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Cockney Rebel

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Fronted by ex-journalist Steve Harley (given birth to Steven Wonderful), Cockney Rebel first stirred in mid-1973 using the discharge from the epochal one “Sebastian.” Using a lineup chosen as much because of its traditional flexibility as its rock and roll punch, but with small look after the orchestral conceits which marred various other bands of this ilk, Cockney Rebel debuted with probably one of the most broadly acclaimed albums of the entire year. The Individual Menagerie been successful in showing up both epic and concise at exactly the same time and, while neither record nor one charted, both paved just how for what also cynics understood was an imminent breakthrough. Harley himself, on the other hand, was an excellent self-publicist, adding his very own very loud tone of voice towards the tide of acceptance which greeted Cockney Rebel’s early function. Reading the group’s press, it had been often difficult to find out where Harley’s ambition finished as well as the journalist’s compliment started, but that, as well, put into the hype which encircled them. A lot fevered activity finally paid in springtime 1974 using the discharge of “Judy Teenager,” the group’s second one and an instantaneous Top Ten strike. Cockney Rebel implemented through with landmark record, The Psychomodo, a gallant and extraordinarily ambitious record which promptly demonstrated another massive achievement. A program for BBC Radio disk jockey John Peel off, subsequently released in the On the BBC record, provided up further proof the band’s inventiveness, while Harley confirmed his own willing grasp of mass media by causing himself as obtainable (and interesting) towards the pop marketplace regarding the heavyweight rock and roll audience — among the group’s most memorable ventures that summertime was a short-lived appearance in the Biggin Hill air flow show. It had been a successful music group, but it had not been a content one. Conceived like a democracy, the music artists right now chafed at becoming regarded as simple sidemen for his or her singer, even more therefore after it became obvious that which was what Harley himself needed of these. By enough time “Mr. Soft” offered Cockney Rebel their second strike solitary, it was forget about — Harley continued The surface of the Pops to execute the track with just drummer Stuart Elliot making it through from the initial lineup, Curved Air’s Francis Monkman, and program musician/songwriter B.A. Robertson finished this impromptu music group. Fall 1974 brought the discharge from the group’s following solitary, “Big Big Offer,” presumably a taster for his or her proposed third recording. No faster was the record released, nevertheless, than it had been withdrawn, while Harley and Elliot started piecing together a fresh lineup. This might debut, beneath the name of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel the next spring, using the launch from the recording The Best Many years of Our Lives as well as the chart-topping one “Make Me Smile (Appear and find out Me).” Both demonstrated remarkably long lasting; both, however, had been many miles taken off the evocative darkness of the initial group’s work. Certainly, although Harley would wthhold the Cockney Rebel identification for a lot of the 10 years, subsequent albums had been solo shots in every but name. Of his erstwhile bandmates, violinist Jean Paul Croker transferred into session function; while bassist Paul Jefferies and guitarist Milton Reames Adam were briefly associates of End up being Bop Deluxe, before developing their own music group, Chartreuse, in 1976. Jefferies was wiped out within the Lockerbie surroundings devastation in 1988.

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Music Songs Make Me Smile, Mr Soft, Judy Teen, Mr. Raffles, Sebastian, Tumbling Down, Here Comes the Sun, Psychomodo, The Best Years of Our Lives, Compared With You, Hideaway, Love's a Prima Donna, Freedom's Prisoner, Black or White, The Mad Mad Moonlight, Star for a Week, White, White Dove, Death Trip, I Can't Even Touch You, The Last Goodbye, Sling It!, Riding the Waves, Bed in the Corner, Loretta's Tale, All Men Are Hungry, Mirror Freak, Red Is a Mean, Mean Colour, Singular Band, My Only Vice, Such a Dream, Muriel the Actor, Crazy Raver
Albums The Human Menagerie, The Psychomodo, The Best Years of Our Lives, A Closer Look, Timeless Flight, Love's a Prima Donna, Face to Face: A Live Recording, The Best of Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Greatest Hits, Live at the BBC, The Cream of Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, Anytime!, The Quality of Mercy, Cavaliers: An Anthology 1973-1974, The Best Years Of Our Lives (Deluxe Version), Live from London, Make Me Smile (Best Of), Live In Concert, The Best Years of Your Lives, Come Up And See Me - Live, Make Me Smile: Steve Harley Live, Introducing Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel (Live), Mr Soft (Live), Birmingham (Live with Orchestra & Choir), Live at Hammersmith 1975


