Rollermania! (‘Life’s a Journey’ Series, Week 17)

family storiesThis post is part of a weekly series of ‘link-up’ Posts which reflect on life’s journey, old memories and family stories (see below for more info).

There are certain eras that can be summed up from a single photograph. In my opinion, this photo is one of those. It is the iconic memory of the 1970s to any young girl who happened to be between the ages of 8 and 38 at that time.

Friends, this was The Bay City Rollers (sigh). And whilst I cannot deny the ridiculous nature of the ‘uniform’, the wet-behind-the-ears lads in this photograph were soon to become the leaders of a vast Tartan Army, and a 1970s tour de force.

The sound of Leslie’s tender ‘Bye Bye Baby’ tones still gives me goosebumps today.  Close your eyes for a moment and indulge yourself in a time-warp musical interlude…

Bay City Roller Facts

1. They wore The Tartan in a ‘camper-than-a-row-of-pink-tents’ kind of uniform

2. Shortness of trouser not entirely due to Edinburgh’s proneness to flooding

3. The creature on the right clearly should have had a wee-wee before he left home

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Why, yes. I bloody would. Me and my original BCR album (bottom half!)

4. Those cute wee laddies frae bonny Scotland, led by the pant-wetting lovely that was Les McKeown (with the coy looking head tilt in dark blue), rocked our pre-teen worlds back in the day. Alan Longmuir, Eric Faulkner, Stuart “Woody” Wood, Derek Longmuir and Leslie McKeown stuck a pin in a map and took the name ‘Bay City’ Rollers for no other reason than that’s where it landed. Originally called The Saxons, this was seen as a better name for some reason.

5. They became such a phenomenon that mothers everywhere gave up locking up their daughters and donned their own tartan scarves instead. In 1975, 40 female fans attempted to reach the band by swimming across a lake to where they were due to perform. Several were hospitalised, and the band were flown out by helicopter without even performing a single song.

I was a pre-teen at the height of Rollermania, but I can remember joining in the playground chants of “B.A.Y, B.A.Y, B.A.Y.C.I.T.Y, R.O.Double L. E.R.S…Bay City Rollers are the best!” but I was never allowed to don the holy plaid.

Anyone out there recall these awesome but ill-fated Edinburgh boys? Were you a fan? Did you wear the uniform? Got any pictures you’d like to share? I’d love to hear your memories, so get Posting!!!!!

Post an entry to your own Blog  and use the Linky tool (link below) to enter your memories into the fray. If you like, just leave a comment and join in that way, but do join in.

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More about the Life’s a Journey weekly memories series.

Other posts in this series:-

Week 1 - My earliest baby photo

Week 2 – Old School Portrait

Week 3 - Earliest Writings

Week 4 – Bestest Friends

Week 5 – Teenage Crushes

Week 6 – First Movie Memories

Week 7 – The Song You Snogged Your Hand To

Week 8 – Homage to Grandparents

Week 9 – Favourite Childhood Books

Week 10 – Tying the Knot (again)

Week 11 – Blue: Girl Guide Uniform Shambles

Week 12 – Cuddly Companions

Week 13 – A Rope, Some Pals and Jelly on a Plate

Week 14 – Pink NHS Specs, 1975

Week 15 - Regrettable hairstyles of the 1980s – The Mullet

Week 16 – The Lo-Tech Times of Childhood

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15 responses to “Rollermania! (‘Life’s a Journey’ Series, Week 17)

  1. I am laughing out loud at your Bay City Rollers post. I worked in a Record Store, yep back when there was vinyl, in the 70’s. I must been quite a bit older as I remember the BCR kind of like a fly in the face and. Annoying!

    Of course Rock and Roll dominated the airwaves and Punk was played if you were cool. if you look at it that way there was nothing cool about them, except to a pre-teen.

    One of the original boy bands, yep they were something!

    lol

      • Not cool enough for one who was TRYING to be cool! I am just saying they were perfect for your age! Heck if I was your age I would have been front row at their concert…wearing plaid… I did have a David Bowie look according to my nephews! It was better than hippy.

  2. Fab post, I laughed so much! :) I had never heard of The Bay City Rollers – although that Bye Bye Baby song is somehow familiar – thank you for enlightning me!

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