Re: VOTE HERE for your Fav TOTPs performance of the week 05/06/86
A consecutive decent show. I like a lot of the Pet Shop Boys songs but somehow I don't enjoy watching them nearly so much. Especially when Chris is looking like Ali G gone 'homeless'. I thought I would end up voting for New Shooz but the video became increasingly annoying. (And where was the other half?) So the most satisfying performance came from Doctor and the Medics, so it's a well-earned vote for them.
Two great cover versions performed brilliantly in the studio stood out for me this week. It was very close between Doctor & the Medics and Simply Red. The Doc's performance was most flamboyant, but the red one got the vote for the soulful live vocal. Decent show for the 80s I thought.
I was wondering during this edition what number a Legs/Pans type dance troupe could dance to, if such a group had existed on TOTPs at the time. We know that Pan's People danced several times to the original 'Spirit In The Sky' so that would work. But I fancied to imagine a Flick choreographed routine for 'Holding Back The Years', bloody good it was too! Pity no one else will ever see it!
Back in the real world, Mick does an impressive version of this song. Very engaging to watch. I see that the Doctor and the Medics' backing dancers now have long blonde wigs as they go through their admirable movements. I was almost won over again by their charm, those winsome brothers Anadin.
Where was the male member of Nu Shooz? Or should we take the hint that the lady is a daughter of Hecate and had turned him into the fish seen being removed from a pot. Not wanting to vote for the Pet Shop Boys- even if Chris Lowe could have got dressed properly, nor the implausible sounding Cashflow. Did it dry up after this hit?
So I am back to Simply Red and 'Voice of the People' Mick. Yes, they win my vote this time. As I close my eyes and relive the wonderful routine Flick set up for this- all in my head.
This weeks show wasn't a patch on recent episodes, with only three contenders for getting my vote, Simply Red and The Pet Shop Boys were both good performances, but i have to go for Doctor & The Medics with their flamboyant performance, what a joy to watch.