FREUD WANTED TO TALK ABOUT MY TEETH'
- Showaddywaddy appear on New
The band that I was a part of, The Choice,
played largely its own material, but it was always stylized by
and influenced by 50s rock & roll to a degree. Eventually
in 1973 it amalgamated with what was basically a new band called
The Golden Hammers, and it became an eight-piece and decided to
go more for a much heavier rock & roll influence, performing
rock & roll classics and also some songs that we felt were
classics but had never really been that successful first time
around. As soon as the two groups amalgamated the name Showaddywaddy
We'd been on the road for a few months and we were creating a
stir, especially on the Northern club circuit, which was very
vibrant at that time, and a guy from the audience one night in
Birmingham said, 'Would you like to be on television?' And we
thought, well that can't be a bad move. We didn't have to audition
or anything, and we found ourselves in the middle of one of the
first New Faces programmes. We did a medley of classics,
a bit of Buddy Holly, a bit of Eddie Cochran - it was a very visual,
fast-moving, hard-hitting four minutes of trying to show what
Showaddywaddy was all about. Which was loads of energy and visually
very original. And the roll-on effect was pretty incredible.
I remember the judging panel for us on the first show was Mickie
Most, Noele Gordon and Clement Freud. All Clement Freud wanted
to talk about was my set of teeth, so there wasn't really any
constructive criticism from that end. Noele Gordon was a very
nice lady, but she might as well have been on a different planet,
but Mickie Most was very constructive and gave us a very high
mark. Mickie Most certainly tried to sign us and Tony Hatch wanted
a piece of the pie.
We won it, I think with a record score, and we went on to do the
'All Winners' show, and we came second. It was fixed anyway. The
winner went on to the Palladium and got a management programme
with MAM - well, the guy who won it was already signed to MAM.
He was never heard of again.
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