Friday, 7 December 2018

(They Long to Be) Top of the Pops

Why do hits suddenly appear, every time you are near, just like me, you long to be watching the 30th October 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!


Hat's the way to do it!

30/10/86  (Janice Long)

Mel & Kim – “Showing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend)” (24) 
Looking like an 80's version of Baccara, the Appleby sisters get tonight's show underway with what became their first of four top ten hits when it peaked at number 3.

Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (7) (video)
Will be number one next week.

Catherine Stock – “To Have & To Hold” (17)
Mike Stock's sister performing her only hit, and it got no higher than number 17.

Gwen Guthrie – “(They Long To Be) Close To You” (25)
This disco version of the classic Bacharach and David song got no higher than number 25.

Bon Jovi – “Livin’ On A Prayer” (27) (breaker)
Became their first of eighteen top ten hits when it peaked at number 4.

The Smiths – “Ask” (16) (breaker)
Went up two more places.

Duran Duran – “Notorious” (14) (breaker)
Peaked at number 7.

Kim Wilde – “You Keep Me Hanging On” (15)
In the studio to perform the Supremes cover which would become her first top ten hit for over five years when it peaked at number 2.

Nick Berry – “Every Loser Wins” (1) (video)
Third and (thankfully!) final week at number one. Shame he didn't make it into the studio.

Status Quo – “In The Army Now” (2) (video/credits)
At its peak.



November 6th is next.

Friday, 30 November 2018

Top of the Pops Colors

Red and yellow and pink and green, orange and purple and smoke - I can (almost) see a 23rd October 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!


Girls just want to have fog


23/10/86  (Gary Davies)

The Pretenders – “Don’t Get Me Wrong” (14)
Gettingthe show underway with what became their fourth of six top ten hits when it peaked at number 8.

Midnight Star – “Midas Touch” (10) (video)
The costumes stood out more than the song for me, but Midas Touch did reach number 8.

The Housemartins – “Think For A Minute” (22)
I liked the bit where they were all looking round for the phantom trumpet player :-) The song peaked at number 18.

Billy Idol – “To Be A Lover” (27) (video)
Peaked at number 22.

The Mission – “Stay With Me” (30) (breaker)
Their debut top 40 hit but it got no higher.

Gwen Guthrie – “(They Long To Be) Close To You” (29) (breaker)
Peaked at number 25.

Cyndi Lauper – “True Colors” (12)
I was a bit worried for her surrounded by all that smoke! It was a good song but number 12 was as high as it got.

Nick Berry – “Every Loser Wins” (1) (video)
Second of three weeks at number one.

Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian” (6) (video/credits)
A great video to end the show, and the song went up three more places.


30th October is next.

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Every Top of the Pops Wins

The good news is that BBC4 have confirmed The Story Of/Big Hits 1987 for the new year, so what better way to celebrate than with this 16th Ocober 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Kiss you nights

16/10/86  (Simon Bates & Steve Wright)

Pet Shop Boys – “Suburbia” (8)
Looking like they've just strolled in off the street to get the show underway, but Suburbia got no higher.

Cliff Richard & Sarah Brightman – “All I Ask Of You” (7) (video)
Cliff and Sarah get a little bit saucy and this tune from The Phantom of the Opera peaked at number 3.

Boris Gardiner – “You’re Everything To Me” (25)
Boris finally makes it into the studio to perform what became his final top 40 hit when it peaked at number 11.

Marti Webb – “Always There” (14)
Went up one more place.

The Housemartins – “Think For A Minute” (28) (breaker)
Peaked at number 18.

The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close To Me ‘86” (24) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Midnight Star – “Midas Touch” (22) (breaker)
Became their only top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

Paul Hardcastle – “The Wizard” (23)
Paul seems to be having a blast performing the new Top of the Pops theme tune in the studio with his army of keyboards, and it peaked at number 15.

Nick Berry – “Every Loser Wins” (1) (video)
First of three weeks at number one.

Status Quo – “In The Army Now” (5) (video/credits)
On its way to number 2.


23rd October is next.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Top of the Pops Like an Egyptian

Slip into your softest sandals, brightest tunic and most colourful headdress, and bring your best sand dancing moves to the 9th October 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Just another manic mummy


09/10/86  (Gary Davies & Simon Mayo)

Bangles – “Walk Like An Egyptian” (20)
Flying in from LA to get the show off to a pharoah-ly good start with what became the second of their three top ten hits when it peaked at number 3.

Nick Berry – “Every Loser Wins” (4) (video)
Will be number one next week.

Julian Cope – “World Shut Your Mouth” (28)
Clearly having far too much fun with that microphone, this arousing tune became his biggest solo hit, peaking at number 19.

