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Popular ’81

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I give every song on Popular a mark out of 10 – these polls are your chance to nominate which YOU would have given 6 or more to. Pick as many as you feel qualify! My highest mark this year went to “Ghost Town”, my lowest to “Woman”.

Which of these Number Ones of 1981 would YOU have given 6 or more to?

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And by all means leave comments on the year in general!


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  1. 241
    Phil on 5 May 2016 #

    Passionate Friend was amazing. I was particularly impressed that they played the whole thing – multiple alternative outros included. I don’t remember seeing this at the time; I came to it now after reading Cope’s account in one of his books. Apparently the Persian rug you can see towards the back of the picture in the middle of the band had been laid out especially for him to stand on barefoot (presumably on his instructions), but he dropped acid before they went on and felt inspired to do the entire song standing on the piano, while feeling himself melting into its shiny white surface ooh trippy. And also positioning himself way out in front of the (rest of the) band, and consequently occupying at least 3/5 of the frame for the entire song, but I’m sure that never even entered his unconscious mind.

    Snark aside, it was a wonderful four minutes. I spent them sitting on the edge of my chair, elbows on knees & chin in hands – very much the position I occupied when I first saw T Rex do Twentieth Century Boy – gazing at his most righteous drudeness. (Which wasn’t hard, given that he’d positioned himself so as to etc etc.) I do miss Julian – where did it all go… well, even weirder? (Says proud owner of one of these. I guess it’s all relative.)

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    Jimmy the Swede on 7 May 2016 #

    I’m only really still posting now because of the dying embers of the Gals. But what a feast. It’s magnificently sexy as EM gets cosy with Rosy. Frank and Sally have their own key to my house these days and are through the door within ten minutes.

    Ticks for Godley and Creme and the Pointer Sisters.

    I’d be the first to concede just what a good sport Adam Ant was by ripping the rise out of himself. “Ridicule is nothing to be scared of”. Indeed it is not. If only some of the knob’eads and prima donnas both before and after him understood this, the music industry would have been a much nicer place. A tick for dear Diana Dors too.

    I’d like to see either Punctum or Lineman lend the might of their pen to the subject of “Why The Birdie Song Had To Happen”… FUCKING WHY????

  3. 243
    Mark G on 12 May 2016 #

    We’ve got a great show for you, let’s have another medley.. Quick, while they still can.. Gidea Park murder some 4 seasons and make a pizza.. A bunch of these were hits over here for other people so its hard to know if they relate to how Frankie V did them, or not.. hmm, one of them could be Noel G’s dad..

    Anyway, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, or O for short, do Souvenir and that’s great. Paul gets his go this time.

    Beggar and co get the return on the Spandau deal and Chant No 2 regard the “New romantic warrior” as Mule. Or something, its kinda lost in translation but seems to involve strange dealings on streets with ”heaven”, trying to score or something? Codified, anyway.

    Sheena is back with that eighties look to say the least, although the song is actually not bad..

    Julian Cope back on his piano, funny at the time I just thought he was pleased to be there. He seems less spaced out than Syd Barrett at any time, anyway. Best tune of the night for me.

    The girls are down for pizza. My girls, that is, not Legs and co. Those girls are maxing the glamour look and its alright. The tune is some disconess that is too anon to remember..

    Now here’s a thing.. The Tweets are here to do the Birdie song. But is it the gals or not? Hmmmm. Hard to recognise any signature moves here.

    Godley and Creme finally work out how not to be in 10cc and have hits. This performance was one to remember, and it did make me wonder if the song was about drug addiction or not. Getting very druggy, this show.. Amber is confused anyway..

    Chart rundown into Bucks Fizz but this is fairly forgettable so let’s move on. Apart from, this is the second song in a row to mention having a cigarette, does this even happen in songs now?

    More chart rundown into The Pointer Sisters, and Amber and Alice are totally gobsmacked about wanting a man with a slow hand rather than someone that comes and goes in a heaving rush. I think its a type of motor car. Anyway, as Alice cracks up and explains how at one point the camera fixes on a fireplace, whereupon one of the Pointers shoves her face into shot and seems to say “Hello? Remember me? The lead singer, yeah?” See, A&A are proving good value here, I would have just gone “Slow hand, video, ff->>”

    Another chart rundown, Alice: “The PLO?” Me: “No, that’s ELO” Amber:”I think you’ve done too much history revision”

    Anyway, we are all enjoying Adam and the Ants “Prince Charming” video, I don’t mention that Rolf is probably earning a few bob here.. The ants are reminding Adam not to lower himself and forget all his standards.. (Alice: “Aw, thanks guys, but I’m just trying to clean the table here”) I try to tell them its Anne Hegarty as Fairy Godmother and they almost go for it for about 1.5 secs. Still, this was an event back then, and I think I’d give this a 10 now whereas i’d probably give it 4 at the time.

    Dollar handheld, and crowd dancing, with an occasional Tweet in there too although they don’t seem too happy to be there.

    Not a bad show, all told. Bring on tomorrow..

  4. 244
    speedwell54 on 13 May 2016 #

    Best just sneak in before it’s too late. Thought I’d blown it but ‘The Sky at Night’ came to the rescue. Wrighty at the helm. Gidea Park do a pretty good job covering the Four Seasons, but we’ve really had enough of this medley malarkey.

    OMD – indeed Paul gets a go and there are a few acts where their biggest hit featured a less regular lead vocalist,(if that’s not a too clumsily constructed a sentence) the Beautiful South, Deacon Blue, I leave it at that, please jump in. Big fan of this and them. I see Andy on double bass rather than bass. Was this just to stop the Dad dance sway I wonder? “Still very much active in the music business” as they used to say on NMTBuzzcocks.

    Beggar & Co nmcot, Sheena Easton – not without merit, unusual sound effects every so often on this.

    Teardrop Explodes – not aware at the time of his ‘wildness’, it became more apparent. This is a great single and I like Tiny Children a lot, although not as much as Mike Read who used to bang on about it.
    The band look rather uncoordinated. The brass section look like waiters, guitarist wants to be in Duran Duran, bass player wants to be in Spandau Ballet, the drummer’s been to the gym and his hair wants to be in the Polecats. Cope – well I don’t know what he’s doing. But I’ll go along with Mark G – best tune of the night.

    Hi Gloss- Legs do their stuff and some nice clips whilst they try and escape from left over props on the Doctor Who set.

    The Birdie Song – no accordions available then?

    Under Your Thumb rather weird performance, Godley has his eyes shut tight throughout. Good song. Bucks Fizz being very un Bucks Fizz, sounds like it’s going into Fade To Grey until the chorus kicks in. Slow Hand twktc.

    Prince Charming – Video much played, but I had forgotten his dressing up as Clint Eastwood and others at the end. Out to Dollar and though I have little time for either of them, Hand Held is good.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.
    Tonight’s looks like something rather special.

  5. 245
    Lazarus on 13 May 2016 #

    Yeah I never did get around to commenting on last week’s show – like the Swede, my enthusiasm is starting to wane a little, even though I know there’s some great music to come in ’82 – but I did mean to mention Adrian Baker, aka Gidea Park. He had form for this sort of thing, having taken his own version of ‘Sherry’ into the Top 10 in 1975, and he went on tour with both the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons! I thought he and his mates did an OK job actually, they nailed most of the songs (or rather, clippets) – it was a considerable improvement on Startrax, at any rate. Not sure how many of these there are to come now – I recall ‘Stars on Stevie’ and ‘the Beatles Movie Medley’ the following year, but that will be pretty much it I think.

    Oh and I’ve recently seen the video for Sheena Easton’s ‘Just Another Broken Heart’ – with some seriously annoying backing singers. I’ll let you judge for yourself.

    Best get on with watching tonight’s now.

  6. 246
    swanstep on 14 May 2016 #

    In case anyone’s interested, OMD’s ‘Souvenir’ is pretty much the theme tune of Noah Baumbach’s most recent film, Mistress America (2015). Baumbach often makes killer soundtrack choices, er… his films sound like my iTunes. Arguably these sonic choices are 20 years too old for his 20-something protagonists…. but they work for me! As for Mistress America itself: it’s occasionally very funny but is very slight, has some Third Act problems, and is close-to-being-made redundant by Baumbach’s better Frances Ha (2013). But I enjoyed it.

  7. 247
    Mark M on 15 May 2016 #

    246: ‘Arguably these sonic choices are 20 years too old for his 20-something protagonists…’ I think ’80s British music seems perfectly plausible listening for the hip New Yorkers of now, but I don’t know anyone in that demographic to verify that point with.

    (I’ll admit that you do often suspect the director projecting their taste onto a protagonist – e.g. the 15-year-old girl from an Essex estate being all about Eric B & Rakim and Gang Starr in Andrea Arnold’s 2009 Fish Tank).

