Possibly at the same time that @Chrisf was watching the Boomtown Rats documentary I was watching one on the BBC iplayer about The Real Thing – ‘Everything; the The Real Thing Story’. Even if 70s soul and disco isn’t your thing (and it’s not mine) I recommend this. I really hadn’t appreciated how unusual it was at the time to have a British all black band, never mind one from Liverpool. The film tells the story well about their upbringing in Toxteth, their sudden elevation to teen heartthrobs via THAT single; and their attempt to tell their own story in self written songs in the excellent 4 from 8 album – which of course bombed.
But what makes it is the three surviving members who, unusually for these kind of films, show not a shred of ‘what might have been’ bitterness – they seem happy with what they’ve had and generous to pretty much everyone they’ve encountered along the way. Highly recommended.