This was on our University bar jukebox and was a favourite with the rugby boys. They probably liked that massive bellowing erupting chorus: certainly “On The Street’ muscles in hard on your ears. It’s ridiculous but effective – and though to my dainty modern ears Vic is overplaying his hand, the song does capture the random surges of bliss that happen when a romance comes together. “People stop and stare” – maybe he’s singing it in the street! I’m sold, anyhow. Pop styles sometimes get more baroque and bloated as they lose their commercial grip – revivals aside “On The Street” is one of the last of the big crooning ballads to hit the top, a final holdover from the Al Martino era and the charts’ beginning. It swaggers so much you might almost have believed rock and roll hadn’t already won.

Score: 5

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