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Old 03-24-2017, 01:07 AM   #1
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Tonight's Top of the Pops: 1983 repeat on BBC Four was first shown on the BBC on Wednesday 8th June, 1983 (instead of being in it's usual Thursday evening timeslot). The longer version is on at 1 am. On this edition the song which was at No.1 was there for a second week, having knocked New Edition off the top spot the week before (who had been at No.1 for one week, having knocked Spandau Ballet off the top spot after being at No.1 for four weeks with True (a classic, in my opinion).

Tomorrow night's repeat on BBC Four is from Thursday 23rd June, 1983, and next week the editions being shown are from 30th June and 7th July, 1983.

Not sure when it'll be, but later on in the Top of the Pops: 1983 repeat run, is the Smiths' debut on the programme.

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Tonight's Top of the Pops: 1983 repeat on BBC Four was first shown on the BBC on Wednesday 8th June, 1983 (instead of being in it's usual Thursday evening timeslot). The longer version is on at 1 am. On this edition there was a new song at No.1, knocking New Edition off the top spot (who were at No.1 for one week, having knocked Spandau Ballet off the top spot after being at No.1 for four weeks with True (a classic, in my opinion).

Tomorrow night's repeat on BBC Four is from Thursday 23rd June, 1983, and next week the editions being shown are from 30th June and 7th July, 1983.

Not sure when it'll be, but later on in the Top of the Pops: 1983 repeat run, is the Smiths' debut on the programme.
Yes! Finally, we get to the real quality. Love me some Morrisey!
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Yes! Finally, we get to the real quality. Love me some Morrisey!
Edited the starter post because I realised late last night that the song which knocked New Edition off the top spot, was the new No.1 song on the 2nd June, 1983 edition of Top of the Pops, which BBC Four couldn't show.

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Old 03-26-2017, 10:03 AM   #4
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I can actually remember the 1983 TOTP as I was 8 at the time. I mostly remember the chart countdown music, do you know what it is called? It's a synth tune that they use when they are counting down the chart numbers.
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I can actually remember the 1983 TOTP as I was 8 at the time. I mostly remember the chart countdown music, do you know what it is called? It's a synth tune that they use when they are counting down the chart numbers.
In July, 1981 the show's theme tune was changed to Yellow Pearl by Phil Lynott (new titles debuted as well). A variation of the new theme tune was used over the chart rundown/countdown.

On the 1,000th edition of Top of the Pops, a shortened version of the titles debuted (there was a variation on the chart rundown/countdown as well). As BBC Four couldn't show that edition (it originally aired on 5th May, 1983), the first edition they could show with the updated titles and chart rundown/countdown was the 12th May, 1983 edition.

In April, 1986 the show's theme tune was changed to The Wizard by Paul Hardcastle and there were new titles.
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Old 03-29-2017, 09:04 PM   #6
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Two editions on BBC Four next week, from 14th July and 28th July, 1983.

Once I've got my radio/CD player sorted out (the sound crackles on the speakers), I'll be able to play some CDs again. After seeing them on the show, I've thought about getting an album by The Passions and a greatest hits album by The Mobiles and Shakatak.
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Old 04-02-2017, 11:38 AM   #7
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Two editions on BBC Four next week, from 14th July and 28th July, 1983.

Once I've got my radio/CD player sorted out (the sound crackles on the speakers), I'll be able to play some CDs again. After seeing them on the show, I've thought about getting an album by The Passions and a greatest hits album by The Mobiles and Shakatak.
The show is certainly a memory jogger. It's amazing how many songs I had forgot.
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Old 04-12-2017, 02:05 PM   #8
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I can actually remember the 1983 TOTP as I was 8 at the time. I mostly remember the chart countdown music, do you know what it is called? It's a synth tune that they use when they are counting down the chart numbers.
All i knew that it was made by Paul Hardcastle who had a hit with "19"
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All i knew that it was made by Paul Hardcastle who had a hit with "19"
Great, will get it now.
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Old 04-13-2017, 12:38 AM   #10
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The song 19 by Paul Hardcastle is very good, but I have a 'throwing my toys out of the pram' moment when I remind myself that this song prevented Duran Duran's A View to a Kill from getting to No.1 in the UK in 1985 (it peaked at No.2, but reached the top spot in the US).

The repeated editions this week - only one edition from August, 1983 can be shown (the 11th August edition, presented by Richard Skinner and the late Tommy Vance), and then on Friday night the first edition from September, 1983 is being shown (the 1st September edition, presented by the late John Peel, and David Jensen). Two different songs at No.1 this week.

Next week, the 8th and 22nd September, 1983 editions are being shown on BBC Four (two different songs at No.1 next week as well; the latter would stay at No.1 for six weeks).

The highlights for me on last week's repeated editions were songs by The Lotus Eaters, K.C. & the Sunshine Band (the first record I remember buying), David Sylvian & Riuichi Sakamoto (from the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence), Heaven 17, Donna Summer and The Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux would be back on the show later in the year with one of my favourite songs from the 80s, Dear Prudence).
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The song 19 by Paul Hardcastle is very good, but I have a 'throwing my toys out of the pram' moment when I remind myself that this song prevented Duran Duran's A View to a Kill from getting to No.1 in the UK in 1985 (it peaked at No.2, but reached the top spot in the US).

The repeated editions this week - only one edition from August, 1983 can be shown (the 11th August edition, presented by Richard Skinner and the late Tommy Vance), and then on Friday night the first edition from September, 1983 is being shown (the 1st September edition, presented by the late John Peel, and David Jensen). Two different songs at No.1 this week.

Next week, the 8th and 22nd September, 1983 editions are being shown on BBC Four (two different songs at No.1 next week as well; the latter would stay at No.1 for six weeks).

The highlights for me on last week's repeated editions were songs by The Lotus Eaters, K.C. & the Sunshine Band (the first record I remember buying), David Sylvian & Riuichi Sakamoto (from the film Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence), Heaven 17, Donna Summer and The Creatures (Siouxsie Sioux would be back on the show later in the year with one of my favourite songs from the 80s, Dear Prudence).
Yes, I liked that song. I actually enjoyed the film as well, although it is considered one of the lesser Moore efforts.
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Two editions of the show from October, 1983 are on BBC Four next week - the 6th and 13th October editions. Tonight's repeat (the longer version) is on at 12.25 am and tomorrow night's repeat of the longer version is on at midnight (times are subject to change).

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Yes! Finally, we get to the real quality. Love me some Morrisey!
Last week the 20th October and 3rd November, 1983 editions were shown on BBC Four. This week, the 10th and 24th November editions are being shown. Next week the 8th and 15th December editions will be shown, so hopefully in early June BBC Four will be showing a documentary (and Big Hits compilation programme) about the show in 1984.

Oh, and The Smiths are on the 24th November, 1983 edition.
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Last week the 20th October and 3rd November, 1983 editions were shown on BBC Four. This week, the 10th and 24th November editions are being shown. Next week the 8th and 15th December editions will be shown, so hopefully in early June BBC Four will be showing a documentary (and Big Hits compilation programme) about the show in 1984.

Oh, and The Smiths are on the 24th November, 1983 edition.
Cheers Ocean, will record that.
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Finally watched a Morrisey Ocean. I'm not miserable now.
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Finally watched a Morrisey Ocean. I'm not miserable now.
You've got a couple more double bills to go before you reach the documentary and Big Hits compilation programme. This Thursday night the special 20th anniversary edition from 5th January, 1984 will be shown, then on Friday the 12th January edition is being shown. No editions are being shown next week.
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You've got a couple more double bills to go before you reach the documentary and Big Hits compilation programme. This Thursday night the special 20th anniversary edition from 5th January, 1984 will be shown, then on Friday the 12th January edition is being shown. No editions are being shown next week.
Cheers Ocean.
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Cheers Ocean.
The Smiths are on the Big Hits compilation programme.
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The Smiths are on the Big Hits compilation programme.
Thanks Ocean.

Enjoying working my way through the shows.

Watched Erasure special last night.

Edit: Sorry, it wasn't TOTP, it was Sounds Of The 80's

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Thanks Ocean.

Enjoying working my way through the shows.

Watched Erasure special last night.

Edit: Sorry, it wasn't TOTP, it was Sounds Of The 80's
It'll be a couple of years before BBC Four get to the editions of Top of the Pops from 1986, which was when Erasure had their first UK music single chart hit.

The Smiths (minus Morrissey) were on the edition shown last Friday night, from 26th April, 1984, with Sandie Shaw (the song was called Hand in Glove).

I saw something on the BBC News channel recently about a Morrissey biopic coming out in UK cinemas.
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