My June 1987 Charts

2nd June 1987

It’s 2 weeks on top for T.Rex as another golden oldie is straight in at 2 – Tom Jones is reactivated chart-wise and a hit all over again is his signature tune, It’s Not Unusual – a track I loved as a kid and would def have topped my charts had I been compiling them in 1965. Better late than never! After 4 weeks at 4 Wet Wet Wet finally drop, but it’s better than some chart-toppers in 1987, and just to prove the point the over-rated Whitney monster gives her a second top 10, ahead of it suffering 32 years of over-playing. U2 OTOH is a classic, and up to 6, and still fresh.

Herb Alpert & Tina Turner both bound into the 20, 24 Carat Diamonds, and Breaking Every Rule still being chart successful 2 decades on. In at 30, errr, Star Trekkin’. It was amusing the first couple of times, and anything Star Trek would meet with my approval. Until I got quickly sick of it and grew to dislike it. Ah, well, proof I liked it for a while. A bunch of old covers enter the 40, The Beastie Boys get a second top 40, and Suzanne Vega gets a second too. Pepsi & Shirlie get a second chart entry minus the Wham! boys, Erasure keep on with the run, Boy George is back, Living In A Box get a quick foillow-up, LL Cool J returns, Alison Moyet has a subdued entry, Billy Idol’s fab gentle Sweet Sixteen is a change in direction for him, The Kane Gang are back 3 years on, and The BLow Monkeys team up with soul legend Curtis Mayfield 2 years after his stage fall left him paralysed for the rest of his life. He first charted in 1971 with Move On Up.


1 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
2 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
3 ( 2 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
4 ( 5 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
5 ( 4 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
6 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
8 ( 3 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
9 ( 6 ) SHAME OMD
10 ( 22 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston

11 ( 10 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
12 ( 17 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
13 ( 8 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
14 ( 30 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 19 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
16 ( 18 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
17 ( 9 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
18 ( 66 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
19 ( 50 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 13 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre

21 ( 37 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
22 ( 11 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
23 ( 34 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
24 ( 12 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
25 ( 27 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
26 ( 14 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
27 ( 24 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
28 ( 16 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
29 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
30 ( NEW ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm

31 ( 39 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) THE SLIGHTEST TOUCH Five Star
33 ( 21 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
34 ( 68 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
35 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
36 ( 25 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
37 ( 41 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
38 ( NEW ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
39 ( 57 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
40 ( NEW ) JACK MIX II Mirage

41 ( 31 ) THERE’S A GHOST IN MY HOUSE The Fall
42 ( 33 ) DOMINOES Robbie Nevil
43 ( 40 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
44 ( 23 ) L’L DEVIL The Cult
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 36 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
47 ( 35 ) LOW RIDER (REMIX) War
48 ( 63 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
49 ( 48 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley

51 ( 73 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
52 ( 32 ) TO BE WITH YOU AGAIN Level 42
53 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
54 ( 49 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 70 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
56 ( 55 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
57 ( NEW ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
58 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
59 ( 72 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
60 ( NEW ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box

61 ( 28 ) APRIL SKIES Jesus And Mary Chain
62 ( 26 ) ANOTHER STEP (CLOSER TO YOU) Kim Wilde & Junior
63 ( 54 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Prince
64 ( 62 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
65 ( NEW ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
66 ( 64 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
67 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
69 ( 60 ) FORGOTTEN TOWN The Christians
70 ( 65 ) WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN Percy Sledge

71 ( NEW ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
72 ( NEW ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
73 ( 71 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
74 ( NEW ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
75 ( NEW ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield

2nd June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
2 WHAT AM I DOING HANGING ROUND? The Monkees
3 LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

 

9th June 1987

It’s a first week at one for U2, their first chart-topper with the brilliant I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, IMHO the jewel in the crown that is The Joshua Tree. The video was shot in Las Vegas, where I was heading in 3 months time back then, doubling up the nostalgia-quotient for my 1979 trip there. Vegas is unrecognisable these days from those days! In at 4 it’s a re-recorded version of In Dreams from Roy Orbison, one of his key tracks, and the start of his comeback period – it’s not as awesome as the original, but decent-enough.

Highest new song is It’s A Sin – Pet Shop Boys back with a bang, a hint of Cat Stevens Wild World about the melody, but high on the epic scale, in at 18, and cementing their status as my fave new 80’s act, well on their way to being my Must-Buy act of the last 34 years – a run no other act comes close to. A big climb for The Kane Gang to 21, and 2 great new entries for Heart and that mega-ballad Alone at 28, and XTC’s most-provocative single Dear God in at 29, some 8 cynical years on since Making Plans For Nigel.

Talking of provocative, gender-bending Prince is in at 38 with If I Was Your Girlfriend, starting to mine Sign O The Times for singles, and Run-DMC get a second top 40. Janet Jackson pops in with her Pleasure Principle, joining herself on Herb Alpert’s Diamonds for a 2nd chart track, Elton John has another of his periodic duets, this one with Jennifer Rush. Flames Of Paradise doesn’t feature in his Rocketman movie biog, just as well given the greats that also don’t feature. Just another 3 or 4 years of his self-abuse years to go, before he cleans up and enters his largely-musically-dull sober-but-happy years.

Diana Ross is giving me Dirty Looks – possibly because her brilliant Ain’t No Mountain High Enough 1970 reissue has just dropped out the chart, to be replaced by one that is errr…not. Curiosity & co are back for a third try – and their best track to date, Misfit, Wang Chung scrape a brief comeback with Let’s Go – and they did pretty much that evermore, Terence Trent D’Arby is back with his Wishing Well, a bit less classic than the Free song of the same name, and Genesis keep churning out the forgettable pedestrian hits. I mean none of those in this paragraph are bad, just a bit bland in comparison to previous highs (bar Misfit).

1 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 1 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
3 ( 2 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
4 ( NEW ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
5 ( 7 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
6 ( 10 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
7 ( 5 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
8 ( 4 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
9 ( 8 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
10 ( 3 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box

11 ( 21 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
12 ( 15 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
13 ( 9 ) SHAME OMD
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 18 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
17 ( 25 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
18 ( NEW ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
20 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

21 ( 74 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
22 ( 12 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
23 ( 13 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
24 ( 38 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 30 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
26 ( 37 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 16 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
28 ( NEW ) ALONE Heart
29 ( NEW ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 34 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore

31 ( 35 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
32 ( 20 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
33 ( 17 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
34 ( 33 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
35 ( 40 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
36 ( 39 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
37 ( 27 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
38 ( NEW ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
39 ( 26 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
40 ( 48 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC

41 ( 57 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
42 ( 50 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
43 ( 68 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
44 ( 51 ) INFIDELITY Simply Red
45 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE VOICE John Farnham
46 ( 43 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
47 ( NEW ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
48 ( 53 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
49 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
50 ( 71 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

51 ( 29 ) GIVE ME ALL NIGHT Carly Simon
52 ( 28 ) BOOPS (HERE TO GO) Sly & Robbie
53 ( 22 ) SNOBBERY AND DECAY Act
54 ( 36 ) SPANISH HARLEM Ben E. King
55 ( 59 ) INCOMMUNICADO Marillion
56 ( 24 ) A BOY FROM NOWHERE Tom Jones
57 ( 75 ) (CELEBRATE) THE DAY AFTER YOU The Blow Monkeys & Curtis Mayfield
58 ( 60 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
59 ( 54 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
60 ( NEW ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

61 ( 23 ) WATCHDOGS UB40
62 ( NEW ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
63 ( 58 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
64 ( NEW ) DIRTY LOOKS Diana Ross
65 ( 56 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
66 ( 64 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
68 ( 55 ) DON’T NEED A GUN Billy Idol
69 ( NEW ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
70 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 66 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
72 ( NEW ) LET’S GO Wang Chung
73 ( 46 ) KEEP YOUR EYE ON ME Herb Alpert
74 ( NEW ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
75 ( NEW ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
2 LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
3 DREAM A LITTLE DREAM Mama Cass

 

16th June 1987

It’s all about the 60’s as Tom Jones childhood fave goes to the very top (as it would have done back in the day if I’d been charting), his first chart-topper either way 19 years since debuting. Quite the wait. Just to keep the 60’s vogue going, all my fave oldies of that week are from the 60’s – Andy and Walker Brothers have both gone on to top my charts in later decades, when I changed the rules to allow album tracks that had never charted (eg on Greatest Hits that were in the UK album charts) and re-issues of singles once again.

Prince has a massive climb to 3 as a posthumous album of original versions of gifted songs are forced out of his locked vault, most of them not as good as the covers, oddly. Sometimes other acts can find the magic and focus on it more than the writer can! ABC get their first top 10 in 3 years, Pet Shop Boys make it 100% top 10 to date (these days it’s about 198% as they rarely fail with official singles, but tend to get loads of album tracks that also go top 10), and Jody watley gets her first top 10 since Shalamar’s last goodie in 1983, but she makes it 8 years in top 10 span.

In at 16 it’s George Michael, and I had to buy the single to bloody get to hear it thanks to the BBC banning it – ridiculous of course, it’s mild compared to the stuff in the charts these days when blatant sexual references and swearwords are obligatory, albeit usually bleeped on the radio (wouldn’t want to lose cash income for “artistic integrity” would we…). I’m not a prude, I swear all the time, and when it’s got an artistic purpose (like I Want Your Sex did, at least in the video), fine. Mostly it’s just superfluous and pointless though.

A huge climb For Curiosity into the 20, with Janet not far behind, in fact lots of top 40 climbers as there is a sudden massive drop to some tracks as I realise they are pretty naff (Star Trekkin, Live Springsteen) so fingers-crossed the penny drops on Whitney next week! In at 36 another decent single from a slagged-off album, and a rather disappointing Glass Spider tour that I saw, Time Will Crawl – and it did! At 44, Shaky does Glitter: somehow think that’s never going to happen ever again, anyone covering Gary Glitter. Gary Numan is back with Radio Heart again, just look at the Gary’s around in those days before one of them killed the name stone dead. Alexander O’Neal keep sup the classic run of Jam & Lewis singles with Fake, The Christians return with another social commentary song, always good, and it’s Chris Montez with Let’s Dance. Rea! I mean Rea. Not the same song. Unfortunately.

1 ( 3 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
2 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
3 ( 38 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 6 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
5 ( 4 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
6 ( 11 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
7 ( 2 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
8 ( 20 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 18 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 17 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley

11 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
12 ( 9 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
13 ( 5 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
14 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 7 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
16 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
17 ( 21 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 8 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
19 ( 10 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
20 ( 67 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat

21 ( 47 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
22 ( 16 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
23 ( 19 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
24 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
25 ( 12 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
26 ( 13 ) SHAME OMD
27 ( 31 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC
30 ( 36 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega

31 ( 40 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
32 ( 50 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
33 ( 42 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
34 ( 23 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
35 ( 34 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
36 ( NEW ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
37 ( 41 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
38 ( 43 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
39 ( 60 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
40 ( 48 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure

41 ( 22 ) FIVE GET OVER EXCITED The Housemartins
42 ( 32 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
43 ( 37 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
44 ( NEW ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 58 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 39 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
47 ( RE ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
48 ( 74 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
49 ( 46 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
50 ( NEW ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan

51 ( 35 ) JACK MIX II Mirage
52 ( 33 ) BIG LOVE Fleetwood Mac
53 ( 49 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
54 ( 27 ) BACK AND FORTH Cameo
55 ( 62 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
56 ( 26 ) BORN TO LOVE (LIVE) Bruce Springsteen
57 ( 30 ) FRIDAY ON MY MIND Gary Moore
58 ( NEW ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
59 ( 25 ) STAR TREKKIN’ The Firm
60 ( NEW ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 69 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox
63 ( 59 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
64 ( NEW ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
65 ( 63 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael
66 ( NEW ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
67 ( RE ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
68 ( 66 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
69 ( 65 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
70 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League

71 ( 75 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 71 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party
73 ( NEW ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
74 ( NEW ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) RED HOT Princess

Playlist oldies of the week
1 ALMOST THERE Andy Williams
2 MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF The Walker Brothers
3 I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE Petula Clark

23rd June 1987

It’s U2 back up on top for a second week at 1, as Pet Shop Boys go up to 2 with It’s A Sin, Curiosity get a first top 10 with Misfit at 6, Herb Alpert gets his 4th top 10 19 years after his first, Janet Jackson gets a 3rd with a 4th a whisker away, and XTC get a second 8 years on from their debut hit Making Plans For Nigel, the flop Dear God.

