My 1980 Charts – February

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5th February 1980

Jon And Vangelis get that chart-topper with the gorgeous, ethereal, gentle synth-friendly I Hear You Now. Jon Anderson had been the voice of 1977 Top 3 Wondrous Stories (with Yes) and Vangelis had been behind the fantastic Aphrodite’s Child belated 1975 biggie Break (though would have charted in 1972, if eligible). Up 30 places to 4, hard on their heels it’s The Specials second Top 10 hit, Too Much Too Young, outdoing even the way better Gangsters. Booker T gets those Green Onions to 6, and the Rats get a 5th consecutive Top 10, and 8th Top 20, as Someone’s Looking At You at 9. New Musik get their first top tenner, clearly Living By Numbers.

There’s a Jazz Carnival parading through the charts to 26, as shhh The Whispers get the highest new entry at 29, And The Beat Goes On, a pretty good soul funk dance groove, though they seemed to be getting more smooth and less funky as disco booms before the Disco Sucks movement killed them all off en masse. At 34, it’s John Foxx, not always a barrel of laughs, ex-Ultravox-man who went solo with initial success before Midge Ure somewhat overshadowed his career. Underpass was OK, though to me it always sounded like Underpants when he sang the chorus. I sent a lampoon cartoon of pet peeves of the time (John Foxx, Doctor Hook etc) to Record Mirror, the Editor actually replied and told me they weren’t very good and perhaps Art College would help. Errr I was doing an art course at College, at the time. Oops! Never mind, I’m now spouting my opinions on the internet and Record Mirror alas is no more.

35? Kool And The Gang, dang, it’s Too Hot. One of their better tracks actually. Barclay James Harvest go top 40, laying their Love On The Line, very nicely. Other newies: Billy Ocean’s back at 47, Are You Ready? I’ve been ready for 6 years of his hits (starting with Scorched Earth stomping fabulousness On The Run)! Don’t recall this one, yoohootube (it’s OK Jacko-stylee disco)! I do recall 51, Captain Beaky, and Keith Michell is back 9 years on from I’ll Give You The Earth, with kiddie classic written by the late Jeremy Lloyd, he of Laugh-In fame, and sitcom scripter a la Are You Being Served. It’s actually pretty good really for a novelty song. Leaving The Shadows back at 56 with an instrumental cover of classic cowboy song Riders In The Sky, a childhood fave with all of it’s yippee-aye-ey’s and fab toon. 5 years on from Eurovision too! Queen, 63, Save Me, quite nice but a bit on the slow slow quick quick slow side. The Selecter prove they aren’t Three Minute Hero’s at 70, their second ska hit, and I regret missing Pauline the other saturday in Southampton, I had to cancel to look after my parents.

1 ( 6 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 34 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
5 ( 1 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
6 ( 11 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
7 ( 4 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
8 ( 5 ) BABE Styx
9 ( 15 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
10 ( 18 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik

11 ( 8 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
12 ( 21 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 25 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 7 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
15 ( 9 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
16 ( 20 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
17 ( 14 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
18 ( 13 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
19 ( 12 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
20 ( 30 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles

21 ( 10 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
22 ( 39 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
23 ( 24 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
24 ( 19 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
25 ( 16 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
26 ( 71 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
27 ( 22 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
28 ( 17 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
29 ( NEW ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
30 ( 35 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe

31 ( 26 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
32 ( 23 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
33 ( 38 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
34 ( NEW ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
35 ( 67 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
36 ( 31 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
37 ( 33 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
38 ( 55 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
39 ( 28 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
40 ( 73 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest

41 ( 29 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
42 ( 27 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
43 ( 40 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
44 ( 42 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 54 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
46 ( 36 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
47 ( NEW ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
48 ( 53 ) GOT TO LOVE SOMEBODY Sister Sledge
49 ( 45 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 46 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
52 ( 44 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
53 ( 32 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
54 ( 48 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
55 ( 41 ) BLUE PETER Mike Oldfield
56 ( NEW ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
57 ( 49 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
58 ( 75 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
59 ( 37 ) MOONLIGHT AND MUSAK M
60 ( 72 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers

