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  • CZB
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    And the second one tonight was the 1,400th episode.....


    06-12-90 (Presented by Mark Goodier)

    (25) TWENTY 4 SEVEN feat. CAPTAIN HOLLYWOOD – Are You Dreaming?
    (09) MADONNA – Justify My Love (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (12) THE FARM – All Together Now
    (20) M.C. HAMMER – Pray (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (06) CLIFF RICHARD – Saviour’s Day
    Album chart:
    - (5) MADONNA – Vogue (video clip)
    - (4) PAUL SIMON – The Obvious Child (video clip)
    - (3) THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH – A Little Time (video clip)
    - (2) PHIL COLLINS – Do You Remember (live clip)
    - (1) ELTON JOHN – Sacrifice (video clip)
    (24) SNAP – Mary Had A Little Boy (video)
    (13) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – This One’s For The Children (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) VANILLA ICE – Ice Ice Baby
    (27) BETTY BOO – 24 Hours (video) (and credits)


    My favourite by a long way of this one was the Farm's latest single, which was on the way to becoming their biggest ever hit, peaking at number four. Fourteen years later, a new version on which they were accompanied by a Liverpool Boys' Choir very nearly matched this success, reaching number five.

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  • CZB
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    Postponed from last Friday - when, bizarrely, it was necessary to take BBC FOUR off the air for the whole evening because it was apparently technically more challenging to show the same coverage of the death of Prince Philip on every other BBC channel than it would have been to show different programmes on each one!


    29-11-90 (Presented by Nicky Campbell)

    (13) DREAM WARRIORS – My Definition Of A Boombastic Jazz Style
    (22) SOUL II SOUL feat. KYM MAZELLE – Missing You (video)
    (16) MEGABASS – Time To Make The Floor Burn (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (14) PATRICK MacNEE & HONOR BLACKMAN – Kinky Boots (video)
    (21) DIMPLES D – Sucker D.J.
    (24) CHRIS ISAAK – Wicked Game
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (20) PET SHOP BOYS – Being Boring
    (18) BOMBALURINA featuring TIMMY MALLET – Seven Little Girls (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) VANILLA ICE – Ice Ice Baby (video)
    (25) DEEE-LITE – Power Of Love (video) (and credits)




    While not one of their very best, I quite liked the Pet Shop Boys single - I would say that was my favourite from this edition! Otherwise, I only bought the two more "novelty" hits of the week...."Kinky Boots" was on its way to a peak of number five the following week, twenty-six years after its original release - while the follow-up to the recent Bombalurina number one wasn't going to go any higher than the position it was already at.

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  • CZB
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    And the second one tonight.....


    22-11-90 (Presented by Anthea Turner)

    (05) EMF – Unbelievable
    (03) VANILLA ICE – Ice Ice Baby (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31)
    (17) THE PROCLAIMERS – King Of The Road
    (12) ROD STEWART AND TINA TURNER – It Takes Two (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11)
    (11) JULEE CRUISE – Falling
    (08) JIMMY SOMERVILLE – To Love Somebody
    (10) 808 STATE – Cubik
    ( Charts 10 - 01)
    (01) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody (video)
    (NEW) BRUNO AND LIZ and the RADIO 1 D.J. POSSE – Let’s Dance (video) (and credits)



    The Eurovision entry from 1990 wasn't the only track premiered on "Top Of The Pops" this year before charting - the playout by Radio One DJs would enter the following week at 54.....then it would dive to 91.....then it would disappear forever. I was hoping to find out which other DJs participated - but none are mentioned on the record's sleeve, there isn't a Wikipedia page covering it, and the single is not mentioned at all in the Wikipedia pages of either of the two credited performers! Curiously, their only other chart hit, exactly a year earlier, was a version of the song heard earlier in the show by Rod Stewart and Tina Turner. That had spent an only slightly better fortnight in the top 100 (53-75).

    Up until that playout, however, it had only been hits from the top end of the chart this time - my favourite was the lowest-ranked, the number seventeen from the Proclaimers. Their cover of the 1965 number one by Roger Miller was on the way to a peak of number nine.

