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Manar Al Hilo,
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Dubbed 'the black Beatles' by the British tabloids, the 'other' four lads from Liverpool recount their incredible story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York - a journey of international stardom as Britain's pioneering million-selling soul and funk band. Against a backdrop of prejudice and political turmoil in the 1970s, The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to hit #1 in the UK pop charts, with the universally-loved 'You To Me Are Everything'. Other hits like 'Can't Get By Without You', 'You'll Never Know What You're Missing' and 'Can You Feel the Force' set dance-floors alight, but their proudest moment was composing the rousing 'Children of the Ghetto' - the first ever protest song to address the plight of black immigrants in Britain. The group's massive success has been tempered with racism, drug addiction and suicide but, for the very first time, original band members Eddy Amoo, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith reveal the brutally honest truth ...Written by
Even when their mammoth hit You To Me Are Everything could be heard on every pub jukebox in the summer of 1976, The Real Thing didn't receive the closest of attention from the media, with many assuming they were an American group. This has tended to remain the case, with cultural commentaries on the era tending to focus on the Punk phenomenon.
Director Simon Sheridan decided to put this right and has interviewed all those who knew the band and were familiar with their development, the pressures they faced, and the difficulties in establishing themselves in an often hostile environment. This inevitably means a reliance to a large extent on talking heads, but all concerned have something relevant and interesting to say and are an indispensable part of the story. This goes right back to the memorable time when Eddy Amoo's first band, The Chants, were backed by no less than The Beatles at the Cavern Club in the early Sixties. Time is also devoted to the album Eddy and his brother Chris were most proud of, 4 From 8, on the experience of growing up in the deprived Liverpool 8 district.
Despite moments of poignancy, not least the later troubles and tragic early death of backing vocalist Ray Lake, this is essentially a story of triumph in the face of adversity, and is recommended for all fans of the group, as well as those with an interest in black British cultural history.
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