An oldie but goodie

16 thoughts on “An oldie but goodie”

  1. “Count Basie Orchestra on triangle”,

    *ding*

    “Thank you”.

    I laughed like a fucking loom first time I heard that.

  2. Don’t mock the triangle: it’s what I was promoted to in my primary school band after my triumph on a little yellow stick with a bell on each end.

  3. Before by several years….the great joke is that the speaker here is Viv Stanshall….who is also the announcer in Tubular Bells

  4. And looking very relaxed… Adolf Hitler on vibes.

    Ah, Viv Stanshall…

    As good as the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band was, nothing will ever match the brilliance of Stanshall’s spoken word “Sir Henry at Rawlinson End”.

    It took me years to actually find the movie on DVD.

  5. Dennis, what WAS the story behind the gorilla? Other than the excellent pun with its instrument, of course.

  6. The above comment at 10:56 wasn’t written by me but a troll called Dickie Doubleday who is going round websites posting various crap under various people’s names and email addresses.

    For those interested he lives at Acrefield, Church Road Upton Norwich NR13 6AJ and doesn’t seem particularly bothered who knows this…

  7. Dennis, what WAS the story behind the gorilla?

    It was an early example of the Streisand Effect. Conservative politician and then Shadow Minister Quintin Hogg got wind that the original recording of The Intro And The Outro contained the line “Quintin Hogg on pig grunts”. Depending on who’s telling the story, Hogg either cajoled or threatened Stanshall into deleting the line and substituting the “sessions gorilla” line. It got into the papers and, of course, drew much unwanted (from Hogg’s perspective) attention.

  8. nothing will ever match the brilliance of Stanshall’s spoken word “Sir Henry at Rawlinson End”.

    Just on the off-chance you didn’t already know, he followed it up with “Sir Henry at Ndidi’s Kraal”. Still very funny, but I prefer Rawlinson End myself.

  9. Just on the off-chance you didn’t already know, he followed it up with “Sir Henry at Ndidi’s Kraal”. Still very funny, but I prefer Rawlinson End myself.

    Agreed. Stanshall died before he could properly polish Kraal. It’s very much a work in progress, but fun nonetheless.

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