Chris Arnsby. Steve Wright: “Hello!!
Good evening and welcome to another Top of the Pops!! I'm the one who's not
pregnant!! This is the one who is!!”
“Lots and lots of
things to get in tonight. We've got Sinitta. We've got Spagna coming on the
show. Bon Jovi are here. Loads and loads of stuff and this is Wax. They are
Building A Bridge.”
 WAX: bridge to your heart. The keyboard player is doing more than 50% of the work in this two - person band. He plays the keyboard, obviously, but he also plays the saxophone and does all the singing. He's also found time to work out little illustrative hand gestures to match the lyrics. On the line “I don't know what the future's going to be,” he looks all around with one hand shading his eyes. When he sings, “written guarantee,” he makes a signing-the-cheque motion. The other bloke doesn't bring anything to the group except guitar playing, vocal counterpoint, and a faint resemblance to Howard Stableford from Tomorrow's World. (John- The keyboard player is the genius Andrew Gold, multi- instrumentalist, producer, singer -`Lonely Boy`, `Never Let Her Slip Away`-and the son of Marnie Nixon who used to secretly provide the singing for actors such as Natalie Wood in West Side Story. The guitarist is Graham Gouldman from 10cc)
The keyboard player's eye shading gesture could also be seen as a satirical comment on the studio lighting, courtesy of Geoff Beech who has set up two enormous rotating light poles behind Wax. They bleach out the screen on an intermittent but regular basis. A reminder of what TV could be like in the days before anyone worried about photosensitive epilepsy.
SHERRICK: just call. “You're
watching television's leading pop show!!” says Steve Wright. Tell me you're
worried about The Roxy without telling me you're worried about The
Roxy. Steve Wright's whole introduction is a good example of why he's a
terrible presence on television. He starts out by asking “do you want to see a
cool handsome dude on Top of the Pops!!” which, I think, is meant to be the
setup for an “apart from me!!” punchline, except he lamely finishes the link,
“Yes of course you do!! Here's Sherrick live!!”. As a topper he then says
“yeo!!” and pulls an expression which involves puffing out his cheeks slightly
and pursing his lips. It looks like he's expelling some stubborn gas.
Top 40 Charts.
JOVI: never say goodbye. Luthor
Vandross gets an enormous cheer when I Really Didn't Mean It appears on the
chart countdown (it's down to ). The same thing happened last week, and the
studio noise probably resulted from Wet Wet Wet taking the stage. I think this
week it's Bon Jovi who enthuse the audience, judging by the shrieks of approval
as Never Say Goodbye begins, but it's an odd coincidence that it happens twice
to the same song. Alternatively, there could be a real hardcore group of Luther
Vandross fans visiting the studio.
Top 40 Breakers:  PRINCE & SHEENA EASTON, u got the look;  THE SMITHS, girlfriend in a coma;  PETSHOP BOYS & DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, what have i done to deserve this. The combination of the Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield and the length of the song title requires the operator of the caption generator to investigate smaller font sizes. Even then, to save space they have to combine Pet Shop into one word.
toy boy. I struggled to
find anything to write last time this was on Top of the Pops, and here's
Sinitta back with a virtually identical performance; her skirt is marginally
more sensible this time round.
Charts. There's also
marginally more space on the Top 10 captions, so Top of the Pops can revert the Petshop Boys back to the Pet
Shop Boys, oh and the & is changed to “with”.
call me. Michael
Jackson still hasn't sent in a video, so the show closes with Spagna; who knows
which side her bread is buttered. She even puts up with a crowd armed with
balloons and takes their constant bombardment in good humour.
I can't decide
if the white balance is wrong on a couple of the cameras, or if the contrast
has been massively turned up. Spaga has a white halo round the edge of her
spiky hair, and the balloons are bleached out to the point where they lose all
texture and just become white shapes drifting across the screen; looking more
like blobs in a lava lamp. I think the effect must be deliberate because when
the credits roll you can see the picture being darkened to make the credits
readable. The result of this tweaking is some surprisingly poor quality
pictures -about which I thought the BBC had quite strict rules- some of the
wide shots of the studio are just a mass of electric white haze.
Hurll thinks he can do what he wants. He's back. Again. From whereever he's
been. His presence, perhaps, also explains why this edition was all studio
The Roxy Playlist (18/08/1987): Studio performances, T'Pau, Heart And Soul; The Jesus & Mary Chain, Happy When It Rains; Rick Astley, Never Gonna Give You Up; Wet Wet Wet, Sweet Little Mystery; Yello & Shirley Bassey, The Rhythm Divine. Plus on video, Pet Shop Boys with Dusty Springfield, What Have I Done To Deserve This?; The Smiths, Girlfriend in a Coma, and Michael Jackson, I Just Can't Stop Loving You (listed as on “VTR” whatever that means).
Performance of the week: Wax, Bridge to Your Heart.