May 09

Popular ’82

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Now we have the peachy new VOTING SYSTEM on every track you might think we don’t need these polls, but they’re a nice way of summing up each year as we end it, so they stay. Every track on Popular gets a mark out of 10 from me – here’s where you tick any you’d have given 6 or more to (choose as many as you like).

No 1 Hits Of 1982: Which Would You Have Given 6 Or More To?

  • VOTED: DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS - "Come On Eileen" 73%
  • KRAFTWERK - "The Model"/"Computer Love" 73%
  • VOTED: THE JAM - "A Town Called Malice"/"Precious" 70%
  • VOTED: MADNESS - "House Of Fun" 60%
  • VOTED: CULTURE CLUB - "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?" 55%
  • VOTED: ADAM ANT - "Goody Two Shoes" 47%
  • VOTED: THE JAM - "Beat Surrender" 44%
  • VOTED: MUSICAL YOUTH - "Pass The Dutchie" 43%
  • VOTED: SURVIVOR - "Eye Of The Tiger" 37%
  • VOTED: IRENE CARA - "Fame" 30%
  • BUCKS FIZZ - "Land Of Make Believe" 27%
  • VOTED: EDDY GRANT - "I Don't Wanna Dance" 20%
  • BUCKS FIZZ - "My Camera Never Lies" 18%
  • CAPTAIN SENSIBLE - "Happy Talk" 14%
  • CHARLENE - "I've Never Been To Me" 13%
  • TIGHT FIT - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" 13%
  • GOOMBAY DANCE BAND - "Seven Tears" 4%
  • SHAKIN' STEVENS - "Oh Julie" 4%
  • NICOLE - "A Little Peace" 3%
  • RENEE AND RENATO - "Save Your Love" 2%
  • None Of Them! 2%

Total Voters: 652

Poll closes: No Expiry

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My top mark this year went to “Come On Eileen” (10), and “Ebony And Ivory” and “Save Your Love” both got 1. Use the comments box to reflect on the year as a whole, if you like, and see you next week for 1983.


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  1. 51
    Lazarus on 31 Aug 2016 #

    Somehow I get the feeling that the appetite for this has diminished over the last year or so, but … let’s have another look – Peter Powell is our MC …

    Altered Images – virtually forgotten third single. CG in matching frock and dinner plate. And matches the accordion too, I guess. Further fine singles await, but this is their lot for now.

    Julio – vid. Repeat. Should have been cut after two minutes. Nexzzzzz ….

    Whats this? PP has a co-presenter. It’s not BA Robertson, it’s not Roger Daltrey! Turns out it’s footballer Garth Crooks (not Brooks) – don’t ask me who he played for, I have about as much interest in football as the old woman you saw pushing a shopping trolley back from the Co-op earlier. Anyway he stumbles over the title of the next hit, which is by –

    Bucks Fizz – their third and final number one, on its way up. And a good ‘un too. Both boys in dickie bows, the girls in stars and stripes (sort of). A springtime battle with Dollar ensues.

    Killing Joke – er, OK. Not sure the Pops of ’82 was the ideal environment for this. We listen in vain for a hook. People seem to be enjoying it, nonetheless. Plenty of ‘air claps.’ Chart 30-21.

    Pluto – “at 22, we find a man called Pluto, talking about his honour.” Er, no, not exactly, Garth. The said Mr Shervington is addressing the beak, before whom he’s up, I believe. Good to see the ‘Dat’ man back on the Pops after a long interval, though. Released some years earlier, apparently. Chart 20-11.

    Chas and Dave – was this an old song? It sounds like one. Anyway, still love this. White jackets and strings, this was their biggest hit by a mile. And ripe for a Two Ronnies pastiche. Going to Margate this weekend, by the way!

    Top 10. Did Julio really get to number 3 with that? Oh well …

    Number One – the Goombays – here I stand, head in hand, quite. Singer does his bit with the fire sticks. I bet they’re still making a living somewhere.

    Garth acquires a hat. We play out with the Associates. The bright new sound of ’82 indeed. But good ol’ Chas and Dave was this week’s highlight for me I’m afraid. Guilty what?

    Toodle pip!

  2. 52
    Steve Williams on 1 Sep 2016 #

    Well, my enthusiasm for the Pops repeats has only increased, and the next few months I really think are the absolute high point for the programme, lots of brilliant records and a wonderful atmosphere in the studio, plus regular appearances from John Peel of course. Coming up in the next few weeks are an episode featuring Bardo, Bucks Fizz, Dollar and the Trevor Horn-produced Spandau Ballet, surely the poppiest Pops ever, plus the Steve Archibald episode and the one and only occasion the guest presenter idea ever worked. And on the extended version of tonight’s edition – an April Fool!

