shotlist: STORAGE TAPE 2A:;00.07, FF#1, BE BOP DELUXE - "SHIPS IN THE NIGHT"(DUR 3:34);03.43 FF#2, WALKER BROS - "THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANYMORE"(DUR 3:00);06.48 FF#3, SHERBET - "LADY OF THE NIGHT"(DUR 4:02);10.54 FF#4, LINDA RONSTADT - "TRACKS OF MY TEARS"(DUR3:03);14.02 FF#4, JOHN SEBASTIAN - "WELCOME BACK"(DUR 2:48);18.02 FF#4, LINDA RONSTADT - "HEATWAVE"(DUR 2:36);20.42 SUPERTRAMP - "LADY"(DUR 3:38);25.32 FF#3, MAXINE NIGHTINGALE - "GET RIGHT BACK"(DUR 3:38);28.42 FF#3, GALLAGHER & LYLE - "I WANNA STAY WITH YOU"(DUR 3:18);32.02 FF#5, JOHN PAUL YOUNG - "I HATE THE MUSIC"(DUR 3:45);35.54 FF#1, EAGLES - "DIVELLIN' DALTONS"(DUR 5:54);41.51 FF#3, DARYL BRAITHWAITE - "TIME"(DUR 2:44);44.37 FF#2, DAVID ESSEX - "CITY LIGHTS"(DUR 6:26);51.23 FF#3, AC/DC - "JAIL BREAK"(DUR 4:25);55.49 FF#5, TED MULRY GANG (AKA TMG) - "CRAZY"(DUR 3:25);59.18 FF#5, TED MULRY GANG - "DARKTOWN STRUTTERS BALL";1.02.46 BREAKER - (MAP OF AUSTRALIA, NO VO)(DUR 0:17);1.03.07 FF#6, BILLY OCEAN - "LOVE REALLY HURTS WITHOUT YOU"(DUR 2:25);1.06.05 FF#7, LITTLE RIVER BAND (AKA LRB) - "EVERYDAY OF MY LIFE"(DUR 3:42);1.09.51 FF#1, BELLAMY BROS - "LET YOUR LOVE FLOW"(DUR 3:05);1.12.57 FF#8, BAY CITY ROLLERS - "LOVE ME LIKE I LOVE YOU"(DUR 3:07);1.16.05 FF#9, ERIC CARMEN - "ALL BY MYSELF"9DUR 4:29);1.22,00 FF#3, SHERBET - "DANCER"(DUR 3:23);1.25.25 FF#3, SHERBET - "HOWZAT" LIVE PERFORMANCE (DUR 3:42);1.29.19 FF#3, MAXINE NIGHTINGALE - "GOTTA BE THE ONE"(DUR 2:54); ;STORAGE TAPE 2B:;1.32.11 FF#7 SUPERNAUT - "I LIKE IT BOTH WAYS"(DUR 3:35);1.36.35 FF#10, ABBA - "MONEY, MONEY, MONEY"(DUR 3:06);1.39.46 FF#5, TED MULRY GANG (AKA TMG) - "JAMAICA RUM"(DUR 2:36);1.42.25 FF#11, JON ENGLISH - "HOLLYWOOD 7"(DUR 3:55);1.46.22 FF#1, FOX (AKA NOOSHA FOX) - "SSSSINGLE BED"(DUR 3:53);1.50.18 FF#1, SAILOR - "GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS"(DUR 2:57);1.53.18 FF#7, CLIFF RICHARD - "DEVIL WOMEN"(DUR 3:38);1.57.00 FF#12, BRIAN FERRY - "LET'S STICK TOGETHER"(DUR 2:59);2.00.00 FF#10, ABBA - "DANCING QUEEN"(DUR 3:45);2.03.48 FF#7, TAVARES - "HEAVEN MUST BE MISSING AN ANGEL"(DUR 3:23);2.07.11, FF#10, STARLAND VOCAL BAND - "AFTERNOON DELIGHT"(DUR 3:02);2.10.15 FF#13, THE MANHATTANS - "KISS AND SAY GOODBYE"(DUR 4:25)
Just reposting the full details of that segment tape again which has now been used for a few clips we have seen this summer.
So far we have seen these clips off the tape
1. Supertramp - Lady
2. Bay City Rollers - Love Me Like I Love You
3. Jon English - Hollywood Seven (Countdown clip)
4. Fox - SSSS Single Bed (previously Rage has only used the one shown in the Countdown Top 100 of 1976 episode)
5. Sailor - Girls Girls Girls
And about to come
6. David Essex - City Lights
There are some other really rare clips in that list - Maxine Nightingale "Gotta Be The One" and Gallagher & Lyle "I Wanna Stay With You" are also ones seldom seen since they charted in 1976.
