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    Morning all - Iím a little late to the running debate here about artistic differences and whatís appropriate or not for any particular season. Just to say that I was always under the impression that itís the host that sets the rules and guidelines for the week and ultimately decides what fits and what doesnít. So letís all give Val the support and respect to do this and have a fantastic week of music! Cheers all!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Yes, I DO remember Doc Cox and That's Life and I had no idea ... thanks for this fascinating insight, John!
    And Esther Rantzen used to be known as Roy Chubby Brown...........those teeth were a very clever disguise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mythinformed View Post
    And Esther Rantzen used to be known as Roy Chubby Brown...........those teeth were a very clever disguise.
    Ha! Ha! (I always knew there was something strange about her!)
    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw

    ​"Just remember, if we get caught ... you're deaf and I don't speak English."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mythinformed View Post
    And Esther Rantzen used to be known as Roy Chubby Brown...........those teeth were a very clever disguise.
    Ya daft bugger Mark

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    I guess this week's theme shows just how successful those bbc bans were....



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    Here's a George Hamilton IV song from 1956, this song has always made me want to laugh, and I don't think that was the intention. To get around the BBC ban, Hamilton rerecorded it as "A rose and a candy bar", which also makes me laugh. Another on the Barbie guitar too! lol


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    Sorry for the repeat, but another Seasonista beat me to the punch. Learned it, practiced a few times , then recorded. Had a couple of clams in the la-la--la middle, but if I re-recorded, those clams would just swim somewhere else, I'm sure. This risque ditty was by George Formby, about 1936. Despite a BBC ban, the Queen apparently loved it, as noted in Wikipedia:

    Because the song’s lyrics were racy for the time, it was banned by the BBC from being played on the radio. The corporation's director general John Reith stated that "if the public wants to listen to Formby singing his disgusting little ditty, they'll have to be content to hear it in the cinemas, not over the nation's airwaves"; Formby and his wife and manager Beryl Ingham were furious with the block on the song. In May 1941, Ingham informed the BBC that the song was a favourite of the royal family, particularly Queen Mary, while a statement by Formby pointed out that "I sang it before the King and Queen at the Royal Variety Performance". The BBC relented and started to broadcast the song

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    Nero and the Gladiators' cover of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" was banned in 1960s like the other "pop" versions of classical pieces.

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    And "Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening/Middle of the Night" from deepest France, where it is a mere 5.30 a.m. and completely dark, so I have no idea whether the sun is going to shine or not. My apologies for being a somewhat absent host these last couple of days and my thanks to all who have contributed during that time ... the Playlist is up to date. In his kind message of support yesterday, Del reminded me that this is MY Season and so I am in charge. I think I had temporarily forgotten that! I should like to state for the record here that I have great admiration for Joo's artistic ability; her work is innovative and original. She is very talented. If you haven't already seen it, then watch the video of her painting Alfred Hitchcock, which she posted yesterday. If my response to her previous video was mystifying, then it will have to remain so. PLEASE let us not allow this event to derail this Season so that it degenerates into a taking up of opposing camps. The theme this week was intended to be fun and I also thought it would prove an interesting one. So, could we PLEASE get back to exploring the wonderful idiosyncrasies of Auntie Beeb's censorship system over the years. My very best wishes to you all!

    "The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw

    ​"Just remember, if we get caught ... you're deaf and I don't speak English."

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    What Reggae fan gets into a battle with the greatest Reggae journalist of all time? This guy.
    Just did a remodel on the "crazy room"...now a retreat for my mother in law (also- who the hell does that?), and needed to play a song.
    This song was released in 1964 and was a SKA blockbuster in the UK as I am to understand it, and also banned. I know this because said music journalist who took his moniker from it has told the story a million times...and in spite of it not making the lists online (can't help but notice the lack of Jamaican tunes there anyway...and kinda have the feeling few of them were played on the radio at the time, it seems legitimate that this would be one that NO one would play.)
    For those of you not familiar with Jamaican patois...the lyrics are "I beg you turn your belly, gimme, Penny Reel-o Let me rub out of the money,Penny Reel-o" in spite of what is posted at so many lyric sights online (Let me rob her of the money...umm, nope). That said, this lyric suggests attaining a certain level of familiarity with someone as compensation for a debt. Hardly the thing the British airways were promoting at the time.
    Back to Penny Reel. He was not a nice bloke, but a brilliant writer, and a regular on a forum I moderated about ten years ago. It became a game really...he would say something really scathing and nasty to another forum member, and I would relinquish him to the penalty box for a few days. He would come out madder than ever after this exchange, and be again, particularly nasty to someone, and back he went.
    I guess now it is a good thing that I always valued decency over credentials, because the man really was one of my heroes, and fortunately he directed one of his tirades at me. In it, he created an "Old West" kind of feel, and spoke of a Sheriff who was more a power hungry dictator than a peace-maker, and I adored reading it. I wish I could find it now. In any event...our protagonist was called "The Cloverdale Kid".
    Don't get me wrong- the man was a FOUNDATION personality in the genre I love the most. If you are interested, here are some of his articles and reviews. I just found out that he has passed and even though we would have NEVER gotten along, a part of the world I will miss, in spite of our differences.
    Anyway- the point. I played him a song.
    Penny Reel O- The Cloverdale Kid. Lets SKA!

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