My 1985 Charts – February

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5th February 1985

It’s…It’s…A Sweet Chart-topper from nowhere, as my love and nostalgia for the manic glam-rockers propels a megamix of their biggest hits on top to give them a 6th number one, following on from 5-in-a-row from Wig Wam Bam in 1972 to Teenage Rampage in 1974. Fab! The originals that is, the megamix has nothing good to add to them, it’s purely an exercise in nostalgia. Meanwhile, a year late, Bruce takes Dancing In The Dark into the top 10, at 7, rather stunningly his first ever, having just missed out with all previous classic singles. King also are have Pride in being at 8, and Bowie gets another at 9, to add to his very long list by this time, since Starman first turned the trick in 1972.

Meanwhile Slade also add another top 20 (Bitch!) to their 14-year-run of them, since Coz I Luv You almost topped my chart in 1971. 14 for 14 years, how apt. Say Yeah? That’s The Limit, jazzfunk smoothstyle at 15, ahead of some noisy Art. Don Henley is driving at great speed with his Deadhead stickers on his cadillac, as The Boys Of Summer surge to 25, as the highest “actual” new track is This House, from Big Sound Authority, very much in a Style Council groove at 30, but they never really broke big sadly. The Colourfield takes Terry Hall back into the top 40, ditto Eurythmics’ Julia, Phil Collins’ Sussidio, and Time Zone’s John Lydon and Afrika Bambaata’s World Destruction.

New entries from Sam Harris at 51, Hearts On Fire, and Flash And The Pan get one of their irregular entries, Midnight Man at 54 giving the Aussies another flash in the pan 7 years on from And The Band Played On. They are always good, and should be better remembered than they are. David Lee Roth meantime feels he can do OK without the Van Halen boys, and covers the Beach Boys’ California Girls. Not that well, actually, though it’s a bit of fun to pop in at 56. MUCH better is 57, and it’s another 70’s pop star making a comeback, as Partridge Family teen idol David Cassidy is back 14 years on from I Think I Love You topping my charts. I still loved his singing style, enough for The Last Kiss to enter on one listen – and with George Michael on backing vocals (also a fan) it had that extra selling point. It’s breathy, builds, and is atmospheric, and I got all misty-eyed to have David back in the spotlight after a gap of 9 years. Aaahhh.

At 66, Mick Jagger finally gets that solo hit as the dancerock of Just Another Night does what Bill Wyman managed 11 years earlier, charting without the rest of the Rolling Stones. A much more succesful, and even more veteran, solo singer singer keeps his looooooooong run of chart entries going at 72. No I don’t remember Heart User much either! Cliff, of course, was there when my charts began in 1968, was there through glam, disco and punk, happily revived during New Wave and New Romantic, and to be honest, had I had been charting as a toddler he would have featured then too, cos I can’t recall a time in my life when there wasn’t Cliff. I hope these current police allegations evaporate, certainly the various prosecuting authorities have seemed far less concerned (than the American authorities) in putting actual terrorists and organised gangs of paedophiles away than they are now chasing juicy expensive celebrity headline cases. I digress. At 75 it’s the Fink brothers chasing some Mutants from Mega-City One. That’ll be a disguised Suggs and Carl from Madness going all clubby Judge Dredd then!

1 ( NEW ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( 1 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
3 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
4 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
5 ( 2 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
6 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
7 ( 12 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
8 ( 13 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
9 ( 16 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
10 ( 8 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears

11 ( 5 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
12 ( 19 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 18 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
14 ( 25 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
15 ( 22 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
16 ( 23 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
17 ( 7 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
18 ( 9 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
19 ( 17 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
20 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

21 ( 11 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
22 ( 14 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
23 ( 24 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
24 ( 27 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
25 ( 67 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
26 ( 15 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
27 ( 39 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
28 ( 10 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
29 ( 40 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( NEW ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority

31 ( 21 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
32 ( 36 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
33 ( 35 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 44 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
35 ( 26 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
36 ( 62 ) JULIA Eurythmics
37 ( 29 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
38 ( 42 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
39 ( 57 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
40 ( 30 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP

41 ( 31 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
42 ( 33 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
43 ( 32 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
44 ( 50 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
45 ( 60 ) “20/20” George Benson
46 ( 34 ) I FEEL FOR YOU Chaka Khan
47 ( 28 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
48 ( 65 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
49 ( 38 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
50 ( 37 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet

51 ( NEW ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
52 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
53 ( 46 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
54 ( NEW ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
55 ( 45 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
56 ( NEW ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
57 ( NEW ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
58 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
59 ( RE ) TERRY Tracey Ullman
60 ( 41 ) SEE THAT GLOW This Island Earth

61 ( 71 ) IN THE EVENING Sheryl Lee Ralph
62 ( 48 ) I FEEL FINE The Beatles
63 ( 72 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
64 ( 56 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
65 ( 59 ) STEP OFF Grandmaster Melle Mel and The Furious Five
66 ( NEW ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
67 ( 43 ) ATMOSPHERE Russ Abbott
68 ( 74 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
69 ( 70 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
70 ( 66 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( 69 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
72 ( NEW ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
73 ( 64 ) I WON’T RUN AWAY Alvin Stardust
74 ( 63 ) LOUISE Human League
75 ( NEW ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

TV: Feb 2nd – 8th 1985
1 Star Trek: Amok Time
2 Cheers
3 Sleeper: film
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Star Trek: Return Of The Archons
6 Top Of The Pops
7 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
8 Dallas
9 Spitting Image
10 Bewitched


In the week that Leonard Nimoy died, it’s entirely fitting that I should be reviewing my TV chart for February 1985 when yet another re-run of Star Trek’s Spock highlight episode, Amok Time, was shown. Spock was a major hero of mine from age 11, and Leonard Nimoy equally as much, so it’s very sad to have to say goodbye, but if you want to see Leonard at his best, and a great Spock-centric TV episode, this is the one to go for. Spock gets struck by Pon-farr, the irresistible 7-year-mating-itch that becomes unscratchable for Vulcans. This is the one also featuring T’pau, High Priestess of the ceremony, and future UK chart-toppers. true fact. Elsewhere, Cheers and Hill Street Blues were firing on all-cylinders, both of them influentially, and Spitting Image was taking the pee out of politicians and celebrities. I hear it’s on the way back….

In my life: Bob & I had our merry banter on the Dorset highways at work, I decided to get a moped on HP so I could free myself from being a passenger, not quite having enough cash for Bob’s second-hand car and not keen to go into debt. In retrospect that was a big mistake, but hey ho, hindsight is a marvelous thing. Had another argument with the supervisor over his change of plans as to who was out on the road and who was driving, followed by me sulking and us nearly getting hit by a skidding car on the road-bend we were working on, Bob holding back from the bend in the van with warning lights. Kind of reinforced my question really! I got a sort-of apology. Bob & I decided to speed-up the job application exodus among colleagues.

