Friday, May 11, 2007

Do you remember the week of the 14th July 1985?... I don't know if Triple M can!

Well, it's that time again, to see how Triple M can make mince meat of a music chart.  This is no music chart, in fact, it's another list of personal favourites from either Andy G, or his program director.  Let's do it again, and get straight to the music..... 

Here is Triple M's chart exactly how they played it on Friday 11th May.  And as per-usual, noting all the corrections, direct from the Australian Music Report.

Triple M 104.9 COLD 30
Friday 11th May 2007


CH#  TRACK TITLE ARTIST/GROUP (correct chart date) LABEL CAT No:

30.  Road to Nowhere Talking Heads (14 Oct 1985) EMI EMI 1578
29.  Dancing on the Jetty  Inxs (14 Jan 1985) WEA 7=259198
28.  Everybody wants to work (beach party EP) Uncanny X-Men (13 Aug 1984) Mushroom 14068
27.  Like wow!, wipeout The Hoodoogurus (21 Oct 1985) Big Time BST 1588
26.  The Riddle Nik Kershaw (24 Dec 1984) MCA NIK 6
25.  Don't come around here no more Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (29 Apr 1985) MCA 7-52496
24.  Walls come tumbling down The Style Council (10 Jun 1985) Polydor 883-004-7
23.  Species deceases Midnight Oil (2 Dec 1985) CBS / Sprint EX 12023
22.  Running up that hill Kate Bush (23 Sep 1985) EMI EMI 1553
21.  Current Stand Kids In the Kitchen (2 Sep 1985) White Label K 9804
20.  Lonely old night John Cougar Mellencamp (14 Oct 1985 Mercury / Riva 880 984-7
19.  Close to you  The Cure (9 Dec 1985) WEA / Fiction CURE 2
18.  And we danced The Hooters (23 Sep 1985) CBS BA 3333
17.  Slave to the rhythm Grace Jones (16 Dec 1985) Manhattan MH 1619
16.  California girls David Lee Roth (25 Feb 1985) Warner Bros 7-29102
15.  A good heart Feargal Sharkey (25 Nov 1985) Virgin VS 808
14.  Working class man Jimmy Barnes (25 Nov 1985) Mushroom K 9883
13.  Lost weekend Lloyd Cole and the Commotions (20 Jan 1986) Polydor 883-567-7
12.  Take on me A-ha (9 Sep 1985) Warner Bros 7-29011
11.  Pleasure and pain The Divinyls (23 Sep 1985) Chrysalis K 9799
10.  We close our eyes Go west (6 May 1985) Chrysalis K 9622
9.   Sussudio Phil Collins (4 Mar 1985) WEA 7-259181
8.   She sells sanctuary The Cult (THIS TRACK NEVER CHARTED) (Obviously, One of Andy's personal picks)
7.   Raspberry Beret Prince (5 Aug 1985) Paisley Park 7-28929
6.   The heat is on Glenn Frey (25 Mar 1985) MCA 7-52512
5.   Out of mind, out of sight The Models (15 July 1985) Mushroom K 9673
4.   Man overboard Do Re Mi (17 Jun 1985) Virgin VGZ 003
3.   Born in the USA Bruce Springsteen (28 Jan 1985) CBS BA 223245
2.   Shout Tears for Fears (11 Feb 1985) Mercury 880 294-7
1.   What you need Inxs (9 Sep 1985) WEA 7-258971

The first three big discrepencies are Jimmy Barnes, Feargal Sharkey, and Grace Jones.  None of these singles weren't even in the record shops until late October, and had not even charted until November and December.  Let's take a look at the Cure.  "Close to you" did not even appear on the chart until Monday 9th December, and the best one, Lloyd Cole and the Commotions with "Lost weekend"....... that didn't even chart until 1986?

On the other hand, Inxs's "Dancing on the Jetty" charted during January and February, and only got as high as #39 on the Australian Music Report.  It only got as high as #28 on my personal charts, and considering it being a minor hit, this song would have been long gone by July.  At this time, Uncanny X'Men's "Everybody wants to work", was already a year old, as it first appeared on the "Party" EP, which charted in August '84.  The song didn't get strong air-play until late September and October of '84, and considering that Triple M's chart was of July 1985, this track was also long gone.

The Cult's "She sell sanctuary" never charted, as this group's first single, "Love removal machine" didn't appear until Monday 13th April 1987, under the Beggars Banquet label.

Now lets go to my chart from this time.....

1.   Crazy for you Madonna Geffen GEF 29051
2.   Money for nothing Dire Straits Vertigo 880 916-7
3.   Spanish eddie Laura Branigan Atlantic 7-89531
4.   Steady Jules Shear EMI America AMI 8259
5.   50 years Uncanny X-Men Mushroom K 9671
6.   Walking on sunshine Katrina and the Waves Capitol CP 1475
7.   Axel-F Harold Faltermeyer MCA 7.52536
8.   Run to me Dionne Warwick and Barry Manilow Arista ARIST 610 (UK)
9.   Heaven Bryan Adams A&M K 9683
10.  Get it on (bang a gong) The Power Station Parlophone A 1510
11.  Memory Elaine Paige Polydor 2059-364
12.  Life in a northern town The Dream Academy Warner Bros 7-28995
13.  Suddenly Billy Ocean Jive LS 1493
14.  Walls come tumbling down The Style Council Polydor 883 004-7
15.  Live it up Mental as Anything Regular RRSP 746
16.  Would I lie to you The Eurythmics RCA Victor 104407
17.  Lead the way I'm Talking Regular K 9778
18.  Just a gigglo/I ain't got nobody David Lee Roth Warner Bros 7-29040
19,  If you love somebody, set them free Sting A&M K 9693
20.  Voices carry Til Tuesday Epic ES 1035
21.  Take it back The Pookah Makes Three Virgin / 10 TEN 31
22.  Don't you forget about me Simple Minds Virgin VS 749
23.  Everything I need Men At Work CBS BA 3308
24.  Obsession Animotion Mercury 880-266-7
25.  A view to a kill Duran Duran EMI EMI 1502
26.  All she wants to do is dance Don Henley Geffen GEF 29065
27.  Two can play Australian Crawl Freestyle FREE 0004
28.  We will together The Eurogliders CBS BA 3277
29.  Into the Groove/Angel Madonna Sire 7-29008
30.  Every time you go away Paul Young CBS BA 3280

In reality, Go West's "We close our eyes", though it was a great song, had just finished an eight week stretch, and had just fallen off.  Tears for Fears, "Everybody wants to rule the world" had also charted well but had recently drifted out of the top 30.  Philips was heavily promoting it's CD players at the time, as Dire Straight's "So Far away" was used in their TV adverts.  The actual double-a side single with "The walk of life" had also moved out of the chart in late June, after a respectible ten week run.

Madonna was doing well during 1985, with singles like, "Like a virgin", "Material girl", "Into the groove / Angel", and on this particular week was scoring the #1 single with "Crazy for you".  Laura Branigans "Spanish eddie" started charting on the Australian Music Report in the first week of September, but had already gone to the top of my chart, as 2Day FM was heavily playing an advanced copy of it.

Just around the corner were new entries from the Models and Tears for Fears.  "Out of mind, out of sight", would receive very strong air-play through August and September.   "Head over heals" from Tears for Fears also got a good belting on FM radio during the same months.

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Taking triple M to task again.... How do you remember September 1989?

CURRENT MOOD: Rejuvenated
Well, just came back from swimming, and missed out on most of their imaginary chart tonight, but managed to catch their top five of September 1989.  Again, it's another shocker, with only one correct and four wrong.  Straight to the point and here we go....

Triple M's Cold 30 Countdown - September 1989
Aired Friday 4th May 2007
Pn# Track Artist/Group (correct chart date) Label Cat No.
5. Onion skin Boom Crash Opera (19 Jun 1989) WEA 7-257572
4. Patience Guns 'n' Roses (29 May 1989 Geffen 7-22996
3. Dumb things Paul Kelly and the Coloured Girls (30 Jan 1989) Mushroom K 676
2. Love shack The B-52's (20 Nov 1989) Reprise 7-22817
1. Poison Allice Cooper (4 Sep 1989) CBS 655061-7
Note that "love shack" from the B-52's wasn't even released yet, and well, Paul Kelly's "Dumb things".....? that had already charted in February-March and was long gone.  The Gunners did well with Patience, and with giving triple M the Benefit of the doubt here, (if they did do some research), that song might have just still been in the bottom of the ARIA chart.  The song was long gone from my chart, as there was little air-play of this song during September, when compared to all the other tracks on the below chart, again, taken from my personal archives.