    Presenting "Top Of The Pops" for the eighteenth time, Anthea Turner still really seems to be SHOUTING.....mercifully, she only has five more shows coming up in the next six months!





    Last edited by CZB; Fri April 2, 2021, 22:17.

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  • CZB
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    Tonight's first....


    15-11-90 (Presented by Bruno Brookes)

    (05) BLACK BOX – Fantasy
    (23) INSPIRAL CARPETS – Biggest Mountain
    ( Charts 40 - 31)
    (06) ROBERT PALMER and UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (video)
    (40) CARON WHEELER – U.K. Blak
    Breakers:
    - (28) THE MISSION – Hands Across The Ocean (video clip)
    - (30) JON BON JOVI – Miracle (video clip)
    - (35) JULEE CRUISE – Falling (video clip)
    (25) JIVE BUNNY AND THE MASTERMIXERS – Let’s Swing Again (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (22) MEGABASS – Time To Make The Floor Burn (video)
    (03) KIM APPLEBY – Don’t Worry
    ( Charts 10 - 01)
    (01) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody (video)
    (26) PRINCE – New Power Generation (video) (and credits)


    The Black Box and Kim Appleby performances were repeats from earlier shows - so there were only two new studio performances in this episode, from Inspiral Carpets and Caron Wheeler. I didn't remember either of these hits at all - probably because they didn't spend long in the charts. The former's "Island Head" EP, from which "Biggest Mountain" was the first track on side A, was beginning a four-week run in the top 100 (23-21-29-58) - and the second of five solo hits for the latter was already half way through a poorer run of equal length (50-40-41-65), but would re-enter for one more week at 95 a short time later. Her three others in the next three years would each fall further short of the top forty - grinding to a halt at 53, then 59, then 75.

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  • Thriller
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    Some really great stuff around at the end of the year - Kim Appleby, Kylie Minogue, The Las, EMF... but then a fair few awful covers and that dire mining song!

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  • CZB
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    Next, another of those weeks in which the number one is the only song featured from the whole of the top ten:


    08-11-90 (Presented by Gary Davies)

    (22) JASON DONOVAN – I’m Doing Fine
    (15) PAUL SIMON – The Obvious Child (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (25) EMF – Unbelievable
    (30) DEL AMITRI – Spit In The Rain (video)
    Album chart;
    - (5) THE CHARLATANS – Then (video clip)
    - (4) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day (video clip)
    - (3) STATUS QUO – The Anniversary Waltz Part 1 (video clip)
    - (2) PAVAROTTI, DOMINGO & CARRERAS – O Sole Mio (live clip)
    - (1) ELTON JOHN – Sacrifice (video clip)
    (20) THE LA’S – There She Goes
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (11) GAZZA & LINDISFARNE – Fog On The Tyne (Revisited) (video)
    (28) JIMMY SOMERVILLE – To Love Somebody
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody (video)
    (29) 808 STATE – Cubik/Olympic (video) (and credits)



    1990 really was a year in which a lot of cover versions charted - this week there's Jimmy Somerville's take on an old Bee Gees hit, while the Lindisfarne song wasn't exactly new either. Although it hadn't actually charted as a single before, it was from an album the folk rock band from Newcastle-upon-Tyne had released almost twenty years earlier.....

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  • CZB
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    I'm also tending to find the 1990 episodes much less appealing than those a lot earlier in this repeat run. I wonder whether viewing figures have declined, if this feeling is more widespread - it looks as if the late-night repeats have now stopped!

    Tonight's first episode:


    01-11-90 (Presented by Simon Mayo)

    (16) KIM APPLEBY – Don’t Worry
    (19) ROBERT PALMER & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31)
    (21) BLACK BOX – Fantasy
    (05) WHITNEY HOUSTON – I’m Your Baby Tonight (video)
    (22) ROXETTE – Dressed For Success
    ( Charts 30 - 11)
    (11) RITA MacNEIL – Working Man (video)
    (15) THE CURE – Close To Me (video)
    (09) KYLIE MINOGUE – Step Back In Time
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody (video)
    (25) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day (video) (and credits)



    Nothing new in this one that I found very interesting - I wasn't even too keen on the new Kylie Minogue single. Her eleventh hit in the UK, it was only the second that wouldn't reach either number one or number two - the following week, it would climb to a peak position of number four.