At home family problems I won’t mention (I pretty much never not have family issues), but mum and dad’s friends brought round a sweet little yorkie puppy, which they bought off them, pedigree and all. She was SO nervous being taken away from her mother, shaking like a leaf which upset me. Her name was Picket, in honour of the striking coal miners, of which my brother was one still. She gave mum and dad something good they could mutually focus on together, and did bring some joy, as well as being a constant pain in the arse when she got older for anyone babysitting through all the howling when mum and dad left her at home for any time. Win some lose some.


12th February 1985

2 weeks for Sweet on top as another oldie bangs in at 2, courtesy of a re-entry into the UK top 75 singles chart: Soft Cell and Tainted Love, a number one from 1981, and a genuine synth classic cover of the Gloria Jones northern soul track. It was a classic in 1981, in 1985, and still is. Marc Almond was into his solo career by this time, and Soft Cell alas were no more, as they had some right gems together. I saw Marc live the other year, and he wasn’t overly generous with the back-catalogue classics, which was a pity. Had I known he was going to do that I would have grabbed him in Gran Canaria about 10 years back when he stuck his head in the door of the bar I was sitting in, and suggested a) do your big hits in concert and b) do a cover of I’m Gonna Be Strong.

After meandering up and down the chart for over 2 months Dead Or Alive suddenly rocket up 60 places to 4 with future club classic, and the real start of the big time for Stock Aitken Waterman as producers, You Spin Me Round. The tempo was unbelievably exciting, so frenetic was it. Fab. Not to be outdone, the late great Kirsty MacColl takes her wonderful version of Billy Bragg’s A New England to 5 with a big leap. Leaving Billy Ocean to grab his 4th top 10 hit in 10 years, and Trevor Horn his umpteenth in 10 months, as Art Of Noise hit 10.

The top 20 gets a bit Adult Rock-ish with Pat Benatar, Bryan Adams and Don Henley all entering slowly, and rather less rapidly than they deserved. Flash And The Pan go top 30, as Midnight Man burns the midnight oil just ahead of an optimistic Howard Jones, and a welcome top 40 return from David Cassidy 9 years since the last time. Sam Harris meanwhile has an American hit, and enters my Top 40 with the Motown track Hearts On Fire. Classic Smiths also gets in at 40, How Soon Is Now also under-performing so far, so many great tracks to compete with.

At 47, The Associates return 3 years after topping with the epic Party Fears Two, having a spot of Breakfast, ahead of returning Grandmaster Flash and Kool And The Gang, who confirm to me that that mysterious verb I read in books as a pre-teen, to misle, I misle, they misled me, wasn’t a verb at all, and it was pronounced Miss-Led. Harrumph! Willy Finlayson is a Scottish singer who’s guested with Manfred Mann’s Earthband, and is still a gigging musician, but he closest he got to the charts was in at 68, On The Air Tonight, a laid-back European hit. 4 years on since she immortalised Bette Davis’ eyes, Kim Carnes is also back at 71 with an invitation to dance, while a much less-friendly Killing Joke announce they have love like blood at 74. Ewww! On TV, the BRITS were on, for an evening of awards for Prince and the like, a bit shorter in those days I think. The show, not Prince.

1 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
2 ( NEW ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( 8 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
4 ( 64 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
5 ( 27 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
6 ( 2 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
7 ( 3 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
8 ( 9 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
9 ( 13 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
10 ( 16 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise

11 ( 5 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
12 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
13 ( 14 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
14 ( 4 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
15 ( 6 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
16 ( 7 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
17 ( 24 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
18 ( 10 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
19 ( 23 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
20 ( 25 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley

21 ( 11 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
22 ( 17 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
23 ( 20 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
24 ( 30 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
25 ( 18 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
26 ( 19 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
27 ( 54 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
28 ( 48 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
29 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
30 ( 34 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield

31 ( 15 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
32 ( 22 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 45 ) “20/20” George Benson
35 ( 38 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
36 ( 57 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
37 ( 21 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
38 ( 51 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
39 ( 26 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
40 ( 58 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths

41 ( 31 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
42 ( 39 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 66 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
44 ( 52 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
45 ( 35 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
46 ( 37 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
47 ( NEW ) BREAKFAST The Associates
48 ( NEW ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
49 ( 56 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
50 ( NEW ) MISLED Kool And The Gang

51 ( 32 ) SEA OF LOVE The Honeydrippers
52 ( 28 ) IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO Bronski Beat
53 ( 36 ) JULIA Eurythmics
54 ( 41 ) GHOSTBUSTERS Ray Parker Junior
55 ( 63 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
56 ( 43 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
57 ( 42 ) THIS IS MY NIGHT Chaka Khan
58 ( 55 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
59 ( 68 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
60 ( 53 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

61 ( 40 ) SHARP DRESSED MAN Z.Z. TOP
62 ( 44 ) NEUTRON DANCE The Pointer Sisters
63 ( 47 ) ANOTHER ROCK AND ROLL CHRISTMAS Gary Glitter
64 ( 50 ) INVISIBLE Alison Moyet
65 ( 72 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
66 ( 49 ) WE ALL STAND TOGETHER Paul McCartney and The Frog Chorus
67 ( 69 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( NEW ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
69 ( 75 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers
70 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge

71 ( NEW ) INVITATION TO DANCE Kim Carnes
72 ( NEW ) OPERATOR Floy Joy
73 ( 71 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
74 ( NEW ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
75 ( NEW ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde

TV Feb 9th to 15th
1 Star Trek: Who Mourns For Adonis
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Television
7 The BRITS
8 Bewitched
9 The Addams Family
10 Top Of The Pops

Work along Dorset highways was much improved, as the boss was off sick, and I was getting all misty eyed for hits from 1973, wishing I could go back and do it right this time (eg, life). That I feel the same about my life generally still is a tad sad, lost opportunities and all that. Hey ho. Put me in the mood, though, for a trip in dad’s car to my old nostalgic haunting ground Gloucester, and Innsworth, where we moved in 1973, en route to Birmingham Bull Ring centre. I was fascinated by the cosmopolitan nature of kids in the comics shop there, and found big cities exciting and also a little daunting. Then I spent the weekend with Sue and Joe in Wolverhampton, catching up on stuff since we’d last met up in 1983. It snowed on and off all weekend, and especially heavily when I drove home, gale force freezing winds making it all a bit treacherous, not helped by unmarked diversions down minor country roads passing many motorists stuck in snowdrifts near Gillingham. Poole, of course, was snow free. It virtually never snows significantly round Poole harbour….


19th February 1985

Dead Or Alive finally get on top, after months of meandering up and down the charts, the longest run to date before getting to number one (excluding reissues and re-entries), and it’s well-deserved for You Spin Me Round. Relax is back again, too, as Frankie Goes To Hollywood enter at 3, or re-enter, depending on how you view it. I see it as a completely new chart run though, it’s a new year, and it originally entered in 1983 before getting to 1 in 1984. Don Henley meanwhile gets his classic Boys Of Summer to 9, as his ex-band-mate Glen Frey enters with The Heat Is On at 69, while The Commodores hit 10, their first non-Lionel song to do that since Machine Gun in 1974.

