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Title: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Satchmo Distel on May 10, 2022, 01:30:15 PM
Failed attempts to get that Windsor Davies & Don Estelle dollar.

Andrew Sachs - Shaddap You Face

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS3Ouh21jqA&ab_channel=chesslovechild
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Post by: Glebe on May 10, 2022, 01:33:13 PM
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Post by: ishantbekeepingit on May 10, 2022, 01:48:09 PM
Both John Cleese and Al Murray did songs for the 2006 World Cup.
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Post by: Jittlebags on May 10, 2022, 02:03:13 PM
Oh No! Heavy man...

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Post by: Glebe on May 10, 2022, 02:08:38 PM
They should have released the Every Decreasing Circles theme as a single, with a video featuring Martin playing the piano with an intense look on his face.
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Post by: Twilkes on May 10, 2022, 02:14:11 PM

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Post by: Sebastian Cobb on May 10, 2022, 02:19:55 PM


Judge Jules was apparently behind the Kevin and Perry track.
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Post by: phantom_power on May 10, 2022, 02:20:45 PM
Quote from: Jittlebags on May 10, 2022, 02:03:13 PMOh No! Heavy man...



That's not forgotten. It is still stored someone in my head, along with the amazing b-side Hurdy Gurdy Mushroom Man

Fluffy hair on a polar bear means more to me than a lavatory
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Post by: Twilkes on May 10, 2022, 02:20:59 PM
Stretching a number of definitions possibly, but I remember this well:

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Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 10, 2022, 02:22:53 PM


Probably not in character, but nonetheless:
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Post by: Satchmo Distel on May 10, 2022, 02:32:14 PM
Hylda is actually making an effort here but Arthur seems to have never heard his own record

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Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 10, 2022, 02:48:46 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/qapqTeS.png)

She's well impressed.
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Post by: studpuppet on May 10, 2022, 02:49:20 PM
Quote from: Satchmo Distel on May 10, 2022, 02:32:14 PMHylda is actually making an effort here but Arthur seems to have never heard his own record


I thought of this, but discounted it. I know that technically they're in character, but not the comedy character(s) they normally play.

However Dick Emery as Honkytonks for the chorus and (I think) Gaylord for the verses is more like it.

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Post by: Captain Z on May 10, 2022, 02:55:53 PM
Came up on the TOTP repeats recently:


Not strictly cash-in, as it was for Comic relief, but definitely forgotten. It's definitely no 'Pizza Bean'.
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Post by: Brundle-Fly on May 10, 2022, 03:07:47 PM

Compo's Gone And Lost His Wellies. Useless cunt.
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Post by: Brundle-Fly on May 10, 2022, 03:10:00 PM

Clive Dunn goes beat crazy.
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Post by: DrGreggles on May 10, 2022, 03:13:15 PM
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Post by: DrGreggles on May 10, 2022, 03:17:21 PM
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Post by: Martin Van Buren Stan on May 10, 2022, 03:21:41 PM
Not sure if this counts

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Post by: Sebastian Cobb on May 10, 2022, 03:23:39 PM
How about Lily Savage's PSB ripoff
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Post by: Brundle-Fly on May 10, 2022, 03:24:53 PM
Quote from: Martin Van Buren Stan on May 10, 2022, 03:21:41 PMNot sure if this counts


Great album that.
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Post by: Pranet on May 10, 2022, 03:27:53 PM

Introduced to me by Daf on his Toppermost of the Poppermost thread.

Edit:- actually not "in character" as such I suppose. Oops.

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Post by: Twonty Gostelow on May 10, 2022, 03:43:21 PM
Quote from: phantom_power on May 10, 2022, 02:20:45 PMThat's not forgotten. It is still stored someone in my head, along with the amazing b-side Hurdy Gurdy Mushroom Man

Fluffy hair on a polar bear means more to me than a lavatory

Was it Lentil Nightmare off the album that was a Rik Mayall co-write?

