If you’re like me and grew up in the Eighties, the words ‘Stock Aitken and Waterman party in the Park” will either have you screeching and running for the earplugs, or jumping up and down with glee.
I’ll come out and say it as I have no shame – I’m firmly in the latter camp.
If you were pre-teen like I was in the height of their popularity (1988 – 89) then the age of Stock Aitken and Waterman was all about rushing out to the shops to buy the latest Look – In or Smash Hits magazine, and pinning the posters of Jason Donovan or Brother Beyond all over your wall.
It was primarily aimed at all the little teeny boppers like myself who wasn’t quite 13 and too cool to be listening to such crap – by the time I’d hit my teens, I’d outgrown them and was listening to ‘proper’ music such as Queen, Bon Jovi and stuff like that.
Stock Aitken and Waterman? Pfft, yeah as if I’d be caught out listening to that rubbish.
Now as a so called ‘grown up’ I’ll admit to being one of the ones who would love to go the concert with all the acts such as Sinitta, Jason, Rick Astley etc.
It all evokes a memory of a simpler age where people were gluing bottle tops onto their shoes a’la Luke and Matt from Bros, or collecting those Garbage Pail stickers with charming names with things like ‘Snotbag Sarah’ or ‘Pus Filled Pamela.’
Or in the case of the Stock Aitken and Waterman hit by Sabrina – Boys, Boys Boys it conjures up memories of the Primary School Leavers Disco (no stupid fancy proms then) with this song playing, boys in one corner and girls in the other, with the girls shouting and pointing ‘boys, boys, boys’ while the boys did the ‘girls, girls girls’ version and pointing back at us all.
Who was the best to fancy, Nathan from Brother Beyond or Jason Donovan? A fierce debate in the playground that summer.
So I can safely say that as much as it pains some people (and my grown up self which is in conflict with my inner child) that the Stock Aitken and Waterman concert is going to be a HUGE hit – and full of mid 30 year old women screaming and getting giddy as they are transported back to being about 12 years old again.
Bring it on (and nearer to me please, get it touring!) I’d be there singing along at the front because I bet I still know all the words…