1972: Talk about a classic period in rock's rich tapestry - just last week (in 1972 terms) we had Starman, and here's another performance that made its singer a legend on the spot. Alice Cooper was dawdling at 44 at the time; one liberated balloon, one uncommon stage invader and four weeks later it was being repeated as the number one. Mary Whitehouse complained about the sword, it's said.
1978: Why, it's as if Bob Marley & The Wailers are in the centre of New York all along. Renaissance seem to take in every type of music, bar glam, from about six years earlier at once.
1989: Typical late 80s smooth soul-pop from Waterfront.
1995: Presented by Dale Winton in the exact way you'd expect Dale Winton to host Top Of The Pops, the start and end of this one are online; to start, Jinny and MN8 could dance all night; at the end Dale delivers the greatest sentence ever uttered about Courtney Love before Edwyn Collins repeated, Supergrass and the Outhere Brothers. That audience really are well trained.
2001: Weezer's only studio visit, the title changed (as it was on Radio 1) from Hash Pipe. Rivers remembers too.