Sunday, April 15, 2007

whiff

Tonight I started searching for images on "the Google" because I wanted to show you an example of the type of advertising that turned me on once I got a whiff of puberty. 'Course the real culprits were those guys in the advertisements, promoting all the usual suspects circa 1979: cigarettes, underwear, chocolate bars and flavoured milk (in no particular order). I'm talking about both in magazines and on the telly. Anywaze, having no luck finding the sort of pic I wanted to show you - and I can't be bothered scanning anything right now (yeah, I do have a stash of '70s & '80s mags; no, they're not pornos) - I then tried to remember who else had stirred my loins back then (other than actors from soapies). A couple of musicians came to mind - pop stars. These were guys that first got me thinking it was weird to think 'like this' about a male - some of my earliest attractions. Interestingly, they were both one hit wonders here in Australia (something I've often contemplated aspiring to). One was a Canadian guy from the brother/sister group Promises (anyone remember the blond?) another was Roger Voudouris.

Roger Voudouris had a hit in Australia with the song "Get Used To It" (which strikes me as very apt as I write this) and is infamous here for his appearance on the ABC's music show Countdown where he sang (mimed?) whilst his long dark locks were blown around by a wind machine (oh it's all in the link, I ain't so lazy after all). I remember it well. I also remember I had a poster of him on my bedroom wall and when friends from school came over to my place I wondered if they'd think anything of it (no one ever said anything). I loved the song and I was very fond of Roger in a secret (love) kind of way...

Tonight I discovered two things. I was pleasantly surprised to learn I was born on the same day (different year) as Roger Voudouris, but sadly - and this really shocked me - I found out he died in August 2003.

8 Comments:

Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
I’ve never heard of the group “Promises” or Roger Voudouris, which is probably because I live in a cave in the U.S. Mr. Voudouris reminds me of a young Jim Morrison, when The Doors first started out.

Another “Coincidence File” for your chalkboard; Roger was born on the same day as you…and you’ve had a “crush” on him for years. What was the cause of death?

This is a fantastic post and quite revealing…are you sure you’d like to abolish your anonymity?

April 16, 2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger The Other Andrew said...

Ah, I remember him. Long lanky streak of cuteness in a tight red sweater, if I remember the film clip rightly. I thought he was cute too, and I would have been about 14 or 15 and riding the crest of teenage horniness when he first appeared on the scene. Sad to hear he died.

April 16, 2007 11:57 AM  
Blogger Denys said...

I remember that clip from Countdown with his hair blowing. My memory of the clip to this song was also with blowing hair and shots of him flicking his hair a lot.

Which Bay City Roller did you have a crush on? (if any)

I'd be interested in seeing your collection of non pornographic mags one day Nash.

April 16, 2007 12:31 PM  
Blogger Geoffrey said...

Thank you for the link Nash.

Big Heartedness always triumphs over Big Alcohol Consumption - for me anyway.

I wonder if I might have seen you walking through Centennial Park. I rescued a turtle there the other day. It was stuck on a rather steep incline and covered in ants. I picked it up and took it to the nearest reeds, where it determinedly scrambled away and out of sight.

Keep writing.

April 16, 2007 1:09 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
Duh! I did a Google search on Roger Voudouris and discovered he was an American, born in Sacramento, California and was best known for his 1979 hit “Get Used To It”. I also found out he died after suffering with a liver disease for some time. Perhaps next time I’ll learn to do a bit of research before opening my big mouth…..

April 16, 2007 2:24 PM  
Blogger nash said...

Actually TOA, I hear he was really short in the flesh, but I'm sure you're right about the tight red sweater (V neck, nothing underneath from memory!)

Denys,
No crushes on the guys from BCR (I left that to my sister) although if I had to pick one it would've been Derek (yes, I know how he turned out). Perhaps I'll start scanning some mags one of these daze. Any requests?

Geoffrey,
Yes, big heartedness does triumph, which is how the turtle came to be saved. Your comment came at the right time and lifted my spirits. Ta very much

Oh ML,
You make me larf! Despite my usual slackness with links, this is one post where I DID manage to get it together. All you had to do was click on it (the bit where Roger Voudouris is underlined). And I think I'll stick with anonymity for now... How much room is there in that cave?

April 16, 2007 3:21 PM  
Blogger Miss Litzi said...

Hi Nash,
I assume making your larf is better than making you barf. I missed your link when I read the post through the first time. And why not do things the hard way? Actually, the Google Search was quite informative, so I’m glad I did it.

Yeah, there’s something to be said for anonymity and there’s scads of room for you in the cave. We can each claim a dark corner to ourselves and shout out to one another. The nice thing above caves is all the little nooks and crannies for burrowing in…

April 18, 2007 1:40 AM  
Blogger Alison said...

Hey there Nash
Oh yes Roger... my friend Debbie and I were obsessed with him many years back. We still drool when we watch him now on you tube. RIP Roger you spunk.
As for Promises.."Baby its you" was their hit. I have their album somewhere hidden away. I remember the album cover well, with the short spiky hair and the braces things that clip onto jeans. and that girl's huge chest! I remember I loved the whole album and couldn't understand why they only had the one hit. A.

December 13, 2010 2:14 AM  

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