Each weekly show consisted of performances from some of that week's best-selling popular music records, usually excluding any tracks moving down the chart, including a rundown of that week's singles chart. This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 was originally the Top 20, changing to the Top 30 during the s and the Top 40 in the Largo – Con Furia - Charles Avison - Academy Of St.
Martin-in-the-Fields*, Neville Marriner* - 12 Co. The Official Charts Company states "performing on the show was considered an honour, and it pulled in just about every major player. Although the weekly show was cancelled in the Christmas special has continued. In recent years, end-of-year round-up editions have also been broadcast on BBC1 on or around New Year's Eve, albeit largely featuring the same acts and tracks as the Christmas Day shows.
Most performers on TOTP mimed until when the producers of the show allowed artists the option of singing live over a backing track. Later, music videos of artists unable to attend would be used. According to Queen guitarist Brian Maythe groundbreaking music video for This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 Bohemian Rhapsody " was produced so that the band could avoid miming on TOTP since they would have looked off miming to such a complex song.
The show has seen seminal performances over its history. Rex frontman Marc Bolan wearing glitter and satins as he performed " Hot Love " is often seen as the inception of glam rock. Johnnie Stewart devised the rules which governed how the show would operate: the programme would always end with the number one record, which was the only record that could appear in consecutive weeks.
The show would include the highest new entry and if not featured in the previous week the highest climber on the charts, and omit any song going down in the chart. For example, if a song was played over the chart countdown or the closing credits, then it was acceptable for the act to appear in the studio the following week. These rules were sometimes interpreted flexibly and were more formally relaxed from when records descending the charts were featured more regularly, possibly as a response to the changing nature of the Top 40 in the late s and early s climbers in the charts were a rarity, with almost all singles peaking at their debut position.
When the programme's format changed in Novemberit concentrated increasingly on the top Later, during the BBC Two era, the top 20 was regarded as the main cut-off point, with the exception made for up and coming bands below the top Singles from below the top 40 within the top 75 were shown if the band were up and coming or had a strong selling album. If a single being performed was below the top 40, just the words "New Entry" were shown and not the chart position.
The show was originally intended to run for only a few programmes but lasted over 42 years, reaching landmark episodes of1, 1, and 2, in the years and  respectively. For the first three years Alan Freeman, David JacobsPete Murray and Jimmy Savile rotated presenting duties, with the following week's presenter also appearing at the end of each show, This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 this practice ceased from October onwards.
In the first few editions, Denise Sampey was the "disc girl", who would be seen to put the record on a turntable before the next act played their track. Local photographer Harry Goodwin was hired to provide shots of non-appearing artists, and also to provide backdrops for the This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 run-down.
He would continue in the role until For a while in the early s, non-chart songs were played on a more regular basis, to reflect the perceived growing importance of album sales; there was an album slot featuring three songs from a new LP, as well as a New Release spot and a feature of a new act, dubbed Tip for the Top. These features were dropped after a while, although the programme continued to feature new releases on a regular basis for the rest of the decade.
During its heyday, it attracted 15 million viewers each week. A year-end Christmas show featuring a review of the year's biggest hits was inaugurated on 24 Decemberand has continued every year since. The first was shown on 26 December The Christmas Day show was disrupted due to industrial action at the BBC, requiring a change in format to the broadcast.
The first show, due to be screened on 21 December, was not shown at all because BBC1 was off the air. InNash was replaced by Michael Hurllwho introduced more of a "party" atmosphere to the show, with performances often accompanied by balloons and cheerleaders, and more audible audience noise and cheering.
Guest co-presenters and a music news feature were introduced for a short while, but had ceased by the end of The chart rundown was split into three sections La Hora Del Acuario - Standstill - Adelante Bonaparte (Una Fábula Circular) the middle of the programme, with the final Top 10 section initially featuring clips of the songs' videos, although this became rarer over the next few years.
An occasional feature showing the American music scene This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 Jonathan King was introduced in Novemberand ran every few weeks until February In Januarya Breakers section, featuring short video clips of new tracks in the lower end of the Top 40, was introduced, and this continued for most weeks until March Although the programme had been broadcast live in its early editions, it had been recorded on the day before transmission for many years.
However, from Maythe show was sometimes broadcast live for a few editions each year, and this practice continued on an occasional basis often in the week of a bank holiday, when the release of the new chart was delayed, and for some special editions for the rest of the decade. The end of was marked by a special minute edition of the show broadcast on 31 Decemberto celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first show.
