Post by Ray Langstone (was saintsray) on Apr 19, 2014 9:56:58 GMT
Firstly, hello to the moderators. Please read on - everyone....
I've started this thread in anticipation that we get some comments regarding people's memories of watching wiped editions.
This is not just that we have a nostalgia session, but also for helping to date clips and also to ascertain whether something perhaps in an archive as an excerpt or on youtube is from TOTP. Some European pop shows were heavily influenced in style and direction by TOTP, sometimes clips look like TOTP performances when they aren't.
In edition to this, this will be a useful help to researchers and authors. This thread perhaps would have been better on the Mausoleum Club, but that no longer exists, nonetheless I feel it has easily enough scope to fit in here!
Please use this thread to list your memories of watching specific TOTP shows and performances on TV from the years 1964-1977.
I remember Mott The Hoople's performance of All The Way From Memphis ... Ian Hunter was at a piano. If my memory serves me well, the camera panned into him from the back and to the right. I also recall Blackfoot Sue's Standing In The Road performance. At the climatic end, the camera panned in and out rapidly and there were flashing lights.
I can recall Barry Blue's fringed jacket for School Love. Kenny (the solo artist) being on around Sept/Oct 1972, Heart Of Stone.
I remember Elton John appearing on TOTP sometime in March or April 1970 performing "Border Song", which had been getting a fair amount of airplay on Radio One. The presenter of the show that night (possibly DLT) said something along the lines of "This singer is so shy that he usually plays the piano from inside it"..
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2014 16:08:15 GMT by Kev Hunter
I don't know what songs they were performing but i definitely remember Traffic being on Totps and i also remember Donovan being on because i clearly remember Jimmy Saville pulling one of the girls out of the audience to sit with Donovan while he sang the song i also saw promo films of the Mamas and the Papas / I Saw her again , The Monkees / Pleasant valley Sunday / The Beatles / Eleanor Rigby and Beach Boys / God only Knows all around 1966.
I remember audio recording a TOTP. The Tremoloes performing 'Right Wheel Left Hammer Sham' on the 4/27/71 edition sticks in my mind. I know I still have the reel to reel somewhere. It just hasn't turned up yet. I also remember the Tams flying in to perform 'Hey Girl Don't a bother Me' even though it had dropped down from the number one position. Jimmy Savile explained they wouldn't normally do it but made an exception as the group had flown all the way over from America.
I can remember loads of missing TOTP appearances from way back - have you got a spare week?!
Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin. Once upon a time...
Earliest TOTP performance I can specifically recall watching at the time was Sandie Shaw in the studio for Always Something There To Remind Me, which would have been 1964. I was instantly in love - I think the bare feet did it !
Post by Ray Langstone (was saintsray) on Apr 24, 2014 8:54:14 GMT
I have very few direct memories of the wiped years, I was 8 and a half when the last 'wiped' episode was shown, but I do recall HATING Float On, and I remember the videos to Bohemian Rhapsody and Trail of the Lonesome Pine being shown very clearly.
Oh...a promo film for Mighty Quinn by Manfred Mann (1968), in the snow and ice, which was presumably a BBC-made clip as I haven't seen it since...the band in the studio doing Ragamuffin Man (spring 1969)...the rooftop sequence at Apple being shown many weeks when The Beatles' Get Back was in the charts / at number 1 (1969)...The Archies cartoon clip for Sugar Sugar, which was intercut with studio dancers when the song was at number 1 (late 1969)...Edison Lighthouse with Love Grows (in colour round a friend's house as they had the only colour set in our neighbourhood in 1970!)...Gerry Monroe singing a live vocal of Sally over pre-recorded backing in the TOTP studio (1970)...John Kongos with band in the studio for He's Gonna Step On You Again...a promo clip for Hot Love by T.Rex (again, presumably a TOTP-made promo as I haven't seen it since) with the three piece band walking towards camera in possibly a fish eye shot, Bolan or one of group wearing pointed hat and long trench coat...a TOTP promo for Jonathan King's Lazy Bones, utilising puppet-type animation featuring a skeleton (similar to the one in the Maxell tape ads in the '80s - the lazy bones of the song, presumably)... Butterscotch in the studio performing Don't You Know, again with a live vocal over backing track (all these 1971). These live vocal ones I recall well as I remember remarking that they didn't sound quite like the record I knew! Again in '71, a film clip for Banner Man by Blue Mink, with the band standing in line in a yard, with the camera panning along...Clodagh Rodgers singing Jack In The Box (in hot pants, I think!)...the TOTP film for Johnny Reggae by The Piglets (1971) featuring comic-strip / pop art style graphics...The Fortunes performing Freedom Come Freedom Go in the studio (1972)...Lieutenant Pigeon doing Desperate Dan.
Is this the sort of thing you want, Ray? I'll just amend this post to add more if I think of them, rather than clutter the thread up. These are just a few that come instantly to mind. Others would be triggered by mention of particular artists or events!
I recall a superb performance of "Who Do You Love" by Juicy Lucy in early 1970, with pedal steel player Glen Campbell (no, not that one) hunched over his instrument and rocking it forward as he played the high notes during the chorus.
Another memory from earlyish 1970 is seeing Fairfield Parlour perform "Bordeaux Rosé" : when they were introduced (by whichever the DJ was on that particular edition) I thought he'd meant to say Fairport Convention, so I was surprised to see a completely different band altogether in the studio.
And then in summer of the same year, European band Opus were on with their new release "Baby, Come On", which so impressed me that I ordered it from the local record shop the following weekend.
1970, to me, was a classic year for truly great TOTP appearances, as chart singles were getting more 'rock' and less 'pop' (Jethro Tull : "Witch's Promise", Rare Bird : "Sympathy", The Guess Who : "American Woman", Free : "All Right Now", Family : "The Weaver's Answer", Black Sabbath : "Paranoid", Deep Purple : "Black Night", etc.)
On a completely different note, I'm sure I saw Julie Ege on TOTP performing "Love", wearing a short lace-up top which showed a fair amount of flesh, but (now, how can I put this..?) 'lower-boob' rather than 'low-cut cleavage'.
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