50 YEARS OF TOP OF THE POPS : JAN 3 – JAN 9

Thanks for coming back after last week’s debut for this week’s trawl through the TOTP archive.

Mark Hollis of Talk Talk is 59 this week. He got bored of pop and decided to set up a broadband provider

Exactly a year younger, Bernard Summer has made many TOTP appearances with Joy Division and New Order, but i’m going to throw a curveball and include this from Electronic, who would have been a Manc Supergroup if it wasn’t for the presence of Newcastle’s Neil Tennent.

It’s easy forget how good Electronic were. They did other songs than Getting Away With It, you know.

54 this week, Michael Stipe once had hair. Here’s proof of it.

There aren’t many REM TOTP appearances on the net, but this one, is great.

Also born on 4th January (in this case, 1977) was Tim Wheeler of Ash, for some reason, had their stage cordoned off when performing A Life Less Ordinary in 1997.

While all those were celebrating their birthday in 1986, Phil Lynott died. He once did the TOTP theme but didn’t appear to promote the single, so they got a load of dancers to do it. Check out Peter Powell’s dad dancing.

Exactly 25 years later, Gerry Rafferty died. You should probably stop playing your imaginary Saxophone, i’m not playing that song.

Another death anniversary this week, is Jon Lee from Feeder on 7th January 2002. And yes, I am aware that this week’s round-up is taking a morbid direction.

Back to births, and Kit Kat Brand Ambassador Elvis Presley turns 79. Yep, i’m talking about Elvis in the present tense because well, Elvis lives.

He’s not dead. He’s just, taking a break.

I could show the Legs and Co tribute from the week he faked his death, but instead, i’ll show some 1980s tributes to him.

I only learnt recently that Jimmy Sommerville sang backing vocals on Suspicious Minds (The one by Fine Young Cannibals, in case you were wondering)

And sadly, we go back to death anniversaries, this time, Steve Clark of Def Leppard on 8th January 1991. Feel free to pour some sugar on yourself as a tribute.

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