While the late, occasionally bow-tied Roy Black may still lack cool, the passage of time has forgiven the Bay City Rollers for their droll tartan outfits and for being adored by barely pubescent girls. The Ramones admitted a long time ago that they took inspiration from the teen-orientated bubble-gum pop promulgated by BCR. The rest of us have taken a little longer to appreciate that BCR weren’t as crap as their trousers led us to believe. And so I’ll pronounce while flinching only slightly: I was a BCR fan, even though I was a boy. And I liked Woody best.
With all that in mind, here is my Teen Dreams mix: acts that featured on the postered walls of pre-and freshly-pubescent kids, and were marketed as such.
The phenomenon of teen idols precedes the advent of Rock & Roll. There was Bing Crosby, who charmed the girls and their Moms in the 1930s. Then came the Bobbysoxers who screamed for young Frank Sinatra from
But arguably the real teen revolution came with the ‘60s and Beatlemania, a whole new deal which inspired a new culture of teen idols; some accidental, some manufactured to cash in on the Beatles .
Early teen idol prodigies of the1960s included Billy J Kramer (whose “Bad To Me” was written by Lennon & McCartney) and Herman’s Hermits in
In the early 1970s, the pretence of musical authenticity evaporated in the
And so, in celebration of teen dreams, the Teen Dream mix (if your mother, sister, wife or girlfriend is between the ages of 45-50, she’ll probably love it) -- with funky homebaked front & back covers and single covers.
1. The Beatles - Do You Want To Know A Secret (1963)
2. Billy J Kramer & the
3. Herman's Hermits - No Milk Today (1966)
4. Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich - Bend Me (1966)
5. The Monkees - Last Train To
6. Tommy Roe - Dizzy (1969)
7. The Archies - Sugar Sugar (1969)
9. Sweet - Co Co (1971)
10. Partridge Family - I Woke Up In Love This Morning (1971)
11. The Brady Bunch – It’s A Sunshine Day (1972)
12. David Cassidy - I Am A Clown (1972)
13. Barry Blue - Do You Wanna Dance (1973)
15. Gary Glitter - I Love You Love Me Love (1973)
16. The Osmonds - Love Me For A Reason (1974)
17. Kenny - The Bump (1974)
18. Hello -
19. Slik - Forever And Ever (1975)
20. Leif Garrett - Surfin'
21. Shaun Cassidy - Teen Dream (1977)
22. Andy Gibb - (Love Is) Thicker Than Water (1977)
23. John Travolta –
So, what was the first record you bought?