Presented by Chris
- Gary Davies: “How ya do'in'. Welcome to Top of the Pops. We've got one heck
of a programme for you tonight. In the studio we have Cindy Lauper, we also
have The Housemartins, on video we have Billy Idol, but first we start with the
biggest climber on the chart this week. Don't Get Me Wrong, Here are The
 The Pretenders:
Don't Get Me Wrong. I
find the cutting between camera angles distracting during this performance.
Hilary West is credited as Vision Mixer and because the song has a strong 1, 2
beat (please remember all musical terms are almost certainly wrong) the cuts
are all placed on the 1 beat. Effectively what you see on screen is 1- cut to a
picture of the drummer, 2,1 -cut to a picture of the bass player, 2, 1- cut to
a wide shot of the stage, 2, 1- cut back to the drummer.
The end result is an
avalanche of one second cuts. It's a relief when Hilary West holds on shots of
Chrissie Hynde for the lyrics before resuming the frantic cutting in the gaps
between lines. I know Top of the Pops should be dynamic and exciting but
this is too fast*, and it doesn't really work because it's cutting between a
series of static shots. The presentation is better during some of the musical
breaks when we get some nice moving crane shots. I realise I'm starting to sound a bit like my
nan; “it's too loud”, “why do they have to make the colours so bright?”,”my
eyes hurt”, but I promise not to complain about Chrissie Hynde's fringe and
talk about how I'd like to give her a haircut.