Oct 09

Popular ’85

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I give every entry on Popular a mark out of 10, and at the end of each year’s worth of entries you get the chance to vote for any YOU would have given 6 or more out of 10 to.

My highest rated tracks were Madonna and Dead Or Alive, with 9 each. Shakin’ Stevens, Midge Ure and UB40 all got 2s.

Which Of These Number One Singles Of 1985 Would You Have Given 6 Or More To?

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Use the comments box to discuss the year in general, critics and readers polls at the time, etc etc. (Hopefully you’ll find plenty to talk about cos the next entry won’t be up until a week on Monday!)


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    Billy Smart on 24 Oct 2009 #

    Four out of nineteen for me! Surely the worst year for number ones ever.

  2. 2
    Billy Smart on 24 Oct 2009 #

    Here are the phantom number ones of 1985 that got to the top of the NME chart, but not the Gallup one;

    Wham! – Everything She Wants/ Last Christmas (1 week)
    King – Love & Pride (1)
    Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Welcome To The Pleasuredome (1)
    Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World (3)
    Madonna – Crazy For You (1)
    A-Ha – Take On Me (1)
    Elton John – Nikita (1)

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    Billy Smart on 24 Oct 2009 #

    NME Critics poll for 1985 singles;

    1. Never Understand – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    2. Just Like Honey – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    3. Running Up That Hill – Kate Bush
    4. How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths
    5. Tupelo – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
    6. You Trip Me Up – The Jesus & Mary Chain
    7. Yesterday’s Men – Madness
    8. Single Life – Cameo
    9. A Pair Of Brown Eyes – The Pouges
    10. Death Valley ’69 – Sonic Youth & Lynda Lunch
    11. Death Of A European – The Three Johns
    12. Here I Come – Barrington Levy
    13. Nightshift – The Commodores
    14. Caravan Of Love – Isley, Jasper, Isley
    15. Back In Stride – Maze
    16. Johnny Come Home – Fine Young Cannibals
    17. Boys Of Summer – Don Henley
    18. Into The Groove – Madonna
    19. Status Quo – Donald Banks
    20. Blue – Fine Young Cannibals
    21. All Fall Down – Primal Scream
    22. Sho’ Nuff Bumpin’ – Eu
    23. Makes No Scence At All – Husker Du
    24. Bonzo Goes To Bitburg – The Ramones
    25. Jumping Into Love – Champion Doug Veitch
    26. Cruiser’s Creek/LA – The Fall
    27. Still Smokin’ – Troublefunk
    28. The Wind Of Change – Robert Wyatt & The Swapo Singers
    29. Time After Time – Miles Davis
    30. Up The Hill Down The Slope – The Loft
    31. Under Me Sleng Teng – Wayne Smith
    32. Born In The USA – Bruce Springsteen
    33. Lover Girl – Teena Marie
    34. Let My People Go – The Winans
    35. King Of Rock – Run DMC
    36. Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads
    37. Motor Slug – Wiseblood
    38. Let Them Eat Bogshed – Bogshed
    39. Turn It Up – Conway Brothers
    40. Raspberry Beret – Prince
    41. Move Closer – Phyllis Nelson
    42. How Will The Wolf Survive?/Don’t Worry Baby – Los Lobos
    43. Raping A Slave – The Swans
    44. Set It Off – Strafe
    45. Fields Of Glass – The Triffids
    46. Movin’ ‘N’ Groovin’ – Redds & The Boys
    47. Ironmasters – The Men They Couldn’t Hang
    48. Uncle Sam – Madness
    49. Birthday Girl – Microdisney
    50. Yu Gung – Einsturzende Neubauten

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    Jungman Jansson on 24 Oct 2009 #

    8/19 for me, sticking fairly close to Tom’s official party line but substituting Foreigner and Jennifer Rush for Phyllis Nelson and Phil & Phil. Madonna and Dead or Alive at the top, and Shaky, Sharkey and Bowie/Jagger at the bottom, I think. Not that bad a year, but Madonna and DoA are the only ones I would give more than a 7.

    SwedenWatch end-of-year round up – sales charts #1’s:

    Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas?
    Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is
    USA for Africa – We Are the World
    Opus – Live is Life
    Paul Hardcastle – 19
    Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
    Sandra – (I’ll Never Be) Maria Magdalena
    Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
    a-ha – Take on Me

    And #1’s from the listener voted public service radio show Tracks’ chart, for good measure:

    Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is
    Cyndi Lauper – All Through the Night
    Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better
    REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
    USA for Africa – We Are the World
    Narada Michael Walden with Patti Austen – Gimme, Gimme, Gimme
    Nolan Thomas – Yo Little Brother
    +1 – Nevermore
    Duran Duran – A View to a Kill
    Scotch – Delirio Mind
    Go West – Call Me
    Eurythmics – There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart)
    Sandra – (I’ll Never Be) Maria Magdalena
    Baltimora – Tarzan Boy
    Falco – Rock Me Amadeus
    John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)
    Bryan Adams – Heaven
    Tone Norum – Can’t You Stay
    Thompson Twins – King for a Day
    Starship – We Built This City

    That amounts to a grand total of TWO Swedish acts – the largely forgotten +1 and Tone Norum (sister of John Norum from Europe, whose material was also written and produced by Joey Tempest of the same band). None of whom actually performed in Swedish. So you can see why the British and American charts are about as pertinent to me as the local ones.

    The Tracks chart seems unusually volatile compared to later years; maybe a result of the show being a fairly recent invention without a large, established voter base. It also sticks curiously close to the Billboard chart, occasionally flipping over into Italo disco/europop. And you may spot a particular Austrian entry that I shan’t say any more about.

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    TomLane on 24 Oct 2009 #

    These were the #1’s in the U.S. for 1985:
    First to last:
    Foreigner – I Want To Know What Love Is
    Wham – Careless Whisper
    REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling
    Phil Collins – One More Night
    USA For Africa – We Are The World
    Madonna – Crazy For You
    Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
    Wham – Everything She Wants
    Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World
    Bryan Adams – Heaven
    Phil Collins – Sussudio
    Duran Duran – View To A Kill
    Paul Young – Everytime You Go Away
    Tears for Fears – Shout
    Huey Lewis & The News – Power of Love
    John Parr – St. Elmo’s Fire
    Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
    Ready for the World – Oh Sheila
    A-Ha – Take on Me
    Whitney Houston – Saving All My Love For You
    Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme
    Starship – We Built This City
    Phil Collins & Marily Martin – Separate Lives
    Mr. Mister – Broken Wings
    Lionel Richie – Say You Say Me

    Most weeks at #1- Lionel (4)
    Number of shared U.S. and Brit #1’s- (3) Foreigner, USA for Africa and Whitney

  6. 6
    LondonLee on 24 Oct 2009 #

    Only 5 from me and one of those was a toss-up. Very poor, Reeves. Shockingly I’d have picked 9 of the US number ones. How dare they do better than us! It’s against all the rules of pop!

  7. 7
    Rory on 24 Oct 2009 #

    Seven out of 19 for me, including one outlier, but none rated higher than 7. Whether or not it was the worst year for number ones, it claims one record: it was the first year that the UK charts had eight number ones that also reached the top of the Australian charts, beating 1984’s previous peak of seven. (The Kent Report also shows there were seven in common in 1965 and 1967, but his 1960s charts were retrospective constructions based on state-by-state charts; there were no official national Australian charts in the ’60s.) The 1985 singles in question were Foreigner, USA for Africa, Madonna, UB40 & Hynde, Bowie & Jagger, Jennifer Rush, Feargal Sharkey, and Whitney Houston. I bought precisely none of them, although I did buy one Australian chart-topper (Midnight Oil’s Species Deceases EP).

    We’ll see a dramatic tailing off of number-ones-in-common next year, although in top 5 or 10 terms the two charts still have plenty in common for the next few years. That peak of eight doesn’t occur again until 2004, but that was out of 31 number ones versus 19. In terms of overall proportions 1984’s 7/14 is hard to beat, but it’s safe to say that 1985 is one of the years when the UK and Australian number ones were most strongly aligned. There haven’t been another 24 months like the ones we’ve just seen in the two and a half decades since.

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    lonepilgrim on 24 Oct 2009 #

    The Face Top 50 singles for 1985:

    01: Grace Jones – Slave to the rhythm
    02: Cameo – Single Life
    03: Jesus and Mary Chain – Never understand
    04: Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
    05: Duran Duran – A view to a kill
    06: Harlequin Fours – Set it off
    07: Lisa Lisa and Full Force – I wonder if I take you home
    08: Doug E. Fresh – The Show
    09: Trouble Funk – Still Smokin’
    10: Mai Tai – History
    10: Madonna – Into the Groove
    12: Donald Banks – Status Quo
    13: Pet Shop Boys – Opportunities (Let’s make lots of money)
    13: Prince – Paisley Park
    15: Steve Arrington – Feel so real
    16: Beastie Boys – Rock Hard
    17: Fats Comet – Stormy Weather
    17: Eurythmics – Would I lie to you
    17: Macattack – Art of Drums
    20: James Ingram – Ya mo B there
    21: The Smiths – The Boy with the thorn in his side
    22: The Clash – This is England
    23: Colonel Abrams – Trapped
    24: Mass Extension – Happy Feet
    25: Conway Brothers – Turn it up
    26: Rene and Angela – Save your love
    27: MCA and Burzootie – Drum Machine
    27: Anthony Redrose – Tempo
    29: Eurythmics – There must be an angel
    30: Madonna – Material Girl
    31: The Pogues – Sally Maclennane
    32: Prince – Pop Life
    33: Horace Andy – Sting me a sting
    33: York – It’s only a dream
    35: The Smiths – Shakespeare’s sister
    36: The Pogues – A pair of Brown eyes
    37: Art of Noise – Moments in Love
    38: Motorslug – Wise Blood
    39: Scritti Politti – Hypnotise
    39: Maria Vidal – Body Rock
    41: E.U. – Sho’ Nuff Bumpin’
    42: LL Cool J – I can give you more
    43: Prince – Raspberry Beret
    43: Cameo – Young american
    45: Andre Cymone – Dance Electric
    46: Lorna G – Three Weeks Gone (Mi Giro)
    47: Billy Idol – White Wedding
    48: Bobby Womack – I wish he didn’t trust me so much
    48: Dennis Brown – How sweet it is
    50: Doubled D & Steinski – Master Mix 3

    I swear some of those sound made up – possibly to trip up the cooler than cool.

    By this stage David Toop was the regular music writer for The Face and he was a big influence on my tastes and appreciation for music.

    I saw Bruce Springsteen play at Newcastle in the first part of the year, worked and travelled in America for the first time where I developed a love of Prince’s music and an appreciation of just how segmented tastes were in that country. I returned to live and study in London where I got to see Tom Waits and Blyth Power ( although not on the same stage).
    I voted for only 7 from this year’s crop of hits – not a vintage year for Number 1s

  9. 9
    Rory on 24 Oct 2009 #

    What most evokes 1985 for me in chart terms is scarcely to be found on the UK number ones chart. The Eurythmics were one touchstone, although I’ve already mentioned that Australia had the other hit from that album. Tears for Fears are another big gap. Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” we discussed a few threads ago, and there’s another band we’ll get to soon enough. I also bought and adored Simple Minds’ “Alive and Kicking”, which no doubt is too late in their discography to be cool, but screw that. (Hey, my favourite album of theirs is Real Life, so what do I know.) And although they never bothered the top ten, Killing Joke’s “Love Like Blood” and Night Time were huge for me that year, thanks to a mate at matric who put me onto them. He also introduced me to the charms of Who’s Next and Quadrophenia, so I owe him double; thanks, Sim.

  10. 10
    Billy Smart on 24 Oct 2009 #

    Melody Maker critics’ singles of 1985;

    1) Bring On the Dancing Horses: Echo & the Bunnymen
    2) Running Up That Hill: Kate Bush
    3) Johnny Come Home: Fine Young Cannibals
    4) Duel: Propaganda
    5) Going Down To Liverpool: The Bangles
    6) In Between Days: The Cure
    7) Between The Wars: Billy Bragg
    8) Slave To Love: Bryan Ferry
    9) I Feel Love: Bronski Beat & Marc Almond
    10) The Boys Of Summer: Don Henley

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    Tom on 24 Oct 2009 #

    Is there any publication now – print, web, whatever – with a music outlook quite like The Face’s? I didn’t read it at the time (obviously, I was 12!) but their early singles lists look amazingly enviable.

