My October 1986 Charts

7th October 1986

7th and final week on top for Human (phew!) leaving Madonna at 2, Quo shooting up to 3, or Pet Shop Boys up to 7 to take over next week. Madonna had just had her first chart-topper, Pet Shop Boys 2 of 3, and Quo never ever topped my chart to date. The Monkees get a new track into the 10 for the first time ever, Paul Simon his first since Love Me Like A Rock in 1973, and The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 20’s.

Highest new entry is a stonking Hi-NRG version of the Supremes You Keep Me hanging On to give Kim Wilde her first biggie in a few years, in at 32, while Paul hardcastle takes the new TOTP theme tune in at 40. Red Box are all For America (not really, it’s a slagging off), and Wax are systematic at 59 – but presumably not their car is not hydromatic, nor greased lightning. Shakatak & Gary Numan are back at 71 together again, and two veterans return – James Brown, and Jackson Browne, the man who had Doctor My Eyes back in 1972 before The Jackson 5 covered it.

1 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 18 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
5 ( 3 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
6 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
7 ( 17 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
8 ( 16 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
9 ( 5 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
10 ( 12 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon

11 ( 10 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
12 ( 13 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
13 ( 15 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
14 ( 30 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
15 ( 7 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
16 ( 6 ) WORD UP Cameo
17 ( 9 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
18 ( 23 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
19 ( 25 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
20 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John

21 ( 14 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
22 ( 11 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
23 ( 29 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
24 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
25 ( 21 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
26 ( 27 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
27 ( 40 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
28 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
29 ( 35 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 19 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi

31 ( 22 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
32 ( NEW ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
33 ( 26 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
34 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
35 ( 34 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
36 ( 38 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
37 ( 52 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
38 ( 51 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
39 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
40 ( NEW ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle

41 ( 36 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 46 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
43 ( 47 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
44 ( RE ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
45 ( 57 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
46 ( 45 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
47 ( 61 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
48 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme
49 ( 42 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
50 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

51 ( 63 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
52 ( 31 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
53 ( NEW ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
54 ( 59 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
55 ( 33 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MERCENARIES Meat Loaf and John Parr
56 ( 32 ) ONE GREAT THING Big Country
57 ( 41 ) HEARTLAND The The
58 ( 56 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( NEW ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 69 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
62 ( 54 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
64 ( 44 ) ALL I WANT TO DO UB40
65 ( 72 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
66 ( 71 ) TWO OF HEARTS Stacey Q
67 ( 66 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( 73 ) DREAMER B B & Q
69 ( 64 ) ANOTHER HEARTACHE Rod Stewart
70 ( 75 ) STATE OF THE NATION New Order

71 ( NEW ) NEW THING FROM LONDON TOWN Sharpe & Numan
72 ( NEW ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
73 ( NEW ) GRAVITY James Brown
74 ( 74 ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
75 ( 53 ) ADORATIONS Killing Joke

7th Oct
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 I STARTED A JOKE The Bee Gees
2 LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich

 

14th October 1986

It’s Madonna grabbing a second chart-topper and not the Pet Shop Boys who have to make do with 4 for now, their 3rd top 5 (2 of them number 1’s). I love the video for True Blue, Madonna was all 50’s-stylee in love with Sean Penn. Possibly why she excludes the track at every opportunity from compilations and concerts. It’s not as if it’s as awful as Hanky Panky…

The Pretenders make it 7 years of top 10 hits, since Kid became the first, and OMD 6 years after a slow climb with Forever (Live And Die). Red Box rocket up For America and a second top 20, The Bangles get a 3rd, and Chairmen Of The Board do it for the 7th time after a gap of 13 years. Highest new entry is a bit of a classic from Berlin, Take My Breath Away from a film I’ve never seen, Top something or other starring Tom somebody. Probably obscure. New at 34 it’s DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, both debuting for the start of a lengthy chart runs as kids. Not sure what happened to Will someone, I think he went into acting and had some modest success.

The Stranglers are back with Always The Sun, very tuneful and not at all like Peaches some 9 years earlier, in at 47. Kissing The Pink get a 3rd entry, presumably It should have been Kissing The Green as pink is worth 6. Aretha covers the Stones and keeps her 80’s run going, 18 years on, as Boris & Gwen get some follow-up action. Little Richard is also back over 30 years into his career with a good single in Operator, and just above them, sneaking in quietly it’s Erasure with Sometimes. Much lower than it may have been expected to debut given it’s rather fab. Vince thus makes it 5 years of hit songs.

1 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
2 ( 1 ) HUMAN Human League
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 7 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 4 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
6 ( 8 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
7 ( 5 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
9 ( 14 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
10 ( 12 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD

11 ( 9 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
12 ( 53 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
13 ( 20 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
14 ( 19 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
15 ( 11 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
16 ( 10 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
17 ( 16 ) WORD UP Cameo
18 ( 13 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
19 ( 23 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
20 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 18 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
22 ( 15 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
23 ( 32 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 17 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
25 ( NEW ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
26 ( 25 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
27 ( 22 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
28 ( 40 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
29 ( 37 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
30 ( 45 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha

31 ( 63 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
32 ( 24 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
33 ( 27 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
34 ( NEW ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
35 ( 21 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
36 ( 31 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
37 ( 42 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 35 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
39 ( 28 ) WE DON’T HAVE TO TAKE OUR CLOTHES OFF Jermaine Stewart
40 ( 33 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 44 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
43 ( 30 ) YOU GIVE LOVE A BAD NAME Bon Jovi
44 ( 39 ) PANIC The Smiths
45 ( 26 ) SWEET FREEDOM Michael MacDonald
46 ( 54 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
47 ( NEW ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
48 ( 46 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
49 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
50 ( 48 ) CRY Godley & Creme

51 ( 50 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
52 ( 38 ) SLOW DOWN Loose Ends
53 ( 47 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
54 ( NEW ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
55 ( 49 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
56 ( 34 ) IN TOO DEEP Genesis
57 ( 72 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
59 ( 59 ) SYSTEMATIC Wax
60 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys

61 ( 36 ) SAME OLD STORY Ultravox
62 ( 43 ) WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER Queen
63 ( 73 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( 65 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young
65 ( NEW ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
66 ( 62 ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
67 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
69 ( 51 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
70 ( 57 ) HEARTLAND The The

71 ( NEW ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
72 ( 52 ) DIAMOND GIRL Pete Wylie
73 ( NEW ) C’MON EVERY BEATBOX Big Audio Dynamite
74 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES Erasure
75 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Little Richard

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 EMMA Hot Chocolate
2 THE LEGEND OF XANADU Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

21st October 1986

It’s a first week on top for their 3rd chart-topper inside 12 months, as Suburbia seals the Pet Shop Boys as my new fave pop act, closely followed by Madonna as I buy True Blue and get into La Isla Bonita and Jimmy Jimmy in my playlist/oldies chart. I didn’t allow album tracks else both would have charted, La Isla Bonita quite highly some months ahead of its single release. The highest new entry is a Phantom Of The Opera gorgeous ballad, giving Cliff the latest of numerous top 10’s throughout the 18 years he had been charting (and 23 years if I’d charted earlier aged 5). It’s one of Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s best songs, and also means Sarah Brightman grabs a first top 10 from her hubby since she was a Hot Gossip-fronting Starship Trooper chart-topper 8 years earlier.

In at 13, Bob Geldof’s first solo single, post-Live Aid, was not that wildly received at the time, I rather liked it myself, and it keeps his run of top 20’s going for 9 years including the Rats singles. The Stranglers also keep the Punk ’77 flag flying shooting up Always The Sun into the 20, while Will Smith gets his first top 20. Hands up who thought he’d be a major movie star? No, me neither. About as likely as Sarah Brightman getting into opera and musicals off the back of Starship Trooper.

Talking of actors, Don Johnson has a crack at a singing career while his Miami Vice star is shining. It didn’t work but Heartbeat was quite decent and in at 42. World Party return, as do the post-Lionel Commodores, for a sweet 12 years since Machine Gun debuted. Duran Duran return with a bang after a short break, Notorious at 64, and Prince needs another lover like a hole in the head, apparently, at 66. The Icicle Works string out a 3rd year of chart entries, and Swing Out Sister debut with the fab jazzy 80’s pop of Breakout at 70, as Nik Kershaw and The Mission sneak back in ahead of Alice Cooper returning after a break – he’s Back! 14 years since School’s Out for summer.

This week I saw The Blow Monkeys and Level 42 in concert, fab musicians all. Digging Your Scene was the 1986 track that brought a nostalgic tear to my eye the most. Love it.

1 ( 4 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 1 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 2 ) HUMAN Human League
5 ( 6 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
6 ( 9 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
7 ( 5 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
8 ( NEW ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
9 ( 25 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
10 ( 7 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics

11 ( 12 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
12 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
13 ( NEW ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
14 ( 30 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
15 ( 47 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 11 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
17 ( 8 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
18 ( 10 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
19 ( 16 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
20 ( 34 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

21 ( 14 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
22 ( 17 ) WORD UP Cameo
23 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 28 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 29 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope
26 ( 15 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
27 ( 13 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
28 ( 18 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
29 ( 49 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
30 ( 31 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites

31 ( 26 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
32 ( 24 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
33 ( 22 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme
34 ( 21 ) THE SOUND OF MUSIC Falco
35 ( 46 ) ALL I WANT Howard Jones
36 ( 68 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
37 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
38 ( 19 ) LOVERBOY Chairmen Of The Board
39 ( 69 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 27 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
43 ( 32 ) DON’T LEAVE ME THIS WAY The Communards
44 ( NEW ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
45 ( 44 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 40 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
47 ( 54 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
48 ( RE ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
49 ( 38 ) BROTHER LOUIE Modern Talking
50 ( 65 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner

51 ( 48 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
52 ( 51 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 50 ) CRY Godley & Creme
54 ( 36 ) (I JUST) DIED IN YOUR ARMS Cutting Crew
55 ( 71 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
56 ( 42 ) BA BA BANKROBBERY Eav
57 ( 57 ) IN THE SHAPE OF A HEART Jackson Browne
58 ( 33 ) STUCK WITH YOU Huey Lewis & The News
59 ( NEW ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
60 ( 64 ) WONDERLAND Paul Young

61 ( 58 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
62 ( 60 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
63 ( 63 ) GRAVITY James Brown
64 ( NEW ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
65 ( 35 ) PRETTY IN PINK The Psychedelic Furs
66 ( NEW ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
68 ( 55 ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
69 ( 74 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
70 ( NEW ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister

71 ( 67 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
72 ( 53 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
73 ( NEW ) NOBODY KNOWS Nik Kershaw
74 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
75 ( NEW ) HE’S BACK Alice Cooper

non-chart playlist
1 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
2 JIMMY JIMMY Madonna
3 GALAXY T.Rex

 

28th October 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Suburbia as Quo get a 4-week run at 3 stuck behind my top two acts of 1986, The Bangles get a 3rd top 10, Red Box a second and last, and Bob Geldof a first and final solo top 10 – though the Rats had loads over the previous 8 years. Highest new entry (gasp!) is Shaky with a sweet ballad, in one fell swoop beating almost all of his previous singles, bar 2 or 3, in at 13. It’s a 3rd top 20 for entering Doctor & the Medics covering Abba’s 1974 chart-topper with an assist from Roy Wood, his first top 20 (barring Xmas re-entries of you-know-what) for a decade.

Anita Baker’s minor hit of a couple of months earlier finally starts to sell in the UK and shoots back in at 17, Sweet Love, The Mission have a huge climb into the 30, as do Duran Duran, While Cyndi Lauper finally makes the 40 with True Colors after faffing about a few weeks. Jaki Graham gets a 3rd solo top 40, in at 39, and Madness return with their final good record for 12 years, after a non-stop-run of 7 years, in at 40 with the Ghost Train. Good for Halloween of course.

Mel & Kim start-up the SAW pop factory proper, as they debut with Showin’ Out at 49, Bobby G remixes and comes back with a TV theme, Paul McCartney pulls a second single off Press To Play, and Bon Jovi return with a classic bang! Livin’ On A Prayer remains a widely-known anthem, selling well into the 2010’s. Also back: The Housemartins, a windy Bowie (promoting cult Xmas movie, The Snowman), The Smiths Ask for a return while they are still Panic-ing, Tina Turner is Two people, Cutting Crew get a quick follow-up, and The Real Thing sneak in briefly with a song that isn’t a 70’s biggie.

1 ( 1 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
4 ( 6 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
5 ( 8 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
6 ( 9 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
7 ( 4 ) HUMAN Human League
8 ( 12 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
9 ( 11 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
10 ( 13 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof

11 ( 5 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
12 ( 14 ) I’VE BEEN LOSING YOU a-ha
13 ( NEW ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
14 ( 7 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
15 ( 15 ) ALWAYS THE SUN The Stranglers
16 ( 20 ) GIRLS AIN’T NOTHIN’ BUT TROUBLE DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
17 ( RE ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
18 ( 29 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
19 ( NEW ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
20 ( 25 ) WORLD SHUT YOUR MOUTH Julian Cope

21 ( 10 ) THORN IN MY SIDE Eurythmics
22 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
23 ( 16 ) RUMORS Timex Social Club
24 ( 24 ) THE WIZARD Paul Hardcastle
25 ( 19 ) YOU CAN CALL ME AL Paul Simon
26 ( 74 ) STAY WITH ME The Mission
27 ( 30 ) WHOLE NEW WORLD It Bites
28 ( 18 ) FOREVER (LIVE AND DIE) OMD
29 ( 17 ) DON’T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME ’86 The Police
30 ( 64 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran

31 ( 22 ) WORD UP Cameo
32 ( 36 ) CLOSE TO YOU Gwen Guthrie
33 ( 42 ) HEARTBEAT Don Johnson
34 ( 55 ) MIDAS TOUCH Midnight Star
35 ( 37 ) TO BE A LOVER Billy Idol
36 ( 72 ) TRUE COLORS Cyndi Lauper
37 ( 31 ) WHEN I THINK OF YOU Janet Jackson
38 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW LOVER Dead Or Alive
39 ( NEW ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
40 ( NEW ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness

41 ( 41 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
42 ( 47 ) JUMPING JACK FLASH Aretha Franklin
43 ( 21 ) MONTEGO BAY Amazulu
44 ( 32 ) WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC featuring Aerosmith
45 ( 45 ) PANIC The Smiths
46 ( 50 ) YOU’RE EVERYTHING TO ME Boris Gardiner
47 ( 59 ) GOIN’ TO THE BANK The Commodores
48 ( 40 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
49 ( NEW ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
50 ( 33 ) DON’T WALK The Big Supreme

51 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
52 ( 52 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
53 ( 70 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
54 ( 53 ) CRY Godley & Creme
55 ( 51 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
56 ( 46 ) KISS THE DIRT (FALLING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN) INXS
57 ( 67 ) WHO DO YOU WANT FOR YOUR LOVE The Icicle Works
58 ( NEW ) THEME FROM BIG DEAL (REMIX) Bobby G
59 ( NEW ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
60 ( NEW ) PRETTY LITTLE HEAD Paul McCartney

61 ( 44 ) PRIVATE REVOLUTION World Party
62 ( 27 ) HEARTACHE ALL OVER THE WORLD Elton John
63 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
64 ( 62 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
65 ( 61 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
66 ( 66 ) ANOTHERLOVERHOLEINYOHEAD Prince
67 ( 28 ) LOVE CAN’T TURN AROUND Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk featuring Daryl Pandy
68 ( 48 ) ALWAYS THERE Marti Webb
69 ( NEW ) THINK FOR A MINUTE The Housemartins
70 ( NEW ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie

71 ( NEW ) ASK The Smiths
72 ( 71 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
73 ( NEW ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
74 ( NEW ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
75 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT TO THE HEART The Real Thing

Playlist Oldies
1 YOU CAN DO MAGIC America
2 TELSTAR The Tornadoes
3 DON’T FORGET TO REMEMBER The Bee Gees

My Retro January 1968 Charts

6th January 1968

A new year, yet another new number one, and it’s The Moody Blues classic Nights In White Satin topping my chart, with more to follow in the 70’s. Nancy & Lee get a 4th top 5 in 12 months as a duo, Nancy makes it 6. The Love Affair get a first top 10, Darlene Love is in the 30 (without Phil Spector, presumably), as Lalo Schifrin and Frankie Valli’s mini-epic ballad go top 40. The Small Faces and Cat Stevens both return to the top 40 for a 3rd or 4th time.

Etta James classic, soon to be a Chicken Shack UK hit, brings I’d rather Go Blind into my charts, as The Hump chalks up another smooth ballad, chasing Mireille Mathieu’s version of a previous one, Marvin Gaye jumps in with a track new to me, as do The Dells with another Northern Soul-sounding goodie, while a major fave song as I turned 14 was The Raiders version of Joe South’s Birds Of A Feather. Joe’s original is a little rootsier, and in at 62, but even Johnny Nash’s reggae version couldnt make the fab song a UK hit. The Temps and The Cowsills round off the newies.

