My December 1986 Charts

2nd December 1986

2 weeks on top for Erasure, as Madonna’s True Blue album delivers the highest new entry at 6 with the fab Open Your Heart. The even-fabber La Isla Bonita is in my playlist as ineligible for my singles-only listings. She also replaces one of her own songs in the top 10 as Nick Kamen drops, and keeps her hot streak of top 10’s going. Bucks Fizz add to their long-list of top 10’s with a warm Christmassy ballad – or at least a cocoa-advert-ey ballad. Oran ‘Juice’ Jones gets another big leap into the 20, and big top 40 leapers include Cameo, Gregory Abbott, Genesis and Cliff & Elton. The late Jackie Wilson is reinvented in plasticine video form and makes fifties biggie Reet Petite about to become the oldest record to top the UK charts – but not mine.

Billy Ocean is big in 1986, so why not remix his first hit from 1976? In at 57, and the Motown-flavoured original still sounds better than most of his 80’s hits these days. Daryl Hall keeps the solo entries coming, also from the Class of ’76 debuts, while George Benson shivers a bit (Winter is here!) and a run of 11 chart years since Supership. Quo can beat that – 1973 they debuted in my charts, and now have 2 in the listings, how greedy! Of course Macca beats the lot of ’em, being as he debuted with The Beatles on top of my first retro charts in 1968 with Hey Jude, and is back with another Press To Play track.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
3 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
5 ( 3 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
6 ( NEW ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
7 ( 8 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
8 ( 5 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
9 ( 11 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 19 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

11 ( 7 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
12 ( 9 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
13 ( 18 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
14 ( 10 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
15 ( 14 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
16 ( 12 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
17 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
18 ( 13 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
19 ( 40 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
20 ( 16 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles

21 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
22 ( 26 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
23 ( 51 ) CANDY Cameo
24 ( 15 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
25 ( 20 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
26 ( 34 ) MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
27 ( 22 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
28 ( 29 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
29 ( NEW ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
30 ( 27 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo

31 ( 21 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
32 ( 41 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
33 ( 56 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
34 ( 35 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
35 ( 25 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
36 ( NEW ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
37 ( 53 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
38 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned
39 ( 28 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
40 ( 69 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

41 ( 32 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 24 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
43 ( 33 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
44 ( 31 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 60 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
46 ( 48 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger
47 ( 23 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood
48 ( 44 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
49 ( 36 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
50 ( 71 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 49 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
52 ( 45 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
53 ( 61 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
54 ( 66 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
55 ( 50 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
56 ( 54 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( NEW ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 59 ) YOU LOOK MARVELLOUS Billy Crystal
59 ( 42 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
60 ( NEW ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall

61 ( 37 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
62 ( 47 ) GHOSTDANCING Simple Minds
63 ( 67 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 62 ) CRY Godley & Creme
66 ( NEW ) SHIVER George Benson
67 ( 72 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( NEW ) DREAMING Status Quo
70 ( 39 ) LOVE IS THE SLUG We’ve Got A Fuzzbox and We’re Gonna Use It

71 ( 73 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
72 ( 43 ) WHEN THE WIND BLOWS David Bowie
73 ( 65 ) ELEANOR RIGBY/ YELLOW SUBMARINE The Beatles
74 ( NEW ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
75 ( 70 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz

2nd Dec
PLAYIST OLDIES – all future chart-toppers in my charts in 1992, 1987, 2000’s respectively!

1 DANCING QUEEN Abba
2 LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
3 YOU’RE MY WORLD Cilla Black

 

9th December 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Erasure as Madonna threatens her 3rd chart-topper in a row at 2, and the chart starts to feel a little festive with The Housemartins leaping up to 13 with the Isleys cover, The Ronettes topping my oldies playlist (had I charted oldies in those days that means it would have been invading my top 75), and Chris De Burgh’s 3rd good single entering at 74, a perennial of course these days that never quite got the chart positions you might think. His other 2 good ones are High On Emotion and Don’t Pay The Ferryman.

Europe go top 5, that’ll please Brexiteers aiming for The Final Countdown, while Communards leap right into the top 10 from 32 with one of their very best tracks, So Cold The Night. Gregory Abbot & Jackie Wilson have good leaps into the 20, that’ll be the 3rd time Jackie has done that with oldies starting with Higher & Higher in 1969, I Get The Sweetest feeling in 1972, both of them going top 30 in 1975 as a double A, and now Reet Petite posthumously triggering the same 2 to come back and hit even higher peaks in 1987!!

Highest new entry is a-ha crying wolf, another winner from Morten & the lads yet to put a foot wrong, at 32, as Rod the Mod enters with In My Life at 35 the touching John Lennon Beatles song. As is always the case with Rod covers, bar Oh No Not My Baby and Ooh La La, it’s not as good as the original. Paul Simon’s good Boy In The Bubble is in at 45, giving him 17 years of chart success, 2 more than Rod, and 7 more than Elkie Brooks who returns with her last very good hit, No More The Fool at 62.

1 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
2 ( 6 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
4 ( 13 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
5 ( 2 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
6 ( 19 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 4 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
8 ( 5 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
9 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
10 ( 32 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 10 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
12 ( 8 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
13 ( 45 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
14 ( 7 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
15 ( 33 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
16 ( 36 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
17 ( 12 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
18 ( 23 ) CANDY Cameo
19 ( 11 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
20 ( 21 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

21 ( 26 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
22 ( 29 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
23 ( 37 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
24 ( 14 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
25 ( 18 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
26 ( 40 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
27 ( 15 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
28 ( 16 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
29 ( 20 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
30 ( 38 ) ANYTHING The Damned

31 ( 17 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
32 ( NEW ) CRY WOLF a-ha
33 ( 27 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
34 ( 22 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
35 ( NEW ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
36 ( 30 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
38 ( 31 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
39 ( RE ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
40 ( 44 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 54 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
43 ( 35 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
44 ( 53 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
45 ( NEW ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
46 ( 25 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
47 ( 60 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
48 ( 39 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
49 ( 66 ) SHIVER George Benson
50 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star

51 ( 28 ) ALL FALL DOWN Ultravox
52 ( 51 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 43 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
54 ( 69 ) DREAMING Status Quo
55 ( 34 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
56 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 57 ) LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) Billy Ocean
58 ( 74 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
59 ( 52 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
60 ( 42 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek

61 ( 63 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
62 ( NEW ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
63 ( 71 ) I’M NOT PERFECT (BUT I’M PERFECT FOR YOU) Grace Jones
64 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
65 ( 55 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
66 ( 67 ) WAR Bruce Springsteen
67 ( 65 ) CRY Godley & Creme
68 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 48 ) TWO PEOPLE Tina Turner
70 ( 47 ) WATERLOO Doctor & The Medics featuring Roy Wood

71 ( 61 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
72 ( 49 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
73 ( 59 ) NEVER TOO LATE TO LOVE YOU Kissing The Pink
74 ( NEW ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
75 ( 46 ) DON’T FORGET ME Glass Tiger

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 SLEIGH RIDE The Ronettes
2 BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
3 DREAM WEAVER Gary Wright

 

16th December 1986

It’s the hat-trick for Madonna, as Open Your Heart gives her 3 chart-toppers in a row, holding The Final Countdown at 2. Cameo get a 3rd top 10, Jackie Wilson ditto, and Genesis a 4th. Daryl Hall makes it solo top40 hits, and Human League does a turnabout and leaps into the 30 after looking perilously like it was heading for the lowest chart position of any track from them (ignoring reissues) since the EP in 1980 debuted and peaked outside the 40. Also Spirit Of ’80 debut acts The Gap Band return, as does chart-topping Dexy’s Midnight Runners now back with a TV theme tune, while 1980 chart-toppers The Pretenders are also back with the lovely Hymn To Her.

Bad Company return for the first time since the mid-70’s, minus vocalist Paul Rodgers, ex-Free lead singer, but some of the band still technically date back to 1970 Free-era, and Mott The Hoople 1972-era. Spitting Image return with a Xmas novelty song. Thankfully, no I don’t remember it either. I can’t imagine it’s worse than their appalling chart-topper. Quo are beside themsleves in the top 40, and Elkie Brooks keeps the 70’s blues rock vibe going just behind them. Meanwhile my oldies chart shows me obviously revisiting December 1971 reel-to-reel tapes, and opting for the rock tracks and ex-Godspell soul singers.

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 4 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
3 ( 1 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
4 ( 6 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 18 ) CANDY Cameo
6 ( 3 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
7 ( 9 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 16 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
9 ( 23 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
10 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards

11 ( 7 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
12 ( 13 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
13 ( 15 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
14 ( 5 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
15 ( 8 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
16 ( 12 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
17 ( 21 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
18 ( 11 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
19 ( 32 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
20 ( 22 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine

21 ( 47 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
22 ( 26 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( 14 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
24 ( 19 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
25 ( 17 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
26 ( 25 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
27 ( 72 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
28 ( 42 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
29 ( 45 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
30 ( 20 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood

31 ( 24 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
32 ( 39 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
33 ( 35 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 29 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
35 ( 40 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
36 ( 33 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
37 ( NEW ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
38 ( 36 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
39 ( 54 ) DREAMING Status Quo
40 ( 62 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 38 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
43 ( 44 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
44 ( 37 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
45 ( 28 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
46 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
47 ( 49 ) SHIVER George Benson
48 ( 27 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
49 ( 61 ) YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU…DON’T YOU Howard Jones
50 ( 30 ) ANYTHING The Damned

51 ( 58 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
52 ( 31 ) WE LOVE YOU OMD
53 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
54 ( 34 ) I’VE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE Cutting Crew
55 ( NEW ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
56 ( 43 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
57 ( 56 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 71 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
59 ( 48 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
60 ( NEW ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

61 ( 64 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
62 ( 46 ) ARIZONA SKY China Crisis
63 ( 50 ) IF I SAY YES Five Star
64 ( 59 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
65 ( NEW ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
66 ( 53 ) DON’T GIVE UP Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
67 ( 74 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh
68 ( 67 ) CRY Godley & Creme
69 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
70 ( NEW ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners

71 ( 55 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
72 ( 60 ) EMOTION IN MOTION Ric Okasek
73 ( NEW ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
74 ( 65 ) THAT WAS THEN THIS IS NOW The Monkees
75 ( NEW ) SOME PEOPLE Paul Young

Playlist oldies
1 FIREBALL Deep Purple
2 HOLD YOUR HEAD UP Argent
3 WHEN YOU GET RIGHT DOWN TO IT Ronnie Dyson

 

 

23rd December 1986

It’s straight in at 1 for recent Xmas classic Last Christmas, making it the 3rd xmas period in a row it had topped my chart – back in the day I was charting those not-so-old xmas faves year after year if they had made the UK charts at all (to qualify). Without that qualification my charts would have looked like the usual UK Xmas charts, chock full of the classic oldies. I did it first though, starting in Christmas 1974 and onwards, and yes the same songs that still chart. Shaky also charts for the second xmas in a row. Ahead of my time! That explains why I tend not to chart the same ones these days – been doing it for 44 years oops!

Eurythmics get another in a long line of top 10 singles, and Housemartins make it 2, as Jennifer Rush gets some recharting action in the UK singles chart, and thus mine too, a year on. Berlin come back with a good follow-up single that didn’t sell well in the real world, annoyingly, in at 28 and The Gap Band go top 30, and that Spitting Image Xmas song inexplicably climbs to 29. I’m guessing the video was amusing, as I still don’t recall it and can’t be bothered to youtube it.

Macca & The Pretenders keep the top 40’s coming, Paul McCartney making it 18 years and counting. Spoiler: he’s still making my charts 50 years on from Hey Jude. The Pointer Sisters return some 14 years on from first hearing of them (Yes We Can Can), Kool & The Gang keep the decade-long run of hits going blissfully unaware that House Music is about to end all that, Gary Moore is back again, ditto The Stranglers coming to a decade of charting, and James Brown makes his comeback last a bit longer. Not Sex Machine, but hey Get On Up…

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
3 ( 5 ) CANDY Cameo
4 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
5 ( 8 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
6 ( 3 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
7 ( 10 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
8 ( 9 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
9 ( 17 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
10 ( 12 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins

11 ( 2 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
12 ( 20 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 7 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
14 ( 6 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
15 ( 19 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
16 ( 13 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott
17 ( 11 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
18 ( 21 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
19 ( 28 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
20 ( 18 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz

21 ( 16 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard
23 ( NEW ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 37 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
25 ( 14 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
26 ( 29 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
27 ( 15 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
28 ( NEW ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
29 ( 46 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
30 ( 55 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band

31 ( 40 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
32 ( 43 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
33 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
34 ( 27 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
35 ( 26 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
36 ( 39 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 24 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
38 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
39 ( 51 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney
40 ( 60 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 36 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 71 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
44 ( 25 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
45 ( 31 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
46 ( 42 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( 38 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
48 ( 34 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
49 ( 65 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
50 ( 67 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

51 ( 35 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
52 ( 53 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 58 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
54 ( 44 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
55 ( 32 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
56 ( 61 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers
57 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
58 ( 30 ) WARRIORS OF THE WASTELAND Frankie Goes To Hollywood
59 ( 45 ) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran
60 ( 73 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw

61 ( 56 ) FOR AMERICA Red Box
62 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
63 ( 47 ) SHIVER George Benson
64 ( 59 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders
65 ( NEW ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
66 ( 70 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( NEW ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
68 ( 69 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
69 ( 68 ) CRY Godley & Creme
70 ( 64 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star

71 ( NEW ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
72 ( NEW ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
73 ( 48 ) BREAKOUT Swing Out Sister
74 ( NEW ) HOW DO YOU STOP James Brown
75 ( NEW ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

Playlist Oldies
1 GOOD MORNING STARSHINE Oliver
2 IF IT WASN’T FOR THE NIGHTS Abba
3 LOVE IS LIFE Hot Chocolate

 

 

30th December 1986

It’s the final chart of 1986 and Madonna is back up on top for a second week on top. Notably Shaky & Chris De Burgh’s christmas classics scraped into the 40 for me, and A Spaceman Came Travelling has peaked higher this christmas in 2018 in my charts than back in the day, while Merry Christmas Everyone was getting a second bite of christmas chart action in a row. Cameo reach a new career chart peak of 2 with Candy, and Gregoray Abbott gets his only moment in the top 10.

Elkie Brooks goes top 20 for the first time in 3 years, 9 years after her first time, Bad Company for the first time in 11 years with This Love, snuggling up to Is This Love, Alison Moyet’s climbing hit. To which the answer from those who hounded her off twitter in 2018 for asking people to be nice to women and listen and support their needs is a resounding “no”. Paul Simon makes it 2 top 20’s in a row for the first time in about 13 years, Elton & Cliff also add to their extensive run of top 20’s, 1971 and 1968 respectively, with a song no-one remembers but which was quite pleasant.

Iggy Pop gets his first ever top 40, 13 years later than one might have expected, but got there in the end. Highest new entry is Eric Clapton’s cover of his bandmate’s non-hit, Behind The Mask was big in my charts for Greg Philinganes, and Eric’s version was pedestrian to my ears, but fine to anyone who hadn’t heard the superior original. Latin Quarter return with a 3rd song, Barclay James Harvest adapt to the end of Prog Rock by charting in the 80’s after stiffing in the 70’s, Vesta Williams has a decent dance song, Go West don’t cover Cyndi, this song has an extra “u”, Lionel Richie tries a ballerina, presumably dancing on the ceiling, and Sheena pops in with a Christmas record no-one has ever heard, except those that have seen Santa Claus: The Movie. As I’ve not heard it in 32 years I can’t comment whether that is fair or not…until I just played it. So 80’s, so dreary. I liked Sheena. The only reason it charted!

