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  • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
    Note: there is some confusion surrounding the three Deep Purple EP entries at numbers 145, 168 and 184. They all seem to be part of the same EP but obviously that can't be correct. I've contacted kobyhadrian to seek clarification and will add a further note to this post when I get a reply.
    When I posted the rock charts for this period I noted that these were limited edition 12 inch singles. Will dig out the appropriate issue of Kerrang! again for more details!

    UK Rock/Metal Charts (1980s and early '90s) - UKMIX Forums

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    • Originally posted by Metalweb View Post

      When I posted the rock charts for this period I noted that these were limited edition 12 inch singles. Will dig out the appropriate issue of Kerrang! again for more details!

      UK Rock/Metal Charts (1980s and early '90s) - UKMIX Forums
      That would be great.

      Based on what you've posted about these being limited edition 12" singles I've gone to discogs.com and looked up the entries for the original single releases and found these three UK 12" releases from 1985:

      Black Night: https://www.discogs.com/release/1614...le-Black-Night

      Strange Kind Of Woman: https://www.discogs.com/release/2682...-Kind-Of-Woman

      Fireball: https://www.discogs.com/release/2682...urple-Fireball

      kingofskiffle I think these could be the three EPs. The catalogue numbers are sequential.

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      • ^

        Yes, Kerrang! confirms!

        Also, Smoke On The Water (at 135) must be:

        Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (1985, Vinyl) - Discogs

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        • Originally posted by Metalweb View Post
          ^

          Yes, Kerrang! confirms!

          Also, Smoke On The Water (at 135) must be:

          Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water (1985, Vinyl) - Discogs
          and all 4 singles are EPs or "3-track singles". It's just that one doesn't have that written on it.

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          • kingofskiffle
            kingofskiffle commented
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            Huge thanks - all corrected.

        • #1 with lowest sales

          We Are The World USA For Africa 18857 320,569

          Silver (250.000)



          Originally posted by MrTibbs View Post
          I always assumed that like Band-Aid , We Are The World had big initial sales too but seems it was not the case. I did like it though.

