12/4/15

Vintage Musicians #10: Bands of Look-In


Don't recognize these guys? They're The Goodies, of course, performing their hit song "Funky Gibbon".  Yes, it's absolutely terrible - and, no, I have no memory of it whatsoever.  This is either because (A) I didn't live in the UK during the 70s, or (B) it's so awful, my brain has repressed its memory.

Old Look-In magazines are full of musicians unrecognizable to most Americans.  Let's have a look inside a few issues....




First this cover - in case you're unfamiliar with the magazine.  It's basically a UK rundown of film, music and sports with comics of TV shows.  A nice pop culture time capsule.


First up is Flintlock - a boy band from 1978.  How do they stack up against the Backstreet Boys, One Direction, and NKOTB?  Don't ask me.  I wouldn't know.


Brotherhood of Man. I've seen a lot of their records over the years, so they aren't exactly obscure; however, they're not exactly household names in the US either.


Darts
My next task is to look some of these bands up.  Darts looks to be a unique crew; very curious how they sound.

Okay, just listened to Come Back My Love and hated it.  Never mind.


These lads call themselves Dead End Kids.  They were supposed to be the Bay City Rollers Part II.  Alas, it was not meant to be.


Not exactly lookers were they?  Would it have been so hard to get a Shaun Cassidy or Leif Garrett style heart throb in the mix?


The Dead End Kids.  Nope.


Paper Lace had a few songs I liked back in the day: The Night Chicago Died and Billy Don't Be a Hero aren't bad songs, really.


The Rubettes


And here's Showaddywaddy.  I didn't get into the doo-wop revival then, and still don't really care for it.  Never liked Sha-Na-Na-Na either.


Showaddywaddy back atcha.


The New Seekers are...



Not familiar with the band Tonight, but given their demeanor, they must be God's gift to music.


Oh, hell yeah.  Now we're talking.  I'm down with the Heatwave.


Not to be confused with the 80s hairband who sang the power ballad "To Be With You".... of which my hate knows no bounds.  It almost ruined 1991.  Yes, the entire year was almost ruined because of that shitty, shitty song.




And you thought Tonight looked pretentious.  Take a moment of silence and contemplate the awesomeness that is Merlin.


And we'll leave off with the Boomtown Rats looking a lot zanier than I remember them.  Cheers.

22 comments:

  1. I don't remember Merlin or the Dead End kids at all (and, yes; I'm grateful for small favours). Their photos were scary, though. "You could meet the Dead End Kids.....down a dark alleyway if you're not careful".
    Tonight had precisely one hit. I believe it was called "The Drummer Man", and memory suggests that it could melt your eardrums.

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  2. The Goodies ran on PBS in the late 70s and early 80s. The earlier Mr. Big had a minor hit with "Romeo" in 1977.

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    1. If you are going to have a band called Mr. Big on your blog, this is the one to have. "Romeo" is good song that was banned some places (although I'm not sure why).

      Some old guy died from laughing during an episode of The Goodies. The PBS station here in Springfield, MO ran The Goodies only if they needed to fill 30 minutes on Saturday afternoons. I saw it about twice. Best I remember it was kind of like The Monkees meets the Young Ones.

      BTW, the New Seekers was one of two groups who recorded the Coca Cola jingle, "I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing."

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  3. Brotherhood of Man actually won the Eurovision Song Contest for the UK back in the 70s with 'Save all your loving for me'.

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    1. voiceofthe70sDecember 04, 2015

      Brotherhood of Man had the ubiquitous hit "United We Stand" here in the US in 1970. For some reason I always associate that song with another song "Reach Out Of The Darkness" by Friend and Lover from a few years before. Both have that same forced anthemic quality.

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    2. Small Correction - it was Save All Your Kisses For Me, in 1976

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  4. "How about Stonehenge! What a waste of money that was! 2000 years it's been here! Still doesn't fly..."
    -Bill Oddy as a druid

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  5. Merlin had a couple of pretty good glam rock tunes, like a nice version of Alvin Stardust's "Sweet Cheatin' Rita." The Dead End Kids had hits with covers of The Honeycombs' "Have I The Right" and DC5's "Glad All Over."

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  6. It may sound bad, but Funky Gibbon got to number 4 in the UK charts, and Bill Oddie was one of the best selling songwriters n 1974/75 when the single came out.

    Black Lace are unique in that they were one hit wonders in the UK and the US with different songs - The Night Chicago Died in the US and Billy Don't Be A Hero in the UK. Then they morphed into Paper Lace, and gave the world Agadoo. For which they must pay the price.





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    1. Yes, but "Agadoo" had a very important function in the music world. It spawned the "Chicken Song" from the TV show Spitting Image.

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    2. Point - which shows that even out of the worst of times, good things can come...

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  7. My sister used to love the New Seekers. She was very much into radical, shockingly experimental music like the Carpenters, John Denver and Bread. And I have to say I secretly like some it myself … oh, damn, the secret's out!

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  8. I grew up in the 70s and 80s, in the UK and I was a regular reader of Look-In but even I don't remember half those bands!

    Come to think of it, where did you find all those copies?

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    1. Try here - http://johnslookout.150m.com/

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  9. That Heatwave performance is pretty wild. And yes, the drummer really does look like a Bilbo.

    Also, let's hear it for The Goodies!

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  10. DiscoDollyDebDecember 05, 2015

    The New Seekers sang "I Know There'll Never Be Another You," which has some of the loveliest harmonies in pop music.

    The version of "Billy Don't Be A Hero " I remember is by Bo Donaldson & the Haywoods. Neither version is particularly memorable.

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  11. The Goodies were awesome! Great series. :) I've seen every episode.

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  12. The drummer of Flintlock was better known as a member of The Tomorrow People, an ITV kids sci-fi program of the 70's. The rest of the group appeared in a couple of episodes playing themselves.

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  13. That guy in The Dead End Kids with the neckerchief and the jean vest with no shirt looks rather creepy!!!

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  14. That guy in The Dead End Kids with the neckerchief and the jean vest with no shirt looks rather creepy!!!

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  15. ExcronimussJanuary 31, 2016

    The Dead End Kids were trying to ride the punk wave without actually being punk, kind of a "parent approved" pretend-punk version of the Bay City Rollers.

    And speaking of pretension, one of the guitarists in Paper Lace went by the moniker "Carlo Santanna", not (sic) sadly.

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