Telstar: The Joe Meek Story (2008) Movie Script

Joe! I need for you to come inside now!
No, now!
Your father's having one of his turns.
- In a minute!
- '..A minute... A minute... A minute...'
'A minute... A minute... A minute... A minute...'
TV: 'Next week on Harper's West One, special guest star
'John Leyton, star of Biggles as you've never seen him before.
'That's Thursday, eight o'clock, Harper's West One.'
RADIO: '..and a very special good morning to the housewife at number 26...'
- Would sir need any assistance?
- I'm... They're recording my song.
Well, then, you'll do. I need to have a word about my ceiling.
- Sorry, I can't...
- I'm the landlady. This is my building.
- ..Help.
- Pardon?
- I can't help. I only just...
- It's none of my business,
but they've had some very odd types up there.
My Albert won't stand for it.
As long as they keep themselves to themselves, but this takes the biscuit!
- What do you make of that? It's all black and treacly.
- Yes.
- Some sort of glue. They've only been here a fortnight.
- Oh, dear.
Had some terrible complaints from the neighbours about the noise.
Grown men playing silly beggars with records.
I only hope it doesn't add up to nothing.
Actually, I've already bought two.
You should see the state of it up there.
I'm never going to be able to let it again now, am I? You're a quiet one, aren't you?
- Sorry. Just a bit...
- Shy? Not much good for a pop star.
- Actually, I'm classically trained. Biggles is doing my song.
- Biggles?
- Off the telly.
- Of course he is, dear. Now, come on. Let's find trouble.
Yes, let's.
How many musicians am I paying for? For God's sake.
Oh, Major, you'll do. I've had a disaster in my stockroom.
Just arrived myself, Violet, dear.
- Joe will be down as soon as he's spotted.
- Thank you.
Must crack on, woman, crack on!
Here, I've had some very nice oxblood belts in,
go lovely with them brogues.
- Ta-ra!
- Anton, isn't it?
- Sorry?
- Anton Hollywood, pianist?
- Yes.
- Well, no.
- Well, I'm afraid Joe's decision is final,
he doesn't feel you've got what it takes.
And if you've come for compensation, you can trot off back to wherever the hell...
No, it's Geoff, not just Geoff. Geoff Goddard.
- Oh! The author! Tunesmith!
- Composer.
- Composer, yes, of course.
The name Anton Hollywood was Joe's idea, it's not real.
It's a stage name. He thought he'd do a Russ Conway with me, didn't work out.
So you're Goddard, are you? Read Goddard, didn't think Hollywood.
- No, well, you wouldn't.
- Don't slouch, young man! Upright! Shoulders back!
Splendid song!
(Thank you.)
In fact, I wanted to thank you for the opportunity, really.
- This is a very good...opportunity. And...
- Very touching.
It's Joe you should thank. He's the one that spotted your talent.
I know Fanny Adams about the tunes. I just pull the purse strings.
- I'm in plastics.
- Really?
- Yes, my son took me to a record shop, selling like hot cakes.
What's his name? Lonnie? Larry? Big nose, curly hair, plays the broom.
- Donegan? Lonnie Donegan?
- That's the chap! Expanding market, see?
Good business opportunity. Met Joe, thought, "That's my boy.
"He knows his Indians." Anyway, it's him you should thank.
That'll be the last time anyone uses that this morning.
Carry on singing, I'll be back in a minute.
Oh, hello, Geoff! I know what you're thinking, why are they singing in the toilet?
Well, once I've worked my magic and added some reverb,
it'll sound more like a cathedral! Do you need to go?
- No. It would be embarrassing in front of everyone singing.
- Speaking of which, backup singers, that is.
- I've had a quick look at the figures. Are you sure you need them?
- Course we need them!
- And an orchestra?
Oh, it's hardly an orchestra. Two violins and Charles on his mum's old cello. You all right, Charles?
- I've been better.
- Harper's West One is getting 10 million viewers.
They're all going to hear Geoff's song, it's our first good chance for a hit, so it can't be shoddy.
Have you...?
VIOLINIST: (I think we should leave.)
- Have you read the West One script yet?
- No.
- Well, John plays a pop singer called Johnny Sincere. Isn't that a great name?
- Top drawer!
- And he opens a record department with your song.
- Who'd have thought, Biggles?
- He's Ginger.
- Sorry?
Johnny Leyton in Biggles. Plays Ginger. Boy's a big fan.
Geoff, come here. Excuse me, Charles, ladies.
Take the speaker, point it out that window towards the backyard.
All the other windows are soundproofed. And I'll need that.
Drop dead, you silly, old fucker!
- Oh, God!
- All right, you can close the window and put the speaker back, now. There's a love.
Is he coming down?
- Can you talk to her? I'm far too busy right now.
- Yes, it's best you crack on.
Well done, Geoff, I hope we'll be seeing a lot more of you.
- Joe!
He gave you that speech about not slouching, didn't he?
I'm sorry about Anton Hollywood, Geoff. You could have been Reading's own Liberace.
That would have been nice(!)
But the real Liberace don't make those little piggy, grunty noises when he plays, does he?
Really, it's fine.
They're awkward to record around, ugly to watch. Shame. You're a wonderful musician.
- Lovely looking boy.
- Well, I'm sure this one will sound wonderful. I wanted to thank you.
- No need to thank me, Geoff. It's a good tune.
- You did such a wonderful job with Lonnie Donegan.
He's putting on the agony
Putting on the style
That's what all the young folks are doing all the while.
Well, the royalties from those tunes helped set this place up.
- Let's hope you get some royalties from your little tune.
- Well, that would be nice.
I know it's a little impractical, with the stairs and the traffic, but...
It's got a very
Yes! I was going to say that.
- Keep your hair on!
- How would you like a smack in the mouth?
Can I ask? I don't mean to be rude. Something unusual I heard about you.
Go on, I won't bite.
About you and Buddy Holly. About his death. Your prediction.
Yeah. Well, it came to me. A message.
- A warning for Buddy.
- Tragedy. Great loss.
I give him a note backstage. I warned him. I told him the date.
If only he'd listened.
- Do you still try to...communicate?
- When I have time.
- Perhaps you'd like to join me?
- I'd love to.
Here comes the cavalry.
- You selfish, skinny runt.
- Those bastard stairs. I've done me sodding back.
- You can shut your cakehole.
I've got to bring the rest of the kit up, yet.
- It's not the kit, it's having to lug that fat arse.
- Watch your mouth!
- Watch your diet!
- You want to fuck right off!
- Ladies and gentlemen, Flanagan and Allen.
- Oi, Joe, it's pissing down out there.
- Really?
- Has anybody got a towel? I'm drenched.
- I'm going to have a crap.
- I'll bring a towel back down with me.
- No, you won't. I have a girl singing backing up there.
- It's vital for her singing that she's able to breathe in.
- Who's got the arse now?
Nearly shat meself!
You do that again, I'll find something to plug the hole with!
This is the band.
What they lack in looks, they make up for in charm.
I've warned you about those ridiculous costumes!
Now...! Oh, good God, what is that! It's like a rotting trout! Come here, take those off right now!
Good Lord!
- And you are?
- Singing.
- Of course.
- Sorry about that.
- Last time I got pissed on in this getup, my nipples and armpits went all black.
- You are a soapy bastard.
- Joe, I thought we discussed this?
- Oh, shush!
Took a week to get the stains off. Carbolic, I had to use.
Why don't you use an umbrella?
- Cos cowboys didn't have umbrellas.
- No, and I bet they didn't have black armpits, either.
- Take off those ridiculous cowboy suits!
- They look wonderful.
- I will not pay another fine for their antics!
- Marvellous publicity.
- Getting your collar felt isn't marvellous.
- No-one felt your collar.
No, they get all black fingers.
I don't see how a brush with the law can be bad press for a band called The Outlaws. Can it, Geoff?
I don't know what anyone's talking about, or who anyone is.
Oh, really, Joe! Geoffrey, Billy Kuy, Mr Clem Cattini.
- And the smelly bastard's Chas Hodges.
- The Outlaws!
- This is Geoff, he wrote the song.
- Hope you like it.
- Oh, it's your song? Lovely!
- Thank you.
