Author Topic: Some actual concrete info about the new Morris project...and some comedy that's so great it'll blow your knickers off.  (Read 20078 times)

Well hot damn and heavens to Betsy, some thunderously great comedy for you this update, and in all cases it's sheer brilliance is matched by it's extreme rarity.  Good old The Internet for helping bring about a state of affairs where people can (and want to) share such goodness.  It's hard not to take the technology for granted most of the time but, shit, the fact that anyone can now go on YouTube and see a stack of Syd Barrett footage that was previously a complete pain in the hole to get hold of is a real joy.  And y'know, stuff like this, for example, is what the internet was made for...bollocks to all that 'piss-weak dancing kittens and George Bush being made to sing along to Vambo' style stuff (pssst...someone tell Iannucci, eh, before we have another nasty out-break of Time Trumpet.  Actually, Brooker got it spot on about internet comedy being the worst thing in the world as soon as it goes near a telly...he's still doing another six episodes though, ho!)  

Before we get to that, here's some actual concrete info about the new Chris Morris project, which has hitherto been described as 'that suicide bombers thing', because there's been hardly any information coming this way about it - waynecarr@gmail.com about that or anything else please, folks.  Or PM me through the board for a much more rapid response, if you can - ah, and registration emails are still randomly bouncing, so email if you never got one and I'll manually activate you.  So, as I mentioned before, there seemed to be some uncertainty over whether it was a TV show or a film...it's both as it turns out, a film for TV, with Morris writing and directing again.  It's apparently about a bunch of Pakistani kids, and follows them as they work and play, while exploring their relation to the culture that surrounds them, their beliefs, and their sense of heritage.  The brief description makes it sound really interesting, although the casting breakdown notably doesn't feature the word "comedy" in it at all.  Was interesting wondering about what the tone would be when so little was known about it, the sighting of Morris at a debate on the ethics of Al Qaeda, and the apparent theme of the London Bombers being (to quote IanW) "like pissed off, pompous, narcissistic adolescents, blowing themselves up in something like a more extreme version of self-harming" had me envisioning a sort of Islamic Young Ones with smaller bombs, heh.  

I think this apparent change in direction could really be what Morris needs to break this lengthy period of sporadic activity and water-treading.  And he definitely has a gift for narrative, when I was checking through the latest 1993 GLR show again for encoding blips, I was impressed by the pictures painted by the Chollis Ketteridge letter, and by the stories told in those Our Tune-style frozen piss letters in general...course, they're more commonly associated with the R1 Music Shows that came the following year - and as an aside, it's a fact that the majority of all the greatly loved segments and features premiered on GLR.  Case in point being this letter, in fact, which was later repeated on R1 almost verbatim...incidentally, I had no luck tracking down David Essex's cover of "A Horse With No Name" when I was patching the show to reassemble it and cover tape flips, so please get in touch if you can help there.  Discretion assured.

Well anyway, back to the casting breakdown, here's how the characters themselves are described - and I must proffer massive thanks to the kind fellows who passed this on but wished to remain anonymous, very much appreciated.  It's interesting that the intelligence of the characters is mentioned first-off with all these descriptions, dunno how common that is.  Also, Hass sounds like a really interesting character, and note that the description of him being "funny" is the only time comedy is referenced at all.  Because of that, I feel Waj may turn out to be a fan favourite.  Amused by the description of Crow Uncle's as a "small seething boffin."  I'm really intrigued by this project.  I wonder also whether Morris was actually meeting with Will Adamsdale to discuss this film, rather than the second series of Barley.  Having said that, I did ask Jock Spoogewince at the time, and he was adamant it was about Barley.

Right, onto the downloads.  The penultimate 1993 GLR show for you firstly, and this is a particularly great episode from what is undeniably one of the strongest bodies of work Chris Morris has ever produced.  Absolute gold from beginning to end, absolutely inspired comedy, bursting at the seams with head-turning invention...just listen to those 'what's on' bits, for gawds sake.  And the calls...such a natural Cook-like flair for improvisation.  Bear in mind when you listen to these mp3s that this run went out at 10am on Saturday mornings (and I must thank benthalo for his invaluable help with little nuggets of info like that and much more when preparing these GLR files). This show features the glorious Virgin 1215 RantI've frothed about before...heavily indebted to Victor Lewis-Smith but a hilariously caustic and pissed off piece of radio.  A real gem.  

