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  • #26
    6 May 78

    31 (-) Love is in the Air - John Paul Young (entered 13 May)
    32(re) Foxhole - Television
    33 (-) Come To Me - Ruby Winters (entered 27 May)
    34(33) Hi Tension - Hi Tension (entered 13 May)

    13 May 78

    31 (-) It Makes You Feel Like Dancin' - Rose Royce (entered 27 May)
    32 (-) Boogie Shoes - KC & The Sunshine Band
    33 (-) Just For You - Alan Price
    34(33) Come To Me - Ruby Winters (entered 27 May)

    20 May 78

    31 (-) Pump It Up - Elvis Costello (entered 10 June)
    32 (-) Take Me To the Next Phase - Isley Brothers
    33 (-) Rosalie - Thin Lizzy (entered 3 June)
    34(32) Boogie Shoes - Kc & The Sunshine Band

    27 May 78

    31 (-) Jupiter - Earth Wind & Fire
    32 (-) (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult (entered 3 June)
    33(34) Boogie Shoes - Kc & The Sunshine Band
    34(31) Pump It Up - Elvis Costello (entered 10 June)

    3 June 78

    31 (-) It Sure Brings Out the Love in your Eyes - David Soul (entered 17 June)
    32(34) Pump It Up - Elvis Costello (entered 10 June)
    33 (-) Loving You Has Made Me Bananas - Guy Marks
    34 (-) Ain't Got A Clue - Lurkers (entered 10 June)

    10 June 78

    31 (-) Mind Blowing Decisions - Heatwave (entered 17 June)
    32(33) Loving You Has Made Me Bananas - Guy Marks
    33 (-) Beautiful Lover - Brotherhood of Man (entered 17 June)
    34 (-) Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Elkie Brooks

    17 June 78

    31 (-) Rock n Roll Damnation - AC/DC (entered 8 July)
    32 (-) Bang Bang - Squeeze
    33 (-) Let Yourself Go - T Connection
    34(32) Loving You Has Made Me Bananas - Guy Marks

    24 June 78

    31 (-) Just Let Me Do My Thing - Sine
    32 (-) From East to West - Voyage (entered 1 July)
    33 (-) Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey (entered 1 July)
    34 (-) Let's Go Disco - Real Thing

    1 July 78

    31 (-) White Man in Hammersmith Palais - Clash (entered 8 July)
    32(31) Just Let Me Do My Thing - Sine
    33 (-) Run For Home - Lindisfarne (entered 8 July)
    34 (-) Wild West Hero - ELO (entered 8 July)

    8 July 78

    31 (-) Stay - Jackson Browne (entered 15 July)
    32 (-) Dragon Power - JKD Band
    33(32) Just Let Me Do My Thing - Sine
    34 (-) Movin' Out - Billy Joel

    15 July 78

    31 (-) Bootzilla - Bootsy's Rubber Band
    32 (-) 5705 - City Boy (entered 22 July)
    33 (-) You and I - Rick James
    34 (-) Prodigal Son - Steel Pulse (entered 22 July)

    22 July 78

    31 (-) Northern Lights - Renaissance (entered 29 July)
    32 (-) Cold As Ice - Foreigner
    33 (-) Rock n Roll Damnation - AC/DC (had already charted)
    34(33) You and I - Rick James

    29 July 78

    31 (-) The Race Is On - Suzi Quatro
    32 (-) If the Kids Are United - Sham 69 (entered 5 Aug)
    33 (-) It's the Same Old Song - KC & The Sunshine Band
    34 (-) Baby Stop Crying - Bob Dylan (entered 5 Aug)

    5 Aug 78

    31 (-) Who Are You - Who (entered 12 Aug)
    32 (-) Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
    33 (-) You Light My Fire - Sheila B Devotion
    34(re) Cold As Ice - Foreigner

    12 Aug 78

    31 (-) Don't Care - Klark Kent
    32 (-) Anthem - New Seekers (entered 26 Aug)
    33 (-) (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real - Sylvester (entered 26 Aug)
    34 (-) Walk On By - Stranglers (entered 19 Aug)

    19 Aug 78

    31 (-) Top of the Pops - Rezillos (entered 26 Aug)
    32 (-) An Everlasting Love - Andy Gibb (entered 26 Aug)
    33 (-) Sha La La La Lee - Plastic Bertrand
    34 (-) Galaxy of Love - Crown Heights Affair (entered 26 Aug)

    26 Aug 78

    31 (-) Hong Kong Garden - Siouxsie & The Banshees (entered 2 Sept)
    32 (-) Let the Music Play - Charles Earland
    33 (-) Don't Wanna Say Goodnight - Kandidate
    34 (-) Grease - Frankie Valli (entered 2 Sept)
    Last edited by Metalweb; Thu March 5th, 2020, 16:23. Reason: added 27 May

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    • #27
      2 Sept 78

      31 (-) Kiss You All Over - Exile (entered 9 Sept)
      32 (-) I Thought It Was You - Herbie Hancock (entered 9 Sept)
      33(re) Cold As Ice - Foreigner
      34 (-) Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf

      9 Sept 78

      31 (-) Winker's Song - Ivor Biggun (entered 23 Sept)
      32 (-) Hot Shot - Karen Young (had already charted)
      33(34) Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad - Meat Loaf
      34 (-) Ain't Nothing Gonna Keep Me From You - Teri De Sario

      16 Sept 78

      31 (-) Summer Nights - John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (entered 23 Sept)
      32 (-) Gimme Your Luvin' - Atlantic Starr
      33 (-) Got a Feeling - Patrick Juvet
      34 (-) Eve of the War - Jeff Wayne

      23 Sept 78

      31(33) Got a Feeling - Patrick Juvet
      32 (-) I Can't Stop Loving You - Leo Sayer (entered 30 Sept)
      33 (-) Don't Kill the Whale - Yes
      34 (-) She's Gonna Win - Bilbo

      30 Sept 78

      31 (-) David Watts - Jam (had already charted)
      32 (-) Bama Boogie Woogie - Cleveland Eaton (entered 7 Oct)
      33 (-) Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie - Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias
      34 (-) Mexican Girl - Smokie (entered 14 Oct)

      7 Oct 78

      31 (-) Respectable - Rolling Stones (entered 14 Oct)
      32 (-) Daylight Katy - Gordon Lightfoot
      33 (-) Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
      34 (-) Sweet Talkin' Woman - ELO (entered 14 Oct)

      14 Oct 78

      31 (-) Darlin' - Frankie Miller (entered 21 Oct)
      32(33) Hollywood Nights - Bob Seger
      33 (-) Givin' Up Givin' In - Three Degrees (entered 21 Oct)
      34 (-) Don't Come Close - Ramones

      21 Oct 78

      31 (-) Public Image - Public Image Ltd (entered 28 Oct)
      32 (-) Got To Get You Into My Life - Earth Wind and Fire (entered 28 Oct)
      33 (-) Brave New World - David Essex
      34 (-) Coming Home - Marshall Hain

      28 Oct 78

      31(re) Don't Come Close - Ramones
      32 (-) Fool (If You Think It's Over) - Chris Rea
      33 (-) Don't Look Back - Peter Tosh
      34 (-) Hard Road - Black Sabbath

      4 Nov 78

      31 (-) Only You - Teddy Pendergrass
      32(32) Fool (If You Think It's Over) - Chris Rea
      33 (-) Teenage Kicks - Undertones (entered 11 Nov)
      34 (-) Prance On - Eddie Henderson

