May 09

Popular ’82

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

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

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


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  1. 31
    punctum on 3 Oct 2013 #

    TPL does UNEXPECTED SEARING INDICTMENT OF THATCHER’S BRITAIN: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/dire-straits-love-over-gold.html

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    punctum on 6 Oct 2013 #

    Then Play Long, the mission statement: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/abba-singles-first-ten-years.html

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    speedwell54 on 10 Jul 2016 #

    How much catching up?

    Peter Powell welcomes us to the first TOTP of 1982, dressed in a woollen burgundy waistcoat, over a white shirt with a wing tips collar. Most would go with a bow tie with that collar but not Pete, he goes with a college tie.

    Anyway, he throws himself in and introduces Philip Lynott and Yellow Pearl “attack, attack, attack, attack, attack, attack, attack is what we lack”, it’s been on my mind a little recently. Despite his intro (and outtro) we don’t get Philip Lynott at all, but Zoo with some kind of traditional Russian dancing; which is exactly what I think of when Yellow Pearl comes on.

    Foreigner “Waiting For A Girl Like You” live performance video cut very short. Always the bridesmaid in the US with this one, ten weeks at number 2, mostly behind ONJ and Physical.

    Alton Edwards- I Just Wanna (Spend Some Time With You) -okay. Meanwhile some Twitter equivalent has told Pete to ditch the waistcoat.

    Dead Ringer For Love- Meatloaf (+Cher) famous video. Both later, separately, had year end best selling singles in the UK. Wonder if that happened before.

    Mobiles – Drowning In Berlin. I liked this a lot then and still do. She had that whole Toyah/Siouxsie thing going on. Peter with his kiss of death says they’ll be big in ’82.

    Countdown and then Shakatak with Easier Said Than Done. nmcot. I struggle with this genre.

    Jon and Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way home. Jon released a single called “Easier Said Than Done” in ’85. hmm, copycat.

    The Human League -Don’t You Want Me twktc, but brilliant.

    Good show overall.

  4. 34
    speedwell54 on 10 Jul 2016 #

    Kid Jensen hosts and we’ve skipped one, so some repeats from last time no doubt.

    Gillian open the show with ‘Restless’ and to me the mellow chorus seems rather at odds with the rest of the track.

    Jon and Vangelis first rpt and obviously not finding their way home. This goes on a bit. Yellow Pearl again, but not a repeat with the video this time, Phil with his Walkman. Mobiles again but not a repeat. Having said that it’s an almost identical performance. Kid also thinks this won’t be their last hit. Career over!

    ELO- with their double A side Ticket to the Moon/Here Is The News. We get ‘Ticket’ tonight and Zoo dance intercut with the video. A little bit different for ELO but after “Twilight” the most ELO type single had just failed chart wise, their days seemed numbered. ‘When I Was A Boy’ sounds pretty good to me even if it is Free as a Bird. The ‘Jeff Lynne’s ELO’ moniker, according to wiki, was his idea. Sounds so much like there were internal legal naming rights issues. There you go. Meatloaf rpt.

    XTC- Sense Working Overtime -without this no Goyte. Great.

    OMD Maid of Orleans- Was originally called Joan Of Arc, but they had called their last single that. Quite a few of their singles build quite slowly, tempo and instruments added (Talking LAC in particularl) Number 1 in Germany.

    Christopher Cross -Arthur’s Theme -Not sure if I prefer this or ‘Jump’. Foreigner rpt. Land of Make Believe at Number 1. Bucks Fizz in the studio, on a good day I like it.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

  5. 35
    speedwell54 on 10 Jul 2016 #

    Simon Bates tonight introduces Tight Fit. Totally changing their line up since “Back To The Sixties” last year, and these three have nothing to do with what’s coming out of the speakers. Wiki says the Undertones did a cover of this! (I’ll save you the bother, not them Undertones.)

    ONJ- Landslide – I do like her singing here and the song is okay. The instrumentation dates this somewhat as does the video, which is not a criticism. Some songs hold up better than others.

    Haircut 100 Love Plus One- On the heels of Favourite Shirts, this eventually went one better and gave them their biggest hit, peaking at three.

    The Stranglers- Golden Brown. Seemed a great leap at the time, but through the eighties more pop and less punk stuff continued.

    Listen SLF- great single which I don’t think got on an album at the time. “Now Then” came out in the summer and doesn’t have a bad track on it.