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          • 13 July 1985

            Twk Lwk Wks Title Artist Sales
            1 1 8 Frankie Sister Sledge 4639
            2 2 17 Axel F Harold Faltermeyer 4042
            3 3 6 Crazy For You Madonna 2875
            4 4 10 Cherish Kool & The Gang 2387
            5 8 5 I'm On Fire / Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 1686
            6 5 6 Ben Marti Webb 1423
            7 17 7 My Toot Toot Denise La Salle 1271
            8 11 6 Johnny Come Home Fine Young Cannibals 1253
            9 9 8 History Mai Tai 1201
            10 37 2 There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) Eurythmics 1105
            11 7 10 Suddenly Billy Ocean 1063
            12 12 4 Head Over Heels (Remix) Tears For Fears 1014
            13 10 9 Kayleigh Marillion 1003
            14 19 3 In Too Deep Dead Or Alive 987
            15 26 7 Live Is Life Opus 977
            16 13 4 N-N-Nineteen Not Out The Commentators 917
            17 14 3 Life In One Day Howard Jones 878
            18 22 4 Turn It Up The Conway Brothers 768
            19 6 7 You'll Never Walk Alone The Crowd 768
            20 16 4 Tomb Of Memories Paul Young 739
            21 33 5 Money's Too Tight (To Mention) Simply Red 700
            22 28 5 Smuggler's Blues Glenn Frey 696
            23 27 2 Come To Milton Keynes The Style Council 667
            24 15 10 The Word Girl Scritti Politti 629
            25 25 4 The Shadow Of Love (Édition Première) The Damned 624
            26 30 8 She Sells Sanctuary The Cult 618
            27 39 3 Round And Around Jaki Graham 547
            28 18 12 Obsession Animotion 476
            29 23 9 A View To A Kill Duran Duran 453
            30 20 7 King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) China Crisis 451
            31 24 11 19 Paul Hardcastle 441
            32 21 8 Paisley Park Prince And The Revolution 383
            33 NE 1 In Your Car The Cool Notes 356
            34 50 2 Dancin' In The Key Of Life (Remix) Steve Arrington 324
            35 95 4 All Night Holiday Russ Abbot 309
            36 42 3 Loving You Feargal Sharkey 309
            37 47 2 Love Is Just The Great Pretender '85 Animal Nightlife 304
            38 32 11 All Fall Down Five Star 286
            39 NE 1 Living On Video ('85 Re-Mix) Trans-X 282
            40 48 2 Genie Brooklyn, Bronx + Queens (B.B. + Q) 280
            41 41 3 Silver Shadow Atlantic Starr 279
            42 36 12 Walking On Sunshine Katrina And The Waves 274
            43 31 6 If You Love Somebody Set Them Free Sting 274
            44 44 3 Good-Bye Bad Times Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder 267
            45 29 11 Duel - The First Side Propaganda 266
            46 34 4 Bring It Down! (This Insane Thing) Redskins 262
            47 65 2 Money For Nothing Dire Straits 250
            48 35 9 Out In The Fields Gary Moore & Phil Lynott 247
            49 NE 1 That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore The Smiths 246
            50 NE 1 Long Time Arrow 243
            51 49 4 The Power Of Love Jennifer Rush 237
            52 NE 1 White Wedding Billy Idol 236
            53 61 2 All Of Me For All Of You 9.9 225
            54 38 5 Act Of War Elton John & Millie Jackson 225
            55 58 2 Danger AC/DC 222
            56 66 3 Excitable Amazulu 221
            57 56 4 You And Your Heart So Blue Bucks Fizz 208
            58 40 9 Icing On The Cake Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy 183
            59 54 4 Movin' 400 Blows 178
            60 53 4 Sally MacLennane The Pogues 171
            61 NE 1 Mutual Attraction Change 168
            62 46 5 Last Time Forever Squeeze 162
            63 NE 1 Made In Heaven Freddie Mercury 158
            64 NE 1 Vive Le Rock Adam Ant 157
            65 NE 1 Attack Me With Your Love Cameo 156
            66 45 6 Loving The Alien (Remix) David Bowie 154
            67 57 3 Soul Passing Through Soul Toyah 152
            68 43 10 Call Me Go West 150
            69 75 2 A Stranger On Home Ground Faith Brothers 149
            70 NE 1 The ZZ Top Summer Holiday E.P. (EP) ZZ Top 146
            71 96 2 Freeway Of Love Aretha Franklin 138
            72 77 4 Feel The Raindrops The Adventures 137
            73 52 25 Move Closer Phyllis Nelson 136
            74 80 4 The Show (Theme From Connie) Rebecca Storm 124