      11 Nov 78

      31 (-) Promises - Eric Clapton
      32 (-) Respectable - Rolling Stones (had already charted)
      33 (-) Giving It Back - Phil Hurtt (entered 18 Nov)
      34(34) Prance On - Eddie Henderson

      18 Nov 78

      31 (-) Don't Cry Out Loud - Elkie Brooks (entered 25 Nov)
      32 (-) Shooting Star - Dollar (entered 2 Dec)
      33 (-) I'm gonna Love You Forever - Crown Heights Affair
      34 (-) Hammer Horror - Kate Bush

      25 Nov 78

      31 (-) I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
      32 (-) Lay Love on You - Luisa Fernandez
      33 (-) Ease On Down the Road - Diana Ross & Michael Jackson
      34 (-) You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra & Neil (entered 9 Dec)

      2 Dec 78

      31 (-) Just To Be Close To You - Commodores
      32 (-) Dr Who - Mankind
      33(31) I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges
      34(34) You Don't Bring Me Flowers - Barbra & Neil (entered 9 Dec)

      9 Dec 78

      31 (-) Breaking Glass Ep - David Bowie
      32 (-) Anyway You Do It - Liquid Gold
      33 (-) Number One Dee Jay - Goody Goody
      34 (-) Destination Venus - Rezillos

      16 Dec 78

      31 (-) The ELO Ep - ELO
      32 (-) My Life - Billy Joel (entered 23 Dec)
      33 (-) Christmas in Smurfland - Smurfs
      34 (-) One Nation Under a Groove - Funkadelic (entered 6 Jan)

      23 Dec 78
      none listed

      30 Dec 78
      no chart

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      • #28
        6 Jan 79
        none listed

        13 Jan 79

        31 (-) Theme from Superman - London Symphony Orchestra
        32 (-) B.A.B.Y.- Rachel Sweet

        20 Jan 79

        31 (-) Heat of the Beat - Roy Ayers
        32 (-) Je Suis Music - Cerrone

        27 Jan 79

        31 (-) King Rocker - Generation X (entered 3 Feb)
        32 (-) Dance (Disco Heat) - Sylvester (had already charted)

        3 Feb 79

        31(32) Dance (Disco Heat) - Sylvester (had already charted)
        32 (-) Contact - Edwin Starr (entered 10 Feb)
        33 (-) When I'm Away From You - Frankie Miller

        10 Feb 79
        none listed

        17 Feb 79

        31 (-) Destiny - Jacksons
        32 (-) Don't Stop Me Now - Queen (entered 24 Feb)
        33 (-) Tragedy - Bee Gees (entered 24 Feb)
        34 (-) Doctor Doctor - UFO

        24 Feb 79

        31 (-) Lucky Number - Lene Lovich (entered 3 Mar)
        32 (-) Can You Feel the Force - Real Thing (entered 3 Mar)
        33 (-) Baby Of Mine - Alan Price
        34(34) Doctor Doctor - UFO

        3 Mar 79

        31 (-) Everything Is Great - Inner Circle
        32 (-) Clog Dance - Violinski (entered 17 Mar)
        33 (-) I Want Your Love - Chic (???)
        34 (-) May The Sunshine - Nazareth

        An error here: Chic were shown as a breaker as well as a new entry at 24!

        10 Mar 79

        31 (-) Trash - Roxy Music
        32(31) Everything Is Great - Inner Circle
        33 (-) Waiting For An Alibi - Thin Lizzy (entered 17 Mar)
        34 (-) Protection - Graham Parker & The Rumour

        Protection was one of the year's finest singles (sez me!) but failed to make the official Top 75.

        17 Mar 79

        31 (-) Cuba - Gibson Brothers
        32(31) Trash - Roxy Music
        33 (-) Imperial Wizard - David Essex
        34 (-) Disco Nights - GQ

        24 Mar 79

        31 (-) Wow - Kate Bush (entered 7 Apr)
        32 (-) Bully For You - Tom Robinson Band
        33 (-) Overkill - Motorhead
        34 (-) Bright Eyes - Art Garfunkel (entered 31 Mar)

        31 Mar 79

        31 (-) Questions and Answers - Sham 69 (entered 7 Apr)
        32 (-) The Runner - Three Degrees (entered 7 Apr)
        33 (-) Chase -Giorgio Moroder
        34(re) Cuba - Gibson Brothers

        7 Apr 79

        31 (-) Imagination - Rocky Sharpe & The Replays
        32 (-) I Don't Wanna Lose You - Kandidate (entered 14 Apr)
        33 (-) Let's Fly Away - Voyage (entered 14 Apr)
        34 (-) Shoot Shoot - UFO

        14 Apr 79

        31 (-) Valley of the Dolls - Generation X (entered 21 Apr)
        32 (-) Haven't Stopped Dancin' Yet - Gonzalez (entered 28 Apr)
        33 (-) Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart (entered 28 Apr)
        34 (-) Offshore Banking Business - Members (entered 28 Apr)

        21 Apr 79

        31(32) Haven't Stopped Dancin' Yet - Gonzalez (entered 28 Apr)
        32(33) Knock On Wood - Amii Stewart (entered 28 Apr)
        33(34) Offshore Banking Business - Members (entered 28 Apr)
        34 (-) Love Ballad - George Benson (entered 12 May)

        28 Apr 79

        31 (-) Guilty - Mike Oldfield (entered 12 May)
        32 (-) Reunited - Peaches and Herb (entered 5 May)
        33 (-) Highly Inflammable - X-Ray Spex
        34 (-) Swingin' - Light of the World
        Last edited by Metalweb; Fri March 13th, 2020, 02:18.

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        • #29
          Thanks for continuing to post these. There's some great records listed here. And 1979 is my all time favourite year for the charts. I wonder why the NME just listed a maximum of 4 breakers? Singles sales in 1979 were very high and surely they could have listed at least 5 or even more breakers.

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          • #30
            Good news: the breakers list does indeed expand later in this year!

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            • #31
              Excellent!

              I can't even remember the Breakers part of the chart. I bought the NME every week from about the beginning of 1977 through to mid 1979 and remember the top 30 singles and album charts and the US charts being the Cashbox ones but I can't recall the breakers being listed.

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              • #32
                5 May 79

                31 (-) Dance Away - Roxy Music (entered 19 May)
                32 (-) Jimmy Jimmy - Undertones (entered 12 May)
                33(re) Love Ballad - George Benson (entered 12 May)
                34 (-) Theme from The Deer Hunter - Shadows (entered 12 May)
                35 (-) Does Your Mother Know - Abba (entered 12 May)

                12 May 79

                31 (-) Get Dancin' - Bombers
                32 (-) Love Song - Damned (entered 19 May)
                33 (-) Bridge Over Troubled Water - Linda Clifford (entered 19 May)
                34(31) Dance Away - Roxy Music (entered 19 May)
                35 (-) Saturday Night - T-Connection
                36 (-) I'm an Upstart - Angelic Upstarts

                19 May 79

                31 (-) Hot Stuff - Donna Summer (entered 26 May)
                32 (-) I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick (entered 9 June)
                33(31) Get Dancin' - Bombers
                34 (-) Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello
                35 (-) The Number One Song in Heaven - Sparks (entered 26 May)


                26 May 79

                31(34) Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello
                32 (-) Say When - Lene Lovich (entered 23 June)
                33 (-) Are You Ready For Love - Elton John
                34(33) Get Dancin' - Bombers
                35 (-) Cavatina - John Williams (entered 16 June)
                36 (-) Evening Star - Judas Priest

