Saturday, 31 December 2016

Come on Top of the Pops

Here is the 2 pm Christmas Day 1982 edition of Top of the Pops, which BBC4 are not showing, even in edited form, for reasons known only to themselves.

So a huge thanks goes to Robert Thompson for making it available here at WeTransfer.

And to Glenn Marshall for making it available here at Vimeo.

I'm the number one number one of '82!


25-12-82: Presenters: John Peel, Dave Lee Travis, Peter Powell, Mike Read, Andy Peebles, Steve Wright, Tommy Vance, Mike Smith and Richard Skinner.

SPANDAU BALLET – Lifeline

SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Oh Julie

Clips:
THE HUMAN LEAGUE – Don’t You Want Me (video)
KRAFTWERK – The Model (danced to by Zoo)
THE JAM – Town Called Malice (video)
(10) THE JAM – Beat Surrender (clip of TOTP 2-12-82)
TIGHT FIT – The Lion Sleeps Tonight (video)
GOOMBAY DANCE BAND – Seven Tears (video)

BUCKS FIZZ – The Land Of Make Believe

DURAN DURAN – Hungry Like The Wolf

DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen

Clips:
BUCKS FIZZ – My Camera Never Lies (video)
PAUL McCARTNEY & STEVIE WONDER – Ebony And Ivory (video)
MADNESS – House Of Fun (video)
ADAM ANT – Goody Two Shoes (video)
(1) RENÉE & RENATO – Save Your Love (video)

CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – Happy Talk

STEVE MILLER BAND – Abracadabra (danced to by Zoo)

(41) DIONNE WARWICK – Heartbreaker (via satellite)

(68) CULTURE CLUB – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

Clips:
CHARLENE – I’ve Never Been To Me (danced to by Leo and Libra)
IRENE CARA – Fame (video)
SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
NICOLE – A Little Peace (video)
(30) EDDY GRANT – I Don’t Wanna Dance (video)

SOFT CELL – Torch

HAIRCUT 100 – Love Plus One

MUSICAL YOUTH – Pass The Dutchie

(11) CLIFF RICHARD – Little Town

PHIL LYNOTT – Yellow Pearl (crowd dancing) (and credits)



Next up is the final edition of 1982, a live show from December 30th.


Friday, 30 December 2016

Orville's Top of the Pops

It's now December 23rd 1982 and the final regular Top of the Pops of the year is a live one hosted by David Jensen.

I wish I could sell 400,000 copies of this record.....


23-12-82: Presenter: David Jensen (Live)

(39) THE MAISONETTES – Heartache Avenue
Lol Mason, formerly of one hit wonders City Boy, fronted this latest one hit wonder group, with Heartache Avenue peaking at number 7. Would have made a perfect follow up hit for Mari Wilson.

(3) DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY – Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy (video)
Little Drummer Boy dated back to 1941, but Peace on Earth was a new addition (in 1977 anyway) and the combination was now at its peak.

(28) INCANTATION – Cacharpaya (Andes Pumpsa Desi)
Apparently a Cacharpaya is a song of farewell from the Andes, which is apt because this was their only hit, peaking at number 12.

(2) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Blue Christmas
Now at its peak. And was that Peter Duncan and Simon Groom from Blue Peter in the audience?



(43) IMAGINATION – Changes
Went up to number 31.

(26) ABBA – Under Attack (video)
And so we say a fond farewell to the fabulous Abba, this being the group's final single, bar a couple of re-releases, and now at its peak in the charts, and another clip from the Late Late Breakfast Show I do believe.

(33) KEITH HARRIS & ORVILLE – Orville’s Song
This Bobby Crush song found its wings and flew all the way to number 4.

(1) RENÉE & RENATO – Save Your Love (video)
Alas no studio performance for this year's Christmas number one, but after the video who should pop into the studio but Santa Renato to wishes us all a mario christimas!

(8) MODERN ROMANCE – Best Years Of Our Lives (and credits)
Our 1982 theme tune closes the show and then went up four more places.




That brings us to the 2pm Christmas Day 1982 edition next.

Save Your Top of the Pops

December 16th 1982 is not being shown on BBC4 due to the host being Jimmy Savile. But a huge thanks goes once again to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer. Obviously, do not click if you wish to avoid Jimmy Savile.

Oi Santa! Where's yer beard?



16-12-82: Presenter: Jimmy Savile

(5) MADNESS – Our House
Such a great shame we can't see what was maybe Madness's finest Top of the Pops moment on BBC4, and Our House was now at its peak.

(17) PHIL COLLINS – You Can’t Hurry Love (video)
A future number one.

(28) SANTA CLAUS & THE CHRISTMAS TREES – Sing-A-Long-A-Santa
Made it to number 19.

The JK bit:
(US CHART) PAT BENATAR – Shadows Of The Night (video)
(US CHART) MEN AT WORK – Down Under (video)
(US CHART) JOE JACKSON – Steppin’ Out (video)
(US CHART) DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – Maneater (video)

(30) DAVID ESSEX – A Winter’s Tale
Told a story all the way to number 2.

(19) MALCOLM McLAREN – Buffalo Gals (video)
Became the first of two top ten hits for the former manager of the Sex Pistols, when it peaked at number 9.

(27) DIONNE WARWICK – All The Love In The World (video)
Became her final top ten hit when it peaked at number 10.

(21) CLIFF RICHARD – Little Town
Peaked at number 11.

(20) BUCKS FIZZ – If You Can’t Stand The Heat ®
On its way to number 10.

(13) ULTRAVOX – Hymn
Went up two more places.

(1) RENÉE & RENATO – Save Your Love (video)
First of four weeks at number one.

(22) DONNA SUMMER – I Feel Love (crowd dancing) (and credits)
This remix went up one more place.



Back to BBC4 next with the live edition from December 23rd 1982.

Where the Top of the Pops is

1982 is now rapidly catching up 2016, which is just as well really considering how little of 2016 remains! So here we are with December 9th 1982.......

........And now I hand you over to Simon...




9-12-82: Presenter: Simon Bates

(19) SHALAMAR – Friends
Shalamar are back in the studio with a live performance of Friends which then peaked at number 12.

(3) RENÉE & RENATO – Save Your Love (video)
Soon to be the Christmas number one for the waiter from Sutton Coldfield.

(13) YAZOO – The Other Side Of Love
Another live studio performance but this song got no higher in the charts.

(35) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Blue Christmas
This 'ep - not a single' became Shaky's fourth top tenner of 1982 when it peaked at number 2.

(5) CULTURE CLUB – Time (Clock Of The Heart) ®
Went up two more places. But edited out of the 7.30pm slot, and yet we get Shaking Stevens twice!

(6) LIONEL RICHIE – Truly ®
Now truly at its chart peak.

(21) SOFT CELL – Where The Heart Is
Marc shows off his muscles but Where the Heart Is got no higher.

(22) DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY – Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy (video)
Well if Bowie was going to do a Christmas song then it would have to be a weird one! Originally recorded for Bing Crosby's 1977 Christmas Show, about a month before Bing died, it peaked at number 3 five years later.

(1) THE JAM – Beat Surrender ®
Second and final week at number one.

(7) BLANCMANGE – Living On The Ceiling (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At its chart ceiling.



Next up is December 16th 1982, but this is hosted by JS so won't be shown on BBC4.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Top of the Pops Surrender

Peter Powell hosted Top of the Pops on December 2nd 1982, but 9.9 million viewers also got to meet three future hosts tonight ~ Gary Davies, Janice Long and Pat Sharp!


Paul looks forward to a long, hot summer




2-12-82: Presenter: Peter Powell

(35) KEVIN ROWLAND & DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Let’s Get This Straight (From The Start)
So they were allowed back on again after 'Jockey-gate'! With their third hit of 1982 which was on its way to number 17.

(2) THE HUMAN LEAGUE – Mirror Man ®
At its peak now.

(34) WHITESNAKE – Here I Go Again
Got no higher until 1987! When a new version of it peaked at number 9.

(37) BUCKS FIZZ – If You Can’t Stand The Heat
The girls take the lead vocals for the first time and it must've been pretty hot in the studio judging by the outfits! Peaked at number 10.

Merry Christmas :-)


(17) MADNESS – Our House (video)
Made itself at home at number 5. But sadly edited out of the early showing.

(18) MODERN ROMANCE – Best Years Of Our Lives
Our 1982 theme tune on its way to number 4.

(10) DURAN DURAN – Rio (video)
Simon and the boards go all aboard in Antigua and Rio went up one more place.

(1) THE JAM – Beat Surrender
Straight in at number one for The Jam's final single.

(3) WHAM! – Young Guns (Go For It) (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Now at its peak.



Next up is another triple bill next Friday with December 9th, and December 23rd on BBC4, with the JS hosted December 16th sandwiched in between.

Until then here's wishing everyone one of you a very Merry TopofthePopsmas!

p.s. Xmas Eve at 9pm BBC4 are showing 90 minutes worth of Christmas Hits.

The Other Side of Top of the Pops

This edition from November 25th 1982 is not being shown on BBC4 due to the host being DLT. So a huge thanks to Neil B for coming to the rescue once again here at 4Shared.


See you next year?


25-11-82: Presenter: Dave Lee Travis

(20) YAZOO – The Other Side Of Love
The duo's third hit of the year, this one peaking at number 13.

(16) MUSICAL YOUTH – Youth Of Today (video)
Also a number 13 peaker.

(17) LIONEL RICHIE – Truly
His first 'truly' solo hit, peaking at number 6.

(28) ULTRAVOX – Hymn (video)
Peaked at number 11.

(34) CULTURE CLUB – Time (Clock Of The Heart)
The follow up to their number one hit, this 'Time' number 3 was the peak.

(29) SUPERTRAMP – It’s Raining Again (video)
Their final top 30 hit which peaked at number 26.

(26) TALK TALK – Talk Talk
Originally  released in April 1982 when it made number 52, this remixed version fared better and made it to number 23.

(14) A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) ®
Went up four more places.

(1) EDDY GRANT – I Don’t Wanna Dance (video)
Third and final week at number one.

(13) BLUE ZOO – Cry Boy Cry (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Got no higher in the charts.


Back to BBC4 now for December 2nd 1982.

Best Years Of Our Top of the Pops

The first of three editions of Top of the Pops in rapid successions begins with November 18th 1982...

Er... anyone seen Geoff?



18-11-82: Presenter: John Peel

(32) MODERN ROMANCE – Best Years Of Our Lives
We kick off with our theme tune for 1982 ~ but we'll be needing a new one so very soon! The band's biggest hit, featuring new lead singer Michael J Mullins, peaking at number 4.

(6) DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – Maneater (video)
Their biggest UK hit now at its peak.

(9) THE HUMAN LEAGUE – Mirror Man
What a stonking return to the charts! Peaked at number 2.

(13) DURAN DURAN – Rio
The title track from their number 2 album, this third single from it peaked at number 9.

(3) TEARS FOR FEARS – Mad World ®
Still a their peak of number 3.

(12) BLANCMANGE – Living On The Ceiling
Went up to number 7.

(24) RENÉE & RENATO – Save Your Love (video)
This year's Joe Dolce ~ and of course it went to number one!

(10) WHAM! – Young Guns (Go For It) ®
At last we get to see this performance ~ the song peaked at number 3.

(1) EDDY GRANT – I Don’t Wanna Dance (video) (and credits)
Second of three weeks at number one.



Next then is November 25th 1982, but this is not being shown on BBC4 because the host is DLT.

Friday, 16 December 2016

The Top of the Pops is Mine

It's November 11th 1982, and host David Jensen is no longer to be known as David 'Kid' Jensen. He's all grown up now.

Mike knows the perfect place to put his pint of beer...



11-11-82: Presenter: David Jensen

(21) BLUE ZOO – Cry Boy Cry
Making their second appearance in the studio and getting tonight's show underway with their only top 30 hit, which peaked at number 13.

(2) DIONNE WARWICK – Heartbreaker ®
Now at its chart peak.

(9) MICHAEL JACKSON & PAUL McCARTNEY – The Girl Is Mine
The rare sight of an all male dance routine tonight from Zoo, but who would have had the slightest inkling at this point in time what was about to happen to Michael Jackson? And who could possibly have guessed that the album this first single was taken from would go on to become the biggest seller of all time! And yet despite going straight into the chart at number 9, The Girl is Mine went up just one more place...

(5) MARVIN GAYE – (Sexual) Healing (video)
His first top ten hit for five years, and his final one before his death in 1984, 'Healing' went up one more place.

The edited out JK bit:
(US 9) LAURA BRANIGAN – Gloria (video)
(US 4) MICHAEL McDONALD – I Keep Forgetting (video)
(US 1) JOE COCKER & JENNIFER WARNES – Up Where We Belong (video)

(41) A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS – Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)
When this peaked at number 10 it became the band's only top ten hit, but that's pop music for you, its a case of hair today gone tomorrow....

(29) DONNA SUMMER – State Of Independence (video)
This terrific cover of a fabulous Jon and Vangelis song from the previous year peaked at number 14. Apparently Donna was nervous about appearing on Top of the Pops, hence this is another clip taken from the Late Late Breakfast Show.

(11) CLANNAD – Theme From ‘Harry’s Game’
Harry's Game was a popular ITV mini-series thriller set in Northern Ireland, and Clannad's theme peaked at number 5. And its not Enya singing here, she had recently left the group, it's her older sister.

(1) EDDY GRANT – I Don’t Wanna Dance (video)
The first of three week's at number one for Eddy ~ I bet he was dancing all the way to the bank!

(27) RAW SILK – Do It To The Music (crowd dancing) (and credits)
On its way to number 18.



Next up then will be a double bill on BBC4 next Friday, featuring November 18th 1982 followed by December 2nd 1982. Which means that we will somehow have to sandwich in November 25th, which was hosted by DLT, so won't be broadcast.

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Top of the Pops on the Ceiling

A huge thanks here to Glenn Marshall for making this edition of Top of the Pops from November 4th 1982 available here at dropbox.

It won't be shown on BBC4 because apparently host Mike Smith did not give his consent to being repeated.

Ever get that nagging feeling you've forgotten to sign something.....


4-11-82: Presenter: Mike Smith

(42) WHAM! – Young Guns (Go For It)
What a debut to not be able to show on BBC4! The first of ten top top hits, which included four number ones, with this peaking at number 3.

(28) DIANA ROSS – Muscles (video)
Flexed its way to number 15.

(37) BLANCMANGE – Living On The Ceiling
Another debut on the show, this being the first of three top ten hits for the band when it peaked at number 7.

(30) JOHN COUGAR – Jack And Diane (video)
This had been an American  number one, but 25 was its peak here, and his only top 30 hit.

(10) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – I’ll Be Satisfied (video)
At its peak.

(20) DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES – Maneater
Another former American number one, Maneater became their biggest hit in the UK reaching number 6.

(22) THE PIRANHAS feat. BORING BOB GROVER – Zambezi
Went up five more places.

(11) KOOL & THE GANG – Ooh La La La (Let’s Go Dancin’) (danced to by Zoo)
Also went up five more places.

(1) CULTURE CLUB – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? ®
Third and final week at number one.

(24) SHARON REDD – Never Give You Up (video) (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Went up four more places.



That leads us to November 11th 1982, which will be on BBC4 next Friday.

Friday, 9 December 2016

Top of the Pops Breaker

Well it's October 28th, not quite Halloween yet, but Simon Bates and Top of the Pops are really pushing the pumpkins out tonight like never before! And (although there was no connection, I don't think...) five days later Channel 4 was launched!



Trick or Treat or Top of the Pops??



28-10-82: Presenter: Simon Bates

(33) RAW SILK – Do It To The Music
Getting the cauldron bubbling tonight are three Raw Silk ladies with what became their only visit to the top 30 when they peak-a-booed at number 18.

(4) THE BEATLES – Love Me Do (video)
It got to number 17 twenty years earlier, but now number 4 was Love Me Do's new peak position.

(35) BLUE ZOO – Cry Boy Cry
The only victim of tonight's 7.30pm bloodaxe.

(29) DIONNE WARWICK – Heartbreaker
Another borrowing from the Late Late Breakfast Show here, with Dionne performing what would become her first top ten hit for 14 years, when this Bee Gees written song made it to number 2.

(6) TEARS FOR FEARS – Mad World (video)
Roland was still desperately trying to get his weird little armography dance routine to catch on, doing it all the way through this video whilst Curt desperately pressed his face against a window trying to escape! The song though went up three more places.

(21) MELBA MOORE – Love’s Comin’ At Ya ®
The Halloweeny audience disappears as we get a repeat showing of Melba from a few editions back. The song went up six more places.

(11) EDDY GRANT – I Don’t Wanna Dance (video)
Eddy's up to his neck in women trouble here, though he floats off into the sunset with his girl in the end. A soon to be number one hit.

