Oct 08

Popular ’79

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’79 ends up as one of the best years, according to my marks anyhow – but which of its tracks would you have handed six or higher to? Pick as many as you want, then discuss the year in the comments boxes if you like.

Which of these Number One hits of 1979 would you have given 6 or more to?

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My highest marks were 9s for Buggles, Dury, Blondie – lowest 2s for Lena M and the Rats.


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  1. 276
    Jimmy the Swede on 8 Nov 2014 #

    Lazarus @ 275 – Sally James first crossed my radar when she presented “Saturday Scene” on London Weekend Television. I remember Paul Gadd being a regular guest. She was utterly drinkable by the time she popped up on “Tiswas”, which itself was confined to the Midlands before it went national.

    Thanks for the info on the devil children. I had no idea that “Brian” was responsible but am not at all surprised. He had already become a poor sad puppet by then. Roland Walter Dutton comes to mind.

  2. 277
    speedwell54 on 8 Nov 2014 #

    Mike ‘factman’ Read

    Sparks – “Fast heading towards the charts” declares Read. How wrong he was. Whatever you do, don’t let him host Singled Out. They never headed towards the chart again -fast or otherwise; well top 30 anyway.

    Ramblers – that swaying is making me feel a bit sick. Rather like St Winifred’s School Choir, I wonder why they chose that particular lead singer. No offence mind.

    Darts – another band suddenly missing the top 40 when the previous 7 or 8 singles had done. Quite like this apart from the bit when the two blokes have a go on vocals.

    Jam – Eton Rifles – twktc. Rick Butler in his stripped blazer and straw boater looks like he’s turned up for his audition for the Style Council!

    Lena – Mark G @268 is this the sex/tree/fall incident song? Just getting a bit weird.

    EWaF – Legs and Co appropriately looking like futuristic flight attendants.

    Thin Lizzy – Sarah – Nice song, nice name. I like Hall and Oates “Sara Smile” pronounced “Sarah” very much too.

    Suzi Q – some facts from MIke and she launches into “She’s In Love With You’ with some gusto. Said it before but that strap is far too long. -Another bass playing lead.

    BA Robertson-a violin playing lead!

    Lena -yawn again, go away.

    Mike Read can be seen signing autographs in the kaleidoscope effect thingy whilst Tusk plays over the credits.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

    Btw ‘Rubbish Dooleys’ should be a tribute act.
    Q – Is there an opposite to Prestatyn?

  3. 278
    Mark G on 8 Nov 2014 #

    Dear Speedwell, go back three.

  4. 279
    enitharmon on 9 Nov 2014 #

    @277: Barry Island?

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    Jimmy the Swede on 10 Nov 2014 #

    Hall and Oates also did “Las Vegas Turnaround”, which was about a hostie called Sara (the same girl, I think) who flew return trips between LA and Vegas. I think she was the girlfriend of Hall at the time. Very nice track indeed but then those two barely got it wrong.

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    glue_factory on 12 Nov 2014 #

    I imagine this may be of interest to some of those who regularly watch the TotP repeats; an archive of lots of old Radio 1 shows – http://www.mixcloud.com/colt4444/

    Currently listening to Simon Bates, down a Yorkshire mine in 1979. Rather oddly, John Peel turns up halfway through, just cos he fancied seeing what it was like down a mine.

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    Lazarus on 20 Nov 2014 #

    After what I imagine was a Yewtreed week hosted by one of the unmentionables, we’re back on. Resident Hoser Jensen is our host.

    The Jam – no guardsmen this time, I can imagine Weller would have thought that a bit gimmicky. Rick Buckler down at the front, 60s style, though drumming in a suit and tie isn’t ideal I’d have thought. “Guilty schoolboy” and then “naughty schoolboy” – funny, never noticed the lyric change before. Anyway, it’s the big league for them from now on.

    Cliff – a vision in chocolate and beige, could he be any more seventies? Virtually forgotten follow-up which I don’t think even made the Top 40. I hear a trace of Springsteen in this though, it’s not bad at all.

    Jensen mumbling his intros a bit – didn’t catch much of that … anyway it’s Legs & Co doing a routine to ‘No More Tears (Enough is Enough). One of my favourite hits of the year and an inspired pairing. Number One in the US unsurprisingly – what a pity there was no video.

    Moody Blues – are they in the studio? Sounds like a live vocal. And what was this doing out again? It had already been re-issued once. I look to Guinness, and see there was a K-Tel album out, ‘Out of this World’ – a greatest hits set presumably. Still sounds good, but somewhat out of place here.