61 ( 58 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Queen
64 ( 51 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
65 ( 50 ) QUE SERA MI VIDA (IF YOU SHOULD GO) The Gibson Brothers
66 ( 56 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
67 ( 62 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 63 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( 60 ) ROTATION Herb Alpert
70 ( NEW ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

71 ( 65 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
72 ( 68 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
73 ( NEW ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
74 ( 47 ) OFF THE WALL Michael Jackson
75 ( 61 ) RISE Herb Alpert

25th jan – 1st Feb TV chart
1 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2 Soap
3 Blake’s 7
4 Barney Miller
5 MASH
6 Parkinson
7 Mork And Mindy
8 The Rockford Files
9 Top Of The Pops
10 The Two Ronnies
11 Parkinson (Wed)
12 Logan’s Run
13 Hart To Hart
14 TISWAS
15 Nationwide (Thurs)
16 Hawaii 5-0
17 The New Avengers
18 My Wife Next Door
19 The Legend Of Hell House (film)
20 Hollywood
21 Chopper Squad
22 If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belguim (film)
23 Film 80
24 A Boy Named Charlie Brown
25 The Muppet Show


In College Life, I was studying Pope and School For Scandal in literature, socialising in my TV bedroom with various friends, and one of my parents fave actor’s Jimmy Durante, or Schnozzel, died. I knew him best for literally kicking the bucket in It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, and Morecombe & Wise’s ongoing “sat at my piano” plastic cup over the nose gag. In artwork I was doing Silver Queen cowboy screen prints (based on Calico ghost-town saloon), The Two Ronnies had the timeless “got any o’s?” sketch on TV, with an “excellent” Parkinson (my quote of the day!) – he had Alan Alda (yay!), Rene Cutforth (who?) and Jimmy Saville (errr…). Yes, well, that one would be interesting to re-view…

On Thursday I was complaining of a dull day. I dream of dull days. I haven’t had a dull day in years, because you only get them when you are content with nothing pressing, nothing urgent, nothing stressful, and that concept died a long time ago in my life. True sad fact. I must have been bored as I marked some kids Maths schoolwork for Paul to save him getting so tired staying up late with loads of marking. Teachers DO work late, it’s true! I quite enjoyed it actually, the power! Friday? Still snow. Chatted in art lectures to mature students, good fun. Dad picked me up and home to Mansfield for the weekend, where brother had got his first home-movie back, with me briefly on it. Apparently, I thought I was “giving my own charming smile”. Oooohh get ‘im! What I really meant was I had a nice smile despite the slightly (and soon to be much) crooked teeth. Yes that American cliche about the Brits is true for me! Bought some tropical fish for my tank, loads of vinyl records, visited Ernie now in “death row” care home (as they called it), and Polish WW2 refugee Renie (Renata Modelefski) popped round to say hello 3 times, now widowed and at a loose end, and lonely. So, yes, Polish people were here long ago and we have a long mutual history. Get over it UKIP-lovers.


12th February 1980

2 weeks for Jon & Vangelis, and The Specials hit number 2 as they hit 1 in the UK singles chart. At 6, The Regents slow climb into the 10 with 7 Teen culminates in a spot of Human League-ish girlie backing singers stylee Top Of The Pops, in a sort of miserable fashion. I could imagine Morrissey covering it, with a few rewritten longer words in there. Queen take a rocket to Save Me, to 21, leapfrogging Jefferson Starship, as the highest new entry is Cliff at 24, with his terrific and dark Carrie, written by BA Robertson and Terry Britten, of Bang Bang and Devil Woman previous songs each respectively. Cliff, with this single, started a long run of quality pop singles for some years without a single duffer amongst them, and his best period really. The Shadows, at 27, on the other hand were coming to the end of their singles career. Doh!

