My 1995 Charts – August

6th August 1995

So what was happening in my charts in the summer of 95? 2 weeks on top, the Deuce you say! On The Bible I will swear! That leaves a nice top 10 climb for the AIDS lament classic, Waterfalls, almost as sad and beautiful as the Boy George Il Adore. Marc Almond gets a second top 10 solo in a row as he was a bit of an Idol, Soul II Soul have Love Enuff to go top 10 as well, a nice groove, but not one I actually recalled until I Youtubed it. Oops!

Julian Cope Try tries again and is rewarded with a huge leap to 13, 14 years after the mighty Teardrop Explodes Reward debuted, Michael Jackson’s R. Kelly song also rockets to 15, though these days I’m not fussed about You Are Not Alone. Highest new entry? You Oughta Know! Yes, that bitterly angry woman-scorned classic from that classic album Jagged Little Pill, and Alanis Morissette arrives with a bang at 20.

Not far behind, the tender bluegrass cover of Baby Now That I’ve Found, The Foundations 1967 classic, enters at 22 and a debut for Alison Krauss who made me love Country Music again after falling out with it during the country-rock years dominated by Garth Brooks. She’s back in my current charts with 2 covers of a similar style as I type in April 2017, 22 years on.

Michelle Gayle has a big leap, obviously Happy Just To Be With You, at 23, while Suggs’ Beatles cover and Black Grape both go top 40. Blue Monday proves you can never chart enough times as New Order return remixed yet again, The Connells fab 74-75 returns after a week away, and Matt Goss gets a solo new entry, Bros no more.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 4 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
3 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
4 ( 2 ) IL ADORE Boy George
5 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
6 ( 7 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
7 ( 12 ) WATERFALLS TLC
8 ( 15 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
9 ( 10 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
10 ( 16 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul

11 ( 6 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
12 ( 8 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 46 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
14 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
15 ( 57 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 11 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
17 ( 9 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
18 ( 17 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
19 ( 20 ) SHY GUY Diana King
20 ( NEW ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

21 ( 13 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
22 ( NEW ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
23 ( 72 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
24 ( 27 ) TONGUE REM
25 ( 21 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
26 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 22 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
28 ( 18 ) FINE TIME Cast
29 ( 31 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 19 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
32 ( 38 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
33 ( 24 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest
34 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
35 ( 41 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( 29 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
37 ( NEW ) KEEP WARM Jinny
38 ( 25 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
39 ( 74 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
40 ( 59 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

41 ( 28 ) STARS Dubstar
42 ( NEW ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( 34 ) BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant
44 ( 40 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
45 ( 49 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
46 ( 48 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 32 ) DAYS Kirsty MacColl
48 ( 44 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
49 ( 36 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
50 ( 35 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka

51 ( 47 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
52 ( RE ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
53 ( 33 ) SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People
54 ( 51 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
55 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
56 ( 68 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
57 ( 39 ) GRAPEVINE Brownstone
58 ( 42 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash
59 ( 43 ) BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics
60 ( 69 ) HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

61 ( 37 ) YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller
62 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
63 ( 56 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
64 ( 45 ) WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock
65 ( NEW ) EVIDENCE Faith No More
66 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
69 ( 64 ) TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown
70 ( NEW ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 60 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
73 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
74 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
75 ( NEW ) THE KEY Matt Goss

13th August 1995

What the Deuce! 3 weeks on top, holding off a host of mid-90’s classics from the top spot. Hey ho, it’s a great pop record, honest! Madonna just misses adding to her growing batch of chart-toppers and has to be content with equalling Into The Groove at 2. TLC are up to 3 with their brilliant track, Take That grab a 4th top 5, and Alanis Morissette does what she failed to do in the UK & US charts (I think) and go top 5 almost immediately with that vitriolic masterpiece. Julian Cope has another top 10 14 years after his Teardrop Explodes first, and one-hit wonders The Connells shoot up 42 places to 10 with the nostalgic and lovely 74-75. I was juuuust the right age for the nostalgia-fest at the time, a bit like (for example) someone getting all misty-eyed for the music scene of 96-97 back when they were 16 or 17 years old.

In at 19, highest new entry is a fun track, as Blair explains – NOT Tony I must say with relief. Black Grape shoot up to the top 20, The Levellers rocket into the 30, and there’s something moist at 25. Just Youtubing it, as it’s all a little hazy having not heard it for 22 years. Ahhh, likeable grunge. No, not an oxymoron! Morten harket goes solo from a-ha and gets a very good ballad new into the 40, a decade on from Take On Me, while also new The Shamen, and Ali Campbell sounding uncannily like a UB40 reggae cover hit 15 years after they debuted – it’s not as good as The Pioneers original though.

