Thursday, 19 April 2018

Tarzan Top of the Pops

It's hot and steamy tonight like a tropical jungle so pull your loincloths on, grab the nearest Jane and climb up the vine to your tree house to enjoy this 22nd August 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

Kate invaders!


22/08/85  (Gary Davies & Steve Wright)

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – “I Wonder If I Take You Home” (15)
The show gets underway with a club sound. Her first of three top 40 hits, this one was her biggest peaking at number 12.

The Cars – “Drive” (5) (video)
Went up one more place. Shame they didn't show the Ethiopia version of the video, but it was probably too harrowing for the show.

Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” (11)
Swinging into the charts with the sound of the Spanish summer discos and a dancing gorilla, but it was his only hit and it climbed up to number 3.

Dan Hartman – “I Can Dream About You” (40) (breaker)
His third and final top 40 hit, it peaked at number 12.

Mai Tai – “Body & Soul” (36) (breaker)
Their second and final top ten hit, peaking at number 9.

Marc Almond – “Stories Of Johnny” (34) (breaker)
Peaked at number 23.

Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill” (4)
You wouldn't expect anything less than an otherworldly performance from Kate, her first in the studio since 1979, and the song went up one more place.

Princess – “Say I’m Your Number One” (10)
It is hot tonight, isn't it! And she went up three more places.

Madonna – “Into The Groove” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Amazulu – “Excitable” (12) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is August 29th.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Alone Without Top of the Pops

It looks like we're back down to one Top of the Pops a week for the time being, and indeed there is no show at all next week, but keeping us company for now is this edition from 15th August 1985.

Happy just to be here


15/08/85  (Dixie Peach & Peter Powell)

King – “Alone Without You” (39)
King kick off tonight's show with what would become their second and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – “I Got You Babe” (3) (video)
Chrissie is looking good in this video and the song will get to number one in two week's time.

Phil Collins – “Take Me Home” (28)
Taking a break from his summer break to perform his fourth of five hit singles in 1985, this one peaking at number 19.

Total Contrast – “Takes A Little Time” (40)
Looking very dapper in their dinner suits for what was their biggest hit, peaking at number 17.

Dio – “Rock ‘N’ Roll Children” (38) (breaker)
Became their only top 30 hit, peaking at number 26.

Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” (33) (breaker)
His only hit, it made it to number 3.

Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill” (9) (breaker)
Four years since her last top 40 hit, this one reached number 3.

The Top Ten Videos:
Nik Kershaw - "Don Quixote" (10) (video clip)
Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill” (9) (video clip)
The Cars - "Drive" (8) (video clip)
Billy Idol - "White Wedding" (7) (video clip)
Eurythmics - "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" (6) (video clip)
Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing" (5) (video clip)
Tina Turner - "We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)" (4) (video clip)
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – “I Got You Babe” (3) (video clip)
Madonna - "Holiday" (2) (video clip)

Madonna – “Into The Groove” (1) (video)
Third of four weeks at number one.

D Train – “You’re The One For Me” (27) (audience dancing/credits)
Originally peaked at number 30 in 1982, this remix did twice as well and reached number 15.


22nd August is next.

Friday, 30 March 2018

Say I'm Your Top of the Pops

Its August 8th 1985, but there's no holiday for Simon and Richard as they host this live edition of Top of the Pops!


Just like that!


08/08/85  (Simon Bates & Richard Skinner)

Amazulu – “Excitable” (25)
Getting this live show underway with their debut hit which peaked at number 12.

Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing” (4) (video)
With a little vocal help from Sting, this second single from their huge number one album Brothers in Arms was now at its peak.

Princess – “Say I’m Your Number One” (31)
Making her debut with what be her only top ten hit when it peaked at number 7.

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly – “Too Many Games” (36) (breaker)
His biggest hit but it got no higher.

Phil Collins – “Take Me Home” (28) (breaker)
The video was shot in 'every capital of the world' apparently ~ and it got to number 19.

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – “I Got You Babe” (7) (breaker)
On its way to number one.