    Kool & the Gang – their first time on the show I presume (although on VT – Soul Train?), and a dancefloor favourite to this day.

    Secret Affair – forgettable and forgotten follow-up to their big hit, although they’d go Top 20 again with the excellent ‘My World’ the following year. Will we see that? We should know soon. A brief comedy moment when the trumpet carries on playing after the singer stops miming it.

    Ramblers – repeat – ffwd.

    Showaddywaddy – perennial Prestatyn escapees with what must surely be one of their last appearances on the Pops. The third time they’d mined the Curtis Lee songbook, following ‘Under the Moon of Love’ and ‘Pretty Little Angel Eyes.’ It’s OK, but with the eighties fast approaching it’s time to start looking forward, not back. Bus is coming for you lads!

    Dr Hook – at least we missed a week or two of Lena, although this sounds very familiar already. Ray Sawyer is shaking those maracas like a good ‘un, and it looks like they drafted in England cricket hopeful Wayne Larkins on the drums. My favourite was the bloke with the glasses though, like Charles Hawtrey in a wig – or maybe the model for Ned Flanders?

    “I hope you’ll join me tomorrow afternoon on the wireless” signs off Kid – we’re left with the Isley Brothers and their disco offering. Along with Cliff, Barbra and the Moodies, it’s been Back to the Sixties tonight!

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    wichitalineman on 20 Nov 2014 #

    Re 281: Looks like they’ve been deleted already, dammit.

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    Speedwell54 on 20 Nov 2014 #

    Mr Jensen- sporting a red/brown jacket with a vibrant green shirt – hosts.

    Paul Weller seems to be getting more and more casual with his Top of the Pops appearances.
    “News of the World” – suit, shirt and tie,
    “David Watts” -jacket, shirt and tie
    “Strange Town” -jacket and shirt.
    “When You’re Young” -shirt
    This week for “Eton Rifles” he’s only gone and turned up in a jumper!*

    I’m sure this has been discussed here before – a number one single sandwiched between singles not even making the top 40. “Hot Shot” completed this feet for Cliff (he did it again btw) He’s wearing dated soft furnishing colours and if you hadn’t switched off already, his first line, “Ready, steady going to meet you on the ballroom floor” would surely do it for you. “Ballroom!” bloody hell Granddad. I really don’t think you can call yourself a “Hot Shot” and go on about meeting people on the ballroom floor, even in ’79.

    Summer/Streisand – Legs and Co – Sue’s standing leg looks a little unstable in white high heels, but a quick change as the tempo increases we’re back on track. Song is cut very short.

    The Moody Blues – I know it’s a classic, but not my cup of tea really.

    Ladies Night- Kool and the Gang. On video -the audience are actually dancing and some are even smiling in stark contrast to most of the TOTPs studio freeloaders.

    Secret Affair – Let Your Heart Dance – don’t remember this. Kid says they’re currently on tour and that’s true now November 2014. (don’t think it’s the same tour, but I bet they’re playing the same songs)

    Ramblers, Dr Hook repeat.

    Kid signs off and half the audience have A4 white paper sheets- what’s that about?

    *appreciate they will have made more than one appearance for some of these tracks and Paul may well have dressed differently on some of those occasions. Pedant prevention clause.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    Mark G on 21 Nov 2014 #

    Kid, Chart, Dinnerstee as opposed to Die Nasty, interesting? Ok maybe not..

    The Jam go casual but the backing mob have been sacked so here’s a performance that will never get used on highlight shows. So savour it, Jam fans..

    Cliff is putting his tie back on, you saucy dog where have YOU been? In this song he’s a predatory male searching out on the ballroom floor. Having fun. Well, at least its not a honky tonk. He gets from his brother (?) to Donny, and a soap opera of hookups to singing “Louie Lou-aye”, so if there had been another verse he’d be in Iggy territory!

    I see what you mean, that was a right old leg wobble. Never mind, into the funky bit for Barb and Donna. Funny that the 7″ was on Donna’s label and the 12″ was on Barbs.

    Thin Lizzy still look sort of embarrassed doing the song.

    Annie Lennox and her Tourists (appropriate band name alert) do the cover version but its a pale version compared to the Bay City Rollers version, let alone…

    B.A. Robertson – blimey there’s two of them! Again, the music is good but. I might have bought it if it had the instrumental on the b-side.

    Suzi does the galloping song, as before.

