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Thanks to the skipped episode in-between, Friday's episodes were pretty much all the same songs repeated, which was a shame. One of the exceptions were the glorious Def Leppard. Make Love Like A Man is no Pour Some Sugar On Me (a stripper classic), but I still love it. Hair metal is just so uncomplicated and joyous. (Yes there's some dodgy gender stereotyping going on, but eh.) My hair metal playlist is still my "getting ready to go out" failsafe.
 
Those were the best episodes in months, possibly the best of 1992 so far (bar Bob Geldof being his usual insufferable twat self). Take That felt like a breath of fresh air, Utah Saints were amazing, Sophie B Hawkins' Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover is one of my all time favourite songs and Erasure's Take A Chance On Me still sounds fresh today. Even songs I wasn't too fussed by at the time such as My Destiny and Hazard sounded great!
 
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Over the weekend someone showed me an online database of virtually every episode of TOTP ever aired, all available for download. Am I the only one that was unaware of its existence? And can we even discuss it here? I don't know who is behind it, but what a treasure trove!
 
The 13 & 20 August 1992 editions of TOTP will be shown on Friday 18 March.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0015f8z

Tony Dortie presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 13 August 1992 and featuring Take That, Undercover, Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé, Betty Boo, 2 Unlimited, Annie Lennox and Snap!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0015f91

Mark Franklin presents the pop chart programme, first broadcast on 20 August 1992 and featuring KWS, Extreme, Felix [WHAT A BANGER], Paul Weller, Michael Jackson, Thunder, Kylie Minogue and Snap!
 
Sound the What Kind Of Fool siren! The follow up to the "hugely successful Finer Feelings" (Mark Franklin's words, not mine!), don't you know. And if not, then why, quite frankly?...
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Here's the full description for The Story of 1991:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0015gft

As the 1990s start to get going, this is the year in which indie kids, ravers, alternative comedians and even a certain grunge band from Seattle hit the charts. Against the background of recession and a war in the Middle East, a new and sassy breed of artists debut on Top of the Pops. Seal goes solo, James and The Wonder Stuff cross over and Vic Reeves becomes a sort of pop star.

As pop and the mainstream go younger, Britain’s longest-running pop show finally succumbs to a makeover and moves from Television Centre to Elstree in an attempt to start over. Meanwhile, Bryan Adams remains at number one for 16 weeks – a bit too long for a chart show and for the competition! Then Nirvana come to Elstree, group of the year The KLF team up with country legend Tammy Wynette, and a sudden death determines the Christmas number one. It proves to be a fascinating year, not only in the TOTP studio but also in pop fashion and the state of the nation.

Contributors include Seal, Tim Booth from James, Oceanic, Mr C from The Shamen, Rozalla, Miles Hunt from The Wonder Stuff, Vic Reeves and broadcaster Andrew Collins.
 
And here's the full description for 1991's Biggest Hits:

Top of the Pops Big Hits re-opens the BBC vaults to showcase and celebrate the biggest and best performances of 1991.

There’s some massive pop hits from the likes of Right Said Fred, Color Me Badd and Chesney Hawkes. Seal goes solo and a little Crazy, Mariah Carey shows off her extraordinary vocal range, James encourage everyone to Sit Down and there’s plenty more signs and sounds of the times from Crystal Waters, The Mock Turtles, Oleta Adams, Color Me Badd, Nomad, Cathy Dennis, PM Dawn, Massive Attack, The KLF, the frankly bizarre one-off appearance by Nirvana, and that single TOTP performance from Bryan Adams and Everything I Do that seemed to be in permanent rotation as the show moved from Television Centre to Elstree.
 
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