Danielle Brisboix never made it, sadly, as she was good, in at 43, Utah Saints sneak in with one I’ve forgotten, Ohio, and Ash debut with that Girl From Mars.

1 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
2 ( 6 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
3 ( 7 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 9 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 20 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
6 ( 2 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
7 ( 5 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 3 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
9 ( 13 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
10 ( 52 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells

11 ( 4 ) IL ADORE Boy George
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 11 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
14 ( 23 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
15 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
16 ( 22 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 10 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
18 ( 8 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
19 ( NEW ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
20 ( 39 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape

21 ( 16 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
22 ( 68 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
23 ( 19 ) SHY GUY Diana King
24 ( 14 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
25 ( NEW ) PUSH Moist
26 ( 21 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
27 ( 17 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
28 ( 18 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
29 ( 40 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
30 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper

31 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
32 ( 37 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
34 ( 27 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
35 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
36 ( NEW ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 28 ) FINE TIME Cast
38 ( 25 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
39 ( 45 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
40 ( NEW ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell

41 ( 24 ) TONGUE REM
42 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
43 ( NEW ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
44 ( NEW ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
45 ( 29 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
47 ( 70 ) THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz
48 ( 56 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish
49 ( 74 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
50 ( 33 ) MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest

51 ( 31 ) WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall
52 ( NEW ) LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet
53 ( 48 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
54 ( 75 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
55 ( 51 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
56 ( 38 ) SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream
57 ( 54 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
58 ( 50 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
59 ( 55 ) SKY HIGH Newton
60 ( 49 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp

61 ( 44 ) I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF
62 ( 36 ) HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown
63 ( 32 ) YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige
64 ( 62 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 34 ) WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue
66 ( NEW ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 66 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 41 ) STARS Dubstar
70 ( 58 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
72 ( 63 ) DREAMER Livin’ Joy
73 ( 72 ) MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza
74 ( 73 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
75 ( NEW ) OHIO Utah Saints

20th August 1995

A genuine 90’s social-commentary r’n’b classic gives TLC a number one, deservedly, as Michelle Gayle takes a touch of Eastenders into the top 5. Donna Summer is remixed (again) and is back in at 7, keeping up I Feel Love’s regular appearances in the top 10 each decade – but the 1977 original remains the breath-taking groundbreaking and influential classic. Moist push their way into the 10, and Blur at last take a Country House leap into the 20, leap-frogging Oasis, much as they did in the UK singles chart.

Smokie’s 70’s goodie (Living Next Door To Alice) a Chinn-Chapman song and production (originally for New World in 1972, but also for Smokie in 1976), is massacred by a crude comic, but has enough of the original in it to merit (that may not be the right word) an entry at 30. It’s awful. Stick to the charming original. Prince’s band in at 33, Matt Goss into the 40, The Original enters surprisingly low for a good record, Chaka Khan extends her chart run to 21 years, and Rod Stewart to 24 years, but neither of these tracks rings a bell to me, being as I havent heard them for 20 years.

Squeeze are back in the chart with This Summer, one of their very best singles 17 years into their career (and that also applies to 2016, when they topped my chart finally after 37 years of just missing out). Lloyd Cole is still sneaking in some 11 years on, and CJ Lewis’ surprisingly long run of reggae chart entries for a short period of time (on here at least) is running out of steam with diminishing returns.

1 ( 3 ) WATERFALLS TLC
2 ( 1 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
3 ( 2 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
4 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
5 ( 14 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
6 ( 7 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
7 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
8 ( 10 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
9 ( 25 ) PUSH Moist
10 ( 5 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette

11 ( 9 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
12 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
13 ( 19 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair
14 ( 46 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
15 ( 6 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
16 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
17 ( 22 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
18 ( 39 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
19 ( 21 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
20 ( 13 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal

21 ( 8 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
22 ( 11 ) IL ADORE Boy George
23 ( 17 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
24 ( 36 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
25 ( 29 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs
26 ( 40 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( 18 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
28 ( 15 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 20 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
30 ( NEW ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git

31 ( 23 ) SHY GUY Diana King
32 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
33 ( NEW ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
34 ( 43 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
35 ( 30 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
36 ( NEW ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe
37 ( 27 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
38 ( 26 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
39 ( 48 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
40 ( 54 ) THE KEY Matt Goss

41 ( 28 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
42 ( 34 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
43 ( 31 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
44 ( 37 ) FINE TIME Cast
45 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
46 ( 38 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
47 ( NEW ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( NEW ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
49 ( 33 ) A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket
50 ( NEW ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart

51 ( 35 ) TRY ME OUT Corona
52 ( 24 ) DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South
53 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
54 ( 66 ) GIRL FROM MARS Ash
55 ( 60 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
56 ( 53 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
57 ( 44 ) WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown
58 ( NEW ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
59 ( 55 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
60 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Shiva

