Tales of the Unexpected…Paul Nicholas

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This is the first of a new feature. Hoping to deal with those great tunes that come from unexpected sources. A psych monster from an aging crooner, a mod floorfiller from a teenage heart-throb or just a strange tune from a mainstream talent. The ’60s seem awash with these anomylies, so much so that it prompted a friend of mine to believe that every top entertainer has at least one gem in his or her cupboard. So where do we start? Let’s begin with Paul Nicholas. Star of the eighties comedy “Just Good Friends”, and during the ’60s one of the original members of the stage musical “Hair” . He was a regular on Top of the Pops in the ’70s with such throwaway horrors as “Reggae like it used to be”. But dig a little deeper and you will find two unexpected gems. The first is a b-side called “Lamplighter” which is well worth the price of entry (which is probably around 20 cents). But here we’re dealing with a b-side from the 1970 single “Freedom City”(polydor) called “Run, Shaker Life”. A tale of the unexpected indeed…

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2 Responses to Tales of the Unexpected…Paul Nicholas

  1. The Commissioner says:

    A revelation . . . . more, more, more!

  2. Brother Jonno says:

    When Paul is this good we all forgive him his TOTP mid 70s horrors…… I prefer PN’s version to the dear heart original by Uncle Ritchie.
    I describe this tune thus……. “Reeking with CLASS!!!”

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