Following Boys’ Names A-M in song titles, it’s only natural that my alphabetical quest should be completed. And here it is, sort of.
Q proved to be a nigh on insurmountable problem, until I discovered the real Naked Civil Servant (video) in my archives. I met Quentin Crisp a couple of times when I was preparing for my GCE A level in Art and took Saturday life classes at Goldsmith’s College in South London.
I was 17 or 18, and as I entered the studio for the first class I was looking forward to sketching vases of flowers and bowls of fruit. To my shock, horror even, there was a nubile lass in her twenties standing stark naked in front of us. That day I drew a very nice portrait. I’ve since got used to naked bodies other than my own, and that may be due to our next model, a lady of indeterminate years, perhaps in her fifties, who didn’t excite my hormones, so I was able to examine the areas below her neck.
Perhaps the most distinctive model though was Quentin Crisp. Unlike the other models who posed before us before slipping out of the room to get dressed and go about their daily business, Mr. Crisp would go around the circle of budding artists to see if we’d captured his likeness.
He apparently liked what I’d done because he confided something to me. He said, “I must get a new jock strap.”
Nouvelle Vague – Making Plans For Nigel
Kim Carnes – Oliver (Voice on the Radio)
XTC – The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead
Quentin Crisp – Stop The Music For A Minute
Caravan – For Richard
Randy Newman – Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear
Taj Mahal – Tom And Sally Drake
Spirit – Uncle Jack
Richard Hayman – Samba de Victor-ia
Peter Blegvad – Blue Eyed William
Warren Zevon – X-citable Boy
Richie Havens – (Can’t You Hear) Zeus’s Anger Roar?