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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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven years ago) Permalink

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

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

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

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

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

My god that it horribly formed.

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

*is*

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

Sounds likely

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

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

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

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

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

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

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

This was easily the most WTF song on this week's show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iISUroWbu2U

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

the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx-aH0oBscw

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

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

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

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

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

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

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

And Paul knickerless

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

Jesus Christ, superstar?

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

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

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

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

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

Only one novelty act so far.

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

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

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

They were there for 6 weeks.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

The guy without the 'tasche wants to die.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

I still fucking hate the last line of that song...not for the paedo connotations...just cos i hate it...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 19:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

So, there isn't a TOTP this week, but there is a "Primal Scream" themed evening coming up on Friday.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

AAAAAAAAAAARGH

lloyd banks knew my father (history mayne), Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

No, the band, not the Janov therapy.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

You could kind of see why Midge Ure ended up in Ultravox, I mean "Requiem", the title sounds an like Ultravox song. Slik were a pretty cool looking band by 1976 standards.

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, it was very Ultravox, for sure.

I got tickets to see them live in 1978, Top Rank, Reading, thanks to being at the Radio210 offices at the right time: The whole band were there, I met them all, and got the signed piccies, and for some reason that escapes me two free tickets and a bunch of discount vouchers. It wasn't full to say the least, and the support band, "Screemer", were perfectly competent early seventies pophairies that would lose their career path in the wake of punk...

Mark G, Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

That 1978 should be (Nov) 1976 (oops), timings at that point in history are crucial.

Mark G, Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mud go disco, urgh...

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't the guitarist write 'Can't get you out my head' by Kylie...sounds a bit like it...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Frankie Valli's tired performance there. He really got a boost from appearing in Grease in '78, didn't he.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sometimes I think Elvis died just to avoid crappy cover versions like this.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

the shadows have let themselves go...

koogs, Thursday, 12 May 2011 19:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mud go disco

Surreal

Que sera sera... (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 12 May 2011 20:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

the shadows have let themselves go...

Even by 1976 standards that was one ugly backing band.

Was there anything good in this episode? Apart from Cliff?

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

The iplayer only has the 30 min version!

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

Blimey, Robin Sarstedt, what was that all about? Sutherland Brothers/Quiver was quite nice, not enough guys with combovers in the charts these days.

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Guessing Annie Lennox has superseded the Sutherland Brothers as Aberdeenshire's biggest chart act though

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Sutherland Brothers and Quiver were pretty great, a lot of quality 70s country rock/AOR tunes. Never heard the Suths on their own tho.

wanking on the moon (Noodle Vague), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

odd that they chopped the Stones out of the longer version.

Robin Sarstedt song was familiar. probably from Jane Russell in The Las Vegas Story.

i think claire grogan has heard that fox single.

koogs, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Sutherlan Brothers did the original of "Sailing", and I knew it before Rods version thanks to a k-tel compilation.

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well....'punk had to happen' is a tired old theme, but IF it was ever true then this weeks shows why. Robin Sarstedt - just die you seedy bastard. Sutherland Brothers and Quiver - a soundtrack for cruisin' down the Gateshead bypass in your Hillman Avenger. The singer (Gavin Sutherland?) had great hair though. Frankie Valli, who I maintain it is impossible to dislike looked like he hadn't slept for a year. Manilow - unspeakably awful, and why did he have the piano stool so high? He could barely reach the keys. JJ Barrie - nothing can really describe the horror of this record, although he looked like a decent enough bloke. The Mud record was utterly bizarre - I have no memory of this at all. Even though it was a bit of a disco death-rattle from the bubble-glam stalwarts, they at least seemed enthusistic about it. And bonus marks go to Dave Mount for doing the 'let's arse about on the telly' walk around his drum-kit. What else was there? Ruby Flipper - what did Pan's People do to deserve this fate? Only bright spot was Cliff - crackin' song that with a lovely electric piano sound. The band were hod-carriers even by TOTP session-men standards. They made Sutherland Brothers and Quiver look like arch sex gods in comparison. Oh and of course Abba. But they faded it in verse 2 - bastards. A dire week but at least they didn't show Hank Mizell or John Miles. And how bored was Noel throughout?

Back in 76, I was still watching TOTP as a 14yr old, along with OGWT, but I don't think I was listening to anything much from the charts. I had some Pink Floyd albums, I think I'd just discovered the Syd era LPs. I had a couple of Status Quo albums (Piledriver, Hello) some Bowie and T-Rex, Story of The Who, some K-Tel comps. Within a year I'd be spending my pocket money on scratchy singles in home-made sleeves made by bands barely older than myself from Belfast, Manchester, Deptford and Ladbroke Grove. Happy days, and yeah they did HAVE to happen.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

(Imagine a bootmix of "Give peace a chance" with the lyrics of "Sailing" over the top of it)

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost obviously, blimey thread's suddenly busy.

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Two of SB and Quiver played with Pink Floyd - Tim Renwick and Willie Wilson.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

And Bruce Thomas was in Quiver!! But not in SB&Q, I think.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tim Renwick? Something to do with Bowie too?

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 08:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Muso note - Cliff's bass player was playing an interesting Burns Bison bass. And he looked like a bison too. A bespectacled bison.

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

xpost - yes, Space Oddity-era IIRC

Dr.C, Friday, 13 May 2011 08:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Re: SB+Q, I like this idea of two struggling bands joining together a la Dagenham & Redbridge or something

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 13 May 2011 09:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

A bit like Bob Dylan and The Band, with a shared credit!

Or do I mean Cliff Richard and The Shadows, but ran backwards?

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 09:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Was Robin Sarstedt related to Peter Sarstedt? Were they even their real names?

Yeah okay I don't need to hear this album (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 13 May 2011 13:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, they were brothers. Also Eden Kane, who was actually Richard Starstedt

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 13:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

although, you are also right, Robin's first name was Clive.

Mark G, Friday, 13 May 2011 13:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought they looked alike but I was worried I was just being racist. I love Peter Sarstedt, I'd love it if a performance of this turned up on BBC4.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRyIiutZ8ck

Yeah okay I don't need to hear this album (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 13 May 2011 13:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

> Back in 76, I was still watching TOTP as a 14yr old, along with OGWT

that's something else they should repeat, whistle test.

koogs, Friday, 13 May 2011 17:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

in fact, ditch bbc3 and just use it to show bbc1 from 35 years ago, verbatim.

koogs, Friday, 13 May 2011 17:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

I keep reading OGWT as Odd Gang Wolf Them. Argh.

Yeah okay I don't need to hear this album (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 13 May 2011 17:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Don't mind me, just catching up:

Mud's "Shake it down" the latest victim of the "must re-record with the BBC orchestra" rule, the record is much better than this.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

The musicians featured on the Cliff Richard recording are Terry Britten on guitar, Alan Tarney on bass, Clem Cattini on drums, Graham Todd on keyboards.

So, some top names in that list. OK. they're a bit ug, but hey.

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 May 2011 23:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten how bad Ruby Flipper were. Pan's People's over-literal interpretation of lyrics were much better by comparison.
And Midge Ure looks about 14.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 19 May 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

Three times a month, a little reggae like it used to be

koogs, Friday, 20 May 2011 08:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

NOT AGAIN

Neil O'Jism (Craigo Boingo), Friday, 20 May 2011 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wait till we get to 'Mull of Kintyre'...there'll be mass suicides across the country...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Friday, 20 May 2011 19:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

austerity totp this week - 75% recycled clips and robin sarstedt singing to an empty studio.

am amazed at the amount of blokes in the charts, think i counted 6 acts containing women in the top 30 and 2 of those were BoM and abba. and also at how long things are hanging around - BoM were #1 for 5 or 6 weeks and are still in top 10 a month later.

late version, the long one, started 15 minute late so i missed the end.

ok, wasn't as bad as i thought:
29 Melba Moore
28 Tina Charles
24 Gladys Knight and the Pips
16 Wings
15 Diana Ross
12 Silver Connection
10 Fox
08 BoM
06 Andrea True Connection
01 Abba

koogs, Friday, 27 May 2011 06:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

I remember Linda Lewis getting nominated for Best Female for years at a stretch in Record Mirror.

Mark G, Friday, 27 May 2011 07:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

True moved to New York City as a teenager, to seek fame as a mainstream movie star. While she did manage to get some minor roles in mainstream movies, including The Way We Were, the fame she sought was fleeting. Desperate for work, she decided to pursue a career as a porn star. She appeared in more than 60 hardcore porn films throughout the 1970s and early to mid-80s, and distinguished herself as one of the more recognizable porn stars in the early New York adult-film industry.

During her heyday as a porn actress, True was hired by a real estate business in Jamaica to appear in their commercial ads. During her stay on Jamaica, a political crisis gripped the island, and no one was allowed to leave with any money. Not wanting to lose her hard-earned pay, True asked her friend, record producer Gregg Diamond, to travel to the island and produce a track for her, which she would finance locally. Diamond arrived with a composition in hand, to which True added lyrics. The result of their collaboration was "More, More, More."

i never knew any of this but it goes some way to explaining why Andrea True Connection gives me funny feelings in my tummy when i watch her video

Deeez Nuuults (Noodle Vague), Friday, 27 May 2011 08:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2011/may/29/critics-notebook-alexis-petridis

I agree with everything he said. Staggering Noosha Fox - Ben Goldacre fact, too.

non voglio parlarne (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 30 May 2011 07:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sailor are Roxy-lite, but you can bet that Ferry wishes he'd written 'A Glass of Champagne'.
I like the idea that R&B/hip hop in 2011 is in the same state as glam in 1976 - a style left to second tier chancers after the real innovators have long since moved on.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Monday, 30 May 2011 09:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Catching up with last week's. thought I'd acclimatised to this strange world, then they start off with close-up on golliwog logo.

This is my favourite thing on television at the moment.

portrait of velleity (woof), Wednesday, 1 June 2011 20:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh dear... Heavy Metal Kids

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 18:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Holton is like a UK Woolworth's version of Alice Cooper.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

The naff disco really kicked in at this point, didn't it?

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure that the dream Iggy had that inspired 'TVC15' didn't look like Ruby Flipper's interpretation.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 18:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Jesus fuck, Heavy Metal Kids.
how did punk ever happen after that? how could that not make every youth in the country immediately swear never to make chugging pub rock with out-of-tune faux-working class vocals?

</reductive mis-analysis of the trends of 35 years ago>

also sadface because "Heavy Metal Kids" made me think of Kraftwerk with Rother and Dinger. But still, Archie Bell and the Drells!

(did the presenters get to choose the acts? last week's was very conspicuously all white, in rather stark contrast to the acts pictured in the chart rundown at the start, so this week's was a refreshing change after that. wondered if JS should get any credit for that or if I should continue to be skeeved out by him)

sambal dalek (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 2 June 2011 21:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't think that the presenters had any real say in who was on. By the mid 70's the producers of TOTP had to pick from whoever was available, the programme not being able to get the big hitters like Bowie or the Stones. Hence the procession of uninspired soul/disco groups, Ruby Flipper, videotapes of MOR stuff like Barrie and Sarstedt, and arse-end-of-glam bands like HMK (the singer desperately trying to sound like Ian Hunter and failing dismally).

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't know about 'punk had to happen' but certainly something had to happen. If I was a young teenager in 1976 I'd have been in fucking despair.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

favourite bit was Archie Bell and the Drells 'looking for their contact lenses' dance moves
also didn't know the junkie from Auf Wiedershen Pet was in a band

zappi, Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

(the singer desperately trying to sound like Ian Hunter and failing dismally)

Ah! That works, yes.

Or rather, it didn't work. But it probably was the general idea.

sambal dalek (a passing spacecadet), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wikipedia has the goods...

in 1976 their single "She's No Angel" was regularly played on BBC Radio 1, a favourite of legendary DJ John Peel, and this led to an appearance on Top Of The Pops

Can't see why Peel would particularly care about them. There is something very vaguely proto-punk about them, highlighting that glam was quite a big part of punk.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

And HMK minus the more obvious theatrics would be more or less Sham 69.

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought HMK was okay! What the hell's going on with this J J Barrie character though.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

wondered if JS should get any credit for that or if I should continue to be skeeved out by him

i am always creeped out by any of these R1 DJ sleezers standing amidst teenage girls. Whole atmosphere is unwholesome.

watching now ffs no charge

portrait of velleity (woof), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

The always excellent blog Pushing Ahead of the Dame has reached the last Bowie/Bolan colab, mentioning Bolan's connection to punk:
http://bowiesongs.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-bolan-collaborations/

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Would have thought HMK OK minus the singer. Lively tune.

ok now i live in world where the wurzels are blessed relief.

portrait of velleity (woof), Thursday, 2 June 2011 22:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Introduced by Jimmy Saville O.B.E."

decent one overall! Archie Bell + Drells, Real Thing, little of total awfulness.

I'm pretty sure that the dream Iggy had that inspired 'TVC15' didn't look like Ruby Flipper's interpretation.

No I now choose to see bowie-in-berlin through the Ruby Flipper lens - Iggy does headstand on table, Bowie mugs at image of woman on tv then somersaults, Eno walks on hands across living room. Everyone is dressed confusingly.

(looking forward to Pushing Ahead on The Lodger. Been listening to that a lot lately)

portrait of velleity (woof), Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

It did seem that Gry Holton's performance was cut just after he tried to get the audience to clap along, or do SOMETHING anyway...

Yeah, John Peel would have championed them, it wasn't all Ramones at his place at this point in history, it was The Faces, Mott etc...

Mark G, Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought that Katie Kissoon sold her shit song rather effectively. Once she ditched the hopeless Mac, she forged a more-than-respectable session/backing singing career.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 2 June 2011 23:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

> I now choose to see bowie-in-berlin through the Ruby Flipper lens - Iggy does headstand on table, Bowie mugs at image of woman on tv then somersaults, Eno walks on hands across living room. Everyone is dressed confusingly.

genius. the whole thing did look like some kind of fever dream.

must admit i ffwded through the repeats of things last night

koogs, Friday, 3 June 2011 07:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

The dance sequence to the Bowie track was just unbelievable.

Hippocratic Oaf (DavidM), Friday, 3 June 2011 11:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

for posterity & the non-iplayered

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD4Om04vECY

portrait of velleity (woof), Friday, 3 June 2011 11:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, I mean Flick Colby RIP and all that but wtf was she thinking? Why was the black guy dressed like a jockey? It's nice that HM Kids were making some sort of effort but it was still terrible, and then punk started and one nanosecond later they were dead and Gary Holton was phoning his agent and looking for acting roles

Tom D has taken many months to run this thread to ground (Tom D.), Friday, 3 June 2011 11:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think the Bowie living room routine was a spookily accurate portrayal of what it meant to be a Bowie fan in Britian '76.

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 09:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

it reminded me of Talc & Turnips from Big Night Out.

koogs, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 09:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Staggering Noosha Fox - Ben Goldacre fact, too.

I read that then, later the same day, happened to meet BG at a gig. I drunkenly assailed him with "NOOSHA FOX IS YOUR MUM!" Not my greatest moment. No, actually, scratch that. My greatest moment.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 09:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Alternate A.C. Song titles

Mark G, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 09:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

(xp) What was his response?

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 10:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

He changed the subject. Then I offered to photograph his wedding. I was really covering myself in glory.

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 10:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Did you tell him you had a s-s-single bed?

Waking Suggs to make music to wake Suggs to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 10:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mike, it totally was your greatest moment, and it was the future Mrs G's greatest moment when she immediately asked you if you were offering to photograph the wedding to "spend time with Noosha".

Apparently, he later let it be known that he's actually very proud of his mum, once all the rabid fans such as ourselves were out of earshot. So much for rationality and science, eh?

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 10:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought that maybe it had been dropped, but it's on tonight at 7:30.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 08:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh right..

I saw that the episode on Thursday isn't on at 7:30 but the 35 minute edition is, later on the same night.

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 08:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

Is there much of a difference or do they just edit out a lame track/crappy DLT 'joeks'?

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 08:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, one week they edited out "Fool to Cry" the Rolling Stones...

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 08:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

I quite like the 1st Heavy Metal Kids album. No idea what they sounded like by 1976 though, I haven't been watching this. Although I'm now intrigued by the couple of Fox LPs in my grandpa's old record collection.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 13 June 2011 10:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Studio average seems to be one good act (Gladys Knight and the Pips most recently), one that's of historical interest (HM Kids, Fox) and one complete WTF (Ruby Flipper etc). The rest is unalloyed dross.
On last week's they seemed to have run out of money for acts, so played the theme music (?) for an extra two minutes at the end, while filming the studio lights.

bham, Monday, 13 June 2011 11:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think that was Mistura's "The Flasher", not the TOTP theme tune there.

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 11:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

according to bbc4 (although i must check, yep) the one on tonight is the same one that'll be on on thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00704hg/episodes/upcoming

"From the year that sculpted pop, Tony Blackburn introduces the Glitter Band, New Edition, JJ Barrie, Our Kid, Cliff Richard, Mud, Thin Lizzy, Dolly Parton and the Rolling Stones."

maybe they (there was another skipped week recently) are missing from the archive?

koogs, Monday, 13 June 2011 12:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

btw, was in the lexington yesterday and some weekly show there is using an A3 picture of noosha on their posters.

koogs, Monday, 13 June 2011 12:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

30 minutes tonight
40 minutes thu (late)
40 minutes sat + 2 other programmes:

00:10–01:40
Big Hits: TOTP 1964 to 1975
With the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Status Quo, Procol Harum, Stevie Wonder and the Kinks. (R)

01:40–02:30
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1976
Top of the Pops in 1976, as a barometer of the state of pop and light entertainment TV. (R)

koogs, Monday, 13 June 2011 12:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Changed their name singe Gary Glitter retired"

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 18:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

I bet "Our Kid" got the piss ripped out of them at school for this.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 18:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, they had all sorts offering them TV series, etc..

Was so glad they went away!

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Still, a bonafide classic appears, "The boys are back in town"...

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 00:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Missed out, repeats of "Devil Woman" and "Shake it down"..

Right, that week was somewhat scattered around the schedule, this week presumably back to normal..

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

if only there was some way of looking up, i don't know, the bbc4 schedule...

Thu 23 Jun 2011 19:30
Fri 24 Jun 2011 00:45
Sat 25 Jun 2011 23:25

"Noel Edmonds looks at highlights of the weekly 1976 pop charts and introduces the Surprise Sisters, the Real Thing, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Flintlock, Osibisa, Archie Bell and the Drells, Brian Ferry, the Wurzels and Ruby Flipper."

osibisa... and weren't flintlock the band that one of the tomorrow people used to be in?

lots of non-chart entries in last week's i noticed. unless they are using the top 40 for eligibility but only listing the top 30.

koogs, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

No, a whole bunch of not-charting stuff.

"New Edition" get the wildcard that is "some sort of BBC TV programme tie-in". I remember two theme tunes for "Saturday Special", the variety show that came each week from a different seaside town. One was a hit "Summertime City", and one wasn't, "Get a little sand between yr toes". That one I don't remember at all.

"Natural Rhythm" and "Don't make promises" weren't, but got a fair amount of radio play.

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

ouch, that Surprise Sisters medley of Beatles songs was really bad. Anyone know when TOTP stopped this variety show nonsense or was it basically just When Punk Happened(tm)?

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Thursday, 23 June 2011 18:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not SAHB's best single, but better than yet another repeat of this Archie Bell video.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Thursday, 23 June 2011 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

That cover of Got To Get You Into My Life was all kinds of awful.

Food Processors Are Grebt (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

have only watched half of last night's but i laughed all the way through alex harvey. the clown. the bassist's hair. the drummer in a suit. the ax!

the surprise sisters were no way sisters.

koogs, Friday, 24 June 2011 09:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

I haven't seen this weeks yet, but I do remember it, I think.

Did they medley into "You won't see me" ?

Mark G, Friday, 24 June 2011 09:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Friday, 24 June 2011 09:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hmmmm, girlbands weren't quite as, uh, glamorous in the 70s as now, were they? All worth it for SAHB, Alex didn't do much but still looked pretty scary!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 10:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

BOLAN!

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

There must have been some kind of BBC enforced limit on the amount of excitement that TOTP could serve up in the mid 70's. Every stomping track had to be followed by some abject shite. Bolan followed by Lancaster & Bile, Frampton ("tube in the mouth") followed by Brotherhood of Spam (another song with a stupid twist ending).

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

DLT's world famous dual purpose pirate/yokel impersonation...

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

ruby flipper on acid again last night.

and for all the dreadfulness (bom, wurzels) i quite enjoyed it.

odd how that disco Mud song has been lost to history despite being on TOTP 4 or 5 times.

(i only got 17 minutes of the longer version but the extra bit i saw was a Thin Lizzy repeat)

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2011 06:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, Bolan.

Was that his last TOTP appearance? And, didn't he look so young? (and healthy!)

Mark G, Friday, 1 July 2011 08:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Actually, I shouldn't 'ask' that, I should know..

(There's a "Marc on TV" DVD that I did a sleevenote for, I don't think it has any TOTP though)

Mark G, Friday, 1 July 2011 08:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Laser Love' from October 1976?
(and if the BBC can the repeats before we get that far)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tewzXZrUmJ0&feature=related

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Friday, 1 July 2011 08:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Liverpool Express song would have been more interesting if they'd bother to write more than just a chorus. Punk Rock = Year Zero, just decimated so much of this stuff.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 1 July 2011 10:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

But you have to remember that 99% of the British population despised/dismissed/detested punk rock and only a tiny handful of punk singles charted in 1977.

That said, my anticipation for Eddie & The Hot Rods grows with every passing week...

mike t-diva, Friday, 1 July 2011 11:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

But you have to remember that 99% of the British population despised/dismissed/detested punk rock and only a tiny handful of punk singles charted in 1977

I know but its effect in the music business was more profound, it was like they realised that Mr. Big being the Most Exciting New Act of the year was, all things considered, not really good enough. Uh, but maybe I'm rewriting history here because wiki tells me Mr. Big's big hit was 1977!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 1 July 2011 11:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah, but do you remember "Christmas with Dicken"? Their big hit "Romeo" was somewhat at the close of play, but still...

also:

That said, my anticipation for Eddie & The Hot Rods grows with every passing week...

― mike t-diva, Friday, 1 July 2011 11:20 (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

We are of a mind, yes.

Mark G, Friday, 1 July 2011 13:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Demis Roussos looking like Spock's psychic half-brother from that Star Trek movie.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

This week is pretty bad so far, two videos and Ruby Flipper pissing about (I'm not even going to call it dancing) to an instrumental.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

That New Seekers track is apalling, presumably it was only bought by teenage lads who wanted to check Eve Graham out on totp.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Art Garfunkel clearly doesn't give a shit here.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

I remember hating 'Diddy' David Hamilton a lot, but he's not that bad a presenter compared to the dross of Edmondsm the enforced wackiness of DLT, and the crepeiness of Sir Jimmy.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mostly I watch this for the grim fascination of the awful music, awful fashion, ugly people and the bloke in Ruby Flipper dancing around dressed as a leopard, but I have to say the Roxy Music one tickled my fancy.

There is power in an onion (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 14 July 2011 19:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ha Ha...wondered when the first reference to the Summer of '76 would occur...David Hamilton looking appropriately sweaty in his White whistle...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Friday, 15 July 2011 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Hamilton was very dull. His radio show used to play 'versions' from TOTP sessions to get round needletime restrictions, and was the housewives favourite. At least Edmonds was into his music..

Mark G, Saturday, 16 July 2011 00:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hamilton's R1 afternoon show also went out simultaneously on R2, as I recall - so it was MOR to the max.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 16 July 2011 09:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

RUBBISH EPISODE THIS WEEK.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 17 July 2011 19:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

longer version was 10 minutes rubbisher.

actually, i enjoyed it again.

koogs, Sunday, 17 July 2011 19:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, I always watch the LONG VERSION.

