Popjustice Retrochart - March 1984 - w/e 17/03/84

Number 47 - new entry for The Special AKA who have always been a political band and never more so then on their new single about South African Political Prisoner "Nelson Mandela" - he has been in jail now for over 20 years and "Amnesty International" as well other other Human Rights Organisations are very concerned about his health and the conditions of his imprisonment!
 
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This week's highest new entry comes from John Lennon. His second single from the "Milk and honey" album that was released earlier this year. "Borrowed time" was recorded in Summer 1980 - months before his untimely death:
 
HMV Retrochart
W/e 17th March 1984
TW LW WoC HP Title Artist Mstream UK
1 3 7 1 JUMP Van Halen 7
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2 1 8 1 WOULDN'T IT BE GOOD Nik Kershaw 4
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3 2 5 2 HIDE AND SEEK Howard Jones 12
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4 5 7 4 99 RED BALLOONS Nena 1
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5 4 5 4 MY EVER CHANGING MOODS The Style Council 27
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6 8 8 6 STREET DANCE Break Machine 3
7 6 19 1 RELAX Frankie goes to Hollywood 6
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8 7 7 3 DOCTOR DOCTOR The Thompson Twins 19
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9 12 6 9 SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME Rockwell 9
10 9 8 8 THE POLITICS OF DANCING The Re-Flex 34
11 17 6 11 I WANT A NEW DRUG Huey Lewis and the News N/A
12 15 10 12 DANCE HALL DAYS Wang Chung 26
13 30 3 13 WOOD BEEZ (PRAY LIKE ARETHA FRANKLIN) Scritti Politti 43
14 21 5 14 YOUR LOVE IS KING Sade 20
15 26 3 15 IT'S RAINING MEN The Weather Girls 11
16 14 7 2 RADIO GA GA Queen 28
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17 10 10 5 IT'S MY LIFE Talk Talk N/A
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18 18 10 18 LET THE MUSIC PLAY Shannon 21
19 11 9 10 HYPERACTIVE Thomas Dolby 72
20 33 3 20 ROBERT DE NIRO'S WAITING Bananarma 22
21 22 6 21 JOANNA Kool and the Gang 2
22 37 2 22 WHAT DO I DO Galaxy 13
23 34 2 23 HELLO Lionel Richie 5
24 13 6 6 MIDDLE OF THE ROAD The Pretenders N/A
25 32 3 25 THE LION'S MOUTH Kajagoogoo 37
26 NEW 1 26 BORROWED TIME John Lennon 51
27 25 7 25 GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED Matt Bianco 23
28 19 8 7 SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME Simple Minds N/A
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29 24 10 2 GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN Cyndi Lauper 32
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30 16 8 6 THE KILLING MOON Echo and the Bunnymen N/A
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31 27 4 27 OUT COME THE FREAKS Was (not Was) 41
32 39 3 32 ADULT EDUCATION Hall and Oates 63
33 20 6 20 ILLEGAL ALIEN Genesis 78
34 23 9 10 THIS MUST BE THE PLACE Talking Heads N/A
35 48 2 35 HANNA HANNA China Crisis 44
36 43 3 36 GENERAL PUBLIC General Public 60
37 46 2 37 WITHOUT YOU David Bowie N/A
38 NEW 1 38 CHERRY OH BABY UB40 42
39 42 2 39 THE RENEGADES OF FUNK Afrika Bambaataa 30
40 49 2 40 I'M FALLING The Bluebells 76
41 28 6 19 ONE SMALL DAY Ultravox 67
42 NEW 1 42 DR MABUSE Propaganda 66
43 31 10 7 BREAK MY STRIDE Matthew Wilder 25
44 35 13 4 ORIGINAL SIN INXS N/A
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45 NEW 1 45 LUCKY STAR Madonna 47
46 29 4 29 DOWN IN THE SUBWAY Soft Cell 29
47 NEW 1 47 NELSON MANDELA The Special AKA 68
48 NEW 1 48 THE GREATNESS AND PERFECTION OF LOVE Julian Cope 77
49 NEW 1 49 BIRDS FLY (WHISPER TO A SCREAM) The Icicle works 53
50 NEW 1 50 THAT'S THE WAY (I LIKE IT) Dead or Alive 79

Sales Certifications:
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250,000 (Silver)

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500,000 (Gold)
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1,000,000 (Platinum)


Rockwell (with a little help from Michael Jackson) climbs into the top ten from 12 to 9 this week "Somebody's watching me":


They're Number One is the USA and Canada this week and now the HMV Retrochart - Van Halen "Jump" from 3 to the top spot this week!


