On Saturday night we went to a 40th birthday bash in a church hall in Beckenham, south-east London. The birthday was a neighbour’s who has become a close friend since her son and mine started going to the same school. Kids were invited, there was a buffet, and a bottles and cans bar. There was also some live music. Which is where the evening stopped being yer actual standard suburban bash. Because the live act was only Tight Fit!
Yes, 80s pop fans, the very same Tight Fit of The Lion Sleeps Tonight and Fantasy Island fame. And do you know what? They were GREAT! Singer Steve Grant is a friend of the family, and so he, Denise Gyngell and Julie Harris turned up to do a set especially for an amazed gathering of 30 and 40-something parents and even more agog pre-teens.
The medley was cheesier than the snacks on the cocktail sticks, with Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up, Sister Sledge’s We Are Family and Kool and the Gang’s Celebration among the numbers revisited. But the dancefloor was rammed when we eventually visited the mighty jungle and the “awimaway”s began.
Not only did the group give it their all on stage, eventually whipping up a real party atmosphere after a bit of a standing start, they stuck around to provide some impromptu dancing lessons for the kids, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was great to see pop stars being such genuinely nice people, and I’ll certainly be wishing them well when they re-release Fantasy Island next year. You heard it here first.