1 ( 7 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
2 ( 1 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
3 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
4 ( 8 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
5 ( 2 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
6 ( 4 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
8 ( 6 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
9 ( 11 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
10 ( 9 ) WORLD The Bee Gees

11 ( 14 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
12 ( 10 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
13 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 12 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
15 ( 17 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
16 ( 24 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
17 ( 15 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
18 ( 19 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
19 ( 16 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
20 ( 25 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd

21 ( 21 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
22 ( 20 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
23 ( 18 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
24 ( 30 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
25 ( 23 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
26 ( 22 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
27 ( 27 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
28 ( 37 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
29 ( 29 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
30 ( 43 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love

31 ( 28 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
32 ( 58 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
33 ( 26 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
34 ( 31 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
35 ( 38 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
36 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
37 ( 49 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
38 ( 34 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
39 ( 52 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces
40 ( 60 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli

41 ( 35 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
42 ( 32 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
43 ( 47 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
44 ( 39 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
45 ( 41 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
46 ( 42 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
47 ( 36 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
48 ( NEW ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
49 ( NEW ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
50 ( 56 ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon King

51 ( NEW ) YOU Marvin Gaye
52 ( 46 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
53 ( 50 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
54 ( 48 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
55 ( 45 ) I’LL BE SWEETER TOMORROW (THAN I AM TODAY) The O’Jays
56 ( NEW ) THERE IS The Dells
57 ( 40 ) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE Julie Andrews
58 ( 44 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
59 ( NEW ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
60 ( 54 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations

61 ( 66 ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
62 ( NEW ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 64 ) UPTIGHT, GOOD MAN Laura Lee
64 ( 61 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
65 ( 69 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
66 ( 53 ) STAR COLLECTOR The Monkees
67 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
68 ( 70 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
69 ( 62 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
70 ( 74 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream

71 ( 65 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
72 ( 68 ) NEW ORLEANS Neil Diamond
73 ( 51 ) I WONDER WHAT SHE’S DOING TONIGHT Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
74 ( 57 ) MY RAINBOW VALLEY Robert Knight
75 ( NEW ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

 

13th January 1968

Yet another classic one-weeker drops replaced by yet another 60’s classic, Nancy Sinatra’s 4th chart-topper, and Lee Hazelwood’s first as an artist (though he 100% would have topped with These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ for Nancy had I charted in 1966 either at the time or retrospectively). This is the gem in the Lee Hazelwood songbook though, just perfect. The Bee Gees get the highest new entry with the much-covered but never-bettered Words at 7, knocking themsleves out of the top 10, as do the Beatles as Your Mother Should Know hits 10.

Glen Campbell is new at 16 with the next single off the Grammy-winning By The Time I Get To Phoenix album, the fab Hey Little One, and is joined by 2 tracks off it, the also fab You’re Young And You’ll Forget at 39, and Tomorrow Never Comes at 50. Glen had 3 unstoppable years ahead of him, singles and albums both. The Trems grab another jolly tuneful pop fave, and Amen Corner debut in my chart with their much-loved (at the time) version of Bend Me Shape Me. Think I prefer the original, though, up to 20. I’m not sure….!

1 ( 4 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 1 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
3 ( 2 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
4 ( 9 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
5 ( 3 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 5 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
7 ( NEW ) WORDS The Bee Gees
8 ( 7 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
9 ( 8 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
10 ( 11 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles

11 ( 6 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
12 ( 10 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
13 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 16 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
15 ( 12 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
16 ( NEW ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
17 ( 14 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
18 ( 18 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
19 ( 20 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
20 ( 24 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

21 ( 15 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
22 ( 17 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
23 ( 19 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
24 ( 21 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
25 ( 32 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
26 ( 22 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
27 ( 23 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
28 ( 28 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
29 ( 37 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
30 ( 25 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell

31 ( 27 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
32 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
33 ( 26 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
34 ( 29 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
35 ( 34 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
36 ( 65 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
37 ( 40 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
38 ( 30 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
39 ( NEW ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
40 ( 49 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck

41 ( NEW ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
42 ( 48 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
43 ( 36 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
44 ( 31 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
45 ( 51 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
46 ( 59 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
47 ( 38 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
48 ( 45 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
49 ( 46 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
50 ( NEW ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell

51 ( 41 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
52 ( 44 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
53 ( 35 ) BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Lulu
54 ( 56 ) THERE IS The Dells
55 ( 33 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame
56 ( 52 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
57 ( 53 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
58 ( 75 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
59 ( 47 ) DO UNTO OTHERS Paul Revere & The Raiders featuring Mark LIndsey
60 ( 39 ) TIN SOLDIER The Small Faces

61 ( 42 ) I ONLY LIVE TO LOVE YOU Cilla Black
62 ( 62 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
63 ( 67 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
64 ( 60 ) BABY NOW THAT I’VE FOUND YOU The Foundations
65 ( 54 ) WHEN YOU’RE GONE Brenda & The Tabulations
66 ( 43 ) HONEY CHILE Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
67 ( 64 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
68 ( 68 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
69 ( 70 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
70 ( 50 ) SHE WEARS MY RING Solomon King

71 ( 58 ) MR. BUS DRIVER Bruce Channel
72 ( 61 ) BEST PART OF BREAKING UP The Symbols
73 ( 69 ) WITHOUT HER Harry Nilsson
74 ( 71 ) EXCERPT FROM ‘A TEENAGE OPERA’ Keith West
75 ( NEW ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company

 

20th January 1968

2 weeks on top for the awesome Some Velvet Morning, just keeping off the fabulous Everlasting Love, and Harry Nilsson’s gorgeous One hits a new peak of 7. Highest new entry is another track off our Singapore Various Artists vinyl album 16 Big Hits, Otis Redding’s posthumous classic Dock Of The Bay. It seems fairly clear his career was about to get very interesting and move into new areas, a big loss. At 22, Pictures Of Matchstick Men, an early Quo debut for the veteran perennials of the next 50 years – who could have predicted this fab Psych-pop track would launch a varied career (yes, varied, whenever it suited them they could handle other styles other than chord rock boogie).

The Foundations both depart my chart and enter, Back On My Feet Again sadly forgotten these days, but it;s good. At 45 The Manfreds are back with a childhood fave, who didn’t love Dylan’s The Mighty Quinn? Ditto, childhood just loving Anita Harris and the old-fashioned Anniversary Waltz – tune! So many goodies about Elvis has to settle for a 60 debut for the return to countryrock Guitar Man, & a classic debut for Sly & The Family Stone, Dance To The Music, a band I saw on a one-off performance in the UK a few years back, utterly memorable for all the wrong reasons, like a car crash. Let’s just say the audience demanded (and got) their money back from the Victorian-styled Opera House in Boscombe, which was utterly tragic. The microphones didn’t work for the family girls, Sly came on stage for a few songs only in a neck brace, and they didn’t get on stage till long after the gig was due to end. They didn’t seem to realise the audience couldnt hear them singing and just kept right on going…

Finally, Hudson-Ford pop in 5 years earlier than Part Of The Union and Picking Up The Pieces (among others). At 73, a song I didnt know existed before today.

1 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 4 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
3 ( 2 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
4 ( 3 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
5 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 7 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
7 ( 13 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
8 ( 6 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
9 ( 8 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
10 ( 10 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles

11 ( 9 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
12 ( 14 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles
13 ( 11 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
14 ( 12 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
15 ( 16 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
16 ( NEW ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
17 ( 18 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
18 ( 15 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
20 ( 20 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed

21 ( 17 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
22 ( NEW ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
23 ( 32 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
24 ( 29 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
25 ( 25 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
26 ( 22 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
27 ( 21 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
28 ( 23 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
29 ( 39 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell
30 ( 36 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson

31 ( 24 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
32 ( 41 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
33 ( 31 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
34 ( 30 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
35 ( 27 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
36 ( 42 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
37 ( NEW ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
38 ( 26 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
39 ( 40 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
40 ( 45 ) YOU Marvin Gaye

41 ( 28 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
42 ( 35 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
43 ( 50 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
44 ( 54 ) THERE IS The Dells
45 ( NEW ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
46 ( 46 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits
47 ( 58 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills
48 ( 34 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
49 ( 33 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
50 ( NEW ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris

51 ( 38 ) GOOD, GOOD LOVIN’ The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love
52 ( 43 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
53 ( 44 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
54 ( 48 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
55 ( 49 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
56 ( 37 ) TO GIVE (THE REASON I LIVE) Frankie Valli
57 ( 62 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South
58 ( 63 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
59 ( 47 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones
60 ( NEW ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley

61 ( 51 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
62 ( 56 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
63 ( 57 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
64 ( NEW ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
65 ( 52 ) WOMAN, WOMAN Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
66 ( 68 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
67 ( 75 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
68 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE Cream
69 ( NEW ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
70 ( 55 ) THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE Georgie Fame

71 ( 67 ) REFLECTIONS Diana Ross & The Supremes
72 ( NEW ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
73 ( NEW ) FLAMES Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
74 ( NEW ) (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE) GROOVY P.P. Arnold
75 ( NEW ) GET OUT NOW Tommy James & The Shondells

 

27th January 1968

3 weeks on top for Nancy & Lee’s cinematic slice of poetry and passion, holding off the pop classic of Everlasting Love at 2, and the Bee Gees climb to 3 with Words, a great song and never bettered despite many covers. Otis gets his classic Dock Of The Bay into the 10, as do Quo’s Matchstick Men and Ray Charles’ lush oldie. Glen’s fab album tracks from his grammy-winning By The Time I Get To Phoenix have mixed fortunes, but 2 of them climb, still sounding good to me 50 years on from discovery (more or less).

Don’t Stop The Carnival was another childhood fave as we moved from the wintry Isle Of Anglesey to the snow-bound RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire, as I discovered another childhood passion: Comics. Starting with Sparky Comics (among many UK comics) well on my way to Superhero US DC Comics. So it’s in at 22, as a track I’d never heard until 3 weeks ago shoots up to 29: We Can Fly might be cheese, but it’s very tasty. A track I associate with 1971 (cos it was UK hit then) enters at 43 forThe Delfonics, with what was transforming into a big 70’s chart theme: Philly Soul. Reparata is 7 years ahead of her Shoes, but another one I rather loved at the time, Captain Of Your Ship is in at 47.

Down the bottom end of the chart some new entries for obscure Psychedelic pop, certainly ones I’d never heard of until, errr, now: The Balloon Farm, Grapefruit and a fab track from Ohio Express which is no Yummy Yummy Yummy – it’s more like early Stranglers, with a tweek here and there: Try It! Not to mention country legend Kenny Rogers debuting with psychedelic country, better known as a cult film track these days.

1 ( 1 ) SOME VELVET MORNING Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood
2 ( 2 ) EVERLASTING LOVE The Love Affair
3 ( 6 ) WORDS The Bee Gees
4 ( 3 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Moody Blues
5 ( 5 ) HELLO GOODBYE The Beatles
6 ( 4 ) FOOL ON THE HILL The Beatles
7 ( 16 ) (SITTIN’ ON) THE DOCK OF THE BAY Otis Redding
8 ( 22 ) PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo
9 ( 8 ) WALK AWAY RENEE The Four Tops
10 ( 12 ) COME RAIN OR COME SHINE Ray Charles

11 ( 9 ) KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
12 ( 11 ) JACKIE Scott Walker
13 ( 7 ) ONE Harry Nilsson
14 ( 17 ) LOVE IS BLUE Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra
15 ( 14 ) WORLD The Bee Gees
16 ( 13 ) MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR The Beatles
17 ( 10 ) YOUR MOTHER SHOULD KNOW The Beatles
18 ( 23 ) SUDDENLY YOU LOVE ME The Tremeloes
19 ( 15 ) HEY LITTLE ONE Glen Campbell
20 ( 29 ) YOU’RE YOUNG AND YOU’LL FORGET Glen Campbell

21 ( 18 ) I AM THE WALRUS The Beatles
22 ( NEW ) DON’T STOP THE CARNIVAL The Alan Price Set
23 ( 37 ) BACK ON MY FEET AGAIN The Foundations
24 ( 21 ) DAYDREAM BELIEVER The Monkees
25 ( 43 ) TOMORROW NEVER COMES Glen Campbell
26 ( 32 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Amen Corner
27 ( 20 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME The American Breed
28 ( 19 ) PARADISE LOST The Herd
29 ( 26 ) DIFFERENT DRUM The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt
30 ( 47 ) WE CAN FLY The Cowsills

31 ( 24 ) KITTY Cat Stevens
32 ( 25 ) MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Lalo Schifrin
33 ( 27 ) BACK UP TRAIN Al Green & The Soul Mates
34 ( 36 ) I’D RATHER GO BLIND Etta James
35 ( 28 ) GREEN TAMBOURINE The Lemon Pipers
36 ( 45 ) MIGHTY QUINN Manfred Mann
37 ( 33 ) MASSACHUSSETS (THE LIGHTS GO OUT IN) The Bee Gees
38 ( 50 ) ANNIVERSARY WALTZ Anita Harris
39 ( 40 ) YOU Marvin Gaye
40 ( 46 ) I CAN TAKE OR LEAVE YOUR LOVING Herman’s Hermits

41 ( 34 ) BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX Glen Campbell
42 ( 31 ) SPOOKY Classics IV
43 ( NEW ) LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU The Delfonics
44 ( 44 ) THERE IS The Dells
45 ( 30 ) DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO Al Wilson
46 ( 35 ) SHE’S A RAINBOW The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) CAPTAIN OF YOUR SHIP Reparata & The Delrons
48 ( 64 ) DANCE TO THE MUSIC Sly & The Family Stone
49 ( 38 ) DARLIN’ The Beach Boys
50 ( 57 ) BIRDS OF A FEATHER Joe South

51 ( 42 ) WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ROUND? The Monkees
52 ( 58 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN The Temptations
53 ( 60 ) GUITAR MAN Elvis Presley
54 ( 39 ) AM I THAT EASY TO FORGET Engelbert Humperdinck
55 ( 48 ) THE OTHER MAN’S GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER Petula Clark
56 ( 49 ) WEAR YOUR LOVE LIKE HEAVEN Donovan
57 ( 72 ) THAT’S ALL RIGHT Brenda Lee
58 ( 54 ) ZABADAK! Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
59 ( 55 ) THE DAYS OF PEARLY SPENCER David McWilliams
60 ( NEW ) A QUESTION OF TEMPERATURE The Balloon Farm

61 ( 52 ) EVERYBODY KNOWS The Dave Clark Five
62 ( 67 ) SIMON SAYS 1910 Fruitgum Company
63 ( 69 ) CARPET MAN The 5th Dimension
64 ( 41 ) LA DERNIERE VALSE Mireille Mathieu
65 ( NEW ) TRY IT Ohio Express
66 ( 66 ) SINCE YOU SHOWED ME HOW TO BE HAPPY Jackie Wilson
67 ( 61 ) LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN Long John Baldry
68 ( NEW ) DEAR DELILAH Grapefruit
69 ( 53 ) JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) John Fred & His Playboy Band
70 ( 62 ) SAND Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

71 ( NEW ) JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN) Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
72 ( 74 ) (IF YOU THINK YOU’RE) GROOVY P.P. Arnold
73 ( 73 ) FLAMES Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
74 ( 63 ) I CAN SEE FOR MILES The Who
75 ( 59 ) I’M COMING HOME Tom Jones

 

 

My 2017 Charts – Jan to March

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Leaning on a lamp-post at the corner of the street..it’s George Formby in Gran Canaria!

26th March 2017

It’s that flop classic from January 1968 on top, the beloved (by oldies) Alone Again Or from the cult band Love. It’s dark and New Wave-y in a hippie psychedelic tuneful way and ahead of it’s time. The top 20 though is full of activity and new entries, starting with 2 album tracks from Spoon and Gorillaz at 5 and 6. Far be it from me to tell artists what they should release as singles – OK strike that, just do as I say and release them as singles! I’ll raise that one for Take That as well, up to 10 with the official single Giants, but the next-best album track is in at 27, and it’s a New Day. Bung in London Grammar with the lovely album track Truth Is A Beautiful Thing doing what the first single off the new album didn’t do – inspire me to buy it.

LP do well in Europe, and about time they caught on here, in at 12, just behind the interestingly Prodigy-with-a-tune of Paper Route. Leonard Cohen’s fab dance remix of his last album title track is still as dark as one might expect, but a groove to boot, and up to 24. Pink and Sia get further top 40’s, Stargate-assisted, to add to their long runs, both won’t be far short of 20 years before long. Steps are back! Actually they popped back into my top 10 a few years back with a flop, but nice, ballad, but are back on pure late 90’s pop-cheese form at 64. Diane Warren take note of the tune…

It’s a 60’s party at the bottom end, as The Beatles chart another Abbey Road album track. What’s the difference between the UK chart and my chart? The album tracks in my chart are by different acts and all deserve to be singles, and the album tracks in the UK charts are by the same two acts, and errr, don’t. The Hollies are also in with their 1972 US hit, and UK mini-hit, but which was excluded from my top 20 of the time (I only included official top 30 singles) but would otherwise have been a biggish hit for me. So the new meh-ish Kong movie gives me an opportunity to set a wrong to right and chart it properly now. It’s essentially The Hollies doing a very good Creedence Clearwater Revival impression, and will be joined next week by the real thing, also in the same movie with an uncharted chart.

1 2 1 2 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 285000
2 1 1 7 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 1039250
3 6 3 2 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 140000
4 4 3 6 TOI ET MOI Paradis 407000
5 NEW 5 1 CAN I SIT NEXT TO YOU Spoon 60000
6 NEW 6 1 WE GOT THE POWER Gorillaz featuring Jehnny Beth 55000
7 3 2 7 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 485200
8 5 5 8 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 265600
9 7 4 7 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 250000
10 16 10 6 GIANTS Take That 140550

11 NEW 11 1 CHARIOTS Paper Route 37000
12 NEW 12 1 LOST ON YOU LP 35000
13 8 5 10 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 474250
14 15 11 7 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 168900
15 19 15 4 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 83200
16 18 16 4 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 72700
17 14 12 6 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 148300
18 12 6 8 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 270750
19 9 2 10 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 610000
20 10 10 6 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 136350

21 11 1 9 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 731750
22 22 22 2 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 39000
23 13 5 5 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 176850
24 38 24 2 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 36200
25 25 25 4 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 59800
26 26 26 5 LOVE Lana Del Ray 84100
27 NEW 27 1 NEW DAY Take That 18400
28 30 28 2 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 36300
29 17 17 2 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 41200
30 20 8 10 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 268250

31 21 8 8 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 215250
32 32 32 3 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 52800
33 54 33 2 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 28700
34 NEW 34 1 ON MY MIND Disciples 17600
35 23 17 5 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 96900
36 36 36 4 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 63000
37 65 37 2 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 24300
38 NEW 38 1 LIKE I LOVE YOU Greta Zazza 17200
39 NEW 39 1 WAITING FOR THE STARS Vitalic featuring David Shaw and The Beat 17100
40 42 40 4 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 54400

41 27 1 13 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1275400
42 43 42 3 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 38750
43 28 28 6 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 94700
44 31 1 20 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2040900
45 24 14 8 FUN Blondie 144000
46 61 46 2 HOME Schwarz 20250
47 29 8 9 MOVE Saint Motel 233700
48 37 8 12 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 322000
49 39 39 3 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 46200
50 51 50 2 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 23750

51 49 1 22 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 953100
52 45 2 18 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 963900
53 40 5 10 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 298150
54 35 4 12 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 349050
55 34 34 5 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 71000
56 56 56 2 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 21200
57 46 4 23 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 689300
58 33 7 12 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 335200
59 NEW 59 1 TRUTH IS A BEAUTIFUL THING London Grammar 10100
60 63 60 2 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 17200

61 67 61 2 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 14100
62 64 62 4 PINNACLE Tone Damli 25700
63 50 50 3 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 29800
64 NEW 64 1 SCARED OF THE DARK Steps 7100
65 41 23 6 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 86250
66 68 66 2 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 13200
67 69 67 2 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 12800
68 NEW 68 1 REMEMBER ME Jennifer Hudson 6400
69 72 69 3 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 16800
70 70 70 2 iT Christine And The Queens 12000

71 NEW 71 1 LONG COOL WOMAN (IN A BLACK DRESS) The Hollies 5800
72 48 48 6 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 46900
73 NEW 73 1 A NIGHT AND A DAY Pepe Deluxe 5400
74 44 26 5 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 72850
75 NEW 75 1 BECAUSE The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
47 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
52 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
55 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
57 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600
62 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
66 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
71 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
73 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

 

19th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 5th week on top, just holding off the highest new entry at 2 from obscure 60’s hippie band Love, and their classic non-hit Alone Again Or. The Damned eventually took the song into the charts in the 80’s with a fine cover, but the original is the best! Nancy Sinatra holds at 5, and The Beatles enter at 75 with an Abbey Road classic album track, The End. Back into the UK album top 30, it gives me an excuse to chart it at long last. Frankly, if Ed “yawnsome” Sheeran can hog the entire singles chart with his tedious album tracks, then I see no reason for the whole of Abbey Road to take up my entire top 16 as well – but I’m not that boring, and I’ve never allowed any act to take over my chart wholesale. Not even The Beatles when their entire collection of singles were reissued hits in 1976 – I gave them their own chart.

There’s an oldie a few years old I missed at at 6 from Future Islands, and an oldie top 10 from 1984 in it’s non-charted German-language version at 17, joined by another 1984 hit (actually a 1979 B side classic, originally) that I heard in a nightclub on Friday in tribute to the late Joni Sledge – Thinking Of You in at 30. Joining in the depressing “late” party, one of Leonard Cohen’s last recordings is in remix form in at 38, with another Sister Sledge and Chuck Berry due next week. sad….

1 1 1 6 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 869250
2 NEW 2 1 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 115000
3 2 2 6 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 435200
4 3 3 5 TOI ET MOI Paradis 342000
5 5 5 7 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 217600
6 NEW 6 1 SEASONS (WAITING ON YOU) Future Islands 55000
7 4 4 6 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 205000
8 7 5 9 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 442250
9 6 2 9 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 589000
10 18 10 5 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 116350

11 9 1 8 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 712000
12 10 6 7 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 248750
13 8 5 4 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 157600
14 12 12 5 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 125300
15 11 11 6 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 139900
16 16 16 5 GIANTS Take That 98550
17 NEW 17 1 MAJOR TOM (VOLLIG LOSGELOST) Peter Schilling 23000
18 22 18 3 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 47700
19 29 19 3 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 56200
20 15 8 9 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 250250

21 13 8 7 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 197350
22 NEW 22 1 UNDER YOUR SKIN SeeB and R. City 19500
23 17 17 4 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 79400
24 14 14 7 FUN Blondie 131000
25 37 25 3 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 41050
26 31 26 4 LOVE Lana Del Ray 65600
27 19 1 12 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1261400
28 30 28 5 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 81200
29 24 8 8 MOVE Saint Motel 221200
30 NEW 30 1 THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge 18000

31 21 1 19 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2027650
32 38 32 2 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 35000
33 20 7 11 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 325000
34 34 34 4 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 60200
35 28 4 11 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 338050
36 36 36 3 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 45600
37 33 8 11 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 309700
38 NEW 38 1 YOU WANT IT DARKER (PAUL KALKBRENNER REMIX) Leonard Cohen 17200
39 40 39 2 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 34100
40 27 5 9 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 286900

41 23 23 5 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 79250
42 44 42 3 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 37400
43 52 43 2 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 25000
44 26 26 4 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 67650
45 39 2 17 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 952400
46 46 4 22 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 678900
47 32 14 9 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 179450
48 54 48 5 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 41300
49 48 1 21 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 941350
50 56 50 2 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 22600

51 NEW 51 1 CLOUD 9 Jamiroquai 11750
52 35 17 9 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 168400
53 57 53 4 NO MATTER Frances 35050
54 NEW 54 1 WATERFALL Stargate featuring P!nk and Sia 11000
55 50 4 11 SOUL FREE George Michael 315800
56 NEW 56 1 YOU’RE A f***ING JOKE Bec Sandridge 10600
57 43 7 13 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 340900
58 58 58 3 PARADISE My First Band 30500
59 49 19 10 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 168750
60 63 60 4 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 28600

61 NEW 61 1 HOME Schwarz 7500
62 45 45 4 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 43600
63 NEW 63 1 THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Bruno Mars 7200
64 71 64 3 PINNACLE Tone Damli 18300
65 NEW 65 1 TURBO KILLER Carpenter Brut 7000
66 47 24 6 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 91700
67 NEW 67 1 GREEN LIGHT Lorde 6600
68 NEW 68 1 HYPNOTISED Coldplay 6400
69 NEW 69 1 HIGHS AND LOWS Emeli Sande 6200
70 NEW 70 1 iT Christine And The Queens 6000

71 66 5 19 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 488400
72 75 72 2 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 10600
73 74 73 2 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 10600
74 55 9 14 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 252950
75 NEW 75 1 THE END The Beatles 5000

DROP OUTS
25 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
41 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
51 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
53 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
59 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400
61 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
67 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 1300
68 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350
72 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550

 

12th March 2017

It’s Katy Perry for a 4th week, still fabulous despite strong competition from Little Big Town at 2. Blondie add to their list of top 20 tracks, and Jack Savoretti rockets up to 22 to give him quite the string of top 40 entries over the last couple of years – sadly only in my charts, not the UK official chart. Texas get a big climb into the 40 and highest new entries are from Little Mix and Louisa Johnson. Finally The Pretenders get a sneak in with a Pet Shop Boy. That’s a whopping total of 70 years of charting added together!

1 1 1 5 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 699250
2 2 2 5 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 350200
3 3 3 4 TOI ET MOI Paradis 277000
4 10 4 5 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 155000
5 9 5 6 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 157600
6 4 2 8 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 544000
7 7 5 8 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 394250
8 5 5 3 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 125600
9 6 1 7 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 675000
10 11 6 6 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 213750

11 14 11 5 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 112900
12 15 12 4 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 96300
13 8 8 6 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 177600
14 24 14 6 FUN Blondie 112000
15 12 8 8 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 230250
16 20 16 4 GIANTS Take That 73550
17 23 17 3 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 60150
18 18 18 4 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 74350
19 13 1 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1243000
20 16 7 10 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 307300

21 17 1 18 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 2009750
22 69 22 2 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 25700
23 27 23 4 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 65250
24 19 8 7 MOVE Saint Motel 203000
25 21 4 10 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 292600
26 26 26 3 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 54400
27 22 5 8 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 269900
28 25 4 10 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 320550
29 40 29 2 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 35200
30 33 30 4 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 62900

31 32 31 3 LOVE Lana Del Ray 47100
32 31 14 8 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 166950
33 29 8 10 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 292400
34 42 34 3 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 42600
35 28 17 8 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 156900
36 55 36 2 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 28200
37 75 37 2 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 22300
38 NEW 38 1 NO MORE SAD SONGS Little Mix featuring Machine Gun Kelly 17200
39 39 2 16 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 939400
40 NEW 40 1 BEST BEHAVIOUR Louisa Johnson 17000

41 30 30 2 HURT Johnny Cash 32000
42 47 42 18 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 134750
43 34 7 12 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 330500
44 57 44 2 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 23650
45 45 45 3 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 36200
46 37 4 21 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 666150
47 38 24 5 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 84900
48 48 1 20 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 929250
49 41 19 9 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 158650
50 46 4 10 SOUL FREE George Michael 305000

51 36 22 7 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 100050
52 NEW 52 1 WHEN I LOOK IN YOUR EYES Nancy Sinatra 11500
53 44 21 8 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 132350
54 66 54 4 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 29000
55 49 9 13 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 246750
56 NEW 56 1 BEYOND MEMORY Nina 10600
57 65 57 3 NO MATTER Frances 23800
58 59 58 2 PARADISE My First Band 20300
59 51 18 10 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 154900
60 62 60 3 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 24400

61 56 1 26 HURTS Emeli Sande 1315650
62 54 18 9 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 137900
63 70 63 3 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 18600
64 64 64 5 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 34500
65 67 65 4 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 25200
66 63 5 18 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 482600
67 68 67 2 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 13000
68 50 32 7 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 86500
69 60 60 4 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 36200
70 53 31 6 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 72350

71 73 71 2 PINNACLE Tone Damli 11200
72 43 16 8 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 139300
73 61 37 7 PLAY THAT SONG Train 73550
74 NEW 74 1 LET’S GET LOST Pretenders featuring Neil Tennant 5200
75 NEW 75 1 SAY HELLO WAVE GOODBYE Soft Cell 5000

DROP OUTS
35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
52 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
58 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
71 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
74 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500

 

5th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry’s faaaaaantastic single still on top for the third week, now I’ve seen the new video as good as that BRITS show she did. The nearest challenger is Little Big Town’s lovely version of a song generously donated by Taylor Swift, one of her best songs. So gorgeous Stevie Nicks could have written it. That leaves a big climb to 5 for Chainsmokers and Coldplay, not the first time for either of them, and extending Coldplay’s run of top 10’s to 17 years.

Imelda May has a first ever top 10, after coming close many times, while Black Tears also gives Jeff Beck his first top 10 since, err, his first top 10 in 1972 with his 1967 classic party hit Hi Hi Silver Lining. Hope it was worth the 45 year wait Jeff! Nancy Sinatra gets yet another oldie in my top 10, with her advert song, while Johnny Cash (another 60’s veteran, albeit late in his case) has an advert-boosted (movie Logan) return to my chart for the 4th time for his awesome Nine Inch Nails cover, Hurt. In at 30.

Above and Beyond grab another top 10, Take That a top 20 24 years on from their first, Lana Del Ray has another top 40 entry, and Alison Krauss is back with 2 new (oldie covers) entries 20 years on from her first entries which was also a bluegrass cover. These are more lush country than bluegrass but her voice is still topnotch on the Glen Campbell cover Gentle On My Mind, and the Brenda Lee cover Losing You. Finally, Texas sneak in for a run of 28 years of chart entries, yay Sharlene!

1 1 1 4 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 529250
2 5 2 4 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 235200
3 3 3 3 TOI ET MOI Paradis 192000
4 2 2 7 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 489000
5 34 5 2 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 77600
6 4 1 6 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 630000
7 7 5 7 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 344250
8 12 8 5 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 145600
9 14 9 5 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 97600
10 16 10 4 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 90400

11 6 6 5 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 171750
12 8 8 7 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 203250
13 9 1 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1222000
14 27 14 4 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 75900
15 18 15 3 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 61300
16 11 7 9 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 287300
17 13 1 17 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1990000
18 21 18 3 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 52350
19 10 8 6 MOVE Saint Motel 184000
20 37 20 3 GIANTS Take That 48550

21 17 4 9 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 273850
22 15 5 7 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 251500
23 31 23 2 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 37150
24 29 24 5 FUN Blondie 83000
25 25 4 9 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 302250
26 36 26 2 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 35900
27 38 27 3 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 46000
28 20 17 7 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 139400
29 23 8 9 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 274700
30 NEW 30 1 HURT Johnny Cash 18000

31 19 14 7 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 149150
32 57 32 2 LOVE Lana Del Ray 28200
33 40 33 3 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 44900
34 28 7 11 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 317000
35 35 35 10 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 134800
36 22 22 6 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 88300
37 30 4 20 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 653400
38 24 24 4 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 72400
39 33 2 15 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 922300
40 NEW 40 1 GENTLE ON MY MIND Alison Krauss 17000

41 39 19 8 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 146550
42 53 42 2 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 25000
43 26 16 7 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 133700
44 42 21 7 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 121100
45 58 45 2 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 23200
46 44 4 9 SOUL FREE George Michael 293000
47 52 47 17 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 121000
48 48 1 19 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 916950
49 49 9 12 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 235950
50 32 32 6 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 80100

51 51 18 9 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 144800
52 41 33 6 BABY Bakermat 85800
53 43 31 5 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 66350
54 45 18 8 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 130500
55 NEW 55 1 LOSING YOU Alison Krauss 10800
56 54 1 25 HURTS Emeli Sande 1308150
57 NEW 57 1 SAVING LIGHT Gareth Emery & Standerwick featuring HALIENE 10400
58 47 29 8 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 113300
59 NEW 59 1 PARADISE My First Band 10100
60 60 60 3 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 30000

61 46 37 6 PLAY THAT SONG Train 68150
62 65 62 2 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 14400
63 59 5 17 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 476000
64 64 64 4 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 27400
65 68 65 2 NO MATTER Frances 13400
66 70 66 3 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 18000
67 69 67 3 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 18200
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW A PLACE MUNA 6400
69 NEW 69 1 ONLY YOU Jack Savoretti 6200
70 73 70 2 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 11400

71 66 3 18 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 560350
72 NEW 72 1 SLIDE Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean & Migos 5600
73 NEW 73 1 PINNACLE Tone Damli 5400
74 62 30 7 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 66500
75 NEW 75 1 LET’S WORK IT OUT Texas 5000

DROP OUTS
50 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700
55 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
61 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
63 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
67 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
71 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
74 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

 

26th February 2017

It’s an easy 2nd week on top the legend Katy Perry after that BRITS performance, just fab! That’s bad news for Dua Lipa stuck at 2 again, though she has had a recent chart-topper as compensation. French band Paradis shoot smoothly up to 3, classy. John Mayer replaces himself in the top 10, meanwhile with a groovy, jazzy number. Talking of groovy, jazzy numbers, Thundercat is in at 53 (wasn’t he a cartoon kids show?) with the help of 70’s jazz-rockers Michael “Doobie Brothers” McDonald & Kenny “Loggins & Messina” Loggins. Both popped into my charts in 1979 and through the 80’s.

Thanks to that car ad, Nancy Sinatra drives up rapidly over the speed limit to 14 with that fab 60’s movie theme tune. I’m following the liberal rights activist and cool legend on twitter, find myself agreeing with everything she posts, and adore the best of her music to boot. Big jumps for Nussy, Fenech-Soler, and REOL, while new in at 34 Chainsmokers & Coldplay launch an unexpected duet at the BRITS, and it’s pretty good.

Marc Almond is back on Radio 2 promoting his new single and hits album, and it’s good to see him back again lengthening his chart run to 36 years. Lana Del Ray is also back, Love to Lana, ditto Frances, and James “comedy name” Blunt, who now has a Jeremy to take all the heat off him.

1 1 1 3 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 359250
2 2 2 6 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 424000
3 18 3 2 TOI ET MOI Paradis 107000
4 3 1 5 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 575000
5 6 5 3 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 120200
6 10 6 4 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 134750
7 5 5 6 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 294250
8 12 8 6 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 168250
9 4 1 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1190000
10 8 8 5 MOVE Saint Motel 163000

11 7 7 8 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 262300
12 15 12 4 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 97600
13 11 1 16 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1967000
14 50 14 4 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 52600
15 9 5 6 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 232000
16 30 16 3 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 48400
17 13 4 8 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 254100
18 48 18 2 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 34300
19 14 14 6 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 131250
20 17 17 6 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 121100

21 56 21 2 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 30350
22 27 22 5 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 70900
23 23 8 8 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 256500
24 24 24 3 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 55200
25 19 4 8 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 283500
26 16 16 6 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 120200
27 35 27 3 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 46900
28 20 7 10 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 299400
29 32 29 4 FUN Blondie 64000
30 21 4 19 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 636100

31 NEW 31 1 LOVE ON Dave Ramone featuring Minelli 17900
32 40 32 5 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 68100
33 26 2 14 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 905200
34 NEW 34 1 SOMETHING JUST LIKE THIS The Chainsmokers and Coldplay 17600
35 38 35 9 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 117300
36 NEW 36 1 A KIND OF LOVE Marc Almond 17400
37 53 37 2 GIANTS Take That 28550
38 57 38 2 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 27600
39 25 19 7 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 132550
40 58 40 2 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 27200

41 33 33 5 BABY Bakermat 74300
42 28 21 6 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 107850
43 31 31 4 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 55100
44 22 4 8 SOUL FREE George Michael 280250
45 34 18 7 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 119500
46 37 37 5 PLAY THAT SONG Train 60650
47 29 29 7 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 103100
48 47 1 18 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 904650
49 44 9 11 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 223850
50 36 26 6 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 93700

51 42 18 8 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 133050
52 54 52 16 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 108500
53 NEW 53 1 SHOW YOU THE WAY Thundercat featuring Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins 11250
54 51 1 24 HURTS Emeli Sande 1297550
55 39 16 11 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 184900
56 43 4 11 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 409300
57 NEW 57 1 LOVE Lana Del Ray 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YESTERDAY’S SONG Hunter Hayes 10200
59 52 5 16 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 468800
60 60 60 2 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 20000

61 46 27 7 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 94950
62 41 30 6 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 61300
63 64 63 5 GOODBYE 2NE1 34200
64 67 64 3 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 20300
65 NEW 65 1 LOVE ME BETTER James Blunt 7000
66 66 3 17 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 554550
67 45 27 8 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 121800
68 NEW 68 1 NO MATTER Frances 6400
69 73 69 2 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 11600
70 74 70 2 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 11200

71 69 6 21 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 424600
72 68 68 4 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 23800
73 NEW 73 1 CIRCLE OF LIGHT Emma 5400
74 71 2 24 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 952150
75 NEW 75 1 BALLERINO May 5000

DROP OUTS
49 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
55 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
59 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
61 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
65 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
70 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400
72 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
75 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

 

19th February 2017

It’s Katy Perry on top of my chart in her second week, and for the first time in 5 years, her 3rd chart-topper with the fab Chained To The Rhythm. Skip Marley meanwhile, as rap assister, equals his grand-dad Bob in topping my chart. Gulp! Grandad!

