My 1994 Charts – December

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4th December 1994

2 weeks for Kylie on top as the christmas new entries (actual NEW christmas songs) keep a coming, but the biggest challenger is in at 2 for Cliff’s double A side. Actually, not so much a double A side as a new Everly Brothers cover piggy-backing on the brilliant breathy 1976 single that changed everything for Cliff, and started off a run of credibility that lasted about 10 years. The gorgeous Miss You Nights was under-appreciated by me first time round, but justice is served and it’s in at 2. 26 years of big hits and counting…

The big news is Mariah Carey, generally a shrieking harpy with no subtlety to speak of, manages to add to her short list of great hits (Fantasy, Dreamlover) with a 3rd self-written retro instantly classic-sounding christmas song as All I Want For Christmas enters at 19. Of course, once downloads started counting towards charts it became an annual visitor to the top 20 charts in the UK (and the US top 50), and hearing it endlessly for 20 years without relief for one single christmas has rubbed some of the charm off, but it is a bonafide christmas classic.

The other xmas song is Bon Jovi’s bloated version of Please Come Home For Christmas at 47, thanks mostly to the great song, cos I will take both the original 1959 Charles Brown original or the 1979 Eagles cover over this much more famous version. Jon Bon Jovi, despite being a handsome devil, and having got backstage at a live gig in Bournemouth, tends to sound as if he’s straining too much, and that can only lead to hemorrhoids! Talking of piles, Rednex pop in with some Scandinavian hee-haw country pop, Cotton Eye Joe getting the dance treatment, and it IS genuinely intentionally funny, not to mention catchy, so I forgive it and love it. Even though I know I shouldn’t.

At 28, the Human League are back with an on-form bang with Tell Me When 4 years since they last had a minor UK hit (and number 2 popchartfreak hit) and 14 years since first charting with a Gary Glitter cover. A new boyband cover an old boyband, fortunately the Johnny Bristol song is strong enough to cope with the less-good cover and it enters at 29 for Boyzone, actually already outdoing the original Osmonds version of Love Me For A Reason, which is one I sniffed my nose at in 1974 when I was too cool for boybands anymore, but which is actually harmonically and melodically pretty damn fine.

At 31 it’s Elkie Brooks. Actually it’s her 1977 hit song butchered and repeated rather a lot, a template for some modern dance pop hits which avoid superfluous choruses, lyrics, vocals and bridges at all costs, and bung in a crap quick rap instead and add little else of much interest. Not against that in principle, just when it’s done badly. This one’s not bad. Another soul boyband return, BoyzIImen at 37. On bended knee, they were starting to sound a bit samey by now and it was wearing thin. To be honest it was pretty thin to begin with, despite a number one with End Of The Road and a couple of other good Top 10 singles. After the record-breaking (for tediousness) run forever atop the US singles chart Hot 100 in 1994 all they needed was months on top with Mariah Carey warbling away in duet to make me loathe them. Happily I’m sure neither party would be that cruel would they?

Others: a genre-varied bunch of new entries actually; grungy Pearl Jam, Under The Bridge Chili Pepper cover from The Flying Pickets, back after 11 years (!!), Youssou N’Dour, Carter, Bomb The Bass and Robert Palmer. And C.J. Lewis. Try and find a unifying theme there, I challenge it!

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( NEW ) MISS YOU NIGHTS/ ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM Cliff Richard
3 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 3 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
5 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
6 ( 4 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
7 ( 13 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
10 ( 7 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly

11 ( 17 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
12 ( 6 ) STARS China Black
13 ( 18 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
14 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
15 ( 11 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
16 ( 9 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
17 ( 28 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
18 ( 19 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
19 ( NEW ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
20 ( 16 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur

21 ( 33 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
22 ( NEW ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
23 ( 15 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
24 ( 25 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
25 ( 12 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
26 ( 21 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
27 ( 24 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
28 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
30 ( 20 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass

31 ( NEW ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 50 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
33 ( 23 ) SENSE Terry Hall
34 ( 22 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
35 ( 29 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
36 ( 37 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
37 ( NEW ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
38 ( 26 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
39 ( 56 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
40 ( 42 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross

41 ( 30 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
42 ( NEW ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
43 ( 31 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
44 ( 43 ) OH BABY I Eternal
45 ( 27 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
46 ( 75 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
47 ( NEW ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
48 ( 46 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
49 ( 32 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
50 ( 35 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting

51 ( 39 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
52 ( 41 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 49 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
54 ( 40 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
55 ( 38 ) THIS DJ Warren G
56 ( 36 ) GOSP LWS
57 ( 53 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( NEW ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
59 ( 34 ) EVERY WOMAN KNOWS Lulu
60 ( 59 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
62 ( NEW ) LET’S GET TATTOOS Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine
63 ( 62 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
64 ( NEW ) SPIN THE BLACK CIRCLE Pearl Jam
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 63 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 66 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 72 ) ALWAYS Bon Jovi
69 ( 67 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
70 ( 69 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
72 ( NEW ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour
73 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( 70 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
75 ( NEW ) UNDER THE BRIDGE The Flying Pickets


11th December 1994

3 weeks for Kylie on top in slow-moving pre-xmas chart. Mariah shoots up to 4 and Celine to 6, both future actual Million sellers in the UK, while 2wo third3 and their annoyingly jumbled name rocket up to 9 from a quiet 42 new entry with I Want To Alone. Ooooh Greta Garbo getyouuuu. It’s campy ’94-sounding dancepop with 80’s roots, not bad. Bon Jovi meanwhile warble up to 19 about coming home for christmas.

