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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

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

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2016 21:09 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (five months 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 (five months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I'd forgotten how badly Spandau Ballet could dress sometimes. Two of them dressed like Sherlock Holmes is bad enough, but somehow Tony Hadley tops that with the checked shirt/knitted tie combined with brown leather trousers with the waistband pulled right up.

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Thursday, 29 September 2016 18:51 (four months ago) Permalink

In those days, 'well dressed' = 'wearing a lot of clothes'

Mark G, Thursday, 29 September 2016 20:07 (four months ago) Permalink

Well they certainly nail that 'wearing the whole mens section of the Freeman's catalogue' look.

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Saturday, 1 October 2016 06:48 (four months ago) Permalink

If a meteorite wiped out Spandau Ballet, would astronomers class that as an Instinction Event?

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Saturday, 1 October 2016 08:24 (four months ago) Permalink

never ever seen this blondie video before.

koogs, Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:35 (four months ago) Permalink

episode was going so well but i've always hated House Of Fun.

koogs, Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:51 (four months ago) Permalink

I like the premise of the lyrics, it's just the relentless hahahaWACKYdoyousee? way in which they're presented. Which is basically every Madness song ever. It's not like they're smug, which would really make them detestable, just that you can literally see them trying. so. hard. to. be. liked. But to be fair to Madness, that was a common trait in a lot of early 80s pop.

here we are now entertain us (snoball), Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:57 (four months ago) Permalink

Was it in the studio or the video with the kids?

everything, Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:03 (four months ago) Permalink

the video

i had forgotten baggy trousers was earlier and just as bad.

koogs, Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:09 (four months ago) Permalink

There's a grotesque, slightly sinister edge that elevated them well above other practitioners of the monkey-business malarkey. And they interspersed Baggy Trousers, House of Fun etc with sincere material like Embarrasment, Grey Day, It Must Be Love. The likes of Tenpole Tudor or King Kurt (Stiff Records' attempts to clone Madness) never bothered with any of that. Captain Sensible did though. Which is why I'd rather listen to one of his albums than anything by King Kurt!

everything, Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:48 (four months ago) Permalink

you can literally see them trying. so. hard. to. be. liked.

I don't think they really had to try too hard, their early stuff was very likeable.

(SNIFFING AND INDISTINCT SOBBING) (Tom D.), Thursday, 13 October 2016 21:07 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah the trying to be liked thing.. never felt that way about them.

piscesx, Thursday, 13 October 2016 22:19 (four months ago) Permalink

longer version of the kid jenson episode had the first bunnymen appearance on it (back of love), featuring some clown in the audience walking around on stilts...

koogs, Sunday, 16 October 2016 10:02 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

wonderdog

koogs, Sunday, 27 November 2016 13:26 (two months ago) Permalink

this weeks episode was flawless - simple minds - "glittering prize", "the message", carly simon - "why", adam ant - "friend or foe". id no problem with "eye of the tiger" at no.1 either

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Sunday, 27 November 2016 16:28 (two months ago) Permalink

that was friday.

thursday was another story.

koogs, Sunday, 27 November 2016 18:49 (two months ago) Permalink

I do like the boisterousness of the crowd in this era of TOTP

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Sunday, 27 November 2016 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Re wonderdog, the rumour about who was in the dog costume is true..

https://twitter.com/BBCFOUR/status/801872398479978496

Mark G, Sunday, 27 November 2016 22:24 (two months ago) Permalink

.. but you knew this already, right?

Mark G, Monday, 28 November 2016 13:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Did Peter Powell really just say "a terrible saxophonist and also a boring person"?

do you play to win or are you just a bad loser? (snoball), Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:36 (two months ago) Permalink

"boring" bob grover!

woof, Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:50 (two months ago) Permalink

I did not know that BBC4's twitter feed is basically just totp trivia… it's been a long day, I'm ok with being pandered to

woof, Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was the guys persona, and what it said on the back on the single sleeve.

I thought Peter was going to mention the "Fabulous Wealthy Tarts" as featured on Paul Young records, but of course he hasn't happened yet..

Mark G, Friday, 9 December 2016 07:57 (two months ago) Permalink

As a child I used to be really into the Piranha's and searched out their early stuff at record fairs etc. But they are so bad except for about one and a half songs. Practically every other band from 1982 or whenever it was, is better than them.

everything, Friday, 9 December 2016 08:26 (two months ago) Permalink

I did see a 12" acetate of Jilly one time, at the Reading record fair.

Did you?

Mark G, Friday, 9 December 2016 10:08 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Double bill starting tonight at 7PM.

do you play to win or are you just a bad loser? (snoball), Friday, 23 December 2016 18:58 (one month ago) Permalink

Ooh!

*spanish guitar solo* (Turrican), Friday, 23 December 2016 19:19 (one month ago) Permalink

Holy crap this episode might be peak early 80s.

do you play to win or are you just a bad loser? (snoball), Friday, 23 December 2016 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Ha, I guess this ^ is the one I'm just watching:

Rio
Mad world
Living on the ceiling
(Renee and Renata)
Wham rap

koogs, Thursday, 12 January 2017 12:06 (one month ago) Permalink

Johnny Schlong! (as she was always known in my house). and the bunnymen, he'll ruin that t-shirt doing that...

koogs, Friday, 20 January 2017 11:14 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

nice to see Zoo aren't above the overly literal interpretations of song lyrics, ripping things up whilst dancing to Rip It Up.

(that and altered image in the same show)

i wonder if joboxers were aware of dexys?

koogs, Saturday, 18 February 2017 09:14 (three days ago) Permalink

1983 seems to be peak nostalgia for me. Remember most of it very vividly, including the John Peel and Kid Jensen routines, but still some jolts - like Leo Sayer still eeking out an viable existence somehow.

Dr Drudge (Bob Six), Saturday, 18 February 2017 12:50 (three days ago) Permalink

Last night's programme especially was a real straight-down-the-middle mix of 'oh I remember this' and 'wait, who?'.

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:32 (three days ago) Permalink

Like I don't even remember JoBoxers.

2017, how bad could it be? (snoball), Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:33 (three days ago) Permalink

i am almost shocked that anybody of the right age could forget JoBoxers

Treesh-Hurt (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:35 (three days ago) Permalink

nice to see Zoo aren't above the overly literal interpretations of song lyrics, ripping things up whilst dancing to Rip It Up.

also wearing boxing gloves for JoBoxers.

I too didn't remember/realise quite how dexys they were.

How did I never know one of them went on to Earl Brutus?

woof, Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:52 (three days ago) Permalink

enjoyed the whole episode, apart from Nick Heyward.

woof, Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:53 (three days ago) Permalink

Weren't JoBoxers formed from the ashes of Subway Sect?
*googles*
Yes, they were.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:28 (three days ago) Permalink

That was it, yes. I think Dig Wayne was hired from Stage School,or something..

Mark G, Saturday, 18 February 2017 19:56 (three days ago) Permalink

rip it up also the first 303 on totp, according to some totp tweet i saw earlier today. it's been a favourite since, well, 1983. but i've never wondered what was making those sounds.

koogs, Saturday, 18 February 2017 20:54 (three days ago) Permalink


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