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Tuesday, 17 September 2019
Woody, Eric, Alan, Leslie and Derek
It was George, of course, who started it. Isn't it always?
He made some fairly disparaging remarks about Sweet Virginia a song by the tartan teeny pop sensations The Bay City Rollers.
As one who has owned up to having been such a fan that she often dressed head to toe in tartan Alyson was quick to spring to their defence
Fairly even stevens then until the bold Mr Goggins stepped forward. It appears that Ernie is such a big fan that he has even gone as far as amassing tribute songs about Prestonpans' finest.
Trying desperately to regain some credibility he throws in the names Nick Lowe and Yo La Tango but by then the damage is done so let's here it for Tartan Horde.
While most of the above is admittedly fairly tongue in cheek I remain of the opinion that Shang-a- Lang is a stonking pop song.
To quote Alyson there just isn't enough Roller goodness around here
Tartan Horde - Rollers Show
Bay City Rollers - Shang-a-Lang
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Forgetting the picture was not intentional!ReplyDelete
Will rectify in due course
" Shang-a- Lang is a stonking pop song." You cannot be serious?ReplyDelete
Controversial but there you goDelete
I missed this whole Rollers related blogger exchange. While I've never owned anything by the band in question myself, I used to have the Tartan Horde single, only selling it a few years back when someone made me a silly offer for it. Love that version with Yo La Tengo.ReplyDelete
'Big fan' may be overstating it, but I agree with you on 'Shang A Lang' and would say the same for 'Saturday Night'.ReplyDelete
Any more of this BCR lovefest and I'll stop leaving inane messages on your blog.Delete
Mine or Ernie's?Delete
Oh my - thanks for the namecheck but for the record, it was my friends who dressed head to toe in tartan, I just went for the scarf and the badge. I took down our group photo but as you've linked in to my post I'll add it back (for a limited period!).ReplyDelete
I see in your title you've called my favourite Roller Leslie but he was always simply Les. As I said in my post at one point they were the biggest "boy band" in the world yet ended up with none of the proceeds. Boys like them were ill-equipped to deal with the level of success they achieved.
As for Shang-a-Lang, it's a fine pop song but when Bill Martin says it's really about the gang culture of Glasgow in days gone by, it's a bit of a stretch - Yes, to "we ran with the gang" but probably no to "doin' doo wop be dooby do ay" (unless it's a euphemism!).
You're a brave man for sharing this CC but good to see the Nick Lowe song - Exactly what my original post was all about.
Leslie scans better!Delete
"You're a brave man" I would choose a different word than brave.....Delete
Ah I see - I always put Les at the beginning as he was my favourite so the single syllable works ok - Les, Eric, Woody, Derek and Alan.Delete
Note to self: As a middle-aged woman should it really matter what order the Rollers are listed in? Apparently so.
Put in that order, the first four initials spell LEWD. Was there something subliminal going on?Delete
Nah, they weren't that smart, or unsavoury - Poor old Alan died last year shortly after I wrote my post so no LEWDA any more.Delete
Forget your Dashing White Sergeants and Gay Gordons, if they play Shang-a-Lang at a Scottish wedding, everyone gets up to dance. The mark of a "stonking pop song".ReplyDelete