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

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

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

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

Ah, you've already said that

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

The 1983 shows are still being re-repeated

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

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

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

*of

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

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

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

BACK IN THE USSR!!!111!1 O_O

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

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

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

two weeks pass...

ffs Midge Ure's preening wanker performance

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

Five Star in "about to get really really shit financial advice" action.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 24 May 2018 18:44 (six months ago) Permalink

I'd like to ask Five Star why they're so FUCKING CRAP! They're f...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 24 May 2018 21:08 (six months ago) Permalink

they had some good songs imo - system addict, find the time, the slightest touch

has been about 30 years since i heard any of those though so

chant down basildon (NickB), Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:04 (six months ago) Permalink

I fuck with this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68suo6ge38M

piscesx, Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:39 (six months ago) Permalink

...plus “Love Take Over”, “All Fall Down”, “Let Me Be The One”... They had lots of good songs. Still love to play ‘em whenever I remind myself/am reminded of them.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:56 (six months ago) Permalink

Lol ilm

kraudive, Friday, 25 May 2018 13:01 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.bbc.co.uk/schedules/p00fzl6b
So apparently the only picture of Midge Ure the BBC webmasters had to illustrate tonight's episode of TOTP came from Mike Read's Pop Quiz.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:15 (six months ago) Permalink

Iron Maiden! Yes, something with class.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:35 (six months ago) Permalink

CAMEO! This isn't actually a bad episode so far.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:38 (six months ago) Permalink

I foresee the purchase of a red codpiece in Larry Blackmon's future...

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:43 (six months ago) Permalink

John Parr seemed superold to 11 year old snoball but it turns out that he was 33 when that single was released. Although he still seems kind of old even at 33. Also it doesn't help that the synth horns are so 1985 and it was the title song of a terrible movie about yuppie wankers that actually seemed to side with the yuppie wankers.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:47 (six months ago) Permalink

Did Gary Davis ever actually blink? Like ever?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:48 (six months ago) Permalink

He's looking sweatier than usual this episode!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:51 (six months ago) Permalink

This Red Box video seems like something from present day Eurovision.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:54 (six months ago) Permalink


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