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

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

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

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

Until BBC4 sack it.

Mark G, Friday, 1 April 2011 15:36 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

This docu that's on now makes grim viewing.

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:42 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 09:12 (eight years ago) link

"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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

My god that it horribly formed.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (eight years ago) link

*is*

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

Sounds likely

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:23 (eight years ago) link

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

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:34 (eight years ago) link

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

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 10:48 (eight years ago) link

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

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

Balderdash certainly describes droll Noel's career.

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

^^^ 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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Michael Jones, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:16 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

They did 'have' to.

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

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:59 (eight years ago) link

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

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

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:35 (eight years ago) link

And Paul knickerless

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:36 (eight years ago) link

Jesus Christ, superstar?

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

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

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

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

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:50 (eight years ago) link

Only one novelty act so far.

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

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:52 (eight years ago) link

Yeah, it's one of their better songs. Watching this performance of 'Build' feels strange to me from a 2019 perspective, if only because it feels like two of the singers from the Beautiful South jamming with Fatboy Slim. It'd take 11 years to get from that to 'Perfect 10' and 'Right Here, Right Now' ...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 23 May 2019 23:23 (one month ago) link

Yes you all heard that right. The Tams ‎single is called "There Ain't Nothing Like Shaggin'". The Shag being a dance.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:40 (one month ago) link

Also The Proclaimers are name-checking Wester Ross in the Highlands, not Westeros.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:42 (one month ago) link

Oh it's just Michael Jackson harrassing a woman in the street nothing unusual wait what?!

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 May 2019 18:53 (one month ago) link

Here's Mick Hucknall in an ill-fitting suit (quite an achievement in a perverse way for this part of the 80s) making a pompous drawn out mess of this song. There was a story that he was in a restaurant where they played some other singer's version and he threw a massive strop.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:39 (one month ago) link

Shane McGowan so off his face that he can't even walk mime to this song and chew gum at the same time.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:43 (one month ago) link

The camera really doesn't know what to do with the rest of the band here. Conspicuously move a camera operator (dressed entirely in white!) in underneath the penny whistle player and then only show the feed from that camera for a few seconds before cutting to something else?

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:45 (one month ago) link

Level 42 - 'Children Say Why Are Mark And The Other Singer The Only Two Band Members In This Video?'

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:46 (one month ago) link

PSB's 'Always On My Mind' probably my favourite cover version ever, precisely because it doesn't even try to sound like Elvis. SPOILERS it's THIS single that was Christmas #1 in 1987.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:53 (one month ago) link

Hahaha! 'Children Say When Are Level 42 Gonna Fuck Off'? and the answer is "Not long now"!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:55 (one month ago) link

You can tell this is still quite early PSB by the lack of outlandish costumes, but above all, the fact that Chris can still be arsed to mime.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 30 May 2019 18:57 (one month ago) link

I like how Neil was trying hard to look casual but couldn't stop tapping his foot in time to the music.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:00 (one month ago) link

Ha, you just knew he wanted to cut loose!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 30 May 2019 19:02 (one month ago) link

Climie Fisher with their other big hit single that isn't 'Love Changes Everything'.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 31 May 2019 18:39 (one month ago) link

I'd enjoy this Wham!-on-TOTP programme a heck of a lot more if Mark 'Mark from Mark & Lard' Radcliffe shut the fuck up.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 7 June 2019 18:49 (one month ago) link

Indeed. Ooh, there's a Kate Bush doc on next!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 7 June 2019 18:53 (one month ago) link

Loved the 1988 documentary last night which I allowed myself to watch even though I'm a whole year behind on the weekly shows (and had to binge watch a whole load of 1986 ones the other week just to get that close).

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 8 June 2019 09:23 (one month ago) link

Dude from S-Express was the best on that.

chap, Saturday, 8 June 2019 10:59 (one month ago) link

Yep. Also good to hear from Coldcut. And Aswad (not that I was a fan, but the first ever gig I went to was a free concert in my town's park by Aswad in the summer of 88). And just a couple of weeks ago I had a conversation where I seemed to be the only person who remembered the Wee Papa Girl Rappers' 'Heat It Up', so it was nice to see it wasn't just a figment of my imagination. I could have done without the reminder of just how much I hated Cliff Richard doing Mistletoe & Wine, though.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 8 June 2019 11:56 (one month ago) link

I actually turned it off after the acid house/S-Express segment as I was watching the 1.30 edition, was knackered, and didn't think they'd top it. I'll catch up with the end another time, maybe.

chap, Saturday, 8 June 2019 12:32 (one month ago) link

even though I'm a whole year behind on the weekly shows (and had to binge watch a whole load of 1986 ones the other week just to get that close).