    (I, on the other hand, much prefer Mistress America to Frances Ha).

  8. 248
    Lazarus on 16 May 2016 #

    Into late September now, I’m watching the extended show and we have Simon Bates in a cream blazer.

    Slade – I only have a vague recollection of this. Melody reminds me a bit of ‘Fool for your Loving’ – anyone else getting that? I enjoyed their eighties revival anyway.

    Alvin Stardust – fresh from swapping old stories with Slade in the green room (both Alvin and Noddy later turned up on ‘The Grimleys’). The opening line is almost inaudible. Simon introduces it as an old Nat King Cole hit – strange, I’d have sworn it was a Buddy Holly number, but no. Must be the first time we’ve seen Liza’s hubby in this series.

    Depeche Mode – Simon does the ‘Depechay’ thing again and also calls their last single ‘True Life.’ One of their best early songs. But, “just like a rainbow, you know you set me free.” How would that work exactly? Martin Gore has gone shirtless for some reason. Next time we see them they’ll have lost Vince of course.

    A gong introduces Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin. We’ve seen Dave this year already of course, now these old proggers are updating an early-sixties classic. Thomas Dolby played ‘Johnny’ in the video, though few people would have known him at the time. I think I like this more now than I did at the time. Number one bound, of course.

    Linx – pretty much their last hit, this one, although David Grant will be a regular chart presence for a couple more years. Catchy little number with plenty of audience participation. With these shows we’re really starting to get the early eighties ‘party feel’ that we saw with Wham, Culture Club and the rest.

    Ross & Richie – one gal, Lulu, with someone called Jeremy – it’s like Strictly come to the Pops of ’81. What would Craig give this I wonder? The song was from some Brooke Shields film, which I don’t think I’ve ever seen. One for the girls, I suspect.

    Japan – good to see them on here, first time I believe unless they’ve been Yewtreed. I think they might have heard a Bowie record or two, but you could say that about all the New Romantic crowd really. This week’s RIP goes to Mick Karn in the lime green shirt (and Alvin, of course).

    Heaven 17 – shaping up to be a really good show this one. I played this album to death at the time. Don’t think this actually got in the Top 40 did it, their biggest hits are a good 18 months away, but it’s good that they got on the show. Sex in Fairyland! First chart rundown.

    Imagination – good follow-up, I especially like the piano on this. Smooth and slinky, with a big old gold harp, as you do. OK it’s Body Talk part 2, but no complaints from me. Chart 20-11. Another Human League song goes unseen.

    Madness – one of their less heard hits, and less seen videos. Cops and robbers theme. One of those hits that doesn’t feature the title in its lyrics. Nice line – “I’m as honest as the day is long, the longer the daylight the less I do wrong.” Top ten.

    Number One – Adam & the Ants – well known vid, of course, with lovely Diana Dors. I did look for Amanda Donohoe, I think I may have spotted her on the dancefloor (curly blonde hair?) just as Adam swings in – then again, I don’t know if they were still together at this point. The dance sequence put me in mind of ‘Masque of the Red Death’ for some reason.

    Out to the Police and their song about The Troubles. Top show this week with very little in the way of Prestatyn fodder. Ta-ra for now!

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    swanstep on 17 May 2016 #

    @Mark M, 247. Thanks for your links. I don’t particularly resonate with your criticisms of Frances Ha, but you’ve given me pause and I suppose I need to rewatch it to say much in reply. One thing that I can say in its favor right now, however, is that FH felt much more technically assured than MA. MA was full of indiscernable, mumbly, sped-through dialogue, and aggressively edited scenes that seemed designed to create ‘pace’ without any real reason for that. The craft side of MA felt ragged to me. And whereas FH seemed to me to integrate its influences from Woody Allen to various Frenchies very smoothly so that the whole thing had a kind of uniform tone as a pleasant melange; it basically hung together, etc., MA seemed to chop and change *between* its influences, with consequent uncertainty of tone. E.g., we seemed to enter Woody Allen-land this time just for the Spirit-Medium sequences rather than that being an something that’s felt throughout. Deep down too, I feel like I’ve actually known people very like Frances whereas all of MA’s characters felt like cartoons/literary conceits, and certainly unlike anyone I’ve ever known. That can be OK – I’ve never known anyone like Susan in Bringing Up Baby or Max In Rushmore either – but the blastoff into true screwball promised by the unreality in question never quite arrives according to me so the film’s whole main gambit struck me as only partially successful. Of course, I still enjoyed MA – ultimately I’m a sucker for Baumbach/Gerwig/my iTunes – just not as much as FH.

