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

Ah, it's the time of the acid house scare where they don't even say the track name if it has acid in the title (Jolly Roger, acid man)

Don't think I've ever heard the Kraze track that is in the charts.

koogs, Saturday, 23 November 2019 19:25 (two months ago) link

A quick YouTube tells me I'm missing nothing

koogs, Saturday, 23 November 2019 19:28 (two months ago) link

Would that be The Party? It’s a classic crossover house track.

Chewshabadoo, Sunday, 24 November 2019 08:24 (two months ago) link

"Jack To The Sound Of The Underground" by Hithouse AKA 'Theme from The Mary Whitehouse Experience'.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 19:37 (one month ago) link

Yes that is the violin player from Dexys Midnight Runners playing whatever that wind instrument is next to Tanita Tikaram. I could never figure out what some of the lyrics to this song were - "pig out til you've seen the light"?

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 19:52 (one month ago) link

susie mathis? was she ever a dj? oh, bbc radio manchester, i guess that counts.

"Subsequently, in 2009, Mathis became a Charity Manager working for Mohammed Al Fayed."

yazz seems to be on every episode recently.

koogs, Friday, 29 November 2019 20:38 (one month ago) link

(it's an oboe, i think)

koogs, Friday, 29 November 2019 20:43 (one month ago) link

can't remember robin beck. but it sounds familiar. was it a coke advert? ha, yes.

koogs, Friday, 29 November 2019 20:47 (one month ago) link

Was the whole of the UK in FM by that point?

Wow they were really pushing the whole Radio 1 FM weren't they.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 21:03 (one month ago) link

I have no recollection of this Sam Fox track but it's not terrible.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9usE58DQWY

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 21:13 (one month ago) link

Humanoid's 'Stakker' - another song that they won't show on TOTP because 'oh-noes acid means drugs'.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 21:22 (one month ago) link

Just been catching up on these. Quite surreal to see Steve Wright in his smiley t-shirt with Caron Keating saying 'aciiieeed'.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:06 (one month ago) link

He Ain't Heavy was used in a Miller Lite advert, wasn't it? I'm assuming that the Commodores' Easy was also back in the charts because it was in an advert, but I can't remember what. I'm convinced Lovely Day was in an advert for Mars Milk, but I can't find any evidence on the internet to back this up.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:13 (one month ago) link

'Easy' was used in a Halifax Building Society advert at the time.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:33 (one month ago) link

I remember that Sam Fox track, it's ace!

or something, Friday, 29 November 2019 22:38 (one month ago) link

Humanoid's 'Stakker' - another song that they won't show on TOTP because 'oh-noes acid means drugs'.

I'm pretty sure it does get shown on TOTP because I was reading about it a couple of days ago.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:41 (one month ago) link

Stakker hasn't aged at all, still an amazing track. Snowman mix too

or something, Friday, 29 November 2019 22:47 (one month ago) link

Oh wow it was actually on the very next TOTP (1/12/1988).

just another country (snoball), Friday, 29 November 2019 22:49 (one month ago) link

Are they skipping any episodes at this point? I doubt js is still presenting but is Mike Smith? Dlt?

koogs, Saturday, 30 November 2019 03:54 (one month ago) link

What was Susie Mathis doing at this point? Gary said about her being on TOTP in 1968, and I saw she worked as a charity director for the Al fayeds, but was she the new Sybil Ruscoe or some such?

Mark G, Saturday, 30 November 2019 09:14 (one month ago) link

BBC local radio - at this point it was increasingly common for TOTP to be co-presented by a random DJ. Unlike the 90s where they'd bring in Chris Eubank or whoever.

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 30 November 2019 17:08 (one month ago) link

Lol @ Angry Anderson

The World According To.... (Michael B), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:09 (one month ago) link

"Burning Bridges" - the worst Quo single? Mainly because of that interminably long-winded keyboard riff that makes up two thirds of the song. Meanwhile I'd forgotten all about Scott & Charlene's wedding on Neighbours (it was blown up into a ridiculously big deal by the BBC) but now I vaguely remember this song although who's this Angry Anderson?

just another country (snoball), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:12 (one month ago) link

Also if you think that 'Downtown 88' is a cynical cash grab try the 1976 disco-tastic re-recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7nC_Z773Do

just another country (snoball), Friday, 6 December 2019 21:15 (one month ago) link

Bernard Sumner dances like someone trying to take a dump while climbing a ladder.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 13 December 2019 21:15 (one month ago) link

they've changed a bananarama

koogs, Saturday, 14 December 2019 18:47 (one month ago) link

You've read Karl Marx and you've taught yourself to use a rhyming dictionary... oh wait you haven't because you've tried to rhyme 'Marx' with 'dance'.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 20 December 2019 20:28 (one month ago) link

(that's weird - i watched 1988 big hits episode this morning and the above line jumped out at me too (is bros))

koogs, Friday, 20 December 2019 20:31 (one month ago) link

I'd love to know what Neil is thinking when he looks at the camera here. Maybe something like "fuck everyone at Smash Hits who thought this would be over in a year".

just another country (snoball), Friday, 20 December 2019 20:35 (one month ago) link

oh wow, is this 'shit Bros lyrics' hour? "I watch you crumble like a very old wall"

just another country (snoball), Friday, 20 December 2019 20:40 (one month ago) link

Phil Collins looks like a boy wearing his dad's suit. It's a real marvel of late 80s boxy shouldered baggy trousered tailoring.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 20 December 2019 20:42 (one month ago) link

Xpost I used to think it was "I want your bum boy, like a very old boy"

I knew it couldn't be, but never found out what it really was.

Mark G, Friday, 20 December 2019 22:31 (one month ago) link

Anyone else watch the TOTP Christmas show yesterday? Would that be what TOTP would be like if it were revived today? Because it seemed very Brit School and safe.

just another country (snoball), Thursday, 26 December 2019 20:44 (four weeks ago) link

I missed it, I thought it'd be after the Queen for some reason

Mark G, Thursday, 26 December 2019 22:34 (four weeks ago) link

TOTP Big Hits 1989 - this is a year when there were a lot of big changes in pop music.
Also I was unaware that there was even a Happy Mondays vs Pulp episode of Bargain Hunt.
https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/640x360/p06m6pv7.jpg

just another country (snoball), Friday, 3 January 2020 20:43 (three weeks ago) link

I really liked this song at the time. However, Marc Almond's 50s rocker / forehead vein look is distressing enough, but it's combined with Gene Pitney's Terry-Venebles-does-Gene-Pitney-on-Celeb-Stars-In-Their-Eyes appearance.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 3 January 2020 20:46 (three weeks ago) link

Mike and the Mechanics: their singer looks alarmingly like Phil Collins, I wonder if that was in his contract? 'Clause 15.a.III - must look at least 85% like Phil Collins at all times.'
Also here's Phil Collins with perhaps the worst 'multi-millionaire rock star tells you YES YOU the average person what to think about some social issue' song of the time.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 3 January 2020 21:01 (three weeks ago) link

that bargain hunt episode made the national news because someone related to the HM camp was caught bidding for their items.

koogs, Saturday, 4 January 2020 03:37 (two weeks ago) link

Bez's girlfriend.

Mark G, Saturday, 4 January 2020 09:39 (two weeks ago) link

That remake of 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' was unspeakably awful. Somehow I have no memory of it.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 4 January 2020 09:46 (two weeks ago) link

Happy Mondays vs Pulp episode of Bargain Hunt.

googled on seeing Candida's hands there and she was diagnosed with arthritis at sixteen. it hurt just looking at that pic.

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Saturday, 4 January 2020 09:56 (two weeks ago) link

that bargain hunt episode made the national news because someone related to the HM camp was caught bidding for their items.

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lmao. I really want to see this episode now.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 4 January 2020 11:55 (two weeks ago) link

just watched best of 1989 and it seems like more of the same tbh. the meatiest thing out of the tracks they played was transvision vamp (and then salvaged at the last minute by the stone roses)

koogs, Sunday, 5 January 2020 13:48 (two weeks ago) link

AND SO IS MICHAEL FISH!

just another country (snoball), Friday, 10 January 2020 19:47 (two weeks ago) link

I don't recall Jacob Rees-Mogg being in U2...
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/6/6d/Angel_harlem.jpg

just another country (snoball), Friday, 10 January 2020 19:48 (two weeks ago) link

'Buffalo Stance' still sounds great today, it doesn't sound dated at all.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 10 January 2020 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

it's looking good today

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 02:51 (one week ago) link

lol at Holly Johnson being referred to as "a star of the past" in 1989 when his last single (albeit with Frankie) was in 1987.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 17 January 2020 19:53 (one week ago) link

Not seen the latest one yet, still blinded from Milli Vanilli's meat and two veg effort last week.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 18 January 2020 19:53 (six days ago) link

Their video is shown this time, which somehow manages to show how terrible they are at miming and dancing, despite someone having edited it.

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 18 January 2020 20:14 (six days ago) link


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