Friday, 12 October 2018

It's Orrible Being in Love When You're Top of the Pops

Time to wave your scarves in the air for the 3rd July 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Max of the pops



03/07/86  (Janice Long)

The Housemartins – “Happy Hour” (3)
Making their studio debut to get tonight's show underway but the song could get no higher.

Gary Numan – “I Can’t Stop” (27) (video)
At its peak.

Samantha Fox – “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)” (12)
She might have got the thumbs down from Fat Boy Slim but the song went up two more places.

Claire & Friends – “It’s ‘Orrible Being In Love When You’re 8 ½” (19)
Written and produced by Brian & Micheal, of Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Dogs fame, and it peaked at number 13.

Bucks Fizz – “New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” (8) (video)
At its peak.

Sly Fox – “Let’s Go All The Way” (23) 
In the studio to perform their only hit, and it went all the way to number 3.

Wham! – “Where Did Your Heart Go?” (1)
Performing the flip side to Edge o Heaven, in its second and final week at number one.

Art Of Noise & Max Headroom – “Paranoimia” (26) (video/credits)
It looked bizarre then, and if anything it looks even more bizarre now, but it got to number 12.


July 10th is next.

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Top of the Pops of Heaven

This edition of Top of the Pops from 26th June 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the Mike Smith dispute. So a big thanks goes to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Banana-armpits




26/06/86  (Mike Smith & Steve Wright)

Bananarama – “Venus” (15)
Peaked at number 8.

David Bowie – “Underground” (21) (video)
At is peak.

Queen – “Friends Will Be Friends” (14) (video)
Also at its peak.

Claire & Friends – “It’s ‘Orrible Being In Love When You’re 8 ½” (26) (breaker)
Peaked at number 13.

Samantha Fox – “Do Ya Do Ya (Wanna Please Me)” (24) (breaker)
Became her second of three top ten hits when it peaked at number 10.

Owen Paul – “My Favourite Waste Of Time” (7)
Heading for number 3.

Madonna – “Papa Don’t Preach” (13) (video)
Heading for number one.

Wham! – “The Edge Of Heaven” (1)
First of two weeks at number one.

Midge Ure – “Call Of The Wild” (27) (video/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is 3rd July.

Too Good to be Top of the Pops

Time to slip into your spandex and leg warmers and enjoy this 19th June 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

My leotard never lies


19/06/86  (Gary Davies)

Bucks Fizz – “New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” (11)
Beginning tonight's show with new member Shelley Preston, who looked liked she was planning on going to the gym afterwards, this song was to be their seventh and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

A-ha – “Hunting High & Low” (5) (video)
At its peak.

Amazulu – “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (9)
Either my telly was going on the blink, or someone was messing around with the volume control! Their only top ten hit, peaking at number 5.

Bananarama – “Venus” (22) (breaker)
This Shocking Blue cover became their first top ten hit for two years when, just like the 1970 original, it made it to number 8.

Queen – “Friends Will Be Friends” (21) (breaker)
Peaked at number 14.

Owen Paul – “My Favourite Waste Of Time” (14) (breaker)
His only hit, peaking at number 3.

Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait” (3)
Making their debut in the studio, and it was worth it - the song went up one more place.

The Housemartins – “Happy Hour” (12) (video)
Became the first of two top ten hits for the band when it peaked at number 3.

Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky” (1) (video)
Third and final week at number one.

Miami Sound Machine – “Bad Boy” (18) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Went up two more places.



June 26th is next but it's yet another Mike Smith edition.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Top of the Pops in the Sky

This edition of Top of the Pops from 11th June 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the Mike Smith dispute. So a huge thanks goes to Gia for making it available here at WeTransfer.


Dr and the Milk Maids


11/06/86  (Mike Smith)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – “21st Century Boy” (20)
Got no higher.

Falco – “Vienna Calling” (10) (video)
Also at its peak.

Lovebug Starski – “Amityville (The House On The Hill)” (19)
Their only hit, peaking at number 12.

Bucks Fizz – “New Beginning (Mamba Seyra)” (24) (breaker)
Became their seventh and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 8.

Amazulu – “Too Good To Be Forgotten” (21) (breaker)
Became their only top ten hit when it peaked at number 5.

A-ha – “Hunting High & Low” (16) (breaker)
The title track from their number 2 album, and it peaked at number 5.

The Real Thing – “Can’t Get By Without You” (6)
At its peak.

Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love” (5) (video)
Also at its peak.

Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky” (1)
Second of three weeks at number one.

Janet Jackson – “Nasty” (22) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 19.


Next up is June 19th.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Top of the Pops the Years

Hold on to your hats! It's time for the 5th June 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Holding back the mic



05/06/86 (Gary Davies & Simon Bates)

Cashflow – “Mine All Mine” (15)
In the studio to get the show underway but the song went up no higher.

Genesis – “Invisible Touch” (16) (video)
The title song from their huge number one album, but it only went up one more place.

Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years” (2)
A terrific totally live performance of our blog title in the studio, complete with the audience joining in with the chorus, but number 2 was its peak.

Miami Sound Machine – “Bad Boy” (21) (breaker)
Peaked at number 16.

Falco – “Vienna Calling” (19) (breaker)
Peaked at number 10.

Pet Shop Boys – “Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots Of Money)” (17)
This third single from their debut album, Please, made it to number 11.

Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait” (10) (video)
On its way to number 2.

Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky” (1)
A second studio performance and their first of three weeks at number one.

Jaki Graham – “Set Me Free” (9) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Went up two more places.


June 11th is next, but it's a Mike Smith edition.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Addicted to Top of the Pops

Slap on your reddest lipstick and slip into your slinkiest black dress, it's time to get your fix of the 29th May 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Totty of the Pops


29/05/86  (Janice Long & John Peel)

Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky” (3)
Getting this live show off to the best place with what will be number one next week.

Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love” (10) (video)
This video caused a bit of controversy at the time, but it helped Robert to his first top ten hit when it peaked at number 5.

The Real Thing – “Can’t Get By Without You” (22)
Another re-mix. It had peaked at number 2 in 1976, ten years on it reached number 6.

Nu Shooz – “I Can’t Wait” (21) (breaker)
Their only top 40 hit, and it peaked at number 2.

Cashflow – “Mine All Mine” (18) (breaker)
Their only hit, and it peaked at number 15.

Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Run The World” (13) (video)
Became their sixth of seven top ten hits when it peaked at number 5 for Sport Aid.

Pete Wylie – “Sinful” (20) 
Pete brings his own backing group of sexy nuns into the studio to help Sinful on its way to number 13.

Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song” (1) (video)
Third and final week at number one.

Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer” (4) (video/audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


June 5th is next.

Friday, 28 September 2018

The Chicken Top of the Pops

You can hold a chicken in the air if you want to, but you don't have to climb inside a dog or pretend your name is Keith to enjoy this 22nd May 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Spitting Image perform their rubber one hit


22/05/86  (Gary Davies & Peter Powell)

Jaki Graham – “Set Me Free” (20)
Getting tonight's show off to an energetic start with what became her third and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 7.

The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster” (12) (video)
Originally a number 37 hit in 1979, this time round it did better and clawed its way to number 12.

Billy Ocean – “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (13)
You just can't keep him away from the studio at the moment, and the song went up one more place.

Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – “On My Own” (2) (video)
At its peak.

Pete Wylie – “Sinful” (28) (breaker)
Peaked at number 13.

AC/DC – “Who Made Who” (27) (breaker)
Peaked at number 16.

Robert Palmer – “Addicted To Love” (16) (breaker)
Our first glimpse of this controversial video, and the song became Robert's first of five top ten hits when it peaked at number 5.

Simply Red – “Holding Back The Years” (19)
Our 1986 theme tune is performed in the studio on its way up to number 2.

Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song” (1)
A studio performance no less for The Chicken Song's second of three weeks at number one.

Matchroom Mob with Chas & Dave – “Snooker Loopy” (6) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Another chance to see Chas & Dave's final top ten hit which was now at its peak.


Next up is May 29th.

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Lessons in Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 15th May 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 because of the dispute with Mike Smith's contract. So a big thanks goes to (I think Neil B once again probably?) for making it available here at WeTransfer.


Head banger


15/05/86  (Simon Bates & Mike Smith)

Status Quo – “Rollin’ Home” (25)
New line up, same old sound! And Peaked at number 9.

Level 42 – “Lessons In Love” (3) (Montreux clip)
At its peak.

Joyce Sims – “All & All” (16)
Also at its peak.

Doctor & The Medics – “Spirit In The Sky” (17)
Heading for number one.

ZZ Top – “Rough Boy” (29) (breaker)
Peaked at number 23.

The B-52’s – “Rock Lobster” (20) (breaker)
Peaked at number 12.

Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer” (7) (video)
Peaked at number 4.

Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song” (1) (video)
First of three weeks at number one.

Van Halen – “Why Can’t This Be Love?” (13) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 8.



May 22nd is next.


Top of the Pops Loopy

Here's your cue to clear everything off the table and plant yourself on a comfy cushion in front of the goggle box for the 8th May 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Top of the pots



08/05/86  (Janice Long & John Peel)

The Cure – “Boys Don’t Cry” (23)
It's a live show tonight and The Cure break off with a tune that went up one more place.

Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – “On My Own” (4) (video)
On its way to number 2.

Matchroom Mob with Chas & Dave – “Snooker Loopy” (37) (with video inserts)
Perhaps not their greatest song, but nevertheless it's a timely tribute to Chas Hodges, with what became their fourth and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 6.

Force MDs – “Tender Love” (34) (breaker)
Their only hit, peaking at number 23.

Van Halen – “Why Can’t This Be Love?” (22) (breaker)
Their second and final top ten hit, peaking at number 8.

Peter Gabriel – “Sledgehammer” (15) (breaker)
Our first glancing shot of this celebrated video, the song peaked at number 4.

Spitting Image – “The Chicken Song” (11) (video)
About to pot themselves a number one.

Billy Ocean – “There’ll Be Sad Songs (To Make You Cry)” (27)
Another studio appearance from Billy who chalked up his ninth top twenty hit when this one peaked at number 12.

Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” (1) (rpt from 03/04/86)
Finally pocketing the top spot, but only for one week.

Whitney Houston – “The Greatest Love Of All” (10) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Nudged up two more places.


May 15th is next, but it's another Mike Smith edition.

Sunday, 23 September 2018

I'll Keep on Loving Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from the first of May 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 because of the bizarre contract dispute with the estate of Mike Smith. So many thanks once again to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Purple reign



01/05/86  (Mike Smith)

Maxi Priest – “Strollin’ On” (32)
Making his debut but the song got no higher.

Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” (3) (video/chart)
At its peak.

Princess – “I’ll Keep On Loving You” (24)
On her way to number 16.

Madonna – “Live To Tell” (4) (video)
Made it to number 2.

Depeche Mode – “A Question Of Lust” (28) (breaker)
At its peak.

Hear ‘N’ Aid – “Stars” (26) (breaker)
This heavy metal for Africa charity single went no higher.

Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald – “On My Own” (19) (breaker)
Peaked at number 2.

Joyce Sims – “All & All” (25)
With her debut hit which peaked at number 16.

George Michael – “A Different Corner” (1) (video)
Third and final week at number one.

Level 42 – “Lessons In Love” (9) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 3.


Next up is May 8th.

Friday, 21 September 2018

You and Top of the Pops Tonight

Just Say Yes! It's 24th April 1986 and time for the latest edition of Top of the Pops!

Just Say Zammo


24/04/86  (Janice Long & Dixie Peach)

The SOS Band – “The Finest” (17) 
Flying in to just be good to us with their second and final top twenty hit, which was already at its peak.

Grange Hill Cast – “Just Say No” (5) (video)
It got no higher.

Five Star – “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (8)
The suits were not the most flattering but the song went up one more place.

Princess – “I’ll Keep On Loving You” (26) (breaker)
Peaked at number 16.

Level 42 – “Lessons In Love” (23) (breaker)
Became their biggest hit when it peaked at number 3.

Madonna – “Live To Tell” (10) (breaker)
Peaked at number 2.

Aurra – “You & Me Tonight” (20)
Flying in from New Jersey to sing a live rendition of their only top 30 hit, which peaked at number 12.

George Michael – “A Different Corner” (1) (video)
Second of three weeks at number one.

Queen – “A Kind Of Magic” (3) (video/audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


May 1st is next, but it's a Mike Smith edition.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Train of Top of the Pops

All aboard! The 17th April 1986 edition of Top of the Pops is waiting for you at the station. Get your tickets ready!

Full steam A-ha!


17/04/86  (Gary Davies)

Big Country – “Look Away” (10)
Getting the show rolling down the tracks tonight are Big Country with their final top ten hit which peaked at number 7.

Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” (3) (video/chart)
Slowly chugging closer to its number one destination.

A-ha – “Train Of Thought” (8)
They are back in the studio again but this song had come to the end of its line.

Suzanne Vega – “Marlene On The Wall” (27) (breaker)
Her debut top 40 hit, it peaked at number 21.

Grange Hill Cast – “Just Say No” (26) (breaker)
Zammo and the gang got as high as number 5.

Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” (16) (video)
On its way to number 3.

It’s Immaterial – “Driving Away From Home (Jim’s Tune)” (28)
Making their debut on the platform tonight with what was to be their only top 40 hit, peaking at number 18.

George Michael – “A Different Corner” (1) 
He's in the studio to perform his runaway hit, this being the first of three weeks at number one.

Whitney Houston – “The Greatest Love Of All” (33) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Our journey ends tonight with Whitney's third of 17 top ten hits, this one peaking at number 8.


Next stop is April 24th.

Monday, 3 September 2018

Can't Wait Another Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from April 10th 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the weird contract dispute with Mike Smith, so a huge thanks goes to (I think!) Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Five starry starry night


10/04/86  (Mike Smith & Steve Wright)

Bronski Beat – “C’mon C’mon” (25)
Peaked at number 20.

The Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy – “Peter Gunn” (8) (rpt from 27/03/86 + chart)
At its peak.

Bryan Ferry – “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” (29)
Peaked at number 22.

Janet Jackson – “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” (37) (breaker)
Her debut hit and first of 17 top ten hits (but not a single number one).

Big Country – “Look Away” (18) (breaker)
Became their fourth and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 7.

Simple Minds – “All The Things She Said” (15) (video)
Peaked at number 9.

Five Star – “Can’t Wait Another Minute” (36)
Became the second of four top ten hits in 1986 for the group when it peaked at number 7.

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones – “Living Doll” (1) (video)
Third and final week at number one.

Queen – “A Kind Of Magic” (7) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 3.



Next up is April 17th.

Friday, 31 August 2018

Top of the Pops = MC²

Get ready to wave your wands in the air for this wizard edition of Top of the Pops from April 3rd 1986!

Abracadabra!


03/04/86 (Janice Long & John Peel)

Big Audio Dynamite – “E=MC²” (20)
Peaked at number 11.

George Michael – “A Different Corner” (4) (video)
Became his second of seven number one hits.

A-ha – “Train Of Thought” (23)
Their third of eight top ten hits.

Paul Hardcastle – interview

The Real Thing – “You To Me Are Everything” (5)
Got to number one in 1976, but this re-mix was now at its peak.

Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” (10)
Will get to number one next month!

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones – “Living Doll” (1) (video)
Second of three weeks at number one.

The Style Council – “Have You Ever Had It Blue?” (27) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 14.

April 10th is next but it's yet another Mike Smith one so won't be shown on BBC4.

Top of the Pops Darling

This edition of Top of the Pops from 27th March 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the contract dispute with Mike Smith. I'm away this weekend but I'll post any available download link when I get back. In the meantime, here's the (almost) full show on Youtube.

And a huge thanks to Neil B for the WeTransfer download here

Big hits


27/03/86  (Bruno Brookes & Mike Smith)

Samantha Fox – “Touch Me (I Want Your Body)” (4)
Making her debut with her first of three top ten hits, this one peaking at number 3.

Atlantic Starr – “Secret Lovers” (24) (video/chart)
Their first of two top ten hit, this one peaking at number 10.

Tippa Irie – “Hello Darling” (33)
His only top 30 hit, peaking at number 22.

Bronski Beat – “C’mon C’mon” (40) (breaker)
Their final top 30 hit, peaking at number 20.

Big Audio Dynamite – “E=MC2” (34) (breaker)
Peaked at number 11.

Falco – “Rock Me Amadeus” (27) (breaker)
Will go all the the way to number one.

Queen – “A Kind Of Magic” (16) (video)
Peaked at number 3.

The Art Of Noise & Duane Eddy – “Peter Gunn” (12)
Became their second of three top ten hits when it peaked at number 8.

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones – “Living Doll” (1) (video)
First of three weeks at number one.

Stevie Wonder – “Overjoyed” (25) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 17.


Next up is April 3rd.

Thursday, 30 August 2018

Hi Ho Top of the Pops

Away! The March 20th 1986 edition of Top of the Pops rides again!

Feeling flash


20/03/86  (Simon Bates & Janice Long)

Jim Diamond – “Hi Ho Silver” (5)
At its peak.

The Rolling Stones – “Harlem Shuffle” (13) (video/chart)
Also at its peak.

Pet Shop Boys – “Love Comes Quickly” (21)
This follow up to West End Girls peaked at number 19.

Stevie Wonder – “Overjoyed” (36) (breaker)
Peaked at number 17.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Candyman” (34) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Cliff Richard & The Young Ones – “Living Doll” (4) (video)
The first 'Comic Relief' single and it will be number one next week.

The Real Thing – “You To Me Are Everything” (19)
Another re-mix making the 1986 charts, this one peaking at number 5.

Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (1) (video)
Final week at number one.

Mr Mister – “Kyrie” (15) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 11.


March 27th is next but it features Mike Smith so will not be shown on BBC4.

Friday, 24 August 2018

Digging Your Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from March 13th 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the contract dispute with Mike Smith. So a huge thanks goes to Robert Thompson for making it available here at WeTransfer.

And also thanks to D42 for making it available to stream here at Vimeo


The cut and blow dry monkeys


13/03/86  (Mike Smith & Steve Wright)

The Blow Monkeys – “Digging Your Scene” (20)
Their debut hit, it peaked at number 12.

Bangles – “Manic Monday” (2) (video/chart)
At its chart rundown peak.

Hipsway – “The Honeythief” (22)
Their only top 40 hit, it peaked at number 17.

David Bowie – “Absolute Beginners” (8) (video)
His final top ten hit of the 80's, it peaked at number 2.

Freddie Jackson – “Rock Me Tonight (For Old Time’s Sake)” (26)
His only top 20 hit, it peaked at number 18.