    The latest Black Box single was a cover version of a 1978 hit by Earth, Wind and Fire. The original had only peaked at number four - but the new version was on its way to reach number five.

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  • Thriller
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    The most recent episodes have been so boring on the whole, although I enjoyed Maria McKee’s amazing live vocals.

    The Beautiful South’s performance was so casual. I love Jacqui Abbott but Briana Corrigan’s voice was so beautiful.

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  • CZB
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    Now, another instance (of which there had been several at the beginning of the year) of the last track of one show also being the first of the next one.....


    25-10-90 (Presented by Jakki Brambles)

    (14) BELINDA CARLISLE – (We Want) The Same Thing
    (03) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (22) PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – Don’t Ask Me (video)
    (08) BERLIN – Take My Breath Away (video)
    (26) THE SOUP DRAGONS – Mother Universe (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (35) JASON DONOVAN – I’m Doing Fine
    (23) PAUL SIMON – The Obvious Child (video)
    Breakers:
    - (32) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day (video clip)
    - (33) ELTON JOHN – You Gotta Love Someone (video clip)
    (29) PAUL McCARTNEY – Birthday (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH – A Little Time
    (31) ROXETTE – Dressed For Success (video) (and credits)



    Two pretty big names in the breakers this week - but the George Michael hit would continue to climb only to a not particularly impressive peak of number 23 a fortnight later, and the Elton John single was already at its peak. So was the new Paul McCartney track more fully featured - that one would disappear from the top 100 after only one more week there!

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  • CZB
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    The first one tonight:


    18-10-90 (Presented live by Mark Goodier)

    (19) A-HA – Crying In The Rain
    (23) AZTEC CAMERA AND MICK JONES – Good Morning Britain (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (33) INNOCENCE – Let’s Push It
    (16) WHITNEY HOUSTON – I’m Your Baby Tonight (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (20) HAPPY MONDAYS – Kinky Afro
    (24) RITA MacNEIL – Working Man (video)
    Breakers:
    - (27) BERLIN – Take My Breath Away (video clip)
    - (28) TINA TURNER – Be Tender With Me Baby (video clip)
    - (30) PAUL McCARTNEY – Birthday (video clip)
    (15) HI TEK 3 FEATURING YA KID K – Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real) (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) MARIA McKEE – Show Me Heaven (video)
    (26) BELINDA CARLISLE – (We Want) The Same Thing (video) (and credits)



    A pretty good selection here - as well as the current number one by Maria McKee and the returning former number one from Berlin, I bought the latest singles from A-ha and Belinda Carlisle. Plus, a UK hit that was about to become a longer-running success in Ireland for a different artist, spending forty-three weeks in the top thirty there and peaking for three weeks at number two in June and July 1991:

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  • CZB
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    In a second, much less packed, programme tonight:


    11-10-90 (Presented by Bruno Brookes)

    (21) SISTERS OF MERCY – More
    (19) CLIFF RICHARD – From A Distance (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (24) THE CHIMES – Heaven
    (16) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Didn’t I Blow Your Mind (video)
    (09) THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH – A Little Time
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (25) NENEH CHERRY – I’ve Got You Under My Skin
    (14) MONIE LOVE feat. TRUE IMAGE – It’s A Shame (My Sister) (video)
    (04) STATUS QUO – The Anniversary Waltz Part 1 (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) MARIA McKEE – Show Me Heaven
    (17) DEPECHE MODE – World In My Eyes (video) (and credits)



    My favourite this week was the song from the Beautiful South that was on its way to becoming the next number one - while one of my least favourites was the very disappointing cover version by Cliff Richard of a song that had previously been a long-running hit in ths Irish chart for Nanci Griffith:


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  • CZB
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    We're already into the last three months of 1990 - and, I think, the last twelve months of Radio One DJs presenting the show....


    04-10-90 (Presented by Simon Mayo)

    (07) TWENTY 4 SEVEN FEAT CAPTAIN HOLLYWOOD – I Can’t Stand It
    (19) M.C. HAMMER – Have You Seen Her (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (04) PET SHOP BOYS – So Hard
    (12) TECHNOTRONIC – Megamix (video)
    Album chart:
    - (05) DEACON BLUE – Circus Light (live clip)
    - (04) MICHAEL BOLTON – Soul Provider (video clip)
    - (03) ELTON JOHN – Club At The End Of The Street (video clip)
    - (02) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day (video clip)
    - (01) PAVAROTTI, DOMINGO AND CARRERAS – O Sole Mio (live clip)
    (18) M.C. TUNES VERSUS 808 STATE – Tunes Splits The Atom
    Breakers:
    - (31) THE ADVENTURES OF STEVIE V – Body Language (video clip)
    - (30) THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH – A Little Time (video clip)
    - (29) NENEH CHERRY – I’ve Got You Under My Skin (video clip)
    - (28) THE CHIMES – Heaven (video clip)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (03) BOBBY VINTON – Blue Velvet (video clip from a 1977 tv show)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) MARIA McKEE – Show Me Heaven (video)
    (24) HI TEK 3 FEAT. YA KID K – Spin That Wheel (Turtles Get Real) (video) (and credits)


    I think this is the first one with both breakers and the top five albums - a little reminiscent of the period in which they preferred to include all kinds of everything instead of full studio performances. Just three of those in this week's show - the one from the Pet Shop Boys being my highlight.

    So, is "Tunes Splits The Atom" really "one of those songs that's going to be absolutely huge on the karaoke nights in years to come", as predicted by Simon Mayo? If so, maybe it's in years that, even now, are still to come....

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  • CZB
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    And the next one.....


    27-09-90 (Presented by Anthea Turner)

    (21) MONIE LOVE feat. TRUE IMAGE – It’s A Shame (My Sister)
    (28) DEPECHE MODE – World In My Eyes (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (04) LONDONBEAT – I’ve Been Thinking About You
    (29) THE WEDDING PRESENT – Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)
    (15) THE CURE – Never Enough (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (31) STATUS QUO – The Anniversary Waltz Part 1
    (09) BASS-O-MATIC – Fascinating Rhythm
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) MARIA McKEE – Show Me Heaven
    (34) RIDE – Taste (video) (and credits)



    Nothing new here that was of interest to me - the two featured hits from the top five were my favourites by far of this week, especially my second favourite number one of the whole year....

    I had completely forgotten that one of the many short-stay hits for the Wedding Present (twelve of them appearing at regular intervals during 1992) was a cover version of the 1975 number one from Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel !

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  • CZB
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    This week's first....


    20-09-90 (Presented by Nicky Campbell)

    (28) TWENTY 4 SEVEN feat. CAPTAIN HOLLYWOOD – I Can’t Stand It
    (23) THE STONE ROSES – Fool’s Gold (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (21) SNAP – Cult Of Snap
    (16) AC/DC – Thunderstruck (video)
    Breakers:
    - (32) S-EXPRESS – Nothing To Lose (video clip)
    - (34) DNA – La Serenissima (video
    clip)
    - (35) MONIE LOVE feat. TRUE IMAGE – It’s A Shame (My Sister) (video
    clip)
    (19) THE CHARLATANS – Then
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (03) IRON MAIDEN – Holy Smoke (video)
    (09) THE FARM – Groovy Train
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) STEVE MILLER BAND – The Joker (video)
    (31) M.C. TUNES versus 808 STATE – Tunes Splits The Atom (video) (and credits)



    Two here that I bought when they reached the bargain bin - the opening track, which had been a major hit all around continental Europe (although I much preferred their 1993 and 1994 later releases in which Nance was joined by Stay-C, but whose chart success became less widespread!) and the instrumental by DNA. This had originally been recorded by Rondo Veneziano in 1981, but their version had only reached number 58 in the UK in 1983 and number 99 in 1988.

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  • CZB
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    And the second one.....


