The Rolling "Top of the Pops" BBC4 Revival thread.

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Because, the first one (tonight) is 1976, where we get :

01/04/1976
With Abba, the Brotherhood of Man, the Beatles, Fox, John Miles, Diana Ross and Sailor. (R).

Then after that they are on Thursday night, 7:30pm, and basically are running weekly, each
episode being from (exactly) 35 years ago (near enough)..

Until BBC4 sack it.

Mark G, Friday, 1 April 2011 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Brilliant idea. I can relive my childhood. My earliest musical memories (from pre-school days) are stuff like Abba, The Wurzels, Showaddywaddy and Hot Chocolate.

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 1 April 2011 20:50 (five years ago) Permalink

This docu that's on now makes grim viewing.

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Friday, 1 April 2011 21:18 (five years ago) Permalink

The docu made some interesting points, and for all that I'd have loved if they'd started in 1964 (or whenever), 1976 is a good year to kickoff from.

The big point made was that the charts had become a 'variety' show source, as opposed to the 'teen hit parade' of the sixties. So, loads of Mathis, Roussos, BroMan, Abba and Radio DJs having comedy send-up hits.

It'll be like this for a while, but one I do remember being somewhat of a life changing moment was when Eddie and the Hot Rods did "Get out of Denver",and I went straight out and bought the (expensive) ep the next day.

I know, thesedays peopple decry the rods as being "not as seminal as Dr Feelgood", but I saw a repeat on TOTP2 and it was as good as I remembered. So, soon come, that show which showed the juxtaposition of this band against the other acts on that night.

(also, it means that the quality of dodgy Punk TOTP compilation DVDs are going to shoot up. If they get that far, of course)

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 09:27 (five years ago) Permalink

What tickled me most was the former TOTP producer saying that they didn't get the Pistols on for "Anarchy In The UK" (which peaked at #38) because it didn't chart high enough, very important that we always stuck by the rules etc etc... followed by an April 1976 show featuring two (useless) acts which never charted at all.

The Hot Rods did well to get a TOTP appearance for "Get Out Of Denver", as a) the Live At The Marquee EP peaked at #43 and b) it was the lead track on the B-side.

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 April 2011 09:43 (five years ago) Permalink

It was track 2 on the a-side, but yeah.

Also, the funny was having Dave Bartram saying "yeah, a TOTP appearance guaranteed you a top 10 hit" and demonstrating this with a screening of their massive top (fillinasecond) hit "Trocadero"...

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:08 (five years ago) Permalink

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Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:09 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:25 (five years ago) Permalink

The big point made was that the charts had become a 'variety' show source, as opposed to the 'teen hit parade' of the sixties. So, loads of Mathis, Roussos, BroMan, Abba and Radio DJs having comedy send-up hits.

Am I misunderstanding? cos the 60s had big hits for Ken Dodd, Englebert Humperdinck, the Barron Knights etc etc

Boobage Dirtbag (Noodle Vague), Monday, 4 April 2011 10:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh sure, but the theory being that those were in the minority, show-content wise.

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:42 (five years ago) Permalink

oh on the show. yeah probly fair enough. chartwise it was variety a-go-go

Boobage Dirtbag (Noodle Vague), Monday, 4 April 2011 12:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't think the point was that the charts had become (more) like a variety show, but that TOTP had.

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 4 April 2011 12:09 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck Noel Edmonds and his 'comedy' links

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Thursday, 7 April 2011 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

fuck Noel Edmonds and his 'comedy' links

I know, what a dick. Still we had the Four Seasons doing "Silver Star" this week. Also Eric Carmen's "interview" with Noel Edmonds, where you couldn't hear a word he was saying, don't be shy Eric!

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 08:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Interviews on TOTP? that's a rarity...

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 09:12 (five years ago) Permalink

"Inteview" not really the word.

"You wrote a song for Dana didn't you?"
"Mumble mumble mumble"
"What's the best song you've ever written?"
"Mumble mumble mumble All By Myself"
"Well all the best with the new single"
"Mumble"

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Don't know what song he wrote for Dana

Oh and Noel was saying what a good album "Eric Carmen" was: a rare display of good taste from Edmonds there!

