- Disc & Echo Magazine
- Saturday, 21st January 1967
- Written by Penny Valentine
- Courtesy of Linda Crafar
Cat And Cleo Claw Up
Charging up the chart
this week: Cat Stevens, with his highly catchy "Matthew And Son". Here, he's
pictured with a cat named Cleo - and they both have plenty to purr about! Cat, the one
with the capital C, is confirming all his early promise with "I Love My Dog" and
the current big hit will certainly keep him in far better fare than cups of cold coffee
and pieces of cake. Cat, the one with the small c, ought to be grinning, too. Cleo has,
after all, captured the front-page for her owner, Disc and Music Echo writer Bob Farmer!
But grinning for Cat Stevens will be easier when he's old and grey. He can't wait to join
the older generation. Find out why on page 16.
CAT: What A Drag It Is
By Penny Valentine
The lyrics in Cat Stevens
songs would imply that he was a simple person involved with the simple things in life.
Working for a rotten boss, loving his dog, here comes his baby looking fine.
But his attitude to life
is far removed from the Brian Wilson image of soft, understandable things: He has a habit,
unnerving, of falling-off sofas when you interview him, sticking on his dark glasses,
hugging three orange cushions and generally rolling around. A psychiatrist might say this
showed a distinct lack of security.
"I used to feel very
sorry for myself. When I was about 15 I used to lock myself away and draw and think I was
the only person who ever thought about anything. Its Gods gift like just to
me, I used to think. Then one day I was talking to my friend and found out that he could
think too and that was a gas. I really started writing because I was lonely. My parents
ran the shop all day and there was me stuck, in the middle of Soho. I grew up very
quickly. Well, what do you think in an area like that? I'm not being silly. It has an
effect on you growing up in London, rather than Tooting or somewhere you can see animals
running around. I couldn't ride a bike because my parents thought I'd get killed.
My parents didn't really
have a happy life and I wasnt really happy. I never had a big family thing. I used
to see my mates and then around 5 p.m. they would go home and have a tea time. I never did
have a tea time because my parents werent in. I used to think it was pretty rough.
It made me a bad mixer. Now I hate parties. Immediately I walk into a room full of people,
I think bang there goes my identity. Terrible."
All these things
contributed to the being of Cat Stevens, song writer. He locked himself away in Soho and
wrote and wrote, knowing that one day he would be discovered.
because although I was lonely I always felt secure within myself until I came into the
business . Now Im frightened. I was scared stiff that Dog would be a
gigantic smash because of trying to follow it up. As it was I spent longer on
Matthew than on anything else Ive ever written. Im not mixed up
but when I try to sit down and work out what I am, it worries me because I dont
know. All I know is Im a liar. I lie all the time. And I find myself getting into
violent arguments with myself through lying. And I'm very money conscious. Well, why not
admit it? I have two worlds. The world of my music which I love and the world of money
which is great. But I like to know where my money is all the time and what's happening to
it. It worries me. I like money."
It is often hard to
realise that Cat is only 18. He hates being young and is looking forward to being an old
man with an enthusiasm that is almost terrifying.
"I think being a kid
now is hard. Thats why they all look old and worried. The pressures are too great.
They dont get a chance to really enjoy themselves. They should really have a new
world, more than any other generation. But theyre still put down. The older
generation seems to be very stubborn. When I'm old Im sure I'll be very happy. I'm
looking forward to it and the sooner it happens the better. Its peace of mind. It's
knowing what its all about and not having to chase yourself round in circles. Being
old will be great."
What will definitely not
be great as the devious and successful life of Cat Stevens progresses is the delicate
subject of love. It is something he is very worried about.
"One day Im
going to meet the right girl and Im going to come unstuck. Im keeping
things very casual at the moment because Ive been in love once and it ran my life.
It just took me over like that! It was a fatal period I was in a daze all
the time. And at the moment I cant afford it. I want to concentrate on my
Which might lead you to
believe that Cat may be a rather lonely person for quite a long time to come.
Snippets-Disc & Music Echo-
Saturday 21st January 1967
Chart Climbers Page 3
Top 50 Chart
- 1 (2) I'm A Believer - Monkees - RCA
- 5 (21) Matthew And Son - Cat Stevens
Hit Talk By Ron Wood
Cat Stevens is very nervous on stage, but
I think it's a great number and I like the big backing. He'll be here for quite a while.
Stars In The News Page 4
Top Of The Pops
Tonight's (Thursday 19th
January) 'Top Of The Pops' TV - Cat Stevens, Georgie Fame, Move, Jimi Hendrix, Wayne
Fontana, Tremeloes, Searchers plus films of Four Tops and Monkees.
"Matthew and Son" shoots to number 5 in the chart this weekmakes
his Palladium TV debut next month. Two dates have been offered either February 12th
He also appears on the
Mamas and Papas' bill at the Royal Albert Hall on February 16th.
At Tiles, London, on
February 10th an evening will be devoted to Cat and titled "Cat On The
He is on
"Doddys Music Box" (January 28th ), "Monday, Monday"
(30th ) and "Parade Of The Pops" (February, 4th). He tours
Scotland for three days from February 17th, and may make a major tour of
Britain in March.
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