1992 was the year I got married. It was also the year I realised that I had made a mistake by getting married. I can recall my mum showing up at my house one Saturday morning when we were going out to get fitted for my wedding dress and there being saucepans all over our kitchen floor. When she asked what had happened, I explained that my husband-to-be had thrown them at me! There were some good times too. We got married in Guildford and went to Florida and the Bahamas for our honeymoon. It was amazing. I continued working at Hambro Countrywide Relocation and my career there was going from strength to strength.
One of the biggest music memories of this year was going clubbing with many of my work friends every week. We would go to Fantails which was a club in the Peacocks Centre in Woking and, every Sunday evening (in order to squeeze the last drop out of the weekend) we would go to a bar on the Goldsworth Road where they played great music and the drinks were a good price!
As I am now a radio presenter on Radio Ninesprings, and I will be sharing my Top 10 all week and sharing 1 track from the list each day, Monday to Friday, on my show from 3pm. Plus, there is now a compilation show on Sunday’s at 6pm.
10. I’m Gonna Get You by Bizarre Inc
As soon as this song kicked in, that was it. I was up on the dancefloor. Whenever I listen to it back now it always reminds me of my clubbing days! I used to love dancing and it was definitely how I stayed fit.
The song was by an English electronic group and was probably the first song of this style that I really enjoyed! It peaked at number 3 in the UK.
9. Lip Service by Wet Wet Wet
The album ‘High on the Happy Side’ was probably my favourite from this group. They had already had hits with Goodnight Girl and Make It Tonight but I think this upbeat number is my favourite.
With great trumpets at the beginning, it got to number 15 here in the UK.
8. Could It Be Magic by Take That
The first song from Take That on Music to My Years – but definitely not the last! This is the song that made me sit up and really notice them. I had a real crush on Robbie Williams thanks to this video. The song was so upbeat and great fun. It made me want to dance every time.
A song by Barry Manilow, they got to number 3.
7. Free Your Mind by En Vogue
I absolutely loved this song! Funky, great to move to and really great words as well, it came from the album Funky Divas. I remember playing it a lot in the following years. Billboard named the song No. 41 on their list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. There is also an alternative lyric version written for the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.
Surprisingly, it only reached number 16 in the UK. The harmonies are just brilliant!
6. Crucify by Tori Amos
The album Little Earthquakes was hardly ever off my car CD player during 1992 and 1993. There were so many songs on there that were summing up my life at that point. It was like Tori was in my head!
Silent All These Years and Crucify both had lyrics which resonated with me. I listen back to this song now and can assign it to so many things which happened in my life! Tori is such a talent and Ross and I have seen her live at the Royal Albert Hall.
5. Be My Downfall by Del Amitri
The album Change Everything by Del Amitri is just brilliant. I have said before that lyrics are a big part of any song for me. They are important and have to be done properly as I find the words affect me!
This song by the band is one of their lesser known. The main song from the album was Always the Last to Know but I wanted to include this one on my top ten. It only got to number 30.
4. Walking on Broken Glass by Annie Lennox
Annie Lennox came back with a superb solo career after leaving Eurythmics. Her album ‘Diva’ is one of my favourites and her voice is simply stunning.
The moment I heard this song, I loved the lyrics, the music and, well, pretty much everything about it. The video was all very ‘Dangerous Liaisons’ starring John Malkovich and Hugh Laurie. It got to number 8 in the UK and number 1 in Canada.
3. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
Where on earth do I start with this song. When Eric Clapton’s son Connor died I was in bits. He was just 4 years old at the time – the same age as Rex is now – when he fell from the 53rd floor of an apartment block belonging to Connor’s mum’s friend. Devastated doesn’t even come close – and how do you come back from that?
This song was written by Clapton after he had isolated for a while. He then began working again, writing music for the film Rush in 1991. He dealt with the grief by cowriting “Tears in Heaven” for the soundtrack with Will Jennings.
The song then took on a new meaning for me. I keep totally composed at my Grandads funeral and even managed to make it through the reading of a poem I wrote for him. At the end of the service, this song played and I just broke down. He was an incredible man.
2. Faithful by Go West
I bet you thought that this would be my number one this week?! Well, it very nearly was and then, at the last minute, I swapped it!
The whole song, once again, is brilliantly written with fantastic lyrics and great music. It seemed that Go West really where on a huge comeback – well, at least, they were for me!
It reached number 13 here in the UK but it’s highest chart position was in Canada, where it peaked at number two.
1. Winter by Tori Amos
This song originally went in at number one, then swapped to number two, then swapped back to number one!
This is just pure class by Tori Amos. I can remember walking into Our Price one week and I heard a song which I loved. There was a line ‘There’s Judy Garland taking Buddha by the hand’. I was sold. I love Judy Garland. So, for the first time ever I walked up to the counter and asked who it was. They told me it was the album ‘Little Earthquakes’ by Tori Amos. So I bought it on the spot and still play it to this day.
This song, to me, is about a relationship with a father. One which I wish I had. It is a beautiful track and reached number 25 here in the UK.