Paul Young – “Wonderland” (24)
A bit of a slow builder this one, but once it got going it didn't sound half bad at all. However, number 24 was its peak.

Howard Jones – “All I Want” (35)
Loyal dancer Jed is back, this time sporting a quite nightmarish mask, for what would be Howard's final top 40 hit, and it got no higher than number 35.

Madonna – “True Blue” (1) (video)
Just the one week at number one for 50's throwback True Blue.

Paul Simon – “You Can Call Me Al” (5) (video/credits)
A quirky video to end the show starring Chevy Chase for what became Paul's third and final solo top ten hit, taken from his mammoth number one album Graceland, when it peaked at number 4.



16th October is next.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Forever Live & Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 2nd October 1986 will not be broadcast of BBC4 due to the unfortunate situation with Mike Smith's unsigned contract. So a huge thanks once again goes to the uploader for making it available here at WeTransfer.

In the 80's now


02/10/86 (Mike Smith)

OMD – “(Forever) Live & Die” (11)
At its peak.

Five Star – “Rain Or Shine” (2) (video)
Also at its peak.

Status Quo – “In The Army Now” (29)
The Quo try their hand at a slightly new sound and are rewarded with a number 2 hit.

Madonna – “True Blue” (3) (video)
Will be number one next week.

Queen – “Who Wants To Live Forever” (24) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Cyndi Lauper – “True Colors” (21) (breaker)
Peaked at number 12.

A-ha – “I’ve Been Losing You” (14) (breaker)
The first single from their number 2 album, Scoundrel Days, and it peaked at number 8.

Pet Shop Boys – “Suburbia” (23)
Peaked at number 8.

The Communards – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1) (video)
Final week at number one.

Paul Hardcastle – “The Wizard” (not in chart) (video/credits)
The new theme tune released at last, and it peaked at number 15.

October 9th is next.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Don't Top of the Pops me This Way

Have a Pudsey Bear free zone for half an hour and catch this 25th September 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Don't leave me this hat

25/09/86  (Janice Long)

Amazulu – “Montego Bay” (23)
Getting tonight's show underway with what would be their final top 20 hit when this Bobby Bloom cover peaked at number 16.

Huey Lewis & The News – “Stuck With You” (15) (video)
Went up three more places.

Farley ‘Jackmaster’ Funk – “Love Can’t Turn Around” (10)
Darryl is back wriggling around on the floor with a live mic, but the song went up no further.

Genesis – “In Too Deep” (22) (video)
Peaked at number 19.

Paul Simon – “You Can Call Me Al” (26) (breaker)
Became his third and final top ten hit when it reached number 4.

Marti Webb – “Always There” (24) (breaker)
With the theme from Howard's Way, this was Marti's third and final top 40 hit, peaking at number 13.

Big Country – “One Great Thing” (19) (breaker)
A thumping food tune but it got no higher.

Loose Ends – “Slow Down” (29)
In the studio with a very animated performance, and the song went up two more places.

The Communards – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1) (rpt from 18/09/86)
Third of four weeks at number one.

Run DMC – “Walk This Way” (8) (video/credits)
At its peak.


October 2nd is next but it's another Mike Smith edition.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Thorn in my Top of the Pops

Strap on your brightest codpiece and get ready to dance along with the 18th September 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

You've cod to be kidding me



18/09/86  (Peter Powell & Steve Wright)

Timex Social Club – “Rumors” (20)
'The' Social Club get the show off to a prompt start with their only hit, and it peaked at number 13.

Eurythmics – “Thorn In My Side” (10) (Montreux clip)
Their ninth and final top ten hit, on its way to number 5.

Michael McDonald – “Sweet Freedom” (17)
Live in the studio to perform what would be his third and final top 20 hit, Sweet Freedom peaking at number 12.

OMD – “(Forever) Live & Die” (24)
Paul takes over lead vocal duties for what would be the band's final top 20 hit as a duo, when it reached number 11.

Genesis – “In Too Deep” (22) (breaker)
The second of five top 30 singles to come from their number one album, Invisible Touch. This one peaked at number 19.

Huey Lewis & The News – “Stuck With You” (21) (breaker)
Their third and final top 40 hit, peaking at number 12.

Cameo – “Word Up” (6)
A legendary performance of course, and their only top ten hit, peaking at number 3.

The Communards – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (1)
Another vibrant studio performance of 1986's biggest hit, now enjoying its second of four weeks at number one.

Five Star – “Rain Or Shine” (13) (video/credits)
Their biggest hit, peaking at number 2.


September 25th is next.