I enjoyed what in 1976 I might have happily called Ruby Flidder, but obviously would not do that nowadays.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

long version had extra Cherry Flipper doing a dance, Alex Harvey again and Johnny ("not Cash") Nash.

koogs, Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

It was rubbish this week.

Also, what's with the iplayer not being updated with the longer version anymore?

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't think it ever has been. certainly all the ones i have (think i'm missing the first) are the short version.

koogs, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

They did get updated previously.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

the 5 iplayer downloads i have here are all the short version. am pretty certain all the others are too.

koogs, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

and i usually grab them the monday or tuesday after they air, which should be enough time for them to throw the longer versions up (otherwise they'd only be up for a day before being replaced)

koogs, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

But you have to remember that 99% of the British population despised/dismissed/detested punk rock and only a tiny handful of punk singles charted in 1977.

chapter and verse stats pls.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 09:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

Big Hits: TOTP 1964-1975 on BBC2 on Saturday was much better. Lots of things everyone has seen before but it worked well enough. Driscoll/Auger still looks like 2028, not 1968.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 09:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've had "Where do you go to my lovely?" stuck in my head since watching that.

Neil S, Monday, 18 July 2011 09:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

could be worse, my brain randomly flings OOH-AR OOH-AR at me. was surprised to find out that Wurzels song is based on a Melanie song, though.

zappi, Monday, 18 July 2011 09:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

all the wurzels hits were based on other songs, that was the point (i thought), parodies that piggy backed other tunes.

koogs, Monday, 18 July 2011 10:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Except for "Drink Up Thy Zider" ..

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 10:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Honest, guv: I have seen a long iplayer version (at least two), and only a couple of times recently caught the actual late-transmission of the 40 min version.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 10:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's a bit of a mystery. and, of course, i'd prefer the longer versions myself.

i had forgotten drink up thy zider. but #45 in 1966 who would blame me?

koogs, Monday, 18 July 2011 10:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

That was with Adge Cutler, the Dylan of Zummerzet, though. They were more credible in them days.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Monday, 18 July 2011 10:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

And then poor Cutler was killed in a car crash and the Wurzels resolved to go on but alas "Combine Harvester" was no "Blue Monday."

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 10:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Johnny Nash's "Wonderful World" on the extended show was pretty good, we thought.

xpost: punk singles which charted (meaning Top 40) in 77: mostly from memory, we had 3 each from the Pistols, Stranglers and Jam, 2 from the Clash, plus Sheena Is A Punk Rocker, Gary Gilmore's Eyes, Your Generation (Gen X), This Perfect Day (The Saints)... OK, so 15 is perhaps not strictly speaking a "tiny handful", but it's still a tiny fraction! Widening the net, there was also Watching The Detectives, Do Anything You Wanna Do, Marquee Moon and Prove It... can't recall any more?

mike t-diva, Monday, 18 July 2011 10:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

And of that list, how many did not feature on TOTP?

The two Clash ones (They banned themselves from the programme because they did a foreign TV show similar in concept and found they were crap at miming, no other reason actually), I dont think "Sheenah" was, apart from that: all those..

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, and "God save the queen" and "Anarchy" obv.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

God Save The Queen, obv. And was Holidays In The Sun aired? I have a feeling it wasn't. Also no memory of Television on TOTP...?

mike t-diva, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

You are right.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

some boomtown rats and x ray specs singles amongst that lot. not sure what made it to totp. (the couple of buzzcocks singles probably didn't)

koogs, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

X-Ray Spex and Buzzcocks didn't chart until 1978. But, yeah, Boomtown Rats...

mike t-diva, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

'2-4-6-8 Motorway' maybe?

scraping wheatus off the wheel (NickB), Monday, 18 July 2011 11:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, a few appearances with that one, they liked Tom.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

And "Little Girl" by The Banned! That was on TOTP as well...

mike t-diva, Monday, 18 July 2011 11:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was more interested in the “99% of the British population” stat.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 13:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, that's how it felt to me! (Subjectively rather than scientifically, of course.) And I did say "dismissed", as well as "despised" and "detested".

Or to put it another way: 1% of the general population feeling positively about punk in 1977 feels about right. (And of course by 1979, the same people who had scorned the Pistols and the Clash two years earlier were queuing up to tape my albums, but by then the cultural assimilation process was well underway...)

mike t-diva, Monday, 18 July 2011 14:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't meet all the general population in 1976-7 so can't say whether your estimation is accurate. How high did "indifferent to" or "didn't know it existed" score?

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 15:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

In my year at school, for instance, the ratio was roughly 80% not bothered to 20% loved, but I don't know how representative that would be for the country as a whole.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 15:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, by 1977 the ratio was 50/50, but that would discount the ones not bothered about music in general.

The previous year would have been 10% punk, 90% Lynyrd Skynyrd.

(oh what fun there was at the sixth form the week before "Street Survivors" was issued)

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 15:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Rush were inexplicably big at my school

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Monday, 18 July 2011 15:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

And mine. Hardly anyone else got a turn on the Common Room record player.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 18 July 2011 15:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was fortunate in getting a couple of singles before official issue, "Oh Bondage" being one.

That one, everyone hated, then sort-of liked, then went out and bought.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 16:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

When I say everyone, I'm talking 10% or so, obv.

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 16:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

BFerry in that "Let's Stick Together" clip looks to me* like he's been beamed in from TOTP1982. His whole style - baggy white suit, slim tie, fringe - is what half the acts on TOTP were trying to achieve 5 or 6 years later.

(* non-fashion expert)

bham, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

there was a documentary about suits on bbc4 last week where Antony Price, the designer behind a lot of Roxy/Ferry stuff was saying exactly that – no contemporaries copied lines of the Ferry look, but it was grabbed by the 80s generation.

(* also non-fashion expert)

you don't exist in the database (woof), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

there should be a reference to me with an asterisk next to it in that post.

you don't exist in the database (woof), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

there was a documentary about suits on bbc4 last week where Antony Price, the designer behind a lot of Roxy/Ferry stuff was saying exactly that – no contemporaries copied lines of the Ferry look, but it was grabbed by the 80s generation.

I can sure you that in Glasgow, guys did try to copy the Bryan Ferry look, even that sorta military look he had on the cover of "Viva!"

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

... when did he have the thin 'tache? That look was copied too.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think by "contemporaries" he means other pop stars / famous people.

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, he was talking about other pop stars. I've no idea of the truth of it, tho' totp 1976 isn't giving it the lie.

you don't exist in the database (woof), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah! The Kidz knew better.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Beyond the "Glenn Miller" revival, I think you'd have to wait for Bobby Valentino and/or Midge out of Ultravox.

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 09:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

How old are you Tom? For some reason I've always assumed you're about the same age as Onimo & Ailsa (because obviously all Celtic fans were born on the same day), but you seem impossibly knowledgeable about the mid-70s for this to be true.

There is power in an onion (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

My big sister was a punk before you was a punk... she was also a Bowie/ Roxy freak before that... she taught me everything I know!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Who taught you to taught yer?

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

'twas yer father's daughter...

Mark G, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 11:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Midge copped his Ultravox look not from Ferry et al, but from the bass player of Slik:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0PfOFsKnK8

I was surprised too.

harveyw, Tuesday, 19 July 2011 12:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

TOTP 76 is on tonight, er, tonight, to make way for the PROMZ tomorrow. NO EXTENDED VERSION!

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 08:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

What a coincidence that BBC4 is unable to show an extended version the week One Hundred Ton and a Feather appeared on the programme #rottentothecore

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 10:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

aaa haha ha....

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 10:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

So THAT's how they gonna ban the glitter...

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 10:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

These fuckers sound like Kings of Leon.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Smirking twuntbag Blackburn. Ruby Flipper ponce about to a disco version of Tubular Bells, ffs.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Billy Ocean should really have checked the colour combination of his outfit against the colour of the set.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Elton John (with Kiki Dee) really staking his claim as 'the 70's Robbie Williams' here.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

SAHB's keyboard player's instrument has 'Professional Piano' written on the back, just in case anyone was in any doubt. Alex himself looking like he's just walked on stage after a serious night out.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

The obligatory 'DJ surrounded by women' crepe-o moment.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 20 July 2011 18:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

Waitin' on the repeat now.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 23:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's 'alright', the Sutherlands, but think of it like this: within 7 years we would have "Blue Monday" New Order.

Mark G, Wednesday, 20 July 2011 23:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't think Ruby Flipper's TubBells was so bad, at least the whole idea they'd take on more complicated routines seemed to be happening. As opposed to just sort of 'moving around a bit' when they had to do "heart on my sleeve"

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2011 00:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

do I get points for spotting the Blue Peter Garden?

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2011 06:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

no. which other garden would they use?

anyway, re iplayer, you were right:

INFO: File name prefix = Top_of_the_Pops_-_24_06_1976_b012hsws_default

categories: Music,Classic Pop & Rock
channel: BBC Four
desc: David Hamilton looks at the weekly pop chart and introduces Pilot, Brian Ferry, The New Seekers, Osibisa, Art Garfunkel, and The Real Thing.
descmedium: David Hamilton looks at the weekly pop chart and introduces Pilot, Brian Ferry, The New Seekers, Osibisa, Art Garfunkel, and The Real Thing.
descshort: David Hamilton looks at the weekly pop chart and introduces Pilot and Brian Ferry.
dir: /home/common/Music/radio
dldate: 2011-07-21
dltime: 09:57:37
duration: 1800
durations: default: 1800
durations: default2: 2400
episode: 24/06/1976
...
modesizes: default: flashhigh1=175MB,flashlow1=87MB,flashstd1=105MB,flashvhigh1=330MB,n95_wifi1=40MB
modesizes: default2: flashhigh1=233MB,flashlow1=116MB,flashstd1=141MB,flashvhigh1=439MB,n95_wifi1=54MB
name: Top of the Pops
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version: default
versions: default,default2
web: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b012hsws.html

there are two versions available, but get_iplayer doesn't, afaik, allow you to get at the second, longer version.

will have to look into it. i have 10 hours according to the expiry time...

koogs, Thursday, 21 July 2011 09:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Hamilton looks at the weekly pop chart and introduces Pilot and Brian Ferry TO EACH OTHER.

PJ Miller, Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Smirking twuntbag Blackburn

He is by no means the worst plus he actually liked music, which was unusual, someone upthread said Edmonds was a music fan but I've seen little evidence of that, he admitted as much himself

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

When do the Kid Jensen years kick off?

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Apparently, his timeline on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_presenters_on_Top_of_the_Pops has it he begins this year.

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah okay, he always seemed to be enthusiastic about music. Apparently still calls himself Kid though which is kinda wishful thinking. Sonic Youth syndrome.

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, he dropped it at the end of his Radio1 tenure, but I guess it's a 'condition of employment' at Capital Radio, "Smooth" or wherever else he is thesedays...

Mark G, Thursday, 21 July 2011 11:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ideally these would be preceded by the relevant Nationwide and Tomorrow's World. Panorama afterwards, perhaps. And a full John Peel show on the radio later. Is this too much to ask, BBC?

bham, Friday, 22 July 2011 07:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

So that was great prom right guys? The Janacek was awesome in particular.

henri grenouille (Frogman Henry), Friday, 22 July 2011 07:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Lemmy movie on tonite.

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 08:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ideally these would be preceded by the relevant Nationwide and Tomorrow's World. Panorama afterwards, perhaps. And a full John Peel show on the radio later. Is this too much to ask, BBC?

Last week, when Hamilton suggested I tune in on Saturday for Seaside Special I really really wished I could.

you don't exist in the database (woof), Friday, 22 July 2011 08:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, and tone plugged it too.

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 09:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh maybe it was tone. I got a bit lost imagining what i'd see.

Should have just checked the wiki:

10 July 1976
Location - Southsea
guests Lulu, Mike & Bernie Winters, Janet Brown, Dream Express, Ron Martin, host Paul Burnett, and New Edition

17 July 1976
Location - Blackpool
guests Al Dean, Kate T. Fields Rod Hull and Emu, Little and Large, New Edition

24 July 1976
Location - Southsea
featured acts from Gerry Cottles Circus.
guests Tony Monopoly, Paul Daniels, Cannon and Ball and Explosion (the original pre-duo trio), Surprise Sisters, Mary Chipperfield – chimpanzee act, Jacko Fossett and Little Billy, Cimarro Brothers, host Mike Reid, New Edition

you don't exist in the database (woof), Friday, 22 July 2011 09:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

Cannon and Ball and Explosion

Want to know more!

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 09:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Even their Wikipedia page starts at 1979.

Mark G, Friday, 22 July 2011 09:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

He wasn't with them long and then he got fired.

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Friday, 22 July 2011 09:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

I should sell them that joke btw

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Friday, 22 July 2011 09:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Boom Boom!!

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Friday, 22 July 2011 09:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Good to see a young Les McQueen there, handling bass duties on "Dr Kiss-Kiss", back in the days before it all turned sour.

bham, Friday, 22 July 2011 13:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's a shit business.

50,000 raspberries with the face of Peter Ndlovu (aldo), Saturday, 23 July 2011 09:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

On BBC4 tonight at 7:30PM.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 07:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Cannon and Ball and Explosion - oh, this must be someone goofing around with the Wiki page, surely? Yeah, Little and Large really got going once they dropped second straight man Medium. And thank goodness Hinge & Bracket jettisoned Fixing Screw.

Talking of Wiki japes - the C&B Wiki page currently seems to have been merged with that of Adam Ant...

Michael Jones, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think it probably is messing around - this article says they were a trio for a bit ("with a guy called Stan on the keyboard"), but also implies that they'd become a duo by Opportunity Knocks in 1969.

you don't exist in the database (woof), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 08:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sunfighter - never heard of them - and the awful Queen pastiche 'Drag Race Queen'.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ruby Flipper do the can-can dressed as Russians to The Beatles' 'Back In The USSR'.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Noel successfully breaks the world record for using the word 'successful' as many times as possible in a sentence.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

QUO!

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

fat Russell Brand Demis Roussos

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think my mother had a blouse made of that shirt material.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have just learned that one of Sunfighter's many guitarists is Sarah Harding's estranged father.

If that's a Demis Roussos I'd hate to see a full one (Circa 1976 joke)

Guilty_Boksen, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 18:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes, sunfighter, who dey?

the butterfly song also completely unfamiliar.

a question: what are the wings song and the shangri-las song in the top 30 countdown?

koogs, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

ok, wikipedia says for the wings:

"Silly Love Songs" / "Cook of the House"
"Let 'Em In" / "Beware My Love"

both released in 1976, both reached #2.

and shangri-las:

The recordings for Morton featured lavish production with heavy orchestration and sound effects, and their next and biggest hit, "Leader of the Pack" (U.S. #1, UK #11), climaxes with roaring motorcycles and breaking glass. UK re-issues peaked at #3 in 1972 and #7 in 1976.

glamour puss? history has not been kind.

koogs, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wings' track is 'Silly Love Songs'.

Singing a song whose lyrics namecheck Superman is not going to work unless you're Laurie Anderson.

Shangra-Las' is indeed 'Leader of the Pack'.

This is a good site for chart stats, the cunningly named Chart Stats.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyone else think that the Glamour Puss on the left looks vaguely familiar? I can't place where from and can't find out who were in Glamour Puss.

Guilty_Boksen, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

BTW Jonathan King was edited out of that edition - he was on just before Glamour Puss.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i524U9YfyXs

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

was that a necklace of teeth demis was wearing?

koogs, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

(JK might be on the long version)

koogs, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Even Edmonds thinks this is shit...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta3EeMi4Ll4

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh and we also missed RubFlip dancing to Tavares' 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel', which must have been even worse than their BITUSSR routine.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyone else think that the Glamour Puss on the left looks vaguely familiar?

Looks a bit like Nell Campbell but I'm pretty sure it isn't her. The (nominally) lead singer on the far right and the black woman seem familiar from late 70's TV. Maybe after Glamour Puss did spectacularly well failed dismally they pursued acting careers.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Wednesday, 27 July 2011 19:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Now is the Time by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds. One of those records I remember very clearly listening to on the radio as a child. It's still sort of wonderful, that voice and that song. Rest of the show execrable.

Dr X O'Skeleton, Wednesday, 27 July 2011 20:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

tavares was on the longer version - girls dressed as angels, blokes dressed as devils. lots of dry ice. this stuff writes itself.

no JK in the long version either.

koogs, Thursday, 28 July 2011 07:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

I want to know everything there is to know about Glamourpuss! Like someone upthread, the singer on the far right looks familiar, possibly from TV comedy. Were they some sort of fictional TV spin-off thing? They look/sound more like actresses than singers. (And there's the "of a certain age" factor, as well.)

mike t-diva, Thursday, 28 July 2011 09:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

The singer on the far right kind of looks like Carol Vorderman in a blonde wig. Isn't though. The single didn't even chart in the Top 40, this being the dry period where TOTP were so desperate to get acts in the studios that they'd consider just about anyone.

fictional TV spin-off

That would be the unrelated and considerably better Rock Follies, from the same time. On ITV, so they wouldn't have been on TOTP.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Thursday, 28 July 2011 09:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I was wondering if it was some sort of Rock Follies-inspired copycat manoeuvre.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 28 July 2011 09:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

I watched it last night in some disbelief. Did I have amnesia? I didn't remember any of it - not even the ghastly video for "A Little Bit More" - but then I remembered we spent July ’76 on holiday in New York, so all this stuff would have passed me right by. Don’t remember Sunfighter, Glamourpuss or that dreadful Bobby Goldsboro* effort ever being played on the radio. It’s always extra-duff when Noel’s presenting.

The only thing I can find out about Glamourpuss on Google is that they were allegedly “five beauty queens.”

The ghastly “Now Is The Time” (it went top five!). “Revolution is no solution!” – erm, Jimmy, there are these guys (and gals) in West London (and Bromley, and Manchester) warming up on the touchline…Rhyming “future” with “nuclear.” Extraordinary.

When an eight-year-old Beatles track is the rockiest thing on the programme and Status Quo couldn’t even be bothered to turn up then you know things are up for grabs.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

*Bobby Goldsboro actually did make some very decent records – one of which I’m planning to give a spin at the Hangover Lounge this coming Sunday (plug, plug) – but it’s very hard to convince people of this.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ok, this show is getting weirder the closer it draws to Year Zero. Sunfughter?!??!? What the fu...?!?!? My encyclopaedic knowledge of crap bands of the 70s has badly let me down here. And this lot got three minutes on one of the most watched shows of the 1970s! I thought they must be Swedish or something. Song sounded a bit like the Stories, if you're at all familiar with that band. And Glamourpuss? Jesus... pure Seaside Special material, except not even that good.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

Bobby G (no, not that one) was utter crap and even the Quo song was a duffer

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 July 2011 10:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sunfighter were probably locked in a right-angled room straight after that TOTP performance.

Servants of the SBankh (snoball), Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

As for Demis, can't hate it 'cos his voice is really a thing of wonder and... DOUBLE BOUZOUKI SOLO!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 July 2011 12:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

For a seocnd I thought Demis was Danny Baker.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

it was quite an episode for beards

koogs, Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

The one on Dennis Thingummabob from Dr. Hook was fairly startling

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

Take out the word "Race", and the Sunfighter song becomes Quite Interesting.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 28 July 2011 13:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Steve Harley's keyboard player rocking a huge stack of synths here.

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 08:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

More acts in the studio this week, but it fizzled out in the second half. And I think maybe the producer had told DLT to tone it down and not be so ***WACKY***

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

i watched this last night, i'm sure i did. am blanking on non-kiki-dee details though. oh, 'oh suzannah'. what is it with that? it's a terrible thing to try and cover, even the byrds sucked at it. some beatles cover too.

koogs, Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

o_O at wikipedia entry for oh! susanna.

koogs, Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Cock-er-knee Webel covered 'Here Comes The Sun'. I wonder what was up with all these Beatles covers, and the band themselves still appearing in the charts, six years after they'd split?

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp !!! I knew that there was a minstrel connection to the song, but the original 2nd verse is o__________O

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

I assume there was a mass re-release of Beatles' singles. If the current music scene is crap then I suppose nostalgia for when it wasn't is more likely. Six years was forever in the 70s.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Possibly 15th anniversary of the first Beatles' single? Something like that?

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 August 2011 09:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

during one of the songs some girls in the crowd were wearing t-shirts saying Hot Gossip on them. Ruby Flippers days numbered?

zappi, Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

RubFlip were replaced by Legs & Co. Hot Gossip appeared on ITV, later C4.

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

Six years was forever in the 70s

xpost

That's because we were young then

Dr X O'Skeleton, Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

Weren't Hot Gossip on Kenny Everett...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

That was when he moved over to ITV in '78.

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Six years was forever in the 70s

xpost

That's because we were young then

No it's not that. Probably been covered in some learned thread somewhere.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

weird, wonder what was going on - fledgling Hot Gossip trying to promote themselves?

zappi, Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Which song was it?

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

3 girls right at the front of crowd dancing during that Blue Jeans song

zappi, Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Six years was forever in the 70s

Yeah, it's the difference between 'Tie A Yellow Ribbon' and 'Are Friends Electric?'

Quantum of Pie (NickB), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Now it's the difference between McFly's 'I'll Be OK' and JLS's 'She Make Me Wanna' ;_;

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 4 August 2011 11:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

I don't remember a specific reason for the 1976 Beatles singles reissues, but they were heavily promoted, with new sleeve art, and a couple of tracks (Yesterday/USSR) were issued as A-sides for the first time. I bought several of them, mostly for the B-sides (e.g. Rain, Baby You're A Rich Man) as there were no Past Masters comps at that stage.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 4 August 2011 13:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Dundas was the owner of the house in Camden Town where Bruce Robinson and Vivian MacKerrell lived in the late 60s/early 70s: the period that inspired "Withnail and I".

I think they'd moved out by '76, and they probably didn't have a tv anyway, but it would have been interesting to see the reaction to their landlord's appearance on TOTP.

bham, Friday, 5 August 2011 08:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

"How like a god" etc, probably.

Mark G, Saturday, 6 August 2011 22:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp "{...} Nothing that reasonable members of society demand as their rights! No fridges, no televisions, no phones. {...}"

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Sunday, 7 August 2011 07:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

only one mention of Dr Kiss-Kiss on this thread - and I assumed it would be NOTHING BUT :-(

Britain's Obtusest Shepherd (Alan), Sunday, 7 August 2011 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Right, so tomorrow's TOTP revival features the first punk reference.

Albeit "The Kid's a Punk" by Slik.

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 August 2011 14:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Jimmy Saville in a kilt. Thanks BBC.

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Midge Ure is appearing in 'West Side Story' at the Drury Lane Theatre oh wait...

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Dundas clearly aghast at the prospect of having to perform while RubFlip caper to the right of him.

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

OK, this is the second time that Billy Ocean's outfit has matched the colour of the backdrop. Was this his 'thing'? Some kind of gimmick?

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's Fearne Cotton, singing on TOTP decades before she presented it. Oh wait it's Twiggy. They really let anyone be a pop star in the mid 70's, didn't they.

Hysterically Hardcore (snoball), Thursday, 25 August 2011 18:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

If they asked nicely.

And if they do Country Joe and the Fish numbers...

Mark G, Thursday, 25 August 2011 19:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

For a horrible second there I thought that DLT was hanging out by the toilets, but no, just another cheap mid 70's CSO effect.

three word displayname (snoball), Thursday, 1 September 2011 18:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

...also it makes Hot Chocolate's percussionist's congas look like they're made of cardboard.

three word displayname (snoball), Thursday, 1 September 2011 18:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

lol ABBA couldn't even be bothered to go on TOTP with their biggest single.

three word displayname (snoball), Thursday, 1 September 2011 18:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

not even a very good video for it, surprised me.

and another bryan ferry single...

cherry appears to have left ruby flipper 8(

koogs, Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

George McRae was rather lovely.

Didn't need the extreme close up of Steve Harley's massive teeth though.

A little bit like Peter Crouch but with more mobility (ShariVari), Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

am surprised those doors didn't kill someone

koogs, Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

jesse green's keyboardist looks like a pound-shop eno.

koogs, Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp Somebody nearly walked into one of them.

