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  • 13 Apr 85

    01(01) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen [20]
    02(05) Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar [23]
    03(03) Somebody - Bryan Adams [36]
    04(10) Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon [19]
    05 (-) That Was Yesterday - Foreigner [39]
    06(13) Myzsterious Mizster Jones - Slade [60]
    07(14) Piece Of The Action - Meat Loaf [57]
    08 (-) Just Like An Arrow - Magnum [85]
    09(02) Legs - ZZ Top
    10 (-) Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty [64]
    11(08) Forever Man - Eric Clapton [77]
    12(07) Run To You - Bryan Adams
    13 (-) One More Night - Phil Collins [27]
    14(18) Falling - Tobruk
    15 (-) Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
    16(11) I Want To Know What Love is - Foreigner
    17 (-) Still Loving You - Scorpions
    18(24) We Belong - Pat Benatar
    19 (-) The Price - Twisted Sister
    20(20) Animal (F*** Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P.
    21 (-) Why Can't I Have You - Cars
    22 (-) Only The Young - Journey
    23(25) I Survive - Terraplane
    24(15) You're the Inspiration - Chicago [92]
    25 (-) White Lies - Jason and The Scorchers
    26(30) Creeping Death - Metallica
    27(19) Rockarama - Uriah Heep
    28 (-) Manitou - Venom
    29(27) Call To The Heart - Giuffria
    30(21) Radioactive - The Firm

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    • Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
      As far as I remember that "Ex Pistols" single was generally acknowledged as an amusingly accurate pastiche on release.

      Here's what the Kerrang! mag I've just been posting from had to say:

      "This must rank as one of the more daring spoofs of recent years. They've ripped off the Sex Pistols name, logo and sound (the Johnny Rotten soundalike is, I'm told, a young Pakistani with a nifty ear for the punk mannerism!) the Virgin Records logo and Elgar to boot! This record is nothing if not brazen. It's a laff and the rip-off is so well executed that any Pistols fan should lap it up...."
      Yeah - journalists would have known but clearly Guinness were still none the wiser for many years. The Ex Pistols name wasn't actually banned until a court case in 92.
      Don't bother updating your signature if it's a link. It takes you to completely random pages!!!!

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      • Listening to it again for the first time in decades it now sounds pretty phony...

        https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...6FORM%3DHDRSC3


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        • 27 Apr 85

          01(13) One More Night - Phil Collins [4]
          02(02) Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar [17]
          03(04) Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon [21]
          04(01) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen [42]
          05(05) That Was Yesterday - Foreigner [28]
          06 (-) So Far Away - Dire Straits [22]
          07(03) Somebody - Bryan Adams [52]
          08(10) Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty [50]
          09(08) Just Like An Arrow - Magnum
          10 (-) Heartline - Robin George [72]
          11(12) Run To You - Bryan Adams
          12(06) Myzsterious Mizster Jones - Slade
          13 (-) Hold On (To Your Love) - Shy
          14(15) Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
          15(11) Forever Man - Eric Clapton
          16(07) Piece Of The Action - Meat Loaf
          17(09) Legs - ZZ Top
          18(16) I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner [98]
          19(17) Still loving You - Scorpions
          20 (-) Sunset Grill - Don Henley
          21(29) Call To The Heart - Giuffria
          22(22) Only The Young - Journey
          23(14) Falling - Tobruk
          24 (-) Along Comes A Woman - Chicago [96]
          25(20) Animal (F*** Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P.
          26(24) You're The Inspiration - Chicago
          27 (-) High In Highschool - Madam X
          28(26) Creeping Death - Metallica
          29(28) Manitou - Venom
          30(21) Why Can't I Have You - Cars
          Last edited by Metalweb; Tue July 14, 2020, 18:42.

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          • 11 May 85

            01(01) One More Night - Phil Collins [10]
            02(06) So Far Away - Dire Straits [23]
            03(02) Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar [37]
            04(03) Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon [42]
            05(05) That Was Yesterday - Foreigner [47]
            06(04) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen [72]
            07(08) Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
            08(10) Heartline - Robin George [79]
            09(07) Somebody - Bryan Adams
            10 (-) The Knightmoves - Pallas
            11(09) Just Like An Arrow - Magnum
            12 (-) Rock And Roll Girls - John Fogerty [90]
            13(14) Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
            14 (-) Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody - David Lee Roth
            15(13) Hold On (To Your Love) - Shy
            16(11) Run To You - Bryan Adams
            17(20) Sunset Grill - Don Henley
            18(27) High In High School - Madam X
            19(25) Animal (F*** Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P.
            20(24) Along Comes A Woman - Chicago
            21(16) Piece Of The Action - Meat Loaf
            22(18) I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
            23(15) Forever Man - Eric Clapton
            24 (-) This Ain't Love - Coney Hatch
            25(23) Falling - Tobruk
            26(12) Myzsterious Mizster Jones - Slade
            27(19) Still Loving You - Scorpions
            28(17) Legs - ZZ Top
            29(21) Call To The Heart - Giuffria
            30(22) Only The Young - Journey

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            • 25 May 85

              01 (-) Kayleigh - Marillion [7]
              02 (-) Out In The Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott [18]
              03(01) One More Night - Phil Collins [34]
              04 (-) Modern Romance - Francis Rossi & Bernard Frost [54]
              05(02) So Far Away - Dire Straits [64]
              06(03) Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar [74]
              07 (-) Like A Virgin - Lords Of The New Church
              08 (-) Pink And Black - Robert Plant [96]
              09(06) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen [88]
              10(04) Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
              11(08) Heartline - Robin George
              12(05) That Was Yesterday - Foreigner
              13(07) Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
              14(12) Rock and Roll Girls - John Fogerty
              15(10) The Knightmoves - Pallas
              16(11) Just Like An Arrow - Magnum
              17(17) Sunset Grill - Don Henley
              18(14) Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody - Van Halen
              19 (-) Heart To Heart - David Knopfler
              20(09) Somebody - Bryan Adams
              21 (-) Celebrate Youth - Rick Springfield [80]
              22(16) Run To You - Bryan Adams
              23(23) Forever Man - Eric Clapton
              24(13) Turn Up The Radio - Autograph
              25(20) Along Comes A Woman - Chicago
              26(21) Piece Of The Action - Meat Loaf
              27(22) I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner
              28(18) High In High School - Madam X
              29(25) Falling - Tobruk
              30(15) Hold On (To Your Love) - Shy

              Marillion do a J.M.Barrie and crash in at the top...

              W.A.S.P. (and their asterisks) finally depart after a record-busting year on the chart...

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              • I wonder how many copies the W.A.S.P. single sold? By modern standards (where singles "sell" 5,000 a week and still fail to make the unpublished top 200 Singles chart) it wouldn't be much but it must have sold a fair few by mid 80s standards for a single that failed to make the top 40. And it even got a re-issue (or was it a re-recording?) in 1988 which would have added a few thousand more.

                David Knopfler joins brother Mark in the top 20. Although ultimately not as successful as his brother once he left Dire Straits in 1980, he has been more prolific in his output and has continued to release albums right up to this year.

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                • ^

                  The David Knopfler single doesn't do much for me but at least it's more enjoyable than the dreary So Far Away. I could never understand why that track was the first single off Brothers In Arms (or indeed, why it was the first track on the album).

                  Off topic but..... the B-side of So Far Away was Walk Of Life, which was a No.2 hit in it's own right less than a year later.

                  Is this a unique feat, chart fans? Has the flipside of another top twenty hit ever scored as the a-side of a separate release so soon afterwards?
                  Last edited by Metalweb; Sun June 28, 2020, 00:08.

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                  • From the same era 'How Soon Is Now' by The Smiths was the B side of 'William, It Was Really Nothing' before becoming the A side (in a shorter version) of their next single. However, unlike 'Walk Of Life', 'How Soon Is Now' fell just short of the top 20 when promoted to the A side.

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                    • ^

                      Ah, yes!

                      Forgot that one.

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                      • Whitesnake Still Of The Night, a UK #16, had Here I Go Again (1987) as it's B side, which in a slightly remixed version made #9 later the same year.

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                        • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                          I wonder how many copies the W.A.S.P. single sold? By modern standards (where singles "sell" 5,000 a week and still fail to make the unpublished top 200 Singles chart) it wouldn't be much but it must have sold a fair few by mid 80s standards for a single that failed to make the top 40. And it even got a re-issue (or was it a re-recording?) in 1988 which would have added a few thousand more.
                          88 version was called Live Animal because it was a live recording. OCC site database doesn't recognise this.

                          Don't bother updating your signature if it's a link. It takes you to completely random pages!!!!

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                          • 8 June 85

                            01(01) Kayleigh - Marillion [3]
                            02(02) Out In The Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott [5]
                            03 (-) Heaven - Bryan Adams [38]
                            04 (-) In And Out Of Love - Bon Jovi
                            05(03) One More Night - Phil Collins [65]
                            06 (-) Needle In The Groove - Mama's Boys
                            07(21) Celebrate Youth - Rick Springfield [87]
                            08(05) So Far Away - Dire Straits
                            09(04) Modern Romance - Francis Rossi & Bernard Frost
                            10 (-) Rock Me All Over - Lee Aaron
                            11 (-) Secrets In The Street - Nils Lofgren [71]
                            12(08) Pink and Black - Robert Plant
                            13(07) Like A Virgin - Lords of the New Church
                            14(11) Heartline - Robin George
                            15(06) Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar [90]
                            16 (-) One Lonely Night - REO Speedwagon
                            17(15) The Knightmoves - Pallas
                            18(09) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen
                            19(13) Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
                            20(16) Just Like An Arrow - Magnum
                            21(30) Hold On (To Your Love) - Shy
                            22 (-) Poor Little Rich Girl - Uriah Heep
                            23(10) Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
                            24(12) That Was Yesterday - Foreigner
                            25(14) Rock and Roll Girls - John Fogerty
                            26(20) Somebody - Bryan Adams
                            27(17) Sunset Grill - Don Henley
                            28(23) Forever Man - Eric Clapton
                            29 (-) Run To Your Lover - Randy California
                            30(19) Heart to Heart - David Knopfler

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                            • 22 June 85

                              01(01) Kayleigh - Marillion [4]
                              02(02) Out In The Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott [16]
                              03 (-) I'm On Fire / Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen [13]
                              04(03) Heaven - Bryan Adams [58]
                              05 (-) Knocking At Your Back Door - Deep Purple [78]
                              06(11) Secrets In The Street - Nils Lofgren [62]
                              07 (-) Shadows Of The Night - Pat Benatar [50]
                              08 (-) Hot For Teacher - Van Halen [89]
                              09(04) In And Out Of Love - Bon Jovi
                              10 (-) Wishing Well - Free
                              11(18) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen
                              12(05) One More Night - Phil Collins [86]
                              13(10) Rock Me All Over - Lee Aaron
                              14(06) Needle In The Groove - Mama's Boys
                              15 (-) On A Storyteller's Night - Magnum
                              16(07) Celebrate Youth - Rick Springfield
                              17 (-) Animal (F*** Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P.
                              18 (-) See The Light Shining - Rising Force
                              19(08) So Far Away - Dire Straits
                              20(12) Pink And Black - Robert Plant
                              21(09) Modern Romance - Francis Rossi & Bernard Frost
                              22(17) The Knightmoves - Pallas
                              23 (-) Sentimental Street - Night Ranger
                              24(13) Like A Virgin - Lords of the New Church
                              25(16) One Lonely Night - REO Speedwagon
                              26(23) Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
                              27(19) Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
                              28(14) Heartline - Robin George
                              29(15) Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
                              30(25) Rock and Roll Girls - John Fogerty

                              Well, it wasn't gone for long...W.A.S.P. return courtesy of a limited edition picture disc released to commemorate their year on the rock charts....

                              https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...x=8&ajaxhist=0

                              Meanwhile, strong new entries from Van Halen (best track on 1984), Deep Purple (best track on Perfect Strangers) and Bruce (best track on Born in the USA).

                              Free's Wishing Well, though, is a rather pointless remix of the '73 classic.

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                              • Two of my favourite shaped picture discs, this the Pigs head anniversary edition and also the original codpiece/saw one. Remember my mother not being too impressed with the codpiece one, but liking the pig one!

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                                • You showed them to your mother ?!?!

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                                  • I agree that 'I'm On Fire' is the best track from 'Born In The USA'. It was around this time in 1985 (I've checked the date, it was actually either the 4th or 5th of June as he played both evenings) that I got to hear Bruce Springsteen live in concert. Bruce was undertaking a UK tour and on the 4th and 5th June he played at St James Park football ground in Newcastle. I didn't have a ticket but along with some friends (and many others gathered there) I stood outside the ground and listened to the entire concert. And magnificent it was too. While I would have preferred to have been inside and actually seeing Bruce performing this was the next best thing. The ground was open terracing back then so there was nothing to muffle the sound. And as the ground is on the edge of the city centre the sound would have travelled for miles in all directions.

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                                    • Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
                                      You showed them to your mother ?!?!
                                      I did show the pig head one to her and she thought it was cool. She likes pigs! She actually had (maybe still has) a couple of Pink Floyd live posters with the floating pig.The other one she came across on the turntable! She was into rock, hard rock, got me into stuff like Zep, Purple, Nazareth, Aerosmith and even Guns N Roses. She bought Appetite For Destruction (with the original cover) when it came out, after hearing a few tracks on the radio, I didn't even know who they were at that point.

