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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

They were there for 6 weeks.

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

The guy without the 'tasche wants to die.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

AAAAAAAAAAARGH

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

No, the band, not the Janov therapy.

Mark G, Tuesday, 3 May 2011 15:50 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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

Mark G, Thursday, 5 May 2011 10:58 (eight years ago) link

Mud go disco, urgh...

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 12 May 2011 18:33 (eight years 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 (one month ago) link

Bez's girlfriend.

Mark G, Saturday, 4 January 2020 09:39 (one month 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 (one month 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 (one month 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, January 4, 2020 4:37 AM (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

lmao. I really want to see this episode now.

Le Bateau Ivre, Saturday, 4 January 2020 11:55 (one month 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 (one month ago) link

AND SO IS MICHAEL FISH!

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

it's looking good today

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

This week's Breakers, featuring Michael Ball, who isn't Unicorn on The Masked Singer, and also Sam Fox, who isn't Fox on The Masked Singer...

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 19:47 (three weeks ago) link

I want to open a chain of fast food restaurants that specialise in Eastern European DUMPLINGS!, called 'My Perogi-tive'.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 19:52 (three weeks ago) link

DUMPLINGS!

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 20:33 (three weeks ago) link

wait WTF?

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 20:33 (three weeks ago) link

For those wondering what Mike Read was chuntering on about re: the B side to Def Leppard's 'Rocket', it's a cover of Englebert Humperdinck's 'Release Me' with their tour manager on vocals.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yak7FDnHXCI

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:19 (three weeks ago) link

Racist twonk Morrissey demonstrated his inability to tuck in a shirt properly.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 21:25 (three weeks ago) link

wait WTF?

This has long been embedded in the code of ILX. I have no idea why. Fortunately I never have any need to say DUMPLINGS!.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:06 (three weeks ago) link

Well it's a first for me.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:11 (three weeks ago) link

Anyone ever see that HK horror flick, DUMPLINGS!?

it's after the end of the world (Matt #2), Friday, 24 January 2020 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

pretty sure it's a noize board thing? Dates back to like '09! Maybe later!
dump|ings

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 25 January 2020 06:39 (three weeks ago) link

Dümplings

Chewshabadoo, Saturday, 25 January 2020 11:02 (three weeks ago) link

Dumings

Mark G, Saturday, 25 January 2020 11:07 (three weeks ago) link

That Morrissey "Playboys" TOTP line-up is basically all of the Smiths (including Craig Gannon) minus Johnny Marr. Didn't realise he was still pally with Rourke and Joyce in 1989.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 25 January 2020 16:19 (three weeks ago) link

That's the lineup on the single, too.

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:27 (three weeks ago) link

(also Interesting Drug)

don't care didn't ask still clappin (sic), Saturday, 25 January 2020 20:29 (three weeks ago) link

Stephen Street was hoping for a call up for that totp, but didn't get one.

Mark G, Sunday, 26 January 2020 12:42 (three weeks ago) link

PWEI bring the 90s early. Actually from here on out the rest of 1989 sounds increasingly 90s. It's a real sea change from the previous year where everything seemed to be a bit stuck.

just another country (snoball), Friday, 31 January 2020 19:50 (two weeks ago) link

oof 2 singles I bought at the time on this show. Rocket which still stands up. Belfast Child, which really doesn't. Dreadful.

kraudive, Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:00 (two weeks ago) link

I was DJing weekly at this time, and buying heavily from the Top 40. I counted 21 purchases from last week’s second show.

I’d completely forgotten that Billie Ray Martin debuted with S’Xpress before Electribe 101.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 2 February 2020 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

Neneh Cherry revisits Raw Like Sushi

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Sunday, 2 February 2020 19:16 (two weeks ago) link

Hale & Pace, remember them? My commiserations. They were shit.
The Reynolds Girls - surprisingly it's four years between this and Simon Bates resigning from Radio 1.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:05 (one week ago) link

lol Lenny Henry fucks up his link "I'd rather jack Profumo" or was that what he meant to say? At least Dusty got a laugh out of it. I miss this kind of thing from current TV - things like that wouldn't make the edit now.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:08 (one week ago) link

(kids get off my lawn etc etc)

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:09 (one week ago) link

the stonk was a tune.

frederik b. godt (jim in vancouver), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:10 (one week ago) link

That might have been down to the backing musicians:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hale_and_Pace#%22The_Stonk%22
Brian May playing keyboards and guitar, (...) David Gilmour and Tony Iommi on guitar, with Neil Murray on bass guitar. Cozy Powell, Roger Taylor and Rowan Atkinson – appearing as his character Mr. Bean – performed on drums. Joe Griffiths and Mike Moran contributed on keyboard.[

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 7 February 2020 21:15 (one week ago) link

Madonna fails to unseat Jason Donovan from #1 - I'd forgotten how totally obsessed the public were with him at the time. Also I think this is the first Guns'N'Roses appearance on TOTP despite them being huge for two years by this point.

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Friday, 14 February 2020 20:02 (five days ago) link

catching up...

i guess if you're going to mime playing synth on totp then mime using a 'cost the same as a house at the time' fairlight.

> Also I think this is the first Guns'N'Roses appearance on TOTP

GnR was the playout video a couple of episodes ago too. lots of wasp and poison(?) recently too

> lol Lenny Henry fucks up his link "I'd rather jack Profumo" or was that what he meant to say?

iirc he said Supremo, corrected to Profumo by the other presenter. the comic relief thing was an entire show of comedians fluffing their lines or saying them off mic.

lol at reynolds girls dissing the olds and being followed by dusty springfield.

koogs, Saturday, 15 February 2020 13:16 (four days ago) link


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