Post by SherriffFatman on Jul 8, 2019 19:46:14 GMT 1
Seems a lot of trouble to get a grand piano for Joyce Sims to sit in front of when there’s no audible piano on the track. She just sat there moving her arms, miming without a microphone and looking slightly awkward.
You watched her well done, I just fast forward through the crap! Means I get it watched in 10 mins some weeks!
I never fast forward any of it, I feel like I want the full original experience. There was no fast forward option in 1988!
I remember catching up on them while ironing a few years back and watching the video to Baby Jane by Rod Stewart 3 times in one evening, I did start to question my own rule then, I've still not broken it though!
Post by SherriffFatman on Jul 10, 2019 10:21:42 GMT 1
This was a very successful time for female soloists, wasn’t it? Much was made of Belinda Carlisle, Tiffany and Kylie Minogue having consecutive number ones, but there were loads of others too. I’ve just watched the episode with Debbie Gibson and Taylor Dayne peddling their weak pop fluff, and then Sinead O’Connor turns up and blows the whole show apart with the spectacular but much less successful Mandinka.
21-1. Wright looking like a would-be wacky accountant dressed as Gordon Gekko and a behatted Davies. Bros with something that is a bit meta. Lyrics are banal but there's something interesting in the music, occasional tempo and key changes.
Accadacca. Up to 12. Will this video give them their first top ten after a long wait? It's bog-standard rawk, but it does what it does. There's something charismatic about it though. Not sure what. They just carry it off without caring for fashion or following the trend. They are resolutely what they are. Bit like Quo. So kudos for that.
Joyce Sims. Looking like a modern-day Winifred Atwell, a bit bemused that she's got a hit with her boring yuppie sub-soul. Can't be arsed with this.
Charts. Julianne Regan, hot. "Candle In The Wind"? People still want that? Two Men A Drum Machine And A Trumpet? Concise. GOSH are STILL going up. Dollar with a BIG climb. Not as big as Bros.
The Christians. Still going up with what seems to have been a punt at the Christmas no. 1. Not bad but a bit preachy. Fitting, I suppose.
Breakers. Motley Crue. See, that's what AC/DC have and the Crue don't. That something indefinable. We get a smidge of The Beatmasters. Could do with a lot more. Sounds interesting. Bananarama. Doesn't sound interesting.
Dollar. Therese still looking good. This is surprisingly appealing. For all the pelters Dollar got, they did do some good stuff, albeit mostly with Trevor Horn. This is of course an Erasure cover and they chose well.
Top 10. Morris Minor have peaked at 4. TTD'A at 2, could challenge Carlisle. Playout is The Stranglers, non-moving. Should have had the Cookie Crew.
Post by vastarin er on Jul 21, 2019 10:59:52 GMT 1
Onze deux. I am really f***ed off with this f***ing theme tune now. Brookes looking like one of Steve Wright's Gay Caballeros and Davies looking like he's just turned up from his accountancy job.
Eddy Grant. Bouncy bit of anti-apartheid thing. It's all going so well in Seth Efrica now.
Debbie Gibson. Is she legal yet? Basically a more talented Tiffany. Although this is no "Only In My Dreams".
The Mish. The window dressing has gone. This is almost country rock. Is Wayne Hussey channelling his inner Bon Jovi? Perhaps US megastardom beckons, they're even wearing Bono spex. I quite like this. There's a rolling thunder feel to it.
Chartissimo. The Fall are falling. Did they get a play last week that has been censored by the dead?
Taylor Dayne. I think there's a good voice there being wasted by a background with all the emotion of an air conditioning unit.
This is very female-solo friendly today. Sinead O'Connor. I think this has some Marr input. She has a very weird bobbing thing going on at the mike. But this is a terrific single. Davies says she has an incredible voice. It is certainly distinctive.
Top 10. Jermaine Stewart. Why? Oh, no, that's Annie Lennox. Jack & Chill, this is several months late. Minogue up 14 places? Why why why why why?
Tiffany at no. 1. Playout is Stewart. Well, that de-escalated quicky.
Post by vastarin er on Jul 21, 2019 11:24:33 GMT 1
18/2. Davies again with Nicky Campbell. Debuting is Bomb The Bass. Which appearto be an actual band rather than Tim Simenon. Hm. Not convinced. Assume he's got some mates to pose with instruments. This is pretty good. Maybe needs a bit more bass impact.
