17-5-79: Presenter: Peter Powell
(29) DONNA SUMMER – Hot Stuff (and charts)
(45) THE TUBES – Prime Time
(24) EARTH, WIND & FIRE with THE EMOTIONS – Boogie Wonderland (video)
(10) BLONDIE – Sunday Girl (danced to by Legs & Co)
(12) THE POLICE – Roxanne ®
(5) PEACHES & HERB – Reunited (video)
(54) XTC – Life Begins At The Hop
(2) M – Pop Muzik ®
(17) THE UNDERTONES – Jimmy Jimmy
(4) ABBA – Does Your Mother Know (footage from Snowtime Special: Abba In Switzerland 16-4-79)
(53) JUDAS PRIEST – Evening Star
(30) LINDA CLIFFORD – Bridge Over Troubled Water (video)
(56) MAX WEBSTER – Paradise Skies
(1) ART GARFUNKEL – Bright Eyes (video)
(7) ROXY MUSIC – Dance Away (and credits)
Donna Summer ~ some Hot Stuff plays over the chart rundown.
The Tubes ~ were last seen in the charts (though not on the show) in 1977 with their biggest UK hit White Punks on Dope. Here they are now seemingly going much more mainstream, though Prime Time peaked at 34. Nice Fred Flintstone t-shirt though.
Earth Wind and Fire ~ and not forgetting the Emotions adding to an already heavily populated stage. A fabulous disco era song, adorned with equally fabulous outfits, this was the second of three consecutive top 5 singles for the band.
Blondie ~ Legs & Co slip into their slinkiest Sunday best black dresses for a quite elegant dance routine ~ and was that a key Patti was jangling in the camera at the end?
The Police ~ here's Sting not quite yet getting the hang of this miming lark. Number 12 was as high in the charts as Roxanne got, surprisingly, but the band was on the verge of some most arresting success.
Peaches and Herb ~ Reunited was about to move up one further place in the charts, but they would never have another hit again.
XTC ~ very disappointed that this debut performance was edited from the 7.30 showing - catch it at at 1.40 am tonight if you are an insomniac, or from tomorrow on iPlayer.
M ~ also edited out but we have at least seen this one before - it couldn't dislodge Bright Eyes, number 2 was its peak.
The Undertones ~ with an average age of just 17 Peter informs us, which is quite fitting since Jimmy Jimmy was currently at number 17 in the charts, though it did rather uncooperatively move up one more place.
Abba ~ it's the Snowtime Special performance again, where Benny mistakes his piano stool for a trampoline. This was the second of five top four hits for Abba in 1979.
Judas Priest ~ were also edited out of the 7.30 show. Somebody didn't pay their seven pieces of silver.
Linda Clifford ~ a suggestion from Peter that many thought this couldn't be done - but here's a top 30 disco hit of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water. She does have a great voice and probably could have really belted this one out as it was originally written, but this version troubled the charts no further than number 28.
Max Webster ~ not a person but a group (like Alice Cooper was) came all the way over from Canada to perform a somewhat strange song that each time it promised to take off, instead came to a stuttering halt. And number 43 in the charts is where it finally flopped.
Art Garfunkel ~ for his final week at number one we get to see at last a slightly different 60 seconds clip.
Roxy Music ~ dance away for us over the credits.
Next up is the 24th May 1979 presented by David Jensen.