Saturday, 22 December 2012


Maggie, Terre and Suzzy Roche. No
information about the cat, sorry
We Three Kings

Do you know The Roches' lovely
We Three Kings?

If not, get it now! Here is a YouTube clip of very poor quality, with some of the songs, but don't let that put you off.

Here's what I wanted to play:

For Unto Us a Child is Born - The Roches | Muziboo

But remember - "'E's not the messiah - e's a VERY NAUGHTY BOY!" 

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Friday, 21 December 2012


Ho the Solstice! Light your fires and candles and wreathe your dwelling with winter greenery (as opposed to Mountain Greenery, one of the finest songs ever written. Don't believe me? Get a load of these rhymes - here. If you look on YouTube you'll find a surreal Mickey Mouse version, which I was going to offer, but they SING THE WRONG WORDS!!!!)

Continuing the theme of my favourite Christmas songs, let's have a
bit of  Jethro Tull,  with a fine example of Bad and Aggressive Miming from 1976.

And here's Greg Lake, bewildering some Bedouin. I don't know the date of the video, but it looks authentically '70s to me.

Whatever you are doing, may your solstice be bright. It may be the longest night, but remember that in the dark of winter lies dies natalis solis invicti - the birthday of the undefeated sun.

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Waes Hael!

Saturday, 15 December 2012



I hope you have stopped reeling from the X-rated Bitter Withy.

In a similar vein, but with a U rating, here is the splendid Barry Coope singing the Holy Well, where Jesus was a little more saintly in his reaction to the nasty gentry.

The Holy Well | Muziboo

Friday, 14 December 2012


Swedish Yule Goat. Bit small, isn't it?

Well, it's not far away. I have been mainlining Christmas songs in my singing groups (one of them since October) and I thought I'd share a few of my favourites here, after the rip-roaring success of The Bitter Withy. Panic ye not, no folk music here - we are in the popular music world.

I have few traditions at Christmas, and most of them have fallen by the wayside. I used to play two albums on Christmas morning. On a turntable, obviously. One song from each of those for you - first, from Phil Spector's Christmas album, here are The Ronettes singing Sleigh Ride. (I do like it when people post videos of artists singing a different song.)

And from Bing Crosby's White Christmas, here are Bing and the Andrews Sisters singing Mele Kalikimaka.

Isn't that festive?

And here we have what must be the greatest Christmas number 1 EVAAAH...(It's a peculiar video in many ways (note comment about the drummer) but as the only ones I could find from the 1970s were from Top of the Pops and rather sullied by the appearance of a discredited disc jockey, I couldn't bring myself to post any of them.) Are you hanging up your stockings on the wall? Have a dance on me. 

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Sunday, 9 December 2012


I remembered that I can do a thing - and here is Mike Waterson singing The Bitter Withy

The Bitter Withy | Muziboo


It's a busy time. The elves are giving me grief.

I haven't forgotten you though. Here are a couple of random offerings.

I wanted to post Mike Waterson singing Bitter Withy, partly because of the story told in the song and partly because it is an extraordinary rendition. Is it on YouTube? Is it buffalo. However, I found this version, annoyingly sung to a different tune but worthy of a listen. Compare and contrast the delivery of the lady and the gentleman. And where is number three?

And for those of you panting for more Arthur Brown - here he is with Kingdom Come. I am indebted to the person who posted Galactic Zoo Dossier in its entirety and commend it to you. However, if you only want to listen to the very short section that sprang into my mind the other day, start listening at 26.07. You are after Brains. Blink and you'll miss it.

Back to the grindstone. Ho ho ho.

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