My November 1987 Charts

1st November 1987

It’s a 3rd week on top for Fleetwood Mac’s Little Lies, and The Christians manage to break up the top 5 a bit, no finger-pointing but it’s their second top 5. Sly & The Family Stone reach a new peak for Family Affair 15 years on, but Runnin’ Away originally peaked at 2. The Nana’s make it 2 top 10’s in a SAW row, and George Michael gets his first solo top 10 since A Different Corner and his 3rd in total. Cliff makes it 3 top 20’s in a row as Remember Me shoots up to 14. Ironically, I remember it much less well than the first 2 singles, though the album they came from was probably his best one since I’m Nearly Famous.

There’s a rock top 20 invasion from Aerosmith, Whitesnake, a 60’s vet as George Harrison gets his first in a few years, Donna Summer ditto, and Bryan Ferry still manages to keep the 20’s going with the right stuff 15 years on from Virginia Plain – the last time he made my chart was with an actual ’20’s styled cover of Love Is The Drug. T’Pau replace themselves in my 40, and highest new entry is from The Party Boys. It’s Alan Lancaster ex-Quo and some Aussie mates, and their stomping cover of the brilliant tribal John Kongos 1971 hit. Either version is better than the spaced-out Happy Mondays most-famous version Step On, which is limp in comparison.

Future Olympic themed-reissued hit Barcelona pops in for Freddie Mercury doing a double diva operatic effort, Cher rocks it up and is most-welcome-returnee after a bit of a drought music-wise (not that she was bovvered what with the acting career and all), as she finds someone, and Bryan Adams, Dream Academy, Rick Astley, and Wax all follow-up in minor ways. Nina Simone brings a jazz oldie into the charts, her first appearance since 1969 in my charts, missed out the 70’s entirely! Cybill “Moonlighting” Shepherd covers 1934 classic ballad Blue Moon, following co-star Bruce Willis into my chart, and much-covered over the decades – but this was the first version to chart.

Rush are back after a lengthy gap, Earth, Wind & Fire go all late 80’s in sound and it doesn’t quite work as well as the 70’s disco funk-outs, and I am clearly playing my USA holiday albums again as my playlist lists The Way You Make Me Feel for the first time, possibly aware it’s the next single, and brings back One More Chance for the Pet Shop Boys, and Another Part Of Me for MJ for the 5th time – yet it wouldn’t be a single for knocking-on 2 years!

1 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
5 ( 7 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
6 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
7 ( 4 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
8 ( 15 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
10 ( 12 ) FAITH George Michael

11 ( 8 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
12 ( 6 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
13 ( 11 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
14 ( 48 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
15 ( 23 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 27 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
17 ( 53 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
18 ( 26 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
19 ( 22 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
20 ( 39 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison

21 ( 20 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
22 ( 17 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
23 ( 19 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
24 ( 33 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
25 ( 10 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
26 ( 34 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
27 ( 30 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
28 ( 16 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
29 ( 21 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
30 ( 18 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

31 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
32 ( 24 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
33 ( 14 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
35 ( NEW ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
36 ( 29 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( 25 ) JUST LIKE HEAVEN The Cure
38 ( 46 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
39 ( 28 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
40 ( 50 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic

41 ( 35 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
42 ( 38 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
43 ( 63 ) WANTED The Style Council
44 ( 41 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
45 ( 52 ) DANCE LITTLE SISTER Terence Trent D’Arby
46 ( 32 ) MONY MONY Amazulu
47 ( 37 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
48 ( 36 ) WALK THE DINOSAUR Was (Not Was)
49 ( 45 ) SKELETONS Stevie Wonder
50 ( 72 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre

51 ( 47 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
52 ( 61 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
53 ( 68 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
54 ( 67 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
55 ( NEW ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
56 ( 44 ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard
57 ( 40 ) BETCHA SAY THAT Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
58 ( NEW ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
59 ( 54 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
60 ( 51 ) SOMETHING IN YOUR EYES Dusty Springfield & Richard Carpenter

61 ( 59 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
62 ( 70 ) SO THE STORY GOES Living In A Box
63 ( NEW ) VICTIM OF LOVE Bryan Adams
64 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
65 ( 62 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
66 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
67 ( NEW ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
68 ( NEW ) BLUE MOON Cybill Shepherd
69 ( 75 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
70 ( NEW ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley

71 ( NEW ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
72 ( 65 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
73 ( NEW ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
74 ( NEW ) AMERICAN ENGLISH Wax
75 ( NEW ) SYSTEM OF SURVIVAL Earth, Wind & Fire
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
77 ( RE ) ONE MORE CHANCE Pet Shop Boys
78 ( NEW ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson

 

 

8th November 1987

It’s back on top for The Bee Gees, winning again for the 3rd week in total spread out over 6 weeks as George Harrison gets his first top 5 in 6 years, since All Those Years Ago topped my chart – that was in effect a Beatles record, it had Paul & Ringo on it and it was about John. Bananarama make it 2 top 5’s in a row, Whitesnake get a first (and last) top 10, and Donna Summer adds to her total of top 10’s which started in 1977.

Tiffany leaps up and overtakes the other Tommy James cover, as loads of US hits that had charted for me in September start to hit in the UK or get airplay and re-enter, Cutting Crew at 27, Expose at 30, Jellybean at 20 reaching a new peak, leaving the highest actual new track from Heartbeat entitled Tears From Heaven – I had to youtube this one as it’s been utterly lost from my memory banks, and it was even a hit!

At 37, the brilliant Jam & Lewis track for Alexander O’Neal, worthy of no Criticism whatsoever, and Aztec Camera get another sweet ballad in at 49. Eric B & Rakim debut with the unusual and fab Paid In Full, heavy on sampling and a sign of hip-hop things to come, Voice Of The Beehive start a great little run of singles, of which I shall Say Nothing yet. Double get that follow-up entry and it’s pretty good, The Smiths sneak in with something they couldn’t finish, and isn’t that just so Morrissey?! Maxi Priest also starts a good run with the 3rd cover (reggae this time) of Some Guys Have All The Luck, all very different, and all in a 5-year period.

The La’s debut 2 years before their classic is released, and The Proclaimers debut with their best track (excepting the gorgeous Sunshine On Leith) the storming Letter From America, Glen Goldsmith pops in tears-free, and Pet Shop Boys enter with the top album track of the week Heart – future remixed single in 1988, but I’d somehow not spotted it’s potential up to this point. It would, had I allowed album tracks higher than 76, in all likelihood have been topping the chart this week – which Rent singularly had failed to do for the first time since Love Comes Quickly also didn’t get on top.


