24/3. New number one, per Bates, alongside a tiny Peter Powell. Also promise of a new A-ha video. Sinitta to start, see comments on breakers above. She can eat my sins any time.
The new A-ha video as promised is, well, not a video. They're in the studio. How feckin hard is it to get that right? The most interesting thing about this is the contrast to Sinitta. After her horrible godawful tinny artificial computer soulless fascistic wankc*nt backing, this is proper production work, emphasizing the music. Although the song itself is a bit meh. Builds to a great chorus, but the verses are filling time.
Charts. Jellybean is basically spamming. Taylor Dayne has two in this bit. Unlikely person to have two hits at the same time. Magnum (no play) non-move, Roth (play) drops. THERE'S A LESSON THERE BBC
Next, Simon Harris. So, this week, 67% of the plays so far are breakers. This is not good from a music variety perspective. Studio performance which is ridiculous given the samples.
Breakers, or, basically, next week's show. Wet Wet Wet. Yawn. Gibson. This seems to have been given a remix. It had a huge publicity push last year which flopped, don't know why, it's a great little pop single. Climbing Fisher. See what I did there? Climie is desperately trying to push the boy band narrative. Ooh, I like the backing singer on the left.
Highest new entry...Iron Maiden? Wow, that came from nowhere. Graham Chapman in the video. Is that Tintern Abbey? Not sure how the kids get away with wearing jeans in their school uniform. This is actually terrific. At least until after the second chorus when they run out of ideas and it turns into guitar solo indulgence. It's a great video too. Chapman nails horror.
Charts. Tiffany has climbed to 5. God, has this joke not worn thin yet? Top 10. Wow, big climb for Bros, no. 1 in waiting? And as predicted last week Aswad are no. 1. Well done them. Playout is Houston. Appalling.
That's a big 7/4, good buddy. Davies/Mayo. Taylor Dayne to start. Looks like she's come straight from work, via a hurricane. Most appropriate adjective for this is "dire". The type of song that someone knocked off at 4.55 on a Friday to meet a quota. Dreadful tinny backing too.
The Mac are back. They've nicked the video idea from Adam Ant. This is close to tweepop. But it is very, very lightweight. Barely touches the sides.
Charts. Bananarama at 36 and judging by their pic they've abandoned music for being a gay market gimmick. J&MC in the charts, always good.
Debut on TOTP. Glen Goldsmith. Song and backing seems to come from the same factory as Taylor Dayne. Chap has some swagger but he is polishing a turd.
Breakers. Starting with someone whose career is 100% down to her dead dad. Well, at least she can hit one note. So they write the song so she barely needs to leave it. At 23 it is Pebbles and I can barely tell it's changed from Natalie Cole. God almighty. It's the same fecking tempo, key, tune, backing, singing style. Thank God it kicks up with the Aussie Quo. Just noticed it's not Phil Rudd on drums.
Hazell Dean. She actually HAS come from work and brought a load of workmates on stage with her. Christ alive. There might be a good song here but again the vocals could be literally anyone and the backing is entirely artificial.
Charts again. "Let's find out where she is." We've just been feckin told. Deflep get the highest new entry at 28, that's pretty low for new entries. Hazell Dean looks VERY different in her chart pic, was that from 1984?
Eurovision time. Scott Fitzgerald singing live. Dressed like Miami Vice looking like a blond Cesar Menotti. It's deeply anonymous.
Top 10. Well, Aswad drop to 3, but Bros do NOT climb to 2. Last week's highest new entry is now no. 1. Pet Shop Boys. Have they entered Beatles territory? In that literally everything they release tops the chart? This doesn't have no. 1 written all over it, it's, well, there. Not unpleasant but it hardly gets the blood pumping. I'm also a bit effed off that they turn up to TOTP all the time but won't perform live on anything else.
