My Sept 1985 charts

w/e 2nd September 2017

having peaked at 5 and dropped, it’s a sudden climb to top my charts for Bucks Fizz’ chart-flop (but fab) You And Your Heart So Blue, their 4th time on top. I think I bought the record in the cut-price basket and got to play it loud, as it should be. Mick & Dave go top 10 along with Bry just behind, all 3 of ’em dad dancing. The Thompson Twins shoot up into the 20 with Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream, not one of their bigger UK chart hits, but I liked it. Amii Stewart takes her 2 remixed 1979 top hits back into the 20, Red Box’ fabness drives into the 30, and highest new entry is the obscure follow-up to the classic Life In A Northern Town from Dream Academy, at 29.

Bananarama ask not to be disturbed, just about the last of their Jolly Swainey jangletoons, as Mai Tai also drink to making the top 40, and a rock classic, err, limps up to 36 for Bryan Adams, possibly cos I recalled the Summer of ’69 very well and it sounded much better than that! Blancmange are back, What’s Your Problem? they ask – to which the answer is, no more big hits, sadly. Enjoyed them recently in concert though (2016). There’s another well-recalled song from Bonnie Tyler popping in at 60, that was decent enough, but no Total Eclipse Of The Heart. Laura Branigan is also back, with a track I’ve forgotten, Dio rocks in, and best of all a ballad from Dusty Springfield brings her back into my chart, more in line with her 60’s stuff than the fab gentle disco of Baby Blue in 1979.

1 ( 33 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
2 ( 1 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
3 ( 2 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
4 ( 4 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
5 ( 3 ) DRIVE The Cars
6 ( 14 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
7 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
8 ( 19 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
9 ( 8 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
10 ( 7 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics

11 ( 5 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
12 ( 12 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
13 ( 13 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
14 ( 18 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
15 ( 17 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
16 ( 45 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
17 ( 10 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
18 ( 9 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
19 ( 34 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
20 ( 23 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness

21 ( 22 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
22 ( 24 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
23 ( 20 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
24 ( 40 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
25 ( 11 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
26 ( 15 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
27 ( 61 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
28 ( 25 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
29 ( NEW ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
30 ( 16 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu

31 ( 73 ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
32 ( 39 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
33 ( 50 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
34 ( 29 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
35 ( 36 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
36 ( 42 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
37 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
38 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
39 ( 21 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
40 ( 30 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham

41 ( 26 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
42 ( 28 ) CHANGE Sparks
43 ( 47 ) TAKES A LITTLE TIME Total Contrast
44 ( 31 ) SECRET OMD
45 ( 43 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
46 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
47 ( 71 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
48 ( 56 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes
49 ( 48 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
50 ( 66 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

51 ( 51 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
52 ( 52 ) CRY Godley And Creme
53 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
54 ( 49 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
55 ( 27 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Elvis Presley
56 ( 32 ) 5 MINUTES (ONE DAY – LIES LIES..) Mainframe
57 ( 44 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Five Star
58 ( 57 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
59 ( 35 ) SOME PEOPLE Belouis Some
60 ( NEW ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler

61 ( 41 ) RASPBERRY BERET Prince
62 ( NEW ) SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan
63 ( 63 ) NEVER SURRENDER Corey Hart
64 ( 70 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
65 ( 54 ) DARE ME The Pointer Sisters
66 ( 55 ) AXEL F Harold Faltemeyer
67 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHILDREN Dio
68 ( 75 ) (JOY) I KNOW IT Odyssey
69 ( NEW ) SOMETIMES LIKE BUTTERFLIES Dusty Springfield
70 ( 58 ) GOODBYE GIRL Go West

71 ( 69 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
72 ( 46 ) LIVE IS LIFE Opus
73 ( NEW ) UNKISS THAT KISS Stephen Duffy
74 ( 68 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
75 ( 65 ) DUEL Propaganda

 

w/e 10th September 1985

It’s Dancing In The Live Aid Street as Bowie & Jagger outdo the Martha & The Vandellas original in my charts – though not in terms of quality! Red Box rocket to 2, catchy left-wing-pop, and The Twins get a 3rd or 4th top 10 and Dan Hartman a second, some 7 years after the first (Instant Replay). There’s loads of new entries in a busy chart, and Blancmange jump into the 40 at 22, Bonnie Tyler to 29 for 9 years of hits, and 2 early 80’s reissued Tears For Fears singles make the 40 belatedly – though Pale Shelter did it in 1982 in re-recorded form, a track used as the basis to the fab The Weeknd’s Secrets, which topped my chart months back as I write (2017).

Highest actual new track – If I Was. Midge Ure’s solo mini-masterpiece followed the Ultravox break-up, and gave him a first solo hit since his cover of No Regrets went top 10 in 1982, and 9 years since he was very young and Slik, Forever And Ever. Carly Simon, as ever in those days, back with the occasional minor hit at 38, her best since Will Powers’ Kissing With Confidence hit 2 in my charts in 1983 (she did all the singing). Billy Idol’s early 80’s American hit finally also charts in the UK, and recharts here, as follow up to White Wedding: Rebel Yell!

Others, Marillion dilly-dillying, Bucks Fizz are Magical, though actually less magical than the track dropping from the top of my charts, Strawberry Switchblade cover a 1976 top 10 for Dolly Parton, that’ll be Jolene then, Hipsway do a spot of gospel, the Frankie gals miss a perfect opportunity to retitle a song Dancing On The Jagged Sledge, Heaven 17 and Propaganda lease out their lead vocalists for a duet I’ve forgotten – though like the sound of it so I’m bound to youtube it and buy it as I didn’t get it at the time. Scritti Politti are back with a laid-back Green sounding American hit, Lloyd Cole causes a mild commotion a year on from Perfect Skin, and China Crisis get a paper cut. Phew!

1 ( 6 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
2 ( 27 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
3 ( 2 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
4 ( 4 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
5 ( 8 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
6 ( 3 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
7 ( 1 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
8 ( 16 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
9 ( 5 ) DRIVE The Cars
10 ( 13 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman

11 ( 12 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
12 ( 15 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
13 ( 7 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
14 ( 9 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
15 ( 19 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
16 ( 29 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
17 ( 24 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
18 ( 11 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
19 ( 22 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
20 ( 20 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness

21 ( 10 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
22 ( 46 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
23 ( 14 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
24 ( 21 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
25 ( 17 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
26 ( 18 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
27 ( NEW ) PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
28 ( 31 ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
29 ( 60 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
30 ( 33 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai

31 ( 23 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
32 ( 35 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
33 ( NEW ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
34 ( 50 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
35 ( NEW ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
36 ( 36 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
37 ( 25 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
38 ( NEW ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
39 ( 26 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
40 ( NEW ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol

41 ( 34 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
42 ( 28 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
43 ( 43 ) TAKES A LITTLE TIME Total Contrast
44 ( 38 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
45 ( 47 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
46 ( 37 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
47 ( 45 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
48 ( 40 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
49 ( 39 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
50 ( 69 ) SOMETIMES LIKE BUTTERFLIES Dusty Springfield

51 ( 49 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
52 ( 51 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
53 ( 62 ) SPANISH EDDIE Laura Branigan
54 ( 44 ) SECRET OMD
55 ( NEW ) LAVENDER Marillion
56 ( 41 ) SHE SELLS SANCTUARY The Cult
57 ( NEW ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
58 ( 58 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
59 ( 67 ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL CHILDREN Dio
60 ( NEW ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade

61 ( 52 ) CRY Godley And Creme
62 ( 53 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
63 ( 42 ) CHANGE Sparks
64 ( NEW ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
65 ( NEW ) DANCING ON THE JAGGED EDGE Sister Sledge
66 ( 32 ) EMPTY ROOMS Gary Moore
67 ( NEW ) WHEN YOUR HEART RUNS OUT OF TIME Glen Gregory and Claudia Brucken
68 ( 30 ) EXCITABLE Amazulu
69 ( 54 ) HISTORY Mai Tai
70 ( NEW ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti

71 ( NEW ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
72 ( NEW ) THE SHOW (THEME FROM CONNIE) Rebecca Storm
73 ( 71 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
74 ( NEW ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis
75 ( 48 ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes

18th September 1985

It’s a new number one, thankfully knocking off Bowie & Jagger from the top after one week only – Red Box and the fab Lean On Me. Tears For Fears grab another top 5, their 5th, with oldie Suffer The Children rocketing up. Blancmange also grab another top 10, their 3rd, and Stevie Wonder hits 9, 17 years after his first (For Once In My Life, a cover of a Tony Bennett minor hit from 1967). Stevie’s also back assisting uncredited on Cliff’s new song from Dave Clark’s musical album of the future musical Time, and Cliff is also 17 years in to his career.

Midge Ure shoots up to 12, If I Was, and it’s a magical rise to 26 for Bucks Fizz, back in the UK album chart this very week after an absence of 30-odd years – albeit known as The Fizz, and only three-quarters of the original line-up. Highest new entry is Madonna, she’s a UK singles chart Angel in 1985, totally her year, no question. Changing the face of megapop to female vocalists. In at 36, a future shoddy hit cover for Eric Clapton, but here the brilliant original from Greg Phillinganes, Behind The Mask. Featured on Jonathan King’s Entertainment USA, and still not a hit.

Rene and Renata have split up, and he’s with Angela now – just kidding, it’s a smooth soul act newly in, as The Cure are back swiftly with the fab Wardrobe-on-a-cliff Close To Me. At 60, Diana Ross follows up a great single with one that should have been brilliant, written by 2 Gibb brothers and Michael Jackson, who helps more than a little on production and vocals. Di had to wait a few months for a proper Bee Gees classic song though, without Jacko to bring it down a notch (clearly saving his best efforts for Bad).

Know how we look back fondly on those childhood novelty songs? There’s one at 70, I have no memory of it at all, prob because I was 27 and not 7. Sneaking in at 74, it’s 70’s rock divas Heart, at long last charting with the triff What About Love. Sadly it took another another 3 years to progress further as Heart became AOR late 80’s UK faves a good decade after US success. The Damned are also back. Is It A Dream? It’s not Classix Nouveaux at any rate…

1 ( 2 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 1 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
3 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
4 ( 8 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
5 ( 35 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
6 ( 5 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
7 ( 4 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
8 ( 22 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
9 ( 17 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
10 ( 9 ) DRIVE The Cars

11 ( 19 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
12 ( 33 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
13 ( 15 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
14 ( 6 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
15 ( 7 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
16 ( 16 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
17 ( 20 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
18 ( 11 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
19 ( 10 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
20 ( 13 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

21 ( 29 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
22 ( 12 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
23 ( 18 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
24 ( 14 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
25 ( 32 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
26 ( 57 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz
27 ( 27 ) PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
28 ( 21 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
29 ( NEW ) ANGEL Madonna
30 ( 34 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News

31 ( 40 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
32 ( 23 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
33 ( NEW ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
34 ( 26 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
35 ( 38 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
36 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
37 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
38 ( 45 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
39 ( 55 ) LAVENDER Marillion
40 ( 71 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

41 ( 28 ) DO NOT DISTURB Bananarama
42 ( 25 ) TAKE ME HOME Phil Collins
43 ( 30 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
44 ( 65 ) DANCING ON THE JAGGED EDGE Sister Sledge
45 ( 31 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
46 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
47 ( 41 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
48 ( NEW ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
49 ( 60 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
50 ( 70 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti

51 ( 47 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
52 ( 51 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 46 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive
54 ( 37 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
55 ( 39 ) IN BETWEEN DAYS The Cure
56 ( 64 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
57 ( NEW ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
58 ( 52 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
59 ( 58 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( NEW ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross

61 ( 50 ) SOMETIMES LIKE BUTTERFLIES Dusty Springfield
62 ( 49 ) IN YOUR CAR The Cool Notes
63 ( 48 ) ROUND AND ROUND Jaki Graham
64 ( 72 ) THE SHOW (THEME FROM CONNIE) Rebecca Storm
65 ( NEW ) I THOUGHT I’D NEVER SEE YOU AGAIN Working Week
66 ( 67 ) WHEN YOUR HEART RUNS OUT OF TIME Glen Gregory and Claudia Brucken
67 ( 61 ) CRY Godley And Creme
68 ( 62 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
69 ( 36 ) SUMMER OF ’69 Bryan Adams
70 ( NEW ) WOODPECKERS FROM SPACE Video Kids

71 ( 42 ) DON QUIXOTE Nik Kershaw
72 ( 73 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
73 ( 44 ) LOVE IS THE SEVENTH WAVE Sting
74 ( NEW ) WHAT ABOUT LOVE Heart
75 ( NEW ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned

OLDIES CHART
1 SAVE THE COUNTRY The Fifth Dimension
2 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
3 WITHOUT YOU Nilsson

w/e 24th September 1985

It’s Red Box for a second week on top as Stevie Wonder shoots up to get his last top 3 with new material, after a 17 year-run. Midge Ure is up to 4, beating his 1982 No Regrets cover, Madonna makes it 5 top 10’s in 1985 with Angel, and The Cure get a 5th top 10 up 32 places. Greg Phillinganes and David Cassidy stride into the 20, and the highest new entry is a classic at 37 as A-Ha debut with Take On Me. That spearheads a mass invasion of new tracks, many of them inspired by the new pop TV show Jonathan King’s No Limits – the theme tune itself debuts at 75, as new young presenters win an X-Factor type race to host the show.

In at 38, The Style Council are back with one of their best tracks, The Lodgers, and Dead Or Alive make it 4 hits in a row at 40, My Heart Goes Bang. At 42, Colonel Abrams funky dance Trapped, 44 is a recharting 1982 hit from America, and Kim Carnes is back 5 years since her debut with More Love, in at 50 and she’s crazy in the night. Aren’t we all.

Journey are massive in the 21st Century thanks to Don’t Stop Believin’, but back in 1985 they meant very little in the UK, though they had a few charting hits for me starting with Anyway You Want It in 1980. Steve Perrie steps out here for a solo hit, at 57, Cameo bung in some Single Life funk to follow up the fab She’s Strange, future monster hit in the UK (but not her home USA) Jennifer Rush enters with The Power Of Love, the 3rd song within 12 months to use the title.

The Smiths near the end of their chart journey as The Boy With The Thorn In His Side sneaks in at 64, and Twiggy returns 9 years on from her chart debut, and 20 years since she burst onto the iconic British fashion scene, Jennifer Holliday is back 3 years on from her show-stopping, and unsurpassable, version of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going from Dream Girls – being sung these days by Amber Riley, former Glee star, Glee of course covering Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ to huge success, and causing the original to finally chart big in the UK.

Elaine Page returns, 4 years since Memories started her showtune singles chart career, and fresh off her UK chart-topper with Babs Dickson. That leaves Lou Reed making a chart comeback after quite a gap of time, some 12 years since Walk On The Wild Side, and Hall & Oates also back with a cover – in this case a Temptations medley. Phew! Loads of drop outs!

1 ( 1 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
2 ( 9 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
3 ( 3 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
4 ( 12 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
5 ( 2 ) DANCING IN THE STREET David Bowie & Mick Jagger
6 ( 8 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
7 ( 4 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
8 ( 29 ) ANGEL Madonna
9 ( 5 ) SUFFER THE CHILDREN Tears For Fears
10 ( 48 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure

11 ( 7 ) TARZAN BOY Baltimora
12 ( 6 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
13 ( 10 ) DRIVE The Cars
14 ( 16 ) THE LOVE PARADE Dream Academy
15 ( 17 ) YESTERDAY’S MEN Madness
16 ( 36 ) BEHIND THE MASK Greg Phillinganes
17 ( 15 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
18 ( 33 ) SOMEONE David Cassidy
19 ( 14 ) INTO THE GROOVE Madonna
20 ( 26 ) MAGICAL Bucks Fizz

21 ( 13 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
22 ( 31 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
23 ( 21 ) HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Bonnie Tyler
24 ( 20 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
25 ( 18 ) SAY I’M YOUR NUMBER ONE Princess
26 ( 40 ) BRAND NEW FRIEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
27 ( 19 ) I CAN DREAM ABOUT YOU Dan Hartman
28 ( 11 ) STORIES OF JOHNNY Marc Almond
29 ( 38 ) BODY ROCK Maria Vidal
30 ( 39 ) LAVENDER Marillion

31 ( 46 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
32 ( 24 ) WHITE WEDDING Billy Idol
33 ( 23 ) MONEY FOR NOTHING Dire Straits
34 ( 28 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
35 ( 35 ) MY BEST BOYFRIEND Carly Simon
36 ( 32 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
37 ( NEW ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
38 ( NEW ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
39 ( 75 ) IS IT A DREAM The Damned
40 ( NEW ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

41 ( 25 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
42 ( NEW ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
43 ( 34 ) WE DON’T NEED ANOTHER HERO (THUNDERDOME) Tina Turner
44 ( NEW ) THE BORDER America
45 ( 22 ) ALONE WITHOUT YOU King
46 ( 30 ) POWER OF LOVE Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( 50 ) PERFECT WAY Scritti Politti
48 ( 57 ) SHE’S SO BEAUTIFUL Cliff Richard
49 ( 49 ) JOLENE Strawberry Switchblade
50 ( NEW ) CRAZY IN THE NIGHT Kim Carnes

51 ( 47 ) GETCHA BACK The Beach Boys
52 ( 52 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
53 ( 51 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 27 ) PALE SHELTER Tears For Fears
55 ( 66 ) WHEN YOUR HEART RUNS OUT OF TIME Glen Gregory and Claudia Brucken
56 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME D. Train
57 ( NEW ) OH SHERRIE Steve Perry
58 ( 60 ) EATEN ALIVE Diana Ross
59 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 53 ) IN TOO DEEP Dead Or Alive

61 ( NEW ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
62 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
63 ( 58 ) SO IN LOVE OMD
64 ( NEW ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
65 ( 43 ) BODY AND SOUL Mai Tai
66 ( NEW ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
67 ( NEW ) YOU DID CUT ME China Crisis
68 ( 54 ) YOU’RE MY HEART YOU’RE MY SOUL Modern Talking
69 ( NEW ) HARD TIME FOR LOVERS Jennifer Holliday
70 ( NEW ) LOVE TAKE OVER Five Star

71 ( 45 ) I GOT YOU BABE UB40 and Chrissie Hynde
72 ( NEW ) HEAVEN HELP MY HEART Elaine Page
73 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER SONG Lou Reed
74 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU DO THE THINGS YOU DO/MY GIRL Daryl Hall & John Oates
75 ( NEW ) NO LIMITS Jonathan King

 

 

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My 2017 Charts Oct-Dec

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31st December 2017

It’s Aretha Franklin’s orchestral oldie on top, almost exactly 44 years since the gorgeous Stevie Wonder song first charted for me, and it’s been a week of oldies xmas invasions, as a refuge from the stress of having a father unexpectedly in hospital from xmas eve (and still there) while caring for a mother who needs help with everything. Lots of TV playlist oldies has created a nostalgic xmas chart invasion, belatedly, some of them having charted dozens of times before, some just a couple or a few times.

The Fizz make it 2 top 10’s with the christmassy Home For My Heart, and also give Rick Wakeman his first ever top 10 singles chart credit – though he was tinkling the ivories in my top 10 way back in the early 70’s on many records. Paloma gets a second top 10 of the year, Streets Of London incredibly makes my top 20 for the first ever time, criminal for such a great song! Joe Goddrad heavily samples a 70’s disco soul flop from Brainstorm, one I didn’t know at the time (or since) so I’ve given them credit, cos it’s great.

Buckingham McVie return for 5th track off the Mac-side-project album, Oh Wonder get a second chart single, Taylor Swift gets her first of the year, and Jose Feliciano’s xmas oldie finally charts – largely because I keep hearing it, having spent the best part of 45 years never having come across the 1970 track at all. Jose Feliciano had a top 10 fab hit with me in my first charting days in late 1968, with the Doors song, Light My Fire – a stylised version covered by Will Young more recently – and then…nothing. Never made my chart again, not even his current Jools Holland stuff. So, a new chart record – albeit with an oldie – for Jose, as his 49-year-drought comes to an end and he finally gets a follow-up.

1 2 1 4 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 455000
2 1 1 5 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 332300
3 3 1 6 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 740000
4 4 4 6 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 258200
5 5 1 9 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 817000
6 6 5 7 PHASES Alma & French Montana 322400
7 7 2 9 AMEN The Fizz 780000
8 10 8 6 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 157150
9 27 9 3 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 80900
10 12 10 7 GUILTY Paloma Faith 155600

11 9 9 17 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 399500
12 16 12 8 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 151400
13 8 8 7 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 224400
14 25 14 2 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 47750
15 15 3 12 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 492000
16 32 16 2 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 42800
17 17 17 6 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 119950
18 30 18 2 HOME Joe Goddard featuring Brainstorm 40000
19 29 19 2 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 39200
20 40 20 2 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 37000

21 13 10 7 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 171200
22 11 7 7 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 204900
23 18 1 12 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 683750
24 26 24 5 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 79250
25 36 25 2 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 36150
26 14 4 9 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 377400
27 23 1 18 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1044650
28 22 5 6 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 208800
29 75 29 2 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 23200
30 20 20 4 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 74850

31 19 19 8 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 114850
32 28 17 9 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 169750
33 24 8 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 187700
34 21 8 8 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 259850
35 31 3 14 READY TO GO Hurts 604700
36 39 36 4 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 61800
37 34 4 21 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 464300
38 49 38 6 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 60500
39 65 39 2 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 24100
40 33 1 14 WAIT UP Hurts 783850

41 41 1 7 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 326600
42 37 1 14 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 898400
43 35 24 8 GO BANG PNAU 127600
44 38 17 9 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 164200
45 43 1 17 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 941150
46 44 10 12 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 254000
47 54 47 3 RUT The Killers 28500
48 45 1 17 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 917950
49 56 49 3 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 27900
50 NEW 50 1 LAY DOWN FOR FREE Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 12000

51 48 6 20 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 478550
52 46 15 8 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 150150
53 51 18 10 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 180900
54 NEW 54 1 WHEN A CHILD IS BORN Johnny Mathis 11000
55 55 1 26 DREAMS Grace Slick 720700
56 RE 5 14 FEEL IT STILL Portugal. The Man 498800
57 70 57 3 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 22400
58 58 19 13 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 179600
59 59 59 3 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 30200
60 42 37 6 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 87350

61 47 40 6 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 59100
62 50 16 7 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 121800
63 63 34 7 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 84500
64 NEW 64 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 7100
65 NEW 65 1 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) John & Yoko & The Plastic Ono Band (with the Harlem Community Choir) 7000
66 66 3 17 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 475250
67 67 1 42 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1024350
68 68 29 11 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 123350
69 NEW 69 1 GORGEOUS Taylor Swift 6200
70 NEW 70 1 FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 6000

71 RE 45 4 DON’T TAKE THE MONEY Bleachers 36200
72 NEW 72 1 LIFETIME Oh Wonder 5600
73 NEW 73 1 FELIZ NAVIDAD Jose Feliciano 5400
74 NEW 74 1 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens 5200
75 NEW 75 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 5000

DROP OUTS
52 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
57 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
60 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950
61 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
64 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
69 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
71 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500

24th December 2017

It’s Chris Rea on top, at long last, as he cancels his tour from ill health, but continues to have the most heart-warming annual christmas fave with his 1988 classic. The song made my top 10 then, and hit 4 in 1994, before hitting a new peak of 3 in 2007. All of them in years when the UK singles chart was unwelcoming to the song, to say the least. It finally makes the UK top 20 this week, and in celebration it not only makes my top 10 for the 7th time, it finally hits the top spot 29 years on. No record has charted so many times before topping my chart, nor had so many weeks on the chart before topping my chart.

Craig David gets his first top 10 since 2010, and his 5th in total, including 2 number ones (Hot Stuff in 2007 and Walking Away in 2000). The Partridge Family make my top 20 for the first time in 44 years, with an old album track, and the highest new entry is also an old Sister Sledge (Chic-produced) album track from 1980, one I’ve never heard before until Radio 2 played it for the surviving sisters talking about a new tour. Pretty Baby is much better than any of the singles off the album, and is therefore their best new entry on my chart since Lost In Music in 1979 (ignoring reissues and remixes).

Empire Of The Sun replace themselves in my chart, with a song containing “home” in it, very much the theme of the chart, on top, and new entries from Joe Goddard, a climber for The Fizz, someone ironic considering the charity new entry at 40 – Ralph McTell’s new version of his classic Streets Of London is in aid of the homeless, and it’s rather a good version, helped along by Annie Lennox. That’s Annie’s first chart credit here in 8 years, and Ralph’s first, cough, in 42 years. That’s one hell of an absence! Streets Of London was already a few years old when it charted at Christmas 1974, as was another oldie, Hey There Lonely Girl from Eddie Holman. Eddie hasn’t troubled my chart since, until now – purely because an oldie I was listening to on youtube ended and this track started up next, one from 1966 I’d never heard of. An instant retro fave for me and lovely to see Ralph & Eddie entering together 43 years since they last both hit my top 40.

1 16 1 4 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 217300
2 2 2 3 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 285000
3 1 1 5 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 655000
4 4 4 5 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 193200
5 3 1 8 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 757000
6 5 5 6 PHASES Alma & French Montana 267400
7 6 2 8 AMEN The Fizz 730000
8 11 8 6 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 182400
9 9 9 16 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 362500
10 18 10 5 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 109150

11 7 7 6 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 185400
12 20 12 6 GUILTY Paloma Faith 113600
13 10 10 6 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 151450
14 8 4 8 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 358900
15 19 3 11 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 465000
16 29 16 7 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 116400
17 22 17 5 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 96950
18 15 1 11 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 664500
19 30 19 7 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 96950
20 23 20 3 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 56850

21 14 8 7 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 242250
22 13 5 5 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 190500
23 17 1 17 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1026250
24 12 8 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 170000
25 NEW 25 1 PRETTY BABY Sister Sledge 18750
26 26 26 4 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 60250
27 35 27 2 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 35900
28 21 17 8 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 151950
29 NEW 29 1 SHINE ON ME Dan Auerbach 18200
30 NEW 30 1 HOME Joe Goddard 18000

31 28 3 13 READY TO GO Hurts 587200
32 NEW 32 1 ON OUR WAY HOME Empire Of The Sun 17800
33 31 1 13 WAIT UP Hurts 766850
34 25 4 20 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 447100
35 24 24 7 GO BANG PNAU 114100
36 NEW 36 1 THIS CAN’T BE TRUE Eddie Holman 17400
37 32 1 13 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 887400
38 33 17 8 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 150950
39 39 39 3 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 44400
40 NEW 40 1 STREETS OF LONDON Ralph McTell featuring The Crisis Choir with Annie Lennox 17000

41 34 1 6 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 312600
42 37 37 5 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 77350
43 43 1 16 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 928150
44 44 10 11 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 241250
45 41 1 16 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 905650
46 36 15 7 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 138650
47 40 40 5 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 51600
48 45 6 19 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 466800
49 50 49 5 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 43300
50 27 16 6 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 114400

51 42 18 9 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 169650
52 38 7 9 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 261500
53 47 40 7 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 75950
54 75 54 2 RUT The Killers 16000
55 55 1 25 DREAMS Grace Slick 709900
56 74 56 2 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 15800
57 48 48 7 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 67300
58 58 19 12 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 169400
59 60 59 2 F**K YOU KRISTMAS! (SWEARY VERSION) Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 20100
60 46 29 4 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 58950

61 51 4 12 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 346850
62 49 34 10 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 133950
63 52 34 6 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 77300
64 53 8 14 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 327050
65 NEW 65 1 STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John 7000
66 63 3 16 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 468450
67 67 1 41 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1017750
68 65 29 10 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 116950
69 59 47 5 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 52350
70 70 70 2 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammer 12000

71 54 12 16 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 261150
72 69 14 17 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 252350
73 73 10 19 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 319200
74 62 30 11 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 133500
75 NEW 75 1 STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie 5000

DROP OUTS
56 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
61 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
64 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
66 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
68 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
71 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600

17th December 2017

How Can I Be Sure is back on top for a second week for the late David Cassidy, just holding off the strings-laden soul classic Stevie Wonder song as done by Aretha Franklin, finally getting the chart peak it deserved first time round when it was battling Glam Rock classics, Cher, Wings & Barry White. I just turned sweet 16.

Tame Impala get a 3rd top 5, Roy Orbison gets his biggest of the year, and the RPO get 2 in the top 10. Steely Dan return to the top 10 42 years later, and Chris Rea gets a top 20 xmas classic return for the umpteenth time without ever topping my chart. Yes there’s a bit of a dearth of new material as Christmas takes over – though Kim Wilde gets a second christmas song in the chart some 38 years since the last one.

The Fizz enter the chart as the highest new entry, with assist from prog legend Rick Wakeman who was tinkling the ivories for Bowie and others over 45 years ago, and anyone who could have forseen a 2017 link-up with Bucks Fizz would be truly living in a world of alternate universes. It works though!

1 2 1 4 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 570000
2 6 2 2 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 170000
3 1 1 7 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 697000
4 9 4 4 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 128200
5 5 5 5 PHASES Alma & French Montana 212400
6 3 2 7 AMEN The Fizz 680000
7 7 7 5 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 148400
8 4 4 7 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 329900
9 12 9 15 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 317500
10 18 10 5 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 119450

11 15 10 5 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 134400
12 8 8 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 151000
13 11 5 4 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 171000
14 10 8 6 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 222500
15 13 1 10 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 642500
16 37 16 3 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 47300
17 14 1 16 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 1007000
18 22 18 4 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 67150
19 17 3 10 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 438000
20 28 20 5 GUILTY Paloma Faith 78600

21 19 17 7 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 133650
22 25 22 4 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 73950
23 34 23 2 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 36850
24 35 24 6 GO BANG PNAU 96600
25 21 4 19 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 429500
26 44 26 3 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 41750
27 16 16 5 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 102400
28 20 3 12 READY TO GO Hurts 569300
29 36 29 6 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 91400
30 46 30 6 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 75950

31 23 1 12 WAIT UP Hurts 749150
32 32 1 12 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 870100
33 33 17 7 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 133750
34 24 1 5 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 298600
35 NEW 35 1 HOME FOR MY HEART The Fizz featuring Rick Wakeman 17500
36 26 15 6 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 125900
37 48 37 4 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 62600
38 31 7 8 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 250000
39 58 39 2 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 27300
40 59 40 4 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 39100

41 30 1 15 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 892650
42 27 18 8 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 157900
43 42 1 15 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 914650
44 41 10 10 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 228000
45 49 6 18 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 454500
46 29 29 3 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 48950
47 40 40 6 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 64700
48 53 48 6 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 56900
49 39 34 9 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 126550
50 62 50 4 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 31200

51 43 4 11 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 339350
52 38 34 5 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 70100
53 52 8 13 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 319950
54 50 12 15 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 255350
55 55 1 24 DREAMS Grace Slick 699100
56 63 56 3 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 23000
57 45 35 5 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 70400
58 RE 19 11 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 159200
59 47 47 4 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 46150
60 NEW 60 1 F U KRISTMAS Kim Wilde & Lawnmower Deth 10000

61 54 22 8 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 117600
62 56 30 10 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 128300
63 61 3 15 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 461650
64 57 31 7 DRIVEWAY culpriit 94000
65 65 29 9 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 110550
66 71 66 2 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 12600
67 67 1 40 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1011150
68 66 1 25 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1098300
69 69 14 16 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 246750
70 NEW 70 1 SMOKE CLEARS Andy Grammar 6000

71 68 1 23 TRUE FEELING Galantis 993350
72 NEW 72 1 ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey 5600
73 70 10 18 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 313800
74 NEW 74 1 WOLVES Selena Gomez & Marshmello 5200
75 NEW 75 1 RUT The Killers 5000

DROP OUTS
51 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
60 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400
64 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

10th December 2017

It’s Sufjan Stevens at 1, getting his first chart-topper at long last over a decade since debuting (and me buying his Illinois album). I was listening to this gorgeous low-key classy ballad as I drove in London traffic heading home with snow gently falling. How very Christmassy! Almost Driving Home For Christmas (Hi Chris Rea yet again in my top 40), except for I’m flying to the Canaries tomorrow morning. An actual new Christmas song pops in for Gwen Stefani, helped by Blake Shelton, and a good jolly effort it is, giving Gwen 20 years of chart entries, no doubt about it!