Highest proper new entry is The Boomtown Rats at 17, and the under-rated A Hold Of Me, one of their best singles in an 8-year run, and certainly not one of their biggest hits outside my charts. Mick Jagger goes top 40, as Prince grabs another double-A-sided hit, amazingly bundling two of the 3 best tracks on Purple Rain together, which means Let’s Go Crazy is back after a short run on it’s own in my charts, and Take Me With U debuts. Crazy is manic rock genius, Take Me With U is almost a non-Prince girlie chorus pop gem, catchy strings and all. Sadly, of course, no youtube videos so you’ll just have to take my word, and buy the album, which is a classic worthy of anyone’s collection.

At 52, one of pop music’s unlikely collaborations, it’s Bill Sharpe of jazz-funk Shakatak and Gary Numan of decreasing commercial-pop-star fame experimental, melody-lite synth music. Well, waddya know, it’s fabulous, a career highlight for both, and high-time it was re-evaluated and pushed again in a film or advert. New Edition are back again, with the twee Mr. Telephone Man, at 56, and 14 years on Shaft returns to my charts – sadly not Isaac Hayes classic though, it’s an 80’s dance cover by Van Twist which pales in comparison even to the forthcoming rival hit cover version. ZZ Top are also back with the rocking Legs – that’ll be shapely lady legs of course, plus hot rod – at 65, while Cyndi Lauper is running out of album tracks to release as singles, Money Changes Everything not being the strongest, in at 70. Junior is back at 75, 3 years after debuting, with yet another Beverley Hills Cop soundtrack hit, and oh yes, there’s a Material Girl Marilyn Monroe wannabee at 73, getting her 5th chart hit. A bit of a departure for disco diva Madonna, can her career survive it? Stay tuned….!

1 ( 4 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
3 ( NEW ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 8 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
5 ( 3 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 1 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
7 ( 5 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
8 ( 7 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
9 ( 20 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
10 ( 12 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores

11 ( 6 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
12 ( 10 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
13 ( 17 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
14 ( 9 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean
15 ( 19 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
16 ( 28 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones
17 ( NEW ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 11 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
19 ( 15 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
20 ( 27 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan

21 ( 16 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
22 ( 18 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
23 ( 24 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
24 ( 22 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson
25 ( 14 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz
26 ( 40 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 34 ) “20/20” George Benson
28 ( 43 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
29 ( NEW ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
30 ( 35 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins

31 ( 13 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
32 ( 36 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
33 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
34 ( 38 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 21 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
36 ( 49 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( 50 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
38 ( 44 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 25 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
40 ( 23 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald

41 ( 26 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
42 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
43 ( 29 ) CAN I Cashmere
44 ( 32 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
45 ( 37 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
46 ( 48 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
47 ( 31 ) SAY YEAH The Limit
48 ( 30 ) THINKING OF YOU The Colourfield
49 ( 65 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
50 ( 45 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood

51 ( 39 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
52 ( NEW ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
53 ( 46 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
54 ( 55 ) WE ARE THE YOUNG Dan Hartman
55 ( 59 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
56 ( NEW ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
57 ( 47 ) BREAKFAST The Associates
58 ( 68 ) ON THE AIR TONIGHT Willy Finlayson
59 ( 41 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
60 ( 69 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

61 ( 74 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
62 ( 75 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
63 ( NEW ) SHAFT Van Twist
64 ( 60 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran
65 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
66 ( 56 ) I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY Wizzard
67 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
68 ( 58 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
70 ( NEW ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper

71 ( NEW ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
72 ( 70 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
73 ( NEW ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
74 ( 73 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
75 ( NEW ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior

TV Feb 16-22
1 The Young Ones: Nasty
2 Cheers
3 Hill Street Blues
4 The Phil Silvers Show
5 An American Werewolf In London: film
6 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
7 Bewitched
8 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
9 Newhart
10 Top Of The Pops
11 The Addams Family
12 Grange Hill
13 The Bill Cosby Show
14 My World And Welcome To It
15 The Rockford Files


On TV, a great horror movie, An American Werewolf In London, John Landis and state of the art effects, while my fave Doctor Who Patrick Troughton makes his final appearance as guest return with new Doctor Colin Baker (sadly it was a bit gruesome in subject-matter, though compensated for by Frazier Hines returning as Jamie, a little). Oh, and My world And Welcome To It gets it’s final ever broadcast on TV, a great arty gentle sitcom based on the cartoons and humour of James Thurber, with a great cast and long list of guest stars despite lasting only one season in 1969/70, and despite winning two Emmy’s. It was a show I liked a lot in Singapore.

In life, Bob came round for an evening of pop chat, (BRITS awards on the Monday, with Bob Geldof giving politicians what-for no-holds-barred). This was appropriate because I went to my first concert alone: The Boomtown Rats at Poole Arts Centre Feb 14th 1985. A young crowd, male-biased, and late teens, early 20’s, and chose to avoid back-ache standing by getting a seat upstairs. Bob and the Rats did mostly new stuff from the In The Long Grass album, and a sprinkling of hits, the highlights were Someone’s Looking At You, Rat Trap, Drag Me Down, Dave, A Hold Of Me and Elephant’s Graveyard as they set off on a furious pace, despite poor sound quality in a 1hour 20 minute set. The final encore, Do They Know It’s Christmas, was introduced by Bob suggesting anyone who hadn’t bought it “ought to be ashamed of themselves”. Happily I had. Phew! I was very impressed, Bob never let up “carrying the whole shebang with wit and charisma, his new songs sounding good, and just a shame hardly any oldies. The Rats were perfectly wonderful. Energetic, lively show.” I got home at 10.30 and kicked the puppy across the room. Not deliberately, I hasten to add, I just didn’t see her come to welcome me – not used to having a dog in the house!


26th February 1985

2 weeks for Dead Or Alive at 1, as yet another (superior) dance cover of Isaac Hayes classic Shaft pops in at 3, outdoing the original’s peak first time round (second time round it hit 1 on my oldies charts). It’s not bad, but not as good as supercool Isaac obviously. Meanwhile David Cassidy (and George Michael) shoots up to 4, his highest chart position since I’m A Clown hit 3 in 1973, showing he was firmly back emoting a ballad in his own unique endearing style. Howard Jones adds to his growing list of top 10’s, as well, ooh, must be his 6th in a row!

Prince and Mick Jagger go top 20, Hall and Oates, and Sharpe and Numan go top 30, and second highest new entry is Philip’s Bailey and Collins at 37, with Easy Lover. That concludes the list of male duos. Easy Lover was essentially Earth Wind & Fire (Bailey being co-lead-vocalist) done Collins funk style, and was a huge hit, though I’ve never really warmed back to it since I overdosed on it in 1985. Pleasant enough though. Other new entries: The Stranglers are back, 8 years on, Tina Turner covers Ann Peebles, and becomes the second cover to chart, after Eruption’s much-better eurodisco thumper hit my 3 in 1978. Elton also sneaks in, with a ballad, Breaking Hearts tail-ending the album’s run of singles and giving him 14 years of chart activity, consecutive years too.

