Monday, 31 August 2015

Top of the Pops to the Beat

We have something a little bit different this week, put together by Alan Fish - so big thanks to Alan! This is a UK Gold style edition of a 'strike' episode with our host, DLT, in voice over only.....

Hope to see you soon......
Top of the Pops 3rd July 1980
Hosted by Dave Lee Travis
(30) JOY DIVISION - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Playing over the charts is Joy Division's only top 20 hit
(17) MATCHBOX – Midnight Dynamos
Still slowly making its way up to its peak if number 14
(36) YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA - Computer Game (theme from the Invaders)
Their only hit which fought its way to 17 in the charts.
(9) BA ROBERTSON - To Be Or Not To Be
A big leap in the charts from 25 to 9 for BA but a higher position just wasn't to be.
(6) STACY LATTISAW - Jump To The Beat
This week's Legs & Co routine
(37) BAD MANNERS - Lip Up Fatty
Determinedly bouncing its way towards the top 20.
(21) BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS - Could You Be Loved
Another record slowly climbing the summer charts
Poised to claim the number one spot
This one would eventually peak at 21 in the charts
(5) THE KORGIS – Everybody’s Gotta Learn Sometime
The band's only top ten hit
This became a second top ten hit of 1980 for this 70's throwback band when it reached number 4.
(1) DON McLEAN - Crying
The final week at number one for Don
(12) ODYSSEY - Use it Up and Wear it Out
Getting in the queue for the number spot.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Whole Lotta Top of the Pops

Our thanks once again to Stephen Murphy and his team for putting together these 'lost' editions of Top of the Pops ~ the deeper into the strike of 1980 we go the more difficult it must be to find clips to include in these shows, hence maybe a few surprises.......

Good welcome to the 26th June 1980!
Top of the Pops 26th June 1980
Hosted by David Jensen
(11) STACY LATTISAW - Jump To The Beat  
Plays over the credits, soon to become her only top ten hit
(47) PHIL LYNOTT - King's Call
Featuring Mark Knopfler on guitar, this tribute to Elvis made it to 35 in the charts
(29) THE SEX PISTOLS – (I’m Not Your) Stepping Stone
Legs & Co get all punky again to this cover of the Monkees which peaked at 21
(2) LIPPS INC - Funky Town
A repeat here of the Legs routine with Funky Town now at its peak in the charts
(39) ELVIS COSTELLO - New Amsterdam
Slowly climbing to its peak if 36
(41) AC/DC - Whole Lotta Rosie
 One of four singles released in June by the band, this one was the biggest hit when it peaked at 36
(8) LIQUID GOLD - Substitute
Now at its chart peak
(19) UB40 - I Think its Going to Rain
The double A side with My Way of Thinking, peaked at 6
(30) ODYSSEY – Use It Up Wear It Out
On its way of course to the very top of the pops.
(16) QUEEN – Play The Game
Freddie here wearing his Flash Gordon t-shirt - this song peaked at 14
(6) TEENA MARIE – Behind The Groove
A repeat of the Legs routine here, with Behind the Groove at its chart peak
(1) DON McLEAN - Crying
The second of three weeks at number one for Don.
(7) SPLODGENESSABOUNDS – Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please   
Plays over the credits this week after leaping to number 7 in the charts, but it got no higher.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Could You Be Top of the Pops?

Here is the third of Stephen Murphy's resurrected editions of Top of the Pops 1980, this time the 19th of June.....

Bob hears that MASH is no longer number one
Top of the Pops 19th June 1980
Hosted by Tommy Vance
(22)  SPLODGENESSABOUNDS - Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please
Is this week's chart rundown selection, the band's only top ten hit.
(51) BAD MANNERS - Lip Up Fatty
On its way to becoming their first top 20 hit
(29) UB40 - My Way Of Thinking
The follow-up to Food for Thought, and a second top ten hit.
(28) BA ROBERTSON - To Be Or Not To Be
This was to be BA's final top ten hit
(26) SURFACE NOISE ~ The Scratch
The first of this week's Legs & Co routines.
(12) JUDAS PRIEST - Breaking The Law
Already at its peak in the charts.
The second single from the movie and this one was heading for the top.
(4) ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY - Back Together Again
The second of this week's Legs routines, the song would peak at number 3.
(40) SAXON - 747 (Strangers in the Night)
This became the band's second biggest hit when it made it to 13 in the charts.
(53) PAUL MCCARTNEY ~ Waterfalls
The follow-up to Coming Up, and another top ten hit for Paul.
(6) KORGIS - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
Their one and only top ten hit, which peaked at number 5.
(46) BOB MARLEY ~  Could You Be Loved
His first top ten hit for more than two years, and his final one before his premature death.
(1) DON MCLEAN – Crying
The first of three weeks at number one for Don.
(24) ROD STEWART - If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don't Want To Be Right)
The third of this week's Legs & Co routines is also the song that plays over the credits, and this one would peak at 23 in the charts.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Top of the Pops Substitute

Big thanks to Stephen Murphy and his team once again for providing us with a detailed look at what Top of the Pops 12th June 1980 might have looked like.....

Oooh ~ Steve Wright is the host!
Top of the Pops June 12th 1980
(28) SURFACE NOISE - The Scratch (and chart countdown)
Their only top 30 hit which peaked at 26.
Her second of only three top 30 hits, this one peaked at 21.
(34) QUEEN – Play the Game
Third single from The Game, peaked at 14.
(17) TEENA MARIE - Behind The Groove (17)
This week's Legs & Co routine
 (25) MANHATTAN TRANSFER - Twilight Zone - Twilight Tone
Their penultimate hit now at its chart peak.
(48) HOYT AXTON - Della and the Dealer
A surprise inclusion in the show at his chart peak at 48.
(23) JUNIOR MURVIN - Police and Theives
Peaked at 23.
(21) LIQUID GOLD - Substitute
Their second and final top ten hit peaked at 8.
(30) THIN LIZZIE - Chinatown
Peaked at 21.
(31) THE POLICE - Six Pack
This was a collection of the band's first five singles plus The Bed's Too Big Without You, it cost £5.99 at the time and it peaked at 17.
(14) OMD - Messages
Peaked at 13.
(29) IRON MAIDEN - Sanctuary
The band's first top 30 - just - peaking at 29.
(1) THE MASH - Theme From MASH (Suicide is Painless)
Final week at number one.
(2) DON MCLEAN - Crying
But he'll have tears of joy next week.......
Stephen Murphy has re-made his version of the 'strike show' 12th June 1980 edition of Top of the Pops. Here's the running order and the link ~

Top Of The Pops And The Dealer
Host Peter Powell
(28) Surface Noise - The Scratch (Charts)
(42) Splodgenessabounds - Two Pints Of Lager
(2) Don Mclean - Crying.
(25) Manhattan Transfer - Twilight Zone (Video)
(12) Lambrettas - Daance (r)
(34) Iron Maiden - Sanctuary
(14) OMD - Messages (r) 2905
(6) Roberta Flack And Donny Hathaway - Back Together Again (Legs And Co)
(48) Hoyt Axton - Della And The Dealer
(23) Junior Mervin - Police And Thieves (r)
(21) Liquid Gold - Substitute r
(5?) Regents - See You Later
(1) Mash - Theme From Mash
(27) Rod Stewart - If Loving You Is Wrong (Old Style Credits