My May 1986 Charts

5th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for 1966 classic Motown knocking off classic 1967 Motown from the top spot – Diana Ross & The Supremes must have heard of the Kim Wilde cover forthcoming as it recharted in the lower regions of the UK charts, giving me an opportunity to give the Supremes a 3rd chart-topper, and Diana Ross a 3rd – albeit The Supremes with Nathan Jones/Stoned Love reissue in 1976 and Diana Ross with Surrender in 1971, with both together on 1974’s reissued Baby Love.

Patti Labelle outdoes Lady Marmalade rocketing top 5, and Michael MacDonald outdoes What A Fool Believes ditto, his Doobie Brothers classic, and Frankie Says Oldie as another 1966 classic enters at 10, Strangers In The Night predating my charts, but being loads better than New York New York – So, in other words, Frank Sinatra’s biggest chart hit for me since My Way in 1969.

Highest actual new track is Jaki Graham going it minus David Grant with the fab Set Me Free at 34, while both Elaine Page and Gemini take 2 Abba songs (sort of) into the 40 in the week that waiting another 32 years for an actual new Abba song seemed unthinkably unlikely (in sheer length of time), as opposed to one year ago when it seemed as likely as The Beatles reforming. But there ya go, the great day has come and I don’t care how good or bad it is when it drops – it’s an event that took longer than Free As A Bird’s some 26 years since The Fabs last recorded together.

Others: Johnny Hates Jazz debut a year ahead of chart success, Joan Armatrading makes it 10 years of singles success, Pete Wylie makes it 3 Wah! Years, Nick Heyward Haircut 5 years, Tina Turner 13 mostly-Ike-less Nutbush years with Stevie Wonder’s social classic, and Elton has 2 ballad classics I didn’t rate that much when they first came out suddenly making my playlist oldies: one of them went on to top the charts in the 90’s, as well as reissue hit, one hasn’t yet done that though deserves to.

1 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
2 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
3 ( 1 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
4 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
5 ( 63 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
6 ( 5 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
7 ( 9 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 3 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
9 ( 15 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
10 ( NEW ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra

11 ( 8 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
12 ( 6 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
13 ( 22 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
14 ( 7 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
15 ( 16 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
16 ( 19 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
17 ( 23 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
18 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
19 ( 14 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
20 ( 30 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure

21 ( 17 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
22 ( 39 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
23 ( 26 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 10 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
25 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
26 ( 13 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
27 ( 11 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
28 ( 37 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
29 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
30 ( 12 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega

31 ( 20 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
32 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
33 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
34 ( NEW ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
35 ( 27 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
36 ( 52 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
37 ( 73 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
38 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
39 ( 48 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
40 ( 21 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke

41 ( 24 ) NO PROMISES Icehouse
42 ( 28 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
43 ( 35 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 49 ) A QUESTION OF LUST Depeche Mode
45 ( 31 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( 46 ) SWEETEST THING Gene Loves Jezebel
47 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
48 ( 54 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
49 ( 71 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
50 ( NEW ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( 36 ) TALK TO ME Stevie Nicks
52 ( 45 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
53 ( 62 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
54 ( 44 ) KISS Prince & The Revolution
55 ( 56 ) RENDEZVOUS Jean-Michel Jarre
56 ( 53 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
57 ( 74 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
58 ( 42 ) LOVE COMES QUICKLY Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 32 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
60 ( 40 ) I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU Princess

61 ( NEW ) ALL ‘N’ ALL Joyce Sims
62 ( NEW ) MY FOOLISH HEART Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( NEW ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
64 ( 67 ) FEVER Annabella
65 ( NEW ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
66 ( 64 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
67 ( 65 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
68 ( 75 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
69 ( 41 ) IT’S ALL IN THE GAME The Man (aka Jonathan King)
70 ( 57 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

71 ( NEW ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
72 ( 60 ) GODSTAR Psychic TV
73 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY Tina Turner
74 ( 59 ) HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL Tavares
75 ( NEW ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT Elton John
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 CRYING Don McLean

 

13th May 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for the 1985 Pan-European chart-topper and UK flop (91), and personal chart top 5 for Sandra. Maria Magdalena was given another reissue chance, given she had been popping and out of my oldies playlist (tracks I love but which have either dropped out of my chart or are not eligible) for a few months, it’s not a surprise for the future Enigma star, with hubby songwriter/producer Michael Cretu.

Patti Labelle & Michael McDonald hit a new peak of 2, Peter Gabriel gets a 3rd top 20 9 years after the first, and a 2nd top 10, the epic Sledgehammer, and OMD keep the run of top 10’s going for 6 years, more or less every single release. Tears For Fears record a Sports Relief version of their still-charting classic and the 2 are combined for my chart purposes and a climb back into the 20 for a third run.

Doctor & The Medics re-enter at 25, Spirit In The Sky being a great fun version of a rock classic, Jaki Graham leaps into the solo top 20 for a first time, Level 42 leap up into the 30, and Aretha’s 1985 Freeway Of Love gets reissued and a much bigger hit out of it (like Sandra), and Pete Wylie grabs a third top 30 since Story Of The Blues started the ball rolling in 1982.

A good new one for Sly Fox, Samantha’s younger brother (HHOK), and Hipsway’s gospel goodie, both top 40, while The B52’s return 7 years on with a reissued Rock Lobster, more famously parodied in Family Guy these days. Quirky in ’79, still quirky in ’86. Still fab. Sandie Shaw is back 2 years on from Morrissey giving her a boost with The Smiths Hand In Glove. This time it’s a great Lloyd Cole cover, and annoyingly Sandie’s not getting a hit out of it, though it had a better try in the 90’s.

Another Brothers In Arms single for Dire Straits, 13 years of chart entries for Status Quo, not even half-way through their 50-year chart career and already getting the p*ss taken out of them. That horrendous novelty song from the man who was The Hee Bee Gee Bees, and which was far worse than any of it’s intended targets (as it was supposed to be) on Spitting Image, somehow became a chart hit. Who the hell bought it?! Funny first time, not funny every time afterwards, and on repeat play brain cells commit mass suicide. Sam Cooke has another oldie entry, not one I loved, not even in the Cat Stevens version, but worth a mention. Finally Robert Palmer returns with his chart anthem, and also one I never loved, at best I enjoyed it, and not a patch on Every Kinda People in 1978, or Some Guys Have All The Luck, among others. The guitar riff is admittedly fab though.

1 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 5 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
3 ( 2 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
4 ( 3 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
5 ( 1 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
6 ( 22 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
7 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
8 ( 4 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
9 ( 13 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
10 ( 6 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

11 ( 12 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
12 ( 17 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
13 ( 10 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
14 ( 20 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( 16 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
16 ( 8 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
17 ( 47 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 34 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
19 ( 11 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
20 ( 28 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s

21 ( 15 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
22 ( 32 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
23 ( 9 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
24 ( 14 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
25 ( RE ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
26 ( 49 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
27 ( 29 ) HOME PIL
28 ( NEW ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
29 ( 38 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
30 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

31 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
32 ( 33 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
33 ( 37 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
34 ( NEW ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
35 ( 19 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
36 ( 39 ) XX SEX We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
37 ( 21 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
38 ( 18 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
39 ( NEW ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
40 ( 27 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

41 ( 26 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
42 ( 31 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
43 ( 48 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
44 ( NEW ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
45 ( 25 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
46 ( 53 ) SHE LOVES YOU Ted Chippington
47 ( 24 ) TRAIN OF THOUGHT a-ha
48 ( 43 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
49 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
50 ( 61 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims

51 ( 30 ) MARLENE ON THE WALL Suzanne Vega
52 ( 40 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
53 ( 63 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
54 ( 45 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
55 ( 65 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
56 ( 64 ) FEVER Annabella
57 ( 42 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
58 ( 75 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
59 ( 56 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
60 ( RE ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool

61 ( 57 ) MASUKA DAN The Flaming Mussolinis
62 ( 71 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
63 ( 68 ) LOVE IN YOUR EYES Limahl
64 ( 36 ) NOBODY’S SIDE Elaine Page
65 ( NEW ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits
66 ( NEW ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
67 ( 35 ) JUST SAY NO Grange Hill Cast
68 ( 52 ) ABSOLUTE BEGINNERS David Bowie
69 ( 66 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
70 ( RE ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

71 ( NEW ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
72 ( RE ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
73 ( NEW ) ANOTHER SATURDAY NIGHT Sam Cooke
74 ( NEW ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
75 ( 70 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SUNSHINE The Archies
2 THIS DIAMOND RING Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3 JINGLE JANGLE The Archies

 

20th May 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Sandra’s European anthem, holding off Peter Gabriel from topping my chart with his brilliant Sledgehammer 3 years after his Genesis mates topped with Mama. Doctor & The Medics take Spirit In The Sky, the song, into the top 5 for a second time after Norman Greenbaum’s 1970 original. Jaki Graham gets a first solo, and third in total, top 10, as Madonna grabs an 8th in two years.

