I really don't like the "New" format Top of the Pops! Around this time (Oct 1991) - I switched off watching TOTPs and used to watch it occasionally throughout the decade!
The Top Ten Countdown format is completely rubbish (as it the new TOTPs theme music) - it's great to see a clip of the Music video in the countdown - but with the correct sound as well please. I supposed it would have been too much of a copy of "The Chart Show" if they did that....and why no playout record? More of the crap theme music! I can't stand the two presenters either - don't get me started on the "interview the star" bit as well - imho - there was nothing positive about the new format! At this point - the show should have been moved to BBC2 and extended to an hour - this would have cultivated a more loyal following and away from competition from "The Chart Show"
My apologies - one positive thing - was the "Live" vocals!
God, I must have been an "angry young cub" around this time!
It's not as appalling as the Andi Peters makeover, but it's wrong in so many ways. Diminishing the singles chart even more than it was before was stupid beyond belief, and quite why a show that is supposed to reflect trends in the singles chart should start focusing on albums defies logic. TOTP had flirted with the album chart in the past, it always came to nothing, and yet here we go again …
The one thing I hadn't registered was Paul Gambaccini's involvement in the revamp – he's named as some kind of consultant in the end credits, of the first revamped show, at least. I was assuming that the mess was all the work of the new producer, Stanley Appel who, with a track record in 'Light Entertainment' (as it was called back in the day – what was 'heavy entertainment', then?!?), seemed to be on a mission to nix the stranglehold dance and rave acts were increasingly having on the singles chart. Whoever was behind the wheel, it was a mess and, of course, did nothing to diminish dance music's potency, and TOTP just ended up looking even more fuddy duddy than it ran the risk of being before.
The one thing I would add that counted massively against Appel and Gambo was the state of pop at this time. There were no equivalents of the big characters that had made TOTP punch through in the 70s (David Bowie, T Rex, Roxy Music, Slade, Suzi Quatro, The Sweet, Kate Bush, Blondie) and the first half of the 80s (Adam Ant, Duran Duran, Grace Jones, Culture Club, Dead Or Alive, Jeffrey Daniels' notorious moonwalk routine) – the girl next door/boy next door acts of the late 80s were all built around being familiar and nice, rather than other worldly and unpredictable. So it was arguably a stupid time to do a revamp anyway – before someone came up with the idea to try and make the show more MOR and less edgy. Thank goodness for Ric Blaxhill.