COVENTRY Music Museum curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
All About Eve
A happy birthday (today, June 30) to Coventry-born legend Julianne Regan.
Julianne is of course known for fronting the band All About Eve.
It was positively delightful to welcome Julianne to the Music Museum a few years.
Their biggest hit was the haunting ‘Martha’s Harbour’.
This was a song which bucked the 80s trend for overloading songs musically, as it featured just guitar sound effects and Julianne’s unforgettable vocals.
Julianne loaned the museum a gold disc and has visited on two occasions.
On one of those occasions purely by chance, a group of students visited from City College – they were all on their first week of music study.
With her gold disc in hand Julianne gave a wonderfully motivational speech on just what can be achieved in a life of music.
She herself graduated in 2014 from Bath Spa University with a masters degree in songwriting. As of 2016, she is a lecturer on the BA Commercial Music programme and MA Songwriting at the university’s College of Liberal Arts.
Probably her most famous (or infamous) moment was when the band was about to perform the hit song Martha’s Harbour on Top Of The Pops.
The music (including a vocal track) began and was being heard loud and clear by the TV audience, sadly not by Julianne and her band.
So they waited there motionless listening for their cue whilst the song played.
The clip has consequently been featured on various “Worse TV Moments Ever” packages.
I always thought this was something of an embarrassment to Julianne, but quite the opposite.
She recalls just how much fuss the BBC made of her after their awful gaff, and they were immediately booked for the following week, they even sent flowers.
She always looks at it as her 15 minutes of fame, one that never goes away.
Jagfest 22 is a three-day music festival form next Friday to Sunday, July 8 to 10 in support of The Allesley Festival at Jaguar Cars Sports and Social Club – all in association with local music legend Paul Sanders.
The amazing line up currently looks like this: Emily Jane Brooks, The Session, Marquis Drive, Izzie Derry, Shanghai Hostage, Caitlin McCarthy, Rosso, Danny Ansell Music and Co, The Lloyd McGrath Collective, Charlie Blackwood, Robbie Raps, Ruth Kelly and Mark Russell, Jimmy Kemp, The Institutes, Rude Six.
So, as you can see, the cream of the local musical crop, not to be missed.
Wristbands are now available from the social club bar or office.