Sandie Shaw rockets up to 12 to give her a 3rd top 20 and a chart span of 17 years, and The B52’s take Rock Lobster back into the top 20 up 30 places 7 years late and a new peak. Aretha gets a 4th top 20 in a row, Pete Wylie gets his 3rd, and ELO their final top 20 in the original line-up. Highest new entry is Icehouse, I Engineer, a fourth top 40 entry, and Joan Armatrading makes it at least 4 top 40’s, while Nick Heyward keeps his run going.

In at 43 it’s new Opportunities for Pet Shop Boys, a spanking new remix of a chart flop letting them make lots of money and a 3rd chart entry, while likeable Owen Paul gets his 5 minutes of fame at 44 and Culture Club bless the female of the species at 47, and that was about that for the band for 12 years or so. Black Uhuru are back, with a train robbery, Cliff is back still rockin’ 18 years on from his chart debut in these parts, ditto Rod still touching love at every opportunity some 15 years on from Maggie May. I recall nothing about Perils Of Plastic, in with Ring A Ding Ding at 70 – though the name was prophetic, they included Steve Nieve of J.Ross Esq, and they sound a bit Culture Club. Mike + The Mechanics are having a miracle, and Amazulu cover The Chi-Lites to lesser effect.

1 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
2 ( 6 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 2 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
4 ( 3 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
5 ( 25 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
7 ( 4 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
8 ( 5 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
9 ( 18 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
10 ( 12 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna

11 ( 8 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
12 ( 49 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
13 ( 26 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
14 ( 44 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
15 ( 10 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
16 ( 9 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
17 ( 20 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
18 ( 28 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
19 ( 30 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
20 ( 29 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra

21 ( 11 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
22 ( 7 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
23 ( 31 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
24 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
25 ( 32 ) BAD BOY Miami Sound Machine
26 ( 34 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
27 ( 39 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
28 ( 13 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
29 ( 36 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
30 ( 16 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds

31 ( 19 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
32 ( NEW ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
33 ( 15 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
34 ( 22 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
35 ( 53 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 43 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
37 ( 24 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
38 ( 55 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
39 ( 21 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
40 ( 62 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward

41 ( 50 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
42 ( 23 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
43 ( NEW ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
44 ( NEW ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 35 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
46 ( 66 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
47 ( NEW ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
48 ( 42 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
49 ( 27 ) HOME PIL
50 ( 40 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

51 ( 37 ) THE FINEST SOS Band
52 ( 33 ) JUST LIKE THAT Gemini
53 ( 70 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles
54 ( 48 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
55 ( 58 ) WICKED WAYS The Blow Monkeys
56 ( 60 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
57 ( 38 ) STROLLIN’ ON Maxi Priest
58 ( 41 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
59 ( 71 ) THE CHICKEN SONG Spitting Image
60 ( 65 ) YOUR LATEST TRICK Dire Straits

61 ( 45 ) I CAN SEE IT Blancmange
62 ( 74 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
63 ( 59 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
64 ( 72 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
65 ( NEW ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
66 ( 54 ) YOU TO ME ARE EVERYTHING (REMIX) The Real Thing
67 ( NEW ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
68 ( 52 ) WONDERFUL WORLD/ CHAIN GANG Sam Cooke
69 ( NEW ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
70 ( NEW ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic

71 ( 57 ) DIGGING YOUR SCENE The Blow Monkeys
72 ( 69 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
74 ( NEW ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
75 ( 75 ) LOVE MISSILE F1-11 Sigue Sigue Sputnik

PLAYLIST OLDIES THIS WEEK IN 1986

1 HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
2 GENIUS OF LOVE Tom Tom Club
3 NEW FRONTIERS Donald Fagen

 

