Allen, the bon-vivant of the 'Bandstand' era was exiled from Australia to the flesh pots of Asia where the Allen Brothers teamed up with Judy Garland and the Queen of Camp adopted young Peter as her protege. She married him into the family, to her daughter Liza (with a Z). The Minnelli-Allens moved to New York where Peter worked in cabaret.
In the summer of 1983, Peter was resting up in Leucadia admitting to having had a 'scalp reduction'. This was a skin-tightening process, administered to eliminate Peter's bald spot at the back of his head. (Peter said he had 'vetoed' hair plugs.) However, the hairline in front would soon tell its own story, suddenly lower and fuller, similar to a squashed mud cake at first, as these things always seem to be, but loosening up with time. Peter was also telling the press that he had a black eye as a result of a tennis mishap, which was perhaps so, ! but the skin around his eyes would soon appear tighter.
'There is such a thing as privacy,' Peter said after turning down | a home photo spread for People magazine. Cosmetic surgery was one thing, but Peter had not lost his horse sense. Bruce Vilanch, for instance, would speak of the briefing Clive Davis gave Peter Alien. [The label chief told Peter, now pushing forty, to go out and research [the field to find out what teenagers really wanted. A reasonable amount of time elapsed for Peter to accomplish this, then he reported back to [Clive Davis with his findings. Peter said he now knew what teenagers [really wanted. 'Usually around a hundred dollars,' he announced.
Peter and Dean Pitchford wrote the title song for his first Arista [album, Not the Boy Next Door. It was inspired by a 1944 Ralph Blane land Hugh Martin song, 'The Boy Next Door', the boy Judy Garland [had sung about and pined for in the Vincente Minnelli movie Meet Me in St Louis. The cover of Peter's 1983 Arista album depicted him supine atop a red piano, coiled as if ready to spring. The disco look had not worn well, indeed now appeared saturnine. [extract from Peter Allen The Boy From Oz by Stephen Maclean, Ranmsom House Aust, 1996. p241]
01 - Just Another Make Out Song
02 - Not The Boy Next Door
03 - You'll Always Get Your Way
04 - You And Me (We Had It All)
05 - Fade To Black
06 - Somebody's Got Your Love
07 - You Haven't Heard The Last Of Me
08 - Easy On The Weekend
09 - Once Before I Go
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