Category Archives: Top Of The Pops

I Get A Kick Out Of You

I’ve had some fun today, given there’s been little of interest on TV in other matters for me today, I’ve been watching some cricket. Yes, I know, I like cricket, but the Indian Premier League (IPL) just tends to leave me cold for some reason. In truth, I blame the commentators for that, mainly because they tend to fawn over the Indian cricketers as if they were gods, and well, when Danny Morrison starts commentating, lets just say it starts to grind on me. So lets leave the actual cricket there, OK? Tonight, given that ESPN are giving baseball a pass on the early games tonight, I’ll have the Masters on until bedtime, much more sedate. And beyond the fact of commenting that I’ve just seen Tiger Woods knock in a long eagle putt, and do nothing more than acknowledge the crowds (no fist pump, as it used to be with him), I’m beginning to hope he wins again sometime soon, and if you’d told me a few years ago that I’d be saying that, I’d be laughing at you!

But going back to the IPL, and that ‘other universe’ life I might have had. Yes, I was watching the cheerleaders doing their routines, and wondering what that sort of life might be like? Well, without the bit of checking their smart phones while not dancing, but hey, if I was young now, like that, maybe I would do that sort of thing? In truth, I have no idea how well paid they are, or anything? I assumed all these Pro Sport cheerleaders were well paid, well pampered, and everything else, and then I read an article about how badly some NFL teams treat their cheerleaders, and it shocked me. Basically their attitude seems to be that of supply and demand, but I wonder how much demand there will be in future when they find out how badly the women are treated, but anyway…?

Alright, I suspect Clara, and all those other chorus line dancers were on pretty strict diets during their working years, to keep them slim, all the same. Probably why most only did a few years, before getting married, and retiring, I guess, as they could then eat more normal amounts?

But fine, if I had the youth, the looks, and the dancing skills, that sort of life might just be fun? I know, I’ll never know, I guess, unless Clara gives her full life story if I ever get regressed again! Either that, or a wonderful lady I know online, who worked in Vegas tells me. Not that either give me that personal experience, but short of a rejuvenation chamber, or something, not going to happen to me!

Fine, video time. I apologize for the less than regular quality tonight, but this is from Top Of The Pops in 1974, basically a lost episode, but someone found this bit at least. The actual song, and routine is fine (very vintage, apt for the song), but a couple of, err, interesting interludes. No, I know nothing of the artist, beyond this song!

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Ground Control, To The Starman

Yes, before anyone asks, this is an addition to the normal piece, which I only wish I didnt have to write.

The first time I really came across David Bowie, was as a 14 year old, watching Top Of The Pops, on the TV. This came on, and changed my whole look at music dramatically,

Yes, probably less dramatic now, but at the start of the 70’s, it did, if not quite literally, blow your mind. Not sure if that was the start of my love of all things glam rock, but it probably played a part! The thing was, unlike most groups of that glam rock era, he changed his look, and music. But then, in 1980, in a last look back, out came ‘Ashes To Ashes’, and that famous video. Sorry, go find it, one in a blog is enough lol!

Then the next thing we know, a total change of look, and style, as ‘Lets Dance’ came out. By the mid 80’s, things started to calm down, output wise, but still he tinkered, and changed things for several years. Then, until the last couple of years, things went quiet, and then out of nowhere, a final pair of albums, the last one released on his birthday, on Friday, seemingly he knew full well by then, that was going to be it. Then a mere matter of days later, before we can rave (or otherwise) about his new album, he’s gone!

Fine, it makes me think of a lot of things, including how fickle, and short life is, and also the fact that I have to face, I’m getting older, and how much more time I’ve got, well who knows?

But today, one of the legends of pop music, of my teenage years left this planet. Fine, he hasnt in a strictly physical sense, but get the feeling his soul, and spirit is up there with Major Tom, and the Starman.

RIP, David Bowie, thanks for so much.