Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 6th August 1989

from records kept by Christopher Smith

So this was the chart that Radio 1 DJ Bruno Brookes broadcast from 5-7pm with data from the GALLUP computer based on record sales from Monday 31st July to Saturday 5th August 1989.

This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week, thirty years ago, there were seven new entry’s, eleven climbers and three non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Pet Shop Boys – “It’s Alright”
Chris and Neil are down nineteen places this week and with six weeks on the top 40, it looks like their last for now.

39. Neneh Cherry – “Kisses On The Wind”
Neneh Cherry is back with a new entry, the third single to come from her debut album “Raw Like Sushi” and the follow-up to her two previous top five hits. Can she make it three in a row…?

38. Fuzzbox – “Self”
And so are Fuzzbox, they left us four weeks ago with “Pink Sunshine” now they’re back for the third time this year with another track from their current album “Big Bang”.

37. Lisa Stansfield – “This Is The Right Time”
And there’s another chart return as well as a debut for Lancashire born Lisa Stansfield, who sang on Coldcut’s “People Hold On” back in March, now she’s back her first top 40 single on her own!

36. The Primitives – “Sick Of It”
After a good week last week, The Primitives slide twelve places this week with their second top 40 showing of this year.

35. The Beatmasters featuring Betty Boo – “Hey DJ (I Can’t Dance To The Music You’re Playing)”
The Beatmasters are back with this new entry, their second of 1989 and this time they team up with newcomer Betty Boo better known as Alison Clarkson for her UK chart debut.

34. Gun – “Better Days”
Gun slip one place this week with their chart debut and it comes from their first album “Taking On The World” that’s out now.

33. Gladys Knight – “Licence To Kill”
After seven weeks in the top twenty, Gladys Knight falls fifteen places this week with the theme song from the latest James Bond film, which becomes her most successful solo single to date!

32. Aswad – “On And On”
Aswad have got it right though, they were new last week and climb eight places this week with their version of Stephen Bishops’s 1977 US No.11 hit, which is already doing much better here than the original.

31. Prince – “Batdance”
Prince is down eight this week with the title theme of the latest ‘Batman’ film and expect more to follow from the chart topping soundtrack album.

30. The Blow Monkeys – “Choice”
They’ve been unable to move for the past two weeks, but this week The Blow Monkey’s fall eight places with their third top 40 entry of this year.

29. A Guy Called Gerald – “Voodoo Ray”
Gerald Simpson is a guy called Gerald and he falls nine this week having spent the past month in the top twenty with his UK chart debut.

28. Blackbox – “Ride On Time”
Blackbox are an Italian group of producers who make their UK chart debut now with this new entry that’s already been a massive hit in the European clubs.

27. Wendy And Lisa – “Satisfaction”
US duo Wendy and Lisa continue their climb of the UK top 40, they go up a further seven places this week and into the top thirty.

26. Dogs D’amour – “Satellite Kid”
Dog’s D’amour made their debut last week, despite having formed six years ago and released three studio albums, they climb nine places this week.

25. Big Fun – “Blame It On The Boogie”
Here’s another chart first and a new entry for this UK boy band with three very familiar faces behind the scenes – Stock Aitken Waterman! The song is of course a cover of The Jackson’s 1978 single which reached No.8 here, how far can these boys go with PWL produced version??

24. Liza Minnelli – “Losing My Mind”
This week’s highest new entry is from stage and screen star Liza Minnelli with her version of a song from the 1971 musical Follies with production courtesy of the boys at No.40! Incidentally, this is Liza’s first ever showing on the UK singles chart!

23. Redhead Kingpin and The FBI – “Do The Right Thing”
Another of last week’s new entries was this collaboration from New York, who all climb thirteen places this week and doing much better than this track did back home a few months back when it was first released.

22. Karyn White – “Superwoman”
Karyn White is still a ‘superwoman’ nine weeks on but she does fall eight places this week with her first UK chart showing taken from her self-titled debut album that’s sold nearly a million copies across the Atlantic.