Bowie has a big climb into the 20 with Time Will Crawl by virtue of this being the week I saw his Glass Spider Tour at Wembley where he heavily plugged the new album, along with loads of dancers, climbing up ropes, swinging from bars, hoisting left right and centre in front of a massive actual glass spider all lit up. Sadly I was sat right at the back of the stadium, there was a delay in the sound, and I felt totally removed from the experience. I came to the conclusion, reinforced the next time I saw him, that Bowie was most definitely not a Stadium act – Stadium acts need to get throbbing excitement going on, U2 being a prime example, they command totally, as does Madonna. Being cerebral doesn’t work at that scale. My top rated track of the night? Not anywhere near my fave Bowie track, but Modern Love worked best. Thumping Chic rhythms, says it all. Day In Day Out? Not so much.

Cliff is back with a decent new album, and a catchy first single in My Pretty One at 31, Errol Brown debuts with his solo single now that Hot Chocolate’s record of 14 consecutive years of hit singles is history, yet still not as big as their oldie remixes, sadly, as I loved Errol in his heyday. King Sun D Moet gets a second entry, lower down, Echo & The Bunnymen keep the run going, Atlantic Starr return as Always, a-ha do the Bond theme well and sneak in, shaken not stirred, and The Whispers are back 7 years after And The Beat Goes On debuted, and 6 years since they last charted.

1 ( 2 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
2 ( 9 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
4 ( 1 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
5 ( 6 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
6 ( 20 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 11 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
8 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
9 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
10 ( 29 ) DEAR GOD XTC

11 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
12 ( 21 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
13 ( 12 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
14 ( 16 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
15 ( 36 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
16 ( 15 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
17 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
18 ( 13 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
19 ( 10 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
20 ( 7 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex

21 ( 30 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
22 ( 24 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
23 ( 5 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
24 ( 33 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
25 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
26 ( 32 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
27 ( 18 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
28 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
29 ( 39 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
30 ( 37 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George

31 ( NEW ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
32 ( 19 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
33 ( 48 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
34 ( NEW ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
35 ( 58 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
36 ( 40 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
37 ( 23 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
38 ( 66 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
39 ( 73 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
40 ( 34 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna

41 ( 26 ) SHAME OMD
42 ( 25 ) SERIOUS Donna Allen
43 ( 50 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
44 ( 44 ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
46 ( 35 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
47 ( 55 ) DISTANT LAND (DA DOO BOM BOM) Radio Earth
48 ( 64 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
49 ( 43 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
50 ( 62 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP ME NOW Samantha Fox

51 ( 49 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
52 ( 75 ) RED HOT Princess
53 ( 31 ) IT’S TRICKY Run DMC
54 ( 27 ) WHEN YOU WALK IN THE ROOM Paul Carrack
55 ( 42 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
56 ( 53 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
58 ( 46 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned
59 ( NEW ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
60 ( 60 ) THAT’S THE WAY IT FEELS Two Nations

61 ( 61 ) YEARS GO BY Stan Campbell
62 ( 47 ) GET READY Carol Hitchcock
63 ( 38 ) ORDINARY GIRL Alison Moyet
64 ( 67 ) I’M BAD LL Cool J
65 ( NEW ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
66 ( 74 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
67 ( 70 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 63 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
69 ( NEW ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
70 ( 65 ) I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) Aretha Franklin & George Michael

71 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
72 ( 69 ) STAND BY ME Ben E. King
73 ( 68 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ROCKSTEADY The Whispers
75 ( 72 ) SHIP OF FOOLS World Party

Oldies Playlist
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 MODERN LOVE (Live At Wembley) David Bowie
3 I JUST WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

30th June 1987

It’s a first week on top for the epic sounds of It’s A Sin, Pet Shop Boys’ 4th chart-topper, and the 3rd in a row. In at 2 it’s the 3rd reissued oldie smash for the late Jackie Wilson, as Higher And Higher is back at a new peak of 2: the US hit record was already two years old when it made the UK charts in the Summer of ’69, and it featured in my first batch of actual charts aged 11 years old. Then it was a double-A reissued hit again in the Summer of ’75, when I was 17 – and here I was in my late 20’s and it was a hit yet again – so essentially the first record to chart for me in 3 decades.

Herb Alpert gets his 3rd top 5, Bowie’s list of top 5’s runs to 15 years, and Janet J gets two consecutive top 10’s. Cliff has a big top 20 climb, and Jive Talking is back – another Summer Of ’75 track: only it’s not The Bee Gees, it’s George Michael, his second cousin, Andros Georgiou ,Nick Heyward & Mick Talbot (of Style Council), and it’s in at 13. George’s ex-Wham! backing singers are up to 17, Pepsi & Shirley, his previous Wham! singer Dee C. Lee having run off with Paul Weller, also of Style Council. I enjoy a good link.

Roger Daltrey’s back for a chart run of 14 years solo, 18 years including the Who. Who’s That Girl? Madonna’s back with her latest film theme. No, nobody went to see it, but the record was good. Lone Justice return with the fab Shelter, Robbie Nevil grabs a 3rd, the Nana’s come back with a blisteringly good SAW track, I Heard A Rumour, soul vets recently in the charts both return: Percy Sledge & Ben E. King, Hue & Cry debut, The Mac are looking at Seven Wonders an 19 years of hits, and if you wanted to Catch The Cure you should have been watching the Glasto coverage last night when they closed the festival a mere 32 years later….

1 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 1 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
4 ( 7 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
5 ( 15 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
6 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
7 ( 8 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
8 ( 5 ) COMING ON STRONG Broken English
9 ( 4 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
10 ( 12 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson

11 ( 3 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
12 ( 31 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
13 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High featuring George Michael
14 ( 11 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
15 ( 13 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
16 ( 17 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
17 ( 24 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
18 ( 10 ) DEAR GOD XTC
19 ( 22 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
20 ( 26 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol

21 ( 9 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
22 ( 33 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 29 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
24 ( 16 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
25 ( 39 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
26 ( 28 ) ALONE Heart
27 ( 18 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
28 ( 20 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
29 ( 19 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
30 ( 35 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal

31 ( 21 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
32 ( 38 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
33 ( 34 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
34 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
36 ( 25 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 65 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
38 ( NEW ) SHELTER Lone Justice
39 ( 14 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
40 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett

41 ( NEW ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
42 ( 27 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
43 ( 45 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
44 ( NEW ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 40 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
46 ( 23 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
47 ( 48 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( 57 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( NEW ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
50 ( 66 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

51 ( 52 ) RED HOT Princess
52 ( 51 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
53 ( 59 ) THE GAME Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 32 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
55 ( 37 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
56 ( NEW ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 41 ) SHAME OMD
58 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
59 ( 49 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
60 ( NEW ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 69 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
62 ( 46 ) EVERY KINDA PEOPLE Mint Juleps
63 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
65 ( 30 ) KEEP ME IN MIND Boy George
66 ( 36 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Erasure
67 ( 71 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
70 ( 58 ) ALONE AGAIN OR The Damned

71 ( NEW ) CATCH The Cure
72 ( 55 ) (SOMETHING INSIDE) SO STRONG Labi Siffre
73 ( NEW ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
74 ( 43 ) LONDON TIMES Radio Heart & Gary Numan
75 ( NEW ) SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME Ben E. King

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
2 PILLOW TALK Sylvia
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

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Pop Music From a Kiddie POV 1960 part 2

TIE ME KANGAROO DOWN SPORT – Rolf Harris (3 weeks)

 

Banished from the airwaves these days due to a court case a few years ago, Rolf was everyones fave Aussie/Artist/novelty-singer back in the 60’s, and beyond – and sure enough I loved his records, Jake The Peg, this one, and especially two more yet to come. I even once had a page from Reveille (a newspaper way back mum bought that regularly published song lyrics) with Rolf’s lyrics printed out, a handy singalong for a kiddie. This track set forth the Monty Python “Bruce” Aussie stereotype, I expect, but it tickled young kids throughout the 60’s on the variety shows it regularly turned up on, and was an actual chart hit, setting Rolf on the path to belovedness, falling out of favour, comeback at Glastonbury with a Led Zep cover of Stairway To Heaven didgeridoo-style, and then his shock-arrest. And yet people still moan about character perception changes in the fictional Game Of Thrones when it’s a daily event in real world! I’m not overly fond of Tie Me Kangaroo these days, but I’ll still stand by Rolf’s 2 gems, those tracks and Rolf in those days had committed no crimes.

 

 

ONLY THE LONELY (KNOW THE WAY I FEEL) – Roy Orbison (3 weeks)

 

Roy was one of mum and dad’s absolute fave singers growing up, they had his Greatest HIts album, so this song featured in my childhood – though NOT as early as 1960, my first contemporary Roy fave was still 4 years away, and his amazing power vocals and melodramatic ballads were not yet honed; Only The Lonely is fairly modest vocally, and he had yet to move onto the trademark sunglasses, bar the bit 2-minutes in which stretched him up the register a bit. Ask me which song I preferred at age 5 and Rolf would win, at 10 and Roy would win. That’s called growing up and maturing, by age 10 I still liked novelty records, but a great pop song was what I really got passionate about, novelty records got boring quite quickly in comparison.

 

 

IT’S NOW OR NEVER – Elvis Presley (4 weeks)

 

Almost 60 years on it’s hard to recall a time when Elvis wasn’t everywhere – even dying at 42 did nothing to stop the juggernaut of Presley fame and success. In our household, Elvis was mum’s fave singer bar none, and now 80 with advanced alzheimers unable to feed herself or talk coherently, she’ll still get up and bop to Elvis, happy as if she was 22 again as she was when this topped the charts. Elvis is for life. So, Elvis was inescapable in the 60’s, films at the pictures, records topping the charts, on jukeboxes, on the radio, on TV: and this was one of his iconic, most-famous tracks, the big dramatic monster ballad. I can’t recall ever not knowing it, but then all of his big hits were just universally known in the company we kept, the younger generation and quite a few older – though my grandparents generation were more likely to not approve of his records, they were very much aware of them! This, needless to say, isn’t the last Elvis track on the list….

 

 

GOODNESS GRACIOUS ME – Peter Sellers & Sophia Loren (14 weeks)

 

14 weeks on top for this, this was a real aching-love on my part for this movie oddity – Sellers was starring in The Millionairess with huge movie star Sophia, as an Indian doctor having a romance with a rich European woman – in those days nobody blinked twice that a white comic could pull that off, these days of course it would be disastrous. Sadly, that kinda means this track is now also politically-incorrect along with the film. Me, I just loved the boom-buddy-booms, the title talked by the brilliant Peter Sellers, and Sophia’s Italian accent. Charming and catchy, and a huge hit in the UK, unlike most novelty records I’ve never not-loved this whimsical one, and it remained fairly popular on radio for 20 years or so. Possibly because it was impeccably produced by The Beatles’ George Martin – you can’t have better credentials than that! – and also the Sellers association, a man who remained beloved by many as he moved from his Goons-days into huge movie stardom, not least the fab Pink Panther movies. It’s also not the last Peter Sellers/George Martin track to feature in the rundown.

 

 

My Retro July 1968 Charts

6th July 1968

It’s 2 weeks on top for the epic Last Night In Soho, holding off a challenge from the equally epic Dusty Springfield song I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten, my all-time fave Dusty song of many close challengers. Not only are these 2 of my fave songs of 1968, the 60’s, but easily right up there in my all-time list. How much do I love the music of this period? Well, Jackie Wilson enters at only 17 with the brilliant my-actual-chart 1972 top 10, 1975 top 30 and 1987 chart-topper, I Get The Sweetest Feeling. Mama Cass topped my chart in 1997 and is only at 6, Steppenwolf did it in the 90’s and yet can only hold at 18. Just fantastic records all.

In at 34, a song I’ve always loved – but never heard the original before! In comes Jerry Jeff Walker at 34, it’s writer. Robbie Williams did a fab cover, among many like Sammy Davis Jr. Martha Reeves and The O’Jays have good climbs into the 40 as the lower end of the chart is awash with goodies new to me, and familiar both. Tammy Wynette scrapes into the 50 – it did slightly better in 1975 when I only compiled a 50 so that’s a handy yardstick for 1968 retro charts. P.P. Arnold’s good, but not as good as Merrilee Rush’s, version of Angel Of The Morning is in at 58, Bobby Vinton’s good, but not as good as Bully Fury’s, version of Goffin & King’s Halfway To Paradise is in at 68, and The Nice’s ELP-ish (not surprisingly) good, but not as good as the movie soundtrack’s, version of America is at 73, and Otis Redding’s, and just as good as The Black Crowe’s, version of Hard To Handle is at 72.

Some familiar fab soul from The Four Tops enters at 62, and unfamiliar enters at 64 for Curtis Mayfield & chums, and some Stevie “sounding familiar but not” Wonder at 75, leaving just some brand new to me Bubblegum from 1910 Fruitgum Co. at 70. I think I’ve overdosed on Simon Says over the 50 years, cos 1, 2, 3 Red Light sounds much fresher, and makes me feel 10 years old without having ever heard it in 1968. Bizarre!

