The Myth Factory: Myth 7 – SAW worked with Roland Rat


One of the unlikeliest of Stock Aitken Waterman credits was connected with Roland Rat, the puppet widely regarded as saving ITV’s TV-AM from cancellation after the show launched to a shaky start in February 1983.

The children’s fave had scored a couple of small chart hits in 1984, and by the end of 1985 the rodent was newly-contracted to the BBC. An album, later to be titled Living Legend, was commissioned by BBC Records, and Pete grabbed the opportunity to innovate.

“That rat was my alter-ego,” he said in 2015. “I could do anything I wanted with it. No one cared about it and I was being paid to experiment. If you listen to that Roland Rat release, you’re hearing an early Mel and Kim record.”

The tongue-in-cheek notes claim the LP was recorded in the Bahamas, mixed in Montserrat and mastered in Brentford. Whatever the truth of the matter, SAW were credited on four of the 12 songs; however, Mike today says he didn’t actually work on any of the tracks, and it’s likely that this was one of those rare examples where SAW were billed solely for marketing purposes.

Later in the decade, a SAW credit was also added to remixes of Kool & the Gang’s Celebration and Sabrina’s Like A Yo-Yo.


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