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    Abe Fruman on 25 Oct 2009 #
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    Abe Fruman on 25 Oct 2009 #

    A very poor year indeed – only two bankers in DoA and our Madge with the Phils, Wham! and Eurythmics just about scraping a 6.

    And who voted for UBfucking40???

    I’m sure there is help available.

  14. 14
    ottersteve on 25 Oct 2009 #

    This was the point in time when I knew I was getting to old for “pop” music. I turned 31 and suddenly the number of new releases I seemed to enjoy plummeted dramatically this year. I never really recovered my taste for new music after this. I only considered 2 of the above list to be worthy of 6 points or more as opposed to 6-8 of all previous years No. 1’s. There hasn’t been any year since 1984 that I consider to be of a significant vintage.

    It’s also the year I switched my radio tuner permanently to radio 2!
    Pipe & slippers please.

  15. 15
    LondonLee on 25 Oct 2009 #

    #11 Not Freaky Trigger, Tom?

    The Face was “lucky” to come along during something of a golden age for pop, dance and indie music. It helped not having any particular musical axes to grind other than “do they have good haircuts?”

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    Conrad on 25 Oct 2009 #

    3 out of 18 for me; Madonna, Phyllis and Bailey/Collins

    A significant decline in the Top 40 this year, and a wretched 12 months for No 1s, although there were still a few fine singles around, many of them cropping up in The Face selection.

    I’d add Arcadia’s Election Day, Scritti – Word Girl & Perfect Way, Eric B/Rakim – Eric B is President, Bowie/Metheny – This is not America, Ashford & Simpson – Solid, Simply Red – Money’s Too Tight, Kirsty MaCcoll – New England and Tin Tin – Kiss Me

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    ace inhibitor on 25 Oct 2009 #

    can we have the bar chart back? I need to confirm that 85 ended up being popularofficially worse than 1967, based on tom’s marks, but am too lazy to do the calculation myself.

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    Mark M on 25 Oct 2009 #

    I voted for only three – Wham!, Whitney and Madonna (not going to let my later hatred of her ruin my like for many of her early songs). But those NME and The Face end of year lists are full of stuff I loved then and love still, although I maintain that DC Go-Go is one of the most tedious genres of music ever conceived. I have a memory that the NME gave its album of the year jointly to Rain Dogs and Psychocandy, but online sources have them as one and two (P*nk Lord S, any recall?) – both had a big impact on me. Anyway, I was entering into about three years of taking what magazines said very seriously indeed. for better or worse:

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    swanstep on 25 Oct 2009 #

    @17 Ace. Here’s the chart you’re probably looking for. The Tom-score average for 1985 ended up crawling just above 1967’s dismal-ness. 1985 and 1967 have the same Tom-score median.

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    Billy Smart on 26 Oct 2009 #

    Re 18: That’s correct, Rain Dogs and Psychocandy were officially joint winners.

    Ten years later the same thing happened at Melody Maker when Different Class and Maxinequay were dual album of the year.

  21. 21
    Erithian on 26 Oct 2009 #

    The end-of-year Radio 1 best-sellers list:

    1 The Power of Love
    2 I Know Him So Well
    3 Into The Groove
    4 19
    5 Frankie
    6 Dancing in the Street
    7 Move Closer
    8 Take On Me – A-Ha (2)
    9 A Good Heart
    10 Love and Pride – King (2)
    11 I Want To Know What Love Is
    12 Easy Lover
    13 Axel F – Harold Faltermeyer (2)
    14 I Got You Babe
    15 Crazy For You – Madonna (2)
    16 Solid – Ashford and Simpson (3)
    17 You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
    18 There Must Be An Angel
    19 Do They Know It’s Christmas?
    20 Cherish – Kool and the Gang (4)
    21 Trapped – Colonel Abrams (3)
    22 Everybody Wants To Rule The World – Tears for Fears (2)
    23 I’m Your Man
    24 Saving All My Love For You
    25 You’ll Never Walk Alone
    26 If I Was
    27 Dancing in the Dark – Bruce Springsteen (4)
    28 Nikita – Elton John (3)
    29 1999 / Little Red Corvette – Prince (2)
    30 Holding Out For A Hero – Bonnie Tyler (2)

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    Billy Smart on 26 Oct 2009 #

    TOTPWatch: 25 December 1985.

    In the studio were; King, Alison Moyet, Dead Or Alive, Baltimora, Billy Ocean, Feargal Sharkey and Paul Young. Gary Davies, Jonathan King, Janice Long, Dixie Peach, John Peel and Steve Wright were the hosts.

  23. 23
    Martin Skidmore on 26 Oct 2009 #

    I ticked 5, but apart from Madonna I don’t think any of the rest would have scored above 6, and I think I may have been generous with a couple at that.

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    stuart on 26 Oct 2009 #

    I ticked 3 – by a BIG margin the worst year for me since I came in.
    Madonna was my banker here, and I surprised myself on relistening to mark Whitney in and Dead or Alive out. Madonna the only one that’s a solid 6+ for me, mind. (an 8, or 9 on the right day)

  25. 25
    AndyPandy on 26 Oct 2009 #

    Bound to be the worst year so far for me too only Paul Hardcastle, Foreigner and Phyllis Nelson managed it.Even the club scene was pretty shit that year too…leadenly unfunky (but not bangin’) drums retreads of templates that had been used ad infinitum since the early 80s (ie Evelyn King’s “Your Personal Touch”, desperate dated discoey funk like Full Circle ‘Workin’ Up A Sweat’ rather like New Pop an extremely swift descent from the heights into into crap…

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    H. on 27 Oct 2009 #

    In my mind 1985 always felt like some kind of nadir, and so it seems to be, glancing over not just the number ones but the critics’ lists as well. Of the number ones, Into The Groove is the only one I really love. As for the critics’ lists – sure, there is some good stuff there but it’s hard not to see 1985 as a kind of in-between year. The last of the post-punk and new pop groups are mixing it up with a nascent dance music scene which would only really start to happen in the following year.

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    wichita lineman on 27 Oct 2009 #

    I never thought I’d be its sole cheerleader, but I’m surprised that The Cult’s She Sells Sanctuary didn’t make it into any publication’s year end chart. It was THE indie disco (though that term didn’t yet exist) hit of the year. Of course, they were monumentally unhip.

    1985, like 1967, felt like mums and dads had gone ‘that’s enough of THAT’ and switched the dial. Live Aid was like Engelbert, Vince Hill and Tom Jones for me. Something died and we had to go back to basics to get pop back on its feet: yes, we fought the indie wars for the likes of The View and The Wombats. As for a nadir, though, 1987 felt like a worse year, in spite of the underground occasionally bubbling to the surface. We’ll see.

    As others have done, I felt generous and gave 6 or more to 6, but only Madonna (a 10 for me) would have scored more than 7.

    Re 18: Go Go! Yes! Thought I was on my own there.

  28. 28
    Gavin Wright on 27 Oct 2009 #

    Madonna, Dead Or Alive and the two Phils for me – this is a poor year but there are worse to come…

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    wichita lineman on 27 Oct 2009 #

    1953 is still Tom’s worst year by a mile. At a quick glance I’d give 6 or more to 7 out of 14. Anyone else as fond of You Belong To Me, Hey Joe and Comes Along A Love? I’ll sit down, then.

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    Tom on 27 Oct 2009 #

    I am now very fond of them – I don’t think my marking scheme was settled in the early 50s, and I appreciate the music more now – I don’t think there’d be an awful lot more 8+s (Mambo Italiano maybe) but a bunch in the 4-6 range were probably a point too low.

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    Steve Mannion on 27 Oct 2009 #

    8 ticks for me (being a bit harsh on Foreigner and Wham but they stall on 5), a v front-loaded year for sure.

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    AndyPandy on 27 Oct 2009 #

    I think 1953 was great: I’d give Jo Stafford and Mantovani both 10, ‘I Believe’ 9, Kay Starr and ‘Hey Joe’ both 7, both ‘Answer Me”s possibly 6. The rest 4 and 5 and only Lita Roza a 2.

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    thefatgit on 27 Oct 2009 #

    8 of those made the cut for me. 1985 was the year I got my first car (MK111 Cortina…heap of shit). Foreigner was a proper make out tune. Thank god those seats were vinyl (so easy to clean)! But I digress.

    I was listening to a cassette of Trouble Funk in the car when I had my first crash. I soon grew weary of Go-Go after that!

  34. 34
    IJ on 29 Oct 2009 #

    That was not a very good year. Ticked 5, two only just including Shakin’ Stevens. DoA is the only real standout from that entire list.

  35. 35
    lonepilgrim on 30 Oct 2009 #

    barring some improbable X-factor cover scenario (which now I mention it doesn’t sound entirely improbable given what happened with Hallelujah) I think it’s unlikely that Tom Waits will be troubling these threads – so as this was the year that Raindogs achieved the number 1 NME critics spot I was wondering what others here make of him.
    I’ve always found him entertaining in his use of a theatrical persona (boho glam) to animate some offbeat narratives and his change of style around Swordfishtrombones created an engaging tension between the sentimentality of his lyrics with the dissonant tones of the music. However, both of those two albums mixed in more conventional styles (on tunes such as ‘Downtown Train’, ‘Town with no cheer’ and ‘Time’) alongside the more ‘awkward’ ones.
    Although my opinion of him has stayed pretty constant his critical stock seems to have become somewhat inflated over the years. What seemed like a brave step away from the formulaic style of his earlier records now seems like another formula – and one to which he has clung onto for far longer. I’m not sure he deserves all the critical acclaim he receives compared to other artists such as, for instance, Randy Newman or (a personal favourite) Rickie Lee Jones.
    I gave up on him when the Frank’s Wild Years album came out but perhaps I’m doing him a disservice?

  36. 36
    ottersteve on 1 Nov 2009 #

    Tom #30.

    Welcome to the beginning of the male menopause! One of the first signs of this is the appreciation of music that you absolutely had no time for 20 years previous. I know – I was there. And I simply love it when Dale Winton covers a top 20-of-such&such-week during one year of the 50’s on radio 2. One advantage of this of course that old musuc becomes new music to your ears, and by making allowances for the period it is possible to actually enjoy listening to them in a way you never thought possible.

    Log onto Spotify and simply enjoy!

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    LondonLee on 2 Nov 2009 #

    I lost track of Tom Waits after ‘Frank’s Wild Years’ as well, his voice just got too phlegmy (sp?) and the songs a tad too ‘Threepenny Opera’ for me to enjoy.

    I have been listening to the older ones a fair bit lately though, especially ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ and ‘Blue Valentine’

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    Mark M on 2 Nov 2009 #

    Re 35 & TW’s critical stock. I’d argue that Waits was at his peak as a critics’ cause in the mid-’80s, and also much cited by key figures of the day like Matt Johnson and Nick Cave. What happened sneakily in through the 90s is that the number of people buying his music and listening to it grew and grew despite the increasing clanginess of the albums. The degree of wider coverage he now gets is actually, I suspect, more driven by the market than you’d imagine.

    In so far as people write about him, I can’t imagine a musician more praised than Randy Newman, but the bookshops aren’t crammed with books about Newman because he doesn’t haven’t the fanbase*.

    I’d argue that the only one of the proper Tom Waits albums (as opposed to soundtrack etc things) that succumbs to grim self-parody is the largely tune-free Real Gone, all bang and rasp. For those who like the more tuneful Waits, I’d refer you to the consistenly lovely Bawlers disc of from Orphans box set.

    *Millions know and possibly love Newman songs from Pixar films, but they don’t know them as “Randy Newman songs”.

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    mike on 4 Nov 2009 #

    OK, deep breath… this was my Singles of the Year list at the time, and it’s more than a little WTF in hindsight:

    1. you are my world – communards
    2. slave to the rhythm – grace jones
    3. johnny come home – fine young cannibals
    4. status quo – donald banks
    5. the show – doug e. fresh
    6. blue – fine young cannibals
    7. i’ll still be looking up to you – wilton felder ft bobby womack & alltrina grayson
    8. the lady don’t mind – talking heads
    9. can’t get there from here – r.e.m.
    10. it’s gonna take some time this time – millie jackson
    11. if things were perfect / hymn from a village – james
    12. walls come tumbling down – style council
    13. the wind of change – robert wyatt & the swapo singers
    14. under mi sleng teng – wayne smith
    15. sisters are doing it for themselves – eurythmics & aretha franklin
    16. raspberry beret – prince
    17. i had a dream – long ryders
    18. chief inspector – wally badarou
    19. tequila – no way jose
    20. leave it to luck – topper headon

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    a tanned rested and unlogged lørd sükråt wötsît on 4 Nov 2009 #

    haha i did a doubletake at no.4 mike!

