Thursday, 27 April 2017

Top of the Pops Goes My Love

The autumn chill is already in the air as we reach October 6th 1983, and an edition of Top of the Pops watched by 8.15 million viewers, making it the 8th most popular show on BBC1 this week.


Mike just wouldn't listen when they told him not to stick his finger in the socket...


06/10/83 (David Jensen & John Peel)

Freeez – “Pop Goes My Love” (33)
Performing their follow up to IOU, which was also their final hit excluding remixes, peaking at number 26.

David Bowie – “Modern Love” (2) (video)
Now at its serious moonlight peak.

Depeche Mode – “Love, In Itself 2 ” (26)
The band get all their best instruments out for this one, and it went up five more places. Love In Itself 1 was on the top ten album, Construction Time Again.

Meat Loaf – “Midnight At The Lost & Found” (28) (video)
Taken from the top ten album of the same name, this single peaked at number 17. But the first of three edits from tonight's early showing.

Nick Heyward – “Blue Hat For A Blue Day” (24)
Went up ten more places. But edited out of the 7.30 broadcast.

Howard Jones – “New Song” (13) (video)
Also went up ten more places and also edited out of the 7.30 slot.

David Grant – “Love Will Find A Way” (38)
Leaping about the stage with a 1950's BBC Type A microphone all the way to number 24.

The Alarm – “68 Guns” (19)
A hair raising performance if ever there was one! The song went up two more places,

New Order – “Blue Monday” (10) (rpt from 31/03/83)
Blue Monday peaked at number 12 earlier this year, this second time around it made it to number 9. And here's another chance to see this totally live performance.

Culture Club – “Karma Chameleon” (1) (rpt from 22/09/83)
Third week at number one with no sighting yet of the song that would replace it.

The Rocksteady Crew – “(Hey You) The Rocksteady Crew” (29) (audience dancing/credits)
Became their only top ten hit, indeed their only top 30 hit, peaking at number 6.



Next up is October 13th.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

What I Got is Top of the Pops

The edition of Top of the Pops from September 29th 1983 will no be shown on BBC4 due to one of the hosts being DLT, so once again a huge thanks goes to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer

Alan displays his shadow puppet skills




29/09/83 (Dave Lee Travis & Tommy Vance with brief appearance from Mark Paige)

Black Lace – “Superman (Gioca Jouer)” (29)
A live vocal and the first of three top ten hits for Black Lace, this one peaking at number 9.

David Essex – “Tahiti” (13) (video)
Getting all wet here on his way to number 8.

Tracey Ullman – “They Don’t Know” (31)
A genuine pop classic on its way to number 2.

George Benson – “In Your Eyes” (30) (video)
His final top ten hit peaking at number 7.

Monyaka – “Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top)” (14) (video)
At its peak.

Kajagoogoo – “Big Apple” (8)
Also at its peak.

Jonathan King – US chart rundown: From LA.
Naked Eyes – “Promises Promises” (video clip)
Air Supply – “Making Love Out Of Nothing At All” (video clip)
Men Without Hats – “The Safety Dance” (video clip)
Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It” (video clip)

Unique – “What I Got Is What You Need” (27)
Zoo are let loose for the very last time but could not help this song get any higher.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Dear Prudence” (17)
This Beatles cover was by far Siouxie's biggest hit, peaking at number 3.

Culture Club – “Karma Chameleon” (1) (video)
Second of six weeks at number one.

Public Image Ltd – “This Is Not A Love Song” (15) (audience dancing/credits)
Another band having their biggest hit, this one peaking at number 5.


Back to BBC4 next for October 6th 1983.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Top of the Pops on the Telephone

Hello, how are you? Good? I'm glad to hear it. I'm just calling today to let you know about an amazing opportunity called Top of the Pops September 22nd 1983. Can you really afford to turn down a show that was watched by 8.2 million viewers making it the ninth most popular show on BBC1? And what's more, it's also the very last chance you'll get to see Flick Colby's name in the credits at the end. So, how many would you like to order?

Jed has a little surprise waiting for for his mate Howard......


22/09/83 (Simon Bates & Mike Read)

Howard Jones – “New Song” (44)
A chaintastic start to this week's show, and the first of six top ten hits for Howard, New Song peaking at number 3.

David Bowie – “Modern Love” (8) (video)
Looking very yellow here with a serious moonlight performance of what would soon become his third top two hit from his number one album Let's Dance.

Hot Chocolate – “Tears On The Telephone” (41)
The band's penultimate hit, not including various re-releases over the years, and it peaked at number 37.

Toyah – “Rebel Run” (29) (video)
Peaked at number 24, but edited out of tonight's 7.30 slot.

The Alarm – “68 Guns” (50)
Their first and biggest hit, peaking at number 17. But also edited out of the early showing.

Nick Heyward – “Blue Hat For A Blue Day” (45)
A third top 20 hit from his North of a Miracle album, peaking at number 14. But also edited out of the 7.30 showing.

Status Quo – “Ol’ Rag Blues” (9) (video)
Now at its peak.

Soft Cell – “Soul Inside” (21)
Quite a manic and hair raising performance and Soul Inside went up five more places.

Heaven 17 – “Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry” (17) (video)
At its peak.

Culture Club – “Karma Chameleon” (1)
The first of six weeks at number one for the biggest selling single of 1983, shifting 1.3 million copies.

Hot Streak – “Body Work” (26) (audience dancing/credits)
Their only hit which peaked at number 19.


Next up should be September 29th, but DLT was one of the hosts. So BBC4 will move on to October 6th 1983 instead.

