No doubt about it
29-5-80: Presenter: David Jensen
(22) ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY – Back Together Again
Playing over the charts this week is the second of three top ten hits for Roberta Flack, and her first since 1973.
(52) LIQUID GOLD – Substitute
Performing the follow-up to Dance Yourself Dizzy ~ Substitute became the band's second and final top ten hit ~ note the drummer wears a few more clothes than last time but still can't resist abandoning his drum kit to get up and dance.
(2) HOT CHOCOLATE – No Doubt About It ®
Finally making it onto the 7.30 showing on BBC4 now at its peak in the charts, shame it didn't go one place higher, it would have made and out of this world number one :-)
(44) ELTON JOHN – Little Jeannie
A studio performance here from Elton, but the very early 80's were not a successful time for him, and Little Jeannie didn't make the top 30.
(17) CROWN HEIGHTS AFFAIR – You Gave Me Love (danced to by Legs & Co)
This week the Legs are wearing cheerleader style outfits and surrounded by a pom pom waving crowd as they help Crown Heights Affair on the way to their only top ten hit.
(13) DON McLEAN – Crying (video)
The log fire in the video made me wonder if this song was originally meant as a Christmas time release, but anyway it became a surprise summer number one, but we'll never get to see it top the charts.....
(37) THIN LIZZY – Chinatown
A good solid rocker here from Phil and the boys ~ David Jensen predicted a top five hit but it made it to 21.
(6) ROXY MUSIC – Over You ®
Over You was now the seventh of ten top ten hits for Roxy Music, and it peaked at number 5.
(26) ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK – Messages
The first edit on tonight's 7.30 showing.
(21) JERMAINE JACKSON – Let’s Get Serious (video)
The videos were still mostly quite simple at this time, this one is Jermaine with mic in hand and a couple of dancers either side ~ and he mimes the part in the middle hat was actually Stevie Wonder.
(36) STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Nobody’s Hero
With their gravel voiced follow-up to At the Edge, but this one didn't do quite as heroically and failed to make the top 30.
(23) MYSTIC MERLIN – Just Can’t Give You Up (video)
BBC4 just couldn't give us this one at 7.30pm.
(NEW) LENA ZAVARONI – Jump Down Jimmy
Sadly, Lena was also cut from the 7.30pm show with this non-charter.
(1) MASH – Theme From M*A*S*H (Suicide Is Painless) (danced to by Legs & Co) ®
Now the end credits thanked 20th Century Fox for Mash excerpts, so I'm guessing we didn't get this repeated Legs & Co performance originally? But anyway, perhaps it was apt that a song from the 70's topped the charts just as the show went off air. The 80's would begin on August 7th.
(9) LIPPS INC – Funky Town
Plays over the credits, and David Jensen doesn't mention anything about Top of the Pops being back next week ~ did he know something? And talking of end credits - had they changed this week? Had the orchestra and resident backing singers already been given the chop?
If the next scheduled show, 5th June, had gone ahead it would have been hosted by Simon Bates. But there was no Top of the Pops until Peter Powell and Elton John jointly presented the show the 7th August 1980.
However, during the strike there was a pilot edition made that has never been broadcast, the 9th July hosted by Peter Powell and BA Robertson. So I will put up a blog for that one since the wonderful Popscene has the running order.
So what happens next then? There is no Top of the Pops on BBC4 next week, but I believe that the repeats will resume the week after, on June 25th, with a showing of the edition that launched the new era, the 7th August 1980........