Friday, 16 February 2018

Top of the Pops Wants to Rule the World

Be prepared to surrender to the music as this live edition of Top of the Pops from the 11th of April 1985 marches across the television airwaves and invades your western front rooms!

Hello, is it Mars you're looking for?


11/04/85  (Janice Long & John Peel)

Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (3)
The show gets underway and the song went up one more place.

USA For Africa – “We Are The World” (7) (video)
Will be number one next week. But edited out of tonight's 7.30pm broadcast.

The Rah Band – “Clouds Across The Moon” (18)
The second of two eccentric top ten hits, both of which peaked at number 6 - their first one being The Crunch eight years earlier.

Foreigner – “That Was Yesterday” (39) (breaker)
With their final top 30 hit, which peaked at number 28.

Billy Connolly – “Super Gran” (34) (breaker)
His fourth and final top 40 hit, the theme tune for the tv series, it went up two more places.

China Crisis – “Black Man Ray” (32) (breaker)
Peaked at number 14.

Phil Collins – “One More Night” (27) (breaker)
The fifth of thirteen top ten hits for busy Phil Collins, this one peaking at number 4.

The Dream Academy – “Life In A Northern Town” (25)
This atmospheric anthem was their only top 40 hit and it peaked at number 15.

King – “Won’t You Hold My Hand Now” (24)
An energetic follow up to Love and Pride but it got no higher than number 24.

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Pat Benatar – “Love Is A Battlefield” (23) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 17.


Tears and Frankie talk Life in a Northern Town 


Next up is April 18th, but its a Mike Smith edition, so won't be shown on BBC4.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Could it be I'm Top of the Pops?

Well, if you've managed to keep count of how many editions BBC4 have skipped since yesterday, you should find that we've now ended up at April 4th 1985!

The drool notes


04/04/85  (Simon Bates & Richard Skinner)

Glenn Frey – “The Heat Is On” (17)
Glenn get this week's show off to a flying start and his song moved up five more places.

Phyllis Nelson – “Move Closer” (14)
Will get to number one next month.

ABC – “Be Near Me” (36) (breaker)
Went up ten more places.

Bryan Adams – “Somebody” (35) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Pat Benatar – “Love Is A Battlefield” (29) (breaker)
Became her biggest hit when it peaked at number 17.

REO Speedwagon – “Can’t Fight This Feeling” (28) (breaker)
Their third and final hit, making it to number 16.

The Cool Notes – “Spend The Night” (18)
Their biggest hit, peaking at number 11. And Simon obviously had his eyes on those figure hugging dresses.

David Grant & Jaki Graham – “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” (12)
A second and final top ten hit for David, the first of three top ten hits for Jaki, the biggest hit for both of them, it peaked at number 5.

The Top Ten Videos:
Stephen Tin Tin Duffy - "Kiss Me" (10) (video clip)
Nik Kershaw - "Wide Boy" (9) (video clip)
Jermaine Jackson - "Do What You Do" (8) (video clip)
Paul Young - "Every Time You Go Away" (7) (video clip)
Go West - "We Close Our Eyes" (6) (video clip)
Tears For Fears - "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (5) (video clip)
Alison Moyet - "That Ole Devil Called Love" (4) (video clip)
Sarah Brightman & Paul Miles-Kingston - "Pie Jesu" (3) (video clip)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood - "Welcome To The Pleasure Dome" (2) (video clip)

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (1) (video)
Third of four weeks at number one.

Third World – “Now That We’ve Found Love” (22) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Sarah meets David 


This concludes our Top of the Pops weekend marathon!
Next up is 11th April.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Welcome to the Top of the Pops

It's March 28th 1985 and yet another Mike Smith edition of Top of the Pops that can't be shown on BBC4. But once again (thanks to Neil B again?) here it is on We Transfer

Holly shows why he's head and shoulders above the rest


28/03/85  (Peter Powell & Mike Smith)

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Welcome To The Pleasure Dome” (5)
This title track from their number one album peaked at number 2.

Alison Moyet – “That Ole Devil Called Love” (2)
At its peak.

The Damned – “Grimly Fiendish” (33) (breaker)
Peaked at number 21.

The Cool Notes – “Spend The Night” (31) (breaker)
Their biggest hit, peaking at number 11.

King – “Won’t You Hold My Hand Now” (26) (breaker)
Went up two more places.

David Grant & Jaki Graham – “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love?” (24) (breaker)
Peaked at number 5.

Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (16)
From their number 2 album, Songs From the Big Chair, this single also peaked at number 2.

Go West – “We Close Our Eyes” (8)
Went up three more places.

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (1) (video)
Second of four weeks at number one.

Bruce Springsteen – “Cover Me” (18) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up two more places.


Phew!
And back to BBC4 next for April 4th 1985.