So you're not really cowboys?
- No.
- You want to watch him, he'll have you on top of a 19 bus with your pants round your ankles
if he thinks it'll shift a few records.
- Would he?
- Is that entirely necessary?
Last month, when we released Swing Low as a single?
Joe had us in all the clobber, on a fucking stagecoach,
driving around Piccadilly, blasting out the tune.
Then he turns around, and says, "I know, why don't we stick up the HMV and nick our own record!"
We burst in, these two cowards fuck off!
I'm left there, with a cap gun up the counter girl's hooter like The Lone Wanker.
Marvellous press!
- Yet, but guess what?
- Never even heard of us.
I had to play the racket to the desk sergeant to keep you out of prison!
Now, all of you change out of these outfits immediately!
Coo-ey! Joe?
Joe, look! Oh, hello, boys!
Afternoon, Mrs Jensen, all right?
- Lovely shirts. Don't you look smart?
- Thanks.
- You're all wet. Should have used a brolly.
ALL: Cowboys didn't have brollies.
Now, look. I know you're busy, but I've got a bone to pick with you, and you.
What have you done to my windows?
My stock room ceiling's all black and treacly, and Mr Brolin's downstairs in his pyjamas.
- He says you swore at him.
- He started it!
- Pardon?
- He yelled at me, and I yelled back.
I can't repeat in front of these young boys the type of filthy language he was using.
That's what a recording studio is for, is it?
Give you two the chance to play silly buggers and scare my neighbours?
He's ever so upset, he works shifts!
Yeah, don't we all! Shut up!
- If he can't take it, he shouldn't dish it out.
- Yeah, well, what about my ceiling?
That's why your ceiling is all black and treacly,
cos I poured a tin of liquid rubber through the floorboards. For soundproofing.
Soundproofing, you see! It's for the greater good.
Gave me ever such a stir. It's all gone runny, and there's flies sticking to it.
Don't fret, Violet, dear. We'll have someone pop round and rub that rubber off.
But it will have to be later on.
I do have a major television star, John Leyton, coming round any second now.
As you can see, I'm rushed off my feet.
Him off Biggles? Now I understand. Yes, sorry. I thought you were a bit soft.
Oh, I'd love to meet him!
You'll have all the big stars passing through here, Violet.
Why don't you pop downstairs, make a nice pot of tea and the Major can introduce you when he gets here?
- I'll tell him you're sorry.
- Who?
- Mr Brolin, your neighbour.
- Tell him to shove his bin lids...
- Yes, splendid. A pot of tea. After you, Violet.
All right, Fred. Pick us up at about three.
Are you sure, sir? No offence, sir.
- It seems like a right shithole.
- Yeah, let's make it 1:30.
- How are we doing, boys?
- Nearly there.
Right, I want to set up the mics downstairs, I want to be ready to go when I get back.
He's fucking barmy!
- You playing that old Joanna?
- Yes. Is it in tune?
Doubt it.
What's in here?
Don't go in there. He'll go doolally.
- Why?
- Because he's bonkers.
Because it's full of our Joe's secret, magic echo doodahs.
He's a loon.
No, no, he's not mad. He's one of your eccentrics, with his gadgets and witchcraft. He's harmless enough.
- Load of bollocks.
- Yes, but he did predict the date. February 3rd.
The day of Buddy Holly's tragic accident. And warned him.
Yeah, he's a proper Nostra-fucking-damus.
- Right date, wrong year.
- Fucking loon. Load of bollocks.
Well, it is easy to mock.
There are many things we do not understand. Not on this plane.
My involvement in spiritualism is quite serious.
I've been attending a weekly psychic circle for some months, now, in the hope of becoming a medium.
In fact, the song we are recording today,
came to me from the other side.
From beyond.
Fucking hell.
Here. You're studying to be a medium, Clem's studying to be a large.
Right, are we in tune and ready? John is downstairs, being talked at by Mrs Shenton.
- People forget that you're an actor, a trained actor, you know.
- Yes.
I was in drama school for three years. I can play all sorts of, you know...
- I was playing a Cockney...
- Really?
- Yeah, I can...
Right. I want to do a sound check. A bit of noise from everyone for level.
Good. Just hit a bit harder. That's good.
- All right, all right, all right!
Right, I want that moved over there, and no-one touch the mics.
Right, you heard the man, Biggles is arriving 0500 hours!
Get that out your systems for a start, cos I'm having none of it.
- Roger, Roger Wing Commander!
- I fucking mean it!
Tone deaf actors,
midgets, bodybuilders.
It's a fucking pantomime. What next? Singing fucking postman?
Will you shut your moaning, you wet bastard.
- You're being paid, ain't you?
- Hi, guys. John Leyton.
- You must be the band.
- Sharp as a pin.
Hello, John. Lovely jacket.
Thanks, Joe, glad you like it.
I've been wearing this thing so much lately,
I just don't feel dressed without it.
- Yeah, where did you leave your goggles?
- Right. Very funny.
- This is Geoff. He wrote the song.
- Rocking tune, Geoff.
Where did you park your plane?
Same place you parked your horsey, partner.
Me and the boys have been rehearsing all afternoon.
- Oh, the backing singer. You all right?
- Fine, thank you.
So, what I'd like to do is I'd like to go straight for the levels.
John, you're over here.
- Yeah, cool. Oh, Joe.
- Yeah?
Not my business, but those instruments I passed downstairs,
the cello and the violins,
I don't think you're going to be able to hear them up here.
- There's microphones down there, John. That's what they do.
- Really?
- Great.
- Thank you.
- One, two.
- Charles, I want to go straight for the level.
- OK!
- Count them in. We'll see what it sounds like.
- OK.
Oh, oh
When the mist's a-rising And the rain is falling
And the wind is blowing cold across the moor
I hear the voice...
I hear the voice of my darlin'...
- (ECHO)
- Ready?
Will Johnny Remember Me be a hit?
E. Number one.
Johnny, remember me
Yes, I'll always remember
Till the day I die
I'll hear her cry
Johnny, remember me
Ah ah ah-ah
Ah ah-ah
Well, some day, I guess
I'll find myself another little girl
To take the place of my true love
But as long as I live I know
I'll hear her singing in the sighing of the wind
Blowin' in the tree tops way above me
Johnny, remember me...
You come back here again, I'll cut your bollocks off!
And don't forget your amp!
You avaricious pig!
All I did was ask for my money. He's fucking mad.
You're fucking mad!
Move, move.
Sorry about that.
Now, where were we?
Well, I was thinking something like this.
Piano's sounding a bit odd, a bit strange.
I put some drawing pins in on the hammers. It adds a bit of sparkle.
Hm. Sparkle? Yes. Wonderfully clever.
See, what I want
is a...a sort of Tornados' theme tune
so they can have their own solo slot before Billy Fury comes on.
So, like the...
The Shadows have Apache before Cliff.
Does it have to sound Red Indian?
No, not really.
Have a go on that.
It's a...
It only plays one note at a time
but it might be good for the main theme.
Ooh, I like it.
Sounds odd. Aloof.
I like that word, "aloof."
Don't worry, it will come to us.
Hello, RGM. Oh yeah, it's me, put him on.
Joe? Larry. Joe.
I know how much you would love to record Billy Fury
and we've considered your offer
but, unfortunately, we won't be recording with you.
- Why's that?
- Nothing personal, trust me.
Listen, your boys, The Tornados, they're doing a great job
backing Billy on the tour. They are ace.
It's just that we have our own recording arrangements.
- Not good enough for him?
- Joe, Joe.
Please, let's keep this professional.
We have had a number one.
(MOCKINGLY) Yes, Joe. You did.
And I look after a dozen boys,
any one of which can do what your boy does.
Oh, really? Well, good luck to them.
Upstairs. It's on the latch.
Listen, Joe. Let me tell you something.
You may manage the tour, you may manage The Tornados, but you do not
manage Billy Fury and I don't see Billy Fury recording in your toilet.
Can I help you?
- Who are you?
- I'm Heinz.
I met Cliff Bennett backstage at the Palace Ballroom in Southampton,
said I should come and see you, like, you know, and audition.
Said he'd have a word, like, you know,
said he'd put in a word for me.