                2 June 79

                31 (-) Is There Anybody There? - Scorpions
                32(re) I Want You To Want Me - Cheap Trick (entered 9 June)
                33(31) Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello
                34(32) Say When - Lene Lovich (entered 23 June)
                35 (-) We Are Family - Sister Sledge (entered 9 June)
                36 (-) The Lone Ranger - Quantum Jump (entered 9 June)

                9 June 79

                31 (-) Up the Junction - Squeeze (entered 16 June)
                32 (-) Prime Time - Tubes
                33 (-) Night Owl - Gerry Rafferty (entered 16 June)
                34 (-) Living on the Front Line - Eddy Grant (entered 23 June)
                35 (-) Pick Me Up, I'll Dance - Melba Moore
                36 (-) Let's Lovedance Tonight - Gary's Gang

                16 June 79

                31(34) Living on the Front Line - Eddy Grant (entered 23 June)
                32(36) Let's Lovedance Tonight - Gary's Gang
                33 (-) Lady Lynda - Beach Boys (entered 30 June)
                34 (-) Get It Up For Love - Tata Vega
                35 (-) I'll Be Surprisingly Good For You - Linda Lewis
                36 (-) Silly Games - Janet Kay (entered 30 June)

                23 June 79

                31 (-) Old Siam Sir - Wings (entered 30 June)
                32 (-) Babylon's Burning - Ruts (entered 30 June)
                33(re) Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello
                34(re) Prime Time - Tubes
                35 (-) Maybe - Thom Pace (entered 7 July)
                36 (-) Talk To Me - Third World

                30 June 79

                31 (-) Cracking Up - Nick Lowe
                32 (-) Do Anything You Want To - Thin Lizzy (entered 7 July)
                33 (-) Sunburn - Graham Gouldman
                34(36) Talk To Me - Third World
                35 (-) Dance With Me - Carrie Lucas
                36 (-) Stranglehold - UK Subs

                7 July 79

                31 (-) Breakfast in America - Supertramp (entered 14 July)
                32 (-) Good Times - Chic (entered 14 July)
                33 (-) Girls Talk - Dave Edmunds (entered 14 July)
                34 (-) Born To Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez (entered 14 july)
                35 (-) Baby Lay Down - Ruby Winters
                36(36) Stranglehold - UK Subs

                14 July 79

                31 (-) Playground Twist - Siouxsie & The Banshees
                32 (-) Since I Don't Have You - Art Garfunkel
                33 (-) Can't Stand Losing You - Police (entered 21 July)
                34 (-) Chuck E's in Love - Rickie Lee Jones (entered 21 July)
                35 (-) Wanted - Dooleys (entered 21 July)
                36 (-) I'm a Sucker For Your Love - Teena Marie (entered 21 July)

                21 July 79

                31 (-) Get Another Love - Chantal Curtis
                32(31) Playground Twist - Siouxsie & The Banshees
                33 (-) Bring the Family Back - Billy Paul
                34(32) Since I Don't Have You - Art Garfunkel
                35 (-) We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard (entered 28 July)
                36 (-) Kid - Pretenders

                28 July 79

                31 (-) Beat the Clock - Sparks (entered 4 Aug)
                32 (-) Ooh! What a Life - Gibson Brothers (entered 18 Aug)
                33(32) Playground Twist - Siouxsie & The Banshees
                34 (-) Stay With Me Till Dawn - Judie Tzuke (entered 4 Aug)
                35 (-) Gangsters - Special AKA (entered 18 Aug)
                36 (-) Paranoid - Dickies
                Last edited by Metalweb; Sat February 22nd, 2020, 20:18. Reason: Added 14 July

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                • #33
                  I think I'd bought 'Gangsters' about a month before it hit the national chart. I'm sure I bought it around the end of June / beginning of July 1979. I picked up on the track first from John Peel and then from the Radio 1 Saturday evening programme which I thought was presented by Mike Read but it turns out it was by Chris Jones who didn't stay at the station that long. I bought it from Volume Records in Newcastle which is where I would buy a lot of non-charting indie records in 1979 / 1980.

                  The single was a slow burner. It was initially released on 30 March 1979 in a limited pressing of 5,000 copies before it was given a full release when Jerry Dammers was able to get more funding to press up more copies. It entered the Record Business chart on 28 May 1979 and it is possible / probable that had a fuller BMRB chart than a top 75 been publically available it was probably insiide the top 100 part of it (a top 200 was compiled but available only to the industry). It's still a great track.

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                  • #34
                    Agree about Gangsters - great single.

                    By coincidence I was looking at the 11 August '79 copy of Sounds earlier. It included an Alternative Chart supplied by Mike Stone Records of Stoke-On-Trent that featured many of the titles I'm currently listing in the NME breakers. May as well post it here too!

                    1 Gangsters - Special AKA
                    2 Down in the Park - Tubeway Army
                    3 Harmony In My Head - Buzzcocks
                    4 Paranoid - Dickies
                    5 Rock Lobster - B52s
                    6 Turn the Lights Out - Venigmas
                    7 Danger Love - Vice Creems
                    8 Get Off the Phone - Heartbreakers
                    9 Hersham Boys - Sham 69
                    10 Money - Flying Lizards
                    11 Zerox - Adam and the Ants
                    12 Somebody Different - Glass Torpedoes
                    13 Aint Got a Clue - Lurkers
                    14 Old Stories - Grace
                    15 DJ - David Bowie
                    16 You Need Wheels - Merton Parkas
                    17 Stranglehold - UK Subs
                    18 Conscious Man - Jolly Bros
                    19 Electricity - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
                    20 I Was Made For Loving you - Kiss

                    Must admit there's two or three there I don't remember....
                    Last edited by Metalweb; Sun February 16th, 2020, 04:34.

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                    • #35
                      Very nice info, Metalweb, thank you for putting it here!

                      Can I actually put it in my database that the single reached, say, No. 32 in NME chart? Or that would be wrong?

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                      • #36
                        Originally posted by Passing_Strang View Post
                        Very nice info, Metalweb, thank you for putting it here!

                        Can I actually put it in my database that the single reached, say, No. 32 in NME chart? Or that would be wrong?
                        Hi Passing_Strang, in posting the NME breakers I decided to follow the convention often used when listing the official chart breakers (51,52 etc), which of course isn't strictly correct as a list of breakers typically excludes records falling down the chart.

                        Having said that, the NME breakers lists quite often do include records that had already charted as minor hits - this seems to happen too often for each instance to be a mistake!

                        Still, it's pretty clear that the lists aren't an indication of what would occupy positions 31,32, etc were the length of the chart to be extended. All that can definitely be said is that 32(say) is the maximum position that particular record could have been placed in an extended chart!