  3. 53
    Mark M on 1 Sep 2016 #

    I couldn’t resist the idea of Garth Crooks co-presenting Top Of The Pops so I’ve watched on iPlayer. The funny thing is that he seems to have had a more relaxed TV presence back then than he has now after another 34 years or so on the box. Still doing odd things to sentences, too. Rather heftier these days, but then so are a lot of us.

    Grogan’s headgear is bizarre. Is she meant to look like she’s off to the races?

    The greatness of TOTP is surely captured by the Nolans (with parrot) being followed by Killing Joke …

  4. 54
    Chelovek na lune on 2 Sep 2016 #

    Gosh, just watched the 1st April 1982 edition. The atrocious number 1 apart, and one fairly average number by a three-chord 12-bar blues who were already bit tired out by 1982 apart – that was a pretty exceptional edition from start to finish. Much musical excellence, John Peel as presenter, and, as an added bonus, a really rather hilarious spoof comedy song made especially for the programme (and which perfectly fitted the flow and the occasion). Those were the days, my friends….

  5. 55
    Jimmy the Swede on 7 Sep 2016 #

    Decided just to nip back to comment on this latest episode. There was a very good reason why I did not see this back in the day. I was on a plane returning from a holiday in Australia. The day we left came the news that the Falklands had been invaded. My mate and I were realistically fearful that we would be greeted by call up papers when we got back, my mate had turned 21 and I was due to get there later in April. I say “due” because the last leg of our journey saw us suffer an emergency landing in Amsterdam. I can’t really say I was particularly scared as I watched all the emergency vehicles flying out of their hangers, looking like matchbox cars, as we made our approach and the oxygen masks falling on our heads. But I do remember thinking something like “what’s the f’king point of being dead before turning 21?” and actually feeling much more anger than fear. Fortunately, our pilot performed a happy landing and equally happily Thatcher sent a taskforce and my services were not required. They were however still required for jury service at Croydon Crown Court. I spent the whole time trying to get “Just an Illusion” out of my head.

    Strange days indeed.

  6. 56
    DanielW on 16 Sep 2016 #

    Not done one of these before, but here goes…

    8th April 1982 and I’m just over a week away from turning 8. Simon Bates is the host

    Haircut 100: “Fantastic Day” – Good, but I still prefer Love Plus One. The set seems to have been sponsored by Rainbow (the TV Programme not the Since You Been Gone lot)

    Bucks Fizz: “My Camera Never Lies” – I’ve always thought they were greatly underrated, having said that this is not one my favourites of theirs. One Of Those Nights and When We Were Young should’ve deserved to do better chartwise I’ve always thought.

    Chas and Dave: “Ain’t No Pleasin’ You” – More famed for their novelty records, it’s odd that they came closest to Number 1 with this played-straight effort.

    The Boomtown Rats: “House On Fire” – Much prefer their previous single Never In A Million Years which stiffed at #62. Is that really how you pronounce Kenyan? And what exactly are knick-knack eyes?

    Elton John: “Blue Eyes” – nearly 8 years old me didn’t think much of this at the time, but it’s definitely grown on me over the years. Appropriate video given how hot it’s been this week

    Shalamar: “I Can Make You Feel Good” – aka the song that Johnny Hates Jazz would totally rip off later in the decade

    Charts 30-19 – I thought Pig Bag was one word? Then it’s a WORLD EXCLUSIVE!!!

    Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder: “Ebony And Ivory” – Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person who doesn’t hate this record despite the cheese. It’s the 80’s equivalent to The Phantom Menace or No Man’s Sky in terms of loud fanfare followed by an equally loud raspberry. The funny thing is I don’t hate those either despite their fairly obvious flaws. What the hell is wrong with me??

    Charts 18-11: The scary Richard O’Brien-a-like from Classix Nouveaux is starting to give me nightmares…..

    Foster & Allen: “A Bunch Of Thyme” – ……but not as many nightmares as seeing these two. Having parents who love Irish music meant that these two were shoved on the record player every sodding Sunday, usually at lunchtimes so I couldn’t escape from the gruesome twosome. A bunch of thyme, a bunch of fives I’d give ’em. At the least producers decided to humiliate them by having them dress up as a pair of leprechauns ha-bloody-har-har-har!