The Rolling Stones – “Harlem Shuffle” (27) (breaker)
Peaked at number 13.

Howard Jones – “No One is To Blame” (23) (breaker)
His final top 20 hit, it peaked at number 16.

Culture Club – “Move Away” (17)
Their final top ten hit of the 80's, peaking at number 7.

Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (1) (video)
Second of three weeks at number one.

Prince – “Kiss” (13) (video/audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 6.


March 20th is next.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Hounds of Top of the Pops

Had a rough day? Feeling hot under the collar? Well then, you'd have to be barking mad to miss this March 6th 1986 edition of Top of the Pops! Now sit!

Leading lady


06/03/86 (Gary Davies & Dixie Peach)

Mike & The Mechanics – “Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)” (25)
The debut hit for this Genesis spin off band, featuring Phil Collins soundalike (and lookalike!) Paul Carrack on lead vocals and it peaked at number 21.

Tavares – “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (12) (video/chart)
We interrupt this song to bring you the new chart rundown! Not one of the show's better ideas, and the song itself was now at its re-mixed peak.

Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love” (18)
In the studio to perform the title track from her monster number one album, but this terrific single could get no higher than number 18.

Frank Sinatra – “Theme From New York New York” (10) (live clip)
It had peaked at number 59 when originally released in 1980, but this time around it made it to number 4, becoming Frank's eleventh of twelve top ten hits and his first top ten hit since 1969.

Jim Diamond – “Hi Ho Silver” (16)
The theme song from the tv series Boon, this was Jim's final hit, peaking at number 5.

Mr Mister – “Kyrie” (29) (breaker)
Their second and final hit, peaking at number 11.

Prince – “Kiss” (27) (breaker)
One of his most famous songs and videos, Kiss peaked at number 6.

Whistle – “(Nothing Serious) Just Buggin’” (14)
With their only hit, which peaked at number 7.

Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (1) (video)
First of three weeks at number one.

Huey Lewis & The News – “Power Of Love” (11) (video/audience dancing/credits)
It had peaked at number 11 less than a year before, this time around it made it to number 9 to become the band's only top ten hit.


March 13th is next but it's a Mike Smith edition so BBC4 will skip it.

Friday, 17 August 2018

Top of the Pops Missile F1-11

The engine has ignited and it's time to launch the February 27th 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

Testing, testing, one, two, three


27/02/86  (Paul Jordan & Steve Wright)

Sigue Sigue Sputnik – “Love Missile F1-11” (7)
Getting tonight's show off the ground with what was to be their only top ten hit when it reached its peak of number 3.

Talking Heads – “And She Was” (19) (video)
Another imaginative video and this time we get to see all the Heads rather than just David's, but this would be their final top 40 hit, peaking at number 17.

Audrey Hall – “One Dance Won’t Do” (27)
Her first of two top 20 hits, this one peaking at number 20.

Alexander O’Neal – “If You Were Here Tonight” (24)
With his first solo hit and it peaked at number 13.

Kate Bush – “Hounds Of Love” (26) (breaker)
Peaked at number 18.

Tavares – “Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel” (25) (breaker)
We saw it get to number 4 in 1976, this time around it made it to number 12.

Bangles – “Manic Monday” (10)
In the studio to perform their first of three top ten hits, this one peaking at number 2.

Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Colonel Abrams – “I’m Not Gonna Let You” (29) (audience dancing/credits)
His final top 40 hit, peaking at number 24.

Next up is March 6th.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Top of the Pops Reaction

It's time for the February 20th 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

When you electrocute Worzel Gummidge


20/02/86 (Janice Long & Mike Read)

Paul Hardcastle & Carol Kenyon – “Don’t Waste My Time” (13)
On its way to number 8.

Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (4) (video)
On its way to number one.

Depeche Mode – “Stripped” (23)
On its way to number 15.

Survivor – “Burning Heart” (8) (video)
On its way to number 5.

Public Image Ltd – “Rise” (11)
It didn't rise any further.

Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going” (1) (rpt)
Third of four weeks at number one.

The Damned – “Eloise” (3) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


February 27th is next.

Friday, 3 August 2018

Top of the Pops Together

Good evening campers! Is there anything better after enjoying a nice dip in the Olympic size swimming pool than to settle down in the family lounge to watch the 13th February 1986 edition of Top of the Pops?

Hit de Hit!


13/02/86 (Gary Davies & Steve Wright)

Belouis Some – “Imagination” (22)
On its way to number 17.

Whitney Houston – “How Will I Know?” (10) (video)
Went up five more places.

Latin Quarter – “Radio Africa” (24)
Their only top 40 hit, it peaked at number 19.

Su Pollard – “Starting Together” (9) (video)
Her only top ten hit, peaking at number 2. Ho De Ho!

Paul Hardcastle & Carol Kenyon – “Don’t Waste My Time” (25) (breaker)
His final top ten hit, it peaked at number 8.

Survivor – “Burning Heart” (15) (breaker)
Almost four years after Eye of the Tiger, this was their second and final hit, peaking at number 5.

Diana Ross – “Chain Reaction” (14) (breaker)
Will become her second and final solo number one.

Shakin’ Stevens – “Turning Away” (23)
Peaked at number 15.

Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going” (1)
Second of four weeks at number one.

Madonna – “Borderline” (2) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is February 20th.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Top of the Pops Addict

Time for another fix of Top of the Pops with this edition from February 6th 1986!

When your thumb looks like a guitar


06/02/86 (Simon Bates & Paul Jordan)

The Damned – “Eloise” (18)
Their only top ten hit, it peaked at number 3.

Five Star – “System Addict” (6) (video)
Their first of six top ten hits, this one peaked at number 3.

Ozzy Osbourne – “Shot In The Dark” (21)
Went up one more place.

Belouis Some – “Imagination” (25) (breaker)
Became his only top 20 hit when it peaked at number 17.

Public Image Ltd – “Rise” (20) (breaker)
Peaked at number 11.

Whitney Houston – “How Will I Know?” (19) (breaker)
Peaked at number 5.

Double – “The Captain Of Her Heart” (14)
Their only top ten hit, peaking at number 8.

Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going” (1) (video)
First of four weeks at number one.

James Brown – “Living In America” (8) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up three more places.


Next up is February 13th.

Friday, 27 July 2018

Get It On ~ Top of the Pops 1971!

