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DAVID ESSEX – “Gonna Make You A Star”

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#360, 16th November 1974

Checking the usual sources, David Essex’s early career seems to be a complex mesh of meta – being a star, then playing someone who wants to be a star, then singing about turning someone who wants to be a star into a star, then playing someone who’s been turned into a star… at some point, probably the point at which you are listening to this song, you have to stamp your foot and say “OK BEING A STAR IS NOT THAT INTERESTING REALLY”. Except it is interesting, or can be – from the Byrds to Bowie to Britney there are hosts of well-known records about stardom which also manage to be good, draw you in even if it’s just to recoil or envy.

So the problem is with honest toiler David Essex – but he’s made good records too, or at least more entertaining ones than this. Glorious flukes like “Rock On” aside, they seem usually to have been yoked to narratives, big corny ones like Evita or War Of The Worlds. “Gonna Make You A Star” is sung with a dollop of stagey though satisfying grit, but it sounds like it’s hunting for a big story that never coalesces – and it’s an effort, too much effort, to try and unravel the lyrics. Maybe in 1974 the big story was David himself – if that’s the case, it hasn’t travelled.

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  1. 1
    Waldo on 6 Dec 2007 #

    I remember managing to get into the Odeon, Elephant and Castle to see “Stardust”, despite being just too young at 13 to view an AA film. I thought it was disappointing. The support picture, “Footsteps”, was a good deal better, I remember. The truth was, “Stardust” was just a tad beyond my appreciation and I guess a lot of the intricacies were lost on me. I wasn’t the clever little Waldo I thought I was. In my petulance I blamed David Essex and he and I got off to a bad start, which was a pity because GMYAS was a quality piece from start to finish. I guess I just didn’t see it then and the artist quickly became a star himself, especially in the eyes of teenage girls, something which was bound to antagonise teenage boys. Cards on the table in that respect. Now, through unthreatened mature ears, this record sounds like the well-produced, well-performed pop song it always was. Ghosts away.

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    Marcello Carlin on 6 Dec 2007 #

    Tom you are SUPER BONKBONK and you need 1 x CRASH COURSE in the Essexmeister. Helpfully I prepared one earlier (scroll down a bit innit).

    Pinched intro from Don Everly’s “Warmin’ Up The Band” notwithstanding (but that added whistle makes all the Brit difference!) I’ve always loved this splendid slice of self-aware meta-electropop where Essex concludes he’s not superhip but finds he doesn’t really give a toss. Easily lovable but the singles only tell part of the story. But what a follow-up – “Stardust” with Ray Cooper drowning his gong in the studio bath!

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    Erithian on 6 Dec 2007 #

    Tom – not sure if you’re counting this among all the Stars, but don’t forget he’d also played another Superstar – Jesus Christ – albeit in “Godspell”.

    Unlike Waldo, I never had a problem reconciling myself with Essex the teen idol, and always had a soft spot for his records – “Rock On” was as peculiar and as fine a debut as any teen idol can have made. Thinking back to this one, in its way it’s as hook-laden as “Sugar Sugar” – the little whistle in the intro; the blokeish backing vocals (didn’t they get a different act on TOTP to do the “I don’t think so” line each week, and wasn’t it Paul McCartney and Wings one week?); the handclaps after “we gonna make ya…” and the “yiyiyiyiyiyeahh” at the end, and that’s without listening to it again. It sounds like something they’re not taking TOO seriously but a quality piece of work at the same time.

    And down there at number two was a smart little track called “Killer Queen”. The world would hear from its perpetrators again.

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    jeff w on 6 Dec 2007 #

    My sister snuck into a Stardust-That’ll Be The Day double feature screening at the Cannon, Crawley (or was it still the ABC then?) at the same age. 10 year old me was quite shocked at the time about that!

    “Footsteps” is an early Alan Parker short, right? Rather unpleasant and not very PC as I recall (but this was me viewing it on TV some years later i.e. in a post Ripley-the-kick-ass-feminist era).

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    jeff w on 6 Dec 2007 #

    (that was an x-post to Waldo’s #1 obv)

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    Waldo on 6 Dec 2007 #

    I must say that I allow myself a smile, albeit a wry one, when I hear the expression “not very PC” in relation to matters of over thirty years ago and beyond. I think Jeff is making this point himself with regards “Footsteps”. One reviewer on the “Avengers Forever” site, for example, complains bitterly about a scene in a 1966 episode where Steed grabs the utterly gorgeous Angela Browne, bends her over his knee and tickles her until she provides the desired information. “Not very PC!” howls the reviewer. Well of course not, you tosser, it was 1966! I think the PC Stasi are odious and the way they try to backdate, sans any irony at all, only underpins their tragic humourless view of the world around them. God bless Gene Hunt. I have a grizzled old mate in the Sussex Police and he told me that Hunt and Jack Regan are icons for many of the younger Bill, who are themselves alas tragically reduced to filing clerks these days rather than enforcers and guardians of the Law. Government “targets”, of course.

    “Footsteps” was indeed most odd. I remember when I saw it that there was a scene of mild female nudity. Myself and the three mates with me began whistling like the children we were until some much older guy yelled out “Steady, kids, it’s only an AA!”

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    crag on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Always had a soft spot for yer man Essex since his appearance on childhood fave Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds essaying the role of the Artillery Man (“not poems and rubbish- SCIENCE!” etc)and although not as good as the amazing Rock On(though IMO, not a lot is)this track is still great-clever, witty lyrics, a hooky as hell melody and a synth line that defines the word “parp”.
    It seems to have gone a bit out of fashion at the moment, after a period in the 90s when it seemed almost compulsory, for pop/rock acts to perform songs about how it can be a bit rubbish being a star sometimes. Mores the pity if it means less tracks as good as this..

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    Marcello Carlin on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Angela Browne, who a year later performed a mock lobotomy on Patrick McGoohan in the “Change Of Mind” episode of The Prisoner. Also Mrs Francis Matthews if I’m not mistaken.

    Since Diana Rigg regularly threw blokes about judo-style in The Avengers the Steed spank scenes were presumably in there for reasons of balance so that the Kleenex brigade didn’t have it all their own way…

    (N.B.: while on this Prisoner detour an RIP shout out to Anton Rodgers, who sadly passed away over the weekend aged 74. Much fine work on both stage and screen, including acting both Michael Caine and Steve Martin out of the picture in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and of course he was the smarmy proto-yuppie Number 2 in the legendary “Schizoid Man” episode. Met him on a train going to Maidenhead once and had a bit of a chat; he was an utterly charming fellow)

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    Ken Shinn on 7 Dec 2007 #

    A bit more consideration needs to be given to this one’s B-side, the frankly terrifying “Window”, which must have scared a fair few happy ten-year-old tenyboppers shitless. I seem to recall that Marcello wrote about it rather brilliantly. Any chance of seeing that again, Marcello? Please!

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    Marcello Carlin on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Already posted a link to it Ken – see post #2 above!

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    Doctor Casino on 7 Dec 2007 #

    I like the song but don’t love it, and the problem’s not Essex but the backing track, which is always a little too easygoing and lopey. It’s the right mood for “I’m comin’ home” but when he hits “I’m gonna make you a STAAAAAAAAAAAAR!” they’re still easing down the road when they need to be taking off into space.

    My favorite part is where it sounds like he’s sneering “I don’t CARE how coked you are” which is a sentiment to which I can relate.

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    Marcello Carlin on 7 Dec 2007 #

    “Coked”?

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    LondonLee on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Marcello beat me to it regarding your low opinion of Mr. Essex – “honest toiler” indeed!

    Have a listen to his ‘All The Fun of The Fair’ album and get back to me.

    I couldn’t get in to see “Stardust” – the woman at the ABC Hammersmith Broadway (not there anymore) turned us away for being too young. They were strict in them days. I assume the AA-cert was because of the groupie boobs scene. Plus all the drugs and the gay stuff too I suppose.

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    Erithian on 7 Dec 2007 #

    The first AA film I ever saw was the work of a band that, famously, won’t be troubling us in Popular – it was “Tommy”. By a strange coincidence the first X film I ever saw was “Quadrophenia”. In both cases I was a couple of months too young. Ooh, the rebel!