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                        • #37
                          4 Aug 79

                          31 (-) Bang Bang - B.A.Robertson (entered 18 Aug)
                          32(32) Ooh! What a Life - Gibson Brothers (entered 18 Aug)
                          33 (-) Let's Go - Cars
                          34 (-) Reasons To Be Cheerful Pt.3 - Ian Dury (entered 11 Aug)
                          35 (-) Harmony In My Head - Buzzcocks
                          36 (-) The Boss - Diana Ross (entered 11 Aug)

                          11 Aug 79

                          31(32) Ooh! What a Life - Gibson Brothers (entered 18 Aug)
                          32(re) Gangsters - Special AKA (entered 18 Aug)
                          33(35) Harmony In My Head - Buzzcocks
                          34 (-) Conscious Man - Jolly Brothers
                          35 (-) Is She Really Going Out With Him? - Joe Jackson (entered 18 Aug)
                          36 (-) Rock Around the Clock - Telex

                          18 Aug 79

                          31 (-) Rock Lobster - B52s
                          32 (-) Lost In Music - Sister Sledge (entered 25 Aug)
                          33 (-) Money - Flying Lizards (entered 25 Aug)
                          34(36) Rock Around the Clock - Telex
                          35 (-) Gone Gone Gone - Johnny Mathis (entered 1 Sept)
                          36(34) Conscious Man - Jolly Brothers

                          25 Aug 79

                          31 (-) Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty
                          32 (-) You Need Wheels - Merton Parkas
                          33(35) Gone Gone Gone - Johnny Mathis (entered 1 Sept)
                          34 (-) If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body... - Bellamy Brothers (entered 1 Sept)
                          35(31) Rock Lobster - B52s
                          36 (-) The Prince - Madness (entered 22 Sept)

                          1 Sept 79

                          31 (-) In the Brownies - Billy Connolly
                          32 (-) Spiral Scratch - Buzzcocks
                          33(36) The Prince - Madness (entered 22 Sept)
                          34 (-) Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe (entered 15 Sept)
                          35 (-) Cars - Gary Numan (entered 8 Sept)
                          36(31) Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty

                          8 Sept 79

                          31(31) In the Brownies - Billy Connolly
                          32(34) Cruel To Be Kind - Nick Lowe (entered 15 Sept)
                          33 (-) Sail On - Commodores (entered 15 Sept)
                          34 (-) Lines - Planets
                          35 (-) Time For Action - Secret Affair (entered 15 Sept)
                          36(32) Spiral Scratch - Buzzcocks

                          15 Sept 79

                          31 (-) Slap & Tickle - Squeeze (entered 22 Sept)
                          32 (-) Feel the Real - David Bendeth
                          33 (-) War Stories - Starjets
                          34 (-) Something That I Said - Ruts
                          35(re) Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty
                          36 (-) Tomorrow's Girls - UK Subs (entered 22 Sept)

                          22 Sept 79

                          31 (-) You Can Do It - Al Hudson (entered 29 Sept)
                          32 (-) Nights in White Satin - Dickies
                          33 (-) Back Of My Hand - Jags (entered 6 Oct)
                          34(34) Something That I Said - Ruts
                          35 (-) Sexy Cream - Slick
                          36 (-) This Time Baby - Jackie Moore

                          29 Sept 79

                          31(33) Back Of My Hand - Jags (entered 6 Oct)
                          32 (-) Queen Of Hearts - Dave Edmunds (entered 6 Oct)
                          33 (-) The Devil Went Down to Georgia - Charlie Daniels Band (entered 6 Oct)
                          34 (-) Making Plans for Nigel - XTC (entered 27 Oct)
                          35 (-) Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles (entered 6 Oct)

                          6 Oct 79

                          31 (-) Charade - Skids (entered 13 Oct)
                          32 (-) Dim All the Lights - Donna Summer
                          33 (-) OK Fred - Errol Dunkley (entered 13 Oct)
                          34(34) Making Plans for Nigel - XTC (entered 27 Oct)
                          35 (-) Straw Dogs - Stiff Little Fingers
                          36 (-) Mittageisen - Siouxsie & The Banshees

                          13 Oct 79

                          31 (-) Tusk - Fleetwood Mac (entered 20 Oct)
                          32 (-) When You're In Love With a Beautiful Woman - Dr Hook (entered 20 Oct)
                          33 (-) Spirit Body and Soul - Nolans (entered 27 Oct)
                          34 (-) Now Its Gone - Chords
                          35 (-) The Loneliest Man in the World - Tourists
                          36(36) Mittageisen - Siouxsie & The Banshees

                          20 Oct 79

                          31 (-) Rise - Herb Alpert (entered 27 Oct)
                          32 (-) On My Radio - Selecter (entered 3 Nov)
                          33 (-) Making Plans for Nigel - XTC (entered 27 Oct)
                          34 (-) Point Of View - Matumbi
                          35 (-) Heartache Tonight - Eagles
                          36 (-) Let Me Know - Gloria Gaynor (entered 27 Oct)

                          27 Oct 79

                          31 (-) Nuclear Device - Stranglers
                          32(32) On My Radio - Selecter (entered 3 Nov)
                          33 (-) So Much Trouble in the World - Bob Marley
                          34 (-) Sing A Happy Song - O'Jays
                          35 (-) Bird Song - Lene Lovich (entered 17 Nov)
                          36 (-) A Message To You Rudy - Specials (entered 3 Nov)

                          3 Nov 79

                          31 (-) He Was Beautiful - Iris Williams (entered 17 Nov)
                          32 (-) Knocked It Off - B.A. Robertson (entered 17 Nov)
                          33 (-) Smash It Up - Damned
                          34 (-) Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section
                          35 (-) If You Remember Me - Chris Thompson
                          36(33) So Much Trouble in the World - Bob Marley

                          10 Nov 79

                          31(32) Knocked It Off - B.A. Robertson (entered 17 Nov)
                          32 (-) No More Tears - Donna Summer & Barbra Streisand (entered 17 Nov)
                          33 (-) It's a Disco Night - Isley Brothers (entered 17 Nov)
                          34 (-) One Step Beyond - Madness (entered 17 Nov)
                          35(31) He Was Beautiful - Iris Williams (entered 17 Nov)

                          17 Nov 79

                          31 (-) Monkey Chop - Dan I (entered 1 Dec )
                          32 (-) Sad Eyes - Robert John
                          33 (-) Sarah - Thin Lizzy (entered 15 Dec)
                          34 (-) You Can Do It - Al Hudson (had already charted)
                          35 (-) Diamond Smiles - Boomtown Rats (entered 24 Nov)
                          36 (-) Fall Out - Police (entered 24 Nov)

                          24 Nov 79

                          31 (-) Is It Love You're After - Rose Royce (entered 1 Dec)
                          32 (-) Brass In Pocket - Pretenders (entered 12 Jan)
                          33 (-) Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues (entered 8 Dec)
                          34 (-) Hot Shot - Cliff Richard
                          35 (-) Living On An Island - Status Quo (entered 15 Dec)
                          36 (-) It's My House - Diana Ross (entered 15 Dec)

                          1 Dec 79

                          31 (-) A Night at Daddy Gee's - Showaddywaddy
                          32(36) It's My House - Diana Ross (entered 15 Dec)
                          33 (-) Dancing in Outer Space - Atmosfear
                          34 (-) Send One Your Love - Stevie Wonder
                          35(32) Brass In Pocket - Pretenders (entered 12 Jan)
                          36(33) Nights in White Satin - Moody Blues (entered 8 Dec)

                          8 Dec 79

                          31(32) It's My House - Diana Ross (entered 15 Dec)
                          32(re) Living On An Island - Status Quo (entered 15 Dec)
                          33 (-) The Long Run - Eagles
                          34 (-) She's Not There - UK Subs
                          35 (-) Reet Petite - Darts
                          36 (-) Tears Of A Clown - Beat (entered 22 Dec)

                          15 Dec 79

                          31(re) Brass In Pocket - Pretenders (entered 12 Jan)
                          32(36) Tears Of A Clown - Beat (entered 22 Dec)
                          33 (-) Working For the Yankee Dollar - Skids (entered 26 Jan)
                          34 (-) I Don't Want To Be a Freak - Dynasty (had already charted)
                          35(34) She's Not There - UK Subs
                          36 (-) Moonlight & Muzak - M

