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Old 15-02-2013, 12:27
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I was surprised to see that listed in the first place, because - I think I'm correct in saying - I recall TOTP having a policy of non-Top 30 singles only featuring if the artists made a studio appearance ... which I don't think Ronstadt ever did in the 70s.

WEA were desperate to break her in the UK, but never did - their marketing attempt on this occasion being to issue 'Blue Bayou' as a 12-inch single ... on blue vinyl. ;)
Which worked in as much as at least one person bought it - me!
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Old 15-02-2013, 12:33
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'A Love Like Yours' was the lead single from Dusty's comeback album, It Begins Again ..., produced by Roy Thomas Baker - the man who produced 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. And no, I haven't invented that ...



I agree that 'Ghosts Of Princes In Towers' is a much stronger song - but, unfortunately, the production on that track and its parent album (by Mick Ronson) sold short its potential ... and, in any case, the group was on the point of splitting by then - something EMI must have been aware of when they decided not to bother promoting either the album or the single.
I didn't realise at the time that it was a cover version - I've since obtained versions by Ike and Tina Turner and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, but not sure which was the original.
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Old 15-02-2013, 12:40
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I didn't realise at the time that it was a cover version - I've since obtained versions by Ike and Tina Turner and Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, but not sure which was the original.
I think it's Martha Reeves and the Vandellas ...
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Old 15-02-2013, 12:49
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At the time, Ultravox were moving towards a much more synthesiser-dominated sound, recording their third album with Kraftwerk associate Conny Plank in Germany. By the end of 1978, they had been dropped by their record company - but, in hindsight, and rather like Japan, they were ahead of their time.
Aye, Ultravox released their classic Systems of Romance album in 1978, which they never bettered, in my opinion. They were never as good without John Foxx as lead singer.
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Old 15-02-2013, 12:51
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Aye, Ultravox released their classic Systems of Romance album in 1978, which they never bettered, in my opinion. They were never as good without John Foxx as lead singer.
I remember John Foxx. I liked his one hit single, Underpass. That wasn't until 1979. Looked not unlike Bryan Ferry, or Martin Fry from ABC, as I recall.
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Old 15-02-2013, 13:08
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I remember John Foxx. I liked his one hit single, Underpass. That wasn't until 1979. Looked not unlike Bryan Ferry, or Martin Fry from ABC, as I recall.
'Underpass' charted in January 1980 - by which time the dozy music industry had realised that electronic music wasn't a niche thing (thanks to Gary Numan's success in 1979) ... hence Virgin snapping up Foxx as a solo artist. To Virgin's credit, they were at least consistent, having signed The Human League and OMD also ...
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Old 15-02-2013, 13:22
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'Underpass' charted in January 1980 - by which time the dozy music industry had realised that electronic music wasn't a niche thing (thanks to Gary Numan's success in 1979) ... hence Virgin snapping up Foxx as a solo artist. To Virgin's credit, they were at least consistent, having signed The Human League and OMD also ...
We used to sing "Underpants", oh the rapier wit of a 2nd year high school pupil.

I remember some older friends were fans of pre Midge Ure Ultravox and couldn't give their Vienna era success the time of day. One of them nearly punched me when I naively suggested that John Foxx was a Gary Numan "rip off", little did I know then it was actually the other way round.
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Old 15-02-2013, 14:03
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I think it's Martha Reeves and the Vandellas ...
Thanks
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Old 15-02-2013, 14:44
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We used to sing "Underpants", oh the rapier wit of a 2nd year high school pupil.
I actually thought that was what he was singing, until my dad put me right! Well, I was only ten!
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Old 15-02-2013, 15:30
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John Foxx actually appeared on Top Of The Pops with 'Europe after the rain' when it scraped into the top 40.

Really love this track

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ZjYw12Buao
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Old 15-02-2013, 16:27
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just a year older than most of Brotherhood of Man.
Can't believe Brotherhood of Man were only in their late 20s in last night's performance, they looked like they were in their early 40s.
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Old 15-02-2013, 16:54
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Just catching up with last night's edition and also Sounds of the Seventies which I also recorded last night
The edition was the disco one with an extended link by DLT !

How is this any different to Top of the Pops ?

Enjoyed the Stranglers track the best on totp
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:46
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I know this isn't really relevant - but I wonder if ITV are going to cut out all the "Kevin Webster" episodes (after the actor's arrest) just like the BBC cut's off TOTP!!

- After all - Coronation St is a lot more mainstream than TOTP!!.....we shall see
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:49
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Which worked in as much as at least one person bought it - me!
Two-I bought it too!
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:51
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At the time, Ultravox were moving towards a much more synthesiser-dominated sound, recording their third album with Kraftwerk associate Conny Plank in Germany. By the end of 1978, they had been dropped by their record company - but, in hindsight, and rather like Japan, they were ahead of their time.
Except for the usual trap of trying to sound too arty rather than more commercially accessible,
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Old 15-02-2013, 17:53
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Just catching up with last night's edition and also Sounds of the Seventies which I also recorded last night
The edition was the disco one with an extended link by DLT !