21. Simply Red – “A New Flame”
A group that’s used to selling millions of records is Simply Red, they fall four this week with the title track from their latest album that’s already Platinum certified here and Gold certified in The States.

20. Simple Minds – “Kick It In”
They moved up last week and they move down this week, Simple Minds fall five places with the latest track to come from “Street Fighting Years”.

19. Soul II Soul – “Back To Life”
Still hanging in there are Soul II Soul with their former four week chart topper, but down eight this week.

18. Paul McCartney – “This One”
Macca has a very good week, however, he’s up twelve and follows “My Brave Face” into the top twenty for the second time in three months.

17. Inner City – “Do You Love What You Feel?”
It’s not so good for Kevin Saunderson and Paris Grey, they slip one place with their fourth UK single release that hasn’t made the top ten like the previous three have.

16. The Lightning Seeds – “Pure”
Ian Broudie’s new group are celebrating this week. They debuted on last week’s chart and get a big climb of sixteen places into the top twenty this week!

15. Kirsty MacColl – “Days”
Having equalled The Kinks chart high last week, Kirsty falls three places this week with her version of their 1968 original.

14. Transvision Vamp – “Landslide Of Love”
Wendy James and Co. got a big new entry last week and they go up five places this week to score their fourth top twenty hit in twelve months.

13. Shakespear’s Sister – “You’re History”
Former Banana Siobhan Fahey and Marcella Detroit made their chart debut last week and get a big leap of thirteen places this week, their debut album is called “Sacred Heart” and it’s out in a couple of weeks.

12. The London Boys – “London Nights”
Dennis and Edem have had a great year so far with two top five hits out of two releases but they fall four this week to leave the top ten for now.

11. Bette Midler – “Wind Beneath My Wings”
While Bette Midler is still going strong with the main theme song from her hit movie ‘Beaches’, she does drop one place though this week with it.

10. Chaka Khan – “Ain’t Nobody ’89”
Chaka Khan is keeping buoyant too, she’s also falling one place this week but stays in the top ten for a fifth week with the second remixed hit from her current album “Life Is A Dance”.

9. Martika – “Toy Soldiers”
American singer Martika made her UK chart debut last week with this former US chart topper which becomes this week’s highest climber of eighteen places. She’s going good so far to be a potential future number one here too!

8. Bobby Brown – “On Our Own”
Bobby falls one place this week with his third top ten hit of the year taken from the soundtrack of the film ‘Ghostbusters 2’.

7. Bros – “Too Much”
Matt and Luke have made a return to the charts as a duo but the boys drop three more places this week with the first release to come from their forthcoming second album due in the Autumn.

6. Gloria Estefan – “Don’t Wanna Lose You”
Gloria’s topped the US singles chart for the second time with this brand new single from her new album “Cuts Both Ways” but here she remains steadfast for a third consecutive week refusing to do any better or any worse.

5. Alice Cooper – “Poison”
Last week’s highest climber of twenty one places moves even further this week, up another eight to give Alice his biggest UK hit since “Elected” back in 1972!

4. Sonia – “You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You”
Sonia descends the chart gracefully with her former chart topper, one place this week and I’m sure there will be more coming from her and the Stock Aitken Waterman boys in the future!

3. Lil Louis – “French Kiss”
On the climb, however, is Lil Louis, two more for him this week and he claims top top on this weeks dance chart with this infuriating tune!

2. Kylie Minogue – “Wouldn’t Change A Thing”
Kylie bagged last week’s highest new entry with the second new tune to come from her this year in anticipation of a new album this Autumn, but she holds firm for a second week, denied any movement at all with her seventh top two single out of seven releases.

1. Jive Bunny – “Swing The Mood”
So the Mastermixers of some of the biggest tunes of the 1950’s and 60’s gain a second week on top, fronted by a new carrot crunching rabbit that will give Bugs a run for his money I am sure! Will he bag a third week or can Alice Cooper, Martika or someone else push him out of the way, there’s only one way to find out…

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