April 23, 2014

One of Ten Thousand Reasons Nobody Is Ever Nostalgic About the 80s

And nobody never ever says, "Hey, whatever happened to Neil?"

Well... almost never...


Nigel Planer, the actor and writer, 60, in the living room of his central London flat: "After appearing as Neil in The Young Ones, I recorded a version of him singing Traffic’s classic Hole In My Shoe in 1984 – and every now and then I still give the record a spin. The single got to No 2 in the charts, earned me a silver disc and was only kept off the top spot by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. I got to appear on Top of the Pops a few times and thought I’d make a fortune, but you don’t make much if you’re a one-hit wonder!"

Posted by gerardvanderleun at April 23, 2014 3:00 PM
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THE YOUNG ONES was a funny show, and birthed an even funnier one: BOTTOM, about the pathetic misadventures of two repulsive young losers in a sleazy London flat. (Think of a more urban version of TRAILER PARK BOYS, with FAR less sympathetic or intelligent leads, and you'll get the idea.)
"Neil" also recorded a cover of "My White Bicycle" by Tomorrow (Steve Howe's pre-YES group), which was a tribute to Amsterdam's publicly-shared bicycles -- a project initiated by the radical Dutch Provo movement.

Posted by: Skorpion at April 23, 2014 3:15 PM

I loved the Young Ones.

Posted by: b moe at April 23, 2014 3:21 PM

Damn hippie.

This self-sufficiency thing really is amazing. We sow the seed, right. Nature grows the seed, and then, we eat the seed. And then, after that, we sow the seed, nature grows the seed, and then, we eat the seed. And then, after that again, we sow the seed, nature grows the seed.

Posted by: Potsie at April 23, 2014 5:50 PM

The 80's weren't the 70's.

That in itself bestows upon them whatever beatification decades might earn.

Posted by: GW at April 23, 2014 9:29 PM

Cheer up Potsie. Better a has-been than a never-wazzer.

Posted by: chasmatic at April 24, 2014 7:08 AM

The '80's, the decade of AIDs and Boomer greed.

Posted by: Vermont Woodchuck at April 24, 2014 8:39 AM