Saturday, 8 January 2011

Ringo Starr: Back Off Boogaloo (a-side), Slik: Forever and Ever (a-side)

The definition of jumping on the bandwagon is to “join a growing movement in support of someone or something often in an opportunist way, when that movement is seen to have become successful”.

So to kick off this post we have forever ‘ex-Beatle’ Ringo Starr who jumped on the glam bandwagon quite early with Back off Boogaloo.

Released in 1972 this was the second solo single by Ringo Starr. It got to # 2 in the UK and #9 in the US. 

Starr explained – “the song was inspired when he and fellow musician and close friend Marc Bolan had dinner one night, and Bolan used the word boogaloo multiple times in his sentences".

Midge Ure is better known for his success with Ultravox and the Band Aid single, but before all that he was singer and guitarist with glam hopping group Slik.

Slik were a Scottish pop group formed in the mid 1970s, remembered for their UK # 1 hit 'Forever and Ever' released in 1975. 

The band began with a glam rock image but soon changed their style to soft rock/bubblegum. In 1974 the band linked up with the pop songwriters Bill Martin and Phil Coulter, who were also writing for the Bay City Rollers at the time.