1 ( 2 ) OPEN YOUR HEART Madonna
2 ( 3 ) CANDY Cameo
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 5 ) REET PETITE Jackie Wilson
5 ( 7 ) SO COLD THE NIGHT The Communards
6 ( 4 ) THE RAIN Oran ‘Juice’ Jones
7 ( 9 ) THE MIRACLE OF LOVE Eurythmics
8 ( 6 ) SOMETIMES Erasure
9 ( 10 ) CARAVAN OF LOVE The Housemartins
10 ( 16 ) SHAKE YOU DOWN Gregory Abbott

11 ( 8 ) LAND OF CONFUSION Genesis
12 ( 11 ) THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Europe
13 ( 12 ) FALLIN’ IN LOVE (UH-UH) Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 15 ) CRY WOLF a-ha
15 ( 31 ) NO MORE THE FOOL Elkie Brooks
16 ( 19 ) IS THIS LOVE Alison Moyet
17 ( 24 ) THIS LOVE Bad Company
18 ( 13 ) CHANGE OF HEART Cyndi Lauper
19 ( 26 ) THE BOY IN THE BUBBLE Paul Simon
20 ( 22 ) SLOW RIVERS Elton John & Cliff Richard

21 ( 21 ) TAKE MY BREATH AWAY Berlin
22 ( 17 ) LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER Bon Jovi
23 ( 14 ) SHOWIN’ OUT (GET FRESH AT THE WEEKEND) Mel & Kim
24 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
25 ( 28 ) YOU DON’T KNOW Berlin
26 ( 29 ) SANTA CLAUS IS ON THE DOLE Spitting Image
27 ( 30 ) BIG FUN The Gap Band
28 ( 20 ) KEEP EACH OTHER WARM Bucks Fizz
29 ( 32 ) C’EST LA VIE Robbie Nevil
30 ( 39 ) ONLY LOVE REMAINS Paul McCartney

31 ( 18 ) I WASN’T BORN YESTERDAY Daryl Hall
32 ( 33 ) IN MY LIFE Rod Stewart
33 ( 49 ) REAL WILD CHILD Iggy Pop
34 ( 40 ) HYMN TO HER The Pretenders
35 ( 27 ) BECAUSE I LOVE YOU Shakin’ Stevens
36 ( 36 ) DREAMING Status Quo
37 ( 62 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
38 ( 35 ) ALL I ASK OF YOU Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman
39 ( 25 ) FRENCH KISSING IN THE USA Debbie Harry
40 ( 50 ) A SPACEMAN CAME TRAVELLING Chris De Burgh

41 ( 41 ) HUMAN Human League
42 ( 42 ) TRUE BLUE Madonna
43 ( 38 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Kim Wilde
44 ( 51 ) STEP RIGHT UP Jaki Graham
45 ( 37 ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
46 ( 46 ) SUBURBIA Pet Shop Boys
47 ( NEW ) BEHIND THE MASK Eric Clapton
48 ( 45 ) (WAITING FOR) THE GHOST TRAIN Madness
49 ( 48 ) WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN The Bangles
50 ( 56 ) CROSS THAT BRIDGE The Ward Brothers

51 ( 34 ) I NEED YOUR LOVIN’ Human League
52 ( 52 ) AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH Diana Ross
53 ( 44 ) EACH TIME YOU BREAK MY HEART Nick Kamen
54 ( 47 ) IN THE ARMY NOW Status Quo
55 ( 65 ) YOU CAN DANCE Go Go Lorenzo
56 ( 57 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
57 ( 60 ) RADIO MUSICOLA Nik Kershaw
58 ( 54 ) THIS IS THE WORLD CALLING Bob Geldof
59 ( 53 ) SOUL LOVE/SOUL MAN Womack & Womack
60 ( 75 ) BIG IN AMERICA The Stranglers

61 ( NEW ) NO ROPE AS LONG AS TIME Latin Quarter
62 ( 55 ) DANGER ZONE Kenny Loggins
63 ( 67 ) GOLDMINE The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 43 ) THROUGH THE BARRICADES Spandau Ballet
65 ( 72 ) OVER THE HILLS AND FAR AWAY Gary Moore
66 ( 66 ) BECAUSE OF YOU Dexy’s Midnight Runners
67 ( 68 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
68 ( NEW ) HE SAID LOVE Barclay james Harvest
69 ( 71 ) VICTORY Kool & The Gang
70 ( 64 ) DON’T GET ME WRONG The Pretenders

71 ( NEW ) ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY Vesta Williams
72 ( 70 ) RAIN OR SHINE Five Star
73 ( NEW ) TRUE COLOURS Go West
74 ( NEW ) BALLERINA Lionel Richie
75 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD Sheena Easton

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 LIFE’S TOO SHORT Rescue Company No.1
2 CAN’T LET YOU GO Barry Ryan
3 IT’S TOO LATE Carole King

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My July 1986 Charts

1st July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz, their longest runner, as they hold off Wham! at 2, and Boys Don’t Cry going top 5 with non-hit I Wanna Be A Cowboy. Bananarama grab a 5th or so top 10, Madonna strides into the 20, and A View From The Hill are talking about a big climb into the 20. Highest new entry at 18 is 1979 top 5 Boogie Wonderland, back again for Earth Wind & Fire & The Emotions.

Steve Winwood has a large leap into the 30 with his Higher Love, and Stan Ridgway is in Camouflage with his goose-bump-inducing story of a ghostly heroic marine in Viet-Nam new at 28 for the former Wall Of Voodoo man, and his joining Stewart Copeland on Don’t Box Me In. Michael McDonald is back, I keep forgettin’ how many tracks he’s charted, but at least dating back to 1979 with The Doobie Brothers What A Fool Believes. Katrina gets another sunny wave-y hit, I’d advise her to give Eurovision a try when the hits dry up, Gary Numan extends his chart run to 7 years, and Barry Grey enters 17 years belatedly with his theme to Joe 90, puppet-strings-music-maestro, and not for the last time with a Gerry Anderson theme tune.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 7 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 2 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
4 ( 12 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
5 ( 8 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
6 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
8 ( 3 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
9 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 13 ) VENUS Bananarama

11 ( 10 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
12 ( 24 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
13 ( 19 ) ROSES Haywoode
14 ( 16 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
15 ( 18 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
16 ( 5 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
17 ( 34 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 11 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
19 ( NEW ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 28 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski

21 ( 14 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
22 ( 35 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
23 ( 27 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
24 ( 32 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
25 ( 26 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
26 ( 63 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
27 ( 17 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
28 ( NEW ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
29 ( 15 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
30 ( 33 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen

31 ( 20 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
32 ( 46 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
33 ( 21 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
34 ( 23 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
35 ( 39 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
36 ( 31 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
37 ( 43 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
38 ( 25 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
39 ( 29 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
40 ( 42 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge

41 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
42 ( 30 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
43 ( 36 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
44 ( 50 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
45 ( 40 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
46 ( 38 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
47 ( 66 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
48 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
49 ( 54 ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
50 ( 59 ) MY GIRL The Temptations

51 ( 41 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
52 ( RE ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
53 ( 48 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( 49 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
55 ( 47 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
56 ( NEW ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
57 ( 72 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
58 ( 60 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
59 ( 53 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
60 ( NEW ) OH SHEILA Ready For The World

61 ( 45 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
62 ( 61 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
63 ( 44 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
64 ( 55 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
67 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 64 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) SMILE Audrey Hall
70 ( NEW ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves

71 ( 70 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 56 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
73 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
74 ( NEW ) JOE 90 THEME (CLUB MIX) The Barry Grey Orchestra
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 HOLD ME Fleetwood Mac
2 WISHING WELL (REMIX) Free
3 YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME Guys & Dolls

 

8th July 1986

It’s 4 weeks on top for the Fizz, as Bananarama join Wham! in challenging for the top spot – but Madonna grabs a 4th top 5 and speeding up behind her is Stevie Winwood’s Higher Love, his first top 5 as his early stuff predates my charts. The Real Roxanne is Bang Zoom! rapping it to the moon at 9, and Haywoode’s Roses are blooming at last at 10.

Highest new entry is the fab veterans Archie Bell & The Drells, an 80’s variation on their fab 60’s/early 70’s Philly soul sounds. Don’t Let Me Get You Down is their first new hit in a decade, and extends their run to 14 years (or, in my retro charts of 1967/68 which I created 50 years late, 19 years). They topped my chart in 1972 with Here I Go Again. Brilliant! It’s Somebody in at 36 for an early look-in for Youth & the KLF man, as the 15-year-old recording, finally released in 1977, is back again for another try at 37 for Suzy & The Red Stripes – aka Linda McCartney, and her own song Seaside Woman, with a little help from her (Wings) friends. technically she co-wrote Live And Let Die (like this song, the reggae bit) so she had form and it was a nice nose-thumb to the music critics. And of course, a huge American chart-topper with hubbie Paul in the brilliant Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 15 years earlier, but tragically not one I got to hear at the time – though it has since topped my charts.

Rod Stewart is back with a celtic-sounding ballad, Nick Heyward is keeping the minor entries dribbling out, Drum Theatre are back with a song I heard them do in concert. They were good live. Records never really matched the in concert experience though. Warning Will Robinson! Yes, Lady In Red enters with a 69 as the torture of wedding dances for the next decade looms from Chris De Burgh. I’ll take the Ferryman track anyday 9 years earlier, or the Spaceman one. Sam Fox makes it a double top, err 75, It’s Immaterial aren’t quite as endearing when they stop driving away from home, and The Blow Monkeys keep it funky, but less jazzy and memorable than Digging Your Scene.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
3 ( 10 ) VENUS Bananarama
4 ( 5 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
5 ( 12 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
6 ( 26 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
7 ( 3 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
8 ( 9 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
9 ( 32 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
10 ( 13 ) ROSES Haywoode

11 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
13 ( 6 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
14 ( 7 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
15 ( 11 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 17 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
17 ( 22 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
18 ( 14 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
19 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
20 ( 23 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu

21 ( 18 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
22 ( 15 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 25 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
24 ( 28 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
25 ( 37 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
26 ( 16 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
27 ( 21 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
28 ( NEW ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
29 ( 20 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
30 ( 35 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

31 ( 52 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
32 ( 27 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
33 ( 31 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
34 ( 47 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( 44 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
36 ( NEW ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
37 ( NEW ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
38 ( 36 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 29 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
40 ( 34 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra

41 ( 30 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
42 ( 39 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
43 ( 56 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
44 ( 41 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
45 ( 38 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
46 ( 73 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
47 ( 33 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
48 ( 45 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
49 ( 57 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
50 ( 69 ) SMILE Audrey Hall

51 ( 40 ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
52 ( 67 ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
53 ( 24 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
54 ( NEW ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
55 ( 43 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
56 ( 53 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
57 ( 42 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
58 ( 66 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
59 ( NEW ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
60 ( 46 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42

61 ( 70 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 55 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
63 ( 59 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
64 ( 54 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
65 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( NEW ) HOME (IS WHERE THE HEART IS) Drum Theatre
67 ( 64 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
68 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
69 ( NEW ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
70 ( NEW ) DO YA DO YA (WANNA PLEASE ME) Samantha Fox

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( NEW ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
73 ( NEW ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( 62 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
75 ( 75 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
2 MARRAKESH EXPRESS Crosby, Stills & Nash
3 ROCK ON T.Rex

 

15th July 1986

It’s a first week on top for Madonna after 2 years of singles coming close – Papa Don’t Preach was a step-up in class right from the get go with the strings intro. This was the track that converted me into a fan, as opposed to an act I liked a lot. Biggest rival is Stevie Winwood at 3 as Higher Love does what it says on the label. Literally. A View From The Hill get the fab No Conversation into the top 10 too.

Linda McCartney gets a solo (ish) top 20 hit as Seaside Woman leaps over the incoming waves – actually Katrina is stalled – leaving a remixed Junior and a re-entered Dhar Braxton to take the highest new-ish spots inside the 40. Brilliant get a 3rd top 20, and the highest actual new track is Paul McCartney’s Press, Macca going dance and booting out his Paperback Writer in the process. Rod Stewart makes it 15 years of top 40’s, Chris De Burgh 4 years, Michael McDonald 7 years, Gary Numan 7 years. And that concludes the Pop Stars Longevity results.

Hollywood Beyond debut, at 40, SOS Band are back again, Van Halen are having big Dreams, Princess is procrastinating, and debuting dubiously asking for a spot of immolation is Willie Colon. His name isn’t pronounced like the body part, that would be silly and childish. No it’s pronounced as in the perfume Cologne. As a product it could well be an untapped market. Billy Bragg is singing an ode to one of the greatest vocalists of all-time, Levi Stubbs of The Four Tops, which is somewhat ironic as Billy’s vocals are on a par with Bob Dylan’s – songs sung better by others. Dollar are back after a gap, with the flop We Walked In Love, a minor gem of a ballad that was under-rated, giving them 8 years of success in my charts – if not actually anywhere else – as a duo, or 11 years including Guys & Dolls tracks. From There’s A Whole Lot Of Loving to We Walked In Love, but David Van Day was already eyeing up Bucks Fizz from below in more ways than one – watch out guys!

1 ( 5 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
3 ( 6 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
4 ( 3 ) VENUS Bananarama
5 ( 2 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
6 ( 9 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
7 ( 10 ) ROSES Haywoode
8 ( 7 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
9 ( 16 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
10 ( 4 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
12 ( 8 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
13 ( 12 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
14 ( 17 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
15 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
16 ( 37 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
17 ( 28 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 36 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
19 ( 14 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
20 ( 13 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics

21 ( 24 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
22 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
23 ( 31 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
24 ( 20 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
25 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
26 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 21 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
28 ( RE ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
29 ( 54 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
30 ( 35 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

31 ( 23 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
32 ( 69 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
33 ( 50 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
34 ( NEW ) PRESS Paul McCartney
35 ( 27 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
36 ( 32 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
37 ( 43 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
39 ( 46 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
40 ( NEW ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

41 ( 30 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
42 ( 19 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
43 ( 18 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
44 ( 25 ) THE TEACHER Big Country
45 ( 40 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
46 ( 26 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
47 ( 49 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
48 ( 29 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
49 ( 45 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 39 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie

51 ( NEW ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
52 ( 42 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
53 ( 33 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
54 ( 72 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
55 ( 48 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
56 ( NEW ) DREAMS Van Halen
57 ( 58 ) HEADLINES Midnight Star
58 ( 59 ) GOODBYE YESTERDAY Nick Heyward
59 ( 44 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
60 ( 56 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
62 ( 41 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
63 ( 55 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
64 ( NEW ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
65 ( NEW ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
66 ( 63 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 65 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
68 ( NEW ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
69 ( 62 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
70 ( 68 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

71 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
72 ( 67 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
73 ( 73 ) DON’T BE SCARED OF ME The Blow Monkeys
74 ( NEW ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
75 ( NEW ) LEVI STUBB’S TEARS Billy Bragg

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 LONELY DAYS LONELY NIGHTS Don Downing
2 HOLD TIGHT Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich
3 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert

 

22nd July 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Madonna as some serious Stan-ning is going on – that’s a Camouflage, though, in the top 10, along with Who Killed Cock Robin – oh no that was my toddler poem that mum used to read to me, I loved that poem, one of my earliest memories. It wasn’t the sparrow with his bow & arrow, though. This one is a ballad though, and I’m surprised to see it made my top 10 as my memory of it was “S’OK”.

Macca is Im-press-ed to be top 20, Hollywood Beyond rocket up to 19, Dollar are up a whopping 50 places for their first top 30 entry in 4 years, and UB40 are the highest new entry at 25, singing their own song this time, as opposed to a cover. Unlike Robert Palmer and his good cover of the Jam & Lewis track for Cherrelle, in at 29 with another video lookalike, I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On he claims – I think he very much did mean to, judging by the video models. Lulu is also back, after 4 years away, and with a cover – of her own Shout. The original version started to sell immediately and for chart purposes both were combined. The 1964 teenage original is WAY better…

Also covering himself, sort of, is Jack Bruce, covering the Cream classic I Feel Free, a 60’s classic. I’ve forgotten this version though! Five Star are bangin’ out the quick hit singles, Kirsty MacColl and Chris Rea are both beach bound, Chaka Khan is still getting her I Feel For You boosted follow-up entries, while It Bites lower in the chart: Calling All The Heroes. Heaven knows we need them these days. Finally, my fave of the new tracks, maybe, is Rockin’ With Rita, under-appreciated at the time, but both amusing, and a cracking unusual non-80’s-sounding combo of acts on the Vindaloo label.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 3 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
3 ( 2 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
4 ( 7 ) ROSES Haywoode
5 ( 6 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
6 ( 4 ) VENUS Bananarama
7 ( 21 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 9 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
9 ( 14 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
10 ( 5 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!

11 ( 8 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
12 ( 22 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
13 ( 18 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
14 ( 16 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
16 ( 34 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
17 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
18 ( 13 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
19 ( 40 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond
20 ( 11 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

21 ( 23 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
22 ( 15 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
23 ( 29 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart
24 ( 74 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
25 ( NEW ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( 12 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
28 ( 32 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
29 ( NEW ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
30 ( 19 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

31 ( 20 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
32 ( 33 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
33 ( 51 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 25 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
35 ( NEW ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
36 ( 27 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( 59 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
39 ( 38 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
40 ( 35 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham

41 ( 24 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
42 ( 36 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
43 ( 47 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
44 ( 49 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
45 ( 52 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
46 ( NEW ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
47 ( 65 ) SET FIRE TO ME Willie Colon
48 ( 45 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
49 ( 64 ) TELL ME TOMORROW Princess
50 ( 30 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 28 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
52 ( 54 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial
53 ( 31 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
54 ( 56 ) DREAMS Van Halen
55 ( NEW ) FIND THE TIME Five Star
56 ( 55 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
57 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
58 ( 61 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
59 ( 46 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 50 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
62 ( 39 ) I CAN’T STOP Gary Numan
63 ( NEW ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
64 ( 42 ) BOOGIE WONDERLAND Earth, Wind & Fire with The Emotions
65 ( 68 ) SECRET SEPARATION The Fixx
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 48 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
68 ( 67 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( 43 ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
70 ( 41 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

71 ( 53 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
72 ( NEW ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
73 ( 71 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) ON THE BEACH Chris Rea
75 ( NEW ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)

Playlist Oldies
1 DANIEL Elton John
2 WIRED FOR SOUND Cliff Richard
3 TONIGHT The Move

 

29th July 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Madonna as The Real Roxanne peaks at 2 – Bang Zoom, almost at the Moon! Lulu’s Shouts about rocketing almost to the Moon, 22 years late and her highest-charting single since Boom Bang A Bang 17 years earlier. Dollar get a 3rd top 5, and Macca extends his run of top 10’s to 18 years (including The Beatles) or 15 years actual solo. Robert Palmer outdoes Addicted To Love, Chris De Burgh takes a lady in red into the 20, and there’s a deluge of new tracks:

Doctor & The Medics return with their own song, Burn is pretty good at 24. Phil Fearon is back with a cover of the fab 1977 Tony Etoria UK soul minor hit, always under-rated, I Can Prove It – cos I said so! Sandie Shaw is also a 60’s veteran returning with Frederick, a Patti Smith song. Anita Baker debuts with the fab Sweet Love, bringing smooth Jazz into the 86 charts, Bruce Hornsby’s well-remembered The Way It Is is in at 42, Jesus & Mary Chain have Some Candy Talking, sweet fuzzy guitar! An 80’s funk classic is in for Gwen Guthrie, the ever-charting Beach Boys add to the 60’s veterans who were there in my first 1968 chart, Patti Labelle is solo with the lovely Oh People, Sinitta debuts with the trite So Macho (what was I thinking!?), 60’s soul goddess Aretha is also back, 70’s Hall is back with no Oates, Dreamtime, Lionel & Spandau enter with very poor efforts, 60’s Quo are also back, and best of all it’s The Smiths with one of their great singles, Panic.

