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Community Level 6Honey_Bee

Honey_Bee

Top of.....what

AdvantagesCan see some exclusive videos/performances

DisadvantagesNot as good as it was!

"Top of the pops has been going for many, many years and over them years the stage has been filled with many successful, great performers and some not so good!! The show was one of the first programmes, which featured bands/artistes performing live (or not so live!!) They also play the new released videos and quite regularly have exclusives. ~ ~ ~ What sort of music do they feature? ~ ~ ~ All sorts, they have featured performances from Brandy ..." Read review
06.03.2002

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Community Level 7peppersinc...

peppersinclaire

Pop One Off

AdvantagesSee op

DisadvantagesSee op

"Okay, it’s not *so* bad that you want to turn over, but really, who can be arsed with TOTP anymore? It’s not that I find it DREADFUL, it’s just... there. Like rind on Edam, very fast rapping on a Busta Rhymes CD and a poorly head after 10 shots of gold tequila, you can always rely on it. Sort of. For over 30 years (it was launched in 1964 - thanks to stevethesleeve for correcting me!), Top Of The Pops, or ver Pops as I like to ..." Read review
17.12.2001

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Community Level 5stoffy

stoffy

Top Of The Flops

Advantagesmemories of Liz Kershaw's sassy earrings...

Disadvantagespointlessly revamped and outdated

"Every generation has its own memories of 'Top Of The Pops'. For some there's Jimmy Saville introducing Gary Glitter in a retrospectively sinister way. Imprinted on the memory of others is the be-maned Bruno Brookes and his chunky yellow microphone, reeling off statistics about Five Star and Wham! with the enthusiasm of a tartrazined-up toddler. And then of course there was that moment of organisational genius where the lisping Chris Eubank was the ..." Read review
29.11.2003

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Community Level 3dreamstar70

dreamstar70

It will never die Unfortunately

AdvantagesThe odd decent song/video

DisadvantagesFar too many to bore people with.

"TOTP has been teetering on the brink of the abyss for at least 20 odd years now and criticised by just about everyone who takes an interest in this show. Even back in the late 70s people moaned that it lacked any imagination because the bands they had on were always the same bands playing their "samey" music under a mimed-influence and trying to look sincere and/or cool but never both at the same time. I guess if you've seen some of the TOTP ..." Read review
07.01.2001

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Change the Record the Needle Is Stuck

AdvantagesEntertainment for the kids.

DisadvantagesIt's the same week after week, equating top 10 with good music.

"Hmm...I wonder why you never see any live performances on "TOTP"? Could it be that most of the acts can't actually sing? Then again, that's just my personal opinion. TOTP has been going for decades now, so they must be doing something right. Every friday night for half an hour you can watch a handful of chart toppers "perform" in the TOTP studio. Most of the acts are pop bands, commercial dance music, R&B etc, that are succesful chart entries. ..." Read review
24.02.2001

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Community Level 1Wilbo

Wilbo

Is this how we are goiign to die?

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"Do we really have to put up with the trash that is on what used to be an actually enjoyable programme, For the past several months I have watched and listened to nothing but rubbish in the charts. I have not heard a guitar for months. I sometimes wonder if the exist anymore, or if they ever did, and the whole actual music as it should be scene, was just a big hoax. I am absolutely baffled that in the past few weeks, Miss Briteny Spears, Ai The Big ..." Read review
19.09.2000

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Community Level 3smile

smile

TOTP

AdvantagesLatest songs, videos and dances

Disadvantages/

"I often watch this programme, and as an owner of only 5 channels, I find it a good way to catch up on the latest songs, dances and videos which accompany them. I don't have MTV, and so I often miss out when others are talking about the videos for certain songs. Top Of The Pops is a well structured, fun, music programme. The presenters are Jamie Theakston, Richard Blackward, and a girl, argh! What's her name (sorry!!!). The show only lasts 30 minutes, ..." Read review
26.12.2000

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Community Level 2cathy144

cathy144

Top of the Pops

AdvantagesGood Music

DisadvantagesMiming!!!!!!

"Top of the Pops must be one of the oldest running music programmes still going. Its formula hasn't changed much in all that time, they show a selection of the hits of the week with a run down of the charts. There can;t be many people who don't remember atching it as children avidly waiting to find out what had made it to the number one spot and to see how long they would last there. And look at some of the famoud people who have hostd it over the ..." Read review
10.09.2000

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Community Level 5EnglishPat...

EnglishPatient

When is TOTP not TOTP?

AdvantagesIf a song's high in the charts, you're still guaranteed to hear (and see) it.

DisadvantagesThe old formula was better.

"Top Of the Pops reflects the biggest hits on the UK Singles Chart each week. Well, it used to. Until some point in the 1990s, there was a simple and effective formula. The first 7 or 8 songs - working down from No.1 - which climbed (or sometimes stayed in the same position) would be featured, providing they hadn't been included on the previous week's show, in addition to the Number One single of the week. There would be good weeks, bad weeks and indifferent ..." Read review
25.08.2000

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Community Level 6Excelle

Excelle

Great variety and well presented

AdvantagesGreat variety of music (even some Meat Loaf sometimes)

Disadvantages'New' stuff is often boy band crap

"The charts these days are a farce – bands no longer work their way to the top, if you ain’t straight in at number one, you’ve got no chance. Bands sell a pathetic amount of singles, and get a high-flyer. What’s going on? Don’t ask me, just remember when times were better… Top Of The Pops 2 is a spin-off of the famous and pretty good UK chart show Top Of The Pops. Presented by long suffering radio DJ Steve Wright, it collates a whole load of clips ..." Read review
10.09.2000

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Community Level 3mcfish

mcfish

its poptastical

Advantageslive music for no cost

Disadvantagesits hard to get there

"Top of the pops!The BBC like to claim that this program is live! Not true! It is infact filmed on the thursday night and shown on the bbc on friday night as Im sure many of you will know. I was lucky ( if lucky the right word) enough to be able to get my hands on the gold dust like top of the pops tickets for this weeks show. Im sure you are wondering how much these rare tickets cost and I am glad to inform you that they are totally free! Yes free! ..." Read review
17.01.2002

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Community Level 5Martin.row...

Martin.rowley

Top of the Flops

Advantagescant think of any, sometimes a good and on there

Disadvantageslots of miming and repeat performances

"From my earliest days of watching television, one program that has followed me as I have grown up is 'Top of the pops'. Back then though (the 70's and 80's), it all seemed so exciting and real. Unfortunatly these days something has changed a little for the worse :- The presenters - Seems anyone can host the show if they can speak these days. Half of the time I have never even heard of whoever it might be, (and why is there always a crowd ..." Read review
12.05.2001

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Community Level 2robertjake

robertjake

Good music?

AdvantagesMost popular music of the day

DisadvantagesMostly bad music - too much boyzone

"Time and time again Top of the Pops disappoints me. I wait for it every week in anticipation of some good music, but sadly it fails me. Eminem is right, I've had enough of boy bands and teeny singers like Britney Spears. Unfortunately, TOTP does not seem to realsie that there are some people with musical taste and that we like a bit of variety. I do realise that they have to play the most popular songs, but they can mix the popular teen rubbish with ..." Read review
04.10.2000

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Community Level 3DaveRobinson

DaveRobinson

The Oldest, But Not The Greatest

AdvantagesShows live acts, occasionally has a satellite link-up or exclusive video

DisadvantagesNo variety in way it is presented, not many exclusives, rather old-fashioned

"Well, Top Of The Pops is the original pop music show, but in my opinion it is no longer the best. This is because there's no variety in the way it is presented, or the types of things they have on the show. TOTP just show loads of live acts, one after the other, then the top 20 countdown, then the number one and that's it. Occasionally, they have an exclusive of a new video or a live satellite link-up to some other country, but these are very rare. ..." Read review
13.07.2000

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Community Level 2burraway2k

burraway2k

Top of the pops

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"I think top of the pops is great. I hope this dosn't sound rude but as you said anquk top of the pops was good when you were a teenager, now i am a teenanger and it think the music is great. I think it is just whats in the charts at the momment, what teenangers like today. I love watching the charts, seeing whos where in the charts and if there are anymore new entries. But i do admitt that i agree top of the pops has changed because nearly all the ..." Read review
17.07.2000

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