The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones both go top 40, while a mellow Bomb The Bass take their reggae Dark Heart to 27, and Robert Palmer has 16 years of chart hits at 37, really? You blow me away! Youssou N’Dour meanwhile hooks up with Neneh Cherry again, and throws in Deep Forest into the bargain, though I remain Undecided at 46. Need I mention The Power Rangers? Good, thought not. 50. Mike Oldfield sneaks in with a bit of new age at 74, Hibernaculum, giving him a cool 20 years of hits since Tubular Bells hit my number one spot, the only album to qualify for my singles charts, apart from Hergest Ridge. Also Oldfield.

1 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
2 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
3 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
4 ( 19 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 4 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
6 ( 17 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
7 ( 9 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
8 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
9 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 6 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order

11 ( 5 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
12 ( 7 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
13 ( 10 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
14 ( 11 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
15 ( 12 ) STARS China Black
16 ( 18 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
17 ( 14 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
18 ( 29 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone
19 ( 47 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
20 ( 15 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins

21 ( 22 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
22 ( 16 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
23 ( 13 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
24 ( 69 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
25 ( 26 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
26 ( 20 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
27 ( 58 ) DARK HEART Bomb The Bass
28 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
29 ( 23 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
30 ( 37 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen

31 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
32 ( 21 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
33 ( 54 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
34 ( 39 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
35 ( 24 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
36 ( 27 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
37 ( 61 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
38 ( 71 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
39 ( 30 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
40 ( 46 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones

41 ( 34 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
42 ( 33 ) SENSE Terry Hall
43 ( 25 ) AND SO IS LOVE Kate Bush
44 ( 32 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
45 ( 38 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
46 ( 72 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
47 ( 35 ) WELCOME TO TOMORROW Snap featuring Summer
48 ( 41 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
49 ( 44 ) OH BABY I Eternal
50 ( NEW ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

51 ( 40 ) LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH Luther Vandross
52 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
53 ( 43 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
54 ( 48 ) CIRCLE OF LIFE Elton John
55 ( 53 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
56 ( 36 ) YOU WANT THIS Janet Jackson
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( RE ) SWEETNESS Michelle Gayle
59 ( 50 ) WHEN WE DANCE Sting
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( NEW ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
62 ( 45 ) YOU NEVER LOVE THE SAME WAY TWICE Rozalla
63 ( NEW ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON As We Speak
64 ( NEW ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
65 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 51 ) TAKE THIS TIME Sean Maguire
69 ( 63 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( 49 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELIN’ AGAIN The Carpenters
72 ( NEW ) YABBA DABBA DO Darkman
73 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
74 ( NEW ) HIBERNACULUM Mike Oldfield
75 ( 74 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


18th December 1994

Cliff’s 1976 classic finally gets to the top 18 years late, but then Miss You Nights was up against Bo Rap, Mamma Mia, Evil Woman, December 63 and others so it stood no chance! It’s his 4th Number one, and a span of 24 years, though he would have had others in the 60’s. Lower down, Cotton Eye Joe shoots his way up to 7, he got married a long time ago, where did he come from where did he go? Better ask Rednex! Bon Jovi meanwhile cover xmas up to 8, for a second top 10 hit of the year 8 years of chart entries on, as The Carpenters do an about-turn and rocket up to 9 giving them over 24 years of top 10’s since Close To You hit 1 in 1970.

I have no memory of Boyzone making my top 10 with Love Me For A Reason, but there it is, staring me in the face, I actually did like the soft-shuffle version after all! Human League go top 20, and highest new entry is Riverdance. Yes, things Oirish, and dancin’ were all the rigid-armed vogue, and it was refreshingly different for a time. A short time. At 25, Oasis dismiss the memory of the previous “whatever” single, with an actual Beatlestasticish classic: Whatever! Fab! Meanwhile The Stone Roses go top 20, as the Rolling Stones drop, to be replaced by Guns ‘n’ Roses version of their Sympathy For The Devil at 50.

Watch out, cos here comes the hotstepper, murderer, an american gangster – no it’s not it’s Ini Kamoze at 30, just ahead of Led Zeppelin at 32 with Gallows Pole. Well, as good as, really, 50% is better than none and it’s a cover of the 100% Led Zep. The late Joe Cocker enters at 36, with Let The Healing Begin, and the fab Lightning Seeds are all Change at 38. Even more unlikely than Riverdance, it’s George Formby When I’m Cleaning Windows, missus, at 45 courtesy of 2 In A Tent cheesy dance version. At 56, Siouxsie and The Banshees still have it, 16 years on from Hong Kong Garden, O Baby!

