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Top Of The Pops: The Doctor Rocks Glastonbury (ft. Orbital)

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We’ve seen The Doctor dance. We’ve seen The Doctor kiss.

Now watch the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) rock the 2010 Glastonbury Festival with his own theme tune (with a little help from Orbital).


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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Spinal Tap (Featuring Jarvis Cocker) – Big Bottom

Not to lower the tone of this fine establishment, but I can’t help thinking that it’s only fitting that the guest musician on a song that includes the line

“My baby fits me like a flesh tuxedo,
I’d like to sink her with my pink torpedo.”

should have the surname Cocker…

Yes, the preserved moose (mooses?) of Spinal Tap were joined by infamous arse-waggler Jarvis on bass guitar for this performance of Big Bottom at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Ash – Girl From Mars

This is a song I never tire of hearing.

It’s Girl From Mars, by Northern Irish rockers Ash. It was released in 1996 and was the second single from their first album 1977.

I found two live versions of the song that I liked, one prior to and one after the departure in 2006 of guitarist Charlotte Hatherley, when the band returned to their three-piece roots.

I couldn’t decide which one I liked more so here are both! Enjoy.

This performance is from the Glastonbury Festival in 2002:

And this one was recorded at London’s Astoria on September 6, 2008:


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Top Of The Pops Thursday – Pulp

This week, Top Of The Pops Thursday turns its attention to the Choob’s favourite band of the 90s – Pulp.

You can keep your Oasis and your Blur – for my money, Pulp were the kings of Britpop– although, in truth, they’d been struggling along in relative obscurity for more than a decade before reaching their creative peak in the early 90s just as the Britpop movement was gathering speed.

Arguably, their best – certainly their most successful – albums were 1994’s His ‘n’ Hers and Different Class in 1995, both of which were packed with brilliant, bittersweet – with the emphasis on bitter – pop-rock songs that explored in devastating, scathing fashion the bleak reality of the day-to-day monotony and hardships of working-class British life, along with the seedier, sleazier, more sordid side of love and relationships.

Here are live versions of two of the darker songs from the earlier, pre-Different Class part of this era.

First, possibly my favourite Pulp song, Razzmatazz – describing the decline of a shallow, cock-sure party girl after her boyfriend leaves her – filmed at Glastonbury in 1994:

And here is Acrylic Afternoons, filmed at Brixton Academy in 1995 for the F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.I.V.E. concert film:

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Top Of The Pops Thursday: Muse

Something a little more up to date this week, courtesy of Muse, probably my favourite currently active band.

I could list dozens of their songs here (and no doubt we shall return to them in future TOTP Thursdays) but for now I’ll limit my choice to a couple of their loudest, rockiest, most bombastic offerings.


First up Stockholm Syndrome, from the album Absolution, the closing number from their headlining performance at Glastonbury, 2004:

And second, my favourite Muse song, Knights Of Cydonia (from the album Black Holes And Revelations) – which I like to think of as the illegitimate love child of Ennio Morricone and Iron Maiden. This performance is from the BBC’s Later With Jools Holland in 2006:

You can see high-quality versions of both videos on YouTube by clicking the video while it is playing and then selecting Watch In High Quality.

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