Little Big Town rocket up from 74 to 6 with the lovely country song Better Man, Saint Motel get a 2nd top 10, and Walk Off The Earth a 3rd. Imelda May and Jeff Beck return to the top 20 a few years since their first foray, Lilac Wine, both sultry blues fabness, and highest new entry is the cool grooves of French band (I assume) Paradis, in at 18.

Above And Beyond grab a 3rd top 40, a Kate Bush cover version dance stylee enters the 40 for Just Us, and Train get a 9th top 40 entry in my charts. I rather like them more than the UK public do! Take That are back again, as Giants, Corinne Bailey Rae covers Coldplay very nicely to give her a 9th chart entry in 12 years. The Scientist peaked at 20 in my charts, though it’s become something of a Coldplay standard in the years since. Finally, the late Peter Skellern gets a couple of tribute entries 45 years on from his debut in my chart with You’re A Lady.

1 23 1 2 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 189250
2 3 2 5 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 309000
3 1 1 4 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 510000
4 2 1 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1145000
5 6 5 5 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 244250
6 74 6 2 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 60200
7 7 7 7 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 225300
8 12 8 4 MOVE Saint Motel 121000
9 5 5 5 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 205000
10 24 10 3 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 79750

11 8 1 15 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1935000
12 16 12 5 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 120250
13 4 4 7 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 231100
14 15 14 5 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 110250
15 28 15 3 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 62600
16 18 16 5 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 101700
17 17 17 5 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 101100
18 NEW 18 1 TOI ET MOI Paradis 22000
19 9 4 7 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 264750
20 10 7 9 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 281100

21 14 4 18 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 618100
22 11 4 7 SOUL FREE George Michael 267000
23 13 8 7 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 237250
24 38 24 2 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 36200
25 19 19 6 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 115450
26 20 2 13 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 887500
27 31 27 4 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 51400
28 21 21 5 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 94100
29 32 29 6 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 90600
30 73 30 2 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 23400

31 39 31 3 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 41600
32 40 32 3 FUN Blondie 45800
33 37 33 4 BABY Bakermat 60300
34 22 18 6 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 106500
35 54 35 2 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 28500
36 26 26 5 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 81700
37 42 37 4 PLAY THAT SONG Train 47900
38 41 38 8 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 99800
39 25 16 10 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 174100
40 44 40 4 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 50300

*****************

41 30 30 5 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 53900
42 35 18 7 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 121300
43 29 4 10 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 398700
44 33 9 10 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 211750
45 34 27 7 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 115200
46 27 27 6 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 87450
47 46 1 17 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 892350
48 NEW 48 1 HARD AS DIAMONDS NUSSY 12300
49 36 4 13 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 482500
50 70 50 3 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 23600

51 48 1 23 HURTS Emeli Sande 1286550
52 47 5 15 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 458700
53 NEW 53 1 GIANTS Take That 11250
54 55 54 15 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 97000
55 45 45 4 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 46550
56 NEW 56 1 KALEIDOSCOPE Fenech-Soler 10600
57 NEW 57 1 PAPER GAMES Kaneholler 10400
58 NEW 58 1 GIVE ME A BREAK STOP NOW REOL 10200
59 43 19 5 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 82500
60 NEW 60 1 THE SCIENTIST Corinne Bailey Rae 10000

61 56 39 4 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 46700
62 62 62 5 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 34200
63 58 55 4 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 35300
64 64 64 4 GOODBYE 2NE1 27000
65 49 3 14 REDBONE Childish Gambino 502500
66 51 3 16 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 547750
67 67 67 2 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 13200
68 68 68 3 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 18200
69 57 6 20 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 418800
70 52 7 9 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 246400

71 61 2 23 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 946950
72 66 1 25 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1158050
73 NEW 73 1 YOU’RE A LADY Peter Skellern 5400
74 NEW 74 1 DO IT AGAIN SOLDOUT featuring GOOSE 5200
75 NEW 75 1 HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern 5000

DROP OUTS
50 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900
53 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
59 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050
63 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
65 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
69 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
71 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

 

 

12th February 2016

2 weeks on top for Captain Cuts, as Dua Lipa gets a 3rd top 5, jumping up to 3. Into the top 20 goes Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande, Stevie’s first top 20 with new material since 1981 – yes he’s been rubbish for 3 decades, having spent 20 stunningly brilliant years before that. Ariana’s 5th top 20 in the last 3 years, by contrast, including a number one. Dua and Stevie also have number ones on their list.

Highest new entry is Katy Perry back with an instant bang at 23, I’ve missed her self-induced surfer-boarding Orlando holiday break (give or take Rise), and she has also previous chart-topper form. Just to make me feel old, she’s borrowed Bob Marley’s grandson. I can remember when former chart-topper Bob was fresh and young, and I was even fresher and younger. Jamiroquai shoot up to 31, though JK has yet to top my charts he’s come close a few times.

That leaves Imagine Dragons (former chart-toppers) getting a second track on the list, Goldfrapp getting a fiurst top 40 in 4 years (former chart-toppers) and Blondie’s first top 40 in 3 years – having had oodles of chart-toppers since debut Denis did the trick nearly 40 years ago. I’m nothing if not loyal to former chart-toppers!

1 1 1 3 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 425000
2 2 1 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 1080000
3 9 3 4 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 194000
4 5 4 6 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 199100
5 8 5 4 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 160000
6 6 6 4 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 184250
7 7 7 6 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 175300
8 3 1 14 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1898000
9 4 4 6 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 243750
10 10 7 8 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 261800

11 11 4 6 SOUL FREE George Michael 247500
12 15 12 3 MOVE Saint Motel 73000
13 12 8 6 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 218000
14 14 4 17 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 598350
15 16 15 4 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 81250
16 17 16 4 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 85250
17 26 17 4 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 78100
18 24 18 4 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 76700
19 20 19 5 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 96700
20 13 2 12 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 869000

21 28 21 4 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 75800
22 18 18 5 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 88900
23 NEW 23 1 CHAINED TO THE RHYTHM Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley 19250
24 25 24 2 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 37750
25 21 16 9 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 157000
26 29 26 4 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 64300
27 30 27 5 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 74700
28 37 28 2 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 35600
29 19 4 9 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 385200
30 33 30 4 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900

31 59 31 3 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 33000
32 34 32 5 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 72400
33 27 9 9 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 198500
34 35 27 6 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 102200
35 32 18 6 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 107550
36 23 4 12 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 470400
37 45 37 3 BABY Bakermat 42600
38 NEW 38 1 BELIEVER Imagine Dragons 17200
39 67 39 2 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 23700
40 54 40 2 FUN Blondie 28000

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41 43 41 7 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 82600
42 53 42 3 PLAY THAT SONG Train 30600
43 22 19 4 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 72400
44 66 44 3 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 33300
45 52 45 3 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 35750
46 46 1 16 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 879850
47 47 5 14 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 447200
48 41 1 22 HURTS Emeli Sande 1274800
49 38 3 13 REDBONE Childish Gambino 495500
50 55 50 6 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 58900

51 40 3 15 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 540950
52 36 7 8 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 240400
53 44 13 10 WANTED MORE Betsy 167850
54 NEW 54 1 CLOUDBUSTING Just Us 11000
55 57 55 14 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 86000
56 39 39 3 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 39200
57 56 6 19 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 412600
58 64 55 3 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 28100
59 61 59 3 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 24800
60 42 3 12 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 459050

61 50 2 22 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 941150
62 62 62 4 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 26800
63 48 16 11 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 174400
64 69 64 3 GOODBYE 2NE1 19900
65 68 65 4 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 24200
66 65 1 24 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1152450
67 NEW 67 1 SKIN Rag’n’Bone Man 6600
68 73 68 2 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 11800
69 71 69 4 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 22800
70 72 70 2 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 11600

71 70 65 4 MERCY Shawn Mendes 25400
72 63 59 4 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 28500
73 NEW 73 1 ANOTHER CHANCE Above And Beyond presenting Oceanlab 5400
74 NEW 74 1 BETTER MAN Little Big Town 5200
75 75 75 2 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 10000

DROP OUTS
31 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
51 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
58 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
60 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750
74 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200

 

5th February 2017

It’s Ryan Rabin on top and at number 10! Who? Oh he’s in both Captain Cuts and Grouplove, and Captain Cuts is an LA based songwriting/production trio, with quite a few artist credits to back them up. Love Like We Used To is a fab pop record, helped by vocalist Nateur. George Michael meanwhile replaces himself in the top 5 with Faith album cut Hand To Mouth popping upwards to 5. Meanwhile Starley and a John Mayer album track enter the top 10.

Saint Motel rocket into the top 20, their 2nd big hit here, as they Move from 54 to 15. Crystal Waters gets her first top 20 entry in 20 years, with Hifi Sean, and highest new entry, with their 4th top 40, is Walk Off The Earth, and new toon, Fire In My Soul in at 25. Lady Antebellum grab another top 40, and back together a couple of years after Lilac Wine did the biz in my charts, it’s Imelda May with a new image, and guitar legend Jeff Beck, on the sultry Black Tears. Jeff first charted 45 years ago in my charts with party classic Hi Ho Silver Lining.

Bakermat’s Baby is a re-imaging of Don’t Leave Me This Way, the Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes much-covered 70’s classic, here at 45, but it’s not the only re-imagining, there’s a very cheeky one at 53 for Train. I thought it was an old Train hit on first hearing, as the tune was so familiar. Not so. In fact it’s new lyrics stuffed over the top of this 1938, 80-year-old, much-covered Hoagy Carmichael standard…

I’ll be honest, it’s one of those songs I knew quite well but didn’t know I knew – you know the sort, hear it on telly, in films, in adverts, but you never really notice. It’s fab. Train’s new song is not bad, either and gives them a run of over 15 years in my charts. Former chart-toppers Goldfrapp are also back, now into a second-decade of hits, as is Elbow, with a longer run, and Depeche Mode, an incredible 36-years of chart entries, and last but not least Blondie, 39 years and counting. Phew! That’s nothing. Nancy Sinatra’s 60’s film theme has been used in a car advert, so I’m charting Last Of The Secret Agents for the first time, because I missed it first-time round, being as even I wasn’t charting 50 years ago. Hard to believe I know….

1 3 1 2 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 255000
2 1 1 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 965000
3 2 1 13 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1850000
4 5 4 5 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 198750
5 14 5 5 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 134100
6 6 6 3 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 129250
7 12 7 5 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 125300
8 13 8 3 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 100000
9 9 9 3 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 109000
10 7 7 7 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 219800

11 4 4 5 SOUL FREE George Michael 210500
12 8 8 5 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 186000
13 10 2 11 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 849000
14 17 4 16 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 569350
15 54 15 2 MOVE Saint Motel 38000
16 36 16 3 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 54150
17 21 17 3 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 60250
18 34 18 4 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 69400
19 11 4 8 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 367000
20 20 20 4 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 75700

21 16 16 8 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 138250
22 19 19 3 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 58900
23 15 4 11 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 453000
24 30 24 3 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 54700
25 NEW 25 1 FIRE IN MY SOUL Walk Off The Earth 18750
26 27 26 3 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 55100
27 26 9 8 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 180800
28 24 24 3 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 56050
29 38 29 3 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 45800
30 39 30 4 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 56300

31 32 31 6 RAIN Status Quo 100050
32 23 18 5 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 90050
33 50 33 3 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 39900
34 37 34 4 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 54600
35 47 27 5 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 84600
36 22 7 7 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 228900
37 NEW 37 1 BLACK TEARS Imelda May featuring Jeff Beck 17300
38 28 3 12 REDBONE Childish Gambino 483400
39 52 39 2 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 28600
40 25 3 14 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 529200

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41 35 1 21 HURTS Emeli Sande 1262500
42 31 3 11 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 449050
43 43 43 6 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 68600
44 33 13 9 WANTED MORE Betsy 156600
45 48 45 2 BABY Bakermat 25300
46 45 1 15 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 867100
47 40 5 13 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 434700
48 29 16 10 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 167200
49 49 49 3 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 31200
50 41 2 21 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 933650

51 42 8 10 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 314400
52 53 52 2 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 22750
53 72 53 2 PLAY THAT SONG Train 16850
54 NEW 54 1 FUN Blondie 11000
55 56 55 5 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 48900
56 51 6 18 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 402200
57 60 57 13 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 75200
58 18 3 6 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 255200
59 75 59 2 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 15100
60 46 46 3 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 34750

61 63 61 2 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 14700
62 69 62 3 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 19400
63 59 59 3 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 22900
64 55 55 2 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 17900
65 57 1 23 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1145650
66 44 44 2 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 20050
67 NEW 67 1 ANYMORE Goldfrapp 6600
68 73 68 3 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 17200
69 67 67 2 GOODBYE 2NE1 12800
70 65 65 3 MERCY Shawn Mendes 19600

71 71 71 3 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 16600
72 NEW 72 1 THE LAST OF THE SECRET AGENTS Nancy Sinatra 5600
73 NEW 73 1 WHERE’S THE REVOLUTION Depeche Mode 5400
74 NEW 74 1 NUMBER 1 Dev featuring Nef The Pharaoh 5200
75 NEW 75 1 MAGNIFICENT (SHE SAYS) Elbow 5000

DROP OUTS
58 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
61 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
64 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
66 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
68 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
70 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500
74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600

 

 

29th January 2017

5 weeks at 1 for George Michael’s 1986 4 weeker on top, for a grand total of 9 weeks, total classic. Soul Free is up to 4, Cowboys & Angels at 5, giving 3 top 5 entries for the late great man, and Hand To Mouth just outside. All 3 should be well-known, but aren’t. Highest new entry the fab pop hooks of Captain Cuts, in at 3 with Love Like we Used To, leapfrogging Tamer’s big climb to 6, and a haunting track with a great guitar solo.

Dua Lipa makes it 3 top 10’s in 12 months, Starley has a big climb to 12, Pete Tong and Right Said Fred keep the 90’s alive inside the top 20, while Beyonce finally gets a top 40 track off her acclaimed album. At 48, Bakermat are back with a reimagining cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way, at least the 4th version to chart here. Train and Saint Motel are back, as is Jamiroquai – back after 6 years away, and getting on for 25 years since debuting.

1 1 1 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 850000
2 2 1 12 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1765000
3 NEW 3 1 LOVE LIKE WE USED TO Captain Cuts featuring Nateur 85000
4 5 4 4 SOUL FREE George Michael 173500
5 13 5 4 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 133750
6 23 6 2 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 74250
7 10 7 6 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 177800
8 9 8 4 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 151000
9 24 9 2 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 64000
10 6 2 10 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 817000

11 4 4 7 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 346000
12 35 12 4 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 75300
13 20 13 2 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 52000
14 19 14 4 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 74100
15 7 4 10 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 433750
16 17 16 7 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 118500
17 11 4 15 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 540350
18 3 3 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 24500
19 27 19 2 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 39400
20 28 20 3 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 55700

21 26 21 2 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 37250
22 8 7 6 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 211500
23 18 18 4 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 72250
24 25 24 2 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 37750
25 12 3 13 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 512200
26 15 9 7 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 162400
27 29 27 2 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 36600
28 22 3 11 REDBONE Childish Gambino 466200
29 16 16 9 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 154900
30 33 30 2 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 35700

31 14 3 10 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 435300
32 34 32 5 RAIN Status Quo 82150
33 21 13 8 WANTED MORE Betsy 143350
34 37 34 3 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 47400
35 30 1 20 HURTS Emeli Sande 1248500
36 51 36 2 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 29150
37 47 37 3 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 37000
38 57 38 2 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 27600
39 54 39 3 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 38300
40 38 5 12 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 422200

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41 36 2 20 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 921650
42 31 8 9 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 302650
43 49 43 5 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 55100
44 NEW 44 1 I DON’T MIND Nemo Schiffman 13250
45 43 1 14 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 854350
46 50 46 2 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 24750
47 32 27 4 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 67100
48 NEW 48 1 BABY Bakermat 12300
49 65 49 2 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 19100
50 58 50 2 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 22200

51 44 6 17 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 391600
52 NEW 52 1 TAPED UP HEART KREAM featuring Clara Mae 11500
53 NEW 53 1 STILL GOIN CRIM3S 11250
54 NEW 54 1 MOVE Saint Motel 11000
55 NEW 55 1 OPEN WATERS Digitalism 10800
56 59 56 4 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 38100
57 55 1 22 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1138650
58 40 40 7 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 66200
59 72 59 2 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 15700
60 62 60 12 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 64800

61 39 29 6 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 80750
62 63 62 2 RIVER Bishop Briggs 14600
63 NEW 63 1 UP ALL NIGHT (FLJOTAVIK EDIT) Agoria 7200
64 66 64 3 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 18900
65 67 65 2 MERCY Shawn Mendes 13600
66 64 1 19 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1043950
67 NEW 67 1 GOODBYE 2NE1 6600
68 70 68 2 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 12400
69 71 69 2 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 12000
70 61 61 2 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 13500

71 75 71 2 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 10800
72 NEW 72 1 PLAY THAT SONG Train 5600
73 73 73 2 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 10800
74 74 1 42 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 752600
75 NEW 75 1 AUTOMATON Jamiroquai 5000

DROP OUTS
41 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
45 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
48 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
52 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
56 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
60 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800
68 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950

22nd January 2017

It’s a 4th week on top for A Different Corner, equalling it’s first run in 1986 for a total of 8 weeks on top. It’s still heartbreaking, and George has 3 in the top 5, 4 in the 10, 5 in the 20, 6 in the 40. His more upbeat tracks and bigger hits, for the most part, have dropped out of my chart leaving only his very classic ballads and great album tracks that fit in with my mood over his loss – all should have been been hit singles, and ooze pure class.