61 ( 57 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
62 ( NEW ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole
63 ( 59 ) SKY HIGH Newton
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 58 ) RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka
66 ( NEW ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
69 ( 49 ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena
70 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

71 ( NEW ) SON OF A GUN JX
72 ( 74 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 71 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 42 ) BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order
75 ( NEW ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

27th August 1995

One of those chart-toppers I haven’t heard in years from Michelle Gayle, it was a decent popfunk single but in retrospect most of the rest of the top 10 would have been a better choice, hey ho, that’s what I liked best that week, prob the 70’s vibes had me going all nostalgic. Highest new entry is Simply Red’s best single, by far, the superb Fairground, not least thanks to the backbone sample from Goodmen’s Give It Up, while Blur at last make the top 10 with a Blur song that took a while to grow on me – and not one they rate themselves.

In at 18, and Mariah Carey at her peak at this time, courtesy of a Tom Tom Club-sampling Fantasy, it was pretty much all downhill after this, bar the odd return to a bit of quality. Squeeze have a massive climb into the 20 with the gorgeous This Summer 17 years since they first went top 20 with Take Me I’m Yours, probably still their best record, though this one came close. In at 27, and Diana Ross is back with Take Me Higher, one I’d forgotten, but nice to see Ms Ross still charting some 27 years since she first appeared in my charts (the epic Love Child) and 31 years since I first would have charted her (Baby Love was a childhood fave in ’64).

2 When I Think Of You’s side by side at 31 and 32, Janet J’s remix of her fab 1986 track entering, as The Charlatans pop in, and Hootie & The Blowfish are back with their best track at 50. Yes the whole world went Hootie mad (except the UK) in 1995, and they were paid the ultimate belated “compliment” by featuring around a Friends episode (a concert ticket). Co-incidentally the Friends theme tune is also in at 70. These days Hootie is not a band to throw around if you want 90’s street-cred. Happily I’ve never felt the need to have street-cred, and they were OK – if vastly over-rated in the States.

1 ( 5 ) HAPPY JUST TO BE WITH YOU Michelle Gayle
2 ( 7 ) I FEEL LOVE ’95 Donna Summer
3 ( 1 ) WATERFALLS TLC
4 ( 2 ) ON THE BIBLE Deuce
5 ( 3 ) HUMAN NATURE Madonna
6 ( 8 ) 74 – ’75 The Connells
7 ( NEW ) FAIRGROUND Simply Red
8 ( 14 ) COUNTRY HOUSE Blur
9 ( 10 ) YOU OUGHTA KNOW Alanis Morissette
10 ( 13 ) HAVE FUN GO MAD Blair

11 ( 4 ) NEVER FORGET Take That
12 ( 6 ) PANINARO ’95/INTO THE NIGHT ’95 Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 19 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME KILL ME U2
14 ( 12 ) ALRIGHT Supergrass
15 ( 18 ) ROLL WITH IT Oasis
16 ( 9 ) PUSH Moist
17 ( 30 ) ALICE WHO THE F*** IS ALICE Smokie featuring some git
18 ( NEW ) FANTASY Mariah Carey
19 ( 58 ) THIS SUMMER Squeeze
20 ( 25 ) I’M ONLY SLEEPING Suggs

21 ( 16 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU Alison Krauss
22 ( 20 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
23 ( 15 ) STUCK ON U PJ & Duncan
24 ( 11 ) TRY TRY TRY Julian Cope
25 ( 34 ) GIMME SOME SIGN Danielle Brisboix
26 ( 26 ) LET YOUR YEAH BE YEAH Ali Campbell
27 ( NEW ) TAKE ME HIGHER Diana Ross
28 ( 28 ) YOU ARE NOT ALONE Michael Jackson
29 ( 17 ) HOPE STREET The Levellers
30 ( 36 ) SUMMERTIME HEALING Eusebe

31 ( 53 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Kenny Thomas
32 ( NEW ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU (REMIX) Janet Jackson
33 ( 21 ) PERFECT The Lightning Seeds
34 ( 22 ) IL ADORE Boy George
35 ( 23 ) LOVE ENUFF Soul II Soul
36 ( 24 ) DESTINATION ESCHATON The Shamen
37 ( 31 ) SHY GUY Diana King
38 ( RE ) OHIO Utah Saints
39 ( 48 ) WATCH WHAT YOU SAY Guru featuring Chaka Khan
40 ( 75 ) COME AND GET YOUR LOVE The Real McCoy

41 ( 40 ) THE KEY Matt Goss
42 ( 37 ) THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYE Ali Campbell featuring Pamela Starks
43 ( 38 ) SCREAM Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson
44 ( NEW ) JUST WHEN YOU’RE THINKING THINGS OVER The Charlatans
45 ( 43 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
46 ( 42 ) YES McAlmont & Butler
47 ( 47 ) I LUV U BABY The Original
48 ( 27 ) THE IDOL Marc Almond
49 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY Clock
50 ( NEW ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Hootie & The Blowfish

51 ( 29 ) IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER Black Grape
52 ( 33 ) THE GOOD LIFE The New Power Generation
53 ( 32 ) KEEP WARM Jinny
54 ( 35 ) COME ON HOME Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 44 ) FINE TIME Cast
56 ( 66 ) R TO A C.J. Lewis
57 ( 41 ) 3 IS FAMILY Dana Dawson
58 ( 39 ) I’M YOUR MAN Lisa Moorish featuring George Michael
59 ( 56 ) GUAGLIONE Perez ‘Prez’ Prado and His Orchestra
60 ( 62 ) LIKE LOVERS DO Lloyd Cole

61 ( 45 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Shaggy featuring Rayvon
62 ( 61 ) BACK FOR GOOD Take That
63 ( 59 ) BEST IN ME Let Loose
64 ( 64 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
65 ( 46 ) BAD TIME The Jayhawks
66 ( 55 ) COMMON PEOPLE Pulp
67 ( 67 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
68 ( NEW ) ROUGH WITH THE SMOOTH Shara Nelson
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE ‘I LOVE YOU’S Annie Lennox
70 ( NEW ) I’LL BE THERE FOR YOU The Rembrandts

71 ( 50 ) LADY LUCK Rod Stewart
72 ( 72 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
73 ( 73 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard and Phil Everley
74 ( 63 ) SKY HIGH Newton
75 ( 70 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash

Because I can, here’s a new feature: the tracks that dropped out of my charts in August 1995 with highest position, weeks on chart and my “sales” attached.

A KIND OF CHRISTMAS CARD Morten Harket 33 2 29800
TRY ME OUT Corona 35 5 70750
DREAM A LITTLE DREAM The Beautiful South 14 4 88500
GIRL FROM MARS Ash 54 2 17800
WRONG OR RIGHT Sabre featuring President Brown 44 2 23650
FREEDOM Shiva 60 1 10000
RIGHT IN THE NIGHT Jam And Spoon featuring Plavka 7 12 314200
HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Tina Arena 49 3 23500
SON OF A GUN JX 71 1 5800
BLUE MONDAY ’95 New Order 42 2 32700
TONGUE REM 24 3 51400
THE HELL EP Tricky vs The Gravediggaz 47 2 18500
MARTA’S SONG Deep Forest 10 9 205600
WHEREVER WOULD I BE (REMIX)/ DAYDREAMING (REMIX) Dusty Springfield and Daryl Hall 19 10 139750
LOVE HANGOVER Scarlet 52 1 11500
SHOOT ME WITH YOUR LOVE D:Ream 25 8 112350
I’M A BELIEVER Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer with EMF 10 9 201250
HUMPIN’ AROUND Bobby Brown 20 6 100750
YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY/ I’LL BE THERE Method Man Featuring Mary J. Blige 32 4 49400
WHERE IS THE FEELING Kylie Minogue 18 6 91450
STARS Dubstar 15 6 97550
DREAMER Livin’ Joy 3 14 352900
MY LOVE IS FOR REAL Paula Abdul featuring Ofra Haza 5 12 347250
BIG YELLOW TAXI Amy Grant 14 12 236350
DAYS Kirsty MacColl 32 2 30300
SEARCH FOR THE HERO M People 27 9 131700
GRAPEVINE Brownstone 17 4 69000
BEGGAR ON A BEACH OF GOLD Mike + The Mechanics 8 12 210450
HOLLYWOOD NIGHTS Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 60 2 16200
YOU DO SOMETHING TO ME Paul Weller 37 6 82450
WHOOMP! THERE IT IS Clock 9 8 178450
EVIDENCE Faith No More 65 1 7000
TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME Bobby Brown 4 18 594400
I’LL BE AROUND Rappin 4 Tay Featuring The Detroit Spinners 10 9 223300
I GO WILD The Rolling Stones 30 4 52500
IT’S LULU Boo Radleys 53 2 18350
RUN BABY RUN Sheryl Crow 36 4 57400
LIVE FOREVER Oasis 20 6 88850
IF I WAS Aswad 54 2 18500
(EVERYBODY’S GOT TO LEARN SOMETIME) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Baby D 17 12 199250
HAPPY MN8 37 4 43250
JOY IN LUST The Wildhearts 70 1 6000
TAKE A BOW Madonna 1 37 1474550

My 1989 Charts – July

1st July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8th July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


22nd July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

29th July 1989

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1989 Charts – June

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4th June 1989

The run of one-weekers on top continues as Guns ‘n’ Roses finally get that rock classic to the top, Sweet Child ‘o’ Mine is still an awesome record. Sealed With A Kiss makes my top 10 for the second time, this time for Jason Donovan, but not as high as Brian Hyland’s version. M, meantime also get a second run in the top 10, Popping upwards.

