(39) The Maisonettes – Heartache Avenue (3) David Bowie & Bing Crosby – Peace On Earth – Little Drummer Boy (video) (28) Incantation – Cacharpaya (Andes Pumpsa Desi) (2) Shakin’ Stevens – Blue Christmas (43) Imagination – Changes (26) ABBA – Under Attack (video) (33) Keith Harris & Orville – Orville’s Song (1) Renée & Renato – Save Your Love (video) (8) Modern Romance – Best Years Of Our Lives
No way is that worse than my entry! Take That are ok if you like that sort of thing, ditto Billy Joel and Meatloaf, and Crowded House are brilliant. The rest are shit, but come on! You can’t compare that to the likes of Orville, Little Drummer Boy and Renee & Renato
The thing that gets me about my nomination for shittest TOTP ever is that the charts were actually pretty brilliant at the time.
Culture Club, Madness, Phil Collins (I like him ok!), The Jam, Human League, Wham, Ultravox (ok, dodgy song), Dexy’s, Duran Duran , Flock of Seagulls, Yazoo, Soft Cell, Eddy Grant, Talk Talk, Marvin Gaye, Japan - there’s some seriously good talent in that chart! It’s like they’ve deliberately picked out the toffees from the Quality Street box.
Watching the recent BBC4 TOTPs has made me realise what a mess Stanley Appel made when he took over in 1991. He seemed to be desperate to return to the type of show they had in the 80s by giving half the show to people like Phil Collins while ignoring the fact that the charts were full of rave and indie bands at that time. Pretty sure the live singing thing was to try to embarrass dance acts from coming on at all - even if they did get invited.
Some of the 1993 shows that have been on recently have only had 10 second snatches of decent music in the Breakers section.
I’d take Keith Harris and Incantation over them any day!