My Charts 2018 Jan-April

29th april 2018
Its a first week on top for Built By Titan and fab bhangra-stylee rhythms in the lush pop mix, leaping up 18 places for a Buzzjack Song Contest top 2. Foster The People get a second top 5 a few years late and Kylie still has 2 songs climbing inside the 20. Human leap into the 20, as do calvin n dua in the 40. New entries are lesser this week, lots of oldies from World Record Day pushing them into the UK sales top 100, including Soft Cell back with the original fab version of Say Hello 36 years after peaking at 2, Aladdin Sane album track Cracked Actor 45 years on for Bowie, the original Prince version of Nothin Compares, and The Small Faces oldie which technically charted for me in 1976 on reissue, but actually if id started compiling my charts a few months earlier in 1968 it would easy have been a top 5 then.
1 19 1 2 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 191000
2 2 1 9 BEND Ria Mae 626511300
3 1 1 4 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 485000
4 23 4 2 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 84250
5 4 1 6 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 493000
6 5 4 7 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 366000
7 7 7 4 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 157000
8 3 3 2 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 133000
9 9 9 2 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 90000
10 6 1 4 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 352000
11 17 11 4 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 101000
12 15 12 2 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 62000
13 8 8 4 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 146300
14 10 10 4 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 131000
15 16 15 13 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 260600
16 12 1 13 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 987350
17 11 1 12 BEST DAYS Lissie 840000
18 14 7 7 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 223300
19 24 19 4 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 69600
20 13 10 4 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 111400
21 18 13 5 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 125500
22 25 22 4 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 65950
23 27 23 2 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 37650
24 26 24 4 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 66900
25 29 25 4 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 58000
26 21 3 14 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 635350
27 20 20 4 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 77150
28 30 28 8 VINCENT Don McLean 134700
29 64 29 2 HIGHER Human 25200
30 33 30 6 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 95100
31 22 9 5 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 140400
32 32 32 2 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 35600
33 45 33 2 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 30700
34 39 34 2 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 34700
35 49 35 2 THE NIGHTS Avicii 29600
36 38 36 4 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 62100
37 28 20 4 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 74100
38 65 38 2 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 24200
39 3110 8 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 213750
40 42 40 5 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 65600
41 35 1 12 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 918700
42 43 42 4 CASTLES Lissie 53750
43 34 4 12 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 431300
44 NEW 44 1 SAY HELLO WAVE HOODBYE Soft Cell 13250
45 36 15 7 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 113050
46 37 37 8 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 106500
47 40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 321700
48 44 10 11 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 242950
49 41 11 8 SANCTIFY Years & Years 188050
50 48 5 15 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 421050
51 47 27 7 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 102250
52 52 1 21 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1040250
53 53 1 14 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 738000
54 68 54 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 22600
55 50 18 8 LUCID DREAM Owl City 124500
56 56 56 5 LADY POWERS Vera Blue featuring Kodie Blue 43400
57 72 57 2 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 16000
58 58 58 4 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 36700
59 59 59 2 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 20200
60 55 5 14 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 380650
61 61 3 19 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 750850
62 62 12 12 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 214000
63 57 6 910 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 280600
64 60 2 13 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 520800
65 NEW 65 1 LET ME LOVE ARCHIS 7000
66 NEW 66 1 LOSE MYSELF Post Precious 6800
67 67 67 2 SEXY BOY Air 13200 
68 70 68 3 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 17400
69 NEW 69 1 CRACKED ACTOR David Bowie 6200
70 NEW 70 1 SUGAR & SPICE Hatchie 6000
71 71 71 2 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 11600
72 NEW 72 1 LAZY SUNDAY The Small Faces 5600
73 NEW 73 1 NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Prince 5400
74 NEW 74 1 THE ARCHITECT Jane Weaver 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LET ME Zayn 5000
DROP OUTS
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

 

22nd April 2018

It’s Kylie on top with album track country ho-down A Lifetime To Repair, MUST be a future single surely! It’s the 2nd time she’s taken an album track on top (Aphrodite in 2011 was the previous one), and the 12th time on top. Bizarrely it took her 6 years of singles to grab one (1994 Put Yourself In My Place) and another 6 years to wait for a second one (Kids, with Robbie) before the floodgates opened – 2001, 2 in 2002, 2005, 2 in 2010, 2014, and most recently 2017 as guest vocalist with Zoot Woman. Meanwhile her new version of Stop Me From Falling with added Gente De Zona and Spanish lyrics ahead of my Spanish holiday next week does what it says on the tin – stops her from falling, and it climbs back into the top 5, helped by a Queen’s birthday performance.

That stops Abba from grabbing the top with 1978 chart-topper Summer Night City, back out for World Record Day, which leads a mini-invasion of vinyl-retro-reissues from The Undertones (1979 under-appreciated gem), William De Vaughan (ditto 1974 gem back with the original version 44 years on), Boz Scaggs 1977 top 10 great, Holland-Dozier’s post-Motown goodie a full 46 years since it last made my top 20, and 1998 chart-topper from Air, Sexy Boy.

Highest new track is from Built By Titan at 19, with Foster The People (2011 former chart-toppers) back after a 4-year gap with their already second-biggest chart hit at 23, and Miles Kane is back with his first solo entry in 5 years, and some 7 years on from his top 10 Rearrange. Plus he gives Lana Del Ray a second chart presence. Dua Lipa and Ariana Grande add to their list of entries, while Calvin Harris extends his run to 11 years including 2 chart-toppers in 2013 and 2015.

Another DJ superstar-producer died tragically young at 28 this week, which explains the several returns for Swedish Tim Bergling aka Avicii. His best track remains Hey Brother for me, one of 4 top 10’s, though he also worked with Benny & Bjorn of Abba for a Eurovision collaboration, and belatedly his recent hit with Rita Ora enters my chart for the first time as I caught the video at the end of a music video tribute show.

1 2 1 3 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 400000
2 1 1 8 BEND Ria Mae 511300
3 NEW 3 1 SUMMER NIGHT CITY Abba 85000
4 4 1 5 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 433000
5 12 4 6 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue featuring Gente De Zona 311000
6 3 1 3 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 310000
7 9 7 3 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 107000
8 8 8 3 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 114300
9 NEW 9 1 YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT!) The Undertones 45000
10 11 10 3 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 102000

11 5 1 11 BEST DAYS Lissie 816000
12 6 1 12 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 961350
13 10 10 3 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 91400
14 7 7 6 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 201300
15 NEW 15 1 BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT William DeVaughn 27000
16 16 16 12 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 229600
17 17 17 3 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 64000
18 13 13 4 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 105750
19 NEW 19 1 BROKEN LOVE Built By Titan featuring Starxs 21000
20 20 20 3 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 58750

21 15 3 13 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 616750
22 14 9 4 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 122500
23 NEW 23 1 SIT NEXT TO ME Foster The People 19250
24 24 24 3 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 48600
25 34 25 3 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 46450
26 27 26 3 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 47900
27 NEW 27 1 WHAT CAN I SAY Boz Scaggs 18400
28 26 20 3 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 56800
29 55 29 3 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 39200
30 30 30 7 VINCENT Don McLean 116400

31 25 10 7 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 196650
32 NEW 32 1 LOADED Miles Kane featuring Lana Del Ray & Jamie T 17800
33 33 33 5 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 77100
34 19 4 11 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 417800
35 29 1 11 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 904700
36 23 15 6 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 100050
37 37 37 7 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 93700
38 42 38 3 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 44700
39 NEW 39 1 HEY BROTHER Avicii featuring Dan Kaminski 17100
40 18 6 10 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 309100

41 21 11 7 SANCTIFY Years & Years 175850
42 48 42 4 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 48600
43 44 43 3 CASTLES Lissie 40000
44 22 10 10 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 230550
45 NEW 45 1 WHY CAN’T WE BE LOVERS Holland-Dozier featuring Lamont Dozier 13000
46 36 18 5 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 89650
47 32 27 6 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 90500
48 40 5 14 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 409050
49 NEW 49 1 THE NIGHTS Avicii 12100
50 41 18 7 LUCID DREAM Owl City 113700

51 35 35 4 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 64250
52 49 1 20 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1028750
53 51 1 13 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 726750
54 28 14 9 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 164900
55 47 5 13 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 370650
56 59 56 4 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 32800
57 31 6 9 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 273400
58 60 58 3 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 26400
59 NEW 59 1 WHAT A DIFF’RENCE A DAY MADE Dinah Washington & Belford Hendrick’s Orchestra 10100
60 54 2 12 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 513700

61 52 3 18 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 743350
62 57 12 11 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 206600
63 38 31 4 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 60200
64 NEW 64 1 HIGHER Human 7100
65 NEW 65 1 ONE KISS Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa 7000
66 69 66 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 18200
67 NEW 67 1 SEXY BOY Air 6600
68 74 68 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 11600
69 NEW 69 1 WAITING FOR LOVE Avicii featuring Simon Aldred (of Cherry Ghost) 6200
70 75 70 2 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 11000

71 NEW 71 1 LONELY TOGETHER Avicii featuring Rita Ora 5800
72 NEW 72 1 NO TEARS LEFT TO CRY Ariana Grande 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WAWWA (WOLFGANG LOHR REMIX) Bart&Bake featuring Billy Bros Orchestra 5400
74 45 9 8 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 176050
75 NEW 75 1 SAFARI Serena 5000

DROP OUTS
39 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
43 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
46 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
50 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400
53 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
56 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
58 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
61 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
70 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050
71 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000

15th April 2018

It’s Canadian Ria Mae on top with the classy and clever EDM of Bend heading off the mighty singalong yee haw of Kylie’s A Lifetime To Repair, surely it must be a single! Of last week’s deluge of album tracks, Eels leapfrog themselves to grab a second top 10 of 2018, and that surely must be the next single. Lana Del Ray’s definitively touching version of You Must Love Me gives her a 6th top 10, 3 of them covers – Blue Velvet from the 60’s, You Must Love Me from the 90’s, and Disney’s Once Upon A Dream from 1959. It’s rare that I like covers better than the originals, but Lana has a knack for it.

Kylie gets a 4th top 10 of the year with Jack Savoretti, a 6th top 20, and a 7th top 30, and it’s only April. I don’t know how many times she’s featured in my charts (my stats are not anywhere near complete yet) but she’s had at least 55 since 1997, and I’m guessing at least 25 prior to that so well on the way to 100. Not bad from someone I dismissed as a weedy-voiced SAW novelty soap-star 30 years ago, and who I’m paying £80 to see in September (again).

The Weeknd replaces himself in my top 20, his 3rd of the year, Kacey Musgraves goes top 30, Florence is back in the 40, her 19th chart entry in 9 years. There are only 2 new entries, at 74 another single from P!nk (wrong choice though, Where We Go was the commercial one) and yet another Pet Shop Boys album track from their debut Please, and the last one lined up to debut in my chart. Actually will get attention next, the deluxe version.

1 5 1 7 BEND Ria Mae 396300
2 2 2 2 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 230000
3 1 1 2 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 255000
4 3 1 4 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 368000
5 4 1 10 BEST DAYS Lissie 779000
6 6 1 11 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 926350
7 7 7 5 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 172300
8 28 8 2 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 66300
9 50 9 2 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 57000
10 36 10 2 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 59400

11 17 11 2 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 60000
12 8 4 5 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 251000
13 13 13 3 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 83750
14 9 9 3 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 103000
15 12 3 12 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 597000
16 19 16 11 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 204600
17 30 17 2 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 41000
18 11 6 9 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 292100
19 16 4 10 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 400200
20 25 20 2 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 38750

21 14 11 6 SANCTIFY Years & Years 161850
22 10 10 9 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 217300
23 15 15 5 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 82650
24 56 24 2 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 29600
25 18 10 6 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 178750
26 20 20 2 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 38500
27 54 27 2 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 29400
28 21 14 8 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 153900
29 24 1 10 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 887200
30 32 30 6 VINCENT Don McLean 98400

31 22 6 8 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 263000
32 27 27 5 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 78000
33 37 33 4 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 59400
34 59 34 2 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 27700
35 35 35 3 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 52500
36 26 18 4 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 76900
37 40 37 6 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 76400
38 31 31 3 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 53000
39 23 3 5 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 231350
40 39 5 13 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 396750

41 29 18 6 LUCID DREAM Owl City 101700
42 42 42 2 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 27500
43 33 20 4 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 69950
44 44 44 2 CASTLES Lissie 26500
45 34 9 7 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 170850
46 38 25 6 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 96850
47 41 5 12 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 359850
48 55 48 3 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 34850
49 49 1 19 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1017250
50 52 50 5 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 47400

51 48 1 12 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 715500
52 47 3 17 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 735850
53 RE 53 4 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 37750
54 43 2 11 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 503700
55 58 55 2 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 21000
56 45 12 8 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 174250
57 57 12 10 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 199200
58 66 58 4 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 29400
59 64 59 3 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 22200
60 69 60 2 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 16200

61 46 28 7 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 104700
62 62 62 4 PARADISE George Ezra 27400
63 63 49 5 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 38400
64 51 42 6 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 71450
65 65 5 29 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 763050
66 53 53 4 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 35500
67 RE 18 11 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 191350
68 RE 68 3 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 18000
69 74 69 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 11400
70 60 4 10 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 328050

71 75 71 2 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 10800
72 68 1 21 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1024700
73 73 25 7 SLIDE LPX 88000
74 NEW 74 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT P!nk 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WANT A LOVER Pet Shop Boys 5000

DROP OUTS
61 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
67 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
70 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600
71 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700

 

8th April 2018

It’s straight in for a 40th anniversary vinyl picture disc reissue on top – or rather the B side of Take A Chance On Me – just ahead of World Record Day when another Abba 1978 classic gets that treatment. Back in the day I didn’t allow Abba B sides and album tracks in my charts (or any other acts) because my top 10’s would have been Ed Sheeran invasions and there was too much to love equally as much. Well now streaming has pooed on that in the real charts, so have I changed my rules. So a huge fave in 1978 finally gets it’s own chance to shine, having previously popped into my top 10 in 1999 during an Abba invasion sparked by a Box-set of rarity singles. I’m A Marionette was the key track in a mini-musical of The Album and The Movie. It would sound great in Mamma Mia 2, is all I’m suggesting…

So 44 years of Abba chart-toppers (pretty much all singles and as many album tracks) which stops a gloriously singalong cheesy country track from Kylie doing it (A Lifetime To Repair), but gives her a 3rd top 10 off Golden – along with another 3 new ones, making it a very greedy 6 scattered around the chart – it is a very good album though, most of the tracks stand out as potential singles. That’s not all, though, it’s been a very good week for new albums, 2 big ones from The Weeknd enter, 2 biggies from Eels, 2 from Lissie (all now having 3 in the list), 2 from Lisa Stansfield, and 2 from Kacey Musgraves. Phew!

I saw Kim Wilde headlining her first tour in decades with a new album Hear Come The Aliens, on Saturday, and rather fab she was too, really rocking it family-style with bruv Ricky and niece Scarlet. Some of the new stuff sounded as fab as the old classics, which gives a boost to Kandy Krush into the 20 some 37 years since show-closer stormer Kids In America. She is still as engaging as ever and a great back-catalogue to boot.

The mass invasion is bad news for a lot of records which fall or drop out prematurely when they should be climbing, but hey that’s chart-life, if it’s chockablock there’s only 75 spots available! Meanwhile another album track (Lloyd Webber at 70) from Lana Del Ray enters, covering the Evita add-on for Madonna’s film version, and I must say I much prefer Lana’s reading. Meanwhile Florence covers Tiny Dancer for an Elton/Bernie multi-artist effort, a fab song that was not a hit single in the early 70’s, and she has the best track on the album. That leaves only Alice Merton returning her No Roots to the chart a year on as it finally becomes a UK radio/chart presence. Better late than never.

1 NEW 1 1 I’M A MARIONETTE Abba 170000
2 NEW 2 1 A LIFETIME TO REPAIR Kylie Minogue 115000
3 1 1 3 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 303000
4 2 1 9 BEST DAYS Lissie 719000
5 5 5 6 BEND Ria Mae 226300
6 3 1 10 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 871350
7 8 7 4 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 122300
8 4 4 4 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 216000
9 14 9 2 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 74000
10 15 10 8 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 197800

11 6 6 8 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 270100
12 12 3 11 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 570000
13 21 13 2 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 51750
14 11 11 5 SANCTIFY Years & Years 142100
15 30 15 4 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 63400
16 9 4 9 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 379200
17 NEW 17 1 SWEET SCORCHED EARTH Eels 23000
18 10 10 5 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 160000
19 19 19 10 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 179600
20 NEW 20 1 HURT YOU The Weeknd featuring Gesaffelstein 20000

21 17 14 7 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 135600
22 13 6 7 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 245100
23 7 3 4 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 214250
24 16 1 9 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 869000
25 NEW 25 1 CALL OUT MY NAME The Weeknd 18750
26 18 18 3 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 59500
27 29 27 4 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 60200
28 NEW 28 1 YOU ARE THE SHINING LIGHT Eels 18300
29 22 18 5 LUCID DREAM Owl City 87700
30 NEW 30 1 EVERY LITTLE PART OF ME Kylie Minogue 18000

31 31 31 2 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 35800
32 32 32 5 VINCENT Don McLean 80400
33 20 20 3 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 56450
34 24 9 6 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 157850
35 35 35 2 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 35000
36 NEW 36 1 MUSIC’S TOO SAD WITHOUT YOU Kylie Minogue & Jack Savoretti 17400
37 37 37 3 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 41700
38 25 25 5 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 84100
39 23 5 12 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 379750
40 40 40 5 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 59100

41 27 5 11 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 347350
42 NEW 42 1 EVERYTHING Lisa Stansfield 13750
43 33 2 10 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 492700
44 NEW 44 1 CASTLES Lissie 13250
45 26 12 7 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 163650
46 28 28 6 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 97200
47 44 3 16 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 724350
48 41 1 11 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 703750
49 47 1 18 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1005150
50 NEW 50 1 YOU MUST LOVE ME Lana Del Ray 12000

51 42 42 5 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 64350
52 52 52 4 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 35400
53 53 53 3 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 28700
54 NEW 54 1 HIGH HORSE Kacey Musgraves 11000
55 51 51 2 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 22550
56 NEW 56 1 SINCERELY YOURS Kylie Minogue 10600
57 34 12 9 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 188800
58 NEW 58 1 CRAZY GIRL Lissie 10200
59 NEW 59 1 TINY DANCER Florence + The Machine 10100
60 36 4 9 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 322050

61 46 46 6 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 52100
62 62 62 3 PARADISE George Ezra 20000
63 49 49 4 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 31200
64 75 64 2 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 12100
65 50 5 28 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 756050
66 66 66 3 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 19200
67 38 14 8 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 165550
68 60 1 20 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1019100
69 NEW 69 1 BILLIONAIRE Lisa Stansfield 6200
70 63 63 4 STORM SuRie 25600

71 39 39 4 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 49150
72 48 20 8 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 108700
73 55 25 6 SLIDE LPX 82600
74 NEW 74 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE COWBOY Kacey Musgraves 5000

DROP OUTS
43 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
45 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
54 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
56 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
61 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
64 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
67 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000
71 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200

 

1st april 2018

It’s a first week on top for the haunting You’re So Cool, giving New Zealander Jonathan Bree his first solo hit and first chart-topper. He’s actually made my chart before, as co-vocalist & producer on Princess Chelsea’s The Cigarette Song a couple of years ago, both tracks also having fab arty videos which he was behind. Talented! Meanwhile Paloma Faith grabs yet another quick top 10 hit with her lively version of Mama Cass’ 1969 minor hit up 30 places to 8.

Highest new entry is pop goodie from Robinson at 14, while Kylie gets a second in the 40 with grat track and obvious future single Raining Glitter in at 21. Kim Wilde gets a 2nd top 40 of 2018, I am hoping to see her at the weekend again, and Robbie is back with the lead track off his fan-club-only album of bonus tracks B sides & bits n pieces. Sia’s back with David Guetta, Flames isn’t quite Titanium, but it’s not bad for over half-a-decade on.

1 8 1 2 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 218000
2 1 1 8 BEST DAYS Lissie 654000
3 2 1 9 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 816350
4 6 4 3 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 168000
5 7 5 5 BEND Ria Mae 166300
6 9 6 7 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 243100
7 3 3 3 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 195000
8 38 8 3 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 72300
9 4 4 8 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 354200
10 10 10 4 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 138000

11 11 11 4 SANCTIFY Years & Years 113100
12 5 3 10 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 535000
13 13 6 6 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 225600
14 NEW 14 1 NOTHING TO REGRET Robinson 29000
15 15 15 7 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 155800
16 12 1 8 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 850000
17 14 14 6 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 115850
18 24 18 2 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 41000
19 19 19 9 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 158600
20 25 20 2 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 38750

21 NEW 21 1 RAINING GLITTER Kylie Minogue 19750
22 18 18 4 LUCID DREAM Owl City 69500
23 16 5 11 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 362650
24 17 9 5 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 149250
25 28 25 4 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 66900
26 21 12 6 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 150650
27 20 5 10 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 333350
28 30 28 5 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 84450
29 40 29 3 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 41800
30 50 30 3 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 36400

31 NEW 31 1 WHITE FLAG Bishop Briggs 17900
32 32 32 4 VINCENT Don McLean 62600
33 22 2 9 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 479200
34 26 12 8 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 178400
35 NEW 35 1 INTERNATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT Robbie Williams 17500
36 31 4 8 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 312050
37 64 37 2 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 24400
38 23 14 7 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 158950
39 44 39 3 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 43350
40 48 40 4 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 42100

41 29 1 10 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 691450
42 43 42 4 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 52600
43 33 33 4 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 62200
44 34 3 15 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 711850
45 39 18 10 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 184750
46 53 46 5 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 44600
47 45 1 17 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 993050
48 37 20 7 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 103100
49 66 49 3 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 24000
50 62 5 27 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 749050

51 NEW 51 1 FLAMES David Guetta & Sia 11750
52 68 52 3 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 23900
53 69 53 2 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 17450
54 35 10 11 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 297900
55 36 25 5 SLIDE LPX 77200
56 59 56 3 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 26500
57 42 22 7 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 109350
58 49 8 12 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 273350
59 41 29 6 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 83400
60 57 1 19 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1012700

61 58 1 19 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 672250
62 75 62 2 PARADISE George Ezra 12400
63 63 63 3 STORM SuRie 19600
64 46 33 5 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 65650
65 70 65 4 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 24000
66 72 66 2 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 12400
67 NEW 67 1 STAY Shakespear’s Sister 6600
68 74 68 2 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 11600
69 52 24 6 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 85450
70 NEW 70 1 KOTO Cloze 6000

71 NEW 71 1 FLY TO PARADISE Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 4 5800
72 60 60 5 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 36200
73 56 56 5 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 35500
74 NEW 74 1 FEDERKLEID FAUN 5200
75 NEW 75 1 LADY POWERS Vera Blue 5000

DROP OUTS
27 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
47 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
51 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
54 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
61 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
67 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
71 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
73 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050

 

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25th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Lissie and her fab fab melody and vocal, as 2 great videos charge Ria Mae up to 8, and a new entry from Jonathan Bree which has to be seen, 60’s pastiche and a haunting song. Beca goes top 10 with me and no-one else in the world who does personal charts (I expect!) which is a shame.

The rest of the chart is Paloma and Pet Shop Boys oldies chock-a-block, Panic! At The Disco are back for a 12th year of chart-bothering, and Mai Lan gets a solo entry to add to her big top 3 track 2 years ago with M83.

1 2 1 7 BEST DAYS Lissie 539000
2 1 1 8 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 731350
3 5 3 2 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 145000
4 4 4 7 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 309200
5 3 3 9 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 500000
6 8 6 2 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 103000
7 22 7 4 BEND Ria Mae 106300
8 NEW 8 1 YOU’RE SO COOL Jonathan Bree 48000
9 10 9 6 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 188100
10 13 10 3 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 96000

11 18 11 3 SANCTIFY Years & Years 76100
12 7 1 7 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 825000
13 6 6 5 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 193600
14 20 14 5 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 92850
15 16 15 6 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 128800
16 11 5 10 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 343400
17 9 9 4 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 130250
18 30 18 3 LUCID DREAM Owl City 50000
19 29 19 8 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 137600
20 12 5 9 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 314950

21 15 12 5 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 132150
22 17 2 8 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 461500
23 14 14 6 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 141750
24 NEW 24 1 YARADA LIJ Mikael Seifu 19000
25 NEW 25 1 SLIGHTLY ALL THE TIME Garden City Movement 18750
26 19 12 7 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 160800
27 35 27 2 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 35900
28 39 28 3 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 48150
29 23 1 9 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 677450
30 38 30 4 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 66150

31 21 4 7 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 294650
32 42 32 3 VINCENT Don McLean 44800
33 40 33 3 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 48700
34 27 3 14 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 697600
35 24 10 10 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 286900
36 25 25 4 SLIDE LPX 66400
37 28 20 6 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 90700
38 64 38 2 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 24300
39 26 18 9 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 171750
40 67 40 2 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 23600

41 31 29 5 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 73300
42 32 22 6 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 98950
43 44 43 3 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 38850
44 45 44 2 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 26250
45 41 1 16 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 980450
46 33 33 4 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 58550
47 34 3 10 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 395500
48 66 48 3 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 25100
49 37 8 11 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 263150
50 68 50 2 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 18400

51 36 7 9 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 289450
52 47 24 5 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 79250
53 60 53 4 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 31800
54 56 54 4 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 39200
55 49 49 4 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 43700
56 61 56 4 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 30100
57 54 1 18 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 1002700
58 46 1 18 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 664750
59 71 59 2 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 15900
60 62 60 4 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 30600

61 51 51 4 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 41100
62 59 5 26 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 737050
63 74 63 2 STORM SuRie 12400
64 NEW 64 1 SAY AMEN (SATURDAY NIGHT) Panic! At The Disco 7100
65 65 65 5 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 33200
66 75 66 2 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 11800
67 48 34 6 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 71600
68 70 68 2 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 12400
69 NEW 69 1 SOMEONE OUT THERE Rae Morris 6200
70 72 70 3 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 17000

71 52 4 12 WHERE WE GO P!nk 329400
72 NEW 72 1 BLAZE UP Mai Lan 5600
73 58 3 18 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 603050
74 NEW 74 1 YOU & I Asmik Shiroyan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 PARADISE George Ezra 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
50 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200
53 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
55 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
57 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
63 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
69 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
73 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400

 

18th March 2018

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kendrick and SZA, still sounding great, as are the whole top 10, all of them lower than they deserve (bar one). Lissie gets her highest-ever peak of 2, and JT goes top 3 for a full 20 years of ’em. In at 5 it’s the original B side to the new entry at 35 for the Pet Shop Boys – Paninaro was equally loved by me in 1986 as A side and chart-topper Suburbia, but I didnt allow B sides and album tracks in those to avoid swamping my charts with fave acts like Abba and Pet Shop Boys. These days, since Sheeran & the stupid streaming takeovers of the UK & US charts, I’ve said sod it, I’m doing the same – so as Please (one of 3 deluxe 80’s album versions to chart last week) is back I’m recharting tracks I would have charted (but didn’t). That means the banging 12″ mix of Paninaro (Italian fashion movement) enters at 5, having peaked in the top 5 in the mid 90’s in a belated inferior remake, and Suburbia is back again also in an 8 minute plus extended version. In The Night also enters (better known as The Clothes Show TV theme tune back in the day), while Two Divided By Zero climbs.

They aren’t the only act taking over the charts though – Paloma Faith’s chart-topper drops out, but two new ones enter giving her 4 tracks: Til I’m Done revives in my CD playlists, love the manic ending and her vocal, back up to 11 leapfrogging the top 20 combo with Sigala. Another duet, with Sia, and clearly a Sia OTT ballad for a Game or something, enters at 45 (not available to buy) as an advert track (I think) also enters at 64: Paloma’s version of the fab Mama Cass 1969 hit of the Barry Mann & Cynthia Weill song. Kylie meanwhile keeps the dance yee-haws a-coming at jumps straight in at 8 for 2 top 10’s in a row.

Big climbs for Years & Years, and Owl City, the latter getting a second top 30 hit, and Lykke Li covers the 1973 Jim Croce classic Time In A Bottle which topped my chart thanks to an X-Men movie sequence a couple or 3 years back. Kim Wilde’s new album is out, and she grabs another chart entry out of it, Sade return for the first time in 7 years, and 34 years on from Your Love Is King jazzing up the charts, and the UK Eurovision song sneaks in as the Finland entry drops a bit at the top end of my chart. Expect that ratio to be repeated on the day…

1 1 1 7 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 626350
2 3 2 6 BEST DAYS Lissie 369000
3 4 3 8 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 440000
4 5 4 6 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 244200
5 NEW 5 1 PANINARO (ITALIAN REMIX) Pet Shop Boys 60000
6 6 6 4 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 161600
7 2 1 6 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 790000
8 NEW 8 1 STOP ME FROM FALLING Kylie Minogue 48000
9 9 9 3 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 107250
10 10 10 5 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 143100

11 31 5 9 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 318400
12 7 5 8 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 294950
13 18 13 2 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 54000
14 14 14 5 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 122500
15 12 12 4 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 112400
16 16 16 5 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 101800
17 11 2 7 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 442000
18 39 18 2 SANCTIFY Years & Years 39100
19 15 12 6 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 142300
20 21 20 4 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 63850

21 13 4 6 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 276750
22 27 22 3 BEND Ria Mae 56300
23 19 1 8 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 659250
24 17 10 9 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 269400
25 25 25 3 SLIDE LPX 49000
26 26 18 8 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 154650
27 23 3 13 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 680000
28 20 20 5 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 73400
29 30 29 7 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 116600
30 60 30 2 LUCID DREAM Owl City 28000

31 29 29 4 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 59300
32 22 22 5 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 85200
33 33 33 3 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 45800
34 24 3 9 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 383000
35 NEW 35 1 SUBURBIA (THE FULL HORROR) Pet Shop Boys 17500
36 28 7 8 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 277700
37 32 8 10 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 251050
38 38 38 3 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 48150
39 46 39 2 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 29850
40 41 40 2 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 31000

41 37 1 15 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 967450
42 44 42 2 VINCENT Don McLean 27000
43 8 8 17 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 361000
44 49 44 2 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 25350
45 NEW 45 1 BLACK AND BLUE (WARRIOR) Paloma Faith & Sia 13000
46 42 1 17 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 654550
47 35 24 4 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 67750
48 34 34 5 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 65000
49 55 49 3 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 32900
50 36 36 6 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 80200

51 51 51 3 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 33600
52 43 4 11 WHERE WE GO P!nk 323600
53 40 19 8 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 131450
54 53 1 17 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 992300
55 47 13 9 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 184200
56 58 56 3 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 28200
57 45 26 8 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 107400
58 52 3 17 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 597650
59 56 5 25 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 729650
60 72 60 3 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 20600

61 67 61 3 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 19500
62 62 62 3 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 20600
63 50 50 7 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 59650
64 NEW 64 1 MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC Paloma Faith 7100
65 68 65 4 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 26200
66 70 66 2 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 12800
67 NEW 67 1 TIME IN A BOTTLE Lykke Li 6600
68 NEW 68 1 KANDY KRUSH Kim Wilde 6400
69 63 5 18 PHASES Alma & French Montana 561350
70 NEW 70 1 IN THE NIGHT Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 NEW 71 1 NAKED AND SACRED Maria Naylor 5800
72 73 72 2 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 11000
73 75 73 2 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 10400
74 NEW 74 1 STORM SuRie 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FLOWER OF THE UNIVERSE Sade 5000

DROP OUTS
48 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
54 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
57 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
59 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
61 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
64 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
69 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
71 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
74 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350

 

11th March 2018

It’s a second week on top for Kendrick Lamarr and SZA, a great movie song for the closing credits, leading a static top 4, all still sounding fab. The Partridge Family’s 1970 album track and TV show performance finally makes my top 10, err, 47 years late – the episode featured around a Black urban area show for charity, so fits in nicely with a blockbuster black superhero movie. In 1971 (when I first saw the TV show) I was into DC comics with social conscience themes, like Teen Titans and many others. It was a time of optimism that things were changing.

Killer makes the top 10 for the 3rd time for Seal, all versions different, and The Fratellis make it a 4th top 10, while highest new entry is from a newish US singer called Beca who popped up on my twitter with her new mid-80’s sounding track, We exchanged some messages, I bought it, and here it is in at 18, ironically ahead of the lead track from Pet Shop Boys first album – it’s sort of late 80’s Pet Shop Boys-sounding in some respects with the synth chords. The PSB’s have 3 reissues with bonus tracks, giving me an opportunity to own them on CD as well as vinyl, charting in the UK top 75, and a chance to chart all those tracks that I excluded because I didnt let album tracks into my charts once I started buying Abba albums – or else the chart would have been Ed-Sheeran-ed to death.

Big climbs for LPX and Meghan Trainor, Years & Years return, Don McLean’s classic 1972 UK chart-topper is back for the first time in 46 years as it re-enters the UK top 75 sales chart this week, giving me a perfect reason to let it have a decent chart run – I preferred American Pie at the time, and it was much better than I rated it at the time. Vincent isn’t about me (my middle name), but is about Van Gogh. His great great nephew lives locally running a transport service: Vincent Van Hire. Maybe.

Others: Leona Lewis is back, Owl City is back, both after breaks, Rainbow Kitten Surprise is not as cuddly as it sounds at all, alt-rock pretty much, but good, and in at the bottom end it’s Sting back with an assist from Shaggy. Some have commented on the Youtube video that they are surprised at the pairing, never saw that one coming, and the like. Being old, I’m more surprised it took this long for them to pair up: Sting had non-stop reggae-rock monsters for 3 years in The Police, almost 40 years ago, and by 1993 when Shaggy was huge, so was reggae huge again, including Sting having more reggae hits with reggae acts on loan. The new one’s more gentle and less gutsy or poppy than the older ones, but nice to have them both back.

1 1 1 6 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 456350
2 2 1 5 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 740000
3 3 3 5 BEST DAYS Lissie 254000
4 4 4 7 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 355000
5 6 5 5 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 179200
6 9 6 3 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 106600
7 5 5 7 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 259950
8 11 8 16 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 347500
9 23 9 2 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 62250
10 16 10 4 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 101100

11 7 2 6 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 419000
12 13 12 3 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 85400
13 8 4 5 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 257000
14 15 14 4 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 93500
15 12 12 5 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 121300
16 19 16 4 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 76800
17 10 10 8 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 250400
18 NEW 18 1 IN DEEP LOVE Beca 22000
19 14 1 7 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 640000
20 29 20 4 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 55100

21 28 21 3 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 43850
22 26 22 4 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 67400
23 21 3 12 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 661600
24 17 3 8 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 365400
25 52 25 2 SLIDE LPX 30250
26 18 18 7 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 136150
27 27 27 2 BREAK Ria Mae 36800
28 20 7 7 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 260300
29 38 29 3 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 41400
30 35 30 6 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 98400

31 22 5 8 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 281400
32 25 8 9 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 233750
33 57 33 2 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 28100
34 36 34 4 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 52700
35 24 24 3 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 55250
36 37 36 5 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 68200
37 33 1 14 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 953450
38 42 38 2 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 30950
39 NEW 39 1 SANCTIFY Years & Years 17100
40 30 19 7 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 120200

41 NEW 41 1 NOT ABOUT YOU HAIKU HANDS 14000
42 31 1 16 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 641800
43 32 4 10 WHERE WE GO P!nk 312100
44 NEW 44 1 VINCENT Don McLean 13250
45 34 26 7 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 97000
46 NEW 46 1 HANDERNA MOT HIMLEN Petra Marklund 12750
47 39 13 8 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 173400
48 40 40 5 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 58950
49 NEW 49 1 YOU ARE THE REASON (DUET VERSION) Calum Scott & Leona Lewis 12100
50 53 50 6 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 52450

51 59 51 2 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 21850
52 44 3 16 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 587450
53 51 1 16 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 981300
54 43 30 6 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 92150
55 60 55 2 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 20800
56 45 5 24 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 719550
57 46 1 11 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 582450
58 62 58 2 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 17600
59 41 2 8 DANCING Kylie Minogue 450850
60 NEW 60 1 LUCID DREAM Owl City 10000

61 49 49 5 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 48800
62 71 62 2 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 13200
63 56 5 17 PHASES Alma & French Montana 555150
64 61 1 28 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1177200
65 67 65 3 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 18600
66 48 23 7 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 99050
67 73 67 2 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 12000
68 68 68 3 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 19200
69 50 50 7 WAIT Turin Brakes 58800
70 NEW 70 1 TWO DIVIDED BY ZERO Pet Shop Boys 6000

71 55 55 4 MIDNIGHT X River 34000
72 75 72 2 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 10600
73 NEW 73 1 HOLY WAR Rainbow Kitten Surprise 5400
74 58 6 10 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 213350
75 NEW 75 1 DON’T MAKE ME WAIT Sting featuring Shaggy 5000

DROP OUTS
47 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
54 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
63 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
69 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000
72 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
74 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500

 

4th March 2018

It’s a first chart-topper for Kendrick Lamar and SZA as they leapfrog Kendrick’s other Black Panther soundtrack hit with The Weeknd who has to be content with yet another number 2 peak. Lissie goes up to 3 with her 6th chart entry, beating the 6 peak of When I’m Alone in 2010, and Hailee Steinfeld gets a first top 10, and a 2nd top 20 in one fell swoop. Florida Georgia Line similarly get a first top 10 and almost get a second one in the same week.

Janelle Monae gets her 3rd top 10 in 6 years since she hit 2 with fun. but her first solo entry with the very Prince-inspired and highest-climbing Make Me Feel. Funktastic. The Fratellis get their 5th top 20 entry, the first for 11 years, while highest new entry has gone all Pete Tong – as he turns into a Killer with his 2nd top 40 classic dance cover, featuring Seal, who thus gets a 3rd version of the 1990 Adamski chart-topper into my charts. He got no credit for what is essentially his own song, sung by himself (how times have changed, these days you get a label credit for farting in the background accidentally). He did record his own hit version a few years later but it wasn’t as good, though he did get another 2 chart-toppers himself alone in the 90’s. Just to rub it in, his 1990 classic debut hit, Crazy, has been covered in a very different style by Think Up Anger, and renamed Mutiny. No idea why Crazy isn’t the title.

New act Ria Mae is the highest new song, at 27, as Sigala and Paloma Faith both add to their list of top 40 tracks as Lullaby rockets into the 30. Alan Walker gets a 3rd top 40, Noah Cyrus a second, Imagine Dragons 4 out of 4 from the new album, and Rosemary Martins covers Donna Summer reggae-style spearheading a reggae-presence of 3 as UB40 also cover Stevie Wonder to get a 2nd in the chart. Or 2 UB20’s (almost, 3 members at any rate) which adds up to UB40 pretty much, given the actual vocalist Ali is singing.

Meghan Trainor is back, ditto Marshmello, Anne-Marie, and Gary Numan – Gazza has been absent since 2002, so he now extends his chart career to 39 years since Are ‘Friends’ Electric topped my chart in the summer of ’79. My Name Is Ruin is his best effort in a decade and a half.

1 3 1 5 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 286350
2 1 1 4 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 625000
3 9 3 4 BEST DAYS Lissie 169000
4 6 4 6 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 290000
5 5 5 6 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 209950
6 13 6 4 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 119200
7 2 2 5 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 382000
8 4 4 4 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 226000
9 67 9 2 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 51600
10 10 10 7 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 227400

11 12 11 15 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 289500
12 17 12 4 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 94300
13 27 13 2 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 50400
14 7 1 6 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 619000
15 20 15 3 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 64500
16 39 16 3 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 59100
17 8 3 7 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 346400
18 18 18 6 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 117650
19 32 19 3 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 51800
20 11 7 6 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 242000

21 15 3 11 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 642350
22 14 5 7 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 263500
23 NEW 23 1 KILLER Pete Tong Heritage Orchestra featuring Seal 19250
24 25 24 2 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 37750
25 16 8 8 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 215950
26 36 26 3 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 47900
27 NEW 27 1 BREAK Ria Mae 18400
28 71 28 2 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 24100
29 59 29 3 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital Farm Animals 35100
30 19 19 6 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 103200

31 24 1 15 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 628050
32 22 4 9 WHERE WE GO P!nk 298600
33 29 1 13 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 936150
34 26 26 6 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 84000
35 35 35 5 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 80400
36 49 36 3 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 35100
37 40 37 4 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 50800
38 70 38 2 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 23200
39 28 13 7 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 160900
40 46 40 4 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 46650

41 21 2 7 DANCING Kylie Minogue 440750
42 NEW 42 1 LOVE TO LOVE YOU BABY Rosemary Martins 13750
43 30 30 5 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 81150
44 34 3 15 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 575950
45 33 5 23 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 708950
46 38 1 10 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 572050
47 31 10 7 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 183900
48 23 23 6 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 92250
49 50 49 4 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 41300
50 58 50 6 WAIT Turin Brakes 52600

51 47 1 15 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 970050
52 NEW 52 1 SLIDE LPX 11500
53 57 53 5 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 40450
54 37 24 7 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 109600
55 55 55 3 MIDNIGHT X River 28200
56 45 5 16 PHASES Alma & French Montana 547950
57 NEW 57 1 NO EXCUSES Meghan Trainor 10400
58 42 6 9 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 208150
59 NEW 59 1 FEELING GOOD Strobe! featuring KIDDO 10100
60 NEW 60 1 MY NAME IS RUIN Gary Numan 10000

61 56 1 27 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1170100
62 NEW 62 1 FRIENDS Marshmello featuring Anne-Marie 7400
63 43 9 9 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 179600
64 52 27 7 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 98850
65 44 28 8 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 108450
66 65 3 21 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 608400
67 75 67 2 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 11600
68 68 68 2 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 12800
69 41 20 6 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 95700
70 53 10 9 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 190000

71 NEW 71 1 A PLACE IN THE SUN UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 5800
72 73 72 3 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 16000
73 NEW 73 1 WHAT GOOD IS LOVE Paul Rey 5400
74 51 46 7 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 71500
75 NEW 75 1 MUTINY Think Up Anger featuring Crazy Vocal 5000

DROP OUTS
48 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
54 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
60 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800
61 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
66 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
69 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
72 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
74 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150

 

25th february 2018

It’s Saara Aalto on top for a 3rd week, chasing by 2 Black Panther tracks (which I saw this week), giving Kendrick Lamar 2 of the top 3. No relation to Austrian inventor and movie actress Hedy Lamarr, who basically invented bluetooth in the 30’s (sort of) as part of a radio-wave missile-guidance system for allied troops and then became a gorgeous movie star in Hollywood. I can however listen to Kendrick Lamar now via bluetooth, so sort of linked. No relation in either case to fictional Hedley Lamarr in Blazing Saddles. Hedy had a film-worthy life, though.

Florida Georgia Line and Hailee Steinfeld both have 2 top 20, and top 40, respectively, while CAIN (who?!) have the highest new entry with an unavailable Witchhouse track. Janelle Monae is back 3 years from her last chart entry – with Duran Duran – and 6 years since her monster fun. track. I now have a complete 1997-2017 database so can quote accurate stats from my charts during that period. Just 1968-1996 to add now…

5 Seconds of Summer get a second chart entry 4 years since the first, Imagine Dragons make it 4 off the latest album, Paloma Faith links with Sigala to give her 3 on the chart, and 23 in total. Sigala have had 4, and Franz Ferdinand get their 11th chart entry 9 years on from the last one (excluding their FFS project with Sparks).

1 1 1 3 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 510000
2 2 2 4 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 332000
3 25 3 4 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 116350
4 4 4 3 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 178000
5 8 5 5 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 149950
6 6 4 5 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 225000
7 3 1 5 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 590000
8 5 3 6 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 323400
9 15 9 3 BEST DAYS Lissie 84000
10 10 10 6 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 185400

11 7 7 5 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 222000
12 13 12 14 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 252500
13 18 13 3 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 64200
14 9 5 6 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 244000
15 12 3 10 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 622600
16 14 8 7 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 197200
17 28 17 3 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 59300
18 21 18 5 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 95650
19 20 19 5 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 85200
20 35 20 2 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 37500

21 11 2 6 DANCING Kylie Minogue 426750
22 17 4 8 WHERE WE GO P!nk 280800
23 27 23 5 NEVER BE THE SAME Camila Cabello 79950
24 16 1 14 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 610150
25 NEW 25 1 SUICIDE GIRLS DANCE CAIN 18750
26 32 26 5 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 66400
27 NEW 27 1 HEART TO BREAK Kim Petras 18400
28 19 13 6 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 143800
29 23 1 12 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 918450
30 30 30 4 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 67650

31 22 10 6 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 171400
32 45 32 2 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 30800
33 29 5 22 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 695950
34 31 3 14 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 562700
35 36 35 4 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 62900
36 50 36 2 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 29400
37 24 24 6 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 98600
38 26 1 9 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 559300
39 40 39 2 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 34100
40 52 40 3 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 33500

41 34 20 5 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 89500
42 39 6 8 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 197950
43 38 9 8 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 172200
44 33 28 7 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 101450
45 42 5 15 PHASES Alma & French Montana 537350
46 55 46 3 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 30650
47 43 1 14 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 958300
48 37 37 6 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 72700
49 72 49 2 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 17700
50 57 50 3 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 29200

51 46 46 6 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 66300
52 44 27 6 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 91750
53 47 10 8 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 184000
54 48 38 5 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 68100
55 67 55 2 MIDNIGHT X River 17400
56 53 1 26 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1162600
57 66 57 4 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 29200
58 60 58 5 WAIT Turin Brakes 40600
59 65 59 2 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 17100
60 63 60 5 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 35800

61 41 26 6 17 MK 82100
62 51 26 7 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 91050
63 56 9 10 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 207050
64 58 28 7 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 80550
65 62 3 20 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 601600
66 59 59 6 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 44800
67 NEW 67 1 MAKE ME FEEL Janelle Monae 6600
68 NEW 68 1 WANT YOU BACK 5 Seconds Of Summer 6400
69 71 69 4 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 23200
70 NEW 70 1 NEXT TO ME Imagine Dragons 6000

71 NEW 71 1 LULLABY Sigala & Paloma Faith 5800
72 69 1 20 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 783350
73 75 73 2 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 10400
74 64 10 10 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 190150
75 NEW 75 1 FEEL THE LOVE GO Franz Ferdinand 5000

DROP OUTS
49 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
54 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
61 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
68 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
70 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900
73 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350

 

18th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Eurovision hopeful, as Al Green gets a first top 5 since Let’s Stay Together in 1972 (and it’s reissue in 2010 when it topped my chart). He last made my top 10 with new material in 2008, and would have been charting for 50 years had I compiled charts in early 1968. The Eels grab a 5th top 10 some 21 years after the first one, while Lissie gets a top 20 8 years on from her first rocketing up 35 places.

Hailee Steinfeld gets greedy, up 40 spots into the 20, while also entering at 45 with BloodPop assisting, t’other assistants Florida Georgia Line leapfrog themselves. Kendrick Lamar joins himself in the 30, SZA gets a second top 40. Highest new entry is MIKA, last in my top 10 in 2013, and first in with Grace Kelly in 2007, in between topping with flop Rain in 2009. The Fratellis also enter, having been absent for almost a decade, but having 3 top 10’s in 2006/7. Kishi Bashi grabs a 7th chart hit, Alan Walker a 3rd, Noah Cyrus a second, and sneaking in with an unreleased track (at least until friday) is Mel & Kim. Poor Mel died at a very young age at the height of their success, and are owed another bit of chart success, as it’s not bad at all from what I’ve heard so far, 30 years on.

1 1 1 2 MONSTERS Saara Aalto 340000
2 3 2 3 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 217000
3 2 1 4 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 540000
4 8 4 2 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 113000
5 4 3 5 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 275400
6 5 4 4 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 230000
7 7 7 4 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 185000
8 23 8 4 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 89950
9 9 5 5 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 215000
10 10 10 5 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 143400

11 6 2 5 DANCING Kylie Minogue 407000
12 12 3 9 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 595600
13 16 13 13 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217500
14 14 8 6 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 172200
15 50 15 2 BEST DAYS Lissie 39000
16 11 1 13 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 591150
17 15 4 7 WHERE WE GO P!nk 261300
18 58 18 2 LET ME GO Hailee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 32200
19 13 13 5 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 125500
20 22 20 4 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 64200

21 24 21 4 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 73650
22 17 10 5 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 153500
23 18 1 11 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 900250
24 25 24 5 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 81300
25 62 25 3 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 31350
26 19 1 8 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 542100
27 34 27 4 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 60700
28 30 28 2 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 36300
29 21 5 21 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 678250
30 31 30 3 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 49650

31 20 3 13 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 545100
32 45 32 4 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 47900
33 28 28 6 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 88200
34 27 20 4 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 75500
35 NEW 35 1 IT’S MY HOUSE MIKA 17500
36 41 36 3 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 45400
37 47 37 5 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 60400
38 29 9 7 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 158700
39 39 6 7 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 184200
40 NEW 40 1 STARCROSSED LOSERS The Fratellis 17000

41 26 26 5 17 MK 74600
42 33 5 14 PHASES Alma & French Montana 524350
43 43 1 13 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 945800
44 32 27 5 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 80250
45 NEW 45 1 CAPITAL LETTERS Hailee Steinfeld featuring BoodPop 13000
46 48 46 5 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 54550
47 40 10 7 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 172750
48 38 38 4 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 57100
49 37 30 5 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 72300
50 NEW 50 1 SAY YEAH Kishi Bashi 12000

51 35 26 6 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 83650
52 75 52 2 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 16500
53 49 1 25 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1152000
54 36 36 5 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 74450
55 64 55 2 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 17900
56 46 9 9 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 199850
57 66 57 2 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 17200
58 42 28 6 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 73450
59 61 59 5 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 38000
60 63 60 4 WAIT Turin Brakes 30400

61 44 44 6 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 55050
62 55 3 19 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 594600
63 67 63 4 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 25800
64 54 10 9 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 184950
65 NEW 65 1 ALL FALLS DOWN Alan Walker featuring Noah Cyrus & Digital farm Animals 7000
66 70 66 3 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 18800
67 NEW 67 1 MIDNIGHT X River 6600
68 51 18 7 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 111550
69 57 1 19 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 777750
70 65 1 21 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 967900

71 72 71 3 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 17000
72 NEW 72 1 LABYRINTH MONDO GROSSO featuring Hikari Mitsushima 5600
73 69 1 24 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 1003050
74 52 1 16 AMEN The Fizz 901350
75 NEW 75 1 WHERE IS LOVE (RADIO VERSION) Mel & Kim 5000

DROP OUTS
53 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
56 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
59 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000
68 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
71 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
73 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500

 

11th February 2018

Straight in at 1 it’s a record from Saara Alto, Finnish runner-up in X-Factor UK, and former The Voice Finland candidate. That makes her twice a song contest fave, but I have to say I don’t watch either shows anywhere these days. That makes it pretty extraordinary that a record I’d never heard until yesterday enters on top. Essentially, she’s engaging, and it sounds like a Eurovision Song Contest winning track – if only the BBC could come up with one like it. I rarely have singing competition singers top my chart (excluding Eurovision), and usually it’s well into their career when they do: Adam Lambert did it in 2017, Olly Murs in 2013, Agnes in 2009, Girls Aloud did it twice in 2007, and that’s about it for the 21st Century, none of them doing so with the first single after appearing. There is precedence though – Mary Hopkin won multiple weeks in a 60’s show called Opportunity Knocks, Paul McCartney signed her up to Apple Records, and she had 3 chart-toppers in 1968, 1969 and 1970 – only missing out on making it 3 in a row thanks to being the UK singer for Eurovision in 1970 with a cheesy entry, which slipped in before her final one.

Elsewhere, Florida Georgia Line get a double debut, both as featuring act, The Weeknd rockets to 3 with his Black Panther single, the film not even out yet, and giving him 5 years of top 3’s since Twenty Eight hit 2, and including a chart-topper with Ariana Grande. Disclosure eclipse their Sam Smith 2012 Latch single (peaked at 10) in one fell swoop by sampling the brilliant Al Green, one of the greatest soul singers of all-time. Lissie’s back after a slight gap, UB40 (or at least 3/8ths of them) string out a chart run to a whopping 38 years, and a six-year-old Mexican political track sneaks in at the bottom.

1 NEW 1 1 MONSTERS Saara Alto 170000
2 1 1 3 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 455000
3 40 3 2 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 102000
4 3 3 4 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 215400
5 4 4 3 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 175000
6 2 2 4 DANCING Kylie Minogue 370000
7 7 7 3 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 135000
8 NEW 8 1 FEEL LIKE I DO Disclosure & Al Green 48000
9 5 5 4 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 170000
10 14 10 4 NEVER Embrace featuring Kerri Watt 101400

11 9 1 12 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 566150
12 12 3 8 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 560600
13 13 13 4 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 104500
14 8 8 5 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 143200
15 6 4 6 WHERE WE GO P!nk 238300
16 16 16 12 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 185500
17 10 10 4 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 134000
18 15 1 10 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 881000
19 11 1 7 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 523600
20 18 3 12 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 527200

21 17 5 20 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 660050
22 22 22 3 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 44200
23 35 23 3 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 41950
24 33 24 3 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 53900
25 25 25 4 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 62300
26 29 26 4 17 MK 60600
27 20 20 3 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 57900
28 34 28 5 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 70500
29 19 9 6 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 141500
30 NEW 30 1 MEANT TO BE Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line 18000

31 42 31 2 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 31650
32 27 27 4 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 67000
33 21 5 13 PHASES Alma & French Montana 510600
34 37 34 3 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 42300
35 26 26 5 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 71900
36 36 36 4 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 63450
37 30 30 4 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 60100
38 38 38 3 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 44800
39 23 6 6 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 167100
40 24 10 6 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 160250

41 41 41 2 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 28000
42 28 28 5 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 63250
43 32 1 12 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 932300
44 57 44 5 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 47550
45 60 45 3 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 30100
46 44 9 8 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 189250
47 47 47 4 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 43100
48 48 48 4 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 41800
49 43 1 24 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1140750
50 NEW 50 1 BEST DAYS Lissie 12000

51 31 18 6 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 105150
52 45 1 15 AMEN The Fizz 896150
53 46 46 5 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 56000
54 39 10 8 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 177850
55 49 3 18 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 587200
56 51 38 6 STRANGERS Sigrid 73800
57 55 1 18 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 771550
58 NEW 58 1 LET ME GO Halee Steinfeld featuring Florida Georgia Line & watt 10200
59 61 59 3 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 24400
60 50 50 3 IDGAF Dua Lipa 34000

61 62 61 4 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 27900
62 74 62 2 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 12600
63 65 63 3 WAIT Turin Brakes 20400
64 NEW 64 1 SOFIA Alvaro Soler 7100
65 63 1 20 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 961900
66 NEW 66 1 SHE LOVES ME NOW UB40 featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey 6800
67 68 67 3 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 18600
68 58 7 13 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 287250
69 67 1 23 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 997650
70 70 70 2 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 12000

71 75 71 2 SPANISH SEA Toto 10800
72 72 72 2 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 11200
73 64 19 14 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 186700
74 71 7 9 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 205500
75 NEW 75 1 MEXICO Mexican Institute Of Sound 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
56 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
59 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
66 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
69 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
73 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400

 

4th February 2018

It’s 2 weeks on top for the Irma Thomas 1964 soul gem fresh from Black Mirror. That keeps Kylie in her place as Revivalists have a god climb to 3 leapfrogging Justin Timberlake’s under-rated new track and Paloma’s 3rd single from the album. Kim Wilde rockets with Ricky to 22 from 74 – Ricky’s biggest chart credit since Mrs Malinski made my top 30 in 1974. No you don’t have to pretend you know it and it won’t be on Spotify. His voice has dropped quite a bit since then! Mine too.

The Eels return to my top 40 for the first time in 13 years, quite a gap, while Camilla Cabello outdoes Havana here and becomes her 2nd top 40. The Weeknd has an instant top 40 highest new entry, aided by Kendrick Lamar, who also enters lower with another track, both songs from the forthcoming 50 Shades film. Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rhiannon is well over 40 years old, and was last in my charts exactly 40 years ago – this is the album version, though, so the new Fleetwood Mac deluxe has given me an excuse to chart this uncharted version. Fab. Finally, Toto are back after a 30-year gap (bar reissues) with a souped-up version of an old unreleased very Rosanna period Toto, sadly I would prefer Hold The Line-period Toto, though Africa was fab.

1 1 1 2 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 340000
2 2 2 3 DANCING Kylie Minogue 315000
3 8 3 3 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 150400
4 7 4 2 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 115000
5 6 5 3 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 125000
6 4 4 5 WHERE WE GO P!nk 211300
7 12 7 2 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 85000
8 10 8 4 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 114200
9 3 1 11 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 529150
10 11 10 3 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 111000

11 5 1 6 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 502600
12 9 3 7 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 327800
13 17 13 3 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 72500
14 27 14 3 NEVER Embrace 59400
15 13 1 9 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 859000
16 20 16 11 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 160500
17 14 5 19 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 640300
18 15 3 11 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 507200
19 16 9 5 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 123300
20 22 20 2 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 39500

21 21 5 12 PHASES Alma & French Montana 492900
22 74 22 2 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 24700
23 23 6 5 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 150000
24 19 10 5 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 143250
25 33 25 3 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 43550
26 28 26 4 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 54400
27 32 27 3 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 49200
28 30 28 4 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 49500
29 31 29 3 17 MK 42100
30 34 30 3 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 42800

31 18 18 5 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 93400
32 24 1 11 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 918800
33 38 33 2 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 34900
34 39 34 4 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 52200
35 63 35 2 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 24700
36 36 36 3 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 46050
37 62 37 2 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 24700
38 57 38 2 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 27600
39 25 10 7 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 166850
40 NEW 40 1 PRAY FOR ME The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar 17000

41 NEW 41 1 RHIANNON (ALBUM VERSION) Fleetwood Mac 14000
42 NEW 42 1 TWO HIGH Moon Taxi 13750
43 37 1 23 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1128650
44 26 9 7 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 176500
45 43 1 14 AMEN The Fizz 884650
46 47 46 4 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 44750
47 52 47 3 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 30600
48 54 48 3 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 29500
49 41 3 17 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 576400
50 50 50 2 IDGAF Dua Lipa 24000

51 45 38 5 STRANGERS Sigrid 63200
52 35 35 8 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 90800
53 40 40 5 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 60800
54 42 1 14 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 942750
55 48 1 17 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 761150
56 46 37 5 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 53450
57 58 57 4 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 34300
58 51 7 12 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 280850
59 29 14 11 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 227250
60 64 60 2 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 17100

61 66 61 2 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 14300
62 67 62 3 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 20400
63 60 1 19 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 954900
64 56 19 13 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 181300
65 69 65 2 WAIT Turin Brakes 13200
66 71 66 3 ALONE Jessie Ware 18000
67 61 1 22 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 991450
68 72 68 2 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 12000
69 73 69 3 MAGIC Simple Minds 16800
70 NEW 70 1 DEEPER nervous_testpilot 6000

71 49 7 8 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 200300
72 NEW 72 1 CURIOUS Hayley Kiyoko 5600
73 75 73 3 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 15400
74 NEW 74 1 ALL THE STARS Kendrick Lamar and SZA 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SPANISH SEA Toto 5000

DROP OUTS
44 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
53 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
55 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
59 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
65 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
68 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
70 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

 

28th January 2018

It’s in at 1 for a record I didn’t know a week ago – Irma Thomas’ brilliant 1964 soul ballad fresh from use in an episode of Black Mirror (via Buzzjack Song Contest). Hauntingly fab. That stops Kylie grabbing another chart-topper, but she adds to her long list of 2’s anyway. Paloma Faith gets a 3rd top 10 a in a row in a frantic chart, up 54 places. It’s been a long time since so many tracks were climbing at a pace like this, and bar the number one they are all new or recent-ish. That means a clear-out of 2017 tracks.

In at 7, highest new song is the first good track off Justin T’s forthcoming album, while The Revivalists shoot up to 8, and Liam Payne gets more solo top 10’s than One Direction managed, joined by Rita Ora getting a rare one. At 12, SSion, is a video mix of a ballad, pop song and pyscho Jesus & Mary Chain/Jesus Jones Info freako-ish popchartfreakout. Epic. Fall Out Boy get a 2nd top 20 in a row, Rudimental are back with Macklemore and Jess Glynne in tow, Dua Lipa doesn’t give a … about being late into my chart, ditto Tom walker, Eminem and Camilla cabello. Oldies Eels are back for over 20 years of hits including a chart-topper with Last Stop: This Time. Turin Brakes return, but it’s nothing next to Kim Wilde’s 37 year run aided by bruv (as ever) who gets a credit for the first time as he’s actually singing. Ricky first charted in 1972 with his flop (but well-played) pre-teen track I Am An Astronaut, and hit my top 10 with Teen Wave in 1974, a template for Kim’s 80’s smashes (sort of). So, Rick makes it 46 years (gasp!) and he’s younger than me…!

1 NEW 1 1 ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS (WILL UNDERSTAND) Irma Thomas 170000
2 3 2 2 DANCING Kylie Minogue 200000
3 1 1 10 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 484150
4 8 4 4 WHERE WE GO P!nk 156300
5 2 1 5 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 465600
6 60 6 2 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 65000
7 NEW 7 1 SAY SOMETHING Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton 50000
8 36 8 2 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 65400
9 4 3 6 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 292800
10 27 10 3 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 66200

11 13 11 2 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 69000
12 NEW 12 1 BIG AS I CAN DREAM/ COMEBACK SSION 35000
13 5 1 8 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 832000
14 7 5 18 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 617300
15 6 3 10 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 485200
16 9 9 4 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 102300
17 35 17 2 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 40500
18 18 18 4 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 75500
19 10 10 4 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 124250
20 24 20 10 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 135500

21 12 5 11 PHASES Alma & French Montana 473150
22 NEW 22 1 IMAGINARY PARTIES SUPERFRUIT 19500
23 11 6 4 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 130750
24 15 1 10 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 901000
25 20 10 6 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 149750
26 17 9 6 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 163250
27 50 27 2 NEVER Embrace 30400
28 56 28 3 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 35900
29 14 14 10 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 217150
30 66 30 3 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 31200

31 70 31 2 17 MK 23900
32 45 32 2 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 30800
33 64 33 2 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 24800
34 63 34 2 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 24800
35 40 35 7 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 79300
36 53 36 2 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 28650
37 33 1 22 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1115150
38 NEW 38 1 THESE DAYS Rudimental featuring Jess Glynne, Macklemore & Dan Caplen 17200
39 57 39 3 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 34600
40 44 40 4 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 49550

41 28 3 16 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 564300
42 19 1 13 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 931750
43 23 1 13 AMEN The Fizz 871650
44 21 21 6 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 107650
45 38 38 4 STRANGERS Sigrid 51450
46 37 37 4 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 42850
47 49 47 3 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 32000
48 31 1 16 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 750350
49 22 7 7 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 194500
50 NEW 50 1 IDGAF Dua Lipa 12000

51 34 7 11 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 270650
52 67 52 2 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 18100
53 16 4 12 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 312650
54 69 54 2 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 17200
55 25 13 6 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 123750
56 42 19 12 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 174200
57 NEW 57 1 LEAVE A LIGHT ON Tom Walker 10400
58 61 58 3 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 23900
59 29 20 6 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 103800
60 52 1 18 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 947700

61 54 1 21 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 984850
62 NEW 62 1 NEVER BE THE SAME Camilla Cabello 7400
63 NEW 63 1 THE DECONSTRUCTION Eels 7200
64 NEW 64 1 ISTANBUL IS SLEEPY The Liminanas featuring Anton Newcombe 7100
65 32 8 11 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 295450
66 NEW 66 1 RIVER Eminem featuring Ed Sheeran 6800
67 68 67 2 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 13000
68 30 30 8 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 90900
69 NEW 69 1 WAIT Turin Brakes 6200
70 26 26 2 LINGER The Cranberries 24500

71 73 71 2 ALONE Jessie Ware 11200
72 NEW 72 1 LA LOUZE SHANGUY 5600
73 74 73 2 MAGIC Simple Minds 10600
74 NEW 74 1 POP DON’T STOP Kim Wilde featuring Ricky Wilde 5200
75 75 75 2 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 10000

DROP OUTS
39 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
41 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
43 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
46 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
51 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
55 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
58 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
62 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
65 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
71 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550

 

 

21st January 2018

It’s back into the top 10 for the 3rd time and all the way to the top for Craig David and Bastille, one of those tracks that doesn’t pall with repeat hearings. It’s the 3rd chart-topper for Craig (Walking Away and Hot Stuff, the former based on U2’s One, the latter Bowie’s Let’s Dance) and Bastille’s first. Hot on their heels though, Kylie’s back with a contemporary-sounding dance-country crossover and she’s Dancing to enter at 3, giving her a sweet 30 years of top 10 hits since I Should Be So Lucky hit 6.