New entries: The Tourists consider it so good to be back home again, at 54, not one of their best, while future UK chart-topper Fern Kinney covers Together We Are Beautiful a 1979 chart entry for Steve Allen (in my charts), and does it way better, her unusual voice and cantering rhythms making it much more commercial. Rocky Sharpe and The Replays return with a cover of the 1963 Ran-Dells American hit, Martian Hop. My brother had played the original as the Ted revival scene was pretty big business in Mansfield, and it had been doing the rounds, sort of Northern Soul-wise (old obscure tracks getting discovered by a new generation). Dave Edmunds also whacks out a cover, this time Singing The Blues the 1950’s Guy Mitchell number one, and in at 74, but definitely going higher it’s Turning Japanese by The Vapors – a fabulous New Wave bit of fun, which is less than PC these days in intent, if not in actual lyric. I can’t possibly say what the subject matter is, but suffice to say it involves a favourite pastime of boys and men sat on their own.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 4 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 2 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
5 ( 6 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
6 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
7 ( 9 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
8 ( 5 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
9 ( 10 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
10 ( 8 ) BABE Styx

11 ( 16 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
12 ( 7 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
13 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
14 ( 20 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
15 ( 34 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
16 ( 11 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
17 ( 23 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
18 ( 14 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
19 ( 22 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
20 ( 29 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers

21 ( 63 ) SAVE ME Queen
22 ( 15 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
23 ( 35 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
24 ( NEW ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
25 ( 19 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
26 ( 18 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
27 ( 56 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
28 ( 17 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
29 ( 25 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
30 ( 26 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

31 ( 51 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
32 ( 27 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
33 ( 38 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
34 ( 30 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
35 ( 24 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
36 ( 21 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
37 ( 31 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
38 ( 28 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
39 ( 47 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
40 ( 70 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter

41 ( 36 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
42 ( 32 ) BETTER LOVE NEXT TIME Dr. Hook
43 ( 37 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
44 ( 60 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
45 ( 44 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
46 ( 43 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
47 ( 39 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
48 ( 58 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones
49 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
50 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

51 ( 33 ) WE GOT THE FUNK Positive Force
52 ( 41 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
53 ( 40 ) LOVE ON THE LINE Barclay James Harvest
54 ( NEW ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
55 ( 64 ) QUOTE GOODBYE QUOTE Carolyn Mas
56 ( 52 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
57 ( 42 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
58 ( 54 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
59 ( NEW ) TOGETHER WE’RE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
60 ( NEW ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 57 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
64 ( 53 ) DAY TRIP TO BANGOR Fiddler’s Dram
65 ( 45 ) I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER Prince
66 ( 46 ) PARADISE BIRD Amii Stewart
67 ( 67 ) CARS Gary Numan
68 ( 66 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
69 ( NEW ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
70 ( 68 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

71 ( 73 ) MOTOR BIKE BEAT The Revillos
72 ( 75 ) RISE Herb Alpert
73 ( 72 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
74 ( NEW ) TURNING JAPANESE The Vapors
75 ( 71 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

Feb 2nd-8th1980
1 MASH
2 Soap
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Blake’s 7
5 Top Of The Pops
6 The Two Ronnies
7 The Scalphunters (film)
8 The Goodies
9 Logan’s Run
10 Hart To Hart

11 The Last Of Sheila (film)
12 Film 80
13 Sporting Superstars
14 The New Avengers
15 Wildlife On One
16 The Incredible Rocky Mountain Race
17 What’s On Next
18 My Wife Next Door
19 Parkinson (wed)
20 The Sky At Night

On TV Blake’s 7 was getting better, thanks to the scriptwriting, while the Goodies were doing a pastiche of Close Encounters, I was reading William Golding for English Lit, chatting to friends, and having a dream featuring Danno from Hawaii 5-0, though quite what James MacArthur was doing inside a cave in the dream I have no idea nor memory of! In another one I was golf caddie for 2nd year student Brian – at night. Now I may not have played golf at the time, but I suspected finding balls might be a challenge at night…

