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I give a mark out of 10 to every single featured on Popular. This is your chance to indicate which YOU would have given 6 or more to, by whatever standard you wish to impose. And if you have any ‘closing remarks’ on the year to make, the comments box is your place!

Number One Hits Of 1977: Which would you have given 6 or more to?

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  1. 631
    punctum on 22 Nov 2012 #

    The thing is I like the music on The Freak Zone, for instance – well, most of it anyway – but Maconie comes across as a desperate-to-please/please-don’t-sack-me geography teacher, always overexplaining, overqualifying and overjustifying everything he plays to such an extent that it puts me off listening. He should listen to Tim Rice’s American Pie on R2 for a masterclass in how to inform and entertain an audience at the same time.

  2. 632
    enitharmon on 22 Nov 2012 #

    Marcello, are your eyes glazing over at the idea of Focus making a fine album (Focus made several IMHO, others may differ) or is it because he couldn’t even name an actual Focus album? (I have one called Moving Waves but am unaware of one called Making Waves)

  3. 633
    lonepilgrim on 22 Nov 2012 #

    TOTP 3/11/12
    Peter Powell introduces acts from the sublime to the ridiculous – hyperactively and indiscriminately
    ELO over the charts
    The Jam – brand new, they’re retro
    PP whoops and jumps
    Carpenters – unearthly
    Barron Knights – no joke
    Queen – despite the audience on the video, the band still seem as if they’re in a bubble
    Dorothy Moore – fantastic, unfamiliar (to me) song sees the gals dressed in bubble wrap outfits
    Status Quo – the song that opened Live Aid (?); Quo drifting from streamlined boogie to more poppy material
    Bowie – the TOTP band’s version of ‘Heroes’ redeemed by a committed performance from DB
    Showaddywaddy – forced jollity; they mean it, man. I hate this band
    Abba – not their best; still better than most
    Needles & Pins over the credits

  4. 634
    Lazarus on 22 Nov 2012 #

    Almost forgot this was (still) on, and so missed the Top 30 (and most of the Jam).

    The boy Powell introduces with puppydog enthusiasm.

    Someone used to use Weller’s barked intro as a jingle didn’t they – wasn’t Fluff was it?

    Carpenters – lovely, but sad to see Karen looking so careworn.

    Barron Knights – I don’t remember this, thankfully. Barely a smirk from the audience.

    Queen – all bedecked in black and white, appropriately for future badger champion Brian May. Sounds like a premature farewell from Freddie. Good stuff.

    Dorothy Moore/Legs and Co – the song is soulful, the girls elegant, and Lulu has a lovely smile. The Swede will approve I’m sure.

    Status Quo – the song fits the band so perfectly that I suspect that many people to this day don’t know it’s not a band composition. They’re enjoying themselves as usual.

    David Bowie – I sometimes wonder if I have no ear for music, I can never tell the TOTP band renditions from the originals (I suppose I could if I heard them back to back). I thought this was from a German TV show (there’s a big ‘W’ in the background) so why would they not use the record?

    Showaddywaddy – unusually for them, this was an original song I believe. Bartram and pals get down with audience members at the end.

    Abba – Agnetha and Frieda lipsynch their parts across the table to their menfolk. Classic, obvs.

    Smokie play us out to some weird, wobbly animation that seems to owe something to ‘Yellow Submarine.’

  5. 635
    Mark G on 22 Nov 2012 #

    “Dancing Party” is an old Chubby Checker single.

  6. 636
    Mark G on 23 Nov 2012 #

    Right, lets get some unique insights into the world of 1977.

    For example, how would you know if I didn’t tell you that you can see the address of Paul Weller’s old girlfriend quite clearly. Assuming she doesn’t live there now, of course. Fact time, only one member of The Jam was actually christened Paul. I used to know his twin brother Pete(r). Good bloke.

    Peter, mate, don’t do a whoo jump. I know you’re keen on your first show, but hey.

    The Carpenters do the extraordinary craft that they are so adept at. And actually get Klaatu into the chart. Brave.

