Sunday, 17 June 2012

17th June

1971: Jarring juxtapositions must have been the order of the day, as Jimmy and his coterie go from Sweet to the "nice unusual sound" of Peter Green. Minimalist tribal instrumental jazz-blues, that's what gets the teens running! Southern Comfort are why glam had to happen, and they really should get back to that wedding. The choogling blues of Mick Abrahams too. As far as Pan's People goes here's a relative rarity, surviving footage of the troupe's original lineup with Flick still dancing as well as choreographing to Three Dog Night.

1976: And just five years later Flick was working out experimental multi-part epics like Candi Staton via Ruby Flipper, Floyd as a housewife. Note how Philip's newspaper provides extra one-for-the-dads material. T-Rex dutifully turned up during the period Marc wasn't at his best, ridden roughshod by the likes of Brotherhood Of Man, whose follow-up to Save Your Kisses For Me is practically the same right down to having a last line twist. If you watched TOTP1976 you'd think Liverpool Express and their I'm Not In Love-alikes were one of the defining bands of the decade, so often were they on and so glowingly talked about.

1982: Natasha is "the lady in the blonde hairdo and not much else", which is oddly worded of Bates for all sorts of reasons - everything's comfortably covered, for one thing. Every good sax player has their own Rupert The Bear jacket. Roxy Music reflect Bryan's lothario ambitions, but they don't have the clout to get the whole studio emptied and arranged for their favour like Queen. Here's the countdowns.

1993: Terence Trent D'Arby and Des'ree play with the sexual tension, Deborah Harry the, erm, magic. Fair to say they audience aren't that impressed by a man who can produce glasses out of thin air. Glasses?

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