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post Apr 24 2020, 07:25 PM
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Classic Chart Flashback




26 August 1995


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1 (NE) Blur – Country House (274,000)
2 (NE) Oasis – Roll With It (216,000)
3 (2) The Original – I Luv U Baby
4 (1) Take That – Never Forget
5 (4) TLC – Waterfalls
6 (NE) Clock – Everybody
7 (6) JX – Son Of A Gun
8 (NE) Madonna – Human Nature
9 (5) Seal – Kiss From A Rose/I’m Alive
10 (7) Corona – Try Me Out

11 (8) Diana King – Shy Guy
12 (NE) Charlatans – Just When You’re Thinking Things Over
12 (13) Deuce – On The Bible
14 (NE) Xpansions 95 – Move Your Body
15 (NE) Michelle Gayle – Happy Just To Be With You
16 (9) Suggs – I’m On Sleeping/Off On Holiday
17 (3) Boyzone – So Good
18 (10) Outhere Brothers – Boom Boom Boom
19 (NE) Real McCoy – Come And Get Your Love
20 (14) Supergrass – Alright/Time


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Probably one of the most famous chart battles ever – Blur vs Oasis and It was SO 90s!

To start with, neither Blur’s Country House or Oasis’s Roll With it are their best records by a long shot. Imagine if this had been Wonderwall vs The Universal for instance? Classic stuff.

However, we got what we got from both bands. Blur with the lead track from The Great Escape and Oasis with their second single from (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, following up a their first number 1 single Some Might Say. Neither album had yet to be released and we were in the heady days of discounted first week CD singles (£2.99 in case you wondered - £1 dearer than they were to become 2 years later) and hype from both the bands and the media who pitted this in advance as a big chart battle.

In a sweltering hot week (and month and summer) Blur entered the battle as the underdogs and if you were to ask the youth on the street (me included, I was but a child of 19 on holiday in Cornwall at the time) Oasis would easily romp home with the number 1. But as the week progressed, it appeared that the nation preferred bouncy mockney nonsense instead of heavier indie rock and Blur triumphed by nearly 60,000 sales.

The announcement even made the news (I miss those pre Brexit and Coronavirus days when things were sensible). The week’s TOTP was overseen by no less than Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Oasis blatantly mimed and Damon Alburn was pissed.

History had been made and I loved it (I bought Country House that week as much preferred Blur at the time). Blur had a pyrrhic victory, winning the battle but very much losing the war.

Moving down the chart though. The Original dropped to 3 from 2, holding up rather well given chart hits back in the mid/late 90s usually entered high and fell quickly – an example of this is at number 17, as Boyzone’s So Good was a 14 place faller. The previous weeks number 1, Never Forget from Take That, was at 4 after a 3 week stint at the top. This was the one with the choir at the start and was the last TT number 1 with Robbie (he would leave the band shortly after) – it sounded like their swansong and would have been a much more fitting (temporary) end than How Deep Is Your Love.

At 5 was (Don’t Go Jason) Waterfalls as it was mistakenly known, a future classic from the oh so cool TLC. Clock (Remember them? No? Me neither) were new at 6 and JX were enjoying their first big hit at 7. At 8, Madonna was back with the under-stated Human Nature – not a Madge classic but a solid hit nonetheless.

At 9, Seal was on the way down the chart with his love song from Batman Forever – a cracking song and a solid reminder of a long hot summer. Finally at 10 is Corona (now very unfortunately named!) with Try Me Out, a 90s dance gem.

Picks from 10-20 – Xpansions 95 were new at 14 with Move Your Body, which had a resurgence last year thanks to a car ad. Michelle Gayle off Eastenders was still trying to continue her music career at 15, more dance at 19 from the Real McCoy and to round off the top 20 was Supergrass with their Britpop classic Alright.


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post Apr 25 2020, 05:40 AM
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Oasis (or their label) must have loved Roll with it back then, pre-album single + placed as track 2 on the album... I would have certainly chosen something else instead

from those newies my favourite is actually the Real McCoy track biggrin.gif
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post Apr 25 2020, 10:14 AM
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chart-toppers for me were TLC, Deuce and Seal - Oasis vs Blur was a case of do you want bread with that Country House soup or would you prefer rolls With It. Answer: both were starters, the main meal was elsewhere (but I preferred Blur of the two)....

The Original, Michelle Gayle, Diana King & Supergrass also were great singles.
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post Apr 25 2020, 02:04 PM
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I loved that Charlatans single, that and One To Another were my favourites by them.

Also really like TLC, Seal and Diana King. I bought both the Blur and Oasis singles at the time but they were both far from their best efforts.
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Country House was a really disappointing comeback after the massive Parklife, the 4 singles were all ama<zing and even album tracks like This is a Low were a million times better than Country House
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post Apr 25 2020, 02:38 PM
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Yeah I think it's pretty much a parody of themselves.
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OK, it's not a classic chart as such, but it's 30 years ago this week, and I was back from my first Florida holiday in March, and tomorrow I should be going to Gran Canaria for a break in an alternate universe with no pandemic.


5th May 1990

1 1 5 VOGUE Madonna
2 3 5 OPPOSITES ATTRACT Paula Abdul
3 2 8 BLACK VELVET Alannah Myles
4 7 5 KILLER Adamski
5 11 3 DIRTY CASH Adventures Of Stevie V
6 5 6 KINGSTON TOWN UB40
7 4 7 THE POWER Snap
8 - 1 A DREAM'S A DREAM Soul II Soul
9 8 7 ALL I WANNA DO IS MAKE LOVE TO YOU Heart
10 10 6 GHETTO HEAVEN Family Stand

11 6 5 STEP ON Happy Mondays
12 - 1 NOVEMBER SPAWNED A MONSTER Morrissey
13 9 6 DON'T MISS THE PARTYLINE Bizz Nizz
14 12 5 EVERYBODY NEED SOMEBODY TO LOVE Blues Brothers
15 26 2 SOMETHING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO HEAVEN Phil Collins
16 30 3 WILD WOMEN DO Natalie Cole
17 16 5 COUNTING EVERY MINUTE Sonia
18 33 2 TATTOOED MILLIONAIRE Bruce Dickinson
19 20 5 REAL REAL REAL Jesus Jones
20 28 4 TOMORROW Tongue N Cheek


So Madonna's on top for a 4th week with the wonderful Vogue, still sounds great - though I'd bought a maxi-single CD of dance mixes in Florida of Keep It Together, the final track off Like A Prayer to be a single in the USA, and was a bit miffed it wasnt a UK single too in the gap between Vogue and Dear Jessie (a non-US single).

The 2 main Florida-holiday anthem discoveries on US radio became UK hits too, Black Velvet at 3, and Wilson Philips perennial Hold On in a few weeks time. Sultry deep-south blues evocative, Alannah Myles rather appropriate for Florida in parts. Opposites Attract was also a big US radio hit, at 2, Paula Abdul's best record, and there's 4 major classics all lined up from 4 through 7 - Killer is utterly brilliant, dance music being innovative and exciting during this era, and Seal's uncredited centre-piece is a bit of a faux-pas given he had the career and Adamski didn't. Dirty Cash is also fab, The Power powerful, and UB40's career-best track a decade into their chart career, Kingston Town lovely and evocative of a cultural reggae past.

New at 8, Soul II Soul missing Caron Wheeler to my ears, but A Dream's A Dream is fine, Ghetto Heaven is awesome, and Heart's story-song is bizarre but oddly spine-tinglingly fab. Happy Mondays baggy funfilled cover of John Kongos' He's Gonna Step You On You Again, replaces menacing drama with twisting melons man, and isn't a patch on the original, though as a singalong upbeat night out it's fine. Morrissey still getting high new entries at 12, but November Spawned A Monster isn't one I could hum these days.

The rest are a bunch of minor "of their time" tracks that don't stand out 30 years on, bar Jesus Jones, and the Blues Brothers track which also featured in Universal Studios Blues Brothers mini-hits street-performers - they turned up in a car in a set-up of New York buildings, and performed along with "Aretha Franklin's waitress" - not actual stars, just singers playing the stars.
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I love 80% of that top 20 and bought loads of those singles. Back then I was a big Blur fan and was so happy they won the battle. Now it's the opposite I much prefer Oasis and listen to Oasis alot, alot of blurs stuff didnt age well.
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QUOTE(dandy* @ Apr 25 2020, 03:38 PM) *
Yeah I think it's pretty much a parody of themselves.


I always felt like 'Country House' sounded like a Madness single.
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