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    swanstep on 4 Nov 2009 #

    One song that I’ve been surprised not to see on any of these lists is Princess’s ‘Say I’m your #1’. It was massive in clubs in the second half of 1985 IIRC, like Dead or Alive’s hit it was an early, superior outing from Stock Aitken Waterman, its knicking of musical figures from Strawberry Letter 23 felt genuinely inspired, and it had some of the appealing spaciness that Madonna’s ‘Crazy for you’ had (which was one of the great sounds of the year). I just checked wiki. and apparently ‘Say..’ sold over a million copies worldwide…

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    AndyPandy on 4 Nov 2009 #

    Yes “Say I’m Your Number One” was thought “street” enough (although obviously poppy too) to feature on the pirates heavily for some time around the same period as Mai Tai “History” and the Cool Notes “Never Too Young” IIRC to bring up a couple more poppier pirate tracks from the same time…

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    Billy Smart on 4 Nov 2009 #

    1985/6 was the regal period when Prince, Princess, King and Queen all had hits!

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    swanstep on 5 Nov 2009 #

    @Billy Smart 43. Ha, yes, it’s odd when a naming theme emerges seemingly out of nowhere (like the three huge ‘Power of loves’ in 1985). People forget now, but in 1993 (or whenever it was that Radiohead emerged) there were ridiculous numbers of bands around with -head names (Machinehead, Radiohead, Basehead, the Propellorheads, Head of David, etc., Shinehead was still around. And Bush had a song that was played to death called ‘Machinehead’.). A lot of people *wanted* to dismiss RH early on as one hit wonders (RH hurt themselves on that front by sometimes playing ‘Creep’ twice per set on their first US tour – critics pounced), and that they had one of the most generic/boring names of the time played into that and made some people (quite unfairly) think of RH as bandwagon jumpers of some sort. The Bends showed everyone of course, but also by 1995 RH were essentially the only (esp. grungy) -head act still standing, so now their name felt neutral or better.

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    mike on 5 Nov 2009 #

    And we’ve currently got a glut of “Crystal” indie bands: Crystal Castles, Crystal Stilts, Crystal Antlers, The Crystal Method, Crystal Fighters, Crystal Skulls. Lord knows why…

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    Steve Mannion on 5 Nov 2009 #

    Crystal Tipps & Alistair just reformed.

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    swanstep on 5 Nov 2009 #

    @45, 46. Good lord, well the only ‘Crystal’ outfit I recognize on that list is The Crystal Method. I’m seriously out of the loop these days.

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    Billy Smart on 5 Nov 2009 #

    I’m pretty sure that I have some idea who Crystal Castles are. Aren’t they supposed to be sweary, guerilla-gigging, punk types? Or perhaps that was one of the other ones.

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    Steve Mannion on 5 Nov 2009 #

    you’re thinking of Crystal Palace fans

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    Billy Smart on 13 Nov 2009 #

    NME Readers’ Poll for best single, 1985;

    1. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Never Understand
    2. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
    3. The Jesus & Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
    4. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
    5. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
    6. The Smiths – The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    7. The Style Council – Walls Come Tumbling Down
    8. Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home
    9. New Order – The Perfect Kiss
    10. The Pogues – A Pair Of Brown Eyes
    11. U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
    12. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars
    13. The Jesus & Mary Chain – You Trip Me Up
    14. The Ramones – Bonzo Goes To Bitburg
    15. Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere

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    Billy Smart on 13 Nov 2009 #

    Melody Maker Readers Poll, Best Single 1985;

    1. The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
    2. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
    3. Billy Bragg – Between The Wars
    4. The Cure – Inbetween Days
    5. Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
    6. The Smiths – The Boy With The Thorn In His Side
    7. Simple Minds – Alive & Kicking
    =. Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
    9. U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
    10. Propaganda – Duel

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    DV on 28 Dec 2009 #

    Musically speaking, this was a year of total fail.

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    wichita lineman on 18 Oct 2010 #

    In Italy, Band Aid hit number one on Feb 17th and Wham!’s Last Christmas eventually got there in March. They wish it could be Christmas every day, I assume.

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    punctum on 11 Jun 2014 #

    TPL gets going with 1985, a year that never really gets going. First, a wrecked soul with something to say, and if only we could hear it through the wall of benign plastic that she’s stuck behind.

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    punctum on 24 Jun 2014 #

    TPL asks: is this land still his land?

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    punctum on 26 Jun 2014 #

    TPL gets to the year’s most violent and confrontational opposing popstrological star.

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    punctum on 27 Jun 2014 #

    TPL update: this is what Thatcher’s Britain wanted instead of socialism.

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    punctum on 29 Jun 2014 #

    TPL on that difficult (but not in a bad way) second album.

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    punctum on 29 Jun 2014 #

    TPL update. Nearly three thousand bloody words. I’m sorry.

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    punctum on 1 Jul 2014 #

    TPL on the biggest album of the decade.

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    punctum on 2 Jul 2014 #

    TPL update: “You don’t have to take this crap.”

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    punctum on 3 Jul 2014 #

    TPL update: “heatwave to nightshade.”

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    punctum on 4 Jul 2014 #

    TPL update: “J’entend ton coeur.”

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    punctum on 7 Jul 2014 #

    TPL gets to Now 5.

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    punctum on 18 Jul 2014 #

    One of the best TPL posts there has ever been, and one of the best number one albums too: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/kate-bush-hounds-of-love.html

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    punctum on 27 Jul 2014 #

    TPL on the last K-Tel number one.

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    punctum on 29 Jul 2014 #

    TPL on Simple Minds, once upon a time: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/simple-minds-once-upon-time.html

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    punctum on 5 Aug 2014 #

    TPL update: stronger than Pride.

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    punctum on 7 Aug 2014 #

    TPL update: the first of four consecutive Various Artists compilations.

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    punctum on 11 Aug 2014 #

    TPL update: pop versus Adorno.

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    punctum on 12 Aug 2014 #

    TPL says: “it’s Christmas.” Britain says: “Humbug!”

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    Adam on 27 Mar 2015 #

    Fitting that my birth year was the lowpoint of pop… my best friend, also a music geek born a week earlier, shared my opinion that the entire decade was a nadir until we recently came around. Can’t blame us.

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    speedwell54 on 18 Jan 2018 #

    003/01/1985 TOTP Peel and Skinner host. “21 years old today” that’s the programme not the hosts. First edition of 1985 and the times they are a-changin’. More details later we are promised. Meanwhile…

    Smiley Culture -“Police Officer” about the ‘producer’, and now we have ‘stop and search’. Sad end for Mr Culture with some police involvement in 2011.

    Sal Solo with”San Damiano” or “Sandamiano” as BBC graphics had it. There’s a choir and Christmas has passed, what’s going on? Nmcot of tea. Short pop career but still recording.

    You said, we listened. Skinner tells us after research that we want more top hits. So the whole top ten. The edits vary in length.

    10 – Foreigner – I Want to Know What Love Is. Video clip.
    9 – Paul Young – Everything Must Change- Full ish video. I think this a great song which he co wrote . Palladino -with his distinctive fretless bass -and the great backing of Chandler Jackson and Chambers complete a top track.
    8 Tear For Fears – Shout in the studio – from Songs from the Big HAIR as we called it. Still with a head full today as seen on the recent Radio 2 in concert where they close with this track.
    7 FGTH – The Power Of Love – video. Despite the theme no one considers this Christmassy
    6 Ghostbusters- video, sticking around
    5 Toy Dolls – Nellie The Elephant- in the studio
    4 Madonna Like A Virgin- video clip
    3 Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus – We All Stand Together – live in the studio, well actually, no. video clip. BBC captions miss off the “We”
    2 Wham – Everything She Wants- in the studio. They give a good performance with a dance routine from George, Pepsi and Shirlie. Possibly their best single.
    1 Band Aid -“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” video; and their inability to perform live probably the nail in the coffin for this lot of one hit wonders!

    Out to Step Off -and the audience have no idea how to dance to this. Track rather dated now lyrically and musically.

    Not a massive fan of the format and things will have to change because this was a 40 minute episode, and we only got 3 non top ten tracks. The 30 minute episodes can’t be far away with Eastenders starting sometime this year.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    Mark G on 21 Jan 2018 #

    Hey! Let’s monetise the pages! But, before that, its Top of the pops!

    And we are straight into.. The Limit? Nope. Don’t remember this at all. I must have been on holiday. Thats a lot of people for a duo. All the blokes look like Gary Davies. Its vaguely soft-soap soul. File next to Lynx and forget all about it.

    And Powell introduces one of the bands succeeding in 1985 — Prince. Hmmm. Anyway, its 1999 which has finally got into the charts. I dunno, people are slow sometimes. You got a free copy of ‘Little Red Corvette’ with it, I know I bought one. Shush. Shhhhhhhhh

    Ah Gary Davies has a black jacket on to avoid being mistaken for … no its gone. Anyway, Amii Stewart sings a nice song which I don’t remember either. Where was I, I wonder. January 1985? Budapest maybe? Oh, some interesting dancing there…

    Smiley Culture needs no introduction, so he doesn’t get one. And he doesn’t want a producer. I guess he mixed it himself. First mention of Ganja on the pops? Gary Davies is impressed Smiley can remember all those words. The girl behind him looks very unimpressed with Gary. Moving on…

    Russ Abbot cuts out the middle earth, and brings Prestatyn to the show! Oh, and the “Frankie goes to Hollywood” bit sounds like a direct sample from “Relax” by the way. Seek out Ted Chippington’s cover, and his different FGTH bit. If you know what I am meaning if I say “Thrashing Shit”, then well done. If not, don’t worry about it…

    And here are some rubbish videos we might vote for in the Best Video category. I assume Radio Gaga won, but.

    Ooh, Art of noise are in the chart! Goody.

    And now we concentrate on the top ten. Not enough Strawberry Switchblade, too much Paul Young,..

    Melle Mel does that intro from I feel for you, but the rest sounds like Fresh Prince of Bel Air so I guess you can stamp this one ‘dated’.

    More chart. Elaine Page and Barbra Dixon do the song that fails the Bechdel test.

    And Band Aid are finally off the top, and Foreigner are there.

    And now, a play out of a Bruce Springsteen reentry. Funnily enough, this one finally becomes his first sizeable hit over here after, what, ten years of holding out? Yeah, he had a couple of lower-thirty ones, but up to a few months ago Bruce Foxton had more bigger hits, so muse on that, or not.

    Anyway, shows over, highlight was mmmm there wasn’t one so we’ll let the Toy Dolls keep the award from last week. (Reissues don’t count) (OK the toy dolls, but that was a re-record not a reissue. Does anyone remember when they had a Toy Doll on the ‘Guess Who’ bit on Buzzcocks? None of them was Olga. I looked it up, and it was their ‘original’ singer who quit after two months so no wonder no-one knew. There was no mention from the Toy Dolls camp about it anyway. And they are still going, travelling the world, working hard and doubtless earning a fair crust. Anyway, time to close the bracket and leave you with a closing word)


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    speedwell54 on 5 Feb 2018 #

    31/01/1985 TOTP.

    We’ve missed an episode due to Smitty. Couple, Powell and Long host tonight and Pete gives the kiss of death to the Big Sound Authority predicting a bright future; this is their only hit. This House is a decent track. Guitarist is a bit too enthusiastic.

    On to The Art Of Music – half video, half in the studio. Not easy to mime to they universally make a right hash. This was quite exciting at the time and different from everything else in the charts at the time.

    Janice introduces the top 40 Breakers on video, Adams -Run to You, Collins-Sussudio, Benatar -We Belong, Commodores- Nightshift ( all top 5 in the US btw)

    The Colourfield- Thinking of You. In the studio. Will he crack a smile. No. The female singer – Katrina -has the same mouth as Keira Knightley. All good. Into a countdown. Peter says Terry nearly broke into a smile and I feel I’m oh so obvious all of a sudden.

    Now into the top ten Clips. Bruce – Dancing in the Dark -long clip, we get to see
    a young Courtney Cox plucked for the crowd, Like a Virgin- short clip, Russ Abbott long clip, Strawberry Switchblade, short clip, Ashford and Simpson clip, Shout TFF short clip, King – Love and Pride clip, Prince 1999 clip, Paige/Dixon IKHSW. Foreigner at No1 long clip and it pays right to the very end.

    Again just three acts in the studio it seems like most of the time we’re just getting adverts for songs rather than the songs themselves.

    Not my favourite, this is a poor format.

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    speedwell54 on 15 Feb 2018 #

    07/02/1985 TOTP- Skinner and Davies. 21 songs tonight states Gary so no doubt clip city.

    King- Love and Pride. This week in the studio, all but the keyboard player with a mullet. At its peak of No2.

    Gary introduces Bryan Adams on video, “a guy who featured last week in the top 40 breakers and as a result of that, he’s gone up 7 places to number 11”. Correlation is not causation. Anyway he has another three weeks at 11 due to the snow in his video.

    Sussudio – Phil Collins in the sus sus studio. A little 1999, but this brassy affair chugs along but doesn’t really go anywhere. nmcot.

    Kirsty MacColl – Gary makes some clumsy remark about her having a big stomach. A New England – on video.

    Prime Movers – Top 40 breakers – A Love Like Blood – Killing Joke, You’re The Inspiration – Chicago, 20/20- George Benson, You Spin me Round (Like A Record) – Dead or Alive. The later limps into the charts at no 40 after 10 weeks in the lower reaches.

    Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better- Another brassy song and a another song doing better in America than here. The keyboard solo sounds dated.

    Billy Ocean – Loverboy. On video, looking a bit like a Star Wars movie but featuring Billy Ocean.

    Charts -countdown to the top ten on video. AoN,Switchblade,TFF, Russ, Bruce,Prince, Ashford and Simpson -long clip, Foreigner, King.

    Paige and Dickson at No1 ‘I Know Him, So Well’ as Skinner says.
    Out to ‘We Belong’. With shorter clips from the breakers and top ten we at least got to see a few more acts this week

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 2 Mar 2018 #

    14/2/1985 TOTP Bates and Long host. Poor Janice, looking a little countrified in a betasselled black leather jacket and one of those funny bow ties. Funny as in unusual, rather than hilarious, although it is pretty weird, she’s not borrowed it off a clown.

    Dead or Alive kick off the proceedings and Pete does his familiar wavy dance and looks like he’s dislocated both of his ankles. With hands in pockets he lifts his cape above his head like ten year old pretending to be a kite. Sounds good mind, and this is SAW on production on their way to their first number I think. In places it sounds quite Pet Shop Boys circa ’88. Simon bangs on about its slow rise which I’m sure another host did a few weeks ago. Portugal the Man has had a similar slow progress to Feb 2018 although looks like he might just fall short of the top.

    Nightshift- the Commodores – On video. nmcot
    The Colour Field – Thinking of You. They have come back into the studio, Katrina still looks cute but overacts a bit. She is wearing clothes that should be worn over a fat suit, and she is not wearing a fat suit. She’s dyed her hair red too. Janice recommends the parent album out in April. ‘Castles in The Air’ is favourite track of mine, but it missed the charts unfortunately.

    Still very enthusiastic Janice introduces Killing Joke. It’s all a little serious in the performance, but a cracking single. A Love Like Blood.

    Top 40 Breakers – Sharpe and Numan- Change Your Mind- long clip, Kool and the Gang- Misled, strange video, Don Henley – Boys of Summer.

    Janice raves about another album Meat is Murder -The Smiths – Can’t argue with that and states “it’ll be No1 next week”. (Correct, I remember it sneaking in the week before No Jacket Required came out which stopped both Tears for Fears and Howard Jones from back to back No1s ) Janice continues… “From it, The Smiths – How Soon Is Now” – er? no.
    This was No1 in Peel’s Festive 50 in 1984 so kind of late with a single release after being on Hatful late in ’84 but not Meat is Murder (at least for a long time). Tatu do a surprisingly good cover of this and that’s not just about having low expectations.

    Countdown to the top ten and then the video top ten. Nothing new to write about with all these featuring previously. So an easy mini lyrics quiz instead.

    10 I don’t want to change the world
    9 To be in England in the summertime
    8 And you and I’ll be dancing in the cool night air.
    7 And do you feel scared, I do.
    6 I got a lion in my pocket and baby he’s ready to roar.
    5 In my life, there’s been heartache and pain.
    4 I want to change my clothes, my hair, my face.
    3 We build it up and build it up and build it up.
    2 In you I’ve found a story I want to keep hearing.
    1 Looking back I could have played it differently. On video.

    Out to Eugene Wilde – Personality -a bit forgettable

    Not my favourite but there has been worse

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    speedwell54 on 6 Mar 2018 #

    21/2/1985 TOTP Read and Brookes in vaguely matching grey suits. Read has his sleeves pushed up to his elbows and wears a tie – of sorts -on a collarless shirt.

    Howard Jones – Things Can Only Get Better. Live in the studio and a lively performance. Shame about deckchair waistcoat. Things got worse.. as this started a 7 single run of declining chart peaks. On a positive note, first big hit in America.

    Sharpe and Numan – Change Your Mind. Numan looks a bit pale. This got some airplay and I recognise it, which I can’t claim for any Numan tracks after this. Heard Simon Mayo say Gary Numan is 12 days older the Gary Oldman. hmm

    Chart Busters (Breakers are SO last week)
    Prince – Let’s Go Crazy. Take Me With U – the other side was promoted too.
    Mick Jagger – Just Another Night. Ok song and quite Stonesy (surprise) HIs first three solo top 40 hits peaked at 32,32,31.
    ZZTop – Legs- ok
    Little Benny and The Masters- nmcot

    Don Henley – Boys of Summer.. In the studio and making the effort to come over.
    Chart run down.
    Bryan Adams – Run To You — see Don Henley.

    Top ten on video clip
    1999, Nightshft, Close(to The Edit), A New England, Things Can Only Get Better, You Spin, Dancing in the Dark, Solid, and Love and Pride sticking at 2.

    Paige and Dixon -and Bruno can’t quite get the title right- Get To Know You So Well -I think it comes out as. Penultimate week for these two at Number 1. Spawned a fair few covers and parodies. Houston/Houston, Mel C/Emma B, Steps, Winehouse/Nicole, French and Saunders,Paige/Boyle, Kaye/Boyle, Dickson/Savage

    Out to a cover of Shaft.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 8 Mar 2018 #

    7/3/1985 TOTP. Peel and Long- These two get to co-host quite a bit from now on as Janice replaces the Kid who had moved out. They seem to get on pretty well. He flirts, she laughs.

    Shakin’ Stevens – Breaking Up My Heart- For one single, he moved away from his typical 50’s type stuff and this is fine. Absolutely fine. He give 100% to the performance. I would have gone for a higher number such are his antics, but he’s not a footballer. Still blue jeans, still white shoes and pretty much the same dance, but this time at double speed. This was written by the guy who would write his future Christmas no1. His 50th appearance on the programme.

    Madonna – Material Girl twktc video.
    Jermaine Jackson – nmcot but okay and not high pitched or breathy, like his bro. Miming in the studio.

    Busters have gone and we’re back to ‘breakers’- Loose Ends – Hangin’ on a String (Contemplating), Go West – We Close Our Eyes. Easy Lover – Collins/Bailey and on with the countdown.

    Peel re cracks his own joke about Russ Abbotts “Atmosphere” being a Joy Division cover. We stop at 11 and David Cassidy with the Last Kiss. In the studio. He’s a bit too camera savvy for my liking and he’s not as good looking as he thinks he is. Looks like he’s wearing tracky bottoms with shiny white jacket and a yellow shirt. Class.

    Peel makes a rude innuendo joke and Janice laughs, top ten on video.
    Jonesy, the Boss, King, the Purple One, Simpson and Ashford, the Material Girl, Duffers, Commodores (different video). Paige and Dickson (Janice claims Peel discovered them and they’re in session on Peelies show)

    Dead or Alive- Peel reminds us they are a Merseyside band. (he always does this) His black outfit is now white but otherwise the same performance from Pete. Oh, he has an eye patch too.

    Out to Hall and Oates with Method of Modern Love. (Good title for a song)

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 11 Mar 2018 #

    04/04/85 TOTP – We’ve missed three episodes on BBC4; two for Smitty and one, no idea.
    At least we get some new singles.

    Another Eagle has landed with Glen Frey “The Heat Is On” sounding as American as possible. This quickly following bandmate Henley’s “The Boys of Summer” from a few weeks ago. Frey wins this one chart wise, here and there.

    Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer- A diastema sufferer, she wrote this song for her teeth. Not mine. This still sounds good to me.

    Breakers – ABC – Be Near Me – big fan of them and this is good, but not their best. Bryan Adams – Somebody – a Canadian Springsteen – 2nd single, and a few more to come from Reckless. Pat Benatar – Love Is Battlefield- This has a look of a Michael Jackson video and there’s a reason for that. REO Speedwagon – Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore- this hirsute bunch have far too many close ups in the video.

    The Cool Notes – Spend A Night – Tightly produced track. Bates drools over their outfits. Countdown to David Grant and Jaki Graham- they both do the walking on to the dance floor dance. Song’s not for me.

    Top 10 on video. Kiss Me -Stephen ‘Tintin’ Duffy, Wide Boy – Nik Kershaw – Good video. Jermaine Jackson. Every Time You Go Away – Shame we’ve missed this one. Fantastic song by Daryl Hall and this is another great version. Go West – We Close Our Ears, TFF- EWTRTW,
    Moyet – Ole Devil. Pie Jesu, Welcome To The Pleasuredome FGTH who just miss out to..

    Bailey and Collins- Couple of drummers get together and this is pretty good stuff. Loads of hooks. A making the video video. It’s long too, but doesn’t feel it. Bates mentions Collins is No1 stateside as well. It’s not with this though. One More Night. This stalled at No2. which is surprising as they love him so much over there.

    Out to Now That We’ve Found Love -Third World.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 22 Mar 2018 #

    11/04/1985. TOTP and Janice and John team up again for more gentle teasing and flirting. They are the most engaging partnership at the moment.

    TRS FR FRS -VRYBDY WNTS T RL TH WRLD -in the studio. Curt wears a shapeless yellow top and I spend my time trying to see if he has a ponytail, without success. This and parent album peaked at No2 here, but both went all the way in America.

    S FR FRC – W R TH WRLD -fun to guess who, on the radio and I think famous for Springsteen going totally over the top visually on his solo in the video. This was covered for Helping Haiti when we had Everybody Hurts. Still big stars but younger, and the rapping bit is painful. Also autotuned to Cher proportions in places. Miley Cyrus on both.

    TH RH BND -CLDS CRSS TH MN – almost novelty, but at the Carol Bayer Sager end of the spectrum as apposed to Keith Harris. There’s room for this.

    TH DRM CDMY LF N NRTHRN TWN- Subtitlers applied themselves this week “ah hey ma ma mommy doo-din-nie-ya” Bloke with long hair who looks ok; rare breed. Song did well elsewhere too but they struggled to back it up.

    BRKRS- FRGNR THT W YSTRDY, CHN CRS -BLCK MN RY- I hope we get to see this in full. Not that long ago, I found out Walter Becker was in China Crisis (briefly) at this time and produced this. How did that happen? Donald Fagen wasn’t in Go West! Everybody’s got a random. Collins and Supergran.

    KNG- WN’T Y HLD MY HND NW – Not a decent haircut between them, most sporting a mullet extra. This is ok.

    Long countdown and Peel and Long are in a fun mood and entertain.

    PHL and PHL – SY LVR – Still great. Out to PT BNTR -LV S BTTLFLD

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 25 Mar 2018 #

    25/04/1985 Read and Davies host in matching white jackets and mullets.

    Bronksi and Marc- I Feel Love (Medley). For once in his life Marc gets to tower over somebody; he’s 3″ taller than wee Jimmy Krankie, I mean Somerville,who’s just 5’2. They don’t look at each other during the performance and Marc is slightly behind Jimmy. Their voices don’t really go together, but it works for me.

    Phil- One More Night- nmcot, twktc.
    Rah Band – Clouds Across The Moon – an almost identical performance but they are back in the studio. Gary refers to them as the ‘Okay Rah Band’ for some reason. The countdown to 11.

    Then Breakers. New Model Army with No Rest. Went to see this lot, just a phase. Debarge- Rhythm of the Night – I thought this was very Gloria Estefan.