Chris Morris - GLR Show - 8th May 1993 - 153Mb


Check the first reply to this update for my episode guide...hey, now I've finally got my new computer I'll be able to get this stuff up quicker in future, and also finally have the space to do some much-needed work on this place.  So until then, you can find my GLR episode guides in the comments section of these updates, but I'll get them moved to the actual page soonish.  Once again, huge thanks and kisses to Mat Savage for being kind enough to send his tapes, and in turn providing some of my absolute favourite ever Morris.  If you've wondered what's coming up next on CaB when this run of shows finishes, well, it's some even rarer material that's been very kindly provided by Rob Baker...thanks Rob.  It took over five years for us to surface any Radio Bristol at all, and even then it was just a shortish compilation of bits and pieces, but now Rob has sent whole tapes full of the stuff!  Here's the first one in its entirety as a taste of what's to come - see also this thread, which I'll bung clips in when I get WaveLab reinstalled:

Chris Morris - No Known Cure - Tape 1


Many thanks as ever to Timmay for the Bit Torrent hosting.  And please help us seed when your download finishes.  Finally, here's why I was gushing about the likes of YouTube back at the start of this update all those weeks ago.  Do you perhaps remember the Pete and Dud "Radox Showerfresh rushes" clip that was up here?  No don't blame you, it was one of the first things I ever stuck up for download about 7 years ago or so, I think.  If memory serves, it was kindly passed on by Rich Radioduck...but we were never able to find out if more of it was out there.  Well, as luck would have it, my good pal ApexJazz just alerted me to a bunch of Cook and Moore (audio) out-takes on YouTube he knew I'd dig, and it turns out they come from that same session!  I've been chatting with the guy (LostAUDIO2007) who posted them, check his profile for more goodness, including Spike Milligan stuff.   He's seemingly a sound engineer who's had this Pete and Dud stuff - 20 minutes of it! - sitting around for over 25 years, and didn't really know what to do with it.  With a bit of luck he may be kind enough to supply more of it to be hosted on The Establishment and/or here.  Fingers crossed, frankly, because Pete and Dud just sitting chatting and pissing about to amuse themselves after a few really puts the (fuck-awful) state of current British comedy in stark relief.  Get this down yer lug-holes, Russell Brand fans, and someone tell the cretinous polyp that Cook did more than just spout the word "facking" every five seconds!.  Hell, let's all petition TV to show Pete and Dud, instead of just the occasional documentaries and cloying, innaccurate accounts of their relationship - give us the actual comedy, you turds - and perhaps standards in general will rise to the point where we all collectively tell Russell Brand to take his ball-bags and FUCK. OFF.  That goes for all the other careerist chancer hacks that have shat all over our telly's...actually, I almost forgot, Morris isn't bothering with the second series of The IT Crowd (damn him) and is being replaced by Matt Berry, the crap Diet Serafinowicz from Darkplace and The Boosh.  To save us all some time, just imagine three badly-written caffeine-fuelled paragraphs of irritatingly sweary sighing here, and then a further two paragraphs of long-winded time-wasting stream-of-conciousness piffle about how disappointing PC and Mac have turned out to be, the greedy can't-say-no-to-anything little shits.  Thanks.  

Pete and Dud (click the videos to go to the YouTube page to thank the guy.):
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As luck would have it, our afore-mentioned clip continues on past the audio in the third video there!  So here it is again, converted to mp3 by weirdbeard, cheers sir.  And as luck would have it we also have the actual finished advert for you, I think I'm right in saying this was provided way back when by Emergency Lalla Ward Ten.

[spoiler]"No pirate cassettes please...fuck shit cunt, that's an LP for you."
"No, they run screaming from the fucking showers"

:-)) it's gold, Jerry, gold![/spoiler]

Episode guide...I didn't really bother checking back through this while I was relistening yesterday, but it should be ok:

PART 1: Dave-Boy Green has led a gang of rebels to power in Uganda, Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown Traffic, GLR Advice Special: Exams outside schools, Lloyd Grossman is strapped to a wheelchair with an uninflated life-jacket in his mouth, Injured people should get off the pavement, show intro and "Why you talking strangely?" feedback report clip, 101 uses for a dead McCauley Culkin, The Jackson Five - I Want You Back (With Neil Young guitar solo), Kiddies Outing: Jilly Cooper, Marvin Gaye - What's Going On, Competitions: What are people saying they would react to and which song are The Fall covering?... win a dog-lock and an adopted Somalian child, Terence Trent D'Arby - Penelope Please ("This is a brilliant song, isn't it?"), Keith Richards had a fight with Larry Hagman, Janis Joplin - Piece Of My Heart, What are people reacting to competition: Funeral Anecdote which was later repeated in Select (?) plus "You can practice on children, they're about the same weight", The Ramones - Sheila Is A Punk Rocker, Paul Garner wants to record stupid tannoy announcements (first tannoy bit?) and is told to pick up Guy Mitchelmore's rubbish, Feedback Report: Hair Speeds, Funkadelic - No Head No Back-Stage Pass, Toots And The Maytals - Pressure Drop, Fall competition: It was Lost In Music, Stuck for something to do?  Why not get rebirthed or see the dog-shouting Druids?, Little Feat - Rock and Roll Doctor, Chesney Hawkes' New Record (Pinky & Perky), XTC - Making Plans For Nigel, Chesney Hawkes Sting-style and people reaction competition, Pinky & Perky - I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Coconuts, Morris slows down Pinky & Perky, Tasmin Archer - Lords Of The New Church, Everybody in television has hay-fever all year round, Nirvana - Lithium.
 
PART 2: News ("Awww, Mr Mackay!"), The Beatles - Lady Madonna, What are people reacting to competition: "Still got the old monkey puzzle in the garden, Roddy?", plus "you sleep face down, don't you?" and isn't that Garner putting on an accent?, Sly Stone - If You Want Me To Stay, Virgin 1215 Rant (VLS style-theft, but fantastic bit of work nonetheless), Donald Fagen - I.G.Y. What are people reacting to competition: "Are you sure you're not Cher?", Tom Robinson - Sing If You're Glad To Be Gay, Chollis Ketteridge letter (later performed on R1), David Essex - Horse With No Name, Kiddies Outing: Jilly Cooper, Frank Black - I Heard Ramona Sing, Sock Quiz (Fence), Smokey Robinson - The Tracks Of My Tears, Feedback Report: Looking from left to right, John Mayall - Light The Fuse, Morris news: doctors calling for the withdrawl of a fertility drug that causes babies to be born at 30mph and Peter Sissons is on sick leave after turning up for work in suspenders, Scritti Politti - Asylums In Jerusalem, Garner Tannoy announcements: Dawn Doing (Garner's tape runs our, the ill-prepared tool), Guy Mitchelmore's Bin: Grilled letters, Julian Cope - An Elegant Chaos (with old hippy-annoying interruption), What are people reacting to competition: It was Peter Sissons' head exploding on Question Time, Don't forget the rebirthing clinic and dog-shouting druids.

Lee

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Splendid stuff Neil; thanks to all involved. Morris doing drama, eh? I always thought NB could have made a good drama, rather than a pissweak comedy.

Sheldon Finklestein

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Wow, that looks fantastic. Would it be possible to stick up the GLR show on something other than BitTorrent for those too backwards to understand it? Anyway, thanks so much for sharing this great new (well, old) stuff with us!

Can we get some multi-GB torrents going? It's time for some serious sharing ;-)

Sheldon, yes, I'll sendspace it now.  

Pinball...just let me get settled into my new PC, big plans afoot.

That Cylinder Preservationa and Digitization site looks fab. Love this in the side bar:

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Listen to a live stream of German comedy cylinders from 1904-1909 on streaming Cylinder Radio


CaB - for all your comedy needs.

Hee, it's an amazing site, I love it to bits.  I found another corker a while back when I was hunting for quadrilles, but don't have my bookmarks to hand on this new machine yet.  I can also point you to Edison's Attic, though and The Antique Phonograph Music Program.  And of course, http://archive.org has a wonderful collection of 78's and whatnot.

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Hee, it's an amazing site, I love it to bits.  I found another corker a while back when I was hunting for quadrilles, but don't have my bookmarks to hand on this new machine yet.  I can also point you to Edison's Attic, though and The Antique Phonograph Music Program.  And of course, http://archive.org has a wonderful collection of 78's and whatnot.


OK, I'm off. Back in a year or two, then ...

Sheldon Finklestein

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Just keep giving, don't you? I've spent the whole evening downloading big band music from that archive site, so thanks. Between this, an unheard GLR show and my mp3 player, I know I'm not going to be bored walking to school for a while.

Would be interested to hear what you make of the GLR.  The sendspace link is ready to go.

Marvin

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Ah, cheers for the Sendspace link, can't use Bit Torrent at the moment and looking forward to new GLR.

weirdbeard

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Is this show the original source of "Christ's Fat Cock" then?  I always thought that was an urban myth, maybe I'm getting confused with something else.

It is yeah*, and you are a bit yeah :-)  The urban myth is that he 'shouted Christ's Fat Cock down the phone at Cliff Richard', when he didn't at all, the nearest he got was to say 'cock naked' when talking to him about religion and pornography on a Call 1FM segment.  The phrase is used a few times in the R1 shows, and that Chollis Ketteridge letter from the GLR show is repeated (along with CFC) pretty much verbatim.  And with the same choice of song, albeit not in a way that I could use it to patch the GLR show, dammit.  