Portugal. The Man are also back into the top 7 months on with Feel It Still, and also with new track Live In The Moment, sandwiching P!nk at 8 – her second top 10 off the new album and a sweet 18 years since There You Go hit 9. New at 13 it’s The Straw Hats – well, actually it’s Troyboi, but the Norwegian dance troupe have done a fab video for the short-but-sweet dance track in a Japanese-stylee. Appropriating culture or taking it to a wider audience? Actually most modern pop music is appropriated culture, and that includes Japanese acts, so whatever it looks terrific.

As a load of oldies depart the chart, some also pop in, topped by the late Dolores O’Riordan’s Cranberries, and their best record, Linger. Dolores died suddenly, and far too young, last week. The Revivalists is a couple or 3 years old, but one I missed, and Fall Out Boy are new in at 35 with the new album track, and are besides themselves. Amongst the deluge of new tracks, The Chainsmokers return, as does Noel Gallagher, that’ll be 24 years-worth of entries then.

Paloma Faith sneaks in with a dance track, for a hat-trick, Embrace enter 21 years since All You Good Good People hit 10 (and 14 years since they topped my chart with Gravity), Imagine Dragons keep the new entries coming 6 years since topping with Radioactive (well, nearer 5, but hey, it was 2012), as The Manics make it at least 25 years of newies, Bruno makes it 8 years (including 2 chart-toppers in Grenade and Marry You), Simple Minds return with only the one chart-topper in 1995 (She’s A River) but 36 years of hits. Finally, Mavis Staples pops in solo, after assisting Gorillaz last year, having been helped by Prince in 1991 with Melody Cool and on his tours wot-I-saw, and 46 years since I’ll Take You There hit my number 3 for The Staple Singers, Mavis’ sisters and dad.

1 11 1 9 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 399150
2 1 1 4 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 405600
3 NEW 3 1 DANCING Kylie Minogue 85000
4 3 3 5 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 247800
5 2 1 7 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 800000
6 5 3 9 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 458200
7 19 5 17 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 588300
8 16 8 3 WHERE WE GO P!nk 91300
9 20 9 3 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 77300
10 10 10 3 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 103250

11 6 6 3 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 111500
12 8 5 10 PHASES Alma & French Montana 453400
13 NEW 13 1 TILL THE AM (STRAWHATZ X KOHARU SUGARAWA’S “KIMONO” DANCE VERSION) TroyBoi 32000
14 15 14 9 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 198950
15 7 1 9 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 882000
16 4 4 11 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 301400
17 9 9 5 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 144750
18 22 18 3 YOUR DOMINO Jessie Ware 53500
19 12 1 12 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 918000
20 14 10 5 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 131000

21 21 21 5 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 94400
22 13 7 6 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 182400
23 18 1 12 AMEN The Fizz 858250
24 27 24 9 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 115500
25 17 13 5 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 112950
26 NEW 26 1 LINGER The Cranberries 18500
27 71 27 2 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 24200
28 24 3 15 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 550300
29 26 20 5 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 93700
30 32 30 7 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 84500

31 29 1 15 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 738050
32 23 8 10 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 288450
33 31 1 21 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1098150
34 30 7 10 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 258900
35 NEW 35 1 THE LAST OF THE REAL ONES Fall Out Boy 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I WISH I KNEW YOU The Revivalists 17400
37 66 37 3 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 30100
38 53 38 3 STRANGERS Sigrid 38450
39 25 10 10 GUILTY Paloma Faith 216450
40 50 40 6 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 61800

41 28 9 20 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 453800
42 35 19 11 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 163600
43 33 33 6 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 76100
44 48 44 3 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 32550
45 NEW 45 1 SICK BOY The Chainsmokers 13000
46 34 34 4 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 59450
47 41 4 24 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 504800
48 36 24 8 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 127950
49 62 49 2 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 19500
50 NEW 50 1 NEVER Embrace 12000

51 40 3 17 READY TO GO Hurts 650750
52 42 1 17 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 937400
53 NEW 53 1 IT’S A BEAUTIFUL WORLD Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 11250
54 49 1 20 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 977350
55 39 4 12 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 423100
56 65 56 2 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 17600
57 64 57 2 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 17500
58 59 58 3 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 26700
59 43 1 17 WAIT UP Hurts 820950
60 NEW 60 1 TIL I’M DONE Paloma Faith 10000

61 69 61 2 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 13700
62 44 10 10 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 209850
63 NEW 63 1 WHATEVER IT TAKES Imagine Dragons 7200
64 NEW 64 1 FIREWORKS First Aid Kit 7100
65 46 8 11 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 296800
66 68 66 2 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 13200
67 NEW 67 1 INTERNATIONAL BLUE Manic Street Preachers 6600
68 NEW 68 1 CALL ME Imelda May & Jack Savoretti 6400
69 NEW 69 1 FINESSE (REMIX) Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B 6200
70 NEW 70 1 17 MK 6000

71 67 1 45 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1043350
72 52 52 4 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 34550
73 NEW 73 1 ALONE Jessie Ware 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MAGIC Simple Minds 5200
75 NEW 75 1 IF ALL I WAS WAS BLACK Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
37 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
45 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
47 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
51 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
54 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
60 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100
61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
63 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
70 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550
72 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

 

 

14th January 2018

It’s Oh Wonder on top in an otherwise quiet chart week, their second chart entry, and a fab record, it borrows somewhat from Elton John’s fantastic Benny & The Jets, which topped my charts 44 years ago – at least the backbone of the record anyway. Midge Ure is also back in the top 10 with the same track 23 years on, a good version of Breathe. Sister Sledge make it a 5th top 10, 33 years on since the last one (albeit a 38-year-old record). Naughty Boy adds to his list of top 10’s (his 5th, including a number one – La La La), P!nk gets a 3rd top 20 in a row off the album, and Portugal. The Man get 2 top 20 entries – Feel It Still is back over 6 months later, and new track Live In The Moment is just below it.

Big climb for Jessie Ware, Bleachers finally got top 40, and Blondie are back again a very sweet 40 years from their debut with Denis (almost) and with Joan Jett in tow some 36 years since I Love Rock N Roll. She hasn’t troubled my charts since ILRNR was reissued in 1994, and not with new material since the 80’s! Lily Allen returns, not before time, 12 years since her debut and still yet to top my chart. Lana Del Ray and Anna Of The North return, and Wolf Alice get a debut at last.

1 2 1 3 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 290600
2 1 1 6 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 740000
3 6 3 4 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 182800
4 5 4 10 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 276400
5 3 3 8 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 403200
6 22 6 2 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 74500
7 4 1 8 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 855000
8 8 5 9 PHASES Alma & French Montana 418400
9 14 9 4 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 121750
10 23 10 2 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 61250

11 12 8 8 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 229150
12 9 1 11 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 897000
13 7 7 5 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 162900
14 10 10 4 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 111000
15 17 15 8 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 169950
16 28 16 2 WHERE WE GO P!nk 43300
17 13 13 4 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 94200
18 11 1 11 AMEN The Fizz 839000
19 26 5 16 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 538300
20 48 20 2 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 32300

21 25 21 4 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 74650
22 50 22 2 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 31500
23 15 8 9 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 270650
24 19 3 14 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 532000
25 16 10 9 GUILTY Paloma Faith 199350
26 20 20 4 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 75500
27 34 27 8 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96500
28 18 9 19 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 439800
29 29 1 14 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 720150
30 27 7 9 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 241300

31 31 1 20 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1080450
32 47 32 6 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 66500
33 40 33 5 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 62600
34 39 34 3 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 46700
35 35 19 10 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 149850
36 24 24 7 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 115650
37 33 5 8 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 243800
38 21 1 7 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 369250
39 32 4 11 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 412300
40 37 3 16 READY TO GO Hurts 639000

41 41 4 23 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 492300
42 42 1 16 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 925900
43 43 1 16 WAIT UP Hurts 810850
44 30 10 9 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 202450
45 44 1 9 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 352850
46 38 8 10 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 289800
47 36 17 11 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 199650
48 65 48 2 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 19300
49 45 1 19 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 966350
50 57 50 5 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 44800

51 46 46 5 RUT The Killers 53000
52 53 52 3 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 28950
53 60 53 2 STRANGERS Sigrid 21250
54 52 17 11 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 186700
55 55 1 28 DREAMS Grace Slick 742300
56 49 8 9 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 210400
57 54 1 19 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 939350
58 56 6 22 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 499350
59 68 59 2 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 16500
60 59 10 14 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 274100

61 61 18 12 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 195900
62 NEW 62 1 DOOM OR DESTINY Blondie featuring Joan Jett 7400
63 58 24 10 GO BANG PNAU 145000
64 NEW 64 1 TRIGGER BANG Lily Allen featuring Giggs 7100
65 NEW 65 1 SOMEONE Anna Of The North 7000
66 70 66 2 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 12800
67 67 1 44 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1037550
68 NEW 68 1 DON’T DELETE THE KISSES Wolf Alice 6400
69 NEW 69 1 GOD SAVE OUR YOUNG BLOOD BORNS & Lana Del Ray 6200
70 69 29 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 135550

71 NEW 71 1 FOR YOU Liam Payne & Rita Ora 5800
72 71 19 15 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 191000
73 NEW 73 1 BEAUTY AND THE BEAST David Bowie 5400
74 74 3 19 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 485650
75 62 15 10 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 162550

DROP OUTS
51 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
63 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
66 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
72 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
75 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

7th January 2018

It’s a second week for the lush Aretha Franklin ballad 44 years on, just holding off a massive 70-place leap for Oh Wonder, now getting well-deserved Radio 2 support. Radio 2 seems to have gone full on-board with the sort of new tracks that Radio 1 would have played a few years ago, which is good news. It’s a mass xmas song drop-out week, as 3 songs with Home in the title are in my top 10, ironically, as I’m still trapped at home caring for my mum with dad back in hospital, and me unable to get to work.

Midge Ure’s 1995 UK flop (but big with me) Breathe is back, in the orchestral vogue, which suits it better than some of the bigger hits on the album, while Naughty Boy is back with a Jonas brother in tow at 23, leaping over another Jonas brother at 24. Both doing better than any actual Jonas Brothers records ever did in my charts. Portugal. The Man’s 2017 oldie is back in the 40, as their new one enters at 48.

P!nk has a 3rd top 40 off the latest album, Lindsey & Christine get a 3rd of 5 album tracks to hit the 40, Pet Shop Boys version of their Girls Aloud/Xenomania hit belatedly pops in, Shed Seven return for over 20 years of entries, and Jessie ware has a welcome return.

1 1 1 5 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 625000
2 72 2 2 LIFETIMES Oh Wonder 120600
3 4 3 7 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 343200
4 3 1 7 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 805000
5 12 5 9 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 211400
6 16 6 3 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 97800
7 9 7 4 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 130900
8 6 5 8 PHASES Alma & French Montana 370400
9 5 1 10 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 862000
10 18 10 3 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 82000

11 7 1 10 AMEN The Fizz 817000
12 8 8 7 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 192150
13 19 13 3 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 71200
14 14 14 3 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 76750
15 13 8 8 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 251400
16 10 10 8 GUILTY Paloma Faith 180600
17 17 17 7 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 142950
18 11 9 18 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 421500
19 15 3 13 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 513000
20 20 20 3 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 57000

21 2 1 6 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 352050
22 NEW 22 1 BREATHE (ORCHESTRATED) Midge Ure 19500
23 NEW 23 1 ONE CHANCE TO DANCE Naughty Boy featuring Joe Jonas 19250
24 24 24 6 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 98250
25 25 25 3 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 54900
26 56 5 15 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 517300
27 22 7 8 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 223300
28 NEW 28 1 WHERE WE GO P!nk 18300
29 23 1 13 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 701950
30 21 10 8 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 189200

31 27 1 19 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1062550
32 26 4 10 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 395200
33 28 5 7 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 226500
34 38 34 7 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 78100
35 31 19 9 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 132350
36 32 17 10 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 187150
37 35 3 15 READY TO GO Hurts 622000
38 34 8 9 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 277050
39 50 39 2 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 29100
40 49 40 4 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 44900

41 37 4 22 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 478300
42 42 1 15 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 912150
43 40 1 15 WAIT UP Hurts 797350
44 41 1 8 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 339850
45 45 1 18 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 954150
46 47 46 4 RUT The Killers 41250
47 71 45 5 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 48700
48 NEW 48 1 LIVE IN THE MOMENT Portugal. The Man 12300
49 33 8 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 199800
50 NEW 50 1 YOUR DOMINO Jesse Ware 12000

51 30 20 5 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 86600
52 44 17 10 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 175700
53 69 53 2 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 17450
54 48 1 18 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 928950
55 55 1 27 DREAMS Grace Slick 731500
56 51 6 21 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 489150
57 57 57 4 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 32800
58 43 24 9 GO BANG PNAU 137800
59 46 10 13 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 264100
60 NEW 60 1 STRANGERS Sigrid 10000

61 53 18 11 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 188400
62 52 15 9 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 157550
63 59 59 4 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 37400
64 54 54 2 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 18100
65 NEW 65 1 PEOPLE WILL TALK Shed Seven 7000
66 29 29 3 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 30000
67 67 1 43 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1030950
68 NEW 68 1 THE LOVING KIND (MONITOR MIX) Pet Shop Boys 6400
69 68 29 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 129550
70 NEW 70 1 THE WEEKEND (FUNK WAV REMIX) SZA & Calvin Harris 6000

71 58 19 14 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 185400
72 39 39 3 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 29700
73 63 34 8 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 89900
74 66 3 18 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 480450
75 36 36 5 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 66800

DROP OUTS
60 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350
61 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
64 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
70 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000
73 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

My 1985 Charts – June

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june 1985 videos here…..

4th June 1985

1st week on top for American EDM act Animotion, or synthpop as was. It had taken The Americans a few years to catch up with the pop movement, but this one was on a par with a great Human League track. Fab. Rocketing up to 3 with their 8th top 5 hit in 5 years, it’s the wonderful OMD and a terrific record that mysteriously was only a minor UK hit, and I can only put it down to them being in the States as they belatedly took off there 5 years late and with most of their great 80‘s records behind them. Happily there were great ones in subsequent decades too. Scritti Politti get a 3rd top 10, Word Girl, as Phil Lynott and Gary Moore go top 10 for the first time since Yellow Pearl in 1982 (Phil), or KIller On The Loose (Thin Lizzy) in 1980 depending on how you look at it.

Up to 13, Mai Tai’s terrific History beats strongly upwards, just ahead of the even greater leaping of Duel, as Propaganda get that 2nd top 20. History will show which one wins the Duel! Stephen Duffy gets a 2nd top 20, which must be the icing on the cake for him, and Depeche Mode add to their long list of top 20 tracks, a disease they just can’t shake off. Highest new entry is the theme to a big Eddie Murphy movie Beverley Hills Cop, the instrumental synth novelty of Axel F from German Howard Faltemeyer, in at 22. I say novelty, I mean catchy, the real novelty nightmare came 20 years later when an obnoxious and irritating cartoon frog covered it. It’s the closest I’ve ever come to wanting to exterminate an amphibian.

At 23, new in and debuting it’s Modern Talking another German pop act, this time a synth duo with a gorgeously cheesy EDM tune which flopped in the UK, though they hit with their next record. This was the better song though, You’re My Heart You’re My Soul. Bryan Adams gets a 3rd top 40, he’s in heaven about it, as are Five Star all falling down while loving David Bowie’s alien, all together with new entries from New Order (give us a Perfect Kiss, then) at 39, and at 40 The Beach Boys return with their best record of the 80’s Getcha Back giving them a clear run of 17 years of top 40 singles, since they appeared in my very first chart ever with Do It Again.

Elsewhere, Nick Heyward keeps the run of solo singles charting with Laura at 53, The Crowd cover You’ll Never Walk Alone to raise money for victims of the Bradford City FC terrible fire disaster. The main man was still Gerry Marsden, of Gerry And The Pacemakers who hit the UK number one with it in 1963 as part of their famous chart debut hat-trick, still the best version of the show tune and musical offcut from Carousel. It’s still rousing and eventually topped my chart on one if it’s UK chart re-entries in the 21st century, and pretty much would have topped my chart in 1963 along with I Like It and How Do You Do, and also Ferry Cross The Mersey, cos I loved them all, and the River Mersey and Liverpool was a constant in in my life on and off for the first 30 years or so. This was a well-meaning version, with a choir of pop stars and celebrities such as Colin Blunstone, Tony Christie, Kiki Dee, Graham Gouldman of 10CC and Phil Lynott getting his second simultaneous chart hit, and UK chart-topper, months before his early death.

At 60, Roy Wood, me old fave, is back at 60 Under Fire, as Bruce is back and he’s actually On Fire at 63 with a fab ballad and an over-rated anthem Born In The USA which went over the heads of many people who took it literally as a patriotic flag-waving opportunity and ruined the social commentary of US politics, the Viet-Nam war veteran treatment, and the working man under the foot of the rich right-wing. Just shows people don’t always listen to the lyrics, not even President Reagan who missed the point completely. At 67, Sister Sledge are back with an actual non-Chic new track. Sadly, it’s the monster UK hit Frankie which doesn’t take many repeat listens to annoy. Pat Benatar also drops by again, and so Elton John (14 years and counting) and Millie Jackson who rather amazingly debuts some 13 years late, as My Man Is A Sweet Man and other early 70’s singles didn’t chart. Act Of War is a good vocal battle though, and Millie wins on a knockout, you don’t mess with her!


1 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 26 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 6 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
5 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
6 ( 9 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 3 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
8 ( 12 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 4 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
10 ( 14 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott

11 ( 8 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
12 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
13 ( 36 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
14 ( 52 ) DUEL Propaganda
15 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
16 ( 18 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
17 ( 40 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 11 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
19 ( 22 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 10 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

21 ( 17 ) CRY Godley And Creme
22 ( NEW ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
23 ( NEW ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
24 ( 13 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
25 ( 39 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
26 ( 29 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
27 ( 19 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
28 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 16 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
30 ( 66 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams

31 ( 21 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
32 ( 20 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
33 ( 47 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
34 ( 23 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
35 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
36 ( 38 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
37 ( 24 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
38 ( 70 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
39 ( NEW ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
40 ( NEW ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys

41 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
42 ( 25 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 53 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
44 ( 34 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 31 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
46 ( 27 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
47 ( 57 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury And The Blockheads
48 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
49 ( 33 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
50 ( 68 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr

51 ( 46 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
52 ( 37 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
53 ( NEW ) LAURA Nick Heyward
54 ( 58 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
55 ( 30 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
56 ( NEW ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
57 ( 32 ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
58 ( RE ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
59 ( 43 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
60 ( NEW ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood

61 ( 56 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
62 ( 49 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
63 ( NEW ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
64 ( 44 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
65 ( 75 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
66 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
67 ( NEW ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
68 ( NEW ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
69 ( 59 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
70 ( NEW ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

71 ( 50 ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman
72 ( 62 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
73 ( NEW ) JET SET Alphaville
74 ( 60 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
75 ( NEW ) REMEMBER I LOVE YOU Jim Diamond

This week in 1985 I recorded myself singing, curious to hear what I sound like. As it turns out, I sung all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order. Anything vocally demanding turned into the flattest thing created since the crispy pizza. I mused I could cope with mellow songs like Love Hurts (Jim Capaldi version, not the impossible-to-match Roy Orbison) Tie A Yellow Ribbon, or laid-back Cat Stevens songs. I have never done Karaoke in public, but if I got drunk one night I would insist on Tie A Yellow Ribbon as it’s the least-demanding song vocally I can come up with. I would need two mates dressed in mini-skirts as back up though for the female fade-out, Morecambe & Wise stylee. Or dressed as Nana Mouskouri, one or t’other.

In Belgium, some Liverpool football hooligans killed over 38 people and made us all ashamed to be British, as they made football matches a nightmare for everyone on an ongoing fascist racist aggressive regime. In my life, my moped rear light fell off, I went back to pick it up just as a car ran over it. Doh! I felt a bit depressed and sorry for myself all week, whining about not having enough time for all my interests and ambitions. Actually, compared to my life now, I had bags of time, didn’t know how good I had it! Whinger! Babysat for our yorkie for 2 hours, it just wouldn’t stop crying, so I guess a bit like me then.



11th June 1985

2 weeks for Animotion at 1, the top 3 all static as Mai Tai and Propaganda go top 5. Modern Talking and Marillion jump into the top 10, and Axel F do-do-de-d-d-d-do-do’s it’s way into the 20. REO Speedwagon get another top 20 entry 4 years on from chart-topper Keep On Loving You, helped in no small part by the ambitious amusing Arthur/Merlin-inspired video. One Lonely “knight” in the 20th century as it were. Another good video from Bowie helps Loving The Alien hit the 20 for a 13th year, and Five Star fall down while going up, a good trick if you can do it.

The Crowd enter the top 40, and Narada Michael Walden gets a very 1985-sounding Gimme Gimme Gimme at 30, and it’s nothing to do with the classic Abba single. Happily. The sweet Laura hits 32 for Nick Heyward, and the rocking Bruce 33, and theirs a great chart debut from Fine Young Cannibals, essentially half of The Beat plus new singer Roland Gift and a lot of style. Johnny Come Home is pretty fine and doesn’t sound dated. Skipworth And Turner finally break into the 40 after meandering about just outside, ditto China Crisis’s King, and it’s a fast-pass for Frankie and Sister Sledge to 39.

New at 47, Madonna chalks up another chart entry with the famous Crazy For You, a film theme tune and a rather ponderous ballad who’s ongoing appeal passes me by, by far my least-fave Madonna single to date. Also back with another in their run of hits, and coming off the back of 2 big singles (the previous single being one of my all-time faves), tears For Fears are at 66 with the under-rated (by me) Head Over Heels. It all changed after it was used very effectively in the fantastic film Donnie Darko, I love it now. At 68, Nils Lofgren, steady working musician who never quite broke through enters with some street secrets, At 70 Paul Young is back with the rather good Tomb Of Memories, while Dollar’s Thereze Bazar gets a solo entry with another of 3 “Kiss” titles in the chart, at 72 and some 10 years since she was first a Doll in Guys And Dolls, from Doll to Dollar. Squeeze are back 7 years on from first and biggest single Take Me I’m Yours, at 75 with Last Time Forever. The lads are back together this very week with new material as I type (August 2015), hooray!

1 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
2 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
3 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
4 ( 13 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
5 ( 14 ) DUEL Propaganda
6 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
7 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
8 ( 10 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
9 ( 23 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
10 ( 26 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion

11 ( 5 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
12 ( 17 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 25 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
14 ( 4 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
15 ( 38 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 22 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
17 ( 11 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
18 ( 9 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
19 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
20 ( 33 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

21 ( 7 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
22 ( 12 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
23 ( 40 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
24 ( 30 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
25 ( 15 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
26 ( 28 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
27 ( 16 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
28 ( 56 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
29 ( 18 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
30 ( 58 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin

31 ( 21 ) CRY Godley And Creme
32 ( 53 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
33 ( 63 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
34 ( NEW ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
35 ( 20 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 27 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
37 ( 24 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
38 ( 41 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
39 ( 67 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
40 ( 48 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis

41 ( 54 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
42 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
43 ( 32 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
44 ( 31 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
45 ( 50 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
46 ( 29 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
47 ( NEW ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
48 ( 34 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
49 ( 37 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
50 ( 70 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson

51 ( 44 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 35 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( 51 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 39 ) THE PERFECT KISS New Order
55 ( 46 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
56 ( 65 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 36 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
58 ( 68 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
59 ( 52 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
60 ( 69 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello

61 ( 43 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC (LIVE) Gary Numan
62 ( 45 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
63 ( 49 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
64 ( 61 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 59 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
66 ( NEW ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
67 ( 47 ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK (REMIX) Ian Dury And The Blockheads
68 ( NEW ) SECRET IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
69 ( 66 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young

71 ( 62 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
72 ( NEW ) THE BIG KISS Thereze Bazaar
73 ( 55 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station
74 ( 60 ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood
75 ( NEW ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze


With the reduced TV charts I’m adding in my occasional oldies playlist short-list, topped by 60’s then-new discovery form Gary Lewis & The Playboys, This Diamond Ring. Son of movie actor Jerry Lewis, I went a bundle on their Greatest Hits and especially this 20-year-old track at the time. Had I allowed random oldies it would have topped my chart.

Went to see Starman at the cinema, a sweet sci-fi movie starring Jeff Bridges, a bit of a love story between an alien in human form and Karen Allen, fresh-ish from Raiders Of The Lost Ark. Jeff stole the film with his choice of unusually stilted but endearing style, and directed (amazingly) by John Carpenter not his usual style at all. I rated it as the best film I’d seen since Star Trek III and among my top 40 faves of all-time (since dropped out as it never gets shown on TV and I haven’t seen it in decades). It spawned a decent TV series starring Robert Hayes (from Airplane).



18th June 1985

OMD get their 3rd number one 5 years since the first one, Messages, the under-rated So In Love. The Beach Boys go top 10 for the first time in 6 years, and Bowie keeps his run going 13 years on from Starman doing it first, Starman to Alien, and still loving them. Bryan Adams gets another top 20, it’s Heaven, and Springsteen makes it 10 years of top 20’s, and Prince makes it 3 years of top 20’s, with his Paisley Park going through a continuing purple patch, so to speak. Fine Young Cannibals still call fro Johnny at 20.

Into the 40 Madonna is Crazy For You, and Cherish that cos Kool And The Gang also go top 40 with a title she liked so much she re-used it 4 years later, to much better effect. All the new entries are low in the chart, from a Paul Hardcastle recent track, a debut from new band Simply Red, the great Money’s Too Tight (To mention), and that ginger-haired lead singer has quite the soul voice. Mick Hucknall, of course! Steve Harley is back with the Rebels and he’s still irresistible 11 years on from Judy Teen, and look who’s back too – Roy Orbison.

That needs several exclamation marks!!! Roy had been far-too-long absent from the music scene charts, and incredibly makes a chart debut in mine for the simple reason that all of his great records pre-date my charts – Roy, and I say this without over-stating the case, was the greatest male vocalist in pop music of the 20th Century. He just was, so there! His run of singles comprise the greatest batch of heart-breaking tortured dramatic lost love songs. Wild Hearts wasn’t a hit, but it did turn on his 1992 posthumous album of leftovers following his major comeback with Traveling Wilbury’s and Jeff Lynne-produced Mystery Girl album, and tragic death in between those two projects.

Also new, Jesus And Mary Chain bring low-fi 60’s-influenced Velvet Underground sounds into the 80’s You Trip Me Up, and Sting offers some good advice, directly to make up for Every Breath You Take’s creepy controlling message (which passed most people by). It wasn’t as good, though, sadly.


1 ( 3 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 1 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 4 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
4 ( 5 ) DUEL Propaganda
5 ( 2 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
6 ( 10 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
7 ( 9 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 7 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
9 ( 23 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
10 ( 15 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie

11 ( 12 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
12 ( 13 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
13 ( 6 ) CALL ME Go West
14 ( 16 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
15 ( 24 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
16 ( 8 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
17 ( 33 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 26 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
19 ( 20 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
20 ( 34 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals

21 ( 17 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
22 ( 39 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
23 ( 11 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
24 ( 28 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 47 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna
26 ( 14 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
27 ( 43 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
28 ( 18 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
29 ( 32 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
30 ( 42 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 21 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
32 ( 19 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
33 ( 22 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
34 ( 41 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
35 ( 31 ) CRY Godley And Creme
36 ( 29 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 40 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
38 ( 27 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
39 ( 25 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
40 ( 44 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge

41 ( 36 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
42 ( 45 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
43 ( 75 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 37 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
45 ( 50 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
46 ( 30 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
47 ( 58 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
49 ( 48 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
50 ( 66 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears

51 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 52 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
53 ( NEW ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 38 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
57 ( 49 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
58 ( NEW ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red
59 ( 70 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
60 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel

61 ( 55 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
62 ( 46 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
63 ( 59 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
64 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
65 ( 68 ) SECRETS IN THE STREET Nils Lofgren
66 ( 57 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
67 ( NEW ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones
68 ( NEW ) WILD HEARTS Roy Orbison
69 ( NEW ) EL VINO COLLAPSO Black Lace
70 ( 65 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

71 ( NEW ) WHERE OUR LOVE BEGINS David Grant
72 ( NEW ) YOU TRIP ME UP Jesus And Mary Chain
73 ( 69 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
74 ( NEW ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE SET THEM FREE Sting
75 ( NEW ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah

TV 15th-22nd June
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 The Young Ones
3 MASH
4 Lou Grant
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Phil Silvers Show
7 Ready Steady Go
8 Dallas
9 Bewitched
10 Taxi

On TV classic 60’s ITV pop show Ready Steady Go was being repeated to my great joy, and at work I got a young new assistant, 18-year-old Nick, who turned up, very good-looking, fit and outward-going, and in a suit – which I suggested might not work in a van in the countryside, but he did make the effort! Bob the driver was also back after a week off with twisted err, thingies. I taught Nick the main codes and technique of the hand-held husky computer and we went out measuring near Stalbridge. He was very keen to get started, so let him, mostly mistake-free which put the other team’s noses out-of-joint who were slow-going about stuff like that. Nick was lively and into pop music, and brightened up my fairly now-dull work-life. His main hobbies were girls, girls, girls….and cars.

On Wogan Abba’s Benny & Bjorn were with Tim Rice talking about Chess (the Musical) and Bob geldof was on about Live Aid tickets, his new project for Band Aid charity cash. I bought myself baggy jeans, after years of tight drainpipe jeans and before that tight oxford bags and flares, and before that tight bell-bottoms. Boys fashions were pretty tight, really, then for the next 20 years it was all about baggy…



25th June 1985

2 weeks for OMD on top, holding off Mai Tai at 2 to make History. Hall & Oates make a swift reissued comeback with a record that was massive in the USA and not in the UK, while the lesser follow-up was a UK hit. It still didn’t work, though, Out Of Touch just didn’t connect with the UK charts, but it did with me, so is the highest new entry at 4, their 4th Top 5. Elton & Millie War their way into the 20, and Madonna also gets another one, as Crazy For You scrapes in. Paul Young’s good Tomb Of Memories hits the 40, along with the great Tears For Fears Head Over Heels, and Edwin Starr’s retro sounds of It Ain’t Fair, and Simply Red’s soulful Money’s Too Tight.

1 ( 1 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
2 ( 3 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
3 ( 9 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
4 ( NEW ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
5 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
6 ( 4 ) DUEL Propaganda
7 ( 7 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
8 ( 6 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
9 ( 5 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
10 ( 14 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer

11 ( 18 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
12 ( 8 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
13 ( 17 ) BORN IN THE USA/ I’M ON FIRE Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 22 ) FRANKIE Sister Sledge
15 ( 10 ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie
16 ( 13 ) CALL ME Go West
17 ( 11 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
18 ( 45 ) ACT OF WAR Elton John and Millie Jackson
19 ( 20 ) JOHNNY COME HOME Fine Young Cannibals
20 ( 25 ) CRAZY FOR YOU Madonna

21 ( 12 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
22 ( 16 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
23 ( 30 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
24 ( 24 ) YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE The Crowd
25 ( 34 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 15 ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
27 ( 19 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
28 ( 21 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
29 ( 59 ) TOMB OF MEMORIES Paul Young
30 ( 23 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy

31 ( 37 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
32 ( 50 ) HEAD OVER HEELS Tears For Fears
33 ( 27 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
34 ( 29 ) LAURA Nick Heyward
35 ( 28 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
36 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 35 ) CRY Godley And Creme
38 ( 42 ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
39 ( 26 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
40 ( 58 ) MONEY’S TOO TIGHT (TO MENTION) Simply Red

41 ( 31 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
42 ( 32 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
43 ( 43 ) LAST TIME FOREVER Squeeze
44 ( 33 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
45 ( 41 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
46 ( 75 ) SOUL PASSING THROUGH SOUL Toyah
47 ( 47 ) SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT Pat Benatar
48 ( NEW ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
49 ( 53 ) RAIN FOREST Paul Hardcastle
50 ( 51 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 38 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
52 ( 40 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
53 ( 60 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
54 ( 44 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
55 ( 39 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
56 ( 74 ) IF YOU LOVE SOMEBODY SET THEM FREE Sting
57 ( NEW ) WAYS TO BE WICKED Lone Justice
58 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE BAD TIMES Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
60 ( 67 ) LIFE IN ONE DAY Howard Jones

61 ( 49 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
62 ( 48 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
63 ( NEW ) BEN Marti Webb
64 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU Feargal Sharkey
65 ( 64 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
66 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T NEED A REASON Phil Fearon & Galaxy
67 ( 57 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
68 ( 61 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
69 ( NEW ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
70 ( 63 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles

71 ( 46 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada Michael Walden and Patti Austin
72 ( NEW ) MY TOOT TOOT Denise La Salle
73 ( 56 ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean
74 ( 70 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
75 ( NEW ) ENDICOTT Kid Creole And The Coconuts

OLDIES PLAYLIST
1. MARRAKESH EXPRESS – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. THIS DIAMOND RING – Gary Lewis & The Playboys
3. RANDY – Blue Mink

TV 22nd-28th June

1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 The Young Ones
3 Cheers
4 Rhoda
5 Ready Steady Go
6 Dallas
7 Batman
8 Top Of The Pops
9 Taxi


At work, young Nick’s fairly extreme views came out while travelling on and off sites in Dorset, though also he’d been in hospital over 2 years in a life and death situation, with the scars to prove it, and ongoing medication. Of course, when I hear views I don’t agree with I have to butt in. I just do! Going home, I came off my moped again, in the rain, starting to really piss me off at how lethal it is. Nick & Bob tried to get me to join them clubbing for girl-chasing. I semi-politely declined…

Marvelled at how dated the fashions of the 60’s looked on Ready Steady Go (though the music energetic and exciting), after only 2 decades. On Sunday I met mate Bob’s fiancee Annette, pleasant and chatty I thought, as she was looking for a place and job nearer Bournemouth.