Said if I used his name, it'd be all right, I could just turn up.
You know, no appointment.
Did he? That's nice of him.
So, where did you say you were from?
Near Southampton.
- And what is it that you do?
- Bacon slicer.
- Really? How useful.
Oh, sorry. You meant... Yeah.
I sing. And I play a bit of bass.
Tell you what.
Why don't you pop to the shops and get me a jar of coffee.
- Instant all right?
- Joe, I really think I found a nice little melody.
- Here's ten bob. Get me a couple of packs of Preludin.
- Right.
- What's that?
- Preludin, you get it in the chemists.
It's slimming tablets.
You're on a diet?
No. I'm just going to be very busy, that's all.
Pop back in an hour, I'll see if I can fit you in.
Right, ta. Great.
- Lady cream.
- Preludin!
- Yeah.
He's eager, isn't he?
- Can't say I noticed.
- Right, back to work.
'From a ground station...'
- Did you put sugar in it?
- Um...yeah.
'An historic feat that could reshape man's future.
'That satellite, of course, is the Telstar,
'170 pounds of complex electronic equipment that receives signals
'beamed from Earth, magnifies them ten billion times
'and rebroadcasts them...'
'..Telstar, if you were with us earlier this evening,
'you'll know what this is.
'It is the near miracle satellite now in orbit in space,
'which we hope in just one hour from now on this very programme
'is going to transmit to us
'the first ever live public television pictures
'from the United States...
'I can see from where I'm sitting,
'let's go over live to Goonhilly in Cornwall.
'Thank you, Richard. There is an unmistakable image. That is a man's face.
'That's the first live television picture across the Atlantic...'
'What does the future hold? Scientists visualise
'a belt of Telstars encircling the globe
'in such a manner that transmissions will be continuous around the world.
- 'Photographic communication... miracle... Telstar...'
HE SINGS A TUNE BADLY WITH ECHO SOUND EFFEC I can't possibly play guitar to this.
I've never heard the like.
Well, he can't play any instruments, so he has to hum those fucking tapes.
Clem, I don't want it on the ride. I want it on the hi-hat.
I'm on the hi-hat!
- Then play it closed.
- I played it closed!
Then play it better!
- Oh, OK, then(!)
- Right, well, then fucking get on with it, then.
Twang, twang, twang
Twang, twang-twang twang, twang...
..Twang, twang-twang...
Look, we've got to be at Great Yarmouth by six. By rights, we should be off inside an hour.
Right, that's it, that's it, you play that.
You play what you always fucking play.
Dum, dum, dum. Tighter, tighter.
Right, that's not bad. Stop, stop!
I want eight bars of that. Twice.
- We never had this trouble with Johnny Kidd.
- I'll bet.
- Never recorded over a handbag shop.
- Yeah, it's unusual, isn't it?
Always used to have to wear a suit to the studio.
Sorry, mate. No cue lights.
CRACKLING We present...Navy Lark...
What are you doing?
- Drumming.
- Bum titty bum titty bum titty bum!
- Look, no hands!
Joe, can I have a word?
I'm recording!
You'd better look at me!
- Carry on, then.
- JOE!!!
- Oh, fucking come on...
Keep practising. I'll be back in a minute.
Joe, we ain't got the time. I don't want to piss Larry off.
Well, fuck Larry Parnes! And fuck Billy Fury! This is my tour.
You are my band. And you will stay sat there till I say.
He only started the Tornados so he could try and lure Billy Fury into his khazi.
Never had any of this with the Pirates.
You should always have more than one string to your bow, Patrick. Duck?
Keep it.
- Thank you, sir.
- These ducks are cheap. Not like these tapes.
What does he want more for?
Don't know, sir. Recording?
- Hello, boys. How's the noise?
- All right?
- Hello, matey.
- Are we off, then?
- Allegedly.
- What?
- About an hour.
- We hope.
Well, what do you think of the whistle, then?
- Very smart.
- He just left it in my room.
- I don't know about that tie, though.
- What about it?
- I don't know, it's a bit, you know. Isn't it, Alan?
- What?
- The tie.
- Oh, yeah.
- What's wrong with it?
- Nothing, it's fine, it's fine.
No, you're right. It's a bit... I'll just go upstairs and change it.
Suit yourself.
Handy living upstairs.
Too fucking handy.
Soppy as a box of frogs. I wouldn't mind if he could play.
He plays bass like he's wearing boxing gloves.
It's when the valve shorts out. It picks up the guitar amp.
Sorry to bother you. I was listening to the Navy Lark.
It all went funny and fuzzy like that.
And then a high-pitched wheeeee sound, I couldn't believe my ears.
And then it all went quiet, and then suddenly all hell let loose.
I thought, that's not Jon Pertwee.
Right, well, I will have it sounding clear as a bell.
- Afternoon, Joe.
- Oh, look, Father bloody Christmas!
- Ponce.
- Who?
- Change me tie? I haven't been home since Wednesday.
Can't remember the last time I changed my pants.
Blood out of a stone! Patrick, put them in the office and put the kettle on.
Those tapes aren't to be trifled with. They're expensive.
I'm not to be trifled with!
Begging for tapes is not what number one record producers do.
It'll take a while for the revenue from your hits to actually appear.
What am I supposed to do in the meantime, play conkers?
No, but come along, Joe. I want to expand, but one step at a time.
You've got Patrick now as a full-time office assistant.
Oh, well, whoop-de-fucking-do, Mr Rockefeller(!)
Joe, Joe there's a... Sorry, Major, sir. There's a phone call for you.
- It's Brian Epstein.
- Shit.
- About the demos.
- Yeah, yeah, yeah.
He's got this Merseybeat combo. They're rubbish.
Right, you bastards, I'll be back in five minutes. Keep practising.
You, don't go in there.
Major, can I have a word?
Sir, we've got to be in Great Yarmouth by six.
- If we don't head off now, we're buggered.
- That's up to Joe.
- I haven't seen daylight for two days.
- Well, believe me, it hasn't changed much.
He's got this track that don't make sense.
He'll have us banging on until we miss the Billy Fury gig. It's not rational.
He has been terribly moody.
- And after what happened to Billy...
- Greedy little bastard.
No-one gets royalties. You're all on session fees. Seven pounds, six shillings.
Does that include being attacked with scissors and thrown down the stairs?
- I would have chucked him out a window.
- He could have killed him. How do you think Alan feels?
- He's Billy's replacement. What will happen to him?
- Oh, cheers!
Or any of us. Well, except blond rinse upstairs.
Which is another thing. He's treated like Presley and fucking clueless.
- He don't know a flat from a house.
- Are you quite finished?
Then let me remind you that Joe is your recording manager.
And as such, he will decide when he records and with whom.
And I should think that you could afford yourself a little faith in his judgement.
This whole Merseybeat thing, it's a fad.
But good luck with the demo, and please, send my love to the boys.
Bye now.
Leyton has buggered off to Hollywood, and Joe is still searching for the next hit.
Not just for himself, but for all of us.
So when you're down at the pub or playing darts or whatever it is
you boys do, Joe is working.
Constantly working. The boy's a genius.
So if your feelings are hurt, it is of very little consequence to me.
Do I make myself clear?
Good. Carry on, then.
Patrick, if that northern idiot calls back, tell him I'm busy.
- Anything to report?
- Poor Brian.
He's a lovely man, but he don't have a clue what the kids want.
Well, I'll be leaving, then. Just thought I'd pop round.
- And spy.
- I just wanted to see where all those tapes were going.
Well, surprise, I'm recording with them.
- Of course you are. Goodbye.
- Joe?
- Call Geoff. I need him here.
- Yes, chief.
- Have you got any of me sweeties? I'm going to finish this track if it kills me.
- You should get some sleep.
- Dexies?
- Take the money out of petty cash.
- I did.
- You said that yesterday.
- Oh, you are good.
- It's nice to have someone I can trust.
- Coffee?
- Oh, lovely.
Right, let's hear it.
- Hear what?
- Oh, don't start. Bum, titty, bum, twang, twang, twang.
Good. Right, keep playing till I say stop.
SHOUTING Right, that's it. Stop. Alan, stop.
- Are you sure?
- Yeah.
- Why have you stopped?
- What the fuck was that silly noise?
- Oh, that's just for the intro.
- It's bollocks.
- Why don't you play it?
- I'm going to Yarmouth.
- What?
You've still got the piano or whatever the fuck part it is to put down yet.
- For your information, Geoff is on his way to play the keyboard.
- Geoff?
That daft prat?
How dare you!
All that song from beyond the grave bollocks. It's embarrassing.
Yeah, but it happens to be true.
I'll tell you what is true,
I'm calling this recording session to an end.
Sorry, Joe. I'm not letting everyone cop it because
you've got some silly bollocks idea that sounds like a lump of dog shit.
- Oi, gormless, we're going!
- What? Oh, yeah.
You ungrateful bastard!
Right, go on then, fuck off, you fat bitch!
- And you, you communist cunt!
- Sorry, strictly speaking,..
- Fuck off!
- ..I'm not really a member of...
- Fuck off! Fuck off!
Fuck off! Fuck off!
- Oh, you've got your new suit?
- Yeah, do you like it?
- It's lovely.
Yeah, pucker, innit?
- Ta.
- I like that tie. That's a nice touch.
- Yeah?
You must bring an umbrella, it might rain, you must watch your hair.
All right, Mum!
No, you're right, I don't want to get my hair fluffy.
Yeah, all right, then. See you.
Bye, guy. Gotta fly.
Don't he look stunning?
Very smart.
- Geoff is on his way.
- Good.
Joe, there's a storm brewing.
A good omen.
It's going to rain.
- Geoff, it came to me in a dream.
- What?
The solo slot before Billy Fury comes on.
Those ungrateful Tornado bastards. They just don't understand.
I do. Joe, it's raining, there's a storm.
- Just like when I recorded Johnny.
- Good omen.
So, what's the track called?
- The Theme Of Telstar.
- Ooh. What is it? Telstar?
- I've heard of that.
- It's a satellite. The miracle of science.
It picks up invisible rays from the other side of the world,
then it beams them back to Earth.
- Like the ether.
- Yes, like the ether.'s science.
Right, so. We lift off.
Do, do, do
Do, do, do, do, do, do.
Then we go up to space.
Do, do, do, do, do, do, do
Do... No.
..Do, do, doooo...
That's it. Then we hover. ..Do, do, do, do do...
Then we look down at Earth at all the humans.
..Do, do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do, do...
That's what looking at humans would sound like.
I like that. Play it again.
And... Do, do, do, do, do do, do, do, do
- Do, do, do
- Do, do, do, do, do
Do, do, do, do, do... Very bold, Joe.
- That's it. Do you want to hear the demo?
- No.
MUSIC: "Telstar"
Ladies and gentlemen, The Tornados!
MUSIC: Telstar by The Tornados
'Leaping up to the top spot,
'it's Billy Fury's backing band. In at number one with Telstar...'
I've got the biggest picture for a reason.
Yeah. It's cos I front the band. Right?
That means that all the responsibility is on me.
I understand that part of today's press conference
is being relayed by the Telstar communications satellite.
I suppose you'll be moving out now. Onwards and upwards.
God only knows how I'm going to let that place again.
Well, I don't think I'll be going anywhere just yet.
Truth is I've made a little home here.
Your very own gold disc, Joe. Congratulations.
I got me the best band in the world.
It gives me great pleasure in presenting this unprecedented
second gold disc to songwriter and producer Mr Joe Meek.
Two million copies!
And the winner of the 1963 Ivor Novello Award is of course
the writer and producer of Telstar, Mr Joe Meek.
I'd like to say a very special thank you to a very special person.
Some of you may know her as Biddy but I doubt it. I know her as Mum.
- Thank you, Mum.
Merry Christmas, guys and gals.
That was the Billboard Chart this Christmas.
And here is the nation's holiday number one,
topping the US charts for the first time ever, it's a British band.
Telegram for you, Mr Meek.
I hope it's good news, sir.
Thank you, sir.
..from our record-breaking number one, Telstar.
And here to join me now, the one and only Mr Billy Fury.
Well done, son.
Play it cool, baby
Play it cool...
Here we come!
Hey-hey! Hey-hey!
All right, my boy!
Ha-ha! Ha-ha!
Yes! Oh, yes!
BOTH: Don't mind if I do!
You know, when I was a little boy back in Gloucester,
I had a terrible accident with some phosphorous.
Some had been left by the local Home Guard.
And I discovered that if you put some on your hands and clap,
there'd be a little puff of smoke.
Of course, I thought I'd discovered something wonderful.
So, I put a small lump in my palm and I clapped ever so hard.
And there was this tremendous explosion
which knocked me off my little feet.
When I got back up, I discovered that my hands were terribly burnt.
Phosphorus was still burning.
It kept burning all the way home.
Until my dad, who was a veteran of the First World War,
put both my hands in a bowl of milk.
By then, my hands had been terribly burnt
so I was rushed to the hospital and the doctors told me
that I would never be able to move my hands again.
Well, there's nothing wrong with your hands.
That's because there was one doctor. A very special man.
- They're very clever, those doctors.
- Ah, they work miracles.
But this one doctor, this one special man...
..he saw there was a spark in this little boy.
He made the commitment to me because of that spark.
And I was committed to him.
These aren't the hands of a bass player.
- Right, who are you?
- John Hale. New Musical Express.
- Good.
Well, I'm very busy. I can't be long.
What do you say to people who accuse Telstar of being banal?
- It sold three million.
- What other artists do you supervise?
Well, I look after Screaming Lord Sutch.
He is touring the country at the moment. He's very, very colourful.
Very popular.
Ah-ha, ha, ha!
Ah-ha, ha, ha!
Eh-eh, eh, ooh!
Eh-eh, eh, ooh!
And there's Cliff Bennett, Mike Berry, and the newest one is Heinz.
He's just cut his first solo disc since he left The Tornados.
He will be the biggest star in the country within a year.
Bigger than Cliff Richard.
Much bigger than that drunken streak of piss, Billy fucking Fury.
Oh! One to watch out for, then.
Who are your favourite artists?
I like modern jazz. Ella. And I love Judy Garland.
- Did you get my gold disc in the back?
- Yeah, mate, I'm getting them.
- And what is your future?
- I'd like to write a musical.
Joe? I thought the house was on fire!
- Aaargh, that's disgusting!
- And cut!
What is that you're squirting on me?
Who's gonna pay for it to be cleaned?
What's he filming, anyway?
I'm making a little film to promote my artist.
He hasn't even got any instruments. You're a bunch of idiots.
Oh, fuck off, then!
Get your hands off me!
Jack The Ripper by Screaming Lord Sutch.
Out now with RGM Records.
That's Jack The Ripper by Screaming Lord Sutch, RGM Records.
That's RGM Records.
Well, the stunts just get better and better.
Made all the local press.
Now, look, I've been reading a book on psychology
- and people follow arrows, they just can't help it.
- Yeah?
So, what if we were to paint arrows on all the roads
and buildings around Piccadilly Circus, all pointing towards a shop.
A shop?
A shop where the record will be for sale
and Screaming Lord Sutch will be performing.
A gig, in a shop?
Well, I think it's fucking ridiculous.
- I won't do it.
- Don't be so narrow-minded.
With his little black bag and his one track mind
Well, he nearly catches up when the lights go down
Cos that's the time he starts his dirty, uh, chop around
When he walks down the streets to every girl he meets, he says
Is your name Mary Blood?... MUSIC FADES
Have that!
You fucking spivvy toe-rag.
Yeah, tosser. It's all round my suit.
I'd like to see you afford a suit like this, yeah! You cheap arsehole!
- Smiling now, are you? Yeah, you...
- Oi, oi!
Oi, Lightbulb!
How many watts is that head?
100? No, he ain't that bright!
Put that light out! Put that light out! Ha-ha!
Hey, I thought he was electric! Ha-ha!
Just play the song, just play the song.
What do you mean "Gene"?
Well, you know, they've come to see Gene and Jerry Lee.
- They were hard, like, you know?
- You've got to win them over.
I can't.
When I walk out on stage, they call me a poof.
It's because of the hair,
and the suits.
Yeah, after the songs.
Yeah, it gets worse.
So, I'm at home in Southampton and I do what you said
about looking at a nice girl in the crowd
for Dreams Come True, like Gene does in Be Bop A Lula.
Only like, it was some bloke's bird.
And he decides to come and get me at stage door. My mum overheard.
It was only her tip-off what saved me, like.
She was a lot more scared than I was, of course.
Well, she would be, poor love.
Joe, sometimes I look at these two stars
and I can't believe I'm playing with them.
And other times... I wish I didn't have to.
Oh, you don't mean that!
Joe, they don't like me.
I mean what if...people... what if they just don't like me?
Confidence, that's all you need!
Come 'ere.
You are on tour with two rock and roll greats cos you've got talent.
I'm not wrong about that.
Now, I was going to keep this as a surprise
but just to help your confidence, I'm going to tell you now.
I have got two,
maybe three, TV slots lined up for you when your record comes out.
- You're joking.
- No.
- I'm going to be on the telly?
- Yeah.
Bloody Nora!
Now, I hope you've been watching those two
and learning something cos pretty soon you're going to be in everyone's front room
and you BETTER be ready for that, my lad.
Now, that's Marty Wilde. See the way he does it?
I want you for my own...
THAT'S what it's got to be like.
See the way he twitches his head?
That's pure rock and roll.
There's always someone beside you
Yes, there's always someone in your arms
Little baby
If only I had known...
That was breathtaking. You carry on like that,
forget Gene and Jerry, you'll be bigger than Presley!
- That's silly.
- And I'm working on a big hit for you,
your very own Telstar cos you're going to be a big star.
You're my golden boy.
Well, be bop a Lula she's my baby
Be bop a Lula I don't mean maybe
Be bop a Lula she's my baby doll
My baby doll, my baby doll
Well, she's the gal in the red blue jeans
She's the queen of all the teens...
I think my friend will like this one.
It's a much stronger aura, don't you think?
She's the girl that loves me so
Be bop a Lula she's my baby
Be bop a Lula I don't mean maybe...
Excuse me, miss. My, what a pretty ranch you have here.
I'm Gene Vincent. You may have heard of me on your wireless. I'm travelling with my band here
and I wondered if we might make use of your splendid-looking water closet.
He means khazi.
- Mate, I've got to go first - I'm poking a hole through me trousers.
- What?
Fuck's sake.
- Here comes Bean Boy.
- He'll be in there half an hour.
He's going to stink the place out.
I only wanted a slash.
Hey, boys - watch this.
Oi, gormless - they've gone without you!
- What?
- Have that!
Do you like, Chas?
- Do you want some coffee, Gene?
- No thanks, kid.
- Proper stuff.
Every bloody time.
- It's not funny.
- It's quite funny.
You wanker!
Excuse me, love.
Have you got any more eggs?
I'm beginning to see the light, now
I need you day and night, now
Whoa, whoa, don't let go
Temptation, baby
When I see you struttin' by
You're makin' me feel so good now...
- What d'you say, Lightbulb?
- Fuck off!
- You wanker!
- Fuck off!
- See you later, Lightbulb.
- Bastard!
Fucking ha fucking ha!
Oi, you fat bastard!
- Oh, my...
- Fucking yes!
Fucking bastards!
Where did you learn to pitch like that?
I was always good at cricket!
When I see you struttin' by...
Ho-wow, I love you so
Temptation baby...
- What's that?
That fat nutter's throwing bricks at the bus!
Get out of here quick!
He's getting closer! Put your foot down!
Oh, never mind that, here's the bizzies! Slow down!
Temptation baby
Say wo-oh-wo-oh
Temptation baby
Say wo-oh-wo-oh
Temptation baby.
There's a lad Tom downstairs. I think you'll like him,
he has a very distinctive voice and he's very striking.
- Don't you ever knock?
- Sorry.
- You're late.
- Sorry.
- Shall I bring him up?
- Who?
Tom, the lad from Wales I just told you about.
- No, send him home, I'm busy.
- He's come such a long way.
He'll know the way back then, won't he? I'm running a business, Geoff, not a dating agency.
- I didn't think it would upset you.
- It hasn't upset me, I'm just busy.
I suppose I could've brought him to the seance this evening.
Ah, yes, the seance. Listen, Geoff,
- I'm going to Wolverhampton tonight for Heinz's gig.
- Oh.
And Lionel's going to be driving me. But speaking of Heinz,
how's that new big hit for him, how's it coming on?
- I've had some ideas.
- Mm.
- I thought perhaps another tribute song.
- But not Buddy Holly this time, maybe Eddie Cochran.
- When can I hear it?
I've not started it...yet.
But I have got you something.
Geoff, we're supposed to be working.
- It's our anniversary.
- Pardon?
We've been writing together for 18 months.
- It was yesterday that I realised.
- Not even engraved.
- No.
I only realised yesterday. I didn't have time.
I hold in my hand a piece of paper.
Unlike Mr Chamberlain's,
this is a summons to appear in the Chippenham Magistrates Court.
- Do we get top billing?
We could all do without your vulgar musical turns, Mr Hodges.
So, dreadful clerical mistake
or am I owed some sort of explanation?
- It was his idea.
- You dirty fucking sneak.
The court is now in session.
Judge Wignall presiding. All stand.
You don't get half bored sat in the back of a van.
Well, perhaps a book would've been less disruptive.
- Rude, though.
- Sorry?
Sat there in a van, reading.
It's like your ignoring your mates.
A unique sociological observation
but a rather feeble excuse, Mr Blackmore.
The court will call Mr Richard Miles.
Should we receive a hefty fine, it shall be met by your wages.
Were I on the bench, I'd have you flogged.
Please take the Bible in your right hand and read from the card.
And who started this silly game?
- Vincent.
- Chas, a word?
Gene Vincent, for God's sake, don't mention him when you get up there.
- Lightbulb, fucking Lightbulb.
- What?!
Is it a fucking joke? You do not take the piss out of my top act.
I'm really sorry. But just hear my side.
I'll make a few jokes and, no pun intended, defuse the situation.
I'd rather risk a slap from Mr Osram there than a face full of stitches.
- Were you aware of who did this to you?
- All right.
I've got a joke for you.
What do you get if you cross Joe Meek?
Yes, there.
Fair enough. It won't happen again.
Dear God.
Gene Vincent was in an uninsured van,
attacking the residents of Shrewsbury.
It's not our job to get insurance, we're the fucking passengers!
- Shut it!
- Silence in court!
- Oh, me balls.
If you weren't so tight-fisted, I wouldn't have to penny pinch and the van would've been insured.
Well, that of course is of no help.
And while we're on the subject of fiduciary matters,
I am somewhat concerned about the amount being spent on Heinz.
- Photo shoots and posters and clothes and...
- That boy!
He's the only one of you pigs that don't want anything from me.
MUSIC: "Just Like Eddie" by Heinz And The Saints
Whenever I'm sad Whenever I'm blue
Whenever my troubles are heavy
Beneath the stars I play my guitar
Just like Eddie
Whenever you're sad Whenever you're blue
Whenever your troubles are heavy
Beneath the stars You play your guitars
Just like Eddie
Come on everybody...
Note, sir.
Thought it might be important.
Patrick! Find him, it's bloody important.
I don't care what he's doing.
This is bollocks.
No, this is serious.
This French composer bloke is claiming Telstar was stolen
from his film score.
- I've never even heard of this French bastard, Bernard.
- Thanks, Geoff.
Mum's the word, yeah?
I have just won the Ivor Novello Award!
- I'm going back to bed.
- I'm sorry, Joe.
The Major says the matter's quite severe. You're being sued.
Hurry up, keep lookout.
Why don't we step outside, eh?
- Fantastic.
- That was great, they were ecstatic.
Stay out of my light.
I'm the star of the show, so stay out of my fucking light.
And don't play so fast. And you, fatboy, building a shed in there?
Sounds like it.
- Oi!
- Hey, lighten up, mate, I thought it went all right.
If you say one word to me, on-stage or off-stage again,
you're off the tour. Got it?
All right, laughing boy.
Sounded all right, how did it go?
You two, tarts, fuck off. What's your game, then?
