Leif Garrett!

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He looks like he's been shot between the eyes. Maybe he has been.

Also, did these teen idols of the 70s ever have any actual hit songs? Or were they all just Paris Hiltons of their day?

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 19 January 2006 01:59 (8 years ago) Permalink

Wow, I remember girls being into him. That's a bit sad.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

He scored with a cover of "Surfin' USA."

And, wow, he looks like Richter from Total Recall.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

Also, did these teen idols of the 70s ever have any actual hit songs?

Oh you disbelieving youngsters. (Just check a chart list of the time -- I remember "I Was Made for Dancing" being all over the radio at the time of its success.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

He was massive, really massive in an almost beatlemania way in the uk in the mid 70's (well, for a few months). i need to send that photo to my sister as she used to have her whole room covered in leif garrett posters.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:14 (8 years ago) Permalink

We elementary school boy rockists saw right through him!

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:19 (8 years ago) Permalink

"I Was Made for Dancing " and "sheila (tommy roe)went top 40 in australia.
michael lloyd was agenius - he cn be compared to motown , stock aitken waterman and the beatles.

retrogurl, Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:26 (8 years ago) Permalink

http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:3v4tk6kxwkrk

10 charting singles.i like "bad for me ".

retrogurl, Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:27 (8 years ago) Permalink

Leif Garrett's U.S. chart singles history:

1977 "Surfin' USA" - #20
1978 "Put Your Head on My Shoulder" - #58
1978 "Runaround Sue" - #13
1978 "The Wanderer" - #49
1979 "Feel the Need" - #57
1979 "I Was Made for Dancin'" - #10
1979 "When I Think of You" - #78
1980 "I Was Looking for Someone to Love" - #78
1980 "Memorize Your Number" - #60
1981 "Runaway Rita" - #84

Joseph McCombs (Joseph McCombs), Thursday, 19 January 2006 02:50 (8 years ago) Permalink

yeah, wow, three top 40 hits? Even Spandau Ballet managed that many (and a top five hit, to boot). How was this guy supposed to be as big as The Beatles, again? Did he corner the LP market or something?

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:22 (8 years ago) Permalink

RIAA says two gold albums. Compare this with, say, Ricky Martin, who managed to score three multi-platinum albums besides his ultra-mega-breakthrough pop disc.

Were all these girls just content enough with the spreads in Tigerbeat that they didn't bother to actually buy his music? Maybe girls were smarter back then or something.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

there was just a very brief point in time (summer of '77) when pre teen / teenage girls in the uk went crazy for leif. i remember it as a kid being total hysteria - probably the biggest fad since bay city rollermania. but boy, was it short lived.

Were all these girls just content enough with the spreads in Tigerbeat that they didn't bother to actually buy his music?

funnily enough i don't think my leif crazed sister actually bought the records. i think she had wised up after buying a load of crap donnie osmond records a few years earlier.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:29 (8 years ago) Permalink

Seriously go watch "The Outsiders."

Petroski (petroski), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:30 (8 years ago) Permalink

Bay City Rollers:

9 Bay City Rollers Keep On Dancing Sep 1971
6 Bay City Rollers Remember (Sha-La-La) Feb 1974
2 Bay City Rollers Shang-A-Lang Apr 1974
3 Bay City Rollers Summerlove Sensation Jul 1974
4 Bay City Rollers All Of Me Loves All Of You Oct 1974
1 Bay City Rollers Bye Bye Baby Mar 1975 Notes
1 Bay City Rollers Give A Little Love Jul 1975
3 Bay City Rollers Money Honey Nov 1975
4 Bay City Rollers Love Me Like I Love You Apr 1976
4 Bay City Rollers I Only Wanna Be With You Sep 1976
16 Bay City Rollers It's A Game May 1977
34 Bay City Rollers You Made Me Believe In Magic Jul 1977

Leif Garrett:

4 Leif Garrett I Was Made For Dancin' Jan 1979
38 Leif Garrett Feel The Need Apr 1979

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:33 (8 years ago) Permalink

not that I don't believe you guys, I'm sure that if you lived through Garretsteria it was an unforgettable moment in our respective nations' history, I just find it interesting how little evidence of it remains today.

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

there really was a brief bit of hysteria but maybe it was actually '79 rather than '77. the video of i was made for dancin' (leif on the beach) is permanently etched into my memory (unfortunately).

stirmonster (stirmonster), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:38 (8 years ago) Permalink

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Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 19 January 2006 03:42 (8 years ago) Permalink

According to the article Leif had "a history of drug issues" - it then goes on to mention 2 (two!) occasions where he was ALLEGED to have been either buying or using. Some 'history'.

Part of me I feels sorry for him. I have no doubt he had a lot of pressure on him back in '79 when he was, what, 18 or 19? You can too easily see the scenerio, screaming girls, record company Porsche, everything he wants and the hanger-on to get it and as soon as the hits dry up, nothing left. He's obviously got some issues and needs some help, which I hope he gets.

And the other side of me thinks - hot girls, great drugs, porsches...fck him! I've never had those things...send him down!

No, but really, help is what he needs...or a better way of getting drugs.

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Thursday, 19 January 2006 11:39 (8 years ago) Permalink

The The is my favorite band in the whole world.
Leif Garrett

Who knew?!

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/l/leif_garrett.html

Ned T.Rifle (nedtrifle), Thursday, 19 January 2006 11:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

sold a few LG albums when I worked in the record store, not as many as Shaun Cassidy and Andy Gibb though. in the New York Daily News this AM Leif's mom is quoted and she blames his habit on the Rolling Stones...

m coleman (lovebug starski), Thursday, 19 January 2006 12:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

The dude caused his best friend to become a paraplegic, according to "Behind the Music."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn (Alfred Soto), Thursday, 19 January 2006 12:25 (8 years ago) Permalink

TS: Leif Garrett vs. Leif Brush.

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Thursday, 19 January 2006 12:32 (8 years ago) Permalink

"You ready for me to drop a bomb on you, man? You saved my life that night" has been permanently etched into my brain thanks to a misspent youth of Behind the Music watchage.

ZR (teenagequiet), Thursday, 19 January 2006 14:37 (8 years ago) Permalink

I don't act 40 and I don't look 40. Age is a state of mind, you can stagnate or just continue.

I don't look too different. I just look a little older.

uhhh...

ihttp://www.latimes.com/media/thumbnails/photo/2006-01/21497628.jpg

sorry, Leif, I dunno what to tell you

The Good Dr. Bill (The Good Dr. Bill), Thursday, 19 January 2006 16:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

"I Was Made For Dancing" was better than anything Shaun Cassidy ever did, if you ask me! (Definitely not up to Bay City Rollers standards, tho.)

Those old-school videos are so disorienting - they literally used videotape, which doesn't deteriorate like film, so they look as clean as though they were just shot last week, but for the jaw-dropping hairstyles and clothing.

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Thursday, 19 January 2006 17:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

5 years pass...

Watching this Behind the Music now. "For Leif, the party never stopped." I'm ready for Roland drop that bomb on me...

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 03:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

The first BTM I ever saw.

Rich Lolwry (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 March 2011 03:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Saw him on an all-day Celebrity Rehab marathon recently.

everything, Tuesday, 1 March 2011 03:43 (3 years ago) Permalink


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