1 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( NEW ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 6 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( 2 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
5 ( 3 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
6 ( 12 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
7 ( 4 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
8 ( 9 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 13 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
10 ( 5 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

11 ( 7 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
12 ( 8 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
13 ( 20 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 11 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
15 ( 17 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
16 ( 10 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
17 ( NEW ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
18 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
19 ( 15 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
20 ( 16 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis

21 ( 14 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
22 ( 19 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
23 ( 32 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
24 ( 21 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
25 ( 22 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
26 ( 23 ) NEXT Scott Walker
27 ( 24 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
28 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
29 ( 27 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
30 ( 39 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s

31 ( 25 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
32 ( 26 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
33 ( 31 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
34 ( NEW ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
35 ( 34 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
36 ( 35 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
37 ( 33 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
38 ( 54 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
39 ( 60 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
40 ( 38 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

41 ( 36 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
42 ( 30 ) BOY Lulu
43 ( 37 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
44 ( 29 ) ONE MORE DANCE Esther & Abi Ofarim
45 ( 47 ) WITH PEN IN HAND Billy Vera
46 ( 40 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
47 ( 49 ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE A SONG Elvis Presley & Nancy Sinatra
48 ( 44 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 45 ) VALLERI The Monkees
50 ( 56 ) D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Tammy Wynette

51 ( 41 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
52 ( 59 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
53 ( 58 ) THE SNAKE Al Wilson
54 ( 52 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
55 ( 46 ) LOVIN’ THINGS Marmalade
56 ( 63 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
57 ( 42 ) YOUNG BOY Barbara Greene featuring The Dells
58 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
59 ( 70 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
60 ( 57 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

61 ( 43 ) WHERE IS TOMORROW Cilla Black
62 ( NEW ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
63 ( 66 ) HERE COMES THE JUDGE Pigmeat Markham
64 ( NEW ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
65 ( 67 ) THE STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL The Turtles
66 ( 75 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
67 ( 71 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
68 ( NEW ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
69 ( 69 ) (LOVE IS LIKE A) BASEBALL GAME The Intruders
70 ( NEW ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

71 ( 50 ) AMERICA Simon & Garfunkel
72 ( NEW ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding
73 ( NEW ) AMERICA The Nice
74 ( 53 ) HURDY GURDY MAN Donovan
75 ( NEW ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

 

13th July 1968

It’s a first week on top for Dusty Springfield’s most fabulous vocal performance and melodramatic song – in my very first retro chart compiled when I got hold of a book of charts in the 70’s – Sept 1968 was my starting point – Dusty was still hanging in the UK charts and so started off at 2 before dropping out as she fell out of the UK charts (strictly based on the UK charts in those days). Most likely she would have had a good 5 chart-toppers by this point had I started earlier. Rival girliepop chanteuse Petula is back again with another of her classic Hatch/Trent tunes in at 4, quite probably my all-time fave of hers give or take Downtown or in recent years the fab cool Cut Copy which topped my chart a few years back. An obsession of mine from Singapore reel-to-reel days, Don’t Give Up is all sweeping strings and stirring melody.

Jackie Wilson enters my top 10 with the ever-recurrent classic, The Moody Blues get a 2nd top 10 with one I didn’t know until recently, and one of The Beach Boys best late-60’s post-Brian tracks is in at 22, Do It Again, nostalgia slipping in for the old surfer days. Tom Jones is also back again with another goodie, at 32, Help Yourself was upbeat and jolly and ol Tom flung ’em out with ease those days. Big climbs into the 40 for The Four Tops, The Toys and P. P. Arnold replacing the original Angel Of the Morning.

A Fleetwood Mac blues classic enters at 42, a future Kirsty MacColl hit enters at 46 for The Kinks – remarkably a record I don’t associate with 1968 at all, just don’t recall it being around then. One I very much DO associate with the Summer of ’68 is Sunshine Girl at 48 for Herman’s Hermits. There was an alternate playground version which ran rampant in the Junior School and area I lived in at the time. It went “Sunshine Girl I’m Looking down your bra, I see 2 round things, I wonder what they are, will you invite me, to squeeze them tightly – not bloody likely, my Sunshine Girl!” You had to be 10 years old, I guess…..

Some fab James Brown, some fab Bill Medley, some good Archie Bell, some good Ray Stevens, and some decent enough Bobby Vancouver, Nancy Sinatra & The Rascals bring them all back into my charts. That leaves a debut from Flavor. Who? No idea but they sound like Spencer Davis’ Gimme Some Lovin’ morphed with bubblegum, and that’s a reasonable reason to chart it.

1 ( 2 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
4 ( NEW ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
5 ( 6 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 5 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
7 ( 4 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
8 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
9 ( 17 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 23 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues

11 ( 7 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
12 ( 13 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
13 ( 18 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
14 ( 15 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
15 ( 12 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 11 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
17 ( 10 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 9 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
19 ( 14 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
20 ( 19 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 16 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
22 ( NEW ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
23 ( 20 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 22 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
25 ( 21 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
26 ( 30 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
27 ( 25 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
28 ( 24 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
29 ( 34 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
30 ( 28 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie

31 ( 26 ) NEXT Scott Walker
32 ( NEW ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
33 ( 38 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
34 ( 29 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
35 ( 62 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
36 ( 27 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
37 ( 39 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
38 ( 58 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold
39 ( 52 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 35 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell

41 ( 36 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
42 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
43 ( 40 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
44 ( 64 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
45 ( 33 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
46 ( NEW ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 32 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
48 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
49 ( 31 ) IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ME Gladys Knight & The Pips
50 ( 48 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

51 ( 49 ) VALLERI The Monkees
52 ( 68 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
53 ( 59 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
54 ( 37 ) A MINHA MENINA Os Mutantes
55 ( 56 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
56 ( 66 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
57 ( 67 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( 46 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
59 ( NEW ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
60 ( 54 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love

61 ( 60 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
62 ( 42 ) BOY Lulu
63 ( NEW ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
64 ( 75 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
65 ( 41 ) THE EYES OF A NEW YORK WOMAN B. J. Thomas
66 ( 70 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
67 ( 51 ) REACH OUT OF THE DARKNESS Friend & Lover
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
70 ( 72 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
72 ( 43 ) HANG ‘EM HIGH Hugo Montenegro, His Orchestra & Chorus
73 ( NEW ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
74 ( NEW ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PEOPLE GOT TO FREE The Rascals

 

20th July 1968

It’s a second week on top for Dusty in a quiet week for new entries, thankfully, giving great songs a chance to reach at least a chart position that is more deserving than the one’s they are being forced to accept. Most of my top 20 has been, or would have been if reissued, chart-toppers as oldies. It’s not just the sheer volume of great tracks, it’s the variety musically, something that modern streaming-based charts lack. I suspect growing up in an era of innovative new music across a whole spectrum, and coming across music from a wide variety of cultures in Singapore, is the reason i find the one-dimensional nature of the worldwide streaming hits a bit frustrating. Still great records in there, but many more don’t become hits like they used to.

Steppenwolf go top 10, as does Roy Orbison, technically for the first time, though it really isn’t as Pretty Woman would have topped my 6-year-old-me charts for weeks, I was obsessed with it. The Beach Boys go top 20, as is the norm, as they Do It Again, and Andy Williams covers The Impossible Dream, following in the shoes of Glen Campbell, from his then-latest album and a 2017 TV advert backdrop which worked very well. Andy was pure class when he did covers (as he usually did), crooning with style and it’s a great dramatic song and performance.

Fleetwood Mac soar into the 30, and James Brown calms down the funk to my approval, a sort of 50’s retro soul combo which works well as it cries it’s way into the 40. Bill Medley hits the emotional power soul button and leaps up too, as Bobby Vinton’s sweet cover of Halfway To Paradise isn’t far behind. Another week, another Marvin & Tammi new entry, and another great one: one of the big surprises to me of doing these retro charts is just how many hits they had, and how good they were. Pretty much from my 70’s onwards viewpoint it was The bloody Onion Song and that was it, until a few acts started covering them. Outrageous that they should hit big with one of their most annoying records in the UK.

Ray Stevens gets a 2nd chart entry hot on the heels of his serious re-record of Funny Man. Mr. Businessman was a nice spot of social commentary for the time, and still remains ideologically relevant. Canned Heat debut with On The Road Again – one I quite liked at the time, but always had slight problems with the vocal style. I’ve grown to like the late Alan Wilson vocals these days, tragically dead in 1970. Timebox cover the Four Seasons – well, who hasn’t – and Beggin’ went from being quite obscure to being one of their most-famous songs in the 21st century, following Jersey Boys and a Madcon hit cover version. Fab song, this version is decent enough. Patti Drew debuts, groovily, and lastly Nirvana grab a second much-lesser track on the chart. It’s OK but no Rainbow Chaser.

1 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 ( 4 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( 3 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
5 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
6 ( 10 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( 9 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
8 ( 6 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
9 ( 13 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
10 ( 12 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison

11 ( 7 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
12 ( 14 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
13 ( 11 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
14 ( 22 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys
15 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
16 ( 8 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel
17 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
18 ( 16 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
19 ( 18 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
20 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert

21 ( 19 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
22 ( 21 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
23 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
24 ( 35 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 32 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 29 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( NEW ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
28 ( 42 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 37 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
30 ( 38 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 24 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
32 ( 27 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
33 ( 59 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
34 ( 63 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 28 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
36 ( 30 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
37 ( 31 ) NEXT Scott Walker
38 ( 52 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
39 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys
40 ( 25 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones

41 ( 44 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield
42 ( 34 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
43 ( 26 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
44 ( 36 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
45 ( 48 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 40 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
48 ( 41 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
49 ( 53 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 43 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells

51 ( 55 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
52 ( 33 ) FORGET ME NOT Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
53 ( 56 ) LIFE Sly & The Family Stone
54 ( 50 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 45 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
56 ( NEW ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
57 ( 57 ) TWO-BIT MANCHILD Neil Diamond
58 ( NEW ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 51 ) VALLERI The Monkees
60 ( 64 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder

61 ( 69 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
62 ( 66 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.
63 ( 61 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
64 ( 73 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
65 ( 60 ) ALONE AGAIN OR Love
66 ( 71 ) I AM YOUR MAN Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers
67 ( 47 ) BLUE EYES Don Partridge
68 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
69 ( NEW ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
70 ( 70 ) HARD TO HANDLE Otis Redding

71 ( NEW ) BEGGIN’ Timebox
72 ( NEW ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
73 ( 58 ) RAINBOW VALLEY The Love Affair featuring Sue Glover
74 ( 74 ) HAPPY Nancy Sinatra
75 ( NEW ) PENTECOST HOTEL Nirvana

 

27th July 1968

It’s back up to number one for Last Night In Soho, epic melodrama of the first order, and a record I never get bored with, not ever. 3 weeks on top, and so under-rated (or rather, unknown) in the wider world. When I started this re-charting, I assumed in the final weeks leading up to the point that my own charts started (with Hey Jude) that The Bee Gees and The Beach Boys would be straight in at 1, just as they topped the UK charts. Oops! The actual competition is way harder than that, so the Bee Gees enter at 7 with their classic story of a man on death row (a popular 60’s theme), and The Beach Boys are idling at 10, both records topped my charts in later decades.

One that has never been a reissued classic re-entry is in at 4 for Nilsson, the future Midnight Cowboy classic stiffed almost everywhere this week in 1968 in terms of charts, but Everybody’s Talking is one of the most beautiful and haunting songs of all-time, so good the Beautiful South had a good old go at it too in the 90’s. Nilsson’s 2nd top 10, following on from One. Andy Williams cover of The Impossible Dream follows Glen Campbell’s cover into the 20, and The O’Jays get a first top 20, and very much not the last. Big climbs for Marvin & Tammi, as always into the 40, and Ray Stevens’ Mr. Businessman.

New entries lower down for Amen Corner’s High In The Sky, still bold and brassy and uptempo, and one I liked a lot at the time, The Who with Magic Bus, their best track since I Can See For Miles, Deep Purple debut with their hit US cover of Hush, all psychedelic as opposed to blues rock like Billy Joe Royal’s version. Martha Reeves & co drop out the chart – but also enter with I Can’t Dance To That Music You’re Playing, a future UK hit for Betty Boo & Beastmasters, Billie Davis is back and charts a 3rd version of Angel Of The Morning inside the 75, a song that it’s hard to ruin and is open to any interpretation. The Chambers Brothers big (future) Viet-Nam psychedelic anthem pops in, Jackie De Shannon covers The Band and beats them to it, and Sly & co replace Life with M’Lady.

