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post Jul 3 2019, 08:38 PM
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All of your top 3 in that chart have certainly become classics.

I really like 'Labour of Love', lighter, less overpolished and different in production compared to most of the other chart pop hits of 1987. Its actually more early 80s sounding than late 80s I think.

It's a pity none of Hue and Cry's other singles are as good as Labour Of Love, they went down a similar route to Wet Wet Wet with having a very unique debut and then going down the route of rather cheesy and middle of the road singles like 'Looking Out For Linda'.

When Smokey Sings is quite good although it isn't one of my favourite ABC singles, its a bit too poppy and middle of the road compared to their early 80s stuff, but then it is the late 80s I suppose where middle of the road pop seems to have dominated!

As for Heart, the lovely 'These Dreams' I prefer to Alone I think.


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post Jul 6 2019, 04:19 PM
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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Jul 3 2019, 09:38 PM) *
All of your top 3 in that chart have certainly become classics.

I really like 'Labour of Love', lighter, less overpolished and different in production compared to most of the other chart pop hits of 1987. Its actually more early 80s sounding than late 80s I think.

It's a pity none of Hue and Cry's other singles are as good as Labour Of Love, they went down a similar route to Wet Wet Wet with having a very unique debut and then going down the route of rather cheesy and middle of the road singles like 'Looking Out For Linda'.

When Smokey Sings is quite good although it isn't one of my favourite ABC singles, its a bit too poppy and middle of the road compared to their early 80s stuff, but then it is the late 80s I suppose where middle of the road pop seems to have dominated!

As for Heart, the lovely 'These Dreams' I prefer to Alone I think.


Thanks Snakey, Yes my top 3 are all highly regarded - shame Diamonds at 4 isn't remembered at all! Can't win 'em all laugh.gif

I agree about Hue & Cry and Wet Wet Wet and the routes they took, one paid off one didn't...oops!

The follow-up to When Smokey Sings is fab, and the parent album is polished and classy as a whole, albeit not quite The Lexicon Of Love. I prefer These Dreams too, I think, these days smile.gif
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post Jul 10 2019, 12:17 PM
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I agree about Hue & Cry and Wet Wet Wet and the routes they took, one paid off one didn't...oops!


Indeed, Hue and Cry's (singles) chart success was only short lived. I only found out recently what the term 'hue and cry' actually meant, great name for a band, I have to say.

Are you doing 1988 (in this format) after 1987 then?
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post Jul 12 2019, 08:44 AM
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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Jul 10 2019, 01:17 PM) *
Indeed, Hue and Cry's (singles) chart success was only short lived. I only found out recently what the term 'hue and cry' actually meant, great name for a band, I have to say.

Are you doing 1988 (in this format) after 1987 then?


Yes, it should be easier to do a weekly version of the 1988 charts as I've already got them on spreadsheets and the monthly version wasn't as easy on the eye and a bit rushed. 1987 I'm still having to transfer from notepads.

Only got 1970-1972, 1975-77, 1980-1982, 1990-1992, 1995-97 left to do, oops! laugh.gif

Everything since late Autumn 1997 I have on spreadsheets if I can get a pc with Microsoft Word again to convert from Works, changing IT is such a nuisance ohmy.gif
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post Jul 12 2019, 09:05 AM
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7th July 1987

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

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

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

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


1 ( 1 ) ITíS A SIN Pet Shop Boys
2 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
3 ( 4 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
4 ( 5 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
5 ( 6 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
6 ( 3 ) I STILL HAVENíT FOUND WHAT IíM LOOKING FOR U2
7 ( 35 ) WHOíS THAT GIRL Madonna
8 ( 10 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
9 ( 11 ) IF I WAS YOUR GIRLFRIEND Prince
10 ( 12 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard

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

21 ( 13 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
22 ( 34 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
23 ( 15 ) DONíT DREAM ITíS OVER Crowded House
24 ( 44 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama
25 ( 37 ) ALWAYS Atlantic Starr
26 ( 33 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
27 ( 24 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
28 ( 61 ) THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS a-ha
29 ( 14 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
30 ( 50 ) PROMISED YOU A MIRACLE (LIVE) Simple Minds

31 ( 32 ) RIGHT ON TRACK The Breakfast Club
32 ( 40 ) DONíT LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
33 ( 41 ) WOTíS IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 18 ) DEAR GOD XTC
35 ( 28 ) GET IT ON (í87 REMIX) T.Rex
36 ( 36 ) NOTHINGíS GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
37 ( 60 ) SEVEN WONDERS Fleetwood Mac
38 ( NEW ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 17 ) GOODBYE STRANGER Pepsi & Shirley
40 ( 47 ) HOOVERVILLE (THEY PROMISED US THE WORLD) The Christians

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

51 ( 38 ) SHELTER Lone Justice
52 ( 45 ) LA ISLA BONITA Madonna
53 ( 73 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
54 ( 64 ) JUST DONíT WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
55 ( NEW ) CHENKO Red Box
56 ( 31 ) LUKA Suzanne Vega
57 ( 52 ) I GET THE SWEETEST FEELING Jackie Wilson
58 ( NEW ) SOLD Boy George
59 ( 58 ) A DIFFERENT CORNER George Michael
60 ( 42 ) PRIME MOVER Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction

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

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


7th July
PLAYIST OLDIES

1 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
2 I WANT TO STAY HERE Steve & Eydie
3 PANINARO Pet Shop Boys
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post Jul 12 2019, 11:50 AM
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Yes it is very sad about Mel and Kim. FLM is very good, and obviously house-influenced like most of their songs were.

