Hello and welcome to this week’s look back at 50 years of Top Of The Pops (Or, to be pedantic, 42 years and 8 years worth of Christmas specials)
This week’s first birthday of note is Guy Chadwick, lead singer of House Of Love. Unfortunately, we don’t have a clip of them performing ‘Shine On’, but we do have East 17 performing ‘House Of Love’, a song not about the early 90s band of the same name.
East 17 of course, were named after their local postcode. If they came from East Belfast, they would have been called BT4, BT5 or BT6, depending on whereabouts in East Belfast they came from.
Also celebrating this week is Sarah Jane Morris of The Communards. This, is an epic tune. BAAYYYYYBAAYYYY!!!!!
and … Jonas Berggren from Ace Of Base. I once got lost en route to an Ace Of Base concert trying to find the venue ………. then, I, saw the sign.
And from Sweden, we head to Canada, for a bit of Sum 41.
And from Canada, to Liverpool, for Pete Wylie’s birthday.
And now, to chill the mood a bit, with a bit of Beverley Knight.
Our globetrotting adventures now take us to the suavest man in Glasgow. If you really need to be told, Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet, who spent the whole of 1994 at Number One. How exactly, was a Sweet Little Mystery. I know you’ll love these next few clips. Why? I feel it in my fingers, I feel it in my toes.
Our birthday travels this week take us now to the Mockney King (from Colchester) …… Damon Albarn (And yes, I am aware he doesn’t sing on the first song)
And now ……. we go to Germany for one of the best songs of the 1980s. A woman who wouldn’t make a good Financial Advisor as she spent all her money on a bag of balloons. Since you ask, I counted, there were 78 balloons in the studio when this was filmed. BBC Cutbacks.
And from Germany, we go to German based West Indians …….. singing a song about The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Ironically, Bobby Farrell of Boney M had the most Belfasty name in pop.
39 this week was Mel Blatt from All Saints. Here she is as a solo artist.
Milestone time now, and Diana Ross was born 70 years ago this week. So, as a tribute, here’s Steps covering ‘Chain Reaction’
Wee treat for you for Tony Banks of Genesis birthday (the one who isn’t Phil Collins or the guy from Mike and the Mechanics) …. a studio appearance from 1992
With all these births, unfortunately, we have a death anniversary. Ian Dury died 14 years ago today.
And finally, Elton John *whispers* turned 67 this week.
This, is his best song, performed nearly 20 years after it came out on a TOTP Special.
I used to think the chorus went “Coco Heart” when I was younger.
And, if you don’t know already, he didn’t play on this song, just mimed on TOTP.