My Oct 1985 Charts

1st October 1985

3 weeks on top for Red Box, as The Style Council rocket up to 2 with the great melody of the otherwise a bit political The Lodgers, their 4th top 3, and Paul Weller’s 4th. Amii Stewart makes the top 10 as airplay starts favouring Light My Fire a bit more (the better track), and Dead Or Alive make it 4 top 10’s in a row, and Billy Idol 3 out of 4.

A-ha shoot up into the top 20 as the classic video starts to get TV plays, Colonel Abrams is trapped just outside the 20, and Jolene takes Strawberry Switchblade and Dolly Parton’s song back into the 40. Marc Bolan is the highest new entry at 36 with a rare early song given a release as his loyal fans kept the T.Rex legend living on. It’s a Brilliant song at 45, a cover of the James Brown 60’s classic done female vocal stylee by the cool future KLF member Jimmy Cauty and ex-Killing Joke and future record producer Youth, drafting in the terrific vocalist JUne Montana. Their A&R Manager was Bill Drummond (the other half of KLF), and they were produced by err Stock Aitken Waterman who also had a hand in the songwriting. It can be NO coincidence that the KLF had a fab song called Kylie Said To Jason, just before the Timelords alter-ego took them to the top of the charts.

14 years of chart entries and Elton is in with his pretty ballad Nikita – yes it is a boys name, wonder if he was trying to tell us something at the time…. Meanwhile Depeche are back, ditto The Cars, Level 42 and Matt Bianco.

1 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 38 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
3 ( 4 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
4 ( 2 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
5 ( 10 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
6 ( 21 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
7 ( 8 ) ANGEL Madonna
8 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
9 ( 40 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
10 ( 22 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol

11 ( 6 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
12 ( 14 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
13 ( 12 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
14 ( 11 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
15 ( 7 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
16 ( 5 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
17 ( 20 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
18 ( 37 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
19 ( 13 ) DRIVE The Cars
20 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

21 ( 9 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
22 ( 42 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
23 ( 49 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 17 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
25 ( 31 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
26 ( 19 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
27 ( 15 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
28 ( 29 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
29 ( 16 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
30 ( 44 ) THE BORDER America

31 ( 18 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
32 ( 24 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
33 ( 25 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
34 ( 39 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
35 ( 27 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
36 ( NEW ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
37 ( 48 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
38 ( 62 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
39 ( 36 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
40 ( 61 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo

41 ( 41 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
42 ( 23 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
43 ( 34 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
44 ( 33 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
45 ( NEW ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
46 ( 32 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
47 ( 47 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
48 ( 57 ) OH SHERRIE Steve Perry
49 ( 64 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
50 ( 70 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star

51 ( 28 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
52 ( NEW ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 58 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
55 ( 53 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
56 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 46 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
58 ( 30 ) LAVENDER Marillion
59 ( 43 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
60 ( 67 ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis

61 ( 51 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
62 ( 35 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
63 ( RE ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
64 ( 69 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
65 ( NEW ) IT’S CALLED A HEART Depeche Mode
66 ( 63 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
67 ( 50 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes
68 ( NEW ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
69 ( 60 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
70 ( NEW ) RUGGED AND MEAN Pee Bee Squad

71 ( 68 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
72 ( 65 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
73 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars
74 ( NEW ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
75 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42

8th October 1985

It’s a first week on top for Midge Ure, rather appropriately cos I saw him perform this wonderful song last night as I write (14th Oct 2017) heading a triple bill of fab Clare Crogan’s Altered Images, still in fine voice, and ditto The Christians smooth rocksoul. Great to hear them all with more hits than you think you know!

Jennifer Rush powers into the 10, The Smiths make a thorny dash into the 20, and Level 42 have something about going top 40. Highest new entry is the brilliant Trevor Horn-produced Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm, at 44, The Cult follow-up with Rain, Sade keeps the jazzsoul coming, Prince has another psychedelic-soul single off Around The World In A Day, and a classic Simple Minds movie song pops in. One to have a Breakfast Club to.

Woodpeckers From Space? No, I don’t remember it either, but I had fond movies of being in the Micky Mouse club in Singapore (Woody Woodpecker shorts on film shown to RAF kids in Siglap, presumably unable to finance Disney shorts). Certainly no other excuse for charting it. One place higher than Erasure’s debut of a flop single first time round, the former Depeche Mode Vince is also lower than his ex-bandmates. Bobby Womack follows his brother and sister-in-law into my charts, Kaja have dropped the googooo – they needent have bothered – The Alarm are strong at 75, and The Jesus And Mary Chain are just like honey at 74. Sweet.

1 ( 3 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
3 ( 2 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 5 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
5 ( 6 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
6 ( 4 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
7 ( 10 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
8 ( 9 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
9 ( 38 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
10 ( 22 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams

11 ( 18 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
12 ( 7 ) ANGEL Madonna
13 ( 8 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
14 ( 20 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
15 ( 23 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
16 ( 11 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
17 ( 12 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
18 ( 25 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
19 ( 49 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
20 ( 41 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr

21 ( 13 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
22 ( 28 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
23 ( 14 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
24 ( 19 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 24 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
26 ( 17 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
27 ( 15 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
28 ( 30 ) THE BORDER America
29 ( 40 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
30 ( 36 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan

31 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
32 ( 50 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
33 ( 26 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
34 ( 64 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
35 ( 54 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
36 ( 37 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
37 ( 21 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
38 ( 75 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
39 ( 32 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
40 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John

41 ( 27 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
42 ( 39 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
43 ( 29 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
44 ( NEW ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
45 ( 45 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
46 ( 35 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
47 ( NEW ) RAIN The Cult
48 ( 43 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
49 ( 31 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
50 ( 33 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess

51 ( NEW ) SWEETEST TABOO Sade
52 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
54 ( 44 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
55 ( 65 ) IT’S CALLED A HEART Depeche Mode
56 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
57 ( 55 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
58 ( 70 ) RUGGED AND MEAN Pee Bee Squad
59 ( 34 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
60 ( 57 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

61 ( NEW ) POP LIFE Prince
62 ( 68 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
63 ( 47 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
64 ( 61 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
65 ( 74 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
66 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
67 ( NEW ) WOODPECKERS FROM SPACE Video Kids
68 ( NEW ) WHO NEEDS LOVE LIKE THAT Erasure
69 ( 69 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
70 ( 66 ) SO IN LOVE OMD

71 ( NEW ) I WISH HE DIDN’T TRUST ME SO MUCH Bobby Womack
72 ( 59 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
73 ( NEW ) SHOULDN’T DO THAT Kaja
74 ( NEW ) JUST LIKE HONEY The Jesus And Mary Chain
75 ( NEW ) STRENGTH The Alarm

15th October 1985

2 weeks on top for Midge as a-ha challenge at 2. Brilliant vault up to 12 with their utterly different James Brown cover (sung from the point of view of a woman), Jennifer Holliday grabs a second top 20 hit, Grace Jones gets her second top 20 too – 5 years after the first – and ditto The Cult 5 weeks after the first (or so). Simple Minds are the highest of a pile of new tracks as the autumn pre-xmas deluge gets biting, with the great Alive And Kicking. In 1985 Madonna could fart into a microphone and get a hit, and sure enough The Gambler enters at 30, The Three Degrees return after a 5-year gap, Talking Heads after a 4-year gap (with the fab Road To Nowhere), The Clash after a 2-year rest, and The Thompson Twins keep the run of singles coming.

Kate Bush chucks out another winner, the one with the Donald Sutherland video, the great Cloudbusting, following a chart-topper as do The Cars and Godley & Creme. A Miami Vice theme track charts for Jan Hammer, better than the TV show at any rate (though it did have Sheena Easton in it), and some of Duran Duran decide it’s time for an Election Day. Duran without the rhythm oomph, effectively. Modern Talking and Pat Benatar follow-up great singles with much less great tracks….