27th May 1986

It’s up 42 places to hit the top spot, giving Pet Shop Boys lots of Opportunities and a second fabulous number one. That’s bad news for Peter Gabriel stuck at 2 with Sledgehammer and no chance of knocking off my increasingly new fave pop stars. The B52’s meanwhile reach a new peak as Rock Lobster finally makes my top 10 7 years late, and Sandie Shaw makes it 3 top 10’s spread over 17 years – though guaranteed she would have topped my chart in 1964 with Always Something There To Remind Me had I been charting at 6 years old, being as I was totally in love with it, the love was long-lasting. 22 years then, 54 years now…

Level 42 grab a rare top 10 with Lessons In Love, Grace Jones reissues Private Life, and the Pretenders cover is back in the top 20 with a bang 6 years on. ZZ Top go untypically ballad-style and extend the top 20’s to 2 years, Miami “Gloria Estefan” Sound Machine get the 2nd of many top 20’s, John Cougar Mellencamp has a second top 20 4 years after Jack & Diane, and Falco gets the highest new song into the chart – Hello? Vienna Calling! At 25!

The Real Thing follow-up their 1976 remixed chart smash with the same 1976 original follow-up (also remixed), and Can’t Get By Without You is back in the top 40. Quo make it 13 years of top 40’s. I saw the band in a club 2 years ago, still good, and was saddened to hear of Eddie Amoo’s passing not long ago. I Can’t Wait enters, but not Stevie Nicks, it’s Nu Shooz with that fab hooky synth noise, Venus enters again, but it’s not the fab Shocking Blue it’s the even fabber Hi-NRG cover by Bananarama, who I saw do it last year with the original trio back together, and they were just fantastic.

At 59, the song that still gives me nightmares, Invisible Touch was the song I did a goldfish impression to when Mike Read asked the name of the current Genesis album on the Radio One Roadshow to me, my first question, my mind went blank, The Real Thing were backstage signing autographs. It’s ingrained in my mind now, though. Happily I got the rest correct. Just finishing reading Phil Collins Not Dead Yet autobiography and he doesn’t mention me. Neither does Johnny Marr in his, even when I saw him with Pet Shop Boys at the Royal Album Hall charity show – see how life is so circular! Cue The Smiths in at 69 with Morrissey’s own Lifelong Statement Of Intent. I saw him again not long ago shortly before his media melt-down as a cartoon character with outrageous and inappropriately misinformed opinions on things his isolated, wealthy lifestyle tax exile status suggests he should keep to himself.

That leaves Simply Red with a reissue of Holding Back The Ears, a shame as I rather like sticky-out ears, not as good as Money’s Too Tight To Mention to my ears, and Janet Jackson turning Nasty. Also not as good as What Have You Done For Me Lately, but Jam & Lewis are never actually less than decent.

1 ( 43 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
3 ( 1 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
4 ( 9 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
5 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
6 ( 14 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
7 ( 12 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 3 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
9 ( 4 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
10 ( 13 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

11 ( 19 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
12 ( 24 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
13 ( 7 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
14 ( 6 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
15 ( NEW ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
16 ( 23 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
17 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
18 ( 26 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
19 ( 36 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
20 ( 25 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 32 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
22 ( 29 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
23 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
24 ( 15 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( NEW ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
26 ( 16 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
27 ( 21 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
28 ( 10 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
29 ( 18 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
30 ( 22 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush

31 ( NEW ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
32 ( 20 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
33 ( 17 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
34 ( 47 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
35 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
36 ( 27 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
37 ( 70 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
38 ( 40 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
39 ( 31 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
40 ( 46 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

41 ( 38 ) YOU AND ME TONIGHT Aurra
42 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
43 ( 69 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
44 ( 30 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
45 ( 41 ) ALL AND ALL Joyce Sims
46 ( NEW ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
47 ( 37 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
48 ( 56 ) I’M THE LEADER OF THE GANG Gary Glitter & Girlschool
49 ( NEW ) VENUS Bananarama
50 ( 53 ) IF SHE KNEW WHAT SHE WANTS The Bangles

51 ( 62 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
52 ( 48 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 34 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
54 ( 28 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
55 ( 64 ) WHY CAN’T THIS BE LOVE Van Halen
56 ( 45 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
57 ( 54 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
58 ( 65 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru
59 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
60 ( 50 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial

61 ( 33 ) A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Shalamar
62 ( 39 ) THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL Whitney Houston
63 ( NEW ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
64 ( 67 ) BORN TO ROCK ‘N’ ROLL Cliff Richard
65 ( 74 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
66 ( 63 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
68 ( 58 ) PETER GUNN Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy
69 ( NEW ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
70 ( 73 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics

71 ( NEW ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
72 ( 42 ) STARS Hear ‘n’ Aid
73 ( NEW ) YOUR LOVE The Outfield
74 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
75 ( NEW ) NASTY Janet Jackson

Playlist Oldies
1 ODE TO BILLIE JOE Bobbie Gentry
2 THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
3 TWILIGHT ELO

My 1984 Charts – May

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1st May 1984

My unemployed and increasingly depressed lifestyle started to have an effect on my music tastes around now as nearly all cheerful records drop and moody ones do all the moving, notably Human League’s comeback record The Lebanon, straight in at 1. My fave band since Abba disappeared, they had released 2 singles, both gems, since Dare in 1981 but no sign of an album. In those days 3 years away was a big deal for a pop band. No-one saw the sudden move away from synths and into electric guitars, and few liked the anti-war political message stance of the album’s lead single, but I loved it instantly, a rare case of in at 1, their 5th chart-topper in a row.

Moody Propaganda meantime go up to 2, sell him your soul lyric not very cheerful at all, but brilliant. SOS band’s also beautifully sombre but danceable hit rises to 6 and Sandie Shaw & The Smiths’ Hand In Glove gives them both their 2nd Top 10 hit, 15 years on since the last one for Sandie. Rufus and Chaka at 9, and 2 cheerful pop tunes at 4 (Queen) and 10 (OMD’s 7th top 10) all keeping out Bob Marley at 11.

Lower down, New Order steal up to 20 from 73, Duran go Top 40 with The Reflex, and new hits for Jeffrey Osbourne, the fabulous Womack & Womack’s Love Wars and the lovely Cocteau Twins Dewdrops – and nothing else! TV, though was taking refuge in romcom fantasy horror spoof Love At First Bite, a forgotten goodie starring fave actress Susan Saint James. The Rock n Roll Years series hit 1966 and started to get seriously good. Long in need of repeating and extending to the 90’s and 21st century, the series took the major news events of a year, mixed them with affecting important hits of the year, and showed a few key pop star performances, usually debuts. Quite a powerful mix.

 

1 ( NEW ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 6 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
3 ( 4 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
4 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
5 ( 1 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
6 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 2 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
8 ( 20 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
9 ( 14 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
10 ( 16 ) LOCOMOTION OMD

11 ( 17 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
12 ( 19 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
13 ( 8 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
14 ( 3 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
15 ( 7 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
16 ( 12 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
17 ( 25 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
18 ( 28 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
19 ( 5 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
20 ( 73 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order

21 ( 34 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
22 ( 30 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
23 ( 10 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
24 ( 15 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
25 ( 18 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
26 ( 24 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
27 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
28 ( 13 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
29 ( 22 ) LEAVE IT Yes
30 ( 31 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel

31 ( 21 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
32 ( 26 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
33 ( 23 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
34 ( 50 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
35 ( 47 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
36 ( 27 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
37 ( 74 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costello)
38 ( 33 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
40 ( 44 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk

41 ( 39 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 75 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
43 ( 41 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
44 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
45 ( 40 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
46 ( 51 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
47 ( 32 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
48 ( 37 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
49 ( 55 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
50 ( 36 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard

51 ( 38 ) SOMEDAY The Gap Band
52 ( 63 ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 43 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
55 ( 46 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
56 ( 48 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
57 ( NEW ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
58 ( 68 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( 45 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
60 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

61 ( 56 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 42 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy
64 ( 66 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
65 ( NEW ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
66 ( 57 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
67 ( 64 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
68 ( 71 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
69 ( 49 ) THE LION’S MOUTH Kajagoogoo
70 ( 70 ) THE FLAME Annabel Lamb

71 ( 54 ) SWIMMING HORSES Siouxsie & The Banshees
72 ( 52 ) HEAVEN The Psychedelic Furs
73 ( 69 ) THE KILLING MOON Echo And The Bunnymen
74 ( 59 ) THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope
75 ( 58 ) JUMP Van Halen