    Waldo (#6) – I do think people use the expression “not very PC” ironically about 60s/70s culture, in the full knowledge that you can’t expect them to be PC and they most definitely weren’t. Without wanting to open a great big can of worms on the PC debate, the term was well-intentioned at first but has become devalued – it’s really all about “respect” (and not in the Galloway sense). I’m generally a left-leaning liberal type, but did give a little cheer on hearing the story about Jeremy Clarkson and the hoodies this week.

    We’ll have more chance to discuss the Essexmeister’s later career in *spoiler alert* about a year’s time.

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    Mark G on 7 Dec 2007 #

    “But you see, I don’t care how cold you are”

    i.e. however dead in the water her career is at this moment, he’s coming home, going to sack this other manager who doesn’t understand the rock media, and make her a star.

    Seems straightforward enough!

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    Mark G on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Kiki Dee?

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    Lena on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Jeremy Clarkson and the hoodies? Did the hoodies publicly burn a pile of his books, or something?

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    Marcello Carlin on 7 Dec 2007 #

    THEY HATED HIM SO MUCH!!! ;-)

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    Lena on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Thanks!

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    Doctor Casino on 7 Dec 2007 #

    Yes yes, that all makes sense enough to me, but as opposed to the ups and downs of rock management (about which I couldn’t care less), I can relate very much to being stuck at a party talking to someone who thinks it’s REALLY INTERESTING that they’re doing coke. Hence I think the song would be much better if it were “how coked you are.” Granted, this interpretation disintegrates if any of the preceding or following lyrics are included for consideration. Oh well.

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    Caledonianne on 8 Dec 2007 #

    He was alright was David. Always had a twinkle in the eye, like he’d know how to give a girl a good time, and an easy charm that bowled you over whether you were 15 or 45 (that’d be me and my mum when this was topping the charts).

    Catchy tune, self-deprecating lyrics, what’s not to like?

    I see David every morning, on my way to work. At the top of the stairs at Banbury station there’s an enormous poster for the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton, where Mr Essex will be giving us his Captain Hook from next Friday in JM Barrie’s timeless Great Ormond Street Hospital moneyspinner. I may go – two of my friends have children who owe their lives to GOSH.

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    End Garrett on 9 Dec 2007 #

    *flounces off, bemusedly* ;-)

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    mike on 10 Dec 2007 #

    I find it hard to be objective about this one, as my reactions are so drenched in nostalgia that I cannot imagine how it would sound to anyone approaching it for the first time. However… it’s wonky and warm-hearted, simultaneously hip and unhip, delivered with wide-eyed innocence and a knowing twinkle, and full of cute little moments that hook you in: the, yes, “parping” synth riff, the whistling, the crisp delivery of “rock media”, the matey “I don’t think so” from offstage (which works similarly to The Puppy Songs’s “we’d be so happy together, yodely-odely-odely-OH”). There’s also a climactic, end-of-the-set feel to it, which makes it sit easily as the last song on the chart countdown, or at the end of TOTP. A warm, fuzzy and unashamedly subjective 9 from me, then.

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    Marcello Carlin on 10 Dec 2007 #

    I must say that yesterday’s POTP – or at least the half of it which dealt with the chart of 7 Dec ’74 – was a joy to listen to. So many superb records (for once Dale & Phil got it right) from the Faces’ awesome swansong (that fantastic “Keep on lovin’ me baby” turnaround at the end of “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing etc.” – Rod for about the last time sounding as though he’s enjoying making a record) through to – unbelievably – “Ire Feelings (Skanga)” (“Banned from most radio stations at the time for unusual reasons,” quipped a diplomatic Dale) and then “Hey There Lonely Girl” (gorgeous, exquisite), Hello’s proto-punk stampede through “Tell Him,” Pilot’s “Magic” of which I don’t expect ever to tire (that askew underlying string arrangement makes the record) and onwards past David, down at number two, to its glorious successor at number one (“It had number one written all over it, didn’t it?” asked Dale rhetorically) about which Tom will hopefully be writing sooner rather than later…even the Bachman, the Turner and as it were the Overdrive made me smile…oh, and Disco Tex and his Sex-o-Lettes which made me get up from sorting out my library of cassettes and bop around our front room with unabashed abandon (“My chiffon is WET!” Genius)…

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    Billy Smart on 10 Dec 2007 #

    Indeed, it was a particularly fab POTP. I could tell that I was enjoying myself because I made myself hoarse singing along… just as well that I was on my own yesterday. Great to finally get to hear Rupie Edwards, too.

