Rhys Thomas OBE’s long overdue tribute to Thotch- yes Thotch AGAIN! I know we’re always talking about them or Brian’s haphazard reissue project but the man is DEAD – front man, genre breaking world music star, plasticine pioneer (Video Only) and friend to snails of all ages – Sir Mr Brian Pern.
From the self serving tribute by part time drummer Philip Collins through Macca , Elton Liberace and Woopy Goldberg to name three that I can remember this was a star splattered love letter to the nearly departed rock deity who perished in a bizarre segway accident.
Fresh stories that Brian wouldn’t allowed to be told when he was alive were the main meat with a particular tale of infidelity involving 70’s drug casualty Orinoco that will mean listening to Wombling Merry Christmas will never be the same again. Of course Pat Quid and Tony Pebble of ver Thotch were on hand to recall their last sessions, lunches, phone calls and chance encounters with Brian.
This tribute should remain on the iplayer for eternity. Or a Tony Pebble organ solo – whichever is shorter. Only fans of Mike Batt could object to this lovingly constructed televisual treat.
(Loved Pern from the start, Simon Day has developed him into a fully rounded comic creation that goes beyond mere parody. Michael Kitchen as Pern’s manager steals the show with his 3 minute interview. Two Dr Who’s show great comic chops as do all the celebrity contributors and it’s a triumph from Collins to Gabriel. I hope the show goes on…)