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  • Soundhouse / Powerhouse Heavy Metal Charts '78-'80

    The earliest heavy metal charts to appear in the UK music press were published in "Sounds" and compiled from requests at the now legendary Heavy Metal Soundhouse in Kingsbury Circle, London.

    See here for the venue website:

    HM Soundhouse


    The charts were published for around two years from August 1978 and coincide with the rise of The New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM).


    Sadly the charts weren't printed every week (and I'm missing a few issues) but will post all I have.

    This is the first:

    12 Aug 78

    01 Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC (from Powerage album)
    02 Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong (from Wedding Album)
    03 Child In Time - Deep Purple (from In Rock album)
    04 Statesboro' Blues - Pat Travers (from Makin' Magic album)
    05 Tush - ZZ Top (from Fandango album)
    06 Long Long Way From Home - Foreigner (from Foreigner album)
    07 Got Love If You Want It - Angel (from White Hot album)
    08 More Than A Feeling - Boston (from Boston album)
    09 Rosalie - Thin Lizzy (single)
    10 Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf (from Bat Out Of Hell album)
    11 Space Station Number Five - Montrose (from Montrose album)
    12 Two Rolling Stoned - Robin Trower (from Bridge Of Sighs album)
    13 Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh (from The Smoker You Drink The Player You Get album)
    14 Bye Bye Johnny - Status Quo (from Quo Live album)
    15 Love To Love - UFO (from Lights Out album)
    16 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin (from Led Zeppelin II album)
    17 Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (from Pronounced Lynyrd Skynyrd album)
    18 Starstruck - Rainbow (from Rainbow Rising album)
    19 Aqualung - Jethro Tull (from, Aqualung album)
    20 Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice (from Slack Alice album)
    Last edited by Metalweb; Fri December 17, 2021, 14:48.

  • #2
    Thanks for posting. This should be an interesting chart with a mix of well known acts and acts which have long been forgotten.

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    • #3
      19 Aug 78

      01(03) Child In Time - Deep Purple
      02(10) Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
      03(01) Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC
      04(11) Space Station Number Five - Montrose
      05(02) Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong
      06(04) Statesboro' Blues - Pat Travers
      07(07) Got Love If You Want It - Angel
      08(05) Tush - ZZ Top
      09(19) Aqualung - Jethro Tull
      10(06) Long Long Way From Home - Foreigner
      11(17) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
      12(08) More Than A Feeling - Boston
      13 (-) Cannonball - Ted Nugent & The Amboy Dukes (from 'Call Of The Wild' album)
      14 (-) Sinner - Judas Priest (from 'Sin After Sin' album)
      15 (-) Bullfrog Blues - Rory Gallagher (from 'Live In Europe' album)
      16(15) Love To Love - UFO
      17(20) Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice
      18(16) Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
      19 (-) Rocket Fuel - Ten Years Later (from 'Ten Years Later' album)
      20(18) Starstruck - Rainbnow

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      • #4
        Wow!!! That sounds amazing! I even never knew such charts exist. Please, keep it going.
        I'm looking for "TOP POPS/MUSIC NOW" and "MERSEYBEAT / MUSIC ECHO" Charts to complete my 60's singles charts collection.

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        • #5
          26 Aug 78

          01(02) Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
          02(04) Space Station Number Five - Montrose
          03(01) Child In Time - Deep Purple
          04(03) Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC
          05(09) Aqualung - Jethro Tull
          06(15) Bullfrog Blues - Rory Gallagher
          07 (-) Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC (from 'Let There Be Rock' album)
          08(11) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
          09(07) Got Love If You Want It - Angel
          10 (-) Green Grass & High Tides - Outlaws (from 'Bring It Back Alive' album)
          11(05) Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong
          12(16) Love To Love - UFO
          13(19) Rocket Fuel - Ten Years Later
          14(12) More Than A Feeling - Boston
          15(17) Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice
          16(10) Long Long Way From Home - Foreigner
          17 (-) Hold Me Squeeze Me - Angel (from 'White Hot' album)
          18 (-) Hold You Back - Status Quo (from 'Rockin' All Over The World' album)
          19 (-) Burn - Deep Purple (from 'Burn' album)
          20 (-) Won't Get Fooled Again - Who (from 'Who's Next' album)
          Last edited by Metalweb; Sun December 19, 2021, 23:04.