That leaves Ed Sheeran and Grouplove to sneak into the top 10, and 21 new entries headed by John Mayer, yet to break big but he does well in my charts, the highest being his very Randy Newman-esque You’re Gonna Live Forever In Me, with his jazzy Moving On And Getting Over at 26, both fresh out. There’s a host of very different new tracks shooting straight into the top 40: shuffle alternative of Tamer at 23, Dua Lipa’s 4th top 40 in a row with Be The One at 24, Crystal Fighters poppy Good Girls at 26, Pete Tong’s cover of a former chart-topper for Fatboy Slim (in these charts) Right Here Right Now at 27, and Faith in at 29 – not the famous George Michael hit (which is lower) no this is an actual new Stevie Wonder track that is good! It’s from a movie (Sing) and features Ariana Grande, giving him a first top 40 with new material in 12 years, and most likely his best new track in 30 years. Stevie now has a span of a bit under 49 years in my charts.

The Dead South enter at 33, a Canadian alt-country band and there’s a fab video to go with it, Beyonce enters lower down with yet another Lemonade track, but she must be coming up on 18 years of hits, while Data and Picard bring Star Trek into my charts again (not for the first time) as Pogo does a mash-up of Next Gen samples quite effectively, his second chart entry. The first Star Trek track to make my charts a disco cover of the original TV series theme tune by the Charles Randolph Orchestra in 1976. Finally, at 75, Arcade Fire return after a long gap – but not as long as their guest vocalist Mavis Staples, last doing it with the help of Prince in the early 90’s when I saw her supporting the man at Wembley Arena. Mavis first charted here in 1972 with her sisters and dad, as The Staple Singers went top 3 with I’ll Take You There.

1 1 1 4 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 680000
2 2 1 11 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1650000
3 3 3 4 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 223000
4 7 4 6 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 309000
5 11 5 3 SOUL FREE George Michael 108500
6 5 2 9 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 775000
7 4 4 9 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 406750
8 9 7 5 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 192000
9 12 9 3 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 103000
10 14 10 5 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 127800

11 8 4 14 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 517350
12 6 3 12 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 493450
13 17 13 3 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 73750
14 10 3 9 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 417400
15 16 9 6 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 143900
16 20 16 8 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 136700
17 22 17 6 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 93500
18 23 18 3 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 53000
19 28 19 3 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 45100
20 NEW 20 1 YOU’RE GONNA LIVE FOREVER IN ME John Mayer 20000

21 13 13 7 WANTED MORE Betsy 125650
22 15 3 10 REDBONE Childish Gambino 447900
23 NEW 23 1 BEAUTIFUL CRIME Tamer 19250
24 NEW 24 1 BE THE ONE Dua Lipa 19000
25 NEW 25 1 GOOD GIRLS Crystal Fighters 18750
26 NEW 26 1 MOVING ON AND GETTING OVER John Mayer 18500
27 NEW 27 1 RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Pete Tong, The Heritage Orchestra & Jules Buckley 18400
28 36 28 2 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 35700
29 NEW 29 1 FAITH Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande 18200
30 24 1 19 HURTS Emeli Sande 1231000

31 19 8 8 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 288900
32 27 27 3 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 54600
33 NEW 33 1 IN HELL I’LL BE IN GOOD COMPANY The Dead South 17700
34 34 34 4 RAIN Status Quo 64350
35 38 35 3 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 40300
36 26 2 19 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 907650
37 47 37 2 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 29800
38 35 5 11 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 405200
39 29 29 5 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 73250
40 54 40 6 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 56000

41 30 30 8 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 79300
42 25 10 11 MAGNETISED Garbage 222600
43 42 1 13 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 841350
44 44 6 16 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 379850
45 31 18 8 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 131300
46 46 46 4 FAITH George Michael 45000
47 63 47 2 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 19700
48 33 20 12 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 179200
49 49 49 4 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 41600
50 NEW 50 1 NO ROOTS Alice Merton 12000

51 NEW 51 1 WE ALL NEED ODESZA featuring Shy Girls 11750
52 32 29 8 ALONE Alan Walker 108100
53 72 53 2 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 16850
54 58 54 2 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 21200
55 50 1 21 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1128250
56 51 17 11 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 168300
57 NEW 57 1 ALL NIGHT Beyonce 10400
58 NEW 58 1 YOU LOOK GOOD Lady Antebellum 10200
59 60 59 3 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 27500
60 40 40 8 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 75800

61 NEW 61 1 NOT TOO YOUNG Sabina Ddumba 7500
62 64 62 11 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 54800
63 NEW 63 1 RIVER Bishop Briggs 7200
64 53 1 18 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1037150
65 NEW 65 1 DATA AND PICARD Pogo 7000
66 75 66 2 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 11800
67 NEW 67 1 MERCY Shawn Mendes 6600
68 52 33 11 DAMN Red Rosamond 128250
69 21 8 4 FASTLOVE George Michael 108950
70 NEW 70 1 A SHORT LOVE STORY Somewhere Anywhere featuring Claude Eman 6000

71 NEW 71 1 TWIST YOUR ARM Ten Fe 5800
72 NEW 72 1 I COME WITH KNIVES IAMX 5600
73 NEW 73 1 YOU DON’T KNOW ME Jax Jones featuring Raye 5400
74 73 1 41 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 747400
75 NEW 75 1 I GIVE YOU POWER Arcade Fire featuring Mavis Staples 5000

DROP OUTS
18 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
37 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
39 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
41 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
43 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
45 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
48 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
55 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
59 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
61 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
65 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000
71 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
74 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050

 

15th January 2017

3 weeks on top (7 in total) for A Different Corner, as the late much-missed George Michael also has many other tracks shooting up my charts, notably the sombre and powerful Praying For Time, up to 3 after topping my chart in 1990. George was very much a man with a social conscience, and a way with words and melody, on top of his flawless vocals. That would also apply to Hand To Mouth, a 1987 album track easily good enough to be a single, and up to 28 at long last becoming the top 40 “hit” it always should have been (I disallowed album tracks from 1976 onwards until the 21st century – a foolish decision! – so I have spent opportunities since giving lost great album tracks a second chance, and sadly George’s death at least allows great tracks like the groovy Soul Free and the very minor hit Cowboys And Angels (gorgeous for every laid-back and moody 9 minutes or so) to get proper chart positions.

It’s a new peak for Noah Cyrus and Labrinth at 4, a big climb for Lukas Graham, and an instant top 40 new entry shock comeback from Right Said Fred – in the list of most-unlikely returns to impress me, the lads would have figured quite highly on my list! Putting aside the awful novelty big hits they had (bar I’m Too Sexy which was quite clever), they had some very decent pop dance tracks, a couple of them making my top 10. Happily Sweet Treats is in that vein, and gives them a run of new hits over 25 years. As does Testify at 47 for guest vocalist Crystal Waters, Hifi Sean doing the twiddly bits. At 58, another of those multi-artist tracks featuring X Ambassadors, and Elle King, and Wiz Khalifa, all having made my top 10 previously, but not the lead act – hello to Alex Da Kid. The video is excellent.

That leaves 2 re-entries for the sadly late Peter Sarstedt, both from 1969, both I loved as an 11-year-old and I learnt all the lyrics to Where Do You Go To – I used to cut them out of a magazine mum bought (I think it was called Weekend, and they published one pop song a week – the first one I discovered was Autumn Almanac by The Kinks in 1967!). I saw Peter and his two solo hit-making brothers in concert together (Eden Kane and Robin Sarstedt) back in the 90’s and good they were too.

1 1 1 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 510000
2 2 1 10 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1535000
3 12 3 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 138000
4 10 4 8 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 356750
5 5 2 8 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 720000
6 3 3 11 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 458450
7 4 4 5 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 244000
8 6 4 13 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 480350
9 7 7 4 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 144000
10 11 3 8 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 388400

11 52 11 2 SOUL FREE George Michael 48500
12 17 12 2 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 58000
13 15 13 6 WANTED MORE Betsy 105900
14 18 14 4 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 85800
15 13 3 9 REDBONE Childish Gambino 428400
16 9 9 5 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 116900
17 25 17 2 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 41750
18 19 18 3 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 60600
19 14 8 7 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 271000
20 23 20 7 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 111700

21 8 8 3 FASTLOVE George Michael 102750
22 24 22 5 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 70500
23 51 23 2 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 31000
24 22 1 18 HURTS Emeli Sande 1213000
25 16 10 10 MAGNETISED Garbage 208850
26 21 2 18 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 890250
27 27 27 2 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 36800
28 71 28 2 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 24100
29 29 29 4 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 56150
30 33 30 7 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 65300

31 31 18 7 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 118300
32 34 29 7 ALONE Alan Walker 96600
33 20 20 11 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 166900
34 36 34 3 RAIN Status Quo 46750
35 26 5 10 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 388000
36 NEW 36 1 SWEET TREATS Right Said Fred 17400
37 49 37 3 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 40000
38 72 38 2 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 22800
39 42 39 10 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 100900
40 61 40 7 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 65800

41 32 14 12 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 213450
42 41 1 12 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 827850
43 28 10 10 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 207300
44 37 6 15 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 366600
45 35 10 10 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 221600
46 50 46 3 FAITH George Michael 32250
47 NEW 47 1 TESTIFY Hifi Sean featuring Crystal Waters 12500
48 38 9 16 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 309900
49 55 49 3 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 29500
50 47 1 20 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1117450

51 39 17 10 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 157700
52 46 33 10 DAMN Red Rosamond 121850
53 48 1 17 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1030050
54 54 54 5 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 39000
55 45 32 7 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 79400
56 30 24 5 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 76100
57 63 57 3 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 23600
58 NEW 58 1 NOT EASY Alex Da Kid featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa) 10200
59 44 20 8 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 128050
60 62 60 2 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 17400

61 43 20 12 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 173900
62 59 4 17 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 463500
63 NEW 63 1 TALKING TO YOU Izzy Bizu 7200
64 68 64 10 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 47400
65 67 53 5 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 38750
66 66 66 3 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 20400
67 56 27 10 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 128600
68 NEW 68 1 WHERE DO YOU GO TO (MY LOVELY) Peter Sarstedt 6400
69 69 69 8 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 32600
70 75 70 2 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 11000

71 53 19 10 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 165950
72 NEW 72 1 FROZEN ORANGE JUICE Peter Sarstedt 5600
73 73 1 40 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 742200
74 65 38 7 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 76050
75 NEW 75 1 STEPPIN’ OUT Joe Jackson 5000

DROP OUTS
40 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250
57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
60 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700
64 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
70 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000
74 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600

 

8th January 2017

It’s George Michael for a second week on top, and 6th week in total, with the gorgeous A Different Corner. Meanwhile, although he’s had a few tracks which have already had good chart runs drop out this week, he still has new entries from lesser hits and album tracks, and some climbers, Fast Love going top 10 some 20 years after hitting number one, and Praying For Time up to 12 27 years after topping my chart. Quo also go up with a couple or three tracks.

10 weeks on, Clean Bandit reach a new peak of 3 with Rockabye, easily their best single, and Imagine Dragons grab a second top 10 after topping my chart with Radioactive just over 4 years ago. Barry Gibb gets his first ever solo top 10 after Bee Gee-ing to the top on many occasions over 48 years. Highest new entry is, gasp!, Ed Sheeran. Didn’t see that one coming, though borrowing Sia’s Cheap Thrills rhythm didn’t hurt the appeal of Shape Of You for me, in at 17. His other new single is nowhere, as it was a bit meh on first hearing. Eddie very rarely makes my top 20, and usually it’s the uptempo ones when he does.

Grouplove shoot into the 20, David Guetta & Robin Schulz, and Little Mix and Charlie Puth into the 30, and in at 27 it’s Tom Odell’s biggest hit since Real Love, Silhouette in at 27. Charlie XCX rockets into the 40, while Lukas Graham enter lower down, a second hit fo them, and also for Dami Im scraping in, alongside Yoko Ono, who is making a habit of remix dance hits, covering her old songs. Hell In Paradise made my top 10 in 1985, her second biggest solo hit, and a fab video.

1 1 1 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 340000
2 2 1 9 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1420000
3 11 3 10 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 403450
4 4 4 4 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 194000
5 3 2 7 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 660000
6 7 4 12 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 432350
7 13 7 3 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 99000
8 12 8 2 FASTLOVE George Michael 83000
9 16 9 4 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 91900
10 6 6 7 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 291750

11 5 3 7 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 346400
12 30 12 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 53000
13 8 3 8 REDBONE Childish Gambino 401400
14 9 8 6 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 250000
15 27 15 5 WANTED MORE Betsy 73900
16 10 10 9 MAGNETISED Garbage 190100
17 NEW 17 1 SHAPE OF YOU Ed Sheeran 23000
18 35 18 3 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 56800
19 34 19 2 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 38600
20 22 20 10 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 149200

21 17 2 17 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 871750
22 21 1 17 HURTS Emeli Sande 1194000
23 25 23 6 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 91700
24 54 24 4 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 51000
25 NEW 25 1 COWBOYS AND ANGELS George Michael 18750
26 14 5 9 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 370500
27 NEW 27 1 SILHOUETTE Tom Odell 18400
28 15 10 9 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 193800
29 46 29 3 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 37950
30 24 24 4 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 65500

31 18 18 6 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 100400
32 19 14 11 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 199450
33 62 33 6 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 47300
34 29 29 6 ALONE Alan Walker 78800
35 26 10 9 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 208600
36 51 36 2 RAIN Status Quo 29150
37 44 6 14 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 353350
38 36 9 15 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 297600
39 48 17 9 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 145950
40 23 2 5 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 311250

41 41 1 11 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 814100
42 45 42 9 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 83800
43 20 20 11 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 166400
44 28 20 7 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 117950
45 32 32 6 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 68600
46 33 33 9 DAMN Red Rosamond 110350
47 43 1 19 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1105450
48 42 1 16 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1018800
49 56 49 2 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 22700
50 61 50 2 FAITH George Michael 19500

51 NEW 51 1 YOU’RE NOT THERE Lukas Graham 11750
52 NEW 52 1 SOUL FREE George Michael 11500
53 37 19 9 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 160150
54 65 54 4 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 28000
55 67 55 2 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 17400
56 39 27 9 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 122000
57 57 57 2 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 20800
58 73 58 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 15600
59 49 4 16 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 456100
60 RE 60 4 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 23700

61 55 55 6 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 48900
62 NEW 62 1 FIGHTING FOR LOVE Dami Im 7400
63 70 63 2 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 13200
64 59 59 6 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 45700
65 38 38 6 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 70850
66 66 66 2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 13600
67 RE 53 4 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 31750
68 69 68 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 40300
69 RE 69 7 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 26400
70 NEW 70 1 TILTED Christine And The Queens 6000

71 NEW 71 1 HAND TO MOUTH George Michael 5800
72 NEW 72 1 CALL ON ME (RYAN RIBACK REMIX) Starley 5600
73 71 1 39 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 736800
74 50 7 8 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 192600
75 NEW 75 1 HELL IN PARADISE (DAVE AUDE EXTENDED MIX) Yoko Ono 5000

DROPPING OUT:
31 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
40 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150
47 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
52 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
58 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
60 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800
63 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
68 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
72 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

 

1st January 2017

It’s George Michael entering at 1, following his tragically sudden and too-young death. In a year of shocking deaths of classic fave pop stars, most notably David Bowie and Prince, George’s is up there for me, I’ve been a fan for 20 years, pretty much since day one and A Different Corner was his most perfect, most heart-breaking and most tender and beautiful. It made me cry at the time and still does, as it returns over 30 years on for a 5th week on top. His 90’s great Fastlove also enters at 12, but there are loads of Wham! and George tracks lower down, and waiting outside the 75 to enter, as soon as a space emerges (I don’t want to go back to a Top 100, it’s too much hard work!).

Just to make it harder, the loveable Rick Parfitt also died over Christmas, Quo have long been a rock biz under-appreciated fun rock band – that’s why they lasted for 50 years! Plenty of Quo tracks could have charted, but George takes priority, so it’s the very best tracks only, led by 1986 gem In The Army Now, and forgotten goodie Rain from 1976. My chart is becoming increasingly sad, as there’s also Greg Lake, Bobby Vee and Leonard Cohen in the chart as losses from 2016.

In new music, no new entries at all. Not one. Garbage grab that top 10 for 20 years of ’em, Imagine Dragons have a big climb with the Passengers movie song, and Barry Gibb takes his span of top 20 hits to an unbeatable 48 years and 4 months, being as the Bee Gees featured in my first chart, his new solo track is pretty and tuneful. Highest climber is Little Mix and Charlie Puth, just outside the 40 thanks to the oldies.

