After 42 Years, Britain's Top Of The Pops Fading To Black
In the same year British pop institution Smash Hits magazine folded, now it's been announced that after 42 years, BBC's Top Of The Pops is leaving the air. I won't pretend to have ever seen the show other than online -- espcially on sites such as YouTube, a site which, ironically, is probably one of the reason there's no longer a need for shows like TOTP.
The program's first episode in 1964 featured performances by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. In the '80s, the show famously turned unknown guests such as Boy George and George Michael into superstars. The final episode will air on July 30. "In a rapidly changing musical landscape, Top Of The Pops no longer occupies the central role it once did," said the BBC's director of television, Jana Bennett. Go here for a full history.
Here below is probably one of my favorite clips of Nirvana, from a November 1991 taping of TOTP. Kurt Cobain would later he claim he sang the vocals to sound like Morrissey, in a rebellion against the show's producers insisting that the band play over a backing track rather than live.
There's no word yet on whether plans for the American version of the show that was to be launched later this year will still go through.