Thursday, 17 March 2016

You Might Need Some Top of the Pops

It's June 11th 1981 and here we are with another yewtreed edition that can't be shown on BBC4 ~ the host this time being Jimmy Savile. The very bad news though is that there isn't a copy of this edition in general circulation - not even Neil B has it! All we have is a handful of links to clips from the show, so at least we get a flavour of it ~ obviously do not click if you want to avoid Jimmy Savile:


###Huge thanks to daf, who has now uploaded a copy of this edition to dropbox!###

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25173419/music/11%20June%201981.mpg

####And huge thanks also to Darnall42 for uploading dafs copy to WeTransfer### ~

  http://we.tl/wwYAiRkWtl




Only a little piece of the action for us tonight I'm afraid!




11/06/81 (hosted by Jimmy Savile)

(25) Bucks Fizz – “Piece Of The Action” YouTube Clip

A quick follow up to Making Your Mind Up, and a fairly successful one too as far as Eurovision winners go, making it to number 12.

(9) Hazel O’Connor – “Will You?” (rpt from 28/05/81)
Her final top ten, indeed her final top 40 hit, almost at its peak of number 8.

(44) Landscape – “Norman Bates”

In the studio to perform the follow up to the hugely successful Einstein A Go Go ~ and the second single from their top 20 album From the Tearooms of Mars to the Hell Holes of Uranus, Norman Bates peaked at number 40.

(34) Elaine Paige – “Memory” (pre-recorded insert) YouTube Clip
From the new Lloyd Webber musical Cats of course, Memory became Elaine's first top ten hit peaking at number 6.

(28) Coast To Coast – “Let’s Jump The Broomstick” rpt from 28/05/81)

Still hanging around the lower reaches of the top 30, but 28 was its peak.

(17) Ultravox – “All Stood Still”  YouTube Clip

The official follow up to Vienna (island records had released the John Foxx fronted Slow Motion which made number 33 in March) - All Stood Still made it to number 8.

(47) Randy Crawford – “You Might Need Somebody”
This follow up to One Day I'll Fly Away made it to number 11.

(11) Enigma – “Ain’t No Stopping”

Now at its chart peak.

(1) Smokey Robinson – “Being With You” (video/credits)

First of two weeks at number one for Smokey.



Next up then and back on BBC4 is the 18th June 1981, with Peter Powell.

93 comments:

  1. Not a great deal I can think of to say about this edition, but still...

    From memory, in the TOTP studio, the Landscaper with a bald patch and 'tache spoke his narrative part through a football commentator's microphone a la Chris Rea in his 'Auberge' video, so you had trouble seeing his mush.

    Recently, a work colleague of mine started singing a song which he knew was from the musical 'Cats'. Knowing what it was, I asked him what it was called. He couldn't remember it was called 'Memory'!

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  2. Can anyone find the totp preformances landscape Norman bates randy Crawfords you might need somebody and enigma ain't no stopping

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  3. On YouTube the chart run down from 11 June is on

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  4. Angelo, your Utube clip for Ultravox is actually Bucks Fizz when you click on the link.

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  5. I've uploaded my copy to dropbox - hopefully the link will work -
    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25173419/music/11%20June%201981.mpg

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  6. Yes - all 34 minutes and 28 seconds of it.

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  7. Balls! I meant - 35 minutes and 28 seconds (stupid fat fingers!)

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  8. Ah yes - you need to be able to have a hotlink to click on (to get the download linked file menu).

    Doesn't seem to work on here, but there should be a clickable version on Roobarbs :
    http://www.zetaminor.com/roobarb/showthread.php?48565-Top-of-the-Pops-1981/page45

    Hope that helps

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  9. Link & file Working fine for me. Playing it with Windows Media Player. Thanks for uploading, you're a star :)

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  10. Thank you very much daf ~ am downloading it right now :-)

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    1. mine works with quicktime player but no windows media player

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  11. But could u make letters in yellow

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  12. Dropbox is reporting that the link has too much traffic and has been disabled. Is the ep available anywhere else, or does anyone know if dropbox will start working again after a rest...

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    1. I also have the same issue with Dropbox, so please can someone post it on We Transfer or Vimeo, as they are more reliable?

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    2. hope it's ok with daf http://we.tl/wwYAiRkWtl

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    3. Thanks darnall42 - successfully downloaded :)

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    4. This one worked! Thanks for everyone's effort

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    5. sorry about the broken link - didn't realise dropbox wouldn't be able to handle the traffic.

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    6. After downloading from http://we.tl/wwYAiRkWtl this message appears. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows7/c00d1199

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    7. Try another Mediaplayer - VLC is excellent and will play any file

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    8. I played it using VLC and it was fine (apart from some dropouts near the beginning, but I think that was the original videotape)

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  13. Thanks to daf for trying to get this one to us - I haven't tried downloading it yet, but will make an attempt this evening. I must say it surprises me that none of the usual suspects had this show, as up until now someone has been able to plug virtually every Yewtree gap, and with VCRs becoming more widespread by 1981, I didn't think we would have too much of a problem seeing the skipped shows this year.

    Anyway, in case I can't download this later on, some thoughts on the performances that are on Youtube. I thought Bucks Fizz did well with their choreography - it looked as if they had quite a lot of moves to remember! The song itself is another very poppy number, but I think has a more sophisticated production than Making Your Mind Up. In the final analysis, not bad at all.

    Say what you like about Andrew Lloyd Webber, but he has knocked out some decent tunes in his time. I would certainly rank Memory as one of those, and while I don't think Elaine Paige has a particularly remarkable voice she does a good enough job with it. I like the dark staging too, complete with solitary dustbin to remind us of the song's source. Ultravox undertake the difficult task of following up Vienna with a fair degree of accomplishment. I like the melding of the electric guitar and synths on this one, and the verses build up nicely, but the rather limp, staccato chorus lets it down a bit.

    I'll be back later with some more comments, hopefully after seeing the rest of the show. I'm particularly interested to see the studio performance of Norman Bates - I can't say I'm that keen on the song, but the video was a very impressive Psycho homage!

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  14. The commentator in Norman Bates looked a bit like Ed Bishop...

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    1. i couldn't spot ed "UFO" bishop in the landscape video, nor did the voiceover sound anything like him. despite his distinctive voice and profile as a one of the few yanks working in the british film and tv industry, ed found it hard at times to make a decent living as an actor - i once read that he was working as a handyman or something in someone's house when UFO came on the telly, and nobody watching it realised that ed straker himself was actually in the same room!

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    2. It was Ed Bishop in the TOTP studio, you never see the psychiatrist in the actual video. It sounds like someone putting on an American accent in the recording.

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  15. Bucks Fizz wisely following up their big hit with something just as catchy. Some really lewd expressions here from them, oddly. Can anyone remember what 80s advert used this song?

    Landscape, funny how this wasn't as big a hit as Einstein A-Go-Go, isn't it? They sold out and went commercial. OK, maybe not, but it was refreshing to see something avant garde on the Pops again, treated piano and violin bows and all. That was indeed Ed Bishop delivering the psychiatric assessment, which ruins Psycho if you've never seen it.

    Elaine Paige yelling her way through Andrew Lloyd Webber isn't my idea of entertainment, but there's no denying their success. Was this the video or filmed especially for TOTP?

    Ultravox with a tune that sounds like it should be the theme for an 80s TV cop show, wailing guitar solos and synths will do that. Quite jaunty, but it's not Vienna.

    Randy Crawford battles the TOTP orchestra with a strong vocal performance, and she looks very pleased to be there, which is nice. Classy bit of soul.

    Enigma, weird to put faces to something so anonymous, you didn't get that with Starsound. Brings new meaning to the phrase bog standard.

    Smokey Robinson to end on, still not being with anyone except the seagull, not even that woman at the end gazing at him through the regulation 80s video Venetian blinds.

    I thought we'd have to miss this one, but we did it. Many thanks.

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    1. The Elaine Paige performance is definitely in the studio. The vertical lights at the back give it away, and Pearson and his goons are all over the song.

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    2. lol, I like that bog standard comment. Enigma look like a pub group doing a medley in way, the blonde with the attitude doing most of the singing, the Liquid Gold lookalike doing lively dance moves. But it's all a bit fun I guess, so ok enough really for what it is.

