Up to its peak of 25 this week was Raspberry Beret, a classy, decent bit of pop by Prince and the Revolution, as later covered by Hindu Love Gods, which was Warren Zevon with the three guys out of R.E.M. that weren't the singer. I do apologise, fans, for the rather dumbed-down presentation there, I know that you know all their names, and want me to use that as a measure of your intellect somehow, but you have to remember that I have other reader too, who have studied classical literature or particle physics or something and as a consequence wouldn't even be able to name one of R.E.M.'s managers, unlike you or I. Anyway, this was part of Prince's psychedelic phase, in which time he did worse and worse in the charts, but anyway - Raspberry Beret - respect. I think I had a raspberry beret once, I might still have it somewhere. That's a beret that's raspberry in colour, not like a hat that was shaped like a raspberry or something. I don't think that's what Prince meant, either. "The kind that you find in a second-hand store" he sang, so if he did mean that he was being misleading, presumably deliberately so. As it happens I don't think he did mean that.
Down to 24, having very slowly climbed to a peak of 16 two weeks earlier, was She Sells Sanctuary by The Cult. They never got into the top ten, and this was their joint second biggest hit, it was their best one, I think. I probably thought it was great at the time, now not so much, not much of a song but a great riff and it sounds great. Peaking at 23 that week was Gary Moore's Empty Rooms. I don't remember it at all but I don't imagine I would be that into it then or now. As for empty rooms, they have their pros and cons, don't they? They can be liberating or bleak. A lot depends on your needs and how you feel at the time, and what you're wanting. Down to 22 was Let Me Be The One by Five Star, I don't remember it but they were sort of a third-rate British Jacksons, only their family name was Pearson. a few singles later they started having top ten hits, but I can only remember how one of them went, their biggest hit, System Addict, and that was pretty annoying. They should have been called One Star. Down to 21 was Round And Round by Jaki Graham, that had been at number 9, I don't remember it, she was alright but never had any decent material. She was launched with a nasty saccharine ballad duet with David Grant, Could It Be I'm Falling In Love. And down to 20 from its peak of 17 was Bruce Springsteen's turgid Glory Days, I'm On Fire was better.
Down at 19, having peaked at 2, Madonna's mediocre ballad Crazy For You, down at 18 having peaked at 9 was Living On Video by Trans-X, don't remember it from the time at all but I heard it a few years ago and it was decent, I could imagine why it would have gone in one ear and out the other at the time as it's a bit unremarkable but it's a nice early eighties synth-pop thing, it was a remix that was a hit here then apparently, the original would have been earlier, so it's more like a record from earlier in the eighties. Down at 17 was the former number 1 Frankie, the worst Sister Sledge song I ever heard, truly annoying and awful. Number 1 though, much higher than their We Are Family and Lost In Music which were great in 1979. Lost In Music only got to 17. Ugh. I found how annoying and awful it was upsetting at the time, and I would now if you made me listen to it. This is a fall from grace that echoes I Just Called To Say I Love You. And down at 16 was the former number 2 Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer. An synthesizer instrumental that was only a hit because it was in Beverley Hills Cop, it was sort of crap basically but if you were around at the time you remember the main riff and would have probably tried to play it if you were within reach of a keyboard at the time.
Tomorrow - probably - fifteen to one! But no William G. Stewart.
I will also start audioising this feature, possibly with musical thingummy!
that's all from me for now
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