IT All Began
Welcome to Golden Days. My name is Nigel and I live in Nottingham UK with my wife Catherine, though I was born and raised in Wrexham, North Wales. I first became interested in popular music at the age of eleven, when on the day of leaving the primary school in July 1973, I untypically watched the TV show 'Top Of The Pops'. I say untypically because even though my parents sometimes watched it, I was never bothered about watching it myself. On this particular Friday, my friend Clive and I were playing Monopoly until he announced that he was going to go home to watch Top Of The Pops. I didn't really want to watch it, but as I was in quite a commanding position in the game of Monopoly, I didn't want Clive to leave without finishing the game. So I said that he could watch Top Of The Pops at our house, and I prepared for 40 minutes of boredom. But, featured as a new release on that weeks show was the new single from 'Gary Glitter'. It was called "I'm the leader of the gang (I am)". It changed my life ! I had to have that record. So I asked my Mum for an advance on my pocket money (allowance) and bought it. Two weeks later it was at number one in the UK chart where it stayed for four weeks. My life would never be the same again. Over the next few months I bought records by Suzi Quatro, Wizzard, Mott The Hoople etc. Then in 1974 (by which time Top Of The Pops had returned to it's more usual Thursday night), Queen came along with "Seven Seas Of Rhye". This was different and I've been a fan of the band since that Thursday evening when they were first featured on Top Of The Pops. I have so much Queen info that I would like to feature, but I just haven't got around to doing it yet. One day it will be here, I just can't say when.
I launched my REMEMBER
WHEN page in January 1997, and renamed it NIGEL REMEMBERS
In July 2000. Each week on this page, I have featured a
UK top 40 from this week in one of the years between 1973-1984.
I have also included my own commentary on each song. Some
of the commentary is fact, some is useless trivia, while
some is just about what was going on in my own life at
that time. The reason I chose that particular timeframe
is that even though I do know approx 80% of the hit
singles from the ten years prior to 1973, I don't
actually remember them being hits, so I don't see any
point in commenting on them. As for 1984 being the cut
off point - To me, 1984 was the last truly great year for
music. True that 1985's 'Live Aid'concert was one of the
greatest moments in musical history, it's a concert that
could not be bettered by substituting today's most
popular acts for the acts taking part that day. But
brilliant though it was, music seemed to go into slow
decline from then on. I will not rule out the possibility
of featuring the years 1985-1987 at some point in the
future as (I repeat), it was a slow decline. But I don't
see any possibility at all of my going beyond that. 1987
saw the introduction of House Music to the chart, and
Tuesday 20th January 1987 was a very sad day for music.
It was the day that Steve 'Silk' Hurley hit number one
with "Jack Your Body". I can still barely
believe that such an awful noise could get to the summit
of the UK Chart. Later in the year something just as bad
repeated the trick, "Pump Up The Volume" by M.A.R.R.S.
I had always been a fan of dance music, but that changed
during those last 3 years of the 80s. As 1988 rolled in,
the chart began to get dominated by these awful noises
that made me feel irritable (and dare I say Violent ?)
every time I heard them, and the chart has remained in
this state ever since.
Even though the REMEMBER
WHEN page is the most popular section of my site, the
NOSTALGIA CHART is my favourite secion. As I mentioned
above, I have been addicted to music since 1973, and have
also been fascinated by the charts. In those early days
the charts were a lot different than they are today in
the UK. Singles would enter the charts at a low position
and gradually move up towards the top. Only extremely
popular acts would enter the chart inside the top five,
in fact any record that entered inside the top ten would
be expected to reach number one. New entries at number
one were very rare before 1989. Not including the very
first UK number one, only four singles entered the chart
at number one between 1952 and 1972. Another four did it
in 1973 and then no more until 1980. It happened ten more
times between then and 1989 before all hell broke loose.
It happens almost every week these days, and the charts
are no longer interesting. Personally, I do not think the
reason for this is because the quality of music has got
better. I feel that the reason is the complete opposite.
Record companies now release all of their new singles on
a Monday so that it gets the full weeks sales in the
first week of release. Add to this the fact that Chart
return shops seem to sell the new release at a vastly
reduced price (sometimes 70's prices) during the first
week of release. Add to that, the fact that new singles (and
their promo videos) are released to the media as much as
three months prior to release, and you can see why
records now debut so high. Think for a minute. Enormously
popular acts such as ABBA, ROD STEWART, T.REX, ROLLING
STONES, DONNY OSMOND and the BAY CITY ROLLERS never
entered the singles chart at the top. The BEATLES only
did it once, as did CLIFF RICHARD, THE POLICE and DURAN
DURAN. ELVIS did it twice, QUEEN also did it twice, but
that was only when it had become commonplace.
Finally, if you've e-mailed me as a result of visiting this site and have not yet received a reply, I'm attempting to work my way through the backlog, and hope to get back to you soon, thank you.