1 ( 1 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
2 ( 5 ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO The Real Roxanne with Hitman Howie T
3 ( 35 ) SHOUT/SHOUT (1986) Lulu
4 ( 2 ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
5 ( 24 ) WE WALKED IN LOVE Dollar
6 ( 16 ) PRESS Paul McCartney
7 ( 7 ) CAMOUFLAGE Stan Ridgway
8 ( 6 ) VENUS Bananarama
9 ( 3 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
10 ( 19 ) WHAT’S THE COLOUR OF MONEY Hollywood Beyond

11 ( 4 ) ROSES Haywoode
12 ( 9 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
13 ( 10 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
14 ( 14 ) SEASIDE WOMAN Suzy & The Red Stripes
15 ( 29 ) I DIDN’T MEAN TO TURN YOU ON Robert Palmer
16 ( 11 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
17 ( 8 ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
18 ( 28 ) LADY IN RED Chris De Burgh
19 ( 13 ) SOMEBODY Brilliant
20 ( 23 ) EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART Rod Stewart

21 ( 25 ) SING OUR OWN SONG UB40
22 ( 15 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
23 ( 12 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
24 ( NEW ) BURN Doctor & The Medics
25 ( 18 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
26 ( 26 ) OH LOUISE (REMIX) Junior
27 ( NEW ) I CAN PROVE IT Phil Fearon & Galaxy
28 ( 32 ) SMILE Audrey Hall
29 ( NEW ) FREDERICK Sandie Shaw
30 ( 55 ) FIND THE TIME Five Star

31 ( 38 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
32 ( 20 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
33 ( 33 ) BORROWED LOVE SOS Band
34 ( 17 ) DON’T LET LOVE GET YOU DOWN Archie Bell & The Drells
35 ( 22 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
36 ( 21 ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom
37 ( 37 ) I KEEP FORGETTIN’ Michael McDonald
38 ( NEW ) SWEET LOVE Anita Baker
39 ( 58 ) SUN STREET Katrina & The Waves
40 ( 30 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco

41 ( 39 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
42 ( NEW ) THE WAY IT IS Bruce Hornsby & The Range
43 ( 31 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
44 ( 36 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
45 ( NEW ) SOME CANDY TALKING Jesus & Mary Chain
46 ( 27 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
47 ( 40 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
48 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOTHIN’ GOING’ ON BUT THE RENT Gwen Guthrie
49 ( 44 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
50 ( 52 ) ED’S FUNKY DINER It’s Immaterial

51 ( 72 ) CALLING ALL THE HEROES It Bites
52 ( 34 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
53 ( 48 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
54 ( 42 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
55 ( 63 ) LOVE OF A LIFETIME Chaka Khan
56 ( 45 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
57 ( 56 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
58 ( 75 ) ROCKIN’ WITH RITA Vindaloo Summer Special (featuring Fuzzbox, Ted Chippington & The Nightingales)
59 ( NEW ) ROCK ‘N’ ROLL TO THE RESCUE The Beach Boys
60 ( 60 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

61 ( 46 ) I FEEL FREE Jack Bruce
62 ( NEW ) OH PEOPLE Patti Labelle
63 ( NEW ) SO MACHO Sinitta
64 ( NEW ) BREAKING AWAY Jaki Graham
65 ( NEW ) AIN’T NOBODY EVER LOVED YOU Aretha Franklin
66 ( 66 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
67 ( 43 ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
68 ( 68 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
69 ( NEW ) DANCING ON THE CEILING Lionel Richie
70 ( NEW ) FIGHT FOR OURSELVES Spandau Ballet

71 ( 57 ) HE’S ON THE BEACH Kirsty MacColl
72 ( NEW ) DREAMTIME Daryl Hall
73 ( 73 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
74 ( NEW ) PANIC The Smiths
75 ( NEW ) RED SKY Status Quo

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 GET ON THE LINE The Archies
2 SUNSHINE The Archies
3 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney

 

 

My June 1986 Charts

4th June 1986

It’s 2 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys as Jaki Graham reaches a career peak of 2 with Set Me Free, and Tears For Fears Sports Relief-boosted re-record/re-mix pushes Rule The World into my top 10 for the 3rd time in a year. Pete Wylie gets a 3rd top 10, and Grace Jones goes top 10 again 6 years on, just ahead of eyt another classic soul/disco remix entering at 11 – this time Candi Staton’s brilliant 1976 top 3 anthem Young Hearts Run Free. Fellow 1976 remix Can’t Get By Without You also gives The Real Thing a second top 20 of the year.

Falco has Vienna Calling for a 2nd top 20, Nu Shooz shoot into the 30, and Janet Jackson turns Nasty and rockets into the 30 for a second hit. Prince enters at 36 with Mountains, a fab under-rated track in his Paisley period style, as Mantronix debut at 49 – only another 15 years or so to wait for a chart-topper for Kurtis Mantronik though. Freddie Mercury’s Dave Clark musical title track enters just ahead of his own band’s Movie song, at 64, presiding over an influx at the lower end: The Moody Blues are back again for a sweet 16 years of chart entries; Living For The City, probably Stevie Wonder’s greatest record, is covered by DaBooks (formerly Cook Da Books); Freda Payne gets the Bonnie Tyler treatment; The Communards keep the singles coming; a bit of soul dance from Cashflow, a bit of Heavy Rock from AC/DC 8 years into a chart run; and BAD get a second chart entry.

1 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 4 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
3 ( 2 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
4 ( 5 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
5 ( 3 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
6 ( 12 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
7 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 11 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 10 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
10 ( 15 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones

11 ( NEW ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
12 ( 18 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
13 ( 6 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
14 ( 9 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
15 ( 25 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
16 ( 8 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
17 ( 13 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
18 ( 31 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
19 ( 20 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
20 ( 17 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson

21 ( 16 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
22 ( 14 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
23 ( 46 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
24 ( 21 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
25 ( 34 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
26 ( 37 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
27 ( 19 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
28 ( 75 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
29 ( 27 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
30 ( 24 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite

31 ( 23 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 ( 26 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
33 ( 38 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
34 ( 22 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
35 ( 42 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
36 ( 51 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
37 ( NEW ) MOUNTAINS Prince
38 ( 40 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo
39 ( 30 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
40 ( 43 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart

41 ( 29 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
42 ( 59 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
43 ( 28 ) LIVE TO TELL Madonna
44 ( 49 ) VENUS Bananarama
45 ( 33 ) TENDER LOVE Force MD’s
46 ( 39 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
47 ( 36 ) ASK THE LORD Hipsway
48 ( 35 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
49 ( NEW ) BASSLINE Mantronix
50 ( 58 ) GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY Black Uhuru

51 ( 67 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
52 ( 32 ) SO SERIOUS Electric Light Orchestra
53 ( 44 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
54 ( 63 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
55 ( 52 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
56 ( 65 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
57 ( 54 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
58 ( 69 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
59 ( 47 ) RIGHT BETWEEN THE EYES Wax
60 ( 71 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red

61 ( 57 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
62 ( 53 ) WHAT YOU NEED INXS
63 ( 70 ) ALL I NEED IS A MIRACLE Mike + The Mechanics
64 ( NEW ) TIME Freddie Mercury
65 ( 56 ) A KIND OF MAGIC Queen
66 ( 66 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
67 ( NEW ) YOUR WILDEST DREAMS The Moody Blues
68 ( 60 ) DRIVING AWAY FROM HOME It’s Immaterial
69 ( NEW ) LIVING FOR THE CITY DaBooks
70 ( NEW ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler

71 ( NEW ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
72 ( 74 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
73 ( NEW ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow
74 ( NEW ) WHO MADE WHO AC/DC
75 ( NEW ) MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite

PLAYIST OLDIES

1 JUDY TEEN Cockney Rebel
2 TOUCH TOO MUCH Arrows
3 RANDY Blue Mink

 

10th June 1986

It’s 3 weeks on top for Pet Shop Boys as Bucks Fizz rocket up to 4, for 5 years worth of top 5 hits, with new member, local girl round these ‘ere parts Shelley Preston replacing departing Jay Aston. Falco makes it 2 Austrian top 5 German-language hits, that’s a first (and a last) for my charts. The Fab Nu Shooz track with that delicious instrumental track hits 9, just ahead of Sly Fox, still hoping to go all the way – get ready to be disappointed lads!

Highest new entry is a-ha, 4 top 40’s and just pipped on a top 20 at 21, a spacious and epic ballad this time showing they can do sweeping strings beautifully. Bananarama take Venus into the 30, Eurythmics enter at 26 When Tomorrow Comes, a bit flattering for a lesser single I think these days, and Haywoode is back at last with Roses getting the recognition it deserved first time round. In at 30, a beautifully amusing I Wanna Be A Cowboy, complete with the late Metal legend Lemmy in the video.

At 32 it’s the 3rd version (and not the last!) of The Locomotion to chart, as Dave Stewart (not Eurythmics Dave Stewart) and Barbara Gaskin fail to what they did 5 years earlier with It’s My Party (top the UK charts). Little Eva was a reissued top 3 hit in 1972, Grand Funk made my top 30 in 1974, and Kylie wasn’t that far away. Lovebug Starski brings some 80’s novelty horror rap into the charts, Wham! are back for the last official single at 39, The Edge Of Heaven EP, and Prince, Smiths and Big Audio Dynamite all make the 40.

Sigue Sigue Sputnik refers to T.Rex, but essentially repeats the first hit to much-less success and credibility, in at 46, and at 56 Marc Almond is back with a Cher cover, all melodrama, as both do well. Midge Ure slips in The Call Of The Wild, Queen under-perform everywhere with Highlander track Friends Will Be Friends, which remains one of the more memorable ballads they did, Mr. Mister get a 3rd entry, somehow, Suzanne Vega has another goodie Left Of Centre, and finally The Housemartins follow like Sheep, bursting with future success cos it’s Happy Hour!

1 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
3 ( 4 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 51 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
5 ( 15 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
6 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
7 ( 3 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
8 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 23 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
10 ( 12 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox

11 ( 11 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
12 ( 5 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
13 ( 19 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
14 ( 6 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
15 ( 9 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
16 ( 18 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
17 ( 14 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
18 ( 25 ) GOD BLESS YOU WOMAN Culture Club
19 ( 28 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
20 ( 16 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald

21 ( NEW ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
22 ( 35 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 13 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
24 ( 17 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
25 ( 44 ) VENUS Bananarama
26 ( NEW ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
27 ( 37 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
28 ( 10 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
29 ( NEW ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( NEW ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry

31 ( 20 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
32 ( NEW ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
33 ( 26 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
34 ( 58 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
35 ( 24 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
36 ( NEW ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
37 ( 29 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
38 ( 56 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
39 ( NEW ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
40 ( 75 ) MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite

41 ( 30 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
42 ( 42 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
43 ( 31 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
44 ( 21 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
45 ( 71 ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
46 ( NEW ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
47 ( 32 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
48 ( 22 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
49 ( 54 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
50 ( 64 ) TIME Freddie Mercury

51 ( 39 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
52 ( 60 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
53 ( 27 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
54 ( 36 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
55 ( 46 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
56 ( NEW ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond
57 ( 40 ) LOVE TOUCH Rod Stewart
58 ( 34 ) XX SEX/ RULES AND REGULATIONS We’ve Got A Fuzzbox & We’re Gonna Use It
59 ( 53 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
60 ( 55 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra

61 ( 49 ) BASSLINE Mantronix
62 ( 73 ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow
63 ( 61 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
64 ( 33 ) OVER THE WEEKEND Nick Heyward
65 ( NEW ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
66 ( NEW ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
67 ( 41 ) FREEWAY OF LOVE Aretha Franklin
68 ( 66 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
69 ( NEW ) IS IT LOVE Mr. Mister
70 ( 38 ) ROLLIN’ HOME Status Quo

71 ( 57 ) STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Frank Sinatra
72 ( NEW ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
73 ( 72 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
74 ( 48 ) KIND WORDS (AND A REAL GOOD HEART) Joan Armatrading
75 ( NEW ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

Playlist Oldies Of The Week
1 HE’S A REBEL The Crystals
2 LONELY MAN The Godfathers
3 BE MY BABY The Ronettes

 

18th June 1986

It’s a first week on top for Bucks Fizz Mark 2, giving them a 5th and final chart-topper, as Wham! are shooting up into the 20 for the final time (with a new single), while highest new entry is 1985’s back-again Bangles track, the fab Katrina & The waves cover Going Down To Liverpool – which I did several times a year in those days to pick up my grandma or visit.

Bowie’s back with another movie song – though not exactly in the same musical league as Absolute Beginners, the film is very much better remembered than Ab Beginners – Labyrinth. The Housemartins get a first top 40, and booze it up, while Genesis scrape another 40, and Marc Almond adds to his list too. Madonna also returns with her best record to date, a creative step up, the fab Papa Don’t Preach.

Matt Bianco havent covered Martha Reeves it’s a new jolly tune, 80’s dance chart-topper Dhar Braxton enters, Art Of Noise drag Max Headroom in and the result isn’t quite the same standard as Duane Eddy, but fellow 50’s rocker Little Richard also pops in with a very 50’s-sounding revisit of his old sound. That leaves INXS with a second fab funkrock entry, Listen Like Thieves.

1 ( 4 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 1 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
4 ( 5 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
5 ( 9 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
6 ( 2 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
7 ( 6 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
8 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
9 ( 11 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
10 ( 7 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel

11 ( 10 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
12 ( 13 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine
13 ( 16 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
14 ( 30 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
15 ( 12 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
16 ( 21 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha
17 ( 39 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
18 ( 26 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
19 ( 19 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
20 ( NEW ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles

21 ( 25 ) VENUS Bananarama
22 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 27 ) MOUNTAINS Prince
24 ( 17 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
25 ( 18 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
26 ( 14 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
27 ( 15 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
28 ( 20 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
29 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
30 ( 34 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths

31 ( 24 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye
32 ( 32 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
33 ( 36 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
34 ( 38 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
35 ( NEW ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
36 ( 40 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
37 ( 72 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
38 ( 23 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
39 ( 42 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
40 ( 56 ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond

41 ( 46 ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
42 ( 66 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
43 ( 31 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
44 ( 41 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
45 ( 52 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
46 ( 37 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
47 ( 33 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
48 ( 43 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
49 ( 49 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
50 ( 65 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure

51 ( 28 ) PRIVATE LIFE Grace Jones
52 ( 45 ) DISENCHANTED The Communards
53 ( 35 ) I ENGINEER Icehouse
54 ( NEW ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
55 ( 55 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
56 ( 54 ) ADDICTED TO LOVE Robert Palmer
57 ( 44 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
58 ( 51 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
59 ( 48 ) BOYS DON’T CRY The Cure
60 ( 62 ) MINE ALL MINE Cashflow

61 ( 47 ) IF YOU LEAVE OMD
62 ( 60 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
63 ( 53 ) R.O.C.K. IN THE USA John Cougar Mellencamp
64 ( 63 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
65 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
66 ( 50 ) TIME Freddie Mercury
67 ( NEW ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton
68 ( 68 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
69 ( 69 ) IS IT LOVE Mr. Mister
70 ( NEW ) PARANOIMIA Art Of Noise and Max Headroom

71 ( 73 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
72 ( 75 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega
73 ( NEW ) GREAT GOSH A MIGHTY Little Richard
74 ( 59 ) ALL THE THE THINGS SHE SAID Simple Minds
75 ( NEW ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS

1 GOOD GRIEF CHRISTINA Chicory Tip
2 WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO Donnie Elbert
3 SAMSON AND DELILAH Middle Of The Road

 

24th June 1986

2 weeks on top for Bucks Fizz as Nu Shooz are kept off the top spot, Sandie Shaw gets her 3rd top 5, Eurythmics keep the top 10’s coming – just two misses since Sweet Dreams – and The Bangles make it 2 Top 10’s, and a-ha 4 in a row. Highest new entry at 16 is the 20th anniversary reissue of Paperback Writer, last charting in 1976 for The Beatles, while The Housemartins get a first top 20, and Prince adds to his already long list of top 20’s dating back to 1999 in 1983 and 1985 and will chart again in 1999 and 2016. Confused?

Madonna’s up 30 with Papa Don’t Preach, to 24, Queen are into the 40, and the fab unknown A View From A Hill single No Conversation is in at 34. El DEBarge goes solo and asks Who’s Johnny? Ask The Teacher! Big Country are one place lower. Real Roxanne is also solo and Bang Zoom – but not To The Moon Alice, one for TV’s Honeymooners fans there, assuming any are still alive. The Temps are in at 59 with future chart-topper My Girl in 1991, and also another 2000’s run, having predated my charts on 60’s runs, but keeping the Motown back catalogue alive.

Stevie Winwood is back, with his greatest solo track Higher Love, Steve Harley is also back to give him 12 years of chart entries, and the late Marvin Gaye is X rated posthumously giving him 17 years of chart entries.

