, sort of New wave, sort of sci-fi, sort of fab.

Amusingly Gone Gone Gone nestles up to Girls Girls Girls, ahead of Hot Chocolate who say they are going through the motions. That’s a nasty habit unless it’s NHS-based. At 54, The Stranglers are back with a great, albeit slightly mellow single, Duchess – which was an early indicator of things to come.
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In my life? A card from the BBC telling me of letter in Radio Times, I was “dead-chuffed” – modern-translation: well-impressed; decided I really liked Lil, Eileen and Nigel from work, as I was entering my last few days there, and finding it quite pleasant really. Bought American dollars! Bob Geldof impressed on a TV show Seven To One: “so articulate and thought-provoking”. I had a rather less-impressive opinion of Keith Chegwin on Juke Box Jury which is so rude I’m not repeating it! At the cinema it was “Buck Rogers In The 25th Century” with a couple of wacky robots (“not original still funny”) battling crap plots, characters. More than anything though getting anxiety over the forthcoming adventure, especially as the prime mover, mate Pete, seemed to have vanished from communication (working in Germany). Gulp!

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1 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
2 ( 4 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
4 ( 7 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
5 ( 8 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
6 ( 3 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
7 ( 24 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
8 ( 5 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
9 ( 15 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
10 ( 23 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

11 ( 41 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
12 ( 17 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
13 ( 6 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
14 ( 19 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
15 ( 10 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
16 ( 16 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
17 ( 14 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
18 ( 13 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
19 ( 25 ) LINES The Planets
20 ( 9 ) KID The Pretenders

21 ( NEW ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
22 ( 27 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
23 ( 11 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
24 ( 12 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
25 ( 29 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
26 ( 46 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
27 ( 43 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
28 ( 18 ) WANTED The Dooleys
29 ( 20 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
30 ( 22 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart

31 ( 37 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
32 ( 21 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
33 ( 26 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
34 ( NEW ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
35 ( 28 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
36 ( 38 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
37 ( 63 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
38 ( 52 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
39 ( 70 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
40 ( 31 ) SPACE BASS Slick

41 ( 30 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
42 ( 34 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
43 ( NEW ) YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
44 ( 39 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
45 ( 40 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
46 ( 33 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
47 ( 36 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts
48 ( 35 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
49 ( 62 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
50 ( 42 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward

51 ( NEW ) THE BITCH The Olympic Runners
52 ( 32 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
53 ( 75 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
54 ( NEW ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
55 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
56 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
57 ( 48 ) ROXANNE The Police
58 ( 55 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
59 ( 54 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
60 ( 56 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

61 ( 49 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
62 ( 53 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
63 ( 50 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
64 ( 44 ) SINCE I DON’T HAVE YOU Art Garfunkel
65 ( 61 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
66 ( 64 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
67 ( 45 ) D.J. David Bowie
68 ( 67 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
69 ( 59 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
70 ( 60 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze

71 ( NEW ) YOU NEED WHEELS The Merton Parkas
72 ( 65 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich
73 ( 66 ) MASQUERADE The Skids
74 ( 69 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings
75 ( NEW ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar

TV
1 Star Trek: The Conscience Of The King
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Rhoda
4 The Hollywood Greats
5 Juke Box Jury
6 Where Are They Now

28th August 1979

35 years on and Cliff, about as non-rock-star as one can get in the rock world is being interviewed about historic allegations, while Kate Bush has just opened her new tour 35-years after her last one. One interesting aspect of re-reading my diaries from 1979 is how much I’d forgotten (and now been reminded of) and how much even with diary notes is completely gone from my memory. I’ve got a VERY good memory, and even I can’t trust my own memory of events from 30 and 35 years ago, and the younger one gets the less accurate the memory gets, it’s all just too hazy, a series of images and half-memories. I have two memories from 1966 Liverpool of being “flashed” by two men in two separate incidents (and yes my mum took me to the police to report it) but could I give any reliable account now of what happened then? Not a chance. Some countries take this into account and have a limit on eye-witness accounts of any event. What people think they remember is not necessarily correct….

In my charts, though, Cliff is at his peak with his best record, the brilliant We Don’t Talk Anymore, the one that refreshed his career in a good way, and broke him (again) in the States. Top of the UK charts too, it was his 3rd number one in my charts, his first for 7 years – and his last one ever with new material! B.A. Robertson goes top 3. Bang Bang! Roxy get another Top 10, and The Stranglers leap to 24.

The new entries provide the interest as 2 future UK chart-toppers enter, Gary Numan going it solo (effectively just a name-change) with his classic Cars entering at 39, and Dr. Hook at 49 with When You’re In Love With A Beautiful Woman. It’s hard, you know it gets so hard. I’ve been to see them both in concert in the last few years (at least the voice of Dr. Hook Dennis Locorriere) and unexpectedly I’d take Dennis over Gary. Who’d a thunk it? At 51, the jazzy Crusaders introduce Randy Crawford to the charts with Street Life, a good single though I’ll take the Roxy Music song of the same title anyday. The Jam keep the run of hits going, and City Boy get a third hit with an exciting song title – I haven’t heard it for 35 years though, so youtube here I come.

