Next year’s Let’s Rock The Moor promises a stellar lineup: Tony Hadley, Howard Jones, Bananarama, Midge Ure, Five Star, Rozalla, Imagination, and Brother Beyond are already all confirmed. Brother Beyond! I had assumed they disappeared along with the Woolies bargain bins they spent most of their career in. Or was that Curiosity?
Also on the bill are Altered Images. I say also as if they could possibly be just a footnote to the rest of a line-up that can count in its number at least one person who appeared as a contestant on The Voice (Five Star’s Denise Pearson), and no fewer than three combatants from ITV’s ’80s gorefest Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, none of whom won their heats (Howard Jones, Rozalla, Brother Beyond’s Nathan Moore). No matter: if any of them had won, they’d have only succumbed to the mighty Shakin’ Stevens in the final anyway.
So, Altered Images, aka Clare Grogan and some backing men (one of whom, Johnny McElhone, went on to form Texas). Smash Hits and NME award winners. I’d tell you all about their chart history, but I’m in a funk right now because I’ve just discovered that the Official Charts Company have decided to use the 60th anniversary of the charts as a launchpad for asserting their IP rights against people providing exhaustive and extremely useful resources, such as chartstats.com.
Fortunately, that doesn’t affect the timeless brilliance of a song like “Don’t Talk To Me About Love”, so get on with enjoying it, while I pontificate pointlessly about sharing information elsewhere on the internet.