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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

This pleases me

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:53 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Paul King is a posing twit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:31 (one month ago) Permalink

"recorded on the south coast of Britain"

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:34 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

This episode is some real 1985 style barrel scrapping.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:47 (one month ago) Permalink

Dio gazing into his crystal ball, though!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:49 (one month ago) Permalink

crystal bollocks more like

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:50 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

shut up Peter Powell you faux-earnest self promoting twit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 5 April 2018 18:52 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Has this finished for the time being? Not showing up on my planner anymore.

groovypanda, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:22 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

Ah, you've already said that

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Tuesday, 10 April 2018 21:33 (one month ago) Permalink

The 1983 shows are still being re-repeated

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 22:02 (one month 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 (one month ago) Permalink

He has every right to be; it’s a great record!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:49 (one month 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 (one month 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 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

*of

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:50 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Hahaha Jagger and Bowie ... this video never gets old!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:55 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

BACK IN THE USSR!!!111!1 O_O

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 18:56 (two weeks 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 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Jagger drinking from that can that just appears out of nowhere.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 3 May 2018 19:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

ffs Midge Ure's preening wanker performance

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 18 May 2018 18:48 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days 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 (five days ago) Permalink


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