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Top of the Pops

UK Version details
Format Music chart
Created by Johnnie Stewart
Presented by Jimmy Savile, Alan Freeman, Dave Lee Travis, Pete Murray, David Jacobs, John Peel, David Jensen, Tony Blackburn, Bruno Brookes, Anthea Turner , Pat Sharp, Richard Skinner, Dave Lee Travis, Janice Long, Mark Goodier, Gail Porter, Jamie Theakston, Fearne Cotton, Reggie Yates, Tim Kash and numerous others
Country of origin Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
No. of episodes 2205 (to 25 December 2006)
Production
Executive producer(s) Mark Cooper (2005-2006)
Andi Peters (2003-2005)
Chris Cowey (1997-2003)
Ric Blaxill (1994-1997)
Running time 30-60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Television Service
Jan 1964 - Apr 1964
BBC One
Apr 1964 - Jul 2005
BBC Two
Jul 2005 - Jul 2006
Original run (Weekly run) 1 January 196430 July 2006 - (Christmas Specials) 25 December 1964 - 25 December 2007
External links
Official website
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. Each weekly programme consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music artists. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... “British Hit Singles” redirects here. ... Johnnie Stewart was a television producer who worked for the BBC. Stewart started off his entertainment career in the BBC radio sound effects department in the late 1930s. ... Sir Jimmy Savile. ... Alan Fluff Freeman CBE (born July 6, 1927, Melbourne, Australia, died 27 November 2006 London, England) was a well-known disc jockey and radio personality in the United Kingdom. ... Dave Lee Travis (born in Buxton, Derbyshire on 25 May 1945) also known professionally as DLT, is a British radio presenter, best known for his career on BBC Radio 1. ... 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Pat Sharp, sometimes nicknamed Patman,[2] (born October 25, 1961) is an English radio and television presenter and disk jockey. ... Richard Skinner (born December 26th 1951) is a British radio and televison broadcaster. ... Dave Lee Travis (born in Buxton, Derbyshire on 25 May 1945) also known professionally as DLT, is a British radio presenter, best known for his career on BBC Radio 1. ... Janice Long (born April 5, 1955) is a Liverpudlian radio broadcaster in the UK, the sister of TV personality Keith Chegwin. ... Mark Goodier (born 28th June 1961 in Rhodesia) is one of the most familiar voices on British radio. ... Gail Porter (born March 23, 1971 at the Simpsons Memorial Hospital in Edinburgh, Scotland), sometimes known by her married name Gail Hipgrave, is a British television presenter who became widely known after presenting Fully Booked in the late 1990s. ... James Jamie Theakston (born 21 December 1970 in Ditchling, East Sussex) is a popular British television and radio presenter and producer. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ... Tim Kash (born February 1982) is a former presenter of BBC1s Top of the Pops and MTV News on MTV UK and Ireland, MTV Europe, MTV Africa and MTV Arabia. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 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Although the show was officially cancelled,[1] it continued to run as an annual Christmas special.[2] This will continue Christmas 2007 too. It was also survived by a spin-off series known as TOTP2 (or Top of the Pops 2) which started in 1994 and continued to run months after its predecessor had been axed. TOTP2 (Top of the Pops 2) is a British television music show broadcast on BBC Two, showing archive footage from the long-running Top of the Pops show, some dating back to the early 1960s. ...


Top of the Pops has also been made available to television broadcasters in many different countries in the form of a franchise package. However, after some success, the majority of these have now also been cancelled.

Contents

History

The first show

Top of the Pops began on New Year's Day 1964 in Studio A on Dickenson Road in Longsight, Manchester, which the BBC had bought from Mancunian Films in 1954. DJ Jimmy Savile presented the first show, which featured (in order) The Rolling Stones with "I Wanna Be Your Man", Dusty Springfield with "I Only Want to be With You", the Dave Clark Five with "Glad All Over", The Hollies with "Stay", The Swinging Blue Jeans with "The Hippy Hippy Shake" and The Beatles with "I Want to Hold Your Hand", that week's number one. For the first three years Savile rotated with three other presenters: Alan Freeman, Pete Murray and David Jacobs. A Mancunian model, Samantha Juste, was the regular "disc girl". Longsight is an area in Manchester, England, around 3 miles south of the city centre. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Mancunian Films was a motion picture production company based in Manchester, England that gave birth to the Mancunian Film Studios in 1947. ... Sir Jimmy Savile. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ... The Dave Clark Five were a British rock and roll group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present a commercial threat to the Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ... Hollies redirects here. ... The Swinging Blue Jeans are a four piece 1960s British Merseybeat band, best known for their proto rave-up hit single, Hippy Hippy Shake. An album to the single Hippy Hippy Shake was released in 1964 by EMI on the HMV label. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Music sample I Want to Hold Your Hand ( file info) Problems? See media help. ... Alan Fluff Freeman CBE (born July 6, 1927, Melbourne, Australia, died 27 November 2006 London, England) was a well-known disc jockey and radio personality in the United Kingdom. ... Pete Murray (born 1928) is a well-known British disc jockey and actor, popular during the 1960s. ... David Jacobs (born 1926) is a British broadcaster, who became known as a disc jockey in the 1950s. ... Samantha Juste (left) with Pete Murray on Top of the Pops (BBC TV 1965) Samantha Juste, born Sandra Slater on 31 May 1944, was a fashion model who became widely known on British television in the mid 1960s as the “disc girl” on BBC’s Top of the Pops. ...


"It's still number one"

The show was originally intended to have only a few programmes but ran for over 42 years, reaching landmark episodes of 1000 and 2000 in 1983 and 2002 respectively. During its heyday in the 1970s, it attracted 15 million viewers each week.[3] It was traditionally shown on a Thursday night, but was moved to a Friday starting on 14 June 1996, a change which caused some controversy as this placed the programme up against the hugely popular soap opera, Coronation Street, on ITV. This was when the major decline in audiences began as fans were forced to choose between TOTP and an episode of their favourite soap. is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Coronation Street is an award-winning British soap opera. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ...


The show saw many changes through the decades: in style, design, fashion and taste. It periodically (usually every three years) had some aspect of its idents, format, or set design altered in some way, keeping the show looking modern despite its age.


The show was closely associated with the BBC radio station Radio 1, usually being presented by DJs from the station (although from October 1991 to January 1994 no Radio 1 DJs presented the show). During the last few years of airing the association was not as close as it once was. In its heyday during the glam rock era of the early 1970s, the show featured the tightly choreographed dance troupe Pan's People (later succeeded by Ruby Flipper, Legs & Co. and Zoo), something which has been widely imitated on similar shows ever since. Pan's People were used when an act was unable to appear in person and no footage of them was available - a common occurrence in the era before promotional videos. Glam rock (also known as glitter rock), is a style of rock and pop music, which initially surfaced in the post-hippie early 1970s. ... Pans People were a 1970s British TV dance troupe who are best associated with the BBC TV music chart show Top of the Pops. ... Ruby Flipper were a mixed-race, mixed-sex dance troupe who performed dance routines to songs in the UK Singles Chart on the BBC television series Top of the Pops between May and October 1976. ... Legs & Co were a female dance troupe who were mainly associated with their appearances on the BBC television series Top of the Pops between 1976 and 1981. ... Zoo were a dance troupe who appeared on the weekly British music series Top of the Pops between 1981 and 1983. ...


In the mid-1990s, BBC Radio 1 producer Ric Blaxill was brought in to revamp the show. In one of the more radical relaunches in the programme's history, Blaxill handed presenting duties to a different celebrity each week. Presenters during this period included Kylie Minogue, 2 Unlimited, Chris Evans, Chris Eubank, Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker - with an attempt to create an iconic 'golden mic' that was used by the various presenters. The set was revamped to include thousands of holes, through which beams of light would illuminate the artists. This period also coincided with the Britpop era. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Ric Blaxill is Head of Programmes at the BBC 6 Music radio station since 2004. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced [1]) (born May 28, 1968) is a Brit and Grammy award-winning Australian pop singer-songwriter and actress. ... 2 Unlimited was a eurodance act formed in 1991. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Chris Eubank (born Christopher Livingstone Eubanks on August 8, 1966) is a boxer and British celebrity who held the WBO Middleweight and Super Middleweight titles. ... Damon Albarn, (IPA: []) (born March 23, 1968 in Leytonstone, London), is an English singer-songwriter who gained fame as the lead singer of rock band Blur. ... Jarvis Branson Cocker (born 19 September 1963, in Sheffield, England) is an English musician, best known for fronting the band Pulp. ... Britpop was a mid-1990s British alternative rock genre and movement. ...


For most of its history the show had very strict rules about which singles could be featured. A song could not appear if it was going down the charts, nor could any track appear on consecutive weeks unless it was at number one. These rules were abandoned in 1997, possibly as a response to the changing nature of the Top 40 (in the late 1990s and early 2000s climbers in the charts were a rarity, with almost all singles peaking at their debut position).


When the programme's format changed in November 2003 it concentrated increasingly on the top 10. Later, during the BBC2 era, the top 20 was regarded as the main cut-off point, with the exception made for up and coming bands below the top 20. Singles from below the top 40 (within the top 75) were shown if the band were up and coming or had a strong selling album. If a single being performed was below the top 40, just the words "New Entry" were shown and not the chart position.

The logo has been updated over the years; this is the logo used from 1998 to 2003
The logo has been updated over the years; this is the logo used from 1998 to 2003

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All New Top of the Pops

On 28 November 2003, the show saw one of its most radical overhauls in what was widely reported as a make-or-break attempt to revitalise the long-running series. In a break with the previous format, the show played more up-and-coming tracks ahead of any chart success, and also featured interviews with artists. The launch show, which was live and an hour long, was notable for an audacious performance of Flip/Reverse by Blazin' Squad, featuring hordes of hooded teenagers choreographed to dance around the outside of BBC TV Centre. The new show, hosted by MTV presenter Tim Kash launched to hit ratings and continued to pull in big name artists and film stars. Kash continued to host the show for a year and later left to a new contract at MTV. The show was then co-hosted by Reggie Yates and Fearne Cotton every Friday night until 8 July 2005. The final Top of the Pops to be shown on BBC one was broadcasted on Monday, 11 July 2005, which was edition number 2,166. Blazin Squad was a 10-piece UK pop-rap vocal band. ... It has been suggested that MTV Ireland be merged into this article or section. ... Tim Kash (born February 1982) is a former presenter of BBC1s Top of the Pops and MTV News on MTV UK and Ireland, MTV Europe, MTV Africa and MTV Arabia. ... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... is the 189th day of the year (190th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... is the 192nd day of the year (193rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


By November 2004, viewing figures had plummeted to below three million, prompting announcement by the BBC that the show was going to move, again, to Sunday evenings on BBC Two, thus losing the prime-time slot on BBC One that it had maintained for forty years.[4] This move was widely reported as a final 'sidelining' of the show, and perhaps signalled its likely cancellation. At the time, it was insisted that this was so that the show would air immediately after the official announcement of the new top 40 chart on Radio 1, as it was thought that by the following Friday, the chart seemed out-of-date. For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ...


The first edition on BBC Two was broadcast on 17 July 2005 at 7pm with presenter Fearne Cotton. After the move to Sundays, Cotton continued to host with a different guest presenter each week, such as Rufus Hound or Richard Bacon. Viewing figures averaged around 1.5 million. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... is the 198th day of the year (199th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... Rufus Hound is a British comedian and television presenter. ... Richard Bacon (born 30 November 1975) is an English television and radio presenter, currently hosting the drive-time show on Xfm London between 4-7pm Monday to Thursday and 3-6pm on Fridays. ...


The Final Countdown

On 20 June 2006, the show was formally cancelled and it was announced that the last edition would be broadcast on 30 July 2006. Edith Bowman co-presented its hour-long swansong, along with Sir Jimmy Savile (who had presented the first show), Reggie Yates, Mike Read, Pat Sharp, Sarah Cawood, Dave Lee Travis, Rufus Hound, Tony Blackburn and Janice Long. The final day of recording was 26 July 2006[5] and featured archive footage and tributes, including The Rolling Stones - the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops - opening with The Last Time, the Spice Girls, David Bowie, Wham!, Madonna, Beyoncé, Gnarls Barkley, Kylie Minogue, Sophie Ellis Bextor and Robbie Williams. The show closed with a final countdown, topped by Shakira, as her track Hips Don't Lie (featuring Wyclef Jean) had climbed back up to number one on the UK Singles Chart earlier in the day. The show ended with Sir Jimmy turning the lights off in the empty studio. Fearne Cotton, who was the current presenter was unavailable to co-host for the final edition due to her filming of ITV1's Love Island in Fiji but kicked off the show with a quick introduction recorded on location, saying "It's still number one, it's Top Of The Pops". BARB reported the final show's viewing figures as 3.98 million.[6] is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 211th day of the year (212th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Edith Eleanor Bowman (born January 15, 1975) is a Scottish television presenter. ... Sir Jimmy Savile OBE Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile OBE, KCSG (born 31 October 1926), commonly called Jimmy Savile, is a British DJ, actor and television personality. ... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ... A trick photograph of Mike Read Mike Read (1 March 1951) is a British disc jockey, writer and former television presenter. ... Pat Sharp, sometimes nicknamed Patman,[2] (born October 25, 1961) is an English radio and television presenter and disk jockey. ... Sarah Cawood (born 7 August 1972 in Bolton, England) is a British television presenter. ... Dave Lee Travis (born in Buxton, Derbyshire on 25 May 1945) also known professionally as DLT, is a British radio presenter, best known for his career on BBC Radio 1. ... Rufus Hound is a British comedian and television presenter. ... Tony Blackburn (born 29 January 1943 in Guildford, Surrey) is an award winning English disc jockey, who broadcast on the pirate stations Radio Caroline and Radio London in the 1960s and was the first presenter to appear on BBC Radio 1 in 1967. ... Janice Long (born April 5, 1955) is a Liverpudlian radio broadcaster in the UK, the sister of TV personality Keith Chegwin. ... is the 207th day of the year (208th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... The Spice Girls are an English all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... Beyoncé Giselle Knowles (pronounced [1]) (born September 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, music video director, actress, dancer, and fashion designer. ... Gnarls Barkley is a Grammy-award winning musical collaboration between DJ, multi-instrumentalist and producer Danger Mouse (Brian Burton) from Baltimore, and rapper/vocalist Cee-Lo Green (Thomas Callaway), from Atlanta. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (pronounced [1]) (born May 28, 1968) is a Brit and Grammy award-winning Australian pop singer-songwriter and actress. ... Sophie Ellis Bextor (b. ... For other people with the same name, see Robbie Williams (disambiguation). ... This article is about the musician. ... Hips Dont Lie is a Grammy Award-nominated Latin Pop song based in a Salsa and Cumbia mix and fused with Reggaeton beat (Reggaeton Pop) performed by Colombian singer Shakira and Haitian rapper Wyclef Jean. ... Nelust Wyclef Jean (IPA: ) (born October 17, 1972) is a Haitian-American rapper, guitarist, producer, and member of the hip hop trio The Fugees. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Love Island is a reality television programme, which airs in the UK on ITV1. ... BARB, the Broadcasters Audience Research Board, is the organisation that compiles television ratings in the UK. It was created to replace a previous system, where the BBC and ITV companies compiled their own ratings. ...


After the end

The magazine, international versions, the Christmas specials and TOTP2 are to continue despite the axing. Some staff also suggested that the show will return after a hiatus of a few years, according to the documentary 'Top of the Pops: The True Story' shown on BBC2 after the final show had aired. However the TOTP website, which the BBC had originally promised would continue, is now no longer updated, although many of the old features of the site - interviews, music news, reviews - have remained, now in the form of the Radio 1-affiliated TOTP ChartBlog accessible via the remains of the old website. TOTP2 (Top of the Pops 2) is a British television music show broadcast on BBC Two, showing archive footage from the long-running Top of the Pops show, some dating back to the early 1960s. ...


The 2006 Christmas edition was scheduled for its usual hour long Christmas day slot on BBC One and presented by regular presenters Fearne Cotton, Reggie Yates and Edith Bowman. The show style and format returned to normal (for a post 2002 Christmas edition) featuring almost all new performances on the most recent set design with the same on screen graphics and logos. No reference to the previous 'finale' was made. For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ... Edith Eleanor Bowman (born January 15, 1975) is a Scottish television presenter. ...


The 2007 Christmas edition will again be scheduled for the usual hour long Christmas day slot on BBC One, once again hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates. It will be similar to the 2006 edition. (Post 2002 edition)[7] For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 1. ... Fearne Marie Cotton (born 3 September 1982) is an British television presenter and DJ. Known for presenting a number of popular TV programmes such as Top of the Pops and Red Nose Day, she can also now be heard co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Weekend Breakfast show with Reggie... Reginald Reggie Yates (born 31 May 1983 in Archway, London, England) is a British actor, television presenter and radio DJ. In 2002, he played Carl Fenton in the popular childrens series Grange Hill. ...


The show was also given another special reprive for Comic Relief 2007 in the form of "Top Gear of the Pops". This one-off special was presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and filmed at the Top Gear aerodrome studio in Surrey on Sunday 11 March 2007. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Theme music

A version of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" based on the C. C. S. release, but using session musicians, was used as the show's theme tune for most of the 1970s, and also in a remixed version between 1998 and 2003, although ironically Led Zeppelin never performed on the show. Between 1978 and 1980 the show had no regular theme music at all, instead using a song from the current charts to accompany the Top 30 run-down at the start of the programme - but "Whole Lotta Love" was re-introduced as the theme (albeit briefly) in 1980. There was also no theme music at all between Summer 1997 and Spring 1998, instead the introduction of the first performance played out to the title sequence. For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Alternate Cover Audio sample Info (help· info) Whole Lotta Love is a song by English rock band Led Zeppelin, featured as the opening track on their second album, Led Zeppelin II. It was their first hit single. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


In 1981, the album track , "Yellow Pearl" by Phil Lynott was commissioned as the new theme music. This was replaced in 1986 with "The Wizard", a composition by Paul Hardcastle. Two different variations of The Wizard were heard on the show - the latter was commercially released as a single. Philip Parris Lynott (August 20, 1949–January 4, 1986) was an Irish singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, who first came to prominence as a member of Thin Lizzy. ... Paul Hardcastle (born December 10, 1957, in London) is an English composer and musician specializing in the synthesizer. ...


Between 1995 and 1998 the theme was a track called Red Hot Pop composed by Vince Clarke of Erasure. Vince Clarke (born Vincent John Martin, South Woodford, London, England, July 3, 1960) is an English pop musician and songwriter, who has been involved with a number of successful pop groups, including Depeche Mode, Yazoo, The Assembly and Erasure. ... This article is about the a musical group Erasure. ...


The final theme was a remixed version of that used between 1991 and 1995, composed by Tony Gibber.


Miming

Initially acts performing on the show mimed to the commercially released record, but in July 1966 — just after the show had been moved to London — and after discussions with the Musicians' Union, miming was banned. After a few weeks during which some bands' attempts to play as well as on their records were somewhat lacking, a compromise was reached whereby a specially recorded backing track was permitted - as long as all the musicians on the track were present in the studio. The TOTP Orchestra, led by Johnny Pearson augmented the tracks when necessary. This set-up continued until 1980, when a protracted Musicians' Union strike resulted in the dropping of the live orchestra altogether and the use of pre-recorded tracks only. This accounts for a number of acts who never appeared on the show due to their reluctance to perform in this way. Highlights have included Jimi Hendrix who, on hearing someone else's track being played by mistake (in the days of live broadcast), mumbled "I don't know the words to that one, Man", Shane Macgowan of the Pogues' drunken performance of "Fairytale of New York", a legendary performance of 'Roll With It' by Oasis in which Noel and Liam Gallagher exchanged roles with Noel miming to Liam's singing track and Liam pretending to play guitar (which he was hopeless at) and John Peel's appearance as the mandolin soloist for Rod Stewart on "Maggie May". Two other memorable incidents included performances by Marillion; an appearance for Garden Party saw Fish miming perfectly except from the line "I'm miming" (which was changed from the original "I'm fucking" for broadcast purposes), when he simply pointed at his closed lips. Two years later, Fish lost his voice prior to an appearance for 'Lavender' and, despite only needing to mime, had the lyrics placed on large pieces of card and flipped them over in time with the recorded version. Lip synchronization is the synchronization of audio signals (sometimes with corresponding video signals) so that there is no noticeable lack of simultaneity between them. ... The Musicians Union of the United Kingdom represents the interests of working musicians. ... A backing track, is an audio or MIDI recording, which musicians play or sing along to in order to add parts to their music which would be impractical to perform live. ... Johnny Pearson (born June 18, 1925) is a British composer and pianist. ... The Musicians Union of the United Kingdom represents the interests of working musicians. ... Jimi Hendrix (November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American guitar virtuoso, singer and songwriter. ... Shane Patrick MacGowan (born December 25, 1957 in Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom) is best known as the original singer and songwriter with The Pogues, and is considered one of the most important and poetic Irish songwriters of the last thirty years, often echoing his influences such as Irish playwright Brendan... The Pogues are a band of mixed Irish and English background, playing traditional Irish folk with influences from the English punk rock movement. ... Fairytale of New York is a popular Christmas song by Irish folk-rock group The Pogues, and featuring the British singer Kirsty MacColl. ... Roll With It is a song by British rock group Oasis written by their lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. ... Oasis are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991, led by lead guitarist and primary songwriter Noel Gallagher and his younger brother, lead vocalist and songwriter Liam Gallagher. ... Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born May 29, 1967 in Longsight, Manchester, England) is an English songwriter, guitarist and occasional vocalist with the Manchester rock band Oasis. ... Liam Gallagher (born William John Paul Gallagher on September 21, 1972, Burnage, Manchester, England) is an English singer and tambourine player of the band Oasis. ... For other persons named John Peel, see John Peel (disambiguation). ... Roderick Stewart (rod stewart), CBE (born January 10, 1945), is a singer and songwriter born and raised in London, England, with Scottish parentage. ... This article is about the Rod Stewart song. ... Marillion is a British Rock group. ... Garden Party marked British Prog Rock band Marillions third and most successful single to date, reaching number 16 in the UK charts in 1983. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


For virtually the whole "Live Sound" period, the Sound Supervisor was the late Dickie Chamberlain, who skilfully reproduced the sound of the original discs with a fraction of the kit available in the recording studios.


The miming policy also led to the occasional technical hitch. A famous example of this is the performance of "Martha's Harbour" in 1988 by All About Eve where the televised audience could hear the song but the band could not. As the opening verse of the song beamed out of the nation's television sets, the unknowing lead singer Julianne Regan remained silent on a stool on stage while Tim Bricheno (the only other band member present) did not play his guitar. An unseen stagehand apparently prompted them that something was wrong in time to mime along to the second verse. The band were invited back the following week, and chose to sing live. All About Eve is the self-titled first album of All About Eve. ... All About Eve on Top Of The Pops in 1988. ... Julianne Regan (shown here third from the left) on the cover of the third All About Eve album Touched By Jesus Julianne Regan (born 30 June 1962) is an English singer, song writer, guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboard player, originally from Coventry. ... Tim Bricheno (born Timothy Bricheno, on 6 July 1963, in Huddersfield, Yorkshire) has been the guitarist for several notable English indie bands, including All About Eve, The Sisters of Mercy, X-CNN and Tin Star. ...


Another hitch was Simon Le Bon singing with Duran Duran. He was posing with his microphone which promptly flew off the stage and he was left to sing into a microphone stand...he just shrugged his shoulders and carried on. Simon John Charles Le Bon (born October 27, 1958) is the lead singer and lyricist of the pop/rock band Duran Duran. ... Duran Duran are an English pop group notable for a long series of popular singles and vivid music videos. ... Microphones redirects here. ... All the advances in recording and sound reinforcement still depend on the lowly microphone stand to hold things together. ...


Michael Stipe of R.E.M. had such difficulty miming "Losing My Religion" on the show, he used a megaphone to cover his mouth throughout the performance. REDIRECT Template:Infobox Musician John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the lead singer of the American rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the mumbling style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... Losing My Religion is a song recorded by the alternative rock band R.E.M. from their 1991 album Out of Time. ...


For a few years from 1991 the show adopted a live vocal to pre-recorded backing track policy. Kurt Cobain on "Smells Like Teen Spirit" dropped his voice an octave and changed the opening line to "Load up on drugs, kill your friends"; the band also made it very clear that they were not playing their instruments. (Kurt later said during an interview that he wanted to sound more like Morrissey during the performance) — it also exposed a number of poor live singers, and was dropped as a general rule. Kurt Donald Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. ... Nevermind track listing Smells Like Teen Spirit is a song by the American rock band Nirvana, and the opening track and lead single from the bands 1991 breakthrough album Nevermind. ... For other uses, see Morrissey (disambiguation). ...


In its final few years miming had become less and less common, especially for bands, as studio technology became more reliable and artists were given the freedom to choose their performance style. Former Executive Producer, Andi Peters, stated that there was "no policy" on miming and said that it was entirely up to the performer if they wanted to sing live or mime. ‹ The template below (Expand) is being considered for deletion. ...


Missing episodes

Because of the BBC's former policy of deleting old programmes (see Wiping), the vast majority of the episodes from the first ten years of the programme's history have been lost, including the only live appearance by The Beatles.[8] The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


Of the first 500 episodes (1964-73) only about 20 complete recordings remain in the BBC archives. The earliest surviving footage dates from February 26, 1964 and consists of performances by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and The Dave Clark Five. Some programmes exist only partially (largely performances that were either pre-recorded or re-used in later editions). There are also cases of shows that only exist in their raw, unedited form. Many are also silent on the presenter links (these versions were made so that performances could be re-used in future episodes). The oldest complete episode in existence was originally transmitted on Boxing Day in 1967 (only four complete recordings from the 1960s survive, two of which have mute presenter links). The most recent that is not held is dated September 8, 1977. All editions after this date exist in full. is the 57th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also Nintendo emulator: 1964 (emulator). ... Billy J. Kramer (born August 19, 1943) was a British Invasion merseybeat singer. ... The Dave Clark Five (abbreviated as DC5) were an English Beat group in the 1960s, and one of the few that were able to present something of a commercial threat to The Beatles, the dominant group of the period. ... Boxing Day is a public holiday observed in many Commonwealth countries on 26 December. ... is the 251st day of the year (252nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ...


The April 5, 1984 episode was never made, as BBC1 was off air the entire day due to industrial action. Additionally, the programme was forced off the air for several weeks by industrial action by the Musicians' Union in both 1974 and 1980. is the 95th day of the year (96th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Industrial action (UK) or job action (US) refers collectively to any measure taken by trade unions or other organised labour meant to reduce productivity in a workplace. ... The Musicians Union of the United Kingdom represents the interests of working musicians. ...


Spin-offs

Top of the Pops has a sister show called TOTP2 which uses archive footage from as early as the late 1960s. It began on 17 September 1994 and has only been shown on BBC Two. In summer 2004 BBC Two's controller, Roly Keating, announced that it was being "rested". Shortly after UKTV G2 began showing re-edited versions of earlier programmes with re-recorded dialogue. Finally after a two year break TOTP2 returned to the BBC Two schedules for a new series on Saturday 30 September 2006 in an evening timeslot It was still narrated by Steve Wright and featured a mixture of performances from the TOTP archive and newly-recorded performances. The first edition of this series featured new performances by Razorlight and Nelly Furtado recorded after the final episode of Top of the Pops. TOTP2 (Top of the Pops 2) is a British television music show broadcast on BBC Two, showing archive footage from the long-running Top of the Pops show, some dating back to the early 1960s. ... is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... UKTV G2 (previously UK G2; UK Gold 2 and UK Gold Classics) is a television channel broadcasting in the United Kingdom, as part of the UKTV network of channels. ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Razorlight is an Anglo-Swedish band formed in 2002 by singer-songwriter Johnny Borrell. ... Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist, who also holds Portuguese citizenship. ...


Aired on BBC Radio 1 between the mid-1990s and late 2001 was Top Of The Pops: The Radio Show which went out every Sunday at 3pm just before the singles chart, and was presented by Jayne Middlemiss and Scott Mills. It later reappeared on the BBC World Service in May 2003. BBC Radio 1 (commonly referred to as just Radio 1) is a British national radio station operated by the BBC, specialising in popular music and speech and is aimed primarily at the 14-29[1] age group. ... Jayne Middlemiss (born 14 January 1971 in Northumberland, England) is a former Page 3 girl who became a radio and television presenter. ... Scott Robert Mills, born in Southampton, Hampshire in 1974, is an English radio DJ. Mills currently presents the drive time show on BBC Radio 1, a national United Kingdom station with over 10 million listeners,[2] between 4pm and 7pm every weekday, which is called The Scott Mills Show. ... The BBC World Service is one of the most widely recognised international broadcasters, transmitting in 33 languages to many parts of the world through multiple technologies. ...


The defunct channel UK Play created two spin offs; TOTP+ Plus and TOTP @ Play (2000 - 2001) (until mid-2000, this show was called The Phone Zone and was a spin-off from BBC Two music series The O-Zone). BBC Choice featured a show called TOTP The New Chart (5 December 1999 - 26 March 2000) and on BBC Two TOTP+ (8 October 2000 to 26 August 2001) which featured the TOTP @ Play studio and presenters. This is not to be confused with the UK Play version of the same name. A more recent spin-off (now ended) was Top of the Pops Saturday and its successor Top of the Pops Reloaded. This was shown on Saturday mornings on BBC One and featured competitions, star interviews, video reviews and some Top of the Pops performances. This was aimed at a younger audience and was part of the CBBC Saturday morning line-up. This was to rival CD:UK at the same time on ITV1, CD:UK won the ratings war as it was more popular because it was hosted by Ant and Dec with Cat Deeley. Play UK, formerly known as UK Play, was part of the UKTV Network. ... The O-Zone was a weekly music magazine show broadcast on BBC Two from 1989-2000. ... BBC Choice was a TV station from the BBC which launched on September 23, 1998. ... is the 339th day of the year (340th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 238th day of the year (239th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Top of the Pops: Reloaded was a weekly childrens music show broadcast as part of the Saturday morning CBBC schedule on BBC Two. ... Current CBBC Logo CBBC - short for Childrens BBC - is the brand-name for the BBCs childrens television programmes aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 years old. ... ITV1 is the name, in England, Wales and the Scottish borders, for a terrestrial, free-to-air television channel, broadcast in the United Kingdom by the ITV network. ... Ant (left) and Dec appearing in an ITV 1 ident. ... Catherine Elizabeth Cat Deeley (born October 23, 1976) is a popular English disc jockey, television personality and former fashion model, who rose to fame at the age of 21, co-hosting the well-known childrens series SMTV Live, alongside Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. ...


Send-ups

A number of performers have sent up the format in various ways. Mainly this has been performers who disliked the mime format of the show, often as a more effective protest against this rather than just refusing to appear.

