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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:25 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 09:12 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

My god that it horribly formed.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

*is*

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sounds likely

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 10:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

mike t-diva, Friday, 8 April 2011 14:40 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer

Enjoy!

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:51 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

Michael Jones, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:16 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (3 years ago) Permalink

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

And Paul knickerless

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ, superstar?

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

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

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

Only one novelty act so far.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

what's with the long version? did TOTP used to be 40 minutes long in the 70s?

The Tubes song is good this week(Prime Time?) never heard that before. sounds more modern than millions of records since.

piscesx, Friday, 9 May 2014 09:09 (7 months ago) Permalink

yes, the 7:30 showing is cut down to 30 minutes (to fit bbc4 schedules?), the 00:00 showing is 40 minutes.

koogs, Friday, 9 May 2014 09:22 (7 months ago) Permalink

It used to run from 7.30pm to 8.10pm as I recall. Got trimmed to 30 mins at some point when the BBC decided that programmes had to start on the hour/half-hour.

goth colouring book (anagram), Friday, 9 May 2014 10:05 (7 months ago) Permalink

are we going to start seeing DLT presenting shows again?

spoilers:

http://z6.invisionfree.com/popscene/index.php?s=2245a36f16e870d44e381f23043ae0a4&showtopic=8918
24-5-79: Presenter: David Jensen is next, i think. first tubeway army?

koogs, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 12:42 (6 months ago) Permalink

Only if he's cleared of the remaining charges against him.

Who the hell were "Liner"?

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:32 (6 months ago) Permalink

I remeber this being a mainstay of bargain bins when I was starting to spend lots of time in record shope in the early 80s but I don't think I remembered who the band were even then:

Tim, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:37 (6 months ago) Permalink

(That pic stolen from this article which has told me all I need to hear about Liner: http://gdm.glorydazemusic.com/articles.php?article_id=2668 ...even given my recent higher-tolerance for 70s AM music I'm not sure this will be for me.)

Tim, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:39 (6 months ago) Permalink

Spoiler2: I wonder if in a few weeks David Kid will say "tune in next week for the 800th TOTP's with Jixxx Sxxile" ?

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:51 (6 months ago) Permalink

xpost it was post-yacht rock.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:51 (6 months ago) Permalink

was easy enough to find on youtube, probably taken from that very totp episode. one for the ffwd button, methinks.

koogs, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:53 (6 months ago) Permalink

Richard Jobson in terrible miming incident.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:34 (6 months ago) Permalink

Liner, the Lidl Bee Gees.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:45 (6 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

playground twist, death disco, are 'friends' electric?, theme from grizzly addams...

koogs, Saturday, 28 June 2014 09:09 (5 months ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

So has this been canned now, or are we moving through a period of DLT/Savile/etc hosted episodes?

I only listen to Vantablack Metal (snoball), Thursday, 28 August 2014 19:18 (3 months ago) Permalink

It's the Proms.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 August 2014 20:02 (3 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

revive!

this was on again thursday (i missed it and the pvr forgot) and is repeated tonight.

koogs, Saturday, 4 October 2014 12:06 (2 months ago) Permalink

Yes, it's the second week back after prom-break.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 4 October 2014 15:48 (2 months ago) Permalink

Kate Bush doing a track from her live ee.p.

Mark G, Saturday, 4 October 2014 16:55 (2 months ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

Just watching the Saturday extended repeat. What the actual fuck? Tree Thatcher song. Makes the ukip calypso seem reasonable.

Quite poor this week. Specials and Rico the obvious highlight.

Last week's was dreadful, one before that was stone cold classic.

koogs, Sunday, 2 November 2014 11:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

what was the Thatcher song?

piscesx, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:34 (1 month ago) Permalink

Had never heard it before. Was Janet brown dressed as Thatcher singing how she'd horsewhip people into submission.

koogs, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:39 (1 month ago) Permalink

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iron_Lady_(album)

koogs, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

Ilx didn't hyperlink the trailing ) BTW

koogs, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

'produced by John Lloyd'?! who knew.

piscesx, Sunday, 2 November 2014 16:10 (1 month ago) Permalink

the last 5 episodes are still on the iPlayer. seems they keep them up longer than they used to.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00704hg/episodes/player

piscesx, Sunday, 2 November 2014 16:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

it's 30 days for everything now (TV and radio).

