'Are they back from the pub yet?'
14-6-79: Presenter: Mike Read
(8) SISTER SLEDGE – We Are Family (and charts)
(68) MATCH – Boogie Man
(5) McFADDEN & WHITEHEAD – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
(4) EARTH, WIND & FIRE with THE EMOTIONS – Boogie Wonderland (video)
(24) LENE LOVICH – Say When (danced to by Legs & Co)
(26) GERRY RAFFERTY – Night Owl (video)
(16) QUANTUM JUMP – The Lone Ranger ®
(10) EDWIN STARR – H-A-P-P-Y Radio (video)
(7) TUBEWAY ARMY – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? ®
(41) JANET KAY – Silly Games
(27) CHAS & DAVE – Gertcha
(13) SQUEEZE – Up The Junction ®
(1) ANITA WARD – Ring My Bell
(30) JOHN WILLIAMS – Cavatina (and credits)
Sister Sledge ~ at its number 8 peak We are Family plays over the chart rundown
Match ~ another group of Bee Gees wannabees, but Boogie Man was their only charting single, and it peaked at 48.
McFadden and Whitehead ~ now this was more like it. Not only a great song, but being performed live in the Top of the Pops studio with the Maggie Stredder Singers (who I thought had left the show by now) and the Top of the Pops Orchestra both in full view. And I thought it sounded pretty good!
Earth, Wind and Fire ~ another outing for this video, though not on the 7.30 edition on BBC4 tonight.
Lene Lovich ~ and a very quirky Legs and Co routine to go with this very quirky and highly enjoyable song.
Gerry Rafferty ~ sadly edited out of the 7.30 edition, but should be on again in two weeks time. Such a cool song this one.
Quantum Jump ~ busy leaping up the charts, but edited out tonight. Its the same performance as the 31st May though. Kenny Everett was largely responsible for this becoming a belated hit ~ using it on his tv show and playing it on his radio show.
Edwin Starr ~ 1979 was a good year for Edwin, with two top ten hits, Happy Radio will move up one more place. But this was also his final top tenner.
Tubeway Army ~ a repeat showing for Are Friends Electric, which had made a big jump up the charts on its way of course to the very top. And I remember buying this very edition of Smash Hits ~
Janet Kay ~ here's a song that totally passed me by at the time, despite it being somewhat eccentric and memorable. Silly Games was to be Janet's only hit (albeit 3 times) and made it all the way to number 2.
Chas and Dave ~ the gertcha boys are back and managed to slip in another 'cowson' again!
Squeeze ~ not shown last week at 7.30 but here is that same performance now in all its BBC4 glory. Up the Junction was the third of four singles to be released from their Cool for Cats album.
Anita Ward ~ replacing Blondie at the top of the charts, this was Anita's one and only UK hit, and here we are treated to another live studio performance to round off an excellent show.
John Williams ~ provides an unusually chilled feel to the end credits with his only top twenty hit.
Next week's show, the 21st June, is hosted by DLT. So the next edition on BBC4 will have to be the 28th June with Peter Powell.