Thanks for the welcome, ladies
28/05/81 (Simon Bates)
(36) Polecats – “Rockabilly Guy”
Getting the show off to a rockabilly start like they did last time they were on doing John I'm Only Dancing, and just like last time their song peaked at number 35.
(11) Champaign – “How ‘Bout Us” (video)
Looking and sounding like a 1976 raid into 1981! But it proved a successful one with How Bout Us making it to number 5, though it was the group's only hit.
(16) UB40 – “Don’t Let It Pass You By”
The first single the band released that failed to make the top ten, getting no higher than number 16.
(6) Tenpole Tudor – “Swords Of A Thousand Men” (rpt)
At its chart peak and edited out of tonight's 7.30pm slot.
(25) Vangelis – “Chariots Of Fire” (video)
This fabulous piece of movie music only reached number 12, and was also edited out of tonight's 7.30pm showing.
(17) Enigma – “Ain’t No Stopping”
So this week's Legs & Co routine is the first to feature Anita Chellamah, the troupe's only change of personnel whilst on the show. There's no mention of this from host Simon Bates, but the other girls, adorned in costumes not too far away from Ai No Corrida, give her a line of honour to introduce her. The song by the way, another of 1981's many medleys, reached number 11.
(23) Hazel O’Connor – “Will You?”
A quick follow up to D-Days, Will You was actually the third single taken from her 1980 movie soundtrack, Breaking Glass, but on the back of the success of D-Days it reached number 8.
(30) Coast To Coast – “Let’s Jump The Broomstick”
More rockabilly in the studio tonight, this follow up to Do the Hucklebuck wasn't nearly as successful, and peaked at 28, and was the band's final hit.
(10) Kim Carnes – “Bette Davies Eyes” (video)
Such a new romantic influenced video for this American number one hit, though number 10 was its peak in the UK.
(1) Adam & The Ants – “Stand & Deliver” (video)
The fourth of five weeks at number one, with the hanging scene still edited out!
(13) George Harrison - "All Those Years Ago" (audience dancing/credits)
This tribute to John Lennon was George's first top 20 hit for eight years, and of course featured Paul McCartney on bass and Ringo Starr on drums, and was produced by the late and great George Martin. Number 13 though was as high as it got.
So into June 1981 we go next with the edition from the 4th hosted by Richard Skinner.