    Charts 10-1

    Goombay Dance Band: “Seven Tears” – At least they’ve attended the Health & Safety course and stopped playing with fire. There’s still something punchable about that lead singer though….

    and out to Pigbag: “Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag” – Completely passed me by at the time, seemed to be more of a club hit than a radio hit and I was bit too young to be going to clubs…

  7. 57
    DanielW on 18 Sep 2016 #

    15th April 1982 and the Kid is hosting:-

    Spandau Ballet: Another one that passed me by at the time, I didn’t really rediscover it until the 2000’s, it’s become my favourite of their early singles. Not sure about eating the meat that’s on the floor though, ew….. and stealing cake to eat the moon, how does that work?

    Roxy Music: Love the slinky dreamy quality to this, would’ve preferred this to be their only No.1 rather than Jealous Guy

    Shakatak: This soundtrack to a night at an 80’s wine bar is utterly forgettable for me I’m afraid. Next please….

    Dollar: Another dreamy record. Love the “la-la-la’s” from Thereza

    Simple Minds: First of many Top 40 hits for Jim and the boys. Not sure about the fashion though, it looks like he’s performing in a straitjacket.

    Charts 30-21: With added Kevin Keegan for good measure

    Monsoon: The lead singer’s in hospital. A bit different from the usual “the band are on tour in the USA so they can’t be with us” routine. Their follow-up single “Shakti” should’ve been just a big a hit as this one, but just missed out on the Top 40.

    Charts 20-11

    Bardo: One step further and I would’ve been there – an apt lyric for a No.2 single. They would only finish 7th in Eurovision though

    Charts 10-1: The Goombays have been knocked off the top

    Bucks Fizz: The Kid tells us this is their 3rd consecutive Number 1. Hmm…. The Kid needs to go back to school and look up the meaning of the word “consecutive” methinks

    and out to Altered Images….

    Pretty good show apart from those Night Birdzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

  8. 58
    DanielW on 24 Sep 2016 #

    22nd April 1982 and it’s a real party atmosphere. Hey, it’s not like there’s a war going on or anything

    Pigbag: Lots of sax, lots of drums, not so much rock and roll….

    Bananarama and Fun Boy Three: In a neat reversal the ‘nanas get top billing on this one. Did he really pinch her arse? You’d get arrested for that these days….

    Elton John: Blue Eyes, blue lighting – see what they did there? Such imagination, surely they can’t top that later on in the year….

    England World Cup Squad: I’ve still got the Panini Espana ’82 sticker album lying around somewhere, it’s a bit worse for wear though. Not the last appearance by Glenn Hoddle in the Top 30 (unfortunately). “Let’s hope they score lots of goals” says Peter, but two goalless draws sees them go out in the 2nd round still unbeaten. Possibly because of this it’s been a strictly knock-out tournament after the first round ever since.

    Kim Wilde: As Mr. Powell says it’s her 5th consecutive top 40 hit. Somewhat undeservedly IMHO her next single “Child Come Away” would break that streak and peak at #43.

    Haircut 100: Oh for the days when you get away with making a music video for a budget of about 5p. Worst. Rear. Projection. Ever.

    Phd: Loved this as a kid and I still love this record to bits. Always thought it was very similar to the sort of stuff Jon and Vangelis were doing, though

    Charts 30-21: The J. Geils Band win the Fashion Disaster Award for this week.

    David Bowie: Not one of Bowie’s better singles for me I’m afraid.

    Charts 20-11

    Shakin’ Stevens: singing Shirley aka the Shakin’ Stevens Top 10 hit that nobody remembers….

    Charts 10-1

    Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder: Nope, still don’t hate this. Music snobs really need to get over themselves…

    Peter wishes good luck to Bardo (they’ll need it) and it’s out to Shalamar.

  9. 59
    Chelovek na lune on 1 Oct 2016 #

    6th May 1982, not a classic episode by any means – too many football songs, above all, but the chart coincides with the first ever top 40 I taped, very capably presented by Tommy Vance, who was very good at giving background info on the acts, so it has a certain sentimental value to me. (A few fine songs between 31 and 40 that didn’t make it on here though…)

    Starting off with Junior (Giscombe) and “Mama Used to Say”, which is pretty OK as far as it goes. He appears to be singing live, which may not have been the best decision.