And what a thrill it is that Rage are finally showing this incredible film clip of David Essex "City Lights" for the first time in nearly 37 years on Australian TV. As I mentioned, the film clip is the full album version of the song that runs for 6 1/2 minutes. I am absolutely speechless. I will be out of bed and awake at 4.11am when this comes on.
A bit of background - the song was released early in 1976 - I just checked the 3XY charts and it peaked in Melbourne at No. 6 in May of that year. We sure knew how to pick a good song when it came out!! It probably should have charted higher but an edited-down version was the one that got the main radio play. This was another track first exposed on Countdown. During my Easter school break in 1976 (I was in Year 10 or fourth form) Countdown aired this clip in FULL during one of their shows - I still have memories of being blown away by it and how long (and good!!) the song was and how brilliant the film clip was for something produced in the mid-70s. I have never forgotten that moment. Of course that Countdown show has long gone to the vaults in the sky 6 years later thanks to the pathetic government razor gangs and bean counters when most of Countdown's older episodes got wiped during 1982. The only other clip at the time that had such an impact was probably the first viewing of Queens "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the effectiveness of that promo film.
I seem to remember "City Lights" being shown on a few Countdowns in the following weeks whilst it was in the Top Ten - and probably was also shown at the time on Donnie Sutherlands "Sounds Unlimited" show. The only other airing of this film clip since that time in 1976 has been the final minute-and-a-half which has been screened on a Countdown Top 100 of 1976 show early in 1977 and shown on Rage again in retro season a number of years ago - that was just a teaser.
As an aside, David Essex also got to perform this track live on the U.K's flagship "Top Of The Pops" show in March 1976 - when it had just entered the British charts at No. 37. That performance and show have also been completely wiped by the BBC - and the song only peaked at No. 24 over there. He would not have got to perform the whole song on Top Of The Pops either - no way known!!
So finally - we get to see this original film clip in full again on Australian TV!! This clip and its successful record sales owes a debt to Countdown and just how important the show was in this time and the reach of its audience. A trip down memory lane at 4.11am Sunday morning!!
And before I go I do owe a great deal of thanks to the work of a number of other people in here who have done their utmost to get Rage to play this clip over the past few years - To Gurubob (thanks heaps mate for keeping on the case of the guys at archives to dig this out) as well as Jason our fab moderator, abbaluke and a number of others (sorry if I have forgotten anyone in particular) - great work guys!!
Very happy to see this get a look in. While we can never again see those episodes that were wiped it is great to be able to see segments of what was shown. I have never seen the full clip - even on YouTube - so it will be of definite interest.
So why don't rage just put in this tape and press 'PLAY' and screen the whole lot in one hit?
Great to hear City Lights being played. Also good to see the full version of Gonna Make You A Star as well. Interestingly CBS Records Australia edited out two lines from the song in 1975. The chorus after the middle eight begins "Oh is he more, too much more than a pretty face? I don't think so!". CBS thought this was "too gay" and edited it out for the single release. Interestingly the edited version popped up on a 2001 CD release of rare hits from the 1970s. I was cursing that and had to wait until the CD release of The David Essex Album in 2011 before I could get the proper version on CD.
Actually I dont know why they just dont play the whole segment tape - I just noticed another couple of rare things in there - although we have a copy of the original clip of Billy Ocean "Love Really Hurts Without You" (from the Top 100 1976) it is edited of course - the full version would be great.
Hi Hoin - that is very interesting about "Gonna Make You A Star" - now that I remember the local version did edit that line out. This did not worry them in the UK - I even have a a version on Top Of the Pops where Paul McCartney & Wings do the "I Dont think So" part. Will be good to see that film clip again - I think it may have been shown in the past but not very often.
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Was the unedited version of 'City Lights' well worth the wait? I haven't watched the videos in between the two Rock Arenas yet. To be honest, I wasn't going to worry about recording them, but after all the discussion about the video, I had to record it - and will watch it soon.
It has never been up on YT Nathan - at least not the full version.
Hi Michael - having watched "City Lights" again a number of times since taping it at 4.11 this morning, my impressions - the film clip was set to some kind of storyline (like a mini-movie) with David and some gangs around the streets of London at night time. 37 years on it has a dark, grainy and gritty look about it - quality is not the best now - and the passage of time has probably deteriorated its legendary status a bit. What I can say is that for something made in late 75/early 76 this was way ahead of its time and very different to anything else produced as a film clip to accompany a record at the time which makes it very unique. Only Bohemian Rhapsody from Queen had a similar impact during this period. Looking back now, of course the art of making promo films improved dramatically in the 1980s so clips like "City Lights" have been a bit "left behind" in terms of effects and technical expertise. This film clip pales in comparison to what took place years later.
Still in 1976 this was a revelation for an impressionable lad like me - dont get me wrong - it is still just great to see it again after so long - sort of like being reunited with someone you have not seen since then, or someone who died around that time but has now been bought back to life. I am very happy they finally showed this gem - still a great song even if the clip didnt quite live up to the hype I generated!!
