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Bad Manners

“Too much fighting on the dance floor” – Top of the Pops, 2 July 1981

Dave Lee TravisFinally! After months and months of recycling the same tired joke, the powers that be at TOTP have finally taken my advice and commissioned a proper theme tune and title sequence. Don’t tell anyone though, because it’s still under wraps until next week. This is the current opening’s final outing, although “opening” seems too grand a word for the hastily cobbled together layer-upon-layer-of-TOTP-logos thing that’s been in place since February. We see out this era with a “Helleau” from Dave Lee Travis, who at this stage is still working on his ultimately unsuccessful audition for ‘Allo ‘Allo! “It’s by no means normal,” he warns us, and indeed some of the acts on this week’s show are quite remarkable even by DLT’s standards. Anyone expecting thirty minutes of sobriety and decorum should probably leave before the first act comes on. Go on, leg it.

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