Barron Knights Night Gallery / Teach the World to Laugh (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  WISC 2979042

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: March 22, 2010
  • Label: Wisecrack

Tracks:

  • 1.Get Down Shep
  • 2.Air On A G String
  • 3.Boozy Nights (Boogie Nights)
  • 4.Little White Bum
  • 5.Lazy Fitter (Lazy River)
  • 6.The Big V (Vasectomy)
  • 7.The Chapel Lead Is Missing
  • 8.A Taste of Aggro
  • 9.A Taste of Aggro (Incidental & Link Music) (Clean Vers)
  • 10.Rivers of Babylon
  • 11.The Smurf Song (Clean Version)
  • 12.Matchstalk Men and Matchstalk Cats and Do
  • 13.The Hand On The Ear Folk Song
  • 14.Remember (Decimalisation)
  • 15.Awful Seance (Floral Dance)
  • 16.Boy Scouts Out Camping (Up Town Top Ranking)
  • 17.My Will (I Will)
  • 18.Food For Thought: Medley
  • 19.Lucky Number
  • 20.Pop Muzik
  • 21.If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me
  • 22.Evolution
  • 23.Telephone Line
  • 24.Herbie The Head
  • 25.Arthur Clark (Macarthur Park)
  • 26.Mr. Tambourine Man
  • 27.The Topical Song
  • 28.Nanu Nanu (Shazbot)
  • 29.The Fleetwood Bus (The Deadwood Stage)
  • 30.Preservation
  • 31.Farewell To Punk
  • 32.The Busker
  • 33.Heavin' On A Jet Plane
  • 34.Here Here

Product Description:

A fixture of the U.K. musical comedy/novelty scene since the mid-'60s, the Barron Knights had just emerged from nearly a decade without a British hit when Night Gallery (1978) and Teach the World to Laugh (1979) appeared in the late '70s. "Live in Trouble" and "A Taste of Aggro" gave them Top Ten U.K. hits, the latter appearing on Night Gallery, which made number 15 in their native land. Both of these albums are stuffed with musical parodies that haven't translated well overseas, though the Barron Knights would continue to have small British chart entries for a few years, and perform (with changing lineups) for decades to come. Though adept at mimicking and re-creating contemporary (and sometimes not-so-contemporary) styles as backdrops for their satire, their droll humor is far milder than, say, the average track heard on Dr. Demento's radio show. Two albums (here presented on two separate CDs, though the running times indicate they could just about have fit onto one disc) at once is too much for all but the staunchest comedy collector. Give the Barron Knights this, though: the records were nothing if not diverse, taking on disco, John Denver ("Heaving on a Jet Plane," har har), reggae ("Boy Scouts Out Camping" is one of the better cuts), "MacArthur Park" (never mind that it had been a hit ten years previously), Supertramp ("The Topical Song"), classical ("Air on a G String"), even a cappella traditional British folk ("The Hand on the Ear Folk Song"). It's rather like a very long musical variety-comedy show that never gets too cutting or out there, but the packaging is conscientious, with historical liner notes featuring comments by bassist/guitarist Pete Langford. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  • Sales Rank: 118,582
  • UPC: 5013929790421
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