A harsh war of words has broken out between Sir Cliff Richard, and a girl he met briefly back in the 1980s.

The row began when in an interview today the one-time Peter Pan of Pop insisted that he was never “wired for sound” and when he said he was he was simply living a sham to ensure the lyrics of the song made some kind of sense.

‘Hey, let me make this clear, I was never wired for sound you know,’ he told veteran music journalist Charles Shaar Murray, ‘and I certainly never used to walk around with a head full of music. I mean that’s impossible. Where would my brain have gone? Pure nonsense.’

‘Furthermore as a small boy, I loved my toys and played with them every day from dawn to dusk. The suggestion that I didn’t like them and that I couldn’t “wait to get wired for sound” is risible.’

However the girl has disputed Sir Cliff’s version of events. She said: ‘He certainly was wired for sound and was always banging on about it. Even when I told him: ‘I’m not a girl you put on at a standby, I am a girl who demands that her love is amplified’ whatever that means, he would say “you love me – then love means you must like what I like. My music is dynamite woh oh woh…”

‘Looking back now it was all a bit scary, because as far as music was concerned he was really very evangelistic.’