The next date that I have picked at random is 3 February 1989. This is the first chart from the 1980s that I will be reviewing so we’re going back somewhat now over 25 years, let’s look at some of the big hits in the top 100 in this week.
1 (non-mover) “Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart” – Marc Almond Featuring Gene Pitney. This has been the only chart-topper for Marc Almond, who along with crooner Gene Pitney performed this memorable duet.
6 (down 1) “She Drives Me Crazy” – Fine Young Cannibals. This was one of two chart-toppers for this group in America, although they never had one in the UK. Even better than that, the video for this song won The Chart Show’s best video of 1989 award. What an honour! A re-mix of this song also made the chart in 1997 and was to be their final hit.
10 (up 3) “Wait” – Robert Howard and Kym Mazelle. A while ago I found some old VHS cassettes featuring music videos from hit compilations. I remember there was “Hits 10” and “Monster Hits” (which was essentially “Hits 11”), and this was one of the videos on one of them. A great duet featuring the Blow Monkeys frontman and Mazelle.
12 (down 4) “Buffalo Stance” – Neneh Cherry. One of my favourite songs of the late-80s, this also appeared on another of the video compilations that I had, it might have been “The Brits 1990”. This was Cherry’s debut hit and I don’t think she ever bettered it myself.
19 (down 7) “Good Life” – Inner City. Another great dance song, “Good Life” returned to the top ten a decade later thanks to a great re-mix.
35 (down 10) “Suddenly” – Angry Anderson. I point this one out because it was used as the theme to Scott and Charlene’s wedding in Neighbours, while in this week Kylie and Jason’s “Especially For You” remained in the top ten. It really is remarkable to think how popular Neighbours was at the time.
68 (down 9) “There She Goes” – The La’s. Another song that is considered an indie classic of its time, it was this group’s only big hit, and it seemed to be re-released about once a year for a decade after this.
72 (up 5) “Promised Land” – Joe Smooth. Widely considered to be a classic in the House music genre, and I wouldn’t argue with that myself. Also around this time a cover version was released by The Style Council, which unlike this original made the top 40.