Susan Fassbender – “Twilight Café” (63)
Gary Numan – “This Wreckage” (20) (rpt from 18/12/80)
Light Of The World – “I Shot The Sheriff” (68)
Dire Straits – “Romeo & Juliet” (49)
Stevie Wonder – “I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It” (17) (Legs & Co)
Phil Collins – “In The Air Tonight” (36)
UFO – “Lonely Heart” (61)
Mac Davis – “It’s Hard To Be Humble” (27) (US TV clip)
Ultravox – “Vienna” (52)
Queen – “Flash” (10) (video)
John Lennon – “Imagine” (1) (video)
Yarbrough & Peoples – “Don’t Stop The Music” (19) (credits)
Thanks for this link Mikey and thanks to Meer who is possibly going to be the Manorak of 1981 by the looks of things. I would really struggle without your links Mikey being a total technopohobe who finds it hard enough navigating around this site looking for where to vote etc never mind tackling the wider internet!
Well well well, life certainly has a way of throwing bouncers at you.
I'm quite a geek for 70s and 80s music but I must say I've not come across Susan Fassbender before. Just watched the first 5 minutes of this edition, and its very rare a song catches me by the end of the very first time I play it.....but I was humming along and tapping my feet to Twilight Café before the song had even ended.....I thought wow this girl is really good.....so I googled her....only to find she committed suicide in 1991. So sad. RIP Susan
So I've just watched my third TOTP1981 in three days! Spoilt!
I've said it before but like Savile before him DLT does make presenting the show seem so easy.
This was a very strong episode musically with Dire Straits, Phil Collins and Ultravox all tempted into the studio to perform live.
Best routine for a while as well - think it could be an 8 when it comes time to vote, the catsuit really making the most of Rosie's long flowing limbs and she throws in a couple of nostril flares to boot. Gill looks smoking hot in blue hair though.
Ps thanks for introducing me to Popscene VV, seems like a great site and yes the download is clearer
How could anybody with an IQ greater than 3, ever think that Light Of The World’s version of “I Shot The Sheriff” was better than Bob Marley version or Eric Clapton’s cover I am completely stunned. It really beggars belief what folk will spend their hard earned cash on.
The same could be said for Mac Davis, “It’s Hard To Be Humble”. However, I do do know who bought stuff like this – my Dad did !!!! What an embarrassment.
The show’s notable for the first airing of Ultravox – the nation’s favourite No. 2. Who’d have thought a record about Rigsby’s cat would do so well....
Thanks for posting this Mikey. Some real classics here from big names with my personal pinnacle being Phil Collins. Shame about Mr Numan's tangled braces (they call them suspenders here but that would just have confused everyone) but nice to see Tina Fey getting her first break singing about the Café. Mac Davis inhabited latrine of the week for me but overall this was good fare and definitely deserved to be shown of course
Some Dancers who gave a good time, broke all the rules, played all the fools, yeah yeah yeah they blew our minds