They actually ran the song again on the Christmas show, this time with a montage of TOTP clips from throught the year. Seems doubly strange this happened with this song twice in an era where they'd rarely show something they couldn't get a studio performance for even when there was a video available.
Of course there is a video for it now, but it wasn't made until after the chart run was over. The Chart Show used the song as a reason to show load of old graphics, but sadly it only appeared in full on the penultimate edition, which I haven't seen since it was shown.
Here it is!
As you say, this was the penultimate edition when it was number one on their chart, they showed a brief edit of it on the final show when it was at number two. No more appropriate way for The Chart Show to bow out than announce a number one that didn't actually get there officially, in the grand tradition of that show.
Under Chris Cowey, a lot of the "rules" were very inconsistently applied and seemed to be happily abandoned, so there weren't usually exclusives but they would put them on if it was Robbie Williams. I also remember they played I Would Die 4 U by The Space Cowboy which was actually ineligible for the chart (they had "!" as the chart position) but the fact it was disqualified due to a clerical error - the CD was I think a few seconds too long - had been in the news that week, so on it went. There was that issue too when Will Young got to number one for the first time and his management said he'd do both sides of the record or not at all, so Pops said not at all and they showed the video instead, but they would happily let other bands like Oasis do that. Anything went.
The montage on the Christmas show also happily served as a bit of brand-building on presumably the most watched show of the year, using a montage of clips to illustrate to the casual audience what went on the rest of the time. They did that a few times actually, I remember them doing it to Starry Eyed Surprise by Paul Oakenfold, a record I always associate with the job I had at the time, which I see was on the 2000th show in 2002, and I see they also did it to Without Me by Eminem on Christmas 2002. And that certainly had a video.
Anyway, the general point about The Archies is that seemingly some footage exists - when it's been on docs before they show what appears to be a "video" which is seemingly just a clip from the show - but TOTP2 presumably didn't have the budget or time to dig it out so did that as a bit of fun.
Last edited by Steve Williams on 23 September 2020 10:32am