Single was Top 5 I think and the whole of Neil's Heavy Concept Album is great. Must revisit it. Anyone who likes the Canterbury sound and/or Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake should appreciate it.
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Post by: phantom_power on May 10, 2022, 03:47:30 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on May 10, 2022, 03:43:21 PMWas it Lentil Nightmare off the album that was a Rik Mayall co-write?

Apparently so, along with Rivron and Brint (who also co-wrote Hurdy Gurdy Mushroom Man with Planer)
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Post by: Twonty Gostelow on May 10, 2022, 03:49:14 PM
Quote from: studpuppet on May 10, 2022, 02:49:20 PMHowever Dick Emery as Honkytonks for the chorus and (I think) Gaylord for the verses is more like it.



I think that's more of a generic Cockney geezer voice than Gaylord, who was a bit too slow to sound like that. The 'female' voice is Mandy, not the camp Honkytonks, whose name was actually Clarence.
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Post by: Twonty Gostelow on May 10, 2022, 04:08:30 PM
Quote from: phantom_power on May 10, 2022, 03:47:30 PMApparently so, along with Rivron and Brint (who also co-wrote Hurdy Gurdy Mushroom Man with Planer)
Thanks. I've just dug out the expanded CD version and can't see any writing credits in the booklet, so I don't know where I saw that.
Anyway, it mentions the single was No.2 for three weeks, held at bay by Two Tribes at No.1.
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Post by: phantom_power on May 10, 2022, 04:37:20 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on May 10, 2022, 04:08:30 PMThanks. I've just dug out the expanded CD version and can't see any writing credits in the booklet, so I don't know where I saw that.
Anyway, it mentions the single was No.2 for three weeks, held at bay by Two Tribes at No.1.

I cheated and looked on Discogs
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Post by: DJ Bob Hoskins on May 10, 2022, 04:45:25 PM
This is unlikely to qualify as 'forgotten' to many CaBbers, but it's probably safe to say that it barely left a dent in the public consciousness. It peaked at #42 in the UK charts back in 1996.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/3812/9515312541_09b39c3d9c.jpg)
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Post by: Swift on May 10, 2022, 04:51:41 PM
Stretching the definition of comedy...


My younger brother bought this on CD. Shockingly, it's got 13 million views on YT.
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Post by: Pete23 on May 10, 2022, 05:07:01 PM
Here's a couple from the Goons, first the amazing "Bloodnok's Rock'N'Roll Call" with a delightful Minnie Bannister scat solo:

And the not quite as good "Bluebottle Blues":
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Post by: Glebe on May 10, 2022, 05:10:24 PM
Quote from: DJ Bob Hoskins on May 10, 2022, 04:45:25 PMThis is unlikely to qualify as 'forgotten' to many CaBbers, but it's probably safe to say that it barely left a dent in the public consciousness. It peaked at #42 in the UK charts back in 1996.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/3812/9515312541_09b39c3d9c.jpg)

Ferrino was a bit of a disappointment for Coogan, wasn't he? 'Short Term Affair' is quite a funny song actually... here's the original with Kim Wilde from The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon, and the Comic Relief '97 performance with Bjork:


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Post by: Glebe on May 10, 2022, 05:11:38 PM
Sorry Pete 23, crashed in on your post by being a New Page Twat there!

Quote from: Pete23 on May 10, 2022, 05:07:01 PMHere's a couple from the Goons, first the amazing "Bloodnok's Rock'N'Roll Call" with a delightful Minnie Bannister scat solo:

And the not quite as good "Bluebottle Blues":

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Pete23 on May 10, 2022, 05:15:11 PM
Quote from: Glebe on May 10, 2022, 05:11:38 PMSorry Pete 23, crashed in on your post by being a New Page Twat there!