Playout is Jellybean. Which sums up this horrible, awful episode. Describing this show as music is like describing American cheese as cheese. Barely any music ever got anywhere near it. It was almost entirely computer generated and had all the soul, emotion, and impact of a discarded tea bag. Not only though was it a dreadful set of songs, as a programme it was dreadfully put together. No variation. Everything bar Mac and about 10 seconds of Accadacca was "dance". The casual audience had nothing to think "well this is different". Why not throw in J&MC or Def Leppard who both had high(ish) new entries? Why play feckin Jellybean? Who on the planet has ever thought "yay, a Jellybean release, I must go out to get it RIGHT NOW"? Jellybean. Feckin Jellybean. JELLYBEAN.
14/4. Brookes and Wright. Starting with Bananarama, Keren looking hot. Hello, this is a new one. With the TOTP audience it sounds horribly tinny. Just cheap. And the horrible choreography makes the whole thing look corporate rather than fun. Shame.
Natalie Cole. I'll let my dad listen to this, after all, it's all nepotism.
Climie Fisher. Am mesmerized by the backing singer on the right.
Breakers. Def Leppard by numbers. S Express with something garage-y, worth a longer go. T'Pau with a rarity these days - a live cut. Contractual obligation? Proving they can? Milking it while they are hot? Whatevs, this one is quite fun. Jermaine Stewart, this one is not.
Back to the studio and the BBC's single-minded determination to give Jellybean a career continues. God almighty, why? Although I like the way Adele Bertei mimes this, she has a sort of rock chick contempt for this sh*te.
Charts. Dull. Pebbles. Ditto. Really awful sound again though. I suppose this is what happens when computerized generica gets magnified for television.
Top 10. No. 1 is PSB still. Bros at least get a playout. I wonder if they are close on sales? It's been 4 weeks at no. 2, maybe the label has suggested a little push might take it to the top.
21/4. Bates and Powell. S'Express with a biiiiig climb and a girl who is 6 foot 2. And has legs to prove it. I'm not sure anyone on stage was actually performing on the record. Looks like Mark brought a load of mates along to have some fun. And why the hell not?
Now a guy who has reunited with his girlfriend in St Tropez. Who could that be? George Michael, apparently. Huh. Right. OK. Song is crap.
Charts. A rather sweet Fairground Attraction sneaking into the forty. Up to no. 15 and Danny Wilson. Got a lot of hype last year but missed out. Now it has made it. Not sure why on either account. It's pleasant enough but there's no oomph to it.
Breakers. Pat & Mick. All proceeds going to help a London child. Which one? Will Downing. Great voice, wasted on this dull yuppiedom. James Brown, probably doesn't need a megamix. And Patrick Swayzee with something that's only a hit because it is in a film.
God. It's fairly depressing. Jermaine Stewart. Oh God. Skip. Hazell Dean. She should ditch the jacket. There's no song as such, it's all chorus.
Top 10. Well, the extra play didn't work for Bros. PSBs at no. 1. There's a hottie in the video. Not sure Neil is that interested. I've just read Dracula. Interesting that literally everyone gets it wrong. Video is excellent. Playout is the other "I Want You Back" with cartoon video. Why is this back in the charts? And why hasn't Michael Jackson done anything as good since?
Post by vastarin er on Sept 4, 2019 22:10:17 GMT 1
28/4. Davies and Campbell in a bizarre tie. Mick & Pat with the sort of children's charity record that makes you warm to King Herod. They're described as "a London band". No mention that Sharp was once a TOTP presenter. Jealousy? This is just a load of nothing.
James Brown, "The Playback Mix" apparently. I suppose given everyone's been sampling him it's worth him taking advantage. But this is artless. Maybe they should release a greatest hits.
Top 40. Starturn On 45 Pints are in there, didn't expect that, just remember them from the 1982 Chart File. Segues into Fairground Attraction with the highest new entry, only it isn't. I remember listening to the chart rundown thinking that this one had dropped out instantly. Was astounded to hear it being such a mega leap. She looks REALLY tall. Great voice, sweet song that really stands out.
