It’s sixty years of the pop charts, an anniversary we’ll hear more about later this week, and this is obviously the perfect show to mark it, which they’re doing by, er, not playing a chart at all but instead presenting the first of two special shows playing the best-selling single from each year in turn. We’re not entirely sure about this because the fun of the show, for us, is hearing the records nobody ever plays anywhere else anymore, and as that standby episode the other month proved, their definition of “best-selling” often seems to be a bit muddled. In any case, here’s the first 34 which is a bit messy but records were a bit shorter in those days.
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We know he’s bloody useless at it, but actually quite a lot of the shows from 1982 we’re looking forward to seeing are presented by Simon Bates. It’s not for him, obviously, but he just happened to be hosting episodes featuring cracking line-ups or hugely memorable performances. His first edition of the year isn’t perhaps one of them, especially as a number of performances you’ll already have seen on the clip show, though that does emphasise there are lots of famous songs about.
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Points of View
- In 'Bonny', David Smith says: "Looks like this was the post-modern, self-referential episode in question: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/986dcad6012f4a1cbde12d3 e64d3de95"
- In 'Bonny', David Smith says: "I have a vague memory of an episode with a big chase through Television Centre (or Queen Margaret Drive mocked up to look like it?) where they ran through..."
- In 'Your Local Station – Across The Nation!', Glenn Aylett says: "BBC Radio Newcastle in the eighties was everything Metro wasn’t: pop records would be grudgingly played..."
- In 'PICK OF THE DAY', Richard16378 says: "It’s been almost a month now!"
- In 'Raising of the Mary Rose, The', Applemask says: "I daresay I still would have preferred it to actual school work."