Black Lace – Agadoo

6th June 2024 · 1980s, 1984, Music

No, this is not my guilty pleasure. In fact Black Lace’s novelty hit Agadoo has been voted the worst pop song of all time by a panel of critics.

Quite a feat when you consider the competition includes Orville’s Song by Keith Harris and Emu, There’s No One Quite Like Grandma by the St Winifred’s School Choir and Ossie’s Dream by Chas & Dave.

Even Radio 1 found it too cheesy to play – but it still reached No.2 and sold a million records. And let’s face it, in order to appreciate the best, you have to measure it against with the worst.

So here it is.

It seems an appropriate time to post Agadoo following the death this week of Colin Gibb, just days after he had announced his retirement from Black Lace.

He had in fact left the group before, leaving temporarily in 1986, officially “to concentrate on other projects” – though The Guardian paints a very different picture.

Citing the memoir of Black Lace drummer Terry Dalton, they say Gibb’s absence was down to his relationship with an underage girl – a crime for which he reportedly received a fine and a suspended prison sentence.

I have no way of corroborating this – I have not read that memoir, and there’s not a word about any of this on the internet – but the Guardian chose to mention it in their obituary of Gibb this week.

A year later, in the film Rita, Sue And Bob Too, there was a scene in which a married man had an affair with two​ schoolgirls, with the three of them shown dancing to Black Lace songs.

Anyway, enough of this because I’m sure everyone is dying to hear the song again.