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    • The first of two tonight:

      16/03/89 (Presented by Simon Mayo, Sybil Ruscoe and Rod McKenzie)
      (22) New Order – “Round and Round”
      (07) Gloria Estefan – “Can’t Stay Away From You”
      ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Mayo)
      (25) Chanelle – “One Man”

      Breakers:
      - (28) Alyson Williams - "Sleep Talk"
      - (31) Elvis Costello - "Veronica"
      - (36) Kim Wilde - "Love In The Natural Way"
      - (37) New Model Army - "Vagabonds"
      (23) Fuzzbox – “International Rescue”
      (02) Madonna – “Like A Prayer” (video)
      ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Mayo )
      (15) Soul II Soul featuring Caron Wheeler – “Keep On Movin’”
      ( Charts 10 - 01 - Simon Mayo )
      (01) Jason Donovan – “Too Many Broken Hearts” (video)
      (21) Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City” (video/credits)


      The breakers weren't listed by Popscene for this week - I have added them in above.

      Nothing of any great interest to me in this one - I bought Madonna's new entry at number two (the second in
      the space of not many weeks) and the Fuzzbox single, but only when the price came down.

      I didn't have the slightest recollection of the number 25 - either the title or the artist, who apparently "used to
      sing in the shower", according to Sybil Ruscoe. I thought it must have come and gone from the top forty
      pretty quickly - but no, this was the second of six weeks there, and it was about to climb again to a peak of
      number sixteen. I had the vague recollection that, many years later, Big Brother housemate Chanelle also
      had a minor hit, giving the Official Charts Company scope for mis-combining them - but checking reveals
      that hers, "I Want It", included her then surname, Hayes (that of her adoptive parents). A few minutes on
      the internet reveals that the 1989 Chanelle's surname is Munford, and she released other singles - but this
      was the only hit for her in the UK.

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      • And the second one this week:

        23/03/89 (Presented by Andy Crane and Mark Goodier)
        (10) The Reynolds Girls – “I’d Rather Jack”
        (18) Alyson Williams – “Sleep Talk”
        ( Charts 40 - 31 - Mark Goodier / Andy Crane )
        (03) Donna Summer – “This Time I Know It’s For Real” (video)
        (24) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield – “People Hold On”
        Breakers:
        - (34) Pat & Mick – “I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet” (video clip)
        - (29) Roachford – “Family Man” (video clip)
        - (33) Bangles – “Eternal Flame” (video clip)
        - (35) Kym Mazelle – “Got To Get You Back” (video clip)
        (32) Kim Wilde – “Love In The Natural Way”
        ( Charts 30 - 11 - Mark Goodier / Andy Crane )
        (04) Paula Abdul – “Straight Up”
        ( Charts 10 - 02 - Mark Goodier / Andy Crane )
        (01) Madonna – “Like A Prayer” (video)
        (27) Bobby Brown – “Don’t Be Cruel” (video/credits)


        The Reynolds Girls opened the show, just as they did a fortnight earlier - but there was a bit more this time of
        the bigger Donna Summer hit on video, by far the best Stock/Aitken/Waterman production in this week's chart.

        The Pat and Mick hit was their second - and not their last - cover of a song that originally charted about ten
        years previously. This one would peak six places higher than the version by Gonzalez, which had reached
        number fifteen in 1979.

        Meanwhile, there was a future number one elsewhere in the breakers.....

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        • Coldcut and Lisa Stansfield the highlight of this weekend's episode for me, what a classic dance track.

          Oh wow, I'd never heard that Alyson Williams song before but I know the opening refrain really well from Hyperlogic's Only You which sampled it in 1995! Although all the versions on Spotify start in a different way.

          Horrible edit of Like A Prayer in the first episode, I know it's a long song but it was a jarring place to start the track.

          I'd never heard the Chanelle track either.

          Reynolds Girls' dance routine must be one of the most annoying ever.

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          • The first of two tonight:

            30/03/89 (Presented by Bruno Brookes and Gary Davies)
            (16) Pat and Mick – “I Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet”
            (13) Bangles – “Eternal Flame” (video)
            ( Charts 40 - 31 - Gary Davies / Bruno Brookes )
            (25) Roachford – “Family Man”
            Breakers:
            - (34) Brother Beyond – “Can You Keep A Secret?” (video clip)
            - (30) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva – “Musical Freedom (Moving On Up)” (video clip)
            - (33) Transvision Vamp – “Baby I Don’t Care” (video clip)
            (26) The The – “The Beat(en) Generation”
            (06) Guns N’ Roses – “Paradise City” (video)
            ( Charts 30 - 11 - Gary Davies / Bruno Brookes )
            (11) Fuzzbox – “International Rescue”
            (22) The Cult – “Fire Woman”
            ( Charts 10 - 01 - Gary Davies / Bruno Brookes )
            (01) Madonna – “Like A Prayer” (video)
            (10) Kon Kan – “I Beg Your Pardon” (video/credits)


            The play-out track was one of my favourites of a generally rather uninspiring selection of hits this week - I
            recognised the sample of Lynn Anderson's "Rose Garden", but apparently there were several more samples
            from other records in there too! The Canadian synthpop project were on their way to a peak of number five
            in the UK with this one - but only one further release made very little impact here, reaching only number 88.

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            • And the second one tonight:

              06/04/89 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Anthea Turner)
              (22) Brother Beyond – “Can You Keep A Secret?”
              (08) Kon Kan – “I Beg Your Pardon”
              ( Charts 40 - 31 - Anthea Turner / Simon Mayo )
              (14) Holly Johnson – “Americanos”
              (03) Paula Abdul – “Straight Up” (video)
              Breakers:
              - (37) Cookie Crew – "Got To Keep On" (video clip)
              - (32) Yello – "Of Course I'm Lying" (video clip)
              - (27) Roy Orbison – "She's A Mystery To Me" (video clip)
              - (34) T'Pau – "Only The Lonely" (video clip)
              (12) Coldcut featuring Lisa Stansfield – “People Hold On”
              (19) Simply Red – “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”
              ( Charts 30 - 11 - Anthea Turner / Simon Mayo )
              (16) Transvision Vamp – “Baby I Don’t Care”
              ( Charts 10 - 01 - Anthea Turner / Simon Mayo )
              (01) Madonna – “Like A Prayer” (video)
              (21) INXS – “Mystify” (video/credits)


              This was another week for which I had to add in the breakers, as they weren't listed on the Popscene website.

              The second single from Holly Johnson's first solo album was going to exactly match the number four peak of the
              previous one, "Love Train" in the UK - but it improved quite a lot on the first single's success in other parts of
              Europe. It was a Europarade number one, topping the charts in Austria and reaching number two in France,
              Germany and Denmark.
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              • Just one episode tonight:

                13/04/89 (Presented by Mark Goodier)
                (21) Cookie Crew (with Edwin Starr) – “Got To Keep On”
                (29) Ten City – “Devotion”
                ( Charts 40 - 31 )
                (28) T’Pau – “Only The Lonely”
                (16) INXS – “Mystify” (video)
                (19) Fine Young Cannibals – “Good Thing”
                ( Charts 30 - 11 )
                (12) U2 and BB King – “When Love Comes To Town” (video)
                (22) Paul Simpson featuring Adeva – “Musical Freedom (Moving On Up)”
                ( Charts 10 - 02 )
                (01) Bangles – “Eternal Flame” (video)
                (22) Yello – “Of Course I’m Lying” (video/credits)


                No breakers, no second presenter this week - and nothing very interesting to note! It seems that the
                Bangles weren't able to (or chose not to) perform "Eternal Flame" in the studio - this is the first of four
                weeks that it spent at number one, and it's the video every time.

