A story about pop music – one year on.

About a year ago, I told the story on here of when I was thinking about the 25th anniversary of “Stay” by Shakespear’s Sister being top of the UK singles chart for a record-breaking amount of time. It made me wonder whatever happened to the women in the group, and I discovered by a remarkable coincidence that Siobhan had been living in the same part of London as me and it was here where she became friends again with Keren and Sara which led to her rejoining Bananarama after almost 30 years. 

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How it once was…

I have said before that I am not really interested in the celebrity culture, and I have never had any desire to meet anyone famous, but to think that I most probably could have bumped into Siobhan in the local supermarket after admiring her music for many years was really special. There was another twist to the story when I noticed that a lot of pictures on Siobhan’s Instagram page also featured Brix Smith of The Fall/The Adult Net fame, and then I discovered a picture of them together in a pub which is a short walk from where I live which I thought was great too. There couldn’t be a further twist in this story, could there?

Bananarama’s reunion tour turned out to be very successful and received great reviews. I noticed that they are playing some more dates throughout the summer, and we should be grateful that we got this far really, because of the other possible reunions, Keren and Sara have no plans to work with Jacquie again, and Siobhan has no plans to work with Marcella again, but as the saying doesn’t go, one out of three ain’t bad.

It seems that Siobhan patching things up with Keren and Sara is one thing, but patching things up with Marcella is entirely another. As I discovered, after the huge success of “Stay”, Marcella started to receive a lot of the credit for their success, with many people saying “Marcella is the talented one”, comments which were said to have deeply hurt Siobhan, who felt that she had lost creative control of the group and convinced herself that Marcella had totally stolen her glory away.

By the time of their final performance together in 1992 (which just happened to be on live TV), it was rumoured that the animosity between the two women had reached levels that would have made Morrissey and Marr shocked. So in 1993 as people started to anticipate their third album, Siobhan threw Marcella out the group, and they hadn’t seen one another since, a situation which all these years on both women were reported to be satisfied with. Sometimes I suppose you just have to accept that some things are better left in the past. 

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Marcella and Siobhan in 1992, just before their very bitter split.

But wait…

Because recently a picture appeared on Instagram of Siobhan and Marcella together in what must be the first time that they have seen one another for 25 years. I honestly could not believe my eyes. I don’t know where it was taken, and whether it was in America or in the pub up the road doesn’t matter this time because it really is rather remarkable, I never thought that I would see the day, and it’s proof that what goes around comes around.

Now I’m not so naive as to think that they’re now going to do a new album together, or announce that they’re doing a gig at the O2, but the fact that this happened at all and Siobhan said that it was “good” to see Marcella again must have taken a lot of courage, and it was rather an emotional moment for me and a lot of other people. I’m surprised that there hasn’t been much more fuss made about it, it really is the showbiz story of the year, an incredibly unlikely reunion. 

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Please excuse me, I seem to have got something in my eye.

I’m almost 35 now and I’m very grateful to the wide variety of pop stars who have entertained me throughout the years with their music and personality, with Siobhan and Marcella being among the most intriguing. Even if they don’t work together again, it would be good to think that they have made their peace, are proud of what they have achieved together, and this gives the Shakespear’s Sister story a much more happy ending.

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The YouTube Files – The Bananarama Story Part 3.

Here’s the third and final part of the Bananarama story… banana7

In November 1988 their cover of “Nathan Jones” was released which reached no. 15. They appeared on various shows including CBBC’s Going Live!The Satellite Show, BBC1’s The Royal Variety Performance, Wogan, and Top Of The PopsThey also performed this live on BBC1 at the Smash Hits Poll Winners’ Party at the Royal Albert Hall. My sister went to this one so she has seen them live! Also around this time they appeared on the cover of Lookin and NME for the third and final time. vlcsnap-00049

In February 1989 their cover of “Help!” was released which reached no. 3, and it was also their tenth and final UK Top Ten hit. In December 1988 French And Saunders along with Kathy Burke did a parody of Bananarama in their comedy show as Lananeeneenoonoo. They then teamed up with the real ladies for this single for Comic Relief, and also performed it on the live BBC1 show, and both trios appeared on the cover of Number One. In March 1989 Bananarama began their World Tour, playing their hits to big crowds in various countries. vlcsnap-00050

