The Beeb have provided a seemingly pretty comprehensive preview for this year's 'Story' so there doesn't appear to be much scope for educated guesswork about the contents. Away from the big guns nice to see ER's acquaintance Tracie getting a wild card invite. But as Haysi Fantayzee only had two top forty hits, the bigger and far better-remembered of which was in 82, they've surely gatecrashed it.
I think for most of us it's a case of diminishing returns now. Me included, but though the music wasn't as good as in 82 in my book TOTP is still solidly in the era of classic pop and that makes for must-watch TV, dancers or none. For now.
Worth noting if there's the customary micro-preview of the next year's 'Story' at the end. If absent it might be a sign we're entering the last year to be repeated.
They do mention the 1000th edition a few times which I think they shouldn't as it is going to be Yewtree'd. Wonder how many people who were expecting this edition will contact the BBC about it because they mention it in the preview.
Grr. It doesn't take long for the curse of Mike Smith to leave its mark, does it. First show of 1983! A seriously bad loss, that one. It featured the only studio performances of two bona fide classic records; Joe Jackson's Steppin' Out, and even more frustrating, The Story Of The Blues by Wah. Neither have been included in the Big Hits show either. I just wish whoever puts those shows together would do some research and check what's been Yewtreed and then include the best tracks in the compilation so they can be seen. Both records were huge hits. Same thing happened in 82 when we lost I'm a Wonderful Thing Baby by Kid Creole andThe Coconuts. Again a big big hit that was allowed to pass unnoticed.
I agree those are two very good records ER and the year's repeats are poorer without those appearances. I think we need a new word to distinguish performances hit by the Mike Smith veto. Bearing in mind his nickname I propose: 'Smittied'.
Someone on the Roobarbs forum has posted this link of a letter to Director General Tony Hall from Jonathan King. King is an unpleasant character but many of the points on the obvious double-standards practiced by the Beeb he brings up, we have pondered on here.
I found this programme surprising entertaining, as with each passing year the show and the music is not really my cup of tea. Very surprised to hear that Tracie didn't take to kindly to the dance directors instructions, a certain Flick Colby. Even more surprised because if you listen to some on here, Ms Colby didn't have anything to do with the show in 1982 let alone the Summer of 83.
As anticipated the usual absorbing couple of hours, though also a reminder of how things got too poppy for me. But if you're gonna do it do then do it right, boy did they know how to produce good pop records back then.
And yes going on Tracie's choreographed misadventure (and she does look great now!) it's fair to assume that many more details of the performances bore the hand of Flick around this time.