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The time: Winter 1966/67
The place: Soest, Germany
We had moved back to Germany from Canada the year before. During the week, living on the base (in Soest), I was just another Canadian “Army Brat”. Weekends with my grandparents (in Bochum) and other relatives transformed me back into a German girl.
Main sources for music at that time were British Forces Radio, Radio Caroline (A British Pirate Radio station, just like the movie), Radio Luxemburg (broadcasting in 4 languages – English at night), German radio and TV. Our military store was well-stocked with the popular American and British teen magazines of the day, which kept me up to date. What were these magazines all talking about? The Monkees!
A teenybopper‘s dream they were. My friends and I had their posters plastered all over our rooms and we couldn’t wait for the next record! We missed out on the TV show, as it wasn’t airing in Europe at the time. I caught a few episodes some years later and thought they were incredibly silly. The music, on the other hand, was more sophisticated than you would think. Producers enlisted some well-known songwriters of the day, including Boyce & Hart, Goffin/King and Neil Diamond. One Boyce & Hart song, in particular, caught my attention that winter. (Not Your) Steppin’ Stone talks about users and pretenders:
Who were your teen idols? Do you still like their music as an adult?
Looking forward to your comments!
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