1 ( 1 ) NEW BEGINNING (MAMBA SEYRA) Bucks Fizz
2 ( 5 ) I CAN’T WAIT Nu Shooz
3 ( 2 ) OPPORTUNITIES (LET’S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY) Pet Shop Boys
4 ( 4 ) VIENNA CALLING Falco
5 ( 7 ) ARE YOU READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN Sandie Shaw
6 ( 18 ) WHEN TOMORROW COMES Eurythmics
7 ( 17 ) THE EDGE OF HEAVEN Wham!
8 ( 11 ) LET’S GO ALL THE WAY Sly Fox
9 ( 20 ) GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles
10 ( 16 ) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha

11 ( 3 ) SPIRIT IN THE SKY Doctor & The Medics
12 ( 14 ) I WANNA BE A COWBOY Boys Don’t Cry
13 ( 21 ) VENUS Bananarama
14 ( 6 ) SET ME FREE Jaki Graham
15 ( 8 ) SINFUL Pete Wylie
16 ( NEW ) PAPERBACK WRITER The Beatles
17 ( 10 ) SLEDGEHAMMER Peter Gabriel
18 ( 37 ) HAPPY HOUR The Housemartins
19 ( 29 ) ROSES Haywoode
20 ( 23 ) MOUNTAINS Prince

21 ( 19 ) NASTY Janet Jackson
22 ( 22 ) MY FAVOURITE WASTE OF TIME Owen Paul
23 ( 15 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
24 ( 54 ) PAPA DON’T PREACH Madonna
25 ( 9 ) YOUNG HEARTS RUN FREE (REMIX) Candi Staton
26 ( 35 ) UNDERGROUND David Bowie
27 ( 34 ) TOO GOOD TO BE FORGOTTEN Amazulu
28 ( 33 ) AMITYVILLE (HOUSE ON THE HILL) Lovebug Starski
29 ( 13 ) CAN’T GET BY WITHOUT YOU (REMIX) The Real Thing
30 ( 12 ) BAD BOYS Miami Sound Machine

31 ( 24 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
32 ( 36 ) THE MEDICINE SHOW Big Audio Dynamite
33 ( 42 ) FRIENDS WILL BE FRIENDS Queen
34 ( NEW ) NO CONVERSATION A View From The Hill
35 ( 49 ) THE PROMISE YOU MADE Cock Robin
36 ( 28 ) ON MY OWN Patti Labelle & Michael MacDonald
37 ( 39 ) INVISIBLE TOUCH Genesis
38 ( 27 ) LESSONS IN LOVE Level 42
39 ( 50 ) CALL OF THE WILD Midge Ure
40 ( 31 ) I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE Marvin Gaye

41 ( 25 ) GOD THANK YOU WOMAN Culture Club
42 ( NEW ) WHO’S JOHNNY El DeBarge
43 ( NEW ) THE TEACHER Big Country
44 ( 30 ) BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN The Smiths
45 ( 32 ) THE LOCOMOTION Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin
46 ( NEW ) (BANG ZOOM) LET’S GO GO Real Roxanne
47 ( 38 ) ROCK LOBSTER The B52’s
48 ( 44 ) E=MC2 Big Audio Dynamite
49 ( 43 ) WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY Janet Jackson
50 ( 72 ) LEFT OF CENTRE Suzanne Vega

51 ( 26 ) EVERYBODY WANTS TO RUN/RULE THE WORLD Tears For Fears
52 ( 41 ) 21ST CENTURY BOY Sigue Sigue Sputnik
53 ( 48 ) YOU KEEP ME HANGIN’ ON Diana Ross & The Supremes
54 ( RE ) BAND OF GOLD Bonnie Tyler
55 ( 46 ) ROCK ME AMADEUS Falco
56 ( 65 ) DANCING IN THE STREET Matt Bianco
57 ( 40 ) A WOMAN’S STORY Marc Almond
58 ( 45 ) HOLDING BACK THE YEARS Simply Red
59 ( NEW ) MY GIRL The Temptations
60 ( 67 ) JUMP BACK (SET ME FREE) Dhar Braxton

61 ( 55 ) CAN’T WAIT ANOTHER MINUTE Five Star
62 ( 47 ) RING A DING DING Perils Of Plastic
63 ( NEW ) HIGHER LOVE Stevie Winwood
64 ( 62 ) CALLING AMERICA Electric Light Orchestra
65 ( 64 ) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush
66 ( 75 ) LISTEN LIKE THIEVES INXS
67 ( NEW ) IRRESISTIBLE Steve Harley
68 ( 57 ) ROUGH BOY ZZ Top
69 ( 73 ) GREAT GOSH A MIGHTY Little Richard
70 ( 68 ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha

71 ( 58 ) THE BIG SKY Kate Bush
72 ( NEW ) BRILLIANT MIND Furniture
73 ( NEW ) MATCHSTICK FLOTILLA Thrashing Doves
74 ( NEW ) THE WORLD IS RATED X Marvin Gaye
75 ( 71 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy

Playlist Oldies
1 BANG A BOOMERANG Abba
2 DON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Elton John
3 SUNSHINE The Archies

My Dec 1985 Charts

3rd December 1985

2 weeks on top for Wham! just holding off another top British duo, and Pet Shop Boys hit 2 with the classic West End Girls. Yoko Ono gets her first top solo hit in 5 years, since Walking On Thin Ice topped my chart, the final record she & John were working on the night of his murder, and John goes up one to 8. Sun City protest song hits 6, Madonna ends the year with a 6th top 10, and Whitney Houston gets a debut top 10.

Grant n Graham just miss out on a 2nd top 10 together, 5 years since David first had his Lynx, and Dionne Warwick is back in the top 20 3 years on from the last time, Dee C. Lee finally scrapes into the 20 with a great ballad that took me time to warm to, and Slade make their run of top 20’s 14 years. Julian Lennon follows his dad into the 40, The Cult make it a hat-trick, and highest new entry is a christmas classic, as done by Broooooce, at 32, Santa Clause Is Coming To Town. Brucie’s sax player gets his own debut at 60, Clarence Clemons bringing along Jackson Browne who first made my charts 13 years earlier with Doctor My Eyes.

The Cars return for a 3rd hit of the year, at 40, while at 66 it’s another pop duet, as Bonnie Tyler extends her run of chart entries to 9 years, in hand with the fab Todd Rundgren who first made my charts with the fab I Saw The Light in 1972. The song and production is a Jim Steinman epic, as they all are in his style, but only hit big in Portugal, though Meatloaf finally got around to doing his version with Jim in 2016.

Bronski Beat have a new lead singer, Junior keeps popping in, Evelyn King hasn’t dropped the Champagne, 7 years on from her first Shame, and Mr. Mister debut with a great song Broken Wings.

1 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 6 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 2 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
4 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 7 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
6 ( 15 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
7 ( 14 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
9 ( 18 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
10 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 26 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 8 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
13 ( 4 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
14 ( 5 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
15 ( 11 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
16 ( 30 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
17 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
18 ( 12 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
19 ( 25 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
20 ( 33 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee

21 ( 13 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
22 ( 24 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
23 ( 58 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
24 ( 17 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
25 ( 37 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
26 ( 36 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 29 ) RUSSIANS Sting
28 ( 44 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
29 ( 32 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
30 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship

31 ( 16 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
32 ( NEW ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 19 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
34 ( 23 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
35 ( 43 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
36 ( 22 ) NIKITA Elton John
37 ( 54 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
38 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
39 ( 28 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
40 ( NEW ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars

41 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen
42 ( 45 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
43 ( 34 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
44 ( 60 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( 69 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
46 ( 38 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
47 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
48 ( 71 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
49 ( 35 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
50 ( 66 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

51 ( 47 ) DRIVE The Cars
52 ( 31 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
53 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
55 ( 42 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
56 ( 68 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
57 ( 52 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
58 ( 53 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
59 ( 51 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
60 ( NEW ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

61 ( 41 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
62 ( 46 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
63 ( 40 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
64 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 59 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
66 ( NEW ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOTTA
DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
67 ( NEW ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
68 ( 74 ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
69 ( 75 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
70 ( 70 ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) OH LOUISE Junior
72 ( 61 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
73 ( NEW ) YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH Evelyn ‘Champagne’ King
74 ( NEW ) WHAT’S GONE WRONG The Untouchables
75 ( NEW ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister

PLAYLIST OLDIES OF THE WEEK

1 MOON RIVER Greyhound
2 EVERYTHING I OWN Ken Boothe
3 IF NOT YOU Dr. Hook

10th December 1985

On top for the first time, and the first of dozens, it’s Chris & Neil – dum dum dum dum-de-dum-dum. Holding off a reissued 1984 Band Aid chart-topper, still fresh and undimmed by 30-odd years of never-ending Christmas overkill. Sting shoots up Russians to 4, a sort of dark christmassy mood and his biggest solo hit to date. Julian Lennon gets a second top 10 and knocks out his dad.

Cameo enter at 19 with strange, but fab, song, ahead of the codpiece – it would eventually chart in the UK. A Mick Jagger album track joins the Yoko album track – veterans were now starting to opt out of singles off new albums, something which became huge business in the States in the 90’s as physical singles died out to push album sales to new heights. Money money money! Mick’s missus, of course, used to go out with Bryan Ferry – and he is also in looking Windswept. Fortunately Rupert Murdoch doesn’t feature in the chart, though I did tweet him this week when he commented unbelievingly on global warming while flying over ice-swept northern hemispheres – IN MID-WINTER. What a dick. At least I can only assume that’s why Jerry married the ageing multibillionaire.

No memory whatsoever of the Spacelings – one to youtube! However another overplayed christmas classic debuts at 60 – it’s Shaky, with one of his occasional chart entries (in my charts, that is, 5 years non-stop in the UK charts). You all know it. Sheena Easton also has 5 years of occasional chart entries continued but her best Prince-days were still ahead. Another Christmas UK number one enters at 71 – well the song at any rate, for the Isley Brothers (sort of) 16 years into a chart career, and one year pre-Housemartins. That leaves comebacks for Mike Oldfield (topped my chart two times in 1974 with two albums – allowed because they were one track, essentially), and Joni Mitchell (1974 was also her best chart year for me) 15 years on from Big Yellow Taxi.

1 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
3 ( 1 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
4 ( 27 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
6 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
7 ( 9 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 5 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
9 ( 23 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
10 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40

11 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
12 ( 10 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
13 ( 8 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
14 ( 16 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
15 ( 3 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
16 ( 12 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
17 ( 19 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
18 ( 20 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
19 ( NEW ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
20 ( 15 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys

21 ( 17 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
23 ( 28 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
24 ( 40 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 30 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
26 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
27 ( 35 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
28 ( 14 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
29 ( 38 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
30 ( 18 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

31 ( 37 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
32 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 21 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
34 ( 24 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
35 ( 45 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
36 ( NEW ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
37 ( 47 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 42 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
39 ( 67 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
40 ( 48 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John

41 ( 33 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
42 ( 25 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
43 ( 36 ) NIKITA Elton John
44 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
45 ( NEW ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
46 ( 50 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 71 ) OH LOUISE Junior
48 ( 34 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
49 ( NEW ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
50 ( 22 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

51 ( 60 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
52 ( 56 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
53 ( 39 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
54 ( 43 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
55 ( 66 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
56 ( 54 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 51 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 31 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
59 ( 41 ) ONE VISION Queen
60 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

61 ( 29 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
62 ( 75 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
63 ( 46 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
64 ( NEW ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
65 ( 69 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
66 ( NEW ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
67 ( 57 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 64 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( NEW ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) FOREVER BE Sal Solo

71 ( NEW ) CARAVAN OF LOVE Isley Jasper isley
72 ( NEW ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield
73 ( 55 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
74 ( 62 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
75 ( NEW ) GOOD FRIENDS Joni Mitchell

PLAYLIST OLDIES
1 KITES Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

17th December 1985

It’s only one week on top for West End Girls, as a recent Christmas Classic enters back on top, Wham! very nearly replacing themselves at 1 but for Pet Shop Boys. Cameo go top 10, She’s Strange that one, and Shaky’s xmas now-perennial leaps into the 40 for the first time. Lots of climbers due to a lack of new entries, which back in the day was the norm. Or now, in fact, bar the oldies xmas invasions that I used to do in my own charts and now happens in the actual official charts everywhere.

Amii Stewart has a new duetting partner for her old Johnny Bristol hit mash-up of 2 Smokey Robinson songs, My Guy My Girl and Sophie George is too Girlie Girlie, too. A forgotten xmas song from Bryan Adams, I doubt I’ve heard Christmas Time in 32 years….! On the other hand, Walking In The Air and Aled Jones were regular xmas airplay and TVplay oldies – and here they are – but not quite as you might guess. I never liked Aled’s version of Walking In The Air, so it’s the original TV “Snowman” soundtrack that enters, while Aled gives Mike Oldfield a festive hand. Mike, of course, has had several xmas hits, none of them actually mentioning xmas at all, preferring a more traditional solstice theme.

1 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
5 ( 3 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
6 ( 7 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
7 ( 6 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
8 ( 9 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
9 ( 19 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
10 ( 11 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham

11 ( 5 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
12 ( 10 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
13 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
14 ( 17 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
15 ( 25 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
16 ( 18 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
17 ( 27 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
18 ( 29 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
19 ( 8 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
20 ( 13 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon

21 ( 16 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
22 ( 15 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
23 ( 20 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
24 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
25 ( 32 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
26 ( 14 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
27 ( 31 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
28 ( 39 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
29 ( 60 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
30 ( 35 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu

31 ( 26 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
32 ( 22 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
33 ( 38 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
34 ( 21 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 40 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 28 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
37 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
38 ( 47 ) OH LOUISE Junior
39 ( 46 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
40 ( 45 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

41 ( 33 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
42 ( 34 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
43 ( 36 ) HARD WOMAN Mick Jagger
44 ( 42 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
45 ( 51 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
46 ( 23 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
47 ( 52 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
48 ( 49 ) LAST NIGHT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM The Spacelings
49 ( 30 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
50 ( 55 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren

51 ( 62 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
52 ( 43 ) NIKITA Elton John
53 ( NEW ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
54 ( 64 ) HEART OF LOTHIAN Marillion
55 ( 65 ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin
56 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
57 ( 66 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
58 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
59 ( 54 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
60 ( 41 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits

61 ( 48 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
62 ( NEW ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophie George
63 ( 53 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
64 ( NEW ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
65 ( 59 ) ONE VISION Queen
66 ( 44 ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 69 ) DO IT FOR LOVE Sheena Easton
70 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Peter Auty & The Sinfonia Of London

71 ( 72 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
72 ( 73 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( 58 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
74 ( NEW ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
75 ( 74 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

Pre-Xmas Oldies playlist:

1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
3 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatle

24th December 1985

It’s a new entry at 1 for a Xmas classic that charted in 1974 but never made my top 10. That was something of a shock for me as Mud had made my top 3 (and had 4 number ones) with all their previous singles, yet this Elvis pastiche ballad sorta disappointed me as a 16-year-old. Roll on 11 years and nostalgia and regular annual radio plays, and hey presto I love it. In fact so many Xmas classics come back my chart looks like the Xmas 2017 singles charts! Not saying I was ahead of the game….OK I am. That also explains why I don’t usually rechart them, cos frankly after getting on for 30 to 45 years one gets over-familiar with most of them. Glad to see new generations love them though!

Bizarrely the Shaky Xmas classic is only 20, and it was brand new (well a year-old and held-back to avoid Band Aid and Wham!, rather wisely). Macca’s back with his frogs, Bing’s 40’s standard is back having first charted in 1977, Slade are back again, by this time making it an annual event. Wizzard aren’t but they did it the previous year. Nowadays they beat Slade every xmas in the UK charts. This year both were beaten by fellow ’73 minor hit Step Into Xmas, as Elton gets a higher spot on the Spotify playlists.

Feargal Sharkey’s follow-up single is actually the answer-song to A Good Heart, as the break-up song from the female half of a songwriting romantic duo is followed by the male reply. Benmont Tench (from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) wrote it, Eurythmics Dave Stewart produced it, and Maria McKee is the subject matter, writer of A Good Heart which had a pop at Tench.

1 ( NEW ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
4 ( 3 ) RUSSIANS Sting
5 ( 6 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
6 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid
7 ( 9 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
8 ( 5 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
10 ( 8 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon

11 ( 7 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
12 ( 16 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
13 ( 18 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
14 ( 12 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
15 ( 17 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
16 ( 24 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
17 ( 10 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
18 ( NEW ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
19 ( 13 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
20 ( 29 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens

21 ( 15 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
22 ( 11 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
23 ( 28 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
24 ( 25 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen
25 ( 31 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
26 ( 14 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
27 ( 21 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
28 ( 22 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
29 ( 20 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
30 ( 40 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry

31 ( 45 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne
32 ( 23 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
33 ( 39 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
34 ( 27 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
35 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
36 ( 19 ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
37 ( 57 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
38 ( 53 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
39 ( 51 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
40 ( 55 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin

41 ( 26 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
42 ( 30 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
43 ( 36 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
44 ( 42 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
45 ( 41 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
46 ( 32 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
47 ( NEW ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
48 ( 62 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George
49 ( 38 ) OH LOUISE Junior
50 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout

51 ( 33 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
52 ( 44 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
53 ( 56 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 61 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
55 ( 74 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
56 ( 64 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( 37 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( 49 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
59 ( NEW ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
60 ( 58 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 46 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
62 ( 52 ) NIKITA Elton John
63 ( 59 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( 47 ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
65 ( 50 ) LOVING YOU’S A DIRTY JOB (BUT SOMEBODY’S GOT TO DO IT) Bonnie Tyler & Todd Rundgren
66 ( NEW ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
67 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) PICTURES IN THE DARK Mike Oldfield with Aled Jones
70 ( NEW ) WHAT’S YOUR NAME? Zinno

71 ( NEW ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
72 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
73 ( NEW ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
74 ( 63 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
75 ( NEW ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers

Oldies Playlist
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 WE CAN WORK IT OUT The Beatles
3 DAY TRIPPER The Beatles

31st December 1985

A second week on top for Mud, and a fourth week at 2 for Pet Shop Boys in total – if not for oldies it would have had 5 weeks on top. Had my chart rules been different though, it’s likely Gene Pitney’s I’m Gonna Be Strong would have topped for some of that as I was seriously mad on it. Wizzard would also have recharted and the Win single on my playlist I thought should be treated as an oldie, but it would chart in 1986.

A-ha are the highest new entry at 22 with a classic epic track that’s even better than Take On Me, followed closely by a forgotten Eurythmics gem, It’s Alright. Jon Anderson pops in, both missing Vangelis and bandmates Yes to get his debut solo entry some 8 years since Wondrous Stories made my top 10 for Yes.

1 ( 1 ) LONELY THIS CHRISTMAS Mud
2 ( 2 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
3 ( 4 ) RUSSIANS Sting
4 ( 3 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
5 ( 9 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
6 ( 7 ) SHE’S STRANGE Cameo
7 ( 5 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
8 ( 8 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
9 ( 13 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
10 ( 6 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid

11 ( 10 ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
12 ( 16 ) TONIGHT SHE COMES The Cars
13 ( 18 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney
14 ( 11 ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 17 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
16 ( 25 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
17 ( 20 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE Shakin’ Stevens
18 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
19 ( 23 ) HIT THAT PERFECT BEAT Bronski Beat
20 ( 24 ) SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN Bruce Springsteen

21 ( 12 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
22 ( NEW ) THE SUN ALWAYS SHINES ON TV A-ha
23 ( 21 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
24 ( 19 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
25 ( NEW ) IT’S ALRIGHT (BABY’S COMING BACK) Eurythmics
26 ( 15 ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
27 ( 35 ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
28 ( 59 ) IT’S IN EVERY ONE OF US Cliff Richard
29 ( 38 ) MY GUY MY GIRL Amii Stewart & Deon Estus
30 ( 31 ) YOU’RE A FRIEND OF MINE Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne

31 ( 26 ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
32 ( 47 ) WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
33 ( 22 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
34 ( 37 ) LEAVING ME NOW Level 42
35 ( 49 ) OH LOUISE Junior
36 ( 27 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
37 ( 28 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
38 ( 39 ) BROKEN WINGS Mr. Mister
39 ( 40 ) WHO’S ZOOMIN’ WHO Aretha Franklin
40 ( 48 ) GIRLIE GIRLIE Sophia George

41 ( 29 ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
42 ( 34 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
43 ( 32 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
44 ( 30 ) WINDSWEPT Bryan Ferry
45 ( 54 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
46 ( 33 ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
47 ( 55 ) RING OF ICE Jennifer Rush
48 ( 44 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
49 ( 43 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
50 ( 45 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees

51 ( 42 ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
52 ( 41 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
53 ( 53 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
54 ( 46 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
55 ( 66 ) WALKING IN THE AIR Aled Jones
56 ( 56 ) CHRISTMAS TIME Bryan Adams
57 ( NEW ) EASIER SAID THAN DOWN Jon Anderson
58 ( 52 ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
59 ( 75 ) RAISE THE ROOF The Conway Brothers
60 ( 60 ) DRIVE The Cars

61 ( 58 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
62 ( 50 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
63 ( 63 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
64 ( NEW ) MR DJ The Concept
65 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
66 ( 57 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( 73 ) YOU LITTLE THIEF Feargal Sharkey
68 ( 68 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
69 ( 71 ) GO HOME Stevie Wonder
70 ( 61 ) REVOLUTION The Cult

71 ( 67 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
72 ( 62 ) NIKITA Elton John
73 ( 74 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
74 ( 72 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
75 ( NEW ) ALICE I WANT YOU JUST FOR ME Full Force

FAVE OLDIES OF THE WEEK
1 I’M GONNA BE STRONG Gene Pitney
2 YOU’VE GOT THE POWER Win
3 I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard

My Nov 1985 Charts

3rd November 1985

It’s a first week on top for Cities In Dust, Siouxsie’s 2nd chart-topper, and a relatively unknown corker. UB40 climb to 4 – their 2nd highest charting single to date, after debut Food For Thought peaked at 2. Talking Heads get a 2nd top 10, Feargal Sharkey leaps to 9, and his first solo top 10 and goes where 3 Undertones singles have been. Kate Bush completes a fabulous top 10 – as usual in her case, it’s more remarkable if she doesn’t go top 10.

Lloyd Cole has a mighty quantum leap into the 40, as he searches for a Lost Weekend and his best track that isn’t called Perfect Skin. Marc Almond keeps the long run of top 40’s going and ZZ Top make it 4 in a row. After the previous week invasion of new entries, it’s a bit calmer this time, but still room for some classics: The Waterboys enter at 66 with future 1991 Number 1 in my chart (on reissue) The Whole Of The Moon, a track I heard in a record store in 1989 in a College town in Vermont, and it still sounded fab. Music is memories….

Prefab Sprout have a good return single as the highest new entry, Paul Hardcastle disappoints following up a unique huge single, Tina Turner & Bryan Adams cap of a good year for them both with a rocky duet, Patsy Kensit debuts with Eighth Wonder, better times lie ahead chartwise (cough, Pet Shop Boys, cough), Dee C. Lee ex-of Wham! backing singers, and Paul Weller’s better-half of the time brings a lush fab ballad into the lower reaches and on it’s way up – though one I grew to love more in later years. There’s also Shaky.

1 ( 2 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
2 ( 1 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
3 ( 3 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
4 ( 14 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 5 ) NIKITA Elton John
6 ( 6 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
7 ( 4 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
8 ( 12 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
9 ( 21 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
10 ( 20 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush

11 ( 18 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
12 ( 16 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
13 ( 7 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
14 ( 9 ) RAIN The Cult
15 ( 8 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
16 ( 22 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
17 ( 29 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
18 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
19 ( 10 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
20 ( 11 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council

21 ( 24 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
22 ( 17 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
23 ( 26 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
24 ( 40 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
25 ( 13 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
26 ( 19 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
27 ( 46 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
28 ( 31 ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
29 ( 23 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
30 ( 36 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards

31 ( 25 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
32 ( 67 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
33 ( 37 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
34 ( 38 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
35 ( 35 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco
36 ( 28 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
37 ( 32 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
38 ( 59 ) LOVE LETTER Marc Almond
39 ( 62 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
40 ( 49 ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top

41 ( 27 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
42 ( 33 ) ANGEL Madonna
43 ( 41 ) DRIVE The Cars
44 ( 58 ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
45 ( 52 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
46 ( 30 ) THE SWEETEST TABOO Sade
47 ( 34 ) POP LIFE Prince
48 ( 39 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
49 ( 42 ) SINGLE LIFE Cameo
50 ( 45 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz

51 ( NEW ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
52 ( 43 ) FEEL EMOTION Twiggy
53 ( NEW ) JUST FOR THE MONEY Paul Hardcastle
54 ( 44 ) THE BOY WITH THE THORN IN HIS SIDE The Smiths
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 48 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
57 ( 56 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
58 ( NEW ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
59 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
60 ( 50 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive

61 ( 60 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
62 ( 57 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry
63 ( 73 ) THE WIND OF CHANGE Robert Wyatt & The Swapo Singers
64 ( 74 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
65 ( 64 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
66 ( NEW ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
67 ( 47 ) THE HEAVEN I NEED The Three Degrees
68 ( 65 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
69 ( NEW ) HIT AND RUN Total Contrast
70 ( 70 ) ROCK ME BABY Johnny Nash

71 ( 51 ) I’LL BE GOOD Rene And Angela
72 ( 63 ) DON’T MESS WITH DR. DREAM The Thompson Twins
73 ( NEW ) STAY WITH ME Eighth Wonder
74 ( NEW ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
75 ( NEW ) LIPSTICK POWDER AND PAINT Shakin’ Stevens

OLDIES PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK:
1 IT’S FOR YOU Cilla Black
2 LIVERPOOL LULLABY Cilla Black
3 ELENORE The Turtles

 

10th NOVEMBER 1985

Feargal Sharkey does what the Undertones never managed – he tops my chart, with the fab A Good Heart. Meanwhile Huey Lewis is back with a bang with his 1982 non-hit in the UK, the terrific Heart & Soul, outdoing his most-famous song Power Of Love in my charts. Lloyd Cole rockets up to 11, and The Waterboys go into orbit seeing the Whole Of The Moon up 48 places to 18. Classic! The Communards hit the 20 for the first time, and in at 27 it’s a significant chart debut for them and for me: West End Girls is still their most famous song, and kick-started a glorious career for the Pet Shop Boys which continues to this day. Far and away easily my top fave act of the last 32 years, on record and in concert, and one of my Big Three along with The Beatles and Abba.

Wham! crack back with the great I’m Your Man, while a bunch of pop stars do an anti-Apartheid track (Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Bob Geldof, Jackson Browne, Bono, some Temptations, Afrika Bambaata, Hall & Oates, Bobby Womack and many many more) and it’s pretty good. In at 36 and 37 respectively as at 38 Dire Straits make it 6 years of top 40 hits with the atmospheric Brothers In Arms title track, as the new-format CD took off big-time spearheaded by this album.

Fine Young Cannibals are a bit blue, Queen notably didn’t play on Sun City as they had recently actually played Sun City and sparked the protest, having just the one vision, and Starship drop the Jefferson and the Airplane and the quality, coming back 5 years on from Jane to build a city. An annoying one by the time it dropped out of the charts. A bunch of follow-up’s enter lower, the most notable being David & Jaki’s 70’s-soul-styled Mated, a bit Philly and a bit fab.

1 ( 9 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
2 ( 1 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
3 ( 3 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
4 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
5 ( 8 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
6 ( 5 ) NIKITA Elton John
7 ( 2 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
8 ( 11 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
9 ( 16 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
10 ( NEW ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News

11 ( 32 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
12 ( 7 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
13 ( 18 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
14 ( 17 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
15 ( 10 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
16 ( 6 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
17 ( 13 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
18 ( 66 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
19 ( 30 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
20 ( 24 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin

21 ( 21 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
22 ( 12 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
23 ( 27 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
24 ( 22 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
25 ( 14 ) RAIN The Cult
26 ( 15 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
27 ( NEW ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
28 ( 20 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
29 ( 33 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
30 ( 19 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr

31 ( 31 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
32 ( 23 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
33 ( 53 ) JUST FOR THE MONEY Paul Hardcastle
34 ( 51 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
35 ( 28 ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
36 ( NEW ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
37 ( NEW ) SUN CITY Artists United Against Apartheid
38 ( NEW ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
39 ( 26 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
40 ( 45 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey

41 ( 25 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
42 ( 58 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
43 ( 37 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
44 ( 36 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
45 ( 43 ) DRIVE The Cars
46 ( NEW ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
47 ( 29 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
48 ( 34 ) FORTRESS AROUND MY HEART Sting
49 ( NEW ) ONE VISION Queen
50 ( 35 ) YEH YEH Matt Bianco

51 ( 39 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
52 ( 38 ) LOVE LETTERS Marc Almond
53 ( 50 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
54 ( 41 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 64 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
57 ( 42 ) ANGEL Madonna
58 ( NEW ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
59 ( 40 ) SLEEPING BAG ZZ Top
60 ( 57 ) HOLIDAY Madonna

61 ( 59 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
62 ( 61 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
63 ( NEW ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
64 ( 48 ) KNOCK ON WOOD/ LIGHT MY FIRE Amii Stewart
65 ( 56 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange
66 ( 65 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
67 ( NEW ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
68 ( 44 ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
69 ( 74 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
70 ( 62 ) DON’T STOP THE DANCE Bryan Ferry

71 ( NEW ) GET OUTTA TOWN Dan Hartman
72 ( 68 ) I WONDER IF I TAKE YOU HOME Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam with Full Force
73 ( NEW ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
74 ( 60 ) MY HEART GOES BANG Dead Or Alive
75 ( NEW ) EMERGENCY Kool & The Gang

CLASSIC OLDIES FAVES OF THE WEEK

1 HIGH FLY John Miles
2 THE SUN AIN’T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE The Walker Brothers
3 NO. 9 DREAM John Lennon

 

17th November 1985

2 weeks on top for Feargal Sharkey, as Stairway To Heaven climbs to 2, and Wham! shoot up 30 to 6 with I’m Your Man. The Waterboys & Eurythmics both go top 10, giving Aretha Franklin a 2nd top 10 of the year after a 14 year gap since her previous – Spanish Harlem. My boys climb into the 20 for the first time, and never long absnet from it ever since, Neil & Chris and West End Girls. Sun City climbs fast, as do ones they protest, Queen , hot off Live Aid’s show-stopping set.

Highest new entry is a debut, a promising (largely unfulfilled, if hugely successful) classy start from Whitney Houston, cousin of Dionne Warwick, who brings her pop friends along (such as Elton, Stevie & Gladys) a charity record for the rapidly-spreading new deadly disease AIDS. Written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager, it was the first time Burt & Dionne had hit together since the 60’s, and That’s What Friends Are For enters lower at 64.

Tina Turner is beside herself with Mad Max joy, literally, along with Bryan Adams. David Grant & Jaki Graham are mated (not really, cos I saw David Grant on TV this morning on a serious news item with his actual wife on behalf of children with learning difficulties) at 29, while Fine Young Cannibals, Midge Ure and Dee C. Lee (no longer backing Wham! she’s backing her own man, Paul Weller, who’s one place above her at 37).

Princess joins King and Queen, though not Prince sadly, with her 2nd hit, Glenn Frey flies solo from The Eagles with his best single, You belong To The City, The Cult make it a quick trio of hits, though not the Beatles’ Revolution, B side to my first chart Number One Hey Jude – despite Paul McCartney also entering with a comedy movie theme: Spies Like Us was as good as the film. Spirited effort but not that great.

Lionel Richie somehow breaks into the bottom end with another dull ballad, Say Who? Say Me! New Order find themselves a bit subcultured, and Go West return with another goodie.

1 ( 1 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
2 ( 3 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
3 ( 4 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
4 ( 5 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads
5 ( 2 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
6 ( 36 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
7 ( 10 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
8 ( 18 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
9 ( 20 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
10 ( 11 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions

11 ( 8 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
12 ( 7 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
13 ( 6 ) NIKITA Elton John
14 ( 27 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
15 ( 13 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
16 ( 19 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
17 ( 12 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
18 ( 37 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
19 ( 9 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
20 ( 49 ) ONE VISION Queen

21 ( 38 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
22 ( 17 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
23 ( 15 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
24 ( 14 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
25 ( NEW ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
26 ( 16 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
27 ( 33 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
28 ( 24 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
29 ( 73 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
30 ( 46 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals

31 ( 34 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
32 ( 23 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
33 ( 22 ) BRING ON THE DANCING HORSES Echo & The Bunnymen
34 ( 21 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
35 ( 51 ) ONE OF THE LIVING Tina Turner
36 ( 42 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
37 ( 28 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
38 ( 69 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
39 ( 58 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
40 ( 63 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure

41 ( 26 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
42 ( 56 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
43 ( 30 ) ST. ELMO’S FIRE (MAN IN MOTION) John Parr
44 ( 25 ) RAIN The Cult
45 ( 45 ) DRIVE The Cars
46 ( 39 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
47 ( 43 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
48 ( NEW ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
49 ( 31 ) TRAPPED Colonel Abrams
50 ( NEW ) YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey

51 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Cult
52 ( 32 ) MIAMI VICE THEME Jan Hammer
53 ( 29 ) THE TASTE OF MY TEARS King
54 ( 44 ) PART TIME LOVER Stevie Wonder
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 53 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
57 ( 67 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange
58 ( 41 ) THE GAMBLER Madonna
59 ( 35 ) LA FEMME ACCIDENT OMD
60 ( NEW ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney

61 ( 40 ) AFTER THE FIRE Roger Daltrey
62 ( 61 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
63 ( 60 ) HOLIDAY Madonna
64 ( NEW ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends
65 ( 62 ) THERE MUST BE AN ANGEL (PLAYING WITH MY HEART) Eurythmics
66 ( NEW ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
67 ( NEW ) SUBCULTURE New Order
68 ( 66 ) “19” Paul Hardcastle
69 ( NEW ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
70 ( 57 ) ANGEL Madonna

71 ( 68 ) OH SHEILA Take On The World
72 ( 47 ) REBEL YELL Billy Idol
73 ( 54 ) CLOSE TO ME The Cure
74 ( 52 ) LOVE LETTERS Marc Almond
75 ( 65 ) WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM? Blancmange

26th November 1985

It’s Wham! grabbing a first week on top for the second time (three for George Michael) on a change of chart-day-of-the-week compilation for me, and with the then-traditional 3rd-week-in-November deluge of record releases – 20 new entries! Huey Lewis hits his chart-peak of 4, Pet Shop Boys break into the 10 for the first time, and John & Yoko get the highest new entries. Not actually their Christmas classic, though, it’s a track off Yoko’s fab new album with a fab new video, Hell In Paradise, outdoing her late husband’s single release of his original 14-year-old album track as taken to 1 by Roxy Music 4 years earlier. In fact it’s a real family affair, as John’s son Julian enters with Because – not the Beatles classic album track, though, it’s another offcut from Dave Clark’s Time musical. Talking of The Beatles, The Thompson Twins enter at 45 with a cover of Revolution, B side to Hey Jude. Talking of the Beatles, Paul McC, John’s co-writer in the Fabs (as if anyone didn’t know) enters the 40 with his movie theme.

Talking of movie themes, Phil Collins duets with Marilyn Mansun. I mean McCoo. No, I mean Martin. Talking of Revolution, The Cult are one place higher than the different song of the same name. It’s 1985, so Madonna must be due another monthly hit – and here it is, dressing us up at 14 with her best effort since Into The Groove. Slade are back! 14 years of singles chart entries, and in at 25. A mere 6 years since Roxanne, Sting has another solo single, but for once this one is worthy of having a The Police moniker. The sentiments of Russians were quite worthy of the time, and the moody sweeping classical Russian backdrop was also worthy of entering at 29.

Another Propaganda goodie into the 40, and a host of lesser entries, from Doug E. Fresh, Nik Kershaw, Five Star, Amazulu and China Crisis. Dream Academy cover The Smiths, Aretha Franklin keeps the revival zoomin’ hot, Elton John is also on the 14-year-bandwagon, dragging along an uncredited modest George Michael I think, though these days it would guarantee a “featuring” credit on Wrap Her Up, hot on the heels of his uncredited vocal backing to the late David Cassidy. Simon May returns 9 years on from his excruciating Top Of The Pops live vocal experience, wisely sticking with his Orchestral TV Theme, and The New Seekers are back – guess what, 14-years-on. Spirit of ’71! Sadly, there was no Lyn Paul, Eve Graham or Peter Doyle in the line-up, leaving only Paul Layton & Marty Kristian from the original hit-making band.