1 ( 2 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
2 ( 3 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 1 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
5 ( 6 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
6 ( 9 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
7 ( 21 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
8 ( 19 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
9 ( 71 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
10 ( 18 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 5 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
12 ( 11 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
13 ( 8 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
14 ( 28 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
15 ( 10 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
16 ( 13 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
17 ( 7 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
18 ( 24 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
19 ( 12 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
20 ( 14 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D

21 ( NEW ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
22 ( 15 ) STARS China Black
23 ( 50 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers
24 ( 37 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER Oasis
26 ( 20 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
27 ( 16 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins
28 ( 17 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
29 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
30 ( NEW ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze

31 ( 27 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
32 ( NEW ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 25 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
34 ( 29 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
35 ( 38 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
36 ( NEW ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
37 ( 26 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
39 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
40 ( 61 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC

41 ( 33 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
42 ( 34 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor
43 ( 36 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
44 ( 32 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
45 ( NEW ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
46 ( 31 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
47 ( 35 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
48 ( 41 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
49 ( 30 ) ON BENDED KNEE BoyzIImen
50 ( NEW ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses

51 ( 39 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
52 ( 42 ) SENSE Terry Hall
53 ( 52 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 44 ) (I’M GONNA) CRY MYSELF BLIND Primal Scream
55 ( 45 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South
56 ( NEW ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
57 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
58 ( 55 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 64 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan
60 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba

61 ( 40 ) OUT OF TEARS The Rolling Stones
62 ( 46 ) UNDECIDED Youssou N’Dour featuring Neneh Cherry and Deep Forest
63 ( 48 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( NEW ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
65 ( 53 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks
66 ( 65 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 66 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( NEW ) CRAZY Eternal
70 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex

71 ( NEW ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
72 ( 69 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( NEW ) TEXAN COWBOYS The Grid
74 ( 73 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
75 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal


25th December 1994

The Christmas number one is the unthinkable – Mariah Carey tops my chart, who would have thought!? A great record though, even holding off the terrific Madonna at 2 for yet another week. In at 4 it’s a double A oldie, both equally marvellous, the never-big-but-soon-to-be-classic feel-good perennial christmas song from 1988 Driving Home For Christmas, making my top 10 for the second time, and Chris Rea’s heartbreakingly touching Tell Me There’s A Heaven. His two best records together.

The rest of the chart is fairly quiet, though Human League go top 10, Lightning Seeds go top 20, and Sting enters at 29 with This Cowboy Song – and it’s not a depressing ballad! Wow! The days of The Police were over a decade earlier, and Sting just failed to excite for the most part afterwards. Anything with a bit of vitality was a relief! At 30, it’s a cover of another xmas perennial from The Peaches, a pretty good but identical cover of The Waitresses 1981 flop.

1 ( 4 ) ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey
2 ( 2 ) TAKE A BOW Madonna
3 ( 3 ) PUT YOURSELF IN MY PLACE Kylie Minogue
4 ( NEW ) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS/ TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
5 ( 1 ) MISS YOU NIGHTS Cliff Richard
6 ( 7 ) COTTON EYE JOE Rednex
7 ( 14 ) TELL ME WHEN Human League
8 ( 5 ) THINK TWICE Celine Dion
9 ( 6 ) I WANT TO BE ALONE 2wo Third3
10 ( 10 ) LOVE ME FOR A REASON Boyzone

11 ( 21 ) RIVERDANCE Bill Whelan
12 ( 8 ) PLEASE COME HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Bon Jovi
13 ( 12 ) WE HAVE ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD Louis Armstrong
14 ( 38 ) CHANGE The Lightning Seeds
15 ( 9 ) TRYIN’ TO GET THE FEELING AGAIN The Carpenters
16 ( 13 ) HOLD ME THRILL ME KISS ME Gloria Estefan
17 ( 25 ) WHATEVER Oasis
18 ( 11 ) STAY ANOTHER DAY East 17
19 ( 24 ) YOU BLOW ME AWAY Robert Palmer
20 ( 23 ) GO GO POWER RANGERS Power Rangers

21 ( 15 ) TRUE FAITH 94 New Order
22 ( 16 ) SHE’S GOT THAT VIBE R. Kelly
23 ( 20 ) LET ME BE YOUR FANTASY Baby D
24 ( 19 ) CROCODILE SHOES Jimmy Nail
25 ( 17 ) I LOVE SATURDAY Erasure
26 ( 22 ) STARS China Black
27 ( 30 ) HERE COMES THE HOTSTEPPER Ini Kamoze
28 ( 18 ) LOVE SPREADS The Stone Roses
29 ( NEW ) THIS COWBOY SONG Sting
30 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Peaches

31 ( 29 ) JUST LIKE THAT Abba
32 ( 32 ) GALLOWS POLE Jimmy Page and Robert Plant
33 ( 36 ) LET THE HEALING BEGIN Joe Cocker
34 ( 26 ) A GIRL LIKE YOU Edwyn Collins
35 ( 28 ) IF I ONLY KNEW Tom Jones
36 ( 33 ) ANOTHER NIGHT The Real McCoy
37 ( 45 ) WHEN I’M CLEANING WINDOWS 2 In A Tent featuring George Formby
38 ( NEW ) DO YOU LOVE ME Duke Baysee
39 ( 40 ) ONE MORE CHANCE EYC
40 ( 27 ) DON’T DON’T TELL ME NO Sophie B. Hawkins

41 ( 35 ) DOLLARS C.J. Lewis
42 ( 69 ) CRAZY Eternal
43 ( 34 ) ALL I WANNA DO Sheryl Crow
44 ( 31 ) DARKSTAR Bomb The Bass
45 ( 56 ) O BABY Siouxsie And The Banshees
46 ( 37 ) END OF A CENTURY Blur
47 ( 43 ) THE STRANGEST PARTY INXS
48 ( 50 ) SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL Guns ‘N’ Roses
49 ( 39 ) RUN TO YOU Roxette
50 ( 59 ) ETERNAL LOVE PJ and Duncan

51 ( 48 ) WHAT’S GOING ON Music Relief 94
52 ( 41 ) HOW DO YOU STOP Joni Mitchell and Seal
53 ( 53 ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Corona
54 ( 52 ) SENSE Terry Hall
55 ( 44 ) HALF THE MAN Jamiroquai
56 ( 57 ) RIGHT BESIDE YOU Sophie B. Hawkins
57 ( 47 ) GIRL YOU’LL BE A WOMAN SOON Urge Overkill
58 ( 58 ) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS MAD Pet Shop Boys
59 ( 60 ) DANCING QUEEN/EAGLE Abba
60 ( 55 ) ONE LAST LOVE SONG The Beautiful South

61 ( 64 ) I’LL FIND YOU Michelle Gayle
62 ( 46 ) SUNSHINE AFTER THE RAIN New Atlantic
63 ( 63 ) SIGHT FOR SORE EYES M People
64 ( 51 ) THE MORE I GET THE MORE I WANT KWS featuring Teddy Pendergrass
65 ( 66 ) YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVING FEELING The Righteous Brothers
66 ( 71 ) ANOTHER NIGHT Whigfield
67 ( 67 ) WITHOUT YOU Nilsson
68 ( 68 ) AGE OF LONELINESS Enigma
69 ( 70 ) 20TH CENTURY BOY T.Rex
70 ( 65 ) WHEN DO I GET TO SING ‘MY WAY’ Sparks

71 ( 74 ) LIBERATION Pet Shop Boys
72 ( 72 ) GOOD TIMES Edie Brickell
73 ( 75 ) KISS FROM A ROSE Seal
74 ( RE ) SEARCHING China Black
75 ( 42 ) THANK YOU FOR HEARING ME Sinead O’Connor

My 1989 Charts – November

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5th November 1989

Living In A Box get their second and final number one 2 years after the very different eponymous topper. Room In Your Heart is a slushy romantic big ballad, great melody. Keeping off Lisa Stansfield hitting a new peak of 2, for the moment. Liza Minelli gets a Pet Shop Boys top tenner, swapping losing her mind for bomb dropping, while both Chris Rea’s classic Road To hell and Eurythmics fab Don’t Ask Me Why follow her into the 10 too.

Buzzcocks return 11 years on at 13, in the shadow of the Fine Young cannibals cover, with an EP of their best singles, but notably Ever Fallen Love With Someone for the sales and Everybody’s Happy Nowadays for me. After faffing about a bit, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation leaps into the 20, as those percussion beats just sound better on repeat, and Martika also gets Carole King’s earth-moving song digging upwards.

Highest proper new song is Forever Blue, at 27, and Swing Out Sister getting more 60’s and lush with each single release. And gorgeous! Homely Girl is back, this time for UB40 at 35 pleasant but matching the original much-better Chi-Lites version from 1974. Tears For Fears do a soul ballad duet with Oleta Adams at 39. Actually that makes it sound sweet, it’s more bluesy than soul-ey, but Woman In Chains is great either way.

Malcolm McLaren waltzes his way back into my charts, this time with a bit of Strauss assistance. He certainly did like to mine the classical formats along with the punk dance and rap formats, thank goodness say I. Variety is the spice of life and House Of The Blue Danube is fun. Barry Blue returns with his 1973 number 2, dancing on a 1989 saturday night this time, while beating his 1979 peak of 75, Robert Palmer’s Doctor Doctor give me the news, I got a bad case of loving you does a bit better remixed along with a dose of 1979 USA holiday nostalgia, at 57. Barry Blue debuted in 1973 along with Barry White. It’s only right Mr White joins him this time too, at 60, while another gangleader from 1973 was Mr Gadd, back at 65 with a Gene Vincent cover, live version cos Gary Glitter was a huge live draw each christmas at the time.

