Saturday, February 28, 2009


Some odd novelty songs.

The Goons with Unchained melody. It is incredible that the 3 main stars of this program all went on to fame in different areas. Peter Sellers a superb mimic and actor probably achieved the most world wide fame. He should have got an Oscar for his portrayal of Chancy Gardner in Being There.

Sir Circumference - Neddy Seagoon - the great Sir Harry Secombe went on to a comedy and a light opera singing career and the tortured Spike Milligan was simply a comic genius.

Pity being an American and missing out on the Goon Show. Then again they probably wouldn't have understood the humour.

In the 1950's thanks to The Goon Show we were introduced to a new style of humour and characters such as Ned Seagoon, Eccles, Bluebottle, Major Bloodnok, Minnie Bannister, Henry Crun, Grytpype-Thynne and Moriarty amongst many. The humour has stood the test of time as I can listen today, over 50 years later, and still enjoy the humour.

There are thousands of great lines - I remember the interchange between Eccles and Moriarty. Moriarty threatens Eccles who tells him him "I warn you - I was trained in karate by the great Bert"
A scuffle takes place and Moriaarty smashes Eccles into the ground.

Eccles 'Wait till I get hold of that twit Bert'

(You had to be there!!)

Wally Stott did the music and later had a sex change operation and became Angela Morley!!

Answer songs came into favour after Damita Joe's I'm Saving the Last dance for you and here we have Dodie Stevens with Yes I'm lonesome tonight from 1961 and Florraine Darling - As Long As The Roses Are Red (Roses Are Red).

The Railway runs through the middle of the House by Gene Zimmerman. This was not the original hit - I think that was Vaughan Munroe.

An unusual version for the UK market only was Playmates - Beep Beep (Bubble Car Version) as the BBC wouldn't allow of course any mention of advertising (isn't that great). Again not a model that would be known to Americans not to be beholden in any way to advertisers.

The we have the Taylor Sisters singing Japanese Click go the shears.

All odd - all here.

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