At some point in October 1979, The Human Leaguerelease their first album, Reproduction. It does not chart until its re-release in 1981. But they do play a couple of tracks from it on the telly in November.
Thursday October 4thTop of the Pops - this week presented by Kid Jensen. At the time of writing, there’s no full show available, but there’s a set list here and you can see these highlights:•Making Plans For Nigel XTC•Point of View Matumbi•Every Day Hurts Sad Cafe•Slap and Tickle Squeeze•Them Heavy People Kate Bush (as interpreted by Legs & Co)•Back of My Hand The JagsMeanwhile, on BBC 2, Angela Rippon presents the news. Among other headlines, former Prime Minister James Callaghan speaks out about some of the decisions taken at the Labour Party Conference, warning against a “polarisation of extreme right and extreme left.” An end is also brought to an Engineers’ Strike, thanks to a settlement involving better pay, better hours and more holidays. There’s some great footage of striking workers at a plastics factory letting down tyres and flinging debris in the path of lorries. Rippon also amusingly pronounces ‘plastic’ as ‘plahstic,’ which always makes me feel warm inside.Star Wars Weekly No 85Spectacular Spider-Man Weekly No 344Hulk Comic No 32
Tuesday October 2ndWe play football against the nearby Burton Salmon Primary School in the morning. This may well have been my first proper soccer match at Fairburn. They place me on the substitute bench for the first half of the match and in defence for the second half. I soon gain a reputation amongst my peers as a “good defender”. This is despite not having any football boots. Later that day, I write about the match in Fairburn v Burton Salmon.