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42 years of Top of the Pops, and no Pet Shop Boys ?!

42 years of Top of the Pops, and no Pet Shop Boys ?!

So after 42 years, the UK’s premiere music show, Top Of The Pops, comes to an unfortunate, if not entirely unexpected end.

But amongst the lineup of 42 years of pop highlights, from the Rolling Stones to Robbie Williams, they couldn’t find the time (even though they covered the 80s and 90s in detail) to even put in a little snippet from the Pet Shop Boys, the second-best double act of all time behind Lennon & McCartney.

But to the delight of Miss R (and her continued gloating), one of her preferred pop stars made it into the 1990s pop montage. James chuffin’ Blunt. I know that Geoff, a man of usual impeccable taste in music loves Blunt, so it could just be me. But really, does one man who needs a shave with *one* hit single to his name (that admittedly everyone in the whole damned world can hum by now) deserve to be in a 1990s pop montage, while leaving out a group with 38 Top 40 hits to their name – indeed they even went into the top 40 this week.

Mind you, it says a lot of the final status of Top Of The Pops that they had to close with a music video featuring a South American singer, when the preferred option would have been a live performance from a boy-band with guitars covering a 1970s Queen classic.


  • It does seem odd that they would overlook the Pet Shop Boys, doesn’t it?
    Did they include anything that Siobhan Fahey was involved with? I adore her! She just gets better with age.

  • You said it, mate! Absolutely. PSB were probably missed off because Neil’s gone on record as saying ditching TOTP is a huge mistake. It is kind of outrageous to my mind that they didn’t even get a look-in with ‘West End Girls’.

    Saw them recently at Liverpool Pops. They were brilliant! x

  • S’cos they’re shit, most likely. I mean, they even ripped off the football terrace “three niiiillll to the Geordie Boy!” chant and makde a flipping single out of it. “Go East” or summat. Not an original bone in their bodies.

    *mutter mutter*

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