Whoa, whoa, lighten up. What's the matter with you?
- I saw you nicking my act.
- Do what?
You know what I'm talking about, standing on top of the piano.
That's my act, get your own fucking moves!
JESS LAUGHS You dozy prat.
We've all nicked the fucking act.
It's Presley's act, we've all nicked it.
Sorry, ladies, the gentleman was just leaving.
You what?!
Allow me to rephrase.
This tone deaf, peroxide nancy boy
ponce was just on his way out the door.
Get your fucking hands off me, know who I am?
- Go on!
- Go on. Go on, Jess!
I'll show you some fucking moves!
You bit my nose off!
You are off the tour as of now and you are never to...
- You heard what he said. Fuck off.
- You what?
- Fuck off and take these two slags with ya.
- What about my whistles?
- Don't worry about that. Fuck off!
- Ladies. Gentlemen.
- See ya, Jeff.
- See ya later.
- See ya soon, mate.
- Well, that was really clever(!)
- Well done.
- Yeah, brilliant.
- Brilliant. Yeah. You fucking wanker.
- Fuck off.
- Idiot.
Oh, look, the lawyer's here.
Robert George Meek, you will appear at 9.00am at Highgate magistrates
on charges of importuning, sir.
If you do not have counsel, we will appoint counsel for you.
Thank you for a wonderful evening.
Islington police station.
In the papers, uh!
What about my poor mother?
Lionel, what about home? Oh.
It's Jeff on the phone, he can't make it either.
He's taking his mum to the doctors.
Having a good clear out then? That's good.
I've put some toast on. Do you want tea?
Coffee it is.
- It's paranoia.
- He's just being careful.
- He's just being mental.
No-one is spying on him. It's all in his head.
My idea has somehow ended up on the wireless?
- You think someone's stealing tapes?
- Or worse.
And all that pledging allegiance bollocks, it's like being in the fucking Scouts.
- "Akela, we..."
- No, that's the Cubs.
My point is, no-one's bugging the place, are they?
He's just making everyone else as paranoid as he is.
How should I know?
You could be throwing us off the scent. You could be the spy?
- I fucking ask you.
- I'm not saying you are, I'm just saying you could be.
He thinks we're all talking about him behind his back!
We are!
- I can hear talking in there and I don't want to.
- Sorry, Joe.
- Sorry, Joe.
All right. 1, 2, 3 and then drop.
Oh, bollocks.
Why are we doing this?
- Novelty Records always get to No 1, don't they?
- Yeah.
Well, I ain't a novelty musician.
He's just trying to get us another hit so we can all get paid.
Well, some of us are doing all right, aren't they? Who had the last hit?
Mr blond rinse with his Eddie business. That was months ago.
Top Ten, No 5, mate.
There's no way that that record made the money that Joe has spent on him.
No way! I'm not just talking about publicity. He's got a fucking boat!
I mean, Adam Faith hasn't even got a boat.
There's me, my arse is hanging out of my trousers
and he's poncing about on a boat.
So what's your point?
My point is. If that's where all the money's going,
there's little chance of us getting paid, is there?
Especially not dropping marbles in a fucking khazi.
- I'm ready for another take.
- 1...
Three coins in the sewer
They fell down the drain...
It's your turn to fish them out.
Don't panic Napoleon, I'm just looking for my fags.
Look, there. Woodbines.
- Woodbines in a bass drum.
- For fuck's sake!
- In a bass drum.
Yeah, I've been poking around with your echoes and stealing your tapes
- and I live in a big fucking house with Phil fucking Spector.
- Why?
Clem, why?
You are going mad.
Can't you see what you are doing? You're ruining this for all of us.
Get out you fucking Judas.
- You tone deaf, mad old bastard!
- Go on then, fuck off!
You see if you can get a gig once I put the word out on you.
I already am, mate. I'm doing this new band The Kinks on Wednesday. They're really fucking good.
The Kinks, my arse!
Go on, fuck off and play with those nobodies! You fat bitch!
I'm sorry, it's the neighbours.
Em, I think you'll find if you arrive at any hotel with this,
you'll be treated with great care and courtesy.
Do you want to buy a handbag? Go on then, darling. Go on then.
And of course underneath, there is space for all your essentials and intimates.
I'm sorry. My mum was having her bad toe off.
I pledge allegiance to RGM and everyone who works here.
- Who are they?
- That's Blaikley and Howard.
What are we recording?
Snakeskin bag at a specially reduced...
Brenda - I mean, Miss Murphy. We're going to try elsewhere.
- But I...
- But you promised me a snakeskin,
- otherwise I never would have let you do that.
- Shut up, shush!
- You dirty old bastard.
- Give her one for me, eh!
Ah! Ah! Stop it! Stop it! Stop!
No, I'm not having this. Stop it, stop it, stop! Argh!
- Where's Joe?
- I'm afraid Joe doesn't...
- Balls, where is he?
Oh, I'm sorry, sorry!
Right everyone, I think I've got everything I need, go and get a cup of tea, go on.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Honey, you look lovely
Well done, boys, you've written a hit!
Thanks, Joe.
See you in the charts!
Alan, vino before the opera.
Oh, 5:30.
Honestly, Joe! You just frightened off two of my customers!
- It was just the chorus.
- I don't care what it was.
This spot's always been good for passing trade.
We've got a lovely gold leaf polished window.
Since that thing in the papers.
Business is slow and there's no polite way of putting this, Joe,
- you're over a month in arrears with the rent.
- Really?
That's the Major's department.
- The man is a crook, I'm sorry to be harsh, but there it is.
- Really?
I'll see what I can do about the rent.
I'll see if I can do something about those rough boys.
I don't see how!
They've been sent by the other record companies
to try and put me off.
- They know I'm going to have another big hit soon, you see.
- Really, Joe?
It was them that engineered that horrible court case against me.
I would never do a thing like that.
How many of those boys do you recognise from 'round here?
- Here's your tea.
- Oh Patrick!
You're very kind, thank you.
You had my brother.
He was only 16, I'll go to the pigs and tell 'em about scum like you. We know where you live.
Of course he knows where I live! He sent me a letter! Bin!
Another one. A photo!
Of you in Hampstead Heath. Does Billy know?
He's done his homework. Send him a fiver. Next.
We have returned invoices from the Major.
He wants to see a breakdown of expenses spent on Heinz.
- Tight-fisted pig.
- Particularly boat.
It's an asset. It's good press. No-one's got a boat.
Not even Adam Faith has got a boat.
- Send in those photos of Heinz fishing.
- I don't know about that.
- He's returned the invoice for the photo session.
- I'll call him later.
- Next.
- "I hope you rot in hell. I hope you see your loved ones
- "scream in agonising pain..."
- That's a bit strong!
- What do they want?
- Nothing. It's from the neighbours.
- Yeah, well, I may have a new backer.
- Really?
- Mmm.
And as soon as my royalties from Telstar arrive,
I will buy you out completely.
I see. I'm very sorry to hear that, Joe.
I genuinely like you and I'm going to give you a piece of advice.
Spreading yourself so thin before you are really established
is more than a risk. It is, to be frank,
simple bloody-minded stupidity.
Don't you dare talk to me like that! I am not one of your lackeys.
I'm talking to you as a friend, Joe. You're a terrible businessman.
I dread to think what will happen to you
if no-one's watching the purse-strings.
Don't you talk to me about business.
My band is number one in America
and you can't get them out of the Billy Fury contract to tour there.
Where was your business acumen then?
I am your partner, not your boss.
Unfortunately, you had everything to do with that contract.
You signed it, I did not.
So until your mystery backer coughs up or your royalties arrive,
we shall remain partners.
That is what my business acumen tells me.
Good day.
Stupid idiot.
All right? How you doing, mate?
- Hello, Geoff.
- Where's everyone else?
Oh. It's just you and Joe today. He's up top.
There has been a lot of criticism of late.
People have been saying that RGM has been sounding old-fashioned.
Maybe it's because of your classical training,
or maybe you've been spending too much time on your psychic studies,
but the point is, you've been letting the side slip
and I can't allow it to happen any more.
Am I...?
Joe, are you firing me?
- Well, you can't write songs if you're not here.
- I got scared.