TV
1 Love At First Bite (film)
2 Cheers
3 Reamington Steele
4 Soap
5 Rock n Roll Years: 1966
6 Porridge
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Avengers
9 Dallas
10 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

 

8th May 1984

Eurovision week, and Belle & The Devotions UK entry reaches the lofty heights of 40. No other entries in the chart though, as was the usual case in those days until they had official singles release (usually never). Human League 2 weeks on top, the top 10 shuffles a bit, barring Bob Marley getting his 4th posthumous Top 10, and 7th in total (though 2 of them did it twice, so 9th time). New Order up to 7, Duran at 12, Womacks at 19 up from 57, and Cocteua’s up to 31 from 65. Not one single big hit enters this week though, leaving room for obscure tracks: Edwin Starr’s tribute to late friend Marvin gaye highest new track at 57.

DJ Mike Read tried many times to get a hit, well he sort of got one in my chart at 65, Pink Floyder Roger Waters does a solo weighing up of the pro’s and con’s of thumbing a lift at 66, and the Shillelagh Sisters get their only hit at 67. Jacquie O’Sullivan of the band (sort of folkrockabilly) became better known when she joined Bananarama.

1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 3 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
4 ( 6 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
5 ( 8 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
6 ( 11 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
7 ( 20 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
8 ( 10 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
9 ( 2 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
10 ( 5 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

11 ( 12 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen
12 ( 34 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
13 ( 23 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
14 ( 17 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
15 ( 9 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
16 ( 16 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
17 ( 7 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
18 ( 21 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 57 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
20 ( 15 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

21 ( 13 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
22 ( 14 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
23 ( 26 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
24 ( 44 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
25 ( 19 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
26 ( 35 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
27 ( 27 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
28 ( 30 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
29 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
30 ( 42 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

31 ( 65 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
32 ( 32 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
33 ( 64 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
34 ( 40 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
35 ( 28 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
36 ( 22 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
37 ( 37 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
38 ( 29 ) LEAVE IT Yes
39 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
40 ( 49 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions

41 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( 25 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
43 ( 68 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
44 ( 46 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King
45 ( 33 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
46 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
47 ( 36 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
48 ( 24 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
49 ( 31 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
50 ( 43 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

51 ( 45 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw
52 ( 39 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 52 ) HAPPY ENDING Joe Jackson
55 ( 55 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
56 ( 47 ) BORROWED TIME John Lennon
57 ( NEW ) MARVIN Edwin Starr
58 ( 60 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( 54 ) STREET DANCE Break Machine
60 ( 56 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness

61 ( 61 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
62 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 48 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
64 ( 59 ) A LOVE WORTH WAITING FOR Shakin’ Stevens
65 ( NEW ) TELL ME I’M WRONG Mike Read
66 ( NEW ) THE PRO’S AND CON’S OF HITCH-HIKING Roger Waters
67 ( NEW ) GIVE ME MY FREEDOM The Shillelagh Sisters
68 ( 50 ) BABY YOU’RE DYNAMITE Cliff Richard
69 ( 67 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
70 ( NEW ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson

71 ( 75 ) JUMP Van Halen
72 ( NEW ) STANDING IN THE SHADOW Whitesnake
73 ( 66 ) SOUL TRAIN Swans Way
74 ( NEW ) UPROCK The Rocksteady Crew
75 ( 63 ) WHAT DO I DO Phil Fearon & Galaxy

 

TV
1 The Young Ones: Bambi
2 Cheers
3 The Sugarland Express (film)
4 Soap
5 Carrott’s Lib
6 Dallas
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Porridge
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Empire
11 Laurel & Hardy
12 Entertainment USA
13 Addams Family
14 Eurovision Song Contest
15 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

15th May 1984

3 weeks on top for The Lebanon, and 2 at 2 for Automatic, while Duran get the their biggest hit to date at 3 (The Reflex). Womacks go top 10 for the first time (and not the last) while Alvin gets his, ooh, 5th Top 10 in 11 years, and his first for 3 years. It’s a Womble record, essentially. He’s a Mansfield lad though, and our only pop star ever, so have to support him. Elsewhere, 2 Footloose tracks side by side (16, 17) which meant nothing to me as I never went to see it. Billy Joel gets another top 20 hit, the pleasant Longest Time, and highest new entry is a dance cover of a great Detroit Spinners non-hit from 1972, I’ll Be Around.

Hazell Dean debuts with a gay club anthem of the time, Stock Aitken Waterman starting to make themselves chart regulars. That’s about it, actually, below that it’s just shuffling of positions and some bizarre new entries underline nothing much was happening on the music scene for the second week in a row. I mean, Roland Rat? Marillion? Kajagoogoo!? At least Boomtown Rats, Kane Gang, and Melody Makers (Bob Marley’s kids joining him in the chart) add a tad more credibility…

1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 2 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 12 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
4 ( 3 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
5 ( 6 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
6 ( 4 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 19 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
8 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
10 ( 16 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

11 ( 24 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
12 ( 7 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
13 ( 10 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
14 ( 9 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
15 ( 8 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
16 ( 39 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
17 ( 33 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
18 ( 15 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
19 ( 28 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
20 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown

21 ( 14 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
22 ( 13 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
23 ( 20 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
24 ( 27 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
25 ( 21 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
26 ( 17 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
27 ( NEW ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
28 ( 23 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
29 ( NEW ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
30 ( 11 ) SILVER Echo And The Bunnymen

31 ( 31 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
32 ( 29 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
33 ( 22 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins
34 ( 25 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
35 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 43 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
37 ( 26 ) GIVE ME TONIGHT Shannon
38 ( 40 ) LOVE GAMES Belle And The Devotions
39 ( 32 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
40 ( 44 ) SPACE ODDITY/ MAJOR TOM Jonathan King

41 ( 37 ) PEACE IN OUR TIME The Imposter (aka Elvis Costell)
42 ( 35 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
43 ( 36 ) IN THE HEART Kool And The Gang
44 ( 38 ) LEAVE IT Yes
45 ( 34 ) SUCH A SHAME Talk Talk
46 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
47 ( 45 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
48 ( 48 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
49 ( 50 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
50 ( 57 ) MARVIN Edwin Starr

51 ( 42 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode
52 ( 47 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 72 ) STANDING IN THE SHADOW Whitesnake
55 ( 49 ) ROBERT DE NIRO’S WAITING Bananarama
56 ( 65 ) TELL ME I’M WRONG Mike Read
57 ( 70 ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson
58 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
59 ( NEW ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
60 ( 51 ) DANCING GIRLS Nik Kershaw

61 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
62 ( 61 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
63 ( 63 ) IS THAT SO Lulu and B.A. Robertson
64 ( NEW ) TURN YOUR BACK ON ME Kajagoogoo
65 ( 52 ) CAN’T BUY ME LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) SHE’S TROUBLE Musical Youth
67 ( 60 ) MICHAEL CAINE Madness
68 ( NEW ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
69 ( NEW ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
70 ( NEW ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson

71 ( NEW ) ASSASSING Marillion
72 ( 55 ) OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (Not Was)
73 ( NEW ) MET HER ON A RAINT DAY The Melody Makers
74 ( NEW ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
75 ( NEW ) SMALL TOWN CREED The Kane Gang

TV
1 Cheers
2 The Young Ones: Bambi
3 The Young Ones
4 Dallas
5 Hill Street Blues
6 Addams Family
7 Soap
8 Porridge
9 Man About The House
10 Top Of The Pops
11. Avengers
12. Professionals
13. Empire
14. Batman
15. Automan
16. Rockford Files
17. It Ain’t Half Hot Mum
18. Sullivans
19. Entertainment USA
20. 8 Days A week

22nd May 1984

4th and final week on top for The Lebanon, 3rd week at 2 for Automatic, 2nd week at 3 for Reflex. Elsewhere, though, the lethargy is blown apart with 15 substantial new entries headed by Elton John at 10 with Sad Songs, his first single after his Too Low For Zero album success and a run of great singles off it. Pleasant enough, though the video helped it’s high chart placing a bit.

in at 17, an instant success for new jazzy-folk duo Everything But The Girl and their fab ballad Each And Every One, while Wham! shift up a pop gear and start sticking shuttlecocks in pants and gogoing, in at 20 for their 5th hit. Howard Jones gets his 4th, Ultravox their 4th year of chart hits, non-stop, and Chris De Burgh is actually back after his flirtation with a ferryman in 1977, telling us he’s high on emotion. His best record. By far. Not saying a great deal, I grant, but it’s true.