(1) CULTURE CLUB – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
A new studio performance tonight for their second of three weeks at number one. And such a very appropriate song title for a Halloween show!

(10) BARRY MANILOW – I Wanna Do It With You (crowd dancing) (and credits)
We end this spooky special with Barry's only flying visit to the top ten, and he went up two more places.



The next show should of course be November 4th 1982 hosted for the first time by Mike Smith, but for some bizarre and unfathomable reason it will not be shown on BBC4, so instead we will skip to the 11th with David Jensen.

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Be Loud Be Proud (Be Top of the Pops)

What a year 2016 has turned out to be, with the passing today of yet another much loved pop star, this time the wonderful Greg Lake. At least we still have the Top of the Pops re-runs, and here we are now at October 21st 1982, with a show that was seen by 10.35 million viewers when first broadcast.

Has anyone seen Gnasher?



21-10-82: Presenter: Peter Powell

(37) THE PIRANHAS feat. BORING BOB GROVER – Zambezi
It looks like the inhabitants of Beano Town have been let loose in the studio tonight, covering this 1956 Lou Busch top two hit, which became the second and final hit for the Piranhas, peaking at 17.

(3) KIDS FROM FAME – Starmaker (video)
They look so happy now, don't they? But the song got no higher in the charts.

(24) IMAGINATION – In The Heat Of The Night ®
Edited out of tonight's 7.30pm slot.

(35) TOYAH – Be Loud Be Proud (Be Heard)
A colourful performance from Toyah here but the song went up just five more places.

(31) KOOL & THE GANG – Ooh La La La (Let’s Go Dancin’)
In the studio looking very kool in matching suits with what became their biggest hit of the year, making it to number six.

(18) BAUHAUS – Ziggy Stardust ®
An entire band of Bowie impersonators, with a cover that sounds almost identical to the original, although Bowie himself never released this song as a single. It went up three more places.

(7) SPANDAU BALLET – Lifeline ®
Edited out of tonight's early viewing.

(27) SHARON REDD – Never Give You Up (video)
Sharon's facial expressions are giving Zoolander a run for his money here, andNever Give You Up made it to number 20.

(20) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – I’ll Be Satisfied (video)
Shaky and his exuberant fans take over the Shaftesbury theatre as he performs this Jackie Wilson cover which then peaked at number 10.

(1) CULTURE CLUB – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? ®
The first of three weeks at number one.

(9) KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS – Annie I’m Not Your Daddy (crowd dancing) (and credits)
On its way to seriously challenge for that number one spot.


It's (almost) Halloween again next with the edition from October 28th 1982.



Friday, 2 December 2016

Top of the Pops Comin' at Ya

Phew! So here's the final installment of this run of four editions of Top of the Pops over the last two days! John Peel rounds off what he started as the host on BBC4 once again with the show from October 14th 1982.

Hat'll do nicely!





14-10-82: Presenter: John Peel

(8) MARI WILSON – Just What I Always Wanted
Third time on the show and now at its chart peak.

(36) BARRY MANILOW – I Wanna Do It With You (video)
Amazingly this was Barry's only top ten hit in the UK! This clip is from the Late Late Breakfast Show, and the song peaked at number 8.

(38) TEARS FOR FEARS – Mad World
Making their debut on the show with the first of seven top ten hits, Mad World peaked at number 3.

The JK edited out bit:
(US 9) OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN – Heart Attack (video)
(US 8) AMERICA – You Can Do Magic (video)
(US 2) MEN AT WORK – Who Can It Be Now? (video)
(US 1) JOHN COUGAR – Jack And Diane (video)

(27) THE PINKEES – Danger Games
On its way by hook and by crook towards the top ten. And edited out of tonight's 7.30 slot.

(37) MELBA MOORE – Love’s Comin’ At Ya
Melba brings her shoulder pads into the studio and Love's Comin At Ya peaked at number 15.

(30) THE PRETENDERS – Back On The Chain Gang
Zoo do a chain gang routine and the song peaked at number 17.

(20) ULTRAVOX – Reap The Wild Wind (video)
Went up eight more places.

(14) THE BEATLES – Love Me Do (video)
Marking 20 years since the first Beatles single, it originally peaked at number 17 but this time around made it to a more impressive number four.

(1) MUSICAL YOUTH – Pass The Dutchie (video)
Final week at the top.

(12) CARLY SIMON – Why (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Went up two more places.

14th October 1982


October 21st 1982 is where we go to next week.

Pass the Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from October 7th 1982 is hosted by Jimmy Savile and so won't be shown on BBC4. Once more we have to thank Neil B for uploading the show to WeTransfer.
Do not click it if you wish to avoid Jimmy Savile.

That awkward moment when you realise your toothbrush is actually a microphone.....


7-10-82: Presenter: Jimmy Savile

(39) KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS – Annie I’m Not Your Daddy
Their biggest hit, peaked at number 2.

(4) CHICAGO – Hard To Say I’m Sorry (video)
At its peak.

(16) SIMPLE MINDS – Glittering Prize ®
At its peak.

(42) BAUHAUS – Ziggy Stardust
Their only top 20 hit, peaked at number 15.

(2) FAT LARRY’S BAND – Zoom (video)
At its peak.

(28) SPANDAU BALLET – Lifeline
Reached number 7.

(3) CULTURE CLUB – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
On its way to number one.

(19) THE ANIMALS – House Of The Rising Sun (danced to by Zoo)
Originally the band's only number one hit, from 1964, this re-issue made it to number 11.

(14) KIDS FROM FAME – Starmaker (video)
Second and final top ten hit for the Kids, peaking at number 3.

