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CHARTS: UK Top 40 Singles Chart 8th February 1987

UK Top 40 Singles Chart for Sunday 8th February 1987

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 2nd to Saturday 7th January 1987.

This is how the charts USED to look with new entries, climbers and non-movers, all based solely on record purchases.
This week there were six new entrys, thirteen climbers and six non-movers! And it was announced like this…

40. Siouxsie And The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire”
We start with Siouxsie And The Banshees down eleven places this week with their rendition of Bob Dylan’s original composition.

39. Mental As Anything – “Live It Up”
And move on to a new entry and a top 40 debut for Australian band Mental As Anything, who have been together since 1979 but never had a chart hit here in the UK. That all changes today with this second track from their current fifth studio album.

38. Freeez – “IOU”
Freeez go down eight places this week with their first UK chart hit having been on the top 40 for five weeks now.

37. Billy Ocean – “Love Is Forever”
Last week Billy Ocean went down with the latest single from his album, Love Zone”, but holds on for another week as a non-mover.

36. Raze – “Jack The Groove”
They were a non-mover last week, but Raze definitely move, or ‘jack’, seven days on, dropping sixteen places.

35. The Christians – “Forgotten Town”
There’s another new entry next and another chart debut, this time for British band The Christians, who hail from Birmingham and this is their debut single which gives them an instant chart hit!

34. The Ward Brothers – “Cross That Bridge”
The Ward Brothers debut single has been around for three weeks now but drops down two places on this weeks chart.

33. The Mission – “Wasteland”
While The Mission fall eleven places with their latest former top twenty hit single.

32. The Pretenders – “Hymn To Her”
Down fourteen places go The Pretenders with their latest track taken from the album, “Get Close, which currently gold a Gold certification.

31. Dead Or Alive – “Something In My House”
Pete Burns and the band are down ten places with their highest charting hit since their number one two years ago, which comes from their current album, “Mad, Bad And Dangerous To Know”.

30. The Jets – “Crush On You”
We keep the chart debuts coming this time with the American family Wolfgramm who collectively call themselves The Jets. They made their US debut in 1985 and took this song to No.3 there last year. Now they’re seeking cross Atlantic success…

29. The Damned – “Gigolo”
The Damned came back to the chart last week with this new track and go up seven places into the top thirty with it this week.

28. Percy Sledge – “When A Man Loves A Woman”
There’s a chart return now for Percy Sledge with, what was his debut single back in 1966. It reached No.4 here back then and makes its return due to it being featured in a new film coming out called ‘Platoon’.

27. Rosie Vela – “Magic Smile”
US model, actress and now singer Rosie Vela has been on the chart for three weeks now with her very first recording but goes nowhere at all with it this week.

26. The Gap Band – “Big Fun”
Ten weeks on the UK top 40 now for The Gap Band’s biggest and highest charting single so far, even if it drops nine places.

25. Timbuk 3 – “The Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades”
US rock group Timbuk 3 released their debut single over here two weeks ago and made the chart last week. This week they go up eight places with it.

24. UB40 – “Rat In My Kitchen”
UB40’s rat is definitely on the way out as he and the band leave the top twenty this week, down nine places.

23. Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite”
And following them is former chart topper Jackie Wilson, down ten places and now with three whole months on the top 40.

22. Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again”
There are two joint highest climbers of sixteen places on this week’s chart and Carly Simon is one of them, shooting up the lower end of the chart with her first UK hit for four years.

21. Swing Out Sister – “Surrender”
Swing Out Sister are out of the top ten for a second time in their career as they fall eleven places and also out of the top twenty as well!

20. Europe – “Rock The Night”
Coming back to the top twenty for a second time are Europe with the follow up to last year’s number one and moving up eight places.

19. Ben E King – “Stand By Me”
More old 60’s hits back in the chart after a twenty year gap and this time it’s from Ben E King with his 1961 recording, which is also from a film and with this new entry, he actually betters the original’s release by eight places!

18. Level 42 – “Running In The Family”
Slightly bettering Ben E are Level 42 who bag this week’s highest new entry with another brand new song that will also be the title track of their next album, which is coming out next month!

17. Eric Clapton – “Behind The Mask”
Five weeks on and Eric Clapton is still climbing the chart! This week he goes into the upper half of the top 40, up six places.

16. Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie”
A trio of former top tenners that leave that part of the chart coming up and Robbie Nevil is one of them, down ten places.

15. Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?”
Folling him is Alison Moyet, down just five for her but now with three months inside the top 40 altogether for this song.

14. Vesta Williams – “Once Bitten Twice Shy”
Vesta Williams came into the top twenty last week and like Eric Clapton, has five weeks on the chart. She’s also still on the up with a rise of two more places.

13. Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool”
Elkie Brooks is out of the top ten with her highest charting hit so far. She’s down five places this week.

12. The Smiths – “Shoplifters Of The World Unite”
Meanwhile, last week’s highest new entry from The Smiths stays put for a second week, while all else changes around them.

11. Five Star – “Stay Out Of My Life”
Five Star were one of last week’s new intake but they do move and it’s upwards, by thirteen places to position themselves just outside the top ten.

10. Hot Chocolate – “You Sexy Thing”
Hot Chocolate continue their climb of the chart for the second time with this re-issue, which is back in the top ten once again, up four places.

9. Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – “Male Stripper”
But going up more places and into the top ten are Man 2 Man with their re-issued track, joining Carly Simon as this week’s other joint highest of sixteen places.

8. Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body”
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley’s former number one is down five places this week. He’s been in the top ten for five weeks now, two of which were spent on top.

7. Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman – “The Music Of The Night”
Also entering the top ten this week are Michael ‘Phantom’ Crawford and Sarah Brightman with their duet from this hit musical, which is up twelve places.

6. Taffy – “I Love My Radio”
Taffy is still on the move, although she’s up just one place this week with her very first top ten hit.

5. The Blow Monkeys – “I Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”
Last week’s highest climber from The Blow Monkey‘s moves into the top ten, up a further six places to give the band their very first!

4. Randy Crawford – “Almaz”
Randy Crawford returned to the top five last week for the first time in seven years with this track, which stops and stays just where it ascended to for a second week.

3. Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth”
There’s no stopping Curiosity Killed The Cat, however, with their first top 40 entry, which is still going and is up two more places this week.

2. Pepsi And Shirlie – “Heartache”
Wham singers Pepsi and Shirlie‘s debut song as a duo has powered into second place and that’s where they stay for a second week running.

1. George Michael and Aretha Franklin – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”
They are propping up their former lead man for a second week on top as George and Aretha maintain the biggest seller of all in the UK and in time for Valentine’s day as well! Will they still be waiting for each other on top for a third week, or will Curiosity, The Blow Monkeys or someone else knock em down? There’s only one way to find out…

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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!