1 ( 3 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
2 ( 7 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
3 ( 1 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
4 ( 2 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
5 ( 6 ) OH WELL Oh Well
6 ( 10 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
7 ( 4 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
8 ( 15 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
9 ( 11 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea

11 ( 5 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
12 ( 14 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
13 ( NEW ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks
14 ( 8 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
15 ( 9 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
16 ( 41 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
17 ( 20 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
18 ( 13 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
19 ( 22 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
20 ( 37 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika

21 ( 16 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
22 ( 17 ) CHERISH Madonna
23 ( 34 ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
24 ( 26 ) JUST AN ILLUSION ’89 Imagination
25 ( 30 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
26 ( 38 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
27 ( NEW ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
28 ( 19 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
29 ( 18 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
30 ( 21 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel

31 ( RE ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND (THIS TIME) New Kids On The Block
32 ( 24 ) SCANDAL Queen
33 ( 72 ) NEVER TOO MUCH ’89 Luther Vandross
34 ( 39 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
35 ( NEW ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
36 ( 49 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
37 ( 45 ) WALKING ON THIN ICE Fuzzbox
38 ( 27 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
39 ( NEW ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
40 ( 57 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner

41 ( 31 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
42 ( 23 ) LET THE DAY BEGIN The Call
43 ( 36 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
44 ( 32 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
45 ( 42 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
46 ( 33 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
47 ( 65 ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
48 ( 28 ) DON’T MAKE ME OVER Sybil
49 ( 69 ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
50 ( 25 ) WHEN I LOOKED AT HIM Expose

51 ( 40 ) ONE The Bee Gees
52 ( NEW ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
53 ( 44 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
54 ( 71 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
55 ( NEW ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue
56 ( 50 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
57 ( NEW ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ’89 Robert Palmer
58 ( 29 ) FOR SPACIOUS LIES Norman Cook featuring Lester
59 ( NEW ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
60 ( NEW ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White

61 ( 58 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 59 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 63 ) YOU’VE GOT IT Simply Red
64 ( 53 ) AFTER THE LOVE Jesus Loves You
65 ( NEW ) BE BOP A LULA (LIVE) Gary Glitter
66 ( 35 ) REAL WILD HOUSE Raul Orellano
67 ( NEW ) PIANO GROOVE Grand Piano
68 ( 67 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
69 ( NEW ) JOY The Lightning Seeds
70 ( 56 ) I THANK YOU Adeva

71 ( 70 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
72 ( 73 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
73 ( NEW ) WATERFALL ’89 Wendy And Lisa
74 ( NEW ) KEEP THE FIRE BURNING Michael Rose (of Black Uhuru)
75 ( NEW ) ON THE GREENER SIDE Michelle Shocked

In Bournemouth Parks, boss Kevin left us, and big boss Sue told me and Andy that full-time jobs for both of us looked likely for 1990, committee-approval-assuming, which was good news. Horticultural Technicians. How grand! Poor old Cathy got less certainty about her future, and felt a bit left out, and in the absence of Kevin I was put in charge of the team, of sorts.

At home, I wrote my first fandom article for my first fanzine in our first ever issue of Apa247, Legion Of Super-Heroes UK-based fanzine. We just had our 150th mailing get-together (2014) all 25 years older, from youth to middle-age in one fell-swoop. Still great fun though. Aunty Eileen was off to hospital so tried to cheer her up on the phone, my brother had ended up living from a car homeless while Sue and the kids lived with me, and family rifts had developed over nothing much, people take the hump so easily. So I resolved to go back to Mansfield before xmas to try and smooth things over. Fireworks night was a damp squib though Sue’s mum and friend were down visiting


12th November 1989

Lisa Stansfield goes all the way around the world, cos she can’t find her baby. Look harder dear! Great soul record, smooth and wonderful and Lisa had her own niche for quite some years after this big hit. Janet Jackson gets another Top 3 hit after the relative flop of Miss You Much, keeping up the 3-year run of great singles, while Tears For Fears take their woman in chains into the top 5, for their 7th visit. Highest new entry at 8 is the fab Electribe 101 dance track, a newer modern sound for the forthcoming decade, Tell Me When The Fever Ended. Billie Ray Martin was the German (female) vocalist, having popped up already on S ‘Express’ Hey Music Lover.

Malcolm McLaren shoots up the Danube to 10, his oohhh must be 5th or 6th top 10, while The Beatles are back with Something 20 years on from it’s first run, and 13 years since it’s last one. Come Together, though, is the part of the double A side that charts for the first time, in at 17. Another oldie, remixed, at 19, as Jeff Wayne’s War Of The World signature tune is in at 19 11 years on and still sounding great. Liza Minelli has another new track, So Sorry I Said, it’s about as different from Don’t Drop Bombs as you can get, a low-key subtle, minimalist ballad, and in at 36. Other ballads: veterans Phil Collins, Linda & Aaron. Other even more veteran new entries from Paul McCartney being outdone by his own oldies, and more surprisngly The Supremes back at 70. I say The Supremes – actually former members of the Supremes but none of the original three, a bit like The Sugababes of recent times. It did at least have Jean Terrell in the line-up though, who featured in many a classic Supremes record from the mid-60’s to mid-70’s.