(1) MUSICAL YOUTH – Pass The Dutchie (video)
Second of three weeks at the top.

(7) EVELYN KING – Love Come Down (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At its peak.




We are back to BBC4 next with the edition from October 14th 1982.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Reap the Wild Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from September 30th 1982 was a special show to celebrate 15 years of Radio One. Unfortunately it will not be shown on BBC4 because, amongst the many DJs featured, is Jimmy Savile. Could they really not have edited him out?

A very big thanks once again to Neil B for uploading this edition here to We Transfer
Obviously do not click it if you wish to avoid Jimmy Savile.

One hundred and eight-tehhhhhh!


30-9-82: Presenter: The Radio 1 D.J.’s (Live) (Radio 1 15th Anniversary Edition)

(26) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Jockey Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)
This follow up to Come on Eileen became the band's final top ten hit peaking at number 5. And it's THAT infamous performance, and it doesn't get repeated on any future show.

(29) ULTRAVOX – Reap The Wild Wind (video)
Peaked at number 12.

(31) IMAGINATION – In The Heat Of The Night
Made it to number 22.

(9) ADAM ANT – Friend Or Foe (D.J.’s dancing)
At is chart peak.

(30) THE PINKEES – Danger Games
Their only hit, reaching number 8.

(27) ROXY MUSIC – Take A Chance With Me (danced to by Zoo)
The band's final top 30 hit, moving up one place higher.

(14) MARI WILSON – Just What I Always Wanted
Still heading towards the top ten.

(1) MUSICAL YOUTH – Pass The Dutchie (video)
First of three weeks at number one.

(25) UB40 – So Here I Am (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At its peak.

>> The Radio 1 D.J.’s appearing on this show were David Jensen,
John Peel, Tony Blackburn, Andy Peebles, Dave Lee Travis, Jonathan King,
Jimmy Savile, Richard Skinner, Peter Powell, Paul Burnett, Paul Gambaccini,
Mike Read, Steve Wright, Anne Nightingale, Tommy Vance, Alexis Korner,
Adrian Juste, Adrian John, Simon Bates and Mike Smith.


Next up is October 7th 1982 hosted by, would you believe it, Jimmy Savile! So it also won't be shown on BBC4!

Do You Really Want to Top of the Pops Me?

Another bumper Top of the Pops-athon week begins with this John Peel hosted edition from September 23rd 1982, which was originally watched by 9.4 million viewers, making it the sixth most popular show on BBC1 this week.....


No, I'm not the bloke from Haysi Fantayzee!


23-9-82: Presenter: John Peel

(9) DAVID CHRISTIE – Saddle Up
Despite getting out his muscular biceps, David couldn't push Saddle Up any higher.

(17) FAT LARRY’S BAND – Zoom (video)
Their breakthrough hit also turned out to be their last when it peaked at number 2. I don't know if this was filmed especially for Top of the Pops, but it did feature a live vocal, and a bit of backing vocal from Fat Larry himself, on the drums.

(6) SHALAMAR – There It Is
Went up one more place. But edited out of the 7.30pm slot.

(18) DEPECHE MODE – Leave In Silence (video)
A video inspired it seems by the Generation Game, for a tune now at its peak.

(26) MUSICAL YOUTH – Pass The Dutchie (video)
About to rocket to number one. John Peel seemingly a very big fan.

(38) CULTURE CLUB – Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
Making their debut on the show (although we did see Boy George last year dancing in the audience) with a song that would become the first of two number ones for this legendary 80's band.

(36) DOLLAR – Give Me Some Kinda Magic
Went up two more places and then we didn't see them again for another five years. And edited out of the early broadcast tonight.

(22) CHICAGO – Hard To Say I’m Sorry
After almost six years since we last saw Chicago with their number one If You Leave Me Now, they return to the charts and peaked at number 4. And what an excellent dance routine from Zoo couple Libra and Leo. They would definitely get a 'ten from Len' I think.

(15) EVELYN KING – Love Come Down ®
Still on its way towards number 7.

(1) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
Final week at number one.


The next edition is September 30th 1982, s special show to celebrate 15 years of Radio One ~ but it features Jimmy Savile so won't be shown on BBC4. What would Jockey Wilson say?

Friday, 25 November 2016

Top of the Pops what I Always Wanted

Simon Bates is the host tonight for the 16th September 1982 edition of Top of the Pops, which was originally watched by 8.5 million viewers.

Mari hopes she hasn't misjudged the height of the Top of the Pops studio ceiling..


16-9-82: Presenter: Simon Bates

(36) MARI WILSON – Just What I Always Wanted
Mari and the boys get the show off to a hair raising start tonight with what became her only top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

(5) THE JAM – The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow) (video)
Lots of snogging and discontented brides in a video that oddly reminds me a little of the one for Wham's Last Xmas, though without all the xmassy stuff. Number 2 was the peak.

(28) SIMPLE MINDS – Glittering Prize
An alarmingly anemic Jim Kerr sings this full blooded follow-up to Promised You a Miracle, which became the band's second top 20 hit of the year when it made it to number 16.

(27) UB40 – So Here I Am ®
Went up two more places, but edited out of tonight's 7.30 pm showing.

(24) SHAKATAK – Invitations
"One of the best live bands around" our host informs us and they certainly get the crowd going, though the song got no higher in the charts.

(6) ABC – All Of My Heart (video)
Sadly edited out of tonight's 7.30 broadcast, it went up one more chart place.

(14) TALK TALK – Today
Also edited out of the early showing, it was at its chart peak.

(22) ADAM ANT – Friend Or Foe (video)
Another great video from Adam Ant, with a tune going back to his earlier sound, this was his penultimate top ten hit, reaching number 9.

