"It's nineteen eighty o - n - e!"
29/01/81 (Tommy Vance)
(58) Slade – “We’ll Bring The House Down”
You've got to hand it to Slade, they kept plugging away even when they were completely out of fashion, and every now and again it paid off. This rocker became their first top ten hit for six years.
(2) John Lennon – “Woman” (video)
The first of two appearances on the show this week for John Lennon, a rarity indeed! I'd like to think that this fine song would have made number one anyway, even if John had not been murdered. The footage of John and Yoko in Central Park is from November 1980.
(44) The Stranglers – “Thrown Away”
It was over a year now since their last top 20 hit, and it would be another year yet before their next one. Thrown Away was discarded after reaching number 42. And edited out of the 7.30 showing.
(18) Madness – “The Return Of The Los Palmas 7” (video)
And most obligingly this tune made it to number 7. But also edited out of 7.30pm.
(46) Sheila Hylton – “The Bed’s Too Big Without You”
Her only other chart single was called Breakfast in Bed, which didn't make the top 50. This time out she did a little better and took this Police cover to number 35. Again, edited out of the 7.30 showing.
(6) Ultravox – “Vienna” (rpt from 15/01/81)
Strange, I only the remember the video being shown on Top of the Pops, but no sign of it yet as Vienna heads towards that number 2 peak.
(26) The Gap Band – “Burn Rubber On Me” (video)
Peaked at 22.
(25) Diana Ross – “It’s My Turn”
The first of five singles for Diana Ross in 1981, but most success came towards the end of the year.This one peaked at 16. And we get a classy Legs & Co this week with each of the girls taking their turn in the spotlight.
(3) Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight” (rpt from 15/01/81)
Went up one place higher.
(29) Susan Fassbender – “Twilight Café”
Deserved to get higher than the 21 it peaked at.
(1) John Lennon – “Imagine” (video)
Final week at the top before being replaced by....... John Lennon!
(19) Heatwave – “Gangsters Of The Groove”(credits)
The band's final top 20 hit, and 19 was its peak.
But no sign anywhere of Bowie's Scary Monsters...
Tomorrow then we move into February 1981 with the edition from the 5th hosted by Simon Bates.