Chartfile:
Van Halen jumps two places this week to the top spot knocking off Nik Kershaw. It’s their first Number One and obviously after Edie Van Halen did the guitar solo on Michael Jackson’s “Beat it” last year, the profile of his group has increased! Along with Nik Kershaw, Howard Jones, The Style Council, Frankie goes to Hollywood, The Thompson Twins and The Re-Flex are all heading down the top ten. Meanwhile Nena, Break Machine and Rockwell are climbing.
The highest new entry this week is at Number 26 for John Lennon and “Borrowed time”, which was one of the last songs he recorded before his untimely death in 1980
Meanwhile, Frankie goes to Hollywood’s “Relax” is still the longest runner in the chart with 19 weeks in total.

Next Week could see new entries from Culture Club, Depeche Mode, Shakin’ Stevens, Simple Minds, Siouxsie and the Banshees and Captain Sensible – stay tuned!
 
1984 - The Stats:

The Number Ones:
W/E Artist Title

07-Jan-84 Howard Jones What is love?
14-Jan-84 Howard Jones What is love?
21-Jan-84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
28-Jan-84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
04-Feb-84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
11-Feb-84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
18-Feb-84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
25-Feb-84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax
03-Mar-84 Nik Kershaw Wouldn't it be good
10-Mar-84 Nik Kershaw Wouldn't it be good
17-Mar-84 Van Halen Jump

The Number Twos:
Artist Title Peak

Righeira No Tengo Dinero - 3 weeks in Jan
Cyndi Lauper Girls just wanna have fun - 2 weeks in Feb
Queen Radio Ga Ga - 1 week in Feb
Howard Jones - Hide and Seek - 3 weeks in Feb/Mar
 
Retro-ing the Retrochart:
What was Number One this week in...

1980
ATOMIC - Blondie
1981 ONCE IN A LIFETIME - Talking Heads
1982 POISON ARROW ABC
1983 BILLIE JEAN - Michael Jackson
 
Are you thinking of creating a "Mix Tape" of the HMV Retrochart Number Ones of the 1980's?
86 songs so far have made it to the summit - but can you find a cassette long enough to fit them all on...who knows maybe in the future Home Computers can solve this issue with a new format?!


