Has anyone seen my knitting needles?
13/08/81 (hosted by Simon Bates)
(6) Duran Duran – “Girls On Film”
Getting the show underway for a second time with Girls on Film, with Simon Le Bon sporting a sort of sailor look this time. The song went up one chart place more.
(2) Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – “Hooked On Classics” (video)
The first of two black and white 'films' tonight, this one featuring lots of eccentric people and animals dancing in perfect time to the classical music medley, now at its peak in the chart.
(26) Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”
And so we reach the song that would become the biggest selling single within 1981, host Simon Bates did predict that Marc and David from Leeds would have a big hit with this Gloria Jones cover, and he was spot on, it would make it to number one in three weeks time.
(13) Kim Wilde – “Water On Glass” (rpt from 30/07/81)
Almost at its number 11 peak now. And the only edit to this week's 7.30pm showing.
(22) Bill Wyman – “(Si Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star” (rpt from 30/07/81)
A second showing for Bill, still rising towards number 14 and his only top 30 solo hit.
(27) Startrax – “Startrax Club Disco”
Just the two medleys on this week's edition, and Legs & Co get the second one, which features the hits of the Bee Gees, where at one point they recreate their Tragedy routine from 1979, and once again a lucky boy is grabbed from the audience for a dance (with Gill I think?). The record made it to number 18. And unusually this week there was no number 28 because this record and Starsound's Stars of 45 vol 2 were both tied at number 27!
(19) Aneka – “Japanese Boy”
The second future number one on tonight's show - with Simon Bates pointing out that for a Japanese lady Aneka was rather tall and had a Scottish accent!
(9) ELO – “Hold On Tight” (video)
Tonight's second (mainly) black and white 'film' is a celebration of olden days action movie heroes with the occasional glimpse of Jeff Lynne's smart new hair and beard cut. Hold On Tight peaked at number 4 and was ELOs 15th and final top ten hit.
(1) Shakin’ Stevens – “Green Door”
Backed by an all green Legs & Co in another audience extravaganza, this was the third of four weeks at number one for Shaky's cover of the 1956 Frankie Vaughan number 2.
(23) UB40 – “One In Ten” (audience dancing/credits)
And the show ends with the fresh faces of 1981's youth sound tracked by UB40's mass unemployment lament.
Top of the Pops 1981 takes a well earned rest now for a couple of weeks on BBC4, returning with the edition from August 27th. Before then though for us there is the 20th August hosted by DLT.