Chris Arnsby. Simon Bates:
“Thursday night. Welcome to Top of the Pops. We're working our way to Number
One just before seven thirty. Here's Peter Powell.”
Powell: “Thank you
Simon! And celebrating a massive hit in the States and now in the UK! Heart and
Soul! Here's T'Pau!”
T'Pau have, “been in the States, at the moment, for the last ten weeks,”
according to Simon Bates. So who did I see two weeks ago on Top of the Pops,
42: it's over. “Oooh
baby. I'm leaving you but I feel really really bad about it.Yeah, baby.” A song
written from the self-absorbed perspective of the leaver, but I prefer to
imagine the other partner mentally checked out of the relationship six months
ago and has been having a jolly time shagging the neighbour.
scream until you like it. Today
we probe the big questions. Are W·A·S·P· rubbish hair metal, or a parody of
rubbish hair metal? You decide. Because I can't tell. The band seem to be
setting themselves up to look silly; the lead singer has a Lily Munster-like
white stripe in his hair, and one of the guitarists has come dressed as Spinal
Tap's Derek Smalls, but is it deliberate? W·A·S·P·are less rubbish than
Mötley Crüe, so at least we've got some beginning of structure W·A·S·P·> Mötley Crüe > KISS.
Geoff Beech is
on Lighting, and he lights the drummer by shining a green light in his face. It
makes the drummer look like he's going mouldy.
What the heck
is Simon Bates talking about at the end of the performance: “... and it's the
theme title tune to the sequel to Goonies, Goonies 2 it's called.” What? I'd
like to meet and shake the hand of the diabolical fiend on the Top of the
Pops production team who keeps feeding the hosts duff information.
Top 40 Charts. The old mix of The Wizard is still being used behind the chart countdown. Songs what I taped off the radio; Karel Fialka, Hey Matthew at .
bridge to your heart. Peter
Powell ends the Top 40 countdown with this, “and the highest climber up
twenty-four to this week's eleven! Pump Up The Volume! Here's M|A|R|R|S!” Excitement!
Have Top of the Pops decided they can't ignore Pump Up The Volume
(remember last week when they played terrible non-mover The Cult* instead).
Well no because the next song is non-mover Wax. Peter Powell obviously trips
over his words, but M|A|R|R|S absence from this week's programme is odd
especially as M|A|R|R|S appeared the same week on (you guessed it) The Roxy.
So why aren't Top of the Pops playing the highest climber? Well, it
could be the video's not ready. Or it could be the BBC has been given the nod
about the injunction Stock Aitken Waterman are about to file to
single knocking Rick Astley off Number 1 prevent the unauthorised use of a
sample from their single Roadblock.
You can see The
Roxy performance here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYEipVyMGpU; it's notable for a) containing the
Roadblock sample and b) the close up which reveals two of the records being
DJ-ed are albums by Simple Minds and The Human League.
But we're not
hear to talk about [ctrl-v] M|A|R|R|S. We should be talking about Wax. One of
whom has grown a ridiculous beard in the three weeks. It makes him look like
Captain Haddock. Building a bridge to your heart is a risky preposition as your
first DIY project. Maybe a better first project would be constructing an
aqueduct to your appendix.
 JONATHAN BUTLER: lies. Speaking of lies, how come one of the backing singers “plays” the saxophone during the introduction and then just waves the instrument around for the rest of the song?
ASTLEY: never gonna give you up. A
repeat from all the way back on 13/08/1987. Mr Astley's first appearance.
 U2: where the streets have no name. Next week it's Gary and Mike. Here's U2 on video, I always preferred the Pet Shop Boys version.
Performance of the week: T'Pau, Heart and Soul.
*W·A·S·P·> The Cult> Mötley Crüe > KISS.