1 ( 1 ) YOU SPIN ME ROUND (LIKE A RECORD) Dead Or Alive
2 ( 3 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( NEW ) SHAFT Eddy And The Soul Band
4 ( 32 ) THE LAST KISS David Cassidy
5 ( 5 ) LOVE AND PRIDE King
6 ( 9 ) THE BOYS OF SUMMER Don Henley
7 ( 4 ) THIS IS NOT AMERICA David Bowie and The Pat Metheny Group
8 ( 7 ) A NEW ENGLAND Kirsty MacColl
9 ( 2 ) TAINTED LOVE Soft Cell
10 ( 16 ) THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER Howard Jones

11 ( 8 ) I KNOW HIM SO WELL Barbara Dickson and Elaine Paige
12 ( 15 ) RUN TO YOU Bryan Adams
13 ( 6 ) IT’S…IT’S…THE SWEET MIX The Sweet
14 ( 20 ) MIDNIGHT MAN Flash And The Pan
15 ( 28 ) JUST ANOTHER NIGHT Mick Jagger
16 ( 29 ) LET’S GO CRAZY/ TAKE ME WITH U Prince
17 ( 17 ) A HOLD OF ME The Boomtown Rats
18 ( 10 ) NIGHTSHIFT The Commodores
19 ( 12 ) CLOSE (TO THE EDIT) The Art Of Noise
20 ( 14 ) LOVERBOY Billy Ocean

21 ( 13 ) WE BELONG Pat Benatar
22 ( 11 ) I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS Foreigner
23 ( 19 ) 1999/LITTLE RED CORVETTE Prince
24 ( 18 ) SINCE YESTERDAY Strawberry Switchblade
25 ( 27 ) “20/20” George Benson
26 ( 26 ) HOW SOON IS NOW The Smiths
27 ( 42 ) WORLD DESTRUCTION Time Zone
28 ( 33 ) METHOD OF MODERN LOVE Daryl Hall and John Oates
29 ( 52 ) CHANGE YOUR MIND Bill Sharpe and Gary Numan
30 ( 24 ) SOLID Ashford and Simpson

31 ( 23 ) THIS HOUSE Big Sound Authority
32 ( 37 ) MISLED Kool And The Gang
33 ( 21 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen
34 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Sam Harris
35 ( 22 ) SHOUT Tears For Fears
36 ( 36 ) CALIFORNIA GIRLS David Lee Roth
37 ( NEW ) EASY LOVER Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
38 ( 38 ) YOU’RE THE INSPIRATION Chicago
39 ( 30 ) SUSSUDIO Phil Collins
40 ( 25 ) I HEAR TALK Bucks Fizz

41 ( 65 ) LEGS ZZ Top
42 ( 71 ) WHO COMES TO BOOGIE Little Benny And The Masters
43 ( 61 ) LOVE LIKE BLOOD Killing Joke
44 ( 55 ) DO WHAT YOU DO Jermaine Jackson
45 ( 35 ) SAN DAMIANO (HEART AND SOUL) Sal Solo
46 ( 56 ) MR. TELEPHONE MAN New Edition
47 ( 45 ) DO THEY KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS Band Aid
48 ( 50 ) THE POWER OF LOVE Frankie Goes To Hollywood
49 ( 62 ) PERSONALITY Eugene Wilde
50 ( 60 ) MUTANTS IN MEGA CITY ONE The Fink Brothers

51 ( 40 ) YAH MO B THERE James Ingram and Michael McDonald
52 ( 44 ) LAST CHRISTMAS/EVERYTHING SHE WANTS Wham!
53 ( 39 ) FRIENDS Amii Stewart
54 ( 67 ) THE BELLE OF ST. MARK Sheila E
55 ( 31 ) 7 YEAR BITCH Slade
56 ( 69 ) THE HEAT IS ON Glen Frey
57 ( 53 ) SEX CRIME (1984) Eurythmics
58 ( 41 ) THANK YOU MY LOVE Imagination
59 ( 73 ) MATERIAL GIRL Madonna
60 ( NEW ) LAY ME DOWN EASY The Stranglers

61 ( 43 ) CAN I Cashmere
62 ( NEW ) CONTRACT OF THE HEART Spelt Like This
63 ( 51 ) LIKE A VIRGIN Madonna
64 ( 49 ) HEART USER Cliff Richard
65 ( 59 ) ONE NIGHT IN BANGKOK Murray Head
66 ( 70 ) MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING Cyndi Lauper
67 ( 75 ) DO YOU REALLY (WANT MY LOVE) Junior
68 ( 68 ) THE RIDDLE Nik Kershaw
69 ( NEW ) I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN Tina Turner
70 ( 64 ) THE WILD BOYS Duran Duran

71 ( NEW ) BREAKING HEARTS Elton John
72 ( 63 ) SHAFT Van Twist
73 ( 72 ) LOST IN MUSIC Sister Sledge
74 ( 46 ) SIGN OF THE TIMES Grandmaster Flash
75 ( 74 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba

TV 26th Feb – 1st Mar
1 Cheers
2 Hill Street Blues
3 The Phil Silvers Show
4 Rising Damp
5 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers: film
7 Top Of The Pops
8 Bewitched
9 Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
10 The Addams Family

At work, our boss supervisor was becoming increasingly paranoid about everyone, mostly because he was useless, and one of the few people I’ve met in my life that I have little sympathy for. Colin and Monic were part of the exodus of employees as others were applying elsewhere for jobs. Madman critcised Bob for being slow, which annoyed him and me. Pot calling kettle. Parents went to Mansfield for the weekend and took the cat and dog. Started my back catalogue trawling for non-succesful USA pop bands of the 60’s buying 20 Greatest Hits of Gary Lewis and The Playboys, son of Jerry Lewis, and little-known gems on there too. Played it a lot.

My 1984 Charts – October

Suki the cat

Suki the cat

links to 1984 youtube videos in my other post…

3rd October 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th October 1984:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17th October 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24th October 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

31st October 1984

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My 1984 Charts – July

3rd July 1984

One of the longest (hot) summers of my life, as misery continues, years of job applications had become unbearable, just the thought of filling out a job application (no computers to help in those days, all tedious long-hand) still fills me with tedium and I’ll do anything to avoid it. That’s why (with one head-hunted-exception) I haven’t done any for 25 years. Exams, on the other hand, are a piece of piss in comparison and I carried on doing them for another 20 years on and off. Hey ho.

I think the lack of new entries was more of a reflection of my growing apathy and misery than the music scene, and sad songs still saying so much more than angry ones, so Frankie get knocked off after a mere 2 week run in favour of one of The Human League’s least-remembered hits, the sad Life On Your Own, which extended their run of consecutive toppers to 6 over 3 years. Only Abba had that degree of consistency to date.

Bob Marley outdoes his original chart position, at 5, the gorgeous Waiting In Vain, and the Pointer Sisters get a second Top 10 in a row jumping up with another pop gem. Robin Gibb’s synthypop flop gives him a 4th solo Top 10 15 years after his first one, inexplicably (well, explicably, actually, as The Bee Gees were persona non grata after the Saturday Night Fever backlash, which if nothing else proves the public hate mega-success, cos the Gibbs didn’t lose their ability to write great songs for the entirety of their career. They just went in and out of fashion at regular intervals.