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          • #6
            2 Sept 78

            01(02) Space Station Number Five - Montrose
            02(07) Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
            03 (-) Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf (from 'Easy Rider' album)
            04(08) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
            05(15) Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice
            06(04) Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC
            07(18) Hold You Back - Status Quo
            08(17) Hold Me Squeeze Me - Angel
            09(01) Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
            10(03) Child In Time - Deep Purple
            11(06) Bullfrog Blues - Rory Gallagher
            12 (-) Don't Bogart That Joint - Fraternity Of Man (from 'Easy Rider' album)
            13(10) Green Grass and High Tides - Outlaws
            14(13) Rocket Fuel - Ten Years Later
            15(19) Burn - Deep Purple
            16(12) Love To Love - UFO
            17 (re) Sinner - Judas Priest
            18 (-) R U Ready 2 Rock - Blue Oyster Cult (from 'Spectres' album)
            19 (-) Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin (from 'IV' album)
            20(05) Aqualung - Jethro Tull

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            • #7
              9 Sept 78

              01(01) Space Station Number Five - Montrose
              02(03) Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
              03(04) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
              04(05) Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice
              05(02) Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
              06(06) Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC
              07(08) Hold Me Squeeze Me - Angel
              08(07) Hold You Back - Status Quo
              09(17) Sinner - Judas Priest
              10(12) Don't Bogart That Joint - Fraternity Of Man
              11(18) R U Ready 2 Rock - Blue Oyster Cult
              12(19) Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
              13(15) Burn - Deep Purple
              14(13) Green Grass and High Tides - Outlaws
              15(09) Bat Out Of Hell - Meatloaf
              16(10) Child In Time - deep Purple
              17 (-) Snakeskin Cowboy - Ted Nugent (from 'Ted Nugent' album)
              18 (-) Honey Child - Bad Company (from 'Run With The Pack' album)
              19(14) Rocket Fuel - Ten Years Later
              20(11) Bullfrog Blues - Rory Gallagher

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              • #8
                16 Sept 78

                01(01) Space Station Number Five - Montrose
                02(03) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                03(04) Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice
                04(02) Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
                05(07) Hold Me Squeeze Me - Angel
                06(09) Sinner - Judas Priest
                07 (-) Louie Louie - Motorhead (single)
                08(05) Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
                09(11) R U Ready 2 Rock - Blue Oyster Cult
                10(12) Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
                11(17) Snakeskin Cowboy - Ted Nugent
                12 (-) Light In The Black - Rainbow (from 'Rainbow Rising' album)
                13 (-) Dirty Women - Black Sabbath (from 'Technical Ecstasy' album)
                14(13) Burn - Deep Purple
                15(18) Honey Child - Bad Company
                16(06) Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC
                17(08) Hold You Back - Status Quo
                18 (-) Lights Out - UFO (from 'Lights Out' album)
                19(15) Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
                20(14) Green Grass And High Tides - Outlaws

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                • #9
                  23 Sept 78

                  01(01) Space Station Number Five - Montrose
                  02(02) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                  03(12) Light In The Black - Rainbow
                  04(06) Sinner - Judas Priest
                  05(07) Louie Louie - Motorhead
                  06(10) Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
                  07(04) Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
                  08(11) Snakeskin Cowboy - Ted Nugent
                  09(13) Dirty Women - Black Sabbath
                  10 (-) Let There Be Rock - AC/DC (from 'Let There Be Rock' album)
                  11(18) Lights Out - UFO
                  12 (-) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead (single b-side)
                  13(09) R U Ready 2 Rock - Blue Oyster Cult
                  14(05) Hold Me Squeeze Me - Angel
                  15(08) Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
                  16 (-) Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix (from 'Electric Ladyland' album)
                  17 (-) Dance Away Lover - Head East (from 'Head East' album)
                  18(03) Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice
                  19(15) Honey Child - Bad Company
                  20(14) Burn - Deep Purple

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                  • #10
                    30 Sept 78