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    3. I thought that Enigma was no more than a pub covers band, and their performance was along the lines of that and no more, so you could say bog standard I suppose

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  16. a nominal contribution by me for this edition as i'm not watching the actual show:

    i couldn't recall the bucks fizz song at all, and watching it on youtube failed to trigger anything until the chorus. and that's only the vaguest of recollections

    the landscape track had also pretty much managed to erase itself from my mind, other than i knew it was pretty dreary and most unsuited as a follow-up to their hit single (to paraphrase the ancient knight guarding the holy grail in "indiana jones and the last crusade", they chose poorly). a shame as the video that i've just seen for the first time on youtube was a most excellent homage to "psycho", complete with janet leigh clone

    i've never seen an andrew lloyd webber musical, nor am i ever likely to - the mere mention of his name has me running for the hills! i did find his "spitting image" most amusing though

    i really liked the ultravox track at time of release, but nowadays i find midge's vocals and in particular his dentist-drill guitar playing (that was to dominate their later recordings) somewhat of a turn-off to put it mildly

    i don't know if we get the chance to watch smokey robinson in action on the telly or not, so i might as well say it now - this bores the pants off me, and it's popularity just leaves me scratching my head with utter bemusement!

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    1. Like Wilberforce, I also cannot recall this Bucks Fizz effort as the follow-up to their Eurovision and No.1 classic Making Your Mind Up, but I must admit that I really like it, and as for Jay Aston, I'm just taken by her beauty, especially in white and dancing the way she does. Some could say that it's not possible to look any prettier than her.

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  17. regarding ultravox's old record company trying to cash in on their success with their new label (i don't suppose you can blame them in the circumstances), i remember the same thing happening with japan around this time, only ariola had a lot more success than island did. it semed that for every hit japan had on their new label virgin, an old ariola recording popped up in the charts inbetween. however i can't remember if the band themselves promoted them, or if they considered them a hindrance rather than a help (almost certainly the former given david sylvian's pretentious disposition)

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    1. The re-release on Ariola/Hansa of Japan's cover of 'I second that emotion' in 1982 turned out to be their second biggest hit (reached no.9) in terms of chart position after 'Ghosts' (reached no.6). I quite liked it myself and recall hearing it on Radio 2 many years later only for the DJ to exclaim at the end; 'Gosh what a dreary sound that was!'.

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    2. "i second that emotion" is a smokey robinson tune... so explains its dreariness! the other ariola/hansa cash-ins "life in tokyo", "quiet life" and "european son" were miles better in my opinion (in fact also better than anything on their "tin drum" album

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    3. Oi - I Second that Emotion is one of my all-time favourite Motown songs! Admittedly not quite as good as You Really Got a Hold on Me, but not far off...

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  18. Still can't get mine to play

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  19. paul, try wetransfer

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    1. It worked for me on We Transfer

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  21. Big Thanks to daf for joining the "sharing club" that means only 3 shows from the first 900 that are still around we are missing so has anybody got 13th & 20th Oct 1977 and also 14th sept 1978 if you have them to share i will upload any show you request - Meer

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  22. Keep trying the wetransfer but to no avail

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    1. Just managed to download from WeTransfer but be patient as it was very slow - took over two hours. Now I've only got 50 mins to watch it before the next ep is on BBC4!

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    2. Did u download on iPad or computer

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    3. Ok that's why u can't use a iPad to do it

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    4. Agre with With Wellieman, i.e., if you use we transfer on a Macbook, it eventually downloads after a long wait and shows the file as a 'conversion' when ready to play.

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    5. Dory, I then used Handbrake to convert it to an mp4, which plays much easier on Macs. Anyone else download the weekly iPlayer version using 'Get iPlayer Automator' to keep forever?

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    6. I've Been using Get_iplayer to download since the middle of the 1978 shows ,before then i used to record the shows on my PC using a cheapo freeview USB stick (cost a fiver off amazon )

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    7. Darnall - I was just looking at your Vimeo profile and all your uploads have disappeared! Have the copyright police caught up with you?

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  23. Thanks indeed daf for making this episode available. It was really worth watching. JS looked like a walking Rubik Cube and once again treated us to ‘Rio’ Speedwagon on the chart rundown (did nobody tell him after last time?) and apart from a creepy intro to ‘All stood still’, was on pretty reasonable form.

    Bucks Fizz – A piece of the action – Nice Andy Hill song has aged well better than I recall and Cheryl in particular seems to be enjoying the continued exposure after Eurovision.

    Hazel O’Connor – Will you – Repeat showing, but worth seeing again.

    Landscape – Norman Bates – So the guys made the TOTP studio this time, but what a dreadful song. Can’t think that this was one that people hummed down the streets. Interesting to see it (as I don’t remember this showing at all) but not a memorable follow up.

    Elaine Page – Memory – Sheer class…top notch song and live rendition from EP. Never get tired of this powerful melody.

    Coast to Coast – Let’s jump the broomstick – Final (repeat) outing for Patti and Donna. Wonder what they’re doing now?

    Ultravox – All stood still – Clearly on a high from ‘Vienna’, people went and bought anything with the word Ultravox on the sleeve (even the dire pre-Midge Ure ‘Slow Motion’ single which hovered outside the top 30). This somewhat OK track is rescued by some nice guitar work from Midge who had plenty of practice a few years earlier when he played on a Thin Lizzy tour.

    Randy Crawford – You might need somebody – This has aged well and I like it more than I did when it came out. Incidentally, my first exposure to Randy Crawford was on former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett’s second solo album ‘Please don’t touch’ on the track ‘Hoping love will last’. A beautiful song which shows that prog and soul can mix together. Have a listen if you don’t believe me.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUkNM9HNFpc

    Enigma – Ain’t no stopping – Goes on a bit doesn’t it? Features someone singing ‘vocals’ for ‘Use it up and wear it out’ which we didn’t get in 1980.

    Smokey Robinson – Being with you – Nice song, surprise no.1 perhaps, but rather this than the previous week’s no.1 ! Ideal song for rolling the credits on.

    It struck me on the top10 rundown that two songs featured snooker/billiard tables in their videos. This then led on to ‘Snooker Loopy’ and ‘Starsound’ and dredged back into memory the record that was ‘Stars over 45’. This ‘novelty’ hit tormented us later in 1981 and featured such ‘classics’ as ‘Oh my, what a rotten song’ and such likes. Won’t be long before we’re treated to this monstrosity on TOTP I’m sure!

    …..and thanks once again daf for an episode that I was resigned to not viewing.

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    1. i remember picking up the pre-midge ultravox island cash-in EP in an ex-chart bargain bin, and at the time i thought three of the four tracks were pretty good - the duffer being "hiroshima mon amour"

      mention of steve hackett gives me the chance i say was really into his solo albums "spectral mornings" and "defector" at the time, and they still sound good now in a prog-lite way. on the latter he even tried his hand at a dance-style track called "the show" that i remember getting regular airplay on radio 1 at the time, although it was never a hit:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly-VAOzMwRA

      i don't remember chas & dave's "star over 45", but the heebeegeebee parodied the then-burgeoning habit of ageing rock stars teaming up to do duets as "stars over 45" with the track "we can't have hits of our own anymore". there was also star turn on 45 pints with "pump up the bitter", but that was a parody of the later hit by MARRS ("pump up the volume") rather than stars on 45

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    2. I actually rather like 'Stars Over 45' as I think it's a perfect deconstruction of the genre by Chas & Dave. Even better is Squeeze's 'Squabs on Forty Fab' which is the B-side to 'Labelled With Love'. If you've never heard that then you really should!

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    3. Agreed Wilberforce; 'Spectral Mornings' and 'Defector' are great albums and ones that I still play from time to time. 'The Show' was described as "a plodding dirge with no redeeming qualities" in 'Record Mirror' at the time. A sentiment I profusely disagreed with of couse!

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    4. i wasn't aware of the squeeze "stars on 45" parody so gave it a listen on yt. i like the idea, but perhaps the joke backfires as it highlights how samey much of their material actually was

      that reminds me: i remember once listening to a pop quiz on radio 1 where they featured a "bits & pieces"-style compilation of t rex - as one presenter commented afterwards, it actually sounded like just the one song!

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  24. Like everyone else I want to also say thank you so much for sharing this episode with us. I don't post much on here but enjoy reading everyone's comments and always follow the blog.

    I think there's quite a cult following with these shows now and we all as fans want to see each episode and it's really lovely that everyone's helping each other in finding these 'missing' editions and letting us all enjoy them.

