Is it just me, or is it hot in here?
17/12/81 (hosted by Simon Bates)
(14) Duran Duran – “My Own Way”
Now at its chart peak.
(2) Cliff Richard – “Daddy’s Home” (live clip/audience dancing)
Try as he might, there was no way Cliff could dislodge the Human League from the number one spot. Daddy's Home was stuck at number 2 for four weeks.
(36) Chas & Dave – “Stars Over 45”
Darn, I was looking forward to this one, but it was edited out of the 7.30pm slot.
(8) Godley & Crème – “Wedding Bells”
Its a studio performance this time, and more of a walkabout than a dance routine, with Kevin having major difficulties with his bride, and Lol in the background looking like he might live up to his name at any moment.
(64) Brown Sauce – “I Wanna Be A Winner” (video)
Those squirts at BBC4 have edited this one out of the 7.30 show too!
(23) Rod Stewart – “Young Turks” (video)
Peaked at number 11 for Rod.
(40) The Snowmen – “Hokey Cokey”
Sliding all the way to number 18 in the charts was the silly Xmas party record of the year ~ the identities of the people behind this remain a case for Mulder & Scully to this day.
(26) Jon & Vangelis – “I’ll Find My Way Home”
Here's Sue from Legs & Co being given one final dance routine as a thank you from Flick Colby, since it was deemed that the Birdie Song was not a fitting send off. (Lucky she wasn't given the Hokey Cokey!). It also means that Sue has the distinction of having danced for Pan's People, Ruby Flipper, Legs & Co and now, for one time only, Zoo. The song by the way, made it to number 6.
(12) Status Quo – “Rock ‘N’ Roll” (rpt from 03/12/81)
This was the final Top of the Pops performance by the original line-up of the Quo, and the song made it to number 8.
(1) The Human League – “Don’t You Want Me” (video)
Second of five weeks at number one.
(29) Altered Images – “I Could Be Happy” (audience dancing/credits)
Here's the very catchy follow-up to the very catchy Happy Birthday, and it peaked at number 7.
Next up then is the edition from Xmas Eve 1981.