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    by » Fri September 27th, 2019, 20:07

    Always great to see Debbie Gibson. Still such a great song. No wonder she set a record and still holds it today.

    It was strange hearing Eight Wonder's version of Cross My Heart. For me, it will always be a Martika song.
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    by » Fri September 27th, 2019, 20:18

    Glenn never made the top on the Real Chart, holding for several weeks at number two, with Michael Jackson easily outselling him with Dirty Diana. Glenn was just to cheesy to make the top, even on a Big Mac!
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    by » Fri September 27th, 2019, 21:03

    That week's entire top 6 are reissues - apart from #2 which is a Chubby Checker rerecording.

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    by » Wed October 2nd, 2019, 20:04

    Funny how Sabrina looks like the Cheeky Girls and they went on to cover that song!

    Matt Goss barely even bothering to mime to I Owe You Nothing - that was easily their best song for me. A new entry at #2 quite rare back then I imagine? Expected due to their fanbase though.

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    by » Thu October 3rd, 2019, 19:55

    ^ Yes, such high new entries were fairly rare at this time. The previous number two entry before
    this one had been Rick Astley's "When I Fall In Love", a couple of weeks before the end of 1987.





    Tonight:

    21/07/88 (Presented by Andy Crane and Peter Powell)
    (20) S Express – “Superfly Guy”
    (12) Def Leppard – “Love Bites” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Peter Powell / Andy Crane )
    (03) Everything But The Girl – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
    (08) The Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers – “Roses Are Red”
    (22) Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers – “Tomorrow People”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Peter Powell / Andy Crane )
    (04) Michael Jackson – “Dirty Diana” (video)
    (16) Kim Wilde – “You Came”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Peter Powell / Andy Crane )
    (01) Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You” (video)
    (13) George Michael – “Monkey” (video/credits)


    More of the same audio problems I referred to recently seem to have struck another episode - coincidentally,
    the last one ever to be co-presented by Simon Bates! - so we advance another fortnight to the first show
    involving Andy Crane, who (as far as I can tell) wasn't ever a Radio One DJ. He would have been well known
    to younger viewers, however, as one of the main in-vision "Children's BBC" announcers since late 1986 -
    and would be famously - albeit not altogether politely - name-checked within the lyrics of a top forty hit a
    few months later on in 1988. Wikipedia describes his late 1980's TOTP duties as "relief presenter".

    The Michael Jackson video was all present and correct, so clearly he hasn't become persona non grata as
    far as these repeats are concerned, unlike certain other performers.
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    by » Fri October 4th, 2019, 19:45

    Quote Originally Posted by CZB View Post

    Tonight, just four performances, three videos and four breakers:

    07/07/88 (Presented by Janice Long and Simon Mayo)
    (20) The Communards – “There’s More To Love”
    (16) The Mac Band featuring the McCampbell Brothers – “Roses Are Red” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Janice Long / Simon Mayo )
    (23) Everything But The Girl – “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”
    Breakers:
    - (34) Debbie Gibson - "Foolish Beat"
    - (33) Magnum - "It Must Have Been Love"
    - (21) Eric B and Rakim "Follow the Leader"
    - (28) Natalie Cole "Everlasting"
    (24) INXS – “Never Tear Us Apart” (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Janice Long / Simon Mayo )
    (22) Eighth Wonder – “Cross My Heart”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Janice Long / Simon Mayo )
    (01) Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”
    (32) Transvision Vamp – “I Want Your Love” (video/credits)

    Did Debbie Gibson ever performed Foolish Beat on ToTP?
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    by » Fri October 4th, 2019, 21:26

    Quote Originally Posted by Ohanna View Post
    Did Debbie Gibson ever performed Foolish Beat on ToTP?
    No - there was just a video clip in the 7th July edition, then the video more fully a week later.





    Tonight:

    28/07/88 (Presented by Nicky Campbell and Gary Davies)
    (26) Shakin’ Stevens – “Feel The Need In Me”
    (22) BVSMP – “I Need You” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Nicky Campbell )
    (30) Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Peek-A-Boo”
    Breakers:
    - (37) Voice Of The Beehive – “I Say Nothing” (video clip)
    - (36) All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour” (video clip)
    - (34) Steven Dante – “I’m Too Scared” (video clip)
    - (39) Julia Fordham – “Happy Ever After” (video clip)
    (23) Pat Benatar – “All Fired Up” (video)
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Nicky Campbell )
    (10) Yazz & The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Nicky Campbell )
    (01) Glenn Medeiros – “Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love For You”
    (32) Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love” (video/credits)



    This one ends with a worthy follow up to Fairground Attraction's recent chart-topper - which would slowly go
    on to give them a second top ten hit. But the song that was about to complete a quick climb to become the
    next number one was elsewhere in this week's line-up.....

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    by » Wed October 9th, 2019, 14:15

    Everyone looking forward to All About Eve? I can sense a huge iTunes boost coming after THAT "performance". A shame we never got Transvision Vamp in the studio on the repeats but they essentially had the entire song played two weeks running. No wonder it shot up the chart!


    Regarding Bros and their high entries - I Quit would soon go in at 4 and immediately drop. Their next 2 hits went 2-4. They were the first major act to do this regularly - their support after the first three hits was based more on adoring fans than crossover appeal. The charts themselves became quicker and hits became briefer. The beginning of the downfall of TOTP.

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    by » Fri October 11th, 2019, 20:19

    Quote Originally Posted by Blondini View Post
    Everyone looking forward to All About Eve? I can sense a huge iTunes boost coming after THAT "performance". A shame we never got Transvision Vamp in the studio on the repeats but they essentially had the entire song played two weeks running. No wonder it shot up the chart!
    I certainly am - surely the TOTP "performance" that has been most repeated and most discussed in other
    programmes since then! It's on the way in tonight's repeat, in what seems to be the new regular Friday
    timeslot of 9.00pm.

    This most "minimalist" of renditions arose, of course, because the group couldn't hear the backing track,
    nor become aware of any direction to begin singing - and therefore sat there patiently and politely waiting
    for the entire duration! I do remember seeing the original airing in 1988 - but what I don't recall is whether
    the presenters then made any reference to anything being amiss, or just delivered their planned link as if
    everything had gone swimmingly well. Not long till we find out.....

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    by » Fri October 11th, 2019, 21:26

    So, referred to as a "classic" in the opening continuity announcement, in which what viewers
    should especially look out for was mentioned.....

    04/08/88 (Presented by Mark Goodier and Janice Long)
    (02) Kylie Minogue – “The Loco-Motion”
    (14) Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Janice Long / Mark Goodier )
    (25) Voice Of The Beehive – “I Say Nothing”
    (04) Kim Wilde – “You Came” (repeat from 21/07/88)
    (17) The Funky Worm – “Hustle (To The Music)”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Janice Long / Mark Goodier )
    (22) All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Janice Long / Mark Goodier )
    (01) Yazz & The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up” (repeat from 28/07/88)
    (06) S Express – “Superfly Guy” (video/credits)


    Certainly the "very much live" edition Janice Long claims at the beginning, and dominated by studio
    performances as well as by female acts - although Kim Wilde's and Yazz's were actually repeats from
    earlier episodes!

    Well, my memory was somewhat flawed - there came a point when All About Eve were able to
    start miming. It was good that it was recognised that it wasn't the performers' fault, and that they
    were invited back the following week - the single might not have gone on to reach the top ten
    without the extra publicity. And no indication at all from the presenters that anything had gone
    wrong immediately afterwards - but in the closing link they did apologise, and comically blamed each other.....
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    by » Fri October 11th, 2019, 22:35

    I think it may not get as much attention until next Thursday's episode. It failed to top trend tonight up against an England match, Gogglebox and News For You returning. So Martha's Harbour might not be as high on iTunes as i thought until next Thursday. Very odd to position it at 9 for a Live Lounge highlights show. Anyone that's interested in Live Lounge can already see them on YouTube and iPlayer. BBC4's audience is surely older than your average Radio 1 listener. They had no reason not to air it last night at 7:30 either.

    There was another bit of Long dialogue not broadcast but on the tape:

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    by » Sun October 13th, 2019, 16:17

    Glenn Medeiros was 18 when he hit #1?! I always thought he was an old guy

    Maybe by Hazell Dean sounds very similar to What Do I Have To Do by Kylie in the opening lines of the verses, SAW definitely rehashed it a little.

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    by » Mon October 14th, 2019, 16:36

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller View Post
    Maybe by Hazell Dean sounds very similar to What Do I Have To Do by
    Kylie in the opening lines of the verses, SAW definitely rehashed it a little.
    There were certainly some similarities between a few of the many Stock/Aitken/Waterman
    successes. One of their songs, "Turn It Into Love", was recorded by both Kylie Minogue
    and Hazell Dean - Kylie's version was released as a single in Japan:

    https://www.discogs.com/Kylie-Minogue-Turn-It-Into-Love/master/233275


    .....while Hazell's was the single in many other territories.