Artist Title Year
1 The Police Walking on the moon 1980
2 The Pretenders Brass in pocket 1980
3 Madness My girl 1980
4 The Specials Too much too young 1980
5 Blondie Atomic 1980
6 The Jam Going Underground 1980
7 Detroit Spinners Working my way back to you 1980
8 Blondie Call me 1980
9 Dexys Midnight Runners Geno 1980
10 Gary Numan We are glass 1980
11 OMD Messages 1980
12 Olivia Newton John & ELO Xanadu 1980
13 Joy Divison Love will tear us apart 1980
14 Abba The winner takes it all 1980
15 David Bowie Ashes to Ashes 1980
16 Gary Numan I die: You die 1980
17 Kelly Marie Feels like I'm in love 1980
18 The Police Don't stand so close to me 1980
19 OMD Enola Gay 1980
20 Blondie The tide is high 1980
21 Abba Super Trouper 1980
22 John Lennon (Just like) Startin' over 1980
23 John Lennon Imagine 1981
24 John Lennon Woman 1981
25 Ultravox Vienna 1981
26 Talking Heads Once in a lifetime 1981
27 Kim Wilde Kids in America 1981
28 Bucks Fizz Making your mind up 1981
29 Ennio Morricone Chi Mai 1981
30 Adam and the Ants Stand and deliver 1981
31 Smokey Robinson Being with you 1981
32 Vangelis Chariots of fire 1981
33 The Specials Ghost Town 1981
34 Spandau Ballet Chant No.1 1981
35 Visage Visage 1981
36 The Human League Hard times/Love Action/I believe in love 1981
37 Simple Minds Love Song 1981
38 Adam and the Ants Prince Charming 1981
39 Altered Images Happy Birthday 1981
40 The Police Every little thing she does is magic 1981
41 Earth Wind & Fire Let's groove 1981
42 The Human League Don't you want me 1981
43 Dollar Mirror Mirror 1982
44 Kraftwerk The Model 1982
45 The Men I don't depend on you 1982
46 The Jam A town called Malice 1982
47 ABC Posion Arrow 1982
48 The Associates Party Fears Two 1982
49 Dollar Give me back my heart 1982
50 Bucks Fizz My camera never lies 1982
51 Elton John Blue eyes 1982
52 Yazoo Only You 1982
53 Madness The House of fun 1982
54 Adam Ant Goody Two Shoes 1982
55 The Associates Club Country 1982
56 Irene Cara Fame 1982
57 Yazoo Don't go 1982
58 Duran Duran Save a prayer 1982
59 ABC All of my heart 1982
60 Musical Youth Pass the dutchie 1982
61 Culture Club Do you really want to hurt me 1982
62 Tears For Fears Madworld 1982
63 The Human League Mirror Man 1982
64 Culture Club Time (Clock of the heart) 1982
65 Phil Collins You can't hurry love 1983
66 Men at Work Down Under 1983
67 Kajagoogoo Too shy 1983
68 Michael Jackson Billie Jean 1983
69 Duran Duran Is there something I should know 1983
70 David Bowie Let's Dance 1983
71 Michael Jackson Beat it 1983
72 Spandau Ballet True 1983
73 The Human League (Keep feeling) Fascination 1983
74 Heaven 17 Temptation 1983
75 The Police Every breath you take 1983
76 Spandau Ballet Gold 1983
77 UB40 Red Red Wine 1983
78 Culture Club Karma Chameleon 1983
79 Lionel Richie All night long (All night) 1983
80 Michael Jackson Thriller 1983
81 Paul Young Love of the common people 1983
82 Thompson Twins Hold me now 1983
83 Howard Jones What is love? 1984
84 Frankie goes to Hollywood Relax 1984
85 Nik Kershaw Wouldn't it be good 1984
86 Van Halen - Jump 1984
 
I’m in a quandary with my #1 this week. Do I go for the iconic song I loved as a kid or the one that’s stood the test of time, no less iconic, I prefer it these days but don’t remember how I felt about it at the time....
 

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03 01 08 Wouldn't It Be Good | Nik Kershaw
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150,000 NEW NUMBER ONE

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01 01 08 99 Red Balloons | Nena
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150,000
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02 01 10 Girls Just Want To Have Fun | Cyndi Lauper
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110,000
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04 02 07 Radio Ga-Ga | Queen
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100,000
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08 05 03 Robert De Niro's Waiting | Bananarama 90,000

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05 01 09 Here Comes The Rain Again | Eurythmics
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80,000
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12 07 03 My Guy | Tracey Ullman 52,500
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18 08 03 It's Raining Men | Weather Girls 50,000
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09 09 04 I'm Gonna Be Strong | Blue Angel featuring Cyndi Lauper 42,500
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14 10 04 Help | Tina Turner 40,000


Nik Kershaw's debut rises to the top this week against stiff competition, not least Nena who was just deprived of a second week at the summit at the last minute.

Bananarama continue their streak of top five singles rising 8-5. Tracey Ullman and Tina Turner return to the top ten this week and are joined by The Weather Girls with their first top ten, though they did hit #1 on the dance chart at the end of 83.
 