In June 1989 “Cruel Summer ’89” was released which was a remixed version of their 1983 hit which reached no. 19. There was no new video as such, just a compilation of old ones. In December 1989 they contributed to Band Aid II for the second version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which again topped the chart, and Keren and Sara were the only people to perform on the first and second versions. vlcsnap-00077

In July 1990 “Only Your Love” was released which reached no. 27. This one is rather funky and is among my favourite singles of theirs. I don’t know how many of their videos where shown exclusively on The ITV Chart Show but this one was! They performed this on BBC1’s Wogan, they were interviewed on CITV’s Ghost Train, and they also appeared on the cover of Sounds and Smash Hits for the third and final time. vlcsnap-00001

In January 1991 “Preacher Man” was released which reached no. 20. This led to their 20th Top Of The Pops appearance, and they also performed this on CITV’s Motormouth, The Disney Club, ITV’s This Morning, and The Ronn Lucas Show. Oh now I remember watching Ronn Lucas’s show on ITV in the early-90s, he was a ventriloquist, whatever happened to him? vlcsnap-00062

In April 1991 their cover of “Long Train Running” was released which reached no. 30. They performed this on BBC1’s Little And Large, Going Live, and they were also interviewed by Michael Aspel on ITV’s Aspel And Company. In May 1991 their fifth album “Pop Life” was released which reached no. 42. vlcsnap-00038

In August 1991 “Tripping On Your Love” was released which reached no. 76, making it their first single to miss the Top 75 in the UK since their debut “Aie A Mwana” almost a decade earlier. Also around this time, Jacquie announced her departure from Bananarama after just over three years. She went off to form a new group but she had no further hits, and it seems that she has now long since left the music business. vlcsnap-00004

Keren and Sara decided to carry on as a duo and in August 1992 “Movin’ On” was released which reached no. 24. They performed this on the first edition of CITV’s What’s Up Doc?, and they also made their 21st Top Of The Pops appearance, their last one until 2005. vlcsnap-00008

In November 1992 “Last Thing On My Mind” was released which reached a rather disappointing no. 71. However, it had a second lease of life when it was covered by Steps to finally become a Top Ten hit in 1998. They performed this on BBC1’s Pebble Mill and Children In NeedTo give some kind of an idea of the different musical directions that they had gone in, also in this month Siobhan’s post-Bananarama project Shakespear’s Sister released the downbeat “Hello (Turn Your Radio On)”, it’s somewhat unlikely that Steps will be releasing a disco cover of that one soon. vlcsnap-00010

In March 1993 their cover of the disco classic “More More More” was released which reached no. 24. They wouldn’t have another hit single in the UK for 12 years. They appeared again on The Disney Club and they were also interviewed live on GMTV. In April 1993 their sixth album “Please Yourself” was released which reached no. 46. vlcsnap-00024

The story doesn’t really end here of course, so to briefly go over what happened post-1993. Keren and Sara have continued to work together, and in 2005 “Move In My Direction” became their first UK Top 20 hit single since 1991 and got them back on Top Of The Pops for the first time since 1992. They have also released four more albums, 1995’s “Exotica”, 2001’s “Ultra Violet”, 2005’s “Drama”, and 2009’s “Viva”, along with more best-of compilations, and when they aren’t having a party near where I live they have continued to tour and appear on TV around the world, and over 35 years on from their first hit single they remain very popular.

The YouTube Files – The Bananarama Story Part 2.

Let’s continue the Bananarama story. In December 1984 the ladies were invited to take part in the charity single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” as part of the Band Aid project, and it was a huge success, being a Number One for many weeks and going on to become the biggest-selling single of the decade. They were three of only four women to take part, the other one was Jody Watley. banana4

In August 1985 “Do Not Disturb” was released which reached no. 31. This one is among my favourites, although it seems that the ladies themselves don’t seem to be too fond of it. They performed this on CBBC’s The Saturday Picture Show, CITV’s Hold Tight and Kelly’s Eye, an ITV comedy show starring Matthew Kelly. 1985 was a fairly quiet year by their standards. However 1986 would go on to be their most successful yet… vlcsnap-00036