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 1979 Charts – September

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4th September 1979

The first chart in Long Beach, LA, and it’s too soon for anything to have happened musically, so it’s quite a dull chart with a bit of shuffling. On the plus side, Cliff’s fab record gets a second week on top, Boney M get a 4th Top 3 hit (yes I knew that hook was fab, even if it under-performed UK charts-wise), Gerry Rafferty gets a 4th Top 5, and the Specials are real Gangsters at 5. Don’t argue!

Flying Lizards get to 10, Randy Vanwarmer takes his sweetsad ballad to 11, and Johnny Mathis gets a 3rd Top 20 hit. Jumping Randy Crawford with The Crusaders 51 to 27, Streetlife – sadly not the much better Roxy Music hit, though the nearly-as-good Angel Eyes is at 8 for them – and Dr Hook get to 39 with a future biggie. New entries: Wings (it’s OK), and not much else worth noting.

So instead I’ll pop over to California ’79, where I was, and continue the pop culture anecdotes amongst the student nostalgia. Cheers! So, we headed randomly to Long Beach, and came across Beach Terrace Motel, literally on the beach, and facing the Queen Mary liner, and all for $11 each, wow! My American airplane friend gave us good advice! It was night, the ocean was full of blocks of colour and twinkling lights. Fab! Roomy, a iamspamspamami a balcony over the beach, living room and bedroom, “Pure sensational delight” I quote myself. Being an American TV fan, I took over the control next day as I re-acquainted with childhood faves not seen in a decade thanks to re-run stations – as opposed to the pathetic 3 UK channels. Notably Mel Brooks wacky sitcom Get Smart, and Gilligans Island daft but loveable sitcom, Ghost and Mrs Muir, Family Affair, Batman, Partridge Family. I was in babbling sitcom heaven.

Tuesday: The daytime revealed we were basically living like Jim Rockford, on the beach, we got groceries at a nearby store, played frisbee, took photos, pancakes at a diner “a cup of tea, please” said Julie, the waitress loved the accent and repeated it. A recurring theme of the States: the English accent is very popular! We hired a tent, everyone was so happy to help us look for one, so friendly and helpful. I loved it here, shame we moved out next day….

Wednesday: Out for a drive, my un-named friend tried driving down the highway wrong direction, cars hurtling towards us – fortunately those alleyways you see on cop shows are real and dived down it. Laugh or cry about it? Laugh! Then it was a day in Disneyland: my first time, my first theme park. The thick brown cords I wore prob not a great idea in the heat… I loved the rides, the detail, the lifelike “robot” Abe Lincoln, and I pushed Tomorrowland as the place to be – so ME! Space Mountain: “the most exciting thing I’ve ever done” a pitch-black indoor roller-coaster, thus begins my roller-coaster obsession! I adored Disneyland.

Thursday: Off to Las Vegas. I froze in the air-con car (I like heat!). I anticipated a future language cliche in my comment: “literally” my feet and arms were freezing, but I used the commas to show it wasn’t actually literal. So there! Nothing new under the sun. Station KFI (LA) – some of the big news items that cropped up: Lex Barker (Tarzan) died, actress Jean Seberg was found dead in Paris (Paint Your Wagon), Earl Mountbatten blown-up by the IRA, hurricanes. Gulp! Stop-off at Calico, a great desert mountain ghost mining town done up for tourists, terrific for photos and HOT, well over 100F. Yay! On the radio? My theme song, my all-time fave song, the song that has followed me round the world, wherever I go, I usually hear it (less so these days, mind you): Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. Las Vegas: I found new DC Comics in a supermarket, Legion Of Super-Heroes especially. Me sorted, then! Accommodation? KOA campsite, a tent in desert heat, erecting it as night fell – yes, not thought through that one….. Cruising the Las Vegas strip at night in the car? Tick! Just like American Graffiti…

Friday: newspaper tokens for a free casino breakfast and free $1 in coins to play. True! I demonstrated to Pete & Julie the futility of gambling on the one-armed bandits, feeding my coins in “you never win on these things” I said as $5 worth of cash tumbled out. I quit while I was ahead:) Drove to Hoover Dam: terrific photos. Pete and Julie were getting on VERY well by this time, leaving me as the 5th wheel, but all good fun. We were heading for the Grand Canyon…. TBC

1 ( 1 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
2 ( 2 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
3 ( 6 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
4 ( 8 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
5 ( 7 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
6 ( 4 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
7 ( 3 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
8 ( 10 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
9 ( 5 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
10 ( 13 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards

11 ( 23 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
12 ( 14 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
13 ( 9 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
14 ( 12 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
15 ( 11 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
16 ( 16 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
17 ( 19 ) LINES The Planets
18 ( 17 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
19 ( 22 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
20 ( 15 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire

21 ( 20 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
22 ( 28 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
23 ( 26 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
24 ( 24 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
25 ( 18 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
26 ( 34 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
27 ( 51 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
28 ( 21 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
29 ( 31 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
30 ( 27 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez

31 ( 25 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
32 ( 30 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
33 ( 63 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
34 ( 39 ) CARS Gary Numan
35 ( 29 ) KID The Pretenders
36 ( 32 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
37 ( 35 ) WANTED The Dooleys
38 ( 42 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
39 ( 49 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
40 ( 33 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69

41 ( 37 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
42 ( 36 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
43 ( 38 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
44 ( 40 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
45 ( 41 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
46 ( NEW ) GETTING CLOSER Wings
47 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
48 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
49 ( 48 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
50 ( 47 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

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51 ( 46 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
52 ( 45 ) SPACE BASS Slick
53 ( 44 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
54 ( 75 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam
55 ( 53 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
56 ( 58 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
57 ( 64 ) YOU NEED WHEELS The Merton Parkas
58 ( 59 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
59 ( 60 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
60 ( 43 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross

61 ( 50 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex
62 ( 62 ) ROXANNE The Police
63 ( 56 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
64 ( NEW ) BOY OH BOY Racey
65 ( 67 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
66 ( 52 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
67 ( 57 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts
68 ( NEW ) WHEN WILL YOU BE MINE Average White Band
69 ( 73 ) THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE City Boy
70 ( 70 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

71 ( 61 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing
72 ( NEW ) TEENAGE WARNING The Angelic Upstarts
73 ( 66 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant
74 ( 68 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler
75 ( 69 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire

11th September 1979
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The first US chart proper, and it shows in an inrush of Californian and Nevada radio tracks that hadn’t registered in the UK. Appropriately, the 3 highest were British acts, plus 3 US acts, and an Aussie and a Canadian, but the chart-topper was one of the 2 45’s I bought on holiday – Gerry Rafferty’s 2nd number one, the fabulous Get It Right Next Time, inexorably linked in my mind with desert highways. As was the highest new entry at 3, ELO’s 3rd Top 5 of the year off Discovery, the thumpingly brilliant Don’t Bring Me Down, the other 45 I bought, along with In The Ghetto, Aquarius/Let The Sunshine, and Good Morning Starshine as I was reliving the summer of 69. ELO: all the boys sang along to “Broooce” loudly in the car, every time it came on. yay!

Sister Sledge get their biggest hit to date as the brilliant Lost In Music goes Top 5, Dr Hook get a 5th Top 20 hit at 18, and in at 20 it’s the 3rd Breakfast In America single, the US-hit-only Goodbye Stranger, a delicious ballad much better than the title track. In at 30 it’s Nick Lowe, fresh off helping Dave Edmunds, with the irresistible Cruel To Be Kind – in the right measure! Another non-UK-hit at 38, the wonderful Cars and Let’s Go, for a 3rd John hit and another great single. At 55, Babs is back with the theme tune to her last decent comedy, with Ryan O’Neal, The Main Event, all camp disco, and 8 years of hits.

The Little River Band had a radio hit in the UK with Reminiscing but never broke through, but Lonesome Loser is a sort of 80’s poprock template and a great singalong bit of drama. Anne Murray gets 9 years of hits, 2 number ones, and a 3rd hit of the year with the pleasant Shadows In The Moonlight. A bit MOR but I always loved her soft easy-on-the-ear vocals. Robert Palmer gets a 2nd hit with Bad Case Of Loving You, rocking it where Every Kinda People ached wistfully, and finally a bit of country from Eddie Rabbit, and one I’ve never managed to hear again. Not for long though…!

On the holiday media-scene, Laverne & Shirley (a Penny Marshall Happy Days spin-off, daft but loveable), The Jeffersons (black sitcoms were making inroads on US TV) and The Match Game, the US original version of Blankety Blank: more on this later…

Friday (cont): The Grand Canyon. Just past Bedrock (I kid not, Fred Flintstone is alive and well!), through the woodland, park the car, and whooo the biggest hole in the world! If you’ve seen the photos, it comes as a letdown initially – but that’s only till you get a proper sense of scale. It blew my mind: I peered over the edge and watched a bird flying way below. Only it wasn’t a bird, it was a plane. It’s HUGE. One of the greatest spots on the planet to visit, stunning to me, less so for the others. Downside: we camped in the tent. It was bloody freezing! We weren’t dressed for cold! I loaned my pyjamas to the girls.

Sat: The canyon was breathtaking in the morning light and blue skies. I picked up some souvenir stones to take home. I do that. Chipmunks. Ammonite souvenirs. Hoover Dam. KOA Las Vegas. Another nameless friend drove Pete & I in the dark to a casino – the wrong way down the highway! Quick U turn! Cruised the strip. Lady Luck casino, past gathering prostitutes and drunks. Watched a gathering of glamorous ladies getting picked up in the casino one by one by gentleman callers who gave them something before leaving. How thoughtful. Pete played cards, won some cash, a lady helpfully advised us that if we didn’t have ID proving we were over 21 (Julie wasn’t 21) we ought to make a quick exit as it was against the law. We took her advice!

Sun: Death Valley via Pahrump, a dust devil, desert scrub, it was a National Monument, fabulous scenery, worryingly hot with names like Furnace Creek and danger signs all adding to the anxiety about breaking down en route. All good fun, as was the toilet rolls in the “emergency” roadsign box. Souvenir desert-salt fell immediately to bits in the car, as predicted by yours truly. Sand dunes. Hick gas shack on the mountain climb out of the valley. Mountains! Lone Pine: a motel! hooray! Luxury!

Mon: To Lake Tahoe, sensational mountain scenery, forests and lakes, Lake Tahoe a deep blue edged by steep pine-treed slopes, and casinos on the Nevada end. The 2nd-highest lake in the world I read somewhere. Judy Collins and Jim Stafford were in town for shows: nobody knew who they were or cared to find out. Johnny Mathis more so, but expensive. Pity! Eagle Point Camp Site. tent again.

Tues: Sunny, fresh campsite morning by the lake! Driving to KOA Auburn for the afternoon, put my washing in the campsite industrial-sized drier. My T shirts shrunk to the size of tots T shirts. Much merriment from others. Listed lots of oldies in my notebooks heard on radio: Beatles, Abba, Bee Gees a-plenty (yes Abba, despite popular perception they never made it in the States, did, and were played on radio), Love’s Theme, Jet, Driver’s Seat, Layla and many more….

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1 ( 4 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 1 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
3 ( NEW ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
4 ( 2 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 12 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 5 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
7 ( 6 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
8 ( 8 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
9 ( 3 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
10 ( 11 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

11 ( 7 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
12 ( 10 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
13 ( 9 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
14 ( 17 ) LINES The Planets
15 ( 14 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
16 ( 20 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
17 ( 13 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
18 ( 39 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
19 ( 19 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
20 ( NEW ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

21 ( 15 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
22 ( 18 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
23 ( 27 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
24 ( 21 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
25 ( 22 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
26 ( 23 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
27 ( 16 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
28 ( 24 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
29 ( 30 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
30 ( NEW ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe

31 ( 33 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
32 ( 25 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
33 ( 34 ) CARS Gary Numan
34 ( 26 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
35 ( 38 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
36 ( 28 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
37 ( 36 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
38 ( NEW ) LET’S GO The Cars
39 ( 45 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
40 ( 46 ) GETTING CLOSER Wings

41 ( 31 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
42 ( 29 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
43 ( 32 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke
44 ( 47 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
45 ( NEW ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
46 ( 35 ) KID The Pretenders
47 ( 37 ) WANTED The Dooleys
48 ( 41 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
49 ( 44 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
50 ( 49 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba

51 ( 48 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
52 ( 50 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
53 ( 64 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
54 ( 53 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
55 ( NEW ) THE MAIN EVENT/ FIGHT Barbra Streisand
56 ( 59 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
57 ( 58 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
58 ( 51 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty
59 ( 56 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
60 ( NEW ) SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT Anne Murray

61 ( 66 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
62 ( 54 ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam
63 ( 68 ) WHEN WILL YOU BE MINE Average White Band
64 ( 52 ) SPACE BASS Slick
65 ( 60 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross
66 ( 63 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
67 ( 40 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69
68 ( 42 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate
69 ( 55 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
70 ( 62 ) ROXANNE The Police

71 ( RE ) POP MUZIK M
72 ( 70 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie
73 ( 43 ) SWEET LITTLE ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER Showaddywaddy
74 ( NEW ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU (DOCTOR DOCTOR) Robert Palmer
75 ( NEW ) SUSPICION Eddie Rabbit

TV
1 Laverne And Shirley
2 The Jeffersons
3 The Match Game

18th September 1979
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A split US/UK chart, with a couple of days back in the UK mixed in with American radio new entries. ELO get their 6th chart-topper, knocking off Gerry after one week only. The record has popped up since in American road movies (I mean how appropriate for me, being as it was, and is, and always will be, singing down freeways and highways) like the brilliant Paul, the good Super 8, Doctor Who, Family Guy, The Pirates, and only just missed getting onto Guardians Of The Galaxy (hoping to see it in the extended version on DVD). I feel all justified and warm… Both crackers! Gary Numan motors up to 4 for a 2nd Top 5 hit with Cars, and highest new entry is The Commodores (and Lionel Richie’s) best ballad, the gorgeous Sail On. It’s a country song from a soul band, and the delayed end chorus is just delicious.

The Stranglers get all royal at 18, and Dollar re-enter with their soppy ballad at 25, making it 3 in a row Top 40’s. At 26, it’s Robert John, last seen in 1972 wimoweh-ing with a sleeping lion, back this time with a sweet falsetto ballad, Sad Eyes. Frantique strut some funky stuff at 28, Squeeze are up for a bit of Slap n Tickle at 30, a 5th hit for them, and Elton John follows-up his Philly-hit Are You Ready For Love with the US-only Philly hit Mama Can’t Buy You Love, almost as good and the track I preferred at the time.

Dionne Warwick gets the Manilow treatment, and a decent ballad, at 49, back after 5 chart years away. Secret Affair debut with the storming Time For Action at 50, and Maxine Nightingale leads me on at 57, her 4th hit since her brilliant Motown-styled breakthrough in 1975, Right Back Where We Started From. Another US-only hit by a British act, the US charts were full of ‘em in those days, we had pop stars to spare. At 64, 3rd hit for Maureen Mcgovern, 6 years after her Poseidon Adventure song, and finally 2 big name comebacks: Herb Alpert’s sax goes disco for the fab Rise, the head of A&M records getting his first hit in 10 years, and former child-star Michael Jackson goes solo for a second-wind career, his 6th hit sneaking in at 75 produced by Quincy Jones, a slick, disco dance maturity on display. Wonder how that’ll go down? Not badly….!

Holiday tales:

A famous movie star - and some paving slabs

A famous movie star – and some paving slabs

Wed/ Thurs: Sacremento. Pleasant city, and a Middle Of The Road song. San Francisco for 2 days: instantly my fave city, gorgeous to look at, lots to do, Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf (views of Alcatraz) all done, all fab, Cable-car trolley ride? tick. The Bay bridges? yup. Attractive high-rise buildings? not bad. I especially loved Chinatown, giving me a heady dose of Singapore nostalgia, buying up oriental souvenirs and trinkets in a sweaty excitement. Pagoda wind-chimes, playing cards, chess piece, tiger-balm ointment (for mosquito bite ease), tiger-design & China scenery bamboo and cloth wall hangers, parasol, bamboo table mats. Yup I loved it. They all thought I was mad.

KOA tent evening north of the Bridge, where I got chatted-to by a hunk and his blonde girlfriend, neither of them had heard of Nottingham, Robin Hood or Errol Flynn when I tried to explain where I came from. On the second day, I wanted to stay longer, but one friend wasn’t at all keen and ended up getting the others to agree to move on to the next campsite, while we were eating a meal. I threw a hissy fit, sulked for the journey and refused to help with the map reading to the KOA campsite in the middle of nowhere (I really had had enough of dull tent-life with nothing to do and nowhere to go, and also wanted to see an exciting-looking new film Alien starring a new actress called Sigourney Weaver, showing in SF). Hilariously (to me, in a petty, serves you right sort of way) we went sailing by the exit we needed, and had to double-back and put the tent up in the dark. How spiteful was I? I knew it was the road we needed when we sailed by and I said nothing. Sulky brat, that’s me! I apologise here and now to Julie and Sue (lost touch with Joe and Pete) for being an arse!

Me, pre-sulk San Fransisco

Me, pre-sulk San Fransisco

Fri/Sat: Fresno. A younger girl bank-teller loved my “cute” T shirt and accent, and Pete’s. Aaaahhh! Sequioa National Park: mountain giant redwoods amazing! Saw General Sherman, the world’s biggest tree. Pete tricked me into thinking pine cones were falling on me on a huge fallen trunk. he was throwing them. Doh! Another KOA – did some charting while the others went swimming. They thought I was sulking again, and offered to go and see Alien at a local drive-in. Stopped by police for not stopping completely at a junction “stop” sign. It means just that, but they let us off when we explained it didn’t mean that in the UK. Phew! Being English had so many advantages! Too late for Alien, we went to a double-feature instead: Jaws, and the audience was SO unlike British audiences, screaming, gasping, laughing, applauding, so not-hung-up on showing emotion. Fab! Unfortunately they did the same for Airport ’80: The Concorde, a piece of tripe I slagged off afterwards, even though everyone else seemed to love it. “Sheer boring garbage” said I at the time and I stand by that!

Sun: L.A. 120F degrees. Hot! Hollywood sign. Sunset Boulevard. Capitol Building. Chinese Theatre, pavement footprints of the stars! Yay! Monroe, Marx Bros and Bogart were my faves. The Life Of Brian was showing!!! Not even out in the UK and here was a controversial Brit-flick on at the most famous movie theatre in the world. Joe & Sue went to see it while Pete, Julie & I went to CBS studios to watch a recording of The Match Game (aka Blankety Blank) as we’d got free tickets outside the theatre. yay! The warm-up man took over, getting the audience jolly, pulling faces and making crude groin gestures to get a bigger laugh. Even during recording! That explains the manic laughing at mild jokes on US shows: it’s what’s happening off-stage that’s funny! The star guests: David Doyle (Charlie’s Angels); Charles Nelson Reilly; Marcia Wallace (then of Bob Newhart Show, most famously now Mrs Krabappel from the Simpsons, sadly died recently); Bill Daly (also Bob Newhart Show, and previously I Dream Of Jeannie – as I told a smart-ass kid waiting for autographs after the show, he didn’t believe me. Bill confirmed and signed autographs for us. Ahhh!); Randi Oakes (great name) from CHIPS. It was great fun to watch! At the KOA later a couple in the next tent were having loud sex. That was a first for me….!

I knew I was short but...

I knew I was short but…

Mon: Universal studios, Battlestar Galactica sci-fi tunnel on the tram tour (still verrrry hot!), houses of The Munsters, The Addams Family, Animal House, Pyscho, sets of Kojak and The Sting (doubling as New York), Land Of The Giants TV show props (had my photo with a telephone bigger than me), the Jaws shark, and an icy-water avalanche as relief from the excess 120F heat. I bought a Mork And Mindy photonovel, the only way in those days to get a visual record of a beloved TV show. Loved Robin Williams, I did. Back to Mann’s/Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for The Life Of Brian in a plush cinema, it was BRILLIANT! Pete & I loved the depth and irreverence of it, piss-taking so much and so many, and my new fave all-time comedy as a result.

Tues: That’s it, flight home, after a shopping mall detour, bought some more singles and gifts for the family, and really wanting to stay. I always want to stay when I go on holiday, it’s never long enough, but especially so for this one having packed so much in 2 weeks. Sorry for the self-indulgent stories, but hope the 1979 media references fit into the Retro Themes nicely!

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

1 ( 3 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 1 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 2 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
4 ( 33 ) CARS Gary Numan
5 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 8 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
7 ( 7 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
8 ( 4 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
9 ( 10 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
10 ( 6 ) GANGSTERS The Specials

11 ( 9 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
12 ( 12 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
13 ( NEW ) SAIL ON The Commodores
14 ( 30 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
15 ( 14 ) LINES The Planets
16 ( 19 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
17 ( 13 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
18 ( 28 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
19 ( 11 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
20 ( 20 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp

21 ( 23 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
22 ( 15 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
23 ( 16 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
24 ( 31 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
25 ( RE ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
26 ( NEW ) SAD EYES Robert John
27 ( 22 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
28 ( NEW ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
29 ( 35 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
30 ( NEW ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze

31 ( 17 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
32 ( 21 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
33 ( 38 ) LET’S GO The Cars
34 ( 29 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
35 ( 25 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
36 ( 18 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
37 ( NEW ) MAMA CAN’T BUY YOU LOVE Elton John
38 ( 53 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
39 ( 32 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
40 ( 45 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band

41 ( 36 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
42 ( 42 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
43 ( 37 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
44 ( 27 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
45 ( 24 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra
46 ( 40 ) GETTING CLOSER Wings
47 ( 39 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
48 ( 48 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
49 ( NEW ) I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN Dionne Warwick
50 ( NEW ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair

51 ( 49 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
52 ( 26 ) YOU’LL NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU GOT Me And You
53 ( 55 ) THE MAIN EVENT/ FIGHT Barbra Streisand
54 ( 44 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
55 ( 51 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
56 ( 50 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
57 ( NEW ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
58 ( 59 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
59 ( 60 ) SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT Anne Murray
60 ( 52 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

61 ( 57 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
62 ( 56 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
63 ( 34 ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate
64 ( NEW ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
65 ( 54 ) GOOD TIMES Chic
66 ( NEW ) RISE Herb Alpert
67 ( 75 ) SUSPICION Eddie Rabbit
68 ( 41 ) REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL Ian Dury And The Blockheads
69 ( 61 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer
70 ( 58 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

71 ( 47 ) WANTED The Dooleys
72 ( 66 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward
73 ( RE ) THE DAY THE WORLD CAUGHT FIRE City Boy
74 ( 69 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp
75 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

TV
1 Top Of The Pops
2 Get Smart
3 Carry On At Your Convenience: film
4 The Seachers: film
5 The Tonight Show

25th September 1979

2 weeks on top for ELO as US holiday hit Robert John’s not so sad at 4, and The Commodores get their 3rd Top 10. It’s all about the new entries though, as a deluge of new UK releases invade my charts having been denied UK radio access for over 2 weeks, and led by highest new hit at 9 for Blondie, instantly catchy Dreaming. Just behind them, and also following up a chart-topper, it’s The Police shifting it up a gear with the frantic Message In A Bottle, a huge student fave and in at 11.

That’s not all though, big new entry at 13 for Kate Bush’s Them Heavy People. Wow! One more big new entry at 15, Rainbow, a Deep Purple off-shoot and a great Russ (Argent) Ballard song already charted for Clout in my charts. This rockpopmetal version is even better though. Biggest climber, up 50 places to 25 for Michael Jackson, just hanging on ahead of another batch of new entries.

Such as Quo at 30, Whatever You Want, one of their best records and rifftastic and all moody singalong – just bad luck it got overshadowed by even better records! At 38, Elvis Costello-a-like The Jags good Back Of My Hand, and then 2 new monster hits: Fleetwood Mac finally release something new, and it’s the sprawling, ambitious, rhythmic Tusk, confounding expectations brilliantly, in at 49. At 51, it’s Trevor Horn debuting. His group were called The Buggles and this was a little-known track mentioning the increasingly popular music videos that were cropping up on TV. I expect this utterly fab novelty record and music videos are long-forgotten these days. Finally, it’s a ska debut from a fresh-faced gang of lads called Madness: The Prince at 53.

OK, so no sooner than back from the States than it was off to Batley by coach for Sue’s 21st birthday bash with her family and mutual college friends. That was saturday, sunday was back to mansfield and a procession of guests, Mona from down the street (mum’s school-friend’s mum, a family friend) and Great Aunty Doll (mum’s Aunt) who talked of the tragedies in grandma’s life – it’s a novel in itself – before dad took me and brother mark out for a driving lesson. Mark was much better than me, couldn’t get the hang of gear changes. Aunty Eileen, Uncle Tony and the cousins Rachel & Lisa popped round Monday, before a family outing to Monty Python & The Holy Grail – probably the last film dad bothered to go and see at the cinema. Mum and Sue hated it, and it just wasn’t as good as Life Of Brian in LA! The other film, Blazing saddles, everyone loved, cos it’s brilliant. Cleaned my goldfish tank, and the budgie aviary. Mark bought a 10-minute Dr Who & The Daleks movie edit for his new movie projector, which was good, pre-video days, like being at the cinema, and was disappointed at the quality of my American slides that came in the post – too dark, mostly. Tragic!

1 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 4 ) CARS Gary Numan
4 ( 26 ) SAD EYES Robert John
5 ( 9 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
6 ( 13 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
7 ( 3 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
8 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
9 ( NEW ) DREAMING Blondie
10 ( 14 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe

11 ( NEW ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
12 ( 7 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
13 ( NEW ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
14 ( 8 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
15 ( NEW ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
16 ( 18 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
17 ( 11 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
18 ( 6 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
19 ( 25 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
20 ( 24 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady

21 ( 10 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
22 ( 20 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
23 ( 12 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
24 ( 16 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
25 ( 75 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
26 ( 19 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
27 ( 30 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
28 ( 28 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
29 ( 29 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
30 ( NEW ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
32 ( 50 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
33 ( 23 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
34 ( 22 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
35 ( 42 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
36 ( 17 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
37 ( 38 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
38 ( NEW ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
39 ( 15 ) LINES The Planets
40 ( 49 ) I’LL NEVER LOVE THIS WAY AGAIN Dionne Warwick

41 ( 27 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
42 ( 32 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
43 ( 31 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
44 ( 66 ) RISE Herb Alpert
45 ( 36 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
46 ( 39 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
47 ( NEW ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
48 ( 34 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
49 ( NEW ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
50 ( 40 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band

51 ( NEW ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
52 ( 48 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
53 ( NEW ) THE PRINCE Madness
54 ( 57 ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
55 ( 41 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
56 ( 33 ) LET’S GO The Cars
57 ( 54 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
58 ( 64 ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
59 ( 55 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
60 ( NEW ) SOMETHING THAT I SAID The Ruts

61 ( 35 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
62 ( 58 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
63 ( 60 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
64 ( 56 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
65 ( NEW ) TOMORROW’S GIRLS The UK Subs
66 ( 43 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds
67 ( NEW ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
68 ( 44 ) IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM Joe Jackson
69 ( 47 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
70 ( NEW ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer

71 ( 61 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees
72 ( 62 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor
73 ( RE ) WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG The Jam
74 ( 51 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay
75 ( NEW ) LASER LOVE After The Fire

TV
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 Westworld: film
3 MASH
4 Arthur C. Clarke Profile
5 Targets
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Kojak
8 Carry On Doctor: film
9 Film 79
10 The Sky At Night

My 1979 Charts – August

1st August 1979

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th August 1979

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th August 1979

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

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

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

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

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

2 ( 2 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

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

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

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

6 ( 6 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis

7 ( 10 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

8 ( 12 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers

9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders

10 ( 9 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys

11 ( 8 ) GIRL’S TALK Dave Edmunds

12 ( 7 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez

13 ( 16 ) STAY WITH ME TILL DAWN Judy Tzuke

14 ( 14 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army

15 ( 18 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson

16 ( 26 ) MORNING DANCE Spiro Gyra

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

18 ( 15 ) WANTED The Dooleys

19 ( 31 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

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

21 ( 13 ) MY SHARONA The Knack

22 ( 17 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart

23 ( NEW ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

24 ( NEW ) GANGSTERS The Specials

25 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets

26 ( 19 ) SILLY GAMES Janet Kay

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

28 ( 20 ) GOOD TIMES Chic

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

30 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK Telex

31 ( 21 ) SPACE BASS Slick

32 ( 25 ) BOOGIE DOWN The Real Thing

33 ( 22 ) BAD GIRLS Donna Summer

34 ( 24 ) NIGHT OWL Gerry Rafferty

35 ( 23 ) BREAKFAST IN AMERICA Supertramp

36 ( 40 ) DUKE OF EARL Darts

37 ( 37 ) THE BOSS Diana Ross

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

39 ( 35 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie

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

41 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

42 ( 28 ) RING MY BELL Anita Ward

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

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

45 ( 29 ) D.J. David Bowie

46 ( NEW ) MONEY The Flying Lizards

47 ( 36 ) C’MON EVERYBODY The Sex Pistols

48 ( 48 ) ROXANNE The Police

49 ( 43 ) LIVING ON THE FRONTLINE Eddy Grant

50 ( 42 ) ONE RULE FOR YOU After The Fire

51 ( 30 ) DEATH DISCO Public Image Limited

52 ( NEW ) GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS Kandidate

53 ( 44 ) MARRIED MEN Bonnie Tyler

54 ( 55 ) TRAGEDY The Bee Gees

55 ( 54 ) CHIQUITITA Abba

56 ( 53 ) I WILL SURVIVE Gloria Gaynor

57 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty

58 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

59 ( 47 ) THE LONE RANGER Quantum Jump

60 ( 46 ) UP THE JUNCTION Squeeze

61 ( 57 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

62 ( 65 ) HERSHAM BOYS Sham ’69

63 ( NEW ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis

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

65 ( 51 ) SAY WHEN Lene Lovich

66 ( 50 ) MASQUERADE The Skids

67 ( 64 ) HEART OF GLASS Blondie

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

69 ( 59 ) OLD SIAM, SIR Wings

70 ( 73 ) GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS Hot Chocolate

71 ( 56 ) HARMONY IN MY HEAD Buzzcocks

72 ( 63 ) PRIME TIME The Tubes

73 ( 66 ) CONSCIOUS MAN Jolly Brothers

74 ( 68 ) THE LOGICAL SONG Supertramp

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

TV

1 Star Trek: Erand Of Mercy

2 Rhoda

3 Juke Box Jury

4 Top Of The Pops

5 Sword Of Justice

6 Seven To One

7 The Hollywood Greats

8 Where Are They Now

9 It Ain’t Half Hot Mum

10 Sykes

[b]21st August 1979[/b]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

28th August 1979

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

tbc.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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