In Art Max, my tutor was encouraging me to try for artistic jobs at the course end – I wish I wish I wish I had. Not that there were many about, of course. Meanwhile I had to give my first ever talk on my work, embarrassingly bright red, stuttering, forgot what I was saying, a disaster! I found I can handle Q&A but not giving speeches, and nothing has changed 35 years on! On TV The Two Ronnies my fave song sketch was on( “sod off sod off sod off so duff your cap to me…poor cow poor cow pour cowslip dew into your cup”): classic.


19th February 1980

3 weeks at 1, I Hear You Now, 2 weeks at 2 Too Much Too Young and My Girl 4 weeks at 3. That concludes the top 3 results. The Rats get their 3rd biggest hit at 4, as Synth music makes inroads into the top 10, with John Foxx and Buggles joining New Musik, with Cliff and Jacko giving some veteran quality into the bargain. Queen and Jefferson Starship rock into the 20, and highest of many great new entries is Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s fab Take That Look Off Your Face, from Evita girl Marti Webb showcasing Tell Me On A Sunday. It’s a great song.

At 22, Blondie return with 3rd track off Eat To The Beat, and it’s the best track, Atomic, quite probably their best ever record (and they had already had 3 chart-toppers). More punky, but ab fab. At 34, The Gibson Brothers reactivate first minor hit Cuba, and it sounds even better, love those latin disco rhythms and the chorus is great. 35, I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, Elvis is back. Costello, that is, it’s OK but not one of his greats. Dexy’s debut at 49, as Dance Stance gets moving a bit, and the horn section was a breath of fresh air at the time, 60’s retro soul but kinda rock-based, I loved it.

At 58, Peter Gabriel finally gets a second terrific solo hit as Games Without Frontiers, with added Kate Bush vocals, follows up Solsbury Hill 3 years on. Chuck in Brass Construction and The Flying Lizards making a minor return, and skip on to The Police giving up an old track, So Lonely, coming after 3 chart-toppers in a row, each better than the last, it was the least of their five hits to date, and of course they really sing Sue Lawley, Nationwide presenter. Still good though. At 73, it’s another great amusing and clever record from BA Robertson, Kool In The Kaftan starting the hippie backlash, but also sort of affectionately 60‘s retro in sound and references. BA is a great lyricist, witness Carrie in the top 10 this very week, one of his. Finally, and rather tragically, AC/DC get a second hit as Touch Too Much enters at 75. The following day Bon Scott, great lead singer, was dead from booze abuse. From AC/DC’s point of view the death-inspired Back In Black album and hiring of the ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was the start of a looooong beloved career, and I approved cos I loved a lot of Geordie singles, but for me they just weren’t the same afterwards, Bon was such a great singer, and early AC/DC were sort of punk Led Zep, as opposed to later bombastic Led Zep. Touch Too Much is fantastic.

1 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
2 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
3 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
4 ( 7 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
5 ( 17 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 11 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
7 ( 14 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
8 ( 9 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
9 ( 24 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
10 ( 15 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx

11 ( 4 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
12 ( 6 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
13 ( 8 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
14 ( 21 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 5 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
16 ( 20 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
17 ( 23 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 10 ) BABE Styx
19 ( 13 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
20 ( 12 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba

21 ( NEW ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb
22 ( NEW ) ATOMIC Blondie
23 ( 27 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows
24 ( 16 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
25 ( 54 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
26 ( 31 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
27 ( 18 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
28 ( 40 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
29 ( 25 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
30 ( 33 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang

31 ( 19 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
32 ( 29 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
33 ( 22 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
34 ( NEW ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
35 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
36 ( 59 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
37 ( 32 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
38 ( 60 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
39 ( 28 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
40 ( 48 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

