Friday, 2 April 2021

Top of the Road

 I ain't got no cigarettes, but I do have the 22nd of November 1990 edition of Top of the Pops!

Rising up the chart


22-11-90:   Presenter:  Anthea Turner

(5) EMF – Unbelievable
Getting the show off to a lively start and the song went up two more places.

(3) VANILLA ICE – Ice Ice Baby  (video)
Will be number one next week.

(17) THE PROCLAIMERS – King Of The Road
Looking dapper in the studio in their dinner suits to perform this Roger Miller cover which became their second of three top ten hits when it peaked at number 9.

(12) ROD STEWART & TINA TURNER – It Takes Two  (video)
Peaked at number 5.

(11) JULEE CRUISE – Falling
In the studio tonight to perform the weird and haunting theme tune from Twin Peaks and it reached its peak at number 7.

(8) JIMMY SOMERVILLE – To Love Somebody
A repeat showing of this performance but the song got no higher.

(10) 808 STATE – Cubik
In the studio but this Madchester tune was now at its peak.

(1) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody  (video)
Fourth and final week at number one. 

(NEW) BRUNO & LIZ & THE RADIO 1 D.J. POSSE – Let’s Dance  (video)  (and credits)
 The Children in Need single and it peaked at number 54.

November 29th is next.

Top of the Mountain

 In my youth had someone told me what was to come and how things would be... it's the 15th of November 1990 edition of Top of the Pops!

A cut above


15-11-90:   Presenter:  Bruno Brookes

(5) BLACK BOX – Fantasy
A repeat showing of this to start us off this week but the song went up no higher.

(23) INSPIRAL CARPETS – Biggest Mountain
In the studio tonight to perform a song from their Island Head e.p and it went up two more places.

(6) ROBERT PALMER & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight  (video)
At its peak.

(40) CARON WHEELER – U.K. Blak 
She's in the studio but the song got no higher.

(28) THE MISSION – Hands Across The Ocean  (video)   (Breakers)
Got no higher.

(30) JON BON JOVI – Miracle  (video)   (Breakers)
Went up one more place.

(35) JULEE CRUISE – Falling  (video)   (Breakers)
Became her only  top ten hit when it peaked at number 7.

(25) JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS – Let’s Swing Again  (video)
Peaked at number 19.

(22) MEGABASS – Time To Make The Floor Burn  (video)
The Jive Bunny team go clubbing and this one peaked at number 16.

(3) KIM APPLEBY – Don’t Worry
Another repeat showing and the song went up one more place.

(1) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody  (video)
Third of four weeks at number one. 

(26) PRINCE – New Power Generation  (video)  (and credits)
Got no higher.
 
22nd November is next.

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Top Ten of the Pops



Amazingly it's now ten years (ten years!) since BBC4 began showing the repeats of Top of the Pops. And in that time we've seen some truly poptastic editions (and perhaps one or two floptastic ones) featuring some fabulous performances of some of the best songs of all time.

So here's your chance to take a little trip down memory lane and share your own personal top ten (or however many you fancy really) favourite performances from the years 1976 to 1990.

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Friday, 26 March 2021

Unbelievable Of the Pops

You burden me with questions, but I can't tell no lies ~ it's the 8th of November 1990 edition of Top of the Pops!

Top ten hat


8-11-90:   Presenter:  Gary Davies

(22) JASON DONOVAN – I’m Doing Fine
Performing this bouncy song for a second time in the studio but it got no higher.

(15) PAUL SIMON – The Obvious Child  (video)
At its peak.

(25) EMF – Unbelievable
Now this one really takes me back to my early student days - dancing to it in the student bar after possibly one or two drinks. And it became their first of three top ten hits when it peaked at number 3.

(30) DEL AMITRI – Spit In The Rain  (video)
Peaked at number 21.

(5) THE CHARLATANS – Then  (video)   (Album Chart)
From their number one album Some Friendly

(4) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day  (video)   (Album Chart)
From his number one album Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1.

(3) STATUS QUO – The Anniversary Waltz Part 1  (video)   (Album Chart)
From their number two album Rocking All Over the Years.

(2) PAVAROTTI, DOMINGO & CARRERAS – O Sole Mio  (live clip)   (Album Chart)
From their number one album In Concert.

(1) PAUL SIMON – The Obvious Child (video)   (Album Chart)
From his number one album The Rhythm of the Saints.

(20) THE LA’S – There She Goes
In the studio tonight to perform what became their only top 40 hit when it peaked at number 13.

(11) GAZZA & LINDISFARNE – Fog On The Tyne (Revisited)  (video)
Became the world cup hero's first of two top 40 hits when it peaked at number 2.

(28) JIMMY SOMERVILLE – To Love Somebody
This Bee Gees cover became his second and final solo top ten when it peaked at number 8.

(1) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody  (video)
Second of four weeks at number one. 

(29) 808 STATE – Cubik/Olympic  (video)  (and credits)
 Peaked at number 10.

November 15th is next.

Unchained Top of the Pops

 Woah, my love, my darling, I've hungered for the 1st of November 1990 edition of Top of the Pops!

Haunting song



1-11-90:   Presenter:  Simon Mayo

(16) KIM APPLEBY – Don’t Worry
Getting tonight's show underway with what became her first of two solo top ten hits when it peaked at number 2.

(19) ROBERT PALMER & UB40 – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight  (video)
Peaked at number 6.

(21) BLACK BOX – Fantasy 
In the studio to perform this Earth Wind and Fire cover which became their third and final top ten hit when it peaked at number 5.

(5) WHITNEY HOUSTON – I’m Your Baby Tonight  (video)
Everyone wants to be my baby tonight! This one peaked at number 5.

(22) ROXETTE – Dressed For Success
In the studio and the song went up four more places.

(11) RITA MacNEIL – Working Man  (video)
At her peak.

(15) THE CURE – Close To Me  (video)
Had peaked at number 24 back in 1985, this time around it did better and made it to number 13.

(9) KYLIE MINOGUE – Step Back In Time 
And it's that time again when our blog title song makes its grand appearance. Kylie's in the studio to perform it of course and it peaked at number 4.

(1) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody  (video)
The first of four weeks at number one for the biggest selling single of 1990. 

(25) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day  (video)  (and credits)
Went up two more places.
 
November 8th is next.
 

Friday, 19 March 2021

We Want the Same Top of the Pops

 We dream the same dream, all we want is to see the 25th of October 1990 edition of Top of the Pops together!

Heaven is Top of the Pops



25-10-90:   Presenter:  Jakki Brambles

(14) BELINDA CARLISLE – (We Want) The Same Thing
Flying in specially to get tonight's show underway and the song peaked at number 6.

(3) THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS – Unchained Melody  (video)
More like the Righteous Brother really. But this old tune had been a number 14 hit for the duo in 1965, but now thanks to the movie, Ghost, it would soon become their second and final number one.

(22) PUBLIC IMAGE LTD – Don’t Ask Me  (video)
Their seventh and final top 40 hit, and 22 was as high as it got.

(8) BERLIN – Take My Breath Away  (video)
Had been a number one in 1986, this time it made it to number 3.

(26) THE SOUP DRAGONS – Mother Universe  (video)
Their second and final top 40 hit, and it got no higher.

(35) JASON DONOVAN – I’m Doing Fine
He's ditched the guitar and gone for a zany, sixties style dance routine instead and this Beatle-esque tune peaked at number 22.

(23) PAUL SIMON – The Obvious Child  (video)
From his number one album Rhythm of the Saints, and it peaked at number 15.

(32) GEORGE MICHAEL – Waiting For That Day  (video)   (Breakers)
Peaked at 23.

(33) ELTON JOHN – You Gotta Love Someone  (video)   (Breakers)
Got no higher.

(29) PAUL McCARTNEY – Birthday  (video)
At its peak.

(1) THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH – A Little Time
A second studio performance to celebrate their first and only week at number one.

(31) ROXETTE – Dressed For Success  (video)  (and credits)
Peaked at number 18.
 
 
November 1st is next.