Style Council enter at 35 with the gorgeous, summery You’re The Best Thing, giving Paul Weller 7 years of hits non-stop, while Bruce Springsteen comes back again at 38 and Dancing In The Dark, his best record since Born To Run debuted in my chart in 1975, and certainly his most commercial and he finally gives in and does a great video with both Courtney Cox and some tight jeans. Others new in: Quo (over 10 years of hits), Bananarama, Nick Heyward, Imagination, Eddy Grant (15 years of hits, with the Equals) and a fun movie soundtrack theme song in Romancing The Stone, Helen Terry ex of Culture Club backing singering, Evelyn “No Champaign” King back after 5 years with a new club sound that was hitting big – HiNRG. The BPM’s were set to max and a new genre stretching through to 2014 influences was chartborn.

Finally, Rod’s back, 11 years on from Maggie May and hitting the right dancerock buttons with Infatuation, and Sade’s follow-up to their (or her) debut is even better, sultry jazz was back in fashion. Or cocktail music, if you’re less enamoured of it. On TV, with Dallas only beaten by Cheers, I’m assuming this was the season end JR-shot episode where the scheming bitchy quips and ensuing camp hilarity were flying. I bet it was Kristin….
1 ( 1 ) THE LEBANON Human League
2 ( 2 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
3 ( 3 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
4 ( 7 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
5 ( 8 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
6 ( 6 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
7 ( 4 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
8 ( 16 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
9 ( 11 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
10 ( NEW ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John

11 ( 5 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
12 ( 10 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
13 ( 29 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 9 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
15 ( 17 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
16 ( 20 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
17 ( NEW ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
18 ( 18 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
19 ( 19 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
20 ( NEW ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

21 ( 13 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
22 ( 12 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
23 ( 27 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
24 ( 15 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
25 ( 14 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
26 ( 24 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
27 ( 74 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
28 ( NEW ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
29 ( NEW ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
30 ( 23 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

31 ( NEW ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
32 ( 22 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
33 ( 36 ) YOU DON’T LOVE ME Marilyn
34 ( 25 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
35 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
36 ( 71 ) ASSASSING Marillion
37 ( 28 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
38 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
39 ( 26 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
40 ( NEW ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama

41 ( 35 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
42 ( NEW ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
43 ( 21 ) I’M FALLING The Bluebells
44 ( 57 ) AIN’T THAT PECULIAR Mari Wilson
45 ( 69 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
46 ( 42 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
47 ( 32 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG AND IN LOVE The Flying Picketts
48 ( 50 ) MARVIN Edwin Starr
49 ( 46 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
50 ( 33 ) YOU TAKE ME UP Thompson Twins

51 ( 49 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
52 ( 59 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 53 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
54 ( 64 ) TURN YOUR BACK ON ME Kajagoogoo
55 ( 47 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
56 ( 68 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
57 ( NEW ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
58 ( 34 ) NELSON MANDELA The Special A.K.A.
59 ( 66 ) SHE’S TROUBLE Musical Youth
60 ( NEW ) STATE OF LOVE Imagination

61 ( 58 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 39 ) SNEAKIN’ OUT THE BACK DOOR Matt Bianco
63 ( 61 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 62 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
65 ( NEW ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
66 ( 44 ) LEAVE IT Yes
67 ( 31 ) PEARLY DEWDROPS’ DROPS The Cocteau Twins
68 ( NEW ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
69 ( 70 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
70 ( 51 ) PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE Depeche Mode

71 ( 48 ) LUCKY STAR Madonna
72 ( 52 ) PYT (PRETTY YOUNG THING) Michael Jackson
73 ( NEW ) ROMANCING THE STONE Eddy Grant
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry
75 ( NEW ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

TV
1 Cheers
2 Dallas
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Scully
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Professionals
8 Twilight Zone
9 Avengers
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Porridge
12 Entertainment USA
13 Empire
14 Spitting Image
15 Batman (film)
16 Rockford Files
17 Upstairs Downstairs
18 8 Days A Week
19 Automan
20 Sullivans