Chart EntriesThey finally did it at the sixth time of asking (depending on how you view “Club Fantastic Megamix”) but this week Wham! Celebrate as they claim their first chart topping single with “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”. Its ascendency was far from guaranteed at the start of the week with both Deniece Williams and Duran Duran not a million miles behind them but after the group did TOTP sales exploded and they ended up moving 4-1 selling 87,000 into the bargain. Incredibly that isn’t the highest weekly tally the group have ever achieved, back in December 1982 they sold 99,000 copies with “Young Guns (Go For It)” which was only good enough for No 3 in that particular week. As reported last week Le Bon has expressed his satisfaction with holding Wham! off the top spot if only for a week, “The Reflex” dips 1-3 this week with 48,000 copies sold. It is also leaped over by the aforementioned Williams who sold 56,000 as she moves 3-2 but it now looks as though the top slot may be beyond her.
The Style Council’s debut album “Café Bleu” finally saw the light of day back in March and peaked at No 2 behind Howard Jones’ “Human’s Lib”, already, it seems the band have moved on. Their new single “Groovin (You’re The Best Thing/ Big Boss Groove)” isn’t on the album and debuted at No 11 last week and now shoots to No 5 (36,000) to become the group’s fifth top 5 hit from 7 releases, it seems Weller still has the touch!
Written and produced Mike Batt “I Feel Like Buddy Holly” marks the return of Bernard Jewry to the upper reaches of the chart- you’ll probably know him better as Alvin Stardust. It’s Stardust’s sixth top 10 single though it still has a long way to be his biggest, that of course being the chart topping “Jealous Mind” 10 years ago, it moves 17-7 (33,000) this week.
Hazell Dean has plugging in clubs for years and has attempted to become the UK’s entry in Eurovision twice (1976 and this year in case she looked familiar) but on both occasions she failed to go forward as our entrant. She finally proves herself this week however as her first song to progress beyond No 63 (the peak position of her previous release “Evergreen/ Jealous Love”) as “Searchin’ (I Gotta Find A Man)” crawls 13-8 (31,000). The single was originally released last year and narrowly missed out on becoming her first hit when it peaked at No 76 but the song clearly had potential for Dean.
In other news Ultravox climb 10-6 (34,000) and is now their second highest peaking single behind the monumental “Vienna” which made No 2 three years ago. It bucks the trend of the other survivors from last week’s big 10, Pointer Sisters slide 2-4 (41,000) and two long runners are on their way out consist of Queen’s “I Want To Break Free” (5-9, 28,000) and Phil Collins’ “Against All Odds” (8-10, 26,000) but both are now reasonable sellers at 326,000 and 361,000 respectively.