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It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Simply Sci-fi » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:22 am

This day in Star Wars history.

Although Great Britain did not receive Star Wars on May 25th 1977 along with the USA, the public were introduced to the film from day one. The British publicity campaign was such an onslaught that by the time October arrived, the entire country had gone Star Wars crazy, even though the film would not be released until December 27th. The Star Wars theme by Meco was being played constantly on the radio and on the 1st October 1977 it reached its highest chart position of no 7 on the UK top 40. Remarkably it was the same day that the single reached no 1 in the USA. I have not found a cover for the British release by Chappell and Co and it is the French version that is often found by collectors. I'd be interested if anyone has found a British cover.

Also on the 1st October newspapers reported that Carrie Fisher had arrived in Britain in order to add weight to the promotion of Star Wars. The Daily Express headline was “Carrie, the Star Wars Princess.” Carrie Fisher never did escape her Star Wars persona in British newspapers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fqd_OFYA9xw
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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby subzero » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:31 am

Interesting, I never knew there was Star Wars mania before the film was even released, I was always under the impression that everyone thought the public wouldn't care much about it, and then it was an unexpected massive success after it was released in cinema.
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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby chipsteak » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:58 am

It had been a tried and tested success stateside so it was a safe bet that we'd lap it up too. I'm a little too young to remember 1977 but I remember having to wait for other films that were already established winners.

Meco charting so well during that limbo period is a perfect example. I've airways been curious as to how it would have been shown on TOTP as I've never found an official promo video/ film for it. Due to bizarrely strict TOTP rules they'd have pretty much had to show it. I was about to find out when BBC4 repeats caught up with October 1977 a number of years ago. Unfortunately, shortly before it was due to air, the host was found out to be the country's most prolific sex offender so that was the end of that.

Maybe it was Pan's People doing a silly routine similar to what I've seen other shows do along to the tune.

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby subzero » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:31 pm

Ahh I misread the original post a little bit as it was 7am and my eyes were hanging out of my head :lol:

I didn't know the UK had to wait so long after the US release, so that explains that then lol

Still amazing when you think about what word of mouth and clever advertising can do to peoples perceptions to cause mania, to people who hadn't even seen the damn thing yet.
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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Snaketibe » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:33 pm

chipsteak wrote:It had been a tried and tested success stateside so it was a safe bet that we'd lap it up too. I'm a little too young to remember 1977 but I remember having to wait for other films that were already established winners.

Meco charting so well during that limbo period is a perfect example. I've airways been curious as to how it would have been shown on TOTP as I've never found an official promo video/ film for it. Due to bizarrely strict TOTP rules they'd have pretty much had to show it. I was about to find out when BBC4 repeats caught up with October 1977 a number of years ago. Unfortunately, shortly before it was due to air, the host was found out to be the country's most prolific sex offender so that was the end of that.

Maybe it was Pan's People doing a silly routine similar to what I've seen other shows do along to the tune.

I would have said Pan's People frolicking about to it was a pretty safe bet, but by 1977 the gig had gone to Legs & Co, after Ruby Flipper (who?!) lasted about 5 minutes between the two much better known dance acts (am I showing my age? :lol:). TOTP was never shy about using its dance troupes, especially in those days when pop videos / promos were still a relative rarity, so if the Star Wars theme was aired, I'm sure it was probably danced to! :D

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby chipsteak » Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:12 pm

You know your TOTP dance troupes, sir. :D

I'll bet it involved very un-Starwarsy robot dance moves like I've seen on other country's variety turns based on Meco. That would have been the last time they'd have gotten away with it, to a large extent, what with none of us having seen the film yet.

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby subzero » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:29 am

chipsteak wrote:I'll bet it involved very un-Starwarsy robot dance moves


Star Wars would be a massive failure before it even started if that was done today, the cheese is real, I feel cringed just imagining it :lol:
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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Mrleemur » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:47 am

yup, definitely un-starwarsy!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0PLHZhvg4Y

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby subzero » Mon Oct 02, 2017 10:54 am

Mrleemur wrote:yup, definitely un-starwarsy!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0PLHZhvg4Y
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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Mini99 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 1:43 pm

Snaketibe wrote:
chipsteak wrote:It had been a tried and tested success stateside so it was a safe bet that we'd lap it up too. I'm a little too young to remember 1977 but I remember having to wait for other films that were already established winners.

Meco charting so well during that limbo period is a perfect example. I've airways been curious as to how it would have been shown on TOTP as I've never found an official promo video/ film for it. Due to bizarrely strict TOTP rules they'd have pretty much had to show it. I was about to find out when BBC4 repeats caught up with October 1977 a number of years ago. Unfortunately, shortly before it was due to air, the host was found out to be the country's most prolific sex offender so that was the end of that.

Maybe it was Pan's People doing a silly routine similar to what I've seen other shows do along to the tune.

I would have said Pan's People frolicking about to it was a pretty safe bet, but by 1977 the gig had gone to Legs & Co, after Ruby Flipper (who?!) lasted about 5 minutes between the two much better known dance acts (am I showing my age? :lol:). TOTP was never shy about using its dance troupes, especially in those days when pop videos / promos were still a relative rarity, so if the Star Wars theme was aired, I'm sure it was probably danced to! :D


I think it worrying that you freely admit to such an in-depth knowledge of TOTP dance acts! :D :shock:
And yes I also remember Ruby Flipper, flipping awful, even in those days. :?

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby chipsteak » Mon Oct 02, 2017 6:03 pm

From my own vault of YouTube tat, here's evidence that the Germans were off their rockers AND still doing robot dances to Meco well into the ESB era, if this is anything to go by! Really, it's off its tits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCcgBLi ... =youtu.be&

I'd recommend watching the whole video if you want to see some of the most absurd Star Wars bandwagoning 1980 had to offer. And Mark Hamill joins in, no less!

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Snaketibe » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:48 pm

Mrleemur wrote:yup, definitely un-starwarsy!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H0PLHZhvg4Y

Er... thank you? :lol:

God, that was shite....

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Snaketibe » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:52 pm

chipsteak wrote:You know your TOTP dance troupes, sir. :D


Mini99 wrote:I think it worrying that you freely admit to such an in-depth knowledge of TOTP dance acts! :D :shock:
And yes I also remember Ruby Flipper, flipping awful, even in those days. :?


What can I say? I watched a lot of Top of the Pops as a kid! :lol:

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Snaketibe » Mon Oct 02, 2017 8:53 pm

chipsteak wrote:From my own vault of YouTube tat, here's evidence that the Germans were off their rockers AND still doing robot dances to Meco well into the ESB era, if this is anything to go by! Really, it's off its tits.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCcgBLi ... =youtu.be&

I'd recommend watching the whole video if you want to see some of the most absurd Star Wars bandwagoning 1980 had to offer. And Mark Hamill joins in, no less!


That was... really... er... Just what the hell was that?! :shock: :wink:

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Re: It happened today in Star Wars history

Postby Mini99 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 9:15 pm

Can't get the link to work, comes up saying that the video is not available, oh well it appears that I'm not missing much :? :roll:


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