Bananarama’s 1983 goodie is also back, as Cruel Summer ’89 heads into the 20 for the second time, highest new entry at 18, just ahead of Gladys Knight’s Bond theme goodie. That gave her 17 years of top 20 hits. In at 36, Soul II Soul’s 2nd hit is a bonafide classic, Back To Life shuffling it’s way gloriously in as the highest actual “new” new entry.

Big leaps for UB40, up to 32, ever-chartbound in the 80’s and 90’s, well, I will do for you, I daresay. Two great follow-up singles from The Bangles and The Bee Gees enter into the 50, both fell far short of the UK chart positions they deserved, but happily did better here. Meanwhile Prince’s Batman movie theme enters at 60, though it’s more of a montage than a song. Cliff’s back with a Richard Marx song for his 100th single, I think it was. Despite the claim of the lyric it really wasn’t the Best of him. U2 meanwhile scrape in with a track that’s also not even the best track on the album, ballad All I Want Is You, though it’s not bad.

1 ( 6 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
2 ( 4 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
3 ( 1 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
4 ( 3 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
5 ( 2 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
6 ( 7 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
7 ( 5 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
8 ( 11 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
9 ( 10 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
10 ( 15 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M

11 ( 8 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
12 ( 17 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
13 ( 9 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
14 ( 19 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
15 ( 22 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
16 ( 12 ) THE LOOK Roxette
17 ( 24 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
18 ( NEW ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
19 ( 39 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( 29 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons

21 ( 13 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
22 ( 14 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
23 ( 27 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
24 ( 18 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
25 ( 23 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
26 ( 20 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
27 ( 30 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
28 ( 33 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
29 ( RE ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
30 ( 16 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue

31 ( 21 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
32 ( 71 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
33 ( 36 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
34 ( 25 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
35 ( 31 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
36 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
37 ( 41 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
38 ( 28 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
39 ( 58 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
40 ( 35 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

41 ( 26 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
42 ( 32 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
43 ( 43 ) SAY IT’S NOT TOO LATE Matt Bianco
44 ( NEW ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
45 ( 37 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
46 ( NEW ) ONE The Bee Gees
47 ( 45 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
48 ( NEW ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
49 ( 60 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble
50 ( 46 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes

51 ( 62 ) FREE Stevie Wonder
52 ( 65 ) THE REAL ME Wasp
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( 42 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
55 ( 54 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
56 ( 56 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
57 ( 34 ) YOU ON MY MIND Swing Out Sister
58 ( 57 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 70 ) SHAKIN’ THE TREE Peter Gabriel and Youssou N’Dour
60 ( NEW ) BATDANCE Prince

61 ( 38 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
62 ( 69 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
63 ( 52 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
64 ( 64 ) SPANISH HUSTLE/BUS STOP Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 61 ) GET BACK The Beatles with Billy Preston
67 ( 72 ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
68 ( 68 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
69 ( 40 ) I WANT IT ALL Queen
70 ( NEW ) CRY Waterfront

71 ( NEW ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
72 ( NEW ) POP SINGER John Cougar Mellencamp
73 ( 73 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde
74 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2

 

11th June 1989

A batch of oldies back again, joining the oldies and remixes already in the chart, topped by the Beatles, in at 1 with The Ballad Of John And Yoko for it’s 20th birthday re-issue. First-time round I loved it but it didn’t quite get to the top, although it topped my oldies chart in 1976 when the Beatles re-issue invasion forced me to banish most of them to a separate chart, but justice served anyway at last. Joining the Fabs, Carly Simon’s Chic-tastic Why pops back into the top 10 7 years on. And Why not, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards were fab.

In 1989 proper, though, Tone Loc goes Top 10 funkily, while back in 1983 mode the Nana’s improve on first-time round at 8 with their great Cruel Summer. Big climber for The Bee Gees One, up 30 places to 16 ahead of Malcolm McLaren’s waltzing, darling, and Nik Kershaw’s Elisabeth’s Eyes, one of his better singles but the ever-fickle pop-chart had decided he was yesterday’s news by now.

Clannad and Bono duet on a moody Celtic ballad and are rewarded with yet another oldie (1985) re-charting. REM sprint in with some Orange Crush, one of their great early singles, at 38. 10,000 Maniacs were an under-rated band, and the sweet Trouble Me pops in at 73, just behind follow-up singles for Holly Johnson and Transvision Vamp. All the oldies, though, suggest a music scene still gagging for some excitement….

