I watched Celebrity Pointless on Saturday —it was a repeat, but I’m often cleverer second time around. Amongst the eight contestants was the unfailingly unfunny Stephen K Amos, and a couple of singers from yesteryear in Cheryl Baker and Toyah. It is a piece of standard trivia in the Kirby household that Cheryl’s real name is Rita Crudgington—I don’t suppose there was much making her mind up to get that changed...
As for Toyah, I remember a number of her hits from the early 1980s, one of my favourites being entitled Ieya—which is also the sound I make when someone inflicts a Chinese burn. I watched the video on YouTube for old time’s sake, but my attention was then diverted to the list of suggested associated videos down the right hand side of the screen. Halfway down the list was Hand Held in Black and White by Dollar.
It’s no big secret that my all-time musical “guilty pleasure” is Poupée de Cire, Poupée de Son, France Gall’s 1965 Eurovision Song Contest winner. It’s a catchy little tune, performed by a very attractive young lady (she was aged just seventeen at the time). Fast forward to 1978 and my taste for loud and fast punk-inspired music was rapidly developing, but a pretty young woman was also more than capable of turning my teenage head. Thereza Bazar was certainly right up near the very top of the list, and much as Dollar’s brand of commercial pop wasn’t my musical cup of tea, I was more than shallow enough to listen on the basis that the female half of the duo was a stunner.
None of which explains why I purchased a copy of their first single Shooting Star, without it being in a picture sleeve. Call it an aberration...
... although, having watched this video, I’m actually willing to forgive the thirteen year old me. It’s not the worst little tune, and, ahhhh, Thereza..!!!