My Inspiration – Trevor Drane (Revelation)
Millie: Oh, wait a minute, don’t tell me who you are.
John: No, I’m not.
Millie: Oh, you are.
John: I’m not.
Millie: Oh, you are, I know you are.
John: I’m not, no.
Millie: You look just like him.
John: Do I? You’re the first one that’s said that ever.
Millie: [motions to the mirror] Yes, you do. Look.
John: No, my eyes are lighter. The nose.
Millie: Oh, your nose is very.
John: Is it?
Millie: I would have said so.
John: Oh, you know him better, though.
Millie: I do not! He’s only a casual acquaintance.
John: That’s what you say.
Millie: What have you heard?
John: [leans in, lowers his voice] It’s all over the place.
Millie: Is it? Is it really?
John: Mmm, but I wouldn’t have it. I stuck up for you.
Millie: I knew I could rely on you.
Millie: [puts on her glasses] You don’t look like him at all.
[John walks away, pouting]
John: [to himself] She looks more like him than I do.
A Hard Day’s Night
I was born in 1959 and back then it was difficult to relate to any popular culture, the mediums were under the jackboot of patronising middleclass “Oxbridge” types fostering worst aspects of the Nanny state.
All the offerings seemed so grey, dry and joyless.
Then, as if in a pre-ordained procession during my first decade alive the promise implicit in all, that human achievement knows no bounds but our imaginations, came tumbling into my life.
In football – we won the world cup, and of course the “we” is not England, it is West Ham, who, two years earlier had been only the second British side to win a European trophy.
In film – James Bond, the coolest guy on the planet was one of ours.
In TV and the theatre – Johnny Speight, Lionel Bart and Anthony Newley – a new sort of holy trinity were writing and performing in an accent that I heard around me every day.
Elsewhere in sport Cassius Clay was in his pomp, articulating physically and verbally that black people were not just equal, some were divine in their gifts.
In science the Apollo space programme provoked enough wonder in a third year primary school student of about my height, weight and general complexion to write a play that was performed before the school.
But before all that, and with a greater force than anything else The Beatles exploded into my life, no more grey, no more dry, no more joyless types, this was the exact polar opposite.
Initially via 45 rpm singles She Loves you, She’s a Woman and A Hard Day’s Night, and then via the Christmas TV schedules on film. The opening of A Hard Day’s Night is still as thrilling to me today as it was the first day I saw it. The reason it was so impactful was simply that the film showed a mix of working class lads making exciting, personally relevant music and all the while thumbing their noses at authority, just like my brothers, our mates and I, The Beatles stood apart from the grown-ups, and above all had fun. This new take on youth coupled with the slightly risqué, slightly surreal script and the lovingly shot London imagery by Gilbert Taylor hooked me and has never let go. At the time so much so that my mate Larry Brown and I spent a good few days emulating The Beatles in the film, running around pretending to be chased here, there and everywhere……. By whom, we knew not.
There was no greater thrill to a young working class Essex lad than seeing people from the same background doing things that looked exciting and fun, A Hard Day’s Night was “all that” as we would have said. What a privilege then to have been part of the team at PVG that distributed it on video for the very first time in 1984.
In my early life music, TV, film and sport were the things that gave me “my inspiration”, I have been blessed to have worked in all four.
•HMV’s My Inspiration is about the artists, actors and directors we love, sharing with us the lyrics and songs, poetry and dialogue that have inspired them. The journey began in 2006, when David Bowie became the first artist to take part, selecting Syd Barrett’s Gigolo Aunt as his inspiration. Since that time, many of our greatest icons and best new artists from the world of entertainment have featured.
We at the Raygun are asking the UK home entertainment trade for the films, people, or even songs, that inspired them to become part of our business.
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