Go West – “Goodbye Girl” (30)
It seems Go West were no too keen to release this as a single, and I can't say I blame them! But it did plod to number 25.

The Top Ten Videos:
Sister Sledge - "Frankie" (10) (video clip)
Opus - "Live Is Life" (9) (video clip)
Kool & The Gang - "Cherish" (8) (video clip)
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde - "I Got You Babe" (7) (video clip)
Billy Idol - "White Wedding" (6) (video clip)
Madonna - "Holiday" (5) (video clip)
Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing” (4) (video clip)
Tina Turner – “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” (3) (video clip)
Eurythmics - "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" (2) (video clip)

Madonna – “Into The Groove” (1) (video)
Second of four weeks at number one.

Madonna – “Holiday” (5) (audience dancing/credits)
And Madge gets the rare honour of having a second song played on the same show. It had been her debut hit peaking at number 6 a year earlier, but this time it went up to number 2.


August 15th is next.

In Between Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from August 1st 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 because of the ongoing dispute between Mike Smith and the BBC. But have no fear, your Good Friday has just got even better with thanks to Crystal who has made it available here at WeTransfer

There's only one 'F' in Five Star




01/08/85  (Mike Read & Mike Smith)

Five Star – “Let Me Be The One” (18)
In the studio at last but the song got no higher.

Tina Turner – “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” (3) (video)
At its peak.

Gary Moore – “Empty Rooms” (29)
Peaked at number 23.

Prince – “Raspberry Beret” (33) (breaker)
Peaked at number 25.

Nik Kershaw – “Don Quixote” (23) (breaker)
His final top ten hit, peaking at number 10.

Bruce Springsteen – “Glory Days” (21) (breaker)
Peaked at number 17.

The Cure – “In Between Days” (20)
Went up five more places.

The Top Ten Videos:
Jaki Graham - "Round & Around" (10) (video clip)
Trans X - "Living On Video" (9) (video clip)
DIre Straits - "Money For Nothing" (8) (video clip)
Kool & The Gang - "Cherish" (7) (Montreux clip)
Opus - "Live Is Life" (6) (video clip)
Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F" (5) (video clip)
Sister Sledge - "Frankie" (4) (video clip)
Tina Turner – “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” (3) (video clip)
Eurythmics - "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)" (2) (video clip)

Madonna – “Into The Groove” (1) (video)
First of four weeks at number one.

Billy Idol - "White Wedding" (11) (audience dancing/credits)
His first of three top ten hits, this one peaking at number 6.


August 8th is next.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Living on Top of the Pops

It's summertime and the living on Top of the Pops 1985 is easy!

When you forget to bring your semaphore flags



25/07/85  (Gary Davies & Dixie Peach)

Arrow – “Long Time” (36)
After a little edit to snip Gary Davies' suntan joke we get off to a very summery start to tonight's show and Long Time became Arrow's only top 30 hit when it peaked at number 30.

Madonna – “Into The Groove” (4) (video)
Following Live Aid, Madonna's career went into orbit and Into the Groove became her first of 13 number ones.

Feargal Sharkey – “Loving You” (30)
Swished his hair all the way to number 26.

The Cure – “In Between Days” (35) (breaker)
Peaked at number 15.

The Pointer Sisters – “Dare Me” (23) (breaker – Montreux clip)
Their final hit, peaking at number 17.

Dire Straits – “Money For Nothing” (15) (breaker)
Another act who got a huge live Aid boost - this tune peaked at number 4.

Trans X – “Living On Video” (10)
Sounding very European, although they were from Canada, the song went up one more place and was their only hit.

The Top Nine:
Jaki Graham - "Round & Around" (9) (video clip)
Denise LaSalle - "My Toot Toot" (8) (TOTP clip)
Opus - "Live Is Life" (7) (video clip)
Madonna - "Crazy For You" (6) (video clip)
Kool & The Gang - "Cherish" (5) (Montreux clip)
Madonna - "Into The Groove" (4) (video clip)
Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F" (3) (video clip)
Sister Sledge - "Frankie" (2) (video clip)

Eurythmics – “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” (1) (rpt from 11/07/85)
Shame they couldn't make it into the studio for a new performance of what would be their only week ever at number one.

