The Beloved and The Sun Rising. Criminally TOTP only had this as a ‘Breaker’ and considering it was getting a lot of airplay around that time it would have been nice for them to have done a studio with this track. ‘Sun Rising’ is simply a Dance anthem and is very much held in high regard 31 years on and even reappeared almost 10 years later in 1997 with a remix that was almost as good as the original… almost!
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Jul 1, 2020 18:10:08 GMT
Well done for taking the time to do that full evaluation and post of 1989 music, just astounding how much you know and are able to describe to us, on this era of music, much of which I remember and also listened too. Some good insights into the bands histories too - much appreciated DE!
BTW, this week's chart from 1989 is featured on next Saturday's Pick of the Pops on Radio 2.
BIB Bruno Brookes should be presenting this show Vi?
Thanks for the replies everyone.
I suppose with this era of TOTP repeats being from the period I started to get into the things I like/liked at that time I wanted to give a bit of a background and my own view on what was going on at that time. There’s still a few things you sort of lose interest in or forget about which I’ve seen again on these repeats which I’ve enjoyed again, there’s also things I ignored at the time which I’ve enjoyed too. TOTP is a democratic beast so some of the cheese and dross will raise it’s head during the course of these repeats and yes there’s stuff I couldn’t bloody stand back then that I still can’t along with things… I sort of liked too which make me think, why the hell did I like this back then?…
For some this period of TOTP isn’t it’s best and many will hark back for another time that these ’89 repeats don’t really represent – both in the terms of the show itself and the acts it’s featuring. You’ve also got to consider ITV’s video based The Chart Show was eating into TOTP’s popularity back then too. Still TOTP always had a democratic ethos too it and you get a mix of everything from the surprising underground hit, to the naff novelty song, to sugar coated Pop which I don’t think any other music show has done as good – past, present and future. I’ve probably paid more attention to these TOTP repeats than what I did of the show when it first went out back then and I’ve just tried to give a opinion and on the things I like/know a bit of background on what’s been shown, it is just my opinion and someone else may have a totally different take on what’s been shown these last few months!
That said there were some good specialist music shows too and from this period 1988-92; Wired, Snub TV, Behind The Beat/Dance Energy, ITV’s bpm/Raw Power and to a degree Rapido all provided a much wider and specialist take on things back then too. Yes I probably lean more specifically to Dance and some Indie here and with this but for the stuff BBC made/commissioned it might have been nice with some of the music programming that BBC Four has that say a ‘best of’ Snub TV, Dance Energy, Rapido etc. featured instead of some of it only surviving due to some people uploading their VHS recordings of these programmes on YouTube too.
I just thought it was good to do a post about The Roses/Mondays, episode being on this week and my take on what this represented. It along with many others in TOTP history are classic moments which do deserve attention whether you like it or you don’t.
I think we’ve only got 4-5 episodes of ’89 left and hopefully 1990 will be the next airing for the late Summer to December, unless BBC Four has pulled the plug on it all as everything seems to have gone quiet on it.
Thanks again and hope you’ve enjoyed and not been bored by my reviews… I try (fail) to not go on too much!
A couple of things I failed to mention in the recent showings.
An interesting promo showing from The Alarm with Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir with A New South Wales. I suppose it was a break from their Post Punk, '68 Guns' past and was something a little different both on the show and with what was around at the time. Didn't quite work for me but a decent hit for that period.
Another promo showing - albeit over end credits I failed to mention was Inner City's cover of Stephanie Mills What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin'. I'm biased but I like this track a lot and it was a very, very good cover of this song IMHO which I mentioned a while ago in the 'covers' thread. Shame they didn't get the chance to do a studio for it and again something slightly different from the lighter-touch vocal Techno they'd been doing up to that point and showing Kevin Saunderson's varied tastes and approaches to Dance Music too!
Jimmy Sommerville's, 'Comment Te Dire Adieu' was okay but nothing special and sort of washed over me and can sort of say the same another end credits promo showing of Prince & Sheena Easton's 'The Arms of Orion' too. UB40, hmm now firmly established in their 'Cod Reggae' style with a forgettable cover of Homely Girl... no offence to their fans but they'd lost their way by then and 1 in 10 it ain't... that would be remixed quite effectively by one of the breakout acts on these recent showings... 808 State!
Out of the forthcoming showings I suppose the only one that really interests me is Electronic's, 'Getting Away With It', again probably due to my New Order bias... but it's still a very good Dance tinged, pop song that get's played a fair bit even now.
The forthcoming repeats also feature the likes of Kate Bush, Cliff/Van Morrison, 49ers, De La Soul, FPI Project, Duran Duran, The Christians with erm Rob N Raz/Leila K, Madonna (Dear Jessie), Bros, Band Aid II and FFS Jive Bunny which you may like or hate depending on your viewpoint?
Interestingly BBC Four may show the Xmas and final episode from 1989... the final one was a bit of a review of the 80's so may have a fair bit that might be interesting to some of us?
BBC Four are showing the Review of the 80's episode originally shown on the 28th December '89 after all so even if you don't or haven't liked the 1989 stuff that much there might be some clips/performances here you might like.
Still no word on The Story of 1990 nor the 1990 repeats. I do know The Story documentary for 1990 was filmed pre-Covid and the 1991 one was being filmed/made so not sure why they've held off it... perhaps they'll give TOTP a break and may show 1990/91 in 2021? From my music perspective - and some of you may disagree (fair enough), I do hope they repeat the early '90's shows at least as they're old enough and deserving of a repeat showing.