Hi Gambo. My reasons for stop recording the charts in October 1985 was down to one simple reason - I moved from the north east to London on October 4 that year (just in time for the riots on Broadwater Farm in Tottenham which started the day after I arrived!) and didn't have any way of recording the charts as I brought my radio cassette down with me but didn't bring any tapes! I did buy some tapes a couple of weeks later and recorded some songs from the top 40 but soon got out of the habit of recording songs... I still never listened to the Network Chart though, it was always still Radio 1Gambo wrote:Robbie - I'm idly curious to know what made you cease listening to the Radio 1 Top 40 in Oct '85 having listened to it so religiously for so many years? Did you have a change in lifestyle that precluded it? I used to struggle to listen/record every Sunday in the '80s (I'm a tad younger than you so as a child I was at the behest of whatever my parents or other commitments dicated and that meant some Sundays were non-starters!). By the '90s I had more freedom to commit to a Sunday 2 (eventually 3) hour slot every week though even then it was hard to aspire to recording from it every week, even if I managed to listen.
Or did you do that most heinous of chart crimes and move to listening to the Network Chart?! If you say you never heard that in 1985 then I assume not. Do you still retain the cassettes on which you recorded every new entry? How fascinating if you do, although you must surely have missed the odd week if only owing to holiday, illness etc and so must've been kicking yourself at missing that vital week's newbies, especially if any of them dipped out after only 1 week?! I don't know of anyone that determined to track the hits; myself and everyone I knew simply recorded the entries they liked, not every one regardless!
I've still got all the cassettes and did manage to record every new entry to the top 40 from May 1979 to September 1985. It was easier in those days as most new entries were played in the first half hour plus I bought Record Mirror each week so I knew exactly where in the charts they would be...Gambo wrote:Do you still retain the cassettes on which you recorded every new entry? How fascinating if you do, although you must surely have missed the odd week if only owing to holiday, illness etc and so must've been kicking yourself at missing that vital week's newbies, especially if any of them dipped out after only 1 week?! I don't know of anyone that determined to track the hits; myself and everyone I knew simply recorded the entries they liked, not every one regardless!
RB were better than MRIB. Infact RB had a better sample than both BMRB & MRIB. BMRB (& even early Gallup charts) only got about 220 shops a week in perhaps over usage of Woolworths, Boots, Smiths.rubcale wrote:There have always been rumours about the accuracy of the BMRB chart but the big downside of both the Record Business and MRIB charts would be that they didn't have any returns from Woolworth. Did they even get any returns from Smiths or Boots?
Woolworth accounted for between a fifth and a quarter of the total UK singles market and they had a specific demographic. Mainstream artists such as Cliff Richard sold significantly better through them.
I don't beleiev RB or MRIB had a truly representative chart panel.
That was a big downside of it which helped fan-based acts in the week of release as they sold relatively more copies on Monday.davetaylor wrote:MRIB was rather caught up in Network Chart Independant Radio airplay, in it's first couple of years. Plus it never did a complete week's sample or covered weekend sales. Stuck in a Mon to Thurs sales market & the airplay added, to account for the loss of 2 days sales. Though big business for ILR, as it lost Radio One some 3 milion listeners, over a 18 month period. With many Sunday afternoons on Radio One in 1985 - 87, giving the late Jimmy Savile, the biggest listening figures of the week.
That sounds terrific, Graham!Graham76man wrote:Sometime in the next two weeks andrejandrej wrote:Thank you a lot, Graham!
It's great to see those 1987 Network Charts! Absolutely fantastic!
Any chance for 1988?
Will post a message on this thread when they are up!