Trivia - Kinky Boots - Avengers Connection - Kinks connection

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  1. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame Thread Starter

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    Has anyone else here ever heard of a ditty called Kinky Boots by Patrick McNee and Honor Blackman?

    I recently found it on cd, and found it disappointing.

    But apparently, it was a hit of sorts in Britain in the early 60s.

    Is this an original picture sleeve, or a resissue? Cherry Red sounds like a reissue label
     

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  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Gort Astronomer Staff

    Amusing ditty it is but it's not a great track :)
     
  3. Gazman

    Gazman Active Member

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    I know it...it's pretty awful. I'm sure it was a minor hit when it was reissued in the 80s. I guess that's the reissue. The original 45 was issued on Decca in '64.
     
  4. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

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    http://theavengers.tv/forever/kinky_boots.htm




    From the AVENGERS link on my home page:

    The Cathy Gale-era of the show spawned a novelty record called "Kinky Boots," performed by Patrick Macnee and Honor Blackman. Patrick was so petrified about singing (or, in particular, being unable to sing) that after several failed takes, he was escorted to a local pub, lubricated with brandy, and returned to the recording studio. Even after that, a sound engineer had to stand next to him and tap him on the shoulder whenever he was supposed to sing. When the single was re-issued in 1990, it hit the charts, selling over 40,000 copies!


    But, the song was IMPORTANT for another reason:

    And Speaking of Kinks... The name of the famous rock band "The Kinks" actually comes from the song "Kinky Boots." In a 1995 interview with Kinks lead singer Ray Davies, he related how the band acquired its name... "Dave and Pete wore these capes and boots... Kinky Boots I think was a single that a program called The Avengers had out—a TV show. And this drunk guy at the bar looked over and said, 'You blokes should call yourselves the Kinks because you look like one.' And Larry page, who became one of our managers, said, 'He's got a point there!' " (With thanks to Fred Radnor)
     
  5. ChrisM

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    I was recently watching a DVD of the British TV series Catterick. In the first episode, one of the characters (played by Matt Lucas of Little Britain) comes strutting into the room while the camera has a close-up of his pink boots. The soundtrack to this scene? Kinky Boots, of course. I hadn't heard the song in years.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  6. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame Thread Starter

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  7. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your host Your Host

    Thanks. Forgot how young she looked in that show. She sounds just like Sophia Loren singing in that Peter Sellers song Goodness Gracious Me. Spooky.
     
  8. Nate-O-Phonic

    Nate-O-Phonic I didn't get a Harrumph! outta that guy...

    I think the Cherry Red reissue came out earlier (say early to mid 80's) They also put it out on a 12" with "The Avenger's Theme" By Roland Shaw & His Orchestra on the B side. I used to mix that disc's Avengers intro over the beginning of Talking Head's "Burning Down The House" in some dance clubs at the time. "Kinky Boots" & "Let's Keep It Friendly" on the topside. It had a different cover than the one above (MacNee in a white jacket and Blackman in a head to toe black leather)
    Decca seems to have reissued it in '90:

    Label: Deram, London Records
    Catalog#: KINKY1 (UK), 882 202-7 (INT)
    Format: Vinyl, 7"
    Country: UK
    Released: 1990
    Genre: Pop, Stage & Screen
    Style: Novelty
    Notes: First released 1964.

    Only here in the SH forum would so many people know of this record...
     
  9. vinylman

    vinylman Forum Resident

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    Top ten hit in 1990, no less.
     
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