Nothing to add other than this is a very sad start to Monday morning.
There was a time when the pop charts had a smattering of songs that were there for comedy reasons. Jilted John, Joe Dolce, John Otway, Barron Knights, Fred Wanklock to name but a few. TOTP would have the comedy performer squeezed between two serious musical acts. They would provide light relief from the weighty subject matter tackled by the more radical political bands that followed punk – your Shakataks, your Liquid Golds and Your Dooleyses.
The genre was big enough to have also-rans who released non-charting comedy songs regularly and probably did OK on the live circuit. Ivor Big Penis (IIRC) was one such act.
Did we actually buy these records? No – we didn’t. It was the civilians. A chance hearing of a funny line or two in “Shuddup ya face” propels them straight to Woolies with their 99p. “I bought that!” they would say down the pub and learn all of the words for the pleasure of the bar staff and the underage drinkers trying to keep a low profile by targeting shit pubs, desperate for custom.
My days of listening to the top 40 rundown are over – I wouldn’t even be surprised if Mark Goodier » Continue Reading.
Ahead of the BBC Prom performance there’s a very good interview with Scott with Jarvis Cocker. It would be an understatement to say he’s not one for looking back but for once he obliges for his old pal Cocker even going back to Walker Brothers days and his days as a jobbing bass player with the Surfaris as well as the solo albums, Bowie and his feelings about his old material being revisited.
As you do of a weekend, the same old questions bubble to the surface and I find myself pondering the unanswered – who is playing bass on ‘The Old Man’s Back Again’ from Scott 4?
As I’ve been unable to discover of any session allumni laying claim to this mighty funky chunky plunking I can only assume that it’s Mr W himself. Anyone been able to ascertain otherwise?
When Bond was in his 60’s pomp I find it inconceivable that they didn’t approach Scott Walker to have a crack at a theme – although perhaps they did and the wayward talent turned them down, anyone know? – so I would like to suggest that the lost Bond film ‘Best Of Both Worlds’ had this as it’s theme.
With it’s ‘You Only Live Twice’ strings from Wally Stott – Angela Morley, it’s soft echo of the Bond theme in it’s opening moments – dramatic, soaring vocals and lyrics by Bond-meister Don Black it’s a perfect fit
Any other songs that just cry out to be a Bond theme?