I still have vivid memories of "Molly" Meldrum raving about how this film clip was such an innovation for 1976 and then Countdown playing the entire thing during a long-wiped episode. While we will sadly never get to see the actual show now, to see this again has bought the memories flooding back for me- this is another great Countdown memory bought back to life. One cannot underestimate how important this show was in bringing material like this to a wide audience. The most important music show ever in the history of Australian TV. It will remain that way for eternity.
Fair enough. So do you think the quality deteriorated on the segment tape? The Bonnie Tyler and Mark Holden videos held up extremely well though in quality.
Just looked at the content on the segment tape. Those 2 video aren't on it.
Who is going to put and upload the full version of David Essex's City Lights promo film on YouTube? I've been looking for it on the same site.
The "City Lights" promo was interesting -very dark and certainly cutting edge for the time. "Gonna Make You A Star" was fun too,one of my fave 70's songs and hadn't heard it for ages. Wonder what David Essex is up to these days?
And what about the Alvin Stardust video! Sooo gloriously 80's
I can try uploading it to youtube maybe in the next week or so, if it's not already there.
I first heard this song as a 16 year old in 1976. At the time I didn't like it, I thought it dragged on for too long and wasn't commercial enough.
During the early 2000s - when all of David's 1970s records had long been deleted and his only available CDs were of newer stuff - I found the Out On the Streets LP at Trash and Treasure, bought it and played it. The foldout cover contained lyrics and when City Lights came on I couldn't believe it. I thought it was great and played it over and over.
It seems to be a very adult song - "Church steeple crippled in the city", "Take me to your car, drink me to your bar" - and I'm surprised David's young fans at the time bought it.
Of course with the advent of the Internet we were able to finally get David's 1970s albums on CD from overseas sites such as GEMM and Amazon. He really was an understated talent. Written off as a teen pretty boy at the time his songs stand up well today and it is little wonder he is regarded as one of the great British singers and entertainers.
Hi Abbaluke and Hoin - I totally agree with you both there on all your observations. The film clip for "City Lights" actually does fit the tone of the song perfectly although I was probably a bit young to realise it at the time. It was a total departure from material that he released both before and after this track (eg Hold Me Close, Coming Home etc). He certainly had a lot of material that sold extremely well and definitely an under-stated talent. Good to see he is finally getting some recognition now as one of the great British talents.
It was a surprise that this track did so well in the charts in Australia in 1976 - I think the exposure on Countdown had plenty to do with it. A lot of artists including the likes af Abba can thank Countdown for much of their success and the exposure that showing those iconic film clips achieved for them in Australia at the time. They were great times to grow up and be involved in the music scene - I feel sorry for the kids of today and what they are exposed to.
Here's a warning to anybody considering uploading the City Lights clip to YouTube. I tried to upload it to my Facebook page and I immediately received a message saying that the clip had been removed due to copyright violation, and if I did it again my account would be closed down. Don't try it.
Copyright crap on You Tube makes me SOOOOO angry, it's RIDICULOUS!
And BELIEVE ME, You Tube DON'T mess around. When they shut you down THEY SHUT YOU DOWN!
It does suck. I hate the ads that pop up every 15 mins or so when watching a video. Bring back the days of 2006! I don't have a YouTube account and never will, I haven't even signed up. Everything's commercialised today esp. the last 5 years. Look at Australia Day now for example. The cheapie shops/supermarkets now dedicate merchandise for it and it's a day where they can capitalise on it now and make a buck...Sorry, I got a bit of track here! Oh yeah, and if you don't have a BBQ on Australia day, well then you're not Australian. Just another avenue for butchers/supermarkets to sell more meat/make more money....This is so far off the topic of 'David Essex City Lights'.
Someone has uploaded the City Lights video to YouTube and it is showing up in the search engine:
As far as copyright is concerned, it seems to have earned an amber copyright strike: ie: the uploader being allowed to keep it up but with advertising banners because a Kogan ad was on the bottom of the screen when I watched it.
Have only just caught up with this wonderful clip as I've been away.
Wow! Haven't heard or thought of this song since it first came out all those years ago.
Brought the memories flooding back -always loved this song and clip.
What a gorgeous looking man David Essex was back then with his long, wavy dark hair and the most lovely "twinkling" blue eyes.
No wonder all the teenage girls went ga- ga for him! (Actually heard he was a sex addict for quite a while in his heyday...no wonder with so many women apparently "throwing themselves" at him).
Yeah, I have also seen recent clips and pics of him and as others have commented, I could barely recognise him...such a shame but guess age catches up with the best of us.
Though he still looks pretty good for his age...
Also enjoyed Gonna Make you A Star though it's been on earlier in the year.
Hope Rage can also dig up Rock On and Rolling Stone and play them sometime.