The news breaking this week is that the return of a revamped Top of the Pops on Friday nights hosted by Dermot O'Leary and Fearne Cotton is imminent. Let's hope they are both watching the 1980 repeats to see how it's done.......
Top of the Pops 3-4-80: Presenter: David Jensen
(15) JUDAS PRIEST – Living After Midnight (and charts)
Almost at its chart peak of number 12 now.
(14) MADNESS – Night Boat To Cairo
Getting the show underway, full of eastend promise. Night Boat to Cairo was actually a track from their e.p. Work, Rest and Play.
(12) BARBARA DICKSON – January February ®
Now just one place away from its chart peak of 11.
(37) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Geno
The first stomping appearance on the show for this future number one, which was a tribute to American singer Geno Washington.
(26) THE PRETENDERS – Talk Of The Town (video)
Kid Jensen introduces this as possibly 'their best one yet' but it didn't become quite as big a hit as their previous single.
(19) Legs & Co ~ return to more conventional disco this week for a routine to Don’t Push It, Don’t Force It by Leon Haywood
(10) UB40 – Food For Thought
This performance was edited out of the 7.30 showing on BBC4 tonight.
(34) THE SELECTER – Missing Words
Not only were the words missing, but so was the rest of the song, from the 7.30 showing.
(25) B.A. ROBERTSON – Kool In The Kaftan ®
But this repeat performance was left in, edging its way towards a peak of 17 in the charts.
(7) THE LAMBRETTAS – Poison Ivy
A colourful and energetic performance from the Lambrettas here for this ditty to VD.
(NEW) PRIMA DONNA – Love Enough For Two
This was of course the UK's entry for the 1980 Eurovision Song Contest, which the Kid informed us would be held on the 19th April. It came third, but the record failed to make the top 40 in the charts.
(1) THE JAM – Going Underground ®
A third and final week at number one for the Jam. The apron that Paul Weller has on is in homage to The Who's album, The Who Sell Out, which features Roger Daltrey in a bath of Heinz baked beans.
(9) DR. HOOK – Sexy Eyes (and credits)
The Kid reminds us that on Easter Monday there's a Dr Hook special on BBC1, and then Sexy Eyes plays over the credits, the group's final top ten hit.
Next week we reach the 10th April 1980 with Simon Bates.