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

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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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five 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 (five months ago) Permalink

I fuck with this

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

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

Lol ilm

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

Iron Maiden! Yes, something with class.

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

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

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

Did Gary Davis ever actually blink? Like ever?

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

He's looking sweatier than usual this episode!

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

Memo to Midge: you cannot dance. Stop it.

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

Midge Ure can eat shit.

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

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

All 96

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

There are no terrible years for music.

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

Tight lipped Geography teacher type Peter Powell doesn't strike me as the kind of person who would even have a 'favourite dance record'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:05 (five months ago) Permalink

Wait has he actually tucked his jumper into his jeans?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 20:06 (five months ago) Permalink

There's a bit in one of the Depeche DVDs where the plugger is saying how important it is that Powell has started to play their records. This is in like.. 84 or whatever. Maybe not 'dance' per se, but hey.

piscesx, Friday, 1 June 2018 21:16 (five months ago) Permalink

I missed it :( Fortunately it's on again after this African music doc.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:24 (five months ago) Permalink

Nothing sums up the blandness of anything like Level 42.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:26 (five months ago) Permalink

xxp that reminds me of the bit in 'The Manual' that namechecks Bruno Brookes.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 1 June 2018 21:43 (five months ago) Permalink

Totally see what you mean about the future Sir Elton - there's a proper '85 vintage mullet there but you just know there's fuck all under that hat.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Friday, 1 June 2018 22:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Must be peak Elton-Coke period this?

piscesx, Friday, 1 June 2018 22:48 (five months ago) Permalink

Ultimate Classic Rock suggests 86's Leather Jackets as his worst era, vague recollection that ILX thinks much the same, that must have been recorded around late 85.

piscesx, Friday, 1 June 2018 22:53 (five months ago) Permalink

Coke'n'Booze Elton was at his worst physically in 86-87. There are concert photos of him from that period where he looks like complete shit. It's amazing how quickly he seemed to clean up - 88-90's Bejewelled Hat Elton looks more like someone who's been clean for a decade or more.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Saturday, 2 June 2018 09:55 (five months ago) Permalink

lol @ "Bejewelled Hat Elton" ... I thought he came off all that stuff in 1990? He still looks plenty ill on the sleeve of Sleeping With the Past ...

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 2 June 2018 11:16 (five months ago) Permalink

This video for 'Nikita' is dreadful. Oh look it's Necros from 'The Living Daylights'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:39 (five months ago) Permalink

Matt Bianco: "a bunch of wankers"

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 7 June 2018 18:40 (five months ago) Permalink

There's a 'rejected Bond theme' feel to this Dee C Lee song.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 15 June 2018 18:40 (five months ago) Permalink

Who the fuck is this Paul Jordan character?

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Friday, 15 June 2018 23:09 (five months ago) Permalink

A mid-80s Radio 1 DJ who wasn't at the station very long. Mainly filling in for other DJs. He doesn't have that irritation factor that most Radio 1 DJs of the time had, and that perversely caused them to stay around.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:02 (five months ago) Permalink

I mean if I behaved at work like Bruno Brookes in the mid 80s, I'd either get chinned by someone or probably fired. Although I don't work for the BBC, especially not the BBC in the 80s.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Saturday, 16 June 2018 10:04 (five months ago) Permalink

mid-80s Radio 1 DJ who wasn't at the station very long. Mainly filling in for other DJs. He doesn't have that irritation factor that most Radio 1 DJs of the time had, and that perversely caused them to stay around.

He certainly looked the part.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:08 (five months ago) Permalink

From the website of Sandgrounder Radio (Local Radio for Southport, Sefton and the Liverpool City Region),

Paul has been a big part of radio across the North West for as long as anyone can remember. Initially as a presenter, Paul has managed some of the biggest stations on the dial. Winning a few awards along the way too! He’s presented on Radio 1 and hosted ‘Top of the Pops’ on the telly. Paul is thrilled to be back where he belongs, behind the microphone on Sandgrounder Radio.

'Back where he belongs' - that's a low blow.

We can be herpes (Tom D.), Saturday, 16 June 2018 11:11 (five months ago) Permalink

Yeah, some real Partridge-level desperation in that blurb.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 19 June 2018 09:47 (four months ago) Permalink

Shakin' Stevens looks like he's performing 'Merry Christmas Everyone' at gunpoint.

Visibly Over 25 (snoball), Friday, 29 June 2018 19:25 (four months ago) Permalink


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