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Noel had to say he liked it cos he didn't want to blow a raspberry.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:21 (five years ago) Permalink

My god that it horribly formed.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (five years ago) Permalink

*is*

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (five years ago) Permalink

OK so Google tells me Dana covered "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" from the aforementioned "Eric Carmen" album

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Is Dana the one who did some religious kids programme called 'Wake Up Sunday'?

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Sounds likely

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:23 (five years ago) Permalink

10CC, "Mandy Fly Me" was on too. Fantastic!

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:34 (five years ago) Permalink

NEdmonds always had his love of singer-songwriters, to be fair.

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 10:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

mike t-diva, Friday, 8 April 2011 14:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Balderdash certainly describes droll Noel's career.

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Friday, 8 April 2011 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

This was easily the most WTF song on this week's show:

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 9 April 2011 22:17 (five years ago) Permalink

I watched last night's 1976 episode, it was amazingly and compellingly bad. Lots of odd-looking folks I've never heard of awkwardly performing novelty songs, and one of Pan's People doing some remarkably gratuitous ass-shaking in the direction of the camera. I need more.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Friday, 22 April 2011 14:22 (five years ago) Permalink

70s was the golden age for ugly blokes, you could still end up in a band on TOTP with groupies galore. Rubettes' (sans caps) song sounded more like the Beatles than the Rutles!

None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Friday, 22 April 2011 14:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm watching this now. LOL at the male members of the Vagabonds miming the female backing vocals. Something massively depressing about second tier disco groups though, like they're trapped in time, it's as if they're composed entirely of all the bits of late 70's disco that don't influence music today.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Friday, 22 April 2011 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Shoeless and carrying a walking stick with a bicycle bell on it? Fucking hell, Harpo could teach Lady gaga a thing or two.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Friday, 22 April 2011 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Sheer Elegance one of the most misnamed bands ever judging by what they were wearing, the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer, the utter WTFness of Harpo. mandatory viewing from now on!

/人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ (zappi), Friday, 22 April 2011 15:23 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm sure Punk would never of happened if Sky+ would of been available in 1976...ended up fast forwarding most of last night's show...bring back Noosha Fox...become a little obsessed with s-s-single bed...

sonnyboy, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:27 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^ same goes for watching it on iPlayer. I don't know if 'compellingly bad' is the term, or just 'bad'.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:50 (five years ago) Permalink

the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer

Enjoy!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:51 (five years ago) Permalink

definitely 'compellingly bad' for me. and Fox lady really reminded me of Alison Goldfrapp which is a Good Thing.

/人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ (zappi), Friday, 22 April 2011 17:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Noosha F missing link between Clare Grogan and Goldfrapp. Love that record.

Michael Jones, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Ah, been catching up via good old iplayer on the wii.

Old enough to remember these episodes quite clearly in some cases.

Sad that they haven't gone back far enough in time to have Sparks on.

Still, don't recall that Gilbert O'Sullivan song though I must have heard it then.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, last I heard, they are definitely doing this run for a year.

After that? Who knows...

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Still, don't recall that Gilbert O'Sullivan song though I must have heard it then.

He was long gone as commercial proposition by 1976. That song sounded like a demo, did artists have to re-record tracks? I know they had to re-record vocals, hence the ubiquity of the Ladybirds. But then other acts obviously just mimed to the record.

None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:37 (five years ago) Permalink

They did 'have' to.

A lot of them switched the tapes post-session, apparently.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:59 (five years ago) Permalink

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

And Paul knickerless

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ, superstar?

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:47 (five years ago) Permalink

This is sooooo much better than last weeks....

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Only one novelty act so far.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Dexy's and Spandau Ballet both terrific on the friday night edition. I had forgotten the existence of "Show Me". LOL at PPowell describing "Sat in Your Lap" as a change of pace after Dexy's; it was probably the most frantic song on the show! We seem to have leaped to June or July '81 already, with the Specials "still" at No.1.

Jeff W, Saturday, 26 March 2016 13:10 (five months ago) Permalink

They're doing 1982 in the second half of this year, hence the accelerated pace.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 26 March 2016 17:25 (five months ago) Permalink

but isn't that just a function of them doing them twice as fast?

and was that the first appearance of the yellow pearl theme tune?

koogs, Saturday, 26 March 2016 17:35 (five months ago) Permalink

Maybe Jimmy Savile was presenting a lot of TOTPs at the time.

