You've never quite heard a song without the fullest orchestration, have you?
Nice bit of in-character work, Ronnie. That of course is the omega performance of a recent TOTP77 favourite and the song the UK sent forward 35 years ago today to defend the Eurovision title Brotherhood Of Man had won a year earlier. It finished second, not that everyone hoped it would come that close - documents released in 2009 revealed BBC governor meeting minutes which noted "when it seemed that the UK would win the contest (and have to pay for it again in 1978) BBC faces at Wembley had grown longer and longer, but they had cheered up when L'Oiseau Et L'Enfant won the prize."
Some sign of what was to come came on the night of A Song For Europe when a technicians' strike meant coverage of the nomination process was limited to Radio 2. The self-penned Rock Bottom beat among others The Foundations, Lyn Paul of the New Seekers, Carl Wayne ex of The Move, Mary Mason who we'll see soon anyway and Opportunity Knocks winner Tony Monopoly, not to mention pre-show favourite Promises Promises by Rags, which I only mention due to the routine the group had planned which would see the two female members' skirts being ripped off mid-song to reveal shorter garments underneath. Four years later one of those girls, Nichola Martin, co-founded Bucks Fizz and the other, Jill Shirley, became their manager, so at least the idea didn't go to waste.
Instead Rock Bottom, an evocation of more straitened times complete with Lionel Blair choregraphy, was chosen by the people to go forward to the Wembley final on April 2nd. Except it didn't, as another BBC strike, this time cameramen, delayed it to May. Then when it did take place there were a different set of technical snafus. Let host Angela Rippon explain. More directly, let producer Stewart Morris' talkback take up the story (NSFW):
That roller has never been cued in quite the same way again to this day. For the record this won despite receiving half as many twelve pointers as our man and woman, while some TOTP77 alumni finished sixth despite their Morse code sessioneer's sterling work.