1 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
5 ( 20 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
6 ( 4 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 10 ) FAITH George Michael
8 ( 17 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
9 ( 7 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
10 ( 15 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer

11 ( 5 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
12 ( 14 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
13 ( 6 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
14 ( 13 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
15 ( 39 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
16 ( 11 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
17 ( 27 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
18 ( 9 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
19 ( 12 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
20 ( RE ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo

21 ( 38 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
22 ( 50 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
23 ( 22 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 34 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
25 ( NEW ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
26 ( 23 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
27 ( RE ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
28 ( 16 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
29 ( 35 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
30 ( RE ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose

31 ( 25 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
32 ( 47 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
33 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
34 ( 43 ) WANTED The Style Council
35 ( 18 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
36 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
37 ( NEW ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
38 ( 29 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
39 ( 31 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
40 ( 71 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush

41 ( 24 ) SILVERMAC Westworld
42 ( 28 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
43 ( 19 ) MAYBE TOMORROW UB40
44 ( 40 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
45 ( 52 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
46 ( 30 ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J
47 ( 54 ) I DON’T THINK THAT MAN SHOULD SLEEP ALONE Ray Parker Jr
48 ( 26 ) THE CIRCUS Erasure
49 ( NEW ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
50 ( 69 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

51 ( 53 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
52 ( 21 ) BEETHOVEN (I LOVE TO LISTEN TO) Eurythmics
53 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
54 ( 42 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
55 ( 51 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
56 ( 41 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
57 ( 70 ) WHENEVER YOU NEED SOMEBODY Rick Astley
58 ( 67 ) INDIAN SUMMER Dream Academy
59 ( 32 ) THE REAL THING Jellybean featuring Stephen Dante
60 ( NEW ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

61 ( 55 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 58 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
63 ( NEW ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
64 ( 73 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
65 ( 64 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( 61 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
67 ( 66 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( NEW ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
69 ( NEW ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
70 ( 59 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
72 ( 65 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
73 ( NEW ) WAY OUT The La’s
74 ( NEW ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
75 ( NEW ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
76 ( NEW ) HEART Pet Shop Boys

Playlist oldies and album tracks of that week
1 HEART Pet Shop Boys
2 HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN John Kongos
3 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

15th November 1987

It’s 4 weeks on top for The Bee Gees as the top 3 stranglehold continues with Mac & Jacko for the 7th week in a row, it’s rare that the same 3 dominate for that long in my charts. Donna Summer gets her first top 5 since McArthur Park in 1978, discounting the remix of I Feel Love, and Alexander O’Neal rockets into the top 10 league with Criticize up 31 to 6, and Eric B & Rakim outdo that with a 50-place climb to 10. That keeps out a remix of The Pretenders’ fab 1979 top 10 track Kid, in at 11, as Labi Siffre gets his 5th top 20 in 16 years.

T’Pau get a 2nd top 20, and that Dirty Dancing blockbuster hits 20 for a Righteous Brother getting his first for 18 years, and Jennifer Warnes getting a first in 10 years of trying. Mirage Jack in at 37, The Housemartins career continues to Build (though not for that much longer) at 40, and ABC get a 3rd great track off Alphabeat City at 48 – King Without A Crown. Donny Osmond is Grooving in at 57, and a chart return for the first time as an adult – that’ll be 11 years away, and a chart career stretching back to 1972. It would be fair to say that Donny, who I stood next to in Bournemouth when he opened the branch of HMV that I still shop in, had been on the same road as David Cassidy – as in a teen idol comeback inspired by George Michael’s music.

There’s another ex-Beatle in the chart, as Paul joins George, Once Upon A Long Ago. George’s is the better one. Prince gets another Sign O’ The Times track in, the good I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man, Martha’s Harbour genteel goth enters with In The Clouds, and Alison Moyet does another classic cover, in Love Letters, a hit for Ketty Lester and Elvis among others pre-dating my charts. Sneaking briefly in at the bottom end it’s the fab Chris Isaak and fab Blue Hotel. It would take just over 3 years to chart in the UK and get a top 10 slot here, after Wicked Game paves the way. Boy George has a low-key start for a fabulous touching sweeping ballad that never got the success it deserved, and Soho drop in at 75. No idea either, but they were on the RAK record label, I still adore that blue yacht logo.

1 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
2 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
3 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
4 ( 5 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
5 ( 10 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
6 ( 37 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
7 ( 8 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
8 ( 4 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
9 ( 6 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
10 ( 60 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim

11 ( NEW ) KID The Pretenders
12 ( 15 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
13 ( 7 ) FAITH George Michael
14 ( 22 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
15 ( 9 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
16 ( 20 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
17 ( 24 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
18 ( 14 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
19 ( 30 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
20 ( 45 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

21 ( 11 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
22 ( 13 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
23 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
24 ( 12 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
25 ( 16 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
26 ( 27 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
27 ( 29 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
28 ( 19 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones
29 ( 17 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
30 ( 50 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

31 ( 21 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
32 ( 26 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
33 ( 18 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
34 ( 68 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
35 ( 63 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
36 ( 69 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
37 ( NEW ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
38 ( 71 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
39 ( 49 ) DEEP AND WIDE AND TALL Aztec Camera
40 ( NEW ) BUILD The Housemartins

41 ( 25 ) TEARS FROM HEAVEN Heartbeat
42 ( 33 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
43 ( 36 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
44 ( 31 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
45 ( 35 ) DUDE (LOOKS LIKE A LADY) Aerosmith
46 ( 32 ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
47 ( 38 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
48 ( NEW ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
49 ( 74 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
50 ( 64 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone

51 ( 39 ) LOST IN EMOTION Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
52 ( 40 ) TIME STAND STILL Rush
53 ( 28 ) THE RIGHT STUFF Bryan Ferry
54 ( 51 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
55 ( 34 ) WANTED The Style Council
56 ( 44 ) NO MEMORY Scarlet Fantastic
57 ( NEW ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
58 ( 54 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 53 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
60 ( 55 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

61 ( 61 ) BARCELONA Freddie Mercury & Montserrat Caballe
62 ( 42 ) THIS CORROSION Sisters Of Mercy
63 ( 73 ) WAY OUT The La’s
64 ( NEW ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
65 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
66 ( NEW ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
67 ( NEW ) IN THE CLOUDS Martha’s Harbour
68 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 75 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
70 ( NEW ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet

71 ( 66 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
72 ( NEW ) BLUE HOTEL Chris Isaak
73 ( NEW ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
74 ( 56 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) MONA LISA SMILE Soho

Playlist oldies of the week
1 HOW CAN YOU MEND A BROKEN HEART The Bee Gees
2 YOU CAME YOU SAW YOU CONQUERED The Pearls
3 CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION Tommy James & The Shondells

 

 

 

22nd November 1987

So, for the 9th week in a row the top 3 is the same acts – it’s Little Lies returning to the top slot for a 4th week, meaning essentially that Bad, Little Lies and You Win Again would ordinarily all have had a 9-week run on top of my charts if they hadn’t collided release schedules – except that Bad would anyway have been overtaken after 8 weeks by another album track, The Way You Make Me Feel re-entering at 3.

The Pretenders hit the top 10 for the second time with Kid, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes get their only name-check on a top 10, and The Proclaimers rocket up with a letter from America. First Class post presumably, up to 18 from outside the 40. Fab. Barry White gets his first top 20 since Just The Way You Are in 1979, Sho You Right just happy to have him back, albeit not in the same league as his string-drenched classics.

Highest new entry is Pet Shop Boys cover of Elvis’ cover of Always On My Mind, originally just a contribution to a TV show of artists covering Elvis hits to celebrate his 10th deathiversary. The great reaction convinced them to record it and release it as a single, and it enters at 24. The song was originally recorded by B.J. Thomas who Elvis had a habit of grabbing UK hit single covers from – B.J. only ever had one UK hit, but over a decade of singles successes in the USA.

ABC make it 3 top 40 hits in ’87, Paul McCartney gets to be the second Beatle in the 40, and Donny Osmond gets his biggest solo single since errr Why in 1972. Yes, I didn’t rate most of his solo singles beyond 1972 even the big ones. Johnny Hates Jazz a 3rd time, The Hooters flash their satellite, and soulpop acts Janet, Whitney and Luther all get minor entries. 2 of them would eventually duet together to bigger and better effect. Not Whitney. Finally, veterans bunch together: Sting, Errol Brown, Peter Gabriel with his old song done live, and and Joe Cocker covering Ray Charles.