    Then onto Depeche Mode, which Simon Bates, at least, pronounces correctly, eschewing the “Depesh-ay” that several of his colleagues have gone for recently. He is very keen to tell us that they have a new lineup, so much so that he says it twice in about 30 seconds. They still look kind of fey and twee and very young. Is that a Duracell drum-playing bunny ticking away on their set. “The Meaning Of Love” is, it is fair to say, not quite the summit of their career, and really gives only very faint hints of what lies ahead…

    Next up are the England World Cup Squad with the better (and this is in strictly relative terms) of the two tracks on their single, “This Time We’ll Fly The Flag”. Some very unconvincing miming going on, but the thought of them performing it live is almost too horrid to bear. And as was the case then (pre-1996 really), a lot of England supporters there are flying the Union flag, rather than the St George’s one. Bates mentions that some women promoting British Airways are alongside the team – which is apt, as a different version of the song, sans footballers, was being used on a TV ad for the still nationalised BA at the time (which is presumably the only reason, in an age in which the word “sellotape” was banned on BBC airways, they may be mentioned). Inevitably there are bits of video excerpts from 1966. 16 Years of hurt, eh…

    Ph.D’s “I Won’t Let You Down” is probably the highlight of the show. As Depeche Mode did, Jim Diamond also looks terribly young.

    Leaving aside all the debate about who was in the group, who was actually performing, and their questionable taste in clothing, Tight Fit’s “Fantasy Island” is a very decent and refreshing bit of post-Abba post-Bucks Fizz post-Bardo pre-Sweet Dreams pop. Made for Eurovision, you might have thought.

    Then a couple of the England footballers run over and join Chas and Dave and the Tottenham Hotspur FA Cup Final Squad for a bit of Cockneyism, with well-placed interjections of “oi”!. Which is alright as far as it goes, I suppose, but that isn’t very far.

    Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots” is up next, and while it’s passable enough, is hardly so much of a classic that it warranted the various subsequent resurrections it made, from the probably forgotten one by Tongue N Cheek, via George Michael to Will Smith and quite possibly others. (Lower down in the chart, and almost forgotten entirely, Sharon Brown’s “I Specialise In Love” is very much the superior disco number of the time, I’d say)

    The Scotland World Cup Squad then do their thing, with John Gordon Sinclair narrating and BA Robertson doing something somewhere. I preferred this to either of the England songs at the time (being half English half-Scottish I have dual loyalties, and would generally prefer to support Scotland in World Cups, but the chance doesn’t often arise anymore….). But. My. This is pretty dreadful. Sentimental drivel. Lots of tartan on display, though, and then the inevitable bagpipes. Oh it has charm and warmth, I suppose, but I’d happily not hear it again…

    Quick chat with Joan Jett.

    Talking of sentimental drivel I’d happily not hear again, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney are still no 1 with “Ebony and Ivory”. Wonder seems hard done by: a incredibly talented performer with a back catalogue of depth and quality, yet his two early 80s number ones are quite, quite, dreadful. Macca, well, is Macca. And here he is in real life

    Dance out to Bananarama and the Fun Boy Three’s “Really Saying Something”, which is neither the best of their mutual collaborations nor among the better material put out by any members of either act by themselves.

    For a month in which there was a very great deal of top quality pop music around and in the charts, this is a pretty poor showing really…

  10. 60
    Steve Williams on 2 Oct 2016 #

    Well, it may not to have been much to write home about musically, but logistically that show was a triumph – all completely live and virtually a cast of thousands. I loved when the ‘rams were performing and everyone on the planet seemed to be on stage. It genuinely felt like the Pops studio was the centre of the universe. A remarkable episode, and one I’d been waiting to see since these repeats began.

  11. 61
    Adam Puke on 3 Oct 2016 #

    Sorry Chelovek, much as I like “I Specialise In Love” I think Patrice Rushen’s tune’s always been in a class of its own. It’s never sounded dated even during the 88-96 “fuck everything 80s” period that temporarily consigned many other early 80s dance classics to the dustbin. Probably why so many clueless buggers continued to sample it during that era, hoping some of its magic would rub off on them (George Michael aside- “Fastlove” I adore).

    On another note, what was Macca’s freakily prescient shout out to “Heather, who’s busted her leg” all about*?

    *I’m fully aware he’s referring to his daughter, just saying.

  12. 62
    Chelovek na lune on 10 Oct 2016 #

    20th May. Mourning the double yewtreeing of The Associates’ “Club Country” above all else. An extraordinary track.

    Peter Powell presenting in a multicoloured jumper that screams early 80s Brian Mills Catalogues. If he seems less self-assured that some of the other presenters, he also appears very much less pervy. Well, I wonder why that might be…

    Starting off with Rocky Sharpe & The Replays and “Shout Shout (Knock Yourself Out)”, which is harmless enough, if not wildly interesting or appealing, retro revival fun I suppose. And the period of music it is reviving is at any rate a bit less remote from 1982 than 1982 is from 2016…

    Madness – “House of Fun”: fantastic video that demonstrates superbly both how the Nutty Boys were, indeed, Nutty, but also real national treasures in the full non-pejorative sense. Nice images of early 80s London too, off licenses and chemists shops. Great.