Lloyd Cole gets a deserved Top 10 with his Perfect Skin, and The Bluebells fabulous Young At Heart leaps into the 20 along with Scritti’s Absolute, and Tina’s simmering biggie, What’s Love Got To Do With It, co-written by Lyle (of Gallagher And Lyle hitsters) was about to give her a career-biggest solo hit (in the UK charts at least – she’d already hit number one in mine with Ike in 1973). Highest new entry is the brilliant Self Control from the late Laura Branigan. I didn’t love Gloria much, but this record was another thing entirely, powerful and passionate, and full of Coldplay-styled woah-oh’s singalong fabulousness.

Leaving a Billy Joel album-scraper, and Mike Oldfield getting together with Moonlight Shadow vocalist Maggie Reilly again, but this time with credit. To France? Certainly not To the UK Top 40… TV, give or take 2 or 3 shows from 1984, was almost entirely devoted to 60’s and 70’s re-runs, as the extra TV channel (Channel 4) gave lots of opportunities to view popular oldies that hadn’t been around for years, and gave me a half-hour or so of nostalgia-filled relief from depression. I know now I was seriously depressed, but then all I saw was insomnia, and increasing misery and frustration with no idea what was going on in my head or why. Music, TV and Legion Of Super-Heroes comics (by now one of DC comics hottest and biggest-selling properties) kept me going. Mind you DC Comics had just grasped the money-maker and were about to wring it dry by increasing paper quality (and price) by killing off one of my boyhood character favourites, Karate Kid, quite dramatically.

1 ( 3 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 4 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 2 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
5 ( 7 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
6 ( 9 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
7 ( 6 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
8 ( 13 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
9 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
10 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

11 ( 10 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
12 ( 5 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
13 ( 17 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
14 ( 8 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
15 ( 30 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 21 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
17 ( 36 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
18 ( 20 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
19 ( 39 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
20 ( 27 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

21 ( 12 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
22 ( 29 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 28 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 14 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
25 ( 15 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 11 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
28 ( 24 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
29 ( 19 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
30 ( 22 ) THE LEBANON Human League

31 ( 18 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
32 ( 35 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
33 ( 47 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
34 ( NEW ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
35 ( 31 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
36 ( 32 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
37 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
38 ( 25 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
39 ( 34 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
40 ( 74 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie

41 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
42 ( 33 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
43 ( 38 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
44 ( 66 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
45 ( 42 ) SUSANNA The Art Company
46 ( 59 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
47 ( 40 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
48 ( 43 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
49 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
50 ( 46 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams

51 ( 45 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
52 ( 50 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
53 ( 44 ) ROUGH JUSTICE Bananarama
54 ( 51 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
55 ( 64 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees
58 ( 48 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
59 ( 55 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
60 ( NEW ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel

61 ( 58 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
62 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
63 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
64 ( 53 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
65 ( 54 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
66 ( 65 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
68 ( 60 ) WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GOGO Wham!
69 ( 67 ) HIGH ON EMOTION Chris De Burgh
70 ( 52 ) DANCING IN THE DARK Bruce Springsteen

71 ( 61 ) ONE LOVE Bob Marley & The Wailers
72 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
73 ( 68 ) SOMEBODY’S WATCHING ME Rockwell
74 ( 75 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson
75 ( NEW ) WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT Twisted Sister

TV
1 Star Trek: Charlie X
2 The Young Ones: Summer Holiday
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Soap
5 Addams Family
6 Batman
7 Monkees
8 Along Came A Spider: film
9 Professionals
10 Top Of The Pops
11 Twilight Zone
12 Tenko
13 Sullivans
14 Rhoda
15 Upstairs Downstairs

10th July 1984

If you don’t want to read about bad times and misery, just skip to the chart rundown. I would! I think it’s worth self-indulgently putting it in though, as I have absolutely no rose-tinted spectacles about the Eighties, bar the music, films and some TV. For some it was pure hell!

I’ve found my diaries. In one sense it’s hooray (when I do other years) and in another it’s OMG!!!! I’ve not read them ever (cos I was an arrogant jumped-up smart arse and didn’t want to be reminded of how much of a dick I could be to my family), but I started writing up my thoughts and events in 1977 and kept going till about 2003 when it all went too pear-shaped to even try. I’ve just flicked through June/July 1984 which has reminded me that I wasn’t just dealing with unemployment, my family was fragmenting around me – it’s not fair to mention any of it here, but the root causes were the Miners Strike (bruv had no money for a looong time), my unemployment and unhappiness being cut off from my friends, and my parents worrying about my brother and his family, and me, while dealing with a stressful demanding short-staffed long-hours job. Throw in me threatening to leave the new home (I’d forgotten that one!) and look for jobs somewhere else, family bitterness, and hints about my still-obvious “celibacy” as it was phrased. I didn’t go out, I didn’t have friends in Poole, I’d never had any romantic flings, and I was 26. Lot of things to deal with! Poor me, poor everyone, a thoroughly miserable time for us all. People under stress tend to take it out on those closest and things just get worse. We all hated Thatcher, at least, that was for sure, so hey, look on the bright side….!

Anyways, rather than get any more depressing, here’s a few self-indulgent comments from that week starting on the Saturday 7th July:

“Ladies Wimbledon Singles Final – one of the best I’ve seen, I think. Chrissie playing brilliantly, but Martina just SO good, “best ever” they’re saying. If she hadn’t come along Chrissie would have dominated tennis for over 10 years, with over 8 or 9 titles. Martina won.” I was a huge Chris Evert (Lloyd) fan.

“In evening , in garden with mum and dad (day just too hot – a scorcher – garden drier every day)

Tuesday July 10th

Feeling tensed, but waxing lyrical about the repeat of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before, the huge Trek universe that followed it, and actor Gary Lockwood who was also in 2001: A space Odyssey the same day. I’ll deal with Star Trek in my August 1969 run-down though!

Thursday July 12th

It rained, at long last, hooray! The end of helping mum & dad being short-staffed at work (Marines camp NAAFI shop till) which I was very happy about, seeing it as a distraction from looking for proper jobs, and being all stroppy and resentful. Dick – it turned out to be one of the things keeping me sane and angry. One of the marines nicked an apple from the shop (again), being light-fingered seemed to go with the job, being as they were taught how to break into things and all.

Friday July 13th

My sister-in-law arrived from Mansfield with baby Vicki, told me Dianne, my old Colourcare Photo Lab boss had been made redundant. Only slightly older than me, and sometimes a bit officious, but efficient and mostly upbeat, I had nothing against her but noted she should have taken an earlier job offer. It seems as though I was partly to blame by leaving, giving them an excuse to job-shuffle. That was the last I heard of her till she died a young alcoholic-related death years following years of decline after a failed relationship. Colourcare eventually went bust and everybody lost their jobs. It’s worth mentioning, cos something as seemingly innocuous as unemployment can lead to tragedy, and no doubt is right now in 2014.
On a lighter note, I was doing next week’s charts and was having a tough time deciding between Billy Idol and Prince for number one. Wonder who won!

