Thursday, 23 March 2017

Top of the Pops Giveaway

A huge thanks goes to Neil B for making the June 16th edition of Top of the Pops, which won't be shown on BBC4 due to one of the hosts being DLT, available here at WeTransfer.

Somebody told me it was a short show this week...


16/06/83 (Mike Read & Dave Lee Travis)

Imagination – “Looking At Midnight” (32)
Went up three more places.

Kajagoogoo – “Hang On Now” (13) (video)
At its peak now.

Nick Heyward – “Take That Situation” (40)
His biggest solo hit, peaking at number 11.

Shalamar – “Dead Giveaway” (20)
Their fourth and final top ten hit, peaking at number 8.

Bucks Fizz – “When We Were Young” (23) (video)
The band's penultimate top ten hit, peaking at number 10, though it would be another three years until their final one.

The Truth – “Confusion (Hits Us Every Time)” (41)
Peaked at 22, their only top 30 hit.

Marillion – “Garden Party” (24)
Making their debut on the show with a breakthrough single that reached number 16.

Michael Jackson – “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” (14)
The fourth top ten hit from Thriller, reaching number 8. And poor old Zoo only seem to get routines on yewtreed shows at the moment.

The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (1) (video)
Third week at number one.

Flash & The Pan – “Waiting For A Train” (10) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up three more places.



Back to BBC4 next for June 23rd 1983.

Top of the Pops & Soap

On tonight's episode of Top of the Pops: John has been knocked off his bike, but nothing can stop him hosting the show with David; Maggie Thatcher wants to get to number 10, but will Dee Snider of Twisted Sister make the top 30?; Elvis is pretending to be someone else while Wednesday is pretending to be Thursday! Confused? You won't be after tonight's episode of Top of the Pops!

When John heard he was hosting with David, he didn't expect this one.....



08/06/83 (David Jensen & John Peel)

Twisted Sister – “The Kids Are Back” (32)
And Twisted Sister are back in the studio to get this live show underway but the song got no higher in the charts, and it was their final top 40 hit.

David Bowie – “China Girl” (8) (video)
The follow up to Let's Dance, and it got to number 2.

Ultravox – “We Came To Dance” (24)
Peaked at number 18 but edited out of tonight's 7.30 slot.

Irene Cara – “Flashdance (What A Feeling)” (9) (video)
Her final hit, reaching number 2, but edited out of the 7.30 showing.

H20 – “Dream To Sleep” (27)
The band's only top 30 hit, peaking at 17, but also edited out of the early broadcast.

George Benson – “Lady Love Me (One More Time)” (11) (video)
At its peak position.

The Imposter – “Pills & Soap” (29)
'Is it Shaky?' ~ no it's Elvis Costello, and Pills & Soap must have escaped being 'deleted tomorrow' because it slipped up to number 16 in the charts.

Shakatak – “Dark Is The Night” (30)
John felt this one 'went on a bit' but it did manage to go on a bit higher to number 15.

Big Country – “In A Big Country” (17)
Now at its peak.

The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (1) (rpt from 26/05/83)
Second of four weeks at number one.

Rod Stewart - "Baby Jane" (19) (audience dancing/credits)
The tune that would eventually replace the Police.


The next edition is the 16th June 1983 but this was co-hosted by DLT so BBC4 are skipping it in favour of June 23rd.

Wednesday 8th June 1983


Top of the Pops is filmed in front of a live studio audience.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Just Got Top of the Pops

This edition from June 2nd 1983 will not of course be shown on BBC4, due to one of the hosts being Jimmy Savile. But the show is now available here at WeTransfer
I'm not quite sure who uploaded it for us, Neil B? D42? Meer? but a huge thanks to whoever it was for sure!
Obviously do not click if you wish to avoid seeing Jimmy Savile.


There's only one Booker Newberry the third!




02/06/83 (Tony Blackburn & Jimmy Savile)

Wham! – “Bad Boys” (2)
A slight sharp intake of breath at Tony's introduction as Wham! get the show underway with Bad Boys now at its chart peak.

Elton John – “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues” (27) (video)
Became the second of seven top ten hits in the 80's for Elton when it peaked at number 5.

JoBoxers – “Just Got Lucky” (7)
At its peak.

Jonathan King – US chart rundown: Reporting this week from Las Vegas ~
The Tubes – “She’s A Beauty” (video clip)
Bryan Adams – “Straight From The Heart” (live clip)
Irene Cara – “Flashdance (What A Feeling)” (video clip)

Booker Newbury III – “Love Town” (8)
His only top ten hit, indeed his only top 40 hit, went up two more places.

Yazoo – “Nobody’s Diary” (4)
Not quite split up yet it seems, and went up one more place.

Flash & The Pan – “Waiting For A Train” (21)
Became their only top ten hit, indeed their only top 50 hit, peaking at number 7. And Zoo get to whoop and robot dance and generally do their own thing to it.

The Style Council – “Money-Go-Round” (11)
Making it into the studio, and a busy night then for Dee C Lee, but this Jam throw back song was now at its peak.