Breakers. Brenda Russell. Described as "beautiful" by Davies. Presumably he meant "dull". Sounds like Hall & Oates could have done it. That's not a compliment. The Primitives on the beach. Now this is loads better. Single is different to the album mix. Luther Van Dross. Emphasis on the dross. Joyce Sims with something that sounds better than her last one. Cheap video.
Bananarama before they go to Japan. Keren is looking, well, hot. Otherwise see above.
Charts. Narada at 30, very airbrushed. Joyce Sims, pic is very 1970s. We go to Will Downing and his homage to a Middlesbrough fanzine.
Top 10. Danny Wilson is a sh*t name for a band. New no. 1! Exciting times. S'Express. Guessing it's a London audience? Davies and Campbell are pretending that they're watching them on stage but it's a repeat performance. Playout is Scott Fitzgerald and he doesn't get a chart position, just a star graphic.
Post by vastarin er on Sept 4, 2019 23:12:24 GMT 1
The score between Blues and Blackburn in 1965. Brooks and Adrian "who?" John.
Joyce Sims. Freed from the pointless piano. This sounded better on video, the studio sound is hideous. So much so I can't be bothered with it.
New entry. Almost a re-entry. "Blue Monday", remixed. In at 10. Could it be a chart-topper? Video is thankfully not lipsyncing but there's a son of a bitch in it.
Charts. Prefab Sprout, a rare appearance in the 40. Chart rundown stops at 31 and we then see 29. Magnum. A reward for plugging away for so long. Bob Catley with his hat. It's not my tasse de thé but I am glad that they're in the charts. This could be big in the States.
Breakers. Harry Enfield and the Higsons. Based on his plasterer Essex man. Not great. The Adventures, another act deserving of a hit, with something that's close to epic. Narada Michael Walden with something that's less so. And Prince at no. 18 with something that The Chart Show had the premiere. Back to his funky best, his best cut since, well, "Purple Rain" perhaps.
Charts. Primitives up ONE? That seems COMPLETELY wrong. Start Turn with a HUGE leap, they MUST be on, surely? We have The Christians coming up at sometime though. And indeed they're now. Not that interesting. Music to be admired rather than adored.
Well, Primitives get a full play. This is just stunning. Absolute guitar-vocal collision that doesn't relent.
Top 10. Fairground Attraction at 2. A smiley S'Express have turned up this time. LOL, Sonique.
Playout is the highest climber. Star Turn. Heh, they have a video. Quick off the mark with a parody of Bomb The Bass. "Give the lad a chance, we've paid him thirty poond." One of Star Turn had a US number one. FACTBOMB!! This is rather funny. Another act that's waited a while to get their first real hit.
Post by Earl Purple on Sept 6, 2019 12:01:26 GMT 1
Last week's episode: first up Debbie Gibson doing her own song - lovely. #19 on the week, but didn't move the next week.
Last night's episode: Tiffany doing a terrible cover of I Saw Her Standing There with a gender change. But for whatever reason this climbed from #23 to reach #8 eventually.
Nowadays Tiffany would never get away with that cover as everyone has easy access to the original.
First week of the #1 run had Billy Bragg and Cara Tivey in full and a bit of Wet Wet Wet, but the past 2 weeks have been just Wet Wet Wet. Maybe Billy Bragg wasn't available to come into the studio (or Cara Tivey wasn't) but I'd rather he'd have got week 3 though I suppose it's fair that the Wets get played in full some of the time.
My rank of the 3 Beatles covers is obvious. Billy Bragg's one I like, Wets is not that good really and Tiffany's is terrible, and not just because of who it is, her cover of "I think we're alone now" was quite good.
Next week Morrissey is due to enter at #12. I wonder if they'll have him on. I don't want spoilers so I'll wait to find out.
On this present week I have GG's "Rock And Roll Part 1" on my 1972 playlist and the Timelords have entered at #22 with Doctorin' The Tardis.