Another Xmas classic returns 44 years on – Wizzard’s annual festive hit doesn’t usually chart due to over-familiarity. I was insanely mad on it in 1973, had the picture sleeve vinyl and Roy Wood was coming off 4 consecutive number ones in my chart, plus some pre-fating Wizzard, as was my teen hero aged 15/16. I got to see him in Basingstoke on Tuesday, probably 20 years on since I last saw. He can still put on a good show, even if he needs a hand with the song order these days. I’ve used that as an excuse to allow a quirky track that played as I walked into The Anvil venue, one off Boulders his first album that I played rather a lot.

Highest new entry, though, is another RPO classic combo, this time Aretha Franklin gets the treatment with her brilliant Stevie Wonder cover from 1974 – it very much underperformed in my charts in the January/February as Wizzard dropped down my charts from the top. Roy Wood knocked himself off the top, with solo hit song Forever, that never gets played these days – not even by Roy in concert.

Big climbs for Tame Impala, back in the top 10, and ditto Fall Out Boy. Finally, a debut for Ian Dury’s boy, so, Reasons To Be Cheerful there.

1 3 1 6 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 612000
2 2 1 3 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 400000
3 1 2 6 AMEN The Fizz 625000
4 7 4 6 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 281900
5 6 5 4 PHASES Alma & French Montana 152400
6 NEW 6 1 UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ME (THAT’S WHAT I’M GONNA DO) Aretha Franklin with The Royal Philaharmonic Orchestra 55000
7 20 7 4 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 98400
8 15 8 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 116000
9 45 9 3 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 63200
10 8 8 5 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 193500

11 5 5 3 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 139000
12 12 12 14 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 272500
13 9 1 9 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 615500
14 11 1 15 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 984000
15 10 10 4 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 97400
16 19 16 4 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 84000
17 16 3 9 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 417000
18 21 18 4 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 77450
19 27 17 6 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 113900
20 17 3 11 READY TO GO Hurts 551000

21 4 4 18 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 410750
22 23 22 3 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 45150
23 14 1 11 WAIT UP Hurts 731250
24 13 1 4 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 281000
25 28 25 3 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 54450
26 26 15 5 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 108500
27 25 18 7 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 144150
28 29 28 4 GUILTY Paloma Faith 58600
29 30 29 2 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 36200
30 18 1 14 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 878650

31 31 7 7 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 232800
32 22 1 11 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 852300
33 33 17 6 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 116050
34 NEW 34 1 YOU MAKE IT FEEL LIKE CHRISTMAS Gwen Stefani featuring Blake Shelton 17600
35 24 24 5 GO BANG PNAU 77600
36 37 36 5 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 73200
37 75 37 2 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 22300
38 34 34 4 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 58600
39 42 34 8 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 114450
40 40 40 5 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 52200

41 41 10 9 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 214750
42 38 1 14 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 901150
43 36 4 10 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 327600
44 60 44 2 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 23250
45 35 35 4 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 60000
46 39 39 5 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 57950
47 48 47 3 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 36050
48 50 48 3 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 45300
49 44 6 17 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 441500
50 43 12 14 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 244350

51 32 25 9 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 141750
52 46 8 12 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 308700
53 53 53 5 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 44600
54 51 22 7 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 110100
55 55 1 23 DREAMS Grace Slick 688300
56 56 30 9 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 120900
57 54 31 6 DRIVEWAY culpriit 86900
58 NEW 58 1 LAST CHRISTMAS Wham! 10200
59 65 59 3 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 22100
60 49 49 7 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 66400

61 57 3 14 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 454450
62 70 62 3 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 19200
63 74 63 2 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 12400
64 59 16 7 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 113500
65 62 29 8 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 103550
66 66 1 24 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1091900
67 67 1 39 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 1004550
68 63 1 22 TRUE FEELING Galantis 987550
69 69 14 15 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 240550
70 64 10 17 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 308400

71 NEW 71 1 MISS CLARKE AND THE COMPUTER Roy Wood 5800
72 72 72 4 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 22200
73 RE 39 4 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 47000
74 NEW 74 1 MIAMI (PARROT AND COCKER TOO MIX) Baxter Dury 5200
75 NEW 75 1 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard 5000

DROP OUTS
47 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
52 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
58 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
61 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
68 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
71 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
73 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900

2nd December 2017

It’s a first week on top for the fab Amen, (Bucks) Fizz’ best record since Heart Of Stone or New Beginnings, possibly since My Camera Never Lies! It’s either their first number one (for the new bloke and the band under that name) or their 6th (for Cheryl and Mike) or a 5th (for Jay). Whatever, it’s been a gap of 31 years between chart-toppers with new material, so that’s pretty much up there with the longest gaps.

David Cassidy drops to 2 with his classic 1972 UK chart-topper, but climbs to 5 with his 1973 gorgeous I’m A Clown, which peaked at 3 originally for me. Another late fave, Glen Campbell hits 4 with his version of Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now. Glen’s version is my fave version, though I love others too. I was 13 when I first loved it. I was 14 when I first loved Steely Dan’s Do It Again, and 13 when I loved The Partridge Family’s I Think I Love You. All my teen faves dying is so sad.

Cola is top 10, better late than never, Craig David & Bastille jointly outdo their recent solo stuff for me, on a track that I shouldn’t have liked on paper, but actually do! Best thing either has done in quite a while. Pet Shop Boys are in yet again, this time with a track I didn’t know off their recharting Fundamental unreleased or obscure tracks, Fugitive at 30. Clean Bandit and Tame Impala have big climbs, Nick Jonas is back, one of the few new entries that is actually new, and 2 Xmas oldies sneak in as the tinsel appears everywhere!

1 3 2 5 AMEN The Fizz 540000
2 1 1 2 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 285000
3 2 2 5 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 442000
4 13 4 17 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 391000
5 10 5 2 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 102000
6 20 6 3 PHASES Alma & French Montana 92400
7 4 4 5 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 216900
8 8 8 4 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 151500
9 6 1 8 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 583500
10 19 10 3 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 70400

11 7 1 14 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 955000
12 16 12 13 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 237500
13 5 1 3 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 262000
14 9 1 10 WAIT UP Hurts 712000
15 18 15 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 68000
16 11 3 8 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 394000
17 12 3 10 READY TO GO Hurts 531000
18 14 1 13 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 860650
19 23 19 3 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 59000
20 28 20 3 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 48400

21 29 21 3 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 55450
22 17 1 10 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 834500
23 68 23 2 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 25650
24 33 24 4 GO BANG PNAU 60100
25 24 18 6 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 125750
26 22 15 4 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 90000
27 26 17 5 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 92900
28 36 28 2 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 35700
29 39 29 3 GUILTY Paloma Faith 40300
30 NEW 30 1 FUGITIVE (RICHARD X EXTENDED MIX) Pet Shop Boys 18000

31 15 7 6 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 214900
32 25 25 8 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130000
33 31 17 5 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 98350
34 38 34 3 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 41400
35 40 35 3 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 47000
36 27 4 9 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 314100
37 41 37 4 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 55800
38 32 1 13 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 887400
39 RE 39 4 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 45200
40 65 40 4 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 35200

41 30 10 8 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 200750
42 34 34 7 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 97350
43 35 12 13 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 232350
44 44 6 16 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 429400
45 74 45 2 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 18200
46 37 8 11 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 297200
47 21 20 8 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 142900
48 53 48 2 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 23550
49 49 49 6 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 56400
50 54 50 2 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 33000

51 46 22 6 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 99100
52 58 52 4 LET YOU DOWN NF 32700
53 59 53 4 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 33350
54 47 31 5 DRIVEWAY culpriit 76500
55 55 1 22 DREAMS Grace Slick 677500
56 45 30 8 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 110300
57 48 3 13 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 446950
58 50 50 3 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 33000
59 42 16 6 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 106400
60 NEW 60 1 FIND YOU Nick Jonas 10000

61 43 29 4 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 57000
62 57 29 7 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 96550
63 61 1 21 TRUE FEELING Galantis 981150
64 RE 10 16 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 302400
65 75 65 2 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 12000
66 66 1 23 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1085100
67 67 1 38 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 997950
68 64 19 10 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 149000
69 69 14 14 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 234350
70 71 70 2 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 11800

71 51 10 13 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 202950
72 72 72 3 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 16600
73 56 3 17 DRINK UP Train 648900
74 NEW 74 1 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN The Crystals 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea 5000

DROP OUTS
52 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
60 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300
62 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
70 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800
73 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600

26th November 2017

It’s the sadly late David Cassidy belatedly topping my chart 45 years on with his best record, the fab version of The Young Rascals How Can I Be Sure topped the UK chart but was more modestly appreciated by me at the time. By 1987 I had loved it enough to top it in a live version, but the original remains the best and it was one of my “broken-heart turn to” tracks in the noughties, guaranteed to cry bucketloads to it. I loved The Partridge Family records as 13-year-old, and this track sums up his teen appeal to the girls: sensitive boy-next-door just looking for the right one. Teens couldn’t resist. In at 10, I’m A Clown is his other best solo record, with a sprinkling of others lower down the chart, though not I Think I Love You and his other 4 chart-toppers in my charts as they have had great chart runs already.

That’s bad news for Sufjan Stevens stuck at 2 again behind an oldie, but there are big climbs into the 20 for Cola and Phases. Fall Out Boy also bound into the 30, and Paloma Faith the 40, while U2 out-peak the previous single in one week on the chart already. Craig David’s chart revival has left me feeling unmoved until this joint Bastille record. Neither of them have been what you call chart fave regulars for me (though Craig has topped my chart), but I was persuaded by the Friday TV spot when his response to a nasty prank involving a fake mean-spirited granny was just so admirable. A man you can trust your granny with!

1 NEW 1 1 HOW CAN I BE SURE David Cassidy 170000
2 2 2 4 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 357000
3 6 2 4 AMEN The Fizz 370000
4 4 4 4 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 166900
5 1 1 2 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 230000
6 3 1 7 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 538500
7 8 1 13 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 918000
8 10 8 3 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 103500
9 9 1 9 WAIT UP Hurts 683000
10 NEW 10 1 I’M A CLOWN David Cassidy 42000

11 5 3 7 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 369000
12 12 3 9 READY TO GO Hurts 508000
13 13 13 16 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 326000
14 14 1 12 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 838650
15 7 7 5 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 197000
16 23 16 12 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 202500
17 11 1 9 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 815000
18 24 18 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 41000
19 62 19 2 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 28400
20 36 23 2 PHASES Alma & French Montana 37400

21 22 20 7 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 130400
22 15 15 3 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 71500
23 25 23 2 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 38000
24 18 18 5 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 107000
25 26 25 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 112200
26 17 17 4 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 74500
27 16 4 8 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 296700
28 59 28 2 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 28400
29 35 29 2 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 35700
30 19 10 7 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 186750

31 20 17 4 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 80650
32 27 1 12 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 870200
33 40 33 3 GO BANG PNAU 41100
34 34 34 6 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 83600
35 21 12 12 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 218850
36 NEW 36 1 I CAN FEEL YOUR HEARTBEAT The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 17400
37 30 8 10 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 284450
38 67 38 2 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 23800
39 75 39 2 GUILTY Paloma Faith 22100
40 47 40 2 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 29500

41 45 41 3 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 38500
42 28 16 5 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 96300
43 29 29 3 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 49500
44 33 6 15 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 416150
45 39 30 7 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 99700
46 32 22 5 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 87350
47 38 31 4 DRIVEWAY culpriit 65500
48 41 3 12 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 436550
49 50 49 5 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 44300
50 55 50 2 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 22800

51 31 10 12 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 197150
52 37 35 4 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 63500
53 NEW 53 1 GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY U2 11250
54 NEW 54 1 COULD IT BE FOREVER David Cassidy 11000
55 54 1 21 DREAMS Grace Slick 666700
56 48 3 16 DRINK UP Train 643500
57 53 29 6 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 89150
58 71 58 3 LET YOU DOWN NF 21200
59 69 59 3 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 22100
60 42 9 11 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 249300

61 52 1 20 TRUE FEELING Galantis 973950
62 44 44 4 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 44150
63 43 13 12 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 230100
64 56 19 9 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 142600
65 72 65 3 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 18200
66 61 1 22 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1078300
67 66 1 37 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 991350
68 NEW 68 1 I KNOW YOU Craig David featuring Bastille 6400
69 46 14 13 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 228150
70 51 46 5 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 52800

71 NEW 71 1 BANDALA The Partridge Family featuring David Cassidy & Shirley Jones 5800
72 73 72 2 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 11000
73 74 73 2 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 10600
74 NEW 74 1 LIST OF PEOPLE (TO TRY AND FORGET) Tame Impala 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAYDREAMER David Cassidy 5000

DROP OUTS
49 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
57 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
60 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950
63 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
68 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
70 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

19th November 2017

It’s straight in at 1 for OMD’s best record, Maid Of Orleans peaked at 2 in my charts in 1982, but was still the star moment at the concert last week, so following a sort-of request to include it (Hi Simon!) it’s overdue getting to number one, as Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark make it an 8th time on top. It’s about Joan Of Arc, that old pop song cliche subject matter that everyone writes about all the time…

That means Sufjan Stevens gorgeous and touching gentle movie song is at 2 for now, as by contrast the exciting Written By Wolves packs it up to 4 and Led Zep’s hard rocking Immigrant Song is up to 7 – just behind The Fizz. I do enjoy being perverse in my music tastes laugh.gif Golden Slumbers is in twice – Elbow’s new cover, and advert song, pops in, but the short and very sweet original Abbey Road track is in at 24 – The final short track of the trilogy (really they are a medley) The End, entered my chart earlier in the year, so that only leaves Carry that Weight to go. As itunes doesn’t sell them together though, they don’t qualify, but The Beatles Golden Slumbers does as it has also made the UK sales chart.

Alma’s back, going through Phases as she pushes herself out the 40, Pnau shoot up into the 40 for the second time this year, followed closely by a subtle remix of the new Empire Of The Sun – Pnau’s partner-act, really – which I prefer to the single mix. Speaking of new mixes, or new versions, Yazoo are back again with a delicious 2017 version of Only You which should push it over a “million” in my sales soon – 1982 rules this week! – which slows it down and removes the blippety-blop synths which detract from the quality of the song.

Another Roy O track enters from his new album. Most of the classic oldies have already had good chart runs, but Blue Angel is a doo-wop 50’s styled delight that I’ve never really noticed before, but sounds quite lush with the LSO on hand. Katie Melua is back, well over a decade into her chart career, with Sting’s golden fields oldie, Fall Out Boy and Paloma Faith pop back fairly quickly with new ones, and an old Kate Bush album track, and Jeff Lynne’s live version of his 1980 chart-topper (minus luvverly Livvie) sneaks in.

1 NEW 1 1 MAID OF ORLEANS (THE WALTZ JOAN OF ARC) Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 170000
2 3 2 3 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 242000
3 1 1 6 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 483500
4 26 4 3 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 101900
5 4 3 6 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 332000
6 2 2 3 AMEN The Fizz 285000
7 11 7 4 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 170000
8 7 1 12 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 868000
9 5 1 8 WAIT UP Hurts 638000
10 43 10 2 THE CALLING TheFatRat featuring Laura Brehm 55500

11 6 1 8 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 792000
12 8 3 8 READY TO GO Hurts 473000
13 15 13 15 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 294000
14 9 1 11 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 809650
15 16 15 2 COMIN’ UP Tungevaag & Raaban featuring Victor Crone 52000
16 14 4 7 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 278300
17 21 17 3 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 56000
18 18 18 4 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 88000
19 13 10 6 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 168750
20 17 17 3 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 62750

21 12 12 11 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 201350
22 23 20 6 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 110650
23 25 23 11 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 177500
24 NEW 24 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS The Beatles 19000
25 NEW 25 1 ONLY YOU (2017 VERSION) Yazoo 18750
26 36 26 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 93450
27 24 1 11 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 852400
28 20 16 4 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 82550
29 32 29 2 ELECTRICITY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 36000
30 19 8 9 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 267150

31 10 10 11 THE PUNISHMENT OF LUXURY Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 185400
32 22 22 4 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 74600
33 33 6 14 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 402900
34 34 34 5 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 66000
35 NEW 35 1 BLUE ANGEL Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 17500
36 NEW 36 1 PHASES Alma & French Montana 17400
37 35 35 3 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 52000
38 31 31 3 DRIVEWAY culpriit 53000
39 30 30 6 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 86700
40 68 40 2 GO BANG PNAU 23400

41 28 3 11 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 424250
42 29 9 10 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 239300
43 38 13 11 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 222900
44 47 44 3 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 36750
45 52 45 2 (DON’T FEAR) THE REAPER Blue Oyster Cult 24500
46 37 14 12 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 221950
47 NEW 47 1 WAY TO GO (GOMEZ & TRITTER REMIX) Empire Of The Sun 12500
48 39 3 15 DRINK UP Train 632900
49 27 27 10 ISOTYPE Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 125300
50 62 50 4 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 32200

51 46 46 4 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 46800
52 49 1 19 TRUE FEELING Galantis 966450
53 41 29 5 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 78750
54 55 1 20 DREAMS Grace Slick 655900
55 NEW 55 1 FIELDS OF GOLD Katie Melua 10800
56 40 19 8 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 135500
57 50 1 18 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 874000
58 44 19 7 WORD UP The BossHoss 119850
59 NEW 59 1 HOLD ME TIGHT OR DON’T Fall Out Boy 10100
60 42 34 5 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 69950

61 57 1 21 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1071500
62 NEW 62 1 COLA CamelPhat & Elderbrook 7400
63 64 63 3 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 19900
64 45 10 8 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 187000
65 58 10 15 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 295300
66 65 1 36 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 984750
67 NEW 67 1 GOLDEN SLUMBERS Elbow 6600
68 61 6 13 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 320350
69 71 69 2 GALAXY Dannii Minogue 12000
70 59 59 4 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 29700

71 74 71 2 LET YOU DOWN NF 11000
72 72 72 2 I MISS YOU Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels 11200
73 NEW 73 1 XANADU (LIVE AT WEMBLEY) Jeff Lynne’s ELO 5400
74 NEW 74 1 JIG OF LIFE Kate Bush 5200
75 NEW 75 1 GUILTY Paloma Faith 5000

DROP OUTS
48 30 6 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 90300
51 39 3 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 41600
53 37 5 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 55750
54 8 14 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 315350
56 33 8 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 86300
60 60 2 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 20000
63 10 13 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 261600
66 44 8 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 66050
67 67 2 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 11600
69 12 11 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 248200
70 1 22 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 829900
73 7 14 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 311250
75 75 1 TAKE ME HOME Delta Goodrem 5000

5th November 2017

It’s Tears For Fears shooting up to 1, the melody finally got through to me today, fab and Roland & Curt’s 4th chart-topper, Mad World, Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3 times) and Sowing The Seeds Of Love being the others. That’s bad news for Bucks Fizz who were out of nowhere and the highest new entry – OK, The Fizz if we want to be picky – in at 2 with the great 80’s pop sound of Amen, fighting for their 6th chart-topper a whole 31 years since the last one, and 29 years since they last made the top 10. Who woulda thought it!?

I do like stats. Led Zep make the top 10 for the 3rd time, all of them long after they stopped existing at a recording unit, Whole Lotta Love hit 10 in 1997, Stairway To heaven topped my chart in 2007, and very neatly Immigrant Song makes it a satisfying decade later for a number 8. 2027 for the next one? How about a stat like…ooh, Sufjan Stevens has had just the one chart entry, Chicago in 2006 which peaked at 10 – well he equals that right off the bat 11 years on with a movie theme tune, the lovely Mystery Of Love. Number 10 next in 2028?

RUFUS is the highest newish act at 21, while Written By Wolves bring some more rock into the chart, culpriit revisit Nu-Shuz I Can’t Wait as a backdrop and nick another melody for a fab pop record, while Rita Ora is back after a gap – most of her recent hits have left me unimpressed, but this one has a proper hook in amongst the obligatory 2017 squiggly computer noises. Meanwhile, actress and singer Charlotte Gainsbourg enters at 54 with a very credible dance track, debuting at the age of 46, and may well be the longest wait ever between pop stars having a hit (naughty Je Ta’ime..Moi Non Plus topped my charts in January 1975 for her parents Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin) and a daughter entering my charts. She was 4 at the time. There’s still time for Sean Lennon to take that record – his parents topped my chart in 1969, just before Charlotte’s topped the UK chart.

1 14 1 4 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 228500
2 NEW 2 1 AMEN The Fizz 115000
3 1 1 6 WAIT UP Hurts 533000
4 4 1 6 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 700000
5 2 1 9 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 735650
6 3 3 4 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 207000
7 5 3 6 READY TO GO Hurts 390000
8 12 8 2 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 83000
9 7 1 10 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 770000
10 NEW 10 1 MYSTERY OF LOVE Sufjan Stevens 42000

11 6 4 5 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 224300
12 8 8 7 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 228150
13 10 10 4 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 115750
14 16 14 8 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 146600
15 15 15 13 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 235000
16 23 16 2 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 44250
17 11 1 9 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 815000
18 18 18 2 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 44000
19 9 9 8 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 207350
20 20 20 4 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 71900

21 NEW 21 1 YOU WERE RIGHT RUFUS 19750
22 32 22 2 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 37300
23 13 3 9 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 391950
24 21 6 12 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 367500
25 25 25 9 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 139500
26 17 3 13 DRINK UP Train 603500
27 NEW 27 1 TIMEBOMBS HURRICANES Written By Wolves 18400
28 19 19 6 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 107900
29 29 29 3 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 53500
30 22 14 10 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 191900

31 NEW 31 1 DRIVEWAY culpriit 17900
32 24 13 9 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 192200
33 37 33 4 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 51600
34 34 34 3 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 46200
35 26 10 6 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 166900
36 38 36 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 57550
37 50 37 4 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 44500
38 NEW 38 1 JEALOUS (I AIN’T WITH IT) Chromeo 17200
39 46 39 2 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 29850
40 27 19 5 WORD UP The BossHoss 96400

41 30 30 5 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 78000
42 28 8 13 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 304350
43 33 33 7 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 75700
44 NEW 44 1 ANYWHERE Rita Ora 13250
45 54 45 3 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 30800
46 31 10 12 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 254400
47 39 1 16 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 851600
48 42 1 17 TRUE FEELING Galantis 942850
49 58 49 2 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 22300
50 44 44 7 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 59250

51 35 12 10 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 242000
52 45 6 11 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 306450
53 51 1 18 DREAMS Grace Slick 634100
54 NEW 54 1 DEADLY VALENTINE Charlotte Gainsbourg 11000
55 55 1 19 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1053600
56 40 4 14 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 532050
57 36 36 5 KAAMOS Tom Fall 66750
58 48 48 3 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 28900
59 41 7 13 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 305850
60 NEW 60 1 PART X1V Prequell featuring Rae Morris 10000

61 49 10 13 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 278100
62 56 56 3 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 28100
63 65 63 3 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 21200
64 63 1 34 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 971950
65 67 65 2 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 13600
66 70 66 2 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 12800
67 60 60 6 HEROES David Bowie 44800
68 43 18 9 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 163650
69 68 1 21 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 823900
70 47 14 8 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 149100

71 53 19 15 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 226300
72 NEW 72 1 WHEN WE WERE HIGH LP 5600
73 52 27 10 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 148200
74 59 9 13 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 259600
75 NEW 75 1 SPACE AGE LOVE SONG A Flock Of Seagulls 5000

DROP OUTS
57 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
61 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
64 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
66 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
69 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

29th October 2017

Even later than usual this week, life is so manic I barely have time to breathe. Anyway Hurts get a second chart-topper in 3 weeks with the lovely sultry Wait Up, it’s their 4th in total. Pet Shop Boys, the other prolific duo in my chart, go to 3 with the tropical laid-back gorgeousness of Between Two Islands. The tracks they didn’t put on the Release album would have made a much more satisfying (if very varied) album than the actual sparse laid-back album itself.

Another duo have a big climb – Tears For Fears get a first top 20 hit with new material in 12 years, and stretch over 35 years. Highest new entry is a debut for classic album track Immigrant Song, Led Zep’s banger that has never been a single, but is now featured strongly in Thor: Ragnarok to great effect and now belatedly charts here for a rare Led Zep single entry (they didn’t release singles so they never qualified until I changed my rules). Marlon Roudette is back with another goodie, at 18, and Noel Gallagher pushes out his kid brother from my chart with his Mott The Hoople-ish glamstomper (It’s very The Golden Age Of Rock ‘n’ Roll crossed with Rocky Martin’s She Bangs).

Matt maltese debuts with a haunting track, as does Rex Orange County with a sweet one, and Elkie Brooks returns with another 2017 entry and 40 years on from Sunshine After The Rain going top 10.

1 2 1 5 WAIT UP Hurts 448000
2 1 1 8 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 676650
3 10 3 3 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 152000
4 3 1 5 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 635000
5 5 3 5 READY TO GO Hurts 340000
6 4 4 4 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 187300
7 7 1 9 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 725000
8 8 8 6 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 193150
9 9 9 7 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 186350
10 18 10 3 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 83750

11 6 1 8 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 792000
12 NEW 12 1 IMMIGRANT SONG Led Zeppelin 35000
13 12 3 8 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 372700
14 40 14 3 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 58500
15 17 15 12 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 208000
16 24 16 7 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 117600
17 13 3 12 DRINK UP Train 585000
18 NEW 18 1 ULTRA LOVE Marlon Roudette 22000
19 20 19 5 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 89700
20 27 20 3 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 51900

21 11 6 11 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 348500
22 22 14 9 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 173900
23 NEW 23 1 HOLY MOUNTAIN Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds 19250
24 16 13 8 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 174400
25 25 25 8 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 120750
26 14 10 5 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 149400
27 19 19 4 WORD UP The BossHoss 79400
28 15 8 12 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 290600
29 39 29 2 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 35300
30 30 30 4 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 64000

31 21 10 11 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 241650
32 NEW 32 1 COMIC LIFE Matt Maltese 17800
33 36 33 6 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 62200
34 54 34 2 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 28600
35 26 12 9 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 230250
36 37 36 4 KAAMOS Tom Fall 56350
37 57 37 3 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 33900
38 46 38 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 40150
39 31 1 15 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 839100
40 28 4 13 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 521450

41 29 7 12 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 295750
42 34 1 16 TRUE FEELING Galantis 930650
43 23 18 8 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 157250
44 56 44 6 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 47250
45 33 6 10 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 294950
46 NEW 46 1 RISING COST OF LOVE Elkie Brooks 12750
47 32 14 7 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 143100
48 68 48 2 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 18700
49 41 10 12 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 270600
50 60 50 3 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 27200

51 49 1 17 DREAMS Grace Slick 622850
52 38 27 9 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 142800
53 47 19 14 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 220500
54 66 54 2 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 17800
55 55 1 18 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1042800
56 59 56 2 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 20700
57 35 35 4 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 58000
58 NEW 58 1 LOVING IS EASY Rex Orange County featuring Benny Sings 10200
59 44 9 12 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 254400
60 62 60 5 HEROES David Bowie 38200

61 45 8 20 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 404600
62 51 8 15 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 364750
63 63 1 33 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 964850
64 42 13 11 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 221550
65 65 65 2 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 14000
66 50 50 6 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 51000
67 NEW 67 1 SAVOIR FAIRE Beth Ditto 6600
68 67 1 20 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 817700
69 43 33 9 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 125300
70 NEW 70 1 HOW LONG Charlie Puth 6000

71 71 71 2 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 11600
72 72 72 4 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 21600
73 73 73 2 FAITH George Michael 10800
74 53 53 5 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 39550
75 58 8 16 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 381200

DROP OUTS
48 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
52 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
61 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
64 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
69 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000
74 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

22nd October 2017

Evangeline finally gets on top, holding off another Hurts challenger, the soulful Wait Up. My Kingdom was entered into Buzzjack Song Contest 98 and failed to make the final. I wasn’t in that semi, sadly, cos I don’t know what substances everyone was one to ignore this brilliant track, the sexiest track of the year – that’s sexy tingly passion not rapper “sexy” sweary-naughty-words which are not remotely sexy or passionate. This one builds, a great melody, a convincing vocal to match the tastefully passionate lyrics, and then that driving beat getting louder with rising passions right through to the “drop” as I believe the youngsters call it, and frenzied electrobeats. Perfectly constructed. Obviously all too young to know what it’s about laugh.gif

Sparks shoot up into the top 10 with Edith Piaf. That’s the song, not a duet with a French ghost chanteuse. That gives the boys 43 years of top 10’s and around about a dozen at least to date, I reckon, probably more, with another cantering a bit lower with the Macbeths, reality TV stylee. Class! Pet Shop Boys get another top 10 with a non-charted oldie, we are really closing in on 70 or 80 top 10’s for that UK duo, the biggest by far outpacing the US nearest version – Sparks.

There’s a load of new entries following the George Michael TV show (which I haven’t seen yet) as they all charted in the sales chart, so they may yet go up when I watch it. Another UK duo are also back – it’s OMD, and I think they may must be the 2nd biggest duo in my charts of all-time. Can’t think of any other that would rival, barring Erasure, but OMD have 5 years start on them.

1 2 1 7 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 561650
2 3 2 4 WAIT UP Hurts 278000
3 1 1 4 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 570000
4 7 4 3 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 132300
5 5 3 4 READY TO GO Hurts 280000
6 4 1 7 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 755000
7 6 1 8 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 675000
8 11 8 5 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 145150
9 27 9 6 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 141350
10 16 10 2 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 67000

11 9 6 10 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 328750
12 12 3 7 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 340700
13 15 3 11 DRINK UP Train 562000
14 10 10 4 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 130900
15 8 8 11 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 272300
16 13 13 7 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 155400
17 22 17 11 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 181000
18 21 18 2 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 41750
19 19 19 3 WORD UP The BossHoss 61000
20 20 20 4 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 68700

21 17 10 10 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 223750
22 14 14 8 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 154400
23 18 18 7 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 143750
24 24 24 6 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 92600
25 35 25 7 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 102000
26 26 12 8 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 212750
27 43 27 2 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 31900
28 25 4 12 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 504450
29 23 7 11 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 281750
30 40 30 3 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 46000

31 28 1 14 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 822000
32 32 14 6 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 130600
33 30 6 9 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 281950
34 31 1 15 TRUE FEELING Galantis 916900
35 39 35 3 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 47600
36 61 36 5 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 44500
37 53 37 3 KAAMOS Tom Fall 38950
38 29 27 8 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 131300
39 NEW 39 1 A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael 17100
40 47 40 2 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 29500

41 44 10 11 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 258500
42 34 13 10 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 214450
43 33 33 8 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 119100
44 41 9 11 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 244300
45 36 8 19 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 397100
46 58 46 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 22950
47 45 19 13 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 209250
48 37 37 8 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 92700
49 49 1 16 DREAMS Grace Slick 611100
50 54 50 5 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 44200

51 46 8 14 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 357350
52 38 38 3 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 41200
53 59 53 4 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 34350
54 NEW 54 1 PRAYING FOR TIME George Michael 11000
55 55 1 17 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1032000
56 62 56 5 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 34000
57 69 57 2 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 16600
58 51 8 15 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 376200
59 NEW 59 1 SILENCE Marshmello featuring Khalid 10100
60 74 60 2 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 15200

61 42 33 8 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 91550
62 65 62 4 HEROES David Bowie 28200
63 63 1 32 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 957650
64 48 42 7 CHASING HIGHS Alma 63650
65 NEW 65 1 FATHER FIGURE George Michael 7000
66 NEW 66 1 ROBOT MAN Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 6800
67 66 1 19 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 811300
68 NEW 68 1 FREEDOM ’90 George Michael 6400
69 70 69 3 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 17600
70 50 38 6 TENSION CENTVRIES 73000

71 NEW 71 1 I KNEW YOU WERE WAITING (FOR ME) George Michael and Aretha Franklin 5800
72 73 72 3 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 16000
73 NEW 73 1 FAITH George Michael 5400
74 75 74 2 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 10200
75 NEW 75 1 CARELESS WHISPER George Michael 5000

DROP OUTS
52 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
56 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
60 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550
64 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
67 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
71 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900

15th October 2017

3 weeks for Hurts on top, as they challenge themselves with the soulful Wait Up up to 3, and a massive leap for Burak Yeter up 30 spots to 7. Hurts new album has peaked at 21 in the UK chart which is ludicrously low for such a great band. Two Pet Shop Boys from the recharting extended Release CD set, both I already knew but hadn’t charted before, dating from 2002-4-ish. The album excluded any (much better) tracks that didn’t fit into the mood, including these two gems, one latin-tinged, one banger singalong.

Two new revamped tracks a la Elvis for Roy Orbison gives us 2 late lamented Traveling Wilburys in the chart, as well as the band itself. Love Hurts has been much-covered over the years (Nazereth and Jim Capaldi for two hit versions, for a start) so about time Roy charted his original. Chaka Khan gets a credit, which allows me to claim her charting in my charts for 43 years, starting with Rufus’ Tell Me Something Good in 1974.

