Monday May 12th - Sunday May 18th, 1980
TERM 3: Week 5
To be continued…
Monday May 12th English: The Money Shop BBC 1, 4.20 pm: Cheggers Plays Pop, with music from: Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu - Bad Manners Take Good Care of My Baby Smokie Tell Me - The New Seekers BBC 2, 9 pm: Not The Nine O’Clock News - Series 2, Episode 7: the last of the current series. For some reason, this episode has a war theme, with newsreaders in military gear and numerous mentions of nuclear armageddon. It also ends on a high with the Ayatollah song, probably one of my two favourite songs from the series. I really ought to point out though that I didn’t watch this as an eight year old. It was on way past my bedtime and would have sailed right over my head. I don’t think I’d even heard of it until I was at least nine. Tuesday May 13th English: The Money Shop - Part Two BBC 2, 11.30 pm: The Monochrome Set perform three songs on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Wednesday May 14th English: Moses and the Pharaoh BBC 2, 9.45 pm: a special edition of Man Alive asks the question What Price the BBC? - a fascinating debate about the future of the BBC’s funding model in which various TV industry bigwigs fret about the possibility of the licence fee increasing to a whopping £34 a year. At times it does come across a bit like a Party Political Broadcast for the BBC (i.e. an extended ad for why they deserve the extra money), but if you’re interested in the politics behind British broadcasting, it’s worth comparing this with an edition of ITV’s World in Action from 1988 called The Taming of the Beeb, which shows how the story panned out over the next few years. (Sadly, since writing this, the Man Alive video has disappeared off YouTube. But I’ll keep an eye out for it.) Thursday May 15th English: in a moment of inspiration, I write the title for a new instalment of Ward’s 7 called Robonaut, then for some reason, think better of it. Spider-Man & Hulk Weekly No 376 - Spider-Man Weekly and The Incredible Hulk Weekly merge into a single weekly title which, in a bold gender-curious move, also features Spider-Woman and She-Hulk. Look-in No 21 Forces in Combat No 2 Star Wars Weekly No 117 Doctor Who Weekly No 32 Rampage No 24 Savage Sword of Conan No 32 Marvel Superheroes No 362 Spider-Man Pocket Book No 3 Fantastic Four Pocket Book No 3 Chiller Pocket Book No 3 Star Heroes Pocket Book No 3 BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by Dave Lee Travis, with: Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) Squeeze Over You Roxy Music Just Can’t Give You Up Mystic Merlin (via Legs & Co) No Doubt About It Hot Chocolate The Bucket of Water Song The Four Bucketerers Don’t Make Waves The Nolans Mirror in the Bathroom The Beat No Self Control Peter Gabriel What’s Another Year? Johnny Logan Saturday May 17th BBC 1, 9.50 pm: News, with Jan Leeming A plane crashes into the sea during a Red Arrows aerobatic display at Brighton Beach. Miraculously, no one is hurt An Iranian man is killed and another injured in a bomb blast at a hotel in West London (it was their own bomb that went off accidentally) Common Market foreign ministers meeting in Naples have not yet reached an agreement over whether or not to impose trade sanctions on Iran (over the hostage crisis, not the accidental bomb blast) The Italian Red Brigades group announces it will take violent action against any Western leader who plans to attend either of two summits in Venice next month A boat full of refugees en route from Cuba to Florida capsizes, killing ten An agreement is signed in Athens which will hopefully begin to tackle pollution in the Mediterranean (this is hilarious - Jan sounds so disapproving of the “dirty” French and Italians hoodwinking innocent tourists into bathing in such polluted waters) Another attempt to breed pandas at Washington Zoo has ended in failure Sunday May 18th Washington, US: Mount St Helens erupts, killing 57 and sending a plume of ash 15 miles into the sky. Causing over $1 billion in damage, it has often been declared the most disastrous volcanic eruption in US history. Warsaw, Poland: French President Valerie Giscard meets Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev to discuss the situation in Afghanistan: the first summit between Eastern and Western leaders since the war began last December. Macclesfield, UK: Joy Division singer Ian Curtis commits suicide - his third attempt, in the wake of recording their album Closer and less than a month before the release of their first chart hit, Love Will Tear Us Apart. The surviving members of the band rename themselves New Order the following month and go on to enjoy immense global success. UK SINGLES CHART No 1: What’s Another Year Johnny Logan No 10: We Are Glass Gary Numan No 18: Rat Race/Rude Boys Outa Jail Specials No 47: I’m Alive ELO No 57: Nobody’s Hero/Tin Soldiers Stiff Little Fingers No 62: Little Jeannie Elton John No 63: Chinatown Thin Lizzy No 66: Dreams Grace Slick UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Magic of Boney M Boney M No 14: My Myself I Joan Armatrading No 57: Freedom of Choice Devo And, since it never charted in the UK, here’s the brilliant title track from that seminal Devo album.
