Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Guilty feet have got no rhythm



Another timeslip moment, dear reader, and one very close to my heart.

This time thirty years ago, I was on a little weekend trip to Bath (Georgian idyll) with a female friend. Having drunk all afternoon (some things never change), we retired for a "siesta" before the evening jollities (separate rooms, needless to say). I had, however, spotted earlier that day at the bus station kiosk a certain type of magazine that had intrigued little closeted moi...

And so it came to pass that I sneaked out of that hotel and purchased my very first gay wank mag publication Vulcan - and (ahem) the rest is history!

The music playing - or rather, being sung very loudly by a raucous group of young ladies passing the hotel window - on that auspicious occasion?

George Michael's Careless Whisper (the Number 1 hit in the charts this week in 1984)...



Ah, memories.

9 comments:

  1. 'Vulcan' was always my fave mag, much better than 'Him'. That is for those who remember.
    Thanks for the vid.

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    1. Before that, it was the underpants pages in the Littlewoods catalogue.... Jx

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    2. Nah, 'Vulvan' had the pretty ones, I preferred the bulkier guys in Zipper!

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    3. Each to their own, sweetie!

      And oh, dear, "Vulvan" conjures up something altogether less to our tastes... Jx

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  2. What an enjoyable story (although I don't think I have ever seen an actual copy of that magazine).
    I can't believe it's been 30 years since "Careless Whisper" - still one of my favorite George Michael songs. To think he was only 16 when he wrote it...

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    1. Flatterer... Georgios is only two months older than me. Sixteen? I don't think so! Jx

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  3. Well, actually, the song was written a few years before Wham took of - and George was 16 in 1979. Wham made it in 1982/1983 and according to different reports "Careless Whisper" was written in either 1979 or 1980, although it wasn't released until 1984 on their second album.

    A little bit of Tuesday trivia ;)

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    1. On Wikipedia it says: "Unlike all the other Wham! singles (except "Wham Rap!" and "Club Tropicana"), it was co-written by Andrew Ridgeley, the other member of the duo. The two had written it together as unknowns three years earlier, when Michael was working as a cinema usher in Watford." So that dates it to 1981... Jx

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  4. OK, 18 it is then (if Wikipedia is to be trusted) :)

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