            75 76 3 The Broken Years Hipsway 122
            *** 68 5 Out Of Touch Daryl Hall & John Oates 121
            *** 64 3 Let's Talk About Shhhh One Way 119
            76 NE 1 Treat Her Sweeter The Paul Simpson Connection 118
            77 NE 1 The Love In Me September 117
            *** 73 4 Keep On Jammin' Willie Hutch 113
            78 NE 1 Let Him Go (7" Version) Animotion 106
            *** 51 5 You Don't Need A Reason Phil Fearon & Galaxy 106
            79 86 3 Conga Miami Sound Machine 104
            80 NE 1 Three Little Birds Bob Marley & The Wailers 103
            *** 67 10 Shake The Disease Depeche Mode 102
            *** *** 13 Thinking About Your Love Skipworth & Turner 102
            *** 62 13 Love Don't Live Here Anymore Jimmy Nail 100
            *** 55 16 Rhythm Of The Night DeBarge 98
            81 82 2 Glow Rick James 96
            82 59 4 Love Situation Mark Fisher (featuring Dolly Green) 96
            83 NE 1 Say It Again The Danse Society 95
            *** *** 12 Feel So Real Steve Arrington 95
            *** *** 7 Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine James Brown 94
            *** 60 11 Walking On The Chinese Wall Philip Bailey 92
            84 85 2 People Get Ready Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart 91
            *** 63 5 Shadows Of The Night Pat Benatar 89
            *** 69 10 Slave To Love Bryan Ferry 89
            *** 70 5 Rain Forest Paul Hardcastle 88
            85 81 2 Bonzo Goes To Bitburg Ramones 86
            *** 71 13 I Feel Love (Medley) Bronski Beat / Marc Almond 85
            86 NE 1 Take Your Heart Away Kleeer 83
            *** *** 10 Magic Touch Loose Ends 83
            *** *** 16 Everybody Wants To Rule The World Tears For Fears 82
            *** *** 7 Wicki Wacky House Party The Team 81
            *** 79 4 Cold As Ice (Remix) Foreigner 79
            87 112 2 Faron Young Prefab Sprout 76
            88 97 6 Why Can't We Be Friends O'Chi Brown 76
            89 *** 10 Walls Come Tumbling Down! The Style Council 74
            90 83 3 Who's Holding Donna Now DeBarge 74
            91 100 7 My Toot Toot Rockin' Sidney 73
            *** *** 6 Laura Nick Heyward 73
            *** 72 8 So In Love Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 73
            *** *** 13 Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 70
            92 119 4 Little Things Mean A Lot Dana 69
            *** 94 3 You're Only Human (Second Wind) Billy Joel 69
            *** *** 16 You're My Heart, You're My Soul Modern Talking 69
            *** *** 9 Secret In The Street Nils Lofgren 68
            93 NE 1 Break The Ice Michael Lovesmith 67
            93 NE 1 I Just Wanna Hang Around You George Benson 67
            *** 87 4 Endicott Kid Creole & The Coconuts 66
            *** 78 5 All My Love (Ask Nothing) Spear Of Destiny 64
            *** *** 16 Free Yourself The Untouchables 64
            95 108 37 Cover Me Bruce Springsteen 63
            96 *** 6 Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time's Sake) Freddie Jackson 60
            97 *** 5 Getcha Back The Beach Boys 59
            98 89 2 Stars On Fire John Foxx 59
            99 84 6 Irresistible Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel 59
            *** *** 8 Heaven Bryan Adams 58
            100 90 2 Rollin' Dany / Couldn't Get Ahead The Fall 57
            101 NE 1 It's Over Now Luther Vandross 56
            102 200 25 Atmosphere Russ Abbot 56
            *** *** 10 Get It On The Power Station 54
            *** *** 6 Buttercup Carl Anderson 54
            *** *** 11 The Unforgettable Fire U2 53
            *** *** 7 El Vino Collapso Black Lace 52
            103 137 3 The Three Muskehounds Christopher Laird 50
            104 92 2 Glory Of Love The Armoury Show 50
            *** 101 6 Watching You / Pick Up The Pieces Joanna Gardner 50
            105 NE 1 Shades (Theme From The Crown Paint Television Commercial) The United Kingdom Symphony Orchestra 49
            *** 88 3 London Town '85 / (Somebody) Help Me Out Light Of The World / Beggar & Co 49
            *** *** 6 Where Our Love Begins David Grant 49
            106 116 51 Dancing In The Dark Bruce Springsteen 48
            *** 74 4 Josephine Chris Rea 47
            107 *** 14 One More Night Phil Collins 46
            *** *** 12 Rage To Love Kim Wilde 46
            *** 98 3 Ripe For The Picking LW 5 46