Opus – “Live Is Life” (7) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up one more place.



August 1st is next but its another Mike Smith one.

Monday, 26 March 2018

All Night Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from July 18th 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 because Mike Smith did not sign his repeats contract. So a huge thanks goes once again to Neil B for making it available here at We Transfer.

The shirt must go on


18/07/85  (Peter Powell & Mike Smith)

Simply Red – “Money’s Too Tight (To Mention)” (13)
Making their studio debut with a live vocal but the song got no higher.

Steve Arrington – “Dancin’ In The Key Of Life” (23) (video)
Peaked at number 21.

The Cool Notes – “In Your Car” (15)
Peaked at number 13.

Russ Abbot – “All Night Holiday” (25)
Making his debut in the studio as a performer, this song peaked at 20.

The Cult – “She Sells Sanctuary” (19)
Another studio debut, and the song peaked at number 15.

Jaki Graham – “Round & Around” (12)
Peaked at number 9.

Tina Turner – “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)” (37) (breaker)
Peaked at number 3.

Billy Idol – “White Wedding” (34) (breaker)
Peaked at number 6.

Feargal Sharkey – “Loving You” (31) (breaker)
Peaked at number 26.

Trans X – “Living On Video” (18) (breaker)
Their only hit, peaking at number 9.

The Top Ten Videos:
Marti Webb - "Ben" (10) (video clip)
Fine Young Cannibals - "Johnny Come Home" (9) (video clip)
Opus – “Live Is Life" (8) (video clip)
Bruce Springsteen - "I'm On Fire" (7) (video clip)
Denise LaSalle – “My Toot Toot” (6) (TOTP clip)
Madonna - "Crazy For You" (5) (video clip)
Kool & The Gang - "Cherish" (4) (Montreux clip)
Eurythmics – “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” (3) (video clip)
Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F" (2) (video clip)

Sister Sledge – “Frankie” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Five Star – “Let Me Be The One” (40) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 18.


July 25th is next.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Live is Top of the Pops

Alright! Alright! Calm down! Calm down! John is back tonight to help Janice host this 11th July 1985 live edition of Top of the Pops!

Eh? Eh? Eh? Dey do do dat dough don't dey dough?


11/07/85  (Janice Long & John Peel)

The Conway Brothers – “Turn It Up” (18)
This one hit boy band get tonight's live show underway, and considering there was four of them they could have done with turning up the vocal volume a notch! The song peaked at number 11.

Eurythmics – “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” (10)
Would become the duo's only number one hit in two weeks time.

Opus – “Live Is Life” (15)
With those perms and tashes they looked more like a scouse version of Black Lace than an Austrian one! The song peaked at number 6.

Russ Abbot – “All Night Holiday” (35) (breaker)
This follow up to Atmosphere was Russ's final hit and it peaked at number 20.

Steve Arrington – “Dancin’ In The Key Of Life” (34) (breaker)
His second and final hit, peaking at number 21.

Jaki Graham – “Round & Around” (27) (breaker)
Peaked at number 9.

The Top Ten Videos:
Eurythmics - "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart" (10) (video clip)
Mai Tai - "History" (9) (video clip)
Fine Young Cannibals - "Johnny Come Home" (8) (video clip)

Denise LaSalle – “My Toot Toot” (7)
Live in the studio, looking like the love child of Tina Turner and Divine, performing her only hit, and it reached number 6.

Marti Webb - "Ben" (6) (video clip)
Bruce Springsteen - "I'm On Fire" (5) (video clip)
Kool & The Gang - "Cherish" (4) (Montreux clip)
Madonna - "Crazy For You" (3) (video clip)
Harold Faltermeyer - "Axel F" (2) (video clip)

Sister Sledge – “Frankie” (1) (rpt)
Third of four weeks at the top.

Animal Nightlife – “Love Is Just The Great Pretender” (37) (audience dancing/credits)
Their second and final top 40 hit, it peaked at number 28. And we are reminded in big letters that Live Aid is happening on Saturday.


July 18th is next, but its a Mike Smith edition.