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post Aug 3 2019, 12:04 PM
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Heart isn't one of Pet Shop Boys' better songs but they were at the peak of their popularity at this stage so even that one got to no.1.

Can I Play With Madness is the first of seven consecutive top 6 singles for Iron Maiden. By 1988,they had built up a large fanbase who bought each single when it came out,giving them high chart positions with songs that had little in common with the music that was in the rest of the chart.
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post Aug 3 2019, 03:50 PM
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Heart isn't one of Pet Shop Boys' better songs but they were at the peak of their popularity at this stage so even that one got to no.1.
Probably lyrically its not as good as many of their other songs, but in terms of production it is one of their best I think.


QUOTE(King Rollo @ Aug 3 2019, 01:04 PM) *
By 1988,they had built up a large fanbase who bought each single when it came out,giving them high chart positions


Rather like McFly in the late 00s in that respect if nothing else laugh.gif


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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Aug 3 2019, 12:33 PM) *
Bass (How Low Can You Go) is very good.

They mentioned on the rundown there were two Taylor Dayne songs in the lower end of the chart at the same time. I much prefer Prove Your Love to Tell it To My Heart.

Wet Wet Wet's Temptation is actually quite good.

That Climie Fisher track is cheesy but very good, it has become a frequently played 80s classic along with fellow mid tempo pop song Aztec Camera's Somewhere In My Heart later on the year.

Simon Bates was surprised to see that Iron Maiden track top 5 and so I am I, it is good though.

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Watching the 14/04/1988 episode:

We got our first glimpse of the fab future #1 Theme from S'express in a short video clip. Jellybean and Adele Bertei - Just A Mirage sounds more 1984 than 1988 with its Hi-NRG sound - very good anyway.

Some new jack swing with the very good Pebbles - Girlfriend - the 90s R&B sound was really starting to develop now.

The brilliant Heart from Pet Shop Boys is at #1 (although they don't like it that much apparently now).


Wonder how he felt in January 1991 when they entered at no1?


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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Aug 3 2019, 04:50 PM) *
Probably lyrically its not as good as many of their other songs, but in terms of production it is one of their best I think.


Yes I agree, it sounds fab, lyrically not their best. The video is brilliant too, bringing the more cynical edge the lyrics didn't. I was that fanbase buying the singles and albums - the singles B sides werent on albums and the A sides often were remixed, sharper and punchier.
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Top of the Pops 7/4/1988 Presented by Gary Davies & Simon Mayo

After missing 31/3/1988 as it was Mike Smiths final show - nearly a free run now bar one of two episodes until 2006!

Taylor Dayne Prove Your Love No15
Fleetwood Mac Everywhere (Video) No13
Glen Goodsmith Dreaming No16
**Breakers** Natalie Cold Pink Cadillac (Video) No24
**Breakers** Pebbles Girlfriend (Video) No23
**Breakers** AC/DC That's The Way I Want To Rock N Roll (Video) No22
Hazel Dean Who's Leaving Who No20
Scott Fitzgerald Go (Eurovision 1988) n/a
***No1*** Pet Shop Boys Heart ***No1***
Jellybean & Adele Bertei Just a Mirage (Video) No21



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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Aug 3 2019, 12:33 PM) *
Bass (How Low Can You Go) is very good.

They mentioned on the rundown there were two Taylor Dayne songs in the lower end of the chart at the same time. I much prefer Prove Your Love to Tell it To My Heart.

Wet Wet Wet's Temptation is actually quite good.

That Climie Fisher track is cheesy but very good, it has become a frequently played 80s classic along with fellow mid tempo pop song Aztec Camera's Somewhere In My Heart later on the year.

Simon Bates was surprised to see that Iron Maiden track top 5 and so I am I, it is good though.

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Watching the 14/04/1988 episode:

We got our first glimpse of the fab future #1 Theme from S'express in a short video clip. Jellybean and Adele Bertei - Just A Mirage sounds more 1984 than 1988 with its Hi-NRG sound - very good anyway.

Some new jack swing with the very good Pebbles - Girlfriend - the 90s R&B sound was really starting to develop now.

The brilliant Heart from Pet Shop Boys is at #1 (although they don't like it that much apparently now).


Yeh Just a Mirage sounds like hi-energy from 1984/85 as does Hazel deans return which was mentioned by Gary Davies.

Also great to see Fleetwood Macs video with one of their most famous tracks, an old band at their commercial peak late in their career. That PSBs track is class too I forgot about it but they were the biggest band in the UK at this time, no1 after No1.

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Fleetwood Mac went very poppy and middle of the road with Everywhere, I think its a bit over-rated.

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Yeh Just a Mirage sounds like hi-energy from 1984/85 as does Hazel deans return which was mentioned by Gary Davies.


That Hazell Dean song is like her 1984 songs in the verses but when the chorus comes it is just 1988 SAW cheesy dance pop. The follow up 'Maybe We Should Call It A Day' I prefer.


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As Gary said in the show she had one of her first hits in 1984 due to SAW and she's teaming up again.

I still love Everywhere, such a classic and there was such a long wait of 8 years between albums it was great to see commercial success.
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QUOTE(Steve201 @ Aug 13 2019, 06:15 PM) *
As Gary said in the show she had one of her first hits in 1984 due to SAW and she's teaming up again.

I still love Everywhere, such a classic and there was such a long wait of 8 years between albums it was great to see commercial success.


I like Fleetwood Mac, just not Everywhere much. I really like their single 'Big Love' from 1987.
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Top of the Pops 14/4/1988 Presented by Steve Wright & Bruno Brooke's

Banarama I Want You Back No14
Natalie Cole Pink Cadillac (Video) No11
Climie Fisher Love Changes (Everything) No3
Breakers **Def Leppard Armageddon (Video) No20 **
Breakers **S Express Theme From S Express (Video) No25**
Breakers **T'Pau Sex Talk (Video) No23**
Breakers **Jermaine Stewart Get Lucky (Video) No22
Jelly Bean Just a Mirage (Ft Adele Bertei) No15
Pebbles Girlfriend No13
***No1 Pet Shop Boys Heart No1***
Bros Drop The Boy (Video) No2



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QUOTE(TheSnake @ Aug 13 2019, 06:27 PM) *
I like Fleetwood Mac, just not Everywhere much. I really like their single 'Big Love' from 1987.


Yeh Big Love is amazing too!

Just watched that Jelly Bean live performance from the 14th April episode, they are so cheesy live, truely does sound like totp in 1982-84 period. Bananarama really had lost their way by this period, so polished and lacking individuality that made them so popular!
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Breakers **S Express Theme From S Express (Video) No25**


They will be on soon performing with their keytars and DJ scratching - as it will soon go to #1. If you ever wondered what makes 'acid' house, its that style of bassline synths in it.


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Yeh and it's such a contrast to the Jelly Bean track. I've seen the performance on Big Hits 88. The studio wasn't really set for acid House live performances which imo lead to them changing things a bit in the studio!
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Top of the Pops 21/4/1988 Presented by Simon Bates & Peter Powell

S-Express Theme From S Express No3
George Michael One More Try (Video) No14 NE
Danny Wilson Mary's Prayer No15
**Breakers Pat & Mick Let's All Chant (Video) No19**
**Breakers Will Downing A Love Supreme (Video) No21**
**Breakers James Brown The Pay Back Mix (Part 1) (Video) NE No25**
**Breakers Patrick Swayze Ft Wendy Fraser She Likes The Wind (Video) No24
Jermaine Stewart Get Lucky No17
Hazel Dean Who's Leaving Who? No6
***No1 Pet Shop Boys Heart ❤️ (Video) No1***
Michael Jackson & The Jackson 5 I Want You Back (Video) No10



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Top of the Pops 28/4/1988 Presented by Nicky Campbell & Gary Davies

Mick & Pat Let's All Chant No15
James Brown The Playback Mix (Video) No14
Fairground Attraction Perfect No12
Breakers**Brenda Russell Piano In The Dark (Video) No23
Breakers** The Primitives Out of Reach (Video) NE No26
Breakers** Luther Van Dross I Gave It Up (Video) No28
Breakers** Joyce Sims Walk Away (Video) No29
Bananarama I Want You Back No5
Will Downing A Love Supreme No16
***No1*** S-Express Theme From S Express ***No1***
Scott Fitzgerald Go (Song for Europe 1988)






What a great classic No1 'Perfect' by Fairground Attraction was. Bananarama back in the studio again to perform the cheese fest that was IWYB - must have thought it had a shot of the top spot! And surely S-Express sums up popular music at that time as a fitting no1.


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You may have noticed that was the first Banarama performance with new member Jacquie O'Sullivan who had replaced Siobhan Fahey.
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Yes I did. Is she the one that was in Shakespheres Sister? I find Banarama a really interesting girl group to look back on as they did the opposite of the norm going from cool to cheesy instead of the other way. The also changed style so much compare to their first totp performance in early 1982 with The Specials! This would be their last big hit though isn't it??
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They still have a few top 20 singles to come,including a top 3 hit with a Comic Relief charity single in 1989. Yes,Siobhan Fahey left because they'd got too cheesy and ended up with Shakespears Sister. The two singles with Fun Boy Three were certainly their best songs. Fun Boy Three were ex-members of The Specials so an easy mistake to make.
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Yeh I couldn't think of their name as I was typing so just went for the Specials lol. Anything with Terry Hall is amazing though!
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