A Fifth Beatle Dies (Tom D.), Saturday, 26 March 2016 17:36 (five months ago) Permalink

http://z6.invisionfree.com/popscene/ar/t1147.htm

25/06/81 (Simon Bates) - thursday
02/07/81 (Dave Lee Travis)
09/07/81 (900th edition) (Jimmy Savile, Alan Freeman, David Jacobs & Pete Murray)
16/07/81 (Peter Powell) - friday
23/07/81 (Richard Skinner)
30/07/81 (Steve Wright)
06/08/81 (Jimmy Savile)
13/08/81 (Simon Bates)
20/08/81 (Dave Lee Travis)
27/08/81 (Richard Skinner)
...

koogs, Saturday, 26 March 2016 17:45 (five months ago) Permalink

we must be missing some good stuff from those eps. Can't they just edit out the saville links and give us the music?

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 26 March 2016 19:31 (five months ago) Permalink

Oh, I could point you at the "Missing Shows" website and the punch-ups that have ensued during debating that issue.

Mark G, Saturday, 26 March 2016 21:16 (five months ago) Permalink

Watching the Ghost Town vid for the first time in years, I realised alot of it was shot around the City of London financial district. I had assumed it was set in Coventry for years, as that's what the song is about. Guess they were cruising in the engine room of Britain's industrial decline.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 26 March 2016 22:48 (five months ago) Permalink

It was indeed the first appearance of the Yellow Pearl theme. Re missing episodes, @TOTPFacts usually tweets individual YouTubes of notable omissions.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 27 March 2016 09:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Pauline seems to have been replaced by someone called Anita. Goodbye, Pauline.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 27 March 2016 10:01 (five months ago) Permalink

two medley songs in the style of stars on 45? 1981, what were you thinking?

koogs, Friday, 1 April 2016 20:22 (five months ago) Permalink

live version of ghost town rather than the usual video was nice though - i guess that was rhoda and rico.

stars on 45 themselves over the end credits. gah!

koogs, Friday, 1 April 2016 20:30 (five months ago) Permalink

legs and co are dancing with the proles!

koogs, Friday, 1 April 2016 20:30 (five months ago) Permalink

Friday now.

I wonder if Damon albarn has heard this bill Wyman tune?

koogs, Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:29 (five months ago) Permalink

And now legs and co are doing the robot to music for the royal fireworks...

koogs, Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:33 (five months ago) Permalink

(Or maybe trumpet voluntary)

koogs, Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:35 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Bloke in Japan was wearing a lime green suit. With red shoes.

koogs, Saturday, 14 May 2016 16:56 (four months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

the lp chart rundown lasted, what, 1 week?

bring back legs and co.

koogs, Friday, 10 June 2016 20:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Its only the future in the past.

Mark G, Friday, 10 June 2016 21:19 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Nick Heywood looks like a blond version of someone I work with.

I'm part of the 48.1 percent (snoball), Friday, 1 July 2016 18:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Is there a link between haircut 100 and orange juice? The former reminds me of the latter, those first two singles anyway. Similar kind of, I don't know, eloquence?

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 18:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Some of these 82 episodes are the most 80s things ever, and the next episode will be nothing like it.

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 18:50 (two months ago) Permalink

Seems like I am the last person on earth to link h100 with orange juice. But this was funny:

https://mobile.twitter.com/i_am_mill_i_am/status/735904378553503744

"Haircut 100: Orange Juice with no bits"

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 18:59 (two months ago) Permalink

there's a bit in Simon Reynolds's Rip It Up And Start Again book where Edwyn Collins grumbles about Haircut 100 ripping of Orange Juice's look:

'I *know* that Haircut 100 got a lot of their image ideas from us,' says Edwyn Collins, still aggrieved after all these years.'l've got pictures of James Kirk, our guitarist, wearing Aran sweaters like Haircut wore on their album cover.'

Haircut 100 > Orange Juice though, imo

soref, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:03 (two months ago) Permalink

Is there a link between haircut 100 and orange juice?

Other than H100 stealing OJ's shtick and selling to to teenage girls?

They could have been Stackridge. (Tom D.), Friday, 1 July 2016 19:04 (two months ago) Permalink

xp!

They could have been Stackridge. (Tom D.), Friday, 1 July 2016 19:05 (two months ago) Permalink

> Haircut 100 > Orange Juice though, imo

That's fighting talk 8)

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:06 (two months ago) Permalink

teenage girls had the right idea in this case. a Look In comic strip about Orange Juice's wacky misadventures might have been fun, however

soref, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:11 (two months ago) Permalink

Orange Juice had 9 singles reach the top 75 chart and 3 top 40 albums.
Haircut 100 had 5 singles in the top 75 and only 1 top 40 album.

everything, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:43 (two months ago) Permalink

no Look In comic strip, though.

fwiw, Heyward left Haircut 100 after the first album, if you include his solo chart placements I think he'd be ahead.

soref, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:56 (two months ago) Permalink

judging a band's quality using chart placings is a can of worms waiting to be opened.

famous people i have shared a toilet with:
jimmy hill
edwyn collins

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:58 (two months ago) Permalink

OJ are way beyond Haircut100 in every way, except for Look In comic strips.

everything, Friday, 1 July 2016 20:10 (two months ago) Permalink

xp at the same time or on separate occasions?

soref, Friday, 1 July 2016 20:20 (two months ago) Permalink

(jimmy hill was AGES ago - he used to race whippets at the local Dowty's sports and social club.
edwyn collins was a few years ago, post stroke, when he was playing the lexington)

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 20:33 (two months ago) Permalink

High watermark for TOTP this week?

I'm part of the 48.1 percent (snoball), Thursday, 7 July 2016 18:44 (two months ago) Permalink

tight fit, hadn't that already been and gone?

didn't realise The Model had made it to number 1 in the uk.

both sides of the Town call Malice / Precious number 1. is that unique?

koogs, Saturday, 16 July 2016 10:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Offhand, I think the next double-a where both tracks appear will be the Wets/Bragg one.

As far as 'two songs from one band', I don't think it happens again until The Ramones' farewell, and the Sex Pistols reunion.

Mark G, Saturday, 16 July 2016 12:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry WTF? Kid Jensen: "Good to see Gary Glitter back on TOTP" o___O
And I don't remember this Madness song. The arrangement saves it, but Suggs sounds like he's sleepwalking through it.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 21 July 2016 18:39 (two months ago) Permalink

ABBA in 'still not giving a shit about appearing on TOTP' video action.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 21 July 2016 18:44 (two months ago) Permalink

"oh and btw everyone except Benny and Bjorn hate each other kthxbye"

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 21 July 2016 18:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Missed that Gary Glitter ref, I guess somebody's gonna get some words about that.

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Oh wait I just watched it again - Gary Numan not Glitter.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Tsk.

This actually almost happened a couple weeks ago, Kid was all "Hello, hello, its my first show for a year, and its good to be back, and so.... Toyah!"

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:23 (two months ago) Permalink

Oasis did two songs on TOTP in 1996, iirc.

the hair - it's lost its energy (Turrican), Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:38 (two months ago) Permalink

This week's episode should have been 25/2/1982, but was skipped because unperson DLT was the presenter. We lose eight or nine episodes from the rest of 1982 because either DLT or Savile was the presenter. And there are a couple of shows with multiple presenters towards the end of that year where there'll be some noticeably sharp edits.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:41 (two months ago) Permalink

duel moog keytars on tha numan track. and a tam-o-shanter. obvious swerve into Japan territory in the music and clothes choices.

toni basil was 38 / 39 when Mickey was in the charts. her one-hit pop career probably the least interesting thing about her. had been dancing all her life, pretty much. was in Head and Easy Rider.

i like Cardiac Arrest, apart from the crossword clue lyric. tinkly piano, xylophone, horns.

koogs, Friday, 22 July 2016 07:13 (two months ago) Permalink

The lyrics to 'Cardiac Arrest' aren't terrible, but 'House Of Fun' is a far better attempt at that type of song.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Friday, 22 July 2016 08:06 (two months ago) Permalink

it's just that one line about 'like a big american car but misspelt with a d'. makes more sense with a comma in there because 'cadillac' also has a d in it.

the sleeve, iirc, had a crossword grid and some clues on the front.

koogs, Friday, 22 July 2016 10:02 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I wonder if Chas & Dave's "There's No Pleasing You" has ever been played as the first dance at a wedding reception?

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Friday, 26 August 2016 07:50 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I used to know someone who looked like Bryan Ferry, but he wouldn't have been able to pull off this creepy bow tie and leather jacket look.

and all the politicians making crazy sounds (snoball), Thursday, 1 September 2016 18:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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