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  • Soundmaker Singles Chart

    I recently happened across a copy of an obscure music paper called Soundmaker dated 7 March 83.

    It includes the following Top 40 singles chart:


    01(02) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean [01/02]
    02(03) Toto - Africa [04/03]
    03(01) Kajagoogoo - Too Shy [03/01]
    04(25) Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse Of The Heart [02/14]
    05(07) Musical Youth - Never Gonna Give You Up [06/08]
    06(10) Madness - Tomorrow's Just Another Day [08/09]
    07(04) Tears For Fears - Change [07/04]
    08(09) Fun Boy Three - Tunnel Of Love [10/11]
    09(12) Love On Your Side - Thompson Twins [09/12]
    10(28) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams [05/21]
    11(06) Men At Work - Down Under [22/06]
    12(05) Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes - Up Where We Belong [11/07]
    13 (-) Forrest - Rock The Boat [12/35]
    14 (-) Icehouse - Hey Little Girl [17/17]
    15(11) Sign Of The Times - Belle Stars [16/05]
    16(27) Patti Austin & James Ingram - Baby Come To Me [18/19]
    17(20) OMD - Genetic Engineering [25/25]
    18(17) Spandau Ballet - Communication [15/24]
    19 (-) Bananarama - Na Na Hey Hey [21/40]
    20(21) Blancmange - Waves [26/30]
    21(38) Haysi Fantayzee - Shiny Shiny [20/16]
    22(30) Phil Everly & Clifford (sic!) Richard - She Means Nothing To Me [19/29]
    23(14) Wham - Wham Rap [14/10]
    24(13) Fleetwood Mac - Oh Diane [23/13]
    25(08) China Crisis - Christian [24/15]
    26 (-) Malcolm McClaren - Soweto [32/ - ]
    27(15) In Deep - Last Night A DJ Saved My Life [27/18]
    28(18) Depeche Mode - Get The Balance Right [13/22]
    29(19) Laura Branigan - Gloria [29/20]
    30 (-) Soft Cell - Numbers [40/ - ]
    31(31) Thin Lizzy - Cold Sweat [33/27]
    32(16) Eddy Grant - Electric Avenue [36/23]
    33 (-) Modern Romance - High Life [28/ - ]
    34 (-) David Joseph - You Can't Hide Your Love [30/ - ]
    35(22) Phil Collins - You Can't Hurry Love [37/26]
    36(35) Kenny Rogers & Sheena Easton - We've Got Tonight [34/ - ]
    37(40) Luther Vandross - Never Too Much [52/52]
    38 (-) Stranglers - Midnight Summer Dream [38/ - ]
    39 (-) Orange Juice - Rip It Up [31/ - ]
    40 (-) Johnny Chingas - Phone Home [45/54]

    I've added Gallup current/prior week positions in square brackets.

    The chart isn't attributed to anyone and isn't the same as NME or Melody Maker.

    Record Business had just folded and Sounds were running an HMV chart at this point...

    So unless I'm overlooking something this is a chart original to this magazine.





    Last edited by Metalweb; Wed August 19, 2020, 01:24.

  • #2
    Very interesting. I don't recall this music newspaper at all. There's not much to be found through a Google search either though I did find a scan of four pages from the issue dated 19 February 1983, one of which is the top 40 for that week along with the top 30 albums. The latter are credited to MRIB but the "last week positions" don't tie up with the Singles or Albums chart from Record Business from the previous week. That was the last issue of Record Business and as you probably know MRIB were the chart department of Record Business.

    https://eurythmics-ultimate.com/publ...he-uk-id-0091/

    https://eurythmics-ultimate.com/publ...maker-02-1.jpg

    The last week positions of the chart you posted are most likely the next week positions following on from the chart on the above scan.

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    • #3
      Well googled - I tried myself but didn't find anything!

      The issue I have also has the Top 30 albums but not attributed to any source.

      For what it's worth it's quite a decent mag, seems to be aimed more at musicians than NME/Sounds/Record Mirror but not stuffed full of ads like MM. Wonder how long it was around for.....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Robbie View Post
        the "last week positions" don't tie up with the Singles or Albums chart from Record Business from the previous week. That was the last issue of Record Business
        I think I understand the puzzle. There was no issue of RB on 7 February 1983 so in their last issue from 14 February they most likely published the chart from 7 Feb. So those last week positions in Soundmaker you mention are from the chart of 14 Feb. And they look just like them, too, very consistent with the previous chart runs.

        Metalweb, what a great find! Thank you very much! So thrilling to find the new MRIB charts! I just love such surprises - first the NME Top 75, now this. Great!

        Also I envy how fertile the UK music press market has been then. Regularly new newspapers/magazines - and of rather high quality, though I can only guess from the article on Eurythmics Robbie linked to. Pity they all are so hard to find.

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        • #5
          ^
          There was a RB issue dated 7 February 1983 but it has been missed from the index page of Record Business issues archived at worldradiohistory.com

          https://worldradiohistory.com/Record_Business-UK.htm

          I changed the date in the url for the issue dated 14 February 1983 to 7 February 1983 to see if it was on the website and it was:

          https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Rec...2-14-S-OCR.pdf

          I changed the url to

          https://worldradiohistory.com/UK/Rec...2-07-S-OCR.pdf

          The only thing I can think is that the chart in Soundmaker I linked to and dated 19 February 1983 is what would have been the MRIB chart dated 21 February 1983 and the "last week" positions are for the chart of 14 February 1983. This actually ties in with the chart Metalweb posted which is 7 March 1983, a Monday date (which was common to RB / MRIB publication dates and charts) so the last week positions in the chart he posted would have been the MRIB chart of 28 February 1983. It means that (probably) we have 4 weeks worth of MRIB charts (with some missing positions) for the four weeks after Record Business ceased publication. The only confusion is about the publication day / date of Soundmaker. The one I linked to is dated to a Saturday, the chart Metalweb posted is dated to a Monday. I can only find one further scan of Soundmaker, from 28 May 1983 and that is a Saturday date. No chart scan unfortunately

          http://www.thepolicewiki.org/Police_...Soundmaker.jpg
          Last edited by Robbie; Wed August 19, 2020, 18:39.

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          • #6
            Thank you, Robbie! Especially for the link to 7/2/83 issue of RB. Though it complicates the issue (unless I'm missing something out) - as 19/2/83 Soundmaker chart features last week positions that don't correspond with 14/2/83 issue or RB. They look like they're from the week after the next, like that chart should be not from 19 but from 26 Feb. Very strange...

            As for Soundmaker, Ebay has three issues on sale:

            https://www.ebay.com/itm/Soundmaker-...t/184375248192

            https://www.ebay.com/itm/SOUNDMAKER-...E/333596267335

            https://www.ebay.com/itm/DAVID-BOWIE...3/232920492717

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
              I recently happened across a copy of an obscure music paper called Soundmaker dated 7 March 83.

              It includes the following Top 40 singles chart:
              Metalweb, can you also post the album chart please?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Passing_Strang View Post
                Thank you, Robbie! Especially for the link to 7/2/83 issue of RB. Though it complicates the issue (unless I'm missing something out) - as 19/2/83 Soundmaker chart features last week positions that don't correspond with 14/2/83 issue or RB. They look like they're from the week after the next, like that chart should be not from 19 but from 26 Feb. Very strange...

                As for Soundmaker, Ebay has three issues on sale:

                https://www.ebay.com/itm/Soundmaker-...t/184375248192

                https://www.ebay.com/itm/SOUNDMAKER-...E/333596267335

                https://www.ebay.com/itm/DAVID-BOWIE...3/232920492717
                My mistake, I managed to confuse myself when I was typing. Yes, the "last week" positions for the chart dated 19 February 1983 should match the RB / MRIB chart of 14 February and they don't, for both Singles and Albums. Very strange.

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                • #9
                  Top 30 albums for 5/3/83


                  01(03) Michael Jackson - Thriller
                  02(01) Men At Work - Business As Usual
                  03 (-) Thompson Twins - Quick Step & Side Kick
                  04 (-) Toto - IV
                  05(09) John Lennon - John Lennon Collection
                  06(06) Christopher Cross - Another Page
                  07(10) Various - Visions
                  08(05) Richard Clayderman - Richard Clayderman
                  09(02) Echo & The Bunnymen - Porcupine
                  10(14) Duran Duran - Rio
                  11(17) Dionne Warwick - Heartbreaker
                  12(11) Fun Boy Three - Waiting
                  13(04) Joe Jackson - Night & Day
                  14(26) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
                  15(08) Journey - Frontiers
                  16(12) Phil Collins - Hello I Must Be Going
                  17(07) Belle Stars - Belle Stars
                  18(23) Madness - Complete Madness
                  19 (-) Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie
                  20 (-) Kids From Fame - Live
                  21 (-) Jane Fonda - Workout
                  22(28) Beatles - 20 Greatest Hits
                  23(13) Eric Clapton - Money & Cigarettes
                  24(15) China Crisis - Difficult Shapes & Passive Rhythms
                  25(18) Eddy Grant - Killer On The Rampage
                  26(16) Nat King Cole - 20 Greatest Love Songs
                  27 (-) Def Leppard - Pyromania
                  28(29) Earth Wind & Fire - Powerlight
                  29 (-) Mari Wilson - Show People
                  30 (-) UB40 - Live
                  Last edited by Metalweb; Thu August 20, 2020, 15:09.

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                  • #10
                    Courtesy of the miracle of eBay, here's the singles chart for April 30....

