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GARY GLITTER – “Always Yours”

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#351, 22nd June 1974

GazGary Glitter is a liability on his own record: “Always Yours” sparks to life each and every time the backing boys yell the title hook, and then the momentum gradually putters away as weak-lunged Garry oohs and aahs and cheeky-boys through the verses. One foot in light entertainment and one in rock’n’roll, the single has pace and punch but ultimately never manages to successfully marry its bovver and brylcreem sides.

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    Waldo on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Sir Garfield again and I have to say that this one was rather good. Lost for once was his trademark terrace chant and replacing it we have a fast-paced pop number which rattles along quite tidily. I suppose the retrospective gag which is begging to be made here concerns the earnest proclamations Glitter makes that he will “never, never let you go” and remain “always yours”. Oh, really? Even when she hits eighteen, Gary?

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    Marcello Carlin on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Another thing. The Beatles. “Well she was just seventeen/You know what I mean!” What exactly did you mean, Sir Paul?

  3. 28
    Erithian on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Well at least she was legal! Sir Paul has admitted to fancying the Queen in his youth, so it could have been worse (it would rhyme as well)…

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    Waldo on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Macca has always had something for Brenda, this is true. At her Golden Jubliee, Paul graced her with “Her Majesty”, the final track from “Abbey Road”, the last line of which is “one day I’m gonna make her mine”. The look of bewilderment on Brenda’s wrinkled, tired old boat had to be seen to be believed.

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    Marcello Carlin on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Over the Buck House breakfast table, late 1969:

    Queen: I say, Charles, do you know who these ruffian Beatle chappies are?
    Charles: Errrrmmmm, mother, can’t say they ring a bell in one – I prefer the Three Degrees mmm.
    Prince Phil: It’s still 1969 Charles.
    Charles: Ummmmmmmmmm…

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    Waldo on 31 Oct 2007 #

    …Princess Margaret: I’m surprised you don’t remember them, Mummy. You gave them all gongs a few years ago at the behest of Mr Wilson.

    Brenda: Oh, really, Meg, you KNOW I never remember anything I do for that horrid little man!

    Charles: Ummmmmmmmmm…

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    Erithian on 31 Oct 2007 #

    There’s a picture of the line-up after the Royal Variety show where the Beatles are meeting the Royals. Paul is greeting Princess Margaret and his gaze is surely taking in the Royal cleavage.
    http://triumphpc.com/mersey-beat/beatles/royalty.shtml

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    Waldo on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Princess Margaret in her youth was totally scrummy and adored men. She effortlessly collected many “admirers” and quite honestly, it would have been the height of bad manners not to acknowledge the royal, ahem, command.

    From Gary Glitter to Princess Margaret…That’s a match that never happened, I’m sure!

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    Marcello Carlin on 31 Oct 2007 #

    She is alleged to have had a thing going on with Peter Sellers.

    I saw Princess Margaret tottering around with difficulty outside Kensington Palace a couple of months before she died. She was wearing huge shades and was lucky not to bump into me since she was slaloming in slow motion like nobody’s business. Looked as though she wanted to be on another planet altogether.

    As for Gary Glitter in his youth – let’s just not go there…

  10. 35
    Waldo on 31 Oct 2007 #

    No, let’s not.

    Margaret and Sellers, yes indeed. Also, it is said, the artists who took “Amazing Grace” to the top in 1972.

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    Helen Highwater on 31 Oct 2007 #

    What, all of them?

    Reminds me of an old joke.

    An elderly Welsh couple are looking back on many, many years of marriage and reminiscing.

    “I have something I want to confess to you, Myfanwy,” says Iestyn. “I have been unfaithful to you twice in all those years. One time was with a girl in Ypres in 1916 [I said it was an old joke!], and the other a widow in Amiens in 1945.”

    “Oh Iestyn!” says Myfanwy, “I forgive you. For I, too, have been unfaithful twice. Once with the Llanmyddfy Male Voice Choir, and once with the Third Carmarthen Light Infantry.”

    And now I shall, as they say, retrieve my weatherproof outdoor garment.

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    Marcello Carlin on 31 Oct 2007 #

    I also remember Ryan and Ronnie.

    I believe the Princess Margaret/Dragoon Guards business may have been the original inspiration for the Rutles’ “When You Find The Girl Of Your Dreams In The Arms Of Four Drunken Scotsmen From Hull.”

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    Waldo on 31 Oct 2007 #

    Then there was the business with John Binden and his party piece with the beer glasses, which amused Margaret greatly. It amused Noel Coward even more…

  14. 39
    Mark G on 31 Oct 2007 #

    And didn’t Morrissey title one of his songs after PMarg’s comment about cocaine?

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    Lena on 31 Oct 2007 #

    “Interesting Drug”?

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    Mark G on 31 Oct 2007 #

    check!

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    Billy Smart on 13 Feb 2009 #

    NMEWatch: 8 June 1974. Roy Carr is not impressed.

    “Of all this week’s one hundred or so releases. this is by far the best example of calculated formula-selling. Simply take hold of that Mud-stained Tiger Feet beat, give it a Resurrection Shuffle, deck it out with the usual trade mark trappings, let it loose, sit back and watch it plough up the charts.”

    No single of the week. Also reviewed;

    Mott The Hoople – Foxy Foxy
    The Drifters – Kissin’ In The Back Row Of The Movies
    Roy Wood – Going Down The Road
    Leo Sayer – One Man Band

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    Sheled on 18 Jul 2009 #

    mY FAVOURITE Gary Glitter song, aside from You Belong To Me + Papa Oom Mow Mow.

    I Know, You Know…

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    TommyT on 28 Jul 2011 #

    Gary Glitter is still one of my favourite performers. I’m 26 now, and I remember feeling so betrayed in the 90s when it all came to light, but, I do still feel the media have something dodgy going on there, I still believe he was setup somewhere along the way.

    I play his tracks all the time and I couldn’t give a f what people think about it!

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