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    There was another bit of Long dialogue not broadcast but on the tape:

    “Now you know what live telly is like, it’s a great laxative”
    I should have mentioned above that this was Janice Long's last TOTP. She has been tweeting about
    it recently - apparently, she had returned to the show only a few weeks before this one, having been
    on maternity leave. During that time off, she had become.....an unmarried mother. Because of that,
    she was not allowed back to Radio One - and, while those in charge at TOTP apparently didn't have
    the same objections, at this time the show was simultaneously broadcast on Radio One, so her
    involvement there had to cease too. The 1980s were a very different time from now - I doubt that
    she was the only one to receive this kind of treatment back then.....
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    by » Tue October 15th, 2019, 10:20

    INXS Never Tear Us Apart is definitely one of the best songs from this era. I don't mind IDWTAI, but I think EBTG have at least a dozen better songs! I remember in Tracy's autobiography she details how after the song became a hit she was at a gig and heard two guys saying "oh look, it's I Don't Wanna Talk About It... more like I Don't Wanna Hear About It"!

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    by » Thu October 17th, 2019, 19:53

    Tonight - and with, apparently, no repeat either later or at the weekend:

    11/08/88 (Presented by Bruno Brookes and Liz Kershaw)
    (26) Mica Paris featuring Courtney Pine – “Like Dreamers Do”
    (15) All About Eve – “Martha’s Harbour”
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Liz Kershaw )
    (17) Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
    (06) Iron Maiden – “The Evil That Men Do” (video)
    (23) Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Bruno Brookes )
    (24) Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Liz Kershaw / Bruno Brookes )
    (01) Yazz & The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up” (video)
    (04) BVSMP – “I Need You” (video/credits)


    No breakers this week - but a new presenter in the form of Liz Kershaw. Wikipedia says that now "She is
    the second longest serving female national radio DJ in the UK, celebrating 30 years on national BBC Radio
    in 2017"
    . ( Without checking, I'd guess Annie Nightingale is the longest? ) But I don't recall ever listening to
    any of her programmes - although I do remember that she had two minor chart hits. Both recorded
    together with the other presenter this week, Bruno Brookes, they ground to a halt at number 53 and 54
    in 1989 and 1990 respectively:

    https://www.officialcharts.com/artis...d-liz-kershaw/

    No doubt which song was my highlight of the week - "Good Tradition", from the young Tanita Tikaram
    (then 19, now 50!) The first of four singles from her that topped my own monthly chart, it was her biggest
    success in the UK, reaching the top ten - but the immediate follow-up was going to go a bit higher in various
    other countries:

    https://austriancharts.at/showitem.a...Sobriety&cat=s

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    by » Thu October 17th, 2019, 20:01

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller View Post
    Glenn Medeiros was 18 when he hit #1?! I always thought he was an old guy
    No way! I always thought he was such a cute, young guy.
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    by » Thu October 17th, 2019, 20:03

    Quote Originally Posted by RayRay View Post
    No way! I always thought he was such a cute, young guy.
    It was more that I’ve never known what he looked like, the name just sounds 57

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    by » Thu October 17th, 2019, 20:08

    Quote Originally Posted by CZB View Post
    No doubt which song was my highlight of the week - "Good Tradition", from the young Tanita Tikaram
    (then 19, now 50!) The first of four singles from her that topped my own monthly chart, it was her biggest
    success in the UK, reaching the top ten - but the immediate follow-up was going to go a bit higher in various
    other countries:
    My best friend in the early 90's was a huge fan. He had all her albums, but I just could never get into her. Although I do like Twist In My Sobriety (which was her biggest success here).
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    by » Thu October 17th, 2019, 20:09

    Quote Originally Posted by Thriller View Post
    It was more that I’ve never known what he looked like, the name just sounds 57
    Okay. The video was on tv constantly, so for me there was no escaping his (good) looks.
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    by » Fri October 18th, 2019, 21:27

    Tonight:

    18/08/88 (Presented by Simon Mayo and Mike Read)
    (31) Aztec Camera – “Working In A Goldmine”
    (02) Kylie Minogue – “The Loco-Motion” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Simon Mayo / Mike Read )
    (19) Chris Rea – “On The Beach ‘88”
    Breakers:
    - (30) Status Quo – “Running All Over The World” (video clip)
    - (28) Van Halen – “When It’s Love” (video clip)
    - (24) Big Country – “King Of Emotion” (video clip)
    (07) Fairground Attraction – “Find My Love”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Simon Mayo / Mike Read )
    (17) Julio Iglesias & Stevie Wonder – “My Love” (video)
    ( Charts 10 - 02 - Simon Mayo / Mike Read )
    (01) Yazz And The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
    (22) Robbie Robertson – “Somewhere Down The Crazy River” (video/credits)


    What a dreary opening number! Following up their biggest hit, the top three success "Somewhere In My
    Heart", this new one unsurprisingly wasn't going to climb any higher for Aztec Camera than its position
    this week.

    But things picked up after that, with songs we've already heard a few times from Kylie Minogue, Fairground
    Attraction and Yazz. I didn't buy many other Stevie Wonder or Julio Iglesias singles, but I liked this duet of
    theirs a lot. The latter, some of whose offspring have since followed him into the charts, is now 76 - so he
    was 45 at the time of this hit. I think he maybe looked older, though! "A future number one!", Simon Mayo
    predicted.....but no, it would only peak at number five.

    Continuing another year of popular reissues and re-workings, the Status Quo tune (albeit not quite all of
    the words) was previously one of their biggest successes, in 1977 - while Chris Rea's song had spent eleven
    weeks in the top 100, never going higher than number 57, in 1986. This time around, it would only chart for
    seven weeks in total - but in five of those it was inside the top forty.

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    by » Tue October 22nd, 2019, 18:47

    I'd never heard Superfly Guy before, good follow-up for S-Express! Also really enjoying Roses Are Red by Mac Band, don't remember that one at all either.

    Shakin' Stevens was SO past his sell-by date at this point

    B.V.S.M.P. another hit I've never heard before! It sounds really cheap now but I can see why it caught on, quite different to anything else out there.

    The Only Way Is Up - one of the best songs of the 80s hands down.

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    by » Thu October 24th, 2019, 19:52

    Tonight:

    25/08/88 (Presented by Nicky Campbell and Gary Davies)
    (16) Big Country – “King Of Emotion”
    (21) Jane Wiedlin – “Rush Hour”
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Nicky Campbell )
    (03) Brother Beyond – “The Harder I Try”
    Breakers:
    - (20) Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait” (video clip)
    - (18) Womack & Womack – “Teardrops” (video clip)
    (17) Status Quo – “Running All Over The World” (video)
    ( Charts 30 -11 - Nicky Campbell )
    (04) Breathe – “Hands To Heaven”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Nicky Campbell )
    (01) Yazz & The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up”
    (10) Tanita Tikaram – “Good Tradition” (video/credits)


    Nothing for me until the last eight minutes or so! Among the earlier songs featured, the one from Womack
    and Womack was beginning one of the longest top forty runs of the year - it would stay there for fourteen
    weeks. It spent six of those weeks moving only between number three and number four.

    Unusually, the late night repeats of this one are tomorrow and Saturday - both of them accompanied by the
    next edition, which will again be at 9.00pm tomorrow evening. At the risk of "spoilers", Yazz will still be at
    number one then - for, as Paul Gambaccini would say, "week five, of five". I had forgotten that "The Only
    Way Is Up" had held on at the top for so long!

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    by » Fri October 25th, 2019, 20:05

    The crowd were wild in the famous All About Eve episode, especially for Kylie and Fairground Attraction. Guess it was the second summer of love...

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    by » Fri October 25th, 2019, 21:27

    Tonight:

    01/09/88 (Presented by Mark Goodier and Steve Wright)
    (18) Level 42 – “Heaven In My Hands”
    (05) Julio Iglesias & Stevie Wonder – “My Love” (video)
    ( Charts 40 - 31 - Mark Goodier )
    (07) Womack & Womack – “Teardrops”
    Breakers:
    - (24) Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (video clip)
    - (19) Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine – “Anything For You” (video clip)
    - (14) Yello – “The Race” (video clip)
    (12) A-ha – “Touchy”
    ( Charts 30 - 11 - Mark Goodier )
    (06) Bomb The Bass – “Don’t Make Me Wait”
    ( Charts 10 - 01 - Mark Goodier )
    (01) Yazz & The Plastic Population – “The Only Way Is Up” (video)
    (09) Phil Collins – “Groovy Kind Of Love” (video/credits)


    This was the first "simulcast" (I'm not absolutely certain that Mark Goodier's pronunciation of that word was
    correct!) with Radio One - and it seemed a bit surprising that, for such a "nationwide" event the frequencies
    were read out only for Central Scotland, the North and the Midlands?

    Yello were a band from Switzerland - not a country from which very many UK hits originated! Naturally, "The
    Race" did better in their homeland and elsewhere in continental Europe. It was the theme from a pop/chart show in Germany whose title currently escapes me.....

    I didn't like many of the Gloria Estefan / Miami Sound Machine hits - but this one, on its way to the top ten,
    was one of my favourites. I felt this version was an improvement on the one that I had heard earlier in 1988
    in the Dutch chart. However, that wasn't perfomed by Dutch artists:

    https://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?...+For+You&cat=s

    ....but instead by former members of "Guys and Dolls" Dominic Grant and Julie Forsyth (daughter of Bruce)!


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