My July 1988 Charts

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Dorset coastline in actual 1988

3rd July 1988

It’s straight in on top for Michael Jackson’s Dirty Diana, as it gets an official single release (it had been pottering around the bottom end of my extended chart excluded from the 75 as it was an album track) and becomes the 4th number one off Bad, Jacko’s 8th solo topper, or his 11th including his brothers, 12th including his uncredited vocal and song on Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching You. Desireless gets into the top 10 with her fab French dance track, T’Pau shoot up to 12 for a 3rd top 20, & Springsteen makes it 13 years of top 20’s.

Cheap Trick are back some 9 years after debuting with a very different-sounding ballad for them, The Flame in at 23, Hazell Dean gets a 4th or 5th top 40, OMD an umpteenth in 8 years of hardly-ever not making the top 40, and Johnny Hates Jazz keep the run going longer than I recalled! Transvision Vamp are the highest climbers to 41, Eric B & Rakim return, The Adventures follow-up their biggie, Debbie Gibson goes all George Michael Careless Whisper-ish, Everything But The Girl cover Rod Stewart’s cover of I Don’t Want To Talk About It, and do the Crazy Horse song justice. Natalie Cole & Eighth Wonder follow-up hits, and You Came follows the first single off the new Kim Wilde album, far and away the jewel in the lovely crown that is Close. At the time it was my all-time fave Kim track, though I MAY prefer Cambodia these days. Depends how I’m feeling.


1 ( RE ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
3 ( 2 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
4 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
5 ( 6 ) PARADISE Sade
6 ( 4 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
7 ( 7 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 9 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
9 ( 5 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
10 ( 13 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless

11 ( 8 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
12 ( 27 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
13 ( 10 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
14 ( 20 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
15 ( 17 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
16 ( 12 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
17 ( 18 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
18 ( 11 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
19 ( 19 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
20 ( 32 ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 16 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
22 ( 15 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
23 ( NEW ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
24 ( 14 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
25 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
26 ( 30 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers
27 ( 23 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
28 ( 28 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
29 ( 36 ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
30 ( 21 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris

31 ( NEW ) MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean
32 ( 26 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
33 ( 45 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
34 ( 62 ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
35 ( 42 ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN The Who
36 ( 43 ) THE DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
37 ( 39 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
38 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( NEW ) DREAMING OMD
40 ( NEW ) DON’T SAY IT’S LOVE Johnny Hates Jazz

41 ( 74 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
42 ( 35 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
43 ( 70 ) I’M SORRY Hothouse Flowers
44 ( 37 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
45 ( NEW ) FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim
46 ( 40 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
47 ( 34 ) STOP Sam Brown
48 ( 49 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
49 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
50 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5

51 ( 51 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
52 ( 63 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
53 ( 44 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
54 ( 22 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
55 ( NEW ) DROWNING IN A SEA OF LOVE The Adventures
56 ( 29 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
57 ( 61 ) ROLL WITH IT Steve Winwood
58 ( 58 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 59 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
60 ( 57 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis

61 ( 31 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
62 ( 24 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
63 ( NEW ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
64 ( 54 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
65 ( NEW ) BEATIN’ THE HEAT Jack ‘n’ Chill
66 ( NEW ) FOOLISH BEAT Debbie Gibson
67 ( 52 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 46 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
70 ( NEW ) I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU Taylor Dayne

71 ( NEW ) I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT Everything But The Girl
72 ( 72 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
73 ( NEW ) EVERLASTING Natalie Cole
74 ( NEW ) CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder
75 ( 71 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

3rd July
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 CLOSE TO YOU Carpenters
2 EAGLE Abba
3 KISSES OF FIRE Abba
4 WONDERFUL LAND The Shadows

 

 

 

10th July 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Dirty Diana, as Monkey takes George Michael into the top 5, and is joined by T’Pau getting a 3rd biggie at 5, and US chart-topper The Flame shooting up to 6 for Cheap Trick, their first and last 9 years after debuting in my charts. Tracy Chapman goes top 10 with future Jonas Blue cover Fast Car, and INXS take Never Tear Us Apart up 22 to 12. New at 14 is the wonderful No Conversation from View From A Hill, never the hit it deserved to be, and Debbie Gibson grabs another top 20 in one fell swoop with Careless Whisper, I mean Foolish Beat! Up from 66 to 17, and Elton John also goes top 20 for the 18th consecutive year, bar 1979 – though Are You Ready For Love would eventually top my charts (and the UK charts) so that’s good enough for me!

Transvision Vamp grab a 2nd top 20, Kim Wilde rockets up from 63 to 24 with You Came, and Ziggy Marley 69 to 30 in a big week for big chart climbers. Also moving fast, Eighth Wonder’s 2nd top 40, while Sydney Youngblood is back with a Bill Withers classic cover that had already topped my chart in 1972 for Michael Jackson, and would do so for Bill too. Talking of classic early 70’s songs, Dennis Greaves & The Truth cover the brilliant Argent song God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll To You before Kiss mugged it in the 90’s, The Four Tops Motown anthem Reach Out I’ll Be There is assaulted by a 1988 remix but is still strong enough to survive the indignity, Fairground Attraction follow-up a biggie with an even better song, Find My Love, and Will Downing pops back in too.

1 ( 1 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
3 ( 3 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
4 ( 7 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
5 ( 12 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
6 ( 23 ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
7 ( 8 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
8 ( 4 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
9 ( 5 ) PARADISE Sade
10 ( 15 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman

11 ( 6 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
12 ( 34 ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
13 ( 13 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
14 ( NEW ) NO CONVERSATION View From A Hill
15 ( 17 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
16 ( 9 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
17 ( 66 ) FOOLISH BEAT Debbie Gibson
18 ( 10 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
19 ( 25 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
20 ( 41 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp

21 ( 16 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
22 ( 11 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
23 ( 20 ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen
24 ( 63 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
25 ( 28 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
26 ( 31 ) MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean
27 ( 18 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
28 ( 14 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
29 ( 21 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
30 ( 69 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

31 ( 26 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers
32 ( 19 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
33 ( 74 ) CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder
34 ( 27 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
35 ( 40 ) DON’T SAY IT’S LOVE Johnny Hates Jazz
36 ( 22 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
37 ( 52 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
38 ( 45 ) FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim
39 ( 38 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 24 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)

41 ( 37 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 30 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
43 ( 43 ) I’M SORRY Hothouse Flowers
44 ( 29 ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
45 ( 33 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
46 ( 55 ) DROWNING IN A SEA OF LOVE The Adventures
47 ( 71 ) I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT Everything But The Girl
48 ( 32 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
49 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
50 ( 48 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 39 ) DREAMING OMD
52 ( 51 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
53 ( 50 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
54 ( 57 ) ROLL WITH IT Steve Winwood
55 ( 36 ) THE DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
56 ( 73 ) EVERLASTING Natalie Cole
57 ( 59 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
58 ( 58 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 46 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
60 ( 53 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express

61 ( 35 ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN The Who
62 ( 60 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
63 ( 44 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
64 ( 42 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
65 ( 65 ) BEATIN’ THE HEAT Jack ‘n’ Chill
66 ( NEW ) AIN’T NO SUNSHINE Sydney Youngblood
67 ( 64 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
68 ( NEW ) GOD GAVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO YOU Dennis Greaves & The Truth
69 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) ROSES ARE RED The Mac Band/ McCampbell Brothers

71 ( NEW ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE (REMIX) The Four Tops
72 ( 72 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
73 ( NEW ) FIND MY LOVE Fairground Attraction
74 ( NEW ) IN MY DREAMS Will Downing
75 ( 75 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 VOULEZ-VOUS Abba
2 KISSES OF FIRE Abba
3 TUNNEL OF LOVE Bruce Springsteen

 

 

17th July 1988

It’s a first week on top for George Michael’s 2nd chart-topper from Faith, his dancetastic Jam & Lewis Monkey remix, giving George a 4th solo, and 7th in total including duos & duets. Debbie Gibson leaps into the top 10 with her career-biggest single Foolish Beat at 6, Transvision Vamp get a second top 10 with I want Your Love, View From A Hill peak bigger second-time around at 9, and INXS get a second top 10 with Never Tear Us Apart. Highest new entry is Al B Sure!’s Nite and Day, banging in at 8 with an actual exclamation mark and a smooth soul goodie.