    Around this time, I was on Radio London as a featured reviewer ‘from the audience/listenership’, Malcolm Laycock, rest his. Anyway, I got an advance copy of this Barron Knights um, medley. Two funny lines, “Yeah, I’m a man of simple tastes” and .. oh wait, one. There is a ‘comedy’ bit based on Angelo, but there’s no time for it here.

    Peter.. ah whatever. He seems more like the audience than the presenter in his larking with them (as opposed to after/against them), 1978 seems more in touch with the new style rather than the old DLT/Blackburn/Edmonds vague flirting method. If 1978 doesn’t get the airing, well my guess is that the horses bolted and died a long time ago.

    Queen, and Freddie breaks out his top-half-of-the-mike-stand, etc.

    This Dorothy Moore track danced to by Legs/Co nicely enough. This song.. It reads a classic in the ‘married couple to be’ sense, I’ve heard a few dedications over the years regarding the “I’ve made up my mind for a lifetime” line. Apparently, the Carpenters did this previously as well!

    Quo do their signature tune and thank the Fogarty.

    Bowie appears! The audience suddenly gets older and grows moustaches!

    Showaddywaddy! You know, last time out I pointed at Slade as having lost the fire, well at least the wad still give it some presentation. As I say, Chubby Checker had it as the twistin’ party at the fade of his original.

    Peter drops to his knees every time he mentions the artist/act. Puppies!

    Abba video, Peter says goodnight and hopes he passed the audition.. And Smokie do a note perfect rendition of the Searchers hit version of “Needles and Pins” unneccesarily.

    Cheers till next week, unless I’m back before then which is likely…

  7. 637
    punctum on 23 Nov 2012 #

    #632: Personally I would have preferred it if Focus had made an album called Hot Butt Action but that’s just me.

  8. 638
    Mark G on 23 Nov 2012 #

    Ha, when I saw your shortened message on “New Messages”, I’d thought a good alt would be “Making Bacon”, but hey you sailed well past!

  9. 639
    glue_factory on 23 Nov 2012 #

    #633 Rockin’ All Over The World was the song that opened Live Aid, unless you count the Coldstream Guards performing the Royal Salute (according to Wikipedia). Indeed with Heroes and We Are The Champions, this is probably the episode with the most tracks from Live Aid so far.

  10. 640
    punctum on 23 Nov 2012 #

    Or if you were American, it started with Sade.

  11. 641
    Jimmy the Swede on 24 Nov 2012 #

    TOTP:

    Young Peter Powell on debut. He’s looking for fun and feelin’ groovy. Countdown to ELO’s Turn to Stone. Neither fish nor fowl this one, like much of their stuff.

    Jam – This is a modern world. Strange to hear them sing this 35 years later. A hand shandy for Bradley Wiggins. And Bruce Foxton really did look like Ray Doyle, didn’t he?

    Yes, that jumping whoop from Peter! Calm down, son!

    Carpenters – One of their oddest offerings. Karen does look unwell but the silky voice is still there. Richard, meanwhile, thinks he’s Grieg.

    Barron Knights – Pretty grim this, although they seemed to share the Swede’s take on the Floaters. By far the best bit, “Angelo” was left out, as the minibus engine starts up.

    Queen – Self-indulgent Freddie, not taking himself seriously at all during this stadium rock staple.

    “A little bit of beauty” quoth Powell, who’s leaping around like Tigger, and on come the Gals to Dorothy Moore. What a great voice and it’s a good song too. It’s a nice, smily girl-next-door routine from Sue’s troupe. Very elegant after the wondrous filth of last week.

    Peter says “Hi hi, blue eyes” to a girl and on come Quo with probably their most recognisable track. What can we say?

    Bowie (or is it Julian Clary?) in the studio (but what studio?). It looks like the LWT logo behind him? Can’t be. Heroes. Great.

    The Waddy – Fun time for the group and audience but the Barron Knights have company on the long drive up to the Irish Sea coast. The Pontins guards will have to strap Romeo in, though, lest he kicks off. He’s a big lad.

