- - Thursday, May 19, 2016

If you were a young man in the ‘80s you most likely had a poster of Samantha Fox hanging over your bed. You know, the one with her in the cutoff shorts?

The curvy British babe, who started her career as a topless “Page 3” model, released a string on nonstop dance hits including “Touch Me,” “I Only Wanna Be With You,” “Naughty Girls (Need Love Too),” “I Wanna Have Some Fun” and “Just One Night,” which helped Miss Fox sell more than 30 million records around the world. She worked in both film and television through the 1990s and 2000s, but mostly just merry olde England in later years.

Tragically, Miss Fox’s life was not always been fun. She sued her father and former manager in 1991 over charges he embezzled more than a million dollars during the height of her career. She won the case and was awarded almost half of that, but never again spoke to her dad, who died in 2000. 

The present finds Miss Fox back in the USA after two-plus decades away, with plans for a new album and new tour. At The Hollywood Show in California she discussed her amazing career, how she feels about turning 50 and why she’s not really a “naughty girl,” just a cheeky one.

Question: This is the first time you’ve been to America in how many years?

Answer: Of wow, 20-odd years. It’s so amazing to be back. I got offered to do this convention, and seeing the reaction from the fans gives me a great idea that I can finally come back to America and tour here. My last three labels in America weren’t very good. So my records didn’t sell here.

Q: What have you been up to in the last two-plus decades away?

A: I’ve been working in Europe, the Far East and the Middle East. And Russia. Obviously it’s a big world, thank God. [laughs]

I’ve missed America. I really, really have. So when I got offered this convention, it was a great opportunity to come over.

 Q: What else have you done while here?

A: I did the Oprah network. Did a great documentary that comes out in the fall. Just letting people know that I’m still alive.

Q: Still alive and turning 50.

A: Eeekk. [laughs] I know. 

Q: You still look great.

A: Thank you so much. And I’ve got to say to everybody, “It’s all real.” Oh yeah. I can still move my face. [laughs]

Q: Are you working on new music?

A: Yeah. I’m working on my 10th album at the moment. Comes out around Christmastime.

Q: Can you believe you have been in the business over three decades?

A: No. Crazy. Been in the business 33 years now. The 30-year anniversary of “Touch Me” is this month. I was modeling before that. It’s been a long time.

Q: I see online you prefer to be called “Sam Fox.” Why the name change?

A: I’m still Samantha Fox. That what I was born as. In England they shorten everything. If your name is Mandy they call you Mand. If your name is Johnny they call you John. I’m Sam Fox.

Q: The line of fans to meet you today has been nonstop. What do the fans say when they meet you?

A: I got quite emotional about an hour ago, got a bit teary. I’m amazed that people still remember me and can’t wait to see me live again. I’m doing a show in August in Burbank, California, and I hope from that U.S. promoters will see I still got it.

Q: You still tour around the world.

A: I do 150 shows a year. Maybe 200 a year still in Europe, Russia, South America and the Far East. Everywhere. I travel everywhere.

Q: Of all your songs, what is your favorite?

A: I love “Naughty Girls” because it’s so cheeky. After “Touch Me” everyone was saying, “O,h she must be really naughty,” you know?

Q: Are you really naughty?

A: Not really. I’m cheeky. There is a way of being overtly sexy and pushing that. But there is also a way of being sexy and it’s natural. And it’s cheeky. I’m the girl next door. I’m cheeky. [laughs]

 

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