Saturday, 19 January 2019

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Top of the Pops)

This edition of Top of the Pops from 29th January 1987 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the Mike Smith contract dispute. So a huge thanks once again to the uploader for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Top of the Pepsi & Shirlie


29/01/87  (Mike Smith)

Pepsi & Shirlie – “Heartache” (7)
On their way to number 2.

Aretha Franklin & George Michael – “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (2) (video)
On their way to number one.

Raze – “Jack The Groove” (20)
Their biggest hit, but it go no higher than number 20.

Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie” (3)
At his peak.

Vesta Williams – “Once Bitten Twice Shy” (25)
Her only hit and it peaked at number 14.

The Blow Monkeys – “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” (27) (breaker)
Became their only top ten hit when it peaked at number 5.

Michael Crawford & Sarah Brightman – “Music Of The Night” (24) (breaker)
Became the third top ten hit from The Phantom of the Opera when it peaked at number 7.

Taffy – “I Love My Radio” (15) (+ brief interview)
Peaked at number 6.

Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body” (1) (video/credits)
Second and final week at number one.


Next up is February 5th.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Top of the Pops In Mi Kitchen

Yum yum, I can smell some very tasty tunes cooking tonight in this 22nd January 1987 edition of Top of the Pops!

Top of the Pots and Pans


22/01/87  (Gary Davies & Steve Wright)

Dead Or Alive – “Something In My House” (12)
Getting the show underway to a Halloweeny start with their final top 40 hit, barring re-issues, and number 12 was as high as it got.

UB40 – “Rat In Mi Kitchen” (13) (video)
Featuring Astro on lead vocals and Herb Alpert on trumpet, the song went up one more place.

Randy Crawford – “Almaz” (20)
Performing a live vocal in the studio, Almaz was her second and final solo top ten hit, peaking at number 4.

Curiosity Killed The Cat – “Down To Earth” (15)
Making their debut with their first of three top ten hits, this one peaking at number 3.

Taffy – “I Love My Radio” (24) (breaker)
Became her only top ten hit when it peaked at number 6.

Pepsi & Shirlie – “Heartache” (22) (breaker)
Became their first of two top ten hits when it peaked at number 2.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire” (14)
Looking sizzlingly hot and tasty in the studio, but this Dyaln cover was at its peak.
 
Steve ‘Silk’ Hurley – “Jack Your Body” (1) (video)
It's an amusing video, and the first of two weeks at number one for Steve's one and only solo hit.

Swing Out Sister – “Surrender” (7) (video/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is January 29th but it is a Mike Smith edition.

Sunday, 13 January 2019

Real Wild Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 15th January 1987 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the host being Mike Smith, so a huge thanks once again to the uploader for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Top of the Iggy Pops


15/01/87  (Mike Smith)

Iggy Pop – “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” (18)
At least we got to see this bizarre performance on the Big Hits compilation on BBC4 ~ and it peaked at number 10.

The Mission – “Wasteland” (24) (video)
Became their biggest hit when it peaked at number 11.

Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie” (6)
On its way to number 3.

The Style Council – “It Didn’t Matter” (15)
Became the band's seventh and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 9.

UB40 – “Rat In Mi Kitchen” (31) (breaker)
Peaked at number 12.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – “This Wheel’s On Fire” (30) (breaker)
Peaked at number 14.

Dead Or Alive – “Something In My House” (29) (breaker)
Peaked at number 12.

Bangles – “Walking Down Your Street” (28) (breaker)
Peaked at number 16.

Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool” (5)
At its peak.

Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?” (3) (video/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is January 22nd.

Friday, 11 January 2019

The Top of the Pops of Confusion

It's ok, you're not seeing double, it really is Oooh Gary Davies again hosting this January 8th 1987 edition of Top of the Pops!

Trunk of the Pops


08/01/87 (Gary Davies)

Swing Out Sister – “Surrender” (38)
Getting tonight's show underway with the follow up to Breakout, and it became their second and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 7.

Lionel Richie – “Ballerina Girl” (24) (video)
Not one of his better known hits, and it peaked at number 17.

The Gap Band – “Big Fun” (9) (rpt from 18/12/86)
Their second and biggest and final top ten hit, peaking at number 4.

The Pretenders – “Hymn To Her” (19) (video)
Became their penultimate top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

Iggy Pop – “Real Wild Child (Wild One)” (36) (breaker)
Shame we didn't get the whole song to spice up this edition a bit! Peaked at number 10.

Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie” (32) (breaker)
His only top ten hit, peaking at number 3.