1 1 1 3 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 485000
2 2 2 6 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 391650
3 6 3 3 WAIT UP Hurts 163000
4 4 1 6 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 700000
5 3 3 3 READY TO GO Hurts 220000
6 5 1 7 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 625000
7 37 7 2 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 67300
8 9 8 10 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 245300
9 7 6 9 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 291750
10 10 10 3 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 101900

11 12 11 4 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 97150
12 8 3 6 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 305700
13 14 13 6 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 130400
14 15 14 7 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 134900
15 11 3 10 DRINK UP Train 530000
16 NEW 16 1 BETWEEN TWO ISLANDS Pet Shop Boys 25000
17 13 10 9 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 204000
18 18 18 6 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 124500
19 24 19 2 WORD UP The BossHoss 40000
20 26 20 3 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 48700

21 NEW 21 1 SEXY NORTHERNER Pet Shop Boys 19750
22 28 22 10 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 158000
23 16 7 10 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 263550
24 29 24 5 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 73600
25 17 4 11 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 486150
26 23 12 7 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 194250
27 19 19 5 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 96350
28 25 1 13 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 804100
29 32 27 7 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 114100
30 30 6 8 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 264250

31 27 1 14 TRUE FEELING Galantis 899300
32 20 14 5 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 112800
33 34 33 7 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 105600
34 21 13 9 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 200700
35 40 35 6 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 83250
36 22 8 18 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 384100
37 39 37 7 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 80400
38 47 38 2 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 29700
39 45 39 2 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 30100
40 54 40 2 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 28000

41 31 9 10 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 233050
42 33 33 7 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 84050
43 NEW 43 1 LOVE HURTS Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 13500
44 35 10 10 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 244500
45 36 19 12 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 196750
46 38 8 13 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 345600
47 NEW 47 1 I LOVE YOU BUT I’M LOST Tears For Fears 12500
48 42 42 6 CHASING HIGHS Alma 56550
49 49 1 15 DREAMS Grace Slick 599000
50 41 38 5 TENSION CENTVRIES 67000

51 43 8 14 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 366000
52 50 27 10 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 134900
53 57 53 2 KAAMOS Tom Fall 21650
54 58 54 4 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 32200
55 53 1 16 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1021200
56 44 19 9 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 137950
57 46 22 7 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 117000
58 NEW 58 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10200
59 67 59 3 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 23100
60 51 1 10 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 746550

61 63 61 4 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 27100
62 71 62 4 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 23400
63 62 1 31 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 950450
64 70 64 2 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 13100
65 65 65 3 HEROES David Bowie 20800
66 64 1 18 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 804700
67 56 8 11 DARTH VADER Dragonette 233250
68 60 60 3 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 23400
69 NEW 69 1 EVERYTHING IS NEVER ENOUGH (VIDEO MIX) Goldfrapp 6200
70 73 70 2 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11400

71 RE 71 2 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 10800
72 48 48 2 MASTERPIECE NONONO 17900
73 75 73 2 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 10400
74 NEW 74 1 SAY A PRAYER TIEKS featuring Chaka Khan & Popcaan 5200
75 NEW 75 1 FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH Liam Gallagher 5000

DROP OUTS
52 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
55 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
59 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
61 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
66 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
68 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
72 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
74 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800

 

8th October 2017

It’s 2 weeks weeks on top for the fabulous almost-festive singalong ballad from Hurts (MUST be a December single surely!?), followed closely by the fab Evangeline pumping dance single, My Kingdom. Hurts hold at 3, and rise to 6 with the Prince-flavoured Wait Up for half of the top 6! Two dance bangers enter the top 10, and Sophie Tucker hits 12, sorry I mean Sofi Tukker. Force of habit for old folk.

In at 24, highest new entry is the 2004 track featured in the new Kingsman film to great effect – Cameo’s Word Up done hillbilly style by a German country covers band, The BossHoss. Fun! P!nk leapfrogs herself as Beautiful Trauma jaunts into the 30, and Burak Yeter & Ryan Ribak enter into the 40. Following the sad death of Tom Petty there are a sprinkling of Wilburys and Heartbreakers tracks entering. It was 40 years ago that Tom debuted in my chart, so it’s nice to see a selection back for a nice bloke.

Morrissey is also back 34 years on from This Charming Man, and it’s a good offering too, while Motiv8 and Angie Brown finally get a second week on my chart – 23 years after peaking at 75. Maybe I was out the country at the time, or maybe I was getting fed up with jaunty piano house tunes dominating the charts, but it’s decent and deserved better.

1 1 1 2 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 315000
2 4 2 5 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 276650
3 3 3 2 READY TO GO Hurts 160000
4 2 1 5 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 635000
5 5 1 6 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 570000
6 17 6 2 WAIT UP Hurts 78000
7 7 6 8 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 246750
8 6 3 5 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 270700
9 32 9 9 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 197300
10 31 10 2 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 59900

11 8 3 9 DRINK UP Train 503000
12 25 12 3 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 60150
13 10 10 8 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 181000
14 16 14 5 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 98400
15 15 15 6 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 105900
16 9 7 9 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 244300
17 11 4 10 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 467400
18 18 18 5 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 102500
19 20 19 4 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 77950
20 14 14 4 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 95000

21 13 13 8 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 183100
22 12 8 17 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 366700
23 21 12 6 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 175750
24 NEW 24 1 WORD UP The BossHoss 19000
25 22 1 12 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 785850
26 58 26 2 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 28700
27 19 1 13 TRUE FEELING Galantis 881400
28 30 28 9 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 138500
29 39 29 4 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 54600
30 23 6 7 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 246250

31 24 9 9 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 219050
32 27 27 6 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 95900
33 34 33 6 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 70300
34 37 34 6 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 87900
35 28 10 9 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 231250
36 33 19 11 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 183750
37 NEW 37 1 GO 2.0 Burak Yeter & Ryan Rybak 17300
38 29 8 12 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 332850
39 49 39 6 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 63100
40 40 40 5 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 65750

41 38 38 4 TENSION CENTVRIES 55000
42 54 42 5 CHASING HIGHS Alma 44250
43 35 8 13 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 354250
44 36 19 8 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 127350
45 NEW 45 1 END OF THE LINE The Traveling Wilburys 13000
46 26 22 6 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 106600
47 NEW 47 1 TALK OF THIS TOWN Catherine McGrath 12500
48 NEW 48 1 MASTERPIECE NONONO 12300
49 48 1 14 DREAMS Grace Slick 586900
50 41 27 9 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 123400

51 45 1 9 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 736550
52 42 26 6 MERMAID Skott 81450
53 46 1 15 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 1010400
54 NEW 54 1 SPENT THE DAY IN BED Morrissey 11000
55 44 20 6 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 100750
56 52 8 10 DARTH VADER Dragonette 226650
57 NEW 57 1 KAAMOS Tom Fall 10400
58 71 58 3 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 21200
59 50 4 13 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 509850
60 65 60 2 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 17000

61 47 40 8 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 98100
62 61 1 30 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 943250
63 69 63 3 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 19600
64 62 1 17 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 797900
65 66 65 2 HEROES David Bowie 13800
66 53 53 5 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 40250
67 68 67 2 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 13000
68 51 36 6 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 77350
69 70 69 2 DOWN Andrew Belle 12200
70 NEW 70 1 ROCKIN’ FOR MYSELF Motiv8 featuring Angie Brown 6000

71 74 71 3 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 16000
72 55 8 14 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 322150
73 NEW 73 1 AMERICAN GIRL Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 5400
74 57 37 6 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 65800
75 NEW 75 1 NOBODYS CHILD The Traveling Wilburys 5000

DROP OUTS
43 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
56 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
59 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800
63 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
67 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
72 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
75 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

1st October 2017

It’s Hurts in at 1 from nowhere – I hadn’t heard it before today when I checked out the new album, which looks pretty good, but has 2 fab future singles (I hope) and 2 current singles. Magnificent is another showstopping power ballad from the lads, fab and knocks off Footsteps from the top. Here’s hoping they make it the next single (as Pet Shop Boys should have done with Footsteps). In at 3 it’s the single proper, and Ready To Go is the upbeat current Radio 2 playlist single for Hurts. That leaves the Prince-inspired funk of Wait Up in at 17, with a great hook. 3 instant top 20 tracks.

Martin Solveig and Alma have a good climb, into the 20, as Sparks add a top 20 to their 43-year-long list of them. Sofi Tukker, the US duo, have a massive climb into the 30 with an unusual upbeat track, while the highest non-Hurts track to enter is from ARLE, both a district of Cheltenham and a new moody dance banger. P!nk has a quick follow up Beautiful Trauma as her current biggie is yet to drop much, as does Jaira Burns grabbing a quick second entry. Brighton band The RPM’s round out the new stuff.

1 NEW 1 1 MAGNIFICENT Hurts 145000
2 1 1 4 FOOTSTEPS Pet Shop Boys 570000
3 NEW 3 1 READY TO GO Hurts 75000
4 4 4 4 MY KINGDOM (WILLIAM BLACK REMIX) Evangeline 161650
5 2 1 5 CRYBABY Paloma Faith 510000
6 3 3 4 CLOSER TO HEAVEN Pet Shop Boys 222700
7 6 6 7 GET LOW Zedd & Liam Payne 196750
8 5 3 8 DRINK UP Train 466000
9 7 7 8 NEW RULES Dua Lipa 219300
10 10 10 7 RUN FOR COVER The Killers 149050

11 9 4 9 MORE MESS Kungs featuring Olly Murs & Coely 444400
12 8 8 16 SWISH SWISH Katy Perry featuring Nicki Minaj 347200
13 15 13 7 REGGAETON LENTO CNCO & Little Mix 163350
14 16 14 3 WALK ON WATER Thirty Seconds To Mars 75000
15 31 15 5 ALL STARS Martin Solveig featuring Alma 78900
16 20 16 4 DUSK TILL DAWN ZAYN featuring Sia 69400
17 NEW 17 1 WAIT UP Hurts 23000
18 18 18 4 FANTASY George Michael featuring Nile Rodgers 80500
19 11 1 12 TRUE FEELING Galantis 863000
20 23 20 3 EDITH PIAF (SAID IT BETTER THAN ME) Sparks 56950

21 12 12 5 TALL THIN MEN Pet Shop Boys 156500
22 14 1 11 STILL FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME Zoot Woman featuring Kylie Minogue 767100
23 13 6 6 LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM Madonna 228250
24 19 9 8 HOLDING ON Dannii Minogue featuring Jason Heerah 201150
25 68 25 2 BEST FRIEND Sofi Tukker featuring NERVO, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno 25150
26 22 22 5 ELIZABETH TAYLOR (MULHOLLAND EDITION) Clare Maguire 93850
27 29 27 5 SWINGIN’ WITH MY EYES CLOSED Shania Twain 78100
28 24 10 8 WHAT ABOUT US P!nk 213750
29 21 8 11 ROCKIN’ The Weeknd 315650
30 33 30 8 BOTH SIDES NOW Glen Campbell 120200

31 NEW 31 1 CLOSE TO YOU ARLE 17900
32 45 14 8 I HEAR YOU CALLING DJ Licious 152300
33 42 19 10 POWER Little Mix featuring Stormzy 166350
34 43 34 5 DUM DUM Kideko featuring Tiny Tempah and Becky G 52600
35 27 8 12 I’LL BE AROUND Empire Of The Sun 339850
36 25 19 7 DIVE (3.35 EDIT) Saint Etienne 114100
37 39 37 5 DARK NIGHTS Dorothy 70300
38 38 38 3 TENSION CENTVRIES 41000
39 48 39 3 LIFE WITH THE MACBETHS Sparks 36400
40 44 40 4 DO IT AGAIN Steely Dan 48750

41 34 27 8 I COULD USE A LOVE SONG Maren Morris 111400
42 26 26 5 MERMAID Skott 79950
43 17 8 8 IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE Glen Campbell 212500
44 28 20 5 BELIEVE/SONG FOR GUY Pet Shop Boys featuring Elton John 89950
45 37 1 8 GALVESTON Glen Campbell 724800
46 35 1 14 TWO FUX Adam Lambert 999150
47 40 40 7 IN AND OUT Beth Ditto 90600
48 46 1 13 DREAMS Grace Slick 574800
49 53 49 5 WOULDN’T WANNA BE YA YONAKA 46000
50 30 4 12 AVE PLAGUE KING PLAGUE 499750

51 36 36 5 NON BELIEVER London Grammar 70950
52 50 8 9 DARTH VADER Dragonette 216050
53 62 53 4 THIS KIND OF LOVE George Michael 33450
54 64 54 4 CHASING HIGHS Alma 30500
55 51 8 13 UNFORGETTABLE French Montana featuring Swae Lee 316550
56 32 14 6 3 A.M. (ETERNAL) The KLF 133400
57 41 37 5 POSITIVE ROLE MODEL Pet Shop Boys 60600
58 NEW 58 1 BEAUTIFUL TRAUMA P!nk 10200
59 66 59 3 THE WOLF SIAMES 22100
60 52 19 7 MAN BEHIND THE SUN Callum Beattie 98800

61 61 1 29 ALONE AGAIN OR Love 935850
62 57 1 16 SUMMER WINE Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood 790800
63 49 49 7 SUPERFRESH Jamiroquai 58400
64 65 64 3 YALLA Inna 19100
65 NEW 65 1 BURN SLOW Jaira Burns 7000
66 NEW 66 1 HEROES David Bowie 6800
67 56 3 16 THE MAN The Killers 528750
68 NEW 68 1 I THINK IT’S STUPID BUT I THINK IT’S LOVE The RPM’s 6400
69 69 69 2 ILL RAY (THE KING) Kasabian 12400
70 NEW 70 1 DOWN Andrew Belle 6000

71 74 71 2 MORE THAN FRIENDS James Hype featuring Kelli-Leigh 11000
72 59 48 7 BACK TO YOU Louis Tomlinson featuring Bebe Rexha & Digital Farm Animals 68700
73 72 10 11 MIRACLES (SOMEONE SPECIAL) Coldplay & Big Sean 215250
74 75 74 2 HAVANA Camila Cabello featuring Young Thug 10200
75 NEW 75 1 VULCANO Francesca Michelin 5000

DROP OUTS
47 7 11 MR SANDMAN Syml 281400
54 5 7 I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU Glen Campbell 259250
55 26 6 GOTTA GET A GRIP (SEEB REMIX) Mick Jagger 95850
58 56 6 FEEL ABOUT YOU Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie 52800
60 49 4 DANCING IN THE RAIN The Fizz 46300
63 4 12 NO GOOD FOR YOU The Union featuring Lovespeake 341200
67 67 2 LOVE IN RUINS Gryffin featuring Sinead Harnett 12400
70 20 10 BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE BEAUTIFUL PROBLEMS Lana Del Ray featuring Stevie Nicks 149950
71 71 3 YOU’RE THE BEST THING ABOUT ME U2 16400
73 1 48 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 1154100

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My 2016 Charts Sep-Dec

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It’s Robbie Williams for a 7th week, I’m still loving the romantic gorgeousness of When You Know, as his current UK sales top 10 Love My Life drops out after peaking at 70. It’s clear which one I prefer! The Weeknd goes up to both 2 and 3, current single at 3, and I hope a future single at 2. Highest new entry in the thankfully-reduced-to-75 chart is at 5, Kaiser Chiefs best single in 7 years, We Stay Together – their 8th top 10, and trailing only their 3 chart-toppers – is oddly constructed, a disco belter, and more of a duet with producers’ Xenomania’s receptionist. She’s great!

Vaults get a second top 10 with Randy Crawford’s 1980 top tenner, One Day I’ll Fly Away, Kylie and Sigma add to their list of top 20’s, and ABC grab their 7th top 40 of 2016, a record for them, and it’s a proper good ol (under-appreciated) Christmas song to join the oldie festive goodies. Barry Gibb gets his first solo top 40 track in over 30 years, Grouplove get a belated second top 40, and new entry with the uplifting fab Good Morning. Kungs’ third top 40 of the year, Betsy’s second, and Imagine Dragons new entry at 40, taken from the unfairly-slagged-off fab movie Passengers – criticisms seem to based on moral issues (which is the whole point of the film) rather than for sci-fi blockbuster expectations. Levitate is their 5th or 6th since their debut chart-topper hit, Radioactive.

Little Mix and Charlie Puth are both back, jointly, on a good track, and The Dave Clark 5 also bring Glad All Over back to my charts for the first time since 1993. The 1964 UK chart-topper ended the Beatles domination of the UK charts over Autumn 1963/New Year 1964, and I loved it as a 6-year-old, and also Dave Clark and co’s thumping drums. Sadly almost all their hits predate my charts (though they would have had many), though they were there early on over autumn 1968 with the top 5 fave The Red Balloon (one Dave seems to have excommunicated from hits packages). The record has charted at 4 in the Uk sales chart (31 on streaming-included) following a Rangers FC campaign.

1 1 1 7 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1190000
2 3 2 5 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 515000
3 4 3 5 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 249400
4 5 4 10 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 327350
5 80 5 2 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs featuring Sarah Thomson 64000
6 6 6 5 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 194750
7 7 3 6 REDBONE Childish Gambino 321400
8 8 8 4 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 176000
9 2 2 3 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 275000
10 15 10 7 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 148500

11 14 11 4 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 87000
12 17 12 7 MAGNETISED Garbage 123100
13 10 10 7 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 172600
14 13 5 7 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 323000
15 9 6 8 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 281450
16 12 12 4 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 91500
17 18 2 15 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 829000
18 20 18 4 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 60500
19 24 19 7 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 131600
20 26 20 5 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 86400

21 11 1 15 HURTS Emeli Sande 1154750
22 19 9 13 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 263000
23 32 14 9 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 160650
24 25 24 9 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 132900
25 35 25 8 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 109700
26 60 26 2 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 28500
27 29 27 7 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 94300
28 23 1 14 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 992750
29 34 29 4 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 53700
30 30 30 4 ALONE Alan Walker 43000

31 37 19 7 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 130000
32 54 32 4 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 37800
33 52 33 7 DAMN Red Rosamond 79900
34 22 1 9 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 786100
35 78 35 2 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 21900
36 16 7 6 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 175400
37 NEW 37 1 GOOD MORNING Grouplove 17300
38 44 38 4 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 46650
39 66 39 3 WANTED MORE Betsy 28500
40 NEW 40 1 LEVITATE Imagine Dragons 17000

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41 31 23 8 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 125350
42 40 1 17 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1079450
43 43 4 14 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 433900
44 33 6 12 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 322800
45 46 45 6 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 55150
46 47 46 7 ALGA Ignea 63850
47 36 6 14 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 290900
48 38 17 8 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 131300
49 49 49 7 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 57050
50 28 17 7 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 116550

51 39 8 9 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 274050
52 41 6 11 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 306250
53 53 53 7 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 37500
54 48 48 7 MAZE Aria 63700
55 50 11 10 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 186800
56 57 56 2 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 21000
57 42 18 9 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 150700
58 63 55 4 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 30600
59 67 59 4 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 28500
60 62 60 5 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 26600

61 21 17 13 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 180200
62 55 5 16 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 400000
63 65 63 9 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 44100
64 58 4 14 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 378550
65 NEW 65 1 OOPS Little Mix featuring Charlie Puth 7000
66 71 66 6 STEREO Courage My Love 22200
67 NEW 67 1 GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark 5 6600
68 64 6 20 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 482550
69 81 69 2 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER ZAYN and Taylor Swift 10000
70 69 1 37 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 725600

71 72 71 4 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 22200
72 74 72 7 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 27700
73 73 8 20 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 341800
74 84 1 32 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 865250
75 85 2 16 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 624700

DROP OUTS
27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
45 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64700
51 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
56 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
59 59 4 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 24700
61 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152250
68 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700
75 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000
76 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 234850
79 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
82 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500
83 75 6 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
86 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

18th December 2016

It’s the pre-christmas chart and Robbie rules for a 6th week, cos I adore the melody and emotion of this spine-tinglingly romantic love song. Robbie always wears his lyric heart on his sleeve, and just touches me enormously, his gift with words is great and Guy Chambers’ melodies heavenly. Robbie needs a slap for not putting it on the album proper, though, unless he has bigger plans for it. Perfectly constructed ballad.The Weeknd still has two top 5 tracks, Coldcut get their 4th top 10, and all the Christmas songs are joined by a new one from ABC, their first, and 7th chart entry this year. 2016 is their best year since 1982 classicness. When they scored a first hit at christmas 1981, just faffing around the lower end of the UK top 75 was a little old minor jolly christmas ditty from The Waitresses, barely even one-minor-hit wonders. Time has been very kind, though, as the song tends to get some annual exposure without ever breaking big. LONG overdue a top 40 visit, we need a campaign to get it there at long last. 14 for me, some 35 years after first cracking my top 40.

Busted have a top 20 climb, Alan Walker a huge leap for a second top 30, while chart returns for Kaiser Chiefs, Barry Gibb, Robin Schulz, David Guetta, Zayn and Taylor Swift set them up for a good start to 2017.

1 1 1 6 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 1020000
2 2 2 2 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 230000
3 3 2 4 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 400000
4 5 4 4 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 159400
5 7 5 9 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 262350
6 8 6 4 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 139750
7 4 3 5 REDBONE Childish Gambino 271400
8 9 8 3 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 128000
9 6 6 7 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 254250
10 13 10 6 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 140600

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1135000
12 21 12 3 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
13 10 5 6 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 294000
14 32 14 3 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 50100
15 19 15 6 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 106500
16 12 7 5 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 158000
17 20 17 6 MAGNETISED Garbage 88100
18 16 2 14 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 806000
19 15 9 12 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 243500
20 38 20 3 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 38500

21 17 17 12 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 162700
22 14 1 8 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 768500
23 18 1 13 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 975450
24 24 24 6 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 110600
25 25 25 8 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 114000
26 28 26 4 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 66400
27 27 27 4 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 63800
28 22 17 6 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 124450
29 30 29 6 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 75800
30 73 30 3 ALONE Alan Walker 25000

31 23 23 7 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 111350
32 45 14 8 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 141400
33 39 6 11 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 309550
34 52 34 3 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 35600
35 35 35 7 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 90950
36 26 6 13 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 277500
37 37 19 6 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 112000
38 34 17 7 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 119000
39 29 8 8 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 262200
40 40 1 16 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1065700

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41 31 6 10 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 294750
42 33 18 8 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 140400
43 42 4 13 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 420400
44 57 44 3 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 29450
45 46 45 7 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 64750
46 54 46 5 GREGORY’S THEME Basto! 42200
47 50 47 6 ALGA Ignea 51200
48 56 48 6 MAZE Aria 52800
49 51 49 6 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 45050
50 41 11 9 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 176000

51 36 15 10 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 154250
52 47 47 6 DAMN Red Rosamond 62300
53 71 53 6 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 26250
54 66 54 3 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 20000
55 48 5 15 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 392700
56 58 56 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 37800
57 NEW 57 1 SHED A LIGHT Robin Schulz & David Guetta featuring Cheat Codes 10400
58 44 4 13 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 371450
59 60 59 3 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 21700
60 NEW 60 1 A CHRISTMAS WE DESERVE ABC 10000

61 49 16 9 CERTAINTY Temples 152350
62 65 62 4 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 16600
63 55 55 3 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 20400
64 62 6 19 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 476150
65 67 65 8 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 36900
66 77 66 2 WANTED MORE Betsy 11400
67 69 67 3 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 18400
68 53 53 3 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 25150
69 68 1 36 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 719600
70 70 70 3 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 13700

71 82 71 5 STEREO Courage My Love 15400
72 72 72 3 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 16600
73 61 8 19 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 336400
74 74 74 6 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 22100
75 76 75 6 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 21000

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76 64 10 11 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 199100
77 43 7 8 f*** YOU Lily Allen 233850
78 NEW 78 1 STAR CROSSED LOVERS Barry Gibb 4400
79 63 4 13 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 444450
80 NEW 80 1 WE STAY TOGETHER Kaiser Chiefs 4000

81 NEW 81 1 I DON’T WANNA LIVE FOREVER Zayn & Taylor Swift 3800
82 83 82 7 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 21500

83 75 75 5 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 20200
84 89 1 31 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 863050
85 84 2 15 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 619700
86 97 86 2 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 4100
87 96 87 2 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 4000
88 90 88 5 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 9200
89 100 89 2 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 3200
90 91 90 2 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3900

DROP OUTS

87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400

99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100

11th December 2016

Robbie holds off for a 5th week on top, his longest ever run, just keeping off the late Greg Lake who sadly died last week. His classic christmas song knocked Bohemian Rhapsody off the top of my charts back in xmas 1975 and i was sweet 17. Since then it topped again in the 80s and also a few years back. Fanfare For The Common Man also topped my chart in 1977 and thats back too. The Weeknd joins himself in my top 5, his 3rd of the year and daft punk’s 2nd.

A good climb for noah cyrus equalling her sister miley by getting a top 10, and labrinth’s 5th or 6th. Lots of xmas songs, busted getting a top 40 for the first time in 14 years, and a 6th robbie track in the 100, but not the roy orbison song pretty woman…

1 1 1 5 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 850000
2 NEW 2 1 I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake 115000
3 2 2 3 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 315000
4 3 3 4 REDBONE Childish Gambino 221400
5 18 5 3 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 99400
6 6 6 6 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 209250
7 8 7 8 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 202350
8 23 8 3 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 84750
9 12 9 2 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 80000
10 5 5 5 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 262000

11 10 1 13 HURTS Emeli Sande 1098000
12 7 7 4 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 133000
13 16 13 5 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 98600
14 4 1 7 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 749000
15 9 9 11 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 222500
16 11 2 13 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 784000
17 42 17 11 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 142950
18 13 1 12 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 956200
19 30 19 5 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 79500
20 20 20 5 MAGNETISED Garbage 65100

21 51 21 2 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 31500
22 17 17 5 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 106250
23 29 23 6 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 93450
24 26 24 5 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 91600
25 31 25 7 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 95200
26 15 6 12 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 260100
27 40 27 3 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 45400
28 39 28 3 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 47800
29 14 8 7 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 245100
30 36 30 5 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 57700

31 19 6 9 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 280750
32 84 32 2 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 21100
33 24 18 7 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 126650
34 21 17 6 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 101800
35 35 35 6 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 73450
36 22 15 9 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 142500
37 27 19 5 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 94700
38 97 38 2 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 18500
39 45 6 10 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 291850
40 38 1 15 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1048700

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41 37 11 8 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 164000
42 33 4 12 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 406900
43 25 7 7 f*** YOU Lily Allen 228250
44 32 4 12 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 361250
45 34 14 7 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 123600
46 46 46 6 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 51750
47 47 47 5 DAMN Red Rosamond 50800
48 48 5 14 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 381900
49 28 16 8 CERTAINTY Temples 144850
50 50 50 5 ALGA Ignea 38600

51 59 51 5 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 32850
52 68 52 2 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 17900
53 61 53 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 18750
54 55 54 4 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 29400
55 88 55 2 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 13200
56 56 56 5 MAZE Aria 40400
57 71 57 2 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 16200
58 65 58 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 27200
59 41 4 25 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 453950
60 77 60 2 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 14600

61 53 8 18 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 331000
62 60 6 18 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 469050
63 43 4 12 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 440250
64 44 10 10 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 194300
65 99 65 3 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 9200
66 89 66 2 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 9000
67 75 67 7 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 29900
68 67 1 35 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 713400
69 72 69 2 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 11800
70 93 70 2 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 7700

71 81 71 5 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 15000
72 74 72 2 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 10800
73 94 73 2 ALONE Alan Walker 7000
74 79 74 5 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 16900
75 78 75 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 16800

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76 76 76 5 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 16000
77 NEW 77 1 WANTED MORE Betsy 4600
78 49 12 11 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 176650
79 52 30 8 KISS ME Fingertips 111950
80 66 31 8 DREAMER Coco Morier 78350

81 69 69 3 GROW UP Olly Murs 15400
82 82 82 4 STEREO Courage My Love 9600
83 83 83 6 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 17900
84 62 2 14 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 616700
85 73 19 12 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 164300
86 90 86 7 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 11100
87 87 87 2 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 5200
88 95 88 3 WHAT Melinda Marx 5400
89 85 1 30 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 859850
90 92 90 4 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 6800

91 NEW 91 1 I’VE GOT A THING ABOUT YOU BABY Elvis Presley & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1900
92 63 6 11 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 221600
93 NEW 93 1 SHOW ME THE MAGIC Jamie Cullen 1700
94 86 1 31 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1165400
95 57 29 8 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 102350
96 NEW 96 1 PRETTY WOMAN Robbie Williams 1400
97 NEW 97 1 FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN Emerson Lake & Palmer 1300
98 58 2 20 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 606100
99 54 39 8 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 94050
100 NEW 100 1 READY OR NOT Laura Mvula 1000

DROP OUTS
64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
70 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500
80 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300
91 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
96 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
98 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
100 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

4th December 2016

A fourth week on top for the most romantic record of 2016, it’s just heartwarmingly gorgeous, the lyrics are uplifting and fill a cynical or lonely person with hope, and the melody is to die for. Sang along loudly to it in the car 4 times driving home last night. Fab. Next single Rob! Sadly, neither of my top 2 is on youtube….

Two records that are recent oldies to me enter the top 10 (Adele and Rag’n’bone Man) along with Chainsmokers which is vice versa. In at 12 Sia’s got another winner! The last great track she did was the (eventually) massive Cheap Thrills which hit my top 10 a year ago. Never Give Up isn’t too far from that vein so I hope this one hits too, though being a soundtrack record might hold it back. 15 years she’s been charting now…

Garbage have been charting over 20 years, and are back in my top 20 with a big leap for Magnetised, rockingly good. Kylie & Cliff both have seasonal top 40’s, not for the first time, Cliff now has a whopping 48 years since he first popped into my first ever actual charts wot-i-wrote-down. The BBC are creeping something terrible with him at the mo, having ignored him for years. Hah! Wonder if it’s a court-case related thing….

Lower down: Melinda Marx’ 1965 original of Soft Cell’s What hangs around, as I’ve recently heard it for the first time – never a hit, not available to buy – and the daughter of film comedy legend and hero of mine Groucho Marx. Some Xmas songs, including another new discovery, the original Connie Francis version of the fab version as made more well-known version by Gabriella Cilmi. Busted return for the time in ooh must be 14 years or so.

