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Top of the pops review 7th February 1980


Presented by Steve (in the afternoon) Wright


The show

Jefferson Starship – Jane (Chart rundown)

The Tourists – So Good To Be Back Home Again

Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart appear in a band called The Tourists,before they hit worldwide fame with The Eurythmics. This is more poppy than the Eurythmics,less moody. Annie has a ridiculously long hairpiece popping out of a ridiculously looking hat.

Cliff Richard – Carrie

The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (Danced to by Legs and co)

Great little dance number from the Whispers,I know the tune but I can’t say I have heard of the band before.

The Boomtown Rats – Someone’s Looking At You

Not really heard this song in years,but after hearing it a few times recently,I kind of like it. “Someone’s looking at ya oh oh oh oh”

The Nolans – I’m in the mood for Dancing

The BBC showing off with some fancy dan split screen graphics.

The Chords – Maybe Tomorrow

I am surprised I had heard this song before as neither the band name or the song title resonated with me. The song is ok,sounds a little like the Jam.

The Regents – 7teen (Not the one shown in this weeks show)

Back again on totp,this time the singer looking like he has just walked off the set of Red Dwarf.

Queen – Save Me

Classic Queen,classic Freddie.

The Selector – Three Minute Hero

Pauline Black and the band pumping out a classic from the two tone era.

AC/DC – Touch Too Much

Not for me,but still going strong,appeared on this years Grammys

*Singer Bon Scott died 12 days after this performance on top of the pops.

The Buggles – Living in the Plastic Age

For some reason the keyboard player is wearing marigolds.

The Specials – Too much Too young

A second week at number one for The Specials.

Joe Jackson – It’s Different For Girls (Played out to the end credits)

If you want a more detailed review,check out this guy,he has more knowledge of the era and music in general than I do.

The Top 30

30: Jefferson Starship – jane
29: Kool and the gang – Too hot
28: Buggles – The plastic age
27: Cliff Richard – Carrie
26: The Shadows – Riders in the sky
25: The Ramones – Baby I love you
24: Matchbox – Buzz buzz a diddle it
23: Rupert Holmes – Pina colada song
22: Azymuth – Jazz carnival
21: Selecter – Three minute hero
20: Queen – Save me
19: Sheila and B Devotion – Spacer
18: The Whispers – And the beat goes on
17: Dr Hook – Better love next time
16: Dollar – I wanna hold your hand
15: Captain Beaky – Captain Beaky
14: KC and the sunshine band – Please don’t go
13: New Muzik – Living by numbers
12: Jon & vangelis – I hear you now
11: The Regents – 7teen
10: Booker T & The MGs – Green onions
9: Billy Preston & Syreeta – With you I’m born again
8: Boomtown rats – Someone’s looking at you
7: The Pretenders – Brass in pocket
6: Styx – Babe
5: Joe Jackson – It’s different for girls
4: Madness – My girl
3: Nolans – I’m in the mood for dancing
2: Kenny Rogers – Coward of the county
1: The Specials – Too much too young

This one is from their appearance on the old grey whistle test.


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