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#Fact
1 Plays piano and guitar.
2 He was offered the role of the Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber's stage production of "The Phantom of the Opera", and recorded a version of the title song with Sarah Brightman, but Lloyd Webber eventually chose Michael Crawford for the role instead.
3 His favorite songs are "Honky Tonk Women" by The Rolling Stones, "Every Time We Say Goodbye" by Ella Fitzgerald, "Paperback Writer" by The Beatles, "How Can I Tell You" by Cat Stevens, "No Regrets" by Tom Rush, "Just One Look" by The Hollies, "Sail On Sailor" by The Beach Boys, "A Case Of You" by Joni Mitchell, "Tom Traubert's Blues" by Tom Waits, "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks. (Source: BBC Radio 2 "Tracks of My Years").
4 Presented the Best Original Song award, for Never Any Good, to Martin Simpson at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. (4th February 2008).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No me la puc treure del cap TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
House M.D. TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2010 writer - 1 episode, 2010
House of Boys 2009 lyrics: "Sebastian" / music: "Sebastian" / performer: "Sebastian"
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection 2006 Video performer: "The Phantom of the Opera"
Bailiffs 2005 TV Series documentary writer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me" - uncredited
Blackball 2003 performer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me"
A Tribute to Leiber and Stoller 2002 Video performer: "Love Me"
Anja & Viktor 2001 performer: "Make Me Smile" / writer: "Make Me Smile"
Best 2000 performer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me" / writer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me"
Saving Grace 2000 performer: "Make Me Smile" / writer: "Make Me Smile"
Velvet Goldmine 1998 performer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me" / writer: "Sebastian", "Tumbling Down", "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me"
The Full Monty 1997 performer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me" 1975 / writer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me" 1975
Stars in Their Eyes 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Threesome 1994 writer: "MAKE ME SMILE"
Dancing Queen 1993 TV Movie performer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me" / writer: "Make Me Smile Come Up and See Me"
Razzamatazz TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1986 writer - 1 episode, 1986
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series performer - 4 episodes

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Live in Concert 2005 Video documentary
Legends of Rock: Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 2001 Video

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Andrew Lloyd Webber: The Premiere Collection Encore 1992 Video

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ravanello pallido 2001 composer: song "Come Up and See Me"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
GMTV 2004 TV Series Himself
A Tribute to Leiber and Stoller 2002 Video Himself
Legends of Rock: Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel 2001 Video Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2001 TV Series Himself
Queen: Champions of the World 1995 Documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume One - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Razzamatazz 1986 TV Series Himself
Pop Quiz 1984 TV Series Himself
Star Games 1980 TV Series Himself
Top of the Pops 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
45 1974 TV Series Himself - and Cockney Rebel
RocKwiz 2012 TV Series Himself
David Bowie & the Story of Ziggy Stardust 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Cockney Rebel
Mastermind 2011 TV Series Himself
Rare and Unseen: The Beatles 2008 Video documentary Himself
Marc Bolan: The Final Word 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Breakfast 2005-2007 TV Series Himself
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel Live in Concert 2005 Video documentary Himself
Behind the Mask: The Story of 'The Phantom of the Opera' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Marc Bolan: Ride On 2005 Video documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rock and Roll's Greatest Failure: Otway the Movie 2013 Documentary Himself
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series Himself
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection 2006 Video Himself
Glam Rock: The DVD 2003 Video Himself
Top of the Pops 1976 TV Series Himself / Themselves

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#Quote
1 My problem is that broadcasters think I only wrote one song.


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