            *** *** 4 Best Part Of The Night Jeff Lorber featuring Gavin Christopher 46
            *** *** 16 Welcome To The Pleasuredome Frankie Goes To Hollywood 46
            108 147 87 Relax Frankie Goes To Hollywood 45
            *** *** 6 You Trip Me Up The Jesus And Mary Chain 45
            *** *** 7 The More They Knock The More I Love You Gloria D. Brown 45
            *** 93 3 Please Don't Break My Heart The Affair featuring Alyson 45
            109 118 4 He's On The Beach Kirsty MacColl 44
            *** 110 10 Romance (Let Your Heart Go) David Cassidy 44
            *** 91 5 Billy King Kurt 44
            110 102 2 Dirty Laundry Don Henley 42
            *** 99 4 Sorry Doesn't Make It Anymore RAH Band 41
            111 NE 1 Lover Undercover Fatback 40
            112 114 13 Lover Come Back To Me Dead Or Alive 38
            *** *** 7 Save Your Love (For #1) Rene And Angela With Kurtis Blow 38
            *** 109 4 One Day Vince Clarke - Paul Quinn 38
            113 104 47 I Just Called To Say I Love You Stevie Wonder 37
            114 158 2 Venus De Milo Explorers 36
            115 123 2 Ironmasters The Men They Couldn't Hang 35
            *** *** 13 Eye To Eye Chaka Khan 35
            *** *** 13 I Was Born To Love You Freddie Mercury 35
            116 NE 1 Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money) Pet Shop Boys 34
            *** *** 12 I Want Your Lovin' (Just A Little Bit) Curtis Hairston 34
            *** *** 6 A Bad Town The Big Sound Authority 34
            117 NE 1 You've Got All Night (To Make Your Mind Up) North West Ten 33
            118 142 117 Blue Monday New Order 33
            119 NE 1 Tarzan Boy Baltimora 32
            120 *** 20 Material Girl Madonna 32
            *** *** 8 Ways To Be Wicked Lone Justice 32
            *** *** 17 Imagination Belouis Some 32
            121 113 2 One To One Third World 32
            122 111 2 Here Is My Number Makin' Time 32
            123 *** 16 Clouds Across The Moon RAH Band 31
            124 136 16 Grimly Fiendish The Damned 31
            125 127 31 I Want To Know What Love Is Foreigner 30
            *** 125 13 Look Mama Howard Jones 30
            126 115 3 Backed Up Against The Wall Will King 30
            *** *** 6 Wild Hearts (...Time) Roy Orbison 30
            *** *** 19 Easy Lover Philip Bailey (Duet With Phil Collins) 29
            *** *** 8 It Ain't Fair Edwin Starr 29
            127 139 18 Black Man Ray China Crisis 28
            *** *** 7 Cccan't You See (Re-Mixxx) Vicious Pink 28
            *** *** 12 Walk Like A Man Divine 28
            *** 121 3 Put Your Right Hand In The Air Put Your Left Hand Down In Your Underwear / Shoo-Be-Do-Wop Redds & The Boys / Rare Essence featuring Little Benny 28
            128 120 5 Is This Love Chris Cameron 28
            *** *** 8 The Live EP (EP) Gary Numan 28
            129 *** 11 Dangerous Pennye Ford 27
            *** *** 13 Would I Lie To You? Eurythmics 27
            *** 132 3 Goodbye, Nothin' To Say The Nolans 27
            130 RE 16 Never Understand The Jesus And Mary Chain 26
            131 174 15 That Was Yesterday (Remix) Foreigner 26
            132 128 7 Nemesis Shriekback 26
            133 105 7 Friends David Essex 26
            *** *** 5 Vanity Kills ABC 26
            *** *** 5 Knocking At Your Back Door / Perfect Strangers Deep Purple 25
            *** *** 9 Sanctified Lady Marvin Gaye 25
            134 RE 17 Some Like It Hot The Power Station 24
            135 RE 30 Last Christmas / Everything She Wants Wham! 24
            *** *** 14 Megarex 1 T.Rex 24
            136 155 13 So Far Away Dire Straits 24
            *** *** 18 Stainsby Girls Chris Rea 24
            *** *** 9 Oh Yeah! Bill Withers 24
            137 103 7 The Lady Don't Mind Talking Heads 24
            138 NE 1 The Goonies 'R' Good Enough Cyndi Lauper 23
            139 RE 22 I Would Die 4 U Prince And The Revolution 23
            140 *** 17 Spend The Night The Cool Notes 23
            *** *** 8 The Perfect Kiss New Order 23
            *** *** 5 Hot For Teacher Van Halen 23
            141 129 19 Eastenders Simon May 23
            142 RE 27 Shout Tears For Fears 22
            143 RE 8 All The Daughters (Of Her Father's House) The Icicle Works 22
            *** *** 17 Could It Be I'm Falling In Love David Grant And Jaki Graham 22
            144 RE 29 Freedom Wham! 21
            145 *** 19 Every Time You Go Away Paul Young 21
