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Saturday, 31 December 2011

My musical foundations

The history of posh (ie, classical) music is defaced by critics who savaged the premières of works, especially by LvB, which are now standard repertoire. Happily, when it comes to fifties’ pop, my advanced age provides the necessary perspective. And before I’m accused of picking on a more innocent age reflect on this: there is no sentimental movement urging its resurrection.

At its best it was simple-minded, as with Guy Mitchell’s

Shrimp boats are a’coming, their sails are in sight
… why don’t you hurry, hurry home.

Or, I’ve forgotten whose:

I love to bake a sunshine cake.
It really isn’t so hard to make.

Whereas at its worst:

How much is that doggie in the window,
The one with the waggly tail…

I read in the paper that a robber
With flashlights that gleam in the dark.
My love needs a doggie for protection
And scare him away with one bark.

The BBC refused to play such muckment (West Riding term of disapprobation) and enthusiasts like me tuned into the ebb and flow transmissions of Radio Luxembourg. From which we heard Rosemary Clooney, mother of George and likened to a drunken Turk shouting down a well, singing:

Come on a my house, a my house come on

An embarrassed Luxy DJ, doing the Top Ten, admitted neither he nor the broadcaster had any control over the selections. As well he might, given:

There’s oodles of noodles in our chicken soup
The flavour’s a winner and when it’s for dinner,
The kids give a whoop.
Dad thinks it’s grand and he eats it with zest
While grannie, who knows, says it beats all the rest.

Stirring times. Soup-stirring times.


  1. I wonder if there is any one else alive who remembers the infant, Shirley Temple singing Animal Crackers in my Soup. I didn't like it at the age of four. It didn't help that I did not know that crackers were biscuits. It seems to find a similar place on the shelf to How much is that doggie... ? A stream of consciousness intrudes. What about the teeny-weeny, itzy-bitsy polka dot bikini?

  2. "Umm-umm good! That's what Campbell's Soup is, umm-umm good!"

    Rosemary is/was his aunt. She was Nick Clooney's sister. Nick is George's dad. However, I had to check his father’s name…thought it was Robert. Read, after Rosemary died, that she hated those songs because they were vapid and asinine. Just as Dean Martin disliked the pseudo-Italiano songs such as "That's Amore!"

    (Yes, my head is filled with such trivial bits of information. I'm so sorry. Uncle Albert.)

  3. And that 1958 gem, The Purple People Eater, come to earth looking for employment!
    Well I saw the thing comin' out of the sky
    It had the one long horn, one big eye
    I commenced to shakin' and I said "ooh-eee"
    It looks like a purple eater to me

  4. All: Sorry, I somehow forgot to respond. I realised that in opening the floodgates to merde more merde would flow. I'm glad this was limited to the bikini song from Plutarch. Thanks for the correction, Crow; just because I'm writing about merde doesn't mean I'm entitled to get the facts wrong. RW (zS): My hazy recollections of that one suggest it may have transcended its origins and become a cult classic, secure in some people's affections.