    Fool If You Think It’s Over. Elkie Brooks – A Chris Rea cover and there is some weird coincidental fact about the chart careers of both versions which I can’t quite remember, but it will come to me. She had loads of singles but I can only see her singing Lilac Wine for some reason.

    Alton Edwards – nothing to add.

    Oh Julie – Shaky Number one and on a stage this time – no seated circle behind him doing the hand jive as per. He wrote this one so good for him. Simon says it’s his third consecutive number one, clearly not understanding the meaning of the word ‘consecutive’ or acknowledging the existence of ‘You Drive Me Crazy’ and ‘It’s Raining’.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

  6. 36
    speedwell54 on 11 Jul 2016 #

    John Peel presents tonight – the first time in 14 years he informs us. He is self-deprecating and recognises viewers might not know who he is.

    Theatre Of Hate with’ Do You Believe in the Westworld?’ Kirk looking for all the world like he’s Rob Beckett’s angrier brother.

    OMD Maid Of Orleans – Andy without a bass tonight and even more gyrations. I hope he doesn’t catch a cold with that shirt, and sweater, and thick leather jacket.

    The Jets and they’ve ditched Boy George as their backing dancer tonight. That’s it for them top 40 wise.

    Soft Cell – Say Hello-my favourite track from them. His half singing, half conversational style reminded me of Jonathan Richman on Morning of Our Lives. Nice little earner for them too; David Gray having covered it on White Ladder, which was(maybe is) the all time best selling album in Ireland.

    Gillan – Restless rpt. it’s growing on me. Easier Said Than Done again.

    ACDC – Let’s Get It Up nmcot. XTC rpt. Charts.

    George Benson. Neve Give Up On A Good Thing .nmcot
    Chris Cross rpt.

    Kraftwerk – the Model – climbs to Number One. On black and white video.. Out to Meatloaf.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse

  7. 37
    speedwell54 on 12 Jul 2016 #

    Tommy the Vance is back and the show opens with the Fun Boy Three. A little more upbeat than Lunatics and they introduce the world to the delights of Bananarama. Terry tries his best to join in.

    Stranglers on video this week, sticking around this one.

    Bow Wow Wow- Go Wild in the Country, their first time on TOTP. It looks like Jon Moss on drums but there is no mention on wiki. Adrian Gurvitz also debuts with Classic. nmcot.

    Hall and Oates- I Can’t Go for That. I bought Rock N Soul – a greatest hit package and played it a lot. Haven’t got much else by them though. Jackson admitted lifting the the bass line for Billie Jean and there are a couple of mixes on You tube but I’m not completely convinced.

    Depeche Mode – this week they are going for smart, all wearing ties.

    J Geils Band and Centrefold- massive world hit. HIs vocal style is similar to Jagger in places “no one could ever stain”, “girlie magazine”

    Modern Romance re make Ay Ay Moosey with some rapping and the female sounds like she’s auditioning for “Allo Allo”. Charts and Elkie Brooks rpt. Haircut 100 again this week all in yellow jackets. Countdown and then Number One.

    The Jam straight in with “Town Called Malice” officially a double A but Precious never got played that much on the radio. I don’t think it’s great but there’s a lot to like. The drums, the opening lines, and the bass line. (if not totally original)

    Not my favourite but there has been worse

  8. 38
    hardtogethits on 17 Jul 2016 #

    Is Speedwell the only one watching / commenting? Here’s the Chris Rea / Elkie Brooks observation, at number 315


  9. 39
    Mark G on 17 Jul 2016 #

    I don’t know about anyone else, but these are going past so fast,its hard to keep up.

    There have been a bunch of highlights that I did want to comment on, (John Peel’s first TOTP in the modernish era, the farewell to Sue as part of Zoo, that time when Kirk Brandon called me a ‘diamond geezer’, etc, oh and the worst rap record of all time (you know the one)), but it all flies past so fast, like a tube train through Tottenham Court Station. (its open again? OK bad example but anyway)

    Still, it won’t be too long until my favourite ever episode will be upon us, and I shall be doing a full one. And I shall use the immortal catchphrase ..

    “My favourite, there have been worse obviously”

  10. 40
    speedwell54 on 18 Jul 2016 #

    Mr Read – bowler hat on head, and he wears Peter Powell’s bretton t-shirt as he introduces Madness. Cardiac Arrest was a brief departure from the top ten for them. The next single made up for it though.

