Something for the Weekend



This was a hit in 1971 but I only have a very vague recollection of it. There is something a bit “cult leader” about the lead singer, as if he’s preaching in front of his brainwashed followers. But I do like this, it straddles the thin line between sublime and ridiculous where a lot of great pop music lives.

In this clip you also get Ed “Stewpot” Stewart wearing an eyepatch. There used to be some bizarre stuff in the charts and TOTP could be quite weird as a result. Often marvelously so.

Something for the Weekend



Couldn’t decide which video to post today so I switched to default mode: Pan’s People.

This is one of my favourite 1970s singles, I just think it’s glorious. The girl’s routine is pretty great too, in their last ever appearance on TOTP as Pan’s People.

Something for the Weekend



Always loved this record and hearing her actually sing it live on TOTP makes me love it even more. And Tony was right too, this was a hit.

Something for the Long Weekend



I could have sworn I’d already posted this clip but a check of the archives revealed that I haven’t. An oversight immediately corrected!

Something for the Weekend



It might be sacrilege to say it but I’ve always preferred this version to Bill Withers’ original. Partly because it’s the first one I knew, but I also love its more expansive treatment of the song. That Jackson kid was a hell of a singer, too. Whatever happened to him?

Quite the classy routine from Pan’s People too.

Something for the Weekend



This is about the only way you can listen to a Gary Glitter song these days. At least they weren’t introduced by Jimmy Savile.

Something for the Weekend



Who needs Pan’s People when you have the massed ranks of the TOTP audience dollies to dance for you.

Something for the Weekend



Somehow I don’t think this song is about hi-jinks in a department store.

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