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CS_Collector
Central (East) East Midlands Today
I'm not sure, I'll have to check through everything later.


Honestly, any July 1989 episode would be interesting, as I haven't seen on of them before.

Also, I don't know how you did it, but the motion of the graphics in the May 1989 episode makes it seem like I'm watching said episode from an original VHS/live recording. How did you manage to achieve that?
NorthTonight585 posts since 29 Jul 2008
STV North Reporting Scotland
Quite surprised that Song for Whoever debuted so low in the charts. Must have went against the trend as mentioned previously in the thread about songs peaking in week one then falling down the chart. Think it was a new entry at 34.

Natalie Cole’s video also suffered the same fate as Queen... she hardly got going before it was cut off.
Rich Tea701 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
Quite surprised that Song for Whoever debuted so low in the charts. Must have went against the trend as mentioned previously in the thread about songs peaking in week one then falling down the chart. Think it was a new entry at 34.

Natalie Cole’s video also suffered the same fate as Queen... she hardly got going before it was cut off .


Yet tripe from people like Sinitta who turned up at the studio time after time got played in full just because they showed up and not based on any decent musical merit. One drawback for TOTP. The best music and acts often failed to show up in person and the videos got shown very little respect by the end of the decade.
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Colm (previously Col) 3,515 posts since 6 Jan 2003
Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
Thinking about it, perhaps the aim of cutting tracks down to 2/3 minute slots gave the TOTP audience an impetus to go out and buy the song to push it up the chart - so perhaps the next time it features, they may play a bit more, or a different section...

Or maybe Ciani and his team were using the show as a shop window for Radio 1/ CBBC... so many possible theories.

No explanation for scary, shouty Anthea though.
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Rich Tea701 posts since 16 Apr 2017
Anglia (West) Look East
A lot of the pop and dance stuff from around this time - in particular the SAW material - just edged over the three-month mark , making it ideal for this era, as you'd get most of the whole track, rather than cut-off halfway through.


I'm rather thankful that their singles didn't actually last about 130,000 minutes in length, even 3 minutes was too long for me on most of them.
Lottie Long Legs (previously Skytower) 674 posts since 20 Apr 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
Quite surprised that Song for Whoever debuted so low in the charts. Must have went against the trend as mentioned previously in the thread about songs peaking in week one then falling down the chart. Think it was a new entry at 34.

Natalie Cole’s video also suffered the same fate as Queen... she hardly got going before it was cut off.


That is what songs did back then... they debuted low, and climbed. It was more a 1995+ thing for the songs to enter high and almost immediately plummet.
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