Now for Something Completely Different…

Instead of waffling on about the #SaveWILG project, I have decided to write something a little different this morning. My Facebook page is full of people posting about the song that was number one on their 14th birthday. Apparently, some chancre on Twitter decided to suggest that the song that occupied the top spot as you blew 14 candles out of a Star Wars birthday cake somehow defines your life. 

It is all bollocks but I couldn’t help but wonder what song was littering the airwaves as I celebrated the start of my second teenage year.

Lots of my friends announced really cool songs such as Imagine by John Lennon or Blockbuster by Sweet. I couldn’t wait to find out what song I could share with my friends to impress them. Would the lyrics include some special line that I could claim I had lived me life by?

Sadly this was not to be the case. I celebrated my 14th year in 1991 and as you can see from the table below, this was a tragic year for music:


Dates Artist – Title
« 1990 1991 Number One Songs 1992 »
 –  Iron Maiden – Bring Your Daughter… To The Slaughter 2
 –  Enigma – Sadness Part 1 1
 –  Queen – Innuendo 1
 –  KLF – 3 AM Eternal 2
 –  Simpsons – Do The Bartman 3
 –  Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go 2
 –  Hale and Pace – The Stonk 1
 –  Chesney Hawkes – The One And Only 5
 –  Cher – Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) 5
 –  Color Me Badd – I Wanna Sex You Up 3
 –  Jason Donovan – Any Dream Will Do 2
 –  Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You 16
 –  U2 – The Fly 1
 –  Vic Reeves and The Wonder Stuff – Dizzy 2
 –  Michael Jackson – Black Or White 2
 –  George Michael and Elton John – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me 2
 –  Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody / These Are The Days Of Our Lives 5


I am sure you agree that this was a nightmare period in the history of music, but number one on my 14th birthday was possibly one of the most tragic examples of the British public’s musical tastes:

I had a look at the lyrics to see if there was any pools of wisdom locked inside this track, but unfortunately this provided no comfort. Take a look at the lyrics and see what a low point this really was for popular culture.

Lucky I don’t pay no attention to such social media trends. Back to #SaveWILG business I think…

Clash by Damien Jeffery

On September the 19th, I was rolling around Birmingham City Centre searching for the fibreglass owls that make up The Big Hoot trail. One I found was number 12: Clash by Damien Jeffery.

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Damien Jeffery is a Bristol based painter, born in Bromsgrove, who studied art at Southampton institute. He is currently working on seascapes inspired by winters surfing on the North coast of Cornwall and Devon.  ‘Damo’ designs and paints murals for schools, businesses and homes and he has twice painted at ‘Upfest’, Europe’s largest urban arts festival; he has designed Gorillas, Rhinos, Buses and Olympic Mascots for Wild in Art events across the country.


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