In May 1986 their cover of “Venus”, a collaboration with the Stock Aitken Waterman production team, was released, which reached no. 8. However, this song did reach Number One in several countries including America! Barely five years on from their debut single they had gone from unknowns to succeeding in the world’s most difficult singles market, this is still the song that they’re most famous for, and the classic video was frequently shown on MTV. They appeared on CBBC’s Lift OffTop Of The Pops and the cover of No. 1 in June. In July 1986 their third album “True Confessions” was released which reached no. 46. This is also their highest-charting album in America where it reached no. 15. vlcsnap-00037

Now they were at their commercial peak, it is something of a surprise to realise that the follow-up to “Venus” didn’t make the Top 40. In August 1986 “More Than Physical” was released which reached no. 41 (and only no. 73 in America). Even an energetic performance on BBC1’s Wogan couldn’t get people excited. They also had another Lookin cover. It was noticed though that their image was beginning to change, no more dungarees for them. It was also around this time that each video was steamier than the last. vlcsnap-00043

In February 1987 “Trick Of The Night” was released which reached no. 32. There is an interesting story behind this one. In 1987 there was a BBC1 documentary series called In At The Deep End, where a presenter is challenged to learn a skill that they previously had no experience in. Paul Heiney was asked to direct a music video for a pop group, and Bananarama agreed to take part. There was also an article in Radio Times, and the show has been released on DVD. It seems that they didn’t enjoy the experience though and were very disappointed with the end result, so they promptly went off and made a second video with a tried-and-trusted director that they were much more satisfied with. 

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Bananarama along with Paul Heiney appear in Radio Times in February 1987

In April 1987 Bananarama contributed to the charity single “Let It Be” for Ferry Aid which was another chart-topper. In July 1987 “I Heard A Rumour” was released which reached no. 14, and it was also their third and final Top Ten hit in America, reaching no. 4. They performed this on Top Of The Pops, BBC1’s Seaside Special, ITV’s The Roxy, and also on Hold Tight, where they had a really good time. You can all join in with the dance routine! They also had another No. 1 cover and appeared in TV Times. In September 1987 their fourth album “Wow!” was released which reached no. 26. vlcsnap-00051

In October 1987 “Love In The First Degree” was released which reached no. 3 and was a double A-side with “Mr Sleaze”. This is their biggest-selling single in the UK. Also in this month they had their second Smash Hits cover. 

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Where’s my free badge?

In January 1988 “I Can’t Help It” was released which reached no. 20, and would you believe it, this was to be Bananarama’s 16th and final UK hit single featuring Siobhan. After a memorable final performance together at the Brit Awards, Siobhan was off to work on a new project. Of course, I have already told the remarkable story of what she did next, little did she know that she would star in one of the biggest hit singles of the early-90s… vlcsnap-00047

Siobhan was replaced by Jacquie O’Sullivan (born in London in 1960). She had been a friend of Sara and Keren’s for many years, so after Siobhan’s departure she was the ideal choice to maintain Bananarama as a trio. In April 1988 the new line-up’s first single “I Want You Back” was released which reached no. 5. They performed this on Going Live, Top Of The Pops twice, CBBC’s Roland Rat Show, and ITV’s The Roxy. They also appeared on the covers of Just Seventeen and Number Onevlcsnap-00054

In September 1988 “Love, Truth And Honesty” was released which reached no. 23, and they were on Top Of The Pops for the 18th time! This is also their final single to make the Top 100 in America. In October 1988 their first best-of “The Greatest Hits Collection” was released which reached no. 3, which is their highest-charting album in the UK. There was also another VHS released containing the videos for all their hits. Also around this time was their third and final NME cover, along with more Record Mirror and Number One covers. vlcsnap-00055

The 90s are not far off now and there were still plenty more hits to come for the ladies, as we’ll discover in the third part…

The YouTube Files – The Bananarama Story Part 1.

I’ve written a lot about Bananarama on here recently, so I’ve decided that it’s finally time to take a look back at their hit singles. In 1979 Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward (both born in Bristol in 1961) who have been friends since the age of four met Siobhan Fahey (born in Dublin in 1958) at the London College Of Fashion, they realised that they had similar tastes in music and they decided to form a group. This will be a look back at their singles and TV appearances that I have tracked down on YouTube from 1981-1993 and it will be in three parts. Bananarama were very popular during this time and made a large amount of TV appearances, so it’s not really possible to put together a comprehensive list, so instead I’ve decided to pick out some highlights. banana3

In September 1981 Bananarama’s very first single “Aie A Mwana” was released, which reached a rather lowly no. 92. It was something of an unusual debut, as it was a cover of a 70s disco song that was sung in Swahili, and it seems that there was no video made for it. Despite this modest start Smash Hits remained confident that they would be the next big thing. At this point these ladies really did have no idea of just how much success they would go on to have around the world over the next decade or so… 

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The first article about Bananarama to appear in Smash Hits way back in October 1981

In February 1982 Bananarama had the first of their ten UK Top Ten singles when their cover of “It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It” reached no. 4. This was a collaboration with Fun Boy Three after their frontman Terry Hall was impressed by their debut single and wanted to work with them. They performed this on the first and second of their 21 appearances on BBC1’s Top Of The Pops throughout the 80s and 90s, and also on ITV’s Jangles (which I reviewed recently) and OTT (much to the delight of Lenny Henry). They also appeared on the cover of Melody Maker. The song or video doesn’t feature on any of the compilations that I have unfortunately as it seems to have got stuck in some rights hell. 
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In April 1982 they worked with Fun Boy Three again on their cover of “Really Saying Something” which reached no. 5. They performed this on Top Of The Pops and CBBC’s Cheggers Plays Pop (which is their earliest entry on the BBC Genome). Also in this month they had the first of their three Smash Hits covers. vlcsnap-00009

In July 1982 “Shy Boy” became their first hit single by themselves which reached no. 4. This was also their first single to make the Top 100 in America. They performed this twice on Top Of The Pops and also Cheggers Plays Pop and BBC2’s 6:55 Special, and they were parodied by Tracey Ullman on BBC2’s Three Of A Kind. Also in this month they had the first of their three NME covers. vlcsnap-00012

In December 1982 “Cheers Then” was released which ended their great year with a little disappointment when it only reached no. 45. Around this time they appeared on Channel 4’s The Tube. Also in this month they performed “It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It” on the Top Of The Pops Christmas special, and appeared on the cover of Record Mirrorvlcsnap-00014

In February 1983 “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” was released which reached no. 5. This was another cover and they performed this twice on Top Of The Pops, and they also appeared on The Tube, CBBC’s Saturday SuperStore and Kenny Everett’s BBC1 show. Also around this time they appeared on more magazine covers including Jackie and Melody MakerIn March 1983 their first album “Deep Sea Skiving” was released which reached no. 8 and is their only album of original songs to make the Top Ten. vlcsnap-00015

In July 1983 “Cruel Summer” was released which reached no. 8, and it was also the first of their three Top Ten hit singles in America, reaching no. 9. I have to say that this one is among my favourite singles of theirs. Again they performed this twice on Top Of The Pops, and they also appeared on the cover of Lookin. Also around this time all four members of Bananarama (including the one that we’ll meet in part two) appeared in the video for “Who’s That Girl?” by the Eurythmics. vlcsnap-00023

In March 1984 “Robert De Niro’s Waiting” was released which reached no. 3, their equal-highest chart position in the UK. They were very lucky to meet the man himself and he was thrilled by their success. They also appeared on Saturday SuperStoreTop Of The Pops, BBC1’s Pebble Mill, and the cover of magazines No. 1 and NMEIn April 1984 their second album “Bananarama” was released which reached no. 16. vlcsnap-00025

In May 1984 “Rough Justice” was released which made no. 23. This led to yet more appearances on Top Of The Pops and Cheggers Plays Pop, along with Channel 4’s Ear Say. The video featured a guest appearance by the veteran news presenter Peter Woods. By this point they had done a lot of interviews on TV, but the first question that they always seemed to be asked was “where did you get your name?” vlcsnap-00027

In November 1984 “Hotline To Heaven” was released which reached only no. 58. Again they appeared on various shows including CITV’s Hold Tight and Ear Say, and they also had another Record Mirror cover. Also around this time a VHS was released called And That’s Not All…, containing all the videos that they had made so far. In December 1984 they performed “Robert De Niro’s Waiting” on the Top Of The Pops Christmas special. vlcsnap-00061

Things will pick up for the ladies though when we join them again in part two at the end of 1984 as they are about to contribute to the biggest-selling single of the decade…

Another story about pop music!