For one night only, 1986 is being given the night off, its place being taken by this December 27th 1971 edition of Top of the Pops!

Unlike 1986, I'm going on holiday for two weeks, so this one and the next three blogs I will have to prepare before actually seeing any of the shows.

Get it Elt-On


27-12-71:   Presenter:  Tony Blackburn 

(-) T-REX – Get It On
Second of four number ones.

(-) THE TAMS – Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me  ®
Their only number one hit.

(1) BENNY HILL – Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)  (video)
This year's Christmas number one, and Benny's only number one hit.

(14) SLADE – Coz I Luv You
Their first of six number ones.

(-) GEORGE HARRISON – My Sweet Lord  (danced to by Pan’s People)    ®
The first solo Beatle number one hit.

(-) THE ROLLING STONES – Brown Sugar    ®
Peaked at number 2.

(-) ASHTON, GARDNER & DYKE – Resurrection Shuffle
Their only hit, it peaked at number 3.

(-) DIANA ROSS – I’m Still Waiting  (video)
Her first of two solo number ones.

(-) THE NEW SEEKERS – Never Ending Song Of Love
Their first of six top ten hits, this one peaking at number 2.

(35) ROD STEWART – Maggie May  ®
His first of six solo number ones.


It's back to 1986 next, and February the 6th.

Friday, 20 July 2018

Top of the Pops What You Make It

Celebrate it, yesterday's favourite, it's the 30th January 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

The dolls always shine on tv



30/01/86  (Gary Davies & Janice Long)

Billy Ocean – “When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Going” (6)
Billy gets tonight's show underway with what will become his only number one next week.

Madonna – “Borderline” (4) (video)
Peaked at number 2.

Talk Talk – “Life’s What You Make It” (22)
Their first top 30 hit in over three years, it peaked at number 16.

James Brown – “Living In America” (19) (breaker)
Became his only top ten hit when it reached number 5.

Simple Minds – “Sanctify Yourself” (17) (breaker)
Peaked at number 10.

Grace Jones – “Pull Up To The Bumper” (15) (video)
Went up three more places.

Fine Young Cannibals – “Suspicious Minds” (8)
A second studio performance, but no amount of shiny suits could get this song any higher.

A-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (1) (video)
Second of two weeks at number one.

Kurtis Blow – “If I Ruled The World” (30) (audience dancing/credits)
His biggest hit, peaking at number 24.


The next 1986 edition will be the 6th of February.

Spirit of Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 23rd January 1986 will not be shown on BBC4 because of the dispute with Mike Smith. So a huge thanks goes to James2001 for making it available here at WeTransfer

Top of the Nanas


23/01/86  (Paul Jordan & Mike Smith)

The Alarm – “Spirit Of ‘76” (22)
Got no higher.

Eurythmics – “It’s Alright (Baby’s Coming Back)” (12) (video)
Also got no higher.

Nana Mouskouri – “Only Love” (8)
Her only hit single, and it peaked at number 2.

Madonna – “Borderline” (15) (breaker)
Already on her ninth top ten hit, this one peaking at number 2.

Grace Jones – “Pull Up To The Bumper” (20) (breaker)
Became her joint biggest hit, peaking at number 12.

Sarah Brightman & Steve Harley – “The Phantom Of The Opera” (21) (breaker)
The title song from the hit west end show, the song peaked at number 7.

A-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (1)
First of two weeks at number one.

Five Star – “System Addict” (13) (audience dancing/credits
Became their first of six top ten hits when it peaked at number 3.


January 30th is up next.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

West End Top of the Pops

The audience sits expectantly in their seats, there's a buzz of excitement in the air, the lights go down, the curtain raises and its time for the 16th January 1986 edition of Top of the Pops!

West End dolls


16/01/86  (Dixie Peach & Mike Read)

Fine Young Cannibals – “Suspicious Minds” (17)
The Fine Young Cannibals are in the building getting the show off to a rubbery legged start with their second of five top ten hits. This Elvis cover peaked at number 8.

Dire Straits – “Walk Of Life” (4) (video)
Their fifth and final top ten hit, which had originally been released as the b side to So Far Away, now became their joint biggest peaking at number 2.

Cherrelle & Alexander O’Neal – “Saturday Love” (6)
The debut hit for both singers. For Cherrelle it was her only top ten hit, and for Alexander it was his first of two, but it got no higher than number 6. Was a very young Craig David listening to this?

A-ha – “The Sun Always Shines On TV” (2)
Will be number one next week, as predicted by Mike.

Mr Mister – “Broken Wings” (8)
Peaked at number 4.

Pet Shop Boys – “West End Girls” (1) (video)
Second and final week at number one for this dystopian tune.

Bronski Beat – “Hit That Perfect Beat” (3) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.



January 23rd is next, but BBC4 will skip it because of Mike Smith.

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.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Uncle Top of the Pops

The players are warming up in the studio, the crowd is buzzing, our referees tonight are Paul and Janice and its time to kick off this 21st November 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

I'm your girl!


21/11/85  (Paul Jordan & Janice Long)

Madness – “Uncle Sam” (24)
Getting this November 21st show underway is Madness, with their 21st top 30 hit, which peaked of course at number 21!

Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (2) (video)
Straight in at number 2, it will be number one next week.

Dee C. Lee – “See The Day” (18)
Sporting this season's latest autumn fashion, this became the former Wham girl's biggest solo hit when it peaked at number 3.

Whitney Houston – “Saving All My Love For You” (23) (breaker)
Our first sighting of Whitney, with what would become the first of her four number ones.

Dionne Warwick & Friends – “That’s What Friends Are For” (19) (breaker)
With what would be her final top 30 hit when it peaked at number 16.

Lionel Richie – “Say You Say Me” (14) (breaker)
Always reminds me of Easy does this one, and it peaked one place higher, at number 8.

Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew – “The Show” (12)
Performing their only hit, which peaked at number 7. Will Smith was probably watching somewhere.

The Top Ten
Talking Heads – “Road To Nowhere” (10) (video clip)
Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin – “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” (9) (video clip)
Level 42 - "Something About You" (8) (video clip)
Queen – “One Vision” (7) (video clip)
Elton John - "Nikita" (6) (video clip)
A-ha - "Take On Me" (5) (video clip)
Jennifer Rush - "The Power Of Love" (4) (video clip)
UB40 - "Don't Break My Heart" (3) (video clip)
Wham! – “I’m Your Man” (2) (video clip)

Feargal Sharkey – “A Good Heart” (1) (video)
Second and final week at the top.

