So remind me, where did March go?
Yes, I'm not fooling about, its April 1981 already in BBC4 land and Simon Bates is the host of tonight's multifarious edition of Top of the Pops....
Have those pesky kids gone yet?
02/04/81 (hosted by Simon Bates)
(47) Stiff Little Fingers – “Just Fade Away”
This week's show gets off to a punky start, but punk had had its day by now and the aptly titled Just Fade Away got no higher than 47.
(17) Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone – “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?” (rpt from 19/03/81)
Getting close to its peak of number 13. And edited out of tonight's 7.30 pm slot.
(45) Light Of The World – “Time”
A double A side with 'I'm So Happy' became their biggest hit when it peaked at number 35. Also edited out of the 7.30pm broadcast.
(44) Liquid Gold – “Don’t Panic”
Liquid Gold lost out to Bucks Fizz in the recent Song for Europe contest, and to rub things in a little further their contender failed to make the top 40.
(4) Stevie Wonder – “Lately” (video)
Went up one place more.
(23) The Jacksons – “Can You Feel It?”
Legs & Co are jolly pirates for this week's routine, and shiver me timbers, this Jacksons tune that had been very slowly walking the plank was now propelled towards the top ten.
(27) Children Of Tansley School – “My Mum Is One In A Million”
Our host Simon explained that last week had been Mothers Day, and this record (by the same writer as There's No One Quite Like Grandma) is what all the nice children had been buying for their mums, hence it suddenly appearing at 27 in the charts, but perhaps unsurprisingly it got no higher. Still, I expect it raised a few quid for the school.
(31) Sugar Minott – “Good Thing Going (We’ve Got A Good Thing Going)”
This cover of a very early Michael Jackson song would become Sugar Minott's only top ten hit when it made number 4.
(new) Lena Zavaroni – “Roses & Rainbows”
The BBC were still doing their best to promote Lena, but there was no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow, it failed to chart. And edited out of the 7.30 show tonight.
(53) Spandau Ballet – “Musclebound”
Musclebound, produced by the main singer from Landscape, became the first of two top ten hits in 1981 for Spandau Ballet when it made number 10. It has a great video too if I remember rightly.
(5) Bucks Fizz – “Making Your Mind Up” (rpt from 19/03/81)
Now just two days away from winning the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest.
(1) Shakin’ Stevens – “This Ole House”
The second of three weeks at number one for Shaky and a new performance here again with mass audience participation and a Paulineless Legs & Co who this week each have some very lucky boy to dance with.
(21) The Nolans – “Attention To Me” (credits)
Became the sisters' final top ten hit when it peaked at number 9.
Next up then (on Thursday) is the edition from April 9th 1981.