Top of the Pops BBC4

This is where I lament the lack of most UK eurovision entries being on CD anywhere, and wonder why someone doesn't compile something...and not from crackly old vinyl either. I'd love to have the Sweet Dreams single in HQ, even if it's probably a bit naff now. I loved the Fizz, my favourite band of the early 80s once Adams & The Ants split in '81, so even a blatant copycat band were up my street back then.
The Prima Donna song on that comp is clearly a vinyl rip..
 
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*Sigh*.....
 
One of the biggest surprises for me in 1983 so far has been that Fleetwood Mac - FLEETWOOD MAC!! - actually performed/appeared live in the TOTP studio for Oh Diane. I wasn't a regular viewer of the show until mid-1983, it usually clashed with something I did after school (football, scouts, I forget which) and this was before VCRs were the norm for home recording.
 
One of the biggest surprises for me in 1983 so far has been that Fleetwood Mac - FLEETWOOD MAC!! - actually performed/appeared live in the TOTP studio for Oh Diane. I wasn't a regular viewer of the show until mid-1983, it usually clashed with something I did after school (football, scouts, I forget which) and this was before VCRs were the norm for home recording.
Do you remember the Mac playing Oh Diane on Noel Edmonds Late Late Breakfast show and Lindsey swearing when the sound went out?
 
I've been watching the re-runs from the beginning and my God they evolution is quite frightening. It was all so polite in 1975! All sensible girls in nylon frocks cooing their way through completely forgettable songs until they decided to let some of the Punk artists perform.

1981 was the year for me. And I like to think that I'm possible the only person on the planet that shrieked when I saw Sunshine Patterson from Eddie and Sunshine accompanying John Foxx during one of his performances.

The Friday show this week was a little odd. Didn't they send whoever it was they sent out East to review the singles chart only to discover that there was no such thing. Oh dear!
 
This this the link to that website that discusses TOTP each week.

http://angelogravity.blogspot.co.uk/

A lot of the time they post links to the banned shows on BBC4, so you can watch them.
Thanks, this will sure come in handy.

It will be even more frustrating when we get past those who cannot be named presenting and onto Mike Smith in the late 80s as I thought we would have had an unbroken run of episodes by then. I still think when the BBC committed to repeating Top of the Pops, knowing the problems they would run into, it would have made so much more sense just to cut the DJ link out and go straight into the performance. Surely that is more sensible and preferable than skipping every second episode? It was really annoying how it went from 999th episode to 1001st last week!
 
Thanks, this will sure come in handy.

It will be even more frustrating when we get past those who cannot be named presenting and onto Mike Smith in the late 80s as I thought we would have had an unbroken run of episodes by then. I still think when the BBC committed to repeating Top of the Pops, knowing the problems they would run into, it would have made so much more sense just to cut the DJ link out and go straight into the performance. Surely that is more sensible and preferable than skipping every second episode? It was really annoying how it went from 999th episode to 1001st last week!
I think the Savile story broke a few months after the 1976 episodes started. Then Dave Lee Travis got caught too!

Someone on another forum who claims to be in the know says the reason the shows aren't edited is because BBC4 don't have the money to do so. This may be true, but if they're going to carry on screening them you'd think they'd sort something out... A lot of people love these shows and it's particularly frustrating when your favourite records are totally skipped because they fall in a period the likes of Savile and Dave Lee Travis were hosting...
 
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I think the Savile story broke a few months after the 1976 episodes started. Then Dave Lee Travis got caught too!

Someone on another forum who claims to be in the know says the reason the shows aren't edited is because BBC4 don't have the money to do so. This may be true, but if they're going to carry on screening them you'd think they'd sort something out... A lot of people love these shows and it's particularly frustrating when your favourite records are totally skipped because they fall in a period the likes of Savile and Dave Lee Travis were hosting...
Surely cutting a link out wouldn't cost a lot to do? A new voiceover, TOTP2 style, would have been ideal but may have cost them too much.
 

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