Saturday, 14 July 2018

You Little Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from January 9th 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 due to a contract dispute involving Mike Smith. So a big thanks goes to Meer for making it available to watch here at Vimeo.


When you think the future looks bright


09/01/86  (Mike Smith & Steve Wright)

Feargal Sharkey – “You Little Thief” (26)
This follow up to A Good Heart peaked at number 5 and was Feargal's final top ten hit.

Full Force – “Alice I Want You Just For Me” (27) (video)
With their only top ten hit, peaking as it did at number 9.

Jennifer Rush – “Ring Of Ice” (23)
Peaked at number 14.

Mr Mister – “Broken Wings” (31) (breaker)
Peaked at number 4 to become their only top ten hit.

Dire Straits – “Walk Of Life” (30) (breaker)
The fourth single from their Brothers in Arms album, and it became the most successful peaking at number 2.

King – “Torture” (34)
Their final hit, it peaked at number 23.

Sting – “Russians” (20) (video)
Peaked at number 12.

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (1)
The first of two weeks at number one.

Aretha Franklin – “Who’s Zoomin’ Who” (25) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 11.



January 16th is next.

Friday, 13 July 2018

The Sun Always Shines on Top of the Pops

Happy New Year everybody! Its the 2nd of January and time for the first edition of 1986 of Top of the Pops!

A-ha New Year!


02/01/86 (Janice Long & John Peel)

A-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (27)
Getting this live show underway with what would soon become their only number one.

Paul McCartney – “Spies Like Us” (13) (video)
Going a little bit gracefully grey here is Paul, but the hair dye will soon put a stop to that! This song was now at its peak.

Level 42 – “Leaving Me Now” (23)
With Mark sporting his coat of many colours, this song rose up to number 15.

Bronski Beat – “Hit That Perfect Beat” (11)
A second studio performance helping this fourth and final top ten hit reach number 3.

Jennifer Rush – “Ring Of Ice” (29) (breaker)
Success was hard to come by after the monster hit Power of Love, and this song was her final top 20 hit when it peaked at number 14.

Sting – “Russians” (25) (breaker)
This was the fourth single from his top 3 solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles, and it became the most successful of them when it peaked at number 12.

Sophia George – “Girlie Girlie” (14)
Her only hit and it peaked at number 7.

Shakin’ Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone” (1) (video)
In the company of some scary looking elves and probably the real Santa, this was the second and last week at number one for Shaky's final chart topper.

Elton John – “Wrap Her Up” (19) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 12.



January 9th is next but its our first (of 16) Mike Smith edition of the year and won't be shown on BBC4.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Love & Top of the Pops

And So, we're down to the final penalty kick - I mean final Top of the Pops of the 1985 season and it is of course the happy Christmas Day edition!

We Three Kings



25/12/85  (Radio 1 DJs)

King – “Love & Pride”

Sister Sledge – “Frankie” (video clip)
Madonna – “Into The Groove” (video clip)

Colonel Abrams – “Trapped”

Phyllis Nelson – “Move Closer” (clip from 04/04/85)
Midge Ure – “If I Was” (video clip)

Alison Moyet – “That Ole Devil Called Love”

Eurythmics – “There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)” (video clip)
Paul Hardcastle – “19” (remix - video clip)

Dead Or Alive – “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)”

Philip Bailey & Phil Collins – “Easy Lover” (video clip)
David Bowie & Mick Jagger – “Dancing In The Street” (video clip)

Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy”

The Crowd – “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (video clip)
USA For Africa – “We Are The World” (video clip)
Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (video clip)

Billy Ocean – “Suddenly”

Foreigner – “I Want To Know What Love Is” (video clip)
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – “I Got You Babe” (video clip)

Feargal Sharkey – “A Good Heart”

Jonathan King – US chart rundown
Madonna – “Crazy For You” (video clip)
Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (video clip)
George Michael – “Careless Whisper” (video clip)

Paul Young – “Everytime You Go Away”

Elaine Paige & Barbara Dickson – “I Know Him So Well” (video clip)
Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (video clip)

Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (video)
Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You” (video)
Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Welcome To The Pleasure Dome” (audience dancing/credits)


Following The Story of 1986, and 1986 Biggest Hits, next up is the edition from 2nd January 1986.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Saving All My Top of the Pops For You

This final regular 1985 edition from December 19th will not be shown on BBC4 because of the Mike Smith contract dispute, so a huge thanks goes once again to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

AmaSanta


19/12/85  (Paul Jordan & Mike Smith)

Amazulu – “Don’t You Just Know It” (19)
Getting the show off to a tinselly start and the song peaked at number 15.

Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (3) (1985 video)
Last year's Xmas number one, peaked at number 3 this year.

Aled Jones – “Walking In The Air” (14)
His only to 40 hit, it peaked at number 5.

Level 42 – “Leaving Me Now” (28) (breaker)
Peaked at number 15.

Sophia George – “Girlie Girlie” (25) (breaker)
Her only hit, peaking at number 7.

Elton John – “Wrap Her Up” (23) (breaker)
Peaked at number 12.

