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Postby Blondini » Fri May 12, 2017 6:59 pm

<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< missing clips from cut Savile edition:

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Postby Graham76man » Sun May 14, 2017 12:46 am

Fergal Sharkey of the Assembly was a big Ham Radio fan.
I know this because in the 90's one of the ways to get onto the internet was by something called packet radio. Instead of using the phone line, to get the net, you could use amateur radio. Of course the advantage was that you could get on the net for free. The disadvantage was that you had to do an amateur radio course and then apply for a licence to go on the airways. So I got a licence and that's when I found out that Fergal was a regular user of amateur radio. I don't think he wanted it to browse the net, just liked talking to people on the radio waves.
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Postby CZB » Thu May 18, 2017 6:54 pm

Tonight, episode 1031 :

08/12/83 (Presented by Mike Read and Tommy Vance)

(04) Thompson Twins – “Hold Me Now”
(22) Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It” (video)
(02) Paul Young – “Love Of The Common People”
(06) Tina Turner – “Let’s Stay Together” (video)

(31) Tears For Fears – “The Way You Are”
( Charts 30 - 21 - Mike Read )
(23) Howard Jones – “What Is Love?”
( Charts 20 - 11 - Tommy Vance )
(11) Culture Club – “Victims” (video)
( Charts 10 - 02 - Tommy Vance / Mike Read )
(01) The Flying Pickets – “Only You”
(18) Wham! – “Club Fantastic Megamix” (audience dancing/credits)


From this line-up, the one for the file marked " No, I don't remember this at all ! " would be the Tears For Fears hit. It did a slow climb to a peak of number 24 four weeks later, followed by just one more week in the top 75, at number 42 . . . . .
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Postby Blondini » Thu May 18, 2017 7:22 pm

^They don't want you to remember it, they think it's awful in retrospect!
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Postby Graham76man » Thu May 18, 2017 8:47 pm

Paul Young did make a video for Love of The Common People. He comments on it in his video collection saying it was made for a fiver with some change! They couldn't afford any actors, so he got his real mum and dad to play the parts of "mum and dad". The extras were all friends and the club was location was owned by his manager at that time.

The Real Chart was staying away from the official number ones at this time, so the Flying Pickets never did get to the top, only number two.
Instead after Billy's reign at the top Paul McCartney and M Jackson got there, with a video that is not as long as the original track. Well the versions I have seen fade away picture wise, while the music is still going strong!
Tracey Ullman then jumped straight into the top for two weeks, with a video that features Hank Marvin at the start playing the guitar instrumental, plus a tribute to Come Dancing, before they turned it into celebs. Paul wasted no time by going straight into the top again with Pipes of Peace, while only 54 on the Gallup chart. He stays there till the new year, mind you the Gallup polls were rubbish too, so their charts were not much better.
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Postby CZB » Fri May 19, 2017 6:56 pm

Tonight, episode 1032:

15/12/83 (Presented by Simon Bates and Janice Long)

(25) Status Quo – “Marguerita Time”
(24) UB40 – “Many Rivers To Cross” (video)
(03) Slade – “My Oh My”
(20) Barry Manilow – “Read ‘Em & Weep” (video)
( Charts 30 - 21 - Simon Bates )
(23) Pretenders – “2000 Miles”
( Charts 20 - 11 - Janice Long )
(11) Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton – “Islands In The Stream” (11) (US TV clip)
( Charts 10 - 01 - Janice Long / Simon Bates )
(01) The Flying Pickets – “Only You”
(30) Kool & The Gang - "Straight Ahead" (30) (audience dancing/credits)


A short edition, with not many studio performances.

I thought the opener from Status Quo was one of their better efforts - and, four weeks later, it would peak at number three.

Wikipedia says of "2000 Miles", "Considered a Christmas song, it has been released on various Christmas compilation albums. " I don't think I really regarded it in that way back in 1983, despite the time of year that it was a hit - maybe I didn't notice that Christmas was actually mentioned in the lyrics ! To me, it was similar to East 17's "Stay Another Day", not so clearly a seasonal song but nonetheless a big hit at Christmas time.
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Postby Blondini » Fri May 19, 2017 7:04 pm

^It was a song about the death of one of their members. With the Christmas lyric tacked on to it.
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Postby CZB » Thu May 25, 2017 6:56 pm

Tonight, episode 1033 :

22/12/83 (Presented by David Jensen & John Peel)

(20) Slade – “Merry Christmas Everybody”
(03) Culture Club – “Victims” (video)
(29) Tears For Fears – “The Way You Are”
(07) Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It” (video)
(26) Dennis Waterman & George Cole – “What Are We Gonna Get ‘Er Indoors?”
( Charts 30 - 21 - David Jensen )
(22) Paul McCartney – “Pipes Of Peace” (video)
( Charts 20 - 11 - John Peel )
(11) Howard Jones – “What Is Love?”
( Charts 10 - 01 - John Peel / David Jensen )
(01) The Flying Pickets – “Only You”
(27) Roland Rat Superstar – “Rat Rapping (Brilliant Isn’t It?)” (audience dancing/credits)


Quite a similar line-up to the one of a fortnight earlier, except that there are a few Christmas / novelty additions !

It was rare back then for an act to have two hits doing well in the same chart, so that they appeared in consecutive weeks with different singles. I don't think it was even an official re-issue to mark ten years since the original release of "Merry Christmas Everybody" ten years earlier - the old stock was just returned to the shops every year, or repressed if necessary - but perhaps the anniversary helped it to do better in 1983 than other Christmases, in several of which it charted again.

Surely the oldest performer in the chart this week was George Cole - 58 years old at the time of this, his only hit. He died in 2015, at the age of 90.
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Postby Blondini » Thu May 25, 2017 8:10 pm

^Probably the success of My Oh My which made the difference.

Quite hard to get into the spirit of Christmas on the hottest day of the year so far! :lol:
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Postby Graham76man » Fri May 26, 2017 12:03 am

Blondini wrote:^Probably the success of My Oh My which made the difference.
Not probable about it. The record company issued a second limited edition of the My Oh My record with the Christmas record track as a b side.
There was no 1983 issue for Merry Christmas, so record shops must have been ordering the 1981 edition, which hadn't been deleted.
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Postby CZB » Fri May 26, 2017 7:21 pm

Tonight, episode 1035 - the second of two Christmas editions to conclude 1983 :

29/12/83 (Presented by Gary Davies, Adrian John, Peter Powell, Richard Skinner and Tommy Vance)

JoBoxers – “Boxerbeat”
Mike Oldfield – “Moonlight Shadow” (video)
Thompson Twins – “Love On Your Side”
Tracey Ullman – “They Don’t Know” (video)
The Cure – “The Love Cats”
Jonathan King with the American chart;
- Michael Sembello – “Maniac” (video clip)
- The Police – “Every Breath You Take” (live clip)

Phil Collins – “You Can’t Hurry Love” (video)
The Belle Stars – “Sign Of The Times”
Paul Young – “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” (video)
Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Dear Prudence”
Spandau Ballet – “True”
Howard Jones – “New Song”
Rod Stewart – “Baby Jane” (video)
The Style Council – “Long Hot Summer”
Culture Club – “Karma Chameleon”
Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson – “Say Say Say” (audience dancing/credits)


Most of the year's number ones were in the other Christmas special - but, unfortunately, so was Mike Smith . . . . .

It's just as well Adrian John was identified by a caption when doing a link - as many viewers both in 1983 and now would probably otherwise not have had the slightest clue who he was ! However, according to his Wikipedia page (running to a total of eight sentences), he was with Radio One for seven years.

As Jonathan King is now due to reappear in court accused of 18 more sex offences next month, it seems unlikely that his segments will be reinstated in the repeats any time soon.
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Postby Blondini » Tue May 30, 2017 1:36 pm

Not stating this as an opinion of J King's innocence or anything but James Masterton is still supporting him as you can see here. And several high profile people are still following him (Stephen Fry, Boy George, Ricardo "Cuban Boys" Autobahn, Jenny Powell, James Whale and music journalist (known for Manics) Simon Price.
As am i though i'm a bit less sure about him than i was after his involvement in the Alex Day and co YouTube stars abuse scandal (which he refused to comment on one way or the other) - he produced music for and/or supported Day and and another singer accused of abusing their teen girl fans.
When you bring this up on his site, he shuts down any conversation about it and censors your posts.

Seems quite impossible to get any kind of firm guilty result years after the first trial(s). Surely it's purely opinion by now?
Off topic but just stating the situation.
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Postby Graham76man » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:16 pm

The show goes on.... Reviews of 1984 and presumably next week the start of TOTP 1984....
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Postby Blondini » Mon Jun 05, 2017 1:27 am

Mike Read suddenly acting like he never banned Relax. :lol: :roll:
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Postby CZB » Thu Jun 08, 2017 6:57 pm

In a packed opening programme of 1984 tonight . . . . .