The pre-recorded programme featured the return of the original four presenters Savile, Freeman, Murray and Jacobs as well as numerous presenters from the show's history, anchored by Paul Gambaccini and Mike Read. Paul Ciani took over as producer in The following year, in an attempt to fit more songs in the allocated half-hour, he restricted the duration of studio performances to three minutes, and videos to two minutes, a practice which was largely continued until May Ciani had to step down due to illness inwhen Hurll returned as producer to cover for two months and again for a brief time as holiday cover in Fromthe show had become closely associated with the BBC radio station Radio 1usually being presented by DJs from the station, and between and the programme was simulcast on the radio station in FM stereo.
However, during the last few years of the s the association became less close, and was severed completely although not permanently in a radical shake-up known as the 'Year Zero' revamp. The new presenting team would take turns hosting initially usually in pairs but sometimes soloand would often introduce acts in an out-of-vision voiceover over the song's instrumental introduction.
They would sometimes even conduct short informal interviews with the performers, and initially the Top 10 countdown was run without any voiceover. Rules relating to performance were also altered meaning acts had to sing live as opposed to the backing tracks for instruments and mimed vocals for which the show was known.
To incorporate the shift of dominance towards American artists, more use was made of out-of-studio performances, with acts in America able to transmit their song to the Top of the Pops audience "via satellite".
These changes were widely unpopular and much of the presenting team were axed within a year, leaving the show hosted solely by Dortie and Franklin apart from the Christmas Day editions, when both presenters appeared from Octoberon a week-by-week rotation.
Blaxill expanded the use of "via satellite" performances, taking the acts out of studios and concert halls and setting them against landmark backdrops. The last remnants of the Year Zero revamp were replaced inwhen a new title sequence, logo and theme tune were introduced the logo having first been introduced on the new programme Top of the Pops 2 some months Back By Dope Demand - The Cut Up Boys* - The Mash Up Mix 2008coinciding with the introduction of a new set.
Blaxill also increasingly experimented with handing presenting duties to celebrities, commonly contemporary comedians and pop stars who were not This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 the charts at that time. This began a major decline in audience figures as fans were forced to choose between Top of the Pops and an episode of the soap. The team was later augmented by Kate Thornton and Gail Porter.
Chris Cowey in particular instigated a set of 'back to basics' changes when he took over the show. Ina remixed version of the classic 'Whole Lotta Love' theme tune previously used in the s was introduced, accompanied by a new s-inspired logo and title sequence. Cowey also began to export the brand overseas with localised versions of the show on air in Germany, France, the NetherlandsBelgium and Italy by On 28 November three months after the appointment of Andi Peters as executive producerthe show saw one of its most radical overhauls since the ill-fated 'Year Zero' revamp in what was widely reported as a make-or-break attempt to revitalise the long-running series.
Most editions of the show were now broadcast live, for the first time since apart from a couple of editions in The launch show, which was an hour long, was notable for a performance of " Flip Reverse " by Blazin' Squadfeaturing hordes of hooded teenagers choreographed to dance around the outside of BBC Television Centre.
On 30 Julythe show took place outside a studio environment for the first time by broadcasting outside in Gateshead. Figures had plummeted to below three million, prompting an announcement by the BBC that the show was going to move, again, to Sunday evenings on BBC Twothus losing the prime-time slot on BBC One that it had maintained for more than forty years.
This move was widely reported as a final "sidelining" of the show, and perhaps signalled its likely cancellation. At the time, it was insisted that this was so the show would air immediately after the official announcement of the new top 40 chart on Radio 1as it was thought that by the following Friday, the chart seemed out of date.
After the move to Sundays, Cotton continued to host with a different guest presenter each week, such as Rufus Hound or Richard Bacon. On a number of occasions, however, Reggie Yates would step in, joined by female guest presenters such as Lulu and Anastacia. On 20 Junethe show was formally cancelled and it was announced that the last edition would be broadcast on 30 July The final day of recording was 26 July  and featured archive footage and tributes, including the Rolling Stones — the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops — opening with "The Last Time", the Spice GirlsDavid BowieWham!
The show closed with a final countdown, Down The Road - The Doc Watson Family - The Doc Watson Family by Shakiraas her track " Hips Don't Lie " featuring Wyclef Jean had climbed back up to number one on the UK Singles Chart earlier in the day. The show ended with Savile ultimately turning the lights off in the empty studio. Fearne Cottonwho was the current presenter, was unavailable to co-host for the final edition due to her filming of ITV 's Love Island in Fiji but opened the show with a quick introduction recorded on location, saying "It's still number one, it's Top of the Pops Homesick - The Cure - Disintegration. BARB reported the final show's viewing figures as 3.
Since the last episode featured no live acts in the studio, the honour of being the last act to actually perform on a weekly episode of TOTP goes Lady Fix - Sigrid Moldestad - Taus - Felefortellingar Snow Patrol with " Chasing Cars " in the penultimate edition; the last act ever The Cave - Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More visually on a weekly Top of the Pops was Girls Aloudas part of the closing sequence of bands performing on the show throughout the years.
They were shown performing " Love Machine ". However, the TOTP website, which the BBC had originally promised would continue, is now no longer updated, although many of the old features of the site — interviews, music news, reviews — have remained, now in the form of the Radio 1-affiliated TOTP ChartBlog accessible via the remains of the old website.
The corporation responded that they had not been formally approached by Cowell,  and that in any case the format was not "up for sale". In early there was increased The Tolerance - Antigama / Third Degree / Herman Rarebell - The World Will Fall Soon And We All Wil of a return of the show including rumours that Dermot O'Leary might present alongside Fearne Cotton.
According to a report in the Daily Mirrora BBC insider stated that "some at the highest level are massive supporters of the plan [of a return] and have given the go-ahead. The repeat programmes come in two versions; the first is edited down to fit in the minute slot, the second is shown normally twice overnight in the following weekend, and is usually complete.
However both the short and longer editions can be edited for a number of reasons. Potentially offensive content to modern audiences is cut for example the Barron Knights' in-studio performance of "Food For Thought" on the edition of 13 December including a segment parodying Chinese takeaways using mannerisms that may now be viewed as offensiveand cinematic film footage can be truncated, replaced or removed entirely due to the costs to the BBC of reshowing such footage.
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Following the Jimmy Savile allegationsfrom Octoberepisodes featuring Jimmy Savile ceased to be broadcast. Smith died in August and the BBC continues to honour his wishes. In Decembera festive special using the format of the "Big Hits" programmes, Top of the Pops: Christmas Hits was broadcast on BBC Four, featuring a mix of Christmas music and non-festive songs which had been hits at Christmas time.
This effectively replaced the annual Christmas edition of Top of the Pops This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 which did not run that year. Since  apart fromanda New Year special has also been broadcast. The most recent festive edition of Top of the Pops was at the end ofon Christmas Day.
A new logo and title sequence were introduced fromalthough earlier versions of the logo still appear on the studio set. It was filmed at the Top Gear aerodrome studio in Surrey on Sunday, 11 Marchalthough it bore little resemblance to the usual Top of the Pops format. In its extensive history, Top of the Pops has featured many artists, many of whom have appeared more than once on the show to promote many of their records. There is uncertainty about what was the shortest performance.
Inpresenter Reggie Yates announced on the show that it was Super Furry Animals with " Do or Die ", broadcast on 28 Januaryclocking in at 95 seconds. Cliff Richard appeared the most times on the show, with almost performances.
Status Quo were the most frequent group with performances. Initially acts performing on the show mimed to the commercially released record, but in after discussions with the Musicians' Unionmiming was banned.
This set-up continued untilwhen a protracted Musicians' Union strike resulted in the dropping of the live orchestra altogether and the use of pre-recorded tracks This Ole House - The Top Of The Poppers - Top Of The Pops Volume 85 . Highlights have included Jimi Hendrix who, on hearing someone else's track being played by mistake in the days of live broadcastmumbled "I don't know the words to that one, man", Shane MacGowan of the Pogues ' drunken performance of " Fairytale of New York ", a performance of " Roll with It " by Oasis in which Noel and Liam Gallagher exchanged roles with Noel miming to Liam's singing track and Liam pretending to play guitar, and John Peel 's appearance as the mandolin soloist for Rod Stewart on " Maggie May ".
During their performance of "Don't leave me this way" the Communards singers Jimmy Somerville and Sarah Jane Morris swapped lyrics for part of the song towards the end.
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