  10. 250
    Jimmy the Swede on 17 May 2016 #

    Norman presents.

    Lazarus is spot on with Slade. This is a shameless lift of Whitesnake’s “Fool for your Loving”. Shame indeed on Holder/Lea if they claimed it as their own work. Having said all that, the old boys are in fine form and it’s good to see them again.

    Another 70s glam superstar up next with dear Alvin, one of the nicest people to have ever graced the industry. Pot Noodles with Slade in the green room, as Alvin and Noddy go head to head in a challenging game of Mastermind. Liza Goddard? Yes please!

    Stewart/Gaskin – A cover of Lesley Gore’s uber petulant teenage squeal from years ago. The song is cleverly given a more adult gloss to it and the whole thing works very well. A couple of Swede ticks for this and it’s heading for the top.

    The Gals’ end is clearly nigh. We have to suffer lovely Lulu doing a turn with “Jeremy”. Bates announces him as if we should know who he is. We do not. The rest of the Legs, meanwhile, are hoodwinked into getting into a minibus under the promise of a party at the Dorchester…

  11. 251
    Mark M on 17 May 2016 #

    Re249: Frances Ha is definitely more coherent tonally, you’re absolutely right, but then the change of gear into country-house farce was one of the things I most liked about Mistress America. There’s also the Gerwig question: some folk love her, clearly; quite a number of people I know find her screen presence unbearable. I think she’s good, but the undiluted GG of Frances Ha is maybe a bit much for my tastes – I found Lola Kirke’s low-affect persona in MA a good foil.

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    Lazarus on 17 May 2016 #

    Did anyone spot the third Stars on 45 single at no. 17? Now that they were no longer charting quite so high the Pops people clearly felt no need to feature their records. But I had no memory of it at all, so just found it on Youtube – a collection of intros, basically – Layla, War of the Worlds, Kung Fu Fighting and many, many more, with just a snatch of the original theme. It’s endorsed by one Christopher Murphy with the, please let’s hope tongue-in-cheek comment, “no other band can ever beat Stars on 45.”

  13. 253
    Mark G on 17 May 2016 #

    Something else I spotted: The “Original Bird Dance” by the Electronicas, lower down in the chart rundown. Man, those purists! Tell you what, that could make one of those impossible pub quiz questions..

    Yeah, this week’s show was “quite good”, Heaven 17 being the highlight, but nothing to get too entertaining about so will save it for the next time.

  14. 254
    Lazarus on 17 May 2016 #

    A couple of weeks back, we had ‘You’ll Never Know’ by Hi-Gloss. They really were a mysterious outfit, even at the time. I remember Record Mirror attempting to track them down for an interview, and IIRC the nearest they got was speaking to someone from the record company. And to this day the Internet is unable to throw any light on them. There appears to have been no album, or even a follow-up single – even the lead singer’s name is a mystery. We’ll never know who the hell they were, I guess.

  15. 256
    Lazarus on 17 May 2016 #

    Good digging there. Luter Vandross was on it, eh?

  16. 257
    Lazarus on 23 May 2016 #

    Best get a shift on, looks like there are two episodes on iPlayer I haven’t seen yet. What have we here? The return of the boy Read, haven’t seen him for a while.

    Tweets – getting the party started with this nonsense, Legs, audience and Read all joining in. Appears to have originated in Holland this – along with the Smurfs, those Dutchies have a lot to answer for.

    Godley & Creme – now this is more like it. Their first hit after the wonderful ‘Englishman in New York’ from a couple of years earlier somehow failed to chart. Odd though, that for a duo feted as pioneers of video, they don’t appear to have made one for this.

    Sheena Easton – not sure if this is a repeat. Sounds like the Clangers interjecting in parts. She was born Sheena Shirley Orr, and was only married to Mr Easton for a very short time when she was young – but has kept his name for her whole career. Just liked the sound of it, I suppose.

    Teardrop Explodes – now at its peak of 25. Good to see this on for a third time, new performance this week. I can hear at least three songs in here, marvellous.

    Creatures – Siouxsie and Budgie from the Banshees as Mike helpfully lets us know. You don’t get many vocalist and drummer duos do you – White Stripes, I suppose? Energetic performance but somewhat lacking in melody. I think Read says ‘mad eyed dreamer.’ It’s one of those things you put down to experience, I suppose.

