Earlier this week, you may recall, I waxed lyrical about the allure of Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers In The 25th Century and the impression she made on the young Choob (and, indeed a generation of youthful males… and, no doubt, a few females).
However, the truth is that Wilma came along a little early in my life to make that kind of impression and it was only watching repeats a few years later that she really became indelibly stamped on my psyche. Wearing that white, skin-tight flightsuit…
However, there was someone who come along at just the right time to qualify as the Choob’s bona fide first celebrity crush. And she was German!
She was also showcased in a memorable BBC Sight And Sound In Concert televised gig around the same time.
I know what you’re thinking – aren’t all televised gigs in sight and sound?
Well, yes, but back in 1984, TV broadcasts were still in mono but the Beeb had pioneered the (short-lived) innovation of broadcasting concerts on TV, synchronised with a Stereo FM radio broadcast (or “simulcast“) of the audio.
So, if your hi-fi (as they were called in those days) was in the same room as the TV, you could turn the volume down on the telly and crank up the radio and – voila – stereo TV, years before NICAM broadcasts started.
I can’t begin to tell you how besotted the 15-year-old Choob was with Nena – hairy armpits and all! – after seeing her in that televised concert, even though all the songs were in German.
I immediately resolved to go to see her on tour when she came to Glasgow. But alas, she never came (or if she did, I missed it). I never did see her live on stage. All I had was hazy memories of that BBC sight and sound concert.
Until YouTube came along, that is!
I can’t be 100 per cent sure but I am as certain as I can be that this is from that Sight and Sound broadcast – trust me, the leather trousers and black T-shirt combo are etched in my memory, even after quarter of a century…:
Vodpod videos no longer available.
And in the interests of completeness, here is the English version of the song, from Top Of The Pops:
Nena was destined to be a one-hit wonder in the UK and the US (and several other countries) but she is still releasing albums and touring in Germany and Europe – the above two pics without the legwarmers are from a gig in 2008 – she’s still got it!
Still not come to Glasgow though. Sigh…