So I was clearing the loft of my old house out on Saturday which included three large boxes of CD’s, two boxes of cassettes which was about 300. many of them tapes I had made and individually numbered (you can see where this blog is going) a box of seven inch singles and a load of twelve inch singles and albums. It’s safe to say my interest in music started early. First memories would be buying ex jukebox singles from the local newsagents. Some of them are still in my seven inch single box and come in the form of Boney M. I must have been about 7 when I bought these. The first proper single I can recall buying was “Wings of a dove” by Madness which was 1983 so I was 9. One of the first albums I remember buying was “Welcome to the pleasure dome” by Frankie goes To Hollywood. One of the first twelve inches I got was also by Frankie. I was in HMV on Lord Street and looking at an american import of “Relax” on twelve inch. As it was an import it was dearer than a normal twelve inch and my pocket money could not afford it. There was a record rep in the shop who had specked me looking at this record and then said to my amazement that I could have it for free. Funny how these things stick in your mind. I remember it so much that despite getting that around £5 record for free I am still down from bastard HMV as I got a £10 gift card for chrimbo that is now worth nowt. Moving onto CD’s I was late to the CD party but the first CD I bought was a CD single “Play that funky music” by Vanilla Ice in 1990. Finally we moved onto downloads and my first download was “Weekend” by Michael Gray in 2004. Coming up to modern-day and I buy very little music now as I subscribe to Spotify premium. So as you can see I have a major interest in music and can remember quite a lot. But luckily enough for me in the loft there were several school exercise books (11 in total) that contained my own version of the charts.
So on 4th June 1989 I proudly revealed the first Faymondo top ten singles and the first number one was “Heylom Halib” by Cappella. An early indication perhaps as to the lost years that would come in the 90’s when I was into the dance scene.
Even more sadder and amazing is that the final chart published was on 19th September 1997 (Age 24 and 1 day !!!!! )and after 8 glorious years with “Sunchyme” by Dario G at the top spot that was that. I wonder why I stopped. Did I get a life ? Did I realise I had issues ? It really is nerd central to do a thing like that but now these lost transcripts have been found it gives a peek back into my life. I did also keep a diary from around 89 to the early 90’s but I have since destroyed these to keep the names of the guilty secret and who was knobbing who, getting pissed and taking what can never be published. So below I will go back in time and reveal who was number one in the Faymondo singles charts on 20th January in years gone by.
“Words” by The Christians was number on (6th week on the run) as you can already see my fave bands singles went straight in at number one. Single of shame would be “Hangin tough” by New Kids On The Block at number 8. No I cant think of an excuse. Christ this is going to be quite revealing if it already isn’t. I should stop here.
A new entry in at number one and “3 am eternal? by The KLF. Single of shame would be “The Grease Megamix” just making it at number 10.
It was a second week at number one for The Prodigy with “Everybody’s in the place” Single of shame goes to Genesis with ‘I can’t dance” up one place to number three.
And up from number two to number one were Snap with “Exterminate” Single of shame still in the chart at number 9 after 8 weeks in the top ten is “Megamix” by Boney M. How sweet, where it all started in the late 70’s with ex jukebox singles.
As I thought the dance music scene kicking in and “Alex Party” by Alex Party was number one for its third week. Single of shame “Twist and Shout” by Chaka Demus & Pliers.
An 051 classic at number one here with “Coming back for more” by Royal T which funny enough I banged on my iphone only last week. Single of shame would be “Them Girls” by Zig & Zag which isnt currently on my iTunes let alone iPhone. I liked Zig and Zag though (as you can see)
The much lesser known hits from The Bucketheads was number one “Got myself together” Single of shame would be “Inside out” by Culture Beat. I couldnt even tell you know how it went !!
You can tell what time of life I was at as “Estelle” by a Man Called Adam from the Cafe Del Mar album was numero uno. Single of shame was most probably “Step by step” by Whitney Houston. That’s not too bad is it ?
So there you have it my shame fully laid out. No mention of 2unlimited, Technotronic, Jimmy Nail, Jive Bunny, Color me bad, Londonbeat, East 17, Whigfield, Simply Red or The Spice Girls. as if they would ever be in there, cough cough.
Might not be a blog for some time now as I head underground to hide my shame. To prove the point that once a nerd always a nerd my current number on according to Spotify is “Tornado” by Ali Ingle. Hang on a min Spotify collates your top ten tracks. Does this mean a chart comeback, published at 7pm every sunday night ? Stay tuned pop pickers.
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