We have 7 consecutive number ones in the UK charts of 1988 where only one of them was original, one was based heavily on another song and the others were all straight covers. And the one that was original wasn't particularly good.
What a strange episode of TOTP that one (2/6/88) was. I can safely say I've never seen it before, and indeed know where I was at the time - camping with the boy scouts in a field outside East Grinstead. "The Story of 1988" edition explained that the usual studio had had to be closed - because of the discovery of asbestos there I think - hence two presenters in a tiny room, and all the songs on video.
It starts off well enough - Aswad's "Give A Little Love" is pleasant enough and jaunty and optimstic, but the real delight is the video of the band adding to the delightful chaos of the street and sea life of Marseille. Then onto Desireless's "Voyage Voyage" for a further gallic touch (one in which a remix - I think from the PWL stable? - sharpened up a song for the better).
But, but, but: with no live performances, and subject to the usual provisos about not putting on tracks that are falling the charts, or that (no 1 apart) were on the most recent edition, the programmers effectively had carte blanche to pick and choose from much of the top 40, at least as so long as the track had a video. Which surely by now most or all of them did.
And the quality of some of the potential offerings was hinted at in the breakers - Voice Of The Beehive's "Don't Call Me Baby" is a shimmering and splendid piece of pop, one that has stood the test of time, even if they had done better tracks that had just failed to scrape the top 40. But they look like an act for the future. The playout track, Belinda Carlisle's "Circle In The Sand", is also first class.
Why then include two of the most abysmal offerings ever committed to vinyl (or casssingle)?
Tiffany's "I Saw Him Standing There" is quite, quite, charmless. Not the Beatles' finest moment to start with, prior to the sex change, but if it's any consolation to Macca and Lennon the worst bits are those that Tiffs adds herself ("Don't you ever dance, don't ever dance with another, baby!"), although more lacking in purpose still are the stylised hand movements she makes at key points of the song in the video. And video - yet another live mall performance - just proves that her voice is, well, not the best. Oh dear.
(In the fullness of time, I am prepared to defend some of Tiffany's brief - 13 month, if we consider "the chart", generously to be the top 50 or 47 - chart career: the number one still has a certain panache, and the ballads - "Could've Been", and the minor hits "Feelings of Forever" and "All This Time" have real moments of beauty and despair about them (and arguably surpass in substance if not necessarily style anything her rival, who wrote her own songs, did) . But this. No no no no no no no no no no.
And as for Rod Stewart's "Lost In You". This is an atrocity, man. And I say that as an admirer of Rod's back catalogue (before he fell in the UB40 trap of becoming a high-class karaoake act) and symphasiser with his general persona (blame my mixed Glaswegian/Essex afffilations). His voice, his rawness, his drawl. You just know that - even more than the Sex Pistols (appropriately enough given their chart clash back in the day) - he means it, man, always has done, always will. But this is simply unnecessary. What has gone wrong? I blame the record companies, mostly, particularly in imposing the latest technology and sound on acts whose appeal and capability can stand up by itself without demeaning itself by bowing to the latest fads. (Still, this isn't even the worst record of this genre in this top 40: cue the utterly forgettable Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson colloboration, which itself makes "I Just Called To Say I Love You" - a previous exemplary case of this phenomenon -appear like a work of high artistry). David Bowie had been put through this rigamarole in the mid-80s, too. Word is that Diana Ross is being submitted to it as we (in 1988) speak. (And wait just a few years, when major labels start signing up previously apparently credible guitar/indie acts. They'll do it to them too). This is undignified, even before we get to Rod's promise to "make love to you....like fifteen men". Not even the worst track on the album, which (amid stiff competition) goes by the distinctly unpromising (but entirely accurate) name of "Almost Illegal". Yeah, there's one fine single on the album, "My Heart Can't Tell You No". But ahh - and looking at the hat he's wearing, too: THIS IS GEORGE GALLOWAY WITH A MICROPHONE IN THE PUB. WHY WHY WHY??? NO ONE NEEDS THIS AT ALL.
