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Top of the pops 24th January 1980 Chart rundown and playlist


Presented by Mike Read.

Watch on Iplayer


The Buggles – Living in the Plastic Age

Surprised to hear Buggles weren’t a one hit wonder as I had only ever heard “Video killed the radio star” Which I think is probably the case for most people. The song is called living in the plastic age and we have Trevor Horn singing,he doesn’t look like a pop star,which is why he probably ended up as a producer,producing the likes of Frankie goes to Hollywood and ABC.

The Nolans – I’m In the Mood for Dancing (Official Video as I couldn’t find this weeks performance on youtube)

The Nolans singing their most famous hit,it all seems such a long time ago,but the song holds up well, a pop classic.

The Boomtown Rats – Someone’s Looking At You

Bob Geldof in his popstar days,before he became the saviour of Africa. I like Bob so it’s good to see him when he was younger,on stage,dressed in army green,as are the rest of the band,apart from the keyboard player who is dressed in a cartoon prison uniform.

It also has another cutaway scene to another Bob sat in a chair cutting at his leather coat with scissors,I assume it has some relevance to the song.

Bee Gees – Spirits having flown (Danced to by Legs & Co)

I have no memory of this Bee Gees song and I thought I had heard most of theirs,but it charted so I guess somebody must of bought it at the time,but unlike all their other classic hits from that era it doesn’t seem to have been on the radio’s repeat playlists.

Joe Jackson – It’s Different For Girls

I have always liked this song,still sounds great after all these years. Joe on top of the pops in his 1980’s style skinny tie,looking almost cool.

Suzi Quatro – Mama’s Boy (Not the TOTP performance)

I have never heard this song before,but it’s typical Suzi guitar rock,and she looks great in the video above,which is always a plus.

Dollar – I Want To Hold Your Hand

Who doesn’t remember Dollar? you may not remember their music,but who can forget Thereza Bazar. One of the finest looking women to come out of the 80s pop scene. Here we have her and her partner David Van Day murdering a Beatles song.

David Van Day had a second shot at fame on I’m a celebrity get me out of here,while Thereza Bazar seemed to just disappear. Her wiki says she is now 59.

I wanna hold your hand got to number 9 in the charts. Their highest charting song was “Give Me Back My Heart” which got to number 4 in 1982.

The Specials – Too much Too young (They didn’t appear live on the show so they showed them live at another venue)

Ska and two tone didn’t last long,but in the small time it was around it produced some great tunes,like this one from the Specials.

Barbara Dickson – Caravan

Not my type of song,I don’t really know what to say about Barbara,or the song,or he performance,so here is some info from below the youtube video.

Barbara Ruth Dickson, OBE (born Dunfermline, Fife, 27 September 1947) is a Scottish singer whose hits include “I Know Him So Well” and “January February”. Dickson has placed fifteen albums in the UK Albums Chart from 1977 to date, and had a number of hit singles, including two which reached the Top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.

Matchbox – Buzz buzz a diddle it (Not the totp version)

A bit of rockabilly music,at least that’s what I would call it anyway,the lead singer looks like someones dad filling in for the Stray cats. “Harmonica solo”

Sheila B Devotion -Spacer

Disco must have been on it’s last legs in 1980,or maybe that was just in the USA.

Regents – 7 Teen

I have never heard of the song or the band before. It sounds ok I guess,they sound a little like Blur in places,and the backing singers look like the two from the Human League.

The Pretenders – Brass In Pocket (Not the performance shown from this week)

A second week at number one for the Pretenders.

Top 30 Rundown

30: Matchbox – Buzz buzz a diddle it
29: Kool & The Gang – Too hot
28: The Skids – working for the yankee dollar
27: Rupert Holmes – Pina Colada song
26: New Musik – Living by mumbers
25: The Tourists – I only wanna be with you
24: Fiddlers Dram – Way to Bangor
23: Sugarhill gang – rappers delight
22: The Regents – 7teen
21: Azymuth – Jazz carnival
20: Sheila & B Devotion – Spacer
19: Rose Royce – Is it love you’re after
18: Positive Force – We got the funk
17: Jon & vangelis – I hear you now
16: Bee Gees – Spirits (Having flown)
15: The Specials – Much too young
14: The Clash – Londons calling
13: Abba – I have a dream
12: Joe Jackson – It’s different for girls
11: The Beat – tears of a clown
10: Pink Floyd – Another brick in the wall
9: Dollar – I wanna hold your hand
8: Dr Hook – Better love next time
7: Booker T & the Mgs – Green onions
6: Styx – babe
5: KC & the sunshine band – Please don’t go
4: The Nolans – I’m in the mood for dancing
3: Madness – My girl
2: Billy Preston & Syreeta – With you I’m born again
1: The Pretenders – Brass in pocket


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