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Because, the first one (tonight) is 1976, where we get :

01/04/1976
With Abba, the Brotherhood of Man, the Beatles, Fox, John Miles, Diana Ross and Sailor. (R).

Then after that they are on Thursday night, 7:30pm, and basically are running weekly, each
episode being from (exactly) 35 years ago (near enough)..

Until BBC4 sack it.

Mark G, Friday, 1 April 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Brilliant idea. I can relive my childhood. My earliest musical memories (from pre-school days) are stuff like Abba, The Wurzels, Showaddywaddy and Hot Chocolate.

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 1 April 2011 20:50 (six years ago) Permalink

This docu that's on now makes grim viewing.

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Friday, 1 April 2011 21:18 (six years ago) Permalink

The docu made some interesting points, and for all that I'd have loved if they'd started in 1964 (or whenever), 1976 is a good year to kickoff from.

The big point made was that the charts had become a 'variety' show source, as opposed to the 'teen hit parade' of the sixties. So, loads of Mathis, Roussos, BroMan, Abba and Radio DJs having comedy send-up hits.

It'll be like this for a while, but one I do remember being somewhat of a life changing moment was when Eddie and the Hot Rods did "Get out of Denver",and I went straight out and bought the (expensive) ep the next day.

I know, thesedays peopple decry the rods as being "not as seminal as Dr Feelgood", but I saw a repeat on TOTP2 and it was as good as I remembered. So, soon come, that show which showed the juxtaposition of this band against the other acts on that night.

(also, it means that the quality of dodgy Punk TOTP compilation DVDs are going to shoot up. If they get that far, of course)

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 09:27 (six years ago) Permalink

What tickled me most was the former TOTP producer saying that they didn't get the Pistols on for "Anarchy In The UK" (which peaked at #38) because it didn't chart high enough, very important that we always stuck by the rules etc etc... followed by an April 1976 show featuring two (useless) acts which never charted at all.

The Hot Rods did well to get a TOTP appearance for "Get Out Of Denver", as a) the Live At The Marquee EP peaked at #43 and b) it was the lead track on the B-side.

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 April 2011 09:43 (six years ago) Permalink

It was track 2 on the a-side, but yeah.

Also, the funny was having Dave Bartram saying "yeah, a TOTP appearance guaranteed you a top 10 hit" and demonstrating this with a screening of their massive top (fillinasecond) hit "Trocadero"...

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:08 (six years ago) Permalink

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Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:09 (six years ago) Permalink

xpost - Aaargh, so it was!

mike t-diva, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:25 (six years ago) Permalink

The big point made was that the charts had become a 'variety' show source, as opposed to the 'teen hit parade' of the sixties. So, loads of Mathis, Roussos, BroMan, Abba and Radio DJs having comedy send-up hits.

Am I misunderstanding? cos the 60s had big hits for Ken Dodd, Englebert Humperdinck, the Barron Knights etc etc

Boobage Dirtbag (Noodle Vague), Monday, 4 April 2011 10:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh sure, but the theory being that those were in the minority, show-content wise.

Mark G, Monday, 4 April 2011 10:42 (six years ago) Permalink

oh on the show. yeah probly fair enough. chartwise it was variety a-go-go

Boobage Dirtbag (Noodle Vague), Monday, 4 April 2011 12:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I don't think the point was that the charts had become (more) like a variety show, but that TOTP had.

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 4 April 2011 12:09 (six years ago) Permalink

fuck Noel Edmonds and his 'comedy' links

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Thursday, 7 April 2011 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

fuck Noel Edmonds and his 'comedy' links

I know, what a dick. Still we had the Four Seasons doing "Silver Star" this week. Also Eric Carmen's "interview" with Noel Edmonds, where you couldn't hear a word he was saying, don't be shy Eric!

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 08:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Interviews on TOTP? that's a rarity...

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 09:12 (six years ago) Permalink

"Inteview" not really the word.

