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    by » Sat April 20th, 2019, 20:57

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    by » Thu April 25th, 2019, 19:55

    Fewer hits, longer songs, and no breakers tonight:

    27/08/87 (Presented by Gary Davies)
    (23) Then Jerico – “The Motive”
    (02) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” (video)
    (06) Wet Wet Wet – “Sweet Little Mystery”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 )
    (18) Black – “Wonderful Life”
    (28) T’Pau – “Heart & Soul”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
    (13) Prince and Sheena Easton – “U Got The Look” (video/credits)


    Famous last words spoken previously by other presenters - "their first appearance....it won't be their last".
    Well, in this instance Gary Davies was right - but this was one of only two top twenty hits for Then Jerico,
    who peaked in the bottom half of the top forty with two more, and fared even worse with some others.....

    I bought this Black single - a re-release, it had reached number 42 in a previous version a year earlier -
    although I preferred some other artists' interpretations of the song. Especially this one by Tina Cousins:


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    by » Fri April 26th, 2019, 19:52

    Tonight, the only edition in a six-week period that Mike Smith wasn't presenting.....


    10/09/87 (Presented by Simon Bates and Peter Powell)
    (05) T’Pau – “Heart & Soul”
    (24) Level 42 – “It’s Over”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Peter Powell )
    (32) W.A.S.P. – “Scream Until You Like It”
    (12) Wax – “Bridge To Your Heart”
    (29) Jonathan Butler – “Lies”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Simon Bates )
    (01) Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
    (04) U2 – “Where The Streets Have No Name” (video/credits)


    Another one with no breakers - but, even more unusually, no videos until the end! I didn't really like any of
    tonight's featured singles - but, of course, they will all be heading down and out by the time of the next one
    we'll be able to see (five weeks later, 15th October).....

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    by » Sat April 27th, 2019, 11:38

    I never knew who Bridge To Your Heart was by until now! Always assumed it was an established band rather than one-hit wonders. Also quite surprised it only reached #12.

    Five Star are a weird one for me - most of their songs are generic and have weak hooks, yet they managed to churn out so many of them. The Slightest Touch is easily their stand out.

    Poor Spagna and those balloons

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    by » Mon April 29th, 2019, 16:56

    Quote Originally Posted by CZB View Post
    Fewer hits, longer songs, and no breakers tonight:

    27/08/87 (Presented by Gary Davies)
    (23) Then Jerico – “The Motive”
    (02) Pet Shop Boys & Dusty Springfield – “What Have I Done To Deserve This?” (video)
    (06) Wet Wet Wet – “Sweet Little Mystery”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 )
    (18) Black – “Wonderful Life”
    (28) T’Pau – “Heart & Soul”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 )
    (01) Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up”
    (13) Prince and Sheena Easton – “U Got The Look” (video/credits)


    Famous last words spoken previously by other presenters - "their first appearance....it won't be their last".
    Well, in this instance Gary Davies was right - but this was one of only two top twenty hits for Then Jerico,
    who peaked in the bottom half of the top forty with two more, and fared even worse with some others.....

    I bought this Black single - a re-release, it had reached number 42 in a previous version a year earlier -
    although I preferred some other artists' interpretations of the song. Especially this one by Tina Cousins:
    72 - the reissue after this reached 42.

    Sheena is not actually credited on that single so TOTP did her a favour there.

    Quite absurd that there's a month-long gap of Mike Smith episodes. No M/A/R/R/S (the original video including Roadblock sample), Sisters Of Mercy, Karel Fialka, Def Leppard - i think LL Cool J is missed, too. And Jacko's Bad so the clarification on his 2019 ban is still not coming.

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    by » Thu May 2nd, 2019, 19:55

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondini View Post
    72 - the reissue after this reached 42.
    Ah.....you're right, of course. I had consulted the official charts website, which misleadingly combines the chart
    run of a 1994 re-entry or re-issue with the first release, while giving the bigger 1987 success a separate entry:

    https://www.officialcharts.com/searc...onderful-life/



    Quote Originally Posted by Blondini View Post
    Quite absurd that there's a month-long gap of Mike Smith episodes. No M/A/R/R/S (the original video including Roadblock sample), Sisters Of Mercy, Karel Fialka, Def Leppard - i think LL Cool J is missed, too. And Jacko's Bad so the clarification on his 2019 ban is still not coming.
    Radio Two certainly doesn't seem to have banned Michael Jackson - one of his hits was played by Paul
    Gambaccini on "Pick Of The Pops" either last Saturday or the one before.





