Altogether now - "Crazy horses....weeeeyow weeeeyow / crazy horses....weeeyow, weeeyow!!!". OK, if you're not old enough to remember the pearly-white smiles of America's 1970s first family, you will surely have heard of The Osmonds and almost certainly will have heard the rock 'n' roll madness of their biggest and best hit, "Crazy Horses".
At a time when the UK was stuck in a cringeworthy pop quagmire, populated by long-haired prog-rockers or feisty folkies, as well as the frequent power-cuts and refuse mountains blighting the streets, we all needed a bit of The Osmonds. Actually, I wasn't fussed (Cozy Powell was my drumming idol and ELO rocked my junior musical mind), but escaping their chart-domination was futile - they were HUGE!
After banging out hit after hit for the first half of the '70s, both as a group and with various solo releases, their rising star fell when disco and punk slugged it out for teenager's pennies. But smash-hits like "Love Me for a Reason" (given a tepid re-reading by Boyzone some 20 years later), "Let Me in" and "Goin' Home" kept them in toothpaste for several decades to come.
2012 will see The Osmonds bid farewell to their UK fans with a full 'up, close and personal' tour around the country. Pretty much the whole of the British Isles are covered (not Northern Ireland, curiously), including the South West, Kent, Midlands, Scotland and London, the latter of which is a single date at Hammersmith Apollo on 28th April.
The whole tour will last two months from 9th March to 6th May (currently that last date is in Bournemouth) and selected tickets are on sale now. Others will be added in due course - meanwhile tickets cost from around £30 (less for a few places).