I’m afraid this won’t be a huge comeback quite yet, but I did want to check in with everyone. Hope you’re doing well in spite of the current difficulties. Let’s take a look back at the charts for stowaways from back in January.
January saw Pet Shop Boys dominating the singles chart, with Burning the heather grabbing the top spot for one week, and then Dreamland returning for the rest of the month. Decide and Monkey business floated around in the top ten as well. Vince Clarke‘s astonishingly good remix of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark‘s Almost kept it in the top three for the whole month, and Sparks‘ new 7″ release of Let’s Go Surfing spent the month steadily climbing as well. Both also spent the whole month holding onto the top two of the new Catalogue Singles chart.
Sparks also dominated the album chart, with their wonderful three-disc reissue of 1995’s Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins holding onto the top spot for the whole month, and their new Past Tense singles compilation holding the number two spot. It was a quiet month all round, with Hot Chip holding onto the number three spot as well.
Here are the singles for 18th January:
Pet Shop Boys feat. Years & Years – Dreamland
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Almost
Sparks – Let’s Go Surfing
Pet Shop Boys – Burning the heather
Pet Shop Boys – Decide
And the albums:
Sparks – Gratuitous Sax & Senseless Violins
Sparks – Past Tense – The Best Of
Hot Chip – A Bath Full Of Ecstasy
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
For a number of reasons, actually completely unrelated to the reason you might be thinking of, posts have dried up here a bit recently. There was a time, back in the day, when I was able to stay well ahead with writing reviews, and never had any shortage of content. Time passed, and gradually life got busier, and honestly this blog has been limping along for a while now.
So, what now? I may have run out of posts, but I’m not short of ideas, so this blog will definitely return – probably not seven days a week again, but maybe once a week, and probably not for a little while, unless I suddenly find a lot of free time for some reason. For now, while I’m housebound, I’m afraid family duties have to take top priority!
So let me leave you with this, the ninth most played track in my iTunes library: the brilliant Dave Gahan, providing vocals for Soulsavers, on Longest Day. Please take it easy, stay safe, and enjoy the silence!