In at 12, Copenhagen band Gangway with a not un-Smiths-ish vocal-sound My Girl And Me – apparently MTV were playing it a lot, which might explain it’s high new entry as I’ll be honest I don’t recall much, at best a slight vague familiarity for a track I prob heard a few times and liked – and then never heard again until today 32 years later. It’s not bad. Sam Brown dropped out last week, and pops back big at 17 as I bought the single in the bargain bins and realised how fab it is – setting her up for 1989 when I didn’t have to pay full price for a current hit I bought cheap on vinyl.

Gloria Estefan gets a big climb to 18 for Anything For You, her 5th top 20, which I’d also buy cheap in a couple of weeks – on CD single with cardboard sleeve, a much better format than tacky cheap plastic that broke at the drop of a hat. Salt ‘n’ Pepa push it into the 40, and Wee Papa Girl Rappers enter at 30 with Heat It Up, featuring 2 Men & a Future Fine Young Cannibals ex-Beat david & Andy on their second top 40 hit of the year, giving them 9 years of chart action with more to come.

Martha & The Vandellas classic Nowhere To Run is 20-odd years late and still fab, in at 35, with Tracie Spencer returning with UK undeserved flop Symptom Of True Love after peaking at 56 a few weeks back, now at 36. The Adventures get yet another top 40 that flopped in the charts everywhere else, while UK band Breathe pop in with their US smash Hands To Heaven, ballad-emoting with strings on it, while 1971 classic Move On Up brings Curtis Mayfield back into my charts 17 years on, though his career predates that with lots of US success for the classy Impressions.

Another oldie is back after dropping out a few weeks ago – The Contours Do You Love Me – The Pogues return with the joyous Fiesta, their best record after a certain Christmas single, in at 60, Prince mines his album with Glam Slam, thank you ma’am (Slade reference), Def Leppard have a problem with Love Bites (my own personal problem has always been mosquito bites, I’m irresistible, but at least I dont sing ballads about it), S’Express have a great follow-up to their fab single, Superfly Guy, and Donny Osmond is back and proper having a comeback UK hit with the very George Michael-ish Soldier Of Love. Let’s be honest, it worked for David Cassidy with actual George on board, and it worked for Donny with the new mature pop sound. I stood next to him in HMV Bournemouth while he was on local radio promoting it. He’s a few days older than me, though my teeth aren’t in the same league. Finally Huey Lewis is back 6 years on from Heart And Soul with another minor entry – it’s taken Huey 38 years to get another top 10 in my charts since his debut, the fab current When We’re Young which you won’t hear anywhere on radio. He’s suffering hearing loss these days which is sad.

1 ( 4 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
2 ( 1 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
3 ( 2 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
4 ( 6 ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
5 ( 5 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
6 ( 17 ) FOOLISH BEAT Debbie Gibson
7 ( 20 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
8 ( NEW ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure!
9 ( 14 ) NO CONVERSATION View From A Hill
10 ( 12 ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS

11 ( 3 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
12 ( NEW ) MY GIRL AND ME Gangway
13 ( 7 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
14 ( 24 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
15 ( 8 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 9 ) PARADISE Sade
17 ( RE ) STOP Sam Brown
18 ( 44 ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
19 ( 11 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
20 ( 30 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

21 ( 13 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
22 ( 10 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
23 ( 33 ) CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder
24 ( 45 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
25 ( 21 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
26 ( 15 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
27 ( 16 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
28 ( 26 ) MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean
29 ( 19 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
30 ( NEW ) HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men & A Drum Machine

31 ( 18 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
32 ( 27 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
33 ( 22 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
34 ( 23 ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen
35 ( NEW ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas
36 ( RE ) SYMPTOM OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
37 ( 46 ) DROWNING IN A SEA OF LOVE The Adventures
38 ( 29 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
39 ( 47 ) I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT Everything But The Girl
40 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 41 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
42 ( 25 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
43 ( 34 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
44 ( 73 ) FIND MY LOVE Fairground Attraction
45 ( 36 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
46 ( 31 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers
47 ( 32 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
48 ( 35 ) DON’T SAY IT’S LOVE Johnny Hates Jazz
49 ( 68 ) GOD GAVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO YOU Dennis Greaves & The Truth
50 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 50 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 37 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
53 ( NEW ) HAND TO HEAVEN Breathe
54 ( 52 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( NEW ) MOVE ON UP Curtis Mayfield
56 ( RE ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
57 ( 57 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
58 ( 53 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
59 ( 38 ) FOLLOW THE LEADER Eric B & Rakim
60 ( NEW ) FIESTA The Pogues

61 ( 59 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
62 ( 58 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
63 ( 70 ) ROSES ARE RED The Mac Band/ McCampbell Brothers
64 ( NEW ) GLAM SLAM Prince
65 ( NEW ) SOLDIER OF LOVE Donny Osmond
66 ( NEW ) LOVE BITES Def Leppard
67 ( 62 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
68 ( 28 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
69 ( 42 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
70 ( 69 ) BAD Michael Jackson

71 ( 67 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
72 ( 40 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
73 ( NEW ) PERFECT WORLD Huey Lewis & The News
74 ( 72 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) SUPERFLY GUY S’Express

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HAVE YOU SEEN HER The Chi-Lites
2 IT MUST BE LOVE Labi Siffre
3 SAD SWEET DREAMER Sweet Sensation

 

24th July 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for that Monkey as Kim Wilde comes galloping into the top 10 for the first time in 2 years, You Came. But will she Veni Vidi Vici? Gangway go top 10 too, with a track I’d forgotten till I played it last week, and Martha & The Vandellas get a first top 10 since earlier Motown reissue Dancing In The Street went top 10 19 years earlier. Appropriately enough fellow Motown act The Four Tops bring Reach Out I’ll Be There (remixed) back into the charts, the second version to make my top 10 – the first was Gloria Gaynor’s chart-topping stint in disco-mad 1975.

Voice Of The Beehive return with I Say Nothing – it went top 40 in 1987 – and is back at 23, as God Gave Rock n Roll To You brings the year 1973 back into the top 40 along with 1973 UK chart-topper Donny Osmond’s new track, Soldier Of Love. Alexander O’Neal’s run of Jamtastic singles continues with the fab What Can I Say To make You Love Me at 29, Fairground Attraction climb up to 30, while The Pogues and Prince leap into the 40.

There’s a significant entry at 60 for Yazz & The Plastic Population, I suspect the only way is up, as a Belinda carlisle oldie sneaks back in with Mad About You joining the new stuff, and Groove Train debut with the funky cover of Stretch’s 1975 funk gem Why Did You Do It pops in at 66. Shaky’s also in the mood for 1973 covers – this time The Detroit Emeralds Feel The Need In Me top 5 track which was so good it charted again in a re-recorded version in 1977. Shaky hits were generally inversely-liked by me – the bigger they were the more meh! The smaller, the more interesting to me. Pat Benatar also returns all fired up. Don’t blame her.


1 ( 1 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
2 ( 2 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
3 ( 3 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
4 ( 6 ) FOOLISH BEAT Debbie Gibson
5 ( 14 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
6 ( 12 ) MY GIRL AND ME Gangway
7 ( 7 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
8 ( 4 ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
9 ( 10 ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
10 ( 35 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 5 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
12 ( 30 ) HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men & A Drum Machine
13 ( 20 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
14 ( 8 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure!
15 ( 18 ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
16 ( 23 ) CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder
17 ( 11 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
18 ( RE ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE (REMIX) The Four Tops
19 ( 36 ) SYMPTOM OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
20 ( 24 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa

21 ( 9 ) NO CONVERSATION View From The Hill
22 ( 13 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
23 ( NEW ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
24 ( 15 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
25 ( 16 ) PARADISE Sade
26 ( 49 ) GOD GAVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO YOU Dennis Greaves & The Truth
27 ( 17 ) STOP Sam Brown
28 ( 65 ) SOLDIER OF LOVE Donny Osmond
29 ( NEW ) WHAT CAN I SAY TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME Alexander O’Neal
30 ( 44 ) FIND MY LOVE Fairground Attraction

31 ( 25 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
32 ( 19 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
33 ( 60 ) FIESTA The Pogues
34 ( 64 ) GLAM SLAM Prince
35 ( 39 ) I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT Everything But The Girl
36 ( 21 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
37 ( 63 ) ROSES ARE RED The Mac Band/ McCampbell Brothers
38 ( 55 ) MOVE ON UP Curtis Mayfield
39 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 53 ) HAND TO HEAVEN Breathe

41 ( 22 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
42 ( 41 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 56 ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
44 ( 32 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
45 ( 27 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
46 ( 33 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
47 ( 38 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
48 ( 75 ) SUPERFLY GUY S’Express
49 ( 43 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 29 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
53 ( 37 ) DROWNING IN A SEA OF LOVE The Adventures
54 ( 28 ) MAYBE (WE SHOULD CALL IT A DAY) Hazell Dean
55 ( 54 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
56 ( 26 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
57 ( 31 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
58 ( 57 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
59 ( 52 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
60 ( NEW ) THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population

61 ( 58 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
62 ( NEW ) MAD ABOUT YOU Belinda Carlisle
63 ( 45 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
64 ( 62 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
65 ( 66 ) LOVE BITES Def Leppard
66 ( NEW ) WHY DID YOU DO IT Groove Train
67 ( 73 ) PERFECT WORLD Huey Lewis & The News
68 ( 61 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
69 ( RE ) I’M SORRY Hothouse Flowers
70 ( 70 ) BAD Michael Jackson

71 ( 67 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
72 ( NEW ) I’M TOO SCARED Steven Dante
73 ( NEW ) FEEL THE NEED IN ME Shakin’ Stevens
74 ( 74 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
75 ( NEW ) ALL FIRED UP Pat Benatar
76 ( RE ) WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble

Playlist faves of that week
1 CRAZY Patsy Cline
2 WHEN THE LOVE IS GOOD Big Trouble
3 HOLIDAY The Other Ones

 

 

30th July 1988

It’s a first week on top for Kim Wilde – ever! Not even Kids In America had managed to top my chart, but she finally got one in the bag 7 years on with the fab You Came, a big comeback for her. This week I went to Wembley Stadium where Kim was supporting Michael Jackson. I should specify I went with 2 mates, with the idea of parking near Wembley Stadium, because we couldn’t get tickets to the bloody concert, so we had a day going round record megastores looking for rarities, and then headed back to catch the gig listening outside, where Kim duly did You Came. Does that sound sad? Whatever! Paul Young walked by us sat on a wall with a beautiful leggy model attached to him. I got to see Jacko (still at 2 in my chart) a few years later but Kim took a lot longer – an 80’s tour after she’d been away from music gardening and bringing up kids. She was fab and have since seen her about 4 times, including literally 5 minutes walk away at Upton Country Park, and in rural Dorset for an acoustic-ish Xmas album and song singalong.

The Four Tops shoot into the top 5 for the first time since 1981, Donny Osmond into the top 10 for the first time since Puppy Love in 1972 (or 1973 if you include Osmonds records, and the rockin’ Going Home), and B.V.S.M.P. enter at 8 with I Need You, which I don’t recall hearing since I obviously went big on it rather quickly. Playing it now – rap/dance, very 1988, teenage boys. Err, not that great, presumably why it never went higher than it’s entry position. In at 20, though, a genuine classic. Mory Kante’s timeless dance banger with Guinea rhythms and lyrics, Ye Ke Ye Ke, which may well be the best track in this top 40 from the lofty viewpoint of 32 years.

Julia Fordham enters with the lovely Happy Ever After, one I bought as an early budget CD designed to get it to chart, at 23, and Yazz’ monster roars up to 31 the only way truly is up. S’Express get a second top 40, and Gogo’s Jane Wiedlin gets a big solo hit with the fab Rush Hour 5 years after getting her co-write Fun Boy 3 song Our Lips Are Sealed on top of my chart. Rod Stewart is Forever Young at 38. Chart position, not age. He was older than 38. All About Eve return with their infamously silent-mimed on TOTP Martha’s Harbour, their best track, but catastrophically the sound in the studio went off on a live show and they sat their like goldfish unable to hear a thing.

Dollar bounce back, It’s Nature’s Way (No Problem) – I caught them on the aforementioned 80’s tour with Kim Wilde, and later David Van Day escaped to star in a disastrously bad stage comedy farce. When I say “bad” I don’t mean in the Michael Jackson sense, I mean in the “ohmygod this is torturously bad” sense. I think it both opened and closed in Bournemouth. I hope so anyway. Still love Dollar records though. Hey ho. The Band’s Robbie Robertson gets a solo debut 20 years after their heyday, and 17 years since Joan Baez went top 10 with his song The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down. Somewhere Down The Lazy River is pure sultry Delta Blues and fab.


1 ( 5 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
2 ( 2 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
3 ( 1 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
4 ( 3 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
5 ( 18 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE (REMIX) The Four Tops
6 ( 9 ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
7 ( 4 ) FOOLISH BEAT Debbie Gibson
8 ( NEW ) I NEED YOU B.V.S.M.P.
9 ( 28 ) SOLDIER OF LOVE Donny Osmond
10 ( 10 ) NOWHERE TO RUN Martha & The Vandellas

11 ( 7 ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
12 ( 8 ) THE FLAME Cheap Trick
13 ( 6 ) MY GIRL AND ME Gangway
14 ( 23 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
15 ( 20 ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
16 ( 12 ) HEAT IT UP Wee Papa Girl Rappers featuring 2 Men & A Drum Machine
17 ( 29 ) WHAT CAN I SAY TO MAKE YOU LOVE ME Alexander O’Neal
18 ( 19 ) SYMPTOM OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
19 ( 11 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
20 ( NEW ) YE KE YE KE Mory Kante

21 ( 30 ) FIND MY LOVE Fairground Attraction
22 ( 37 ) ROSES ARE RED The Mac Band/ McCampbell Brothers
23 ( NEW ) HAPPY EVER AFTER Julia Fordham
24 ( 13 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
25 ( 17 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
26 ( 26 ) GOD GAVE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO YOU Dennis Greaves & The Truth
27 ( 40 ) HAND TO HEAVEN Breathe
28 ( 33 ) FIESTA The Pogues
29 ( 14 ) NITE AND DAY Al B. Sure!
30 ( 24 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle

31 ( 60 ) THE ONLY WAY IS UP Yazz & The Plastic Population
32 ( 48 ) SUPERFLY GUY S’Express
33 ( 15 ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
34 ( 34 ) GLAM SLAM Prince
35 ( 16 ) CROSS MY HEART Eighth Wonder
36 ( 31 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
37 ( NEW ) RUSH HOUR Jane Wiedlin
38 ( NEW ) FOREVER YOUNG Rod Stewart
39 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 22 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde

41 ( 25 ) PARADISE Sade
42 ( 42 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
43 ( NEW ) MARTHA’S HARBOUR All About Eve
44 ( 35 ) I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT Everything But The Girl
45 ( 21 ) NO CONVERSATION View From The Hill
46 ( 32 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
47 ( RE ) BEATIN’ THE HEAT Jack ‘n’ Chill
48 ( NEW ) IT’S NATURE’S WAY (NO PROBLEM) Dollar
49 ( 62 ) MAD ABOUT YOU Belinda Carlisle
50 ( 27 ) STOP Sam Brown

51 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
52 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
53 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LAZY RIVER Robbie Robertson
54 ( 55 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
55 ( 36 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
56 ( 49 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
57 ( NEW ) HUSTLE (TO THE MUSIC) Funky Worm
58 ( 44 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
59 ( 58 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
60 ( 67 ) PERFECT WORLD Huey Lewis & The News

61 ( 47 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
62 ( 65 ) LOVE BITES Def Leppard
63 ( 61 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
64 ( 64 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
65 ( 66 ) WHY DID YOU DO IT Groove Train
66 ( 46 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
67 ( 45 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
68 ( 73 ) FEEL THE NEED IN ME Shakin’ Stevens
69 ( 70 ) BAD Michael Jackson
70 ( 75 ) ALL FIRED UP Pat Benatar

71 ( 63 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
72 ( 71 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
73 ( 41 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
74 ( NEW ) WORKING IN A GOLDMINE Aztec Camera
75 ( 74 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys

FAVE OLDIES/ALBUM TRACKS OF THE WEEK
1 ROCK AND ROLL MUSIC The Archies
2 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
3 YOU CAME (Live at Wembley Stadium) Kim Wilde
4 ANOTHER PART OF ME (Live at Wembley Stadium) Michael Jackson

My June 1988 Charts

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Bournemouth beach circa 1988 when it wasn’t as Lockdown jampacked as the hordes of Covid-19 deniers partying and dumping rubbish yesterday.

