Sunday, January 19, 2014
Leo Sayer: The Show Must Go On
Leo Sayer has long been seen as the quintessence of naffness - that Kevin Keegan perm did not help - but for a few years in the mid 1970s he enjoyed enormous success on both sides of the Atlantic.
I can still remember the impact this strange figure in full clown costume and make up had on me when I first saw him on Top of the Pops. If, as I suspect, it was the show on 3 January 1974, then that tape has been wiped.
Nor can I find what other acts were on the show, but I like to think of Sayer as offering something new and intriguing to the 13-year-old me when set against Suzi Quatro, the Rubettes and other Chinn & Chapman dreck that the charts had to offer in those days. It was up there with I Know What I Like in Your Wardrobe.
These days Leo Sayer is an Australian citizen and very opposed to fracking.