    Tonight:

    15/10/87 (Presented by Gary Davies and Peter Powell )
    (29) UB40 – “Maybe Tomorrow”
    (16) Five Star – “Strong As Steel” (video)
    (20) The Alarm – “Rain In The Summertime”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Peter Powell )
    (30) Terence Trent D’Arby – “Dance Little Sister”
    Breakers:
    - (26) Los Lobos – “Come On Let’s Go” (video clip)
    - (22) Bananarama – “Love In The First Degree” (video clip)
    - (21) Fleetwood Mac – “Little Lies” (video clip)
    - (18) Was (Not Was) – “Walk The Dinosaur” (video clip)
    (07) The Fatback Band – “I Found Lovin’”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Peter Powell)
    (01) The Bee Gees – “You Win Again”
    ( New Radio One DJs Liz Kershaw & Ro Newton are introduced )
    (17) Billy Idol – “Mony Mony” (video/credits)


    Plenty of breakers in this one - including the first single I ever bought by Banararama, and one of three
    that peaked for them at number three.

    The follow-up to the revent number one by Los Lobos could just reach number 18 - and their only other
    three releases that did anything at all ground to a halt in the bottom half of the top 100.

    I'm not sure whether it had been mentioned at this stage that the Bee Gees' number one was officially
    the 599th since the charts began - but it would be a few more weeks before the 600th replaced it.

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    by » Fri May 3rd, 2019, 20:53

    Tonight:


    22/10/87 (Presented by Simon Bates and Gary Davies)
    (12) Was (Not Was) – “Walk The Dinosaur”
    (21) Los Lobos – “Come On Let’s Go” (US TOTP clip)
    (17) Pet Shop Boys – “Rent”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Simon Bates )
    (04) Kiss – “Crazy Crazy Nights” (US TOTP clip)
    (07) Erasure – “The Circus”
    Breakers:
    - (29) The Cure – “Just Like Heaven” (video clip)
    - (24) Ray Parker Jr – “I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone” (video clip)
    - (10) George Michael – “Faith” (video clip)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Simon Bates )
    (01) The Bee Gees – “You Win Again”
    (05) Bananarama – “Love In The First Degree” (video/credits)


    I must admit, I found the way the US TOTP clips were incorporated to be more messy and irritating than
    interesting - it was as if they were going out of their way to demonstrate (or might even have been
    contractually bound to reveal) where they were sourced from. The American TOTP presenter seen here was
    Nia Peeples, who might have been recognised by viewers of the series "Fame". Although not all of the series
    aired on BBC One, I think some of the episodes after which she took on the regular role of Nicole Chapman
    would have been. The later ones, however, were aired a few years later on TCC - all except the one in which:

    Spoiler!

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    by » Sat May 4th, 2019, 16:34

    Liking that song by The Alarm, hadn’t heard it before.

    The US links really were so clunky how long did the US TOTP last? Not long I imagine. Awful idea to have KISS sing live!

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    by » Sun May 5th, 2019, 00:10

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller View Post
    The US links really were so clunky how long did the US TOTP last? Not long I imagine.
    Wikipedia's answer may be a little generous - but it says "almost a year". It seems that Nia Peeples was its regular/only presenter.

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    by » Wed May 8th, 2019, 20:31

    Yeah, the Kiss vocal being ten times louder than the backing track - horrendous. And including her reference to the Billboard(?) chart - confusing!

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    by » Thu May 9th, 2019, 19:53

    I know very little about the Billboard chart - but those with greater knowledge elsewhere don't seem
    convinced that the particular record in question ever occupied the position stated in that chart, so it could
    have been some other chart, or Nia could have mis-spoken! Mercifully, we are spared clips of her and TOTP
    US in tonight's edition (although they will return in the next one we see after this):

    29/10/87 (Presented by Gary Davies and Steve Wright)
    (26) The Style Council – “Wanted”
    (02) George Michael – “Faith” (video)
    (11) Rick Astley – “Whenever You Need Somebody”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Gary Davies )
    (15) Ray Parker Jr – “I Don’t Think That Man Should Sleep Alone”
    Breakers:
    - (25) Eurythmics – “Beethoven (I Love To Listen To)” (video clip)
    - (22) George Harrison – “Got My Mind Set On You” (video clip)
    - (19) T’Pau – “China In Your Hand” (video clip)
    (30) Scarlet Fantastic – “No Memory”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Gary Davies )
    (01) The Bee Gees – “You Win Again” (video)
    (05) Fleetwood Mac – “Little Lies” (video/credits)


    Style Council singles tended to reach their peaks, then drop down the charts, more quickly than most other
    acts in this period - which may partly explain why I don't remember the opening number at all! This was the
    first of only four weeks for it in the top 75, in which it moved 26-20-25-43.