I remember that Gyan, Roy Orbison and Roxette were hammered into you, harder then a sledge hammer back then, particularly on 2SM, 2UW and on 2WS.

National top 30 singles chart
WEEK ENDING SUNDAY 3rd September 1989
1.   Under the board-walk Bette Midler Atlantic 7-88976
2.   This time I know it's for real Donna Summer WEA 7-257780
3.   Dressed for success Roxette Parlophone 2271
4.   Wait Gyan WEA / Trafalgar 7-257620
5.   California blue Roy Orbison Virgin VS 1193
6.   Communication John Farnham and Danni-Elle RCA Victor 105072
7.   Talk it over Grayson Huge RCA Victor 8802-7-R
8.   All I want is you-Everlasting love U2 Island X 14678
9.   She has to be loved Jenny Morris WEA 7-257487
10.  I'll be loving you forever New Kids on the Block CBS 654863
11.  Right back to where we started from Sinitta Liberation LS 2063
12.  Healing hand Elton John Rocket 874 798-7
13.  The end of the innocence Don Henley Geffen 7-22925
14.  Second chance Thirty-Eight Special A&M K 831
15.  Sugar train Daryl Braithwaite CBS 655109 7
16.  The best (album version) Tina Turner Interfusion K 916
17.  Running down a dream Tom Petty MCA 7-53682
18.  Forever your girl Paula Abdul Virgin / Siren SRN 112
19.  Miss you like crazy Natalie Cole EMI America US 2213
20.  Love is Alannah Myles Atlantic 7-88918
21.  Can I get a witness Sam Brown A&M K 850
22.  If you don't know me by now Simply Red WEA 7-246993
23.  Bat-dance Prince Warner Bros 7-22924
24.  The best of me Cliff Richard EMI EMI 2252
25.  Jackie Brown John Cougar (Mellencamp) Mercury 874 644-7
26.  Say good-bye Indecent Obsession Melodian LS 2064
27.  All I wanna do is dance Colette CBS 655047-7
28.  Telephone Booth Ian Moss Mushroom K 881
29.  The look Roxette Parlophone 2212
30.  Mixed emotions The Rolling Stones CBS 655193-7

So, after all that, do Triple M still want to consider giving me a job as music researcher??????????

OH; HELL, I nearly forgot, I nearly forgot; It's Star Wars day today, so........ May the forth be with you

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Going back to this week in May 1980

Hitting the magic buttons, and slipping back exactly 27 years ago this week, as we go back to the time when I was a mischievous little bastard.  Friday 2nd May 1980 came on as a cool Autumn day, and it was the last day before the May holidays.  It was time to get back at those kids who annoyed me, and as they ran around the classrooms, my quick thinking mind said, "quick, quick, quick; turn the lock and slam the door, then they'll be locked in for two weeks".

Unfortunately, my fingers didn't have that same lightening fast speed, as my thumb got crushed in the door, flatter then a pancake, and ah!, hell, it was a few days at home, with my hand dangling in a bucket of hot water and dettol..... OUCH!!!!!!!  And musically, this is what we were listening to on the radio.....

