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post Jun 6 2019, 07:06 PM
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jun 5 2019, 09:26 PM) *
Ah of course he would re-enter with the Christmas classic. Does he make any further totp appearances?


Another 6 appearances (plus a couple of showings of This Ole House and one of Merry Christmas Everyone).

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1269 Thu 28 Jul 1988 Feel The Need In Me
1290 Thu 22 Dec 1988 True Love
1312 Thu 18 May 1989 Love Attack
1354 Thu 1 Mar 1990 I Might
1395 Thu 13 Dec 1990 The Best Christmas Of Them All

Then a gap of 14 and a half years before returning with a Pink cover...

2142 Fri 24 Jun 2005 Trouble

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post Jun 9 2019, 08:28 AM
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Thanks Shaky, I didn't think he would keep being asked back through the whole decade. I guess radio support and the fanbase must have led to the hits becoming fewer.
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post Jun 9 2019, 10:14 AM
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The hits definitely dropped off at this point. Even with the fanbase going out and buying the singles in the first week. Feel The Need only made it to 26 and the follow up just scraped into the Top 50. I Might was the most successful of the remaining singles and that only reached 18.
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post Jun 11 2019, 06:30 PM
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Top of the Pops 31/12/1987 Presented by Peter Powell & Gary Davies

Krush House Arrest
Nat King Cole When I Fall In Love (Video)
Climie Fisher Rise to the Occassion
Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Video)
Morris Minor & the Majors Stutter Rap
Cher I Found Someone (Video)
Wet Wet Wet Angel Eyes
***No1***Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind (Video) ***No1***
Mel & Kim Rockin Around The Christmas Tree (Video)



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Just watching now, House Arrest sounds epic (and makes most of the other songs on the show sound dated in comparison) and it really is the start of a new era in chart music as the house hits will come thick and fast now.
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post Jun 11 2019, 08:38 PM
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It does sound quite cheesy though. Peter Powell righy predicting Climie Fishers next single!

As you say though Snake we are in a new era now and the totp studio changing to show this. Feels like we are quickly entering the new decade already!
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jun 11 2019, 09:38 PM) *
It does sound quite cheesy though. Peter Powell righy predicting Climie Fishers next single!

As you say though Snake we are in a new era now and the totp studio changing to show this. Feels like we are quickly entering the new decade already!


The chart was too dominated by generic mid-tempo/ middle of the road stuff in 1985 to 1987 I think and the increased variety brought by the big increase of dance music we will see in 1988 is certainly welcome.
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Indeed they had to move somewhere because the early 80s groups successes had dried up. We would have to wait until 1989-92 to find new wave indie groups who left a lasting legacy though.
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post Jun 14 2019, 10:03 PM
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Just watching Big Hits TOTP 1988 here - really is like we have moved into the modern era music wise (all of a sudden very quickly) with the huge explosion of house and songs like the brillant Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry which wouldn't sound out of place in today's chart.

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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Jun 14 2019, 11:03 PM) *
Just watching Big Hits TOTP 1988 here - really is like we have moved into the modern era music wise (all of a sudden very quickly) with the huge explosion of house and songs like the brillant Buffalo Stance by Neneh Cherry which wouldn't sound out of place in today's chart.


Thought Buffalo Stance was 1989.

Yes also there is the very nice Joyce Sims song 'Come In To My Life' making top 10 at the start of 1988 which is really the start of the 90s R&B sound I think.

It's weird though, Transition Vamp - I Want Your Love goes top 10 in 1988 and it sounds far more early 80s new wave than anything else from 1988.


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The rnb sound sounded a lot different from now compared to all the cheesy funk you got up to now. Whereas indie/pop could look forward and back for their influences.

Buffalo Stance was shown in the Big Hits 1988 show. It was released in Nov 88 and peaked in Jan 89 after the Xmas rush of Kylie and Cliff et al.
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I’m looking forward to seeing ‘The Adventures’ with ‘Broken Land’. I can’t believe that didn’t even reach the top 5.

Easily one of the best tunes of 1988. Amazingly despite being the biggest singles act of 1988, Kylie doesn’t even appear live in the studio until July/August with the Loco-motion (I think?).

That edition is also memorable for other reasons, can’t wait for that!!
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post Jun 17 2019, 11:50 PM
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Yes,Broken Land by the Adventures is a fantastic song.

Kylie was still in Neighbours for the first half of 1988 so she would have been in Australia when she had her first two hits.
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Top of the Pops 7/1/1988 Presented by Simon Bates & Mike Read

Sinitta GTO
JellyBean Jingo (Video)
DEpeche Mode Behind the Wheel ❤️
The Stranglers All Day and All of the Night
George Michael Father Figure (Video)
G.O.S.H Wishing Well (Video)
Terence Trent Derby Sign Your Name (Video)
***No1*** Pet Shop Boys Always On My Mind ***No1***
Joyce Sims Come into my Life (Video)




What a fantastic start to the new year with Totp veterans The Stranglers & Depeche Mode performing their new singles live in the studio!! First time for the former single Golden Brown 6 years earlier.

The Terence Trent Derby track is a bit of a classic I had forgotten too. Would give him his best charting single in a few weeks!


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Belinda Carlisle finally hit the top spot! I think Kylie was No. 90 that week, though I may be mistaken?

‘Heaven is a place on earth’ & ‘Father Figure’ both in the same edition. That instantly makes it 10/10.😍

I’ll forget about ‘Stutter-rap’ though😡.
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Top of the Pops 14/1/1988 Presented by Gary Davies & Simon Mayo

Climie Fisher Rise to the Occassion No10
Tiffany I Think Were Alone Now NE No13 (Live from TOTP USA)
Krush House Arrest No 3
Morris Minor & the Majors Stutter Rap No4
The Christians Ideal World (Video) No20
AC/DC Heatseeker (Video) No17
Terence Trent Derby Sign Your Name No8
*** No1 Belinda Carlisle Heaven Is A Place On Earth (From TOTPs USA) No1***
George Michael Father Figure (Video) No11



Pity we only really get videos of George now he's went solo!


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