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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine years ago) link

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

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

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

fuck Noel Edmonds and his 'comedy' links

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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

My god that it horribly formed.

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

*is*

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

Sounds likely

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

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

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

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

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

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

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

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

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

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

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

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

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

And Paul knickerless

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

Jesus Christ, superstar?

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

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

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

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

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

Only one novelty act so far.

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

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

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

'Pink Sunshine' and that Thunderbirds track is the extent of my memory of them. Also I don't remember this Cliff Richard song. Starlight - you'd think they'd have made a proper video. A bit of a precursor to the ITV Chart Show videos from random dance acts who unexpectedly have a hit.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:21 (one month ago) link

Then Jericho's singer - a preening cockwipe. At least with Mick Hucknall I get the sense that he's at least partially aware that he's a clown.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:22 (one month ago) link

Black Box - it's a great song regardless of the miming controversy. At least they got a black person to mime to Loleatta Holloway's sampled vocals.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:26 (one month ago) link

Then Jericho's singer - a preening cockwipe. At least with Mick Hucknall I get the sense that he's at least partially aware that he's a clown.

― Being cheap is expensive (snoball),

Yeah what a nob. Also Hucknall wrote better songs and had a better voice.

chap, Saturday, 16 May 2020 11:57 (one month ago) link

The Chart Show! I hadn’t thought about it, but this is now the era of that show too.

I would love to be be able to see a repeat of those shows on the same week too.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 16 May 2020 16:05 (one month ago) link

If we lose BBC4 befoee we get to the 90s episodes that I grew up with I am going to be so disappointed

boxedjoy, Saturday, 16 May 2020 16:44 (one month ago) link

Just a taste! That will do though, I guess there may be full episodes some weeks.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 16 May 2020 19:40 (one month ago) link

Gary Davies says "live" then immediately afterwards introduces Black Box in the studio.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 22 May 2020 19:11 (one month ago) link

My favourite bit of TV magic this week was when Alyson Williams was introduced as being “over there”. Abrupt cut to a clip from a previous week.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 23 May 2020 08:01 (one month ago) link

Jive Bunny's aesthetic really was revoltingly cheap and ugly wasn't it? No one putting in any effort on any level.

chap, Saturday, 23 May 2020 09:48 (one month ago) link

It would be my nomination for worst uk number 1 of all time

or something, Saturday, 23 May 2020 10:21 (one month ago) link

The third Jive Bunny #1 is the worst one, easily.

Also within a year we have Timmy Mallett.

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:32 (one month ago) link

Abrupt cut to a clip from a previous week.

Same trick with tonight's two episodes - except this time more fittingly with Black Box.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 29 May 2020 20:27 (one month ago) link

Good to see Technotronic (or their single representative).

chap, Saturday, 30 May 2020 00:44 (one month ago) link

Probably the hardest kick drum to feature so far, right?

chap, Saturday, 30 May 2020 00:45 (one month ago) link

I've definitely found a new respect for London Boys after their appearances. Maybe 50/50 between the tunes and those dance routines.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 31 May 2020 17:23 (one month ago) link

BRITISH POLITICIAN SEX!

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 5 June 2020 19:42 (one month ago) link

The mood whiplash there going from Chris Rea to Jive Bunny. 'The Road To Hell' is an odd song because for me it sums up a lot of late 1989, before suddenly the Berlin Wall fell and things changed drastically.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 12 June 2020 19:08 (one month ago) link

'Oh Well' by Oh Well???
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z1aP74rtHA

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 12 June 2020 20:12 (one month ago) link

There's a Pet Shop Boys interview where they're in the studio trying to make a 12" mix of 'Discotecha' and with some degree of amused disgust decide that it sounds like Jive Bunny's 'That's What I Like'.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 12 June 2020 20:32 (one month ago) link

The mood whiplash there going from Chris Rea to Jive Bunny.

Mood whiplash was fundamentally the beauty of TOTP and I miss it.

chap, Saturday, 13 June 2020 00:02 (four weeks ago) link

It’s always entertaining to see forgotten songs by artists remembered for bigger hits. E.g. the 'beautiful song' (boring ballad) by Living in a Box, or Bros and “Whoaaaaaaahhh… Chocolate In The Boxxx. Yeah!”

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 14 June 2020 10:02 (four weeks ago) link

The singer of Living In A Box fails spectacularly at miming guitar.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:16 (three weeks ago) link

I had forgotten quite how shit Living In A Box were.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:21 (three weeks ago) link

Their self titled debut single is really good but they fall off hard.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:24 (three weeks ago) link

I've said this upthread but Milli Vanilli are crap even in their music videos, which someone must have at least tried to edit to make them look somewhat competant. How did anyone think that these guys sang on their records? Fab looks bored and Rob looks like he's trying to read a Burger King menu while holding in what he fears will be an enormous shart.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:33 (three weeks ago) link

Makes me sad seeing Milli Vanilli tbh.

