We've got the place to ourselves tonight!
22/10/81 (hosted by Jimmy Savile)
(47) This Year’s Blonde – “Platinum Pop”
This show begins how the last one ended, but This Year's Blonde only went up one more place.
(6) The Human League – “Open Your Heart” (video)
Lots of videos on this show for some reason, and the first of them is the yet again yewtreed Human League, now at their chart peak with Open Your Heart.
(16) Barry Manilow – “Let’s Hang On” (video)
Didn't quite reach the top ten when this one peaked at number 12.
(29) The Four Tops – “When She Was My Girl” (video)
Became the band's first top ten hit for ten years when it reached number 3.
(9) Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “A Good Year For The Roses” (video)
Went up three more places with the help of the weird twins.
(37) Gillan – “Nightmare” (video)
Went up just one more place just in time for Halloween.
(27) The Police – “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” (video)
The second single from their number one album, Ghost in the Machine, and a soon to be chart topper. And a more Top of the Pops friendly video this time.
(7) The Jam – “Absolute Beginners”
Following up their number 4 hit Funeral Pyre with another number four hit here. And only the second band in the studio tonight. The audience don't seem to mind the lack of live acts though, they seem to be going balloon crazy!
(10) Shakin’ Stevens – “It’s Raining” (rpt from 08/10/81)
Concluding a great chart year for Shaky, number ten was the peak for Its Raining.
(1) Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin – “It’s My Party” (rpt from 24/09/81)
Second of four weeks at number one.
(28) Rod Stewart – “Tonight I’m Yours (Don’t Hurt Me)” (audience dancing/credits)
Became Rod's first top ten hit for three years when it reached number 8. Legs & Co are in the audience apparently if you can spot them.
So that brings us to the 29th October 1981 with Simon Bates.