TERM 3 (Apr - Jul 1980) Week 1 (Apr 14 - Apr 20, 1980) Week 2 (Apr 21 - Apr 27, 1980) Week 3 (Apr 28 - May 4, 1980) Week 4 (May 5 - May 11, 1980) Week 5 (May 12 - May 18, 1980) Week 6 (May 19 - May 25, 1980) Whitsun 1 (May 26 - Jun 1, 1980) Whitsun 2 (Jun 2 - Jun 8, 1980) Week 7 (Jun 9 - Jun 15, 1980) Week 8 (Jun 16 - Jun 22, 1980) Week 9 (Jun 23 - Jun 29, 1980) Week 10 (Jun 30 - Jul 6, 1980) Week 11 (Jul 7 - Jul 13, 1980) Week 12 (Jul 14 - Jul 20, 1980)
TERM 1 (Sep - Dec 1979) TERM 2 (Jan - Apr 1980)
Spider-Man and Hulk Weekly No 1 (or No 376, depending) Star Heroes No 3 Ignore this issue and you'll save 30p
TERM 3 IN LINK FORM
The Adventure Game May 24, 1980
Iranian Embassy Siege May 5, 1980
Messages OMD
The Big Time Jul 2, 1980
Babooshka Kate Bush
Borg v McEnroe Jul 6, 1980
Q9 Jun 17, 1980
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley
Who Shot JR? May 26, 1980
Tomorrow’s World Jul 18, 1980
Reagan For President Jul 16, 1980
Monday May 12th - Sunday May 18th, 1980
To be continued…
TERM 3: Week 5
TERM 3 IN LINK FORM
The Adventure Game May 24, 1980
Iranian Embassy Siege May 5, 1980
Messages OMD
The Big Time Jul 2, 1980
Babooshka Kate Bush
Borg v McEnroe Jul 6, 1980
Q9 Jun 17, 1980
Could You Be Loved? Bob Marley
Who Shot JR? May 26, 1980
Reagan For President Jul 16, 1980
THE GHOUL  ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Available now exclusively on Bandcamp The Incredible Hulk Weekly No 63 Forces in Combat No 1
Saturday May 17th BBC 1, 9.50 pm: News, with Jan Leeming A plane crashes into the sea during a Red Arrows aerobatic display at Brighton Beach. Miraculously, no one is hurt An Iranian man is killed and another injured in a bomb blast at a hotel in West London (it was their own bomb that went off accidentally) Common Market foreign ministers meeting in Naples have not yet reached an agreement over whether or not to impose trade sanctions on Iran (over the hostage crisis, not the accidental bomb blast) The Italian Red Brigades group announces it will take violent action against any Western leader who plans to attend either of two summits in Venice next month A boat full of refugees en route from Cuba to Florida capsizes, killing ten An agreement is signed in Athens which will hopefully begin to tackle pollution in the Mediterranean (this is hilarious - Jan sounds so disapproving of the “dirty” French and Italians hoodwinking innocent tourists into bathing in such polluted waters) Another attempt to breed pandas at Washington Zoo has ended in failure
Monday May 12th English: The Money Shop BBC 1, 4.20 pm: Cheggers Plays Pop, with music from: Ne Ne Na Na Na Na Nu Nu - Bad Manners Take Good Care of My Baby Smokie Tell Me - The New Seekers
BBC 2, 9 pm: Not The Nine O’Clock News - Series 2, Episode 7: the last of the current series. For some reason, this episode has a war theme, with newsreaders in military gear and numerous mentions of nuclear armageddon. It also ends on a high with the Ayatollah song, probably one of my two favourite songs from the series. I really ought to point out though that I didn’t watch this as an eight year old. It was on way past my bedtime and would have sailed right over my head. I don’t think I’d even heard of it until I was at least nine.
