14 ottobre 2021

 

La loro versione di It's My Party scalò le classifiche in Gran Bretagna (e in Nuova Zelanda) esattamente quarant'anni fa, e per Dave Stewart e Barbara Gaskin è un anniversario certamente da festeggiare. Anche per un altro motivo: "40 years ago today our debut single It's My Party reached number one in the UK singles chart - scrive Stewart - much to our surprise: we'd recorded the track for a laugh and initially had no clear plan what do with it, but when Stiff Records showed interest in releasing it we thought 'why not?' We were pleased so many people enjoyed the track and liked the way it seemed to reach across the generations - four year-old kids liked it, and so did their grandparents. Looking back, it was a moment in time which changed our lives. Ten years previously, Barb and I had been treading the boards with our old bands Spirogyra and Egg, and now here we were on Top of the Pops at the age of 30 with me wearing a daft costume, Barb enacting the role of a jilted teenage girl and a couple of our mates drafted in to help with the miming. Definitely not what we expected... In retrospect, the important thing about It's My Party is it cemented my and Barb's musical and personal relationship and gave us a platform to continue making music together, for which we're very grateful."