1 ( 6 ) I’M YOUR MAN Wham!
2 ( 1 ) A GOOD HEART Feargal Sharkey
3 ( 3 ) DON’T BREAK MY HEART UB40
4 ( 7 ) HEART AND SOUL Huey Lewis & The News
5 ( 2 ) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Far Corporation
6 ( 14 ) WEST END GIRLS Pet Shop Boys
7 ( NEW ) HELL IN PARADISE Yoko Ono
8 ( 9 ) SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin
9 ( NEW ) JEALOUS GUY John Lennon
10 ( 4 ) ROAD TO NOWHERE Talking Heads

11 ( 8 ) THE WHOLE OF THE MOON The Waterboys
12 ( 10 ) LOST WEEKEND Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
13 ( 5 ) CITIES IN DUST Siouxsie & The Banshees
14 ( NEW ) DRESS YOU UP Madonna
15 ( 18 ) SUN CITY Artists Against Apartheid
16 ( 11 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU Level 42
17 ( 12 ) TAKE ON ME A-Ha
18 ( 25 ) SAVING ALL MY LOVE FOR YOU Whitney Houston
19 ( 21 ) BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
20 ( 20 ) ONE VISION Queen

21 ( 31 ) WHEN LOVE BREAKS DOWN Prefab Sprout
22 ( 13 ) NIKITA Elton John
23 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Jennifer Rush
24 ( 30 ) BLUE Fine Young Cannibals
25 ( NEW ) DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES Slade
26 ( 29 ) MATED David Grant & Jaki Graham
27 ( 27 ) JUST FOR MONEY Paul Hardcastle
28 ( 17 ) SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM Grace Jones
29 ( NEW ) RUSSIANS Sting
30 ( 64 ) THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR Dionne Warwick & Friends

31 ( 16 ) YOU ARE MY WORLD The Communards
32 ( 40 ) THAT CERTAIN SMILE Midge Ure
33 ( 38 ) SEE THE DAY Dee C. Lee
34 ( 22 ) IF I WAS Midge Ure
35 ( 19 ) ALIVE AND KICKING Simple Minds
36 ( 60 ) SPIES LIKE US Paul McCartney
37 ( NEW ) P-MACHINERY (REMIX) Propaganda
38 ( 28 ) IT’S A MANS MANS MANS MANS WORLD Brilliant
39 ( 39 ) WE BUILT THIS CITY Starship
40 ( 57 ) LOSE YOUR LOVE Blancmange

41 ( 26 ) (I’LL NEVER BE) MARIA MAGDALENA Sandra
42 ( 23 ) CLOUDBUSTING Kate Bush
43 ( NEW ) THE SHOW Doug E. Fresh
44 ( 51 ) REVOLUTION The Cult
45 ( NEW ) REVOLUTION The Thompson Twins
46 ( 37 ) THE LODGERS The Style Council
47 ( 45 ) DRIVE The Cars
48 ( 48 ) AFTER THE LOVE HAS GONE Princess
49 ( 24 ) KING FOR A DAY The Thompson Twins
50 ( 50 ) YOU BELONG TO THE CITY Glenn Frey

51 ( 42 ) UNCLE SAM Madness
52 ( 47 ) RUNNING UP THAT HILL Kate Bush
53 ( 46 ) LEAN ON ME (AH-LI-AYO) Red Box
54 ( 69 ) DON’T LOOK DOWN Go West
55 ( 55 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
56 ( 34 ) BIG DEAL Bobby G
57 ( 66 ) SAY YOU SAY ME Lionel Richie
58 ( NEW ) BECAUSE Julian Lennon
59 ( 56 ) YOU AND YOUR HEART SO BLUE Bucks Fizz
60 ( NEW ) WHEN A HEART BEATS Nik Kershaw

61 ( 41 ) THIS IS ENGLAND The Clash
62 ( NEW ) R.S.V.P. Five Star
63 ( 36 ) IT’S ONLY LOVE Tina Turner & Bryan Adams
64 ( 62 ) MEGAREX T.Rex
65 ( 67 ) SUBCULTURE New Order
66 ( NEW ) SEPARATE LIVES Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin
67 ( NEW ) HOWARD’S WAY THEME The Simon May Orchestra
68 ( NEW ) PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LET ME GET WHAT I WANT Dream Academy
69 ( NEW ) DON’T YOU JUST KNOW IT Amazulu
70 ( NEW ) LET THE BELLS RING OUT FOREVER The New Seekers

71 ( NEW ) WRAP HER UP Elton John
72 ( 32 ) ELECTION DAY Arcadia
73 ( NEW ) TIME AIN’T ENOUGH Green On Red
74 ( NEW ) THE HIGHEST HIGH China Crisis
75 ( NEW ) WHO’S ZOOMING WHO Aretha Franklin

My 1985 Charts – January

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1st January 1985

Back up to Number One for a second week for Wham! and their classic Last Christmas, while christmas songs elsewhere rise to new peaks: Gary Glitter at 6, Captain Sensible at 22, Queen at 37, Alvin Stardust at 38. Tears For Fears brilliant Shout hits a new peak of 3, as Strawberry Switchblade’s brilliant Since Yesterday hits 4. Alison Moyet gets her 2nd solo top 10, Invisible at 8, and Bob Marley returns to the top 10 Could You Be Loved back in for the first time in over 4 years.

Ashord and Simpson hit a new peak of 16, Paul Young’s changing at 20, and Kim Wilde’s touching 40, but really not much post-christmas movement and only 3 new entries: another quick new one from Stevie Wonder while his last single hangs about in flight, he’s also advising for the new year Don’t Drive Drunk. Good advice at 43. The Art Of Noise re-enter at 66, Close To The Edit all Trevor-Horned-up. Finally, Meatloaf is going Nowhere Fast at 75.


1 ( 2 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( 1 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 9 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 12 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
5 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
6 ( 7 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 3 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
8 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
9 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
10 ( 5 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head

11 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 20 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
14 ( 18 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 14 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 29 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
17 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
19 ( 15 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
20 ( 26 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

21 ( 10 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
22 ( 39 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 19 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
24 ( 25 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 16 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 21 ) LOUISE Human League
27 ( 23 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
28 ( 33 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
29 ( 22 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
30 ( 32 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

31 ( 36 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
32 ( 28 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
33 ( 35 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
34 ( 27 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 43 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
36 ( 30 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( 40 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
39 ( 24 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
40 ( 47 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

41 ( 34 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
42 ( 50 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( NEW ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
44 ( 41 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
45 ( 38 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
46 ( 57 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
47 ( 60 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
48 ( 68 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
49 ( 44 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
50 ( 64 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

51 ( 46 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
52 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
53 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 55 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
55 ( 42 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
56 ( 59 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
57 ( 54 ) DRIVE The Cars
58 ( 45 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
59 ( 51 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
60 ( 56 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

61 ( 52 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
62 ( 49 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 61 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
65 ( 69 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
66 ( RE ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
67 ( 62 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
68 ( 58 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
69 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

71 ( 66 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( 65 ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
74 ( 74 ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( NEW ) NOWHERE FAST Meatloaf

TV: Dec 29 1984 – Jan 4 1985

1. Star Wars: film
2. Superman II: film
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gallipoli: film
5. The Towering Inferno: film
6. The Wizard Of Oz: film
7. Duck Soup: film
8. The Deer Hunter: film
9. Morecambe & Wise Classics
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Diced Carrott
12. Dr. No: film
13. The Incredible Shrinking Woman: film
14. Dallas
15. Kramer vs Kramer: film

TV over the holiday period is pure domination of classic movies, and of course Star Wars is on top, just ahead of Superman II. More surprisingly, quite high is the Australian war movie Gallipoli, one I’ve not seen since I think, and should check out again. In the TV comedian stakes, Dame Edna comes out on top, being as Barry Humphries was at his peak, ahead of Morecambe & Wise and Jasper Carrott.

Christmas in Blidworth turned out to be a series of family arguments, tiffs, sulks and storming-off’s. Happy days. Back to Poole, and some time to myself as I developed a cold from the cold North and stress. New Years Eve was spent with parents on the Marines camp, though they went to a party and I at last said “good riddance” to a rotten year on my own.


8th January 1985

I hit 27 years old with nothing much achieved, and nothing much on the horizon, but at least Wham! have Everything She Wants at number one, as radio flips from playing Last Christmas to the sultry other A side that had been overshadowed so far. In the USA both tracks were released separately and Everything She Wants topped on it’s own merits. In the UK 2-fer-1, hooray! Foreigner go top 5 for the first ever time, Ashford & Simpson go top 10 for the first time as artists, and plenty of tracks go back up or re-enter after the year-end run-downs, but I’ll ignore all of them and look at the new…

Sal Solo’s traditional-hymn-sounding San Damiano is up to 13, Bronski Beat’s actual old It Ain’t Necessarily So is at 20, and highest new entry is an immaculate Bucks Fizz, the recovering Mike Nolan after brain surgery following their coach crash, and one spot ahead of Bobby G’s TV theme. I Hear Talk is one of their best records and picked up a fair bit of good-will at the time, classy and beautifully-produced. Smiley Culture is in at 40, meanwhile, with Police Officer and his Cockney-Jamaican reggae vocal style, ending up influencing later much bigger cockney-rap stars. Smiley killed himself during a police raid in 2011, which sort of removes the upbeat mood somewhat from the record.

60’s and 70’s soul/Philly greats The Intruders have a welcome return at 45 with Who Do You Love, some 11 years since their last chart entry, Win Place Or Show (She’s A Winner). Also starting his chart career in 1974, Billy Ocean confirms his revival as the guitar-riffed funky Loverboy pops in at 48, complete with great aliens video (for the time). Melle Mel appears to have promoted himself to Grandmaster for his solo follow-up to the classic White Lines, Step Off. I think Bud in brilliant blue-collar sitcom Married:With Children also promoted himself to the Grandmaster B some years later, so it must have caught on.


1 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
2 ( 4 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
4 ( 5 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 13 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
6 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
7 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
8 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 10 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 16 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

11 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
12 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
13 ( 28 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
14 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
15 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
16 ( 7 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
17 ( 8 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
18 ( 20 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
19 ( 18 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 30 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

21 ( 19 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
22 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
23 ( 9 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
24 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
25 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
26 ( 40 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
27 ( 26 ) LOUISE Human League
28 ( 27 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
29 ( 33 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
30 ( 31 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls

31 ( 23 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
32 ( NEW ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
33 ( 35 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
34 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
35 ( 48 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( 43 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 21 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
38 ( 32 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
39 ( 29 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
40 ( NEW ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

41 ( 36 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
43 ( 41 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
44 ( 68 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
45 ( NEW ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 38 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
47 ( 44 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
48 ( NEW ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
49 ( 50 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
50 ( 54 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon

51 ( RE ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
52 ( 49 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
53 ( 47 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
54 ( 37 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
55 ( 39 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
56 ( 66 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
57 ( NEW ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
58 ( 51 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
59 ( 56 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( RE ) FREEDOM Wham!

61 ( 57 ) DRIVE The Cars
62 ( 71 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
63 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 60 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
65 ( 45 ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
66 ( 46 ) WHERE THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
67 ( RE ) AGADOO Black Lace
68 ( 55 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
69 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 72 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( RE ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
72 ( 53 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
73 ( 59 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
74 ( 62 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
75 ( NEW ) TELL ME GIRL Scary Thieves

TV: Jan 5-11th
1. Star Trek: The Squire Of Gothos
2. It’ll Be Alright On The Night 4
3. Another Audience With Dame Edna
4. Gregory’s Girl: film
5. Top Of The Pops
6. Doctor Who
7. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8. The Phil Silvers Show
9. The Addams Family
10. Spitting Image

Back to work for me, still stressed about the driving of my car-share driver and trying to tactfully tell her to slow down, then when that didn’t work tried the more direct “I may have to get alternative arrangements” hinting. Bob at work was good fun, and I generally came to the conclusion I needed to go out and socialise, missing my college friends a LOT, and also I needed to come up with some sort of goals to aim for, including getting my own transport. My first nephew was born the day after my birthday, Gavin just missed it by an hour and a half! Anything to be awkward, though he did hit my Aunty’s birthday, and mum and dad hot-footed up to Mansfield to see him while I verbally snapped at my boss at work. He got his own back, making me work outside in the freezing cold for hours, hands frozen to the computer, to teach me a lesson. I already knew he was a so and so, though, so didn’t learn anything new. He also kept quiet about us needlessly putting in annual leave for New Years Eve, so Bob and I both lost a days pay for nothing. Our fault apparently….


15th January 1985

First new number of 1985 is the fabulous Strawberry Switchblade, there’s nothing not to love about the record, from the girls polka-dot obsessed video and image, to the 80’s-production values on a great melodic song. Upbeat, positive and joyous, I don’t see how anyone can not like it! The only downside is the equally great Shout peaks at 2 for a 2nd Tears For Fears classic falling short at the final hurdle. Or Durdle (Dore) video-wise. Salo Solo does what Classix Nouveau never managed, meanwhile – he gets into the 10!

The charts finally get some action as This Island Earth rocket to 21, Dead Or Alive re-enter even higher after a short break out the chart, with the exciting You Spin Me Round, and Imagination return with Thank You My Love for 4 years of chart entries, it’s pleasant enough. The better stuff is lower down though, as Abba jump in at 31 – well, again it’s Bjorn and Benny, and Chess, and two musical dependables, Barbara Dickson (giving her 9 years since Answer Me hit 2) and Elaine Paige (6 years since Evita), duetting the great I Know Him So Well. It could have been awesome though if the boys had got Frida and Agnetha duetting instead, oh, and just called it an Abba record. Doh!

Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark again, after going top 40 in the summer of 84, Yah Mo B There is also back a year or so on, at 38, for James Ingram and Michael McDonald, while buzz act of January 1985 (ie most-hyped by the record industry) were King, long-hair and coloured Doc Martens. Love And Pride wasn’t bad though, and in at 44, ahead of Eurythmics 1984 movie ballad, Julia, at 52, and Amii Stewart’s return after a gap of 5 years with Friends at 56. Best of all though it’s Bryan Adams giving it some Canadian rock oomph as he debuts at 59 with the frankly wonderful, exciting Run To You, still his best record. Ol’ Bry went on to mega success of course, and mega-hate thanks to THAT record, but if you need convincing he’s all right, take a gander at the guitar work, the shouty growled chorus, and the ominous, frantic mood of this track.

Others: Chaka Khan’s back, Malcolm McLaren’s still in an opera groove, The Colourfield debut (aka Terry Hall’s third band, he just can’t seem to settle down, having left The Specials at their peak, and the Fun Boy Three at their peak. Not a problem with The Colourfield, as they never peaked at anything), and finally Lou Reed pops in briefly with Suzanne some 12 years after taking a much more impressive Walk On The Wild Side.


1 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
2 ( 3 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
3 ( 5 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
4 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
6 ( 13 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
7 ( 10 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 6 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

11 ( 17 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 14 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
13 ( 7 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
14 ( 20 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
15 ( 11 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
16 ( 15 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
17 ( 12 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
18 ( 24 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
19 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
20 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus

21 ( 49 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
22 ( 18 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
23 ( 21 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
24 ( 32 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
25 ( RE ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
26 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 25 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
28 ( 23 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
29 ( 30 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
30 ( 40 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture

31 ( NEW ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
32 ( NEW ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
33 ( 31 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
34 ( 42 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
35 ( 22 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
36 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder
37 ( 27 ) LOUISE Human League
38 ( NEW ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
39 ( RE ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
40 ( 57 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five

41 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
42 ( 26 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
43 ( 48 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
44 ( NEW ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
45 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
46 ( 29 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
47 ( 28 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
48 ( 51 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
49 ( 50 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
50 ( 38 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

51 ( 39 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
52 ( NEW ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 33 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
54 ( 44 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
55 ( 37 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
56 ( NEW ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
57 ( 35 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 47 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
59 ( NEW ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
60 ( 74 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

61 ( 34 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
62 ( 53 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
63 ( 56 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
64 ( 63 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 61 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 67 ) AGADOO Black Lace
67 ( 71 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
68 ( 58 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
69 ( NEW ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 52 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
72 ( 70 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
73 ( NEW ) CARMEN Malcolm McLaren
74 ( NEW ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
75 ( NEW ) I LOVE YOU SUZANNE Lou Reed

Jan 12-18th
1. Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Addams Family
4. The Phil Silvers Show
5. The Avengers
6. Top Of The Pops
7. Doctor Who
8. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
9. Dallas
10. The New Avengers


At work in Dorset, I find I just can’t resist answering back when I don’t agree with someone. Ego? Yes. Plus, I’m right. Snowy roads around Blandford this time, cold but at least sunny outside. I did my charts, happy to see plenty of faves from 1984 that never made it at last getting some UK chart action and Radio 1 airplay. It’s important to me they become hits…! Bob popped round with his new Scirocco car, snazzy, as he left to welcome his mum and dad to Bournemouth, they’d moved down, and I’d get to know them fairly well over the years to my pleasure. Mum and dad bought a Yorkie terrier dog from friends of theirs, and Picket (as she was called) turned out to have a big impact on the family until, and including, the traumatic day she died. On Sunday we went to visit our Singapore friends The Wainwright’s again in Chippenham, where Jamie had morphed into trendy James, and we had a nice National Trust pub meal. It was good to see Doreen laugh a little at old times, but we all wished Dale could have been there. I still get annoyed he missed so much life.


22nd January 1985

Another new number one, it’s the UK/US smash gospel-flavoured rock anthem classic that is I Want To Know What Love Is giving Foreigner a number one 7 years since they first charted. It’s glorious, especially that climactic Jennifer Holliday fade out, she’s the one that did the spine-tingling definitive version of And I’m Telling You I’m Not Going, top 10 in my charts 1982. Highest new entry is Prince – I say new, it’s actually the UK catching up on his 2 minor 1983 hits bundled together, both peaked at 9 in my chart, and together they hit 6, my initial preference was for Little Red Corvette, but 1999 became the main track.

