If the first Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night hadn’t exploded on the cinema screens in 1964, then What A Crazy World might nowadays be cherished as a classic slice of nostalgia from the early days of the British pop scene, with its cheery tunes and cheeky working-class comedy.
"There was an identity crisis going on," said David Essex of his second movie, Stardust. "Things in the film were happening to me in real life." This was no empty hyperbole. In 1974, Essex took his pop career to the next level, with a smash hit album and his first British number one, the aptly named Gonna Make You A Star.
Once upon a time – half a century ago, back in the Swinging Sixties, to be precise – a showbiz phenomenon from England was taking America by storm. A bunch of working-class lads so popular that they had a musical movement named after them. Hell, they even had their own feature film.
When angry Top Gear fans besieged the BBC and delivered a million-signature petition to have their leader reinstated, the Clarksonites commandeered a tank for the purpose. (Assuming, that is, that they did not already possess one for such activities.)..
1967, the year of the so-called ‘Summer of Love’ of 1967 brought forth some of the greatest pop music ever produced – notably the various strains of ‘psychedelic ‘ sounds emanating primarily from California and London....