1 ( 2 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
2 ( 1 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( RE ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
4 ( 3 ) BAD Michael Jackson
5 ( 6 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
6 ( 5 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
7 ( 4 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
8 ( 10 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
9 ( 11 ) KID The Pretenders
10 ( 20 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley

11 ( 14 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
12 ( 17 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
13 ( 7 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
14 ( 9 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 16 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
16 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 8 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
18 ( 49 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers
19 ( 18 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
20 ( 30 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White

21 ( 13 ) FAITH George Michael
22 ( 15 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
23 ( 12 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
24 ( NEW ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
25 ( 23 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 21 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
27 ( 48 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
28 ( 38 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
29 ( 57 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 36 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths

31 ( 22 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone
32 ( 34 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
33 ( 64 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney
34 ( 35 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
35 ( 37 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
36 ( 40 ) BUILD The Housemartins
37 ( 32 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
38 ( 19 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
39 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes
40 ( 28 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

41 ( 29 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
42 ( 25 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
43 ( 66 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
44 ( 27 ) HE’S GONNA STEP ON YOU AGAIN The Party Boys
45 ( 50 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
46 ( 24 ) REMEMBER ME Cliff Richard
47 ( 69 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
48 ( 73 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
49 ( 33 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION) Billy Idol
50 ( 43 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher

51 ( 42 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( NEW ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
54 ( NEW ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
55 ( 31 ) NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE The Communards
56 ( 44 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
57 ( RE ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
58 ( 47 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
59 ( NEW ) SATELLITE The Hooters
60 ( 54 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC

61 ( 67 ) IN THE CLOUDS All About Eve
62 ( 58 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
63 ( 60 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
64 ( 59 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
65 ( 70 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
66 ( 65 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) FUNNY HOW TIME FLIES Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

71 ( NEW ) BIKO (LIVE) Peter Gabriel
72 ( NEW ) WE’LL BE TOGETHER Sting
73 ( NEW ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker
74 ( 74 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
75 ( NEW ) BODY ROCKIN’ Errol Brown

playlist oldies
1 PRETTY WOMAN Roy Orbison
2 HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE The Bee Gees
3 IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
4 UNION SILVER Middle Of The Road

 

 

29th November 1987

It’s Michael Jackson’s 2nd topper from Bad, The Way You Make Me Feel is a great single, all rhythm and yelps, and his 7th solo number one, or his 10th including The Jackson 5/Jacksons, or his 11th if you also count his uncredited everything on Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching You. Billy Idol meanwhile leaps back up to a new peak of 5 with Mony Mony due to my buying the Hung Like A Pony 12″. So to speak. Pet Shop Boys get out-performed because it still wasn’t available to buy, at 6 keeping their top 10 run intact at 100%, T’Pau get a 2nd top 10, and The Proclaimers a first.

Macca joins ol mucker George in the 20, Alison Moyet takes some Love Letters by airmail to 27, close to catching a Satellite, and Cher gets her first top 40 action in 5 years – since her annoyingly uncredited duet with Meatloaf went top 10 in 1982. Highest new entry is another Tango In The Night track, Family Man entering at 37 as Little Lies drops from the top for the final time for Fleetwood Mac. Close behind are REM, The One I Love giving them an instant top 40, and Johnny hates jazz makes it 3 top 40 from 3.

The Tams enter with an obscure 60’s soul track, a hit mostly because it was banned by the BBC for mentioning the word “Shag” even though The Shag was a 60’s dance, the record was innocent, and it’s no different from saying “making love”, albeit less romantic, even if it did mean having a shag. Which it didn’t. The Tams had almost topped my charts in 1971 with the brilliant 60’s oldie Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me topping the UK charts as Northern Soul was big. They pretty much averaged one hit a decade to date. I bought this one because I used to get annoyed being told what was offensive by the BBC (when it wasn’t).

Belinda Carlisle is back, 5 years on from her Gogo’s days, with her breakthrough smash Heaven Is A Place On Earth, giving her a great solo career for the next 5 years or so, and Shaky covers an obvious early 60’s cover, so obvious it was hard to believe he had left it 6 years before getting round to it. The Christians have an Ideal World for Christmas enter while their fingers were still pointing down from above, Madonna drops her Look Of Love single that I always forget about when chucking off lists of her songs, Wet Wet Wet go all ballady on the reasonably nice Angel Eyes, a harbinger of horrors to come. And though still at 2, The Bee Gees sneak in with the latest album title track at 75.

1 ( 3 ) THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Michael Jackson
2 ( 2 ) YOU WIN AGAIN The Bee Gees
3 ( 1 ) LITTLE LIES Fleetwood Mac
4 ( 5 ) CRITICIZE Alexander O’Neal
5 ( 49 ) MONY MONY (US SINGLE VERSION/LIVE VERSION/HUNG LIKE A PONY REMIX) Billy Idol
6 ( 24 ) ALWAYS ON MY MIND Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 9 ) KID The Pretenders
8 ( 4 ) BAD Michael Jackson
9 ( 12 ) CHINA IN YOUR HAND T’Pau
10 ( 18 ) LETTER FROM AMERICA The Proclaimers

11 ( 8 ) PAID IN FULL Eric B & Rakim
12 ( 15 ) WHO FOUND WHO Jellybean featuring Lisa Fiorillo
13 ( 11 ) NOTHING’S GONNA CHANGE Labi Siffre
14 ( 10 ) (I’VE HAD THE) TIME OF MY LIFE Jennifer Warnes & Bill Medley
15 ( 6 ) DINNER WITH GERSHWIN Donna Summer
16 ( 16 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
17 ( 7 ) GOT MY MIND SET ON YOU George Harrison
18 ( 20 ) SHO YOU RIGHT Barry White
19 ( 27 ) KING WITHOUT A CROWN ABC
20 ( 33 ) ONCE UPON A LONG AGO Paul McCartney

21 ( 13 ) HERE I GO AGAIN Whitesnake
22 ( 19 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
23 ( 14 ) RENT Pet Shop Boys
24 ( 43 ) I COULD NEVER TAKE THE PLACE OF YOUR MAN Prince
25 ( 25 ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
26 ( 59 ) SATELLITE The Hooters
27 ( 65 ) LOVE LETTERS Alison Moyet
28 ( 57 ) I FOUND SOMEONE Cher
29 ( 29 ) GROOVE Donny Osmond
30 ( 39 ) I WANNA BE YOUR PROPERTY Blue Mercedes

31 ( 28 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Maxi Priest
32 ( 34 ) I SAY NOTHING Voice Of The Beehive
33 ( 22 ) PUMP UP THE VOLUME M/A/R/R/S
34 ( 17 ) LOVE IN THE FIRST DEGREE Bananarama
35 ( 36 ) BUILD The Housemartins
36 ( 47 ) I WON’T CRY Glen Goldsmith
37 ( NEW ) FAMILY MAN Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) THE ONE I LOVE REM
39 ( 53 ) TURN BACK THE CLOCK Johnny Hates Jazz
40 ( 31 ) FAMILY AFFAIR/RUNNIN’ AWAY Sly & The Family Stone

41 ( 26 ) WHEN THE FINGERS POINT The Christians
42 ( 32 ) DEVIL’S BALL Double
43 ( 21 ) FAITH George Michael
44 ( 48 ) TO BE REBORN Boy George
45 ( 37 ) CARS (E REG MODEL)/ ARE ‘FRIENDS’ ELECTRIC Gary Numan & Tubeway Army
46 ( 23 ) I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW Tiffany
47 ( 30 ) I STARTED SOMETHING I COULDN’T FINISH The Smiths
48 ( 54 ) CITY LIGHTS William Pitt
49 ( NEW ) THERE AIN’T NOTHIN’ LIKE SHAGGING The Tams
50 ( 40 ) HOLIDAY The Other Ones

