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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 5th August 1990

Thirty years ago: UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 5th August 1990

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 30th July to Saturday 4th August 1990.

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 ten new entries, fifteen climbers and two non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Go West – “King Of Wishful Thinking”
We’ve had Natalie Cole and Roxette so far, now here come Go West with their contribution to the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack that gives them their first top 40 new entry since “Don’t Look Down” back in 1985!

39. Lenny Kravitz – “Let Love Rule”
The next new entry is a UK chart debut for 26 year old American singer Lenny Kravitz with the title track from his debut album, both of which were released Stateside last year.

38. Tongue’n’Cheek – “Nobody”
Coming back for a second time on the UK chart are Tongue’n’Cheek with this new entry and the follow up to “Tomorrow” back in May.

37. Wet Wet Wet – “Stay With Me Heartache”
Coming back with a fourth new entry this week are The Wets with the fourth single to come from last year’s “Holding Back The River” album.

36. UB40 – “Wear You To The Ball”
And also back on the chart are UB40 with the follow up to “Kingston Town” and the third top 40 single from their most recent album, “Labour Of Love II”.

35. Betty Boo – “Where Are You Baby?”
The new entry’s keep coming as Betty Boo come back after ‘doin’ her do and follows that chart hit with her second solo top 40 entry and hoping for another top ten hit…

34. The KLF – “What Time Is Love?”
Yet another new entry follows and you may think this is a chart debut, but we’ve seen these guys before! And they can already boast of a number single too! Remember The Timelords back in 1988 with “Doctorin’ The Tardis”? Well, that was The KLF, in disguise!

33. The Jungle Brothers – “Doin’ Our Own Dang”
We take a break from six new songs on the chart as The Jungle Brothers climb two places this week with their latest offering.

32. Bananarama – “Only Your Love”
While shockingly, Bananarama fall five places this week with their brand new track, after just one week of positive progress!

31. ZZ Top – “Doubleback”
Also feeling the pinch are ZZ Top with their new recording, which went up last week, but comes back down this week, two places for them.

30. Phil Collins – “That’s Just The Way It Is”
Phil Collins was hoping for a fourth to twenty his from his mega-Platinum selling album “…But Seriously” this week, but he can follow the list of disappointed artists this week as he drops four places.

29. Hothouse Flowers – “I Can See Clearly Now”
Having a better week are Hothouse Flowers, who were also a new entry last week and climb eleven this week with their second chart hit of this year.

28. Little Angels – “She’s A Little Angel”
As were the Little Angels, but they move in the opposite direction, falling seven places with their highest charted hit so far.

27. Glenn Medeiros and Bobby Brown – “She Ain’t Worth It”
Glenn and Bobby leave the upper half of the chart this week as they drop nine places, with a song that is currently top ten Stateside.

26. Sting – “Englishman In New York”
Sting is back in the top 40 for the first time in five years with a song that was originally released in 1988 but failed to chart back then. Thanks to Ben Liebrand (he behind “Eve Of The War” last year) the song has been given a facelift and here he is!

25. FAB featuring MC Parker – “Thunderbirds Are Go”
Lady Penelope’s butler is still moonlighting as a night club DJ with his mix up of Gerry Anderson ‘anthems’ which is down thirteen places this week.

24. Jon Bon Jovi – “Blaze Of Glory”
Jon Bon Jovi is back in the chart and for the first time, on his own without the rest of the boys with this song that comes from the soundtrack of a new film called ‘Young Guns II’.

23. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Amanda”
It’s been a good week for Craig and his band with their second top 40 entry, which looks like it could be a second top ten hit very soon, as it climbs thirteen places this week.

22. Snap – “Oops Up”
Snap leave the top twenty this week with their second UK chart hit, which is down seven places.

21. Roxette – “Listen To Your Heart”
Per and Marie join Craig McLachlan this week in having two songs on the chart as they enter with this song that comes from last year’s album, “Look Sharp” and is also this week’s highest new entry of all!

20. Duran Duran – “Violence Of Summer”
Duran Duran entered the chart last week with a brand new song from their new album that’s out last this month, they move up three places and into the top twenty this week.

19. Bell Biv Devoe – “Poison”
Up one this week are Bell Biv Devoe with their debut release, which has already been a top three hit in America.

18. Roxette – “It Must Have Been Love”
Per and Marie are back again with their second chart hit of this week and also the second song on the chart from the ‘Pretty Woman’ soundtrack, which is down eight places.

17. Together – “Hardcore Uproar”
Together made their chart debut last week and can feel very pleased with themselves as they move into the top twenty with a climb of seven places.

16. Dream Warriors – “Wash Your Face In My Sink”
Going nowhere this week are the Dream Warriors with their first release, which remains exactly where it was this time last week.

15. Tricky Disco – “Tricky Disco”
One of last week’s highest climbers came from one of two self-titled songs, which continues its climb this week, going up seven more places.

14. River City People – “California Dreaming”
The River City People were hoping to take their version of the Mama and Papa’s classic into the top ten this week but sadly they drop back one place seven days on.

13. Craig McLachlan and Check 1-2 – “Mona”
Here comes Craig and Check 1-2 again with their Bo Diddley cover and their first release, which leaves the top ten this week, down six places.

12. LFO – “LFO”
LFO and their “LFO” are so close to those Tricky Disco people but higher up, going up in fact two places this week.

11. Bombalurina – “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”
Timmy Mallett aka Bombalurina made his chart debut last week with this 30 year old song, slightly retitled, but it seems to of worked as his shoots up fourteen places to become this weeks highest climber!

10. Technotronic – “Rockin’ Over The Beat”
They’ve been a non-mover for the last two weeks, but this week Technotronic do move, albeit downwards, with their third UK top ten hit.

9. Elton John – “Sacrifice”
Going down much further is Elton John’s former number one as it leaves the top five and positions itself five places lower than last week.

8. New Kids On The Block – “Tonight”
New Kids On The Block are back in the top ten after last week’s new entry, which climbs nine places to give them their seventh UK top ten hit out of seven singles released!

7. Prince – “Thieves In The Temple”
Last week’s highest new entry came from Prince with a brand new single, his first of this new decade, and it’s up four places this week into the top ten.

6. Madonna – “Hanky Panky”
Madonna was hoping for a second number one from the “I’m Breathless” album this week, following on from “Vogue” in April, but it isn’t to be as she falls four places with the follow up.

5. Soup Dragons featuring Junior Reid – “I’m Free”
The Soup Dragons are still going strong, however, with their Rolling Stones cover, which enters the top five with a climb of three places.

4. Blue Pearl – “Naked In The Rain”
Also making the top five this week and still performing very well are Blue Pearl as they continue to dance naked in the rain, two places higher than last week!

3. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch This”
MC Hammer has been yo-yoing about for a number of weeks now in the top ten and improves on last weeks peak by another two places with his debut, that has done way much better here than it did Stateside in March this year.

2. DNA and Suzanne Vega – “Tom’s Diner”
While Suzanne Vega, helped with producers DNA, keeps her biggest UK chart hit by far to date on the up, as she moves into second place with a climb of one on last week.

1. Partners In Kryme – “Turtle Power”
All that does nothing to dislodge Partners In Kryme off the top, where they stay for a third week with those teenage mutant ninja turtles. Can they make it a full month or will DNA and Suzanne Vega, MC Hammer, Blue Pearl or someone else stop them? There’s only one way to find out…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!