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Thursday

1980-05-08

My age: 16

Events

  • I bought the 7" of 'Cars' by Gary Numan, "and I'm playing it at every possible moment". I was a bit slow here as the record had been out since last August (1979). I had probably got it via Oldies Unlimited mail order, and sadly without the picture sleeve which would have been this. The B side is non-album track 'Asylum' which I read somewhere was evidently inspired by the David Bowie track 'Warszawa'.

Top of the Pops

Historic show for me tonight as it featured two bands and songs which would make a huge impression on me, shaping my tastes in music and staying with me for the rest of my life.

Rock n roll (totp 80)02:56

Rock n roll (totp 80)

OMD - Messages - TOTP 1980 -HD-02:26

OMD - Messages - TOTP 1980 -HD-

A special mention also for Jona Lewie and this one, featuring a distinctive synth sound:

Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties02:46

Jona Lewie - You'll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties

Full show line-up. Introduced by Peter Powell. (Chart position in brackets):

  • (30) MYSTIC MERLIN – Just Can’t Give You Up (and charts)
  • (72) The Human League – Rock And Roll 
  • (2) JOHNNY LOGAN – What’s Another Year? 
  • (51) PRELUDE – Platinum Blonde 
  • (25) MICHAEL JACKSON – She’s Out Of My Life (video)
  • (67) MATCHBOX – Midnite Dynamos 
  • (28) AVERAGE WHITE BAND – Let’s Go Round Again (danced to by Legs & Co)
  • (73) Jona Lewie – You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties 
  • (23) COCKNEY REJECTS – The Greatest Cockney Rip-Off 
  • (63) BONEY M – My Friend Jack (video)
  • (27) THE RUTS – Staring At The Rude Boys (repeat)
  • (53) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Messages 
  • (10) THE UNDERTONES – My Perfect Cousin 
  • (1) DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Geno (repeat) 
  • (9) HOT CHOCOLATE – No Doubt About It (play-out credits) 

Read my blog entry on TOTP 80 for this show.

John Peel show

  • Peel plays side two of Just Can't Stop It the debut album by The Beat. The group were at no. 17 in the charts with 'Mirror in the Bathroom'.

Look-in

Can't remember if I was still getting/reading Look-in magazine, but anyway here's the cover (w/e 10 May 1980). No smash Hits this week.

1980-05-10 Look-In

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