    The thing that struck me about ‘Gonna’ is just how rueful it is, albeit in an open-hearted and wise – rather than bitter – sort of way. If you listen to it in this way, all of the moments where it seems to take its foot off the gas when you’d expect it to go anthemic (as noted by Dr. Casino in post 11) start to make a lot more sense.

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    Erithian on 10 Dec 2007 #

    The verdict at my school on “Ire Feelings” was unanimous and pretty unprintable. Mainly because, looking back, it was an entirely different idiom to anything any of us had ever heard before and none of us had any idea what the hell was going on. Greater knowledge of the genre in intervening years would, I guess, help me to understand it if not actually like it. I couldn’t tell you what Mick Hucknall thought of it though.

    With you on most of the rest, though, and “Dance, Sing or Anything” is an awesome singalong. I believe if you include the bit in brackets on the label it becomes the longest hit title in chart history – unless you’re pedantic and list all the songs in “Stars on 45”.

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    Marcello Carlin on 10 Dec 2007 #

    What YEARS OF GOLD has to say about Mr Edwards:

    “What a ridiculous looking man with a ridiculous song. It peaked at number nine and for me was one of the worst hits of the year.”

    You couldn’t make it up.

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    mike on 10 Dec 2007 #

    “Ire Feelings” certainly wasn’t banned from daytime Radio One; I was laid up sick for a few days at the time, with the radio switched on all day, and it’s one of the records I most vividly remember hearing, many times over (along with Disco Tex’s “Get Dancin”, as it happens). A major OMGWTF moment (as was Disco Tex for that matter), but I think there had just been a lengthy feature on dub music in the short-lived, long forgotten and bloody excellent Street Life magazine, which did at least provide some measure of context. (Or did Street Life not appear until 1975? Hmm, perhaps it didn’t….)

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    Marcello Carlin on 10 Dec 2007 #

    No, Street Life was around from 1973 onwards and I have the back issues to prove it. Cue David Jacobs to say: “Idris Walters – where is he now?”

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    CarsmileSteve on 10 Dec 2007 #

    i thought the longest title was: Where The Streets Have No Name (Can’t Take My Eyes Of You) / How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously?

    also no one has said “King of the Gypsies” yet, so i willl.

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    Caledonianne on 10 Dec 2007 #

    Sigh! Magic by Pilot! Me, too, Marcello, me too – the 28th most-played track on my Ipod, entirely due to its place on my “Driving” playlist. It just always makes me feel glad to be alive (taking or leaving the West of Scotland football associations, natch!).Must see what Dale had to say about it from listen again.

    If memory serves we may be discussing the boys anon, when I look forward to your take on the album whence springs their bestselling effort.

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    crag on 11 Dec 2007 #

    i thought Where The Streets Have No Name (Can’t Take My Eyes Of You) / How Can You Expect To Be Taken Seriously (thank god for cut n paste!)didnt count since its a double A side and therefore consists of two different recordings…
    Still, good call acknowledging Dave’s status as Overlord of the Romany Nation. A sign of changing attitudes – can u imagine a pop act trading sucessfully on his so-called “pikey” heritage in today’s pop(and political)climate?

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    Mark G on 11 Dec 2007 #

    I was going to say, “Ire Feelings” was not banned at the time.

    Maybe when the BBC actually worked out what it was actually about, did they (retrospectively), or at least removed it from their “oldies” programming.

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    Erithian on 11 Dec 2007 #

    I believe the longest unbracketed title was “I’m In Love With The Girl On The Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk” by the Freshies. For airplay reasons they changed “The Manchester Virgin Megastore” to “A Certain Manchester Megastore” thus losing one letter. Great record too.

  35. 36
    Mark G on 11 Dec 2007 #

    I have a copy that says “I’m In Love With The Girl On A Certain Manchester Virgin Megastore Checkout Desk”

    I think the idea was to put a strike through the word “Virgin” but they didn’t do (all of) them.

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    Marcello Carlin on 11 Dec 2007 #

    Current edition of Guinness Hit Singles rather wimpily settles for “Certain.”

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    Waldo on 12 Dec 2007 #

    Erithian # 14 – I don’t agree with you that in the main the expression “not very PC” is being used ironicaly with regards 60s and 70s culture. This would indicate a sense of humour, something which most disciples of PC singularly lack. Like you, I don’t think there’s any point in opening a can of worms about this, as I fear the worms have long since escaped. The principle may well have been well intentioned but alas the respect was and is tailored only for selected groups and not everyone. Like most “blokes”, I think Clarkson is top geezer as he stands up to the people I’m referring to. In his dreams he would have machine gunned those hoodies, I’m sure.

    MC – I had no idea that Anton Rogers had died. Smarmy proto-Yuppie Number Two is a great description. He can now pass on his messages to “Susan Curtis” himself…

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    Marcello Carlin on 12 Dec 2007 #

    Recommended listening: “Cassetteboy’s Quite Funny Jeremy Clarkson Bit” on the 2005 Dead Horse album by Cassetteboy.

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    Erithian on 21 Dec 2007 #

    Today will be the last chance I get to read “Popular” this year, and from my experience of Christmas with a one-year-old, Tom is unlikely to get time to post any more entries before then. So it looks like we’ll reach the festive season two entries short of one of my favourite Crimbo records.

    12 months ago we were discussing “Get It On”, so we’ve covered nearly 3½ Popular-years in one real-time year. Still good going for your present circumstances Tom! Best seasonal wishes to Tom and everyone else who contributes to or reads this forum, and let’s have some virtual mulled wine and mince pies.

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    Marcello Carlin on 21 Dec 2007 #

    Ditto. I’m rather sad that Tom didn’t get around to doing at least the next entry since I was looking forward to that; no doubt when I come back after the New Year there will have been 100 new Popular entries and I will go ARGH! in enclosed spaces for prolonged periods. Or maybe not.

    Anyway, joyeux Noel and buon Natale to everyone here innit.

  41. 42
    Brian on 21 Dec 2007 #

    All the Best to everyone from a really snowy Canada. Global warming ? White Christmas ? Bah humbug !

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    Tom on 21 Dec 2007 #

    Merry Christmas to all readers! (The next two entries WILL be going up before Christmas, but I’m in the middle of a house move which is why things are a bit slow currently.)

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    Waldo on 22 Dec 2007 #

    I too would like to add my compliments of the season to everyone. You are a very civilized and erudite bunch and I look forward to continuing our road to Damascus in 08.

    Blessings.

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    Geir H on 24 Dec 2007 #

    I tend to like those David Essex hits from the 70s. They sound great, and there’s a Steve Harley thing to his way of singing that gives sort of a fitting “twist”, but without losing the song’s catchiness.

    I mean, as an actor, David Essex isn’t a technically good singer, but his voice has character still. And, well, it works out fine. Plus there are some nice synths and.. Well. Not bad at all, although I like “Hold Me Close” better.

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    wichita lineman on 13 May 2008 #

    The intro might sound like a Don Everly song but try singing Gonna Make You A Star over Major Lance’s Monkey Time. It’s extreeeemely easy! But, hey, good source material; I’m not gonna throw stones, and I love both songs to death. I assumed at the time that the story in the song had to relate to Stardust (the movie) which I was too young to see.

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    DJ Punctum on 13 May 2008 #

    I’m not gonna throw stones

    Not even Bill Wyman?

    Sorry, I couldn’t resist it.

  47. 48
    Billy Smart on 13 Feb 2009 #

    NMEWatch: September 28 1974. Charlie Gillett reviews David Essex alongside ‘Down On The Beach Tonight’ by The Drifters;

    “Dare we hope that these records are so bad they won’t be hits? There is reason for optimism. The charts have rarely been so full of attractive, well-constructed, dancable numbers. Look out for Rod, The Main Ingredient and Ace, and leave these two to die quietly.”

    Single of the week was ‘Farewell’ by Rod Stewart.

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    punctum on 14 Jul 2011 #

    TPL reaches That’ll Be The Day and one of the greatest comebacks in British rock: http://nobilliards.blogspot.com/2011/07/various-artistsoriginal-motion-picture.html

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    lonepilgrim on 14 Jul 2011 #

    that’s a fantastic entry Marcello – although the current cover image is more than a little disturbing

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    punctum on 15 Jul 2011 #

    Ah yes – the occupational hazard of ingrates, the equivalent of “NO TURNING IN MY DRIVEWAY.” Now fixed!