Tuesday May 13th English: The Money Shop - Part Two BBC 2, 11.30 pm: The Monochrome Set perform three songs on The Old Grey Whistle Test.
UK SINGLES CHART No 1: What’s Another Year Johnny Logan No 10: We Are Glass Gary Numan No 18: Rat Race/Rude Boys Outa Jail Specials No 47: I’m Alive ELO No 57: Nobody’s Hero/Tin Soldiers Stiff Little Fingers No 62: Little Jeannie Elton John No 63: Chinatown Thin Lizzy No 66: Dreams Grace Slick
UK ALBUMS CHART No 1: The Magic of Boney M Boney M No 14: My Myself I Joan Armatrading No 57: Freedom of Choice Devo And, since it never charted in the UK, here’s the brilliant title track from that seminal Devo album.
Warsaw, Poland: French President Valerie Giscard meets Soviet premier Leonid Brezhnev to discuss the situation in Afghanistan: the first summit between Eastern and Western leaders since the war began last December. Macclesfield, UK: Joy Division singer Ian Curtis commits suicide - his third attempt, in the wake of recording their album Closer and less than a month before the release of their first chart hit, Love Will Tear Us Apart. The surviving members of the band rename themselves New Order the following month and go on to enjoy immense global success.
Sunday May 18th Washington, US: Mount St Helens erupts, killing 57 and sending a plume of ash 15 miles into the sky. Causing over $1 billion in damage, it has often been declared the most disastrous volcanic eruption in US history.
BBC 1, 7.20 pm: Top of the Pops - presented by Dave Lee Travis, with: Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) Squeeze Over You Roxy Music Just Can’t Give You Up Mystic Merlin (via Legs & Co) No Doubt About It Hot Chocolate The Bucket of Water Song The Four Bucketerers Don’t Make Waves The Nolans Mirror in the Bathroom The Beat No Self Control Peter Gabriel What’s Another Year? Johnny Logan
Wednesday May 14th English: Moses and the Pharaoh
BBC 2, 9.45 pm: a special edition of Man Alive asks the question What Price the BBC? - a fascinating debate about the future of the BBC’s funding model in which various TV industry bigwigs fret about the possibility of the licence fee increasing to a whopping £34 a year. At times it does come across a bit like a Party Political Broadcast for the BBC (i.e. an extended ad for why they deserve the extra money), but if you’re interested in the politics behind British broadcasting, it’s worth comparing this with an edition of ITV’s World in Action from 1988 called The Taming of the Beeb, which shows how the story panned out over the next few years. (Sadly, since writing this, the Man Alive video has disappeared off YouTube. But I’ll keep an eye out for it.)
Thursday May 15th English: in a moment of inspiration, I write the title for a new instalment of Ward’s 7 called Robonaut, then for some reason, think better of it. Spider-Man & Hulk Weekly No 376 - Spider-Man Weekly and The Incredible Hulk Weekly merge into a single weekly title which, in a bold gender-curious move, also features Spider-Woman and She-Hulk.