Gary Numan I Can't Stop
No, that single charts at the end of June in a few weeks. He's currently in the chart at the end of April 1986 with This Is Love.
Which brings me nicely to......
Quality control on TOTP seems to have been lacking over the years. A great example this week.
spelling mistakes in the chart countdown - Atlantic Star, continued to be misspelt when it should have been 'Starr'. But the far more unforgivable spelling mistake was with Gary Numan, an artist who has been charting regularly for 7 years and yet some clueless idiot wrote his name as Gary 'Newman', when he's far from the new man on the block by this period. Then the clueless idiot wrote Duane Eddy spelt as 'Eddie' - he'd only been charting for nearly 30 years by this point! It's one thing making these mistakes, yet nobody else in production noticed them before broadcast either. So very poor.
Dixie Peach even referred to Suzanne Vega as 'Susan'.
Infact the entire show this week was poor, one of the very worst of the whole run. I like soul music but the tracks were all forgettable. SOS Band - The Finest, Aurra - You & Me Tonight, Princess - I'll Keep On Loving You and Five Star - Can't Wait Another Minute. I like remembering forgotten gems but these were nothing of the sort. So it was left to the overplayed A Different Corner at No1 for George Michael and outrageously choosing Queen at No3 as the playout with A Kind Of Magic to save the show. I never rated Live To Tell by Madonna and was already sick of her by this point in '86, and along with Lessons In Love by Level 42 bracketed into the "Breakers" segment I never classed video clips in that guise as a bona fide TOTP appearance, even if they did play quite a bit of the Madonna song/video. Marks, 3/10.
With the sad passing of Chas Hodges from Chas & Dave it is timely in respect of the TOTP 1986 run, as their final hit record ever, the top ten single Snooker Loopy is about to hit the charts and be seen in May 1986, entering the Top 40 on the very next edition of TOTP that we will see this coming Thursday. Impeccable timing, and with this track we will have seen the entire chart career of Chas & Dave on BBC4 TOTP. It doesn't seem five minutes since we were rabbitting
(at the other place)
about the lyrical content of their debut on TOTP with first top forty entry Gertcha from spring '79 shown in 2014.
Here's what must have been an updated hurried out record cover of the final with the unexpected World Snooker Champion Joe Johnson on the cover who beat Steve Davis on 5th May 1986, the week the song entered the forty.
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