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Chart Music: the Top Of The Pops Podcast

#69 (Pt 1): 27.12.74 – The Ramadan #1 of 1974

Season 1, Ep. 153

Taylor Parkes and Rock Expert David Stubbs join Al Needham to prepare the ground for an in-depth trawl through one of those end-of-year TOTPs – and this one is a rare Friday teatime excursion through the bangers of 1974, and possibly the last episode from the Golden Age of Top Of The Pops. Naturally, there’s a pick through that week’s NME, and the introduction of Pantomime Horse, the parlour game poised to sweep the dinner parties of 2023. TUCK IN, POP-CRAZED YOUNGSTERS…

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    01:58:30
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    01:47:38
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    01:26:26
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