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Top of the Pops, Friday, 19.30, 21.00, BBC4

The double bill the other Friday illustrated how a week could be a long time in pop, moving from Steve Wright in a smiley T-shirt talking up We Call It Acieed to Simon Mayo studiously avoiding saying the A-word at all plus, in a bit excised from the repeat, earnestly inviting us to call Radio 1’s Drug Alert hotline in an ironically-timed social action campaign. Time for yet another new presenter, though it’s something of a break from the parade of kids presenters, as it’s Susie Mathis. Susie who? Well, Pops viewers with long memories may have remembered her from her appearances twenty years before this as a member of proto girl group The Paper Dolls, but at this point she was on Radio Manchester and clearly at this point the show was after as many women DJs as they could find, although given she was 44 at the time she wasn’t really one for the future. Not the most interesting show to host either, though All About Eve are venturing back into the studio. Then at nine, Mayo and Crane have some more Radio 1 transmitters to bang on about.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. richardpd

    November 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    It’s interesting that Liz Kershaw hadn’t been offered a chance to present TOTP by this point.

    At least Jakki Brambles was waiting in the wings around this time.

    • THX 1139

      November 30, 2019 at 8:00 pm

      Liz has presented it – she was on the repeats recently. But I *think* she was doing the evening show on Radio 1 at the time, so it might not have been convenient for her.

      • richardpd

        November 30, 2019 at 10:09 pm

        OK, I must have missed her.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    November 30, 2019 at 12:38 pm

    While 1988 might have been dominated by the products of Pete Waterman and American acts, We Call It Acieed, while widely derided at the time, was the start of a massive change in British music. From 1989 to 1993 the charts would become increasingly dominated by house/rave music, Pete Waterman’s singing puppets would fizzle out, and a moral panic would ensue about drug taking and bad behaviour at illegal raves and in rave clubs. Also like punk rock over a decade earlier, rave music would divide opinion. To its critics it was faceless, mindless rubbish that couldn’t be played live, to its fans it was the future of music and way more exciting than rock and pop.

    • Jonny Haw

      December 2, 2019 at 11:13 am

      I was very much on Team “Faceless Mindless Rubbish” I’m afraid – and, to be honest, I still am. I’ve tried, honestly, to find something to enjoy in that stuff, even spending what turned out to be a wasted afternoon at the Dance Tent at Glastonbury trying to figure it out, but it still leaves me unmoved and bored.

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