1 NEW 1 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 170000
2 1 1 8 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1305000
3 2 2 6 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 600000
4 5 4 3 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 129000
5 3 3 6 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309400
6 6 6 6 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 249750
7 4 4 11 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 377350
8 7 3 7 REDBONE Childish Gambino 369400
9 8 8 5 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 221000
10 12 10 8 MAGNETISED Garbage 165100

11 15 6 9 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 318450
12 NEW 12 1 FASTLOVE George Michael 35000
13 40 13 2 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 49000
14 14 5 8 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 352000
15 10 10 8 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 175500
16 35 16 3 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 46900
17 17 2 16 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 852000
18 18 18 5 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 82500
19 23 14 10 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 181650
20 24 20 10 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 152900

21 21 1 16 HURTS Emeli Sande 1174500
22 25 22 9 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 129200
23 9 2 4 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 294259
24 26 24 3 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 47500
25 29 25 5 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 72450
26 13 10 8 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 191100
27 39 27 4 WANTED MORE Betsy 46900
28 20 20 6 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 104700
29 30 29 5 ALONE Alan Walker 61200
30 NEW 30 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 18000

31 11 11 5 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 104900
32 32 32 5 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 55600
33 33 33 8 DAMN Red Rosamond 97600
34 NEW 34 1 IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo 17600
35 37 35 2 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 34800
36 22 9 14 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 280400
37 19 19 8 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 148900
38 38 38 5 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 63850
39 27 27 8 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 111400
40 45 40 7 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 72150

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41 34 1 10 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 800100
42 28 1 15 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 1006500
43 42 1 18 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1092950
44 44 6 13 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 336050
45 49 45 8 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 70050
46 65 46 2 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 19750
47 31 19 8 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 142500
48 50 17 8 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 128850
49 43 4 15 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 446000
50 36 7 7 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 187400

51 NEW 51 1 RAIN Status Quo 11750
52 53 52 8 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 49000
53 41 23 9 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 136600
54 56 54 3 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 32000
55 58 55 5 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 41400
56 NEW 56 1 JESUS TO A CHILD George Michael 10600
57 NEW 57 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 10400
58 NEW 58 1 CLUB TROPICANA Wham! 10200
59 59 59 5 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 38600
60 55 11 11 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 196800

61 NEW 61 1 FAITH George Michael 7500
62 71 62 5 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 29600
63 NEW 63 1 EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham! 7200
64 62 5 17 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 407100
65 69 65 3 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 17000
66 NEW 66 1 I’M YOUR MAN Wham! 6800
67 NEW 67 1 PICTURES OF MATCHSTICK MEN Status Quo 6600
68 NEW 68 1 OUTSIDE George Michael 6400
69 72 69 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 33900
70 NEW 70 1 WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo 6000

71 70 1 38 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 731400
72 68 6 21 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 488150
73 NEW 73 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 5400
74 74 1 33 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 870450
75 NEW 75 1 DOWN DOWN Status Quo 5000

DROP OUTS
16 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
46 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
51 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
54 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
57 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
60 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600
61 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
63 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
66 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
75 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

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My 1975 Charts – May

Gloucester

Gloucester


6th May 1975

Born this week: David Beckham
Died This week: Moe from the Three Stooges, the last-surviving member

It’s a new old number one of an even older record than it seems: Tami Lyn, with the fab Northern Soul stormer I’m Gonna Run Away From You hit the UK charts all over again 4 years after going top 5, and 9 years after it’s first release in the USA. That’s bad news for Desmond Dekker, peaking at 2 6 years on from it’s original chart run with The Israelites, and for Tommy James and Mony Mony at 3. The real loser though is Disco Tex – if not for all the oldies it would have been a second chart-topper of the year, but to be fair the other three are all much better!

Highest new entry is Save Me by Silver Convention, a German-based lush-strings-disco girl group very much in the mode of Love Unlimited and Barry White. It might be derivative but it’s still a great pop record and should have been bigger – they eventually had big hits in both the UK and the USA, but this was the first and best. Caston & Majors go top 10, while Jackie Wilson gets a second bout Higher And Higher inside the top 10. In at 13, The Sharonettes, a girl group cover of an early 60’s novelty doo-wop song minor hit by The Rivingtons. Later in the year the same song would put a stop to Gary Glitter’s run of UK top 10 hits (he should have learned from this version flopping sales-wise!) but it’s main claim to fame was being used as the basis for Surfer Bird (along with another Rivingtons song The Bird’s The Word) a big U.S. hit in 1963 for The Trashmen (No. 4), and then made huge by Family Guy’s brilliant TV series and a big UK hit in 2010 (No. 3). Well, I liked this version even if no-one else did!

Betty Wright makes the top 20, and Mud scrape in at 20, their lowest single to date, as another Tammy with an old record enters at 19 – the country music standard Stand By Your Man, from Tammy Wynette, finally becoming a UK number one hit 5 years late, and 3 years since Helen Reddy’s I Am Woman came out (see it at 6) and helped make it a bit of an old-fashioned sentiment – but then it appealed to older music fans who were looking back to older styles of music, as disco, glam, rock, reggae, funk, and new-fangled synthesisers (see Kraftwerk) scared the bejeebers out of them. As I never found a style of music I didn’t like, in it is here, and Tammy was on her way to country superstardom that paid back KLF-stylee 18 years later.

Talking of old music styles: The Wombles’ Mike Batt turns his many talents to the 40’s swing orchestra sounds and Fred Astaire-stylee-but-new-song Wombling White Tie And Tails for an unlikely 5th Wombles hit single. It was becoming clear that Mike had no intention of repeating a formulaic sound for the little furry creatures, and he was using it as an excuse to pastiche music loves of the past. Hooray! Great fun. Talking of old-fashioned Tammy’s: there’s another one in at 29, Welsh TV regular Tammy Jones won several weeks of TV talent show Opportunity Knocks and was rewarded with a hit single, Let Me Try Again. Talking of Gary Glitter: in at 35 with Love Like You And Me, and the quality was definitely dropping by now. Slade were also notably not-Glam-rock-tastic to the same degree, in at 36 with the otherwise good Thanks For The Memry. Yes, thanks, lads!

Talking of old-fashioned music styles (part 6): Abba are back at 41, confounding the music press by insisting on having a third UK hit with the singalong I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do. I’ll be honest, it was my least-fave Abba single to date, a bit too singalong for me, but no matter it improved with age and gave them a 5th chart entry (and 6th song) in a year. At 42 Barry Blue still is around, cos we make him happy when he’s Blue – it was a sweet-ish low-key lush ballad but not really the glam-rock-pop or retro-50’s we were used to, and flopped. Ironically, his biggest track in my charts Do You Wanna Dance pops up at 43 – for Joe And Didi – and I’m assuming it’s a cover of the 60’s track of the same name, as there’s no mention of it on the internet and my memory of it is also zero. So here it is now, a mystery track mentioned on the internet for the first time (probably)! At 44, Imagine Me Imagine You – yes Fox finally release another single, as quirky as the first chart-topper, and almost as good.

1 ( 9 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
2 ( 7 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
3 ( 8 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
5 ( 1 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
6 ( 6 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
7 ( NEW ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
8 ( 11 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
9 ( 3 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
10 ( 12 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson

11 ( 4 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 5 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
13 ( NEW ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
14 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
15 ( 13 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
16 ( 15 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
17 ( 23 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
18 ( 20 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
19 ( NEW ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
20 ( 21 ) OH BOY Mud

21 ( 16 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
22 ( 17 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
23 ( 10 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
24 ( NEW ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
25 ( 22 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
26 ( 18 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
27 ( 39 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
28 ( 32 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
29 ( NEW ) LET ME TRY AGAIN Tammy Jones
30 ( 25 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures

31 ( 30 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
32 ( 27 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
33 ( 29 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
34 ( 31 ) ONE GIRL TOO LATE Brenda And The Tabulations
35 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
36 ( NEW ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
37 ( 28 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
38 ( 24 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur
39 ( 26 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
40 ( 34 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra

41 ( NEW ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
42 ( NEW ) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN I’M BLUE Barry Blue
43 ( NEW ) DO YOU WANNA DANCE Joe And Didi
44 ( NEW ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
45 ( 35 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
46 ( 41 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
47 ( 38 ) HASTA LA VISTA Sylvia
48 ( 19 ) LADY MARMALADE LaBelle
49 ( 33 ) A LITTLE LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING Gilbert Becaud
50 ( 40 ) FEEL THE NEED Graham Central Station

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13th May 1975

Desmond Dekker finally gets to number one after a week at 2 in 1975 and 3 weeks at 2 in 1969 (with the Aces and the original recording) – The Israelites is such a great ska-reggae breakthrough, semi-novelty in the patois lyrics and vocal style, but Desmond was great. Up to 3, and the top new song, goes Save Me (Silver Convention), as two Tammy/Tami’s nestle inside the top 5, Wynette joining Lyn with an oldie. Talking of oldies, Mungo Jerry return with 1970 number one, the famous In The Summertime, one I loved at 12 years old, and still nostalgically was into at 8, the highest new (old) entry. Yes I was getting very into old music (if you can call 5 years old)!

All these oldies, though, knock back the ground-breaking Autobahn to 10 (it would otherwise be at 3 ignoring covers and reissues), which is a shame for Kraftwerk. The Wombles hit 13 for a bit of White Tie and Tails variety, as Fox shoot up 30 places to 14 with the terrif Imagine Me Imagine You. Abba keep the run of top 40 entries going, they do they do they do they do they do, as Mac And Katie Kissoon keep the brotherly/sisterly love running, Don’t Do It Baby in at 42, and Hot Chocolate make it a non-stop run of chart entries with all their singles since Love Is Life in 1970, as a serious change in sound brings them in at 43 – funky Disco Queen ringing the changes from earlier ballads, soul, and pop. Always did ring in the genre changes did Errol and the boys.

Meanwhile It’s A Miracle at 48 – Barry Manilow charts in my chart with the follow-up to Mandy and flops in the UK singles chart (though not the USA). I’ll be honest, by the time Bazza became a UK chart fixture he was past his best, bar one or two singles. Hey ho. Gladys Knight is in at 49, with her soulful slowed-down cover of Barbra Streisand’s monster film song The Way We Were, which passed me by in 1974 pretty much, along with the UK singles buyer. At 50, Retta Young has a dance hit with Sending Out An SOS – I think it was an All Platinum (Sylvia Robinson label) hit, but not one I’ve heard lo many a year. I liked it enough to remember it though.

1 ( 2 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
2 ( 1 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
3 ( 7 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
4 ( 19 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
5 ( 4 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
6 ( 5 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
7 ( 13 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
8 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
9 ( 3 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
10 ( 27 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk

11 ( 11 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
12 ( 8 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
13 ( 24 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
14 ( 44 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
15 ( 12 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
16 ( 9 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
17 ( 17 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
18 ( 28 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
19 ( 10 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
20 ( 6 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy

21 ( 14 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
22 ( 16 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
23 ( 15 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
24 ( 21 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
25 ( 22 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
26 ( 36 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
27 ( 35 ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
28 ( 33 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
29 ( 37 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
30 ( 25 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern

31 ( 41 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
32 ( 26 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
33 ( 31 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
34 ( 32 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
35 ( 30 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
36 ( 18 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac
37 ( 23 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
38 ( 29 ) LET ME TRY AGAIN Tammy Jones
39 ( 20 ) OH BOY Mud
40 ( 38 ) GRINGO IN MEXICO Maria Muldaur

41 ( 42 ) YOU MAKE ME HAPPY WHEN I’M BLUE Barry Blue
42 ( NEW ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
43 ( NEW ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
44 ( 39 ) HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW Olivia Newton-John
45 ( 45 ) LET ME BE THE ONE The Shadows
46 ( 46 ) PLAY ME LIKE YOU PLAY YOUR GUITAR Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes
47 ( 40 ) CAN’T GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD The Electric Light Orchestra
48 ( NEW ) IT’S A MIRACLE Barry Manilow
49 ( NEW ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
50 ( NEW ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young


At the movies, Monty Python And The Holy Grail was a must, though it took some getting used to having an actual ongoing plot/setting as opposed to a short sketch. The big moment of course was the aggressive knight (John Cleese) who just kept shouting abuse despite the ongoing loss of his limbs. At school, big exam time, GCE O’ Level revision was in full swing and the winding down of the 6th form life was looming – sadly, for me. For the first time in 4 or 5 years I’d had a year of school life that I enjoyed, no bullies, treated like adults, people mostly getting along. The raising of the school leaving age to 16 had now happened and those who should have left at 15 had gone taking their disinterest with them. Hooray! Life was good, tennis on hot days, comics and pop music were good, money from babysitting continued, and only exams were the main tedium.

On TV: Survivors was the show of the summer, a post-apocalyptic world where most people had been wiped out by disease (and a plot borrowed by many movies since), this was gripping stuff. Rutland Weekend Television was a Python Eric Idle breakaway project, and it was goodbye to long-running TV Western Gunsmoke after 20 years, although it hadn’t been screened in the UK for some time so it kind of passed us by. A Man Called Ironside, disabled rights actual TV detective also finished, and the more recent cult fave Kung Fu died away as the Kung Fu craze also started to die down, most notably following the Goodies Ecky Thump episode, where a poor viewer actually died laughing so hard at it.


20th May 1975

It’s yet another oldie on top, as Mungo Jerry return five years after In The Summertime hit number one. No youtube video though as it’ll be on my 1970 chart soon. I think the HP Sauce ad in the late 70’s killed the song for me forever, which is a shame! If not for the oldies Fox would have grabbed a second chart-topper in 1975, but have to settle for 4 and Imagine Me Imagine You. The Wombles get a second top 10 out of 6 chart hits, not bad! There’s a sudden spate of new entries, Showaddywaddy highest at 13 with a pretty good cover of Eddie Cochran’s posthumous UK chart-topper, Three Steps To Heaven. This, of course, became a career template for them – old rock ‘n’ roll covers.

Best of all, though, is in at 15, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney follows up the huge Band On The Run album with this lead track off Venus And Mars. The summer of ’75 was hot and sunny, and I was eating a lot of Instant Whip to cool down while revising for exams – I used to trot round to the newsagent at Innsworth (near Gloucester) through a garages access road, and someone often used to be playing the album as I passed by, Wings blaring out the window to my great pleasure. The critics weren’t so kind, comparing it to Band On The Run, but this summery sax-driven sauntering melodic harmony track was just gorgeous – Listen To What The Man Said sounded like a Morecambe And Wise “the play wot I wrote” moment of a title, and they sing “says” anyway, and it’s fab. Macca is never far from my charts, any decade you pick.

Talking of Ex-Beatles, Neil Sedaka was starting to happen in the USA charts after being UK based to restore his career and reputation as a songwriter, and he had a US hit with the fantastic The Immigrant, a song about John Lennon’s battle to stay in the States – the authorities regarded him as an undesirable. Tragically not a UK hit, it’s a heartfelt ballad statement, though of course, in hindsight I wish John HAD been deported, the music world could have been very different. Neil still sings this in concert, and he sounds no different from the recorded vocal, he really has a timeless voice. In at 23. At 18, Judy Collins returns for a 3rd chart hit, 5 years after Both Sides Now, with a cover of much-recorded showtune classic Send In The Clowns, Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music more recently had Dame Judi Dench singing this classic, but Judy Collins version is pretty flawless vocally, if not emotionally.

Gladys Knight leaps to 20, hang on while I try to remember the way we were…yes that’s right, that long spoken intro segueing into the main actual song. I hope to watching her sing this in 2 weeks time on the day I get back from holiday, as the Pip-less Gladys will be in town and I’ve never had the pleasure. Till then I’ve Got To Use My Imagination, which was her last chart hit here in 1974. Oh I love a good tenuous link! Life is soooooo pleasingly circular sometimes. There’s A Raincoat at 35, no not a dirty mac, he loves you for your mind (not your body) and sounds uncannily like Sparks on this flop track (en route to being in late 70’s band Tonight, apparently), while there’s a Stripper at 36 – not that famous instrumental, no, this is a sombre ballad about a girl who DOES perform for the dirty mac brigade in Soho. Quill who? No idea but it’s on itunes, very unexpectedly!

At 38, Hello get a third hit, this time covering Amen Corner’s 1968 funtastic Bend Me Shape Me (or covering the US cover hit from The American Breed if you are American). The original 1966 version was recorded by The Outsiders, and co-written by Scott English, who’d just been back in my charts with Brandy, the original of the song made famous by Barry Manilow, Mandy. The song more recently featured as a Bender love-interest tune on Futurama, so that’s cool enough for me. Meanwhile, Dutch band The Cats pop back with Be My Day, which sneaked briefly into my chart in 1974, this time at 39, just ahead of The Stylistics Sing Baby Sing at 40, now 3 years of falsetto soul chart entries and counting.

1 ( 8 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
2 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
3 ( 1 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
4 ( 14 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
5 ( 4 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette
6 ( 3 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
7 ( 10 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
8 ( 5 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
9 ( 6 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
10 ( 13 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles

11 ( 7 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes
12 ( 18 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
13 ( NEW ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
14 ( 9 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
15 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
16 ( 12 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
17 ( 11 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
18 ( NEW ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
19 ( 26 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
20 ( 49 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips

21 ( 15 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
22 ( 16 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
23 ( NEW ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
24 ( 19 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
25 ( 29 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
26 ( 42 ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
27 ( 21 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
28 ( 23 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
29 ( 20 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
30 ( 31 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba

31 ( 22 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
32 ( 24 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
33 ( 25 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
34 ( 43 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
35 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
36 ( NEW ) THE STRIPPER Quill
37 ( 30 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
38 ( NEW ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Hello
39 ( NEW ) BE MY DAY The Cats
40 ( NEW ) SING BABY SING The Stylistics

41 ( 35 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
42 ( 37 ) HITCHIN’ A RIDE IN THE MOONLIGHT Middle Of The Road
43 ( 32 ) JIGSAW GIRL Clifford T. Ward
44 ( 34 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
45 ( 33 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
46 ( 27 ) LOVE LIKE YOU AND ME Gary Glitter
47 ( 28 ) ONLY YESTERDAY The Carpenters
48 ( 50 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young
49 ( 17 ) WHERE IS THE LOVE Betty Wright
50 ( 36 ) LOST AND FOUND Whiskey Mac


27th May 1975

Silver Convention get a week on top with their debut record, Save Me, and under-rated lush disco track with a great vocal hook and an even better strings section hook. European disco had arrived! Up to 5, Wings are listening carefully for news of Paul McCartney’s 6th top 5 since leaving The Beatles, while straight in at 6 Roy Wood gets his first solo entry for a year, his 4th solo hit, not including 8 with Wizzard, 1 with ELO, and 6 with The Move for a grand total of 19, 2 ahead of Paul McCartney at this time.

New at 15, it’s the start of a long list of cover versions of Four Seasons hits (not including those more or less contemporary during the 60’s): The Proud One is even better than the original version, and one of The Osmonds best singles, it just hits the right balance of harmony and vocal passion, and the song is fantastic. It’s no surprise to me that Jersey Boys became a massive show, The Four Seasons have such a massively great back catalogue of songs and a fascinating rags to riches to rags to riches story. Hey You – it’s Bachman-Turner Overdrive with a 3rd single chart entry, though sadly a flop in the real world it’s in at 18, one ahead of Status Quo, who enter with Roll Over Lay Down, a typically riff-heavy 6th goodie from Quo.

At 41, The Bee Gees return a year on from the soulful Mr. Natural and show they have gone the whole soul-funk hog. Jive Talkin’ gets labelled disco, but it’s more funky than that, and the later falsettos that conquered the world are restrained. It’s a fantastic change in musical direction, very different from their previous 7 years of a dozen chart entries (not to mention several cover hits from The Marbles, Nina Simone and co). White funk vocalists weren’t unknown (see KC/ Average White Band for starters) but it was unheard of for a ballad/pop band to transform a decade into their career into another genre. It was big pop news. It was also a bandwagon that others followed within a few years when it became a huge worldwide hit.

Speedy Keen was the lead vocalist on Thunderclap Newman’s utterly brilliant social themed chart-topper in 1969 (with a hand from Pete Townsend) – that was the 3rd single I ever bought with my own pocket money in Singapore, so I had a bit of nostalgia going for Speedy when he went solo and got a bit of airplay with Someone To Love. It’s a nice ballad, but he never made a success out of his solo career and died young. Jackie Blue, on the other hand, was a huge US hit single, and UK flop inexplicably (it did get some airplay), a sort of bitter-sweet country-harmony pop in the vein of The Eagles, and it’s also a brilliant song that deserves to be better known. Fab. Happily DJ Paul Gambaccini on Radio One was keeping me in touch with the American charts, along with the American Forces Network and DJ Kasey Casem, aka Shaggy from Scooby Doo.

1 ( 6 ) SAVE ME Silver Convention
2 ( 1 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME Mungo Jerry
3 ( 2 ) I’M GONNA RUN AWAY FROM YOU Tami Lynn
4 ( 3 ) THE ISRAELITES Desmond Dekker
5 ( 15 ) LISTEN TO WHAT THE MAN SAID Wings
6 ( NEW ) OH WHAT A SHAME Roy Wood
7 ( 13 ) THREE STEPS TO HEAVEN Showaddywaddy
8 ( 4 ) IMAGINE ME IMAGINE YOU Fox
9 ( 7 ) AUTOBAHN Kraftwerk
10 ( 5 ) STAND BY YOUR MAN Tammy Wynette

11 ( 8 ) I WANNA DANCE WIT’ CHOO (DO DAT DANCE) Disco Tex And The Sex-o-lettes
12 ( 9 ) STAND BY ME John Lennon
13 ( 20 ) THE WAY WE WERE/TRY TO REMEMBER Gladys Knight And The Pips
14 ( 23 ) THE IMMIGRANT Neil Sedaka
15 ( NEW ) THE PROUD ONE The Osmonds
16 ( 12 ) SWING LOW SWEET CHARIOT Eric Clapton
17 ( 10 ) WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS The Wombles
18 ( NEW ) HEY YOU Bachman-Turner Overdrive
19 ( NEW ) ROLL OVER LAY DOWN Status Quo
20 ( 11 ) PAPA OOM MOW MOW The Sharonettes

21 ( 18 ) SEND IN THE CLOWNS Judy Collins
22 ( 22 ) SEND SOME LOVE Lelly Boone
23 ( 17 ) GET DOWN TONIGHT K.C. And The Sunshine Band
24 ( 21 ) DING-A-DONG Teach-In
25 ( 14 ) MONY MONY Tommy James And The Shondells
26 ( 30 ) I DO I DO I DO I DO I DO Abba
27 ( 16 ) CHILD OF LOVE Caston And Majors
28 ( 34 ) DISCO QUEEN Hot Chocolate
29 ( 24 ) (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) HIGHER AND HIGHER Jackie Wilson
30 ( 25 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson

31 ( 35 ) I LOVE YOU FOR YOUR MIND (NOT YOUR BODY) A Raincoat
32 ( 36 ) THE STRIPPER Quill
33 ( 19 ) THANKS FOR THE MEM’RY (WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM) Slade
34 ( 27 ) HONEY Bobby Goldsboro
35 ( 28 ) HURT SO GOOD Susan Cadogan
36 ( 45 ) FOX ON THE RUN The Sweet
37 ( 33 ) REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE Gloria Gaynor
38 ( 32 ) PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM The Elton John Band
39 ( 31 ) SKIING IN THE SNOW Wigan’s Ovation
40 ( 48 ) SENDING OUT AN S.O.S. Retta Young

41 ( NEW ) JIVE TALKING The Bee Gees
42 ( 37 ) HOLD ON TO LOVE Peter Skellern
43 ( 38 ) BEND ME SHAPE ME Hello
44 ( 44 ) SWING YOUR DADDY Jim Gilstrap
45 ( NEW ) SOMEONE TO LOVE Speedy Keen
46 ( NEW ) JACKIE BLUE Ozark Mountain Daredevils
47 ( 29 ) I AM WOMAN Helen Reddy
48 ( 26 ) DON’T DO IT BABY Mac And Katie Kissoon
49 ( 41 ) HAWAII FIVE-0 The Ventures
50 ( 39 ) BE MY DAY The Cats

My 1979 Charts – October

My new college room

My new college room

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2nd October 1979

3 weeks for ELO on top, but the competition is so fierce that classic records I bought full-price, like Cars, actually drop. Michael Jackson gets his biggest solo hit since 1972 as Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough shoots up to 3, chased by The Police following up their number 1 with a message in a bottle at 5. Kate gets her 4th Top 10, Rainbow get their first (and last) and Quo just miss out at 12.

Supertramp, and The Tourists, go back up to new peaks of 14 and 15 respectively. Tusk, in the meantime, drums it’s way up 30 places to 19 and The Buggles take that video statement up 31 to 20. Squeeze, The Jags, Madness, Herb Alpert, The Headboys and The Little River Band all rise inside the 40, giving a very very busy chart. That’s not enough though! 12 new entries pop in, including The Dickies taking on The Moody Blues Nights In White Satin at 36: it must be heard to be believed! Following up the gorgeous Lady Lynda, The Beach Boys enter with the equally gorgeous Sumahama, a Japanese oriental-flavoured delight, while Judy Tzuke is For You at 53. Sad Cafe debut at 63, as do XTC at 66 with the brilliant, unusual and exciting Making Plans For Nigel, a record that is as relevant today as it was then in subject matter (nepotism of the rich). The O’Jays get 7 years of hits at 70, Gloria Gaynor 5 years at 74 – it’s I Will Survive part 2, sort of. Elton also makes it 8 years of hits as he goes full-blown disco again, after dabbling with older recordings of Philly soul sessions: Victim Of Love at 75 is a forgotten goodie.

Lincoln

Lincoln


Back in the UK a while, I was now back at College (hooray!), in new digs, on campus (hooray!) for the first time as I started my 3rd and final year (Boo!). Most of my friends were in the same block, Pete and Paul on my floor, Sue, Julie and Bev upstairs, which was great. Did some painting, shelves, cleaning bedroom, cleaning budgies, fish tank cleaning. I taught one of mum’s friend’s young sons how to get water moving down the pipe from the tank by sucking – he got a mouthful of fishy water, though! I hope that wasn’t the start of his lifelong substance abuse, he certainly seemed happier then.

Gracie Fields died, noted that Carry On The Khyber is the best Carry On, that MASH (practical joker episode) remained as good as ever 7 years on, and the Doctor Who episode in Paris was one of the best in ages, though I was still unsure about the new Romana. I watched Parkinson guests Terry Wogan and the marvellous Carol Channing have a great Python-esque show while the rest of the family had a huge argument downstairs, which meant Sue (brothers fiancee) had to go back home to her parents house (she’d been living with Mark here) while Ernie, the retired disabled father of the late next-door-neighbour still lived with us too in a 3-bedroom house. We have spent a lifetime often taking in people relations and family and it’s not always easy if things get fraught, as they tend to do when you have a lot of people in an overcrowded house. That, of course, is life in UK 2014 for many – just that’s it’s been life in mum and dad’s house in 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009….but not any more. Ernie, with mum and dad, took me to College, and he was always nice and appreciative of us till the day he died a few years later, but he was never happy with his condition, the loss of his wife and daughter, and really only his young grandson kept him going for a few years. When he got moved into a Council assisted flat development (staff on site, but own flats) the residents used to call it “Death Row” waiting to see who’d be next to go. It wasn’t that bad actually, certainly better than care homes and mental institutions I’ve seen.

1 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
2 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
3 ( 25 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
4 ( 6 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
5 ( 11 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
6 ( 3 ) CARS Gary Numan
7 ( 10 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
8 ( 13 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
10 ( 15 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow

11 ( 5 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
12 ( 30 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
13 ( 7 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
14 ( 22 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 35 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
16 ( 8 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
17 ( 12 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
18 ( 4 ) SAD EYES Robert John
19 ( 49 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
20 ( 51 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles

21 ( 20 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
22 ( 14 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
23 ( 27 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
24 ( 38 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
26 ( 32 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
27 ( 53 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 50 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
29 ( 16 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
30 ( 18 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music

31 ( 17 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
32 ( 44 ) RISE Herb Alpert
33 ( 24 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
34 ( 31 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
35 ( 19 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
36 ( NEW ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
37 ( 26 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
38 ( 21 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
39 ( NEW ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
40 ( 47 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys

41 ( 28 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 34 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
43 ( 33 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
44 ( 45 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
45 ( 39 ) LINES The Planets
46 ( 29 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
47 ( 41 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
48 ( 70 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
49 ( 43 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
50 ( 42 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

51 ( 23 ) MONEY The Flying Lizards
52 ( 36 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
53 ( NEW ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
54 ( 46 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
55 ( 67 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
56 ( 52 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
57 ( 37 ) BOY OH BOY Racey
58 ( 48 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
59 ( NEW ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
60 ( NEW ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack

61 ( 57 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 59 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( NEW ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
64 ( 58 ) DIFFERENT WORLDS Maureen McGovern
65 ( 62 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
66 ( NEW ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
67 ( 63 ) SUNDAY GIRL Blondie
68 ( 64 ) DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW/ KISSES OF FIRE Abba
69 ( 69 ) MY SHARONA The Knack
70 ( NEW ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays

71 ( 55 ) IF I HAD YOU The Korgis
72 ( NEW ) THERE MUST BE THOUSANDS The Quads
73 ( 54 ) LEAD ME ON Maxine Nightingale
74 ( NEW ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
75 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

TV
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
2 MASH
3 Carry On Up The Khyber: film
4 Rhoda
5 The Rockford Files
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Film ’79
8 Doctor Who
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Ned Sherrin: Christopher Reeves interview


9th October 1979

Michael Jackson gets his 2nd solo number one, 7 years after Ain’t No Sunshine, and it’s a brilliant Quincy Jones dance production, mixed with the first evidence that he was more than capable of writing his own great songs. It sounded like a disco step forward at the time – because it was. Still sounds great too. Quo go up to 4, Whatever You Want taking the throbbing riff and perfecting it – this is the best riffing Quo single, though surprisingly to some they had plenty of other non-riffing great singles.

Squeeze grab a 4th Top 20 entry, and Madness their first of a long run as The Prince hits 19. XTC, Judy Tzuke, Donna Summer, Dave Edmunds and Sad Cafe go top 40 along with Secret Service, no-hit wonders. The highest new entry is an advert song, Don’t Be A Dummy, at 49, while at 55 The Devil, apparently, Went Down To Georgia with The Charlie Daniels Band, a record I’d heard on my US holiday but hadn’t rated much. It was a grower, country fiddle-tastic.

Reggae? OK Fred, says Errol Dunkley new at 60, The Dooleys Are The Chosen Few, melodically tweeting at 67, and the funk run of soul singles by Earth Wind & Fire keeps shining a Star on my charts. The Nolan Sisters, before they dropped the sister and went pop, debut with a sweet enough old-fashioned pop song, Spirit Body And Soul at 70, The Eagles days are almost numbered for 30 years, as Heartache Tonight thumps in at 72, and the Atlanta Rhythm Section cover 60’s classic Spooky, jazzfunk style and grab 74 – Dusty Springfield has the definitive version, but it’s still pretty good. Lastly it’s The Skids with a 3rd frantic chanting punkpop single at 75, Charade!

Lincoln

Lincoln

Back at College, in my new digs, new room, I gathered a large crowd in my room watching my portable black and white TV, half-joking “I’ll have to throw them out” I said to a friend when we went for our meal in the dining hall, who bluntly repeated it when I got back, to my mortal embarrassment, bright red, and they sheepishly drifted off, never to return some of them. Aaghhh! The core group of holiday friends and Jane thankfully stayed for some USA holiday slideshow fun. Most of my gang spent weekdays out on Teaching Practice while I had lectures with 4th-year honours students – though no “honours” title to my degree, pah!

Snooker games, news of someone who’d failed exams and left, and the sudden realisation I had a 3-hour exam in 2 days on humour in 19th century novels and I hadn’t even got the books yet, swanning off to America all summer as I did. Agh! Revised like mad, answered only 2 questions and a big flop. The other 7 or 8 exam-takers joined me for consolation in my room afterwards, which meant I missed eating. Socialised lots with my growing gang of core friends, and had great fun, laughs, and noted they were all nice people. Ahhh good times!

Friday was ART day, developing my photos in the darkroom (I always enjoy seeing what develops in darkrooms © 1965), by far my fave subject, loved it. An ex-college friend who’d left in the 2nd year was back visiting the day before she should have been getting married (it was a late cancellation of the permanent kind, sadly), then home to mansfield for the weekend, babysitting for my lil’ cousins and Kenny Everett on Parkinson, yay! Then my brother announced he was getting married to Sue next September. Can’t say it wasn’t a busy week…..!

1 ( 3 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
2 ( 1 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
3 ( 5 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 12 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
5 ( 10 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
6 ( 9 ) DREAMING Blondie
7 ( 2 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
8 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
9 ( 7 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
10 ( 4 ) SAIL ON The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) CARS Gary Numan
12 ( 20 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
13 ( 15 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
14 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
15 ( 23 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
16 ( 19 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
17 ( 18 ) SAD EYES Robert John
18 ( 11 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
19 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
20 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags

21 ( 26 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
22 ( 25 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
23 ( 13 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
24 ( 39 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
25 ( 17 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
26 ( 44 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
27 ( 16 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
28 ( 32 ) RISE Herb Alpert
29 ( 63 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
30 ( 36 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies

31 ( 66 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
32 ( 21 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
33 ( 28 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
34 ( 22 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
35 ( 40 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
36 ( 53 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 48 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
38 ( 55 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
39 ( 59 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
40 ( 31 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

41 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique
42 ( 30 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
43 ( 35 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
44 ( 38 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
45 ( 29 ) DUCHESS The Stranglers
46 ( 34 ) STREET LIFE The Crusaders
47 ( 37 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
48 ( 42 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
49 ( NEW ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
50 ( 75 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John

51 ( 33 ) GONE GONE GONE Johnny Mathis
52 ( 43 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
53 ( 50 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
54 ( 47 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
55 ( NEW ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
56 ( 74 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
57 ( 60 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
58 ( 49 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
59 ( 45 ) LINES The Planets
60 ( NEW ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley

61 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 56 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
64 ( 54 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
65 ( 58 ) BORN TO BE ALIVE Patrick Hernandez
66 ( 70 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
67 ( NEW ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
68 ( NEW ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
69 ( 46 ) IF I SAID YOU HAD A BEAUTIFUL BODY (WOULD YOU HOLD IT AGAINST ME) The Bellamy Brothers
70 ( NEW ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters

71 ( 65 ) CHIQUITITA Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
73 ( 52 ) OOH WHAT A LIFE The Gibson brothers
74 ( NEW ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
75 ( NEW ) CHARADE The Skids

TV
1 Star Trek: Catspaw
2 Top Of The Pops
3 Doctor Who
4 MASH
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Parkinson (wed)
7 Sykes
8 Talking Movies
9 Starsky and Hutch
10 To The Manor Born

16th October 1979

Another new number one as The Police get their 2nd chart-topper, the terrific frantic rock-reggae Message In A Bottle, and Sting very much being the pin-up man of the time (pin-up boys not being that much in demand). New in at 2, though, the group most-likely-to (knock ‘em off after 1 week) it’s Abba’s brilliant disco track Gimme Gimme Gimme – not only did it inspire a TV sitcom, that insistent catchy flutey sound was borrowed heavily by Madonna for her just-as-good Hung Up. By this time Abba hadn’t NOT topped my chart in four years (and would have had at least an additional 10 or 15 had I allowed album tracks). Bit of a fan.

Rainbow go top 3, and Fleetwood Mac charge their Tusk up to 5, incredibly only their second top 5 hit (after Dreams peaked at 3). The Buggles get into the top 10, under-appreciated quite frankly! Herb Alpert gets his 2nd Top 20 hit 11 years on, as he rises, while The Chosen Few takes The Dooleys into the top 40 for the 5th time or so. New in at 40, their 6th, it’s Chic with my forbidden lover – I’m lying, I didn’t have one, forbidden or otherwise, but it’s as classy as previous hits, albeit not quite as bass-ily classic!

In at 66, Lene Lovich has a 3rd hit with the utterly fantastic Bird Song, a complete change of pace, and still mad as a hatter in a touching way. Dusty’s back again with Baby Blue, her disco period, but this is a soulful disco minor classic that never became the hit it deserved to be, but giving my all-time fave female vocalist 11 years of hits. Steve Harley, meanwhile, has lost his Cockney Rebel’s, and bounced back with the great Freedom’s Prisoner at 64 5 years on from Judy Teen. Ian Gomm debuts at 67 with the gorgeous US hit Hold On: who he? He be ex-Brinsley Schwarz, and Cruel To be Kind British co-writer, that be who. Pure American-radio-sounding, it’s yet another UK flop, not being that much in vogue with New Wave UK.