Steve Harley looked like he was trying to sing with a dislocated jaw.
Aside from Hot Chocolate, everything else was promo clips, recordings of previous appearances, or lacklustre performances.
And Bryan Ferry churns out another sausage pointless cover version for a single.

three word displayname (snoball), Thursday, 1 September 2011 19:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

BLINDED BY THE SHITE!
REVVED UP LIKE A DOUCHE!
A RUBBER BUMMER IN THE NIGHT!

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can are on this episode apparently.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

You should be dancing jumping about aimlessly and flailing your arms around like you're shooing away a bee

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

You should be flashing gusset

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

Robin Sarstedt, performing tonight on stilts.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Noel and Cliff clearly have the same hairdresser.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

and tailor.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

too much Noel Edmonds for anyone.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

We haven't reached the saturation point of the peak Swap Shop years, but Edmonds gets increasingly irritating from here. Try to imagine him and Chris Tarrant swapping presenting duties on their respective Saturday morning shows.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

RubFlip being worked hard this week, relatively speaking. That tape of Elton and Kiki pretending to goof around in a studio must have broken.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also it looks like Can aren't going to be shown on the short version...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l2K9Zigc0w
...they followed Sarstedt.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 15 September 2011 18:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

dancer's miming but not knowing the words. TOTP seems to have a core dancing troupe too.
There's something really depressing about ALL TOTP episodes in that the people there look like they desperately want to be somewhere else.

owenf, Thursday, 15 September 2011 19:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

need to watch it again but at least last night's had a good churn of acts - barely anything that had been on before. that said, the cliff song and the sarsted song were both things that were instantly forgettable, weak follow-ons.

koogs, Friday, 16 September 2011 07:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also it looks like Can aren't going to be shown on the short version...

Daft. It's their one and only appearance, isn't it?

I shall be there 23:40 tonight with my save DVD-r..

Mark G, Friday, 16 September 2011 09:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised that they didn't show Can - thought it would have been right up the alley of a lot of BBC4 viewers.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Friday, 16 September 2011 09:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing sometimes the one that gets edited out is the one that's easiest to do.

Mark G, Friday, 16 September 2011 11:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

Also it looks like Can aren't going to be shown on the short version...

Daft. It's their one and only appearance, isn't it?

Haven't they already been on? I'm sure I made some comment about before on this thread about Irmin Schmidt and Holger Czukay being the only people on the show older (and pervier looking) than the DJs? 1976 seems to have been an esp. successful year for Scottish artists: Slik, SAHB, Sutherland Bros., Gallagher + Lyle.

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Friday, 16 September 2011 12:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

... and Irmin, that shirt open to the waist, nagl in a man of your years

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Friday, 16 September 2011 12:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Can were on that documentary that aired when they started this run, iirc. Maybe it was that.

Skrillex Ferguson (useless chamber), Friday, 16 September 2011 12:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah, that'll be it

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Friday, 16 September 2011 12:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Surely not the first time they decided to can the can on TOTP.

master musicians of jamiroquai (NickB), Friday, 16 September 2011 12:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

diamond among sequinned turds

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 17 September 2011 15:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Eddie and the Hot Rods are on this week.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah, punk looms

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

yes, filled with pink mohair...

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

Actually, I was doing a compilaDVD of "the road to punk/new wave", so far consisting of:

1. "The kid's a punk" Slik
2. "I want more" Can
3. "Get out of Denver" Eddie and the Hot Rods (to be)..

But then, after that, how long until the next one / how high to set the bar?

As low as Tonight's "The Drummer Man" I guess...

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

then:

I would certainly ARGUE about Can being one of the most influential groups to feature on TOTP : very much a 'niche' "Johnny Foreigner has a go at prog rock" band. I well recall some of my "up themselves" friends at the time going mad about them. Totally inconsequential.

lol other boards...

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Who said that, David Cameron?

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

xp to MG: Kursaal Flyers, maybe? At a pinch?

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Were they ever on TOTP? Ditto Doctors of Madness?

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

mmmm....

nrrgggg....

mmm...

No.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they were on with "Little does she know that I know that she knows that I know she's two timing me"

I do remember them popping up on "Supersonic" with "I don't want to ride no freeway" though.

I'd put them next to Sailor, to be honest.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

One of them joined the Hot Rods in 77. Tenuous, I know...

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 14:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Jonathan Richman?

master musicians of jamiroquai (NickB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

Don't remember him on until "New England", apart from the flip/legs&co dancing to "Egyptian Reggae"

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Roadrunner" was a notable hit, was that ever represented on TOTP? Anyway punk was already up and running by the time the Modern Lovers started having hit singles.

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but The Clash never got acknowledged until "Bankrobber" I think. The pistols got "Pretty Vacant" and the Saints got on the same week..

That's well into 1977 though.

What's left for 1976?

(Rhetorical question, if you're a nospoilers dude..)

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

i have great video of pans people dancing to RoadRunner taped from TOTP2 a few years ago. it'll be on youtubes. is them in a beachbuggy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2x7D2VUP62I

i say great but...

koogs, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

(that's legs and co, obv)

koogs, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think these are your next ones, all from the first half of 1977:

March 10 - Graham Parker & The Rumour - Hold Back The Night (arguably?)
April 21 - Eddie & The Hot Rods - I Might Be Lying
May 19 - The Jam - In The City
May 26 - The Stranglers - Go Buddy Go

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Tubes maybe? Did they ever get on TOTP though?

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah right, 'Roadrunner' was on in July 1977 apparently, the week after 'Pretty Vacant'.

master musicians of jamiroquai (NickB), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

GParker gets in, yes.

What it is, is that the 1976 compil is onto a 5inch DVD disc.

Might break out a larger size for 1977....

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think the tubes are a no, until "Prime Time".

This is all from memory, btw.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

See, it was tempting to grab Thin Lizzy and the HM kids, but.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

Almost mentioned Lizzy. HM Kids turned out to be awful and dated.

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 15:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Didn't realise, until seeing Manfred Mann's Earthband, that Go Kart Mozart was from a line in "Blinded By the Light"

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 16:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

How about Legs & Co dancing to Be-Bop Deluxe's "Maid In Heaven" on Nov 25 1976?

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, by the way: we've only got five more weeks of Ruby Flipper, before Legs & Co take over...

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'll miss them when they're gone

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 20 September 2011 19:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

apparently, L&C did "Pretty Vacant" too, no doubt I'll see it and go "oh yeah, I remember now"...

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 11:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah, but The Clash never got acknowledged until "Bankrobber" I think.

They were invited a few times but always refused to go on it.

ban this sick stunt (anagram), Wednesday, 21 September 2011 11:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

There was a big plaver when the reformed Sex Pistols were on, but oddly enough, somewhat unheralded, the same show had Joe Strummer on for the first time, miming his chorus to "England's Irie" ...

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 September 2011 12:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Anyways, tonight's episode is dated 9th September 1976.

They just updated next week's schedule, and TOTP is the 23rd September.

Wonder what we've missed?

Mark G, Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

A strike?

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

No, there was an episode.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0730378/
I think the video of ABBA's 'Dancing Queen' gets another play as well.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, looking at the 'lostshows' website, the show from the 16th is missing, but no list of participants.

As far as my 1977 compilation is concerned, they'd better get on and find the show from 8th Sept 1977, as that has the Boomtown rats And the Motors. "Dancing the night away" most likely. (I'm sure I've seen that clip recently)..

Mark G, Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess that site answers the question as to why the BBC started off from 1976 - practically everything before then is missing.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

I've found that Ruby Flipper danced to "the light of experience" on that missing show. Still, next show up, they do "Disco Duck"...

Mark G, Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

For those who can't wait until next week...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRPpXCTqJB4

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Features some poor clucker in a chicken costume.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

Amazingly, I found the missing show content on the Pans People fansite:

16-9-76: Presenter: Noel Edmonds (Wiped)

(28) TOMMY HUNT – Loving On The Losing Side
(13) TINA CHARLES – Dance Little Lady Dance
(48) J.A.L.N. BAND – Disco Music (I Like It)
(3) THE REAL THING – Can’t Get By Without You
(20) JESSE GREEN – Nice And Slow ® *
(12) PUSSYCAT – Mississippi (video)
(22) STARLAND VOCAL BAND – Afternoon Delight (video)
(4) GHEORGE ZAMFIR – Light Of Experience ‘Doina De Jale’ (danced to by Ruby Flipper)
(1) ABBA – Dancing Queen (video) (and credits)

Mark G, Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tommy Who? Jesse What?

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

I guess that site answers the question as to why the BBC started off from 1976 - practically everything before then is missing

That would explain why every nostalgic TOTP documentary features exactly the same 10-15 songs from the sixties.

Mister Potato shares Manchester United’s commitment to (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Tommy Hunt's is a pretty good Northern Soul type dance track, and Jesse Green has been on before.

Mark G, Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Noel Edmonds (Wiped)

I always thought that Edmonds looked a bit tipsy, but to present the show completely drunk?

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

The JALN Band song is a busy sounding disco/funk track with JB styled horns.

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's a Tony Blackburn kinda show

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

... Abba are the closest thing to a rock band on it

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:52 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's a pretty fine looking show, actually.

The one after it, however..

Mark G, Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, a lack of rock bands was a definite plus in 1976

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 22 September 2011 15:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

EXCITEMENT!!!

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 18:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

(courtesy of Eddie & The Hot Rods)

serve soup without tasting it (snoball), Thursday, 22 September 2011 18:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Punk' t-shirt!

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Thursday, 22 September 2011 18:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh Hot Rods, what UTTER joy. If a little sartorially confused.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:47 (seven years ago) Permalink

So, anyway, thanks to the "Popscene" board that has all the shows listed, I was passing through to find more 'punk styled' tracks for my DVD save, and it's pretty slim pickings for the rest of the year.

The other Eddie/Hotrods performance "Teenage Depression" is wiped/lost, and there's nothing on the horizon until April 1977 when they are back on again "I might be lying".

I guess I'll have to close up 1976 with T-Rex and "Laser Love"...

Mark G, Thursday, 29 September 2011 16:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Rod clocks in another entry for 'Men who looks like old lesbians'.

PoMo with a shotgun (snoball), Thursday, 29 September 2011 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

These guys may be revved up like douches, but the keyboard played has an ARP Odyssey which partially compensates.

PoMo with a shotgun (snoball), Thursday, 29 September 2011 18:51 (seven years ago) Permalink

the last twice that was on the ARP was a minimoog.

koogs, Thursday, 29 September 2011 19:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

dire this week, i thought. i blame tony blackburn.

koogs, Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

Almost a carbon copy of last week's. But for Disco Duck it would have been crap.

scotstvo, Thursday, 29 September 2011 20:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Randy who?

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

T-Rex on tonight.

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:52 (six years ago) Permalink

A repeat of Can was slotted into the start last week's, presumably as padding; completely unacknowledged by the Hairy Cornf.

bham, Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

Yes, that was a weird one; Can were already down to #29, as I recall. It kinda compensates for their omission in the previous edited-down show, though.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Even by the standards of TOTP '76 the backing band of Jesse Green (that was the name, right?) were beyond weird. 1976 was weird.

Juice Should Be Sterliized (Tom D.), Thursday, 20 October 2011 12:57 (six years ago) Permalink

BOLAN!

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Would have been better if the rhythm guitarist had a) not worn just his pajamas, and b) not been taking the piss out of Marc behind his back.

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I think Wogan played 'Mississippi' a lot. Certainly remember hearing it a lot when my mother had the radio on in the mornings.

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

#oldfart

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:39 (six years ago) Permalink

This Manhattans song has the consistency of microwave porridge.

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Paul Nicholas, the Mika of '76.

triple black belt in ILX-fu (snoball), Thursday, 20 October 2011 18:51 (six years ago) Permalink

manhattans, if nothing else, were mixing 4 different camera angles.

mississippi very familiar, yes. musically lacking though.

not sure i'd heard that trex song before.

and the bloke in the yellow suit was dancing to beats that only he could hear.

koogs, Thursday, 20 October 2011 19:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Bolan looking like Siouxie!

zappi, Thursday, 20 October 2011 19:55 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh look it's Frankie Cockhoser lookalike David Essex.

cheque out my debit to building society (snoball), Thursday, 27 October 2011 18:49 (six years ago) Permalink

i'm going to buy a satin jacket and write HOWZAT on the back in marker pen.

koogs, Thursday, 27 October 2011 20:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Ed Stewart, king of tossbags

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 3 November 2011 19:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Steve Harley somehow managing a bowlcut and a proto-mullet at the same time.

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 3 November 2011 19:34 (six years ago) Permalink

The obligatory DJ/teenage girls crepe-o moment.

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 3 November 2011 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Rod Stewart is clearly hungover in this video, and the very last thing he wants to do is walk around a blustery Portsmouth.

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 3 November 2011 19:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Climax Blues apparently playing live?

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 3 November 2011 19:52 (six years ago) Permalink

can on this one? 76? just saw their name pop up at the beginning.

owenf, Thursday, 3 November 2011 23:00 (six years ago) Permalink

ah think they were just on the charts bit at the beginning. damn.

owenf, Thursday, 3 November 2011 23:01 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm going to enter the contest and to name this as yet un-named dancing group. I think I'll call them... let's see... 'Pan's People' Nobody steal that, OK?

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:47 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh and they're dancing to the Jaws theme. 'Pan's People in rubber' turning out to be not quite what the dads wanted.

asked Dermot O'Leary, but he couldn't help me either. They call me the (snoball), Thursday, 17 November 2011 19:49 (six years ago) Permalink

My boy thought that routine was an exercise in Derren Brown-like thought control.

LEGS.... LEGS.... you will fetch your pencil and your postcard.... and you will write.... LEGS...,

mike t-diva, Thursday, 17 November 2011 23:25 (six years ago) Permalink

oh that's right, they're going to be called Legs & Co, not Pan's People, duh me

I certainly wouldn't have, but hey. (snoball), Thursday, 17 November 2011 23:35 (six years ago) Permalink

sharks were hilarious though

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 19 November 2011 19:23 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

'77 gets off to a ropey start tonight with Pussycat, Barry Biggs, Liverpool Express, David Parton, Gallagher & Lyle and Status Quo.

insert 2012 appropriate display name here (snoball), Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:11 (six years ago) Permalink

there's been one already this year, a couple of weeks ago - the chart hadn't changed from the christmas episode but they had choosen different acts.

koogs, Thursday, 19 January 2012 15:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Just realised that someone I used to work with looked like Leo Sayer without the hair.

insert 2012 appropriate display name here (snoball), Thursday, 26 January 2012 19:46 (six years ago) Permalink

search for 'pops' doesn't find this thread because of the quotes 8(

surprised to see that the extra track on the longer saturday repeat was Gary Glitter.

koogs, Sunday, 29 January 2012 21:10 (six years ago) Permalink

They've 'apologised' for cutting him and JKing out.

Mark G, Sunday, 29 January 2012 22:18 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBsLy5ayHU4

Mark G, Monday, 6 February 2012 15:32 (six years ago) Permalink

would watch

koogs, Monday, 6 February 2012 15:39 (six years ago) Permalink

xp lol

Rose Royce represented in this week's chart countdown by a picture of a Ford Granada in a car wash.

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:33 (six years ago) Permalink

uh oh, Glitter Alert

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Picture of innocence, obv.

Mark G, Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Thin Lizzy were good though.

good luck in your pyramid (Neil S), Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Boz Scaggs would have been better if he'd had more musicians on stage with him...

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Thursday, 9 February 2012 19:44 (six years ago) Permalink

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/gary-glitter-to-receive-royalties-for-broadcast-188903

iow: "We heard he's on this programme, we all had a guess as to which song, we could have looked it up buy we cbb"

Mark G, Friday, 10 February 2012 09:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Hang on, in that Youtube spoof, is 'Raoul Gummidge' gr8080?

White 'Poop' Jesus (snoball), Friday, 10 February 2012 17:50 (six years ago) Permalink

What is it with BBC4 and detective shows with larger than life main characters?

the feeling is surreal (snoball), Thursday, 23 February 2012 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

that Mr Big record was a new low
got the 1977 TOTP annual in a charity shop the other day for £2!

zappi, Thursday, 23 February 2012 21:13 (six years ago) Permalink

Contains spoilers

Mark G, Thursday, 23 February 2012 21:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Edmonds interviewing a very awkward sounding Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Tim Rice - a precision nuclear strike could have solved so many of the world's woes in 1977.

the feeling is surreal (snoball), Thursday, 1 March 2012 19:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Brotherhood of Man not trying to look like ABBA at all. Or sound like them for this particular single.

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2012 19:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Kid Jensen looking like a bizarre genetic cross between Noel Edmonds and Keith Chegwin.

a dramatic lemon curd experience (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2012 19:56 (six years ago) Permalink

Graham Parker was displaying a distinct narrowness of trouser this week, in marked contrast to the massed loons of Brotherhood of Man and Smokie.

bham, Monday, 19 March 2012 11:02 (six years ago) Permalink

The times were changing a bit.

Mark G, Monday, 19 March 2012 12:47 (six years ago) Permalink

t rex. something i'd not heard before.

koogs, Thursday, 29 March 2012 19:53 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

this week's episode appears to have been recorded on one of those cheap vhs tapes you get from supermarkets.

koogs, Saturday, 14 April 2012 15:12 (six years ago) Permalink

Sort-of..

It was up until 2 weeks ago, assumed lost.

Then it was found and supplied out of "Diddy" David Hamilton's personal collection

Mark G, Saturday, 14 April 2012 19:05 (six years ago) Permalink

I imagine that he has a lot of other videos recorded on cheap supermarket VHS tapes in his 'personal collection'.

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Saturday, 14 April 2012 19:06 (six years ago) Permalink

that 'tracksuit top over turtleneck sweater' look was just bleargh

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Saturday, 14 April 2012 19:07 (six years ago) Permalink

abba song head and shoulders above everything else on the show. the dundass thing, very much like those manhatten transfer and bom followups - very similar, only twice as bad...

(nice handle btw snoball)

koogs, Saturday, 14 April 2012 19:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Thanks. It was going to be 'Cheggers Plays Poop' but my last two display names were poop related so I thought I'd better come up with something else.

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Saturday, 14 April 2012 21:02 (six years ago) Permalink

annnnnnnnnnnd on topic...
When are we going to see some/any punk? Marc Bolan and Boz Scaggs have been the last couple of acts approaching anything near excitement in the last few weeks.

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Saturday, 14 April 2012 21:03 (six years ago) Permalink

I could tell you, but that'd be cheating...

Mark G, Saturday, 14 April 2012 23:28 (six years ago) Permalink

If I had known it was going to be from David "Diddy" Hamilton's "personal collection" I would have watched.

PJ Miller, Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:43 (six years ago) Permalink

It's still on iplayer.

Mark G, Thursday, 19 April 2012 11:47 (six years ago) Permalink

lol at the guy in the patterned tank top walking away disgustedly through the crowd as the camera pans into Showaddywaddy

Cheggers Plays Populous (snoball), Thursday, 19 April 2012 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Has "Sound and Vision" been on yet? On the last one I saw it was straight in at 3, but ignored in favour of the usual dreck

bham, Friday, 20 April 2012 12:52 (six years ago) Permalink

It's been the end credits playout music, twice.

Yesterday it was Legs & Co interpreting Maxine Nightingale's "Love Hit Me" in a boxing ring.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 20 April 2012 13:24 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't remember it ever being on TOTP beyond that.

Mark G, Friday, 20 April 2012 13:31 (six years ago) Permalink

legs and co the highlight yesterday, along with said playout music where they just turned the camera, with some kind of hexagonal lens, at the studio lights for a couple of minutes.

koogs, Friday, 20 April 2012 13:35 (six years ago) Permalink

where they just turned the camera, with some kind of hexagonal lens, at the studio lights for a couple of minutes.

The BBC must have hours and hours of this kind of footage, just gathering dust somewhere. They don't realise that there is a very dedicated audience, on their very doorstep in Shepherd's Bush, and I'm sure he would love a DVD release.

PJ Miller, Friday, 20 April 2012 16:28 (six years ago) Permalink

Who the fuck is this Brendon guy who keeps appearing in the chart rundown?

ILX uh-huh-uh uh-huh uh-huh BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP (snoball), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:31 (six years ago) Permalink

oh here he is

ILX uh-huh-uh uh-huh uh-huh BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP (snoball), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

He looks like a cross between Kevin Keagan and Mick Robertson.

ILX uh-huh-uh uh-huh uh-huh BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP (snoball), Thursday, 26 April 2012 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

some rampant inflation going on in that stylistics track.

koogs, Thursday, 26 April 2012 20:43 (six years ago) Permalink

It was the 70's, you had to take extra change with you when you went shopping because the prices would have gone up.

ILX uh-huh-uh uh-huh uh-huh BEEP BOOP BOOP BEEP (snoball), Thursday, 26 April 2012 20:45 (six years ago) Permalink

and this is the second time in two days i've heard an andrew gold song (Annabella Lwin chose one on radio 6 yesterday)

koogs, Thursday, 26 April 2012 20:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Odd song, AG sulks about his sister, she goes and has a son, and so it goes on.

Mark G, Friday, 27 April 2012 09:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Not actually what the song is about, according to AG. It is about him, but not the way you think.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 27 April 2012 10:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Seems you cannot post on FT without logging in at the moment (saw your note now, ta)

Mark G, Friday, 27 April 2012 10:41 (six years ago) Permalink

I think "Gimme Some" by Brendon represents an absolute nadir. Esp. when appearing with "Have I the Right?" by the Dead End Kids. I'm considering deleting this from the planner. It's too depressing.

bham, Monday, 30 April 2012 16:01 (six years ago) Permalink

chin up, you made it through Paul Nicholas, nothings as bad as that
this afternoons Counterpoint had a specialist round about TOTP, test yr knowledge here
http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01gvlfp/Counterpoint_Series_26_Episode_2/

zappi, Monday, 30 April 2012 16:16 (six years ago) Permalink

EDDIE & THE HOT RODS!!!

'scuse me, while I Rim the Sky... (snoball), Thursday, 3 May 2012 18:34 (six years ago) Permalink

I find myself fast forwarding through the acts just so that I can enjoy Tony Blackburn's wit all the more easily.

He was the only one moving during Legs and Co's Stevie Wonder routine, probably because he knew he was going to have his way with one or more of them after the show. Their dancing was rubbish.

PJ Miller, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 08:39 (six years ago) Permalink

I've decided the reason the singer of the Dead End kids gives me such fear is his resemblance to the Sruwwelpeter.

Thinking about "Sound & Vision" made me really notice the musical similarities between "Knowing Me Knowing You" and some of the tracks on Low.

"Salisbury Hill" over the end credits the best thing on the show.

bham, Tuesday, 8 May 2012 09:29 (six years ago) Permalink

A double bill tonight, with a 1974 ep of Blue Peter in the middle.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 17 May 2012 17:42 (six years ago) Permalink

what the what? have never heard this first track before. is kinda dreadful. "Contempt"?

koogs, Thursday, 17 May 2012 20:26 (six years ago) Permalink

The band was called Contempt, the song was called 'Money Is A Girl's Best Friend'. Never heard of them either, but I liked it.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 17 May 2012 20:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I saw it was coming up so looked it up. Martin Rushent produced it, that's all I found out.

Don't remember it, will check it on the repeat

Mark G, Thursday, 17 May 2012 21:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Right, I have seen it now. Godawful!

Once the 'bank-manager' got out of the way, you can see a bunch of young rock guys backing the wrong horse, basically.

Mark G, Thursday, 17 May 2012 22:19 (six years ago) Permalink

that they are german was the only other thing that discogs threw up. reminded me of Sailor. it's actually a good name wasted.

koogs, Friday, 18 May 2012 06:50 (six years ago) Permalink

'77 not any better than '76 so far. Possibly worse. Joy Sarney?

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Friday, 18 May 2012 09:38 (six years ago) Permalink

Actually, these two shows had a hell of a lot of stuff that didn't make the charts at all!

Mark G, Friday, 18 May 2012 09:42 (six years ago) Permalink

I regret missing Uriah Heep! That's how bad it was!

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Friday, 18 May 2012 09:49 (six years ago) Permalink

I missed the Bay Cities! thbiw.

I popped out to get Amber who was getting back from a school theatre trip. Back just-in-time to see Joy Sarney.

Amber was "I've seen enough" and went to bed.

Mark G, Friday, 18 May 2012 09:52 (six years ago) Permalink

BCR song was cack, like they were trying to be all grown up and adult

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Friday, 18 May 2012 09:53 (six years ago) Permalink

"Its A Game", who did that originally? That one was alright..

"String Driven Thing", there you go.

Mark G, Friday, 18 May 2012 10:01 (six years ago) Permalink

You know, I thought I knew the song too, not suited to them

Charles Kennedy Jumped Up, He Called 'Oh No'. (Tom D.), Friday, 18 May 2012 10:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Caught the end of this. What a dreary bunch of songs. I was ready to top myself after that. Even ABBA in that context came off as utterly joyless.

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Friday, 18 May 2012 10:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I like the idea of this much more than the reality. By this stage of 1977 I was still not quite 4 years old so there's hardly been anything I can honestly say I remember. By 1979 (if we get that far) I should know much more, but the quality so far has been so desperately poor that I wonder if things actually do improve later on, or if TOTP was always rubbish and my memory has just filtered out 90% of what was on there.

Pacific Trash Vortex (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 18 May 2012 10:42 (six years ago) Permalink

It's always been largely rubbish. Last night's shows were crap in 1977 (when I was 13, and therefore remember things all too well) and they're still crap now.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 18 May 2012 10:55 (six years ago) Permalink

I've been compiling/saving the 'new-wave' entries onto DVD from the off, so far there's not been many.

I did miss Eddie/Hotrods "I might be lying", but then it wasn't as good as I remembered.

Anyway, I was going through some stuff in the loft and I found two 'archive' DVDs I bought at a record fair, clearly copied from someone's original VHS (or were they from UKTV gold? I dunno), quality pretty ropey. But there was a lot of tracks on them.

So, I should end up with much the same as these, just better quality.

Mark G, Friday, 18 May 2012 10:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Pitiful follow ups by Barry Biggs and Mr Big. That "Promises promises" by Rags I remember liking from the day (I was eight). And great to hear "Shuffle" by Van McCoy, which was used by R1 all the time (can't remember who played it though) And then Legs And Co dance to "Hotel California", my most hated song of all time.

Rob M Revisited, Friday, 18 May 2012 14:05 (six years ago) Permalink

The Bay City Rollers song reminded me of Pulp, for some reason.

I like to think that somewhere there is an ex-member of Rags/Brendon/Contempt happily watching with their (grand)children. It's the only way to get through the show.

bham, Monday, 21 May 2012 09:14 (six years ago) Permalink

The bass player of Brendon has been posting his happy recollections on some other part of the ternet.

Mark G, Monday, 21 May 2012 09:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Pick of the Pops did the Top 20 from this week in '77 on Saturday*. Apart from Rod @ #1 it was all bloody brilliant. Reinforced Mark's point upthread that TOTP was often forced to look beyond the 20, 30 or even top 40 for material. I guess there was little hope of getting Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder (each doing well with one of their best singles) on the show.

*getting it out of the way before the Pistols turn up?

Jeff W, Monday, 21 May 2012 17:23 (six years ago) Permalink

Funny how guys like Marvin and Stevie readily turned up on Soul Train.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Tuesday, 22 May 2012 18:34 (six years ago) Permalink

After half an hour of ZZZZZZZZZZZs it's DOCTOR FEELGOOD

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 18:56 (six years ago) Permalink

saville's hair
m'na, m'na... (half of dancers really nonplussed by it all)

koogs, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:02 (six years ago) Permalink

Not one, but two 'oh just move around a bit' piss-poor Legs & Co routines.

banal like a null (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:04 (six years ago) Permalink

odd hearing that song about the doors only months after the original

koogs, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

oh, it was a wig. i missed the setup.

koogs, Thursday, 24 May 2012 20:14 (six years ago) Permalink

That had to be the worst Legs & Co routine - dancing to 'Disco Inferno' while wearing bikinis made from hubcaps, overlaid with a light pattern like you get after you get blinded by a lightbulb.

Radical Jedward (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2012 18:51 (six years ago) Permalink

And of course, The Jam
Kid Jensen: "That was called New Wave! Don't be scared!"

Radical Jedward (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2012 19:02 (six years ago) Permalink

(fucking search and "s)

> bikinis made from hubcaps

they were 7" singles, painted silver and with tassles. = DISCO INFERNO.

liked the suzi song.

koogs, Friday, 1 June 2012 16:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Blue - dirty white piano, repetitive song

George Peppard Steak (snoball), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

STRANGLERS

George Peppard Steak (snoball), Thursday, 14 June 2012 18:43 (six years ago) Permalink

LIVERPOOL FUCKING BIGGER THAN THE BEATLES EXPRESS

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 15 June 2012 14:46 (six years ago) Permalink

Stranglers were a surprise, but I knew the Ramones was too much to hope for

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 15 June 2012 14:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Watched a bit of last night's show as I couldn't stand any more of Alan Shearer interrupting people on BBC1. Looked entertaining - not any good of course, just entertaining - saw end of Gladys Knight + the Pips, Neil Innes (doing an embarrassing song in celebration of the Silver Jubilee), Stranglers ("Go Buddy Go", which has a blatant reference to taking speed, how did that escape the censors?!?!), Demis R. + some all-white funk band called... Honky!

Too Busy Thinking About Mr. Abie (Tom D.), Friday, 29 June 2012 10:44 (six years ago) Permalink

"Hope you had a great Jubilee; to keep us in the holiday mood, here's the Electric Light Orchestra with 'Telephone Line'" - Tony Blackburn.

I had no memories at all of Neil Innes' Jubilee cash-in single. I'm guessing it dropped out of the charts pretty quickly.

bham, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 09:20 (six years ago) Permalink

You guess wrong, the record never troubled the charts.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 09:25 (six years ago) Permalink

And if you thought that the Neil Innes track was bad, cop a load of this: http://lordofthebootsale.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/elizabeth-god-save-sex-pistols.html

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 09:49 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, is that the Jonathan King one? Heard about it, never heard it.

Actually, track down "Anarchy Rock" a bside from The Weathermen (i.e. himself), a better 'take-off' even though it's from 1971.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 09:58 (six years ago) Permalink

suck it John Miles!

koogs, Thursday, 12 July 2012 18:40 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

double suicide, cheery...

koogs, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 18:53 (six years ago) Permalink

The way break in that Smokie track rips off the verse of The Beatles' 'Baby You're A Rich Man' wholesale.

Jeremy Clarkson Sex Face (snoball), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 19:38 (six years ago) Permalink

xp oh right, you're referring to Bro'hood 'o Man's 'Fernando Angelo'

Jeremy Clarkson Sex Face (snoball), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

'they took their lives that night' tucked in there mid-chorus.

rah band were a bit o_O. looked and sounded like something on Mute.

koogs, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 20:01 (six years ago) Permalink

That Barry Biggs single was the last one to trouble the Top 40.
Boney M couldn't even be bothered to appear on TOTP with one of their signature songs, leaving Legs & Co to, er, sit on some chairs. Really Flick, really?
Hot Chocolate again in a class by themselves, Donna Summer relegated to the end credits - she never performed 'I Feel Love' in the TOTP studio.

Jeremy Clarkson Sex Face (snoball), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 20:08 (six years ago) Permalink

The Alessi Brothers' 'Oh Lori' - another track I can remember Wogan playing to death through my mother's kitchen radio.

Jeremy Clarkson Sex Face (snoball), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 20:10 (six years ago) Permalink

The Alessi Brothers' 'Oh Lori'
This is a guilty pleasure of mine

Frank O'Fiall (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 22:08 (six years ago) Permalink

The Saints!

looking like they could've been from any time in the last 20 years, really, in their normal everyday clothes.

koogs, Wednesday, 8 August 2012 20:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Best thing on the show?

Mark G, Thursday, 9 August 2012 00:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Erol from Hot Chocolate; cooler than Bob Marley.

piscesx, Thursday, 9 August 2012 01:11 (six years ago) Permalink

nice to see the veritable future of all recorded sound get 20 seconds at the end.

piscesx, Thursday, 9 August 2012 01:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Fanfare? wasn't that on last week as well?

koogs, Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:07 (six years ago) Permalink

No

Mark G, Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:12 (six years ago) Permalink

what year did they switch to doing the 'rundown' at the end/ throughout the show rather than at the intro? i was.. just about watching in 77 but have no real recollection of this era.

piscesx, Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:19 (six years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_of_the_Pops#Theme_music

The first TOTP of 1980 still had the chart at the beginning of the show. The switch to doing it in three pieces (30-21, 20-11, 10-1) happened in mid-1980.

gonna win all over your face (snoball), Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I can't pin it down exactly, but there's a YouTube clip of the chart from the May 8th 1980 show done old school style, and a clip of the August 7th 1980 chart done in three bits.

gonna win all over your face (snoball), Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:33 (six years ago) Permalink

According to the On This TOTP Day blog, the change happened on the 7th August 1980. Big changes on that show - it was after a strike by the Musicians Union where there were no TOTPs for over a month, the format changed with the chart rundown moved from the start, an end to rerecording songs and a return to pure miming, the dissolution of the TOTP orchestra and with Michael Hurst taking over control of the show, moving towards the neon bright 80s shows we know, love and remember.

I had completely forgotten about the strike until I read about it, can remember watching the first show after the strike thinking "Hurrah, it's back!" (I was eleven).

Rob M Revisited, Thursday, 9 August 2012 10:58 (six years ago) Permalink

ah right so 1980 thanks chaps.

innit weird how the chart used to be revealed on a *Tuesday afternoon* until about the 1990s?!

piscesx, Thursday, 9 August 2012 14:25 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that was because Capital Radio would compile their chart on Saturday, so it'd be more 'up to date' than the BBC one.

And they'd advertise it as being "hey, why listen to "Auntie", when you *could" be listening to "The Kid"!!!

Mark G, Thursday, 9 August 2012 15:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Jensen's crepe-y sign off this week, uh...

gonna win all over your face (snoball), Thursday, 9 August 2012 16:59 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Legs and Co. in love with the modern world!

Also Television in at 28.

bham, Monday, 3 September 2012 08:59 (six years ago) Permalink

And on the next edition of TOTP which was wiped from the archive to make way for Train Your Dog To Piss In The Gutter or something similar.

Christ, what a pile of crap this show was.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 3 September 2012 09:36 (six years ago) Permalink

While it could be said that the show was only a reflection of the music of its time, Marcello does have a good point - TOTP at the time was dull as ditchwater. The presentation was boring, the presenters were wet dischcloths, the sets were dull - it really is quite sad watching the shows, because while our collective memory remembers all the brightly lit highlights from (insert your own golden era here), the reruns show that week after week it was repeats of songs and general monotony. And Legs and Co weren't that great really. The best things in recent weeks have been The Saints and Rockpile, otherwise awful throughout. But at least Liverpool Express have disappeared.

Rob M Revisited, Monday, 3 September 2012 10:34 (six years ago) Permalink

If you watched these reruns alone and had no direct memory or knowledge of the era, you'd think that Barry Biggs and Liverpool Express were the major figures of mid-'70s pop.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 3 September 2012 10:56 (six years ago) Permalink

I've yet to find enyone that even remembers seeing Television doing "Prove It" on TOTP.

I know if I had, I'd have remembered. Where the hell was I that day?

Mark G, Monday, 3 September 2012 13:05 (six years ago) Permalink

Well, the whole thing was scuppered by the imposition of the must re-record/must use TOTP orchestra rule. Major acts (e.g. ELO, Rod Stewart) mostly stayed away and sent in performance clips instead, leaving the studio clear for the second, third and fourth tiers (e.g. the Liverpool Expresses of this world), who would do whatever it took to gain the exposure. When the rule was lifted, the average quality of the studio acts duly rose.

mike t-diva, Monday, 3 September 2012 13:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Only about five years to go then, into the exciting new age of the Pinkees and Modern Romance.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 3 September 2012 14:41 (six years ago) Permalink

What year is it in now?

VOTE in the 1980's ROCK POLL PLEASE! (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 3 September 2012 14:46 (six years ago) Permalink

http://arc.lib.montana.edu/brook-0771/objects/283.jpg
"It is 1953, young man!"

Mark G, Monday, 3 September 2012 14:48 (six years ago) Permalink

35 years ago, so '77

koogs, Monday, 3 September 2012 14:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh I was only 4. Probably saw some episodes but no chance of remembering.

VOTE in the 1980's ROCK POLL PLEASE! (Algerian Goalkeeper), Monday, 3 September 2012 14:57 (six years ago) Permalink

We're now moving into the 'Showadywaddy on nearly every cocking week' period of 77/78.

Emeritus Professor of LOLology (snoball), Thursday, 13 September 2012 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

i guess it was Top Of The Pops 2 that made it look so great; all those glossily packaged highlights flitting from decade to decade but week by week in the mid-late 70s the actual original show looks like sheer misery.

piscesx, Thursday, 13 September 2012 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

tbf this week hasn't been bad: Eddie & the Hot Rods, Thin Lizzy, Fleetwood Mac

Emeritus Professor of LOLology (snoball), Thursday, 13 September 2012 18:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Although on the other end of the scale, Barry Biggs, WTF? He's like a bag of stale three day old current buns on the supermarket shelf.

Emeritus Professor of LOLology (snoball), Thursday, 13 September 2012 18:52 (six years ago) Permalink

Also, drink a shot every time 'Kid' Jensen says "disco scene"...

Emeritus Professor of LOLology (snoball), Thursday, 13 September 2012 18:54 (six years ago) Permalink

Should note, the latest from the "BBC" seems to suggest they're not continuing these repeats into 1978...

Mark G, Saturday, 15 September 2012 13:52 (six years ago) Permalink

But we're just starting to hit the good stuff.

Emeritus Professor of LOLology (snoball), Saturday, 15 September 2012 13:54 (six years ago) Permalink

I know, is this blatant "let's see how loud the objections are", umm, trolling?

Mark G, Saturday, 15 September 2012 14:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Where do we object to? I've given up watching these because they're unbelievably shit, but I'm really looking forward to 1979/80.

Only milkmen burnley have (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 15 September 2012 20:35 (six years ago) Permalink

A surprisingly filler free week so far.

a great poke for Jet Set Willy (snoball), Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

The appearance of the Adverts feels like the first genuine breakthrough of punk. The Jam & the Stranglers could've broken through on the back of Dr Feelgood, Eddie & the Hot Rods etc.
EDIT - Oh, I forgot the Saints.

bham, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 10:21 (six years ago) Permalink

most punk thing last week was Phil Lynott's shiner!

zappi, Tuesday, 2 October 2012 10:24 (six years ago) Permalink

Latest news seems to be that any episodes involving Saville (as he now seems to be referred to) will not be shown...

Mark G, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 11:29 (six years ago) Permalink

'BBC in Saville row'

a great poke for Jet Set Willy (snoball), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 12:37 (six years ago) Permalink

As something a bit extra, tonight at 8PM on BBC4 there's a 1973 edition presented by Kenny Everett (part of a KE night).

a great poke for Jet Set Willy (snoball), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:29 (six years ago) Permalink

(the stylistic difference between 1977 and 1973 will probably give everyone whiplash)

a great poke for Jet Set Willy (snoball), Wednesday, 3 October 2012 18:29 (six years ago) Permalink

'73 > '77 on this showing. and kenny has that vic and bob thing going on.

koogs, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:00 (six years ago) Permalink

o_O at #1 but i can't say i'm not enjoying it

koogs, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 21:05 (six years ago) Permalink

1/9/1977 - first posthumous Elvis #1

a great poke for Jet Set Willy (snoball), Thursday, 4 October 2012 18:33 (six years ago) Permalink

odd chart, lots of electronic stuff. the rah band is still in there at #7 (seems like 2 months since it was on first? actually, 7/7/77 according to web. and the repeats are about a month behind), jarre at 12, space at 5 and donna summer just outside the top 10 (twice?)

koogs, Thursday, 4 October 2012 19:17 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm amused by the combination of bafflement and derision Tony Blackburn used to introduce the punk/new wave acts.

a great poke for Jet Set Willy (snoball), Thursday, 4 October 2012 20:31 (six years ago) Permalink

Can't watch any of these things now without wanting to retch. Everett chatting up young girls. The strangely silent (about Savilegate) Blackburn saying "Why not? You can't get done for it" and "Have you ever been to Spain with me?" Now I look upon every presenter and performer and think, a la Olivier in Marathon Man: are they safe?

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 5 October 2012 08:48 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

lipsmackin'

Mark G, Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:06 (five years ago) Permalink

the bloke singing the elvis tribute had lightbulbs on his jacket. but they never lit up.

koogs, Thursday, 1 November 2012 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Slade's pirate look is bad enough (even if it does predict Ten Pole Tudor), but Noddy's curly mullet takes it over the edge.

Huey Lewisies & The Newsie-Wewsies (snoball), Thursday, 15 November 2012 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Rod's haircut here looks like a bad Tina Turner Halloween wig that's been put through a tumble dryer.

Huey Lewisies & The Newsie-Wewsies (snoball), Thursday, 15 November 2012 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

kind of astounded by that Baccara song being one of the top 10 best selling singles ever, was only googling to find out their nationality ¯\(°_o)/¯

ざっぴ (zappi), Thursday, 15 November 2012 20:51 (five years ago) Permalink

I quite liked punky Slade. Dave Hill looked liberated: bald and proud.

bham, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:26 (five years ago) Permalink

I haven't watched this for ages - are we still in sync? i.e. is it exactly 35 years ago this week, or have the Saville/DLT whitewashes from history meant a load of shows were missed out?

all the people on the right, boogaloo (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:37 (five years ago) Permalink

It's never really been 'in-sync', due to odd missing episodes and the need for "The Sky At Night" to have its slot once a month.

Mark G, Wednesday, 21 November 2012 11:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Tonight's episode is 3/11/1977 - they were slightly further behind than that, so they've skipped a few.

Dermot O'Leary, picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been (snoball), Thursday, 22 November 2012 09:33 (five years ago) Permalink

The skipped ones have purely been Savile and DLT presented ones.

I'd guess DLT will be OK by the time his next show comes up, I'm wanting Otway&Barrett for my comp DVDr.

I also note, "Mary of the 4th form" is on shows presented by Savile, then DLT.

Mark G, Thursday, 22 November 2012 11:09 (five years ago) Permalink

The Barron Knights - every annoyingly smug thing about Robbie Williams cloned and turned into a comedy music act.
Queen - in their 'The Darkness but not shit' phase.

Dermot O'Leary, picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been (snoball), Thursday, 22 November 2012 19:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Heroes, Rocking All Over The World and We Are the Champions, all songs i associate with LiveAid, years later.

baron knights. why do i remember half the lyrics to that?

koogs, Friday, 23 November 2012 19:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Wait until they show that Barron Knights' joint about Rubik's Cube - why is stuff like that clogging up my memory, when I can't remember useful stuff that would help me earn more money?

Dermot O'Leary, picks up the rice in a church where a wedding has been (snoball), Friday, 23 November 2012 19:45 (five years ago) Permalink

I wish I could forget the fact that the first gig I ever went to was by the Barron Knights, but it was 1981 and I was 11, but it's engrained on my memory. (shudder).

Rob M Revisited, Friday, 23 November 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

years ago a friend of mine was recording a demo in a pokey little studio in the middle of nowhere, the producer/engineer guy said he used to be in a band but was reluctant to say who "oh won't have heard of them" etc etc. of course they eventually found out that it was the Barron Knights.

ばか ざっぴ (zappi), Friday, 23 November 2012 20:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Not to worry, that "Mr Rubik" got nowhere near the charts or the TOTP studio

Mark G, Saturday, 24 November 2012 23:50 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Two weeks back to back tonight at 8PM

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:53 (five years ago) Permalink

For those who wished to see "Mary of the 4th form" by The Boomtown Rats..

This was on twice, back in the day. First time, introduced by Jimmy Savile. Second time, by DLT.

Guess which song you won't be seeing any time soon on BBC4.

Mark G, Thursday, 20 December 2012 11:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Looks like it's going to be all Kid Jensen/Edmonds/Tony Blackburn until we hit the Peter Powell years.

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:23 (five years ago) Permalink

thought PP had been on already

koogs, Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:31 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't think he's a regular presenter until 1979.

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:34 (five years ago) Permalink

November 3, 1977 - Peter Powell

koogs, Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:50 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/totp2/trivia/presenters/list2.shtml

and semi-regular from '78

koogs, Thursday, 20 December 2012 12:51 (five years ago) Permalink

That's a great list. BBC will be skipping 13 episodes from '78.

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:20 (five years ago) Permalink

...and skipping 18 from '79. Looks like we are going to reach the 80's before the BBC can it, after all.

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Unless they can it.

Mark G, Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:48 (five years ago) Permalink

can the can

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Thursday, 20 December 2012 13:59 (five years ago) Permalink

7PM BBC4 tonight, in case anyone was pondering whether the Christmas chart in 1977 was as dire as it is in 2012.

I saw three shi*s come sailing in... (snoball), Monday, 24 December 2012 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

bump.

lots on the last one that i hadn't seen before. that medley of rock'n'roll tunes, that drummer man song. most of it quite poor.

oh, and fernando figaro, which is just blatant.

koogs, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Is it? One is about thwarted revolution, one is about a beach bum.

Oh, and if you have it on 'replay', one of the girls sings "see her" where everyone else eings "see him down on the beach"...

Mark G, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:30 (five years ago) Permalink

It's 'Angelo' which is the 'Fernando' rip, although 'Figaro' is still 'crap ABBA copyists who have run out of ideas do Seaside Special'. And they tailed off hard after 'Figaro' - it was their last number one and by late '78 they were done.

pure dressed up like a white ninja (snoball), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 11:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Is it? One is about thwarted revolution, one is about a shepherd.

Mark G, Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:38 (five years ago) Permalink

'Figaro' is more like a de-sexyfied daytime version of 'Voulez-Vous'.

pure dressed up like a white ninja (snoball), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 12:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Darts, 1978's Scissor Sisters, with Armando Iannucci on vocals.

Prisoner: Cell Block J/K (snoball), Thursday, 31 January 2013 19:34 (five years ago) Permalink

and frankenstein's monster on backing vox.

"if i had words" is very familiar although i don't remember hearing that version for YEARS. had forgotten the reggae backbeat too.

BOM again 8(

koogs, Thursday, 31 January 2013 19:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Aside from a number 15 record in April 1978, this is the last time they trouble the charts. Possibly another victim of the 'Greatest Hits album' curse.

Prisoner: Cell Block J/K (snoball), Thursday, 31 January 2013 20:39 (five years ago) Permalink

But they shall trouble TOTP a fee more times...

Mark G, Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

few

Mark G, Thursday, 31 January 2013 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

bom #1 this week, gah

still, abba and mr blue sky back to back. and that 'more more night' thing.

koogs, Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:49 (five years ago) Permalink

(that 'one more night' thing reminds me of 's-s-s-single bed' in a way)

koogs, Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

(ha ha, youtube clip is from totp2 and the pop-up text says he was previously in Fox)

koogs, Thursday, 14 February 2013 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

"5 Minutes" by the Stranglers was almost embarrassing in that it stood out so clearly amongst all the muck surrounding it.

Three songs featured which never made the chart, including Lulu's cover of "Best Of My Love" and pass-the-hat Dusty Springfield.

TOTP really was shite, wasn't it?

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 15 February 2013 09:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Entering the 'put a sticker on your guitar's scratchplate under the strings' period.

These goons are from Galactor and who gives a s*** (snoball), Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

A little while ago, Paul Weller had a "put a mailing address sticker from you girlfriend's post' on his guitar. Presumably she doesn't live there anymore

Mark G, Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Kid Jensen very taken with Kate Bush

nan machine (MaresNest), Thursday, 21 February 2013 20:49 (five years ago) Permalink

So was a young snoball. One of my clearest and earliest musical memories.

