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    by » Fri October 25th, 2019, 22:44

    I have always found it odd, how Grant & Forsyth were always more popular here than in their homeland.
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    by » Wed October 30th, 2019, 19:24

    Jane Wiedlin’s Rush Hour is another firm 80s favourite of mine, love it. Wish she’d have ditched the guitar miming and moved about on stage to match the tempo of the song.

    Never heard that Breathe song but it reminded me of Lavendar by Marillion.

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    by » Thu October 31st, 2019, 20:53

    It looks as if three episodes will now be shown each week, so that BBC FOUR might be able to get to
    the end of 1988 by the end of 2019 - at 7.30 on Thursdays, 7.30 on Fridays and 9.00 on Fridays.


    Tonight:

    08/09/88 (Presented by Andy Crane and Mike Read)
    (28) Marc Almond – “Tears Run Rings”
    (15) Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Mike Read / Andy Crane )
    (23) Spagna – “Every Girl & Boy”
    Breakers:
    - (26) Anthrax – “Make Me Laugh” (video clip)
    - (25) Bill Medley – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” (video clip)
    - (19) The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” (video clip)
    (16) Michael Jackson – “Another Part Of Me” (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Mike Read / Andy Crane )
    (08) Yello – “The Race” (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Mike Read / Andy Crane )
    (01) Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
    (13) Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour” (video/credits)


    Andy Crane's opening link referred to "La Magia" - I didn't recall any kind of co-performers of this single ever
    being mentioned! The label of the UK 7" has, in small print, "Produced by Marc and La Magia" - and in
    similar small print on the back of the sleeve it helpfully adds that "La Magia are Annie Hogan, Billy McGee and
    Steve Humphreys"
    . But, as I suspected, the only name there in big block capital letters is MARC ALMOND.

    Not a very memorable second top forty hit at all for Spagna, whose re-issue of the much bigger continental
    smash "Easy Lady" had already peaked only at 62 following the massive success of "Call Me". "Every Girl And
    Boy" didn't go any higher than it was this week.

    Two songs featured tonight would go on be be number ones - but not quite as seen here! Unusually, two
    versions of "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" were charting at the same time - but the Hollies were about
    to accelerate to the top, while it was downhill all the way for the Bill Medley version in the breakers this
    time. And a comic relief remake of the Proclaimers' hit would prove much more popular than the original in
    2007.....

    Pleasingly, the breakers have now returned to the more logical ascending order each week rather than being
    thrown together randomly.

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    by » Thu October 31st, 2019, 21:02

    Just looked for the songs on Spotify. To my surprise Bill Medley's He Ain't Heavy... is not on Spotify.
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    by » Fri November 1st, 2019, 20:57

    The first of two tonight:

    15/09/88 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Peter Powell)
    (04) Bros – “I Quit”
    (17) The Commodores – “Easy” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Mayo / Peter Powell )
    (14) The Proclaimers – “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)”
    Breakers
    :
    - (29) The Pasadenas – “Riding On A Train” (video clip)
    - (25) Coldcut featuring Junior Reid – “Stop This Crazy Thing” (video clip)
    - (22) Salt ‘N’ Pepa – “Shake Your Thang (It’s Your Thing)” (video clip)
    (13) Jason Donovan – “Nothing Can Divide Us” (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Mayo / Peter Powell )
    (02) The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Simon Mayo / Peter Powell )
    (01) Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love”
    ( Many other presenters for farewell to Peter Powell )
    (20) Inner City – “Big Fun” (video/credits)


    Peter Powell's last appearance on the show begins with "I Quit" - I'm not sure whether Peter Powell himself
    had quit, or if, like Janice Long, he had been "quitted" by the powers that were.....

    My favourite here was Jason Donovan's single, the first of seven consecutive hits that reached the top ten.
    This one peaked at number five, but I thought it was better than most of the others that went higher!

    Yet more 1988 re-releases among this week's featured songs - the Commodores' had peaked at number
    nine in 1977, and the Hollies' had reached number three in 1969!

