Back in the 1980s, pop-rock group Loose Talk produced a song based on Eagle‘s Dan Dare (in his 1982 re-launch incarnation, not the 1950s original). But there’s a tip of the hat to another SF saga too, in the promotional video…
The single was promoted in a July 1982 edition of Eagle, which had 1000 copies to give away, and the project got a full page of coverage inside.
Loose Talk’s Ray Walton uploaded the video to YouTube some years back. Formed around 1980-ish by Ray, Alfredo Michelluci, Ralph R Roman and Dean Cowell, “Dan Dare” was their first single. Amanda Michellucci was on vocals, and the track got a bit of TV and radio air time.
Among other numbers, they would go on to record “Judge Dredd” on the Jet label in 1983.
These days, the Bournemouth-based guitarist, who also played with Razorback, is perhaps better known for his appearances on TV angling programmes, as an actor, and as a photographer, largely focused on documenting environmental issues.
Oh – that other SF connection?
Ray Walton is wearing an original Space:1999 Year 2 Command Centre uniform with braces! (The others wear yellow jump suits – from the Bond movie Moonraker, apparently).
The Loose Talk track shouldn’t be confused by “Dan Dare” recorded by The Mekons (who were named after Dare’s alien arch-enemy).
With thanks to Richard Sheaf | Dan Dare/ Eagle © Dan Dare Corporation