1973: Given its iconic status it's actually fairly difficult to find television footage of Slade where Noddy's actually wearing the mirrored hat. Here, for example, he's gone the faux-Burberry route. Luckily Dave's not letting the side down, here in the fabled Metal Nun gear. Look at that thing! Floor length, over the head, the works.
1979: Anyone who sat through 1976's colour clash weeks of You To Me Are Everything might be forgiven for thinking The Real Thing got swept away as black music culture moved to the disco floor. The very opposite, in fact, as they grew backing percussionists, came in their own clothes, still let that one member bring his own guitar in and became a full-on sensation. Look at that crowd go at the end. Ironically given what rock'n'roll history will now tell you, in comparison it's the mouthy punk of the Members that looks the more cabaret, Nicky Tesco invoking Jimmy Pursey in his excitable playacting. Meanwhile the Bee Gees' Tragedy gets the Pierrot clown treatment from Legs & Co, with the aid of a piece of garden furniture.
1980: What's Powell on about now? Well, presumably this followed Winter Olympics coverage, but even so. The first bit of the show and it kicks off with a regular visitor over the course of the decade, Shakin' Stevens neither the wild man of legend or the hot dancer of later successes. He's followed by The Beat, "bouncing as ever", and a repeats of Buggles but the blog didn't feature the original showing so let's just pretend. Carnations and rubber gloves were evidently part of the future. Another debutant with a big 80s ahead, Iron Maiden in their original lineup and already with a surfeit of poses and cymbals.1990: 1990, time for the Guru! Not dressed or dancing like Guru Josh on prime-time telly it wouldn't be. I don't think those are actual violinists either, though one of them seems not to have got the memo and turned up in a big jacket and jeans, especially as there are no proper strings on the track. Not sure what's more worrying about Tina Turner here, the age-defying mass of hair or the fact most of her dancing stems from twitching her elbows. Come the chorus a slow pirouette seems to excite the audience enough, though. And watch for that big kick!
1996: Part of the mania sweeping the nation that here leads Lisa I'Anson to adopt a leering cockey accent, Blur invoke more screaming excitement then most song about suburban swingers would, especially when Damon takes his jacket off to reveal some product placement. The kids at the end know they must right now invade the stage but aren't entirely sure how to do it. And in the blue corner Oasis, Union Jack guitar and all, get to do two songs, firstly Don't Look Back In Anger with Liam on unconvincing piano, then its B-side cover of Cum On Feel The Noize, seemingly starting with Liam giving instruction to an unnecessary soundman.