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    by » Fri November 1st, 2019, 21:19

    I couldn't find evidence for this online but i'm pretty sure that Hollies performance is exclusive to TOTP - not the 1969 record. It's either a live vocal or a new recording from scratch. As you could probably tell, there were a couple of members that would have been too young to appear on the 69 version.
    I think it was mentioned in the Top Of The Pops - Mishaps, Mimings and Music hardback by Ian Gittins. (it's at the bottom of my book shelf and i can't be bothered to check). EDIT: did a scan and can't find it mentioned - might have been TOTP2

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    by » Fri November 1st, 2019, 22:27

    I'm not sure if this was still the period when artists were only allowed either to perform live or to mime to
    a newly-recorded backing track (they weren't allowed just to mime to the already-recorded single itself) ?


    Anyway, the second one tonight.....


    22/09/88 (Presented by Nicky Campbell and Andy Crane)
    (09) Pet Shop Boys – “Domino Dancing”
    (03) Womack & Womack – “Teardrops”
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Nicky Campbell / Andy Crane )
    (04) Bill Withers – “Lovely Day (Sunshine Mix)”
    - (30) Transvision Vamp – “Revolution Baby” (video clip)
    - (24) Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time” (video clip)
    - (18) Bon Jovi – “Bad Medicine” (video clip)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Nicky Campbell / Andy Crane )
    (16) Rick Astley – “She Wants To Dance With Me”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Nicky Campbell / Andy Crane )
    (01) The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother”
    (20) The Pasadenas – “Riding On A Train” (video/credits)



    As Andy Crane mentioned, the original version of "Lovely Day" had peaked at number seven in 1978.
    The "Sunshine Mix" was already at its new, improved peak. I think it was claimed for a while that it
    includes the longest continuous note in a hit song, but perhaps this is no longer the case.

    Whitney Houston was on the way to the third of her four number ones with "One Moment In Time" -
    but she wasn't going to directly replace the Hollies, something else would sneak in first.....

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    by » Sat November 2nd, 2019, 23:39

    The mime rule was out by this point, as it was a Union thing and by late 80's Thatcher had cut them down to size, even using Saville to do it!
    Wasn't the Hollies hit down to a Guinness advert?
    The song itself came from the boys home in America, which was used in the Cagney moive Boystown. The one where he breaks down in the electric chair at the end. The title being the motto of the home.
    Education for anyone aged 12 to 16 has made a mess of the world!

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    by » Sun November 3rd, 2019, 13:58

    The Hollies re-issue was on the back of a Miller Lite advert. It’s amazing how many songs re-charted or even outperformed themselves in the 80s on the back of adverts. Adverts were the memes/Tik-Tok challenge of the day, even up until the late 00s in some cases.

    I enjoy the Sunshine Mix of Lovely Day. A Groovy Kind Of Love has to be one of the most boring #1s for me.

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    by » Sun November 3rd, 2019, 22:50

    My husband is fuming. BBC4 is taken off our tv-package.
    Guess no more Top of the Pops for us.
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    by » Mon November 4th, 2019, 01:41

    The Bill Medley version was from Rambo III - pure coincidence that both came out at the same time. (unless Miller saw the film, similar to what seemed to have happened with the Stand By Me reissue?)

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    by » Thu November 7th, 2019, 20:54

    Tonight:

    29/09/88 (Presented by Gary Davies and Mark Goodier)
    (38) Sinitta – “I Don’t Believe In Miracles”
    (03) U2 – “Desire” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Mark Goodier )
    (29) Hazell Dean – “Turn It Into Love”
    Breakers:
    - (24) Alexander O’Neal – “Fake ‘88” (video clip)
    - (20) Duran Duran – “I Don’t Want Your Love” (video clip)
    - (19) Erasure – “A Little Respect” (video clip)
    (08) Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time” (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Mark Goodier )
    (28) Bananarama – “Love, Truth And Honesty”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Mark Goodier )
    (01) The Hollies – “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother”
    (37) T’Pau – “Secret Garden” (video/credits)


    There were more of the kind of singles I was buying in this edition than usual - the Stock/Aitken/Waterman
    productions sung by Sinitta, Hazell Dean, and Bananarama, plus the bigger hits from Whitney Houston and
    Erasure.