Billy Ocean. This is rather euphoric, it builds to a quick peak. Indeed the verses are more impacting than the chorus. I love the tallest girl. Billy Ocean is meant to be one of pop's gentlemen. Good that he's getting another big hit.
T'Pau are back in the top 10. "Valentine". /checks date Is this going to be a new thing? A Valentine song market? It's a slow builder to a tremendous crescendo. Bad news ladies, Campbell is spoken for.
Charts. I didn't know Eddy Cochrane was blonde. Vanessa Paradis. God almighty, there's gaolbait everywhere in the charts now.
Was (Not Was). This is a bit mundane. After a week's break, the Breakers. Davies is glad Paradis is in the charts. Why would he be glad about that? Can't be the music, which is insultingly bad. Jackson at 27 with something down to his usual standard. The Bingly Bangles with a fairly galloping cover. Lots of harmonies on this one, Debby will be pleased.
Back to the studio. Coldcut. Featuring Yazz, who is very tall, and The Plastic Population, which appears to be one dancing bloke. More of the housey housey stuff. I lyk this. It appeals. There's something of the underdog about it, like they knocked it up with no budget in a shed. LOL, scat. Finishes off on a bit of Dave & Ansell Collins.
Top 10. f***ing Minogue is no.1. A prime example of how talent is irrelevant. Playout is Alex O'Neill & Cherelle. Another show that finished on an utter downer.
If you don't enjoy it why put yourselft through it?
I frequently ask myself that about vastarin er's Top of the Pops reviews, and yet I do always enjoy reading them, so I wouldn't want to discourage him. I even watch it sometimes thinking "he's going to hate this".
I tend to think there's music that I like and there's music that I don't like but other people must so that's fine. Vastariner's approach comes across as "there's music that I like and anyone who likes anything else is wrong".
It's partly to check my view on when music fell off a cliff. Partly whether it is as good or bad as I recall. Also a crash course in history.
Talking of which, that's how we start on 25/2. The Primitives with Tracey looking quite Hepburn in clobber. Now THIS is music. Proper power pop with killer hooks. They've had a few indie hits but this may sling them into the stratosphere. Album next month, might need to get that.
Goodier presents Morrissey, who, solo, instantly gets his biggest ever hit. This is also quite decent janglypop. Nice camera. Heading around Fairmount IN, where James Dean grew up and was buried. Can't help but think that his reputation soared because of his early death. (Dean, not Morrissey.) Rebel Without A Clue was gash. Not sure why driving a tractor is a video highlight. Oh, there's the grave.
Powell and Goodier now do the chart from 40 to 31. New method? We go to Paradis. Christ alive, she shouldn't be moving like that at that age. (Or singing.) L'Académie Française must be having conniptions at "le cool cat".
Breakers. Ghastly at 9 with something that sounds the f***in same as his last one. Well, nobody's buying this for the music, are they? At 17, Sisters Of Mercy. Hello, looks like Petra. Eldritch looks like a Bond villain in this one. Sounds worthy of a longer play. Eddie Cochran because the current mainstream scene is so vapid that something 30 years old sounds fresh. 50% of The Beatles with a wispy bit of psychedelic nostalgia. Pretty decent.
Flying in from the States. The Mission. I can see why Sisters Of Mercy were not on this show in person.
Oh. Now chart is 30 to 11. Powell introduces Eddy Grant by saying that he hopes it goes top three. That's oddly specific.
Top 10. Bomb The Bass up to 2. The no. 1 is still woeful. Let's go straight to the playout. Bangles. Ooh. This is good. Galloping cover. Nice harmonies. Christ alive, Susannah. Nice pounding drums from Debs. Side-eye. Oog. I might need some me time.
Post by vastarin er on Aug 10, 2019 12:23:02 GMT 1
Three three. Favies and Mayo, looking very casual day at work. Coldcut to start. See above. They are SO enjoying themselves, it's actually good to see, rather than those who think they are entitled to a play because they are so talented at being photographed for a SAWmill atrocity.
Charts. Afrika Bambaataa in at 40, is that his first? Eighth Wonder, wow, she's hawt. They are no longer distinguishing new entries into the 40, just showing them as climbers. Only thing with new entry are chart entries. So it looks like a lot of records have gone up into the high 30s.
Sisters Of Mercy. Eldritch in white again. He seems like someone who would not normally be willing to do Ver Pops. He could have had 100 camels for Patricia? Should have taken it, given his comments that she was just window dressing.
Top 40 breakers. Belinda Carlisle. This video is soooo 80s. Great song though. Johnny Hates Jazz are in the charts which means GUARANTEED PLAY no matter how sh*te they are. Taja Sevelle, this is a bit out of kilter. Interesting. And Aztec Camera getting a minor hit with something that sounds like it should be Christmassy.
Erasure. Looking resolutely un-star-like. Another unusual one, quite understated by their standards. Rather brooding and introspective.
Charts again. Derek B as Britain's first successful rapper. Not counting Sid Snot. Or indeed The Cookie Crew. This is a bit bland.
Top ten. f***ing Minogue. Who is buying this? Mayo looks actually pained at the end.
Playout is Mel & Kim. Hm. This is actually worrying. After they didn't appear in the "FLM" video, this one doesn't have them either. There have been rumours about Mel. Which are being denied, but...well, this seems to be supporting them. :S
10 March. Mike Smith wants to sh*t on artists that could do with the royalties, so this is a truncated youtube thing. Steve Wright is co-presenting, so that could be a reason too.
Vanessa Paradis. Umm. That's hardly age appropriate. Thank Buddah I'm younger than her. Great sax choreography.
Johnny Hates Jazz. See above. God, they were f***ing sh*te.
They miss out Belinda Carlisle and go into the breakers. Eric B & Rakim with something rather hard and rocky. Good use of sample. Heart with something Diane Warren-y. Patsy Kensit & Eighth Wonder (how they're described), Patsy rocking an Andrea Lewis bob, and looking so hot she might have turned the Pet Shop Boys. This is rather good despite the obvious. And Afrika Bambaata. OK.
Ooh. Primitives. This is, of course, brilliant. Just wish it were longer. Could do with another verse. Smith gets political about real instruments. Interesting. Then kind of undermines it by calling Whitney Houston brilliant.
Taja Sevelle, playing live. Very weird dance. She's more power than nuance.
Thankfully eschews the Minogue musocide and the playout, which looks like it's Aswad.
Clare Grogan's 26th birthday. A somewhat tentative Mike Reid and Gary Davies. Hair dye? Bros to start. Now this is a little unconventional for boyband fodder. Quite sparse and staccato. It's...quite bold. I will give them lots of credit for trying this. Is 17 a disappointment after a no. 2 hit?
Heart. I bet this will be in the rock chart even though I've seen talc that was harder. The blonde didn't let the brunette do much on this one. Like the little heart graphic at the end.
Charts. The Clash? Stochastic. Must be a compilation coming out. Climie Fisher. Don't mention gravel. Debbie Gibson's first, and better, single gets another go. Magnum in the forty? Long overdue.
Erasure again. Can't be bothered. Sinitta. God, she is so, so, so, sohot. She is almost dressed as well. But the song is as ever atrocious. Is that Pepsi in the video? (Or Shirlie?) Simon Harris with some of his housey housey music. He's whiter than me. Keith Sweat with some fakesoul by numbers, dull. Dave Lee Roth with bogstandard hair metal. This gets an outing, but not Magnum? Way to promote British talent there. Didn't know he was a mountaineer though, that's quite impressive.
They're basically eschewing the whole group thing of Eighth Wonder, all the focus being on Kensit to the extent that there is literally nobody else on stage. The line about her life being an open book is quite prescient. God almighty, though, in that LBD...she's utterly, utterly, utterly stunning. I might need some me time.
Chart me up, bitches. Aztec Camera go down, never having had a proper play. Belinda Carlisle is creeping up bit by bit.
Highest climber is Aswad. Well. That's a surprise. 22 to 4. That little play last week worked a treat. It's actually climbed more this week than it did last, which is unusual. Song is OK, unchallenging sunshiney reggae despite the lyrics, but it's nice that an act that's been plugging away for a while has suddenly got themselves a big hit. Interestingly Davies thinks it could be no. 1 next week. Has he seen midweek flashes?
Playout is Eric B & Rakim. I'm not keen on this thing of playing breakers 2 weeks in a row when the show is only 30 minutes. It means quite a few acts are missing out entirely.