Those boys downstairs, I'm not from London, they sense that.
Friend in need, Geoff.
If my work is so old-fashioned,
then why are you recording one of my old tunes?
The song is by my two new boys, it's got nothing to do with you.
Oh, so you didn't steal it? That would be a first!
You're just jealous because they showed you up
in your fucking job!
Let's hope they don't have to write for your pretty, tone-deaf pudding!
Who always sings the guide track?
- I'm normally louder on the record than he is!
- Oh, fuck off, Geoff.
You're a sad, jealous little boy.
I'll give you jealous. Your little cherub has already moved out.
Do you think he's going to be living alone?
I don't want to see you any more.
You wouldn't be here if it wasn't for my songs.
You've always been an embarrassment to me.
I wrote hits for you, Joe. I...
The songs come to us from out there.
If that song is off an old tape then I wrote it.
I'm here, Joe.
Show Mr Goddard to the door.
Thanks for your help, Geoff. Shan't be needing you any more.
Come on, Geoff.
This place used to radiate.
Everyone gave something into the ether
and together we created...miracles.
He got big-headed.
Sucked everyone's energy, like a vampire.
I can see where he's going.
It's dark.
I fear it may cost him everything.
Bye, Geoff.
Be careful, Patrick.
RADIO: Hello, Playmates.
Oh, what a glorious thing to be
A healthy grown-up busy, busy bee
Whiling away the passing hours...
All right, sweetheart?
..I'd like to be a busy, busy bee
Being just as busy as a bee can be
Flying round the garden
Brightest ever seen
Taking back the honey to the dear old queen...
Fuck off!
Honey bee, honey bee
Bzzz if you like but don't sting me
Honey bee, honey bee
Bzzz if you like but don't sting me!
"Hello, Playmates!"
Morning. Miserable bastard.
I'm moving into my new digs tonight. Handsome, it is.
You should see it, it's lovely. Bedroom the size of a football pitch.
I've got an ensuite and all. Never had one of those before.
I'm playing the Arthur Askey gig tonight. Are you coming?
I'm a busy, busy bee Oh, what a glorious thing to be.
GASPS What are you doing?!
- What are you doing? What are you doing?!
- Who is she?
- What are you on about?
- Who is she?!
- You've been covering your tracks, haven't you?
- Tongues wag, Joe.
It's good for my image to have a girlfriend.
What fucking image? I gave you your fucking image!
I'm not like you.
Go on then, go. Leave your stuff, go, I've got work to do.
Go if you're going! Fucking go!
TURNS ON MUSIC: "Have I The Right?" by The Honeycombs
You know I'll always miss you
I've loved you from the very start
Come right back I just can't bear it
I've got this love and I long to share it
Come right back I'll show my love is strong
Oh, yeah
Have I the right to touch you?
If I could you'd see how much you
Send those shivers running down my spine
Have I the right to thrill you?
You know I'll wait until you
Give me the right to make you mine
Come right back I just can't bear it
I've got some love and I long to share it...
- DJ:
- That was The Honeycombs,
with their second week at the top of the charts,
but how long can they keep the new boys off the top spot?
Playing us out, it's the Kinks.
INTRO: "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks
That's enough of that.
- How was Spain?
- Majorca.
I would have been prepared to be talked down.
I would have settled for less.
Doesn't matter.
If you had waited until after the Telstar case,
- you could have easily bought me out with your own royalties.
- Really?
As it stands, you've just spent our last penny from our latest hit
to buy half a company which is in debt and losing money.
Sour grapes, innit?
You just don't want to lose half the business
because you know how big it's going to get.
I hope you're right, Joe.
I know I'm right, Wilfred.
- Geoff says the song was stolen from him.
- Let him sue.
I'm number one again and that's just the start.
Look after your men, Joe. They're the only thing looking after you.
Thanks for the advice, Major.
Now fuck off.
- What now, boss?
- Bigger and better things, Patrick.
Play it properly or I'll blow your fucking head off.
I'm recording.
What do we have here? These dire cash problems.
With the Telstar money frozen,
simply, there is not enough money coming in
to pay for the tax on the previous high earnings.
You have a strong heart.
And I sense that your guide is Rameses the Great.
The mightiest of Pharaohs!
Operating under pseudonyms.
Reneging on royalties to individuals.
Breaking union pay laws.
These are very serious matters!
And I see great doom.
Tax must be paid!
Her Majesty's Board of Trade.
I look down with terrible anger.
Seize your assets.
You work for us.
We own your very soul.
- Please don't come back! Please don't come back!
- Joseph, it's OK.
It's all right. Sit down. Get your breath back.
You're all right. Here. Put your head between your legs.
- You're all right.
- Fucking nutter. Where did he get that from?
Heinz used to have it on the tour.
- Used to get a lot of gyp threats and that.
- Wanker.
- I'm going to be sick.
- You're all right, mate, it's over now.
Oh, I've fucking pissed myself. Pissed me fucking pants, man!
He's been under a lot of stress lately, with the bank,
the Board of Trade, the French courts...
- Good boy, Patrick, I can trust you.
- Sick wanker!
- I'm sorry, mate.
It's just tunes, mate. It's supposed to be a laugh.
- I've got to get some air.
- I think we all have.
Supposed to be fun.
He wouldn't have pulled a gun on Clem, would he?
Bunch of girls. I would have shot Clem.
And here, with the Beatles, is their famous manager, Mr Brian Epstein.
It's hard to believe...
Joe. Joe. I don't understand all that palaver.
I just don't understand why I don't get my rent.
I'm so sorry, Biddy.
I mean Violet.
Knives are out for me on all sides.
I am being ripped from pillar to post. People just...
I don't know what to do.
I don't have anything to give you.
Oh, here you go. You'll be fine.
Don't worry. As soon as the money comes through from Telstar,
you'll be rich as Solomon.
That French bastard has ruined my fucking life.
I'm sorry, Violet.
- "Pardon my French," you should say.
- Yeah!
'Pushing Telstar from the Guinness book of records.
'And now with an MBE for services to Great Britain, it seems
'that the fans really do have something to scream about.'
Listen, I only do autographs at shows, all right?
- Where are you going with my car?
- Heinz Burt. Repossession order.
You fucking what?
What's all this? Oi!
Don't look at me, I don't know!
- I want it back. You can't stick me with your fucking debts.
- And the car!
- I don't know nothing.
- And what about the boat?
What about my boat?!
'Stop shouting. I know you're outside.'
I go down the jetty and there's nothing there.
All I'm left with is a handful of paper.
You know Larry Parnes, you know we've had a terrible rift.
Sort of.
So your secret chats behind my back
have done nothing but give him something to hurt me with.
I asked him for advice, that's all.
How dare you try and creep out of your contract after all I've done?
You put me on that shitty seaside tour and I am sick of it.
And when I get back, I've got fucking nothing.
I've got no car, no boat, and no follow-up!
I've had a row with Geoff.
Well, he's a prat anyway.
What about them two that wrote for the Honeycombs? Yeah?
I liked all that.
'Really, Joe. You can't be serious.
'I mean, he is awful! You really must move on.'
- They're not right.
- Can't you write some?
No point, if you want to leave me.
I just thought something funny was going on, that's all.
That's why I called Parnes.
It's Della, yeah.
Just gets a bit, you know, jealous. Silly, really.
- I don't mean to hurt people.
- I just want my car back.
- I'll see what I can do.
- What about my follow-up?
I just don't want to lose you.
I'm going now.
Things will get better, you'll see!
What happens to people like us, Patrick? Music people?
When all the hits have gone, when they've all been dried up.
What do we do when we can't do this any more?
Get proper jobs, I suppose.
I think we're just supposed to disappear.
'Dear Mr Gillard.
'As my lawyer, there are certain things
'I would like you to know about me.
'So that you are not influenced
'by things other people are saying about me.'
'I know there are some things I'm not good at - numbers, paperwork -
'but that don't make me bad.'
Excuse me.
'It seems that all the things I'm no good at is what people use to hurt me with,
'and all the things I am good at...don't matter.
'All my time is spent catching up.
'But every time I look up, everything's changed.
'And I have to catch up again.
'Why does everyone want to hurt me?
'be my friend.