Babs and Elaine overtake the Abba boys other song at 8 and 9, while Amii Stewart’s Friends collectively jump to 14, and Bucks Fizz overhear rumours at 15. The Limit say “yeah” as they enter at 27, a smooth bit of jazz funk, while the rougher side of dance-rock (in comparison, only) takes Billy Ocean’s Loverboy to 24. King aren’t doing quite as well as Prince, as royalty Pride comes after Love. There’s loads of new entries, but let’s not mention Russ Abbott! Especially not when Elvis has a medley of some of his finest moments at 48 – 4 minutes to learn about the fuss: think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra…and then boom! Elvis. Icon.

Some US pop heart-throbs arrive, Corey Hart and the growing-up New Edition, not to mention Phil Collins in a Prince 1999 groove, Sussudio doesn’t fool me, nor is it quite as good. Chicago are back, uninspiring, actually, despite what they say. Heaven 17…and that’s no lie, get a low entry at 72 but it’s not bad, nor is John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata aka Time Zone, punk funking it up synth style. Johnny Rotten was a mere 8 years earlier! Which leaves the jewell in the pop crown, as the much-missed fantastic Kirsty MacColl gets two appearances: her brilliant version of Billy Bragg’s A New England at 61, and Tracey Ullman’s pretty good version of Kirsty’s Terry, Tracey already having wonderfully covered Kirsty’s They Don’t Know.


1 ( 3 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 1 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 6 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
4 ( 2 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
5 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
6 ( NEW ) LITTLE RED CORVETTE/ 1999 Prince
7 ( 4 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
8 ( 31 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
10 ( 5 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!

11 ( 8 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
12 ( 14 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
13 ( 10 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
14 ( 56 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
15 ( 24 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
16 ( 18 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
17 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 15 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 17 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
20 ( 16 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics

21 ( 11 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
22 ( 13 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
23 ( 21 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
24 ( 43 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
25 ( 19 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
26 ( 32 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
27 ( NEW ) SAY YEAH The Limit
28 ( 44 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
29 ( 20 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
30 ( 38 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

31 ( 12 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 59 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
33 ( 63 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
34 ( 23 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
35 ( 39 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
36 ( 40 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
37 ( 69 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
38 ( 27 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
39 ( 25 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
40 ( 33 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles

41 ( 28 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
42 ( 41 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
43 ( 22 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
44 ( NEW ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
45 ( 42 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
46 ( 35 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
47 ( 30 ) POLICE OFFICER Smiley Culture
48 ( NEW ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
49 ( 37 ) LOUISE Human League
50 ( 36 ) DON’T DRIVE DRUNK Stevie Wonder

51 ( NEW ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
52 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
53 ( 46 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
54 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
55 ( 29 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
56 ( NEW ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
57 ( 34 ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective
58 ( 51 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
59 ( 74 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
60 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates

61 ( NEW ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
62 ( 50 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
63 ( NEW ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
64 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
65 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
66 ( 48 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel
67 ( NEW ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
68 ( 55 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
69 ( 68 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
70 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 47 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
72 ( NEW ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
73 ( 45 ) WHO DO YOU LOVE The Intruders
74 ( NEW ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
75 ( NEW ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone

TV 19-25th Jan
1. Star Trek: Operation Annihilate
2. The Phil Silvers Show
3. Hill Street Blues
4. Top Of The Pops
5. The Other Side Of The Tracks: Abba
6. The Twilight Zone
7. The New Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Dallas
10. Doctor Who


On TV, Paul Gambaccini’s excellent pop profile show The Other Side Of The Tracks was on with a Benny & Bjorn interview, while Hill Street Blues, Doctor Who and Dallas are the only new dramas still doing it for me. Watched an episode of The Avengers with mum and dad, it was the one they filmed on an RAF base, dad watched Diana Rigg & Patrick Macnee re-do takes quite a few times from his work window. In my work: quite snowy again in the wilds of Dorset, Bob was off ill, on the coldest day in 20 years, culminating in a big-ish friday snowfall, which meant slow bus to work as I marvelled at how quickly the south of England grinds to a halt at the drop of a snowflake. Bournemouth and Poole are still the same, drivers have no idea to how to deal with snow on the road and it quickly slows to walking pace, or they start calling in for the day off work cos it takes a bit longer. Wimps. If they only knew that the northerners at work always talk about them, the snowfall in Dorset is never more than an inch. Of our section, only Paul (from Sheffield) and me (Mansfield/Lincoln) made it in.


29th January 1985

Foreigner hold for a second week as 16 new entries give the chart a real clear-out, though the top end is more sedate, with Bucks Fizz’ I Hear Talk at 4 giving them 4 years of top 5 hits, at least one a year, usually 2. Amii Stewart’s pleasant Friends, and Bronski Beat’s retro It Ain’t Necessarily So grab a top 10 slot before the onslaught lower down – Springsteen outdoes his 1984 chart high at 12, King at 13 are still quite proud, but highest new entry at 16 is the fabulous This Is Not America, David Bowie’s collaboration with Jazz act The Pat Metheny Band and back on form to boot.

At 19, The Commodores are back, minus Lionel Richie, and show they don’t really need him on this classy sad soul tribute to the then-recently late Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson: Nightshift. Slade don’t hang about, a third hit in 3 months, as 7 Year Bitch brings them in at 25 for a singalong chant that never really caught on (probably the title!). Also back for a spot of spelling lesson, M.E.T.H.O.D. of Modern Love gives Hall & Oates yet another great pop entry at 35, while The Honeydrippers cover Phil Phillips’ 50’s doo-wop era classic, Sea Of Love at 36. Who are the Honeydrippers? Heard of Robert Plant? Jimmy Page? Led Zeppelin? Nile Rodgers? He’s had a hit or 2? How about Jeff Beck? Hi Ho Silver Lining? No? Pretty much a supergroup, and all pretty much still very active. It’s terrific, too.

Then there’s two masterpiece classics a bit lower down: The Smiths How Soon Is Now was under-appreciated in the UK charts, and in mine too, at the time, it’s pure genius, the Johnny Marr guitar is especially stunning, but this remains a record to bring joy – as I’m hoping Morrissey will grace us in 2 months when I see him, fingers-crossed. But there’s another: Don Henley had been pretty damn fine with his Dirty laundry and other solo stuff since The Eagles split in 1980, but nothing to match up to One Of These Nights – till now! Boys Of Summer is very 80’s-sounding, great lyrics, great sound, great song, so good, like The Smiths How Soon Is Now, they both had to come back again and chart in the 90’s. 58 and 67 respectively, though, for now.

Others: Howard Jones full of optimism a good 10 years before D:Ream, opining Things Can Only Get Better. Bronski Beat might disagree though. Sheila E’s in at 70, better known as a protege of Prince. Prince had lots of short lithe female protoges: he insisted he preferred the company of women to men, I’m sure that’s the main reason. The Belle Of St Mark is very Prince-sounding, and pretty good. Dan Hartman’s back again; Jermaine Jackson gets another solo hit as brother Michael takes a break from Thriller album tracks to release; The Boomtown Rats have yet another decent single completely ignored, at 75, the good A Hold Of Me from the decent album In The Long Grass.

1 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
2 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
3 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 15 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 3 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 5 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
8 ( 4 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
9 ( 14 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
10 ( 12 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat

11 ( 7 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
12 ( 26 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
13 ( 28 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
14 ( 10 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
15 ( 11 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
16 ( NEW ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
17 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
18 ( 24 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
19 ( NEW ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
20 ( 30 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 9 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
22 ( 27 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
23 ( 33 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
24 ( 32 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
25 ( NEW ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
26 ( 18 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
27 ( 35 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
28 ( 13 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
29 ( 20 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
30 ( 16 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

31 ( 19 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 22 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
33 ( 37 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
34 ( 25 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
35 ( NEW ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
36 ( NEW ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
37 ( 21 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
38 ( 29 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
39 ( 61 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
40 ( NEW ) CAN I Cashmere

41 ( 23 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
42 ( 63 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
43 ( 44 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
44 ( 59 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
45 ( 34 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
46 ( 42 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
47 ( 48 ) THE ELVIS MEDLEY Elvis Presley
48 ( 40 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
49 ( 54 ) IT AIN’T ENOUGH Corey Hart
50 ( 51 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters

51 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
52 ( 67 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 43 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
54 ( 72 ) … AND THAT’S NO LIE Heaven 17
55 ( 38 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
56 ( 39 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
57 ( 75 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
58 ( NEW ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( 36 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
60 ( NEW ) “20/20” George Benson

61 ( NEW ) JUST A SHADOW Big Country
62 ( 52 ) JULIA Eurythmics
63 ( 49 ) LOUISE Human League
64 ( 58 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
65 ( NEW ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
66 ( 64 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
67 ( NEW ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
68 ( 65 ) DRIVE The Cars
69 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( NEW ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E

71 ( NEW ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
72 ( NEW ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
73 ( 56 ) COOL IT NOW New Edition
74 ( NEW ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
75 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats

TV 26 Jan-1st Feb
1. Star Trek: Assignment Earth
2. Hill Street Blues
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
4. Top Of The Pops
5. Dallas
6. The Addams Family (2 eps)
7. The Avengers
8. The Rockford Files
9. Doctor Who
10. Newhart


On TV, Hill Street Blues still rules the new shows, though sitcom Newhart and it’s great hillbilly and other supporting cast of characters was getting better and better. Bob Newhart is SO funny. Always. Frankie Goes To Hollywood released tickets for Bournemouth gigs this week: sold out. Damn! I didn’t get one. I got a new spiky-gel haircut for £7 (I pay £7 for a haircut 30 years later, bear in mind). Bob took the piss out of it on Monday, calling me a hedgehog. I don’t recall the haircut lasting the week to be honest, and there are no photos in existence, so I’ll just have to put it down to experience, and there was only one more Bad 80’s Hair experience ahead of me (yes, it was a permed nightmare), before I decided once and for all that trendy hairdo’s were not for me. Phew!

My 1984 Charts – December

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster

the front drive before the TPO tree became a monster


4th December 1984

2 weeks on top for Frankie, as Band Aid debut from out of nowhere really, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure organising the world-famous charity christmas record, about to become the UK’s biggest-selling single, pretty much overnight, convincing the biggest stars to turn up on the day. Still the best charity record, still the best version, and the money raised through this and Live Aid really did save lives in famine-stricken Ethiopa. Cynics whinge about pop stars doing stuff like this. Cynics of course doing f*ck-all themselves to help needy people, just slagging-off anyone with good intentions. The only ones in a position to criticise are those who DO actually work for charity organisations, or spend their voluntary time to do what they can, the rest are just mealy-mouthed hypocrites who can just go f*ck themselves. 30 years on and the record still makes the UK charts every year. So there!

In at 5, overshadowed, but it’s The Beatles and a record I bought in 1976 and was mad on: I Feel Fine was the single where The Beatles really started to experiment with sounds, and the songs started to become more sophisticated – still melodic, still love songs, but sounding more adult. 20 years old at the time, it’s breath-taking to me (cos I remember seeing them on TV at the time) to realise this is now 50 years old. Gulp! It also nicely keeps Paul McCartney’s frog chorus out of the top 5, is that irony or just me being realistic? Alvin Stardust gets his 6th top 10, Nik Kershaw his 3rd, and Madonna ponts on up to 12 from 66, cavorting most unlike a virgin. 30 years on as I write, and she’s topping my charts for the 20th time with Ghosttown. Not bad for a disposable dancepopstar, as she appeared to be at the time.

Big climbs for Kool And The Gang, Shaky (!), Dead Or Alive, The Cars and Strawberry Switchblade, with a high new entry for 1982 single The Voice, from The Moody Blues – saw them do it live 2013, and still fab. 14 years of hits. At 59, Ave Maria gets the Indian treatment, an unusual crossing of genres for an extended dance track, while at 66 Tears For Fears are back with a Shout! A fantastic record, and the video is SO appropriate to my life as it was filmed in and around scenic Lulworth Cove in Dorset, where I was working surveying roads, including the one running down to the cove. There be fossils in them thar cliffs, they be, as a local might (or might not) say. At 68 it’s a quick 3 out of 3 for Alison Moyet with the excellent Invisible, as other pop stars enter with more forgettable tracks.

1 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( NEW ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
3 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
4 ( 2 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
5 ( NEW ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
6 ( 16 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
7 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
8 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
9 ( 5 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
10 ( 11 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw

11 ( 4 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
12 ( 66 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
13 ( 9 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
14 ( 6 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
15 ( 10 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
16 ( 25 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
17 ( 23 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
18 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
19 ( 8 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
20 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club

21 ( 17 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
22 ( 75 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
23 ( 13 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 15 ) DRIVE The Cars
25 ( 21 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( NEW ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
27 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
28 ( 22 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
29 ( 35 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
30 ( 38 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner

31 ( 14 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
32 ( 57 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
33 ( 19 ) FREEDOM Wham!
34 ( 20 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
35 ( 46 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
36 ( 54 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 64 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
38 ( 26 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
39 ( 32 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
40 ( 31 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder

41 ( 28 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
42 ( 29 ) DESERT MOON Dennis De Young
43 ( 30 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
44 ( 44 ) RATTLESNAKES Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
45 ( 33 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
46 ( 73 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
47 ( 41 ) I’M SO EXCITED The Pointer Sisters
48 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 37 ) LOVE’S GREAT ADVENTURE Ultravox
50 ( 45 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 34 ) ALL CRIED OUT Alison Moyet
52 ( 42 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
53 ( 59 ) HOTLINE TO HEAVEN Bananarama
54 ( NEW ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
55 ( 40 ) THE WANDERER Status Quo
56 ( 51 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
57 ( NEW ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
58 ( 36 ) GOTTA GET YOU HOME TONIGHT Eugene Wilde
59 ( NEW ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 53 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael

61 ( NEW ) RIDDLE ME UB40
62 ( 63 ) BODY The Jacksons
63 ( 52 ) I JUST CALLED TO SAY I LOVE YOU Stevie Wonder
64 ( 39 ) IF THIS IS IT Huey Lewis and The News
65 ( 60 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 ( NEW ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
67 ( 58 ) THE GAY CABALLEROS Steve Wright
68 ( NEW ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
69 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
70 ( 65 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood

71 ( NEW ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
72 ( 70 ) BILLIE-JEAN Michael Jackson
73 ( 47 ) THE SECOND TIME Kim Wilde
74 ( NEW ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
75 ( NEW ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young

TV:
1. Star Trek: Errand Of Mercy
2. Hill Street Blues
3. Logan’s Run: film
4. Tenko
5. The Phil Silvers
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. MASH
8. Top Of The Pops
9. Carry On Camping: film
10. Soap
11. The Rockford Files
12. The Avengers
13. The Addams Family
14. Dungeons And Dragons
15. Hardcastle and McKormick


At work, had an argument with Boss-man about flying saucers (!) – maybe it was that sparking a setback for me, but I fell into a depression of sorts again in the evening for the whole week. Bob helped, as we bantered quite a bit at work. On TV the Band Aid video debuted, Friday lunch was the pub at Anstey (The Fox) where Boss-man tried to convince me Bob had spiked my coke. Arse. Bob assured me he wouldn’t (and he wouldn’t I can say now with some confidence after 30 years of friendship) it was just an attempt to stop us getting on so well by the boss cos he was an arse. I ended the week still very down, mood-wise.


11th December 1984

Band Aid get to number one with their christmas perennial, and guess what? The record it famously held at 2, the biggest-selling record never to top the UK charts, Last Christmas is new at 9, Wham!’s 6th top 10, and George’s 7th, and clearly his best record to date, it just punched all the right christmas buttons, had a fab tune, and George and Andrew donated profits to the Band Aid charity too.

The Beatles hit 3, not bad for a 20-year-old track, and I Feel Fine about it! Madonna gets her second top 10, after Holiday, it’s Like A Virgin. Touched for the very first time, indeed. Bob Marley’s 4-year-old Top 10 hit bounces back at 17, the great Could You Be Loved, as Alison Moyet makes it 3 in a row inside the 20, Invisible up 49 places to 19. Spandau are Round And Round, inoffensively at 39, and a host of christmas songs (yes actual NEW ones, no oldies!) drop in, one of them once upon a time a perennial xmas regular, and now banished forever: yes it must be Gary Glitter and the jolly Another Rock And Roll Christmas at 72, overshadowed for the moment by Queen’s middling try at a christmas song, and forgotten ones from Alvin Stardust and Captain Sensible.

The Stranglers are back, so is Ian McCulloch for the moment ex-of the Bunnymen, with September Song, Kurt Weil’s 1930’s standard. At 46, The Thompson Twins Lay Your Hands On Me is one of their not bad hits, while Prince’s brilliant Purple Rain track, I Would Die For U is in at 48, the 4th track to chart despite only 2 singles being released to date (and of course no youtube video for anything Prince-related). Bowie and Lennon (Julian) return with lesser follow-ups, and ditto Big Country and Stevie Wonder.

