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Top of the Pops no more

For most families in the 1960s, 70s and 80’s Wednesday, and later, Thursday nights were taken up with only one thing; Top of the Pops. It was a chance to see the groups and singers they listening to on the Radio in person and supposedly performing live or more likely miming. It was launched in 1964 and was officially canned in 2006 making it one of the longest-running shows in Television history. Music for business has become incredibly popular and is a great tool for encouraging more people to shop in your store. It can help the dwell time in your place of work and this a typical reason why you would use music for business

The main problem that there is with it now is that it heavily featured disgraced presenters.  Jimmy Saville presented the first one and whilst he was still lauded by the BBC, symbolically turned off the lights for the last show in 2006 we will never see these episodes again. The show also featured offenders Gary Glitter and Dave Lee Travis further compounding the problem. The BBC does not repeat these ones on BBC Four but this does rather limit the amount of shows they can release as all three featured prominently. Regardless of the scandals, the show is still remembered as a massive part of the British music scene and an appearance on it meant that your record sales would grow plus you and your band had really hit the big time. The show was a rerun of the latest singles chart before the new one was announced on the chart show on Radio One on the following Sunday afternoon. The Thursday night slot allowed the buying public to get out to the shops if they liked the song and buy it to ensure it rose up the charts. It also gave your Dad and other elderly relatives the chance to tut, look skywards, say things like “what does he/she look like?” and despair as to what the world was coming to. Surprisingly, these were the same people who would also encourage you to write to Saville to see if he could “Fix it for you”. Dad would also deny that he liked Pans People the all-girl dance group.

The show had a very specific set of rules. The last song featured was the Number one and this was the only song that could return the next week if it was still number one. There would be a breaking chart act to play out over the end titles and they were allowed to play on the show the next week. The highest climber would be featured plus the highest new entry. Any song that went down the chart was immediately out. You could feature a group appearing live one week and still play their video the next if it was still popular.

The main problem was the miming versus live singing. Top of the Pops favoured the miming as it was easier to integrate into the show but there are many wonderful examples where disgruntled acts went out of their way to show how annoyed they were about it.