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

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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 (four months ago) Permalink

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

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

Ah, you've already said that

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

The 1983 shows are still being re-repeated

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 April 2018 22:02 (four 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 (three months ago) Permalink

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

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

*of

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

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

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

BACK IN THE USSR!!!111!1 O_O

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

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

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

I fuck with this

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

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

Lol ilm

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

Iron Maiden! Yes, something with class.

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

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

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

Did Gary Davis ever actually blink? Like ever?

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

He's looking sweatier than usual this episode!

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

Memo to Midge: you cannot dance. Stop it.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:54 (two months ago) Permalink

Midge Ure can eat shit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

Midge's ego was probably at its peak around this time: The success of Ultravox, Band Aid/Live Aid, this going to number one. He probably thought he was the mutts nuts by this point.

The album this is off has a version of 'Living in the Past' so awful it has to be heard to be believed.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:00 (two months ago) Permalink

Mark King played bass on that album. The reissue had a cover of The Man Who Sold The World. All post-Band-Aid hype innit. He’d never have had a big hit without that. Had Live Aid happened yet by the date of this broadcast?

piscesx, Thursday, 31 May 2018 19:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Mark King has been popping up on TV quite a fair bit recently, as a guest on Pointless and at Nigel Kennedy's Biggest Weekend gig.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:18 (two months ago) Permalink

xp Live Aid was July 1985, this week's TOTP was from October.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 31 May 2018 20:35 (two months ago) Permalink

Ah gotcha. an awful year for music, the worst year ever aside from maybe 1996. That real mid point after all the amazing new pop but before all the House.

piscesx, Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:33 (two months ago) Permalink

1996 was in no way a terrible year for music, but I sorta agree with you about 1985 - plenty of decent music was released that year, but you wouldn't think it based on what was getting shown.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 31 May 2018 21:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Entroducing, Second Toughest, In Sides, Odelay, Fuzzy Logic, Sweetback, Walking Wounded

All 96

groovypanda, Friday, 1 June 2018 10:05 (two months ago) Permalink

There are no terrible years for music.

Mark G, Friday, 1 June 2018 10:14 (two months ago) Permalink

Just catching up on tonight's episode. Elton FFS just admit you're going bald.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

Nothing sums up the blandness of 1985 like Level 42.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:02 (two months ago) Permalink


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