1 ( 1 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
2 ( 11 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
3 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 2 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
5 ( 4 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
6 ( 9 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
7 ( 10 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
8 ( 7 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
9 ( 5 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
10 ( 6 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder

11 ( 8 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
12 ( 45 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
13 ( 12 ) ANGEL Madonna
14 ( 19 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
15 ( 20 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
16 ( 18 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
17 ( 34 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
18 ( 13 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
19 ( 44 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
20 ( 47 ) RAIN The Cult

21 ( 38 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
22 ( NEW ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
23 ( 15 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 16 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
25 ( 40 ) NIKITA Elton John
26 ( 14 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
27 ( 32 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
28 ( 22 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
29 ( 29 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
30 ( NEW ) THE GAMBLER Madonna

31 ( 17 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
32 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
33 ( NEW ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
34 ( 25 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
35 ( 26 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
36 ( 61 ) POP LIFE Prince
37 ( 23 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
38 ( 21 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
39 ( 27 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
40 ( 51 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade

41 ( 30 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
42 ( 33 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
43 ( NEW ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
44 ( NEW ) HOT FUN Seventh Heaven
45 ( NEW ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
46 ( 39 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
47 ( NEW ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
48 ( 31 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
49 ( NEW ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
50 ( 36 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard

51 ( 35 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
52 ( 62 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
53 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 48 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
55 ( 42 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
56 ( 28 ) THE BORDER America
57 ( 65 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
58 ( 46 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
59 ( 56 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 57 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle

61 ( 37 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
62 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars
63 ( 41 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
64 ( 53 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
65 ( 50 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
66 ( NEW ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
67 ( 54 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
68 ( 49 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
69 ( 64 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
70 ( NEW ) GOLDEN BOYS Godley & Creme

71 ( 60 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
72 ( NEW ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( 70 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
74 ( NEW ) YOU CAN WIN IF YOU WANT Modern Talking
75 ( NEW ) INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar

22nd October 1985

It’s a first week on top for a-ha’s timeless Take On Me, as one fab creative video knocks off another one – from Midge’s pin-cushion effect to a-ha’s animation-strip style. Grace JOnes gets her biggest-ever hit as Slave To The Rhythm jumps to 5, and The Clash rocket almost 30 places to 6 for their first top 10 since Bankrobber in 1980. Elton John’s Nikita saunters into the 10 to give Reg 15 consecutive years of top 10 hits, while the highest new entry is Mrs Cretu, German singer Sandra who’s hubbie was to become mega as Enigma (and he often brought in the missus to help): in at 16 Maria Magdalena was a huge European smash (and UK flop) owing more than a bit to Laura Branigan’s Self Control. I recently entered it into the Buzzjack Song Contest as an obscure oldie amongst a host of new tracks and it did spectacularly well with a new younger generation of music fans. It sounds very relevant in 2017, obviously….!

Talking Heads rocket into the 20, ditto Kate Bush (later to be sampled by Utah Saints to great effect), as Bucks Fizz singer Bobby G leads an inrush of ex-group singers to the chart: Roger Daltrey gets 12 years of solo hits, or 16 years including The Who; Sting enters Police-less with a lesser track; Feargal Sharkey gets another solo hit, his best ever record (written by Maria McKee), and I include the classic Teenage Kicks Undertones debut from 1978 in that; Jimmy Somerville pops in with The Communards, a Bronski Beat nevermore, as You Are My World turns out to be the best thing he’s done since Smalltown Boy. It got to be a hit eventually in 1987. 

UB40 enter right into the 40 with one of their great singles 5 years into their non-stop run of hits, and Siouxsie enters with her greatest single 7 years into her career, Cities In Dust still sounds fabulous. Twiggy’s back 9 years on, and Tina Turner keeps the Mad Max coming.

1 ( 2 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
2 ( 1 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
3 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
4 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
5 ( 19 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
6 ( 45 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
7 ( 12 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
8 ( 15 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
9 ( 4 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
10 ( 25 ) NIKITA Elton John

11 ( 8 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
12 ( 7 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
13 ( 20 ) RAIN The Cult
14 ( 5 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
15 ( 22 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
16 ( NEW ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
17 ( 30 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
18 ( 43 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
19 ( 10 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
20 ( 21 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42

21 ( 13 ) ANGEL Madonna
22 ( 9 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
23 ( 49 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
24 ( 14 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
25 ( 18 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
26 ( 33 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
27 ( 27 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
28 ( 11 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
29 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
30 ( 16 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela

31 ( 17 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
32 ( 40 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade
33 ( 29 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
34 ( 47 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
35 ( 66 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
36 ( 36 ) POP LIFE Prince
37 ( NEW ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
38 ( NEW ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
39 ( 24 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
40 ( 34 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz

41 ( 32 ) DRIVE The Cars
42 ( NEW ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
43 ( 57 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
44 ( NEW ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
45 ( 28 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
46 ( 38 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
47 ( 23 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
48 ( 39 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
49 ( 52 ) I BELIEVE (A SOULFUL RECORDING) Tears For Fears
50 ( 46 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

51 ( 37 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
52 ( 31 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
53 ( 42 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
54 ( 35 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
55 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 26 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
57 ( NEW ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
58 ( 55 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
59 ( 54 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King

61 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( NEW ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
63 ( 60 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
64 ( NEW ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
65 ( NEW ) THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
66 ( NEW ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
67 ( 41 ) SUNKEN RAGS Marc Bolan
68 ( 44 ) HOT FUN Seventh Heaven
69 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
70 ( 62 ) HEARTBEAT CITY The Cars

71 ( 58 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
72 ( 72 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( 51 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
74 ( 75 ) INVINCIBLE Pat Benatar
75 ( NEW ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey

29th October 2017
A-ha on top in a busy week, for a second week. I don’t have time to run down on returning legends Aretha & Johnny Nash Class of 68, the manic leaps and drops of numerous tracks as Oct 1985 turns out to be magnificently fab.

Stairway To Heaven is the highest new entry, Siouxsie rockets to 2, and OMD are in at 30 (I’m off to see them next week in Southampton).

11 ( 3 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
12 ( 18 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 17 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
14 ( 37 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 4 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
16 ( 66 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
17 ( 7 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
18 ( 20 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
19 ( 9 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
20 ( 23 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

21 ( 38 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
22 ( 15 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
23 ( 11 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
24 ( 29 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
25 ( 12 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
26 ( 35 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
27 ( 14 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
28 ( 19 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
29 ( 34 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
30 ( 32 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade

31 ( NEW ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
32 ( 25 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
33 ( 21 ) ANGEL Madonna
34 ( 36 ) POP LIFE Prince
35 ( 43 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
36 ( 64 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
37 ( 60 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
38 ( 42 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
39 ( 22 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
40 ( NEW ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin

41 ( 41 ) DRIVE The Cars
42 ( 33 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
43 ( 57 ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
44 ( 24 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
45 ( 40 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
46 ( 72 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
47 ( 26 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
48 ( 39 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
49 ( NEW ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top
50 ( 28 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

51 ( 30 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
52 ( 75 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
53 ( 31 ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
54 ( 27 ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 50 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
57 ( 46 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
58 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
59 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTER Marc Almond
60 ( 59 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

61 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( 62 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
63 ( 48 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
64 ( 63 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
65 ( 58 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
66 ( 51 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
67 ( NEW ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
68 ( 53 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
69 ( 65 ) THEY SAY IT’S GONNA RAIN Hazell Dean
70 ( NEW ) ROCK ME BABY Johnny Nash

71 ( 52 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
72 ( 54 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
73 ( NEW ) THE WIND OF CHANGE Robert Wyatt & The Swapo Singers
74 ( NEW ) UNCLE SAM Madness
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S THAT GIRL A Flock Of Seagulls

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL Ray Stevens
2 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
3 GET DOWN TONIGHT KC & The Sunshine Band

My 1984 Charts – October

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links to 1984 youtube videos in my other post…

3rd October 1984

Culture Club get their 5th number one, 4th in a row, with the under-rated The War Song, as The Cars get their biggest hit with Drive at 3, and U2 are proud to be at 6, also their biggest to date. The Bluebells make it 2 in a row with Cath in the top 10 too. Bowie takes his Blue Jean to 16, and Barry Gibb breaks into the 30 with one on my current playlist (having finally bought it the other week) – Shine Shine – and ditto Black Uhuru at 36. Stephanie Mills and Glen Frey go top 40, leaving the highest new entry at 37: Paul McCartney’s old-fashioned sweeping ballad taken from his Give My Regards To Broadway film, No More Lonely Nights. The single was fine, the film, err Magical Mystery Tour looks very good in comparison.