In My Life? I read my Radio Times letter on the bus home from work and was immediately overcome with embarrassment at the enthusiastic shtudent pedant mood of it and decided not to show it to anyone except parents (who liked it) and brother (who didn’t). Friday was my last day at work, I was sorry to leave, and at home I was packing. My charts were done on the friday early rather than Tuesday, which is why there’s not much happening. Pete rang and left me full of anxiety at the way we were winging everything with no organisation, and mum was worrying a lot too. So much so, that she cried when I got on the bus for London Saturday morning. “I’ll be alright” I promised. Read David Niven’s fab autobiography “The Moon’s A Balloon” on the bus. The mix of social types and races in London fascinated me en route to Laker Airways offices with dad’s RAF bag in tow, overpacked and heavy. Julie, Sue and her boyfriend Joe were already there with bad news: we couldn’t fly before Monday, and Pete hadn’t arrived. My anxiety then came out as negativity and moodiness, and Pete’s unreliability didn’t help at all. So, a bad start, and ill feelings when Pete turned up late (we already had our tickets, having had to make a decision to get them before 5pm or miss the Monday flight. Sue and Joe insisted it was Pete’s own fault for being late and not getting in touch, and Julie and I went along with it despite wanting to wait). He got there just before 5 and tried to pay for the ticket in Deutschmarks, causing hassles!

So, a shared hotel room with 5 people and a weekend in London, unexpectedly. Saw “Moonraker” at the cinema, had my first MacDonalds ever (loved it), and then had excruciating belly-ache all night. I think it was the stress not the burger….. Next morning the boys sat in the Hotel Adams corridor in pyjamas while the girls changed. “Hello” we said to passing guests looking startled. That was funny. The day was spent at Hyde Park, where we hired two rowboats, which was a laugh, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey – for some reason no-one trusted my sense of direction as Guide Designate, but my memory for places and routes is pretty damn good. Just as well I ended up working with maps years later then! Another MacDonalds with actual Cliff and Rats faves playing, then rang home.

Monday was the flight to LA. from Gatwick, Huge queues and I commented on an “ancient (50’s)-looking woman with a wrinkled, ugly face” in jeans who was brimming with enthusiasm for England. Ageist! The fact that I am now in my 50’s serves me right for that comment! I also wear jeans still, so there! I got very excited to be on the plane, (in Smokers section, how things have changed!) and noted I always love take-off. We flew over Ireland, I chatted to a nice American woman and young Jewish American. I still remember the lady, Lucy Mojarro or Martha Delean – as she gave me her contact details and her mother’s in case we had problems – and she gave us great advice about hotels (don’t go near the airport, try Long Beach). It was my first experience at how friendly Americans can be, very welcoming. The rest of the trip? “Californian Suite” movie (appropriately!) and War Of The Worlds on radio (album). A stop-off at Bangor, Maine, a bit UK-looking to me, but VERY humid, for customs. At this point Pete got frog-marched off by officials as he’d not bothered to get a visa, assuming his student visa from 1978 was still valid. It wasn’t. We all got taken to a waiting room while Pete disappeared again, Sue was pissed off with him for not checking. Essentially Pete held up the plane, he got grilled, paid £5 for the visa and waltzed on board the plane to everyone staring at him. Typical Pete, things just drop into his lap no matter what!

2 hours later, clouds lifted and we had majestic views of deserts, canyons, mesas and buttes, towns and other incredibly exciting aerial scenes, until we landed in palm-treed Los Angeles. Avis courtesy bus, bags collected, car hired, and Joe tentatively drove us onto the American freeway, his first time, and ours, and he did really well adapting quickly to the roads. Once comfortable I HAD to put on the radio. First song in America? Lost In Music by Sister Sledge, how appropriate for me! Singing! Cruising highways! Yay! We were in America!

tbc.

1 ( 2 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
2 ( 1 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
3 ( 9 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
4 ( 3 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
5 ( 5 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
6 ( 10 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
7 ( 7 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
8 ( 14 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
9 ( 4 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
10 ( 11 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

11 ( 8 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
12 ( 6 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
13 ( 26 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
14 ( 21 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
15 ( 12 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
16 ( 25 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
17 ( 17 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
18 ( 15 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
19 ( 19 ) LINES The Planets
20 ( 16 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

21 ( 13 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
22 ( 37 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
23 ( 27 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
24 ( 54 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
25 ( 22 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
26 ( 43 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
27 ( 24 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
28 ( 34 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
29 ( 20 ) KID The Pretenders
30 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke

31 ( 36 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
32 ( 23 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
33 ( 49 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
34 ( 38 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
35 ( 28 ) WANTED The Dooleys
36 ( 39 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
37 ( 30 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
38 ( 29 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
39 ( NEW ) CARS Gary Numan
40 ( 33 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay

41 ( 32 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
42 ( 53 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
43 ( 31 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
44 ( 35 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
45 ( 40 ) SPACE BASS Slick
46 ( 42 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
47 ( 44 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
48 ( 45 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
49 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
50 ( 41 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex

51 ( NEW ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
52 ( 46 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
53 ( 48 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
54 ( 55 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 56 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 50 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
57 ( 47 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts
58 ( 58 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
59 ( 59 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
60 ( 60 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

61 ( 52 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
62 ( 57 ) ROXANNE The Police
63 ( NEW ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
64 ( 71 ) YOU NEED WHEELS The Merton Parkas
65 ( 51 ) THE BITCH The Olympic Runners
66 ( 61 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
67 ( 75 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
68 ( 62 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
69 ( 63 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire
70 ( 68 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

71 ( 66 ) I’D BE SURPRISNGLY GOOD FOR YOU Linda Lewis
72 ( 65 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
73 ( NEW ) THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE City Boy
74 ( 69 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump
75 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam