I’ve been watching the 1981 run of Top of the Pops with particular interest as this was the era I started being a bit more aware of music and I remember where I was sitting down to watch it. There was some astonishing music in 1981 – The Specials, Madness etc (even Bad Manners appearances are always entertaining and ridiculous), Dexys, AntMusic, Britfunk bands like Beggar & Co and the now obviously tongue-in-cheek Imagination, yer New Romantics, early Human League and Depeche Mode (Depesh-ay Mode as Simon Bates and Peeder Powell like to call them), and NWOBHM is in full swing so bands like Motorhead and Saxon are charting. On the whole a vibrant and very varied scene – with the still extraordinary ‘Ghost Town’ at No.1 – however I think I’ve identified a strain of music in there which is the most useless ever.
Initially I was going to say that terrible retro 50s pastiche thing peddled by Shaky, Coast to Coast, Matchbox et al.
Having seen a recent episode I’m saying the worst genre of music ever is officially the Handclap Medley – and on the TOTP I watched tonight we got ‘treated’ to three of the fecking things – Tight Fit’s godawful ‘Back to the 60s’ thing, Gidea Park’s ‘Beach Boy Gold’ (wince inducing if you actually *like* the Beach Boys) and of course the diseased Stars On 45 Volume 2 with all those 60s hits – clap- joined together – clap – and quantised to the -clap – same lumpen – clap – beat. Absolutely no redeeming qualities- rotten cynical records, horrible tempo/key changes and an insult to the music that is subject to handclap hell. To make matters worse this all came back in the 90s with Jive Bunny – it may come back again. C’mon Everybody Everybody Everybody –C -C-C’mon Everybody etc.
I would wager even @beany would struggle to enjoy this stuff… So there we have it – but I’m prepared to stand corrected if anyone can think of something worse…