'Labour Of Love' also sounds a bit house-y because of its piano, but was probably more jazz influenced than house influenced. Incidentally my upcoming BJSC entry reminds me a lot of Labour Of Love in terms of production and style of music.

QUOTE(Popchartfreak @ Jul 12 2019, 09:44 AM) *
Yes, it should be easier to do a weekly version of the 1988 charts as I've already got them on spreadsheets and the monthly version wasn't as easy on the eye and a bit rushed. 1987 I'm still having to transfer from notepads.

Only got 1970-1972, 1975-77, 1980-1982, 1990-1992, 1995-97 left to do, oops! laugh.gif

Everything since late Autumn 1997 I have on spreadsheets if I can get a pc with Microsoft Word again to convert from Works, changing IT is such a nuisance ohmy.gif


I would like to see you do 1980-1982 soon as I am a fan of music from those years, especially 1982 which is probably my favourite year of the 80s for music (I have managed to send two entries from that year to Buzzjack contests recently, one to BJSC of course and one to BJSC Legends)


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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Jul 12 2019, 12:50 PM) *
Yes it is very sad about Mel and Kim. FLM is very good, and obviously house-influenced like most of their songs were.

'Labour Of Love' also sounds a bit house-y because of its piano, but was probably more jazz influenced than house influenced. Incidentally my upcoming BJSC entry reminds me a lot of Labour Of Love in terms of production and style of music.
I would like to see you do 1980-1982 soon as I am a fan of music from those years, especially 1982 which is probably my favourite year of the 80s for music (I have managed to send two entries from that year to Buzzjack contests recently, one to BJSC of course and one to BJSC Legends)



Goodo, look forward to your next BJSC entry smile.gif

I'd like to get cracking on the early 80's - I've done up to Sept 1980 so it shouldnt be too hard to finish that one off once I get 1987 completed, though I'm still doing them in 5-yearly rotas when I get the spare-time (which is Sept 1970 - I'll leave those a year though - Sept 1975, the ones I most enjoy revisiting, Sept 1990, and Sept 1995) so I may just start with 1980 and keep going through Dec, then finish the others off once I'm into 1988 as I'll only need to write the commentary for that. After that I'll take the request for 1981 on as it'll only be 2 years to have done a decade completely, yay! cheer.gif
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14th July 1987

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

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

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

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

1 ( 2 ) HIGHER AND HIGHER (YOUR LOVE KEEPS LIFTING ME) Jackie Wilson
2 ( 1 ) ITíS A SIN Pet Shop Boys
3 ( NEW ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE The Beatles
4 ( 7 ) WHOíS THAT GIRL Madonna
5 ( 19 ) ALONE Heart
6 ( 3 ) DIAMONDS Herb Alpert featuring Janet Jackson
7 ( 13 ) SWEETEST SMILE Black
8 ( 4 ) TIME WILL CRAWL David Bowie
9 ( 6 ) I STILL HAVENíT FOUND WHAT IíM LOOKING FOR U2
10 ( 24 ) I HEARD A RUMOUR Bananarama


11 ( 14 ) SWEET SIXTEEN Billy Idol
12 ( 5 ) MISFIT Curiosity Killed The Cat
13 ( 17 ) WISHING WELL Terence Trent DíArby
14 ( 8 ) THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE Janet Jackson
15 ( 10 ) MY PRETTY ONE Cliff Richard
16 ( 21 ) JIVE TALKING Boogie Box High
17 ( 18 ) LETíS DANCE Chris Rea
18 ( 12 ) ITíS NOT UNUSUAL Tom Jones
19 ( NEW ) HEART AND SOUL TíPau
20 ( NEW ) IN THE SUMMERTIME í87 Mungo Jerry & The Grimm Brothers

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

31 ( 46 ) YOUR SONG (LIVE) Elton John
32 ( 23 ) DONíT DREAM ITíS OVER Crowded House
33 ( 33 ) WOTíS IT TO YA Robbie Nevil
34 ( 22 ) HEARTS ON FIRE Roger Daltrey
35 ( 32 ) DONíT LOOK ANY FURTHER Dennis Edwards featuring Siedah Garrett
36 ( 26 ) PERSONAL TOUCH Errol Brown
37 ( 54 ) JUST DONíT WANNA BE LONELY Freddie MacGregor
38 ( 38 ) CHANGE David Grant
39 ( 27 ) WISHING I WAS LUCKY Wet Wet Wet
40 ( 50 ) FLM Mel & Kim

41 ( 20 ) FLAMES OF PARADISE Elton John & Jennifer Rush
42 ( 43 ) HEY LOVE King Sun D Moet
43 ( 35 ) GET IT ON (í87 REMIX) T.Rex
44 ( 36 ) NOTHINGíS GONNA STOP US NOW Starship
45 ( 29 ) UNDER THE BOARDWALK Bruce Willis with The Temptations
46 ( NEW ) A MATTER OF TRUST Billy Joel
47 ( 49 ) LABOUR OF LOVE Hue And Cry
48 ( 53 ) IS THIS LOVE Whiresnake
49 ( 62 ) HEAD TO TOE Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
50 ( 72 ) BRIDGE TO YOUR HEART Wax

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

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

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

Playlist Oldies of that week
1 WAY OF LIFE Family Dogg
2 TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS The Beatles
3 PAPA DONíT PREACH Madonna
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