"You wrote a song for Dana didn't you?"
"Mumble mumble mumble"
"What's the best song you've ever written?"
"Mumble mumble mumble All By Myself"
"Well all the best with the new single"
"Mumble"

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Don't know what song he wrote for Dana

Oh and Noel was saying what a good album "Eric Carmen" was: a rare display of good taste from Edmonds there!

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:17 (six years ago) Permalink

Noel had to say he liked it cos he didn't want to blow a raspberry.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:21 (six years ago) Permalink

My god that it horribly formed.

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (six years ago) Permalink

*is*

ridic beau (NickB), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:22 (six years ago) Permalink

OK so Google tells me Dana covered "Never Gonna Fall in Love Again" from the aforementioned "Eric Carmen" album

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 09:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Is Dana the one who did some religious kids programme called 'Wake Up Sunday'?

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:18 (six years ago) Permalink

Sounds likely

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:23 (six years ago) Permalink

10CC, "Mandy Fly Me" was on too. Fantastic!

Tom D (Tom D.), Friday, 8 April 2011 10:34 (six years ago) Permalink

NEdmonds always had his love of singer-songwriters, to be fair.

Mark G, Friday, 8 April 2011 10:48 (six years ago) Permalink

Big fan of Harry Chapin, yer Edmonds.

mike t-diva, Friday, 8 April 2011 14:40 (six years ago) Permalink

Balderdash certainly describes droll Noel's career.

did you notice "you spin me round" was playing in the background? (snoball), Friday, 8 April 2011 15:04 (six years ago) Permalink

This was easily the most WTF song on this week's show:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iISUroWbu2U

in a wonderful balloon! (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Saturday, 9 April 2011 22:17 (six years ago) Permalink

I watched last night's 1976 episode, it was amazingly and compellingly bad. Lots of odd-looking folks I've never heard of awkwardly performing novelty songs, and one of Pan's People doing some remarkably gratuitous ass-shaking in the direction of the camera. I need more.

Antoine Bugleboy (Merdeyeux), Friday, 22 April 2011 14:22 (six years ago) Permalink

70s was the golden age for ugly blokes, you could still end up in a band on TOTP with groupies galore. Rubettes' (sans caps) song sounded more like the Beatles than the Rutles!

None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Friday, 22 April 2011 14:27 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm watching this now. LOL at the male members of the Vagabonds miming the female backing vocals. Something massively depressing about second tier disco groups though, like they're trapped in time, it's as if they're composed entirely of all the bits of late 70's disco that don't influence music today.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Friday, 22 April 2011 14:57 (six years ago) Permalink

Shoeless and carrying a walking stick with a bicycle bell on it? Fucking hell, Harpo could teach Lady gaga a thing or two.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Friday, 22 April 2011 15:00 (six years ago) Permalink

Sheer Elegance one of the most misnamed bands ever judging by what they were wearing, the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer, the utter WTFness of Harpo. mandatory viewing from now on!

/人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ (zappi), Friday, 22 April 2011 15:23 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm sure Punk would never of happened if Sky+ would of been available in 1976...ended up fast forwarding most of last night's show...bring back Noosha Fox...become a little obsessed with s-s-single bed...

sonnyboy, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:27 (six years ago) Permalink

^^^ same goes for watching it on iPlayer. I don't know if 'compellingly bad' is the term, or just 'bad'.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Friday, 22 April 2011 16:50 (six years ago) Permalink

the uglyness of the Rubettes & their overcocky drummer

Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sx-aH0oBscw

Ned Raggett, Friday, 22 April 2011 16:51 (six years ago) Permalink

definitely 'compellingly bad' for me. and Fox lady really reminded me of Alison Goldfrapp which is a Good Thing.

/人 ◕ ‿‿ ◕人\ (zappi), Friday, 22 April 2011 17:10 (six years ago) Permalink

Noosha F missing link between Clare Grogan and Goldfrapp. Love that record.

Michael Jones, Friday, 22 April 2011 17:16 (six years ago) Permalink

Ah, been catching up via good old iplayer on the wii.

Old enough to remember these episodes quite clearly in some cases.

Sad that they haven't gone back far enough in time to have Sparks on.