    George Benson in Michael Portillo mode sings to himself on an empty train. nmcot.

    UB40 “new label and new song” says Mike but I’m not sure which new label that is. “I Won’t Close My Eyes” this is very very slow. From UB44 their only regular studio album not to give up a top 10 hit right through to 2000.

    Audience member hams it up completely as Mike introduces ABC, guess which jacket Martin is wearing? Classic – Poison Arrow.

    The Jets borrow Shaky’s producer on this hit. Enough already!

    Robert Palmer – Some Guys Have All The Luck. – If you watch nothing else, watch this. Great live vocal performance. Without this no Future Islands. Second coolest man in pop, made to look even better surrounded by the uncool.

    Mike sings the Lion Sleeps Tonight, then Tight Fit do rpt.

    Charts, and then Toni Basil and Mickey twktc , charts again to 10.

    Mike seems rather vague and waffles something about have some time and so he’s going to show us some good videos. It’s actually the top ten that follows. First up XTC which isn’t a video just a TOTP performance. Some quite long clips OMD and Soft Cell do well. Say Hello 20-18-3 some bizarre climb.

    Jam at No1 and they get to play both tracks this week.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

    Hardtogethits- thanks for Rea/Brooks thing, I knew I’d read something somewhere. I hope we get some returners from the Euro 16 sabbatical to pitch in soon on this thread.

    Mark G – looking forward to your favourite ever episode write up.

  11. 41
    Mark G on 22 Jul 2016 #

    1982 speeds by so fast, can it be only yesterday that Racey were a fixture here? Well, no but…..

    It’s the Jensen kid, and he leads us by the hand into .. Mickey! Well, it used to be Kitty when it was a Racey song, but now Toni Basil is the one who’s going to take it like a man. Um, OK, right.. Anyhow, I remember the first time I saw Toni was when she appeared with Davy Jones in the movie “Head” doing Nilsson’s “Daddy’s Song” and it got shown on the current version of Barry Norman’s movie programme. Not “Film ’68” as they hadn’t started it then. Some years later, I watched the DVD with Amber and Alice, and although they thought it wasn’t as good as the episodes of the TV series they had seen, Alice was quite taken with how Toni and Davy looked, and I had to break it to her that they didn’t become a real-life couple after that.

    On to Gary Numan and not Gary Glitter please keep up. Anyway, what’s surprising to me is that I quite like this one, possibly because it’s less ‘futuristic’ and more ‘modern’ sounding.

    Madness do a wacky video single about having heart attacks, and get their lowest charting hit since “The Prince” – This one has a ‘happy ending’ resolution, ah it’s a cautionary tale chaps. Not like the LP version which ends with a big clangggggg after “There’s nothing we can do”. It’s still pretty great though.

    Goombay Dance Band. There’s no dancing, and it’s not a dance track. Apart from that… What is this song about? None of it makes any sense. It’s sort of Boney M-ish, there is a fire-eating solo, and the moral seems to be “if dreams were like eagles I’d fly away, but they are not and that’s why.” uhhhhhh….

    Imagination Illusion – I used to hear this a lot in clubs around Windsor, and it still sounds pretty good. This is the age of the slide-bass. This is the aaaaaaaaaaaaage – “Of the Bass”. Oh, that’s old wassname, innit?

    Now, my cheatie cribsheet has it that there are three excerpt of vids from the US charts, but we don’t get those for some reason. Instead we get The Jets with the next in a series of not exactly rocknroll songs but done like they are. Shaking S had all these wrapped up at one point, but he’s moved on to vaguely cajun sounding stuff, and this bunch are too comfortable in cardigans to really challenge anything. A few more hits lower down the chart, but no TOTP for you sonny jims.

    Abba get a video of “Head over heels”, but the pop stops soon for Abba. Funny, they even look older here. It’s, you know, Abba. It’s OK.

    Now here’s an actual punk track, into the chart because it’s the Adam and the Ants imperial phase. The gals dance to um hang on, is it.. No, it’s the Zoo gals. This is very Legs and co, but replaced by six dancers all mugging furiously when the camera points in their general direction. It’s funny, how they recorded a ‘radio friendly’ version swapping “nazi” for ‘nasty’, and ‘camp 29″ for “Lover of mine”, but that’s forethought for you.

    ABC get the highest new entry, and it’s the golden suit days. Amber and Alice (in the modern day) recognise it immediately, which makes it the golden classic of this show. It’s been a bit light on “Golden Classics” this week, usually there’s two or three.

    Tight Fit do that mid-song musical interlude dance where the male dancer in the middle turns left and gives one to the left, and turns right and gives one to the right girl dancer. Alice is almost shocked. Number one for a bit anyway.

    And now we fade out to Robert Palmer’s pub singer version of “Some guys have all the luck”. Which is meant as a compliment.

    And there we have it. Did you miss me, hey, while I was away?

  12. 42
    speedwell54 on 22 Jul 2016 #

    Kid, trying too hard to be casual with one hand in the pocket of his white trousers. All live tonight claims Jensen- Toni Basil kicks off. She’s 38 here.

    Gary Numan- was this his last single to climb the charts? He was getting to a stage where fans gave him a chart place but no one was jumping on board. Musically I like it and I presume that is still Mick Karn on bass, but his vocals don’t do it for me.

    Madness and Cardiac Arrest. Video this week. No surprises.

    Alan Brazil well actually it’s the Goombay Dance Band. They had a euro hit a few years earlier with Sun Of Jamaica. Seven Tears is pretty similar with the humming backing singers.

    Imagination- Just an Illusion. nmcot but it’s okay.

    The Jets – who seem to get on this programme an awful lot with this minor hit. Anyway, no more I hear.

    Abba – Head over Heels – perfectly fine single that doesn’t sound out of place on Greatest Hits packages but this was obviously came out in that brief time in history when we seem to have fallen out with Abba. Peaked at a lowly 25.

    Deutscher Girls – Adam and the Ants – a track from a few years earlier so no performance or video. It might as well be Legs but actually Zoo. Unusually for Zoo they’re in matching outfits and no leather. Also dancing often the same routine. If the lighting had been a bit poorer I think we could have interested the Swede.

    Charts then Poison Arrow twktc. Then charts again, “still at 14, Cardiac Arrest” says Kid when it climbed but never mind. Don’t think he knows the Hall and Oates song with emphasis on the “go”. He also goes against the recent trend with DepeCHAY Mode.

    Tight Fit -Number one and I’m quite quite bored with this. His miming gets worse and if you look closely those aren’t real lions either.

    Out to Robert Palmer, highlight of the show. Not realised how bland Rod Stewart made this song sound.

    Not my favourite but there gas been worse.

    I was feeling a bit Eric Carmen for a while then. Welcome back Mark G. This not your favourite ever episode then, what a shocker!

  13. 43
    Steve Williams on 24 Jul 2016 #

    You won’t see the American chart rundown on BBC4 for the entire three and a half years this monthly feature runs. Because of who presents it, of course.

    It is incredibly convenient for BBC4 that the host never mentions it’s coming up and it’s not mentioned in the credits, so it can be very easily edited out.

  14. 44
    Mark G on 25 Jul 2016 #

    I thought that they’d decided Jonathan King was “OK” with regard his past TOTP appearances, or is that purely when he performed his hit singles? They apologised when “It only takes a minute” was edited out a couple of years ago.

  15. 45
    Steve Williams on 26 Jul 2016 #

    Indeed, but since then he has been arrested again.

  16. 46
    Lazarus on 30 Jul 2016 #

    Another sheepish returnee dips his toe in the water … Simes at the controls, and we’re up to late February already.

    Bow Wow Wow – with their biggest hit. A bit short on melody frankly, more shouted than sung. One so-so cover to follow, and that’s pretty much their lot. I guess this would have been around the time of the controversial LP cover, which imitated a famous painting with a decidedly underage Annabella. I wonder if she and the guitarist shaved each other’s heads.

    Fun Boy Three – in the studio for a meet’n’greet (Terry says nowt) and on video with the Banana girls, with their first chart entry after the wonderful ‘Aie a Mwana’ failed to trouble the scorers. This take on a 1939 song is from the FB3’s debut album but Bananarama’s first is well worth checking out.

    Depeche Mode – now down to a three piece and this is the lead-off single from their second album A Broken Frame. Dave looks so young and wholesome pre-tats and drugs. This, along with Blasphemous Rumours, is my favourite of their early songs I think. Subject matter resonated with me at the time.

