Popjustice Retrochart w/e 05/09/81

EG's WEEKLY TOP 40 RETROCHART: 5th September 1981

TW LW WoC HP TITLE ARTIST
1 2 4 1 TAINTED LOVE SOFT CELL
2 1 5 1 LOVE ACTION (I BELIEVE IN LOVE) THE HUMAN LEAGUE
3 4 3 3 ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS BUCKS FIZZ
4 6 3 4 ABACAB GENESIS
5 13 2 5 SOUVENIR O.M.D.
6 9 3 6 THE THIN WALL ULTRAVOX

7 7 4 7 HOLD ON TIGHT E.L.O.
8 11 4 8 JAPANESE BOY ANEKA
9 22 2 9 WIRED FOR SOUND CLIFF RICHARD

10 3 7 1 GIRLS ON FILM DURAN DURAN
11 19 2 11 SHE'S GOT CLAWS GARY NUMAN
12 16 3 12 STOP DRAGGIN' MY HEART AROUND STEVIE NICKS with TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS

13 5 6 4 ONE IN TEN UB40
14 17 4 14 RAINY NIGHT IN GEORGIA RANDY CRAWFORD
15 24 2 15 START ME UP ROLLING STONES
16 18 3 16 HAND HELD IN BLACK AND WHITE DOLLAR
17 21 3 17 LOVE SONG SIMPLE MINDS

18 10 8 1 CHANT NO. 1 SPANDAU BALLET
19 8 7 2 HAPPY BIRTHDAY STEVIE WONDER
20 14 6 6 HOOKED ON CLASSICS ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
21 12 7 8 TEMPTED SQUEEZE
22 15 7 5 GREEN DOOR SHAKIN' STEVENS
23 26 5 23 ARABIAN NIGHTS SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES
24 20 12 1 GHOST TOWN THE SPECIALS
25 30 3 25 CHEMISTRY NOLANS
26 34 2 26 PASSIONATE FRIEND TEARDROP EXPLODES

27 25 6 6 STORMTROOPER IN DRAG PAUL GARDINER ft. GARY NUMAN
28 23 5 16 FIRE U2
29 37 2 29 EUROPE AFTER THE RAIN JOHN FOXX
30 27 6 9 WATER ON GLASS KIM WILDE
31 35 3 31 EVERYBODY SALSA MODERN ROMANCE
32 29 10 2 FOR YOUR EYES ONLY SHEENA EASTON
33 1 33 BETCHA WOULDN'T HURT ME QUINCY JONES
34 28 5 19 BACKFIRED DEBBIE HARRY
35 31 8 5 LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME ABBA
36 1 36 SLOW HAND POINTER SISTERS
37 32 10 3 NEW LIFE DEPECHE MODE
38 1 38 HANDS UP (GIVE ME YOUR HEART) OTTOWAN
39 1 39 YOU'LL NEVER KNOW HI-GLOSS

40 33 8 9 COMPUTER LOVE KRAFTWERK
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EG's Chartdust: The top 10 has a strange look to it, with only two singles dropping down this week and one of those is last week's chart topper. That means Soft Cell take over at #1, but the records at #3, #4, #5, #6, #8 and #9 are all climbing and any one of them could mount a serious challenge to Tainted Love in either the short or long term.

11 other singles are on the up, with the highest of just four new entries at a lowly #33.
 
None of the Heaven 17 songs have really clicked with me so far they seem to be all over the place musically too?

The debut album is an acquired taste...I got into them with The Luxury Gap and that sophistipop warm sound, so when I rented out Penthouse & Pavement from the library in 1984, it came as a bit of a shock. Some of the early singles have grown on me, but you're right about their sound being all over the place back then.
 
None of the Heaven 17 songs have really clicked with me so far they seem to be all over the place musically too?
That's the beauty of their debut album "Penthouse and Pavement" - it IS all over the place. In an interview Martyn Ware admitted that when they formed H17 the shackles were off - they didn't restrict themselves to just synths...they used guitars, bass, drums etc...

"I'm your money" could be Kraftwerk
"Penthouse and Pavement" could be Level 42 - check out the excellent bass playing
"Geisha Boys and Temple Girls" could be Human League Mark I
"Soul Warfare" with it's piano playing could be Shakatak

There is so much variety on the album - and for me that's it's strength.
I remember seeing "Play to win" on TOTP back in Sep 1981 and was frustrated when it couldn't crack the Top 40 - I'm convinced it would have been a massive hit if it had done!
 
Play To Win was my favourite back in '84 when I had the tape on loan. Nowdays I probably like the title cut the most, and the video is great with the cute "working girl".
 
The other thing about both "Penthouse and Penthouse" and "The Luxury Gap" is the language they used:

words like "wish list" - non commonly used until at least 10 years later - in fact check out all the lyrics to "Key to the world" which is my all time fave H17 song!
 
I hope this chart reveal happens soon as I would love to be 12 years old again - hopefully we'll get the reveal before this Wednesday because that's when I'll turn 48!
 
Welcome to the PJOPS Retrochart for Week Ending 5 September 1981!