11 07 03 13 Ain't Nobody | Rufus & Chaka Khan
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12 06 01 15 Holiday | Madonna
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13 23 13 05 Your Love Is King | Sade
14 15 14 06 Encore | Cheryl Lynn
15 27 15 02 Hello | Lionel Richie

16 16 15 10 Jump | Van Halen
17 11 05 13 Relax | Frankie Goes To Hollywood
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18 --- 18 01 Lucky Star | Madonna HIGHEST NEW ENTRY

19 10 09 12 Come Said The Boy | Mondo Rock
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20 21 20 03 The Lion's Mouth | Kajagoogoo

21 19 19 03 Adult Education | Hall & Oates
22 28 22 03 Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin) | Scritti Politti
23 24 23 06 Beast Of Burden | Bette Midler

24 22 19 08 Rebel Yell | Billy Idol
25 20 01 13 An Innocent Man | Billy Joel
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26 30 26 05 Evergreen / Jealous Love | Hazell Dean
27 50 27 03 Word Is Out | Jermaine Stewart
28 46 28 02 I'm Only Shooting Love | Time Bandits

29 13 10 06 Michael Caine | Madness
30 33 30 05 Livin' In Desperate Times | Olivia Newton-John
31 35 31 03 Breakin' Down (Sugar Samba) | Julia & Company

32 17 12 07 Doctor Doctor | Thompson Twins
33 38 33 05 Rush Rush | Debbie Harry
34 34 34 04 The Dream | Irene Cara

35 29 27 04 Fraggle Rock | Fraggles
36 41 36 03 A Night In New York | Elbow Bones & The Racketeers
37 31 20 07 Action | Evelyn King
38 25 10 10 It's My Life | Talk Talk
39 32 20 12 Original Sin | INXS
40 39 39 06 More More More | Carmel
41 40 30 05 Wishful Thinking | China Crisis
42 42 36 07 I'd Do Anything | Dead Or Alive
43 54 43 04 Spice Of Life | Manhatten Transfer
44 36 18 08 The Killing Moon | Echo & The Bunnymen
45 --- 45 01 Ghost Of Love | Fiction Factory
46 48 14 20 Joanna | Kool & The Gang
47 26 07 10 (Feels Like) Heaven | Fiction Factory
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48 43 18 08 What Difference Does It Make | The Smiths
49 37 18 13 Ya Mo Be There | James Ingram & Michael McDonald
50 67 50 02 I Don't Know What It Is But I Love It | Chris Rea
51 55 51 03 Don't Answer Me | Alan Parsons Project

52 51 23 13 Pink Houses | John Cougar Mellencamp
53 44 28 09 Hyperactive | Thomas Dolby
54 69 54 04 Tender Touch | Cargo
55 57 55 04 Love Has A Mind Of Its Own / Stop, Look & Listen | Donna Summer
56 56 56 04 Street Dance | Break Machine

57 47 22 08 Speed Your Love To Me | Simple Minds
58 45 31 07 Get Out Of Your Lazy Bed | Matt Bianco
59 49 07 13 Break My Stride | Matthew Wilder
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60 --- 60 01 Dr Mabuse | Propaganda
61 58 33 08 Somebody's Watching Me | Rockwell
62 59 06 18 Let The Music Play | Shannon
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63 52 23 09 Over My Head | Toni Basil
64 75 64 05 Illegal Alien | Genesis
65 --- 65 01 Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now) | Phil Collins

66 53 34 10 For A Rocker | Jackson Browne
67 60 45 19 Human Touch | Rick Springfield
68 65 42 09 I Want A New Drug | Huey Lewis & The News
69 70 48 05 Dance Hall Days | Wang Chung
70 61 38 05 My Ever Changing Moods | The Style Council
71 62 24 13 The Politics Of Dancing | Re-Flex
72 68 50 06 Middle Of The Road | Pretenders
73 63 13 09 New Moon On Monday | Duran Duran
74 64 08 15 I Am What I Am | Gloria Gaynor
75 66 66 05 Cry And Be Free | Marilyn
76 71 51 07 Run Runaway | Slade
77 --- 77 01 That's The Way (I Like It) | Dead Or Alive
78 --- 78 01 Head Over Heels | The Go-Gos

