The Countdown Capers
19th September 1985 (Our TuneLord & Poptastic Pete)
Following a distinct feeling of deja vu for expectant early BBC4 viewers who waited a fortnight for some Pops action, only for it to be unceremoniously gatecrashed by news of a wedding & that 12 Year old who does the weather, "Normal Service is resumed".
The blighter's been immediately promoted to BBC middle-management on the proviso he attends a Week-long BBC training course explaining the button layout of a basic remote control, but at least there's a Certificate at the end.
If that kind of stuff up happened in Herr Hurll's day he'd have probably shot a cheerleader, but apparently that's not allowed these days.
It's Health and Safety gone mad!
We (eventually) cut back to Our Tune, who's in a buoyant mood in his ice-cream salesman "Sports casual" jacket to damn Middlesbrough with faint praise before introducing..
(10) Madge's Angle Grinder
Certain artists reach a level of success (and sometimes hype), where you get the feeling if the sound of them trumping in a wheelie bin was captured and subsequently released into the mainstream it would be a best seller.
better than the prospect of the sound of methane on vinyl, but "Angel" I felt was always a good album track rather than a choice of single.
That said, It has much to recommend it and reveals a softer side to Madge, carried forward from "Borderline" and "Crazy for You", this one being more subtle than her more ambitious lyrical hits.
I thought she looked beautiful on the cover, showing a vulnerability that seems to have gradually deserted her.
I may have mentioned before the "Angel" cover being part of a Herb Ritts photoshoot from 1985, in which Madonna never looked better.
Being a bit of a pop tart with a penchant for more of her uptempo 80s numbers, this track isn't one of my absolute faves (unlike her next single), but seemed more of a stopgapped Warner money raker, with it's cobbled together "Chopped Ham & Pork" video from a variety of previous releases suggesting that Warners were in full Madge milking mode.
I always thought it was a shame the powers that be didn't go for
instead, but that's showbiz.
8 - Strictly Dad Dancing
As far as competition for requirements go, in this chart Bonnie's more definite and decisively single minded, whilst Midge is a bit more ponderingly airy-fairy with his choices, musing on a selection of if's, buts & maybe's, which if you were involved in planning his Performance & Development Review couldn't be described as SMART goals.
Poor Midge seems bereft of physical direction here, not least with his Dad dancing which makes Russ Abbot look like Michael Flatley, along with a coat that seems to have been designed with a World War I "Dazzle Ship" in mind.
Perhaps for this performance Midge was hoping he might similarly disappear from the footage like those clever pens you can get, but at least if the "Dazzle coat" failed he might be able to lie low under the abundance of excessive fog Herr Hurll has chosen to deploy, which in an ironic twist might explain why Midge had to wear the dreadful coat in the first place.
A more awkward experience you couldn't wish to witness, but despite all of the above, I liked his first solo album at the time, the cover showing a dashing and debonair Midge giving it the full 1950's-inspired black & white film star pout.
I particularly liked the lesser-played follow up to "If I Was", which I'm unsure if it was featured on 'the Pops' (clickety below).
The dancing doesn't get any better but the coat is a definite improvement, and at least he's got (then) wife Annabel Giles by his side....
Next, we continue our Weekly rummage with...
the Top 40 Breakers,
(35) The Singing Cod - with Double Chips
Larry Blackmon's famous 'codpiece' has yet to become fully formed for it's rouge-coloured debut 'next Year', but in the meantime the Cameo front man flaunts his single life status by driving around in Magnum P.I.'s Ferrari, and in a bizarre and unexpected twist gets to say "I don't" whilst unsuitably attired in a Wedding dress.
Somehow I don't think the House of Windsor would stand for it.
(31) Rene & Edith - It's Not Good
Squelchy mid-tempo with a funky twist and reminiscent of a lightly-pitched Yarbrough & Peoples, this classy slice of soul is enhanced by the presence of not one, but two Yamaha DX-7's which........and get this pop pickers.........
A classy bit of soul with a video a bit like the P. Diddy/Police mash-up, but rather than falling off a motorbike like Mr. Diddy, Ange nearly gets her "Soul Glo" ignited by a passing Boeing 727.
As you do.
(25) Bone Idle - Careful Whisper
Not content with presiding over the weirdest nuptials you're ever likely to see, Mr. Broad now pummels the "White Wedding" reception with ROCK AND ROLL of the noisiest kind, as you can tell by the use of capital letters.
This one's hardly "first dance" material.
Even worse for the bride's parents who are paying for the shindig, the venue's now overrun with sweaty rockers yelling for (and I quote)....
MORE, MORE, MORE
Perhaps the baying mob are referring to the depleted stock level at the buffet, by this time bereft of sausage rolls, and with that many perspiring people invading the reception like an advancing Rock Regiment the beer's likely to be undrinkably warm.
I often wonder if there was an invisible hook attached to Billy Idol's upper lip enabling the rock legend to raise it so far up his face (like catching an in-flight salmon), but whoever's doing the reeling on this fishing trip is giving the reel a damn good yank, as the sneer is almost to the top of his nose with this one.
I dare say it's providing entertainment to keep the baying mob distracted from their hunger, which musically is a stone-cold classic that never dates.
Sneer delight again from Billy, a massive thumbs up from yours truly and one that demands to be turned up to 11.
Last edited by Dai Jestive on 4 June 2018 1:36am - 74 times in total
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