Friday, October 10, 2008
A Whole World Coming Alive
Friday evenings in the Westward TV region circa 1973 and my Dad and I are big fans of 'The Protectors'. He is an admirer of 'Miss' Nyree Dawn Porter and I am an admirer of the exotic locations, the swarve 'Harry Rule' (Robert Vaughan) and, above all, the theme tune, which is, of course, magnificent - whether in the instrumental version we get with the opening titles or the big powerful Tony Christie take at the end. Those opening five 'dar dar de dum dum' notes (not dissimilar to the ATV 'ident', come to think of it) practically define the excitement of Friday night for 7-8 year old me.
Now good old Tony may just have made a record with Richard Hawley on which he sounds like.....Richard Hawley - but I absolutely bloody well LOVE this.
[PS: I just tried to download the song from iTunes, but the site 'needed to close' mid-download. I bet the buggers keep my 79p! It's worse than those bloody tube station chocolate machines!]
[PPS: Oh, hang on. I gave it a thump and the choc dropped out...]
Tony Christie - 'Avenues & Alleyways' (1973)