Neil Innes

Witty Songs: A Brief Guide (Part 2)

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We came a long way from the Victorian music hall songs and monologues of stars like Stanley Holloway and Joyce Grenfell. After, we had Lonnie Donegan’s ‘Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bedpost Overnight?’, Max Bygraves singing ‘You’re A Pink Toothbrush, I’m A Blue Toothbrush’, comedy songs like ‘When Father Papered The […]

Music That Makes Me Laugh

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There are very few musically funny pieces, but Hoffnung was there master, although most required knowledge of classical music to get what he was doing. The first funny piece of music I ever heard was Hoffnung’s drum-roll at the start of his Albert Hall concert, which made everyone in the auditorium stand up, only to […]

‘With John Wayne On The Xylophone’

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In keeping with the once-fashionable idea that children were actually miniature adults in training whose brains needed treating in the same way, British pop culture used to provide anklebiters with their own comics, newspapers, variety shows and comedy series which were versions of what the grown-ups consumed. I’d completely forgotten about ‘Do Not Adjust Your […]