41 ( 26 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
42 ( 44 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
43 ( 30 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth
44 ( 37 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
45 ( 41 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
46 ( 36 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
47 ( 34 ) STRANGE LITTLE GIRL Sad Cafe
48 ( 39 ) ARE YOU READY Billy Ocean
49 ( NEW ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
50 ( 45 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac

51 ( 46 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
52 ( 49 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
53 ( 50 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 69 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
55 ( 56 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
56 ( 43 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
57 ( 35 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
58 ( NEW ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
59 ( 38 ) TEARS OF A CLOWN The Beat
60 ( NEW ) TV The Flying Lizards

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 58 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
64 ( 47 ) IS IT LOVE YOU’RE AFTER Rose Royce
65 ( 52 ) WORKING FOR THE YANKEE DOLLAR The Skids
66 ( NEW ) MUSIC MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE DANCING Brass Construction
67 ( RE ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
68 ( NEW ) SO LONELY The Police
69 ( 68 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
70 ( NEW ) FAN MAIL The Dickies

71 ( 57 ) MY FEET KEEP DANCING Chic
72 ( 70 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
73 ( NEW ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
74 ( 63 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
75 ( NEW ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC

Feb 9 – 15 TV charts
1 Soap
2 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
3 MASH: film
4 Blake’s 7
5 MASH
6 Airport: film
7 Logan’s Run
8 Mork And Mindy
9 Barney Miller
10 Film 80
11 The Goodies
12 The Rockford Files
13 Hawaii 5-0
14 Top Of The Pops
15 Hollywood

In College days, poetry raised it’s head (sigh), a long list of friends dropping by chez John, outside the inner group too, and Hollywood featured Rudolf Valentino and Gloria Swanson – I was fascinated by then-ancient movie stars from long before I was born, it was like looking back in distant history: well, silent movies looked ancient, even if they were only 50 years or so earlier! A bit like a college student looking back to the 60’s now. I’m suddenly old! The Winter Olympics started this week, but it was overshadowed by the sudden death of David Janssen, an actor hero of mine, star of The Fugitive and Harry O, and the narrator of the epic-scaled Centennial mini-series. Only 49, he was just SO cool with that perfectly-phrased gravelly-voice. I was shocked.

Had an American geography exam, sat through a great John Davis lecture afterwards, and Max in Art was encouraging me to frame my latest prints and try and sell some. I had forgotten what a gem of encouragement Max was, given I spent years on the dole anyway I might as well have gone in for art rather than entirely waste my time applying for crap, soul-destroying tedious jobs. If only I knew then what I know now… The weekend I was glum in Mansfield, babysat for my little cousins, rachel letting it out that all of my budgies were dead (donated to Clipstone school) which didn’t make me happier as I was leaned on to get rid of them in the first place. Really, I think it was the realisation that my little glorious bubble-world of College was drawing to a close and I really didn’t like that thought at all.

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26th February 1980

Blondie, boom, Atomic! 4th number one, after Denis, Heart Of Glass and Sunday Girl. One of those instances, like Baker Street, where the single edit is the classic version, the album version meanders in the middle and loses the sheer power and urgency of the track, proving conclusively that sometimes less is more. Debbie Harry was never better than on Atomic, and as the world got very nervous about nuclear war just having Atomic as the title (it wasn’t really the hook, it was the only part of the track that wasn’t a hook!) gave it that extra topical zing. At 3 rockabilly rules, buzz buzz a diddle it, parp! Such fun! At the other end of the chart rockabilly future arrives as Shakin’ Stevens brings a Hot Dog into the chart. I would have preferred the much better song with that title by the Archies, mind you.