05/01/84 (20th anniversary edition)
(Presented by David Jensen and John Peel, with a brief appearance from Alan Freeman)
(35) Frankie Goes To Hollywood – “Relax”
(32) Rod Stewart – “Sweet Surrender” (video)
( Chat with Alan Freeman )
Clips from the first ten years, voiceover by John Peel:
- The Rolling Stones – “Let’s Spend The Night Together” (clip from 26/12/67)
- Procol Harum – “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (clip from 26/12/67)
- Lulu – “Love Loves To Love Love” (clip from 26/12/67)
- Engelbert Humperdinck – “The Last Waltz” (clip from 26/12/67)
- The Alan Price Set – “Don’t Stop The Carnival” (clip from 15/02/68)
- Peter Sarstedt – “Where Do You Go To My Lovely” (clip from 27/02/69)
- The Hollies – “Sorry Suzanne” (clip from 27/02/69)
- Brotherhood Of Man – “United We Stand” (clip from 29/01/70)
- Edison Lighthouse – “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” (clip from 29/01/70)
- Jonathan King – “Let It All Hang Out” (clip from 29/01/70)

- Jethro Tull – “The Witch’s Promise” (clip from 29/01/70)
- The Dave Clark Five – “Everybody Get Together” (clip from 26/02/70)
- Thin Lizzy – “Whiskey In The Jar” (clip from 01/02/73)
- The Sweet – “Blockbuster” (clip from 01/02/73)
- The Beatles – “All You Need Is Love” (‘Our World’ clip)
(05) Status Quo – “Marguerita Time”
Clips from the second ten years, voiceover by John Peel:
- Deep Purple – “Black Night” (clip)
- Slade – “Coz I Luv You” (clip from 27/12/71)
- Ashton, Gardner & Dyke – “Resurrection Shuffle” (clip from 27/12/71)
- Wizzard – “Ball Park Incident” (clip from 27/12/73)
- Alvin Stardust – “My Coo Ca Choo” (clip from 15/11/73)
- Gary Glitter – “I Love You Love Me Love” (clip from 15/11/73)
- Roxy Music – “All I Want Is You” (clip from 04/10/74)
- Bay City Rollers – “Bye Bye Baby” (clip from 25/12/75)
- Cliff Richard – “Devil Woman” (clip from 25/12/76)
- Ian Dury & The Blockheads – “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” (clip from 25/12/79)
- Gary Numan – “Cars” (clip from 25/12/79)
- Paul McCartney – “Coming Up” (video clip)
- Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” (clip from 13/08/81)
- Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen” (clip from 15/07/82)
( Charts 40 - 26 - David Jensen )
(26) Frank Kelly – “Christmas Countdown”
( Charts 25 - 11 - John Peel )
( Charts 10 - 03 - video clips )
(02) Slade – “My Oh My”
(01) The Flying Pickets – “Only You” (video)
(19) Kool & The Gang – “Straight Ahead” (audience dancing/credits)


It will be interesting to see to what extent the two clips sequences are more complete in the late night repeats ! I wonder if it will just be Jonathan King and Gary Glitter who are deleted then . . . . .

Over five years after Radio One extended the Sunday evening chart show to a top forty, "Top Of The Pops" finally does likewise.

Frank Kelly, who would become much more famous for his role in "Father Ted", charted in the UK a year later than his "Christmas Countdown" was originally a bigger hit in Ireland. This was a much shortened performance - the seven-inch single single covers all of the twelve days of Christmas individually, and runs to five and a half minutes. His other big Irish hit had been a political song - "Charlie Stepped In", which reflected the ever-changing governments in Ireland :

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Postby CZB » Fri Jun 09, 2017 6:57 pm

Back to normal with episode 1037 tonight:

12/01/84 (Presented by Mike Read and Steve Wright)
(28) The Icicle Works – “Love Is A Wonderful Colour”
(02) Howard Jones – “What Is Love?” (video)
(13) Shaky & Bonnie – “A Rockin’ Good Way”
(14) Roland Rat Superstar – “Rat Rapping (Brilliant Isn’t It)” (video)
(19) Snowy White – “Bird Of Paradise”
( Charts 40 - 22 - Mike Read )
(22) Lionel Richie – “Running With The Night” (video)
( Charts 21 - 11 - Mike Read )
(18) Joe Fagin – “That’s Living Alright”
( Charts 10 - 02 - Mike Read )
(01) Paul McCartney – “Pipes Of Peace” (video)
(04) Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It” (audience dancing/credits)