    ABC – “The Look Of Love”. Martin Fry et al shun gold lamé on this occasion for a more metallic grey that doesn’t quite stretch to silver. He looks a little stern, actually, surprisingly. (Maybe he is acting out the sentiments induced by the “And my friends say to me Martin….” bit of the track). Powell says the group are the British equivalent of Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – which seems remarkably ahead of the game, all things considered…. Bring on their album, I say. And 2016 is a long way from 1982 for its (really quite superb) second volume….

    PhD – “I Won’t Let You Down”. A fine track, on video again. The video is kind of distracting, it’s a bit Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, a bit Just Good Friends, and is possibly a bit too playfully despairing to go with the lyrics. Maybe, I suppose there is a tradition of farce and exaggeration that this fits into. The song itself – Powell says now an international hit (I am also reminded an album track of theirs – “Little Suzy’s On The Up” was it? – was one of the first three – I think – videos to be played on MTV round about this time) – is superb, and the video offers more glances of a greyer and dirtier London than the slick and shinier 21sty century one.

    Adam Ant – “Goody Too Shoes”: a first rate, truly theatrical, performance from Adam and his associates (although not the Ants), bringing the track fully to life and wowing the crowd, whose applause seems anything but feigned, it being thoroughly deserved.

    Junior – “Mama Used To Say”: also on video, good enough to get me dancing, anyway. Better that his live-singing performance a fortnight earlier.

    In the chart countdown we see Genesis spelled as “Genisis” (Powell acknowledges the error), and there’s another of those references to “Depech-shay Mode”. But there’s no accent in sight!

    Iron Maiden – “Number Of The Beast” – also on video, and I suppose this is one you get or don’t. Somehow I don’t, even though there is a fair amount of the group’s repertoire I find fairly gripping. Seems a little out of place in the company it has here though.

    Tight Fit – “Fantasy Island”: a fine, if not flawless, pop song that really is crying out for revival – could Atomic Kitten have done it justice, I ask myself? Powell lets slip the video was filmed at San Tropez – which, whatever it is, is neither an island nor on an island.

    Nicole – “A Little Peace” at number one. Maybe I am just getting old (I have certainly listened and enjoyed a lot more folk music now than I had aged six in 1982) but I don’t find this as boringly repulsive as I once – well, more than once – did. Her performance seems rather wooden, still, but there is something in the whole sentimental shtick that is not entirely devoid of appeal, almost.

    The show closes to Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots”.

  13. 63
    sid on 13 Oct 2016 #

    I am compelled to emerge from lurker-dom to say that “I Won’t Let You Down” by PhD is absolutely brilliant! The glorious synthesizer solo and final chorus had me leaping up from the sofa in delight.

  14. 64
    Chelovek na lune on 14 Oct 2016 #

    ToTP 27 May 1982

    A short 25-min one because it’s FA Cup Final (or rather as it turns out, the replay thereof, Spurs v QPR) night, John Peel, looking more pervy than Peter Powell did last week, unsurprisingly enough, but well, he died at a convenient time.

    Genesis “Paperlate” from the 3×3 EP gets the show off to a lively start. Phil’s vocals a bit feistier than on much of his contemporary solo stuff, this has an insistence that grabs, nice use of brass

    Debbie Harry pops up to say that the video for Blondie’s “Island Of Lost Souls” was filmed in the Scillies -which at least means, unlike Tight Fit’s recent “island” effort, it was filmed on one. This is a fun track, a bit overlooked now, not quite firing on all cylinders as Blondie at their peak did, but enjoyable enough. More good brass use. Then the song is cut off rather too promptly.

    Japan provide superior art-pop with “Cantonese Boy”. The song’s not really in the same league as as “Ghosts”, but the presentation – restrained, talc-sprayed, sharp but slightly scruffy tailoring, no unnecessary movement, is as you’d expect.

    Video of Duran Duran “Hungry Like The Wolf”, which is very superior new romanticism, the video is a bit preposterous, as usual , with an Amazon – hmm, no there’s an elephant – Nile? – theme (more wolves in Romania, surely?) . Great song anyway.

    Soft Cell “Torch” – some classic performances of classic tracks on this show. Great style and attitude, and one of Soft Cell’s very best singles. Only slightly camp, but rather theatrical, and something that has stood the test of time convincingly.

    at no 1 Madness, “House Of Fun” video again dancing kids more fantastic use of brass, memories of when off licences described lemonade, cherryade etc as “minerals”, cut off rather too soon again…

    play out with Fun Boy Three “The Telephone Never Rings”, which is more about the vibe than the song really

    For such a short show, this has had a really high quality selection of tracks, and a pretty characteristic representation of the pop scene of the great musical month of May 1982

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    Mark G on 14 Oct 2016 #

    From Echo and the Bunnymen to Charlene, it must be Top of the Pops! Well, what else could it be? It’s David Kid. First attempt to phase out the ‘kid’ monika? iirc, when he went to Capital, they brought it back for def. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves thanks to the pause button..