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                                    • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                                      I agree that 'I'm On Fire' is the best track from 'Born In The USA'. It was around this time in 1985 (I've checked the date, it was actually either the 4th or 5th of June as he played both evenings) that I got to hear Bruce Springsteen live in concert. Bruce was undertaking a UK tour and on the 4th and 5th June he played at St James Park football ground in Newcastle. I didn't have a ticket but along with some friends (and many others gathered there) I stood outside the ground and listened to the entire concert. And magnificent it was too. While I would have preferred to have been inside and actually seeing Bruce performing this was the next best thing. The ground was open terracing back then so there was nothing to muffle the sound. And as the ground is on the edge of the city centre the sound would have travelled for miles in all directions.
                                      It's a cliché but a true one - back in his day Springsteen was unsurpassed as a live performer.

                                      I saw him at The Brighton Centre on 27 May 1981 (during The River Tour) and it's still the best gig I ever went to.

                                      He actually opened with Born To Run - how brave was that!

                                      Happier times...

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                                      • Originally posted by Metalweb View Post

                                        It's a cliché but a true one - back in his day Springsteen was unsurpassed as a live performer.

                                        I saw him at The Brighton Centre on 27 May 1981 (during The River Tour) and it's still the best gig I ever went to.

                                        He actually opened with Born To Run - how brave was that!

                                        Happier times...
                                        The setlist for Bruce's performance on the 4th and 5th June 1985 at St James Park looks impressive! Given the passage of time I can't remember whether it was the 4th or the 5th June I heard him but both nights had an impressive line-up of songs. And with 'Born In The USA' to kick off proceedings!

                                        4 June: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/bruce...-33d7b01d.html

                                        5 June: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/bruce...-3bd7b01c.html

                                        and the concert you saw, from 27 May 1981!: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/bruce...-5bd7afe4.html
                                        Last edited by Robbie; Tue June 30, 2020, 17:20.

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                                        • ^

                                          Thanks. Glad to find my memory wasn't deceiving me!

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                                          • and for the final bit, I found this on Youtube, Bruce Springsteen singing at St James Park back in 1985! It's Bruce's introduction of his concert on one of the two evenings...

                                            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GXkEYD12uo

                                            Though I'm not sure I agree with the introduction by the TV commentator of the "potentially melancholy surroundings of Newcastle United football ground"! Pah!
                                            Last edited by Robbie; Thu July 2, 2020, 11:34.

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                                            • 6 July 85

                                              01(03) I'm On Fire/Born In The USA - Bruce Springsteen [8]
                                              02(01) Kayleigh - Marillion [10]
                                              03(02) Out In The Fields - Gary Moore & Phil Lynott [35]
                                              04 (-) Cold As Ice (Remix) - Foreigner [79]
                                              05(05) Knocking At Your Back Door - Deep Purple
                                              06(06) Secrets In The Street - Nils Lofgren
                                              07(07) Shadows Of The Night - Pat Benatar [63]
                                              08(08) Hot For Teacher - Van Halen
                                              09(10) Wishing Well - Free
                                              10(17) Animal (F*** Like A Beast) - W.A.S.P.
                                              11(04) Heaven - Bryan Adams
                                              12(11) Cover Me - Bruce Springsteen
                                              13(09) In And Out Of Love - Bon Jovi
                                              14(13) Rock Me All Over - Lee Aaron
                                              15(23) Sentimental Street - Night Ranger
                                              16 (-) Black Night - Deep Purple
                                              17(12) One More Night - Phil Collins
                                              18 (-) Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple
                                              19(14) Needle In The Groove - Mama's Boys
                                              20 (-) Fireball - Deep Purple
                                              21 (-) Strange Kind Of Woman - Deep Purple
                                              22 (-) Dance With The Devil - Phenomena
                                              23(19) So Far Away - Dire Straits
                                              24 (-) Heaven Tonight - Waysted
                                              25(16) Celebrate Youth - Rick Springfield
                                              26(15) On A Storyteller's Night - Magnum
                                              27 (-) When You're Hot - Terraplane
                                              28 (-) Sole Survivor - Heavy Pettin'
                                              29 (-) Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody - David Lee Roth
                                              30 (-) I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner

                                              The Deep Purple re-entries were Limited Edition 12 inch singles.

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                                              • I don't recall a remix of 'Cold As Ice' charting. Is there any reason why the single was remixed and released? I can't find any Best Of type album being released around this time.

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                                                • Judging by the picture sleeve it's a cash in on the then recent success of the Agent Provocateur album.

                                                  To be fair it's a good remix - the original production was a tad on the sparse side.

                                                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2overOLrVU

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