ZZ Top get a great new entry at 47, Gimme All Your Loving, complete with girls and car and guitars sexist video, paving the way for a zillion copycat variation videos. In at 60, George is back with Andrew as Wham! get that Freedom at 60, all Motown delight. At 63 it’s the Higsons with a cover of a song originally a hit for the recently late Bob Crewe – him of Four Seasons co-writer fame, Lady Marmalade co-write fame, and as featured heavily in the Jersey Boys musical. Before Andy Williams became the best-known (and best) reissued version of the song it was covered by UK punk-funk band The Higsons. Yes, you guessed it Charlie Higson, later well-known comedian of The Fast Show fame and others, take a bow, you made it in my charts first! At 65, Billy Ocean makes it 10 years of hits, and a major comeback record that catapulted him into the world-star class after only a decade of trying, the terrific Caribbean Queen.

In the real world, I started work this week, my first proper job, 4 years on from getting my degree. It still wasn’t well-paid, but as luck would have it I started the same day as Bob, who quickly became a great mate, for 30 years so far mutual laughs and support through bad times. At one of the low points of my life, Bob was a bright, happy beacon that helped me to feel normal again. The job, well I got to see a lot of Dorset, surveying roads on a hand-held brick (aka state-of-the-art data-input computer that the crappiest mobile phone would put to shame). As we headed into wet cold autumn that wasn’t quite so great being outside much, but it kept me busy. We worked in two teams of three, our team boss being a bit of what I termed “an old dab hand skiver” regaling us of tales of the days he worked for Radio Caroline as a DJ, and was a member of an army hit-squad flown in to Cyprus to take out baddies. Yes, that’s right, a total bullshitter. Spotted it right away, the vagueness and lack of specific details on questioning a bit of a giveaway. The first Survey location: Blandford Forum – or as Douglas Adams preferred a dull radio 4 talk show. After hideous long journeys by bus to Bournemouth from the outskirts of Poole (no change to that in 2014) I decided to get a moped. Happily (sort of) I ended up car sharing next day with Monic, who lived nearby and worked in Dorset house too, and was getting married the next week, all hyper and excited. She drove like that too…

The rest of the week was spent learning the driving rules for a van, warning signs, learning codes for verges (341, yes still remember the bloody things), street signs, lamp-posts, drains and so on. Using measuring wheel, getting wet, learning the art of pissing in woodland and hedges when there are no public loos anywhere (a first for me!). Bob had an argument with Boss-man over the national speed limit: it’s 60, we all know it’s 60mph, but Boss-man insisted it be 50. That was, I realised, fairly typical of the level of knowledge, and he resented us jumped-up smart-arses who learnt the work pretty quickly and had opinions not shared by him. hey ho! Got to have Radio 1 on while travelling and lunchtimes, so that’s me sorted anyway! Bob too, it turned out, he was a big pop music fan. Yay! The big boss from Dorchester, Peter, came out with us Thursday, so I of course drove the van into a bumpy kerb. Tch!

1 ( 4 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 1 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
3 ( 7 ) DRIVE The Cars
4 ( 5 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
5 ( 2 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
6 ( 10 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
7 ( 3 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
8 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
9 ( 14 ) CATH The Bluebells
10 ( 9 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk

11 ( 8 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
12 ( 16 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
13 ( 11 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
14 ( 12 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
15 ( 20 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
16 ( 22 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
17 ( 23 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
18 ( 13 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
19 ( 18 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
20 ( 15 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto

21 ( 19 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
22 ( 28 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
23 ( 27 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
24 ( 21 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
25 ( 17 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
26 ( 25 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
27 ( 33 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
28 ( 24 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
29 ( 37 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
30 ( 53 ) WHY Bronski Beat

31 ( 40 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
32 ( 75 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
33 ( 34 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
34 ( 26 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
35 ( 50 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
36 ( 39 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
37 ( NEW ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
38 ( 32 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
39 ( 31 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
40 ( 43 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen

41 ( 30 ) HOT WATER Level 42
42 ( 35 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
43 ( 38 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
44 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 41 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
46 ( 48 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
47 ( NEW ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
48 ( 72 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
49 ( 42 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
50 ( 29 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths

51 ( 36 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
52 ( 45 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
53 ( 57 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
54 ( 49 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
55 ( 46 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
56 ( 58 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
57 ( 59 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
58 ( 69 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
59 ( 60 ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!
60 ( NEW ) FREEDOM Wham!

61 ( 56 ) AGADOO Black Lace
62 ( 47 ) ANOTHER SILENT DAY The Adventures
63 ( NEW ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Higsons
64 ( 51 ) ALL I NEED IS EVERYTHING Aztec Camera
65 ( NEW ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
66 ( 62 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 66 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
69 ( 64 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
70 ( 52 ) SUNSET NOW Heaven 17

71 ( 71 ) SHINE Frida
72 ( 63 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
73 ( NEW ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
74 ( 55 ) YOU HAVE Marc Almond
75 ( NEW ) EAST OF EDEN Big Country

TV
1 Star Trek: Shore Leave
2 Comic Strip Presents: Gino
3 Black Adder
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Martian Chronicles
8 Terrahawks
9 The Rockford Files
10 Pop Quiz

10th October 1984:

2 weeks for Culture Club, U2 up to 4, Ghostbusters goes top 5, and Sade gets a second Top 10 hit cos she’s a Smooth Operator. Macca rockets to 14, UB40, Freddie Mercury, Giorgio Moroder and Phil Oakey all get more top 20 notches to their substantial belts. Which leaves the new entries, highest being The Stranglers melodic and rather catchy Skin Deep at 23, for a cool 7 and a half years of hits. John Lennon’s eldest boy Julian shows he can not only do a great impression of his dad, but he can make a great pop record to boot, as Too Late For Goodbyes reggaes for it now at 29.

Billy Ocean gets his first Top 40 entry for 6 years, and ZZ Top get their first, as meanwhile Chaka Khan follows up her remixed old hits recharting with a Prince song: I Feel For You was fresh-sounding state of the art dancerappop at the time, and it still sounds great – I think it’s fair to say it was influential mixing dance pop singers with rapping from Melle Mel. It may not have been the first to do it, but it was likely the first massive hit to do it. Yes, you can blame Chaka for the 21st century pop cliche obligatory rap break. Probably. Feargal Sharkey joins the list of solo-charting band frontmen, as he debuts with a bit of how’s your father, err listen, I mean! More follow-ups trot in from Laura Branigan, Spandau, Glitter & Idol. Billy Idol’s current singles (2014) are actually better than Flesh For Fantasy, which was OK at 75.

Back at my new job, pop music chatting to Bob on the way to the rural Blandford area, and Dorchester for a new works van to meet our (better-looking) counterpart team. I got a bit arrogant (to myself) about how quickly I picked up the computer and codes and work, which frankly was a doddle for me. Big-head! Just as well as I heard from NAAFI – didn’t get that job. Bemused at how crap I am at interviews. Got my latest Legion comic, shocked at the death of Karate Kid, and his widow leaving (Princess Projectra) after executing the baddie Nemesis Kid. Great stuff, trust me, very adult nearly 20 years on from debuting all 3 characters.

Friday at Milton Abbas for lunch, I had half a pint of lager and got quite light-headed from it. I didn’t like the taste, neither did Bob who had a cider – Bob enjoys a pint these days, though. I still don’t enjoy it (but have one socially). Had the weekend to myself, sitting for Suki, our cat with the plastic hip joint. Sadly, Leonard Rossiter died, so watched the tribute TV show for him, he was great in Rising Damp. Sad.

1 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 3 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 2 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
4 ( 6 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
5 ( 8 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
6 ( 4 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
7 ( 9 ) CATH The Bluebells
8 ( 7 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
9 ( 5 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
10 ( 12 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade

11 ( 15 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
12 ( 17 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
13 ( 11 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
14 ( 37 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
15 ( 16 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
16 ( 22 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
17 ( 13 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
18 ( 10 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
19 ( 23 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
20 ( 31 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey

21 ( 30 ) WHY Bronski Beat
22 ( 14 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
23 ( NEW ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
24 ( 33 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
25 ( 19 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 ( 29 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
27 ( 21 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
28 ( 18 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
29 ( NEW ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
30 ( 40 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen

31 ( 20 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
32 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
33 ( 26 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
34 ( 25 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
35 ( 24 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
36 ( 28 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
37 ( 65 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
38 ( 35 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
39 ( 56 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
40 ( 47 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top

41 ( 36 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru
42 ( 34 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
43 ( 27 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
44 ( 38 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
45 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
46 ( 39 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
47 ( 43 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
48 ( 60 ) FREEDOM Wham!
49 ( 45 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
50 ( NEW ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan

51 ( 41 ) HOT WATER Level 42
52 ( 48 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
53 ( 53 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
54 ( 42 ) DON’T BLAME IT ON LOVE Shakatak
55 ( 63 ) MUSIC TO WATCH GIRLS BY The Higsons
56 ( NEW ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
57 ( 57 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
58 ( 49 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
59 ( 46 ) HUMAN RACING Nik Kershaw
60 ( 75 ) EAST OF EDEN Big Country

61 ( 54 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
62 ( 55 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
63 ( NEW ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
64 ( 61 ) AGADOO Black Lace
65 ( 58 ) A LETTER TO YOU Shakin’ Stevens
66 ( 50 ) WILLIAM IT WAS REALLY NOTHING The Smiths
67 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
68 ( 68 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
69 ( 51 ) I’LL FLY FOR YOU Spandau Ballet
70 ( NEW ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet

71 ( 73 ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
72 ( NEW ) SHOUT SHOUT SHOUT Gary Glitter
73 ( 52 ) TOUCH BY TOUCH Diana Ross
74 ( 59 ) WEEKENDS The Mighty Wah!
75 ( NEW ) FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol

TV
1 Star Trek: Galileo 7
2 Black Adder
3 MASH
4 It’ll Be Alright On The Night 3
5 Bewitched
6 Tenko
7 Addams Family
8 Krull: film
9 Rising Damp
10 Top Of The Pops

17th October 1984

3 weeks for George & co, letting U2 climb to 3, and Macca to 4. The Stranglers are Skin Deep at 7, 7 years after first getting a string of top 10 entries, albeit mellower. John Waite gets his first Top 10 since topping with the Baby’s in 1978 (Isn’t It Strange?!), Missing You being a song later covered by Tina Turner, up to 35 with Better Be Good To me this week. Phil & Giorgio at last get together in top 10 Electric Dreams – I never did bother seeing the film, though.

Bronski get a 2nd top 20, Billy Ocean runs up 20 places to 17, and Julian Lennon 11 to 19. New entries, though, galore: Hall & Oates are the highest at 24 with the sublime Out Of Touch, stretching the run of hits to 8 years, big in the USA, minor hit in the UK, still sounding great live when I saw them for the third time a few months ago (2014). Springsteen, frustratingly, I still haven’t seen live (he only does big city tours, of course), but has 9 years of entries with Cover Me at 26, while Style Council Shout To The Top about their entry at 30, a fine single following on from the number one earlier in the year.

Huey Lewis is back again with a jolly pop song at 34, Paul Young covers Ann peebles (I think) as he tears your playhouse down at 37, and does it nicely, while Kim Wild is back, very much not for The Second Time, at 40 and a great pop track. Lionel’s back with a ditty at 53, Elton shoe gazes at 57, Limahl warbles on with the sweet popular movie theme tune, The Never Ending Story at 67, Alison Moyet gets a follow-up solo hit, cos she’s All Cried Out about being only at 75, while Mike Post’s TV theme The A Team is in at 73 a full 9 years after Rockford Files theme tune (still in my TV chart) became a big hit in my charts, and 2 years on since Hill Street Blues Tv theme did the same. He’s a great TV theme tune writer! Lastly, Alvin’s final big hit enters at 66, the 50’s sounding I Won’t Run Away, and I’ll play it in tribute here…

On TV it’s still Star Trek and 60’s and 70’s sitcoms mostly, but also Tenko, a soap with drama, death and survival stories, set in a Japanese prison camp for female war prisoners. Gripping stuff at times.

At work, team leader Phil was standing in for ol’ holidaying storyteller-boss, commuting from Dorchester, and he was a real treat, our age and a real Dorset farmer-boy, good-looking and congenial, and a pleasure to work with for 2 weeks. Phil confirmed my tall-tale-telling boss suspicions. When not at work and occupied, I still drifted towards depression and tenseness, still trying to work out what I wanted to do career-wise, mulling over Post grad teaching courses, but musing “What the hell. I want to be a pop star anyway.” Ha! Pity about the lack of talent! Mum & dad returned from Mansfield and looked after me quite a bit at home.

News drama on the 12th – Tory conference IRA bomb blast. My reaction? “Unfortunately, Thatcher will become a hero”. Bloody terrorists, bad enough they kill people without making bad politicians even more popular. Much worse for us, we got a phone call from Bud and Doreen, our good Singapore family friends, telling us that Dale, boyhood/teen friend a year younger than me had been killed horribly in a car crash along with his girlfriend, aged 25. It was shocking sleeplessness-inducing news, I liked Dale more than a lot, and went through a growing up phase together moving into adolescence. I’m still angry he never got to have a family and a proper life, and still shocked at the manner of his death, burnt alive when his car hit a tree, knocking them both out, and bursting into flames, passers-by unable to get them out. Life can be terrible sometimes. Bud also died a few years ago, ringing us up for an old-time chat shortly before he passed away: I think he must have known.

1 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
4 ( 14 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
5 ( 3 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
6 ( 5 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
7 ( 23 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
8 ( 24 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
9 ( 20 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
10 ( 10 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade

11 ( 6 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
12 ( 7 ) CATH The Bluebells
13 ( 21 ) WHY Bronski Beat
14 ( 16 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
15 ( 9 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
16 ( 8 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
17 ( 37 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
18 ( 29 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
19 ( 13 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
20 ( 17 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael

21 ( 19 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
22 ( 12 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
23 ( 11 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
24 ( NEW ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
25 ( 15 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
26 ( NEW ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
27 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
28 ( 18 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
29 ( 22 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
30 ( NEW ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council

31 ( 25 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( 56 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
33 ( 48 ) FREEDOM Wham!
34 ( NEW ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
35 ( 53 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
36 ( 26 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
37 ( NEW ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
38 ( 27 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
39 ( 39 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
40 ( NEW ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde

41 ( 28 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
42 ( 31 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
43 ( 35 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
44 ( 34 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
45 ( 40 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
46 ( 71 ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
47 ( 50 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
48 ( 45 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
49 ( 33 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
50 ( 30 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen

51 ( 70 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
52 ( 44 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
53 ( NEW ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
54 ( 49 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
55 ( 63 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
56 ( 42 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
57 ( NEW ) WHO WEARS THESE SHOES Elton John
58 ( 47 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
59 ( 36 ) I GO INSANE Lindsey Buckingham
60 ( 38 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey

61 ( 57 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
62 ( 52 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
63 ( 46 ) MASTER AND SERVANT Depeche Mode
64 ( 61 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
65 ( 58 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
66 ( NEW ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
67 ( NEW ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
68 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
69 ( 68 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
70 ( 41 ) WHAT IS LIFE Black Uhuru

71 ( NEW ) FEEL IT Feelabilia
72 ( 43 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
73 ( NEW ) THE A TEAM Mike Post
74 ( 75 ) FLESH FOR FANTASY Billy Idol
75 ( NEW ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet

TV
1 Star Trek: Arena
2 A Night At The Opera: film
3 MASH
4 The Young Ones
5 Terrahawks
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Tenko
9 Rockford Files
10 Addams Family

24th October 1984

4 weeks for Culture Club at 1, leaving The Cars at 2 for 3 weeks, with Phil and Giorgio hitting 4 – actually the lowest-placed Phil Oakey song since Sound Of The Crowd! It’s still a great live in concert show-stopper. Billy Ocean leaps to 6, his highest-placed record since he was On The Run (as Scorched Earth) in 1974. Julian Lennon gets his very own Top 10 hit months after his late dad, and The Style Council get a 4th Top 10 (or Paul Weller’s 10th or so).

Kim Wilde and Chaka Khan both leap into the 20, with Hall & Oates and Wham! taking a more leisurely-paced trip upwards. Highest new entry at 28, it’s Chicago with a 4th MOR-ballad, since topping the chart in 1976 with If You Leave Me Now. Alison Moyet has a 40-placed cried-out hurdle to 35, Limahl to 39 and Ultravox have a romping single with a great video at 40: Love’s Great Adventure. Meatloaf’s back with the fairly ordinary Modern Girl, at 54, while the utterly brilliant new-career-peak Nile-Rodgers-produced Mad-Max-epic-video of The Wild Boys takes Duran Duran up a step, and has the bonus of seeing Simon Le Bon dunked under water several times. I’m So Excited (say The Pointer Sisters, obviously having seen and heard it, at 65), Eddy Grant, Psychedelic Furs also pop in.

On TV a classic 60’s sci-fi movie – make that the first proper modern sci-fi classic movie, Planet Of The Apes, while new kids animated adventure series Dungeons And Dragons appealed to me. I had the board game, and no-one to play it with. So sad!

In My Life: I went along to the youth club, intending on telling them I was going to pack it in, and somehow got talked into committing more as the numbers of adults fell to 3, and I instead played darts with the kids. I’m such a pushover! Work: Milton Abbas, all thatched delight, Dorchester, guessing road widths before measuring them, space invaders at lunchtime in a pub. At home rang grandma in Liverpool who didn’t sound at all well, which caused me anxiety, and the next morning my pet budgie was in distress, which upset me as I’d seen the signs before. By the time I got home he was dead, the last of my many budgies (I had an aviary and used to breed them, I love animals what can I say!). He’d lived 8 years, was the first budgie born in my small aviary in April 1976, and outlived them all.

The weekend: took mum to see her friend from mansfield, Elsie, in Bournemouth, then drove to Poole on my own for a record fair, bought lots of singles I’d been after, then back to pick up mum. Got shown round Elsie and Keith’s hotel (very nice). Took mum to pick up some furniture and while parking touched the bumper of an old Rover in front, the even older driver jumped out and blew a fuse even though it was going at 2mph and caused no damage to either car. Had to swap insurance details anyway. Posh Git had me fuming inside!

Sunday we went to Chippenham, to see Bud and Doreen where young baby Jamie was now nearly-grown-up brainy James and we got the terrible whole story about Dale and his fiancee, and the events leading up to their death, out on a driving lesson doing 25 mph in a mini, which exploded when they hit a tree for some unknown reason. Dale’s room and fish tank was as he’d left it, quite some time later by now. Gary, the middle brother, also arrived with his wife to see us and we all went through some old Singapore photos and tapes of singing and laughing, I think the memories of happier times was both good and terribly sad. Bud said Dale would have loved being there that day, enjoying the memories. For both families, I think, Singapore was a time of great happiness, which can be a rare thing in life. Bud told me about his Falklands flights (still aircraft crew) and having enlisted again in the RAF now flying all over the world. Eventually we had to leave, wished everything could be made right for them all, I liked and admired them so much. I left thinking Dale dying was the most tragic thing to hit me personally, and I wished I could have been there to change events. I just did. Still having sleepless nights about it all.

As an aside, in my mind 1984 was my year from hell, and now I re-read events for the first time 30 years on from my diaries, it really WAS the year from hell for me. Sometimes in life there are long periods of mostly uneventful muddling along, and sometimes week after week after week there is no such thing as a nice quiet life. My life veers towards the latter quite often, and especially the last 16 or 17 years where many of the years make 1984 seem relatively bearable.

1 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
2 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
3 ( 4 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
4 ( 9 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
5 ( 3 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
6 ( 17 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
7 ( 7 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
8 ( 8 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
9 ( 18 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
10 ( 30 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council

11 ( 13 ) WHY Bronski Beat
12 ( 5 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
13 ( 24 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
14 ( 40 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
15 ( 47 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
16 ( 6 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
17 ( 33 ) FREEDOM Wham!
18 ( 10 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
19 ( 14 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
20 ( 11 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD

21 ( 37 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
22 ( 15 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
23 ( 12 ) CATH The Bluebells
24 ( 16 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
25 ( 26 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 20 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
27 ( 19 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
28 ( NEW ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
29 ( 21 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
30 ( 32 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey

31 ( 34 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
32 ( 25 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
33 ( 27 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
34 ( 23 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
35 ( 75 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
36 ( 31 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
37 ( 22 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
38 ( 53 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
39 ( 67 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
40 ( NEW ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox

41 ( 29 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
42 ( 28 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
43 ( 51 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet
44 ( 36 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
45 ( 45 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
46 ( 72 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
47 ( 38 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
48 ( 55 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
49 ( 35 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner
50 ( 57 ) WHO WEARS THESE SHOES Elton John

51 ( 48 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
52 ( 42 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
53 ( 41 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
54 ( NEW ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
55 ( 46 ) ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS XTC
56 ( 43 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
57 ( NEW ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
58 ( 39 ) ACCELERATION Bill Nelson
59 ( 60 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
60 ( 71 ) FEEL IT Feelabilia

61 ( 52 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
62 ( 54 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
63 ( 49 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
64 ( 44 ) TORTURE The Jacksons
65 ( NEW ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
66 ( 56 ) LIKE TO GET TO KNOW YOU WELL Howard Jones
67 ( 50 ) HAMMER TO FALL Queen
68 ( 61 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
69 ( 68 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 69 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) BOYS IN THE STREET Eddy Grant
72 ( NEW ) HEARTBEAT The Psychedelic Furs
73 ( 62 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
74 ( 58 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
75 ( NEW ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Page

TV
1 Planet Of The Apes: film
1 Star Trek: Today Is Yesterday
3 MASH
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Addams Family
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Terrahawks
8 Rockford Files
9 Whistle Test
10 Dungeons And Dragons

31st October 1984

After 3 weeks at 2, the sublime, hauntingly beautiful Drive parks at the top, The Cars getting a number one after 6 years of trying. Hot on their heels though, it’s Duran Duran’s Wild Boys punching their way to 2 from 57, their biggest record to date. Chaka Khan gets her third top 10 with a Prince song, and 10 years since her first (both previously with Rufus, so her first official solo top 10 hit). Kim Wilde is also back in the 10, just go for it, Kim! Not The Second Time, it’s her 4th, and first one since 1981.