    Eurythmics – Would I Lie To You? Strange this only made 17. (it was bigger elsewhere – Aus No1 and US no5) Channelling my inner Mike Read and in my occasional series of ifs and buts… If this had made No7, they would to date have had a one single, and one single only, peak at every position 1 though 12.
    No1 There Must Be An Angel(Playing With My Heart)
    No2 Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
    No3 Who’s (That Girl)
    No4 SexCrime (Nineteen Eighty-Four)
    No5 Thorn (In My Side)
    No6 Love (Is A Stranger)
    No(1)7 Would (I Lie To You?)
    No8 Here Comes The Rain (Again)
    No9 Sisters (Are Doin’ It For Themselves)
    No10 Right By Your (Side)
    No11 I Saved The World (Today)
    No12 It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)
    Ok I’ve over parenthesised a little, but not that much.
    Still breakers
    Freddie Mercury- I was Born To Love You – great video.

    Into the top 10 on video.
    Look Mama, We Close Our Eyes, Don’t You (Forget About Me ) I Feel Love, Clouds Across The Moon, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – full studio performance nmcot. ffwd. Phil Collins, Move Closer, Everybody Wants To Rule The World. I don’t think USA For Africa were necessarily responding directly to Tears For Fears with We ARE the World. Second week at No1.

    Out to Steve Arrington- Feels So Real.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 3 Apr 2018 #

    09/05/1985 TOTP Janice and John- my favourite couple.

    Walls Come Tumbling Down- The Style Council. Great start to the show and a little swearing too. Dee C Lee never sounded better and it’s almost a duet. Tonight Weller has his most flickheaded haircut, though he soon goes for the shorter and highlighted version, for the next single.

    Freddie Mercury – I Was Born To Love You. Expensive video as mentioned a fortnight ago, but you get what you pay for, and it is a lavish affair. Was a minor hit in the states and no doubt MTV helped.

    Steve Arrington – Feel So Real- singing live. Song is alright. He is wearing a lot of material; all he needs now is for someone to make it into an item of clothing.

    Cry- Godley and Creme -It’s the video (what a surprise) ground breaking ish at the time and copied since. Black and White with added technology used the same idea and made something a whole lot better. Trevor Horn gets a look in as one of the “faces”. Song has an Albatrossy bass line.

    Curtis Hairston- I want Your Lovin- nmcot

    Breakers – Coolest man in pop with probably his best known solo single “Slave To Love” which just makes the top 10. Kim Wilde with her rockabilly infused Rage To Love”, and then “Walk Like A Man” Divine- which is awful. Finally Jimmy Nail- Love Don’t Live Her Anymore. Roger Taylor and Rick Parfitt are on the video.

    Top 10 Videos – Collins, DeBarge,Simple Minds, Steve Arrington, U2 slightly longer clip, USA for Africa, Tears For Fears, Bronski Beat/Almond back in the studio and a full performance. They accidentally look at each other once. Jimmy does his one dance – putting out a fag with one foot, then the other foot, then the other foot.. Move Closer at No2. (no video to show?) Janice flirts with John.

    Paul Hardcastle at No1 – I’ve got four more weeks so maybe some comment later..

    Out to The Untouchables – Free Yourself nmcot.

    Not my favourite but the has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 9 Apr 2018 #

    16/05/1985 TOTP – Davies and Powell host tonight.

    Kim Wilde- Rage to Love- Starts off sounding like “Let’s Go Crazy”, then quickly on to generic rockabilly. She is a bit of a sensAtion in leathers, and the song is okay, so winners all round.

    Bryan Ferry – Slave To Love -on video. No surprises, sharp suits for him and a string of models. The intro’s well over a minute long which just doesn’t happen anymore, not that we get to hear it tonight. Top bloke, top track.

    Duran Duran – On video looking rather wiNdswept on the Eiffel Tower. The band all try a bit of acting with mixed results. At least we miss the cheesy 007 line “le bon, Simon le Bon” at the end.

    Jimmy Nail – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore – the opposite of Bryan Ferry. He has been successful in different fields, acting/directing/producing/singing and yet hasn’t really chosen One. A BAFTA/Ivor Novello/Golden Globe nominated fellow.

    Breakers – Depeche Mode -Shake the Disease – I think this is a stunning track somewhat overlooked. Kind of an angst ridden Valentine covering for overwhelming shyness. Call Me – Go West – Musically okay, lyrically poor. They were not cool. Kayleigh -Marillion about Dick’s ex girlfriend as the stOne woman he can’t get through to. In Peter Kay’s Car Share, Kayleigh – spelt the same- and Peter’s relationship sort of mirrors the lyrical theme of yearning and bad timing and regret.

    Top Ten Videos. Simple Minds- in a big house, Tears For Fears – in a waSte land, Jimmy Nail – in a club, Duran Duran – in a Eiffel Tower, The Stye Council – in a club, Steve Arrington – in a Top of the Pops studio, DeBarge – in a car, Bronski Beat and Marc Almond – in a studio with big paintings. Phyllis Nelson – in visible.

    No1 Paul Hardcastle – 19 . Out to Divine- with the awful “Walk Like A Man” -the boys and Girls can’t like this, but they don’T stop the dance.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 10 Apr 2018 #

    23/05/1985 TOTP Read and Wright. One of them’s not read the dress code; Read looks like he’s off to a baseball game and Wright, a formal dinner in his penguin suit. Seconds in, they talk over each other. Chumps. Read in shades again; I thought he’d got over that stage. I wonder if he’ll gift us a little knowledge tonight.

    Go West – Call Me. Richard’s dancing is Springsteen like, but much jerkier. Also his voice doesn’t seem to fit him, but that’s just me.

    Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine. Another up tempo track and it’s rather too well known to be anyones favourite. After this the band don’t work that hard and hits dry up until Eurovision. The royalties from this track alone mean they don’t need to.

    Marillion – Kayleigh. With this song they were at the absolute peak of popularity and a more radio friendly track was the perfect way to move mainstream. Fish is even wearing a tie. There seems to be quite a lot of small talk and bad feeling over the years from the press and the relationship has rather broken down. Fish was really only around briefly in the groups career, but this is the only bit most people know. They do seem to have very loyal fans though.

    The Power Station – Get It On (Bang a Gong) A bit disappointing after Some Like It Hot. Doesn’t really add anything and even Palmer can’t save this one. Not the best T-Rex track by a long way, but I guess they had to go for this as it was the only one known in the States. Would be all over soon.

    Stephen Tin Tin Duffy- Icing On The Cake. A better song than Kiss Me, but that was it really, for this incarnation. Went on with the Lilac Time who I was a big fan of, but they never really broke through despite a raft of great singles that could hypnotize you to other places.
    Scritti Politti – The Word Girl- more next time.
    Animotion- Obsession- Video very much of its time and typical MTV stuff. Used on the Nine and a Half Weeks soundtrack (50 Shades of Grey for the 80’s) Kim Basinger, the lover to fall in this instance.

    Shake The Disease – Depeche Mode – Steve Wright introduces this lot and that’s about all he does this week. A cameraman seems to be handcuffed to an audience member and they go down and up, and down the stairs again, at the side of the stage during the performance. Top track.

    19- Paul Hardcastle and a slightly different mix tonight. None of them were really any good. None of them.

    Out to -Thinking About Your Love – Skipworth and Turner. nmcot.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 12 Apr 2018 #

    30/05/1985 TOTP – Janice alone tonight; she explains Peel couldn’t make it, but no reason.

    Stephen Duffy – Icing On The Cake- Birthday boy in the studio tonight with a full band. The lyric including ‘social security’ and ‘council house’ may take you down a political track but it’s really just a good love song. The backing singers add a great deal to the track. One looks like PP Arnold and the other I don’t know, but she could give the two that used to be with Paul Young a run for their money.

    Obsession -Animotion. Janice tells us that Jonathan King likes this. I’m surprised BBC4 didn’t can the whole show with that mention of a name that cannot be spoken. nmcot. He gets a namecheck after the track as well!

    Billy Ocean – Suddenly . Is it me you’re looking for? Not much original here, but okay. He sings live, to his credit and he does it well.

    Duel – Propaganda, Mai Tai – History, I think we get to see these two again.
    Are ‘Friends’ Electric? Gary Numan. This from a live EP. Nothing remarkable here other than the fact that on the full video he smiles more than once, and laughs out loud, which I’d not seen before in his studio or video performances.

    I think Janice may have had some dutch courage as she introduces fellow scousers OMD. I have a lot of time for OMD and they have been consistently good when Paul and Andy have been together. During Paul’s extended break he teamed up with Claudia from Propaganda musically and otherwise.

    The Word Girl- Scritti Politti. Green seemed to dress more conventionally each release around this time. I do quite like him/them, not especially this. Would recommend their album from ten years back -White Bread Black Beer.

    Countdown – Top 40, then top ten on video.
    Ferry – Slave, Katrina -Walking, Moore/Lynott -Fields, Bronksi/Almond -Medley – In Marc’s autobiography “Tainted Life” he talks about how he came to the duet. In large part it was a need for a hit after been dropped by Phonogram and still to deliver for Virgin. Another was his fear of “outness”. Phyllis, Debarge -still can’t get a break, he really should have been on more than just a breaker by now. Kayleigh, Nail, Duran.

    Another week another remix of 19. Paul Hardcastle at no1.

    Out to Five Star – first time here I think. All Fall Down.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    Steve Williams on 12 Apr 2018 #

    FYI, there was no Peel on this episode as the evening before he’d been at the Heysel disaster.

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    speedwell54 on 13 Apr 2018 #

    06/06/1985 TOTP. Annoying and Reliable present tonight and don cheap plastic hats to introduce…

    Gary Moore and Phil Lynott -Out in the Fields -in matching military style tunics. In the studio tonight. Cameraman with some unusual low level angles and a zoom in. This at No5 this week at it’s peak, Gary Moore was the last man standing as Phil sadly passed away early in 1986.

    The Crowd -You’ll Never Walk Alone- In aid of the recent Bradford fire disaster at the Valley Parade ground. The video was cut just after 30 seconds I presume due to the couple of dirty great monsters who loomed large.. Harris and Travis.

    Kool and the Gang- Cherish. Never really my cup of tea but this track was “I Just Called To Say I Love You” too much saccharin and they’ve all swallowed a box full of honey. There was a cover by Pappa Bear that did well elsewhere a few years later but the UK was not tempted.

    Mai Tai -History — all in white like Scritti from last week- Song’s good, they’re okay; can’t get too excited. However, one of them – two white gloves..hmm, one, a single white glove..hmm, one, a single black glove; she’s too much. Is she off golfing! Sort yourself out love.

    Propaganda – Duel – Like this and a couple of other tracks by them. Sadly their last appearance on TOTP. Seems like contractual issues caused rifts and splits. Wiki says with the contract they had at ZTT, they were effectively tricked out of potentially ever making any money. Not a great place to be in.

    Breakers Sister Sledge – Frankie. Madonna – Crazy for You. David Bowie – Loving The Alien. Top Ten. Variable length clips tonight and at last Paul Hardcastle will start falling down the chart.

    Not My Favourite but there has been worse.

    @87- Thanks. Good to know, and fair enough Janice not explaining why.

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    Paulito on 15 Apr 2018 #

    @88: That Wiki article doesn’t cite any sources, mind.

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    speedwell54 on 16 Apr 2018 #

    13/06/1985 TOTP- Dixie Peach- grey jacket and Mike Read- blue jacket. The former on debut, and he had started a Radio 1 the year before. He was on Saturday nights which explains why I don’t know him.

    He introduces Scritti Politti, and Green continues to conform, and further tones down his dress code.
    Unusually the B side is the same song, different singer.

    Crazy For You – Madonna. First ballad and probably best single to this point. Her vocals sound so much better on this track; less squeaky than previous offerings. Unusually the B side isn’t even Madonna.

    Frankie – Sister Sledge. This does hark back to a different time. Didn’t overly care for it then or now, but there again on neither occasion was I twelve, or a girl.
    Unusually the B side is not on You Tube.

    Harold Faltermeyer Axel F- Don’t hate this but don’t want to hear it. From Beverly Hills Cop starring Eddie Murphy, he doesn’t appeal and like Sandler, Stiller, Kutcher and Ferrell*, their inclusion is reason enough not to watch. The B side is another instrumental which, whilst playing it, is like a stranger to me. nmcot. I can’t separate Faltermeyer from Murphy and don’t ask me to choose who I like least.

    Bruce Springsteen – I’m on Fire/Born In The USA. We get a clip of the video for ‘I’m On Fire’. After going overboard on his vocals for ‘We Are The World’ looking like he couldn’t care more, here he has no expression and looks like he couldn’t care less.
    Unusually, no B side.
    Fine Young Cannibals -Johnny Come Home, short video clip. More next time.

    Billy Ocean – Suddenly- Back in the studio, different jacket, dress down Thursday. Funny how love allows you to end sentences with prepositions; “and things we never take notice of” Excuse my chagrin, I was probably not in love in 1985 and nothing remotely interesting about the B side.