1 1 1 4 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 680000
2 2 2 2 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 230000
3 4 3 3 REDBONE Childish Gambino 156400
4 3 1 6 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 720000
5 5 5 4 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 220000
6 7 6 5 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 154250
7 16 7 3 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 98000
8 14 8 7 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 152350
9 28 9 10 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 195500
10 10 1 12 HURTS Emeli Sande 1061000

11 9 2 12 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 759000
12 NEW 12 1 NEVER GIVE UP Sia 35000
13 12 1 11 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 933200
14 8 8 6 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 227000
15 6 6 11 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 242500
16 20 16 4 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 66600
17 23 17 4 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 66750
18 36 18 2 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 39400
19 11 6 8 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 262850
20 49 20 4 MAGNETISED Garbage 45100

21 17 17 5 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 84200
22 15 15 8 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 125100
23 35 23 2 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 36750
24 18 18 6 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 108850
25 13 7 6 f*** YOU Lily Allen 214750
26 27 26 4 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 72600
27 19 19 4 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 77400
28 21 16 7 CERTAINTY Temples 132650
29 31 26 5 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 74200
30 33 30 4 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 58500

31 40 31 6 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 76400
32 25 4 11 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 348000
33 29 4 11 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 393150
34 22 14 6 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 110600
35 37 35 5 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 55950
36 52 36 4 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 39700
37 26 11 7 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 150000
38 38 1 14 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1031700
39 47 39 2 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 29600
40 60 40 2 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 27000

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41 24 4 24 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 443850
42 42 18 10 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 129950
43 32 4 11 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 433050
44 34 10 9 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 187200
45 41 6 9 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 274750
46 54 46 5 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 38950
47 56 47 4 DAMN Red Rosamond 38200
48 46 5 13 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 369500
49 44 12 10 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 172250
50 71 50 4 ALGA Ignea 26600

51 NEW 51 1 ONE MORE SLEEP Leona Lewis 11750
52 30 30 7 KISS ME Fingertips 107750
53 43 8 17 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 323500
54 39 39 7 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 92950
55 69 55 3 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 18400
56 61 56 4 MAZE Aria 29800
57 45 29 7 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 100850
58 48 2 19 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 604900
59 70 59 4 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 21100
60 58 6 17 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 461650

61 NEW 61 1 SEPTEMBER SONG JP Cooper 7500
62 55 2 13 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 613500
63 50 6 10 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 219800
64 64 64 10 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 49100
65 75 65 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 17000
66 51 31 7 DREAMER Coco Morier 74350
67 67 1 34 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 707000
68 NEW 68 1 IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN Agnes Obel 6400
69 73 69 2 GROW UP Olly Murs 11600
70 53 53 4 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 39500

71 NEW 71 1 I FEEL SO BAD Kungs featuring Ephemerals 5800
72 NEW 72 1 WEIGHT IN GOLD Gallant 5600
73 68 19 11 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 161300
74 NEW 74 1 AFTER THE AFTERPARTY Charlie XCX featuring Lil Yachty 5200
75 76 75 6 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 23300

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76 87 76 4 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 11200
77 NEW 77 1 I’M GONNA BE WARM THIS WINTER Connie Francis 4600
78 78 78 4 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 11800
79 80 79 4 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 11700
80 62 54 8 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 45300

81 89 81 4 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 9200
82 97 82 3 STEREO Courage My Love 6000
83 84 83 5 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 14500
84 NEW 84 1 CHRISTMAS WRAPPING The Waitresses 3200
85 81 1 29 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 857650
86 82 1 30 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1163800
87 NEW 87 1 IN LOVE Water Juice featuring Audrey Graham 2600
88 NEW 88 1 SO GOOD Louisa Johnson 2400
89 NEW 89 1 STARVING Hailey Steinfeld featuring Zedd and Grey 2200
90 94 90 6 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 8300

91 83 12 14 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 220450
92 92 92 3 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 4800
93 NEW 93 1 LOVE MY LIFE Robbie Williams 1700
94 NEW 94 1 ALONE Alan Walker 1600
95 95 95 2 WHAT Melinda Marx 3000
96 59 59 5 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 32500
97 NEW 97 1 ON WHAT YOU’RE ON Busted 1300
98 63 37 7 ON DIRAIT Amir 67700
99 99 99 2 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 2200
100 90 18 12 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 140100

DROP OUTS
57 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
65 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
72 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
74 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
77 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
79 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
85 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
88 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
93 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
96 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
98 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
100 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

28th November 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for the gorgeously romantic Robbie bonus deluxe album track, When You Know. Robbie is one of the under-rated lyricists in pop, witty and romantic and biting whenever he needs each or all, and when he’s paired with a top tunesmith like Guy Chambers he’s unbeatable – funnily enough (and I didn’t check or have any previous inkling) Guy Chambers is back on board on this track. Quality tells.

The Weeknd’s follow-up Daft Punk single enters the 40 (I Feel It Comin’ replacing Starboy in the 40) but that’s shaded by the album track Secrets in my charts, in at 2, equalling his previous peak position. The track is basically a fab rewrite of The Romantics’ American smash Talking In My Sleep, covered very well by Bucks Fizz in the UK, with samples of Tears For Fears fab Pale Shelter. TFF get no “featuring” credit on the track, but as they are clearly singing the hook they do in my book, and peak higher than the original top 5 single.

Highest climber is the SO Prince-at-his-best stylish track from Childish Gambino, Redbone is sultry and delish, and up 64 places to 4. AKA actor/writer/comedian Donald Glover, he’s going to play the young Lando Calrissian in the next Han Solo movie. Talented! Fab. Talking of sultry and delish, shooting up to 20, it’s Coldcut getting their first top 20 in 25 years with an assist from Roots Manuva finally getting there after almost 2 decades of minor occasional chart entries.

Rag’n’bone Man is back, thanks to X Factor giving the pan-European smash a profile at long last, the Brighton-based singer-songwriter hit my top 20 back in August and may actually get a UK top 40 Streaming hit months after he had a top 40 sales hit with it. Streaming is so rubbish. I suggest everyone play my charts instead, SO much more interesting and varied tongue.gif Like Noah Cyrus and Labrinth, quirky and yet great, odd drop drop stylee. In one fell swoop Noah has outdone her sis Miley and dad Billie Ray in terms of being interesting. Yay!

1 1 1 3 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 510000
2 NEW 2 1 SECRETS The Weeknd featuring Tears For Fears 115000
3 2 1 5 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 655000
4 68 4 2 REDBONE Childish Gambino 71400
5 7 5 3 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 160000
6 10 6 10 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 215500
7 12 7 4 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 99250
8 8 8 5 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 198000
9 3 2 11 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 722000
10 5 1 11 HURTS Emeli Sande 1019000

11 6 6 7 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 241850
12 9 1 10 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 901200
13 13 7 5 f*** YOU Lily Allen 196000
14 20 14 6 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 104350
15 15 15 7 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 105600
16 17 16 2 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 48000
17 25 17 4 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 64450
18 19 18 5 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 89850
19 23 19 3 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 59000
20 52 20 3 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 41600

21 16 16 6 CERTAINTY Temples 114350
22 14 14 5 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 93300
23 35 23 3 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 43750
24 4 4 23 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 429850
25 11 4 10 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 330200
26 18 11 6 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 132700
27 29 27 3 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 54100
28 RE 16 9 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 150500
29 22 4 10 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 375450
30 32 30 6 KISS ME Fingertips 96250

31 26 26 4 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 56000
32 21 4 10 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 419550
33 34 33 3 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 40500
34 27 10 8 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 173950
35 NEW 35 1 MAKE ME (CRY) Noah Cyrus featuring Labrinth 17500
36 NEW 36 1 I FEEL IT COMING The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 17400
37 51 37 4 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 38450
38 28 1 13 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 1014500
39 39 39 6 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 81950
40 41 40 5 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 58500

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41 24 6 8 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 261750
42 49 18 9 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 116200
43 31 8 16 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 312250
44 33 12 9 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 160150
45 46 29 6 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 90450
46 40 5 12 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 357200
47 NEW 47 1 EVERYBODY’S FREE (TO FEEL GOOD) Kylie Minogue 12500
48 36 2 18 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 594700
49 58 49 3 MAGNETISED Garbage 25100
50 38 6 9 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 212600

51 50 31 6 DREAMER Coco Morier 67550
52 70 52 3 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 22300
53 53 53 3 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 33500
54 56 54 4 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 26200
55 42 2 12 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 606100
56 59 56 3 DAMN Red Rosamond 25700
57 30 30 5 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 81600
58 48 6 16 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 451650
59 60 59 4 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 31100
60 NEW 60 1 IT’S BETTER TO DREAM (CHRISTMAS MIX) Cliff Richard 10000

61 61 61 3 MAZE Aria 19200
62 54 54 7 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 41300
63 37 37 6 ON DIRAIT Amir 66500
64 64 64 9 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 42000
65 44 44 5 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 45650
66 47 47 6 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 63600
67 65 1 33 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 700400
68 43 19 10 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 155900
69 96 69 2 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 7600
70 86 70 3 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 11000

71 73 71 3 ALGA Ignea 14600
72 55 8 14 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 244800
73 NEW 73 1 GROW UP Olly Murs 5400
74 57 5 14 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 424450
75 75 75 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 10000

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76 79 76 5 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 18300
77 66 2 15 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 573550
78 90 78 3 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 7400
79 63 3 14 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 462900
80 89 80 3 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 7500

81 77 1 28 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 854650
82 78 1 29 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1161000
83 72 12 13 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 218550
84 84 84 4 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 11200
85 76 13 13 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 204200
86 69 60 5 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 33600
87 88 87 3 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 6400
88 45 45 6 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 47100
89 94 89 3 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 5400
90 81 18 11 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 139100

91 91 91 5 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 6900
92 98 92 2 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 3000
93 62 22 10 ANYMORE Melanie C 110700
94 97 94 5 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 6300
95 NEW 95 1 WHAT Melinda Marx 1500
96 85 15 12 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 169400
97 99 97 2 STEREO Courage My Love 2400
98 82 19 17 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 237450
99 NEW 99 1 AT CHRISTMAS Kylie Minogue 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STANGA Sagi Abitbul and Guy Haliva 1000

DROP OUTS
67 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
71 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
74 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
80 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000
83 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
87 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
92 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
95 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
100 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000
RE 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100

20th November 2016

It’s an easy second week on top for the gorgeous Robbie album track. Needs to be a single ASAP. When You Know, don’t cha know. The Beach Boys span of top 5 singles reaches 48 years with the fab Pet Sounds track, and Clean Bandit rocket into the 40 at 12, Rockabye, their biggest for some time in my charts. That’s despite Shaggy soundalike Sean Paul being on it! Meanwhile back in at 17 with a former fab big top 3 album track for me, it’s finally out as a single about a year late, but that’s just Water Under The Bridge, at least it’s finally out!

Vaults vault into the 40 with One Day I’ll Fly Away (trampoline!) as the fab original from Randy Crawford also pops in at 75, some 36 years since it flew away out of my charts after peaking at 6. NEIKED get sexual inside the 40, joining the naughty F words from Lily Allen at 13 and Cruel Youth at 100 for a potty mouth chart. Highest new entry proper is Childish Gambino and the cool Redbone. Redbone topped my chart the other year (Guardians Of The Galaxy’s Come And Get Your Love) so I hope they now record a song called Childish Gambino.

1 1 1 2 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 340000
2 2 1 4 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 570000
3 3 2 10 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 677000
4 10 4 22 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 410850
5 5 1 10 HURTS Emeli Sande 977000
6 6 6 6 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 204850
7 7 7 2 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 100000
8 8 8 4 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 150000
9 9 1 9 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 866200
10 12 10 9 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 160500

11 4 4 9 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 311450
12 46 12 3 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 49250
13 11 7 4 f*** YOU Lily Allen 164000
14 16 14 4 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 73800
15 19 15 6 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 78600
16 20 16 5 CERTAINTY Temples 94600
17 NEW 17 1 WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE Adele 23000
18 14 11 5 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 114200
19 23 19 4 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 67850
20 22 20 4 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 75350

21 15 4 9 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 401750
22 13 4 9 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 357250
23 25 23 2 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 38000
24 17 6 7 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 247750
25 39 25 3 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 41450
26 27 26 3 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 38100
27 21 10 7 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 156350
28 24 1 12 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 997300
29 35 29 2 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 35700
30 30 30 4 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 71200

31 26 8 15 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 298750
32 32 32 5 KISS ME Fingertips 78250
33 18 12 8 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 146900
34 74 34 2 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 22800
35 65 35 2 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 24500
36 31 2 17 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 582400
37 37 37 5 ON DIRAIT Amir 59300
38 38 6 8 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 200600
39 40 39 5 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 64850
40 33 5 11 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 344450

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41 43 41 4 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 41500
42 36 2 11 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 595300
43 28 19 9 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 149500
44 50 44 4 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 38650
45 45 45 5 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 44700
46 29 29 5 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 77450
47 47 47 5 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 56800
48 48 6 15 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 441450
49 70 18 8 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 102450
50 34 31 5 DREAMER Coco Morier 55800

51 67 51 3 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 21150
52 59 52 2 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 21600
53 54 53 2 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 22250
54 68 54 6 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 33900
55 42 8 13 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 239200
56 84 56 3 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 15200
57 44 5 13 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 419250
58 92 58 2 MAGNETISED Garbage 13000
59 75 59 2 DAMN Red Rosamond 15100
60 62 60 3 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 21000

61 79 61 2 MAZE Aria 11700
62 51 22 9 ANYMORE Melanie C 109000
63 52 3 13 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 458700
64 69 64 8 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 34900
65 63 1 32 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 693800
66 61 2 14 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 568950
67 58 36 9 KIDS OneRepublic 97600
68 NEW 68 1 REDBONE Childish Gambino 6400
69 60 60 4 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 30800
70 76 70 2 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 10800

71 41 28 11 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 105400
72 53 12 12 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 215150
73 83 73 2 ALGA Ignea 8800
74 49 5 9 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 319450
75 NEW 75 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Randy Crawford 5000

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76 55 13 12 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 201200
77 72 1 27 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 850850
78 73 1 28 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1157400
79 80 79 4 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 13500
80 82 80 4 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 14000

81 64 18 10 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 137100
82 81 19 16 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 236250
83 71 17 13 YOUTH Glass Animals 165950
84 88 84 3 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 8000
85 66 15 11 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 168000
86 89 86 2 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 5000
87 56 46 6 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 39650
88 96 88 2 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 3800
89 97 89 2 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 3500
90 100 90 2 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 3000

91 99 91 4 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 5000
92 87 1 19 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 769750
93 90 90 5 A-YO Lady Gaga 8300
94 94 94 2 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 3200
95 NEW 95 1 I NEVER FELT SO RIGHT Ben Delay 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GREGORY’S THEME Basto 1400
97 98 97 4 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 4700
98 NEW 98 1 SUZANNE Leonard Cohen 1200
99 NEW 99 1 STEREO Courage My Love 1100
100 NEW 100 1 HATEf*** Cruel Youth 1000

DROP OUTS
57 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
77 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
85 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
93 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
95 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500

13th November 2016

It’s Robbie Williams at 1, straight in with his gorgeous new Deluxe album track (What!? Why is it not the first single, let alone not even on the regular album!?) When You Know. To be honest his last album also had 2 lovely chart-toppers for me that bombed in the dance-heavy singles charts of 2013. Anyway, can’t beat a bit of harp, and it’s his 14th chart-topper since his first in 1998, the rockin’ Let Me Entertain You. Appropriately, the best track on the regular album is also in (at 7) Bruce Lee, essentially a rewrite (can’t fool me!) of ELO’s Don’t Bring Me Down, which was also a rewrite of The Beatles’ Back In The USSR. It’s fab anyway, and I also have my tickets to see Robbie live for the first time in almost 20 years next summer at Southampton football ground. So, his 4th top 20, 3rd top 10, of 2016, and his actual official current single is yet to chart for me, being as it’s a bit dreary (so far).

Emeli Sande’s breathing underwater, quite rapidly it seems, swimming into the 20, Haelos grab a second top 40 hit with Earth Not Above, Sigma a 7th, Ratty rockets into the 40, Clean Bandit climb almost 50 places, and at 59 Coldcut are back! It’s been an absence of well over 20 years for the 80’s DJ/Producers who launched both Lisa Stansfield and Yazz with some fab singles. At 74, Vaults are back with a cover of Randy Crawford’s 1980 top 10 ballad, fresh off a John Lewis advert. In at 89, it’s the late Leonard Cohen (there are others queuing up outside the 100) with his most upbeat track, just about, First We Take Manhattan: this charted back in the 80’s for Jennifer Warnes fab version, but ol’ growling Leonard also does a good job too.

1 NEW 1 1 WHEN YOU KNOW Robbie Williams 170000
2 1 1 3 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 455000
3 2 2 9 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 592000
4 4 4 8 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 274450
5 3 1 9 HURTS Emeli Sande 917000
6 6 6 5 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 148850
7 NEW 7 1 BRUCE LEE Robbie Williams 50000
8 10 8 3 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 102000
9 5 1 8 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 821200
10 13 10 21 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 345850

11 7 7 3 f*** YOU Lily Allen 132000
12 16 12 8 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 118500
13 8 4 8 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 337750
14 11 11 4 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 92200
15 9 4 8 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 382000
16 38 16 3 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 44800
17 12 6 6 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 228750
18 15 12 7 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 129200
19 26 19 5 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 51600
20 24 20 4 CERTAINTY Temples 69600

21 14 10 6 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 137950
22 25 22 3 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 55350
23 35 23 3 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 46850
24 20 1 11 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 979000
25 NEW 25 1 EARTH NOT ABOVE Haelos 18750
26 17 8 14 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 280850
27 98 27 2 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 19600
28 19 19 8 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 136000
29 29 29 4 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 64700
30 30 30 3 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 53200

31 18 2 16 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 565000
32 32 32 4 KISS ME Fingertips 60450
33 21 5 10 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 327450
34 31 31 4 DREAMER Coco Morier 43800
35 NEW 35 1 FIND ME Sigma featuring Birdy 17500
36 27 2 10 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 581550
37 37 37 4 ON DIRAIT Amir 42000
38 22 6 7 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 183400
39 72 39 2 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 22700
40 40 40 4 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 47750

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41 28 28 10 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 99600
42 23 8 12 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 228400
43 50 43 3 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 27500
44 39 5 12 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 408850
45 64 45 4 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 31700
46 95 46 2 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 14250
47 54 47 4 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 44300
48 44 6 14 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 429150
49 36 5 8 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 314250
50 57 50 3 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 25400

51 43 22 8 ANYMORE Melanie C 101600
52 45 3 12 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 451500
53 33 12 11 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 209550
54 NEW 54 1 ELECTRIFY Oliver featuring Scott Mellis 11000
55 34 13 11 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 196400
56 46 46 5 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 37050
57 47 19 7 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 102100
58 55 36 8 KIDS OneRepublic 91000
59 NEW 59 1 ONLY HEAVEN Coldcut featuring Roots Manuva 10100
60 60 60 3 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 24600

61 51 2 13 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 562150
62 82 62 2 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 11000
63 63 1 31 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 686800
64 56 18 9 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 133300
65 NEW 65 1 SEXUAL NEIKED featuring Dyo 7000
66 58 15 10 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 165000
67 86 67 2 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 9400
68 68 68 5 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 22900
69 74 69 7 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 27800
70 42 18 7 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 90350

71 48 17 12 YOUTH Glass Animals 162550
72 61 1 26 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 846250
73 69 1 27 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1153000
74 NEW 74 1 ONE DAY I’LL FLY AWAY Vaults 5200
75 NEW 75 1 DAMN Red Rosamond 5000

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76 NEW 76 1 CLOSER TO LIFE Atella x Froder 4800
77 49 9 12 LOST & FOUND BETSY 267800
78 59 59 5 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 25000
79 NEW 79 1 MAZE Aria 4200
80 80 80 3 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 9300

81 52 19 15 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 232650
82 84 82 3 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 10000
83 NEW 83 1 ALGA Ignea 3400
84 96 84 2 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 4600
85 77 77 4 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 10800
86 53 16 10 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 153250
87 79 1 18 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 767950
88 88 88 2 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 4800
89 NEW 89 1 FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Leonard Cohen 2200
90 92 90 4 A-YO Lady Gaga 6600

91 91 91 2 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 3800
92 NEW 92 1 MAGNETISED Garbage 1800
93 78 10 12 BOURBON Gallant 235350
94 NEW 94 1 GHOST Jeremy Messersmith 1600
95 NEW 95 1 HOW DEEP IS THAT RIVER? Mason Jennings 1500
96 NEW 96 1 I WAS ON YOUR SIDE Lilyer 1400
97 NEW 97 1 OH, PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison 1300
98 99 98 3 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 3400
99 100 99 3 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 3100
100 NEW 100 1 SHOUT OUT TO MY EX Little Mix 1000

DROP OUTS
41 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
62 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
65 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
70 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800
71 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
73 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
75 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550
76 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
81 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
83 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
85 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
87 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900
93 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
97 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300

6th November 2016

2 weeks on top for Abba, or 12 weeks including it’s 1977 run, which is bad news for M83 who go up to 2. Kishi Bashi gets his 3rd track to peak at 4, as ABC leap into the top 10 for the 5th time this year, and the lovely The Love Inside The Love, love it, and the live version on youtube is how I fell in love with it last week. Meanwhile the unknown but fab Scavenger Hunt leap into my top at 6 with River Runs Dry.

Flume fall just short of their 2nd top 10, so far, but a big climb anyway, while the late Kathy Kirby never got a proper chart tribute from me, and this fab OTT diva tune was Kathy at her best. I was MAD on Kathy Kirby when I was 6. Meanwhile, big jumps into the top 40 for the terrific Superwalkers, and the very Pet Shop Boys circa 1988 backing track of Coco Morier. Jean-Michel Jarre gets his 4th top 40 of the year, Amir gets a second in total, Ariana Grande her second of the year, and Emile Sande her 2nd in the same week.

1 1 1 2 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 340000
2 4 2 8 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 507000
3 2 1 8 HURTS Emeli Sande 857000
4 5 4 7 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 209450
5 3 1 7 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 776200
6 23 6 4 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 93850
7 9 7 2 f*** YOU Lily Allen 95000
8 8 4 7 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 305750
9 7 4 7 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 355000
10 50 10 2 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 54000

11 24 11 3 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 63200
12 6 6 5 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 205750
13 20 13 20 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 303850
14 10 10 5 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 118200
15 12 12 6 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 107200
16 35 16 7 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 83500
17 11 8 13 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 262350
18 14 2 15 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 547100
19 19 19 7 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 117700
20 16 1 10 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 960000

21 18 5 9 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 309750
22 13 6 6 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 166200
23 17 8 11 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 214650
24 34 24 3 CERTAINTY Temples 49600
25 39 25 2 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 35850
26 61 26 4 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 30600
27 25 2 9 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 564150
28 36 28 9 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 85600
29 29 29 3 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 46500
30 38 30 2 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 35200

31 66 31 3 DREAMER Coco Morier 26200
32 46 32 3 KISS ME Fingertips 42650
33 27 12 10 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 198300
34 22 13 10 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 185600
35 59 35 2 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 27600
36 21 5 7 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 302150
37 69 37 3 ON DIRAIT Amir 24700
38 87 38 2 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 19800
39 28 5 11 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 395600
40 51 40 3 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 30750

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41 15 5 3 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 101000
42 26 18 6 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 84350
43 33 22 7 ANYMORE Melanie C 89850
44 41 6 13 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 416850
45 37 3 11 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 440000
46 64 46 4 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 26450
47 32 19 6 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 91700
48 47 17 11 YOUTH Glass Animals 156440
49 44 9 11 LOST & FOUND BETSY 263200
50 90 50 2 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 14000

51 45 2 12 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 554650
52 42 19 14 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 228850
53 43 16 9 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 150450
54 57 54 3 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 31800
55 55 36 7 KIDS OneRepublic 80800
56 54 18 8 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 126200
57 85 57 2 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 13400
58 53 15 9 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 158200
59 72 59 4 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 20600
60 77 60 2 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 14600

61 58 1 25 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 840650
62 40 40 8 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 87300
63 63 1 30 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 679600
64 71 64 3 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 18700
65 48 39 8 GREEN DENM 67800
66 70 66 4 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 24800
67 56 37 10 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 102600
68 68 68 4 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 16500
69 65 1 26 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1147600
70 74 70 5 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 22800

71 60 16 9 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 143000
72 NEW 72 1 SUNRISE (HERE I AM) Ratty 5600
73 81 73 3 DRUGS Adam Jensen 12600
74 78 74 6 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 21600
75 67 14 9 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 128550

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76 31 9 7 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 215700
77 94 77 3 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 7800
78 49 10 11 BOURBON Gallant 233450
79 79 1 17 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 765350
80 97 80 2 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 5300

81 52 21 6 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 89750
82 NEW 82 1 YOU ARE MY EVERYTHING Madness 3600
83 86 83 6 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 13500
84 84 84 2 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 6400
85 82 1 21 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 694000
86 NEW 86 1 1000 NIGHTS Frenship 2800
87 96 87 3 TSIER Alyss 5100
88 NEW 88 1 BAD MOON RISING Creedence Clearwater Revival 2400
89 89 89 3 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 76 50 7 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 36900

91 NEW 91 1 WHEN THE WORLD TURNS BLUE (MELODIES OF LOVE) Merry Clayton 1900
92 95 92 3 A-YO Lady Gaga 4600
93 88 40 9 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 67500
94 80 65 5 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 21600
95 NEW 95 1 ROCKABYE Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie 1500
96 NEW 96 1 GHOST OF YOU Julia Knight 1400
97 NEW 97 1 CREEP Radiohead 1300
98 NEW 98 1 SYMMETRY OF TWO HEARTS Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 1200
99 99 99 2 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 2200
100 100 100 2 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 2000

DROP OUTS
30 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550
62 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
73 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500
83 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
91 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
98 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750

30th October 2016

It’s Abba, newly in and back at 1 over 39 years since Knowing Knowing You completed a 10-week run on top. That puts it clear in 3rd place on the biggest runs at 1, and is there thanks to a limited edition picture disc reissue of all the singles off Arrival on it’s 40th birthday. I adore that album, and this track, and I played it for over a year – I can’t understate how rare it is for me to play albums that much, as close to obsession in music as I get! Another track off it, That’s Me, is also in the 20. The video is attached, I was also mad on that, and Abba, and the record is one of the greatest break-up records of all-time, just genius.

Kishi Bashi meanwhile becomes a current obsession grabbing 4 of my top 20, including a 3rd top 5 with the sprawling ambitious Ode To My Next Life, such a clever musician, he needs discovering ASAP. In at 9, I saw Bridget Jones’ Baby last week, which was OK, sat amongst women of a certain age, when this naughty Lily Allen song popped up. It twice made my chart peaking at 20 in 2009 as an album track that I didn’t own – well now I’ve bought it and can play it properly. For obvious reasons not a single, but it’s terrific, funny and these days I imagine she’s singing it to Nigel Farage, cos that’s exactly how I feel about him. Several million people will be queuing up to make a dancefloor of his grave when he dies many years from now, so I hope they are making preparations for a dancefloor-sized stone floor.

Lower down there’s an ABC mini-invasion of tracks from both The 1982 Lexicon Of Love and 2016 Lexicon Of Love II, as I saw a fab concert this week with full orchestra – reviewed elsewhere. Best track on the new album, Kiss Me Goodbye jumps back into the 20. Bobby Vee sadly died this week, I saw in concert in the 90’s and he was fab, I bought the hits CD. I was too young for his heyday (early 60’s teen idol) but his songs remained popular into the 70’s and 80’s, often covered, and three of ’em finally give him some chart entries in my chart, long overdue, he was the classy end of the 50’s teen idols, and was only 15 when he got his break filling in for Buddy Holly on his fatal tour.

Others: Jean-Michel gets a 4th chart entry this year, and the fab quirky Sebastian Teller duets with him some years after his terrific Eurovision entry. Ph.D’s 1982 chart-topper (in my charts) I Won’t Let You Down is back sampled by Armand Van Helden (also a chart-topper in 1999 with You Don’t Know Me), The Vamps are back, ditto The Chainsmokers (belatedly), Enigma (Sadeness Pt. 2 entering some 26 years after part 1 topped my chart, and 22 years since they had a trio of toppers), and another Emeli Sande new track.

1 NEW 1 1 KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU Abba 170000
2 2 1 7 HURTS Emeli Sande 772000
3 1 1 6 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 716200
4 3 3 7 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 392000
5 10 5 6 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 144450
6 6 6 4 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 170750
7 7 4 6 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 310000
8 4 4 6 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 257750
9 NEW 9 1 f*** YOU Lily Allen 45000
10 20 10 4 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 89200

11 8 8 12 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 239350
12 34 12 5 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 80200
13 9 6 5 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 146700
14 46 2 14 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 525100
15 5 5 2 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 87000
16 12 1 9 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 940000
17 17 8 10 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 195400
18 21 5 8 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 290000
19 26 19 6 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 96700
20 23 20 19 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 271850

21 11 5 6 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 284750
22 13 13 9 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 168000
23 30 23 3 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 38850
24 63 24 2 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 26200
25 16 2 8 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 545750
26 18 18 5 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 70600
27 15 12 9 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 180600
28 24 5 10 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 378500
29 59 29 2 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 28300
30 32 30 13 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 148550

31 14 9 6 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 210900
32 19 19 5 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 79200
33 22 22 6 ANYMORE Melanie C 76350
34 45 34 2 CERTAINTY Temples 30600
35 37 35 6 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 58500
36 48 36 8 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 67300
37 31 3 10 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 427000
38 NEW 38 1 THE NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES Bobby Vee 17200
39 NEW 39 1 CLOSER The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey 17100
40 RE 40 7 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 79900

41 29 6 12 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 403600
42 42 19 13 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 217350
43 25 16 8 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 139200
44 33 9 10 LOST & FOUND BETSY 251100
45 27 2 11 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 542900
46 49 46 2 KISS ME Fingertips 24850
47 38 17 10 YOUTH Glass Animals 144250
48 39 39 7 GREEN DENM 60800
49 41 10 10 BOURBON Gallant 229050
50 NEW 50 1 THE LOVE INSIDE THE LOVE ABC 12000

51 90 51 2 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 13750
52 28 21 5 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 85950
53 43 15 8 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 148000
54 35 18 7 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 115600
55 36 36 6 KIDS OneRepublic 70000
56 47 37 9 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 96000
57 57 57 2 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 20800
58 55 1 24 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 833150
59 NEW 59 1 GISELE Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Sebastien Teller 10100
60 56 16 8 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 137200

61 82 61 3 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 12100
62 58 58 4 WHITE FLAG Joseph 25700
63 62 1 29 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 672400
64 73 64 3 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 13700
65 54 1 25 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1141400
66 95 66 2 DREAMER Coco Morier 8300
67 61 14 8 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 123550
68 87 68 3 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 10100
69 98 69 2 ON DIRAIT Amir 7400
70 70 70 3 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 18000

71 71 71 2 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 11600
72 84 72 3 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 10500
73 40 40 8 SPHYNX La Femme 85450
74 74 74 4 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 16800
75 75 75 9 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 31500

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76 50 50 6 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 34900
77 NEW 77 1 ALL NIGHT The Vamps & Matoma 4600
78 80 78 5 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 16400
79 79 1 16 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 761150
80 65 65 4 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 20000

81 83 81 2 DRUGS Adam Jensen 7200
82 77 1 20 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 691000
83 60 20 10 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 107750
84 NEW 84 1 WINGS Armand Van Helden featuring Ph.D 3200
85 NEW 85 1 SADENESS PT. II Enigma featuring Anggun 3000
86 86 86 5 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 10100
87 NEW 87 1 BREATHING UNDERWATER Emeli Sande 2600
88 64 40 8 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 65800
89 89 89 2 DON’T WANNA KNOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 4400
90 NEW 90 1 RUN TO HIM Bobby Vee 2000

91 52 7 13 GEMINI FEED Banks 269200
92 44 44 9 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 70500
93 93 93 7 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 9900
94 94 94 2 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 3200
95 97 95 2 A-YO Lady Gaga 2800
96 99 96 2 TSIER Alyss 2500
97 NEW 97 1 TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY Bobby Vee 1300
98 92 10 13 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 214750
99 NEW 99 1 SAINT CLAUDE Christine and The Queens 1100
100 NEW 100 1 VALENTINE’S DAY ABC 1000

51 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
53 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
66 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
72 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
76 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
78 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
81 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
85 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
88 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
91 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
96 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
100 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

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23rd October 2016

It’s a 3rd week for Red Sky July in an unchanged top 3, and it’s still juuuuuuust gorgeous. A former buzzjack song contest (BJSC) act of mine at 1 is joined by another act I entered and love, Kishi Bashi getting his 2nd top 5 with Can’t Let Go, Juno, and his 4th top 10 with the mini-epic Ode To My Next Life. Greedy, he’s also grabbed a 5th top 30 and 6th top 40.

Abba are the highest new entry with a deliciously cheesy unofficial remix for the 40th anniversary of classic album Arrival, the album track and B Side to Dancing Queen (so prolific Abba could afford to toss away a brilliant potential A side on a B Side!) That’s Me. It’s topped my chart previously, as has another single off Arrival which will enter next week as there are 4 brand new picture disc singles released for the official 40th anniversary.

Jean-Michel gets his 2nd top 10 of the year, as his Pet Shop Boys duet Brick England gives the boys errr a 5th or 6th top 10 this year, I’m a fan and I’ve lost count! Biggest jump is a whopping 64 places for Scavenger Hunt and a track that was cruelly ignored from the BJSC final, River Runs Dry. The late Kathy Kirby finally gets a top 40 slot some 50-odd years after she would have had quite a few had I done charts then (being as I was a mad-keen 6-year-old for her singles). Top actual new act is Temples, not unlike Tame Impala, and that’s a very good thing, in at 45. Other returning acts: Gaga, Two Door Cinema Club, Maroon 5…..

1 1 1 5 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 631200
2 2 1 6 HURTS Emeli Sande 657000
3 3 3 6 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 327000
4 8 4 5 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 209750
5 NEW 5 1 THAT’S ME (MATT POP 2016 MIX) Abba 60000
6 10 6 3 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 115750
7 4 4 5 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 260000
8 60 8 11 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 202350
9 6 6 4 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 114700
10 26 10 5 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 84450

11 5 5 5 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 265000
12 7 1 8 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 915000
13 15 13 8 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 148500
14 9 9 5 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 193000
15 12 12 8 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 162200
16 11 2 7 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 527000
17 14 8 9 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 172400
18 18 18 4 THE HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 52100
19 19 19 4 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 61400
20 20 20 3 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 47200

21 13 5 7 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 268000
22 23 22 5 ANYMORE Melanie C 58650
23 27 23 18 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 251850
24 17 5 9 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 360200
25 16 16 7 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 125700
26 32 26 5 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 75700
27 22 2 10 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 529900
28 21 21 4 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 74450
29 24 6 11 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 389600
30 94 30 2 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 19600

31 29 3 9 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 409700
32 34 32 12 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 130550
33 25 9 9 LOST & FOUND BETSY 237850
34 38 34 4 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 45200
35 28 18 6 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 104600
36 36 36 5 KIDS OneRepublic 59200
37 56 37 5 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 41000
38 31 17 9 YOUTH Glass Animals 131750
39 62 39 6 GREEN DENM 48500
40 40 40 7 SPHYNX La Femme 80050

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41 39 10 9 BOURBON Gallant 216950
42 30 19 12 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 203600
43 33 15 7 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 136750
44 44 44 8 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 68700
45 NEW 45 1 CERTAINTY Temples 13000
46 46 2 13 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 496100
47 37 37 8 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 85400
48 50 48 7 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 49900
49 NEW 49 1 KISS ME Fingertips 12100
50 55 50 5 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 30100

51 35 26 7 MR. APPLES Madness 96850
52 48 7 12 GEMINI FEED Banks 267300
53 47 47 7 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 55650
54 54 1 24 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1134400
55 53 1 23 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 822950
56 42 16 7 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 127200
57 NEW 57 1 HAMMER Chiara Hunter 10400
58 65 58 3 WHITE FLAG Joseph 18300
59 NEW 59 1 BAD DECISIONS Two Door Cinema Club 10100
60 43 20 9 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 104450

61 41 14 7 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 116950
62 61 1 28 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 665200
63 NEW 63 1 SAY IT (CLEAN BANDIT REMIX) Flume featuring Tove Lo 7200
64 45 40 7 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 63400
65 66 65 3 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 16000
66 72 66 5 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 23000
67 51 12 10 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 198150
68 52 13 10 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 174650
69 49 38 7 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 60300
70 70 70 2 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 12000

71 NEW 71 1 1-800MYLOVE FEYNMAN 5800
72 63 2 13 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 515400
73 98 73 2 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 6600
74 74 74 3 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 11600
75 80 75 8 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 26500

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76 58 58 7 TUN UP Sarah Mark 38200
77 75 1 19 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 687400
78 67 1 25 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1035300
79 64 1 15 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 756950
80 83 80 4 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 12000

81 68 35 9 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 76550
82 100 82 2 LOST (AS I AM) Streetwalkers 4600
83 NEW 83 1 DRUGS Adam Jensen 3400
84 93 84 2 A BIG HUNK ‘O LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 4900
85 79 1 24 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1168150
86 91 86 4 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 7300
87 99 87 2 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 3700
88 69 58 8 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 56400
89 NEW 89 1 DON’T WANNA NOW Maroon 5 featuring Kendrick Lamarr 2200
90 NEW 90 1 SIDE TO SIDE Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj 2000

91 85 1 33 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 808450
92 81 10 12 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 213550
93 95 93 6 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 8200
94 NEW 94 1 SHOW YOUR COLOURS (PLS&TY REMIX) Genevieve 1600
95 NEW 95 1 DREAMER Coco Morier 1500
96 NEW 96 1 DANCE THE WAY I FEEL Ou Est Le Swimming Pool 1400
97 NEW 97 1 A-YO Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 ON DIRAIT Amir 1200
99 NEW 99 1 TSIER Alyss 1100
100 NEW 100 1 STRONG SWEET & SOUTHERN Hayley Orrantia 1000

DROP OUTS
57 57 5 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
59 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
71 16 8 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
73 4 9 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
76 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
84 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
86 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800
92 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
96 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000

16th october 2016

2 weeks on top for gorgous Red Sky July as Robbie Williams does a double big climb, Russian into the 10 for 20 years of top 10s, as his heavy entertainment shows in the 20! The singles chart streaming teens might not like him but us older folk still do. Lots climbing times 4 for kishi bashi such a varied artist. The weeknd makes it a 3rd or 4th top 10 i think, as bruno rockets into the 20.

Jean-michel snd Pet Shop Boys gets a single release at last and returns at 60, with the highest new entry from Smoove n Turrell is a cover of Hot Chocolate’s 1971 2nd hit single You Could’ve Been A Lady.

1 1 1 4 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 461200
2 2 1 5 HURTS Emeli Sande 542000
3 6 3 5 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 242000
4 7 4 4 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 210000
5 5 5 4 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 228000
6 47 6 3 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 69700
7 3 1 7 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 880000
8 10 8 4 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 144750
9 9 9 4 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 164000
10 25 10 2 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 60750

11 4 2 6 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 503000
12 13 13 7 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 135200
13 11 5 6 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 248250
14 8 8 8 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 149400
15 15 15 7 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 116500
16 16 16 6 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 106950
17 12 5 8 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 341200
18 67 18 3 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 30100
19 28 19 3 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 40400
20 63 20 2 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 27200

21 29 29 3 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 56150
22 14 2 9 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 511500
23 33 23 4 ANYMORE Melanie C 210500
24 24 6 10 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 371400
25 20 9 8 LOST & FOUND BETSY 220200
26 42 26 4 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 42550
27 27 27 17 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 232600
28 18 18 5 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 87000
29 19 3 8 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 391700
30 30 19 11 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 189850

31 17 17 8 YOUTH Glass Animals 114550
32 36 36 4 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 57200
33 22 15 6 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 123250
34 34 34 11 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 112750
35 26 26 6 MR. APPLES Madness 85100
36 55 36 4 KIDS OneRepublic 41800
37 39 37 7 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 72900
38 71 38 3 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 27600
39 23 10 8 BOURBON Gallant 202950
40 53 53 6 SPHYNX La Femme 63050

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41 21 14 6 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 109450
42 31 16 6 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 116600
43 35 20 8 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 94450
44 44 44 7 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 55450
45 40 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 56300
46 32 2 12 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 483400
47 64 64 6 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 44500
48 37 7 11 GEMINI FEED Banks 255900
49 38 38 6 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 54200
50 60 60 6 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 37600

51 45 12 9 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 191550
52 46 13 9 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 168250
53 48 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 812150
54 52 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1123400
55 87 55 4 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 18100
56 69 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 23700
57 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 22200
58 66 66 6 TUN UP Sarah Mark 33400
59 41 41 6 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 62900
60 RE 60 1 BRICK ENGLAND Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Pet Shop Boys 10000

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 657800
62 62 62 5 GREEN DENM 31400
63 50 2 12 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 509800
64 56 1 14 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 752750
65 99 65 2 WHITE FLAG Joseph 8100
66 89 66 2 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 9000
67 54 1 24 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1030900
68 74 35 8 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 72750
69 58 58 7 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 54000
70 NEW 70 1 YOU COULD’VE BEEN A LADY Smoove & Turrell 6000

71 43 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 132400
72 77 72 4 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 16200
73 49 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 340050
74 98 74 2 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 6400
75 68 1 18 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 682800

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76 57 30 11 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 124950
77 51 13 9 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 145000
78 80 78 5 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 16000
79 76 1 23 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1165150
80 83 80 7 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 21500

81 73 10 11 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 211750
82 82 82 7 CONCRETE Tom Odell 23200
83 87 83 3 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 8000
84 59 12 13 TROUBLE Offaiah 226600
85 70 1 32 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 806550
86 88 86 6 FLICKER Tori Amos 11200
87 91 87 4 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 6900
88 65 14 9 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 138900
89 72 1 21 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1272900
90 92 90 2 RELAX Crystal Waters 3800

91 94 91 3 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 4500
92 75 68 9 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 42900
93 NEW 93 1 A BIG HUNK O’ LOVE Elvis Presley and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1700
94 NEW 94 1 RIVER RUNS DRY Scavenger Hunt 1600
95 96 95 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 6500
96 81 10 14 HEY Willa 247050
97 90 6 13 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 224000
98 NEW 98 1 BUY NOTHING DAY The Go! Team 1200
99 NEW 99 1 BETTER WITH YOU of Verona 1100
100 NEW 100 1 LOST (AS I AM) Superwalkers 1000

DROP OUTS

GRACE, BILLY FURY, LADY GAGA, NEIL CHRISTIAN, ARIEL PINK, BLOSSOMS, MAX JURY

9th October 2016

It’s Red Sky July’s subtle and hauntingly gorgeous House Of Cards on top for the first time, though Ally McErlaine has been at 1 many times before as part of Texas. Just edging out the epic banging emotion of Emeli Sande, but it was a very close run thing. Frank Ocean and Beyonce are back in the top 10 with the unavailable (except on the album Blonde) Pink + White. It’s lovely and needs to be a single. NOW Frank!

Highest new entry is the returning hitmaker The Weeknd, joined by the veteran 90’s electronica band Daft Punk, not the first time in my chart for either by a long chalk, but any song called Starboy I’m going to love (in theory) as he’s a super-hero (Star Boy) from the greatest super-hero team of all-time Legion Of Super-Heroes. A band of that name was a John Peel fave, and members Dream Girl, Brainiac 5, Wildfire have featured in song titles, while Karate Kid was nicked for a film, so watch out for Saturn Girl, White Witch, and Princess Projectra one day! Another Princess, Chelsea, make my top 20 along with 80’s dance diva Billie Ray Martin, and Francis And The Lights have a mighty leap from 99 to 28 while also entering at 98 with a third track.

Mel C keeps the lone Spice Girls flag flying as she enters the 40, and KT Tunstall returns to the 40 after a hefty break. Kack Savoretti and Kings Of Leon are back after shorter breaks. Returning to the chart is Bruno Mars, carrying on from his funky Mark Ronson megahit, Robbie Williams has big climbs, and Crystal Waters is also back after a couple of decades or so. Relax!

1 2 1 3 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 291200
2 1 1 4 HURTS Emeli Sande 427000
3 4 1 6 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 830000
4 3 2 5 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 465000
5 5 5 3 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 168000
6 6 6 4 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 157000
7 7 7 3 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 145000
8 30 8 7 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 120400
9 11 9 3 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 119000
10 10 10 3 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 96750

11 9 5 5 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 216250
12 12 5 7 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 318200
13 20 13 6 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 100200
14 8 2 8 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 492000
15 28 15 6 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 89500
16 26 16 5 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 81950
17 25 17 7 YOUTH Glass Animals 96650
18 27 18 4 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 68800
19 13 3 7 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 373600
20 16 9 7 LOST & FOUND BETSY 201400

21 14 14 5 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 95450
22 15 15 5 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 105550
23 17 10 7 BOURBON Gallant 185850
24 18 6 9 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 352400
25 NEW 25 1 STARBOY The Weeknd featuring Daft Punk 18750
26 34 26 5 MR. APPLES Madness 67600
27 36 27 16 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 214200
28 99 28 2 SEE HER OUT (THAT’S JUST LIFE) Francis And The Lights 19400
29 29 29 2 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 36400
30 19 19 10 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 171850

31 21 16 5 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 102850
32 24 2 11 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 470600
33 66 33 3 ANYMORE Melanie C 19900
34 35 34 10 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 95150
35 23 20 7 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 80950
36 40 36 3 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 39400
37 22 7 10 GEMINI FEED Banks 243500
38 57 38 5 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 42000
39 47 39 6 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 55600
40 48 40 5 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 43300

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41 50 41 5 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 52800
42 71 42 3 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 23950
43 31 16 7 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 126600
44 53 44 6 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 42200
45 37 12 8 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 179800
46 41 13 8 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 156750
47 89 47 2 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 14700
48 44 1 21 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 800900
49 32 4 8 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 334650
50 39 2 11 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 502600

51 33 13 8 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 140400
52 45 1 22 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1112400
53 54 53 5 SPHYNX La Femme 46050
54 46 1 23 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1024300
55 55 55 3 KIDS OneRepublic 24400
56 52 1 13 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 745650
57 38 30 10 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 120150
58 58 58 6 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 47800
59 42 12 12 TROUBLE Offaiah 223400
60 74 60 5 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 25600

61 61 1 26 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 650300
62 75 62 4 GREEN DENM 24000
63 NEW 63 1 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars 7200
64 64 64 5 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 31900
65 43 14 8 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 136500
66 70 66 5 TUN UP Sarah Mark 23200
67 95 67 2 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 8100
68 62 1 17 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 677800
69 72 69 3 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 13100
70 51 1 31 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 803550

71 77 71 2 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 10400
72 59 1 20 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1270700
73 49 10 10 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 207950
74 60 35 7 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 66350
75 68 68 8 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 41100

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76 67 1 22 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1160950
77 81 77 3 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 10600
78 78 78 4 SCOPE MissingNo 11800
79 56 43 6 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 65300
80 80 80 4 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 11600

81 65 10 13 HEY Willa 245650
82 88 82 6 CONCRETE Tom Odell 19600
83 83 83 6 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 17500
84 87 84 3 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 7300
85 73 9 12 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 267100
86 86 86 5 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 10900
87 90 87 2 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 4600
88 93 88 5 FLICKER Tori Amos 8400
89 NEW 89 1 LOVE ON ME Galantis & Hook N Sling 2200
90 84 6 12 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 222700

91 98 91 3 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 4300
92 NEW 92 1 RELAX Crystal Waters 1800
93 63 55 7 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 47700
94 100 94 2 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 2600
95 69 2 16 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 541200
96 96 96 4 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 5000
97 97 97 3 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 3800
98 NEW 98 1 I WANT YOU TO SHAKE Francis And The Lights 1200
99 NEW 99 1 WHITE FLAG Joseph 1100
100 85 27 100 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 128800

DROP OUTS
76 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
79 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
82 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
91 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
94 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400

p1070895

Ferry Cross The Mersey 2016…

2nd October 2016

It’s a first chart-topper for Emeli Sande and her proper epic Hurts, just holding of massive climber Red Sky July’s 67-place climb to 2 with House Of Cards, their 2nd top 10. Or umpteenth including Alisha’s Attic and Texas singles. I love my top 10 so much this week, it’s holding off a 70’s classic fave as it gets leapfrogged by M83 and Mai Lan’s groovy Go! and Kishi Bashi’s 3rd top 10, Can’t Let Go, Juno. Not content with that he also enters the 40 with the Floyd-ish Who’d You Kill and has another album track entry at 77, with a flaming non-dirge song, despite what the title suggests.

Massive Attack get their biggest hit in a decade or so, into the 20 with the gorgeous The Spoils, and DNCE break into the 20 for a second time with their toothbrush. Highest new entry at 29 is from Travis, grabbing a comeback top 40 with an assist from Josephine Oniyama for nearly 20 years of chart entries, including a chart-topper in the noughties with Selfish Jean – an undeserved flop – and now adding Idlewild. Madness get a sweet 37 years of top 40 songs, and Nancy Sinatra makes it 45 years – though Holly Holy is a 70’s track, written by Neil Diamond, and previously charted in covers from Junior Walker & The All Stars and UB40.

Robbie Williams gets 2 new entries fresh off his new album, and Albert Hammond gets a 2nd and third 1970’s US Top 100 hit new entries in my chart for the first time, though I liked them at the time I only had a top 30 or 50 at the time and loads of great singles never charted. Albert has a new orchestral album of his songs coming out soon (that’s a LOT of hit songs!)

1 2 1 3 HURTS Emeli Sande 312000
2 69 2 2 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 121200
3 3 2 4 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 400000
4 1 1 5 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 745000
5 8 5 2 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 108000
6 15 6 3 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 102000
7 9 7 2 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 95000
8 4 2 7 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 463000
9 5 5 4 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 179250
10 46 10 2 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 54750

11 11 11 2 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 74000
12 7 5 6 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 283200
13 6 3 6 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 352600
14 35 14 4 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 75700
15 18 15 4 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 86050
16 13 9 6 LOST & FOUND BETSY 181400
17 10 10 6 BOURBON Gallant 166600
18 12 6 8 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 333400
19 19 19 9 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 153850
20 22 20 5 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 68200

21 16 16 4 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 84950
22 14 7 9 GEMINI FEED Banks 226200
23 20 20 6 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 63450
24 17 2 10 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 452800
25 31 25 6 YOUTH Glass Animals 73650
26 26 26 4 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 56950
27 27 27 3 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 46800
28 34 28 5 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 62500
29 NEW 29 1 IDLEWILD Travis featuring Josephine Oniyama 18200
30 32 30 6 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 72400

31 24 16 6 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 113100
32 21 4 7 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 322550
33 23 13 7 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 128650
34 48 34 4 MR. APPLES Madness 49100
35 45 35 9 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 77550
36 36 36 15 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 195800
37 25 12 7 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 166800
38 38 30 9 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 109750
39 28 2 10 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 490600
40 75 40 2 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 22000

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41 33 13 7 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 144000
42 29 12 11 TROUBLE Offaiah 213300
43 30 14 7 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 129500
44 44 1 20 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 788600
45 40 1 21 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1100900
46 39 1 22 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1013300
47 57 47 5 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 38500
48 65 48 4 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 26300
49 37 10 9 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 202550
50 50 50 4 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 38800

51 42 1 30 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 797550
52 41 1 12 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 735050
53 62 53 5 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 28950
54 54 54 4 SPHYNX La Femme 34800
55 86 55 2 KIDS OneRepublic 13600
56 43 43 5 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 61100
57 66 57 4 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 24800
58 58 58 5 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 37600
59 47 1 19 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1265100
60 49 35 6 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 61150

61 61 1 25 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 642800
62 59 1 16 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 671400
63 55 55 6 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 46000
64 64 64 4 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 24800
65 53 10 12 HEY Willa 241850
66 73 66 2 ANYMORE Melanie C 12200
67 60 1 21 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1156150
68 68 68 7 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 36100
69 56 2 15 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 539700
70 70 70 4 TUN UP Sarah Mark 16400

71 78 71 2 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 10200
72 97 72 2 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 6900
73 51 9 11 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 264100
74 74 74 4 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 15600
75 71 71 3 GREEN DENM 16600

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76 52 52 4 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 38000
77 NEW 77 1 FLAME ON FLAME (A SLOW DIRGE) Kishi Bashi 4600
78 94 78 3 SCOPE MissingNo 7400
79 63 30 7 FALL ON ME Kitten 96300
80 91 80 3 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 7600

81 89 81 2 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 6000
82 67 3 12 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 416300
83 83 83 5 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 14100
84 84 6 11 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 220700
85 72 27 9 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 127800
86 90 86 4 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 8100
87 95 87 2 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 4100
88 RE 85 5 CONCRETE Tom Odell 13000
89 NEW 89 1 PARTY LIKE A RUSSIAN Robbie Williams 2200
90 NEW 90 1 99 MILES FROM L.A. Albert Hammond 2000

91 82 33 7 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 54250
92 92 92 3 XO Kelsea Ballerini 4900
93 93 93 4 FLICKER Tori Amos 6000
94 76 13 9 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 138400
95 NEW 95 1 HEAVY ENTERTAINMENT SHOW Robbie Williams 1500
96 99 96 3 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 3600
97 RE 97 2 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 2500
98 98 98 2 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 2400
99 NEW 99 1 SEE HER OUT (THAT JUST LIGHT) Francis And The Lights
100 NEW 100 1 I’M A TRAIN Albert Hammond 1000

DROP OUTS
77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
79 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700
81 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
85 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
87 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
96 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

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Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

25th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder for a 4th week on top, still loving my Top 10 finalist in the Buzzjack Song Contest. Talking of, a previous top 10 act for me Kishi Bashi has a new album out, and it’s fab, the official single is in at 46, while 2 tracks pop in lower down, a very Pink Floyd-sounding at 75 and a very Jean-Michel Jarre-sounding (via orchestral avante-garde) at 78. Another BJSC act who flopped are also back, Red Sky July at 69 – former members of Texas and Alisha’s Attic – and I could make comments about British country music being ageist as far as radio plays go, it doesn’t escape my notice that pretty young girlie country tracks get Radio 2 play, and the older, classier country acts, errr, don’t.

Emelie Sande shoots up to 2, so close to nabbing the top spot in a highly active and fabulous chart (for me, at any rate!) and there are 2 brand new debuts inside the top 10, the blues-ish, quirky fab Cobi at 8, and the ballad Keane-like Tom Chaplin at 9. OK it is Keane. The lead singer having his first solo venture, and it’s classic Keane.

In at 11, from 1972, because I saw Albert Hammond in concert in Wimborne this week – he hasn’t toured for 45 years, and moved the States in 1971 from a successful UK pop song hit-writing machine career, to launch his solo and American songwriter career, the former with initial success for 2 years, before he concentrated on songwriting. It Never rains In Southern California is his best single, I had nostalgic tears in my eyes for it, and his other early 70’s singles, only one of which charted in the UK – but not this fab huge American hit which wasn’t eligible for my chart at the time due to floppage. Other songs? Little Arrows, When I Need You, One Moment In Time, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, The Air That I Breathe, among many many others. Great to have him back!

Big jumps for the Kaiser Chiefs into the 20, Billie Ray Martin into the 30, and Mel C leapfrogs herself with her new single. OneRepublic return again, along with a host of 60’s tracks I discovered during AH Gold’s Ultimate 60’s voting. Cat Stevens is new to me, ditto Kathy Kirby’s fab track – I had a few huge pop star faves as a nipper, we’re talking 5 or 6 years old, the biggest 2 were Billy Fury (also in the chart) and Kathy Kirby. Mad on ’em I was.

1 1 1 4 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 680000
2 15 2 2 HURTS Emeli Sande 142000
3 2 2 3 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 315000
4 4 2 6 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 415000
5 6 5 3 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 134250
6 3 3 5 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 320600
7 5 5 5 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 248200
8 NEW 8 1 DON’T YOU CRY FOR ME Cobi 48000
9 NEW 9 1 QUICKSAND Tom Chaplin 45000
10 10 10 5 BOURBON Gallant 143600

11 NEW 11 1 IT NEVER RAINS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA Albert Hammond 37000
12 8 6 7 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 311400
13 9 9 5 LOST & FOUND BETSY 156400
14 7 7 8 GEMINI FEED Banks 206700
15 20 15 2 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 47000
16 18 16 3 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 65200
17 11 2 9 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 433800
18 25 18 3 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 59050
19 23 19 8 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 132850
20 66 20 5 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 44200

21 12 4 6 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 304750
22 26 22 4 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 48200
23 13 13 6 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 110950
24 16 16 5 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 95200
25 17 12 6 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 149500
26 46 26 3 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 38450
27 60 27 2 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 28400
28 19 2 9 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 473500
29 21 12 10 TROUBLE Offaiah 199550
30 14 14 6 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 116000

31 28 28 5 YOUTH Glass Animals 54900
32 34 32 5 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 54400
33 22 13 6 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 130000
34 40 34 4 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 44200
35 38 35 3 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 46700
36 36 36 14 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 178400
37 27 10 8 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 190450
38 30 30 8 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 92550
39 31 1 21 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 1000550
40 33 1 20 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1087900

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41 32 1 11 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 723550
42 24 1 29 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 785800
43 43 43 4 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 50500
44 44 1 19 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 775350
45 50 45 8 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 60050
46 NEW 46 1 CAN’T LET GO, JUNO Kishi Bashi 12750
47 37 1 18 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1255000
48 49 48 3 MR. APPLES Madness 31500
49 35 35 5 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 51150
50 57 50 3 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 26800

51 29 9 10 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 258700
52 52 52 3 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 33200
53 39 10 11 HEY Willa 234850
54 55 54 3 SPHYNX La Femme 23800
55 56 55 5 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 38800
56 45 2 14 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 533500
57 68 57 4 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 26000
58 58 58 4 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 27400
59 54 1 15 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 664000
60 53 1 20 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1149550

61 59 1 24 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 635300
62 74 62 4 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 17700
63 41 30 6 FALL ON ME Kitten 92100
64 65 64 3 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 17700
65 73 65 3 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 14000
66 75 66 3 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 14400
67 48 3 11 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 412700
68 69 68 6 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 29700
69 NEW 69 1 HOUSE OF CARDS Red Sky July 6200
70 85 70 3 TUN UP Sarah Mark 10400

71 71 71 2 GREEN DENM 11600
72 47 27 8 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 124900
73 NEW 73 1 ANYMORE Melanie C 5400
74 80 74 3 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 10400
75 NEW 75 1 WHO’D YOU KILL Kishi Bashi 5000

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76 51 13 8 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 136800
77 77 77 4 ABER Tobtok 15100
78 NEW 78 1 ODE TO MY NEXT LIFE Kishi Bashi 4400
79 70 70 4 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 18600
80 61 23 6 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 84700

81 72 72 4 OLE John Newman 18800
82 42 33 6 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 52350
83 83 83 4 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 10700
84 64 6 10 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 217500
85 84 23 9 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 98450
86 NEW 86 1 KIDS OneRepublic 2800
87 63 15 7 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 122900
88 62 11 7 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 161300
89 NEW 89 1 A BAD NIGHT Cat Stevens 2200
90 90 90 3 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 5300

91 93 91 2 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 3600
92 97 92 2 XO Kelsea Ballerini 3100
93 95 93 3 FLICKER Tori Amos 4300
94 96 94 2 SCOPE MissingNo 3000
95 NEW 95 1 TELL IT TO MY HEART Filatov & Karras 1500
96 82 1 24 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 954650
97 NEW 97 1 YOU’RE THE ONE Kathy Kirby 1300
98 NEW 98 1 WHEN SUMMERTIME IS OVER Jackie Trent 1200
99 99 99 2 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 2200
100 100 100 3 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 3000

DROP OUTS
67 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
76 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
78 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
81 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
86 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
91 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
94 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
98 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200

18th September 2016

It’s a 3rd week on top for Kadie Elder and a static top 5, with a big climb for fab Royksopp and Susanne Sundfor (their second top 10 together). Gallant brings some class soul into the top 10, and highest new entry is at 15 for Emeli Sande, at long last returning to music with a bang, and it Hurts! The Pretenders keep up the run of top 20 singles, Holy Commotion doing what Stop Your Sobbing first did in the spring of 1979. Second highest new entry is also a returning act, M83, with Mai Lan and hot on the heels of a fab Jools Holland show performance.

Glass Animals go top 40, well deserved, and ditto DNCE’s second, Frank Ocean does the same with veteran (by today’s chart standards) Beyonce, her umpteenth, and still not available to buy annoyingly, cos it’s lovely. More returning acts: Empire Of The Sun, like Beyonce previous chart-toppers, though they have done it also as Pnau; Massive Attack; and new in the 40, Princess Chelsea and the fab quirky song about ciggies pros and cons. Well, cons, mostly.

There’s a mountain of climbers lower down, so just to stick to new tracks, Billie Ray Martin grabs another solo entry extending her run back to Electribe 101 days in 1989, and Melanie C is back as guest vocalist on Sons Of Sonix for a sweet 20 years as Spice Girl and solo, including 3 number ones.

1 1 1 3 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 510000
2 2 2 2 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 230000
3 3 3 4 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 265600
4 4 2 5 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 350000
5 5 5 4 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 198500
6 23 6 2 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 74250
7 9 7 7 GEMINI FEED Banks 177700
8 7 6 6 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 276400
9 10 9 4 LOST & FOUND BETSY 124400
10 17 10 4 BOURBON Gallant 101600

11 8 2 8 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 410800
12 6 4 5 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 285000
13 14 13 5 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 91700
14 19 14 5 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 98000
15 NEW 15 1 HURTS Emeli Sande 27000
16 16 16 4 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 76200
17 15 12 5 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 130750
18 29 18 2 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 40200
19 12 2 8 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 455200
20 NEW 20 1 GO! M83 featuring Mai Lan 20000

21 18 12 9 TROUBLE Offaiah 181350
22 13 13 5 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 112300
23 26 23 7 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 111850
24 11 1 28 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 772050
25 28 25 2 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 37050
26 71 26 3 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 28700
27 21 10 7 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 173150
28 52 28 4 YOUTH Glass Animals 37000
29 22 9 9 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 246950
30 39 30 7 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 75350

31 20 1 20 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 983450
32 25 1 10 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 709550
33 24 1 19 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1070900
34 48 35 4 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 36600
35 42 35 4 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 39050
36 40 36 13 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 161000
37 27 1 17 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1242500
38 50 38 2 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 29200
39 31 10 10 HEY Willa 223600
40 65 40 3 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 26600

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41 30 30 5 FALL ON ME Kitten 84900
42 33 33 5 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 48750
43 46 43 3 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 37250
44 44 1 18 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 762100
45 37 2 13 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 522900
46 63 46 2 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 19950
47 34 27 7 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 119300
48 32 3 10 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 406100
49 64 49 2 MR. APPLES Madness 19200
50 53 50 7 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 47050

51 41 13 7 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 132000
52 58 52 2 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 21700
53 47 1 19 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1139550
54 51 1 14 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 653900
55 90 55 2 SPHYNX La Femme 12800
56 59 56 4 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 28000
57 78 57 2 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 14800
58 70 58 3 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 17200
59 57 1 23 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 627800
60 NEW 60 1 THE GLITTERING GUTTER (DAVE AUDEN RADIO MIX) Billie Ray Martin 10000

61 38 23 5 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 80700
62 35 11 6 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 158900
63 36 15 6 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 120300
64 49 6 9 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 214300
65 82 65 2 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 10600
66 55 55 4 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 24200
67 43 16 10 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 153350
68 75 68 3 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 15600
69 69 69 5 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 23300
70 72 70 3 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 14400

71 NEW 71 1 GREEN DENM 5800
72 73 72 3 OLE John Newman 15000
73 94 73 2 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 7000
74 83 74 3 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 10300
75 87 75 2 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 7600

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76 45 13 11 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 182750
77 80 77 3 ABER Tobtok 10500
78 81 78 5 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 14700
79 54 42 5 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 46150
80 98 80 2 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 5200

81 56 56 5 HOME Henri Pfr 26200
82 76 1 23 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 953050
83 88 83 3 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 7300
84 60 23 8 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 95450
85 96 85 2 TUN UP Sarah Mark 4400
86 77 32 10 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 85450
87 74 40 8 MOMBASA Stadium X 70950
88 95 88 2 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 3900
89 89 89 4 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 8300
90 97 90 2 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 3300

91 79 3 18 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 554550
92 93 92 3 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 4600
93 NEW 93 1 NUMB Sons of Sonix featuring Melanie C 1700
94 85 85 4 CONCRETE Tom Odell 10600
95 99 95 2 FLICKER Tori Amos 2600
96 NEW 96 1 SCOPE MissingNo 1400
97 NEW 97 1 XO Kelsea Ballerini 1300
98 NEW 98 1 NOT ENOUGH VIOLENCE Ariel Pink 1200
99 NEW 99 1 MY EYES ADORED YOU Frankie Valli 1100
100 100 100 2 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 2000

DROP OUTS
61 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
66 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
84 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
86 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
91 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750

11th September 2016

It’s a second week on top for the fab Kadie Elder, but any of the top 5 would be a well-deserved chart-topper, as the highest new entry at is Agnes Obel and a hauntingly gorgeous track, sounds Familiar! That leaves RAT BOY stuck at 3 withe the terrific Get Over It and Francis & Bon dropping 2 when they should be on top too. Banks finally breaks into the top 10, and BETSY does it a bit faster.

Petula Clark shoots up into the 20, actually her second biggest hit not counting remixes and reissues, as a trio of dance and urban tracks sneak into the 20: TIEKS, Gallant, & Rag’N’Bone Man. 2nd highest new entry is Royksopp back again with Susanne Sundfor, not the first time they’ve made my charts, Royksopp date back a good 15 years or so and together they have had a top 10. A bit late Jason Derulo enters the top 30 with the bouncy Kiss The Sky, and just look who’s back: Chrissie Hynde has had some recent solo entries and is now back with The Pretenders for a beautiful extension of fab top 40 chart entries dating back 37 years to Stop Your Sobbing. Holy Commotion Batman!

Naxxos enter the 40, DJ Snake does the same, giving Bieber a rare top 40 track in my charts, leaving new entries from Massive Attack, 25 years on from some classic grooves, now a slow-groove with Hope Sandoval at 50, lovely stuff, and another School of ’79 act returns, the ever-reliably British Madness, coming up with a slice of Mr. Apples. Gavin DeGraw drops in occasionally, and he’s a bit Maroon 5-ish this time, while Bakermat pop back, and KT Tunstall has been absent for quite a while, but also has a welcome return. Just creeping into the tail end of the chart are some Big Names: Kings Of Leon, Lady Gaga and SIA, all dropping unexpected new singles this week, all of them not bad, but not as epic as might have been hoped on first hearing. I will be playing them more though….! That leaves Tori amos doing what she does best, quirky ballads, Flicker, and there are many tracks in my chart which owe more than a bit to Tori’s unsual style. 25 years of chart entries.

1 1 1 2 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 340000
2 NEW 2 1 FAMILIAR Agnes Obel 115000
3 3 3 3 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 180600
4 2 2 4 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 285000
5 5 5 3 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 138500
6 4 4 4 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 250000
7 7 6 5 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 228400
8 8 2 7 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 373800
9 17 9 6 GEMINI FEED Banks 127700
10 20 10 3 LOST & FOUND BETSY 79400

11 6 1 27 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 753050
12 9 2 7 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 434200
13 13 13 4 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 92800
14 35 14 4 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 59700
15 12 12 4 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 107750
16 24 16 3 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 51200
17 27 17 3 BOURBON Gallant 59600
18 19 12 8 TROUBLE Offaiah 161600
19 26 19 4 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 69000
20 10 1 19 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 965550

21 14 10 6 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 154750
22 18 9 8 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 228750
23 NEW 23 1 NEVER EVER Royksopp featuring Susanne Sundfor 19250
24 15 1 18 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1053200
25 16 1 9 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 691750
26 29 26 6 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 92600
27 25 1 16 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1225200
28 NEW 28 1 KISS THE SKY Jason Derulo 18300
29 NEW 29 1 HOLY COMMOTION Pretenders 18200
30 30 30 4 FALL ON ME Kitten 70900

31 39 10 9 HEY Willa 206500
32 21 3 9 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 393800
33 58 33 4 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 35000
34 36 27 6 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 106800
35 11 11 5 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 151500
36 38 15 5 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 113100
37 32 2 12 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 509900
38 23 23 4 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 73200
39 45 39 6 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 57350
40 41 40 12 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 143600

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41 22 13 6 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 122250
42 68 42 3 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 21550
43 28 16 9 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 146750
44 31 1 17 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 748850
45 61 13 10 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 177950
46 54 46 2 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 23750
47 44 1 18 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1128300
48 48 48 3 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 19000
49 37 6 8 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 207200
50 NEW 50 1 THE SPOILS Massive Attack featuring Hope Sandoval 12000

51 47 1 13 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 642900
52 75 52 3 YOUTH Glass Animals 18700
53 63 53 6 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 35050
54 42 42 4 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 41950
55 72 55 3 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 17400
56 62 56 4 HOME Henri Pfr 22400
57 55 1 22 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 617700
58 NEW 58 1 LIVING Bakermat featuring Alex Clare 10200
59 73 59 3 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 17400
60 33 23 7 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 92250

61 40 40 5 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 49400
62 34 20 6 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 100800
63 NEW 63 1 LOVE ME BETTER Love Thy Brother featuring Ariel Beesley 7200
64 NEW 64 1 MR. APPLES Madness 7100
65 87 65 2 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 9600
66 52 52 4 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 21700
67 43 43 4 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 44850
68 50 50 4 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 32200
69 69 69 4 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 17100
70 100 70 2 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 7000

71 78 71 2 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 10200
72 86 72 2 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 8400
73 80 73 2 OLE John Newman 9400
74 49 40 7 MOMBASA Stadium X 68350
75 79 75 2 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 9200

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76 67 1 22 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 949450
77 70 32 9 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 82650
78 NEW 78 1 STARS Project 46 featuring Haley 4400
79 65 3 17 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 552650
80 91 80 2 ABER Tobtok 5900

81 82 81 4 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 10300
82 NEW 82 1 SHE SETS THE CITY ON FIRE Gavin DeGraw 3600
83 93 83 2 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 5100
84 51 26 7 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 78250
85 85 85 3 CONCRETE Tom Odell 9000
86 74 1 20 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 770400
87 NEW 87 1 MAYBE IT’S A GOOD THING KT Tunstall 2600
88 95 88 2 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 3900
89 89 89 3 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 6100
90 NEW 90 1 SPHYNX La Femme 2000

91 66 32 8 CLOSER Josef Salvat 88500
92 84 1 21 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 468750
93 99 93 2 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 2800
94 NEW 94 1 WASTE A MOMENT Kings Of Leon 1600
95 NEW 95 1 WHITE NOISE Danrell featuring Ryder 1500
96 NEW 96 1 TUN UP Sarah Mark 1400
97 NEW 97 1 PERFECT ILLUSION Lady Gaga 1300
98 NEW 98 1 THE GREATEST Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar 1200
99 NEW 99 1 FLICKER Tori Amos 1100
100 NEW 100 1 THE ACTRESS Sada Vidoo 1000

DROP OUTS
46 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
53 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
56 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
59 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500
64 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
71 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
76 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
81 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
83 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
88 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
90 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000
92 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
96 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200

4th September 2016

It’s Kadie Elder new at one, one of those rare events for my charts – a record new to me by an act new to me that is an instant Number One. It’s fab, and I’d hazard a guess that this Scandipop duo’s name was influenced by the John Wayne movie The Sons Of Katie Elder. I hope so, as in the cast was a boyhood crush of mine, Michael Anderson Junior, so that makes the subject matter a bit appropriate! That means Francis And The Lights and Bon Iver are held off at 2 in a very busy top 5, as rocketing up to 3 and into the 40 is RATBOY and his fab groove, Get Over It. Dua Lipa meanwhile gets a big climb to grab her 2nd top 5 and 2nd in the top 10 and she blows my mind – mwah!

Jesse & Joy take tuneful country ballads into the top 20 with a big leap to 13, and BETSY at 20 takes fab pop dance up there too. To say my top 40 is overcrowded is an understatement, records dropping which should be climbing due to the onrush. Rag’N’Bone Man climbs his bluesy Human into the 40, as does cool veteran Petula Clark, and classy Dominique. New entries lower down include a 60’s golden minor oldie, That’s Nice from the late English one-hit wonder Neil Christian, a very 60’s jolly track that I didn’t know I knew till I heard it the other week, nor did I know Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple fame played on it. It’s one I enjoyed as a kid without it registering in my consciousness as a named pop star or song title, cos it’s very familiar to me even after a few decades!

That leaves returns for DNCE, Jack Savoretti, John Newman, and most of the all-star cast of Sucker For Pain (Suicide Squad track number 3 in the chart), Barry Gibb back with his first solo entry in 30 years, and now the official longest run of chart hits (The Bee Gees were in my first-ever chart) at 48 years. In the same chart at 1 were The Beatles, who are also back with a live version of Twist & Shout. No band has ever been screamed at by girls ever. It’s a good version for getting the flavour of it, even though the track has already topped my chart when it belatedly entered the UK charts on download – the EP would have charted had EP’s been allowed in 1963. That leaves Bob Marley & Coldplay returning to my chart with previously charted tracks.

Phew!

1 NEW 1 1 FIRST TIME HE KISSED A BOY Kadie Elder 170000
2 5 2 3 FRIENDS Francis And The Lights featuring Bon Iver 220000
3 56 3 2 GET OVER IT RAT BOY 95600
4 4 4 3 COME ALIVE FMLYBND 195000
5 26 5 2 BLOW YOUR MIND (MWAH) Dua Lipa 78500
6 1 1 26 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Dusty Springfield 716050
7 6 6 4 HER (LOVING YOU) GLADES 178400
8 2 2 6 KISS ME GOODBYE ABC 325800
9 3 2 6 HANDCLAP Fitz And The Tantrums 399200
10 7 1 18 HOTTER THAN HELL Dua Lipa 945550

11 11 11 4 LOVE YOU WITH THE LIGHTS ON (MONSIEUR ADI REMIX) Morgxn 134000
12 15 12 3 BRAND NEW MOVES (VISUALIZER) Hey Violet 80750
13 37 13 3 ECHOES OF LOVE Jesse & Joy 60800
14 10 10 5 SAY IT AGAIN Frances 135000
15 9 1 17 SWIPE TO THE RIGHT Jean-Michel Jarre featuring Cyndi Lauper 1034200
16 8 1 8 THE FLAMES OF DESIRE ABC 673000
17 19 17 5 GEMINI FEED Banks 82700
18 18 9 7 LOVE THAT GROWS OLD Max Jury 209250
19 12 12 6 TROUBLE Offaiah 139600
20 36 20 2 LOST & FOUND BETSY 37400

21 14 3 8 LET ME KNOW No Wyld 376000
22 13 13 5 THEY DON’T OWN ME Richard Ashcroft 108250
23 25 23 3 DON’T YOU KNOW Kungs featuring Jamie N Commons 56000
24 63 24 2 HUMAN Rag’n’Bone Man 26200
25 21 1 15 SAVE IT Salt Ashes 1206800
26 38 26 3 SUNSHINE TIEKS featuring Dan Harkna 48000
27 29 27 2 BOURBON Gallant 36600
28 16 16 8 WHAT’S IT GONNA BE Shura 133250
29 30 29 5 TEN BELOW ZERO ABC 74100
30 35 30 3 FALL ON ME Kitten 52900

31 17 1 16 OTRA ERA Javiera Mena 735600
32 28 2 11 HELL OF A GIRL Grace 492600
33 23 23 6 HEATHENS Twenty One Pilots 82250
34 20 20 5 I STARTED A JOKE ConfidentialMX featuring Becky Hanson 93400
35 54 35 3 SACRIFICE MY HEART Petula Clark 30700
36 27 27 5 CHARLEMAGNE Blossoms 89200
37 24 6 7 HIGHER Kwamie Liv 195100
38 22 15 4 WHO’S LOVING YOU PART 1 High Contrast and Clare Maguire 85700
39 33 10 8 HEY Willa 188600
40 47 40 4 I THINK I’M FALLIN’ (MANOTETT REMIX) Dominique 41900

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41 41 41 11 YOU STILL BELIEVE IN ME The Beach Boys 126600
42 50 42 3 TOO MUCH IS NEVER ENOUGH Florence + The Machine 30950
43 46 43 3 HIGHER The Naked And Famous 38250
44 40 1 17 BURN Pet Shop Boys 1115800
45 53 45 5 LET ME LOVE YOU DJ Snake featuring Justin Bieber 40250
46 31 31 4 LITTLE BABYLON Polina 66350
47 42 1 12 MAKE IT WITH YOU Bread 631150
48 78 48 2 PINK + WHITE Frank Ocean featuring Beyonce 16700
49 49 40 6 MOMBASA Stadium X 63150
50 65 50 3 COME WITH US (F9 RADIO EDIT) Sophie Ellis-Bextor 25800

51 32 26 6 MIDNIGHT RIVER Vaults 75050
52 92 52 3 DOPE Beware Of Darkness 14900
53 34 14 7 KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS Selena Gomez 126600
54 NEW 54 1 THAT’S NICE Neil Christian 11000
55 55 1 21 WICHITA LINEMAN Glen Campbell 607300
56 70 56 3 GHOST Matilda 22600
57 39 39 3 ARCADE SUMMER FM-84 39600
58 73 58 3 NEW ORLEANS Naxxos 17300
59 44 38 3 I DO I DO SYMPHOBIA 40450
60 64 60 5 PURE AND SIMPLE Dolly Parton 34500

61 43 13 9 YOU DON’T KNOW LOVE Olly Murs 164950
62 88 62 3 HOME Henri Pfr 11800
63 72 63 5 HOLLY HOLY Nancy Sinatra 23800
64 57 6 21 THIS GIRL (KUNGS VS COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS RADIO EDIT) Kungs & Cookin’ On 3 Burners 559300
65 51 3 16 HOLD ON Richard Ashcroft 548450
66 66 32 7 CLOSER Josef Salvat 86600
67 68 1 21 SAY IT TO ME Pet Shop Boys 944650
68 96 68 2 HIGH AND LOW Empire Of The Sun 7800
69 86 69 3 WE DON’T TALK ANYMORE Charlie Puth featuring Selena Gomez 10900
70 RE 32 8 IS THIS LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers featuring LVNDSCAPE & Bolier 78050

71 52 14 8 WILD WEST Lissie 119300
72 100 72 2 HOLE IN MY SOUL Kaiser Chiefs 6600
73 91 73 2 IN SUMMER Billy Fury 7300
74 74 1 19 CAN’T STOP THE FEELING! Justin Timberlake 767600
75 89 75 2 YOUTH Glass Animals 7200

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76 48 37 7 FINAL SONG MO 79300
77 77 77 3 ILUMBARADA Ortiga 12400
78 NEW 78 1 TOOTHBRUSH DNCE 4400
79 NEW 79 1 WHEN WE WERE LOVERS Jack Savoretti 4200
80 NEW 80 1 OLE John Newman 4000

81 45 12 8 PORCELAIN Skott 152700
82 95 82 3 ONE IN A MILLION Midnight To Monaco 6500
83 84 83 3 A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass 8400
84 80 1 20 WHEN DOVES CRY Prince 466950
85 85 85 2 CONCRETE Tom Odell 6000
86 NEW 86 1 A HEAD FULL OF DREAMS Coldplay 2800
87 NEW 87 1 CIGARETTE DUET Princess Chelsea 2600
88 58 58 4 ASHES OF MY PARADISE Kelly Sweet 15600
89 93 89 2 BITTER SALT Jake Bugg 3900
90 60 60 4 SHE GETS DOWN ON HER KNEES Yoko Ono featuring Penguin Prison 29000

91 NEW 91 1 ABER Tobtok 1900
92 97 92 3 I WENT TOO FAR (MK REMIX) AURORA 4200
93 NEW 93 1 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Dierks Bently featuring Elle King 1700
94 94 94 3 WATER FROZEN TWRR 4700
95 NEW 95 1 TWIST AND SHOUT (LIVE AT HOLLYWOOD BOWL) The Beatles 1500
96 75 32 7 LATE AT NIGHT Generik 74900
97 99 97 3 T SHIRT Thomas Rhett 3400
98 NEW 98 1 SUCKER FOR PAIN L’il Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors) 1200
99 NEW 99 1 R.P.M. Sasha Pierce 1100
100 NEW 100 1 IN THE NOW Barry Gibb 1000

DROP OUTS
59 59 5 TAKE IT FROM ME KONGOS 36200
61 4 15 ALL IN THE NAME Bright Light Bright Light featuring Elton John 362350
62 22 6 TILTED Christine And The Queens 88900
67 35 7 CRUEL Snakehips featuring ZAYN 78850
69 3 10 WHEN THE NIGHT COMES Jeff Lynne’s ELO 332600
71 47 6 LIFE ITSELF Glass Animals 44000
76 38 6 ONCE IN A WHILE Timeflies 52100
79 30 9 HOW DO I LOVE YOU Infinity Ink featuring Yasmin 95200
81 33 7 GHOSTBUSTERS (I’M NOT AFRAID) Fall Out Boy featuring Missy Elliot 81500
82 27 9 FEELING ELECTRIC Parade Of Dreams 113650
83 10 13 CLOSER Lemaitre featuring Jennie A 227600
87 26 9 GONE (ROBERT DELONG REMIX) Jr Jr 93250
90 14 13 YOU BRING THE SUMMER The Monkees 209050
98 34 7 MAKE ME… Britney Spears featuring G-Eazy 58300

NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST and T’PAU at Bournemouth Pavilion 7th Nov 2015

NIK KERSHAW, GO WEST and T’PAU at Bournemouth Pavilion 7th Nov 2015

31 years since I first saw young Nik Kershaw in Bournemouth, and over a decade since I saw Peter Cox on tour with Tony Hadley, it’s a surprisingly great low-key evening of oldies and more recent covers, with support from Carol Decker as T’Pau on board to act, as she said, fluffer for the boys. She did good, still in fine voice and looking great, and though I was never a huge fan T’Pau’s best trio of tracks were present and correct, Valentine’s Day, Heart And Soul (which I adore, but was always going to be tough to match in concert) and of course China In Your Hand, which I overdosed on at the time, but shows itself to be a great song and an audience motivator. The new stuff was the equal of the other oldies, some great guitar work too, almost a lost art form these pop days.

The format of the concert from here was unusual, and it worked beautifully, essentially Nik, Peter and Richard did joint covers old and new, then 2 each Go West and Nik Kershaw, then repeat till the climax when they did one each alternated for the big ones. Despite a pretty rubbish sound quality from where I was sitting, side balcony, they put on a great show. It would be fair to say the boys, and those of us in the audience, weren’t looking as young and fresh as we once did, but Peter Cox still has a great soulful voice, and Nik Kershaw still has charm and quirky individuality for a pop star. He never sounded much like anyone else, and had his own music style which still pretty much sounds like no-one else, and in a very good way. I was reminded just how good some of the back catalogue was and picked up new appreciation for some tracks I’d never been big on at the time: Don Quixote especially came over fabulously.

Go West’s finest moments for me were Call Me, Don’t Look Down and the classic “Pretty Woman” soundtrack King Of Wishful Thinking, which really when down a treat along with eternally popular We Close Our Eyes, while they also covered Sam Sparro’s Black And Gold and one of Nik’s oldies, and he in return covered one of theirs. On those Peter sung with Nik, there were a few 80’s faves such as Everybody Wants To Rule The World and Would I Lie To You, Seal’s Crazy, Nik’s great song for Chesney Hawkes’ monster hit The One And Only, and Birdy’s Wings, which came over all grungy and would make a terrific single (hint hint) for those of us that found Birdy’s version a little too simpering. As Nik quipped, up next is a Birdie Song – not that one! Nik’s catalogue impressed, Wide Boy, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me and especially the fantastic The Riddle and Wouldn’t It Be Good. Finally, the encore was an unexpected joint cover Kings Of Leon treat, Sex On Fire, which went down as well as any of their own stuff, and was a cracking version. The band were excellent, and a everyone went away very happy. Now, all I want is an album of corking contemporary covers by Go West Nik Kershaw!, or GWNK a la FFS (Franz Ferdinand Sparks)!

My 1985 Charts – May

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1985 pop videos here….


7th May 1985

Another week on top for Tears For Fears, so perfect it’s held off the brilliant Ticket To Ride 20th anniversary reissue from The Beatles! Highest new entry is 19, or rather at 4 it’s 19 – Paul Hardcastle’s great Vietnam footage anti-war dance mash-up with dialogue, which came out of nowhere and was an instant sensation, sounding like something new and exciting at the time. Up 60 places, Steve Arrington really shows off those baggy robes and rockets to 5 with the terrific dance track Feel So Real. Also up, to 6, Animotion are getting even more of an obsession. Dead Or Alive also grab another top 10 hit, Lover Come Back To Me.

David Cassidy enters at 30, nestling behind his number one, with the similarly-moody Romance (Let Your Heart Go), while good climbs into the 40 for Toyah, Scritti Politti, Haywoode and Divine, with U2 being all sweeping strings drama as the fab title track to The Unforgettable Fire enters at 39. New Edition are back with Cool It Now, The Power Station cover T.Rex, and Jimmy Nail, actor big on UK TV at the time on TV dramas, has a go at covering Rose Royce’s classic 1978 Love Don’t Live Here Anymore, and it’s not bad despite singing wrong lyrics. It’s Eurovision Song Contest time, and Vikki represents the UK, in at 65. She didn’t win. Propaganda return with a track nearly as good as Dr. Mabuse, Duel, in at 66, ZTT were still cool as labels go. At 70, Go West follow-up a big hit with a single I preferred, Call Me is pretty good. Imagination are also back at 75, Found My Girl, and John Fogerty, he of 1960’s greats Creedence Clearwater Revival returns with Rock And Roll Girls, giving him a sweet 16 years of chart entries since Proud Mary.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 3 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
3 ( 4 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
4 ( NEW ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
5 ( 65 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
6 ( 18 ) OBSESSION Animotion
7 ( 5 ) CRY Godley And Creme
8 ( 2 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
9 ( 6 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
10 ( 12 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive

11 ( 8 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
12 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
13 ( 13 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
14 ( 14 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 10 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
16 ( 9 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
17 ( 22 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
18 ( 25 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
19 ( 23 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
20 ( 26 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond

21 ( 16 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
22 ( 53 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
23 ( 11 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
24 ( 27 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
25 ( 15 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
26 ( 30 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
27 ( 28 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
28 ( 21 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
29 ( 24 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
30 ( NEW ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy

31 ( 32 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
32 ( 60 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
33 ( 19 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
34 ( 75 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
35 ( 20 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
36 ( 39 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
37 ( 46 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
38 ( 17 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
39 ( NEW ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
40 ( 70 ) ROSES Haywoode

41 ( 44 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
42 ( 33 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
43 ( 61 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
44 ( 29 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
45 ( 57 ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
46 ( 43 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
47 ( 31 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
48 ( 40 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
49 ( 38 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
50 ( 37 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw

51 ( 34 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
52 ( 49 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
53 ( 55 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
54 ( 35 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
55 ( 66 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
56 ( 36 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
57 ( NEW ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
58 ( 45 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
59 ( NEW ) GET IT ON The Power Station
60 ( NEW ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail

61 ( 42 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
62 ( 52 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
63 ( 59 ) LEGS ZZ Top
64 ( 62 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
65 ( NEW ) LOVE IS Vikki
66 ( NEW ) DUEL Propaganda
67 ( 64 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
68 ( 63 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
69 ( 48 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
70 ( NEW ) CALL ME Go West

71 ( 71 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( NEW ) ROCK AND ROLL GIRLS John Fogerty
73 ( NEW ) NO REST New Model Army
74 ( 50 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
75 ( NEW ) FOUND MY GIRL Imagination

TV 4th-10th May
1 The Main Event: film
2 The Poseidon Adventure: film
3 Cheers
4 Top Of The Pops
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 Hill Street Blues
7 Lou Grant
8 Eurovision Song Contest
9 The Bill Cosby Show
10 Dallas

In My Life, as a Beatle once said, I wrote half a song and some naff lyrics, twiddling on my synth-computer. At work, Bob was hyped up as he neared the end of the surveying road, and his proper job approached. I was still having so many laughs with Bob, not everyone gets my sense of humour, but when they do it’s fab! The closer it got the more depressed about it I became, and quite choked on his last day. Things were just not the same after he finished even if I was getting lined up to take over team leader job. New lad Jason started work for the other team, Heavy Metal fan, affable and pleasant – and 4 years later he, Bob and I all went to New York and the North-East USA, and I went to his wedding in the 90‘s, so it all turned out OK. Yay! On TV top TV show was Cheers, and top non-sit-com was Top Of The Pops.


Eurovision 1985:

Norway won with a lot of sympathy votes for all the nul points, I think, cos I didn’t rate it that high: Let It Swing (Bobbysocks). My faves: 1. West Germany 2. UK 3. Italy (Tyrone Power’s daughter) 4. Luxembourg (UK 60’s star Malcolm Roberts and 1974’s Irene Shears) 5. Norway/Sweden/Switzerland. Pretty close to the results actually, just shuffled a bit round and Israel and Ireland added in instead of Switzerland and Luxembourg.


14th May 1985

Paul Hardcastle bags his first and last chart-topper as the still rather good 19 denies the equally still good Feel So Real the top slot. Poor Steve Arrington! Top 10 spaces are newly occupied by Toyah, 2 years since her last one Rebel Run and her 5th in 4 years; Bronski Beat and Marc Almond covering I Feel Love and making it sound much more dated than the original genius Giorgio Moroder game-changer. Not the finest moment for either act, and Bronski Beat split soon after. Simple Minds also add to their run of top 10’s with the great Don’t You Forget About Me, and Diana Ross reverses direction yet again and hits a new peak of 11.

Bryan Ferry is at 20 with his first solo single since Roxy Music ended for the second and final time (recording-wise), though you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference sound-wise as it was business as usual, Slave To Love being latter-Roxy classy laid-back vibes, though not exactly exciting. Go West have a great leap into the 40, Call Me has a great very 80’s video and some very 80’s movements going on that would bring very odd looks these days!

New entries: Style Council, Walls Came Tumbling Down, one of their better singles at 42; Loose Ends have that Magic Touch – well enough to get a second single entry at 45; Duran Duran do a one-off single for the James Bond theme, View To A Kill, and produce a video and song that’s actually better then the film, one of their best 80’s tracks and typically Bond-ian at 47; a new brother and sister act from the UK start their own brand of UK sweet soul-dance at 50, Five Star, All Fall Down. Popular with the kiddies for a couple of years, and occasionally the odd-single with older folk; Stephen Duffy also gets a quick follow-up at 58, which must have been the icing on the cake for him – at least until he started working with Robbie Williams 2 decades later; Depeche Mode try to shake the disease at 62, and try to shake a career as a singles band into the bargain as they start to morph into a sombre influential albums act; Marvin Gaye has a posthumous single, Strawberry Switchblade pop in with a 3rd single, and Philip Bailey is walking on the Chinese Wall.

1 ( 4 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
2 ( 5 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 6 ) OBSESSION Animotion
5 ( 3 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
6 ( 7 ) CRY Godley And Creme
7 ( 15 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
8 ( 20 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
9 ( 22 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
10 ( 13 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds

11 ( 35 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
12 ( 2 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
13 ( 18 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
14 ( 14 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 19 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
16 ( 30 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
17 ( 17 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
18 ( 12 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
19 ( 9 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
20 ( NEW ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry

21 ( 11 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
22 ( 37 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
23 ( 8 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
24 ( 24 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
25 ( 34 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
26 ( 10 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
27 ( 27 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
28 ( 60 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
29 ( 32 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
30 ( 39 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2

31 ( 26 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
32 ( 16 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
33 ( 43 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
34 ( 70 ) CALL ME Go West
35 ( 21 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
36 ( 23 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
37 ( 29 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
38 ( 41 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
39 ( 31 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
40 ( 40 ) ROSES Haywoode

41 ( 36 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
42 ( NEW ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
43 ( 28 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
44 ( 53 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
45 ( NEW ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
46 ( 25 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
47 ( NEW ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
48 ( 59 ) GET IT ON The Power Station
49 ( 33 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
50 ( NEW ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star

51 ( 38 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
52 ( 46 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
53 ( 44 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
54 ( 55 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
55 ( 52 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
56 ( 45 ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
57 ( 57 ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
58 ( NEW ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
59 ( 42 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
60 ( NEW ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode

61 ( 47 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
62 ( NEW ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
63 ( 51 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
64 ( 48 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
65 ( 50 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
66 ( 64 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
67 ( 66 ) DUEL Propaganda
68 ( 54 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
69 ( 63 ) LEGS ZZ Top
70 ( NEW ) WHO KNOWS WHAT LOVE IS Strawberry Switchblade

71 ( 71 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( 58 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
73 ( 65 ) LOVE IS Vikki
74 ( 67 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
75 ( NEW ) SANCTIFIED LADY Marvin Gaye

TV 11th-17th MAY
1 The Young Ones: Bambi
2 Star Trek: Mudd’s Women
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Cheers
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Bill Cosby Show
8 Dallas
9 The Max Headroom Show
10 Taxi


Got my moped at last. No more buses to work, thankfully! On the news the Bradford football ground fire disaster scenes were horrific, very very upsetting seeing people on fire, mum burst into tears, and I was reminded again of Dale’s tragic death. Coming back from Bulbarrow, via Hurn Airport, at work one day, the van got stuck in traffic due to an airplane crash near Ringwood, 2 police pilots killed. I took mum to Bulbarrow at the weekend to see the carpets of bluebells covering the woodland floor near the top of the hill, the scent was just gorgeous – there aren’t many things that smell better than thousands of bluebells en masse. Heaven! Less heavenly were the squealing pigs at the slaughterhouse the work van passed by, which reminded me of an early childhood upset when we lived in rural Norfolk nearby a slaughterhouse so got to hear them whenever we passed. I swore to turn vegetarian one day. Took me many years, but I did it in the early 90’s, better late than never!


21st May 1985

2 weeks for 19, another one held at 2, this time it’s Animotion and their fab Obsession, which was my obsession for a time. Toyah goes top 5, and Bryan Ferry gets a top 10 with Slave To Love for a nice dozen years of ‘em. Eurythmics, meanwhile, have a mere 2 years, albeit quite a massive run of top 10 singles, though if you include The Tourists (and I do) it’s 6 years-worth. David Cassidy gets a second top 10 in a row with some Romance, which fits nicely in with his 14 years-old I Think I Love You chart-topper with The Partridge Family. Divine pouts in his dress at some cowboys in the video, and grabs a number 10 Hi Energy (as they called it then) dance track with The Four Seasons classic. I bet Frankie Valli didn’t imagine that one coming along….

Belouis Some uses his Imagination and enters the 20, as Go West call me about them doing the same, and let’s not forget U2’s fire burning at 18, and Kim Wilde raging at 19 – it had taken her so long to climb there she must have been livid. The Style Council knock down the walls of the top 40, and Duran Duran are just behind at 27 thanks to James Bond. Highest new entry is an oldie from 1978, A Taste Of Honey are boogie and oogie and oogie-ing back in at 32, I presume in remixed form as was the forthcoming obsession of the late 80’s. Nothing punters enjoyed more than having a 70’s dance classic messed about with, some synthy beeps and renta-rhythm and toots added, and hey presto an excuse for it to sound all fresh and current. For about 5 years, at which point is began to sound horribly dated and opportunistic, and the original version classy.

Other top 40 climbers: Depeche Mode, Mick Jagger, Loose Ends, Five Star, Philip Bailey and The Power Station all bang a gong, getting it on. New entries outside the 40 include, REO Speedwagon having one lonely night with yet another MOR rock ballad at 42, US soap actor, Australian Rick Springfield returning with his UK breakthrough hit, Celebrate Youth. I wish that I had Jessie’s Girl in my charts instead though. At 47, it’s an Elvis Costello oldie getting a single release, Green Shirt, while China Crisis are literally besides themselves to be at 48 and 49, with King In A Catholic Style. At 53 Gary Moore and Phil Lynott get together for the final time outside Thin Lizzy, a few short months before Phil’s unexpected death at a young age. Out In The Fields was a great single. Marillion also return with their best single, Kayleigh, at 57, and also not that long before Fish bailed out of the boat.

At 59, Prince keeps his run of hits going, fresh from his new album Around The World In A Day, full of 60’s psychedelic musical freshness, courtesy of Paisley Park. He, to coin an already used phrase, is also beside himself to be at 58 too with the last 2 tracks off Purple Rain. He was nothing if not prolific and inventive. Dan Hartman is also back again, at 60, it being second nature to him by now, having 7 years of experience. At 62, Kool And The Gang cherish the moment they manage to grab an entry with a bland ballad, a huge hit but not their finest moment, while at 64, having a solo duo moment, Francis Rossi leaves the status quo for a tick, and has a modern romance. At least he’s not IN Modern Romance! At 67, Jermaine Jackson makes it 5 years of Dynamite solo hits, though I want him back with The Jackson 5 myself, but as he married the Motown boss’ daughter I guess he had no option when his brothers left Motown. At 70 it’s Skipworth and Turner. Google here I come! Ah, American dance hit. Watch Me Catch Fire by Big Heat was produced (and had vocals from) Elvis Costello, removed from the BBC playlist due to the Bradford football stadium fire disaster, and it’s not on youtube or itunes, so it will doubtless remain obscure forever more. At 74, old hero Roy Wood marks one of his occasional blink-before-you-miss-it singles chart for-old-times-sake entries, Under Fire. I assume it had no chance of being playlisted for the same reason. Finally, 75, Pennye Ford, Dangerous, another US dance hit.

1 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
2 ( 4 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 2 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
4 ( 9 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
5 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
6 ( 7 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
7 ( 20 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
8 ( 15 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
9 ( 16 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
10 ( 22 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine

11 ( 6 ) CRY Godley And Creme
12 ( 13 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
13 ( 5 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
14 ( 11 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
15 ( 33 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
16 ( 8 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
17 ( 34 ) CALL ME Go West
18 ( 30 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
19 ( 24 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
20 ( 12 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles

21 ( 29 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
22 ( 10 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
23 ( 28 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
24 ( 25 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
25 ( 14 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
26 ( 42 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
27 ( 47 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran
28 ( 19 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
29 ( 31 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
30 ( 18 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham

31 ( 27 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
32 ( NEW ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
33 ( 45 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
34 ( 48 ) GET IT ON The Power Station
35 ( 50 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
36 ( 40 ) ROSES Haywoode
37 ( 60 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
38 ( 21 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
39 ( 62 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
40 ( 54 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger

41 ( 17 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
42 ( 23 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
43 ( NEW ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
44 ( 37 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
45 ( NEW ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
46 ( 36 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
47 ( NEW ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
48 ( 32 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
49 ( NEW ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
50 ( 43 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

51 ( 26 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
52 ( 58 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
53 ( NEW ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
54 ( 35 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
55 ( 39 ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
56 ( 46 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
57 ( NEW ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
58 ( 52 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
59 ( NEW ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
60 ( NEW ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman

61 ( 55 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
62 ( NEW ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
63 ( 49 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
64 ( NEW ) MODERN ROMANCE Rossi & Frost
65 ( 38 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
66 ( 53 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
67 ( NEW ) DYNAMITE Jermaine Jackson
68 ( 66 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
69 ( 41 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
70 ( NEW ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner

71 ( NEW ) WATCH ME CATCH FIRE Big Heat
72 ( 75 ) SANCTIFIED LADY Marvin Gaye
73 ( 71 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
74 ( NEW ) UNDER FIRE Roy Wood
75 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Pennye Ford

TV 18th-24th May
1 Star Trek: The Enemy Within
2 Hill Street Blues
3 Cheers
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Young Ones
6 Lou Grant
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Dallas
9 Newhart
10 The Bill Cosby Show


I had my first moped accident less than 2 weeks after getting it, sliding off as I turned on wet roads to the right, and the moped remained sliding to the left. Banged all my right side, went head over heels, tore a hole in my gloves, and was SO thankful I bought a very big helmet which cushioned my head, and that no car was coming the other way. I also felt an idiot afterwards after retrieving the revving bike and having to try and pick up all my money which had scattered everywhere, in between passing cars. My indicator light also smashed, which wasn’t helpful as I had to continue on to work for an achy day.