51 ( 51 ) MY BAG Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
52 ( 52 ) ON FIRE Blue Zone
53 ( NEW ) HEAVEN IS A PLACE ON EARTH Belinda Carlisle
54 ( NEW ) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO MAKE THOSE EYES AT ME FOR? Shakin’ Stevens
55 ( 38 ) LET ME BE THE ONE Expose
56 ( 50 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
57 ( 35 ) JACK MIX IV Mirage
58 ( 62 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
59 ( 41 ) NEED YOU TONIGHT INXS
60 ( 70 ) SO EMOTIONAL Whitney Houston

61 ( 42 ) CROCKETT’S THEME Jan Hammer
62 ( 67 ) SO AMAZING Luther Vandross
63 ( 45 ) MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME Nina Simone
64 ( 60 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 63 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
66 ( 66 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
67 ( NEW ) IDEAL WORLD The Christians
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 64 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
70 ( 73 ) UNCHAIN MY HEART Joe Cocker

71 ( NEW ) THE LOOK OF LOVE Madonna
72 ( 56 ) COME SEE ABOUT ME Shakin’ Stevens
73 ( NEW ) ANGEL EYES Wet Wet Wet
74 ( 58 ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC
75 ( NEW ) ESP The Bee Gees
76 ( RE ) ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 WHAT’S GOING ON Cyndi Lauper
2 ANOTHER PART OF ME Michael Jackson
3 I’LL BE THERE The Jackson 5

My August 1987 Charts

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On the Wembley steps waiting all day for the gates to open for Madonna

4th August 1987

It’s straight in at 1 for the second track off the pending Actually album, giving Chris & Neil a 5th chart-topper and the 4th in a row, and also gives Dusty Springfield her comeback track, a first top 10 in err 18 years! Dusty was a mainstay of my youth and would have topped my theoretical charts 2 or 3 times in the 60’s. So kudos both! The bad news is it stops Bananarama getting a first number one and SAW a second. Def Leppard get a first top 10, and Jacko keeps the top 10’s a-coming 18 years on.

New Order climb high into the 20, Was (Not Was) into the 30, and The Colourfield cover The Monkees great non-single She, which enters at 27 giving Terry Hall 8 years of chart action. One of the oldest tracks to make my charts pops in at 48, for the late Ritchie Valens, as La Bamba fever grips the nation 28 years late.

In my playlisted tracks of the week (ie non-chart-eligible) there’s some album tracks from recent albums that should have been singles, but record companies being a bit dense weren’t spotted, one from Bucks Fizz which should have been the follow-up to Mamba Seyra, one from Human league which should have followed-up Human (and which eventually came out far too late in 1988), Abba’s Agnetha and her decent track, and also the Abba boys’ Just Like That for Gemini (not THAT Gemini, a Swedish act) using up half a song they had recorded with Abba (and much better it is too, short and sweet it finally came out in 1994-ish), expanded for their new hopefuls.

1 ( NEW ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 5 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
3 ( 4 ) ALONE Heart
4 ( 2 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
5 ( 1 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
6 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 10 ) CHANGE David Grant
8 ( 8 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
9 ( 16 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
10 ( 20 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

11 ( 9 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
12 ( 6 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 7 ) SOLD Boy George
14 ( 15 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
15 ( 18 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
16 ( 28 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
17 ( 11 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
18 ( 35 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
19 ( 12 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
20 ( 17 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2

21 ( 39 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
22 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
23 ( 29 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
24 ( 14 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
25 ( 33 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
26 ( 34 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
27 ( NEW ) SHE The Colourfield
28 ( 26 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
29 ( 19 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
30 ( 46 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)

31 ( 27 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
32 ( 22 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
33 ( 40 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
34 ( NEW ) UNITED STATES The Lift
35 ( 25 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
36 ( 48 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 37 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
38 ( 30 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
39 ( 21 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
40 ( NEW ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho

41 ( 31 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
42 ( 32 ) FLM Mel & Kim
43 ( 71 ) CRAZY Icehouse
44 ( 23 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
45 ( 36 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
46 ( 52 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
47 ( 24 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
48 ( NEW ) LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
49 ( 50 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band
50 ( 65 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson

51 ( 41 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
52 ( 51 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
53 ( 69 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
54 ( 42 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
55 ( 58 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
56 ( 38 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
57 ( NEW ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
58 ( 61 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
59 ( 63 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 55 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
62 ( 73 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
63 ( 62 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
64 ( 44 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
65 ( 43 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
66 ( NEW ) SUGAR MICE Marillion
67 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
68 ( 57 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
69 ( 67 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
70 ( NEW ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen

71 ( NEW ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
72 ( 64 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
73 ( NEW ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross
75 ( NEW ) SONG FROM THE EDGE OF THE WORLD Siouxsie & The Banshees

4th Aug
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 LOVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD Bucks Fizz
2 THE DIARY Bread
3 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS The Human League
4 I WON’T LET YOU GO Agnetha Faltskog
5 JUST LIKE THAT Gemini

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Madonna at Wembley Crowd scene

11th August 1987

It’s a second week on top for Dusty & the Boys, and two at 2 for the ‘Nanas, with MJ going top 3 with his first Bad single. Def Leppard grab a first top 5, and New Order get their biggest track since Blue Monday, rocketing up to 5. Wax get a second consecutive top 10, giving Andrew Gold 3 in total, and Graham Gouldman, ooh, at least a dozen. Was (Not Was) get a second top 20, and Then Jericho leg it up to 20 from 40.

Highest new entry is The Pretenders, and with an 007 Bond song from the latest movie, and already only 7 places below aha’s theme track, their first single to fall-short of my top 10. Chrissie has had 8 years of non-stop entries, pretty much. Spagna brings some Eurocheese into the 40 – Call Me she says. Not if I have choice of Go West or Blondie Call Me’s instead! Prince & Sheena climb big having the look of a top 30, and Linda Ronstadt also climbs into the 40 with James Ingram, 9 years since her 60’s classic Different Drum bothered my charts as B side to a lesser cover.

Kim Wilde is boosted up to 40, as The Fat Boys and The Beach Boys do a rap cover of 60’s surf classic Wipeout, a debut for the Fat Boys, and 19 years of hit-making for the Beach Boys, who featured in my first-ever chart, and regularly since. At 49, a modest entry for the latest SAW act to benefit from the Hit Factory, a young white lad with a soulful voice, Rick Astley and Never Gonna Give You Up. I doubt anyone has heard of the record, or him. I mean, the chances of production-line pop acts like Rick, soon-to-be Kylie, and Bananarama having music careers in 30 years-time must be very slim….

Jesus & Mary Chain bring another sweet-buzzsaw track into the charts, not the Garbage song, though Happy When It Rains is decent enough, and just behind a 60’s smooth soul class act returns with Jeffrey Osbourne in tow, on Love Power. Dionne Warwick’s entire classic 60’s career was over, pretty much, by the time I started charting, so her actual debut was 1974 and Then Came You. She was of course, the major muse for huge numbers of Burt Bacaharach & Hal David songs. Well, the fab melody gives a clue – Burt is back, with Carole Bayer Sager on lyric duty some 10 years since she had her own hit with You’re Moving Out Today, before becoming an in-demand hit songwriter.

The Smiths are also still charting, with one of their funniest songs, Girlfriend In A Coma. Who says Morrissey has no sense of humour?! At least I THINK it’s supposed to be amusing…. Squeeze are back after a few years away, the catchy Hourglass reuniting Jules Holland with Chris & Glenn for their 10th anniversary. Like Love Power, this one was a big track on US radio for my forthcoming California hols. Finally a couple of Lovers Rock reggae entries down in the boondocks end of the chart, all on follow-up duties.