The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (1) (video)
First of four weeks at number one.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Buffalo Soldier” (6) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up two more places.


Back to BBC4 next with June 8th 1983.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Glory Glory Top of the Pops

Well, the scenes here are really quite incredible! It's 6.55pm on 26th May 1983 and Top of the Pops has just broken out on the television. Peter Powell and Pat Sharp are setting their stalls out and doing their level best to officiate the proceedings, and I'm hearing some news just in that it will be a shortened edition this week to make way for the FA Cup final replay. It really is quite incredible!

And things are really starting to kick off in the studio tonight...


26/05/83 (Peter Powell & Pat Sharp)

Big Country – “In A Big Country” (34)
The whistle blows and Big Country get us underway with their theme song which peaked at number 17.

Manchester United Football Club - "Glory Glory Man United" (13) (video clip)
Over the years they've actually managed four top ten hits including a number one ~ but this one peaked at number 13.

The Style Council – “Money-Go-Round” (12) (video clip)
Not getting too much extra time here with this clip, but the song went up one more place.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Buffalo Soldier” (11) (video clip)
The first of four posthumous top ten hits for Bob, he had his full team out in the field here and this one peaked at number 4.

Hot Chocolate – “What Kinda Boy You’re Lookin’ For (Girl)” (10)
They'd enjoyed a good run in the top division and now this was the peak for the band's final top ten hit.

The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (7)
Playing in their new kits in the studio and headering straight towards next week's number one.

New Edition – “Candy Girl” (1) (video)
The first and only week for this high pitch number one.

Forrest – “Feel The Need In Me” (20) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up three more places before the final whistle blew.

Today's BBC1 line up


Next in line is June 2nd but unluckily for Tony Blackburn his co-host was Jimmy Savile, so BBC4 will skip on to June 8th 1983.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Top of the Pops Diary

May 19th 1983 ~ Dear Diary, tonight, after Nationwide at six followed by Tomorrow's World at seven, I watched a totally live edition of Top of the Pops. It was really exciting and they even told us there was going to be a football cup final on telly all day on Saturday. Later, I found out it was the ninth most popular show on BBC1 this week, with 9.55 million viewers. Afterwards, I watched Fame and my mum made me a cup of horlicks.

It dawns on Andy, he should've checked the diary.......



19/05/83 (Simon Bates & Gary Davies)

D Train – “Music Part 1” (27)
Jetting in from America to get tonight's live event underway are duo D Train, with their first top 30 hit, which peaked at number 23.

New Edition – “Candy Girl” (3) (video)
It got to next week's number one but was edited out of tonight's 7.30 slot.

David Grant – “Stop & Go” (34)
His first solo single after leaving Linx reached number 19, but edited out of tonight's early showing.

Blancmange – “Blind Vision” (10) (video)
The lead singer looking weirdly a bit like Neil Tennant here, indeed the whole video has a slightly Pet Shop Boys-ish feel to it, or is it just me? Anyway, it was now at its peak.

The Beat – “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” (5)
Singer Dave Wakeling was looking very dapper in his dinner suit, but this was the Beat's final Top of the Pops performance before splitting up. The song went up two more places.

Wham! – “Bad Boys” (12) (video)
George Michael was indeed 19 at the time, and Bad Boys became their biggest hit to date when it peaked at number 2.

JoBoxers – “Just Got Lucky” (38)
An energetic performance of what became their second and final top ten hit, peaking at number 7.

Yazoo – “Nobody’s Diary” (20)
Written by Alison Moyet this was the only single taken from their number one album You and Me Both, and re-issues aside, it sadly also marked the premature end for Yazoo, who split up a few days after this performance, while this fabulous song went on to peak at number 3.

The Fun Boy Three – “Our Lips Are Sealed” (7)
And here's another band ending on a high, though maybe Our Lips are Sealed deserved to go further than its peak of number 7.

Spandau Ballet – “True” (1) (video/credits)
It didn't stay at number one for the rest of 1983, in fact this was its fourth and final week.



Next up is May 26th 1983, and this time the Police turn up on the right day.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Don't Stop That Crazy Top of the Pops

On May 12th 1983 the 1001th edition of Top of the Pops was celebrated by 9.3 million viewers, making it the 6th most popular show on BBC1 this week.

The sound of the marimba can have a very strange effect on people.....



12/05/83 (Mike Read & Tommy Vance)

Modern Romance – “Don’t Stop That Crazy Rhythm” (26)
This was the band's penultimate hit, and with the help of Will Gaines' crazy jazz tap dancing routine, it made it to number 14.

Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Family Man” (24) (video)
Having a spot of trouble with the kids here, this was the duo's final top 20 hit, peaking at number 15.

The Belle Stars – “Sweet Memory” (29)
The follow up to Sign of the Times became their final top 30 hit, peaking at number 22. But edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.

Pink Floyd – “Not Now John” (30) (video)
Taken from their number one album ,The Final Cut, this single got no higher than number 30. And it was also edited out of tonight's 7.30 broadcast.

