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.