No worries, it's how Moriarty would have wanted it!
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Post by: Pete23 on May 10, 2022, 05:25:19 PM
Not sure this counts as a cash in as it was a flexi attached to a Bloom County collection, but here's a real band (New Jersey Hardcore band Mucky Pup) pretending to be cartoon strip characters pretending to be a Heavy Metal band:

I had fond memories of this but it's not as good as I remember. The B-side is just awful:
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Post by: Uncle TechTip on May 10, 2022, 05:29:34 PM

Crucial Times - Delbert Wilkins. No idea if it was actually released.
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Post by: McChesney Duntz on May 10, 2022, 06:55:03 PM
Not a single, I don't think, and neither forgotten nor really a cash-in, but too great not to include here:

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Post by: beanheadmcginty on May 10, 2022, 07:26:36 PM
Chart Music listeners will recall the coating down this song got.

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Post by: DJ Bob Hoskins on May 10, 2022, 07:35:25 PM
Quote from: Glebe on May 10, 2022, 05:10:24 PMFerrino was a bit of a disappointment for Coogan, wasn't he? 'Short Term Affair' is quite a funny song actually... here's the original with Kim Wilde from The Tony Ferrino Phenomenon, and the Comic Relief '97 performance with Bjork:

I always thought Valley of Our Souls was quite funny, even if it's pretty much a single-joke idea.

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Post by: Ignatius_S on May 10, 2022, 08:22:25 PM
Quote from: Satchmo Distel on May 10, 2022, 01:30:15 PMFailed attempts to get that Windsor Davies & Don Estelle dollar.

Andrew Sachs - Shaddap You Face

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS3Ouh21jqA&ab_channel=chesslovechild

Connoisseurs prefer Oh Cheryl:
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Post by: Ron Superior on May 10, 2022, 09:15:12 PM
Not in character but maybe that was the problem, Neil Morrissey - no doubt emboldened by the success the Bob The Builder single - did a single for the 2010 world cup.

An interpolation of The Lion Sleeps Tonight, complete with rooftop video, a load of birds draped all over the shop and a bunch of middle aged men in shit sunglasses.


I feel like 2010 was the last year for loads of celebs trying to do world cup songs even though the song was absolute dogshit. The absolute nadir must be this one surely:

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Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 10, 2022, 09:25:28 PM
I like this Goons version of Unchained Melody.  Not so much long forgotten, more never had a chance to remember it in the first place... they'd recorded it, were all set to release the single but when The Righteous Brothers heard it they refused permission so it was never released until many years later.

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Post by: Noodle Lizard on May 10, 2022, 09:57:04 PM
God, I didn't know 90% of these existed. Manuel, for fuck's sake. They're terrible!
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Post by: Sebastian Cobb on May 10, 2022, 10:39:41 PM
Quote from: Ron Superior on May 10, 2022, 09:15:12 PMI feel like 2010 was the last year for loads of celebs trying to do world cup songs even though the song was absolute dogshit. The absolute nadir must be this one surely:


I had no idea this existed until now and would quite like to go back to that level of ignorance.
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Post by: sheddyian on May 10, 2022, 11:04:52 PM
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Post by: non capisco on May 10, 2022, 11:15:34 PM
Quote from: Ron Superior on May 10, 2022, 09:15:12 PMThe absolute nadir must be this one surely:

An especially strange detail of this is that they're drinking cans of Tennents Super.

I don't know what "England are jolly D" means but it makes me want to vomit blood onto a Knightsbridge doorstep.
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Post by: non capisco on May 10, 2022, 11:30:39 PM
My favourite bit is at 3'41" when Neil Hamilton rolls on his back and does a goatse impression.
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Post by: wrec on May 10, 2022, 11:49:54 PM
Quote from: Twonty Gostelow on May 10, 2022, 03:43:21 PMWas it Lentil Nightmare off the album that was a Rik Mayall co-write?

Single was Top 5 I think and the whole of Neil's Heavy Concept Album is great. Must revisit it. Anyone who likes the Canterbury sound and/or Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake should appreciate it.

I had that album as a kid before I was aware of most of things he was lampooning, besides Sgt Pepper. Pretty much burned into my memory though I haven't heard it for years, wouldn't have thought it stood up well though.

I remember Adrian Edmondson was on Jools' Hootenanny one year (maybe 1999?), and Jools kept teasing that he was going to be doing something very special indeed later in the programme. That turned out to be a retread of the lounge version of God Save the Queen from the neil album, though with no mention that it had been done before.
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Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 11, 2022, 01:29:33 AM
So many averted slightly rude rhymes in one thread, amazing.
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Post by: dr beat on May 11, 2022, 08:45:10 AM
Quote from: Ron Superior on May 10, 2022, 09:15:12 PMI feel like 2010 was the last year for loads of celebs trying to do world cup songs even though the song was absolute dogshit. The absolute nadir must be this one surely:


I've got something of a fascination with crap World Cup cash-in records.  Am thinking of starting an Oscillations thread nearer to when this years tournament starts.
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Post by: Pink Gregory on May 11, 2022, 09:59:25 AM
Quote from: dr beat on May 11, 2022, 08:45:10 AMI've got something of a fascination with crap World Cup cash-in records.  Am thinking of starting an Oscillations thread nearer to when this years tournament starts.

'From Paris to Berlin, every nightclub I go in we're gonna WIN THE WORLD CUP' comes to mind.

Provided it was not my imaginazione, of course.
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Post by: Ron Superior on May 11, 2022, 10:16:08 AM
Quote from: dr beat on May 11, 2022, 08:45:10 AMI've got something of a fascination with crap World Cup cash-in records.  Am thinking of starting an Oscillations thread nearer to when this years tournament starts.

Yeah, great idea. Would love to know what some of these people were thinking too. Did they think it'd be a hit, were they just getting a payday no matter what, did they actually think it was good?
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Post by: mippy on May 11, 2022, 10:33:15 AM
Quote from: phantom_power on May 10, 2022, 02:20:45 PMThat's not forgotten. It is still stored someone in my head, along with the amazing b-side Hurdy Gurdy Mushroom Man

Fluffy hair on a polar bear means more to me than a lavatory

HGMM was my favourite song when I was 15. In 1997.
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Post by: ishantbekeepingit on May 11, 2022, 10:46:01 AM
Quote from: Pink Gregory on May 11, 2022, 09:59:25 AM'From Paris to Berlin, every nightclub I go in we're gonna WIN THE WORLD CUP' comes to mind.

Provided it was not my imaginazione, of course.
IIRC they changed it to "from London to Berlin, and every game that England win..."
Edit: here it is
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Post by: Captain Z on May 11, 2022, 10:57:45 AM
Quote from: dr beat on May 11, 2022, 08:45:10 AMI've got something of a fascination with crap World Cup cash-in records.  Am thinking of starting an Oscillations thread nearer to when this years tournament starts.

Yes, do. I built up a folder of World Cup football records a few years ago with the intention of putting a mix together, but never got round to it.

The trend has certainly died away recently, although I wonder if there will be a resurgence this year with the potential for a World Cup/Christmas crossover.
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Post by: famethrowa on May 11, 2022, 11:26:01 AM
This is my favourite resource for this kind of thing: some songs are not in character but some most certainly are

https://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/12/365-days-355--.html
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Post by: dissolute ocelot on May 11, 2022, 01:11:40 PM
Am I imagining it, or was there a 90s rave track that sampled Richard Wilson from One Foot In The Grave? I can't find anything online.

Morris Minor's Marvellous Motors with Tony Hawks must be the only sitcoms to have spun off from a novelty single (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Minor_and_the_Majors).

Also there's this which got to number 17 in 1993
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Post by: beanheadmcginty on May 11, 2022, 01:56:36 PM
Can't believe in this of all weeks, this one hasn't been mentioned yet:

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Post by: waste of chops on May 11, 2022, 03:22:40 PM
Quote from: dissolute ocelot on May 11, 2022, 01:11:40 PMAm I imagining it, or was there a 90s rave track that sampled Richard Wilson from One Foot In The Grave? I can't find anything online.