Charts: 2 weeks for Human League on top, Prince gets his 3rd Top 10 hit in a row, Gary Glitter his first for 10 years, and Alison Moyet her first solo one. Seen them all in concert. Mike Oldfield leaps up To France et trente-deux; Thompson Twins are the highest new entry at 34, and The Young One’s neil covers Traffic’s hippie classic Hole In My Shoe for a new entry at 35. Arrow are Hot Hot Hot at 54, a record that became well known without being much of a hit, John Lennon is Stepping Out at 59, and Radio 2 played Mind Games an hour ago, which makes me miss my hero all over again, 34 years dead this year.

1 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
2 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
3 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
4 ( 5 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
5 ( 6 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
6 ( 8 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
7 ( 4 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
8 ( 16 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
9 ( 13 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
10 ( 18 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

11 ( 7 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
12 ( 17 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
13 ( 9 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
14 ( 19 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
16 ( 10 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
17 ( 28 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
18 ( 20 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
19 ( 14 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
20 ( 11 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge

21 ( 12 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
22 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
23 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
24 ( 33 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
25 ( 21 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
26 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
27 ( 31 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
28 ( 32 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
29 ( 34 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
30 ( 25 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade

31 ( 24 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
32 ( 67 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
33 ( 30 ) THE LEBANON Human League
34 ( NEW ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
35 ( NEW ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
36 ( 29 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
37 ( 44 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons
38 ( 35 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
39 ( 40 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
40 ( 36 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran

41 ( 60 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
42 ( 27 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
43 ( 49 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
44 ( 37 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
45 ( 41 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
46 ( NEW ) LAMENT Ultravox
47 ( 38 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
48 ( 55 ) JAMMING IN AMERICA The Gap Band
49 ( NEW ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
50 ( 39 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King

51 ( 43 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
52 ( 46 ) LOVE’S CRASHING WAVES Difford and Tillbrook
53 ( 42 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
54 ( NEW ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
55 ( 52 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 54 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
58 ( 50 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
59 ( NEW ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 45 ) SUSANNA The Art Company

61 ( 48 ) DANCING WITH TEARS IN MY EYES Ultravox
62 ( 63 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( 62 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
64 ( 47 ) BORDERLINE Madonna
65 ( 51 ) SEARCHING (I GOTTA FIND A MAN) Hazell Dean
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( 61 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen
68 ( NEW ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
69 ( 72 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
70 ( 74 ) BACK IN THE OLD COUNTRY Tom Robinson

71 ( 59 ) ONLY WHEN YOU LEAVE Spandau Ballet
72 ( 58 ) LOVE WARS Womack & Womack
73 ( 64 ) AIN’T NOBODY Rufus and Chaka Khan
74 ( 65 ) JUST BE GOOD TO ME SOS Band
75 ( 57 ) DAZZLE Siouxsie And The Banshees

TV
1 Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before
2 2001: A Space Odyssey
3 The Addams Family
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 The Monkees
7 Batman
8 Hill Street Blues
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko
11 Wimbledon Ladies Final
12 Taxi
13 WKRP IN Cincinatti
14 Upstairs Downstairs
15 Doctor Who

17th July 1984

A new number one, and it’s Billy Idol and the gorgeous Eyes Without A Face, holding off the brilliant When Doves Cry from the days when Prince had fans. I used to buy his singles and albums (bit of a genius), but his ongoing attacking of his shrinking fanbase over the years and bizarre career moves, means I haven’t bought an album in nearly 20 years, and I’m not likely to.

The Bluebells fab future 90’s UK Number One is at 6, Tina gets a second solo Top 10, Scritti get a second Top 10 with the sweet Absolute, and neil might be letting in water, but it washes him up to 12 ahead of some White Lines, blowing my mind with a classic rap record with a message and a reason to exist, other than “shake your booty b*tch” (that’s the cliche drivel version of rap). Mick Jagger gives the Jacksons a vocal assist, and my is he in a State Of Shock over his duet with Michael only being at 19 (for such a superstar comeback combo) while 20-year-old rivals The Fabs are at 20, the highest new entry being A Hard Day’s Night, a record and film 6-year-old me was very familiar with back in ’64.

Highest “New” new entry though is the lovely Closest Thing To Heaven from the Kane Gang, mellow as much pop was summer of 84. Others: Phil Fearon’s back with pleasant dancepop at 33; Band Of Gold (Dutch cover medley of 70’s sweet soul hits) slips in at 35 mainly due to some old faves being included in it rather than it being any good. Shakatak enter with a jazzdancepopMOR goodie; Divine enters to great disapproval on Top Of The Pops, what with being a big man in a dress who was happy to flaunt it; Dave and Barbara are back again 3 years on from It’s My Party – at least I hadn’t forgotten them, even if the charts had; Blancmange cover Abba with mixed results for me – it’s lower than the still-charting original, and is the first Blancmange record I was a bit disappointed with. Non-Abba fans, however, seemed to like it, despite it having none of the emotionless-but-emotional subtlety of the low-key ballad.

New at 68 an early folk/skiffle revival band in a style The Pogues took the crown for, Boothill Foot Tappers, at 70 John Cougar’s more Mellencamp than feline in his little Pink Houses, and ZZ Top pop in again a year ahead of chart bigness with those fabulous Legs at 74.

So, what tedium in my diary can I share? Stress, video-recorder acting up (catastrophe!), considered helping volunteer at the local Youth Club (more of a shack than a club), then had a to-do with the neighbour banging on the front door while I played my latest records (to try and ease my stress) with the windows open (it was hot) while he was slab banging in his garden (facing my bedroom window). I fumed, ignored him, took the record off, waited, then put Anarchy In The UK on full-blast. He applauded sarcastically when it finished. I’d waited all day, it was early evening, and oh my word the language I used Timothy ranting about the b*stard. I think I was Rik from the Young Ones for a moment. On the plus side, they sold the house a few months later, and happily some good friends ended up buying it years later, knowing full well and not minding my tendency to play loud music for half an hour in the summer window ajar. Hooray!

At the time though, next day, and I quote: “Me, I’m just pissed off being here, and I’m beginning to wish I’d moved to Nottingham instead. I’m going to start looking for jobs elsewhere, I’m just totally disenchanted with suburbia, with unemployment, with having no friends. “What a bummer” to quote neil.”

Just to rub it in, the next day I needed 6 fillings, left my driving licence and cheque cards on the bus after going into Poole to sign on (so had to ring police, banks etc), had a nightmare about my mum being overworked, donated £2 to Save The Children for the awful Ethiopian famine that was going on and upsetting me, I ranted about the “sick sick sick” individual who murdered 20 people (including kids) in Californian McDonalds, the news footage of dead children being shown on TV, and the useless American gun laws. Still, at least none of those sort of things happen these days, eh?

It wasn’t all misery though, I had a decent new haircut, my first ever. Wow!

