Madness kick things off with Nightboat for Cairo. The band are equally split between fez, pith helmet or Arab headdress in costume choice – apart from someone who’s a sailor. Lots of nutty dancing. Repeat of Barbara Dickson singing January February. Dull dull dull. Which Dexys up next emphatically are not. Four-man horn section, De Niro caps and Kevin Rowland doing a 1000-year stare as if he can actually see the Wigan Casino in the far distance if he concentrates hard enough. Glossy new wave next from The Pretenders with Talk of the Town – in a cunning video that makes it almost appear that they are in the studio. Only the access to a better quality of video editing software gives it away. Or did they have to hand-colour each frame of the tape in those days. Behind the Kid this week is a new neon effect logo for the eighties. Legs and co work out to Leon Heywoods Don’t Push It – a slice of disco funk. One of those tracks I have absolutely no emory of hearing on 275 285 at the time, or at any time since. UB40 are back with Food for Thought – they have two left-hand guitarists which must be a first surely? Is the other one the other Campbell brother. Next is The Selecter with Missing Words – that’s three corking tracks in a row and as a midlander that’s a very strong representation from the region with Priest, Dexys, UB40 and now Coventry’s second finest on the show in some form or other. It’s a good song and a great performance. Mods are back with The Lambrettas. Some very sharp colour-coded suits – they were the Menswear of the mod movement – but the effect is spoiled by a horn section who look like they’ve wandered in from a 10cc performance from 1975. next up is 1980 Eurovision entry from Primadonna. The look is a lame retread in jumpsuits of the couples vibe of Brotherhood of Man, even down to having one with a tache, will the song is instantly forgettable. Only on TOTP can you jump from this to The Jam, who are still number one with Going Underground. Somewhere in all that I tivo’d right though BA Robertson. Why the long face BA?
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