I admire your meticulousness!

chap, Saturday, 8 June 2019 12:34 (one month ago) link

Dude from S-Express was the best on that.

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Yeah, totally!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 8 June 2019 12:40 (one month ago) link

Fittingly the first TOTP of 1988 is shaping up to be very 1988.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:37 (one month ago) link

And what could be more 1988 than Terrence Trent D'Arby?
(also LOL at him miming "baby" instead of "lady" in the video)

just another country (snoball), Friday, 14 June 2019 18:53 (one month ago) link

Must have made quite an impression on 14-year-old me this week's one, as I bought all four singles they had on live in the studio (Krush - House Arrest, Terrence Trent D'Arby - Sign Your Name, Climie Fisher - Rise To The Occasion and...er...Morris Minor & The Majors - Stutter Rap).

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 21 June 2019 19:35 (four weeks ago) link

Oh, I just love when the remix makes the debut chart entry, and the act have to mimeperform the samples..

When "Injected with a poison" made it on, they had to do the line live for real. It was rub.

Mark G, Friday, 21 June 2019 20:39 (four weeks ago) link

lol, so because of Wimbledon tonight's episode of TOTP was first postponed by 15 minutes and then cancelled.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 4 July 2019 18:48 (two weeks ago) link

Nothing changes (much)

Mark G, Thursday, 4 July 2019 19:29 (two weeks ago) link

It's a two-fer tonight starting at 7:30pm unless, I don't know, someone hits/doesn't hit a small yellow ball across a net in a certain way or something.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:19 (two weeks ago) link

"Screaming Blue Messiahs I Wanna Be A Flintstone" excuse me?

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:44 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGZenzfg3A0
Yeah me neither. This looks like the kind of thing that Beavis & Butthead would have taken the piss out of for 30 seconds.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

Is Gary Davis cosplaying as Columbo?

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 18:49 (two weeks ago) link

The exuberance of Billy Ocean's performance really makes 'Get Outta My Dreams' work where in someone else's hands these lyrics could be a bit of a crepe-fest.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 19:07 (two weeks ago) link

Talking of crepe-fest lyrics, here's Was (Not Was) with 'Spy In The House Of Love'.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 19:17 (two weeks ago) link

In French class at school we had to translate the lyrics to Vanessa Paradis' 'Joe le Taxi' and boy is it bobbins.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 5 July 2019 19:20 (two weeks ago) link

Line two isn't actually "Mars bar and Soda", is it?

Mark G, Saturday, 6 July 2019 09:45 (one week ago) link

It's "Y marche pas au soda" which Google translates as "Do not walk in soda" which doesn't make any sense, although at the time our class thought it was "mange un soda" / "eats a soda" which started an argument about eating a soda being weird.

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 6 July 2019 09:50 (one week ago) link

I think my version makes more sense: taxi driver grabs a quick snack..

Mark G, Saturday, 6 July 2019 11:38 (one week ago) link

“He doesn’t run on soda.” Just like his car, he needs something stronger (like that rum).

breastcrawl, Saturday, 6 July 2019 19:25 (one week ago) link

Oh that makes sense.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:34 (one week ago) link

Meanwhile here's racist piece of shit Morrissey.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:34 (one week ago) link

Rick Astley is such a bad dancer, it's no surprise they nearly always showed him from the waist up.
Sisters of Mercy's 'Dominion'! They appeared on TOTP in late March 1988.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 11 July 2019 18:45 (one week ago) link

God. I remember loving that when it came on TOTP. I was 10. Never really embraced Goth after that.

Apart from the Temple Of Love remix. Which rules.

kraudive, Thursday, 11 July 2019 20:14 (one week ago) link

No, it shines like thunder

Mark G, Friday, 12 July 2019 12:22 (one week ago) link

xp Andrew Eldritch would claim that he never really embraced Goth either...

just another country (snoball), Friday, 12 July 2019 18:41 (one week ago) link

I wonder if the Sisters and Erasure met in the BBC canteen?

just another country (snoball), Friday, 12 July 2019 18:47 (one week ago) link

It's easy to feel sorry for the bass player from Bros, but boy (pun not intended) does he look like a complete tool here.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:34 (yesterday) link

Heart cosplaying as Jem & The Holograms here. Also the de riguer hair-metal-drummer-spins-a-drumstick-at-the-camera-shot.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:38 (yesterday) link

I liked Patsy Kensit's version of 'I'm Not Scared' at the time, but the PSB version is much much better.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 18 July 2019 18:48 (yesterday) link


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