Midge Ure - "That Certain Smile" (28) (audience dancing/credits)
This second single from his number 2 album The Gift, got no higher in the charts.



Next up is November 28th.

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Lost Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from November 14th 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 because of the contract dispute with Mike Smith. So a huge thanks goes once more to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Top of the Pops to Nowhere


14/11/85  (Gary Davies & Mike Smith)

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – “Lost Weekend” (24) 
Peaked at number 17.

Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin – “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” (10) (video)
Went up one more place.

King – “The Taste Of Your Tears” (11)
At its peak.

Talking Heads – “Road To Nowhere” (12) (video)
Peaked at number 6.

Madness – “Uncle Sam” (25) (breaker)
Peaked at number 21.

Dire Straits – “Brothers In Arms” (22) (breaker)
This third single from the number one album of the same name peaked at number 16.

Queen – “One Vision” (9) (breaker)
Went up two more places.

The Top Ten:
Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin – “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” (10) (video clip)
Queen – “One Vision” (9) (video clip)
Far Corporation – “Stairway To Heaven” (8) (Rockpop Music Hall clip)
Colonel Abrams - "Trapped" (7) (video clip)
Level 42 - "Something About You" (6) (video clip)
UB40 - "Don't Break My Heart" (5) (video clip)
Elton John - "Nikita" (4) (video clip)
A-ha - "Take On Me" (3) (video clip)
Jennifer Rush - "The Power Of Love" (2) (video clip)

Feargal Sharkey – “A Good Heart” (1)
First of two weeks at number one.

Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – “It’s Only Love” (31) (audience dancing/credits)
Went up two more places.

Next up is November 21st.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Stairway to Top of the Pops

In a tree by the brook there's a songbird who sings ~ maybe he'll be on tonight's 7th November 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

Top of the tonsils


07/11/85  (Peter Powell & Steve Wright)

A-ha – “Take On Me” (2)
In the studio to get the show underway but number two was as high as it got.

Far Corporation – “Stairway To Heaven” (16) (Rockpop Music Hall clip)
This dad dancing Led Zeppelin cover made it to number 8.

Level 42 – “Something About You” (6)
At its peak.

The Simon May Orchestra – “Howard’s Way Theme” (22) (breaker)
His third and final hit, peaking at number 21.

Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin – “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves” (18) (breaker)

Talking Heads – “Road To Nowhere” (17) (breaker)
Became their only top ten hit when it peaked at number 6.

UB40 – “Don’t Break My Heart” (7)
Peaked at number 3.

The Top Ten:
Arcadia - "Election Day" (10) (video clip)
John Parr - "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" (9) (video clip)
Madonna - "Gambler" (8) (video clip)
UB40 – “Don’t Break My Heart” (7) (video clip)
Level 42 – “Something About You” (6) (video clip)
Colonel Abrams - "Trapped" (5) (video clip)
Feargal Sharkey - "A Good Heart" (4) (video clip)
Elton John - "Nikita" (3) (video clip)
A-ha – “Take On Me” (2) (video clip)

Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (1) (rpt)
Fifth and final week at number one.

Paul Hardcastle – “Just For Money” (31) (audience dancing/credits)
Rather satisfyingly, this song peaked at number n- n- n- nineteen.


Next up is November 14th, but its yet another Mike Smith edition.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

The Taste of Your Top of the Pops

There's not so much as a single pumpkin in sight nor is the word 'Halloween' muttered even once by Simon or Janice but nevertheless we are being trick or treated to the October 31st 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

Happy Tambourine!


31/10/85  (Simon Bates & Janice Long)

Feargal Sharkey – “A Good Heart” (12)
Janice tips Feargal for the top and it will indeed get there in two weeks time.

Elton John – “Nikita” (4) (video)
And her other tip went up one more place.

Matt Bianco – “Yeh Yeh” (17)
A number one for Georgie Fame in 1964, this quite similar new version peaked at number 13.

Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Cities In Dust” (23) (breaker)
At least we get a few dancing skeletons from permanently Halloween Siouxsie, and this song went up two more places.

Kate Bush – “Cloudbusting” (20) (breaker)
This terrific second single from her massive number one album Hounds of Love somehow stalled at number 20.

UB40 – “Don’t Break My Heart” (19) (breaker)
One of their better singles for quite some time, peaking at number 3.

King – “The Taste Of Your Tears” (15)
Paul treats us to some tambourine tricks and the song peaked at number 11.

Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (1) (rpt from 17/10/85)
Fourth of five weeks at number one.

Shakin’ Stevens – “Lipstick, Powder & Paint” (11) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


November 7th is next.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Bring on the Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from October 24th 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 due to the contract dispute with Mike Smith, so a huge thanks goes once again to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.


St Elmo's Hair


24/10/85  (Dixie Peach & Mike Smith)

John Parr – “St Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” (6)
Fulfilling his boyhood dream by appearing on the show but the song got no higher.

Arcadia – “Election Day” (14)
Another short lived Duran Duran offshoot making studio debut here, with their only top ten hit, which peaked at number 7.

Jan Hammer – “Miami Vice Theme” (5)
At its peak.

Matt Bianco – “Yeh Yeh” (24) (breaker)
Peaked at number 13.

Echo & The Bunnymen – “Bring On The Dancing Horses” (23) (breaker)
Went up two more places.

King – “The Taste Of Your Tears” (20) (breaker)
Peaked at number 11.

Level 42 – “Something About You” (13)
Became their biggest hit to date when it reached number 6.

The Top Ten:
Red Box  – “Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)" (10) (video clip)
Elton John - "Nikita" (9) (video clip)
Midge Ure - "If I Was" (8) (video clip)
Simple Minds - "Alive & Kicking" (7) (video clip)
John Parr - "St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" (6) (video clip)
Jan Hammer - "Miami Vice Theme" (5) (video clip)
Madonna -"Gambler" (4) (video clip)
Colonel Abrams - "Trapped" (3) (video clip)
A-ha - "Take On Me" (2) (video clip)

Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (1) (rpt)
Third of five weeks at the top.

Thompson Twins - "King For A Day" (29) (audience dancing/credits)
With their tenth and final top 40 hit, peaking at number 22.


