Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Art of the Cover - Honor Blackman & Patrick Macnee's "Kinky Boots" (1964)





A shot of horny John Steed ogling Cathy Gale's leather-clad, pert posterior, adorns this oddity!

Yap, it's Kinky Boots - a 1964 novelty UK single by Honor Blackman and Patrick Macnee of the seminal TV series The Avengers.





Kinky Boots was written by Herbert Kretzmer and David Lee. A short song: just one minute and thirty-seven seconds long.

The music was commissioned by all-round “wit” Ned Sherrin to appear on the groundbreaking British satirical TV show That Was The Week That Was. 




Originally it was just an instrumental piece that was played as backing to a segment on the growing popularity of fashion boots.

But then someone had the bright idea of capitalizing on the popularity of the TV show The Avengers by adding lyrics and having the show’s stars sing it.





The recording by Macnee and Blackman, released by Decca in February 1964.

The B-side was Let's Keep It Friendly.

Kinky Boots was not initially a hit but, bizarrely, a 1990 re-release reached the top ten of the British Singles Chart in December of that year, after the song was heavily promoted by BBC Radio One DJ Simon Mayo.

The re-release peaked at No.5 (on Deram records label KINKY 1) and remained on the chart for seven weeks.





The Avengers had broken new ground in having Blackman abandon the typical damsel in distress model for a proper female sidekick.

Her character, Cathy Gale, was unlike any female character seen on TV before; with a PhD in anthropology, she could also handle a gun and hold her own in a fight with formidable judo skills. Blackman’s leather costumes were originally designed for ease of movement in fight sequences.

Unsurprisingly, the fashions attracted a lot of attention, particularly the boots that were usually worn with leather pants, skirts, and jackets. They quickly became one of the signature features of the show -- along with Steed’s bowler hat and tightly rolled umbrella. 

Blackman played Cathy Gale in The Avengers from 1962–64.

She is probably best known for portraying Bond girl Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964). 

After her appearance in Goldfinger, Blackman recorded a full album of songs, entitled Everything I've Got.














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