National Top 30 Singles Chart
1.   Skinny Girls Alan O'Day Pacific PC 5376
2.   You may be right Billy Joel CBS BA 222663
3.   People Misex CBS BA 222652
4.   On the radio Donna Summer Casablanca NB 2236
5.   Rock with you Michael Jackson Epic ES 400
6.   Call me Blondie Chrysalis K 7830
7.   Brass in pocket The Pretenders Sire ARE 11
8.   Same old girl Darryl Cotton EMI EMI 204
9.   Total control The Motels Capitol CP 160
10.  The rose Bette Midler Atlantic 45-5411
11.  Rockabilly rebel Major Matchbox Magnet K 7818
12.  Don't let go Isaac Hayes Polydor 2121 401
13.  I can't help it Andy Gibb and Olivia Newton John ATA K 7851
14.  Turning Japanese The Vapors United Artists UA 224
15.  Rosie Joan Armatrading A&M K 7746
16.  Tire of toein' the line Rocky Burnette EMI EMI 166
17.  I got you Splitenz Mushroom K 7759
18.  Refugee Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers MCA/Backmen MCA 41169
19.  Coming up Paul McCartney Parlophone A 233
20.  Follow that girl The Aliens Mushroom K 7804
21.  Gonna get along without you now Viola Wills RCA Victor 103496
22.  The loco-motion Ritz Epic/Park Lane ES 414
23.  Carrie Cliff Richard EMI EMI 168
24.  I had a dream Abba RCA Victor 103511
25.  The boys light up Australian Crawl EMI EMI 222
26.  Sara Fleetwood Mac Warner Bros WB 49150
27.  Longer Dan Fogelberg Epic/Full Moon ES 418
28.  Carmilla Jon English Mercury 6037 958
29.  Are you ready Teri De Sario and KC Casablanca 6198 358
30.  He's my number one Christie Allen Mushroom K 7757

Monday, April 30, 2007

Remembering this week in May 1983

Time for my evening ritual again.  Popping through the years, and seeing what happened about this time in a particular year, and well, what stands out for me is this very week in May 1983.

This was the time when the Sydney Entertainment Centre opened.  It was a big event at the time, as my father owned a kitchen, right at the back (where the "all seasons" hotel school is now). and he was preparing the food for the event.  I went into the test phase on the Saturday before opening, as they were fireing off different lasers, and doing some sound checks.  Sunday 1st May came, and it opened with a Bang.  They were performances from Marcia Hines and Christopher cross, and well, what about that big chute where marcia came out of? It was certainly something very different.

And the music scene on the radio went a little like this......

National top 30 singles chart
1.   It might be you Stephen Biship Warner Bros 7-29791
2.   Shoop shoop diddy wop Monte Video and the Cassettes White Label K 8906
3.   All right Christopher Cross Warner Bros 7-29843
4.   Love is a stranger The Eurythmics RCA Victor 104078
5.   Power and the passion Midnight Oil CBS/Sprint BA 223010
6.   1999 Prince Warner Bros 7-29896
7.   Billy Jean Michael Jackson Epic ES 823
8.   Baby, come to me James Ingram and Patti Austin Qwest QWS 50036
9.   Let's Dance David Bowie EMI America AMI 958
10.  You are Lionel Richie Motown 1657 MF
11.  Don't pay the Ferryman Chris De Burgh A&M K 8912
12.  With closed eyes The Expression Mushroom K 8985
13.  We've got tonight Sheena Easton and Kenny Rogers Liberty UA 924
14.  Spirit got lost Mental as Anything Regular RRSP 725
15.  Overkill Men at Work CBS BA 223038
16.  Time (clock of the heart) Culture Club Virgin VS 558
17.  The beat goes on The Globos White Label K 8989
18.  Na na hey hey, kiss him goodbye Bananarama Liberation LS 960
19.  Save your love Renee and Renato RCA Victor 104114
20.  Dracula's tango Toto Coelo (total coelo) Radialchoice POW 0115
21.  Some kind of friend Barry Manilow Arista K 8971
22.  Ain't no pleasing you Chas and Dave Liberation LS 870
23.  State of Independence Donna Summer Warner Bros 79344
24.  White wedding Billy Idol Chrysalis K 8918
25.  Living on the ceiling Blancmange London BLANC 3
26.  Zoom Fat Larry's Band Virgin VS 546
27.  Wham! (enjoy what you do) Wham! Epic/Inner vision ES 832
28.  Buffalo girls Malcolm McLaren Charisma 6000 914
29.  Too shy Kajagoogoo EMI EIM 932
30.  One on one Daryl Hall and John Oates RCA Victor 104094

Noting some of the stuff on the chart this week, as Stephen Bishop was at #1 with the theme from Tootsie.  I saw the movie, and well, it was somewhat of a flop, but I just fell in love with the song.  Hall and Oates, "one on one" was one of those tracks that I never got sick of, and after eleven strong weeks, the song made it's last appearance this week.  Remember Monte Video from New Zealand?  That song, with a title like that, was certainly worth a cackle, every time I heard it, but at the time, it was another track I played often, and drove my family nuts.  I heard Laura Branigan's "solitaire" for the first time, on the Saturday afternoon (sat Apr 30 1983), I came back from the city.  It was slothy, but never the less another good song, which would debut in the following weeks chart at #1.

Remember these charts are my personal charts, not reflecting album sales, but are still very accurate as my charts were also based on radio air-play.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Triple M's somewhat twisted view of 1981

Having asperger's spectrum for all my life, I've always had a good memory, and particularly so with music, as it is my favourite hobby.

Today, I got back from town, from doing my daily thing (job hunting), swiddled around with my kitchen radio, and well, I wasn't really in the mood for ABC Newsradio, as I wanted to listen to a bit of music.

I flicked it across to FM, and well; stopped that dial immediately, when I heard some early 80's Inxe, doing "the loved one".  I decided to leave it there, as I started pulling out some tins of pine-apple, ready to make some Grilled sandwiches.  My brother called to ask if I can order pizzas.  With no more of a need to cook, I put the cans of food away as my radio then chuckles along to "Louise" from Jona Lewie.  My mind immediately thinks, UGH!, "a commercial station playing two songs in a row from the 80's?  Hell; what's happening here, a miracle."  I gotta leave it on this station.  The announcer speak's, "This is Andy G here on a Friday night, counting down the top 30 songs from July 1981 on Triple M's Cold 30".

He did say July 1981; didn't he?.  Hold it, this is intriguing, those two songs weren't even released yet.  I listened on, and just for the hell of it, list down the remaining 22 songs.  Waiting for my brother to come home, and the delivery of the pizza's, I finish the list, then check out my original chart that I did as a child back in 1981.

Wile comparing notes, I see that a few of MMM selections were on there.  I'm now even more curious to see how well MMM did their research, so now, as I'm armed with the partial chart from the Cold 30, I get the Kent Reports out, and check every song, and when it first charted, and OH MY GOD, WHAT A MESS!!!!!!!

First of all, here is Triple M's Cold 30, exactly as Andy G played it tonight.  Note after the group of each song is the CORRECTED DATE, when the song actually first charted.  You will immediately see that many of the songs weren't even released yet.

MMM Sydney Cold 30 Countdown
Date aired, Friday 27th April 2007

CH#  TRACK TITLE ARTIST/GROUP (corrected chart date) LABEL CAT No:

22.  The loved one Inxs (6 Apr 1981) Deluxe 103741
21.  Louise (we get it right) Jona Lewie (20 Jul 1981) Stiff K 8300
20.  Urgent Foreigner (31 Aug 1981) Atlantic 45-3831
19.  If you leave me Mental as Anything (25 May 1981) Regular K 8305
18.  Jealous guy Roxy Music (30 Mar 1981) Polydor 2002 040
17.  Love plus one Haircut 100 (10 May 1982) Arista K 8656
16.  Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield (29 Jun 1981) Wizard ZS 473
15.  Armistice day Midnight Oil (24 May 1982) CBS Sprint BA 12032 (30cm single)
14.  Love will tear us apart Joy Division (23 Mar 1981) Factory SFA 406
13.  Give me head (you have the right to remain silent) The Radiators (13 Jul 1981) WEA RADI 722 (30cm single)
12.  Counting the beat The Swingers (2 Feb 1981) Mushroom K 8101
11.  Message of love The Pretenders (30 Mar 1981) WEA ARE 15
10.  To cut a long story short Spandau Ballet (9 Mar 1981) Chrysalis K 8152
9.   Stop dragging my heart around Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty (10 Aug 1981) WEA / Modern 79231
8.   Just can't get enough Depeche Mode (8 Mar 1982) Mute POW 0053
7.   The stroke Billy Squire (17 Aug 1981) Capitol CP 494
6.   Super-freak Rick James (7 Dec 1981) Motown G 7205
5.   Turn me loose Loverboy (13 Apr 1981) CBS BA 222795
4.   Screaming Jets Johnny Warman (5 Oct 1981) Rocket 6000 688
3.   Oh no, not you again Australian Crawl (21 Dec 1981) EMI EMI 628
2.   Chequered love Kim Wilde (17 Aug 1981) Rak RAK 512
1.   You got nothing I want Cold Chisel (14 Dec 1981) WEA 100191

Note that the songs from Cold Chisel, Rick James, and Midnight Oil, weren't even recorded yet. and therefore did not even chart until many months later.  Can Triple M explain how they can twist time??  (I gotta meet the guy responsible for this chart... most probably he can do a few time twists in my life too. :) :) )  The best one was Haircut 100's "Love plus one", which did not even chart until 10th May 1982, yet this is suppose to be a countdown from July 1981???

Also, quite a few of the songs in Triple M's imaginary chart had already charted in March and April.  Okay, giving triple m the benefit of the doubt for a moment, if a song sells well, it can be in the top 100 for many months at a time.  Bryan Ferry's "Jealous guy" was an acception as it was a huge seller.

Note the Joy division and Inxs songs in Triple M's Chart.  Both these tracks had charted already back in March and April respectively.  Realising that both were minor hits, already makes it hard to believe that they would still be charting in the top 30 region of a top 100 singles chart, still after 20 weeks.

And now for an original chart from the time, from my personal archive of charts, and well, this is my music chart from Sunday 19th July 1981.  This chart was compiled by noting the frequency of times, that certain songs were played on 2SM, 2UW, 2Day FM, and MMM at the time, and wow! aren't they some rippers here......

National Top 30 Singles Chart
1.   Jessie's girl Rick Springfield Wizard ZS 473
2.   The one that you love Air Supply Big Time BTS 478
3.   Precious to me Phil Seymour CBS ES 589
4.   Things don't seem Australian Crawl EMI EMI 482
5.   Bette Davis eyes Kim Carnes EMI America AMI 460
6.   Making your mind up Bucks Fizz RCA Victor 103786
7.   Slow hand The Pointer Sisters Planet P 47929
8.   Vienna Ultravox Chrysalis K 8219
9.   Only for sheep The Bureau WEA 100168
10.  Turn me loose Loverboy CBS BA 222795
11.  Stars on 45 (The Beatles) Stars on 45 Philips 6000 658
12.  Say I love you Renee Geyer Mushroom K 8326
13.  Gemini dream The Moody Blues Threshold TH 27
14.  This ole house Shakin' Stevens Epic ES 603
15.  Misplaced love Rupert Hine A&M K 8252
16.  Nobody told me The Monitors Festival K 8236
17.  Lay all your love on me Abba Epic EPC A13 1454
18.  Bad habits Billy Field WEA 100165
19.  A woman needs love (just like you do) Ray Parker Jr. Arista K 8257
20.  Falling in and out with you Mi-Sex CBS BA 222809
21.  Just the two of us Grover Washington Jr. (feat. Bill Withers) Elektra E 47103
22.  Waiting for you The Dugites DeLuxe 103819
23.  I don't want to dance Splitenz Mushroom K 8334
24.  Take it on the run REO Speedwagon Epic ES 608
25.  Gotta pull myself together The Nolans Epic ES 562
26.  Room full of diamonds The Radiators 7 Records MS 485
27.  The best of times Styx A&M K 8181
28.  If you leave me, can I come too? Mental as Anything Regular K 8305
29.  Being with you Smokey Robinson Motown T 54321
30.  Stand and deliver Adam and the Ants SBS BA 222841

Note that Rick Springfields "Jessie's girl" was at the top, as it had already charted for three weeks.  Kim Carnes had just been number one for quite a few weeks with "Bette Davis eyes", and was just starting to slip down some notches.  At #5, this single was still performing strongly.  For some reason, they didn't play that one?  I can still remember Ian Molly Mildrem Humdrumming the new Phil Seymour album on countdown, during this particular week, and the single "Precious" was still charting steadily since the middle of May.  Hall and Oates had just released their next single, "You make my dreams" in the US, and it was going to chart here in Australia within the next five weeks.

I'm even more curious to find out why Triple M DIDN'T play Ultravox's Vienna, as this was also a HUGE hit in July, that year.  2UW had hammered that one, until your ears fell off.  A few months before this chart, Bucks Fizz won the Eurosong Contest for Britain.  The single was released by RCA, and it was their fifth week in.

I would love to visit Triple M in Bondi Junction, and have a beer...... (Oops, I don't drink Alcohol)..... mmmm, a lemonade with the program manager, and see how they make up their imaginary charts.  I would even offer my own chart compiling services :) :) :), for a fee of course, (ha ha).