I did a variation on your last post – I checked on what all the No.1 British singles were for the year I did my A’Levels and left school. These were the results, and what I thought of them:
- Paul McCartney, Pipes of Peace. Don’t care for the song, but I had the LP.
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Relax. Ah, the song that got banned from Radio 1 because of the lyrics and therefore became an instant hit. I had the LP.
- Nena, 99 Red Balloons. German Eurovision winner from back in the day when normally if the song was good, it won.
- Lionel Ritchie, Hello. What a classic slow smoocher. Yes, I had the LP.
- Duran Duran, The Reflex. Not their best, but as a confirmed Durannie, I’m glad they got in.
- Wham!, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go. Don’t you yearn for the innocent days when George Michael was a teenybop idol and we didn’t know what he got up to in public toilets? Plus this is one of the all time great tracks to fill a dance floor at a Christmas disco.
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Two Tribes. Just to remind us of the Cold War, Ronald Reagan, Mikhail Gorbachev and the fear of imminent nuclear destruction.
- George Michael, Careless Whisper. I know every, tortured, word.
- Stevie Wonder, I Just Called To Say I Love You. I will probably be struck down for saying it, but I detest this song.
- Wham! Freedom, George Michael again. Oh, how I loved him back then.
- Chaka Khan, I feel for you. Where did this one come from?
- Jim Diamond, I Should Have Known Better. Classic one hit wonder and again, I know every word. Gorgeous song.
- Frankie Goes to Hollywood, The Power of Love. People thought they were taking the mick out of the Nativity Story. I liked it. Now it smacks of rampant commercialism in the hunt for the exalted Christmas No. 1. Of course they were denied by:
- Band Aid, Do They Know It’s Christmas. What a charity fundraiser that was. I still remember Bob Geldof demanding we gave money “Now!”
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I guess 1984 wasn’t such a bad year after all!