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Young Ones

I was going to put a long winding post about Cliff Richard (and his excellent backing band, The Shadows), but I decided to keep it to the point: My mother used to be a big fan of the 60’s singer and as a teenager, she had been able to collect all the records and singles, which eventually, ended up being listened to by teenage-me and that one. This is also the 4th anniversary of her death, or rather, funeral, so this is slightly appropriate. Personally, I find that there’s some vindication in the way how things panned out altogether: it’s not that I’m really into this music or that I love this music. That’d be too silly. However, if you think about it, it’s generally better music (or less pretentious) than the noise my other siblings listened to, back in the 70s. I mean, can you say ‘Grease Lightning’? Huh? HUH?

Now, I decided to pick out The Young Ones (If you prefer video: YouTube) because it shows how gifted Cliff Richard’s backing band was. The Shadows, fronted by guitarists, Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, wrote, produced and co-wrote many of Cliff’s songs. The band eventually went on creating hit-songs of their own (with ‘Apache’ and ‘The Deer Hunter’).

This also reminds me of a theory of one of my sociology teachers in high school in the mid 80s: He opined that fans of Cliff Richard’s music ended up listening to the music of Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley fans ended up listening to Prince. I can tell you for a fact that this is not true.