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29 October 2014
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Have you kept in contact with everyone?
Floyd Pearce and Gavin Trace were the other guys in the group, but I haven't seen them for ages. The last I saw of Floyd was when he joined Hot Gossip in 1980. Gavin, unfortunately, was sacked half way through the engagement, it was just after we did 'Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel'. Gavin, I think, was finding it hard to keep up, because of the pace and quick turn around. Flick again didn't make a big thing of it, she just asked whether he was happy in the group. He then just volunteered to leave. She dealt with it really well.

What did you do straight after?
Fortunately, I'd done other things before, so I'd had quite a bit of experience by then. So, I worked again with Nigel Lithgoe and did two live TV appearances at the Palladium and then went on to work with Brian Rogers on another TV series. Around this time I also formed my own dance troupe, Phillip Haigh and Wild Cover. We did the Donna Style Show, Ken Dodd, Windsor Davies and went to Belfast to entertain the British army. Then I went to Korea for four months to join the Bluebells, and worked in Seoul as their principal singer and dancer. I did other TV and fashion choreography.

So, what do you do now?
Well I do still choreograph, but eventually I went into my father's retail furniture business. I took a business course a while back as I knew that after the age of 30 my career as a performer would be over pretty much. You're considered to be a bit of an old crock by that age, like an athlete. Now, I'm working as a sales executive.

Do you still dance from time to time? my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go.

Not tempted to break out into a routine at weddings?
Well...and I'm sure it's the same for some of the others who were in the troupe...when I hear an old song that I danced for on Top Of The Pops, I can't help doing the routines in my head. It was such a great time and experience, it was just a shame it had to come to an end so quickly.

Do you still tell people that you used to be on Top Of The Pops?
I think it's such an institution in Britain and it's so famous across the world, isn't it the longest running pop show ever... Anyway, people have always had a love and high regard for the show, so it was certainly a great honour to be part of it. Some groups only appeared once or twice, but to be able to say that I was part of the show for nearly a year is a really great honour.


  Simply Red  
  "That's a bit supermarket, isn't it. I'm not making that many bottles. "  
  Robin Gibb  
  "There's been great moments both as a songwriter and as a performer."  
  Paul Roberts - The Stranglers  
  "We certainly weren't going to call ourselves The Bay City Rollers."  
  Lisa Stansfield  
  "I just thought, how many times do I have to sing this song?"  
  Soft Cell  
  "I think it's the only time that a banjo's been played in the Ministry of Sound."  
  "Agnetha said she liked it. If I met them I would curtsey."  
  "We really surprised lots of people by simply hanging in there."  
  Kim Wilde  
  "I used to be really jealous of Claire Grogan...I thought she was gorgeous."  
  "Failure was not an option, we were materialistic and greed was good."  
  Human League  
  "We did a US tour with Culture Club and Howard Jones...solely for the cash."  
  Altered Images  
  "Women were treated as a bit of a novelty in the music business in 1981."  
  Belle Stars  
  "The pop music lark just seems like a lifetime away now."  
  Steve Strange  
  "Look, you’re playing me like a bitchy queen and I’m not like that."  
  Five Star  
  "We all grew up wanting to be famous and we lived our dream..."  
  Phillip from Ruby Flipper  
  "At my age, I'd find it difficult to get my legs where they used to go..."  
  Glen Campbell  
  "I got to work with literally everyone in the business; Nat King Cole, Sinatra..."  
  David Gray  
  "Lots of tension in the camp. We're battling Gareth Gates for the No.1 spot"  
  Robert Palmer  
  "There's this homegenised force feeding of what is hip."  
  "I think George manipulated our relationship for publicity"  
  Tom Jones  
  "I'm pulling all my old jewellery out now and comparing my rings with Wyclef"  
  Ruth From Pan's People  
  "I could show you dozens of times I forgot the moves..."  
  Badly Drawn Boy  
  "Everybody has to do what everybody else does in order to have a hit single"  
  John Otway  
  "I think the music business is probably not happy with what we've done..."  
  Jimmy Cliff  
  "I look at someone like Ms Dynamite, I come away with a positive feeling."  
  Human League  
  "We wouldn't trust anyone that didn't wear eyeliner."  
  Status Quo  
  "I probably went about four or five years with a pair of stage jeans"  
  Gary Numan  
  "There are so many things in my past that you could make fun of."  
  McAlmont and Butler  
  "We were big enough to get over any-thing that may have been exchanged."  
  Primal Scream  
  "The producer at the time told us we'd never work again."  
  "I prefer miming, I prefer if we weren’t playing live."  

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