Whilst America Had MTV, In The UK We Had The Chart Show
Top Of The Pops was arguably the most successful, longest running and should we say popular music show on TV in Britain, whose roots originated back in the early 60s. But whilst that show was famous for its bands and artist's performances, ranging from the sublime to the uncanny, there wasn't really a TV show dedicated solely to artists' music vids. MTV was indeed an American invention, which later hit the UK via satellite and cable television and where The Chart Show differed from other music shows was the fact it didn't have a main presenter. In a way, it revolutionised and changed the way we view and watch music television and it is that in particular that we should be grateful to The Chart Show that it had done this. It showed endless streams of vids, in a decade where popular music was at its prime peak. The 80s wasn't just the MTV generation- it was a decade for new romantics, of Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince, Hall and Oates and PWL to name. We didn't have satellite TV until 89/90. Well, in the UK that is.
The programme concept of The Chart Show was it would show past and present videos and then towards the end of the programme there was the week's top ten. The programme rounds up by showing preview clips of upcoming music vids yet to be released. Since The Chart Show's demise on terrestrial TV, the music scene has suffered tremendously as a result and thus, with the state of music programmes today and the music scene in general, it has since recently declined in twofolds.
Even though I quite liked TOTP, The Chart Show remains a huge favourite of mine, simply because it succeeded in showing quality music vids and in showing them in a way that was easily accessible to us as the public. Back then, unless you had MTV, you had no other alternative but The Chart Show when it came to viewing music videos.
When it ended, I was so disappointed- having said that I do think the music scene at the time towards the end of the 90s partly contributed to its loss. When the quality of the music in the charts declined, so did the videos and so the unfortunate thing had happened and hence, The Chart Show was taken off the air.
Still, The Chart Show will always be a cult favourite with retro music fans such as myself. Thus, long live The Chart Show!
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