12/5. Mayo and a very bad Cockney impersonation from Read. Because we're starting with Charlie Higson making his TOTP debut a few years after top tenning in the indie charts. Also a chap called Lance. Performance is studio but there are lots of clips of the video in the corner. Lance ain't doing much. Credited to Harry Enfield although perhaos it should have been credited as Loadsamoney to reflect it not being a solo outing. It hasn't aged well.
The full "Alphabet Street" video. It looks curiously low budget. Perhaps that's the US filming.
Charts. Ofra Haza, another indie hit from a year back making it big. Primitives down, shocker. Aztec Camera back in. Studio, and another of last week's breakers gets a proper play. The Adventures. It's a tremendous cut, with a real epic feel to it, but the TOTP party atmos is not conducive to showing it to its best. "Terrorism, depression, damage, destruction..." "WHOOOO!!!! YEAH BABY!!!!" Also they've got the Deacon Blue thing of not letting the girl sing.
Who is next? Narada. Right. That means this programme, so far, has just been last week's breakers. I've said it before, but this breaker policy needs another look as it cuts down hugely on the acts getting an outing. If they're worthy of breakerdom they're worthy of a full play. I'm also calling it now. Last week's playout will get a full play. Oh, this is dire.
The breakers. Or next week's show. Anfield Rap. This should not be in the charts because the only people buying it should be in Liverpool. After all, no music lover is going to buy this. So it is at 13 because of gloryhunters who couldn't find Liverpool on a map of Merseyside. Belinda Carlisle, OK. Derek B, this now comes across as parody. And Prefab Sprout with something rather amusing as well as totes amazeballs.
And I was right. Star Turn! This is...amusing. Spoonplaying on Ver Pops. Elvis/ABC lame suit. Live vocals. Tony Blackburn. This HAS held up well. "He's not affiliated", nice callback.
Charts part 2. Oh God, Minogue has ANOTHER one? She should have remained a one hit wonder. Wet Wet Wet with "We Need A Number One Hit So We Will Do A Cheap Hideous Cover Version And Say It Is For Charity". What is the f***ing POINT of doing something that Joe Cocker had already utterly knocked out of the park? Just give the money to charity. And Billy Bragg is going to guarantee himself a hit when he can't get one himself.
Top 10. New Order close to the top. But Fairground Attraction right there. Alas it will only be the one week because guilt.
Playout is Minogue. I'm not denying I would not have fun times with her, but this is so f***ing robotic as a single.
Well. Show played some good music, but, for almost the entire part, was last week's show on repeat. Very, very, very bad scheduling.
I don't support Chelsea but Blue Is The Colour reached #4 in my retro-chart of 1972 because it's one of the greatest football-club song anthems ever written, so I charted it on the basis of the song and not what team it is about.
There isn't much to like musically about Anfield Rap though.
19/5. Who will be on? Guessing Liverpool, Carlisle, Sprout, Minogue, B.
Bates and Davies. In the studio we have Derek B. Oh quelle surprise. And we start with Prefab Sprout. Two down straight away. Wendy looks a bit lost just doing backing vocals. Couldn't they have given her at least a keytar? Great track.
Derek B. Tick.
Next week's show. Heart. They're letting the brunette sing this one. It's basically "Alone" with new lyrics. Ofra Haza. Bit of chartbound world music. This has been no. 1 in Germany. Guilt? Anyhoo, I do like this one. Blue Suede Views said it means "I'm not a toilet". Wonder if they met Sisters Of Mercy? Hothouse Flowers, they're popular in Europe by the looks. Another excellent single. Crap name though. Debbie Gibson with cheapass video.
Studio. Aztec Camera with a BIG leap. Quite right too. This is a rockin' and rollin' number. Deserves to be huge.
Charts. Starturn went down. Got on just in time.
Belinda Carlisle. I'm 4 for 5. This is a bit meh. Different and slower than her usual stuff.
Charts again. A lot of what was on last week has gone down, interesting. New no. 1 and they're playing both sides. Billy Bragg and Carla Teevee. Live vocal. Literally nobody is buying the single for this. We get five seconds of WWW, which is too much.
Playout is Liverpool FC. 100% accuracy. That's fairly depressing. And I wish someone would end the career of that cowardly thug McMahon.
Post by vastarin er on Sept 8, 2019 12:32:13 GMT 1
26/5. Steve Wright in rubber gloves. On his own? No, Mark Goodier is on the other side of the studio. Different dates? Debbie Gibson. Ooh, a breaker. What a surprise. This is just OK.
LA Mix. I wonder if that car's number plate is genuinely LAM 1X? God, Les Adams has genuinely just died. Claire "Emmerdale" King in the video. "Going to be top 10 next week." Midweeks?
Ofra Haza. Yay, another breaker. This is a good record though.
Next week's show. Climie Fisher. Video has a high babe quotient. More like their first single than their second. Aswad. Quite sweet reggae that's so soft it barely qualifies. Video is similar to loads from about 8 years before of "let's do the show right here". Style Council. Same ol.
Next. Hothouse Flowers. Guess what? That's another 100% record.
The charts are also suggesting that the performance is coming too late - there are a few, again, going down after being on the programme. They're basically a week behind with performances. Incidentally I note that for instance Scritti Politti have gone up twice and haven't been on (maybe this week) because the constant repeats squeezes out other tracks.
Mica Paris. Apparently this is taking on the Septics at their own game with sweet soul music. I find it dull. It is yuppie music all over again. Shame, she seems to have quite the talent.
Oh, and here we go with SP. I'm not a fan of theirs at all, but I quite like this single. Has an understated melancholy.
Top 10. People are still buying the Anfield Crap? Well, the Childline thing is having some good effect, it's keeping the talentless Aussie from the top.
Continuing the charting footballers, the Jambos on the playout. Somewhere a couple of Swedes are listening to this and writing the words "listen to your heart" to this tune.
Post by vastarin er on Sept 8, 2019 13:00:28 GMT 1
Et finalement. To get up to date. 2/6. A "private party", apparently at the cricket club, looking at Powell. Also Campbell.
Starts with Aswad, a breaker, so see above.
Desireless. She's well named. Europap. Would have sounded dated in 1982. I wonder if her nickname is "bog brush". Very, very, very poor indeed.
Charts. Shall we go through the songs that have not been played but should have been? Kim Wilde's "Hey Mr Heartache", Status Quo's "Who Gets The Love", and Smanfer Fox' "Naughty Girls", just in the thirties.
Are they doing this show in the corridor? Anyway. Tiffany at no. 23 with the musical equivalent of genocide. They may as well have stamped CASH IN all over the screen. f*** this sh*t.
Next week's show. Timelords taking their own medicine. This is really entertaining and fun. I suppose there's little enough Glitter in it to allow them to play it. Voice Of The Beehive, with a gloriously wonderful perfect pop song, although Tracey isn't allowing Melissa much time on the vox. Heh, Woody. Five Star trying to vamp it up. Meh, not buying it.
Aztec Camera with a repeat performance. See above.
Charts again. Style Council going down, serves them right. O'Neal, "The Lovers". Brass Construction, "Movin' 88". Heart, Ofra Haza, Gibson, Hothouse Flowers all stalling after a performance.
Rod Stewart. Sounds like he's got Simple Minds behind him. This isn't bad, although it doesn't play to his dirty bluesy voice particularly strongly.
Very disturbing bantz between Campbell and Powell about getting naked. Top 10. Houston is at 10 but hasn't been on. Aztec Camera might sneak a no. 1. After all the top 3 are stalled.
Playout is Carlisle who has thereby been on a lot.
Post by SherriffFatman on Sept 30, 2019 14:16:34 GMT 1
I’m no fashion expert, but I think it’s fair to say Mica Paris wears strange trousers.
