Friday, 15 December 2017

The Power of Top of the Pops

And so after a few weeks off, it seems the DJs are busy elsewhere, maybe having their office party, leaving the bands to introduce each other, as Top of the Pops returns to BBC4 and it's Christmas Day 1984!

Tonight thank god its me instead of you!



25/12/84

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Two Tribes”
A mysterious voice introduces this seasonal cold war opener which was number one for nine weeks in the summer. And Holly seems to have a raccoon on his head.

Howard Jones – “What Is Love?”
A live vocal from Howard for his number two hit from the beginning of the year.

Duran Duran – “The Reflex”
Performing their spring number wa wa wa wa one.

Nik Kershaw – “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
Performing his biggest hit, which rose to number two.

Culture Club – “The War Song”
Another number two here, the much maligned War Song, although personally I quite like it.

Thompson Twins – “Doctor Doctor”
Sneaking into the party with a lowly number three!

Jim Diamond – “I Should Have Known Better”
He only had the one week at number one, so its good to see him in the studio again.

Wham! – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (video)
Jim introduces Wham, explaining that George should have been in the studio, but was feeling under the weather ~ maybe a bit too much Xmas pudding!

Paul Young – “Love Of The Common People”
Paul's come as a lumberjack, but where are the Fabulously Wealthy Tarts?

Duran Duran – “The Wild Boys”
Time for seconds now, starting with this autumn number two hit. And after introducing his 'noisy dressing room neighbours', Paul Young helps them out in the chorus.

George Michael – “Careless Whisper” (video)
Again on video, shame he couldn't make it into the studio to perform this solo number one hit.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “The Power Of Love”
Holly has swapped the raccoon for a black dressing gown, but Paul seems to be sitting this one out, a song that made it to number one for just one week in December.

Thompson Twins – “You Take Me Up”
This time performing a number two hit from the summer.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Relax”
They first appeared in the studio in January performing this tune, then it was banned, seemingly by Mike Read, but in time for Xmas, the power of Top of the Pops has now unbanned it allowing Frankie perform their third number one of the show.

Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (+ credits)
A very ambitious studio performance of the Xmas number one, that was very close to being quite brilliant ~ if only George had made it into the studio, and Bono hadn't mysteriously turned into Paul Weller. But everyone else is here, even Sting has made it in for his bit part, and Sade and Banarama and Marilyn and the Quo - pretty much the whole gang are here for a fabulous finale.



Next up is the final edition of 1984, from December 27th.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Do They Know It's Top of the Pops

Time to get your cracker out and give it a good pull, it's a live edition of Top of the Pops from December 20th 1984!

I wish it could be croak-mas every day!



20/12/84 (Simon Bates & Janice Long)

Roy Wood/Wizzard – “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” (36)
One of many re-entries for what was already a Christmas standard, this year it peaked at number 23.

Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus – “We All Stand Together” (3) (video)
At its peak, and in its way the end of an era, as Paul would never again get this high up in the charts, not with a proper record anyway.

Bronski Beat – “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (33)
Here they are all wrapped in tinsel and the song peaked at number 16.

Spandau Ballet – “Round & Round” (19) (video)
Went up one more place. But edited out of tonight's early showing.

The Council Collective – “Soul Deep” (37)
It's Paul Weller and gang of course, raising money for the striking miners, and it peaked at number 24.

Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is” (26) (video)
As correctly predicted by Simon, this was a future number one.

Thompson Twins – “Lay Your Hands On Me” (20)
Fresh from playing the keyboards for Foreigner, Tom Bailey also made it to number 13 with this first single from their top five album, Here's To Future Days.

Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (1) (video)
This year's Christmas number one, now in its second of five weeks at the top.

Ray Parker Jr – “Ghostbusters” (15) (audience dancing/credits)
It had peaked at number 2 back in September, now here it was rising up the charts again, this time reaching number 6!


Bob gets all Christmassy


Next up then is Christmas Day 1984.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Another Rock N Roll Top of the Pops

Once again a huge thanks to James2001 for making this edition of Top of the Pops from December 13th 1984, which will not be shown on BBC4 due to an inability to edit out one song by Gary Glitter, available here at WeTransfer.

We came, we saw, we conga-ed


13/12/84 (Peter Powell & Steve Wright)

Black Lace – “Do The Conga” (13)
Went up three more places.

Wham! – “Last Christmas” (2) (video)
The biggest ever selling number 2.

Paul Young – “Everything Must Change” (17)
Peaked at number 9.

Kool & The Gang – “Fresh” (11) (rpt from 29/11/84)
At its peak.

Madonna – “Like A Virgin” (5)
Went up two more places.

Tears For Fears – “Shout” (32) (video)
Peaked at number 4.

Gary Glitter – “Another Rock ‘N’ Roll Christmas” (22)
His 12th and final top ten hit, peaking at number 7.

The Toy Dolls – “Nellie The Elephant” (16)
Peaked at number 4.

Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (1) (video/credits)
First of five weeks at number one for what was at the time, and for a long time after, the biggest selling single ever in the UK.


Back to BBC4 next for December 20th.

Lay Your Hands on Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 6th December 1984 will not be shown on BBC4 due to Mike Smith. So a huge thanks this time goes to James2001 for making it available here at WeTransfer


Hank you very much!



06/12/84 (Gary Davies & Mike Smith)

Big Country – “Where The Rose Is Sown” (29)
Got no higher.

Thompson Twins – “Lay Your Hands On Me” (30) (video)
Made it to number 13.

Shakin’ Stevens (with Hank Marvin) – “Teardrops” (5)
At its peak.