1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 2 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
3 ( 10 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
4 ( 9 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
5 ( 18 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
6 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 3 ) ALONE Heart
8 ( 5 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
9 ( 4 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
10 ( 14 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

11 ( 21 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
12 ( 7 ) CHANGE David Grant
13 ( 8 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
14 ( 12 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 11 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
16 ( 30 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
17 ( 23 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
18 ( 13 ) SOLD Boy George
19 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
20 ( 40 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho

21 ( 34 ) UNITED STATES The Lift
22 ( 20 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
23 ( 17 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
24 ( 25 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
25 ( 26 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
26 ( NEW ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
27 ( 15 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
28 ( NEW ) CALL ME Spagna
29 ( 22 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
30 ( 57 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton

31 ( 16 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
32 ( 37 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
33 ( 27 ) SHE The Colourfield
34 ( 24 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
35 ( 53 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
36 ( 50 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
37 ( 29 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
38 ( 31 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
39 ( 43 ) CRAZY Icehouse
40 ( 71 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde

41 ( 35 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
42 ( 59 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( 41 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
44 ( 38 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
45 ( 46 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
46 ( RE ) I SURRENDER Samantha Fox
47 ( NEW ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
48 ( 48 ) LA BAMBA Ritchie Valens
49 ( NEW ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
50 ( 62 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

51 ( 32 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
52 ( 36 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
53 ( 70 ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen
54 ( 66 ) SUGAR MICE Marillion
55 ( 28 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
56 ( 52 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
57 ( NEW ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
58 ( 33 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
59 ( NEW ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
60 ( 74 ) I REALLY DIDN’T MEAN IT Luther Vandross

61 ( 67 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
63 ( 51 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
64 ( 39 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
65 ( 63 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 58 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
67 ( 61 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
68 ( 73 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
69 ( NEW ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
70 ( 69 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles

71 ( 54 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
72 ( NEW ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
73 ( 55 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
74 ( NEW ) FRIENDS AND LOVERS Boris Gardiner & Gwen Guthrie
75 ( NEW ) YOU CAUGHT MY EYE Judy Boucher

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 LOVE IN A WORLD GONE MAD Bucks Fizz
2 I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
3 VENUS Bananarama

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18th August 1987

It’s 3 weeks on top for Dusty, Chris & Neil, holding off the forthcoming Jacko blitz at 2, with Was (Not Was) getting a second top ten and Rick Astley’s debut up 40 places to 9 giving SAW 2 top 10’s. XTC hit the top 10 then dropped out (it got little airplay to speak of) and it’s back at 12, so I assume I heard it somewhere that week and realised it was still fab! Dionne & Jeffery’s Bacharach “power” ballad shoots up to 17, the 2nd-biggest climber, Ms. Warwick’s biggest in 2 years, and just ahead of faves from Prince & Sheena, and the Pretenders Bond theme inside the 20.

Biggest-climber is The Smiths’ Girlfriend In A Coma at 22, as Bowie’s 3rd track off the album enters at 23, the best track on the album actually, Never Let Me Down. In a hectic week for top 40 movement The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys are up 20, Black’s top 10 Wonderful Life returns in the wake of Sweetest Smile’s success, back in at 29, and another future 1988 smash (in slightly remixed form) enters at 33 for Climie Fisher, the fab original version of Love Changes Everything. Sam Fox goes top 40 against my expectations, The Kane Gang get another instant top 40 with What Time Is It – pretty sure I have the album Miracle on vinyl or cassette somewhere unplayed for 30 years, though I recall it was not bad at all.

Jesus & Mary Chain keep the top 40’s going, as do Wet Wet Wet with a second sweet little mystery – the mystery being why it got that high. I must have been excited about going to the States in a few weeks and feeling upbeat and benign! In at 44 the ab fab Hey Matthew, with Karel Fialka returning 7 years on from The Eyes Have It, and drafting in his son to great effect. Still charming. John Lydon is also back, 9 years of PIL hits, a decade including The Sex Pistols, U2 have a subdued 3rd cut off The Joshua Tree – it is actually fab but coming after I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For it paled a bit in comparison until the Pet Shop Boys piss-take made me realise I did actually rather like it a lot, and the album too. Herb Alpert grabs a third comeback single, John Cougar makes it 5 years since Jack And Diane debuted, Sham ’69 return for the last time after a gap of 7 years, 9 years on, and Huey Lewis is another 5-years-on returning act.


1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( 3 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
3 ( 6 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 4 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
5 ( 5 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
6 ( 10 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
7 ( 2 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
8 ( 16 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
9 ( 49 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
10 ( 7 ) ALONE Heart

11 ( 11 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
12 ( RE ) DEAR GOD XTC
13 ( 13 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
14 ( 8 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
15 ( 9 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
16 ( 20 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 59 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
18 ( 12 ) CHANGE David Grant
19 ( 30 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton
20 ( 26 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007

21 ( 14 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
22 ( 69 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
23 ( NEW ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
24 ( 47 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
25 ( 19 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
26 ( 18 ) SOLD Boy George
27 ( 17 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
28 ( 22 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
29 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
30 ( 35 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

31 ( 23 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
32 ( 15 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
33 ( NEW ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
34 ( 40 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
35 ( 39 ) CRAZY Icehouse
36 ( 46 ) I SURRENDER (TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT) Samantha Fox
37 ( 21 ) UNITED STATES The Lift
38 ( NEW ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
39 ( 57 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain
40 ( 50 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

41 ( 29 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
42 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( 36 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
44 ( NEW ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
45 ( 24 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
46 ( 38 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
47 ( 37 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
48 ( 43 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
49 ( 25 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
50 ( 72 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze

51 ( 53 ) LIPS LIKE SUGAR Echo & The Bunnymen
52 ( 41 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
53 ( 31 ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
54 ( NEW ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
55 ( 27 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
56 ( 44 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
57 ( NEW ) JUST CALL Sherrick
58 ( 56 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
59 ( 28 ) CALL ME Spagna
60 ( NEW ) TELL ME WHY This Way Up

61 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( NEW ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
63 ( 32 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
64 ( 62 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
66 ( 66 ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
67 ( 71 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
68 ( 68 ) SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL The Blow Monkeys
69 ( 52 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
70 ( 34 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr

71 ( NEW ) MAKING LOVE IN THE RAIN Herb Alpert
72 ( NEW ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
73 ( 70 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) RIP AND TEAR Sham ’69
75 ( NEW ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News

Playlist oldies of the week
1 LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS Human League
2 HARD TIMES Human League
3 IT MUST BE LOVE Labi Siffre
4 THE DIARY Bread

25th August 1987

It’s a 4th week on top for Chris, Neil & Dusty, holding off a mighty 12″ remix challenge of the lead track off the first EP I ever bought, and also the first album I ever bought, both in 1970 – The Archies’ Sugar Sugar thus getting a 3rd run at my chart 18 years on. As a kid I loved the songs in the cartoon TV show. I haven’t seen Riverdale but I just know it’s going to be an improvement on the non-song Archie gang cartoon bits of The Archies Show which these days are excruciating to sit through!

Pretenders get yet another top 10, 9 years since Kid it did first, and outdo the lead Bond theme from a-ha! Prince gets yet another top 10 4 years since 1999 first did it, and Sheena gets her first top 10 since Machinery did it 5 years earlier. Sheena also did a Bond theme that fell short of the top 10. Another 1969 UK top 10 hit returns, it’s Elvis and If I Can Dream, at his most OTT doubled with Elvis at his most subtle, the 50’s classic Love Me Tender, in at 18 18 years since If I Can Dream hit my top 5. Big climbs for Karel Fialka, John Cougar Mellencamp, and Donny Osmond is back! In at 39, he’s in it for love 11 years since C’Mon Marianne, his Frankie Valli cover, troubled my charts, and 15 years since Puppy Love debuted.