These goons are from Galactor and who gives a s*** (snoball), Thursday, 21 February 2013 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Me too, I was 6 but I clearly remember my folks and some of their friends buying The Kick Inside and raving about her.

nan machine (MaresNest), Thursday, 21 February 2013 21:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Kid Jensen very taken with Kate Bush

Unusually for Radio 1 DJ as she was over 16 at the time. Kid was kinda korny but at least he wasn't a creep or a weirdo.

Le petit chat est mort (Tom D.), Friday, 22 February 2013 12:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Yea, he was earnest, like Richard Skinner

shouting in a bucket blues (MaresNest), Friday, 22 February 2013 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Unlike Peter Powell, however, Jensen does not resemble Kenneth Branagh.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 22 February 2013 16:02 (five years ago) Permalink

I always thought PP looked a bit like Huey Lewis too

shouting in a bucket blues (MaresNest), Friday, 22 February 2013 16:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I always thought Powell looked (and acted) like Zippy from Rainbow.

These goons are from Galactor and who gives a s*** (snoball), Friday, 22 February 2013 22:37 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

"I'm not in love with television, although I will appear on it if my band's single is a big enough hit..."

Half of these sound like rappers. (snoball), Thursday, 14 March 2013 19:33 (five years ago) Permalink

They should have given Tina Charles a box to stand on, then we'd be spared many of these interminable audience shots (why yes, Keith Chegwin lookalike in a trilby, you are on TV).

Half of these sound like rappers. (snoball), Thursday, 14 March 2013 19:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Never took much notice of the Motors back in the day (too much else of interest) but what a great single is Airport
Anyone else notice the bizarre resemblance between their guitarist and Jack from On the Buses in that clip?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR_oBTUZYJg

Dr X O'Skeleton, Friday, 22 March 2013 21:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Just realised that late 70's Macca looks like an old boss of mine.

Will you see a political publicity stunt? (snoball), Thursday, 4 April 2013 18:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh look, some tired old shit representing the UK at Eurovision.

Will you see a political publicity stunt? (snoball), Thursday, 4 April 2013 18:54 (five years ago) Permalink

odd edit after boomtown rats, straight into hot chocolate. wonder what happened.

koogs, Thursday, 4 April 2013 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Editing around a damaged tape maybe?

Will you see a political publicity stunt? (snoball), Thursday, 4 April 2013 19:15 (five years ago) Permalink

http://totp.heroku.com/programmes/4f9x - annoyingly alphabetical

Boomtown Rats - Shes So Modern
Hot Chocolate - Every 1s A Winner
Legs & Co / Andrew Gold- Never Let Her Slip Away
Squeeze - Take Me Im Yours
Wings - With A Little Luck
Sheila - Singin In The Rain
Andy Gibb - Shadow Dancing
Co Co - The Bad Old Days
Brian and Michael - Matchstalk Men & Matchstalk Cats

which means the following weren't shown:
The Manhattan Transfer - Walk In Love
Showaddywaddy - I Wonder Why
The Stylistics - Wonder Woman

is also missing genesis over the chart and blondie over the end credits

koogs, Thursday, 4 April 2013 19:31 (five years ago) Permalink

are they editing long versions down to 30 minutes? they don't appear to be showing the extended versions on saturdays like they used to

koogs, Thursday, 4 April 2013 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

is also missing genesis over the chart and blondie over the end credits

But I heard Genesis being played over the chart. Seeing Andy Gibb made me kinda sad :(

Step not on a loose unforgiving stone on a pyramid to paradise (Tom D.), Friday, 5 April 2013 09:27 (five years ago) Permalink

(i meant that list i copied is missing the intro and outro music)

koogs, Friday, 5 April 2013 09:40 (five years ago) Permalink

the late repeat yesterday, and saturday night's is 40 minutes long

http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/programmes/schedules/2013/04/04

koogs, Friday, 5 April 2013 09:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm not saying last night's show was creepy, but when you end up wondering whether LS Lowry was dodgy it's probably time to tune out.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 5 April 2013 10:04 (five years ago) Permalink

oh Tina..

https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/579824_10151572231594273_794902190_n.jpg

her debut was the first album i ever owned. back cover; her gazing in the mirror brushing her hair.

piscesx, Friday, 5 April 2013 21:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Ruth Jones to play her in the biopic

Mark G, Friday, 5 April 2013 22:38 (five years ago) Permalink

yep, missing songs there in the saturday night version. and the worst 3 things on there 8(

koogs, Sunday, 7 April 2013 10:57 (five years ago) Permalink

So far this week it's like punk never happened. I'd forgotten the performance for 'Automatic Lover' was so ridiculous (pity as the song isn't anywhere near as silly, and we'd have to wait until Gary Numan turned up to hear another robosexual single).

Will you see a political publicity stunt? (snoball), Thursday, 18 April 2013 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

And here's Bonnie Tyler with what sounds like a cast off Rod Stewart song where the writer couldn't be bothered to finish the verse lyrics.

Will you see a political publicity stunt? (snoball), Thursday, 18 April 2013 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

first song tonight is a CHILD abuse joke begging to be made.

koogs, Thursday, 18 April 2013 21:50 (five years ago) Permalink

> 'Automatic Lover' was so ridiculous

b-but the robot is doing The Robot

koogs, Thursday, 18 April 2013 21:53 (five years ago) Permalink

o_O at Ferry's VU cover.

Camp Macaroni Style (snoball), Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:42 (five years ago) Permalink

And I can't tell if it's late 70s video effects or my PC's video card glitching.

Camp Macaroni Style (snoball), Thursday, 25 April 2013 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

i have never heard that ferry cover. or the thing over the end credits.

koogs, Thursday, 25 April 2013 19:29 (five years ago) Permalink

When that Ferry single came out, I had not heard any VU beyond "Waiting for the man"

Since getting into the VU, I have not heard Ferry's version..

Should be interesting...

Mark G, Thursday, 25 April 2013 21:00 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

dayglo is a bona fide classic, especially the treatment that totp gave it with the solarisation etc.

took two listens to realise that elkie brooks was a cover of the neil young song.

the long version had 'nice and sleazy' on it.

koogs, Friday, 17 May 2013 08:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Darts appear to have been on every TOTP of 1978.

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Friday, 17 May 2013 08:53 (five years ago) Permalink

... or it just feels that way... and will we ever be rid of Brotherhood of Man?

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Friday, 17 May 2013 08:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Wasn't that their last hit single? If so, then soon.

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Friday, 17 May 2013 09:59 (five years ago) Permalink

that Izhar Cohen that comes up during the countdown was the israeli eurovision winner that year. but i can't recall it at all. A-Ba-Ni-Bi...

koogs, Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

A real mixed bag this week.

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:43 (five years ago) Permalink

"Cilla Black always makes great records, but this one I think is an exception."

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

my mind has also blanked out rod stewart's world cup song, thankfully.

koogs, Thursday, 23 May 2013 18:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Rod's effort was terrible, but Scotland's WC song for 1982 was by The Krankies.

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Thursday, 23 May 2013 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

"this is a song with a nice refrain"

koogs, Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:44 (five years ago) Permalink

so we'll sing it once again
and again
and again
and again
until it pops into your mind unbidden at random yet inconvenient moments for the next 35 years and counting

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

yes we smurf in a water tap
WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?!?!?!?!?!?!

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2013 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

The guy in the audience with the England hat needs a slap.

go cray cray on my lobster soufflé (snoball), Thursday, 13 June 2013 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder if Whitesnake and Bob Marley and the Brotherhood of Man exchanged 'Props' in the green room...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Thursday, 13 June 2013 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

that Izhar Cohen that comes up during the countdown was the israeli eurovision winner that year. but i can't recall it at all. A-Ba-Ni-Bi...

Or as it was known in Glasgow, "Ah wannae be a polar bear"

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Friday, 14 June 2013 09:17 (five years ago) Permalink

my mind has also blanked out rod stewart's world cup song, thankfully.

I was singing it only last week!

Bees Against Racism (Tom D.), Friday, 14 June 2013 09:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Literally every time I watch this brotherhood of man are in the top 5.

So: The Answers (or something), Friday, 14 June 2013 11:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Only one more appearance this year to come, in august, until the christmas episode.

Mark G, Friday, 14 June 2013 11:12 (five years ago) Permalink

Can't wait.

So: The Answers (or something), Friday, 14 June 2013 11:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Hray, Buzzcocks

Mark G, Thursday, 27 June 2013 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Or at least until the razor cuts Peter Powell comes on with his creepy 'budget Sting at Primark' look.

Wide Area Network King (snoball), Thursday, 27 June 2013 18:34 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

David 'crepe' Jensen: "The great thing about tonight's show is how many girls are on it!"

Meine Damen und Herren, ein grosse sh*tstorm! (snoball), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Ray Parker Jr.'s guitar doubles as a snow shovel.

Meine Damen und Herren, ein grosse sh*tstorm! (snoball), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:50 (five years ago) Permalink

heavy on legs and co this week.

koogs, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 18:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Nobody worth a squirt of piss wants to go on it, that's why.

Meine Damen und Herren, ein grosse sh*tstorm! (snoball), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Forever Autumn seemed like it was 6 minutes long, and it's not the first time it's been on

koogs, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 19:49 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, I thought it was "Sky at night" week..

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 20:13 (five years ago) Permalink

Apart from Raydio you haven't missed anything.

Meine Damen und Herren, ein grosse sh*tstorm! (snoball), Wednesday, 17 July 2013 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

it's wednesday, that's probably why.

it's repeated tonight and maybe saturday. and on iplayer.

koogs, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 21:03 (five years ago) Permalink

oh yeah!

Right, will have a word wit' tivo.

Mark G, Wednesday, 17 July 2013 23:55 (five years ago) Permalink

A bland cover of 'It's Only Make Believe'. Totally not an attempt to ride on the coat-tails of 'Grease's success, oh no...

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Wednesday, 31 July 2013 18:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Nah, that would suggest a thought process 'in the moment' which is not evident

Mark G, Wednesday, 31 July 2013 22:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I guess Lloyd-Webber and Rice couldn't get Ringo Starr so they had to settle for David Essex...

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:36 (five years ago) Permalink

More like Che Whatever.

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

hadn't seen that clip of gordon dancing with legs and co before. noticed he'd also amended his t-shirt...

koogs, Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Tony Blackburn confused by all these Hong Kong Gardens and Dreadlock Holidays.

slamming on the dubstep brakes (snoball), Wednesday, 21 August 2013 18:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm intrigued by the breaks in transmission. Are we missing J P$£l episodes?

kraudive, Friday, 23 August 2013 15:57 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.bbc.co.uk/totp2/trivia/presenters/list2.shtml

am not sure where we are...

August 3, 1978 - Dave Lee Travis
August 10, 1978 - Peter Powell
August 17, 1978 - Noel Edmonds
August 24, 1978 - David Jensen
August 31, 1978 - Tony Blackburn
September 7, 1978 - Peter Powell
September 14, 1978 - Jimmy Saville
September 21, 1978 - Paul Burnett
September 28, 1978 - Dave Lee Travis

peel is much later iirc (feb '82)

koogs, Friday, 23 August 2013 16:17 (five years ago) Permalink

also, some breaks may just be due to missing recordings.

koogs, Friday, 23 August 2013 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

(wednesday's was 31/08)

koogs, Friday, 23 August 2013 16:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Apologies for the easy google opportunities I missed there.

Right, I assumed JP was around earlier than he may have been. It seems the beeb is trying to keep the broadcasts in the original week of each particular year.

kraudive, Friday, 23 August 2013 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink

(he'd done some of the earlier shows but there was a hiatus...)

koogs, Friday, 23 August 2013 21:08 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

1977: The Year Doo-Wop Broke.

koogs, Saturday, 28 September 2013 10:20 (five years ago) Permalink

(wait, it's 1978. still, with all the showaddywaddy, darts and grease stuff in the charts... 4 things in top 10 from grease.)

koogs, Saturday, 28 September 2013 10:22 (five years ago) Permalink

There've been a lot of godawful piano ballads recently. Just listen to this monstrosity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGfb6pm3DOg

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 28 September 2013 15:19 (five years ago) Permalink

er, convicted sex offender Jonathan King?

not a lunch that is hot (snoball), Thursday, 3 October 2013 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, that's an odd decision given that they aren't showing some episodes because two different presenters are currently unpeople.

still, it's like they have discovered punk / new wave this week. (i may've spoken too soon, am watching about 20 minutes behind real time). odd given that blackburn's shows are usually disco-heavy.

koogs, Thursday, 3 October 2013 19:00 (five years ago) Permalink

so is this Aug 31 or Oct 26?

August 31, 1978 - Tony Blackburn
September 7, 1978 - Peter Powell
September 14, 1978 - Jimmy Saville
September 21, 1978 - Paul Burnett
September 28, 1978 - Dave Lee Travis
October 5, 1978 - David Jensen
October 12, 1978 - Jimmy Saville
October 19, 1978 - Peter Powell
October 26, 1978 - Tony Blackburn

actually given that the last four have been Powell, Burnett, Jensen, Powell it must be Oct 26.

koogs, Thursday, 3 October 2013 19:05 (five years ago) Permalink

is it still 1978? these years must have been interminable to actually live through.

piscesx, Thursday, 3 October 2013 19:06 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, they are trying, i thought, to stay exactly 35 years ahead. which is my i'm surprised that we are 3 weeks ahead.

koogs, Thursday, 3 October 2013 19:20 (five years ago) Permalink

actually i'm being a bit harsh this week's has almost all of Public Image, after the Number 1 over the end credits!

piscesx, Thursday, 3 October 2013 19:25 (five years ago) Permalink

(that was last week's. this week they were on (video) as part of the main show)

koogs, Thursday, 3 October 2013 19:29 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

was that a different vocal on Germfree Adolescent? could swear her voice cracks more on the version i know.

otherwise, that was dire. Dandy, Patrick Juvet, ONJ, Rats, Darts, Cars, Xray Spex, JT&ONJ, Jacksons over end credits

koogs, Thursday, 17 October 2013 20:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, they would sometimes have the original backing track and a 'live' vocal.

Mark G, Friday, 18 October 2013 14:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Polystyrene was asked by the TOTP producer to change "Listerine" to "glycerine" and "SR" to "XR" to avoid what-we-now-call product placement.

harveyw, Friday, 18 October 2013 16:09 (four years ago) Permalink

could've sworn it was SR last night. will give it another listen.

and just listening to the John Peel Session version (on Let's Submerge) and that *is* XR and Glycerine. (and breaking voice, although not as much as the lp version)

koogs, Friday, 18 October 2013 17:42 (four years ago) Permalink

no, you're right (1:22 and others)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmlujq7qsW0

koogs, Friday, 18 October 2013 17:45 (four years ago) Permalink

star ship trooper really is a thing.

koogs, Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:03 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm not sure i have the words to describe it.

koogs, Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:04 (four years ago) Permalink

The song itself isn't too bad, but the visual presentation tips it over into Woolworths naff-ness.

not a lunch that is hot (snoball), Thursday, 31 October 2013 22:12 (four years ago) Permalink

Back on tonight, 30th Nov 2013.

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 14 November 2013 19:25 (four years ago) Permalink

^^^ uh, I meant 30th Nov 1978

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:28 (four years ago) Permalink

did peter powell turn into tony blackburn?

koogs, Thursday, 21 November 2013 19:56 (four years ago) Permalink

no, was TB all the way through. could've sworn the first link was PP.

meh. it's beginning to sound a lot like christmas.

koogs, Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:13 (four years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten that Hot Chocolate's song was a Christmas (of sorts) tune - kind of fits now though. Apart from them and the Buzzcocks, really a sort of blah week. IIRC not much happens now until early 1979 and the proper New Wave stuff kicks in. OTOH Boney M in a class of their own, even if the bloke looked like some manic ski instructor. Possibly my first memory of the actual physical production side of music was hearing 'Mary's Boy Child' being played off my father's Akai reel-to-reel tape machine and watching the tape spools rotating in almost a trance state, about five minutes after he'd recorded the track of the radio. I think it was then that a small light bulb went on above four and a half year old me's head that there was a technological element to music and the dim beginnings of the idea that it would be exciting to work in that area.

fashionably early Christmas themed display name (snoball), Thursday, 21 November 2013 20:35 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

OK it's not on BBC4, but this TOTP2 Christmas show is the usual grab bag of the usual suspects (Wizzard, etc.), plus Emilie Sande why because she had a bit of tinsel around her neck and The Teardrop Explodes why because there's a Christmas Tree on stage. Also featuring Mark Radcliffe's oh-so-funny-it-hurts pomo hipster snarktastic between song commentary.

that's you, that is (snoball), Sunday, 22 December 2013 19:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Mark Radcliffe's oh-so-funny-it-hurts pomo hipster snarktastic between song commentary

Still better than Steve Wright

emo cat named (soref), Sunday, 22 December 2013 19:52 (four years ago) Permalink

oof...

Anyway, Barron Knights - possibly their only decent song is the one about Rubik's Cube, but I haven't heard that one in so long that possibly my memory is playing tricks on me and that one stinks as well.

that's you, that is (snoball), Sunday, 22 December 2013 19:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Robbie Williams, fuck off. I know he's been made-up to look older in this video, but I can't believe that he's only a couple of months older than me.

that's you, that is (snoball), Sunday, 22 December 2013 19:59 (four years ago) Permalink

A fun game for all the family: try and figure out whether it's Bowie or Crosby who wants to be there the least.

that's you, that is (snoball), Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Crosby was out of it according to DB

"I was wondering if he was still alive. He was just… not there. He was not there at all. He had the words in front of him. (Deep Bing voice) “Hi, Dave, nice to see you here…” And he looked like a little old orange sitting on a stool. “Cos he’d been made up very heavily and his skin was a bit pitted, and there was just nobody home at all, you know? It was the most bizarre experience. I didn’t know anything about him. I just knew my mother liked him. Maybe I would have known (sings) “When the mooon,,,” No… (hums) “Dadada, dadada, someone waits for me…” That’s about the only song of his I would have actually known."

http://exploringdavidbowie.com/2013/02/05/david-bowie-the-interview-hours/

piscesx, Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:43 (four years ago) Permalink

As a fitting tribute to Mud, that polystyrene 'snow' is still polluting the oceans to this day.

that's you, that is (snoball), Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:44 (four years ago) Permalink

interesting tidbits about the upcoming Top Of The Pops BBC4 repeats from TV Cream:

Friday 3rd January 2014 BBC4:

21.00 Top of the Pops - The Story of 1979
Hooray! The repeat run continues into a fourth fantastic year, and we were unconvinced it would even last four months. It's remarkable it still is given how toxic the brand is now, but we're very very pleased, especially because it means we enter a fabulous year for music, with new wave becoming the mainstream and classic Look-In pop from the likes of Buggles, M and Squeeze dominating proceedings. Here's the now traditional curtain raiser of clips and not very interesting comments.

22.00 Top of the Pops - Big Hits 1979
And then as usual we've got the compilation of some of the stuff we'll see over the next twelve months, as well as some stuff we'll only get here. For what it's worth, if things stay as they are we lose eight Saviles, ten Travises and a strike, but that still means there's plenty to go at, so well done to BBC4 yet again.

piscesx, Sunday, 22 December 2013 20:46 (four years ago) Permalink

Noel brings the dad joeks.

that's you, that is (snoball), Tuesday, 24 December 2013 21:25 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Brotherhood of Man's last TOTP appearance?

time is a train that make the future flag post (snoball), Thursday, 9 January 2014 19:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Hopefully...looks like they got a group discount for perms at the hairdressers...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Thursday, 9 January 2014 19:58 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

hint: the later showing of this is 10 minutes longer.

olympic runners. a mixed-race, sports-themed disco band. odd.

car67 (from last week) i remember despite having not heard it in the intervening years. i also remember some pastiche done by DLT in the same vein as his Convoy record. but i guess we will be spared that.

koogs, Friday, 24 January 2014 07:31 (four years ago) Permalink

When are they getting to the 80s?

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Friday, 24 January 2014 13:43 (four years ago) Permalink

they are 35 years behind, and staying there. so 2015.

koogs, Friday, 24 January 2014 13:51 (four years ago) Permalink

I was about to say 'well it's not as far as 2015, it's only next year', but then I realised that 2015 is next year ;_;

time is a train that make the future flag post (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2014 17:52 (four years ago) Permalink

i think oliver's army is the first thing i've heard on totp that i bought at the time.

koogs, Thursday, 6 February 2014 20:05 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

and lene lovitch is the second

koogs, Thursday, 20 February 2014 22:45 (four years ago) Permalink

sex pistols vs legs and co

koogs, Thursday, 6 March 2014 20:40 (four years ago) Permalink

More like Sex Pistols vs Eddie Cochran (Pistols losing btw)

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 6 March 2014 21:24 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

The 80s arrive early with M.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 3 April 2014 18:33 (four years ago) Permalink

(slightly) longer version on later...

lot of good things on this. that israeli BoM thing in the middle, not so much.

had forgotten that Members song. cod reggae in places, but prescient. also, i think every band member was dressed like he was in a different kind of band...

koogs, Thursday, 3 April 2014 19:25 (four years ago) Permalink

The 12" version with a dub section is good! (I.e. Not embarrassing)

Mark G, Thursday, 3 April 2014 21:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Bonus track on midnight showing was gen x - valley of the dolls. And chic. Also a much bigger chunk of staircase mystery over the lights at the end.

koogs, Saturday, 5 April 2014 08:19 (four years ago) Permalink

I think this one is a keeper!

Mark G, Saturday, 5 April 2014 15:24 (four years ago) Permalink

had forgotten that Members song. cod reggae in places, but prescient. also

Cod reggae all the way through (and not very good cod reggae either), what a weird subject to write a song about

Eats like Elvis, shits like De Niro (Tom D.), Sunday, 6 April 2014 12:11 (four years ago) Permalink

I got the feeling they were trying to be 10cc crossed with some Boomtown Rats political content.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Sunday, 6 April 2014 13:00 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

last night (1979) had the damned (love song) and last week had the banshees (staircase). both what i would call 'goth' but both previously 'punk' bands. when did that fork happen?

(wasn't just a musical thing - they'd both adopted a non-punk dress style also (ok, apart from captain sensible)

and bright eyes got short shrift again. was number 1 in the charts but i don't think i've heard them play more than a minute of it. which i find curious.

koogs, Friday, 2 May 2014 09:02 (four years ago) Permalink

The BBC can't afford to pay for extended usage of the film footage (see also Grease and Saturday Night Fever last year). Maybe they could have done if they hadn't paid all that money to former TOTP presenters and other "characters" in the past.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Friday, 2 May 2014 09:13 (four years ago) Permalink

when i read this week what the BBC allegedly used to pay Susanna Reid i almost turned into my old man for a moment

you poll a lot, but you're not saying anything (Noodle Vague), Friday, 2 May 2014 09:14 (four years ago) Permalink

some sterling performances from the young Billy Idol is recent weeks. All those evenings spent in front of the bedroom mirror pretending to be Alvin Stardust are paying off.

mahb, Friday, 2 May 2014 13:33 (four years ago) Permalink

that sparks single was another i bought at the time. (my first two batches of records ever, one from earlier in the year, one from around now). still sounds great and the long version on the b is better.

long version of the show had a repeat of the execrable monks song

koogs, Friday, 2 May 2014 19:45 (four years ago) Permalink

This ABBA song sounds out of place enough on 'ABBA Gold', but compared to The Police and The Undertones it's like a relic from another era.

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 8 May 2014 18:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Wait what the shitting fuck? A disco cover of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'?

an office job is as secure as a Weetabix padlock (snoball), Thursday, 8 May 2014 18:51 (four years ago) Permalink

Max Webster seems to have been written out of musical history. Probably those trousers.

koogs, Thursday, 8 May 2014 22:21 (four years ago) Permalink

Different bit of bright eyes too. Still v short though.

koogs, Thursday, 8 May 2014 22:22 (four years ago) Permalink

Xtc, m and Judas priest on the long version BTW

koogs, Friday, 9 May 2014 07:12 (four 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years 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:
http://gdm.glorydazemusic.com/images/reviews/liner79.jpg

Tim, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:37 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost it was post-yacht rock.