How is this any different to Top of the Pops ?

Enjoyed the Stranglers track the best on totp
TOTP is all the episodes in their entirety in chronological order. SOTS is a pick'n'mix bag. A taster.
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:09
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TOTP is all the episodes in their entirety in chronological order. SOTS is a pick'n'mix bag. A taster.
Sorry, I didnt mean that
What I meant is how is it any different to have DLT doing links on that but we cant see him doing the same kind of links on Top of the Pops
(Thanks for the reply anyway..)
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Old 15-02-2013, 18:47
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Hi everyone, not a bad show, but a bit hit and miss in parts. I like the way they don't just repeat old performances now like they would have done a year ago, they get the act back to perform it again, like Yellow Dog and BHOM. Looks like they cut LINDA RONSTADT Blue Bayou from the early showing. Best songs were Abba Take A Chance On Me, ELO Mr Blue Sky and Yellow Dog One More Night, one of those songs that has been forgotton for years but is brilliant. Thats what's great about these repeats, unearthing forgotton classics that you thought you would never hear again! Nice to see Dusty Springfield but this wasn't one of her best. Her next comeback is better when she duets with the Pet Shop Boys. Looking forward to a better show next week, and the first performance of Kate Bush!!
1978 got better from that moment on. It is a vintage year for music and later in the year we'll have The Boomtown Rats destroying John Travolta posters on the show.
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:01
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Hi everyone, not a bad show, but a bit hit and miss in parts. I like the way they don't just repeat old performances now like they would have done a year ago, they get the act back to perform it again, like Yellow Dog and BHOM. Looks like they cut LINDA RONSTADT Blue Bayou from the early showing. Best songs were Abba Take A Chance On Me, ELO Mr Blue Sky and Yellow Dog One More Night, one of those songs that has been forgotton for years but is brilliant. Thats what's great about these repeats, unearthing forgotton classics that you thought you would never hear again! Nice to see Dusty Springfield but this wasn't one of her best. Her next comeback is better when she duets with the Pet Shop Boys. Looking forward to a better show next week, and the first performance of Kate Bush!!
BIB Even though I have seen this performance umpteen times I am excited about seeing it after so many years in the context of a whole TOTP. The only problem is I always get irritated at the audience who just don't seem to understand (or care) whose presence they are in!
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:12
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BIB Even though I have seen this performance umpteen times I am excited about seeing it after so many years in the context of a whole TOTP. The only problem is I always get irritated at the audience who just don't seem to understand (or care) whose presence they are in!
At the time, Kate's routine for Wuthering Heights was mercilessly lampooned... by pretty much everyone.

Like most avant-garde stuff, really...
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:20
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Except for the usual trap of trying to sound too arty rather than more commercially accessible,
I don't think Ultravox's failure to succeed first time round was anything to do with them being 'too arty' when you consider that many other artists around that time ploughed their own furrow without any consideration for what would be commercially successful (Kate Bush and Siouxsie & The Banshees spring immediately to mind). I'd say it was more about them not really being identifiable with any of the punk/new wave groups come through then, which left them rather out on a limb.

If Systems Of Romance had come out at the same time as 'Are Friends Electric?' was climbing the charts, I'd wager it might have fared differently ... And Japan did succeed, on their own terms - it just took several years for everyone else to catch up with them.

Conversely, Ultravox didn't have much success initially when the new line-up signed to Chrysalis and released a single that both they and their record company thought sounded commercial: 'Sleepwalk' was played heavily on Radio 1, but couldn't get higher than number 29, and its follow-up didn't even make the Top 40. It took the distinctive but quite uncommercial 'Vienna' to catapult them to the big time.
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:21
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At the time, Kate's routine for Wuthering Heights was mercilessly lampooned... by pretty much everyone.

Like most avant-garde stuff, really...
I think she's had the last laugh, though ...
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Old 15-02-2013, 19:33
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Her first showing (if I have got it right, black dress, big hair and pouty red lips) was actually pretty restrained. Even at the such an early point in her career I knew I was witnessing someone very special and would have been glued to her performance, not idly gazing round the studio like some of them. I am a huge fan.
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Old 15-02-2013, 20:12
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1978 got better from that moment on. It is a vintage year for music and later in the year we'll have The Boomtown Rats destroying John Travolta posters on the show.
The Rats tearing up the Travolta posters is one of the all time highlights of TOTP for me. During the October half term school holidays in 1978 my mum said she would take both my sisters and myself to see Grease at a major cinema in Newcastle. I opted out and was given a pound instead - some of which I used to buy 'Rat Trap'. I still think I made the right choice... and when I saw the Rats rip up those posters a few weeks later I was over the moon
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Old 15-02-2013, 20:22
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I remember John Foxx. I liked his one hit single, Underpass. That wasn't until 1979.
I used to love (still do) a single by John Foxx called 'Burning Car' which I remember buying as a kid. I don't remember him ever performing it on TOTP, but I thought it done well in the charts and was a decent sized hit?
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