Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Top of the what?

So farewell 'Top of the Pops'. I can't remember when I watched it last. It clashed, at least I think it did, with the 'NME Chartshow' on MTV2, which has the added benefit of not being presented by Fearne Cotton.

Fearne Cotton is annoying in that production-line, BBC yoof presenter kind of way. Isn't she always banging on about fancying various members of Razorlight [insert other skinny indie band here].

She's a bit like Kate Thornton, although probably less talented. Wait... that isn't actually possibly.

I digress, was anyone actually watching 'Top of the Pops' at the end? It was hard to keep track of it as it moved from Thursday to Fridays to finally to the graveyard that is Sunday evening.

'Top of the Pops' has been irrelevant for a long time with its focus on the charts, which only require artists sell, oh a handful of singles, to get to number one.

The general consensus seems to be that the rise of music TV killed it off. That's probably so, but it is I think because of the rise of so many music TV channels that there is still a place for an appointment-to-view music show on terrestrial TV.

There's just one proviso. It has to be good. Channel 4 has done gone work with the Album Chart show.

The BBC needs to do something of the same.


At 12:01 PM, Anonymous Glad its Gone said...

E4 have done a new awful show too though - T Mobile Transmission. i don't mind that Steve bloke (from T4) but I wish that useless bint Lauren Lavergne would fall into a well and skippy broke his leg so he couldn't help her.

I find everything about her offensive. She's the pop world's equivalent of Graeme Le Saux and shouldn't be allowed anywhere near a TV camera.

I think with the pop industry having become diversified, one show can't satisfy the market. We need one for dance, one for indie (or rock in general) and so on and so on...

TOTP was a lame duck and I for one am pleased it was shot. (It probably had bird flu anyway)

At 12:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

EJ Thrubb said...
So farewell then Top of the Pops. You were special once.
But now
Fern Cotton presents
Not Dot Cotton
Not Fern Brittan (more's the pity!)
And you are being axed.

It all went wrong
When they moved you
From Thursday nights
To Friday nights
To Sunday night.

We shall miss you
Russell T Davies
brings you back
in about 28 years.

At 12:04 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

I'm with you on the Laverne front have had to stop listening to Xfm. The last thing you want is a Sara Cox-alike in the morning.

At 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like pop world

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Lost Boy said...

There's still room for a show like Top of the Pops but in a different part of the schedule. Because the singles charts are now aimed at a much younger audience, it needs to move with the times. Also, Fearne Cotton is very, very popular with the young people who are, after all, her target audience.

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

But why does the singles chart have to be just aimed at young people? If there's more of an emphasis on downloads and it's on at the right time, with the right artists appearing, could it not have been saved?

Fern may be popular with little kids but she's loathed by anyone over the age of 15. Could there not have been an alternative? Say Cat Deeley and that funny guy who used to be on pop world?

At 2:06 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Oh you mean Miquita Oliver, she's very funny and somewhat subversive, as opposed to Fawning.

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's this Fawning fella?

At 2:17 PM, Anonymous Emma Forbes said...

Surely the mistake with TOTP was in having Andy 'The Ozone' Peters as Producer? That man doesn't know a thing!

We needed someone to come in with a fresh approach.


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