                    01(02) Culture Club - Church Of The Poison Mind [05/02]
                    02(05) F.R.David - Words [02/04]
                    03(01) David Bowie - Let's Dance [06/01]
                    04(03) Michael Jackson - Beat It [03/03]
                    05(12) Eurythmics - Love Is A Stranger [07/06]
                    06(26) Spandau Ballet - True [01/10]
                    07(20) Cliff Richard - True Love Ways [08/14]
                    08(29) Human League - Fascination [04/16]
                    09(04) Tracey Ullman - Breakaway [10/05]
                    10(10) Tracie - The House That Jack Built [15/09]
                    11 (-) Galaxy - Dancing Tight [20/39]
                    12(23) Toto - Rosanna [12/19]
                    13(07) Joboxers - Boxerbeat [19/07]
                    14(09) Kajagoogoo - Ooh To Be Ah [16/08]
                    15 (-) Thompson Twins - We Are Detective [09/21]
                    16(13) New Order - Blue Monday [13/12]
                    17(08) Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know [27/11]
                    18(18) Men At Work - Overkill [25/30]
                    19(11) Big Country - Fields Of Fire [29/15]
                    20(27) Twisted Sister - I Am I'm Me [18/18]
                    21(28) Heaven 17 - Temptation [14/31]
                    22 (-) Iron Maiden - Flight Of Icarus [11/28]
                    23(40) Kids From Fame - Friday Night [17/24]
                    24(25) Sunfire - Young Free & Single [21/20]
                    25(24) Bauhaus - She's In Parties [28/26]
                    26(14) Style Council - Speak Like A Child [36/23]
                    27(35) Sweet Dreams - I'm Never Giving Up [23/34]
                    28(15) Nick Heyward - Whistle Down The Wind [30/17]
                    29 (-) Tears For Fears - Pale Shelter [22/ - ]
                    30(33) Kissing The Pink - Last Film [24/29]
                    31 (-) Beatles - From Me To You [40/45]
                    32(16) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams [33/25]
                    33(21) Dexy's Midnight Runners - Celtic Soul Brothers [32/22]
                    34 (-) Creatures - Miss The Girl [37/51]
                    35(17) Altered Images - Don't Talk To Me About Love [55/33]
                    36(37) Level 42 - Out Of Sight Out Of Mind [46/41]
                    37(22) Orange Juice - Rip It Up [49/32]
                    38 (-) New Edition - Candy Girl [44/49]
                    39 (-) Questions - The Price You Pay [56/58]
                    40(19) U2 - Two Hearts Beat As One [68/42]

                    Gallup current/prior week positions in square brackets.

                    A few interesting differences....

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                    • #11
                      These charts look like a veritable playlist for my wedding. We hired a DJ that specifically boasted eighties floor fillers and both our guests and we were not disappointed - so much variety from so many talented acts.

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                      • #12
                        Yes, very cool! Thank you, Metalweb! Still credited to MRIB?

                        Of course I can't resist asking for the album chart, hope you don't mind
                        Last edited by Passing_Strang; Thu September 3, 2020, 21:48.

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                        • #13
                          April 30th album chart:

                          01(01) David Bowie - Let's Dance
                          02(04) Michael Jackson - Thriller
                          03(08) Spandau Ballet - True
                          04 (-) Kajagoogoo - White Feathers
                          05(02) Bonnie Tyler - Faster Than The Speed Of Night
                          06(03) Pink Floyd - The Final Cut
                          07(06) Kids From Fame - Live
                          08(05) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams
                          09(13) Culture Club - Kissing to Be Clever
                          10(07) Duran Duran - Rio
                          11(15) Mark Knopfler - Local Hero
                          12 (-) Thompson Twins - Quick Step And Side Kick
                          13(09) Tears For Fears - The Hurting
                          14(16) Various - Chart Runners
                          15(19) Toto - IV
                          16(17) Louis Clark & The RPO - Journey Through The Classics
                          17(10) U2 - War
                          18(21) Lionel Richie - Lionel Richie
                          19(24) Bucks Fizz - Hand Cut
                          20(11) Phil Collins - Hello I Must Be Going
                          21 (-) Men At Work - Cargo
                          22(12) Joan Armatrading - The Key
                          23(26) Robert Palmer - Pride
                          24 (-) Various - Streetsounds Vol 3
                          25(18) OMD - Dazzle Ships
                          26(22) Richard Clayderman - Richard Clayderman
                          27(20) Bananarama - Deep Sea Skiving
                          28(14) Men At Work - Business As Usual
                          29(23) Marillion - Script For A Jesters Tear
                          30 (-) Aztec Camera - High Land Hard Rain

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                          • #14
                            Thank you!

                            Speaking of debuts of that week, been listening to Kajagoogoo's debut just the other day. They were tipped as the next superstars on the back of "Too shy" but their other songs don't really indicate a possibility of a longish carrier. Nice musicianship, but the songs simply aren't there - melodically scant, repetitive (and not really catchy at that), not very imaginative. And Limahl's not much of a singer, really, with his grey, often out-of-breath voice. Nick Beggs wasn't much better, though, so it's probably more surprising they didn't fade after their big one than their swift disappearance by 1985.

                            Thompson Twins' album is very good, on the other hand. More than a few great catchy songs, even apart from the hits. Nice that they went on to bigger things (though not for very much longer than Kaja boys).

                            Aztec Camera any good, anyone? Only know (and like) their big hit...

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