I was planning to finally begin putting together my piece looking back at the hit singles of pop group Bananarama in the 1980s and 90s, when I got somewhat distracted after I discovered a further twist in the remarkable “Bananarama decided to reform after they met up at Siobhan’s house in Bethnal Green which is where I live in London” story, it seems that they aren’t the only 80s pop stars round here! b8

In recent years the area where I live in London seems to have become one of those places that is suddenly trendy and all those hipster types like to hang around, and my mum often says “when I was out earlier there was some bloke walking along the street who looked as if he might be in a band”. I don’t know how many there really are, but here is another example of one.

I am not a member of the website Instagram, but you might remember when I looked at Siobhan from Bananarama’s page and noticed that she was putting pictures of herself on there in places not too far from where I live. I also noticed that there was another woman who was appearing in a lot of these pictures with her called Brix Smith. Now she was someone who I didn’t know much about so I decided to discover more. brix2

American born-Brix found fame in the 1980s when she became a member of indie band The Fall, and in July 1983 she married their frontman Mark E Smith (who actually died while I was putting this piece together), and around the same time she was in another band called The Adult Net who had a few minor hit singles. She also appeared on the cover of a lot of music magazines in the mid/late-80s including NME, Record Mirror and Sounds. A couple of years ago she published a book about her career. brix1

When I was putting together my piece on The Roxy and was looking for videos of performances from that show on YouTube, I found The Fall’s “Hit The North” from 1987 which features Brix on stage, and it seems that a lot of people thought that it was rather unusual for them to appear on primetime ITV. Then when I was channel hopping one night around the same time there was a documentary on Channel 5 about classic Christmas films which Brix contributed to where she was credited as a “TV presenter”. I thought it was weird that she was suddenly turning up a lot. vlcsnap-00225

As well as her music career, it seems that Brix has also had success in the world of fashion and for a while she owned a clothes shop with her second husband Philip Start in Shoreditch, which again is very close to where I live. So I decided to do a search for “Brix Shoreditch” and sure enough I found a few articles with interviews where she spoke about her career which stated “Brix lives in Shoreditch”. So she didn’t just have the shop there, she actually lived there. This is starting to get interesting… brix6

So I thought I might as well take this to its natural conclusion and searched for “Brix Bethnal Green”. Has she been anywhere that I would know? The results were rather surprising. I found a post from September 2017 saying that Brix was going to perform a gig at a place called The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green. Now I do actually know where this is and it’s only a couple of minutes walk from where I live. So how did it all go? Did anyone turn up to this? brix3

And well, ooh yes, there’s only a picture of Brix alongside Siobhan at the gig at The Sun Tavern (where she describes Siobhan as “my dear friend”). Well again, I couldn’t believe it. You should know by now that I am into Shakespear’s Sister and I remember their epic run at the top of the singles chart in 1992 with “Stay”, so to think that one of the women who sang on that classic song is often here really has shocked me. It’s something that’s so strange that it reminds me of what Alan Partridge once said: “it’s like The X Files… but a pleasant X Files“. I wonder how they met and how long they have known one another? brix4

Not long after, Siobhan joined Brix onstage during a gig to perform the old The Fall song “Totally Wired” with her, at a venue called Oslo in Hackney, which again isn’t too far away. So if you saw the Bananarama tour recently, as much as I’m sure Siobhan enjoyed performing such classics as “Cruel Summer” and “Venus” across the UK, it seems that she’d sooner be down the pub performing The Fall songs round the corner from me. Sorry everyone! brix5

I have said before that I have no real interest in the cult of celebrity, but I wondered if Brix and Siobhan (or indeed any other pop stars) have ever been to other local trendy hotspots including the Working Men’s Club (which hit the headlines recently when Liam Gallagher performed a surprise gig there) or The Star Of Bethnal Green, which really is just about literally across the road from me. It does make me wonder just how many more 80s pop stars could be round here. Is Kim Wilde always in the local supermarket? Does Siouxsie Sioux live next door? Well in the future, if I see a woman walking along the street dressed like this, I’ll know who it is… b9

More TV Memories – CD:UK.

CD:UK (ITV, 1998-2006)

Following on from The Roxy and The Pepsi Chart, here’s a look at a third chart music show on a commercial TV channel that attempted to become a rival to BBC1’s Top Of The Pops. CD:UK (I’m fairly sure that it wasn’t officially a part of CITV) launched in 1998 to replace The Chart Show which had been in its Saturday afternoon timeslot for almost a decade and was one of my favourite music shows, and I’ve decided to stop being bitter about it for a moment to look back at this show.

One thing that CD:UK promised to have that The Chart Show never did was live studio performances from the biggest pop acts around, along with regular features including various videos, interviews, competitions and the latest chart. Ant and Dec (who know a thing or two about having hit pop records themselves) hung around from their CITV Saturday Morning show SM:TV Live (which launched on the same day) to host CD:UK along with Cat Deeley who was also a presenter on MTV at the time. vlcsnap-00421

As the years progressed, a lot of pop stars did take part making the show a good archive of who was big on the music scene in the late-90s/early-2000s, and after Ant and Dec left at the end of 2001, Deeley continued as host and was joined by various others. There were even a couple of compilation CDs released under the CD:UK name. Every edition ended with the Top Ten being announced (but again not using the official chart), with the Number One act receiving a special award. As there was a rather high turnover of chart-toppers during this era, a lot of them must have been given out! vlcsnap-00420

However, I much preferred the spin-off show that launched in January 2003 on ITV1 which was called CD:UK Hotshots. This was shown in a much later timeslot (usually around midnight) and it featured a rather unpredictable variety of music videos that you would be much less likely to see on the main show, such as more alternative acts, or videos that were just plain unsuitable for the daytime show. vlcsnap-00422

CD:UK ended up running for almost eight years before finally ending in 2006, and by this point I didn’t watch it much any more, and it seemed to have lost its way a little with the presenting lineup changing rather frequently (including a big relaunch in 2005 when Lauren Laverne and Myleene Klass became presenters), and by this point YouTube was on the rise so being to access a wide variety of music videos and performances was becoming easier than ever. It certainly made an impact with a lot of viewers though. vlcsnap-00419

More TV Memories – The Pepsi Chart.

The Pepsi Chart (Channel 5, 1998-2002)

Following on from my review of The Roxy, here’s a look at another attempt by a commercial channel a decade later to try and create a weekly music show that was a rival to BBC1’s Top Of The Pops featuring live studio performances but based around a different chart (I might also review ITV’s CD:UK soon but I’m still rather bitter that it replaced The Chart Show, maybe it’s about time I got over it after two decades).

In the mid-90s a commercial radio rival to BBC Radio 1’s Official Top 40 was established which was sponsored by Pepsi and was broadcast on Capital and various other stations across the country. It was mostly based around airplay along with sales and it was successful enough for Channel 5 to decide in February 1998 that they wanted to launch a TV version. The Pepsi Chart was hosted by various presenters over the years including Rhona Mitra, Neil Fox (who also hosted the radio version) and Abbie Eastwood, and it usually came from a club in London. vlcsnap-00043

As well as live performances from pop acts, there would also be features including interviews. As an extra, after the new chart was announced on the radio on Sunday evening, Channel 5 would show Dr Fox’s Chart Update on Mondays, where the new Top Ten would be announced, which would also give us a hint of who might be appearing on the next edition. Unfortunately, this show was only five minutes long and was usually shown in a late-night slot, so barely anyone saw it. vlcsnap-00042

One of the things that attracted me to watching The Pepsi Chart was that because I was in my teens when it was shown I was rather interested in pop music at that time, and it was always good having a chance to see some of my favourite songs that were around being performed on TV, along with also watching TOTP, and music channels MTV and UK Play. There were also some compilation CDs of hits released under The Pepsi Chart name. vlcsnap-00046

The Pepsi Chart proved to be a fairly durable format which attracted a decent amount of big names to appear and it ran for nearly five years, but unsurprisingly it never came close to rivalling TOTP as a significant music show, and when Pepsi ended their sponsorship of the radio show in 2002, the TV version came to an end. Channel 5 were determined to still have a pop music show though, so they decided to try something different. vlcsnap-00054

Throughout 2003 various new formats were tried out, most of which were shown on Saturday afternoons. These included Pop, which was hosted by Lauren Laverne and featured live performances, seemingly to try and be a competitor with Channel 4’s Popworld. There was also The Smash Hits Chart, a tie-in with the long-running magazine which usually only featured music videos. This was then replaced by The Flaunt Chart, a tie-in with a digital music channel. Even this was then replaced by simply The Chart, and after that came to an end Channel 5 no longer had a regular pop music show in their schedule.