    And we have yet another 1988 remake of an earlier hit - fifteen months earlier, the original version of "Fake"
    had spent just two weeks in the top forty, only reaching number 33. Now, this was the second of five weeks
    the new version stayed there - and it was about to climb to a peak of number 16.

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    by » Thu November 7th, 2019, 21:02

    Very odd to have a number 37 hit as a playout on TOTP. Bobby McFerrin's video not available yet? They even chose this over Duran Duran! (Erasure would have been booked to appear in person, Duran were not appearing by this point, i think - Ordinary World was their comeback performance?)

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    by » Fri November 8th, 2019, 20:53

    You could be right re "Ordinary World" - Duran Duran's next hit also seems to be seen only on video,
    at the beginning of 1989, and I don't see any other upcoming inclusions from them. There's a bit
    more of the current video tonight, though.....


    06/10/88 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Richard Skinner)
    (13) The Pasadenas – “Riding On A Train”
    (11) Bobby McFerrin – “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Mayo / Richard Skinner )
    (17) The Wee Papa Girl Rappers – “Wee Rule”
    Breakers:
    - (36) Spear Of Destiny – “So In Love With You” (video clip)
    - (35) The Beatmasters and PP Arnold – “Burn It Up” (video clip)
    - (32) Kim Wilde – “Never Trust A Stranger” (video clip)
    (12) Erasure – “A Little Respect”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Mayo / Richard Skinner )
    (07) Rick Astley – “She Wants To Dance With Me”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Simon Mayo / Richard Skinner )
    (01) U2 – “Desire” (video)
    (14) Duran Duran – “I Don’t Want Your Love” (video/credits)



    Nothing to buy here - except the Erasure single, which was going on to be one of their seventeen top
    ten hits, but not one of the five that reached the top five (two of them EPs). Wheatus would actually
    peak higher with a cover version in 2001!

    This seems to be Richard Skinner's first time presenting "Top Of The Pops" since 1985 - and he only
    has one more after this. I thought he had left Radio One suddenly and unexpectedly in March 1986 -
    but, of course, by this time, there were some presenters that weren't DJs there.....

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    by » Fri November 8th, 2019, 20:55

    Quote Originally Posted by RayRay View Post
    Just looked for the songs on Spotify. To my surprise Bill Medley's He Ain't Heavy... is not on Spotify.
    I love that song!
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    by » Fri November 8th, 2019, 22:24

    And the second show tonight.....


    13/10/88 (Presented by Bruno Brookes and Gary Davies)
    (16) The Beatmasters & PP Arnold – “Burn It Up”
    (31) Sabrina – “All Of Me”
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Bruno Brookes )
    (19) T’Pau – “Secret Garden”
    Breakers:
    - (29) Enya – “Orinoco Flow” (video clip)
    - (21) The Christians – “Harvest For The World” (video clip)
    - (20) D Mob featuring Gary Haisman – “We Call It Acieed” (video clip)
    (15) Kim Wilde – “Never Trust A Stranger”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Bruno Brookes )
    (25) Sinitta – “I Don’t Believe In Miracles”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Bruno Brookes )
    (01) Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time” (video)
    (23) Bananarama – “Love, Truth & Honesty” (and credits)



    Now Sabrina has linked up with Stock/Aitken/Waterman for a second UK hit - which I actually preferred
    over "Boys"! But this follow-up is never ever heard nowadays - it was only going to climb to a peak of
    number 25 in the following week. There were more of that trio's productions elsewhere in the line-up
    this time - but the future number one wasn't any of them......