Don't know if it's the one you're thinking of but there's this:

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Post by: Virgo76 on May 11, 2022, 03:45:18 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqBF7TiyATo

Avid Merrion.
Not great at the time and not ageing well.
Disappointed to see Adam and Joe making an appearance.
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Post by: Virgo76 on May 11, 2022, 03:59:28 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqLLDZvbG-U

Peter Kay is not actually a character so doesn't technically qualify, but he does appear in character during the video, so perhaps he does.
Is the video cursed? About half the people featured have died since.
And yes. At least one very unfortunate choice there.
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Post by: Captain Z on May 11, 2022, 04:52:11 PM
Quote from: Virgo76 on May 11, 2022, 03:45:18 PMAvid Merrion.

Genuinely one of my favourite Christmas songs.

New page schmickles. Let me try and think of another one...
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Post by: Captain Z on May 11, 2022, 04:57:06 PM
Quote from: Virgo76 on May 11, 2022, 03:59:28 PMPeter Kay is not actually a character so doesn't technically qualify

Peter Kay did also release that 'Geraldine' song from his fading-from-memory X Factor Parody.

Or maybe I'm misremembering, not sure if 'Winners Song' was released, but there was this Christmas effort:

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Post by: Brundle-Fly on May 11, 2022, 05:47:02 PM
Just the opening 30 secs of this would probably ruffle feathers today. I'm surprised it hasn't miraculously 'resurfaced' on social media, but I guess Billy Crystal keeps his head down these days for it to be of any interest to the average shitstirrer?

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Post by: Video Game Fan 2000 on May 11, 2022, 06:35:47 PM
Quote from: Brundle-Fly on May 11, 2022, 05:47:02 PMI'm surprised it hasn't miraculously 'resurfaced' on social media, but I guess Billy Crystal keeps his head down these days for it to be of any interest to the average shitstirrer?

"can you dig it? i knew that you could"
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Post by: idunnosomename on May 11, 2022, 07:14:38 PM
Quote from: Captain Z on May 10, 2022, 02:55:53 PMCame up on the TOTP repeats recently:


Not strictly cash-in, as it was for Comic relief, but definitely forgotten. It's definitely no 'Pizza Bean'.
it definitely gets remembered as an Iron Maiden curio. The band playing with Bruce eventually became the rock band Skin. Interestingly Howard Goodall worked on the string arrangement backing.

There's some quite funny Bean moments in the video I think, like him putting the sticker on the coffin. Also Angus Deayton at the end with the dolphin.
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Post by: Sebastian Cobb on May 11, 2022, 07:32:30 PM
Quote from: waste of chops on May 11, 2022, 03:22:40 PMDon't know if it's the one you're thinking of but there's this:


There's this and the 7" mix but at least shows the video.

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Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on May 11, 2022, 08:43:34 PM
I came across a few songs by Sylvia Anderson and David Graham as Lady Penelope and Parker out of Thunderbirds lately, do they count?
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Post by: keir on May 11, 2022, 10:06:12 PM
Quote from: Sebastian Cobb on May 11, 2022, 07:32:30 PMThere's this and the 7" mix but at least shows the video.



Whenever I think about that video I always imagine him singing "I live in LA" instead of "one foot in the grave".
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Post by: non capisco on May 11, 2022, 10:55:01 PM
Quote from: Virgo76 on May 11, 2022, 03:45:18 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqBF7TiyATo

Avid Merrion.
Not great at the time and not ageing well.
Disappointed to see Adam and Joe making an appearance.

If that opening "joke" with Matthew Wright and John Leslie is about what I assume it must be about then.....fucking hell. 
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Post by: Better Midlands on May 11, 2022, 11:12:50 PM
Who remembers Billy Crystal's Fernando Lamas parody from SNL?

No me neither, there's a whole album of this

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Post by: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on May 11, 2022, 11:20:36 PM
Brundle-Fly remembers. (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?msg=4914191)
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Post by: Better Midlands on May 12, 2022, 09:33:47 AM
Quote from: Claude the Racecar Driving Rockstar Super Sleuth on May 11, 2022, 11:20:36 PMBrundle-Fly remembers. (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?msg=4914191)

Dammit.