The Buggles peak at 4 for the second time, John Foxx hits 7, The Whispers 8, and showtune time at 10 with Marti Webb – no, take that look off your face, it’s fab! Peter Gabriel shows no frontiers can hold him back, chanting Jeux Sans Frontiers and beating the competition up to 16 from 58. Little bit of politics nod’s as good as a wink, eh, squire? Call the police! So Lonely? 40 places up to 28 and leapfrogging the Ramones quietly climbing to 30. The late Bon Scott leads AC/DC to 34, Touch Too Much, and The Flying Lizards get a second top 40, TV. Highest new entry, Rainbow are back with another pop metal singalong All Night Long, not quite as good as Since You’ve Been Gone, but Blackmore and Glover equals good enough for Deep Purple.

Hands off – she’s mine, exclaim The Beat at 48. OK, if you say so lads, the prettier face of ska and now not doing covers. Donna Summer’s back on the radio with a sprawling ballad/disco track at 60, Liquid Gold dance themselves dizzy (do-do-do-do-do-do-do-do-dizzy!) with a bit of cheesy fun at 66, Joan Armatrading gets Rosie at 73 4 years after her classic Love And Affection, and Iron Maiden announce themselves while Running Free. At 75, part of the New Wave of British Heavy Music, sort of, and I certainly wouldn’t have put money on them churning out much the same stuff for the next 3 decades to a loyal fanbase. Hey ho.

1 ( 22 ) ATOMIC Blondie
2 ( 1 ) I HEAR YOU NOW Jon And Vangelis
3 ( 6 ) BUZZ BUZZ A DIDDLE IT Matchbox
4 ( 7 ) THE PLASTIC AGE The Buggles
5 ( 5 ) ROCK WITH YOU Michael Jackson
6 ( 9 ) CARRIE Cliff Richard
7 ( 10 ) UNDERPASS John Foxx
8 ( 16 ) AND THE BEAT GOES ON The Whispers
9 ( 2 ) TOO MUCH TOO YOUNG The Special AKA
10 ( 21 ) TAKE THAT LOOK OFF YOUR FACE Marti Webb

11 ( 4 ) SOMEONE’S LOOKING AT YOU The Boomtown Rats
12 ( 3 ) MY GIRL Madness
13 ( 8 ) LIVING BY NUMBERS New Musik
14 ( 14 ) SAVE ME Queen
15 ( 25 ) SO GOOD TO BE BACK HOME AGAIN The Tourists
16 ( 58 ) GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS Peter Gabriel
17 ( 17 ) JANE Jefferson Starship
18 ( 13 ) BRASS IN POCKET The Pretenders
19 ( 11 ) SPIRITS HAVING FLOWN The Bee Gees
20 ( 23 ) RIDERS IN THE SKY The Shadows

21 ( 28 ) THREE MINUTE HERO The Selecter
22 ( 35 ) I CAN’T STAND UP FOR FALLING DOWN Elvis Costello
23 ( 12 ) 7 TEEN The Regents
24 ( 36 ) TOGETHER WE ARE BEAUTIFUL Fern Kinney
25 ( 15 ) GREEN ONIONS Booker T. and The MG’s
26 ( 20 ) I HAVE A DREAM Abba
27 ( 18 ) BABE Styx
28 ( 68 ) SO LONELY The Police
29 ( 24 ) ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL (PART 2) Pink Floyd
30 ( 40 ) BABY I LOVE YOU The Ramones

31 ( 19 ) IT’S DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Joe Jackson
32 ( 34 ) CUBA The Gibson Brothers
33 ( 29 ) WALKING ON THE MOON The Police
34 ( 75 ) TOUCH TOO MUCH AC/DC
35 ( 49 ) DANCE STANCE Dexy’s Midnight Runners
36 ( 32 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
37 ( 60 ) TV The Flying Lizards
38 ( 26 ) CAPTAIN BEAKY Keith Michell
39 ( 67 ) DO THAT TO ME ONE MORE TIME Captain and Tennille
40 ( NEW ) ALL NIGHT LONG Rainbow

