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    And so it begins - tonight was week 1 of 16 with Bryan Adams at number 1.

    Tonight's episode was 11th July. Eight days later, I was fostered by my aunt and uncle after a few months of wrangling about who should have custody of me after my mum gave me up in the summer of 1990. I bloody loved Bryan Adams being number 1 for so long. I loved the song, and I think it's down to the fact that at that point it was the only stability I really knew. I remember being gutted when The Fly by U2 knocked it off.

    I'm going to love these next 15 episodes, even if no-one else does.

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      Bloody hell Simon, that's some anecdote. Always hated that song, but it's all right by me now.

      Enjoyed seeing Cola Boy perform, I thought it would be St Etienne on stage, but it wasn't. Internet research informs me they paid a mate to stand in for them under their short-lived Cola Boy moniker.

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        As mentioned by Fussbudget earlier, the playing of the chart countdown over a video five minutes into the programme really takes all the wind out of the sails.

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          I've been to hundreds of gigs over 40 years, and I've never seen anyone play a keytar live,the only time I've ever seen them is on TOTP.

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            I've seen one played in Herbie Hancock's band, but can't recall by whom.

            Hancock is a devotee of weird instruments. It isn't unusual for their to be more than two dozen on the stage at one time.

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              Mr C was so good on "Move any Mountain" I went straight to YouTube upon the end of tonight's show and watched it repeatedly. There's a touch of Dale Winton in the opening "Yessss... Bang to the beat of the drum!" How many degrees of separation are there between Mr C and Stormzy?



              "Break break break... Break it down!"

              For a man so fundamentally entrenched in the London dance music scene, he really is a bad dancer.

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                I think that I've got a cassette of Move Any Mountain that has all the different bits* separated out so that you can mix your own version.

                *Brain can't think of the correct word at the moment...

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                  Originally posted by Gangster Octopus View Post
                  I think that I've got a cassette of Move Any Mountain that has all the different bits* separated out so that you can mix your own version.

                  *Brain can't think of the correct word at the moment...
                  Samples, loops, beats? Bits is fine.

                  They certainly got their money's worth out of the track - the record you have (which a mate of mine also had) had 20 odd mixes on it, which meant it charted on the album and singles chart simultaneously.
                  I was somewhat conflicted about them, (as they were conflicted about themselves, lots of line up changes) as they transitioned from a prog-psychedelia rock band, to dance music pioneers, to (very) mainstream tabloid merchants. This track was definitely their high point.

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                    It's a brilliant song, deserved to be rinsed for every penny they could get.

                    ​​​​​​Ozric Tentacles are another 80s prog band that made a techo leap with their Eat Static side project, although they never came close to The Shamen"s success and cultural impact.

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                      I see BBC1 is showing Robin Hood; Prince of Thieves this evening, which I like to think is a deliberate tie in to where we are in the repeats.

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                        From recollection (given that I was out last night and therefore didn’t see TOTP), they played and back-announced the promo for Move Any Mountain without a single mention of the heavily-featured* Will Sinnott - who had died just days after it was shot.

                        (*In the sense that he was in the video quite a bit - not that he had saggy eyes or a big nose.)

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                          Originally posted by Jah Womble View Post
                          From recollection (given that I was out last night and therefore didn’t see TOTP), they played and back-announced the promo for Move Any Mountain without a single mention of the heavily-featured* Will Sinnott - who had died just days after it was shot.

                          (*In the sense that he was in the video quite a bit - not that he had saggy eyes or a big nose.)
                          Just Googling this, Will Sinnott died in May 1991 and this performance was August 8 1991. I think the promo video was shown a couple of weeks before.

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                            Ah, maybe so. He died on the very trip on which the promo was made - drowned off the coast of La Gomera, Tenerife. Very sad.

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                              One thing that I remember before my Mam died ( October 1991) is watching TOTP and her talking about Nat King Cole while watching "Unforgettable" .I went on holidays shortly after this, when I got home she was in hospital, never to return home.

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                                Originally posted by steveeeeeeeee View Post
                                Just Googling this, Will Sinnott died in May 1991 and this performance was August 8 1991. I think the promo video was shown a couple of weeks before.
                                The video for Move Any Mountain hasn't appeared on the show yet, it was a new entry this week. We've had the video for Hyperreal a few weeks ago

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                                  It's probably made non-creepy by the fact that Mr. C is doing a live vocal (effectively toasting) rather than miming to Sinnott's vocal, although Sinnott may be in the mix somewhere. It's not like a "new" Alvin Stardust miming to Peter Shelly (the original Alvin).

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                                    I always thought Colin Angus (who hit his sixties a week ago) did the singing on Shamen records (that is, when it wasn't Mr C or chorus vocalists like Plavka or Jhelisa).

                                    Last edited by Auntie Beryl; 31-08-2021, 14:33.

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                                      Somewhat of a rarity tonight - two songs tied on equal sales at #21!

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                                        A novelty song so awful, it can't even fall into kitsch!

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                                          Tin Machine don't appear to merit a critical reappraisal, judging by that unmemorable offering.

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                                            Originally posted by Discordant Resonance View Post
                                            Tin Machine don't appear to merit a critical reappraisal, judging by that unmemorable offering.
                                            There's quite a few pages kicking around the 'net saying Bowie foresaw grunge with Tin Machine, not on the evidence. What did he spread on his guitar strings, peanut butter? As a great rock statement, it was pathetic.

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                                              It was an eclair apparently. On the song it's apparently a vibrator, but TOTP obviously wouldn't let that on there...

                                              [URL="https://twitter.com/TOTPFacts/status/1441490841894195202"]https://twitter.com/TOTPFacts/status...90841894195202[/URL]

                                              [URL="https://twitter.com/TOTPFacts/status/1441490880985243648"]https://twitter.com/TOTPFacts/status...90880985243648[/URL]

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                                                Can't imagine Runrig got too many more outings on TOTP! Pretty much early-Kylie-by-numbers, where (aside from her collaboration with Nic Cave) she would remain until 2000.

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                                                  You (almost) forgive Ian Brown, with the Roses at the height of their powers.

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                                                    Gold standard TOTP tonight, Rozalla, Sabrina Johnston and Bizarre Inc demonstrating the a fertile period of houses dancey pop. I cared little for it at the time, but the years have been kind to such tunes. Rozalla in particular.

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