Originally released as "Back Again In The D.H.S.S", without the live
tracks and "Carry On Cremating", but including the Peel session version
of "All I Want For Christmas Is A Dukla Prague Away
" (segued into from "Arthur's Farm") and
"The Trumpton Riots
" 7"remix (!)
The Best Things In Life
The title is the same as a song by Dusty Springfield, covered by The Tourists a while ago.
Surrealist painter, posters of whose stuff
with wibbly clocks can usually be found on the walls of sad student rooms.
"I just stuck an apple in my face"
a painting by Magritte which depicts a man in bowler hat, with an apple instead of a face.
First man in space (1961), died in a plane crash (1967).
An offshoot of 70's rockers Asia, it seems.
D'Ye Ken Ted Moult
Title from the Yorkshire song "D'Ye Ken John Peel", who I believe was a famous huntsman of yesteryear. There's a film of this title from 1934, starring John Garrick. John Peel is of course also
the name by which John Ravenscroft (world's most wonderful human being and probably the only person ever to play HMHB on Radio 1. Apart from Mark Radcliffe. Oh, and Johnnie Walker) is better known, but that's irrelevant. Peelie is unfortunately a Liverpool fan.
Former "Brain of Britain" and double
glazing advertiser. Appeared on "The Archers"; became a farmer.
[Sir Isaac] Newton
Physicist, mathematician, hit on head
helicopters, ball and chain, feather and no draught
double glazing imagery, as advertised by Ted.
Reasons To Be Miserable, Part 10
Title parodies "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3" by Ian Dury and the Blockheads.
Pale & sad French clown, teardrop on cheek
etc. Cultural reference stolen from the Italian Commedia dell'Arte
genre of the 17th Century and turned into something saddoes wank
off over at Athena.
Fry's Chocolate Cream/Turkish Delight
in desert, Rudolf Valentino style.
peaches on their cornflakes
a less than gentle dig at some
fruity serving suggestions on Kellogg's packets.
Rod Hull Is Alive - Why?
TV personality with gimmick emu on his arm. He's
a wretched Australian and has had the same act for 20 years. The
amusement wore off over 19 years ago. This interview
says it all...
The art of sculpting hedges into hens.
Duchess of York, professional ski-holidayer.
Formula 1 race driver 70's - 80's until
a nasty leg-breaking accident in '86. Now back in touring cars
etc. NB Sarah Ferguson lived for two years with former racing
driver Paddy McNally before shacking up with Prince Andy, but
this doesn't rhyme with sleet! McNally who was one of the people
responsible for Marlboro sponsorship deals. For real F1 Fornication
just look at the later affairs of Jacky Ickx.
Deaf, blind, mute & religious. An R.E.
the draft, for our American colleagues.
However, we didn't have the benefit of Vietnam and most NS conscripts
ended up peeling potatoes at Catterick for two years.
an excellent way of deterring young offenders
on the Isle of Man.
Pointless pre-season footy trophy (won by
in 1972). It featured the two top-scoring teams in each division
who weren't promoted and who hadn't qualified for the European
competitions. It was supposedly football's first ever trophy that had a sponsorship deal - everyone had obviously forgotten about the Lipton's Tea Trophy (the first European Cup)
Dickie Davies Eyes
Title parodies "Bette Davies Eyes" by Kim Carnes.
Sleeve parodies "World Of Sport" title sequence.
TV presenter of ITV "World of Sport",
ITV's amazingly bad World of Sport on Saturday afternoons. DD
sported a phenomenal grey streak in his hair, "nice"
blazers and managed to maintain an even interest in everything
from the FA cup to Monster Truck Pulls. Truly the Beeb got all
the good sport in those days. He's from Wallasey (i.e., Merseyside
HMHB country), and attended Oldershaw School. Now how's that for trivia?
Opening keyboard riff is a rip-off of the War of the Worlds theme tune.
The Lord Of the Rings
Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. The sort
of things Oxford professors of Old English do when they have too
much spare time. Due to popular demand, virtually every scrap
of paper he has ever written on has been published, including
the totally unreadable "Unfinished Tales"
Science fiction/fantasy writer, much-beloved
of a particular sort of saddo, particularly his Elric fantasies.
