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

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Mike, it totally was your greatest moment, and it was the future Mrs G's greatest moment when she immediately asked you if you were offering to photograph the wedding to "spend time with Noosha".

Apparently, he later let it be known that he's actually very proud of his mum, once all the rabid fans such as ourselves were out of earshot. So much for rationality and science, eh?

PJ Miller, Wednesday, 8 June 2011 10:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I thought that maybe it had been dropped, but it's on tonight at 7:30.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 08:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh right..

I saw that the episode on Thursday isn't on at 7:30 but the 35 minute edition is, later on the same night.

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 08:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

Is there much of a difference or do they just edit out a lame track/crappy DLT 'joeks'?

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 08:22 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well, one week they edited out "Fool to Cry" the Rolling Stones...

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 08:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

I quite like the 1st Heavy Metal Kids album. No idea what they sounded like by 1976 though, I haven't been watching this. Although I'm now intrigued by the couple of Fox LPs in my grandpa's old record collection.

a fucking stove just fell on my foot. (Colonel Poo), Monday, 13 June 2011 10:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Studio average seems to be one good act (Gladys Knight and the Pips most recently), one that's of historical interest (HM Kids, Fox) and one complete WTF (Ruby Flipper etc). The rest is unalloyed dross.
On last week's they seemed to have run out of money for acts, so played the theme music (?) for an extra two minutes at the end, while filming the studio lights.

bham, Monday, 13 June 2011 11:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I think that was Mistura's "The Flasher", not the TOTP theme tune there.

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 11:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

according to bbc4 (although i must check, yep) the one on tonight is the same one that'll be on on thursday.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00704hg/episodes/upcoming

"From the year that sculpted pop, Tony Blackburn introduces the Glitter Band, New Edition, JJ Barrie, Our Kid, Cliff Richard, Mud, Thin Lizzy, Dolly Parton and the Rolling Stones."

maybe they (there was another skipped week recently) are missing from the archive?

koogs, Monday, 13 June 2011 12:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

btw, was in the lexington yesterday and some weekly show there is using an A3 picture of noosha on their posters.

koogs, Monday, 13 June 2011 12:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

30 minutes tonight
40 minutes thu (late)
40 minutes sat + 2 other programmes:

00:10–01:40
Big Hits: TOTP 1964 to 1975
With the Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Status Quo, Procol Harum, Stevie Wonder and the Kinks. (R)

01:40–02:30
Top of the Pops: The Story of 1976
Top of the Pops in 1976, as a barometer of the state of pop and light entertainment TV. (R)

koogs, Monday, 13 June 2011 12:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

"Changed their name singe Gary Glitter retired"

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 18:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

I bet "Our Kid" got the piss ripped out of them at school for this.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Monday, 13 June 2011 18:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, they had all sorts offering them TV series, etc..

Was so glad they went away!

Mark G, Monday, 13 June 2011 21:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

Still, a bonafide classic appears, "The boys are back in town"...

Mark G, Tuesday, 14 June 2011 00:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

Missed out, repeats of "Devil Woman" and "Shake it down"..

Right, that week was somewhat scattered around the schedule, this week presumably back to normal..

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

if only there was some way of looking up, i don't know, the bbc4 schedule...

Thu 23 Jun 2011 19:30
Fri 24 Jun 2011 00:45
Sat 25 Jun 2011 23:25

"Noel Edmonds looks at highlights of the weekly 1976 pop charts and introduces the Surprise Sisters, the Real Thing, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Flintlock, Osibisa, Archie Bell and the Drells, Brian Ferry, the Wurzels and Ruby Flipper."

osibisa... and weren't flintlock the band that one of the tomorrow people used to be in?

lots of non-chart entries in last week's i noticed. unless they are using the top 40 for eligibility but only listing the top 30.

koogs, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

No, a whole bunch of not-charting stuff.

"New Edition" get the wildcard that is "some sort of BBC TV programme tie-in". I remember two theme tunes for "Saturday Special", the variety show that came each week from a different seaside town. One was a hit "Summertime City", and one wasn't, "Get a little sand between yr toes". That one I don't remember at all.

"Natural Rhythm" and "Don't make promises" weren't, but got a fair amount of radio play.

Mark G, Monday, 20 June 2011 09:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

ouch, that Surprise Sisters medley of Beatles songs was really bad. Anyone know when TOTP stopped this variety show nonsense or was it basically just When Punk Happened(tm)?

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Thursday, 23 June 2011 18:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

Not SAHB's best single, but better than yet another repeat of this Archie Bell video.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Thursday, 23 June 2011 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

That cover of Got To Get You Into My Life was all kinds of awful.

Food Processors Are Grebt (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

have only watched half of last night's but i laughed all the way through alex harvey. the clown. the bassist's hair. the drummer in a suit. the ax!

the surprise sisters were no way sisters.

koogs, Friday, 24 June 2011 09:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

I haven't seen this weeks yet, but I do remember it, I think.

Did they medley into "You won't see me" ?

Mark G, Friday, 24 June 2011 09:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes.

wtf is wrong with people? (snoball), Friday, 24 June 2011 09:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hmmmm, girlbands weren't quite as, uh, glamorous in the 70s as now, were they? All worth it for SAHB, Alex didn't do much but still looked pretty scary!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 24 June 2011 10:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

BOLAN!

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

There must have been some kind of BBC enforced limit on the amount of excitement that TOTP could serve up in the mid 70's. Every stomping track had to be followed by some abject shite. Bolan followed by Lancaster & Bile, Frampton ("tube in the mouth") followed by Brotherhood of Spam (another song with a stupid twist ending).

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

DLT's world famous dual purpose pirate/yokel impersonation...

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

ruby flipper on acid again last night.

and for all the dreadfulness (bom, wurzels) i quite enjoyed it.

odd how that disco Mud song has been lost to history despite being on TOTP 4 or 5 times.

(i only got 17 minutes of the longer version but the extra bit i saw was a Thin Lizzy repeat)

koogs, Friday, 1 July 2011 06:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, Bolan.

Was that his last TOTP appearance? And, didn't he look so young? (and healthy!)

Mark G, Friday, 1 July 2011 08:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

Actually, I shouldn't 'ask' that, I should know..

(There's a "Marc on TV" DVD that I did a sleevenote for, I don't think it has any TOTP though)

Mark G, Friday, 1 July 2011 08:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

'Laser Love' from October 1976?
(and if the BBC can the repeats before we get that far)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tewzXZrUmJ0&feature=related

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Friday, 1 July 2011 08:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

Liverpool Express song would have been more interesting if they'd bother to write more than just a chorus. Punk Rock = Year Zero, just decimated so much of this stuff.

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 1 July 2011 10:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

But you have to remember that 99% of the British population despised/dismissed/detested punk rock and only a tiny handful of punk singles charted in 1977.

That said, my anticipation for Eddie & The Hot Rods grows with every passing week...

mike t-diva, Friday, 1 July 2011 11:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

But you have to remember that 99% of the British population despised/dismissed/detested punk rock and only a tiny handful of punk singles charted in 1977

I know but its effect in the music business was more profound, it was like they realised that Mr. Big being the Most Exciting New Act of the year was, all things considered, not really good enough. Uh, but maybe I'm rewriting history here because wiki tells me Mr. Big's big hit was 1977!

R. Stornoway (Tom D.), Friday, 1 July 2011 11:57 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah, but do you remember "Christmas with Dicken"? Their big hit "Romeo" was somewhat at the close of play, but still...

also:

That said, my anticipation for Eddie & The Hot Rods grows with every passing week...

― mike t-diva, Friday, 1 July 2011 11:20 (2 hours ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

We are of a mind, yes.

Mark G, Friday, 1 July 2011 13:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

Demis Roussos looking like Spock's psychic half-brother from that Star Trek movie.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

This week is pretty bad so far, two videos and Ruby Flipper pissing about (I'm not even going to call it dancing) to an instrumental.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

That New Seekers track is apalling, presumably it was only bought by teenage lads who wanted to check Eve Graham out on totp.

The multi-talented F.R. David (Billy Dods), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

Art Garfunkel clearly doesn't give a shit here.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:54 (seven years ago) Permalink

I remember hating 'Diddy' David Hamilton a lot, but he's not that bad a presenter compared to the dross of Edmondsm the enforced wackiness of DLT, and the crepeiness of Sir Jimmy.

You get nothing for a pair, not in this game (snoball), Thursday, 14 July 2011 18:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

Mostly I watch this for the grim fascination of the awful music, awful fashion, ugly people and the bloke in Ruby Flipper dancing around dressed as a leopard, but I have to say the Roxy Music one tickled my fancy.

There is power in an onion (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 14 July 2011 19:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ha Ha...wondered when the first reference to the Summer of '76 would occur...David Hamilton looking appropriately sweaty in his White whistle...

The Pastiche Liberation Front (sonnyboy), Friday, 15 July 2011 22:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

David Hamilton was very dull. His radio show used to play 'versions' from TOTP sessions to get round needletime restrictions, and was the housewives favourite. At least Edmonds was into his music..

Mark G, Saturday, 16 July 2011 00:06 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hamilton's R1 afternoon show also went out simultaneously on R2, as I recall - so it was MOR to the max.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 16 July 2011 09:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

RUBBISH EPISODE THIS WEEK.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 17 July 2011 19:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

longer version was 10 minutes rubbisher.

actually, i enjoyed it again.

koogs, Sunday, 17 July 2011 19:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yes, I always watch the LONG VERSION.

I enjoyed what in 1976 I might have happily called Ruby Flidder, but obviously would not do that nowadays.

PJ Miller, Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

long version had extra Cherry Flipper doing a dance, Alex Harvey again and Johnny ("not Cash") Nash.

koogs, Sunday, 17 July 2011 20:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

It was rubbish this week.

Also, what's with the iplayer not being updated with the longer version anymore?

Mark G, Monday, 18 July 2011 08:24 (seven years ago) Permalink


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