'Please, help me.'
Yours sincerely, Joe Meek.
Why are you having parties? You can't afford this.
If I can buy my way into those pirate ship top tens, I bloody well will.
You can't afford to pay bribes.
They're not bribes, they're investments.
- You can't afford them.
- Right, read the letter.
Go on, read the letter.
Go on, read the letter, read the letter.
"EMI Records, EMI House, W1.
"Dear Mr Meek, EMI re, Have I The Right, by The Honeycombs.
"Thank you for submitting your record. We feel that this record is of no commercial value.
"Yours sincerely, Sir Joseph Lockwood."
Well, that one sold half a million, so someone knows what they're doing.
Now, now, sir.
Robert George Meek, we are officers of Her Majesty's Board of Trade and Commerce,
and after several requests for receipts of trade and income,
we are now authorised to seize...
Don't go in there! I don't have the books. Tony Shanks has the books and won't give 'em back.
- Open it!
- It's full of junk.
You put that back. You put that back!
It stinks in here.
Don't you ever think to open a window?
My lawyer, Mr Gilhead, he'll tell you.
No, don't do that. No, don't do that!
Don't do that!
No, don't do that! Don't do that!
No, no...
Wake up, Joe.
Joe, it's Patrick.
Oh, sorry, was I off again?
Miles away.
You shouldn't take those.
- They help me think.
- And the others?
They stop me thinking.
You should see Dr Crisp about those trances.
The last thing I need is another doctor's bill.
You don't get them any more, silly.
I pinched a bit of steak from Mum's larder. We've got some spuds, I thought I'd do us some tea.
You're so very kind.
Leave it. Patrick...
They want to take my boys away.
The Krays.
They saw The Tornadoes at the relief gig
and they want to manage them. should take Sir Joseph's offer.
Work at Abbey Road.
Let them worry about the bills and the tax.
You've had enough bad luck in this place.
You've proved your point. You should move on.
My real name is Robert.
Robert George Meek. RGM.
My nan named me Joe after her son.
Uncle Joe was killed in the Great War.
An officer...a boy
ordered him to take up a Maxim gun post
where he knew he'd be shot, and he did it and he was, shot.
Right through the face.
This officer, he ordered the next soldier to pull the body down
and take up the post. Well...the next soldier was... father. And he did it.
Oh, he fought like mad.
But he was hit. Lucky though, he survived.
He had a piece of shrapnel lodged in his skull.
He had to convalesce for years, but it was a shock, you see, the shock,
the shock did the damage.
Then he met my mum.
But all our lives, he could never work for anyone else.
He could never take an order from anyone ever else again,
it would drive him mad.
T-T-T-The shrapnel would move in his skull
and he would smash up the village and spend all night screaming.
So he had to be his own boss, you see, he had to be.
Anyway, that's why I'm called Joe.
I can't work for someone else.
Everything I try to do is here.
I'll make tea.
You, Joe, are a very special boy.
You have a little sparkle in you.
I used to look at you and I would be so glad to see you.
No matter how I felt, you would...lift me up.
Now I can't help seeing you bearing down on me with all those other bastards.
- I need the money you owe me.
- Please, go home, I don't owe you anything.
You had hits all over the world. The Tornados and my solo stuff.
You cost me.
Every picture you had took, every record that got pressed and never sold cost me.
Half the time you were in the charts cost me, and I paid for that.
Well, if you'd done a better job, you'd have had more hits.
I did everything for you.
- I sweated blood for you.
- It weren't enough.
It didn't work.
I've got a job, Joe.
Jesus, a job, I'm painting fucking buses!
You lied.
The Palladium this,
America that...
You fuckin' lied!
I'm a mug I believed all your bullshit.
I loved you.
When I think about us, I'm actually sick.
I knew you was a bender. I had your number from the start.
- You're the mug.
- That's a lie.
- No, you're the fucking liar!
- No, I know what I am.
Yeah, sick bent old crook who owes me money!
I've seen it before, Joe. I've seen it all before. Come on, then!
Yeah, you fucking...old fuck.
Yeah, yeah, I'll fucking kill you.
I will fucking murder ya!
I made you.
You're not supposed to be like this.
- It's not supposed to be like this.
- If I see you here again...
- You don't understand.
- ..I'll kill you.
What are you talking about?
You want me...
So am I.
Astorina an Domini...inferni.
An Domini inferni...
Please, hear me.
Someone is stealing from me, and from my mind, my ideas.
I know I'm not myself, you see.
And I've tried, I've tried not thinking,
I've tried not speaking, but it always seems to find a way of...
fucking having me, and it's taking me somewhere,
and I know you understand, so where does it go?
I wish someone loved me.
But you love someone, they just take from you.
They ruin you from inside, and everything else gets ruined.
It's easy to get famous and now my music's no good.
Please tell me what to do to make it stop. Please...
..make it stop!
I understand.
Oh, God!
There's a couple of kids downstairs here to stack some tapes.
Tell them to fuck off.
We don't need you today, boys.
Get Mrs Shenton up here!
I don't know what it's about, Mrs Shenton.
- He just really wants to see you.
- Oh, he's been busy.
He recorded me singing last night.
It's always been a secret ambition of mine, singing.
I'm sure it'll sound lovely. What sort of mood's he in?
- Oh, he's in a pretty bad mood.
- Oh, well, I'll cheer him up.
Will you hold this for me? I don't like to smoke up there.
- I want a word with you.
- Oh, my God, is that real? Is it loaded?
Don't talk, answer the question.
- What question? You haven't asked a question.
- I'm not stupid.
Come on, Joe, you're really frightening me.
Who is he?
- Who's who?
- I've told you once, I'm not stupid!
If I was stupid, people wouldn't be able to ruin me.
Who is the man, our friend in the Crombie coat?
Him? He's just the agent.
He's the estate agent.
We're not as young as we were, and you've been terrible with the rent.
- The business has been poor.
- Estate agents?
Give me the book, the rent book.
Let me find the book.
I think it's downstairs.
Why don't we just pop down and have a nice cup of tea.
Just give me the fucking book!
Your lease is up at the end of the month.
The bank next door wants to expand.
We are retiring, it's nothing to do with the rent.
I didn't want to tell you like this. The shop is our nest egg.
- I said, didn't I...
- You let an estate agent in here.
Well, he had to see the place before he could make an offer.
Yeah, I knew something was wrong. I knew something.
I thought everyone was out to hurt me,
I thought all these people wanted to get me
I thought there was a curse.
I didn't know, I thought it might be Phil Spector or George Martin
or any of those thieving pigs, but no, no, it was you!!
Selling my home when I was in it.
The place I built from nothing.
The place I lived and toiled in for six years,
the place that everyone else got fat off.
That made millions and millions and millions of people happy.
And you, you was trying to sell it.
You was trying to kill it.
It was you, Violet.
She's dead, Joe.
I think she's dead.
What have you done, Joe?
No, Joe, please, don't! Please, please!
- Stop, stop.
- No, Joe, please!
- It's all right, it's all right.
- Please!
What's the date?
- What?
- What's the date?
It's the 3rd, it's February the 3rd.
Bye, Patrick.
Joe! No!
No, no!
No, no, no!
No, no, no, no!
No, no!
If I got down on my knees
And I pleaded with you
Not to go, but to stay in my arms
Would you walk
Out the door
Like you did once before?
This time
Be different
Please stay
Don't go
If I call out your name like a prayer
Would you leave me alone in my fear
Knowing I
Need you so?
Would you still turn and go
This time
Be different
Please stay
Don't go
Please stay
I loved you before I even knew your name
I wanted to give you my heart
But when you came back
After leaving me one time
Oh, I knew, oh, how I knew
That the heartache would start
If I call out your name like a song
Which was written for you and you alone
Would you still
Hurt my pride
Baby, till
Till I cry
This time
Be different
Please stay
Don't go
Please stay
You know I'll always love you, darling
Please stay
Don't go
Please, please, stay.
Cheatin' was his trade
A seller of lies
A heart so cold
He seemed to hypnotise
He always works alone
Crawdaddy Simone
He had no axe to grind
You never saw him smile
But his look was good
He always dressed in style
He always walks alone
Crawdaddy Simone...