Mark G, Tuesday, 20 May 2014 13:51 (four years 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 (four years 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 (four years ago) Permalink

Liner, the Lidl Bee Gees.

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

one month passes...

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

koogs, Saturday, 28 June 2014 09:09 (four years ago) Permalink

two 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 (four years ago) Permalink

It's the Proms.

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

one 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 (four years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Mark G, Saturday, 4 October 2014 16:55 (four years ago) Permalink

four 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 (three years ago) Permalink

what was the Thatcher song?

piscesx, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:34 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

koogs, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:41 (three years ago) Permalink

Ilx didn't hyperlink the trailing ) BTW

koogs, Sunday, 2 November 2014 12:41 (three years ago) Permalink

'produced by John Lloyd'?! who knew.

piscesx, Sunday, 2 November 2014 16:10 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Sunday, 2 November 2014 16:24 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

Gwen Stefani owes Lene Lovich a fair bit too

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

i loved Darts when i was 10

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

Punk's dead

koogs, Sunday, 23 November 2014 09:43 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

at least 70% of that top 30 is great!

soref, Sunday, 23 November 2014 11:36 (three years ago) Permalink

21 of that 30 totally do it for me.

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

play that Saturn 5, drummer boy.

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:07 (three years ago) Permalink

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

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:08 (three years ago) Permalink

which Cliff song was it?

piscesx, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:24 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Cliff Richard - Hot Shot

koogs, Sunday, 30 November 2014 12:34 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

not enough bassoons in rock imo.

koogs, Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:38 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

TOTP hits the 80s tonight.

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

one 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

SLF as well. on the edge.

koogs, Friday, 6 March 2015 19:44 (three years ago) Permalink

two 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

Other running commentary places are available

Mark G, Friday, 8 May 2015 12:43 (three years ago) Permalink

three 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

And Junior Murvin, that's about it.

Mark G, Friday, 5 June 2015 09:53 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

.....and Mystic Merlin!

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

two 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

Yeah, only 63 really made my heart sink

sʌxihɔːl (Ward Fowler), Monday, 29 June 2015 12:14 (three years ago) Permalink

killer lineup imo

cod latin (dog latin), Monday, 29 June 2015 13:28 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Sunday, 5 July 2015 23:01 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

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

mahb, Monday, 6 July 2015 08:06 (three years ago) Permalink

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

Mark G, Monday, 6 July 2015 10:27 (three years ago) Permalink

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

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

two weeks pass...

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

koogs, Monday, 20 July 2015 20:29 (three years 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 (three years ago) Permalink

https://youtu.be/XDK1dMNAJno

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

(indeed he did - what a tosser he was)

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

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

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

Was this his performance with Maggie Bell?

everything, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 18:27 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

back on thursday. with mike reid presenting.

koogs, Saturday, 26 September 2015 16:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Read. Reid is the eastender cockney comedian bloke.

Mark G, Saturday, 26 September 2015 16:41 (three years ago) Permalink

'triffic

Fields of Fat Henry (Tom D.), Saturday, 26 September 2015 16:44 (three years ago) Permalink

> Read.

but i did read, it was in the guardian guide. 8)

koogs, Saturday, 26 September 2015 17:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Oh, maybe it is him then.

Mark G, Saturday, 26 September 2015 21:42 (three years ago) Permalink

if DOCTOR WHO can do it then TOTP can too ~ bring back the LOVE!

Paul, Sunday, 27 September 2015 00:02 (three years ago) Permalink

"Write the theme tune, sing the theme tune..."

koogs, Friday, 9 October 2015 18:32 (three years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

we are back. but it's not good.

they appear to be mixing audience noise in with the performances so it sounds kinda shitty.

darts and showaddywaddy in the same show too (last week).

and every link seems to be someone plugging something. dollar, dennis waterman, the new stevie wonder lp, totp t-shirts...

still, christmas hats...

koogs, Friday, 30 October 2015 17:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah the audience noise over the music is so irritating. Legs and Co looked like they were being filmed by a drunk at the back of the crowd. I enjoyed Adam and The Ants and Bad Manners though

tayto fan (Michael B), Friday, 30 October 2015 20:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah. Both for the second time in 2 weeks though. (Showaddywaddy too)

koogs, Friday, 30 October 2015 20:54 (two years ago) Permalink

The links by the DJs in general on these old TOTP shows are terrible. I thought the one redeeming feature of these idiots was a certain type of cheesy professionalism, but no they all sound illiterate even when doing something as basic as introducing the next song. On the Christmas edition from ’82, Mike Read went from Nicole to Eddy Grant by saying ‘from a Eurovision winner to someone who’s never won it in his life’, eh?

Isn't Eddy in line to represent the UK next year? Not very prescient, Read!

Most posters here probably know already, but Freaky Trigger has been covering the repeats too:

1980http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2008/12/popular-80/?comment-page-all#1520073

1979http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2008/10/popular-79/?comment-page-all#1279536

1978http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2008/08/popular-78/?comment-page-all#1076011

1977http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2008/07/popular-77/?comment-page-all#942492

1976http://freakytrigger.co.uk/ft/2008/05/popular-76/?comment-page-all#821996

(Just to be very clear, I'm joking about Eddy Grant entering Eurovision. Don't want a repeat of the Sam Smith dissing incident)

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 21:46 (two years ago) Permalink

wow! Some brill writing and interesting typos too.

Mark G, Wednesday, 11 November 2015 07:40 (two years ago) Permalink

woah!

koogs, Friday, 20 November 2015 20:12 (two years ago) Permalink

^ that in reference to UB40's Dream A Lie video. i can see what they are trying to do but 35 years after the fact it's quite o_O (that said, nice song that i don't think i've heard before)

i've said it before but stray cats, showaddywaddy and matchbox in the charts. it's like punk never happened.

and again with the chats in the links.

koogs, Friday, 20 November 2015 20:26 (two years ago) Permalink

shame about what happened to UB40; 2 rival versions touring the world, one with Ali Campbell, one uh.. without, both hating/sueing the other

http://ub40.org/
http://ub40.global/

piscesx, Friday, 20 November 2015 20:40 (two years ago) Permalink

Some 35th deathiversary this is turning out to be...

Bieber dominates this week’s rundown following the release of his new album Purpose, including no less than three singles in the Top 5: Sorry (1), Love Yourself (3) and What Do You Mean? (5). No other male artist has achieved this in 34 years, since John Lennon in January 1981 with Imagine (1), Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (3) and (Just Like) Starting Over (5) following his tragic death. (from Official Charts)

Pretty sure Lennon once said he was bigger than Biebus anyway, as a kind of pre-emptive measure.

Is this Tony Blackburn quote real? I know the Durrin Durrin one is, but... bloody hell.

Blackburn mightily resented being pushed into [the Radio 1 chart show] when he did it; and he was legendarily useless - "Massive leap of one place," "Sensational new sound of Durrin Durrin," "It's been a good week for John Lennon, he has three songs in the top ten" (Sunday after his shooting)

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:55 (two years ago) Permalink

^ I'm sure it's accurate. Just amazed he didn't get more widely ridiculed for saying it

flyingtrain (sbahnhof), Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:07 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Great start this week: The Beat > The Specials > Gary Numan.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 10 December 2015 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Don't watch the "Long" version, there are acts "between" those.

Mark G, Thursday, 10 December 2015 21:26 (two years ago) Permalink

god, you weren't wrong. how do the baron knights live with what they do?

was wondering if the beat were trying to distance themselves from the two tone thing in what they were wearing (ie colours). and then wondered whether you'd call it ska or whether it was something more. i think the classic ska backbeat was in there but hidden under the guitars (teardrop vox restrung left-handed by the look)

then the specials were on in their christmas jumpers which made me wonder whether they were all in it together. (that's probably my favourite specials track and it was nice to see rico again)

does gary numan get a bulk-discount on arp's?

the chart's looking strong again.

koogs, Friday, 11 December 2015 11:05 (two years ago) Permalink

The story I heard went along the lines of:

The guitarist's nephew found some guitars and stuff when visiting, and asked him "oh, were you in a band?" "Oh yeah, we had a bunch of hits" "Really? What were you called?" "Um, .. Hey look over there.. "

(Aparently, it took some doing after the "oh, you wouldn't like it, it's not yr thing really..")

Mark G, Friday, 11 December 2015 11:14 (two years ago) Permalink

was wondering if the beat were trying to distance themselves from the two tone thing in what they were wearing (ie colours). and then wondered whether you'd call it ska or whether it was something more. i think the classic ska backbeat was in there but hidden under the guitars (teardrop vox restrung left-handed by the look)

There's a bit of an afrobeat vibe to that Beat song. Maybe a bit Talking Heads inspired, as well.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 11 December 2015 11:37 (two years ago) Permalink

It was a good track, I liked it.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 11 December 2015 11:37 (two years ago) Permalink

the beat have been, i think, a bit overlooked, possibly due to not being on two tone (apart from that one single). but the best-of has a ton of hits. i'm not familiar with the lps though.

(oh, there's a cd box set with the 3 lps and a disc of singles for £11 on amazon marketplace. that'll do nicely...)

koogs, Friday, 11 December 2015 12:09 (two years ago) Permalink

the beat had a run of about 4 amazing singles in 1980, just about my favourite band that year. and yeah, definitely a lot of afropop going in the rhythms and andy cox's guitar playing, but the other guitar sound on 'Too Nice To Talk To' is quite post-punkish, always reminds me of siouxsie & the banshees. actually i think robert smith played a vox at that time too?

ghosted monk: new gaz in the 'combs (NickB), Friday, 11 December 2015 12:10 (two years ago) Permalink

I have just downloaded their greatest hits.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Friday, 11 December 2015 12:42 (two years ago) Permalink

Strung lefthanded with a really weird tuning.

Three Word Username, Friday, 11 December 2015 13:11 (two years ago) Permalink

<3 Ranking Roger

Anyway, it's not a three, it's a yogh. (Tom D.), Friday, 11 December 2015 13:12 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

1981 starts on thursday

but i think this is aposite today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEvUil9d74g&t=26s

koogs, Monday, 11 January 2016 10:35 (two years ago) Permalink

(oh, apologies for the savile at the start of that - i did add a t=26s to the url to skip his intro but i think the ilm parser borked that)

koogs, Monday, 11 January 2016 10:37 (two years ago) Permalink

No worries, we're all grown-ups.

Mark G, Monday, 11 January 2016 10:45 (two years ago) Permalink

but that vest... nobody should be exposed to that...

koogs, Monday, 11 January 2016 10:48 (two years ago) Permalink

Show from '81 now. 70s rockabilly revival hanging in there with the awful Matchbox doing a version of "Over the rainbow", I think I had the 45 of that). Shakin' Stevens was popular around this time too wasn't he? Who were Sad Cafe btw? Dreadful. The Beat were great tho. Oh look Chas and Dave are on...

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:55 (two years ago) Permalink

Digging The Specials woolly jumper and tartan pants look

i;m thinking about thos Beans (Michael B), Thursday, 14 January 2016 23:58 (two years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

well, that was mixed.

american 50s thing in there still, disco, glam, metal. and just a tiny snippet of joe dolce...

koogs, Friday, 29 January 2016 11:29 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

So much hair.

This episode seems more seventies than eighties so far.

koogs, Friday, 26 February 2016 07:41 (two years ago) Permalink

That was written before PiL...

Last episode had Joe dolce at 3 and Vienna at 2, lennon at 1. Dolce famously kept Vienna off #1. This episode none of those are anywhere to be seen. Odd.

Duran Duran are on their way out of the charts as is teardrops' reward so we've missed them...

koogs, Friday, 26 February 2016 08:06 (two years ago) Permalink

No, only you..

Reward has been on twice, Shakey's been at number one, they are doing two a week now (more or less, only one this week)

Mark G, Friday, 26 February 2016 08:11 (two years ago) Permalink

you are right, i guess the pvr hasn't been picking them up

last night's was:
09/04/81 (Mike Read)
Linx – “Intuition” (7)
Bucks Fizz – “Making Your Mind Up” (2) WATCH
Saxon – “And The Bands Played On” (27)
Keith Marshall – “Only Crying” (39)
David Bowie – “Up The Hill Backwards” (32) (Legs & Co)
Graham Bonnet – “Night Games” (12) (rpt from 26/03/81)
Public Image Ltd – “Flowers Of Romance” (31) WATCH
Eddy Grant – “Can’t Get Enough Of You” (44)
Gillan – “New Orleans” (24) (rpt from 26/03/81)
The Whispers – “It’s A Love Thing” (9) (video)
Hazel O’Connor – “D-Days” (10) (rpt from 26/03/81)
Shakin’ Stevens – “This Ole House” (1) (rpt/credits)

so they are already on april, which is odd.

luckily they are all still on iplayer...

koogs, Friday, 26 February 2016 09:32 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Have not had a chance to watch this in ages.
Watching it tonight.
Wikka Wrap! Don't know how I've never encountered this before.

woof, Thursday, 24 March 2016 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

14/5/81 edition:

(i) Cup Final Edition! I was wondering why I don't remember such a thing (I'd have been outraged at curtailing TOTP) when I realise I clearly remember the result of that evening's final replay being announced from the stage of our primary school production of "The Wizard of Oz", yes yes I was, yes I played the lion, what of it?); this also explains why I don't recall the rubbishy Easton or Lizzy songs.
(ii) wtf are Kim Carnes's band wearing in the video for "Bette Davis Eyes"? If you'd asked me I'd have guessed that they were dressed up in US session dude duds but they're all done out like they're trying to look like they're at an Adam and the Ants fancy dress party, or a Visage video. Presumably an attempt to appear current in the new MTV world?
(ii) in the top 10 countdown as they show a snatch of Chas and Dave doing their Tottenham song, some wag has edited in footage of the goal City scored against Spurs in the proper final four days before.

Tim, Thursday, 24 March 2016 20:24 (two years ago) Permalink

An unapologetically Spinal Tap looking performance from Saxon. Actually this week's line up is pretty good. I think we've left the period where there'd be weeks with absolutely nothing of interest.

an opportunity thick enough to taste (snoball), Friday, 25 March 2016 19:06 (two years ago) Permalink

I must admit to ffwding through most of yesterday's, which I don't do often

koogs, Friday, 25 March 2016 19:11 (two years ago) Permalink

I'll admit having some time for Bad Manners, but this song is piss-poor filler. I can't imagine anything like this happening on TV today, which is simultaneously a good thing and a bad thing.

an opportunity thick enough to taste (snoball), Friday, 25 March 2016 19:17 (two years ago) Permalink

"Depesh-ay Mode" - thanks Peter Powell.

an opportunity thick enough to taste (snoball), Friday, 25 March 2016 19:19 (two years ago) Permalink

ha, Simon Bates was calling them Depesh-ay Mode last night as well

soref, Friday, 25 March 2016 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm not sure why, there's no accent on the third 'e'. Maybe it's from a time when anything vaguely French got "ay" put on the end of it, whether it was supposed to be there or not.

an opportunity thick enough to taste (snoball), Friday, 25 March 2016 19:37 (two years ago) Permalink

Blame it on the Flambé

Mark G, Friday, 25 March 2016 19:45 (two years ago) Permalink

some terrible miming by kirsty mccoll yesterday, did she have a problem with her neck? there was also a horrible thumping noise throughout. sounded like the drummer was mic-ed up even though he was just pretending to play.

koogs, Friday, 25 March 2016 20:29 (two 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

koogs, Friday, 1 April 2016 20:22 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

legs and co are dancing with the proles!

koogs, Friday, 1 April 2016 20:30 (two years ago) Permalink

Friday now.

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

koogs, Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:29 (two years ago) Permalink

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

koogs, Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:33 (two years ago) Permalink

(Or maybe trumpet voluntary)

koogs, Saturday, 2 April 2016 10:35 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

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

koogs, Saturday, 14 May 2016 16:56 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

Its only the future in the past.

Mark G, Friday, 10 June 2016 21:19 (two years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years ago) Permalink

xp!

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

> Haircut 100 > Orange Juice though, imo

That's fighting talk 8)

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2016 19:06 (two years 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

http://www.arthurranson.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/main_image/haircut100.jpg

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

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

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

xp at the same time or on separate occasions?

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

High watermark for TOTP this week?

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

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

Mark G, Thursday, 29 September 2016 20:07 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

never ever seen this blondie video before.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7gqErYW0K0

koogs, Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:35 (two years ago) Permalink

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

koogs, Thursday, 13 October 2016 18:51 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

everything, Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:03 (two years ago) Permalink

the video

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

koogs, Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:09 (two years 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 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

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

piscesx, Thursday, 13 October 2016 22:19 (two years 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 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

wonderdog

koogs, Sunday, 27 November 2016 13:26 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

that was friday.

thursday was another story.

koogs, Sunday, 27 November 2016 18:49 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

.. but you knew this already, right?

Mark G, Monday, 28 November 2016 13:10 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

"boring" bob grover!

woof, Thursday, 8 December 2016 19:50 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 year ago) Permalink

Ooh!

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

Like I don't even remember JoBoxers.

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

enjoyed the whole episode, apart from Nick Heyward.

woof, Saturday, 18 February 2017 13:53 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

So they showed episode 999 and 1001 and skipped 1000. And they was a lot of repetition between those two.

Fave bit was the tunnel of pouts during the instrumental bit of the Siouxie song.

koogs, Saturday, 11 March 2017 11:52 (one year ago) Permalink

Apparently 1000 featured Savile AND Travis AND Glitter AND King, which is quite the royal flush.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 11 March 2017 13:44 (one year ago) Permalink

haha wow.

piscesx, Saturday, 11 March 2017 13:56 (one year ago) Permalink

http://www.tv.com/shows/top-of-the-pops-uk/5th-may-1983-1000th-episode-417528/

Massively extended party edition with many old and new performances to celebrate the 1000th edition of the show.

Presenters: Dave Lee Travis, Steve Wright, John Peel, Gary Davies, Mike Smith, Paul Gambaccini, Peter Powell, Simon Bates, Tommy Vance, Richard Skinner, David Jacobs, Mike Read, Tony Blackburn, Noel Edmonds, David Jensen, Janice Long and Jimmy Savile

Playlist:
Thompson Twins - We Are Detective [Performance]
10 C.C. - I'm Not In Love [Repeat Performance]
Abba - Waterloo [Repeat Performance]
Adam Ant - Goody Two Shoes [Repeat Performance]
Beatles - All You Need Is Love [Repeat Performance]
Bee Gees - Massachusetts [Repeat Performance]
Billy.J.Kramer & The Dakotas - Little Children [Repeat Performance]
Blancmange - Blind Vision [Performance]
Blondie - Picture This [Repeat Performance]
Boomtown Rats - Looking After No.1 [Repeat Performance]
Cilla Black - Surround Yourself With Sorrow [Repeat Performance]
Cliff Richard - All My Love [Repeat Performance]
Dave Clark 5 - Bits & Pieces [Repeat Performance]
David Bowie - Starman [Repeat Performance]
Duran Duran - Is There Something I Should Know [Repeat Performance]
Elton John - Your Song [Repeat Performance]
Fun Boy Three - Our Lips Are Sealed [Performance]
Gary Glitter - Im The Leader Of The Gang(I Am) [Repeat Performance]
Heaven 17 - Temptation [Performance]
Human League - Fascination [Performance]
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends [Repeat Performance]
Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn [Repeat Performance]
Police - Spirits In The Material World [Repeat Performance]
Queen - Killer Queen [Repeat Performance]
Rod Stewart - Maggie May [Repeat Performance]
Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar [Repeat Performance]
Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud [Repeat Performance]
Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe [Repeat Performance]
Spandau Ballet - TRUE [Repeat Performance]
Status Quo - Pictures Of Matchstick Men [Repeat Performance]
Supremes - Baby Love [Repeat Performance]
T.Rex - Get It On [Repeat Performance]
The Beat - Can't Get Used To Losing You [Performance]
The Move - Fire Brigade [Repeat Performance]
Zoo / New Edition - Candy Girl [Performance]

koogs, Saturday, 11 March 2017 15:07 (one year ago) Permalink

(2-2 for man u vs brighton, late equaliser from brighton. man u won 4-0 in the replay)

joboxers again, different song.

koogs, Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:46 (one year ago) Permalink

I really have no memory of them. I'm surprised, as I would have thought that a band that was a bit Dexys and a bit Madness would have caught the attention of a nine year old snoball.

well the bitter comes out better on a stolen Switch cartridge (snoball), Thursday, 16 March 2017 19:55 (one year ago) Permalink

my brother had their album, I thought they were crap. amazed that most of them were in Subway Sect though.

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:10 (one year ago) Permalink

Thread:
In Praise of: "Just Got Lucky" by the Joboxers

everything, Thursday, 16 March 2017 20:14 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

FFS when do these presenters stop mispronouncing Depeche Mode "Depesh-ay Mode"?

Mozart's Musical Dubstep Dice Game (snoball), Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Also I'd forgotten what a massive creep KC looks like singing 'Give It Up', adding an extra dimension to an otherwise by-the-numbers summer pop hit.

Mozart's Musical Dubstep Dice Game (snoball), Thursday, 13 April 2017 18:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, its clear the sunshine band had sacked it, there's Howie and two women bv's, it looked like he got a quick last minute flight over not expecting a number one.

Mark G, Thursday, 13 April 2017 19:04 (one year ago) Permalink

oblig: "is that a boy or a girl?" comment (c) everyone's dads 1983

koogs, Saturday, 22 April 2017 15:33 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Noddy Holder takes a break from trying to look like Ian Hunter ("my oh mmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy") and has a go at Slade Xmas Karaoke.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:34 (one year ago) Permalink

better that than sounding like Big Country..

Mark G, Thursday, 25 May 2017 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

I don't see this 'Relax' record getting to number 1 unless the BBC do something stupid like, I don't know, ban it?

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 8 June 2017 18:39 (one year ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten "Father Jack" from Father Ted had a hit single..

Mark G, Friday, 9 June 2017 00:44 (one year ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

"'Ullo John Gotta New Motor?", performed by what appears to be someone on the board of directors of the company I work for...

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 7 July 2017 18:42 (one year ago) Permalink

keep seeing the smiths and the bunnymen in the rundowns but not on the actual show (doesn't help that the pvr didn't pick up the first couple of shows because Totp 1983 and Totp 1984 had different series ids)

anyway, found this, which is depressing:

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/comment/86198310#Comment_86198310

koogs, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:49 (one year ago) Permalink

Smithed?

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:57 (one year ago) Permalink

mike?

koogs, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 16:59 (one year ago) Permalink

I thought it meant something like Morrissey slapping an injunction on any broadcaster showing moving images of him on the same stage as Mike Joyce.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:03 (one year ago) Permalink

... or vice versa.

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:04 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah, one of the messages a few up from that list says

"Basically in 1984 we're due to lost 14 episodes that are DLT, Savile and Smith (both of Savile's apperances are also Smithed)"

and

05/07/84 (Jimmy Savile & Mike Smith)

confirms that. i know nothing about what mike smith has done, other than die recently. no scandal that i can see.

koogs, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:05 (one year ago) Permalink

TOTP Mike Smith Episodes?

While he was alive, Mike Smith decided not to sign the licence extension that would allow the BBC to repeat the Top of the Pops episodes that he presented. Since his passing, the BBC is continuing to respect his wishes.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:11 (one year ago) Permalink

wtf?

weird echo of the falsies (Tom D.), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:13 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, we tried petitioning Sarah Green,but.

Mark G, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 17:55 (one year ago) Permalink

woah that's weird.

piscesx, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 19:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Another thread here that seems to imply it was Savile related:

http://z6.invisionfree.com/popscene/ar/t14077.htm

groovypanda, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 22:05 (one year ago) Permalink

Jesus christ, could Sade's bassist possibly wear his bass any higher!?

