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    Unlikely, given that their 'moment' arrived four years later.

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    Speaking of unlikely rappers tonight's episode included something I don't remember hearing before which I might have mistaken for Wham Rap if I hadn't been paying attention. I forget the song title already but Paul Weller, what on earth were you thinking of!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah Womble View Post
    Unlikely, given that their 'moment' arrived four years later.
    I was referring to the fact said video was filmed on a narrowboat!

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    Indeed - I was referring to the fact that Gangster O seemed to be treating your post as though it were a guess to his favoured video.

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    Unusually prescient of Bates to identify I Want To Know What Love Is as a future number one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longeared View Post
    Agree with Peel on Louise, not least because its my only known example of narrowboating in popular music video.
    Fairly sure Phil Oakley was sailing his narrow boat up the River Lea, through Hackney Wick, Hackney Marshes and up towards the Lea Valley Ice Centre, thereby predating the current East London fashion for houseboat living on the River Lea by a good 3 decades. Brilliant song and video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longeared View Post
    Agree with Peel on Louise, not least because its my only known example of narrowboating in popular music video
    There was this one
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    Quite amusing to see that Spandau Ballet have declined to the extent that they've been relegated to the lesser Christmas show.

    Also unsure why they're showing My Oh My, given that it was over a year old by this stage.

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    Despite the Black Country-tastic twin assault of Sir Lenworth and Slade, I think I'll be turning to Would I Lie To You in five minutes.

    Oh hang on, here's Bronski Beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steveeeeeeeee View Post
    Fairly sure Phil Oakley was sailing his narrow boat up the River Lea, through Hackney Wick, Hackney Marshes and up towards the Lea Valley Ice Centre, thereby predating the current East London fashion for houseboat living on the River Lea by a good 3 decades. Brilliant song and video.
    Kevin Rowland was looking to buy a flat right by that very stretch of water last year, I wonder if he completed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longeared View Post
    Quite amusing to see that Spandau Ballet have declined to the extent that they've been relegated to the lesser Christmas show.

    Also unsure why they're showing My Oh My, given that it was over a year old by this stage.
    Same thing happened back in 1973, when Little Jimmy Osmond's Xmas No. 1 from 12 months earlier was included (see Chart Music podcast). There seemed to be a rule that if something clung on into January then it became a hit belonging to both years. In today's streaming era, where tracks hang around for 2-3 years, the concept of 'annual chart' loses its meaning.

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    Long Haired Lover actually sold more copies in 1973 than the previous, but featured in the year-end listings for both years.

    But pretty much every year is going to include a song that has cusped the years at number one, or thereabouts. (Queen obviously featured in both 1975 and 1976 with Bohemian Rhapsody, etc.) Not sure of their sources, but - if one ignores the annoying apostrophes - this website seems a pretty useful resource:

    http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1973.shtml

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    Russ Abbott!!! Fuck me, I'd forgotten about that bloody thing then 33 years later it comes back, that's what you get for watching nostalgia programmes

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    Fuck sake I had a Russ Abbott album on tape when I was about 7 (pre-Atmosphere Russ anyway). Seem to remember finding parodies of songs I was barely aware of (“(I wish they all could be) Upper Norwood Girls”, whatever he did to Ghost Riders in the Sky) just hilarious. Even had some cheapo Fleetway or whatever Russ Abbott annual with comic strips based on his greatest creations. Fuck sake, what a wally.

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    Russ, or you for owning it

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    Me, but Russ as well obviously.

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    This opening number from The Limit (whoever they were) is laying down a marker for the direction of music during the mid-late 80s.

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    Fucking hell, Powell. "One of the bands succeeding in 85 are Prince"

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    Quote Originally Posted by longeared View Post
    This opening number from The Limit (whoever they were) is laying down a marker for the direction of music during the mid-late 80s.
    I hope that's not dismissive of Nu Shooz and Double (Dooblay), longeared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longeared View Post
    This opening number from The Limit (whoever they were) is laying down a marker for the direction of music during the mid-late 80s.
    I've never worn latex, but the singer in The Limit made it look quite an appealing material. Doubt I could pull it off with my frame, however.

    Amii Stewart's dancing was mental, it screamed "I'm a trained dancer!" But just looked so absurd.

    And I can't imagine Grandmaster Melle Mel and his crew running tings on road these days in that get up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah Womble View Post
    Well, he (Frank Kelly) had a #26 UK (and Top Ten Ireland) hit with Christmas Alphabet at the end of 1983, so very likely it was that?
    I'm usually quite a tolerant sort of bloke, but your slapdash attitude to novelty records is, if you'll excuse the sort-of pun, beyond a joke. First there was Scrumpy 'n' Westerngate, then there was the thing with the lyrics to "D.I.V.O.R.C.E." and now this.

    Or did Frank Kelly have two Christmas hits - one called "Christmas Alphabet" and one called "Christmas Countdown"?
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    Oops, guilty as charged re Father Jack's effort - Christmas Alphabet was an old Dickie Valentine hit, about which I'd recently been writing. (You'll have to trust me on that one.)

    Similarly guilty over the S'n'W scene - but I have no recollection of this 'DIVORCE' foul-up of which you speak.

    Go easy, eh? I've not had the best start to the year.

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    The D.I.V.O.R.C.E. thing (Billy Connolly's version) was your not knowing what the bleeped-out lyrics were.

    Genuinely sorry to hear about your shitty start to the year. It won't stop me coming down on you like a ton of bricks if, in future, you, say, get the order in which the police officers sing in "King Of The Cops" wrong, but you still have my sympathy.

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    Why would you even mention King Of The Cops knowing that everyone except you had mercifully forgotten it? You're a monster and I hope that a horde of Helmut Kohl proportioned Bavarians come and stand on your holes.

    Hope the year picks up for you, JW.

    And I can't imagine Grandmaster Melle Mel and his crew running tings on road these days in that get up.
    While Run DMC's adopting a more, ahem, stripped back look may have been a big factor in getting people to take the nascent hip hop scene seriously, it can't be denied that the electro pioneers had a certain dash.


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    Ha - thanks, I'd expect nothing less!

    Viz DIVORCE, I recall that now - I'd genuinely had no idea what was behind those beeps until that thread.

    Cheers, Benjm.

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