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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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

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

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

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 09:12 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

My god that it horribly formed.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

*is*

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

Sounds likely

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 10:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

mike t-diva, Friday, 8 April 2011 14:40 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer

Enjoy!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:51 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Michael Jones, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:16 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

And Paul knickerless

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ, superstar?

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:50 (4 years ago) Permalink

Only one novelty act so far.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:51 (4 years ago) Permalink

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

was totally into the 2 tone stuff and the jam and xtc at the time

no idea what dynasty, ramblers or viola wills are without looking them up

john wahey (NickB), Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:57 (9 months ago) Permalink

yes, the two tone thing was coming up, but that's the only ray of sunshine in that list.

(xtc wouldn't been 'making plans for nigel', which is ok, was on last month. jam was eton rifles.)

ramblers were that one hit wonder sub-st-winifreds song about a sparrow.
dynasty and viola wills are, like a lot of that top 30, landfill disco.

(even if the artist names look appealing, they were all well off the boil by now, it being late 79. the secret affair and showaddywady, for instance, were both things i hadn't heard before, shadows of things i did know)

i remember sitting watching these the first time around, continually disappointed that there'd be one thing i liked in each 40 minutes.

koogs, Sunday, 23 November 2014 14:19 (9 months ago) Permalink

Cliff song was pretty good I think, it was a flop but he was going through a good spell.

Euripides' Trousers (Tom D.), Sunday, 23 November 2014 15:32 (9 months ago) Permalink

play that Saturn 5, drummer boy.

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:07 (9 months ago) Permalink

odd episode. no crowd shots, all videos / repeats of previous performances. industrial action?

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:08 (9 months ago) Permalink

which Cliff song was it?

piscesx, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:24 (9 months ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04pvhmr

Cliff Richard - Hot Shot

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:34 (9 months ago) Permalink

ah yeah that was on Rock N Roll Juvenile which had its moments. interesting that Hot Shot was the big flop in between 2 mahoosive uk smashes.

July 1979 "We Don't Talk Anymore" UK Chart 1
October 1979 "Hot Shot" UK Chart 46
January 1980 "Carrie" UK Chart 4

piscesx, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:40 (9 months ago) Permalink

did Mike Read briefly do a comedy jamaican accent after the Beat's version of Tears of a Clown or was I imagining it?

Eine Feine (soref), Thursday, 11 December 2014 19:53 (8 months ago) Permalink

He's imitating Ranking Roger's vocal bit on the outro so he's doing a Brummie accent.

everything, Thursday, 11 December 2014 20:17 (8 months ago) Permalink

oh, didn't we have a lovely time...

not enough bassoons in rock imo.

koogs, Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:38 (8 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

TOTP hits the 80s tonight.

You are swimming in spaghetti. Without a paddle. (snoball), Thursday, 8 January 2015 19:12 (7 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

OK I lost track of these in the 70s, but...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05279pn/top-of-the-pops-31011980

...this is all over the place! time to get back on the bus?

the Revillos, Kenny Rogers, Azymuth, John Foxx, Madness, the Shadows, Rupert Holmes, the Ramones, Jon & Vangelis, Billy Ocean, New Musik (???), Captain Beaky (for about a week) (oh god it's Steve Wright being introduced as a hip young gunslinger) , the Specials and the least memorable song on Queen's Greatest Hits bleats on a bit while the cameraman points at the ceiling and fiddles with his new filters...

undergraduate dance (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 26 February 2015 23:48 (6 months ago) Permalink

and we're back (i think we're two weeks or three weeks behind, yes, 15th feb 1980 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0544glm/top-of-the-pops-15021980 )

that captain beaky thing, it's terrible and he did it terribly in the studio.

followed by the flying lizards doing TV which is about as out there as totp gets, i think. simon bates record of the week, apparently.

a real ragbag of things this week.

koogs, Friday, 6 March 2015 19:43 (5 months ago) Permalink

SLF as well. on the edge.

koogs, Friday, 6 March 2015 19:44 (5 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

paul macartney as ron meel (et al) in the Coming Up video

robert smith with short hair.

koogs, Friday, 8 May 2015 10:05 (3 months ago) Permalink

Christ, is this still on? And is anyone other than koogs watching it?

Cram Session in Goniometry (Tom D.), Friday, 8 May 2015 12:42 (3 months ago) Permalink

Other running commentary places are available

Mark G, Friday, 8 May 2015 12:43 (3 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

It doesn't help that it's on so sporadically.

Early human league (doing Gary glitter)
Johnny Logan.
Preludes ???
Michael Jackson
Matchbox
Legs & co vs awb
Jona louis
Cockney rejects
Boney m (doing my friend jack)
Ruts
Omd
Undertones
Dexys @ #1

koogs, Friday, 29 May 2015 19:28 (3 months ago) Permalink

Prelude. They had one hit with an acappella version of "After the goldrush" previously.

And after that, they still had one hit.

Mark G, Friday, 29 May 2015 20:40 (3 months ago) Permalink

he, peter powell, called them "preludes", but wikipedia agrees with you. but then he did spend the rest of the show saying "hit 10" and "change of place", the jump-suited idiot.

boney m doing psych classic was a bit odd. hadn't heard it before.

koogs, Friday, 29 May 2015 21:20 (3 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, saw the shorter edition, will catch up later with Boney M.

"You'll always find me in the kitchen at midnight" Genius, Peter...