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:57 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This has gone too shit in the last couple of months.

Does it ever improve again or is it downhill all the way from now on?

koogs, Sunday, 27 August 2017 12:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Maybe it's because of the missing Mike Smith episodes. Maybe it's the increasing familiarity of the songs - I was watching TOTP every week at this point. There are a lot of high points from '84/'85 that I remember - there are some real classic number 1s coming in the next few weeks that still stand up today. But also it was a time where there wasn't much new happening - the influences of rap/hip-hop/dance music weren't really in the mainstream yet. A lot of the acts that came up in the early 80s were still around and there was not that many people coming up behind them. We're in the lull just before the late 80s really kicks in. For me the real turning point was the first Pet Shop Boys' number 1 at the beginning of 1986. Towards the end of '85 I was getting a bit bored with music, but that record in particular really got me back into music in a big way.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Sunday, 27 August 2017 13:14 (one year ago) Permalink

> the influences of rap/hip-hop/dance music weren't really in the mainstream yet

the break dance thing at the start of this week's episode was part of the rot for me, cash-in stuff, like all the landfill disco from the tail end of that.

PSB are part of the problem for me, not part of the solution.

17/05/1984
With Break Machine, Deniece Williams, Marillion, Hazell Dean, Womack & Womack and Ultravox

10/05/1984
With Queen, The Flying Pickets, Terri Wells, The Pointer Sisters and Duran Duran.

03/05/1984
With Blancmange, New Order, Kenny Loggins, Jocelyn Brown, Human League and Duran Duran.

26/04/1984
With Duran Duran, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Flying Pickets and Lionel Richie.

19/04/1984
With Blancmange, Queen, Nik Kershaw, Lionel Richie and Kool and the Gang.

the bunnymen are the only thing out of those that i'd cross the road for (blancmange and human league also, maybe)

koogs, Sunday, 27 August 2017 14:08 (one year ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Watched the one with the three-piece Bunnymen doing "Seven Seas" in those fish / penguin costumes last night (this one:)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VGF1mtZ1iVg

Tiny detail I found diverting: there are two fellows down the front with the wave effects - the one on the left I think is Bill Drummond, and both of them are wearing t-shirts which read "FRANKIE SAYS WHERE'S LES?"

Tim, Saturday, 16 September 2017 07:35 (one year ago) Permalink

youtube comments say:

"He refused to do the show cause it was not live (lip sync)"

koogs, Saturday, 16 September 2017 11:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I was just watching that Bunnymen perf earlier. I'm not sure if its embarrassing or brilliant.

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 17 September 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm leaning towards embarrassing

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 17 September 2017 02:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Always loved that song though.

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Great song

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Sunday, 17 September 2017 10:23 (one year ago) Permalink

I remember Lenny Henry's parody of this Prince video but the original is pretty lols-y as well.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zmSn8tnJtA

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 21 September 2017 18:41 (one year ago) Permalink

Fuck me, that Elton John song was awful.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

From past his prime Elton to past his prime Rod. Christ.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I liked it as a kid, and it's not bad bad, it's just Bernie and Elton being lazy.
Also Spandau Ballet looking like massive wankers at this point.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Finally, some quality!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

And again, childe snoball thought this Rod song was catchy, but it's shit-awful lazy songwriting on the verses and a half-arsed vocal performance.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Those of-the-moment fx in the video of that Rod song, though!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

I'm glad that at least 'Careless Whisper' was on this episode, though... if they'd 'Agadoo' instead it would have been fairly lousy from start to finish.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:58 (one year ago) Permalink

*played

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 18:58 (one year ago) Permalink

Then again, it wasn't particularly a great chart that week... Okay, so Prince was in there, and Grandmaster Flash and the two Frankie singles which were all great, David Sylvian surprisingly in there but that track was never gonna get played, and Tears For Fears' 'Mothers Talk' one of their lesser singles... most of that chart was terrible, though.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:02 (one year ago) Permalink

'84-'85 were odd years - there were some great singles and some terrible dross, and not much in between. George Michael replacing Black Lace at Number 1 is a jarring flip from one extreme to the other.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:24 (one year ago) Permalink

It's not like 1984 and 1985 were short of great music... 1984 probably moreso than 1985, you wouldn't have thought it watching that, though!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:45 (one year ago) Permalink

The transition from 1980-1981 to 1984-1985 both musically and aesthetically has always fascinated me, though... reading through the Smash Hits archive, you can feel things change with Duran Duran's mega success, then Frankie, then Live Aid happens and by 1986 the whole feel of the decade has changed entirely.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Thursday, 5 October 2017 19:52 (one year ago) Permalink

haha Passenger what a wretched racket. DL called it one of the worst songs of the 80s in the Elton track-by-track thread.

piscesx, Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:02 (one year ago) Permalink

Well, "Deny the passenger, who want to get on" is a potentially good lyric, but hmmm where it went.

Mark G, Thursday, 5 October 2017 20:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Okay, here we go...

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:32 (one year ago) Permalink

Actually, this Bucks Fizz doesn't have a bad riff - interesting mining on the guitar going on there, tho...

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:33 (one year ago) Permalink

*miming, I mean.

Although we are in '84, so...

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:34 (one year ago) Permalink

FFS. Spandau again? I mean, this is one of their better songs (IMO) but it wasn't a big hit. The riff in the verse is essentially Japan's 'Quiet Life' slowed down, too.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Ooh... Heaven 17 and Kraftwerk are in this week...

and what do they show? Level fucking 42.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:42 (one year ago) Permalink

The young David Miliband on keyboards, there.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:43 (one year ago) Permalink

The only Level 42 song that I can sort-of stand.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:46 (one year ago) Permalink

lol Alphaville

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:47 (one year ago) Permalink

The sight of Mark King jumping up and down while his thumb is going ten to the dozen on a bass that's worn chest-height is just cringe.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:50 (one year ago) Permalink

John Peel: "Agadoo. What a gem." - loooooooooooool

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah even with their most tolerable song they still look terrible.
Liked 'Big In Japan' but never could make out most of the lyrics. Reading them now they're bobbins. And the singer looks like Simon Amstell.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Also I will never know how the fuck Black Lace ever became popular. I can only guess that the 'pissed up Brits on holiday' demographic is far larger than I thought.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:52 (one year ago) Permalink

"Agadoo. What a gem."

Oh I'm watching the stream and it's ~20 seconds behind.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Noel Edmonds: "Watch out for the flying bit of toast in Stevie's video!" he said to no audience applause or reaction whatsoever.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:53 (one year ago) Permalink

Okay, not Stevie Wonder's finest moment, but it coulda been so much worse... and 'I'll Fly For You' was really Top 10? I seem to remember it being somewhat of a relative flop for Spandau... huh.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:54 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh wait that's a different version of the video. Also Stevie Wonder's laziest hit is still miles ahead of everything else this episode.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:55 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh great, Tory bellend Bruno Brookes followed by that fucking Elton John track again - what a combo.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:56 (one year ago) Permalink

Also the multiple key change is like *ugh*. Come on, Stevie "I wrote the 'Superstition' riff btw" Wonder sinks to this? Although it shows how great he is that his lows still beat most people's highs.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 6 October 2017 18:57 (one year ago) Permalink

Also I will never know how the fuck Black Lace ever became popular. I can only guess that the 'pissed up Brits on holiday' demographic is far larger than I thought.

― Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, October 6, 2017 6:52 PM (three minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

At least there's 'The Chicken Song' to look forward to when the inevitable backlash happens... didn't one half of Black Lace end up joining Smokie in a bid to be taken seriously?

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 6 October 2017 19:00 (one year ago) Permalink

That'll be the Smokie of "Who the fuck is Alice" infamy..

Mark G, Saturday, 7 October 2017 09:10 (one year ago) Permalink

I did buy "Agadoo" on 45. I was 7 tbf

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 7 October 2017 13:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh god, I hated Careless Whisper at the time. Too adult, too slow. I've revised that opinion now of course

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 7 October 2017 13:23 (one year ago) Permalink

xxpost:

Well, it clearly didn't have the desired effect!

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 7 October 2017 14:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Did we work out why Pete Wylie was dressed like Dave Vanian that one time?

koogs, Saturday, 7 October 2017 16:37 (one year ago) Permalink

This is my favourite podcast at the moment. Various ex-Melody Maker journos dissect a random episode of TOTP. Its hilarious

https://chartmusiccouk.wordpress.com/

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Saturday, 7 October 2017 17:26 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah he joined Smokie then died in a tour bus crash in the mid 90s.

speaking of the 'pissed up Brits on holiday' demographic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMGNiAD-tMA

piscesx, Sunday, 8 October 2017 15:45 (one year ago) Permalink

Did I mention I bought their first single?

Bohemian Rhapsody.

Mark G, Monday, 9 October 2017 06:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Also I will never know how the fuck Black Lace ever became popular. I can only guess that the 'pissed up Brits on holiday' demographic is far larger than I thought.

Weren't here also smutty versions of a lot of their songs so while they might be singing Agadoo one TOTP, 'Ave A Screw was maybe what a lot of people were singing in their heads? So kind of subversive but in a really gross and rapey sort of way

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 9 October 2017 07:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Having a Gangbang has sort of eclipsed Agadoo as their legacy song I thought.

everything, Monday, 9 October 2017 07:39 (one year ago) Permalink

Rugby songs on a package holiday basically, summer anthems for aspiring sex offenders

plp will eat itself (NickB), Monday, 9 October 2017 08:33 (one year ago) Permalink

'Superman' somehow manages to be more annoying than 'Agadoo' ... it's still infuriating that when people think "'80s", they think of shit like Black Lace.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Monday, 9 October 2017 12:46 (one year ago) Permalink

Thank fuck they're not showing the long format version of 'Blue Jean' as it's fuck awful.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 13 October 2017 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Steve Wright, chimp par excellence for this sea of shit.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 13 October 2017 18:59 (one year ago) Permalink

Now this is the version of the Stevie Wonder with the flying toast.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 13 October 2017 19:00 (one year ago) Permalink

Aww fuck, I missed it!

Second part of the Nile doc and a funk doc on later will make up for it, though.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Friday, 13 October 2017 19:14 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Tuning in now and... *groans* ... Matt Bianco.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Huh, that looks like Lord Voldemort in the video to Duran Duran's Wild Boys. That vocal remains utterly horrible. I like the video, though!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xp a bunch of wankers

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Bruno Brookes being asked if he's been eating magic mushrooms!?!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:43 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Dave Stewart waa enjoying himself a lot in that Eurythmics vid, eh?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

*was

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:44 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Alvin Stardust not really sure what to do with his arms here.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Someone in my year at school looked like Nick Kershaw and always got really pissed off when anyone mentioned it.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Every time I see a Nik Kershaw performance on this show he always looks either confused or mildly annoyed... the lyrics to this are utter bollocks!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I'll never get bored of this Chaka Khan track. Better than the Prince original!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Nik Kershaw agrees:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Riddle_(Nik_Kershaw_song)#Lyrics
Kershaw has stated: "In short, 'The Riddle' is nonsense, rubbish, bollocks, the confused ramblings of an 80s popstar."

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Hahaha!! I had no idea he hated it. He's completely right!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

He wrote Chesney Hawkes' 'The One And Only' and reportedly hated that as well.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 3 November 2017 20:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

What's the answer to "The Riddle"?

It amazes me that people are still asking me this question. I spilled the beans a few years ago now so this isn't exactly news.

My producer (Peter Collins) came over to my house just before we commenced recording on the second album to hear how I was getting on with the writing. He went away saying he thought it sounded great but didn't think I had the first single. Incensed by this, I went straight up to the spare room and got the chords and melody together for the Riddle. This must've taken all of twenty minutes. Knowing time was short before we started recording I jotted down some jibberish with the intention of writing the real lyric as we were recording it.

About a week later we started recording and I threw a rough guide vocal down using the jibberish lyrics. As the album progressed, I tried various different lyric ideas but nothing seemed to fit as well as the guide lyric. So we decided to stick with what we had. "Let's call it the Riddle", I thought. Then people would think it was actually about something.

I had completely underestimated the fuss this would cause and, to make matters worse, the marketing and promotions people at MCA decided to make a competition out of it (without telling me). The response was unbelievable. We got sack loads of mail with elaborate and detailed analysis of the song. Line by line, word by word. Some were the size of small novels. Some even made sense!! People stopped me in the street to give me their thoughts and theories. On one occasion I arrived to do a live Radio 1 interview with a certain DJ only to find he'd told the great British public that I would be "revealing all" on his show. He was most put out when I wouldn't (couldn't) co-operate.

It all got a bit out of hand and, very quickly, passed the point at which I could come clean without pissing off a lot of people.

In short, "The Riddle" is nonsense, rubbish, bollocks, the confused ramblings of an 80's popstar.

Please forgive me. I knew not what I did.

^ okay, LOL!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 3 November 2017 21:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ffs this Nick Heywood song goes on and on

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Heh. I normally have all the time in the world for The Human League, but Billy Ocean is far the best thing that's happened on this episode so far!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Agreed. I don't understand how his career just stopped in the late '80s. He was still releasing records but no-one cared.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

You'd think that Murray Head would know the words.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Actually I'd like to hear a John Peel cover version of 'One Night In Bangkok'.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:48 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Fucking hell, Shakin' Stevens... truly bringing out the big guns this episode, eh!?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

And now Shakin' Stevens' impersonation of a singer who gets voted off in the first live week of X Factor.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Thursday, 9 November 2017 19:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I should have said this last time Nik was on, but christ he looks so uncomfortable holding that guitar!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

'80s Slade here with what can be best described as an audience participation number... I can think of another description for it, though!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Did they think this was going to take off as another seasonal staple a la 'Merry Xmas Everybody' or was this just the usual slab of Band Aid/Live Aid-era codswallop?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:32 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ah Tina, finally some class.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:33 (eleven months ago) Permalink

After some substandard '80s Kool and the Gang that didn't deliver on the promise of its title, Frankie Goes to Hollywood sound damn fucking excellent. Love this song.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Seemingly every fucker on this episode is wearing one of those white "Feed The World" t-shirts... LOL at Alvin Stardust wear his on top of a non-more-mid '80s light blue long-sleeved button-up shirt.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ffs if Powell thought the video for 'Like A Virgin' was "provocative" fuck knows what he thought later.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:50 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Also I guess Alvin Stardust didn't have anything booked again this week?

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Even at 10 years old childe snoball pegged Jim Diamond as coming over as a manipulative abusive creep in this song.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Having the word Virgin in the title was provok in 1984

Xpost was that the point? 'I thought you'd understand' Oh Really?

Mark G, Friday, 10 November 2017 20:56 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Looks like the rest of Black Lace had something else booked..

Mark G, Friday, 10 November 2017 20:57 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I should have said this last time Nik was on, but christ he looks so uncomfortable holding that guitar!

Wasn't he one of those guys who was really a prog rocker, but ended up as a 'pop star' for a while? Like Howard Jones' and Kajagoogoo (not Limahl)? Or maybe it jazz fusion or something Nik Kershaw was into (and really wanted to be playing)?

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Fuck, the way JD looked at the camera just then.
Also Black Lace, cheers for that. Actually I think there were only two of them and the rest were session musicians.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I love how this episode reached it's absolute nadir at the very end, and this episode had 'The Riddle' being played throughout for some weird reason.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 20:58 (eleven months ago) Permalink

You know how Goebells really really liked schlager music, and made sure that the German record industry during WW2 basically only produced schlager? So that that seemingly inoffensive light music was actually really political from then on? Well I've always thought that Black Lace are the kind of act that Goebells would have liked.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There used to be more. They were a Butlins band, their first single was "Bohemian Rhapsody", they may have been the first band I saw live..

Mark G, Friday, 10 November 2017 21:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp I also like how their whole attitude to 'Do They Know It's Christmas?" at this point is "eh, it's just another charity record". They had no idea how big it would be.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:02 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Is this next one a repeat of Thursday's ep? Nick Heyward again... this sorta slap bass-tastic "funky" track really doesn't suit him at all... he really left Haircut 100 for this!?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:04 (eleven months ago) Permalink

xxp I also like how their whole attitude to 'Do They Know It's Christmas?" at this point is "eh, it's just another charity record". They had no idea how big it would be.

― Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, November 10, 2017 9:02 PM (one minute ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Yeah, absolutely! We're into the whole build-up to Live Aid period now essentially... it's going to be interesting following this from now into the post-Live Aid period.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's a repeat of Thursday's episode... still gonna watch it anyway!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:09 (eleven months ago) Permalink

this sorta slap bass-tastic "funky" track really doesn't suit him at all...

... with wanky whammy-barred 80s Guitar Mag solo.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ha, yeah! It sounds like it was written to be a hit, but instead of writing a decent song they instead came up with a list of things that were popular in the mid '80s and smashed 'em together and hoped that'd do!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Listening to Peel's and Vance's voices doing the chart rundown is making me seriously miss 'em both. Peel for all the obvious reasons, but I always enjoyed Vance enthusiastically talking about the joys of rrrrrock in that inimitable voice of his.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 10 November 2017 21:24 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It's funny, "Warning Sign" was the first Nick record I liked/ bought.

Mark G, Saturday, 11 November 2017 00:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

You know how Goebells really really liked schlager music, and made sure that the German record industry during WW2 basically only produced schlager? So that that seemingly inoffensive light music was actually really political from then on? Well I've always thought that Black Lace are the kind of act that Goebells would have liked.

Black Lace do remind me of schlager. Every part of continental Europe has an equivalent.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Hang the fuck on, did Roy Wood re-record this!?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:34 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Wikipedia says yes, because they wanted to re-release it but couldn't find the original tapes.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:36 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Heh! I thought there was something off about that version... I prefer the original, naturally.

I keep forgetting how well arranged 'We All Stand Together' is for a song aimed at children, it's McCartney taking 'Yellow Submarine' to an extreme...

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Ooh, I didn't know Bronski Beat did a TOTP performance of this... one of their lesser known hits, but I've always liked this one.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:42 (eleven months ago) Permalink

There's lots of Style Council songs I like... this isn't one of 'em!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:46 (eleven months ago) Permalink

OH GOD, NOT THIS! FUCK OFF!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:47 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Okay, so now we can wash away the memories of Foreigner with... *sighs* ... Thompson Twins.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:53 (eleven months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

TOTP Christmas 1984 drinking game: down a shot every time someone with a mullet appears.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 15 December 2017 20:46 (ten months ago) Permalink

Hahahaha! I bet it absolutely crushed Simon Le Bon's soul at the time to have to introduce Paul Young.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:25 (ten months ago) Permalink

It's bizarre how normal Frankie Goes to Hollywood look in comparison to some of the mega mulleted folks like Le Bon and Young...

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

Also LOL at Weller miming Bono's line on 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:30 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Russ Abbott's 'Atmosphere':

  • worse than I remember
  • cheaper sounding production than I remember
  • forgot about the Frankie Goes To Hollywood reference
  • does the bass synth rip off 'I Feel Love'?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:47 (eight months ago) Permalink

(what is with the 1981 repeats btw?)

koogs, Friday, 19 January 2018 21:26 (eight months ago) Permalink

Don't know. I thought they were trying to get through the episodes quicker, then I read the episode dates and realised they were repeats. Of repeats.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 19 January 2018 21:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

'81 > '85 fwiw

koogs, Saturday, 20 January 2018 12:03 (eight months ago) Permalink

Big Sound Authority ... these guys are going to be big, apparently!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ksssssss

Mark G, Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:34 (eight months ago) Permalink

Art of Noise, featuring the "Hey!" sound that ends up in Prodigy's 'Firestarter'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

Oddly I thought this Colourfield track was from later in the 80s.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:44 (eight months ago) Permalink

Maybe because the lyrics, arrangement, and general performance pre-empt The Beautiful South.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

We're barely into 1985 and already I'm wondering what the fuck happened!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:49 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol King!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Featuring future MTV VJ Paul King!

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

"We're going to see Foreigner now"

Hmm yeah, no we're fucking not, mate!

*grabs remote*

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:55 (eight months ago) Permalink

ABBA mk 2 - lol at how the video really tries hard to minimise the height difference between Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:56 (eight months ago) Permalink

x-post:

Ha yeah, I remember seeing an interview Paul King did with Richey from the Manics, and Richey found some way of getting a dig in at him about it.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

xxp 10 year old snoball thought this Foreigner track was a bit depressing but I think of it as a bunch of self pitying posturing toss.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:00 (eight months ago) Permalink

Paul King still had that fuck-awful mullet even in the early 90s.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:02 (eight months ago) Permalink

Still, be did revive DMs as a fashion item.

Mark G, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:22 (eight months ago) Permalink

Get your boots on!

dorsalstop, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

> lol King!

i remember a friend was excitedly planning to go see King play in gloucestershire somewhere but they cancelled and did totp instead.

koogs, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:46 (eight months ago) Permalink

Just realised that Paul King looks like one of my co-workers in a bad mullet wig.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 26 January 2018 19:33 (eight months ago) Permalink

Phil Collins nailing the 'Del Boy from Only Fools & Horses pretending to be a yuppie' look.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 26 January 2018 19:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

Bruce Springsteen is "America's answer to Russ Abbott" and Prince is "another American". Who knew?

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Maybe it's because of the repetition of the performances on endless clip shows but parts of tonight's episode feel like they happened last month.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

Shaky with a song that sounds like something mid 80s Rod would have passed on for being too shit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

It's not on here yet!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

Straight out of the gate with some Glenn Frey yuppie music this episode..

...I'd never seen the video to 'Be Near Me' by ABC before... that song should have been fucking huge.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:39 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp I was catching up on last night's programme.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

All of REO Speedwagon's hairstyles can fuck off.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

Pat Benatar - another singer who was big in the US but hardly known in the UK apart from a couple of singles.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:41 (eight months ago) Permalink

More like REO Shitewagon...

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

I was and still am always amused by how far off Simon Bates' predictions were: "These guys are going to be huge!" *tumbleweeds*

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

I've never really considered 'The Heat Is On' to be yuppie music because I associate it so heavily with 'Beverley Hills Cop'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

Y'know when people say "the '80s were shit" or take the piss out of the fashions etc., this is the exact era of the '80s they mean. 1985 feels like it's worlds away from 1981 etc., not a few years away. The drop in quality from even the preceding year has been noticeable.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

This video for 'Easy Lover' is fucking awful - I always remembered it as being quite slick but the 'candid' bits make Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins seem very punchable.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

More like REO Shitewagon...

Classic song and video!

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

"Prince's girlfriend Madonna" ???

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:48 (eight months ago) Permalink

One of my favourite Prince stories is from Madonna: she went to his place to discuss a possible collaboration, and Prince's chef had set out a massive amount of food on the dining table. Madonna was shovelling food into her mouth when she noticed the purple one wasn't eating. "Aren't you going to have anything?" she asked. "No" whispered Prince.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:52 (eight months ago) Permalink

Hey look another shit UK Eurovision entry.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 22 February 2018 19:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Whistle Test never looked older or grayer.

koogs, Friday, 23 February 2018 21:24 (seven months ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten how shit and cheesy the video to 'View To A Kill' was.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 1 March 2018 19:41 (seven months ago) Permalink

Also I'd forgotten how shit and cheesy a lot of these videos from 1985 were.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 1 March 2018 19:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

There's very little about 'A View to a Kill' that's aged well - I actually don't mind the song itself, but the production is really lumpen and the video, as you say, is cheesy and shit. Particularly when Simon le Bon goes into his Bond spiel.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 1 March 2018 20:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

If the cracks were starting to show on Seven and the Ragged Tiger, Le Bon's bum note at Live Aid was the moment it all smashed to pieces.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 1 March 2018 20:06 (seven months ago) Permalink

Pure 1985 toss so far tonight. It says something that I'm actually almost glad to see Fish's "oh I just smelled a really noxious fart" gurning face.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 2 March 2018 19:40 (seven months ago) Permalink

I have a lot of time for Robert Palmer but Power Station's cover of T Rex's 'Get It On' is fuck awful. Also I'm fairly sure Bowie saw this and thought "I can do way worse that this" and then formed Tin Machine.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 2 March 2018 19:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

It's been said upthread already but 1985 is peak 'shite video with huge budget'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 2 March 2018 19:46 (seven months ago) Permalink

Basically everyone got a tonne of cash to make whatever crazy video they wanted no matter how 3rd rate their singles were.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 2 March 2018 19:47 (seven months ago) Permalink

Depeche Mode break new ground by having half a shopping trolley on stage.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 2 March 2018 19:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

Steve Wright and Mike Read really are the ultimate when it comes to guys who think they're cool but totally aren't cool.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 2 March 2018 19:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

It's been said upthread already but 1985 is peak 'shite video with huge budget'.