    ABC do the look of love, and are well within their comfortable zone and can do their Four Tops style dancing. The hunt for ‘true love’ a recurring theme that Morrissey picked up later.

    Adam Ant Goody 2 shoes, and a stark choice of butler for the video. Curious insert of the dandy highwayman at one point, masking something? Will have to check..

    Echo and the bunnies! Oh is that my guitar? Ah no it has a whammy bar, never mind. Can someone push the stilt walker over? That’d be good.

    Fireworks from Siouxsie. Don’t remember this one, its OK but. Might have liked it more if I’d heard it more at the time, but its too late now.

    No worries for the Fun Boy Three, who Radio 1 loved. Paranoia and depression dressed up in a boppy tune this time. Which never ends…..

    Charlene? No thanks. Except to say, this was on Motown. Yeah.

    Live link to Madness which is nice, then the video you all know so well. And Junior gets another go at singing live, and this time its a good one. We all had this one when it was on an NME cassette, but I guess a name like Junior Giscombe made him seem like a reggae dude..

    And so, the show ends. Content wise it was pretty much all great (bar Charlene (please)) but its funny how the more they try to make it look like a party, the less it looks like one. And now its the ‘Good old days’ which also looks less like the good old days than, oh, custard.

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    Chelovek na lune on 16 Oct 2016 #

    ToTP 3 June 1982. Kid Jensen on duty, and evidently an element of a circus amongst the audience: a man on stilts, a juggler, a fire-thrower (the Kid says the latter must be something to do with the Goombay Dance Band)

    Starting off with ABC and “The Look Of Love”: a more energetic performance that their previous appearance with this, albeit with the same grey-silver suits. Great interaction for the call-and-response questions mostly, and the spoken word part is dramatised. Another plug for the quite brilliant, and still not released, album.

    Adam Ant – “Goody Two Shoes”: fun video that makes perfectly clear what he does if he doesn’t drink nor smoke. Pretty epic track, all in all.

    Echo and the Bunnymen – “The Back of Love”. The big hair. The band seem a bit intimidated by being on the show – pity really, as they’d earned their place, which Kid says is their first time on. The song’s OK at least.

    Siouxsie and the Banshees – “Fireworks” for a second indie-alternative number in a row, rather less punky and spiky than their earlier stuff. The appearance of the band is really not so very different from that of the Bunnymen. The track is a bit underwhelming, really.

    Fun Boy Three – “The Telephone Always Rings”. Still a bit left-field, interesting stage set, which refers to the curled-up wires that used to connect telephones back in the day.

    Charlene – “I’ve Never Been To Me”, being sung life, with a slightly watered-down arrangement compared with the recorded version. And criminally the spoken word part is skipped entirely. That can’t be right. Regardless, I love this song and always have done – such understated wisdom and experience in its words, well beyond what is typically found in chart pop. On Motown, of course – if not obviously so – the B-side “Somewhere in My Life” was pretty special too. And of course she was working in the tobacconists/newsagent next to Ilford station when this track, originally released in 1976, became a hit..

    Switch to quick satellite linkup with Madness in Japan, before going into the standard, brilliant, video.

    Show ends with Junior, again singing live on “Mama Used To Say”. I don’t mind this – but curse that this has now appeared on three occasions, while better tracks have been chopped from re-broadcast because of the curse of Savile and DLT.

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    Lazarus on 20 Oct 2016 #

    Oh OK then, haven’t done this for a while … liveblogging tonight’s edition – Master Bates in the chair.

    Natasha – she won the Battle of the Iko with the Belle Stars, I seem to remember. Natasha England, I have a feeling she was some record company boss’s wife. Doesn’t have what you could call a distinctive voice. Old records and old songs were everywhere in ’82, but it’s baffling from this distance that this lame retread did so well.

    ABC – third time I’ve seen them on here with this, the first time with the video. I really enjoyed their Pops routine, this time around it’s all stripey blazers and boaters. Bought ‘Lex 2’ not long ago, btw. It’s OK. Needs more listens I think.

    Roxy Music – almost the end of the road for them with the title track of the third and final album of their second coming. The term here is ‘elegaic’ I think. Is this the only album of theirs not to feature models on the cover? I can’t think of another.

