My 1990 Charts – June

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1990 pop vids


3rd June 1990

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


10th June 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PLAYLIST OLDIES

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


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


17th June 1990

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

24th June 1990

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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My 1970 Charts – February

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4th February 1970

Love Grows gets 2 weeks on top of my last ever top 10, from here-on it’s Top 20’s as in Singapore we move house to a bungalow with very high ceilings located next door to the rear of the infamous wartime Changi Prison. 122F Tanah Merah Besar was opposite barbed wire fencing, and our house was overlooked from that fence by a tall guard tower, manned by armed prison officers. Burglary didn’t really go on much round here! We were also pretty much a short walk from the end of RAF Changi’s forces airfield runway, so we had regular drowning-out of the TV and radio from loud aircraft taking off, especially the VC10’s. On the plus side I got to see plenty of airplanes for nearly 2 years.


changi prison viewed from our garden

changi prison viewed from our garden

Speaking of jet planes, in the chart, Peter Paul & Mary take John Denver’s song to 2, as Mary Hopkin takes the tropical Temma Harbour to 4, and yes we could see banana plants and coconut trees from our house, hooray! Keeping on with the singer-songwriter cover version theme, in at 7, the pure-voiced folk-ish Judy Collins enters with a gorgeous harpsichord-flavoured cover of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, a song I randomly found already recorded on a reel-to-reel tape accompanying our first ever second-hand 4-track tape recorder, which revolutionised my pop music experiences cos I could now repeat-listen to songs as often as I wanted to hear them. Paradise! Buying blank reel-to-reel tapes became important to me, immediately! Both Sides Now is a flawless song, much-covered, but probably only bettered in this version by a male act who charts soon with it. The great white soul songwriter Laura Nyro never achieved any chart success herself, but she provided songs for many others to cover successfully, especially The Fifth Dimension, who had been having hits for 3 years already, including my top 3 Hair track, Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine from 1969. I love their versions of her songs, starting with Wedding Bell Blues, harmony soul delight in at 10.

Which leaves only one other new entry, a kiddie/teen Motown family pop-soul all-male band called The Jackson 5, jointly-fronted by a precociously talented kid who was only 6 months or so younger than 12-year-old me, and his name was Michael. They were sometimes on variety shows imported from the States on TV, so I got to see them sing, and they looked so cool. I Want You Back is brilliant, of course, so good it’s been a hit on several occasions over the decades, a great song, production and passionate vocals from a boy. I wonder what happened to The Jackson 5…

1 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
2 ( 4 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
3 ( 2 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
4 ( 7 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
5 ( 3 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies

6 ( 8 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
7 ( NEW ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
8 ( 5 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
9 ( NEW ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
10 ( NEW ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension

RAF Changi hospital from the swimming pool

RAF Changi hospital from the swimming pool


11th February 1970

At 1, and completing her hat-trick of consecutive chart-toppers, it’s Mary Hopkin and the lovely Temma Harbour. Notable for being the longest-span to get a hat-trick (3 calendar years), for being the first act to do it, and for doing it with her first 3 releases. It would another 14 years before the next act did that (Frankie Goes To Hollywood).

Vanity Fayre go top 5 for the second time, and a load of re-entries peppered about the expanded top 20, but it’s the new entries that count: Actor Lee Marvin growls his way in at 13 with the fab Wanderin’ Star from the movie Paint Your Wagon, a future UK chart-topper, a film loved so much by my family that dad bought the soundtrack album which we played to death. Most famous these days for the brilliant song They Call The Wind Mariah, from which Ms Carey was named. True fact. Also infamous for an even worse vocal performance than Lee Marvin’s endearing growl, yes it’s Clint Eastwood in at 18 with the B Side, I Talk To The Trees. It’s kinda sweet, but Clint never repeated the experience, though to be honest I’ve heard much worse on X Factor’s final shows.

At 15, Glen Campbell was on a roll, and his muse Jimmy Webb was behind him, but ti mattered not as he was hot on country-pop hit gems like Try A Little Kindness, a romping great song, which was a discovery on the afore-mentioned reel-to-reel tape we acquired. I loved it, I played it. A lot. Glen Campbell was pretty much my most favourite pop star in the world in 1970, hot off seeing him True Grit and singing the fab movie theme (not eligible for my chart but it would have been a number 1). At 16, the now-obscure follow-up to huge hit Saved By The Bell, Robin Gibb was still mad at his 2 brothers and on a wistful waltzing-ish ballad groove, another song I loved. It’s pleasant, sweet, nice. Not bad words to me! At 20, Jonathan King starts his long run of whimsical multiple alter-ego hits using his own name, the fun Let It All Hang Out.

1 ( 4 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 1 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 2 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
4 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fayre
5 ( 3 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
6 ( 7 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
7 ( 9 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
8 ( 5 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
9 ( 10 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
10 ( RE ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger

11 ( 8 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
12 ( RE ) FRIENDS Arrival
13 ( NEW ) WANDERIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
14 ( RE ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
15 ( NEW ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
17 ( RE ) SUSPICIOUS MINDS Elvis Presley
18 ( NEW ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
19 ( RE ) I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU The Temptations
20 ( NEW ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King


Back in sunny Singapore, I was on a new ghari (white RAF bus) to RAF Seletar, on a new route up Tampines Road, which was a bit more rural than the Bedokville route, though on Singapore island (17 miles wide) all things are relative. Next to our hilly road adjacent Changi Prison we had Lloyd Leas Estate, which had a great monsoon river running through it, a great place to re-stock my tropical fish tank with plainly-coloured guppies (multi-colours and frilly fins not being that helpful for survival in monsoon streams). I loved them anyway, been fascinated by fish in rivers since my 6-year-old stickleback-catching days. And lollipop sticks floating down monsoon drains, around obstacles, the shapes the mud flats made. Ah we had to make our entertainment then, no computer games to waste a life away on….

swimming lessons RAF Changi

swimming lessons RAF Changi


18th February 1970

2 weeks for Mary on top, giving her the most weeks on top in total for any artist in the whole 18 months of pre-teen charting. Judy Collins goes top 3, and Lee Marvin is Wandrin’ up the top 10, and there are 4 new entries: Sacha Distel gets yet another movie Western song into the top 20 (the third) as he covers Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s song from Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid and enters at 16. From this distance the very French crooning isn’t a patch on the much-superior film version by B.J.Thomas, a big American pop star of the period who had a long string of great pop hits, one of them later covered by Jonathan King (at 17 this week) Hooked On A Feeling, which in turn was covered by Blue Swede and as featured in Guardians Of The Galaxy in 2014. At 19, The Brotherhood Of Man debut, though not the Eurovision line-up of singers, it was instead Tony Burrows (at 2 with Edison Lighthouse) leading the way in the early days. This is a great Tony Hiller ballad (creator of the group and co-writer of their later biggest hits), very Eurovision, but in a good way. Lastly, veteran soul group The Tams debut at 20 with the sweet Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy, as the Northern Soul circuit was about to rescue the seeming has-beens from obscurity in a big way in 1971, long after their career had more-or-less faded away and they were looking quite elderly to teenagers like me who were buying their records suddenly.

At 18, it’s John and Yoko, with their second solo hit, and it’s terrific, Instant Karma, complete with Yoko knitting while on Top Of The Pops (not that I saw it at the time, of course, being out of the country and all). The hook We All Shine On is fab, John is in great voice, and we had no idea that The Beatles were actually over, just over 7 years of chart hits from start to finish. Or to put it into perspective, that would be like a musical act dropping out of the blue with new innovative, creative, timeless, and influential material in late 2008, releasing 3 or 4 singles a year, all chart-toppers and usually not on albums, while also releasing a record-breaking 1 or 2 albums a year, giving songs away, making 3 movies, TV specials and touring before calling it a day around now. No wonder they burnt out quickly, that sort of intense career is unthinkable in the modern era. Rihanna comes closest, co-incidentally now working with Paul McCartney. I love a nice link.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
3 ( 6 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
4 ( 7 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 3 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
6 ( 4 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
7 ( 5 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
8 ( 13 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
9 ( 16 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
10 ( 15 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell

11 ( 10 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
12 ( 11 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
13 ( 9 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
14 ( 18 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood
15 ( 14 ) (ALL I HAVE TO DO IS) DREAM Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry
16 ( NEW ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
17 ( 20 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
18 ( NEW ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
19 ( NEW ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
20 ( NEW ) BE YOUNG BE FOOLISH BE HAPPY The Tams

In Singapore, my swimming badges were coming along nicely, and we getting them sewn onto our swimming gowns – actually that sounds a bit gay now I say it, but they were really just towels you could wear, and it was early evening so the temperatures sometimes dropped as low as ooh the upper 70’s (25C) and it felt a bit chilly after the heat of the day. Perhaps that’s why I still prefer those sort of temperatures, and loathe the cold to this day. Hey, ho, anyway, distance badges were nearly done, and we were by now moving on to learning how to blow up our pyjamas (for life-belt purposes) and diving for bricks – which as we all know is a very useful skill to develop. Who hasn’t accidentally dropped a brick into a river or pond or pool that they just had to retrieve?! Anyways, considering I couldn’t swim 5 months earlier, I did OK.

me n my comics and drawing

me n my comics and drawing


25th February 1970

3 weeks for Temma Harbour anchored on top, Judy Collins is still looking at both sides now, while Robin Gibb looks at his calendar and gets a second solo top 3 hit. There are only two new entries, but my word they are great: At 15, Bridge Over Troubled Water is the title track to one of the greatest albums of all time, and pure genius in it’s own right, talk about going out on top! Yes, The Beatles weren’t the only ones splitting at the top of their game, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were also going it alone, admittedly because Paul Simon felt as the songwriter he could do whatever he wanted, and did. Paul Simon is a poet, and he’s a gifted folkpop songwriter, but in this case Bridge Over Troubled Water was basically Paul’s gospel tour-de-force sung as a solo by Art, and what a combination that made. The word Epic is over-used, but it’s totally deserved for Bridge Over Troubled Water, future UK chart-topper singles and albums charts, and in the case of the album for 2 years or so on and off. For me, Simon and Garfunkel were big with the young married RAF crowd, we borrowed the album from our next-door neighbours, and recorded it onto reel-to-reel, plus Bridge was regularly on 2-Way Family Favourites, so it remains a huge record for me – without ever being my single-fave record of the moment until I bought the album myself in 1976, played it to death, and would say it’s comfortably one of my top 10 of all-time.

Venus, by Dutch band Shocking Blue and in at 20, was fantastic too, a sort of hippie rock pop anthem, so good it got covered kitschtastically by Bananarama 16 years later.

1 ( 1 ) TEMMA HARBOUR Mary Hopkin
2 ( 3 ) BOTH SIDES NOW Judy Collins
3 ( 9 ) AUGUST OCTOBER Robin Gibb
4 ( 4 ) I WANT YOU BACK The Jackson 5
5 ( 2 ) LOVE GROWS (WHERE MY ROSEMARY GOES) Edison Lighthouse
6 ( 8 ) WAND’RIN’ STAR Lee Marvin
7 ( 5 ) LEAVING ON A JET PLANE Peter, Paul And Mary
8 ( 10 ) TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS Glen Campbell
9 ( 7 ) REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE Marmalade
10 ( 14 ) I TALK TO THE TREES Clint Eastwood

11 ( 6 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE Vanity Fare
12 ( 11 ) COME AND GET IT Badfinger
13 ( 16 ) RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN’ ON MY HEAD Sacha Distel
14 ( 12 ) TWO LITTLE BOYS Rolf Harris
15 ( NEW ) BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER Simon And Garfunkel
16 ( 17 ) LET IT ALL HANG OUT Jonathan King
17 ( 18 ) INSTANT KARMA The Plastic Ono Band
18 ( 19 ) UNITED WE STAND Brotherhood Of Man
19 ( 13 ) WEDDING BELL BLUES The Fifth Dimension
20 ( NEW ) VENUS Shocking Blue