Remember Pinkerton's Assorted Colours ? Or Engelbert Humperdinck, T.Rex, Lord Rockingham's XI, Showaddywaddy, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Hedgehoppers Anonymous and Mariah Carey ? Oh yes 'we' had the weird ones too.
Now we have artists with special characters in their names. Ke$ha and 3OH!3 so it's nice to see the tradition is in good hands.
Anyway I looked today and thought I'd somehow gone into a wormhole and was back in my yute. There was old red eyes, Dean Martin, resurrected after all this time, thus proving that a lifetime of boozing really can have a pickling effect on your body even after you've left it.
A little further down the chart comes my personal favourite crooner, Matt Munro. Yep, dead too.
Further down still, Gracie Fields. Dead 31 years for goodness sake and that alone must set some sort of record....for a record !
Then there are artists who, while still alive, have been dead to the charts for several years. Artists like Boyzone and Simply Red. Boyzone actually entered at No.1 and proved again that the death of a band member doesn't necessarily mean the death of his career.
So what's going on ? Why are all these oldies and not so goldies in the current Top 40 ?
Well, Sunday was Mother's Day ! Nuff said.
Is it too early to pre order Wham's Last Christmas ?