 

 

5th June 1988

It’s a first week on top for Circle In The Sand, Belinda Carlisle’s first chart-topper, holding off a big climb from KLF aka The Timelords “How To get A Number One Record” as the subsequent book claimed. Half of them had been there before in the top 10 with Brilliant. Eurythmics get another top 10, for the 6th year in succession, Sam Brown has a massive climb into the 20 for Stop, Brass Construction outperform the original’s chart position by 13 places, Desireless get a nice climb into the 40, and the highest new entry is another duet between Chrissie Hynde & UB40, a cover of Dusty Springfield’s Dusty In Memphis track, Breakfast In Bed, which should have been a single in 1969, and the cover version being much better than their version of I Got You Babe.

Julian Clary treats Leader Of The Pack with affectionate humour, under his then stage-pseudonym, and on his way to stand-up top-billing, always good with his quick-wit and innuendo, give or take the odd political fist-up to interrupt his ascendence. Bros owe me nothing, apparently, new in at 59 – though I’d argue they owe me thanks for buying one of their later better singles once the fanclub evaporated. At 65, Chubby Checker is back with the rapping Fat Boys, with a souped-up The Twist, which had always been less popular than Let’s Twist Again in the UK. It did chart as the other side of Let’s twist Again, though, for me in 1975 on reissue, while a cover version of Let’s Twist Again topped my chart thanks to a DJ. A childhood fave song, that one.

Tiffany’s back with another 60’s cover – this time The Beatles I Saw Her Standing There, which was never a UK single but which charted in 1981 in the wake of John Lennon’s murder as a live version with Elton John, for John Lennon’s last public concert while guesting with Elton after losing a bet that Whatever Gets You Thru The Night wouldn’t top the US charts. Sabrina brings some Eurocheese action, Matt Bianco pop in as Basia taunts her ex-band a little bit higher, Five Star have another weekend, and Jacko returns with two more mentions for future singles off Bad.

1 ( 3 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 1 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
3 ( 20 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
4 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( 7 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
6 ( 2 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
7 ( 5 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
8 ( 6 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
9 ( 9 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
10 ( 26 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics

11 ( 18 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
12 ( 21 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
13 ( 10 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
14 ( 28 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
15 ( 11 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
16 ( 8 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
17 ( 30 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
18 ( 32 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
19 ( 53 ) STOP Sam Brown
20 ( 29 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure

21 ( 13 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
22 ( 15 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
23 ( 14 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
24 ( 12 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
25 ( 27 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
26 ( 16 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
27 ( 19 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
28 ( 35 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
29 ( 22 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 38 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John

31 ( 17 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
32 ( 25 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
33 ( 36 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
34 ( 50 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
35 ( 43 ) PARADISE Sade
36 ( 24 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
37 ( 45 ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
38 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
39 ( 75 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
40 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 33 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
42 ( 23 ) DON’T GO Hothouse Flowers
43 ( 42 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
44 ( 57 ) NAUGHTY GIRLS (NEED LOVE TOO) Samantha Fox
45 ( 58 ) WHO GETS THE LOVE Status Quo
46 ( 31 ) WHO’S LEAVING WHO Hazell Dean
47 ( 46 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
48 ( NEW ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
49 ( 47 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
50 ( 49 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees

51 ( 48 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
52 ( 60 ) GET IT Stevie Wonder/ Michael Jackson
53 ( 52 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
54 ( 54 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
55 ( 34 ) YES Merry Clayton
56 ( 66 ) LOVE WILL SAVE THE DAY Whitney Houston
57 ( 62 ) I STILL LOVE YOU Judy Cheeks
58 ( 44 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
59 ( NEW ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
60 ( 72 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 39 ) I WANT YOU BACK Bananarama
62 ( 61 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
64 ( 41 ) ELECTRIC BLUE Icehouse
65 ( NEW ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
66 ( 70 ) TIME AND TIDE Basia
67 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
68 ( NEW ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
69 ( 51 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
70 ( NEW ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina

71 ( NEW ) I’M REAL James Brown
72 ( 69 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
73 ( 71 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) ANOTHER WEEKEND Five Star
75 ( NEW ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
76 ( RE ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

5th June
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson
2 HONALOOCHIE BOOGIE Mott The Hoople
3 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

 

 

12th July 1988

It’s 2 weeks on top for Belinda as The Timelords Glamrock the Tardis up to 2, and Rose Royce is back with a super-double-A-side single reissue of their 1977/1979 hits – Is It Love You’re After is the real A side though, following on from the S-Express sample, and is a top hit again second time around. Erasure bound into the 10 with Chains Of Love, very popular pastime in some quarters, as does Alexander O’Neal still on an r’n’b roll, and Maxi Priest gives Cat Stevens his first top 10 song since err Wild World in 1970.

George Michael is back with yet another Faith track, this time it’s a Jam & Lewis remix of Monkey, which is way better than the album version, straight in at 14, giving both George & Jam & Lewis 2 in the 20. Newly-solo Morrissey is back with possibly his best solo single, Everyday Is Like Sunday, in at 16, and The Pasadenas debut with the fab 70’s-Philly-referencing Tribute at 17. The Communards return with There’s More To Love, Tracey Chapman drives in with her evergreen fast car, The Silencers get another flop single in my chart, with Painted Moon, and Boy George gets all political about Clause 28 which banned mentioning the “Gay” word to children, Thatcher preferring to pretend there’s no such thing.

George Harrison insists that This Is Love, and extends his solo run to 18 years, Bob’s boy Ziggy Marley debuts with Tomorrow People, sounding not entirely unlike his late father, 60’s oldie Do You Love Me enters for The Contours thanks to Dirty Dancing, I think, though it was more familiar to me via UK covers up to this point. Loose Ends return with what is more Tail-Ends as far as their career is concerned, sadly, and finally Sisters Of Mercy sneak in with Lucretia My Reflection – quite modest by their recent standards, but expect it to go up.