                          22 Dec 79

                          31(31) Brass In Pocket - Pretenders (entered 12 Jan)
                          32 (-) I'm Born Again - Boney M
                          33 (-) It's My House - Storm
                          34 (-) Please Don't Go - KC & The Sunshine Band (entered 12 Jan)
                          35(33) Working For the Yankee Dollar - Skids (entered 26 Jan)
                          36 (-) With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston & Syreeta (entered 12 Jan)

                          29 Dec 79
                          no chart

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                            5 Jan 80
                            no chart

                            12 Jan 80

                            31 (-) Spacer - Sheila B Devotion (entered 19 Jan)
                            32(33) It's My House - Storm
                            33 (-) Green Onions - Booker T & MGs (entered 19 Jan)
                            34 (-) Babe - Styx (entered 19 Jan)
                            35(35) Working for the Yankee Dollar - Skids (entered 26 Jan)
                            36 (-) I Hear You Now - Jon & Vangelis (entered 26 Jan)

                            19 Jan 80

                            31 (-) Jazz Carnival - Azymuth (entered 26 Jan)
                            32 (-) It's Different For Girls - Joe Jackson (entered 26 Jan)
                            33 (-) Escape - Rupert Holmes (entered 26 Jan)
                            34(35) Working for the Yankee Dollar - Skids (entered 26 Jan)
                            35 (-) The Walk - Inmates
                            36(re) I'm Born Again - Boney M

                            26 Jan 80

                            31 (-) I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
                            32 (-) Mama's Boy - Suzi Quatro
                            33 (-) Young Blood - UFO
                            34 (-) Someone's Looking at You - Boomtown Rats (entered 2 Feb)
                            35 (-) Buzz Buzz A Diddle It - Matchbox (entered 2 Feb)
                            36 (-) Strange Little Girl - Sad Café

                            2 Feb 80

                            31(33) Young Blood - UFO
                            32 (-) Underpass - John Foxx (entered 23 Feb)
                            33 (-) Wonderland - Commodores
                            34 (-) Jane - Jefferson Starship (entered 23 Feb)
                            35 (-) Paradise Bird - Amii Stewart
                            36 (-) Rock With You - Michael Jackson (entered 16 Feb)

                            9 Feb 80

                            31(34) Jane - Jefferson Starship (entered 23 Feb)
                            32(32) Underpass - John Foxx (entered 23 Feb)
                            33 (-) Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing - Brass Construction
                            34 (-) Motorbike Beat - Revillos
                            35 (-) Caravan Song - Barbara Dickson
                            36 (-) Captain Beaky - Keith Michell (entered 16 Feb)

                            16 Feb 80

                            31(32) Underpass - John Foxx (entered 23 Feb)
                            32 (-) Singing the Blues - Dave Edmunds (entered 1 Mar)
                            33 (-) Games Without Frontiers - Peter Gabriel (entered 1 Mar)
                            34 (-) Maybe Tomorrow - Chords
                            35(31) Jane - Jefferson Starship (entered 23 Feb)
                            36(33) Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing - Brass Construction

                            23 Feb 80

                            31 (-) All Night Long - Rainbow (entered 8 Mar)
                            32 (-) Touch Too Much - AC/DC
                            33(32) Singing the Blues - Dave Edmunds (entered 1 Mar)
                            34 (-) Do That To Me One More Time - Captain & Tennille (entered 1 Mar)

                            1 Mar 80

                            31 (-) At the Edge - Stiff Little Fingers (entered 15 Mar)
                            32(32) Touch Too Much - AC/DC
                            33 (-) Tonight I'm Alright - Narada Michael Walden (entered 8 Mar)
                            34 (-) Rosie - Joan Armatrading
                            35 (-) Running Free - Iron Maiden (entered 8 Mar)
                            36 (-) Hot Dog - Shakin' Stevens (entered 15 Mar)

                            8 Mar 80

                            31(31) At the Edge - Stiff Little Fingers (entered 15 Mar)
                            32(32) Touch Too Much - AC/DC
                            33 (-) Dance Yourself Dizzy - Liquid Gold (entered 15 Mar)
                            34(34) Rosie - Joan Armatrading
                            35 (-) It Will Come In Time - Billy Preston & Syreeta
                            36 (-) Working My Way Back to You - Detroit Spinners (entered 15 Mar)

                            15 Mar 80

                            31 (-) Kool in the Kaftan - B.A. Robertson (entered 5 Apr)
                            32 (-) Love Injection - Trussel
                            33 (-) Poison Ivy - Lambrettas (entered 22 Mar)
                            34 (-) Another Nail In My Heart - Squeeze (entered 22 Mar)
                            35(34) Rosie - Joan Armatrading
                            36 (-) Hello I Am Your Heart - Bette Bright (entered 22 Mar)

                            22 Mar 80

                            31 (-) Happy House - Siouxsie & The Banshees (entered 29 Mar)
                            32 (-) Let's Do Rock Steady - Body Snatchers (entered 29 Mar)
                            33(32) Love Injection - Trussel
                            34 (-) King/Food For Thought - UB40 (entered 5 Apr)
                            35 (-) Just a Touch of Love - Slave
                            36 (-) Ooh Boy - Rose Royce

                            29 Mar 80

                            31 (-) Bear Cage - Stranglers
                            32(34) King/Food For Thought - UB40 (entered 5 Apr)
                            33 (-) Warhead - UK Subs (had already charted)
                            34 (-) My Oh My - Sad Café (entered 19 Apr)
                            35 (-) Him - Rupert Holmes (entered 5 Apr)
                            36(-) Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu - Bad Manners (entered 10 May)

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                            • #39
                              5 Apr 80

                              31 (-) Missing Words - Selecter (entered 19 Apr)
                              32 (-) Check Out the Groove - Bobby Thurston (entered 19 Apr)
                              33 (-) I Like To Rock - April Wine
                              34 (-) Hello I Am Your Heart - Bette Bright (had already charted)
                              35(34) My Oh My - Sad Café (entered 19 Apr)
                              36(31) Bear Cage - Stranglers

                              12 Apr 80

                              31(32) Check Out the Groove - Bobby Thurston (entered 19 Apr)
                              32 (-) Wheels of Steel - Saxon (entered 26 Apr)
                              33 (-) My Perfect Cousin - Undertones (entered 26 Apr)
                              34 (-) The Monkees EP - Monkees
                              35(35) My Oh My - Sad Café (entered 19 Apr)
                              36 (-) Clean Clean - Buggles (entered 19 Apr)

                              19 Apr 80

                              31 (-) Hi Fidelity - Elvis Costello (entered 26 Apr)
                              32 (-) A Forest - The Cure
                              33 (-) Rough Boys - Pete Townshend
                              34 (-) Toccata - Sky (entered 26 Apr)
                              35(32) Wheels of Steel - Saxon (entered 26 Apr)
                              36 (-) Outside My Window - Stevie Wonder

                              26 Apr 80

                              31(33) Rough Boys - Pete Townshend
                              32(re) The Monkees EP - Monkees
                              33 (-) Dear Miss Lonely Hearts - Phil Lynott
                              34 (-) Tell the Children - Sham 69
                              35 (-) Love and Loneliness - Motors
                              36 (-) Just Can't Give You Up - Mystic Merlin (entered 17 May)

                              The issues from 3 May to 7 June were unpublished due to a strike.

                              14 June 80

                              31 Me Myself I - Joan Armatrading (entered 19 July)
                              32 Sanctuary - Iron Maiden
                              33 Little Jeannie - Elton John (entered 21 June)
                              34 New Amsterdam - Elvis Costello
                              35 Messages - OMD (entered 21 June)
                              36 If Loving You Is Wrong - Rod Stewart (entered 21 June)

                              21 June 80

                              31(32) Sanctuary - Iron Maiden
                              32 (-) Stepping Stone - Sex Pistols (entered 28 June)
                              33 (-) Who Wants the World - Stranglers
                              34 (-) My Way of Thinking - UB40 (entered 28 June)
                              35 (-) Could You Be Loved - Bob Marley (entered 28 June)
                              36 (-) Iyea - Toyah

                              Toyah had to wait until Feb 81 before assailing us with her first official hit.

                              28 June 80

                              31 (-) Paul McCartney - Waterfalls (entered 5 July)
                              32 (-) Use It Up and Wear It Out - Odyssey (entered 5 July)
                              33 (-) Xanadu - Olivia Newton-John & ELO (entered 5 July)
                              34 (-) Della and the Dealer - Hoyt Axton
                              35 (-) Computer Game - Yellow Magic Orchestra (entered 5 July)
                              36 (-) To Be Or Not To Be - B.A. Robertson (entered 5 July)

                              5 July 80

                              31 (-) Does She Have a Friend - Gene Chandler (entered 12 July)
                              32 (-) Lip Up Fatty - Bad Manners (entered 19 July)
                              33 (-) Babooshka - Kate Bush (entered 12 July)
                              34 (-) Let My Love Open Your Door - Pete Townshend
                              35 (-) If You're Looking For a Night of Fun - Leon Haywood
                              36 (-) Sunset People - Donna Summer

                              One Hit Wonder Leon Haywood's follow up to "Don't Push It Don't Force It" didn't make the Official 75.

                              12 July 80

                              31 (-) Let's Hang On - Darts (entered 19 July)
                              32 (-) This Feelin- Frank Hooker
                              33 (-) Wednesday Week - Undertones (entered 19 July)
                              34(re) Me Myself I -Joan Armatrading (entered 19 July)
                              35 (-) Fantasy - Gerard Kenny
                              36 (-) 747(Strangers in the Night) - Saxon

                              Incidentally, there's an obvious error in the NME charts here that persisted for several weeks and I'm surprised was never picked up on.

                              Saxon's classic 747(Strangers in the Night) entered the official charts on 21 June and peaked at No.13, making it, at the time, the most successful single yet to emerge from the NWOBHM movement. It also reached 15 on MM and 17 on RB.

                              A couple of re-releases from the band's first album, Backs to the Wall and Big Teaser, briefly entered the lower reaches of the BMRB charts on 28 June, peaking at 64 and 66 respectively.

                              Whoever compiled the NME charts clearly got confused. 747 got one week in the breakers, while Big Teaser got four weeks in the Top 30, peaking at No.17!

                              19 July 80

                              31 (-) My Girl - Whispers (entered 26 July)
                              32 (-) 9 to 5 - Sheena Easton (entered 26 July)
                              33(35) Fantasy - Gerard Kenny
                              34 (-) Sanctuary - New Musik
                              35 (-) Oops Upside Your Head - Gap Band (entered 26 July)
                              36 (-) Shining Star - Manhattans (entered 2 Aug)

                              26 July 80

                              31 (-) My Guy/My Girl - Amii Stewart & Johnny Bristol
                              32 (-) Paint It Black - Modettes
                              33 (-) Burnin' Hot - Jermaine Jackson (entered 2 Aug)
                              34 (-) Are You Getting Enough - Hot Chocolate (entered 2 Aug)
                              35 (-) Burning Car - John Foxx
                              36 (-) Ready An' Willing - Whitesnake
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                              • #40
                                2 Aug 80

                                31(35) Burning Car - John Foxx
                                32 (-) Sleepwalk - Ultravox (entered 16 Aug)
                                33 (-) Easy Life - Bodysnatchers
                                34 (-) New York New York - Frank Sinatra
                                35 (-) Girlfriend - Michael Jackson (entered 9 Aug)
                                36 (-) Take Your Time - SOS Band

                                9 Aug 80

                                31(31) Sleepwalk - Ultravox (entered 16 Aug)
                                32 (-) Sunshine of Your Smile - Mike Berry (entered 23 Aug)
                                33(re) My Girl My Guy - Amii Stewart & Johnny Bristol
                                34 (-) Kings of the Wild Frontier - Adam & The Ants
                                35(re) Paint It Black - Modettes
                                36 (-) All Over the World - ELO (entered 16 Aug)

                                16 Aug 80

                                31 (-) You Gotta Be A Hustler - Sue Wilkinson (entered 30 Aug)
                                32(re) New York New York - Frank Sinatra
                                33 (-) You've Been Gone - Crown Heights Affair
                                34 (-) Can't Stop the Music - Village People (entered 23 Aug)
                                35 (-) Black Night - Deep Purple
                                36 (-) I've Just Begun To Love You - Dynasty

                                23 Aug 80

                                31(31) You Gotta Be A Hustler - Sue Wilkinson (entered 30 Aug)
                                32 (-) C30 C60 C90 Go - Bow Wow Wow
                                33(32) New York New York - Frank Sinatra
                                34 (-) Eighth Day - Hazel O'Connor (entered 30 Aug)
                                35 (-) Best Friend/Stand Down Margaret - Beat (entered 30 Aug)
                                36 (-) Marie Marie - Shakin' Stevens (entered 30 Aug)

                                30 Aug 80

                                31 (-) Sartorial Eloquence - Elton John
                                32 (-) Sleepwalk - Ultravox (had already charted)
                                33(re) You've Been Gone - Crown Heights Affair
                                34 (-) Backstrokin' - Fatback Band (had already charted)
                                35 (-) I Got You - Split Enz (entered 20 Sept)
                                36 (-) Years From Now - Dr Hook

                                6 Sept 80

                                31(-) One Day I'll Fly Away - Randy Crawford (entered 13 Sept)
                                32(36) Years From Now - Dr Hook
                                33(re) New York New York - Frank Sinatra
                                34 (-) Searching - Change (entered 13 Sept)
                                35 (-) Dancing on a Wire - Surface Noise
                                36(31) Sartorial Eloquence - Elton John

                                13 Sept 80

                                31 (-) Don't Make Me Wait Too Long - Roberta Flack (entered 20 Sept)
                                32 (-) Unlock the Funk - Locksmith
                                33 (-) Taste of Bitter Love - Gladys Knight
                                34 (-) Another One Bites the Dust - Queen (entered 20 Sept)
                                35 (-) Johnny & Mary - Robert Palmer
                                36 (-) Big Time - Rick James (entered 20 Sept)

                                20 Sept 80

                                31 (-) Three Little Birds - Bob Marley (entered 4 Oct)
                                32 (-) Generals & Majors - XTC (entered 27 Sept)
                                33 (-) Two Little Boys - Splodgenessabounds
                                34 (-) You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
                                35(35) Johnny & Mary - Robert Palmer
                                36(re) Years From Now - Dr Hook

                                27 Sept 80

                                31(33) Two Little Boys - Splodgenessabounds
                                32 (-) Amigo - Black Slate (entered 4 Oct)
                                33 (-) You're Lying - Linx (entered 4 Oct)
                                34 (-) You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Hall & Oates
                                35 (-) Gary Glitter EP - Gary Glitter
                                36 (-) Stereotype - Specials (entered 4 Oct)

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                                  • #42
                                    Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
                                    Added missing info for 14 July 79
                                    Poor Siouxsie and the boys - such a great song, and it stalled just one place shy of a main chart :(

                                    By the way, such a wide array of positions! 31 (let's say) in NME, 28 in Music Week/BBC, 22 in Melody Maker and 10 (!) in Record Business While weeks in charts are close (3 to 6). Very interesting.

