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Old 27-02-2013, 17:00
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So many great songs in 1978. Here's a few who missed out but should have been monsters.

And The Band Played on - FLASH AND THE PAN (titanic song)
I've Never Been to me - MARY MACGREGOR (charlene later had a hit with it)
Honest I Do Love You - CANDI STATON
People in Love - 10CC
To be Alone - GOLDIE (follow up to Making Up Again)
I want to see the Bright Lights - JULIE COVINGTON
Here you come again - DOLLY PARTON
Isn't it time - THE BABYS
Let it Grow - CLOUT
Carry On Wayward Son - KANSAS
Ghosts of Princes in Towers - RICH KIDS
Lydia - DEAN FREIDMAN
Life in the city - DEMIS ROUSSOS
Don't walk away till i touch you -ELAINE PAIGE
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Old 27-02-2013, 18:26
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15 minuites of the banned DLT hosted TOTP is up on the it's top of the pops forum http://itstotp.blogspot.co.uk/2013/0...reegord-2.html
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Old 27-02-2013, 19:34
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15 minuites of the banned DLT hosted TOTP is up on the it's top of the pops forum http://itstotp.blogspot.co.uk/2013/0...reegord-2.html
Thanks

Terrific stuff. Never seen that Legs n Co routine before
Also , forgotten about that Manhattan Transfer track and how sexy the singer was
Debbie Harry wasn't bad either.....
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:05
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It shows how times have changed - when I was 17 (1986/87) there were very few chart acts I liked - but if I had been 17 in 1978 - I would've been into loads of bands!!

My Top 20+ songs:-

1) Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
2) Always Touched By Your Presence Dear - Blondie
3) Every 1's a Winner - Hot Chocolate
4) (I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello
5) Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
6) Airport - The Motors
7) Dave is on the Road again - Manfred Mann Earth Band
8) Denis - Blondie
9) Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
10) What a Waste - Ian Dury
11) Mr Blue Sky – ELO
12) Summer Night City - Abba
13) McArthur Park - Donna Summer
14) Love Don't Live Here Anymore - Rose Royce
15) Love is Like Oxygen - Sweet
16) One More Night - Yellow Dog
17) Like Clockwork – Boomtown Rats
18) Lost My Heart to a Starship Trouper - Hot Gossip
19) Ever Fallen In Love – Buzzcocks
20) Isn't it Time - The Baby's
21)Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc

I could put more - but don't want to be here all day!!
I used to compile an end of year top 40 each year from 1977 to 1982, listing my favourite singles of the year. Although I threw away the lists in the mid 80s and as a result can't recall a great deal about which record was in which position in any of the years, I can remember what was number 1 for each of those years. For 1978 it was 'Le Freak' by Chic - I notice a few people have gone for 'Everybody Dance' but to me 'Le Freak' was (and still is) their greatest single. In fact I loved it so much that when a year later I compiled a list of my favourite singles of 1979 I placed it at number 1 again.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:25
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I've finally got to watch last Thursday's TOTP without any distractions (I was watching both TOTP and the Newcastle United match at the same time last Thursday!) and while watching 'Shot By Both Sides' by Magazine I remembered that the guitarist was the late, great John McGeoch. Along with other two members of Magazine, Barry Adamson and Dave Formula, he teamed up with Steve Strange, Rusty Egan (ex Rich Kids), Midge Ure (also ex Rich Kids and then Ultravox) and Billy Currie (Ultravox) to record as Visage as a side project.

He left Magazine (while remaining in Visage) to join Siouxsie and the Banshees in early 1980 where he stayed until late 1982. I consider this period of the Banshees to be their best, both musically and commercially. His guitar work added greatly to the sound (and success) of the band - his audition for the band apparently consisted of him being asked to improvise a guitar intro to a song they had just written - and his improvisation ended up being used in the actual recording of the song, the excellent 'Happy House'.
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Old 27-02-2013, 20:45
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Some cross over here, but more into Punk and New Wave, I'm ready for the pelters as well!

1. Chiquitta – Abba
2. Summer Night City – Abba
3. Take A Chance On Me – Abba
4. My Life – Billy Joel
5. Hanging On The Telephone – Blondie
6. Picture This – Blondie
7. Don’t Fear The Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
8. Is This Love – Bob Marley
9. Like Clockwork – Boomtown Rats
10. Rat Trap – Boomtown Rats
11. Ever Fallen In Love – Buzzcocks
12. Best Friends Girls – Cars
13. Everybody Dance – Chic
14. 5705 – City Boy
15. Substitute – Clout
16. Oh What A Circus – David Essex
17. Lucky Stars – Dean Friedman
18. Car 67 – Driver 67
19. Sweet Talkin Woman – ELO
20. Mr Blue Sky – ELO
21. (I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello
22. Follow You Follow Me – Genesis
23. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
24. I thought It Was You – Herbie Hancock
25. Blame It On The Boogie – Jacksons
26. David Watts – The Jam
27. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight – The Jam
28. Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
29. Don’t Care – Klark Kent
30. Dancing In The City – Marshall Hain
31. Airport – Motors
32. I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass – Nick Lowe
33. A Little More Love – Olivia Newton John
34. Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand
35. Public Image – PIL
36. Do It Do It Again – Raffaella Carra
37. Top Of The Pops – Revillos
38. Rich Kids – Rich Kids
39. Emotion – Samantha Song
40. Hurry Up Harry – Sham 69
41. Hong Kong Garden – Siouxsie & The Banshees
42. Squeeze – Goodbye Girl
43. Walk On By Stranglers
44. Love Is Like Oxygen – The Sweet
45. Boogie Oogie Oogie – Taste Of Honey
46. Now That I’ve Found Love – Third World
47. Automatic Lover – Vibrators
48. If I Can’t Have You – Yvonne Elliman
49. Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc
50. Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees
How did I miss out Ca plane pour moi ?!!!! Utter classic - must have been 'bubbling under'. As you say Keicar, we do have a few in common.
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Old 27-02-2013, 21:02
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Follow You Follow Me – Genesis

Johnny Walker played this on Sunday afternoon. It's one of the most beautiful songs ever written. I loved this album "And Then There Were Three". I had liked the Peter Gabriel era Genesis well enough but always found them a bit scary to be honest. This was more my cup of tea.
I LOVE all the early Genesis stuff! - My older brother was a big Genesis fan and I remember him buying "And Then There Were Three" back in 1978! - I wasn't too keen on Follow You Follow Me though as it's a bit mellow for my tastes!
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Old 27-02-2013, 21:08
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He left Magazine (while remaining in Visage) to join Siouxsie and the Banshees in early 1980 where he stayed until late 1982. I consider this period of the Banshees to be their best, both musically and commercially. His guitar work added greatly to the sound (and success) of the band - his audition for the band apparently consisted of him being asked to improvise a guitar intro to a song they had just written - and his improvisation ended up being used in the actual recording of the song, the excellent 'Happy House'.
Yes - I love Howard Devoto, The Buzzcocks and Siouxie too! - It's funny how all these great bands are all connected by someone or something!
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Old 27-02-2013, 21:10
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It shows how times have changed - when I was 17 (1986/87) there were very few chart acts I liked - but if I had been 17 in 1978 - I would've been into loads of bands!!

My Top 20+ songs:-

1) Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush
2) Always Touched By Your Presence Dear - Blondie
3) Every 1's a Winner - Hot Chocolate
4) (I Don’t Want to Go To) Chelsea – Elvis Costello
5) Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
6) Airport - The Motors
7) Dave is on the Road again - Manfred Mann Earth Band
8) Denis - Blondie
9) Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
10) What a Waste - Ian Dury
11) Mr Blue Sky – ELO
12) Summer Night City - Abba
13) McArthur Park - Donna Summer
14) Love Don't Live Here Anymore - Rose Royce
15) Love is Like Oxygen - Sweet
16) One More Night - Yellow Dog
17) Like Clockwork – Boomtown Rats
18) Lost My Heart to a Starship Trouper - Hot Gossip
19) Ever Fallen In Love – Buzzcocks
20) Isn't it Time - The Baby's
21)Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc

I could put more - but don't want to be here all day!!
I forgot Forever Autumn by Justin Haywood and I forgot Plastic Bertrand & Jilted John too!
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Old 27-02-2013, 21:21
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I used to compile an end of year top 40 each year from 1977 to 1982, listing my favourite singles of the year. Although I threw away the lists in the mid 80s and as a result can't recall a great deal about which record was in which position in any of the years, I can remember what was number 1 for each of those years. For 1978 it was 'Le Freak' by Chic - I notice a few people have gone for 'Everybody Dance' but to me 'Le Freak' was (and still is) their greatest single. In fact I loved it so much that when a year later I compiled a list of my favourite singles of 1979 I placed it at number 1 again.
My favourite Chic single is the 1984 remix of "Lost in Music". Credited, of course, to Sister Sledge, but I think most Sister Sledge singles were better than those released under the name Chic. My favourite credited to Chic was their first UK hit, "Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)".
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Old 27-02-2013, 21:26
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- I notice a few people have gone for 'Everybody Dance' but to me 'Le Freak' was (and still is) their greatest single. .
All of Chics songs were good disco songs! - But Le Freak had the great violin break in the middle!
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Old 27-02-2013, 22:37
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Didnt care much for Chic. Their vocals and songs weren't the best but they went on to produce some great stuff for Sister Sledge,Diana Ross,Sheila B Devotion,etc.
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Old 27-02-2013, 23:48
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My favourite Chic single is the 1984 remix of "Lost in Music". Credited, of course, to Sister Sledge, but I think most Sister Sledge singles were better than those released under the name Chic. My favourite credited to Chic was their first UK hit, "Dance Dance Dance (Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah)".
I have the 12" version of Lost In Music 1984 and IIRC Duran Duran contributed guest vocals.
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Old 28-02-2013, 09:39
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I've finally got to watch last Thursday's TOTP without any distractions (I was watching both TOTP and the Newcastle United match at the same time last Thursday!) and while watching 'Shot By Both Sides' by Magazine I remembered that the guitarist was the late, great John McGeoch. Along with other two members of Magazine, Barry Adamson and Dave Formula, he teamed up with Steve Strange, Rusty Egan (ex Rich Kids), Midge Ure (also ex Rich Kids and then Ultravox) and Billy Currie (Ultravox) to record as Visage as a side project.

He left Magazine (while remaining in Visage) to join Siouxsie and the Banshees in early 1980 where he stayed until late 1982. I consider this period of the Banshees to be their best, both musically and commercially. His guitar work added greatly to the sound (and success) of the band - his audition for the band apparently consisted of him being asked to improvise a guitar intro to a song they had just written - and his improvisation ended up being used in the actual recording of the song, the excellent 'Happy House'.
John McGeogh is criminally underrated and it's great to see someone singing his praises. The account of his drinking going out of control during his time with the Banshees is quite depressing and even though the group sacked him, they admit it was done with heavy heart, because he was the best guitarit they ever had (and, hell, they went through a LOT of guitarists ...! ).
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Old 28-02-2013, 09:50
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And as so many of us are playing this game, how could I resist joining in ...?

1. Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
2. Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
3. Cerrone Supernature
4. Blondie (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
5. Kate Bush The Man With The Child In His Eyes
6. Kraftwerk Neon Lights
7. Donna Summer Last Dance
8. The Clash (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
9. Heatwave The Groove Line
10. Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove
11. X-Ray Spex The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
12. Sweet Love Is Like Oxygen
13. The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet
14. War Galaxy
15. Siouxsie & The Banshees Hong Kong Garden
16. Three Degrees Givin’ Up, Givin’ In
17. Patti Smith Group Because The Night
18. Chic Le Freak
19. Kate Bush Hammer Horror
20. Public Image Limited Public Image
21. Abba Summer Night City
22. Joyella Blade Cairo
23. Squeeze Take Me, I’m Yours
24. Shalamar Take That To The Bank
25. Andrew Gold How Can This Be Love
26. Cheryl Lynn Got To Be Real
27. Electric Light Orchestra Sweet Talkin’ Woman
28. A Taste Of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie
29. The Jam Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
30. Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman
31. Blue Oyster Cult (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
32. Rose Royce Love Don’t Live Here Any More
33. Buzzcocks What Do I Get?
34. Anne Murray You Needed Me
35. Stargard Theme From Which Way Is Up
36. The Stranglers Five Minutes
37. Clout Substitute
38. Kelee Patterson If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It
39. The Undertones Teenage Kicks
40. Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper
41. Ian Dury & The Blockheads What A Waste
42. Earth Wind & Fire Fantasy
43. Steel Pulse Ku Klux Klan
44. Tom Robinson Band Up Against The Wall
45. Player Baby Come Back
46. M Moderne Man
47. The Human League Being Boiled
48. Olivia Newton-John A Little More Love
49. AC/DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation
50. Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing
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Old 28-02-2013, 09:55
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Re Servalan's Number 25 - "Never Let Her Slip Away", another by Andrew Gold, is a great song. As is "Don't Walk Away Till I Touch You" by Elaine Paige on mal2pool's list. It certainly does seem, that for sheer volume of quality songs, that 1978 is the top year.
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Old 28-02-2013, 10:11
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And as so many of us are playing this game, how could I resist joining in ...?

1. Kate Bush Wuthering Heights
2. Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
3. Cerrone Supernature
4. Blondie (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear
5. Kate Bush The Man With The Child In His Eyes
6. Kraftwerk Neon Lights
7. Donna Summer Last Dance
8. The Clash (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
9. Heatwave The Groove Line
10. Funkadelic One Nation Under A Groove
11. X-Ray Spex The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
12. Sweet Love Is Like Oxygen
13. The Only Ones Another Girl, Another Planet
14. War Galaxy
15. Siouxsie & The Banshees Hong Kong Garden
16. Three Degrees Givin’ Up, Givin’ In
17. Patti Smith Group Because The Night
18. Chic Le Freak
19. Kate Bush Hammer Horror
20. Public Image Limited Public Image
21. Abba Summer Night City
22. Joyella Blade Cairo
23. Squeeze Take Me, I’m Yours
24. Shalamar Take That To The Bank
25. Andrew Gold How Can This Be Love
26. Cheryl Lynn Got To Be Real
27. Electric Light Orchestra Sweet Talkin’ Woman
28. A Taste Of Honey Boogie Oogie Oogie
29. The Jam Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
30. Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman
31. Blue Oyster Cult (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
32. Rose Royce Love Don’t Live Here Any More
33. Buzzcocks What Do I Get?
34. Anne Murray You Needed Me
35. Stargard Theme From Which Way Is Up
36. The Stranglers Five Minutes
37. Clout Substitute
38. Kelee Patterson If It Don’t Fit, Don’t Force It
39. The Undertones Teenage Kicks
40. Sarah Brightman & Hot Gossip I Lost My Heart To A Starship Trooper
41. Ian Dury & The Blockheads What A Waste
42. Earth Wind & Fire Fantasy
43. Steel Pulse Ku Klux Klan
44. Tom Robinson Band Up Against The Wall
45. Player Baby Come Back
46. M Moderne Man
47. The Human League Being Boiled
48. Olivia Newton-John A Little More Love
49. AC/DC Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation
50. Andy Gibb Shadow Dancing
They all sound completely different, unlike todays charts
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:06
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They all sound completely different, unlike todays charts
As wonderful as 1978 was, I can't wait for 1979, which IMHO was far better, with every genre above, but also the mainstream emergence of electronic music in the guise of Gary Numan/Tubeway Army.
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:09
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As wonderful as 1978 was, I can't wait for 1979, which IMHO was far better, with every genre above, but also the mainstream emergence of electronic music in the guise of Gary Numan/Tubeway Army.
My brain sort of exploded in 1979 with the sheer wonderfulness of the music available. And it was all really easy to access, it wasn't "underground" or elitist. It was just THERE and we could all listen to it.
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:36
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Just trying to list the different styles of music back then
Easy Listening (Anne Murray.New seekers)
Motown/Soul
Disco (donna summer,chic,sylvester)
Power Pop (rich kids, tonight,)
New Wave (Xtc, PIL,Ian Dury)
Punk (Clash,Pistols,x ray specs)
Rock n roll /Do wop(showaddywaddy,Darts)
Reggae (Althia & Donna,Steel Pulse )
Pop (Blondie,Abba)
Rock (elo,queen,boston,blue oyster cult)
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Old 28-02-2013, 12:59
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My brain sort of exploded in 1979 with the sheer wonderfulness of the music available. And it was all really easy to access, it wasn't "underground" or elitist. It was just THERE and we could all listen to it.
I think that is precisely why TOTP was so powerful back then, in that it provided a mainstream platform for such a diverse range of music. It's saddening and infuriating that the music industry has driven the singles chart to the point of oblivion purely by restricting that variety to such an extent that there is no way we would ever have a TV show featuring anything like what we saw on last week's TOTP. And ghetto-ising music, as has happened on the music TV channels, only makes matters worse. A massive change is required - but I really don't know where it's going to come from ... thank goodness for the 1978 repeats!
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[quote=mal2pool;64511405]Just trying to list the different styles of music back then
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1978 music genre's:-

Easy Listening (Anne Murray.New seekers)
Motown/Soul
Disco (donna summer,chic,sylvester)
Power Pop (rich kids, tonight,)
New Wave (Xtc, PIL,Ian Dury, Blondie)
Punk (Clash,Pistols,x ray specs)
Rock n roll /Do wop(showaddywaddy,Darts)
Reggae (Althia & Donna,Steel Pulse )
Pop (Blondie,Abba)
Rock (elo,queen,boston,blue oyster cult)


2013 music genre's:-

Manufactured Pop
Manufactured Pop with Dance!!



..Although to be fair you do get the odd rock band too eg Coldplay, Kasabien etc etc
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Old 28-02-2013, 18:39
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I've just scanned through all the lists from 1978, I see little point in adding my own unless anyone requests it! However there is one song that I have not noticed having a quick flick through the tracks, although one of Hot Chocolate's other 1978 hits Every 1's A Winner was No3 on Ursula's list.

But a song that used to make me actually cry quietly to myself whenever I heard it in 1978 was I'll Put You Together Again by Hot Chocolate, a later 1978 hit single from them. I was 9 and a half by then. Even now, and I have it on iPod, I cannot bring myself to actually listen to it without those childhood emotions bubbling back up. I'm not sure why this song had this effect on me at that time.

They had a good 1977, so I am surprised that the singles that Hot Chocolate released in 1978, all of which were excellent quality, including the one I mentioned myself, just fell short of the top ten.

Also to Ursula I could say exactly the same as you about being 18 in 1987 and liking few acts at that time, whereas had I been 18 in 1977/8 I would have loved an awful lot, almost to the point of being spoilt.
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Old 28-02-2013, 18:39
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Old 28-02-2013, 18:59
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But a song that used to make me actually cry quietly to myself whenever I heard it in 1978 was I'll Put You Together Again by Hot Chocolate, a later 1978 hit single from them. I was 9 and a half by then. Even now, and I have it on iPod, I cannot bring myself to actually listen to it without those childhood emotions bubbling back up. I'm not sure why this song had this effect on me at that time.

They had a good 1977, so I am surprised that the singles that Hot Chocolate released in 1978, all of which were excellent quality, including the one I mentioned myself, just fell short of the top ten.

Also to Ursula I could say exactly the same as you about being 18 in 1987 and liking few acts at that time, whereas had I been 18 in 1977/8 I would have loved an awful lot, almost to the point of being spoilt.
Yes - there is always a song that makes you cry - usually Kate Bush for me!

I used to really love when Every 1s a Winner came on the radio when I was small - that's why I put it at No3. However - I'll Put You Together Again always used to get played at the end of our school assemblies for some reason - so unfortunately it just reminds me of then!

And yes - if I had been a teenager in 1978 I think I would've run out of money buying records and going to see my favourite bands!!
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