Years ago, the British band After the Fire (also known as ATF) defined the ever repeating story of kid-made-superstar that is currently happening to Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. This video version of Billy, Billy offers the lyrics onscreen and I encourage you to read along. Depending on your age, you can probably think of other people in other decades and other areas of the entertainment industry — film, television, music — for whom this shoe fits. Who better to introduce this than ATF’s own Peter Banks! This was written early this morning:
Greetings Paul from the UK
Billy, Billy came about because of seeing first hand the way the business (music business mainly!) can wreck certain people. We were guests at the comedian Billy Connolly’s birthday party when a completely ghostlike Pete Townshend came in, Billy looked after him… the lyrics were written by Andy Piercy and he will clearly be the best source, from my angle it is a mish mash of the people we met and a sense of concern as to where we ourselves could land up being.
This is ATF’s second appearance here at Thinking Out Loud. Check out the song One Rule For You which was a #1 hit in England.