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The fab faux


The Rutles “A Hard Day’s Rut”   Parlourphone Records   A Rutles bootleg (if a parody band can have such a thing)   Originally created by Eric Idle and Neil Innes as a fictional band to be featured as part of various 1970s television programming, the group evolved into a real band that recorded and toured, debuted in the States on a couple of Saturday Night Live programs in 1975 and 1976 and was the subject of a mockumentary film “All You Need is Cash”.   The band included “Nasty” (Innes); “Stig” (Rikki Fataar); “Dirk” (Idle); and “Barry” (John Halsey).

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The single life


“Don’t Get Married Son” by Peter Hnatiuk

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His wife left because he never put the toilet seat down


Chistes Verdes…al Rojo Vivo   El Tadeo

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Look who’s talking


The Many Heads of Dickie Goodman   Rori Records   (1962) Dickie Goodman wrote and recorded novelty songs and parodies beginning with the 1956 top ten hit “The Flying Saucer”   His career-long shtick was to act as a “reporter,” while the responses from the “people” he was interviewing would be soundbites from popular records of the day.   As the original sampling gangster,   he had 17 different labels sue him for using samples on “The Flying Saucer” without permission.   But the judge in the case ultimately sided with Goodman, stating that “he had created a new work” and didn’t simply copy another’s work.   In the early seventies he put out singles like “Convention ’72” “Superfly Meets Shaft” and “Watergate” and in 1975, he released probably his best-known song, “Mr. Jaws,” a spoof of the movie “Jaws” which peaked on the U.S. pop charts at #4 and sold over 500,000 copies.   He died in Fayetteville, NC, on November 6, 1989 (from an apparent suicide).

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Tall tales from Morris and Mitch


Morris and Mitch “Six-Feet Nothing Special”   Decca Records

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That’s Frankenfeld, Franken FELD!


“Horror Skop 63”   Von Peter Franken…feld   (Germany)

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Tale of the tape


#5 in Fax Records’ Stag Party Record Series “Off Limits featuring Wild Service Songs”   These were sold with strategically placed strips of tape which in many cases were removed hastily and often left marks.   There are a few series of these adult comedy records with collectible nude covers (put out by Fax, Davis and Adam for example).   Not much to listen to, but favorites for cover lovers around the world.

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Poof is in the pudding


Peter and Penelope Poof Have A Party “The Brightest, Most Hilarious and Sophisticated Album Ever Produced”   RIC Records   “Over 100 funny stories and jokes.   Over 30 limericks and wildly amusing naughty songs by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III, by Noel Coward and Cole Porter, by Arthur Schwartz and Howard Dietz, by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, Irving Berlin and by Jim Lowe too!”   Cover art by Wally Wood.

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A dirty martini


Mrs. Shufflewick   “A Drop of the Hard Shuff…”   “Live at the New Black   Cap”   For Adults Only   Decca Records UK

Notes by Molly Parkin:

‘Mrs Shufflewick is a dirty old woman. She is 60, maybe 70, weak-willed and easily led. She has usually just had a few, you can tell by her big red conk and boss-eyed way of walking. She loves a gossip but can never stop long in case her next gin gets cold on the counter. Everybody laughs at her. They call her ‘Shuff’, they whistle and poke fun and cheer when she hoicks up her skirts. They always shout for more, though she doesn’t need encouraging. She is a terrible show-off, whether she is tiddly or not. There is no holding her when there are sailors around: she has a weakness for the Navy. The last sailor she met was French, he kissed her on both cheeks. She was doing up her laces at the time.

She calls herself Missus but has never been married. She tells terrible stories of what she gets up to – she has been telling them for the last 20 years, all over the place, at the Windmill, music halls, working-men’s clubs, Mecca bingo halls – she has even told them on telly, but had to clean them up a bit.

One Monday she appeared at the Mecca Dominion, Walthamstow, the same night as Miss World. They both went to entertain the bingo-players. Shuff got the most laughs, mainly from madams who looked just like her. She had thought of hiring a bathing costume and going on as Miss Courage, riding 14 white horses from Whitbreads, not to be outdone.

She won’t even be outdone at Christmas. She has written her own panto – a skit on Cinderella. She plays Cinders, or course. (She is still trying to decide whether to make Cinderella’s slipper into a bovver boot or a pair of panties).

Mrs Shufflewick is very familiar with the Cinderella story. It happens to her every night. After the last laugh and when the clapping dies, she disappears too, into an old brown leather suitcase. And where she stood stands Rex Jameson. He is an elf. A five-foot, 40-year old with a face like Buster Keaton. And a little green cap on his head and a coat that is a bit too big.

He gives the feeling of being a foundling, which he was. He was dumped when two weeks old on the doorstep of Trinity College Hospital and spent his childhood in Southend with a foster mother. He is a classic clown and as different from his creation, Mrs Shufflewick, as it is possible to be. Small and shy and painfully unsure, he is lonely in love and agonisingly unlucky with his choices. He is protected in his bad patches by the loyalty of his friends and sustained by them, too, through his bouts of insecurity and deep depression.

He is shockingly difficult to manage, like a Hancock or Keaton or W.C. Fields. It is a full-time job. But then Mrs Shufflewick knows she has the audience before she even starts.

It is as painful and personal as laughing at your mother when she has had one too many. And, of course, as far as Rex Jameson is concerned, his mother might be in the audience laughing unknowingly at her son.

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Marlboro cuntry


“AC DC”     “Warning:   The Surgeon General Has Determined that Cigarette Smoking is Dangerous to Your Health”   “But sex is not injurious to your health” ($2.98)   On Screw Records.   This is even more shocking in real life.   I never knew where to file it, so I just put it next to my AC/DC albums.

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