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (5)
On its way to number one.

The Top Ten:
Wham! - "Last Christmas" (10) (video clip)
Bruce Springsteen - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" (9) (stills)
Madonna - "Dress You Up" (8) (live clip)
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin - "Separate Lives" (7) (video clip)
Dee C. Lee - "See The Day" (6) (video clip)
Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (5) (video clip)
Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (4) (video clip)
Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (3) (video clip)
Shakin’ Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone” (2) (video clip)

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You” (1) (video)
Second and final week at number one.

Paul McCartney – “Spies Like Us” (16) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 13.



Next up is Christmas Day 1985!

Friday, 29 June 2018

Merry Top of the Pops Everyone

I hope you all have your decorations up by now because it's time for the 12th December 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

Shaky just doesn't have enough fingers to count all his hits


12/12/85  (Gary Davies & Janice Long)

Bronski Beat – “Hit That Perfect Beat” (26) 
Getting the show off to a brand new lead singer start, this became Bronski Beat's 4th and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 3.

Madonna – “Dress You Up” (5) (video)
At its peak.

Cameo – “She’s Strange” (24)
It's a wonder they didn't give themselves whiplash injuries with that opening dance routine, but the song nevertheless went up two more places.

Iron Maiden – “Run To The Hills (Live)” (33) (breaker – live clip)
Very Christmassy! And it peaked at number 26.

Princess – “After The Love Has Gone” (31) (breaker)
Peaked at number 28.

Starship - "We Built This City" (14) (breaker)
Went up two more places.

Shakin’ Stevens – “Merry Christmas Everyone” (10)
He's got his festive jumper on and he's on his way to being the Christmas number one!

The Top Nine:
Pet Shop Boys - "West End Girls" (9) (video clip)
Lionel Richie - "Say You Say Me" (8) (video clip)
Feargal Sharkey -"A Good Heart" (7) (video clip)
Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (6) (video clip)
Madonna – “Dress You Up” (5) (video clip)
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin - "Separate Lives" (4) (video clip)
Dee C. Lee - "See The Day" (3) (video clip)
Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (2) (video clip)

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You” (1) (video)
First of two weeks at number one.

Wham! – “Last Christmas” (32) (audience dancing/credits)
It got to number 2 last year, this time around it peaked at number 6.


Next up is December 19th but it's yet another Mike Smith edition.

Top of the Pops Say Me

This edition of Top of the Pops from December 5th 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 becasue of the contract issue with Mike Smith. So a huge thanks once again goes to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

The sun goes down on Nik


05/12/85  (Mike Smith & Steve Wright)

Go West – “Don’t Look Down-The Sequel” (13)
At is peak.

Lionel Richie – “Say You Say Me” (9) (video)
Went up one more place.

Nik Kershaw – “When A Heart Beats” (27)
His final top 40 hit, and it got no higher.

Marillion – “Heart Of Lothian” (29) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas” (24) (breaker – 1985 video)
Got to number one last year - will get to number three this time round.

Madonna – “Dress You Up” (12) (breaker – live clip)
Her 7th and final hit of 1985! Peaked at number 5.

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (23)
Making their debut with a future number one.

The Top Ten:
 
Jennifer Rush - "The Power Of Love" (10) (video clip)
Lionel Richie - "Say You Say Me" (9) (video clip)
Talking Heads - "Road To Nowhere" (8) (video clip)
Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew - "The Show" (7) (TOTP clip)
UB40 - "Don't Break My Heart" (6) (video clip)
Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin - "Separate Lives" (5) (video clip)
Feargal Sharkey -"A Good Heart" (4) (video clip)
Dee C. Lee - "See The Day" (3) (video clip)
Whitney Houston - "Saving All My Love For You" (2) (video clip)

Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (1) (video)
Second and final week at number one.

Amazulu – “Don’t You Just Know It” (33) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 15.

Next up is December 12th.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

I'm Your Top of the Pops

It's almost time to get your Christmas decorations out once more, and it is time to enjoy this 28th November 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

The prefab two!


28/11/85  (Dixie Peach & Peter Powell)

David Grant & Jaki Graham – “Mated” (22)
David and Jaki get tonight's show underway and the tune, which would be David's final top 40 hit, went up two more places.

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You” (9) (video)
Will be number one in two weeks time.

Artists United Against Apartheid – “Sun City” (29) (breaker)
Charity single which peaked at number 21.

Paul McCartney – “Spies Like Us” (26) (breaker)
From the movie of the same name, it peaked at number 13.

Go West – “Don’t Look Down-The Sequel” (24) (breaker)
Not from the movie of the same name, or even the sequel, but it did peak at number 13.

Prefab Sprout – “When Love Breaks Down” (25)
Making their debut on the show but this dreamy song got no higher.

Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin – “Separate Lives” (10) (video)
His fifth top 20 hit of the year, this one peaking at number 4.

Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (1) (video)
First of two weeks at number one.

Starship – “We Built This City” (35) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 12.


Next up is December 5th, but it's a Mike Smith edition.