1 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 3 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
3 ( 2 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
4 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
5 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
6 ( 10 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
7 ( 20 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
8 ( 11 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
9 ( 5 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
10 ( 12 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest

11 ( 6 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
12 ( 14 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
13 ( 19 ) STOP Sam Brown
14 ( NEW ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
15 ( 7 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
16 ( NEW ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
17 ( NEW ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
18 ( 8 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
19 ( 9 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
20 ( 25 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad

21 ( 39 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
22 ( 38 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
23 ( 35 ) PARADISE Sade
24 ( 34 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
25 ( 13 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
26 ( 17 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
27 ( NEW ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards
28 ( 30 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
29 ( 33 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
30 ( 60 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 22 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
32 ( 18 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
33 ( 16 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
34 ( 71 ) I’M REAL James Brown
35 ( 21 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
36 ( 15 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
37 ( NEW ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
38 ( 29 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
39 ( NEW ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers
40 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies

41 ( 23 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
42 ( NEW ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
43 ( 36 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
44 ( 26 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
45 ( 65 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
46 ( 41 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 59 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
48 ( 48 ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
49 ( 47 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
50 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 53 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 75 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
53 ( 32 ) EVERYTHING YOUR HEART DESIRES Daryl Hall & John Oates
54 ( 51 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
55 ( 50 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
56 ( 43 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
57 ( 54 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
58 ( 24 ) GOT TO BE CERTAIN Kylie Minogue
59 ( NEW ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
60 ( 70 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina

61 ( 31 ) KING OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Prefab Sprout
62 ( 27 ) HEY MR HEARTACHE Kim Wilde
63 ( 37 ) LIFE ON A TOP PEOPLE’S HEALTH FARM The Style Council
64 ( 58 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
65 ( 28 ) THIS IS ME Climie Fisher
66 ( 63 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
67 ( 62 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
69 ( 67 ) BAD Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers

71 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
72 ( NEW ) MR BACHELOR Loose Ends
73 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
75 ( 72 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
76 ( 76 ) DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 THAT’S THE WAY IT IS Mel and Kim
2 DANNY’S SONG Anne Murray
3 DIRTY DIANA Michael Jackson

 

 

19th July 1988

It’s three weeks on top for Circle In The Sand, suddenly under threat from Erasure up to 2 with Chains Of Love, their highest since topping with Sometimes in 1986, Eurythmics getting a second top 3 of the year with You Have Placed A Chill, and highest new entry at 4 being Phil Collins’ number 2 from 1981, the awesome In The Air Tonight undergoing a revamp that didn’t actually ruin it. George Michael goes top 10 with a Monkey on his back, Sade get a big top 10 with Paradise, their first in a while, Morrissey gets his first solo top 10, and Mica Paris her first too, My One Temptation for a busy week at the top end. One of them will knock Belinda off the perch next week.

Sisters Of Mercy get another huge leap, with Lucretia My Reflection up 50 places to 24, along with a batch of top 40 climbers from The Fat Boys & Chubby Checker, Bros, Sabrina, George Harrison, Matt Bianco, Boy George, and if you can find a genre connection there between them all you must be delusional! smile.gif In a quiet week for new entries veterans The Moody Blues return with I Know You’re Out There Somewhere, I knew them back when I was a kiddie, T’Pau keep the singles coming I Will Be With You, Tracie Spencer’s Symptoms Of True Love returns, Springsteen is still Tougher Than The Rest 13 years on, a-ha have The Blood That Moves The Body, and Dee Lewis pops in briefly with Best Of My Love, sister of the fab Linda Lewis, and vocalist with the likes of Jamiroquai in the 90’s.

1 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
2 ( 7 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
3 ( 6 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
4 ( NEW ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
5 ( 10 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
6 ( 2 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
7 ( 14 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 23 ) PARADISE Sade
9 ( 16 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
10 ( 12 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris

11 ( 5 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
12 ( 17 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
13 ( 3 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
14 ( 24 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
15 ( 22 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
16 ( 9 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
17 ( 4 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
18 ( 21 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
19 ( 11 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
20 ( 27 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards

21 ( 13 ) STOP Sam Brown
22 ( 8 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
23 ( 29 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
24 ( 74 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
25 ( 30 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
26 ( 37 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
27 ( 15 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada
28 ( 18 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
29 ( 19 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
30 ( 39 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers

31 ( 45 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker
32 ( 47 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
33 ( 60 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina
34 ( 59 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
35 ( 52 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
36 ( 20 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
37 ( 42 ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
38 ( 38 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
39 ( 40 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
40 ( 31 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express

41 ( 28 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
42 ( 25 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
43 ( 34 ) I’M REAL James Brown
44 ( 33 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order
45 ( 36 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
46 ( 26 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
47 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
48 ( 43 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
49 ( 32 ) LOST IN YOU Rod Stewart
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
52 ( 49 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
53 ( 46 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
54 ( NEW ) I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE The Moody Blues
55 ( 54 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
56 ( 55 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
57 ( NEW ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
58 ( 57 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 70 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
60 ( NEW ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer

61 ( 56 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
62 ( 68 ) I SAW HIM STANDING THERE Tiffany
63 ( 48 ) LEADER OF THE PACK Joan Collins Fan Club (Julian Clary)
64 ( 41 ) I’M NIN ALU Ofra Haza
65 ( 44 ) BROKEN LAND The Adventures
66 ( 64 ) PERFECT Fairground Attraction
67 ( 71 ) DO YOU LOVE ME The Contours
68 ( 69 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 66 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
70 ( NEW ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 67 ) LADY MADONNA The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY a-ha
73 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 75 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
75 ( NEW ) BEST OF MY LOVE Dee Lewis

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HEART OF GOLD Johnny Hates Jazz
2 COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
3 FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

 

 

 

26th June 1988

It’s a first week on top for Phil Collins, with the slight reworking of his 1981 number 2 classic In The Air Tonight – the remix isn’t as good as the original, let’s be clear on that, but it’s compensation for being denied first-time round. In the interim Genesis topped my chart with Mama in 1983, both of them classically haunting rhythmically. That denies a topper for Maxi Priest’s fab cover of Wild World at 2, while new into the top 10 go The Pasadenas’ early 70’s-sounding Tribute, UB40 & Chrissie Hynde getting another top 10 together with a much better cover version, this time the fab Dusty In Memphis album track, and The Communards grab another to add to their growing list with There’s More To Love.

T’Pau climb 30 places, Springsteen does even better up to 32, and Gloria Estefan enters at 36 with Anything For You, the track that boosted her into the big league for the next few years as Miami Sound Machine becomes the supporting name rather than the focus – nothing had changed though, her only-ever boyfriend and husband Emilio was and is still the guiding force behind her career and records. 1971 Who classic Won’t Get Fooled Again debuts (I didn’t know it at the time, it wasn’t played in Singapore) at 42, Midnight Oil follow-up Beds Are Burning with Dead Heart, and Salt’n’Pepa debut with the much-loved Push It, bringing female rap an actual focal point with the band – Salt, Pepa & Spinderella aka ‘n’. I made that last bit up.

Steve Winwood returns with a huge US hit, Roll With It, 20-odd years into his career and giving us that classic starter-soup question “Roll with it?”. I made that bit up too. INXS bring yet another fab track from the brilliant Kick album into the chart – Never Tear Us Apart, remixed and covered in later decades by the likes of Paloma Faith. Glen Medeiros pops in with his UK chart-topper, I still remain mystified by it’s popularity 30 years later, the same week he had his 20th birthday. 50 now, hard to believe, but Happy Birthday Glen! Hothouse Flowers follow-up, Joy Division oldie Atmosphere sneaks in, and rather lowly at 74, Transvision Vamp enter with another pop goodie, I Want Your Love.

1 ( 4 ) IN THE AIR TONIGHT (1988) Phil Collins
2 ( 5 ) WILD WORLD Maxi Priest
3 ( 1 ) CIRCLE IN THE SAND Belinda Carlisle
4 ( 3 ) YOU HAVE PLACED A CHILL IN MY HEART Eurythmics
5 ( 2 ) CHAINS OF LOVE Erasure
6 ( 8 ) PARADISE Sade
7 ( 7 ) MONKEY (REMIX) George Michael
8 ( 12 ) TRIBUTE (RIGHT ON) The Pasadenas
9 ( 15 ) BREAKFAST IN BED UB40/ Chrissie Hynde
10 ( 20 ) THERE’S MORE TO LOVE The Communards

11 ( 9 ) EVERY DAY IS LIKE SUNDAY Morrissey
12 ( 13 ) ONE MORE TRY George Michael
13 ( 14 ) VOYAGE VOYAGE Desireless
14 ( 6 ) DOCTORIN’ THE TARDIS The Timelords (KLF)
15 ( 11 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER/ CAR WASH Rose Royce
16 ( 16 ) SOMEWHERE IN MY HEART Aztec Camera
17 ( 26 ) FAST CAR Tracey Chapman
18 ( 32 ) I OWE YOU NOTHING Bros
19 ( 34 ) THIS IS LOVE George Harrison
20 ( 31 ) THE TWIST The Fat Boys/ Chubby Checker

