Heard on the news last night that Top of the pops is being axed. Couldnt resist a ‘yes’ but it is a long running music programme and one of the first music programmes and brought joy to many people. Here’s a nice article from the Guardian website.
Top of the Pops: the end
By Julia Day / Television 05:01pm
It’s the end of an institution: come the summer Top of the Pops will be no more. The essential cultural touch-point for British youth of the 60s, 70s and 80s, the show’s relevance declined as MTV arrived, heralding the end of an era when half an hour on BBC1 was the only place you could see what your favourite pop stars looked like.
TOTP, recording Radio 1’s Top 20 and learning lyrics from Smash Hits by rote were the only means by which I could tell there was life outside of Northampton in the 70s.
For some – my Dad, for example – TOTP’s allure had more to do with the promise of a baffling but comely dance interpretation from Pans People or Hot Gossip.
But, for me, TOTP was never the same when, in 1996, it changed from a Thursday evening showing to Friday. Thursday seemed to hold the promise of the weekend ahead, whereas by Friday at 7pm I was already one cider into it. I was admittedly, almost 30 by then, so perhaps it was time to give up TOTP.
My interest in TOTP waned, and so did that of many other pop-pickers. By the time it was shunted over to Sundays on BBC2, half its viewers had been lost. And now TOTP has given us up. Nobody really cares anymore but its legend will live on.
And now my review….
I didnt watch it when TOTP was put on fridays instead of thursdays and that was obviously a change for some people. I hated it when it was put on a sunday night instead of friday and on BBC2. Trying and failing to appeal to a slightly older audience I think.
For me it was crucial friday night viewing in the days where most of the stuff in the charts was really good music and you would no doubt get good live performances from most people on the show. Lately it has definately gone down hill and chart music is very mediocre in my opinion. I boycotted it when they had their last ‘revamp’ and only watched it if there was something very unmissble.
However TOTP has become less exclusive now and there are so many music shows on of the same type that it probably wont be missed.
I say live on Tonight… With Jools Holland