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

Dave Lee TravisIf 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 one thing and another, four out of five episodes from that period have been expunged from the run and the only one that could be shown was barely twenty minutes long. Yes, another forbidden episode this week, with the self-styled “Hairy Monster” Dave Lee Travis at the helm (presumably he doesn’t use that nickname anymore) and once again we are grateful to the Phantom Taper for having the foresight to record this edition when it was first shown. So grateful, in fact, that we won’t even mention the fact that the opening section is missing and we find ourselves thrown straight in at the deep end with the first act. You’ll have to make up your own pithy, erudite introduction for the Undertones, I’m afraid.


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“The devil take your stereo and your record collection” – Top of the Pops, 7 May 1981

Ossie Ardiles

By this stage of the BBC Four reruns the audience has formed itself into two distinct groups. One one hand there’s the casual viewer who isn’t really following the timeline but will greet every deviation from the norm – anything … read more