October 31st is next.

Friday, 1 June 2018

Top of the Pops, Powder and Paint

I'm still away, and its now 17th October 1985!

Aha! So there you are!



17/10/85 (Peter Powell & Mike Read)

Shakin’ Stevens – “Lipstick, Powder & Paint” (18)
Peaked at number 11.

A-ha – “Take On Me” (5) (video)
Made it to number 2.

Elton John – “Nikita” (19)
His penultimate and biggest top ten hit of the 80's, peaking at number 3.

Level 42 – “Something About You” (21) (breaker)
Peaked at number 6.

Grace Jones – “Slave To The Rhythm” (14) (breaker)
Peaked at number 12.

Jan Hammer – “Miami Vice Theme” (10) (breaker)
Peaked at number 5.

Colonel Abrams – “Trapped” (3)
At its peak.

Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (1)
Second of five weeks at number one.

Madonna – “Gambler” (7) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 4.


24th October is next, but its yet another Mike Smith edition.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

The Top of the Pops with the Thorn in His Side


This edition of Top of the Pops from October 10th 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 because of the ongoing contract issue regarding Mike Smith. I'm away all week but I will post any available link as soon as I get back. And now here it is at WeTransfer.

Cause I'm your number one


10/10/85 (Mike Smith & Steve Wright)

Red Box – “Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)” (3)
At its peak.

John Parr – “St Elmo’s Fire” (10) (video)
Peaked at number 6.

The Smiths – “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (23)
At its peak.

Madonna – “Gambler” (20) (breaker)
Peaked at number 4.

A-ha – “Take On Me” (14) (breaker)
Peaked at number 2.

Simple Minds – “Alive & Kicking” (12) (breaker)
Peaked at number 7.

The Cult – “Rain” (26)
Peaked at number 17.

Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (1)
First of five weeks at number one.

Billy Idol - "Rebel Yell" (6) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.

Next up is October 17th.

If I Was Top of the Pops

I'm away all week so I'm posting the next three blogs prior to seeing the editions, starting with this one from October 3rd 1985.

The Colonel wins his only top ten medal


03/10/85 (Gary Davies & Paul Jordan)

Colonel Abrams – “Trapped” (10)
Peaked at number 3.

Iron Maiden – “Running Free” (20) (live clip)
Went up one more place.

Cameo – “Single Life” (21)
Peaked at number 15.

John Parr – “St Elmo’s Fire” (27) (breaker)
His only top ten hit, peaking at number 6.

The Smiths – “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” (26) (breaker)
Peaked at number 23.

The Cure – “Close To Me” (24) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Rene & Angela – “I’ll Be Good” (22)
At its peak.

Midge Ure – “If I Was” (1)
First and only week at number one.

Five Star – “Love Take Over” (28) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 25.


Next up is October 10th, but it's a Mike Smith edition.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Holding Out For (another) Top of the Pops

Where has all of this year gone? It's autumn 1985 already, and time for the 26th September edition of Top of the Pops!

Where has all the hairspray gone?


26/09/85  (Janice Long & Dixie Peach)

Depeche Mode – “It’s Called A Heart” (21)
Getting the show underway, and just about the last New Romantics standing, are Depeche Mode with a tune that peaked at number 18.

Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell” (13) (video)
The blonde Sid Vicious, and just about the last punk standing, Rebel Yell peaked at number 6.

Jennifer Rush – “The Power Of Love” (15)
Our first studio sighting of the biggest hit of 1985, which got Dixie particularly aroused according to Janice, this million selling single will be number one in two weeks time.

Five Star – “Love Take Over” (35) (breaker)
Went up ten more places.

The Damned – “Is It A Dream?” (34) (breaker)
Got no higher.

Dead Or Alive – “My Heart Goes Bang” (31) (breaker)
Peaked at number 23.

The Style Council – “The Lodgers” (17)
In almost matching his and hers outfits, Paul, sporting blonde streaks, and Dee share the lead vocals on this political track that peaked at number 13.

The Top Ten Videos:
Mai Tai - "Body & Soul" (10) (video clip)
Baltimora - "Tarzan Boy" (9) (video clip)
Amii Stewart - "Knock On Wood" (8) (TOTP clip)
Marillion - "Lavender" (7) (video clip)
Red Box – “Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)” (6) (video clip)
Madonna - "Angel" (5) (video clip)
Midge Ure - "If I Was" (4) (video clip)
Stevie Wonder - "Part Time Lover" (3) (video clip)

Bonnie Tyler – “Holding Out For A Hero” (2)
Another studio performance but if Bonnie was holding out for a number one she was to be disappointed because the song could get no higher.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – “Dancing In The Street” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Maria Vidal – “Body Rock” (11) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is October 3rd.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Top of the Pops on Me

Did I just imagine it, or did tonight's TOTPs start, get interrupted by a weather forecast during the first song, and then re-start from the beginning all over again??

Anyway...... The big day has come at last to say 'I do' and make this 19th September 1985 edition of Top of the Pops your very own, in sickness and in health, until death us do part!

Twice the fun!


19/09/85  (Simon Bates & Peter Powell)

Red Box – “Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)” (18)
Getting the show off to a drumtastic start with their first of two top ten hits, this one peaking at number 3.

Madonna – “Angel” (10) (video)
Already on her fifth top ten hit of the year, she must've been a bit too tired to make a brand new video, but the song still made it to number 5.

Midge Ure – “If I Was” (8)
Not the best miming from Midge here, but the song was terrific and will be number one in two weeks time.

Cameo – “Single Life” (35) (breaker)
Their breakthrough hit peaking at number 15. And not one single ludicrously large cod piece anywhere in sight!

Rene & Angela – “I’ll Be Good” (31) (breaker)
Their only top 40 hit, peaking at number 22.

Billy Idol – “Rebel Yell” (25) (breaker)
His follow up to White Wedding also peaked at number 6.

Lloyd Cole & The Commotions – “Brand New Friend” (27)
Performing what would become his second biggest hit, peaking at number 19.

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – “Dancing In The Street” (1) (video)
Third of four weeks at number one.

Colonel Abrams – “Trapped” (28) (audience dancing/credits)
Became his only top ten hit when it peaked at number 3.


26th September is next.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Top of the Pops in the Street

Calling out around the UK, summer's here and the time is right for the September 12th 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

It doesn't matter what you wear, luckily.....