(17) CARLY SIMON – Why
Zoo do some quite painful looking ballet pirouettes to Carly's first hit for five years, with Chic lending a helpful hand to get this up to number 10.

(1) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
Third of four weeks at number one.

(8) GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE – The Message (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At its peak.


September 23rd 1982 is up next.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Top of the Pops Investigations

Suddenly it's September 9th 1982 and Peter Powell is presenting this week's Top of the Pops!

Tonight's show is barking mad!



9-9-82: Presenter: Peter Powell

(29) EVELYN KING – Love Come Down
A bubbly start to the show from the champagne queen with what became her only top ten hit peaking at number 7.

(4) DIRE STRAITS – Private Investigations (video)
This first single, taken from their huge number one album Love Over Gold, peaked at number 2.

(40) WONDER DOG – Ruff Mix
Zoo become pampered pooches but Wonder Dog's chart walkies ended at number 31.

(44) NATASHA – The Boom Boom Room
The follow up to Iko Iko but it went no higher than number 44. But edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.

The edited out JK bit:
(US CHART) MELISSA MANCHESTER – You Should Hear How She Talks About You (video)
(US CHART) JOHN MELLENCAMP – Jack And Diane (video)
(US CHART) CHICAGO – Hard To Say I’m Sorry (video)

(50) GILLAN – Living For The City
This Stevie Wonder cover was Gillan's final hit and number 50 was its peak.

(17) SHALAMAR – There It Is
A second Zoo routine tonight to help Shalamar to their third top ten hit of 1982, reaching number 5.

(19) DAVID CHRISTIE – Saddle Up ®
His only hit, peaking at number 9.

(11) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Give Me Your Heart Tonight ®
Now at its chart peak.

(1) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
Second of four weeks at number one.

(5) ROCKER’S REVENGE – Walking On Sunshine (crowd dancing) (and credits)
This Eddy Grant cover went up one more place.




September 16th 1982 is on next.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Save a Top of the Pops

A very big thanks to Steve H H for making the edition of Top of the Pops 2nd September 1982 available here at 4Shared.

And also an equally big thanks to Robert Thompson for making this available to download here at Filehosting.org

It will not be broadcast of course because the host is Jimmy Savile. So do not click the link if you wish to avoid him.


The Showaddywaddy must go on!


2-9-82: Presenter: Jimmy Savile (Live)

(16) MODERN ROMANCE – Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Went up one more place.

(3) DURAN DURAN – Save A Prayer (video)
Also went up one more place.

(47) SHAKATAK – Invitations
Number 24 was its peak.

(33) DEPECHE MODE – Leave In Silence
Peaked at 18.

(28) ABC – All Of My Heart (video)
The band's final top ten hit, reaching number 5.

(29) CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – Wot
Went up three more places.

(41) SIMPLE MINDS – Glittering Prize
The second of two top 20 hits in 1982, peaking at number 16.

(49) SHOWADDYWADDY – Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp-A-Bomp-A-Bomp)
Their final chart hit, and with it their farewell to Top of the Pops, thanks for the great memories lads! And number 37 was its peak.

(36) UB40 – So Here I Am
Peaked at 25.

(5) THE KIDS FROM FAME – Hi-Fidelity (video)
Now at its peak.

(19) GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE – The Message (danced to by Zoo)
The first of three top ten hits for the Grandmaster, this one making number 8.

(9) HAIRCUT 100 – Nobody’s Fool (video)
Their final top 30 hit now at its peak.

(1) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
The first of four weeks at number one.

(25) TOM TOM CLUB – Under The Boardwalk (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Their final hit, peaking at number 22.


Back to BBC4 next for September 9th 1982.

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Top of the Pops is Big Leggy

Very many thanks to D42 for making the edition of Top of the Pops 26th August 1982 available here on vimeo. It is not being shown on BBC4 even though the host has now completed his sentence.

Well bugger me, another yewtreed show!


26-8-82: Presenter: Dave Lee Travis

(11) HAYSI FANTAYZEE – John Wayne Is Big Leggy
The slightly controversial song was now at its peak.

(28) SHAKIN’ STEVENS – Give Me Your Heart Tonight
Like John Wayne and his oversized leg, this Shaky tune also peaked at number 11.

(42) DAVID CHRISTIE – Saddle Up
His only top ten hit peaking at number 9.

(4) BOYSTOWN GANG – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You
At its peak.

(30) STING – Spread A Little Happiness (video)
From the movie Brimstone and Treacle, this was Sting's first solo hit, reaching number 16.

(19) ROCKER’S REVENGE – Walking On Sunshine (danced to by Zoo)
Strolled its way to number 4 in the charts.

(20) GARY NUMAN – White Boys And Heroes (video)
He's gone back to his pre-fame white hair here, but the song got no higher in the charts.

(9) TOTO COELO – I Eat Cannibals
Went up one more place.

(1) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen (video)
Final week at number one.

(14) KOOL & THE GANG – Big Fun (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At is peak.


Next will be September 2nd hosted by Jimmy Savile.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom Top of the Pops

Now we reach August 19th 1982 with a Top of the Pops hosted by David Jensen!

Geoff got dressed in a bit of a hurry for his final hit with Modern Romance


19-8-82: Presenter: David Jensen

(34) MODERN ROMANCE – Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Sailing into the studio to launch this week's show are Modern Romance with this 1955 Perez Prado cover which peaked at 15.

(2) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)
This punchy theme tune from Rocky III was soon to be the next number one.

(33) HAIRCUT 100 – Nobody’s Fool
Performing their fourth and final top ten hit, which peaked at number 9.

(26) THE KIDS FROM FAME – Hi-Fidelity (video)
The first of two top ten hit for the tv spin off Kids, this one reaching number 5. But edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.