1 ( 2 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
2 ( 1 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 5 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
4 ( 3 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
5 ( 6 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
6 ( 12 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
7 ( 4 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
8 ( 10 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( NEW ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
10 ( 11 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan

11 ( 7 ) LOUISE Human League
12 ( 8 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
13 ( 22 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
14 ( 9 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
15 ( 17 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
16 ( 14 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
17 ( NEW ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 20 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
19 ( 68 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
20 ( 15 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago

21 ( 13 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
22 ( 29 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
23 ( 26 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
24 ( 18 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
25 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
26 ( 21 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
27 ( 16 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
28 ( 32 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
29 ( 19 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
30 ( 37 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 24 ) DRIVE The Cars
32 ( 35 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
33 ( 28 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
34 ( 30 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 23 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
36 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
37 ( 66 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
38 ( 27 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
39 ( NEW ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
40 ( 39 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond

41 ( 34 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge
42 ( 46 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
43 ( 33 ) FREEDOM Wham!
44 ( 52 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
45 ( 48 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
46 ( NEW ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
47 ( 40 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
48 ( NEW ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 75 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
50 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

51 ( 45 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
52 ( 31 ) HOW TO BE A MILLIONAIRE ABC
53 ( 38 ) THIS IS MINE Heaven 17
54 ( 57 ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
55 ( NEW ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( NEW ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
57 ( NEW ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
58 ( 56 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
59 ( 59 ) AVE MARIA West India Company
60 ( 71 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination

61 ( 54 ) TROUBLE Rod Stewart
62 ( NEW ) TONIGHT David Bowie
63 ( 41 ) TOO LATE FOR GOODBYES Julian Lennon
64 ( NEW ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
65 ( 60 ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
66 ( NEW ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
67 ( 74 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
68 ( 43 ) GIMME ALL YOUR LOVING Z.Z. TOP
69 ( NEW ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
70 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

71 ( 65 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
72 ( NEW ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
73 ( NEW ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
74 ( 61 ) RIDDLE ME UB40
75 ( NEW ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch

1. Tenko
2. Star Trek: The Alternative Factor
3. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Monday)
4. Fame: film
5. MASH
6. Hill Street Blues
7. The Phil Silvers Show
8. Rising Damp
9. The Addams Family
10. The Betty White Show
11. The Mary Tyler Moore Show (wed)
12. Top Of The Pops
13. Soap
14. The Rockford Files
15. Entertainment USA


At work, my young car share driver was back following her dad’s suicide, and tried to help her talking about her terrible year: as bad as 1984 was for me, it was worse for her. Surveying the lovely hilly countryside at Bulbarro again, and a little more optimistic than the previous week moodwise. The boss took one of my light-hearted banter lunchtimes with Bob the wrong way and got nasty. Mum and dad were suffering from overwork and illness, looking tired. I had a dream about meeting Paul and Linda McCartney and getting an autograph! Well I hardly ever dream about celebrities, but if you gonna do it, may as well go for the top…! This weekend , went to Southampton, looking for music computers with ambitions to have a go at making demos. Optimist!


Thursday 6th December: Nik Kershaw at The BIC (Bournemouth International Centre), live in concert.

Went with Bob, and we marvelled at all the wacky haircuts in the audience, we felt well out of place and old, being over 21 as we were (but not by much) – but these days I’m glad we didn’t go the Flock Of Seagulls hair-gel route for the sake of old 80’s photos. The support band were Scary Thieves (impressive but lacked songs), but Nik got the girls screaming as he strode on, affable always, themed around the “excellent” (I noted) current hit The Riddle. Also good were Wouldn’t It Be Good, I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me, and album track Bogart, which should have been a single. Some lesser tracks were a bit samey, or else it may have the back-ache developing from standing in the same position for so long – one of those “standing-concert” things you put up with, though happily less of a problem (very oddly) as I got older. Rating: “a nice change but not a classic gig” . Nik was in Christchurch the other month (2014) doing great low-key gigs by accounts I’ve heard from a friend who went. I saw Nik again in 1989, supporting Elton John.


18th December 1984

Wham! get their first number one, the christmas classic Last Christmas knocking off Band Aid, and being chased by an 11-years-old 4th-time-round christmas classic I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday from Wizzard new in at 2, having previously topped my chart in 1973, 1974, and 1981. You can’t have Wizzard without Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody, of course, in at 15 and charting for the 5th time, and yet to top the chart, Slade of course on a roll in 1984 with two top 10’s already. Wham! it should be remembered, was new, and George had already had a solo number one, and the other side of the double A side was hardly getting any airplay at all – Everything She Wants was completely overshadowed by Last Christmas.

Alison Moyet gets a 2nd solo top 10, and her 5th including Yazoo, Tears For Fears shout up into the 20 for the 4th time, Gary Glitter joins the xmas festivities rock and rolling for the 2nd-time in 1984, and umpteenth since his first hit the brilliant Rock And Roll Part 2 (on which he doesn’t actually sing) in 1972. The fab Strawberry Switchblade go top 40, as Dead Or Alive shock drop out of the 40 (it’ll be back!), and new entries come from Z.Z. Top’s Sharp Dressed Man, back after sneaking briefly in a year earlier, at a much more assertive 28, and just ahead of a bonafide rock ballad classic from Foreigner, 6 years after a decent run of 70’s rock singles, the gospel-tinged I Want To Know What Love Is.

Bronski Beat cover Gershwin, very bizarrely for a pop hit, but nicely, cos It Ain’t Necessarily So at 36. Bobby G, of Bucks Fizz, sings a TV show theme into 46th slot. Kim Wilde is touched at 60, hey, so is Madonna up to 5 for the very first time. Sal Solo, ex-Classix Nouveau singer is back with the good San Damiano, and Pat Benatar is back with We Belong, another decent single from her.

1 ( 9 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
2 ( NEW ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
3 ( 1 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
4 ( 5 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
5 ( 6 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
6 ( 2 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 4 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
8 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
9 ( 7 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
10 ( 19 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

11 ( 3 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
12 ( 13 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
13 ( 17 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 37 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
15 ( NEW ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade
16 ( 11 ) LOUISE Human League
17 ( 10 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 12 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
19 ( 14 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
20 ( 72 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter

21 ( 15 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
22 ( 16 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
23 ( 42 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
24 ( 18 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
25 ( 20 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
26 ( 28 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
27 ( 21 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
28 ( NEW ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
29 ( NEW ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
30 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars

31 ( 46 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
32 ( 25 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
33 ( 39 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
34 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
35 ( 26 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
36 ( NEW ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
37 ( 22 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
38 ( 45 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
39 ( 49 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
40 ( 33 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl

41 ( 23 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
42 ( 57 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
43 ( 31 ) DRIVE The Cars
44 ( 66 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
45 ( 24 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
46 ( NEW ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
47 ( 27 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
48 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince
49 ( 29 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode
50 ( 62 ) TONIGHT David Bowie

51 ( 32 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) Art Of Noise
52 ( 56 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust
53 ( 40 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
54 ( 35 ) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT Cyndi Lauper
55 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
56 ( 64 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
57 ( 44 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
58 ( 69 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
59 ( 50 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
60 ( NEW ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde

61 ( 38 ) DAVE The Boomtown Rats
62 ( 47 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
63 ( 36 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
64 ( NEW ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
65 ( 67 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
66 ( 73 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
67 ( NEW ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
68 ( 58 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren
69 ( 51 ) THE WAR SONG Culture Club
70 ( RE ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior

71 ( 70 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
73 ( 75 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
75 ( 41 ) WE ARE FAMILY Sister Sledge

1. Star Trek: City On The Edge Of Forever
2. Tenko
3. MASH
4. Hill Street Blues
5. The Phil Silvers Show
6. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7. Carry On…Don’t Lose Your Head
8. Murder By Death: film
9. The Addams Family
10. Top Of The Pops
11. Rising Damp
12. Terrahawks
13. Soap
14. Entertainment USA
15. The Rockford Files

On TV Star Trek still topping my weeklies lists, but this is THE Star Trek, the greatest episode, and the one that regularly featured in Cult TV Greatest Episodes of TV Shows lists, City On The Edge Of Forever, written by Harlan Ellison, a time-travel tragic love story starring Joan Collins, who was never better, and rather young-looking! Certainly a candidate still for my most-favoritist-episode-ever..
Also, the award-winning Chuckles The Clown hilarious episode of Mary Tyler Moore Show was on, Mary finds the unusual death of TV show work colleague Chuckles The Clown dressed as a peanut, killed by an elephant trying to shell him, not funny – till the funeral. Watch it! Also the final episode of the generally great Tenko, as the survivors leave the prison camp for home.

At work, I got exasperated at the torturously slow speed colleagues worked at (I just took to computers right away and have a good memory) but especially He Who Be In Charge. To brighten up my day, the van broke down which oddly cheered me up and tickled my funny bone to the annoyance of the other 2 – I was nominated to stay stuck on cold country roads with the van while they walked to Sturminster Newton. An hour later, nothing. So I got the van jerkily jumping sort-of working and rolled down the road till I found them and parked it in a pub car park. Much more civil place to wait for the garage man to arrive at 7.15, home by 8pm. The next day, my car-share driver nearly hit a car on a roundabout, still driving fast, and now on anti-depressants. I was not comfortable with the situation at all. At work, Paul downloaded our data to Dorchester via phone line and commented “I’m still waiting for my print-outs to arrive”. “Never mind,” I quipped “some day your prints will come.” Snow White? No? Please yourself, I thought it was funny!

On the news, the shock news of a coach crash which had left Mike Nolan of Bucks Fizz in critical condition with head injuries, when he hadn’t seemed that seriously injured earlier (along with Jay Aston, he’d gone through the windscreen). Touch and go for a few days, he recovered but was left with problems from hereon, and Bucks Fizz were never quite the unit they were again. Xmas shopping, and then new movie Dune at the cinema – visually stunning, good cast, characters lacking. I was not a fan of the actor (hero) Kyle MachLachlan, rather ironically given his future era-defining (and also David Lynch creation) TV series Twin Peaks. I saw it as a flawed film, as you don’t develop any love of the thinly defined characters. Next up, straight into the Ghostbusters film! The kids in the audience really got into it, I enjoyed it, some good gags and special effects, engaging cast,: rating: “good, well-made fun” but “maybe not classic stuff” but preferred it to Dune.

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25th December 1984

Wizzard take everyday Christmas wishing to the top for the 3rd time, and just to make the top 10 look like it’s Christmas 1973 again even more, Slade are at 10, Gary Glitter leaps to 7, and Paul McCartney is at 3 (both of them on the friday pub lunch jukebox at work in Anstey). To keep it all very festive, a bunch of christmas songs make the top 40 (none of them that great to be honest, at best OK), while forgotten naughty oddity I’m A Little Christmas Cracker whimsically bounces in for some alleged Czecks – it’s a pun. It’s actually quite sweet if you ignore the double-entendres, or amusing if you don’t.

Tears For Fears hit the 10, and Ashford and Simpson return with a solid record a few weeks after a short run, and hit a new height at 29. Seeing the movie obviously boosts Ghostbusters as it returns to the top 40 after dropping out my charts entirely, and Toto are also back again with Stranger In Town. The highest actual new record is The Adventures, as always still the bridesmaids of the UK charts, never the brides, with the good Send My Heart. Sal Solo brings some Latin christian cheer to the top 40, as The Toy Dolls update an early childhood toon: Nellie The Elephant was fondly remembered by those of who were first aware of music in the 60’s, so this stomping version was a bit of a larf. At least for the first few plays.

The Council Collective do some electioneering at 50, courtesy largely of Paul Weller and mates like Jimmy Ruffin, Junior, and missus Dee C. Lee. The Labour Party political party broadcast was OK, but it’s hard to see any current pop or rock stars doing a star-studded mini-gathering for, errr, ANY current political parties, except perhaps the SNP. This Island Earth go up a few places, a forgotten decent pop song that never really made it, sadly, and very very 1984-sounding.

On TV it’s a christmas bonanza of classic fave movies, recent and old, dotted about with some pop music shows (TOTP of course) and the final-ever episode of MASH, double-length and one of the biggest-ever non-sporting viewer ratings of all-time in the USA. It was a sad day when MASH ended, and the final episode was more disturbing than celebrating, but it had lasted 9 years longer than the actual Korean War did!

1 ( 2 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
2 ( 1 ) LAST CHRISTMAS Wham!
3 ( 4 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
4 ( 3 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
5 ( 7 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
6 ( 6 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
7 ( 20 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
8 ( 5 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
9 ( 14 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
10 ( 15 ) MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY Slade

11 ( 10 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
13 ( 13 ) COULD YOU BE LOVED Bob Marley And The Wailers
14 ( 9 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
15 ( 8 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
16 ( 12 ) FRESH Kool And The Gang
17 ( 17 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
18 ( 31 ) LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME The Thompson Twins
19 ( 11 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
20 ( 29 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner

21 ( 16 ) LOUISE Human League
22 ( 18 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
23 ( 19 ) ALL JOIN HANDS Slade
24 ( 26 ) TEARDROPS Shakin’ Stevens
25 ( 28 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
26 ( 39 ) EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE Paul Young
27 ( 33 ) ROUND AND ROUND Spandau Ballet
28 ( 25 ) HARD HABIT TO BREAK Chicago
29 ( RE ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
30 ( 22 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

31 ( 70 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
32 ( 36 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
33 ( 67 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
34 ( 21 ) TREAT HER LIKE A LADY The Temptations
35 ( RE ) STRANGER IN TOWN Toto
36 ( 64 ) NELLIE THE ELEPHANT The Toy Dolls
37 ( 44 ) THANK GOD IT’S CHRISTMAS Queen
38 ( NEW ) SEND MY HEART The Adventures
39 ( 42 ) ONE CHRISTMAS CATALOGUE Captain Sensible
40 ( 52 ) SO NEAR TO CHRISTMAS Alvin Stardust

41 ( 27 ) LET IT ALL BLOW The Dazz Band
42 ( 24 ) THE MEDAL SONG Culture Club
43 ( 46 ) BIG DEAL (THEME) Bobby G
44 ( 32 ) CARIBBEAN QUEEN (NO MORE LOVE ON THE RUN) Billy Ocean
45 ( 66 ) LOVE LIGHT IN FLIGHT Stevie Wonder
46 ( 35 ) NO MORE LONELY NIGHTS Paul McCartney
47 ( 60 ) THE TOUCH Kim Wilde
48 ( 38 ) RESPECT YOURSELF The Kane Gang
49 ( 30 ) YOU MIGHT THINK The Cars
50 ( NEW ) SOUL DEEP The Council Collective

51 ( 41 ) THE VOICE The Moody Blues
52 ( 34 ) PRIVATE DANCER Tina Turner
53 ( 65 ) DO THE CONGA Black Lace
54 ( 43 ) DRIVE The Cars
55 ( 56 ) VALOTTE Julian Lennon
56 ( 40 ) THE NEVER ENDING STORY Limahl
57 ( 58 ) THE ROSE IS SOWN Big Country
58 ( 37 ) STRUT Sheena Easton
59 ( 53 ) I SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER Jim Diamond
60 ( 48 ) I WOULD DIE 4 U Prince

61 ( 47 ) HALF A MINUTE Matt Bianco
62 ( 45 ) WARNING SIGN Nick Heyward
63 ( 59 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
64 ( 72 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth
65 ( NEW ) I’M A LITTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER The Bouncing Czecks
66 ( 55 ) NO MERCY The Stranglers
67 ( 50 ) TONIGHT David Bowie
68 ( 57 ) OUT OF TOUCH Daryl Hall and John Oates
69 ( 74 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
70 ( 68 ) MADAME BUTTERFLY Malcolm McLaren

71 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( 62 ) TOGETHER IN ELECTRIC DREAMS Philip Oakey and Giorgio Moroder
73 ( 73 ) SEPTEMBER SONG Ian McCulloch
74 ( NEW ) NEVER LET HER SLIP AWAY Trevor Walters
75 ( 49 ) BLASPHEMOUS RUMOURS Depeche Mode

TV

1. Raiders Of The Lost Ark: film
2. Airplane: film
3. MASH – Goodbye Farewell and Amen
4. The Man With The Golden Gun: film
5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6. Some LIke It Hot: film
7. Top Of The Pops
8. Wogan
9. The Best/ Worst of Entertainment USA
10. Star Wars to Jedi
11. Mary Poppins: film
12. Porridge
13. Pop Quiz
14. Dallas
15. Hi De Hi


At work had an argument with Him over the north/south divide (these things are still facts in the UK, and not really a matter of opinion – the South does much better, always has!), while my car share almost had a second accident driving far too fast. “Watch out!” I cried, and she carried on speeding. “I’ll be a nervous wreck if I don’t get my own transport” I noted. Next morning, talk about prophetic: she finally hit another vehicle, 70mph hitting a tractor moving into the fast lane of the dual carriageway. She just didn’t see it. I was breathless gasping with disbelief and couldn’t get a word out in warning, how on Earth anyone could NOT see two tractors indicating to pull out (granted they shouldn’t have till it was clear, but she assumed they were going past a bike!) and still keep on going before slamming the break on violently at the last minute so my side of the car was gouged by a tractor and the front wheel crushed! I tell you it was my first lesson (but not my last, sadly) on just how many people there are on the roads determined to do me (and others) in. I also learnt to trust my own instincts when it comes to people…

She cried a lot, the tractor driver actually knew her and changed her car wheel, she didn’t exchange details, I suggested she go home rather than drive to work in her current state, where she was very upset on the phone to work. I made her a cup of tea to try and calm her down, I was oddly calm throughout, and arranged to get picked up in the works van on it’s way on site, on my walk home I finally got a bit shaky about it all, but was also rather relieved that it wasn’t serious: “she had to have an accident sooner or later…” I decided I needed a moped/motorbike soonish. Bob and boss were sympathetic, and next morning she drove more like a normal driver, hooray! The other surveying team team had disappeared, though, with no info on whereabouts when asked by the Big Boss in Dorchester. This caused a major team blow-out in the afternoon, acrimony much! Seems they felt they didn’t need to keep colleagues up to date on whereabouts, bit of a health and safety issue at the least, hey ho, I was a bit more blase about stuff given the events of the previous day, though saw the Boss’ viewpoint as the right one, which he appreciated and was quite nice for a few days.

Saturday, off to Mansfield with mum, dad and the cat for christmas with my brother’s family, and seeing everybody after our 10 months away, both dad’s family, and sister-in-law’s family, before settling down in coal-mining Blidworth where they lived, coal fire, cold and damp house like going back “to the Dark Ages of Liverpool in the 60’s. No wonder they like to stay in Poole.” Niece, I noted, was very active, quick on her feet and clever (15 months old). She, of course, interrupted sleep later on – it became a bit of a habit for oooh the next 5 or 6 years! Christmas Eve? Christmas Day? Shopping madness in jampacked town, sat about smelling watching TV (no hot water bathroom facilities), off to grandparents again, and Aunty’s. Christmas prezzies with toddler Vicki all excited next morning, dinner, and then big movies on TV after christmas Top Of The Pops. And relax….