1 ( 2 ) LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
2 ( 1 ) I CLOSE MY EYES AND COUNT TO TEN Dusty Springfield
3 ( 3 ) DON’T GIVE UP Petula Clark
4 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ Nilsson
5 ( 4 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Jose Feliciano
6 ( 6 ) TUESDAY AFTERNOON (FOREVER TUESDAY) The Moody Blues
7 ( NEW ) I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU The Bee Gees
8 ( 5 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME Mama Cass
9 ( 7 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
10 ( 14 ) DO IT AGAIN The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GOTTA SEE JANE R. Dean Taylor
12 ( 11 ) YESTERDAY HAS GONE Cupid’s Inspiration
13 ( 10 ) WALK ON Roy Orbison
14 ( 13 ) CLASSICAL GAS Mason Williams
15 ( 9 ) BORN TO BE WILD Steppenwolf
16 ( 12 ) SAVE THE COUNTRY Laura Nyro
17 ( 15 ) RAINBOW CHASER Nirvana
18 ( 27 ) THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM Andy Williams
19 ( 29 ) LOOK OVER YOUR SHOULDER The O’Jays
20 ( 16 ) KEEP ON Bruce Channel

21 ( 17 ) LADY WILLPOWER Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
22 ( 20 ) THIS GUY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Herb Alpert
23 ( 18 ) MY NAME IS JACK Manfred Mann
24 ( 24 ) YESTERDAY’S DREAMS The Four Tops
25 ( 25 ) HELP YOURSELF Tom Jones
26 ( 26 ) MR. BOJANGLES Jerry Jeff Walker
27 ( 21 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC The 5th Dimension
28 ( 28 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE SO BAD Fleetwood Mac
29 ( 19 ) FIRE The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
30 ( 30 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING P.P. Arnold

31 ( 22 ) DREAMS OF THE EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE Glen Campbell
32 ( 33 ) I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY James Brown & The Famous Flames
33 ( 23 ) VENUS Johnny Mathis
34 ( 34 ) BROWN EYED WOMAN Bill Medley
35 ( 56 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
36 ( 32 ) A MAN WITHOUT LOVE Engelbert Humperdinck
37 ( 38 ) HALFWAY TO PARADISE Bobby Vinton
38 ( 58 ) MR. BUSINESSMAN Ray Stevens
39 ( 31 ) MACARTHUR PARK Richard Harris
40 ( 41 ) I LOVED AND I LOST The Impressions featuring Curtis Mayfield

41 ( 36 ) WHITE HORSES Jackie
42 ( 35 ) THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity
43 ( 37 ) NEXT Scott Walker
44 ( NEW ) HIGH IN THE SKY Amen Corner
45 ( 45 ) SUNSHINE GIRL Herman’s Hermits
46 ( 46 ) DAYS The Kinks
47 ( 51 ) I’VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL (TO LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO) Eddie Floyd
48 ( 40 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH The Rolling Stones
49 ( 49 ) I THINK IT’S GOING TO RAIN TODAY Randy Newman
50 ( 39 ) SEALED WITH A KISS The Toys

51 ( 47 ) ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY Glen Campbell
52 ( 48 ) SUNDOWN, SUNDOWN Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) MONY MONY Tommy James & The Shondells
54 ( 69 ) ON THE ROAD AGAIN Canned Heat
55 ( 44 ) (WE’LL BE) UNITED Peaches & Herb
56 ( 42 ) STONED SOUL PICNIC Laura Nyro
57 ( 54 ) THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
58 ( 61 ) FUNNY MAN Ray Stevens
59 ( 60 ) YOU MET YOUR MATCH Stevie Wonder
60 ( 62 ) 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT 1910 Fruitgum Co.

61 ( 43 ) SOUL LIMBO Booker T. & The MG’s
62 ( 64 ) SALLY HAD A PARTY Flavor
63 ( 59 ) VALLERI The Monkees
64 ( NEW ) MAGIC BUS The Who
65 ( 68 ) I CAN’T STOP DANCING Archie Bell & The Drells
66 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS The Grass Roots
67 ( NEW ) HUSH Deep Purple
68 ( NEW ) I CAN’T DANCE TO THAT MUSIC YOU’RE PLAYING Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
69 ( 72 ) WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING Patti Drew
70 ( 71 ) BEGGIN’ Timebox

71 ( 55 ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
72 ( NEW ) ANGEL OF THE MORNING Billie Davis
73 ( NEW ) TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers
74 ( NEW ) THE WEIGHT Jackie De Shannon
75 ( NEW ) M’LADY Sly & The Family Stone

My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

It’s Aretha Franklin’s orchestral oldie on top, almost exactly 44 years since the gorgeous Stevie Wonder song first charted for me, and it’s been a week of oldies xmas invasions, as a refuge from the stress of having a father unexpectedly in hospital from xmas eve (and still there) while caring for a mother who needs help with everything. Lots of TV playlist oldies has created a nostalgic xmas chart invasion, belatedly, some of them having charted dozens of times before, some just a couple or a few times.

The Fizz make it 2 top 10’s with the christmassy Home For My Heart, and also give Rick Wakeman his first ever top 10 singles chart credit – though he was tinkling the ivories in my top 10 way back in the early 70’s on many records. Paloma gets a second top 10 of the year, Streets Of London incredibly makes my top 20 for the first ever time, criminal for such a great song! Joe Goddrad heavily samples a 70’s disco soul flop from Brainstorm, one I didn’t know at the time (or since) so I’ve given them credit, cos it’s great.

Buckingham McVie return for 5th track off the Mac-side-project album, Oh Wonder get a second chart single, Taylor Swift gets her first of the year, and Jose Feliciano’s xmas oldie finally charts – largely because I keep hearing it, having spent the best part of 45 years never having come across the 1970 track at all. Jose Feliciano had a top 10 fab hit with me in my first charting days in late 1968, with the Doors song, Light My Fire – a stylised version covered by Will Young more recently – and then…nothing. Never made my chart again, not even his current Jools Holland stuff. So, a new chart record – albeit with an oldie – for Jose, as his 49-year-drought comes to an end and he finally gets a follow-up.

1 2 1 4 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 1 1 5 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 332300
3 3 1 6 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 740000
4 4 4 6 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 258200
5 5 1 9 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 817000
6 6 5 7 PHASES Alma & French Montana 322400
7 7 2 9 AMEN The Fizz 780000
8 10 8 6 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 157150
9 27 9 3 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 80900
10 12 10 7 GUILTY Paloma Faith 155600

11 9 9 17 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 399500
12 16 12 8 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 151400
13 8 8 7 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 224400
14 25 14 2 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 47750
15 15 3 12 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 492000
16 32 16 2 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 42800
17 17 17 6 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 119950
18 30 18 2 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 40000
19 29 19 2 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 39200
20 40 20 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 37000

21 13 10 7 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171200
22 11 7 7 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 204900
23 18 1 12 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 683750
24 26 24 5 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 79250
25 36 25 2 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 36150
26 14 4 9 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 377400
27 23 1 18 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1044650
28 22 5 6 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 208800
29 75 29 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 23200
30 20 20 4 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 74850

31 19 19 8 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 114850
32 28 17 9 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 169750
33 24 8 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 187700
34 21 8 8 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 259850
35 31 3 14 READY TO GO Hurts 604700
36 39 36 4 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 61800
37 34 4 21 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 464300
38 49 38 6 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 60500
39 65 39 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 24100
40 33 1 14 WAIT UP Hurts 783850

41 41 1 7 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 326600
42 37 1 14 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 898400
43 35 24 8 GO BANG PNAU 127600
44 38 17 9 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 164200
45 43 1 17 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 941150
46 44 10 12 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 254000
47 54 47 3 RUT The Killers 28500
48 45 1 17 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 917950
49 56 49 3 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 27900
50 NEW 50 1 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 12000

51 48 6 20 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 478550
52 46 15 8 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 150150
53 51 18 10 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 180900
54 NEW 54 1 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 11000
55 55 1 26 DREAMS Grace Slick 720700
56 RE 5 14 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 498800
57 70 57 3 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 22400
58 58 19 13 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 179600
59 59 59 3 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 30200
60 42 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350

61 47 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 50 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
63 63 34 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 84500
64 NEW 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 NEW 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
66 66 3 17 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 475250
67 67 1 42 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1024350
68 68 29 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 123350
69 NEW 69 1 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000

71 RE 45 4 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 36200
72 NEW 72 1 LIFETIME Oh Wonder 5600
73 NEW 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

DROP OUTS
52 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
57 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
60 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950
61 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
64 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
69 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
71 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500

24th December 2017

It’s Chris Rea on top, at long last, as he cancels his tour from ill health, but continues to have the most heart-warming annual christmas fave with his 1988 classic. The song made my top 10 then, and hit 4 in 1994, before hitting a new peak of 3 in 2007. All of them in years when the UK singles chart was unwelcoming to the song, to say the least. It finally makes the UK top 20 this week, and in celebration it not only makes my top 10 for the 7th time, it finally hits the top spot 29 years on. No record has charted so many times before topping my chart, nor had so many weeks on the chart before topping my chart.

Craig David gets his first top 10 since 2010, and his 5th in total, including 2 number ones (Hot Stuff in 2007 and Walking Away in 2000). The Partridge Family make my top 20 for the first time in 44 years, with an old album track, and the highest new entry is also an old Sister Sledge (Chic-produced) album track from 1980, one I’ve never heard before until Radio 2 played it for the surviving sisters talking about a new tour. Pretty Baby is much better than any of the singles off the album, and is therefore their best new entry on my chart since Lost In Music in 1979 (ignoring reissues and remixes).

Empire Of The Sun replace themselves in my chart, with a song containing “home” in it, very much the theme of the chart, on top, and new entries from Joe Goddard, a climber for The Fizz, someone ironic considering the charity new entry at 40 – Ralph McTell’s new version of his classic Streets Of London is in aid of the homeless, and it’s rather a good version, helped along by Annie Lennox. That’s Annie’s first chart credit here in 8 years, and Ralph’s first, cough, in 42 years. That’s one hell of an absence! Streets Of London was already a few years old when it charted at Christmas 1974, as was another oldie, Hey There Lonely Girl from Eddie Holman. Eddie hasn’t troubled my chart since, until now – purely because an oldie I was listening to on youtube ended and this track started up next, one from 1966 I’d never heard of. An instant retro fave for me and lovely to see Ralph & Eddie entering together 43 years since they last both hit my top 40.

1 16 1 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 217300
2 2 2 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
3 1 1 5 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 655000
4 4 4 5 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 193200
5 3 1 8 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 757000
6 5 5 6 PHASES Alma & French Montana 267400
7 6 2 8 AMEN The Fizz 730000
8 11 8 6 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 182400
9 9 9 16 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 362500
10 18 10 5 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 109150

11 7 7 6 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 185400
12 20 12 6 GUILTY Paloma Faith 113600
13 10 10 6 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 151450
14 8 4 8 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 358900
15 19 3 11 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 465000
16 29 16 7 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 116400
17 22 17 5 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96950
18 15 1 11 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 664500
19 30 19 7 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 96950
20 23 20 3 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 56850

21 14 8 7 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 242250
22 13 5 5 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 190500
23 17 1 17 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1026250
24 12 8 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 170000
25 NEW 25 1 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 18750
26 26 26 4 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 60250
27 35 27 2 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 35900
28 21 17 8 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 151950
29 NEW 29 1 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOME Joe Goddard 18000

31 28 3 13 READY TO GO Hurts 587200
32 NEW 32 1 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 17800
33 31 1 13 WAIT UP Hurts 766850
34 25 4 20 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 447100
35 24 24 7 GO BANG PNAU 114100
36 NEW 36 1 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 17400
37 32 1 13 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 887400
38 33 17 8 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 150950
39 39 39 3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 44400
40 NEW 40 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 17000

41 34 1 6 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 312600
42 37 37 5 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 77350
43 43 1 16 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 928150
44 44 10 11 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 241250
45 41 1 16 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 905650
46 36 15 7 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 138650
47 40 40 5 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 51600
48 45 6 19 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 466800
49 50 49 5 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 43300
50 27 16 6 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 114400

51 42 18 9 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 169650
52 38 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 47 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
54 75 54 2 RUT The Killers 16000
55 55 1 25 DREAMS Grace Slick 709900
56 74 56 2 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 15800
57 48 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
58 58 19 12 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 169400
59 60 59 2 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 20100
60 46 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950

61 51 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 49 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
63 52 34 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 77300
64 53 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
65 NEW 65 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 7000
66 63 3 16 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 468450
67 67 1 41 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1017750
68 65 29 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 116950
69 59 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
70 70 70 2 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 12000

71 54 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 69 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 62 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500
75 NEW 75 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
61 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
64 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
66 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
68 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
71 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600

17th December 2017

How Can I Be Sure is back on top for a second week for the late David Cassidy, just holding off the strings-laden soul classic Stevie Wonder song as done by Aretha Franklin, finally getting the chart peak it deserved first time round when it was battling Glam Rock classics, Cher, Wings & Barry White. I just turned sweet 16.

