Top of the Pops (UK)

Season 42 Episode 37

11th September 2005

Aired Monday 2:00 PM Sep 11, 2005 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Onscreen Factoid: The [Pussycat Dolls] group's original lead singer was 'Baywatch babe' Carman Electra.

    • Onscreen Factoid: Poet, songwriter, actor, Unicef ambassador and all round diamond geezer Ian [Dury] was backed by the Blockheads, one of the finest bands to ever grace the UK charts. Incidentally, this is probably the only song ever to rhyme the words 'Sudan' and 'Japan' with 'Yucatan'. Genius!

    • Onscreen Factoid: Mutya... at the age of six appeared on Michael Barrymore's 'My Kind of People'

    • Onscreen Factoid: Foo Fighters is an American term for UFO investigators.

    • Onscreen Factoid: Erasure's Vince Clarke was a founding member of Depeche Mode.

    • Onscreen Factoid: Arcade Fire performed with David Bowie at this week's Fashion Rocks show in New York.

    • Onscreen Factoid: He's an interesting one, that David Bowie. Over the years he's managed to display more personalities than all of the Spice Girls put together. This is perhaps his most famous alter-ego: Alien Rockstar Ziggy Stardust. Despite only playing the part for a few years Bowie's Ziggy influenced any number of artists from Prince to Green Day to Duran Duran. Not only that, but 'Ziggy played guitar' apparently. When was the last time you saw a Spice Girl do that?

    • Onscreen Factoid: Jem started out in the music industry promoting Fatboy Slim gigs.

    • Onscreen Factoid: Franz Ferdinand are the only band to win the Mercury Prize, Brit and NME awards in the same year.

  • Quotes

    • Fearne: (to Suggs) Apparently when Gwen Stefani discovered you were married, she cried for an hour non-stop.
      Suggs: Not long enough.

  • Notes

    • Drummed In: Towards the end of their song one of the Arcade Fire band members leaves the stage still playing his instrument (a drum). Moments later the drum is seen being thrown at the remaining band members on stage.

    • Back again: Suggs has presented Top of the Pops before, almost ten years previously on 2nd November 1995.

    • Tick, tick, boom: The five second countdown clock appears again, preceding the opening titles.

    • Archive Shows: David Bowie 'Starman' taken from Episode #523 broadcast 27th December 1973 (This was a repeat performance taken from episode #449 broadcast 20th July 1972 - a show which was later purged from the archive. Therefore this is the only surviving recording of this performance). Ian Dury and the Blockheads 'Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick' taken from Episode #827, broadcast 25th December 1979.

    • Live: Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Sugababes, Pussycat Dolls
      Pre-recorded: Jem, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters
      Pre-recordings made on 7th September 2005.

  • Allusions