            *** *** 36 Solid Ashford & Simpson 21
            146 152 20 Let's Go Crazy / Take Me With U Prince And The Revolution 21
            147 150 33 The Power Of Love Frankie Goes To Hollywood 21
            148 131 3 Village Fire - Five Offerings From James (EP) James 21
            149 130 4 House Of Stone Roaring Boys 21
            150 124 6 Lady Hugh Masekela 21
            151 107 9 Let It Swing Bobbysocks! 21
            *** 106 3 Take It Easy T. C. Curtis 21
            152 RE 19 You're The Inspiration Chicago 20
            153 RE 28 The Wild Boys Duran Duran 20
            154 RE 10 Second Nature Dan Hartman 20
            155 RE 48 Careless Whisper George Michael 20
            *** *** 10 Boogie Oogie Oogie A Taste Of Honey 20
            *** *** 17 Life In A Northern Town Dream Academy 20
            *** *** 12 Don't Fall In Love (I Said) Toyah 20
            156 173 59 Ben Michael Jackson 20
            157 157 29 I Know Him So Well Elaine Paige And Barbara Dickson 20
            *** *** 27 Missing You Diana Ross 20
            158 140 35 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) Dead Or Alive 20
            *** *** 14 We Are The World USA For Africa 20
            159 RE 23 The Riddle Nik Kershaw 19
            160 RE 23 Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four) Eurythmics 19
            161 RE 43 Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr. 19
            162 RE 7 Sweet 2th - Wig Wam Willy Mix - The Teen-Action Mix The Sweet 19
            163 141 2 Too Young To Know Aled Jones 19
            164 138 18 That Ole Devil Called Love Alison Moyet 19
            *** *** 7 Hotel California Eagles 19
            165 126 3 Dance With The Devil Phenomena 19
            166 NE 1 So Tell Me Who's Crazy Stu Leathwood 18
            167 RE 23 Legs ZZ Top 18
            168 176 13 Don't Come Around Here No More Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers 18
            169 164 51 Two Tribes Frankie Goes To Hollywood 18
            *** *** 9 We All Follow Man. United Manchester United Football Team 18
            *** *** 17 Cry Godley & Creme 18
            170 RE 23 Love & Pride King 17
            171 RE 15 Piece Of The Action Meat Loaf 17
            172 195 12 Jail House Rap Fat Boys 17
            *** 143 4 You've Got The Power Win 17
            173 133 2 After All These Years Foster & Allen 17
            *** *** 8 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Special Mix By Paul Hardcastle) Ian Dury & The Blockheads 17
            174 NE 1 5 Minutes Mainframe 16
            174 NE 1 Born In The U.S.A. The Stanley Clarke Band 16
            176 NE 1 Fight LIfe Janet Kay 16
            177 RE 31 When Doves Cry Prince 16
            178 RE 79 White Lines (Don't Don't Do It) Grandmaster & Melle Mel 16
            179 RE 15 Let Her Go Strawberry Switchblade 16
            180 RE 7 Sorry Wrong Number Evelyn Thomas 16
            181 187 13 Seasons In The Sun Terry Jacks 16
            *** *** 10 Over The Sea Jesse Rae 16
            *** *** 20 Kiss Me Stephen 'TinTin' Duffy 16
            *** *** 4 Can't Ignore The Train 10,000 Maniacs 16
            182 117 12 No Rest New Model Army 16
            183 RE 24 Dr. Beat Miami Sound Machine 15
            184 RE 20 Invisible Alison Moyet 15
            185 RE 18 Thieves Like Us New Order 15
            186 RE 25 Why? Bronski Beat 15
            187 NE 1 Heaven Made / Ropes Intrigue 15
            188 RE 39 Tour De France (Remix) Kraftwerk 15
            189 RE 26 Hot Hot Hot (Hotter Mix '84) Arrow 15
            190 RE 3 Happy But Twisted (EP) Doctor And The Medics 15
            191 RE 15 Let's Go Together Change 15
            192 RE 25 Loverboy Billy Ocean 15
            193 196 2 Tightspot Kevin Kitchen 15
            *** 194 19 Now That We've Found Love Third World 15
            194 172 33 Like A Virgin Madonna 15
            195 161 20 Belfast Barnbrack, Vocal: Owen McMahon 15
            196 153 53 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) Phil Collins 15
            *** *** 5 I Want You (All Tonight) Curtis Hairston 15
            *** *** 17 Love Is A Battlefield Pat Benatar 15
            197 NE 1 She's Waiting Eric Clapton 14
            198 RE 17 Love Kills Freddie Mercury 14
            199 RE 17 Louise Human League 14
            200 RE 23 It Ain't Necessarily So Bronski Beat 14

            chart listing courtesy of kobyhadrian


            Gallup listed 'In The Night' by Pet Shop Boys on the chart report (at number 116) instead of 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)'. 'In The Night' is the B side.

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            • New in at #116 is 'In The Night' by Pet Shop Boys. This is the B side to the original release of 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)'. For some reason Gallup listed only 'In The Night' on the chart report.

              https://www.45cat.com/record/r6097

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              • Curious to see 'In The Night' by Pet Shop Boys listed, as I always assumed that was the b-side to the original release of 'Opportunities".

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                • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                  New in at #116 is 'In The Night' by Pet Shop Boys. This is the B side to the original release of 'Opportunities (Let's Make Lots Of Money)'. For some reason Gallup listed only 'In The Night' on the chart report.

                  https://www.45cat.com/record/r6097
                  Cross-post, thanks Robbie.

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                  • Originally posted by Meglos View Post
                    Curious to see 'In The Night' by Pet Shop Boys listed, as I always assumed that was the b-side to the original release of 'Opportunities".
                    It is the B side but for some reason Gallup listed that as the main side (see my post above yours). The labels of the single don't have a clear indication of which is the A or B side other than the smaller catalogue numbers above the production year on the label. Possibly someone at Gallup input the wrong side of the single into the product database.

                    Edit: just seen your second post!

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                    • Pleased to see Cyndi Lauper with 'The Goonies R' Good Enough', which fared much better in the US and Australia.
                      Perhaps the ridiculous title put people off (had the movie been released yet?) and would have done better if it was just called 'Good Enough'.

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                      • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                        It is the B side but for some reason Gallup listed that as the main side (see my post above yours). The labels of the single don't have a clear indication of which is the A or B side other than the smaller catalogue numbers above the production year on the label. Possibly someone at Gallup input the wrong side of the single into the product database.

                        Edit: just seen your second post!
                        On this copy In The Night is clearly labelled "b". By those very same smaller catalogue numbers.
                        Opportunities is the song on the front sleeve.


                        https://www.discogs.com/master/12956...-Lots-Of-Money

                        Sorry, i don't think you should be copying their credits if they're clearly incorrect. Does this mean Opportunities is not ever recorded as a hit the first time round?
                        Last edited by Blondini; Wed September 7, 2022, 12:03.

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                        • Who remembers a comedy drama called Mog?
                          Stu Leathwood song


                          A funk version of Bruce's Born In The USA?

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                          • Originally posted by Meglos View Post
                            Pleased to see Cyndi Lauper with 'The Goonies R' Good Enough', which fared much better in the US and Australia.
                            Perhaps the ridiculous title put people off (had the movie been released yet?) and would have done better if it was just called 'Good Enough'.
                            According to IMDB the film wasn't released in the UK until 29 November.

                            The single would probably have fared better if released later because the film was (unaccountably!) quite successful here...