    Number one all day long. Abba at play with both girls looking ravashing.

    “Good night, God bless,” from Peter. I personally appreciate this. He’s a perfectly likeable fellow, even if his tendency to duck down and bob up again every time he appeared on screen was more than a little puzzling.

    Out to who else but Smokie. Live from the Green Dome.

    Enjoyable show.

  12. 642
    wichita lineman on 25 Nov 2012 #

    Paul Weller’s guitar with “I am nobody” scratched into it. Very impressive. Better than the ok-ish song.

    Richard Carpenter looking quite a lot like Bowie there. Very Major Tom.

    I missed “long ago, outside a chip shop in Walthamstow”.

    Queen – playground “naaa-na na-naaa-na” chorus bothered me when I was 12, still does, though it’s very 2012 I suppose.

    Gals, dodgy curtain outfits, Dorothy Moore, I dunno… it’s no Misty Blue.

    Quo – it’s no Rain or Mystery Song or Green River, but it does make me think of the Embassy World Darts Championship which is a good thing.

    Bowie – stunning. How the heck couldn’t this even make the Top 20 after a TOTP performance? The backing musicians are pretty good too.

    Waddy – “Bristol Stomp, mashed potato too…” giving away its self-promoting Cameo Parkway heritage.

    Abba – the name of the game they’re playing appears to be Sorry. How very Abba.

    Most sublime to gorblimey TOTP ever?

  13. 643
    Mark G on 29 Nov 2012 #

    Hah! on the case rightnoe..

    TomRobinsonband do motorway, this time it’s better and they seem to have worked out an edit performance themselves..

    Ruby Winters does an old Billy Fury number proud.

    Roxy Music have a re-release hit thanks to Polydor gaining control of EG records off of Island. You’ve seen this before I’m sure.

    Boney M, repeat performance.

    Elvis Costello gets called “The ‘Red Shoes’ man” for the last time as he gets a bona fide hit single. Funny, this seemed totally out-of-character with his new-wave persona at the time. Then again, it got taken up by various others in the months to come.

    Legs and co dance half-heartedly to “How deep is your swimming pool”, but they look happy enouhh. Probably because they didn’t have to get changed at all, just donned a flat cap and wooly cardigans.

    So Noel gives a long intro to Kuddly Cen, who seems to have done that unusual thing and got a hit single as a DJ! This must have been the episode they were going to show as part of his tribute night.

    Santana show a film performance of She’s Not There that looks like it was filmed on a mobile phone. AT THE TIME!

    Blimey, Tina Charles still has hits! She always seems nice, Ruth Jones should do her in the next biopic..

    Darts are back. Will Den hit those bass notes this time? Well again the performance has more energy than last time. But, no.

    Abba film, again

    and out to Rod Stewart, studio lights and fade

  14. 644
    heather on 30 Nov 2012 #

    Virginia Plain! (well, half of it). It’s like posh glam has come to wave it off.

    Why are the dancers dressed as 1930s farm workers for “How Deep Is Your Love?”. What on earth? Did they all turn up in cords one day and the choreographer decided to go with it? Is it an ‘Annie Hall’ thing?

    (It’s stuff like this that we’ll miss when the show goes. The girls aren’t dressed zexily enough to appear in compilations)

    Kenny Everett is quite pretty, shame about the song. Don’t like the strange swirly hole that’s started appearing in the outro lights.

  15. 645
    Jimmy the Swede on 1 Dec 2012 #

    TOTP. Noel very annoying. Even without hindsight.

    Chart rundown to Jacksons. Going places. They might not be but he certainly is.

    Tom Robinson ups the motorway to great effect.

    Ruby Winters – Very nice girl with a red rose knocking out an old love song. I thought it was Teresa Brewer. Turns out it was Billy Fury.

    Roxy – Virginia Plain. Er…WTF? Fabulous, obv but out of time by five years, which is a lifetime in popular music. This was another one the Swede had no idea (or had forgotten) had been re-released.

    Boney M – I can only repeat how odd this record was.

    Elvis C – Watching the decs. Swedestrasse all day long. Brilliant stuff and wonderful memories of being an indesructable 16 year-old.

    Bee Gees – How deep. Inexplicable routine from the Gals dressed as cockney git blokes from Oliver! Rubbish and just wrong. Swede no like.

    Kenny Everett – Grim.

    Santana – She’s not there. Edmonds promises to “tell the story” of this to a couple of sorts. I hope he mentions that despite this being a better than good effort, the original was on a different planet.

    Tina Charles – She’s turned up again. The Swede had a thing for her back in the day and she’s just as pleasant as ever. A bottle of chilled Bolly awaits Tina in the minibus.

    Darts – A crate of warm brown ale for this lot in a different bus to Tina.

    Abba number one. Game. Name. Again.

    Rod takes us out.

  16. 646
    lonepilgrim on 13 Dec 2012 #

    TOTP 24/11/77
    Kid J introduces an enjoyable snap shot of 70s pop
    Boney M over the chart rundown
    The Carvells – celebrate skateboarding in a Beach Boys style – I like this more than I think I should
    Wings – dreary dirge, can’t imagine this will catch on
    Bonnie Tyler – rasping tones and tasty guitar ‘licks’
    Darts – panto rock and roll – liked this then and now
    Leo Sayer – unfamiliar and pleasant
    Jonathan Richman- Legs & Co go the Wilson, Keppel and Betty route – is that Mucky Sue in the Camel costume?
    Hot Chocolate – great groove and arrangement – Errol Brown as mysterious as ever
    Bee Gees – glorious
    Santa Esmerelda – would slip in perfectly between Bingo and the Meat Raffle
    Abba – chilly perfection
    Jacksons – efficient if unmemorable

  17. 647
    Jimmy the Swede on 15 Dec 2012 #

    The Kid again. Countdown to Boney M and the country that’s changing (oh). A persistent and now annoying guest.

    The Carvells – Who they? A clever pastiche of a Beach Boys surfin’ song but about skateboards instead. It stays just on the safe side of ludicrous by rocking along nicely in celebration of a burgeoning trend of the time. Well done.

    Wings go strolling in the Western Isles. Zzzzzzzzz!…

    Welsh Bonnie as yummy as ever. Aching ticker. Fools game. Clown.

    Darts – Aha-ha, Aha-ha, Aha-ha! Pontins security found wanting again.

    Lil’ Leo – With a pained look, he invites us to pity the poor little man. We do. But not in the way he’d want. Arse.

    Jensen stands astride a smily young woman and on come the Gals to Egyptian Reggae, a blinding track. And our mouth-watering troupe are on fine form with one of their routines which is both sexy and very well choreographed, complete with King Tut and camel. I think Mucky Sue may well indeed have been in the ship of the desert outfit. If she was in the front, the Swede would dearly have loved to be at the back.

    Kid is bookended by a couple of disinterested black girls and then on comes Errol B. What a showman he truly was! And what a fine offering from the Chocs. Far too good for Prestatyn, these boys!

    Bee Gees – Classic seventies cut and footage. When they have their backs to each other, fine. But when they start strolling side by side, I wet my fucking self. Hilarious!

    Santa Esmerelda – Should have remembered this but I don’t. Brave effort to cover one of the great ones Latin style. Fair play. The watching kids are not having it alas.

    Abba at number one – Enough with the ludo for fuckssake. Try snakes and ladders, why don’t you?

    Jensen wishes us a good week and good love, introduces the Jacksons to fade and then sets up the surrounding kids with a cue of “Right!” which they all ignore. Was it really that bloody boring back in 1977?

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    Lazarus on 15 Dec 2012 #

    Kid at the controls, as I believe he liked to say.

    Boney M over the charts – ‘Crystal Gale’ at number 30.

    Wings – I don’t mind this now, although by Feb 78 I was as sick of it as everyone else. I’ll take this over Fairytale of New York, which I seem to be hearing about six times a day.

