Kylie Top Of The Pops

TV: Kylie on Top Of The Pops!

Kylie on Top Of The Pops – a video playlist!

Top Of The Pops was THE premier and longest running music show on British television of all time. Broadcast every week for 42 years from 1964 to 2006, its half hourly slot ensured the newest and latest records got heard by the music buying public and an appearance by any artist or group was a 99.9% guarantee that their record would shoot up the chart the following week.

From January 1988 until its sad and lamented end, Kylie Minogue made dozens of appearances, promoting the thirty nine singles she released during that period. With a few exceptions, virtually all of them saw Kylie take to the stage, often with more than one performance for each song, and especially if she was number one – that meant an airing every week till she had been toppled – and she spent a total of nineteen weeks on top in all including the three weeks that “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1989) was number one!

So here is a video playlist of all those Top Of The Pops performances from the very beginning in chronological order and ending with her “Rhythm Of Love” medley in 2004 to promote her “Ultimate Kylie” album that had been released that Christmas.

It’s interesting that Kylie did not appear in the studio for “I Should Be So Lucky” which saw an ‘alternative’ video of her driving about Sydney made and broadcast every week she was at number one. From 1992 it was generally expected that artists would perform live and not mime to their songs and so from “Finer Feelings”, Kylie gives a truly live performance of each single from then on.

As the years and decades pass, these performances and memories slip further into the archives of British television and the loss of Top Of The Pops is still felt and missed by so many. It was a direct and regular access to music fans to see their favourite acts without having to pay to go to a concert and it did wonders for record sales in a time when the only way of ‘owning’ music was in its physical format.

So pull up a memory or two and let’s take a trip back more than thirty years and see just how Kylie and her music has evolved and how she herself has always remained current and popular. This is why she is still with us today and continues to write and record chart topping records, and perform to tens of thousands of fans every year. Amen.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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