As the 1990s start to get going, this is the year in which indie kids, ravers, alternative comedians and even a certain grunge band from Seattle hit the charts. Against the background of recession and a war in the Middle East, a new and sassy breed of artists debut on Top of the Pops. Seal goes solo, James and The Wonder Stuff cross over, and Vic Reeves becomes a sort of pop star.
As pop and the mainstream go younger, Britain’s longest-running pop show finally succumbs to a makeover and moves from Television Centre to Elstree in an attempt to start over. Meanwhile, Bryan Adams remains at number one for 16 weeks – a bit too long for a chart show and for the competition! Then Nirvana come to Elstree, group of the year The KLF team up with country legend Tammy Wynette, and a sudden death determines the Christmas number one. It proves to be a fascinating year, not only in the TOTP studio but also in pop fashion and the state of the nation.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS NEW WITH: Trevor Horn (1991), SEAL, Miles Hunt of THE WONDER STUFF, Iain Baker & Mike Edwards of JESUS JONES, Vic Moir of Vic Reeves, Jorinde Williams & David Harry of OCEANIC, Mr. C of THE SHAMEN, Rozalla, Tim Booth of JAMES, Bill Drummond of KLF (2006),
2. 1991 Big Hits Air Date March 12, 2022: Top of the Pops Big Hits re-opens the BBC vaults to showcase and celebrate the biggest and best performances of 1991. There are some massive pop hits from the likes of Right Said Fred, Color Me Badd and Chesney Hawkes. Seal goes solo and a little Crazy, Mariah Carey shows off her extraordinary vocal range while James encourage everyone to Sit Down. There are plenty more signs and sounds of the times from Crystal Waters, The Mock Turtles, Oleta Adams, Nomad, Cathy Dennis, PM Dawn, Massive Attack, The KLF and the frankly bizarre one-off appearance by Nirvana. Plus the single TOTP performance from Bryan Adams with Everything I Do that seemed to be in permanent rotation as the show moved from Television Centre to Elstree.
EXCLUSIVE PERFORMANCES from Top of The Pops: Seal “Crazy”, JAMES “Sit Down”, Crystal Waters “Gypsy Woman (La Da Dee La Da Da)” Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy”, KLF “Last Train to Trancentral”, Simply Red “Stars”, Incognito featuring Jocelyn Brown “Always There”, Chesney Hawkes “The One And Only”, Massive “Unfinished Sympathy”, Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”, Vic Reeves & THE WONDER STUFF “Dizzy”, Nomad featuring MC Mikee Freedom “I Wanna Give You Devotion”, The Mock Turtles “Can You Dig It?”, Oleta Adams “Get Here”, BLUR “There’s No Other Way”, Mariah Carey “Emotions”, PM DAWN “Set A Drift On Memory Bliss”, Cathy Dennis “Touch Me (All Night Long)”, Bryan Adams “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You” and NIRVANA “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
Total Running Time: 2 Hours
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