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                • The first of tonight's two episodes:

                  20/04/89 (Presented by Nicky Campbell and Sybil Ruscoe)
                  (03) Transvision Vamp – “Baby I Don’t Care”
                  (13) Simple Minds – “This Is Your Land” (video)
                  ( Charts 40 - 31 - Sybil Ruscoe / Nicky Campbell )
                  (20) Inner City – “Ain’t Nobody Better”
                  Breakers:
                  - (26) De La Soul - Me, Myself and I"
                  - (24) London Boys - "Requiem"
                  (04) Holly Johnson – “Americanos”
                  (18) Metallica – “One” (video)
                  ( Charts 30 - 11 - Sybil Ruscoe / Nicky Campbell )
                  (21) Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning” (video)
                  (12) The Cure – “Lullaby”
                  ( Charts 10 - 01 - Sybil Ruscoe / Nicky Campbell )
                  (01) Bangles – “Eternal Flame” (video)
                  (23) The Beatmasters with Merlin – “Who’s In The House?” (video/credits)


                  Popscene's web page didn't include the breakers for this week, nor were all of the other items in quite the right order - the above is amended accordingly.

                  The hits are still being cut short, irritatingly in some cases - and maybe never more so than the Metallica single this week. That ran to seven minutes and twenty-four seconds, even on the seven-inch single - here, there was less than two minutes of it.

                  Although Sybil Ruscoe said that Transvision Vamp were challenging for number one next week, they weren't going to make it - "Baby I Don't Care" would remain at its number three peak for another week, then the only way was downwards.


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                  • And tonight's second one.....

                    27/04/89 (Presented by Gary Davies)
                    (11) London Boys – “Requiem”
                    (24) Natalie Cole – “Miss You Like Crazy" (video)
                    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
                    (23) De La Soul – “Me, Myself And I”
                    (07) Fine Young Cannibals – “Good Thing”
                    (09) Morrissey – “Interesting Drug” (video)
                    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
                    (08) The Beatmasters with Merlin – “Who’s In The House?”
                    (27) Yazz – “Where Has All The Love Gone?”
                    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
                    (01) Bangles – “Eternal Flame” (video)
                    (26) Poison - “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (video/credits)



                    The highlight of this one - the opening number. Originally spending nine weeks in the top 100 without going higher than number 59 when first released at the end of 1988, "Requiem" was now on its way to a much-improved number four chart peak. It was the first of three top forty hits for the duo - Edem Ephraim and Dennis Fuller - but, as summarised on Wikipedia, tragedy struck for them and their families less than seven years later, when both singers were just thirty-six years old:

                    Ephraim and Fuller and Ephraim's wife all died in a car accident on 21 January 1996. They were travelling in the Austrian Alps on a mountain road on their way to a skiing holiday and along the route, met a car driven by an inebriated driver who was trying to pass on the opposite side of the road. The Swiss driver had reportedly been overtaking other cars in dangerous places along the road for a couple of miles beforehand, in bad weather conditions, and he hit their car head on. Fuller, Ephraim, Ephraim's German wife Bettina, a Hamburg DJ (who was their mutual friend) and the Swiss driver all died in the accident. Ephraim and his wife left behind their son, Stevie, who was 3 years old at the time. Fuller had a daughter, Laura, who was 10.

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                    • I hadn’t realised Baby I Don’t Care peaked so high, it would’ve made a great #1, as much as I love Eternal Flame (but prefer Atomic Kitten’s version).

                      I remember reading about London Boys’ fate a few years ago, very sad. They had some good stuff on that album.

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                      • Tonight's first.....


                        04/05/89 (Presented by Andy Crane and Jenny Powell)
                        (28) Edelweiss – “Bring Me Edelweiss”
                        (09) Midnight Oil – “Beds Are Burning” (video)
                        ( Charts 40 - 31 - Jenny Powell / Andy Crane )
                        (21) Debbie Gibson – “Electric Youth”
                        (18) Bon Jovi – “I’ll Be There For You” (video)
                        ( Charts 30 - 11 - Jenny Powell / Andy Crane )
                        (26) Roxette – “The Look”
                        (02) Kylie Minogue – “Hand On Your Heart”
                        (16) Poison - “Your Mama Don’t Dance” (video)
                        (00) Live Report – “Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?”
                        ( Charts 10 - 01 - Jenny Powell / Andy Crane )
                        (01) Bangles – “Eternal Flame” (video)
                        (23) Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman” (remix) (video/credits)



                        This was the first time that Jenny Powell presented "Top Of The Pops" - but three years earlier she had been one of the presenters of Jonathan King's series "No Limits". The other female presenter, Lisa Maxwell, also went on to a long career in other television productions - but what about its male presenters, Jeremy Legg and Tony Baker? Well, let's just say.....there isn't a Wikipedia page for either of them.

                        I knew of "Bring Me Edelweiss" long before it charted in the UK, from its massive success in other European countries - here, it was on the way to a peak of number five, one place higher than the Abba song it mainly sampled, "S.O.S." !

                        Back in the days when the UK often did quite well in the Eurovision Song Contest, our 1989 entry gave us one of our many second-place results, losing to Yugoslavia's "Rock Me". But the record-buying public seemed to have as little enthusiasm for "Why Do I Always Get It Wrong?" as I did - this dreadful dirge peaked only at number 73 in the UK, and didn't chart anywhere else at all. Ironically, Andy Crane got the title wrong when introducing it!

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                        • And the second one tonight:

                          11/05/89 (Presented by Bruno Brookes)
                          (28) Swing Out Sister – “You On My Mind”
                          (08) Chaka Khan – “I’m Every Woman (remix)" (video)
                          ( Charts 40 - 31 )
                          (16) Yazz – “Where Has All The Love Gone?”
                          (03) Queen – “I Want It All” (video)
                          (29) Hue & Cry – “Violently”
                          ( Charts 30 - 11 )
                          (05) Natalie Cole – “Miss You Like Crazy” (video)
                          (21) Stevie Nicks – “Rooms On Fire”
                          (04) London Boys – “Requiem”
                          ( Charts 10 - 02 )
                          (01) Kylie Minogue – “Hand On Your Heart” (video)
                          (22) Stefan Dennis – “Don’t It Make You Feel Good” (video/credits)

                          No breakers in this episode, or the previous one - although a lot of the performances, and especially the videos, seemed shortened.

                          Entering the chart at number three, the Queen single was only going to move downwards - although this would become commonplace some years later, it was quite unusual back then.

                          The Chaka Khan remix was also at its chart peak - which was three places higher than the original version of the song had managed to reach a decade earlier.

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                          • What the hell was that Edelweiss song?! One of the most bizarre songs of the 80s surely

                            I had no idea I'm Every Woman had a late 80s remix... and a crap one at that.

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                            • Kylie’s performance was cute, lots of cheesy choreo

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                              • Have they just started including song titles in the rundowns? Never noticed before. It was a shock NOT seeing them when these repeats first started as i forgot they didn't used to include them.

                                Also don't know why BBC 4 decided to move the stupid 9pm slot to 8 for this week only to move it back to 9 next week. There are too many other programmes that clash with the 9pm one, they should never have done that. Either put them together or go back to a Thursday edition.

                                Stefan Dennis' song is a Hi NRG classic that is better than Male Stripper, You Spin Me Round and You Think You're A Man. It's only because it's him that it gets ridiculed.
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                                • Tonight's first.....


                                  18/05/89 (Presented by Mark Goodier and Anthea Turner)
                                  (28) Shakin’ Stevens – “Love Attack”
                                  (20) Bobby Brown – “Every Little Step” (video)

                                  ( Charts 40 - 31 - Anthea Turner / Mark Goodier )
                                  (10) Roxette – “The Look”

                                  Breakers:
                                  - (34) Alyson Williams featuring Nikki-D - "My Love Is So Raw"
                                  - (31) Sam Brown - "Can I Get A Witness"
                                  - (32) Diana Ross - "Workin' Overtime"
                                  (22) Paul McCartney – “My Brave Face” (video)
                                  (26) Neneh Cherry – “Manchild”
                                  ( Charts 30 - 11 - Anthea Turner / Mark Goodier )
                                  (17) Stefan Dennis – “Don’t It Make You Feel Good” (video)
                                  (25) Deacon Blue – “Fergus Sings The Blues”
                                  ( Charts 10 - 02 - Anthea Turner / Mark Goodier )
                                  (01) Various Artists – “Ferry Cross The Mersey” (video)
                                  (23) Cappella – “Helyom Halib” (video/credits)


                                  The new number one was the only one I bought from this bunch - a charity collective involving rather fewer acts than usual. The sleeve and label indicates that it was only The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman.

                                  I can't see how to get to the total of thirty-one hits to date for Shakin' Stevens stated by Mark Goodier in the opening link. Including his duet with Bonnie Tyler, "A Rockin' Good Way" and two singles that had peaked below the top forty ("How Many Tears Can Your Hide", number 47 in 1988 and "Jezebel", number 58 earlier in 1989) that would still only be thirty. Eight more would follow, but three of those would also fall short of the top forty. So this would seem to be the twenty-eighth of thirty-three top forty hits.

                                  Once again, Popscene had not listed the breakers - which I have added in above.

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                                  • Originally posted by Blondini View Post
                                    Have they just started including song titles in the rundowns? Never noticed before. It was a shock NOT seeing them when these repeats first started as i forgot they didn't used to include them.
                                    Only since the beginning of 1989, when this latest opening sequence came in and all the on-screen graphics changed. I think it may have originally happened also in the very earliest years of the show - but certainly not since this repeat run began. Oh.....except maybe in that awful period when they briefly superimposed the rundowns over performances or videos?


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                                    • It's straight on to the second one tonight, instead of having to wait another hour for it to start.....


                                      25/05/89 (Presented by Simon Mayo)
                                      (05) Edelweiss – “Bring Me Edelweiss”
                                      (26) Tone Loc – “Funky Cold Medina” (video)
                                      ( Charts 40 - 31 )
                                      (21) Sam Brown – “Can I Get A Witness?” (video)
                                      (31) Robert Palmer – “Change His Ways”
                                      ( brief appearance by Jason Donovan )
                                      (13) Lynne Hamilton – “On The Inside”
                                      ( Charts 30 - 11 )
                                      (12) Cappella – “Helyom Halib” (video)
                                      (19) Donna Summer – “I Don’t Wanna Get Hurt”
                                      ( Charts 10 - 01 )
                                      (01) Various – “Ferry Cross The Mersey” (video)
                                      (27) WASP – “The Real Me” (video/credits)


                                      For the second time in the space of a month, one of the biggest ever UK hits by an Austrian group began the show - but they were destined to be one-hit-wonders here. Not elsewhere, though - among other singles that followed was this one, "Starship Edelweiss", which topped my own monthly chart.....



                                      .....as did the song featured this week by Lynne Hamilton, several months before it was released as a single in the UK! I was unusually early with this one because I managed to find it on a compilation LP of Australian television themes - and that was the "real" version as heard at the end of most episodes of "Prisoner: Cell Block H" (In the earliest years of that series, it generally alternated with an instrumental version) rather than the longer and much slower version on the single. In Australia, the single had been released ten years earlier, not long after the show began airing there - and it reached number four in the Australian charts, and number five in New Zealand. In the UK, it would improve on both of those by peaking at number three - and it also reached number eleven in Ireland..

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                                      • That Palmer yodelling thing is awful - much prefer Edelweiss.
                                        Don't bother updating your signature if it's a link. It takes you to completely random pages!!!!

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                                        • Shakin’ Stevens looked even more out of place in 1989 than Cliff. He even managed to have another top 20 hit in 1990!

                                          I enjoyed the mid-90s remixes of these current Bobby Brown hits (which came in the wake of TCPTG) more than the originals. They remind me of the “In The Mix...” dance compilations that were momentarily popular.

                                          Diana Ross doing her best Janet Jackson tribute was so misguided, she should’ve adopted the Chicago house sound at this time as that could’ve really worked for her.

                                          Can’t believe anybody thought Stefan Dennis was popstar material doesn’t help that the song is utterly dreadful.

                                          Shame Kylie only managed a week at #1 due to Hillsborough. It would’ve been more fitting for them to re-record You’ll Never Walk Alone, but that had been #1 four years earlier.

                                          I never realised Cappella had a chart presence before their most-known early 90s stuff! Obviously they jumped on the success of 2 Unlimited and tried to replicate their line up.

                                          Edelweiss not quite as bad on second listen, I probably would’ve loved it had I been ten in 1989. Agree that Robert Palmer song is the absolute pits.

                                          Was that Reg from The Bill in the Sam Brown video? shame she was never able to sustain a longer career, her voice was great. Similar trajectory to Tina Arena I guess.

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                                          • Tonight's first episode:

                                            01/06/89 (Presented by Gary Davies and Anthea Turner)
                                            (19) Sinitta – “Right Back Where We Started From”
                                            (02) Natalie Cole – “Miss You Like Crazy” (video)
                                            ( Charts 40 - 31 - Gary Davies / Anthea Turner )
                                            (10) Madonna – “Express Yourself” (video)
                                            (20) Double Trouble & Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin’”
                                            (23) WASP – “The Real Me” (video)
                                            ( Charts 30 - 11 - Gary Davies / Anthea Turner )
                                            (05) Neneh Cherry – “Manchild”
                                            (22) Cyndi Lauper – “I Drove All Night” (video)
                                            (24) Fuzzbox – “Pink Sunshine”
                                            ( Charts 10 - 01 - Gary Davies / Anthea Turner )
                                            (01) Various – “Ferry Cross The Mersey” (video)
                                            (14) Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (video/credits)


                                            I didn't really think the opening single from Sinitta was one of her best - but it was on its way to a peak of number four, four places higher than the previous hit version of the song by Maxine Nightingale in 1975.

                                            Meanwhile, Cyndi Lauper was going to peak at number seven with her latest song - a position exactly matched by the late Roy Orbison's three years later! Obviously, he had actually recorded it first.....

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                                            • And the second one tonight:

                                              08/06/89 (Presented by Nicky Campbell)
                                              (25) Transvision Vamp – “The Only One”
                                              (02) Cliff Richard – “The Best Of Me” (video)
                                              ( Charts 40 - 31 )
                                              (08) Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (video)
                                              (23) The Beautiful South – “Song For Whoever”
                                              Breakers:
                                              - (36) Vixen - "Love Made Me"
                                              - (38) Donna Allen - "Joy And Pain"
                                              - (37) New Model Army - "Green And Grey"
                                              (26) Paula Abdul – “Forever Your Girl” (video)
                                              (19) D Mob featuring LRS – “It Is Time To Get Funky”
                                              ( Charts 30 - 11 )
                                              (12) Soul II Soul – “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” (video)
                                              ( Charts 10 - 02 )
                                              (01) Jason Donovan – “Sealed With A Kiss”
                                              (33) Bananarama – “Cruel Summer ‘89” (video/credits)

                                              The opener seemed like a very quick follow-up to the recent big hit for Transvision Vamp - and this one was going to disappear quite quickly, only spending four weeks in the top forty and peaking at number 15.

                                              I recalled that "The Best Of Me" was either Cliff Richard's 100th single or his 100th hit - according to Nicky Campbell, it was the latter. I'm sure that the record company had high hopes of celebrating this landmark with another number one.....but they hadn't taken account of the major popularity of "Neighbours", and especially a couple of its younger stars! I'm almost sure that this was the first time since I had begun following the charts more than a decade earlier that there were new entries at number one and number two - but, for both, the only way was then downwards. Elsewhere in this week's line-up, my favourite of the week was also on its way to a number two peak, for The Beautiful South.

                                              Yet another week in which Popscene didn't list the breakers, and I had to add them in above!

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                                              • Tonight's first:


                                                15/06/89 (Presented by Mark Goodier and Simon Parkin)
                                                (17) Fuzzbox – “Pink Sunshine”
                                                (28) REM – “Orange Crush”
                                                ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Parkin / Mark Goodier )
                                                (22) Donna Allen – “Joy And Pain”
                                                Breakers:
                                                - (31) Bangles – “Be With You” (video clip)
                                                - (30) Clannad & Bono – “In A Lifetime” (video clip)
                                                - (33) Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush – “Till I Loved You” (video clip)
                                                (16) Double Trouble & Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin’”
                                                ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Parkin / Mark Goodier )
                                                (08) Cyndi Lauper – “I Drove All Night” (video)
                                                (04) Sinitta – “Right Back Where We Started From”
                                                ( Charts 10 - 01 - Simon Parkin / Mark Goodier )
                                                (01) Jason Donovan – “Sealed With A Kiss”
                                                (29) Tom Petty – “I Won’t Back Down” (video/credits)


                                                I must admit that the sum total of my knowledge and/or recollection of Simon Parkin is that he was name-checked in the Tribe Of Toffs' hit "John Kettley Is A Weatherman". Googling, however, led me not to any relevant Wikipedia page, but to his own website - which sets out this brief career history:

                                                Simon Parkin is an award winning TV & Radio presenter. A professional broadcaster for over thirty years, he became a well-known personality through his work with the BBC on Children's BBC, But First This, Top of the Pops and The O Zone and at ITV on GMTV, Granada, HTV West, Westcountry and Meridian. He now presents Simon Parkin In The Morning on BBC Somerset.

                                                Seeing him on-screen now, I think I do vaguely recognise his face, but maybe associated it with some other name I can't now recall! It would seem that he was just 22 years old at the time of this debut on "Top Of The Pops" - which might make him one of its youngest ever presenters.

                                                This was the second time around for the Clannad/Bono collaboration - it had peaked at number 20 in 1986, but would go three places higher in 1989. That would make it more successful than the other two breakers this week - Placido Domingo (recently reported as "fine" after contracting coronavirus at age 79) and Jennifer Rush would climb nine places to a number 24 peak, while the Bangles would only reach number 23, even though they were following up a very recent number one.

                                                Decades later, I'm not sure that the most correct way of pronouncing Cyndi Lauper is any clearer than it was then.....

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                                                • Those three breakers are all back again more fully in the next episode.....


                                                  22/06/89 (Presented by Gary Davies and Simon Mayo)
                                                  (37) Living In A Box – “Gatecrashing”
                                                  (20) Gladys Knight – “Licence To Kill”
                                                  ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Mayo / Gary Davies )
                                                  (05) U2 – “All I Want Is You” (video)
                                                  (26) Bangles – “Be With You”
                                                  (21) Clannad and Bono – “In A Lifetime” (studio/video)
                                                  ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Mayo / Gary Davies )
                                                  (03) Prince – “Batdance” (video)
                                                  (11) D Mob featuring LRS – “It Is Time To Get Funky”
                                                  (08) The Beautiful South – “Song For Whoever”
                                                  ( Charts 10 - 02 - Simon Mayo / Gary Davies )
                                                  (01) Soul II Soul – “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” (video)
                                                  (24) Placido Domingo and Jennifer Rush – “Till I Loved You” (video/credits)



                                                  I was intrigued by the Popscene annotation for "In A Lifetime" this week - it turned out to mean that Clannad were in the studio but Bono wasn't, and his contributions to the song were only seen its video (or, according to Gary Davies, he was hiding in the double-bass!).

                                                  I didn't really have any recollection of the opening number - perhaps because it only climbed one place to a number 36 peak following this performance, then plummeted down the chart at remarkable speed, leaving the top 100 after only two more weeks there.

                                                  Two new entries inside the top five this week - high debuts were now already starting to become more common than they had been at the beginning of the decade - but neither would go on to reach number one. Both Prince and U2 peak in their second week, climbing one place each to two and four respectively.

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                                                  • Two episodes back-to-back tonight. The first.....


                                                    29/06/89 (Presented by Anthea Turner and Tim Smith)
                                                    (18) Holly Johnson – “Atomic City”
                                                    (13) Queen – “Breakthru’” (video)
                                                    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Anthea Turner )
                                                    (11) Double Trouble and Rebel MC – “Just Keep Rockin’”
                                                    (10) Donna Allen – “Joy And Pain”
                                                    Breakers:
                                                    - (37) Monie Love - "Grandpa's Party (video clip)
                                                    - (33) Waterfront - "Cry" (video clip)
                                                    - (38) Sonia - "You'll Never Stop Me Loving You" (video clip)
                                                    (20) M – “Pop Muzik ‘89”
                                                    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Anthea Turner )
                                                    (22) Guns N’ Roses – “Patience” (video)
                                                    (19) London Boys – “London Nights”
                                                    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Anthea Turner )
                                                    (01) Soul II Soul – “Back To Life (However Do You Want Me)” (video)
                                                    (30) Public Enemy – “Fight The Power” (video/credits)


                                                    Originally a number two hit ten years earlier, M's "Pop Muzik" never struck me as a song in need of a remix - but this one was going to peak at number fifteen. One of the three breakers this week, however, was going to rise all the way to number one - while the other two, I didn't have the slightest recollection of!

                                                    The second London Boys hit, another very good effort, was going even higher than the first - it was on its way to a peak of number two. On the seven-inch single, the B-side was called "London Days" - which actually turned out to be an instrumental version of "London Nights".

                                                    Following in the "not getting the song title quite right" tradition of many other presenters, Anthea Turner announced the number eleven hit as “Just Keep On Rockin’” (and the last of the chart countdowns, slightly contrarily, as "1 to 10"!).

                                                    Tim Smith made about as few contributions to the presentation of this episode as Rod McKenzie did whenever he appeared! His name, which didn't even appear in the closing credits, wasn't one that I felt I recognised - and he only has a brief Wikipedia page. But it outlines a respectably long and successful radio career - one element of which, highlighted below, I was especially interested to discover for the first time:

                                                    Tim Smith (born 16 February 1961 in Swindon) is an English broadcaster and radio personality in the UK. It is stated that he started out on university radio whilst studying in York at St. John's College (College of Ripon and York St John). In 1984 he worked for several stations including BBC Radio York and BBC Radio Shropshire.

                                                    In April 1989, after a short stint with BBC WM, Tim went on to present the weekend early show from 5 to 7 am on BBC Radio 1, where he remained until March 1990, when he was succeeded by Gary King. He occasionally filled in on the weekday early show during 1991. He also presented the 29 June 1989 episode of Top of the Pops alongside Anthea Turner.

                                                    From then on, he went on to present the weekday afternoon show on BBC GLR, The GLR Picture Show & also presented a phone in pop quiz on the old BBC Radio 5, entitled Popcall, which he did for three years. He also presented the UK Top 20 Chart Show on the BBC World Service for nearly 14 years from October 1989.

                                                    In the mid 1990s, Tim presented programmes for Magic 105.4 and the breakfast show on London's Jazz FM. He joined BBC Radio 2 in 1999 as a co-presenter on Steve Wright in the Afternoon. He has presented his own show on BBC Radio Oxford on Saturday mornings for the last six years.

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