Sabrina is hilarious, Peter Powell seemed genuinely shocked when they showed part of the video in the breakers. Then came a studio performance the week after, and she certainly ensured the same features were front and centre of that too. It’s a fairly brazen way of selling records, but you can see why it works. I seem to remember we changed the chorus at school to “boing boing boing”.
Tears by ? & The Mysterians. Mayowell. Well, they don't censor the Glitter-heavy sample of The Timelords, aka The JAMMs, aka The KLF. Quite right too, this is magnificent. Twin flying Vs and choreographed drumming. No idea why they keep cutting to the video (maybe they couldn't get Ford into the studio). Has number 1 written all over it.
Five Star with their new raunchy image. Looks more cosplay than raunch. Also sounds rubbish.
VotB make it to the studio. Melissa gets to mime lead vox. At least for the start. Another terrific song. Perfect indiepop. Melissa is channelling her inner Strawberry Switchblade.
Charts. Wonder/Jackson dropping without making the 30. You'd think that would have been a couldn't miss. Perhaps people are looking at the song rather than the artist.
Mica Paris. Disappointing that she's wearing a US-flag style jacket. Don't ape the Septics, Meesh. Carve your own story. Although this is dull. So probably not worth it.
Breakers. The Neph get onto Ver Pops. Hahahaha. We're going alternate songs, good/bad/good/bad/good. If this goes up will they get a proper play? Sabrina. Well, that continues the trend, but there's a couple of things about this video that draw my attention to it. Powell sounds vaguely disgusted. James Brown. This breaks the run as it is merely OK.
Maxi Priest. Live. Good move, he has such a sweet voice, silksmooth. Helps to elevate the song, which does not benefit from an exciting production, to say the least.
Charts. 12, Morrissey, and he's appearing. I think this would have been a better opening single for him than "Suedehead". Wearing a Smiths t-shirt, lol. This single is, well, for want of a better word, lovely. Even though the lyrics are coalblack depressing. It's such an uplifting tune and the contradictions turn it into an epic. Mayo even thinks it's a number 1. Hm.
Top 10. Aztec Camera creeping up. No. 3. They'd be no. 1 if it were not for a cheap stunt and a cheap stunt. Playout is Erasure, doing Cirque du Soleil. Whoever had the video obviously got no further than the first word of the songtitle. Erasure by numbers, really. OK, nothing special, not unpleasant.
Sabrina. I remember a letter on Points Of View a few days later. "Top of the Pops had the most disgusting display, a braless young lady from Italy displaying her fruits for all to see. Why was the BBC complicit in such a display of soft pornography?
PS My husband loved it and asks if you can repeat it."
It's actually quite demure compared to what has happened since, indeed Wendy James would be basically in underwear.
Erasure. What the frig is Bell wearing?
Charts. A rarity - a non-mover at 40. Nick Kamen for reference.
Sisters Of Mercy, having apparently had a bad video shoot in India. Eldritch gets around, doesn't he? Smart lad, get the record company to pay for exotic holibobs. Bit dull but Davies likes it, lol.
Breakers. Fat Boys at 19. lolwut? Eurythmics with a big riser thanks to a song that has gone under the radar somewhat. A-ha, they've plainly given up, haven't they? Sade, well, she's found a tune at least.
Studio. Matt Bianco. God almighty, of all the desirable comebacks I would have had them somewhere near the bottom of the list, between bubonic plague and genocide. f***'s sake.
New entry at 2, Bros. Wow, they're still missing the top. Not sure though that this one will miss out.
Top 10. Morrissey goes up, a rarity, but not enough. Three Beatles songs in the top 10. Oh, that's cos two of them are the same feckin record. The Timelords, woo. A decent no. 1 for the first time in a while.
Playout is The Pasadenas. Think they might have deserved a proper play. More so than Matt fecking Bianco. Something of a throwback, something of The Delfonics or late Temptations about it. Not bad, could do with more of a funk kick.