I'm sure I was by no means the only one who regarded the Roland Rat single as being about as far away from "brilliant" as woiuld be possible . . . . . although, despite having never watched "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet", I rather liked its closing theme tune, which would go on to give Joe Fagin a top three hit.
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Postby CZB » Thu Jun 22, 2017 6:55 pm

Tonight, episode 1038:


19/01/84 (Presented by Simon Bates and Peter Powell)

(29) Whitesnake – “Give Me More Time”
(13) Big Country – “Wonderland” (video)
(28) Fiction Factory – “(Feels Like) Heaven”
(16) China Crisis – “Wishful Thinking”
( Charts 40 - 24 - Simon Bates )
(24) Gloria Gaynor – “I Am What I Am”
( Charts 23 - 11 - Peter Powell )
(11) John Lennon – “Nobody Told Me” (video)
( Charts 10 - 01 - Simon Bates / Peter Powell )
(01) Paul McCartney – “Pipes Of Peace” (video)
(17) The Police – “King Of Pain” (audience dancing/credits)


First-timers in the top 75 are now "NEW", while "CHART ENTRY" means a climber from 41-75 into the top forty . . . the playout single by the Police wasn't destined to become one of their greater or well-known successes . . . the Fiction Factory hit was reworked at the beginning of this century by Dario G, but "Heaven Is Closer" wasn't quite in the same league as "Sunchyme" and "Dream To Me" . . . and my favourite by a long way from this episode was "Wishful Thinking", by far the best track from the Merseyside band China Crisis.
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Postby Blondini » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:02 pm

Relax would've been played this week if it hadn't been banned. Next edition is on the BBC 2017 ban list so we skip to Feb 2nd next Thursday.
What did they do instead of playing Relax at number one? Just skip to the playout track? Did they play the number two?

Odd seeing China Crisis - a synth band - appear bereft of synths. :lol: Maybe the singer couldn't bring one with him, they look like an awkward boy-band!
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Postby CZB » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:12 pm

Blondini wrote:What did they do instead of playing Relax at number one? Just skip to the playout track? Did they play the number two?
The number two wasn't played in any of the next five episodes - three of which we should be able to see. I believe they just mentioned what was number one at the end of the chart recap, then moved on to the playout track.

The full two-hour Radio One top 40 show for the next week, the first in which "Relax" was at number one, can be heard here:

https://www.mixcloud.com/310353/uk-top- ... 9-01-1984/

Moving the counter to the last ninety seconds or so reveals that a more precisely-worded reason for the omission was given to the Sunday evening listeners. I'm pretty sure that the same wording was used in the next four weeks too.
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Postby Blondini » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:31 pm

Thanks for the link! How utterly naff that top ten rundown sounded! Glad i didn't become a listener till 85! :lol:
Cutting edge Radio 1 eh? :wink:
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Postby Graham76man » Fri Jun 23, 2017 3:24 pm

Blondini wrote:Thanks for the link! How utterly naff that top ten rundown sounded! Glad i didn't become a listener till 85! :lol:
Cutting edge Radio 1 eh? :wink:
Radio One has always been naff. And still is :wink:
Most people were listening to Independent Radio. Who did not ban Relax.
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Postby Blondini » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:23 am

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Blondini wrote:Thanks for the link! How utterly naff that top ten rundown sounded! Glad i didn't become a listener till 85! :lol:
Cutting edge Radio 1 eh? :wink:
Radio One has always been naff. And still is :wink:
Most people were listening to Independent Radio. Who did not ban Relax.
I would question the word "most" - it was only when they started to focus exclusively on the youth that commercial radio hammered them in listenership. Comm. radio is unspeakably naff and panders to advertisers with the easiest and least risky songs in existence - unless they're too big to ignore. Radio 1 were the only station to play indie, dance, rap and other genres years before everyone else did.
Comm. radio ignored Pulp, Underworld, Oasis, Suede, Blur, Nirvana even when they were in the top 5. They were forced to play them regularly through requests.