A Top of the Pops in the Right Direction

Top of the Pops from September 15th 1983 will not be shown on BBC4 tonight because one of the hosts is Jimmy Savile. So instead we owe a big thanks to whoever has uploaded it here at WeTransfer
Obvioulsy, don't click it if you want to avoid Jimmy Savile!

Nick can't hide his disappointment at Limahl's departure...



15/09/83 (Janice Long & Jimmy Savile)

Kajagoogoo – “Big Apple” (33)
Their first single post Limahl was also their final top ten hit, peaking at number 8.

Culture Club – “Karma Chameleon” (3) (video)
On its way to being a massive number one.

Genesis – “Mama” (4) (video)
At its evil laughter peak.

David Essex – “Tahiti” (36)
Became his final top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

Big Country – “Chance” (12) (video)
Went up three more places.

The Truth – “A Step In The Right Direction” (32)
Got no higher.

Cliff Richard – “Never Say Die (Give A Little Bit More)” (20) (video)
Went up five more places.

Modern Romance – “Walking In The Rain” (9) (rpt)
Their last ever hit, went up two more places.

UB40 – “Red Red Wine” (1) (rpt from 25/08/83)
Final week at number one, taken from their huge number one album, Labour of Love.

Monyaka – “Go Deh Yaka (Go To The Top)” (30) (audience dancing/credits)
Their only hit, peaking at number 14.


Back to BBC4 next for September 22nd 1983.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Crushed By the Wheels of Top Of The Pops

Ok, so the holidays are over, it's 8th September 1983, and Top of the Pops was being watched tonight by 8.05 million viewers.

When Ryan said he wanted to get to the top, this wasn't what he had in mind!




08/09/83 (Andy Peebles & Peter Powell)

Heaven 17 – “Crushed By The Wheels Of Industry” (28)
The third single from their top four album The Luxury Gap, peaked at number 17.

Rod Stewart – “What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So In Love With You)” (3) (video)
The second single from his top five album Body Wishes, now at its chart peak. And edited out of the 7.30 pm showing.

Annabel Lamb – “Riders On The Storm” (34)
Her only hit, this Doors cover made it to number 27. But edited out of the 7.30pm show.

Status Quo – “Ol’ Rag Blues” (24)
Co-written by bassist Alan Lancaster, who originally sang the lead vocals, only to be replaced by Francis Rossi. It peaked at number 9.

JoBoxers – “Johnny Friendly” (35)
Their final top 40 hit, peaking at number 31.

Peabo Bryson & Roberta Flack – “Tonight I Celebrate My Love” (7) (video)
This crooning twosome didn't quite go all the way, but they got to number 2.

Ryan Paris – “Dolce Vita” (21)
His only UK hit, translated from Italian it means 'the good life' and it peaked at number 5.

Paul Young – “Come Back & Stay” (27)
This second single from his huge number one album No Parlez, peaked at number 4.

UB40 – “Red Red Wine” (1) (video)
Second of three weeks at number one for this Neil Diamond cover.

Level 42 – “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” (10) (audience dancing/credits)
Rose no higher.



Next up should be September 15th, but Jimmy Savile is one of the hosts, so BBC4 will skip along to September 22nd.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Top of the Pops in the Rain

I'm not quite back from my holiday yet, so again I'm writing up this edition from September 1st 1983 before I actually see it.

Slightly dodgy song in danger of the 7.30 chop?


01/09/83 (David Jensen & John Peel)

Modern Romance – “Walking In The Rain” (9)
Went up two more places.

Madness – “Wings Of A Dove” (4) (video)
Also went up two more places.

Gary Numan – “Warriors” (30)
Peaked at number 20.

John Peel – European charts:
Righeira – “Vamos A La Playa” (video clip)
Rose Laurens – “Africa The Voodoo Master” (video clip)
Ryan Paris – interview + “Dolce Vita” (video clip)
Berdian Stenberg – “Rondo Rosso” (video clip)

Genesis – “Mama” (20) (video)
Their biggest hit, peaking at number 4.

Big Country – “Chance” (22)
Made it to number 9.

Stray Cats – “(She’s) Sexy & 17” (32)
Their final top 30 hit, sneaking in at number 29.

UB40 – “Red Red Wine” (1) (rpt from 25/08/83)
First of three weeks at number one.

New Order – “Confusion” (17) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 12.


Next up is September 8th 1983 when normal transmission will be resumed!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Disappearing Top of the Pops

Top of the Pops August 25th 1983 will not be shown on BBC4 because one of the hosts is Mike Smith. So a big thanks goes to Calvin Henderson for making it available here at Youtube.

Just what you need for a hot summer night ~ a string vest.....




25/08/83 (Simon Bates & Mike Smith)

David Grant – “Watching You Watching Me” (10)
At its peak.

Rod Stewart – “What Am I Gonna Do (I’m So In Love With You)” (27) (video)
The follow up to Baby Jane peaked at number 3.

Carmel – “Bad Day” (26)
Peaked at number 15.

Jonathan King - US chart rundown :
The Police - "Synchronicity I" (live clip)
Stevie Nicks - "Stand Back" (video clip)
Michael Sembello - "Maniac" (video clip)
The Police - "Every Breath You Take" (live clip)

UB40 – “Red Red Wine” (9)
On its way to number one.

Shalamar – “Disappearing Act” (28)
Peaked at number 18.

Level 42 – “The Sun Goes Down (Living It Up)” (14)
Went up four more places.

The Style Council – “Paris Match” (3)
The flip side of the 12 inch of Long Hot Summer, which was at its chart peak.

KC & The Sunshine Band – “Give It Up” (1) (audience dancing/credits)
Third and final week at number one for the band's only number one.


Next we finally return to BBC4 for Spetember 1st 1983.