Tame Impala get a 3rd top 5, Roy Orbison gets his biggest of the year, and the RPO get 2 in the top 10. Steely Dan return to the top 10 42 years later, and Chris Rea gets a top 20 xmas classic return for the umpteenth time without ever topping my chart. Yes there’s a bit of a dearth of new material as Christmas takes over – though Kim Wilde gets a second christmas song in the chart some 38 years since the last one.

The Fizz enter the chart as the highest new entry, with assist from prog legend Rick Wakeman who was tinkling the ivories for Bowie and others over 45 years ago, and anyone who could have forseen a 2017 link-up with Bucks Fizz would be truly living in a world of alternate universes. It works though!

1 2 1 4 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 570000
2 6 2 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 170000
3 1 1 7 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 697000
4 9 4 4 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 128200
5 5 5 5 PHASES Alma & French Montana 212400
6 3 2 7 AMEN The Fizz 680000
7 7 7 5 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 148400
8 4 4 7 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 329900
9 12 9 15 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 317500
10 18 10 5 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 119450

11 15 10 5 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 134400
12 8 8 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 151000
13 11 5 4 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 171000
14 10 8 6 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 222500
15 13 1 10 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 642500
16 37 16 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 47300
17 14 1 16 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1007000
18 22 18 4 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 67150
19 17 3 10 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 438000
20 28 20 5 GUILTY Paloma Faith 78600

21 19 17 7 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 133650
22 25 22 4 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 73950
23 34 23 2 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 36850
24 35 24 6 GO BANG PNAU 96600
25 21 4 19 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 429500
26 44 26 3 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 41750
27 16 16 5 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 102400
28 20 3 12 READY TO GO Hurts 569300
29 36 29 6 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 91400
30 46 30 6 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 75950

31 23 1 12 WAIT UP Hurts 749150
32 32 1 12 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 870100
33 33 17 7 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 133750
34 24 1 5 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 298600
35 NEW 35 1 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 17500
36 26 15 6 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 125900
37 48 37 4 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 62600
38 31 7 8 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 250000
39 58 39 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 27300
40 59 40 4 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 39100

41 30 1 15 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 892650
42 27 18 8 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 157900
43 42 1 15 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 914650
44 41 10 10 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 228000
45 49 6 18 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 454500
46 29 29 3 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 48950
47 40 40 6 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 64700
48 53 48 6 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 56900
49 39 34 9 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 126550
50 62 50 4 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 31200

51 43 4 11 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 339350
52 38 34 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 70100
53 52 8 13 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 319950
54 50 12 15 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 255350
55 55 1 24 DREAMS Grace Slick 699100
56 63 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 45 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
58 RE 19 11 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 159200
59 47 47 4 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 46150
60 NEW 60 1 F U KRISTMAS Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 10000

61 54 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
62 56 30 10 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 128300
63 61 3 15 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 461650
64 57 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
65 65 29 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 110550
66 71 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
67 67 1 40 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1011150
68 66 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
69 69 14 16 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 246750
70 NEW 70 1 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammar 6000

71 68 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 NEW 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600
73 70 10 18 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 313800
74 NEW 74 1 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUT The Killers 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
60 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400
64 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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My 1989 Charts – December

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3rd December 1989

3 weeks at 1 for Lisa Stansfield as the top 10 becomes very female-vocal-dominated, barring just 808 State, Jeff Wayne’s remix, and Living In A Box. Before the 80’s that state of events would have been unlikely! Biggest movers into the 10, Dusty Springfield at 2 and Kate Bush at 8, veterans of 21 years and 11 years since their first top 10’s.

In at 15, highest new entry is Rob n Raz, not to mention Leila K doing a bit of a catchy impression of Neneh Cherry. At 19, a re-entry a couple of places behind his own Something, it’s ol’ George himself, assisted in no small part by Jeff Lynne on production Wilbury duties, with Cheer Down, a great record that should have been big. Apparently it’s from Lethal Weapon 2. As I have yet to see Mel Gibson’s lethal weapon, pistol or shotgun-sized, I can’t comment on the quality. While at 24, Jason Donovan performs the unexpected, and gets Stock Aitken and Waterman-ed up to the point where they actually make a great pop record together. It can’t possibly last, but enjoy it while it lasted!

At 26, it’s the absolutely classic ultimate part-singalong record from the quirky B52’s, 10 years on from Rock Lobster and even more fun, and a track I’d heard on my USA holiday without registering much. Oops! Brilliance missed! Awesome, as they used to say. Erasure surround the top 40, while The Stone Roses are no fools at 29, up almost 40 places, and in at 31 it’s a super group. I mean supergroup. I prefer to think of them as New Smiths Shop Boys, though others may prefer Bernard Sumner, Johnny Marr and Neil Tennant. 3 perfectly good reasons to love this record anyway! Other top 40 climbs? Milli Vanilli (blame it on the rain, I say), Sydney Youngblood (sat waiting) and Big Fun (very rarely).

41 to 75 new entries include Soul II Soul at 50, Got A Life? Just as well, really, as the hit singles career wasn’t for much longer. Belinda Carlisle is singing to the moon, La Luna at 52, Chris Rea’s at 58 – that’s what they always say – while Alice Cooper’s on fire at 67, or at least his house is, 17 years after his school was out. Careless! It’s a miracle for Queen at 69, The Happy Mondays are at 71 – Hallelujah! – the Beautiful South are sailing at 74 and the Stones are caught between a rock and nearly missing out on a chart placing. Phew!

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 14 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 5 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
5 ( 10 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
6 ( 13 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
7 ( 4 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
8 ( 33 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
9 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
10 ( 6 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
13 ( 8 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 17 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
15 ( NEW ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
16 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
17 ( 7 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
18 ( 21 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
19 ( RE ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
20 ( 28 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins

21 ( 16 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
22 ( 19 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
23 ( 18 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
24 ( NEW ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
25 ( 15 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
26 ( NEW ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
27 ( 26 ) OH WELL Oh Well
28 ( 43 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 68 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
30 ( 23 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli

31 ( NEW ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
32 ( 22 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
33 ( 50 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
34 ( 38 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
35 ( 51 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
36 ( 27 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
37 ( 20 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
38 ( 36 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
39 ( 71 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
40 ( 25 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister

41 ( 35 ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
42 ( 44 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
43 ( 34 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
44 ( 30 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
45 ( 47 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
46 ( 39 ) RONI Bobby Brown
47 ( 29 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
48 ( 40 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
49 ( 42 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
50 ( NEW ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul

51 ( 41 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
52 ( NEW ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 37 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
54 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
55 ( 74 ) OUIJA BOARD OUIJA BOARD Morrissey
56 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
57 ( 53 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
58 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
59 ( 54 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
60 ( RE ) ON THE GREENER SIDE Michelle Shocked

61 ( 24 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 49 ) CHERISH Madonna
65 ( 57 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
66 ( 64 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
67 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF FIRE Alice Cooper
68 ( 46 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
69 ( NEW ) THE MIRACLE Queen
70 ( NEW ) THE BENNY HILL BOOGIE The Highliners

71 ( NEW ) HALLELUJAH The Happy Mondays
72 ( NEW ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
73 ( NEW ) ROCK AND A HARD PLACE The Rolling Stones
74 ( 48 ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White
75 ( 73 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


At work, I was on a playground maintenance course – planning for the future job role – and surveying some big parks plans. I also had a word with boss Sue about friend Cathy’s suitability for a new job post as Technical assistant when her contract expired (I supported her). At home I was still whinging about the kids and watching telly – Doctor Who, Sticky Moments (fab), TOTP, Damed Edna (with guest Jason Donovan). Still doing squash in the evenings, still unfit, and writing some Legion of Super-Heroes pieces for the fanzine. Went to the cinema to see Ghostbusters 2, 5 years after seeing the first one. Not as good, though entertaining, Bill Murray and Sigourney Weaver were good. Just for a laugh I applied for a job as a BSkyB satellite channel “Powerstation” presenter. Fortunately I didn’t get an interview, as I would have been crap!


10th December 1989

Kate Bush gets her 2nd number one as the heartbreakingly gorgeous and tender This Woman’s Work puts her on top for the first time in 3 years, following Hounds Of Love, her only previous chart-topper in 1986, though Wuthering Heights hit 2 and was only denied by having the misfortune to peak the same weeks as my all-time fave Baker Street. At odds with the mood, Jason Donovan gets his biggest solo hit at 3, When You Come Back To Me, it had a good tune! Rob n Raz help the top 10 get a bit more poppy, too, while George Harrison gets his 7th solo top 10.

Tina Turner has a sudden reversal leap to 13, I Don’t Want To Lose You, a bit MOR but pleasant. Highest new entry though is from the terrific Distant Cousins, and their sultry soulful ballad You Used To, a song that shoulda woulda coulda been a hit given a break. At 21, it’s Jive Bunny’s least-bad record Let’s Party, thanks to a) being a christmas party track b) featuring March Of The Mods and c) err…there is no c. The carbon copy versions of Slade and Wizzard are pretty ropey by any standard. Not to be outdone by knocking clips of records together, it’s Alexander O’Neal at 22, and various dance tracks at 49.

The Tams 1971 UK chart-topper former flop from 1964 is remixed for 1989 and pops back, cos I loved it to bits when I got back from 2 years in Singapore, classic Northern Soul. At 33, The Christians get 5 years of hits with the celtic-sounding (and lovely) Words – actually one of the Christian brothers is missing, but he drops by a bit lower on his own, Roger Christian being Worlds Apart at 63. That leaves Band Aid II (it’s for a good cause), Wet Wet Wet, The Gypsy Kings spanish-flavoured cover of Eurovision’s Volare, Van and Cliff, Alvin Stardust, half of Slade covering the Everley Brothers and Andy Stewart’s 60’s novelty Scottish trousers largely adding a mixed bag of fairly forgettable tracks, and all ahead of one genuinely good record that only peaked at 74: Billy Joel’s Leningrad. I underestimated the Billy Joel songbook more often than not, but he really was a great songwriter (I say “was” because he decided to pack up on the music biz in 1993 or so, and has stuck with his decision, preferring classical composition, his first love as a child along with pop).

1 ( 8 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
2 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
3 ( 24 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
4 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
6 ( 4 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 15 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 6 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
9 ( 5 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
10 ( 19 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 7 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
13 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 12 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
15 ( 13 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 9 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
17 ( NEW ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
18 ( 10 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
19 ( 31 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
20 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure

21 ( NEW ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
22 ( NEW ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 16 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
24 ( NEW ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 49 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
26 ( 17 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
27 ( 35 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
28 ( 14 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
29 ( 18 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
30 ( 33 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun

31 ( 20 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
32 ( 29 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
33 ( NEW ) WORDS The Christians
34 ( 39 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
35 ( 26 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
36 ( 25 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
37 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
38 ( 27 ) OH WELL Oh Well
39 ( 50 ) GOT A LIFE Soul II Soul
40 ( 69 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

41 ( 23 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
42 ( 32 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
43 ( 30 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
44 ( 22 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
45 ( 42 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 36 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 34 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
48 ( 21 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
50 ( 43 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)

51 ( 37 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
52 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
53 ( 40 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
54 ( 44 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
55 ( NEW ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
56 ( NEW ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
57 ( 58 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
58 ( 45 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
59 ( NEW ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
60 ( 56 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

61 ( 51 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) WORLDS APART Roger Christian
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
66 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
67 ( 66 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
68 ( 47 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
69 ( NEW ) CRYING IN THE RAIN Blessings In Disguise (Noddy Holder and Dave Hill of Slade)
70 ( 72 ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South

71 ( 57 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
72 ( NEW ) DONALD WHERE’S YOUR TROUSERS Andy Stewart
73 ( 64 ) CHERISH Madonna
74 ( NEW ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At work it was young Lucy’s goodbye presentation, I was sad to see her leave, but she coped with the presentations and speeches and joined a select few of us in the BIC bar afterwards. Out to the River Stour to draw up maps, great to be out in the countryside (almost). At home, my little nephew was poorly, and I started reviewing 1960’s Adventure Comics Legion of Super-Heroes stories for the fanzine. Sunday was a day out in London with Bob and Jason, parking at Wembley Stadium and getting the tube in. Good laughs all day, including Carnaby Street, HMV and Virgin Superstores, and bought the latest Legion issue, where legionnaire Blok is killed off quite violently. Forbidden Planet, the Tate Gallery (Turner’s works), Oxford Street christmas lights and home for 11….busy day!


