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“Don’t kid yourself you’ve seen it all before” – Top of the Pops, 6 August 1981

Jimmy Savile“Ho-ho! Yes indeed! How about that!” Oops, look out, it’s Creepy Uncle Jimmy™ again, ruining another episode of TOTP with his continued unwelcome presence. This week he’s kitted out in a yellow satin top with “26.2” written on it – conspiracy theorists, feel free to work out what that refers to and let me know by the end of the episode – and a frankly disgusting pair of shorts that leave little to the imagination and must have looked pretty off-putting even 1981 before everyone knew what Savile was up to behind closed doors. Of course this was quietly dropped from the BBC Four run but the Phantom Taper comes to our rescue again with a fuzzy but watchable recording of the show. The low resolution of this illicit copy means that one doesn’t have to look at Savile in too much detail and although this is generally a good thing, if you freeze it in the right place as he discreetly reaches down behind his back and adjusts his shorts, one could be forgiven for thinking that he’s got his auld fella out. Thankfully this is not the case. Not on camera, anyway.


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“All I’ve learned has overturned” – Top of the Pops, 23 July 1981

Tight Fit

“They always say it’s ‘Welcome to Top of the Pops‘ and tonight it’s just the same as ever!” Newsbeat’s Richard Skinner there, opening the UK’s top music show with a confusingly constructed sentence that rather downplays the sense of breathless … read more

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

Off The Chart: 6 August 1980

The past, present and future combine in this week’s Off The Chart – things get tense. Buh-boom. Steve and Julian go way back to the chart of 6 August 1980, playing some of the hits you don’t hear so often … read more

Virtual C90 – May 2016

Virtual C90 - May2016

New music this month from ABC, Billy Ocean, Pet Shop Boys, Wire and Paul Young, plus our attempt to pay tribute to Prince which isn’t easy on Spotify. All this plus the usual mix of hits, misses, remixes and forgotten … read more

“He is a song that’s not easy to write” – Top of the Pops, 14 May 1981

Thin Lizzy

That idea of showing two editions of TOTP a week on consecutive nights seemed great at the start of the year. Quickly, though, we ran into problems due to the, shall we say, unavailability of certain episodes. Miss out a … 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