Top of the Pops is all you need
25/12/81 (hosted by Radio 1 DJs)
The Teardrop Explodes – “Reward”
Julian gets the show underway still wearing his nightshirt!
Ultravox – “Vienna”
Midge goes all leather and chains to impress the ballerina!
Kim Wilde – “Kids In America”
Tony Blackburn returns to introduce Kim who has got her band and her tight jeans back.
The Human League – “Love Action (I Believe In Love)”
Phil's got his long hair back and John Peel makes his first TOTPs link for eleven years.
Godley & Crème – “Under Your Thumb”
The boys seem to have developed a smoking problem!
Kirsty MacColl – “There’s A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis”
Adrian Juste makes a rare appearance and Kirsty gets on the show despite this one not even making the top ten. Not that I'm complaining.
Dave Stewart & Colin Blunstone – “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?”
With the way the DJs are individually introducing each act, you do wonder if BBC4 couldn't have easily edited out Jimmy Savile and DLT?
The Jacksons – “Can You Feel It?”
The Kids from Fa.... ~ no it's Zoo dancing to the Jacksons.
Linx – “Intuition”
I wonder if Carrie was in the studio?
The Beat – “Too Nice To Talk To”
That's one busy stage!
Spandau Ballet – “Chant No.1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On)”
Paul Gambaccini introduces the leather clad Spandau Ballet.
Toyah – “It’s A Mystery”
What has she done to her hair this time?
Laurie Anderson – “O Superman”
A chance to see a song that wasn't featured on the show at the time ~ and it is given quite an extraordinary performance by Zoo.
Altered Images – “Happy Birthday”
John Peel predicts they will be the 'biggest band in 1982' .....
Great song though.
Depeche Mode – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
Vince is still with the band then. But why couldn't they have performed New Life to compliment the blog 35 years later?
OMD – “Souvenir”
Another chance for Paul to shine.
Shakin’ Stevens – “You Drive Me Crazy”
Shaky's wondering where Legs & Co have gone.
Everyone – “All You Need Is Love” (+ credits)
This amazing show ends with an almighty sing along to the Beatles classic ~ was the music supplied by the return of the TOTPs orchestra?
Next up then is New Years Eve 1981.