"Moorcock" has an unfortunate pornographic homonym phrase
used in the song. Also, it appears, he wrote some songs for Hawkwind
and possibly even The Blue Oyster cult.
Charisma-free ITV footy commentator with a
classic chrome dome.
Tourist attraction, projects spots of
light onto the inside of a hemisphere. Near Madame Tussaud's with
a classic domed metallic roof! Gillingham FC have named their
fanzine "Brian Moore's head looks uncannily like London Planetarium"
in honour of one of their most famous fans (which in 2006 gave up on the paper world and went online
Culprit for the fantasy art on many Yes Albums.
You know all those appalling prog rock concept albums you find
for 99p in shops, with pictures of robots on horseback and suchlike?
Chances are that Roger Dean painted it.
Only the crumbiest, flakiest chocolate,
tastes like chocolate never tasted before. Yeah. Used to have
ads [still used!] in which attractive totty unwrapped and sucked
flakes in a fashion that was sexually explicit.
The Bastard Son Of Dean Friedman
MOR singer most famous in the late 70's, but still going strong today. Read all about him
on Dean's own website
(Belgian) painter, surrealist, painter of bowler-hatted man with an apple instead of a face
Poppins song (or from a song), half German football outfit.
"...and you can thank your lucky stars..."
Dean Friedman's biggest hit was "Lucky Stars" (no.3, 1978), a duet with a Denise Marsa, who got no credit. You know, "and you can thank your lucky stars that we're not as smart as we like to think we are". Or something like that. He followed it up with a minor hit, "Lydia", but the charts never saw light of him again...
I Was A Teenage Armchair Honved Fan
Hungarian footy side (based in Budapest)
Domestic electrical goods manufacturer (esp. toasters)
wham bam, thank you mam
Nicked from David Bowie's Suffragette City.
Takes the mickey from "Animal Farm" Contains all the
essential anti-totalitarianism of 1984, but is shorter and has animals in it :-)
Wartime comic. Very unfunny comedian "I
thank you", the f***ing song about the bee, and the like.
Died gradually by having legs amputated one by one. God he was unfunny.
Second World War British Fighter pilot who
lost his legs in an accident in 193X but flew Hurricanes in the
Battle of Britain. Later captured and ended up in Colditz after
unsuccessful escape attempts. Oddly enough Pat Reid's otherwise
excellent books don't mention whether the Germans used to confiscate
his false legs if he tried to escape (they did, but only after about the tenth time).
"Four legs good but no legs best"
Farm" where the sheep continually chant "Two legs bad,
four legs good".
French leader and chief pig in "Animal Farm".
It's been offered from afar that the keyboard riff at the end is a
touch "Eton Rifles"-ish. Not sure I agree, Ted...
Carry On Cremating
Taken from a Peel session (as are many on the CD). It was originally titled
"The Continuous Cremation of Hattie Jacques."
Gerald Thomas is the Scorsese of British cinema.
The Carry On films combine the philosophical insight of Kieslowski,
the scope of Herzog, the intellectual rigour of Wenders and the
character handling of Louis Malle.
Overweight star of "Carry On".
Town in Normandy. Has tapestry depicting Norman
conquest of England
Wally out of Crossroads
Crossroads was a crap soap opera
about a motel. Don't remember Wally. He was played by Max Wall.
Neice of the above Wally.
Author of "Roots", collaborated with
Malcolm X. Nice reference to the fact that the book was really fictional!
Footy commentator 60's - present.
World Cup Final 1966. I thought he was long-dead until he turned
up hosting Channel 4's coverage of the Italian Serie A.
Man Utd & England, '66 World Cup, deficient
in front teeth. Hard man. Oh, and his son John attempted to play
for Leeds Utd.
ACD has the following live tracks, all initially on "Back in the DHSS
Albert Hammond Bootleg
Reflections in a Flat
Architecture and Morality, Ted and Alice
Fuckin' 'Ell It's Fred Titmus
Time Flies By (When You're a Driver of a Train)
All I Want for Christmas is a Dukla Prague Away Kit
The Trumpton Riots
Laugh at an American
Fancy a laugh? Geoff reminded me of this
it's a transcription of the lyrics to "Back Again in the
DHSS" from one of those lyric archives. It's been attempted
by someone of US persuasion, and is not entirely accurate. Enjoy!