The first Radio Stars single ‘Dirty Pictures’ nestled inside a picture sleeve with grubby fingerprints all over it. There was also a yuuuuge (20×13 inches) poster, which is now available for all animal lovers to admire in the privacy of their own home or cell.
The idea for the poster was based on a photo session from the 1950s, featuring the Goons and ‘the world’s first supermodel’ Barbara Goalen. Here she talks about her ‘charlies’ in her 2002 obituary (before she died, naturally). Here’s one of the original shots, taken in the 1950s. Spike Milligan is restrained by Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers, Goalen remains aloof. The keen observer will notice the similarity to some shots in the final poster sequence below.
Or perhaps not. Let us reconsider. This time we bring in the professionals. Kelly St John, Martin Gordon’s girlfriend of the time, was a model (although of a somewhat more ‘exotic’ bent). He proposed a remake of the original session with her participation.
The photographer, provided by Chiswick Records, claimed to be named Hugh Heffer, although he was in reality an American person claiming to be named Peter Kodik (lately and confusingly revealed to be on fact called Peter Gravelle). Following the photo session, he kept turning up at Martin and Kelly’s apartment claiming he ‘just happened to be in the area’.
The front of the single…
And, ermmm, the rear view:The final result, a limited number of which can now be yours to hang in your very own garden shed, prison cell, igloo, tree-house or cupboard under the stairs.
Get yer own poster from Radiant Future right here: