POX: Anthony Newley

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His version of Strawberry Fair is a killer song - the speed of those guitars! ...and Pop Goes the Weasel still raises a laugh every time it's played. In case he's not known Stateside, he's the one who singlehandedly inspired David Bowie's Love You 'til Tuesday period.

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:27 (eighteen years ago) link

Candyman!

chris (chris), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:40 (eighteen years ago) link

Great - I'd forgotten the Willy Wonka stuff...

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:49 (eighteen years ago) link

scroll down to 1970 : FOR YOU
for the single most funny tracklisting i
ever saw in any album in history.
genuinely unbelievable.

http://www.geocities.com/anewley/disc.html

as first heard (by me at least) being
read out on danny baker's mid 90's radio 1 show.

'will the windows continue to mock me ?'

piscesboy, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 14:52 (eighteen years ago) link

The track listing is more entertaining than the album. Lots of spoken-word menopausal echt-Prince of Denmark/Darkness musings; on the same tip as something like Peter Wyngarde's album but nowhere near as good.

Marcello Carlin, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Thanks - I've never seen that...hilarious (Couples - I don't Envy Them ???).

There's also the whole Gurney Slade thing: he uses the backing track (used on Vision On in the '70s) for a couple of his songs.

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 15:17 (eighteen years ago) link

For You is a hoot in a kitchy way. it always reminded me of those rod mckuen records of creepy longing.
bowie mentions some weird t.v. show that newley did that he was really impressed by at the time. i guess it didn't last long. has anyone ever seen any of it?

scott seward, Wednesday, 5 November 2003 16:41 (eighteen years ago) link

That'll be Gurney Slade, which I've never seen, apart from the odd (very odd!) clip.

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 17:00 (eighteen years ago) link

His version of 'Within You,Without You' is hilarious(from a 70's Beatles tribute concert I think)I agree Jez,'Strawberry Fair' is a big favourite of mine too.He also wrote some lovely songs with Leslie Bricusse for 'Dr. Doolittle'

Paul R (paul R), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 17:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Paul - I assume you've heard What Kind of Fool am I? Something baffles me about it...it was released around 1963(?), but when you listen to the intro, the chords & rhythm are about 20 years ahead of their time...unless I've got one of those versions (Most of the original band were used etc. etc.)

Jez (Jez), Wednesday, 5 November 2003 17:19 (eighteen years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Bowie was on NPR in an old interview talking up that Newley-starring [Strange World of Gurney Slade TV show (1960) as one of the most revolutionary comedies ever; apparently there's a UK DVD now. Anyone seen?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0053538/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ql_1

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 13 January 2016 23:42 (five years ago) link

five years pass...

Never came across a picture of him until recently, but now I see that Leslie Bricusse looked somewhat like Randy Newman.

Exploding Plastic Bertrand (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 15 November 2021 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

Bowie was on NPR in an old interview talking up that Newley-starring [Strange World of Gurney Slade TV show (1960) as one of the most revolutionary comedies ever; apparently there's a UK DVD now. Anyone seen?

As a proud owner of an import Blu-ray I can confirm it's amazing.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 01:02 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.discogs.com/release/3656692-Anthony-Newley-For-You

You could convince people of this “Bowie reads poetry”

Mark G, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 08:57 (two weeks ago) link


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