Saturday, December 17, 2011

No 17 - Skiing In The Snow - Wigan's Ovation

When the pop has eaten itself and finally collaspses onto the ground, will anyone write the name Jim McClusky in the history books?

Will that single thread from rocks rich tapestry be unravelled?

Jim was the vocalist with Wigan's Ovation. His couldn't be a more rags to riches to rags story, I'll let him tell it:

'I had never sang live on stage before and one of the reasons for me joining the band was that I could not go on working shifts anymore'.

You never get that kind of story on X Factor these days.

"With Skiing in the Snow we had a load of fun in the studio, then we returned home and back to the working mens clubs performing either side of the bingo. Then about three weeks later we were in Hartlepool when we got the word that the record was finished, it sounded fantastic. Two weeks later we were on Top of the Pops.

The band split in 1976 but not before being ripped off by promoters and the like.
In 1977 we got back together again but the spark had gone, in 1984 our manager killed himself, for what reason nobody knows to this day.
We all gave up after that".

I think the words bitter and sweet are apt here. Stick this on though, and swing those pants.

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