Wrapping up the lower-end, The Sex Pistols keep on having that barrel scraped as the 3rd version of Rock Around The Clock charts, more of a shambles than a punk record, but might have been mildly amusing if the tw*t farting about on lead vocal hadn’t murdered his girlfriend before overdosing. Not that funny, after that. Viola Wills also covers an old 50‘s song, disco-fashion, that had been a hit in many different genres, big-band swing, country, wall-of-sound, latino-pop, ska before it added another hit notch here. It’s OK, thanks to the song more than the arrangement. Suzi Quatro is also back again with a romping poprock She’s In Love With You at 74, and at 75 it’s Nostromo with a dance version of the theme tune to the forthcoming sci-fi film Alien. Nostromo is the name of the ship, the tune is haunting and daunting from the brilliant Jerry Goldsmith, composer of movie soundtracks like, (pause for breath) Planet Of The Apes, Logans Run, Star Trek (5 of ‘em!), Gremlins, LA Confidential, Chinatown, The Mummy. Among others. Phew!

Back at college again, it was snooker games, a social group gathering in my room for TV & tea, where my review of Airport 80: Concorde was shared by Barry Norman on Film 79. Lots of friends, chatting, discussing, opinion-ating, and general fun times. Reading Lord Of The Flies for literature course – classic! Hanging about a bit with American exchange student Steve from Waukesha Wisconsin. Evenings, I’d forgotten how much my room was the social centre of the gang, I pretty much had a parade of visitors from tea-time till bed-time watching TV and chatting. Friday a gang of us over-crowded Paul’s car for a pub evening down at the Quay (The William IV’th). In town for records searching Saturday I bumped into my old form-tutor from school, Mrs Gibson. Entertained non-campus friends in the evening, but basically every single evening I socialised, an evening sat on my own watching TV was unheard of (I’m happy to say) as everyone wound down from the stress of Teaching Practice for a laugh.

1 ( 3 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
2 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 5 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
4 ( 1 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
5 ( 16 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
6 ( 2 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
7 ( 6 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 4 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
9 ( 12 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
10 ( 7 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty

11 ( 8 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
12 ( 24 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
13 ( 11 ) CARS Gary Numan
14 ( 10 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
15 ( 9 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
16 ( 26 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
17 ( 13 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
18 ( 14 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
19 ( 22 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
20 ( 28 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 20 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
22 ( 15 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
23 ( 31 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
24 ( 18 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
25 ( 17 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 29 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 19 ) THE PRINCE Madness
28 ( 35 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 23 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
30 ( 25 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

31 ( 67 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
32 ( 60 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
33 ( 38 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
34 ( 37 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
35 ( 21 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
36 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
37 ( 55 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
38 ( 49 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
39 ( 68 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
40 ( NEW ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic

41 ( 39 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
42 ( 34 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
43 ( 50 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 70 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( 27 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
46 ( 57 ) GOOD GIRLS DON’T The Knack
47 ( 33 ) LONESOME LOSER The Little River Band
48 ( 72 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
49 ( 56 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
50 ( 40 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M

51 ( 32 ) REGGAE FOR IT NOW Bill Lovelady
52 ( 48 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
53 ( 66 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
54 ( 30 ) NIGHTS IN WHITE SATIN The Dickies
55 ( 54 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
56 ( NEW ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
57 ( 44 ) GANGSTERS The Specials
58 ( 42 ) ANGEL EYES Roxy Music
59 ( NEW ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
60 ( 41 ) STRUT YOUR FUNKY STUFF Frantique

61 ( 53 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.
62 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
63 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
64 ( NEW ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
65 ( 58 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
66 ( 43 ) LOVE’S GOT A HOLD ON ME Dollar
67 ( NEW ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
68 ( 63 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
69 ( 64 ) LADY LYNDA The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols

71 ( NEW ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
72 ( 52 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Earth Wind And Fire
73 ( 47 ) BANG BANG B.A. Robertson
74 ( NEW ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
75 ( NEW ) ALIEN Nostromo

TV
1 MASH
2 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
3 Roots: The Next Generation
4 Rhoda
5 Parkinson (sat)
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Doctor Who
8 Ripping Yarns
9 To The Manor Born
10 Mike Yarwood Show

23rd October 1979

Another week another new number one: of course Abba got there, it’s one of their great singles and it wasn’t on Voulez Vous (though there was yet another single to go from it). That makes it 12 in a row, far and away the longest run of number ones, and 13 in total. No other act has ever had a dozen in my chart, not even The Beatles and Pet Shop Boys.

The Buggles and Blondie finally go top 5, both deserved even better, and Dr. Hook finally go top 10, their 5th in 7 years. The Beach Boys get a 2nd Top 10 hit of the year, the lovely Sumahama being their 7th in 11 years. Had I allowed album tracks, Good Timin’ would also have done it from the same album, a harmony delight. XTC make plans for the top 20, OK Fred ragga raggas up to 17, The Dooleys get a 4th top 20, and Lene Lovich makes it 3 in a row as Bird Song flies up 40 places to 16.

The Sex Pistols mystifyingly make the top 40 while more understandably old faves the O’Jays double number one’s are long behind them, but are amiable enough singing a happy song at 39, and Steve Harley is at 40, freedom’s prisoner no more. Debuts for The Selecter and Matumbi, both decent singles, ska and reggae respectively, and The Undertones are back with their second great single, the very under-rated, and brilliant, You’ve Got My Number at 57.

B.A. Robertson has a 2nd pop gem, claiming he knocked it off amongst other football references. Cats UK fly in from Luton Airport: fear not it flew out just as quickly to everyone’s relief. The Stranglers go atomic, Bob Marley has a good social message which sadly will never stop being relevant as long as their are people, Van Morrison is a little more optimistic with one of his least-dreary records, and Queen continue to underperform in my charts with their 1979 singles as Crazy Little Thing Called Love rockabilly’s its way in at 74 – the abrupt change of style didn’t work for me at the time, but it’s a pop gem actually. Lastly, Atlanta Rhythm Section re-enter with a song Dusty recorded, as she rises with her new one: Spooky!


Back in digs, the stream of evening pals dropping by continues. I feel so loved! A dull poetry lecture, some photo lab-bing, some laughs with friends, some relationship developing between 2 of them (I was chaperone). Read “Pincher Martin”, snooker (I won), college cinema for “Jaws” I was gratified to see the American students just as reactive as they were in California a few weeks back “not dumb quiet like English”. A spot of Knights Of Ni Python silliness between ourselves afterwards, and Billy Connolly very funny on Parkinson. I got the boys in stitches of laughter when I announced to the girls we used the girls toilets on our side of the student block cos they were nearer than the men’s (it was down to the comic timing, you had to be there!). At the cinema I went to see spoof Dracula movie Love At First Bite with fave Susan Saint James in it: “good cast good script mildly amusing throughout…” which leaves me bewildered as to why it’s become so obscure these days, it’s never repeated. Doctor Who: “Excellent, best series in long time”. Post-wedding social-evening with non-campus friends, to complete another great week for me. I can see why I look back so fondly on those years compared to the 80’s…

1 ( 2 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
2 ( 1 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
3 ( 5 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 9 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 7 ) DREAMING Blondie
6 ( 3 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 4 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson
8 ( 16 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
9 ( 12 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
10 ( 11 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush

11 ( 8 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 6 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 10 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 23 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
15 ( 13 ) CARS Gary Numan
16 ( 56 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
17 ( 32 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
18 ( 31 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
19 ( 15 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
20 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert

21 ( 14 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
22 ( 39 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 37 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
24 ( 21 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
25 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John
26 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
27 ( 40 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
28 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
29 ( 18 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
30 ( 19 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson

31 ( 22 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
32 ( 70 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
34 ( 17 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
35 ( 49 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
36 ( 71 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
37 ( 30 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba
38 ( 29 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
39 ( 53 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
40 ( 64 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley

41 ( 24 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer
42 ( 27 ) THE PRINCE Madness
43 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
44 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
45 ( NEW ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
46 ( 35 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
47 ( 74 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
48 ( 75 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 42 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
50 ( NEW ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi

51 ( 41 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
52 ( 33 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
53 ( 48 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
54 ( 59 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
55 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
56 ( 38 ) DON’T BE A DUMMY John Du Cann
57 ( NEW ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
58 ( 55 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
59 ( NEW ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
60 ( RE ) CHARADE The Skids

61 ( 62 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
62 ( 63 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC
63 ( 67 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm
64 ( 52 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
65 ( NEW ) LUTON AIRPORT Cats UK
66 ( 34 ) DIM ALL THE LIGHTS Donna Summer
67 ( 50 ) GOTTA GO HOME Boney M
68 ( NEW ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
69 ( RE ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
70 ( 65 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks

71 ( NEW ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 68 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison
74 ( NEW ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
75 ( 61 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: The Apple
2 Roots: The Next Generation
3 Parkinson (wed)
4 Top Of The Pops
5 For Pete’s Sake: film
6 Doctor Who
7 Parkinson (sat)
8 Friday Night Sunday Morning: film
9 The Rockford Files
10 Blankety Blank

30th October 1979

For the 4th week in a row it’s a new number one, even knocking off a new Abba single – Fleetwood Mac’s sprawling, ambitious, drum-thumping, everything-thrown-in-including-the-iamspamspamamisink marching Tusk. It shocked everyone at the time, following up Rumours, but I loved it. It’s fair to say if there hadn’t been so many great singles about Video Killed The Radio Star and When You’re In Love would have topped my charts as well as the UK’s.

Lene Lovich and XTC bring a bit of New Wave quirkiness into my Top 10, and there’s no Hold On Ian Gomm up 43 to 20. Highest new entry is both the first chart version of a song to be big 4 years on for Laura Branigan – Gloria – and also, as a double-pack single, 60’s melodic classic Everyone’s Gone To The Moon which I loved as a kid, helping Jonathan King to be one of my fave pop stars during the 70’s – always fun, despite being a terrible singer. Moon was supposed to be a piss-take of cliched pop drivel with trite lyrics, rhymes designed to use every lyrical cliche about. Trouble was, the tune was so strong it wasn’t at all obvious it wasn’t serious and could be taken straight, giving graduate-student JK a surprise hit and career. It didn’t qualify for my charts (I’d excluded reissues by then unless they charted in the UK) but the reality is it would have at least been as high as the much inferior Gloria, and likely a number one, had I allowed it.

Suzi Quatro’s back in the top 40, The Eagles also do it despite a little bit of heartache tonight, and The Nolan Sisters get their first Top 40 hit. Few new entries this week, but New Musik point the 80’s pop way with Straight Lines, a great debut entry at 47 from a great under-rated pop album From A To B chock-a-block with great singles and potential singles. Sham 69 have an abrupt change of style, Misty you’re a better man than I, and end their chart career in the process. On the one hand, phew! On the other hand the more ballady single should in theory have been a good way forward had some of their fans not been more into rioting and racism than actual music.

On TV, Doctor Who nearly knocks Star Trek off my weekly top spot, and back in student-land, visitors to Chez-John this week included Alan, Julie, Jeanette, Paul, Pete, Sue, Jane, Bev, Joe, Ian, Jane D. individually or in any combination thereof day or evening. Designed a poster for a screen print (for Art), came to the conclusion that one of my English Lit lecturers was a droning bore, and had tons of coursework and assignments assigned, such as Volpone. Boo! More snooker and laughs, after I won by 20 points for spite because I wasn’t allowed some points I felt I deserved, so I played “brilliantly” while pretend-mocking I was annoyed about it. Our American students hosted an American Studies lecture, which was fun, and I noted this weeks TOTP was crap – yes the one that was just broadcast on BBC4 as I type. It’s still crap.

Friday was an Art field trip to Bradford with Chuck my new American friend, Max, my art tutor, and 3 mature students, for a David Hockney exhibition – which didn’t overly impress me. Next stop was Sheffield for a Diane Arbus photographic exhibition, I do like her style to this day and choice of unusual people portraits. Late back, but not too late for a social evening for Paul’s Party in the student uni room, I refused to dance (as always in those days), though when a few punk tracks came on nearly everyone stopped dancing and I started – much more comfortable dancing to rock music (still am) The Cars, The Skids, The Sex Pistols which not many of our gang liked. Hey ho! Saturday in town, bumped into another ex-school teacher Mr Poole who i always liked, and had a quick chat. A pub afternoon in Anersley with Jane Dave and Paul, then the Rag Ball in the evening, with tie (against my principles, ties) and which I tried to get out of, the sound system and music pretty poor. Refused to dance again, but sulking cos I needed to stop having fun and knuckle down to the bloody pile of assignments – so Sunday was work day. Degrees, honestly, get spoilt by having to study and write rather than have fun!

1 ( 3 ) TUSK Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) Abba
3 ( 2 ) MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE The Police
4 ( 4 ) VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR The Buggles
5 ( 8 ) WHEN YOU’RE IN LOVE WITH A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN Dr. Hook
6 ( 6 ) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE Rainbow
7 ( 5 ) DREAMING Blondie
8 ( 16 ) BIRD SONG Lene Lovich
9 ( 14 ) MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL XTC
10 ( 7 ) DON’T STOP TILL YOU GET ENOUGH Michael Jackson

11 ( 11 ) WHATEVER YOU WANT Status Quo
12 ( 12 ) DON’T BRING ME DOWN E.L.O.
13 ( 13 ) GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME Gerry Rafferty
14 ( 17 ) OK FRED Errol Dunkley
15 ( 27 ) MY FORBIDDEN LOVER Chic
16 ( 18 ) THE CHOSEN FEW The Dooleys
17 ( 20 ) RISE Herb Alpert
18 ( 15 ) CARS Gary Numan
19 ( 23 ) THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA The Charlie Daniels Band
20 ( 63 ) HOLD ON Ian Gomm

21 ( 9 ) SUMAHAMA The Beach Boys
22 ( 22 ) STAR Earth Wind & Fire
23 ( 10 ) THEM HEAVY PEOPLE Kate Bush
24 ( NEW ) GLORIA/ EVERYON’ES GONE TO THE MOON Jonathan King
25 ( 19 ) CRUEL TO BE KIND Nick Lowe
26 ( 21 ) SAIL ON The Commodores
27 ( 47 ) SHE’S IN LOVE WITH YOU Suzi Quatro
28 ( 33 ) FOR YOU Judy Tzuke
29 ( 45 ) ON MY RADIO The Selecter
30 ( 25 ) SAD EYES Robert John

31 ( 26 ) EVERYDAY HURTS Sad Cafe
32 ( 32 ) ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK The Sex Pistols
33 ( 36 ) GONNA GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU NOW Viola Wills
34 ( 35 ) LET ME KNOW (I HAVE A RIGHT) Gloria Gaynor
35 ( 44 ) SPIRIT BODY AND SOUL The Nolan Sisters
36 ( 29 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Supertramp
37 ( 40 ) FREEDOM’S PRISONER Steve Harley
38 ( 30 ) YOU CAN DO IT Al Hudson
39 ( 53 ) HEARTACHE TONIGHT The Eagles
40 ( 37 ) VOULEZ VOUS/ ANGEL EYES Abba

41 ( 24 ) BACK OF MY HAND The Jags
42 ( 38 ) WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Cliff Richard
43 ( 57 ) YOU’VE GOT MY NUMBER (WHY DON’T YOU USE IT) The Undertones
44 ( 34 ) THE LONELIEST MAN IN THE WORLD The Tourists
45 ( 31 ) SLAP AND TICKLE Squeeze
46 ( 28 ) THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME The Headboys
47 ( NEW ) STRAIGHT LINES New Musik
48 ( 48 ) ALIEN Nostromo
49 ( 54 ) BABY BLUE Dusty Springfield
50 ( 41 ) JUST WHEN I NEEDED YOU MOST Randy Vanwarmer

51 ( 43 ) VICTIM OF LOVE Elton John
52 ( 42 ) THE PRINCE Madness
53 ( 49 ) I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS The Boomtown Rats
54 ( 59 ) KNOCKED IT OFF B.A. Robertson
55 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A BETTER MAN THAN I Sham ’69
56 ( 52 ) QUEEN OF HEARTS Dave Edmunds
57 ( 58 ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Tubeway Army
58 ( 68 ) NUCLEAR DEVICE (WIZARD OF AUS) The Stranglers
59 ( 61 ) BAKER STREET Gerry Rafferty
60 ( 62 ) DREADLOCK HOLIDAY 10CC

61 ( 39 ) SING A HAPPY SONG The O’Jays
62 ( 55 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
63 ( 69 ) SPOOKY Atlanta Rhythm Section
64 ( 74 ) CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE Queen
65 ( 64 ) CAN’T STAND LOSING YOU The Police
66 ( 46 ) TIME FOR ACTION Secret Affair
67 ( 50 ) POINT OF VIEW Matumbi
68 ( 51 ) OH SUSIE Secret Service
69 ( 71 ) SO MUCH TROUBLE IN THE WORLD Bob Marley & The Wailers
70 ( 73 ) BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD Van Morrison

71 ( NEW ) THE SPARROW The Ramblers
72 ( 72 ) LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
73 ( NEW ) IF YOU REMEMBER ME Chris Thompson
74 ( 70 ) BEAT THE CLOCK Sparks
75 ( 75 ) THE DIARY OF HORACE WIMP E.L.O.

TV
1 Star Trek: Metamorphosis
2 Doctor Who
3 Fawlty Towers
4 Roots: The Next Generation
5 MASH
6 Film 79
7 The Odd Couple
8 Starsky And Hutch
9 The Two Ronnies
10 Top Of The Pops

My 1979 Charts – September

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4th September 1979

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday tales:

A famous movie star - and some paving slabs

A famous movie star – and some paving slabs

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

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

Me, pre-sulk San Fransisco

Me, pre-sulk San Fransisco

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

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

I knew I was short but...

I knew I was short but…

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

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

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

25th September 1979

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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