Paul Nicholas

Paul Nicholas

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Paul Nicholas Review

by Vince Ripol

Some one-hit wonders are too ridiculous to understand. In 1977, "Heaven on the 7th Floor" lifted Paul Nicholas into the Top Ten with its improbable elevator romance set to a disco-bubblegum hybrid that proved more satisfying in songs like Dan Hartman's "Instant Replay." Nicholas wisely replaced the clich├ęd plot device with "On the Strip"'s more credible celebration of teenage cruising, but that follow-up stalled at number 67, and he never recaptured his American audience. The rest of his album failed to get off the ground floor, although the unremarkable "Dancing With the Captain" and "Grandma's Party" became Top Ten hits in England. Any good taste demonstrated by the British chart failure of "Heaven on the 7th Floor" was negated by the Top 20 success of "Reggae Like It Used to be," in which Nicholas cemented his dilettante status with the absurd claim that "you can reggae Beethoven." Perhaps "Heaven on the 7th Floor" belongs on some sort of twisted Nuggets album, surrounded by other ludicrous '70s oddities like "Playground in My Mind" and "Oh Babe What Would You Say?" Until such a compilation surfaces, there's little reason to endure the majority of Paul Nicholas.

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