    Bow Wow Wow – video on the beach. Another old song revived, though I’m not sure many of the kids of ’82 would have known it. It’s OK, I quite like the guitar bits. What’s she up to these days I wonder?

    Queen – after the too-far-off-the-wall for most mis-step of ‘Body Language’ they come back with a much more traditional number. And they helpfully translate the title in the second line of the chorus. But Freddie in his tux just makes me think of Lord Lucan for some reason.

    Duran Duran – now firmly in the big league with top tenners guaranteed. Second single from platinum second album ‘Rio.’ And still going of course. First countdown. And at 21 …

    Toyah! I don’t recall this one at all. The video is a bit ‘Ashes to Ashes’ with its black sky. Cut short, it seems. Chart 20-11.

    Echo & the Bunnymen – they’ve been on before with this haven’t they, not sure if this is a repeat. I was sufficiently taken with them to go and buy the Porcupine album on its release, but barring a terrific comeback single in 1997 their chart success didn’t really outlast the eighties. Nice to see the dry ice back though. Top 10. Gary Numan’s new entry at 9 wasn’t enough to get him on, then?

    Adam Ant – second week at the top. Hard to dislike this although the hits would dry up soon enough for Mr Goddard. Starlet Caroline Munro is his co-star here. Credits over the number one this time. Decent show with only Natasha having to make the long trek to Prezzie – they can always use another chalet maid.

    Laters peeps!

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    Steve Williams on 21 Oct 2016 #

    Gaz was on the full length show, with Simes quick to point out the video was directed by Pops director and Bates’ mate Gordon Elsbury. Incidentally Numan appeared on Top of the Pops every year from 1979 to 1987, so they were very loyal to him.

    The episode tonight, ie Friday, is particularly good, with two amazing records.

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    Adam Puke on 23 Oct 2016 #

    It’s all in the lighting. We’re deep in the throes of the ultra-modernist shiny 1982 TOTP with its pop VIDEOS and its Depesshhhhh Modes then you get something like Charlene never having ‘been’ to herself chucking us back into a depressingly lit 1975. Then the same studio’s a quintessentially 80s glitzsphere again for Duran Duran moments later. It’s all in the lighting.

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    Adam Puke on 23 Oct 2016 #
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    Jimmy the Swede on 24 Oct 2016 #

    It may all be in the lighting but it seems that poor Adam has switched himself off, an old expression from the Heath government during the bleak days of the energy crisis for those of us old enough to have lived through that.

    As for Charlene, there was a discussion when we talked about this as a number one about mishearing the lyric as “never been to Leeds” and the absurdity of comparing the city of Savile to paradise, which I’m sure is a place where that particular monster ain’t. On a much lighter note, a buddy of mine was convinced that she was singing “never been to Nice” and became particularly agitated by this: “WELL WHY DON’T YOU JUST F**KING GO THERE, THEN?!” A bit harsh, that.

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    Chelovek na lune on 24 Oct 2016 #

    17 June 1982

    Natasha – “Iko Iko”: really not convinced this should have won the battle of the Iko Ikos with the Belle Stars (a few positions below them), this is just a bit lifeless, while the ostensibly African beat is from the same box of tricks as Tight Fit’s recent trips abroad.

    ABC – The Look Of Love video – Sheffield boys unconvincingly disguising themselves as part of the, erm, Club Country, set, back in Edwardian times I reckon. (Though Batesy’s white jacket is not so very different). With a bit of a threat of Morrisry (if not Morrissey) thrown in. And a parrot. What japes. Cut off before the meaningful spoken word part.

    Roxy Music – Avalon
    Blissful and brilliant, and Bryan Ferry and companions pass muster on dapperness spot checks. A lovely piece of music.

    Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy
    Playful and slightly mischievous video on sand dunes (I think the candy being clearly cake by the ocean), and a song that, while passible, does nothing to alleviate concerns than “Go Wild In The Country” is as good as it gets with them

    Queen – Las Palabras De Amor
    A fine track from the really underrated Hot Stuff period of Queen. Less funky funky that the previous single “Body Language” (or the next one, “Backchat”), which lost or bemused many of their long-term fans without really gaining them any new ones. This is slightly more conventional Queen, with careful layers of harmonies, a bit of shimmer, with the bombast being shared round a bit more equally than on the more Freddie-led funkier singles from this year. He has a bowtie on too. A solid and smart track.