1 ( 3 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
2 ( 8 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
3 ( 2 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
4 ( 1 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
5 ( 6 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
6 ( 12 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 9 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
8 ( 15 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
10 ( 18 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti

11 ( 4 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 35 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
13 ( 22 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
14 ( 5 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
15 ( 17 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 10 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
17 ( 7 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
18 ( 24 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
19 ( 37 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
20 ( NEW ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles

21 ( 11 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 28 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
23 ( 13 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
24 ( 20 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
25 ( 29 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
26 ( 19 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
27 ( 39 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 16 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
29 ( NEW ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
30 ( 23 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change

31 ( 21 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
32 ( 34 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
33 ( NEW ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
34 ( 25 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
35 ( NEW ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 33 ) THE LEBANON Human League
37 ( 31 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
38 ( 68 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
39 ( 49 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
40 ( 26 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne

41 ( 30 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
42 ( 32 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
43 ( NEW ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
44 ( 40 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
45 ( 46 ) LAMENT Ultravox
46 ( 41 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
47 ( 38 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
48 ( 54 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
49 ( 36 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
50 ( 27 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson

51 ( 44 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
52 ( 45 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
53 ( NEW ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine
54 ( 50 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
55 ( NEW ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 55 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
58 ( 47 ) THIN LINE BETWEEN LOVE AND HATE The Pretenders
59 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon
60 ( 57 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda

61 ( 42 ) LOVE ALL DAY Nick Heyward
62 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
64 ( 63 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
65 ( 51 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust
66 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
67 ( NEW ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
68 ( NEW ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
69 ( 58 ) LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOY Deniece Williams
70 ( NEW ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp

71 ( 53 ) PEARL IN THE SHELL Howard Jones
72 ( 43 ) THOSE FIRST IMPRESSIONS The Associates
73 ( 69 ) HAND IN GLOVE Sandie Shaw
74 ( NEW ) LEGS ZZ Top
75 ( 67 ) I WANT TO BREAK FREE Queen

TV
1 Star Trek: The Naked Time
2 Comic Strip Presents: War
3 The Addams Family
4 Hill Street Blues
5 Top Of The Pops
6 Casablanca: film
7 Batman
8 The Monkees
9 Soap
10 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
11 Tenko
12 Doctor Who (liver Birds guest)
13 Taxi
14 Automan
15 Upstairs Downstairs

4th July 1984

Back on top for Two Tribes, for a third week, while there’s a hole in my shoe at 4 and The Mighty Wah! get a second Top 10 hit a year and a half after hitting the top spot. The classic White Lines – so don’t do it! – finally breaks into the 10, and Divine positively rockets up to 20, proving if nothing else that a big bloke in a dress rasping over a manic bpm dance track is something to celebrate.

Shakatak smoothly glide to 22, a good jazzdance track, while Blancmange keep up their Top 40 run with that Abba cover at 29. Once again the highest new entry is a classic oldie – last week Beatles, this week Rolling Stones. It’s actually a chart debut though, as Brown Sugar was too naughty for Singapore radio in 1971 and it had taken 13 years to grow on me from occasional oldie listens. Talking about the most ridiculous haircut of all-time, A Flock Of Seagulls are back with a good track at 47, and Rod is back with a cover of Robert Palmer’s 1982 hit Some Guys Have All The Luck. Jeff Lynne and Dave Edmunds also keep up the 60’s veterans brigade with new singles.

So, Alien and Trek on top of TV viewing, I was raving about the latest Legion and Titans DC Comics, creatively hitting a peak that was matched commercially with big comic sales. At home, still not happy, a Vicar dropped by for a chat, newly esconced in brand new church, I think, looking for a new flock. I didn’t volunteer. The 15th anniversary of the Moon Landing TV shows casued me to reminisce on how much important stuff (to me) was happening in the Summer of ’69. Bryan Adams even wrote me a song about it! Honest!

By Monday I was getting seriously hypochondriac-al, worrying about symptoms that wouldn’t go away (and which I know now are stress-related), but tried youth club volunteering that evening to get me out, there were nearly as many helpers as kids, few facilities, and promised to come back Sept 3rd (summer break) after helping pack away and playing table football with kids. It didn’t give me an energy boost though, like the Mansfield Folkhouse did when I worked there, sadly.

Other things I tried to try and cheer myself up: Radio Luxembourg chart run-down; video arcade games in Bournemouth; went to cinema to see Supergirl movie (packed with kids on holiday being noisy): “..a good cast, all well OTT, mildly amusing, predictable, escapist fun, really. I’d go to see a sequel…” Hah! As if! Wishful thinking there. My College mate Paul rang and wanted to visit in August, which would have been brilliant for me – but the family announced they were all on holiday that week and would be back in the house then, so no room for Paul (felt awful telling him). None of them worked, though, increasingly depressed as the week went on. Oh dear!

1 ( 3 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 1 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 2 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
4 ( 12 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
5 ( 7 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
6 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
7 ( 22 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
9 ( 5 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
10 ( 13 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel

11 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
12 ( 4 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
13 ( 20 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
14 ( 9 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
15 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
16 ( 19 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
17 ( 29 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
18 ( 25 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
19 ( 14 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
20 ( 53 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
22 ( 43 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak
23 ( 33 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
24 ( 10 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
25 ( 18 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
26 ( 32 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
27 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
28 ( 17 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
29 ( 67 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
30 ( 16 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter

31 ( 24 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
32 ( 26 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
33 ( 39 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
34 ( 38 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
35 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
36 ( 45 ) LAMENT Ultravox
37 ( 23 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
38 ( 28 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
39 ( NEW ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 59 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

41 ( 31 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
42 ( 30 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
43 ( 36 ) THE LEBANON Human League
44 ( 34 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart
45 ( 37 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
46 ( 48 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow
47 ( NEW ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
48 ( 41 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
49 ( 44 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
50 ( NEW ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer

51 ( 42 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
52 ( 40 ) SO TIRED Ozzy Osbourne
53 ( 55 ) I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin
54 ( 47 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
55 ( 70 ) PINK HOUSES John Cougar Mellencamp
56 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
57 ( 50 ) FAREWELL MY SUMMER LOVE Michael Jackson
58 ( 49 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 57 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
60 ( NEW ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart

61 ( 62 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
62 ( 46 ) LEAVE A TENDER MOMENT ALONE Billy Joel
63 ( 52 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
64 ( 51 ) EACH AND EVERY ONE Everything But The Girl
65 ( 64 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
66 ( NEW ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
67 ( 63 ) 80’S ROMANCE The Belle Stars
68 ( 60 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
69 ( 66 ) RADIO GA GA Queen
70 ( NEW ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

71 ( 68 ) GET YOUR FEET OUT OF MY SHOES Boothill Foot Tappers
72 ( NEW ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
73 ( 54 ) HIGH ENERGY Evelyn King
74 ( NEW ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
75 ( 65 ) I FEEL LIKE BUDDY HOLLY Alvin Stardust

TV
1 Alien: film
1 Star Trek: The Enemy Within
3 Hill Street Blues
4 Rhoda
5 Mary Tyler Moore Show
6 Soap
7 Tenko
8 Monkees
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Addams Family

31st July 1984

4 weeks for Frankie as they were heading for 9 on top of the UK singles chart, and The Beatles keep those reissued Top 10 hits coming as A Hard Day’s Night hits 6. Shakatak are down in the streets but up in the charts, at 10, and everybody might be laughing at Phil Fearon, but he’s at 12 in the charts that count so he has the last laugh. Windjammer sail up to 22, with a track I’ve utterly forgotten – I’m guessing that’s not a good sign! Hazell Dean gets a second hit, though, with the even better Whatever I Do, and the sound of Stock Aitken Waterman has 2 in the 30 (Divine, t’other one, I think). Better get used to multiple entries in the singles chart, eh lads?