Mark G, Friday, 29 May 2015 22:52 (3 months ago) Permalink

very ffwdable this week - lots of repeats and stuff like 'i'm forever blowing bubbles'

but the specials, telekon era numan...

koogs, Friday, 5 June 2015 08:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

And Junior Murvin, that's about it.

Mark G, Friday, 5 June 2015 09:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

i had forgotten that (minor) lambretta's track too.

(and odd to see him wearing a shirt i associate with new romantics)

the karel fialka thing was odd. almost in the buggles or flying lizards vein when all i associate him with is the 'hey, matthew' slop (7 years later)

koogs, Friday, 5 June 2015 10:17 (2 months ago) Permalink

This seems like a completely different time to the last one, maybe they skipped a couple of weeks. Oh, OK, two things that I recognise from before - omd and legs and co dressed in rags and dancing to suicide is painless

koogs, Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:16 (2 months ago) Permalink

.....and Mystic Merlin!

tayto fan (Michael B), Sunday, 14 June 2015 11:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

terrible this week.

9 week gap due to industrial action and then back with a slightly new format - guest host elton john. no chart at the beginning but, instead, a list of people who would be appearing (my heart sinking with every one he read out)

(26) THE PIRANHAS – Tom Hark
(2) DIANA ROSS – Upside Down (video)
(9) ROXY MUSIC – Oh Yeah (On The Radio)
(16) TOM BROWNE – Funkin’ For Jamaica (danced to by Legs & Co)
(21) HOT CHOCOLATE – Are You Getting Enough Of What Makes You Happy
(29) KELLY MARIE – Feels Like I’m In Love
(7) THE GAP BAND – Oops Upside Your Head (video)
(14) THE GIBSON BROTHERS – Marianna
(3) ODYSSEY – Use It Up And Wear It Out (danced to by Legs & Co)
(13) OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – Xanadu (video)
(63) DON McLEAN – Crying (video)
(5) SHEENA EASTON – 9 To 5
(15) BAD MANNERS – Lip Up Fatty
(1) ABBA – The Winner Takes It All (video)
(10) GEORGE BENSON – Give Me The Night (crowd dancing) (and credits)

^ 7th august 1980. which means we are ahead of ourselves by about 5 weeks. and there are a lot of un-people presenting shortly too, another 8 episodes we won't see between now and the end of the year.

http://z6.invisionfree.com/popscene/ar/t1124.htm

koogs, Monday, 29 June 2015 11:35 (2 months ago) Permalink

Uhhh, some great stuff on there... or am I missing the point?

holger sharkey (Tom D.), Monday, 29 June 2015 11:59 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yeah, only 63 really made my heart sink

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 29 June 2015 12:14 (2 months ago) Permalink

killer lineup imo

cod latin (dog latin), Monday, 29 June 2015 13:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

Funkin For Jamaica and Give Me The Night in the same episode makes me wish I'd watched it.

cod latin (dog latin), Monday, 29 June 2015 13:30 (2 months ago) Permalink

Amazing episode tonight with Roger Daltrey and Tommy Vance sleezing over everyone and Roger hating on disco.

ewar woowar (or something), Sunday, 5 July 2015 00:40 (1 month ago) Permalink

Still lots of the disco barrel being scraped IMO.

That dire hustler song could've been done by the flying lizards.

The other thing that struck me was the Ultravox and Bowie things felt like the start of new romantic, a couple of years earlier than i'd've said. (Rio 1982, but blitz club 79-80)

koogs, Sunday, 5 July 2015 01:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

Flying Lizards were way more avant garde than that, c'mon!

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 23:01 (1 month ago) Permalink

There was just something about the delivery or the meter, made me think of the lizards. They'd've certainly improved it.

koogs, Monday, 6 July 2015 04:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

The episode with Roger Daltry was perhaps the oddest yet; painful to watch.

mahb, Monday, 6 July 2015 08:06 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yep, seems some people were looking forward to Roger's joke...

Mark G, Monday, 6 July 2015 10:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

This from the guy who sang, "I'm a Boy" :)

holger sharkey (Tom D.), Monday, 6 July 2015 11:16 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

i take it that everyone was struck dumb by B A Robertson

koogs, Monday, 20 July 2015 20:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

Another footnote in the mystifyingly successful career of BA Robertson...Wasn't he given his own TV show at one point - "BA in Music"?

quixotic yet visceral (Bob Six), Monday, 20 July 2015 22:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/XDK1dMNAJno

quixotic yet visceral (Bob Six), Monday, 20 July 2015 23:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

(indeed he did - what a tosser he was)

quixotic yet visceral (Bob Six), Monday, 20 July 2015 23:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

Weirdest thing I found out about him, you know that Big Star group when they had their first album out on a small label, well guess who had their first album as the next one in the catalogue?

Mark G, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 06:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

Already noted, would quite like to hear the story behind that.

Possibly Fingers (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:11 (1 month ago) Permalink

My favourite BA Robertson TV moment, which has weirdly stuck with me through the years, was when he was sitting on Saturday Superstore with a bucket over his head. He was a "mystery guest" and callers had to ring in and guess who the mystery guest was.

anthony braxton diamond geezer (anagram), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:27 (1 month ago) Permalink

and when he took the bucket off the kids were still none the wiser

Live Aid: JFC (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 09:46 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yes, pity he took the bucket off, his career was all downhill from there.

Possibly Fingers (Tom D.), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 10:37 (1 month ago) Permalink

Was this his performance with Maggie Bell?

everything, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:27 (1 month ago) Permalink


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