1 ( NEW ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
2 ( 1 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
3 ( 2 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
4 ( 6 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
5 ( 4 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
6 ( 8 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
7 ( 10 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
8 ( 18 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
9 ( 14 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
10 ( NEW ) WHY Carly Simon

11 ( 5 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
12 ( 3 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
13 ( 9 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
14 ( 7 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
15 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
16 ( 46 ) ONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 23 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
18 ( 41 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
20 ( 12 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper

21 ( 11 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
22 ( 16 ) THE LOOK Roxette
23 ( 29 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
24 ( 36 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
25 ( 13 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council
26 ( 28 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
27 ( 32 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
28 ( 44 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
29 ( 17 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
30 ( NEW ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono

31 ( 20 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
32 ( 31 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
33 ( 21 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
34 ( 37 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
35 ( NEW ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
36 ( NEW ) ROCK ON (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) David Essex
37 ( 22 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
38 ( 39 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
39 ( NEW ) ORANGE JUICE REM
40 ( 71 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard

41 ( 35 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
42 ( 25 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
43 ( 49 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble
44 ( 26 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil
45 ( 24 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA 89 The Gibson Brothers
46 ( 56 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
47 ( 27 ) ONE BETTER WORLD ABC
48 ( 48 ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
49 ( 61 ) VOICES OF BABYLON The Outfield
50 ( 47 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield

51 ( 33 ) CHANGE HIS WAYS Robert Palmer
52 ( 50 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
53 ( 42 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
54 ( 53 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
55 ( 70 ) CRY Waterfront
56 ( 55 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
57 ( 30 ) HAND ON YOUR HEART Kylie Minogue
58 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
59 ( 60 ) BATDANCE Prince
60 ( 45 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson

61 ( 38 ) FERRY CROSS THE MERSEY The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden & Stock, Aitken & Waterman
62 ( 34 ) HELLYOM HABIB Cappella
63 ( 63 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
64 ( 62 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
65 ( 54 ) I BEG YOUR PARDON Kon Kan
66 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 67 ) IT IS TIME TO GET FUNKY D Mob
68 ( NEW ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
69 ( 68 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
70 ( 40 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant

71 ( NEW ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
72 ( NEW ) IKO IKO The Belle Stars
73 ( NEW ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
74 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield
75 ( 73 ) YOU CAME Kim Wilde

 

18th June 1989

Things pick up a bit this week, as Madonna goes one higher than classic Like A Prayer managed, getting her 6th Number One in just over 5 years with Express Yourself, a great pop dance track. The Bangles also peaked at 2 with their classic Eternal Flame, but follow-up Be With You rockets to 4 in compensation. Donna Summer meanwhile follows-up her SAW number one with a SAW number 10 for 12 years-worth of them.

Soul II Soul represent the new sound of British Urban soul, shooting to 9 as they come Back To Life. Back to reality? It’s a welcome breath of fresh air, though Danny Wilson also herald in the new sounds a-coming with Second Summer Of Love at 61, 2 years on from Mary’s Prayer. Gladys Knight is the last new Top Tenner, her final Bond fling in her occasional big time hits over 16 years.

Highest new entry is the fabulous Pet Shop Boys at 19, a remixed shortened version of the epic album cover version of a Sterling Void political song. Neil Tennant added in another verse dealing with environmental issues to give a powerful single. PSB nay-sayers, as always, completely miss the point (“they all sound the same”). No they don’t. Pet Shop Boys records cover a wealth of (sometimes eternal) topics, literate, intelligent, inventive, and if you pay attention, no they don’t all sound the same. They just have the same lead singer and are based in dance.

Clannad and Bono go top 20 as U2 stay away from it. Living In A Box have another go with the withdrawn Gatecrashing (following the Hillsborough tragedy), and REM get a Top 20 hit ahead of Prince who suddenly Batdances to 22. The Batusi, I assume. Holly Johnson gets a 3rd Top 40 solo hit, Enya gets another too, and Suzi Quatro pops in at 39 with Baby You’re A Star, her first Top 40 hit in years to give her 16 years of them in the week oldie If You Can’t Give Me Love was my non-chart oldie of the week.

Baby Ford covers T.Rex at 60, Jennifer Rush-es back with Placido Domingo for a bit of class-ical 4 years on from Power Of Love. Then the rockers return, with Queen, Guns ‘n’ Roses and Vixen hogging the lower-end new entries, all of them fine, but not classic, rock.