1 ( 2 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 1 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
3 ( 16 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
4 ( 3 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
5 ( 39 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
6 ( 8 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
7 ( 27 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
8 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
9 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
10 ( 52 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren

11 ( 4 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
12 ( 6 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
13 ( 5 ) OH WELL Oh Well
14 ( 7 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
15 ( 10 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
16 ( 15 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
17 ( NEW ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
18 ( 20 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
19 ( NEW ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Heyward
20 ( 11 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)

21 ( 26 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
22 ( 12 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
23 ( 17 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
24 ( 25 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
25 ( 14 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
26 ( 54 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
27 ( 33 ) NEVER TOO MUCH ’89 Luther Vandross
28 ( 18 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
29 ( 35 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
30 ( 36 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley

31 ( 22 ) CHERISH Madonna
32 ( 47 ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
33 ( 40 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
34 ( 21 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
35 ( 49 ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
36 ( NEW ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
37 ( 41 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
38 ( 13 ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks
39 ( NEW ) GOLDEN GREEN The Wonder Stuff
40 ( 55 ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue

41 ( 34 ) THAT’S WHAT I LIKE Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
42 ( 30 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
43 ( NEW ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
44 ( 23 ) WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
45 ( 38 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
46 ( 28 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
47 ( 29 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
48 ( 43 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
49 ( NEW ) DON’T KNOW MUCH Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
50 ( 45 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan

51 ( 59 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
52 ( 57 ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ’89 Robert Palmer
53 ( 53 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
54 ( 19 ) EYE KNOW De La Soul
55 ( 67 ) GRAND PIANO Mixmaster
56 ( 31 ) DIDN’T I BLOW YOUR MIND (THIS TIME) New Kids On The Block
57 ( 44 ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
58 ( 46 ) RIGHT HERE WAITING Richard Marx
59 ( 56 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
60 ( NEW ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU Jimmy Somerville

61 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( NEW ) NEVER TOO LATE Kylie Minogue
64 ( 51 ) ONE The Bee Gees
65 ( 32 ) SCANDAL Queen
66 ( NEW ) LOVE TAKES OVER YOU Donna Summer
67 ( NEW ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
68 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
69 ( NEW ) BORN TO BE SOLD Transvision Vamp
70 ( NEW ) CRAZY BOUT THE GUY The Supremes

71 ( 72 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 71 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
73 ( NEW ) 7 O’CLOCK The Quireboys
74 ( NEW ) RESTLESS DAYS And Why Not
75 ( NEW ) FIGURE OF EIGHT Paul McCartney

On TV: Golden Girls, 60’s nostalgia with Land Of The Giants, sci fi fun and great cool fashions, the last ever Blackadder (very sad end), Sticky Moments with Julian Clary, Dr Who. At home, feeling unusually tired, lots of fag (cigarette) smoke from guests and family to suffer, had a works outing of ten-pin bowling which was good fun, and I won one game of 3. I was pissed off with one unhelpful member of staff in Highways, who controlled data until the day he left a few years ago – by which time I was picking faults galore in the data, not out of spite, out of frustration at the inaccuracies I kept finding.

At the cinema, The Abyss, a good sci-fi adventure yarn with already dated “cold war” attitudes given the Berlin Wall collapsed this week – my comment: “probably the most significant development of the last 20 years, other than Apollo 11… a chance for some real optimism, I hope”. Well, sort of, but also sort of not, as it happened. The movie though, had convinced me by the end, the fast pace, cliff-hanging plots, good cast and a surprisingly good film.


19th November 1989

2 weeks for Lisa on top, in a static top 10 excepting Jeff Wayne going top 10 for the second time with the Ben Liebrand remix which, shall we say, does not improve on the original in any way whatsoever and sounds more dated. Highest new entry is mellow rave instrumental Pacific 707, very nice too at 15 for 808 State, while 2nd highest is the Brazilian-flavoured (vocalist) worldwide monster Lambada, complete with dance craze. In at 27 for French group Kaoma. Huge jump for the Communards to 18, err I mean Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston doing some French-language dance pop decent cover of Francoise Hardy’s classy 1968 track Comment Te Dire Adieu?, while Indie band House Of Love follow up Shine On with a leap to 26 with I Don’t Know Why I Love You.

2 huge classics as far as I’m concerned at 29 and 38 for Dusty Springfield (courtesy of Pet Shop Boys again, song and production, and deliciously 60’s tinted 80’s dance) and Kate Bush (her beautifully touching and aching gentle-ballad This Woman’s Work). Prince duets with Sheena again at 40, with the Batman movie duet Arms Of Orion, while Simple MInds cover his 1987 classic Sign O’ The Times pretty well as part of an EP at 60. Erasure and Tom Petty drop by with You Surround Me and Free Fallin’ respectively, both good singles, while Roger Christian has a solo entry at 75 (ex-Christians).

