Steve Wright on TOTP in this era is only half the man he is nowadays! As has been previously mentioned on these pages, Steve Wright was quite simply never a suitable TV performer, and why should he be? Infact when you think about it, why should literally any of the radio jocks who ended up fronting TOTP. Andy Peebles is another one who just failed to shine on the show, despite an excellent radio pedigree and engaging personality through that medium. That so many of the national radio lot proved themselves quite competent is maybe the bigger surprise, such as the likes of Tommy Vance and John Peel for instance. That two presenters, Noel Edmonds and Mike Read even went onto major TV careers for years in live Saturday morning TV is even more impressive, as well as their Saturday night output. More new Pop Quiz with Mike on BBC4 please.
Tonight's 16th January 1986 TOTP was a quite decent half hour. It was good to hear Saturday Love by Cherelle with Alexander O'Neal again. I was amused by the awkward way he walked onto set halfway through the duet, just as people at home must have been wondering where he was. I was also struck by how unusually wide Cherelle's mouth seemed to be.
The lead singer of Mr. Mister looked like a cross between Sting and Bryan Adams. Broken Wings could've easily been a Bryan Adams song I feel. A classic track I often play to this day. Mike Read called it the former American No1, not once but twice. I was listening to Broken Wings being played at the top spot in December 1985 on Paul Gambaccini's American Chart Show on Radio 1 when I heard that one of my grandparents had passed away, so it always holds that memory to me of that moment and that show.
One improvement on these half hour long shows now 1986 has arrived is that they have now stopped the video top ten countdown which was taking up far too much time in such a short show, with too many brief clips.
Anyone here surprised just how successful Bronski Beat were after Jimmy Somerville left them? Hit That Perfect Beat making the same high peak position of No3 as Smalltown Boy in '84 seemed unlikely. Who remembers Cha Cha Heels with Eartha Kitt in summer '89? Not bad, but nothing like as big either.
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