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 2 November 2014 16:24 (1 month ago) Permalink

Yeah that episode with the Thatcher song is one of the weirdest I've ever seen, barely recognised anything. Looked like a heavy handed parody what with that toothy group who all looked related singing about the chosen few and Peter Powell perving over literally everybody. Was quite enjoyable in an unheimlich way.

ewar woowar (or something), Sunday, 2 November 2014 16:44 (1 month ago) Permalink

interesting mini spiel on the iPlayer; "1979 is maybe the most diverse year ever for acts on Top of the Pops with disco at its peak, new wave, 2 Tone, reggae, rock, folk and electro records all making the top five.. "

piscesx, Sunday, 2 November 2014 17:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

1 november 1979

sparks (not heard this before, feel like a rehash of #1 song)
some kids choir
darts
the jam (eton rifles. probably more relevant today than it was at the time)
lene lovich* (birdsong, something i don't ever remember hearing before. taught hazel o'connor everything though.)
earth wind and fire (legs and co)
thin lizzy
suzi quatro
b a robertson
lene martel
fleetwood mac

nothing if not mixed...

* wow at this - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lene_Lovich

koogs, Sunday, 9 November 2014 12:04 (1 month ago) Permalink

Sparks and B.A. Robertson were great in this. Wtf were Darts? I mean they were total shit but there's something interesting about them

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Sunday, 9 November 2014 12:29 (1 month ago) Permalink

Trying to remember what dance track sampled that Sparks tune. Felix Da Housecat, maybe?

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Sunday, 9 November 2014 12:30 (1 month ago) Permalink

Gwen Stefani owes Lene Lovich a fair bit too

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Sunday, 9 November 2014 12:31 (1 month ago) Permalink

kagami sampled it.

one of the very first records i bought was by darts. their audience was probably 90% 10 - 12 year olds.

stirmonster, Sunday, 9 November 2014 12:41 (1 month ago) Permalink

i loved Darts when i was 10

Stim McRaw (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 9 November 2014 12:50 (1 month ago) Permalink

That Darts song was produced by Roy Wood, which perhaps accounts for why it sounds so different from their other hits.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 9 November 2014 14:12 (1 month ago) Permalink

Punk's dead

koogs, Sunday, 23 November 2014 09:43 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

top 30 countdown

30 Charlie Daniels Band
29 Cats UK
28 Dooleys
27 Thin Lizzy
26 Dynasty
25 Buggles
24 Isley Brothers
23 Chic
22 Madness
21 Earth, Wind and Fire
20 XTC
19 Errol Dunkley
18 Iris Williams
17 Herb Alpert
16 Kool and the Gang
15 B A Robertson
14 Donna Summer / Barbra Streisand
13 Ramblers
12 Viola Wills
11 Suzi Quatro
10 Specials
09 Fleetwood Mac
08 Selecter
07 Sad Cafe
06 Abba
05 Commodores
04 The Jam
03 Queen
02 Lena Martell
01 Dr Hook

strange how it turned into such dreck so quickly.

actual playlist was slightly different from the above though

Dynasty (over countdown)
The Jam
Cliff
Donna & Barbra (Legs & Co)
Thin Lizzy
Tourists
B A Robertson
Suzi Q
Moody Blues
Kool & his Gang
Secret Affair
Ramblers
Showadywaddy
Dr Hook
Isley Brothers (over end credits)

koogs, Sunday, 23 November 2014 10:29 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

at least 70% of that top 30 is great!

soref, Sunday, 23 November 2014 11:36 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

21 of that 30 totally do it for me.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 23 November 2014 13:43 (3 weeks 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 (3 weeks 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 (3 weeks 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 (3 weeks ago) Permalink

play that Saturn 5, drummer boy.

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:08 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

which Cliff song was it?

piscesx, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

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

Cliff Richard - Hot Shot

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:34 (2 weeks 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 (2 weeks 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 (1 week 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 (1 week ago) Permalink

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

not enough bassoons in rock imo.

koogs, Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:38 (5 days ago) Permalink


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