The Chart for 5 Jul 1981 – Exactly 40 years ago.

The Chart for 5 Jul 1981 – Exactly 40 years ago.

40 years ago I was a mere 32 years old, Mamma was 29 years old. We had a 3 almost 4-year-old and a Zero almost 1 year old. Life was busy, definitely too busy to listen to music. Yet, I must have done because I look at this chart from exactly 40 years ago this week and the memories come flooding back from almost every track. I love the Charts for lots of reasons: it’s a list, I love the statistics and the memories recreated. I find Charts as good as any playlist too.

And my favourite track has to be the brilliant, THERE’S A GUY WORKS DOWN THE CHIP SHOP SWEARS HE’S ELVIS by KIRSTY MACCOLL.

What a brilliant track. Also you cannot beat NO WOMAN NO CRY {1981} by BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS and of course GHOST TOWN   by THE SPECIALS                             THE SPECIALS.

Set up a playlist of these 30 tracks and you will find it the best Time Machine ever!

 

Pos          LW         Title                                                        Artist     

1              2              GHOST TOWN                                   THE SPECIALS 

2              1              ONE DAY IN YOUR LIFE              MICHAEL JACKSON

3              3              CAN CAN                                             BAD MANNERS

4              15           STARS ON 45 (VOLUME 2)           STARSOUND      

5              4              GOING BACK TO MY ROOTS      ODYSSEY            

6              7              BODY TALK                                       IMAGINATION

7              6              MEMORY                                            ELAINE PAIGE

8              5              BEING WITH YOU                            SMOKEY ROBINSON     

9              12           NO WOMAN NO CRY {1981}       BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS               

10           14           WORDY RAPPINGHOOD               TOM TOM CLUB

11           16           RAZZAMATAZZ                                QUINCY JONES

12           17           YOU MIGHT NEED SOMEBODY  RANDY CRAWFORD

13           25           DANCING ON THE FLOOR (HOOKED ON LOVE)                THIRD WORLD 

14           New        MOTORHEAD (LIVE)                      MOTORHEAD   

15           13           PIECE OF THE ACTION                  BUCKS FIZZ      

16           22           THERE’S A GUY WORKS DOWN THE CHIP SHOP SWEARS HE’S ELVIS – KIRSTY MACCOLL

17           8              MORE THAN IN LOVE                    KATE ROBBINS AND BEYOND 

18           10           HOW ‘BOUT US                                 CHAMPAIGN     

19           9              TEDDY BEAR                                    RED SOVINE     

20           11           ALL STOOD STILL                          ULTRAVOX

21           27           NEW LIFE                                           DEPECHE MODE             

22           21           THROW AWAY THE KEY             LINX     

23           20           WIKKA WRAP                                   EVASIONS          

24           29           CAN’T HAPPEN HERE                    RAINBOW          

25           18           TAKE IT TO THE TOP (CLIMBING) KOOL AND THE GANG           

26           New        SAT IN YOUR LAP                           KATE BUSH      

27           34           FOR YOUR EYES ONLY SHEENA EASTON            

28           26           STAND AND DELIVER                   ADAM & THE ANTS       

29           19           WILL YOU                                           HAZEL O’CONNOR          

30           24           I WANT TO BE FREE                       TOYAH