    Bonnie T – luscious, and a good song, but that voice, well, I can have too much of it personally.

    Darts – I’ve had enough of their clowning now, esp. Hegarty. He jumped ship early on didn’t he, perhaps the others were fed up with him too.

    Leo Sayer – I honestly don’t remember this at all. White sweater with gold stripes is nice, I’d wear that now.

    Jonathan Richman/Legs and co – Sue was off last time so it might not have been her in the camel, I think she’d have put her foot down after that bloody bee. I reckon it’s a couple of the Flipper lads meself.

    Hot Choc – a very different offering from the Chocs, a rather strange and eerie sound. A bit of a grower I think. The wobbly circles from the end credits put in an early appearance.

    Bee Gees – brilliant all day long, and a brave move to release a ballad as the first single from the SNF soundtrack. Put out with the Xmas market in mind perhaps. At 14 I was happy to risk the derision of my peers by openly liking this – I’d have got it one way or the other.

    Santa Esmeralda – I’ve got this 45 actually, but I bought it for the B side, a slowie which I took to on a longago Spanish holiday.

    Abba – last week at the top presumably with the juggernaut heading down from Scotland, bagpipes of peace ‘n’ all.

    Some 20 bodies crowd around Kid as he wishes us ‘good love’ to a minor hit by the Jacksons. The weird circles with a black space in the centre look like some sort of groovy shroud. SFX people having fun in an extended playout.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 15 Dec 2012 #

    Lazurus – I have to warn you that your criticism of Fairytale of New York has left you open to a savaging from Rosie. She adores this record and when I popped up a while ago to mention that I detested it, she let me have it!

    And if it was the Flipper lads in that camel, the Swede’s fantasy has just evaporaped, I can assure you.

  20. 650
    Lazarus on 15 Dec 2012 #

    If Rosie worked where I do and had to put up with eight hours a day of Heart FM she might reconsider, they’ve been bombarding us with Christmas songs (the same half-dozen, of course) since mid-November. “More music variety” they like to say.

    I forgot the Carvells – if the Bay City Rollers had ever tried surfin’ music, I guess it would have sounded a little like this.

  21. 651
    Lazarus on 15 Dec 2012 #

    It was Sue and Lulu in the camel by the way (probably) – I forgot there were six Legs.

  22. 652
    Mark G on 16 Dec 2012 #

    A six legged camel?

  23. 653
    Lazarus on 17 Dec 2012 #

    Six dancers – I’ve taken to referring to them as the Legs – of whom four were visible and, presumably, two in said camel. Sue does seem to have been the one picked most often for the ‘unusual’ costumes but who knows, perhaps she liked it!

  24. 654
    Mark G on 21 Dec 2012 #

    So, Tony gets to introduce Generation X with their second single. Presumably the first, “Your Generation” didn’t hang around long enough. Well, “Wild Youth” didn’t make the charts, so ha. Tony gives that ‘well, it wasn’t my idea’ face at the end.

    HotChoc do “put yr love in me”, possibly the strangest single they ever did, and it sounds the most modern track here.

    Legs and Co do Dance to Dance Dance Dance Dance, by Chic. They wear not much.

    Manfred Mann and his Earth Band do a song called California. At some point, they will do a cover version of “Going Underground”, but that’s a long way off. The guitar solo amuses the drummer no end.

    Bonnie Tyler. Fast forward.. Bee Gees, ff-> .. This is what happens when the BBC miss out a week, the show ends up being the same.

    Graham Parker does the New York Shuffle. Joe Jackson is watching, right? I met Martin Belmont once, he is very tall. Next to Gray, he looks about 6 foot 5. That’d be about right.

    Now there was an obvious edit right there. Tony jumps into introducing The Banned. Chancers make a fairly good record, but you wouldn;t know it from this performance. Pedestrian. Oh, and this I think was the first single to come out on a fake indie label before being ‘snapped up’ by the mighty EMI…

    Mull of fast forward. And oh, they still love that Belfast record, now it’s the fadeout..