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                            • 'That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore' might very well be the Smiths' finest moment. It is also their worst choice of single!

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                              • Originally posted by Robbie View Post
                                It is the B side but for some reason Gallup listed that as the main side (see my post above yours). The labels of the single don't have a clear indication of which is the A or B side other than the smaller catalogue numbers above the production year on the label. Possibly someone at Gallup input the wrong side of the single into the product database.

                                Edit: just seen your second post!

                                Pet Shop Boys is a strange sleeve, A side credits showing on the front cover and the B side credits showing on the back cover

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                                • Originally posted by beat47 View Post


                                  Pet Shop Boys is a strange sleeve, A side credits showing on the front cover and the B side credits showing on the back cover
                                  I'm guessing that whoever was responsible for inputting the record details into the Gallup product database (which would have been someone at Gallup, labels had to submit all product to Gallup if they wanted it to be entered onto the product database) must have somehow got confused and entered the details of what is the B side as the title of the record. I doubt it happened frequently but in this case it's more noticeable as it's by an act who went on to be successful.

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                                  • Originally posted by Blondini View Post

                                    On this copy In The Night is clearly labelled "b". By those very same smaller catalogue numbers.
                                    Opportunities is the song on the front sleeve.


                                    https://www.discogs.com/master/12956...-Lots-Of-Money

                                    Sorry, i don't think you should be copying their credits if they're clearly incorrect. Does this mean Opportunities is not ever recorded as a hit the first time round?
                                    It's more a case of I forgot this particular chart is when the record entered the charts. I noticed it from the start when I was sent the 1985 charts a few months back simply because it's an error that relates to a high profile act.

                                    As for whether it means Opportunities is not recorded as a hit the first time around, I suppose not, if the Gallup chart print out is taken as the gospel truth. 99.9% of the time Gallup have got the title correct. In this case - possibly the most notable so far? - they made a mistake. What would British Hit Singles have done in this instance had the record actually beeen a top 75 entry? Amend the actual title credit? Or include a footnote? I meant to do the latter (but as I posted, I actually forgot though I had made a note a couple of months back to include a footnote). I can easily amend the title but it then doesn't reflect what was on the Gallup chart print out at the time.

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                                    • Also, in the 1950's (as can be seen from the RM Extended thread) sometimes dealers themselves got the title wrong, or the charts swapped titles week by week. I suspect that this would have been corrected had it reached the Top 75 - certainly by the time it got to the Top 40 as that side would have been the logged one and so the one Radio 1 would have played - but it would not have got that far as it would have been changed.
                                      http://thechartbook.co.uk - for the latest are best chart book - By Decade!
                                      Now including NME, Record Mirror and Melody Maker from the UK and some Billboard charts

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                                      • Originally posted by beat47 View Post


                                        Pet Shop Boys is a strange sleeve, A side credits showing on the front cover and the B side credits showing on the back cover
                                        It's Mark Farrow - he frequently did slightly unorthodox things for Pet Shop Boys and other artists, perhaps most notably the "Very" album in 1993. I'm more surprised by the mistake in this instance than the sleeve itself, but it's clear what happened.

                                        More notable for me with this release was the publicity material that was pumped into it, only for it to (spoiler alert) fail at number 116:
                                        [Promotional Items: Opportunities (1st version)] Notepad; ~100 fake oversize "banknotes" with Neil & Chris' pictures (UK)
                                        Sweatshirt; grey, hooded, embroidered, front: white "PET SHOP BOYS" (UK)
                                        /black "OPPORTUNITIES [LET'S MAKE LOTS OF MONEY]", back: b&w caricature of Chris in BOY cap+shades
                                        (https://www.psb-catalogue.com/opp85pic.php)

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                                        • Originally posted by kingofskiffle View Post

                                          Yes - the Sep 84 entry is on BR 8 and the 15 Jun 85 entry is on BR 15. Apparently (45cat) BR 15 was issued in June 85.
                                          The week of 3rd June to be precise, according to MW issue of the 1st.

                                          I do recall 'Mog' Blondini but don't think either I or the parents watched it. According to IMDB it ran for two whole series, starred the then-somewhat-ubiquitous and unusually-named Enn Reitel and its plot is described in a nutshell as "Mog, a petty thief on the run from the police, takes refuge in a mental hospital". Yes, in case you're in doubt, it was billed as a 'comedy drama', although one imagines that by today's standards, especially with a renewed emphasis on taking any mental health condition seriously and not as a subject of mirth, it may well have dated poorly! As for the feem toon, it's pretty naff and very much a second rate take on Joe Fagin's for 'Auf Wieder'sehen' if you ask me. Very '70s yet this was the mid-'80s.

                                          Really liked 'In The Night' and I remember wishing it'd been issued as a single proper rather than a B-side. Once it'd been used for 'The Clothes Show' I assumed they might issue it as an A-side but sadly never did as far as I know (although it appears Gallup have done their best to give it such prominence, albeit by accident rather than design!).

                                          Low initial entry at 119 for 'Tarzan Boy', which would of course rise to become one of that summer's defining holidaymaker hits. Let's face it folks; it's still pretty darn catchy!
                                          Last edited by Gambo; Wed September 7, 2022, 17:02.

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                                          • https://www.45cat.com/artist/baltimora/uk

                                            Tarzan Boy (Summer Version) was released in August!

                                            Originally posted by Gambo View Post

                                            Low initial entry at 119 for 'Tarzan Boy', which would of course rise to become one of that summer's defining holidaymaker hits. Let's face it folks; it's still pretty darn catchy!

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                                            • The version of 'Tarzan Boy' that is charting is the original version that had been released in May 1985. It's the version that I heard every night while on holiday in Spain, which just happened to be at this exact moment in time (13 July 1985).

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                                              • Originally posted by kingofskiffle View Post
                                                Also, in the 1950's (as can be seen from the RM Extended thread) sometimes dealers themselves got the title wrong, or the charts swapped titles week by week. I suspect that this would have been corrected had it reached the Top 75 - certainly by the time it got to the Top 40 as that side would have been the logged one and so the one Radio 1 would have played - but it would not have got that far as it would have been changed.
                                                this. As we're dealing with chart positions not seen by the public i think it's safe to change the credit to the correct title. It's not "changing history", as the compiler got it wrong and felt no need to change it because the public never saw it.

                                                It seems bizarre that such a well known song can be wiped from the record the first time just because of an error. And the future theme from The Clothes Show is a "hit" instead!
                                                Where did the original recorded position for the single - posted here a few years ago - come from if it was In The Night that was registered as the chart entry?

                                                The 50s dealers charts are a whole other topic.
                                                Last edited by Blondini; Wed September 7, 2022, 18:05.

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                                                • Originally posted by Gambo View Post

                                                  I do recall 'Mog' Blondini but don't think either I or the parents watched it. According to IMDB it ran for two whole series, starred the then-somewhat-ubiquitous and unusually-named Enn Reitel and its plot is described in a nutshell as "Mog, a petty thief on the run from the police, takes refuge in a mental hospital". Yes, in case you're in doubt, it was billed as a 'comedy drama', although one imagines that by today's standards, especially with a renewed emphasis on taking any mental health condition seriously and not as a subject of mirth, it may well have dated poorly! As for the feem toon, it's pretty naff and very much a second rate take on Joe Fagin's for 'Auf Wieder'sehen' if you ask me. Very '70s yet this was the mid-'80s.
                                                  Enn Reitel was originally considered for the role of Del Boy in Only Fools and Horses before David Jason was cast.

                                                  Stuart Leathwood wrote / co-wrote 3 singles for Shakin' Stevens. The biggest of these was A Love Worth Waiting For the previous year. He was also credited on 2 later minor hits - I Might and it's follow-up Yes I Do in 1990, the sleeves of which both featured art by the guys from Viz Comic where Shaky featured in the Billy The Fish cartoon at the time.

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