    I think it might have been Jonathan King who said of the D Mob hit, or that type of music generally,
    " They call it 'acieed' - I call it 'sheeeet'. "

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 20:52

    Tonight's first:

    20/10/88 (Presented by Caron Keating and Steve Wright)
    (03) D Mob featuring Gary Haisman – “We Call It Acieed” (video)
    (09) The Christians – “Harvest For The World” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Caron Keating / Steve Wright )
    (05) Enya – “Orinoco Flow”
    Breakers:
    - (29) Deacon Blue – “Real Gone Kid” (video clip)
    - (20) Milli Vanilli – “Girl You Know It’s True” (video clip)
    (04) Erasure – “A Little Respect”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Caron Keating / Steve Wright )
    (11) Kylie Minogue – “Je Ne Sais Pas Pourquoi”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Caron Keating / Steve Wright )
    (01) Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time” (video)
    (06) The Wee Papa Girl Rappers – “Wee Rule” (and credits)


    The first edition co-presented by Caron Keating, who at this time also presented "Blue Peter" -
    hence the opening quip "Here's a presenter I met earlier". She died in 2004, aged 41.

    It's been noted elsewhere that it's most unusual for the programme to start with a video rather than
    a performance - perhaps the band were expected to be in the studio instead, but couldn't make it?

    It's even more unusual for Steve Wright to read any of the chart countdown - apparently these
    segments were generally recorded in the afternoon, during the hours in which he would almost
    always have been busy presenting his show on Radio One.

    Erasure weren't exactly "live on this week's 'Top Of The Pops'" - it was a repeat of a perfomance
    that had first been seen in an earlier edition.....

    The Kylie Minogue singles were being released in pretty quick succession in 1988 - this one wasn't
    really among my favourites, I think I waited for it to reach the bargain bins.

    I later bought one single each by the two acts featured in this week's breakers, but not these songs!

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 21:13

    It looks like one of those editions where the presenters are in a different studio (or on a different day?) to the performances. The Enya one didn't look connected to the link to it - the fact they started with a video and followed with another.

    We Call It Acieed was soon banned by Radio 1 along with every other acid house track.

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 22:17

    U2 Desire, one of the worst #1s of the decade.

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 22:23

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondini View Post
    It looks like one of those editions where the presenters are in a different studio (or
    on a different day?) to the performances. The Enya one didn't look connected to the link to it - the fact they started with a video and followed with another.
    Yes, very likely. The Enya and Kylie performances could have been recorded earlier, in the reasonable
    expectation that they would go on to become very big hits, while those of Erasure and Wee Papa Girl
    Rappers were repeats from earlier programmes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondini View Post
    We Call It Acieed was soon banned by Radio 1 along with every other acid house track.
    It continued to be played on Radio One's Sunday evening "Top 40" while fairly high in the chart -
    but quite possibly never otherwise!





    Tonight's second show.....

    27/10/88 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Anthea Turner)
    (10) Milli Vanilli – “Girl You Know It’s True”
    (19) The Art Of Noise & Tom Jones – “Kiss”
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Mayo / Anthea Turner )
    (17) Royal House – “Can You Party?”
    Breakers:
    - (29) Tanita Tikaram – “Twist In My Sobriety” (video clip)
    - (18) Robert Palmer – “She Makes My Day” (video clip)
    - (11) Yazz – “Stand Up For Your Love Rights” (video clip)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Mayo / Anthea Turner )
    (21) Deacon Blue – “Real Gone Kid”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Simon Mayo / Anthea Turner )
    (01) Enya – “Orinoco Flow” (video)
    (14) The Beatmasters & PP Arnold – “Burn It Up” (video/credits)


    Another debut, this time for someone that would continue to present regularly for the next two and a
    half years and then later go on to present "Blue Peter". Anthea Turner was married to the former Radio
    One DJ Peter Powell for much of the 1990s, but never presented on that station herself. Her Wikipedia
    page somewhat tactfully says that "Turner's private life has led the tabloids to take a continuing
    interest in her"
    .....and then has four paragraphs explaining why.

    Unfortunately, I can't currently locate the notes I made at the time of the original broadcast of this one -
    but I suspect that they would confirm that the order shown above (as per the Popscene listing) is correct.
    It felt as if something was edited from the opening link into Milli Vanilli - although it seemed unlikely that it
    could have been anything other than the song title? - and out of it, with the breakers moved to before
    "Kiss" in tonight's repeat in order to try to conceal this..... While I'm generally opposed to any kind of
    editing, in this instance at least we might have been spared some of Anthea Turner's shouting. I hope it's
    just an over-excited first-time - if not, she has the potential to be even more irritating than Nicky Campbell.