                    01(04) Sinner - Judas Priest
                    02(05) Louie Louie - Motorhead
                    03(02) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                    04(01) Space Station No.5 - Montrose
                    05(10) Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
                    06(06) Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
                    07(09) Dirty Women - Black Sabbath
                    08(11) Lights Out - UFO
                    09(12) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                    10 (-) Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen (from 'Van Halen' album)
                    11(17) Dance Away Lover - Head East
                    12 (-) Bye Bye Johnny - Status Quo (from 'Quo Live' album)
                    13(16) Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
                    14(08) Snakeskin Cowboy - Ted Nugent
                    15(13) R U Ready 2 Rock - Blue Oyster Cult
                    16 (-) My Love - Robin Trower (from 'Caravan To Midnight' album)
                    17(07) Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
                    18 (-) Rock City - Riot (from 'Rock City' album)
                    19(14) Hold Me Squeeze Me - Angel
                    20(15) Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC

                    7 Oct 78

                    01(02) Louie Louie - Motorhead
                    02(01) Sinner - Judas Priest
                    03(05) Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
                    04(07) Dirty Women - Black Sabbath
                    05(09) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                    06(10) Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
                    07(08) Lights Out - UFO
                    08 (-) Rock Bottom - UFO (from 'Phenomenon' album)
                    09(04) Space Station No.5 - Montrose
                    10(18) Rock City - Riot
                    11 (-) Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen (from 'Van Halen' album)
                    12(03) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                    13(06) Stairway To Heaven - led Zeppelin
                    14(16) My Love - Robin Trower
                    15 (-) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                    16(13) Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
                    17(12) Bye Bye Johnny - Status Quo
                    18 (-) Moonchild - Rory Gallagher (from 'Calling Card' album)
                    19 (-) Going For The One - Yes (from 'Going For The One' album)
                    20 (-) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas (single)
                    Last edited by Metalweb; Sat June 18, 2022, 17:55.

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                    • #11
                      21 Oct 78

                      01(03) Louie Louie - Motorhead
                      02(04) Dirty Women - Black Sabbath
                      03(02) Sinner - Judas Priest
                      04(06) Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
                      05(08) Rock Bottom - UFO
                      06(01) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                      07(13) Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                      08(10) Rock City - Riot
                      09(19) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin (from 'Trevor Rabin' album)
                      10(14) My Love - Robin Trower
                      11(18) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                      12 (-) Lights Out - UFO (from 'Lights Out' album)
                      13(17) Going For The One - Yes
                      14(20) Leaving You - Samson ( single B-side)
                      15(09) Moonchild - Rory Gallagher
                      16(07) Space Station No.5 - Montrose
                      17 (-) Kashmir - Led Zeppelin ( from 'Physical Graffiti' album)
                      18(12) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                      19(16) Voodoo Chile - Jimi Hendrix
                      20(05) Let There Be Rock - AC/DC
                      ​​​​​
                      Last edited by Metalweb; Sat June 18, 2022, 17:58.

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                      • #12
                        4 Nov 78

                        01(03) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                        02(04) Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                        03(06) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                        04(01) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                        05(14) Time - Pink Floyd
                        06(07) My Love - Robin Trower
                        07(02) Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
                        08(10) The Great White Hope - Styx (from 'Pieces Of Eight' album)
                        09(16) Soldier Of Fortune - Thin Lizzy (from 'Bad Reputation' album)
                        10(12) Leaving You - Samson
                        11(05) Louie Louie - Motorhead
                        12(09) Rock Bottom - UFO
                        13(17) Dance Away Lover - Head East
                        14(20) Iron Horse - Motorhead (from 'Motorhead' album)
                        15(19) Pretty Poison - American Ram Jam (from 'Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Ram' album)
                        16(13) Atomic Punk - Van Halen (from 'Van Halen' album)
                        17 (-) Bastille Day - Rush (from 'Archives' album)
                        18(15) Then Came The Last Days Of May - Blue Oyster Cult (from 'On Your Feet Or On Your Knees' album)
                        19(18) That Smell - Lynyrd Skynyrd (from 'Street Survivors' album)
                        20(08) Dirty Women - Black Sabbath

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                        • #13
                          18 Nov 78

                          01(01) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                          02(05) The Great White Hope - Styx
                          03(06) Soldier Of Fortune - Thin Lizzy
                          04(02) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                          05(10) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                          06(04) My Love - Robin Trower
                          07(09) Bastille Day - Rush
                          08(11) Iron Horse - Motorhead
                          09 (-) Long Legged Linda - Status Quo (from 'If You Can't Stand The Heat' album)
                          10(13) Pretty Poison - American Ram Jam
                          11(03) Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                          12(19) Junior's Eyes - Black Sabbath (from 'Never Say Die' album)
                          13(07) Time - Pink Floyd
                          14 (-) The Queen Of Spades - Styx (from 'Pieces Of Eight' album)
                          15 (-) Emerald - Thin Lizzy (from 'Jailbreak' album)
                          16(12) Leaving You - Samson
                          17(15) Rock Bottom - UFO
                          18(08) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                          19 (-) Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd (from 'Pronounced Lynyrd Skynyrd' album)
                          20(14) Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen

                          25 Nov 78

                          01(01) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                          02(05) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                          03(02) The Great White Hope - Styx
                          04(10) Pretty Poison - American Ram Jam
                          05(08) Iron Horse - Motorhead
                          06(09) Long Legged Linda - Status Quo
                          07(04) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                          08(06) My Love - Robin Trower
                          09(12) Junior's Eyes - Black Sabbath
                          10(14) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                          11(03) Soldier Of Fortune - Thin Lizzy
                          12(15) Emerald - Thin Lizzy
                          13(07) Bastille Day - Rush
                          14(19) Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                          15 (-) Finding My Way - Rush (from 'Archives' album)
                          16(11) Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                          17(18) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                          18 (-) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest (from 'Killing Machine' album)
                          19(13) Time - Pink Floyd
                          20(16) Leaving You - Samson

                          2 Dec 78

                          01(02) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                          02(01) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                          03(04) Pretty Poison - American Ram Jam
                          04(05) Iron Horse - Motorhead
                          05(10) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                          06(03) Great White Hope - Styx
                          07(06) Long Legged Linda - Status Quo
                          08(07) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                          09 (-) Bad Boy Boogie - AC/DC (from 'If You Want Blood' album)
                          10(15) Finding My Way - Rush
                          11(18) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                          12(12) Emerald - Thin Lizzy
                          13(14) Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                          14(09) Juniors Eyes - Black Sabbath
                          15 (-) Talking 'Bout A Feeling - Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush (from 'Live' album)
                          16(11) Soldier Of Fortune - Thin Lizzy
                          17 (-) Too Old To Rock 'n' Roll, Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull (from 'Bursting Out' album)
                          18(08) My Love - Robin Trower
                          19(17) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                          20 ???
                          Last edited by Metalweb; Thu February 10, 2022, 19:38.

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                          • #14
                            9 Dec 78

                            01(01) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                            02(05) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                            03(03) Pretty Poison - American Ram Jam
                            04(10) Finding My Way - Rush
                            05(09) Bad Boy Boogie - AC/DC
                            06(02) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                            07(11) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                            08(07) Long Legged Linda - Status Quo
                            09(08) Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                            10(15) Talking 'Bout A Feeling - Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
                            11(06) Great White Hope - Styx
                            12(17) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll, Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                            13(04) Iron Horse - Motorhead
                            14(12) Emerald - Thin Lizzy
                            15(13) Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                            16(14) Junior's Eyes - Black Sabbath
                            17 (-) Cruisin' - Ted Nugent (from 'Weekend Warriors' album)
                            18(16) Soldier Of Fortune - Thin Lizzy
                            19(18) My Love - Robin Trower
                            20(19) Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                            Last edited by Metalweb; Thu February 10, 2022, 19:39.

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                            • #15
                              Chart not printed for a few weeks but the 6 Jan 79 issue listed the combined Top Twenty for 1978:


                              01 Child In Time - Deep Purple
                              02 Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                              03 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
                              04 Tear Ya Down - Motorhead
                              05 Getting To Know You Better - Trevor Rabin
                              06 My Love - Robin Trower
                              07 Space Station No.5 - Montrose
                              08 Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                              09 Great White Hope - Styx
                              10 Louie Louie - Motorhead
                              11 Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
                              12 Sinner - Judas Priest
                              13 Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
                              14 Runnin' With The Devil - Van Halen
                              15 Try Me - UFO
                              16 Earache My Eye - Cheech and Chong
                              17 Queen Of Spades - Styx
                              18 Mistreated - Deep Purple
                              19 Kicked In The Teeth - AC/DC
                              20 Motorcycle Dream - Slack Alice

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                              • #16
                                13 Jan 79

                                01(01) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                                02(02) Peace Of Mind - Boston (from 'Boston' album)
                                03(04) Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                                04(02) Finding My Way - Rush
                                05(05) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                                06 (-) Rock The Nation - Montrose (from 'Montrose' album)
                                07 (-) Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath (from 'We Sold Our Soul For Rock'n'Roll' album)
                                08(06) Delivering The Goods - Judas Priest (from 'Killing Machine' album)
                                09(12) Life In London - Pat Travers (from 'Putting It Straight' album)
                                10(13) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                                11(14) Bastille Day - Rush (from 'Archives' album)
                                12(19) Big Fat Mama - Status Quo (from 'Piledriver' album)
                                13(10) Talkin' 'Bout A Feelin' - Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
                                14(11) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                                15(07) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                                16(08) Bad Boy Boogie - AC/DC
                                17(09) Cruisin' - Ted Nugent
                                18 (-) Xanadu - Rush (from 'Farewell To Kings' album)
                                19(17) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                                20(18) Pretty Poison - American Ram Jam

                                Chart sometimes (Sabbath, Rush) lists compilation albums instead of albums on which tracks originally appeared....
                                Last edited by Metalweb; Sat January 1, 2022, 15:24.

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                                • #17
                                  20 Jan 79

                                  01(02) Peace Of Mind - Boston
                                  02(01) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                                  03(06) Rock The Nation - Montrose
                                  04(07) Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
                                  05(03) Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                                  06(04) Finding My Way - Rush
                                  07(09) Life In London - Pat Travers
                                  08(05) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                                  09(10) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                                  10(11) Bastille Day - Rush
                                  11(12) Big Fat Mama - Status Quo
                                  12(18) Xanadu - Rush
                                  13(08) Delivering The Goods - Judas Priest
                                  14(15) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                                  15(13) Talking 'Bout A Feelin' - Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
                                  16 ??
                                  17(19) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                                  18(17) Cruisin' - Ted Nugent
                                  19(14) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                                  20 ??

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                                  • #18
                                    27 Jan 79

                                    01(03) Rock The Nation - Montrose
                                    02(04) Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
                                    03(01) Peace Of Mind - Boston
                                    04(02) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                                    05(07) Life In London - Pat Travers
                                    06(05) Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                                    07(10) Bastille Day - Rush
                                    08(06) Finding My Way - Rush
                                    09(08) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                                    10(12) Xanadu - Rush
                                    11(09) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                                    12(14) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                                    13(11) Big Fat Mama - Status Quo
                                    14(13) Delivering The Goods - Judas Priest
                                    15(17) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                                    16 (-) Bad Motor Scooter - Sammy Hagar (from 'Live' album)
                                    17(15) Talking 'Bout A Feelin' - Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
                                    18(19) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                                    19 (-) Man Of Miracles - Styx (from 'Best Of Styx' album)
                                    20(18) Cruisin' - Ted Nugent

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                                    • #19
                                      Is there any reason why 'Carry On Wayward Son' by Kansas was suddenly popular months after it had been released in the UK? Also I'm surprised 'Blue Collar Man (Long Nights)' by Styx wasn't in the top 20 as it was really big on my local ILR station's (Metro Radio) rock show for months. I'd bought the single on 12" towards the end of 1978 so I was expecting it in these charts around winter 1978/9 time.

                                      (useless information time - January 1979 to March 1979 was wonderfully snowy, I remember some weeks having problems getting Record Mirror on time due to everything grinding to a halt as a result of both the severe weather and the "Winter Of Discontent" with the lorry drivers going on strike. Although I never missed a single issue there were a couple of times where the newsagents got it in incredibly late including once where it was two weeks late)

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                                      • #20
                                        ^

                                        Yes, somewhat slow on picking up on COWS and BCM(LN) - the latter enters in a couple of months time!

                                        But if the chart is following trends now it's about to start setting them - the arrival of the Iron Maiden demo is imminent!

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                                        • #21
                                          3 Feb 79

                                          01(02) Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
                                          02(01) Rock The Nation - Montrose
                                          03(05) Life In London - Pat Travers
                                          04(06) Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                                          05(07) Bastille Day - Rush
                                          06(11) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                                          07(04) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                                          08(12) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                                          09(16) Bad Motor Scooter - Sammy Hagar
                                          10(08) Finding My Way - Rush
                                          11(09) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                                          12(03) Peace Of Mind - Boston
                                          13 (-) Lazy - Deep Purple (from 'Machine Head' album)
                                          14(10) Xanadu - Rush
                                          15(15) Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
                                          16(18) Child In Time - Deep Purple
                                          17(19) Man Of Miracles - Styx
                                          18 (-) Smokescreen - Ted Nugent (from 'Weekend Warriors' album)
                                          19(14) Delivering The Goods - Judas Priest
                                          20 (-) Atomic Punk - Van Halen (from 'Van Halen' album)

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                                          • #22
                                            10 Feb 79

                                            01(08) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                                            02(01) Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
                                            03(06) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                                            04(05) Bastille Day - Rush
                                            05(02) Rock The Nation - Montrose
                                            06(09) Bad Motor Scooter - Sammy Hagar
                                            07(04) Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                                            08(07) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                                            09(13) Lazy - Deep Purple
                                            10 (-) Lights Out - UFO (from 'Strangers In The Night' album)
                                            11(10) Finding My Way - Rush
                                            12(20) Atomic Punk - Van Halen
                                            13(03) Life In London - Pat Travers
                                            14 (-) Doctor Doctor - UFO (from 'Strangers In The Night' album)
                                            15(11) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                                            16(12) Peace Of Mind - Boston
                                            17(14) Xanadu - Rush
                                            18 ???
                                            19 (-) Working Man - Rush (from 'Archives' album)
                                            20 ???

                                            Two new entries from UFO's mighty 'Strangers In The Night' double live album (which entered the national album charts at No.7 this very week...

                                            Probably my all time favourite live album.

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                                            • #23
                                              'Doctor Doctor' by UFO is their biggest UK chart hit. I think its national top 40 placing was probably down to it being available on clear vinyl. The single also plays at 33⅓ which may have caused a few problems to mobile DJs who were unaware of this!

                                              The intro to 'Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love' by Van Halen is one of the best rock record intros of all time (in my opinion of course!)

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                                              • #24
                                                17 Feb 79

                                                01(14) Doctor Doctor - UFO
                                                02(06) Bad Motor Scooter - Sammy Hagar
                                                03(09) Lazy - Deep Purple
                                                04(10) Lights Out - UFO
                                                05(05) Rock The Nation - Montrose
                                                06(01) Queen Of Spades - Styx
                                                07(08) Hell Bent For Leather - Judas Priest
                                                08(03) Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd
                                                09(04) Bastille Day - Rush
                                                10(07) Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love - Van Halen
                                                11(02) Children Of The Grave - Black Sabbath
                                                12(11) Finding My Way - Rush
                                                13(19) Working Man - Rush
                                                14(12) Atomic Punk - Van Halen
                                                15(15) Too Old To Rock'n'Roll Too Young To Die - Jethro Tull
                                                16(13) Life In London - Pat Travers
                                                17 (-) Bad Boy Boogie - AC/DC (from 'Let There Be Rock' album)
                                                18(16) Peace Of Mind - Boston
                                                19(17) Xanadu - Rush
                                                20 (-) Prowler - Iron Maiden (from Spaceward Studios Demo Tape)




                                                Iron Maiden's first appearance on any chart anywhere!

                                                The band had recorded their 4 track ( 'Prowler', 'Invasion', 'Strange World', 'Iron Maiden') demo at the end of December '78 and Soundhouse DJ Neal Kay was soon giving it heavy exposure.

                                                In late '79, just prior to the band signing with EMI, three tracks from the demo were released on very limited edition vinyl as 'The Soundhouse Tapes'. Original copies now change hands for a small fortune....

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                                                • #25

                                                  "The Soundhouse Tapes. Pressed as a three track E.P. but a fourth track "Strange World" was on the original cassette. 01. Iron Maiden 02. Invasion 03. Prowler 04. Strange World"


                                                  The original demo: https://www.discogs.com/release/1396...den-3031-12-78

                                                  1, Prowler 2. Invasion 3. Strange World 4. Iron Maiden

                                                  Invasion would later be a b-side of Women In Uniform and the others rerecorded for the first album.

                                                  Last edited by Blondini; Sat January 8, 2022, 21:36.

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