    With his former number one still in the top forty, it seemed a very quick follow-up for Rick Astley with
    "Whenever You Need Somebody" - and a pretty successful one. It spent three non-consecutive weeks out of
    the next four at a peak of number three.

    Two of the breakers looked like strong contenders for the next number one - both would feature in full in the
    next "Top Of The Pops" (the fourteenth of sixteen this year with Mike Smith presenting), and then one would
    only just beat the other.....
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    by » Fri May 10th, 2019, 19:59

    Tonight:

    12/11/87 (Presented by Gary Davies and Peter Powell)
    (06) The Communards – “Never Can Say Goodbye”
    (10) Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes – “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” (US TOTP clip)
    (13) Mirage – “Jack Mix IV”
    ( Charts 40 - 11 - Peter Powell )
    Breakers:
    - (23) Donna Summer – “Dinner With Gershwin” (video clip)
    - (22) Marillion – “Warm Wet Circles” (video clip)
    - (20) Whitney Houston – “So Emotional” (video clip)
    (28) Alexander O’Neal – “Criticize”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Peter Powell )
    (01) T’Pau – “China In Your Hand”
    (11) Nina Simone – “My Baby Just Cares For Me” (video/credits)


    I'm not sure that I ever knew why the closing number, originally from a 1958 album (!) , was suddenly
    successful in 1987. Wikipedia now explains, however, that it was "used in a perfume commercial". Perhaps
    this commercial aired in other parts of Europe too, as it was also a big hit at this time in other countries -
    especially the Netherlands, where it didn't enter the top forty until December, but raced up to become
    the last number one of 1987.
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    by » Fri May 10th, 2019, 20:01

    You're always so quick to update this. Thanks!
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    by » Fri May 10th, 2019, 21:21

    That Scarlet Fantastic track was really cool! Never heard it before. Reminded me of Dead Or Alive meets The Bangles.

    Style Council remind me of my childhood and my parents having their Singular Adventures album in the car on a loop, so I know their tracks very well

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    by » Sat May 11th, 2019, 17:58

    The US chart positions are mostly to be from the Radio & Records chart, and (I've Had) The Time Of My Life was number 15 in that chart in mid-October (the other possibility is the sales-only part of the Billboard chart, but that is less likely).

    The rights to broadcast the Billboard chart as presented by Paul Gambaccini were held by the BBC only so long as he remained the presenter, which was from 1975 to 1986. During 1987 both the BBC and Paul Gambaccini (on the ILR network) used the Radio & Records chart.

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    by » Sun May 12th, 2019, 10:12

    Never Can Say Goodbye is such a great song in any form but I do prefer Gloria Gaynor's version. Was the female vocalist, next to Jimmy Somerville, Pete from Big Brother 2006's mum?

    Another great 80s song in the form of Criticise. Lisa Keith, who recorded the female hook, was actually a blonde white woman and not who mimed along in this performance (unsurprisingly )

    These Jack Mixes how did they get away with it/make any money from it? I didn't know an act other than Jive Bunny had this sort of "mash-up" success in the 80s.

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    by » Fri May 17th, 2019, 19:55

    Tonight:

    19/11/87 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Steve Wright)
    (18) Maxi Priest – “Some Guys Have All The Luck”
    (09) Whitney Houston – “So Emotional” (video)
    (25) The Proclaimers – “Letter From America”
    ( Charts 40 -11 - Simon Mayo )
    (20) Barry White – “Sho’ You Right”
    Breakers:
    - (26) Boy George – “To Be Reborn” (video clip)
    - (23) The Smiths – “I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish” (video clip)
    (17) Donna Summer – “Dinner With Gershwin”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Simon Mayo )
    (01) T’Pau – “China In Your Hand” (video)
    (11) Whitesnake – “Here I Go Again” (video/credits)


    Much greater success second time round for the Whitesnake track - it was about to peak at number nine,
    having originally gone no higher than 34 in November 1982 as part of a double-A-side.

    I didn't remember this Barry White hit at all, and suspected that it might have arrived and departed pretty
    quickly. Although this is true to some extent, it moved 91-56-38-20-14-17-37-62, so I would surely have
    heard it at least three times on the Sunday evening chart show.....

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    by » Yesterday, 21:22

    Not keen on that mix of So Emotional! Marginally different to the version I know and love, but enough to notice.

    Simon Mayo referring to Barry as the "hippopotamus of love"... wasn't he the walrus?!

    I do love Dinner With Gershwin, quirky little song.

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