41 ( 27 ) PLEASE DON’T GO KC and The Sunshine Band
42 ( 30 ) TOO HOT Kool And The Gang
43 ( 44 ) CONFUSION/ LAST TRAIN TO LONDON E.L.O.
44 ( 33 ) I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND Dollar
45 ( 37 ) I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU The Tourists
46 ( 42 ) COWARD OF THE COUNTY Kenny Rogers
47 ( 38 ) MARTIAN HOP Rocky Sharpe and the Replays
48 ( NEW ) HANDS OFF – SHE’S MINE The Beat
49 ( 54 ) SINGING THE BLUES Dave Edmunds
50 ( 45 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba

51 ( 52 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
52 ( 51 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
53 ( 53 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
54 ( 50 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
55 ( 31 ) MAMA’S BOY Suzi Quatro
56 ( 39 ) ESCAPE (THE PINA COLADA SONG) Rupert Holmes
57 ( 55 ) JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (1972)/JOHN I’M ONLY DANCING (AGAIN) (1975) David Bowie
58 ( 41 ) SPACER Sheila and B. Devotion
59 ( 46 ) SARA Fleetwood Mac
60 ( NEW ) ON THE RADIO Donna Summer

61 ( 61 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
62 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( NEW ) TONIGHT Zane Griff
64 ( 56 ) ONE STEP BEYOND Madness
65 ( 73 ) KOOL IN THE KAFTAN B.A. Robertson
66 ( NEW ) DANCE YOURSELF DIZZY Liquid Gold
67 ( 63 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
68 ( 72 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
69 ( NEW ) MAYBE TOMORROW The Chords
70 ( 43 ) JAZZ CARNIVAL Azymuth

71 ( NEW ) HOT DOG Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 69 ) COMPLEX Gary Numan
73 ( NEW ) ROSIE Joan Armatrading
74 ( 57 ) WITH YOU I’M BORN AGAIN Billy Preston and Syreeta
75 ( NEW ) RUNNING FREE Iron Maiden

TV feb 16-22
1 Thoroughly Modern Millie: film
2 The Kenny Everett Video Show
3 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Soap
5 MASH
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Blake’s 7
8 The Rockford Files
9 Film 80
10 Wonder Woman
11 Barney Miller
12 World’s Apart
13 Parkinson (sat)
14 Police Story
15 The Blue Knight


In lectures, it was Great Expectations, outside lectures it was Blondie in at 3 on the UK charts (hooray!), lotsa socialising and laughs, and good TV (Blake’s 7, Rockford Files etc). I finally got around to developing the Paris art trip negatives, and printing my b&w USA prints in the darkroom. Some snooker, some Winter Olympics, some laughs and then Pete, Julie, Bev & I went to see The Exorcist in the Uni lounge. Some parts were sickening and disturbing, and I didn’t enjoy it anywhere near as much as Alien, but the others were more impressed. The ending was quite shocking, though, and it left a disturbing after-memory…

Got my Geog exam results, which were good, and John Davies hinted my grades for American Studies were good for my degree. My expectations were optmistic based on what lecturers were telling me, for a Grade 1. If I’ve learnt anything in life, though, it’s to not bother being optimistic, it just leads to disappointment! The main problem being my tutors all liked me, and outside examiners didn’t know me from Adam. Drama in snooker: Bev wanted to join in on a game Pete, Sue Julie & I were already playing, but she didn’t want to start on the lowest score, which caused conflict and ill feeling, which I don’t deal well with, so I sent all the balls flying forcing a new game. Cue sulks from some parts. Top Of The Pops, I noted, was very good. Saturday evening Paul and Dave drove the gang in two cars to Nottingham for Pauline’s 21st birthday party, much laughter and dancing, I even did the hokey cokey, not something I ever planned to do! I was quite extrovert, for me, had a great time, and we drove back to Lincoln at midnight. On Sunday sci-fi drama with David Janssen in, Marooned, gave me an opportunity to repeat more than once the old gag about a ship carrying blue paint colliding with one carrying red paint, the crew were Marooned….ouch!

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My 1984 Charts – September

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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 – 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