THE 1987 ANOMALY

Here’s the list of all the singers/bands who got to #1 in the Indie Singles Charts in 1987:-

Ciccone Youth, Age of Chance, The Smiths (three times), Erasure (two times), Gaye Bykers on Acid, The Soup Dragons, All About Eve, New Order (two times), M/A/R/R/S, Fields of the Nephilim and Nina Simone.

The last-named sort of sticks out somewhat doesn’t it?

My Baby Just Cares For Me had originally been recorded in 1958 for Nina’s debut LP Little Girl Blue. Despite the likes of Frank Sinatra, Julie London and Pat Boone all recording it in the 60s, this jazz song was really quite obscure until some marketing whizzkid decided it would make the perfect accompaniment to an advert for Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Such was the popularity of the ad that there was a demand for the song to be released as a single which happened in October 1987 on Charly Records, a small label specialising in reissuing obscurities and whose distribution arrangements meant its releases could qualify for the indie charts.

mp3 : Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For Me

My Baby Just Cares For Me went to #5 in the mainstream charts and spent 5 week at top of the indie charts. It was preceded and then succeeded by these: –

mp3 : Fields Of The Nephilim – Blue Water
mp3 : New Order – Touched By The Hand Of God

More invaluable knowledge for pub quizzes.

3 thoughts on “THE 1987 ANOMALY

  1. I can say with some certainty I bought every single by the above mentioned indie chart toppers in 1987 – with the exception of Nina Simone. I am sure I have the song on a CD somewhere though.
    Problem is JC, now I WANT to hear Field Of The Nephilim and Gaye Bykers On Acid, and it’s 1 in the morning…

  2. You gotta love Nina and FotN in the same post. Excellent work, JC. And safe though perhaps surprising to say, Nina had a far more rock’n’roll life than Carl and the boys.

  3. And the film clip for the Nina Simone song was an early Aardman production, though I read somewhere that Ms Simone hated it.

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