Here's a chance to sample the live act produced by this Tough couple, The Krankies! Best known as Crackerjack regulars,(Crackerjack!)some of this stuff most certainly wouldn't have made it to our screens - for it's a bit rude! And probably a good picture of a comedy routine in 1976..
We get live versions of 'Sonny Boy' and 'Where's Me Mam?' on the A side as well as the live act, and the B side consists of traditional Scottish tunes by the sound of it, which are enjoyable enough. No bagpipes.
See here for It's Fan-Dabi-Dozi, another album they did, and here for a fine Crackerjack performance!(Crackerjack!)
More Hammond eggs, and the balloons are out once again - as Big Jim 'H' is back, joined by his 'Men of Rhythm' according to the back cover.
The sorts on the front cover are just the type to be attracted to the sound of Hammond pop covers such as these, but slip in a bit of Moog and things might turn nasty. We'll find out later as there is a nice Moog sound in 'Son of My Father', and it's not the same version as found on the 'Moog Party Time' LP, so get clicking.
What a great Brucie bonus of an upload, so much better than last week's! Brucie is here, and this is our game show king playing the part of rat pack crooner 50 years ago.
He has certainly played his cards right here, and makes a good game, er, good job of it. We asked 100 expectant mothers if they played Bruce's music to their hapless unborn, and they said yes, as it would LOWER! any risk of complications and improve conditions for a HIGHER! IQ. However it may increase the chances of twins - and you don't get anything for a pair - not in this game! Zippyshare
Back to the keyboards - and what a treat I have for you now, a sound worthy of a thousand early 80s kids shows and a drum backing from the machine itself, what more could you ask for?
Well you could ask for a medley starting with 'Feeling Groovy' and ending with 'Pop Goes the Weasel', which is a tall order - but Peter provides! Also check out 'The Easy Winners' which I've played a fair few times since I got this record..
'Sleepers Awake' you may know as Kenny Everett's miming clown music, and very loungey that one is, with a few Kraftwerky sounds there it sounds to me.
And his War of the Worlds rendition, in which he has employed the cheesy rythmns available to enhance the dramatic chords therein. A perfect match!
How can I say anything bad about this? It would feel like kicking a little puppy.
I'll have a go though, as this record contains some of the very worst saxophone solos of the 1980s - only the sax solo from Squeeze's 'Hourglass' compares! And Wax's 'Bridge to Your Heart' thinking about it.
Of course it's not all bad sax, Su throws out a few belters here, Su's 'You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling' is a power ballad worthy of praise - Bonny Tyler couldn't hold a candle to it frankly. Of course there's 'Starting Together' here as well, which ought to be played at every wedding - remember, the old phrase 'Something borrowed, something blue, something old and something Su' should render divorce lawyers hungry everywhere.
So treat yourself to some 80s hideousness akin to the fashion choices displayed on the back of this LP, I particularly like Su's unicorn hairpiece in these shots.
Sample the matrimonial magnificence of 'Starting Together' below as found on Youtube, also I found an excellent rendition of 'Back In The USSR' there by Su - sadly not included on this LP.
Being a devotee of music and such from times past, this one really appeals as the thought of a record like this being released now is really er.. unthinkable! And the thing was aimed at children as well, brilliant!
If anyone out there is upset at the sight of a white man masquerading as a black man, then go and complain about Obama! Besides, Geoff Love penned 3 of the tracks on this LP and if it's good enough for Geoff..
Alas there aren't any jaunty tracks entitled 'Coming Over Here Stealing Our Women' or anything like that, but there is one called 'A Froggie Went a Courtin' which I thought was a bit strong. Geoff Love sings on that one by the way. It's an enjoyable listen, with a new twist given to one or two traditional songs - for example, there's a swing version of 'Ten Green Bottles' on side 2 not to be missed!
One for Hammond purists now, and Ena shuns any accompaniment other than the sort of cheesy drum sounds a machine like this is likely to make - and that's sparse.
Conjure the atmosphere of a 1950's cinema foyer in your own abode with Ena's magical sound. Indeed, she's such a competent player she will often play the thing from behind (as shown) and was an inspiration for Jimi Hendrix's guitar-based showings off.
As you can tell from the cover, this is only to be played when an especially good time is required. Big Jim 'H' is at hand to bring us more Hammond cover songs which are so groovy, even John Thaw popped in while an episode of The Sweeney was being made nearby and the day's filming got delayed!
Balloons are mandatory in these situations of course, but the abandoned drum kit gives a unsettling feeling, Keith Moon off on one again probably.
A double-dose of 'The Black Hole' for you now, starting with the OST by John Barry - alas there's no funky stuff here, I think the film would have benefitted from a bit of wugga-wugga like Space 1999, but you can't have it all. Anthony Perkins on a spaceship is probably enough actually.
And now, the 'storybook' LP, which I unwrapped from the cellophane to rip (that's a quid gone from the value!) - however there was still the odd pop and the moisture had got in, rusting the staples holding the 'souvenir photo album' together so it fell apart as I was getting the pictures..
Still, you can follow the gripping story without having to watch the film - why don't they just do that in the first place?
Time for more Klaus, and he's teamed up with Hubert to dazzle us with more of his gems on this stonking* double album.
Hubert lends a sound reminiscent of scenes from Ren & Stimpy - indeed he may be the equivalent of Stimpy's cousin Sven with his Alpine overtones - fortunately he's not as stupid and didn't end up eating his accordion.
See inside for bumper posters of Klaus and Hubert!
Teacore now, and here's Dennis with his best shirt on to prove how he can make the ladies dance while he moves his fingers up and down.
It appears that Dennis's keyboard got ripped off a bit here, but I assure you the record is unaffected. It starts with a medley featuring 'I've got sixpence' - a proud boast indeed, and 'A nice cup of tea' which I'm sure we'll all need after working up a thirst dancing to Dennis's wonderful music.
..Seems the ladies below were in a similar situation as shown in this clipping from the Eastbourne Herald of Friday May 18th 2001 - biscuits are always an option of course.
We all know what Wimbledon is best known for, and here they are on their own LP..
Contains the full version of the theme tune so grab it quick. This didn't have their best known song 'Remember You're a Womble' on it, so I've included it as a bonus track for you listening pleasure.
The Wombles never made it big in the US unfortunately, as 'The Wombles of Davis Cup Common' didn't have the same ring to it.
The Wombles have since gone their separate ways - Great Uncle Bulgaria died of TB in 1983 and Madame Cholet was torn apart by the hounds of the Hertfordshire Hunt whilst doing a daytime TV cookery spot in 1987. Bungo still has success however - he taught David Blain everything he knows.
More classic glam rock now, and here's Mud paying tribute to glam's rock & roll roots with a few oldies covered, with just a bit of newer stuff.
They cover 'The Hippy Hippy Shake', which sounds ahead of its time for 1974 - very punky. Also judging from the cover, one of the group members seems to think they're a member of Kajagoogoo, nice trouser suit there.
They've gone for the 'party atmos' style LP here, enlisting the help of 'Gate Crashers Ltd' for the 'party noises' according to the back cover. Also some bloke called Geoffrey introduces the music at the start so I cut him off and made an intro track of him, so as to avoid hindrance of any enjoyment derived from the first track 'Rocket'..
They decided to re-record some of their biggest hits (Dynamite, The Cat Crept In and Tiger Feet) as a medley for this album according to mudrock.org.uk which seems a bit daft, but I suppose medleys were more acceptable in the 70s!
Who can resist a record with a cover like this? I would have loved to be at one of these photo sessions, they must have conjured such a party spirit just with the trousers alone!
Despite the questionable cover, there one or two very good tracks on here. There's a bit of distortion at the start of the tracks on the outside of the record though, but the better tracks aren't affected. For me, 'Love for Sale' and 'Del Segno' are firm favourites already, especially 'Del Signo' which has 'Ceefax' all the way through it - classic.
Following in the bad rap theme, here's the UK's own Derek B with his own brand of rap (with a silent 'C' as my dad would say). I was going to go easy on Derek B here, but I heard the album just now and it is truly awful.
All about Derek's prowess 'on the mic' and such. But the irony of all this showing off is that it's done in such a crappy way - it's hilarious!
This record is certainly def - and hearing it, you'll wish you were def as well.