    If we get as far as 1987 in these re-runs I think iv got a few episodes on VHS sitting in my loft so will gladly share them when the time comes!

    Keep up the great work and enjoy tonight's episode also my fellow TOTP friends. GOOD LOVE!

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    1. thanks wayne - it would be interesting to know just how many people are reading our ramblings!

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  25. I've seen the Fizz song, and that's good enough for me! I absolutely love 'Piece Of The Action', it's one of their very best. I hope we get to see it on a non Yewtreed edition.

    The same goes for the Ultravox song as I like that too.

    I've no desire to hear the Landscape song ever again, not overly bothered about Enigma either, and as for Randy Crawford - I must have played that 100s of times on the radio so no thanks!

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    1. Noax, it seems that this week's Yewtreed edition with Jim'll is the one and only showing on TOTP of this Bucks Fizz song, and I agree with you, as I really like this song big time.

      As we say hello and goodbye in one go with this one on TOTP, I checked out the video, which has Jay Aston in a swimsuit for some of it, and at the beginning of the video, getting into a car as passenger to her male band colleague, and kissing him. Worth a good view this video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vjdQrpBo2U

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  26. After a bit of a struggle, I finally got the download to play - many thanks to Darnall for making it available through WeTransfer. The Landscape performance was a bit underwhelming, just the band doing occasional crazy things with their instruments, while the repetitive lyric really starts to do your head in if you listen to the song too many times. Having never seen UFO, I had no idea who Ed Bishop was, so his appearance sadly held no excitement for me. If I ever want to hear this again (which is unlikely), I'll stick to the video!

    I see poor old Randy Crawford had to endure the Pearson treatment, which is a shame as this is a great song, my favourite of her hits. Still, she sang it beautifully and it is a strong enough track to withstand the Orchestra's mangling - also good to see that she kept her eyes open this time! Given Legs were "on holiday" (lucky Anita, getting time off after just 2 shows), I don't know why they didn't just repeat their routine for the Enigma medley rather than dragging the band in. The performance felt distinctly flat, despite the best efforts of the band, and the audience were trying but failing to generate the intended party atmosphere - not surprising really with such a plodding medley.

    Jim'll, despite coming dressed as Harlequin, played this one with a pretty straight bat, his clinch with the young Ant fan the one moment he threatened to go off-piste - I do find the way he reads out the chart positions highly amusing. A rather abrupt ending, with no on-camera goodbye, but at least we get to see the Smokey video in full this time, right down to that venetian blind moment at the end.

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    1. john if you've never seen "UFO" then i think you're missing out on some classic sci-fi from the golden telly age of the late 1960's. along with shane rimmer and david healy (who both guest-starred in "UFO") ed also appeared in several james bond movies of the era in blink-and-you'll-miss-em parts where an american accent was required!

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    2. Yes, Jim'll did seem to be in his element with that clinch of one of the girls in the audio audience when introducing Ultravox. This was signature Jimmy Saville, even now in mid-1981, so I'm sure BBC4 were pleased to hold back this edition from our eyes, and keep it well locked up in the BBC vaults as an out-of-bounds edition of TOTP!

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    3. Wilberforce - I've heard good things about UFO, but have never got around to seeing it. I must give it a go at some point...

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    4. UFO was the legendary gerry anderson's first production with live actors as opposed to marionettes (although his SFX crew still had plenty to do). at an hour long some episodes were rather thin plot-wise, but boy do they make up for it with the sheer glamour and grooviness of the times!

      i actually watched a few episodes when it was first broadcast around 1970 (i was 8), and i remember not being able to work out why the paul foster character looked different in some episodes than others - i found out much later the reason was that they made the actor lose his mungo jerry sideburns and start wearing a floppy wig!

      when they started showing them again on itv4 about 10 years ago i got bit obsessive about watching them, and when i was visiting the borehamwood area (where it was mainly filmed) i even went looking for the building that depicted the movie studio that serves as cover for SHADO HQ! it's still there, but i didn't actually get to see it as the grounds are now owned by the beeb, and getting in is like breasking into fort knox!

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  27. Norman Bates sounds Numan influenced.

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  28. One of the Enigma singers looked a bit like the singer from Liquid Gold.

