BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

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Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:43 pm

You can feel the life being drained out of the room…
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:44 pm

Thompson Twins!

Where they really a thing in 1985? :dunno:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:47 pm

Actually, this isn't bad, :dance:

Even leftover 1982 > 1985 :sadyes:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:48 pm

Ooh! me neck!

All that dancing to the Twins.

Tina!

King!

Dire. :(
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:49 pm

Princess Nokia!


Madonna.

Baltimore!

Ooh some goss from Janice!
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:52 pm

Bush.

More Madonna. :colbert2:

So it's number one!

Crissie Hinds and UB40

:suicidefail:

Did he just say Horrific or Terrific?
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:54 pm

'There's no Mountain we can't clim', he said clim. :ohno:


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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:56 pm

I don't think I've ever actually listened to this song.

I was right not too. It really is a bad as the first 3 seconds impression of it would suggest.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:59 pm

Knock on Woods!

:dance:

Well, that was real now.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Stevie-Baby on Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:47 pm

John Peel wrote:Observer, 1 September 1985

The note the commissionaire passed on warned that Alix and Melanie were at the gate for Mr Peel. Alix and Melanie (their real names) had been at the gate for Mr Peel since mid-morning. They were also at the gate for Miss Long. I passed them, pausing only to explain that it was unlikely that I would be able to get them into the studio, when I arrived at Television Centre at 1.30. I passed them again when I hiked in twenty minutes later from a temporary BBC car park in, I think, the Lake District.

By 2.00 I was in the studio, attempting to adjust to life in an atmosphere consisting mainly of vapours produced by dry ice machines and receiving instruction from producer Michael Hurll. These consist of details of assignments - 'John, you've got Bananarama and Madness. Janice, you've got Bryan Ferry' - and details about timings. I was once given eleven seconds to interview Debbie Harry.

I have a theory, untainted by research, that no one listens to the DJs on Top Of The Pops, that they are peering over our shoulders, as it were, to catch a first glimpse of the star for whom they have a hankering. Unfortunately these stars do seem to listen, and Paul Hardcastle, who is playing some sort of keyboard device with D Train, wants to know what I meant when I said eight weeks ago that his record '19', which concerns itself with the average age of American Vietnam war victims, had come nineteen years too late. He seems to accept my explanation because he later consults Janice and me over the salads available in the canteen.

At some moment lost in the mists of pre-history I must have said something beastly about the Thompson Twins, because they - or their representatives - once required that I should not introduce them on Top Of The Pops. They are on the programme again and when I passed the band's Alannah Currie on the steps down from Stage B, she fixes me with a basilisk stare. Later she invites Janice round for a meal.

At 2.15 we record the chart rundown, for which we are out of vision, getting it right first time. Word has it that other DJs have needed as many as fourteen takes. We feel pretty pleased with ourselves. At 2.30 we rehearse our introductions to the Top Forty Breakers and the Top Ten Videos. This is a more complicated business altogether, as we are in shot one moment, out the next, then back in again. This requires fine timing, with the sheets of yellow paper, on which we have scribbled our prettily worked ad libs, hidden behind our backs until the camera lights go out.

At 3:45 there is a complete run-through of the programme. our drolleries produce no reaction whatever from the dancers, cheerleaders and technicians. On the second run-through I introduce the word 'bottom' into my opening remarks and this goes down quite well. By 5.20 rehearsals are over and I retreat to my dressing room for an hour's sleep. Later I escort Janice Long to the bar where Dan Hartman, whose record 'I Can Dream About You' is at number sixteen, joins us. I don't much care for 'I Can Dream About You,' but Dan turns out to be a most affable chap. We have a serious talk about, amongst other things, the proliferation of toll-roads in Connecticut.

At 7.20 I report to make-up. I always dread this, believing that make-up artists would rather be chastised with scorpions than apply the dense layer of powder and paint that serve to make me look three or four months younger.

In the studio the cheerleaders, the real heroes of Top Of The Pops, are whipping the crowd into a frenzy. Tonight's DJs, they bawl, are Janice Long (cheers) and John Peel (silence). We clamber up to our positions on stage, the floor manager signals that there is one minute to go and we run through our opening remarks yet again. Janice checks that there is no lettuce on my front teeth. Another Top Of The Pops is about to take to the air.


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