Rapsputin (Tom D.), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:37 (three weeks ago) link

I find Girl I'm Gonna Miss You really poignant, genuinely great single IMO.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 19 June 2020 19:44 (three weeks ago) link

Pretty much everything on the first episode tonight had already been on last week, I thought I was watching a repeat-repeat

or something, Friday, 19 June 2020 23:42 (three weeks ago) link

I'd've bet money the Tina turner song was "simply the best" when it's just called "the best". Its chart career looks surprisingly short given its longevity as a song.

(It's another record, like ride on time, that I never need to hear again)

That queen track, I have never heard.

koogs, Saturday, 20 June 2020 03:05 (three weeks ago) link

I had no idea until someone mentioned it on Twitter last week that Bonnie Tyler released The Best as a single the year before Tina Turner. Always thought it was an original Tina Turner song.

nate woolls, Saturday, 20 June 2020 03:11 (three weeks ago) link

That's when you know you're over.

Mark G, Saturday, 20 June 2020 06:45 (three weeks ago) link

Queen's 'Scandal' is nothing to do with the movie of the same name that came out earlier in 1989, despite the aethetic of the video suggesting otherwise. They look so bored, especially Roger Taylor, drumming while looking off to the side like he was wishing he was off somewhere doing just about anything else. John Deacon's jaunty neckerchief seems oddly out of place in all of that.
In theory there's a lot I should like about Queen, but there are many problems with them that outweigh the good parts. Not least that any humour in their music seems forced and underneath that there's this dull determination to be taken seriously. In a mid 70s interview Brian May said that their original intention was to be "kind of like a heavy group but with good melodies and good harmonies", and if you take away the costumes, props, and videos that's what's left - kind of a heavy group with a few interesting riffs.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Saturday, 20 June 2020 09:51 (three weeks ago) link

Nicky Campbell comparing an italo house producer to SAW is approaching Smashie & Nicey territory.
Janet Jackson looking like a character from Sylvester Stallone's movie version of Judge Dredd.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 26 June 2020 19:24 (two weeks ago) link

Janet Jackson looking like a character from Sylvester Stallone's movie version of Judge Dredd.

I thought that! A compellingly dystopian performance.

Nicky Campbell is a smug prick.

chap, Friday, 26 June 2020 22:26 (two weeks ago) link

The thing is that on his Radio 1 late night show at the time he sounded completely the opposite.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 26 June 2020 22:58 (two weeks ago) link

don't remember a lot of this. war of the worlds remix? nope.

but it does appear to be the legendary roses / mondays episode.

koogs, Friday, 3 July 2020 21:35 (one week ago) link

(ffwds through happy mondays...)

koogs, Friday, 3 July 2020 21:38 (one week ago) link

I taped both roses/Mondays on VHS with the stereo broadcast input from radio 1fm backthen.

I guess now that tape is redundant

Mark G, Friday, 3 July 2020 22:19 (one week ago) link

interesting viewing tonight, the past month or so has been deeply nostalgic, now it's the 1989 other people remember suddenly. 808 State were brilliant, Roses forgettable, Mondays rhythm section = where the action is.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 3 July 2020 22:32 (one week ago) link

The Jimmy Summerville song was the other thing I'd never heard. And he was dancing way more enthusiastically than the song warranted.

(As I said above, in 1989 I'd just started my first job and was fed up of chart music so this might be the first time of seeing a lot of this)

koogs, Saturday, 4 July 2020 05:13 (one week ago) link

I’ve not watched the show yet, but the Mondays always seemed to understand what druggy, dancey, music needs - a solid groove with a lot of repetition. A little bit like a version of The Fall if they took E rather than speed.

One of the tunes that surprised me the most of the recent episodes was the Deboarah Harry track which I kind of recall vageuly from the time, but it’s been a bit of an earworm recently. Written and produced by a couple of members of The Thompson Twins.

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 4 July 2020 06:50 (one week ago) link

Two solid episodes then Queen and Simple Minds do a big shit on proceedings.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 10 July 2020 20:23 (two days ago) link

Was that the bloke from black adder in the Kate Bush video?

koogs, Friday, 10 July 2020 20:33 (two days ago) link

(I ffwd'd through most of the episode tbh, double speed through the Tina turner)

koogs, Friday, 10 July 2020 20:35 (two days ago) link

Lol at the 4 new stereo transmitters, see ceefax for details.

koogs, Friday, 10 July 2020 20:44 (two days ago) link

Just got to the Queen / Simple Minds cess pool.

Nothing so far that didn't get the ffwd treatment.

koogs, Friday, 10 July 2020 20:53 (two days ago) link

(xps) Yes it was Tim McInnerny.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 10 July 2020 20:54 (two days ago) link

Kate Bush was in a Comic Strip episode with him in it too.

everything, Friday, 10 July 2020 21:53 (two days ago) link


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