#779 Top Of The Pops

25th June 2021 in An 80s Tale
#779 Top Of The Pops
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FreyFox 25th Jun 2021, 12:00 AM
We start a new chapter delving into the story of Russell and Reggie's parents and how they met! Now we know where Trevor got his interest in music from!


GoodKaptainKook 25th Jun 2021, 12:05 AM
The name almost sounds like a parody of Mike and the Mechanics, lol. Also that was totally unexpected for their dad to have been a musician. I remembered Trevor going through his music collection and discovering *the horror* his old Gary Glitter records (oh no!), didn't expect he was in a band himself! You learn new things every day :D

Kind of me reminds of how a character of mine had an uncle who was the lead guitarist of a '60s California era psych band (they were called the Spare Tire), although unlike Rupert and the Rodents they never really experienced success as they had a very lousy manager, were unable to get a recording contract, and wound up splitting up after only about 18 months due to a lack of success and in-fighting in the band. Isn't a year...like the usual average for how long most bands last? If you're counting all the ones that experience no success, that is...
FreyFox 25th Jun 2021, 10:25 AM
More or less ^^. Rupert and The Rodents is kind of a play on Adam and The Ants :)
kennethsarmstrong 25th Jun 2021, 7:11 PM
As in Adam Ant?
FreyFox 25th Jun 2021, 9:29 PM
The same ^^
Long Tom 26th Jun 2021, 4:58 PM
Long Tom
Fox-Jake 25th Jun 2021, 12:05 AM
I never really cared for the Top the Pops thing. I don't need a TV show to tell me what music I should like.
Thisa Lucas 25th Jun 2021, 12:09 AM
Thisa Lucas
80s' music... when it was cool and NOT repeating too many times like a popular TikTok song
kennethsarmstrong 26th Jun 2021, 6:23 PM
So I assume that you dislike iHeart's KissFM format as well.

BTW, are you an Indiana University football fan?
Thisa Lucas 27th Jun 2021, 5:16 AM
Thisa Lucas
How can I dislike a radio format if I haven't listened to it yet?

Unfortunately no... I don't have much interest in sports (Unless it's bowling) and for Superbowls I'm more excited about halftime shows and the ads.
kennethsarmstrong 29th Jun 2021, 5:55 PM
You are not missing much unless you like the idea of your favorite songs being played over and over again.

I take it that you rarely listen to broadcast FM radio.
WaxBadger 25th Jun 2021, 1:08 AM
At least Top of the Pops kept the music flowing and the artists as the show's focus. If Rupert and the Rodents had made it big in the US they would have lip synced a couple of songs for Dick Clark with a rushed interview in the middle. Trevor and his bandmates would be probably more entertained by laughing their heads off at the overly stylish American teens dancing to whatever not-so-danceable music before that.
FreyFox 25th Jun 2021, 10:26 AM
I suspect you would be right!
Shaggy 25th Jun 2021, 1:25 AM
This should be an interesting story
Tom Jankowski 25th Jun 2021, 3:26 AM
Early to mid 80s. Considering Rus and Reg were born in 1985.
kennethsarmstrong 25th Jun 2021, 5:29 AM
And I thought that American Bandstand had sunk to a new low when it allowed artists to lip-sync songs that they were performing. Even Soul Train allowed lip-syncing as well.

The BBC had high standards when it came to live musical performances. Sadly, the Tories shredded its budget in the late eighties. Live music was among the first things that had to go due to budget cuts.

I could be wrong, but the Tories had a stormy relationship with the BBC over the years.

Don't get me started about how Donald Trump eviscerated the VOA for political reasons.
FreyFox 25th Jun 2021, 10:28 AM
Wrong again - TOTP artists almost always mimed up til the mid 1980s because there was no time for soundchecks, and sometimes live performances would sound bad if there was lack of time to prepare - like New Order's infamous live performance of "Blue Monday" on TOTP ^^
kennethsarmstrong 25th Jun 2021, 7:16 PM
I need to have to see that performance. I hope that I can find it on YouTube.
kennethsarmstrong 27th Jun 2021, 8:01 PM
If Top of the Pops intended to have live performances, you would think the show would have just given the band enough time for a soundcheck before going live. The Blue Monday fiasco could have been avoided.

What was Ed Sullivan's secret to having live performances go on without a hitch? I am sure that Sullivan had faux pas doing live performances, but...
Excelsior_Thirty 25th Jun 2021, 7:45 AM
Oooh, this will be interesting, and it would seem that it would run well in the family! Strange that Russ and Reg did not get into music-they must be in another "Transmission"...
(Yeah, after many years, I can see and understand how you got the title, Frey.)
FreyFox 25th Jun 2021, 10:29 AM
Well if you look at comic #147 you'll see the twins do have some musical interests, but not enough to take it seriously ^^
kennethsarmstrong 25th Jun 2021, 7:19 PM
Oh yes, the Pet Shop Boys parody. Unfortunately, Trevor could not help Reggie and Russell with their interest in music
Guest 26th Jun 2021, 2:52 AM
That's cool! I had no idea that Russ and Reggie's parents were musicians!
FreyFox 26th Jun 2021, 10:06 AM
Well, their dad was anyway ^^ but Trevor takes after him in that department :)
kennethsarmstrong 27th Jun 2021, 8:12 PM
I am sure that Trevor dislikes his father's type of music, but he makes his own unusual variety of rock music.

I wonder if Rupert and the Rodents' back catalog is still available?
FreyFox 1st Jul 2021, 9:44 AM
I don't see why not :)