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This week's certifications

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PLATINUM 9000 points

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GOLD 6000 points

NONE

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SILVER 3000 points

Chant #1 (I Don't Need This Pressure) Spandau Ballet
 
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Chart News

#97 CHART ENTRY


#94 CHART ENTRY


#91 CHART ENTRY


#79 CLIMBER - UP 20 PLACES


#78 NEW ENTRY


51 55 51 03 Arthur's Theme Christopher Cross
52 34 11 09 Sat In Your Lap Kate Bush
53 36 18 09 Show Me Dexys Midnight Runners
54 53 53 04 Super Freak Rick James
55 52 41 09 Stranger Jefferson Starship
56 139 56 01 You'll Never Know Hi Gloss FEATURED
57 51 01 22 Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes
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58 54 54 04 Prince Of Darkness Bow Wow Wow
59 63 59 03 Who's Crying Now Journey
60 64 60 03 She's A Bad Mama Jama Carl Carlton
61 62 61 06 Love On A Two Way Street Stacy Lattisaw
62 79 62 02 We Can Get Together Icehouse

63 61 17 14 Pull Up To The Bumper Grace Jones
64 58 06 13 No Woman No Cry Bob Marley & The Wailers
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65 59 14 15 Going Back To My Roots Odyssey
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66 --- 27 11 Little Jeannie Elton John
67 72 67 03 The Voice Moody Blues
68 --- 68 01 Lost In Love Air Supply FEATURED

69 66 66 04 The Listening Wind Talking Heads
70 69 36 23 Sailing Christopher Cross
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71 70 67 08 Gonna Get Over You France Joli
72 67 67 02 Confidence Pour Confidence Jean Schultheis
73 71 02 15 Once In A Lifetime Talking Heads
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74 65 19 15 One Day In Your Life Michael Jackson
75 73 73 04 Je T'aime Michel Polnareff
76 97 76 02 Square Biz Teena Marie
77 68 68 07 The Carrier David Byrne / Brian Eno
78 --- 78 01 I Can't Tell You Why Eagles FEATURED
79 99 79 03 Chloe Elton John FEATURED
80 84 80 04 Desire Roni Griffin

81 80 01 22 Ashes To Ashes David Bowie
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82 87 82 06 Icehouse Icehouse

83 76 76 03 Je Suis Un Rock Star Bill Wyman
84 --- 84 01 La Groupie Du Pianiste Michel Berger FEATURED
85 86 85 03 Dancing The Night Away Voggue

86 74 62 12 Hearts Marty Balin
87 78 78 08 You Stopped Loving Me Roberta Flack
88 93 88 02 Turn It On Level 42
89 85 71 03 Il Jouait De Piano Debout France Gall
90 77 63 10 The Kid Is Hot Tonight Loverboy
91 106 91 01 Breaking Away Balance FEATURED
92 48 44 06 Lady Commodores
93 89 89 02 When I'm Gone Albert Hammond
94 104 94 03 Breakup Song Greg Kihn Band FEATURED
95 95 15 13 The Bed's Too Big Without You The Police
96 114 96 01 Very Special Debra Laws
97 121 97 01 Private Eyes Hall & Oates
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98 88 74 06 Hooked On Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
99 --- 05 15 Could You Be Loved Bob Marley & The Wailers
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100 75 02 18 Chariots Of Fire Vangelis
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Chart News

#68 NEW ENTRY


#56 CHART ENTRY


#49 NEW ENTRY


#34 RE-ENTRY


#14 CLIMBER - UP 13 PLACES


11 08 08 05 One In Ten UB40
12 15 12 04 Love Song Simple Minds
13 13 02 12 Ghost Town The Specials
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14 27 14 04 Hand Held In Black And White Dollar FEATURED
15 20 15 03 The Thin Wall Ultravox

16 14 09 06 Water On Glass Kim Wilde
17 05 02 07 Tempted Squeeze
18 17 02 13 New Life Depeche Mode
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19 16 01 16 Lay All Your Love On Me ABBA
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20 24 20 02 Passionate Friend Teardrop Explodes

21 19 14 09 Computer Love Kraftwerk
22 22 16 06 Backfired Debbie Harry
23 18 01 07 Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder
24 29 24 02 Europe After The Rain John Foxx
25 25 25 02 She's Got Claws Gary Numan
26 33 26 02 Wired For Sound Cliff Richard
27 28 27 04 One Of Those Nights Bucks Fizz
28 31 28 04 Stop Draggin' My Heart Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty

29 26 13 09 Visage Visage
30 35 30 04 Rainy Night In Georgia Randy Crawford
31 10 04 11 For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton
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32 23 22 05 Draw Of The Cards Kim Carnes
33 40 33 03 Chemistry Nolans
34 138 34 02 Hands Up (Gimme Your Heart) Ottawan FEATURED
35 39 35 04 Endless Love Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
36 42 36 04 Japanese Boy Aneka
37 60 37 08 Everlasting Love Rex Smith & Rachel Sweet

38 30 27 05 Fire U2
39 38 01 19 In The Air Tonight Phil Collins
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40 32 23 06 Arabian Knights Siouxsie & The Banshees
41 47 41 03 Everybody Salsa Modern Romance
42 41 29 08 A Promise Echo & The Bunnymen
43 43 05 19 Fade To Grey Visage
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44 44 44 10 Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton
45 49 45 09 I'm In Love Evelyn Champagne King

46 37 11 10 Walk Right Now Jacksons
47 46 38 08 Fire & Ice Pat Benatar
48 50 38 07 Green Door Shakin Stevens
49 --- 49 01 Play To Win Heaven 17 HIGHEST NEW ENTRY FEATURED
50 45 22 17 Believe It Or Not (Theme From The Greatest American Hero) Joey Scarbury
 
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