90 Bisodol (Crimond) front cover

90 Bisodol (Crimond)

90 Bisodol (Crimond) back cover

The title is from the lyrics to Tommy Walsh's Eco House. Crimond is the Jess(i)e Seymour Irvine tune, as featured in brackets after the title "The Lord Is My Shepherd" in almost every wedding order of service, ever. Just to let people know what tune it was going to be sung to on this occasion, as if anyone thought there was another tune. It's also a village in the north east of Scotland, near Peterhead, but that's irrelevant here.

90 Bisodol (Crimond) inner sleeve 90 Bisodol (Crimond) inner sleeve

Thanks to everyone contributing to Chris Rand's site; very useful in putting this lot together. You'll find far more discussion on what all the songs are about there...

Something's Rotten In The Back Of Iceland

The title is a variation on "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark", a line from Marcellus in Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Iceland 'Value' frozen food store, whose advertising has decided that all men and childless women aren't worth bothering with.


Wick town in the north Highlands of Scotland.

Tommy Walsh's Eco House

Tommy Walsh A builder from Hackney who seems to have been on the telly quite a bit.
Cadfael Main character in the historical murder mysteries of Edith Pargeter (under the name Ellis Peters) - a Welsh Benedictine monk living in Shrewsbury Abbey in the 12th century. Played by Derek Jacobi in the TV series.
Ross Kemp Grant Mitchell from EastEnders, who when he wasn't getting clobbered by Phil was getting clobbered by his then-wife Rebekah Wade for leaving his phone turned off, or something. These days found in the Middle East making documentaries.
Watership Down Rabbity fantasy novel by Richard Adams, the film of which got Art Garfunkel's "Bright Eyes" to number one in 1979.
Bothy A basic shelter, usually available for anyone to use free of charge, and most common in the Scottish Highlands.
Knoydart A peninsula in Lochaber, on the west coast of Scotland.
Bisodol Indigestion relief.
"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" A nursery rhyme from the late 19th century, along the lines of "Ring A Ring O' Roses", recorded by Ella Fitzgerald in 1938.
Pashley with a basket is a bicycle.
Poundbury is Prince Charles' most famous attempt at town planning, on the outskirts of Dorchester in West Dorset.
West Highland Terrier that little white dog in the Cesar adverts.
Kathleen Ferrier English contralto, died of cancer in 1953 at the height of her fame.
Cropredy Village on the Cherwell just north of Banbury in Oxfordshire, now famous for Fairport Convention's annual music festival.
Cornbury Another village in Oxfordshire, and another annual music festival, which HMHB played at in 2008.
TGV Train à Grande Vitesse, i.e. France's high-speed train.
Dignitas Swiss assisted dying group.
Harpurhey Inner-city suburb of Manchester.
Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester, scene of the Sex Pistols gig in 1976 seen as a catalyst to the punk movement, although only attended by about 40 people.

Joy In Leeuwarden (We Are Ready)

The notes regarding this song on the album back sleeve are at least partially genuine - Henny Wassenaar and Corien Steenstra are folk singers, Ferd Crone is the Burgemeester of Leeuwarden, and the European Korfball Championships really did take place here in 2010, at which Corien performed during the breaks. The song itself, however, does not exist :-). Read about this in great detail at Chris Rand's site.
Leeuwarden is the capital of Friesland province in the Netherlands.
We Are Ready was an official Chinese song from the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Korfball A mixed gender team sport (4 male, 4 female), with similarities to netball and basketball, founded in the Netherlands and most popular there.

Excavating Rita

Title a play on Educating Rita, the stage comedy by Willy Russell.
Shimano Ultegra Bicycle gears.
"subterranean lovesick blues" obviously Dylan's Subterranean Homesick Blues.
Betterware Home cleaning products company, famously sold by doorstep sales staff and imfamously at house parties.

Fun Day In The Park

Self explanatory...

Descent Of The Stiperstones

The Stiperstones Distinctive hill in Shropshire, about 15 miles south-west of Shrewsbury, noted for its tors of quartzite. There is also a small village of the same name just under the ridge to the north-west.
Swarfega heavy-duty hand cleaner.
Snailbeach village just to the north of The Stiperstones.
Montgomery is roughly 10 miles west of The Stiperstones.
Bunner the chandler is real... R.H.Bunner & Son is a hardware store in Montgomery.
Ben Sayers (1856-1924) was one of the most successful early professional golfers, from Leith. His golf equipment manufacturing company has been around since the late 1870s.
"Cofiwch Dryweryn" "Remember Tryweryn". The village, near Bala, was flooded in 1965 to create the Llyn Celyn reservoir to provide water for Liverpool.
Mercy Rimell horse trainer, wife of Fred, the only woman ever to train a Cheltenham Champion Hurdle winner (Gaye Brief in 1983). Not sure of her painting prowess, though.
Ostler stableman.
Hussars Originally light cavalry from Hungary.
Old Boney Napoleon Bonaparte.
Franklin a two-storey doll's house, currently (31/10/11) on the front page of Bunner's website...
Lynette McMorrough quite obviously played Glenda (Brownlow) in Crossroads. Arthur was her father, Kevin (Banks) was her husband who had an affair with her screen cousin Iris, and later Carol Sands. They had a test tube baby, Katy Louise, in 1983.
"The crazy world of Arthur Brownlow" reference to The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, the psychedelic rock band, "Fire" in 1968 being their only hit single.
ATV Associated Television, who made Crossroads, and morphed into Central Independent Television in 1982.
tofu bean curd.
Davenport a small desk, popular in the 19th century, with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body, and drawers to one side. Named after a Captain Davenport who originally commissioned the design.
Warden Hodges Bill Pertwee's ARP warden character from Dad's Army.
Eric Hall flamboyant football agent, his catchphrase was "Monster".

Left Lyrics In The Practice Room

Ilfracombe in on the north Devon coast.
Black Sabbath Birmingham rock band, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward.
Oranjeboom Dutch lager/brewery.
Mart Poom Estonian goalkeeper, played for Derby County and Sunderland amongst others.

L'Enfer C'est Les Autres

The title is from Jean-Paul Sartre's 1944 play "Huis-clos" (No Exit), literally "Hell is other people".
Duke of Westminster owns large amounts of the country, the seat is at Eaton Hall, Cheshire.
Johnny Cash is the Man In Black.
Riga capital of Latvia.
"I keep a wristwatch on this arm of mine..." a variation on the first two lines of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line".
"I shot a man in Tesco just to watch him die" similar modification of "I shot a man in Reno..." from Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues".

Fix It So She Dreams Of Me

Gok Wan fashion consultant who tells us how to look good naked.
Domesday Book Billy Conkerer's census.
Cromwell Oliver, chief Republican of the 17th century.
Dick Turpin highwayman, Bess was his horse.
Jim Beglin Irish footballer, played for Liverpool in the 1980s, and now a commentator on ITV.
Loggerheads a village a couple of miles west of Mold in Flintshire.
Hope a village about five miles south east of Mold.
sackbut an early French trombone.
Chesil Beach... is in Dorset to the west of Weymouth.
...is far away in time echoes Martha & The Muffins "Echo Beach".

The Coroner's Footnote

Seems to have upset one or two people... nothing to explain, though.

Rock And Roll Is Full Of Bad Wools

Wools Woollybacks, a term often heard in the Liverpool area referring to clueless types. See Exxo's epic essay on the subject if you want true accuracy.

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