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Good Bye Tony Blair (I might have to change my view of you now)
Monday, May 14, 2007

Ok. Tony Blair has said his goodbyes. I had no intentions of thinkin more about that man until I found this on the internet, I thought this was a much funnier way of remembering him, than remembering him for his time as my neighbouring countrys prime minister (which he still is...right) and labour pary leader.


(Tony Blair)


(Left: Tony Blair)

From the article at nostalgiacentral.com:
He has always been keen to skim over what has been called his 'lost year'. And one look at the photographs on this page perhaps suggests why.

Sporting shaggy, shoulder-length hair, a tight Lurex shirt and brown flared jeans (with patterned turnups), this is Tony Blair circa 1972. Aged 18, he had thrown off the shackles of his Scottish public school to dip his bare toes in the choppy waters of the rock music business.

Along with his friend, Alan Collenette, he enjoyed a brief career as a 'promoter' before heading off to university.

Mr Collenette, who is now the director of an estate agency in San Francisco, said: "Tony came down to London for a bit of fun in his gap year. He turned up at my door with a home-made blue guitar nicknamed Clarence - from which the neck would often detach itself entirely during riffs - and suggested we go into the music business together.

"I was to be a star promoter and he was to be a great rock guitarist. Unfortunately, Tony couldn't play guitar very well at that time and I had never promoted anything".

Despite their glaringly obvious lack of talent, Collenette-Blair Promotions was formed.

"We hit the Yellow Pages looking for somewhere to put on concerts," Mr Collenette said. "Somehow we managed to cobble together a couple of bands. Then we started calling up vicars to ask if we could use their church halls for dances and concerts".
[...]

'Exciting Rock 'n' Roll band available for all Dances, Concerts and Parties', a handbill boasted. As if that wasn't enticing enough, there was also a 'Spacematic DISCO with LIGHTS!!!!'
[...]
Between 1971 and 1972, Al Collenette and Tony Blair Promotions held weekly discos which they advertised with hand-drawn flyers. Mr Blair was responsible for 'bookings and management' and keeping the accounts.

"We used to deliver a lot of our promotional leaflets outside colleges and schools. Especially girls' schools", recalled Mr Collenette. "The girls would always ask if he (Tony) was going to be at the gig. He was a very glamorous figure with great charm and charisma."
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I mean they had 'Spacematic DISCO with LIGHTS!!!!' With lights!! Who wouldnt wanna go and see that, its spacematic too!!





COMMENTS

Monday, May 14, 2007 8:22 PM

BLUEEYEDBRIGADIER


Oh...definitely puts a smile on my face to see this;)

BEB

Monday, May 14, 2007 5:41 AM

CONSTANCE


Oh youre so welcome.. and its not just riddicule, its my attemt to humanize poiticians, show that theyre just human too, and enjoying spacematic disco with lights, just like the rest of us.

Monday, May 14, 2007 5:19 AM

MSG


LOL thanks

Monday, May 14, 2007 4:43 AM

REDHEAD


Heh heh, its enough to keep anyone away from politcs--the knowledge that one's foolishness will be displayed for ridicule.


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