Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

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Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

Naughty Naughty Naughty / Letters Of Love

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of Alaska’s releases this record also did not chart but it’s an interesting reminder of one of the ubiquitous personalities of the 70s. was a highly productive period for De Los Rios and as well as his world wide smash with Symphony No. Kojak was really nothing special as New York- based detective serials went, others such as McCloud, Tenafly, McMillan and Wife and Banacek were in competition. His version of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik was adopted as the theme for BBC Radio 4‘s long-running Brain of Britain, prompting presenter Robert Robinson to sniffily describe it as ‘ Mozart plus sacrilege. The band that eventually became Middle of the Road certainly got about a bit and spent time in Italy, where they claim to have played on Sophia Loren‘s solo album, via South America.

The formula was exactly the same, an MOR classic, this time You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, with Telly’s sultry vocals and a Mantovi-type orchestral strings backing. Their appearance on TOTP was particularly excruciating, all the players looking suitably embarrassed to be there. Without the cache of being a ‘novelty hit’, it might have been viewed as an interesting example of left-field pop.So using the Observers’ Book of Punk Rock Credibility as a guide they found a song that sounded vaguely ‘punky’, they went down the Kings Road and secured some second-hand jackets and thin ties, they bought some fashionably ironic sunglasses in Debenhams, had their shoulder-length hair cut and, hilariously, gave themselves punky, anti-establishment names. They may be rubbish and inexplicably successful but still hold their place in the pantheon of strange but memorable hits. As they needed two pianos, Woodward’s mum and piano teacher, Hilda was asked to sit in and the rest is Lieutenant Pigeon history. The guys in my year at school who knew about ‘serious’ music, the ones who walked around the playground with a copy of Rory Gallagher’s ‘ Blueprint‘ or ELP’s ‘ Brain Salad Surgery’ under their arm, would have taken the piss relentlessly out of me if they’d known I’d purchased it, but I loved it.

But Georgy Girl was such a great song and the production raised it from the mundane so pretty much any band would have been successful with it. Firstly, his version of Mozart’s superb A Musical Joke was used as the theme to the utterly tedious and interminable Horse of the Year Show. It seemed an obvious single but clocking in at over 7 minutes, Stevie didn’t want to cut it down to suit the single format and released Sir Duke and I Wish from the album to great chart success. Maybe, although I firmly believe Hilda’s participation added to the song’s interest and most certainly contributed to it achieving the top spot on The Hit Parade. Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep stayed at the top spot for 5 whole weeks being replaced by the monumental and game changing Get It On by T.They were the sort of band that stopped more interesting acts breaking through in the mid-sixties by releasing anodyne, unthreatening, harmonic fare, like this utter tosh. Interestingly, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was also a minor hit at the same time as Middle of the Road‘s version for Mac and Katie Kissoon, reaching a high of No.

And his penchants for lollipops, which apparently were, in real life, a way of trying to get him to curb his smoking. You picked up the phone, dialled a particular number and a female voice would say, ‘ This is the Dial-A-Disc Service. Someone in his management company obviously thought he needed an image and the bowler hat and cane was introduced. In desperation he was asked to deliver the lines in a suitably faux Shakespearian style, which he, of course, was only too happy to do and the rest is camp history.What added an extra frisson of excitement to the record was that it was the theme to an ‘X’ rated film that was currently in the cinemas. C. run out to at Boundary Park, it is banger racing’s theme tune, it was even used in New Zealand to advertise their national lottery and Charlie Watts named a racehorse after it. As well as being the leader of the Top Of The Pops Orchestra for 15 years, he helped launch the career of Cilla Black (well, nobody’s perfect) and was musical director for a number of Dusty Springfield shows in the 60s (much more like it). He got away with it in 1975 because he was riding an irresistible popularity wave, but anyone listening to it now and knowing nothing of Kojak would wonder what the hell was going on.

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