    Ottawan – the DISCO pair from last year are back and the Legs are going out, literally, with a bang. A saucy, Swede-pleasing Wild West routine for this. They all get to shoot their guns too, with a comedy moment from Anita. Plenty to enjoy here and the guys at the side get a great view.

    Toyah – brings big hair and plenty of movement, this is one you only recognise when you hear the chorus. It’s alright. We get the video next week I see.

    Bad Manners – on video. They’re in the sea for some reason. Then on a rainy beach. And then playing for some bewildered looking pensioners. It all looks a bit shambolic to be honest, and the song isn’t much cop. The minibus can’t come soon enough for this lot.

    Altered Images – first timers. I used to work with someone who had a major crush on young Claire. I think she’d already done ‘Gregory’s Girl’ by this point, so clearly had a plan for when the hits dried up. I enjoyed this lot while they lasted though. First chart rundown.

    Gidea Park – yeah I think we’ve heard this enough now. Busy week for the Legs. He’s off to join the Beach Boys soon apparently. Chart 20-11.

    Dollar – repeat, presumably, unless they really like those outfits. Holding at 19 and presumably the last time we’ll see this.

    Top 10. Police are at 2 but that’s as far as they’ll get. We can’t be too far away from O Superman now. Would have liked to see what Legs & Co did with that. Adam & the Ants up there for another week. Was never quite sure what the point of the ‘characters’ at the end of. Did people use to ridicule Clint Eastwood? Anyway it’s there for another week or two yet.

    We go out incongruously to Mr Tambourine Man, courtesy of ‘the original’ Tight Fit. Not quite up to some recent shows, but Calypso Read did a good job I thought.

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    Mark M on 23 May 2016 #

    Re257: ‘You don’t get many vocalist and drummer duos do you – White Stripes, I suppose?’

    One bunnied act, plus a scattering of lower-fi types: The Spinanes (who predated the White Stripes by about a decade), Honeyblood, (rather more rock) Royal Blood… I’m sure there are at least a small bunch more.

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    Tommy Mack on 23 May 2016 #

    #257/258 – Slaves, Blood Red Shoes, Black Keys, Cowbell – there was a big spike in guitar/drums duos after The White Stripes blew up and they’ve maintained a residual presence on the gig circuit since: I guess any musical format where you can tour in a hatchback and don’t have more than two people to coordinate is always going to bear consideration from those who have to juggle music-making with day-jobs etc!

  19. 260
    Mark G on 23 May 2016 #

    Just to note, the Bunny does not have jurisdiction over the TOTP discussion pages.

    We are allowed to say “The Ting-Tings” here.

  20. 261
    Tommy Mack on 23 May 2016 #

    Oh yeah, I had forgotten about them! We did covers of That’s Not My Name and Seven Nation Army at school gig night when a bout of flu reduced the teachers’ band to a two piece. Weird, the things you remember.

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    mit on 24 May 2016 #

    And yes, it’s the Kid Jensen, returning from ooh wherever, and he’s here to say Hello, it’s good to be back.. And so is (snip) but now it’s Toyah! Yes, it’s not often that the TOTP starts with a video but normal service will not be resumed this week. Never mind. Lots of hair colours and mountains that meet the sea.

    Bob Geldof and Janice Long up now to sing the old PJ Proby number.. oh hang on, it’s BA and Maggie Bell. Is this her first time on TOTP? She was more the OGWT type. Anyway, the original version has one of those lead guitar solos, I think it’s Jimmy Page, but I’m guessing. Anyway, this is OK, which is not really good enough but.

    You may have another happy birthday, only two/one week after the last one.

    And you may have the last choreographed Legs and Co appearance for The birdie song, if you like. I’m guessing you would rather remember them from last time’s Ottowan performance, that’s fine. I can’t see Sue here, but she’s on the credit list at the end.

    Godley/Creme repeat, so let’s have some EXPLOITED!!! Yeah!!! ALL RIGHT!! yer actual OI get their go, it’s what it is, that’s what it is. Subtitles are required here, the first time around I thought he was singing “That’s nice, that’s nice”, but he isn’t. And the bass player is trying to be Sid V by looking exactly like Johnny Rotten off the “Pretty Vacant” video. I think this was a case of the Exp’s record label doing the whole “chart this record” procedures, I doubt it would have been their biggest seller otherwise. See “Exploited barmy army” for the longest spell-out lyric.. “EEE.. EX… PEE.. ELL..” and so on. Anyway, Wattie once beat me in a Karaoke comp but I’ll not complain, he looked completely different in civvies and a decent voice doing a Huey Lewis and the news song. It was the strangest night of my life, and that’s only part of it.

    Squeeze do tongue-in-cheek country, which is never a good look.

    The Creatures, you know already. A double single, this one..

    You can hear Heaven 17 at this point, in the background, ooh that’s already gone down the chart, ooh. Anyway, Bad Manners are now back from Prestatyn as of their video from last time (actually, it was Southend), and they manage to be somewhere between UB40 and Madness here, and it’s got it right.

    Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin and It’s my party. Never went for this one. It’s all very fiddly, some bit work (the talky bit), some dont (JUUUUUDYYY AND JOHNNNNNNYY JUST WALLLLLKED etc), I wonder off for a bit.

    And return to see.. Blimey Debbie looks wrong! Oh, it’s a Blondie medley song, and the Legs girls are behind. That makes this the actual last appearance, I believe. So, they open up the minibus and they pile in, never to be seen again. No Sue, it seems. Where did she go? (to be continued … .. . )

  22. 263
    Mark G on 24 May 2016 #

    I had to look up “O Superman”, it seemed like the gals had done that one at the time, well they didn’t it was the new bunch, and also it wasn’t at the time it was the Christmas show. Which we won’t be seeing (unless Sav&DLT aren’t among the “various Radio 1 DJs” which I suspect they are).

    Oh, and the post above this one is mine, obv.

  23. 264
    Adam Puke on 24 May 2016 #

    #257-259 Yeah, 21st century economics have definitely played a part in the rise of guitar/drums duos. I’d also say modern production techniques play a part- with the excessive loudness compression used on (practically all) recordings nowadays, the fewer instruments the better. If the White Stripes had been around in the 80s/early 90s their arrangements would’ve sounded very empty indeed.

  24. 265
    Tommy Mack on 24 May 2016 #

    Yeah, The White Stripes’ early albums made much more of a virtue of their skeletal sound compared to the huge layers of fuzz guitar from White Blood Cells onwards. It probably says something about the limitations of the gtr/drums format that by far their biggest hit, Seven Nation Army, was the one they put a bassline on.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 25 May 2016 #

    A veritable Gal fest as we get multiple helpings of our lovelies, whom I suspect we will not see again. The Eternal Mistress appeared to have slipped in a sick note for the last one. I’d like to think she’s bombing down the A23 to the Swede. Thanks for the memories, Sue. And the same salute to the others as well.

  26. 267
    Lazarus on 25 May 2016 #

    Yes as Mark quietly hinted at #262, the reason we started Friday’s show with a video is that the opening act was cut – Gary Glitter, whose ‘Dance Me Up’ which I’ve just watched on YT, appeared to be going for an Adam & the Ants type sound. Interestingly it was cut from the extended show as well, which I’m sure is a first for this series. To fill the 40 minutes we had a long playout from This Year’s Blonde, who seemed to keep going long after the credits had finished. I’d have said 1981’s Blonde was Kim Wilde – but in this case it turned out be one Tracey Ackermann, who’d been seen earlier in the year with Enigma and had a few nineties hits as writer and credited vocalist.

    I enjoyed Toyah’s silly ‘Mad Max’ style video and thought Bad Manners were better without theirs. Next week is a Savile show so we miss the poor old Human League yet again. And yes farewell to the Legs (although they’ll be seen in the background for a few more editions) – what a disappointing end for them. I’m pretty sure nobody would have had the same affection for Zoo.

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    Lazarus on 25 May 2016 #

    Correction – the missed GG number was a medley – ‘All That Glitters’ – the record I mentioned came out in ’84. Another of the bands on the show, Squeeze, released their own ‘Squabs on Forty Fab’ on the B side of ‘Labelled With Love.’ Hearing that was the first time I came across ‘Goodbye Girl’ which was never a hit in its own right.

  28. 269
    Phil on 26 May 2016 #

    I was puzzled by that video – it’s a bit Mad Max (meets Labyrinth), but it’s very Mad Max 2… which wouldn’t come out for another couple of months. Was it trailed heavily beforehand? Did Godley & Creme get a sneak preview? Or was it just a weird coincidence?

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    Paulito on 26 May 2016 #

    @ 258, 260: We’re allowed to say “The Ting Tings” anywhere, shurely? It’s songs that are bunnied, not performers.

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