(36) CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – Wot
The first of two alternative versions of spelling the same word on tonight's show, this one making it to number 26. And also edited out of tonight's 7.30 slot.

(28) TALK TALK – Today (video)
The breakthrough hit for the band peaking at number 14.

(56) THOMAS DOLBY – Windpower 
Mr. Techno in the studio here, setting a template for the likes of Howard Jones and Nick Kershaw, but Windpower didn't quite make the top 30, falling one place short.

(27) DURAN DURAN – Save A Prayer (video)
Still in Sri Lanka with the video for what became their biggest hit to this point, reaching number 2.

(13) SOFT CELL – What?
The last of a run of five top ten hits for the duo, and more successful both in spelling and chart position then the Captain, peaking at number 3. 

(1) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen ®
Third of four weeks at the top.

(11) THE BELLE STARS – The Clapping Song (crowd dancing) (and credits)
At is peak.


BBC4 will now skip two editions ~ 26th August hosted by DLT and 2nd September hosted by Jimmy Savile.
So next up will be September 9th 1982.

Friday, 11 November 2016

18 Carat Top of the Pops

August 12th 1982 arrives and a bin bag adorned John Peel is the host of tonight's Top of the Pops! And what are the three most popular programmes on BBC1 this week, I hear you ask? Well (feel free to hum Yellow Pearl here):

in at number three with 9.4 million viewers is Fame
and yes still at number two with 9.55 million viewers it's Top of the Pops!
but straight in at number one, with 9.8 million viewers, is Friday's edition of The Nine O Clock News!

What do you think of the show so far.......?



12-8-82: Presenter: John Peel

(34) TOTO COELO – I Eat Cannibals
And the show begins with Barry Blue's multicoloured bin bag amazons Toto Coelo, who included former replacement Leg and occasional Zoo member Anita in their line up, performing their only top ten hit which peaked at number 8.

(3) YAZOO – Don’t Go
The top four were all non-movers this week, but it's a treat to see Yazoo in the studio.

(21) BOYSTOWN GANG – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (clip from Top Pop – Dutch T.V.)
Ok, so here we get a former Dutch number one hit, which features a fine lady singer flanked by two male extras from some second rate porn movie! This Frankie Valli cover was the Gang's only top ten hit peaking at number 4.

(25) THE ASSOCIATES – 18 Carat Love Affair
The groups final top 30 hit, somehow reaching number 21.

(38) SHEENA EASTON – Machinery
Sheena goes a bit Hazel O'Connorish here with a quite impressive offering that surely deserved to get higher than number 38.

(22) HAYSI FANTAYZEE – John Wayne Is Big Leggy
First of two top 20 hits. Made it to number 11. Can't believe they edited this one out of the 7.30pm slot ~ what a bummer!

(27) WAVELENGTH – Hurry Home
Only hit, peaking at 17. Also edited out of the 7.30pm showing.

(23) KOOL & THE GANG – Big Fun
Well, the acrobatics here by the Moroccan tumblers are certainly impressive, if somewhat random, I don't quite know what Zoo are doing though. The song reached number 14.

(26) FUN BOY THREE – Summertime
The FB3 go all Gershwin, in their own unique way, with their fourth and final hit of 1982, peaking at 18.

(16) THE FIRM – Arthur Daley (‘E’s Alright) ®
Went up two more places. Would rather have seen the Haysi Fantayzee performance.

(1) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen (and credits) ®
Second of four weeks at the top.


Next up is August 19th 1982 which will be shown next Friday (Sky at Night on Thursday).




Thursday, 10 November 2016

Top of the Pops Pigeon

Tonight it's August 5th 1982 and Kid Jensen hosts another live edition of Top of the Pops, and once again we have a wonderfully kind fan of the show to thank for sending their own VHS copy to the BBC so that the Kid's links could be re-dubbed for broadcast!

'A lovely bunch of coconuts!'


5-8-82: Presenter: David Jensen

(4) MADNESS – Driving In My Car
Madness drive into the studio, sporting the white suits this week (I hope Kevin hasn't got a sour face later on) but this record had come to the end of the road of its chart run.

(25) JUNIOR – Too Late
Mr Live himself is here again tonight, and Too Late went up there more places.

JK's bit here, edited out of course:
(US 12) THE GO GO’S – Vacation (video)
(US 9) THE MOTELS – Only The Lonely (video)
(US 4) FLEETWOOD MAC – Hold Me (video)
(US 1) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (video)

(20) THE BRAT – Chalk Dust (The Umpire Strikes Back)
Also edited out of tonight's 7.30pm show ~ good call!

(22) DONNA SUMMER – Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)
Zoo go all Mad Max and strut their stuff while Donna's video plays on the big screen in the background, she still hadn't made it into the studio at this point, and this song became her first top 20 hit for three years, peaking at number 18.

(19) THE BELLE STARS – The Clapping Song
A flashy performance, in more ways than one, of The Clapping Song on its way to number 11.

(8) KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS – Stool Pigeon
Here's the aptly named August with his exceptionally sparkling coconuts, albeit with some slightly weird dance moves, and this terrific party tune went up one more place.

(21) BAD MANNERS – My Girl Lollipop (My Boy Lollipop)
Keeping the party going, in their own special manner, with what would soon become their final top ten hit when it reached number 9.

(11) THE STRANGLERS – Strange Little Girl
Another studio performance helping this tune up to number 7.

(1) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen ®
The first of four weeks at number one.

(29) SURVIVOR – Eye Of The Tiger (crowd dancing) (and credits)
And we end the show with Zoo springing back onto the floor to dance to the tune that would eventually replace Eileen at number one.