Queen get a third Top 40 hit of 1984, Rod gets a 2nd one, and Dave Edmunds has a welcome (floptastic) Top 40 hit yet again in my charts. I’m so loyal! Arrow finally prove it’s Hot Hot Hot at 40, as a major classic enters at 42. My sis-in-law Sue, then 24, loved George Michael, and Careless Whisper especially, and the new mature pop sound was a big surprise (especially after all the furore over his video expensive haircut obsession), but as we now know a huge hit and the start of a new solo career (eventually). I can’t listen to it these days, not since it was played at Sue’s funeral.

On TV sci-fi miniseries V started, but just as the Lionel Richie record falls dramatically because it reminded me of feeling ill, so this series has the same effect since the scene of the rodent-swallowing. By now I felt like I was on the verge of bursting into tears all the time, something I’d not done for a decade or so. Mum & dad knew something was up, I wasn’t eating properly, but I couldn’t explain it to them. Or to the doctor. So I stayed on camp for a few days with everyone so they could keep an eye on me. I hope this has a happy ending!

1 ( 1 ) TWO TRIBES Frankie Goes To Hollywood
2 ( 2 ) EYES WITHOUT A FACE Billy Idol
3 ( 4 ) HOLE IN MY SHOE neil
4 ( 3 ) WHEN DOVES CRY Prince
5 ( 6 ) YOUNG AT HEART The Bluebells
6 ( 13 ) A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles
7 ( 7 ) COME BACK The Mighty Wah!
8 ( 10 ) WHITE LINES (DON’T DON’T DO IT) Grandmaster Flash And Melle Mel
9 ( 8 ) BREAKIN’…THERE’S NO STOPPIN’ US Ollie and Jerry
10 ( 22 ) DOWN ON THE STREET Shakatak

11 ( 5 ) LOVE RESURRECTION Alison Moyet
12 ( 23 ) EVERYBODY’S LAUGHING Phil Fearon and Galaxy
13 ( 17 ) CLOSEST THING TO HEAVEN The Kane Gang
14 ( 18 ) SELF CONTROL Laura Branigan
15 ( 9 ) JUMP (FOR MY LOVE) The Pointer Sisters
16 ( 12 ) LIFE ON YOUR OWN Human League
17 ( 11 ) WAITING IN VAIN Bob Marley And The Wailers
18 ( 14 ) WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT Tina Turner
19 ( 29 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Blancmange
20 ( 20 ) YOU THINK YOU’RE A MAN Divine

21 ( 15 ) I WON’T LET THE SUN GO DOWN ON ME Nik Kershaw
22 ( 50 ) TOSSING AND TURNING Windjammer
23 ( 21 ) TIME AFTER TIME Cyndi Lauper
24 ( 19 ) TALKING LOUD AND CLEAR OMD
25 ( NEW ) WHATEVER I DO (WHEREVER I GO) Hazell Dean
26 ( 16 ) STATE OF SHOCK The Jacksons featuring Mick Jagger
27 ( 35 ) LOVE SONGS ARE BACK AGAIN Band Of Gold
28 ( 34 ) SEVEN SEAS Echo And The Bunnymen
29 ( 33 ) SWEET SOMEBODY Shannon
30 ( 40 ) STEPPING OUT John Lennon

31 ( 25 ) RELAX Frankie Goes To Hollywood
32 ( NEW ) IT’S A HARD LIFE Queen
33 ( 31 ) THINKING OF YOU Sister Sledge
34 ( 28 ) I WANNA BE LOVED Elvis Costello
35 ( 32 ) SMALLTOWN BOY Bronski Beat
36 ( 26 ) SISTER OF MERCY The Thompson Twins
37 ( 60 ) SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK Rod Stewart
38 ( 74 ) SOMETHING ABOUT YOU BABY Dave Edmunds
39 ( 39 ) BROWN SUGAR The Rolling Stones
40 ( 46 ) HOT HOT HOT Arrow

41 ( 24 ) ABSOLUTE Scritti Politti
42 ( NEW ) CARELESS WHISPER George Michael
43 ( 36 ) LAMENT Ultravox
44 ( 30 ) DANCE ME UP Gary Glitter
45 ( 37 ) BOYS DO FALL IN LOVE Robin Gibb
46 ( 47 ) THE MORE YOU LIVE THE MORE YOU LOVE A Flock Of Seagulls
47 ( NEW ) SUNGLASSES Tracey Ullman
48 ( 38 ) PERFECT SKIN Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
49 ( 43 ) THE LEBANON Human League
50 ( 44 ) INFATUATION Rod Stewart

51 ( 66 ) VIDEO Jeff Lynne
52 ( 27 ) STUCK ON YOU Lionel Richie
53 ( 41 ) HEAVEN KNOWS I’M MISERABLE NOW The Smiths
54 ( NEW ) HAND ON MY HEART Shriekback
55 ( 45 ) YOU’RE THE BEST THING The Style Council
56 ( 72 ) MY MALE CURIOSITY Kid Creole And The Coconuts
57 ( 56 ) BILLIE JEAN Michael Jackson
58 ( 58 ) ONE BETTER DAY Madness
59 ( 48 ) WHEN AM I GOING TO MAKE A LIVING Sade
60 ( 70 ) ON THE WINGS OF LOVE Jeffrey Osbourne

61 ( 49 ) THE REFLEX Duran Duran
62 ( 61 ) THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME Abba
63 ( NEW ) WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ONE Matt Bianco
64 ( 59 ) WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti
65 ( NEW ) STATE OF INDEPENDANCE Jon And Vangelis
66 ( NEW ) THERE ARE MORE SNAKES THAN LADDERS Captain Sensible
67 ( 65 ) LET’S DANCE David Bowie
68 ( 51 ) TO FRANCE Mike Oldfield and Maggie Reilly
69 ( 42 ) CHANGE OF HEART Change
70 ( 69 ) RADIO GA GA Queen

71 ( 68 ) DOCTOR MABUSE Propaganda
72 ( 63 ) AUTOMATIC The Pointer Sisters
73 ( NEW ) COULDN’T STAND A DAY Re-Flex
74 ( 54 ) SAD SONGS (SAY SO MUCH) Elton John
75 ( NEW ) BE THANKFUL FOR WHAT YOU’VE GOT Sunset Gun

TV
1 Star Trek: Mudd’s Women
2 Cheers
3 Mary Tyler Moore Show
4 Rhoda
5 Soap
6 Addams Family
7 Hi De Hi
8 V
9 Top Of The Pops
10 Tenko