Thursday, 18 June 2020

Still Fabulous


Not for the first time during this horrendous lockdown period I've found solace in David Hepworth and Mark Ellen's magical A Word in Your Attic show and tell videos. I even borrowed the theme myself recently when on a video call with friends - asking each one of them to share a personal object/heirloom with the rest of us. Highly entertaining.

The latest episode to have found its way onto my radar was musician and comedian Tony de Meur; his band the Fabulous Poodles were always a big hit at Medd Towers, if with not the rest of the record buying public, or even their label at the time, Pye. His story about Don McLean (the singer, not the bloke off Crackerjack) is priceless. So if you've got half an hour to spare - and, let's face it, who hasn't? - take a look (and check out the others while you're there).

Looking back through some of my back issues and I see that I wrote about Tony's band in 2010. In the piece I linked to a fantastic little Lego film of their 1978 smash*, Mirror Star. He and fiddle player Bobby Valentino reprised it last year:

Fabulous Poodles - Mirror Star (2019)



* Criminally, none of their singles ever charted. This from a band that John Peel regularly shouted from the rooftops, and who supported both the Ramones and Tom Petty.

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  2. Thanks for the link to that video of Tony De Meur. Fascinating stuff!

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    1. I find them all fascinating - Pete Paphides, Henry Priestman, Matt Priest, Andy Partridge, Danny Baker, Mari Wilson, Will McDonald...

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  3. Yes, like the concept of their show so thanks for introducing me to it. Have now remembered why I recognise Mark and David too - They work well together.

    Had an exciting Zoom call yesterday with someone from the BBC who had stumbled upon my blog. Had to set up our home office to resemble a recording studio with cushions and blankets. Hoping something will come of it as would be the only upside of this ongoing lockdown.

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    1. Wow! Sounds exciting! Do share when you feel able.

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