Rick from The Young Ones was right. Cliff will always be cool. How can you argue with someone who has had a hit every decade since 1820? Genius. And it is great now that Cliff is getting some serious respect from those crazy, young rock and roll hipsters, ermmm, Oasis.
If you have listened to the fab four’s new album (btw what happened to the drummer? Does Noel multi-task now?) you’ll know that one of its highlights The Turning bears more than a passing nod to Cliff’s seismic seventies disco anthem Devil Woman. And what a steal! To these ears it sounds like the best thing that Oasis have done since, ooohh, Beetlebum!
So why stop there? There are many Cliffster gems which Noel and his chums could purloin for future albums. Here’s a few suggestions… Monobrows and shell suits – now that is a cool look.
1 Power to all our friends – Cliff’s stomping paen to worldwide revolutionaries, cunningly disguised as a Eurovision song contest entry from 1973 has all the glam rock trademarks of Noel’s beloved Slade. Would have made a brilliant opener for Lightning.
2 Take me high – The title track from Cliff’s early 70s Britcom even sounds like it should be an Oasis song. The song itself is ripe for recycling given its floaty Macca style bass and soaring, lighter aloft chorus. The film is also great. In it Cliff and his gang of young hoodlums stalk Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Manhattan desperately searching for hallucinogenic drugs and do not in any way mess about on boats and in burger bars in Birmingham.
3 Move it – The best British rock and roll record ever. Better than even Shaky, Showwaddywaddy and The Rubettes. Noel should move quickly and nick that classic Hank Marvin response riff before The Kooks get their mitts on it.
4 Miseltoe and Wine – Well the last Oasis Chrimbo single (Whatever) did quite well. So it is about time for another one. Maybe Noel could think of the song as Cigarettes and Alcohol for the Saga generation.
5 Apron Strings – It isn’t just me who loves this early Cliff rocker. Sir Bob put it on his ‘Under the influence album.’ Again there’s a killer riff that’s just begging to be repurposed for Shock of the Lightning vol 2.