21 ( 10 ) MY ONE TEMPTATION Mica Paris
22 ( 23 ) DON’T CALL ME BABY Voice Of The Beehive
23 ( 19 ) ALPHABET STREET Prince
24 ( 24 ) LUCRETIA MY REFLECTION The Sisters Of Mercy
25 ( 41 ) I DON’T WANT TO GO ON WITH YOU LIKE THAT Elton John
26 ( 17 ) CHECK THIS OUT LA Mix
27 ( 57 ) I WILL BE WITH YOU T’Pau
28 ( 35 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON THAT GIRL Matt Bianco
29 ( 25 ) ISN’T IT MIDNIGHT Fleetwood Mac
30 ( 30 ) PAINTED MOON The Silencers

31 ( 18 ) TELL ME Nick Kamen
32 ( 70 ) TOUGHER THAN THE REST Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 33 ) BOYS (SUMMERTIME LOVE) Sabrina
34 ( 21 ) STOP Sam Brown
35 ( 22 ) THE LOVERS Alexander O’Neal
36 ( NEW ) ANYTHING FOR YOU Gloria Estefan
37 ( 28 ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
38 ( 39 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
39 ( 38 ) HEART Pet Shop Boys
40 ( 27 ) DIVINE EMOTIONS Narada

41 ( 29 ) OH PATTI (DON’T FEEL SORRY FOR LOVERBOY) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) WON’T GET FOOLED AGAIN The Who
43 ( NEW ) THE DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
44 ( 40 ) THEME FROM S-EXPRESS S-Express
45 ( NEW ) PUSH IT Salt ‘n’ Pepa
46 ( 59 ) TOMORROW PEOPLE Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
47 ( 54 ) I KNOW YOU’RE OUT THERE SOMEWHERE The Moody Blues
48 ( 48 ) I WANT YOU BACK/ I WANT YOU BACK (’88 remix) The Jackson 5
49 ( 51 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 50 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield

51 ( 52 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
52 ( 42 ) WE ALL SLEEP ALONE Cher
53 ( 36 ) GIVE A LITTLE LOVE Aswad
54 ( 53 ) EVERYWHERE Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 47 ) I CAN’T STAY AWAY FROM YOU Gloria Estefan/ Miami Sound Machine
56 ( 60 ) SYMPTOMS OF TRUE LOVE Tracie Spencer
57 ( 55 ) JOE LE TAXI Vanessa Paradis
58 ( 58 ) MAN IN THE MIRROR MIchael Jackson
59 ( 56 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
60 ( 44 ) BLUE MONDAY (REMIX) New Order

61 ( NEW ) ROLL WITH IT Steve Winwood
62 ( NEW ) NEVER TEAR US APART INXS
63 ( NEW ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE MY LOVE FOR YOU Glen Medeiros
64 ( 45 ) OUT OF THE BLUE Debbie Gibson
65 ( 61 ) WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD Louis Armstrong
66 ( 37 ) NO CLAUSE 28 Boy George
67 ( 72 ) THE BLOOD THAT MOVES THE BODY a-ha
68 ( 68 ) BAD Michael Jackson
69 ( 46 ) MOVIN’ 1988 Brass Construction
70 ( NEW ) I’M SORRY Hothouse Flowers

71 ( 69 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
72 ( 73 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
73 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Joy Division
74 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVE Transvision Vamp
75 ( 74 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

Playlist faves of that week
1 REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
2 DIGGING YOUR SCENE Blow Monkeys
3 DIZZY Tommy Roe

 

My 1984 Charts – September

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Lower Gardens Bournemouth

4th September 1984

Stevie gets his 4th Number One, and keeps on with the tradition of those topping my chart not actually being his best records. Ah well, it’s still very popular though I’m well over it now. At 3, fluttering up the charts, it’s Malcolm McLaren getting his biggest hit to date, and at 7 Bucks Fizz return to the top 10 for a 3-year run of great pop singles. Elton also adds to his massive haul of Top 10 hits with another record I’m largely over these days, more annoying than fun.

Highest new entry at 19 is Depeche Mode getting well into bondage, presumably of the industrial-sounding type, and sneaking up on a high-flying Spandau track. The Smiths climb 28 places to 22, Morrissey claiming it was really nothing, but it actually was something – it stays ahead of Agadoo! Morrissey’s announcement he has been having cancer treatment explains a lot, such as the cancelled show I had tickets for, and I wish him well as soon as possible.

At 24, Heaven 17 are all about Sunset Now, one that sounded good enough for a high new entry, and then got promptly forgotten. The Jacksons join Michael, and mate Rockwell, inside the Top 40, and it really looks like Torture. Depeche I’m sure would approve. At 53, The Specials deliciously sly What I Like Most About You, so sweet-sounding, so back-stabbing! Lyndsey Buckingham has a solo break again, after his 1982 Number 1 with the gorgeous Trouble, and much like Jameela feels a bit insane. Junior’s back with somebody at 59 – no not Kim Wilde, that’s in the future. OMD keep up the run of great singles at 67 with T T T Tesla Girls, and The Bluebells get a good follow-up with Cath, and Sade’s Smooth Operator slides smoothly in at 74. oooerrr missus!

On TV, Star Trek delight, and a new TV series called The Black Adder, with Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson and Brian Blessed, and which I really liked! Oldies? Laurel & Hardy. If you’re under 35 you may not be familiar with them as they were from the 1930’s, slapstick galore, and loveable. Once upon a time they were all over TV, but they were filmed in black and white and as such have now been banished all television stations along with all other black and white product. Youngsters whinge about it not being coloured, I say they are just racist!

In the miserable real world, hypochondria continued as part of my depression symptoms. I started writing up my 1979 American holiday diaries which I’d never got round to finishing – some of it was still fairly clear in my memory, some of it not so. Considered doing a one-year teaching course, made investigations, though not really suited to be a teacher I was well out of options. On Pop Quiz, old clips from 1974 led me to the conclusion that “my” era was 1971 to 1974, age 13 through 16 – I think that’s everybody’s era age-wise. That’s my theory, what is mine, that is the theory that, cough, is mine, and which is my theory, cough. cough. Sorry, Python movie this week on TV.

1 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
2 ( 1 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
3 ( 35 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
4 ( 6 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( 4 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
6 ( 27 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
7 ( 8 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
8 ( 3 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
9 ( 5 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
10 ( 17 ) PASSENGERS Elton John

11 ( 13 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
12 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 7 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
14 ( 9 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
15 ( 26 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
16 ( 11 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
17 ( 10 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
18 ( 45 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
19 ( NEW ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
20 ( 21 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters

21 ( 14 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 50 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
23 ( 33 ) AGADOO Black Lace
24 ( NEW ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
25 ( 16 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
26 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
27 ( 15 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
28 ( 46 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
29 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
30 ( 18 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae

31 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
32 ( 20 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
33 ( 30 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
34 ( 48 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
35 ( NEW ) TORTURE The Jacksons
36 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
37 ( 24 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
38 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 28 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters
40 ( 34 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells

41 ( 25 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
42 ( 36 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
43 ( 32 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
44 ( 37 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
45 ( 40 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
46 ( 58 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
47 ( 31 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
48 ( 72 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 54 ) DON’T TAKE MY COCONUTS Kid Creole And The Coconuts
50 ( 44 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League

51 ( 43 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
54 ( 49 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
55 ( 29 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
56 ( 52 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
57 ( 39 ) TOUR DE FRANCE Kraftwerk
58 ( NEW ) I GO INSANE Lyndsey Buckingham
59 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Junior
60 ( 60 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

61 ( 38 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
62 ( 57 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
63 ( 53 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
64 ( 56 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
65 ( 66 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
66 ( 65 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
67 ( NEW ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
68 ( 64 ) THE LEBANON Human League
69 ( NEW ) CATH The Bluebells
70 ( 61 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat

71 ( 71 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
72 ( 62 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
73 ( 63 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
74 ( NEW ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
75 ( 70 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

TV
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Part 1
1 Star Trek: The Motion Picture
3 And Now For Something Completely Different.. : film
4 The Black Adder
5 Rhoda
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Laurel & Hardy
8 Soap
9 Pop Quiz
10 Taxi
11 Top Of The Pops
12 The Invaders
13 WKRP In Cincinatti
14 The Rockford Files
15 Upstairs Downstairs

11th September 1984

A new number one and it’s Malcolm McLaren doing what the Sex Pistols never managed – and with rap opera, sort-of. I’ve sat through Madame Butterfly, performed by a Russian opera group, and was bored witless at the inanity of the lyrics, the plot and the lack of tunes. This record is all you need, trust me. Highest new entry, exactly 5 years after peaking at 5, and it’s back at 5: it’s Sister Sledge following up their own B Side Top 10 with the classic A Side. Lost In Music? Too right!

