We start with the hyperactive liquid gold. I can’t help but love a group of chancers for whom a TOTP appearance was so clearly the equivalent of an Olympics gold. Then it’s a repeat of the Genesis in the studio clip from two weeks ago AKA Phil’s Shirt. After their manful attempt on Spirit of Radio last week legs and co are back on more familiar turf – doing a flapper hoofer number to the Brothers Johnson Stomp.
The ‘can I prolong my career by going a bit disco’ movement continues with Doctor Hooks Lamentable sexy eyes. Now, is this a band that anyone on the blog can find a single kind word for? Apart from the fact that he really did have one eye. He had some maracas last time out, this time Rays been upgraded to congas.
Ver Priest are on next, an ace performance of Living After Midnight. Great pop song and they’re live in the studio after a brief stop down the leather and studs emporium. Make that ‘give me every single stud you have in the shop please’.
Great how The programme reflects the tribal face-offs there were at break in the fifth form. From metallers – called nuggets on account of all the silver sand gold threaded patches on those denim jackets – to the punks. So from Priest to Siouxsie and another great performance of Happy House. Secret Affair are back with My World so the mods were happy that week too. a kid got suspended at school for shaving a target onto the back of his head. Happy house, happy days. they’ve turned the lights up full for them this week. Don’t miss the sax player who is swinging his instrument so hard a strap break would see him take out half a dozen cameramen.
there’s a great pan at the end back to peter Powell which shows how the producers were going for a later… Live in the studio multi-stage feel. I’m guessing that the Dooleys don’t have their instruments plugged in however.
Minimal electro from John Foxx next – 4 keyboard players are massed behind him and everyone looks Really Cool for No Ones Driving. Had I seen that clip at the time (no telly growing up) I would have been down boots to buy the single the next Saturday.
From the future to the Detroit Spinners in pink jackets and white flares. sigh. Very clear – others have remarked – how you are seeing the shift from the 70s to the 80s happening before your eyes.They do do a nice digging it out with a spade dance for ‘working my way.’
Then -oh controversy – it’s the jam in the studio with Paul in a Heinz tomato sauce apron, worn inside out. It’s a nod to Who Sell Out via @totpfacts and the Beeb were so terrified of product placement they made him wear it inside out. Can’t fight the system eh. Or The Combine, as Paul would say.