17th December 1989

After hanging around the top 3 a few weeks, Madonna’ s sweet and under-rated Dear Jessie becomes her 7th chart-topper. If nothing else, it shows that pop stars can make credible quality stringstastic records that appeal to kids (and grown-ups). I still haven’t bought the Immaculate Collection though, as I have a grudge against a hits collection that so obviously omits great records like True Blue and Dear Jessie and bungs inferior remixes of others on it. Still waiting for that ultimate Madonna hits collection…

Distant Cousins go top 5, Tina makes it 2 in a row in the 10, and Kaoma get a 4th week at 11, just not managing to go that extra place, a shame as it’s better than a couple of tracks higher than it. The Christians get top 20 words, and Queen crawl up a few places seemingly struggling with all their records in 1989, though The Miracle was actually pretty good and the video is sweet. Highest new entry is Duran Duran’s Burning The Ground at 38, a pretty good 8 years-and-counting compilation remix of their best moments, totally not cheap and cheesy, while Living In A Box have another crooning ballad at 39, Different Air still not bad, albeit not as good as Room In Your Heart’s number 1.

Lower down, Bros’ tribute to the Goss twins sister is in at 48, Jimmy Somerville is still redoing gay disco anthems, this time Sylvester at 50 feeling Mighty Real, and the New Kids are Hanging Tough at 54. I’ll take their word for that, but I’m a trifle dubious. Neneh Cherry’s back with her mamma, inner city bound at 60, while Cyndi Lauper is more westward bound at 63. A forgotten xmas record from Coldcut, and Sinitta laying down for rest at 74 (presumably before she returns again to Simon Cowell’s mansion for X Factor) round off the less than thrilling charts, outside the top 10.

1 ( 2 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
2 ( 3 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
3 ( 1 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
4 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
5 ( 17 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
6 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
8 ( 5 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
9 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
10 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison

11 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 21 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
13 ( 19 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
14 ( 8 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
15 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 12 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
17 ( 20 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
18 ( 9 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
19 ( 33 ) WORDS The Christians
20 ( 22 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal

21 ( 25 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
22 ( 27 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
23 ( 16 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
24 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
25 ( 14 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
26 ( 34 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
27 ( 39 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
28 ( 18 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
29 ( 30 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
30 ( 23 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

31 ( 49 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
32 ( 55 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
33 ( 40 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
34 ( 57 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
35 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
36 ( 56 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 26 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
38 ( NEW ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
39 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
40 ( 36 ) SACRIFICE Elton John

41 ( 38 ) OH WELL Oh Well
42 ( 31 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
43 ( 42 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
44 ( 35 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
45 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 52 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
47 ( 32 ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
48 ( NEW ) SISTER Bros
49 ( 29 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
50 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville

51 ( 46 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
52 ( 44 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
53 ( 59 ) WHENEVER GOD SHINES HIS LIGHT Van Morrison and Cliff Richard
54 ( NEW ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
55 ( 28 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
56 ( NEW ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 50 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
58 ( 66 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
59 ( 43 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
60 ( NEW ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry

61 ( 41 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 54 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
66 ( 53 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
67 ( 47 ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
68 ( 67 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( NEW ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
70 ( 60 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( 61 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
72 ( NEW ) LITTLE DREAMER Status Quo
73 ( 65 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
74 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

At home, I heard that one of my college friends had split up with her husband which came out of the blue, and I was generally into my regular pre-xmas blues, and watched The Apartment, Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon long-time New Year season favourite feel-good movie. On TV Sticky Moments, Red Dwarf, MASH, Monty Python to keep me amused, while Sue broke my fish tank accidentally, which meant the old plastic one was called into use for the goldfish. Then heard about another divorce, my boyhood friend Jane, with two kids. Must be that age for it turning 30….

Vicki Gavin Sue mum Poole 1987 980


24th December 1989

New number one is the Manchester soulful band Distant Cousins and the gorgeous vocals of Doreen Edwards. You Used To is classy, emotive and utterly obscure these days as it never charted – which given the relatively higher-than-normal amount of tripe in the UK charts at the time is criminal! Give it a listen! Not in itunes or spitify though, as according to modern music outlets it never existed. I must dig out my black plastic round thing and remind myself that it did.

Duran Duran’s burning ground hitmix goes up to 15, Soul II Soul get a 3rd top 20, Wet Wet Wet get one of their occasional top 20 hits with Broke Away at 18, and Band Aid II clamber into the 20 – though it ain’t a patch on etc – just ahead of The Tams remix of a classic at 20.

In at 30, Roy Orbison with some of his mates on backing instruments and vocals, singing live, and released posthumously. Oh Pretty Woman absolutely 100% would have been number one in my charts for weeks in 1964 had I been charting then, my whole family loved it and still do 50 years later. Little 6-year-old me was well into Doctor Who, Juke Box Jury, Thank Your Lucky Stars and comics. So that’ll be sci-fi, pop and comics, and no change much there then! This was a huge record at the time. This version isn’t a patch on the original, of course, Roy’s vocals weren’t what they were, but hey there’s that comeback concert, there’s Elvis’ backing band, there’s Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Jackson Brown, kd Lang, Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt helping out, so here it is in my charts.

At 31 it’s the 49ers with the good dance track Touch Me. Actually it’s two older dance tracks including Aretha Franklin’s Rock-A-Lott and Alisha Warren’s Touch Me sampled and bunged together onto the Italian House jangly piano sounds of the time, and it very much benefits from the great vocalists. Back up to 2, it’s Dusty still hanging on to her privacy, while Alexander O’Neal’s hitmix hits 8, Jive Bunny’s xmasmix hits 9, and Electronic go up to 10, giving Neil Tennant two top 10’s without an actual Pet Shop Boys hit in view.

Lower down, Tom Petty free falls in again for the 3rd time in a few weeks, Sonia drops by, The Shadows don’t see why they shouldn’t get in on the sampling remix fad at 54, and if you ignore the annoying clappy backing track banged on top, there are some reminders of great tunes of the 60’s. The always-good De La Soul are back at 57 with a magic number – hopefully better than 57. The Late Joe Cocker pops back in with Jennifer Warnes (giving her two appearances) on 1983 oldie Up Where We Belong, while All About Eve are giving us December. Very timely!

1 ( 5 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
2 ( 4 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
3 ( 1 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 2 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
5 ( 3 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
6 ( 7 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
7 ( 10 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
8 ( 20 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 12 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
10 ( 13 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic

11 ( 19 ) WORDS The Christians
12 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
13 ( 9 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
14 ( 8 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
15 ( 38 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
16 ( 14 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
17 ( 27 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 32 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
19 ( 35 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
20 ( 24 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams

21 ( 31 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
22 ( 16 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
23 ( 11 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
24 ( 15 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 26 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
26 ( 22 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
27 ( 18 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
28 ( 17 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
29 ( 23 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( NEW ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

31 ( NEW ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
32 ( 28 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 39 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
34 ( 30 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
35 ( 21 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
36 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
37 ( 54 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
38 ( 48 ) SISTER Bros
39 ( 25 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
40 ( 69 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut

41 ( 34 ) THAT’S WHAT THEY ALWAYS SAY Chris Rea
42 ( 33 ) THE MIRACLE Queen
43 ( 40 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
44 ( RE ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
45 ( 37 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
46 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
47 ( 50 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
48 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 43 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
50 ( 74 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta

51 ( 41 ) OH WELL Oh Well
52 ( 29 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
53 ( 60 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
54 ( NEW ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 58 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( NEW ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
58 ( 63 ) HEADING WEST Cyndi Lauper
59 ( 51 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
60 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( NEW ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
62 ( 42 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
63 ( 57 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 46 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 59 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
67 ( RE ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 52 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
70 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard

71 ( NEW ) UP WHERE WE BELONG Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
72 ( 65 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
73 ( NEW ) DECEMBER All About Eve
74 ( 66 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
75 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies


The works christmas do, after I’d been up all night and very grumpy from sleeplessness, plus I wasn’t on the fun table (also known as the upbeat characters I tend to get on better with in life). Not to worry we chatted afterwards, fun with Stuart, Peter, Martyn, and returning Lucy. Martyn and Stuart continue to be great fun these days on the odd occasions we meet or chat on the phone. The public gardens in Bournemouth were flooded in heavy rain. As usual, until they sorted out the drainage issues some years later. Christmas Eve at work, lunchtime prezzie shopping and late wrapping. Talk about it leaving it till the last minute. On the news Romanian atrocities were quickly followed by the overthrow of a dictator, the last of the old guard to go in sweeping waves of democracy. Just to make sure he didn’t have a political comeback they shot him. C’est la vie. The 2nd item on the news was the opening of the Brandenburg Gate, 3rd was the American invasion of Panama. Busy times….


31st December 1989

New Year’s Eve, and christmas songs started exiting the chart, while Dusty Springfield’s terrific Pet Shop Boys song finally tops my chart, her 3rd number one inside 3 years, all courtesy of Chris n Neil. The boys did their own version of In Private with Elton John, which is also pretty good.

The Christians have words with the top 10, 5 years since they first took Forgotten Town into the upper echelons, and Duran Duran extend their run of top 10 hits to 8 years, Planet Earth being the first. Belinda Carlisle has a sudden big reversal with La Luna at 23, a remixed Sexual Healing pulls Marvin Gaye in at 36, just ahead of a cover of Odyssey’s roots. New in, The London Boys, Deborah Harry, a cover of The Sweet’s 1972 number one Wig Wam Bam from Damian, and an all-star Rock Metal Royalty cover of Deep Purple’s Smoke On The Water in aid of the Armenian earthquake. Just imagine members of Purple, Queen, Floyd, Yes, Rush and Sabbath in one room…then click onto the video.

1 ( 2 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
2 ( 1 ) YOU USED TO Distant Cousins
3 ( 3 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
4 ( 6 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
5 ( 4 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
6 ( 5 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
7 ( 8 ) HITMIX Alexander O’Neal
8 ( 11 ) WORDS The Christians
9 ( 7 ) CHEER DOWN George Harrison
10 ( 15 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran

11 ( 18 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
12 ( 19 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid II
13 ( 31 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
14 ( 13 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
15 ( 10 ) GETTING AWAY WITH IT Electronic
16 ( 12 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
17 ( 17 ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
18 ( 9 ) LET’S PARTY Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
19 ( 14 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
20 ( 30 ) OH PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison and Friends

21 ( 16 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds featuring Justin Heyward
22 ( 25 ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
23 ( 65 ) LA LUNA Belinda Carlisle
24 ( 24 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
25 ( 22 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
26 ( 23 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
27 ( 20 ) HEY GIRL DON’T BOTHER ME ’89 The Tams
28 ( 37 ) HANGING TOUGH New Kids On The Block
29 ( 29 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
30 ( 38 ) SISTER Bros

31 ( 33 ) DIFFERENT AIR Living In A Box
32 ( 32 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
33 ( 27 ) PACIFIC – 707 808 State
34 ( 47 ) YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) Jimmy Somerville
35 ( 46 ) LISTEN TO YOUR HEART Sonia
36 ( NEW ) (SEXUAL) HEALING ’89 Marvin Gaye
37 ( 21 ) DEEP HEAT ’89 Various Artists
38 ( 61 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
39 ( 26 ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
40 ( 34 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics

41 ( 28 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
42 ( 50 ) LAY ME DOWN EASY Sinitta
43 ( 57 ) THE MAGIC NUMBER De La Soul
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
45 ( NEW ) MY LOVE The London Boys
46 ( NEW ) 20 SECONDS TO COMPLY Silver Bullet
47 ( 43 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
48 ( 48 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
49 ( 53 ) INNER CITY MAMMA Neneh Cherry
50 ( 49 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

51 ( 45 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
52 ( NEW ) SMOKE ON THE WATER Rock Aid Armenia
53 ( 44 ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
54 ( 54 ) SHADOWMIX The Shadows
55 ( 36 ) VOLARE The Gypsy Kings
56 ( 56 ) HEY YOU The Quireboys
57 ( 67 ) LENINGRAD Billy Joel
58 ( RE ) I’LL SAIL THIS SHIP ALONE The Beautiful South
59 ( 35 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
60 ( 60 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles

61 ( 51 ) OH WELL Oh Well
62 ( 40 ) COLDCUT’S CHRISTMAS BREAK Coldcut
63 ( 63 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
64 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 59 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
66 ( 73 ) DECEMBER All About Eve
67 ( NEW ) BRITE SIDE Deborah Harry
68 ( 68 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
69 ( 70 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
70 ( 42 ) THE MIRACLE Queen

71 ( 52 ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun
72 ( 55 ) CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
73 ( NEW ) WIG WAM BAM Damian
74 ( 75 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
75 ( 72 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh


On Christmas TV: Blackadder, Cheers, Indian Jones & The Temple Of Doom, Ruthless People, The Man With Two Brains, Whose Line Is It Anyway, The Golden Girls, Red Dwarf, Top Of The Pops, The Flintstones, and yes they were still showing Marx Brothers films and Laurel And Hardy shorts daily on TV. As they get nearer to 100 years old they are more historic curiosities these days, I guess – I mean they looked ancient even then! My brother came for christmas, a pretty stressful event given the various family stuff going on at the time, and they all opened their presents before I came down at 7.30, cheek! I got stroppy.