    (“Don’t these people know who I AM? I’m doing them a FAVOUR!” *flounces off in purple bathrobe*)

    Seriously, though, I am merely using Google Images to find my illustrations (not having a digital camera to take my own pictures, and yes I know I should sort that out) and if anyone has a bone to pick about that, then email me at marcellocarlin at hotmail dot com and I’ll be happy to give you credit or remove the image if you don’t want it there.

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    punctum on 15 Jul 2011 #

    Hang on, though, the site that came from is all about illegal downloads!

    Now HOP it before I get the cops on you!

    The SAUCE of some people.

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    AndyPandy on 15 Jul 2011 #

    It’s like ‘Soulseek’ great for listening to obscure music but full of slightly neurotic bedroom-dwellers who have the effrontery to ban you from downloading stuff on a whim when I thought the whole idea was free access to music…and its not “really” there’s anyway.

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    Jimmy the Swede on 19 Jul 2011 #

    I’m still waiting for the bit where Eddie Moon is strolling through Albert Square market and is accosted by Fat Boy who tries to sell him some seventies albums. “You probably remember all this cheesy old stuff, bruv, innit?”

    I do hope the writers have the nerve.

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    Erithian on 19 Jul 2011 #

    Yes, but I listened out in vain for any Spandau Ballet playing on the Vic jukebox when Steve Owen was in.

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    wichita lineman on 20 Jul 2011 #

    Re 48: I’m quite fond of Down On The Beach Tonight as a lite update of Under The Boardwalk, and I’m VERY fond of Gonna Make You A Star. Even by 70s rock/soul snob standards that seems incredibly blinkered.

    Interesting how Farewell is possibly Rod’s least remembered Top 10 hit from his imperial phase. Maybe because it’s a fourth generation xerox of Maggie May, coloured in by a member of Fairport Convention (I do like it, btw).

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    Mark G on 20 Jul 2011 #

    I dunno, it seemed like the first of his “oh I am nostalgic for the comforts of my home”, as per “Every Beat of my Heart” and suchlike, only this time he hadn’t gone yet.

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    wichita lineman on 9 Nov 2011 #

    A plug for my blog, including a chinwag with David E about his film and pop career in the seventies:
    http://croydonmunicipal.blogspot.com/2011/11/david-essex.html

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    Jimmy the Swede on 9 Nov 2011 #

    Nice one, Lino. Memories of a 13 year-old Swede just about getting past the border guards at the Odeon Elephant and Castle to see “Stardust”, an AA film and therefore forbidden fruit for another year.

    Happy Days!

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    wichita lineman on 9 Nov 2011 #

    Hats off! I was only 9 so couldn’t get in to see it, much as I wanted to as I LOVED Gonna Make You A Star. I looked so young I still struggled to get in to see an AA when I was 18.

    With all the talk of “event singles” in the mid eighties Popular posts, can I flag up my feeling that this was definitely an event single in ’74? One of those records that sounded like an obvious number one on first listen. Same goes for Tiger Feet. Apologies if I’ve said this on Popular before, and not just down the pub.

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    Mark G on 9 Nov 2011 #

    I remember when Stardust was on the telly, the final scene where DEssex/Jim got carted into the hospital and the doors slam shut. Then my sister piped up “Well, he’s obviously all right”

    Which cracked everybody up, and my dad shouted “HOW DO YOU GET THAT CONCLUSION???”

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    wichita lineman on 9 Nov 2011 #

    Was Jim McLaine’s tv death based on a true story?

    I’ve assumed it was a loose adaptation of Jim “Leatherhead” Morrison’s demise. Bit early to be Tommy Cooper.

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    thefatgit on 9 Nov 2011 #

    Or that fella from Ou Est Le Swimming Pool.

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    lonepilgrim on 1 Nov 2019 #

    David Essex always comes over as a likeable chap but that quality always seemed to slightly undermine any credibility he might have had as a singer and writer. His earlier hits, particularly Rock On, suggested the potential to become someone more challenging than the lumpy Glam wannabes but he soon settled into the role of beloved entertainer. This song feels as if it’s just on the cusp of that move and the call and response “I don’t think so” sounds a bit panto.

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