Limahl is never ending at 13, while highest two new entries are UK flops, from Bucks Fizz (at 16 with Golden Days) and Cyndi Lauper (25 with another album single All Through The Night). Under-appreciated both. ZZ Top get a sudden reversal shooting up to 17, Heaven 17, like the seagulls in Finding Nemo say “Mine” at 34, a new entry, and Alvin really won’t run away as he re-enters at 39.

Quo are back covering Dion’s way better original version of The Wanderer at 47, Sheena Easton gets an early not-yet-released entry for her new raunchy image, as she struts her way to 67, strut, pah, put it out, that’s what you want from women. Apparently! Murray Head had a name in the first cast version of Jesus Christ Superstar, and is the brother of Anthony Head, who did some decent singing in Buffy The Vampire Slayer – the Abba boys obviously took notice as they got him to sing One Night In Bangkok for their new musical Chess. In the absence of Abba (forever, as it turned out) this was a mighty fine substitute, a tad seedy, a bit catchy, and very thumping. Lastly, at 71 it’s a good debut single from Rebbie Jackson, Michael’s oldest sister, then 34, and written by him and with him on backing vocals. Shame it’s obscure these days and wasn’t a UK hit – though it was big in the USA.

At home, mum dad and I still having problems getting over Dale’s death, which put other stuff into perspective, like the rejection letter I got from my old college (to do a postgrad teaching course), though I was getting quite stressed by now with the driving of Monic, still giving me lifts into work and I was sorta happy when the car stalled and forced her to slow down. I had a letter for an interview at Exeter, which made me worry at work asking for the day off after just starting. Doreen rang, Bud, James and her came down on Sunday, and showed them my room which made them think of Dale, as we liked a lot of the same stuff, music, fish tanks & animals, art, photography and so on. We took them to the marine camp and showed them round the NAAFI which they enjoyed I think. Popped to Sandbanks, let James play on my guitar while I listened to the charts rundown upstairs, and they left at 7. We all still wished we could do something to help in some way, but of course there isn’t really.

1 ( 2 ) DRIVE The Cars
2 ( 57 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
3 ( 1 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
4 ( 3 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
5 ( 6 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
6 ( 9 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
7 ( 4 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey
8 ( 15 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
9 ( 7 ) SKIN DEEP The Stranglers
10 ( 14 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde

11 ( 5 ) PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE) U2
12 ( 10 ) SHOUT TO THE TOP The Style Council
13 ( 39 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
14 ( 17 ) FREEDOM Wham!
15 ( 13 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
16 ( NEW ) GOLDEN DAYS Bucks Fizz
17 ( 45 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVIN’ ZZ Top
18 ( 12 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
19 ( 8 ) MISSING YOU John Waite
20 ( 28 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

21 ( 35 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
22 ( 11 ) WHY Bronski Beat
23 ( 30 ) LISTEN TO YOUR FATHER Feargal Sharkey
24 ( 16 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
25 ( NEW ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
26 ( 18 ) SMOOTH OPERATOR Sade
27 ( 31 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
28 ( 40 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
29 ( 20 ) TESLA GIRLS OMD
30 ( 22 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

31 ( 19 ) IF IT HAPPENS AGAIN UB40
32 ( 26 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
33 ( 27 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
34 ( NEW ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
35 ( 24 ) BIG IN JAPAN Alphaville
36 ( 21 ) I’M GONNA TEAR YOUR PLAYHOUSE DOWN Paul Young
37 ( 38 ) PENNY LOVER Lionel Richie
38 ( 23 ) CATH The Bluebells
39 ( RE ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
40 ( 43 ) HIGHLY STRUNG Spandau Ballet

41 ( 25 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
42 ( 36 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
43 ( 29 ) LOVE KILLS Freddie Mercury
44 ( 48 ) THE LUCKY ONE Laura Branigan
45 ( 65 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
46 ( 33 ) THE MEDICINE SONG Stephanie Mills
47 ( NEW ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
48 ( 32 ) BLUE JEAN David Bowie
49 ( 34 ) APOLLO 9 Adam Ant
50 ( 50 ) WHO WEARS THESE SHOES Elton John

51 ( 41 ) DR. BEAT Miami Sound Machine
52 ( 37 ) MR. SOLITAIRE Animal Nightlife
53 ( 75 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Page
54 ( 54 ) MODERN GIRL Meatloaf
55 ( 51 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
56 ( 42 ) TOUR DE FRANCE (REMIX) Kraftwerk
57 ( 47 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
58 ( 44 ) PURPLE RAIN Prince And The Revolution
59 ( 46 ) SHINE SHINE Barry Gibb
60 ( 49 ) BETTER BE GOOD TO ME Tina Turner

61 ( 52 ) THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Astrud Gilberto
62 ( 53 ) TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP Bucks Fizz
63 ( 56 ) WHAT I LIKE MOST ABOUT YOU (IS YOUR GIRLFRIEND) The Special AKA
64 ( 62 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
65 ( 61 ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
66 ( 72 ) HEARTBEAT The Psychedelic Furs
67 ( NEW ) STRUT Sheena Easton
68 ( NEW ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 70 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson

71 ( NEW ) CENTIPEDE Rebbie Jackson
72 ( 59 ) SEXY GIRL Glen Frey
73 ( 68 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
74 ( 63 ) PASSENGERS Elton John
75 ( RE ) ON THE WINGS OF A NIGHTINGALE The Everly Brothers

TV
1 National Lampoon’s Animal House: film
1 Star Trek: Court Martial
3 MASH
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Addams Family
6 Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Terrahawks
8 The Professionals
9 Tenko
10 Entertainment USA

My 1984 Charts – June

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Swanage…

 

5th June 1984

2 weeks for jazzy Style Council, heading a laid-back upper-chart, matching the sunny summer of ’84, and in contrast to my increasingly low self-worth, depression and feelings of failure, sitting in my lonely bedroom. I hadn’t quite started banging my head on the walls in frustration at my mental state, but it wasn’t far off. Happy days…

The gorgeous Everything But The Girl at 2 give a truly jazzy Top 10, with Sade leaping to 9 to underline it. A bit of raunchy dance was my other main theme of the time, Evelyn Thomas pushing up the bpm’s at 5, and Rod rockin’ it dance-wise with the under-rated Infatuation shooting up to 8. Howard Jones gets a 4th Top 10 in a row, The Smiths get 3 Top 20’s in a row as Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now (Oh how that was my anthem of the time!) shoots up to 16.

Bruce, Chrissie and Nick Heyward all get another Top 20 hit, Bruce’s first for 3 years, and 9 years on from Born To Run’s debut. Highest new entry meanwhile is Madness, uncharacteristically with a ballad, One Better Day at 32, just ahead of newie from Siouxsie and oldie from Jacko – yet another reissued Motown classic to join his other tracks. He was quite big in 1984. Sister Sledge’s oldie also joins him in the 40.

Elsewhere, a classic debut from Bronski Beat, and an outright in-ya-face gay-themed video and song, hi-NRG and fab, Smalltown Boy at 42. TV movie Sgt Matlovich was also a TV first based on a true story of a gay soldier getting booted out of the US Air Force for being gay. Ozzy’s a bit tired at 47, not surprising as he hadn’t stopped partying since Paranoid, 14 years earlier. Gary Glitter makes a comeback on the back of being a big live touring draw. I saw him most Christmas or New Years Eves in the 80’s, and a good time was had by all, it was a massive party. Dance Me Up was the most glam-sounding single he’d done for some years, though not up to the 70’s stuff.