12/09/85  (Mike Read & Steve Wright)

Amii Stewart – “Knock On Wood” (12)
And Amii has flown in from Italy to get tonight's show underway with this remixed version of her 1979 top five hit, which this time peaked at number 7.

Huey Lewis & The News – “The Power Of Love” (19) (Montreux clip)
Peaked at number 11.

Maria Vidal – “Body Rock” (26)
Channeling a little bit of Madonna here I think, but this was Maria's only hit and it peaked at number 11.

Marillion – “Lavender” (13)
Fish is off his sickbed and donned in his red coat and tartan trousers to channel a bit of Bob Dylan in this performance of 'Lavender Blue'.

Cliff Richard – “She’s So Beautiful” (33) (breaker)
The least said about the video the better! Peaked at number 17.

Red Box – “Lean On Me (Ah-Li-Ayo)” (30) (breaker)
Their first of two top ten hits, this one being the biggest peaking at number 3.

Midge Ure – “If I Was” (29) (breaker)
On its way to number one.

Mai Tai – “Body & Soul” (10)
Went up one more place.

The Top Nine:
Princess - "Say I'm Your Number One" (9) (video clip)
Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill" (8) (video clip)
Madonna - "Into The Groove" (7) (video clip)
The Cars - "Drive" (6) (video clip)
Stevie Wonder - "Part Time Lover" (5) (video clip)
Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” (4) (video clip)
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde - "I Got You Babe" (3) (video clip)
Bonnie Tyler – “Holding Out For A Hero” (2) (video clip)

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – “Dancing In The Street” (1) (video)
Second of four weeks at the top.

Bananarama - "Do Not Disturb" (31) (audience dancing/credits)
Got no higher.


September 19th is next.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Holding Out For a Top of the Pops

This edition of Top of the Pops from 5th September 1985 will not be shown on BBC4 because Mike Smith did not sign a repeats contract before he died. So a huge thanks goes once again to Neil B for making it available here at WeTransfer.

Holding out for a haircut


05/09/85  (Peter Powell & Mike Smith)

Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” (3) 
At its peak.

Bryan Ferry – “Don’t Stop The Dance” (26) (Montreux clip)
Peaked at number 21.

Rebecca Storm – “The Show” (28) 
Her only hit, it peaked at number 22.

Madness – “Yesterday’s Men” (21)
Their first of two top 30 hits in 1985, this was being the biggest when it peaked at number 18.

Huey Lewis & The News – “The Power Of Love” (31) (breaker)
The second of a trio of 'Power of Love' songs to make the charts, this one reached number 11.

Marillion – “Lavender” (23) (breaker)
The follow up to Kayleigh, it peaked at number 5.

Bonnie Tyler – “Holding Out For A Hero” (10) 
Her fifth and final top ten hit, peaking at number 2.

The Top Nine:
Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing" (9) (video clip)
King - "Alone Without You" (8) (video clip)
Princess - "Say I'm Your Number One" (7) (video clip)
The Cars - "Drive" (6) (video clip)
Kate Bush - "Running Up That Hill" (5) (video clip)
Madonna - "Into The Groove" (4) (video clip)
Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” (3) (video clip)
UB40 & Chrissie Hynde - "I Got You Babe" (2) (video clip)

David Bowie & Mick Jagger – “Dancing In The Street” (1) (video)
First of four weeks at number one.

Stevie Wonder - "Part Time Lover" (20) (audience dancing/credits)
Peaked at number 3.


September 12th is next.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Don't Mess With Top of the Pops

Its a live edition of Top of the Pops from 29th August 1985 and no one can stop you saying 'bottom' if you want to!

Top of the Screams!


29/08/85  (Janice Long & John Peel)

Mai Tai – “Body & Soul” (18)
Getting this live show underway with their second and final top ten hit, peaking at number 9.

Dan Hartman – “I Can Dream About You” (16)
In the studio tonight to perform his final top 40 hit, which went up four more places.

D Train – “You’re The One For Me” (15)
Featuring Paul Hardcastle on the 'keyboard thingy' this was his remix of their 1982 number 30 hit, which was now their final top 40 hit and at its peak.

Bananarama – “Do Not Disturb” (40) (breaker)
Their only hit of 1985, peaking at number 31.

Bryan Ferry – “Don’t Stop The Dance” (39) (breaker – Montreux clip)
Peaked at number 21.

Madness – “Yesterday’s Men” (30) (breaker)
Peaked at number 18.

Thompson Twins – “Don’t Mess With Doctor Dream” (22)
Alannah waggles her tonsils and the song peaked at number 15.

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – “I Got You Babe” (1) (video)
Its one and only week at number one.

Amii Stewart – “Knock On Wood” (33) (audience dancing/credits)
This remix of her top 5 hit from 1979 peaked at number 7.


September 5th is next, but its a Mike Smith edition.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Tarzan Top of the Pops

It's hot and steamy tonight like a tropical jungle so pull your loincloths on, grab the nearest Jane and climb up the vine to your tree house to enjoy this 22nd August 1985 edition of Top of the Pops!

Kate invaders!


22/08/85  (Gary Davies & Steve Wright)

Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – “I Wonder If I Take You Home” (15)
The show gets underway with a club sound. Her first of three top 40 hits, this one was her biggest peaking at number 12.

The Cars – “Drive” (5) (video)
Went up one more place. Shame they didn't show the Ethiopia version of the video, but it was probably too harrowing for the show.

Baltimora – “Tarzan Boy” (11)
Swinging into the charts with the sound of the Spanish summer discos and a dancing gorilla, but it was his only hit and it climbed up to number 3.

Dan Hartman – “I Can Dream About You” (40) (breaker)
His third and final top 40 hit, it peaked at number 12.

Mai Tai – “Body & Soul” (36) (breaker)
Their second and final top ten hit, peaking at number 9.

Marc Almond – “Stories Of Johnny” (34) (breaker)
Peaked at number 23.

Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill” (4)
You wouldn't expect anything less than an otherworldly performance from Kate, her first in the studio since 1979, and the song went up one more place.

Princess – “Say I’m Your Number One” (10)
It is hot tonight, isn't it! And she went up three more places.

Madonna – “Into The Groove” (1) (video)
Fourth and final week at number one.

Amazulu – “Excitable” (12) (audience dancing/credits)
At its peak.


Next up is August 29th.