One of the many reasons why it was so great being a boy in the 1970s: 20-foot high billboards of Caroline Munro in a wet suit plastered everywhere.
Mott the Hoople are rightly famous for being one of the best rocking bands of their era, but they also did some lovely ballads like this one. I actually think Ian Hunter’s voice is more suited to slow, melancholy songs.
“Peter Marinello has just been signed to Arsenal for the fantastic fee of £100,000!” Sadly Peter has fallen far from the glamour of giving out prizes to dolly birds on TOTP.
This clip is just great from start to finish. With the goofy charm of Tony Blackburn, the summery pop stylings of Edison Lighthouse, and the groovy dancing dollies during the credits, the TOTP studio looks like the happiest place on earth.
I don’t remember this record at all — a rather weird tribal-psychedelic remake of “Sugar Sugar” (by Jonathan King according to the internets) — but this is worth watching just for the TOTP audience which is jam packed with dancing dollies (some of whom we’ve seen before) and quite a few suave gentlemen too. It must have been cravat week.
The chart is a wonderful thing too, Perry Como and Andy Williams rubbing shoulders with T. Rex and Deep Purple.