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 Thursday, September 12, 2002

Thursdays - what is the point?

If it's Thursday, it must be nearly the weekend, except it isn't. Freedom is tantalisingly close, but still just too far away.

Thursdays used to be Top of the Pops night, which at least made the weekend feel a little closer. We'd all rush home to see which bands would be on, and what colour Toyah's hair would be, and would John Peel and Kid Jensen be doing their sarcastic presenter act this week, and which record would Legs and Co have choreographed really badly, and would there be some spotty teenager we recognised from school in the audience, and which record would be the cue for Dad say "they just don't make music like they used to any more"? And then the BBC moved the show to Fridays and it all went wrong. Or did I just get old?

It's the 2000th edition of Top of the Pops tomorrow night. I'm afraid I can still remember the 1000th show far too clearly. Spandau Ballet were number 1 with 'True', the Human League sang 'Keep Feeling Fascination', Heaven 17 sang 'Temptation', the Thompson Twins opened the show with 'We Are Detective', and also on the show were The Beat, Funboy Three and Blancmange. That's an outstanding line-up - they just don't make music like that any more. Ok, so maybe I am too old...


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