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                                    • #43
                                      Yes, Playground Twist was my favourite Siouxsie single.

                                      Odd it didn't make the NME top 30 as most S&B singles did much better there than on the official charts.

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                                      • #44
                                        4 Oct 80

                                        31 (-) When I Dream - Teardrop Explodes
                                        32 (-) Party Lights - Gap Band (entered 11 Oct)
                                        33 (-) Let Me Talk - Earth Wind & Fire (entered 25 Oct)
                                        34 (-) Gotta Pull Myself Together - Nolans (entered 11 Oct)
                                        35 (-) Woman In Love - Barbra Streisand (entered 11 Oct)
                                        36 (-) All Out Of Love - Air Supply (entered 11 Oct)

                                        11 Oct 80

                                        31 (-) Special Brew - Bad Manners (entered 25 Oct)
                                        32 (-) She's So Cold - Rolling Stones (entered 18 Oct)
                                        33 (-) Army Dreamers - Kate Bush (entered 18 Oct)
                                        34 (-) Generals & Majors - XTC (had already charted)
                                        35 (-) Enola Gay - OMD (entered 18 Oct)
                                        36 (-) Be Thankful For What You've Got - William De Vaughn

                                        18 Oct 80

                                        31(re) Let Me Talk - Earth Wind & Fire (entered 25 Oct)
                                        32 (-) The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
                                        33 (-) Dog Eat Dog - Adam & The Ants (entered 1 Nov)
                                        34 (-) What's In A Kiss - Gilbert O'Sullivan (entered 25 Oct)
                                        35 (-) The Sit Song - Barron Knights
                                        36 (-) I Need Your Lovin' - Teena Marie (entered 25 Oct)

                                        25 Oct 80

                                        31 (-) Suddenly - Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard (entered 1 Nov)
                                        32 (-) Goodbye Civilian - Skids
                                        33(33) Dog Eat Dog - Adam & The Ants (entered 1 Nov)
                                        34 (-) Towers of London - XTC (entered 1 Nov)
                                        35 (-) London Town - Light of the World (entered 1 Nov)
                                        36 (-) Don't Say I Told You So - Tourists

                                        1 Nov 80

                                        31(re) The Breaks - Kurtis Blow
                                        32 (-) Party In Paris - UK Subs
                                        33 (-) Loving Just For Fun - Kelly Marie (entered 8 Nov)
                                        34 (-) Give Me An Inch - Hazel O'Connor
                                        35(36) Don't Say I Told You So - Tourists
                                        36 (-) Whose Problem - Motels

                                        8 Nov 80

                                        31 (-) (Just Like) Starting Over - John Lennon (entered 15 Nov)
                                        32 (-) I Could Be So Good For You - Dennis Waterman (entered 15 Nov)
                                        33 (-) Ace of Spades - Motorhead (entered 15 Nov)
                                        34 (-) Spanish Eyes - Al Di Meola
                                        35 (-) Passion - Rod Stewart (entered 15 Nov)
                                        36 (-) 634-5789 - Ry Cooder

                                        Two Non-BMRB singles in one week....

                                        15 Nov 80

                                        31 (-) I Like (What You Doing To Me) - Young & Company (entered 22 Nov)
                                        32 (-) Midnight Cowboy - Midnight Cowboy Soundtrack
                                        33 (-) Lonely Together - Barry Manilow (entered 6 Dec)
                                        34 (-) Inherit the Wind - Wilton Felder
                                        35 (-) The Night, The Wine & The Roses - Liquid Gold
                                        36(re) Give Me An Inch - Hazel O'Connor

                                        22 Nov 80

                                        31 (-) Superman's Big Sister - Ian Dury
                                        32 (-) Women In Uniform - Iron Maiden
                                        33(34) Inherit the Wind - Wilton Felder
                                        34 (-) Sharing the Night Together - Dr Hook
                                        35 (-) Love On The Rocks - Neil Diamond (entered 6 Dec)
                                        36 (-) What A Fool Believes - Aretha Franklin

                                        29 Nov 80

                                        31 (-) Looking For Clues - Robert Palmer
                                        32 (-) Whip It - Devo
                                        33 (-) December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush (entered 20 Dec)
                                        34 (-) Rabbit - Chas & Dave (entered 6 Dec)
                                        35(re) The Night, The Wine & The Roses - Liquid Gold
                                        36(34) Sharing the Night Together - Dr Hook

                                        6 Dec 80

                                        31 (-) Stop the Cavalry - Jona Lewie (entered 13 Dec)
                                        32(31) Looking For Clues - Robert Palmer
                                        33 (-) There's No-One Quite Like Grandma - St Winifred's School Choir (entered 13 Dec)
                                        34 (-) It's Hard To Be Humble - Mac Davis (entered 10 Jan)
                                        35 (-) Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Elvis Presley
                                        36 (-) She's a Groovy Freak - Real Thing

                                        13 Dec 80

                                        31 (-) Israel - Siouxsie & The Banshees
                                        32(re) December Will Be Magic Again - Kate Bush (entered 20 Dec)
                                        33 (-) Your Cassette Pet - Bow Wow Wow
                                        34(35) Santa Claus Is Back In Town - Elvis Presley
                                        35 (-) Boom Boom - Black Slate
                                        36 (-) Kiss On My List - Hall & Oates

                                        20 Dec 80

                                        31 (-) Guilty - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
                                        32 (-) Lorraine - Bad Manners (entered 17 Jan)
                                        33 (-) Do Nothing - Specials (entered 3 Jan)
                                        34 (-) Blue Moon - Showaddywaddy (had already charted)
                                        35 (-) Never Mind the Presents - Barron Knights (entered 3 Jan)
                                        36 (-) Wish You a Merry Christmas - Korgis

                                        The Korgis' seasonal offering got lost in the Xmas rush and missed the official 75.

                                        27 Dec 80
                                        no chart

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                                        • #45
                                          I'm surprised that 'Your Cassette Pet' by Bow Wow Wow was allowed to chart on any of the Singles charts (it reached number 58 on the BMRB chart). Although promoted as an EP (it has a running time of only 20:01) it is an album in all but name as it consists of 8 tracks. It is also the first cassette only release to chart ('C30, C60, C90, Go' did initially chart on cassette sales but a vinyl version was released at some point). Chart rules were fewer back then, maybe the short running time allowed it to be treated as a single. Earlier in 1980 The Police had charted on the BMRB Singles chart with 'Six Pack', a collection of 6 singles (and therefore 12 tracks) and subsequent to this the BMRB / BPI had changed the chart rules to limit a chart eligible singles release to a maximum pack of 2 singles. Presumably there was no limit on the amount of tracks and of course with a cassette there was no need for the format to be hampered by needing more than one physical medium.

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                                          • #46
                                            Yes, it does seem bizarre to see what is essentially an album in the singles chart.

                                            Checking back in NME I see YCP sold for £1.99, which is pretty good value when albums at the time were retailing at £4 to £5 (going by an Our Price advert in the same issue).

                                            I remember it being a consistently strong "album" too - it's surprising it didn't chart any higher.

