Guest Post by Chris Arnsby
BBC4: Top of the Pops 1980 13/03/1980
Steve Wright, "Hello, good evening, and welcome to Top of the Pops with the sound of Rush and Spirit Of Radio." Chart music: Rush, Spirit Of Radio . The Dooleys: Love Patrol . I imagine my reaction on seeing The Dooleys again must be like that of the villagers living at the bottom of the road to Dracula's castle. Once again the ancient horror has resurrected. A terror which we thought long defeated has sprung back to terrible, terrible life. Joy is banished from the world. The woods. And the darkness... and the howling wind! Will the snows never cease? They seem to reach back forever! I yearn for the grave.
|Bored with the song Debbie Dooley decides to do her lipstick|
The Detroit Spinners: Working My Way Back To You – Forgive Me Girl . "Danger Ladies At Work," read the signs on Legs & Co's scaffolding stage. The word 'working' in the song title seems to be the tenuous linking theme.
Brothers Johnson: Stomp . This band is overstaffed. There's a guy standing behind the lead singer who's not doing anything except swinging his hips. What's he there for? And how does he describe his job on his CV? STOP PRESS: He's pulled out a trumpet now so I guess he's justified his position.
Secret Affair: My World . Back in the long ago of August 1979 Secret Affair were a smart looking Mod revival band with a great song called Time For Action. Look at them now. A couple of the band have ditched the suits for t-shirts, and there's suddenly a saxophonist wearing a two-tone pork pie hat. Have Secret Affair sold out and hitched their buggy to the Madness band wagon? You read it here first.
Liquid Gold: Dance Yourselves Dizzy . Excerpt from the house magazine of International Desecration PLC. "...the boys and girls from Accounting had everyone in stitches with their hilarious band performance. Mr. Prenderghast of Invoices Payable wowed the ladies with his cheeky drumming routine and the next day his antics were the talk of Audit Processing. The Chief Cashier led the applause at the end of their song..."
Closing titles:Captain & Tenille, Do That To Me One More Time.
Performance of the week: Secret Affair: My World. They may have sold out but they are still infinitely better than The Dooleys.