79 72 54 11 What's New | Linda Ronstadt
80 73 01 14 Pipes Of Peace | Paul McCartney
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81 77 02 18 Let's Stay Together | Tina Turner
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82 80 80 06 Got A Hold On Me | Christine McVie
83 81 81 05 Tell Me What You Want | Loose Ends
84 79 01 18 Thriller | Michael Jackson
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85 78 04 19 This Charming Man | The Smiths
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86 76 40 13 Let's Go Up | Diana Ross
87 74 16 13 So Bad | Paul McCartney
88 --- 88 01 Cherry Oh Baby | UB40
89 85 01 24 Uptown Girl | Billy Joel
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90 86 02 20 Right By Your Side | Eurythmics
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91 88 02 26 Love Is A Battlefield | Pat Benatar
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92 90 04 26 Burning Up | Madonna
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93 104 93 01 The Language Of Love | Dan Fogelberg
94 82 17 16 Single Handed | Haywoode
95 83 58 05 Hide & Seek | Howard Jones
96 87 04 17 What Is Love | Howard Jones
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97 95 01 29 New Song | Howard Jones
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98 108 98 01 Wonderland | Big Country
99 96 03 18 Hold Me Now | Thompson Twins
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100 98 08 19 Thank You For The Music | ABBA
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EG's TOP 40 RETROCHART: Week Ending 17th March 1984

TW LW WoC HP TITLE ARTIST
1 1 5 1 HIDE AND SEEK HOWARD JONES
2 3 3 2 TO BE OR NOT TO BE (THE HITLER RAP) MEL BROOKS
3 4 5 3 GET OUT OF YOUR LAZY BED MATT BIANCO
4 6 4 4 JUMP VAN HALEN

5 2 6 2 STREET DANCE BREAK MACHINE
6 14 4 6 THE POLITICS OF DANCING RE-FLEX
7 5 7 1 RADIO GAGA QUEEN
8 9 5 8 JOANNA / TONIGHT KOOL & THE GANG
9 22 2 9 ROBERT DE NIRO'S WAITING BANANARAMA

10 7 7 1 DOCTOR! DOCTOR! THOMPSON TWINS
11 24 2 11 HELLO LIONEL RICHIE
12 1 12 THE LION'S MOUTH KAJAGOOGOO
13 16 5 13 AN INNOCENT MAN BILLY JOEL
14 8 6 8 SOMEBODY'S WATCHING ME ROCKWELL
15 20 3 15 ULLO JOHN, GOT A NEW MOTOR? ALEXEI SAYLE
16 15 11 1 RELAX FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
17 10 5 7 MY EVER CHANGING MOODS THE STYLE COUNCIL
18 17 4 17 DOWN IN THE SUBWAY SOFT CELL
19 31 2 19 RENEGADES OF FUNK AFRIKA BAMBAATAA & THE SOUL SONIC FORCE
20 11 6 6 MICHAEL CAINE MADNESS
21 28 2 21 DANCE HALL DAYS WANG CHUNG
22 25 4 22 MORE MORE MORE CARMEL

23 12 7 5 WOULDN'T IT BE GOOD NIK KERSHAW
24 32 2 24 YOUR LOVE IS KING SADE
25 19 7 12 LET THE MUSIC PLAY SHANNON
26 35 2 26 WHAT DO I DO? PHIL FEARON & GALAXY
27 13 6 10 ONE SMALL DAY ULTRAVOX
28 30 3 28 BREAKIN' DOWN (SUGAR SAMBA) JULIA & COMPANY
29 37 2 29 IT'S RAINING MEN THE WEATHER GIRLS

30 18 7 4 NEW MOON ON MONDAY DURAN DURAN
31 23 6 8 SOUL TRAIN SWANS WAY
32 21 8 5 WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? THE SMITHS
33 1 33 ADULT EDUCATION HALL & OATES
34 26 6 19 99 RED BALLOONS NENA
35 38 2 35 MY GUY TRACEY ULLMAN
36 1 36 HANNA HANNA CHINA CRISIS
37 1 37 ORIGINAL SIN INXS

38 27 8 2 SPEED YOUR LOVE TO ME SIMPLE MINDS
39 29 6 21 RUN RUNAWAY SLADE
40 33 6 11 PUNCH AND JUDY MARILLION

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EG's Chartdust: HoJo extends his reign to 3 weeks, with none of the chasing pack looking like candidates to topple him. The highest entry at #12, from Kajagoogoo, may be the one. Bananarama (22-9) and Lionel Richie (24-11) both climb 13 places, as most of last week's intake make strong progress. It's a first Top 40 entry in some time for Daryl Hall & Jon Oates, and a first Top 40 entry ever for INXS.
 
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