* As far as we've heard so far anyway, could be in an earlier pre-1993 one that we've not got.  Additonal info here.

weirdbeard

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It is yeah, and you are a bit yeah :-)  The urban myth is that he 'shouted Christ's Fat Cock down the phone at Cliff Richard', when he didn't at all, the nearest he got was to say 'cock naked' when talking to him about religion and pornography on a Call 1FM segment.  The phrase is used a few times in the R1 shows, and that Chollis Ketteridge letter from the GLR show is repeated (along with CFC) pretty much verbatim.  And with the same choice of song, albeit not in a way that I could use it to patch the GLR show, dammit.  

Additonal info here.


Ah yeah, that's the story - forgot about the Cliff Richard piece.

Amazing news:  LostAUDIO2007 has very kindly agreed to supply the full rushes of the Radox Showerfresh session so I can mp3 it!!

Timmay

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Quote from: "Sheldon Finklestein"
Would it be possible to stick up the GLR show on something other than BitTorrent for those too backwards to understand it? Anyway, thanks so much for sharing this great new (well, old) stuff with us!

If you go to http://www.cabmirror.co.uk, and read the bottom bit, there's a link to the permanent direct download area, where you can download all the content without using Bittorrent. It's usually a few days behind what Neil puts up - it takes time for me to notice new stuff, and upload it to the server - but it's there forever.

It's all up to date, except for this latest download. I'll put it up later though...

Marvin

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Quote from: "Neil"
Amazing news:  LostAUDIO2007 has very kindly agreed to supply the full rushes of the Radox Showerfresh session so I can mp3 it!!


Excellent!

Neil, thanks so much for the new GLR show.  I do hope we've got a bit of time before they dry up...

'Why are you talking strangely?'

First time I've heard him play The Fall too, that was exciting.

Cziffra

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« Reply #19 on: March 05, 2007, 10:48:52 PM »
I'm having problems with torrents of late. The music shows are downloading just fine and I got 1 GLR show. However, many torrents (including this new one) are just cutting off in mid-flow after just a minute or so. Something about  being unable to find the path.

Any advice on a possible cause or fix?

Andrew

What client are you using?  I'd recommend www.utorrent.com it's excellent.  I actually had to download the previous GLR show and the NKC encode to my new puter, so I know it worked fine for those two, at least.

cziffra

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I'm on µTorrent . I never had a problem before but I've experienced this with a number of torrents recently. Others work absolutely fine though. I found some help regarding the problem on their site and deleted temporary files from IE and saved the torrent in C:\torrents as they advised, but no change.

Pretty annoying, as it was going at 100kbps for the brief time it lasted for before cutting out, just now.

Andrew

Cziffra

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Got it sorted out now, thanks. Seems that when I opened the torrents they were defaulting to my conncected ipod for some fucking stupid reason and storing on there, which caused the problem.

Whatever happened to the rest of that blue jam episode, by the way? Surely the full tape must be out there somewhere? Or did they end up using the rest of the material for the next series?

Also, does anyone know what Chris Morris actually DOES by the way? Considering how little has come out in recent years, what is he doing with his time? Meditation? Amateur water-colours? Erotic novels under a pseudonym? Consider his obvious gift for improvisational comedy, you'd think there'd be something once in a while. It's not like it would take him much effort. What does he do with all this time?

Andrew

who said "islamic young ones"? you just got quoted in the times.

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I see this and snippets from the Bournemouth interview has just appeared on Chortle. Though they make it sound that a comedy version of United 93 is likely to happen, whereas to me it always came off as an off the cuff comment by Chris.



It's weird the way the papers can misquote stuff out of context in order to pretend they're annoyed, and then everyone else just copies what they've said.  Why not read the stuff they copied from, and make up your own mind?  I could be way, way, way off, but I think it sounds more like a Mike Leigh type of thing...a coming-of-age drama with Morris focusing on developing his skills at narrative (with some funny, but not as the main focus).  I also feel it will build up to the suicide bombing stuff, and for a banal reason, judging by Morris' comments in the interview.  And also, I said the Islamic Young Ones thing was how I did sort of envision it (as a joke) - before there was actually any info!

And it's bizarre that they've picked up on the "comedy version of United 93" thing, when every mention of it in the posts here has been totally clear that it was a throwaway joke and not a serious idea.

Yes, and it's clear that they do have a functioning sense of humour, as they referred to me as "well-informed."