28th May 1985

3rd week on top for Paul Hardcastle as Toyah gets her biggest single at 3 and Belouis Some and Go West get their first top 10 hits. Scritti Politti have a third top 20 and Gary Moore and Phil Lynott a second, Out In The Fields rocketing up to 14 and beating quite a few Thin Lizzy singles peaks to boot. The Style Council, Jimmy Nail and Duran Duran also hit the 20.

Highest new entry is OMD, So In Love at 26, and one of their most melodic singles, such a great tune and a mystifyingly low UK chart peak, though they were very much on the up in the USA by this point. 5 years on since they had their first number one with Messages and yet to fail to make my charts. Into the 40 go Prince, Rick Springfield, REO Speedwagon and Stephen ‘Tin Tin’ Duffy, along with a new entry at 36 for Mai Tai, and a great dance track, History.

Lower down, Propaganda pop back in after a brief exit, 52 with Duel, Gary Numan does a live version of Are ‘Friends’ Electric, Ian Dury is hitting his rhythm stick again at 57, 7 years on, and Bryan Adams gets his 3rd hit with Heaven, a song that came back big-time as a dance cover almost 2 decades later, but the original live ballad version is still good at 66. There’s a brace of classic soul stars around the bottom of the chart, joining Marvin Gaye, as Edwin Starr enters at 68 with It Ain’t Fair for 15 years of chart entries, Bill Withers says Oh Yeah at 74 for 13 years-worth, and Billy Ocean is Suddenly in at 75 for 11 years in total since Scorched Earth debuted (the band was effectively Billy under another name). That leaves at 70 Alien-loving David Bowie’s 13 year-run of chart entries, bar a couple of forgettable singles, generally live versions. I’m not a fan of live versions of old songs for the most part, but quite happy with new ones – hello Bryan Adams again.

1 ( 1 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
2 ( 2 ) OBSESSION Animotion
3 ( 4 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
4 ( 3 ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
5 ( 9 ) ROMANCE (LET YOUR HEART GO) David Cassidy
6 ( 15 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
7 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO LOVE Bryan Ferry
8 ( 5 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
9 ( 17 ) CALL ME Go West
10 ( 6 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

11 ( 8 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
12 ( 21 ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti
13 ( 10 ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
14 ( 53 ) OUT IN THE FIELDS Gary Moore and Phil Lynott
15 ( 23 ) LOVE DON’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE Jimmy Nail
16 ( 19 ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
17 ( 11 ) CRY Godley And Creme
18 ( 26 ) WALLS COME TUMBLING DOWN The Style Council
19 ( 13 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
20 ( 27 ) VIEW TO A KILL Duran Duran

21 ( 12 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
22 ( 37 ) SHAKE THE DISEASE Depeche Mode
23 ( 18 ) THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE U2
24 ( 33 ) MAGIC TOUCH Loose Ends
25 ( 29 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves
26 ( NEW ) SO IN LOVE OMD
27 ( 14 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
28 ( 59 ) PAISLEY PARK Prince
29 ( 57 ) KAYLEIGH Marillion
30 ( 34 ) GET IT ON (BANG A GONG) The Power Station

31 ( 16 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
32 ( 32 ) BOOGIE OOGIE OOGIE A Taste Of Honey
33 ( 22 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
34 ( 28 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
35 ( 39 ) THE CHINESE WALL Philip Bailey
36 ( NEW ) HISTORY Mai Tai
37 ( 20 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
38 ( 45 ) CELEBRATE YOUTH Rick Springfield
39 ( 43 ) ONE LONELY NIGHT REO Speedwagon
40 ( 52 ) ICING ON THE CAKE Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 70 ) THINKING ABOUT YOUR LOVE Skipworth & Turner
42 ( 31 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
43 ( 30 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
44 ( 25 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
45 ( 24 ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston
46 ( 44 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
47 ( 35 ) ALL FALL DOWN Five Star
48 ( 49 ) KING IN A CATHOLIC STYLE China Crisis
49 ( 38 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
50 ( 60 ) SECOND NATURE Dan Hartman

51 ( 40 ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
52 ( RE ) DUEL Propaganda
53 ( NEW ) ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan
54 ( 36 ) ROSES Haywoode
55 ( 42 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
56 ( 50 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
57 ( NEW ) HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHM STICK Ian Dury And The Blockheads
58 ( 62 ) CHERISH Kool And The Gang
59 ( 47 ) GREEN SHIRT Elvis Costello
60 ( 46 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

61 ( 41 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
62 ( 58 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
63 ( 48 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
64 ( 61 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
65 ( 51 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
66 ( NEW ) HEAVEN (LIVE) Bryan Adams
67 ( 64 ) MODERN ROMANCE Rossi & Frost
68 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T FAIR Edwin Starr
69 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING I NEED Men At Work
70 ( NEW ) LOVING THE ALIEN David Bowie

71 ( 56 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
72 ( 72 ) SANCTIFIED LADY Marvin Gaye
73 ( 68 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
74 ( NEW ) OH YEAH Bill Withers
75 ( NEW ) SUDDENLY Billy Ocean

TV 25th-31st May
1 Top Of The Pops
2 Cheers
3 Lou Grant
4 The Bill Cosby Show
5 Bewitched


On friday I drove to Mansfield to stay with my brother, sister in law Sue, hyper toddler niece Vicki who was all over me, and baby Gavin. Mum rang upset over the death of a Marine on camp she knew. On Saturday 25th I drove to pick up Jane and Dave, College friends, and we went to the wedding of Paul and Sheila in Rotherham. A fab day, great to see College friends and Paul’s school mates who I knew quite well, though the high-class reception hall was a bit above my experiences and I put my foot in it a few times with my quips. Hey ho, posh people have no sense of humour! We prettied up the honeymoon car with toilet paper and lipstick, as Paul & Sheila were setting off for Paris in it the next day. Very thoughtful of us, I thought.

My interest in TV shows reaches a new low in 1985, as US genre and sitcom imports decline and UK shows mirror the huge big Soap obsession of the time. I had no interest in Eastenders, Neighbours, Coronation Street and Dynasty, and even the sometimes amusing Dallas was past it’s best. Oldie re-runs had also declined, so that leaves Top Of The Pops as the best show on TV and my TV chart down to a pathetic list of 5, and not long before I gave up on it altogether.

My 1985 Charts – April

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2nd April 1985

2 weeks on top for Cry, and Godley And Creme, as Tears For Fears hit 2 for the third time, and Frankie hit 3 with their Pleasuredome, and looking like the hat-trick of chart-toppers is about the end of it. David Grant and Jaki Graham, meanwhile take Could It Be I’m Falling In Love into the top 10 and match the Detroit Spinners original, while Dream Academy hit 10 with the utterly brilliant Life In A Northern Town. Into the 20? USA For Africa, Sheena Easton, Jermaine Jackson, The Kane Gang, and for the last time with a new single (apart from that xmas song!) Slade call it a day with the Myzsterious Mizster Jones, 14 years, 2 number ones and a long long run of big hits. TV was calling Noddy and he never went back to singing, doh!

China Crisis go top 40, as does Glen Frey snuggling up to former Eagles co-vocalist Don Henley, and ahead of Robert Palmer and Duranies. King join Prince in the 40, and The Damned get a decent return to the 40 6 years since they first did the trick, Grimly Fiendishly. Ditto Sarah Brightman, Pie Jesu-ing at 39, and Strawberry Switchblade return with Let her Go. New entries from cool Brit soul The Cool Notes, Spend The Night at 49, Phil Collins in ballad mode, One More Night at 52, Phyllis Nelson’s soulful great Move Closer at 60, The Smiths with a tribute to Bananarama vocalist Siobhan, Shakespear’s Sister at 75, and 5 years of chart entries for Change at 74.

1 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
2 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
5 ( 2 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
6 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
7 ( 16 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
9 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
10 ( 20 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy

11 ( 13 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
12 ( 10 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
13 ( 6 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
14 ( 11 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
15 ( 24 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
16 ( 12 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
17 ( 21 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
18 ( 33 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
19 ( 35 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( 37 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade

21 ( 17 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
22 ( 14 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
23 ( 28 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
24 ( 32 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
26 ( 22 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
27 ( 15 ) LEGS ZZ Top
28 ( 34 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
29 ( 19 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
30 ( 18 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition

31 ( 50 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
32 ( 23 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
33 ( 51 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
34 ( 43 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( 38 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 58 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
37 ( 31 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
38 ( 70 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
39 ( 41 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
40 ( 59 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

41 ( 26 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
42 ( 29 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
43 ( 30 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
45 ( 27 ) FALLEN ANGELS RIDING David Essex
46 ( 53 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
47 ( 36 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
48 ( 45 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
49 ( NEW ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
50 ( 40 ) STARVATION Starvation

51 ( 46 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
52 ( NEW ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
53 ( 39 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
54 ( 42 ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
55 ( 62 ) NEVER MET NOBODY LIKE YOU Al Green
56 ( 56 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
57 ( 57 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
58 ( 49 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
59 ( 55 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
60 ( NEW ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson

61 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
62 ( 52 ) FOREVER MAN Eric Clapton
63 ( 47 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross
64 ( 60 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
65 ( 61 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
66 ( 68 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
67 ( 65 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
68 ( 54 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
69 ( 74 ) LUCKY The Greg Kihn Band
70 ( 73 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
72 ( 66 ) GOT A LITTLE HEARTACHE Alvin Stardust
73 ( 64 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
74 ( NEW ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
75 ( NEW ) SHAKESPEAR’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 30th Mar-5th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Bomb
2 Cheers
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Newhart
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Bewitched
7 The Cosby Show
8 Dallas
9 Entertainment USA
10 Doctor Who

At the cinema: 2010 A Space Odyssey, based on the fabulous sci-fi sequel novel by Arthur C.Clarke, my hero writer, and following-on from the groundbreaking Kubrick movie 2001, which remains the definitive statement on space exploration realism (albeit with fantasy tagged on). “great effects, intelligent, though-provoking, refreshingly different angle on Soviet/U.S. relations and not overlong. More human relations would have been nice, more Europa (the moon of Jupiter) too, but nitpicking. An entertaining movie, much better than Dune, not as entertaining as Ghostbusters and Indiana Jones and Return Of The Jedi, but probably on a par in a different way. More straightforward than 2001, more human, more accessible, I’d rate it higher (for that reason).” I’d still rather watch 2010 than 2001, but 2001 remains a classic and 2010 isn’t, sadly.

At work we got the great news that the boss would be moving over to the other team of surveyors and we were getting a new driver. Hooray! Got rid of him at last, we had a lunchtime drink in a pub in rural Dorset village Childe Okeford where the locals, bar one friendly guy who played pool with us, appeared to have been taken over by alien pods from Invasion Of The Bodysnatchers, they said nothing, just sat there and gave the odd mild yokel ooaarrr occasionally. On sunday I bought my first (second-hand) moped from the army camp, and tried to ride it home, it just kept cutting out though and didn’t go above 25 mph, so back for a service. It wasn’t very powerful, but just about got me about in my sports helmet on a pathetic titchy moped. The helmet was a good buy, it turned out though, so who cares what I looked like.


9th April 1985

17 new entries and a new all-time classic number one as Tears For Fears finally get higher than 2 in my chart with the awesome Everybody Wants To Rule The World. Roland Orzabal always said he co-wrote it deliberately as a commercial American hit record, but that does it a disservice – OK it’s more upbeat than previous TFF singles, but oh my word it’s a perfect creation. Almost everything about it is a hook, there are multiple melodies, all great, all hooky, and Curt Smith’s vocals were perfect for the song, light and harmonic to contrast Roland’s darker deeper injections. I got, and still get, goosebumps when I hear it – it’s one of those rare perfect records where it can’t be improved on (witness the less-good Everybody Wants To Run The World a year later), it just sounds so right from start to finish, the sexual chords, the synths, the shuffling beat. Perfection!

Highest new entry at 4 is a mash-up of classic T.Rex singles, the late Marc Bolan having had a majestic run of glam-rock monsters that rated very high on my nostalgia-ometer, and still do. Megarex 1 did the trick for me, and gave T.Rex their first top 5 since Telegram Sam had been reissued in 1982 and hit my number one. Phyllis Nelson moves closer to the 10, up from 60 to 14, Go west slot in behind eyes closed, with a China Crisis on their heels, and the heat is on at 20 as Glen Frey gets his first solo top 20 a decade after hitting 2 with The Eagles.

So, new entry invasion, ABC return at 33, Be Near Me is a good addition to the classy ballads they excel at, while at 35, the American version of a ska invasion that climaxed with No Doubt and Gwen Stefani a decade or so later starts with The Untouchables, and Free Yourself. 70’s funk band War return at 38 10 years on with a slick version of The Young Rascals fabulously cool and laid-back 60’s hit Groovin’, as Sal Solo is at 39 with his follow-up to San Damiano, Music And You. Lower down there’s Howard Jones extending his pop hit run – Look Mama! – at 49, while The Rah Band have their best hit since topping my chart in 1977 with The Crunch, and it’s a jazz-funk smooth sci-fi styled dance goodie, staying just the right side of cheese for me, and in at 50.
At 52, Narada’s back (minus his Michael Walden) after a 5-year gap, in combo with Patti austin for Gimme Gimme Gimme (not to be Abba confused) it’s pop souldance, and at 53 it’s the under-rated fabulous Bangles debut hit Going Down To Liverpool, a cover of a Katrina And The Waves song, with a 60’s flavour and fab harmonies. As if that wasn’t enough my hero Leonard “Spock” Nimoy is in the video. What’s not to love?! Check it out. That’s an order. Should have been big!

Pause for breath, and the invasion continues, as a version of Flower Duet from Lakme adds some classy opera to the chart at 55, thanks to it’s use in advert, and at 56 it’s a future monster American chart-topper from a huge movie, catapulting Simple Minds into world stadium rockers for a while, and critical derision, but Don’t You Forget About Me is a good record anyway. They ain’t the only act going stadium rock either, Eurythmics do the same at 59 – Would I Lie To You? No. Don Henley has a laid-back sunset grill tale at 60, which is also fab, as is the lovely synth instrumental Moments In Love as Art Of Noise return at 65 – if you have 10 minutes to spare check out the gorgeous youtube video and try and work out how you know the tune so well (answer: sampled so often, chill-out compilations etc). That leaves Chris Rea back, Tom Petty back, both 1977/1978 veterans, and Dead Or Alive with a 3rd chart entry. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 1 ) CRY Godley And Creme
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( NEW ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 10 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 4 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
8 ( 6 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
9 ( 11 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
10 ( 5 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

11 ( 15 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
12 ( 9 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
13 ( 8 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
14 ( 60 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
15 ( 25 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 31 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
17 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
18 ( 12 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
19 ( 24 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 33 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey

21 ( 13 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
22 ( 18 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
23 ( 21 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 36 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
25 ( 16 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( 14 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
27 ( 38 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
28 ( 17 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
29 ( 49 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
30 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams

31 ( 23 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
32 ( 20 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
33 ( NEW ) BE NEAR ME ABC
34 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
35 ( NEW ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
36 ( 22 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 27 ) LEGS ZZ Top
38 ( NEW ) GROOVIN’ War
39 ( NEW ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
40 ( 29 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band

41 ( 46 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
42 ( 37 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 32 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
44 ( 30 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
45 ( 52 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( 26 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
47 ( 39 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
48 ( 28 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
49 ( NEW ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
50 ( NEW ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band

51 ( 48 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
52 ( NEW ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
53 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 40 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
55 ( NEW ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
56 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
57 ( 41 ) WHY CAN’T I HAVE YOU The Cars
58 ( 47 ) TEMPTATION Joan Armatrading
59 ( NEW ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
60 ( NEW ) DOWN AT THE SUNSET GRILL Don Henley

61 ( 51 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 66 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
63 ( 42 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
64 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
65 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
66 ( 59 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
67 ( 74 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
68 ( NEW ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
69 ( 67 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
70 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

71 ( 44 ) BETWEEN THE WARS Billy Bragg
72 ( NEW ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty
73 ( 71 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
74 ( NEW ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
75 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths

TV 6th – 12th Apr
1 Blazing Saddles: film
2 Cheers
3 The Monkees
4 Alias Smith And Jones
5 The Phil Silvers Show
6 The Abba Story
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Cannonball Run: film
9 The Muppet Movie: film
10 The Cosby Show


On TV the final episode of Are You Being Served aired, I was reading Douglas Adams’ Restaurant At The End Of The Universe on the bus to work, and we had a new van driver, big Bob, chatty, sweary, fag-smokey, and amiable. In those days people used to smoke in vans, pubs and the office, which frankly left me with a sort throat, stinking clothes and pissed off with them. Three cheers for the Smoking Ban! Grandma (mum’s mum) was down to stay with me and Aunty Eileen was down en route to my Auntie at Weymouth, fresh after Uncle Tony had moved out, the other half arrived a bit later, granddad (dads dad), Ann, Geoff, and cousins Neil and Claire. Busy day.


16th April 1980

2 weeks for Tears For Fears ruling the world, with T.Rex stalking them at 2. Phyllis Nelson and USA For Africa, 2 UK chart-toppers, make my top 10, while Don Henley goes for a 2nd consecutive top 40, down at the sunset grill, and other big USA hits from Phil Collins and REO Speedwagon join him. Plus Howard Jones, look ma no hands, and Simple Minds famously not forgetting.

Very few new entries, just Sheila E getting a second quick Prince-led hit, The Glamorous Life for her at 60, Robin George, coulda-been rockstar enters at 62 with Heartline, Marilyn’s back again in the cold at 67, and there’s a debut at 68 which is notable: not for DeBarge but for songwriter Diane Warren, one-woman songwriting power-house, Rhythm Of The Night. At 71 Toyah has a last fab pop single, Don’t Fall In Love (I Said) wasn’t one of her biggest hits, but it was one of her best singles. Love comes to Gary Glitter at 74. Yes, well, no comment, bar 13 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
3 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 2 ) CRY Godley And Creme
5 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
6 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
7 ( 8 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
8 ( 14 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 11 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
10 ( 7 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World

11 ( 10 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
12 ( 9 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
13 ( 16 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
14 ( 17 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
15 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
16 ( 24 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
17 ( 29 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
18 ( 13 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
19 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
20 ( 12 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

21 ( 20 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
22 ( 18 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
23 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
24 ( 33 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
25 ( 30 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
26 ( 27 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
27 ( 34 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
28 ( 60 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
29 ( 50 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
30 ( 35 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

31 ( 21 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
32 ( 45 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
34 ( 39 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
35 ( 31 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
36 ( 41 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
37 ( 38 ) GROOVIN’ War
38 ( 49 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
39 ( 22 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
40 ( 56 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds

41 ( 32 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
42 ( 28 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
43 ( 26 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
44 ( 62 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
45 ( 74 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
46 ( 37 ) LEGS ZZ Top
47 ( 40 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
48 ( 36 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 52 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
50 ( 54 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade

51 ( 42 ) THAT OLE DEVIL CALLED LOVE Alison Moyet
52 ( 59 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
53 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
54 ( 55 ) FLOWER DUET FROM LAKME Mady Mesple and Danielle Millet
55 ( 51 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
56 ( 72 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
57 ( 43 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
58 ( 67 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
59 ( 65 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
60 ( NEW ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E

61 ( 47 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
62 ( NEW ) HEARTLINE Robin George
63 ( 68 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
64 ( 48 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Big Daddy
65 ( 75 ) SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER The Smiths
66 ( 44 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
67 ( NEW ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
69 ( 46 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 69 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 70 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
74 ( NEW ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
75 ( 73 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

TV 13th-19th Apr
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 The Young Ones: Boring
3 Cheers
4 Star Trek: The Corbomite Manoever
5 Terrahawks: Stu Dapples episode
6 Dallas
7 Taxi
8 Top Of The Pops
9 The Cosby Show
10 The Phil Silvers Show

Grandma was down for a week with me, but didn’t look at all well and spent weekdays on her own while I was at work, all of which worried me. In the van there was a new daily B.O. problem to put up with (not me) which got very wearying eventually. Now reading Douglas Adams’ Life The Universe And Everything. I wrote a computer program designed to input my pop chart position data and automatically generate “sales”. Never did get round to perfecting it as a quick fix, it was more of a glorified calculator. Still, writing simple programs, hey!


23rd April 1985

The unthinkable – Tears For Fears knocked off after only 2 weeks on top, but at least it’s teen faves T.Rex that do it, with a mix of their great EMI singles, Megarex, giving them a 6th chart-topper. After 3 weeks at 3, Frankie get frustratingly close to a 4th number one, but peak no higher than 2, I’m afraid. Pat Benatar battles up to 4, and The Fabs are back with another 20th anniversary oldie, Ticket To Ride in at 6, and the jangly indiepop template was firmly laid down here. The Smiths were the cool band of the day, but they had roots in The Beatles, among others. The Rah Band get their first top 20 entry since The Crunch in 1977, and Diana Ross re-enters with her tribute ballad, Missing You, hitting the top 20 for the first time, and her biggest single in a few years.

Into the 40 go The Bangles down to Liverpool, while the writer enters herself at 50, the still-fab still-played Walking On Sunshine from Katrina And The Waves. Dead Or Alive are into the 40, replacing themselves, and Eurythmics, Art Of Noise and DeBarge join them in the big 40. At 48, Bronski Beat and Marc Almond join forces on a cover of I Feel Love, only 3 years since it was last a hit for Donna Summer. It was a big UK hit, and interesting having two male diva voices, but, yeah, not the game-changing Giorgio Moroder-produced original for me. Talking of male divas, Freddie Mercury gets a second solo hit at 58, I Was Born To Love You being a bit jollier than Love Kills, Chaka Khan is also back, eye to eye with Freddie, Ashford And Simpson have given birth to a new entry at 75, and best of all the synth pop delight of the under-rated Imagination from Belouis Some, in at 68.

1 ( 2 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
2 ( 3 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 1 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
4 ( 7 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
5 ( 4 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( NEW ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
7 ( 5 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
9 ( 6 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
10 ( 9 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa

11 ( 13 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
12 ( 17 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
13 ( 10 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
14 ( 29 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
15 ( 30 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables
16 ( 11 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
17 ( 40 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
18 ( 38 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
19 ( 14 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
20 ( RE ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 12 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
22 ( 53 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
23 ( 24 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
24 ( 15 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
25 ( 45 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
26 ( 28 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
27 ( 16 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
28 ( 18 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
29 ( 20 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy
30 ( 37 ) GROOVIN’ War

31 ( 19 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
32 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
33 ( 68 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
34 ( 36 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
35 ( 25 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
36 ( 52 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
37 ( 23 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
38 ( 21 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
39 ( 44 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
40 ( 59 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise

41 ( 31 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
42 ( 56 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
43 ( 33 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
44 ( 49 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
45 ( 63 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
46 ( 22 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
47 ( 60 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
48 ( NEW ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
49 ( 35 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
50 ( NEW ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

51 ( 27 ) SOME LIKE IT HOT The Power Station
52 ( 26 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
53 ( 58 ) LET’S GO TOGETHER Change
54 ( 46 ) LEGS ZZ Top
55 ( 34 ) MUSIC AND YOU Sal Solo
56 ( 39 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
57 ( 62 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
58 ( NEW ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
59 ( 47 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
60 ( 55 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet

61 ( NEW ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
62 ( 74 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter
63 ( 43 ) MORE THAN I CAN BEAR Matt Bianco
64 ( 42 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
65 ( 41 ) MYZSTERIOUS MIZSTER JONES Slade
66 ( 48 ) BREAKING UP MY HEART Shakin’ Stevens
67 ( 67 ) BABY U LEFT ME (IN THE COLD) Marilyn
68 ( NEW ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
69 ( 57 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
70 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
72 ( 72 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
73 ( 61 ) PIE JESU Sarah Brightman and Paul Miles-Kingston
74 ( 50 ) LET HER GO Strawberry Switchblade
75 ( NEW ) BABIES Ashford And Simpson

TV 20th-26th Apr
1 The Young Ones: Interesting
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Top Of The Pops
7 Newhart
8 The Bill Cosby Show
9 Dallas
10 Television


At work, my mate Bob had an interview for another Council, which I knew he’d get and wasn’t looking forward to him leaving, as he very much was the one I got on with – the boss came over from Dorchester to try and persuade him to stay (Bob was applying for a temp post which had more opportunities, so no chance of that). I bemoaned my shit wages (which they were). On Saturday, ailing grandma decided she wanted to go home on Sunday to Liverpool, but still obviously flushed and upset when I picked her up from the NAAFI, as she hated goodbyes even more than I do, I think. It was a 6-hour trip there, obviously not feeling good but not complaining (which worried me even more), and when I left her at home with a neighbour friend, setting off she hinted that she’d like to move down to live with me which put me on the spot and I made excuses about her having no friends (like me) in Poole. You can’t change the past, but it would have been good for her to live with her family and she would certainly have lived longer. I still feel guilty.



30th April 1985

Back up to the top of the chart, quite rightly, for a 3rd week at 1, Everybody Still Wants To Rule The World. Brilliant. Pat Benatar has to make do with the runners-up Battlefield medal, sadly, cos it’s certainly good enough to be on top, as The Beatles Ticket To Ride at 3. Aside from the time in 1976 when the Beatles entire singles back catalogue reissues had to have their own chart (there would have been no room for any new stuff, so it was just a practical solution) that’s the highest-placed Beatles oldie to date.

Lots of new entries, headed by a synthpop American classic, finally catching up with the UK music scene, at 18 it’s Animotion and the fabulous Obsession. One-hit wonders, pretty much, but an actual pop wonder. Kim Wilde returns for the 4th year of continuous chart entries, as she has a Rage To Love at 27. Still good, too. Latin Quarter had a gentle cool reggae rock style, and a great social commentary single in Radio Africa in at 32. It eventually made the UK singles chart in 1986, but I liked it right off and was annoyed it flopped. 46, Divine’s back, camp as ever, but this time destroying a Four Seasons classic. It’s a much better record than You Think You’re A Man, cos the song is a great song, and western pop video theme didn’t hurt, Divine as a right madam. Great fun. Scritti Politti also return, at 60, with a slow reggae dub groove, The Word Girl is cool pop, but then Green Gartside was always cool. New at 65, a debut for Steve Arrington and one of the great 80’s soul dance tracks that by now were incorporating the new synth sounds more than the traditional funk dance set up. Feel So Real is a terrific record. In at 70, Haywoode brings Roses into my chart, and another future UK 1986 hit that shamefully flopped, relatively, first time round.

1 ( 3 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
2 ( 4 ) LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD Pat Benatar
3 ( 6 ) TICKET TO RIDE The Beatles
4 ( 1 ) MEGAREX 1 T.Rex
5 ( 5 ) CRY Godley And Creme
6 ( 2 ) WELCOME TO THE PLEASURE DOME Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 7 ) COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE David Grant and Jaki Graham
8 ( 14 ) CLOUDS ACROSS THE MOON The Rah Band
9 ( 11 ) BLACK MAN RAY China Crisis
10 ( 15 ) FREE YOURSELF The Untouchables

11 ( 9 ) LIFE IN A NORTHERN TOWN Dream Academy
12 ( 25 ) LOVER COME BACK TO ME Dead Or Alive
13 ( 17 ) DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) Simple Minds
14 ( 18 ) LOOK MAMA Howard Jones
15 ( 22 ) GOING DOWN THE LIVERPOOL The Bangles
16 ( 8 ) MOVE CLOSER Phyllis Nelson
17 ( 10 ) WE ARE THE WORLD USA For Africa
18 ( NEW ) OBSESSION Animotion
19 ( 12 ) SPEND THE NIGHT The Cool Notes
20 ( 20 ) MISSING YOU Diana Ross

21 ( 13 ) NOW THAT WE’VE FOUND LOVE Third World
22 ( 26 ) SUNSET GRILL Don Henley
23 ( 36 ) WOULD I LIE TO YOU Eurythmics
24 ( 16 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
25 ( 33 ) RYTHYM OF THE NIGHT DeBarge
26 ( 48 ) I FEEL LOVE Bronski Beat and Marc Almond
27 ( NEW ) RAGE TO LOVE Kim Wilde
28 ( 58 ) I WAS BORN TO LOVE YOU Freddie Mercury
29 ( 21 ) HANGING ON A STRING Loose Ends
30 ( 50 ) WALKING ON SUNSHINE Katrina And The Waves

31 ( 19 ) SUGAR WALLS Sheena Easton
32 ( NEW ) RADIO AFRICA Latin Quarter
33 ( 47 ) THE GLAMOROUS LIFE Sheila E
34 ( 23 ) BE NEAR ME ABC
35 ( 24 ) WE CLOSE OUR EYES Go West
36 ( 40 ) MOMENTS IN LOVE The Art Of Noise
37 ( 28 ) WIDE BOY Nik Kershaw
38 ( 39 ) THAT WAS YESTERDAY Foreigner
39 ( 45 ) STAINSBY GIRLS Chris Rea
40 ( 29 ) KISS ME Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy

41 ( 30 ) GROOVIN’ War
42 ( 27 ) WON’T YOU HOLD MY HAND NOW King
43 ( 41 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
44 ( 61 ) EYE TO EYE Chaka Khan
45 ( 32 ) ONE MORE NIGHT Phil Collins
46 ( NEW ) WALK LIKE A MAN Divine
47 ( 42 ) DON’T COME AROUND HERE NO MORE Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
48 ( 37 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
49 ( 43 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
50 ( 62 ) LOVE COMES Gary Glitter

51 ( 31 ) COVER ME Bruce Springsteen
52 ( 35 ) SOMEBODY Bryan Adams
53 ( 71 ) DON’T FALL IN LOVE (I SAID) Toyah
54 ( 38 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
55 ( 57 ) HEARTLINE Robin George
56 ( 49 ) EVERY TIME YOU GO AWAY Paul Young
57 ( NEW ) SO FAR AWAY Dire Straits
58 ( 34 ) CAN’T FIGHT THIS FEELING REO Speedwagon
59 ( 54 ) LEGS ZZ Top
60 ( NEW ) THE WORD GIRL Scritti Politti

61 ( 68 ) IMAGINATION Belouis Some
62 ( 60 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
63 ( 56 ) GUN LAW The Kane Gang
64 ( 59 ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
65 ( NEW ) FEEL SO REAL Steve Arrington
66 ( NEW ) LUCKY IN LOVE Mick Jagger
67 ( 52 ) GRIMLY FIENDISH The Damned
68 ( 46 ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
69 ( NEW ) PUT MY ARMS AROUND YOU Kevin Kitchen
70 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode

71 ( 70 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( 69 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
73 ( 44 ) GIMME GIMME GIMME Narada and Patti Austin
74 ( NEW ) BABY COME AND GET IT The Pointer Sisters
75 ( NEW ) I WANT YOUR LOVIN’ Curtis Hairston

TV 27th Apr-May 3rd
1 The Young Ones: Flood
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 Lou Grant
6 Bob Monkhouse Meets Joan Rivers
7 Top Of The Pops
8 The Max Headroom Show
9 Taxi
10 Newhart

On TV, Bob Monkhouse met Joan Rivers and Joan was now into the big comedy league, and Bob was going through a career re-evaluation, from trashy gameshow host, to the comic’s comic, a gag-writer supreme. Max Headroom became the first computer animated TV star (sort of), hosting a new pop music show, a place to see loads of new music videos, hooray! He was also on his way to getting a chart hit before long.