Now That We've Found Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from March 21st 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 because the BBC have lost their copy of it! But not to worry, because (thanks to Neil B?) we've found it here at We Transfer

Between the videos


21/03/85 (Mike Read & Steve Wright)

Nik Kershaw – “Wide Boy” (12)
Peaked at number 9.

Third World – “Now That We’ve Found Love” (37) (breaker)
This re-issue of their number 10 hit from 1978 peaked at number 22.

The Alarm – “Absolute Reality” (35) (breaker)
Went no higher.

Glenn Frey – “The Heat Is On” (34) (breaker)
Another eagle soars into the charts, and like Don Henley also peaking at number 12.

Starvation – “Starvation” (33) (breaker)
A charity record for Ethiopia but it got no higher.

Billy Bragg – “Between The Wars” (15)
Doing it completely live of course, but the song was at its peak.

Sarah Brightman & Paul Miles-Kingston – “Pie Jesu” (14) (video)
Peaked at number 3.

Loose Ends – “Hanging On A String (Contemplating)” (20)
Peaked at number 13.

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (1) (video)
First of four weeks at number one.

The Power Station – “Some Like It Hot” (17) (audience dancing/credits)
The super group's biggest hit, peaking at number 14.


Is everyone keeping up? :-)
Coming next is March 28th 1985.

This Ole Devil Called Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 14th March 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 due to Mike Smith, so a huge thanks goes to Neil B for making it available here at We Transfer

Go Vest


14/03/85 (Gary Davies & Mike Smith)

Go West – “We Close Our Eyes” (16)
Peaked at number 5.

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (2) (video)
Next week's number one.

Alison Moyet – “That Ole Devil Called Love” (11)
Her biggest hit peaking at number 2.

New Edition – “Mr Telephone Man” (26) (breaker)
Peaked at number 19.

Sheila E – “The Belle Of St Mark” (24) (breaker – US TV clip)
Her only hit, reaching number 18.

Nik Kershaw – “Wide Boy” (15) (breaker)
Peaked at number 9.

Paul Young – “Everytime You Go Away” (9)
Peaked at number 4.

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” (1)
Final week at number one.

Stephen Tin Tin Duffy – “Kiss Me” (4) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Next up 21st March 1985, which won't be shown on BBC4 because they have lost it.

Top of the Pops Up My Heart

So we begin a marathon weekend of Top of the Pops with this live edition from March 7th 1985.

When it's your 50th time on Top of the Pops


07/03/85 (Janice Long & John Peel)

Shakin’ Stevens – “Breaking Up My Heart” (15)
Someone's given Shaky way too much Lucozade as he gets tonight's show underway. One of his most contemporary sounding songs, it went up one more place.

Madonna – “Material Girl” (5) (video)
Despite all the diamonds around her neck, it was nice to see that it was the bunch of daisies that won her over in the end. Went up two more places.

Jermaine Jackson – “Do What You Do” (18)
An actual Jackson in the studio. Peaked at number 6.

Loose Ends – “Hanging On A String (Contemplating)” (37) (breaker)
Their joint biggest hit, peaking at number 13.

Go West – “We Close Our Eyes” (31) (breaker)
Their only top ten hit, peaking at number 5.

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (20) (breaker)
The next number one.

David Cassidy – “The Last Kiss” (11)
An actual 70's icon in the studio. And Janice admitted to 'having him on her wall' surprising John Peel by her agility! This dramatic song featuring George Micheal no less on backing vocals peaked at number 6.

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” (1)
First of two weeks at number one.

Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Method Of Modern Love” (25) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 21.

Tonight on BBC1


Next is March 14th, but Mike Smith is hosting......

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Just Another Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from February 28th 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 due to one of the hosts being Mike Smith. So a big thanks goes to James2001 for making it availalbe here at We Transfer.

Are you watching, Simon le Bon?



28/02/85  (Peter Powell & Mike Smith)

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)” (2)
Number one next week.

Prince – “Let’s Go Crazy” (9) (video)
Went up two more places.

Stephen Tin Tin Duffy – “Kiss Me” (22)
With his only top ten hit, peaking at number 4.

Jermaine Jackson – “Do What You Do” (39) (breaker)
Became his biggest hit reaching number 6.

David Cassidy – “The Last Kiss” (34) (breaker)
After a gap of ten years from the charts, The Last Kiss became his sixth and final top ten hit, peaking at number 6.

Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Method Of Modern Love” (33) (breaker)
The duos final top 40 hit, reaching number 21.

Shakin’ Stevens – “Breaking Up My Heart” (30) (breaker)
Peaked at number 14.

Madonna – “Material Girl” (24) (breaker)
The second of nine top ten hits for Madonna in 1985! This one peaking at number 3.

The Commodores – “Nightshift” (6)
Went up three more places.

Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson – “I Know Him So Well” (1) (video)
Final week at number one.

Mick Jagger – “Just Another Night” (35) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up three more places.


Next up is 7th March.