New Years, I looked back on a year of World Events not seen since at least the 60’s, or even the War. I also looked back on the 80’s and came to the conclusion that for the most part it was “good riddance” from me. Watched the fab movie Peggy Sue Got Married in a house all to myself. Luxury! My list of great 80’s movies included Aliens, Star Trek 2, 3 and 4, War Games, A Fish Called Wanda, Airplane II, Superman II, Blade Runner, Jedi and Empire, Future I & II, Fame, 2010… Fave video: Billie Jean. TV saw in the 90’s with a video pop compilation of 80’s classics, which was FAB!

Saturday before NYE was Gary Glitter at the Bournemouth International Centre, for the 4th time in 5 years, a rousing good night out that had become an annual event. The gig was packed, as always, and a cross-section of all types of music fans, and despite a bad cold, sore throat, and much flabbiness Mr. Glitter gave nearly 3 hours of fun. The smokers in the audience bloody choked me – yes hundreds of the bast*rds were allowed to smoke in those days and choke everyone else to the point where eyes streamed, clothes stunk, and one’s sense of smell and taste were long-dead. Anyways, Top songs of the night: 1. I Love You Love Me Love 2. I’m The Leader Of The Gang 3. I Didn’t Know I Loved You, plus Rock & Roll, Always Yours and Hello Hello. Gary at one point got members of the audience on stage to take photos of him and the crowd on their cameras, including one kid. I don’t record what sex fortunately, given later events.

My 1989 Charts – July

1st July 1989

A 10-years-old track (albeit remixed) goes one place higher 2nd time around, as Pop Musik tops for Robin Scott aka M. Quite right too! Still, he had his other job in Bond movies to keep him going in between hits. Sheena Easton breaks into the top 3 for the first time with Prince’s 101 and a sexy image, something that seemed most unlikely when she was the wholesome Modern Girl in jumpers in 1980.

Baby Ford takes T.Rex into the 20, and Danny Wilson bring the Second Summer Of Love in too, while new (to my charts) Ella Fitzgerald’s classic version of the brilliant standard Summertime enters at 26, 7 years after Fun Boy Three last charted it. Just behind are the London Boys, and their best record, London Nights, while Queen Breakthru into the 30 at 29. Yello have a great new entry at 52 (Blazing Saddles) while yet another SAW act, Sonia, belts in at 49. Some good low entries though, for Swing Out Sister, Gloria Estefan and Bobby Brown, all going higher, and one which wasn’t – Public Enemy’s Fight The Power. I wasn’t a huge fan of their confrontational rap, and the lack of airplay meant I never really got a chance to reconsider – which is deservedly far more well-known and respected now than it was in 1989.

So, my life, taken from actual diary notes? I’ll try to be interesting, as I was working on a temporary contract surveying Parks, with local Councils mid-way through a major Thatcher-imposed reorganisation and tendering processes. Cost savings were the aim – but awful standards tended to follow in the 90’s for those Council’s that prepared rubbish contractor-friendly contracts, as they just stuck to the word of the contract and charged for all sorts of extras. Our Council was actually very well prepared with a fairly water-tight one carried out by ex-council-staff (those left at any rate after job-cuts).

So, everyone I worked with was getting itchy feet and applying for jobs, I played tennis; had a dilemma about forthcoming strike-action (being one of the few union people, while also being aware I was on a temporary contract…); my sis-in-law and 6-year-old niece Vicki, 4-year-old nephew Gavin were living with me (and wearing me out!), Vicki needed hospital treatment for a hearing problem; I got a new comics fanzine to read, Inertron, having recently joined-up, and as it turns out shortly to split acrimoniously in two, with Legion Of Super Heroes fans setting up their own fanzine, Apa247. I joined them with issue 1 and am there still to this day, lots of long-time friends now all 25-years-older like myself but still refusing to go on-line like everyone. We prefer to meet-up in person not virtually, and at times professional writers and artists for Comics have been members which makes for interesting gossip about people in the industry. Hah!

I bought lots of vinyl and cd’s, went to the pictures to see Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade, noting it was a re-run of Raiders but Sean Connery being in it saved it, giving it comedic and characterisation input, well-acted, well-directed enjoyable film. Connery and Harrison, I opined, are both Stars. 2 of my mates were considering the possibility of an American holiday adventure tour (North-East) so that was being discussed, through me, as they didn’t know each other. My garden pond was getting established, put fish in it. Chris Evert’s final Wimbledon game (lost to Steffi Graf) while the weather was hot, humid and thundery in Dorset – just like today! Finally, my Pet Shop Boys tickets arrived in the post, hooray!

1 ( 11 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
2 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 16 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 1 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 5 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
6 ( 6 ) BATDANCE Prince
7 ( 4 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
8 ( 10 ) ONE The Bee Gees
9 ( 34 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
10 ( 3 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest

11 ( 7 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
12 ( 8 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 9 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
15 ( 12 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
16 ( 33 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
17 ( 23 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
18 ( 19 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
19 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
20 ( 29 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

21 ( 15 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
22 ( 14 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
23 ( 18 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
24 ( 28 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
25 ( 17 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
26 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
27 ( NEW ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
28 ( 21 ) WHY Carly Simon
29 ( 38 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
30 ( 22 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown

31 ( 40 ) CRY Waterfront
32 ( 20 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
33 ( 30 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
34 ( 45 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
35 ( 27 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
36 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 41 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
38 ( 24 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
39 ( 32 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
40 ( 31 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama

41 ( 39 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
42 ( 36 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
43 ( 53 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
44 ( 59 ) LOOKING FOR A LOVE Joyce Sims
45 ( 42 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
46 ( 46 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
47 ( 35 ) ORANGE JUICE REM
48 ( 37 ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
49 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
50 ( 44 ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway

51 ( 50 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
52 ( NEW ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
53 ( 48 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
54 ( 68 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
55 ( 43 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 65 ) I’M THAT KIND OF GUY LL Cool J
58 ( 58 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
59 ( 55 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
60 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 74 ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
62 ( 62 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
63 ( 63 ) AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER Al Green
64 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 61 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
66 ( 72 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
67 ( 67 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
68 ( NEW ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
69 ( 51 ) THE LOOK Roxette
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT THE POWER Public Enemy

71 ( NEW ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
72 ( 75 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( 73 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
75 ( NEW ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

8th July 1989

10th number one for Pet Shop Boys, out of 12 singles, plus a couple written/produced for Dusty and Liza. That’s pretty consistent for under 4 years. It’s Alright isn’t one of their own songs, but the video and message remain relevant to 2014. I can think of many politicians who should be forced to sit and watch it. Meanwhile, The London Boys club it up to 7, while Ain’t Nobody goes top 10 for the second time in 5 years. Yello are Blazin’ up to 16, pity it wasn’t a hit, while late legend Roy Orbison gets another Top 20 hit off his terrific posthumous album, California Blue.

De La Soul are new at 26, continuing the run of good singles with Say No Go (sampling Hall & Oates and others), and Aswad cover a 70’s MOR goodie and do it reggae well. Norman Cook pops in with a future Beats International hit, Won’t Talk About It but shhh that’s him under another name. Paul “Beatle” Somebody is in at 57 with one of his most-melodic singles in 5 or 6 years, the Beatlestastic This One, while soul great Roberta Flack is back again 17 years on from the first time ever I saw her face. Uh uh? Ooh Ooh! Comedy great Bette Midler lets the wind beneath her wings escape into the charts, and it’s not even slightly amusing! Rip-off! Apparently she’s had a cheque for over 100 dollars off a streaming site for over 5 million plays of her songs. Can’t say they aren’t generous. No, you really can’t. Karyn White takes a Superwoman into my charts, but I’ll take Supergirl (Graham Bonney), Superman (Laurie Anderson) or Superboy (yet to be written) over this one. Or the Blow Monkeys good Choice 2 places lower.

Me, I bought Now 11 – gosh up to 11th in the series! I wonder if it’ll go on to ooh maybe as high as 20 or even 30!! The new boy at work was a bit difficult for our team to adjust to, as we’d been a great team of 4 up to then, but bloody ambitious chatty youngsters, come in and think they’re bloody experts right away, eh!? Err, actually he runs that department now, so doff of the cap to him. Mel Blanc, he of Bugs Bunny and man of a thousand voices, passed away, which meant a lot more to me than Laurence Olivier dying. On TV Star Trek: The Next Generation was getting into it’s stride at long last, and I was re-enjoying 60’s Mel Brooks TV series Get Smart. After being an 8 and a half-stone weakling most of my life, and tiring of sand being kicked in my face (hypothetical sand, mostly) I’d taken up doing weights to build up my bod a bit to show off at the beach. Amazingly I succeeded. I became a 9 and a half-stone weakling. Hah! What do I care now though, I’m still only 10-stone-ish! Not bad for 95-year-old. Joking…..!

1 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 5 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
5 ( 6 ) BATDANCE Prince
6 ( 1 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
7 ( 27 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
8 ( 7 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
9 ( 19 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
10 ( 20 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

11 ( 11 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
12 ( 8 ) ONE The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 17 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
15 ( 12 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
16 ( 52 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
17 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
18 ( 9 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
19 ( 14 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
20 ( 26 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald

21 ( 15 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
22 ( 29 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
23 ( 10 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
24 ( 34 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
25 ( 22 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
26 ( NEW ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
27 ( 18 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
28 ( 16 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
29 ( 49 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
30 ( 23 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox

31 ( 25 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
32 ( 75 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
33 ( 31 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 24 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
35 ( 21 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
36 ( 28 ) WHY Carly Simon
37 ( 43 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
38 ( 33 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
39 ( 30 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
40 ( NEW ) ON AND ON Aswad

41 ( 36 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
42 ( 37 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
43 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
44 ( 32 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
45 ( 40 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
46 ( 38 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
47 ( 39 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
48 ( 71 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
49 ( 46 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

51 ( 45 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
52 ( 74 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
53 ( 41 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
54 ( 42 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
55 ( NEW ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( NEW ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
58 ( 61 ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
59 ( 68 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
60 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 59 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
62 ( 51 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
63 ( 62 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( NEW ) UH UH OOH OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) Roberta Flack
66 ( 66 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
67 ( 53 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
68 ( 65 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
69 ( 58 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
70 ( NEW ) UNDER THE GOD Tin Machine

71 ( NEW ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
72 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) SUPERWOMAN Karyn White
74 ( 73 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller

15th July 1989

Sheena Easton gets her one and only chart-topper, the very-obviously Prince-dominated dance track 101, and it’s fabulous, the song builds and builds and then climaxes mightily. Criminally never a big hit. It, frankly, pisses all over 9 To 5 (My Baby Takes The Yawning Train). Almost there are Soul II Soul’s classic Back To Life at 3, and lots of huge jumps, topped by Gloria Estefan, and another classy ballad up from 52 to 5.

Macca’s fab This One almost leaps 50 places to 8, his second Top 10 of the year, while Blow Monkeys choose number 13, up from 75. Funkay! De La Soul, Kirsty and Bobby Brown go top 20, and Swing Out Sister’s increasingly 60’s-cocktailjazz-pop sound slides into the 30. Few new entries, highest being The Darling Buds at 50, joined by Roxette, Bros and nothing much else of note. All fine, but none great.

So, 2 members of our team of 4 had job interviews, which depressed Cathy and me, potentially left behind. I went to see Cathy last week, as it happens, happily, so we got over it! I was getting stressed at not having any “me-time” at home, so I got a day’s break from the kids, and took them to Arne nature reserve with mum on Saturday to make up for it, as the long hot summer continued. On TV, LA Law, Hooperman, Top Of The Pops, , and my beloved Legion Of Super Heroes comic was being given a grim n gritty “5 year gap” and creative team change. Effectively this was the end of the classic days. Booo! Someone mentioned their impression of me was self-confident and balanced, which shows how good I must have been at covering up my shyness, insecurity and emotional crises! Played tennis, and yay, Pet Shop Boys at Wembley Arena with mate Bob on Thursday 20th, a scorching hot day, shopping in record megastores (ah memories!) , marvelled at interesting Londoners passing by Pizzaland, had lots of laughs, and then off to Wembley.

