BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Butterfield on Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:05 pm

:excited:

BBC4 is to air vintage Top Of The Pops episodes from the corresponding week in 1976 from next Thursday as part of a TV nostalgia experiment for the station.

The show will be broadcast in the old BBC 1 slot of 7.30pm and will be aired for at least one year – with a view to extend its run for longer should the show prove successful.

April 1976 was chosen as a starting point for the experiment as this was the month the Beeb began keeping every episode of TOTP. The show will see Brotherhood of Man's Save Your Kisses For Me, Barry White (You See The Trouble With Me), John Miles (Music), Billy Ocean (Love Really Hurts Without You) and Abba (Fernando) all appearing over the coming months.

BBC4 controller, Richard Klein said the variety of the show was huge. "Today singles come and go from the chart quickly. :doh: Then they continued across many weeks, bands would stay in the charts for eight or 10 weeks. You will get to watch your favourites two or three times," he said.

http://www.musicweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=1&storycode=1044765&c=1


Then there's this:

Let's stop this Top of the Pops revival in its tracks

Though great in its day, the world does not need the return of a weekly half-hour ghetto for pop music

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Let it lie ... Top of the Pops presenters Bruno Brooks, Anthea Turner and Gary Davis in 1988 :excited:

Four is hosting a Top of the Pops night this Friday. From then on, the classic Thursday night slot will see episodes screened weekly, from that equivalent week, starting from 1976. Which, of course, is great: everyone loves a good Pan's People montage and the chance to see vintage Madonna clips. Except, of course, that's not where it will end. Next thing you know, it will have inspired another Facebook group, another Twitter hashtag and another guileless attempt to bring the thing back. Not in my name.

Top of the Pops was great and necessary in its day, but the world has changed. Think about what this campaign actually suggests: the return of a weekly half-hour ghetto for pop music, based around the singles chart, predicated on the idea that this is the only place for people to hear their favourite songs. Now, that couldn't fail to look anything other than totally foolish.

In his forthcoming book Retromania, Simon Reynolds examines how the present is so ashamed of itself that it's driven to obsessing about its recent past to the point where there isn't actually any past left.

It's why a grunge revival has been predicted every two years since grunge actually ended, and it's why people are still slavishly demanding a Top of the Pops comeback. But Top of the Pops isn't Doctor Who, a programme so ingenious it can survive the test of time. It belongs to an era when music was dominated by only a few artists, who were tightly product-managed. This was a time when Sunday afternoons were spent taping songs off the radio, and waiting until Thursday evening to see them performed on TV felt like a real event.

The internet has obviously played a significant role in the ubiquity of pop, but even in the dusty old world of television, there's more access to music than ever before. It's everywhere.

The BBC plays Florence and the Machine to plug Lark Rise to Candleford. Rihanna can waggle her pixie garden on The X Factor and create a national panic. When promoting her single Don't Hold Your Breath, Nicole Scherzinger performed it on Dancing On Ice, Loose Women, T4, Lorraine, The Hot Desk, The Crush, Let's Dance for Comic Relief and Freshly Squeezed.

Meanwhile, William McKinley High seems a far more interesting backdrop to hear the songs of Katy Perry and Bruno Mars. At least you know none of it's real. And as more of us go digital, there's about three dedicated channels for every musical genre.

It doesn't help that the internet, with its obsession with search terms and short sharp shocks, has so far failed to generate the compelling alternative to music television it has so much potential for. And yes, there certainly is a space for a dedicated pop show with songs and performances that actually feel exclusive, creative access to stars with wit, personality and credibility, rather than the label-funded puffs that pass for interviews on 4Music. I'd be more than happy to executive produce such a show it any networks are listening. But that programme wouldn't be Top of the Pops, and it would sully a great institution to try calling it that.

But if you really need evidence of why Top of the Pops should stay dead, just watch it on Christmas Day. It's fun then, but it would be painful on any day when you're not drunk by lunch. Does this once great colossus really deserve the indignity of having Adele performing Someone Like You every week until June 2013? Really?

In 2011 pop music is an inventive, high-concept fantasy playground, where Nicki Minaj becomes a samurai warrior , where Lady Gaga is paraded inside a giant egg, and where Biffy Clyro play at being pirates. But it's a world with no place for Top of the Pops. Let it go.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2011/mar/30/lets-stop-top-pops-revival


Well I for one think it's a great idea. :eviltongue: But have I REALLY got to wait 12 years for the Bruno Brooks, Anthea Turner and Gary Davies episodes?! :rollingpin:

EDIT: Although it is quite exciting that 1988 is in the future again. :happy:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby StevieBaby on Fri Apr 01, 2011 6:18 pm

In 2011 pop music is an inventive, high-concept fantasy playground, where Nicki Minaj becomes a samurai warrior , where Lady Gaga is paraded inside a giant egg, and where Biffy Clyro play at being pirates.


And a slot (huh-huh) on Loose women or something is just the place to do it, not a prime time family music show. There's no place for Simon Reynolds in this world, and heck his sort missed Grunge the first time round, never mind a revival, still I bet the millions of articles in the NME about the Camden Lurch scene and Gay Day have dated well eh Simon?
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:51 pm

Is this BBC 4 of which they speak available on the iPlayer?
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Butterfield on Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:36 pm

A Top of the Pops from 1976 is currently on BBC Four. :excited:

The video of Abba's Fernando was just on and now there's three black men on the stage singing a song I've never heard before. They're wearing a great hybrid of babygrows and tartan shirts. :eyecrazy:

I think it was David Hamilton who introduced them but I didn't catch who they were.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:41 pm

I'm now watching it. It's some "giant animals" dancing to something that seems to be called Jungle Rock.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:41 pm

Now it's Gilbert O'Sullivan. :excited:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Butterfield on Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:43 pm

I didn't think you could get BBC Four! Unless you're watching it on the aforementioned iPlayer.

And yes, that was quite frankly a terrible Pan's People performance of dressing up as animals.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:47 pm

I'm watching it on the iPlayer. :yes:

The Brotherhood of Man. Is that Coronation Street's Jim McDonald on lead vocals? :shifty:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:47 pm

I'll be doing that dance down the disco next Friday.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Butterfield on Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:01 am

I have to say, that was a mostly bad selection of songs, very wishy-washy, bland and twee songs. It's no wonder punk and electronic music soon took over.

I was a bit shocked by that young audience girl's breasticles bouncing up and down at the end though as David Hamilton waved us goodbye, not knowing quite where to look.
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby StevieBaby on Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:06 pm

Ooh it's got John Miles with his 3 1/2 minute prog rock opera Music was my first love! :happy: just wish they'd show Fox.. :drool:

Oh, since you ask..

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

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:38 pm

^^ I sense a new thread coming on...
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Butterfield on Sun May 22, 2011 12:46 am

OMG - another 1976 TOTP is on and Andrea True Connection's More More More is on - she looks a complete wh*re! :gasp: And she's miming.

A group called Slik were also on and I was like "I'm sure that's a very young-looking Midge Ure". And lo and behold it turns out that it was!
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby StevieBaby on Sun May 22, 2011 11:21 am

Andrea True was a p*rn star apparently

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She wants to be remembered as a person who "gave people pleasure" — then emphasized the words — "with my music."
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby StevieBaby on Sun May 22, 2011 11:37 am

Just watching the BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend stuff.. My lordy, the Strokes are dull.

Just why do music shows need presenters anyway?
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 28, 2011 1:41 pm

I'm watching the 1976 show from two days ago, right now.

Marmalade had more than one hit! :gasp:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Nightjar on Sat May 28, 2011 2:04 pm

You've got Lulu Cartwright to look forward to. :drool:
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Re: BBC Four to air old episodes of Top of the Pops

Postby Call_of_the_Wendigo on Sat May 28, 2011 2:46 pm

Lulu Cartwright?

It was all pretty poor. Marmalade, Mud, Showaddywaddy, some bloke sat in a chair going on about his resistance being low. Cliff Richard ended up being the highlight, which can't be a good sign.
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