    Charlene – I’ve Never Been To Me
    Singing live, and not, I think, always entirely in tune… And gosh the orchestration on the record is very much less weedy than in this version. Anyway I love the song and its wisdom and experience, and also its spoken-word interlude, which is missed, again, by TOTP, with its spendid discursion on the theme of “That’s true, that’s love”. C’mon BBC get your act together. A really poor performance of a cracking song and well-deserved no 1. (It strikes me that there quite possibly wasn’t a video made of this, given that it was from 1976, and she had since sunk into Ilfordian obscurity). Why are so many people waving red flags?

    Gary Numan – We Take Mystery (To Bed)
    New York video has Numan revealing his English teeth. Then usual numanoid moodiness and emotional – not so much restraint as constraint. Instantly recognizable as his sound, but a less strong composition that “Music For Chameleons” had been a couple of months earlier. Seems a bit complacent and rehashed, maybe not so surprising it turned out to be his final top tenner. Bates omits the “To Bed” bit of the title both times he says it. EDIT: All Three times, including the chart run. The curious BBC censoriousness of these days. Given we’ve had “subtle whoring” already, and later on subtle innuendos follow, this seems a bit curiously coy.

    Duran Duran – Hungry Like The Wolf
    More white jackets, lively, slinky performance, and with very superior rhyming lines, this is Duran’s version of new romanticism in full effect, and it’s a delight

    Toyah – Brave New World
    Another performer with a strong visual element, and the video has riding a white horse across a beach in some kind of dystopian estuarine landscape. I don’t recall the song at all, but it’s not dislikeable – I am reminded a bit of Lana Del Rey…

    Echo & The Bunnymen – The Back Of Love
    Seems to be the same rather fey and shy, in places, supremely confidence in others, performance from a couple of weeks before, mixed in with the video. Anyway, a great sound, not least because of the dreamy section in the middle. Oh and the Hammond organ.

    and at no 1 Adam Ant – Goody Two Shoes
    Talking of artists with strong visual aspects, with the video rather than his brilliant recent Pops performance. Really good fun. Great track which plays us out.

    A pretty decent selection of songs in all, and getting the worst of them out of the way at the beginning too.

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    Chelovek na lune on 24 Oct 2016 #

    Jumping a yewtreed week. No Kid Creole for us.
    1 July 1982
    John Peel wearing a palm-tree-covered top and strawish hat, it’s all a bit Totally Tropical.

    Visage – Night Train
    Conversely, as slick and sharp in appearance as can be, all in white. A strange and more than slightly incoherent track, the verses largely spoken, echoing, reflecting, then the chorus goes all sort of – train-sounding, in fact, then there’s an instrumental interlude off somewhere else. More red-flag and (apparently) fez-waving from the audience. Is the ghost of Ataturk in town or what?

    The Jam – Just Who Is The 5 O’Clock Hero?
    Live video – checking my memories – was this a hit on import sales? Weller looks aggressive and scary in a Lonsdale top. The Jam terrified me as a kid, mostly as there was an overlap between their iconography and that of the National Front, who were pretty active round my way. Obviously not even close to being among their best singles, but the use of horns and some smart lyrics save it from being quite their worst.

    Queen – Las Palabras De Amor
    We saw this performance a fortnight ago already.

    Dollar – Videotheque
    More ridiculous “British people in hot weather in foreign climes” clothing on display. A very “1982” sound – I presume Trevor Horn on production – kind of stepping in the direction of a sound that became Europop, I suppose, or more directly, Propaganda. The song is a bit incidental and thin, anyway.

    Cheri – Murphy’s Law
    With dancing by Zoo. Kind of swamp-funk with speeded up vocals in the chorus. A bit of a curio, and complete one-hit wonder, but good fun to dance too, all these tales of misfortune and things falling apart.

    Midge Ure – No Regrets
    A bit of a reprise of the “Vienna” sound, moody dim-light video, while the song itself remains in a minor key and with a fairly limited tonal range. A little dull I would say.

    then at number 1 Captain Sensible – Happy Talk
    Peely says he was the first person to play it on the radio. The Captain has a stuffed parrot on his shoulders – surrounded by the Dolly Mixtures and others all dressed up as though they are in the South Pacific. This edition is beginning to almost make me think the current “cultural appropriation” furore might not be entirely illegitimate and nonsensical. Oh , my, there’s someone dressed as an octopus. As an adult I appreciate this as a fine bit of light entertainment, stylishly performed and presented. As a seven-year old the subtleties and wit passed me by. Maybe not the weirdest number 1 of the year, but I’m finally won round. Peely pretends the song is from “Oklahoma”, ha ha. Over watching kids’ heads, aimed firmly at their parents, I guess.

    Plays out with Natasha “Iko Iko” the same performance from a couple of weeks ago.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 25 Oct 2016 # EDIT

    #73 – WOAH! I think you mean TYPICALLY Tropical…

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