    I think Elaine Paige probably did better performances of Memory, and had a better backing too. That was ok still, but the Streisand version certainly is great
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Ruh0ewBVo

    I still say the Broomstick song is much better than Hucklebuck.

    Ultravox a huge step down after Vienna.

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  29. To finish the show with Smokey Robinson at no.1 was just heavenly, and this time the video was shown in full, thanks to being included on the end credits, and in order to give it its full 4 minute tenure. "I don't care about anything else but being with you, being with you."

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  30. Thanks to our reliable mates for the contraband editions but, unfortunately, Dropbox isn’t working on my PC and WeTransfer keeps stalling and then crashing my internet connection, so I’ve given up and looked at a couple of the YouTube clips.

    That was indeed an intricate set of moves for Bucks Fizz, and well co-ordinated too. I noticed a missed chance of an obvious upper key modulation for the last chorus. I’d have been well hacked off if I was an audience member and I ‘d been asked to sit at stage front facing away from Jay and Cheryl.

    I was surprised “All Stood Still” wasn’t chosen as the first single off “Vienna” – “Sleepwalk” didn’t really cut the mustard for me and “Passing Strangers” would have been a bit too mid-tempo for initial release. A fine blend of synth and guitar there. That bloke from Slik did a charismatic turn. Could that bloke from Gary Numan’s backing band not actually sing, or didn’t he want a mic in the way of his posing?

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    1. On the subject of Ultravox, the late George Martin produced the album 'Quartet' released a year of so later. Again, the best track on the album (in my opinion) was released as a single belatedly after 'Reap the Wild Wind' and 'Hymn'.

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    2. ...and it was called 'Visions in Blue' of course!

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  31. Downloaded it last night, have been out all day and just watched it, and all I can say is: wow!! Off-air recordings (either contemporary or UK Gold) are one thing, but a timecoded copy... we're really not supposed to have this, not that I'm complaining! Big, big thanks to daf for making this available.

    Some good music on here (although Landscape were just plain weird) with a couple of what appeared to be live performances. Elaine Paige struck me as being a one-take rush job while Randy Crawford did rather better. Presumably, if the TOTP Orchestra are still around they're now benefiting from the controlled conditions of a recording studio rather than playing live on the TV set and recorded in glorious one track mono!

    Who on Earth were Enigma? The birds were nice, though. Shame we never got a close-up of the dark-haired one.

    It's plain to see, however, that Jimmy Savile has got no interest in the music and the artists by this time and he's doing nothing more than just being himself. Jeez, it's another three years before he finally throws in the towel!

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  32. Excellent edition, presenter excepted of course. Enigma are a session band - Jill would be a regular TOTP feature with Shakatak of course, plus MArtin (I think) from 5000 Volts

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    1. Ah, of course, Jill in Shakatak, whose contribution was apparently to record one verse, once, which was then inserted into the track as many times as required. Well, let's face it, they were primarily an instrumental band. Nice to see her doing a full vocal performance here.

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    2. yes, it was martin jay who some of us will remember as the annoying guitarist with the voice-box thingy!

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    3. Red jumpsuit singer was bugging me, face seemed familiar. To day it hit me - Lisa Geoghan, actress famous for her part in The Bill. Is it her, or somebody who looks like her?

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    4. Red jumpsuit singer was bugging me, face seemed familiar. To day it hit me - Lisa Geoghan, actress famous for her part in The Bill. Is it her, or somebody who looks like her?

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  33. Meer said he's gonna try and upload it to Vimeo

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    1. the upload by meer has been took down

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    2. Ok I still saw it dis morning

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  34. Also big thanks to Meer for uploading the 11 June 1981 episode on Vimeo watched the whole show Buck's Fizz peice of the action to start then hazel O'Connor will a repeat performance then landscape Norman bates then Elaine Paige memory then the repeated preformance from coast to coast then Ultravox followed by randy Crawfords you might need somebody then enigma ain't no stopping and finally smokey Robinson being with you

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  35. Elaine Paige memory was a prerecord performance

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  36. Both the above links now broken. Any hope of a resurrection for us latecomers or is all hope abandoned?

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  37. Please can someone upload the 11th of June, 1981 edition? I couldn't view it on We Transfer or Dropbox and the Vimeo upload has been removed.

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