Hot Chocolate – “What Kinda Boy You’re Lookin’ For (Girl)” (35)
Barring various re-releases of You Sexy Thing, this was the band's final top ten hit, peaking at number 10.

Galaxy featuring Phil Fearon – “Dancing Tight” (5)
With the help of Phil doing his impressive acrobatics again, Dancing Tight went up one more place.

The Creatures – “Miss The Girl” (21)
A second studio performance, and oh my, that parade of audience faces was quite extraordinary wasn't it! But Miss the Girl got no higher.

Men At Work – “Overkill” (22)
Flying in from Japan for this performance, and Overkill went up one more place. Whilst they had them in the studio, Top of the Pops also got them to perform It's a Mistake, which was to be their next single, but this performance was never shown.

Agnetha Faltskog – pops into the studio for the first time since 1976 for a brief interview and a cuddle with Tommy! The Heat is indeed On ;-)

Spandau Ballet – “True” (1) (video)
Third of four weeks at number one.

Kissing The Pink – “The Last Film” (19) (audience dancing/credits)
Now at its peak.


Next up is May 19th 1983.

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Top of the Pops 1000

The 1000th edition of Top of the Pops, originally broadcast on May 5th 1983, will not be shown on BBC4 due to (among other things) one of the hosts being Jimmy Savile, so a huge thanks here to Andy Pearman for making it available for us here on Youtube


Yes it's still number 1000, it's Top of the Pops!


05/05/83 (1000th edition) (Radio 1 DJs)

Richard Skinner interviews David Jacobs
Thompson Twins – “We Are Detective” (7)
At its peak position.

Steve Strange, Roger Taylor, John Deacon – brief interview

The Human League – “(Keep Feeling) Fascination” (3)
Went up one more place, and the last we will see of them for a year.

The Beat – “Can’t Get Used To Losing You” (29)
The band's final top ten hit, made it to number 3.

The Dave Clark Five – “Bits & Pieces” (clip from 19/02/64)
Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas – “Little Children” (clip from 26/02/64)
The Supremes – “Baby Love” (clip from 07/10/64)
Sonny & Cher – “I Got You Babe” (clip from 12/08/65)
The Rolling Stones – “Get Off Of My Cloud” (clip from 04/11/65)
The Bee Gees – “Massachusetts” (clip from 26/12/67)
The Rolling Stones – “Let’s Spend The Night Together” (clip from 26/12/67)
The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love” (‘Our World’ clip)
Cliff Richard – “All My Love” (clip from 26/12/67)
Manfred Mann – “Mighty Quinn” (clip from 15/2/68)
Joe Cocker – “With A Little Help From My Friends” (unknown clip)
Status Quo – “Pictures Of Matchstick Men” (clip from 15/02/68)
The Move – “Fire Brigade” (clip from 15/02/68)
Cilla Black – “Surround Yourself With Sorrow” (clip from 27/02/69)
The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love” (‘Our World’ clip)
Cilla Black – brief interview
Noel Edmonds - clip from 01/02/73

Heaven 17 – “Temptation” (8)
Heading towards a peak of number 2.

Chas & Dave – brief interview
Gary Glitter – brief interview

The Rolling Stones – “Brown Sugar” (clip from 15/04/71)
Rod Stewart – “Maggie May” (clip from 27/12/71)
Elton John – “Your Song” (clip from 14/01/71)
T. Rex – “Get It On” (clip from 27/12/71)
David Bowie – “Starman” (clip)
Gary Glitter – “I’m The Leader Of The Gang (I Am)” (clip from 25/12/73)
Abba – “Waterloo” (clip from 02/05/74)
Queen – “Killer Queen” (clip)
10cc – “I’m Not In Love” (clip )
The Boomtown Rats – “Looking After Number One” (clip)
Blondie – “Picture This” (clip)
The Police – “Spirits In The Material World” (clip)
Adam Ant – “Goody Two Shoes” (clip)
Duran Duran – “Is There Something I Should Know?” (clip from 23/03/83)

Bill Wyman – brief interview
Gary Numan – brief interview

New Edition – “Candy Girl” (30) (Zoo)
Bobby Brown and the gang's only top ten hit, but it did get to number one.

Jeffrey Daniel – brief interview
Clare Grogan – brief interview
Jonathan King in New York
Messages from Sting, Charlene, Lionel Richie, Meat Loaf and Rod Stewart

Blancmange – “Blind Vision” (28)
Became their second of three top ten hits, peaking at number 10.

Sandie Shaw and Kim Wilde – brief interviews

The Fun Boy Three – “Our Lips Are Sealed” (16)
This was incredibly their final single, possibly it was their best, and it made it to number 7.

Bucks Fizz – brief interview

Spandau Ballet – “True” (1)
Second of four weeks at number one, having their cake and eating it!

Men At Work – “Overkill” (24) (audience dancing/credits)
The band's final top 30 hit, peaking at number 21.



Next up is May 12th 1983.