Edit: it's only 6 posts up ffs
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Post by: Ray Travez on May 12, 2022, 10:08:07 AM


I was a fan of both the art of noise and max headroom, but this is essentially wittering over a light jazz-funk soundtrack
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Post by: Dead Soon on May 12, 2022, 02:13:39 PM
Quote from: Swift on May 10, 2022, 04:51:41 PMStretching the definition of comedy...


My younger brother bought this on CD. Shockingly, it's got 13 million views on YT.

Can't be that forgotten, this is a setlist staple from many entertainers in the seaside hotel I work in. I am surprised it's only as recent as '96 though, and gimmicky.
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Post by: Alternative Carpark on May 12, 2022, 07:33:19 PM
Would this one be applicable? A-side and B-side.

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Post by: Catalogue Trousers on May 12, 2022, 11:40:32 PM
This deserves to be in here, I'm pretty sure.

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Post by: ishantbekeepingit on May 13, 2022, 12:40:35 PM
Quote from: Catalogue Trousers on May 12, 2022, 11:40:32 PMThis deserves to be in here, I'm pretty sure.

There was a whole album of this, a la The Simpsons:
Brittany Murphy did "One Tin Soldier" on it, too, but I think it's been taken off Youtube now.
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Post by: Catalogue Trousers on May 13, 2022, 03:49:17 PM
That's right! There's also Barenaked Ladies doing Get In Line as pretty much Dale's theme tune.

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Post by: mrapollo on May 13, 2022, 06:35:52 PM
Dirty old man is sad The Beatles have broken up.

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Post by: Swift on May 13, 2022, 08:16:02 PM
I'm assuming comedy puppet stuff isn't being counted here? Otherwise you have Mr. Blobby and Roland Rat and the like, and Zig & Zag and Dustin the Turkey in Ireland.
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Post by: Poirots BigGarlickyCorpse on May 13, 2022, 09:23:55 PM
Quote from: Swift on May 13, 2022, 08:16:02 PMI'm assuming comedy puppet stuff isn't being counted here? Otherwise you have Mr. Blobby and Roland Rat and the like, and Zig & Zag and Dustin the Turkey in Ireland.
I swear, the music video for Wash Your Socks for Christmas is the only proof I have that Pajo's Junkbox was real.
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Post by: Art Bear on May 14, 2022, 03:47:43 AM
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: keir on May 14, 2022, 06:14:29 PM
Quote from: mrapollo on May 13, 2022, 06:35:52 PMDirty old man is sad The Beatles have broken up.


That must be the b-side of the decimalisation one. I'm grateful to Wilfred for only doing two shit singles, unlike Harry who did heaps of them, often taking the opportunity to do terrible accents.
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 14, 2022, 09:30:35 PM
It seems like there should have been a Hyacinth Bucket one of these, with Richard grumbling in the background.
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Video Game Fan 2000 on May 14, 2022, 09:56:30 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 14, 2022, 09:30:35 PMIt seems like there should have been a Hyacinth Bucket one of these, with Richard grumbling in the background.

A disco cover of Respectable Street with Onslow banging two dustbin lids together at the end of each line CMON DICKIE WE'RE ONLY AVING A LAFF
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: petril on May 15, 2022, 12:00:21 AM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 14, 2022, 09:30:35 PMIt seems like there should have been a Hyacinth Bucket one of these, with Richard grumbling in the background.

Rab C Nesbitt naff rap effort with a break for his mates from the pub to wander in and ask what he's doing

JAMESIE: is this wan a' they rap yins, Rab? haw-haw-BRILLIANT!!
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: lauraxsynthesis on May 15, 2022, 12:13:07 AM
Quote from: Virgo76 on May 11, 2022, 03:45:18 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqBF7TiyATo

Avid Merrion.
Not great at the time and not ageing well.
Disappointed to see Adam and Joe making an appearance.

Proper Chrimbo's a banger and I won't hear a word said against it. I won't defend the video tho
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: lauraxsynthesis on May 15, 2022, 12:22:51 AM
Pete n Dud's Goodbyeee got to number 18 in 1965.

Clive Dunn's Grandad was THREE WEEKS AT NUMBER 1. I've never heard it on the radio. Has it been wilfully erased?

This thread has reminded me of tragic Don Estelle trying to flog cassettes of Whispering Grass in shopping centres in his later years 😢
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Red Macadam on May 15, 2022, 01:24:41 AM
Does Bernard Bresslaw count? He released a few singles in his "Aww, don't be like that Sid" voice, which was sort of a character. If so, I'd include Larry Grayson's 'Shut that Door'. Possibly Frankie Howerd and June Whitfield singing 'Up Je T'aime'. Larry Grayson and Frankie Howerd were always in character, weren't they? Probably don't count.

Jon Pertwee and 'Worzel's Song'. Is that one?

Benny Hill and 'Ernie'?
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Alternative Carpark on May 15, 2022, 06:24:33 AM
Sid James did at least one too.

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Twilkes on May 15, 2022, 07:14:17 AM
Quote from: keir on May 14, 2022, 06:14:29 PMThat must be the b-side of the decimalisation one. I'm grateful to Wilfred for only doing two shit singles, unlike Harry who did heaps of them, often taking the opportunity to do terrible accents.

interesting factoid, but Wilfred Bramble rehearsed for a short time as an actor and bass player in Frank Zappa's 200 Motels movie; seeing how the final movie turned out I can't even conceive of what the Bramble version would have been like.

Keith Moon:  "We had Wilfred Bramble in to take over the part but he gave it up in despair because he didn't know what was going on."

You wouldn't be the only one, Wilfred...
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Twilkes on May 15, 2022, 07:24:34 AM
Not by comedy actors in character, but as big a cash-in as anything, this is actually still a pretty good song in its own right and possibly the first single I ever 'bought' at the age of 4:

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: kalowski on May 15, 2022, 08:18:48 AM
Quote from: beanheadmcginty on May 11, 2022, 01:56:36 PMCan't believe in this of all weeks, this one hasn't been mentioned yet:


He says, "Here comes jism."
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: clarkgwent on May 15, 2022, 11:02:21 AM

Quote from: Twilkes on May 15, 2022, 07:14:17 AMinteresting factoid, but Wilfred Bramble rehearsed for a short time as an actor and bass player in Frank Zappa's 200 Motels movie; seeing how the final movie turned out I can't even conceive of what the Bramble version would have been like.

Keith Moon:  "We had Wilfred Bramble in to take over the part but he gave it up in despair because he didn't know what was going on."

You wouldn't be the only one, Wilfred...

Zappa and his childhood chum Captain Beefheart were big fans of Harry H Corbett (among others) on the sea shanty album "Blow Boys Blow"
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 15, 2022, 03:45:48 PM
Quote from: Twilkes on May 15, 2022, 07:24:34 AMNot by comedy actors in character, but as big a cash-in as anything, this is actually still a pretty good song in its own right and possibly the first single I ever 'bought' at the age of 4:


That's prompted me to look up the lyrics as there was one bit I could never make out.  It turns out the line I heard as "a basketball piece" is (according to this site (https://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory/brown-sauce)) "a box of CBEs".  I think I assumed it was referring to those weird looking sporting trophies you only ever see in America.
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Gurke and Hare on May 15, 2022, 03:53:00 PM
Quote from: JesusAndYourBush on May 15, 2022, 03:45:48 PMThat's prompted me to look up the lyrics as there was one bit I could never make out.  It turns out the line I heard as "a basketball piece" is (according to this site (https://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory/brown-sauce)) "a box of CBEs".  I think I assumed it was referring to those weird looking sporting trophies you only ever see in America.

I always thought it was "a box of OBEs". Before I knew what Nobel prizes are, I thought the line "I wouldn't mind if it was Nobel" was "I wouldn't mind if it was Old Mel." I didn't have a clue who or what Old Mel was.
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: JesusAndYourBush on May 15, 2022, 03:56:54 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 15, 2022, 03:53:00 PMI always thought it was "a box of OBEs". Before I knew what Nobel prizes are, I thought the line "I wouldn't mind if it was Nobel" was "I wouldn't mind if it was Old Mel." I didn't have a clue who or what Old Mel was.

Yeah I just played it, that site is wrong, it's OBE's (sounding more like OB's but I don't think they want a box of Outside Broadcasts.)
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Twilkes on May 15, 2022, 04:03:39 PM
Quote from: Gurke and Hare on May 15, 2022, 03:53:00 PMI always thought it was "a box of OBEs". Before I knew what Nobel prizes are, I thought the line "I wouldn't mind if it was Nobel" was "I wouldn't mind if it was Old Mel." I didn't have a clue who or what Old Mel was.

I still don't understand what 'Even Eric would serve me well' means.

And in my older years I thought the chorus was 'She won't feel one, touch one' which seemed a bit racy for Swap Shop.

In a biopic Julia Davis would make an excellent Maggie Philbin.

(https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQrPiBupnZfS8S4C43hPQtqumQpOqOj9VAbAtwiHXCu1Cxg952v)

(https://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/resources/images/11579143.jpg?type=article-full)
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Thosworth on May 15, 2022, 04:17:14 PM
Quote from: Twilkes on May 15, 2022, 04:03:39 PMI still don't understand what 'Even Eric would serve me well' means.

The never-seen stagehand who would lower a ball full of winning competition entries from the lighting rig. They inexplicably named an award after him, as seen given out repeatedly in this show featuring an absolute embarrassment of stars from the early 80s. You can click repeatedly on the timeline and play celeb roulette:

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: sheddyian on May 15, 2022, 04:43:48 PM
Quote from: lauraxsynthesis on May 15, 2022, 12:22:51 AMClive Dunn's Grandad was THREE WEEKS AT NUMBER 1. I've never heard it on the radio. Has it been wilfully erased?


There's cover versions of Grandad, if that helps

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: waste of chops on May 15, 2022, 09:17:23 PM
Just spotted this over in the TOTP on BBC4 thread (https://www.cookdandbombd.co.uk/forums/index.php?msg=4918391):

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: petril on May 16, 2022, 12:25:37 AM
what's this? it's got a good beat
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Bongo_Christ on May 21, 2022, 12:57:27 PM
Quote from: Red Macadam on May 15, 2022, 01:24:41 AMDoes Bernard Bresslaw count? He released a few singles in his "Aww, don't be like that Sid" voice, which was sort of a character.

He did an entire EP in character as a spin off from The Army Game, in 1959:

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: damien on May 21, 2022, 01:19:12 PM
No surprise to see this not mentioned yet; the discofied theme from the spin-off movie with Rossiter doing his best over the top. The film sucked mostly because Beckinsale wasn't in it.


Interesting comment from a YouTuber;

'There's a fair bit of chatter between the recitations. Listen carefully. Someone (Len?) says at one point, "I like the reading on that". It's more noticeable in the stereo version.'
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Red Macadam on May 23, 2022, 12:15:23 AM
Quote from: Bongo_Christ on May 21, 2022, 12:57:27 PMHe did an entire EP in character as a spin off from The Army Game, in 1959:



Excellent! Thanks for that.
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Jittlebags on May 23, 2022, 08:54:09 AM
Eeeeeeeee.....

(https://i.discogs.com/xReFZ2caeD94mgyFHTEKeokPjP0MQVEwyWftWcgMEqE/rs:fit/g:sm/q:90/h:600/w:600/czM6Ly9kaXNjb2dz/LWRhdGFiYXNlLWlt/YWdlcy9SLTQwMjA1/MTItMTU0OTkwMDE4/Mi0xMDAyLmpwZWc.jpeg)

Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: Glebe on May 23, 2022, 09:05:19 AM
That'd make a nice avatar!
Title: Re: Forgotten Cash-In Singles by Comedy Actors in Character
Post by: The Bumlord on May 25, 2022, 05:11:16 AM
Look at Mike's cheeky little face!