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( 2 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
3 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
4 ( 9 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
5 ( 5 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
6 ( 7 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
7 ( 10 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
8 ( 8 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
9 ( 4 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
10 ( 19 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Heyward

11 ( 18 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
12 ( 17 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
13 ( 12 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
14 ( 6 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
15 ( NEW ) PACIFIC 707 808 State
16 ( 11 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
17 ( 14 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh
18 ( 60 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
19 ( 16 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
20 ( 30 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley

21 ( 33 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
22 ( 29 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
23 ( 13 ) OH WELL Oh Well
24 ( 15 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
25 ( 26 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block
26 ( 67 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
27 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
28 ( 20 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
29 ( NEW ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
30 ( 36 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli

31 ( 39 ) GOLDEN GREEN The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 24 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
33 ( 43 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
34 ( 40 ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue
35 ( 22 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
36 ( 23 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
37 ( 21 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
38 ( NEW ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
39 ( 25 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
40 ( NEW ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton

41 ( 28 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
42 ( 31 ) CHERISH Madonna
43 ( 49 ) DON’T KNOW MUCH Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
44 ( 34 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
45 ( 37 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
46 ( 51 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan
47 ( 55 ) GRAND PIANO Mixmaster
48 ( 27 ) NEVER TOO MUCH ’89 Luther Vandross
49 ( 35 ) NEW YORK MINUTE Don Henley
50 ( 38 ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks

51 ( 50 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
52 ( 45 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
53 ( 48 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
54 ( 47 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
55 ( 42 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel
56 ( 63 ) NEVER TOO LATE Kylie Minogue
57 ( RE ) BE BOP A LULA (LIVE) Gary Glitter
58 ( 73 ) 7 O’CLOCK The Quireboys
59 ( 46 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
60 ( NEW ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds

61 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 59 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
64 ( 53 ) BREAK 4 LOVE Raze
65 ( 74 ) RESTLESS DAYS And Why Not
66 ( 52 ) BAD CASE OF LOVING YOU ’89 Robert Palmer
67 ( NEW ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
68 ( NEW ) FREE FALLIN’ Tom Petty
69 ( 68 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield
70 ( NEW ) EMPTY SPACES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
72 ( 72 ) THE BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO The Beatles
73 ( 32 ) DRIVE ON Brother Beyond
74 ( NEW ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
75 ( NEW ) WORLD’S APART Roger Christian


At work, Lucy (who I gave lifts in to) got a job at Christchurch Council and was leaving, very much order of the day with local government changes on the way, while my brother wasn’t in a happy place, largely homeless still and in a relationship that was going nowhere. I told him to come down to Poole along with the rest of us as Mansfield has no prospects for the future. He did eventually – 9 years later.

I packed in the evening garden design course, nothing special, preferring instead to take up squash at the local leisure centre. On TV Dame Edna met Dusty, Monty Python had a 20-year anniversary, future fave Whose Line Is It Anyway was good. My niece had me up till 1am and up again at 6am, which did nothing for my mood on saturday, compounded with mum & dad having an argument while out, so I picked mum up in Poole after shopping in Southampton. Got back to find my nephew had damaged my pond, so sent him to bed (what a meany I was!) and took mum and niece out to the local shop. Sunday popped to mate Bob’s for a break from family problems.


26th November 1989

3 weeks for All Around The World at 1, but look at Madonna in at 2 with the endearingly melodic, largely strings-driven children’s song, Dear Jessie. One of her best singles, and ignored as a single in the USA bizarrely, where it remained as one of the highlights on her best 80‘s album Like A Prayer. The video is also sweet. The Beatles go top 10 with Something (for the 3rd time), and the Lambada toon hits 11. Shall I mention Boney M’s comeback 13 years on from debuting at a paltry 69? Josephine Baker, not Ma Baker this time, and not a hit…

Dusty gets a second solo top 20 entry in 1989, 21 years after sitting nicely in my first ever chart with the epic I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten. When I say “epic” I say it without a hint of hyperbole or modern over-use: I mean EPIC in the orchestral and vocal dramatic sense. Cathy Dennis and New Kids get their first top 20 entries, not for the last time. For Cathy that is. Down the bottom end, a minor Madchester act called The Stone Roses slip in with a bit of shining Fool’s Gold, far and away their best record in a career that leaves me largely bemused. I get that they were influential in mixing dance and indie rhythms in a laid-back aceeeeed way, but the songs tended to wash over me like a gentle waterfall, leaving a pleasant if forgettable feeling afterwards. Must be a generation thing…

1 ( 1 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
2 ( NEW ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
3 ( 3 ) RHYTHM NATION Janet Jackson
4 ( 8 ) TELL ME WHEN THE FEVER ENDED Electribe 101
5 ( 6 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
6 ( 2 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
7 ( 12 ) SOMETHING/ COME TOGETHER The Beatles
8 ( 7 ) HOUSE OF THE BLUE DANUBE Malcolm McLaren
9 ( 4 ) DON’T ASK ME WHY Eurythmics
10 ( 15 ) PACIFIC STATE State 808

11 ( 27 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
12 ( 5 ) WOMAN IN CHAINS Tears For Fears featuring Oleta Adams
13 ( 10 ) EVE OF THE WAR (DEEPSPACE MIX) Jeff Wayne featuring Justin Heyward
14 ( 29 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
15 ( 9 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
16 ( 26 ) I DON’T KNOW WHY I LOVE YOU The House Of Love
17 ( 18 ) COMMENT TE DIRE ADIEU? Jimmy Somerville and June Miles-Kingston
18 ( 22 ) HOMELY GIRL UB40
19 ( 32 ) C’MON AND GET MY LOVE D Mob featuring Cathy Dennis
20 ( 25 ) THE RIGHT STUFF (YOU GOT IT) New Kids On The Block

21 ( 30 ) SO SORRY I SAID Liza Minelli
22 ( 16 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
23 ( 14 ) DON’T DROP BOMBS Liza Minelli
24 ( 11 ) I FEEL THE EARTH MOVE Martika
25 ( 13 ) THE WAY TO YOUR HEART Soul Sister
26 ( 23 ) OH WELL Oh Well
27 ( 19 ) LEAVE A LIGHT ON Belinda Carlisle
28 ( 33 ) ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE Phil Collins
29 ( 20 ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
30 ( 17 ) TALK IT OVER Grayson Hugh

31 ( 31 ) GOLDEN GREEN The Wonder Stuff
32 ( 34 ) DANCING ON A SATURDAY NIGHT ’89 Barry Blue
33 ( 38 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
34 ( 28 ) PUMP UP THE JAM Technotronic featuring Felly (Ya Kid K)
35 ( 40 ) ARMS OF ORION Prince and Sheena Easton
36 ( 21 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Tina Turner
37 ( 24 ) THE ROAD TO HELL (PART 2) Chris Rea
38 ( NEW ) WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH MY LOVIN’ Inner City
39 ( NEW ) RONI Bobby Brown
40 ( 46 ) GET ON YOUR FEET Gloria Estefan

41 ( 36 ) STREET TUFF Double Trouble featuring the Rebel MC
42 ( 60 ) SIGN O’ THE TIMES Simple Minds
43 ( 67 ) YOU SURROUND ME Erasure
44 ( 52 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
45 ( 47 ) GRAND PIANO Mixmaster
46 ( 39 ) IF ONLY I COULD Sydney Youngblood
47 ( 74 ) I’M NOT THE MAN I USED TO BE Fine Young Cannibals
48 ( RE ) FOLLOW THAT AND SEE Barry White
49 ( 42 ) CHERISH Madonna
50 ( NEW ) CAN’T SHAKE THE FEELING Big Fun

51 ( NEW ) SIT AND WAIT Sydney Youngblood
52 ( 43 ) DON’T KNOW MUCH Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt
53 ( 35 ) THE MESSAGE IS LOVE Arthur Baker and The Backstreet Disciples featuring Al Green
54 ( 51 ) I DON’T WANT TO LOSE YOU Gloria Estefan
55 ( 37 ) THE SUN RISING The Beloved
56 ( 41 ) LEAN ON YOU Cliff Richard
57 ( 53 ) HEALING HANDS Elton John
58 ( 70 ) EMPTY SPACES Spandau Ballet
59 ( 45 ) RIDE ON TIME Black Box
60 ( RE ) WATERFALL ’89 Wendy And Lisa

61 ( 61 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
62 ( 62 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
63 ( 50 ) THE FAB FOUR EP (EVERYBODY’S HAPPY NOWADAYS) Buzzcocks
64 ( 63 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
65 ( 44 ) IF I COULD TURN BACK TIME Cher
66 ( 59 ) I WANT THAT MAN Deborah Harry
67 ( 54 ) GIRL I’M GONNA MISS YOU Milli Vanilli
68 ( NEW ) FOOL’S GOLD/ WHAT THE WORLD IS WAITING FOR The Stone Roses
69 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO DANCE LIKE JOSEPHINE BAKER Boney M
70 ( 69 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys featuring Dusty Springfield

71 ( NEW ) BLAME IT ON THE RAIN (US REMIX) Milli Vanilli
72 ( RE ) FIGURE OF EIGHT Paul McCartney
73 ( 71 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
74 ( NEW ) OUIJA BOARD OUIJA BOARD Morrissey
75 ( 55 ) WE DIDN’T START THE FIRE Billy Joel

At work, windy cold site visits to sports sites and measurements checking, had a cold, and bought my first Now Album CD (16) which was a double for £17. Mega-expensive relative to the cost of living today (and still £4 more than 2014 Now albums)!! My ponds frozen over, and my niece was misbehaving so much I put her outside for 3 seconds and shut the door after threatening for an hour to do it in a marathon battles of wills at 9.45 pm. She was asleep by 10 and has no traumatic memory of it at all these days, so I guess it was all’s well etc..!

Went to see Back To The Future II: critics say it was hard to follow the plot, but I had no problem, loved the darkness in contrast the light-heartedness of the original, and enjoyed picking holes in the time-lines plotting (old biff changes the future and then returns to a future that shouldn’t exist, nor he, as he a multi-millionaire-megalomaniac by then) so each of the alternate realities must all exist simultaneously. Which should be bad news for Jennifer stranded in the wrong future…! Loved the film anyway (especially Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd), but, and I quote: “I REFUSE to believe that inventions such as Hover-boards, airtraffic cars, unlimited ‘safe’ instant fuel etc could be invented over the next 25 years. More like 125, I’d say.” Well, so far, so right.