In the International Year Of The Child, the make-up of the Festive Fifty changed very little from the previous year, with the notable exception of, for the first time, one band holding down the top two spots. (This would only happen once again, in 1995.) The Jesus And Mary Chain had three entries overall, but would continue to make sporadic appearances in the chart over the years: their LP Psychocandy was obviously seen as the year’s defining moment.
Until 1987, the Fall’s Cruiser’s Creek would be the highest charting session track, but once again the Smiths dominated the world, with five songs making an appearance. Billy Bragg managed to get Between The Wars in again, as the previous year’s entry had been for the session. In addition, Peel excelled himself by making a Top 75, and had even considered going on to a hundred. But common sense prevailed, and you can hear the shining glossy results by following the link below. This was broadcast between December 16 and Christmas Day 1985.
Norwich City beat Sunderland 1-0 to carry off the League Cup, Amadeus won the Oscar for best picture (apparently, the soundtrack is one of the first CDs John Peel had in his collection), Microsoft released Windows 1.0, and Ruth Lawrence became the youngest ever graduate of my alma mater, Oxford. Notable debuts of the year came from Mike Tyson, Calvin And Hobbes, New Coke (which lasted about three months) and Tommy Hilfiger. May saw the disaster at Heysel Stadium, where the final between Liverpool and Juventus was marred by rioting that saw 38 fatalities. In August, Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashed, killing 520 people, to date the worst airline disaster in history.
Entertainment wise, the superb time-travel adventure Back To The Future debuted (becoming the top grossing film of the year), Roger Moore was succeeded by Timothy Dalton for the coveted James Bond role, and Simple Minds made a few bucks from (Don’t You) Forget About Me being featured in teen angst-fest The Breakfast Club. Oh, yes, there was also a little something two days after my 22nd birthday: this was one hell of an opener for a historic concert.
All the 405 line transmitters were switched off inthe UK, and the BBC debuted its COW (Computer Originated World) to replace the spinning globe that Monty Python and Not The Nine O’ Clock News so delighted in taking the piss out of. And Eastenders saw the light of day: it can be seen in this nostalgic Christmas Eve trailer for BBC1.
On the day the FF top 10 went out, TVS was touting its usual mix of Coke, MacDonalds, summer holiday and sales: