In a preamble that took us back to 1978 and Brett getting his first comedy records, he recalled “whilst other kids were getting into Bowie, I was getting into Bernard Bresslaw and Barron Knights”…
With his customary record bag of delights in tow, we were treated to classic sit com, some near-the-knuckle comedy songs, and sketches that some (most? all?) of us knew all the words to. Not mention a generous helping of ‘Carry On’ stars in a musical setting. A full list of records played is below. You can listen to digital highlights here. A big ‘thank you’ to Brett for a very entertaining evening, in the truest sense of the word (entertaining, that is).
Thanks also to everyone who brought records to share, special mentions for Beany for some rather special offerings and Penny, who lugged a rather heavy but very well-preserved HMV wind-up gramophone down to the labour club. Good effort! And finally, thanks to Matt for the photos.
We’ll be back on Thursday 14th May for an evening of Johnny Cash on vinyl. Full details soon.
Various Artists – Oh! What A Carry On (Music For Pleasure)
SIDE ONE: Jim Dale – Be My Girl/Bernard Bresslaw – You Need Feet/Barbara Windsor – On Mother Kelly’s Doorstep/Frankie Howerd – It’s Alright With Me/Kenneth Williams – Green Grow My Nadgers Oh/Joan Sims – Spring Song
SIDE TWO: Kenneth Connor – The Ugly Duckling/Jim Dale – Piccadilly Line/Dora Bryan – Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend/Frankie Howerd – Song And Dance Man/Joan Sims – Men/Kenneth Williams – The Ballad Of The Woggler’s Moulie
The Barron Knights – Knights Of Laughter (Pickwick, 1978)
SIDE TWO: 1358 Into Beetroot Song/Green Knickers/I’m A Nut/Head Tucked Underneath Her Arm
Tony Hancock – This Is Hancock (Pye, 1960)
SIDE TWO: A Sunday Afternoon At Home
Benny Hill – Benny Hill Sings? (Pye, 1965)
SIDE ONE: Moving On Again/The Andalucian Gypsies/In The Papers/Golden Days/Flying South/My Garden Of Love/I’ll Never Know
COMEDY FREE FOR ALL (part 1)
The Goodies – Blowing Off (Island, 1976, 7″)
Edric Connor With Ken Jones And His Music – Manchester United Calypso (Oriole, 1957, 78rpm)
Woody Allen – The Moose (from Standup Comic, Casablanca Records, 1979)
John Titford & Richard Scollins – Derbyshire Humour (from Ey Up Mi Duck! – A Celebration Of Derbyshire, Ram Records, 1978)
Dirk & Stig – Mr Sheene (EMI, 1978, 7″)
Billy Jones – When It’s Night Time in Italy, It’s Wednesday Over Here (from Silly Songs 1922 To 1934, BBC Records)
Cheech & Chong – Bloat On (Epic, 1977, 7″)
Spike Jones – Always Hurt The One You Love (from The Best of Spike Jones Vol.2, RCA)
Monty Python – Live At Drury Lane (Charisma, 1974)
SIDE ONE: Introduction/Llamas/Gumby – Flower Arranging/Secret Service/Wrestling/Communist Quiz/Idiot Song/Albatross/Colonel/Nudge, Nudge/Cocktail Bar/Travel Agent
SIDE TWO: Spot The Brain Cell/Bruces/Argument/Four Yorkshiremen/Election Special/Lumberjack Song/Parrot Sketch
COMEDY FREE FOR ALL (part 2)
Flanders & Swann – Song of Reproduction (from At The Drop Of A Hat, Parlophone, 1957)
Harry Tate & Company – Motoring (part 1) (played on a HMV wind-up gramophone)
Private Eye – Just For The Record (flexi-disc, 1970)
Frank Sidebottom Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite (from Sgt. Pepper Knew My Father, NME, 1988)
Bruce “Babyman” Baum With Little Roger & The Goosebumps – Marty Feldman Eyes (Runaway, 1981, 7″)
Carmen Silvera – Theme from ‘Allo ‘Allo (7″)
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