PET SHOP BOYS LIVE AT WEMBLEY ARENA
Seated near the side back of the venue, my review: “Overall an enjoyable, OTT, camp, fast-paced run through of (most) highlights of their career, certain criticisms of of the show (too much happening with dancers, mega-screen Jarman films, and loads of costume changes)….plus the heat, the poor sound quality, Neil Tennant’s awful singing voice and too-fast tempo, plus being dog-tired, didn’t stop it being a really good concert; had we been nearer the stage, p’raps THE best (!).” Not to worry, they just got better and better with age as a live draw, Neil learnt to sing, and they remain my all-time fave live act, and one of my three all-time greats. Best songs: One More Chance, Opportunities, Left To My Own Devices, Heart, Rent, Love Comes Quickly. A Highlight was Chris Lowe’s Paninaro, plus casual dance! Brilliant. It’s A Sin really good, Sound Of The Atom Splitting not. Later Tonight, Nothing Has Been Proved, Shopping, King’s Cross, Domino Dancing, Always On My Mind and then to the encore’s West End Girls, It’s Alright. I must have been getting into it, as I moved my legs and hands to the beats. Not dancing, of course, I have to be drunk for that in public. A late drive back to Dorset 1.20 meant I was (apparently) semi-comatose all day at work friday. Hopefully not literally.

1 ( 3 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
2 ( 1 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
4 ( 2 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 52 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
6 ( 7 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
7 ( 6 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
8 ( 57 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
9 ( 5 ) BATDANCE Prince
10 ( 10 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson

11 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
12 ( 11 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
13 ( 75 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
14 ( 8 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
15 ( 17 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
16 ( 16 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
17 ( 26 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
18 ( 24 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
19 ( 12 ) ONE The Bee Gees
20 ( 32 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

21 ( 13 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
22 ( 15 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
23 ( 37 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
24 ( 19 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
25 ( 59 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
26 ( 14 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
27 ( 40 ) ON AND ON Aswad
28 ( 28 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
29 ( 29 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
30 ( 22 ) BREAKTHRU Queen

31 ( 20 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
32 ( 55 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
33 ( 33 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 21 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
35 ( 31 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
36 ( 25 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
37 ( 27 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
38 ( 71 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
39 ( 48 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
40 ( 18 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many

41 ( 39 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
42 ( 36 ) WHY Carly Simon
43 ( 30 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
44 ( 23 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
45 ( 38 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
46 ( 35 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
47 ( 41 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 34 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
49 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds

51 ( 51 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
52 ( 46 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
53 ( 42 ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
54 ( 45 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
55 ( 47 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
56 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 43 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
58 ( 60 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( NEW ) VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald
60 ( 53 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney

61 ( 61 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
62 ( NEW ) TOO MUCH Bros
63 ( 54 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
64 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 65 ) UH UH OOH OOH LOOK OUT (HERE IT COMES) Roberta Flack
66 ( 63 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
67 ( NEW ) DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Roxette
68 ( NEW ) I NEED YOUR LOVE June Montana
69 ( 44 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
70 ( 50 ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

71 ( 68 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( 73 ) SUPERWOMAN Karyn White
73 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
74 ( 74 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) GET LOOSE LA Mix featuring Jazzy P


22nd July 1989

Gloria Estefan (and Miami Sound Machine aka husband Emilio) has her first chart-topper after several near-misses, and it’s a nice old-fashioned mildly-latin-flavoured ballad. I was always partial to the very affable Gloria. Meanwhile, Chaka goes higher with Ain’t Nobody 2nd-time around, and Yello get a 2nd Top 10, Blow Monkeys a 4th.

Simply Red virtually tango into the 20 with A New Flame, and Aswad reggae it in too, while Norman Cook gets an early Top 20 hit of a later bigger version. Highest new entry is for the clips of old songs contained it, rather than the combination of them for the enormously popular Jive Bunny “single”. Ah well, at least it introduced 50’s oldies to kids, so shouldn’t grumble. Much more impressive, though is Shakespear’s Sister at 26. Didn’t even know he had one, much less one who was in Bananarama, but You’re History is a quirky delight. At 43 it’s a debut for The Lightning Seeds, consistently under-rated, and beautifully perfect and melodic pop singles, like Pure, which was. 47, it’s Martika, Toy Soldiers step by stepping into my charts, and rather good too.

Other stuff: Bros get a rare Top 40 hit, Kylie enters at 39, The Cult say Ciao Baby, Inner City shuffle back, Stevie Nicks gets another solo hit, Fine Young cannibals keep hits a coming, Cyndi has her 5-year-run continuing, and Roachford sneaks in at 75. More of note, is Dion at 61, his first street-cred single in 20 years, and his first hit bar a 1976 reissue of The Wanderer, one of his many early-60’s goodies.

In life, tennis with mate Bob, holiday estimates going on, me getting stroppy with my lovely niece and nephew, especially considering the unemployed young pyscho neighbour opposite had a garden with a helpful rusty nail for Vicki to fall on while playing with his kids, so that meant a trip to the hospital out-patients. “Psycho” is a fair (if slightly-overstated) description of the twat as will become more obvious in an anecdote or two yet to come. I went out for a coastal walk on the hottest day since 1976, took off my shirt it was so hot (well, until I saw other people, that is, then popped it back on) a great rarity for me in those days. I also got all optimistic about George Bush Senior’s announcement for funds for NASA for a proposed moonbase and manned trip to Mars project to celebrate 20 years since Apollo 11. Ah well, come back in another 50 years, most likely, not going to happen any time soon.

1 ( 5 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 1 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
3 ( 2 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 11 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
6 ( 8 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
7 ( 3 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
8 ( 6 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
9 ( 16 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
10 ( 13 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller

11 ( 10 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
12 ( 20 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown
13 ( 7 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
14 ( 9 ) BATDANCE Prince
15 ( 12 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
16 ( 17 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
17 ( 18 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
18 ( 23 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
19 ( 27 ) ON AND ON Aswad
20 ( 32 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook

21 ( 14 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
22 ( 29 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
23 ( 15 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
24 ( NEW ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 25 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
26 ( NEW ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
27 ( 22 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
28 ( 19 ) ONE The Bee Gees
29 ( 24 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
30 ( 39 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love

31 ( 62 ) TOO MUCH Bros
32 ( 38 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler
33 ( 33 ) CRY Waterfront
34 ( 21 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
35 ( 35 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
36 ( 50 ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds
37 ( 28 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
38 ( 36 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
39 ( NEW ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
40 ( 34 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses

41 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
42 ( 31 ) SUMMERTIME Ella Fitzgerald
43 ( NEW ) PURE The LIghtning Seeds
44 ( 26 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
45 ( 69 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
46 ( NEW ) EDIE (CIAO BABY) The Cult
47 ( NEW ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
48 ( 37 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
49 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
50 ( 45 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

51 ( 30 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
52 ( 42 ) WHY Carly Simon
53 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
54 ( 51 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
55 ( 43 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
56 ( 68 ) I NEED YOUR LOVE June Montana
57 ( 56 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
58 ( 59 ) VOODOO RAY A Guy Called Gerald
59 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 67 ) DRESSED FOR SUCCESS Roxette

61 ( NEW ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
62 ( 61 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
63 ( NEW ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
64 ( 40 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 46 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
67 ( 66 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
68 ( 75 ) GET LOOSE LA Mix featuring Jazzy P
69 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
70 ( 60 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney

71 ( NEW ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
72 ( 73 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( 71 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
74 ( 74 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
75 ( NEW ) KATHLEEN Roachford

29th July 1989

A deluge of new entries, 6 of them female fronted bands, as Gloria gets a second week on top, and keeps Paul McCartney from his 2nd Number One in a row. Shakespear’s Sister rocket to 5, beating most of Bananarama’s hits in a swoop, while Simply Red get a rare Top 10 as Bobby Brown follows up his chart-topper with another Top 10 hit.

The Lightning Seeds are Purely up to 12, and highest new entry is Tom Petty with his (as always) minor-UK-hit Running Down The Dream, just edging out glamrock legend Alice Cooper’s big comeback single, Poison. Very 80’s metal ballad, but then he influenced a whole generation of crappy 80‘s imitations, so it’s only fair he get the kudos, and his first Top 20 hit since 1974, and his biggest song since Julie Covington covered Only Women Bleed and took it to the top in 1977. The Primitives, Wendy & Lisa, Texas, Cowboy Junkies, Transvision Vamp and Fuzzbox are the female-fronted bands who enter, while Jonathan King (aka Nemo) gets a reissued hit of his Top 20 1971 1930’s pastiche, a la Noel Coward. I doubt you’ll ever hear it on the radio again, some of the lyrics are not-pc, though it was mildly amusing as a piss-take.

Lisa Stansfield has a solo hit, and for the first time ever, so does Liza Minelli, daughter of Judy Garland and showbiz Cabaret legend with an electropop version of a Stephen Sondheim showtune, courtesy of Neil and Chris, who did a great album with her, and appeared on Wogan with her (Pet Shop Boys, natch, and joining Dusty in reinvigorating diva legends using their own style and songs). Amusing to me, Milli Vanilli follow Minelli. All that’s missing is Millie and Molly!

At home, my sis-in-law had a street-shouting match with the psycho neighbour over swearing at the kids, he ended up kicking our front door. The children joined in all the shouting. As if that wasn’t enough, some council estate kids who decided to splash me from a paddling pool while I was working on measuring up for plans. How very dare they! On TV, 50’s repeats of The Honeymooners and Jack Benny really did turn back the clock. Not a chance in hell of ever seeing them on TV again, though, not even one of a zillion digital TV channels broadcasts classic TV shows in the UK. Certainly not black and white ones, at any rate. TV w*nkers!

1 ( 1 ) I DON’T WANNA LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
2 ( 6 ) THIS ONE Paul McCartney
3 ( 2 ) 101″ Sheena Easton
4 ( 4 ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
5 ( 26 ) YOU’RE HISTORY Shakespear’s Sister
6 ( 3 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) CHOICE The Blow Monkeys featuring Sylvia Teller
8 ( 9 ) BLAZING SADDLES Yello
9 ( 18 ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
10 ( 12 ) ON OUR OWN Bobby Brown

11 ( 8 ) LONDON NIGHTS The London Boys
12 ( 43 ) PURE The Lightning Seeds
13 ( 5 ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
14 ( 22 ) YOU’LL NEVER STOP ME FROM LOVING YOU Sonia
15 ( 19 ) ON AND ON Aswad
16 ( 11 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
17 ( NEW ) RUNNING DOWN THE DREAM Tom Petty
18 ( 14 ) BATDANCE Prince
19 ( 15 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( NEW ) POISON Alice Cooper

21 ( 7 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
22 ( NEW ) SICK OF IT The Primitives
23 ( 13 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
24 ( 24 ) SWING THE MOOD Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
25 ( 47 ) TOY SOLDIERS Martika
26 ( 31 ) TOO MUCH Bros
27 ( 16 ) SAY NO GO De La Soul
28 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON REVISITED Cowboy Junkies
29 ( 20 ) WON’T TALK ABOUT IT/ BASSLINE Norman Cook
30 ( 32 ) WIND BENEATH MY WINGS Bette Midler

31 ( 39 ) I WOULDN’T CHANGE A THING Kylie Minogue
32 ( 21 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
33 ( 17 ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
34 ( NEW ) THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON Nemo
35 ( 71 ) MY FIRST NIGHT WITHOUT YOU Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 27 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
37 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE RIGHT TIME Lisa Stansfield
38 ( 29 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
39 ( 69 ) DON’T LOOK BACK Fine Young Cannibals
40 ( NEW ) SATISFACTION Wendy and Lisa

41 ( 23 ) CALIFORNIA BLUE Roy Orbison
42 ( 28 ) ONE The Bee Gees
43 ( NEW ) BETTER DAYS Gun
44 ( 35 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
45 ( 30 ) GRANDPA’S PARTY Monie Love
46 ( 36 ) YOU’VE GOT TO CHOOSE The Darling Buds
47 ( 41 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
48 ( 61 ) KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS Dion
49 ( 53 ) DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU FEEL Inner City
50 ( NEW ) LOSING MY MIND Liza Minelli

51 ( 40 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
52 ( 38 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
53 ( 25 ) WHERE IN THE WORLD Swing Out Sister
54 ( 49 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
55 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN Milli Vanilli
56 ( 37 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
57 ( 34 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
58 ( 54 ) ORDINARY LIVES The Bee Gees
59 ( 57 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) LANDSLIDE OF LOVE Transvision Vamp

61 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 50 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
63 ( 63 ) LONG WAY TO GO Stevie Nicks
64 ( 45 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
65 ( NEW ) SELF Fuzzbox
66 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 46 ) EDIE (CIAO BABY) The Cult
68 ( 67 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
69 ( NEW ) THE DOCTOR The Doobie Brothers
70 ( 62 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) IT ISN’T IT WASN’T IT AIN’T NEVER GONNA BE Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston
72 ( 72 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
73 ( NEW ) FRENCH KISS Li’l Louis
74 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY NOW Texas
75 ( NEW ) KICK IT IN Simple Minds