    And now it’s next week already, and Donna Summer has even more hits than I have had hot dinners today. This one’s called I Love You..

    The Dooleys continue to let the gormless bloke do the lead vocals.. Who bought this? yr older sister that didn’t like punk, that’s who. Does she play it now? No, but I bet you don’t play “Wild Youth” either.

    Oh, hello, it’s Elton, I hadn’t realised. He looks about 12. Legs do their Camel dance again. Actually, I reckon they just rolled their old tape again.

    Carl Douglas models the fruit and veg seller look of the future. Which is the past now, sorry.

    Elton looks like one of East 17. Julie Covington does a worthy version of “Only Women”, somehow it seemed more, um, raw when Alice Cooper did it. Actually, was it banned when he did it? I dunno.

    Darts go by in a flash, yep, I did the ff->

    Legs and co dance to “My Way”, I bet they loved that one when they turned up to work. Actually, they wear the daftest dresses and dance to something only they can hear, it seems.

    And Elton gets to introduce that rarity, an actual live performance! John Otway and Wild Willy Barrett.

    Right, the Emotions (or, the “Help my arms are in the air” band, as they always looked to be on the chart rundown piccie), anyway John Otway.. It’s funny, we saw this on TOTP2 a few months ago, Amber thought it was awful. I had to tell her that it was thanks to that bloke that I got to sing on the b-side of his ‘second’ top thirty hit some many years later, and got named as such along with 1000 others, but hey it was Abbey Road Studios so ner ner ner and ner.

    Oh there’s Wings again. Pauls recorded there a lot. Pete Best managed three sessions I think. I made one. Did I mention that?

    The Brighouse and Rastrick brass band pipe us all out. So, is that it for 1977? I don’t think I’ll bother with the Christmas specials, they were always rub past 1975 or thereabouts.

  25. 655
    Jimmy the Swede on 22 Dec 2012 #

    First of two shows tonight. One can barely contain oneself…

    Bannockburn hosts. Rundown to Donna S.

    Man Alive, it’s Gen X to open! Woo-Hoo! Billy Idol was a rare punk pin-up for teenies and he takes centre stage here. Alas, Tony dismisses it all with a contemptuous raised eyebrowed shrug and a “There it is!” He never did get it, did he? Arse. In the background, we can just see Billy throwing the mic away. He should have thrown it at Bannockburn, the tosser.

    The Chocs again. But this is a strange goody, it is fresh studio footage and once again old Zebedee is the master of the hall.

    Chic – Dance, Dance, Dance. And yousah, yousah, yousah, it’s the Gals in their absolute pomp and very little else save bikinis and feathers. They dance, dance, dance indeed and Captain Mucky takes the lead as the salivating Swede begins to disintegrate fabulously into ambulance-calling territory.

    Mannfred’s Earth and California. The Pleasant Music Gang do a turn and few are either complaining or roaring approval.

    For once Tony says the right thing and introduces “a lovely lady” from Swansea. She may sing like Rod Stewart but there’s no girly on the pop scene tastier, look you!

    Heebie Jeebies. Same film.

    Graham Parker – Bannockburn much more malleable towards this than one might think. Excellent track.

    Out of nowhere, Tony introduces the Banned and Little Girl. Mick n Keef could have written this, quite frankly. The Swede’s approval is apparently echoed by Tony. “I love that one!” he assures us. Really?

    Number one time. Ma looking tired. As are we all, Paul, mate. When Linda strolls slowly across you’d think she was about to strike up the barbee. No wait… And then when the islanders are all gathered around, it looks just like the final moments of “The Wicker Man”. If only…

    Out to Belfast. How many more f’king times?

  26. 656
    Jimmy the Swede on 22 Dec 2012 #

    Second show. Reg Dwight guests as host. He unfortunately takes his duties far too seriously and is as wooden as a rocking horse, a far cry from the pampered, starry, precious diva he was destined to morph into. Countdown to another of Donna’s. Busy bee.

