Was this really John Peel's last TOTPs? If it was, it was a sad occasion and I will miss his presenting style- and I am sure so did Janice. And I noticed how strangely John was looking at Janice at times during the show. And what was the blonde lady doing behind John right at the beginning? That did not look like dancing to me.
A difficult decision to be made, as I liked nearly all the performances here. A very good show to highlight what 1987 had to offer- and a riposte to us old 70s fogeys that the 80s were not a clueless as we make out. ( it won't stop me however, until I remember that I DO like the 80s )!
As one of my 'girls of the 80s', and 70s and 90s- if we have such a thing- I was very happy to see Sarah Brightman, even if she did little in the video apart from look superbly beautiful and seductive and enticing to any old phantom. And which conflicted and self-doubting phantom could have resisted her perfect charms? Not this one- Michael Crawford or me. I very nearly chose this video for the wonderful spectacle and performance from these two top notch artistes. But decided against it, preferring a studio performance. Likewise Randy Crawford- another girl of the 80s from me- who could charm me any day with her sweetness and her presence.
I must look elsewhere, ignoring the breakers- Five Star in sparkly red and old Slowhand still giving a good showing 20 years after the height of his fame. There was also Errol Brown and Hot Chocolate to consider- with a nice video containing clips from old silent films. The Roaring Twenties, of course. Plus, a lovely chance to see Aretha and George together in a good video, although perhaps John did not think so- from his off the cuff remark afterwards.
So it is between the Monkeys, Smiths or CKTC this week. It would seem that the Producers of the time had the same approach as a top quality comedian, start with a bang and give some of your best material at the beginning. The Blow Monkeys then nearly won it for me, with a good number, backing singers and an impeccably dressed bassist. How come that attire has never been more fashionable? Curiosity too give a good showing, with our Ben to the fore. But I do pick The Smiths this week, for a drivingly stylish and worthy performance, even if Morrissey's dancing was a little off-putting. Shoplifters of The World, unite behind them.
Goodbye John, thanks for your time and efforts in making these 80s TOTPs so memorable. If Mike Smith can get an award then so should you. But maybe not for your dancing!
Re: VOTE HERE for your Fav TOTPs performance of the week 05/02/87
I can recall this edition and that it attracted an airing for letters of complaint sent to Points Of View with Barry Took. Of course both Janice and John were into edgy music and it was felt that they had crossed a line with their blatant bias and dismissive tone towards what they didn't like. Letters quoted particularly took issue with Janice's sneering comment 'Well I suppose some of you think that this is a, er, GOOD tune' regarding Music Of The Night. I wonder if all the correspondence had any bearing on this being Peelie's last show of the eighties?