Article: Blonde on Blonde’s Whole Lotta Love

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“People tend to dismiss it as a gimmick”, said Nina Carter of the short-lived musical career that she launched alongside fellow Page 3 model Jilly Johnson in 1978. Unsurprising, perhaps, as their best known single – a cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love – was promoted with a sapphic cheesecake sleeve, featuring the two girls nude, nipple to nipple. Blonde on Blonde – unrelated to either the Bob Dylan album or the late Sixties heavy rock outfit of the the same name – put out a handful of singles before fizzling out of existence. They had no hits.

Whole Lotta Love is actually something of a masterpiece – a guitar-driven high speed disco number that is full of energy and zap. What a shame that everything else they recorded was forgettable rubbish.

Still, the band managed an appearance in Brit thriller The Golden Lady and were apparently Big In Japan. “We have Japanese men coming up to us and begging us to let them be our slaves!”, Johnson told the Evening News in 1978.

Nina Carter later married keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman, and also appeared briefly (as herself in a TV commercial) in An American Werewolf in London. Vintage glamour film fans will also remember her as Penny Mallet, star of the unspeakably brilliant Mayfair Films 8mm extravaganza Miss Mayfair, clad in a cling film bikini.