    13-09-90 (Presented by Gary Davies)

    (27) LONDONBEAT – I’ve Been Thinking About You
    (15) JANET JACKSON – Black Cat (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (18) SONIA – End Of The World
    (16) INXS – Suicide Blonde (video)
    (22) BASS-O-MATIC – Fascinating Rhythm
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (05) THE KLF – What Time Is Love?
    (26) MARIA McKEE – Show Me Heaven
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) STEVE MILLER BAND – The Joker (video)
    (29) FAITH NO MORE – Epic (video) (and credits)



    It was interesting that Gary Davies began by mentioning that the Londonbeat single had been at number one for three weeks in the Netherlands - he must have been referring to the Nationale Hitparade rather than the longer-running, more official Nederlandse Top 40, in which it didn't get there until a week later.

    The highlight for me by a long way from this one was the Maria McKee hit, from the soundtrack to the Tom Cruise film "Days of Thunder". That was going to be a number one in the Netherlands too - and in Belgium, and in Norway....and in the UK.

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  • CZB
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    Tonight's first....


    06-09-90 (Presented by Jakki Brambles)

    (23) ADAMSKI – The Space Jungle
    (14) MARIAH CAREY – Vision Of Love (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (31) TALK TALK – Life’s What You Make It (video)
    (28) THE FARM – Groovy Train
    Album chart :
    - (05) MADONNA – Vogue (video clip)
    - (04) LUCIANO PAVAROTTI – Nessun Dorma (video
    clip)
    - (03) PHIL COLLINS – Something Happened On The Way To Heaven (video
    clip )
    - (02) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Step By Step (video
    clip)
    - (01) ELTON JOHN – Club At The End Of The Street (video
    clip)
    (29) CARON WHEELER – Livin’ In The Light
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (04) DEEE-LITE – Groove Is In The Heart (video)
    (21) LOOSE ENDS – Don’t Be A Fool
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) BOMBALURINA – Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (video)
    (32) JANET JACKSON – Black Cat (video) (and credits)



    Nothing very interesting to me in this one - among a few Talk Talk hits that charted in more than one year, "Life's What You Make It" was only going to climb eight places to a peak of 23 this time. It had previously had a longer chart run back in 1986, when it reached number 16.

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  • Plym
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    Every week they play that NKOTB song, I find myself embarrassingly loving it more and more.

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  • CZB
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    And the second one tonight.....


    30-8-90 (Presented live by Mark Goodier)

    (25) ASWAD – Next To You
    (24) SONIA – End Of The World
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (11) THE KLF – What Time Is Love?
    (14) STEVE MILLER BAND – The Joker (video)
    (04) BETTY BOO – Where Are You Baby
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (03) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Tonight (video)
    (23) JASON DONOVAN – Rhythm Of The Rain
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) BOMBALURINA – Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
    (31) WHITESNAKE – Now You’re Gone (video) (and credits)



    There seemed to be quite a lot of cover versions of old hits charting in 1990 - the Jason Donovan one in this edition being another that I liked. Apparently the audience in tonight did too, judging from the way they were shrieking through much of it! It was about to go nine places higher than his previous success, to a peak of number nine.

    Meanwhile, elsewhere in this line-up was a single that was two weeks away from becoming the next number one.....

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  • CZB
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    Tonight's first episode:


    23-8-90 (Presented by Nicky Campbell)

    (29) THE HUMAN LEAGUE – Heart Like A Wheel
    (22) MARIAH CAREY – Vision Of Love (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (31) TINA TURNER – Look Me In The Heart (video)
    (14) JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS – Can Can You Party
    Breakers:
    - (34) STEVE MILLER BAND – The Joker (video clip)
    - (36) WILSON PHILLIPS – Release Me (video clip)
    - (37) SONIA – End Of The World (video clip)
    (23) LINDY LAYTON feat. JANET KAY – Silly Games
    (17) CLIFF RICHARD – Silhouettes (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (11) DEACON BLUE – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) BOMBALURINA – Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
    (32) DEEE-LITE – Groove Is In The Heart (video) (and credits)



    In complete contrast with another recent edition, the number one is the only track featured from this week's top ten.....and, elsewhere, there is an interesting anecdote from someone who was present at the original recording thirty and a half years ago. They recalled that there was almost a punch-up between Timmy Mallet and Nicky Campbell, because the latter wanted to unprofessionally introduce the former's hit with a "particularly sneery" link!

    As well as the number one, I bought the Cliff Richard, Jive Bunny, Sonia and Wilson Phillips singles featured in this edition - although I think I probably waited for them all to hit the bargain bins. "Silly Games" first charted for Janet Kay in 1979 - I hadn't liked it then either. She may well have performed it on "Top Of The Pops" on the very same date in that year, as Nicky Campbell claimed - but, if so, that would have been eleven rather than thirteen years previously!

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  • CZB
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    Just one episode this week, and in the earliest possible time-slot:


    16-8-90 (Presented by Anthea Turner)

    (24) GO WEST – The King Of Wishful Thinking
    (18) STING – An Englishman In New York (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (25) THE KLF – What Time Is Love?
    (06) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Tonight (video)
    (12) TOGETHER – Hardcore Uproar (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (17) BETTY BOO – Where Are You Baby
    (13) JON BON JOVI – Blaze Of Glory (video)
    (09) ROXETTE – Listen To Your Heart
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) PARTNERS IN KRYME – Turtle Power (video)
    (26) PRIMAL SCREAM – Come Together (video) (and credits)



    My highlight of this one by a long way was the latest hit for New Kids On The Block - the only single they ever released that I liked! Radio programmers nowadays perhaps agree, as it's pretty much the only one of their many successes that I still ever hear played. Going on to a peak of number three, it would give them their sixth consecutive top five hit - then five more singles would prove less popular, albeit all of them still reaching the top fifteen. But then they disappeared from the UK charts until 1994 and 2008, when new material ground to a halt at 27 and 42 / 34 and 81.....

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  • CZB
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    And the second one tonight....

    09-08-90 (Presented live by Gary Davies)

    (11) BOMBALURINA – Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
    (02) D.N.A. feat. SUZANNE VEGA – Tom’s Diner (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (04) BLUE PEARL – Naked In The Rain (video)
    (23) CRAIG McLACHLAN & CHECK 1-2 – Amanda
    Breakers:
    - (21) ROXETTE - Listen To Your Heart (video clip)
    - (24) JON BON JOVI - Blaze Of Glory (video clip)
    - (26) STING - Englishman in New York (video clip)
    (15) TRICKY DISCO – Tricky Disco (video)
    (05) THE SOUP DRAGONS feat. JUNIOR REID – I’m Free (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (03) M.C. HAMMER – U Can’t Touch This (video)
    (29) HOTHOUSE FLOWERS – I Can See Clearly Now
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) PARTNERS IN KRYME – Turtle Power (video)
    (17) TOGETHER – Hardcore Uproar (video) (and credits)


    A rare week in which al1 of the top five were featured - although I suppose it wasn't often that the numbers 02, 03, 04 and 05 were all climbing at the same time. None of them were going to continue to number one, though - as the next chart-topper was elsewhere in this week's show.....

    The Hothouse Flowers' cover of a well-known song was the third of just four top forty hits in the UK for the Irish band - seven more of their singles would grind to a halt between 41 and 100. But in their homeland they had twelve top thirty hits, nine of which reached the top ten. "Don't Go" and "The Rose" peaked at number two, and "Feet On The Ground" went to number one in 1988.



    This week's breakers weren't listed in the Popscene archive - I've added them in above.

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    Tonight's first:

    02-08-90 (Presented by Bruno Brookes)

    (21) LITTLE ANGELS – She’s A Little Angel
    (17) NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK – Tonight (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (14) LFO – L.F.O. (video)
    (20) BELL BIV DEVOE – Poison
    Album chart:
    - (5) MADONNA – Vogue (video clip)
    - (4) THE BEACH BOYS – Wouldn't It Be Nice (video clip)
    - (3) THE ROLLING STONES – Paint It Black (video clip)
    - (2) LUCIANO PAVAROTTI – Nessun Dorma (video clip)
    - (1) ELTON JOHN – Healing Hands (video clip)
    (02) MADONNA – Hanky Panky (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (11) PRINCE – Thieves In The Temple (video)
    (16) DREAM WARRIORS – Wash Your Face In My Sink
    (23) DURAN DURAN – Violence Of Summer (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) PARTNERS IN KRYME – Turtle Power (video)
    (22) TRICKY DISCO – Tricky Disco (video) (and credits)


    Bruno predicted that we would we seeing and hearing a lot more of tonight's opening act - and to some extent he was right, as this would be the first of nine top forty hits for the band. On the other hand, none of them would reach the top ten! One further top 100 entry would miss the top forty - as four more had already done.

    Despite having followed the singles charts of the UK and several other countries for over twelve years by the time this episode originally aired - and for almost forty-three years now - albums charts have never really aroused even the tiniest flicker of interest in me. However, this was a year in which the top five albums were frequently featured in"Top Of The Pops" - such as in this week's programme, and in four more still to come in the weeks ahead.....

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    And tonight's second....


    26-07-90 (Presented by Jakki Brambles)

    (08) BLUE PEARL – Naked In The Rain
    (09) TECHNOTRONIC feat. YA KID K – Rockin’ Over The Beat (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (13) D.N.A. feat. SUZANNE VEGA – Tom’s Diner (video)
    (10) THE SOUP DRAGONS feat. JUNIOR REID – I’m Free
    Breakers:
    - (29) BELL BIV DEVOE – Poison (video clip)
    - (31) SINEAD O’CONNOR – The Emperor’s New Clothes (video clip)
    - (33) BANANARAMA – Only Your Love (video clip)
    (21) PAULA ABDUL – Knocked Out
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (05) M.C. HAMMER – U Can’t Touch This (video)
    (16) RIVER CITY PEOPLE – California Dreamin’
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) PARTNERS IN KRYME – Turtle Power (video)
    (23) LFO – L.F.O. (video) (and credits)


    The M.C. Hammer song sampled a single from 1981 by Rick James - who, quite remarkably and maybe uniquely, managed to have eleven top 100 entries in the UK between 1978 and 1988, none of which ever reached the top forty! Perhaps surprisingly - as it did pretty well in other countries - the sampled song "Super Freak" wasn't among them.

    The original Suzanne Vega release of "Tom's Diner" had only reached number 58 when released in 1987 - but the new remix was going to spend three weeks at a much-improed peak of number two....

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    Tonight's first....


    19-07-90 (Presented by Mark Goodier)

    (02) CRAIG McLACHLAN & CHECK 1-2 – Mona
    (04) PARTNERS IN KRYME – Turtle Power (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (21) DIANA ROSS – I’m Still Waiting (video)
    (27) INSPIRAL CARPETS – She Comes In The Fall
    (32) PAUL YOUNG – Oh Girl
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (05) F.A.B. feat. M.C. PARKER – Thunderbirds Are Go (video)
    (14) MADONNA – Hanky Panky (video)
    (31) DREAM WARRIORS – Wash Your Face In My Sink
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) ELTON JOHN – Sacrifice (video)
    (28) PAULA ABDUL – Knocked Out (video) (and credits)



    Along with many cover versions of old hits, a few of them returned in 1990 for the original artists - including Diana Ross. This was a "Phill Chill remix" of a song that had previously reached number one nineteen years earlier - but this time around was going no higher than the position it occupied this week.

    My favourite by a long way from this edition was the latest Madonna single - on its way to peak at number two a fortnight later. The track that would prevent it from reaching number one was elsewhere in tonight's line-up....

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    And the next one:


    12-07-90 (Presented by Anthea Turner)

    (35) GUN – Shame On You
    (27) RIVER CITY PEOPLE – California Dreamin’
    ( Charts 40 - 31 )
    (34) BLUE PEARL – Naked In The Rain
    (13) GLENN MEDEIROS feat. BOBBY BROWN – She Ain’t Worth It (video)
    (38) THUNDER – Gimme Some Lovin’
    ( Charts 30 - 11 )
    (28) THE SOUP DRAGONS feat. JUNIOR REID – I’m Free
    (04) THE STONE ROSES – One Love (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 01 )
    (01) ELTON JOHN – Sacrifice
    (26) TECHNOTRONIC feat. YA KID K – Rockin’ Over The Beat (video) (and credits)



    Another cover version of an old hit this week - and River City People were on their way to a peak of number thirteen, ten places higher than the Mamas and the Papas had reached in 1966. However, that older version would return to the charts and achieve a new peak of number nine in 1997, when it was used in a lager commercial!

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