    Read does a pirate impression for no reason and then into the countdown 40-10. Then joined by Dixie Peach for the top 10.
    History – Mai Tai. On Video decent length clip. Dixie Peach falters with his maths “Up 14 places from number 25 to number 9” Madonna, Scritti Politti, Moore/Lynott, Duran (Read casually abbreviates their name to the singular) Animotion, Billy Ocean, Paul Hardcastle.

    Then Marillion back in the studio at No2, full performance. Fish in full Scottish attire and he’s even washed his hair. He must be on a promise.
    Unusually the B side was a US only A side.

    The Crowd – You’ll Never Walk Alone – Again not shown. Have to comment on the track as a separate thing from the cause. This is no Band Aid. Definitely harder to spot the celebrities, and there are a few here past their best; time isn’t kind. On the other hand for those with suspicious minds I don’t think anyone is on here for what they may get from it, and to me they come across as genuine.
    Unusually the B Side is is full of spoken word messages.

    Out to Animotion with Obsession.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

    Re @89. Fair enough no sources cited on Wiki. I did acknowledge my source, and with that, I hope imply the usual caveat lector, pinch of salt type stuff that goes with Wiki.
    Further; an interviewer in 2014 suggests one of the causes of the split was a “terrible contract” and Claudia says”uh huh”, in agreement, and she goes on and talks about their lack of having “proper managerial advice”, which makes it sound like the contract certainly wasn’t great. She stayed with ZTT and the others made a move to work with Virgin. Interview is on You Tube and she comes across very well, imo.

    * ‘Elf’ the exception that proves the rule.

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    hardtogethits on 16 Apr 2018 #

    Speedwell! I liked those references,a very good thing.

    Anyway, speaking of German people who seem (ioo) to interview well, may I try and persuade you of Faltermeyer’s value? He worked on PSB’s Behaviour! I don’t know if we’ll ever know how much Faltermeyer influenced Behaviour, nor Horn Introspective, but my oh my I was taken aback when I realised how much Thomas Dolby influenced Steve McQueen (the 1985 album).

    Anyway, BBC4’s accelerating through the TOTP repeats, and I’m slowing down in my watching of them (that’s what happens when you can’t work from home). I used to love it when I could spend time getting nostalgic, but those days are all gone. I’m looking forward to a time when I can look back.

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    speedwell54 on 23 Apr 2018 #

    20/05/1985 Janis Long and, with no Peel, she is paired with Gary Davies.

    The Fine Young Cannibals are in the studio, and they kick off the show in fine style. They all do their thing, (quirky and bizarre Chuck Berryesque dance for Andy and David, and slightly more sedate crooner poses from beautiful Roland) until the end that is, when all three sink to their knees briefly in a rare co-ordinated moment. Looks better than it sounds. My friend queued up to get me some tickets for the lead singer’s first solo concert, I asked how much I owed him, he said it’s okay, it’s a gift. Finishing at the top, their last studio album was No1 in US, Canada, Australia and UK.

    Sting – “If You Love Someone Set Them Free” – also in the studio. Did you hear Sting was kidnapped? The Police still have no lead. Given the gift of freedom from the Police this was his first proper venture. They did seem to have a love hate relationship and with their male egos, you felt it’s just a matter of time of time till they split. They can all come across well, but seemed to rub each other up the wrong way. Maybe. I don’t know. Copeland is annoying. Tonight Sting is wearing very distracting glasses. The video, in common with Axel F and A View to a Kill, has really poor green screen type effects. People not in the same space at the same time. Last of the Summer Wine standards. Finishing at the top, the Police’s last studio album was No1 in the US, Canada, Australia and UK.

    Mai Tai- History. In the studio again, but I’m still not happy with them. To add to their odd glove thing, they have gone one matching dress and jacket (both blue) and the other two; one in blue dress and pink jacket and the other pink dress and green jacket. The song is good pop, but I can’t forgive their look. Interesting I used to go out with one of the members of Mai Tai, but she was a pyromaniac.

    Paul Young – Tomb of Memories. I like him, but this doesn’t seem to have a hook and the title is not good for me.
    Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels -Library video.
    Marti Webb – Ben – charity single.

    China Crisis – King In A Catholic Style (Wake Up) In the studio. No keyboard player present tonight despite the sound of them, all the way through. Actually, the clumsy band members came round my house for tea one afternoon.

    Alex F – Harold Faltermeyer. He has all of the China Crisis keyboards. In the studio. It is a bit dull so we get shots from the video, which includes shots of Beverley Hills Cop. Nmcot.

    That was ten, so the top 9, Mai Tai again, Obsession, Cherish, The Word Girl, Suddenly, Kayleigh, Crazy For You, Frankie, and to Number 1 – the Crowd.

    Out to Prince -Paisley Park – I do like this track and always link it with Raspberry Beret, which I think was a perfect partner. Seems hard to believe that Paisley Park wasn’t even released as a single in America.

    re Hardtogethits@91 – glad you enjoyed them, but it’s hardly Club Tropicana Bob.

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    hardtogethits on 25 Apr 2018 #

    Deary me Speedo, I can only imagine the crockery catastrophe that must’ve ensued.

    I used to go out with a member of Mai Tai too. Though I admired her linguistic ability, I would often write to her with suggestions about how she might improve her grammar. Even so, certain things began to grate. I confronted her about it.
    I said “You use the present participle too much”.
    She said “What are you saying?”
    I said “There’s an example”.
    She said “Here’s another. I am finishing with you. Don’t be surprised when I’m having hit records with all the songs I have been writing about you.”
    I said “That’s three more.”
    But she wasn’t listening.
    But she did record those songs, and the rest is History.

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    speedwell54 on 10 May 2018 #

    04/07/1985 TOTP Skinner and Bates present.

    Dead Or Alive- ‘In Too Deep’. Before and after this they had some decent singles which sounded original; this is so incredibly not. Music and lyrics dull. The It Bites start stop thing, sounds really dated.

    Tears For Fears- ‘Head Over Heels’. Introduced by Skinner wearing shades suddenly. The clip is from the Montreux Pop Festival which I remember as completely mimed, but Roland is singing live on this. Does a good job too, this track really is quite something. After the Hurting singles doing nothing Stateside all the singles from Big Chair did better there than here. ‘Shout’ and ‘EWTRTW’ to me, fit the American ethos, but for reasons passing understanding, this didn’t even make the top 10 here. Go figure.

    The Damned -The Shadow of Love. Almost hard to believe they’re still going now, with an album out this year. This is okay and I’ve just realised we missed Grimly Fiendish (Excerpt From a Children’s Comic) on these totp re -runs which is a shame.

    Fine Young Cannibals – Johnny Come Home. Back in the studio, but no co-ordinated kneeling this week.

    Breakers- Simply Red -‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, and so their lengthy chart career begins. This before he started annoying the hell out of people. He tries to say he’s not that guy. Third British act tonight with two US no1 singles, none of which made no1 here.
    Style Council – Come To Milton Keynes. Not surprisingly, overtly political lyrically, which might have been enough to limit the airplay, to say nothing of the fact of the strong imagery in the video; it’s not subtle.
    Opus -‘Live is Life’ our Austrian friends declare. Not for nothing, a one hit wonder over here.

    The top 10. Kayleigh, Mai Tai, Springsteen, Billy Ocean, The Crowd, Marti Webb, Kool and the Gang, Madonna -who is still all about Eve at this point, Faltermeyer, up to No1 – Sister Sledge with Frankie – rpt showing.

    Out to Glenn Frey – Smuggler’s Blues.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.
    @93. Indeed. Small world. This time a change.

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    hardtogethits on 11 May 2018 #

    #94 Awesome observation. By my reckoning, on one show that’s 37.5% of the UK acts to have had exactly 2 US number ones neither of which made #1 in the UK! The other 5 were years apart. 2 60s, 1 70s, 2 80s.

    Those 8 acts fall into only 3 classifications, where there could be 4 or more – but one would not expect an even or normal distribution.

    4 Acts who had 0 UK number ones
    3 Acts who had 1 UK number one, but it wasn’t 1 of their US chart toppers
    1 Act who had 2 UK number ones, and 2 different US number ones

    As I say, that is by my reckoning.

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    hardtogethits on 12 May 2018 #

    Oh boo. My reckoning was wrong. Tom, please can I edit that post?

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    speedwell54 on 13 May 2018 #

    25/07/1985 TOTP Gary Davies and Dixie Peach- standard presenting I would have thought.

    Arrow – Long Time. How did he contrive not to have a hit with “Hot Hot Hot”? This seems like a consolation hit and I had convinced myself that people were buying this for the B side which was Hot Hot Hot- but not the case. This was his brief moment in the spotlight; over here at least. He released around thirty albums, the twist is, that doesn’t include 29 called “Hot Hot Hot” the Greatest Hits from Arrow, or some variant thereof; they look like proper albums.

    Madonna- Into The Groove. Her star was rising anyway, but Live Aid gave her a boost and this was a new entry at No4, when it was still noteworthy. On video as she’s not visiting the studio for a while. This was not a chart hit in the US.

    Fergal Sharkey – Loving You. Audience look vacant as this never really never gets anywhere and the title is shouted out randomly. Doesn’t really feel like a single. Also, stop flicking your head back and get a haircut!

    Breakers – In Between Days -The Cure come on and I feel better. We miss their full appearance next week due to Mike Smith, which is a shame. The Pointer Sisters – Dare Me. We get a clip from Montreux, from the video adverse sisters, although there was one made for this track. Decent song. Money For Nothing – Dire Straits. Concerning lyrics are expunged from this track and the video was often played back in the day. Spitting Image poked fun with a cover.

    Trans X -Living On Video I thought this was ok at the time but the music sounds old, old fashioned, cheap and rather thin. Ever get the feeling your weapon isn’t big enough? They have a bontempi and they really need a Roland or a Korg.

    Into the top 9. Graham,LaSalle,Opus,Madonna (CFY) Kool, Madonna (ITG) Faltermeyer, Sister Sledge.

    Eurthymics- There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) a repeat studio performance in white from a few weeks ago. Unfortunate they weren’t there for that single week at the top. Good to see a British act at No1. A few weeks ago didn’t have a single act in the top 5 for the first time in years. (more than 5)

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

    @95 Well, after thinking Deniece Williams might just have been born in the Isle Of Man and U2 were included as a UK act, I disabused myself of those notions and had PC,HH,RS,Q,SW. Stopped thinking, then saw @96. W?

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    hardtogethits on 13 May 2018 #

    #97 “W?”? I suddenly attached myself to a fact that became untrue. My breakdown of #1s was based on Q’s 1 #1. I wonder if many others who got (their first) GBOHS between 77 and, say, 85 would misremember this? I reckon a good pub quiz question might now be “How many UK number one hit singles did Q have during FE’s lifetime?” Could do sthg similar with at least one other act, I think.

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    speedwell54 on 14 May 2018 #

    08/08/1985 TOTP Bates and Skinner. No shades for Skinner anymore, though he has papers in hand.

    Home grown talent Amazulu- “Excitable” first top forty hit and their excitement has made them wear clothes for presenting Playaway. New Zealand Watch; they loved Amazulu. Their debut self titled album peaked higher here than anywhere else in the world! No31 – No97 at home.

    Home grown talent Dire Straits- Money For Nothing- On video. New Zealand Watch – they loved Dire Straits. All 6 studio albums made the top 3, no other country equalled or placed them higher.

    Home grown talent Princess – Say I’m Your Number One in the studio. Skinner introduces this as “Say You’re My Number One” and he never worked on Top Of The Pops again. Bit harsh. New Zealand watch -they loved Princess . This single made No2 and was the highest chart peak for this or any of her other singles anywhere in the world.

    American Maze Feat Frankie Beverly. Too Many Games- nmcot but I know they were well thought of, even if few seemed to buy their records.
    Home grown talent Phil Collins – Take Me Home on video. the one where jets around a lot. (Turns out they don’t rate him so much in New Zealand)
    UB40/Chrissie Hynde I Got You Babe. New Zealand watch – they love UB40. Their debut single went to No1 there. Nowhere else.

    Go West “Goodbye Girl” – This is a bit of a dirge. After only two hits it’s too soon for a dull ballad. Nicely dressed mind. Skinner notes that Cox didn’t want to release this as a single, and to a man the audience is going “not surprised mate!” New Zealand Watch -they loved Go West. They had their highest chart placing of any single there when “We Close Our Eyes” made No4.