Next up is August 12th 1982

Friday, 4 November 2016

Me and my Top of the Pops

Well its the end of July 1982 already with this edition of Top of the Pops from the 29th!


'Ere, hold on Terry ~ we're not due on till next year!



29-7-82: Presenter: Mike Read

(2) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen
This week's show begins with the record that was about to take over the number one spot and become the biggest selling single of 1982.

(3) YAZOO – Don’t Go (video)
A somewhat silly Halloween video here to accompany Yazoo's second top ten hit of 1982 which was now at its chart peak.

(7) HOT CHOCOLATE – It Started With A Kiss
Sorry Kevin but Hot Chocolate got the nod for the white suits this week and It Started with a Kiss went up two more places.

(14) CLIFF RICHARD – The Only Way Out ®
Went up four more places.

(33) ELKIE BROOKS – Nights In White Satin
At its chart peak but edited out of tonight's 7.30 showing.

(28) THE FIRM – Arthur Daley (‘E’s Alright)
Another comedy record that was (perhaps) funnier at the time, featuring the chap who really sang on the Rubettes records, Tony Thorpe. This Chas & Dave soundalike tune peaked at 14 but a much bigger hit was a five year mission away.....

(20) PAUL McCARTNEY – Take It Away (video)
A terrific video from Macca here featuring enough star names to fill Adam Ant with envy. The song made it to number 15.

(15) DAVID ESSEX – Me And My Girl (Night-Clubbing)
A second studio performance from David to help him and his girl up two more places.

(1) IRENE CARA – Fame (video) (and credits)
And we end the show with a third and final week of Fame.


Next up is August 5th 1982.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Strange Little Top of the Pops

July 22nd 1982 was a live edition, but there was a problem recording host Simon Bate's links, and it looked likely that this edition would not be broadcastable, until some kindly person (very recently) sent the BBC their own VHS copy of the show, which has enabled the links to be dubbed onto the master tape!

Hello mother, can you hear me?



22-7-82: Presenter: Simon Bates (Live)

(36) THE BELLE STARS – The Clapping Song
Having lost out to Natasha's version of Iko Iko, the Belle Stars had much more luck with this cover of Shirley Elis's 1965 hit. And like the original it peaked at number 6.

(6) MADNESS – Driving In My Car (video)
Revving up their video are the Nutty Boys, with their follow up to House of Fun, which parked at number 4.

(4) BANANARAMA – Shy Boy
At its chart peak and edited out of the 7.30pm showing.

(30) THE BRAT – Chalk Dust (The Umpire Strikes Back)
I guess this John McEnroe parody was seriously funny at the time, and it certainly made for one of the more bizarre studio performances helping it on its way to number 19 in the charts.

(2) TRIO – Da Da Da (video)
Someone at BBC4 really does not like Trio! Edited out again of the 7.30pm showing.

(28) JUNIOR – Too Late
A live vocal on a live show here from the confident Junior, and Too Late made it to number 20.

(35) THE STRANGLERS – Strange Little Girl
The new mellow Stranglers are back in the studio with their follow up to Golden Brown, although it was actually quite an old unreleased song of theirs, which they had re-recorded. And it worked, landed them a number 7 hit.

(21) DOLLAR – Videotheque
It looks at first like a repeat of the string vest performance, but we soon discover it's the big screen, and the real Dollar are back for a new, more covered up, performance of Videotheque, which went up four more places.

(1) IRENE CARA – Fame (video)
We get a mixture of movie clips and Irene's video this week for Fame's second of three weeks at number one.

(26) KID CREOLE & THE COCONUTS – Stool Pigeon (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Zoo get on the floor and give us a show ending routine to Kid Creole's follow up to Wonder Thing, which flew up the charts before perching at number 7.



Next up is July 29th 1982.

Friday, 28 October 2016

It Started with a Top of the Pops

The summer holidays are here again as Peter Powell presents Top of the Pops from 15th July 1982!

Kevin misses out on the white dinner jacket yet again...


15-7-82: Presenter: Peter Powell

(12) HOT CHOCOLATE – It Started With A Kiss
Getting this week's show underway with what became the band's second top ten hit of 1982 when it peaked at number 5

(30) PAUL McCARTNEY – Take It Away (video)
The second single from his number one album Tug of War, peaking at 15. But BBC4 took it away from the 7.30pm showing.

(35) CLIFF RICHARD – The Only Way Out
A welcome return to the studio to perform what became Cliff's only top ten of 1982, peaking at number 10.

(24) YAZOO – Don’t Go 
This excellent follow up to the excellent Only You, made it to number 3. But edited out of the 7.30pm showing.

(28) DAVID ESSEX – Me And My Girl (Night-Clubbing)
Looks like he's borrowed Bryan Ferry's white dinner jacket to perform his first hit for two years, reaching number 13, but he had a belter of a Christmas tune up his sleeve for later....

(20) JAPAN – I Second That Emotion (video)
Became Japan's second and final top ten hit, peaking at number 9.

(31) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS with THE EMERALD EXPRESS – Come On Eileen
Our first sighting of this 80's mega classic and soon to be the band's second and final number one.

(23) LEO SAYER – Heart (Stop Beating In Time) ®
Went up one more place.

(14) VISAGE – Night Train (video)
Went up two more places.

(1) IRENE CARA – Fame (video)
The Kids from Fame and Irene herself all have messages of thanks to send to 'London, England' before Irene performs the song in what must have been a quickly put together video specially for Top of the Pops. At least there was no fighting in this one! And the first of three weeks at number one.

(26) DOLLAR – Videotheque (crowd dancing) (and credits)
Soon to peak at number 17.


Next up then is July 22nd 1982, a live broadcast which did have mute links, but that problem has been fixed and it will be shown.