  • In the 1970s The Stranglers "performed" their song "No More Heroes", with Hugh Cornwell deliberately miming terribly. Also, during the guitar solo Cornwell "played" the guitar with his teeth and drummer Jet Black sat in the opposite direction from the drum kit and drummed the air.
  • While performing their 1982 hit "Jackie Wilson Said" the band Dexys Midnight Runners were seen performing in front of a projection of the darts player Jocky Wilson.[9] Opinions differ as to whether this was deliberate or accidental.
  • When Oasis performed "Whatever" for Top of the Pops in 1994 they mimed and one of the cello players from the symphony was replaced by rhythm guitarist Bonehead, who clearly had no idea how the instrument is supposed to be played. Towards the end of the song, he gave up the pretense and started using the bow to conduct. A woman plays his rhythm guitar.[10]
  • For the 1984 Christmas Day edition all of the performers from Band Aid had been booked to appear apart from Bono. The performance of "Do They Know It's Christmas?" witnessed the unlikely scene of Paul Weller lip-synching to Bono's vocals. Similarly, in 1985, when the Eurythmics were at number one with "There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)", Annie Lennox was seen miming the song's harmonica solo even though it is recognisably the work of Stevie Wonder.
Noel Gallagher impersonating his brother on TOTP
  • In 1995 Oasis performed "Roll With It" on the show. As a mockery to the format, brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher switched roles, which led to Noel (pictured) miming the lead vocal and Liam playing the lead guitar solo. The rest of the band found it hilarious and the song ended with the band overcome with laughter.
  • Oasis again made a mockery of the show in a 2005 performance of "Lyla", as Liam Gallagher made no secret of the fact that he was miming his lyrics by walking away from the microphone and chewing gum when he was supposed to be singing.
  • Faith No More lead singer Mike Patton also showed he was obviously miming a performance by sticking his tongue out of the side of his mouth during close-up shots.
  • In Nirvana's only performance on Top of the Pops, frontman Kurt Cobain "played" his guitar with his fingers inches away from the frets (and occasionally clutched the microphone to make it obvious that he was not playing), drummer Dave Grohl danced around in his seat for most of the performance, and bassist Krist Novoselic waved his instrument around his head. Cobain also sang in a low, dramatic opera voice, later claiming he was trying to impersonate Morrissey.
  • Singer Les Gray of Mud went on stage to perform with a ventriloquist dummy during the performance of Lonely this Christmas and had the dummy lip-synch to the voice-over in the middle of the song.
  • EMF appeared on the show with one of the guitarists strumming along while wearing boxing gloves.
  • In Blur's performance of "Charmless Man" in 1995, Dave Rowntree decided to play with oversized drumsticks, while Graham Coxon, played a mini guitar.[11]
  • In Green Day's first Top of the Pops appearance in 1994, the band played the song "Welcome to Paradise". Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong wore an otherwise plain white t-shirt with the phrase "Who am I fooling anyway?" handwritten on it, most likely a reference to his own miming during the performance. He could also be seen not playing his guitar during the instrumental bridge in the song.
  • The performance of "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart and The Faces featured John Peel miming on mandolin. Near the end of the song, Rod and the Faces begin to kick around a football. This is despite the fact that the music can be still heard playing the background.[12]
  • The Eels performed "Novocaine for the Soul" playing on toy instruments, which they then trashed.
  • In 1989, The Cure performed "Lullaby" on TOTP. The studio director ordered that there were to be no close-up shots of Robert Smith as his appearance - he was heavily made up - might scare young children. The Cure were known for their abhorrence for miming their songs whilst on TOTP and on several occasions made it obvious they weren't playing their parts - using such stunts as playing guitar left-handed, miming very badly out of synch and dressing their instruments up in clothes.

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Local versions

Europe

The TOTP format was sold to RTL in Germany in the 1990s, and aired on Saturday afternoons. It was very successful for a long time, with a compilation album series and magazine. However, in 2006 it was announced that the German show would be ending. The Italian and French version of the show ended by September 2006. Domestic versions of the show continue to run in The Netherlands until the end of December 2006.[13] BBC Prime used to broadcast re-edited episodes of the BBC version, the weekend after it was transmitted in the UK. RTL (formerly RTL plus) is a German commercial television station distributed via cable and satellite along with DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting - Terrestrial, in larger population centers). ... Motto: Je Maintiendrai (Dutch: Ik zal handhaven, English: I Shall Uphold) Anthem: Wilhelmus van Nassouwe Capital Amsterdam1 Largest city Amsterdam Official language(s) Dutch2 Government Parliamentary democracy Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Beatrix  - Prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende Independence Eighty Years War   - Declared July 26, 1581   - Recognised January 30, 1648 (by Spain... The old BBC Prime logo used until 1997 BBC Prime is the BBCs general entertainment TV channel in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. ...


United States

Top of the Pops had short-lived fame in the United States. In 1987, the CBS television network decided to try an American version of the show. It was hosted by Nia Peeples and even showed performances from the BBC version of the programme. The show was presented on late Friday nights and lasted almost a year. This article is about the broadcast network. ... Nia Peeples (born December 10, 1961 in Hollywood, California) is an American R&B and dance music singer and actress. ...


In 2002, BBC America presented the BBC version of Top of the Pops as part of their weekend schedule. The network would get the episodes one week after they were transmitted in the UK. BBC America then tinkered with the show by cutting a few minutes out of each show and moving it to a weekday time slot. BBC America is an American television network, owned and operated by BBC Worldwide, which was launched on March 29, 1998, available on both cable and satellite. ...


On January 23, 2006, svengali Lou Pearlman made a deal to bring "Top of the Pops" back to the airwaves in the United States. It is expected to be similar to the 1987 version, but it will also utilize the Billboard magazine music charts, most notably the Hot 100 chart. It was supposed to be planned for a possible 2006 or 2007 launch, but with several lawsuits against Lou and his companies, as well as the cancellation of the UK version its unlikely it will go forward. is the 23rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Svengali is the name of a fictional hypnotist in George du Mauriers 1894 novel, Trilby. ... Louis Jay Pearlman (born June 19 1954, Flushing, Queens, New York, U.S.) was a manager for several boy bands including the Backstreet Boys, N Sync and US5. ... Billboard is a weekly American magazine devoted to the music industry. ... The Billboard Hot 100 is the main singles chart used by Billboard magazine. ...


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New Zealand

The Top of the Pops brand has also been exported to New Zealand which for many years had to rely on music-video only shows to demonstrate its Top 20 (as well as the occasional season of the UK version of TOTP) as the world's top acts found New Zealand just too far away from the major markets to visit regularly. This all changed when the New Zealand government suggested a voluntary New Zealand music quota on radio (basically a threat that if the stations did not impose a quota themselves then one would be imposed on them). This worked and suddenly the amount of indigenous music played on radio stations shot up, as did the number of New Zealand hits in the top 20. Therefore a new version of a show like Top of the Pops became feasible for the first time, and the show was commissioned by TVNZ. The show began in early 2004 with host Alex Behan. The hour-long show (as opposed to the 30 minute UK version) which is broadcast at 5pm on Saturdays on TV 2 (New Zealand) contains a mixture of songs recorded in the Auckland TVNZ studios as well as performances from the international versions of the show. The New Zealand Top 20 singles and Top 10 albums are also featured. Alex stayed as host for two years before Bede Skinner took over. Despite a popular fan base in early 2006 TVNZ announced that Top of the Pops has been axed and ideas for new music shows are currently being considered. Current TVNZ logo Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is the main broadcaster of television in New Zealand, established in 1980 through the merger of Television One and TV2 (formerly South Pacific Television). ... TV2 is a free to air New Zealand television channel run by TVNZ. TV2 focuses on entertainment and delivers a strong line-up of comedies, drama, movies and local programming. ... For other uses, see Auckland (disambiguation). ... Current TVNZ logo Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is the main broadcaster of television in New Zealand, established in 1980 through the merger of Television One and TV2 (formerly South Pacific Television). ...


Free-to-air music channel C4 then picked up the UK version of Top Of The Pops and aired it on Saturday's at 8pm with a repeat screening on Thursdays. However since the UK version has recently been axed itself, this arrangement has obviously now ended.


Africa, Asia and the Middle East

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Latin America

A complete version of the UK show can be seen on People+Arts, two weeks after the UK transmission. People+Arts is an arts television channel broadcasting to Spain, Portugal and Latin America. ...


Compilation albums

A number of compilation albums using the Top of the Pops brand have been issued over the years. The first one to reach the charts was "BBC TV's The Best Of Top of the Pops" on the Super Beeb record label in 1975, which reached number 21.


Starting in 1968 and carrying on through the 1970s a rival series of "Top of the Pops" albums were produced, however these had no connection with the television series except for its name. They were a series of budget compilation cover albums of current chart hits recorded by anonymous session singers and musicians released on the Hallmark record label. They had initially reached the charts but were later disallowed due to a change in the criteria for entering the charts. These albums continued to be produced until the early 1980s, when the advent of compilation albums featuring the original versions of hits, such as the Now That's What I Call Music series, led to a steep decline in their popularity. Top of the Pops is the name of a series of records issued by Pickwick Records on their Hallmark label, which contain anonymous cover versions of hit singles. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Pickwick Records is an American record label and distributor known for its releases of sound-alike recordings, bargain bin reissues and repackagings under the brands Design, Bravo (later changing their name to International Award), Hurrah, Grand Prix, and childrens records on the Happy Times label. ... Now Thats What I Call Music! (often shortened to Now!) is a long-running series of Various Artists compilation albums released in the UK by Polygram/EMI/Virgin Records; spinoff series were later started in the United States and elsewhere. ...


In the 1990s, the BBC "Top of the Pops" brand was again licensed for use in a tie-in compilation series. Starting in 1995 with Sony Music's Columbia Records label, these double disc collections moved to the special marketing arm of Polygram/Universal Music TV, before becoming a sister brand of the Now That's What I Call Music range in the EMI/Virgin/Universal joint venture. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... PolyGram was the name from 1972 of the major label recording company started by Philips as a holding company for its music interests in 1945. ... Universal Music Group (UMG) is the largest major label in the record industry, with a 23% market share. ... For other uses, see EMI (disambiguation). ... Virgin Records was a British recording label founded by English entrepreneur Richard Branson, and Nik Powell in 1972. ...


Similarly to the roles of "Top of the Pops" on BBC 1 and BBC 2 in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the compilation albums range featured current hits for the main series and classic hits (such as 70s Rock) for the "Top of the Pops 2" spin-offs.


Number One in the Compilation Charts

These albums in the series reached No. 1:

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Top of the Pops magazine

Top of the Pops magazine has been running since February 1995, and filled the void in the BBC magazine portfolio where Number One magazine used to be. It began much in the mould of Q magazine, then changed its editorial policy to directly compete with popular teen celebrity magazines such as Smash Hits and Big, with free sticker giveaways replacing Brett Anderson covers. Top of sex magazine is a monthly glossy publication published by the BBC. It features chart information, star gossip, fashion and beauty advice, quizzes, songwords and posters. ...


An early feature on the Spice Girls coined the famous "Spice" nicknames for each member (Baby, Ginger, Posh, Scary and Sporty) that stayed with them throughout their career as a group and beyond. The Spice Girls are an English all-female pop group, formed in London in 1994. ...


The BBC have announced that the magazine will continue in publication despite the end of the television series.


Songs which mention Top of the Pops

  • The Scottish punk band The Rezillos lampooned the show as a vehicle for vapid commercialism and for paying little or no attention to talented, unknown bands, in their song "Top of the Pops." Ironically the band actually ended up performing the song on the programme (twice) when it entered the charts.

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  • "C-30 C-60 C-90 GO!", originally by Bow Wow Wow and covered by Seattle, WA band Pretty Girls Make Graves
  • A song entitled "Top of the Pops" appeared on the Kinks album, Lola versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One
  • Rat Trap by The Boomtown Rats
  • Top Of The Pops by indie band 28 If (named after the car on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road album).
  • "Me Plus One" by Anne Lilia Berge Strand or more commonly Annie. This songs charts the rise and fall of former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and her obsession with fame. "The fun won't start 'till she's living it up, feeling good on Top Of The Pops". The track was written by British producer Richard X after Halliwell locked herself in his car in an attempt to persuade Richard to let her record a track called 'Some Girls', a hit later given to former S Club 7 singer Rachel Stevens.
  • The song "Formed a Band" by Art Brut includes in its lyrics, "We’re gonna write a song as universal as happy Birthday, that makes sure everybody knows that everything is going to be OK, we’re going to take that song and we’re going to play it 8 weeks in a row on Top of the Pops." Since the programme's cancellation, the band has changed the lyric when performing live to "we're going to make it the theme tune to the new Top of the Pops.". In their song "Bad Weekend," the band also sings, "sometimes it's hard to stop when your heart is set on Top of the Pops, Top of the Pops." Art Brut LyricsIn addition to this, Art Brut & Friends recorded a song titled "Top of the Pops", lyrics being the name of their band followed by TOTP e.g Art Brut! Top of the Pops! Vectro! Top of the Pops!
  • Akira the Don's single, 'Living in the Future'
  • Bug Powder Dust by Bomb the Bass contains the lyrics "Top of the pops like the Lulu's show".
  • The Smithereens recorded a song entitled "Top of the Pops" on their album Blow Up.
  • Billy Bragg's "Waiting For The Great Leap Forward" boasts the lyric, "It's a mighty long way down rock 'n roll; from Top of the Pops to drawing the dole" (this is in turn a pun on a different lyric from Mott the Hoople's "All The Way From Memphis").
  • Also, Bragg's "Moving The Goalposts" contains the line, "I dreamt of you as I walked to the shops, you were dancing with the wallies on Top of the Pops".
  • Carter USM's song "Glam Rock Cops" has the lyric "I've been fitted up for size for Top Of The Pops / In a uniform supplied by the glam rock cops". Unlike most other examples here it was actually performed on Top of the Pops.
  • B.A. Robertson's "Knocked It Off" mentions Top of the Pops; similarly, this was actually performed on the show, and peaked at number 8.
  • Generation X's "Promises Promises" includes in the lyrics "Soon you'll get your gear from Marks and Sparks / Punk'll take over Top of the Pops"
  • Terence Trent D'Arby in the song "Penelope Please" from his album "Symphony Or Damn": "You will still be home in time / To watch the 'Pops featuring Chrissie Hynde"
  • The Justified Ancients of Mu Mu (who later became The KLF) sampled nearly three minutes of Top of the Pops on their album 1987.
  • Mott the Hoople's song "Saturday Gigs" has the lyric "Take the mick outta Top of the Pops / we play better than they do"
  • Jay-Z's song "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" from the Black Album has the lyric "Came from the bottom the bottom, to the top of the pops/Nigga London, Japan and I'm straight off the block"