    The Dooleys – Safe cheesy pop for the middle classes of the Home Counties. The Swede can say this because back in the day instead of being just that, I was still imprisoned in my high-rise council hell-hole in Stockwell. By God, I was grateful for a tangerine and a Mars Bar in me Christmas stocking and a ham sarnie with a gherkin for me dinna. Bloody Callaghan!!

    Repeat of the Gals routine to Egyptian Reggae. Fine but why?

    Carl Douglas – Run Back. He’s dropped his much-milked Chinese novelty act and tries for the mainstream Billy Ocean vote. But alas no cigar is forthcoming. Report to Prestatyn, Carl. It’s over, son!

    Julie Covington – Woefully overlooked talent here. A powerful song delivered with a bitter pummelling. Fabulous.

    Not bloody Darts again! Blinking flip! They can’t help it, eh? Look, send Rover after them. It’s the only way these numpties won’t get out again.

    Another respectful tribute to the King from the Gals as he warbles his way through My Way. A silhouette of what’s supposed to be Presley strums his geetar on a screen. Did the Gals have any regrets doing this routine? I’m sure they had a few.

    John Otway and W W Barrett Esq – Really Free. Otway looks a cross between Rod Liddle and Alan Davies. One lad in the audience is pogoing. Some of the kids are chuckling but the great majority are confused. Really? Free!! “Strange stuff!” says Elton, smiling for the first time. He’s got that right!

    Dwighty echoes my own admiration for the excellence of Best of my Love (“one of the best singles of the year”) and then introduces the Emotions onto the stage to perform a flop that had far too much to follow up, whatever it did.

    Number one. Wings still there. New footage. Doesn’t help. This is truly wretched the noo.

    Out to the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band – In the name of all that’s holy, if it isn’t bagpipes, it’s music to drop ferrets down your strides to. Just wrong.

    Elton over and out.

  27. 657
    wichita lineman on 22 Dec 2012 #

    The missing DLT episode from 1/12/77 has been rescued by the kindly http://yesitsnumberone.blogspot.co.uk/

    Hurrah!

  28. 658
    Lazarus on 28 Dec 2012 #

    However, yesitsnumberone will not be continuing in 1978, sad to say. The twitterings of the regs on here will continue as long as the series does I hope, after all something has to fill the long months between Popular entries …

  29. 659
    Mark G on 3 Jan 2013 #

    #654 I mentioned an obvious edit, loking on Popscene I see it was Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”, which is a bit disappointing as, along with Laurel/Hardy and “As time goes by”, it’d have been nice to see them, and part of 1977 was those old movie hits being reissued and getting in the chart.

  30. 660
    Mark G on 27 Sep 2013 #

    Call off the dogs! Popscene 1977 has been updated, “Prove It” by Television was used over the credits on the 4th August 1977. So, no actual appearance by Tom Verlaine and co.

  31. 661
    Lazarus on 2 Oct 2014 #

    Wasn’t sure where to post this – she wasn’t involved with any UK number one hits to my knowledge – but I learned earlier today of the very sad news of the death of Lynsey de Paul, Britain’s Eurovision representative of 1977 (along with Mike Moran of course). Lynsey may or may not have been 64 – she’d written ‘Storm in a Teacup’ for the Fortunes in 1971 – but she was a real heart-throb for many in the early seventies and ‘Won’t Somebody Dance with Me’ is a favourite of mine from that time. RIP.

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    Paulito on 3 Oct 2014 #

    Sad news indeed. She had great style and real songwriting chops too. “Sugar Me” is classic erotic pop.

    I think the closest she came to a #1 was as co-writer of Barry Blue’s “Dancing on a Saturday Night”.

    Nice tribute from Wichita in the Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/oct/02/lynsey-de-paul-singer-songwriter

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    ottersteve on 3 Oct 2014 #

    Fond memories. “Getting a drag” was a great tongue-in-cheek poke at the glam rockers of the time. Recommend that contributers here try youtubing some of her songs. I think you’ll be surprised at how good she really was.

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