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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Timmy Mallett/Bombalurina

Remember Timmy Mallett…or maybe you don’t want to. It was, after all, an “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini”!

80’s UK kids TV presenter Timmy Mallett (yes that is his real name) was born in 1955 and spent a decade bashing kids heads in with a giant foam mallet, while in the presence of his faithful cockatiel, Magic. Wacaday, or the Wide Awake Club, was the morning kids magazine than ran from 1985 to 1992 and was mostly and excuse for utter nonsense, coining catchphrases like “Blaaah” and “Utterly Brilliant”. But at the height of his fame, Timmy teamed up with none other than Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber to storm the music charts, and storm they did.

Using the name Bombalurina, a character from Webber’s musical, Cats, Timmy and two female vocalists, recorded Brian Hyland’s 1960 US chart topper, “Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” and in August 1990, he took it to the top of the UK singles chart, becoming the twelfth biggest seller of the year. Timmy thought he was on to something now and in December that year, he recorded The Avons’ 1959 hit “7 Little Girls Sitting In The Backseat” and reached No.18. That same month, ‘Bombalurina’ released a album, “Huggin’ And A Kissin'”, which was geared at party’s and mostly children.

In 1991, Timmy recorded a version of “The Laughing Policeman” with Beatles producer George Martin while the following Summer, using the new name ‘Del Costa’, Mallett released a version of “Hot, Hot, Hot”. Neither of these songs charted and after the end of Wacaday, it seemed that was that. Timmy popped up again in 2008 when he featured on the reality series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and that same year on Big Brother. Timmy returned to music in 2013 when he recorded a new version of Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day”. He is to be found touring holiday camps and theatres around the UK either in panto on with his one man show.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!