Friday, 14 September 2018
It was Maggie May that first captivated me as a twelve year-old, watching him kick footballs around on Top Of The Pops. I liked his flamboyant, laddish cheekiness and it was just such a great song, wasn't it? I duly bought the single and then You Wear It Well, What Made Milwaukee Famous and Oh No Not My Baby as they came out. I became a Faces fan too, unsurprisingly. As the decade continued, I faced the dilemma that faced many Rod Stewart fans as he turned up on Top Of The Pops in make-up to sing The First Cut is The Deepest just as punk was beginning to take off and, by 1978 was coming out with the awful cod-disco of Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? What to do? A hugely credible artist was becoming a preening self-parody in front of our eyes.
The thing is, though, old Rod could still come out with a killer song - I Was Only Joking and You're In My Heart were two such examples. Despite my immersion in punk at the time, Rod was still a guilty pleasure.
(by the way, the piano player on the Top Of The Pops shot opposite is none other than John Peel, sitting in for a bit of a laugh. I'm not sure if he could play).
LIST OF CATEGORIES (click on a category to read detailed, album-by-album reviews)
The Classic Years (1969-1974)
Atlantic Crossing And Beyond (1975-1981)
The Eighties And More (1983-2018)
The Cover Version Albums (1993-2012)