LL Cool J goes straight into the 40 as well, I Need Love he says – well a few years in NCIS must help. Debbie Gibson debuts, spearheading a teenybop girlie pop singer craze riding in on Madonna’s inspirational coat-tails, at 43 Only In My Dreams. Co-incidentally I saw Madonna in concert for the first time this week, standing at Wembley amongst the noisy and badly-behaved throng. My abiding memory is of tiny Madonna-a-likes on their dad’s shoulders getting bombarded with bottles of piss by pissed hooligans who had their view of the stage blocked. Madonna was fab, but they spoilt the concert for me. Future Madonna gigs I got seats. Top tracks listed below…

Talking of comebacks, Shirl is also back! Last seen in 1973 with Never Never Never, and now back cooled-up diva-style with Yello after years of being hopelessly irrelevant to pop music. La Bassey was a big fave of dad’s back in the 60’s, and while I loved Goldfinger and Big Spender, and ballads like For All We Know and As Long As He Needs Me, she’d really not featured much in my charts at all, largely being a bit OTT for my tastes. Talking of comebacks, Slade are also back for a final fling 16 years in to a non-stop chart-career, and Cliff drops the best track on his rather decent current album, Some People. Bar one Xmas single (very much not the awful Mistletoe & Millennium) it was all downhill after this. Still, 18 years of chart action ain’t bad.

Sinitta is back. Toy Boy. Why is it in my chart?! Eric Clapton under-performed first time-round with his bedroom tribute to his muse (that’ll be George Harrison’s ex, already immortalised in Layla) Wonderful Tonight, so that’s having another go too. The best new track is at 75, though, the fab follow-up to the fab When Smokey Sings off the fab Alphabet City album, The Night You Murdered Love from ABC 6 years on and still cool. Still are cool 32 years later and Martin Fry is in fine voice fettle.


1 ( 1 ) WHAT HAVE I DONE (TO DESERVE THIS) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield
2 ( NEW ) SUGAR SUGAR (CANDYFLOSS MIX)/(ORIGINAL VERSION) The Archies
3 ( 2 ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett
4 ( 6 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
5 ( 9 ) NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Rick Astley
6 ( 3 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
7 ( 5 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
8 ( 7 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
9 ( 20 ) IF THERE WAS A MAN Pretenders For 007
10 ( 19 ) U GOT THE LOOK Prince featuring Sheena Easton

11 ( 4 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
12 ( 10 ) ALONE Heart
13 ( 17 ) LOVE POWER Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osbourne
14 ( 8 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
15 ( 11 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
16 ( 16 ) THE MOTIVE Then Jericho
17 ( 23 ) NEVER LET ME DOWN David Bowie
18 ( NEW ) IF I CAN DREAM/ LOVE ME TENDER Elvis Presley
19 ( 24 ) WIPEOUT The Fat Boys & The Beach Boys
20 ( 14 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna

21 ( 13 ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
22 ( 22 ) GIRLFRIEND IN A COMA The Smiths
23 ( 33 ) LOVE CHANGES EVERYTHING Climie Fisher
24 ( 29 ) WONDERFUL LIFE Black
25 ( 15 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
26 ( 12 ) DEAR GOD XTC
27 ( 44 ) HEY MATTHEW Karel Fialka
28 ( 38 ) WHAT TIME IS IT The Kane Gang
29 ( 21 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
30 ( 39 ) HAPPY WHEN IT RAINS Jesus & Mary Chain

31 ( 18 ) CHANGE David Grant
32 ( 34 ) SAY YOU REALLY WANT ME Kim Wilde
33 ( 35 ) CRAZY Icehouse
34 ( 28 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
35 ( 72 ) PAPER IN FIRE John Cougar Mellencamp
36 ( 25 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
37 ( 31 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
38 ( 40 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
39 ( NEW ) I’M IN IT FOR LOVE Donny Osmond
40 ( NEW ) I NEED LOVE LL Cool J

41 ( 26 ) SOLD Boy George
42 ( 42 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
43 ( NEW ) ONLY IN MY DREAMS Debbie Gibson
44 ( 50 ) HOURGLASS Squeeze
45 ( NEW ) THE RHYTHM DIVINE Yello featuring Shirley Bassey
46 ( 62 ) WHERE THE STREETS HAVE NO NAME U2
47 ( 30 ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
48 ( 43 ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
49 ( 57 ) JUST CALL Sherrick
50 ( 27 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil

51 ( 48 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
52 ( 54 ) SEATTLE Public Image Ltd
53 ( 32 ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
54 ( 41 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
55 ( NEW ) YOY BOYZ MAKE BIG NOIZE Slade
56 ( 63 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
57 ( 36 ) I SURRENDER (TO THE SPIRIT OF THE NIGHT) Samantha Fox
58 ( 60 ) TELL ME WHY This Way Up
59 ( 59 ) CALL ME Spagna
60 ( 37 ) UNITED STATES The Lift

61 ( 61 ) HUMAN Human League
62 ( 58 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
63 ( 52 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
64 ( 64 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
65 ( 46 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
66 ( 65 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
67 ( 47 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
68 ( 75 ) DOING IT ALL FOR MY BABY Huey Lewis & The News
69 ( 67 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
70 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Cliff Richard

71 ( 49 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
72 ( NEW ) TOY BOY Sinitta
73 ( 73 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) WONDERFUL TONIGHT Eric Clapton
75 ( NEW ) THE NIGHT YOU MURDERED LOVE ABC

MADONNA’S WHO’S THAT GIRL TOUR LIVE AT WEMBLEY
1 LIKE A VIRGIN/I CAN’T HELP MYSELF
2 LIVE TO TELL
3 HOLIDAY

My July 1987 Charts

7th July 1987

2 weeks on top for It’s A Sin, still epic 32 years later, Herb Alpert gets 2 top 3’s in a row, Madonna shoots up into the 10 with Who’s That Girl, and Cliff gets another top 10 to add to his 19-year-long-run (or, more accurately, 25 years as Bachelor Boy would have topped my hypothetical charts had I been doing them as a 4/5 year-old). Highest new entry is Black, in at 13 with Sweetest Smile, hot on the heels of Wonderful Life.

Bananarama get a big top 40 climb with one of their very best singles, a-ha keep up the run of top 40 hits with the Bond theme climbing 33 places, and Simple Minds keep the live version trend going with a big climb for Promised You A Miracle, 5 years on from the original. Elton is also doing the same, Your Song entering at 46 16 years after the original, behind David Grant in at 38 with Change, a good single that flopped a bit at the time as his 7-year run of success ran out of steam.

Mel & Kim enter with FLM, their penultimate hit as their career was about to abruptly end due to the impending tragic illness and death of young Mel, very sad. Red Box keep the native sounds coming on Chenko, and Boy George is back with a bit of oomph in his great single Sold. Art Of Noise do another 50’s TV/movie theme, this time for the new Dragnet movie. I was old enough to remember the TV show which was still running in the late 60’s, starring future Colonel Potter Harry Morgan of M*A*S*H fame.