At work, Bob handed his notice in, which was gutting, and a kick up the ass reminder that I needed to start applying for more jobs too. So I did, lab assistant in a school, computer programmer trainee – damn, neither one came in trumps! On the plus side, I finally got all my records listed in an A to Z file as my collection was getting to be quite a size and I couldn’t always recall what records I had or didn’t have tucked away on compilation albums. 2,282 records in my collection. Got an invite to Paul and Sheila’s wedding in Rotherham, the last but one of my college friends to take the plunge, which was great news. I also wrote a song on my music computer this week. It was called Old Song On The Radio. Yes, well, maybe I should have sent it to Eurovision!

My 1990 Charts – March

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4th March 1990

At 1, it’s the fantastic career-peaking indie synth Enjoy The Silence, Depeche Mode finally getting that elusive chart-topper 9 years after starting a non-stop run of chart entries, and starting to catch up with former Depeche Mode songwriter Vince Clarke’s 2 (with Yazoo – Only You in 1982 – and Erasure – Sometimes in 1986). Talking of fab synth music, the more fab melodic aforesaid Vince is at 2 with his best record, the tuneful Blue Savannah. What were the chances!?

Jumping up to 6, it’s Cliff going all Stock Aitken Waterman in sound again, and a bit of video dancing cos he’s Stronger Than That, but it gives him a sweet non-stop run of top 10 entries for most years since 1968. Tears For Fears get a 7th top 10 in 8 years, and Electribe 101 just miss out on a second at 11. Highest new entry at 19 is JT, accompanied by his Big Family. They sound a little suspiciously like sampled Soul II Soul over some Art Of Noise, actually – well not suspiciously like, to be fair, exactly like. It’s a good shuffling soul track though. Shooting up, as well, it’s a dance anthem from Guru Josh at 31 – To Infinity and beyond! Quirky indierock classic Birdhouse In My Soul enters at 34 for They Might Be Giants, still sounds great.

Bros start to fade in the UK charts, but register in mine with the decent Madly In Love at 39, Jimmy Somerville is reading lips and keeping the hit singles coming fast at 38, these days solo as opposed to Bronski or Communard hits, while Billy joel is going to extremes to get into the top 40. Not one of his key tracks, but I have a new respect for Bill, having seen Elio Pace doing his songbook twice now (including this weekend April 2015), and the versatility of Billy’s songs (classical-inspired as much as poprocksoul inspired) is undeniable, and Elio Pace is great live (NOT a tribute act as such, he’s a working musician touring the songbook for now out of love for Joel).

Lower down and new: Innocence is sweet at 42, Wet Wet Wet a bit gospelly at 47, a mish mash of tracks and artists from the BRITS is at 50, while at 68 Eurythmic Dave Stewart is back with his best solo record 11 years after debuting with The Tourists, in tandem with sax player Candy Dulfer, and Lily Is Here is fab and instrumental. Leaving The Mission seeking deliverance at 75. Wonder if they’ve tried Duelling Banjos…

1 ( 2 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
2 ( 4 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 1 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
4 ( 3 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
5 ( 11 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 29 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
7 ( 9 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
8 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
9 ( 6 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
10 ( 24 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears

11 ( 34 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
12 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
13 ( 5 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
14 ( 7 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
15 ( 17 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
16 ( 10 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
17 ( 27 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 22 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( NEW ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
20 ( 15 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love

21 ( 19 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
22 ( 13 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
23 ( 14 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
24 ( 31 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
25 ( 20 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
26 ( 21 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
27 ( 16 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
28 ( 25 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
29 ( 18 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
30 ( 39 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

31 ( 65 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
32 ( 28 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
33 ( 40 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( NEW ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
35 ( 35 ) ROOM AT THE TOP Adam Ant
36 ( 23 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
37 ( 32 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
38 ( NEW ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
39 ( NEW ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
40 ( NEW ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

41 ( 26 ) EPIC Faith No More
42 ( NEW ) NATURAL THING innocence
43 ( 36 ) GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS/ RICH IN PARADISE The FPI Project
44 ( 30 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
45 ( 38 ) HELLO The Beloved
46 ( 41 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
47 ( NEW ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
48 ( 75 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
49 ( 48 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( NEW ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists

51 ( 45 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
52 ( 55 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
54 ( 50 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
55 ( 52 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
56 ( 43 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
57 ( 37 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
58 ( 47 ) PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER D Mob featuring Nuff Juice
59 ( 51 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 63 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

61 ( 61 ) WORDS The Christians
62 ( 66 ) CRASHED INTO LOVE Spandau Ballet
63 ( 57 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
64 ( 60 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
65 ( 56 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 54 ) DEAR JESSIE Madonna
67 ( 58 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
68 ( NEW ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
69 ( 33 ) I DON’T KNOW ANYBODY ELSE Black Box
70 ( 68 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac

71 ( 69 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( 44 ) TEARS ON MY PILLOW Kylie Minogue
73 ( 73 ) TRUST Brother Beyond
74 ( 74 ) BURNING THE GROUND Duran Duran
75 ( NEW ) DELIVERANCE The Mission

At work, I spent a few days re-checking input surveying data onto a new computer system, while the culprit was off sick – if you want a job doing right…etc. Work 10-pin bowling evening was fab fun, we were all young and keen and enjoyed social activities, hooray! Young Lucy’s new hairdo was a worthy of comment all round, and with news she had got a job with Christchurch Council, sadly, she was great fun. My top 2 singles this very week came on the video screens while we bowled. Came 2nd in two games, pah! I was moaning about my bedroom being full of crap, to my diary, and I’m happy to report that situation hasn’t changed 25 years later – except I now fill 3 rooms with my “crap”, aka records, books, mags, souvenirs, DVDs and hi fi equipment, computers, TV, blu ray and much much much more. In the news the Poll tax was getting everybody wound up, and on TV I was watching a Horizon special on the awesome Voyager spacecrafts accomplishments, and loving Quantum Leap with future Trek captain Scott Bakula. The weekend was spent getting nervous over preparations for a forthcoming American holiday with mum, dad and my little niece and nephew (7 and 5 years old)…

greenland or canada...!

greenland or canada…!

11th March 1990

In from nowhere it’s a 1989 remix/re-recording of my all-time favourite single, Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty. In the week I went to Florida for the first time, it just seemed so appropriate as wherever I’ve gone in the world it invariably pops up, albeit less frequently these days. In chart terms though it wasn’t anywhere close to being near my all-time chart-points top, so this was a nice boost for it, even if this version is more lacklustre than the spine-tingling original. That’s bad news for Erasure, who get blocked at 2 instead of being on top with the fab Blue Savannah. Boo! Also a shame for the B52’s classic Love Shack, ultimate party track getting to 3, but it wouldn’t top until the end of the 90’s on re-issue.

Highest new entry at 4 is down to heavy rotation on Orlando pop radio, Janet Jackson’s Escapade, the best track on the fab Rhythm Nation album, and all of the singles huge in the States where the Jam n Lewis sound still ruled. All of the UK singles underperformed though, so by the time they got round to this one in the UK (the 4th) they’d resorted to jangly piano remixes for all her singles from the album to fit in with the dance sounds of UK 1990. They were all inferior to the Jam n Lewis originals, and so it’s they that count in my charts, not the UK cash-in’s. Escapade had one hell of a great melody and laid back dance groove. Not that I was agin new indie dance, as shown by Guru Josh’ big climb to 5, and in at 15 the fantastic Loaded from Primal Scream, sampling The Emotions and all sorts of bits n bobs.

Holding at 17, Marc Almond’s orchestral mini-melodrama A Lover Spurned, his forte let’s be honest. More surprisingly Bros get a rare top 20 track in my charts just ahead of the leaping instrumental delight of Dave Stewart at 19. Up to 30 the lovely chilled-dance grooves of Innocence and Natural Thing, while Belinda’s Runaway Horses gallop into the 40. Let’s not mention Jive Bunny and Shaky though, OK? It Bites, though, get their first top 40 record in 4 years for those still too young to remember Calling All The Heroes. In at 43, it’s Michael Penn and his fab jangly rockpop US hit No Myth. Who he? He’s actor and occasional Madonna hubby Sean Penn’s younger brother that’s who, and it should have been a hit in the UK. I got to hear it on Orlando radio a good bit, hooray, USA radio was pretty cooking then, oldies and pop.

Martika’s back at 46 with Water, while Siouxsie brings her Fury Eyes back a bit higher than the other week at 62, and Sam Brown keeps her run going with a little love at 66. At 70 it’s a rave second summer of love dance remix of the original summer of love Beatles classic Strawberry Fields Forever, a song that seemed un-coverable, but fitted in nicely with the mood of ’90. The slacker indie rock of under-rated Cowboy Junkies in at 72 as the sun comes up, and the new kids wont go away, as the largely insipid I’ll Be Loving You pops in and out at 73, ahead of Whitesnake at 75, The Deeper The Love still getting them in.

1 ( NEW ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
2 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
4 ( NEW ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
5 ( 31 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
6 ( 1 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
7 ( 3 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
8 ( 4 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 10 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
10 ( 11 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101

11 ( 6 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
12 ( 7 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
13 ( 8 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
14 ( 19 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
15 ( NEW ) LOADED Primal Scream
16 ( 9 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
17 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
18 ( 39 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
19 ( 68 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
20 ( 12 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart

21 ( 15 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
22 ( 14 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
23 ( 13 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
24 ( 40 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
25 ( 38 ) READ MY LIPS Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 34 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
27 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
28 ( 23 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
29 ( 22 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney
30 ( 42 ) NATURAL THING innocence

31 ( 16 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
32 ( 20 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
33 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
34 ( 50 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
35 ( 21 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers
36 ( 26 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
37 ( 53 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
38 ( NEW ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
39 ( 48 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 60 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites

41 ( 28 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
42 ( 37 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
44 ( 29 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
45 ( 47 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( NEW ) WATER Martika
47 ( 24 ) PROBABLY A ROBBERY Renegade Soundwave
48 ( 27 ) WALK ON BY Sybil
49 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
50 ( 30 ) WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Jamie J. Morgan

51 ( 25 ) HAPPENIN’ ALL OVER AGAIN Lonnie Gordon
52 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
53 ( 36 ) GOT TO HAVE YOUR LOVE Mantronix featuring Wondress
54 ( 32 ) COME BACK TO ME Janet Jackson
55 ( 46 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K
56 ( 75 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
57 ( 55 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 54 ) FOREVER BLUE Swing Out Sister
59 ( 59 ) BROKE AWAY Wet Wet Wet
60 ( 44 ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction

61 ( 57 ) NO BLUE SKIES Lloyd Cole
62 ( RE ) FURY EYES The Creatures
63 ( 70 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
64 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
65 ( 51 ) IN PRIVATE Dusty Springfield
66 ( NEW ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( 56 ) WHEN YOU COME BACK TO ME Jason Donovan
68 ( 63 ) ROOM IN YOUR HEART Living In A Box
69 ( 64 ) THE SENSUAL WORLD Kate Bush
70 ( NEW ) STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER Candy Flip

71 ( 71 ) SUNSHINE SUPERMAN Donovan
72 ( NEW ) SUN COMES UP (IT’S TUESDAY MORNING) Cowboy Junkies
73 ( NEW ) I’LL BE LOVING YOU (FOREVER) New Kids On The Block
74 ( 67 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
75 ( NEW ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake

10th March and a 4am rise with 2 sleep-deprived kids, dad driving us to Gatwick, car parking, and running after Gavin & Vicki now well awake. Not kids that sit quietly! Virgin airways flight to Miami 11.45, sat with Gavin while some Irish yuppies joked about bombs sat next to me: not particularly funny in those days! Amazingly, once we were up in the air we headed towards Poole and actually flew over our house!! Told the kids, “where?” they asked not entirely bothered. Virgin: Now That’s What I Call Music 16 pop videos, free earphones, a free mag, MASH TV, The Fabulous Baker Boys movie (yawn!) not to mention ice-flows, snow-covered mountains and assorted dramatic Greenland/northern Canada scenery to look at. Quite exciting! Flew over Martha’s Vineyard, just to rub it in that I’d not got there 6 months earlier, and then a long haul to hot, sticky Miami and customs queuing with irritable parent and kids, Vicki refusing to sleep at any time. Conveniently, the Virgin terminal was as far from the connecting Delta Airwaves terminal as you could get, and the time between the flights limited, so it was a dash, a race, and a stress to get to the plane with minutes to spare. Nice views of Miami, though, as we flew to Orlando International, and even better was the school of whales in the sea.

It was dark as we landed, picked up the large car, and I practiced driving it a bit, before heading for our first toll booths and more by luck spotted our Days Inn motel from the toll road as it was about to merge with the I4. Got the apartment, watched The Golden Girls, and I fell asleep on the fold-out front-room bed about 3am UK time. Busy day. So the first day, Sunday, in Orlando we went to the Florida Mall for a jetlagged easy day, after I’d channel-hopped the radio at breakfast for Mix 105.1 and a host of new pop tracks. Icehouse’s Electric Blue was the first track I heard in Florida. Alannah Myles’ Black Velvet was the hot new discovery for me.

The Florida “grass” lawns around the hotel grounds was like Singapore “grass” so I got all nostalgic at the many plant-life similarities, and took some photos of the kids while waiting for the hard-sell travel rep trying to get us to buy theme parks tickets. I was dead sure we could get them cheaper elsewhere (it was) but we bought some anyway. Vicki got flushed and grumpy running round in the heat, but took some good photos of them in sunglasses on the play equipment. They spoke to their mum on the phone a while, then I drove us to the Mall. It was huge, I liked the palm tree entrance (now long-gone) and we ate in the large catering plaza. I found a record store, Janet Jackson’s Escapade video was playing, and I took it as a sign that I needed to buy the 1824 Rhythm Nation CD album – this was cheap by UK standards (under £10). Shockingly, 25 years later, cd’s are still the same price and bargain-cheap compared to inflation. Got myself a Starlog mag and TV Guide as a treat. Back to the motel, ET on a billboard gazing down at our room, advertising the soon-to-open new Universal Studios. Not soon enough for us though, doh!

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida

me n the niece 1990 holiday Florida


18th March 1990

In my first full-week-in-Florida chart Erasure knock off my all-time favourite (in non-remixed form) record after one week, giving Baker Street a total not quite up to it’s 1978 run. It’s Erasure’s second chart-topper, the first being Sometimes in 1986. Blue Savannah is far and away my fave of the two, though. Janet Jackson meanwhile is up to 2, Escapade equalling her 1986 track When I Think Of You, and Primal Scream are loaded at 8 and shockingly Bros go top 10 with Madly In Love for their second and last top 10 single (following When Will I Be Famous).

Highest new entry is Cher, Heart Of Stone following up a chart-topper for her at 11, helped no end by making a slightly more thumping rock version of an otherwise identical fabulous Bucks Fizz top 5 track from 1988. Yes, that’s right, Bucks Fizz did it first, subtler and better. Elton, 1989 former number one, is now getting some serious Florida airplay, explaining Sacrifice’s rebound to 12, while also hot in Orlando, Alannah Myles sultry delta blues classic Black Velvet is in at 17 with a bang. Up to 19, and no myth-take, it’th Sean Penn’s younger brother climbing fast, while Billy Joel gets another top 20 as I go to extremes.

At 24, it’s the final single off Like A Prayer as the US-only single is ignored in the UK, Keep It Together was available in several mixes on a mega-cd single – so I bought it along with Cher’s Heart Of Stone album, and similar cd mixes of Depeche Mode, Prince and Erasure. CD singles were still available in the US, but they were about to decline as albums were the product being pushed, only a few dollars more than a single. U.S. Singles sales would be dead within a decade, from a 30-year-period where they sold millions and millions. In at 27, Aerosmith kick themselves out of the 40 with new US hit, Janie’s Got A Gun, a sort of latter-day I Don’t Like Mondays in lyrical subject matter, if not sound. At 29, Roxette are back, just a little bit Dangerous, and huge in the States as follow-up’s to The Look flopped in the UK, at least initially. Jody Watley gets a solo top 30 some decade after arriving with Shalamar, Everything, and Taylor Dayne gets a 3rd top 40 entry with a ballad, Love Will Lead You back, after her fab 1987 dance chart-topper Tell It To My Heart. Finally, The Mission grab another top 40 goth climber, Deliverance!

Lower down, lots more US radio entries, and some old UK hits now getting American airplay go back up or enter, for example Lisa Stansfield and Soul II Soul. At 54 Expose are back, just like they were in 1987 when I had a West Coast USA holiday, though Tell Me Why’s not as good as When I Look At Him, but they did fit in with the big Florida-based latino dance acts who were about. At 56, Belinda Carlisle’s current US single Summer Rain enters as her less-good UK single Runaway Horses peaks at 33, while Donny Osmond is back at 59, I’ll Be Good To You extending his run of solo singles to 18 years, and still only 32 years old, just like me. It seemed more sophisticated than Puppy Love at the time, but in truth it’s bland where Puppy Love is charming. The B52’s are also back with Roam, current US single as Love Shack is big in the UK, entering here at 63, less quirky but still good. At 67, Paula Abdul is also back with her best single, Opposites Attract, complete with cartoon cat video. At 71, one of music’s unlikely survivors, Paul Carrack has a solo US hit, I Live By The Groove, extending his hit career to 16 years since Ace took How Long from the UK to USA charts. That’s nothing, Chicago had been having US hits since 1970, with only occasional UK success, but What Kind Of Man extends their chart run to 20 years at 72, Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt meantime get together for a ballad, and take their career in the US charts back to the 60’s and into the 90’s, while Linda gets a sweet 13 years in my charts since her 60’s hit Different Drum charted. Phil Collins wishes for rain at 74, and Michael Bolton debuts the sound of constipated vocal foghorns at 75. Phew!

1 ( 2 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
2 ( 4 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
3 ( 1 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 5 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 3 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
6 ( 8 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
7 ( 9 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
8 ( 15 ) LOADED Primal Scream
9 ( 18 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
10 ( 6 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode

11 ( NEW ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 52 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
13 ( 19 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer
14 ( 7 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
15 ( 12 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
16 ( 11 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
17 ( NEW ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
18 ( 13 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
19 ( 43 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
20 ( 24 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel

21 ( 10 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
22 ( 14 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
24 ( NEW ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 22 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
27 ( NEW ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
28 ( 16 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
29 ( NEW ) DANGEROUS Roxette
30 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley

31 ( 17 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
32 ( 26 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
33 ( 37 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
34 ( NEW ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne
35 ( 30 ) NATURAL THING innocence
36 ( 39 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
37 ( 38 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
38 ( 21 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
39 ( 56 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
40 ( 29 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

41 ( 46 ) WATER Martika
42 ( 27 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
43 ( 28 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
44 ( 74 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
45 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
46 ( 23 ) LIVE TOGETHER Lisa Stansfield
47 ( 42 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
48 ( 32 ) SHINE ON The House Of Love
49 ( NEW ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul
50 ( 33 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush

51 ( 49 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
52 ( 31 ) TELL ME THERE’S A HEAVEN Chris Rea
53 ( 36 ) GET UP (BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER) Technotronic featuring Ya Kid K
54 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY Expose
55 ( 40 ) STILL TOO YOUNG TO REMEMBER It Bites
56 ( NEW ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
57 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears
58 ( 34 ) BRITS 1990 Various Artists
59 ( NEW ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
60 ( 35 ) 96 TEARS The Stranglers

61 ( 41 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
62 ( 44 ) TOUCH ME The 49ers
63 ( NEW ) ROAM The B52’s
64 ( 63 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
65 ( 64 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
66 ( 66 ) WITH A LITTLE LOVE Sam Brown
67 ( NEW ) OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul
68 ( NEW ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
69 ( NEW ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 55 ) GOT TO GET Rob ‘n’ Raz featuring Leila K

71 ( NEW ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack
72 ( NEW ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
73 ( NEW ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
74 ( NEW ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
75 ( NEW ) HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO LIVE WITHOUT YOU Michael Bolton


In Orlando, it was theme park time, first up Sea World, as it was just down the road 5 minutes. Not impressed by some dolphins being in a small petting pool on the way in, and I’m not a fan of performing animals so reluctantly watched the various arena shows, though the trainers seemed to genuinely care for the animals. Far more interested, me, in actual birds hanging about for free food. Vicki meanwhile managed to lose the first of several sunglasses and hats (over the 2 weeks). The bored whales, once not performing, made me feel sorry for them penned up in not huge (to them) otherwise empty pools of sea water. The best show of the day was a mime taking the piss out of people walking to seats in the sea lion show. Funny, and accurate. Best bits were the fish in huge tropical reef tanks, as it was a close approximation of a real reef. Watched over the kids while they had an hour going mad on big-scale play equipment, they loved it. Back at the motel, TV: Murphy Brown, Designing Women and my fave Newhart. I Love Bob Newhart.

Next up, long stressfully busy I4 4-lane drive to Busch Gardens near Tampa Bay on the West Coast. Oldies on the radio were great, as I got to hear new-to-me old stuff like The Raiders’ Indian Reservation. A hot roller-coaster and animals theme park, Busch also had me in 2 minds: the rides were fab, the terminally-pacing bored-to-madness animals (especially the elephants) distressing to me. Best thing? Tidal Wave. A water-mega-coaster that drenches anyone crossing a footbridge as it hits the water. Great fun watching people get soaked. I took the kids on a log flume ride, but didn’t say what it would be like. Little Gavin wasn’t bothered, Vicki was old enough to be aware of fear, and sure enough she hated it all the way through, even though it was mild until the big drop at the end. Gav only was bothered by the big drop. They loved telling mum and dad about it afterwards though, whenever we saw it again. I got soaked on a rapids raft ride, from waves of water, before getting a jet of water all over me just to make sure I was 100% wet, poor Gav also got hit by it. My driving licence and traveller’s cheques all got wet and the ink ran. I still have that runny paper licence and it’s still valid!

Next up Disney World a 3rd theme park in 3 days – this is overkill! Vicki was sunburnt from losing her latest hat, and when Hungry Eyes came on the car radio said “it’s Dirty Den!” (her mum loved Dirty Dancing). The 4-day pass cost $106, about the cost of a one-day pass these days, unlike CD’s theme park fees have kept pace with inflation! A ferry-boat ride over to Magic Kingdom on a scorching sunny day – the Car Parks needed trolley rides they were so huge at Disney! I LOVED the monorail, the public transportation of the future that never caught on, more’s the pity, and it joins up Epcot, hotels, and son, around the central huge lake. Main Street Square was as familiarly like Disneyland, as was a lot of Magic Kingdom – only bigger and more spacious. Fantasyland for the kids, through the castle, for a day of standing in line again and again. Once you know the ropes you can plan ahead, get in early, and avoid a lot of that in most theme parks, if you don’t know the ropes you needs lots of patience. Tomorrowland was my fave area, but the queues were an hour for the big rides, so we did the People Mover, and moved over to Frontierland and the Haunted Mansion – once inside it was air conditioned relief from the sticky heat! Vicki got petrified with all the holograms and skeletons and the like. Gav was more interested in what was going on with all the flying ghosts and stuff. Disney Railroad, Pirates Of The Caribbean (cool, hooray!) and finally the Big Thunder Mountain railroad, a shaky rollercoaster ride which the kids didn’t like at all – “the driver’s mad” said Vicki. We had to tell her there wasn’t a driver! Drive back to the motel was in the dark, and TV shows Night Court and Quantum Leap later on.

Kennedy Space Center 1990

Kennedy Space Center 1990


25th March 1990

Janet Jackson gets her first chart topper with the fab Escapade (the US version), knocking Erasure off the top after one week. Bros go top 5. Gasp! I must have been madly in love (I wasn’t!). Dave Stewart gets a top 10 outside of Eurythmics, and Madonna keeps it together long enough to go top 20, along with Aerosmith and Roxette, not to mention Jody Watley and Taylor Dayne, all of them had been there before. Highest new entry is a return for Depeche Mode’s brilliant Personal Jesus at 28, as it’s still big in the States, while a radio play at a Florida McDonald’s car park gives Sinead O’Connor a boost again.

Orlando radio brings in a deluge of tracks, Rod Stewart is back, Starship grab a chart entry with a previous flop, The Bee Gees mellow ballad pops in at 40 (Bodyguard), for 22 years of top 40 entries, and best of all Heart return with their last great single All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, a terrific story song with a twist, albeit one with dubious moral behaviour from the lady of the lyric. Lou Gramm of Foreigner has a blue solo hit (blue is the colour of my charts it seems), while Michael Bolton kicks out his own annoying debut hit with a better bellowing follow-up.

1 ( 2 ) ESCAPADE Janet Jackson
2 ( 1 ) BLUE SAVANNAH Erasure
3 ( 3 ) BAKER STREET (REMIX) Gerry Rafferty
4 ( 4 ) INFINITY (IT’S TIME FOR THE GURU) Guru Josh
5 ( 9 ) MADLY IN LOVE Bros
6 ( 12 ) SACRIFICE Elton John
7 ( 19 ) NO MYTH Michael Penn
8 ( 6 ) HERE WE ARE Gloria Estefan
9 ( 5 ) LOVE SHACK The B52’s
10 ( 13 ) LILY WAS HERE David A. Stewart and Candy Dulfer

11 ( 11 ) HEART OF STONE Cher
12 ( 17 ) BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
13 ( 8 ) LOADED Primal Scream
14 ( 7 ) ADVICE FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART Tears For Fears
15 ( 10 ) ENJOY THE SILENCE Depeche Mode
16 ( 24 ) KEEP IT TOGETHER Madonna
17 ( 27 ) JANIE’S GOT A GUN Aerosmith
18 ( 29 ) DANGEROUS Roxette
19 ( 30 ) EVERYTHING Jody Watley
20 ( 34 ) LOVE WILL LEAD YOU BACK Taylor Dayne

21 ( 61 ) NOTHING COMPARES 2 U Sinead O’Connor
22 ( 22 ) MOMENTS IN SOUL J.T. And The Big Family
23 ( 20 ) I GO TO EXTREMES Billy Joel
24 ( 14 ) LOVE PAINS Liza Minelli
25 ( 25 ) READ MY LIPS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH) Jimmy Somerville
26 ( 15 ) STEAMY WINDOWS Tina Turner
27 ( 16 ) STRONGER THAN THAT Cliff Richard
28 ( NEW ) PERSONAL JESUS Depeche Mode
29 ( 18 ) DUB BE GOOD TO ME Beats International
30 ( 63 ) ROAM The B52’s

31 ( 21 ) TALKING WITH MYSELF Electribe 101
32 ( 23 ) DOWNTOWN TRAIN Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) BACK TO LIFE Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler
34 ( 44 ) ALL AROUND THE WORLD Lisa Stansfield
35 ( 73 ) ALL MY LIFE Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville
36 ( 28 ) BLACK BETTY ’90 Ram Jam
37 ( NEW ) THIS OLD HEART OF MINE Rod Stewart featuring Ronald Isley
38 ( 26 ) JUST LIKE JESSE JAMES Cher
39 ( RE ) TWO TO MAKE IT RIGHT Seduction
40 ( NEW ) BODYGUARD The Bee Gees

41 ( 36 ) I MIGHT Shakin’ Stevens
42 ( 32 ) BIRDHOUSE IN YOUR SOUL They Might Be Giants
43 ( NEW ) IT’S NOT ENOUGH Starship
44 ( 54 ) TELL ME WHY Expose
45 ( 37 ) THAT SOUNDS GOOD TO ME Jive Bunny And The Mastermixers
46 ( 31 ) A LOVER SPURNED Marc Almond
47 ( NEW ) GET A LIFE Soul II Soul
48 ( 33 ) RUNAWAY HORSES Belinda Carlisle
49 ( 35 ) NATURAL THING innocence
50 ( 40 ) PUT IT THERE Paul McCartney

51 ( 47 ) THIS WOMAN’S WORK Kate Bush
52 ( RE ) THE DEEPER THE LOVE Whitesnake
53 ( 51 ) HEY JUDE The Beatles
54 ( NEW ) ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
55 ( 38 ) I’M NOT SATISFIED Fine Young Cannibals
56 ( NEW ) WAS IT NOTHING AT ALL Michael Damian
57 ( 72 ) WHAT KIND OF MAN WOULD I BE Chicago
58 ( 59 ) I’LL BE GOOD TO YOU Donny Osmond
59 ( 64 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
60 ( 57 ) SOWING THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears

61 ( 45 ) HOLD BACK THE RIVER Wet Wet Wet
62 ( NEW ) TOO LATE TO SAY GOODBYE Richard Marx
63 ( 39 ) DELIVERANCE The Mission
64 ( 43 ) SO WHAT Gilbert O’Sullivan
65 ( 74 ) I WISH IT WOULD RAIN DOWN Phil Collins
66 ( 50 ) LOVE AND ANGER Kate Bush
67 ( 68 ) ALL OR NOTHING Milli Vanilli
68 ( 65 ) SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
69 ( 69 ) LAMBADA Kaoma
70 ( 71 ) I LIVE BY THE GROOVE Paul Carrack

71 ( NEW ) HOW CAN WE BE LOVERS Michael Bolton
72 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE RICH Calloway
73 ( 56 ) SUMMER RAIN Belinda Carlisle
74 ( NEW ) TRUE BLUE LOVE Lou Gramm
75 ( NEW ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Barry Manilow


Back in Florida, we had a trip to downtown Orlando, or “multi-storey yuppie-paradise blocks, banking and the like” as I referred to them. Church Street Station was the only bit of interest, a sort of 19th-century-styled shopping area by a railroad. Happily I found a record store and bought Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits CD, and the kids played in the video arcade.

Next day, Epcot at Disney, which impressed me, especially as you walk in the entrance and see the giant golf-ball-styled building. Inside was Spaceship Earth, a very Disney-50’s view of human history and the future, but sort of nostalgically pleasant for idealised childhood images. I also loved the monorail passing overhead outdoors in amongst the huge individual indoor themed attractions and ponds and fountains and gardens. Very nice. Around the central (huge) lake was a selection of countries of the world, buildings done in the styles of each, and peopled with residents of each: Canada (very Ottawa); London (chip shop and pub); Japan I loved, huge buildings stuffed with oriental trinket mementos, and japanese gardens, pagodas; Morocco reminded me of Tunisia; China I also enjoyed shopping in for Singapore noastalgia, and it looked great; Mexico was an Aztec pyramid, the indoors set as night-time and boat ride of singing happy Mexico as an attraction. Cool air-con inside too, hooray. Other stuff: The Living Seas had a giant aquarium, Universe Of Energy had giant plastic dinosaurs and forgot to mention pollution as it was sponsored co-incidentally by Exxon. And then there was the fab 3D Captain Eo film – Michael Jackson in a sci-fi Star Wars/ Thriller styled short musical. It was naff acting and scriptwise but ended on a good version of Another Part Of You.

Kennedy Space Centre on the East Coast (2 or 3 hours drive) was awesome for me, it had a Saturn V rocket, Space Shuttles, and I drove there along to the US top 40 radio countdown. The space shuttle was on the launchpad!! So we bought tickets for a coach tour of NASA, which had a viewing platform to get out and take photos of the space shuttle on the launch pad. In the distance. Also got to stop at the Saturn V rocket (then still outdoors as seen in the Police’s Walking On The Moon pop video). It was huge, but didn’t appear big due to the massive NASA building behind it (so big this can be seen for miles around, used to house the shuttle and rockets) – a few years later it was moved to an indoor building and you got real sense of scale then, you could walk underneath it. Finally, The Dream Is Alive, awesome Imax movie, the quality of the space shots, and late astronauts, was both stunning and sad, awesome and wondrous. I bought a souvenir poster an astronaut on a spacewalk, and smaller ones of Planet earth and the Space Shuttle. Back for Doctor Who on cable TV (Black Orchid), and a new Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Rob Lowe on Saturday Night Live.

Other day trips? Cocoa Beach and Kissimmee, Ron Jon’s Surfshop (megastore), cheap T shirts, and I babysat in the motel with the kids playing on the play equipment. I nipped to the bathroom, only to have Gavin come in screaming: he’d been kicked off the slide by another kid and had what appeared to be a bruised cheek. I calmed him down, soothed the bruise with water and he ran off back to play with me there. I should have been there supervising, so take all the blame. I told him a couple of years back that the mysterious chipped bone he’d had in his cheekbone as long as he could remember was my fault (sort of). It probably would have happened anyway…! Just to round off the evening, dad came out of the toilet having had the runs (food poisoning) all day following a sea food platter meal at Cocoa Beach, and fell slowly to the floor groaning. We thought he was acting and laughed. He wasn’t acting. He hit his chin, and stayed up all night with the TV on, poorly.

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