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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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“You’ve got to get up to get down” – Top of the Pops, 25 June 1981

Depeche Mode

Rush rush, busy busy, rush rush, busy busy! A combination of a condensed thirty minute show due to Wimbledon fortnight, the continuing lack of a proper opening sequence and a poorly chosen first song with a short intro means that … read more

“Blow up the TV, blow up the car” – Top of the Pops, 21 May 1981

The Human League

If you had fond memories of late April and early May 1981 and were looking forward to reliving those memories via the BBC Four reruns of Top of the Pops, you’re probably feeling pretty short changed by now. What with … read more

New Releases: 15 April 2016 and Record Store Day

Record Store Day 2016

New Releases Paul Young releases a new album Good Thing while Phil Collins continues his Take A Look At Me Now series of reissues with newly expanded editions of 1985’s No Jacket Required and his 2002 set Testify. If you’ve … read more

“Stay in time with the rhythm and rhyme” – Top of the Pops, 30 April 1981

Tenpole Tudor

For all Michael Hurll’s efforts in dragging Top of the Pops kicking and screaming into the ’80s and turning it into a dazzling celebration of pop music instead of a dreary light entertainment show, he keeps coming up against one … read more