For nearly 35 years the BBC's "Top Of The Pops" gave me a weekly view of the singles charts. I think I started watching it regularly in 1972. What a great chart we had that summer - "Starman", "All The Young Dudes", "School's Out", "Silver Machine", "Metal Guru".....
Most of the times I watched it in subsequent years I just sat there moaning about what a load of crap there was in the charts. But there were always those GREAT moments. Lizzy! The Police! Ian Dury! The Smiths! Showing my age! Even when it was crap I still considered it important to know what that crap was.
So this year the BBC decided Top Of The Pops was no longer relevant and decommissioned it.
Since it stopped I've realized I just don't have a clue what's in the singles chart any more. I rarely buy singles, but the chart has always been an interesting indicator of current tastes.
Darn, I miss it.
I miss Fearne too. (Couldn't bring myself to watch Love Island )
Are there any other programs out there on UK TV that fulfil the TOTP function?
There used to be CD:UK on a Saturday morning, but I think that's gone too.
If there's an online petition to reinstate TOTP I'm gonna sign it. :dammit: