Thursday, July 13, 2006

Alvin Stardust and the fall of New Labour

In 1973 I rather liked Alvin Stardust. Those were the days when Luxemburg was the station you listened to under the bedclothes when you were meant to be going to sleep. And Stardust's first single - "My Coo-Ca-Choo" - was played on Luxemburg for weeks before the BBC picked it up and it became a hit.

But what would anyone in 1973 have made of a prediction that one day the arrest of Alvin Stardust's manager would lead to excited talk of the government falling?

I had the same thought a couple of years ago when, walking through London, I saw newspaper placards saying "GARY GLITTER MAY FACE FIRING SQUAD".

It's a trite thought, but isn't it strange how things turn out?

1 comment:

Chris Black said...

Sorry, I didn't like Alvin Stardust at all.

But from that era I really liked Steve Harley -and I distinctly remember an article in the Daily Mail from the 70s saying that he was a Liberal. Does anyone know if he still is?