Here you all are you big rabble.
Leis a go-go and lurid cocktails spilt on your espadrilles.
We’re all over the place this weekend, but naturally in a disco-dazzling way. Not rolling around on the pavement clutching cans of Kestrel and cheap fags. Although that does sound good.
Nope, we’ve got a gig marathon weekend lined up and we’d love you to come along a cheer us on. Here’s where we’ll be:
SATURDAY 2ND JULY
Trafalgar Square in that London
We’re proud to say we’re opening the Pride celebrations in London’s Trafalgar Square as hopefully the sun beams down on us and people get so overexcited they frolic in the fountains.
On stage from 2pm a power packed punch of pop featuring Hot Gusset, the DreamBears and Anna Greenwood doing the dancing and playing the records to make to get in that jeffing fountain. What larks!
Club Tropicana drinks are free…
Then later that day we’re off on the train to the seaside of Brighton for our Club Tropicana Beach Party at Concorde 2. That’s right we’re bringing the outside inside and not via dog poo on our shoes. No no, this is pure sunshine indoors with an all out holiday knees up on the sea shore.
Party starts at 10.30pm giving you all day to work on that impressive tan to look super fly in your cozzie of choice. Hooray!
SUNDAY 3RD JULY
Get mega helpings of GP at the Big Feastival
Then when Sunday comes around, we’re rolling up at Clapham Common for Jamie Oliver’s Big Feastival. That’s a festival of food and music, what on EARTH could be better?
Holding court on the Band Stand Stage, Guilty Pleasures will be there all day in full force alongside the delights of Bikini Beach Band, Levi Roots and the Cuban Brothers. Hot Gusset will be getting you all up and on your feet no doubt, helping shift some of the cake weight we’ll have piled on in the afternoon.
Elsewhere you can find Athelete, the Bees, Lily Allen’s Lucy in Disguise pop-up shop, Super top chefs aplenty cooking up a storm and Peppa Pig! Well what more could one ever wish for?
Coo wee, worra weekend.
Oh Top of the Pops, why aren’t you with us anymore? Yes we know you crop up on Christmas Day and that, but it’s simply not enough. We need weekly pop performances from our chart stars, not just endlessly looping video music channels. Videos are all very well and good, but it’s not the same as the live performance / miming. We need both! Oh TOTP, we miss you!
It always looked like so much fun in that Radio One Roadshow way that John Peel hated so much. Despite his appearance on the show, he never really threw himself into it. Japing about with fellow co-workers with tidy beards in loud clothing whilst larking with teenagers ’twas not the way for Peel. It was for this lot though, behold:
Look how smart ad well turned out Noel is. That’s what we want from our telly heads.
Simon Bates and Bruno Brooks in happier times. Nice sweater Bruno.
DLT and Savile. It’s like a massive bear strangling a child with a crippling ageing disease. It could be considered cruelty.
We are honouring the good name of the Pops at our Guilty Pleasures parties this month. Manchester was last week, Brighton is this Saturday 12th and KOKO on Saturday 26th. It’s all because we have a new GP album coming out and we’re dreaming of chart fame. SIGH.
The dance troupes were always our favourites though, that’s pretty much why we have our army of twinkle-toed and bodied types whirling around at our discos as we try and replicate the wonder of the best telly show ever for you our pop loving crowd.
TOTP had various types over the years.
Pans People obviously the iconic first batch who set the precedent, then came
Legs & Co who were well, a bit like Pans People but without the charming innocence before Arelene Philips corrupted some of them, made them get all racy with MEN would you believe, as part of her Hot Gossip troupe.
Hot Gossip. Tea time raunch.
But who was the best? PP or L&C? Who’s interpretational dance routines to chart smashers reigned supreme? There’s only one way to decide… FIGHT
Legs & Co / Donna Summer:
Pans People / Gilbert O’Sullivan: