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Sunday, October 25, 2009

(C) Pop-Star Idolatry - Angry Fans Too?

SINGAPORE IDOLS IN THE 60s:
Most times Singapore 60s idols, like Rita, Sakura or Lara (image), get bouquets but sometimes a few get brickbats. Even the most popular of singers or bands get negative remarks thrown at them while others get boos from an unpleasant group in the audience. At its worst, the really unlucky ones would get tiny missiles in their paths.

*"I was scared stiff and shivering. He wanted me to do a folk song called Scarlet Ribbons. When I performed that song in Chin Hoo Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, I had a stone thrown at me. It did not hit me but it hit my guitar."

*"I was nervous, scared and I wanted to pack up and go. No way was I going to perform to people who boo and throw stones... When I went up to Penang, I faced a more matured audience. I went down quite well with the audience and this made up for my disappointment."
It's similar all over the world and part of pop-star idolatry. Impersonator or otherwise, there's bound to be someone out in the audience who doesn't like the celebrity's face, his singing or his personality. And of course there are some who are just envious of his popularity.
*(The above was an interview with Henry Suriya of Naomi and the Boys, 3 August 1995 for a research by Lily Kong on, The Invention of Heritage: Popular Music In Singapore.)

Image from left: Lara Tan, Rita Chao, Sakura Teng.
Original article: Andy Lim Collection.
Also check posting: June 21st, 2009.

10 comments:

Roger said...

As celebrities, you are either loved or hated. Everybody has his critics.

nomore said...

Guess the Life is a sort of the Falling/ Alica Keys's...." Some times I feel good, at times I feel used Loving you...~~~" Loving their the Glory....a time for love...Memories are always sweet...

Andy Young* said...

Thanks Roger for comment. A little tale about Elvis Presley. When he was touring the U.S. he was angry when his team of publicists produced, "I Love Elvis" lapel-buttons for his audiences. He wanted the same number of, "I Hate Elvis" buttons made for distribution. That's how much he knows about human nature. Great guy huh?

Andy Young* said...

Thank you nomore for your comment. I must learn about Alicia Keys. Beautiful lyrics. What is the title of this song please?

nomore said...

Falling

I keep on falling in and out of love with you.
Sometimes I love you, Sometimes you make me blue.
Sometimes I feel good, at times I feel used. Loving you darling make me so confused.

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The title, song's name was "Falling"..Guess it was a newage's song....isn't it??

Andy Young* said...

Yes, great song and I listened to it too. Thanks for teaching this old dog new tricks. Much obliged.
Cheers.

BC Teoh said...

Andy, could it be the people were more passionate about music and their idols during those years. So when they were disappointed, they showed their disappointment explicitly.

Victor said...

Sakura and Rita were very popular stars during the 1960s. Didn't hear about Lena though.

Andy Young* said...

BC, Thanks for your response. You are right about audiences being disappointed with their idols because of this passion for music.

Andy Young* said...

It's Lara Tan. Her posting is on August 27th, 2009. Thanks Victor.
Cheers.