OMD were also back with yet another great single, Talking Loud And Clear at 74, Scritti’s follow-up to a chart-topper, Absolutely at 69, and Spandau go all smooth (and largely bland) at 65 with Only When You Leave. Finally David “Japan” Sylvian has a red guitar at 75. On TV, dropping from last week’s number one, The Young Ones have guest Jennifer Saunders as a murderess (in reality Ade Edmonson’s other half), and I can’t let it go without comment on the tragic passing of Rik Mayall, comedy hero of the 80’s and 90’s, beloved of many of that generation. So sad.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 4 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
3 ( 2 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
4 ( 5 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
5 ( 17 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
6 ( 3 ) THE LEBANON Human League
7 ( 6 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
8 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
9 ( 37 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
10 ( 13 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones

11 ( 7 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
12 ( 15 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
13 ( 10 ) SEARCHING Hazell Dean
14 ( 12 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
15 ( 8 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 55 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
17 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
18 ( 9 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
20 ( 28 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 11 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
22 ( 14 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
23 ( 30 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
24 ( 31 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
25 ( 16 ) ASSASSING Marillion
26 ( 19 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
27 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
28 ( 18 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
29 ( 20 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
30 ( 44 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl

31 ( 26 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
32 ( NEW ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
33 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
34 ( 38 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
35 ( 34 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
36 ( 22 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
37 ( NEW ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
38 ( 36 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 24 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
40 ( NEW ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 32 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
43 ( 41 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 ( 29 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
45 ( 23 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine
46 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
47 ( NEW ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
48 ( 39 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
49 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
50 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

51 ( 43 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
52 ( 52 ) DON’T LET GO Wang Chung
53 ( 42 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( NEW ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
56 ( 53 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
57 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
58 ( 47 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
59 ( 49 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
60 ( 56 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 64 ) LOVE ME TENDER Roland Rat
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 51 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
65 ( NEW ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
66 ( 65 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
67 ( 40 ) SWEETEST SWEETEST Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 60 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
69 ( NEW ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
70 ( 70 ) LOVE LIES LOST Helen Terry

71 ( 45 ) THE LONGEST TIME Billy Joel
72 ( 66 ) IT’S A MIRACLE Culture Club
73 ( NEW ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
74 ( 62 ) HELLO Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian

 

TV
1 Scully
2 The Young Ones: French & Saunders
3 The Addams Family
4 Sgt Matlovich vs The Air Force (TV film)
5 Cheers
6 The Twilight Zone
7 Hill Street Blues
8 Soap
9 Spitting Image
10 The Professionals
11 Film 84 Special: Stephen Spielberg
12 Top Of The Pops
13 Batman
14 Empire
15 WKRP In Cincinatti

 

12th June 1984

3rd and final week on top for The Style Council, as the Top 10 gets volatile. The Smiths rocket up to 2, and Morrissey is still miserable about it. No change there then. Rod gets his biggest hit since Baby Jane as Infatuation goes up to 3, and new in at 7, follow-up to Relax, much-hyped and much-anticipated, it’s Frankie Goes To Hollywood with the soundtrack to the summer and future classic, Two Tribes, with that memorable video. Bronski Beat, though, beat them to the top 5, bounding up with their smalltown boy to 5, while Sade’s minor hit is a major hit here at 4.

Bruce up to 13, a year ahead of bigger UK success with it, and Madonna’s Borderline in at 50, 3rd hit, and 2 years ahead of her bigger UK hit success with it. Madness keep up their string of Top 20 hits, 5 years without a miss, Change (aka Luther Vandross, at times) enter with the dancetastic Change Of Heart and OMD get 4 years of Top 40 hits at 39.

Other new entries: Billy Idol at 50, with the oddly-titled, yet brilliant, Eyes Without A Face. It was his first real ballad, a million miles away from King Rocker. That’s not a bad thing. Debuting at 64, the fantastic Lloyd Cole & The Commotions and the fabulous Perfect Skin. One of the mysteries of life is Lloyd Cole never having huge success with his jangly indierock. Lastly, at 73, The Mighty Wah! (aka Wah!, Wah! Heat, and Pete Wylie) return chart-bound after a break since their number one Story Of The Blues, with the equally Spector-ish Come Back.

TV? It’s still The Young Ones dominating my TV world, such a shame they didn’t do another series, I know I was soooo sad they didn’t. Also must mention Scully, a UK show set in Liverpool (the setting was close to my heart, as I was still commuting there regularly to pick and return my grandma), it was amusing and well-written drama, and had an Elvis Costello theme tune Turning The Town Red (and he was in it). It fit in nicely with the mood of the times, and the number of Scousers in the chart, not to mention the local Dorset relocated Scouse community enjoying the beach weather. Elvis Costello meanwhile enters at 31 with his most-gorgeous ballad, the heart-melting I Wanna Be Loved, which also meant a lot to me that summer, and the video is juuuust wonderful.

1 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
2 ( 16 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( 8 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
4 ( 9 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
5 ( 42 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 5 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
7 ( NEW ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
8 ( 10 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
9 ( 3 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
10 ( 2 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl

11 ( 4 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
12 ( 6 ) THE LEBANON Human League
13 ( 17 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
14 ( 7 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
15 ( 11 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
16 ( 27 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
17 ( 32 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
18 ( 19 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
20 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders

21 ( 12 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
22 ( 15 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
23 ( 13 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
24 ( 33 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 46 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
26 ( 37 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
27 ( 47 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
28 ( 30 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
29 ( 14 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
30 ( 55 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
32 ( 22 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
33 ( 21 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
34 ( 26 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
35 ( NEW ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
36 ( 31 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
37 ( 24 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
38 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
39 ( 73 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
40 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

41 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
42 ( 29 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
43 ( 28 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne
44 ( 43 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
45 ( 36 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
46 ( 39 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
47 ( 65 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
48 ( 23 ) DRAG ME DOWN The Boomtown Rats
49 ( 25 ) ASSASSING Marillion
50 ( NEW ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol

51 ( 35 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
52 ( 34 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
53 ( NEW ) BORDERLINE Madonna
54 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
55 ( 51 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
56 ( 69 ) ABSOLUTELY Scritti Politti
57 ( 48 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
58 ( 44 ) FOOTLOOSE Kenny Loggins
59 ( 56 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
60 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 49 ) SOMEBODY ELSE’S GUY Jocelyn Brown
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
65 ( 53 ) THIEVES LIKE US New Order
66 ( 75 ) RED GUITAR David Sylvian
67 ( 59 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling
68 ( 58 ) GLAD IT’S ALLOVER Captain Sensible
69 ( 66 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
70 ( 45 ) BREAK DANCE PARTY Break Machine

71 ( 57 ) EXTRAORDINARY GIRL The O’Jays
72 ( 68 ) UP ON THE CATWALK Simple Minds
73 ( NEW ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
74 ( 64 ) THE CATERPILLAR The Cure
75 ( 50 ) THE RUNNER Manfred Mann’s Earthband

TV
1 The Young Ones: colds
2 Cheers
3 Scully
4 Top Of The Pops
5 Soap
6 Hill Street Blues
7 The Addams Family
8 Bewitched
9 The Young Ones: french & saunders
10 Batman

 

19th June 1984

My pop chart goes frantic, as another influx of classic tracks jostles with a host of big climbers and big fallers. Essentially, in retrospect, it’s fairly obvious depression hit me this week for the first time in my life, I had no idea what it was , how to deal with it, and the Doctor was of no use whatsoever just poo-poohing me to go away and stop bothering him (more or less) as there was nothing wrong with me. There was. I was in a permanent state of misery, life was joyless, and emotions were building up inside me with no outlet except music. Music kept me sane. Ish. My family were starting to notice the change, but as a family there other problems as my brother was looking for work while the pits were on strike and no money, my sister-in-law Sue was pregnant with my nephew, and mum and dad had a busy NAAFI bar and shop to run 7 days a week. My Top 10 says it all, really:

Two Tribes hit the top giving Frankie their second number one, and reflecting CND and east-west tensions of the time, keeping off The Smiths from the top. I think I was so miserable now, heaven knows I couldn’t bear to have it on top. Highest new entry, in at 3, another depressive anthem, the first one from the Human League (and their least successful UK chart hit to date since Dare), but it spoke to me a lot and followed on from 5 consecutive chart-toppers. Elvis Costello gets his biggest-ever hit as I Wanna Be Loved shoots up to 6, another song that meant a lot to me. Just to underline the down-moods, Pretenders get 5 years of Top 10’s with the sad Thin Line, and Madness do the same with the depressing One Better day. Bung in Ozzy’s So Tired at 12, Cyndi’s Time After Time entering at 14 and there wasn’t much to laugh at going on…

Most cheerful or upbeat tracks suffer big falls, and there’s a host of new tracks and a re-entry from Nik Kershaw finally making the Top 20 7 months after debuting. Robin Gibb was very much in solo single form in the absence of the Bee Gees, and the fab Boys Do Fall In Love has a bit more cheer at 23, and Alison Moyet’s moody solo debut Love Resurrection (complete with VERY naughty innuendo) charges in at 26.

A rap classic enters at 41 the awesome White Lines, back in the days when you could rap along to rappers comfortably, learn the words and the intonation meant something. A manic pace, incoherent vocabulary, and misogynistic cliched drivel not required. Even more classic, Prince is back, and When Doves Cry was a departure in sound, percussion-heavy, inventive and brilliantly exciting, in at 57. Party classic Jump (For My Love) is in at 59 for the Pointer Sisters, Tina Turner’s classic (and future movie-bio title) What’s Love Got To Do With It is in at 72, while Jim Steinman’s Streets Of Fire movie song enters at 71 for Fire Inc. Phew!

TV, it was still The Young Ones, as we waved goodbye forever this week (bar the single with Cliff), the week when Rik Mayall gets a top 10 hit thanks to goodwill from those like me who they meant a lot to, they really were a generation gap TV show.

1 ( 7 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
3 ( NEW ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 3 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
5 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
6 ( 31 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
7 ( 1 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
8 ( 4 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
9 ( 20 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
10 ( 17 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness

11 ( 18 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 27 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
13 ( 6 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
14 ( NEW ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
15 ( 12 ) THE LEBANON Human League
16 ( 11 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
17 ( 8 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
18 ( NEW ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
19 ( 26 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
20 ( 25 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

21 ( 15 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
22 ( 10 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
23 ( NEW ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
25 ( 16 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
26 ( NEW ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
27 ( 39 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
28 ( 35 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 9 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
30 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 19 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
32 ( 13 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 22 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
34 ( 14 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
35 ( 50 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
36 ( 56 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
37 ( 21 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
38 ( 23 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
39 ( 47 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
40 ( 73 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!

41 ( NEW ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
42 ( 32 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
43 ( 36 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
44 ( 33 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
45 ( 38 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
46 ( 41 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
47 ( 44 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
49 ( 34 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
50 ( 64 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

51 ( 37 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
52 ( 53 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
53 ( 40 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
54 ( 45 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange
55 ( 54 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
56 ( 28 ) TOO MUCH TROUBLE Limahl
57 ( NEW ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
58 ( 46 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
59 ( NEW ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
60 ( 43 ) STAY WITH ME TONIGHT Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 60 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 59 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
65 ( 42 ) I’LL BE AROUND Terri Wells
66 ( 55 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
67 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
68 ( 57 ) LOCOMOTION OMD
69 ( 51 ) AGAINST ALL ODDS Phil Collins
70 ( NEW ) TONIGHT IS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE YOUNG Jim Steinman and Fire Inc

71 ( 52 ) GOING DOWNTOWN TONIGHT Status Quo
72 ( NEW ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
73 ( 69 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE JB’s All Stars
75 ( 67 ) MAJOR TOM (COMING HOME) Peter Schilling

TV
1 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Special Edition)
2 The Young Ones: final episode
3 The Young Ones: colds
4 Scully
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Rhoda
7 Soap
8 The Addams Family
9 Hill Street Blues
10 Bewitched

 

26th June 1984

Two Tribes two weeks on top. Elvis Costello has to be content with runners-up for the gorgeous I Wanna Be Loved, I’m sad to say that’s the highest he’s ever climbed in my chart in a very long chart career, though that also applies to the UK singles chart (only Oliver’s Army peaked at 2). Rocketing up to 4, and his biggest hit to date, for Billy Idol’s moody and mysterious Eyes Without A Face. Sad songs very much saying so much to me, as Cyndi Lauper gets her 2nd Top 10 with Time After Time, OMD get their 8th top 10, and Sister Sledge their 3rd.

New at 7, reissued Waiting In Vain gives Bob Marley a second top 10 hit with the 1977 classic, one of my fave Marley songs. The Pointer Sisters Jump to 13, Lloyd Cole is perfect at 16, leaping high, and Gary Glitter gets his 10th Top 20 hit. Prince flies high with his crying doves at 21, his 3rd Top 40 hit, and highest new song is Ollie and Jerry’s movie song Breakin’ in at 30. Tina Turner makes the Top 40 for the 3rd time solo (5th in total), and a second top 40 hit for the Bluebells, co-written with Bananarama and a 1980 track recorded by them first, and a future 90’s number one classic, Young At Heart. Barry Blue produced it, too.

The Associates are back, 2 years after their number one, at 49, Squeeze are back (more or less) with Difford & Tillbrook at 59, 6 years after debuting. The Gap Band are jamming at 64, The Jacksons are shocked to get a new entry at 66 with megastars Michael Jackson and Mick Jagger on vocals – well, shocked at how underwhelming it all was all things considered. Marc Almond shows he’s The Boy Who Came Back at 71, Tom Robinson’s back in the old country at 75, appropriately behind Lionel Richie’s old-sounding country song, Stuck On You, a record I ended up loathing. I still can’t bear hearing it, not for any musical reasons, more for the all-too-vivid reminders of how bad I felt, as I developed a lovely new psychological problem (it’s obvious now, but felt real at the time) with the sensation of something stuck in my throat around the top of my back and neck. It was clearly stress-induced, but in those poo-pooing doctors, and no internet, days (to google symptoms) who the hell knew what was wrong. Which starts off even more anxiety and stress and so it snowballs onwards… Anyway, Stuck = stuck in my throat to me, and it made me feel bad after it had been in the charts a few weeks.
1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 6 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
3 ( 3 ) LIFE ON MY OWN Human League
4 ( 35 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
5 ( 2 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
6 ( 14 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
7 ( NEW ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
8 ( 5 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
9 ( 27 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
10 ( 25 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

11 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
12 ( 4 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
13 ( 59 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
14 ( 7 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
15 ( 8 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
16 ( 50 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 26 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
18 ( 19 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
19 ( 10 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
20 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

21 ( 57 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
22 ( 15 ) THE LEBANON Human League
23 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 18 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
25 ( 9 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
26 ( 12 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 36 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
28 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
29 ( 41 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
30 ( NEW ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry

31 ( 16 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
32 ( 21 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
33 ( 17 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
34 ( 13 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
35 ( 40 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
36 ( NEW ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
37 ( 22 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 31 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
39 ( 72 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
40 ( 52 ) BORDERLINE Madonna

41 ( 33 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 20 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
43 ( 37 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
44 ( 24 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
45 ( 38 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
46 ( 34 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
47 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
48 ( 29 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
49 ( NEW ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti

51 ( 45 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
52 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
53 ( 43 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
54 ( 44 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
55 ( 39 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
56 ( 55 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 53 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 42 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
59 ( NEW ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
60 ( 48 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!

61 ( 49 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( NEW ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
65 ( 62 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
66 ( NEW ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
67 ( 51 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
68 ( 64 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
69 ( 58 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 54 ) DON’T TELL ME Blancmange

71 ( NEW ) THE BOY WHO CAME BACK Marc Almond
72 ( 67 ) I LOVE YOU (WHEN YOU SLEEP) Tracie
73 ( 73 ) THRILLER Michael Jackson
74 ( NEW ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

TV
1 Star Trek: The Man Trap
2 Scully
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Addams Family
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 Soap
8 Batman
9 The Professionals
10 Upstairs Downstairs