1 ( 3 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
2 ( 1 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
3 ( 2 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
4 ( 28 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
5 ( 6 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
6 ( 9 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
7 ( 10 ) WHY Carly Simon
8 ( 19 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
9 ( 24 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
10 ( 15 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer

11 ( 4 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
12 ( 5 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
13 ( 17 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
14 ( 8 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
15 ( 13 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
16 ( 16 ) ONE The Bee Gees
17 ( 30 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
18 ( 11 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks
19 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
20 ( 39 ) ORANGE JUICE REM

21 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
22 ( 59 ) BATDANCE Prince
23 ( 14 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
24 ( 12 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
25 ( 20 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 70 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
27 ( 43 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
28 ( 35 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
29 ( 7 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
30 ( 68 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson

31 ( 18 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
32 ( RE ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
33 ( 21 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
34 ( RE ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
35 ( 46 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
36 ( 40 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
37 ( 22 ) THE LOOK Roxette
38 ( 71 ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
39 ( NEW ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
40 ( 25 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council

41 ( 32 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
42 ( 27 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40
43 ( 37 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
44 ( 41 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
45 ( 38 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
46 ( 26 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta
47 ( 36 ) ROCK ON (SHEP PETTIBONE MIX) David Essex
48 ( 55 ) CRY Waterfront
49 ( 33 ) I’M EVERY WOMAN ’89 Chaka Khan
50 ( RE ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway

51 ( 29 ) MY TELEPHONE Coldcut
52 ( 50 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
53 ( 34 ) FOREVER YOUR GIRL Paula Abdul
54 ( 42 ) I WON’T BACK DOWN Tom Petty
55 ( 54 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
56 ( 52 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
57 ( 73 ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
58 ( 56 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
59 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford

61 ( NEW ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
62 ( 48 ) GOOD GOOD FEELING Eric and The Good Good Feeling
63 ( NEW ) TILL I LOVED YOU Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush
64 ( 63 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
65 ( 31 ) NOTHIN’ (THAT COMPARES 2 U) The Jacksons
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 64 ) LIKE A PRAYER Madonna
68 ( NEW ) LOVE MADE ME Vixen
69 ( 60 ) AMERICANOS Holly Johnson
70 ( 44 ) BEDS ARE BURNING Midnight Oil

71 ( 69 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
72 ( NEW ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 53 ) GOOD THING Fine Young Cannibals
74 ( NEW ) BREAKTHRU Queen
75 ( 74 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield

25th June 1989

It’s a shock new Number One, keeping off my beloved Pet Shop Boys at 2, and it’s Michael Jackson’s Bad album track. Two years on, the album that was my 1987 USA holiday album, along with Pet Shop Boys, Actually, and singles are still coming off it – while the PSB’s are into their next album (and there were plenty more worthy singles on Actually). Librarian Girl, actually it was a sweet superstar-full cameo video that made it excusable, that, and the fact that it had originally been one of my fave tracks on the album. It still felt like an oldie though, which is why it could enter at 1, being as I’d already been very familiar with it for 2 years. It’s also MJ’s 16th chart-topper in various guises in 19 years.

Spirit Of The Forest meanwhile rocket to 3, as an all-star charity record fails to have the same impact as others. A tree-huggers new age wanna-be anthem. That’ll be me then, cos every warning that was given then has come true in spades since. Or, more accurately, in buzzsaws since. Money rules everything and damn the consequences. All those Sting-quipping, Bono-hating, cynical do-nothing-but-whinge-about-those-that-try-to-do-something crap stand-ups can just piss off. The record’s not as good as it’s intentions though, not even with Kate Bush on it. I refer back to the previous weeks Pet Shop Boys song comments, they do it WAY better. Kudos though, to all those involved.

Talking of Bono, he’s back again with U2 as well as Clannad. Bee Gees and Prince get their umpteenth Top 10 hit, the Gibbs being at 2 in my first-ever chart in 1968, but looking for One this time. Talking of Prince, highest new entry is Sheena Easton, 9 years on from being a Modern Girl, and looking very different. 101 is her best record. It should have been massive. Prince wrote and produced it, and it sounds like classic Prince, moody, percussive, building to a climax, and Sheena certainly has one at the end. Fab.

Lots of records upping and downing and back-upping – I have no idea why, to be honest, it looks like I’m all over the place emotionally still. UB40 go top 20, Rufus and Chaka remix it back 5 years on and Ain’t Nobody can argue with that at 26. Baby Ford’s Second-summer-of-love dance version of T.Rex shoots to 33, just behind similarly-titled Danny Wilson’s popfun at 29. At 45, the much-missed great Kirsty Maccoll covers the Kinks Days, and improves on it. Simply Red switch to cha-cha rhythms at 53, while Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat actually quote them at 74. The great Rev. Al Green is back for one of his occasional comebacks outside the church at 63, 18 years on from his great debut. Finally it’s Tin Machine at 71. Eh? David Bowie. 71 is about right….

1 ( NEW ) LIBERIAN GIRL Michael Jackson
2 ( 19 ) IT’S ALRIGHT Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 34 ) SPIRIT OF THE FOREST Spirit Of The Forest
4 ( 4 ) BE WITH YOU The Bangles
5 ( 9 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
6 ( 22 ) BATDANCE Prince
7 ( 8 ) LICENCE TO KILL Gladys Knight
8 ( 2 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
9 ( 1 ) EXPRESS YOURSELF Madonna
10 ( 16 ) ONE The Bee Gees

11 ( 29 ) POP MUSIK ’89 M
12 ( 3 ) SWEET CHILD O’ MINE Guns ‘n’ Roses
13 ( 17 ) IN A LIFETIME Clannad and Bono
14 ( 5 ) SEALED WITH A KISS Jason Donovan
15 ( 13 ) WALTZ DARLING Malcolm McLaren
16 ( NEW ) 101″ Sheena Easton
17 ( 11 ) MANCHILD Neneh Cherry
18 ( 15 ) PINK SUNSHINE Fuzzbox
19 ( 28 ) JOY AND PAIN Donna Allen
20 ( 42 ) I WILL DO FOR YOU UB40

21 ( 7 ) WHY Carly Simon
22 ( 12 ) EVERY LITTLE STEP Bobby Brown
23 ( 32 ) GATECRASHING Living In A Box
24 ( 6 ) FUNKY COLD MEDINA Tone Loc
25 ( 25 ) I DROVE ALL NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY ’89 Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
27 ( 10 ) I DON’T WANNA GET HURT Donna Summer
28 ( 30 ) ATOMIC CITY Holly Johnson
29 ( 61 ) SECOND SUMMER OF LOVE Danny Wilson
30 ( 18 ) ROOMS ON FIRE Stevie Nicks

31 ( 14 ) CRUEL SUMMER ’89 Bananarama
32 ( 27 ) JUST KEEP ROCKIN’ Double Trouble and the Rebel MC
33 ( 60 ) CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION Baby Ford
34 ( 21 ) DOWNTOWN One 2 Many
35 ( 20 ) ORANGE JUICE REM
36 ( 23 ) CAN I GET A WITNESS Sam Brown
37 ( 39 ) BABY YOU’RE A STAR Suzi Quatro
38 ( 74 ) BREAKTHRU Queen
39 ( 24 ) MY BRAVE FACE Paul McCartney
40 ( 48 ) CRY Waterfront

41 ( NEW ) DEAD HEART Midnight Oil
42 ( 33 ) ORDINARY PEOPLE The Bee Gees
43 ( 26 ) WALKIN’ ON SUNSHINE Eddy Grant
44 ( 50 ) CALLING OUT TO CAROL Stan Ridgeway
45 ( NEW ) DAYS Kirsty Maccoll
46 ( 44 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER/ A LITTLE BIT ME A LITTLE BIT YOU/ MONKEES THEME The Monkees
47 ( 38 ) THE ONLY ONE Transvision Vamp
48 ( 31 ) ELISABETH’S EYES Nik Kershaw
49 ( 63 ) TILL I LOVED YOU Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush
50 ( 40 ) THE LONG HOT SUMMER 89 The Style Council

51 ( 37 ) THE LOOK Roxette
52 ( 41 ) ETERNAL FLAME The Bangles
53 ( NEW ) A NEW FLAME Simply Red
54 ( 57 ) TROUBLE ME 10,000 Maniacs
55 ( 52 ) NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVED Dusty Springfield
56 ( 55 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
57 ( 36 ) THE BEST OF ME Cliff Richard
58 ( 43 ) BRING ME EDELWEISS Edelweiss
59 ( NEW ) LOOKING FOR A LOVE Joyce Sims
60 ( 59 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

61 ( 56 ) STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE Diana Ross & The Supremes
62 ( 58 ) THE AIR THAT I BREATHE The Hollies
63 ( NEW ) AS LONG AS WE’RE TOGETHER Al Green
64 ( 35 ) STORMS IN AFRICA PART II Enya
65 ( NEW ) I’M THAT KIND OF GUY LL Cool J
66 ( 66 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
67 ( 45 ) SONG FOR WHOEVER The Beautiful South
68 ( RE ) ALL I WANT IS YOU U2
69 ( 64 ) THIS TIME I KNOW IT’S FOR REAL Donna Summer
70 ( 46 ) RIGHT BACK WHERE WE STARTED FROM Sinitta

71 ( NEW ) UNDER THE GOD Tin Machine
72 ( 72 ) PATIENCE Guns ‘n’ Roses
73 ( 71 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) CHA CHA HEELS Eartha Kitt and Bronski Beat
75 ( 75 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys/ Dusty Springfield