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

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Has Alexei Sayle been on yet? That's the all time low point for me before House music comes along to save the day.

piscesx, Thursday, 8 March 2018 19:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

Bane of the cheap musical keyboard section of WH Smith's in the mid 80s, Harold Faltermeyer's 'Axel F'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

Late 80s sighted with the first mention of the Fine Young Cannibals.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 19:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

Alexei has been on, yes.

Mark G, Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Since 'Ullo John Gotta New Motor'?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

(where he looks alarmingly like someone I used to work for)

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:50 (ten months ago) Permalink

Stephen Fry in his 2nd book of memoirs says that, the first time he caught Alexei on telly (very early 80s) he found him "frightening". People aren't frightening on telly nowadays are they? It's all a lot more cuddly. I wonder if that's a good thing..

piscesx, Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:19 (ten months ago) Permalink

Caught up with a load of these I had recorded the other day. I was in a strange situation as a kid without my own record player: my dad didn't trust me to put the stylus down carefully enough so insisted on doing it himself. As a consequence of this, he said I couldn't buy singles, only albums, as he didn't want me calling him every three minutes to change the record. I put up with this for several years until my patience snapped in the period of 1985 that they've just been showing (when I was 11). For some reason it was We Close Our Eyes by Go West that broke the camel's back and then I started buying 7 inches with my pocket money: Scritti Politti - The Word Girl, Duran Duran - View To A Kill, Depeche Mode - Shake The Disease, Mai Tai - History, Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F (which have all been on recently) and a mediocre comedy version of '19' about cricket by Rory Bremner (which thankfully hasn't featured). Then my dad finally gave in and got me a record player for my 12th birthday.

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

Can anyone remember any reason why they only played about ten seconds of the You'll Never Walk Alone (the charity song for the Bradford fire) when it was number one in the charts?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

No specific reason that I recall. Charity singles became much more numerous in the late 80s.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 22 March 2018 19:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

It's because Rolf Harris and Dave Lee Travis feature prominently on the video.

It was originally broadcast in full but been cut from the reruns:

SecondhandDaylight, Friday, 23 March 2018 10:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ah, right. If they can do that, you'd think they could show us all the episodes the keep missing out because their presented some Yewtree case or other, just cut out the bits linking the songs.

Having watched that video: is that bloke with the dyed red hair and sunglasses the cockney from Auf Wiedersehen Pet who died?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 23 March 2018 17:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

Well spotted yeah that's him, jeez he died a few months later.

piscesx, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

Didn't he have a band? Or did his character have a band? Or both?

Oh, The Heavy Metal Kids / the Kids.

Big in Norway, apparently

koogs, Friday, 23 March 2018 18:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

And were on TOTP before.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Friday, 23 March 2018 18:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

They're mentioned upthread. Seems like a long time ago relative to 1985.
I'd forgotten all about Russ Abbott's follow-up single to 'Atmosphere' but boy does that video bring the horror crashing back.
We're really on the edge of the '85-'86 plastic seaside bowler hats era of TOTP aren't we.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 23 March 2018 19:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

'Johnny Come Home' by Fine Young Cannibals - I don't think I really appreciated it at the time, but it's great. I had no memory of the 'dancing' by the guitarist and bass player from The Beat - did they keep doing this on the later songs?

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

My memory is that the bass player always danced like that with The Beat but the guitarist only started doing it later on and got sillier as he went and he ended up being known as the guy in The Beat and FYC who did the funny dance - which always kind of annoyed me.

Buff Jeckley (Tom D.), Thursday, 29 March 2018 11:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Me and my OH had a month long spell of constantly singing "Love & Pride" thanks to TOTP on BBC 4.

chap, Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

xxp did they keep doing this on later songs? did they ever!

piscesx, Thursday, 29 March 2018 12:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

This pleases me

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

Paul King is a posing twit.

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

"recorded on the south coast of Britain"

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

This episode is some real 1985 style barrel scrapping.

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

Dio gazing into his crystal ball, though!

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

crystal bollocks more like

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

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

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

Has the one with Fish doing a Dylan with the lyrics on white cards been shown yet?

piscesx, Saturday, 7 April 2018 00:20 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) Permalink

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

groovypanda, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 18:22 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ah, you've already said that

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

The 1983 shows are still being re-repeated

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 22:02 (nine months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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

breastcrawl, Thursday, 19 April 2018 19:49 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) Permalink

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