    The highlight for me this time, of course, was Tanita Tikaram's second hit - which, as has been previously
    mentioned, didn't go on to as much UK success as "Good Tradition" but was by far the more popular in
    other countries.

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 22:26

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller View Post
    U2 Desire, one of the worst #1s of the decade.
    Absolutely - and, mercifully, one of the very quickest to arrive and disappear from the top forty
    ( 03 - 01 - 02 - 17 - 30 - 37 ).

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 22:39

    Quote Originally Posted by CZB View Post

    It continued to be played on Radio One's Sunday evening "Top 40" while fairly high in the chart -
    but quite possibly never otherwise!




    As you can see, they daren't even mention the titles a week later!

    From Wikipedia:

    Because the song seemed to be condoning drug use (despite Danny D's claim that the song was about the music and points that out in the lyrics; Poku also notes that he does not smoke, drink, or take drugs), in October 1988, the BBC removed the song from their playlists. The decision to ban the song came especially after Caron Keating and a smiley face T-shirted Steve Wright enthusiastically introduced the video for the song on the 20 October 1988 edition of Top of the Pops during an acid house backlash from tabloids, and this lead for an absence of acid house tracks on the show until "Stakker Humanoid" by Humanoid two months later.
    I don't think they ever technically banned an acid track from the top 40 countdown. Even Ebeneezer Goode continued to be played after a similar belated outcry from the tabloids after TOTP had already aired it.

    So this edition also started with a controversial act - Milli Vanilli. After they had their Grammy removed numerous disgruntled customers sued them for falsehoods perpetrated at gigs and even the actual records. The gig one i get but the album is still the same music regardless of who is singing! Frank Farian did the same con-trick by making Boney M fans think Bobby Farrell was singing when he wasn't. This was only one member but the same con. EDIT: two members - Maizie Williams was a fake singer, too. It seems MV were simply victims of their own success. If the Grammy award never happened, the thing might never have blown up.

    While it had never been a secret that Bobby Farrell never sang on the group's records (Farian did the male vocals in the studio), in 1978 it became public knowledge that Maizie Williams did not sing on the studio recordings either, since "her voice wasn't suited for this kind of music" as Farian stated in an interview with German teen magazine Bravo. Since this had become common practice within the disco genre of the late 1970s, few people cared – unlike when Farian did the same thing with Milli Vanilli in the late 1980s. While only two of Boney M.'s official members actually contributed to the band's records, all four members of the group, including Williams and Farrell, performed the vocals live at Boney M. concerts. The band's live sound was also augmented by several backing vocalists, which served to mitigate any vocal deficiencies the group may have had compared with the studio productions.
    Yes, Anthea's VERY excited here! But nobody could be as annoying as Nicky Campbell. He even admits it himself on Twitter.

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    by » Fri November 15th, 2019, 22:55

    It's been remembered and discovered elsewhere exactly what was edited out at the beginning of tonight's second episode:



    .....the explanation being that the telephone number is apparently now used by a different organisation!

    ( They could have just "whited out" that part of the screen rather than making such a clunky edit, though! )

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    by » Sat November 16th, 2019, 00:11

    ^ They don't white out the sex pests so they're just doing the same here. That puts more context on the acid house furore.

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    by » Sun November 17th, 2019, 15:54

    Quote Originally Posted by CZB View Post
    [b]13/10/88 (Presented by Bruno Brookes and Gary Davies)
    (16) The Beatmasters & PP Arnold – “Burn It Up”
    (19) T’Pau – “Secret Garden”
    (01) Whitney Houston – “One Moment In Time” (video)
    The three best from this week, I didn’t know the Beatmasters or T’Pau songs before. PP Arnold getting her life on that stage, and notice how Bruno introduced T’Pau as the song and Secret Garden as the artist?

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