Murray Head – “One Night In Bangkok” (16) (video)
Went up four more places.

Paul McCartney & The Frog Chorus – “We All Stand Together” (9) (video)
His penultimate solo top ten hit, peaked at number 3.

Alison Moyet – “Invisible” (24)
Peaked at number 21.

Spandau Ballet – “Round & Round” (23)
Peaked at number 18.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “The Power Of Love” (1) (video)
First and only week at number one.

The Kane Gang – “Respect Yourself” (21) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.



December 13th is next.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Top of the Pops Join Hands

Christmas is just around the corner, so get yourself a Feed the World t-shirt, and choo choo choo a train across the floor to the November 29th 1984 edition of Top of the Pops.

You have to hand it to Slade


29/11/84 (Janice Long & Peter Powell)

Nik Kershaw – “The Riddle” (4)
Nik gets tonight's live edition underway, and The Riddle went up one more place.

Eurythmics – “Sex Crime (1984)” (6) (video)
Went up two more places.

Slade – “All Join Hands” (15)
All the scarves come out for this one but unfortunately for Slade they just peaked too early this year!

Tina Turner – “Private Dancer” (31) (video)
She's a strictly come dancer in this video for the title track from her number 2 album, the single peaked at number 26.

Kool & The Gang – “Fresh” (19)
In the studio, with their Feed the World t-shirts, and Fresh peaked at number 11.

Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “The Power Of Love” (3) (video)
With their Christmas card nativity scene video for their third single and soon to be their third number one.

Madonna – “Like A Virgin” (27) (video)
Shame we'll miss seeing her studio performance of this on BBC4 due to them not screening the 13th December edition. Her second top ten hit of 1984, it peaked at number 3.

Alvin Stardust – “I Won’t Run Away” (11)
Alvin's gone for a bit of a pirate look with his Feed the World t-shirt. The song peaked at number 7.

Jim Diamond – “I Should Have Known Better” (1)
It was good to see all of tonight's studio acts supporting Band Aid, and Jim was no exception, clearly enjoying his one week at the top.

Black Lace – “Do The Conga” (26) (+ credits)
Well, Christmas really is just around the corner! And here are the duo themselves in the studio to play us out, but this was their final top ten hit, peaking at a festive number 10.


Bowie introduces Band Aid


So, we come to two more editions that BBC4 won't be screening ~ December 6th hosted by Mike Smith, and equally annoyingly, December 13th because for some reason they can't edit out Gary Glitter!

Thursday, 9 November 2017

One Night in Top of the Pops

It's 7.20pm on November 22nd 1984 and tonight Tommy Vance will be hosting Top of the Pops for one final time.

I Fall For You


22/11/84 (John Peel & Tommy Vance)

Nick Heyward – “Warning Sign” (34)
Getting this live edition underway is Nick Heyward performing what would become his final top 30 hit when it reached number 25.

Chicago – “Hard Habit To Break” (8) (video)
At its peak and edited out of tonight's 7.30 broadcast.

The Kane Gang – “Respect Yourself” (38)
Peaked at number 21. And also edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.

The Human League – “Louise” (26) (video)
It's a busy time for Phil in the charts at the moment, this third and final single from their top three album Hysteria made it to number 13.

Billy Ocean – “Caribbean Queen” (6)
A second bout of dad dancing from Billy but the song was stuck at number 6.

Murray Head – “One Night In Bangkok” (27)
It's always brave and admirable when somebody performs a live vocal in the studio, especially on a live show, though this seemed somewhat shaky in places, and although the verses were live, the chorus was mimed! But this first song from the Tim Rice/Abba boys musical Chess peaked at number 12.

Shakin’ Stevens – “Teardrops” (24)
Talking of shaky .... here he was with yet another top ten hit, peaking at number 5.

Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” (1) (video)
Third and final week at the top.

Limahl – “Never Ending Story” (4) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Nick Heyward does Pop Quiz


It's November 29th next.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Top of the Pops Won't Run Away

If you're chasing after the 15th November 1984 edition of Top of the Pops, there's no need to get all out of breath, because it's waiting for you right here!

Top hat of the pops!


15/11/84 (Bruno Brookes & Mike Read)

Matt Bianco – “Half A Minute” (34)
The show gets off to a sophisticated start this week with Matt Bianco's Half a Minute, which peaked at number 23.

Duran Duran – “The Wild Boys” (2) (video)
There's an urban myth that Simon le Bon nearly drowned whilst filming this video! There's dedication for you, but the song couldn't quite make it to the top of the charts.

Slade – “All Join Hands” (38)
Coming in a little too early for Christmas this year, the song peaked at number 15 and was Slade's final top twenty hit. And edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.

Eurythmics – “Sex Crime (1984)” (24) (video)
I half expected BBC4 to edit this one out of the early showing, but they bravely left it in! And it made it to number 4.

Jim Diamond – “I Should Have Known Better” (3)
But this future number one was edited out.

The Dazz Band – “Let It All Blow” (28) (video)
And so were the Dazz Band. The song peaked at number 12 and was their only hit.

Alvin Stardust – “I Won’t Run Away” (31)
In the studio showing Billy Ocean how the dad dancing should be done, this was Alvin's seventh and final top ten hit, aptly peaking at number 7.

Nik Kershaw – “The Riddle” (17)
Taken from his top ten album of the same name, The Riddle found its solution at number 3.

Chaka Khan – “I Feel For You” (1) (video + brief interview)
Second of three weeks at the top. And she's even in the studio, though for some reason didn't perform her number one song, not even for showing next week.

The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited” (14) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up three more places.

Tonight's BBC1 lineup


November 22nd is next.