    Julio – forgettable follow-up. Verses in Spanish, chorus in heavily accented English. I suppose he was popular with all the Beverleys who’d have been into Demis a few years before.

    Haircut 100 – “where do we go from here? Is it down to the lake I fear?” MAKES NO SENSE (unless Nick is afraid of said lake). Jaunty little number though, and again the album is well worth 40 minutes of anyone’s time. Lemon Fire Brigade! Woman with spiky blonde hair cropping up all over the place tonight.

    Countdown – so I’ve missed the Stranglers then.

    Associates – favourites of the much-missed Marcello and Simon appears genuinely pleased that they’ve made it. I discovered them the previous summer, when ‘Tell Me Easter’s on Friday’ got such a glowing review in Record Mirror that I bought it unheard. Collected all their 45s from that point up to 1988’s ‘Heart of Glass’ cover. Billy, a great lost talent of course.

    Chart 20-11 – ‘Say Hello Wave Goodbye’ already waving goodbye to the chart.

    Adrian Gurvitz – this old rocker has been knocking around since the sixties. I admit I liked it at the time, but it is a bit ludicrous, especially those forced half-rhymes. Why does he need to write in an attic, anyway? Chorus is basically a duet with his beardy mate. Drummer has Scouse perm and ‘tache – unfortunate all round tbh. But no doubt big in Germany to this day.

    Top 10. The Goombays are heading topwards. Run for the hills!!

    Tight Fit – number one, and talking of ludicrous … I believe they’re still going too, you don’t need me to tell you where they’re playing tonight …

    Back on the Beeb, Kenny Everett pops in to plug his new show. My favourite of ’82 (so far). No doubt there will be worse.

  17. 47
    Mark G on 1 Aug 2016 #

    Simes! We missed you! Oh, OK we haven’t, but hey.. Its TOTP so what the heck..

    Bow wow wow, and as Alice says she has a fashion look that would work right now. So, they finally get a hit proper, and it’s probably despite Malcolm rather than because of him. There’s a lot of interesting stuff that almost but not quite made it – the “WORK” single I felt was a missing classic. I do have some ads on tape (I think it was the sfx cassette magazine) where Malc shouts over the track playing, much like he did for the Sex Pistols (collected on the “Some Product” album). “I’m Sick .. SO AM I!!! sick of seeing signs YOU TELL ‘EM ANNABELLA!!” that sort of thing. So, eventually they became hitmakers, for a while anyway. More to come but not much more, it’s true.

    Standing behind Simes are the fun boy three, but seeing as Bananarama havent turned up (maybe?) it’s a quick chat and into the video – for one horrible moment it looked like Simon was going to ask them to start singing.. Anyway, it’s lots of shots walking through underground walkways but strange things keep appearing. Not seen this one, not often anyway.

    Depeche Mode, however you are saying it, and possibly the twee-est song for its time. Boy just wants to hang out with his ex. aww. Bless. Actually, I believe that Dave had already had his first herons by this point, but you know, Basildon and all that. There’s not that many bands that have hits over such a long period of time that runs from their ‘still teenage’ ness to being durtay blokey grungers – I do wonder if they still do “See You” in their sets occasionally. (note: Not to be confused with “See You (Jimmy)”)

    Awww, it’s Pluto! Loved this guy, he always seemed to pop up with a hit every 5 years or so. OK, not that often to make a pattern of it. Anyway, there is something vaguely sinister underneath all this, not quite in the “Bantam Cock” vein, but not so far behind. Anyway, it’s a Benny Hill joke stretched to 3 mins, and we’ll leave it there. I think we’ll just change the subject, and call it… whatever.

    Julio. For some reason, Terry Wogan would call this “Jaws” owing to his accent, but I can’t hear this here. Moving on..

    The haircut 100 do Love Plus One, which is an odd thing to have on yr guest list. The rest of the song consists of those general song cliches that seem to suggest that this is on purpose. Still, it’s not as irritating (to me) as “Favourite Shirts” thanks to not having bad rapping on it. Hear a call.

    The Associates! Now, I know there’s a fair few of youse have been waiting for these guys to be back on, so here you are. It’s pretty great, I will say, and I didn’t really get it back then so here you go. It sort of reminds me of those epic “Johnny Remember me” type things, I’m sure Joe Meek would approve, yes. And Simes gets to apply the kiss of death (the other kind, see below) with the “They’re going to be massive” statement.

    Adrian Gurvitz we’ll pass over, and Tight fit we’ve done to death already, so we’ll go to…

    It’s Kenny! And he’s dressed as Sid Snot the Biker bloke. But it’s all very bizarre, Kenny seems mildly drunk (or stoned – Legal dept, can I say that? Oh I can cause he’s deceased? I did say “Seems” so hey) and manages to throw in an absolutely filthy Julio joke that must have passed un-noticed thanks to nobody understanding it. And then they kiss. (that’s true, by the way. Check Kenny wiping his mouth when the camera’s pulled away).

    On with the Medley – It’s Stevie this time, and it’s a passable impression: The excerpt of “Isn’t She Lovely” even has a substitute crying baby as well! That’s attention to detail.

    I’m guessing that if I called the previous week’s appearance of the re-released (sort-of) Deutsche Girls as the final Punk-hit, I could complete my Punk/New Wave DVD set, but I’m running about four years behind now. Still, there’s a definite end for it, so I might actually get on with it. It started with Slik’s “The kids a punk”, and the only one I could not find was Plastic Bert’s “Sha-la-la-la-lee” but hey.

    So, where do we go from here? Is it down to the lake I fear? Well, I thought I told you to leave me while I walked down to the beach. Never mind, I’ll give you a ring when we get to Minchella’s.

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    swanstep on 2 Aug 2016 #

    @Mark G, 47. According to setlist.fm DM last played ‘See You’ in 1985 (ditto ‘New Life’). From the early years only ‘Just Can’t’ still gets played regularly, although ‘Photographic’ turned up as recently as 2010.

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    Paulito on 4 Aug 2016 #

    @47: I enjoy your commentary (and keep up the good work!), though I’m mystified as to how you consider “Love Plus One” to be a string of clichés. Perhaps this quirky little number has become overfamiliar to some, but I still can’t hear anything but youthful exuberance, brightness and originality. It sounds fresh as a daisy to me.

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    speedwell54 on 11 Aug 2016 #

    Simon Bates has a over excited yelping teen, draped around his shoulders as he introduces Bow Wow Wow. Lwin does her fair share of yelping too. Pretty confident for 16. Looks like Jon Moss on drums but seemingly not. Perfectly fine.

    Bates confuses Lynval and Neville and makes up Nevilynn Bond as a name for some reason as Fun Boy Three (Fun Boy Two and Terry Hall actually) join him pre video showing. Bates asks a string of closed and inane questions. Fearne Cotton springs to mind.

    Depeche Mode in smart mode tonight; ties 4, leather 0. Interesting point up thread about this not making the cut in concert. It’s hardly “I Should Be So Lucky” and I would have thought they could do a Kyliesque re working.

    Sean Paul, well 70s version Pluto jets in with patois. I thinks dem songs is a bit meh. Simon tells us before and after he’s come in from Miami.

    Julio Doubleglasias (Little and Large) mncot Haircut 100 again,

    Then The Associates- total highlight of the programme. This is a classic. Just listened again to their version of Boys Keep Swinging and although the music is minimal the vocal is amazing.

    Gurvitz again, charts predicts more doom then, Tight Fit. Kenny Everett chats and plugs. Out to a Stevie Wonder medley. The teen from the beginning finds the camera again.

    Not my favourite but there has been worse.

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    Lazarus on 31 Aug 2016 #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Toodle pip!

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    Steve Williams on 1 Sep 2016 #

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

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    Mark M on 1 Sep 2016 #

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

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

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

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    Chelovek na lune on 2 Sep 2016 #

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

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    Jimmy the Swede on 7 Sep 2016 #

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

    Strange days indeed.

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    DanielW on 16 Sep 2016 #

    Not done one of these before, but here goes…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Charts 10-1

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

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

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    DanielW on 18 Sep 2016 #

    15th April 1982 and the Kid is hosting:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Charts 20-11

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

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

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

    and out to Altered Images….

    Pretty good show apart from those Night Birdzzzzzzzzzzzzz….

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    DanielW on 24 Sep 2016 #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Charts 20-11

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

    Charts 10-1

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

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

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    Chelovek na lune on 1 Oct 2016 #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Quick chat with Joan Jett.

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

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

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

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    Steve Williams on 2 Oct 2016 #

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

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