Paul Simon – “The Boy In The Bubble” (31) (video)
This second single from his massive number one album Graceland peaked at number 26.

Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (1) (video)
Third of four weeks at the top.

Genesis – “Land Of Confusion” (14) (video/credits)
At its peak.



Next up is January 15th, but it's the first of 16 Mike editions in 1987.

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Over the Hills & Top of the Pops

Pop your cork and raise your glass to welcome in the 1st January 1987 edition of Top of the Pops!

Gary New Year!


01/01/87  (Gary Davies)

Status Quo – “Dreamin’” (15)
The Quo get tonight's live New Year's Day celebrations off to an upbeat start, but the song got no higher.

A-ha – “Cry Wolf” (5) (video)
Also at is peak.

Alison Moyet – “Is This Love?” (8)
She was stuck at number 8 but this studio performance got the song on its way to number 3.

Elkie Brooks – “No More The Fool” (18) (video)
Became her third and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 5.

Gary Moore – “Over The Hills & Far Away” (31)
A lively blast of celtic rock from Gary and the song peaked at number 20.

Spitting Image – “Santa Claus Is On The Dole” (22) (video)
Their second and (thankfully!) final hit, now at its peak.

Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (1) (video)
Second of four weeks at number one.

Madonna – “Open Your Heart” (4) (video/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is January 8th.

Friday, 4 January 2019

A Fairytale of Top of the Pops

Big suits, yuppies and Stock Aitken and Waterman ~ welcome to Top of the Pops 1987!

Rock n Rickroll


Big Hits 1987:

Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up
With the biggest hit of the year and his only number one.

Curiosity Killed the Cat - Down to Earth
Peaked at number 3.

Iggy Pop ~ Real Wild Child (Wild One)
Looking like he doesn't know where he is or even what song he's singing, but it became his only top ten hit peaking at number 10.

Pepsi and Shirlie - Heartache
The Wham girls are looking good and get to number 2.

Bee Gees - You Win Again
Appearing in the studio for the first time since 1972, with their fifth and final number one.

New Order - True Faith.
Performing live in the studio again and the song peaked at number 4.

Belinda Carlisle - Heaven is a Place on Earth
Singing her mega number one power ballad live in the new Top of the Pops LA studio.

Terence Trent D'Arby - If You Let me Stay
This debut of the now Sananda Maitreya peaked at number 7.

T'Pau - China in Your Hand
Another mega number one power ballad.

Mel & Kim - Respectable
Such a tragic story about Mel, and a terrific number one hit.

Wet Wet Wet - Wishing I Was Lucky
Their debut hit, peaking at number 6.

Donna Summer - Dinner With Gershwin
In the studio at long last, and the song peaked at number 13.

Pet Shop Boys - It's a Sin
A big year for the duo, the first of two 1987 number ones.

Boy George - Everything I Own
His solo debut, and his only solo number one hit.

Eric B and Rakim - Paid in Full
Pumping up the volume all the way to number 15.

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
Singing this number one hit live in the studio.

Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl - Fairytale of New York
You've heard it a million times but it always sounds fabulous! And it peaked at number 2.


Next up is January 1st 1987.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Spirit in Top of the Pops

First of all, let me wish each and every one of you who reads and contributes to this blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! And now it's time to pull a cracker, and see what's inside the final edition of Top of the Pops 1986!

Doctor and the Merries



25/12/86  (Simon Bates, Gary Davies, Janice Long & Peter Powell)

Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going”
Billy gets the Christmas Day show of (almost) exclusively number ones underway with his one and only chart topper, from back in February.

The Communards – “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (video)
A-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (video)
Europe – “The Final Countdown” (video)

Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky”

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones – “Living Doll” (video)
Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song” (video)

Boris Gardiner – “I Want To Wake Up With You”
Boris finally performs his only number one hit in the studio!

Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (video)
Berlin – “Take My Breath Away” (video)

Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years”
With the only song on the show not to make number one.

Nick Berry – “Every Loser Wins” (video)
Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” (video)
George Michael – “A Different Corner” (video)

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls”

Madonna – “True Blue” (video)
Madonna – “Papa Don’t Preach” (video)

Chris De Burgh – “The Lady In Red”

The Housemartins – “Caravan Of Love” (video)
Jackie Wilson – “Reet Petite” (video)
Pipping the Housemartins to the top spot, this was the first of four weeks at number one for Jackie Wilson.


Wham! – “Edge Of Heaven” (video/credits)



Next up is January 1st 1987.