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Top of the Pops 22-2-80: Presenter: Peter Powell
(30) RAINBOW – All Night Long (and charts)
The follow-up to Since You've Been Gone plays over the chart rundown this week.
(40) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Hot Dog
Making his debut on the show here an act who went on to an unfathomably successful chart career in the 1980's...... But perhaps equally unfathomably, considering there are three repeat performances tonight, he was edited out of the 7.30 showing!
(3) BLONDIE – Atomic (video)
The third and most successful single from their album Eat to the Beat.
(48) THE BEAT – Hands Off She’s Mine
And talking of the Beat, here they are with their bouncy follow-up to Tears of a Clown.
(18) BUGGLES – The Plastic Age ®
Now getting just as much, if not more, airtime on Top of the Pops than they did with Video Killed the Radio Star.
(10) THE TOURISTS – So Good To Be Back Home Again ®
A repeat showing of their performance of So Good to be Back Home Again, now just two places short at its chart peak of number 8.
(23) FERN KINNEY – Together We Are Beautiful
On her way to one hit wonderdom, with the help here of the Top of the Pops orchestra, but she did do better with this song than Steve Allan had done a year earlier, his version only reaching 67 despite his appearance on the show.
(8) THE RAMONES – Baby I Love You ®
A big leap up the charts from last week's number 20 to number 8, but it was all downhill thereafter.
(2) Legs & Co – go club dancing upon their own medal podiums this week to And The Beat Goes On by the Whispers
(6) CLIFF RICHARD – Carrie (video)
Cliff certainly had his finger on the musical pulse of the time with this fine Joe Jacksonesque tune.
(46) IRON MAIDEN – Running Free
The debut here of one of the most successful heavy metal groups named after a medieval torture device of all time, but of course it was edited out of the 7.30 showing, despite the repeats of Buggles/Tourists/Ramones.
(1) KENNY ROGERS – Coward Of The County (video)
His second and final week at number one with this "soft and sentimental" song.
(25) PETER GABRIEL – Games Without Frontiers (and credits)
On his way to his first top ten hit.
Next week then we move on to the 28th February 1980 hosted by David Jensen.