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Trivia

  • The longest ever performance was of Green Day's Jesus of Suburbia broadcast on 6 November 2005, it lasted 9 minutes and 10 seconds. The shortest performance was Super Furry Animals with Do or Die clocking in at 95 seconds.
  • Cliff Richard has performed the most on Top Of The Pops, recording approximately 75 performances, only 42 of which still exist.
  • The Beatles only performed live once in front of the TOTP audience, but on at least one other occasion they recorded a special spot in a BBC Studio for the programme. They mimed to their 1964 release I Feel Fine in studio 2, Riverside Studios - the studio normally used for Jackanory and Play School.
  • The most complaints the show received for a single episode was in 1994 when Manic Street Preachers performed their song "Faster" in a manner that was seen as intimidating and featured lead singer James Dean Bradfield wearing a balaclava such as would be worn by an IRA terrorist. Prior to this the performance that was rumoured to have drawn most complaints was Robert Wyatt performing his hit "I'm A Believer" in as animated a fashion as his wheelchair would allow.
  • Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar debuted bodypopping and the first ever moonwalk on British television as he danced to the band's hit "A Night To Remember" on TOTP, on 24 June 1982.
  • In 1970 the session singer Tony Burrows appeared on the programme as the lead singer of three different acts. Also, footballer Steve Archibald appeared twice on the same show in 1982.
  • The first unsigned band to play Top Of The Pops was Scottish twee pop group Bis.
  • In 1980, the then fledgling heavy metal superstars Iron Maiden became the first band to play live on the show since The Who in 1972, when they refused to mime to their single "Running Free".
  • Super Furry Animals once got the whole audience to sit down during a live performance of theirs.
  • The now defunct UK rock band Symposium, staged a stage invasion for their performance of "Fairweather Friend". This also seen singer Ross Cummins crowdsurf.
  • When Elvis Costello performed "Radio Radio" on the show, he changed the lyrics to criticise Tony Blackburn, who was the presenter that week.
  • When John Peel first presented the programme in 1968 he forgot the name of Amen Corner who were appearing that week. Possibly because of this, his next appearance as presenter wasn't until Christmas 1981.
  • Although three of the four original presenters are still alive, seven presenters of the show have died — Stuart Henry, Kenny Everett, occasional presenter Caron Keating, John Peel, Tommy Vance, original presenter Alan Freeman and guest presenter Gary Olsen. In addition, the creator of the show, Johnnie Stewart, died on April 29, 2005.
  • John Peel was once given 15 seconds to interview Debbie Harry about her new single. Annoyed by this ridiculous time constraint, he deliberately asked an overlong question so that she would not have time to answer. This was done with the full co-operation of Harry who, apparently, was amused by it.
  • John Peel once rather naughtily (for a prime time BBC show) also introduced Big Country as "the band who put the tree into Big Country".
  • In May 2006, following a special Red Hot Chili Peppers concert recorded in the car park of BBC Television Centre, Hammersmith and Fulham Council (which governs the area the centre is located) informed the BBC that in order to legally conform to an Act of Parliament which came into force in 2004 they needed to have a special licence to continue to admit members of the public to any future performances. Prior to the matter being resolved the BBC requested the assistance of their own staff members to fill-in as audience members for this and other music shows.[14]
  • Feeder's performance of "Lost and Found" in May 2006 saw their touring guitarist Dean Tidey play bass guitar. Since the music was an instrumental of the commercially released studio version and Dean does not record with the band, he mimed to bass parts not recorded by him, but by their bass player Taka Hirose. Taka was unable to attend due to the birth of his third child.
  • German singer Nena shocked viewers by appearing on the show with hairy armpits while performing her hit 99 Red Balloons. To this day, most radio DJ's make reference to her performance after playing the song.[citation needed]
  • The Wildhearts are the only band to have played a B-side on the show, as opposed to the A-side in the charts. During other performances, the band also submitted false lyrics to the producers resulting in "shit" passing through unnoticed and uncensored and once performed in green welding goggles.
  • The opening scene for the Spice Girls' movie Spiceworld shows the group recording a performance of their song "Too Much" for Top Of The Pops.
  • The last edition on 30 July 2006 was going to be live but Jimmy Savile could not do the programme on that date as he is honorary Chieftain of the Lochaber Highland Games which took place on 29 July.
  • Since the last episode featured no live acts in the studio, the honour of being the last act to actually perform on a weekly episode of TOTP goes to Snow Patrol with "Chasing Cars" in the penultimate edition.
  • The last act ever featured visually on a weekly Top of the Pops was Girls Aloud, as part of the closing sequence of bands performing on the show throughout the years. They were shown performing "Love Machine".

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DVDs

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List of performers

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List of performances on Top Of The Pops

Top of the Pops was a long-running British music chart television programme shown each week on BBC and now licensed for national versions around the world. ...

References

  1. ^ Show's over for Top of the Pops, The Guardian, 20 June 2006.
  2. ^ Top of the Pops FAQ, TOTP website, accessed 7 November 2006.
  3. ^ Band snubs Top of the Pops after fat remark Guardian Unlimited, 10 August 2005. Accessed 14 May 2006
  4. ^ "Top of the Pops" leaves BBC One BBC News 29 November 2004. Accessed 14 May 2006
  5. ^ TOTP: The Final Countdown (Rec:2006-07-26 Tx:2006-07-30) BBC Programme Catalogue
  6. ^ http://www.barb.co.uk/viewingsummary/weekreports.cfm?report=total
  7. ^ Top Of The Pops Christmas Special BBC Press Office. Accessed 29 November 2007
  8. ^ Unique Beatles recording lost, BBC News, 7 July 2000
  9. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A5140720
  10. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2qshwUTUbo&search=Oasis
  11. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spSJ_9zqPwE
  12. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBUjdRKJifI
  13. ^ Dutch broadcaster BNN's press release on the end of the Dutch version of TOTP (in Dutch)
  14. ^ BBC staff asked to form audiences. BBC News 11 May 2006. Accessed 14 May 2006

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Videoclips

  • TOTP2 Archive of live performance videoclips 1960 - 2002. (Realplayer)
  • Top of the Pops Archive of live performance videoclips 2002-2006. (Realplayer)

Episode guides and summaries

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