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                                            • #47
                                              I don't think it really should be that surprising - EMI practically refused to promote "C30, C60, C90, go!" single, "Your cassette pet" obviously suffered the same fate. Judging how BWW only got their first hit in 1982, EMI clearly didn't want to promote the band under McLaren, given how scandal-prone and "subversive" he was.

                                              Nice to see Devo on the list, however briefly. Such a driving and concise song - now that would've a deserved hit. Pity they didn't really make much of an impression commercially worldwide (Australasia, and briefly North America, aside).

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                                              • #48
                                                3 Jan 81

                                                31(re) Your Cassette Pet - Bow Wow Wow
                                                32 (-) Fade To Grey - Visage (entered 24 Jan)
                                                33(re) It's Hard To Be Humble - Mac Davis (entered 10 Jan)
                                                34 (-) Clubland - Elvis Costello
                                                35 (-) Runaround Sue - Racey (entered 17 Jan)
                                                36(31) Guilty - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb

                                                10 Jan 81

                                                31 (-) You're OK - Ottawan
                                                32 (-) Young Parisians - Adam & The Ants (entered 24 Jan)
                                                33 (-) Don't Stop the Music - Yarbrough & Peoples (entered 24 Jan)
                                                34(32) Fade To Grey - Visage (entered 24 Jan)
                                                35(36) Guilty - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
                                                36 (-) Happy New Year - Abba

                                                According to 45cat.com Happy New Year was only released as a promo single!

                                                17 Jan 81

                                                31 (-) Rapp Payback - James Brown (entered 24 Jan)
                                                32(33) Don't Stop the Music - Yarbrough & Peoples (entered 24 Jan)
                                                33 (-) Days are OK - Motels
                                                34(35) Guilty - Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
                                                35 (-) The Call Up - Clash (had already charted)
                                                36(34) Fade To Grey - Visage (entered 24 Jan)

                                                24 Jan 81

                                                31 (-) Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits (entered 31 Jan)
                                                32 (-) Woman - John Lennon (entered 31 Jan)
                                                33 (-) Hang Together - Odyssey
                                                34 (-) The Freeze - Spandau Ballet (entered 7 Feb)
                                                35 (-) Vienna - Ultravox (entered 31 Jan)
                                                36 (-) While You See a Chance - Steve Winwood

                                                31 Jan 81

                                                31(34) The Freeze - Spandau Ballet (entered 7 Feb)
                                                32 (-) The Best of Times - Styx
                                                33 (-) Give Peace a Chance - Plastic Ono Band
                                                34 (-) Sgt Rock - XTC (entered 7 Feb)
                                                35 (-) Car Trouble - Adam & The Ants
                                                36 (-) Lonely Heart - UFO

                                                7 Feb 81

                                                31 (-) Thrown Away - Stranglers
                                                32 (-) Turn Me On, Turn Me Off - Honey Bane
                                                33 (-) Oldest Swinger in Town - Fred Wedlock (entered 14 Feb)
                                                34 (-) I'm In Love With a German Film Star - Passions (entered 14 Feb)
                                                35(re) While You See a Chance - Steve Winwood
                                                36 (-) Reward - Teardrop Explodes (entered 7 Mar)

                                                14 Feb 81

                                                31 (-) Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads (entered 21 Feb)
                                                32 (-) Zerox - Adam & The Ants
                                                33(re) Car Trouble - Adam & The Ants
                                                34 (-) We'll Bring the House Down - Slade (entered 21 Feb)
                                                35 (-) The Bed's Too Big Without You - Sheila Hylton (entered 21 Feb)
                                                36(36) Reward - Teardrop Explodes (entered 7 Mar)

                                                21 Feb 81

                                                31 (-) Mutually Assured Destruction - Gillan
                                                32 (-) Hellbound - Tygers of Pan Tang
                                                33(re) While You See a Chance - Steve Winwood
                                                34 (-) Take My Time - Sheena Easton
                                                35 (-) Guitar Man - Elvis Presley
                                                36 (-) Four From Toyah - Toyah (entered 28 Feb)

                                                28 Feb 81

                                                31 (-) Star - Kiki Dee (entered 7 Mar)
                                                32 (-) Jones Vs Jones - Kool and the Gang (entered 14 Mar)
                                                33(34) Take My Time - Sheena Easton
                                                34(re) Reward - Teardrop Explodes (entered 7 Mar)
                                                35 (-) Hot Love - Kelly Marie (entered 7 Mar)
                                                36 (-) Planet Earth - Duran Duran (entered 21 Mar)

                                                7 Mar 81

                                                31 (-) Walking on Thin Ice - Yoko Ono
                                                32 (-) Boys and Girls - Human League
                                                33(re) Guitar Man - Elvis Presley
                                                34 (-) Can You Feel It - Jacksons (entered 11 Apr)
                                                35 (-) Kids in America - Kim Wilde (entered 14 Mar)
                                                36 (-) Underwater - Harry Thumann

                                                14 Mar 81

                                                31 (-) Nagasaki Nightmare - Crass (entered 21 Mar)
                                                32 (-) John I'm Only Dancing - Polecats
                                                33(31) Walking on Thin Ice - Yoko Ono
                                                34 (-) Shack Up - A Certain Ratio
                                                35 (-) Intuition - Linx (entered 28 Mar)
                                                36(34) Can You Feel It - Jacksons (entered 11 Apr)

                                                A Certain Ratio didn't have an official hit until 1990...

                                                21 Mar 81

                                                31(35) Intuition - Linx (entered 28 Mar)
                                                32 (-) Living in the UK - Shakatak
                                                33(36) Can You Feel It - Jacksons (entered 11 Apr)
                                                34 (-) Good Thing Going - Sugar Minott (entered 4 Apr)
                                                35 (-) Respectable Street - XTC
                                                36 (-) Take a Trip - Shakin' Pyramids

                                                The XTC single suffered an airplay ban and failed to reach the official 75.
                                                The Shakin' Pyramids were a well regarded Scottish rockabilly outfit but never charted.

                                                28 Mar 81

                                                31 (-) I Saw Her Standing There - Elton John & John Lennon (entered 4 Apr)
                                                32(re) John I'm Only Dancing - Polecats
                                                33 (-) What We All Want - Gang of Four
                                                34 (-) Up the Hill Backwards - David Bowie (entered 4 Apr)
                                                35 (-) It's My Turn - Diana Ross (had already Charted)
                                                36(34) Good Thing Going - Sugar Minott (entered 4 Apr)

                                                Gang of Four did manage two minor hit singles in their heyday, but What We All Want wasn't one of them...

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                                                • #49
                                                  Re: 'Happy New Year' by Abba. I don't know how this is charting as (in Europe) the single was only released as a commercial single in Portugal.

                                                  There's a number of singles making the NME Breakers that didn't make the BMRB top 75. I wonder if the NME were increasingly reliant on independent and specialist shops for their chart returns? The Crass make the NME chart (with 'Nagasaki Nightmare') but never charted at all on the BMRB chart.

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                                                  • #50
                                                    Maybe someone thought Happy New Year was an official release and assigned some of Super Trouper's sales to it?

                                                    Seems unlikely, but it seems just as bizarre that the screw-up with the Saxon singles could have persisted for several weeks without anyone noticing!

                                                    I remember it was fairly common knowledge at the time that Crass were too controversial to be allowed into the official chart. Nagasaki Nightmare also reached the Melody Maker Top Thirty and No.39 on Record Business (where it inevitably received a zero "airplay weighting" and would probably have been slightly higher on sales alone)!

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