― 2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, March 2, 2018 7:46 PM (nine minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Basically everyone got a tonne of cash to make whatever crazy video they wanted no matter how 3rd rate their singles were.

― 2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, March 2, 2018 7:47 PM (eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Hah, yeah! Although we're in peak MTV territory now, aren't we? This was, after all, the year even Dire Straits were singing about MTV - although I think MTV Europe was a couple of years away from launching. But yeah, you can tell that people are basically competing against each other for screen time at this point - huge video budgets thrown at terrible songs etc. - the thinking clearly being that if the song doesn't grab 'em, the video will. Duran Duran and Michael Jackson have a lot to fucking answer for.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 2 March 2018 20:07 (seven months ago) Permalink

Looking at the Be Near Me video by ABC on Youtube and it has more than double the number of views that When Smokey Sings has which was a much bigger hit in the UK. Was Be Near Me on an episode of Twilight or something? I know it was club hit in the States..

piscesx, Friday, 2 March 2018 23:20 (seven months ago) Permalink

No-one really had a clue what to do at this point in the 80s, did they? Should I wear a jacket and then not tuck my shirt in?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

Whoever picks the music for Co-Op in-store radio clearly watches this programme, since Bryan Ferry's 'Slave To Love' was playing while I was buying some chocolate yesterday.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:54 (seven months ago) Permalink

Has Alexei Sayle been on yet? That's the all time low point for me before House music comes along to save the day.

piscesx, Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Bane of the cheap musical keyboard section of WH Smith's in the mid 80s, Harold Faltermeyer's 'Axel F'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:44 (seven months ago) Permalink

Late 80s sighted with the first mention of the Fine Young Cannibals.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:45 (seven months ago) Permalink

Alexei has been on, yes.

Mark G, Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:48 (seven months ago) Permalink

Since 'Ullo John Gotta New Motor'?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

(where he looks alarmingly like someone I used to work for)

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:50 (seven months ago) Permalink

Stephen Fry in his 2nd book of memoirs says that, the first time he caught Alexei on telly (very early 80s) he found him "frightening". People aren't frightening on telly nowadays are they? It's all a lot more cuddly. I wonder if that's a good thing..

piscesx, Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:19 (seven months ago) Permalink

Caught up with a load of these I had recorded the other day. I was in a strange situation as a kid without my own record player: my dad didn't trust me to put the stylus down carefully enough so insisted on doing it himself. As a consequence of this, he said I couldn't buy singles, only albums, as he didn't want me calling him every three minutes to change the record. I put up with this for several years until my patience snapped in the period of 1985 that they've just been showing (when I was 11). For some reason it was We Close Our Eyes by Go West that broke the camel's back and then I started buying 7 inches with my pocket money: Scritti Politti - The Word Girl, Duran Duran - View To A Kill, Depeche Mode - Shake The Disease, Mai Tai - History, Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (which have all been on recently) and a mediocre comedy version of '19' about cricket by Rory Bremner (which thankfully hasn't featured). Then my dad finally gave in and got me a record player for my 12th birthday.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:08 (six months ago) Permalink

Can anyone remember any reason why they only played about ten seconds of the You'll Never Walk Alone (the charity song for the Bradford fire) when it was number one in the charts?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:10 (six months ago) Permalink

No specific reason that I recall. Charity singles became much more numerous in the late 80s.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:42 (six months ago) Permalink

It's because Rolf Harris and Dave Lee Travis feature prominently on the video.

It was originally broadcast in full but been cut from the reruns:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKTe2o6q6xY

SecondhandDaylight, Friday, 23 March 2018 10:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Ah, right. If they can do that, you'd think they could show us all the episodes the keep missing out because their presented some Yewtree case or other, just cut out the bits linking the songs.

Having watched that video: is that bloke with the dyed red hair and sunglasses the cockney from Auf Wiedersehen Pet who died?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 23 March 2018 17:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Well spotted yeah that's him, jeez he died a few months later.

piscesx, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:13 (six months ago) Permalink

Didn't he have a band? Or did his character have a band? Or both?

Oh, The Heavy Metal Kids / the Kids.

Big in Norway, apparently

koogs, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:24 (six months ago) Permalink

And were on TOTP before.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:44 (six months ago) Permalink

They're mentioned upthread. Seems like a long time ago relative to 1985.
I'd forgotten all about Russ Abbott's follow-up single to 'Atmosphere' but boy does that video bring the horror crashing back.
We're really on the edge of the '85-'86 plastic seaside bowler hats era of TOTP aren't we.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 23 March 2018 19:50 (six months ago) Permalink

'Johnny Come Home' by Fine Young Cannibals - I don't think I really appreciated it at the time, but it's great. I had no memory of the 'dancing' by the guitarist and bass player from The Beat - did they keep doing this on the later songs?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:40 (six months ago) Permalink

My memory is that the bass player always danced like that with The Beat but the guitarist only started doing it later on and got sillier as he went and he ended up being known as the guy in The Beat and FYC who did the funny dance - which always kind of annoyed me.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:43 (six months ago) Permalink

Me and my OH had a month long spell of constantly singing "Love & Pride" thanks to TOTP on BBC 4.

chap, Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:05 (six months ago) Permalink

xxp did they keep doing this on later songs? did they ever!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxWCpwOhplQ

piscesx, Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:34 (six months ago) Permalink

This pleases me

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:53 (six months ago) Permalink

FYC, yes a perfect blend, smooth soul vocals, great songs and the marvellous rhythm section of the Beat

Dr X O'Skeleton, Thursday, 29 March 2018 17:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Paul King is a posing twit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:31 (six months ago) Permalink

"recorded on the south coast of Britain"

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Tuning in now to find Phil Collins bellowing 'Take Me Home' while rocking his mid '80s almost-skullet and wearing a jacket which nobody should require ... gotta say, I saw the vid for this on a previous episode and I was struck by how much the video just didn't fit the song.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:41 (six months ago) Permalink

This episode is some real 1985 style barrel scrapping.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Dio gazing into his crystal ball, though!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:49 (six months ago) Permalink

crystal bollocks more like

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:50 (six months ago) Permalink

Kate Bush's 'Running Up That Hill' sounding like a transmission from another planet compared to most of this shite.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:51 (six months ago) Permalink

shut up Peter Powell you faux-earnest self promoting twit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:52 (six months ago) Permalink

OTM. I just wish they'd played the whole video. The further we get into 1985, the more I wonder what the fuck people were thinking... even compared with 1984, each episode is increasingly looking like a mardi gras of fashion disasters. Peter Powell obviously thinking he's the mutts nuts as well.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:57 (six months ago) Permalink

They are repeating 1983 shows as well.

Which is nice - I was going to save a couple of those for posterity but my Tivo deleted them....

Anyway, those ones are looking much better than the 1985 ones.

Mark G, Friday, 6 April 2018 11:02 (six months ago) Permalink

Watched some of this yesterday, even more assured in my view of 1985 as the nadir of the decade, also getting to stuff I can remember watching, which is an odd feeling.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 6 April 2018 11:05 (six months ago) Permalink

Bizarre to think that Jack Your Body and Pump Up The Volume are just around the corner.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 6 April 2018 11:07 (six months ago) Permalink

I can't see it getting much better until about 1988 or 1989, tbh... but it'll be interesting viewing for that reason!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 6 April 2018 13:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Just catching up and seen the one with Opus doing Live is Life in the studio. You would think that would obviously be the low point, but Denise Lasalle's 'My Toot Toot' is actually even worse, far worse than I remember. It's basically the birdie song.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 6 April 2018 20:23 (six months ago) Permalink

i quite like 'toot toot' tbh, am all for zydeco joints storming the charts

i'm surprised to see your screwface at the door (NickB), Friday, 6 April 2018 20:41 (six months ago) Permalink

This 1985 stuff is wonderful fun. There was a top ten last month that was classic after classic.

There's no 'Kayleigh' love here?

kraudive, Friday, 6 April 2018 22:31 (six months ago) Permalink

Has the one with Fish doing a Dylan with the lyrics on white cards been shown yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mmy6r7OLF8

piscesx, Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:20 (six months ago) Permalink

No, that one hasn't charted yet, it's still Kayleigh sinking out the charts. (That's if I've actually caught up, I might still be one or two episodes behind)

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 7 April 2018 10:06 (six months ago) Permalink

Has this finished for the time being? Not showing up on my planner anymore.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Sky at night this Thursday, Young musician of the year on Friday. Epg will only have 8 days info in it so you won't see next week yet.

I am about 3 months behind. It has lost a lot of its appeal.

koogs, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:31 (six months ago) Permalink

There’s no Top Of The Pops tomorrow, cos of BBC Young Musician. And next week it’s The Sky At Night on Thursday, and BBC Young Musician on Friday. #TOTP

— Top Of The Pops Facts (@TOTPFacts) April 5, 2018

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:32 (six months ago) Permalink

Ah, you've already said that

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:33 (six months ago) Permalink

The 1983 shows are still being re-repeated

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 22:02 (six months ago) Permalink

"Tarzan Boy" - everything about this is weird. The lyrics, the oversized suit, the intro from Steve Wright. Actually it's a good example of that type of Steve Wright intro where you initially think he's pretending to be overly excited as a piss-take, but then you realise that he genuinely is that over-excited.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 19 April 2018 18:38 (five months ago) Permalink

He has every right to be; it’s a great record!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:49 (five months ago) Permalink

Caught up on three episodes: I Wonder If I Take You Home was good, the rest was pretty forgettable.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:17 (five months ago) Permalink

Has the one with Fish doing a Dylan with the lyrics on white cards been shown yet?

On now.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:42 (five months ago) Permalink

I like 'Lavender' in the context on the album, but this performance of it is cringeworthy as fuck. Best part of it is where he yanks the page and it doesn't tear and he has to catch up. So many close up shots of Fish's sweaty visage.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:49 (five months ago) Permalink

*of

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:50 (five months ago) Permalink

Hahaha Jagger and Bowie ... this video never gets old!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:55 (five months ago) Permalink

Whoever got Bowie and Jagger to camp it up for this video is a genius. Although come to think of it they probably didn't need much persuasion.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:55 (five months ago) Permalink

BACK IN THE USSR!!!111!1 O_O

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:56 (five months ago) Permalink

It's 1985, when the last thing anyone thought about the Soviet Union was that it would collapse five years later.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:59 (five months ago) Permalink

Jagger drinking from that can that just appears out of nowhere.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:08 (five months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ffs Midge Ure's preening wanker performance

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Simon Bates in 'not actually totally wrong' prediction action - 'Back To The Future' was a massive Christmas movie, back when that was actually a thing.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:51 (four months ago) Permalink

Midge Ure is basically a secondary school math teacher who thinks he's cool.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:57 (four months ago) Permalink

I like Midge's voice and his playing on Ultravox records, but watching him in old clips is a different thing.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 18 May 2018 19:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Oh yeah his guitar playing on 'New Europeans' is one of my favourite Ultravox bits and his singing on the entire 'Vienna' album totally fits the songs. It's just after that record that Ultravox turned into a pretentious band who thought they were clever, and Ure's solo stuff has the same issues. Don't know how they managed to avoid that on 'Vienna' when amongst other things the album is called 'Vienna' and opens with a 7 minute instrumental.
Maybe it's because back in 1985 we didn't get to see music videos as often and were more likely to become familiar with a song through being played on the radio, but I don't remember thinking 'If I Was' was a terrible record at the time, in fact 11 year old snoball quite liked it. It's only when I see the video that as well, especially the pleated trousers and the pen and paper writing mime.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 20:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Still maintain Colonel Abrams was the first big proto-House record. I'm sure house nerds can say otherwise.

piscesx, Friday, 18 May 2018 20:29 (four months ago) Permalink

Five Star in "about to get really really shit financial advice" action.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:44 (four months ago) Permalink

I'd like to ask Five Star why they're so FUCKING CRAP! They're f...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:08 (four months ago) Permalink

they had some good songs imo - system addict, find the time, the slightest touch

has been about 30 years since i heard any of those though so

chant down basildon (NickB), Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:04 (four months ago) Permalink

I fuck with this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68suo6ge38M

piscesx, Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:39 (four months ago) Permalink

...plus “Love Take Over”, “All Fall Down”, “Let Me Be The One”... They had lots of good songs. Still love to play ‘em whenever I remind myself/am reminded of them.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Lol ilm

kraudive, Friday, 25 May 2018 13:01 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl6b
So apparently the only picture of Midge Ure the BBC webmasters had to illustrate tonight's episode of TOTP came from Mike Read's Pop Quiz.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:15 (four months ago) Permalink

Iron Maiden! Yes, something with class.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:35 (four months ago) Permalink

CAMEO! This isn't actually a bad episode so far.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:38 (four months ago) Permalink

I foresee the purchase of a red codpiece in Larry Blackmon's future...

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:43 (four months ago) Permalink

John Parr seemed superold to 11 year old snoball but it turns out that he was 33 when that single was released. Although he still seems kind of old even at 33. Also it doesn't help that the synth horns are so 1985 and it was the title song of a terrible movie about yuppie wankers that actually seemed to side with the yuppie wankers.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Did Gary Davis ever actually blink? Like ever?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:48 (four months ago) Permalink

He's looking sweatier than usual this episode!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:51 (four months ago) Permalink

This Red Box video seems like something from present day Eurovision.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Memo to Midge: you cannot dance. Stop it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:54 (four months ago) Permalink

Midge Ure can eat shit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:55 (four months ago) Permalink

Midge's ego was probably at its peak around this time: The success of Ultravox, Band Aid/Live Aid, this going to number one. He probably thought he was the mutts nuts by this point.

The album this is off has a version of 'Living in the Past' so awful it has to be heard to be believed.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:00 (four months ago) Permalink

Mark King played bass on that album. The reissue had a cover of The Man Who Sold The World. All post-Band-Aid hype innit. He’d never have had a big hit without that. Had Live Aid happened yet by the date of this broadcast?

piscesx, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:37 (four months ago) Permalink

Mark King has been popping up on TV quite a fair bit recently, as a guest on Pointless and at Nigel Kennedy's Biggest Weekend gig.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:18 (four months ago) Permalink

xp Live Aid was July 1985, this week's TOTP was from October.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:35 (four months ago) Permalink

Ah gotcha. an awful year for music, the worst year ever aside from maybe 1996. That real mid point after all the amazing new pop but before all the House.

piscesx, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:33 (four months ago) Permalink

1996 was in no way a terrible year for music, but I sorta agree with you about 1985 - plenty of decent music was released that year, but you wouldn't think it based on what was getting shown.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Entroducing, Second Toughest, In Sides, Odelay, Fuzzy Logic, Sweetback, Walking Wounded

All 96

groovypanda, Friday, 1 June 2018 10:05 (four months ago) Permalink

There are no terrible years for music.

Mark G, Friday, 1 June 2018 10:14 (four months ago) Permalink

Just catching up on tonight's episode. Elton FFS just admit you're going bald.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 19:59 (four months ago) Permalink

Nothing sums up the blandness of 1985 like Level 42.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:02 (four months ago) Permalink

Tight lipped Geography teacher type Peter Powell doesn't strike me as the kind of person who would even have a 'favourite dance record'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:05 (four months ago) Permalink

Wait has he actually tucked his jumper into his jeans?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:06 (four months ago) Permalink

There's a bit in one of the Depeche DVDs where the plugger is saying how important it is that Powell has started to play their records. This is in like.. 84 or whatever. Maybe not 'dance' per se, but hey.

piscesx, Friday, 1 June 2018 21:16 (four months ago) Permalink

I missed it :( Fortunately it's on again after this African music doc.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:24 (four months ago) Permalink

Nothing sums up the blandness of anything like Level 42.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:26 (four months ago) Permalink

xxp that reminds me of the bit in 'The Manual' that namechecks Bruno Brookes.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:43 (four months ago) Permalink

Totally see what you mean about the future Sir Elton - there's a proper '85 vintage mullet there but you just know there's fuck all under that hat.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 22:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Must be peak Elton-Coke period this?

piscesx, Friday, 1 June 2018 22:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Ultimate Classic Rock suggests 86's Leather Jackets as his worst era, vague recollection that ILX thinks much the same, that must have been recorded around late 85.

piscesx, Friday, 1 June 2018 22:53 (four months ago) Permalink

Coke'n'Booze Elton was at his worst physically in 86-87. There are concert photos of him from that period where he looks like complete shit. It's amazing how quickly he seemed to clean up - 88-90's Bejewelled Hat Elton looks more like someone who's been clean for a decade or more.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 2 June 2018 09:55 (four months ago) Permalink

lol @ "Bejewelled Hat Elton" ... I thought he came off all that stuff in 1990? He still looks plenty ill on the sleeve of Sleeping With the Past ...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 2 June 2018 11:16 (four months ago) Permalink

This video for 'Nikita' is dreadful. Oh look it's Necros from 'The Living Daylights'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Matt Bianco: "a bunch of wankers"

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:40 (four months ago) Permalink

There's a 'rejected Bond theme' feel to this Dee C Lee song.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 15 June 2018 18:40 (four months ago) Permalink

Who the fuck is this Paul Jordan character?

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Friday, 15 June 2018 23:09 (four months ago) Permalink

A mid-80s Radio 1 DJ who wasn't at the station very long. Mainly filling in for other DJs. He doesn't have that irritation factor that most Radio 1 DJs of the time had, and that perversely caused them to stay around.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:02 (four months ago) Permalink

I mean if I behaved at work like Bruno Brookes in the mid 80s, I'd either get chinned by someone or probably fired. Although I don't work for the BBC, especially not the BBC in the 80s.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:04 (four months ago) Permalink

mid-80s Radio 1 DJ who wasn't at the station very long. Mainly filling in for other DJs. He doesn't have that irritation factor that most Radio 1 DJs of the time had, and that perversely caused them to stay around.

He certainly looked the part.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:08 (four months ago) Permalink

From the website of Sandgrounder Radio (Local Radio for Southport, Sefton and the Liverpool City Region),

Paul has been a big part of radio across the North West for as long as anyone can remember. Initially as a presenter, Paul has managed some of the biggest stations on the dial. Winning a few awards along the way too! He’s presented on Radio 1 and hosted ‘Top of the Pops’ on the telly. Paul is thrilled to be back where he belongs, behind the microphone on Sandgrounder Radio.

'Back where he belongs' - that's a low blow.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, some real Partridge-level desperation in that blurb.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Shakin' Stevens looks like he's performing 'Merry Christmas Everyone' at gunpoint.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 29 June 2018 19:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Fuck me that key change.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 29 June 2018 19:25 (three months ago) Permalink

Gary Davis: "Well that could be the Christmas #1" SPOILERS it was.
Shaky at number 10 followed by the Pet Shop Boys at number 9 - this is the turning point for young snoball musically. I'd become a bit bored with music at this point in 1985 but everything was about to change.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 29 June 2018 19:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Mark Knopfler really wished he was Bruce Springsteen here, didn't he?

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:38 (two months ago) Permalink

There's a Spitting Image parody song called 'Born In The UK of A' or something, but I can't it anywhere.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Mr Mister - ably demonstrating how to look like complete wankers in early 1986. Particularly the lead singer and his white cowboy boots.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:51 (two months ago) Permalink

Pet Shop Boys' video for 'West End Girls': Neil looks 16 while Chris looks like someone who might be able to sell you drugs, or possibly an undercover policeman who will arrest you for trying to buy drugs from him.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Very late with this but I had no idea Paul Jordan made it to TotP. He was one of those slick local commercial radio guys (on 194 Radio City in Liverpool around 1981-83) who had a kind of garrulous, flirty, self-deprecating schtick... weirdly I remember him only because he used to refer to himself as “Wally” Jordan...and that was the name of the Cabbage Patch Kid doll we bought my cousin in the US that Xmas.

Memories, eh?

Michael Jones, Thursday, 19 July 2018 19:38 (two months ago) Permalink

Here's Ozzy Osbourne dressed like someone's gran.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 2 August 2018 18:41 (two months ago) Permalink

I always remember the lyrics to Belouis Some's 'Imagination' as being "Emasculation... could make a man of you".

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 2 August 2018 18:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Paul Hardcastle here showing Jan Hammer how to really look like a nobhead with a keytar.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 9 August 2018 18:34 (two months ago) Permalink

1986 hits 'peak 1986' early with Sigue Sigue Sputnik.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 17 August 2018 20:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Alexander O'Neil modelling the must-have fashion disaster item of 1986, the combination tweed trench coat / boiler suit.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 17 August 2018 20:50 (two months ago) Permalink

That sounds so incredible I don't want to watch and spoil it.

piscesx, Friday, 17 August 2018 20:56 (two months ago) Permalink

Not recommended for the fuller figured man tbh. Nice to see reggae was still getting in the charts in '86.

Scottish Country Twerking (Tom D.), Friday, 17 August 2018 23:19 (two months ago) Permalink

I remember that Sigue Sigue Sputnik performance, and I remember likening it to a hit of poppers: fantastic for the first minute, then you're just left with a numbed-out headache.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:12 (one month ago) Permalink

I remember that it should have been lots of flash bang wallop riz riz boom. And it was four or five blokes standing around, plus two drummers.

Mark G, Saturday, 18 August 2018 11:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Some national newspapers around the time were all 'this band is terrible' mock outrage kind of thing, which got 12 year old snoball interested because I remembered similar media coverage with Frankie Goes To Hollywood two years previously. But the reality was that Frankie genuinely were exciting while SSS were just a bit dull and repetitive.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 18 August 2018 14:48 (one month ago) Permalink

'Love Missile F1-11' is a 30 second song repeated six times to make a 3 minute single, and '21st Century Boy' is basically the same basic backing track with some rockabilly guitars and a Billy Idol impersonation.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 18 August 2018 15:00 (one month ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6fudSHb0js
Even Bowie can't make this song sound repetitive.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 18 August 2018 15:17 (one month ago) Permalink

I mean can't make this song not sound repetitive

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 18 August 2018 15:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Tonight's episode, featuring Simon Bates as a your friendly late night bigoted taxi driver.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:52 (one month ago) Permalink

That dark brown leather jacket screams "I'm a wanker and it's 1986".

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Despite recently not turning out to be an Operation Yewtree suspect, Cliff ironically looks like Gary Glitter in this video for 'Living Doll'.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 30 August 2018 18:57 (one month ago) Permalink

Some national newspapers around the time were all 'this band is terrible' mock outrage kind of thing
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/IUgAAOSw0fFZe6Yt/s-l500.jpg

everything, Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:26 (one month ago) Permalink

As if Paul Morley was in any place to judge SSS.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Thursday, 30 August 2018 20:31 (one month ago) Permalink

I remember the video for 'A Different Corner' but I'd forgotten about that fuck-awful mullet. It's like George went to Noel Edmonds' barber.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 31 August 2018 20:52 (one month ago) Permalink

Criminally this might be Falco's only UK TV appearance.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 31 August 2018 21:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Although this week they play the excellent video. Pity Gary Davis is prattling on over the top of it.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 14 September 2018 18:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Just Say No smoke up in a bathroom in the White House (allegedly)

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 14 September 2018 18:46 (one month ago) Permalink

"George Michael and 'A Different Corner'" although apparently not a different photo because it's the BBC and they'll just use a still from the video to 'Careless Whisper' like it's still 1984.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 21 September 2018 18:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...