What can you say about this? I was 14 when this hit the airwaves and the pizzicato strings and sonic whoosh made me think unique. Still very good today. It makes me happy. See all reviews.
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Clever words, a commercial tune and screwball sound effects make for a sure-fire success. Donald A. Guarisco retrospectively reviewed the song for AllMusic , stating: "Most glam acts were either arty or purely commercial, but other groups were able to blend both styles to create singles that were as challenging as they were catchy.
Steve Harley was able to straddle this balance and "Judy Teen" is a good example of this skill". He noted the "light-hearted lyrics", the "swinging mid-tempo verses" with a "waltz-like beat" and the "more up-tempo chorus that builds to an effervescent peak". He concluded: "The song's plentiful hooks [are wrapped] in some unique ear candy, the result catchy enough for a wide audience but clever enough to snare in ambitious listeners with its wordplay".
Guarisco mention the song again in a review of the compilation Greatest Hits. He noted: "Tunes like "Judy Teen" and "Love's a Prima Donna" may have been poppy enough to sail into the English singles charts, but they also boasted unconventional instrumentation and poetic lyrics with lots of surreal, Bob Dylan-esque wordplay. Carol Clerk of Classic Rock , in a review of The Cockney Rebel — A Steve Harley Anthology , commented on the song being "exquisitely crafted and arranged, and determinedly eccentric to boot".
Tricksy hits like "Judy Teen" and "Mr Soft" displayed arch wit. I've always liked things which are a bit extreme, and for someone to come into TOTP and look like that and make this record that was so strange, I was quite impressed by it really. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved 25 February Archived from the original on 9 November New Musical Express. Archived from the original on 28 November But seeing them in there, fifty-plus classical musicians, mostly old enough to be my dad, was a real shocker.
We were young and full of dangerous ideas and adventure; ready to experiment without consideration for the consequences or cost. In the liner notes of the compilation Cavaliers: An Anthology , Harley further recalled:. They came from a young man's dream, where the blending of musical literature and mad, formless imaginings, could hang out together at the same folk club and present him with an entire raison d'etre.
As we entered Air London Studios to begin work in the summer of , the news that our engineer would be the nigh-immortal Geoff Emerick brought wide-eyes excitement to those of us who knew details of Beatles' albums' sleeve notes. Neil Harrison came in as Control, and was himself fearless as he allowed my imagination to run loose. It was Neil who suggested orchestra and choir for so much of "The Human Menagerie". And Andrew Powell was brought in to write the arrangements. Such a budget for a new signing is pretty close to unthinkable today.
I'm still not sure how Neil persuaded the money-men to sign such crazy big cheques, but his nous and his charm helped turn those big tracks into epics and I'll forever be in his debt for that. Preceding the album, the band's debut single " Sebastian " was released at the end of August Despite later becoming one of Harley and the band's most popular songs, the song failed to find success in the UK, and did not enter the UK Top However, in continental Europe, the song performed much better and became a big hit in various countries.
AllMusic later noted that the album was "one of the most widely acclaimed albums of the year". In response he went away and re-worked one of his unrecorded songs, called "Judy Teen", which became a UK Top 5 hit for the band in June On 24 November , the band performed the album live at the Birmingham Symphony Hall. At this concert, Harley and the band performed their first two albums in their entirety, supported by an orchestra and chamber choir.
Before the formation of Cockney Rebel, Harley would supplement his dole money through busking and cleaning floors. He later commented: "She wore grey and looked quite severe and beautiful as the smart set of pre-war Germany would have looked, and I got "What Ruthy Said" from that day.
The guitar solo was over a completely new chord sequence. The middle-eight is totally separate from the rest of the song, with no lyrics, so it's an instrumental break that's a little bit left field. We took ages getting the solo right. Some of the guys who play the guitar for me now have a lot of problems with it.
It's a tough solo to play properly. It was a composite of three separate takes. A number of backing singers contributed to the song, including future chart-topper Tina Charles , as well as Yvonne Keeley , Linda Lewis and Liza Strike.
Mercer was so blown away by what he heard that he immediately pronounced the song as a number-one hit. Harley remembered: "We were all drinking Martini, it was late at night, and we were completely knackered. Bob came in and was absolutely blown away.
I asked him what he thought and he said simply, "Number one". By the time the song was finished, Harley and the band felt confident the song was a hit single. He recalled: "We certainly smelled something cooking that was very special. We had a huge chorus on there. Once they'd [the backing vocalists] had done their bit I came up with The Beatles bit — 'Ooh-la-la-la' — kind of from their " Rubber Soul " period.
I made the song really hooky because the lyrics are quite dark and cynical, frankly. In addition to this, it was the band's only chart entry in America, reaching No. The re-issue reached No. The new version was released as a single on 7" vinyl and CD. The single reached No. The song also featured in adverts for Furniture Village.
The song was also featured in an advert for Viagra Connect drug for erectile dysfunction , first broadcast in the UK in May The song was later included as a playable song in Lego Rock Band for the seventh generation of games consoles.
The show's presenters Jeremy Clarkson , Richard Hammond and James May urged viewers to download the song in a bid to help him pay the fine. Clarkson had commented, "He's making a meagre living out of, let's be honest, one hit single.
Everybody loves that song — you can't trust someone who doesn't like that song. On 27 January, the song entered at No. Upon its original release, the band performed the song on UK music show Top of the Pops. The performance on the show featured mimed instrumental backing, with Harley performing a live vocal. The band also performed the song on the Russell Harty Show while it was at number one.
Guarisco of AllMusic described the song as a "romantic pop tune" which "pairs Harley's clever wordplay with a clever pop tune that boasts an inventive stop-start arrangement and a lovely flamenco-styled acoustic guitar solo".Provided to YouTube by Reservoir Media Management, Inc. Judy Teen ( Remaster) · Cockney Rebel The Human Menagerie ( Remaster) ℗ Chrysalis Records Lim.