    Band comes directly from Pwhelli booking to play the one they all stay all night to hear then go back to the chalets. Yeah, never much liked this either but.

    Ladies Night, still get played in clubs now but mainly 70′s revival nights. Always thought that “Sophisticated Mama” line sounded like Cliff for that brief moment.

    Secret Affair do “Let your legs dance” and it could be a Motown / northern soul classic but it would need a massive remix.

    The Ramblers do “Sparrow” and its funny there’s no Savile when this lot are in..

    Blimey, Showaddy! There aren’t that many undiscovered classics to do pale versions of, left. So they go down to Daddy G’s place. Hang on, that’s me!

    Dr Hook are number one, and the Isleys get played out, to end it like the studio became a disco for another hour after the show ended. Yeah, right…

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    Jimmy the Swede on 21 Nov 2014 #

    Tonight’s Cosby Show’s been cancelled and instead we get the Keed. Hurrah!

    Dynasty over the rundown. Nothing to do with Joan Collins. This appears to be on the coat-tails of Chic. Lena is off the top but I’m afraid she hasn’t gone away…

    Jam – I still have to laugh when I hear about Weller’s fearsome Slough row, bearing in mind where I was living back then. Soft as shite in comparison.

    Cliff – Hot Shot. But this one wasn’t. His last one certainly was. And so was his next one. The verse here sounds very much like Joe Jackson’s “Is she really…”. Yewtreed, wasn’t it?

    Gals do a largely dreary routine a largely dreary number from Barbra and Donna, though we do get a few pleasing snatches of the Eternal Mistress during the disco section. Jensen very annoyingly calls the latter “Summers”. Enough is enough.

    Chewing moron with tie eschew thinks he is looking menacing. He wants some. Go to Slough, you dillan. Thin LIzzy with their big hello to Sarahs everywhere. The Swede thinks Snowy White is the cheesiest looking geezer in the history of pop/rock. A buddy of mine argues for John Oates. But I think Oatesy just looks weird.

    Hello Annie Lennox. She only wants to be with you. Interesting factoid is that all three versions (this, Dusty and Rollers) all peaked at number four. Did you know that, Lino?

    B A Robertson knocking it off. I’ve really fallen back in love with this. Hilarious. Lots of balls flying around and the Swede fantasises about the Gals doing a routine to this with a no-doubt eagar B.A.

    A pretty is standing to the side of Kid with her arms folded. Suzi Q is introduced, whom Jensen tells us has been spending a lot of time in the States recently. He’s not being a prat, it just underpins the fact that she had really become one of us by then. Naturally she’s looking great, the song rocks and Nigel Ogden would be fingering himself feverishly over the sound of that Hammond organ. The Swede rarely misses his show 11.00 on a Thursday night on Radio 2. Cosmic.

    Moody Blues – Nights in White Wotsit. On come on. AGAIN?! The Swede bought this the second time around in 1972. A classic, yes, but why go again? That’s the question (SWIDT?). And Justin Haywood looks just like Tony Currie.

    Kool and the Gang – Great US period footage and the acme of Disco. If you can’t groove to this, you need to see a specialist. Surely another one ideal for the Gals. Sophisticated mummas. It is after all ladies’ night.

    Secret Affair – Kid tells us these no-marks are on tour and yells out “All Right!” Good earthy foot-tapping stuff but hold the Havana. As for the tour, we all know where they are “touring” now, don’t we?

    I did warn you all that Lena had not gone away. Let me explain. It was a fact that the combined ages of the Ramblers totalled exactly 666. So they commence their “charming” little song and underneath the stage are Brain and Michael tied to chairs connected to electrodes. Standing custody over them are Mary “Soccer Mom Gun Loon” Macgregor and Lena “Auntie Lucy” Martell. So when the devil-worshipping brats start swaying, this activates the controls on the chairs down below and the torture begins. Mary and Lucy stare glassily at their prisoners and there is no mercy as the execution is very slowly and very painfully expedited.

    Waddy – I just can’t understand why this lot chose to limp on. Romeo switches to the front to join the chorus line but this is grim fare and the driver is checking the tyre pressure. Dave Bartram was on “Celebrity Pointless” the other week. But he can’t hurt us anymore.

    Doctor Hook have finally reached the summit. You can’t really say they didn’t deserve it and this footage is like an old friend now. And yes, Lazarus, that smiling loon in the bins is indeed blinding.

    Jensen sends us away to a good helping of the excellent funk sound of the Isley Brothers. Well done!

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