In at 72, Wax are back, having flopped with the fab Right Between The Eyes, they hit with Bridge To Your Heart, giving Andrew Gold a decade of hits, and Graham Gouldman 15 years since 10CC started – or 21 years as a songwriter of Hollies hits and Herman’s Hermits chart success which would have charted for me as a boy. 10CC/Graham did this track in tribute to Andrew last year when I saw them and they were fab. Finally Kenny G enters with his Songbird, notorious for introducing a new style of coffee-table instrumental jazz music used in elevators and holding-patterns on phones and the like. So “nice” it became a marmite thing….

1 ( 1 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
4 ( 5 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
5 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
6 ( 3 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 35 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
8 ( 10 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
9 ( 11 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
10 ( 12 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard

11 ( 16 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
12 ( 9 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
13 ( NEW ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
14 ( 20 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
15 ( 8 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
16 ( 7 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
17 ( 22 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
18 ( 25 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
19 ( 26 ) ALONE Heart
20 ( 23 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush

21 ( 13 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
22 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
23 ( 15 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
24 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
25 ( 37 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
26 ( 33 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
27 ( 24 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
28 ( 61 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
29 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
30 ( 50 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

31 ( 32 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
32 ( 40 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
33 ( 41 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 18 ) DEAR GOD XTC
35 ( 28 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
36 ( 36 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 60 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 17 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
40 ( 47 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

41 ( 19 ) NO SLEEP TIL BROOKLYN The Beastie Boys
42 ( 21 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
43 ( 48 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
44 ( 27 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
45 ( 29 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
46 ( NEW ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
47 ( 30 ) FAKE Alexander O’Neal
48 ( 71 ) CATCH The Cure
49 ( 56 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
50 ( NEW ) FLM Mel & Kim

51 ( 38 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
52 ( 45 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
53 ( 73 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
54 ( 64 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
55 ( NEW ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 31 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
57 ( 52 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) SOLD Boy George
59 ( 58 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
60 ( 42 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

61 ( 55 ) BREAK EVERY RULE Tina Turner
62 ( 69 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
65 ( 39 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
66 ( 43 ) SCALES OF JUSTICE Living In A Box
67 ( 67 ) THROWING IT ALL AWAY Genesis
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 49 ) COVER ME Percy Sledge
70 ( 59 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day

71 ( 46 ) IN DREAMS Roy Orbison
72 ( NEW ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
73 ( 57 ) SHAME OMD
74 ( 54 ) LIVING IN A BOX Living In A Box
75 ( NEW ) SONGBIRD Kenny G

7th July
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve & Eydie
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys

14th July 1987

It’s a first week on top for Jackie Wilson’s 2nd oldies chart-topper of 1987, originally hitting my top 10 in 1969, and top 30 in 1975, now going Higher And Higher, knocking Pet Shop Boys classic It’s A Sin off the top after only 2 weeks. Not to worry they’d do their own bit of oldies re-issue charting with It’s A Sin down the line. In at 3, talking of oldies, The Beatles Summer Of LOve ’67 classic is also back on it’s 20th anniversary re-issue, at 3, having topped my charts in 1976 already. Heart get a big leap up to 5 with Alone, their 2nd top 5, Black get a second top ten, and Bananarama grab a 6th top ten 5 years into their career – and with a to-date further 32 years and counting to come – with the great I Heard A Rumour, proving Stock Aitken & Waterman could make great singles when they tried.

In at 19, a debut for Star-Trek Priestess T’Pau – or Carol Decker & friend – and the fab Heart & Soul, their best record by far, still love it, and the start of a trickling of tracks into my charts (see Los Lobos) which will accompany me & my parents on US car radio stations in a couple of months on our trip round California/Nevada/Arizona. In at 20 another oldie, but this time a remake – Mungo Jerry had topped my charts in 1970 while I lived in Singapore, and again in 1975 when In The Summertime was reissued, reminding me of happy boyhood tropical eternal sunny summer days – before inferior cover versions, over-use in TV adverts and other constant media profiles sucked all the joy out of it for me.

Boy George sells a big jump into the 40, Freddie MacGregor’s decent reggae cover of 70’s Philly track does the same, and the classically-trained Billy Joel enters at 46 with A Matter Of Trust. Billy was a wanna-be Boxer with a sensitive side who never seemed to get the recognition for his talent, but then he didn’t always release commercial singles, like this one. Los Lobos debut at 58 with the theme to the Ritchie Valens biopic, his hit song from his very short career – dying in the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly & The Big Bopper. Jennifer Warnes covers Leonard Cohen, giving her 11 years of hits in my charts, and Cohen his first charting song – Jennifer’s voice is easier on the ear than ol’ Len’s, I have to say, and she was a fan and friend of his.

Iggy Pop is back, Pseudo Echo cover 1980 Lipps Inc (it seemed far too soon to me!), and the great Was (Not Was) – pronounced Waz (not Woz), the stage name of Don & David Was – are back after their 1984 debut with the terrific (Return To The Valley Of) Out Come The Freaks, with the equally terrific romping Spy In The House Of Love, which had to wait a year to chart properly in the UK. Peter Gabriel also goes political on Red Rain, as per normal then.

1 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
2 ( 1 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
5 ( 19 ) ALONE Heart
6 ( 3 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
7 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 4 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
9 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
10 ( 24 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama

11 ( 14 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
12 ( 5 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 17 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 8 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
15 ( 10 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
16 ( 21 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
17 ( 18 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
18 ( 12 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
20 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

21 ( 9 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
22 ( 25 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
23 ( 28 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
24 ( 11 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
25 ( 58 ) SOLD Boy George
26 ( 37 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
27 ( 16 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
28 ( 15 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
29 ( 48 ) CATCH The Cure
30 ( 40 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

31 ( 46 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
32 ( 23 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
33 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 22 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( 32 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
36 ( 26 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 54 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
38 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 27 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
40 ( 50 ) FLM Mel & Kim

41 ( 20 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
42 ( 43 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
43 ( 35 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
44 ( 36 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
45 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
46 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
47 ( 49 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
48 ( 53 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
49 ( 62 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
50 ( 72 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

51 ( 75 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
52 ( 30 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds
53 ( 52 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
54 ( 42 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
55 ( 55 ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 34 ) DEAR GOD XTC
57 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
59 ( 64 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
60 ( 59 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 39 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
62 ( 44 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( 70 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
65 ( 65 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
66 ( NEW ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
67 ( 45 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) ISOLATION Iggy Pop
70 ( 31 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club

71 ( RE ) A LITTLE BOOGIE WOOGIE IN THE BACK OF MY MIND Shakin’ Stevens
72 ( 60 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction
73 ( NEW ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
74 ( NEW ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
75 ( NEW ) RED RAIN Peter Gabriel

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
3 PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna

21st July 1987

It’s a first week on top for the 20th anniversary Beatles reissue, as the Summer Of Love classic tops my chart for the first time since 1976’s Beatles reissues – or rather, new sleeves and formats – the catalogue numbers remained the same as they were never deleted. Madonna is denied a 4th consecutive chart-topper, at 2, and Boy George gets his second solo top 10, Billy Idol his 5th solo top 10, and George Michael guesting on a top 10 for the second time – David Cassidy’s The Last Time being the first.

a-ha and Fleetwood Mac keep those top 20’s going, there are big climbs for Red Box, a 3rd top 40, Jennifer Warnes, a second solo a decade on from Right Time Of The Night, and Smokey Robinson is back with his classic Motown ballad, Tracks Of My Tears, having first charted for me in 1969 – when it was already a few years old! The Gap Band revamp their 1980 hit at 51 – Oops! – and SAW debut as artists in their own right with the Northern Soul-flavoured dance-stomper Roadblock, and rather good it was too, at 53. At 59 Def Leppard return 4 years on from Photograph, with the even better Animal, a fab rocking record, even with the drummer Rick Allen having lost an arm in an accident. Technology helped him continue, with the band’s help.