    Top Ten Videos – Sledge,Opus, Kool and The Gang,UB40 +CH,

    Homegrown talent Billy Idol. New Zealand watch – they loved Billy Idol. Self titled debut album top 5 there, didn’t make the top 40 anywhere else. Singles ‘Hot in The City’ and ‘White Wedding’ both top 5 there without waiting for a re release to start a run of six top 10s. Madonna, Dire Straits, Tina Turner,

    Home grown talent Eurthymics . New Zealand Watch. They loved the Eurthymics, Sweet Dreams album placed higher there than anywhere in the world at No2. Madonna at No1 Into the Groove.

    Out to ‘Holiday’ and the rare but not unique occasion in the modern era of an act with two tracks back to back on TOTP.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

    @98. W=Wings – US No1s-Silly Love Songs and With A Little Luck- UK – Mull. I know a bit hair splitty as we have to ignore “Paul McCartney and Wings” stuff.

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    Mark M on 14 May 2018 #

    Re99: Maze featuring Frankie Beverly had absolutely godlike status in south & east London and the places immediately beyond. As I think has been discussed on here before, people often underestimate how localised UK music audiences can be.

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    hardtogethits on 14 May 2018 #

    #99 Well it’s funny you say that, I believe that at the time of Listen To What The Man Said, Sir Thumbsaloft was t/a “Wings”.

    FE’s lifetime? Yeah, wtf? I mean FM! Obv.

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    speedwell54 on 18 May 2018 #

    15/08/19856 TOTP Peach And Powell. Peach has just come off the Miami Vice set, a bit more confident and they both seem upbeat introducing King.

    Alone Without You. I had forgotten what a funny bunch they were. All have been to 52 Festive Road on the way to the studio. They wear their garb with confidence so Na na na na nah na na na …….New album out in November “Spent the last two and a half months recording on the south coast of Britain” says Pete rather clumsily. Do you mean England, and, in a studio, or just on the coast. Unfair I know.

    UB40 and Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe – A match made in heaven. She kind of discovered them. They don’t add much, other than a new audience.

    Phil Collins- Take Me Home. In the studio and we lose about two minutes of the intro /outtro but still get a good 4 and a half. This is one of his drum solo and sing along numbers live, which go on even longer. They are not awful but he’s no Freddie. For quite a while he was the golden boy and pretty much at his peak here, the album No1 all over.

    Total Contrast – Takes A Little Time -nmcot

    Breakers – Dio Rock ‘N” Roll Children – no thanks. Baltimora – Tarzan Boy. Bloke singing, not the singer but a great pretender. But not for long.
    Kate Bush- Running Up that Hill. (will see this one again)

    Top 10 Don Quixote, Kate, the Cars- Drive (back again with Live Aid push. Idol – White Wedding, Eurthymics, Dire Straits, Tina Turner, UB40+CH. Madonna- Holiday.

    No1 Madonna, third of her four weeks at the top.
    Out to D-Train- You’re The One For Me (fatty) a remix of a track out a few years earlier, doing a bit better this time around.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

    @101 – Fred Bronson interviewed Paul McCartney about his side project with Youth called “The Fireman” in 2009. Oh how I wish I had been there. So I could ask Mr. Bronson why, in 1992, in his book “the Billboard book of Number One Hits, 3rd Edition, in the index, did he claim that “Listen What The Man Said” was by “Paul McCartney and Wings” and not as it should have been, “Wings”. Thus nine years later making me look like Mr Bad Guy. In my defence I did put “W?”

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    speedwell54 on 20 May 2018 #

    22/08/1985 TOTP Wright and Davies.

    Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam- I Wonder If you Take Me Home. Not normally my cup of tea but quite liked this and bought the 12″ of a much later single that did nothing anywhere “Just Git It Together” which was very Technotronic but American. This single was overlooked Stateside, but they scored back to back No1s that missed the top 40 here. Both poor in different ways.

    Drive- the Cars twktc.

    Baltimora- Tarzan Boy. I am always quite pleased when charts all over Europe have something a bit trashy at No1 and we don’t. It didn’t miss by much though.

    I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman. Body and Soul – Mai Tai.
    Stories Of Johnny- Marc Almond. This is an interesting one. Seems really out of time. When the time is giving us Tarzan Boy, it’s a good thing. Marc’s voice works well in his story telling and the backing choir and trumpet(?) -which follows the vocal line -lift this to something really special.

    Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill. In the studio this week. It’s good to see her back. I am always impressed by the effort she puts into everything. You know that they haven’t just turned up, it’s all choreographed. This is what you’re wearing, this is how you stand, this is the look you need to have on your face.

    Countdown with Davies up to 10 with Princess – Say I’m Your Number One. I presume this is Madonna influence but both Lisa Lisa and Princess basically dancing with shirt open and bra showing.

    Top Ten to Madonna with her last week at the summit.
    Out to Amazulu with Excitable over the dancing and credits.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    Lazarus on 8 Jun 2018 #

    Haven’t done this for soooo long, but attempting a liveblog tonight … even then, tuning in at least 5 minutes late, and straight away I’m confused – my Skybox says first aired 7/11/85, but that’s too late surely? I have this pinned for late summer/early September. But whatever …

    Far Corporation – vaguely recall this, a radio-friendly, handclappy version of the Led Zep standard. Did the Zep ever chart it as a 45, in the download era? If it only got to no 92 in 2014 it probably doesn’t count really does it, let’s face it.

    Level 42 – from their imperial phase. The first, I think, of three peerless singles from the ‘World Machine’ album. Is Prestatyn still seeking talent? They’ll have to wait a little longer I fear, although I believe Mark King resides on the not that far away Isle of Man.

    Should mention that Steve ‘Wrighty’ Wright and Peter Powell are our hosts. Charts. Start at 40 these days, makes for a long rundown. The we have ‘breakers.’ Simon May, first time on the show since ’76 I think? At least he doesn’t sing this time. I never saw this programme. Yachts appear to be involved. Eurythmics/A Franklin – twktc. Talking Heads, likewise, though good to see them back after four and a half years.

    UB40 – Don’t break My Heart, one of their better later original songs, and after ’85 there wouldn’t be many more to come. Obviously helped that they’d just had a number 1 smash with Chrissie, but without looking this up, I think it went top 5 didn’t it? Seems unlikely for such a laid-back number, but there it is.

    Top 10. “The sleazebag’ [Madonna} is down three this week at number 8.” WTF? Have I missed something there? Feargal and his good heart topwards. Elton with what might be his best single of the eighties (and his coming out single, given that Nikita is a man’s name?) at 3, and A-Ha (all of 5 seconds of it) at 2.

    Jennifer Rush – number 1. Memory serves that someone did her on ‘Stars in their Eyes’ in the days when you had to do a different song if you got to the final, which she did. Tricky when you do a one-hit wonder. Her version of ‘Ring of Ice’ unsurprisingly didn’t find favour with the voters in the final. Repeat performance, unless she wears that red leather jacket every week.

    Paul Hardcastle plays us out with one that I don’t remember. DJ up North Wales, or somewhere, these days, probably.

    Seemed like quite a short show, are the songs longer than they used to be, or more filler?

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    speedwell54 on 10 Jun 2018 #

    3/10/85 TOTP Gary Davies and Paul Jordan. The later on his first outing. Gary has a tan and Paul goes straight into reporter mode; asking himself a question and then answering it. I think I’m going into pedant mode myself.

    Colonel Abrams – Trapped. Not actually a Colonel, and apparently his real name. Not heard this in a while and it’s fine. Not annoying, and doesn’t sound that out of date. This record was around for ages.

    Iron Maiden- Running Free (Live) you don’t really need to hear this or watch this. No surprises, distinctive vocals, guitars and drums. Delivers. Unusually in chart history, they released two live singles from the same live album, back to back, and both hit the top 40.

    Back to Paul in the studio introducing Cameo. “It’s their first television debut in this country” hmm, not their second debut then? “Single Life – This was a bit of a different thing, he’s not really singing and not really rapping, nice moves from the group. There’s a lot to like in this. Countdown.

    Breakers – John Parr -St Elmo’s Fire,The Smiths – Boy Thorn Side, Cure – Close To Me. The Smiths are on next week in full (a Mike Smith episode so not on these reruns) but the Cure not, which was a shame. Possibly the later remix was a nod to this chart under performance.

    Rene and Angela- I’ll Be Good. Good track. Rene is wearing a pastel blue suit with a white lacy shirt with frills a plenty. Very late 70’s garb. Into the top 10 countdown. Paul sounds just like Sanjeev Bhaskar btw.

    Trapped – military jacket, Lavender- military jacket, Rebel Yell – Leather jacket, Holding out of a Hero – no jacket required, Angel – Pink Dress (we get the video for Material Girl) Part Time Lover – jumper, Lean on Me – long clip, Dancing in the Street, green shirt, light tan full length jacket. The Power of Love. -jacket potato.

    Midge Ure. If I Was – Starting with the title and oft repeated line, please, “If I Were”. I know he probably thinks he can go ‘was’ as a past subjunctive of “to be” referring to the singular and to be fair, many are doing it. In this case it’s really subjunctive mood (coming under the wishful, hypothetical umbrella) therefore ‘if I were’. Other opinions are valid.
    Also “If I was (sic) a sailor, seven oceans I’d sail to her” so that’s the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Southern, and Arctic and which others Midge? Oceans 11? the yet to be written “Ocean Drive” perhaps?
    I could go on but won’t, music’s okay, lyric a bit not.

    Out to Five Star- Love Take Over. Welcome back Lazarus.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse. Edit isn’t working.

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    Mark G on 15 Jun 2018 #

    My TiVo box just died over the last weekend, not much on it apart from a ton of TOTP episodes going back to 1977 or so. Does anyone here have (or know of) these things saved?

    I had been saving the “punk/new wave” bits to a DVD or several, but lost interest or something. Actually, once they started to do two repeats a week, there was too much to handle and then there wasn’t much that needed saving.

    The only one I really am bothered about is the FLying Lizards’ “TV”, didn’t see it at the time and I don’t see it on YouT. I reckon I can get it working for up to 30 mins at a time, so I could maybe get it copied off but.

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    speedwell54 on 17 Jun 2018 #

    17/10/1985 Powell and Read (shades)

    Shakin’ Stevens – Lipstick, Powder and Paint- faithful cover and in the studio, Shaky does what Shaky does. On its way towards the top 10 says Mike. It didn’t quite arrive, stalling at No11, his third in recent years. He does turn up in person on TOPT an awful lot. Which is to his credit, but possibly also due to the inferior quality of his videos. The official video for this is so cheap.

    Unlike this next one. £100,000 was spent, claims Peter introducing “Take On Me” – A-ha. Today you might wonder exactly how, but I guess the computer power wasn’t quite there. Norway’s Led Zeppelin – 8 No1 albums in a row at home- get the hit eventually, after two previous attempts. Actor Philip Jackson is in the video.

    Nikita – Elton John. In the studio. His second biggest solo hit if you exclude reissues and charity singles, which I do. Includes a keyboard solo and Elton forgets to mime as we come out of it. Actor Andreas Wisniewski (The Living Daylights, Die Hard) is in the video.

    Countdown and into breakers – Something About You – Level 42 – Actor Cheri Lunghi is I the video. Slave To The Rhythm – Grace Jones. Actress Grace Jones (A View To A Kill) is in the video. Jan Hammer Miami Vice Theme – Actor Don Johnson is in the video.

    Colonel Abrams- Trapped- in the studio. No video. A bit lucky getting on again.

    Into the top 10, and actors in the video
    Hammer. As above
    Billy Idol – Actor (he was in the Wedding Singer),
    Simple Minds no actor.
    Madonna – Actor (kind of)
    John Parr – Actors in the video from film of the same name,
    Aha- Actor . As above,
    Redbox- some extras I venture.
    Colonel Abrams, No actor
    Midge Ure – he was in the Bogey Man 1992, two small parts and a Widow Twankey.

    Jennifer Rush in the studio, Second week at number one. Introduced by Peter who says “and now at number one, the second single to have a title the same, to go to number one this year so far” He runs out of steam himself with confusion. You realise, and not for the first time, for all his enthusiasm, his mouth is working faster than his brain. On the video for this, someone gets knocked over by a car, and I don’t think they’re injured; so I would call that acting. Out to Gambler

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 1 Jul 2018 #

    31/10/1985 TOTP Janice gets lumbered with Simon this week.

    Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart- There’s a good song here somewhere but this seems to miss. I think it’s nearly there and I wish they would have another go at it. There are too many things that distract. Fergal is a bit too earnest, the guitar solo is out of place and has an unusual sound (like the synth sound in I Want To Break Free) which jars. The backing vocals I like, but the overall the sound is flat. He has better moments.

    Nikita – Elton John – on video. Let’s talk about the video. Thematically all over the place. Starts off- Elton taking photos of Nikita from a distance – forbidden love – East West stuff. He hands her his passport (by the way in this passport photo he is wearing a hat and big sunglasses which is, as we all know, totally acceptable; why not go the whole hog and get a false moustache!) she waves him through, cut to night time, he turns up again and sings. Next day turns up again, takes her photo with the same massive telephoto lens he used yesterday, despite the fact she’s now only 4 feet away. Access denied this time. Then into the dreaming, cut to Elton and Nikita in a nightclub with the most award slow dance. Cut to Watford and Elton in comedy platforms cheering on his team. Then ten pin bowling. Simon comes on and links the video to Elton being on his show saying he would like to play in Russia on his next tour. Maybe he was confused with the big fur hats on the video and forgot about the German signs everywhere.

    Matt Bianco – Yeh Yeh – Georgie Fame cover. Rather like Blondie in the US, Fame was all or nothing. All his top 10 hits made number 1. This cover doesn’t really add much for me. Missing a Basia.

    Chart countdown. The caption claims new entry for the Simon May Orchestra at 31 but Simon tells us it’s up 16 (which is was) but the other new entries are just referring to the top forty, even though they have been around a week or two; Communards, Talking Heads, Madness. I can’t remember anyone quoting climbs from outside the top 40 before.

    Breakers – Cities in Dust – Siouxsie and the Banshees. Cloudbusting – Kate ( a little obsessed with this track) Don’t Break My Heart – UB40.

    Taste Of My Tears – King – Very short career nearly over, just torture to come. So to speak.

    Top 10 – Simple Minds -Alive and Kicking
    Something About You- Level 42 – Long clip
    Jan Hammer- Janice says “Jan” as opposed to’ Yan’ that everyone else said. She maybe right.
    Acadia – Election Day
    John Parr – St Elmos Fire
    Madonna – Gambler
    Elton John -Nikita “Up 4 at 4 says Janice” up 5 at 4 actually- is this scripted? Can’t she read or can’t she subtract. I’m been mean here, I like her and forgive this stuff (although not totally or I wouldn’t mention it)
    Colonel Abrams – Trapped
    A-ha – Take On Me
    Jenny Rush – Power Ballad of Love stuff. Out to Stevens.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 10 Jul 2018 #

    7/11/1985 TOTP – Wright and Powell. Peter sounds like he has a bit of a cold on the first link. We kick off with Take on Me – A-ha, in the studio for a change, stuck at No2 here, but going all the way elsewhere in Europe. This lingered around for ages; 19 weeks in the chart.

    Stairway To Heaven – Far Corporation . They all put in sterling work in this live performance (sub Rolling Stones). We seem to join the song half way through, which is fair enough. This recording is close to the original, but maybe a little less trippier . They look rather dated and German, (a mulleted lead singer definitely not a rose between thorns, you wouldn’t want to meet him down some dark alley ) but they are collectively more or less British. Frank Farian (Boney M and Milli Vanilli) was behind this lot. Not diabolical, but I guess some people will disagree.

    Level 42 – Something About You – Peter decides to add “baby” to the title in his intro for no reason. I think at the time, I over reacted to this phase of their career. With their new found popularity this sounded so commercial and over produced, and certainly not trendy. Not that I ever was. Listening now it does appeal a lot more; I’ll go and get my cane and slippers.

    Steve’s back and we have the countdown, then breakers.
    Howard’s Way – Simon May Orchestra – on video. Instrumental that later had words.
    Eurthymics and Arethra Franklin- Sisters ADIFT
    Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads -video. Sporadic chart success, but a major influence on many acts in the UK and US; well, Beck certainly.

    The later two acts started off on small tours, gigging, by the way of a camper van, the Simon May Orchestra needed Pickfords from the off.

    UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart – In the studio, don’t they look young, 33 years have taken there toll. nmcot today. After the lofty heights of I Got You Babe it was a bit of a cheek to bring out this mundane old thing.

    Top 10 countdown
    Arcadia – Election Day. Simon’s reaction to keeping up with the Jones’ when the Power Station formed, and were having hits. Not sure if the decision was rather rash for Duran’s front man, they came and went rather quickly
    Jon Parr- St Elmos Fire
    Madonna – Gambler -Steve refers to her as a “sleaze bag” in the link, which seems rather unnecessary and a little early (was he really thinking this then) to chose a pre Erotica hill he was going to die on.
    UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart
    Level 42 – Something About You
    Colonel Abrams – Trapped
    Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart -Very long clip. He’d had a couple of smaller hits but landed on his feet with this one going all the way to the top. Interesting that he decided to walk away from performance and into more behind the scenes stuff.
    Elton John – Nikita – Very long clip
    A-ha – Take On Me

    Jennifer Rush – The Power Of Love ” and yesterday it sold a million copies” says Powell. I know what he’s trying to say,( I presume it sold its millionth copy yesterday) but it’s not pedantry to pick him up for this casual laziness of misinformation. {nearly 18}

    Out to Just For Money – Paul Hardcastle – Tut.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 12 Jul 2018 #

    Shame about the result yesterday. Especially after sneaking a reference to most of the squad into the last TOTP review.

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    hardtogethits on 13 Jul 2018 #

    Oh no! You deserve better, Speedwell. I wondered what {nearly 18} meant. I once asked you if you did cryptic crosswords. I think you said “working in reverse is a simple way of answering negatively (2)”.

    So. In (I saw or heard): Lingard, Sterling, Trippier, Stones, Rose, Alli, Kane, Welbeck, Butland, Pickford, (Loftus)-Cheek, Young, Jones, Rashford, Walker, Dier, Cahill. (17)

    I did not see (or hear): Maguire, Delph, Henderson, Pope, Vardy, Alexander-Arnold (6)

    Clicks on “Finish playing and view solution”.

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    speedwell54 on 14 Jul 2018 #

    That game was over quickly; player one with all the correct answers. Well done. A combination of hidden words and homonyms if you want to try. I struggled with Delph going with Farian for Fabian, and although that wasn’t without merit, not really good enough, so hence “nearly 18”. I forgot all about Pope, and I think I would have been able to smuggle that one in under the radar. Alexander-Arnold on the other hand…

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    speedwell54 on 16 Jul 2018 #

    21/11/1985 TOTP Janice and Paul Jordan host. Janice references an Eastenders storyline and then a clumsy introduction from both of them. Jordan says “we’ve got a great show. Before that, we’ve got Doug E Fresh …. (ie this lot are not great but you have to sit through them until we get to the great show bit )

    Madness – Uncle Sam. In the studio. First single not to make the top 20, after 20 in a row from debut. This stalled at No21.

    Wham! – I’m Your Man – On video, black and white affair filmed at the Marquee club. Both features I think, may be trying to gain a slightly older audience. Catchy and singable. There is nothing here not to like, but it just seemed very unexciting at the time. Straight in at No2 this week.

    Dee C Lee – See The Day – In the studio, with a band Not a single violin or a viola in sight mind, despite it sounding like there’s a full string section on the track. It’s very sweeping. The vocal line mirrors the music note for note in the chorus, unusual.

    Countdown from 40. Prefab Sprout get their first mention. A little banter and then breakers.
    Whitney “Saving All My Love For You” the first of 7 consecutive no1s stateside.
    That’s What Friends Are For- Dionne Warwick and Friends.

    Doug E Fresh – The Show – Inspector Gadget theme tune.

    The top 10 – Talking Heads – Long Clip,
    Eurythmics/Aretha- long. with clips of A Kind Of Loving, points from me for that.
    Level 42, short clip,
    Queen – One Vision, very short clip, hardly get chance to sing the title,
    Nikita, Aha, Jennifer Rush, UB40, Wham. Dull banter.

    Fergal Sharkey – A Good Heart at No1, on video, not massively different from the studio performance.

    Out to A Certain Smile – Midge Ure, and studio dancing.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 5 Aug 2018 #

    TOPT 28/11/1985. Powell and Peach. Peter looking rather hesitant tonight.

    Mated- Grant and Graham. Always thought the title was a bit blunt and rude. Song is not terrible and they can both sing but nmcot.

    Saving All My Love For You- Houston. On video. The song sounds nicer than it is. A love triangle and she is the one breaking it up? Aside from the awful keyboard sound in places, and her making “t-ry” and “c-ry” two syllable words, this is still a classic for me.

    Breakers – Sun City- Artists United Against Apartheid – I rather uncharitably thought, it wasn’t such a claim for many of them. I don’t think you were actually on their list. The practice seems unbelievably recent, combined with the general exponential pace of change.
    Spies Like Us – McCartney. Another one of his videos where he plays all the instruments in his band. We were part way though a period of charting soundtracks and film/pop cross overs. I guess mutually beneficial, but I wonder which way the money flowed. (see John Finnemore -Burger Chain youtube)
    Don’t Look Down – The Sequel – Go West – Ok.

    When Love Breaks Down – Prefab Spout. Second time round this makes the chart and should have gone higher. Paddy McAloon is an amazing songwriter. ‘Swoon’ is in my Top 10 favourite albums and ‘Steve McQueen’, from where this hails, is up there.
    For careless reasons Peach calls it “When THE Love Breaks Down”
    Separate Lives- Collins and Martin- Another film sound track. “White Nights” also gave us “Say You Say Me”

    Top Nine On Video
    Houston, Queen – 2nd week with the shortest clip ever,
    Doug E Fresh – The Show- with the line ‘Michelle, ma belle, something funky monkey, tres bien ensemble….’ This was on subtitles.
    Road To Nowhere- decent length clip. Rush, Dee C Lee, Sharkey
    To No1 Wham! on video twktc.

    Out to Starship – City building while the kids dance.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    speedwell54 on 6 Aug 2018 #

    TOTP 12/12/1985 Missing one episode due to Smitty, but we didn’t miss much, only Nik Kershaw – “When A Heart Beats” was unique to this show. Davies in an electric blue suit and Janice in a shiny light blue number.

    Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat Boy – Show opens and we have a new lead singer, but don’t know if that much had really changed. It’s all surface, but a good surface.

    Madonna- Dress You Up – On video, but a live performance and it does sound like she is live.

    Cameo – She’s Strange. This gets another outing on the back of the success of “Single Life”. I appreciate their effort, and they put on another very watchable performance if somewhat less choreographed.

    Breakers – Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills (Live)”- clip. Princess (without her tiny top hat) “After The Love Has Gone”. Starship – “We Built This City”

    Shakin Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone” Up 28 to 10 this week and on its way to the top. He still does the same performance, but with a twist; he’s wearing a Christmas jumper!

    Top nine on video
    Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” just waiting for Christmas to be over.
    Lionel Ritchie – “Say You Say Me” (channeling his inner Chuckle – RIP)
    Feargal Sharkey- “A Good Heart”
    Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (2nd time)
    Phil Collins/Marilyn Martin- “Separate Lives”
    Dee C Lee- “See The Day”
    Wham! _ ” I’m Your Man”

    Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You” first week at One.

    Out to “Last Christmas” Wham! (Second Time)
    In the pre down load era it’s seems strange records coming back just a year later after selling loads first time round. The effort and cost of buying a single. It can’t be a whole new audience, and they can’t have all sat on the copy they had last year. They can’t have all taken up disc jockeying, and they can’t all be in charge of the office party, and they can’t all be buying it as a gift. Maybe it’s the same people who bought Shape of You last week, in its 82nd week on the chart. What gives?

    Not my favourite bu there has been worse.

    This is the last one of the year that we get to see on these repeats; Mike Smith again ruling out next week, then a Christmas special, and that’s goodbye 1985.

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    hardtogethits on 7 Aug 2018 #

    Back to 114 Speedwell! You make two hilarious points. Well, I laughed.

    Re: Sun City. I thought if that lot were playing Greenhead Park for free, I’d probably have stayed in.

    And the direction of money? Always puzzling and amusing. Freakily, today I went to Aberdeen Football Club, to be given a tour of the stadium. There on the wall of the kitman’s room was a framed statement of the finances from the club’s first venture into Europe.

    Wednesday, 6. September 1967. Aberdeen vs KR Reykjavik. The final line of a modest number of financial exchanges read “BBC TV … £250”.

    And the kitman’s assistant said “And you know, I’m not sure whether we paid them or they paid us!”

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