The Smiths get another Top 10, hooray, and Astrud Gilberto and Miami Sound Machine keep a double-latin presence high joining them in the 10. A big leap for Kraftwerk, a year after charting first, up to 17 – obviously all that cycling gives it stamina. Lyndsey Buckingham gets another solo Top 20, as he goes insane at 19, up 39 places. Pity it wasn’t a hit. Highest new record to enter is The Adventures with their 2nd hit, Another Silent Day – another silent non-hit, sadly. Ditto The Specials at 29, as my chart starts to depart from the hits a little. Robin Gibb had a few big chart hits (for me) so here’s Barry with his own, Shine Shine at 33. Bowie follows up his Chic-tastic dance hat-trick of number ones with the more Bowie-esque Blue Jean at 40, thought to be disappointing at the time, but I liked it!

Level 42 are back at 42, Sade’s up to 43, Diana Ross has another minor hit (15 years into her run), Black Uhuru pose a serious question, to which I reply, don’t ask me! Prince’s signature dirge, I mean, TUNE, follows up the sublime When Doves Cry and plugs his movie nicely. I still don’t get the appeal…! Animal Nightlife were a smooth jazzsoul Brit band who had posters for the single splashed everywhere. Or rather posters of the fetching lead singer showing his asset off. A good record regardless, if largely forgotten these days. The Associates keep up the chart entries, Tom Robinson covers Steely Dan, and U2 enter with a top-notch passionate epic, the one that catapulted them from indie rock to stadium rock: Pride (In The Name Of Love) is classic. No less.

In my life: baby Vicki keeping me awake in the middle of the night (poorly), striking miner brother working where he could, dentist (a nightmare! Total dentist coward, that’s me, childhood traumas), friends Paul & Sheila invited me to Rotherham for their engagement do. NAAFI interview at Amesbury, popped into Stonehenge on the way. As you do. They wanted me to move to Amesbury (said I would, my body language prob said I wouldn’t). Family argument, drinking in the pub and lack of money the root cause, everyone upset. Not happy times at all…..

1 ( 3 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
2 ( 1 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 2 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
4 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( NEW ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 6 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
7 ( 5 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 11 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
9 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
10 ( 22 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

11 ( 9 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
12 ( 15 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 7 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
14 ( 10 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
15 ( 8 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
16 ( 13 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
17 ( 57 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
18 ( 19 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
19 ( 58 ) I GO INSANE Lyndsey Buckingham
20 ( 35 ) TORTURE The Jacksons

21 ( 24 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
22 ( 16 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
23 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
24 ( 14 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
25 ( 29 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
26 ( 18 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
27 ( 26 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
28 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
29 ( 53 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
30 ( 17 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold

31 ( 23 ) AGADOO Black Lace
32 ( 20 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
33 ( NEW ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( 34 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
35 ( 28 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
36 ( 67 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
37 ( 69 ) CATH The Bluebells
38 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 33 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
40 ( NEW ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie

41 ( 25 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
42 ( NEW ) HOT WATER Level 42
43 ( 74 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
44 ( 27 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
45 ( 31 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
46 ( 46 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
47 ( 65 ) THE ONLY FLAME IN TOWN Elvis Costello
48 ( 48 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
49 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
50 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Trevor Walters

51 ( 30 ) SHE’S THE ONE Jamie Rae
52 ( 42 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
53 ( 40 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
54 ( 44 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
55 ( 45 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
56 ( 32 ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
57 ( NEW ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
58 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
59 ( 43 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
60 ( NEW ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru

61 ( 60 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
62 ( 50 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
63 ( NEW ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
64 ( 37 ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
65 ( NEW ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
66 ( 56 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
67 ( 66 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( NEW ) WAITING FOR THE LOVE BOAT The Associates
69 ( 51 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
70 ( 52 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters

71 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY Junior
72 ( 41 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
73 ( NEW ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
74 ( 71 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
75 ( NEW ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: Menagerie Part 2
1 Blackadder
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 The Addams Family
5 Rhoda
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Taxi
8 The Rockford Files
9 High Anxiety: film
10 The Invaders

18th September 1984

Another week another new number one, this time the 5-year-old Lost In Music, giving Sister Sledge their only number one, and Nile Rodgers first and last chart-topping song for 29 years. No rush then! Ghostbusters goes up to 6 in the first of several chart runs, and Ray Parker Junior’s biggest hit 6 years into his hit-career. Kraftwerk get their 3rd Top 10 9 years after their first (Autobahn), and OMD go up 26 places TTTT Tesla Girls-in with another Top 10 – it’s unusual for them NOT to make my top 10, to be honest, in the 80’s.

Highest new entry is a major classic, Drive, in at 14 for The Cars 6 years on from debut hit My Best Friend’s Girl, and very different: this one is hauntingly gorgeous, with a disturbing video about mental illness which sent shivers up my spine, and still does. Brilliant record. The Bluebells meanwhile take Cath into the 20 for 3 in a row, The Specials make it 5 years of Top 20 hits, and U2 rocket to 24 from 73 with the awesome Pride.

Sade and Animal Nightlife break into the 40, along with Prince and Level 42, and new tracks include Aztec Camera, Shakatak, Nik Kershaw following-up hits, while Shaky gets an occasional chart-entry they tend to be minor ones: A Letter To You is 73. Jethro Tull is 74 in the lap of luxury, but that makes it a nice round 15 years since Living In The Past first hit my charts. Queen keep up the run of hits (never failed to chart in the 10 years since 7 Seas Of Rhye topped my chart in 1974) as Hammer To Fall slams in at 55. Which leaves the 2nd-best new entry: Together In Electric Dreams, Giorgio Moroders hit with Human Leaguer Phil Oakey. I’ve seen Human League do it live 6 or 7 times (always brilliant), and 3 weeks back I was dancing and singing along madly to it in a Spanish Opera House, for Duckies In Sitges. Fab!

TV? Mike Read’s Pop Quiz, two of my all-time classic fave comedies, Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein and James Garner in Support Your Local Sherrif, Star Trek doing a Shakespeare-themed episode (and rather fine too), and brand new sitcom Blackadder continues to delight me. A US mini-series repeat The Martian Chronicles is a poetic and evocatively nostalgic brilliant science fiction Ray Bradbury novel (or rather collection of short stories), the TV series much less-so but it has loads of big stars in it. When I first bought and read the book age 13 in Singapore it was called The Silver Locusts – which I still think suits it more, even though they are stories based on Mars.

Life? Saw Romancing The Stone at the cinema (a good adventure movie). Signed on at the DHSS, as always I was stupidly honest (I’m such a dick) and told the guestapo woman interrogating me about working a few hours at NAAFI. She got snotty, and stopped benefits to the tune of £4.50 when I’d earned a grand total of £4. So, the moral and message given out? Don’t bother trying to get work experience for pay as you’ll be financially worse-off. Still trying to work out the logic of that one…..Lesson learned, there were, I later found, ways around the system. Babysat tantrumming Vicki while Mark & Sue had a pub break, told ‘em to go anyway and she was fine with me till she went to sleep, kids are almost always mellow with me. I must remind of her that later this week Helped at youth club again, after a break away (more adults than kids though, which was more like a social club for grown-ups!) and fumed over a massive gas bill I was having to pay (£172!!) That was an effing fortune in those days and I was unemployed. I turned the heating and hot water off when I was in the house alone.

1 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
2 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
3 ( 1 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
4 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
5 ( 3 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
6 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 8 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
8 ( 6 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
9 ( 17 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
10 ( 36 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD

11 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 9 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
13 ( 11 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
14 ( NEW ) DRIVE The Cars
15 ( 19 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
16 ( 10 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
17 ( 37 ) CATH The Bluebells
18 ( 29 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
19 ( 14 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
20 ( 20 ) TORTURE The Jacksons

21 ( 18 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
22 ( 15 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
23 ( 16 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
24 ( 73 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
25 ( 13 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
26 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
27 ( 23 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
28 ( 43 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
29 ( 26 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
30 ( 22 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

31 ( 27 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
32 ( 65 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
33 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( 40 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
35 ( 21 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
36 ( 28 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
37 ( 63 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
38 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
39 ( 39 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
40 ( 42 ) HOT WATER Level 42

41 ( 60 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
42 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
43 ( NEW ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
44 ( 34 ) ARE YOU READY Break Machine
45 ( 57 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
46 ( 24 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( 31 ) AGADOO Black Lace
48 ( NEW ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
49 ( 32 ) I NEED YOU The Pointer Sisters
50 ( NEW ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

51 ( 30 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
52 ( 41 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
53 ( 48 ) SHE BOP Cyndi Lauper
54 ( 35 ) TAXMAN Rockwell
55 ( NEW ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
56 ( 45 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
57 ( 68 ) WAITING FOR THE LOVE BOAT The Associates
58 ( 52 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
59 ( 58 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
60 ( 54 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

61 ( 55 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
62 ( 53 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
63 ( 61 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
64 ( NEW ) BURNING BUSH Savage Progress
65 ( 59 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
66 ( 62 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 46 ) MOTHER’S TALK Tears For Fears
69 ( 49 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
70 ( 75 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson

71 ( NEW ) YOU CAN’T GET WHAT YOU WANT Joe Jackson
72 ( 44 ) JUST THE WAY YOU LIKE IT SOS Band
73 ( NEW ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
74 ( NEW ) LAP OF LUXURY Jethro Tull
75 ( 74 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie

TV
1 Star Trek: The Conscience Of The King
1 Young Frankenstein: film
3 Blackadder
4 Support Your Local Sherrif: film
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Addams Family
8 The Martian Chronicles
9 The Rockford Files
10 Pop Quiz

25th September 1984

2 weeks for Sister Sledge at 1, and Alphaville finally go top 3 after weeks at 4, but the big news is new at 4 – War War is stupid, and people are stupid: yes Boy George got a lot of stick for those simplistic lyrics, but I loved the sentiment (still do) and the record is sort-of oddly joyous, one of Culture Club’s final goodies as they unexpectedly hit a drug-influenced career-stopping brick wall. Sad!

OMD go top 5, The Cars get a 3rd top 10, and Adam Ant is back with a jolly spaceman tune – how could I not like it?! In at 20 for Apollo 9, the one he did at Live Aid to everyone’s disgust. Freddie Mercury gets his first solo hit with Love Kills at 27, and leapfrogs Queen’s latest rocker with a bit of camp disco. Also grim, politically, UB40 threaten to leave the country if Maggie gets in again: oh yeah? Great record though, and I agreed with every word in at 28, and a 4 years non-stop run of singles.

John Waite’s back at 34 with a well-known MOR rock ballad, Missing You, 6 years after hitting my number one in The Baby’s with Isn’t It Time: that’s a classic record, albeit obscure these days, and Missing You is merely quite good. Glen Frey joins in the solo fray, Sexy Girl at 50 and looking like The Eagles will get back together only when hell freezes over. Hey, it did….! Bronski have a shrill follow-up, can you tell me why? Marc Almond is yet another solo hitster with You Have at 55, Soft Cell sadly no more, Tina Turner’s back at 57 so you better be good to her, or else! One-time Be Bop Deluxe man Bill Nelson accelerates to 58, 8 years since Ships In The Night lit up my charts. The Mighty Wah! keep the hits coming, Frida has another shining solo hit at 71, Abba tragically no-more, though we didn’t know it then. Stephanie Mills get a follow-up hit 4 years late, and finally The Everley Brothers get their first chart hit with new material (being as they pre-dated my charts) thanks to Paul McCartney who donated a song. Thumbs-up Macca!

TV: Must mention Terrahawks again, loved Zelda and her Tina Turner fright-wig, and her idiot son. Loved the great little plot parodies of shakespeare (“a zeaf? a zeaf? My kingdom for a zeaf!”) and The Beatles (the cavern puts in an appearance). Under-rated, and frankly, over the heads of kids, most of the scripts! This was also Tony Blackburn’s last radio 1 show this week, Flowers In The Rain his first and last track – of course he’s still on radio 2 these days.

Life? Well, a big moment turned up in a letter from Dorset County Council: the job I didn’t get surveying highways, turns out someone dropped out before starting and they wanted me to start next week. This was a letter that did actually change my life, actually. It led to me being where I am now, and the start of the end of the depression, but of course it sent me into instant panic. As if that wasn’t enough drove to Winchester, Nottingham, Hucknell to friends Dave & Jane’s to stay, which was great and enjoyed Jane’s new paintings. Saturday was fun, then in the evening with mutual friend Julie off to Paul & Sheila’s in Rotherham for a gathering of fun games with their friends and relations – charades, pass the parcel, a great party and I didn’t want to go back to my life down south. Had to though, first day at work Monday…

1 ( 1 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
2 ( 3 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
3 ( 4 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
4 ( NEW ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
5 ( 10 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
6 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 14 ) DRIVE The Cars
8 ( 2 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
9 ( 9 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
10 ( 24 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2

11 ( 5 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
12 ( 7 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 8 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
14 ( 17 ) CATH The Bluebells
15 ( 12 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
16 ( 28 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
17 ( 20 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
18 ( 11 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 13 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
20 ( NEW ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant

21 ( 18 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
22 ( 34 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
23 ( 32 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
24 ( 15 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
25 ( 19 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
26 ( 23 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
27 ( NEW ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
28 ( NEW ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
29 ( 16 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
30 ( 40 ) HOT WATER Level 42

31 ( 21 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
32 ( 22 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
33 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
34 ( NEW ) MISSING YOU John Waite
35 ( 43 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
36 ( 29 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
37 ( 37 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
38 ( 25 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
39 ( 41 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
40 ( 50 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

41 ( 30 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
42 ( 31 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
43 ( 55 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
44 ( 38 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 45 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
46 ( 36 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
47 ( 27 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
48 ( 48 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
49 ( 39 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
50 ( NEW ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey

51 ( 42 ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
52 ( 35 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17
53 ( NEW ) WHY Bronski Beat
54 ( 26 ) GIRL YOU’RE SO TOGETHER Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) YOU HAVE Marc Almond
56 ( 47 ) AGADOO Black Lace
57 ( NEW ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
58 ( NEW ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
59 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
60 ( NEW ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!

61 ( 46 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
62 ( 58 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
63 ( 52 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
64 ( 60 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
65 ( 70 ) RIKKI DON’T LOSE THAT NUMBER Tom Robinson
66 ( 63 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 74 ) LAP OF LUXURY Jethro Tull
69 ( 73 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
70 ( 56 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

71 ( NEW ) SHINE Frida
72 ( 61 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
73 ( 65 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE The Everley Brothers
75 ( NEW ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills

TV
1 Star Trek: Balance Of Terror
2 Black Adder
3 Rhoda
4 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
5 The Addams Family
6 Terrahawks
7 Taxi
8 The Martian Chronicles
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Rockford Files

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My 1984 Charts – June

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Swanage…

 

5th June 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

12th June 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

19th June 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

26th June 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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