Sly & Robbie follow up Boops with Fire, and The B52’s are back assisted by the Rock Lobster reissued hit, Wig giving them 8 years of entries. Skulking quietly in at 73, New Order are back with a bang, and a career highlight, as True Faith debuts – it wouldn’t top my chart till the 90’s remix, but it’s still a major classic. Wet Wet Wet follow-up a brilliant debut with Sweet Little Mystery. Which is not in the same class at all. Start as you mean to go on…

1 ( 3 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
2 ( 4 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
3 ( 2 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 5 ) ALONE Heart
5 ( 1 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
6 ( 10 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
7 ( 7 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 25 ) SOLD Boy George
9 ( 11 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
10 ( 16 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High

11 ( 8 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
12 ( 19 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
13 ( 13 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
14 ( 9 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
15 ( 6 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
16 ( 12 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
17 ( 22 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
18 ( 26 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
19 ( 23 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
20 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

21 ( 18 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
22 ( 40 ) FLM Mel & Kim
23 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
24 ( 14 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
25 ( 30 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
26 ( 29 ) CATCH The Cure
27 ( NEW ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
28 ( 21 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
29 ( 31 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
30 ( 55 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box

31 ( 27 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
32 ( 15 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
33 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 50 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
35 ( 66 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
36 ( 37 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
37 ( 17 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
38 ( 51 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
39 ( 46 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
40 ( 58 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos

41 ( 47 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
42 ( 24 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
43 ( 28 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
44 ( 32 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
45 ( 48 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
46 ( 39 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
47 ( 43 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
48 ( 42 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
49 ( 74 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
50 ( 45 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations

51 ( NEW ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band
52 ( 44 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
53 ( NEW ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
54 ( 36 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
55 ( 53 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
56 ( 59 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise
57 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
58 ( 57 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
59 ( NEW ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( 35 ) DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
62 ( 54 ) I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) Whitney Houston
63 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
64 ( NEW ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
65 ( 41 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
66 ( NEW ) WIG The B52’s
67 ( 64 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( 69 ) ISOLATION Iggy Pop
70 ( 62 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz

71 ( 67 ) LOOKING FOR A NEW LOVE Jody Watley
72 ( 73 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
73 ( NEW ) TRUE FAITH New Order
74 ( 65 ) I WANT YOUR SEX George Michael
75 ( NEW ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet

Playlist oldies of the week
1 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys
2 WALK ON BY Dionne Warwick
3 LIFE IS A MINESTRONE 10c.c.

28th July 1987

It’s a first week on top for Madonna’s Who’s That Girl, giving her 5 chart-toppers in a row, and in total, as T’Pau race into the top 3 with Heart And Soul, joined by a remix of The Temptations classic Papa Was A Rolling Stone remixed to peak higher than the original did in 1973, at 8. Closely behind at 9, it’s a new entry for the original ska song My Boy Lollipop by Millie, a fave of kiddie John in his early schooldays, charting for the first time, and after the lesser Bad Manners version. David Grant gets a first top 10 in 4 years, while huge leaps for Wax and Def Leppard in to the 20, and New Order into the 40 make up the big climbers.

In at 20, it’s the first track off the forthcoming Bad album, the charming I Just Can’t Stop Loving You, with Siedah Garrett, returning the favour for donating Man In The Mirror to Michael Jackson. It’s Siedah’s second chart hit, Michael’s umpteenth, 17 years on. Bill Withers brings his Lovely Day back into the chart 9 years on, and a year ahead of the remix hit version, The Beastie’s get a 3rd, and Danny Wilson a first, chart entry. She’s On It, and the sweet Mary’s Prayer – which had to wait till 1988 to chart big. Aussie band Icehouse also had to wait a while for Crazy to catch on, but straight in here, 4 years on from the fab Hey Little Girl.

1 ( 2 ) WHO’S THAT GIRL Madonna
2 ( 1 ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
3 ( 12 ) HEART AND SOUL T’Pau
4 ( 4 ) ALONE Heart
5 ( 6 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
6 ( 3 ) IT’S A SIN Pet Shop Boys
7 ( 8 ) SOLD Boy George
8 ( NEW ) PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE (REMIX) The Temptations
9 ( NEW ) MY BOY LOLLIPOP Millie
10 ( 23 ) CHANGE David Grant

11 ( 5 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
12 ( 10 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
13 ( 7 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
14 ( 17 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
15 ( 34 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax
16 ( 59 ) ANIMAL Def Leppard
17 ( 14 ) I STILL HAVEN’T FOUND WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR U2
18 ( 30 ) CHENKO (TENKO-IO) REMIX Red Box
19 ( 11 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
20 ( NEW ) I JUST CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU Michael Jackson featuring Siedah Garrett

21 ( 9 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
22 ( 13 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent D’Arby
23 ( 27 ) TRACKS OF MY TEARS Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
24 ( 25 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians
25 ( 15 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
26 ( 38 ) SONGBIRD Kenny G
27 ( 16 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
28 ( NEW ) LOVELY DAY Bill Withers
29 ( 33 ) WOT’S IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
30 ( 18 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac

31 ( 21 ) IT’S NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
32 ( 22 ) FLM Mel & Kim
33 ( 35 ) FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN Jennifer Warnes
34 ( 40 ) LA BAMBA Los Lobos
35 ( 73 ) TRUE FAITH New Order
36 ( 19 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
37 ( 41 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
38 ( 39 ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
39 ( 53 ) ROADBLOCK Stock Aitken & waterman
40 ( 56 ) DRAGNET Art Of Noise

41 ( 28 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
42 ( 24 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
43 ( 36 ) JUST DON’T WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
44 ( 31 ) WHEN SMOKEY SINGS ABC
45 ( 20 ) IN THE SUMMERTIME ’87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers
46 ( 49 ) SPY IN THE HOUSE OF LOVE Was (Not Was)
47 ( 45 ) IS THIS LOVE Whitesnake
48 ( 54 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
49 ( 26 ) CATCH The Cure
50 ( 51 ) OOPS UPSIDE YOUR HEAD ’87 The Gap Band

51 ( 47 ) GET IT ON (’87 REMIX) T.Rex
52 ( 64 ) FIRE Sly & Robbie
53 ( 32 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
54 ( 37 ) LET’S DANCE Chris Rea
55 ( 44 ) DON’T DREAM IT’S OVER Crowded House
56 ( 29 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
57 ( 46 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
58 ( 50 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
59 ( 42 ) MOTORTOWN The Kane Gang
60 ( 60 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) SHE’S ON IT The Beastie Boys
62 ( 58 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
63 ( 72 ) FUNKYTOWN Pseudo Echo
64 ( 55 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
65 ( NEW ) MARY’S PRAYER Danny Wilson
66 ( 43 ) COMIN’ ON STRONG Broken English
67 ( 63 ) PENNY LANE/STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER The Beatles
68 ( 68 ) HUMAN Human League
69 ( NEW ) SOMEWHERE OUT THERE Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram
70 ( 52 ) NOTHING’S GONNA STOP US NOW Starship

71 ( NEW ) CRAZY Icehouse
72 ( 70 ) SHATTERED DREAMS Johnny Hates Jazz
73 ( 75 ) SWEET LITTLE MYSTERY Wet Wet Wet
74 ( NEW ) I SURRENDER Samantha Fox
75 ( 67 ) MOVE OVER DARLING Doris Day

Oldies Playlist
1 CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
2 SUGAR SUGAR The Archies
3 CARELESS WHISPER (12” VERSION) George Michael

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)!