Still, don't recall that Gilbert O'Sullivan song though I must have heard it then.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Oh, last I heard, they are definitely doing this run for a year.

After that? Who knows...

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:30 (six years ago) Permalink

Still, don't recall that Gilbert O'Sullivan song though I must have heard it then.

He was long gone as commercial proposition by 1976. That song sounded like a demo, did artists have to re-record tracks? I know they had to re-record vocals, hence the ubiquity of the Ladybirds. But then other acts obviously just mimed to the record.

None'll come and then a lot'll (Tom D.), Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:37 (six years ago) Permalink

They did 'have' to.

A lot of them switched the tapes post-session, apparently.

Mark G, Tuesday, 26 April 2011 11:59 (six years ago) Permalink

ooooooo-oooooooooooooh Vienna it's Slik

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:32 (six years ago) Permalink

It's Midge Uuuurrrr...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:35 (six years ago) Permalink

And Paul knickerless

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:36 (six years ago) Permalink

Jesus Christ, superstar?

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:37 (six years ago) Permalink

DLT looks like Badly Drawn Boy.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:47 (six years ago) Permalink

This is sooooo much better than last weeks....

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Only one novelty act so far.

grill 'em bake 'em fry 'em burn 'em (snoball), Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:51 (six years ago) Permalink

Shit Brotherhood Of Man are still number one...

sonnyboy, Thursday, 28 April 2011 18:52 (six years ago) Permalink

You know how Goebells really really liked schlager music, and made sure that the German record industry during WW2 basically only produced schlager? So that that seemingly inoffensive light music was actually really political from then on? Well I've always thought that Black Lace are the kind of act that Goebells would have liked.

Black Lace do remind me of schlager. Every part of continental Europe has an equivalent.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 15 November 2017 00:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Hang the fuck on, did Roy Wood re-record this!?

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:34 (three months ago) Permalink

Wikipedia says yes, because they wanted to re-release it but couldn't find the original tapes.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:36 (three months ago) Permalink

Heh! I thought there was something off about that version... I prefer the original, naturally.

I keep forgetting how well arranged 'We All Stand Together' is for a song aimed at children, it's McCartney taking 'Yellow Submarine' to an extreme...

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:40 (three months ago) Permalink

Ooh, I didn't know Bronski Beat did a TOTP performance of this... one of their lesser known hits, but I've always liked this one.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:42 (three months ago) Permalink

There's lots of Style Council songs I like... this isn't one of 'em!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:46 (three months ago) Permalink

OH GOD, NOT THIS! FUCK OFF!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:47 (three months ago) Permalink

Okay, so now we can wash away the memories of Foreigner with... *sighs* ... Thompson Twins.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 17 November 2017 20:53 (three months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

TOTP Christmas 1984 drinking game: down a shot every time someone with a mullet appears.

Zings Can Only Get Better (snoball), Friday, 15 December 2017 20:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Hahahaha! I bet it absolutely crushed Simon Le Bon's soul at the time to have to introduce Paul Young.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:25 (two months ago) Permalink

It's bizarre how normal Frankie Goes to Hollywood look in comparison to some of the mega mulleted folks like Le Bon and Young...

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:28 (two months ago) Permalink

Also LOL at Weller miming Bono's line on 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Friday, 15 December 2017 21:30 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Russ Abbott's 'Atmosphere':

  • worse than I remember
  • cheaper sounding production than I remember
  • forgot about the Frankie Goes To Hollywood reference
  • does the bass synth rip off 'I Feel Love'?

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 19 January 2018 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

(what is with the 1981 repeats btw?)

koogs, Friday, 19 January 2018 21:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Don't know. I thought they were trying to get through the episodes quicker, then I read the episode dates and realised they were repeats. Of repeats.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 19 January 2018 21:36 (one month ago) Permalink

'81 > '85 fwiw

koogs, Saturday, 20 January 2018 12:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Big Sound Authority ... these guys are going to be big, apparently!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Ksssssss

Mark G, Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:34 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Art of Noise, featuring the "Hey!" sound that ends up in Prodigy's 'Firestarter'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Oddly I thought this Colourfield track was from later in the 80s.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:44 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe because the lyrics, arrangement, and general performance pre-empt The Beautiful South.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:45 (three weeks ago) Permalink

We're barely into 1985 and already I'm wondering what the fuck happened!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:49 (three weeks ago) Permalink

lol King!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:52 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Featuring future MTV VJ Paul King!

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

"We're going to see Foreigner now"

Hmm yeah, no we're fucking not, mate!

*grabs remote*

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:55 (three weeks ago) Permalink

ABBA mk 2 - lol at how the video really tries hard to minimise the height difference between Elaine Paige and Barbara Dickson.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:56 (three weeks ago) Permalink

x-post:

Ha yeah, I remember seeing an interview Paul King did with Richey from the Manics, and Richey found some way of getting a dig in at him about it.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Thursday, 25 January 2018 19:57 (three weeks ago) Permalink

xxp 10 year old snoball thought this Foreigner track was a bit depressing but I think of it as a bunch of self pitying posturing toss.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:00 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Paul King still had that fuck-awful mullet even in the early 90s.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:02 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Still, be did revive DMs as a fashion item.

Mark G, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:22 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Get your boots on!

dorsalstop, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:36 (three weeks ago) Permalink

> lol King!

i remember a friend was excitedly planning to go see King play in gloucestershire somewhere but they cancelled and did totp instead.

koogs, Thursday, 25 January 2018 20:46 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Just realised that Paul King looks like one of my co-workers in a bad mullet wig.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 26 January 2018 19:33 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Phil Collins nailing the 'Del Boy from Only Fools & Horses pretending to be a yuppie' look.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 26 January 2018 19:39 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Bruce Springsteen is "America's answer to Russ Abbott" and Prince is "another American". Who knew?

Bimlo Horsewagon became Wheelbarrow Horseflesh (aldo), Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:58 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Maybe it's because of the repetition of the performances on endless clip shows but parts of tonight's episode feel like they happened last month.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Shaky with a song that sounds like something mid 80s Rod would have passed on for being too shit.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:01 (one week ago) Permalink

It's not on here yet!

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:12 (one week ago) Permalink

Straight out of the gate with some Glenn Frey yuppie music this episode..

...I'd never seen the video to 'Be Near Me' by ABC before... that song should have been fucking huge.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:39 (one week ago) Permalink

xp I was catching up on last night's programme.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:40 (one week ago) Permalink

All of REO Speedwagon's hairstyles can fuck off.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:40 (one week ago) Permalink

Pat Benatar - another singer who was big in the US but hardly known in the UK apart from a couple of singles.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:41 (one week ago) Permalink

More like REO Shitewagon...

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I was and still am always amused by how far off Simon Bates' predictions were: "These guys are going to be huge!" *tumbleweeds*

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I've never really considered 'The Heat Is On' to be yuppie music because I associate it so heavily with 'Beverley Hills Cop'.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:48 (one week ago) Permalink

Y'know when people say "the '80s were shit" or take the piss out of the fashions etc., this is the exact era of the '80s they mean. 1985 feels like it's worlds away from 1981 etc., not a few years away. The drop in quality from even the preceding year has been noticeable.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:52 (one week ago) Permalink

This video for 'Easy Lover' is fucking awful - I always remembered it as being quite slick but the 'candid' bits make Phillip Bailey & Phil Collins seem very punchable.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 9 February 2018 19:58 (one week ago) Permalink

More like REO Shitewagon...

Classic song and video!

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:45 (one week ago) Permalink

"Prince's girlfriend Madonna" ???

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:48 (five days ago) Permalink

One of my favourite Prince stories is from Madonna: she went to his place to discuss a possible collaboration, and Prince's chef had set out a massive amount of food on the dining table. Madonna was shovelling food into her mouth when she noticed the purple one wasn't eating. "Aren't you going to have anything?" she asked. "No" whispered Prince.

2018 has to be better (snoball), Friday, 16 February 2018 19:52 (five days ago) Permalink


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