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But I do understand why the BBC struggled to get it to work in the current day schedule. Very tricky job...
They just need to stop worrying about it being a 'flagship' programme. It can't be that expensive to produce shurely?
"Bring back Top Of The Pops and no music will ever be made by privately schooled people ever again!" Yeah, that's how music works. I suspect Lynsey Hanley hadn't actually watched TOTP since the mid-80s.
I like the bit about it being presented by "BBC DJs from all its music stations", though, because the week Verity Sharp and Norman Lebrecht do it I'll be watching.
Some people with posh educations make good music. Some people with shitty educations make crap music. Etc. If she thinks the music scene will be automatically improved if there's a new rise in Working Class Bands™, I've got two words: The Enemy.
I couldn't pick Tinchy Stryder out of a line up, I might not even be able to spell his name. I want to know what's number one.
just cos i barely watch any TV and even if there was only one song i wanted to see i could watch it on iPlayer
As many acts appearing and playing* their track as you can fit into half an hour. TOTP went downhill when it tried to go all T4 and do interviews and all that Star Bar nonsense.
(*or miming to it, or playing chess - hello, The Orb.)
It was never going to survive in its previous format; if they hadn't changed it, they would have just canned it sooner.
A roll of wrong.
So much more watchable than Jools, IMO
Old C4 ident & intro - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNPA4UOe8Sc
Iggy in see thru trews - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FiORzYH0fA
PJ & Cave - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZsfpQP7SPw
Rocket From The Crypt - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LTlQJ3-tKA
PJ - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmXEMobZmsU
Björk - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcdhvMZ2mNk
Bowie - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DCRBPzE5f8
Dubstar - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=734smoGVcu4
Placebo - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-48k2Refuw
Blur #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfYnTwAwmwM
Blur #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrJfouzJfsQ
Suede - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Y7oDbETPQ
...I remember it as if it were yesterday. But it's clearly from another era. :-/
Upstaged by a session(?) harmonica player.
I will go to my grave knowing The Charlatans are a better band - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3DZPpjxQZI
I found a playlist - http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=C197283719F13060
Containing (amongst others)...
Pumpkins - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oPCt-zGorU
Elastica - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKSy8qdQGBs
I'd like to dedicate this award to... *breaks down in tears*
I don't think, for the simple reasons that a) the nature of the modern, iTunes-dominated charts is that there simply isn't the diversity in the top 40 anymore, it really is a chart made of chart fodder; b) a lot of the people in the charts have huge reality TV exposure anyway, and c) it's just be a vanity project anyway - what, in honesty, would be so special about seeing those artists together, playing their songs in this day and age?
she says we need to bring back TOTP, but then continues to say that all the top 40 are terrible?
TOTP wouldn't work these days because there isn't really a proper mainstream like there was 10 years ago. As I read in some article just the other week, everything caters for its' own niche audience, and nothing crosses over any more.
with the sound off and the subtitles on. Brilliantly entertaining.
with the sound off and Radio 1 on. Sweet, sweet, stereo simulcasting .
The best thing about it was the fact it was uncool and all sorts of bands ended up on it and had to mime/have backing dancers etc. If it was brought back they'd be too much fuss and effort trying to un-naff it, I just don't think it would work.
Andi Peters is a cunt, obviously.
with the VIP bar and 30 second soundbyte interviews, or whatever. Awful scenes.
Wow! Lost Prophets playing on a roof!!!
How does it compare to how you felt when The Orb played chess?
How about Boy George's first appearance a couple of years earlier than Morrisey? I remember seeing 'I <3 the 80s' on TV and everyone talking about how they went into the school the next day and everyone was talking about it.
But it's just that your assertion of the superlative regarding something that was pretty context-reliant seemed a bit odd.
ergo I don't miss it and if it came back it'd be shit.
There's no one as cool and exciting as Suede selling records now. Fuck, not even people as good as The Libertines (come on, when they did Time For Heroes it was pretty ace)
If TOTP came back, it'd be all plan B, Cheryl Cole, KOL and, if you're lucky, the likes of The Drums which, quite frankly, don't cut the mustard.
All those memories of Morrisey on TOTP, or even Oasis miming with Liam on guitar, etc, would still be just that, memories of a better time.
but fails to recognise that, whilst undoubtedly those high points were very high indeed, they were actually few and far between.
A Morrissey or Suede don't and never have come along very often. I'm confident that once every couple of years there would be a new high point for people to remember fondly years down the line.
But I really wouldn't want to see it come back. It wouldn't be the same.
The Christmas Day one still gets a viewing.
and the week blur pipped oasis to the number 1 spot. I used to record all that stuff watch it over and over. Bring it back i say! Also bring back christmas number 1's, there was nothing better than tuning in to see the christmas number 1 performance!
Most chart music is horrible these days.
The same old favourites who were old favourites in the 90s and have done little since.
because it's a completely debased medium - this isn't a EVILE COWELL BOOOO thing, it's about how little those records that get high in the charts now tend to mean to a wider age range (which might be because of the lack of a chart show, I know) To get unlikely bands on TOTP, unlikely bands have to chart first.
Take a look at 4music or Viva or any of those chart programmes. It's just filled with dross. I don't know if chart pop is worse than it was 10-15 years ago, but it definitely seems that way.
but what was the purpose of top of the pops? I mean it was all charting music so everyone knew the stuff and it just showcased essentially what was being broadcast all over the radio or tv already.
People who miss are bit eh?