Certain eighties DJ's were quite naff but in terms of the chart rundown - by the time i was listening in 85/86 they had Prince as their theme music and still the greatest chart rundown host on any station - Bruno Brookes. You try listening to Marvin Humes on the Big Load Of Rubbish Fake Top 40 every week. I used to shudder on the rare occasions i skipped over to Neil Fox not having a clue about half the music he was playing.
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Postby GetBack » Sun Jun 25, 2017 1:25 am

Oh my god, I love this show! :cry: :cry:
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Postby JahWomble » Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:17 am

Blondini wrote:Odd seeing China Crisis - a synth band - appear bereft of synths. :lol: Maybe the singer couldn't bring one with him, they look like an awkward boy-band!
I know that they used them a fair bit, but I can't say I've ever really thought of China Crisis as a 'synth band' per se - well, certainly not in the way that Depeche Mode were/are. As I recall, they used a variety of instrumentation from the off and their first single, African and White, was built primarily around a bass line.

I quite liked some of their stuff back in the day (the aforementioned debut remains a fine moment), but listening back, it is all a little bit 'mimsy', tbh.

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Blondini wrote:Thanks for the link! How utterly naff that top ten rundown sounded! Glad i didn't become a listener till 85! :lol:
Cutting edge Radio 1 eh? :wink:
Radio One has always been naff. And still is :wink:
Most people were listening to Independent Radio. Who did not ban Relax.
I would question the word "most" - it was only when they started to focus exclusively on the youth that commercial radio hammered them in listenership. Comm. radio is unspeakably naff and panders to advertisers with the easiest and least risky songs in existence - unless they're too big to ignore. Radio 1 were the only station to play indie, dance, rap and other genres years before everyone else did.
Comm. radio ignored Pulp, Underworld, Oasis, Suede, Blur, Nirvana even when they were in the top 5. They were forced to play them regularly through requests.

Certain eighties DJ's were quite naff but in terms of the chart rundown - by the time i was listening in 85/86 they had Prince as their theme music and still the greatest chart rundown host on any station - Bruno Brookes. You try listening to Marvin Humes on the Big Load Of Rubbish Fake Top 40 every week. I used to shudder on the rare occasions i skipped over to Neil Fox not having a clue about half the music he was playing.
Agree with much of this. Commercial radio was dreadful during the eighties and nineties - Capital especially unlistenable with its ridiculous playlist policy: ie, keep on rotating the same tune months after it has exited the charts*. (I can remember chatting to a Capital person on a train back from college back in 1981 and telling him how poor I thought their output was - to the embarrassment of my friends in attendance.) Agree that Fox is - and always has been - an embarrassment with his musical ignorance. (*Their application of this policy to Xfm was what made me switch off forever around 2001...)

Radio 1 had many faults for many years, but their daytime embracing of new wave in 1977-78, rap in the eighties and Britpop/rock in the mid-nineties should (have) be(en) applauded. The fact that there is no longer a station embracing the nation as a whole - and specifically its wide music tastes - is one of the main reasons that the singles chart has become so tedious and stagnant.
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Postby Graham76man » Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:40 am

It might have been true about Capital, because the London area was well established with radio stations by the 80's. But in Yorkshire we still had new stations setting up such as Viking FM. My own Radio Station, Hallam, was more progressive than the others. It had a "sales" based top 50 and was the top station in the country, even above Radio One, for picking hits. It had a specialist shows such as New Age Musik, where it played all the independent and alternative music.
Of course by the 1990's commercial stations had become more commercialised. Most of the stopped playing old music, and let their AM frequencies take on the task of playing old music, calling them "Classic Gold". While the FM side played up-to-date Pop music. It was never the same after that.
However the commercial stations during the 80's where the driving force of pop music. It was they that introduced the Network Chart. Targeted at the same time as the top 40 on Radio One. It was a week ahead of the Gallup Chart. And it was the driving force to the change to having the Radio One chart changed to being broadcast straight after compilation on Sunday. This however had the negative effect on TOTP, which was broadcasting the top 40 nearly a week after being broadcast on Sunday. People didn't need to tune in to know the number one, because they already knew. When Channel Four started they introduced the Chart Show. The latest music videos, instead of "live" performances. Which made the TOTP live performances seem rubbish amongst the well produced videos. It was so successfully ITV took over and targeted at lunch time Saturday, just before many people went to buy the latest material in the afternoon.
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