The first Radio Stars single ‘Dirty Pictures’ nestled inside a picture sleeve with grubby fingerprints all over it. There was also a huge (20×13 inches) poster, the hugest poster of all time, even the Chinese say so, 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). One of the original shots, taken in the 1950s, shows Spike Milligan restrained by Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers, Goalen remaining aloof. The keen observer will notice the similarity to some shots in the final Dirty Poster sequence below.
Perhaps not. Let us reconsider. We bring in the professionals. Kelly St John, Martin Gordon’s girlfriend of the time, was a model (of a somewhat ‘exotic’ bent). We propose a remake of the original Goon session with her participation as Barbara ‘Charlie’ Goalen.
The photographer provided by Chiswick Records claimed to be named Hugh Heffer, although he was in reality an American person temporarily named Peter Kodik (lately and confusingly revealed to be in fact one Peter Gravelle). It would matter little were it not for the fact that following the photo session, he kept turning up at Martin and Kelly’s apartment claiming that he ‘just happened to be in the area’.
But we were finally on the right track. The front of the single…
And, ermmm, the rear view:And the final result. Whenever the posters were displayed, they quickly disappeared. Now a limited number 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: